Friday, June 09, 2006

My baby is going to pre-school!

I have no idea why I am so sad. . .I guess it’s that I have to acknowledge that my baby is growing up. She just seems so much younger than her sister did at this age!

Do you know what I am talking about? That feeling that your baby is no longer a baby. The knowing that she will go to school and communicate feelings, and make new friends and have her feelings hurt on the playground, and become a kid! When does it happen? Where does the time go? I know that there were some long nights mixed up in there but man, I can remember so clearly the night she arrived and how it felt and I can’t believe that I won’t feel that again. I think I am just being overly sentimental, I know that I am tired.

I guess I just needed to get those feelings out, hopefully I can pull myself together by Monday morning, if I don’t’ the teachers will know for sure that I am insane!

Monday, June 05, 2006

working mom?

So much for posting articles that somebody else wrote. I will continue to post those but I also have decided that documenting the life of a real life working mom is what this will be. Really, what I would like is for those moms (and dads) out there who work, to know that they are not alone. I have felt like I am the only person on the planet who feels the way that I do, but the more I talk (and I do that well) the more I realize that working moms (and stay at home working moms) are all extremely similar, we want the best for our kids and we also want to feel sane and appreciated at the same time, I don't think we are asking for the moon.

Okay, my 2 year old won't sleep. I shouldn't say won't sleep I should just say that staying asleep is the problem, consequently it is for me too! I really have no idea what the problem is. . .I honestly had no idea how sleep deprived a person could get until I had children. Not in college or in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would sleep as little as I do. Even when the child sleeps I don't sleep because I have to "check in" (ie make sure everybody is breathing, nobody is uncovered and getting cold, and of course reassuring myself that nobody has had an allergic reaction to a new food that we may have had for dinner and may be going into anaphalactic shock) The things that go through your head at 2:34 am!

Anyway, I am a mom, I love my children dearly and I guess if the price I pay for them is getting 5-6 hours of sleep a night so be it, I would happily pay it all over again!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Digital Tips For Your Baby Photos - Using The Sephia Setting

Digital Tips For Your Baby Photos - Using The Sephia Setting by Vera Raposo

Film is so expensive now days! With digital cameras, you can take as many baby photos as you want and delete the ones you don't.

You can save all the ones you like but only print out the ones you need, therefore you don't waste any cash.

If you do not have a digital camera yet and are planning to get one, I suggest you buy a larger memory as well.

When you buy one, it will come with a very small memory but you will realize that fifty pictures can be gone at a drop of a hat, so I suggest you buy one to save you the trouble of coming back.

Since we are preserving time and memories, you might want to try the aged look. Sepia is a good one to use.

If you don't know, sepia is like black and white but with tans or beiges. You might just like the way your baby photos turn out!

If you have a digital camera, you have the choice of turning the pictures black and white or sepia within the camera.

If you do not have a digital camera, you can just drop off your film and ask them to print them off as sepia.

Looking back on the pages you have finished, it probably brings you back to the time when the pictures were taken.

Enjoy preserving your baby's time with pictures!

Vera Raposo has been scrapbooking since her oldest child was 5. With tons of scrapbooking tips and ideas, Vera is now sharing some of her best scrapbooking ideas for your new baby in her newsletter

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Something to consider before the birth of your new baby, his or her name! Whether you use a family name, name your baby after a celebrity or author, or come up with your own original moniker, this could be one of the most important decisions you make!

Once you have a name and your baby is born, consider how cute that name and a picture of your new bundle of joy will look on one of our baby birth announcements!

How to Choose the Best Baby Name by Sherry Frewerd

The name you choose for your baby can affect the child's life forever. Choosing a baby name for your baby is almost like choosing his or her identity. A person's personality can be associated with their name; molded like a cookie cutter. So, parents should certainly take some time selecting the best name for your son or daughter. Read on for some tips on how to provide the best baby name for your little one.

Stop listening to your family and how important it is to 'carry on' the family tradition of naming all the boys Ralph or John or whatever. Choosing the right baby name does not have to always rely on what your older relatives deem to be the best baby name. It is your baby’s name, not theirs. Once your baby is born he will be stuck with that baby name for life. That means it’s not wise to just settle for any baby name that will suit your grandma’s or uncle's taste.

What will the future be like for your child with a particular name? You don’t want your child to be stuck with a name that will cause him embarrassment or ridicule. Do some research about the meaning of the baby name you are considering giving to your baby. Don’t consider Doodle Bop as a prospective baby name just because you heard it from a TV show and you find it cute. Don’t use Rodelfa just because a certain Spanish TV show’s handsome lead actor is named Rodolfo. Try not to settle for the first name that pops into your head or the name of the most famous celebrity at the time.

Take a moment to consider the initials of the baby name you are planning to give your baby. Make sure they don’t stand for anything funny, disturbing or ridiculous. Alice Stephanie Stuart? Can you imagine the mortifying situations you may put your child into when he or she is growing up?

If you want to go with your traditional family names, check through your family tree, check to see if there are any cousins with the exact same name you're thinking of using. You'll prevent alot of confusion down the road if you do. Some families have three or four Christopher John's of varying ages. Gets downright confusing when you try to locate a particular person from the phone book.

Watch out for overdoing it with the clever spellings. Being too creative when thinking of a baby name can backfire, I’m telling you. Your child will be constantly spelling his or her name or people will misspell it because they only know the common spelling of a certain name.

Your partner and you should decide your baby name. It wouldn’t be nice to be always blamed when people ask who chose that awful baby name, right? Okay, kidding aside. It's a better idea to share the responsibility of choosing a baby name because two heads are always better than one and it's a very special time that you can share together.

Take your time when choosing a baby name. Do your research of baby name meanings, your family traditions and spellings. Say the potential baby name over and over again aloud to hear how the full name rolls off your tongue. Write it down and make sure to double check the initials. But most all, find a name that pleases both you and your partner. Your baby will love you both for it.

Sherry Frewerd publishes various websites and blogs for affiliate promotion and network marketing. You can publish your own professional quality website without pulling your hair out or spending a fortune. Get your free website tips ebook 'Success Tips for Building an Effective Website' today at 'Website Building Mom.'

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Saturday, April 01, 2006

A New Special to go with your baby birth announcements

Polka Dot Box Baby Birth Announcements is offering a new spring special! With every order of baby birth announcements over $50, you will receive 20 free thank you notes!

This is a great deal, a bargain really as it is a $20 value.

Polka Dot Box Baby Birth Announcements is going to expand- be on the look out for Polka Dot Box Weddings!!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Perfect Baby Gifts

Baby Gifts: How to Make Yours the One They Remember by Stephanie Gallagher

Why do some baby gifts stand out from the crowd and others seem to get lost in the recipient's memory, never to be found again?

Surprisingly, it has little to do with cost of the baby gifts. Rather, it's the little, thoughtful touches that make all the difference.

Some tips:

  • Add an Element of Humor

    You don't have to spend a lot of money to give baby gifts that are memorable. Try putting together your own "Nursing Survival Kit," with breast pads, Lansinoh cream, frozen peas (to ease nursing soreness), and a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.

  • Put Together a Creative Baby Gift Basket

    Create a "Sleep Like a Baby" baby gift basket with a soft baby blanket or lovey, a white noise CD (vacuum sounds are great!) and a Miracle Blanket (for easy swaddling).

    Or transform a simple baby book into a "Remembering the Moment" baby gift basket, by adding a copy of the local newspaper from the day the baby was born, copies of Time and People magazines from the week the baby was born, a current postage stamp, and a sales flyer from the local grocery store.

    Twenty years from now, the parents and grown child will have fun looking back at everything from the price of a dozen eggs to who the hot celebrities were back when junior was a baby.

    For more clever baby gift basket ideas, check out The Baby Gift Basket: How to Choose One That's Guaranteed to Wow Them

  • Include Everything the New Parents Will Need to Make It Work

    Nobody likes extra work. So do whatever you can do to make it easy for the new parents to enjoy your baby gift.

    For example, if your present requires batteries, include a small package of batteries (the correct type, of course,) with it. You don't even need to give the whole pack -- just the right amount for the item you've given. You'd be amazed how grateful the new parents will be.

  • Put it Together For Them

    The best baby gifts for new parents are those that require no work on their part to enjoy.

    However, this is a strategy that's best used when you are absolutely positive the new parents want what you've gotten them. Remember, baby gifts that are put together aren't so easily returned. So do this when you're buying something off the registry or when the recipients have specifically asked for what you're giving them.

  • Include a Gift Receipt

    They may love what you've gotten, but they may have also gotten two or three baby gifts just like it. Make it easy to return yours, and they'll be grateful.

  • Include Your Full Name and Address on the Card

    After 36 hours of labor and two weeks of sleep deprivation, a new mommy can't be counted on to remember her own last name, let alone yours. That's true even if she's your sister or best friend. So make it easy for her by writing your full name on the card. Including your address, too, makes it easy for to write the thank-you note.

    Stephanie Gallagher, a.k.a., The Shopping Mom, is the author of several parenting books and Editor of The Shopping Mom's Guide to Baby Gifts,

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  • Personalized note cards and photo baby birth announcements are also a nice gift.

    Friday, March 03, 2006

    Why Baby Birth Announcements

    Why Birth Announcements?

    Baby birth or adoption announcements are a thoughtful way to send a memento of your new baby to family and friends. Many new parents find that birth announcements are an easy way to let family and friends get to know and see their new arrival. Beautiful birth announcements often will be prominently displayed in the homes of those that you send them to, showcasing the beautiful baby they are announcing.

    There are many different styles of baby birth announcements at Polka Dot Box, from very simple (our classic birth announcements) to a bit more elaborate (our Vellum
    Overlay Birth Announcements
    or Photo Birth announcements).

    We strive to bring you high quality birth announcements. Please let us know how we can help you!