Though I had initially hoped for a bit of a smaller age gap between Maya and Ben, in actuality, I couldn’t have asked for a better spacing between our two kids. Example one (of like fifteen): by the time Ben came along, Maya was just shy of three and daytime potty-trained — so we only had one in diapers (a huge cost-savings). And now I’m once again seeing how good this age gap is as one is learning to talk … and the other is learning to read. Both are tremendous and exciting milestones in their own right — and I’m loving bearing witness to both simultaneously. Further, I’m  loving watching Maya watch Ben learn. She is so encouraging towards him and it’s my hope she stays that way.

Continue reading “#proudmama”


Brown Bear

I feel like sometimes Maya’s life is like a little game-show where she’s the contestant and we’re Alex Trebec or Pat Sajak, quizzing her constantly — except instead of money the prize is always a hug or a kiss. 🙂

She doesn’t seem to get exasperated most of the time as we ask her questions, but I’m sure sometimes she’s thinking, “Mommy, I just SHOWED you where my car/train/Minnie/belly is!”

[I know we’re just a few years away from chronic eye rolling … might as well prepare myself now!]

Repetition is how babies learn to communicate, so we’ve been doing a lot of it — ever since she was born, but especially now.

It’s not like she’s doing anything special — she’s engaging in completely age-appropriate activities/progress — but I guess I didn’t realize just how much she is absorbing!! Seriously, kids this age are sponges!

For example, I didn’t even realize she knew which foods she was eating, but when I asked her — out of curiosity — where her cheese, chicken, soup, grapes, goldfish crackers, etc. were — she pointed to each food. Continue reading “Brown Bear”

“Read to me”

As soon as I starting earning an allowance, all of my money went towards books.

At the time, I was obsessed with four book series: The Babysitters Club, Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High. I’d plow through them quicker than my parents could get me to Annie’s Book Store (our local book shop) and would often choose getting lost in a book over anything else. I can remember my mom calling up to me that it was dinner-time and — even with all my love of food — sometimes it would take me a while to get to the kitchen, I was so enamored with a book. Continue reading ““Read to me””

Help a Blogger Out: Clicks for Books

Do good, feel good!

Mara at What’s For Dinner is donating the proceeds of her blog this month (September) to the A to Z Literacy Project. A to Z is a charity spearheaded by her coworker that sends thousands of books annually to needy children in Zambia. (In case you don’t know Mara, she’s fabulous and she is a teacher in her other life! :))

All you need to do is visit her blog to help out! Thanks in advance!

And for today’s question: What is your ALL-TIME favorite book?

I’m torn between my childhood favorite, The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein), and My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Picoult) or The Lexus and the Olive Tree (Thomas Friedman).