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  • What does "mustache for dummies" and ""darth vader is my father in law" have in common? They are both googlenopes. Or at least were until right this instant when I typed them into the Interweb. (Disturbingly Interestingly, "Darth Vader is my father", is far from being a googlenope, and brings in 2,970 hits). Thanks go out to Lumpyhead's mom for the reference which I found at the comments on one of Sarah's posts.
  • Moxie's post on parents sticking up for their kids is though provoking in that usual Moxie-nian fashion. What would you when your child is treated unfairly? Not as simple as you would've think.
  • Careful, a bit of shameful flagrant self-promotion ahead: Spilling The Beans is the really pretty blog of Magic Beans, a Brookline, MA. store for baby gear and toys. This is what they have to say about our Magnet Mates.
  • And, finally, the movie the entire Internet have already seen, but it's always fun to watch again, because, hey, it's a laughing baby.

Wednesday is Developmental Tip Day: #21

This week's tip really resonates with me. I'm not big on agendas when it comes to child-rearing, and mostly try to trust my instincts. Instinctively, I'm drawn toward the attachment parenting idea of being in close physical contact with your baby, at least for the first months. It just seems reasonable to me that after being in my womb for 9 months, the separation from my body needs to be gradual, and therefore, as babies, both my kids spent a lot of time being held, or just napping on me while I read or was at the computer. Both times I was surprised with the extent and harshness of the criticism I received for doing so – I'm spoiling them, I'm not allowing them to learn how to be alone, blah blah blahbity blah.

To all of them naysayers, I'm presenting today's weekly tip. And you know it's gotta be right, because the Tiny Love Developmental Center says so.

Age: 1-3 months
Skill/Element: EQ

Some babies need to be held for many hours during the day. These babies need human contact more than others. Answering your baby's unique needs is not spoiling. It is the cornerstone of her emotional development. Try to respond to these needs as soon as you can, and holding the baby as much as possible encourages her to communicate her needs and feelings.

See you next Wednesday at the next Tip of the Week!

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The other mile-high club


When I was but a wee little girl, I always regretted not being born on a plane. There was this rumor-slash-urban legend that if you're born on a bus, you get to ride the bus for free forever, and ditto for a plane. My early plans for Total World Domination an adventurous and well-traveled lifestyle depended greatly on flying everywhere, and I was crushed when the realization about the prohibitive costs dawned on me. "If only my mom had boarded the right flight back on October 1979" I thought.

I was consoled only when I found out that you can't be born on a plane, because they don't let you fly on your third trimester. OR SO I THOUGHT.

Recently, two resourceful babies have done exactly that. One was delivered on a flight from New Zealand to Chile by an Australian doctor, who delivered him successfully despite his breach position (!) and his mother's insistence that she was not pregnant (!!) (The mother's response: "so, that was why I was feeling so bloated recently.")

The other baby was apparently determined to master his New Zealandian Chilean Brazilian what-the-heck-is-he comrade's risk factor, and was born prematurely and without a heartbeat. Fortunately, on the plane were two cardiologists just returning from a cardiologist convention. They revived him by "doing delicate chest compressions and pressing an on-board oxygen mask to the baby's face". I hope Lucky is an acceptable boy's name in Germany, because this should so be little dude's name.

One sure thing is, those mothers have an inimitable birth story. No 48-hours-of-labor failed-vacuum emergency-c-section no-epidural story can even come close.

I bet all the other playground moms will totally hate them.

Photo credit: volodimer Nicholas

Love Thurday: We write about love


Love must be learned, and learned again; there is no end to it.
(Katherine Anne Porter)

We write about our life. We write about our children. We write about our husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends.

We write about love.

We write about our dinners. We write about our gardens. We write about our homes.

We write about love.

We write about our pains, about our sorrows. We write about our joys. We write about the mundane and about the extraordinary. When we're good, we make the mundane extraordinary.

We write about love.

Thank you, Karen and Irene, for your wonderful Love Thursday project. Once a week you made us realize that no matter what we write about, we write about love.

Photo credit: Mark Barkaway

Wednesday is Developmental Tip Day: #20

From the Tiny Love Developmental Center, take it while it's hot, this week's tip:

Age: 0-1 months
Skill/Element: Fine Motor Skills

Lay babies on their sides, each time on a different side, in order to develop other muscles.

See you next Wednesday at the next Tip of the Week!

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Mother's Day 2007 Photo Contest – The Winner!

Mother's Day 2006 Contest

They made all the others eat their bubbles, winning this contest by a huge landslide. Give it up to the rockin' grrrl power of Stephanie and Amelia's family:
Stephanie's Family 1

Congrats, girls. I'll be talking to you about the prize soon.

Thanks everyone for participating. Stay tuned for our next contest.

Love Thursday: Going Pollyanna


I might have gone a bit overboard here. Yes, the Dandelion is getting more and more "fighty", but it's still not Terrible Two fighty. Yes, he is adopting the flooring method enthusiastically, but it has yet to become the hysterical tantrums I still remember painfully well from a year and half ago.

On the days it's not totally exhausting, it's actually a lot of fun watching the Dandelion becoming his own person. He is so different from his brother – his body language, his attitude, his likes and dislikes, and yet so much like him – his facial expressions, his voice and intonation, his adorableness. He is his brother's biggest groupie, but does not agree to Ulysses's claims for total world domination. He takes a stand, and sticks up for himself. Standing firm on his own chubby li'l legs.

He is more independent than Ulysses was at his age. He has to be, I don't have the same ability to do stuff for him as I had with Ulysses. He is more stubborn than Ulysses was at his age. Nothing will deter him from his chosen course of action. (Nothing but a cookie, that is.) He feels so comfortable among other children, regardless of their age, and they always seem to be drawn to him. He is gentle in his movements, able to drink from a regular cup without spilling and LOVES vegetables.
He's a wonderful little dude. He really is. And I'm crazy about him.

Happy Love Thursday everyone.

Photo credit: Sue Richards

Wednesday is Developmental Tip Day: #19

Have you stopped by to vote at the Mother's Day photo contest yet? Did you give Lindsay a visit and entered to win a free DVD MAGIQ? Not yet? Give this great tip a quick read, and go, do, vote. Coming to you, as usual, from the Tiny Love Developmental Center.

Age: 9-12 months
Skill/Element: Language & Communication

Don't correct your baby's own "private" vocabulary. Instead, try to explore what he is trying to say. This communicates the message that what he has to say is important, and that it is pleasant and good to keep up the effort. In good time, he will be able to say what he means correctly.

See you next Wednesday at the next Tip of the Week!

Photo credit: Shiri Perciger-Cohen

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