Closeup of three animal squirty bath toys and a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s soap, on the ledge of a bathtub

Artifacts from the last seven years

Published 2015-09-14
  • Duplos
  • Ergo carriers
  • rear-facing car seats
  • booties
  • onesies
  • diapers
  • wooden trains
  • sippy cups
  • changing pads
  • nap time
  • lullabies
  • toddler music class in the church basement
  • Book Babies at the library
  • teething rings
  • high chairs
  • plastic cutlery
  • scoot bikes
  • binkies

Because of the way we spaced our kids’ births, I had seven continuous years of this stuff. I miss the tiny simple world requiring such objects. But I love seeing my kids grow into the people they are.

The youngest turned three recently. She was already — for at least a year now — not a “toddler” by any definition. But you could squint at our two-year-old and still read “baby.” Three is a magic birthday because now this kid is a kid.