The Case for Siblings: Why Having a Baby Is Good for Your Other Kids

[This post originally ran at Faith and Family Live in 2010, when I was pregnant with #8. I'm on my way to Virginia for the Summer Soiree at Mary's Shelter! If you have a prayer to spare, maybe send up one that my ears don't get too plugged up on the plane? It's hard to talk into a microphone when your ears are plugged up! Usually I take Sudafed, but this is a no go for this stage of the pregnancy. And also please pray that I don't cry on stage for any reason. I don't even know why I would, but p … [Read more...]

Advice for mom who is unexpectedly expecting?

A reader writes: Dear Simcha, do you have any reading material suggestions (in print or online) for me?  I have an adorable 8 month old and just found out I am unexpectedly expecting another one!  I intellectually know this is a blessing but yet could use some encouragement about how to overcome the panic? My answer: First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy, AND don't feel like you have to Feel the Right Thing right away. I always figure it takes nine months to get used to the idea of b … [Read more...]

Here in Topeka

Sorry for the silence, folks.  I'm suffering from 80% disease:  I have about six posts 80% written, and then I say, "Yeah, that's pretty much it -- I'll just go back and finish it up tonight."  And then I dye my hair, change my social security number, and move to Canada so I don't have to deal with it.In the mean time, I offer you this Loretta Lynn song that my mother sent me.  I've never heard it before, but I love it!  It's actually named "One's On the Way," but I didn't want to title the p … [Read more...]

Thursday Throwback: The Spillcock One

Today's post was written about three years ago, when I was terribly pregnant and terribly hot.  Thanks to Jen from Conversion Diary for asking for a rerun!  It brings a tear to my eye to know that my poor scribblings are remembered, even if it's only because I used the word "spillcock."~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There Are Worse Things than Being HotWhen we were house hunting, we promised the kids that the one we bought would have a hose spigot. Or, as I learned today, a spill … [Read more...]


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