I never wanted to be a "daycare mom." The mere concept conjured images in my mind of a harried woman in a red pantsuit shuttling a screaming child to a place where even the hospital-white walls are nervously sweating. While I hadn't set a toe inside a daycare center, I was sure the rooms … [Read more...] about Becoming a Daycare Mom
This week, I'm featuring a story by Lauren Cowin, a Washington, D.C. area mom of two who recently suffered a miscarriage 12 weeks into her pregnancy with her third child. While many women experience miscarriages, Lauren hopes to convey to readers that each loss is unique and deserves to be … [Read more...] about Loved and Lost: A Miscarriage Story
It snowed the other day. The wind moved the tree limbs to a January dance. Then within the hour, the flakes were gone -- and a new president had taken office. It was a pointed reminder that the seasons, the mood of the country, and the shades of light and dark that imbue our own lives are … [Read more...] about Those Fleeting Moments
Are good sleepers born that way, or are they molded? My daughter was the rare infant who slept through the night almost from birth, waking at our direction for feedings. Things weren't always perfect, but we dutifully followed the guidance in Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks and used … [Read more...] about Are Good Sleepers Born or Molded?
During the day, my daughter's room sits empty. The bedsheets are left in mid story, slumped and tangled and waiting. I fold them gingerly, gently positioning the stuffed animals side by side on the pillow. For hours, they anticipate the arrival of the three-year-old who clutches them when … [Read more...] about When My Child is Grown
The crooning of the white noise machine. The sweet refrain of lullabies in the nursery. The glorious sound of silence in the small hours. Oh right, and the deafening wails that pierce the twilight. I thought those angst-filled harmonies had ended after we sleep trained my daughter as an … [Read more...] about I Won’t Go to Sleep: The Toddler Remix