Wordless Wednesday: Summery summerness

I'm much too hot and pregnant to bother finding the camera,and the cord, and downloading and editing pictures,so here's what you're getting:recent fun stuff from my phone! Woot!My kids have been playing with the cats lately,Alrik for fun & Mikko for money(and that pretty much sums them up right there),which is great for all the little creatures.Current fave toy: Cat Catcher —they go WILD for this thing.Alrik helpfully cooling one hot kittywith his little fan.She wasn't sure what to make of it,but she stayed putfor his ministrations.Me at a friend's kid's pigeon-themed birthday party.This is the hot & pregnant I speak of.This & the following 3 pictures are from Shannon.And you know how when you're hot & pregnantyou want nothing more than to have a three-year-oldglued to your lap for hours?No?Big hand, little hand.I love how my kids have those sweet dimples.This was adorable: L3 pushing Alrik on the swing!Downtown to the children's museumwith some goofy kids.You can never have too much pretending to be boredon a fake bus.Even when this guy's driving.I'd totally take my elephants to this vet. Whoa! ...more

Calling for submissions for the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour

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 September 2014! (Check out 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 September 2014: Theme: Home Tour: We want to see, and you want to invite us over! Take us on a viewing of your home ....more

Carnival of Natural Parenting — 2013 year in review

For the past four years, I have been proud to co-host the Carnival of Natural Parenting with Dionna of Code Name: Mama. We created the Carnival in January 2010 to bring together the awesome community of parenting bloggers who identify as "attachment" or "natural" parents.In 2013, our writers have shared their tips and tricks for having tough conversations with kids; they've discussed the gap between parenting in theory versus parenting in reality; and they've shared stories and advice related to nourishing and protecting their families. The compilations of posts are a rich resource — I hope you will look through 2013's themes and articles below and get to know some of the writers!Anyone can write for the Carnival of Natural Parenting, and you can write as few or as many times as you'd like throughout the year ....more

You're invited to my Mother Blessing!

From my friend Shannon: The time is almost here! The wonderful moment when a baby comes earthside, a woman becomes a mother to a new person, and a family is made new by their addition. It is our honor to host an event honoring such an occasion, and we would love to include all of Lauren's readers to join us in celebration of this transition with a virtual Mother Blessing to be remembered! ...more

Wordless Wednesday: Born shoppers

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. Please feel free to comment on the post & share it with friends! ...more

Slowing down in the third trimester

On a hike — a very slow, short hike. I'm 31 weeks pregnant, and I am tired. I'm sore in various mentionable and unmentionable places, I've all but abandoned bending over to reach anything that's fallen (whatever it is will keep until someone else can), I shuffle and lurch and waddle instead of walk, and I can't get comfortable in any position ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Into the third trimester

Another round of belly bump pics!We last left off halfway throughthis pregnancy with my third child,so here are 23 weeks through today, 31 weeks.(Where is the time going to?!) T-shirt: Old Navy; Hat: Flipside Hats 23 weeks, picking strawberries T-shirt: Old Navy 23 weeks, playing on the beach (more here) Long-sleeve tee: Target; Skirt: Destination Maternity 24 weeks, fighting pirates Cowl-neck drawstring tunic: Patty Boutik; Skirt: Old Navy 26 weeks, making fish faces at Ikea Tie-front sheer blouse: Destination Maternity; Indigo Blue jeans: Destination Maternity 27 weeks, enjoying Butchart Gardens Lace blouse: Destination Maternity 27 weeks, sailing back home Sleeveless blouse: Target; Cropped jeans: Destination Maternity 27 weeks, climbing a lighthouse28 weeks, letting Mikko wield the camera Cowl-neck drawstring tunic: Patty Boutik; Skirt: Old Navy 28 weeks, babywearing (photo shoot & tutorial here)29 weeks, ferrying to the peninsula Snap-front fleece jacket: Destination Maternity 30 weeks, walking the shore Shirt: Pink Blush Maternity (won in giveaway) 30 weeks, pausing at Lake Crescent30 weeks, hiking the Hoh Rainforest Shirt: Old Navy; Skirt: Destination Maternity 31 weeks…… and on we go! 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

Arranging kids' friendships in a modern world

Welcome to the August 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: FriendsThis 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 stories and wisdom about friends. There are so many times lately I find myself pining for the good old days ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Sibling love

Lately the boys have been really lovey with each other.I had this idea to post some photos showing it,to remind me when they revert to squabblingand screeching at each other …which they have done today.("Make him stop looking out my window!""But that's the toy Iiiiiii need.""Are too." "Are not." "Are too." "Are not." etc.)When my parents were visiting, they mentioned more than oncehow well Mikko and Alrik get along.It wasn't something I had seen,so it was really good to hear it from someone else—...more

Thoughts on being pregnant with a third child

I'm 29 weeks along with #3, and it's made me think about how this pregnancy and the expectation of this child have differed from my pregnancies with Mikko and Alrik. Each pregnancy has been special and golden in its own way — here are some highlights of how this one has gone so far. Everything's less a mystery But that feels like a good thing ....more