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Happy Father’s Day & Sunday Surf

Inspired by I Thought I Knew Mama, I thought I would share a few pictures of the husband from when he first became a daddy:

The day she was born

The day she was born

Totally in love...

Totally in love...

Now this is interesting...

Now this is interesting...

The real reason daddies learn to wear babies! ;)

The real reason daddies learn to wear babies! ;)

Happy family

Happy family

Wishing a happy Father’s Day to the best husband and dad I know, hands down! I love you Dave… :)

And with that, here are some of the great posts I’ve been reading this week…

  • Clearly those of us who come from less-than-ideal backgrounds are not alone. My fear is that our silence is a large part of what makes us and others feel isolated. Isolation, in turn, keeps us from healing our hurts so that we can protect our own families from the cycle of dysfunction of which we were a part. How can we break the cycle if we’re unable to acknowledge our place in it?You Are Not Alone: On Isolation and Breaking the Cycle from The New Mommy Files: Memories, Milestones and Missteps
  • As a society, we need to have more respect for children.  We need to understand and expect the normal developmental stages they go through.  We need to treat them kindly and gently, just as we would (should) other adults.  Not that we shouldn’t discipline them or expect developmentally appropriate behavior; we should!  But this can be done with love and respect, not heavy-handedness and discouragement.Disrespect for Children from Modern Alternative Mama
  • I am thankful my 2 year old is still rear facing in her car seat and she was unharmed. This is a hot button issue among some of my friends and family, but instead of throwing this in there face saying “na na na naaaa I was right!!” I am just going to let the experience speak for itself.Car Accident! from Hona’s Helpful Hints
  • Since I want Peter to become somewhat proficient in ASL and use it in the future, I am also trying to use more than my hands to communicate. Body language, particularly eye contact and facial expression, is very important in ASL. Clear enunciation (without exaggerated lip movement) is helpful to people who can lip-read, as is keeping hands away from your mouth and not talking with your mouth full!Teaching Sign Language to a Hearing Child from Working to be Worthy
  • This just in: pregnant women are completely dense, says recent study…Who knew that pregnant women were so amazingly ignorant? Who’s fault is that? The article enlightens us on that very question. It is the women’s fault of course!Who is Responsible for Educating Pregnant Women? from The Unnecesarean
  • I think that the kids that people refer to as being “overindulged” and “entitled” are not kids who were given too much. I think they were simply kids who weren’t given enough. No, I don’t mean not enough stuff; I mean not enough of their parents.Entitlement from The Path Less Taken
  • The genie is out of the bottle. Together we are learning, healing, finding resources, strength and encouragement through reflection and unity rather than fear and judgement.Blogging Carnival of Emotions – Breaking Taboos from Dreaming Aloud
  • A miscarriage at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 6 months or full term (still birth) is dramatic. It affects every single family differently.  I started bleeding at 3 weeks pregnant. The doctor told me it was fine if I miscarried, at least I know I could fall pregnant. I was devastated. I bled until I was 20 weeks, and then it just went away.  Kyra is the result. But I sat every day for 17 weeks, expecting that to be the day I lost my baby.  It was devastating. Should it happen, no matter when it does, what we need is support. Why Wait for 13 Weeks? from Diary of a First Child
  • I am LOVING all of your stories! I love how much Bob “got around” too! I mean, I know he has a lot of children and all but for all of us mamas of Bob’s kids to meet up like this???? :) Ha! In all seriousness, there is something magical about Bob Marley, baby making and birth!How Bob Marley Got Me Pregnant (quote taken from the comments – no spoilers lol!) from Hybrid Rasta Mama
  • Most parents tell kids, ‘You can do anything you want, you can quit any time, you can try this other thing if you’re not 100 percent satisfied with the other.’ —THIS IS A MYTH! It shocks me every time I hear it. This is NOT what most parents say.“You Can Do Anything You Want.” Except That. From Demand Euphoria

Finally, I’m going to toot my own horn this week ;) – have you heard I’m hosting a giveaway? Katie of Little Miss Kate Designs has generously donated a reversible drool proof bib for one lucky winner - it is super easy to enter and a super cute, functional prize for your little one (or perfect as a gift for another if you’re out of the bib stage!). Stop by and enter right here!

Here’s hoping your upcoming week is fan-tab-ulous! :D And if you’ve read any amazing posts over the past week, share them here!



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