Surviving the Zoo: 18-Month Twin Routine

In the 38 years of the Cincinnati Zoo’s history, no one had breached the gorilla enclosure until this Saturday when a four-year-old boy figured it out in a few short minutes. I find myself closed-in with two members of the startlingly powerful and ingenious boy species on a daily basis. Our environment, despite my attempts, is not perfectly safe. Many times, we find ourselves enclosed in the same walls as knives, fire, heights, and poison. By the grace of God, we mothers and our young often survive, sometimes not. When someone gets hurt, we blame ourselves as parents, we blame those who made the objects we use, we blame animals, we blame anything or anyone in order not to blame our wildly innovative children.

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That’s My Tiger.

I lived my first 18 years in Seneca, SC, and my last six in Anderson, SC. If you aren’t familiar with the area, these are the two cities on either side of Clemson, SC, home of the Tigers, who play in the National Football Championship tonight. I’ve never been a big sports fan, but I am… Continue reading That’s My Tiger.


First Birthdays

This morning at 7:48 and 7:49, my two little boys turned one year old. In the weeks leading up to their birth, we’d been seeing specialists and having many ultrasounds because they were worried about twin-to-twin transfusion, a condition in which twins are sharing all the fluids that keep them alive but sharing them unequally.… Continue reading First Birthdays


Starting Baby Food – Most Useful Products

In my last post, I promised to write about baby food. I plan to post more about the actual foods and my process, but first I’ll post about the products I used to get started. I do NOT get paid to blog about products. If you would like for me to be honest about your product,… Continue reading Starting Baby Food – Most Useful Products


Six-Month Twin Routine

My boys are seven months old, but I wrote this post when they were six months as an update on our routine. Many things have changed since then, but it was similar to this post for several weeks.  For a while my mom’s opening line when she came in the door to help with the babies was,… Continue reading Six-Month Twin Routine

Parenting · Writing and Teaching English

Levertov: National Poetry Month Day 14

After the boys were born, a friend called and asked, “Well, how is it?” and I answered, “They are the most perfect human beings I have ever met.” They still are, and they may always be. Isn’t it odd how our children–screaming, kicking, whining children–seem so perfect, and the world around them seems to be… Continue reading Levertov: National Poetry Month Day 14

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Oliver: National Poetry Month, Day 4

I always keep kleenexes in my car. If not Kleenexes, I have a dash-full of fastfood restaurant napkins. This setup is perfect for allergy season, a bad day, and all those sappy songs country music stations play. My husband, on the other hand, didn’t have a stash of crying aids when we started dating, so I have… Continue reading Oliver: National Poetry Month, Day 4