I was sitting at my computer this past Saturday afternoon while my 16-month-old napped and my 11-year-old worked on his science project at the kitchen table. I had been feeling unmotivated and unfocused, unable to write or get on with any of my other work-related projects. So I opened up Facebook and proceeded to scroll through the newsfeed. It was another gorgeous, sunny Southern California day outside so naturally the pictures I was seeing from locals on the feed were those of people hiking, people eating al fresco, at the farmer’s market… and there were also a lot of pictures of people, friends of mine, having barbecues with family, shopping with their mothers, and getting manicures with their sisters who were holding their nieces on their laps.
Andrea Wada Davies
Andrea Wada Davies is a writer, actor, and comedian who grew up on a potato farm in Idaho where she and her Japanese-American family ate either potatoes or rice every day. She blogs for BabyZone, Mom.me, and her own blog, The Evolution of Annie. Andrea spent six years dating in L.A as a single mom to her son. Once she decided to settle down and get serious, she met her husband while playing beer pong in Vegas. They were married (not by Elvis), had a baby, and now all four of them reside in Los Angeles together. She can currently be seen on NickMom pulling hidden-camera pranks on Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor.
Having a second baby has been an interesting experience. Sure, I’d done it once before so I should have known what to expect, right? Perhaps… if I hadn’t waited 10 years to have my second one. Yep, my son was 10 last year when I had my baby daughter, and, boy were things different this time around.
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Rockstars are known for their raucous, irreverent, rockstar ways. Though they are often difficult to handle, they win us over when they get up on stage with their rocker charm and rock our faces off! And my 16-month-old daughter is starting to emulate the rocker lifestyle. She loves to strut her stuff like Mick Jagger, taunt her older brother like Liam Gallagher, and though she hasn’t bitten the head off of a bat (yet), she definitely likes to bite stuff. Yeah, aside from hating any time spent on the road, my daughter is developing some rock star habits.
Most of the time my baby is an angel, but some of the time, well, she’s an animal. And some days, she’s more tame than others. When she tottles over and curls up on my lap like a sweet little kitten, we’re both purring in delight. But yesterday, while out for lunch at one of our favorite spots, she was less kitten, less domesticated, less… sweet. Yep, yesterday she was more like a Tasmanian devil or a wild boar thrashing about in the captivity of the high chair, and very much in the plain view of the other not-so-sympathetic diners, howling and yowling in protest of the fact that she couldn’t dip her bread in my Arnold Palmer. Sigh.
Yes, my daughter is a wild one. And so I often find it apropos to outfit her in animal-inspired onesies from time to time. There are some extremely cute and oh-so-fitting ones out there. Check out these adorable onesies that will be sure to showcase your little one’s wild side.
They entertain, they soothe, they distract, they calm, and they’re also an extremely cute decorative piece. Check out these eight handmade mobiles that would wow in any nursery.
He’s a handsome little devil, your boy. And when he wears one of these formal outfits, he’ll be ready to bear the rings at a wedding or be your date to the Oscars. Whatever the occasion, your little boy will charm the socks off everyone in the room wearing one of these adorable get-ups.
Whether it’s to toddle down the aisle in while she scatters flower petals at a wedding, or to eat (throw) cake in at her birthday party, or to skip around in at another formal event, your little girl is sure to steal everyone’s hearts–or at least their attention–by wearing one of these lovely dresses great for any formal occasion.
It’s bad enough when you, as an adult, have allergies, but it nearly breaks your heart when you see your little one starting to sneeze, wheeze, cough, and otherwise suffer. My 11-year-old son has struggled with allergies for the majority of his life. As a baby, he constantly had allergic reactions on his skin, and from the age of 3, had to regularly have breathing treatments through the use of his nebulizer to treat his asthma. It hasn’t been fun for him. And I can’t tell you the number of nights I’ve run, panic-stricken, into his room just to confirm that he was breathing, normally. And though his asthma seems to be improving with age, I wished that I would have known another way, other than inhalers, prescription creams and breathable steroids to treat my son’s allergies. And going forward, I want to do all I can to prevent my 16-month-old daughter from developing the same type of allergies and from developing asthma like her big bro. Thankfully, I’ve just learned of a book to help me do just that. Dr. Susanne Bennett, a top natural allergy-specialist and the founder for Wellness for Life Center in Santa Monica, California, has written a book called The 7-Day Allergy Makeover which offers step-by-step instructions on how to heal yourself from allergies from the inside out.
I recently read a post on another baby website about how when looking at their site’s annual list of most popular baby names in the US and comparing it to their sister site’s in the UK, it seems that American parents tend to choose much “weirder” or unusual names for their babies. This observation was made by looking at the outlier names on both lists that were given to only one or two babies in their data. In the UK, the “weirdest” names on the list were names such as Ace, Ziggy, Gunner and Royce. However, in the US, the “weird” names got much more original with names like Cheese, Yoda, Unique, Tuesday and Espn—as in ESPN, the network. Yeah, looks like we win the weird contest here.