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A Pool In Time Saves You From Heatstroke

posted by Catherine Connors

We have, in our yard, one of those big inflatable pools. It’s hideous. It sits there, a big, lumpen water-patty, a bright blue squatting round thing, looking like the effluent of a giant Michelin Man after too many blueberries. I […]

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These Boots Were Made For Not Walkin’

posted by Catherine Connors

This is what you do when everyone in your household is horribly, vomitously, lung-hackingly ill but someone still needs to go to the corner to get toilet paper and you figure that even though you can barely stand you might […]

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Dear PETA: A Mother Is A Mother Is A Mother Is A Mother. NOT A Dog.

posted by Catherine Connors

So when I said, the other day, that I avoid getting myself into a state of outrage? I might have lied, because it seems that nearly every day these days there is some fresh evil provoking me to outrage. Last […]

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So Jesus, Socrates And A Blogger Walk Into A Bar: Reflections On Being Good In The Internet Age

posted by Catherine Connors

Here’s the thing about doing good, and it’s a moral problem that philosophers and theologians have worried over for millenia: is there such a thing a pure altruism? Do we ever – can we ever – really do good without […]

Being A Princess Is Hard. Running Is Harder.

posted by Catherine Connors

So. Last month I started training for the Tiarathon, a half-marathon that will take place in March, two months from now, give or take. I managed about a week and a half of training and then I got sick. I’m […]

A Princess By Any Other Name…

posted by Catherine Connors

Emilia doesn’t really care all that much about princesses. When I told her that we were going to go see Disney Princesses on Ice,* she asked, “will they be playing hockey?“ — “No, but they’ll be skating.” “Will it be […]

The Year In Review: Feel The Fear And Sob On Stage Anyway

posted by Catherine Connors

The most viscerally terrifying experience that I had this year: reading ‘Lost Boy’ for BlogHer’s Community Keynote. It was awesome and wonderful and all those things that one expects from feeling one’s fear and doing it anyway, but I was […]

Bad Moms, Bad Moms, Whatcha Gonna Do?

posted by Catherine Connors

You’re gonna join the club, that’s what. Because being bad is better in solidarity. And while it won’t help you bake better cookies, it will help you feel better about your lack of cookie-baking (and organic-baby-food-making, and sleep-training, and enjoying […]

Let’s Talk About Sex

posted by Catherine Connors

One of my favorite people just wrote a book. And it’s an awesome book. It’s especially awesome because it’s about a subject that few of us – and I wave my hand unashamedly here – are willing to talk about […]

Baby Got Boob

posted by Catherine Connors

Emilia isn’t one for dolls, really. She much prefers taking them apart and incorporating them into art installations than she does cuddling them and pretending that they’re real. Because they’re not real, as she likes to remind me whenever I […]

Babies And Blogging And Bacon, Oh My

posted by Catherine Connors

Oh, hey. Ever wondered what I sound like? No? Didn’t think so. But on the off-chance that you have been dying to know whether I have a high, chirpy Meg Ryan voice, or a low throaty Kathleen Turner voice or […]

Wordless Wednesday, Post-BlogHer Pre-Coffee Monday Edition

posted by Catherine Connors

I threw a party at BlogHer, and there was a unicorn. That is all.

Are We Having Fun Yet?

posted by Catherine Connors

So I’m somewhere in Michigan City, just outside of Chicago, and I have to say: although I wept more than few times yesterday, and although the coffee in this Super 8 motel is reason enough to weep further, I’m kind […]

A Journey Is Worth A Thousand Naps

posted by Catherine Connors

It is wonderful to be traveling with the kids. It is also very, very difficult. It is wonderful for all the usual reasons. Their excitement at seeing new things. Their enjoyment of swimming pools and street performers and hotel bathrooms […]

Dear Kate Gosselin: Let Me Get Back To You On That Bad Mother Thing

posted by Catherine Connors

So I wrote a post the other day, continuing my ruminations on Kate Gosselin and why she is  so judged and why that’s a problem for me and for everyone, et cetera, but it was – as a few readers […]

Bad Grandmas, Bad Grandmas, Whatcha Gonna Do?

posted by Catherine Connors

I know that this is terribly, terribly wrong, but I totally laughed when I saw this: I mean, seriously. I know that it’s bad to talk back to police officers, I know that it’s bad to curse at police officers, […]

If A Child Pees In The Forest, Does Anybody Care?

posted by Catherine Connors

Emilia has been toilet-trained since sometime last year. Which is awesome, because diaper and pull-up-pant changing are a drag. What is less awesome is the need to be constantly on the look-out for a bathroom because your small child can’t […]

Jon & Kate Plus The Rest Of Us

posted by Catherine Connors

Here’s the thing about parenting: it’s hard. Really. It’s hard. Oh, sure, it has its easy moments – and the reward is immeasurable – but end of the day it is a whole lot of hard work and it’s hard […]

Jon & Kate Plus A Few Lessons In Being A Difficult Woman

posted by Catherine Connors

So, yeah: Jon and Kate Gosselin. They’ve, like, got this TV show, right? About their life raising eleventeen kids? Wait – eight, is it? Whatever. I’ve never watched the show. Which, I suppose, means that I shouldn’t really comment on […]

Jennifer Garner And Me: Exploiter Moms?

posted by Catherine Connors

Jennifer Garner has a problem with the paparazzi. I don’t have a problem with the paparazzi, but then again, I’m not Jennifer Garner. But just because I’m not a major movie star and don’t have paparazzi trailing me wherever I […]

To All The Moms That Blog, And More (A Mother’s Day Salute)

posted by Catherine Connors

(If you haven’t already, you can read Part I of this post here.) As I said yesterday, I came to blogging as Alice to a rabbit hole leading to Wonderland. All it took was one link to one mom-blog and […]

Me, The Mommy Blogger: An Odyssey In Two Parts

posted by Catherine Connors

I began blogging almost accidentally. I had never planned to keep an online record of life with the baby that I referred to, on the blog, as WonderBaby; in the early weeks of our life together, I was pretty much […]

Welcome To My Mother ‘Hood

posted by Catherine Connors

Three and a half years ago, I started a mommy-blog. I called it Her Bad Mother. Why I called it Her Bad Mother is a long story that I’ll tell you about some other time, but my reasoning more or […]

Strike A Pose

posted by Catherine Connors

So, something about me that is not remotely interesting but provides a useful segue to this post: I read Vogue magazine. For the articles, of course. (1) And because it makes me feel inferior, which helps to temper my enormous […]

Call Me Mommy. Everyone Else Does.

posted by Catherine Connors

The debate about what Women-Who-Are-Mothers-Who-Not-So-Incidentally-Blog should call themselves rages on. Apparently, to refer to one’s blogger self as a Mommy is, in some circles, considered jejune. Mommies, after all, are not taken seriously, and so any blogger looking for a […]

Stuff That You Never Knew You Always Wanted To Know About Me

posted by Catherine Connors

I’ve been meme-tagged by the totally awesome Kristen! Which is very exciting, and very timely, because weren’t you just dying to know some completely random stuff about me? And by totally random stuff, I mean, not-quite-random facts organized according to […]

It’s Hard Out There For A Baby

posted by Catherine Connors

Well, for French babies, anyway. Apparently their mamans insist that they wash their hands and keep their fingers out of their noses and go to bed when told. Such injustices have compelled some French babies to protest publicly. One baby […]

Candy Is Dandy

posted by Catherine Connors

Still Life with Developmental Toys 10 things I learned this weekend: 1) Martini shakers, when filled with ice, vodka and a whisper of dry Vermouth, make awesome rattles. Cocktail hour can be fun for all ages! 2) One very, very […]

To Rant, Or Not To Rant, Or Something

posted by Catherine Connors

I started this blog for the usual reasons: maintain a record of the Wonder Years with WonderBaby, share that record with farflung friends and family, keep up with the practice of writing (which, yes, could be done by finishing the […]

Communist Dictatorship: Sweet!

posted by Catherine Connors

Clearly, Maoist babies are breastfed.

The Attack Of The Fifty-Foot Baby

posted by Catherine Connors

WonderBaby, Future Ruler of the Known and Unknown Universe has grown. . Doesn’t even fit in the picture… And as she has grown in size, so has she grown in strength, and with the increase in strength has come an […]

Coming Attractions

posted by Catherine Connors

Coming soon to a blog near you!

Blog-Bashing Spelling Fascist Meanie Trolls: Turn Back Now

posted by Catherine Connors

So… This may mean absolutely nothing to many of you out there in the blogosphere, but Rebecca Eckler has a mommy blog. (FYI this post is not about Rebecca Eckler. There’s a segue coming. Bear with me.) (Oh, and if […]

May The (Dolly) Force Be With You

posted by Catherine Connors

Over at the Blogfathers’ site, there’s been some discussion about the evil that lurks at Toys’R’Us. But really, hello? The Death Star of toy stores? It’s ALL evil. And we’re ALL, at one time or another, sucked into its Tractor […]

Keepin’ It Real

posted by Catherine Connors

We have, my friends, crossed the Rubicon. My determination to have a baby-friendly home that was nonetheless free of all that is garish and plastic has received its final blow. Behold, the Exersaucer: Yeah, okay, she’s a LITTLE bit challenged […]

The Best Things Don’t Come Easy

posted by Catherine Connors

So, this whole new motherhood thing is, like, really hard. I know that it’s extra-difficult right now because of the whole head cold thing. Which, by the way, I passed on to Baby, even though a) I disinfected my germy […]

The Swaddle Diaries! Now With More Footnote Action!

posted by Catherine Connors

Because ruminating about swaddling is all that I’m capable of during this dark dark time that is THE HEAD COLD. So, the swaddle update: When last I swaddle-ranted, I swore to just resign myself to the swaddle and shut up […]

Pass The Nyquil

posted by Catherine Connors

‘Cause it’s not as though there wasn’t enough mucus in my life already, what with the excessive spit-up and drool and all. There’s gotta be snot, too. Just to round things out. And not just baby snot, either (which I […]

Life Lessons, And A Footnote Extravaganza!

posted by Catherine Connors

As has been well-documented in these virtual pages, Baby’s best friend and Head of Security (Toy Detail) has, for some weeks now, been Whoozit. Baby and Whoozit have been inseparable, and Whoozit has been an integral part of Baby’s governing […]

What Mommy Has In Common With Baby

posted by Catherine Connors

Mommy’s clothes fit that way, too. Originally posted at Her Bad Mother, 2006. Copyright Catherine Connors 2006 – 2009.

That’s My Grrl!

posted by Catherine Connors

My Baby rocks. I know, I’m supposed to say that (or something like it), ’cause I’m her mother, but seriously. She. Rocks. We went to our first ‘activity’ today, a baby-toddler drop-in program at a nearby library, which is basically […]

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