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Buy Yourself Roses For Valentine’s Day

posted by Catherine Connors

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire […]

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Gone Fishin’

posted by Catherine Connors

(Seriously. Well, not totally seriously. Not actually fishing. Maybe frog catching. But not fishing. By fishing I mean, on vacation. Which is kinda weird, right? Why is fishing associated with holidays? Fishing involves worms. Ugh.)

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They Say It’s His Birthday

posted by Catherine Connors

It’s Jasper’s second birthday. I would be celebrating, if I weren’t sniffling fat, maudlin tears into my Cabernet. I love that he’s getting bigger, that he’s turning into a boy, I do. But also, I hate it. I hate it […]

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Wordless Wednesday: Boys Will Be

posted by Catherine Connors

Jasper, age 22 months, prepares for his future as a skate park punk.

In Case Anyone Had Any Doubts

posted by Catherine Connors

… about who this boy belonged to… … you can just reflect upon whether or not there is any resemblance between him and his mother: Yeah. Someday, he might have a mullet like that. If he’s lucky. (These photos demonstrate […]

A Little Plague Music

posted by Catherine Connors

Well, most of us. Pneumonia and stomach flu – yes! both! at the same time! – have knocked me and my husband and Emilia right off of our feet. But not Jasper: Jasper believes that there’s no plague that can’t […]

Wordless Wednesday: Sorry Little Sick Man

posted by Catherine Connors

I’m not sure who is worse off, him or me. Do mothers ever get over feeling anxious and guilty when their little ones get sick? Or is this just motherhood: one long stretch of joy woven with frustration, anxiety and […]

Ballerina Boy

posted by Catherine Connors

Jasper likes to dress up as a ballerina. He likes to dress up like a ballerina, it seems, because twirling is much more fun when you have something around your waist that twirls with you. Jasper likes to twirl. He […]

Auld Lang Syne

posted by Catherine Connors

Jasper and Emilia, waiting for a jet plane to fly them from 2009 to 2010. It doesn’t matter where or how you ring in the new year. All that matters is, with whom.

Santa Claus Came To Town

posted by Catherine Connors

And two small people tried to follow him on their little plastic sled, but, you know, it’s just not the same without reindeer, so he got away. Ah, well. There’s always next year.

Never Trust A Comedian Seeking Pudding

posted by Catherine Connors

Girl: “I am bigger than Jasper, so I could just take his pudding.” Me: “You will not take his pudding. I am bigger than you, so I will enforce that.” Girl: “I was just joking about taking Jasper’s pudding.” Me: […]

Wordless Wednesday: Yes, We Have No Bananas

posted by Catherine Connors

Worried. Sick.

posted by Catherine Connors

Jasper is, as I’ve mentioned, sick: respiratory difficulties of some sort or another that haven’t yet been fully determined. What we do know, or think that we know: it’s not swine flu. Which is a relief. Of sorts. We can’t […]

Sleep Is For The Weak

posted by Catherine Connors

We had planned to make the big move – the move to the Big Boy Bed – last week, in the hopes that with the dawning of a new era of expansive bedspace for Jasper there would also dawn a […]

To Sleep, Perchance To Get Kicked In The Head

posted by Catherine Connors

We’re just not sleeping around here. Like, never. Jasper goes to bed sometime between 7:30 and 8pm; Emilia, shortly thereafter. Depending upon work schedules, the extent of laundry build-up and what’s on television any given night, my husband and I […]

Wordless Wednesday: Here Be Monsters

posted by Catherine Connors

(At a Where The Wild Things Are Wild Rumpus. With monsters.)

Love Thursday: Wood Sprite Edition

posted by Catherine Connors

Kinda makes one wanna be a treehugger, no?

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Baby Pygmy Goats?

posted by Catherine Connors

Yeah, um, don’t do that, ‘kay? Because, seriously. The sign says don’t pick up… … the baby pygmy… … Never mind.

Wordless Wednesday: Family Portraits Edition

posted by Catherine Connors

Sisters and cousins and babies, oh my: a family portrait (me, my sister, and our children), as conceived and directed and shot by Emilia, age three and three quarters. Emilia has a very promising future with Sears Portrait Studios, I […]

Play Us A Song, You’re The Piano Man

posted by Catherine Connors

My babies are so far away while I’m attending to the affairs surrounding my father’s death, but still, they serenade me from afar: The reminder that there is such immense joy in my life, that that joy sings, is such […]

Oh, Boy

posted by Catherine Connors

This? Is Jasper. Throwing a fit. Which probably doesn’t seem all that extraordinary, in itself. Little boys and girls throw fits and hurl their little bodies to the ground and kick and scream. But there’s the rub: little boys and […]

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 […]

Word To Your Mother

posted by Catherine Connors

Me to Jasper: Say Mommy! Jasper: Dad! Me: Say Mommy! Jasper: Dad! Me: Say Mom! Jasper: Dad! Me: Mom! Jasper: Dad! Me: Mom! Jasper: Dad! Me: Please say Mommy! Mom! Mom! Mom! Jasper: Dad Dad Dad Dad DAD! And so […]

The Fast And The Furious: A Birth Story

posted by Catherine Connors

This post is part of the online celebration of Baby Week, hosted by Discovery TV. Because what better way to celebrate babies than to relive the terror miraculous experience of giving birth to them? It was the most awesome experience […]

If You’re Looking For Something Exciting To Do On Memorial Day…

posted by Catherine Connors

Jasper highly recommends dining al fresco. In a bathing suit. With the good silverware. Any tasty foodstuff will do, but he prefers dirt. Planting soil is ideal, but any dirt will do. (The dirt is lovely this time of year, […]

5 Awesome Things About Being A Mom (To A Boy)

posted by Catherine Connors

I have a little girl. I adore my little girl. There are about a trillion things that I could say about how wonderful it is being mother to my girl. But today is the birthday – the first birthday – […]

A Grubby Baby Face Is Worth A Thousand Words

posted by Catherine Connors

He fought the spaghetti, and the spaghetti won. (This post was supposed to be a Wordless Wednesday post. But Wordless Wednesday is, by definition, supposed to feature blog entries without words. And I have trouble following instructions, so. Why don’t […]

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