Archive for the 'Parenting' Category


Friday, October 2nd, 2009

“‘What are you doing up there, Charlotte?’ ‘Oh, making something.’ she said. ‘Making something, as usual.’” Charlotte’s Web has been running through my mind lately, not only because the audiobook is still the daily soundtrack around here, but also because I’ve been feeling a little like Charlotte recently. After Sam has gone to bed, I […]

Someone Who Makes You Laugh

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Tonight when I was putting Sam to bed, she said, pulling the covers up to her chin petulantly, “I want a new Mommy. One that lets me do the things I want to do.” “OK,” I said. And I thought, for the hundredth time today, “Thank goodness AC comes home tomorrow!” AC has been in […]

Just Pretend

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

I cried this morning during read-a-loud time. It was the penultimate chapter of Charlotte’s Web. Sam handed me a tissue and said, “It’s OK, Mommy. It’s just pretend.” While I was crying and trying to read the words using the voices for each character that I had settled on (Charlotte– cultured, standard American; Wilbur– little […]

Four Days

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

“So can I talk to her now?” “Sam! Mommy’s on the phone. Are you ready to talk to her?” … “She says she doesn’t want to. She’s too busy playing.” “She said that?” “Yup.” “Will you please tell her that I would like to talk to her?” Silence again. This time I hear some of […]

Good times

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Our last couple of weekends have been quite enjoyable. The Friday after AC’s birthday, we hired the babysitter for Sam and went out for dinner just the two of us at our new favorite date night locale: Six Degrees on Solano. The next day, AC and Sam went for a bike ride up to Arlington […]

A Typical Conversation

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Monday morning, in the car, driving away from the local shopping center. Sam: Alb Alb Alb Me: Albertsons? (one of the stores we went to) Sam: Ya! Me: Yes, we did the grocery shopping at Albertsons. Sam: Alb… aw dun [signing “all done”] Me: Yes, we’re all done with Albertsons. Sam: Djo djo djo djo […]

16 Months old

Monday, February 5th, 2007

The latest newsletter, written by yours truly, is now up at:

It’s the little differences

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

What’s so different about living in the San Francisco Bay area? Example: I took Sam to the pediatrician this morning because I was worried about her weight gain. She also needed a flu booster shot. At 18 lbs 10.6 oz, she’s still tiny, but maintaining her growth curve, so the ped said not to worry. […]

It’s Been…

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

One week since we started the Ferber sleep training. I think I will stop posting about this for a while, because the method seems to have worked. Sam can now get herself to sleep without us. She still wakes sometimes in the night and calls to us (last night it was at 5:30AM, but after […]

Night #7

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Wow, so this marks one week of Ferberization! Today was awesome. Sam did wake up last night around 2AM screaming bloody murder. We were supposed to wait 20 minutes before going to her, but after a minute, I said to AC, “This is going to be a long 20 minutes. It doesn’t sound like she […]

Night #6

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Once again, an easy time putting Sam to sleep for the night. The previous night she slept 11 hours straight! Tonight I noticed that she clung to me when i was kissing her goodnight and she cried when she went into the crib (and cried for a minute or two when we left the room). […]

Night #5

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Today I pushed Sam’s nap back 1/2 hour to see what that would do. Plus: she did sleep longer (1.5 hours). Minus: she cried for 30 minutes before falling asleep! I checked on her after 15 minutes, and was about to declare the nap a failure at 30, when she suddenly quieted down and fell […]

Night #4

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Phew. This evening my confidence that this process is working was shaken a bit. Sam had a good start to the day (woke up on her own around 7:10AM, after a stellar night) and went down for her morning nap at 10:30AM as usual. However, this nap was cut short by a phone call from […]

Night #3

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Sam woke up on her own this morning at 7:10AM, after another decent night. She cried once around 2AM, but not for more than a minute or two. Once again, she had only one nap today, around 10:30AM, but we let her go longer– til about 12:20 when she woke up on her own, and […]

Night #2

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

Sam slept last night pretty much without interruption. A couple of times I heard her cry or whimper, but it was never long enough to warrant us getting up to check on her. At 6:40 AM she woke us, crying pretty hard, and so we all got up for the day. First nap was at […]

Ferberization: Night #1

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

It begins. After a year of helping Sam fall asleep (by nursing, rocking, singing, and shushing in various combinations) , AC and I decided that we had better teach her to fall asleep without us sooner rather than later. To be fair, Sam’s sleep has been tolerable over the past two months. She usually sleeps […]


Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Finally! Sam’s month-12 newsletter is up at

Our Little Wellbaby

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Sam had her 12 month wellbaby appointment today with our new pediatrician, whom I adore. Really. This new ped was worth the cross-country move ALONE. She’s smart, communicates clearly, doesn’t rush the appointment, and she pronounced Sam both “beautiful” and “perfect.” These are all good ways to earn the trust of the parents. Plus, she […]

Happy First Birthday to My Beloved Daughter

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

We are back online! And Sam turned one year old a short while ago (East Coast time). Happy Birthday, Sammy!!!!!


Friday, April 21st, 2006

This afternoon we took a family walk to a nearby park. We try to do this several times a week as it gives AC and me a chance to talk while Sam rides quietly strapped to AC’s chest. As we strolled around the periphery of the park, knee-deep in some weighty discussion, I misjudged a […]