Life of a Creative Mum

Celebrating Breastfeeding Rhythms in Our Diverse Communities
November 21, 2009, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Creative Mum

I got up before Harvey this morning and drove the hour and half up to Albany, NY to attend the La Leche League of New York East’s yearly conference.

I arrived a few minutes after 8 a.m. but was still in time to attend the first seminar about fertility and natural child spacing. It gave me a lot to think about so early in the morning!

The second seminar included a presentation of awards to La Leche League leaders – newly acredited ones, 5-year ones and even one lady who had been a La Leche League leader for 40 years! I was very honored to know some of these women who were receiving awards.

Dr. James McKenna then gave his seminar entitled “Sleep Like A Baby” which brought up some very thought provoking topics, and highlighted some really interesting points. The one that stands out to me most, which gives me a spring board to understanding why breastfeeding and sleeping with Harvey is a positive thing, even beyond infancy, is that culture has moved forward far faster than biology has – so when recent cultural ideas and ideals go against an ancient biological instinct, it’s okay to question and examine it and decide to parent accordingly.

There’s lots more information at Dr. McKenna’s website…

It was a long day, but so worth it, to meet more nursing mothers, to have some of my questions answered, and to hear reassurance for some of our parenting practices.


November 13, 2009, 10:41 am
Filed under: Gustafer's Mum

We arrived at Barnes and Noble just in time to find several people waiting to help us load in and set up. Morgan sets up the stage, I set up the merch table, then we sit back and enjoy the show!

R&H at Rochester Hills B&N 10-27-09

All Good
November 13, 2009, 2:01 am
Filed under: Creative Mum

So the second day away from us, Harvey apparently just laid down and went to sleep for his afternoon nap without being nursed (me), “caressed-the-hell-out-of” (Morgan), walked or driven (either of us can do either of those). That had never happened in his life yet before today. Of course, it might not happen again tomorrow – but it’s a good start! It left me free to get started, at last, on booking our European tour dates for Summer 2010 – with my ongoing practice of worrying about how we’ll manage it when we get there – and so far we always have!

Now time to create a new website for all the photos we keep taking on all these tours and haven’t posted yet! (I found a great website creating site which makes it REALLY easy to create, design and manage a site.)

Getting help – admitting we need it!
November 11, 2009, 2:09 am
Filed under: Harvey's Mum

We both work from home, when we’re not touring, but as Harvey has gone from a baby to a little boy, we have had to split our days and each work half as much as we want to in order to be moving forward in all the ways we need to.

So finally today we took Harvey to a home day care, to see if it was somewhere we could take him one or two days a week, so that we could each get a whole days work done. We were both VERY dubious, and each felt on a roller-coaster emotionally the rest of the day at the thought of having Harvey be with someone else all day long – how could we trust anyone with our baby!?

Harvey made it pretty clear what his feelings were – he sobbed when we had to leave, not wanting to part with the toy vacuum. As we got in the car and drove away, it was as if his tears were telling us that he LIKED it there, and wanted to stay, and that we were the ones who must let go and let him start to explore the world without us.

Hopefully we’ll be able to deal with that – and will soon have a few days a week where we can fully consume ourselves with all our creative goals for our business… and we’ll both look forward so much to seeing him again at the end of the day!

Motherhood Later Featured Mom!
November 8, 2009, 9:06 pm
Filed under: Creative Mum

I’m the “Featured Mom” this month on this website…

Motherhood Later

Sunday in Woodstock
November 8, 2009, 9:05 pm
Filed under: Creative Mum

After a week of working at home and not having left at all, we went as a family to Woodstock today for lunch.

It was a beautiful day, so after lunch we wandered about a bit and spend some time in the wonderful bookshop The Golden Notebook.

The Golden Notebook

Since we are working right now on our first Gustafer Yellowgold book, it was good to spend some time looking at what books are available right now for children.

We asked the bookshop what was their weirdest children’s picture book and they suggested “How The Nobble Was Finally Found” by C. K. Williams and Stephen Gammell.

How The Nobble Was Finally Found

We agreed that it was weird – it was great!

Harvey fell asleep in the car ride home, as we crossed Lake Shokan and drove through the woods and hills!

November 6, 2009, 7:21 pm
Filed under: Creative Mum

I was invited to answer some questions about being a “later mom” and really enjoyed thinking about the answers, felt that I’d been given an opportunity to look more closely about what I’m doing right now. Seems like it might be interesting to other mothers who run creative businesses.