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I will be taking a break from blogging to mourn the passing of my father.

Actually, Hadley Stilwell’s designs are very flattering and simple, perfect for back to work. Since it seems close to impossible to find nursing tops that are not hideous or that don’t stretch out in weird unnatractive ways, I thought I would feature these. They also have a great black jacket that looks like it could be a staple.

The great diaper debate rages on in our household. Now that they have compostable diapers, there’s more grief than ever about continuing to use the disposables (even the Seventh Generation recycled ones). Today’s article in the Chronicle has made me think more about it.

But, as the article mentions (at the very very end) the more important issues are composting food scraps and paper that has food on it (like paper plates) and paper towels. As long as we keep doing that, just thinking about compostable diapers might be good enough for a few more months.

So, it’s been nine months since my baby was born… and I still have about twelve pounds to lose. All right in my belly. I’m like a skinny person with a huge belly-fat tumor. I shouldn’t joke about such things I suppose, but I am considering making some extra Christmas cash by joining the staff at Santa’s (Macy’s) Workshop.

And… painfully, I just saw a friend who I hadn’t seen since she was seven months pregnant, who now has a three-month old. She has already lost all the weight. I told her how amazingly stick-bug skinny she looks, and she said, “I know! And imagine, with the first one, it took me two years to lose all the weight!” Then she laughed maniacally. I cried later, in the closet, with my bottle of Chenin Blanc.

So, I’m giving myself another two months or so… but then I’m considering a tummy tuck. And that’s that.

Several options await… but don’t await too long or the good ones will be gone!

TuTu Moi is pricey, but these are some classy princess styles! Also have dresses for Mom. And lots of their stuff can actually be worn as real dresses… you know she’ll want to wear it all day anyhow.

Tutu Moi comes in many sizes.

Simply Princess, by Little Adventures.

Wishing Wear has Wizard Costumes as well…

Princess Expressions (find on Amazon) includes all the frippery, and has an affordable price tag,

Pottery Barn stuff is actually pretty good. They have infant costumes for about thirty dollars; which isn’t too bad. You can also make a costume yourself, of course. With all that extra time you have…

Just heard on Red Tricycle about this new “mini-retreat” for moms thing by local gal Amy Tirion. Here’s a link to the article. It’s like a three hour getaway thing during the week and includes “light” yoga, mini massages, meditation, snacks, journaling. Anyhow, yeah that sounds nice.

But seriously? I’m going to pay $160 for a four-week session, then more to hire a babysitter so I can go doodle? Are you people insane? I’d rather have someone take my kid for an hour and have a massage. From a professional.

* Please note I have NOT attended a workshop, and this is NOT a review.

Handmade Hats at Etsy!

Not that she or he needs it, obviously. But in case you’re getting ready for that photo op and all you can find is the Princess Lea hat. Here’s another option.