Category «Parenting»

Mommy, Is Santa Claus Real?

As Christmas approached, I noticed a lot of posts doing the rounds on whether or not Christian parents should do Elf on the Shelf and let their kids believe in Santa Claus. I’ve never wanted to do the elf, but I had already been feeling convicted about the Santa issue. Christmas has never been about …

What Does A Domino Have To Do With An X-Ray?

When I was little, I swallowed a screw. I don’t remember it, but we had the X-rays that my parents pulled out every now and then to prove to us how crazy we were. I also didn’t fully appreciate my parents’ panic until Wednesday night, when Emmy swallowed a mini domino just before bed. But let …

How You Can Help A New Mom

They say the first six weeks after having a baby are the hardest. I don’t actually remember the first six weeks after Angie and Emmy – or much of the first year, either, to be honest – but the first six weeks with Rafe haven’t been too bad. (I could do with more sleep, though.) …

A Tale Of Three C-Sections

I’m not sure why other people are so interested in a woman’s birth choice, and why you’re seen as less of a mom if you’ve had a C-section. (I was going to link to an article about this, but I don’t want to give the writer any more attention.) An acquaintance asked me the other …

{Currently} I’m A Zombie

It’s hard to believe that Rafe is already a month old. It felt like just the other day when I thought that my pregnancy would never end. Now, with one month gone, it looks like I may just survive being a mom of three. Rafe still seems so small, but he has already outgrown all …

How Can You Be Six Already?

Oh, Angie, how can you be six already? Just the other day – I mean, it was only yesterday, wasn’t it? – we were waiting for you to be born. And now you’re six, and it’s as if you’ve grown up overnight. Maybe you just seem so big because we’ve just welcomed your baby brother …

Choosing A Name For Baby

At different stages of my life, I had chosen specific names for my future children. In my teens, I decided my daughter would be called Catherine – the fault of Emily Brontë. (Wuthering Heights is still one of my favourite novels.) In my early twenties, I wanted an Elizabeth – this time thanks to Jane …

A Letter To My Son

My sweet boy, Today we finally get to meet you. I can’t wait to hold you in my arms, to see your face and feel your tiny fingers grip mine. For months I have felt you move inside me; gentle flutters at first, getting stronger and harder as you’ve grown and pushed and turned around. …

It’s Our Homeschool Anniversary!

Today marks exactly one year since we started homeschooling. I’ve been enjoying seeing the countdown photos pop up in the On This Day app on Facebook. It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been homeschooling for a whole year, but at the same time it’s also hard to believe that it’s only been a year. …