From the category archives:

Month 9

Create a family photo wall

November 13, 2008

Real grown-ups probably have one of these in their house already. I am just getting started. I started working on my picture wall to help Julian learn his grandparents’ faces. Now I use it to show Scarlett who they are before they come. I suggest assigning this task to family members, both to get it […]

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Activity #76: Blow bubbles

October 13, 2008

Let’s stay realistic. Bubble blowing is not something that you can build your whole day around, so it’s the type of thing I usually refrain from posting here. But, watching your baby react to bubbles IS pretty fun. So take them with you in your diaper bag and pull them out whenever you need a […]

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Activity #483: Keep a list of things you swore you’d never do as a parent

December 7, 2007

Nataly, the CEO and co-founder of, an online community for working moms, sent me this one. Oh, the big plans many of us make before having kids: I’m going to make my own baby food. I’m never letting my child sleep in a swing or drive her around in a car to make her […]

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Activity #237: Eat your own dog food

May 7, 2007

For those of you not in the business world, this expression, “Eat your own dogfood” means that you should be willing to use the product you’re selling. You know, like “I’m not just the President of the Hair Club for Men… I’m also a member.” Or in this case: Take your own advice. Heather and […]

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Complete the sentence, “Real moms…”

March 21, 2007

Over at, Rylan’s mommy challenges us to finish this sentence and share with each other. I’ll go first, based on an experience from last week: Real moms wish their kid wasn’t sick so that they could go to daycare. Real moms fear they can’t handle ten hours at home with their sick kid.

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Activity #170: Fake a sneeze

July 7, 2006

Really. Almost always makes a baby laugh… if it doesn’t work the first time, try again and really draw out the “aaahhh aaaahh aaaaah” part before the “choo”! At 13 months old, Holden has a “joke” of his own. He can say “aaah aaah chooo” without being prompted (and usually not when he is prompted!). […]

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Drive and listen

June 8, 2006

If you are a naptime driver, you might want to consider getting some entertainment on board for your daily drives. My friend Sarah was happy with NPR while Gabriella napped, but if you’re high-tech, try some podcasts. If you are low-tech, try some books on tape. I’m a new iPod owner, so I have been […]

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Activity #307: Make wild animal gestures

May 31, 2006

My husband walked into the kitchen once last week to see the tail end of a very special performance. I was caught in the act performing Old MacDonald for my baby by making grand animal gestures and noises. I spice it up by including some rather unusual “farm” animals… like peacocks, rhinoceroses, and snakes. I’ll […]

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Activity #296: Try two spoons

April 9, 2006

Why are two spoons better than one? Now that my baby grabs for the spoon when I’m feeding him, things can get a little messier and a lot slower. Of course I don’t want to discourage his learning process, and some day, I will surely want him to feed himself (exclusively). So, I make sure […]

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Activity #292: Let your baby use the phone

March 23, 2006

“Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry, my baby just called you” — don’t you wish you had that excuse when you were in college drunk dialing your ex-boyfriend?! Or, like me, if you got caught in grade school for ordering a prank pizza to a cute classmate… well, now you do! You know it’s going […]

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Rock out with your bad self

February 8, 2006

The idea is to introduce baby to some music that’s fun for the whole family. Just like Ryan is plugged into the adult music scene, I feel like Whitney is very clued into cool, alternative kids’ music. Julian has favorite songs and even signs when he wants to hear them. I, on the other hand, […]

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Activity #250: Sing in the car

January 22, 2006

Speaking only for myself, it feels good to be cruising down the open road with the windows down listening to my favorite songs and singing at the top of my voice. Before I had a kid, and was a travelling consultant, I made friends with more than one truck driver who was impressed with my […]

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