I love Halloween! What’s not to love about a holiday that requires no gift giving and zero cooking, but which does encourage you to act like a buffoon and to dress up like a sexy _________ (insert anything you’d like here). Not that I’ve ever gone the sexy route, it’s just not my style. Nolan can make his own choices about that matter later. For now he’s feeling conservative, and also, if you ask me, a bit prudish when it comes to showing too much flesh in public. He’s modest that way, my little guy.
I also love Halloween for the candy, which is weird because I don’t really have a sweet tooth. But you know what I do have? Gluttony as a major character flaw, as well as an overzealous appreciation for things that are being given to me for free. So Halloween? Yeah, it works for me.
Ever try to buy a gift for someone else’s kid? (If you answered no to that question you may be an a-hole, because really, never?) Assuming you have bought a child a gift once or twice, you know what a pain it is to have no clue what the kid might actually like. That’s how you end up buying yarn for an 8 year old who really wants a cell phone and Justin Bieber tickets.
Enter Pinwheel! It’s a new app and it’s totally free and guys, it’s awesome. You need to check this out. It lets you customize an ongoing wish list of things your child would like, it gives suggestions for gifts based on your stated preferences, and it keeps track of everything that’s been bought. It’s VERY well designed and pretty. I don’t know how much you care that it’s pretty, but it is. Looks aren’t the main draw, but they don’t hurt. Like with Diane Sawyer.
I’m not sure how many of you saw the post I Think I’m the Problem about how I’m royally effing up Nolan’s napping schedule. One person who definitely saw it was Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant Susie Parker from Sleep Baby Love. Susie emailed me after reading that post and in the nicest way possible let me know that the schedule I had outlined for Nolan was idiotic. Of course she didn’t say this because she is so pleasant, but I could tell it was an idiotic schedule after talking through what an appropriate sleep schedule should look like with Susie.
I cannot state this strongly enough: If you are having trouble with your baby’s sleep habits, you should talk to Susie. She is incredibly friendly and helpful (like a less edgy version of Mary Poppins, minus the accent), she does not talk down to you even though you’re probably being an idiot like I was. And she knows her stuff!
I worked with Susie over the course of a few weeks, and throughout that time she helped me totally revamp Nolan’s sleep schedule. I kid you not, Nolan increased his overnight sleep by almost 2 hours after my first conversation with Susie. Of course that also highlights the fact that I was pretty badly botching his sleep, but still. She is a miracle worker. Check her out at Sleep Baby Love – she’s available for phone consults (she’s in Chicago but can work with you no matter where you live), ongoing support, and she can review your baby’s sleep habits via an online tracker that I used with Nolan. The results have been amazing for us! I especially liked that Susie would review the tracker and send me an email telling me how I could tweak things for better results. It seems like this shit should be obvious but it’s not. Help is needed. Susie’s your girl.
4. “Wishes for Baby” Keepsake Book
My sister Catherine put together a “Wishes for Baby” keepsake book for Nolan’s first birthday. I loved it! It’s cute and thoughtful. Oh, and also kind of weird because my friends are a bunch of weirdos (no offense guys). So while some people left Nolan really heartfelt wishes for his future, others, well, not so much (see below). The result was cross-over between a heartfelt collection of warm wishes and a game of Mad Libs. But I have to say, I really love Mad Libs.
Submitted by reader Julie Rhodes from Dallas, Texas