Review: The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems

The Baby Whisperer Answers All Your Questions: Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood by Tracy Hogg Goes beyond the basics presented in the author’s first two child-care guides to offer a series of specific, targeted strategies for solving common challenges faced by parents of children up to three years of age, including feeding problems, sleep troubles, and behavior issues, in a volume complemented by real-life case stories. My rating: 2 of 5 stars*Checked out from the Arlington Public Library* I found this on the shelf in the “parenting section”. Odd for me to be able to look there still. This was recommended to me a couple months back as being pretty useful. Well, what do you know almost three months into parenting and I have already ruined my daughter’s life and completely warped her sense of view and the world is going to end. I read this book last. . .

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Review: The Happiest Baby on the Block

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp In perhaps the most important parenting book of the decade, Dr. Harvey Karp reveals an extraordinary treasure sought by parents for centuries –an automatic “off-switch” for their baby’s crying. No wonder pediatricians across the country are praising him and thousands of Los Angeles parents, from working moms to superstars like Madonna and Pierce Brosnan, have turned to him to learn the secrets for making babies happy. Never again will parents have to stand by helpless and frazzled while their poor baby cries and cries. Dr. Karp has found there IS a remedy for colic. “I share with parents techniques known only to the most gifted baby soothers throughout history …and I explain exactly how they work.” In a innovative and thought-provoking reevaluation of early infancy, Dr. Karp blends modern science and ancient wisdom to prove that newborns are not fully ready. . .

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Review: Your Newborn Head to Toe

Your Newborn: Head to Toe: Everything You Want to Know About Your Baby’s Health through The First Year by Cara Familian Natterson This one-of-a-kind primer explains to new parents, in a clear and comforting tone, precisely what is happening inside their new baby’s body, the reasons behind various standard post-delivery hospital procedures, and, once baby is at home, what parents can and should do before they call the doctor. In the age of managed care, many pediatricians are unable to find the time to impart even basic medical information–the very information that might reassure parents and help them understand the difference between danger signs and normal development. At the same time, many parents are unable to distill the information they get from the pediatrician, because, even when baby is perfectly healthy, visits to the doctor’s office tend to be chaotic and parents may not have their wits about them, may. . .

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No internet Update

*Coming to you from the Arlington Public Library.* So, it’s Tuesday, October 27th and I still have no internet. I have started notifying some of the winners so far of the blogoversary giveaways and I hope you all will continue to forgive my absence. I’m sure you know how frustrating this is for me as well. *sigh* DH has started his new job, so for a first it is just AppleBlossom and me during the day. So far so good. I have read two books this week, and it’s only Tuesday! I was unable to participate on-line in the 24-Hour-Read-a-Thon which was a real annoyance, but it was a joy to log on and find people had cheered for me anyway! That made my day. *grin* So, AppleBlossom is now about three months old. She is growing and going through another growth spurt, weee! We got out some pictures of. . .

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#ClothDiapers WoollyBums Review

When my friend Lindsey introduced me to Alicia, the creative mind behind WoollyBums Cloth Diapers I became really excited. This fall is the first introduction of Newborn/Small diapers to her stash of normally One Size fitted diapers. We were able to sample a Newborn Pucci Diamonds fitted diaper as well as a One Size Pink Chickadees and absolutely love them both! AppleBlossom is already on the out growing stage of the Newborn/Small diaper at 11lbs, but these are without a doubt ones that I plan to get the next child round. I like it even better than the Kissaluv’s size 0! Fabric is of premium quality and a fabulous choice of patterns and a bamboo inner layer. Here is a WoollyBums description of the Newborn/Small diaper. Sweet little newborn bums will fit perfectly in this tiny diaper! If you’re planning on having a baby and going with cloth from the. . .

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#ClothDiapers Fuzzi Bunz Review

After my decision to cloth diaper our daughter AppleBlossom and literally months of research, one of the first choices I knew I wanted to have in my diaper stash were Fuzzi Bunz diapers. About the time that I was making our first purchases, I discovered the new One Size (OS) Fuzzi Bunz (FB) diaper and was able to acquire one of those as well as some Perfect Size (PS) Small and Medium diapers. In comparison to the other diapers we have also obtained in the small size, FB is one of our favorites still. Fuzzi Bunz is a pocket diaper with guaranteed snaps from Mother of Eden. The outer layer is made of PUL (polyurethane laminated fabric), which is soft and waterproof and available in a plethora of colors and limited edition prints such as the current daisy print which is just too cute! The inside fabric that is up. . .

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New Mom’s Guide to Living on Baby Time

New Mom’s Guide to Living on Baby Time, The by Susan Besze Wallace New moms run into a host of new challenges once baby arrives, including getting back into shape, developing a parenting style, readjusting schedules, and interacting with their husbands in new ways. With compassion and humor–and always the privilege of motherhood in mind–The New Mom’s Guides go straight to the heart of these matters, offering moms guidance and encouragement in this new season of life. Each of the four books in the series offers real advice from women who have been there, done that, and want other moms to benefit from their trials and triumphs. A perfect gift for baby showers, Mother’s Day, or any day, these small volumes are compact enough to take along in an overstuffed diaper bag and designed for the mom who can only find a few minutes of peace each day to read.. . .

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Abide with Me: Photographic and Musical Journey by John H. Parker {Review}

Abide with Me

This is a fabulous book! I could easily see this sitting out on a coffee table for years to come or a guest room bedside table for enjoyment. Also, this book is a perfect gift idea for my father. Written by John H. Parker and filled to the brim of photography by Paul Seawright, this square-shaped book is a perfect historical lesson on Christianity’s most famous British Hymns and their authors lives. Each chapter gives an oral history of the hymnist life and a photographic journey of those locations in modern day.

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August Wrap Up and more

I’m a little behind in my wrap ups… AppleBlossom was due on August 15th, but she decided to arrive early on July 31st. Spending time with her has most definitely affected my reviews and reading time, but that’s ok. She is worth every book-free moment. *grin* In other exciting news, Creative Madness was nominated four times for a BBAW Award. Cloth Diaper Education post Guest Post – Author Lynnette BonnerGuest Review – Sand Sharks by Margaret Maron Old reviews posted:5 starsRekindled Revealed Remembered, The Fountain Creek Chronicles by Tamera Alexander4 starsA Garden in ParisA Hilltop in Tuscany by Stephanie Grace Whitson New Reviews:5 starsA Dream to Call My Own, The Brides of Gallatin County #3 by Tracie PetersonHonor in the Dust, Winslow Breed Series #1 by Gilbert MorrisDiscover God Study Bible TSI: The Gabon Virus by Paul McCusker and Walt Larrimore M.D.Your Pregnancy Quick Guide: Labor and DeliveryYour Pregnancy Quick. . .

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#ClothDiapers Education

When I first found out that I was pregnant, I knew that I was going to cloth diaper full time. It was about two or three days after finding out that I was pregnant that I started my cloth diaper (CD) research and then spent the next 35 weeks continuing it. *grin* I have been thinking over and preparing my mind to write up some great educational CD posts about my experiences and opinions of various products, but apparently I am not fast enough! My AppleBlossom is one month old today, and we have three weeks of CD experience under our belt, but I have a friend begging with questions, and they must be answered ASAP to make her a CD convert with her 3 mo old… so here is the beginning of my unorganized thoughts… There are four main types of CD:PF (prefolds) with coverspocket diapersAIO (all-in-one)fitted diapers with. . .

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The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: a review

The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: A Week-by-Week Guide to Everything You Need To Do for a Healthy Pregnancy by Robin Elise Weiss The comfort of knowing what is going on during pregnancy combined with advice that changes each week with an expectant mother’s body will warm the heart and well as calm the nerves. This fully illustrated pregnancy guide gives an expectant mothers week-by-week information on their body and the child’s physical development; and then explains what they should do at each week of pregnancy for an optimally healthy pregnancy, delivery, and baby. A chapter is devoted to each week of pregnancy and covers everything readers need to know including, baby’s size, mother’s size, what’s normal in terms of physical symptoms and development, and what could indicate a potentially serious problem. Nutritional, exercise, and lifestyle advice, tips on treating common pregnancy discomforts like morning sickness and sciatica, and pregnancy do’s. . .

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The Pregnancy Journal (a review)

The Pregnancy Journal, Revised Edition: A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy by A. Christine Harris Since its publication in 1996, this definitive journal for expectant families has sold over a million copies. Author A. Christine Harris brings a revised and thoroughly updated edition to today’s parents-to-be. Still featuring daily entries, a personalized timeline, and pregnancy glossary, the revised edition provides a clearer picture of the baby’s in-utero development and the latest advice about giving a growing baby every advantage prior to birth. My rating: 2 of 5 starsEarly on, when I first got a copy of this journal I was so excited about the idea of keeping a journal of notes and thoughts through out my entire pregnancy. Honestly, this specific journal was not the best choice for me. The places to actually “journal” are sporatic at best and usually at pages and sections when I just. . .

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Baby Fund

*Originally posted February 15th, 2009* Holy Goodness! When was the last time you looked at the prices of baby stuff? [Update: This message is even more important now, as DH is currently laid off and seeking a new job. Enginerd positions, anyone? I’ll give you more specifics if you want to know…] Just FYI, if you missed the memo. I am 14 weeks and almost two days pregnant! [Update 36 weeks and almost 5 days pregnant *wink*] Yay!! We are so excited and just starting to look around at the things we will need. It is completely shocking to find out the prices of the crib, pack ‘n play, high chair, swing, car seat, stroller, glider, and on and on. [Updated to add: DIAPERS!! Which we are going full-time cloth to save $$, but starting out is still a kick to the purse strings. We would also like to get. . .

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