So negative lately 

I've always been an eternal optimist. To an obnoxious extent. It took a lot of formal and informal education for me to learn that active listening and empathy required not always looking for the positive in people's experiences. Sometimes people just need to experience a negative emotion. Sometimes negative feelings can't, or even shouldn't, be… Continue reading So negative lately 

3 Things on a Wednesday 

We were all sick, all weekend. My wife took a sick day on Monday and it allowed me to take 20 minutes to get some garden weeding done and another 20 minutes to have a BATH!! (it has been so long since I've soaked...). But it's true what they say, mothers don't get a sick… Continue reading 3 Things on a Wednesday 

Four Pillars of a Bad Night’s Sleep

Avery is sick. She is teething. She seems to be going through the 8 month sleep regression, and the 3-to-2 per day nap transition. We haven't slept in days.  The Sick I think she must have gotten sick from the Tylenol dropper... Is that possible? We gave it to her last time she was sick,… Continue reading Four Pillars of a Bad Night’s Sleep

On Photographing your Birth

I've written about this before in a post on regrets. I wanted a birth photographer, but in the end it was going to be too expensive to hire a professional and we didn't know anyone I was comfortable enough letting into the delivery room (I'm weird that way... the closer someone is to me, the less… Continue reading On Photographing your Birth

A Community of Families

I took Avery to campus with me this week to pick up some paperwork for my taxes, and I bumped into an old roommate. We hadn't seen each other since before I married, although he knows my wife from when we were dating. He's a really cool guy and I always wished we'd been able… Continue reading A Community of Families

Separation Anxiety… In mama, not baby 

I had a hair appointment yesterday. My wife stayed home with the baby so I could go and get an awesome new look and feel like a new me. It was supposed to be fun, relaxing, a happy escape for a couple of hours. But I was struck with separation anxiety about halfway through the… Continue reading Separation Anxiety… In mama, not baby 

Weekend Update: crawling practice 

This weekend was nice. Saturday was a spring projects day where my wife worked on the chicken coop and I worked on deep cleaning the house, one wall of one room at a time. Baby steps. Avery was feeling good (finally 100% over her cold) and super into independent play on Saturday, so we were… Continue reading Weekend Update: crawling practice 

Food Blog Friday: Vegan Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

I'm strictly following the CMPA diet for Avery's dairy and soy allergy, and I've now thrown eggs into the do-not-eat list. Desserts are my new obsession because I want what I can't have (i.e., pastries, chocolate things...). I dug up this old recipe for vegan chocolate cupcakes that my wife made for me when we… Continue reading Food Blog Friday: Vegan Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Weekend Update

For Valentine's Day my wife surprised me with a spa day, which I redeemed this weekend while visiting my mom in tourist country, where all the good spas are.  Talk about #selfcareformama. I left Avery with my mom and wife, and had full confidence that she'd be content with her two trusted caregivers. When I arrived at… Continue reading Weekend Update