Category mothering

So far we are weathering the changes with equanimity

There are major upheavals occurring in our household.  I am going back to working outside of the home next week.  Of course, it’s really not going back.  It’s a whole new reality where my professional self and my parent-self are about to come into contact with each other and will be forced to figure out how to […]

Cocoon your newborn….please!

We’re halfway through World Immunization Week and I wanted to take a brief moment to remind everyone with a new baby (or even a not-so new baby) or a friend with a baby or a relative with a baby or a caregiver to a baby to go and get their TdaP shot if they haven’t […]

Cold….cold….warm…cold…warmer…warmer…hot!

Do you remember playing “hot hot cold” as a kid?  It goes like this, child A hides something and child B looks for it…if child B is going off in the wrong direction, child A says, “cold, cold, freezing,” etc but as child B gets closer, child A says, “warm, warmer, warmer, hot, hot hot.” Well, […]

The lipase mini-saga…

Breastfeeding is great…but being connected to a wee creature by the boob is not so great.  I knew that if I wanted any freedom at all in the first year, I was going to have to pump and store my milk.  And so I did.  And the little bottles and bags of boob milk populated […]

Why won’t the placebo effect work on laundry?

One of the things I’m really enjoying as a mom is the chance to slow down a bit and see the world through my baby’s eyes.  A world that is fascinating and complex and where nothing is taken for granted.  He hasn’t developed any heuristics or other forms of mental shortcutting yet.  When he eats, […]

I thought better of it

A few days ago I conceived a wild and crazy idea.  I was going to embark on a well-structured and controlled experiment where I would post some fake sample postings on a bunch of parenting websites and analyze the responses for craziness. I haven’t put my evil plan into motion.  I mulled it over a […]

He knows how to grow

My mother thinks that moms these days are under tons of pressure.  When she had us, there was Spock and not much else.  Now there are entire bookstores full of parenting manuals.  Everyone is a lay developmental psychologist and we’re still recovering from several decades where it was trendy to blame your parents and childhood for everything.  It’s […]

Drumstick Disaster Sunday – a pitfall of baby-led solids

One of the sanity-saving things I do is go to mom and baby drop-in at a local community center.  I need to get out of the house at least once a day or I’m in danger of going batty over the winter and trying to chop my family into little bits… But I digress…. Mom and baby drop-in…er parent […]

Call us Lars and Linda – we want the joys of pappapermisjon!

I thought for sure I was going to call this post “Call us Hedda and Olef” but Lars and Linda were pretty popular names for Norwegian girls and boys in the 70s. Why Norway? My husband I and, deep down in our little social democratic hearts, want to be Norwegian citizens.  Not only do we love the idea […]

What these? These aren’t boobs!

Deep down in my heart, I always thought I had nice boobs…amazing boobs even.  Boobs that looked great in low cut tops and tight sweaters and bikinis.  My husband thought so too.  He used to tell me all the time. Now I have two things that dispense milk on demand for my baby.  And while […]