Guilty Mommy Pleasures: The Wheel of Time

My husband Tom and I set aside time to read every night before going to bed. Sometimes it’s an hour, sometimes it’s only 15 minutes. But no matter how long it is, it’s always a good way to wind down after a long day. While magazines may be easier to read because they’re broken down […]

Happy 9 months, little man!

It’s been 9 months, TJ. You’ve been outside in this world for as long as you were in my belly now. You sit, you crawl, you can stand without holding onto anything for seconds at a time. You have five teeth and a shy sixth tooth that seems to be taking its time breaking through. […]

Happy 8 months!

TJ, I can’t believe you’re eight months old. You’re eating Stage 3 foods. You love your Gerber Puffs, which have helped you get really good at chewing with your four teeth. You can even feed them to yourself. You’ve tried canned pears, Cheerios, canned peaches, biter biscuits, zwieback toast, and a french fry. You’d been […]

No one told you you’re only a little guy

I tried putting you down for a nap around 9:45 this morning and tried lying down to take a nap of my own. You fussed for a little while, played for a little while, and then you just cried and cried until you made yourself cough. So I got up to go check on you… […]

Happy 7 months, buddy!

My little man is getting so big! You may still be small, but you think you’re much bigger. You’re crawling at a startling pace across the floor already, after just learning to do it not that long ago. Oddly enough, you seem to zero in on things like your baby wipes and diaper rash cream […]


Grandma Kitty came over to spend some time with you before she flies out to Michigan tomorrow. She was talking to you about your mama, and you said, clear as day, “MAMA!” I don’t think you said it with any meaning behind it, but you said it! MAMA. Made my day. Tags: babies, first words, mama, […]

You are way. too. young. for this.

We were at Grandma Debbie’s house for Sunday dinner. You were entertaining everyone.  Everyone was impressed as you crawled across the floor the way you did last night. You really moved. You did not just inch along like you did a few nights ago. You scooted several feet to get your hands on a tube […]

Rolling: Not the only game in town anymore

I was sitting here at my computer last night doing some work when Daddy said, “Crawling!” You don’t get up on his hands and knees like the traditional picture of crawling, but you did hitch yourself along the floor for about a foot by pulling yourself along with your hands. Of course, then you laid there […]

Your 6 month appointment

Grandma Kitty went with me to your appointment this morning. You hadn’t slept very well at all yesterday, but you slept from 9:30 last night to 6:40 this morning. Then I had to wake you up around 8:15 to go to your appointment. You’re now 15 pounds 8 ounces, which is the 20th percentile. You are 27 […]

Happy 6 months, little man!

I can’t believe how big you’re getting, even if your friend Gavin weighs as much as you do and he’s four months younger. You’ve got your two bottom front teeth. You’re eating two jars of baby food every day, plus cereal. You can roll over in both directions like a pro; you fall asleep in […]