I used to love clothes. I like to think I appreciated finer fabrics and timeless style rather than being too fast-fashion-consumerist, but I also did a lot of online shopping in my fashion heyday and I was super cheap about it. I'm feeling my old love of nice clothing slowly coming back after a year… Continue reading Breastfeeding, fashion and mom jeans
The parenting books I've been reading for this parenting book club have been helping me to feel more chilled out about parenting Avery. It could have gone the other way - information overload could have led to heightened anxiety. I think we must be choosing good books as a group of hippy parents. And by… Continue reading It’s OK Not To Share, and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids (a review)
... It's really hard to see my breasts as something sexual. When I need to breastfeed in front of family, the last thing I want is to feel like I'm revealing sexualized breasts to everyone. But after a while... after a year in the same drab nursing bras with cotton pads stuffed in there to absorb milky leaks, sometimes partners will start to mourn the loss of sexualized breasts. I think this is totally fair. So is not wanting your breasts to be sexual things while breastfeeding your offspring. It's a tough subject.
August is a busy month around here. Not only do I have a full garden to harvest and preserve and a half finished dissertation proposal due at the end of the month, but we're also prepping to go on our first family vacation (with baby's first flight!), we're planning Avery's first birthday party, and I'm… Continue reading Prepping for baby’s first flight, first birthday, and first daycare!
I've drafted 7 blog posts recently that I'm eager to post, but for various reasons they're not ready to go live yet. Some are more professional-blogger-ish (my first affiliate links!). Others are personal ramblings. I have a lot of big thoughts and feelings to express. Marriage and motherhood do not naturally compliment each other. It… Continue reading 4 random and unexciting things on a Saturday. A truly boring read, I’m sure.
I am 31 today. On my 30th birthday I was heavily pregnant and hot and I spent the weekend with my in laws at their family cottage. My wife and I didn't celebrate either of our birthdays that year (we're 10 days apart), aside from getting each other a gift. Last year was weird, because… Continue reading 31
Weight: 23 lb 12 oz Length/Height: 29.5″ New this month First camping trip, and it was a huge success! Pulling herself up to standing like a boss. Inches herself along the edges of furniture, and tries to balance with no hands but is still really careful and cautious about it. Got another tooth. She has… Continue reading Avery’s 11th Month
So first of all, an update from yesterday's hospital visit post. Avery developed a high fever last night (38.9°C) and slept horribly. I had to sit with her in the chair in her room for hours, and when I brought her into our bed she still woke up crying a few times through the night.… Continue reading Pets and babies and patience and problems
We hadn't visited the hospital since August last year, and that time we left with a brand new baby. Yesterday, we were there for a less joyous reason. I was making Avery lunch when I heard the smash from behind me. She had broken one of the cat's ceramic dishes. Before I could get over… Continue reading Avery’s first emergency room visit
I've always been a big sharer of personal stories. I disclose embarrassing anecdotes about myself at parties, and I am drawn to blogging as a way to share my personal experiences with others. My wife, on the other hand, has always been a very private person. We are always having conversations about how much to… Continue reading Risking their right to privacy: mom bloggers and “sharenting”