Travel Tuesday- Traveling Tunes

If someone told my 20-year-old self that ten years later I’d be (willingly) driving around listening to Alvin & the Chipmunks and singing “The Wheels on the Bus” and other children’s classics– I would have told them they were crazy. I’ve always said that I would instill a love of great music in my kids, and by great music, I was referring to The Beatles, Mozart, Michael Jackson– and I feel like up until this point, I’ve done so. My daughter has been listening to lullaby renditions of the Beatles every night since the night she was born- and the first song she ever sang was “She Loves You” by the Beatles.  But in addition to those classics, the toddler tunes have crept into our rotation, first slowly and now with full force.

It started with the Wiggles. Not the show— because at that time, we weren’t allowing Harper to watch TV.  But the music. The first song to work it’s way in was “Big Red Car”. Even I thought it was catchy, and found myself singing it even while she wasn’t with me. Then came “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”, and “Hot Potato”.  And there we remained for a while, until she became verbal. Then, she started asking for the songs that she was singing at daycare. “Twinkle Twinkle”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “The Wheels on the Bus”, “Row Row Row Your Boat”, etc. I sang them for her. And yet, it was never enough. At the end of every song I heard “AGAIN?!?!” (which is so sweet, and something I’ve always imagined as a Mom), but it ended up leading me to purchase a compilation of children’s songs to play in the car, because we had a big car trip planned for the holidays, and I wanted to have a voice left before we arrived for our family visit.

And then there was the Christmas music. I grew up with the Alvin & the Chipmunks Christmas record. In fact, I already owned that CD before I had a baby, so I had no problem playing it for her– the first 10 times. But then she wanted to hear it every day, even after Christmas had passed. And she loves Alvin and the Chipmunks so much, that I’ve now bought her a compilation of Alvin & the Chipmunks that includes everyday songs (some of them are covers of Beatles songs, so that counts for something right?)

So it seems I’ve completely given in to the fact that our car rides will be full of children’s music, (with some classics peppered in for good measure of course). I’ve realized that these songs are a part of childhood, and obviously something she really enjoys (and seeing her happy makes me SUPER happy). So now I’m taking recommendations– what are your children’s (and your) favorite traveling tunes?

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Mama Monday: My Breastfeeding “Must have” Checklist

Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world.  What do you need to make it happen? In most cases–just you and your baby. But there’s an awful lot of products out there that make nursing your baby a whole lot easier, and for me, those products made it to my breastfeeding “must have” checklist.

Number one on my checklist–a Bebe Au Lait nursing cover (of course!) This was important for me, not only because I didn’t feel 100% comfortable nursing in front of people, but also because as time went on and my daughter started watching the world around her, using the cover allowed her to focus 100% on me, wherever we were. I really feel that this helped foster the bond between us and made our nursing time special even when we were on the go. In fact, one of the reasons I was so excited to join Bebe au Lait was because of how much I loved my cover and how useful I found it while nursing.

Number two on my checklist–a nursing pillow. The difference between nursing with the pillow and nursing without the pillow, for me, was night and day.  My little one was a slow nurser.  Feedings could last up to an hour. Honestly some days it felt like we were nursing more than we weren’t–and the pillow allowed us both to stay comfy (not sweaty from constant skin to skin contact in a warm apartment), and it gave my tired arms a rest during those marathon feedings.

Number three–Lanolin ointment.  This one is a little controversial I think.  My lactation consultant at the hospital had told me not to use any ointment because it could clog the milk ducts.  After a week of slow learning on my little one’s part though, I just needed something to soothe the soreness.  And it worked. And it kept me nursing when I was about ready to give up.

Number four–a breast pump. I went back to work after 12 weeks, and continued breastfeeding until my daughter self-weened.  My breast pump made that possible, and therefore, was a must-have.

What about you? Were there/are there products that you can’t live without while nursing?

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Bebe au Lait Featured Retailer: January 2012 – Nine Maternity

Check out Bebe au Lait’s Featured Retailer – January 2012

Store Name: Nine Maternity

Years in business: 5 years

Nine MaternityStore Location:  2518 Rice Blvd. Houston, TX 77005 & OGA Building The Woman’s Hospital of Texas
7900 Fannin Ste 1490 Houston, TX 77054 & online at www.ninematernity.com

Contact Info: Monica Smith

Hours: M- Sat: 10-6 & Sun: 12-5

What Bebe au Lait products do you carry? We carry Bebe au Lait and Hooter Hiders nursing covers because they are simply the best!

What are your customers’ favorite prints to purchase? My clientele tends to prefer the Hooter Hiders prints, specifically Kyoto and Nest.

What is your favorite Bebe au Lait product? Hooter Hiders

What is the best way you’ve found to display the Bebe au Lait line of products? We hang the Bebe au Lait & Hooter Hiders nursing cover from rods in our nursing section.  We also found that keeping one or two out of the package allows customers to touch and feel the fabric and really see the prints.

What is the one thing you would like others to know about you? 

Nine Maternity

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

Fashion Friday – Celebrity Mommy Style

Fashion never came that easy for me. Literally as far back as I can remember, I was wearing mismatched socks or pants that didn’t necessarily “go” with my shirt. Once I hit my teenage years, though, I started looking to others for “inspiration”, sometimes from friends, sometimes from celebrities or fashion magazines, which led to  more than a few fashion missteps – trends that I thought were cool, but now in hindsight, definitely were not.

Now that I’m someone’s Mom, it’s a bit of a conundrum– I know its important to me to look the part of a cool mom (at least once my girl starts going to school), but I’m SO SO busy, I don’t really have time to think about it. Kind of a dilemma right? And then I see celeb moms who just get it right, and make it look effortless, which makes me think- “I could do that… I could be that well put together, if I just planned a little bit”.  Well, this year I’m really going to try it.

Gwen Stefani Mommy StyleSo who’s going to be my celeb mom inspiration? There really are many to choose from. There’s Gwen Stefani- who has managed to remain the coolest chick around, even after two babies. She’s a rockstar in real life, and always looks the part- even when hanging with her kiddos at the park. As much as I wish I was that cool though, I’m not sure I could pull that off even with all the time in the world to plan.

Then there’s Katie Holmes, who manages to look sophisticated in literally every picture I’ve seen of her– perfectly tailored designer fashions, always in-season.

The more I think about it, I think that the celeb Mom style that would work the best for me, at least some of the time anyway, would be Jennifer Garner, or Jessica Alba. Always appropriate for the occasion, always well-put-together, even when going casual, always classic and classy. And, they look comfortable– which to me, is most important. Yes- I’ve settled on it then. And there’s my New Year’s resolution. To be as well put together as a celeb mom, 50% of the time… and to train for a 5K.

What’s your Mommy style? Do you have a favorite celebrity who inspires you, or do you do your own thing?

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

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