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On losing a pet

What follows is a departure from my usual subject matter. But writing about it made me feel better, so I thought I’d share. It was almost exactly 12 years ago that I managed to secure off-campus housing for my senior year of college. Seeing as how the landlord was dog-friendly, getting a dog was an inevitable next step. I loved ... Read More »

5 interesting things about breastfeeding a toddler

My son recently turned 19 months old, and I have a confession to make. I’m still breastfeeding. This is the longest I’ve gone with any of my kids, and he shows no sign of losing interest. So he’s not ready to stop, and truthfully, I’m not either. But I’m amazed by how the experience has changed recently. Here are 5 ... Read More »

Recapitulation

I thought this might make a nice Wordless Wednesday post (my first, but whatever). Then I realized, it’s been pretty wordless around here for a few weeks, and a little explanation might be in order. See, here’s the thing. People always assume that December is the craziest month of all for me, and, fine, that’s probably true. But there’s this ... Read More »

It’s National S’mores Day!

That’s right, there’s a holiday for everything. Today is National S’mores Day, which means I felt a moral obligation to eat some. I know that part of the fun of S’mores is roasting the marshmallows over an open flame, but whenever we do that, I eat like a hundred marshmallows. So I developed a recipe for individually wrapped, baked S’mores ... Read More »

One.

I remember when I buckled you into your car seat for the first time, heading home from the hospital. I thought, slow down, remember this. By the third time around, I knew already. It goes way too fast. Last summer, I sat with you asleep against my chest, feeling the high and trying to memorize all of it. The weight ... Read More »

10 things I love about breastfeeding

When I was pregnant with my first baby, someone asked me if I would breastfeed. “I guess so,” I replied. My mother, within earshot, shrilled “you guess so??” And this was how I learned that I actually come from a long line of breastfeeders. My mother breastfed all three of us, and even her mother breastfed her youngest child in ... Read More »

31 and out.

Once upon a time, there was a girl… fine, a woman, who dreamed of owning a toy store (with some baby gear, too). She joined forces with her husband, her brother-in-law and many other talented people. She thought it would be easy, and it wasn’t. She thought it would be fun, and it was. It still is. We’re astonished and ... Read More »

Day 30 – phil&teds Dash Stroller

We’ve been selling phil&teds strollers since the very beginning in 2004. Back then, I ordered them directly from New Zealand (loved their accents), and hardly anyone had ever heard of them. We were one of just a handful of retailers in the United States. Now, of course, they’re all the rage, and I’m a proud mother hen. I used the ... Read More »

Day 21 – Monte Luca Glider

This is a story that’s taken me almost 11 months to tell, mostly because the humiliation has just recently worn off. Almost. At the ABC Kids Expo this past September, I was in rough shape. I was barely 4 weeks post-partum and terribly sick with what we would later discover was Crohn’s Disease. I could barely walk around the vast ... Read More »