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An inspirational commercial about being "like a girl," that of course I teared up about when watching. Mike gave me grief for this one, but BRING IT BABY I'M PREGNANT, I'M GONNA CRY LIKE A (PREGNANT) GIRL IF I WANT TO.

If you saw my post on Instagram a while back (above), I've been using a mixing bowl and any other plastic/non-breakable dish I can find as a hillbilly water table for Eli. Here's a sweet DIY one, although it seems like she kinda lucked out with the materials ... those DIY's are always tough for me to endorse, since they're so difficult to replicate. But at least it's good for inspiration!

In case you missed it, I shared on Twin Cities Moms Blog a week ago about how I became a babywearing convert. I totally thought it was a super weird, crunchy, granola thing to do and then I realized I was just ignorant and silly and stuck up, and well, totally wrong. If you're in my old camp, check it out and move on over to the bright side.

Couldn't have agreed more with this post from Rage Against the Minivan about lifestyle blogs. I suppose Oakland Avenue could fit into a lifestyle category in some ways, but you'll never find a picture-perfect life here. I'm just not talented or patient enough with the camera and my skillz at taking a serious photo while looking away from the camera are non-existent. I totally struggle with the magazine-worthy blogs and wonder if I should be "more like them" but then I look at my orange-tinted photo of chocolate bread and remember how difficult it was to even get that terrible shot and I'm okay with being a little unprofessional because I gots better things to do than take 1,000 photos of chocolate bread - like eat said chocolate bread.

The Frozen mania continues to befuddle me, so I liked this article in The New Yorker with their theories as to how Frozen took over the world. I mean, Mike and I finally just rented it from RedBox one night to see what all the fuss was about and while we liked it, I'm not sure it'll ever beat The Little Mermaid for me. I used to have high hopes that a crazed-octopus woman would want to steal my singing voice and put it in a shell because it was so beautiful. But I now realize that'll never happen. Because my voice isn't beautiful enough - not because crazed-octopus women don't exist. Duh. Back to Frozen - while the article still doesn't have a clear cut answer, it's interesting nonetheless to see what makes a good movie, and what makes a dud.

These days, I can barely pick up a pen or pencil without it feeling awkward and clumsy in my hands and I've noticed a sharp decline in the quality of my handwriting in the past few years because I type so much. While this article about the decline in handwriting in the New York Times focuses mostly on children and their development and memory retention, it seems like it's quite applicable to us as adults. It's made me get out the pen and paper a bit more lately, if nothing but to work on my legibility!

I've been working on perfecting my hard/soft boiled eggs since Eli loves them, so I was fascinated with this article about how to boil an egg. More than 5,000 words about how to boil an egg and I skim-read every one(ish) of them. But if you're not that into it, there's a quick flyover right at the beginning that will tell you what to do.

7 comments:

  1. I'm so interested in the sakura bloom wrap now! When Alice was a newborn I borrowed a Baby Bjorn and it was great until she grew heavier than 10 lbs, then it just hurt my back! I had some giftcards and was to put them towards a Ergo Baby Carrier with the infant insert which I'm hoping offers a bit more back support. Do you still use your carriers now that Eli is over 1? I haven't put Alice in a carrier in ages... wonder how she'd like it.

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  2. We don't use carriers that often any more, but when we do, it's almost always the ergo, simply because I tend to throw it on for when I need to wear him for longer periods - at someplace that isn't great for a stroller. He doesn't LOVE it, but he tolerates it, I think it's more just because he prefers moving on his own and it's a bit restricting in there. But when he's tired, it's golden. I'll still pull out the ring sling on a fussy day when I need to get dinner done and he just wants held, but it's not too often. Definitely check out the sakura bloom sling, it's amazing!

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  3. Hey Laura - I have a question about your opinion on the Ergo (with the infant insert) vs the ring sling. Our little guy is due in September, and I know I want to try baby wearing early on. Is the Ergo too bulky for around the house when they are little, or is it just a mater of getting used to it? We havent gotten one yet, but after reading safety reviews, my husband is almost against all the other ones, but I kinda think the slings/wraps look better for when they are really little. Thoughts?

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  4. You would understand the love of Frozen if you had a daughter. I cannot believe how much Fiona memorized from just watching it a couple times. Last weekend whenever I tried to discipline her she would give the excuse, "But it's True Love!" This was straight from Frozen. It made no sense, but cracked me up so much that she got away with more than she should have!

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  5. Ha, that is hilarious, and I can totally see her saying that! I love Fiona!

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  6. Hi Aisha, I'll be honest, I think the Ergo was pretty bulky when they're tiny, particularly when you need to move your arms to clean, etc. If you have to choose one, definitely go with the ergo, but if you can afford two, I'd recommend getting both. With a newborn, I just felt like the sling kept him closer to me without all that "extra" you know?

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  7. Thanks for the info! Thats kinda what I was thinking, but boy do I feel like we have a lot to learn as we are planning for this little guy :) I'm sure it will be trial by fire once he arrives :D

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