Early Decision

I’ve been visiting preschools for Ellie for next year. She’s going to eat it up–she is curious and bold and impeccably coordinated, and she loves backpacks as much as anyone. When Ruby was Ellie’s age she and I lived with my parents in DC,

Early Decision

I’ve been visiting preschools for Ellie for next year. She’s going to eat it up–she is curious and bold and impeccably coordinated, and she loves backpacks as much as anyone. When Ruby was Ellie’s age she and I lived with my parents in DC,

Tears for Fears

When I was a brand new nurse I ran into my preceptor in the nursing school. I’d never seen her not in scrubs before, but she was wearing a flowery little dress, and she was nervous about turning in a

Tears for Fears

When I was a brand new nurse I ran into my preceptor in the nursing school. I’d never seen her not in scrubs before, but she was wearing a flowery little dress, and she was nervous about turning in a

Everything is so Wondrous

“What are Ruby’s favorite cartoon characters?” her teacher asked. “It can be a nice break for the parents…” my mom said. And the clincher, from an astute friend: “Does Ruby watch any tv? My boyfriend’s nephew watches Curious George. I

Everything is so Wondrous

“What are Ruby’s favorite cartoon characters?” her teacher asked. “It can be a nice break for the parents…” my mom said. And the clincher, from an astute friend: “Does Ruby watch any tv? My boyfriend’s nephew watches Curious George. I

Two Styrofoam Bowls, Two Yogurt Cups

Warning: This post is about my breasts. (While we schemed yesterday, I said to my mother, Can I write a blog post about this? My husband piped in: Kristen, your blog is public, you write about this titty project, you’re

Two Styrofoam Bowls, Two Yogurt Cups

Warning: This post is about my breasts. (While we schemed yesterday, I said to my mother, Can I write a blog post about this? My husband piped in: Kristen, your blog is public, you write about this titty project, you’re

Room of Dreams

My second baby is due tomorrow. Ruby says, “Hi, baby sister. Out, out.” Until she’s big enough to share a room with Ruby, the baby will sleep in the little space that was my “office.” Until two months ago, it looked

Room of Dreams

My second baby is due tomorrow. Ruby says, “Hi, baby sister. Out, out.” Until she’s big enough to share a room with Ruby, the baby will sleep in the little space that was my “office.” Until two months ago, it looked

Five Pieces of Sage Advice from One Pregnant Woman to Another

Don’t diet while pregnant. That would be silly. Just cut back on the pasta and bread and sugar. You need to rest. Put your feet up. Lie down on the couch. And get some exercise. You need to exercise. Feel

Five Pieces of Sage Advice from One Pregnant Woman to Another

Don’t diet while pregnant. That would be silly. Just cut back on the pasta and bread and sugar. You need to rest. Put your feet up. Lie down on the couch. And get some exercise. You need to exercise. Feel

Peeing is the New Pooping

Hilah Johnson and Laura Vitale, did you ever imagine that one of your most ardent fans would watch most of your videos while sitting on the pot? On Ruby’s behalf as well as my own, I’d like to thank you

Peeing is the New Pooping

Hilah Johnson and Laura Vitale, did you ever imagine that one of your most ardent fans would watch most of your videos while sitting on the pot? On Ruby’s behalf as well as my own, I’d like to thank you