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One-month survival

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Resting peacefully in her new Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play.

The babe is one month old today. I appreciate your patience in my lack of blogging as I enjoy my maternity leave and this special once-in-a-lifetime period with my family.

The last four weeks have flown by, as expected. We enjoyed visits from our parents–Tim’s parents drove up from Florida and later my mom flew out from Illinois.  It was nice to have the extra hands and especially helpful to have sources of entertainment for Adelaide. Now we are on our own, trying to figure out our new normal.

Tim is convinced that June is more “fussy” than Adelaide was as a baby. I think he might have selective memory. Sure, Adelaide was a pretty chill baby, and June really likes to be held (plus, June seems to inhale a lot of air when she nurses and it makes her very gassy). Still, I don’t remember Adelaide being especially “chill” during the first four weeks. That time is mostly a blur, but my memories of Adelaide being a laid back baby were from when she was a bit older.

There was recently a thread on the Longest Shortest Time Mama’s Facebook page asking people to name their most useful baby item and least useful one. Over and over the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper came up as the “can’t live without” baby accessory recommended by moms. I had heard good things about the Rock ‘n Play, but we didn’t have one for Adelaide. After a particularly bad sleep night this week, I decided we would give it a try.

The Rock ‘n Play is positioned on an incline to help babies with reflux and gas, and I thought it might help a baby who constantly wants to be held. I was apprehensive to have her use it for night sleep because I didn’t want to create a bad habit. Plus, June had a surprisingly good night on Wednesday and slept 4.5 hours flat on her back in her bassinet (fluke? maybe).

The Rock ‘n Play arrived yesterday and so far, so good. We didn’t use it overnight, but June seems to like it for naps. We’ll see if that continues. I did appreciate a little hands-free time today–I did the dishes,  a load of laundry, and was able to write this update.


So, what was your most useful baby item? What could you totally have done without?


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CityKids logoFor those of you in the Philadelphia area, South Philly’s CityKids Consignment Sale is tomorrow Saturday, September 13 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, September 14 from 10am-2pm. Many items will be 50% on Sunday, so come by early on Saturday to get all the really good stuff, and come back on Sunday to see what 50%-off steals you can find.

The non-consignor proceeds benefit the South Philly Parents Resource Center, so it all goes to a good cause. The SPPRC offers educational programming, new moms groups and other support to parents, and we recently received our 501(c)(3) paperwork. We are officially a non-profit organization! (And I’m Vice President!) This is only our second sale, but we are expecting over 6,500 quality, gently used toys, gear and clothes for your children, as well as some maternity clothes. The fall sale is appropriately dedicated to fall and winter clothes, Halloween costumes and other holiday items. Our spring sale is coming April, 2015.

The sale is free to enter and free to park! Thousands of name brands. Join us at Neumann Goretti High School on 11th St. between Moore and Morris.

SPPRC-kids-shirt_smAlso available for sale at this weekend’s CityKids Consignment Sale are the SPPRC fundraiser t-shirts designed by my talented husband Tim. The shirts come in three styles:

  • YO SOUTH PHILLY KID (toddler t-shirts – turquoise with black writing + onesies – black with silver writing)
  • YO SOUTH PHILLY MOM (dark gray with silver writing)
  • YO SOUTH PHILLY DAD (dark gray with silver writing)

The t-shirts will be on sale for $12 and the onesies are $15. We are running low on some sizes and will be making a new order soon. So, you may also sign up for a shirt you want and “pre-order” a sold-out size or size we didn’t order the first time around.

Check out Tim’s digital print designs on his etsy shop: Brothers Pannell

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Welcome to this Blogger Sponsored Giveaway for a Vera Bradley Small Kisslock Wallet and Make A Change Baby Bag!


On this Mother’s Day, I’ve teamed up with some Philly bloggers to present a fun giveaway! Hosted by Momma Lew’s Blog, with a very special thank you to all of the great bloggers who are participating in this event! Make sure to stop by and check out what Sisters to SonsCan’t Google EverythingMaking Our Life Matter, Mommy SnappedWine In Mom ChockababyTechmomogy and Travel Deals By Dana and I have to offer you!


A Vera Bradley diaper bag was passed down to me shortly after Adelaide was born. It was stylish and served us well, so I jumped at the chance to participate in the giveaway. Plus, I thought it would be a great opportunity for my readers to be introduced to some new blogs–many of whom are members of my Philadelphia Social Media Moms group.

New moms will love this Vera Bradley Make A Change Baby Bag! This bag:

  • Has an exterior zip-down pocket that reveals a roll-out detachable changing pad with two elastic slip pockets
  • Slightly longer straps that make it perfect for a mom holding her child and her bag
  • It is a duffle-style bag that is extra roomy with 6 pockets
  • The convenient large-zippered front pocket can store lots of things like your phone, wallet or pacifiers and it is has two side bottle pockets
  • It can be wiped down or machine washable!


The Small Kisslock Wallet is the perfect addition to your baby bag! It is a tri-fold wallet that is closed by a kisslock coin pouch. The magnetic snap closure opens up to three card slots, a bill pocket and an ID window. Spot clean with a damp cloth.

One lucky winner will receive both the Make A Change Baby Bag and the Small Kisslock Wallet in Indigo Pop!  


To enter, follow the entry form below.  Giveaway is open to US residents, 18+ and one entry per household. Giveaway ends on 5/25 at 11:59pm EST.


Momma Lew and participating bloggers have not been compensated for this post.  Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  

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Have you seen the Saturday Night Live “ad” for baby toupees?

Well, I ran across this photo of Adelaide from back in March, and I just can’t help but think it looks like she’s wearing a baby toupee. It makes me crack up every time I see it.


UPDATE: They’re real! Well, I think these are meant as a joke – “Fun for baby shower’s, birthdays and more!” But, I don’t think these Baby Bangs are quite so tongue-in-cheek. Their homepage boasts “I’m not a boy” – as if being an infant mistaken for the wrong gender is just too embarrassing.


Is it weird to buy a breastpump off Craigslist?




It’s just that they’re so expensive, and they are so much more affordable used.  These things can be sterilized, right?  Am I insane for even humoring the idea?