Author: Eve Kidd Crawford

Losing a Friend: The Downsides of New Orleans

I have never been a particularly well-informed citizen of the world. I mean, I’m not one of those people who couldn’t find Iraq on a map or who calls Africa a country, but I am also not one of those…

Making the Parenting Grade

Before I became a parent, there were things I swore I would never do: let my child yell in a restaurant, give in to a temper tantrum, use TV as a baby-sitter, do my child’s homework for her. These are,…

Sister Act: Answering the Sibling Question

The sibling question is such a hard one for me to successfully answer, and I get asked it all the time. Everyone does. It is a typical “get to know you” question, ostensibly harmless: “Do you have any brothers or…

Adjusting to the Mom Identity

During a recent team-building exercise, the group leader passed out little slips of paper that read simply, “I am...” We were all given 30 seconds to complete the sentence with one word that summed us up. After rejecting “detail-oriented” because…

Food for Thought

There are plenty of things I am not any good at. Volleyball. Singing. Financial planning. One thing I am excellent at, though, is finding silly things to worry about.   And so it was that I woke up at about…

Reunions: Why Bother in NOLA?

Back a million years ago (OK, 16), I saw Grosse Pointe Blank with a bunch of high school friends at Movie Pitchers (remember Movie Pitchers?!), and afterward, we all piled into someone’s parents’ Toyota and drove to Denny’s and sat…

Time for Summertime

I have had a real job – an actual 9-to-5, have to wear real pants, capital J job – for so long now that I don’t even bother to get wistful when I flip the calendar to… June. June, July…

Answering the Sibling Question

The sibling question is such a hard one for me to successfully answer, and I get asked it all the time. Everyone does. It’s a typical “get to know you” question, ostensibly harmless: “Do you have any brothers or sisters?”…

Editor's Note: Summer Loving

I know it’s not normal to revel in the choking heat and humidity of a New Orleans summer, but I do. I love it. I love the clammy feeling of leaving my air-conditioned house to walk out into a sticky…

Berry Good

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy strawberries, in any form.

A Very New Orleans Baptism

Everybody knew everybody, which of course wasn’t surprising in a town where a simple afternoon trip to Dorignac’s brings me into touch with my former P.E. teacher who also happens to be the mother of the ex-wife of a guy…

Mother Love

After my sister, Ashley, died (three years ago this past Wednesday), I didn’t take much when I went to clean out her apartment in Shalimar, Fla. I took a toaster oven and some low-quality pots and pans because I had…

The Choices Moms Make

One of my very favorite mom blogs, askmoxie.org, has been running a fascinating poll all week called “How Do We Work?” She writes:   “It’s been a few years since we did a post like this, so it seems like…

Dreams and Dresses

When the sonographer first told me I was having a second daughter, I had a brief moment of … not disappointment, exactly, because I was so happy about everything else the baby had – a four-chambered heart! a brain! the…

Health

Rare Surgery Saves Newborn SHREVEPORT – In late February, Brendicianna Turner was having what was supposed to be a routine ultrasound when doctors noticed that her son, who was at full term, had an underdeveloped jaw. “I thought I might…

In Sickness: Dealing with a Sick Child

I never like to be overly cutesy or precious about the fact that my husband and I both have weekly blogs on the same website, but the truth of the matter is that his runs on Thursday and mine runs…

A Very New Orleans Baptism

Everybody knew everybody, which of course wasn’t surprising in a town where a simple afternoon trip to Dorignac’s brings me into touch with my former P.E. teacher who also happens to be the mother of the ex-wife of a guy…

Life and Death and Baptism

Of all the challenges I realized I’d be facing when I found out I was pregnant – I never thought I’d be in the market for a maternity wedding dress, for one, and also blended families are not quite as…

Dreams and Dresses

When the sonographer first told me I was having a second daughter, I had a brief moment of … not disappointment, exactly, because I was so happy about everything else the baby had – a four-chambered heart! a brain! the…

Across the Ages: Having Kids Five Years Apart

Most of the time, I barely even think about the large age gap between my two daughters – it just is what it is. Earlier this week, though, I found myself in the office hooked up to a breast pump…

Saying It Right: When You Miss Your Kid's Mispronunciations

There were some phases I was not sorry to see go. The wailing, puking baby reflux stage. The shoving-everything-in-her-mouth phase. The pulling-everything-off-of-the-coffee-table phase. Definitely the diapers phase, and absolutely the Elmo-infatuation phase. The “why?” phase and the “no!” phase are…

Macaron-Fueled Temper Tantrums

I worry. I worry a lot, about everything. I worry about death and illness and germs. I worry about deadlines and writers and typos. I worry about money, in a very-middle-class way: I’m not worried about the power being shut…

Parenting a Baby and a Kindergartener

Most of the time, I barely even think about the large age gap between my two daughters – it just is what it is. Earlier this week, though, I found myself in the office hooked up to a breast pump…

Second Time's the Charm with Kids

It’s said so often that it’s a complete cliché, but like many clichés, it’s said so often because it’s so true: Second babies are way easier. Now some of that might be unique to my two kids: Ruby had really…

Family Injury Report from Carnival

Every so often I have these moments of what can only be described as hubris: Yes, I will bake cute gingerbread favors for all the kids in Ruby’s class less than two weeks after giving birth. Yes, I will go…