The Poetry of Parenthood
| posted by Ann D @ 4:12 PM
Thursday, April 19, 2007, 8:45 p.m.
Six years ago, musician Heather McLeod felt a song nagging at her heels - something that just wouldn't go away. When she sat down to write it, what emerged was something that both confused and frightened her. It was a song about the love that a mother can give to a child who has passed away. Heather didn't know where this song had come from. And then a few years later she gave birth to her first child, Ella Rose. Hear “Basket of Roses” on Outfront, tonight.
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| posted by Ann D @ 12:45 PM
I've noticed that I'm starting to look happy and relaxed again. (I hadn't noticed it in the mirror, but it's starting to show in photos.) Taking some time off has been A Really Good Thing. *
| posted by Ann D @ 11:12 AM
The mannequins in the Thyme Maternity booth at BabyTime, as the show was being dismantled. (I can't remember if they had heads while the show was on. (The best-dressed pregnant mannequins don't have heads these days.)
| posted by Ann D @ 11:07 AM
I thought it would be fun to take a photo of Jordan Maher from Moms in the City smack-dab in the middle of "her city." Mission accomplished.
| posted by Ann D @ 8:59 PM
Captured for the camera at BabyTime: Julie Cole, who runs a highly successful business -- Mabel's labels -- while raising five young children. And she always looks as relaxed and calm as she does right here. What is in those labels? Happy adhesive?
| posted by Ann D @ 8:56 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting Natalie (left) and Renée (right, sporting the maternal curves) from Hatch Maternity. I was very impressed by their collection. It's stylish, smart, and made out of comfortable, easy-care fabrics.
| posted by Ann D @ 8:53 PM
Sarah Morgenstern from SavvyMom.ca had a gorgeous booth -- and she was giving out the ever-popular SavvyMom.ca stickers.
And speaking of SavvyMom.ca, I noticed they've added a cool feature to their site -- the SavvyMom Smilebox (multi-media, user-designed greeting cards). I'm on a Mac, so I won't be able to play with the Smilebox for a while yet, but it looks like a lot of fun.
| posted by Ann D @ 8:52 PM
I snapped this photo of Sara Bingham -- founder of WeeHands -- while she was busy explaining what sign language classes are all about. (Unfair to do a walk-by snapshot, I know, but Sara was busy talking -- or signing -- whever I wasled by.)
| posted by Ann D @ 8:49 PM
I caught up with Joanne from KiddingAroundToronto.com -- but just barely! She was constantly on the run.
| posted by Ann D @ 8:47 PM
Need Sleep? You couldn't need sleep more than the Sleep Doula herself did by Day 3 of BabyTime. She ended up heading off to a birth on the afternoon of Day 2 (she's also a birth and postpartum doula) and didn't get any sleep until after the mom in question gave birth around the time BabyTime was due to open for Day 3.
| posted by Ann D @ 8:46 PM
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Denise was back at BabyTime with her popular collection of natural skin care products for moms and babies . I have loved Denise's products ever since I first wrote about them for Flare Pregnancy about five years ago.
| posted by Ann D @ 8:44 PM
Julie Gallagher -- childbirth educator extraordinaire -- was hanging out in her booth @ The Birth Experience.
| posted by Ann D @ 8:40 PM
Nick and Sandy Pedrogao of Oh Baby! Magazine made the rounds at the show on Sunday, which meant I had the chance to meet their son (who was no doubt the inspiration of Oh Baby! Magazine). Will Oh Toddler! be next?
| posted by Ann D @ 8:35 PM
If your baby left this at the Wiley booth at the BabyTime Show in Toronto on Friday, we still have it at the booth. (Eventually, we'll take it over to the Lost and Found.)
Looking forward to a happy baby-and-toy reunion....
| posted by Ann D @ 9:18 AM
A close up of my Sleep Solutions book @ BabyTime. This definitely continues to be the hot topic amongst parents.
I'd say 90% of the questions I answered at the show related to sleep -- and parents always feel like they're doing the wrong thing, no matter what approach -- or approaches -- they've tried. What's with all the sleep guilt?
| posted by Ann D @ 9:16 AM
Here's a display featuring the Canadian editions of many of my Wiley titles -- and me looking tired but happy after a full day of delivering seminars, signing books, and talking to parents and people who work with parents. Note: I'll be at the show today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday).
| posted by Ann D @ 9:16 AM
I was delighted to reconnect with Tanya Moore, President of Healthy Sprouts Frozen Organic Baby Food. She brought me up to speed on developments in her business (much good news!) and we had a great chat.
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| posted by Ann D @ 4:49 PM
This t-shirt is being sold as a fundraiser by the Peterborough Social Planning Council. I'm a member of the Board of Directors of this terrific, grassroots, community-based organization in Peterborough, Ontario, so if you'd like a t-shirt for yourself or for that hard-to-buy for family member (remember, Mother's Day and Father's Day are just around the corner), I'd be happy to take orders and fulfill them for you. Contact Florence in my office for details.
The t-shirts are available in S, M, L, XL and the copy reads "Social Justice is in Everyone's Interest. Peterborough Social Planning Council." They sell for $15 Cdn. We'll also have to charge for shipping (so that we don't lose money by helping to raise funds for the PSPC), but it doesn't cost much to mail a t-shirt -- just a few dollars.
You will, of course, look extra cool in your hometown because people will think you come from Peterborough, know someone from Peterborough, or you've vacationed in Peterborough. That alone is worth $15 (plus shipping), don't you think?
| posted by Ann D @ 11:25 AM
These stamps arrived in the mail recently -- on an envelope from Sarah Z. They were so gorgeous I decided to keep them rather than throwing them away. This is why my office looks the way it does -- like a walk-in scrapbook.
| posted by Ann D @ 11:14 AM
"Submissions for recipes are now being accepted and will continue to be until April 16, 2007. Moms across America, and worldwide, are invited to share their favorite family recipes by submitting them through MothersClick. Visit Cookbookformoms.com or go directly to MothersClick to enter recipes and learn more about the project. The recipe collection focuses on family favorites, recipes that are quick and healthy for busy families, and dishes that can be prepared with children."
| posted by Ann D @ 10:52 AM
| posted by Ann D @ 12:48 PM
I spotted these Barbra Streisand posters for sale at the Value Village store in Burlington, Ontario, about two weeks ago and couldn't resist snapping a photo. Clearly, some Streisand fan decided that their poster collection had to go. Or perhaps the posters got the heave-ho as the result of a nasty breakup. (Who wants to have to stare down "The Way We Were" each time they enter the in-house Streisand Shrine? Not someone who's stuck on the wrong side of bitter.)
| posted by Ann D @ 7:54 PM
[and why won't this woman stop knitting?]
Photo caption from page 318 of Health for Canadians by Rae Chittick, The Macmillan Company of Canada, 1956.
One of my finds from my shopping spree at The Highway Book Shop.
| posted by Ann D @ 10:07 PM
"There's real meal magic in canned meats. Processors have done all the laborious preparatory work for you. Modern canning methods, aided by American Can Company research, insure perfect safety and top-flight quality." Found at The Highway Bookshop in Cobalt Ontario. (Listed for $1; purchased for 50% off.)
| posted by Ann D @ 10:05 PM
On the way home from Kapuskasing, we stopped in at the Highway Book Shop in Cobalt, Ontario, where I shopped for about two hours, loading up on an entire bookshelf's worth of vintage childcare, etiquette, and marriage advice books -- enough to give me blogging fare for many months to come.
| posted by Ann D @ 10:04 PM
Then I headed off to Kapuskasing to do some workshops for the local Early Years Centre. (Here's a photo of Nicole and Michele from The Northern Oasis Bed and Breakfast -- the place to stay if you're heading to Kap.)
| posted by Ann D @ 9:57 PM
It's been ages since I posted anything to my blog. (Or at least it seems that way.) Last Friday night, I was in Burlington, co-presenting a workshop on sleep with Tracey Ruiz. This is one of the photos I snapped while I was coming up with a cover for our workshop booklet. (This one didn't make the final cut.)
| posted by Ann D @ 9:55 PM