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To Minnow on her birthday

Dearest Minnow, Happy Birthday! I am so proud of my “big girl” who knows her colors, can count to three, has seven word sentences, loves books to the point of memorization, solves puzzles repeatedly, pees on the potty regularly, cares for and cuddles her “baby” and stuffed puppy, sings songs spontaneously, worries about how “Nanna…

Mother and Child Reunion

With all the hullabaloo over the Intel ISEF, I haven’t managed to tell you about my homecoming from my trip without Minnow. When I left the subject last, I was about to go to bed on my night alone in a hotel room. I hadn’t freaked out since the airport. In the morning, I gave…

I have to remember to lower my expectations for holidays. When my expectations are low and things go wrong, the expectations are met, and I am satisfied. When things go right, I am surprised and happy. High expectations of things beyond my control breed dissatisfaction. Part of the problem with Mother’s Day this year was…

Mommy Monday link love

I’m still processing Thursday’s events, and I’m busy writing finals, grading papers, and hosting a prospective student…but that doesn’t mean that other people aren’t writing about things totally perfect for Mommy Monday. Here are some of my recent* favorites:

Nature or nurture?

I see so much in Minnow that reminds me of myself as a child. She’s enthralled by books and loves to put things into containers in a very particular (mysterious) order often stopping to take things out and then put them back in until things are just right. I loved to read and organize things…

We went to the zoo!

The weekend weather finally cooperated and allowed us to introduce Minnow to the animals she had previously only seen in books. In the past few weeks, her vocabulary has improved immensely, especially in the department of animal sounds. Her favorite animal to vocalize is the lion’s roar, so we headed to the lion habitat first…

starving for Mommy Monday

Hmm…I have a nice mommy monday post all planned out in my head but I don’t have tomorrow’s lecture started or the discussion paper read or… So I guess we’ll all just have to wait. Maybe I’ll get it posted later in the week.

Girly toys guilt free

I have some trepidation about raising a girl in today’s culture. How do I navigate the over-princessing and over-sexualization of the preschool years without becoming a militant mom and always saying “no”? So far I’ve tried to strike a good compromise. Minnow has plenty of pink in her wardrobe, but no princess themed outfits. She…

Nursing at 14 months (Mommy Monday)

As I head into each weekend, I start to think about possible topics for Mommy Monday. What will inspire me? What will my readers be interested in? What do I feel comfortable writing about? I debated a couple of topics this weekend, but I think I’ve settled on an update on breast-feeding a toddler. This…

Minnow does physics.

Minnow discovers sand and explores gravitational versus turbulent effects upon releasing a handful into the wind. When we got home, we read Bagnold’s “The Physics of Blown Sand and Desert Dunes.” No, not really…we saved it for bedtime! Below the fold, Minnow demonstrates some classical mechanics principles at the playground.