As I alluded to in a previous post, we recently packed our bags and whisked Gioia away for her first international adventure. She proudly sports her first passport stamp (France!). As her parents, we spent the first few days of our trip sporting something else … dark undereye circles.
Why, you ask?
Let’s just say that the 9 hour time difference proved a bit challenging for our little girl. The first three nights found us wide awake with our little peanut from midnight to 4am. Sound awful? I have to admit that it wasn’t all bad (no…seriously…).
While tired, Gioia was so desperate to have us join her in her late night escapades that she really turned on the charm.
She sang. She laughed. She giggled. She cuddled. She did her “butt dance”.
Her best act of all, however, was her impersonation of my husband sleeping. She had me roaring with laughter in the wee hours of the night with her pitch-perfect copy-catting of his snoring. Needless to say, I am still kicking myself for not having our Flip video camera handy to capture the late night comedy hour(s).
Like many moms, I often fall prey to impulse shopping at the grocery store. My local Whole Foods in Noe Valley is usually the beneficiary of my inability to control my urges and, increasingly, the baby section is the culprit. My newest impulse shopping find – Sprig Toys.
Formed in 2007, Sprig Toys boasts a super-fabulous line of battery-free, eco-friendly, paint-free, kid powered toys. In short, all the things you want with none of the stuff you don’t. My 11 month old LOVES her Sprig Eco Rattle but there are PLENTY of options for older kids too, like the Dolphin Explorer Boat (pictured here).
TLC’s new show Outrageous Kid’s Parties makes me seriously question what is happening to the world. The first episode highlights a mom who dropped $32K on her daughter’s 6th birthday. Seriously?!? What happens when this (sure-to-grow-up-incredibly-pretentious) young lady turns 16! As a parent, I firmly believe that my most important job is setting a good example for my daughter…helping her to understand what is right and wrong, and what is excessive and unnecessary. A birthday cake that costs more than many people make in a month certainly falls under the category of unnecessary excess. Click here for a story from the SFGate The Mommy Files (which we love!) that includes some clips of the $32K “fantasy party”.
Dearest fellow passengers on Air France flight 83 direct to Paris from San Francisco. We are so sorry.
We truly thought we had covered all of our bases. read more »
This morning I started doing a few yoga stretches while Lexi played nearby. Immediately, she was mesmerized with what I was doing and crawled over to check out the alignment on my Downward Dog ( a bit stiff, for the record). It hit me that sooner rather than later, I should introduce yoga to her. Yes, we did a few mommy and me yoga classes but frankly, I ended up spending the bulk of the time nursing her or tending to her.
Every single day, she is pushing her physical limits, inching her way closer to walking. She watches every single thing we do and imitates most of it. (We found her pretending to plug in the radio today – fortunately, we have baby proofed that outlet!) I know how connected I feel to myself when I do yoga and I can’t think of a better gift to give my daughter. You can bet that I’ll keep doing yoga with/near her and sooner rather than later, we’ll be side by side in our downward dogs. read more »
Pretend play is fun. And why not make it more fun for your little one that just LOVES his or her dragons with these mythical Wings from Naturally Crafty on Etsy. Your little dragon-let is sure to smile just imaging the magic of flight that these canvas, fleece and felt wings will bring. They have velcro-adjustable straps so they can fit on bare arms or over a snow jacket. Which only makes sense, because real dragons live in all kinds of weather. read more »
We’ve all been there. You are on the go, whether it is running errands or sightseeing and your lil’ sport is about to lose it. They’ve had enough ‘mom’ fun and need some kid fun. Well, guess what? There’s an app for that. read more »