Brass Tacks: Chewed Food

Sometimes small humans like the taste of foods but they don’t trust the texture. For example, toddler sized O loved carrot sticks. He loved the flavour BUT he didn’t like how they don’t dissolve once chewed down. He considered those tiny chewed bits a choking hazard. What does anyone do when they fear chocking on…

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Brass Tacks: Puke Hugs

They will vomit on you. I’m sorry. I really am, but…it’s true. They’ll get sick. Some very little, some a lot. And when they do the only person on this planet they’ll want is you. That’s right. YOU! Because they don’t know what sick is and that makes them scared, and they just want to…

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Brass Tacks Milestones: Talking

THE RAMBLING OF A SPIRITED 7 YEAR OLD (who thinks he’s on The Truman Show but if The Truman Show aired on YouTube and was about Minecraft….) A billion parenting books with all of the milestones laid out. You can sign up for e-mails that update you too. In the early days there’s a constant…

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Jenzie Jones and The Terrible Twos

My sweet Baby J has officially turned two. He’s clever and quick, and finds lots of things to do. He’s picking up words now, one after another. Like Octonauts, moo cow, and Mama for mother. He claps his hands, and dances around. Now when he jumps, his feet leave the ground. His ‘NO’ is incredibly…

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End of a Season

My baby season is coming to an end. It’s bittersweet to be sure but there’s also the scent of looming freedom on the breeze. I wouldn’t describe it in the sense of shackles releasing but like a blanket of snow melting in the spring. There’s a weight to it. A warm quilt that envelopes your…

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Brass Tacks: Dagger Nails

DAGGER NAILS The books will cover this to an extent. They let you know that mitts are good for newborns so that they don’t scratch up their tiny faces. They give you tips on when and how to trim the tiniest of nails. What they leave out is that no matter how hard you try…

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Brass Tacks: Headbutt Yo’ Teeth

Look, I read the books too. The What To Do’s, the What Not To Do’s, the User Manuals. They had a lot of great advice. They answered many important questions about building your babe, about labour and delivery. Some answered questions about what happens after, the feeding, the sleeping, the fevers, the teething. That’s pretty…

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Cherries on a Summer Day

Summer is in full swing and so is our cherry tree. When we first moved here we thought it was a crab apple tree but much to our surprise, gorgeous Rainier cherries popped out. Last summer was a wash. The temperature here went from snow to scorching hot to freezing cold and then back in…

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Big Kids At The Park

I don’t think I’m the only parent that prefers an empty park. Who tries to avoid the after school rush when possible. When your kids are still small it can be fairly stressful and frustrating. Sometimes there are pushy kids, bitey kids, sand throwers, and grabbers. Sometimes there are snot covered kids, and kids who…

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