Things and Stuff.

Where did this week even go??? It's been a whirlwind of travel, unpacking, errands, deadlines, and birthday madness. Our newly anointed three-year-old is celebrating her birthday today with her first ever majorly totally bonkers big deal birthday party. ("I fwee," she'll tell you. "I big now!") So while I run around like a rabid chicken, I'll leave you with a few gems from round 'ye ol' internets.

Parenting has been on my mind, lately. My newest harebrained scheme towards gold-star-super-glitterdom in the parenting realm is this book, which I managed to pick up in Singapore (OMG how I missed beautiful, well-stocked bookstores!) So far, I'm in. It's the first book I've read that "gets" my kiddo. The first book that's copped to the idea that there are certain kids who are just more taxing than others. Certain ones who will resist sleep, and all the tricks in all the books just won't really help. I'm all in.

Here's a wonderful piece that really resonated with me. Eleven things I Want My Daughter To Hear Me Say. I'm particularly taken with number one. Might just print this out and tape it to my fridge. (If I EVER get my printer connected.)

An insightful argument against that old saying, boys will be boys. Really worth a read.

Another wonderful post froma blogger I admire x 10 on letting little girls be little girls. (And, PS, all of Aisa needs to read this post, because the number of times I've seen five-year-olds in high heels makes me lose my faith in good sense and humanity and stuff.)

Did you know that Indoneisa has some of the world's most progressive (sorta) laws towards breastfeeding? It's illegal here to offer formula to infants less than six months in age, unless there is a compelling reason to do so. This, on the face of it, sounds like a great idea to me, but the issue is far more complex than it appears. I urge you to give this a read.

Speaking of Indo, I'm really enjoying Hither & Tither's Bali travelogue. I'm already dreaming up our next trip.

The week according to twitter by one of the nicest bloggers out there. (And I feel like, 70 percent, our weeks were the same.)

I'm loving this new-ish-to-me blog, not least because Ashley turned me onto a fantastic graphic designer.

This kid! This kid's got the most gorgeous eyes! (And also a pretty impressive aptitude for the harmonica.)

So, this one time I surfed some baby waves in Bali, and told myself that I was hella cool, because first time out and I stood up rode the surf right into the beach. Huh. My name twin is way cooler. WAY cooler. (Also: sharks.)

Alright, wish me luck, charm, and organisation. And also no tears. Birthday party, HO!

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