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I mean, seriously. Has there ever BEEN a cuter Halloween frog?

No. No, there has not.

Flaunting it

Autumn is my favoritefavoritefavorite season. It’s tragically short here in Minnesota, which really makes you want to squeeze the joy out of every nice day you get. In academic life, through grad school and adjuncting, I could always make time for a stroll in the woods or coffee outside at my favorite cafe – some […]

Xtreem Xmas

Wanna know the reason I haven’t been posting so much this week? Because, and I’m not even lying, I’ve been working on the Hatchling’s Christmas list. I know it’s (as the cute overload gals would say) tewtelly redonkulous, but my family takes Chrismas VERY SERIOUSLY. We start putting our lists together in early October, after […]


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 […]

My daughter, Bill the Cat

So I don’t know if it’s the new teeth or what, but as of yesterday the Hatchling is channeling either Gene Simmons or Bill the Cat whenever she smiles. And since she’s a pretty smiley baby, the results are hilarious. You look at her, she smiles, and out comes the tongue. She’s also taken […]

Six Months Old

Dearest Hatchling,

Good god! Yesterday you turned 6 months old. How the hell did THAT happen? You’ve already been around for half a year and I still don’t know what I’m doing. That’s ok, though – we’re having a lot of fun figuring it out.

The biggest milestone this month was TEETH. You popped those […]

The Secret Language of Sleep

Via Pip. Try it, it’s fun!

Seatbelt Traits and Tendencies: After a long night of The Seatbelt pose (and Seatbelts do sleep close to ten hours a night, quite a bit longer than the typical seven and a half), couples wake feeling warm, safe, and uniquely free of doubt. Regular doses of the pose can […]

It all balances out in the end

How to Charm Me:Sleep for 11.5 hours straight through the night. Oh, sweet sleep. Oh, good baby.

How to Irritate the Crap Out of Me:Sleep an unprecedented 11.5 hours straight through the night, causing me to waken numerous times in absolute certainty that you had died in your sleep and we’d never get to try […]

Belated Well-Wishing

My baby sister got married last weekend, at a lovely ceremony in Knoxville, TN. I was her matron of honor, and as such, should have given a speech at the reception. Only I sort of forgot about that part until the day of, and didn’t have anything prepared. And since I have an allergic reaction […]


Tickets for three to Knoxville for a special sister’s wedding: $500.

Bridesmaid’s dress and accessories: $150.

Wedding present, hostess gifts, dinners out: $300.

You and your baby catching a vicious cold just in time for the flight home: Worthless.