Date night

J was looking a little morose as he left for work this morning.  "Cheer up!" I said.  "It's date night!" "Oh...right!" he said, feigning enthusiasm.  Hmmm, I thought.  J does not seem very pumped for date night.  Could it be because we spent our last "date night" caulking the bathtub? (I wish I was kidding.)…

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And now for something completely different

...Well, not completely different.  Unless you count the weather (see above). I have the privilege of being this week's guest blogger over at VictoriaMom.ca, the online magazine for moms in Victoria, British Columbia (but moms everywhere will find useful articles and links all over the site - I know I did).  You can read my…

Things I Can’t Do

Less than a week ago I wrote a blog post declaring stay-at-home-parenthood to be a walk in the park, leaving me time for this, that, and the next.   Then, as is fitting, I disappeared from the blogosphere for five days.  You see, things got busy. Life has given me some kind of karmic comeuppance for my…

The Birthday Grinch

Kids' birthday parties, particularly for really little kids, are just the worst. Before we had kids, I went to most of my friends' kids' birthday parties. The parties for really little kids who don't have real "friends" of their own yet are the worst of the worst. Here's why: The kids who attend are usually…

Stop touching your face

So there is a new-ish strain of bird flu popping up in China, killing people. I admit to being a germaphobe, and probably, part of the problem that has seen the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.  I carry hand sanitizer, I'm super diligent about washing my hands with antibacterial soap, and I nag my loved ones…

My love affair with IKEA

It has nothing (well, very little) to do with allen keys and assemble-it-yourself furniture.  And it's only partly because - for some reason - my 10-month-old twins seem to love it.  (Seriously.  Whenever we go, they stare wide eyed at the BILLY bookcases and BJURSTA tables, babbling and smiling at passersby.) IKEA just opened in…

Recommended Reading – “How Babies Work”

I have been following Nicholas Day's series "How Babies Work" over on Slate.  His research is way more interesting than the stuff I'm probably supposed to be reading in What to Expect: The First Year - stuff that always makes me think my boys are developmentally delayed, or worse, regressing entirely.   (The one thing…