And So It Was Blogged (15/52)

Best of the Blogs Friday, April 15, 2011

So … the new us. What do you think? We’re pretty pleased with it and hope you dig it too.

I was so excited to show off the re-do. It was kind of the way you feel about that new dress or purse or pair of shoes—or apron! Yes, apron. My new, sundress-style, floral apron also arrived this week, and I put it on right over my pajammy-jams to make pancakes that morning.

It’s newness all around.

There’s plenty to cover today, so let’s get going. Here are the Best of the Blogs from this week.

  • Even before I had a kid, I’ve always given the side-eye to Hollywood’s way of portraying childbirth. It’s usually a good four levels above what really goes down in the delivery room. Salon’s smart blog “Pop Rx” tackles this very thing and talks about what the movies get wrong about childbirth.
  • Seems like a week doesn’t go by without a new study or report about the effects of parenting on your life. The latest one says raising kids makes your fat. Lovely.
  • See? Here’s another story about parenthood. This one in the NYT on how older parents (over age 40) are happier with kids than without.
  • Chris Blattman, an assistant prof of poli-sci and economics at Yale, reports on parenthood one week in. He talks about the countless (some crazy) how-to books on parenting, but cites one particular expert’s advice as “the best sense” he’s encounter: Michel Cohen.
  • This is such a Global Mamas story! Slate looks at the “postpartum customs of women” around the world.
  • It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Liz at Mom-101. And with posts like this—about breadwinner moms—safe to say she’ll be at the top of our charts for a good while.
  • Speaking of working mothers, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, economist, president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, and all-around wise woman, shares her story of personal tragedy and then triumph. Proving that working moms are warriors in a fight that is both unfair and unrelenting.
  • We’re talking about economist Bryan Caplan again this week. In this WSJ post he gets into what he’s learned from parenting twins. He calls it “serenity parenting,” which boils down to this: Hey, parents, lighten up!
  • WSJ‘s “The Juggle” gets into “potty-mouth training for parents.”
  • Should I have more children? (You know where we sit on this one … still on the fence.) That’s the question that’s up for debate on WSJ‘s Ideas Market. It’s also the subject of a Live Chat scheduled for today.

That’s all for today, friends. We’ll see you next week when we’ll debut some more new sections to this apron.

Have a good one.

 

 

And So It Was Blogged (14/52)

Best of the Blogs Friday, April 8, 2011

To say that I am excited about what’s coming down the line from Ms. Mary Mack is nothing but understatement. Fingers crossed, knocking wood, tossing salt over my shoulder (and whatever other random thing one does to court “luck”),  we’ll be debuting something new very, very soon.

Can’t wait to hear what you think!

In the meantime, let’s settle into something old and familiar: the Best of the Blogs from this week.

  • This made me laugh. Blogger moves from the buzz of Brooklyn to the lull of the suburbs and makes news: Local Family Eats Breakfast at Kitchen Table.
  • In his new book about happiness, parenthood and kids, economist Bryan Caplan tells it like it is: parents are actually happier than they think, as long as they follow a few key guidelines.
  • The Mother Company tackles a rather prickly subject, one that most of parents don’t know how to address: When You Don’t Like Your Child
  • While some of us are trying to decide how many kids we want to have, a new study has come up with not only the “right” number of children, but also the gender that will bring the most harmony to your family. Hint: Break out the pink dresses.
  • As the antiquated saying goes, Happy wife, happy life. But now a new study out of the UK is saying, Happy Mama, no family drama.
  • Working Mother‘s slideshow highlights the most powerful moms on TV. (We’re talking real women, mainly journalists. So, unfortunately, Clair Huxtable isn’t on the list.)
  • WSJ‘s fantastic blog, The Juggle, had a few solid posts this week: One on how to make work-life balance work (basically, if it’s not working, it’s kind of your fault); this one about men believing that their “career potential” grows along with their family, while women see the window on their job opps closing as they have more kids; and then this piece on how much sleep you really need. The post links back to a WSJ health story about “short sleepers“<—When you read about these people, you will feel a wave of envy hit like a brick. Just let it happen.
  • Hey, looking for a deal on a stroller? How about this one from Bugaboo for—wait for it—$1,500? Well, it is a double-stroller, folks.
  • One Hungry Mama shares the disappointing news about the FDA and food dye.
  • A Today Show senior producer demonstrates what we parents already know: We’re just minding the parrots. Cute, sweet, repeat-everything parrots.

That’s about it, friends. We’ll see you next week, yes? Have a good one.

And So It Was Blogged (8/52)

Best of the Blogs Friday, February 25, 2011

Just when we thought we were out of the winter woods, it pulls us back in. Back to Square One, it seems. Despite the ice and slush and cold of this last snow storm here in the Tri-State, it was rather pretty.

Unfortunately, now the white, fluffy snow is half-melted, dirty and only partially covering an awful number of dog “presents.” Nice while it lasted, right? On to new things … like the Best of the Blogs from this week:

  • The NYT‘s Book Review just introduced a new online-only, weekly review of children’s picture books. (Wonder if this means QB will be “reading” the newspapers now too.)
  • Speaking of books, Cool Mom Picks highlights a good one for the new parent: One Year to an Organized Life with Baby. It’s a week-to-week guide to help parents (actually it kicks off before le bébé even arrives)  calm down, organize and get to that un-stressed out/un-freaked out space they’ve heard about in folktales. This way they can have a “more enjoyable experience of being pregnant, bringing home an infant and raising a baby.”
  • The wise Lisa Belkin has a solid piece in the NYT’s Magazine about mom bloggers—successful ones, making bank. She does this by talking primarily to the queens of the game: Heather B. Armstrong (Dooce.com) and Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman).
  • In her WSJ opinion piece, Free-Range Kids‘ Lenore Skenazy looks at how parents have stripped the fun away from children’s toys. “Remember when a ball was just a ball,” she asks, “and not a tactile stimulating sensory aid?” Ha!
  • On The Young Mommy Life, this guest post is called: “I Hate Being A Stay-at-Home Mom” No spoiler alert necessary there. Have a read through some of the comments, too. Very supportive. The post really seemed to hit home with many.
  • ParentDish has a quick interview with funny mummy (and Canadian!) Samantha Bee from The Daily Show, talking about life, her childhood and raising three kids under the age of 5. I particularly like her answer to the usual “how do you it” question.
  • Lordy. Here comes more stuff for the “Are You For Real?” file: TLC has a new “reality” show called Outrageous Kid Parties. It’s people spending crazy cash—obscene, wedding/new car amounts—on their child’s birthday party. One woman threw away $32,000 on her six (I said SIX)-year-old’s party.
  • You don’t have to convince me that the American maternity/parental leave is lacking. (Canada gets a full year’s mat leave.) But HuffPo delves into the case anyway.
  • The Juggle, the WSJ‘s smart blog for folks trying to balance work and family, looks at the dilemma of Business Travel While Breastfeeding.

And So It Was Blogged (6/52)

Best of the Blogs Friday, February 11, 2011

Two years ago today, I was walking (albeit slowly) around a baby store in New York City with my mother. She had flown in from Florida earlier that day and we were trying to pick up a few last-minute things. My baby, the little peanut, was on his way into the world!

Although my doctor pegged my due date for February 16, a Monday, the idea that we were mere days away from meeting this darling boy had not settled in my brain yet. It—becoming an actual mother—was just floating around between my imagination and dreams.

That night, after half-way watching Lost and a segment or two of Top Chef, I felt it: a contraction. It felt like a strong cramp, so I tried to breathe through it. Then more came, this time the squeeze-pull-push of it all was more vigorous. It was the wee hours of the morning now, and we put a call in to the doctor.

“I think this might be labor but—” and then I couldn’t say another word. The pain was too intense.

My doctor finished my sentence for me. “Yes, this sounds like labor,” she said with a chuckle. “Make your way to the hospital and I’ll see you there.”

So we did. And she did.

Then, almost a full day after I stood staring up at a wide display of onesies at the store, we met him. Quinn. Our Quinn. It was 1:42 p.m., February 12, 2009. And I, even after endured an emergency C-section, was falling in love with a little baby boy.

Happy Second Birthday, QB. I love you more than any letters could ever spell. You are magnificent. (And you were such a delight during your first haircut!)

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Let’s keep this Best of the Blogs short, yes? We’re busy putting together a little man’s special birthday playdate taking care of a little guy with a bad cold. (The five-kid birthday party, sadly, is canceled. Good thing QB is too young for disappointment to register. Mum and Dad, however, are bummed. Big time.)

  • New York Mag looks at women giving very live updates from the delivery room with Texting While Birthing.
  • I’ve long been a fan of Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor for The Atlantic. And after reading his recent post about how giving birth to their son nearly killed his wife, I feel like if I ever met Coates, a hug is in order.
  • Motherhood Uncensored has a funny story about flying with a young baby in arms, and how  relieved people look when you keep walking past their row.
  • There’s a rise in baby tooth decay and—no surprise— doctors are looking at the “sleepytime bottle” as the culprit.
  • Good news for Wired‘s GeekDad: Hollywood’s come a-calling. The fun blog and bestselling book for tech-savvy fathers will be adapted for the big screen and the little one too.
  • Over on Slate’s Double X, the question is: Are “mommy cards” (as in, Suzy Smith – Jake’s mom) cute and fun or downright ridiculous?
  • Tina Fey is basically everyone’s favorite comedy writer, Palin impressionist and general smart funny chick. Her New Yorker essay, “Confessions of a Juggler,” will only win her more fans. Fey, with her trademark wry humor, talks about the second rudest question you can ask a working mother (Are you going to have more kids?) It’s a good essay, covering a few things—some might even say too many things. Definitely worth a read. Though it’s only available online to mag subscribers, this WSJ post about juggling family and career links to a summary of Fey’s essay.

That’s all for now, friends. Have a great weekend!

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