M 10 month stats

April 26, 2016

Terribly, terribly late, since he turns 11 months in just 4 days and then 1 year old (!!!?!?!??!?) a month after that, but here is Morrison’s 10 month update post. It’ll be short and sweet since the next one is coming so soon (hopefully!).


Life is very much the same as it was in his 9 month post, so I’ll just let you reread that one for a minute if you need to. The big change is this almost walking thing, as he took a full handful of steps toward me just this morning.


He is still eating like a man; napping like a champ in the afternoons and usually mornings, too; adoring playing with and slobbering all over his big sisters, as much as they run screaming from the baby drool; still realizing that sleeping all night is wonderful; and simply loving life in general. He really is a happy little boy and loves to shout to let everyone know.


Posterity stats – size 3 diapers, size 4 overnights (although those have been leaking for about a week solid now so I think we’re moving up to size 5 overnights already), size 12 or 12-18 month clothes. I just switched out all his clothes to bring up the 12-18 month stuff for the rest of this cold season and this summer from his big cousin, and there are some absolutely adorable outfits in there! I’m very excited for him to get to wear all of them now, which he definitely will since he needs a full wardrobe change practically every day after getting his lunch all over himself.


Now the monthly Goonie brigade – Della, Lana, Morrison. And Lana’s 10 month post for comparison (Lana’s monthly posts also contain links back to Della’s monthly update posts if you really want to dig through these kids’ histories).





April 8, 2016

10 years, 3 incredible children, 1 wonderful decade of marriage.



…and now (of course we have no recent pictures of just the 2 of us).


Wait, I found one! This is a late edit to the entry, as this picture was taken at my mom’s house the day after our anniversary, right before we went out for our fun celebration in downtown Chicago.




An apology to my son

March 21, 2016

Dear Morrison,

I owe you an apology. And it’s for something of which I’m sure you have no notion nor will you ever have any recollection whatsoever. But I still feel I need to tell you, from my heart to yours.

I’m afraid I haven’t been a very good mama to you for much of your infancy. And yes, you’re only 9 months old so still in your infancy, but it’s mainly the earlier and mid-infancy months of which I speak.

I don’t think I’ve been the mama you deserve. Because you deserve the absolute very best, my sweet boy, and that has not always been me.

Don’t worry, I have loved you from the very second I knew I was pregnant with you, as you are my child and part of me. But there were times when I honestly did not like you very much. And trust me, it makes me feel terrible to even say that.

And the reason why makes me feel even worse, because it’s not just an “oh he’s crying, I don’t really like him right now” or “oh he’s not sleeping again, which I don’t really like” kind of not liking you. Although I’m sure the sleep deprivation didn’t really help matters. I really, truly didn’t like you, my very own son.

Because you were a boy.

And because I had wanted another girl and therefore thought I wasn’t capable of loving a little boy.

And that I couldn’t love a little boy as much as I love your sisters.

And that I wasn’t a “boy mom” and never could be.

I know, it’s absurd. I fully, 100% recognize and admit that fact. And that’s why feeling this way about you has eaten me up and made me feel like an absolute miserable parent. Who in their right mind would feel unable to love one of their own children as much as any others for any reason?

Me. And I’m more sorry than you will ever know.

But for some reason, over the past month or so, this feeling has lifted. All of a sudden one weekend I had so much fun with you and realized how utterly idiotic I had been feeling and probably acting. For although I never treated you poorly or worse than your sisters or badly or anything like that, I felt like I was subconsciously doing so due to my irrational mind-set.

It’s totally stupid, I know, believe me. Because I love you with my whole heart and soul, just as I do your sisters. And I never ever want anything less than the best possible things in life for each and every one of you. That I’ve always known.

And now I also know that there’s no such thing as a “boy mom” or a “girl mom.” There is simply mom. And I am one.

I’m yours. And I’m your sisters’.

And I am positively the best mama there ever could be for you. I promise to keep acting like it, now that I’ve finally started.

So please forgive me, my dear baby boy. You are my little lovebug. You always have been and you always will be.









M 9 month stats

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Morrison turned 9 months old 2 weeks and 1 day ago. So this post isn’t that late, right? We finally had his next well check that same week, so here are his official 9 month numbers: Height: 29.2″ (82%) Weight: 20 lbs. 3 oz. (59%) Head: 47 cm (94%) BMI: 17 kg/m2 (46%) So although […]

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M 8 month stats

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Morrison turns 9 months old in exactly 1 week, and of course I haven’t gotten a chance to even write his 8 month post yet. In my defense, however, I have actually been busy working. I had a book editing project that finished up the week before last, then last week I got a monster […]

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M 7 month stats

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Morrison turned 7 months old on New Year’s Eve. I can’t believe we’ve already celebrated a whole new year with him! This month has seen some pretty major developments so far. In the week after he turned 7 months old, he took his first crawling “steps,” even though he doesn’t really crawl yet at all. He just gets up on […]

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It’s been a long time since I posted about me. I still want to get a “life with 3” post up here soon, but that’s not this one. I just want to write about how incredibly thrilled I am that this December is, so far, turning out to feel nothing like December. I do love […]

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