Give Me a Break

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and by a while, I’m pretty sure it’s been months. (Thanks, Meredith, for carrying on without me!). Part of the reason I disappeared was because I changed jobs after five years at my previous job, and my new job isn’t nearly as condusive to sitting at [...]

The Best Advice I’ve Received as a Parent

If you have a child, I have no doubt that family, friends, and strangers have given you all kinds of advice, both solicited and unsolicited. The audacity some people have never ceases to amaze me. However, somewhere between the strangers telling me I need to put socks on my child to others telling me that [...]

Parental Goals

In Our Babies, Ourselves, the author, Meredith F. Small, discusses “parental goals.” She defines parental goals as, “conscious or unconscious objectives that influence every action with their offspring.” Since I read this book about a year ago, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this concept. Small says that overwhelmingly, American parents’ “parental goal” [...]

The Importance of Laws that Support Breastfeeding

We had some friends over for dinner the other night, and I made their entire meal in the bathroom. Sure, some of the prep materials touched the sink, counter, the floor, and the back of the toilet, but none of the food did. Yes, I flushed the toilet a few times, but I’m sure the [...]

Our Lives in Pictures and Statuses

If you looked at my son’s life in pictures, it would be safe to assume that I was hardly around him – ever. I’m in maybe 5% of the pictures. Of course, that is because I’m the one behind the camera, but no one really knows that, and in 50 years, no one will know [...]

Preserving Baby Pictures and Videos

Okay, so this is a pretty random topic for our blog, but I wanted to write this anyway. When I was in college, I got a virus on my computer. I took it to a random guy to fix it, and he wiped out my hard drive without backing it up first. My hard drive [...]

“You Should Know Better!” (Or Maybe the Parent Should Know Better)

How many times have you heard a parent tell their child, “You know better than that!” or “You should know better!” Maybe you’ve said it yourself. I know I’ve said it a few times. But really, should your child know better? Sure, you may have told them repeatedly in the past or maybe you punished [...]

Coming to Terms with The Terrible Twos

I’ve had a really long week this week. It’s probably not the longest week of my life, but it’s in the top three. As a result of the events this week in my life, and events leading up to this week, I’ve really had to think hard about parenting. Not just MY parenting, but how [...]

5 Tips for a Greener Thanksgiving

I’m really excited about our Thanksgiving this year because we are taking steps to make it a little bit healthier, a little bit more eco-friendly, and a little bit more fun. I’m fortunate because I (a). don’t have to actually host Thanksgiving and (b). our hosts are receptive to my eco-friendly suggestions. We’ve had [...]

Do I Really Like Breastfeeding?

My most vivid memory of breastfeeding is looking into these eyes.

The other day, a friend of mine who is pregnant asked me if I liked breastfeeding. It seems like the obvious answer would be “yes.” After all, I’ve been doing it for almost two years now, and people don’t just do things [...]

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