All morning, the kiddos and I have been fixated on these videos by Colombian artist Dicken Schrader his kids Milah and Korben. How cool are these guys? I can't wait to see what they do next...
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Consider my mind blown by this whimsical yet grand art installation currently on view at art complex Le 104 in Paris. Buenos Aires-based artist Leandro Erlich created a topsy-tervy piece, entitled Bâtiment (Building), with the intention of encouraging viewers to interact and play on the structure and be amazed by their own apparent ability to defy gravity. I love it! I wish I could be in Paris right now, pretending to be an 8-months-pregnant-version of Spiderman ;)
Via My Modern Met.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Oh my GOODNESS, this two-part interview with Maurice Sendak on The Colbert Report this week absolutely slayed me. The genius of these two together is just beyond. A combination so wrong that is is somehow deliciously, hilariously right.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
We love co-sleeping, and are looking forward to bedsharing as a family of five (!!!) but I would be lying if I said I didn't get a chuckle out of this series of illustrations posted over at How To Be A Dad. If you've ever gotten a foot in the face in the middle of the night, or wondered if you would ever sleep cuddled up to your partner again, you have to click over and read the hilarious descriptions of "The Stalker", "The Neck Scarf", "Booby Trap", and "H is for Hell" for yourself.
PS: On a more serious note, here's what the Directors of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame have to say about cosleeping and bedsharing.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Clocking in at less than a minute of footage, this is one of the shortest, yet one of the most powerful birth videos I've ever posted! Amazing.
PS: Have I really neglected this series since the end of October??? I have to get back into it...I miss the stories!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I've started to think about compiling my birth playlist for the impending arrival of baby #3!
So far, tunes on my mind include (in no particular order according to mood or vibe or genre):
What songs buoy you in labor? I would love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, and stories of how you used music in childbirth! Check out this awesome radio broadcast on the topic ;)
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Last week I ran across a yummy-looking collection of vegetarian recipes and so far I've tried out these two with great success: Rigatoni with Goat Cheese and Layered Eggplant and Polenta Casserole. They were both easy, hearty, and delicious -- and the casserole even had my eggplant-averse husband going for seconds! Mmmmmmm. Have you tried any new recipes lately?
Friday, January 13, 2012
I can't wait to visit the Museum of Motherhood to check out the work of Lauren Cockerham-Colas. The current exhibit, abNORMALLY NURSING, features photos and research from Cockerham-Colas' masters project and is an exploration of breastfeeding beyond the first year.
From the exhibit introduction:
“…For over 99% of our existence as a species, all human infants have received their main nutrition via breastfeeding; however, today consuming the milk of a species other than our own has become commonplace. Because all mammalian milk is species specific, this practice may have significant individual and public health implications. Indeed, it has been established that children under one year benefit significantly when they are fed human milk (for example, breastfed infants have a reduced risk of ear infections, respiratory infections, and certain types of cancer when compared with formula fed infants). Though there is wide acceptance in the United States that human milk is superior during infancy, little scrutiny has been given to the forgoing of human milk beyond the first year of life. It is worth examining, however, the current attitudes of our society, the existing evidence, and the potential public health implications of breastfeeding beyond the first year… “
The exhibit was developed to educate healthcare professionals on the benefits of "extended" breastfeeding. Over the course of approximately a year’s time, Cockerham-Colas photographed more than 50 nursing families across five different states. The work was used as a research tool to evaluate and influence the knowledge and attitudes of healthcare professionals towards extended breastfeeding. Very recently, the results of the research (which showed an increase in positive attitudes towards extended breastfeeding among healthcare professionals after viewing the photos and information) were published within the peer reviewed scientific journal, Breastfeeding Medicine.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Lauren as she compiled photos and data for the project, and I feel so honored to be included amongst these images of mothers nursing their older babies and children (here are a few more photos from our visits that I posted a while back). I love that Lauren has found a way to combine her artistic talent with her passion and curiosity about breastfeeding and is finding ways to increase social acceptance of a biologically normal and beneficial phenomenon that is often misunderstood or under-appreciated (and considered abnormal) in our culture. Hooray for education about breastfeeding into toddlerhood and beyond!
Lauren’s exhibit is up in the Museum of Motherhood during the month of January, 2012.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Over the weekend I started searching online for backyard play space inspiration. Now that we have a spacious, grassy area all our own I really want to build a playhouse or swing set or some other sort of fun area for the kids to enjoy once the weather gets warm.
During the course of my ramblings, I came across the idea of the willow den, which seems to be fairly common type of structure in the UK. I was totally enchanted by these images -- I love that willow dens are completely natural and easy to build (here's a great tutorial on how to make your own)!
How magical, right? Have you ever seen/made/played in a willow den?
Sunday, January 8, 2012
I heard that Beyonce and Jay-Z had their baby last night! In their honor -- and in the hope that they babywear -- here's a little blast from the past ;) Thanks for the inspiration, Beyonce!