the smell of my desperation has become a stench


You can see here where some of Coco’s teeth have gone missing. I can’t believe I’m about to admit this, but I collected most of Chuck’s baby teeth as they fell out and stored them in a ziploc bag. I don’t know why, it just seemed like the right thing to do, and that bag is now tucked away in the same filing cabinet that stores our tax documents. Where else would you put a set of dog teeth?

But I haven’t been able to find any of the teeth that have fallen out of Coco’s mouth, probably because she is permanently attached to Chuck’s neck and his body absorbs them as they detach from her mouth. Just this morning Chuck came rumbling up the stairs with Coco hanging off his neck and Leta, unable to resist the urge to tattle, yelled, “COCO IS EATING CHUCK! SHE IS NOT ALLOWED TO EAT CHUCK!”

Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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