• Me

    Bug’s Birthday Week

    Today marks the start of Bug’s third birthday week… It’s so cliche’, but I can’t believe how fast he’s growing up. We’ll have the first party with the in-laws later today, and then our own family "party" on Wednesday. Then he’s got his friend birthday next Sunday and the celebration with my family (combined with three of his cousins!) the following week. It’s so strange to think back three years ago, before Big Guy and I were parents. We had no idea what we were getting into (you think you know, but you can’t possibly). I guess we’re going ok, so far. Here’s to another three years. =}

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  • Bug (aka Little Guy),  LadyBug,  Me

    Nature vs. Nurture Again

    When Bug was about 11 months’ old, we walked out of the house and he pointed and said, “Car.” I don’t think we had any toy cars at the time and none of us had talked much about cars. It was the beginning of his love affair with all things vehicle-oriented. Then came LadyBug. I was determined to let her choose her own path in terms of toys. I didn’t want to force either of our kids to choose based on gender stereotypes.. She is, of course, surrounded by trucks, cars, trains, planes, and so on. But we also have a couple of baby dolls and some bottles we got…

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  • Me

    Treasuring the Small Moments

    Bug doesn’t like to go to bed. There’s plenty of drama when he’s supposed to be going to sleep – he can’t get into bed (uh, yeah, ok), there’s a book out of place, his stomach hurts (perhaps from all of that screaming?) and on and on. Tonight he woke up with a poopy diaper, which he didn’t want me to change. I gave my standard speech about how using the potty would mean that he could go diaper free, and he went with his old standby… "I’m sad. I’m sad because I don’t want to change my diaper. I’m SO SO sad." He’s not old enough to realize how…

  • Me

    Sock Monkey Spiderman!

    I have more BlogHer follow up to do, but I have to take a moment out to share the oxymoronic geekcrafts.com. Yes, I know geeks can be crafty. I wear both hats myself. But, honestly, I’ve only met one other craft geek and he was more of a GUY crafter. You know, woodworking, metalwork and stuff. Things that required power tools and the possible loss of limbs. Geek Crafts is a must see for anyone crafty, anyone geeky or anyone walking the line in between. My favorites posts are the recent Spiderman Sock Monkey and the cross-stitched diagram of a plant cell. Shayne includes all sorts of crafts from cake…

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  • Me

    BlogHer Boston Thoughts

    BlogHer Boston. I had an amazing time. I met so many wonderful women (and a couple of cool guys, too) and was really inspired by all of the stories and visions. Most of the folks there were incredibly friendly and helpful. There was one particular experience that stands out as a negative for the day, but it was countered by SO much good that it doesn’t really count. Thanks, ladies, for that. Towards the end of the day, people kept asking if I had learned a lot. I have to say, no, not really. The sessions were either too far from any of the work I’m doing to be useful,…

  • Me

    Nuts, It’s Almost Halloween

    I just bought Halloween costumes for the kids… a monkey for Bug and a butterfly for LadyBug (a la Old Navy). Not my most inspirational year for costuming, but at least they’ll have something. As Bug gets older, Halloween becomes more and more stressful for me. Trick-or-Treating with a food allergy child is sort of like dodging neighborhood land mines. At each house, I’m the mom standing with her child (which is appropriate since he’ll only be three this year), staring with concern at your bowl of candy. I’m not trying to be rude. I’m just looking for something that 1) won’t cause him to break out in hives just…

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  • Me

    Sick of Sick

    The kids were just sick a couple of weeks ago and now they’re sick again. I’m recovering from my cold, but they’re in full-blown snotty, germy, sickness. LadyBug takes everything in stride. She’s a bit moodier than normal, but generally plays in her normal, happy way. Bug, on the other hand, is a lot like his father. When he has a cold, the world comes to an end. "I don’t feel good, Mama," he moans as he drapes on the couch. Or, "My nose! My nose!" to let me know that he needs a tissue. This morning, we reached the pinnacle of sick toddler snarkiness. LadyBug, who was away all…

  • Me

    Tethered to the Internet

    I have an awful time being away from the Internet. I use it for just about everything. I suppose I should work on that. Anyway, Bug Guy and I went away this weekend for our anniversary. I had the brilliant plan to use my new Blackberry as a tethered modem while we were away, since the house has no Internet access. It worked, technically speaking. But it was sllloooooooooooow. Anyway, I wrote this great post about how much I loved my BB and how great it was working as a modem, but then I clicked “publish” and it disappeared. On the other hand, I did manage to log on through…

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  • Big Guy

    Happy Birthday, Big Guy

    Big Guy’s birthday. Baked a cake (from scratch) and even made a decent dinner. All in the midst of a chaotic day. Our anniversary is next… a blissful weekend on the beach with no kids. Heaven.

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