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Beware of The Pregnant Jail Breaker

About 15 minutes before the Halloween parade, we still didn’t have our costumes ready. Since my due date (more on how that’s a misnomer in a later post) was BEFORE Halloween, I wasn’t expecting to even be in the parade this year, let alone in a costume. James had the idea that we should paint my belly into a big yellow Pac Man and put dots all over black clothes but 1) we didn’t have any yellow face paint and 2) we were out of time. So I went in my friend Anjie’s escaped convict costume instead. “I don’t like it,” my 10-year-old daughter Hesperus... read more

Five Random Thoughts About My Birthday

  My mom, Leone in her birthday suit, and me. Photo courtesy of Christopher Briscoe. I went back to work after the kids went to bed last night and then James and I stayed up … talking (since Mothering is a family magazine, let’s just say we were talking.) Leone woke to nurse around 5:00 a.m. As the sky is turning from pink to blue everyone in the house is still quietly asleep except me. If these thoughts are a bit jumbled and typos abound, you know why. I have birthdays on the brain, maybe because our oldest turned eleven two weeks ago and today... read more

A Visitor on Halloween

Does this man look too young to be their grandpa?My father-in-law is visiting from Buffalo, New York. It’s the first time he’s met the baby. He was planning to come last year but he got sick with throat cancer. He’s much better now. His hair has grown back more thickly since he had chemo. It’s also changed color. He used to have sandy, auburn, mostly straight hair that was flecked with gray. The hair that has grown in is so dark it’s almost black, and now it’s curly. He has a long scar from his jawline that wraps around part of his neck, where the surgeons cut when they... read more

Ten Things About Turning Ten

A fish or a dwarf frog might make a good pet “Do I have to go to school tomorrow?” Athena asked in a half whisper as she shrugged off her robe and pajamas. “It’s my birthday.” She frowned. “I don’t want to go to school on my birthday.” Athena’s staying home, helping me clean up for baby playgroup, opening birthday cards from grandparents, and generally feeling happy about turning ten. She started the day with breakfast in bed (Me: oh god, how can I do this? I have to get lunches made and the other kids off to school. Couldn’t I just skip this part?).... read more

Noodle's birthday

Nathaniel's birthday cake. Whole Foods had the skillz, I had the sixteen bills. Nathaniel's birthday present: the gnome mushroom set from www.atoygarden.com. So enchanting. Birthday happiness: contagious. Subscribe to the Mothering.com Blogs Feed This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 2:20 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.     read more

Giveaway and Guest Post by Kate Hanley: Six Ways to Stress Less At Holiday Family Gatherings

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Hey, mamacitas. Enjoy Kate Hanley’s 6 tips on how to enjoy and not stagger through the holidays with family…and leave a comment below with your best tip, for a chance to win Kate’s book, The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide. You can also stay in touch with Kate at her website, www.msmindbody.com. Six Ways to Stress Less At Holiday Family Gatherings by Kate Hanley, author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide One of the hallmarks of the holidays is eating at least one meal with as many family members as you can assemble in one room. Even though... read more

Feasting with Family

By Jamie Odeneal For this crazy brood, Thanksgiving means the "chaotic blessing" of each other's company. It's 10:30 a.m. on thanksgiving day, and my nephew Tanner is intently banging a broom around the upstairs of the beach house our parents have rented for the week. With his stream of incomprehensible toddler babble and his bed head, he's like a crazy janitor on a mission. When my sister Kate tries to put the broom away, he slams his fists against the closet door, wailing as if he's been critically wounded. Kate doesn't miss a beat and swoops in with his... read more

Candy Experiments

Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt   I loved candy when I was a kid, but when I became a mother, I worried about my kids eating too much of the stuff. Still, I’ve never banned it from our home. Now, when my children come home on Halloween night, examine their candy, and go to bed without asking to eat a single piece, it’s not because I’ve forbidden it. It’s because they have better ideas about what ?to do with it. It began with a simple question three years ago, when I was overwhelmed by our collection of Halloween candy. An afternoon with too-generous... read more

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