Category: How things have changed

Teaching kids to fall asleep

Helping a baby fall asleep usually involves a pretty steady routine: a warm bath, a cosy sleeper, a soothing story, some milk and a few lullabies. Helping a toddler fall asleep means helping them brush their teeth, wrangling them into their PJs, answering numerous…

Remembering the ‘baby bubble’

Something in our conversation startled me. I leaned back in my desk chair reflectively, like an old lady in a rocking chair thinking back on her life. “Of course. Mum-Mums,” I thought to myself. “Those awful, sticky, lighter-than-air baby cookies. They made such a…

Paying for childcare when you work at home

This is something I’ve struggled with ever since I started freelancing, when D was just three months old. “If I’m paying for childcare, what’s the point in freelancing? I’ll barely make anything!” I was utterly CONVINCED that it didn’t make sense to shell out…

Finding a new normal

How to find your new normal when starting school is exhausting

I bought the thermos and the water bottle. I was ready with lunchbox snacks and juice boxes. I even baked fresh chocolate chip cookies for the heartwarming after-school mother/son chat we’d have on the first day. But I certainly wasn’t prepared for the exhaustion…

Five Christmases

It’s nighttime on Boxing Day, and my post-Christmas melancholy has struck earlier than usual. Christmas with little kids is totally exhausting when you’re in the thick of it, but during the quiet moments — when no one is fighting over a new toy or…

I love you like a pregnant chick loves tea biscuits

Five years ago today, on Valentine’s Day, Darling Husband (well, then he was Darling Boyfriend) presented me with a diamond engagement ring. Today? Not quite as romantic. The Toddler of Terror kept us up throughout the night screaming — SHRIEKING, actually — and they…

Mommy confession …

The other day I had a momentary flash of guilt when I spent $39. It was not even on me. It was not on shoes or clothes or nail polish or delicious turquoise tights or any of the somewhat extremely frivolous things I used to buy…

The "long" weekend

It’s Good Friday. Everyone on Facebook and Twitter is going on about how it’s a holidaaaaaay, yayyyyy, so they don’t have to worrrrrrk today, yayyyyy! Me? Um, it’s still Good Friday. But it does not feel like a holiday, and it definitely doesn’t feel…

Egg-ellent progress

Strange thing #4692 I have learned about parenthood: The things you obsess most over? You will eventually be like, “Meh!” Example: I used to be really nervous about giving Baby Boy eggs. “They have a high allergy risk!” I’d cry. I never let him…

When mommies shop

About a month ago, I was out running errands with Darling Husband. I insisted I wanted to go to Old Navy, because I’d gotten an e-mail about a big Kids/Baby sale. About 95% of Baby Boy’s clothes are hand-me-downs and items bought at the…

How do you spell anxiety? R-e-l-a-x

You could say I run a tight ship.All aboard the S.S. Obsessive Compulsive!But, you see, I need to start easing up a little bit … Darling Husband works a lot of hours (two full-time jobs, actually … yeah, yikes is right). So naturally, Baby…

Then and now

Then: “Okay! Let’s take off this outfit and get you a nice new one. Into the laundry you go, Mr. Onesie! Now let’s get some fresh socks to match …” Now: “Hmm. Sleeper looks clean. You can wear that again tonight. No, let’s leave…