Pregnant Claire Danes is a Winner

A mellow yellow and pregnant Claire Danes won an Emmy tonight for Homeland.  Her golden moment reminded me of Natalie Portman’s Black Swan Oscar win– because both actors received their trophies while expecting.  I imagine it must feel odd to win one of those (an Emmy or an Oscar, not a baby), but even more so when there is a stranger swimming around under your maternity Spanx.

But maybe I know a little bit how it feels. I mentally bookmarked a few major highlights while I was pregnant for the “Remember to Tell Her About this Day Someday” collection.  I think every woman does this to some extent.

Cool Stuff that Happened While I Was Pregnant:

  • A trip to Hawaii: Posey kicked like crazy during a magic show we attended. In fact, it was the only week of my entire pregnancy that she moved around consistently.
  • Price William and Kate Middleton’s Wedding: I woke up at 3 a.m. to watch it… with her. It was one of the first things we did “together.”
  • The Final Week of Oprah:  Not only was it a moment in American cultural history for everyone who watched, but I (and therefore Posey) were a part of it, behind the scenes. There’s even a brief glimpse of us in the final show as she bid adieu to the staff.  Will Claire and Natalie watch their moments on the future-version of YouTube one day with their kids? Cause I’m sure going to.

Alone, these events were pretty magical. But the fact that I got to share them with someone who would one day hopefully proudly share the tales at school one day… it’s an award-winning feeling.  What “While I Was Pregnant” story can’t you wait to tell your kid about?

Maui, 2011.


…But You Will.

Two things on TV made me openly weep in the last two days.

This morning, I saw a commercial for Dreft. Unless you have a baby, most likely you don’t know what that is, so I’ll tell you. Someone figured out how to market a laundry detergent specifically for baby clothes, and it’s like 10 times more expensive than any other detergent. But I used it religiously for months, because IT’S RECOMMENDED BY PEDIATRICIANS. So the commercial. It said:

“You have a child forever, but you only have a baby for one year.”

I only have 13 days left of that year. So I lost it.  But ultimately, Dreft should be crying, because Posey switched to All Free & Clear half a babyhood ago.

And then there’s Glee.

I’m behind, so I just watched the season premiere yesterday.  If you watch the show, you may share my sentiment that the best character by far is Kurt’s Dad. Kurt’s Dad is the Midwestern, Salt o’ the Earth, Car Shop-Owning Guys’ Guy who happens to be the single father of a gay son. And he couldn’t be prouder. In the episode, he encourages Kurt to follow his dreams to New York City, where he’s sure to find more people like him– people not afraid to be different. Kurt’s scared, but his dad reassures him that At the airport, Kurt tells his father, “I’ll miss you, Dad.” His father responds, “You can always come home.” Kurt exits car. Kurt’s dad says to himself…

“But you won’t.”

Ohmygod. I just started crying again TYPING it. I watched this while Posey stood beaming at me from her “play yard” (read: brightly colored cage). For now, I literally have her locked up under my watch. And yes, she falls over and bumps her head a lot on my watch. But she’s all mine, and we’re together every single day. And I know it won’t be like this forever, because while you have a child forever, you only have a baby for One Year.




Winter Coats for Babies & Toddlers

Pie was so small last winter that she barely needed a coat. She went everywhere in her car seat, which was protected by this:

Behold the JJ Cole Bundle Me, and Bundle Her, It Did.

Or else, she rocked a pram– like this or like this.

This winter, she’s already set in the winter coat department (thanks to some fantastic hand-me-downs from friends)–but I may also decide to invest in the big girl Bundle Me for the stroller. However, let me take a moment to pretend I’m not a Practical Mom, as I run down some totally adorable (but wholly unneccesary) choices for the upcoming fall/winter. Before you yell at me because none of them have hoods, let me remind you that hoods just bunch up and get in the way in a car seat.



First pictures of Bill & Giuliana’s Baby Boy!

Presenting Edward Duke Rancic!

Life  & Style has the exclusive with the proud new parents. Having gone through IVF at the same time they did (and even consulting with their Chicago doctor, Dr. Brian Kaplan at FCI), I was so thrilled to hear their wish was granted via a surrogate. Congrats to the whole family! Hope to have a Edward ‘n Posey playdate soon at their Chicago eatery, RPM Italian! Do they have highchairs?


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: