It's Memorial Day here in the States. I was reminded by a veteran on Friday not to say "Happy Memorial Day," and I suppose it makes sense not to celebrate the holiday in those terms (similarly it makes sense not to only celebrate it by buying a large appliance or new car, but I digress). … Continue reading Holiday Wishes – From the Kids With Yawns
We all have dreams, right? Some want to win the lottery, some want to move to a tropical island, some want to become famous. Me? I have much more immediate and domestic dreams. (Sure, I'd love to publish a book one day, but right now I have smaller dreams.) There are some things I'm dreaming about … Continue reading Top “Wish List” Inventions All Parents Need Now
Well, it's been a busy weekend for us - nonstop traveling - and we are traveling again today to celebrate Passover today with family. Thank goodness we'll be home for Easter! In lieu of a longer post today, I'll say Happy Passover (I'm sure there's a Hebrew phrase for it, but I, the shiksa, don't … Continue reading Happy Passover and Bonus Toddler Talk!
Even though this is my second daughter, a lot of the time it feels new to me. No two kids are alike, even if they're related, but in the affection department I think my baby is much more so than my toddler was. Both are "mama's girls," but Baby craves it much more - which … Continue reading Sweet Memories Friday: Little Baby Embraces
How do you wake up in the morning? I'm guessing that your eyes open and you shift a bit in your bed, maybe stretch a little, and then - silently - let your consciousness become alert. Then you probably sit up, maybe drink a glass of water, and head to the bathroom or to the … Continue reading How A Toddler Wakes Up Parents
Funny, you'd think I'd write about lack of sleep when Baby was still an infant, not when she's 12m and her big sister is almost 3.5y. Nope, this is a good time to talk about a really tired mom. (Because moms are perennially tired.) Last night Baby woke up at 12:45 because, I think, her … Continue reading Actually Useful Mom Advice: Just Forget About Sleep Now
Do you know any siblings who are about 17 to 20 months apart? I don't know many - maybe one or two who were planned. And I think I know the answer why.... Teething. Yes, that monster that invades your baby around 8 months old and starts waking her up - and you up - … Continue reading Teething is a Four Letter Word
When your baby wakes you up in the middle of the night - or the beginning, or the end of the night - it's never good. You're up, she's up, and no one's happy; at least one person is crying (okay, it's always just the baby ... instead of crying I'm usually swearing). It sucks. … Continue reading The Truth About When Your Kid Wakes at Night
So which parent among us actually uses an alarm clock? (Except to go to work, if you do.) Anyone with their hands raised??? Mine is down. Why? Because my kids are my alarm clock! They are up at the same time every day (which changes with the seasons, but day-to-day it's the same), so why … Continue reading Have Kids? Ditch the Alarm Clock!
It's been a year now since my otherwise lovely three-year-old daughter started her naptime struggles. She's napped off and on since then, sometimes more easily than others. I guess it's time for her to stop, though it's really, really hard for me to accept. Because, let's face it, naptime is really for moms! (At least after … Continue reading Sweet Memories Friday: An Early (Napless) Black Friday for Me