Win a t-shirt – photo contest

Just a reminder that I am still accepting entries for the World Breastfeeding Week photo contest to win an “I make milk. What’s your superpower?” or a “Lactivist” t-shirt. The details are here. I’ve received 16 entries so far (all of them are wonderful – I don’t know how I’m going to choose a winner!) and hope to at least double that before the end of the contest.
Special thanks to all of the bloggers who have put up links to the contest on your blogs. I appreciate you spreading the word!
Deadline to enter is Sunday, July 15.
Oh, and I’ve decided to make some sort of photo collage out of the entries which I will share on my blog during World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-8).
And while we’re on the subject of winning pro-breastfeeding t-shirts, The Lactivist is also currently running a contest. Write a quote for a picture of her cute little boy, and you could win a shirt from her store!
Updated to add:
Celebrity Baby Blog is also asking for breastfeeding pictures to celebrate WBW, so once you submit yours to me, head on over there and submit it to her too. :)

07/07/07 – Live Earth

Live Earth

Today is 7/7/07 – the day of Live Earth The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis – “a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis. Live Earth will reach this worldwide audience through an unprecedented global media architecture covering all media platforms – TV, radio, Internet and wireless channels. Live Earth concerts will be broadcast to a live worldwide audience by MSN at” has a part in this huge event by organizing more than 1300 “Parties for the Planet” in the United States. “We planned for 1000 Parties for the Planet; we have over 1300. We hoped 10,000 MoveOn members would attend; we just cleared 30,000, making this our biggest event of the year. We have events in all 50 states, in the Virgin Islands, in Puerto Rico and in Guam. These parties—quite simply—are going to be huge.

The overwhelming response to these parties is a clear sign of the commitment that regular folks are showing to solving the climate crisis—and our leaders are taking notice. We’ll watch all 8 Democratic presidential contenders answer tough questions from MoveOn members on the climate crisis. And because this is truly a global event, we’ll join 2 billion people around the world to watch Al Gore’s Live Earth concerts. It should be an unforgettable night and is only the beginning of the work we’ll do together to take on the climate crisis.”

A friend of ours is hosting a party so that’s where we’ll be tonight. :) I’m looking forward to it! Anybody else taking part?

To find a MoveOn Party for the Planet in your area, visit

And if you haven’t yet seen An Inconvenient Truth, I recommend checking it out.

The great money fiasco of ’07

Between all the hub-bub surrounding Ava’s birthday and having my parents staying with us for several days, I didn’t have time to keep up-to-date on our checkbook ledger. So when I went to pay some bills last week, I just assumed we had the money to cover them all – even a large credit card bill which contained expenses from Jody’s last work-related trip and a deposit on the work done on our bathroom shower. Because I was expecting Jody to receive an expense check to cover most of that, I went ahead and paid it off in full.

When I was able to update our ledger a day or two later, I discovered we did NOT have the money to pay that and still cover other bills and living expenses. Still, I was expecting Jody to get his expense check soon and figured if he didn’t, I’d just transfer some money from savings to cover it until he got paid. So what did I do then? I mailed our mortgage. Why? I’m not quite sure. It can be received up until the 14th of the month and not be counted as late, so I easily could have held onto it for another week. I guess I felt I needed more drama in my life. ;) Ha.

We found out the expense check payment was still a few days out, and now, with the mortgage pending in addition to the credit card payment, we needed the money ASAP, so Jody attempted to transfer some money from savings. However, it wouldn’t be that simple. Back in February we moved our money from a traditional savings account to a savings account with ING Direct, giving us a much better interest rate. We soon discovered that we never set it up completely. Apparently, I never called in to verify some information which would grant us access to our money. Oops.

So I called to do the verification, figuring I’d be able to then transfer the money and all would be well. Not so. Apparently they mailed me a PIN back in February that I either promptly recycled or disregarded, because I had no idea what it was. Without the PIN there was no way I could complete the verification process, so basically we were being protected from ourselves and not granted access to our money. SH*T!

The only option was to have them mail me a new PIN which would, of course, take 5 to 7 business days – more time than we could afford – literally.

Between another small checking account I have, collecting some money my sister owed me and some cash that was in my wallet, I somehow managed to scrape together just enough to cover my big snafoo (or is it snafoos?). Barely. That didn’t leave us any extra for groceries, gas or anything else. Thankfully we had a good amount of food already in the house and our gas tank wasn’t empty (though it is now).

Jody’s expense check money was deposited into our account today so we are in the clear again! Can you hear my big sigh of relief? Also, the PIN is on it’s way to me and I will finish getting that all set up so in case we run into a situation like this again, I will be able to move our money to cover it.

Nothing like a bit of financial drama to get your blood pumping. We survived, but that was a little too close for comfort.

Happy Independence Day

To all of my American readers, happy 4th of July!

I’ve mentioned before that I am an email subscriber to the “Daily Groove.” “Written for “leading-edge” parents, The Daily Groove brings you an inspiring and/or practical (and short) message every Monday through Friday.” I like each one of the messages (and strongly encourage all AP-parents to sign up), and often feel like sharing them on my blog each day, but I restrain myself. ;) However since I need something Independence Day-related today and this fits right in – here ya go! :)

THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle

:: Independence Day for (R)evolutionary Parents ::

Parents who practice attachment parenting are often
accused of neglecting their children’s development
of independence.

Strangely, these accusations usually come from the
same folks who advise us to take swift disciplinary
action the moment our children exhibit signs of
independence, now re-labeled “disobedience.”

Thankfully, we have the reassurance of the Founding
Mothers and Fathers of holistic parenting whose
“spoiled” kids are growing up to be remarkably

Today is Independence Day in America, so let’s write
our own Declaration of Independence from the culture
of alienation:

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all
Children are created Lovable, that they are endowed,
by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Happiness
of Parental Proximity. . . .”

Feel free to forward this message to your friends!
(Please include this paragraph and everything above.)
Copyright (c) 2007 by Scott Noelle

Today’s revised Daily Groove message was originally
presented on July 4, 2006.

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What a difference a day makes (pics and a video)

A month or so ago I wrote about how we had decided to try Julian on solids. After a few days of it and him showing no interest in actually eating the food (he kept spitting it out or gagging) and having green poop after ingesting a tiny bit of avocado, I decided we should hold off on food for him for a while.

A month past and when we were at my friend’s farewell party this weekend, he kept trying to grab a banana out of Jody’s hand. I told Jody to let him have it and see what he did with it. Well, he loved it – both squishing it between his fingers and eating it. That seemed like a pretty clear sign to me that he was ready to try solids again.

While I made nearly all of Ava’s baby food myself, I don’t feel like I have the time or energy to do that this time around. I may do some things, but not to the extent that I did it with Ava. So when I went to Vitamin Cottage on Sunday evening, I picked up a couple jars of Earth’s Best Organic carrots, peas, and winter squash. I figured we’d give those a try before I bought or attempted to make any more.

Monday night, he enthusiastically ate about half a jar of carrots. Tonight he happily ate the other half. Yes, I definitely feel he is now ready for solids.

I’m glad that I waited another month and didn’t push it just because he was 6 months old and “that’s when babies should be eating foods.” I followed his cues and waited until he let us know – “Hey, mom and dad, I want some food.” :)

Anyway, back to my real motivation for writing this post. And that is, what a difference a day makes regarding what is now coming out of this boy! I think he pooped pureed carrots tonight. I’m going to miss those sweet-smelling, easy-to-clean breast-fed poopies. They are now a thing of the past.

And now, some pics (of him eating, not of his diapers ;) ) and a video of the future drummer:
Julian and the banana - before
Julian and the banana - after
“What? I can’t hear you. I have some banana in my ear.”

Enjoying some carrots 7/3/07:
Julian loving his carrots 7/3/07

The little drummer boy video (aka Julian smacking his booster seat) 7/1/07:
Click here to watch it.

Oh, and don’t mind Jody’s elbow that’s in most of the video, and Ava saying, “I need to go pee” in the middle of it. If I waited for the perfect opportunity to tape my kids, it would never happen. ;)

I can’t figure out how to embed the video in my blog without it royally screwing up my layout. Maybe I’ll mess with it more another time.