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All of Her Firsts are All of My Lasts

I cried when she walked for the first time. And cried every time I thought about it for the following week. She's getting big so fast...and each first is the last time.
potty training

Just Don’t Pee on the Wall!

While I thought that while potty training might take a little time, teaching one tiny human to pee in the toilet can’t be that hard, right?

How Much Longer Do I Have To Put Up With This?

I stood among the rubble after a particularly bad explosion and screamed in my head, “HOW MUCH LONGER DO I HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THIS?”

I Just Made the Last Preschool Payment…I Should Be Happy

There are so many reasons I should be celebrating. Making that last preschool payment should make me want to jump for joy...but I'm not.

I Am Not My Son’s Favorite Parent

I suspect Sprout sees me as a lost cause. He views me as Little Bird’s parent and Daddy as “his” parent.

Can We Talk About Penises for a Sec?

I was terrified of ever seeing a penis, then later sort of mystified at how they worked. I never, ever imagined what a central role they’d play in my life.

Mom’s Day Off

She leapt from the shower, cheeks flushed from excitement and warm water. “Why stop with clean hair?” she asked the woman grinning back at her in the hazy mirror. She reached for her mascara wand and brazenly plumped her eyelashes.

Curiosity or Anxiety?

My daughter needed to know what’s happening, when. Change of plans agitated her; then she’d wonder what if it doesn’t go as planned? What if something goes wrong? Or if plans did change—why? What was wrong?

#RealityMoms Guide to Baby and Toddler Easter Baskets

Struggling to find Easter gifts appropriate for your baby or toddler? Get a little creative! Instead of filing a traditional wicker basket, get an item to fill that can be part of the treat.

My Threenager Makes the Terrible Twos Look Easy

When my daughter blew out three candles on her birthday cake I thought we had done it. Together, my husband and I had survived the terrible twos. Together we endured the meltdowns and shared eye rolls  and exasperated sighs when we heard the same question repeated again, and again, and...