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Peas In A Pod (A Life Update)

July 5, 2012

We went camping recently. In fact, all kinds of things have been going on, here in real life. Martin went to Brazil and Argentina to visit family and old friends and give a speech at his old high school. I was flying solo with the kids for almost three weeks. Before that I spent 10 [...]

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Being Nibbled By The Homeschooling Bug

June 24, 2011

I keep starting blog posts and then not writing them because OMFG you would not believe how much writing I do all day. I mean, you would, because I post it all to the Internets and share it with you on the Twitter and like that. But it turns out that even I can become [...]

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What Do You Want For Your Kids?

April 7, 2011

I posted on Strollerderby yesterday about Amy Chua’s cub getting into Harvard, and why my kids won’t be following in her footsteps. The bottom line is that I don’t have Harvard ambitions for my kids. As I said in my SD post: I don’t lack the willpower to drive them toward excellence. I just have [...]

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Rio Can Totally Read!

November 17, 2010

[in which I shamelessly brag on my kid] A few weeks ago, Rio was struggling with Dr. Seuss. She’d made huge strides in reading since starting first grade. Which is to say, she’d moved from complete disinterest in the subject to a determined, steady effort at mastering simple words. She could totally wrestle Red Fish, [...]

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Dancing To the End of Love

November 16, 2010

My baby and I are totally breaking up. I know I’ve mentioned this a few times before, but I didn’t have the guts to come right out and say it: our honeymoon is ending, and we will love each other in a different, more complicated way on the other side of her third year. That [...]

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The Power of “NO”: Lessons From My 3-year-old

October 26, 2010

Serena is deep in the threes. Anyone who’s been there knows what that means: “NO! I DO IT MYSELF!” Rio going through this phase was one of the hardest years of my life: we fought bitterly, more days than not. Even at the time, it seemed insane. How could I be so angry, and so [...]

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The Indigo Girls Rock My Baby’s World

August 2, 2010

We hit the ground running: we went to an Indigo Girls concert last night, about 15 hours after getting home from Argentina. Both girls slept through it. It was adorable, but I may tease Rio for 20 years for sleeping through the show we flew home a few days early for her to go to. [...]

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Serena Rose!

July 12, 2010

My baby is three. Her birthday was actually on Friday, July 9, which is also the Argentine independence day. We spent the whole day having a BBQ in the backyard. Argentine’s are simply mad about BBQ. They all (at least, all the affluent houses in this neighborhood), have these huge hand-built brick BBQ ovens in [...]

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That’s Sweet

June 25, 2010

Yesterday, I was getting changed while Serena played on the bed nearby. I took my shirt off and she said, “Mama! Your boobies! I can see your boobies! And…(long, dramatic, awestruck pause) your nibbles!” We’re in the midst of a too-slow-for-me and too-fast-for-her weaning process, so my breasts have recently become an even more interesting [...]

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Breastfeeding Your 5-yr-old

June 2, 2010
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I have finally chewed through Ann Sinnott’s wonderful, dense book on extended breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Older Children. She calls it sustained breastfeeding. A better term really, since it’s only “extended” from the POV of our stressed modern lives where children are typically breastfed for a few months if at all. Sinnott interviewed hundreds of women all [...]

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