I am driving from Yosemite back to my house in Berkeley, suffering a little case of family-gatherings-mostly-take-place-indoors-especially-when-you’ve-rented-a-cabin-in-the-winter, so I bring you a few thematically linked posts. All intended to help fight the Stir Crazies. Fussy newborn? Bounce it out. Or just get out of the house. Place baby in front carrier, zip jacket around her, […]
Rolling over (and rolling with it). Not that we want to boss you around, but by now you're probably getting used to having a baby at home but running out of ideas sometimes? That's cool, you have to check out the library, make full use of your bouncy seat, and try these classes on your kid.
My friend Jeanine once told me there’s lots of fun time to be had with a baby at an outdoor store like REI: you just set up a sweet pad in the display tent with several of the Thermarest mattresses, chirping bird toys, and bright colored water bottles and have a blast. The first […]
One way to make sure you get out of the house with your baby is to make a commitment to be somewhere. Taking a class can do that to you.
Finding the ideal classes for your baby depends on your (and baby’s!) temperament and schedule more than anything I can write here. For me and Baby Holden, a regular drop-in swim class with perky teenagers leading “Motorboat Motorboat go so fast” was ideal; I could attend or not based on nap schedules and hunger. I […]
I did this project and wrote the post for the first time when my now ten-year old was as pictured above, after being inspired by tinyhappy who displayed before and after pictures of her tshirts made into pants. Now, let’s celebrate my success, people. I took this long-sleeved t-shirt belonging to Ryan, and while Julian […]
My parents were divorced before I was in preschool; I want an epic marriage that last for 70 years (long after my diaper-wearing boys are out of the house).
You know how everyone wants you to buy stuff in order to do your part for the Earth? Well, being green is more than just buying more crap we don’t need.
Being a new parent is all about surprises. Often I think Weston is going to do one thing, and he flips my assumptions on their head and does the total opposite. The other day, for example, we were heading to meet up with a friend and her baby for coffee, but we had a few […]
Just so you know, it is not my fault that these challenges are being presented to you all out-of-order. Please blame Heather. One of the pitfalls of being a working mother is missing out on all of those morning “mommy and me” classes. However, being a teacher, I do get summers off to enjoy a […]
The Challenge: Enjoy Modern Art (with your baby) So far, I think one of the most interesting aspects of parenting is getting to know my child’s personality as he navigates the world. Often times I’m quick to assume that Weston’s reactions to situations will be the same as mine, and more often than not, I’m […]
Someday, your baby will be a man. Or a woman. When that time comes, your pet will fit into your kid’s lap. But for now, isn’t it super cute and funny to take pictures that really show how teeny weeny your little one is? Make sure to follow common sense tips for pet safety, but […]
Leaving the neighborhood used to be so simple. Before I had a kid, I would just put on my shoes, grab the dog’s leash and go for a walk. Now that I have Piper there are, like, 42 additional steps to the process. One of which usually involves changing a diaper full of poop RIGHT […]