Step: a measure or action, especially one of a series taken in order to deal with or achieve a particular thing

S has reached a new milestone: climbing the stairs. Only in the past week or two has she started crawling and pulling herself up to a standing position. It took her a little while to figure out crawling. She was scooting and doing a down-dog position for a little while before she got the hand-knee-hand-knee motion down. I actually missed…

Desensitization: the act or process of desensitizing, of dulling or reducing sensation

I like watching TV shows about hoarders. Why? I think it’s because the images shock me and make me feel better about the little piles of clutter in my house. It’s gruesome, really, watching people who compulsively hoard what they see as priceless things. And when clean-up crews come in and scoop away the layers of junk, they find the…