Jan 222014
 
Cute and Funny Baby Activities During Maternity Leave

What a silly aardvark I was to think that I’d be bored during my Maternity Leave! Activities abound, and here are crazy-cute photos of some of my favorite antics…

So which is your favorite? Do any remind you of your family or your youth?

Ahh, I do love our little baby! I hope these photos have made you smile, and that you haven’t broken your computer by trying to nuzzle the [...Read More!]

Jan 092014
 
My Face Is on a Restaurant Advertisement in Africa?!

WHOA! Without my knowledge, I have become the face of a restaurant advertisement in West Africa?!

Late last night I received a shocking message from my friend Alicia, who had been traveling in Africa. “Lillie!” the message read, “Flying down the street in the car on my way to Bojo Beach in Ghana, we passed this sign. I screamed out loud, ‘I KNOW THAT GIRL!’ Are you aware that you are the face [...Read More!]

Jan 012014
 
Which Types of Posts Go Viral? 10 Examples of the Year.

Using the magic of Google Analytics, a website owner like myself can, at any time, peep at a live map of who is on which pages of her blog.

For example, right now I can see that there is a visitor to my site from Australia, and two people are reading my new baby photos article.

Seeing these stats swirl and shift is more exciting for blogging geeks like me than watching a live [...Read More!]

Dec 242013
 
11 Best Travel Adventures of the Year, Plus Baby Pics!

Oooh Mama, it’s been quite the year!

Here’s a ranking of the best travel adventures of the past 365 days, with links to photos and details of each if you click the blue words.

Accompanying this end-of-year roundup are photos of our awesome new baby, because, well, I cannot resist.

11. New Hampshire. We saw some of the best sunsets of our life above the New Hampshire mountains in July! That state has become [...Read More!]

Dec 152013
 
Are These the Most Beautiful Doorways in the World?

Last year at this time, my husband Colin, my brother David, and I were gearing up to take a teacher tour of India. Believe it or not, I still have hundreds of photos from that trip which remain to be put into articles… so here’s the next batch! These images are of the most beautiful doorways I’ve ever seen, spotted at the City Palace in Jaipur, India.

Lap up the colorful details [...Read More!]

Dec 082013
 
Why Do New Parents Disappear? See This Graphic...

When humans travel to certain places, certain things inevitably happen. Folks who voyage to West Africa often return with a vibrant African print cloth shirt or dress. Travelers to Vietnam rarely leave without scarfing down Pho soup. And new parents who enter Newborn Baby world nearly always… disappear.

I witnessed this New-Parent-Vanishing numerous times over in the last decade, always from the outside. Coworkers who were models of excellent communication went utterly [...Read More!]

Dec 022013
 
You Gotta Experience It to Get It, With Travel and Baby

Until actually getting close enough to touch something, all you can see is its outline; all you know are rumors.

Before we traveled to India, people gushed about the colors, smells, history, and animals we would encounter… but it wasn’t until we were standing right there in the middle of New Delhi, sucking in the thick, scented air, hearing honks scream, and ogling the street monkeys (monkeys?!) that I began to “get” India. Flickers of [...Read More!]

Nov 252013
 
Welcome to the World, Our Beautiful New Baby!

Oh, hooray!!!!!!! Colin and I are OVERJOYED to announce the birth of our healthy, happy baby boy! Little baby Devi was born this week after 28.5 hours of labor (the first 18 of which were unmedicated– oh my), and emerged with a lush head of dark hair that the doctor promptly styled into a curled cowlick.

At birth, Devi weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long. Pretty petite for the [...Read More!]

Nov 182013
 
Scarfing a Wagamama Feast While Waiting to Give Birth

How do you spend your time when you’re nine months pregnant, Maternity Leave has started, and you could give birth ANY MINUTE?

1) The number one answer is: EAT. The baby needs nutrients to enter the world powerfully, right? Right. Happily, my husband Colin and I were just invited to the grand opening of the Lynnfiend, Massachusetts location of the delicious pan-Asian restaurant, Wagamama.

Wagamama restaurants are already famous in the UK (which [...Read More!]

Nov 142013
 
Crazy Video: Our Baby Dancing Inside My Pregnant Belly

Pregnancy is so weird, sometimes I wonder what other mammals must think of it. On what level is a female aardvark, for example, aware that she is carrying a tiny aardvark-ito inside her fleshy belly? Does she just assume she has ongoing indigestion and is randomly getting fatter, until that day when her infant-vark suddenly pops out?

I bring this up in particular because it’s hard to ignore the subject of the [...Read More!]