Henry started smiling last week and this morning he giggled for the first time – a sound which I am fairly certain could establish peace in the Middle East and cure cancer. In other news, here are some things I am reading, pondering, and loving at the moment:
Sometimes Instagram is a dirty comparison game. But other times you encounter feeds that bless your soul, and that’s how I feel about this woman’s posts reminding us to stay awake to love.
I sing a lot of camp songs to Henry, courtesy of my tenure as a 3 time summer camp counselor at Pepperhill Farm camp, where I eagerly plan to send Henry when he is older. Thus, I absolutely loved this article about why summer camp is the perfect vacation. What’s that – you want a picture of camp counselor Hannah? BAM.
Because I promise that in the summer camp universe, it really did make sense to be doing the Soulja Boy dance in a belly dancing costume.
As I posted when Henry was born, I happily had an epidural delivery and it was like MAGIC. I loved this article, which is actually less about epidurals and more about the pain of parenting in general. Also- night nurse. THIS IS A THING? The creepy factor of someone sitting in your home while you slept might just be offset by… sleep… a most valuable and rare commodity.
But then again, this was a good reminder that every time I comfort my baby, I am doing the valuable work of instilling security and teaching attachment skills that will be valuable later in life. Hear me (and the article!) clearly: I am not talking about “Attachment parenting” as a method, but rather about the act of soothing and comforting that exists in all methods.
“Attachment is a simple, elegant articulation of the fact that, yes, we really do need each other, and, yes, what we do in relation to each other matters. And yet we don’t have to get it right all the time, or even most of the time…Maybe all this room for error means we’re wired for forgiveness.”
Emily posted about getting things done with kids, and when I read it I had a serious light-bulb moment about how I should stop doing things when Henry is asleep that I could – by whatever stretch of the imagination and physical skill required – do when he is awake. Why did I need someone else to tell me that? I have started wearing him while I clean my house, fold laundry, and do computer things that only require mouse movements.
One of my summer goals was to print pictures and finally make albums from our first four years of marriage. I’m making slow progress on the albums, but I did print a ton of pictures here and I couldn’t be more pleased. Photo strips of Instagram pics! Cardstock prints of newborn photos! Actual physical photos!
But I could use some recommendations on the best places to design and print albums. I finally have all my pictures selected, but I’m not sure the best place to make them. Any ideas?
What are your favorite summer recipes that can a) be prepared with minimal hands on time b) can sit for awhile, as dinner sometimes happens when it’s ready these days and sometimes not and c)are healthy and inexpensive. This graced our plates last week and it was pretty tasty and met the above requirements.
Ok, finnneeee. One more picture of Henry, because he is two months old today and I CANNOT EVEN DEAL.