I'm starting to see why I attract so much attention in public now - I hadn't looked at myself in the context of my other "belly shots" until yesterday!yesterday, one of those is getting some lists and charts made that I imagine will be helpful in our new life as four. Meal planning and grocery shopping, chores, and (most importantly) baby records for the pediatrician. I think I may end up designing these myself, but again, if anyone has links or ideas, I'd love to see/hear about them! Reflections of a Catholic in Formation. In case you missed it, check it out here! And while you're over there, don't miss the rest of the You Are Beautiful posts so far - Christina is running this series through the whole month of June, with a different talented blogger sharing her views on beauty each day. Check it out! Bringing up Bébé this week, and I enjoyed it. My mom is enjoying it now that I'm done! Overall, the author brings up some good points about how American parents can tend towards overdoing it when it comes to taking care of their kids, trying too hard to make everything perfect and forgetting to just let kids be kids. The environments, however, are so vastly different that it would be difficult to replicate many of the things the author points out as being beneficial. State-run daycare and preschools certainly would improve the behavior of many children in America today, providing a consistent source of nutritious food and a more stable disciplinary environment, at least as described in the book. They also offer peace of mind to parents, who know that there is a rigorous certification course needed to work in one of these daycare centers or preschools. Overall, I'd recommend reading this book, even if you don't have kids yet or yours are grown up. I still think there are some ideas that would be worth trying in there, and like I said last week, it's an entertaining read either way. I know that I'll get plenty of chances to run in them, although their first few weeks will likely be as walking, not running shoes. From what I've read, it's important to wait for a few weeks post-partum (I'll have to ask my doctor exactly how many) before running, as your body has to put itself back together, so to speak. If you're like me and didn't run during pregnancy at all, that's even more important. It will be worth it though - I can't wait to take our babies out in their new jogging stroller!
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