Mindless Mutterings

All day long I write things in my mind. Long, beautiful odes to my children or the laundry or the frost on the trees. Short, inspired poems for grating cheese. Witty, funny memoirs that will someday make up for the lack of baby books. Or would make up for that if I...


What is that wise and oh-so-pithy saying? "Failure to plan is a plan to fail?" Right. Planning.  That's what I should have done for school! Instead, I just kept saying yes to all the good things and then I happened to look around and realize I have been,...

In the Dark

To Gus, 6 days short of 8 months: In the dark, we walk. Twinkle lights bright through the window And your eyes soak up the glow. The creaking floors, my tired arms, They don't affect you. Awake, so awake, so I'm awake. In the dark, there is no rush. I cannot hurry...

Twelfth Night

Getting in the car tonight one of the girls asked a simple question. “Is Epiphany always on a Sunday?” I then had the task of the not-so-simple answer. “Nope! I mean, yes, yes it is here in the US. Here it’s always the 2nd Sunday after Christmas so technically yes....


Last week I had an appointment out of the house. The receptionist greeted me in her usual cheery manner and inquired about Gus. “Is he still being a good boy?” I don’t remember how I answered but I’m sure it was vague and mentioned something about sleep. I do know I...

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Body Builder

  I distinctly remember in elementary school hearing my mom and her friends discussing how birth had made them lose all sense of modesty.  I also distinctly remember thinking, "Ew." And now here we are, with all sorts of things being seen (and unable to be...

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Then and Now

One of the wild things about having had children over the last decade and a half  (holy cats, that makes me feel old) is how much things have changed between our first baby and our last. And I'm not even talking about us - no that's a whole other post. No, the world...

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In the Middle of the Night

Octavius, Yours was the pregnancy of sleeplessness so it seems only fitting that my favorite time with you is in the middle of the night. That's when it's quiet and still and it's just you and me again.  Your eyes are wide and bright in the dim light of the lamp and...

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Snippets of conversations from the last week regarding names: "Does it sound pretentious?" -Jac "Yes. Yes it does." - Me "I kind of feel like this might be our last shot so we have to make it count." - Jac "I think I'm okay with being 'those' people with the zany...

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The Change

Spring has arrived! Tess is planting plants, Lu learned to ride a pedal bike, Philip's allergies are in full swing and poplar buds are sticking to everything. It's glorious! Finally. This winter . . . it was a long one. A really, really looooooong one. So much bleak...

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