Coffee with Chloe’s mom – August 12, 2015

13th August 2015

What a week. Tonight is definitely a night where I’m defrosting some of Chloe’s leftover birthday cake and treating myself to some wine. I need it. Here’s hoping the next couple of days bring happier times. Calls from daycare in the middle of the day suck.

In other news, I’ve decided to take the leap and set myself up with a proper blog. Who knows what direction it will go, but every now and then I have the urge to test my domain purchasing and WordPress set-up skills. One of the things that I’m hoping to do with it is create a list of things to do for new moms in Toronto. A lot of the websites I visit have great resources, but aren’t necessarily geared toward the new mom and babies under the age of two. I’d love to hear if you have any recommendations that I could include!

Random photo of me as a baby follows…

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And now onto this week’s Coffee with Chloe’s mom…

Some are old. Some are new. But I wanted to share some of the things I’ve seen and read recently. I liked all of them for different reasons and each of them made me think in some way.

The new baby taco boxNew parents don’t need more gifts for the baby. What they need is food (for themselves). I didn’t really get this until I became a parent. To the friends that brought my husband and I food when Chloe was born we thank you.

“Digital kidnapping” trendI know this is ironic to share as I am sharing what life is like as a parent, but after seeing a friend post this article I had to share. It is beyond disturbing. Sometimes I really hate technology (and I work in the field) and how it has allowed creeps likes this to exist. Another article about this was written by Fast Company. What do you guys think? While I am careful with what I share, I am wondering if I should be more cautious.

The new face of motherhoodSimilar to the article above, this one looks at how technology has enabled a new generation of moms to share how they parent to the masses. More often than not the photos and content being shared make motherhood look like a breeze. My takeaway after reading this piece was to start to sharing the messy moments of motherhood as well. You aren’t always whipping up gourmet baby food after all 😉

Hands free mama blogThere is a definite technology theme going on here, but this blog serves as a good reminder that it is good to put down your devices and to focus on living in the moment.

The ultimate list of 100 non-toy gift ideas: This is a list I’ve referred to when I want to give a non-toy gift. Lots of great ideas on this list.  A trip to the Toronto Zoo is my go-to gift at the moment.

Is maternity leave a bad idea? I forget if I’ve shared this before, but I thought it was interesting read and maternity leave returns are on my mind. I especially liked Edelman’s maternity buddy program mentioned in the article. We need to see more programs like this.

Canada’s best places to raise kids (2015) Not sure I’d want to live in all of these, but lower cost daycare really appeals to me.

When love feels heavyI love the Coffee + Crumbs collaborative approach to blogging about motherhood.

 

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