>> Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I recently posted over at Chicago Moms Blog about one of those neccesary evils of motherhood. I got notified today that the post has been picked up for syndication and will possibly appear on several news and parenting blogs across the country. Kinda fun! If you have a free minute, check it out.
And in case you are like me and can't get enough of these smiling little faces, here is a pre-halloween preview of the 2 main reasons why I do what I do. I would do just about anything for my boys!
>> Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Lately, Lucas has been immersed in imaginative play. Being such a verbal and imaginative child, he is able to act out scenes from different things he has watched or stories that he knows. He loves Jonah and the Whale, Sprout's Fireman Sam, and stories about hubby and I as kids that he begs us to tell and re-tell. But, his favorite movie these days is 101 Dalmatians. He only watches it in 15-20minute segments but he is fascinated with all the puppies and the story. If he can't remember the name of one of the characters, he wants me to just choose one so that he can continue replaying the drama to himself. More often than not, he wants hubby and I to be involved in the story with him. He assigns us characters and we have to pretend to be them along with him. Even when I am doing my mommy tasks, Lucas wants me to perform them in character. There seems to be a trend of gender reversal where he assigns himself and hubby more female characters and me more male characters. With Caden and our pup Hadley (yes, even they get characters), it goes both ways. I don't think this is Lucas' commentary on gender equality. I really think he just picks his favorite characters and most of them just happen to be the girls in these stories. In Fireman Sam, he always wants to be the little girl "Sarah" and wants me to be her brother "James." But sometimes I get to be Fireman Sam himself and rescue any number of characters from danger.
>> Monday, October 27, 2008
As a mom with a 2 month old baby, I am constantly looking for ways to simplify life. One thing I can't seem to be consistent with is meal planning and grocery shopping. There just never seems to be a convenient time to take my rowdy two year old and my infant to the grocery store to maneuver the aisles and fight the crowds and try my best to get everything on my list before one of the three of us starts to melt down. Have you been there? So when I was approached by PeaPod about trialing their grocery delivery, I jumped at the chance. PeaPod is is the country’s leading Internet grocer serving 23 markets, including the Chicagoland area. They have an amazing selection of groceries and they deliver them to your door. What could be better than that!!
Check out their website (www.peapod.com) to see if they have service to your area. They are adding new locations all the time. The folks at PeaPod would like to offer one lucky reader a $20 gift certificate on their first order to get you started and show you just how convenient and wonderful it can be to have your groceries delivered to your door. Just leave a comment on this post before midnight on Friday the 31st. One winner will be drawn at random on Saturday the 1st and the winner notified by e-mail. Make sure you leave me a way to contact you if you win.
It's that time again y'all... Bloggy Giveaway time!!! Hooray! Time to spend countless hours entering contests and visiting new blogs...and time to spread the giveaway goodness myself and offer up a free sling!! I just can't resist joining in the fun.
For those of you just stopping by, I am a babywearing, college football crazed, beach-loving mama who loves to share with the bloggy world about my life as mother, wife, nurse, friend... and my quest to discover and become who God created me to be. I have three boys- one in heaven, a two yr. old and a two month old who is sleeping on my lap even now. Add my Beagle pup and my part-time nursing job in the mix and life keeps me on my toes.
If you aren't lucky enough to win, here is a coupon for free shipping on any order over $30 at my online store. Just use the code FREESHIP at checkout (will expire the end of November). Give the gift of babywearing to your favorite mama this holiday (and that might be yourself!). Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back again sometime. Blessings!
More giveaways at the Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival!
>> Sunday, October 26, 2008
I started this blog, 161 posts ago, as a way to have an online presence for my tiny little sling business. A friend suggested it and I took her advice, not having any idea of what I was getting myself into. I had no clue what this bloggy-world was or what, if any, part I could have in it. 161 posts later, this blog has become so much more than that to me. I have no idea how many people read my musings here but I continue to post because of what it has become for me. Most people reflect on the life of their blog in round number posts, 100 or 200, or on their blogiversary. But without being overly dramatic, here in BabyLove Slings post #162, I am feeling kinda introspective.
This blogs has really become a place where I feel like I have a voice. I can share about my kids and not feel like I have to apologize for being a proud mama. I can talk about parenting and the challenges of being a mom and a woman and feel that there are people who understand exactly what I am writing about. I can process my feelings and grief and frustrations and feel like someone is listening. But even if no one is, it is still therapeutic for me to get it all out. I went to counseling for awhile after Micah died and it was really helpful in getting me connected to how I was feeling and how everything had affected me. I truly feel that being able to write on this blog has done similar things for me. It has also opened up so many cool opportunities for me. From ChicagoMomsBlog to some really great new friends, this blog has enriched my life and broadened my vision. (OK..that sounds a little over dramatic but I think it is pretty true!) So thank you to who ever is reading. And I really don't know how many people are reading, but I hope that if you are then you like what I have to say and can connect in some way. I would love to hear from you and know you are there. Why do you blog? Why do you read the blogs of others?
This is going to be a busy week for me and this blog and my little business. I am hosting a couple giveaways, launching a new collection of fabrics for my slings, and possibly having a little online sling party to which you all are invited. I have been really preoccupied with life lately and haven't been able to do as much with this blog and my business as I would like. But I do have a lot still to say and some good ideas so bear with me. And some of those thought and ideas will be debuting this week. So stay tuned...
>> Thursday, October 23, 2008
It seems that lately there have been quite a few opportunities for me to get together with my bloggy-friends. The most recent was a pizza party sponsored by Leap Frog. We had a fabulous time. Lucas loved playing with all the toys at the KinderCare where we had the party and I got to (sort of) listen to a fascinating conversation about what kind of toys our kids should be playing with. How much "screen time" and how much technology is right for our kids at different ages? What kids of electronic toys do moms feel good about giving to their kids? These are the questions that the Leap Frog folks and their panel of experts posed to us mommy bloggers and they were eager to hear what we had to say. They fed us, they entertained our kids (toys, face painting, etc...), they gave us an outlet for "adult conversation" ... that would have been enough in itself. But to top it all off, they oh-so-generously gave us free toys to take home. A-Mazing!!! We got this cool phonics toy and some Tag Books for Lucas and even a couple sweet toys for Caden once he gets a little older. We scored, and we scored huge!! Thank you SO MUCH Leap Frog, for throwing a fabulous, albeit a bit chaotic, party and for so generously sharing your wonderful toys with us. I have put some aside for Christmas and gave Lucas some to play with now. And so far, he LOVES them. The more we play with them, the more I will have to say. But for now, thank you Leap Frog!! We had a blast!
>> Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I usually put this type of thing on my contests page, but I haven't updated it in months and these are two that are too good to miss.
Fellow Chicago Mom Kim, is hosting a fabulous giveaway over at Hormone-Colored Days. One lucky reader will win a Nokia SmartPhone...oh-so-pretty!! I have let Lucas play with my phone one too may times and it is falling apart, literally. Kim's very generous giveaway ends tonight at midnight. I would love to win this one... this is the thing I need.
Now the thing I want...
I am a babycarrier glutten, I admit it. The Simple girls are giving away another Beco and I want it! Becos are soft-structured carriers, kinda like a Ergo, and are super cool and super comfy. I want, I want, I want!!!
And the BabySnazz website is giving away a Beco too!! Check out their super cool site and enter to win...
Win a Beco Butterfly from babySNAZZ!
Check out these cool contests... and stay tuned for the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival coming soon... so many contests, so little time! (literally!)
>> Sunday, October 19, 2008
I love this time of year. The crisp air, breaking out my favorite sweaters, and of course...pumpkin picking! We took the boys on Saturday and it was fabulous! The weather was perfectly fall-ish with sunny skies and a warm breeze with air temps in the low 60's. This is the weather that helps us Chicago transplants endure the winter. Enjoy some pics of my little pumpkins in the pumpkins! :)
>> Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The soundtrack for my drive tonight was a CD given to me by a close friend today at lunch. She said that two of the songs reminded her of me. One of the songs was about just needing to cry as a release of the emotion and grief that life sometimes brings. So as I drove down familiar streets tonight in the rain, that is exactly what I did. I cried unabashedly because I was alone and the memories just overwhelmed me.
I certainly still miss him, my first born son. Tonight the hole in my heart that will only be filled in heaven seemed to swallow me up as I relived all that was during that time. The fear of what would be, being a week past my due date and just wanting him to be born so that we could know what we were facing, having him grasp my finger in the delivery room as they wheeled him away, hearing the news that there was nothing they could do, sitting in the first pew and watching all my family and friends say goodbye to my precious son that we all hardly got to know.
Time seemed to stand still for that moment. And then almost as if on cue, Caden began to stir behind me. Yes, life has changed since those days. Feeling the emotions of loosing Micah while hearing Caden cry in his carseat, I was struck by God's give and take. He gave me Micah but then he took him away. He gave me His peace and grace as I mourned that loss. Then, He gave me Lucas to take away part of my emptiness. He gave me contentment and took away my control. He gave me Caden and took away any notion that I can do it on my own. Tonight, He has given me eyes to see all that He has given me even in spite of what He has taken away.
>> Monday, October 13, 2008
Here are some examples of where our time went:
My beach boys- just look at Caden's belly. Someone LOVES his nursies!
He does this adorable little half-grin. His whole face lights up when he smiles (and mine does too!)
A night on the town with mommy- I took him to a party sponsored by Method Cleaning Products and he slept in the sling the whole night. That's my boy!
Picking up his head already
A rare moment where he is not crying in his carseat... he is not a big fan.My precious boy... I love holding you with you check against mine and hearing your priceless coos. I love how your whole face smiles and giggles with glee when I am being silly to entertain you. I love how you quiet so quickly when I pick you up or "rescue you" from well-meaning people who can't feed you. You know my smell and my voice... we are intimately connected both now and forever. I love you CLB!!