Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Summery summerness

Hobo Mama wants you to know she's a professional blogger! Look at how professional she's being!

I'm much too hot and pregnant to bother finding the camera,
and the cord, and downloading and editing pictures,
so here's what you're getting:
recent fun stuff from my phone! Woot!

My kids have been playing with the cats lately,
Alrik for fun & Mikko for money
(and that pretty much sums them up right there),
which is great for all the little creatures.
Current fave toy: Cat Catcher
they go WILD for this thing.

Alrik helpfully cooling one hot kitty
with his little fan.
She wasn't sure what to make of it,
but she stayed put
for his ministrations.

Me at a friend's kid's pigeon-themed birthday party.
This is the hot & pregnant I speak of.
This & the following photos are from Shannon.

And you know how when you're hot & pregnant
you want nothing more than to have a three-year-old
glued to your lap for hours?

Big hand, little hand.
I love how my kids have those sweet dimples.

This was adorable:
L3 pushing Alrik on the swing!

Downtown to the children's museum
with some goofy kids.

You can never have too much pretending to be bored
on a fake bus.

Even when this guy's driving.

I'd totally take my elephants to this vet.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Calling for submissions for the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour

We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you'll join us for the next carnival in September 2014! (Check out August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.)

Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama.

Here are the submission details for September 2014:

Theme: Home Tour: We want to see, and you want to invite us over! Take us on a viewing of your home. Show us one room you love, or all of them. Show us how you organize your pantry, arrange your play space, or make room for a family bed. We want the fifty-cent tour!

Deadline: Tuesday, September 2. Fill out the webform (at the link or at the bottom) and email your submission to us by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time: CarNatPar {at}

Carnival date: Tuesday, September 9. Before you post, we will send you an email with a little blurb in html to paste into your submission that will introduce the carnival. You will publish your post on September 9 and email us the link if you haven't done so already. Once everyone's posts are published by noon Eastern time, we will send out a finalized list of all the participants' links to generate lots of link love for your site! We'll include full instructions in the email we send before the posting date.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Carnival of Natural Parenting — 2013 year in review

Code Name: Mama - Carnival of Natural Parenting — 2012 year in reviewFor the past four years, I have been proud to co-host the Carnival of Natural Parenting with Dionna of Code Name: Mama. We created the Carnival in January 2010 to bring together the awesome community of parenting bloggers who identify as "attachment" or "natural" parents.

In 2013, our writers have shared their tips and tricks for having tough conversations with kids; they've discussed the gap between parenting in theory versus parenting in reality; and they've shared stories and advice related to nourishing and protecting their families. The compilations of posts are a rich resource — I hope you will look through 2013's themes and articles below and get to know some of the writers!

Anyone can write for the Carnival of Natural Parenting, and you can write as few or as many times as you'd like throughout the year. You can read more about how to write for the Carnival as well as details on upcoming topics at our main Carnival page. Here are the topics for the next few months: In July we're sharing tips on Family Vacations; in August we're dishing about Friends; in September we're giving everyone a Home Tour; in October we're grumbling about Sick Days; in November we'll have tons of ideas for Indoor Fun; and in December we'll write about the Greatest Gifts. Topics are posted through May 2015 - come read more details at our main Carnival page.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

You're invited to my Mother Blessing!

From my friend Shannon:

The time is almost here! The wonderful moment when a baby comes earthside, a woman becomes a mother to a new person, and a family is made new by their addition.

It is our honor to host an event honoring such an occasion, and we would love to include all of Lauren's readers to join us in celebration of this transition with a virtual Mother Blessing to be remembered!

If you are interested in participating, please contact shannon {@} by September 5 for more information.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Born shoppers

Monday, August 18, 2014

Slowing down in the third trimester

Hobo Mama wants you to know she's a professional blogger! Look at how professional she's being!

On a hike — a very slow, short hike.
I'm 31 weeks pregnant, and I am tired. I'm sore in various mentionable and unmentionable places, I've all but abandoned bending over to reach anything that's fallen (whatever it is will keep until someone else can), I shuffle and lurch and waddle instead of walk, and I can't get comfortable in any position. If I sit, the baby seems to have no place to go. If I stand, my left leg falls asleep. If I walk, my hips ache within minutes, and my pelvis starts to burn. If I lie down, my joints protest and various muscles cramp up on me spasmodically throughout the night.

I'd like to just … not do much. Just sort of wait and gestate.

But I still feel all this pressure to keep going. Because that's what we do, right? The modern woman? Or, probably, any woman? There's already the myth of the woman working in the fields, squatting to deliver, then tying the newborn on her back as she resumes her harvest. As long as the baby's inside instead of out, we're supposed to keep moving, keep working, keep taking care of things, keep exercising, and above all, stop being such a wuss.