I wasn’t going to post this entry because I can’t say that it has a moral at the end or even uplifting reflection. But I felt God might be asking me to share. The boys were both fussing in their cribs during nap time, and I really couldn’t take much more at that moment. I… Read More Is parenting supposed to be this hard?
Item #217 I didn’t know before I had kids: The world is a highly judgmental place for parents. You’re judged if you do and your judged if you don’t. This is what I feel like the world is telling me: On having a baby World: I only gained 20 pounds with my baby. I didn’t… Read More Dialog between the world and a mom
Oh the joy that lives in my heart! Adriano (almost 14 months) has decided he wants to go from two naps a day to one. This means he can now go to sleep at the same time as his older brother, Luca (2 years)! Let me tell you what this means to me, as I… Read More Capt. Mom retires from Sleep Police
I don’t want to spend the day reprimanding and wagging my finger at my my two and half year old. I don’t feel like myself, appearing irritated and saying “no” every other word. And I certainly don’t want my boys to see me as a grouchy, bossy, stiff. I’m actually a pretty good-humored gal, but… Read More Taking charge of my two year old — without yelling
During a family trip this summer, Luca’s love for his daddy became beautifully obnoxious. In our normal routine, Luca spends the day at home with me while Marcello works. On vacation, though, we were all together every day for two weeks. That time cemented a bond between them that makes me happy and primally jealous… Read More Daddy dearest. When kids play favorites.
Adriano is almost a year old, which means he’s getting into anything he can get his hands on. Fortunately, his mischievous older brother prepared us, and our house is pretty well baby proofed. Yes, all one year olds get into things, but it seems Luca was a special case. As Marcello says, there’s baby proofing… Read More Extreme babyproofing
Nothing brings out the best of my motherly love than getting smacked in nose by a big toy dump truck my son has flung across the room. I know he didn’t mean to hit me with it, but I still have to suppress my anger as I gently rub my assaulted nose. Along with many… Read More Parenthood is painful. Literally.
We have a small house with two bedrooms and two boys who need to successfully share one of them — and it’s not going well. Siblings have shared a room since the beginning of time. Of the centuries of coroomhabitation (I made that word up), it stops with us? We’re the only ones who can’t… Read More Baby and toddler room sharing
I cannot tell you with distinct clarity what to do with toddlers and babies when traveling long distances, but I can tell you from our experience what certainly didn’t work for us. Marcello and I took Luca (2 years) and Adriano (10 months) to visit their grandparents in Italy. The vacation itself was lovely, but… Read More Travel part 5: What NOT to do traveling overseas with a toddler