The Loneliness of the Parent Whose Family Lives Far Away

I've been writing a lot about how tired we are, and if you're reading this, you're either not sick of it yet or you're getting ready to fire off a killer comment telling us to count our blessings. Either way, thanks, I guess. We do have a lot of blessings and I worry that we're …

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Baby’s First Medical Emergency

If you know me in real life, you know that I'm a hypochondriac. One of my fears about becoming a parent was that I'd transfer this lunacy onto my child and become one of those moms who never lets her kid do anything, because germs-sharp things-dangerous machinery-heights-scary news stories. Instead, it turns out that I'm …

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It Turns Out That Being Physically Incompetent Is a Big Problem When You Become a Mom

I know, I know. Everyone claims to be uncoordinated. But here's how bad it is with me: not only was in remedial gym class as a kid, but as an adult, I regularly injure myself by tripping up the stairs. It doesn't help that I wear glasses and have flat feet and hip dysplasia (yes, …

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It’s Possible That Today’s Parents Know Too Much

Let's talk about Tylenol, and how it's the only thing that helps Baboo when her teeth really hurt, and how we're supposed to use it "sparingly." Tylenol is a serious drug. Used carelessly, it can cause liver damage ... and that's in adults, who weigh more than a Thanksgiving turkey and have presumably given their …

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So, I’ve Figured Out How to Get Stuff Done With a Baby

And it involves getting very comfortable with light yelling. When we first had Baboo, Adam and I realized very quickly that we weren't comfortable letting her cry it out. However, what we didn't know was that there's a wide gulf between "crying it out" and "vocalizing in a complainy manner." Before I was able to …

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