Building a Foundation: My Wholly Unqualified Theory On Parenting

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This spring, I have been inspired by the French approach to parenting, and particularly, the importance French parents place on teaching their kids to eat well. Head over to read my reviews of Bringing Up Bebe and French Kids Eat Everything for more details on the books. These books nurtured a budding idea about the … Read moreBuilding a Foundation: My Wholly Unqualified Theory On Parenting

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My affaire l’amour with French parenting continues: A review of “French Kids Eat Everything”

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A few weeks ago, I reviewed “Bringing Up Bebe” by Pamela Druckerman before I even finished reading it. Well, let’s just say, I loved it. We immediately implemented a few of the principles – the sleeping and eating schedule is a sanity saver, and Thomas is happily sleeping through the night and eating even more … Read moreMy affaire l’amour with French parenting continues: A review of “French Kids Eat Everything”

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Common Sense Parenting: A Review of “Bringing up Bebe”

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In America, it’s almost as if parenting is a competition, served with a side of self-doubt and a heaping helping of guilt and shame. At least, that is the reality media and the internet portray.  It’s all “give birth naturally or you’re a monster” and “breast is best you formula-feeding demon” and “if you stay … Read moreCommon Sense Parenting: A Review of “Bringing up Bebe”

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I Wanted A Girl – and 9 Other Things I Was Wrong About

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I wanted a girl I thought it would be easier for me to connect with and parent a little girl. I was wrong. I simply can’t imagine anything more wonderful than this little boy, and the joy and connection was so strong I was immediately proven wrong on that theory. I have never loved anything … Read moreI Wanted A Girl – and 9 Other Things I Was Wrong About

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Breastfeeding is Hard – How We Finally Made it Work

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At eight weeks in, I realized we finally made it.  I was pouring a 4 oz bottle of breastmilk down the drain. Anyone who has endured the hardships of breastfeeding probably just gasped in horror at the thought.  But for me, this action was a celebration.  It marked a hard-won victory. There are so many … Read moreBreastfeeding is Hard – How We Finally Made it Work

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Waiting and Watching: Third Trimester Thoughts

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Today, less than two weeks from your scheduled arrival, winter’s last gasp has dusted the foothills in May snow. I woke up the same way I always wake up these days – left hip asleep and aching, pillow stuffed under my belly, the one between my legs replaced by a dog, and the other dog … Read moreWaiting and Watching: Third Trimester Thoughts

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How I answer personal questions about childbirth, and 3 realities I base those answers on.

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Personal questions during pregnancy… I knew they would come up. I’ve heard the horror stories from women who have been there, preparing me for the deeply probing questions about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting that are inevitable when you choose to procreate. Clearly, there are some really insensitive people out there, with absolutely no sense of … Read moreHow I answer personal questions about childbirth, and 3 realities I base those answers on.

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Changing Seasons and Building Villages

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I am standing on the brink of the most powerful change in my life, facing something that is at once nearly universal, and deeply personal: motherhood. Just 8 weeks (or so) from now, I will bring a new life into the world, and by doing so, completely change mine and that of my wife. It’s … Read moreChanging Seasons and Building Villages

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