One of the reasons I started writing Glamamom almost 5 years ago was to recapture some of the creativity and ambition that felt stifled when I became a parent. While I recognized the importance of finding time for myself and maintaining interests outside my family relationships early on, like most moms, I often struggle with guilt and over-committing.
My colleague Jessica Turner’s new book The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You, launched today and is a refreshing reminder to not only carve out time for yourself but to evaluate how we’re spending our time and if it’s leading to greater fulfillment:
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, soft bedding in a crib, like blankets and pillows, increases the risk of suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome. The recommendation for keeping babies safe and warm is a sleep sack or wearable blanket.
I love the trendy muslin ones but they don’t seem adequate enough for winter and babies grow out of each size pretty quickly. nini & pumpkin took note and has introduced the moon cocoon, a breathable, convertible sleep sack that grows with your child from 6 months to 36 months and beyond:
It’s hard to believe that less than two weeks ago it was 50+ degrees and we were enjoying a balmy afternoon jog in the park. If I didn’t have these photos as proof, I would think it was all a dream. Especially since tiny snowflakes are powdering my window as I type this. That’s New York weather for you!
Halloween has run its course but I’m still giggling at these little ghouls:
The first few months after both my sons were born are a bit foggy but some moments are so significant, I recall them as vividly as if they happened this morning.
Monica Shulman is a photographer and the author of Ciao, Chessa! – a photography and lifestyle blog. She lives in New York City with her husband, toddler daughter and infant son.
My girl is officially big – or so she tells me. The other night, on the eve of her first day of pre-K, I cuddled her tight and said “Please stay little for a short while longer. Please don’t grow up so fast.” and my wise girl looked at me and said “I have to grow up sometime, mommy, everyone does. Don’t they?” my point exactly! Please stay little a little longer!
Her interests seem to change from month to month but one thing she always reaches for every day is her box of colored pencils and markers. The girl loves to make art and we basically made every craft, collage and painting possible this summer. We used all sorts of materials and she had a great time thinking of ways to incorporate different things into our projects. Earlier this summer we decided to organize some of her work in a folder that we will put in book at the end of the year. I asked her what her favorite picture was and it was a no-brainer. Last year in nursery school her class made self-portraits for an art project and we promptly hung hers on her bedroom wall. I’ve been looking for a way to remember this time in her young life aside from making photo books (one of my favorite pastimes) and that’s when Budsies came into the picture.