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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
Sleeping with Jai
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Sleeping with Jai

I produced the idea to sleep in bed overnight with the 1-year-old while in Virginia over the weekend. I have confirmed that she drinks coffee and does taxes in her sleep. It wasn’t a pre-planned concept, as the hubs and I had arranged for Jrue to sleep…

August 21, 2017
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