Top 10 reasons to “ride all day” at the zoo

A trip to the zoo with baby or even young toddler Zoe meant an hour or two at most of visiting the animals. Oh, how times have changed. Now, a trip to the zoo can be an almost all day endeavor and includes visiting animals, watching the animal show, petting the stingrays and and - if she's very lucky - going on some of her favorite rides. This week, for the first time, I bought us both the "Zoo it all" Ride All Day wrist bands ($9.99 each) so we could do all the rides. We had an absolute … [Read more...]

Wish this came in my size

I've been doing this mom thing for a while now, and I have an observation: kids' clothes are awesome! Especially toddler girl stuff. I can't tell you how many times I've wished that the soft, comfy outfits, sassy colorful tutus, and super-fun light-up shoes I buy for Zoe also came in mom sizes. Of course, it helps that Zoe seems to have insanely awesome style. She does things with creative layering that I would never dream up. She's been dressing herself for a while now and I still can't … [Read more...]

NYC with a three year old

This past May, our family embarked on the second of six trips to NYC in celebration of each of our nieces and nephews' 16th birthdays. This year was Malachi's turn and marked our attempt to take on the impossible: a family roadtrip to NYC that would please both our 16 year old nephew and three year old daughter. You should know that I had several horrible nightmares in the days leading up to our trip. I dreamed that Zoe darted out into NYC traffic (worst of all, in front of a yellow cab). I … [Read more...]

Potty training update: we made it!

Thanks in absolutely no part to anything her loving parents did or didn't do, our amazing little girl has decided she wants to put everything in the potty - both pee and poop - and no longer wears diapers. She is even reluctant about wearing a diaper at night, but experience tells us it does make sense to keep one on for sleep just in case. She wakes up dry about 6 days out of 7, but who wants to wake up in a pee puddle one morning a week? Hence, the diaper back-up plan. I want to share … [Read more...]

How to exit the family bed

I love cosleeping with our little girl, and I've written fondly about it before. That's not what this post is about. This post is also not about how to stop cosleeping with your baby or toddler once you've gotten into that habit. I haven't the foggiest idea how to do that, and I am the last person who should be writing a blog post about it. If and when we ever figure that one out, trust me - I'll blog about it, Facebook about it and shout it from the highest rooftops. No, this post is … [Read more...]

An ode to drive-throughs

I'll be honest - before I had a kid, I considered drive-throughs to be the domain of lazy Americans. I grew up with Brit parents who wouldn't be caught dead at a drive-through (nor did we eat much fast food period, come to think of it. McDonald's was a rare treat on road trips). I scoffed at the people who line up in their cars and wait for the drive-through window rather than parking and walking in. After all, we know what Lethal Weapon 2 taught us about drive-throughs. Since having Zoe, … [Read more...]

The crocodile dentist

Brushing a toddler's teeth is bad times. In fact, about the only thing I can think of that's worse is toddler dentistry. Since I'll do just about anything to avoid the latter, I have to do quite a bit of the former. I'll never forget the time E walked in to find me holding a wailing Zoe in one arm while forcibly brushing her teeth with the other hand. He was completely horrified when I said grimly, "It actually makes it easier to brush when she cries - she opens up her mouth wider as she … [Read more...]

Are you mom enough?

Words cannot possibly describe how much I hate the headline on the cover of the current issue of Time magazine. You know, the cover everyone's talking about - with the oh so controversial breastfeeding photo. When I first heard there was a mom nursing a toddler or preschooler on the cover of Time, I was so happy tears literally came to my eyes. Mainstream media coverage of attachment parenting and extended breastfeeding? Hallelujah! But then I saw the cover, and I was horrified. Not by … [Read more...]

Zoe said this, part 2

It’s time for another edition of Zoe Said This… a rundown of the current fun, wacky and amazing things our little girl comes out with on a regular basis. One of the best parts of having a two year old is hearing how they use language as they grow! Here are some of the latest gems in her regular rotation. “She’s stuck in there!” When we took our beloved Goldendoodle to be spayed, I spent some time talking with Zoe about how Autumn was having surgery and would have an “ouchie … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites: top 5 baby/toddler hacks

I love and collect life hacks – those little tips and tricks that magically make your life better. In the course of becoming a mom, I’ve found there are parenting hacks, too – shortcuts, hints and practices that make life with babies and kids easier, more fun or less stressful. Are you ready for my favorite baby and toddler hacks? Happy Friday! Baby sign language. Before I had Zoe, I never would have dreamed this possible but preverbal babies as young as six to nine months really can … [Read more...]