Too good not to share

We think the Hatchling may, finally, be hitting her verbal stage. For the longest time she’s had the same few words (kitty, hi, no, dada, ok, yeah) and relied on her (surprisingly effective) baby babble for everthing else. But then on Sunday she spontaneously came out with two very clear new words, each with an […]

Two Small Things

First: I totally love you guys for being so supportive as I put up post after post bitching about my progress. You have no idea how much it helps.

Second: (Drumroll please …)




Okay, I’m not really *completely* done: my conclusion is all of about 5 pages now, so that will need […]

Foolish Parental Bragging Post

As a rule, I try to avoid posts along the lines of “my kid is such a GENIUS” because, a) they’re flipping annoying, and b) they’re oh so rarely true. I adore the Hatchling, but her talents and skills, precious though they are to my eyes, are really about the same as any other toddler […]

A Whole New World

So I mentioned that I have a “nanny” this week, meaning that for the first time I’m spending entire days away from the Hatchling. But did I also mention that we’re having our roof re-shingled this week? Cos we are. It was loooooong overdue – we knew when we bought the place a year ago […]


I’m not what you would call a hugely competitive person; I don’t like being the last person chosen for the team, but I don’t have to be the first person, either. Somewhere in the upper 25% is usually OK with me.

So it’s been a bit of a surprise to me how crochety I can […]

That Than Which There Can be Nothing Cuter

Unlike some other prodigy babies, the Hatchling didn’t figure out how to clap until last Friday, when she somehow learned it literally overnight. Thursday, nothing doing; Friday morning, I got her up and brought her into bed with us and when Mr. Squab got up to get dressed, she started clapping and laughing like she’d […]

Another Parenting Milestone

Today’s achievement: Projectile vomiting. Oh, yeah. Started at 1 in the afternoon. Continued until we put her to bed at 6:30, since which time she’s been waking up about every 1/2 hour and moaning piteously. Is there anything more heartbreaking than a baby who is so tired she can’t even hold her head up, but […]

Milestones I’d be totally OK not reaching

The Hatchling is going a little berserk with the tooth eruptions. Not only did she pop her top two teeth just before Christmas, she now also showing the tip-top of one of her bottom canines. This morning, in a bout of nursing related peevishness, she bit me (not the first time by any means) and […]


OK. So since I last posted, I’ve been whiling away the Thanksgiving holiday, sleeping in, reading novels, stuffing myself on leftovers, and – oh yes! – finishing up the last of my Christmas shopping. No time for blogging! Too much fun!

Yeah, that’s a good one. What actually happened is that I woke up Thanksgiving […]


The Hatchling’s 6-month checkup was this afternoon, and it appears that we’ve given birth to a small sumo wrestler.

Head circumference: 43.5 cm (90th percentile)

Weight: 18 lbs, 6 oz (90th percentile)

Height: 28 inches (97th percentile)

OK, make that a small WNBA player. Either way, we look forward to living on the endorsement royalties […]