Joyful

Littlebit has been counting down to her birthday for weeks.  She is convinced she’s going to get a phone.  She’s made rational arguments about why she should have one including the names of her friends that already have one. Last spring, at Littlebit’s IEP meeting (she STILL cannot say her r sound) her speech therapist…

Elizabeth Schuyler, Pleasure to Meet You

Ah, Hamilton.  For the last four months, the Hamilton soundtrack has been on repeat at our house.  It started with my cousin insisting I listen and on our trip to New Orleans, I gave it the time it deserved on the plane.  I was hooked.  When I came home, I started playing it in the…

The Sweet Spot

The changing landscape of my family has been hard on me. I am the sort of person who roots herself into home and routine and the usualness of life. For fourteen years, I was the stay at home and my primary task was caring for our little children. It was a role I relished, loved…

This Girl

She sings all the time.   It drives Baby Bee batty, but she’s just that happy. She wakes up in the morning, bright eyed and happy and she sings. I think it bothers the Princess when I say that Littlebit was never really terrible when she was a toddler. It’s just true. She was always…

The First Day-2016

In just a blink…. The Princess, kindergarten The Princess, 11th grade. The summer is over…. Littlebit, Kindergarten   Littlebit, Fourth Grade And the school year begins. Baby Bee, Kindergarten Baby Bee, First grade. Good luck this school year, Moms and Dads and Kiddos. 

The Tweenage Years

Something weird happens with second and third babies. You kind of lose track of milestones. When the Princess was a baby I sat on pins and needles waiting and watching for her to meet every single developmental milestone on time. When she was early, I celebrated! She was a genius! When she was delayed, I…

The One Where We “Redshirted” our Kids

Earlier this month, Baby Bee started her third year of preschool. Baby Bee tuned five at the end of June and could have started Kindergarten this fall, but we decided last fall that there was just no way that Baby Bee would be ready for Kindergarten in a year, so with the support of her…

Number 8

My kids don’t look alike. Not even to me, their mother, who has spent hours and days and weeks and months and years staring into their faces. The are all fair skinned with small scatterings of freckles across their noses, but that’s where the similarities end. The Princess is blonde and blue eyes and Baby…

Back to School and Back to Reality

Three months have flown by so quickly.  The summer, by our definition, is over.  This morning, we saw the Princess out the door to start her ninth grade year…   …and Littlebit second grade. Baby Bee and I will have one more week along before she starts her third year of preschool.  We opted to…

Seven Whole Years Old

Twelve years ago we watched the collective world fall in around our ears live on television. Seven and a half years ago, I wondered if my Mother would live to see her second grand child be born. Seven years ago, someone happy came to drive away the dark clouds. One thing is true about our…