Motherhood

The Last Time I Ever Nursed

Today. Today was the last time I nursed my fourth-and-final child. I’m sitting in my kitchen alone — all the “big” kids at school, my baby drifting off to sleep in her nursery — with quiet tears falling down my cheeks. I feel like I need to mark this occasion somehow — commemorate it, celebrate […] Read more…

The Two Magic Words that Make Parenting Easier

So much of parenting involves shuttling kids — to school, to lessons, to playdates, to church, to baseball, to naps and bedtimes, to birthday parties, to doctor appointments. At our house, even when we try to keep life simple, there’s still a whole lot of moving-little-bodies from point A to point B. There are shoes to […] Read more…

Getting Dressed for School: Sports Clothes vs. Handsome Clothes

According to Charlie, my now 7-year-old son, there are only two types of clothes in this world: Sports Pants and Handsome Clothes. Handsome Clothes are rotten. They have zippers and buttons; they’re itchy and not nearly soft enough. Sports clothes, on the other hand, are the bomb. Charlie’s drawers are filled with polyester sports clothes […] Read more…

When Kids Lose Their Loveys…

During our transfer from Milwaukee to Europe, John’s blankee (or “doodoo” as they call it here) was packed up in a box and loaded on the moving truck, not to be seen again for months as it sat on a dock and traveled by boat across the ocean. So as we prepared for our transatlantic […] Read more…