Monthly Archives: May 2010

At 10 Months Old

He has learned to shake his toy maracas.

A few weeks ago he would have been content to explore the maracas with his mouth before dropping it on the floor and scampering off to parts unexplored. He is growing up.

Just last night I taught him how to climb the stairs. He was standing at the bottom, holding onto the beige, carpeted step and trying to figure out what to do. Pausing for a second, I contemplated whisking him off to safer things like his exersaucer or pack and play. However, those things are barriers and he wants to explore. He wants to learn about his world and keeping him caged won’t let him do that. So I bent down and nudged his chubby thigh up onto the step. He shakily hoisted himself up. Then he smiled, a burgeoning gap-toothed grin he inherited from his daddy, and pulled himself up onto another step.

I love that he knows when he’s accomplished something. When he manages to stand unsupported for longer than two seconds he gives me a look, full of surprise and laughter, that says, “I did it!” Then he falls to his diaper-cushioned bum and promptly pulls himself up to standing again.

He’s tenacious because he doesn’t know that someone will eventually tell him to give up.

He’s daring because he doesn’t yet know that there are things he should be afraid of.

He’s ten months old and he’s learning to navigate the world around him. I just try to help him land softly when he falls.

Blah Blah Blogging Block

I have a case of writer’s block. Or perhaps it’s a lack of confidence. I have multiple ideas for blog posts. Sometimes I start to write them. They often remain unfinished or I delete them entirely because they’re not __________ (insert deprecative adjective) enough. I do, however, have faith that I will come out of this blogging slump. So, in the meantime, please enjoy the above pic of Baby E who is being relatively pleasant as he cuts his first teeth. Also, head on over to The Mahogany Way and congratulate fellow blogging mama, Darcel, on the successful homebirth of her son.

That Little Thing

Welcome to the May Carnival of Natural Parenting: Role model

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have waxed poetic about how their parenting has inspired others, or how others have inspired them. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


Image: Salvatore Vuono /

I am conflict-averse, particularly when it comes to the internet. I understand that some of my parenting beliefs diverge from the mainstream and might arouse debate. This is why I generally keep my more controversial opinions to myself unless I know my audience is receptive. So when I recently posted a pro-intactivism message on my Facebook status, I did so with trepidation.

Would I be heckled? Would I receive jeers? Would someone call me offensive and de-friend me?

I mulled over the possibilities.

The post remained largely ignored on my Wall.

Then I received a response from a friend from my undergraduate days.

The simple note said, “Thank you for the information. I had no idea.”

Later I found out that she had a discussion with her fiance about not circumcising any future sons. She also got others in her immediate social circle talking about it too.

I have no idea how many people paid attention to that Facebook status. I have no idea how many dismissed it or were offended by it. I do know that my seemingly tiny act caused a ripple effect of education and action.

So I guess it’s true — the little things do count.


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