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Marathon of the 2
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Marathon of the 2

My baby girl will be two years old tomorrow. I can’t say that I didn’t see this coming; along with the natural progression of childhood, time has its way of speeding and slowing in unconventional intervals. This first year with a little girl has truly…

April 12, 2018
The Crying Games
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The Crying Games

My 4-year-old son and my soon-to-be-2-year-old daughter have wrangled up a new kind of competition. It seems to entail, as its most fundamental groundwork, which one of them can cry first, longest, and loudest. I started to notice the bidding a few weeks ago during one otherwise peaceful…

April 4, 2018
My Favorite Olympic Sport
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My Favorite Olympic Sport

I think bobsleighing is cool to watch. I couldn’t drive the bobsleigh out of the sheer terror of flipping us over and down the banked twists of wickedness, but I could lean with the best of them. I have loved figure skating since my younger days watching Kristi…

March 1, 2018
Leg Days
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Leg Days

Squats and curls, lunges and presses. A solid leg-building workout regimen can make the difference between squeaky-cute toothpick legs and hearty, healthy tree trunks. Along with the aesthetic appeal, exercising the legs can also lead to a more optimal overall caloric burn, a better balance control, more endurance, higher metabolism, and, my favorite, “superhero efficiency for everyday tasks,” according to…

January 22, 2018
The Life & Times of the Kid Who Can't Sleep
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The Life & Times of the Kid Who Can’t Sleep

My preschooler, Jrue, is 4 ½ years old and still wakes me up at least once per seven nights. Comparably, Jai is almost three years younger than he and has slept all night for months. I have reached the point where, if Jrue does not wake me in the…

January 10, 2018
Bros or Foes
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Bros or Foes?

I have a 4-year-old preschooler boy and a 20-month-old toddler girl. They are 2 years and 10 months apart…close enough to be companionate, but spaced enough to be potential rivals. When Jai was born, Jrue was deeply swimming in his own “two-year-old-ness.” The days were spent roaming the house for lost toys and spinning around in the…

December 14, 2017
Karate Chronicles: 3 Ways My Son is "Very" 4
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Karate Chronicles: 3 Ways My Son is “Very” 4

This week, we took Jrue to his first Taekwondo class. His particular group, the Tiny Tigers, are for children aged 4-6, a cohort identifiable by a distinct level of what I call “filter-less-ness.”   Our decision to familiarize Jrue with martial arts was two-fold: first, upon recognizing that he was…

October 25, 2017
The Code Word is "Apple"
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The Code Word is “Apple”

I have a feeling that my baby girl, Jai, is going to talk a lot when she gets older. She hasn’t given specific indication that her language development is any more advanced than other toddlers her age. Jai doesn’t even show any distinctive higher level of…

October 18, 2017
Olympic-Sized Sleeplessness
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Olympic-Sized Sleeplessness

I uncovered several articles and social media status updates recently regarding women and our sleep tendencies post-baby. Beyond the overall sleep deprivation that haunts most mothers, we still often make a sport, as a society, of frowning upon adequate sleep, as if we are so incredibly…

September 20, 2017
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Issa Darts Game/Anti-Floor-Pee

It has been 477 sunrises since day 1 of potty training with Jrue last Memorial Day weekend. We have scaled all kinds of exciting rituals and challenges in the potty-going itinerary, but always keep our eyes on the shallow finished end. Whatever that may…

September 17, 2017