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31 Aug

Last night I let the kids hang out with me in the bathroom while I did some self grooming. I waxed my eyebrows, upper lip and legs and gave myself a pedicure. Both kids found this to be¬†fascinating, especially Matilda. She started pointing out places on her body that had hair and needed to be […]

On raising boys

30 Mar

Followers of my blog have read my many stories about helping Matilda avoid being a girly girl … and failing. ¬†Interestingly, Mateo is also entranced by the world of princesses. As I write, he is wearing a ballerina skirt over his clothes and is playing with an Ariel and Barbie doll. Who can blame him? […]

Support life

7 Mar

Potential Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made comments on Michael Medved’s show last week about the fact that Natalie Portman is pregnant and not married. HUCKABEE: You know Michael, one of the things that’s troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, you know, we’re […]

On Entertainment

6 Feb

I caught Matilda this week staring at this advertisement. She asked me who the “girl” was, what she is doing. Matilda was just fascinated. She tried to pose like the robot woman and I nearly lost it. I just hustled her past the ad. But its not the first time that she has noticed ads […]


21 Jan

On Monday, we met with Matilda’s nursery school teach to discuss her progress. Let me start by saying that I don’t worry a lot about her academic progress as she is only 3 years old. But her teacher had some interesting insights in to her personality. The teacher says that she is not very confident. […]

Horton Hears a Who!

29 Jun

Matilda loves Horton Hears a Who. We bought the audio book to listen to in the car and she nearly has it memorized. If you don’t know the story, its about Horton the elephant who has great hearing and is able to detect a world of people living on a dust speck. He protects them […]


17 Jun

Matilda was introduced to Disney princesses when she was 20 months old by her older cousin. At the time, she was fascinated by the dolls and later the dresses. I decided that I would not fight back against it and let her have her princess dolls, sheets, and books. After all, I liked princesses back […]

Cost of health-care (part 2)

4 May

I read a great article in the New York Times yesterday that addresses my previous blog post. From: May 3, 2010 Teaching Physicians the Price of Care By SUSAN OKIE When Dr. Ryan Thompson, an internist, was a medical resident at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston a few years ago, he worried that he […]

What does it cost to give birth?

17 Mar

An uninsured friend asked me what it costs to pay for the cost of having a child. Well I recently got my medical bills, so here it is: Natural birth with no anesthesia or other medication. One night in the hospital in a shared room. $10,427.00 Care of newborn baby for under 48 hours. Hearing […]


20 Feb

Wow, our doula, who is now training to become a midwife posted a really interesting blog post on circumcision. Circumcision as we understand it today originated when God commanded that Hebrews were the chosen people and that circumcision was to be performed on male babies as part of agreeing to such a covenant. Today, circumcision […]