It's Teething. Trust Me.

My husband laughs at me.  My babies are teething.  That's no laughing matter, of course, as anyone who has dealt with a teething baby can tell you.  He laughs at me because, in my opinion, my babies are always teething.  My babies have been teething since day one, or at least since month three.  As soon as the experts gave me a ready-made, go-to excuse for their seemingly uncalled for tears and distress, I took it and ran.Crying because they don't want to eat?   Teething.  Crying because they're overtired?  Teething.  Crying bec...more

Atmospheric Pressure

 Taking two babies anywhere is a hassle.  Taking them out to dinner is usually a disaster.  In a restaurant, your attention is divided.  You can only dote upon your children while you're not choosing something to eat from the menu, speaking to the waiter, or accepting and clearing dishes.  God forbid you actually try to eat anything.  The minute your eyes drift to your plate and your lips close around the fork, your kids may or may not be dumping out the salt, sliding off their boosters, tearing open the sugar packets, knocking over your beer, or, worst of...more

Everything is a Toy

 I was reminded yesterday of one of the many habits of babies that I've known for years, and, yet, somehow always manage to forget: they can turn anything into a toy - and not only turn it into a toy, but turn it into the best toy ever.Last night, I got a flashlight out of storage.  Amazingly, my two year olds had never seen a flashlight.  They were intrigued.  More than intrigued.  In fact, I have rarely seen anything delight and confuse them more.  (Thank you, Home Depot, for selling flashlights in a two-pack.)"Light!  Light on!  Fla...more

Moment of the Week - 15

Natalina knows the ending to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!...more

Toddler Tricks - 15

 Ways to Trick your Baby:Problem:  Your babies need an object.  Right now.  They need their lovey that they lost somewhere, and you have no idea where it is.  They need some pudding, but you ran out of pudding two days ago.  They absolutely need to pet the neighbor's dog, but the neighbor is not home.  Obviously, as their parent, you have all of these things.  You clearly are just hiding them from the babies out of some adult perversion that gets a kick out of their intense suffering.  Should you not be able to procure the object tha...more


 Here it is, Thanksgiving Day, and I am not making a turkey.  There is no bread in the over, no pie cooling on the rack, no clink of glasses, no shovelling of forks.It's not that we don't like Thanksgiving over here; we definitely do.  It's one of my favorite holidays, in fact.  But I don't know how to make a turkey.  And I've never particularly enjoyed sweet potatoes.  With only the four of us here, and only two of us really eating, it just doesn't make a lot of sense to attempt a big meal filled with exotic things that definitely don't come out o...more

A Different Take on Thankful

   I am thankful for my husband.-I am thankful for my children.- I am thankful for the puddles of urine on my carpet because they mean that my children are working hard to learn the ways of the potty.- I am thankful for the constant barrage of babble that assaults me every minute of every day because it means my children want to talk to me, want to share with me, and value my opinion.- I am thankful for the cheerios scattered all over the floor because we have the money to spend on them.- I am thankful for the 7 a.m....more

Because I Said So

Routine changes, as I've said, are hard to deal with both for the toddlers and the adults involved.  Even the slightest change can cause a ripple effect that will last for weeks.When my mother in law visited us, not much changed.  We went out to eat a bit more.  The babies had more attention.  There was an extra person with us.  That's about it.  They still napped at the same time, ate at the same time, went to bed at the same time.  They were still allowed the same things, and not allowed other things.Still, as they learn that not all thin...more

Puzzling Perceptions

 At two years old, my babies have perception confusion.  This makes sense.  When we Skype with my mother or with their uncle, for instance, they want to give them things, hug them, kiss them and touch them.  They see the image of a real person on the screen, therefore, that person is here.  This, logically, extends to regular phone conversations.  When I'm talking to my mom on the phone, and they can hear her but not see her, they run to the door and demand that she come in.  They can hear her, so obviously she must be here....more

...and the fact that you are open enough to learn such lessons from your children bodes well for ...more

Toddler Tricks - 14

Ways to Trick your Baby:Problem:  Your toddler is insane.  She's literally nuts.  She wants a cookie.  No!  Not that cookie!  That one over there.  No!  She wants to pick it out herself.  No!  Not off the counter.  From the package.  Actually, she doesn't want a cookie.  She wants a video.  No!  Not Sesame St., not Dora.  Blue's Clues.  No!  Not Blue's Clues, Thomas the Train.  Actually, she doesn't want a video, she wants a CD.  She wants to sing.  Wait!  Why did you shut t...more