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  • Surgery, Time, and Guilt
    on Dec 30, 2008 in Child Health and Personal Care
    Last week we met with our younger son's (YS) ENT and it is official: he will be having his adenoids and tonsils removed. Apparently his adenoids are gigantic. The ENT kept on going back to the x-rays and commenting on it. It is also likely that.
  • Guest Post from the Big Giraffe: Yippee!!!!
    on Dec 28, 2008 in Humor (at least Attempted)
    Original Post: Yippee!!! Addendum to Original Post Part I: Introduction When Alex generously allowed me to guest post on her blog, she apparently felt that a one-word contribution was inadequate. I am therefore providing further explanation...
  • Happy HolidaysHappy holidays to you all! It's been a busy but fun week here. The funny thing is that I can't even tell you exactly what we've been doing except that I've laughed more this week than I have in a really long time. Don't get me
  • Let It SnowIt's been snowing like crazy here. Not surprisingly the boys are very excited. Our older son (OS) kept on talking about how much fun it was going to be to play in the snow. His plans were quite elaborate; there were going to be snowballs, snow ang
  • Let the Water Works BeginIn order to drive my friend and her family to the airport on Friday, I needed to arrange for my older son (OS) to go home from school with a friend. OS was absolutely thrilled. It was like Christmas had come early. In fact, all I had to do Monday...
  • The Silver LiningA while ago a friend asked me to drive her family to the airport because parking and car services are pretty expensive. I was happy to help, except for two things. First, the drive would coincide with my older son's (OS) preschool pickup. Second,.
  • The Ice Storm
    on Dec 13, 2008 in Random Mom-Care
    I woke up on Friday morning for spinning class. It was raining out, and I debated going back to bed. I figured I would get up and look outside to determine whether it was safe. Since things looked okay, I drove to class without thinking too much abo...
  • Enlarged Adenoids+Supermetabolism=Surgery
    on Dec 9, 2008 in Child Health and Personal Care
    Ever since my younger son (YS) was a baby he has been a snorty kid. I remember asking about it at the hospital and being told that c-section babies often were like that. Except that my older son (OS) was also born via c-section, and I didn't rememb
  • The Christmas Tree ExchangeThe Big Giraffe only began to celebrate Christmas when we began dating. He's only had a Christmas tree since we've been married. Since this is our eighth Christmas as a married couple, you can do the math, right? In our older son's (OS) p
  • The Holiday Meal Menu
    on Dec 5, 2008 in Food (Solid) Mom-Care Holidays
    The holidays are always a funny time for me. I suspect that the Big Giraffe would say that they are a somewhat crabby time for me. I absolutely love Christmas. Plus right after Christmas is my birthday. I enjoy the Christmas lights, the cheesy Ch...
  • Messages I Never Thought I Would LeaveI remember before I was a parent I would sort of shudder when parents talked about their children's bodily functions. Sure, I was happy to enjoy a conversation about pets. Then again I rarely hear pet owners rarely bring up constipation outside of.
  • Review
    on Dec 2, 2008 in Reviews
    Check out my review of holiday cards for the Parent Bloggers Network over on Flexible Parenting Reviews.
  • A Suspicious BagI consider myself fortunate that I have not been on an airplane for a while...not because of how I feel about flying, but because of what happens at airports. In particular, I am concerned about the repeated announcements asking people to report any...
  • Special Cookies for DaddyMy boys aren't real big meat eaters. It's not that they won't eat it, but they just don't eat a lot of it. I jokingly call them my little vegetarians in the making since I was a vegetarian for ten years. However, there is one type o
  • Out of the Mouths of Unthinking ParentsSunday the Big Giraffe and I took the boys out for breakfast. There was a little bit of a wait, and the boys were tired and cranky. I could sense that a meltdown was about to ensue. Because I didn't want to yell in a restaurant full of people want
  • CommercialismGiven the amount of work that we have put into getting rid of clutter, we have made a commitment to avoid buying things in bulk until after we move. For many things, this isn't a tough resolution to keep. For example, there isn't much reason f
  • Nutcracker ConfessionsOur older son (OS) is the age when both my husband and I were taken to see The Nutcracker. I remember back when OS was a baby. The Big Giraffe's cousin told us to treasure these early Christmases. For the fond memories? No. The cute Christmas ou
  • When an Email Sets You Off
    on Nov 18, 2008 in Mom-Care
    Have you ever had one of those days where you receive an email that leaves you feeling kind of shaky? So that no matter what else happens the rest of the day it's always there in the back of your mind? You can tell yourself that you know it's
  • The Irony of Feminism
    on Nov 17, 2008 in Mom-Care Feminism
    Today I was once again a guest speaker at a college where I discussed the Mommy Wars. I really enjoyed it. We talked about the origin of Mommy Wars and spent time discussing SAHM, WM and WAHM. We also noticed that no one talks about Daddy Wars. T...
  • Granny on the Run
    on Nov 16, 2008 in Travel Humor (at least Attempted)
    The Big Giraffe and I were horrified to learn that my MIL drove from KY to MA without a cell phone. She didn't seem to bothered by i,t but I've watched enough Lifetime Television for Women movies to know that a cell phone on a long trip is a mu