Wordless Wednesday: Karsten & his big brothers

Want to see the baby love?I told you how the big boys are adapting to a little brother,and here you can see it in action,at one month old (plus 7 and 3 years). Find sites to link up your Wordless Wednesday postat my super-cool collection of Wordless Wednesday linkies,and add your own linky to my collection if you have one.I'm in babymoon mode, so I'm dropping my own linky for now. Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama ....more

Brotherly love: How siblings adapt to a new baby

I thought I'd give a little update on how the big boys are handling a new little brother. In general, Mikko and Alrik (7 and 3 years old) can't stop swooning over baby Karsten. Now, it's not all fun and games ....more

Calling for submissions for the December 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts

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 December 2014! (Check out November, September, 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 December 2014: Theme: Greatest Gifts: We're talking materialism! What have relatives or friends bought your family or kids that were hits out of the park? ...more

Wordless Wednesday: Babymooning

A little look at what we've been (not) doingfor the past monthwith little Karsten around.(Hint: It's mostly looking at Karsten.) First outfit for going out to celebrate a birthday.I love how he looks like a little man.Shoe socks!One of these cute dudesis a whole year older.(Psst…it's the old one.)I love using the mei tai I made again.(A couple strangers have commented that they need one like it,and I agree — though am not volunteering, ha ha!)When we do emerge periodically,Karsten tends to sleep through entire outings.Well, why not, with such a sweet ride?Hanging with my bud.(Since I haven't quite recoveredenough to sit up discomfort-free,we spend a lot of time reclining together.)Baby lactivist!Lots of boys!Four weeks in, and he's already getting so personable! Find sites to link up your Wordless Wednesday postat my super-cool collection of Wordless Wednesday linkies,and add your own linky to my collection if you have one.I'm in babymoon mode, so I'm dropping my own linky for now. Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama ....more

Where to get the wiggles out in bad weather

Welcome to the November 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Indoor PlayThis post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared ideas and inspiration to keep families happy and healthy while cooped up indoors. Seattle has about nine months of drizzly gray skies to contend with — but I have three (count 'em!) little kids who need to run off some energy each day, and a small home in which to do any of that ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Three for tricks & treats

We successfully went out for Sam's birthday a couple days before Halloween,so the baby & I were emboldened to join in on a short trick-or-treating jaunt at our local business district.Sam and I had different, themed costumes planned,but Karsten's somewhat tardy arrival meant mine didn't fit my postpartum mummy tummy. (Nerts!)So I'm the ocean, and Karsten's a shark. Bam.Alrik will not take off this Power Rangers hoodie.It's the best.Mikko's super into dragonsand wanted me to design an even fiercer costumeor ratchet this one up a notch,but…um…I had a baby ....more

Wordless Wednesday: First days

We are happily enjoying our babymoon with Karsten, who is a week old. What with one thing and another, his birth announcement didn't get posted till several days after I wrote it, so he's already a more peaceful little guy than it first appeared. I think having lots of milk now is to thank for that! ...more

Welcome to the world, Karsten!

Our third son, KarstenBorn at homeOctober 20, 20143:23 a.m.10 lbs, 6 oz22.25 inchesAfter two weeks and a day of prodromal contractions, I awoke to what (finally!) seemed like real labor the early morning of October 19. The midwives came and went throughout the twenty-one hours of labor but left in the evening to get some sleep. In the middle of the night, my water broke as I was trying to grab some rest myself in between contractions ....more

Calling for submissions for the November 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Indoor Fun

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 November 2014! (Check out September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January 2014, and summaries of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.)Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama.Here are the submission details for November 2014:Theme: Indoor Fun: With wintry weather, how do you keep little ones amused without braving the elements? What toys, games, activities, and non-toy objects hold your kids attention best? ...more

Nature, development, & the repetitious message of children's movies

I've pre-written and scheduled posts for my babymoon as we enjoy the anticipation of our new little one. Responses may be sporadic during this time! I recently took the boys to see Rio 2 at the $3 theater, a movie about domesticated blue macaws who find a new home back in the rainforest ....more