Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jones- 2 Months

My baby is 2 months old, (actually 2 months, 1 week as of today).  Time is flying.  He is smiling pretty regularly now, although the boy is pretty darn serious and reserved--it takes a lot to make him smile, but when he does it totally melts your heart.

He is already outgrowing his Newborn clothing, and we went for his 2 month check-up at the Dr's yesterday and he weighs 11 lbs 14 ozs and is almost 2 feet long now.  The boy is a good eater, (as you can tell from his chubby cheeks!)

Love him so.  Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Daydreaming on a Dreary Day

Since my bank account reads $48.92 right now, none of these items are even an option, but it's fun to look :)

Tiny Toms--omg so adorable.

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 Elephant Organic Onesie
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Christian Chaize's Praia Piquinia via Jen Beckman's 20X200 Project-
I would love to have the huge 80" x 60" version of this print...dreaming...
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butter London's Yummy Mummy nail polish
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What are you dreaming of on this dreary day? 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Looking Forward Columbia

I am slowly, but surely, getting the hang of this working mom thing.  It is not for the faint of heart.  Juggling childcare, (which is piece-meal right now since Jones can't start daycare until June), work, showers (yes, these have to be scheduled now!), laundry, dishes, diapers, breast feeding/pumping, exercise, family-time, couple-time, and friends, is a lot of work, and takes careful balancing of time.  I am so lucky to have a wonderful husband and family to help, but seriously, it's a lot to figure out!

But, with all that said, I am getting better with the time management thing and adjusting to my altered sleep schedule, so hopefully my blog posts will become more regular again. 

Spring is such a fun time in Columbia--so many things going on!  Here are a few I'm looking forward to in the next few weeks:

Springtime at the Garden Festival at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden: This Saturday from 9-4.  There will be Master Gardeners on-hand to answer your gardening questions--I'm hoping to ask how to (organically) prevent those pesky vine-borers from killing my squash plants this year--and composting demonstrations.  There will also be live music and arts and crafts for the kids.  Free with membership or general admission.

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Assassins at Trustus Theatre: From the Trustus website: "ASSASSINS is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written. This most American of musicals lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience."  Sounds interesting, huh?  The show runs March 25th- April 16th.  James and I will be in attendance on April 7th.

Arts & Draughts
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Arts and Draughts at CMA:  The Columbia Museum of Art hosts this First Friday event one last time before the summer--April 1, 2011.  You can explore open galleries, listen to live music, see a live figure drawing session, and taste beer at the same time--$5 for CMA members and $7 for non-members.  Doors open at 7, music begins at 8.

KD's Treehouse Little Earth Day Celebration: Saturday: April 9th from 10-1, in the parking lot behind KD's Treehouse.  There will be arts & crafts for kids, live music from The Steel Band Project, a local writer book-signing and more!  Fun for the kiddos!

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Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chef's Tasting Party & Hosted Potluck:
Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30 PM in the All Local Farmer's Market building on Whaley Street- join local chefs dedicated to sustainable and local ingredients for a tasting.  There will also be live music, locally-brewed beers, and wine.  $20 for Slow Food and Nickelodeon members, $40 general admission.

What are you looking forward to in the next few warm spring-time weeks?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Make Every Pic a Polaroid

Found this cool app today on-line.  It turns your digital images into Polaroid pictures.  Love the kitsch.

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you can save pictures in varying degrees of development-
in case you're too impatient to "shake it like a Polaroid picture"

And the app is FREE and easy to download.  Click here to download Poladroid.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

My Favorite Baby Gear

I cannot believe that Jones will be 6 weeks old on Wednesday.  The past 6 weeks have flown by and have been filled with amazing highs and unbelievable exhaustion, but mostly a growing respect for mothers everywhere, especially single ones.

Anyway, over these 6 short weeks as a mother, I have already come to love certain baby products and items, and I thought I would share with you my current list of must-haves for a newborn: 

1. Kimono-style onesies.  My favorite onesie BY FAR is a kimono-style.  Not only are these onesies sooo much easier to get on Jones--they snap up the front rather than go over his head--but I also think they are cuter.  I don't know, there's just something kinda stylish about them, don't you think?  And my favorite of the kimono-style that we have is Kate Quinn Organics.  I love the color combinations and the simple prints, and they come in short or long-sleeve!  You can buy them locally at KD's Treehouse, or watch for sales on sites like just bought 2 for $9 each!! 

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2. Aden + Anais swaddler blankets.  These can be found lots of places all of a sudden--Target, Buy Buy Baby, or on-line.  They are very large blankets, perfect for swaddling, and made of muslin, so they are very breathable and soft and perfect for baby.  Not to mention, they come in tons of stylish prints.

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3. The Woombie.    I read about this item on a blog long before I had Jones and I bought one and let my sister try it out on her new baby, Taylor.  Well, after one night, she was sold.  Taylor slept in the Woombie until he could roll over, and now we're using it with Jones.  The website describes the Woombie: " The Woombie comforts, softly confines arms & gently compresses baby's unique curves to hug baby... preventing Startling issues, face scratching, overheating and also preventing dangerous loose unraveled blankets from covering baby's face."  We love it so far.

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4. My Brest Friend.  Hokey name, essential breast-feeding accoutrement.  Better than the Boppy for newborns because the pillow actually latches around your body and it's adjustable--baby rests on the pillow and mom's hands are free.  Seriously makes breast-feeding a lot easier.
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5. The Oball Rattle by Rhino Toys, Inc.  This item was a gift, and Jones loves it.  Not sure what it is, but it is by far his favorite toy to gaze at while he lies on his playmat.

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6. Serena & Lily sling.  Jones loves sleeping in this thing, and we'll be able to use it for months to come...see the picture below of an older baby in the sling.  I read a study recently that indicated that "worn babies" can learn more from their environment because they are secure in knowing that they are attached to a 
parent and needn't continually look around for a familiar face.  I intend to "wear" Jones as much as possible :)

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So, that's it for now.  I will update this list with more of my baby must-haves as we go along.  What are your favorite baby products?


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Word for Wednesday


ecund: producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc., in abundance

I watched The Kids Are All Right last night and loved it.  Julianne Moore's character, Jules, uses the word fecund to describe her landscape plan: "overgrown and lush, untamed; fecund."  

Love Julianne Moore and love this word.

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