Christina

I'm a 40ish mom of the sweetest little girl ("Lovie") who loves princesses and the color pink (both of which I can't stand). Life is good. It may not be perfect, but it's oh so good with her by my side. You can read more about us at http://finallymom.blogspot.com. * * * For writings that have nothing much to do with Lovie, visit me at http://otherthanlovie.wordpress.com. * * *

Potty Training My Toddler Made Me Jealous of Other Potty Trained Tots

Photo: Dr. Greene / The BumpPhoto: Dr. Greene / The Bump
I never really compared Lovie to other children when she was smaller. In hindsight, I think I didn’t compare because I didn’t have to—Lovie was ahead with a lot of milestones.  Instead of realizing that’s why I didn’t really compare, I told myself I was just so enamored with finally being a mom that... read more

All She Wants for Christmas Is a Doll — and I Hate Dolls

with her first doll, Jan 2011
with her first doll, Jan 2011
Just when I thought I was done with all my Christmas and birthday shopping (Lovie turns 3 just four days after Christmas), Lovie starts telling me that she’s going to tell Santa that she wants “a new dolly with lots and lots of milk and a doggie.” Uh, a doll was not something I bought... read more

The Hangry Monster — The Real Cause of Most Toddler Meltdowns

Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
Picking up my three-year-old daughter, Lovie, from school at 3:30 like I do every day, I peeked into the window of her room and saw her sitting right in front of her teacher who read from a book. One of her classmates saw me and feverishly started pointing in my direction while nudging Lovie. She... read more