In which my son learns the term “mullet”

Golden Curls, Long Lashes, Big Eyes, Rosy Cheeks My son is so pretty. He is often mistaken for a girl, despite wearing the same Nike “soccer” clothes nearly every day for a month. (He is obsessed with the Nike swoosh, which he’s grown up seeing on his brothers’ soccer uniforms. Brand loyalty starts young, people.) […]

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Queen of the Flies

The flies were so thick in the house that I gave up yelling at the kids to shut the door. Instead, I hoped the principle of osmosis applied to flies, too, and that they would diffuse outside where they were far less concentrated. The fly situation was so extreme that a rare houseguest commented: “I […]

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Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

Here’s an article I wrote for the Parenting in Portland newsletter. “Breast is best,” yet breast-feeding comes with challenges that are difficult to imagine before you become a mother. Support for breast-feeding is readily available through new moms’ groups, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, La Leche League, the Nursing Mothers’ Counsel of Oregon, […]

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Ew, Goobies

I may be momniscient, but there have been a few recent transgressions even I could never have predicted. Transgressions of the mucoid kind. As a parent, you expect to clean up a certain amount of widely-ranging bodily fluids, solids, suspensions, and emulsions, but it’s difficult to predict when and where these opportunities will arise. For […]

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