Who's the breadwinner in your relationship?

  • Posted on: 22 February 2013
  • By: kate

When my husband and I first talked about having kids, I didn't have a clear idea of whether I'd stay home to raise them. After we found out I was pregnant with my oldest son, we talked about how our work situations would change, and I decided I'd quit my job after taking maternity leave; I wasn't excited about where I worked at the time. (I took the job because I thought there would be freaks there. If you know me, and you're familiar with my work history, you'll know that "Will there be freaks?" is a valid question for me when I'm considering accepting new employment.

Giveaway! $25 Gift Certificate from BookPeople

  • Posted on: 11 February 2013
  • By: kate

Today's giveaway is from BookPeople of Moscow, an awesome independent bookstore in Moscow, Idaho. BookPeople's mission is to serve readers and writers of all ages with a handpicked selection of great books, a variety of events, and an inspiring place in which all are welcome.

Fun with kids in non-kid-friendly places: UCSD

  • Posted on: 5 February 2013
  • By: kate

Two weekends ago, I found myself and my two kids on the campus of the University of California, San Diego. My husband was attending a conference, and, aside from visiting friends in town for a small part of our trip, my kids and I had no agenda. We needed some fun stuff to do, and fast.

Booster Seat Madness!

  • Posted on: 24 January 2013
  • By: kate

My oldest son is almost ready for a booster seat. Well, more accurately, he's been ready for a while (he gets jealous when he sees his friends in boosters): he's just not tall or heavy enough yet. The Car Seat Lady advises that kids who are at least 3-4 years old and at least 40 pounds can safely ride in a booster seat.

Dessert Philosophy

  • Posted on: 19 January 2013
  • By: kate

I like dessert. I like it so much, in fact, that I have a dessert philosophy. It is this: BALLS OUT. When it comes to dessert, I do not fuck around. I will eat half a bar of that gargantuan Trader Joe's Pound Plus milk chocolate in one sitting. I will eat a pint of ice cream, even when I am not depressed. I will eat a whole bag of Hershey's Hugs and only occasionally get a stomachache.

Baby Food 101

  • Posted on: 9 January 2013
  • By: kate

My younger son just turned six months old. Time for solid food! I thought I remembered the drill from when my oldest started eating solids, but it turned out my memory had gone the way of my waistline. I had a lot of questions: how many days should I spend introducing each new food? Can rice cereal be mixed with water, or should I avoid any water until my son's older? Oddly, it was hard to find all the answers on the Interwebs. I thought I'd be able to find a site that broke it all down for me, but instead the answers I sought were scattered in different places.

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Christmas Stockings Past and Present

  • Posted on: 21 December 2012
  • By: kate

When my brothers and I were kids, my parents hung our Christmas stockings at the ends of our beds. I think they found it romantic; visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads and all that. My two oldest brothers were already too cool for stockings, so my youngest-older brother and I were the most psyched about our pre-Proper-Christmas-Present presents. We'd wake up in the morning to find all manner of goodies. Actually, we would wake up in the middle of the night.

RIP Santa Claus

  • Posted on: 1 December 2012
  • By: kate

He figured it out himself one day. "Mama?" he said, and I glanced up to see that look on his face, the one when he's thinking about something important: if human-sized bugs exist, for example, or how Michael Jackson died. He looked curious and serious and a little bit scared. "What's up?" I asked.

"Is Santa Claus real?"

I took a deep breath.

"What do you think?" I said, after a moment, even though I already knew.

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