The One With The Trip to Urgent Care.

It happened.  After months of telling M that, “we don’t force our fingers into tiny holes to see if they fit,” she forced a tiny finger into an even tinier hole. And it got stuck.

Mackenzie approaches life with a blasé scepticism about any warning or concern I express.  For months, I’ve been telling her “no, we don’t know what’s in that hole. We don’t force our fingers into random drywall holes at department stores.”  Or, “no, we don’t build ourselves steps to get onto the kitchen island so we can dance on a stage.”  None of the alarm that I show has any effect.  I’ve taken to expressing the consequences of these actions in pretty graphic and brutal terms because it’s the only way I get any compliance.  “No, we don’t dance on the kitchen island. If you fell down, your head would crack open like a little egg and […]

By |January 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Song I Still Kind Of Hate. And A Truth I’d Like To Ignore.

During my first year of college, I hung out with a guy who put the Rolling Stones on every mix tape. I love the Stones as much as the next girl – probably a tad more, but there was one song that always stuck in my throat: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
No, you can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need
I’d hear the opening of the song – a choral arrangement of child vocal hell – and cringe. Because I was about to get bombarded with a hard truth – one I still struggle to swallow: you can’t always get what you want.

We’re bombarded with this lie that we can do anything we put our minds to.  If we just try hard enough, if we do all the right things […]

By |August 11th, 2015|Life, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Little Bit of Nothing

“The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.”
– Kathleen Kelly, You’ve Got Mail

It has been a long time since I last posted. The longer I waited to begin again, the more daunting it seemed. I’ve  felt incredible pressure to write something funny or profound as a  grand return to the blogosphere. And I every time I try, I come up absolutely dry.

Today my mind wandered to You’ve Got Mail and some of my favourite quotes from the film. It reminded me that the power in doing life together is all the little nothings that add up to big somethings.

In our technology-saturated culture, we coexist on the Internet. I can’t remember the last time I called someone just to chat. Goodness […]

By |August 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

11 Months


We’re quickly approaching the conclusion of M’s first year. June was a month of many milestones, so we’ve been a bit too busy to post an update. By we, I mean Mackenzie and me. Because she has barely given me a moment of rest with her busyness. And I went back to work three weeks ago.

The biggest milestone we’ve hit is walking. With confidence.  I’m cheating a little because it has only been in the past 3 or 4 days that she has felt confident enough to stand in the middle of a room to walk to whatever she wants, without hovering near furniture or grasping for someone’s hand. However, for the past few weeks, she’s been content to toddle along, holding on to only a pinky for balance.  She’s been to the aquarium twice since my last update, and both times she’s walked most of it with only a hand […]

By |July 5th, 2014|Family, Little Ass-Kicker, MOMents, Uncategorized|1 Comment

9 Months!


Our little lady is 9 months old.  Actually, she turned 9 months old two weeks ago. We’ve been so busy running after her that I’m just now getting a moment to stop and reflect upon the past 6 weeks.

The most striking thing about the past 6 weeks has been the way Mackenzie has started interacting with us. She is so silly and playful.  Her crawling is lightening fast; she loves to chase and be chased – especially if you threaten tickling.  One of her favourite things is to make a break for it, going after something she knows she isn’t supposed to have, so that we have to jump up and chase her.  Last weekend, she climbed off of Andrew’s lap during story time and made a break for the bathroom, so that she could stand up against the bathtub and pound the side. It’s a metal tub and she […]

By |May 10th, 2014|Little Ass-Kicker, MOMents, Uncategorized|1 Comment

8 Month Update

8 months have passed since Mackenzie joined our family. 8 startlingly short months, somehow made up of long days and longer nights. It’s surreal to look at her and realize she’s been earth-side for the best part of a year. Yet, it feels like she’s just always been a part of everything. I cannot imagine our lives without her.

She celebrated 8 months with another milestone: cutting her first tooth. It was an exhausting, agonizing process. It seems like she was born teething; I can’t think of a time she wasn’t poking at her gums and drooling. We put on her amber necklace when she was about a month old and instantly noticed a difference in her mood. Suffice it to say that this little tooth has been a long time coming and we celebrated by taking a trip to the mall to pick out a new toy. Of course the […]

By |March 29th, 2014|Little Ass-Kicker, MOMents, Uncategorized|1 Comment

No Trespassing

For the past few days, I’ve been trying to string together some thoughts on boundaries.  I’m usually a confrontational person. But in a healthy, functional way. I’m big into boundaries.  I’ve had a few hard knocks, so at this point in my life, I like to throw down the property lines of my life, fence in the perimeters, and hang “no trespassing” signs every few meters – especially when I feel disrespected. Very occasionally, I even put up a few “trespassers will be shot” signs, as a stringent precaution.  I like my boundaries. A lot. “Good fences make good neighbours,” right?

Lately, I’ve been dealing with a trespasser. I tried to reassert my boundaries.  I got out the neon-tagged stakes and spray painted the property lines. Clear, but gentle.  A work in progress. The boundaries weren’t understood, so I put up an unobtrusive picket fence, which I thought would be clearer. My […]

By |November 22nd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Disney Photo Dump

By |November 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Disney with an infant? Are you insane?

Yes, we’re probably a little nuts.  If we hadn’t already traveled to Florida for my cousin’s wedding, we would not have planned a Disney trip until Kenzie was much older.  However, since we were already in Orlando, and since I am just a little sick in the head about all things Disney, we couldn’t pass up a whirlwind trip through the House of Mouse.

Most people don’t realize how accessible a Disney trip can be with an infant.  Disney has bent over backwards to make every attraction friendly for every member of the family.  We were able to take Kenzie on 90% of the rides. In fact, her first Disney ride was Pirates of the Caribbean and she really enjoyed it.  I think her favourite ride was Haunted Mansion, but she also enjoyed the Little Mermaid ride and It’s a Small World. 

The rides you can’t take an infant on all offer a rider swap program, […]

By |November 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Mackenzie is Three Months Old!


Mackenzie turned three months while we were on vacation. She celebrated by dancing the night away with her daddy.

We were in Florida for a family wedding and it was fun to get her all dolled-up.  Kenzie is getting increasingly social, so meeting tons of new people at the wedding was so much fun for her.  A highlight of Mackenzie’s evening was when another guest spoke to her in Spanish. She stopped fussing and gave the lady a huge smile. It was precious.

The whole trip illuminated some pretty awesome developmental milestones for our little lady.  We’ve never seen her so wide-eyed and alert. Kenzie really seemed to track with most of her surroundings. I was worried that she’d be a little over-stimulated with all the noise and people, but she did brilliantly.

I was a little concerned about spoiling her. We stayed with my grandparents for a few days and she had […]

By |November 5th, 2013|Uncategorized|5 Comments