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Well, I have no idea, really, but I think this seems reasonable. How about a backpack instead of a shoulder bag?

I made a backpack this week from some pretty Amy Butler fabric (with Joel Dewberry faux bois trim) and think it might be good for taking to the park with the future child.

We shall see, I guess!

Fabrics can be found on Etsy: search Amy Butler or Joel Dewberry

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Baby Junk

stack-main_FullThis baby has not yet even arrived, and already my e-mailbox and house mailbox are filled with junk catalog offers for babies. Are you kidding me? This is the downside of registering. Now everyone in the media-spackled world knows I’m going to have a baby and thinks I really really need their new fangled products. It’s sickening.

Biggest offender? Babys R’ Us. I refuse to link to them on principle. Now Toys R’ Us has all my info, and gives no way to opt-out unless I create a Toys R’ Us account. I’m seriously considering only registering with them for the very few essentials. Like, you know. Car seat.

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Lovelee Studio's Diaper Bag

Lovelee Studio's Diaper Bag

The diaper bag–perhaps the most fun purchase expectant moms can make! It’s for the baby but, um, actually, for you. So nice.

The diaper bag also has some accessories that are (according to Moms-in-the-Know) necessary. These are a good folding changing pad and a diaper/ diaper wipe case that can be transferred from one bag to another. The “best” changing pad is often not one that comes with the bag, but one that folds down really small.

Below are some more fabulous diaper bags–all of them have good interior pockets, and some come with an extra case for wipes. Some also come with changing pads, but these are easy to find if not.

Maven Studio's Diaper Bag

Maven Studio's Diaper Bag

By Marilyn's Amy Butler Diaper Bag

By Marilyn's Amy Butler Diaper Bag

Abba Dabba Bags Classic Diaper Bag

Abba Dabba Bags Classic Diaper Bag

Gypsy Rose Bags large shoulder bag

Gypsy Rose Bags large shoulder bag

BCharmer's Diaper Bag

BCharmer's Diaper Bag

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Life Transitions

Is anyone else hooked on Friday Night Lights? My husband and I are watching the first season on Netflix, and just love it. It’s a very emotional drama.

I noticed something interesting the other evening while watching. In an episode, one of the football players gets severely injured. At the hospital, his girlfriend is crying alone in a hallway. Watching, I started to get weepy. Then it cut to the football player in the hospital bed, with his mother being strong by his side, and man, the water works really hit.

I must have cried for a good half hour after the program ended. I realized, as I dried my eyes, that I was going from the girl who had sympathized most with the girlfriend to the woman who sypathized most with the mother. I suspect this is the beginning of my understanding of why my mother always cries on her children’s first days of school.

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sandys14I thought I was done talking about names, but this weekend I met a mother whose four-year-old daughter (whom I also met) is named Helen. A very formal name, I thought, but did not say. A grandmother’s name. The mother said she wanted a strong name, a name that would guide the daughter in her life.

Then she looked at her daughter and said, “she’s strong all right. We call her Hell for short. It’s usually quite appropriate.”

Be careful what you name for?

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Name Hangups

I have only one BIG naming issue: I will not give my daughter a family name as a middle name. My middle name was Ward… in a time when Leave It to Beaver was on constant Nickelodeon afternoon repeat. Family name. Unfortunately choice for a girl. My friends had middle names like Ann, Susan, Lynn, and Angeline. Why, oh why, couldn’t I have been named for Mr. Ward’s wife? My only consolation was that a friend’s middle name was equally awful: Montgomery. So together, we were a department store: Montgomery Wards.

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My future son... Smith

My future son... Smith

My husband thinks the name Smith is a good name for a boy. The name that hundreds (of thousands?) have had, the name that is synonymous with mid-grade American mediocrity, the name that’s only rival for mere commonness is Jones, this name is on the top of his list. And it’s not like our last name is Jerrod.

(Not to knock common last names; I come from good Jones stock).

I have a feeling that this name business is going to be a very long process.

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