Next up is this amazing post from Banned from Baby Showers that brilliantly compares a hospital birth to eating at the Olive Garden.
It’s a smart, quick read that does a really good job of pointing out some of the challenges around hospital births without getting mean spirited or negative.
Best ultrasound picture ever. Look, they’re expecting a baby…… and a cat.
When I saw this photo I nearly shat my pants – in a good way of course. What a positively beautiful, smart, brilliant way to capture all the details of a child’s birth.
Speaking of clever photoshoots, I love this series from Patrice Laroche. I’m also trying very hard not to be bitter about how incredible his wife looks pre-birth, pregnant and post-birth. You go sit at the Gisele Bundchen table, Lady. I’ll be over here eating cheese.
I found this picture on Pinterest and it made me all teary. Here’s this beautiful baby girl that has four older brothers that are all going to look out for her. Sniff. I’ve already created a scene in the future where these handsome, corn-fed boys answer the door to a date coming to pick her up. They bring him in real close and tell him that if he makes their sister cry he’ll have them to answer to. I haven’t decided if they have southern accents in my scenario or not – they may be from Nebraska. Can’t decide.
In reality they’ll probably shave her doll’s heads and hold her down while hovering a string of spit over her face, but I like to think it will be a bit of both.
If you know the source of this photo (or these beautiful kids) please let me know so I can credit the shot.
Update: This shot was done by emilygarrisonphotography.com Thanks for emailing me, Amanda! This beautiful family is from Florida but they will always remain little Nebraskans in my heart ; )
The folks from Joann Grace Designs asked me if I’d be interested in customs towels for the boys. I said, “sure” thinking they’d come in handy this summer and the kids would get a kick out of them. Um, they lost their damn minds when they showed up.
I had no idea the ‘power of a towel’ when you stick a kid’s name on it. My 5-year old decided that it was not a towel but a blanket – a very special blanket that he sleeps with every night. My 8-year old takes it to his swimming lessons and walks around with it like he’s the King of Spain. The company make pillow cases, towels, and blankets and I highly recommend them if you want to knock the socks of a kid.
I don’t have little girls, yet I still find myself in a constant are-you-fucking-kidding-me-froth about some of the crap put out there for our wee women. So when Erica passed this website called, A Mighty Girl, I did a little “oh, hell yeah” because it’s a whole site of “books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls”. If you have to shop for a little lady age 0-13 this season, it’s worth checking out.
Erica is on a roll this month because she also sent me the link to a site called Snap Me Swimwear.
If you’ve ever taken a baby girl to the beach or pool, you know what a pain it is to peel their wet suit off if they need to go to the bathroom or have their diaper changed.
With SnapMe Swimwear, you simply undo the snaps at the bottom, change the diaper, and snap it back up. You can even unsnap it one-handed while your toddler is standing. I love the rash guard versions with capped sleeves so you’re not getting burnt little shoulders.
Love, love, LOVE this beautiful idea, from Abbey Saxton Photography, of taking a picture of your baby on a paper from the day he or she was born. If the news is pretty grim that day, the entertainment section, a Billboard Top 100 or even a grocery store flyer would be cool. If you’re located in West Coast Florida and are looking for a great photographer be sure to check out the rest of her site.
We get many questions about swaddling transitions and one of the more popular suggestions is the Magic Sleepsuit. I had never heard of it so I checked it out and I can see why it’s really popular. It’s designed to be introduced at approximately three months of age when most babies are growing out of swaddling. It keeps them cozy and secure while muffling those twitches and startle-type movements that can wake them prematurely. You can find them on Amazon for about $40.
A friend passed along this site when my son bolted from a doctor’s office at the sight of a needle. It’s called a Buzzy and it was created by a pediatrician who also happens to be a pain researcher. The little bee is like a vibrating ice pack that provides natural pain relief by confusing the body’s own nerves and distracting attention away from the poke. Not only can you use it for shots, but it can also be used to relieve scrapes, stings, splinter removal and rashes. It’s won a bunch of awards and runs about $40. If you have one let me know if it works!
Further proof that fonts matter. If you know where to buy this card, let me know, I’m sure my nieces would love to give me one ; )
Here’s another really smart idea called Diaper Snappers. Even with those little elastics inside pants, I find that pants can droop on little kids. Belts are really cool looking but getting one off to change a diaper, or worse to potty train, isn’t always practical. These ones snap through the back belt loops so they don’t even know they are there and tighten up the drawers on our string beans.
Forget airbrushing models, THIS is why Photoshop was created!
Anna passed along this wonderful article after I posted the wildly popular Haggard Mother Sleep Training Method called Here are Some Lies People Tell You About Infant Sleep from Sweet Madeleine. I thought it was honest and brilliant and something every new parent should read.
“What is this bullshit? Why do we do this? Why do we voluntarily subject ourselves to sitting in a room full of people, being told we are doing it wrong simply because a handful of self-proclaimed experts with books to sell say so?”
Googly eyes. Is there a day they can’t make better?