Posts Tagged "parenthood"

10 Ways My Baby Is Like My Dog

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in Funny, Parenting | 9 comments

10 Ways My Baby Is Like My Dog

(Yes, that is the dog’s water bowl. Yes, that is my child. No, I did not take this photo.) * When we brought home our adorable mutt, Zulu, a number of friends told us that a puppy was a great training run for parenthood and that we’d have a baby within a year. Much to our surprise, they were right on both counts. We had our first child eleven months later, and this year we’ve learning that puppies and babies are remarkably similar in some ways. 1. How they’re similar: Once upon a time, I said that I would never have a dog or a baby sleeping in my bedroom. Both dog and baby ended...

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Feeling weighed, measured, and found wanting

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Parenting | 34 comments

Feeling weighed, measured, and found wanting

I did not stop to seriously consider the implications of my actions before stenciling a giant PATIENCE on Dominic’s cast. Luang Prabang is a tourist town and it’s the tail end of the cool season here. There are thousands, literally thousands, of tourists in town. Not many of them, however, are walking around with babies, so our little trio already made an unlikely sight even before the accident. Now we’re a downright curiosity. I watch people watching us when we’re out and about. First they see the stroller. They do a double take and search for the baby with a smile. Then they see the...

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24 things that have surprised me about motherhood: I never thought I would…

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Parenting | 16 comments

24 things that have surprised me about motherhood: I never thought I would…

Everyone says motherhood is full of surprises. They’re right. Here are 24 of mine. I never thought I would… 1. Leak milk at the sight of a puppy. 2. Wipe up baby spew with clothing that I am wearing. 3. Consider 6 a.m. on a Sunday almost a sleep-in. 4. Refer to my spouse as “daddy” more frequently than I call him by name. 5. Still have my child sleeping right beside my bed 5 months after his birth. 6. Still want my child to sleep right beside my bed 5 months after his birth. 7. Catch poo with my bare hands. 8.Find myself physically incapable of letting the baby cry for longer than 57...

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Back at Home are Mike and I: Jottings on art, parenthood, and home

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in Posts with photos, Writing | 12 comments

Back at Home are Mike and I: Jottings on art, parenthood, and home

Well, we’re back from Thailand and we hit the ground running this week. Although, after a full week of looking at this on Koh Tao… And this on Koh Samui… And strolling through resorts… And buying satay off the beach… And dining in lovely seaside restaurants as the full moon rises over the ocean… Well… let’s just say I wouldn’t expect any sympathy from anyone if I tried to complain that we’ve had some re-entry shock with getting back to work. So I shall just say that we’re well and truly back at work. Mike returned to scores of...

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Puppy lessons in parenthood (2)

Posted by on Feb 25, 2011 in Parenting, Posts with photos | 4 comments

Puppy lessons in parenthood (2)

It’s lunchtime in the McWolfe household of (temporarily) seven. Chaos is reigning. The three and six year old are loudly demanding their lunch, Mike is trying to finish his before he has to go back to the office. The baby’s been strapped in his stroller. Zulu is meandering around hopefully. Mike and I watch as Zulu wanders over to the baby in the stroller. “Awww…” we say fondly as our little dog sniffs nicely at the baby’s toes, then moves upwards to the baby’s hands – exploring ever so gently and sweetly. “Good dog, good boy, nice gentle licking, good kissing of the...

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Some of the funny responses

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in Pregnancy | 4 comments

Some of the funny responses

Firstly, thank you all. Mike and I have been positively overwhelmed by the flood of support and well-wishing we’ve received via the blog, facebook, and email since we posted the news last week that we’re expecting a baby! We’re very touched. Your notes and emails have made us smile, share snippets with each other, and laugh. This week is going to be a busy one for me. I’ve got a lot of work to do on two separate consultancy projects and am not quite sure where blogging will fit in during the first half of the week (not to mention pregnancy yoga and the article I’m also trying to...

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Puppy lessons in parenting – resource guarding

Posted by on Jan 11, 2011 in Life in Laos, Parenting | 12 comments

Puppy lessons in parenting – resource guarding

It’s been a while since I updated you about our little chew monster (aka kea-puppy, shark mouth, demon dog, and Zulu) so here’s a puppy post. We had a “clueless parents faced with a defiant toddler” moment this week. Zulu is, on the whole, a sweet and friendly dog. He adores people and when we walk him he looks up at the passerbys, wagging his little tail, clearly curious as to why they’re not stopping to shower him with affection and attention. He takes himself off to the toilet outside. He doesn’t chew on the furniture, our shoes, or destroy our trash can. We must admit that he...

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