Happy New Year – see you in 2015!

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I want to thank you all for such a wonderful year! I have loved writing this blog, sharing with all of you, and reading all of your comments and emails over the past twelve months. I have said this before, but I am so grateful of the community of friends and fellow parents we have cultivated together here in Nairobi! I am also immensely proud of my 107 (!!) new posts published in 2014 (despite a severe drop in frequency in the last few months)!  With that in mind, I am really looking forward to getting back in the swing of things in the New Year.  What’s on the docket? A visit to Laihai House on the northern shore of Lake Naivasha, a day trip to Nairobi’s Safari Walk, and an evening visit to the Sheldrick Trust Elephant Orphanage, to put the baby elephants to bed…

Thanks to all of you for making blogging so fun, and for your ongoing support! It has been a great pleasure interacting with all of you this year, and I anticipate even more interesting exchanges in 2015. Happy New Year to all of you, and may 2015 bring you all the best!

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Homemade dill pickles

pickles 02When you live abroad, you crave certain foods from home. For me, one of the foods I miss most (after good Mexican food) is dill pickles. Especially the fancy Claussen ones that you get in the refrigerator section – soooo crunchy and good! There are lots of recipes online for homemade dill pickles, but most of them require a full weekend of preparing, cooking and canning. And honestly, I just do not have time for that. But My grandmother recently sent me a recipe for no-cook refrigerator pickles! I made them a few days ago, and they are SO GOOD! Continue reading

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Where we wore, October 2014

Our local babywearing group, Babywearing Love Kenya, has started a tradition of sharing photos of some of the places we wore our babies each month. Check out all the babywearing adventures our members had in October 2014!

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At the Nairobi National Museum, during International Babywearing Week

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Have you had that baby yet?

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Have you ever been plagued with that question? My good friend Laura is pregnant with her second baby, and today is her due date! We were all taking bets on when the baby would arrive, and the general consensus was that she would make her appearance early, before her due date. So now begins the waiting game. And the daily question: Have you had that baby yet???

There are few things more annoying to an expectant mother in her 9th (or 10th!) month of pregnancy than to be badgered by people asking this question. Sweetpea came at almost 42 weeks, and I was thoroughly tired of that question.  In this age of social media and instant communication, believe me, YOU’LL KNOW.

Well, in my 41st week, someone sent me this fantastic website, which I love to share with all my pregnant friends, should they need it. Feel free to pass it along!  (And be sure to click through, for a good laugh…)

http://haveyouhadthatbabyyet.com

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It’s Like They Know Us

"The nurse will come in shortly to check baby’s vitals, and then our Personal Style Concierge will stop by to see if you’d like your hair, makeup, or nails freshened up."

“The nurse will come in shortly to check baby’s vitals, and then our Personal Style Concierge will stop by to see if you’d like your hair, makeup, or nails freshened up.”

Okay, this is probably old news to some of you, but I just discovered this Tumblr called It’s Like They Know Us. You know the lame stock photos used in online magazines, newspapers and blogs? The ones that depict glossy, perfect, and often kind of weird scenarios? Family-related stock photos are sometimes the most ridiculous, portraying deliriously happy, immaculately dressed mummies, daddies and babies. Everything is perfect! A mom who knows better decided to take the most ridiculous stock photos and match them up with hilarious captions.  And “It’s Like They Know Us” was born….

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Kenya celebrates International Babywearing Week 2014

ibw2014_horizAs many of you know, last week was International Babywearing Week – a week to celebrate, share and promote all things babywearing.  Our group, Babywearing Love Kenya, was an official celebrating organization, and we held plenty of events to celebrate.

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We had two babywearing walks planned to get us moving outdoors with our tots. Nairobi’s short rains, however, caused a change of plans for one of them.  Our scheduled walk at Oloolua Trail had to be cancelled, and instead we made a babywearing visit to the Nairobi National Museum! We had a really nice time roaming the exhibits.  I’ve been to the Nairobi National Museum numerous times, but I always really enjoy the impressive mammal exhibit, and I adore the bird room.  We also got a chance to view the Westgate Memorial, which was quite powerful, moving, and very well done.

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Luckily, the rain did not interfere with another babywearing walk, this one in Karura Forest. It was a lovely day for a nice, leisurely stroll through the forest.  Karura is an excellent place for babywearing walks, because the terrain is quite easy and you can wear your baby on the front or back, as you prefer.  (Oloolua has plenty of steep, precarious steps and climbs, and I really prefer to have Sugarplum on my back when walking there.)

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Finally, we held a Babywearing 101 class for wrapping and ring slings. This was the highlight of babywearing week for me. I have tried for the past 7 months to fall in love with wrapping.  I even bought a couple of beautiful woven wraps when I was in the US, convinced that with a little practice I would become a wrapping pro. But time and time again, I reach for my ring sling. I can’t help it – it’s so quick, easy and comfortable! But I digress – the wrapping class really reminded me how much I want to be a wrapper. The wraps are beautiful, and – when done correctly and properly tightened – baby and mum can be so comfortable and well-supported in a nice woven wrap.

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Elisabeth was kind enough to show us the ropes on a couple of basic front carries. First, she demonstrated the Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC), with a willing Sugarplum as her model. FWCC is a great, relatively easy front carry for those new to wrapping. I especially love that the two reinforcing passes can be either bunched or spread out over baby’s back. When it’s hot outside, it’s so nice to have a carry that doesn’t have layers and layers of wrap over your hot little baby. Here’s a great video tutorial for FWCC, if you’d like to learn:

Elisabeth also showed us the Front Cross Carry (FCC), which is a great carry for running errands, because you can pre-tie the wrap on your body and pop baby in when you’re ready to go.This is also a pretty easy carry to learn for new wrap-enthusiasts. Here’s useful video tutorial for FCC:

All in all, I would say that our first International Babywearing Week was a big success! I am so pleased with the enthusiasm of our members, and the wonderful community we’re developing together. Thanks to everyone who came out to share the adventure and help us celebrate International Babywearing Week 2014!

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Raising world-travelers: coping with baby jet lag

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Jet lag with children is always difficult, but I learned that it’s even MORE challenging with two!  Upon our recent return from the US, both kids were up half the night during the adjustment phase – but not the same half! That meant that I was up ALL night, and that made it even harder to get adjusted. Since I certainly don’t have all the answers, I thought it would be great to collect advice from world-traveler mums – and I know lots of them! Read on for a collection of tried and tested advice from mums in the know.

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Testing, testing…

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Okay, I think the blog maintenance is about done! It has been a long, hard slog, but I think I might have squashed all the bugs – or at least the most disruptive ones, anyway.

I leave you with another sweet photo of Sugarplum (and her two new teeth!) to serve as a test… So, is this thing working?

Thanks for sticking with me, guys!

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Where we wore, September 2014

Our local babywearing group, Babywearing Love Kenya, has started a new tradition of sharing photos of some of the places we wore our babies each month. Check out all the places that babywearing took our members in September 2014!

At the Storymoja Hay Festival

At the Storymoja Hay Festival

On Oloolua Trail

On Oloolua Trail

On Oloolua Trail

On Oloolua Trail

On Oloolua Trail

On Oloolua Trail

In Karura Forest

In Karura Forest

In Karura Forest

In Karura Forest

In Karura Forest

In Karura Forest

At Google!

At Google!

For a walk in the neighborhood

For a walk in the neighborhood

 

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Testing, 1 2 3…

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Sorry for the radio silence! I’ve spent the last week doing some site maintenance, and couldn’t post new content until it was complete… And this post will hopefully tell me if all went well!

Stay tuned for more posts! And happy International Babywearing Week!

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