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Christmas presents 2013

Here it is, my annual holiday gift round-up. As usual, no pictures — don’t want the kids peeking anything from across the room. This list isn’t quite complete. I’m a little bit using it to figure out what else I need. Though we are being real hammers this year about not getting too much. Our [...]


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Ramona’s birthday recap

Here’s Ramona (and Zuzu) on her birthday, playing with her excellent new trolley bus toy that my mom got for her at the Clark. She also has a new yellow bunny from Susan and the best, softest, cutest doggie ever from Rope Swing Studio. And what better way to celebrate a dog-loving girl’s birthday than [...]

Ramona is 2 today!

That’s right! Little Miss Fancypants is 2! Her favorite things are dogs, avocados, and clothes with pockets. And here’s a secret: she’s the most comically gifted of all my kids, I think, which says a lot. I can’t even imagine what she’s going to slay us with once she can actually construct a sentence. Her [...]

Book movers

Annoying thing that toddlers and preschoolers do: “We are playing house,” says Zuzu. I won’t even get into what this means for how they think I do my housekeeping. addthis_url = ‘′; addthis_title = ‘Book+movers’; addthis_pub = ”;

How to Night Wean

Somehow, over the years, the question of how I’ve night weaned my kids has come up. Usually some extremely sleep-deprived mom says, “I think I need to night wean. How did you do it?” while sounding like she’s on the edge of tears. So! Here is what I did for all four of my kids, [...]

Girl Hairdo Inspiration Ideas?

Does anyone know of a book or website that has girl hairdo ideas beyond basic braids and ponytails? There must be something more instructional than just looking at the girls in the Hanna Andersson catalog. (I’m talking more about Zuzu here. Ramona’s options are basically random ponytails thrown about her head region.) addthis_url = ‘′; [...]

It’s all about the nod

There is something so, so cute to me about pre-verbal toddler nods and head shakes. They’re so excited, so happy: “I can tell you what I mean! I can say yes to milk, and no to socks!” I wanted to get a video of a Ramona nod before the opportunity passed me by and she [...]

Well, phew!

Magical words spoken by the allergist this week: “You know, I don’t think she’s actually allergic to any of these foods. I’m not even going to give her a skin test. I think it was just eczema. You can feed her whatever you want to.” Hurray! Let’s make peanut butter cookies! Um, after we finish [...]

Sweet sleep eludes us

What is Ramona doing these days? What, I ask you? There is something going on, something that is causing me to think in italics and causing her to give up sleeping, pretty much. Why, why was she awake from 9:30 p.m until 1:00 a.m., I ask you? Clapping. She spent the whole time laughing and [...]

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