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My Five-and-a-Half-Year Old

The first time I wrote what was to become the “Sonja Quarterly Update,” she was six- months old. I hadn’t done one at three-months because the idea had yet to occur to me. One thing that I say in the … Continue reading

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My Five-and-a-Quarter Year Old

She’s my little insomniac, but the nice thing about insomniacs is they sleep in. Continue reading

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My Five-Year-Old Well-Child

Since she’s such a picky eater, I’ve decided to use Sonja’s pre-kindergarten gap year to get her more comfortable with lunchbox foods. We’re working on ham sandwiches. Continue reading

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My 5-Year-Old

The other day she yelled that she didn’t love me anymore because I was always yelling at her, which was heartbreaking in its reminder that my impatience has impact on her, and terrifying in its preview of teenage dramatics. Continue reading

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My Four-and-Three-Quarters Year Old

Just how many years can a child go to preschool? This four-and-three-quarters year old just finished up her third year, and thanks to the strict no-testing policy of our school district, she will have to return for one more year … Continue reading

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My Not-So-Simple Resolutions for a Simple 2016

I doubt that this incident will have far-flung repercussions on either my child’s behavior or my efficacy as a parent. Continue reading

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My Four-and-a-Quarter Year Old

It’s interesting how these updates have progressed from announcing Sonja’s developmental milestones to looking back at what we’ve been doing for the past three months. There are a few milestones to come, but they are few and far between. Developmentally speaking, Sonja … Continue reading

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My Three-and-Three-Quarters Year Old

Even though the fits and tantrums are exhausting, I can tell she is transitioning into kid-dom. There are negotiations and pleas, some won and some lost. The exciting things (holidays, trips) are the most exciting things ever, and the boring days are very, very boring. Continue reading

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My Three-and-a-Quarter Year Old

The most noise she made was during the very cute short that played before the film. A dog doesn’t get the food he wants and looks sad. “Oh that poor dog,” she said. Continue reading

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Our Second Family Vacation, Part 3

The 3 ½ hour drive home from the ocean was quiet and queasy, the fantastic and fresh memories sullied by the news being delivered while we were still making those memories. Continue reading

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