Living naturally, most of the time.

How much more annoying could we sound?

At first it was kind of cute, my son inserting “actually” into his sentences. And then he started doing it all the time. It has been one of the first verbal habits I’ve started to find pretty annoying, actually. Damn, there it is. At first I thought it was annoying because he was using it inconsistently — accurately at times, and, at others, just as a placeholder. And then, as I’m sure...

"Let me focus"

After I washed my son’s boo-boo and rubbed some tea tree oil on the wound, I offered a zebra bandaid, which was not acceptable to His Highness. He wanted a red one and insisted on getting it out himself. I tried to help him open it, but he brushed me away with a most serious request: “Let me focus.” There’s that audio mirror again! Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on...

Baby wants to join a Yahoo group

“Yahoo group!” I could not believe my ears. But then he said it again; my tiny little three-year-old shouted exuberantly and unmistakably, “Yahoo group!” The follow-up question: “Is that for your meeting?” My son asks before he goes to bed if I have to go to a meeting. I either say yes or that I’m “working in the basement.” He knows my life outside the home (or...

Hearing yourself in your kid’s talk

After sharing some sushi with his friend today at Whole Foods, my son said, “If you could save one for my daddy, well, that would be great.” Other favorites me-isms include, “Well, I’m just looking for something” while standing in front of the fridge and “Where is the…” (about anything) followed without skipping a beat by “Oh, there it is” (right in front...

Little Mouth Speaks – a lot! A letter to my loquacious toddler

Today was the first day I’d had any childcare in two weeks. There was snow, then a fever, then my boy’s dad got sick and needed tending. Today’s four hours of babysitting went fast, but when they were over, I had a supremely lovely time with my son. It was a chilly rainy day, and I decided I was just not going to leave the house. E had had a mini outdoor excursion with the sitter and the other...

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