Friday, January 30, 2009
Slightly out of focus, but such a cute expression!
"No, I am not going to give you a bit smile."
Doing a funny little shrug thing.
And doing her favorite throaty yell.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
New Breastfeeding Campaign Turns Heads
Group introduces unique ad campaign
By SAJID FAROOQ
No it's not time to change your glasses. You really are seeing more women breastfeeding in public.
The woman standing by the mailbox has been breastfeeding for hours. Same with the lady sitting on the bench. They, and two of their friends, are going to be breastfeeding all over Marin County, Calif. in the coming weeks.
But if you look closely you might notice that looks can be deceiving.
A series of life-sized photographs of women breastfeeding their babies, cut-out and plastered on poster board, is all part of an eye-catching campaign to encourage and promote the acceptance of breastfeeding in public.
“Breastfeeding is recognized as the standard for infant feeding by all major health organizations,” said lactation consultant and coalition member Susan Martinelli. “Mother’s milk provides the best nutritional, immunological and emotional nurturance for the normal growth and development of babies. No manufactured formula offers anything close.”
The life-like cutouts of the “women and their babies will make their debut this week at The Village shopping center in Corte Madera, near a children’s play area.
Marin Breastfeeding Coalition, an advocacy group, has launched the campaign to raise breastfeeding awareness and support.
During a recent test run in San Rafael, the cutouts drew dozens of gawking eyes and confused second looks. Each cut-out figure is holding a card which reads, “When breastfeeding is accepted, it won’t be noticed.”
The Marin Breastfeeding Coalition said it would love for everyone to notice the campaign and to question why they were even paying so much attention to a breastfeeding mother in the first place.
The group wants the public to know that breastfeeding in public is perfectly acceptable and that it is actually protected by law.
Monday, January 26, 2009
CHICAGO (Reuters) – All work and no play may be a hazard for some U.S. school children.
Researchers reported on Monday that a growing trend of curbing free time at school may lead to unruly classrooms and rob youngsters of needed exercise and an important chance to socialize.
A look at more than 10,000 children aged 8 and 9 found better classroom behavior among those who had at least a 15-minute break during the school day compared to those who did not, Dr. Romina Barros and colleagues at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York reported.
The behavior assessments were general in nature and not made at any particular time of the school day, their report said.
"The available research suggests that recess may play an important role in the learning, social development, and health of children in elementary school," the research team said in a study published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
But today many children get less free time and fewer physical outlets at school "because many school districts responded to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 by reducing time committed to recess, the creative arts, and even physical education in an effort to focus on reading and mathematics," they added.
The researchers also found that children not getting recess were more likely to be black, from poor families and attending public schools in large cities.
"This raises concern in light of evidence that many children from disadvantaged backgrounds are not free to roam their neighborhoods or even their own yards unless they are accompanied by adults," the team said. "For many of these children, recess periods may be the only opportunity for them to practice their social skills with other children."
Barros told Reuters that previously published research indicates that poor children often are deprived of recess because "those schools are located in very violent neighborhoods, and there is the concern that children may get exposed to fights or gun shooting while in recess."
In addition, she said, such schools are often overcrowded, with space designated for recess or physical activity turned into classrooms.
The study also said the growing problem of childhood obesity needs to be addressed by more activity, especially at school where children spend so much of their day.
One earlier study found that free time has shrunk for U.S. children in and out of school since the 1970s, the report said. At the same time most elementary schools in Asia provide a 10-minute break after every 40 to 50 minutes of instruction, it added.
(Editing by Andrew Stern and Eric Walsh)
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Like the checker at New Seasons who kept making comments about Akasha not having anything on her feet a few weeks ago. Finally, as I was leaving I said, "We're not going on a hike, we're just going to the car." Nice, huh? So what has come up lately?
The lady at Winco who commented on how sweet and snug Akasha looked in the meitei. She asked me, "Is the a good baby?" My response could have come out snarky, but I put on the best smile I could manage and said, "They are all good babies. There is no such thing as a bad baby."
Then there was the lady at Target who felt compelled to tell me her baby had gotten really sick from something he picked up on a public changing table. First of all, how the heck would she know that is where it came from?! But I just smiled and said we don't worry much about germs in our family, and both of my kids almost never get sick."
There is also a longer story about a mom at a local play place threatening her toddler with a spanking, then putting him in time out and telling him she couldn't trust him. This kid could not have been more than two. :sigh: I did not want to get involved in that for sure! But when I saw the kid heading right back for the same other kid's tower he knocked over before as soon as he got down, I engaged him and offered to build him something to knock over, saying something about how fun it is to knock things over. Did she notice? Did she get an idea? I hope so, but at least it saved him another time out, and possibly a spanking!
It came up recently in a discussion that it is better to just focus on your own life and not worry about all the negative stuff that is happening out there. A couple people made a point about people needing to be ready, and that when they are ready, the teacher will come. Well, how do we know we are not the teachers?!
Like those involved with the Great Turning say...
We are the ones we've been waiting for!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
An amazing day for our country. An amazing day for the world. I wish I was an eloquent writer and had the words (or the time) to write out how meaningful this day is. I think it is so big that I can't even wrap my mind around it! Welcome to the Oval Office Mr. President. I can't wait to see what the next four years have in store for us!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Then I decided to let her try out the bathtub with Orion for the first time since her sitting has gotten pretty reliable. She seemed delighted with the experience! Let the games begin!
Officially sitting baby!
Protective big brother. :)
She was totally amazed with the flying water, even when it hit her in the face!
She is always pretty unhappy about getting out of the tub, but we snuck a quick picture of the ducky towel anyway.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
As it turns out, he started down a different job path, and is only recently pursuing singing and songwriting in a serious manner. His name is Matthew Moran if you want to check him out. He lives in Phoenix, but the best part of this story is that he ended up in Portland on business this week. If I hadn't added him when I did, I would have missed him. What a crazy coincidence! He decided to play some open mics, and I got out to the last one tonight at Muddy Waters (great little place by the way). He actually told the girl at the counter we hadn't seen each other for 25 years. I hadn't done the math - jeez! Way to feel old! Anyway, I took a bunch of pictures. These are the ones I liked the best:
And like three or four different people offered to take my picture with the baby. Friendliest crowd ever! And so supportive of the performers. I figured it would be nice to have a picture of since I hardly ever am on the other side of the camera. Thanks random stranger!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Cute smile in the car.
Orion actually took this one. Don't you love the zoo themed outfit Ron picked out?
Orion's favorite thing to do at the zoo:
And the only other animal picture I took all day:
Orion spent most of the time running around on the big grassy field. He met a new friend today and they had a great time wrestling. Orion looks like he is about to pounce on him in this photo!
Friday, January 9, 2009
The one on the right is the same design the awesome Rachele used to make a shirt and jumper for Orion and Akasha. I knew Sarah would flip over them because she has a great love of the Om symbol, and indeed she did. Akasha's jumper is light and dark purple stripes with this same exact purple paint for the stencil. I asked Sarah what she would want if I tried to make one, and she said a lavender tank with the dark purple symbols. It took me awhile to find tanks in a nice shade, but I finally found these online at Jockey. The one on the left was a surprise since I wanted to do something a little diferent than the one she knew she was getting.
Then I used the same stencil to make this other little surprise for her:
I picked out a paint as closely matching the tanks as possible and made her this matching box. She really uses little boxes like this alot, so I know it was a good surprise! Fun to finally post these now since I didn't want to before Christmas in case she read here and saw them!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
It is so nice to be together in a community when we can manage it and feel connected. And... one of the lovely mamas knitted Akasha this rockin' hat! Like literally overnight. I mentioned she didn't have any knit hats, and she just whipped this up without even telling me! I think it is so adorable. Reminds me of sprouts!
This picture cracks me up because Akasha is getting kissed and pulling hair at the same time! Owwwww!
My girl loves her some hair!
Happy girl! This is her face after just being lifted in the air.
Phew, so now I am tired but happy. It is wonderful to have good friends. :)