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The BoldHeartMama desires to enjoy living out the choices that she’s made for herself and for her family. She is a relentless learner: curious, inquisitive, and open to the possibilities of her life and of the human condition. She understands that there isn't one right way—she asks questions that dig deeper to make sense of it all and to find her own path.

She pays attention to and nurtures whatever it is she really cares about, letting go of the rest (for now) knowing she can't do and be everything all at once. She embraces her imperfections in favor of "good enough"—her imperfect self, her imperfect home, her imperfect mothering, her imperfect desires—and she never stops evolving as a woman and mother. She is a BoldHeart, authentic and true to herself.

The BoldHeartMama knows there is only this one life and she's all in. She is present and engaged and making things happen. Her intuition is her guide. She seeks to be inspired and relies on her creativity and her resourcefulness to solve the big and little challenges that she and her family face together as they navigate their relationships and their world.

The BoldHeartMama is willing to take calculated risks to make her biggest dreams come true. She is living out her BoldHeart in the moment, making small moves and taking little steps that add up, and she's cultivating a good life for herself and her family in the process. Read More!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Advice from the trenches

The Biomedical and Health Sciences Research cluster organized for Andy and me a really fun and relaxed baby shower that we all happily snuck away from work to attend.

This afternoon we met at Firefly for a coursed lunch of comfort food galore! There were games, a baby weight pool (with guesses ranging from 6.5 pounds to 8.5 pounds), and lots of talk of food cravings, birth stories, and parenting experiences.

Along that vein, we received a lot of great parenting advice to include:
1. If the baby is crying and can't be consoled, check to see if his toes are bent over in his shoe (true story).
2. Remember that he won't remember any of your early mistakes. (Good point!)
3. Don't be afraid to reach out for help.
4. Remember to pamper yourself at least once a week. (YES!)
5. Don't make a graduate program out of parenting.
6. Kick him out when he turns 18.
7. Make him a little brother or sister.

and last... 8. Open the diaper slowly, boys will spray!

Priceless.

I'm sending out a big THANK YOU to all who were involved in the planning! We were really touched by your generosity and creativity!

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