The Dashiell Diary: Life Before School is the first of three
books based on a daily diary I kept of my son's life for
twelve years. It's a book for people who love children and
think of parenting as the best and biggest adventure that
anyone can have. It starts with my discovery that Dashiell
is lactose-intolerant. I had been spending "half an hour
each day sterilizing bottles just to poison him with the
milk I put in those bottles. This is not a good thought
when you haven’t slept in seven weeks."

But parenting is not always a work in progress. Sometimes
things go exactly right. His fourth birthday was like that.  
For dessert, he had "ten cookies made in heaven. (They
were called macarons, as we found out on a later trip.) He
went for the cookies like he hadn’t eaten in weeks. But
before he did that, we all sang 'Happy Birthday' in both
French and English and this, I think, was Dash’s moment
of moments, the place where the dots connected. He was
in Paris, he was on the Eiffel Tower, he was turning four,
the people he knew best and who loved him the most
were singing for him, and the next course was the most
delicious dessert he had ever had in his life. How could
you possibly top that?"  And of course, in between the
milk and the macarons, there were four years of serious

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Please note: the photographs in this edition are in black
and white only.  A website that posts all photographs in
color is still under construction.  There is a color edition
of The Dashiell Diary available
here, but it is very expensive
to print, and therefore to buy ($49.00).