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…what will you do with all the pictures and video you took?
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All you stay-at-home parents can probably relate – when Matt comes home at the end of the day, I have a sudden urge to talk his ear off and tell him everything that Ella (& I) did that day. Now, part of that is a desire to talk to an adult, but it’s really because I want him to stay connected to her everyday goings-on.
So, when a friend mentioned this idea to me recently, it struck a cord with me – and I thought some of you might want to give it a try, too. Read the rest of this entry »
Pure craziness…I get back to my desk yesterday to a voicemail from the CBS Early Show asking me if we’d like to be on the show. We said “Sure, let’s see how far this 15 minutes will take us.”
Then, we realized that we’d have to get up at 3 am…that’s the Early part of the Early show. So despite my fear of looking like an ass on live television and whether Ella would melt down, the whole piece went great! The crew that came out to turn our living room into a TV studio (for the second time in two weeks) were awesome; funny guys who kept joking around with us to keep us loose and kept Ella happy.
Despite the insane wake up time, the whole process (from dealing with producers, cameramen, and being on live TV) went great and we’ll have something really cool to show Ella.
If you are looking for the Gestation Video, it is here.
We were the second story on the PI’s website on Friday and our story was teased above the masthead on the front page of the newspaper.Â Because of a small gaff, our story didn’t actually run in Friday’s paper but it is on the front of the Local section today (Saturday).Â It was also the 2nd most emailed story yesterday.Â Damn, this thing has legs!
Please forward on to friends if you like!
Those interested in seeing the web version of our story in the PI:
At some point, we’ll put up what theÂ printed versions looked like.
Â I readily admit to being one of â€œthoseâ€ list-makers. And yes, I sometimes add something Iâ€™ve done to the list just so I can cross it off. But when I gave birth to my twins, Holly and Wyatt, in 2004, my propensity for listmaking was a real lifesaver. Who can remember everything to load into the diaper bag when youâ€™re going on three hours of sleep?
Keeping track of the babies â€œInâ€™s and Outâ€™sâ€ (feeding and pooping for the uninitiated) was my first challenge. I created a simple spreadsheet for each baby. I suggest keeping them on clipboards with a pen in the babyâ€™s room. The information was helpful for our pediatrician to review with us in the early weeks and months. Especially with twins, it was hard to keep track. (â€œHow often does she eat? Did he really go three days without pooping?â€) It also helped my husband and I coordinate any medications so we didnâ€™t double-dose. When relatives wanted to help out, they could also check and see when a baby last ate or pooped.Â
Click here to seeÂ my charts: Â Baby’s In’s and Out’s Chart
Get the idea? You can be very utilitarian and create a plain typewritten chart or list. Or, you can have some fun and use colors and fun fonts to get creative. I used some basic Excel skills and some free fonts from the internet to create my charts. A terrific source for (free!) fonts you can install on your computer is http://www.momscorner4kids.com/fonts.
Then it was time to get out of the house. The idea of leaving the house with two little ones in tow took some real guts. Keeping bags at the ready was helpful. For example, I try to keep a pool bag packed and ready so we can head out quickly. But a packing list tucked in the bag helps with restocking and remembering perishables.
A diaper bag list near the door was a great way to avoid that â€œwhat am I forgettingâ€ feeling as I left the house with two little ones, especially at first. I liked being to update and reprint them as their needs changed, too. We extended the idea to overnight trips, too. Packing is a snap and makes it easier for my husband to pitch in and grab things, too. So, save your mind. Download some fonts and create some easy lists and charts to get organized.
I’d have to second that emotion…actuallyÂ Carlin andÂ Ella are cool, I’m in the dork in the background taking pictures.Â I’dÂ be creepy ifÂ I didn’t have a legal relationship with them.
Hey, Spokane folks:Â many thanks for these kind words:
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Then, why are you leaving all your impossible-to-recreate data solely on a hard drive that has a life expectancy of 3 – 5 years?Â I’ve had two die after 6 months so they can pretty much go any time.
You get back from vacation, sunburned and tired, you finally muster up the energy to transfer your images from your digital camera, and then create a slideshow for the family with them.Â You think you are done?Â No way, you’ve got back those babies up or they could be wiped out any day.
By not taking steps to back up your memories (data), you are asking for major heart ache down the road. Read the rest of this entry »
Love Double Bluff dog beach on Whidbey Island. We made a road trip up there one day with four dogs, and they sure had fun.
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