I'm sorry for the missing blogarounds. To be honest, I haven't had much of a chance to read these days. Between infant growth spurts, potty training, and desperately trying to re-learn to care for my own home... I've been busy.
But I'm trying. Aren't we all?
Without further ado, I bring you another Blogaround:
"Lucky Me" - Happy Hippie Homemaker
Rachel hit the nail on the head. There is no situation in which it is easy to watch your child be in pain, or to nurse them through an illness. And knowing how minor your own troubles are in comparison to some... does not help. But it does make you grateful for what you have. Whatever you have.
"Dumbing Down and Demanding Less... Really?" - Departing the Text
Some seriously disturbing statistics, and suggestions for real solutions. I can vouch- academic standards are falling. But at some point, we (as both parents and participants in this society) need to stand up and take a little responsibility- and actually fix these problems.
"Things I'd Like My Daughters To Know Chapter 6" - Of Anselm
Super. Freaking. Cute. Do you have any idea how hard it is to take pictures of two year old girls with slightly-under-two month old babies? HARD. I can vouch for that.
"Me, Myself, and I" - The Kopp Girls
Once again, Kyle rocks. I love the way he puts this. It's true, I'm just not in any way self conscious in front of my girls... now. I know someday I might be, but for the time being, it's like Kyle says. And I won't spoil it for you. :)
"The Darkness I Should Not Feel Let Alone Talk About" - I Want A Dumpster Baby
It's always hard to write about depression, and I solute Kitkatkootie for coming forward and talking about it. I went through sometime very similar when M and I did IVF, and I wish there was a wider support network available to me then.
"A New Hope" - 649.113
This. Each time all week I've just wanted to bash my head into a wall. This. The girls are so close, and RH has proved to be another good napper. This. For the love of god, this.
"Healthy Choices Taught at Home or School?" - Things I Can't Say
Along with a general state of poor education, we also have a problem with childhood obesity in this country. But are we addressing it the right way? And who really is responsible?
"Dear Hypothetically Gay Son" - Ask Your Dad
As you probably know, I love daddy bloggers. I only just discovered this one, and read basically his entire archives. He's great. At any rate, this week a letter made the rounds on Reddit- a father disowning his gay son. Ask Your Dad has a son due to be born in another couple of months, and so he wrote his own letter. It's wonderful.
"Bear With Me, There Is a Sewing Tutorial Here Somewhere" - googiemama
First of all, yes, it's in there, and it just happens to include how to make a shirred bodice- something I've been lazily wondering for YEARS. But it's everything hiding the tutorial that i hilarious.
"#322 & #323: My Friend Group Has a Case of the Creepy Dude. How Do We Clear That Up?" - CaptainAwkward.com
This post really sums up well a frustratingly common situation. I can't tell you how many social circles I have called my own who suffered from one of these. Oh, yes I can- all of them. From middle school until a couple of years ago, when I stopped socializing outside of my group of truly close friends. (Parenthood will kind of do that to you.) Captain Awkward isn't exaggerating, either. Those guys? They are genuine problems, and people genuinely get hurt. So if you have one of them in your social group, say something. Do something. This is not just a quirk- this is a real problem.