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

Wordless Wednesday: Toonces

Going on 12 days of prodromal labor,I need something easy and fun to blog today.To that end, I give you …A cat driving a car.You're welcome. 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

Wordless Wednesday: Bumpity bump bump!

Our most recent belly-photo sharing, we left off at week 31. Here are the current bump photos, from weeks 32 through 39.How many more will there be?32 weeks in August, and ready to be done with summer Ruched t-shirt: Destination Maternity; Skirt: Old Navy 33 weeks Faux-wrap dress: Destination Maternity 34 weeksBowling on our first day of {not} back to school Ruched t-shirt: Destination Maternity; Skirt: Old Navy 35 weeks Ruched t-shirt: Destination Maternity; Indigo Blue jeans: Destination Maternity 36 weeks(Tour our house!) Long-sleeved top: Target; Skirt: Destination Maternity 36 weeks, first impromptu try at a maternity photo shoot.(That's my mother blessing bracelet there.)Hello, Seattle! Cowl-neck drawstring tunic: Patty Boutik; Indigo Blue jeans: Destination Maternity 37 weeks Sequined cami: Old Navy; Cardigan (non-maternity): Central Park West (bought at Costco, IIRC) 37 weeks, down to the beach Button-front sweater: Patty Boutik 38 weeks, on our way back from picking up the birth tub.I get a tingly sense that my selfie's being photobombed ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Brothers by the tree

Every autumn, we take photos in front ofa sweet maple tree outside our homeas the leaves change colors.It was time again! Comparison with years past:Mikko at 3Mikko at 4, Alrik at 5 monthsHalloween superheroes at 5 and 1Last year at 6 and 2This year, their little siblingdecided to get in on the action early.I'm at 38 weeks, so this little oneis due to arrive any day now!At ages 7 and 3 and soon-to-be! 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.You can also link up a thumbnail from your post below! ...more

Getting a breast pump through health insurance

The cat wants to know how it's done. I've written before about the new healthcare changes in the United States and how they affect pregnant women. One exciting change is the ability of any woman with a current health insurance plan to obtain a free breast pump, with the cost covered by the insurance company ....more

Blessings from many mothers

Earl Grey put in an appearance. My friends threw me a mother blessing recently, and it was an amazing experience. Thank you to all of you who attended, in person or virtually! ...more

Wordless Wednesday: Babywearing big sibling

Alrik's been getting ready for his role as older brotherby taking care of his "baby box" (aka fox stuffie) —we change his diapers, give him daily baths (with soap and gold doubloons — don't ask me, Alrik's three and loves pirates),and offer him lots of cuddles when he's crying.Alrik even generously offers his own nummies for food. Yesterday we found the doll mei tai I made for Mikko(tutorial here — Olympic ice skating optional)and Alrik carried baby box around quite happily,only squishing him in a somersault a few times.(I'll be sure to supervise once he gets near the real baby….)I can already tell he'll be an amazing big brother. 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.You can also link up a thumbnail from your post below! ...more

Wordless Wednesday: Back to (un)school!

The first day of {not} back to school started out more cheerful-looking than last year.It was Mikko's first day of second gradeand Alrik's first of preschool.Mikko chose the same excursion as last year: bowling!(Apparently it's a tradition!)Because nothing says "celebrate" like rented shoes.I was at 34 weeks for the occasion, and it actually helped my game!(Not that my game could get much worse.) Shall we do a little size comparison?Mikko's patented drop-the-ball-from-midair moveWhat happens when a three-year-old bowls:Call in the ball rescuer! 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.You can also link up a thumbnail from your post below! Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Small changes abovestairs

Yesterday was the Carnival of Natural Parenting, and we all gave a little home tour. Only …...more

Beach cottage in progress

Welcome to the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have opened up their doors and given us a photo-rich glimpse into how they arrange their living spaces. Hello, and welcome to our beach house! ...more