Monday, March 30, 2009

Bad Baby Bath?

Just wanted to include the email that got it all started.

"Okay, so I was completely on the fence about sharing this, because I'm totally known for being neurotic about these things BUT I did it anyway. Truth is I can be neurotic about these things and you all ALREADY know that about me, so why hide? PLUS you all should know (if you don't already). Especially if you have used Mustela, I was surprised.

Anyway, you all know how I feel about informed decisions (it's the doula in me)! :)

I love you all and your babes! Hope you're all well. For those of you far away, you are missed and we hope to see you soon! I'll send pictures soon, promise.

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Mama! What's for dinner?

Really. I feel as though I'm making the same things over again. Sometimes, it's the same ingredients, just put together in a different way. Maya can be a picky eater at times. She goes through cycles; she hates cheese, she likes cheese (but just one kind).

If you have one of these at home or even if your little one has no fear all kinds of cheeses, please share your quickest, easiest, and healthy meal ideas. I am desperate! I wince when I'm asked that dreaded question... What's for dinner?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bored Books

We own a TON of books. Quite frankly, I'm bored of them. Bored to tears. Maya, however, is not and will bring me some to read over and over and over again. I know some of them by heart. Seriously, I hide them sometimes. They are all very good books, but I need a break from them. When it gets this bad, it's time for a trip to the library.

Our local library is wonderful. They have toys, puzzles, a beautiful tree with an ENORMOUS root system for Maya to play in, and a sea of books (of course). I am always completely overwhelmed in there. It's hard to know which books are good and which are just duds. The shelves wrap around the room, there's an entire board book section and they have these catch-all baskets (great idea) for all "misplaced" books. You know the ones children just take off the shelves one after another and you don't have the time to alphabetize to put them back cause you're needed at the block station to mediate? Those.

So, I'm hoping that you'll take joy in reading our "old hats" and maybe we'll find some new blood in some of yours! Happy reading (and reading and reading).

1. Toes, Ears, & Nose by Marion Dane Bauer

2. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

3. Goodnight Moon by Margret Wise Brown

4. Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

5. Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss