If you’re anything like us, you were super excited when you found out that chic wedding blog 100 Layer Cake was launching a family blog, 100 Layer Cakelet. And when we found out one of their editors, Junia Montaño, was pregnant, we had to know more about her turning her beautiful family from two into three. Junia, due July 24th, also just so happens to be a friend of my fiancé’s from back in their San Francisco days. While we have only met through the powers that are social media, she’s one of those people I wish lived close enough to set up playdates with. You’ll feel the same after reading more about her. How has pregnancy been treating you? It’s been really great. Now that my nine months is almost up, I've made sure to slow down and enjoy these last few weeks of being pregnant. Random strangers have actually helped me with this. It seems like everywhere I go now, people want to chat with me, ask me when I'm due, if we have names picked out, etc. It's nice! Are you finding out the sex of your baby? Yes. It's a girl! We actually didn't want to find out for the longest time, but as the months went by we needed it to sink in that yes, we were actually going to have a baby. Finding out made it more real for us. How does being in your field inspire baby purchasing or nursery decisions? My husband is a graphic designer, and I look at pretty weddings all day, so we both have an eye for modern decor and colors. We know for sure that we didn't want to buy things that were baby pastel pink or had cheesy images, words and phrases like "princess," "daddy's little girl," etc. on them. We're more attracted to the organic, cleanly designed, muted or neutral-colored products that we feel also complement what we already have in our apartment. We're also not into having a lot of baby stuff around (who knows, that could change), so we're going to try to keep things minimal. That being said, we decided not to dedicate our second room, which I use as my office, as the nursery. So where will the little one sleep? We want to keep her close to us, so she'll be sleeping in our bedroom. Plus, I work from home, so keeping the second room as an office is key for the time being. How are you approaching maternity style? I told myself I didn't want to buy maternity clothes so that I could wear anything new that I bought well after the pregnancy. So far it's worked! I use the pregnancy as an excuse to buy and wear more dresses, which is something I didn't really wear before but quickly found out was so much more comfortable than wearing jeans with the belly band. How is being pregnant in L.A. unique? The heat is definitely the unique (and challenging) part of being pregnant in Los Angeles. Even before becoming pregnant, I'd swell up when the temps got high, and now my fingers and toes balloon up to plump little sausages even quicker. Sadly, the warmer temps and being pregnant at the same time has made it so I no longer fit into any of my cute shoes and sandals. I've had to resort to flip flops and a comfy pair of Nike’s. Any fears of becoming a mama? You know, I don't really have any fears (yet). My husband and I have talked about having kids for so long that all I'm feeling is pure excitement to meet this little one. I should also thank the childbirth prep classes we've taken. They've helped me prepare mentally for different situations and I am hoping to enter the labor and birth of our little one feeling empowered. If I did have to pick one thing though, I'm worried about how our two cats will take to our new family member. Any tips to make the transition easy, please share! What are you most excited about? New adventures! My husband and I have known each other for 17 years and have done practically everything together. We're both ecstatic to become a team of three and experience life all over again through her eyes. Even the most mundane activity, like staying at home to veg and watch TV, will be that much more exciting, and we can't wait. We imagine we'll spend a lot of time just staring at her in amazement that we created her. Photo of Junia in polk-a-dot jumper by Scott Clark. All other photos provided by Junia.
Baby stuff comes in such cute prints these days. Gone are the days when everything was pink and blue and covered in ducks or teddy bears. Today's baby gear features stylish prints that appeal to mom.
That's why it's totally understandable how a mama could mistake a car seat cover for a cute midi skirt. It happened to Lori Farrell, and when she shared her mishap on Facebook she went viral before she was even home from work. Fellow moms can totally see the humor in Farrell's mishap, and thankfully, so can she.
As for how a car seat cover could be mistaken for a skirt—it's pretty simple, Farrell tells Motherly.
"A friend of mine had given me a huge lot of baby stuff, from clothes to baby carriers to a rocker and blankets and when I pulled it out I was not sure what it was," she explains. "I debated it but washed it anyway then decided because of the way it pulled on the side it must be a maternity skirt."
Farrell still wasn't 100% sure if she was right by the time she headed out the door to work, but she rocked the ambiguous attire anyway.
"When I got to work I googled the brand and realized not only do they not sell clothing but it was a car seat cover."
The brand, Itzy Ritzy, finds the whole thing pretty funny too, sharing Farell's viral moment to its official Instagram.
It may be a car seat cover, but that print looks really good on this mama.
And if you want to copy Farell's style, the Itzy Ritzy 4-in-1 Nursing Cover, Car Seat Cover, Shopping Cart Cover and Infinity Scarf (and skirt!) is available on Amazon for $24.94.
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Daycare for infants is expensive across the country, and California has one of the worst states for parents seeking care for a baby. Putting an infant in daycare in California costs $2,914 more than in-state tuition for four years of college, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
Paying north of $1,000 for daycare each month is an incredible burden, especially on single-parent families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 10% of a family's income—by that definition, less than 29% of families in California can afford infant care. Some single parents spend half their income on day care. It is an incredible burden on working parents.
But that burden may soon get lighter. CBS Sacramento reports California may put between $25 and $35 million into child care programs to make day care more affordable for parents with kids under 3 years old.
Assembly Bill 452, introduced this week, could see $10 million dollars funneled into Early Head Start (which currently gets no money from the state but does get federal funding) and tens of millions more would be spent on childcare for kids under three.
The bill seeks to rectify a broken childcare system. Right now, only about 14% of eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in subsidized programs in California, and in 2017, only 7% of eligible children younger than three years of age accessed Early Head Start.
An influx of between $25 to $35 million dollars could see more spaces open up for kids under three, as Bill 452, if passed, would see the creation of "grants to develop childcare facilities that serve children from birth to three years of age."
This piece of proposed legislation comes weeks after California's governor announced an ambitious plan for paid parental leave, and as another bill, AB 123, seeks to strengthen the state's pre-kindergarten program.
Right now, it is difficult for some working parents to make a life in California, but by investing in families, the state's lawmakers could change that and change California's future for the better.
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When a mama gets married, in most cases she wants her children to be part of her big day. Photographers are used to hearing bride-to-be moms request lots of pictures of their big day, but when wedding photographer Laura Schaefer of Fire and Gold Photography heard her client Dalton Mort planned to wear her 2-year-old daughter Ellora instead of a veil, she was thrilled.
A fellow mama who understands the benefits of baby-wearing, Schaefer was keen to capture the photos Mort requested. "When I asked Dalton about what some of her 'must get' shots would be for her wedding, she specifically asked for ones of her wearing Ellie, kneeling and praying in the church before the tabernacle," Schaefer tells Motherly.
She got those shots and so many more, and now Mort's toddler-wearing wedding day pics are going viral.
"Dalton wore Ellie down the aisle and nursed her to sleep during the readings," Schaefer wrote on her blog, explaining that Ellie then slept through the whole wedding mass.
"As a fellow mother of an active toddler, this is a HUGE win! Dalton told me after that she was SO grateful that Ellie slept the whole time because she was able to focus and really pray through the Mass," Schaefer explains.
Dalton was able to concentrate on her wedding day because she made her baby girl a part of it (and that obviously tired Ellie right out).
Ellie was part of the commitment and family Dalton if forging with her husband, Jimmy Joe. "There is no better behaved toddler than a sleeping toddler, and she was still involved, even though I ended up unwrapping her to nurse her. I held her in my arms while my husband and I said our vows. It was really special for us," Dalton told POPSUGAR.
This is a wedding trend we are totally here for!
Congrats to Dalton and Jimmy Joe (and to Ellie)! 🎉
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The internet is freaking out about how Peppa Pig is changing the way toddlers speak, but parents don't need to be too worried.
As Romper first reported, plenty of American parents have noticed that preschoolers are picking up a bit of a British accent thanks to Peppa. Romper's Janet Manley calls it "the Peppa effect," noting that her daughter started calling her "Mummy" after an in-flight Peppa marathon.
Plenty of other parents report sharing Manley's experience, but the British accent is not likely to stick, experts say.
Toronto-based speech and language pathologist Melissa James says this isn't a new thing—kids have always been testing out the accents they hear on TV and in the real world, long before Peppa oinked her way into our Netflix queues.
"Kids have this amazing ability to pick up language," James told Global News. "Their brains are ripe for the learning of language and it's a special window of opportunity that adults don't possess."
Global News reports that back in the day there were concerns about Dora The Explorer potentially teaching kids Spanish words before the kids had learned the English counterparts, and over in the U.K., parents have noticed British babies picking up American accents from TV, too.
But it's not a bad thing, James explains. When an American adult hears "Mummy" their brain translates it to "Mommy," but little kids don't yet make as concrete a connection. "When a child, two, three or four, is watching a show with a British accent and hears [words] for the first time, they are mapping out the speech and sound for that word in the British way."
So if your baby is oinking at you, calling you "Mummy" or testing out a new pronunciation of "toh-mah-toe," know that this is totally natural, and they're not going to end up with a life-long British pig accent.
As Dr, Susannah Levi, associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at New York University, tells The Guardian, "it's really unlikely that they'd be acquiring an entire second dialect from just watching a TV show."
It sure is cute though.