Category Archives: development

Letters to Jack: Month 2

Jackers Crackers (your first nickname!), This has been an exciting month, and by exciting I mean kind of awful. It started with you not sleeping at all during the day. Then it became crying when you were awake. Then it turned into screaming uncontrollably when you … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: Almost 4 1/3 Years

Dear Charlie, Congratulations on your first night in your big-kid bunk bed! The bed comes in anticipation of your brother’s arrival (which should be in fewer than three months –– oh.em.gee.) because you two will eventually share a room. You’re … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: 3.75 years

Dear Charlie, It’s midday on a Saturday. You just walked into the living room — abandoning your prized fire truck that squirts water out of the hose (thanks, Grandma Z!) — and asked, “Mom, can you put me to bed?” … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: The Toddler Potty Training Edition

My dear Charlie, It feels great to write this post, the mother of a boy who pees in the potty! I strut victoriously, as if this achievement wasn’t entirely yours to claim. Because, really, Charlie—you did it. Here’s how it went … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: 35 1/3 months

My sweet boy, I wrote to you last in mid-February, which simultaneously feels like a long time ago, and also yesterday. When you’re a parent, this happens with time. I’ve been wanting to write this next letter for a while, … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: Hitting The ‘Wall’

Oh Charlie, “What’s the hardest part about being a parent?” “Waking up.” I heard this exchange on a podcast today while driving to work, and it resonated deeply. This weekend was tough for me. I hit that proverbial wall. You know, … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: Month 31

Dear Charlie, The rollercoaster toddler years continue. One day you are the sweetest, kindest, smartest, funniest, cleverist little dude. The next, some kind of rabid animal. When I’m not frustrated and exasperated by it all, it’s actually fascinating to watch. … Continue reading

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