My little challenge


For the last two nights, bedtime has been a three hour plus marathon of crying and requests and “I need to ask you something…” Bed time has been a struggle with the kid off and on since she was born. We got a rhythm once and it was so smooth for a while.¬†And now every […]

October 30, 2012

Work at Home


Here in Ottawa, as in most parts of Canada, we have quite the weather. Last year it seems that school buses were cancelled almost once a week during the winter because of freezing rain. Taking the bus in to work can be an interesting experience in the winter months. Freezing winds, snowstorms, freezing rain, ice. […]

October 26, 2012

One step back


My kid is smart. She’s always been one step ahead. She reminds her grandmother of her daddy who was gifted. She is so smart and such a great thinker (and so tall) that sometimes it’s easy to forget she’s not even 3 years old. When we enrolled her in preschool she was excited. She loves […]

October 23, 2012

It’s not easy

#ToddlerLife, Parenting

I was not excited to be having a daughter when we found out our baby was a girl. I went through a lot growing up as a girl and even my experience was not that bad compared to a lot of the stories I hear now. I was overweight and awkward and shy and also […]

October 22, 2012

High Speeds

#ToddlerLife, Personal

This afternoon I took the kid to the park. It was a beautiful sunny day and fall is fleeting. When we got there, there were four older kids playing in the park already and she was nervous about joining them. Suddenly one of the boys saw her and said “we won’t hurt her.” “What did […]

October 18, 2012

In a name

#ToddlerLife, Parenting, Personal

When I found out I was pregnant I envisioned my child calling me Mommy (or Mummy) and then settling on Mom when they got older. When my daughter started calling me Mama I was surprised, it was unexpected. Now I have grown to love being Mama. I love the way she says it as much […]

October 17, 2012

RIP Amanda Todd

Issues, Parenting, Personal

The RCMP is investigating, Parliament is debating, but it’s all a little late for intervening in the brutal bullying Amanda Todd faced in her life. This girl was berated from the time she was 12 and by the time she was 17 she felt totally worthless and never thought she would escape. In a video […]

October 16, 2012

Loved and Cared For

#ToddlerLife, Personal

When I went back to work at the end of my leave we got very, very lucky with our daycare. Our kid was treated very well and she loved going to the care provider’s home. She got along with the other children there and she thrived. It made things so much easier. When I left […]

October 15, 2012

The Sad

#ToddlerLife, Personal

One of my biggest fears when I found out I was having a daughter was that she would turn out like me. Shy and unsure of herself through her developing years, depressed as a teenager, stupid with money and food, thinking too much about all the hard things. I was never a smiler. My face […]

October 14, 2012