How To Name A Baby. Pretty sure Mike and I are in category number three with Eli's name. I loved seeing how name fads work - if you've got a few minutes to burn today, take a look at this, it's pretty interesting.
I'm deep in the throws of a major living room revamp right now, trying to make everything a little more kid-friendly, which means soft, plush, Eli-can-fall-on-and-land-like-he's-in-a-cloud poufs. Here's a round up of some super cute ones.
After the BabyCenter hububaloo, a friend sent me this new study out on how breastfed vs. bottle fed babies turn out and the and the results are pretty interesting, and very different from what we're usually told.
This story on adoption in the New York Times made me cry. While yes, that's not saying much because I cry during Pampers commercials, this was a legit cry. A wonderful, well-deserved cry.
"As long as it's healthy." I said that a lot during my pregnancy. Did you? This blog post on that common saying was challenging to me - and made me think twice before saying it again.
As I'm gearing up for Eli's first birthday (HO-LEY CRAP), I'm looking for lots of ways to transform a blank room we rented out into something special. These 25 handmade balloon ideas are just the ticket.
Thus far, Eli doesn't have any allergies that I know of (he's had all the common allergins, nuts, eggs, etc.,) and for that, I'm very thankful. I came across this post on Huffington Post about the special accommodations parents are having to make for children with allergies in schools and I'm curious what you all think about the topic. I started reading the comments and boy oh boy do I feel bad for the author, but personally, I think she has a bit of a point. While I wouldn't have said it in the same way, I do see what she's saying. I just wish she would have lobbied more for NOT bringing in treats at all and instead having kiddos hand out stickers or pencils, if anything. But maybe I'm crazy, because again, I don't know what it's like to have a child with allergies.
In case you missed it, my first post went up on Rookie Moms a bit ago, and I don't think I ever linked to it here on the bloggy. Eli and I visited the zoo with a friend of mine and I nearly dropped him in the Komodo dragon exhibit - whoops.
And finally, Mamapedia reposted my Fifteen Practical Tips for New Moms yesterday. If you're a new or soon-to-be mamma, this is the post for you! These are the things I wish I would have known before I became a mom, that I also think are a little hard to find in your "typical" list. If you didn't see it the first time around, it's a good read.