So Long, Wesley

Very early on, possibly since birth, Griffin has had a bump on the left side of his lip, on the inside. I didn’t notice it right away, but Tristen said it had been there pretty much since birth. The pediatrician said it was nothing to worry about, but it kept growing as he did. Since his brothers were twins, we decided this growth on his lip was an absorbed twin and named it Wesley, which is one of the names Tristen liked before we settled on Griffin. When we brought it up again, the pediatrician said it was probably still nothing to really worry about, but he did say it might be what’s causes him to drool so much. I …

Tattoos, Showers, and Steps

There’s been a ton going on in the last week or so, so I’m just going to list things without a whole lot of detail, even though several of them are pretty big. Last Thursday I received one a third of my belated birthday present, which was a new tattoo. My idea was to give my left arm to my kids. There was already a phoenix on my shoulder and upper arm, so I wanted to add a fox with a Guy Fawkes mask (because Fawkes’s name isn’t spelled Fox), a gryphon for our impending baby, and a snakeicorn for Milly. A what? A snakeicorn. It’s a creature Milly made up that is a snake with a horn and wings. …

Milly Dotsey and the Boy Who Lived

I started reading Harry Potter books to Milly when she was in Kindergarten, going on five years ago now. I remember the first few nights of reading it, snuggled up in my bed in the townhome-style apartment we lived in for a year. It wasn’t very long at all, I think the second night I read to her, when she volunteered to start reading it. I remember being impressed with her ability to read words like “muggle” and “Dumbledore” without missing a beat. Since we only read on the weekends she stayed with me (and a bit more during summer vacation), it took a really long time to get through the books. Eventually, I can’t remember with which book, I got …

Mall Babies

Phoenix is the one in the foreground in this picture, but Fawkes is in the background. First of all, I would like to give a shout out to someone who seems to be a fan of the site. I got a text message from a friend who has been going through some tough times, and I was told that on more than one occasion, this person clicked a link to this site from Facebook, read it and kept clicking on other stories at the end of that one. They said, “your blogs, I think more so your writing itself, not necessarily the content, are very peaceful for lack of a better word…. Maybe it’s the distraction of getting lost in the …