Thursday, September 27, 2012

Creating a Checklist for a New Baby [Guest Post]

Day 154

Day 154 of 365 Days with Henry

Today's guest post was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie, or her twitter, @moorekm26.

Bringing home a new baby is an exciting time, especially for a first time mother. There are countless things she has to do, from decorating a nursery to buying bottle feeding equipment if she uses that method. It helps if she creates a checklist ahead of time to make sure she has everything covered. One way to do this is to divide the list into categories. There are several she might use:

One of the most important things that the new mother has to consider is how she will feed her baby. Although many women choose to breastfeed, this is not always practical for all mothers. In addition, some mothers find that their new baby is breast milk intolerant. The alternative to breast milk is milk formula. When selecting the brand that they will use, mothers should check the label to ensure that the ingredients in the milk provide the nutrients a child needs.

Where the baby sleeps is also a major consideration. While some mothers will choose to have the baby's crib in their own bedroom, most will create a separate nursery area, especially after the first few weeks. This nursery area should be painted in calming colors such as light blue or green. The paint, crib and any other items that will be in the nursery with the baby should be completely safe and non-toxic.

Before baby comes home, a mother should be sure that all the new clothes and linens that baby will be using are pre-washed in a baby-safe detergent to be sure that they are clean and safe to be put on baby’s delicate skin. Stocking up on diapers, a baby’s main covering, is a good choice to help prepare for baby’s arrival.

New mothers are always very concerned about their baby's health. Most mothers will take the usual steps of ensuring that their baby has a good doctor and is current on all shots. Other things she may not give as much thought to include allergies to food, dust mites or other things in the home. In addition, before the baby is born, a mother may plan for cord blood banking. This is when the baby’s cord blood is collected and stored in a private facility. Cord blood has the potential to treat a number of medical diseases, should one afflict the child in the future, or possibly a sibling.

The process of bringing a baby home should be as happy and relaxed as possible. By creating a list and being organized, new mothers can make this ideal a reality.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Event Pics: Kiosk Gallery/Art Closet Studios' Third Friday

The artist trading card show at Kiosk Gallery, "Small Consumables," in which I had 30 cards, was quite fun! They framed 4 cards from each artists, then divided the rest so that each participating artist received a card from each of the other artists, and small collections of assorted cards were also for sale. (These first 3 photos were taken by my friend Amy Desitter, who was another participating artists).

The rest of the art in the other Art Closet Studio galleries were also enjoyable. I liked the variation of mediums on display, and it was such an odd, fun space. We kept wandering through rooms, finding new surprising galleries as we went. I look forward to seeing what this space holds in the future.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Come See Me at the Kiosk Gallery Tomorrow!

 The first Artist Trading Cards I ever made

Tomorrow, Artist Trading Cards I made will be on display with ATCs made by 19 artists at the Kiosk Gallery's inaugural show. (Kiosk Gallery is inside Art Closet Studios in Westport.) The event runs from 6-9 PM, though I won't get there until closer to 7.

For those of you who don't know about them, Artist Trading Cards are a "miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards... Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or cloth. The cards are usually traded or exchanged." (Source)

They are really fun to make. I usually end up making a whole bunch of them in one sitting, so it's fun to actually get them out for a show. The hardest part was picking which ones to include! I kind of forgot which ones I chose, so the show will be a fun surprise for me too.

The event will also have an open mic and more! Hope to see you there :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wish Me 'Happy Birthday' Tomorrow @ Alcott Arts Center

Day 151 from 365 Days with Henry - opening night of "Meditations Manifested"

Tomorrow is my birthday! It's also the Second Friday event at the Alcott Arts Center where I'll be with my exhibit "Meditations Manifested" and there will also be another exhibit opening that night.

Hope you can stop in, see the art, and say 'hello.'

I'll also be there a bit Saturday evening if you can't make it tomorrow.

To refresh your memory, here's my flier:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Event Pics: KC Chalk & Walk Festival (2012)

So this year for the Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival, I was one of 4 artists creating a series of pages from the Dr. Seuss book, Oh the Places You'll Go! Nicole, Beth and Natalie are awesome women and I enjoyed spending Saturday and Sunday creating with them. Plus, Amy assisted Nicole, and Matt helped me out on Sunday.

This year, several dancers performed in Under The Sea-themed costumes, a flash mob surprised us, a violinist wandered about performing, and a hooper brought lots of hoops for children (and adults) to play with.  Most fun of all, for me, was hearing the wows and look at thats as people kept exclaiming over our drawings. That's the best part of creating in front of a live audience.

Oh, yeah, and my picture made its way in the the Kansas City Star:

Apparently that's the 3rd year I've been pictured in the Star for this very event. I vaguely remember being in one year, but I wasn't aware I'd been in there nearly every year I've taken part. It's the parasols that do it. Everyone loves them. It's the thing strangers talk to me about the most.

Random remembrance: The first time my picture was in the paper, it was from a Take Back the Night walk I led as president of Women Today at Penn State Behrend in partnership with a feminist group in a private college, also in Erie, Pennsylvania (where I earned my B.A.).

Related posts:
Event Pics: Chalk Walk in the Historic Northeast (2012)
All Star Chalk Drawing
Event Pics: SlutWalk and Chalk Drawing Demo