21 Months: It’s 3:39 a.m. and I am BLESSED WITH THE BEST.

All told, it wasn't technically a bad night. Last night, I mean. We're doing this update in medias res, I hope you don't mind. (You're a 21-month-old, and your reading vocabulary is still limited to one-syllable words about animals and your own name, so I'm going to make presumptions, even though you know what they…

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Another in what I guess is a series 

 Sleep has been hard-won around here lately. She is pretty good about staying asleep, but for the last week or so she's really not wanted to GO to sleep. She hasn't been "happy hour" fussy, just awake and ready to party. Tomorrow she is three months old, and I will try my goddamnedest to write…

If you think this bill is actually about “professor quality,” then I have a baby you can attempt to put to bed in a crib, too

My second column since my glorious return to Slate is about the absolute shit-show of a stupid-ass piece of legislation that would mandate a 4-4 MINIMUM for every professor at a public university in North Carolina. Here's a taste: Whether or not the stated goal is to “close it all down,” that will definitely be…

Conked

  We have what I think they call a "good sleeper." She still half-wakes to eat several times a night, but I just roll over and stick a boobie in her and she conks right back out. Parenting this babby is challenging and all consuming, but I thank all deities responsible I am not sleep deprived.…