Calling for submissions for the January 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Household Chores

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 January 2015! (Check out December, November, September, 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 January 2015:Theme: Household Chores: Oh, that dreaded word! We all have 'em, but how do we manage to do them? ...more

Natural Parents Network wishes you a Happy, Crunchy, All-Inclusive December Holiday Season

As we celebrate the Winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the Southern, the Natural Parent Network volunteers would like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays, whatever holiday(s) you may celebrate. As such, we have put together our own rendition of a classic for you. We hope you can take an opportunity to relax and spend time with your loved ones amidst the chaos of the season ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Merry Christmas to you!

From the Hobo Family to yours, a very merry Christmas! 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. Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Baby love

Proof that Karsten isn't always so sanguine.Angry walrus!I pity the fool.Look how long he's getting!Mikko wants to hold him,but he doesn't want to take a break from his video game.Alrik teaches his brother how to fist bump.Proof that he's gaining weight.Check out those chins! 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. Thanks for subscribing to Hobo Mama ....more

Natural parent's baby shower registry

Welcome to the December 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts 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 suggested go-to gifts and gifting experiences for the holiday season for all your loved ones. I couldn't resist when the topic was gifts this month — my mind turned to my sweet new baby, and I felt the itch to make a list of all the gifts we haven't gotten him.See, the grandparents have been asking us what they can give Karsten ....more

Crunchy love & St. Nicholas' Day

Saturday is St. Nicholas' Day, so Momma Jorje published my post on the German celebration of Nikolaustag to remind us all to put out our boots tonight! Every year, Hobo Mama posts about her family's St Nicholas Day celebations after the fact ....more

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