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They Say It’s Her Birthday

posted by Catherine Connors

It’s Emilia’s birthday this weekend. Her dad made homemade birthday party invitations for her, and they kind of break my heart: I’d have invited you, but, you know, Emilia will only share so much cake. Also, I need to not […]

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Sugar And Spice And Everything Skate Punk

posted by Catherine Connors

Emilia, at four years old, is a daredevil and a tomboy and a sports enthusiast and a thrill-seeker and an all-around rapscallion. To say that I think that’s awesome is extreme understatement. And sure, being a rapscallion tomboy means that […]

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This Day In History: When My Girl Became The Boss Of Me

posted by Catherine Connors

I wrote this post four years ago today. Four years ago, when the girl – my girl! – was a wee baby and I already knew (that is: sort of, maybe, had a good guess about) what I was in […]

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Love Is A Tiny Hug-Dispensing Ninja

posted by Catherine Connors

A four year old ninja hugs her little brother. There’s a metaphor here about the kick-butt power of love, but I’m having trouble putting it into words, so I’ll just let the picture speak for itself.

Love Thursday: Princess Edition

posted by Catherine Connors

(Emilia does not like princess dresses, but she’s game to play dress-up when asked nicely, and if she can the dress off immediately after the picture is taken. Next week we’ll be playing an epic game of dress-up as we […]

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 […]

Ice, Ice Baby

posted by Catherine Connors

My girl, taking her first independent steps on ice, which, for a Canadian child, is a moment of great importance. And if this means that the 2022 Winter Olympics are going to have one more Canadian figure skater/speed skater/female hockey […]

Love Thursday: Imaginary Winter Sports Edition

posted by Catherine Connors

All that’s missing is the snowboard. God, I love that she’s a tomboy.

Oh Christmas Tree, How Graceful Are Thy Dust-Bunnied Branches

posted by Catherine Connors

My daughter’s junior kindergarten class had a homework assignment last week: decorate a construction paper cut-out Christmas tree. Not just color it or paint it or throw glitter at it: decorate it. With stuff found around their homes. Emilia takes […]

Becoming Mommy, Becoming Me

posted by Catherine Connors

Four years ago, my daughter was born. Four years ago, I became a mom. My own mother used to tell me that she considered my birthday as much her day as mine, because it was the day she gave birth, […]

The Science Of Cute

posted by Catherine Connors

How is it that small children are even more adorable when they’re upside down? Does cuteness bend gravity in such a way that the very physics of sweetness are amplified when the object of sweetness is suspended in mid-air? Science […]

Life Goes On, And It Carries A Dora Backpack

posted by Catherine Connors

From the Life Goes On files: Emilia prepares for her first day at Big Kid School. Oof, my heart. OOF.

My Girl

posted by Catherine Connors

Before Baby was born, I was more or less indifferent as to whether I would have a boy or a girl. The things that I was wishing for in a child – beyond good health – were pretty gender-neutral: keen […]

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There But For A Rocking Chair: On Love and Fear and Keeping Our Children Safe
Before Emilia was born, I fussed endlessly about babyproofing. Never mind that it would be months before she would even enter the world, let alone move around it and find its electrical outlets: I was convinced that when it came to babies, there ...

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