Keeping House

January flew by. We didn’t even notice the cold – but we enjoyed the chinook (or whatever) that rolled through here. I’ve been busy working on the household’s deferred maintenance – there’s a lot of it – and baby-proofing rooms. Installing a baby gate at the top of our entrance-way stairs, between a closet and […]

A New Routine

Change usually comes with a mixture of enthusiasm and discomfort. With J back at work, a new routine has emerged, differing quite a bit from the one we followed while I was working. For one, J is following different work hours, going in early and coming home early. This is working well to accommodate A’s […]

New Dad Begins Parental Leave

J went back to work yesterday – and I stayed at home. Having left my job, and embraced parental leave, I realize I have a few things to learn. The pace is different, for one. And by that it seems even busier than my job. I guess that’s because there are many, interconnected deadlines every […]

The Worrying

I’d figured the worrying had gone away, more or less. Originally, I’d begun worrying pretty much the moment A was born. The worrying was mostly about how to keep him alive. How to not let him get too cold/hot. How to feed him enough. How prevent him from falling or from things falling on him. […]


There’s an old Bill Cosby routine that begins “My wife and I were intellectuals. . . before we had children.” It’s a funny bit about how intellectuals go to classes to learn how to have natural childbirth. Of course, that how J & I approached the pregnancy. And it’s actually amazing how much I learned. […]