July 28, 2011

Coveting Now

Wall Garden (Images: Michael Levenston / thecityfarmer.info)
Amazing beaded and leather bag from Anthropologie
DIY Fire Flies from RE-Nest
Stripes and Skinny Jeans (image unknown)

Swaddle Swaddle

So the simple ol' one little swaddle isn't cutting it anymore. We started with a kiddopotomas and moved on to the miracle blanket which I might add was truly a miracle...until it wasn't. He is almost 4 months and getting himself miraculously out of the wrap. This would be fine I suppose if he was not waking himself up with his flailing hands and since he sleeps in the same room as his older sister, this is indeed a problem. A much stronger restraining device is needed: meet the sleep sack + swaddle contraption. Once he unwraps himself from the swaddle, he still has to get his hands and arms through those little arm holes of the sleep sack. Brilliant. I am banking on the idea that perhaps after working so hard trying to free himself out of the swaddle that he will be quite tired and decide against fighting the sleep sack and rack it out instead.

July 18, 2011

21 Memos from your Child

21 Memos From Your Child

1. Don’t spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not have all I ask for. I am only testing you.
2. Don’t be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it, it makes me feel secure.
3. Don’t let me form bad habits. I have to rely on you to detect them in the early stages.
4. Don’t make me feel smaller than I am. It only makes me behave stupidly “big”.
5. Don’t correct me in front of people if you can help it. I’ll take much more notice if you talk quietly with me in private.
6. Don’t make me feel all of my mistakes are sins. It upsets my sense of values.
7. Don’t protect me from consequences. I need to learn the painful way, sometimes.
8. Don’t be upset when I say “I hate you”. It isn’t you I hate, but your power to thwart me.
9. Don’t take too much notice of my small ailments. Sometimes they get me the attention I need.
10. Don’t nag. If you do, I shall have to protect myself by appearing deaf.
11. Don’t forget that I can’t explain myself as well as I should like. This is why I’m not always very accurate.
12. Don’t make rash promises. Remember that I feel badly let down when promises are broken.
13. Don’t tax my honesty too much. I am easily frightened into telling lies.
14. Don’t be inconsistent. That completely confuses me and makes me lose faith in you.
15. Don’t tell me my fears are silly. They are terribly real to me and you can do much to reassure me if you try to understand.
16. Don’t put me off when I ask questions. If you do, you will find that I stop asking and seek my information elsewhere.
17. Don’t ever suggest that you are perfect or infallible. It gives me too great a shock when I discover that you are neither.
18. Don’t ever think it is beneath your dignity to apologize to me. An honest apology makes me feel surprisingly warm toward you.
19. Don’t forget how quickly I am growing up. It must be very difficult to keep pace with me, but please try.
20. Don’t forget I love experimenting. I couldn’t do without it, so please be patient with it.
21. Don’t forget that I can’t thrive without lots of understanding and unconditional love, but I don’t need to tell you that, do I?

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Ode to Adventure

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