This kid has always had a problem with sleeping, she doesn’t like to go to sleep and fights every way possible. I’m not good at going to sleep either, so I understand somewhat. I hate thinking of what I might be missing out on, and I think she’s realizing more that we’re up after she […]

August 29, 2013

Ever more

Parenting, Personal

We got home from our trip, I unpacked, organized, threw in a laundry. I had a bath, put on my pyjamas and lay down in bed. The window was open and a nice, cool breeze was blowing in. A cool breeze that told me something wonderful: Fall is coming. I love the fall, it’s my […]

August 27, 2013

Wax on, wax off


I have gone through the stages and finally come to acceptance. After three years of encouragement I now understand: I have a child who does not like crayons. It’s been hard for me. I loved crayons when I was a kid. I had my own little green toolbox that was full of them. I used […]

August 26, 2013

Dear Jack


It’s now two years since the day we lost you. Last year I noted that it seemed like such a long and sort time, now it seems like it’s been forever. I still have your cell number saved in my phone. I doubt I’ll ever delete it, and I’m not even sure why. Days like […]

August 22, 2013

Amy of the Island

Parenting, Personal

This is the third time I’ve been to PEI in my life. The first was when I was very young – younger than 3 because both my parents brought us and that’s when they separated. The second was in 1989 or 1990 I think because in pictures from that trip I’m wearing my Joey McIntyre […]

August 20, 2013

Parenting sucks


I love my daughter. She’s the world. Really, I do. I’m not just trying to convince myself. It’s been a tough day. It’s been one of those days when she’s sucked away all my energy with major tantrums. When she stomps and yells and demands and I give her consequences – I tell her what’s […]

August 20, 2013

‘Can I have a bare bum?’


When the kid was a baby we had occasional naked time. Nowadays she often chooses to be naked, running around the house. The other day she tried to run right out the front door. “Stop!” “Why?” “Because you’re naked.” “I’m naked?! Aaaaah!” (That last part was her doing a take off from a Gerald and […]

August 18, 2013

That damn gender thing


Last week while we were on our trip the kid declared “Daddy, you don’t look like you.” She explained that because Daddy was wearing a Hawaiian shirt that had flowers on it, he didn’t look like himself because boys don’t wear flowers. Yesterday I was a bit happier when she told me something was a […]

August 15, 2013

Grown up person


  This was a picture that Joe took of me with the kid on the beach at the family reunion. The kid wanted some quiet time so the three of us stepped away from the crowd. The first time I saw the picture was when I downloaded all the pictures I had taken that day […]

August 14, 2013

Suddenly aware

Parenting, Personal

I’m currently reading Dan Savage’s book American Savage. I was expecting more of an autobiography than what I’m getting, but I like Dan Savage and it’s an interesting read. So far he’s talked about Catholicism and his personal experiences with religion, he’s talked about monogamy, and I just finished a chapter where he declared Halloween […]

August 13, 2013