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More than a kids’ birthday party

More than a kids’ birthday party

We celebrated Babygirl’s fifth birthday this weekend. This was, in many ways, the typical kids’ party, the kind where you invite the whole preschool class, do some fun activity, and eat cake. But we’ve established a tradition: the kids’ parties are opportunities to also do […]

Ain’t this the truth!

Ain’t this the truth!

Refreshing post about well- meaning but sort of ridiculous pediatric recommendations adding to the stresses of new motherhood, from a doctor- blogger: All Mothers Are Not Kate Middleton

Yes, medicine is a life’s work. But so is mothering. Working part-time is choosing to excel at both.

Yes, medicine is a life’s work. But so is mothering. Working part-time is choosing to excel at both.

Every one of the docs in my internal medicine practice is part-time. Yes, many of us have other non-clinical work responsibilities in administration, education, or research. But no one sees patients for more than six sessions weekly. What does that mean? A session is a […]

I’m Forty-Four, and I am So Psyched For This Barbie.

I’m Forty-Four, and I am So Psyched For This Barbie.

My mom bought this for my niece for her third birthday. It was a hit! She and Babygirl immediately and breathlessly tore open the box and got down to playing. But they weren’t the only ones thrilled to see this set. I am absolutely tickled. […]

A-Hiking We Will Go, Dammit!

A-Hiking We Will Go, Dammit!

Today was August hot but September breezy, and since it was my one weekday with the kids, and school starts next week, and Hubby’s on the road, I was determined to get outside.  But they wanted to play Legos in the living room. My enthusiastic […]

The Lottery of Life: Have You Won?

The Lottery of Life: Have You Won?

“We’ve won the lottery of life,” I declared.  It was a typical workday evening. Hubby and I were sitting eating leftovers reinvented into a beautiful southwestern salad: roasted veggies, corn, avocados, cheddar. The kids had finished their dinners- a pile of sliced honey ham for […]

Awesome Post from a Trauma Surgeon/ Mom

Awesome Post from a Trauma Surgeon/ Mom

Hot Heels, Cool Kicks and a Scalpel posted an inspiring opinion of what it means to be a better mother. “Better” being different for everyone, and yet following the same definition. Nicely done and highly recommended reading. 

To Fly a Kite

To Fly a Kite

It took a physician and an engineer two hours, twenty tries, and one lost kite before we succeeded.  It was a prime beach day here in Kennebunkport, Maine. Goose Rocks Beach at low tide, a vast expanse of sparsely populated hard- pack sand, sunny and […]

Case of the Week: Mumps

Case of the Week: Mumps

Until this week, it had been a long time since I’d seen a case of the mumps. The last was in Central America over a decade ago. And until this week, I had never personally diagnosed a case. I can’t go into clinical specifics, other […]

When You’ve Got the GI Bug and You Could Truly Care Less That Your Kids Are Painting The House

When You’ve Got the GI Bug and You Could Truly Care Less That Your Kids Are Painting The House

Ugh. We grilled chicken Thursday night, and realized some pieces were undercooked… It could have been that, or our trip the the Children’s Library earlier that day. Whatever the reason, I’ve had this low-grade temp and nausea thing going on since the wee hours of […]