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Friday, July 19, 2013

Have a great weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? My dad and sister are coming to visit, and we're excited to have them play with Toby and meet Anton. We are getting settled and finding our rhythm as a family of four. (Breastfeeding is so time consuming!) Also, I'm so glad you are enjoying the Motherhood Around the World Series—Japan is up next! Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web...

Nordstrom's anniversary sale starts today.

English moms are waiting to choose a name until after the Royal Baby is born.

Don't look if you're scared of heights!

What a beautiful bag.

Matt Damon makes Brad Pitt jealous.

Liz Lemon ice cream.

An awesome parenting approach.

This experiment made me laugh out loud.

A trick for lighting candles.

Getting drunk in Antarctica.

What a beautiful older woman.

Brilliant idea for a cookbook.

An addictive game for nerds.

Family members look similar.

Cutest blocks.

And New Yorkers: The New York Public Library's new exhibit brings books to life!

(Photo of the Beatles in Bel Air in 1964 by Larry Sharkey)

46 comments:

Shruti Kapoor said...

OMG the trick to light candles is so cool...love it..Lovely post. Matt Damon is my absolute favorite :) So glad they put him on the cover!! Have a wonderful weekend!

Kate C. said...

Laughed out loud at the CTFD parenting 'steps'. Also i hope i look like Renata Molho when i'm older

ale norris said...

that genetics link (family members look similar) is SO cool! i've always said that i look like exactly half of my mom + half of my dad...i'm super intrigued by genetics and such. i typed that as i pushed my glasses further up my nose.

Laura D said...

I've seen the genetics series before, and I still can't help looking through it (bio major here!). I wish I went to the library exhibition when I was in NYC a few days ago, it looks really cool.

If anyone would like to check out my new blog, I'd be so grateful!
http://greenmountainglobetrotter.blogspot.com/

xo Laura

Katy said...

Hmmm. Not sure about the Royal baby link. I'm due in 7 weeks and the thought never crossed my mind. Although now...

*hoping she has a boy*

Lauren Ashley said...

Fab links as usual - I hope you have a great weekend with the fam! xo.

Olithée said...

Have a great one too, Enjoy your fab fam !

You have made my week special, helping me to think more creatively. For that I am being very grateful and from Paris tonight I will be cheering up my champagne glass to you !

ich said...

Seriuosly, using / wasting food to light a candle?!?

Mai said...

the genetics links is so cool/almost freaky how similar family members look!

Mich said...

On my second try, I mastered the stopwatch game! HOW CAN I CAPITALIZE ON THIS SKILL?

Sarah Spitz said...

I am glad that Matt can make Brad jealous;-) made my day!

Love frome Germany
Birdy and Bambi from -fatcatconnection-
http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/

Ainsley said...

As someways someone who can't sleep bc she's pregnant with her 2nd, I truly appreciate that you are also clearly up at strange hours bc it means there is new content on my Pinterest feed in the wee hours!

bisbee said...

Wasting food? One strand of spaghetti?

Michelle Panting said...

Your links are particularly awesome this week. Love the family members photos!

http://www.fullbellywornsoles.com

bisbee said...

I find so many interesting things from your Friday posts! Love the CTFD - what good advice for many of today's parents (I'm thinking about my kids and their friends)! Also love the photographer who takes the "family" portraits - intriguing, and so are his other series of photographs!

Thanks and enjoy the family weekend...

Gabriella said...

I use that candle lighting trick all the time! Works so well.

Olivia Merrill said...

Ha! I have used that candle "trick" before (in college). Works in a pinch, but otherwise not really.

Katie said...

Joanna,

I am a long time reader (and fellow breastfeeder of a 23 month old). I am disappointed to see you call breastfeeding time consuming. Though perhaps a little comment, even subtle public anti-breastfeeding messages can deter would-be-nursers from breastfeeding. Keep up the good work nursing Anton.

Katie

Akshara Vivekananthan said...

The picture of the workers up on the rod is terrifying! I can't even imagine how constructions workers do their work on tall buildings- yikes! Wish I was in NYC right now so I can head on over to the New York Public Library! Wish I was a kid again :)
xo Akshara
Simply Akshara

Laura said...

Katie,

It is time consuming and it is hard and it isn't always for everyone. I went through severe post-partum depression after I had my first son that lasted almost an entire year and I couldn't breastfeed and my son is a healthy, happy boy. If Joanna does or doesn't breastfeed that's up to her and nobody else should judge.

beth - ann said...

Thank you for sharing. Your Friday links are so good :)

http://campanywhere.blogspot.com

Holly Hardy said...

That bag is gorgeous, I've been looking for one just like it for when I begin university! And I have to say the cookbook looks great, I'm really good at following recipes because I'm obsessively accurate, but I've always wanted to be one of those people that can just casually throw delicious meals together.

Laura said...

Katie,

I recommend you read this before barking at Joanna:
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/04/the-case-against-breast-feeding/307311/

KK said...

I hope all is well with you and your summer.

oyunskor
oyunskor

officiallyobsessed.net said...

Hi Katie!

I understand where you're coming from, and congratulations on your incredible accomplishment (23 months!). As someone though who wanted to breastfeed, but was a bit apprehensive while I was pregnant, and then proceeded to breastfeed for nine months, I would have much preferred to hear honest accounts of what it would be like ahead of time. To me, if just hearing that is enough to deter a mother, then she wouldn't have lasted long with nursing anyway (which is FINE, btw.).

I think it's much worse to think it's going to be all beautiful, natural, rosy easiness all the time and thus not be ready for any roadblocks. I loved my time nursing, but there were definitely times when I would sit there and sob (I'm sure hormones were somewhat to blame too), "WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THIS WAS SO HARD?" I try to tell my friends who are interested in nursing that it's incredibly rewarding, but part of why is because it can be very very hard, and is definitely a huge commitment of time, effort, and emotion.

Anna Bazhaw-Hyscher said...

I think the tampon experiment is hilarious. I think most of those men must be unmarried... Also, the part where is says that 40% of people are uncomfortable buying them is interesting. Does that number mostly cover men?

Jossie loves said...

Love these weekend posts Joanna - there is always something there that makes me laugh. The tampon piece? Hysterical!!! And the pics of siblings was fascinating. Have a divine weekend with your three chaps! And your dad and sis!!!!

Gaby said...

I always love when Liz Lemon is included in your link lists :)

diana shae decor said...

I've always thought the amount of resting a mom must do when nursing an infant is gods way of making sure new moms slow down. I nursed my daughter 9 months, and it is time consuming but worth it! I got very good at propping her on a pillow and texting/emailing/reading with the other hand! ;)

diana shae decor said...

And I cannot wait for the Japan article! I'm a teacher, and I'm always so fascinated by the my exchange students from Tokyo. Their culture is amazing and I want to know more.

Arga Pratama said...

well my weekend is going to be a bizy one,,

Karya Inovasi : My Gadget My Weapon

RoOHOohoO said...

Thanks for the links! Especially enjoyed "Family members look similar"...led to hours of fun on photoshop trying to stitch faces of my dad and I together. And I'm shocked that he looked so much like me when he was about my age...

Michelle Lee said...

great links!

pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

Joy Acoustics said...

The cook book looks great and so is the CTFD parenting method. Thanks for sharing!

Aura
Appreciative Joy Curator
http://joyacoustics.blogspot.co.uk/

Katie said...

Laura, thanks for the link. I actually read that article years ago when I was pregnant (a well-meaning co-worker wanted to convince me that my desire to breastfeed would result in me feeling subordinated to my husband and resentful). After 2 year nursing, I honestly cannot relate to the author. I have a very demanding job, but I've happily continued to do what I have to to maintain my breastfeeding relationship with my son. I've never felt that I should be doing something else when my son wanted to nurse. When he was younger, I could nurse him in my Ergo if I really needed to do something when it was time to latch.

I'm certainly not "barking" at Joanna. I think it is wonderful that she's nursing her son and I wish her success in that relationship. Joanna is someone that other mothers look up to and I hope her openness about nursing normalizes the practice for other mothers, and might encourage someone to start nursing or keep going.

I find it interesting that you'd think that article would dissuade me from thinking that even subtle negative messages about breastfeeding from someone who others look up to and attempt to emulate, can be damaging to the breastfeeding relationship of a mother who might be facing some challenges. The Atlantic article reinforces what I am saying -- we need to be supportive of nursing mothers. It isn't a competition. Mothers who feel nursing is too time consuming or too difficult reflect the fact that we live in a society that doesn't make time for nursing mothers. To properly establish milk supply, a mother needs lots of time to nurse her baby in those early weeks, we need to create a supportive environment for mothers to do this by giving them the time they need, by helping them with all the other chores that need to get done, because early supply establishment is one of the greatest contributors to long term success with breastfeeding. To focus on the time it takes, as opposed to the benefits it provides is a negative articulation of the situation. The resentful tone of the Atlantic author is an extension of a society that holds nursing up as something difficult to do because its time consuming.



Katie

Sarah said...

Oh, I remember those marathon nursing sessions (my youngest is 5 months, but the first few weeks it seems all you do is BF :)

Enjoy introducing Anton to the family!!

Carla said...

I was really excited to try the Good God Lemon Froyo, but it has lavender in it... I know it's really trendy right now, but I think lavender tastes like soap. Oh well.

Rebecca said...

I love this picture of the Beatles. I've never seen it before! You have great links too! Thank you for sharing!!

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Lucy Roberts said...

Only 32 tries to get to 1:00! Oh yah!

Megan Ritchey said...

Thanks for the interesting reads this weekend! And I just noticed your updated bio, "and baby." So sweet!

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Jess Wilson said...

That Casio game is so much fun! I got stressed out and closed my eyes and hit 1:00 on try 36!

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