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Baby Blogapalooza 2005

Friday, August 19th, 2005

Last day of Baby; Next up “Design Public Pledge Week”

DesignPublic.com

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Today is the final day of ‘Baby Blogapalooza’.

On behalf of the three other people in the office with me today, I want to thank all of our guest bloggers who have been with us for the past couple weeks. Your stories about children and design have made me almost want to have kids of my own.

Almost.

We already have some great ideas in the works for ‘Baby Blogapalooza ’06’, and until then you can always read through the archives in our Baby Blogapalooza category.

So next week we are going to shift gears a little bit here at Design Public. OK, a lot. Actually, a massive gear shift, say from reverse to fifth. . .

Pledge Week at Design PublicNext week, all week, is “Pledge Week” at Design Public!

That’s right, we’re going back to college, my friends. Keg stands, food fights, rush, football, the whole nine yards. As ‘Baby’ winds down, we’ve been gearing up around the office by giving each other wedgies and smashing beer cans into our foreheads. Get ready for fab dorm room decor, easy first apartment decorating tips and tricks, and a great new category devoted to a class we’ve all signed up for, Design 101.

So if you or anyone you know is college-bound this fall, check back Monday — class is in session!

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Friday, August 19th, 2005

Throwing Down the Gauntlet

Pierre, MetroDad

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Pierre writes MetroDad. In his words, “Ever since I found out my wife was pregnant with our daughter, I’ve spent countless nights contemplating how to raise a beautiful, kind, intelligent, well-adjusted child in New York City. And also trying to figure out how to do that while retaining our hedonistic lifestyle.”

One of the more fascinating developments in human behavior that has resulted since Al Gore invented the internet is the vast spread of websites allowing people to anonymously confess their deepest and darkest secrets. Maybe you’ve seen some of these. Two of the more popular sites where you can witness this interesting phenomenon are Post Secret and Group Hug.

Me? I’ve never been one to confess anything anonymously. I’ve always felt that, aside from opposable thumbs and the ability to masturbate, the one thing that truly separates people from animals is our ability to take great pride in our mistakes, indiscretions or failings. That’s why, on my site, I’ve confessed to doing everything from drinking my wife’s breast milk to getting high with the dog.

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Friday, August 19th, 2005

Battling the Bunnies

Chris Ford, Modern Day Dad

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Chris Ford writes Modern Day Dad, a resource for stay-at-home dads. He includes the dad stuff I’ve found that’s cool, that works for the baby (or doesn’t work), as well as his own personal experiences.

There are two facts that, when you are preparing for a new baby, become painfully apparent. The most obvious is that this is something brand new. Not just new as in “Um, why did I trade my life that I’m perfectly happy with for a new one that I know absolutely nothing about?”, but also new as in a fresh start. It’s like you’re given this project completely from the beginning, and it’s up to you to make it as cool as possible.

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Friday, August 19th, 2005

Consider All The Details

Elizabeth Thielke, Busy Mom

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Elizabeth Thielke writes Busy Mom (go figure). “40 years old, married to Busy Dad for 15 years. 3 kids: Busy Girl (10) Busy Boy (9) and The Preschooler Formerly Known as Busy Baby (3).”

I may or may not have a talent for home design and decorating, I’m really not sure. When faced with a room that needs that special something like oh, say, paint, I tend to freeze up and not know what I want and, therefore, don’t end up doing anything. I think it stems from growing up in a home with all white walls and linens; my father wouldn’t tolerate anything else. Fortunately, I live in an old house that is detailed enough to be interesting on its own and I don’t have to do a lot to it downstairs. Upstairs? Not quite as interesting. It needs a little more effort.

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Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Bittersweet

Stefania Butler, Citymama

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Stefania Butler writes a lot about Portland on her blog, CityMama. She used to write about San Francisco. No matter where she is, she writes about her kids.

My baby sleeps in the crib that I slept in when I was a baby. “It’s not safe,” a friend said. “It’s so old. It can’t possibly be safe. I wouldn’t risk it,” said another. But I do. I have. Twice, even. This is the second of my babies to sleep in the crib of my infanthood.

I have never doubted for one minute the integrity of the crib. My grandfather, a landscape architect and hobbyist furniture designer, envisioned that crib especially for me. How could a piece of furniture, lovingly designed by a grandfather for his granddaughter be anything but safe?

The crib is the same honey-brown hue of my older daughter’s Korean-Italian-Irish skin, and the exact color of my baby daughter’s eyes. (She has the Irish genes and will live in SPF 45.) It is smooth and cool and satiny to the touch. It’s made of rosewood, a tropical hardwood that smells faintly sweet and spicy at the same time. Like my girls, I used to teeth on it, so I distinctly remember its clove-y taste.

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