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Autumn light

This is perhaps my favorite thing about this season, the angle at which light streams through our backyard from the south making everything seem more delicate and beautiful. Someone should figure out a way to bottle up this light and sell it to photographers, I’d buy it in bulk along with toilet paper and pickles.

The making of an older sister

Yesterday morning we dragged Leta out of bed very early in order to make it to my doctor’s appointment on time. We had not mentioned a word about what’s been going on, mainly to be cautious, although she’s very observant and has asked me out loud in front of strangers why my boobs are so [...]

Hand-stitched wool bunny

I have a serious, crippling addiction to Tiny Warbler’s Etsy shop, and my most recent purchase is this dusty lilac bunny made with a cute Japanese print. It joins a vast collection that includes a bear cub, four different elephants, and a hippo. Do you have any idea how awesome it is to be pregnant [...]


The name of this website was too long to fit on his head, so we tried something new. And because he couldn’t turn his head all the way around to see what we were doing he started to panic, like, YOU BETTER NOT BE DOING ANYTHING KINKY.

Sick days

Yesterday we picked up Leta from school early because of a stomach ache, and she and I have spent the last 20 hours in bed connected to a steady IV drip of SpongeBob. My morning sickness is completely unpredictable and can last all day or go missing entirely, but yesterday I thought I might die. [...]

Limited Edition 2009 Birdie Desk Calendar

Recently I did a search for 2009 calendars on Etsy and came across hundreds of adorable desk calendars including this one from a shop called Joom. I’ve mentioned before that I love to have several calendars placed around the house for easy reference, and this one will probably find a permanent spot in Leta’s room [...]

At least they have each other

I imagine that when Chuck realizes we’ve brought home another baby he’s going to sulk and refuse to talk to us for a few weeks. And Coco? I think her brain may explode with the task of keeping track of four humans. I won’t find any pleasure at all in periodically hiding the baby.

Total cliche

If I didn’t consciously limit myself to four of these at a time I would eat the whole jar in one sitting. Thank God they sell them in bulk at Costco.

Internet, I’m craving Doritos

I had a sonogram this morning, and everything looks wonderfully normal. The last several weeks have been totally nerve-wracking, and I cannot describe the relief I felt seeing two tiny hands waving about and a steady, rhythmic heartbeat. Due date is June 14th.

A phone call from my mother in three, two, one…

Sunday night we had dinner with my mother and step-father, my sister and all of her family. It was the first time we have all gathered in one place since the election, and so I showed up dressed head-to-toe in body armor, prepared for the worst. And when your family is Southern you want to [...]