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Letters to Charlie: On Turning 7

My dear boy, Years ago, I was hired by a friend to photograph her seven-year-old daughter’s birthday. You were a baby then, maybe as old as Jack is now, and I remember thinking how big, how adult, all of the … Continue reading

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Letters to Charles: Year Six

Dear Charles, Notice I didn’t write “Charlie.” This is because I’m trying to honor your wish to be called by your official name. A week ago, you announced I could no longer refer to you by your nickname. My name … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: On Turning 5

Wow, Charlie. You are five. FIVE! It was clear this morning you’re becoming an older kid. Within 20 minutes of waking up, you’d already told me to stop mentioning it was your birthday. “Mom, it’s ANNOOOOOYING.” Zip it. I gave you life. Last … Continue reading

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Letters to Charlie: On Becoming a Big Brother

Dear Charlie, Wow, your first letter as a big brother. Congratulations! We know there’ve been a lot of changes in your life. We didn’t expect the level of craziness that comes with having two children in the house. So, first of … 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: Month 43

My sweet Charlie, We are only a few hours away from another major milestone in your life: your first day of preschool. Of course, this isn’t technically true, as you’ve been attending Grandma B’s Montessori preschool since you were 13 … Continue reading

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