And So It Was Blogged (VIII)

Friday, May 14, 2010

This week was a full one. I was about deadlines, Lincoln Tunnel, Bahamas plans, yoga, writing, dippin’, divin’, and much more. So, keeping the speed on GO, here is the Best of the Blogs—my rundown of what I thought were the prime bloggy cuts from this 19th week of 2010.

1. Le Bebe
I run in the morning, right when all the kiddies are making their way to school. When the weather is nice, or even crisp like it was this week, I see lots of boys on their boards. And with the skateboards comes cool skinny-ish jeans, messy long-ish hair and fly hoodies/jackets/Ts. It makes wonder what kind of tween and teen my son will be. Then I remind myself that he’s 15-months-old. No rush there. I know that I’ll blink and he’ll be 3. That’s what I thought when I read this very sweet post from Mom-101, written to her freshly turned 3-year-old daughter. It’ll warm your heart.

Going a little further on the subject of age and babies, on Motherlode there was this interesting bit about a web site in the UK that polled readers, asking (for girls and boys separately), “What’s the worst age?” Without looking at the results, what would you guess? Terrible twos for both pinks and blues? Hint: That’s the wrong answer. (I like to give BIG hints sometimes.)

The New York Times Magazine also talked babies this week with this cover story about the moral compass of these tiny beings. Turns out (as some of us might have already suspected), our little cuties are not blank slates. Research shows that they have “an inherent sense of right and wrong.” You can listen to more on this fascinating story here on NPR‘s All Things Considered.

And then for date night this week, it was dinner and more Babies <–as in this film. You know what? It was just OK. Borderline meh. We went in expecting to not only have our hearts warmed, but also our minds expanded. And we stayed away from reviews beforehand, but probably should have read this one.

2. Get a Little Closer
You don’t have to tell new moms twice about being close to their babies. Plus, most mothers wear their kids anyway. (This piece about baby-wearing ran in the NYT back in March. Why it was in the Fashion & Style section? No idea. The Gray Lady can make some random choices sometimes.) New research shows that a strong mother-baby bond is more than just hearts and stars and sweetness. Mind-body guru and Parenting contributing editor, Deepak Chopra says that it can “prevent diseases, boost immunity and enhance IQ in your baby.” So keep sporting that baby, mama!

3. Keep It Fresh
One of my fave food blogs, One Hungry Mama, posted this great link to the Natural Resources Defense Counci’s “Eat Local” site. It breaks down what’s fresh in your hood—by month! Now you know where (and when) to get the good stuff.

Even though many of us have been beaten about the head with the go-organic stick, do you really know what’s the best thing to buy? Over at StrollerTraffic, nutritionist and mom blogger Hillary Baron Irwin gives helpful tips on what to look for when at the grocery store.

4. Whine With Your Dine?
How many times have you been in a swanky dining spot and then … WAAAAHDAAAAHHDAAA.  Yes, over there, it’s a loud, busy baby/toddler bringing the ruckus to the restaurant. The stroller bumping into tables, the messy floor, the tossed around cutlery, the sticky fingers and muddy hands—as a new parent, I’m keenly aware of all of it. So I was happy to read this story on Salon.com with some tips on how to pull off the little kid-restaurant maneuver.

5. Nice Things? Nice Knowin’ Ya!
Just like the restaurant deal, another thing new parents should expect: your stuff getting ruined by the little sweethearts. So far (I almost don’t want to test my luck by completing this sentence, but …) QB has kept his destruction limited to a couple of magazines and his own flip-the-flap books. But the year is young, and so is he.

Have a great weekend. See you next week, yes?

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