Six Happy Birthdays!

Dear Nicholas, I can't believe it's been 6 years since you were born. I can't believe I'm so lucky that I get to be your Mom. The year from 5 to 6 has been amazing. You grew so much, had your first year of "real" school, matured so much, and continue to take care of your baby brother. I am so proud of you and who you are becoming. I'm a little sad too, though. It seems like I blink and you grow … [Read more...]

Freeze Frame!

I wish I could freeze time for the boys right this second.  Right this second when they are both healthy and strong. There isn't a virus in sight, no vomit or boogers or poo (oh my!). Both of them are breathing easy and can run and play and jump and tumble. I wish I could freeze this time in their relationship when they are so in love with each other. With a few exceptions here and there, … [Read more...]

Conversations with Nicholas: Sweetest Big Brother Ever Edition

Both the boys are getting over having been sick for a couple of weeks (not sequentially, but with some overlap). Basically, our home had the plague for a couple of weeks. N first got sick with an asthma flair up and that was the first part of the sweetest-big-brother-ever conversation. Nicholas came in to our room at 5:00 in the morning having a very hard time breathing so we ran to his room to … [Read more...]

A List of Smells

In no particular order, I don't like the smell of: Gardenias, jasmine, rubbing alcohol, sweat, patchouli, cigarettes, rose (but the tea-rose kind of rose, I like the sweet-smelling kind of rose), bacon (but only in the context of not wanting my home or clothes to smell like bacon, it's perfect-smelling while it's cooking and being eaten), musk, and hospitals/nursing … [Read more...]

Book Review ~ Hungry Monkey: A Food Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater

When I was pregnant with Tobin I heard about a book called Hungry Monkey: A Food Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater. The review said it was funny, it talked about food for the baby and us, and that it was short. So I bought it. Fast forward to a couple of weeks after T's first birthday and I finally got to read it! And it cracked me up. The author, Matthew Amster-Burton, is a … [Read more...]