Four More Halloween Books

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

With Halloween one week away you still have time to snag some of these festive holiday books.

If You're Spooky and You Know It is sung to a familiar tune and encourages little ones to dance around through several different verses. My three-year-old can often be found "reading/singing" this aloud to herself throughout the day. This would be an especially fun book to use at a library story time or Halloween party for kids under the age of five.
Hallowilloween: Nefarious Silliness might have the best title of all times. While this book is probably best suited for ages 4+ we've had success reading a couple of the shorter poems. Some definitely hit the gross factor for older children, while others are just pure nonsense. Plainly put, this book is packed with a great dose of playful poetry.
One Spooky Night: A Halloween Adventure is a book we added to our collection this year and it has quickly become a favorite. With a slightly sparkly cover, vellum pages within that create an eerie overlay, and detailed cutouts, this festive read is perfect for preschoolers.
How to Make Friends with a Ghost might have the most sumptuous autumn toned endpapers of all time. Plus you really ought to be prepared for encountering spirits this season and this humorous handbook will have you scouting supernatural beings like a pro in no time. In addition, this book offers countless opportunities to create book related crafts (just look online). To learn more about the creation of this book listen to this podcast episode.

For more Halloween recommendations check out these nine books from last year. 

Baby Showers for Second Babies

Monday, October 2, 2017

To my knowledge there's no hard-and-fast rule about baby showers for second, third, or even fourth children. Maybe I should consult Emily Post on the matter. Having a baby shower for the first baby makes a lot of sense. Babies come with truck loads of stuff! Most of which is only used during the first couple years of life. Fortunately, I was showered with not one, but two, generous baby showers three years ago. Creating a registry made the process a bit simpler, but I was pretty clueless about what exactly we needed and what we would use. Now I know, when in doubt, consult this helpful list.

But when it comes to having a second child (especially when it's the same gender), I always feel a little conflicted about a baby shower. Is it necessary? Probably not. Do I need one? Again, probably not. Will I attend someone else's shower that is having a same gender second baby? Most likely yes. Why? Mainly because I feel like babies should be celebrated. And who doesn't like a good party? (By good, I mean absolutely NO hokey baby shower games.)

That said, a couple friends have asked what they can get us for baby number two and to be honest, I've had a hard time responding. Mainly because now that I'm a parent I feel like the most important thing you can give a weary mama of a newborn is sleep. Buckets of sleep. Which, let's be honest, isn't really something you can gift wrap and pop in the mail. Apart from cherished shut-eye, I have a hazy memory of just how many diapers babies use. Sometimes 10-12 in one day! And while giving diapers to a new parent might be akin to receiving toilet paper for Christmas, I can honestly say that diapers are a gift that will be appreciated and get used.

The other SUPER helpful thing about having a child is when friends and family bring meals. We don't live close to any family, but were so lucky to have numerous friends bring meals or muffins over during those first few weeks. What a lifesaver. While I have every ambition of stocking my freezer better this time around, I'm fairly certain if someone sent us a meal kit (like this or this) I might just be the happiest person on the planet.

Lastly, having another baby is a great time to take stock of what worked and what didn't the first time around. Here I'm referring mainly to baby gear. One of my biggest regrets the first time around was purchasing a ten-year-old secondhand car seat. Yikes. Which I now know is technically illegal. That said, I've done some research and decided that we really ought to invest in a new car seat and portable stroller frame to manage the hoopla that will involve navigating two small humans. Any other must-have items you've loved and used for your babies?

Ps. Our tiny registry for baby #2 can be found here.

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