Mama means Mama

Uncle Don stopped by for a little while tonight.  You freaked out a little bit when he tried to play with you, now that your stranger anxiety and separation anxiety have taken hold.  Daddy tried to console you, but you screamed, “Mamamaaaa!” while looking at me and reaching out your arms. Once I had you […]

Unpopular Baby Decisions: Tummy Sleeping

This guide is the first in a series on unpopular decisions we parents make about our babies. Tummy sleeping is generally frowned upon by most pediatricians, other parents, and anyone who watches the news. We all know the latest SIDS research warns against letting your baby sleep in any position except on his back. I […]

Your 9 month doctor’s appointment

You enjoyed looking at the fish in the waiting room, but we got called in after only a minute or two. You didn’t appreciate me undressing you in the exam room. You’re not very thrilled at all lately when it comes time for diaper changes anymore. You has places to go and things to do, so why stay […]

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 […]