Seeking Joy

I don’t really know how it happened. I’m usually a pretty positive person. I mean, I can see what’s coming down the pike, and I can see it’s not good, but I also believe that there’s a way through it, and that there’s good things to be gained by surviving. But somehow, I’ve let all […]

Henry at Nineteen Months

Henry is officially nineteen months old as of yesterday, and he’s just about the most charming person I’ve ever met.  He’s crazy affectionate, but he loves me in odd ways.  He’ll climb up behind me and wrap his arms around me, then turn my head so he can kiss my cheek, for example.  He spent […]

Now It’s November

Where does the time go? Actually, I have an Etsy shop now.  I always wanted one, but I was always like, “What am I going to sell?” So no shop.  But I make and bake all sorts of things, and people are always saying, “You should sell this!” So I finally took their advice, and […]

Evie is Three

Evie is three, and three is a difficult age for my babies.  Three is the year they have to learn that other people have needs and desires, too, and that they can’t always do what they please or have what they want right when they want to do it or have it, or sometimes at […]

More Sleep Progress

Thursday: I don’t often get to take a bubble bath anymore, thanks to my two later-in-life babies, but I committed to enjoying one on Thursday night, since Henry has been doing so much better this week.  He did wake at his usual 45 minutes after going to sleep, but he cried only briefly and then […]

The Sleep Training Saga: Continued

Tuesday: I started reading Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman.  It turns out I’m fairly French in my parenting style, but I’ve obviously forgotten a thing or two about getting babies to sleep through the night and blend into the family’s general schedule.  Basically, I’ve let the whole world revolve around the babies, and that […]

Regrouping

Somehow, in the past year, I have lost my sense of joy.  Maybe I’ve suffered from postpartum depression, maybe I’ve just been spread too thin, but I have definitely lost the pleasure I used to take in my ordinary life, in my extraordinary family.  The little trials of the day that used to be amusing […]

The Buddy System

Have you ever read My Antonia, by Willa Cather?  Willa Cather is not for everyone.  Her stories are slow, quiet, almost without plot, really.  She writes about the ordinary, the mundane, but you do walk away from her novels with a deep and abiding love for her characters.  Perhaps that’s because we grow to know […]