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Thursday, May 7th, 2009
4:25 pm
West Seattle Playground
A shout out to anyone in the West Seattle/Delridge neighborhood:

The non-profit organization KaBOOM! is helping build a new playground at the Delridge Community Center. Anyone interested in making suggestions or even providing some sketches can do so by attending a meeting on May 12, from 5:30-8:30pm, or emailing Ryan Spencer - ryandotspencer @ seattle.gov

There will be a Kid's meeting from 4-5pm and a Spaghetti Dinner from 5-5:30pm

RSVP by calling 206.684.7423 or emailing Ryan (see above)

Thursday, July 10th, 2008
9:47 pm
First Thursdays Free admission
Here's a pretty nice list of Free First Thursdays at a variety of museums from the Burke Museum to the Museum of Flight to the Nordic Heritage Museum: Click

The NW Source blog, Little Kids, Big City is to thank for compiling it.
9:46 pm
Area kiddie pools
Here's a list of pools including wading pools around the city:
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
1:03 pm
Bra recommendations?
With my first born, I bought my breast feeding bras at Motherhood Maternity. I think I've grown a cup size as I'm closely approaching my due date (9 days to go)! The bra I bought from them recently confirms my size, but it's horribly uncomfy - like the thread they use on the side seams hurts or irritates my skin.

So, I'd like recommendations for your favorite, most comfy breastfeeding bras, and any places in Seattle where you have bought them.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008
11:13 pm
Family Friendly Restaurant
Vios Cafe is a Greek restaurant that is family friendly. I stumbled in there to meet my aunt and her two daughters one evening a month or so ago. I really liked the large family dining tables as well as smaller ones. They have a kids play area that is portioned off by a short wall so that you can either sit at a bar adjacent to it or a table and keep an eye on your kids. They have a kids menu complete with color crayons to decorate it with:)

903 19th Ave East
Seattle, WA 98112

Monday thru Saturday
Lunch 11:00 to 4:30
Dinner 5:00 to 9:00
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
2:01 pm
I'm looking for a good prenatal massage. Anything within Seattle would be great. I went to Kirkland a couple years ago for one, and the stress of driving in traffic totally undid all the relaxing of the massage.

Pediatrician - I love our current one, but he's moved clinics. He's also started teaching, which means he's only available 1/4 the time. Here are my requirements:

1) Pro-breastfeeding
2) Okay with light weights - my son has always been under the 30% for weight, but if you knew my husband and I you'd see that is what normal is for him.
3) Preferably in or close to West Seattle. Our Ped was in Belltown. I'd be willing to drive to Madison Park area, or anywhere downtown.

Thursday, January 17th, 2008
5:34 pm
New Seattle blog
I just thought I'd pass this along - its new, and I'll be reading it:)

Little Kids, Big City
4:49 pm
Bad weather fun
While I love the rain, I've been staying out of it to avoid the cold. My son doesn't seem to mind the cold, and would rather live outside. We've finally discovered, "Mini-Gym" at our local Community Center. The gym is open for 4 hours to provide some dry fun for those 5 years old and younger. My son loved all the new toys and the room to roam. He's 19 months old. If he were just crawling, I'd still go there since they have gymnastic mats out and some toys I know he played with at that age.

I found a listing of all the Community Centers in and around Seattle that offer this - not sure how updated the information is for each one. I've updated the Delridge Center info. Have fun!

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Saturday, August 25th, 2007
1:49 am
Puget Sound Midwives and Birth Center or Evergreen Hospital?

Has anyone ever delivered at the Puget Sound Midwives and Birth Center or Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland?  I'm pregnant for the first time and looking for some advice on where I should have this baby.  I'm interested in hearing both positive and negative stories.

Or do you have a great doctor or midwife you can recommend?  I live in Kirkland and prefer to go to someone on the Eastside.

Friday, July 20th, 2007
5:30 pm
Wanted: Local retailers who carry baby slings/wraps/etc.
Does anyone know where to find a good selection of slings/wraps/pouches for someone interested in babywearing? I have a Baby Bjorn carrier (and a backpack carrier, too) from when I had my daughter a few years ago, but I don't want to use it very often, since it does put added strain on their wee bitty legs. I can't use it at all yet, since our little guy is a mere two weeks old today and still at least a pound off from the product's recommended weight.

I have a number of bookmarked sites I could order something from, but I'd much rather test them out before paying the full cost + shipping, especially since I'm not a dainty thing and would need to make sure it's a good fit. Also, if you have personal recommendations for specific kinds (Maya Wrap, Peanut Shell, Mei Tei, etc), feel free to give your input.

Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
12:57 pm
How do you teach the meaning of "NO"?
Now that our little one is able to crawl around, stand up, and explore, he's of course doing all sorts of things we wish he wouldn't. The worst is that he loves to pull my hair (I have hair that falls a couple of inches below my shoulders). Even if I tie it back in a braid or ponytail, he reaches behind my neck to grab a hunk of it and pull. I've tried firmly saying "No! Gentle with mommy!" and prying his little fingers off, but he just laughs and does it again right away. (He does the same to the cats, who must be commended for their patience and not scratching him.)

Any suggestions? He's 11 months old, is he just too young to grasp the concept of "No"? At what age can I reasonably expect him to understand the difference between a game and the fact that he's causing me physical pain?

(And no, I'm not willing to cut my hair short.)
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
1:18 pm
One of my favorite Seattle artists, Matthew Porter, is having an opening featuring the works used in his second children's book, "Count the Birdies."

Opening May 19th, 6-8pm
Location: Blue Bottle Gallery
415 East Pine Street
Capitol Hill

*There will be Cupcake Royal cupcakes and punch*

His first book, "ABC's" is pretty cool. Check it out!

No, this is not a children's event; its an art gallery - though they never mind when we bring Cooper (10month old). For those with kidlets, be prepared to watch them as there are several uncovered outlets.
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
2:49 pm
Just thought I'd mention that I got some great kids magnets today at Curious Kids in West Seattle. I was looking for something safe that a 10 month old wouldn't swallow. Some animal magnets by Melissa & Doug are perfect for him. They also have numbers and dinosaurs by Melissa & Doug, as well as some gears that spin around.

I had searched Target only to find some foam alphabet ones that I knew my kid would try to eat. And, Bed, Bath and Beyond didn't have anything.
Friday, March 30th, 2007
6:33 pm
Monday, February 26th, 2007
4:27 pm
Grabba Grabba Hey
My 8-and-a-half month old son is in the grabbing stage. This is kind of cute when he grabs people's glasses off their face or grabs their nose; painful when he grabs my hair; and embarrassing when he grabs other babies. I'd like for him to be more social and to try to hang out with other people with babies, but if he's just going to keep reaching out and grabbing the other baby's nose or cheek or ear I don't think we'd be very popular playmates. In recent experience with babies of different ages, none has tried to grab him back.

Does anyone know how long this stage lasts and if there's anything I can do to discourage the grabbing? (Our two cats would thank you too.)

Current Mood: worried
Sunday, January 21st, 2007
4:42 pm
AP Baby stores?
Does anyone know of any stores that sell cloth diapers in Seattle besides Bootyland? Any other suggestions for stores that sell AP related baby items would be much appreciated too!

Friday, December 29th, 2006
11:16 pm
Wanna sell your baby stuff?
My daughter and I will be visiting family in Kirkland from January 10th through 31st, and I was wondering if anybody had a co-sleeper or pack 'n play (preferably with the bassenet thingy) they'd be willing to let us borrow, or one you're looking to sell. Same goes for a stroller- it doesn't need to be anything fancy, because I sling her most of the time... I've already checked out Craigslist and didn't see anything. Also, if you're a bored mama and want to get together, that would be fun too! :)

Current Mood: bored
Thursday, December 28th, 2006
10:47 am
I was just wondering--would there be any reason NOT to take a baby on a cruise? My husband and I will be celebrating our 10th anniversary in May, when our son will be 11 months old. We want to take a 7-day cruise to Alaska with some of his family. Is there anything I should watch out for, other than making sure he doesn't fall overboard?

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
9:11 pm
Nursing bras -- I can't find one in my size :(
So apparently, after 11 months of nursing, I am now a ridiculous bra size -- 32D -- and I can't find a good & supportive nursing bra. I've tried Overlake's Women's Center, Nordstroms, the 2 maternity shops at Bellevue Square, and Kids Club at Crossroads, to no avail. I've also been to Evergreen Hospital's breastfeeding center a few weeks ago with no luck. 3 of those stores didn't even sell anything in 32, and the other 3 only sold a couple paper-thin bras in 32 with a D cup... and frankly, paper-thin does not keep the headlights off well enough for me.

I don't want to resort to buying a bra off the Internet... where else can I try on the Eastside? If not the Eastside, any other suggestions?
Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
3:56 pm
Pregnancy chiropractor?
Anybody have a chiropractor experienced in pregnancy that they like?

Bonus points for being on the Eastside, taking Regence, and being a woman, but I'm flexible on all those.

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