January 15, 2016 12:53 pm


A few years ago, one of Wesley’s routine dental checkups revealed he had a few cavities on his molars. We are very good about brushing his teeth, but everybody’s bacterial flora is different and his seems to trend toward the tooth decay kind. My beloved family dentist referred us out to a pediatric dentist because,… Read more > Comments Off on Dentistry

January 1, 2016 11:57 pm


A lot has been going on these past few months! Wesley started Kindergarten and it’s been so fun seeing all the schoolwork he brings home. Over the course of a couple months, I read the first three Harry Potter books to him for his bedtime stories and gosh, is there anything better than sharing interests… Read more > 2 Comments >

October 2, 2014 5:31 pm

Struggles Update

[Note: This was written over the course of various days throughout September. Ignore the “todays” and “yesterdays” etc. as best you can because they’re irrelevant but I can’t be bothered to change them. Sorry, and thank you.] —— We finally had a good day! Wesley woke up cheerful one morning and wasn’t aggressive toward Thora… Read more > 2 Comments >

August 9, 2014 2:52 pm


Those of you who follow me on Twitter have probably noticed a theme to my updates recently, and that theme is Wesley’s behavior and my inability to understand what’s going on in his head. Just today I had to drag him, screaming, out of the coffeeshop Daniel works at, and once we were at the… Read more > 8 Comments >

December 21, 2013 7:41 pm

Naughty List

Wesley’s Nana and Papa took him on this boat ride “to the North Pole” extravaganza the other day. Santa was there, and he started the boat ride by reading out a list of names of kids on his nice list. (Names of the kids on the boat.) Except… He didn’t say Wesley’s name! Nana and… Read more > 3 Comments >

November 25, 2013 8:21 am


This morning, I woke up and peeked at the clock. 6:58. Too early for me. I closed my eyes, guessing that Wesley would probably sleep for another 30 or 40 minutes. At 7:00 I thought, ugh, I’m not going to fall back asleep, may as well check my email. I had thirty glorious seconds to… Read more > 1 Comment >

November 16, 2013 10:49 am

Snow Day

Wesley went on a walk with Ona (his grandma) and Al, and Al kindly pretended to be a dragon so Wesley could chase him with a stick. The mischievous dragonslayer: Comments Off on Snow Day

November 15, 2013 4:55 pm


I was listening to a holiday station on Pandora today when a Josh Groban song came on. Wesley took one look at the album cover and asked me, in all seriousness, “Is that guy a llama?” The background of the photo did sort of make it look like he had llama ears coming out of… Read more > Comments Off on Llama

November 13, 2013 10:00 pm

Bath Night Policy

I can’t remember if I’ve written about our household bath night policy or not, so if I have, please forgive me. Daniel and I trade off whose night it is to give Wesley a bath and put him to bed. If it is your bath night, you can elect to skip the bath and simply… Read more > 2 Comments >

November 12, 2013 7:32 pm

Eleven Twelve Thirteen

Three things that made me happy today: I got a good night’s sleep! The Unisom didn’t mess me up today. Whew. Wesley used the word “clever” correctly in a sentence. I loved it! I spent a few minutes looking at pregnancy apps with Wesley and he was tickled that the baby is now the size… Read more > Comments Off on Eleven Twelve Thirteen

November 9, 2013 8:20 pm

Backseat Driver

As I’ve mentioned in the past, Wesley is still rear-facing in our car. After a sleepover at Grammie’s house in which Daniel transferred the carseat to her car, I switched it back to ours when I picked him up. I couldn’t figure out how to adjust the angle on it though, and after wrestling with… Read more > 2 Comments >

November 7, 2013 2:19 pm

Kid Artwork

Self-portrait: Drawing on a cardboard box: And possibly my favorite thing ever, this funny little creature drawn in sidewalk chalk: Comments Off on Kid Artwork

November 6, 2013 8:55 pm


Wesley has been uncharacteristically cheery and helpful over the past few days. (Knock on wood.) As in, instead of dramatically throwing himself to the floor and whining if you ask him to pick up his jacket, he’ll brightly say, “Sure!” and do what you’ve asked. It’s fantastic and I am not one to look a… Read more > 1 Comment >

November 4, 2013 8:38 pm

Onward and Upward

Now that we have rounded the corner of 3.5 and are heading toward four, I wanted to post a few things that have made me smile at this age: Wesley has started to draw things that are recognizable as humans and I LOVE IT. He even drew a self-portrait the other day, complete with big… Read more > 1 Comment >

November 3, 2013 5:41 pm


Today Wesley told me that “the baby will cry if you go to work, but I will be home and I will take care of the baby.” I asked him if he knew how to take care of a baby and he replied, “Hmmm.” Then told me about how the baby will need a crib… Read more > Comments Off on Babysitter