Since I have a maternity photoshoot for an acquaintance scheduled for this weekend, I thought I better take out my trusted camera and get some good practicing in yesterday while Ava napped. Seeing how I have a baby belly myself and a desire to document my pregnancy as well, I figured I’d try my hand at some self-portraits. Eeep! It was a lot harder than I thought. First of all, it’s NOT easy to get the focus right when you are using a timer and have nobody to stand in for you. Secondly, it’s a lot of work going back and forth from the cameraRead More →

You may or may not know that Jody and I took five weeks of Hypnobirthing classes in preparation for Ava’s birth. The techniques learned in the class, along with the relaxation cd and book, helped me tremendously during my labor with Ava. I have several friends who have taken the classes as well and have gone on to have wonderful birth experiences. The Hypnobirthing method does not promise you your birth will be without discomfort, but it does help you learn how to relax your body which “can help bring about a shorter, easier, and more joyful birthing, free of harmful drugs for you andRead More →

I’ve felt like I’ve been stuck in a rut lately as far as cooking is concerned. Sure, I come up with a few new interesting things to make here and there, but it takes time and thought, both of which I don’t feel like I have a lot of lately. I feel like I need more direction. While it’s fun for me to invent new recipes, lately I’d rather just flip open a book, find something with the ingredients I have, and go at it. Which is why I’m so excited about two new cookbooks I recently ordered off Amazon. :) The first is “MoosewoodRead More →

I’m very pleased that we’ve been eating vegetarian meals around here for the past week without a problem. I’ve found several new recipes to try and have been enjoying eating new, delicious foods. (Will post some recipes I’ve tried recently soon.) The problem is, Ava is not as excited about all of mommy’s new recipes as mommy is. ;) I don’t think being vegetarian is bothering her – the only meat she was fond of in the past anyway was fish. The problem is, I think, the dishes I am making are too “exotic,” for lack of a better word, for her. Here I amRead More →

I was looking at my blog yesterday and decided to click on the next blog in the “blogging mommies” sequence I have at the bottom of this page. Up popped Ann Douglas’s blog – The Mother of All Blogs. For those not familiar with her, she’s the author of “The mother of all baby books,” “The mother of all pregnancy books” and many others. Well, she’s currently working on two new books – one on sleep solutions and one on food solutions – and is in need of parents to interview for both books. I e-mailed her that I was interested in participating in theRead More →

I came across this comic strip Greystone Inn the other day. There are several storylines, but one involves a couple that practices Attachment Parenting with their newborn son. The author explores such topics as natural childbirth using a midwife, breastfeeding and co-sleeping. I wrote to the author – Brad Guigar – to let him know how excited I was to learn of his comic strip and to find out if he’s published in any newspapers (as I’d never heard of it before I saw a link on a message board). He said he’s only in a couple newspapers – one being the Philadelphia Daily NewsRead More →