Like just about everyone else on the planet, I love Pinterest. I could spend hours pinning away … Eesh, OK I might have a problem. In any case, it turns out there are quite a few celebrity moms who are out there pinning away, too. Click through for some of my favorite baby-friendly boards!
Ellen Schmidt has been hauling a stroller on the subway since 2009, when she first began her blog, Baby Meets City. Mama to two sweet and precocious little gals, Ellen writes about the highs and lows of parenting in New York City. Always an adventure! A lover of children’s literature, Ellen is (slowly) reviewing every children’s book set in the Big Apple. Ellen lives in Upper Manhattan with her family, though if you ask her older daughter, she’d prefer if they lived at the Museum of Natural History.
In truth, I’m not sure what would have happened if I’d had a boy. Oh, I would have adapted, I suppose. Actually, I fully expected our second child to be one. I naturally assumed it would be exactly like it was for me growing up (I have an older brother), but why I thought that with any clarity is beyond me. So, when the sonogram showed we were having another girl, I was shocked. But it didn’t take me long to realize how amazing this would be … sisters often have a special bond, and it is one of my greatest hopes that my daughters will always be the best of friends.
But back to why boys are icky and girls rock.
Jessica Shyba, who writes the blog Momma’s Gone City (we actually know each other from living in NYC and attending events together!), recently re-located to northern California with her family. Her children had been asking repeatedly for a dog for months, but NYC and puppies can be a challenging combination. So, once they got settled in their new home, the timing seemed right to add a pet to their family.
Feeling strongly about adopting a rescue dog, they contacted the Santa Cruz SPCA, and soon after, became the proud new “parents” to Theo, a part Boxer/part Shepherd/part Labrador Retriever mix. Theo has quickly made himself part of the family, especially during the nap time of Beau, Shyba’s two-year-old. She quickly began documenting the photos and putting them on her Instagram account (#theoandbeau) and what can I say, the pictures speak for themselves! Take a peek at this “naptime love story” that’s taking the internet by storm.
Sigh. I’ll admit it. I am definitely one of “those parents” who pulls out their phone or camera every time something even remotely exciting happens with my child, from the first time she rolled over to just being silly while playing dress up. As a result, I grapple with this question: do I live in the moment (enjoying whatever cute event/milestone the girls are experiencing) or do I grab my iPhone or camera and take a photo so I can remember her expression when I’m 80? The same goes for taking pictures while traveling (though admittedly there’s far less of that going on these days).
What do you think? Is there a way to have the best of both worlds?
I know how that sounds, believe me. First, let me give you a little history…
Not to discredit my former company, but I was in, shall we say, a lackluster position for years. There were so many things going on in my personal life that were exciting (dating a great guy… getting engaged… married… the birth of our two children) that for a few years, I almost didn’t mind the fact that I was completely bored at work. And as we all know, stability and health insurance can go a long way. I began my blog, Baby Meets City, in the midst of this exciting period, and it helped to fill a creative void that was missing too. But as life got busier and busier with small children in an even smaller apartment, and as I started writing more, I dreamed of the nerve to find a new job. The goal was simple: If I had to work and be away from my children every day, at the very least I should feel creatively inspired. I looked in my spare time but never found the right fit. So I went back to work, day after day, to Microsoft Office, a calculator and expense reports.
I’ll be the first to admit, DIY is not my biggest talent. I love to see what other crafty people are up to (and I wish some of it would rub off on me!!) but no such luck yet. This extends to arts and crafts with the girls, too. Beyond coloring with markers and making snowmen with play doh, I’m often left searching Pinterest for fun activities, especially now that my first born is a little bit older. On that note, I had a blast checking out Soleil Moon Frye‘s new book, Let’s Get This Party Started. I remember her as the spunky and precocious Punky Brewster, but these days the mom of two (soon to be three!) is a lifestyle maven with an eye for style and everything DIY. Her website, Moonfrye, aims to “inspire creativity in every day,” and has even spawned its own app. The book, which is filled with everything from delicious recipes to easy craft ideas like “searching for gold” and making flower crowns, seriously makes me want to step up my crafting game.
One of the first things I wanted to buy after giving birth was a personalized necklace with my daughter’s initial on it. When I had my second daughter, I added an extra disc with her initials on it, and it remains one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. To me, wearing “mom” jewelry is like recognizing your membership in a pretty amazing club, and I think we all deserve one!
I think my husband and I would both agree that one of the best parts of pregnancy was announcing the news to our friends and family. Because our families both live in different parts of the country, we shared the news via Skype. I am so thankful for this digital age that we live in, especially being able to see my parents’ smiling faces when we shared our happy news. Click through for some of the most creative and fun ways to share your happy announcement—from rapping to a mini film to creative photography shoots, they’re sure to put a smile on your face!
There really isn’t much that can compare to holding your baby for the first time and feeling his/her skin on yours. Honestly, it makes me tear up just thinking about it! Better move on, or else I’ll start planning for baby #3…
New moms know that skin-to-skin contact in the first moments, hours and days after birth are essential for infant development and bonding. In fact, that contact helps baby maintain a normal body temperature by helping to prevent heat loss (incredibly, the temperature of your breasts will actually adjust up and down to assist in regulating baby’s body temperature). Also, skin-to-skin helps bring baby’s heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rates back to normal after birth.
Common Sense Media has just released new research on children’s media use in 2013, and the results may surprise you. In the two years since the study was last conducted, media viewed—specifically on mobile devices—has grown considerably. Here are a few important stats:
- 3/4 of all kids have access to a mobile device at home.
- The number of kids who’ve used a mobile device has nearly doubled.
- Average daily use has grown from 5 minutes to 15 minutes daily.
- In 2011, 10% of kids under age 2 had used a mobile device. In 2013, that number reached 38%.
Point being, mobile screen time is on the rise with no end in sight. Healthy Children, a parenting website backed by pediatricians, suggests creating a “Media Use Plan” for your family and has shared some helpful tips in accomplishing that goal (hint hint: limit entertainment to less than one or two hours per day).
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