A few years ago my friend Kristen Chase, one half of the duo behind Cool Mom Picks, gave me a word that I’ve since made part of my vocabulary: Dreader. A dreader is someone who looks toward the future with reluctance. This is not about wishing Monday morning would never come or feeling the heaviness of a to-do list […]
My heart bursts with love when I think about my four-year old. He is my biggest fan. When we are apart, I can remember conversations and start giggling or just smile looking at pictures of us. But when we’re together, you might get any number of different interactions! Within the last 24 hours: He used several […]
At the mini love bomb I attended years ago, a woman named Susan identified herself as an extreme optimist. I was instantly envious. Although I am three-quarters filled with optimism and gratitude, I still wish I were a person for whom a smile is my natural expression. Susan had that quality. She told a story […]
Ode to why I’m a better mom because of the bouncy seat: I’m fun, I have hands, I don’t stink, I cook, I have friends, and I eat food.
If YOU are yelling all the time or not exactly the mom you want to be, help yourself get better. A gift for myself that is a gift for them. Therapy…
Like many women in their first trimester I hadn’t revealed my pregnancy to those around me, so it might have raised suspicion if I began to nap on the lobby couch at work. I just wasn’t ready, or able, to let pregnancy exhaustion take over
Yesterday, I completed the Oakland Half Marathon. It was good, bad, and ugly. I’ve never been a fast runner and my expectations are pretty well managed in terms of my own athletic prowess. My race goal was to complete it and enjoy the day. Before leaving the house for the event, I let my husband […]
Learning to ride a bike includes many bikes a parent might want to try before your kid really rides a bike: trike, Skuut, trailer, etc.
This past Thursday, when Alec had his Dad’s Night Out, I decided to really roll the dice and take both toddlers (age one and two) out to a restaurant by myself. It was pretty fun. I tried to call it our Big Adventure, but Holden said we shouldn’t call it a ‘venture. So I asked, […]
I think Heather and I have both been pretty honest here: We were shocked and disappointed by how boring our babies were after they were born. They never said, “Hey mom, let’s go get you some new jeans and a latte.” Spending all day with someone who has no suggestions for conversation topics or activities […]
I have learned this the hard way: the more annoying my kid is acting, the more he needs a big HUG! Of course, babies need and deserve hugs all the time. I’m talking about the bigger ones who call me a Poopy Head and are beyond being carried around, which would, of course, provide numerous hugging […]
Whole Foods, the upscale grocery store I used to visit only occasionally, opened new location in my neighborhood about a year ago. Now that I drive by its inviting façade every day, I’m forced to think wisely about how I use this resource, known for its photogenic food and high prices. Last week, a debate […]