Storytime @ Play

A favorite book of ours

Who doesn’t love a good storytime? Unfortunately, it seems like baby-centric sessions are a rarity in these parts, so I want to share a secret.

The super-cute Logan Square toy store, Play, has a storytime on Tuesdays at 11. We joined about six other mom/kid duos and trios for the fun, which today was held outside on the boulevard. The class isn’t even mentioned on their website, so you’re welcome for telling you about it. Fun stuff to know:

  • Free!
  • The woman on the phone said it’s geared to kids under “3 or 4-ish”
  • You get to hang out in a toy store, but there’s no pressure to buy anything.

Hope to see some of you there! I hear there are other options around town, like at Barnes and Noble and Psychobaby, but I’ve never been. I’ll update this list when I get a chance to check them out.


Baby Shake ‘n Bake

Posey has mastered Cheerios and cheese, but we can’t get a grip on banana pieces– literally! They’re too slippery for her little hands. So here’s a great baby finger food idea:

Put a small handful of Cheerios in a Ziploc baggy, and use a rolling pin to crush them into powder. Shake the banana pieces in the bag, and presto! Now not only are you an A+ mom for making a “recipe,” but your baby will have an easier time picking up the pieces.

Beyoncé & I Are Basically the Same Person

Here’s a secret. I love changing diapers. And poopy ones best of all. This weekend, Posey learned how to stand on her own. See exhibit A:

She’s developing fast and furiously, but she still needs me to change her– at least for now. And guess what? My bestie, Bey, feels the same way, as she’ll reveal to Anderson Cooper on today’s  season premiere of the newly re-named Anderson Live, which I reckon must have been pre-taped, so that’s confusing. Blue’s mom Beyoncé says:

“Actually, [Jay-Z] is very good. We both [change diapers]. I love changing diapers, I love it. I love every moment of it, it’s so beautiful. I love it all,”

So we’re kind of the same! Except for the whole yachting thing.


Let the Jessica Simpson Parade Begin

Ok, folks… here’s how she looked at LAX yesterday:

But today marks the big public “reveal” of her Body After Baby on the series premiere of Katie Couric’s new talk show.  What will she wear? What will she say? Will she finally admit how much weight she gained??? Doubt it, since she’s a spokesperson for a company that claims it doesn’t focus on the number.  And if Weight Watchers is smart, they’ll debut Jessica’s first commercial during the show, too.

Tune in for the big interview, and let me know what you think!

How to Store a Puzzle

Last weekend, I left Posey home alone with her dad while I jetted off to Moose Pass, Alaska for a family wedding. Things went better than my last vacation without her— except for one small snafu:

She ate a jigsaw puzzle piece. Can you spot the hole?

To be fair, she gummed it up beyond recognition, and Beef dug it out of her mouth in time. This is the second time this has happened since my husband declared himself a Master Puzzler. Today, I freaked out about it in therapy, and lo and behold… my therapist is a fellow Master Puzzler.  Her smart suggestion?

The Ravensburger Puzzle Store, available here!

Store all your pieces, even if they’re sorted, and you can put it all away if people are coming over and you want to keep your puzzling habit a secret.  Just what the doctor ordered. Look how happy this lady is, confident her baby won’t eat any stray pieces:

Cool Mom Alert! Michelle Obama’s Blue Nails

UPDATE: The color is Artistic Nail Design’s Colour Gloss Soak-Off Gel in “Vogue.”  Gel polish is what’s referred to as a “no-chip manicure.” 

Yes, Michelle Obama’s DNC speech lit up our Facebook news feeds like a Lite-Brite, but I’m giving Mama Obama my newly-invented Cool Mom Award for… Her nail polish color!

Is that blue? Grey? Whatever it is, it’s amazing. I’m never wearing boring old Mademoiselle ever again. I found info on how to get the look here.

(Thanks, Chels!)

Frozen Embryos Better than Fresh?

A friend passed along this news today. I buy it, and so does my little Posey Popsicle!

Frozen Embryos Superior to Fresh Ones for IVF

After years of being conditioned by Gordon Ramsay’s profanity-laden rants that fresh is always better than frozen, it comes as a bit of a shock that a reality TV chef’s wisdom about food doesn’t hold true when it comes to assisted reproductive technology. Anyway, according to a new study regarding IVF treatments, frozen embryos are more likely to result in healthier pregnancies and healthier babies, than fresh embryos.

The research—conducted at Aberdeen University and published in the Fertility Sterility journal—evaluated 37,000 implantation pregnancies and found that when frozen embryos were used there was a “30 per cent lower risk of bleeding during pregnancy, 30 to 40 per cent less chance of the baby being born underweight, 20 per cent smaller risk of it being born preterm and 20 per cent less likelihood of it dying shortly after birth,” compared to pregnancies resulting from fresh embryos.

Researchers had a few theories as to why frozen embryos garner better results, the first having to do with the toll that the fertility treatment takes on a woman’s body. When fresh embryos are implanted shortly after harvesting the eggs, a woman’s lining may not have fully recovered from the invasive procedure. And the drugs used to stimulate egg production could still be circulating in her body, which could be harmful to the pregnancy.

Additionally, only the healthiest embryos survive the freezing and thawing process. A hardier embryo could result in a hardier infant.