By Sonia Verma
“So even if you have all the baby gear, or parties where you are the center of attention aren’t your thing, I highly suggest accepting a baby shower in your honour. The reassurance that you are far from alone in the whole “parenthood” thing is irreplaceable.” —Lauren Bercovitch
Lauren Bercovitch at GrownupParty is right: The best thing about a baby shower is the almost palpable amount of love and energy in one place at one time. All of it is directed at a mother-to-be, and it bears the promise of help and support and love and kindness. Bring. It. On. (Games optional, not included.) Read her delightful post here.
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Milking the hype too much
Over at Today’s Parent, Emma Waverman writes about a Chicago spa that offers breastmilk facials. There’s no question the stuff is pretty magical—if your aim’s any good, a squirt is great for your tiny squirt’s pinkeye, stuffed nose, bum rash and skin irritations. It’s good for babies, inside and out.
Mostly in, though.
And that’s the point, which Waverman makes so nicely: There are babies who need that stuff. If you are willing to hook yourself up to a pump and collect that much milk, there are better uses for it than to cure acne. It is your milk, and you do get to do as you please. But I’ve blogged about being on the receiving end of donor milk, and I know which side of the argument I fall on.
“I’m so proud of my body and what it’s done”
Hillary Duff describes her preschooler's reaction to her vividly aqua hair and talks about an instagram picture of herself in a bikini. She was feeling pretty good about her body, and most of the time she doesn’t, so she posted a picture of herself looking and feeling awesome. Good for her! And you know, even if she’d been flabby or had the wrinkly post-baby tummy that certain momstown editors sport, it’s cool. Gorgeous though she is, her confidence is definitely the most attractive thing about her. See for yourself!
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