Category Archives: parenthood

Letters to Charlie: Four and Three-Quarters

Hey there, my little man, I should be packing. In a few days we’ll be moving into our new home. It’s larger than this place, where you’ve lived your entire life. There, you’ll have your own room, a backyard to run through, and … 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: On Turning 4

My sweet boy, It’s the little things that strike me. You no longer need a step-stool to reach the sink. You used the word “meanwhile” correctly in a sentence. You know where the recycling bin is and what to put in it. … 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: 3 1/3 years

Oh my dear Charlie, It’s been nearly three months since my last letter. Remember when I used to write to you every single month? Well, I didn’t have a rambunctious 3+-year-old to chase around then. We just returned from the … 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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