Crazy Train

This post goes out to all you parents out there with a special little girl (or boy) in your life, a precious treasure who possesses that magical ability to keep you on the edge of your seat… I’ve talked about Maggie a lot since she was born, and, to be honest, I’d devote a weekly…

Naptime Rules of Engagement

Putting three toddlers to bed at any time is not for the faint of heart. And successfully executing nap time for all three can be elusive and quite rewarding. Since it’s become almost literally my life’s work to ensure my children have naps, I’ve compiled a list of handy do’s and dont’s for your own naptime adventures.    …

Caption This Picture!

It’s been a while since I did a ‘Caption This Picture’ contest. I was sad. I’ve been busy, and haven’t had much opportunity to catch my children in compromising positions. This evening, however, the perfect opportunity presented itself: This is my daughter immediately following a plate of pasta. Up for grabs? A$25 gift card to…

I’m Not Coming Home

Over the weekend, my parents stayed over our house to watch our babies. My husband and I had plans, and we weren’t sure what time we’d be getting home, so we erred on the side of caution and asked if they minded staying over. They agreed. When they left the next day, my darling son…

Diary of Some Stinky Kids

Everyone knows things have been a little rough around here lately. We’ve been doing nothing but putting out fires for the past four months. Thus, when a window of opportunity opens to distract ourselves, to do something special for our family, we hurl ourselves enthusiastically through. Yesterday evening, we decided we’d take our kids for…

24 Hours of Maggie

(Fair Warning: At the end of this post, you will either feel compelled to a) send me a box of wine, or b) call CPS. My one appeal to you is that if you choose Option B, please be sure it is either preceded or followed by Option A.) Over the past few days, we’ve…

Beware the Minivan

Like a superhero, I now wear an invisibility cloak. I can come and go from most places completely unnoticed. I can stalk though my daily routine virtually undetected. Why? Because I drive a minivan. There was a time in my life when some would say I had a lead foot. That time was about fourteen…

And They’re Off to College (Not Really)

My husband and I have had a few frightening conversations over the past few days. They were about college. Saving for college. He and I both went to college, both have advanced degrees, and are aware that at least a Bachelor’s appears necessary to make a living for one’s self (and even that depends on…

Ten Ways to Tell You’re Outnumbered by Toddlers

I’ve found myself in a few compromising situations lately, and I can only say it’s because I’m outnumbered. I’d say anyone taking care of two toddlers has basically hit the skids. Let’s never mind three. So, I’ve compiled a handy list of ways to help determine whether or not you’re, well, ineffective, just a few…

A Baby Story: Crack for Moms

When I was in my late twenties, I watched A Baby Story whenever I could. Let’s just say ‘a lot’. I fancied I could somehow learn all there was to be known about becoming a parent by osmosis. I was petrified of birthing a baby, having one live inside me. Stories my grandmother told me about…

Filter? What Filter?!

There comes a time in every parent’s life when one realizes they’ve completely lost any trace of modesty they may have ever had. For me, that happened back during my first pregnancy, when several bescrubbed individuals, peering under a sheet at the end of a stretcher, became a mundane occurrence. I thought I had reached…

Bye, Bye Dada!

We’ve reached the point in our program where the twins exhibit a preference for one caregiver. As you may expect, that caregiver is me. I can’t say I hate this, as my older son Matthew was a little blasé about the whole parent-preference thing. He was Switzerland. Or I was too overwhelmed with newborns to…