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Diaper Change Gymnastics
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Diaper Change Gymnastics

The thighs on my 15-month-old are made of thick ham: juicy, but defined. They sit atop bowlegged lengths and meet the certified narrow feet known on her maternal grandmother and aunt. Jai carries the acceleration of a roadster on those things, the torque powerful, even at…

July 11, 2017
The Sport of Curly Hair
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The Sport of Curly Hair

My 3-year-old boy and my 13-month-old girl both have naturally curly hair. It’s funny how genes work. Jrue’s birth fuzz gave way around age five months to one soft puff pastry atop his head. His aerodynamic coif was shaped like a tomato pin cushion…

May 26, 2017
Invariant Hurdles
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Invariant Hurdles

In this life, individual lessons sit beneath strategic obstacles spiked like minefields on our racecourses. We have to hurdle over our own obstacles as we speed forward through space, careful to completely clear them, seeking them out in our peripherals, then rearviews. We collect the…

May 2, 2017
A Baby's Contribution to the Wide World of Sports
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A Baby’s Contribution to the Wide World of Sports

I read in a “Parents” magazine article recently that, right around age 1, children often uncover some kooky pastimes like head banging, carpet brushing, and unexplained spinning, amongst other sporadic behaviors. Jai fits a little too well into this category. My baby has some…

February 28, 2017
The Ancient Sport of Body Rocking
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The Ancient Sport of Body Rocking

My toddler has made boredom a sport. Or, rather, what he does when he seems to be bored has the learned implications of practicing until perfection. He is an athlete in a strange sort of way. Whenever Jrue gets comfortable on a sofa, any…

February 7, 2017
Playing in a Potty Training Championship
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Playing in a Potty Training Championship

I would consider the beginning stages of potty training our 3-year-old as extensive as playing in an AFC or NFC Championship in the NFL. The stressors and pressures were the equivalent of setting up all components to maximize chances of winning a Super Bowl…

January 30, 2017
Team Infant Daughter
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Team Infant Daughter

I birthed a daughter in April 2016. Long before the evening she made her exhaustive exodus from our connection, I pondered the idea of it: what would it be like to have a girl living with us? When the hubs and I received the…

December 31, 2016