Tag Archive: toddler

The Perfect Spot

 The coughing started early into the morning hours. I laid in my bed silently begging it to stop; wishing it away so that I wouldn’t have to get out of my warm blankets and perfect spot that I had carved into the mattress over the last four hours. “cough, cough, hack, hack” Her chest rattled…

Fairest of Them All

You are barbies and dress up clothes after large mud puddles and filling your rain boots with water. Your determination can easily be confused for stubborness and your empathy and compassion seep through when you play. You are counting from 1 to 2o, red, green yellow, blue, and always purple, candy for every meal if…

The “MeMe Fairy” Revisited

On Friday night, after much preparation, we put our daughter to bed without her “MeMe.” Something she had gone to sleep with for 3 years. For the week leading up to that night we discussed what it might be like to fall asleep without a soother. We talked about what she might do and that…

The “MeMe Fairy“

I remember before our daughter was born promising myself that I wouldn’t allow her to have a soother. I wouldn’t give in to the temptation and put the soothing contraption, that has assisted parents for generations, into my child’s mouth. I had seen my friends struggle, watched them curse the attachments their chidren had to…

The House of Donald

I could see my daughter’s tiny body disappear up into the slide after I’d called her, for what felt like the 50th time, to come over to the fence where I was waiting. My requests were ignored and I swore in my head at the fast food chain for putting the fancy gates around the…

Let Your Hair Down and Dance

Ringlets danced along her shoulders while she hopped from one puddle to the next. I watched from behind her, holding back my be carefuls, don’t get your pants wet, and my don’t splash too hards – because that’s what being a kid is all about. She jumped high, kicked hard, and laughed all the live…

The Baby House

When our last pregnancy ended we told our daughter very little. She was smaller then. And my heart hurt so very much. Talking about it ached. But the thing about children is their incredible perception, depth and awareness about what goes on around them. Even when you are certain they aren’t listening… they are. Last…

Mean Mom

“YOU’RE MEAN!” Hearing those words for the first time didn’t go like I thought it would, sweet girl. I remember playing over and over in my head the day that you would scream, or squeak, or whisper that sentence because of frustration, or anger and I would let the tears fall. I would because I…

Why It IS Okay to Share Online

Recently I have seen several posts on social media questioning parents and their ease with sharing their children’s pictures and stories. They suggest that we are too free with their lives and perhaps our children will grow up resenting us. Resenting the potty photo? What?! The whole thing is baffling me. I share my daughter’s…

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