Welcome New Readers!

May 19, 2016Uncategorized 8 Comments

If you were sent here by Scary Mommy, welcome! (All, uh, thousands of you! I’m like 70% sure the blog won’t break from all the traffic, so, please, get comfortable!) Allow me to make some introductions. This is my daughter, Esmé, a.k.a. The Cute. I’m Hillary, Esmé’s Maman (that’s French for Mom).       … Read More

Lavender Lemon Gin Fizz

March 24, 2016Cocktail, Uncategorized 2 Comments

    Since Esmé’s day time caregiver is off for several weeks and there is no one to fill in for her except for a few hours here and there, I am in full-on caregiver, preschool, I’m lucky if I get to shower today (let alone exercise or write) mode until the end of April. … Read More

Ginger Root

March 16, 2016Cocktail, Uncategorized 1 Comment

    My obsession with mixing unusual cocktails started last summer when we were over-run with basil, so I was using it in everything I could think of–and eventually it made its way into a delightful little purple gin and tonic that I started mixing with Hendrick’s Gin, St Germain, Thai basil, and, well, you … Read More

A Guest Post: Early Intervention in Illinois

September 30, 2015Uncategorized 1 Comment

Today I am sharing a guest post written by my friend and colleague Ali Schmeder-Cummins. Ali is involved in the fight for Early Intervention programs in Illinois. For those of you who don’t know about Early Intervention (EI), it is a federally mandated and state-run program to offer services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech … Read More

Whoosh, A Bee, and A Tattoo

July 15, 2015Uncategorized 2 Comments

Ez was up until three this morning. I think she was really excited that the second short book that I’ve written about her, Whoosh, came out today. I’m excited too. When I woke up this morning the first thing I did was check to see if my pre-order had downloaded on my Kindle app for … Read More


December 29, 2014Uncategorized

The other day Esmé took a very long late afternoon nap in bed with me…napping midday is a pretty unusual thing for her to do these days. But I guess she was just exhausted from all of the to-do with the holidays. Anyway, when she woke up she and I joined André in the living … Read More

I am trying to understand

December 17, 2014Uncategorized 1 Comment

This wonderful thing has been happening with increasing frequency: Esmé is yammering. I know I have written here about Esmé’s language development a bunch…the fits and starts, when she has the occasional break-through, her incredible receptive language skills, and her loss of expressive skills. And I imagine that it must be difficult for you, as … Read More

Blueberry pie

November 27, 2014Uncategorized

All of my life my favorite holiday has been Thanksgiving. I suppose the heart of the love of this holiday comes from my Aunt Mary (my grandmother’s baby sister) who traditionally held the Thanksgiving gathering in my childhood. It was always a pot luck–so everyone arrived having prepared a few things, but no one was … Read More


November 15, 2014Uncategorized 1 Comment

I have been thinking a lot lately about the idea of trade-offs. It seems like there is this perception that somehow, some way, we can have it all…and, perhaps, not just that we can have it all–that we deserve it all. Becoming a mom to Esmé made it very clear, very quickly, that I could … Read More