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Ruined?

I had a lovely Mother’s Day on Sunday. I slept in, had breakfast brought to me in bed, got cards, flowers and gifts. We spent the early afternoon at the SoWa Open Market and then we broke out the two-wheelers and spent the late afternoon getting the girls ready for summer biking. In the evening, we visited friends for a ... Read More »

Nine :o

(Flashback) 4/27/02 After laboring through most of April 26th, 2002, I finally gave birth to my daughter in the wee hours of April 27th, with the assistance of a formidable pair of forceps. I was 25 years old and I didn’t know the first thing about being a mom. I didn’t know enough to be terrified or even amazed when ... Read More »

Hooray for Hamantaschen

Sunday is Purim, one of my favorite holidays in the Jewish calendar. What’s not to love? We celebrate the victory of good over evil, our kids dress up in costumes, and Eli and I do a puppet show together for the kids in our community. But before the holiday starts, we bake hamantaschen. Hamantaschen are triangular cookies with a tasty ... Read More »

No more nursing

I never expected to nurse my son for two and a half years. Both my daughters lost interest by around 18 months, and I figured he’d follow suit. But 18 months came and went and he was still interested. Very interested. His first three-word sentence was “Nurse other side!” As time went on, his enthusiasm never waned. Nursing a verbal ... Read More »

What happens in Vegas

Trade shows are always exhausting, but this one was exceptionally so. For the first time ever, I decided to skip the last day of the show so I could get home a day sooner. The trade-off was an accelerated trip with very little time for leisure. Here’s a snapshot of my last 24 hours in Vegas. 6am: Wake up. Finish ... Read More »

Two.

Two years ago today you made your entrance, free of drama (thankfully) but full of presence from the start. My how you’ve grown. You can run and jump. You sing songs and tell jokes. You love books. You know the difference between a square and a triangle. You like the slide and the swings but most of all the woodchips ... Read More »

10 years

In the summer of 1985, I went to day camp and rode the bus every day with a quiet, soft-spoken boy from the neighborhood. He was exceedingly kind, and I… well, I wasn’t. On Wild West day, I relished the role of outlaw (even more than usual), and managed to trick that sweet boy into giving me all the candy ... Read More »

Maternity ward (part 1)

Exactly a week ago, my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Around eight months ago, she and I were en route to IKEA when she gave me the good news. A week later I was back at IKEA to return some things from my trip the week before and my sister in law called me with news. She ... Read More »

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day for mothers. Which also means it’s a day for flowers. For sleeping late. For breakfast in bed or brunch (or both). For greeting cards. For macaroni necklaces. For snuggles and kisses. But more than anything else, it’s really a day for reflecting on your journey, and why you signed up for it. Motherhood is a ... Read More »

Plane and not so simple

Sorry for the relative silence around here lately. I’ve been traveling up a storm. I went to Amsterdam for two days last week, where we were invited by Bugaboo to visit their headquarters, and tomorrow I’m off to Kentucky for the day to check out the ABC Kids Spring Conference. By tomorrow night, I’ll have logged six airplane flights in ... Read More »