It's a cliche, but I don't care. One of my favorite memories will always be the way my baby's head smells. You'd think a head would smell like oil, but somehow my baby's head smells just perfect. Every day. I hope I never forget her delicate mix of clean, squishiness, love, warmth, and goo-goos. No … Continue reading Sweet Memories Friday: That Baby Smell
My 7mo naps about 3 hours a day, like most babies her age. That's 2-3 naps a day. It's great! I love it! And she needs it, being a baby still. But my 3yo.... Nope, not a nap most days lately. (Are they coming to an end? Panic!!) But she needs it; she is a … Continue reading Toddler and Baby: Trade Nap Lengths, Please!
When our first child was about 1.5 years old, we bought a new rug to replace a flattened, worn-out, cheap IKEA rug. Thought it was a good idea to get a nice, pretty wool rug that would be soft under her feet - and her head when she fell! Bad move. Either we should've bought … Continue reading The Great Rug-Toddler Solution
For the most part, I feel like parenting our second child is trying to fix any mistakes we made with child #1 (and there were just a few, to be fair to us). Like trying not to have this baby do "fingertip walking" (AKA walking around the house for hours with her weak torso a-swaying … Continue reading In 5 Months, She May Be Walking. Maybe.
I've done a lot of thinking about this (usually while I talk to myself in my head while my toddler spends fifty minutes washing her hands or my baby nurses and nurses and nurses), and I'm pretty sure the #1 personality trait mothers need for success is patience. Forget being "nice." Forget being "caring." Forget being … Continue reading If You’re Patient and You Know It, Clap Your Mom-Hands!
Long ago, the thought of someone peeing on my furniture was an abstract worry ... and certainly something that other mothers were dealing with, but not me ... until my child actually does it. Now I look around my living room and just see places where my she's peed, shining so bright at me like … Continue reading Just Another Pee Story – Thank You, Toddler!
If I had a dime for every time I've heard, "This too shall pass," I'd be able to buy the entire menu at Starbucks - venti size. Yeah, yeah, yeah - I'm sure it will pass, but I and every other mom think, "Not fast enough!" when going through a really rough patch: ... a … Continue reading Sweet Memories Friday: Getting Through the Tough Times of Motherhood
Sometimes, when I'm sitting with my 7mo at the boob, sucking quietly and giving me a few minutes to zone out, I think about parenting now in 2016 versus parenting 100 years ago. It's kind of a competition to see if I feel more sorry for the 1916 mom or am just trying to hold … Continue reading Parenting Now (Win!) Vs. 100 Years Ago (Kill Me Now!)
For every parent, I think there comes a time during potty training when you walk into your bathroom and realize, no matter how carefully you clean after your toddler has used the bathroom, that your toilet just smells like piss. What the hell is it going to take to make our bathroom smelling fresh again? … Continue reading Potty Training Fail – My Toilet Reeks!
The potty training saga continues ... and now it's combined with a bit of refusing to nap. Today was the several-th time in the past two weeks my darling toddler has peed and/or pooped while "trying to fall asleep." Theory from husband and I? She's rebelling against having to take a nap by messing up … Continue reading If My Toddler Were an Adult, Part 2 – Peeing