Dear Babygirl, We need to talk. You know your Mama, I’m not much of a girly girl. Don’t get me wrong, I have grown into a few girly tendencies over the years – pedicures, eyebrow waxes, pickiness about my brand of make-up – but overall I’m a pretty straightforward, unfussy, no-drama kind of gal. Someone […]


Dear Babygirl, Today is Easter, and I can’t help but think what we will be doing, all three of us, next year at this time. You will be almost one year-old by then, crawling around the house, or perhaps even teetering on newly discovered walking feet. Maybe we’ll be up in Iowa with family, you […]

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Next up in the Dear Babygirl series? My own Mama. When I asked her what she would say to Babygirl, her first grandchild, she wrote the following: Dear Granddaughter (for now, we call you Babygirl), You’re due to be born in a few weeks and I’ve been thinking a lot about the memories that you’ll […]


Dear Babygirl, So, my feet have morphed into unrecognizable rectangles lately. We’ve discussed this. It’s common knowledge in this household that your mama is retaining water like a champ. It’s no big deal, really. If that’s the worst of my concerns I think I’m doing ok. Anyway, last night, as your Daddy and I were […]


Dear Babygirl, Remember when I told you the dream that Daddy had about you the other day? The one where you spoke your first word at a genius-level age of 3 months old and that that first word wasn’t just Dada or doggie, but rigamarole? Hehee. It still makes me laugh. Well, I had a […]

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Dear Babygirl, This morning, while we were eating breakfast, your Daddy said that he had a dream about you. “You did?” I said. “That’s fun. What was it about?” “It was about how she started talking really early. Like, at three months old.” he replied. I had walked into the other room, I think to […]


Dear Babygirl, We were doing so well. There had been a slight swelling the past month or so, but nothing major. It was manageable. I was still frequently reaching for my high heels and had no problem walking around in public wearing capris or even – gasp! – a dress. It’s been a warm spring, […]

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Dear Babygirl, I hope you have your Daddy’s eyes. They’re a more striking shade of blue than mine, prettier when up against a green shirt. Speaking of green, you have one green dress in your closet. Just one. All of the rest, I’m sorry to say, are pink. Every shade of pink is represented in […]