December 30, 2008

What Are You Doing New Year's?

Every December 31st without fail I have certain goals in my head- resolutions for the New Year to come. And almost always they are great things to aspire to, but not always reasonable. And by February are long forgotten. I'm not talking about promising myself to join the gym and fit into my size 4's again (yes, I once had size 4's) sigh. I'm not talking about giving up chocolate or fast food or pop or things of that nature.

It's the stuff we might not even say outloud or write down. The things more spiritual. More life-growing and character-building.

These things have taken on a new meaning to me. In areas where I think I need to start over or be someone new, I am now seeing that I can stay me. I can take the things that I don't like or would like to improve and, well, improve them. Make it better. Fix it.

How incredibly "green" it would be to stop throwing out ourselves and just conserve. And reduce, reuse, & recycle within.

Personally, one area of myself I'd like to fix is how I see the world. I'd like to take more time to see the world how my children do. To take more moments to consider their perspective instead of my own. And the same goes for my friends. And family. As much as we are all alike, we are just that much more different.

We are going about this life, living day to day just trying to get by. Just trying to make it to the next. And somewhere in the middle is a whole lot of purpose waiting to be discovered. Parts of us ready to be used how they were meant to be. Parts that don't need to be thrown out after all- parts completely capable and deserving of being cleaned up, sharpened, fixed, and renewed.

This New Year's I'll be picking myself up, brushing the dust off, and moving forward.

Wherever that may take me.


Cross-posted at 5 Minutes For Parenting.

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To All The Friends I've Side Hugged Before

One of my favorite memories of this entire year was my surprise baby shower earlier this summer. It was over 6 months ago and I still get little butterflies in my stomach when I think about it. And I still can't believe they managed to surprise me.

But I also was surprised to learn something about myself. My friends revealed that I am not a good hugger.

Me
of all people- Miss Personality and happy-go-lucky and all- was not a good hugger.

In all my life I never knew it, but I wasn't giving real hugs.

I am a side hugger.

And that, I'm told, is not a real hug.

So since then, I think about this every time I hug someone. And people noticed! when I started giving good hugs! Not only were the people I was hugging missing out, but I was missing out.

There is nothing like a good, frontal hug with arms wrapped nicely around you.

I am so thankful that my friends were kind enough to give me a hug intervention. It's really a whole new way of life.

Now doesn't this make you want to hug? Hug as many people as you can today.
Don't forget your hubby or wife. And your kids. Even babies. Dogs. A good pillow.

Be open to the idea that there are even things you'd be surprised to learn about yourself.

This is my hug to you.


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December 29, 2008

Four Kids Is A Lot

A lot of love. A lot of noise. A lot of laughter. A lot of time. A lot of fun.





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December 27, 2008

Did You Hear?

The sweetest sound in the whole wide world.




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December 25, 2008

extinct


In a blur it's gone. As fast as it came upon us, Christmas is over. Whir.

I don't even know what day it is. Is it Thursday? Or is it Friday?
Blink blink it's already tomorrow.




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December 24, 2008

So This Is What It's Like

Since the day she was born, maybe even before, I've felt like every moment with Ivy is like Christmas morning. I really don't know how else to explain it.

There is nothing like a Mama and her boys. My heart will always feel this way.





But it wouldn't be truthful for me to hide the sparkles in my heart and the tingles from the top of my head to the ends of my toes that I have for my baby girl.


As I dressed her for Christmas Eve in her ruffled tights, navy patent leather shoes, beautiful dress, and bow for her head I felt like every crevice in my being was filled complete.

In that portion of time I truly felt like I had it all.

I'm where I am. Wherever that is. It's where I should be.

Recognizing I'm so incredibly blessed that it can not be contained. That's the abundance I seek.


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December 23, 2008

So This Is Your Christmas Card

If I really did have it all together there would have been a lovely photo card sent out the day after Thanksgiving to all our friends and family.

In the message I probably would have said something like:


Merry Christmas! See blog.

Love, Jeff, Steph, Noah, Carter, Grayson, & Ivy

Hopefully this video of all of us makes up for it a bit-



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It's All About The Shoes And The Places You Wear Them




So, I'm speaking at BlissDom '09 and I would love to meet you and hope you'll consider attending, too. Have some Christmas money to spend? If you register before December 31st, the conference is only $100!





I know, I know. It's not about me. I know the main attraction is Ivy. She'll be there. And she can't wait to hang out with fabulous ladies like Shannon from Rocks In My Dryer who sent her these fine sparkly shoes that Ivy thinks are fierce.

And Katja from Skimbaco The Lifestyle who sent the fun Monkey Toes Little Ladies Mary Janes.


And Arianne from To Think Is To Create who bought Ivy her very first pair of shiny red patent leathers that proves shoes are delicious.

There are of course other fabulous speakers that didn't lavish Ivy with shoes.

Yet.

Keep up with all the deets- check out the blogroll of everyone that's coming and follow BlissDom on twitter.




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December 22, 2008

Who Knew You Could Get So Excited Over A Stinkin' Diaper?!

This is where it begins! I'm about to wash my first load of diapers and I CAN'T WAIT! Seriously!


All the cloth diaper supplies I have so far:

6 BumGenius diapers
Charlie's Soap* (update- this irritated Ivy's skin, so we switched to All Free & Clear for now)
2 Snappis
12 Indian Prefolds
2 Thirsties diaper covers
1 Bummis Whisper Wrap
1 lg & 1 small wet bag

See anything that I'm missing? I am SO thankful for all your suggestions so far!

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Pleeease Celine, Come Out Soon!

We drove all night... read all about it here.


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December 21, 2008

I Can See Clearly Now

It's so frustrating when you don't feel like yourself and you totally know it and just want to be back to normal, or at least your own sense of normal, again.

I think I'm back.

The past few days have been so much better. I feel like a better Mom. A better person.

I have still not made it to the bottom of the laundry pile and have so much to do ahead of me, but it all doesn't seem so large after all.

This is the third time I've tried to write this because our power keeps going out.

I think I'll get back to this. (See photo.)

Life is so good.


P.S. I'd love your input over here today!

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December 20, 2008

This Is The Song That Never Ends

Someone is following in Mommy's footsteps. (I majored in theatre.)






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Chazz Star Has Got Nothing On Them

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December 18, 2008

I'm Looking In On The Good Life


Ivy LaRue, 3 months


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December 17, 2008

I Never Eat December Snowflakes

And other things I realized about myself while watching A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Like Chuck, I seem to be the only person who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem.

That's not me. That's not the usual me, at least. Not the me I want to be.



I am so thankful I have a new stocking- a pink one!- to hang up this year.

I love it that Noah is the only o
ne who can make Ivy laugh the deep belly laugh.



It makes me sad that today Carter wrote "My Mommy is tyred sometimes" but also happy that we can talk about it...

and rethink just what is worth it: nourishing my soul, shining a Light, investing more time in seeing the world through these eight eyes instead of a heart-less computer.


Sometimes it's not about balance at all. There really are things in life that are just more important than others.

When I think back to the past couple months, yeah, they were rougher than I'd like to admit.

But this entire year? Amazing.



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Inside Joke

"The Dynamic Duo"



Photo by Jen


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December 16, 2008

P.S. to that S.O.S.

The almost-car-accident was not my fault and wasn't because I was tired. A big truck came flying into the roundabout near my house and I was already in the circle with the right of way.

But it did make me think. About a lot of things. I was glad my mind wasn't somewhere else and that I wasn't distracted with my phone or CD player.

My hubby stayed home today.

I definitely have super-woman syndrome, but it's not because I feel like I have to wear a cape. It's because I want to do these things like bake cookies and give a zillion percent of myself to everyone and every thing. It really does make my heart happy.

There's just so much that a human body can do. I get that.

(ducking) I did make 10 dozen cookies today.

But now I'm resting. It's a good thing. It's replenishing.

And just might be the only way I can have more of myself to give.


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SOS

My ship is sinking fast. I can feel it.

I am so tired that I almost couldn't type this post.

Last night I narrowly avoided a car accident- I'm still a little shaky inside from it- and that woke me up for a little bit.

But today, my body begs to hibernate. I have kids to dress and feed and cookies to bake and things to write and packages to mail.

I'm so tired I forgot what I was going to say next.

If things get done, they get done. If not- oh well. Of course my kids will be dressed and fed and even loved on some.

But that other stuff? We'll see.

December 14, 2008

It Could Be So Different

blink blink

In the rare moments of quiet I have found myself wondering how exactly I got here.


I look around.

Hello.

Hello?

I have four kids.


I am almost thirty two years old.
I'm, like, a grown up. When did this happen?

I've done things, made decisions to get myself to this very moment in time.

I've had faith that moved mountains, I've fallen on my knees, on my face, down big black holes. Sometimes I thought I'd never get up.

But always, somewhere deep, deep down I knew I was going to win.


This photo has special meaning for me, during a time that t
here was so much unknown ahead. We never let it get the best of us- the darkness, the epilepsy, the heartache, the loss, the being beaten to the ground- whatever you want to call it.

We got up.

By the grace and mercy and power and might and strength and love of God, a very good God, we made it.


The hard times are never really over. But we're still winning.

blink blink

We've already won.

I Think It Really Was Santa

Wide-eyed, they listened as he said to be very good and keep their room cleaned.

(Thank you, Santa!)


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December 13, 2008

A New Adventure Begins




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December 12, 2008

My Bug, My Bug. My Lovely Lady Bug

Remember this?


These adorable Little Ladies Mary Janes by Monkey-Toes were sent as a gift from our friend Katja from Skimbaco Lifestyle.


Not only are they sure to be known as the little lady bug shoes worn by baby Ivy, they have another really neat story behind them involving Tom Cruise and his daughter Suri and Oprah.

That Oprah episode is airing again today and in the spirit of all the giving away of things, Monkey Toes would like to give you a pair, too.
And they aren't just for babies- you can get them in sizes all the way up to 5 years!

Just comment here if you'd like to win a pair! I'll choose one winner at random tonight after midnight CST and announce tomorrow!


If you Tweet or blog about this contest, you will earn an extra entry! Be sure to leave an additional comment letting me know you did!

Contest has ended. Congrats to Noob Mommy!


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December 11, 2008

she fits perfectly under our tree

In her Christmas dress, a gift from a friend.


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December 10, 2008

tinyspeak



I made oatmeal this morning and Gray said "this is good email."




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December 8, 2008

Phil Connors, I Thought That Was You!

My Mom took the boys for the day yesterday. I got some good rest and woke today quite optimistic.

That's not unusual, actually, and I thought about this. It's why I felt like today was just another Groundhog Day. The few hours before noon I have goals that I think I might actually meet and by 1 PM I am reminded that it is just like any other day and again I've gotten nothing done.

But it comes in waves and just a bit ago I had one of those rare moments of I-can-do-this-ness. I did finish the last of my Christmas shopping- so what if it was from my desk chair. Kids are fed dinner already even if it did involve the microwave. And most of this post and other work I've done today has been typed from my iPhone.


But I have an even better feeling about tomorrow...

December 6, 2008

Man Down

I've resisted coming to terms with the fact that, as much as I previously thought I had my act together and could do anything and still make it look effortless, I'm a big fat faker.

So much for trying to clear my plate a bit. I think I don't know how to stop shoveling it in. And my body finally took a stand and is making me stay in bed with the chills and aches and oh does it hurt to swallow now. And I am no longer speaking metaphorically.

But I have so much to do and no time as it is, getting sick is hard enough as a Mom. I can't have this right now.

And so I am in and out of sleep, sometimes delirious, and am frustrated at all the mistakes I've been making. The not giving it my all. Or giving it my all but stumbling over the mess that I'm making by not paying attention or having enough attention to pay. (And now I think the delirious is kicking in again.)

I can't help but think about this movie my Mom loved when I was growing up called Ice Castles. There's a scene where the girl does this amazing figure skating routine despite just losing her sight and the crowd goes wild and as she's taking her bow and exiting the rink she trips over all the roses the fans had thrown onto the ice. She hadn't planned for the roses and falls as her skates get caught up in the stems. And now her secret is out and everyone realizes she can't see.

I don't even know what I'm trying to say here. Except that maybe I feel like I shouldn't be complaining about anything or having too much on my plate because I am so thankful I have anything at all. And all this stuff that's tripping me up, it's good things. Opportunities and life and roses.

Just now you know maybe I can't do it all. I don't know how she does it! Well guess what? I don't. No one can do it all.


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December 5, 2008

alit


I've hung the stockings here, too.


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Sleeping With The Dinosaurs

Ivy zonked on the play mat I'm giving away here.

And (clears throat) cough cough *winkwink* I'll be speaking with the fabulous at BlissDom '09 in February.

I'm Going to BlogHer '09

Think you can try to come, too?



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December 4, 2008

Smells Like Patrick Dempsey!

Ok, so I get to talk to Patrick Dempsey next week! And I only get to ask him ONE question- and thank goodness it doesn't have to be about Grey's Anatomy because guess what? I've never seen the show! BUT I'm a huge fan (it's the African Anteater Ritual!!) and anyway...

I need your help!

He has a new fragrance called Unscripted by Avon and my question must have something to do with that. I want to sound smart and funny and cute and memorable...

What should I ask him!?


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What If I Didn't Put Up A Tree This Year?

It's four days into December and our home shows no signs of Christmas.

Normally I have the tree all up by the day after Thanksgiving and the house covered with the various Christmassy trinkets we've acquired over the years.

This year, to be honest, I'm tired. And just not in the mood. Each day passes and I have not even the slightest desire to decorate. A friend came over yesterday and held Ivy while I wrapped presents. I was hoping that would jumpstart my holiday spirit.

It didn't.

I don't know what it is! And it's not that I am not into Christmas because I am. I think maybe it's the whole meaning of it all. Maybe my age- does your thirties suck all the fun and excitement and materialism out of it?

I know my heart is in the right place- I understand how my desire to not overshadow the Real Reason may be causing the other things to grow strangely dim.

Will my kids need therapy if we don't do a tree?


Ok, ok! I might need therapy if we don't do a tree. Going to get one today.


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December 3, 2008

For The Sake Of Just Moving That Other Post Down


P.S. Despite the bedhead, I love my bangs and they are here to stay for now!

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December 1, 2008

Hold Me Closer Tiny Sweater





Ivy in the dress.











Ivy in the sweater
Mommy made for her to go with the dress, including a vintage button from great-grandmother's button jar.

Someone stop me. I can't get enough of her!








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It's Gonna Get Ugly

I hope to finish this today so that Ivy can wear it with the dress before she gets too big!


And I just might be participating in the Ugly Sweater Contest. Totally gives me reason to curl and poof my bangs, too. I just might.


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November 30, 2008

Sometimes When I Can't Sleep

Sometimes when I am having trouble falling asleep I find myself replaying Ivy's birth over and over in my mind.

I was recently interviewed by Giving Birth Naturally about my choice to have a homebirth after three hospital births. You can hear the podcast or read the transcript here.

When many women speak of their labor stories you don't often hear them in a positive light. But I continue to recall those moments, so happy that I chose to have her here at home- right at the foot of my bed- and all the amazing things that took place from start to finish. It is one of the best decisions I've ever made. It's such a peaceful, pleasant place to drift off to when I need to drift off somewhere, sometimes.


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November 29, 2008

That Sweater She Won't Like







Thank you to Meridith at Like Merchant Ships for pointing me to this video.


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November 28, 2008

Closer Than They Appear


I accidentally took this photo with my phone yesterday after our big family Thanksgiving meal.

The randomness of this picture is so appropriate, such a nice thing to find I didn't know I had. A single image that like a lasso pulls every feeling from that moment into one neat pile.

Ivy on my mom's lap, my dad's feet while he naps full-bellied in the chair, the peacefulness surrounding my new daughter and the hint of promise ahead of us...

On the way home last night, just before the sunset I looked out my window and could feel the bigness of this life. In that instant I felt that if this was it, if this was all there was to it- nothing more and nothing less- I am happy. I will take this. I am content.

November 27, 2008

Chew Steph, Chew

It's finally caught up with me and I sit here on Thanksgiving Day so very thankful for so many things. But I have been feeling the pressure more & more of all that I have on this great big plate of mine.

I'm going to admit it now. I think my eyes have been bigger than my stomach. So to speak...

But I'm making my way through it all and continuing to maintain my focus on my family first, then work. It's so hard. Never ever imagined how hard this could be.

I am proud of what I've accomplished and the company in which I keep.




And I will say, looking back on it, that all this busyness has definitely been good for me. Today has previously been the anniversary that I dreaded and couldn't wait to be over so it could be just another milestone. But it's come so fast, almost unexpectedly, and I appreciate it. I feel really good today. I feel really good about tomorrow.

Wherever this is, I'm so glad to be here right now.

With a full plate, full arms, and full heart.




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November 26, 2008

Wait'll You See This Turkey...

Warning- I am overcome by the very high pitched happy Mom voice and I will not apologize for it!!





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November 25, 2008

The Time

I had to go through some old photos on my computer yesterday and felt my heart quicken as I neared The Time- as in The Time when I might come across a photo of Noah when he was at his worst.

We didn’t take many pictures then, but it
was during Christmas of 2003 and a family wedding, so pictures are going to be taken. I was nervous to look. Like, I was pretty sure I hadn’t saved any bad reminders of him in his helmet or all drugged up. But there they were- photos of him at his birthday party. Dancing at the wedding. On his first airplane ride. All during The Time.



I don’t know what I really feel. Not really a sadness. Maybe a numbness. And confusion. Like that child in the photos isn’t Noah. That was probably the most heartbreaking thing about his Epilepsy, that it wasn’t him. You would look in his eyes and wonder where he went. And would he ever come back? No one could give us that answer. Especially not him.
So, I look at these photos of him in a helmet and remember the stares we’d get at the grocery store and how I was too tired and grieved to even care. And how much I hated looking at that blue thing with the rainbow strap, period.

I remember after he started the diet and we finally felt ok to let him go more & more without it. Like taking the training wheels off, we stepped out in faith hoping an attack wouldn’t sneak in and make us put it back on. And I remember wanting to burn it when we knew he was all better. But it had protected him. And we wanted it to help someone else, so we gave it to another family that couldn’t afford one.


There are days I don’t want to have to tell his story anymore. It’s not him. He’s a regular boy now, seizures far, far, very far behind him, I pray. We could so easily block out The Time and move on with our lives. But hearing our story, for some parents, is the only hope they have to hold on to. To know it is possible to get your child back.

And we want our story, like that dang helmet, to help someone else. We share it for free to anyone that will hear. We lived That Time. Can’t take it back. But we can go on living and enjoying The Now, the time we now create with every new day.


Noah’s story is featured in the May issue of NWIparent: "Gut Reactions " and you can also read more of the story here .




November 24, 2008

Looks Like Cute







Gray says she looks like cute. I must agree.


Ivy LaRue 10 weeks old

I Think I Wrote This To Myself

Dear Mother,

There will be days that feel like Christmas morning- when you wake up and look at your sweet child and feel so incredibly blessed and lucky. Amazed that you get to be their Mom. Like opening a new package each time.

There will be nights when you check on them while they are sleeping and you'll want to wake them and kiss them and tell them you're sorry. For how the day went, for how you snapped or didn't have patience or pay enough attention.

There will be heartaches that will only draw you closer. There will be hard times that make the good times shine so bright.

And there will be love. Lots and lots of love.

There will be so many times you feel like you've failed. But in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child you ARE Super Mom. You are their world. And you are doing a fabulous job.

Love,
Stephanie Precourt

Submitted to the Mother Letter Project.

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November 23, 2008

Yes They're All Mine


and it's the best.


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Word.

I peeked in on Noah & Carter as they were supposed to be napping. I found Noah sitting in the rocking chair with his little Bible opened.

"I'm reading the Bible to Carter."

"Oh which story?" I asked.

"God."


Originally published March 25, 2007.

November 22, 2008

A Little Birdy


Have you ever met someone and instantly felt a bond, like you've known each other forever? Like you are closer than family. Like maybe you are really related deep within your souls?


That's how it was when I met Ashlee. And that's how it's been ever since.


She is such an incredibly special person.

And today is her birthday!

Won't you stop by and send happy wishes her way?


Pictured: A couple of my favorite photos from our adventures!

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November 21, 2008

Mother I Hope You Like This Letter

My friend Shannon from Rocks In My Dryer alerted me to the sa-weet-est thing. A loving hubby has put a call out to us (that means you) all the mothers out there - whether you're a new mom or old pro- to write a letter to his wife as his Christmas present to her.

He's collecting a series of “open letters” from mothers, to mothers. You can submit yours here.

And then he promises to share a copy of all of the letters he receives with us.


I can not wait to write.

And definitely can not wait to read.

This is totally something I think my hubby would do because he's that crazy about me, so I'm including a fun pic of us from last Christmas. Just 'cause.


Spread the word! Let me know if you send a letter and/or write about it!

Isn't this worthy to pass along? So precious.


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November 20, 2008

Cradle Re-Cap

I haven't done a tag in a while and one of my favorite bloggers- Leigh from Marvelous Kiddo (you should subscribe to her because seriously, she's great) tagged me for one of those random things memes which I've done many times before but I am usually good with random so here goes.

1. I don't really like chocolate chip cookies much

2. or ice cream.

3. Thanks to the Motrin thing I was sent this organic pouch & footed blanket (which is absolutely awesome) from New Native Baby Carrier to compliment to my video response. How nice is that?

4. It was kinda fun getting emails and calls from people that saw me on the news.

5. Twitter is quite helpful if you have a question (see below.)

6. I think Ivy needs the Sno Flugan Hoodie by tea.

7. Speaking of tea, I have a new post up at the tea collection blog here.

I think Ivy might be getting some cradle cap, so I went straight to Twitter to find out what really works. Here's the responses!

Adriennevh @babysteph steel wool. I kid!

MeaganFrancis @babysteph ugh, for me nothing but patience! And sometimes a little olive oil and a soft brush. :)

elainea @babysteph I used to put baby oil in their hair. It's a little well, "oily" ; ) but it works!

mamarussell @babysteph Selsun Blue (sp?)

Adriennevh @babysteph Oh yeah, nevermind that's my cure for diaper rash.

thelemons @babysteph I have to say that Arbonne baby oil worked for Z. I put it on his head after every bath, after washing his hair w/ a brush.

dizzyparenting @babysteph We used to gently massage olive oil into our babys' heads when they had it. Morning and night. It takes a few days, but works.

thelemons @babysteph Did that make any sense? 140 char not a lot of blabbing room.

FriedOkra @babysteph Baby oil will get it off that sweet little head, but there's nothing I know of that "cures" it. Matthew's is still bad, too.

laurathemum @babysteph olive oil & a fine tooth comb. good luck. cradle cap always grossed me out!

MelissaKellas @babysteph I have used vaseline and comb through - seemed to do it for us

naturalmommy @babysteph let olive oil sit on head (maybe inside a cap) for a while. brush out flakes.

summerinfl @babysteph doctor told us to use baby oil. However, my daughter is almost 2 and still has some

Selkie1970 @babysteph olive oil. massage oil into scalp. nice warm bath, get all steamy. scrape out crusts w/ fingernails or brush. wash hair.

prairiemama1 @babysteph you and me both! Rub some olive oil on her head and let it sit for a while. Then, comb through, it will get most of it off.

prairiemama1 @babysteph oh yeah, then wash it ;)

mom2kchmw2001 @babysteph baby oil. rub it in and let it soak. next time you shampoo hair it should go.

caseyplusthree @babysteph I dealt with cradle cap with every kid, zach just got some, I used a brush when washing his hair and it's gone already

thebkwyrm @babysteph Rub olive oil on the little noggin, and use a very soft old toothbrush to loosen and slough off the dead skin. Worked for me!

togetherbe @babysteph not sure you still need cradle cap suggestions, but we like olive oil. Leave in a couple minutes, comb with little comb, shampoo

ParentopiaDevra @babysteph Just saw your tweet, so u might have this one. But in case not. Olive oil works awesome.


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Oprah's Favorite Things

Originally published November 20, 2007

Oh O


I've recapped Oprah's Favorite Things here, if you want to see my take on it. I found this year's episode hard to watch, to be honest.

The way the audience gets so unbelievably excited and on fire (or "on far" as Oprah would have said it in her Macon accent today) for these things, these things like bath-sized forty-dollar soaps and $190 lounge pants and a fridge that can tell you the weather forecast.

But how excited are we in our hearts about our spiritual life. Or our love life? You know, the things that, like, really matter?


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November 19, 2008

Honeys In The Hizzouse

Oh, the joys of life with a two-year-old.

You hear many, many people say “never let the baby run the house” and that’s just so much easier said than done, people. Especially when your toddler is like a peanut-sized trained pit bull ready to attack at any given moment- especially if you, say, look at him. Or offer him the wrong kind of cereal (which used to be his very favorite until this very second and HOW DARE YOU, MOTHER, YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN!)

Or, if you touch the favored cereal box without his permission first… he may never forgive you.

Currently that would be Honey Bunches of Oats, which he calls “his Honeys” and I try not to laugh because that only sends him into a bloody tailspin of teeth and tears and blood (mostly mine).

Ah, anyway. This cuddly ball-of-fright of a child likes to sleep with me more often than not. Maybe he’s guarding me? I think that’s more it. Talking in his sleep last night he cried out, “Daddy, don’t touch my honeys! Never touch my honeys!

After I removed his toe from my mouth, I consoled him promising that no one is going to touch his honeys. They are his honeys. His beloved honeys, which, upon preparing breakfast this morning, I offered so kindly and delicately, and then his hair stood up from his head and his eyes turned red and the pitch of his voice rattled the windows next door.

He doesn’t like the honeys anymore.


Originally posted March 10, 2008 at Close To Home.

November 18, 2008

Snow Suit

Noah woke me up much too early this morning telling me I had to Come Look At The Snow!

I went to bed very late last night and it hadn't been snowing then, so I thought he was just looking at frost on the neighbor's roof.


Uh, no.


There was snow. Lots of it. Enough for a two-hour school delay.


I quickly woke Jeff up so he could get the driveway cleared in time for work and garbage day!

Then I bundled all the kids up and took a picture, of course.


Next Time I'll At Least Shower...

*Updated to add news footage!

When I posted my video response to the whole Motrin vs. Babywearers controversy the other morning, I was mainly excited to turn it into something positive regarding how to wear your baby properly.

I had no idea that the Today Show would be tuning in, as well as pretty much everyone else. The Chicago Tribune called me yesterday- you can see what we talked about in today's paper here.


NBC Chicago News aired a piece including a clip from my video here.



This is definitely a great example of how important a Mom's voice is. But with this great power comes great responsibility. I hope we continue to use it only for good!


Stay tuned- later today I'll reveal the winner of the Nest & Hatchling slings!



Pictured- the last time I wore Gray.

November 17, 2008

Try It On

Join in the International Babywearing Week celebrations by sharing your babywearing photos- link up in the Mr. Linky here... and you could win!


I often hear from readers wishing there was a way to try out all the baby carriers before committing to buy- especially when you're spending $50-$100 or more. I wouldn't buy a pair of jeans online unless I'd tried them on before, and a good baby carrier is worth just as much as a good pair of jeans. You also have to consider if your baby will even like it, too!

Here's some suggestions:

1. Seek out babywearers near you- check online at places like TheBabywearer.com and Mothering.com- they have forums for finding local babywearers. You might have to register to view the forums, but it's worth it! Most babywearers own more than one (sometimes several!) slings. Meet up somewhere and try 'em on!

2. Find your local La Leche League and/or Natural Parenting group in your area- most often they will at least sell ring slings and are more likely to have babywearing Mamas with slings you can ask to try out.

3. Call around to local baby and maternity boutiques to see if they sell baby carriers you can try on. You might be surprised where slings are sold (ahem, I think even Target is selling some good ones now!)- and if you don't find any close to you, maybe you can suggest they start selling them!

4. Check out helpful resources like the Tummy 2 Tummy DVD, a babywearing instructional video, or the awesome Sling Comparison Chart at Mom4Life.

5. Know the return policies for the online sites you are interested in purchasing from. Many sites are flexible with returns if it's not what you had expected.

Have a sling just collecting dust? I wanted to tell you about SlingCycle, an awesome program that recycles and repairs used slings and
distributes them to orphanages, NICU’s and adoptive parents.


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Pictured- one of my very favorite mei tai moments with Gray taken summer '07.

Portions of this post originally published October 19, 2007.


November 16, 2008

Bright Eyed And Bed Headed

I've certainly not been in want for things to write about this week. Check me out and all my beauty first thing in the morning in the video below, talking about some babywearing hot topics.

And I'm discussing a general rule of thumb for babywearing here at Chicago Moms Blog today, too.

Soon the excitement will simmer and we'll think it wasn't worth much of the fuss... but I'm a writer and a babywearer and I feel like I'm just reportin' the news here, folks.



Join in the International Babywearing Week celebrations by sharing your babywearing photos- link up in the Mr. Linky here... and you could win!


Get in on the big Babywearing Bloggers blogroll and check out all the other awesome babywearing bloggers out there.

Subscribe to my blog here- I'll be posting more pics and chatting about babywearing all this week!

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