July 9th, 2008

Toddler Joys

This is the game:

1. Stand on a chair in the dining room.

2. Dump enormous box of crayons onto the floor.

3. Giggle with glee.

4. Get down from chair and painstakingly refill box with every last crayon from the floor.

5. Repeat.

July 7th, 2008

I’m sure

that when a 22 month old gets up only a few hours after being put to bed and we punish him with hugs, kisses, giggles, television, salty snacks, and drinks (because, of course, snacks make a boy thirsty) …

I’m sure he learns from this that his job is to sleep all night in his own bed. I’m sure.

July 3rd, 2008

Fair Warning

If you insist upon playing in your kiddie pool in your most natural state … Your mother is going to take pictures.

July 2nd, 2008

Georgianna’s Choice

Reader Debbie sent me a link to this beautiful profile of a family that chose to carry their baby son to term, despite the fact that he was diagnosed prenatally with a terminal illness (Trisomy 18).

“God didn’t do it,” Georgianna says. “I’m angry, but not at Him. He didn’t do it. He’s right by my side, and Mary’s on the other side. When Liam got diagnosed, I said, ‘God,

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July 1st, 2008

Another Pro-Baby Video

Again, from Europe!

This one has been around for a while — I think I first saw it a year ago. But a few of you sent it to me after my last pro-baby video posting, so I thought I’d share it here … a sweet reminder of the gift of siblings!

June 27th, 2008

Brave New World

Check out this German ad that encourages more babies.

I remember enough college German to translate the name of the campaign, A Campaign for More Child Friendliness, and its slogan: “You are Germany.”


HT: Large Family Mothering

June 20th, 2008


This past winter I was quite proud of myself when I bought a plastic storage container in which to keep our tubs of Play-Doh along with their accessories. At long last. Play-doh. Contained.

It worked rather nicely for the winter months. Of course, when the little guys were through playing, there were always bits of Play-Doh on the table and the floor, and of course the brilliant colors always wound

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June 16th, 2008

One Word Wonder

A painfully familiar conversation.

Big Kid: Do you want to play ball?

Daniel: No!

Big Kid: Do you want to play trucks?

Daniel: No!

Big Kid: What do you want to play?

Daniel: No!