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Endless Snacks

March 4, 2010

Ever since I wrote that article for Strollerderby about how it’s Snack Time All The Time for America’s kids, I’ve been seeing snacks everywhere. I thought, before that, that my own kids were not big snackers. We have two set “snacktimes” a day, at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. The kids usually get slices of fruit and [...]

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Keeping a Journal

February 10, 2010

Yesterday I wrote about several steps to making a life change stick. Then in the shower this morning, I thought, “Oh! I need to write more about journaling vs. simple record-keeping.” And sure enough, the first comment on yesterday’s post was from the always thoughtful Rebecca Weger, saying, “The most important piece for me is [...]

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Let there be light!

December 30, 2009

The solstice is a week behind us, but the cold days sure don’t seem longer or brighter yet. When the sun is out it’s too cold for me to want to go out and play in it. Dark comes too early too early. I feel it, the kids feel it. My beloved mother noticed us [...]

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Dentist: Do Not Mess With This Kid

December 16, 2009

Rio totally rocks her dentist visit. She’s so fierce. She totally jumped into that chair and opened wide. I want to be like her when I grow up.

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Flu Shots

December 1, 2009

Took the girls to get their second H1N1 flu shot today. The first round was Serena’s first vaccine. I don’t vaccinate my babies till they’re two or three. My thinking about vaccines has been largely shaped by Vaccine, a fantastic book by journalist Arthur Allen. At almost 700 pages of intensely researched medical history and [...]

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SAD Girl is Sad

November 29, 2009

Rio’s been mostly great. As my recent reports of our conversations probably suggest, she’s growing up a little faster than I strictly think she needs to. Hot Boys? Zombies? What happened to my baby? But she loves kindergarten. She loves her friends and her activities and her play. She’s mellowed out a lot this fall, [...]

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Elimination update

September 11, 2009

I’m nearing the end of the first phase of the elimination diet: the one where I eat only “hypoallergenic” foods. Next comes the “challenge phase”, where I try eating the things I cut out one at a time and see if any of them make me sick. This first phase has been plenty challenging on [...]

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Home again

July 23, 2009

Back from a long week of rest. A week in a little lakeside cottage where it was always naptime. I learned to bake Really Good Bread there. I watched my kids chase ducks, and be chased by them. I read Lady Chatterly’s Lover again, and enjoyed it a lot more than I did when I [...]

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Lyme Disease

July 15, 2009

I apparently have Lyme Disease. Before today, what I knew about Lyme Disease was that you get it from deer ticks and it is a Very Serious Illness. Now I know that the early symptoms are often: – a painful, red rash in the shape of a bull’s-eye – accompanied by a fever – and [...]

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Am I Supermom yet?

July 2, 2009

I would like my cape and tights, please. In size extra-awesome. Menstruating? Check. Laryngitis? Check. Solo parenting for the week? Check. Sudden increase in workload with both my day job and my freelance writing? Check. Did I manage, in the past 24 hours, to conduct an interview for a magazine, run a preschool day, learn [...]

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