January 26, 2007

7 weeks and he already knows how to pose for the camera

me and Ben, 7 weeks, photo by Stephanie Williamson

One fun part of becoming a mom is all the gear! It's true that you don't need a whole lot in those first months. When the time comes, I will be happy to hand Ben some Tupperware to keep him busy instead of an expensive toy with bells and whistles. Nevertheless, having inherited a shopping gene from my mom, here is a list of things I am enjoying tremendously. Some are saving our life, some are simply wonderful gifts we've received.

Just last week I found this necklace by Rena Tom. I fell in love, chatted with my sister about it (she wanted to buy it for me) and the very next day it showed up in my mailbox with Benjamin on it. A gift from Rena Tom! I am now convinced it is prettyand magic.

This fleece sling by Kangaroo Corner has saved our sanity. Both Matt and I have one in different sizes.

I've been loving the Ergo carrier and look forward to using it even more when he gets bigger.

This gift of a cashmere baby blanket is so yummy I haven't even used it with the baby yet. (How can I risk a blowout on cashmere?) and have wrapped myself in it at night.

Weleda calendula diaper cream is like a baby spa treatment.

Anything by Zutano on Ben is so cute I want to take a bite out of him.

Wipe warmer: I thought this was totally frivolous until I saw the magical effect it had on the baby. Changing him went from traumatic to day at the spa. Who wants a cold wipe on their warm bum?

Diaper Dekor: no stinky diaper smell.
Bugaboo stroller: Ours is a hand-me-down (how lucky are we?!) and we love it. The bassinet attachment is perfect for rolling up alongside our bed.

Glamour mom nursing tanks are sassy and functional.

I also love this Bravado nursing bra I discovered recently.

Was thrilled to find this Dutailier glider used on Craig's List. It is sooo comfortable.

I got this fabulous Fleurville diaper bag from Jessica and adore it... I also love the Petunia Picklebottom bag.

The Baby Book by Sears and Sears is the perfect reference book for the new parent.
The Happiest Baby on the Block was the best tool in our kit for those first weeks.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency was a fun, light read during the wee hours.
Oprah Magazine is always the best. She is my hero.
Jen Lemen's new zine is as wonderful as she is.

And when I need the world to come to me, I go to my friend Wendy's color collection tour in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (One of my favorite places in the world). It's amazing to see photos I would have taken myself through someone else's eyes... she is all about superhero colors.

And of course, the indispensible Canon Rebel XTi.

Posted on January 26, 2007 09:59 AM

Aww so beautiful!

Posted by: NikiJ at February 8, 2007 05:44 AM

I didn't read thought the comments to know if anyone has mentioned it yet, but the painting in the background is so beautiful! It is the most perfect moment and it was captured so beautifully. Wow. I really, really love that painting.

Posted by: Erika at February 5, 2007 05:43 AM


Posted by: Katherine 菁芳 ... at February 2, 2007 10:02 PM

What a beautiful pair. :-)

Posted by: Beth at February 2, 2007 04:41 AM


i am BEYOND happy for you. tim loves seeing your blog and little ben. this is GREAT to see you both together!!!!

sending positive vibes!

Posted by: kristen at January 31, 2007 09:06 AM

you guys both look perfect! love the mama glow.

Posted by: nina at January 29, 2007 10:46 AM

OH MY GOSH...what a little heartbreaker!!! and andrea-you look BEAUTIFUL! good thing ben enjoys having his picture taken. :)

love it~!


Posted by: mccabe at January 29, 2007 08:40 AM

7 weeks already????? My, how time flies! He's a handsome little guy, and his mommy is a beauty.

Posted by: W. Lotus at January 29, 2007 08:14 AM

Look at that little beaty!
Andrea, I wanted to add a parenting book to your reading list - as much as Kim and I were Sears & Sears converts at the beginning, we eventually found Becoming The Parent You Want To Be (by Davis and Keyser), which although not always as medically specific as the Sears series, is refreshingly broad-minded when it comes to exactly what approach you choose on any given issue.
More pix please!

Posted by: Brian at January 29, 2007 08:04 AM

Love this picture.

Posted by: Laura at January 29, 2007 06:43 AM

You ... holding Ben ... both so gorgeous! And thank you so much for the story of his birth in the previous post. I have no sister, and no one ever invited me to witness a birth--which was sad for someone who desperately wanted a child. You are such a vivid and honest writer, I really could almost FEEL the experience. I am happy that your generosity of spirit (telling such a personal story), gave me such a gift!

Posted by: Pamela at January 29, 2007 12:56 AM

Ohhhh... this is a wonderful picture. This is the first time we've seen you since the birth, and as cute as Ben is (and he's CUTE) I am totally blown away by the new look in your eye, and the peace on your face... it's such a amazing transformation.
And the list is super fun too. Like I need any more encouragment in my ongoing baby craze... my biological clock has been ticking like mad for the last 11 years (that's since I was 16!)

Posted by: Meg at January 28, 2007 08:28 PM

Amazing photo. You are both so gorgeous!

Posted by: Stacie de la Rosa at January 28, 2007 08:23 PM

What a beautiful baby, and a beautiful mama!

Posted by: jennifergg at January 28, 2007 05:56 PM

You and your baby are beautiful! I will refer back to your list of good finds when I am hopefully pregnant soon!

Posted by: Andrea at January 28, 2007 05:27 PM

I read sears befor my first, Tracy Hogg's Secrets of the Baby Whisperer has proven to be a MUCH better resource (can you say midnight bible). I would check it out of the library and give it a look, you know when you have a minute.

Posted by: QueenMum at January 28, 2007 02:00 PM

Sigh...what an absolutely sublime photo! I am loving, loving, loving your posts. Thank you for taking the time to continue them amidst adjusting to mom-hood!

Rock on, Coaching/Jewlery Sistah!

Laura ;-)

Posted by: Laura Neff at January 28, 2007 11:33 AM

I found your site via another blog...and just read your post about the birth of your son. My son just turned 1 last weekend. Everyone always told me "it will go by so fast" so I have tried to soak up every emotion, feeling, experience...because "they" were soooo right. Each day is a new journey...ENJOY! :) He's beautiful.

Posted by: suzanne at January 28, 2007 10:18 AM

such a sweet photo!
and i loved clicking on all of your delicious links! i bookmarked a bunch of them so that i can start planning for july!
your journey is making me even more excited for my baby's arrival! (as if i could be more excited. lol)

Posted by: kathleen at January 28, 2007 07:55 AM

Oh how adorable!!!

Posted by: Jennifer at January 28, 2007 07:11 AM

i think ben is THE cutest baby boy i have ever seen pictures of. i agree that his eyes show something much deeper than most babies. wow. please, please post more pictures. i especially love the one entitled "overwhelming cuteness."
thanks also for sharing your wonderful birth story.

Posted by: annab at January 28, 2007 12:15 AM

cute, cute, CUTE!!! I have a little nephew born last May and it is just so amazing how quickly they grow and develop. I imagine it is a lot of fun watching his little personality come out!!

Posted by: ginger at January 27, 2007 06:01 PM

Could you two be any cuter????
Hey gal, I have a giftie for baby.
Email me.

Posted by: tracey at January 27, 2007 05:16 PM

Every one knows the best toys are tupperware and saucepans with a wooden spoon (for the drums).

Tupperware is so versatile. Want sandcastles? Make yours different with tupperware. Want to make chocolate (aka children playing in the garden with soil) cake, make it in tupperware! Want to store your collection of worms/insects, tupperware. Raining and need a hat? Tupperware! (OK, I'll stop now).

Spoons! Don't forget stainless steel dessert spoons also make GREAT toys. You can stick them in your mouth if you are teething, you can bang them on your saucepans, you can bang them on the floor. Oh the noise, oh the fun.

For christmas, an empty cardboard box. No toy necessary.

Posted by: laura at January 27, 2007 04:37 PM

This is such a beautiful picture!! You sure have one handsome boy lying in your arms!

Posted by: Sunny at January 27, 2007 04:18 PM

Yes, motherhood certainly agrees with you. There is such peace in your face and yet I also love the strength and love in your arms too. Such a sweet boy! Such a sweet moment! I can't describe the overwhelming happiness and hope I feel for you.

Posted by: kristine at January 27, 2007 11:33 AM

I can not believe how beautiful your boy is. He looks like a baby but his face and eyes seem like he knows something like granpas only know ^-^ Oh my. Thanks for sharing and please do share more cute pics of him. Congratulations and all the best tho your family! -koria (lurking your blog every now and then.)

Posted by: koria at January 27, 2007 10:59 AM

Ben looks like he's thinking, "Yeah, my mom is the prettiest girl I know." He is adorable!

Thanks for all the good tips. I am busy bookmarking several of them!

Posted by: Sam at January 27, 2007 10:23 AM

you look fabulous.....and wee Ben....how sweet.

Posted by: Leslie at January 27, 2007 09:54 AM

He is such a "little person", not just a generic babyface. You look amazing! and so does he :-) Simply content and in love.

Posted by: nadine at January 27, 2007 09:38 AM

Hee hee- too cute- you both look so, so comfortable with each other...

Posted by: Regina Clare Jane at January 27, 2007 09:14 AM

I'm surprised at all the expensive toys my eight-month-old has, nothing pleases him more than a Tupperware container.

Posted by: hello insomnia at January 27, 2007 09:04 AM

dang, grrl, you & your wee man are beautiful!

weleda totally rocks...

Posted by: swampgrrl at January 27, 2007 08:41 AM

Motherhood becomes you, dear...

Posted by: Marilyn at January 27, 2007 07:21 AM

you and baby look spectacular. :)

Posted by: Christine at January 27, 2007 07:17 AM


you are both so cute!!!

Posted by: marci lambert at January 27, 2007 06:56 AM

That is such a sweet picture of the two of you. You both look great!

Posted by: Robyn at January 27, 2007 06:55 AM

You both look fabulous! Ben is such a cutie. Thanks for sharing w/us! :)

Posted by: Jessica Hood at January 27, 2007 06:46 AM

My favorite part of this picture is his tiny little hand resting on yours. Enjoy these days that go so fast...

Posted by: Kathie at January 27, 2007 06:05 AM

Fantastic picture of the two of you!

Posted by: scout at January 27, 2007 05:50 AM

If there were a CuteOverload.com for Babies and Mamas, I'd nominate you and Ben! (Wait -- *is* there such a site? I wonder...)

Posted by: jennifer at January 27, 2007 12:12 AM

Oh, so many things we've also enjoyed! I think you have the right idea to keep it simple; my mantra going forward is that I need less than I think -- this is true with toys and gear. But there's always time for change and improvement.
Best of luck to you -- I love checking in here -- it's a breath of fresh air.
Someday I hope to use my Canon XTi as well as you do! (And one of your necklaces is on my graduate school graduation wish list, too!)
All the best --

Posted by: Sara at January 26, 2007 10:01 PM

Not sure how I got here, but oh what a great first post for me to see - beautiful, beautiful boy.

I too found the fleece tube sling absolutely irreplaceable. My son lived in it while I worked at the computer. The clicking of the keys put him to sleep. If he'd stir in the middle of the night, I only needed to put him in that fleece sling and start typing.

Posted by: OMSH at January 26, 2007 09:51 PM

Oiwwwwww... you two are so lovely.
And I will be sure to come back and check out your list of essentials.

Posted by: Bek~Aussie Chick~ at January 26, 2007 08:43 PM

You are both so beautiful. Love the necklace and dog tag, what does yours read?

Posted by: amy at January 26, 2007 08:18 PM

You look beautiful as well as your son.
Thanks for the tips on baby goods!

Posted by: Tiff at January 26, 2007 08:07 PM

Beautiful photo! He looks like he is in his favorite place in the world -- his mama's arms. And you look beautiful! Motherhood agrees with you!)

Posted by: debra at January 26, 2007 07:32 PM

love this picture. precious.

and it's taken me this long [since Christmas] to be able to write without crying and let you know how much i adore my necklace that my husband gave me. i wear it nearly everyday. i get compliments on it wherever i go. it really is the most beautiful necklace i have ever had. magical really. you are amazing. thank you for sharing yourself and your talent with the world.

ben is beautiful.

i can't wait to meet my precious little boy 7 weeks from today!!


Posted by: jill s at January 26, 2007 07:08 PM

look at that little smile! love it!

Posted by: lindsey at January 26, 2007 07:00 PM