Artisan Bread For Sandwiches

I love grilled cheese sandwiches.  I make them all kinds of ways, with just plain cheese (seldom American), with added vegetables and herbs, sometimes even with a slice of lunch meat.  I love the warm, melty, crispy, butteriness.  Grilled cheese is an utterly satisfying sandwich, with or without a side of soup.  (I usually prefer […]

Henry is One!

Today is Henry’s first birthday.  I read somewhere once, when I was a young, energetic, idealistic mother, that the first birthday is not about the baby.  It is for the parents, a celebration of their survival of the first and most difficult year.  I know I have been looking forward to this milestone for many […]

One Little Thing

When I switched around milking and dinner time, I opened up the whole day.  I have no idea why I hadn’t done this sooner.  All of a sudden, I’ve got nothing but time.  The afternoon is wide open, and the entire evening is deconflicted.  There is no hurrying.  After dinner, instead of hustling to get […]

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 […]

Keeping a Pantry

The First Thing I Do That Makes Meal Management Easier I would like to tell you that I go grocery shopping every week, but I don’t.  It’s not that I don’t want to.  The weekly marketing used to be a pleasant part of our routine, and maybe it should be again!  But I don’t always […]

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 […]

Fixing the Henry Problem

Months ago, my sister sent me a copy of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, because Henry and sleep aren’t the best of friends, and she thought it might help.  I was reading through it again the other night, and before the author starts offering solutions, she asks: Do you actually have a problem?  Or have other […]