Tuesday, December 29, 2009


When Caroline was born, I knew I would look forward to each of her milestones. Rolling over, crawling, walking, talking. As time passed and she met each, there was always one more I was anticipating. And strangely, this one doesn't appear in any baby books. There's little talk of it on Baby Center. Moms don't stand on the playground comparing notes over this milestone, subtly trying to top each other. This one seems to pass more quietly, with less fanfare. But for me, this was the one that brought tears to my eyes. This was the one that made me look again and again to make sure it was really happening. This was the one worth a picture.

I climbed out of the shower yesterday to a strange sense of quiet. Katherine was playing with the Playmobile dolls as she often does but I didn't hear Caroline. She wasn't talking to her imaginary class full of children or leading her pretend family on outings. I didn't hear the usual clink of scissors or scratch of pencils. I only heard quiet from her room.

I slowly opened her door to this scene

My little girl reading a chapter book all by herself.

Monday, December 28, 2009


Thanks to my wonderful friend Sara (again!) I am motivated to start writing (again!).

She has also motivated me to start including pictures in my blog. I have to admit that pictures make it so much more fun. When I first started blogging, Rob and I decided that I wouldn't include pictures for "security reasons." I have decided though that so few people are reading (and that's just the way I like it- I have no real interest I've discovered in appealing to the masses) that pictures would really be just fine.

As I was typing, Rob started reading over my shoulder and said, "Oh great! You're writing the same post you write every few months. The 'I'm back!" post."

I guess I really don't have to fear that anyone is going to stumble upon pictures of my children.... Or if they do, it will only be every few months!

Friday, December 4, 2009

No TV Tonight

Rob and I watch very little tv. I mean, very, very little. Really just the news, an occasional movie and Lost. This season though we have discovered Modern Family and are loving to laugh. We watch it on Tivo and tonight was supposed to be our night to watch two episodes.

Instead, these are some of the funny comments I heard from Katherine as she refused to go to sleep:

"But Mommy, I love you too much to sleep."

"But Mommy, it is not fun in my room without you."

"But Mommy, my brain is telling my eyes to blink."

"But Mommy, I want cookies in my lunch box."

It was when we started talking about the lunch box that I truly realized we were in for it. I'm sitting on my bed right now listening to pitiful whimpers from her room. I wonder if her brain is telling her to do that too...