From the category archives:

Month 8

Baby food blooper

June 2, 2011

While Heather was keeping her current pregnancy secret from me, she started paying heightened attention to products for young babies in a way that didn’t tip me off, due to our jobs as “mommy bloggers.” I thought she was just trying to keep up with changing trends and technologies for parents.  When she accepted a […]

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Help your baby be reflective

December 16, 2010

Take a photo of your baby looking at himself in the mirror. You will not want to use a flash, so open all the blinds to fill the room with natural light. Stand behind him and try to get both the real baby and the mirror image baby in the frame of your photo.

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Dear Rookie Moms, What are your beauty secrets?

April 12, 2010

Um, we have none, so we must turn this over to someone who knows about such things.  A request came in for us to make some recommendations for how to look like you’ve gotten a full night of sleep and haven’t had your skin and hair ravished by monstrous hormonal changes over a long period […]

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Make it a potluck

March 12, 2010

I really love bossing people around organizing easy dinner parties. Gather some friends together for a BBQ or potluck. The easy thing is that by distributing the responsibilities, you’ll have less to worry about. And more fun all around. Simple rules to sharing the load with a potluck: Assign jobs and give yourself an easy […]

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Travel light (when you fly with a baby)

November 22, 2009

Gone are the days when Alec and I could just go away for a few months with nothing but a pair of backpacks. Traveling with a baby requires more strategery, but this is one of my strengths, so allow me to share a tip: You do not need to bring it all with you! Flying […]

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Activity #427: Evaluate, admire, photograph, and throw away your shoes

November 3, 2009

Yesterday while my baby slept, I went around the house and gathered up all my shoes. There were some in my bedroom, some in the hall closet and some under the desk and dining room table. I brought them all into one clear space and laid them out in a grid. My objective? Toss my […]

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Reconnect in the kitchen

July 20, 2009

When I’m on schedule with the evening routine, I pick up the kids and hustle them in the door a few minutes before the crazy dinner rush starts. If I succeed, we might have a little playtime before the show starts at 5:30. Once the show begins, I have 25 minutes to prepare dinner with […]

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Activity #54: Take 1-2-3 pictures

June 3, 2009

You know those picture frames with three spaces in them? They’re not just for people with three children. They’re for you. Take on the assignment of filling one up with photos that work well together, like these of baby Wallie. Capture your baby’s ability to clap or wave by taking photos in a series. Check […]

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Use baby signs – it’s not too late.

April 7, 2009

Apparently, once your baby can wave “hello”, he can begin signing other things, too. If you’re convinced that your baby has something to say, but just doesn’t have the words, consider getting with the signing program. The experts on baby stuff, say that you should start signing a few things consistently around 8 months. I […]

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Activity #187: Play with someone else’s toys

April 4, 2009

Seven months old and bored already? The nerve of some people. If it seems that everyone else’s toys are more fun, find another mom to trade with. Agree to a trade period like 2 weeks and then trade back. If you hang with a bigger posse, call it a toy swap. Everyone brings something that […]

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Activity #152: Go camping

September 8, 2008

We’re getting ready for a camping trip this weekend, the first time with both the babes. Holden was camping for his first birthday (pictured) and again when I was pregnant (what was I thinking? of course I’m kidding, it was great). As long as we have our coffee, travel Scrabble, and a gang of other […]

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Activity #166: Swap your baby food cubes

January 28, 2008

While you’re still making all that good fresh baby food, hold a food swap with some other mom friends to introduce your kid to new flavors and broaden his palate. Here’s how: Make a huge double batch of sweet potatoes or winter squash (steam, puree, put in a large tupperware in the fridge) Your pals, […]

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