First stomach virus

Ollie has never been a big drooler. And, yes, while he did spit up quite a bit in the early infant months, once that went away, it was not something I thought much about. So when he got the stomach flu this last week, my God, I could not believe the way that vomit spewed out of his mouth. …

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Real life isn’t all roses

Parenthood is hard partially because relationships are hard. This is true especially when you have a child. I remember those first few weeks of infancy when I was so delirious with lack of sleep and sore boobs. I pitied anyone who was caught in my cross fire those days. I snapped at CS so many times through no fault …

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17 months

Last month was the hardest month I’ve had with Ollie since he was an infant. The way he’d fuss! And by that, I mean the way he’d throw tantrums over any little thing and chuck anything in his way when he was mad — bottles, books, cars, you name it. And then he’d be so …

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Breaking the cycle with chard

So it’s been a long time, a good month or two, since Ollie’s eaten like he used to. He stopped eating the oatmeal. He spit out anything with texture. He’d graze at dinner, if he’d eat anything at all. Many nights he’d go to bed with only some fruit or milk in his belly. I’ve gotten …

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First strawberry picking

Ollie has been going through the toughest fussy period we’ve ever encountered in his year+ life. With my back sore and patience stretched, we thought, hey, maybe a little jaunt into the farmland would make for a nice family fun weekend. And guess what? Even with the crazy traffic home, that took 1.5 hours, it was still …

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Our First Standoff

I knew a day like this would come. I just had no idea it would come so early. He just turned one, for goodness’ sake. Today, we wasted over TWO HOURS on our standoff,  neither of us wanting to back down.  I have to say that Ollie’s resolve was surprising and frankly, a bit impressive. But I am happy to report …

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