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Fun With Tshirts

Zazzle is so much fun! Come on, you know you want this for your toddler. Or a toddler you know. Or a toddler you’ve seen.

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Traditions: Mother’s Day

Baguette was born in April, so my first Mother’s Day was, like every other day, filled with New Mommy Exhaustion. But Mr. Sandwich wanted to make it special for me, and gave me all three things that I asked for.

Last year, all of us were a lot more mobile. But we were also trying to get together with Mr. Sandwich’s mother, since his parents live in the area. So I took a couple of hours to go shopping, but that was pretty much all the time I had to myself.

My solution? Take a day off from work and spend the time doing things that I want to do. I tried it last year, and it worked beautifully. So I’m doing it again today: Breakfast at Panera. Checking how Amazon Prime Streaming works (finally watched Mean Girls). Getting a massage. A two-hour massage. Having an unrushed shower. It’s been a really nice day.

On top of that, Kathy V. of Don’t Forget to Feed the Baby nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award.

So, for the rules:

  1. Add the award to your blog. Done
  2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you and add a link to their blog. Thank you, Kathy V. (See above for link)
  3. Mention 7 random things about yourself. I’ve already been nominated for this award twice, so you can find things here and here. Bonus thing: When people express surprise about learning that I was in a sorority, I say, “Then you’ll really be shocked to find out that in high school, I was in pep squad.” Huh. Maybe that’s two things.
  4. List the rules. You are reading them now.
  5. Nominate 15 other bloggers. I agree with Kathy V. that this can seem spammy. But if you’re looking for new blogs to read, please check out my Links page.

New To Us

thrift shop

Every few months, I take Baguette to Stride Rite so that we can get her fitted for shoes. And every time, she walks away in a new pair of shoes, because (a) her feet have grown, and (b) I cannot resist buying tiny shoes.

Fortunately, I’m able to keep my impulses somewhat in check with the knowledge that Baguette’s shoe wardrobe is already quite extensive–Mr. Sandwich’s mother is a genius at finding cute used baby clothes, including shoes. Seriously, this child is much better dressed–and with much greater variety–than I am.

But right now, wearing the shoes we bought her at full retail price, her feet sparkle like a vampire in the sunlight.

Photo by bondidwhat, via Flickr.

3 Things I Found While I Was Looking Around

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Wind Map at hint.fm

Sometimes an illustration is better than an explanation. This is one of those times.

Biohazard onesie at ThinkGeek

Admit it. You’ve had days when you thought this. And now you wish you’d come up with the shirt.

Cats That Look Like Ron Swanson

They really do.

And there were going to be five things, but one of them got taken off YouTube and the other one turned into an April Fools redirect, so this time there were three. Sorry to disappoint. But, come on, those cats are kind of awesome.

Photo by Carbon Arc, via Flickr.

5 Things I Found While I Was Looking Around

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Leafy branch pendant at Etsy.

It’s taken me a long time to figure out what style of jewelry I like. This is really pretty and fits into the collection I don’t have.

Pride & Prejudice for Babies
at Babble.com

Because it’s never too early to start on the classics.

Custom cake
at Susiecakes

This cake makes me laugh in a good way.

Easy as Pi
on Cake Wrecks

These do not.

Classic Sesame Street: Telly and Itzhak Perlman
on YouTube

I love Sesame Street so much that I’m starting to wonder if I’ll keep watching it even after Baguette has moved on to different things.

Photo by piyushthacker, via Flickr.

5 Things I Found While I Was Looking Around

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seventy-four at shebicycles

Gorgeous, gorgeous photography that makes me want to bike even more than I already want to bike.

World’s First Ski-Up Starbucks Opens at 8,000 feet in California
at Eater.com

It’s an awesome idea, right up until someone slips and pokes out an eye with a ski pole.

Teacup Dog on Crush Cul de Sac

This is adorable.

Rodent to Perdition on Regretsy (or possibly eBay)

This is not.

Christian Louboutin Asteroid Spike-Toe Pump on BergdorfGoodman.com

I’m wondering if these shoes were inspired by “Single White Female.”

Photo by Leo Reynolds, via Flickr.

Toddlers and Money

Dollar

Not how much they cost. Teaching them about it. A post on Babble.com‘s Toddler Times asks, “Is Toddlerhood Too Early to Teach Money Lessons?

Answer: I have no idea. I read this story and thought, “I’m not sure one incident demonstrates anything.”

But in fact I am trying to teach Baguette my own lessons on this subject. I do think she’s too young to learn about budgeting–right now she thinks every number is “3”–but when she starts to fuss about eating an apple in the store, I say, “No, first we have to pay for it. It doesn’t belong to us until we pay for it.”

Since she doesn’t yet know about bar codes, either, I am able to stick to this rule with pre-packaged items as well as things that need to be weighed. Yes, technically I could have let her eat one of the muffins (which she calls “CAKE!!!!”) in the bakery 4-pack. But instead I managed to delay the moment when she realizes that’s an option.

And, really, isn’t that what parenting is all about?

Photo by MoneyBlogNewz, via Flickr.

My 5 Favorite Things (for newborns and new moms)

After I had Baguette, several friends had babies of their own. Since then, several others have as well. I’ve sent each of them a series of e-mails with products that worked or didn’t work for me; somehow it seemed that I would have to spend $45 to discover that the Awesome! Thing! That Saves Your Sanity! was something that Baguette just couldn’t stand–and I wanted to share my learning curve, in the hope of saving them at least some of those $45 increments.

What were our standouts?

  • Diapers: We used disposables, and have found that Pampers provide Baguette with the best combination of fit and absorbancy. Our plan was to use cloth diapers, but it almost immediately became clear that disposables were the only things saving our sanity in the early days. However, we did find that cloth diapers make amazing burp cloths! I really liked these pre-folds, from Cotton Babies.
  • Nail care: These Summer Infant Dr. Mom clippers worked much better than whatever I bought the first time. And this glass nail file worked wonders on those clipped edges–plus it’s washable.
  • Swing: Lots of people swear by the bouncy chair. Baguette never took to hers, but she loved the open top Fisher-Price swing. I liked that it had a small footprint and was portable. But I don’t think there’s a way to know which your baby will prefer, so this may not save you anything. (Sorry.)
  • Treating diaper rash: Fortunately, Baguette hasn’t had this often. But she has had some really nasty bouts of it, and the absolute best thing I’ve found is Bag Balm. Even when her delicate skin has been at its most raw, this has helped her heal in a day.
  • Everything: Amazon.com. This was the hands-down winner. Between their Amazon Mom program and Amazon Prime, you can get great deals (disposable diapers cheaper than at Costco!) and–most importantly–two-day shipping. I found early on that I didn’t just need things, I needed to know when they were going to arrive. You can buy nearly anything on Amazon, and an awful lot of it will show up in two days, guaranteed.

Oh, wait–that’s six things. Ooh, a bonus item! So what worked for you? And what didn’t?

Have a Holly, Jolly, Blurry Christmas

I’ll probably post again before the weekend, but as we’re midway through our various celebrations, this seems as good a time as any to hurl holiday cheer into the Internet void.

This past weekend, my side of the family came to town for a visit. We went to Baguette’s day care holiday performance (I am conflicted about the existence of such an event, relieved that once again she was not traumatized, and won over by how cute toddlers are), bought a tiny, tiny tree, and cooked a lot of food. Sunday was our Christmukkah celebration (even though Hanukkah didn’t start until last night), which started off with breakfast (apple bread, scrambled eggs, bacon, turkey sausage) and quickly moved on to opening gifts. After that it was time to make dinner:

  • Roast prime rib
  • Yorkshire pudding
  • Maple-glazed carrots
  • Betty Crocker Potatoes Au Gratin

That last was a nod to my recovery from surgery; while I have a recipe for potatoes au gratin that I love, it is somewhat labor intensive. So I asked for suggestions, and the boxed solution was brought up as an alternative. Let’s just say I wouldn’t do that again.

This weekend we’ll have a Pirate Christmas gift exchange with some sort-of-local cousins, and we’ll spend part of Christmas Day with Mr. Sandwich’s side of the family. We’re still figuring out which part, though, so we’re not sure if we can count on eating crepes or tri-tip.

One of the things we struggle with each year is the deluge of gifts. We are by no means minimalists (which you probably guessed by seeing the random assortment of crap in the background of the blurry photo), but we are finding that our holiday gift-giving style is a bit on the lean side.

I came from a family of bounteous Christmases. It took me far too long to figure out that when people asked what I got, I shouldn’t name every gift, because no one else was getting that many. There were reasons for why my parents (particularly my mother) went overboard, and I understand them. But as time passes, that is less and less my style.

Mr. Sandwich’s family gives fewer gifts per person, and I’m finding that to be more comfortable. Sometimes the pile of gifts under the tree can feel like an impending avalanche. And I want Baguette to be aware of what she gets, not just have a vague memory that there was a lot of stuff. At the same time, I know that my family just wants to give gifts, and I’m certainly not going to tell them that their generosity isn’t welcome–because it comes from a really good place, and that’s more important than some arbitrary limit on gifts that makes me feel in control of the day.

But I do really like this idea, from Frugal Mama–stockings filled with messages rather than gag gifts!

Oh, and this rings true, from The BadAssMama Chronicles.

Is It Just Me? Or Is This Ludicrous?

I think there might be a whole blog just in mocking the New York Times column “What I Wore.” While I fully recognize that years of subscribing to In Style made me think that ridiculously expensive candles were not unreasonable, to a degree that took years to wear off, I can’t read this column and feel anything but slightly aghast. It’s not even aspirational. Multiple Birkins? Who lives like this?

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