Round Up of Cool Posts and Products

cat sonogram

Best ultrasound picture ever. Look, they’re expecting a baby…… and a cat.

 

byrosenhoff.com – Charlotte Rosenhoff, Svelvik Norway
byrosenhoff.com – Charlotte Rosenhoff, Svelvik Norway

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.

 

Patrice Laroche – Beauport, Quebec
Patrice Laroche – Beauport, Quebec

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.

 

Emily Garrison Photography - Tallahassee, Florida
Emily Garrison Photography – Tallahassee, Florida

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.

 

abbeysaxton.com
abbeysaxton.com

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.

 

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?

 

One of my most dreaded duties as a new mother was writing thank you cards (I know, it sounds shitty but keeping track of mailing addresses and finding stamps was about the last thing I wanted to do with a newborn.) Still, I really wanted to thank people for thinking of us so I wish Paperless Press had been around then. It’s e-cards but beautiful and tasteful. You can also go the good ole printed route for friends and family that would get their knickers in a twist with a digital card.

 

 

This is such a great article called, “The Stay-at-Home Mom Conspiracy Theory” by Janie Porter.

“So I feel like stay-at-home moms have been keeping a big secret. I would almost call it a conspiracy.

Why didn’t anyone tell me it would be this hard?”

 

I found this article from the New York Times about what pregnant women around the world Google just fascinating (here’s the graphic too – I love the original artwork with it.)

 

I need to keep track of this article, “10 Things I Want to Tell My Kids Before They’re Too Cool to Listen” by Kate Bartolotta because I love it so much and I just know I’ll forget where I saw it.

 


If you missed this What’s Up Moms video about infant CPR and choking in the newsletter, be sure to check it out here. It’s a good one!

 

I posted this video on Facebook after the guy that made it sent it to me. I thought it would be cheesy but I ended up bawling my eyes out from the happy feels. “Your dream came true, Bear! It fucking came true!”

How cool are these custom temporary tattoos you can have made for birth announcements from tattooest.com?! They aren’t cheap but, man, are they neat. The whole site is bad-ass actually.

This little angel seeing fireworks for the first time made me howl. Here are another 18 Babies Experiencing Things for the First Time – Buzzfeed

 

 

Love the matching look that this little guy and his ole dad have:

Imgrur
Imgrur

 

Well, that was timed well.

(Let me know if you know the original ORIGINAL source)

 

 

iwantdesign.com
iwantdesign.com

Love the concept for these redesigned birth certificates from IWANT Design. I hope they catch on.

 

honeysuckleblog
honeysuckleblog

I also love, love, love this beautiful announcement from honeysuckleblog . So sweet and perfect.

 

Love this article called “Everything You Know About Sleeping Through the Night is Wrong” I wish this article had been around when I had non-sleeping infants.

“For example, “sleeping through the night” is a phrase thrown around often, but do you know what it actually refers to? Five hours. That’s it. Sleeping through the night means a five-hour stretch.”

 

Here’s another where-the-hell-were-you-when-I-had-a-baby services. There was nothing I found harder than writing thank-you notes after I had my kids ­– I was recovering, sleep deprived and knee deep in newborn haze. Well, now you can go to a site called, Postable, pick a thank you card, type your thank you in a handwriting font, and mail it without having to leave the house. You can check out the video and see how it works (the last line is killer.)

Best part is that the designs are really beautiful. Ugly cards really rot my ass – same with tissue box design – it cost the same to make things nice, assbadgers!

(It’s only available in the U.S. right now so we in the rest of the world still have to wearily scratch out “Blanket nice, nice. See soon.” to our relatives and friends.)

 

This post called “25 Historical Images That Normalize Breastfeeding” is just awesome. It just goes to show how that this uptight nonsense about nursing is a new thing. Suck on that, prudes.

 

This post from the Ugly Volvo called, What I Do All Day When I Am Home With The Baby, could have been written by me. Of course it would have had more spelling and grammatical errors.

“9:40 Sit on the floor and clap, hoping to teach baby to clap.  Baby will not clap.   Go online and Google, “How old babies start clapping?” and read article saying they start to do this more between 9 and 12 months. (Baby is 11 months old)”

 

Love this article from Hands Free Mama called, The Important Thing About Yelling.

She’s scared of me, I thought with the most painful realization imaginable. My six-year-old child is scared of my reaction to her innocent mistake.”

It’s such a good read that I’m sure most parents (me definitely included) can relate to about how yelling can slowly creep into our parenting.

 

I’ve always been a big fan of month-by-month baby photo shoots as you can see in my Pinterest Board, but I find that this one has been done exceptionally well. It’s no surprise that this adorable little man’s mom is a photographer named, Kristen Honeycutt. She’s based in Seattle so if you’re in the neighbourhood and need a good photographer, ring ‘er up.

P.S. The stuffed animal that’s in the shot is Bandit the Raccoon from bla bla kids. I’ve always been a fan of their stuff.

 

Someone sent me this picture and I just howled. What surprised me is how many people online were appalled that a child would be left alone long enough to do this. Really? My kids could have done something like that in five minutes. Easily.

 

lindenphotography.net
lindenphotography.net

This photo from Linden Photography proves that something can be both beautiful and accurate. She’s located in New Hampshire if you’re looking for an incredible photographer by-the-by.

 

 

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