Do You Know What a StrollerThon Is?

If you’re in the Raleigh/Durham area on Saturday, September 13th, it’s an event you should attend. Postpartum Education and Support is a local non-profit dedicated to the emotional wellness of mothers. We offer support for mothers and their families, provide resources for health care providers, and raise public awareness of perinatal mood disorders. StrollerThon is the major annual fundraising event.

This year’s walk is at 10 a.m., Sept. 13, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary. After the walk, there will be children’s games, face painting, a tot trot for little ones, and The Buzztown Band. Raffle prizes include a Bumbleride Stroller. (One need not be present to enter raffle.) However, you should attend. Form a team like ML and her friend Sarah. Prizes for Best Team Name, Team Spirit and Best-Decorated Stroller. No stroller? No problem! Strollers aren’t required to attend this event.

In celebration of the challenges of life with baby a few of my favorite baby related picture books.

No Nap!

No Nap! Yes Nap! by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino – This book arrived just in time for this post. “Follow Mommy on her quest to settle Baby down for a nap as Baby dashes from family room to living room, both on the table and under it, through the kitchen and even hiding in the laundry basket.”

Pirates Don't Change Diapers

Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon – “Braid Beard and his pirate crew return to retrieve the treasure they buried in Jeremy Jacob’s backyard, but first they may help calm his baby sister, Bonney Anne, whom they awoke from her nap.”

Whoa Baby

Whoa, Baby, Whoa! by Grace Nichols and illustrated by Eleanor Taylor – “A baby finally finds something to do that does not make everyone in the family tell him, No.”

Baby Brains

Baby Brains:  The Smartest Baby In the Whole Wide World by Simon James -“Even though the baby of Mr. and Mrs Brains is very intelligent, they realize that he is still just a baby.”


Julius, The Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes – No post about babies is complete without a book about sibling rivalry.  “Lilly is convinced that the arrival of her new baby brother is the worst thing that has happened in their house, until Cousin Garland comes to visit.”



Bird Sanctuary


ML didn’t want us to buy the house I purchased. She wanted us to buy the house next door to it. It wasn’t for sale. I asked her what she liked about the house. Her answer was, “I love all the birds in its yard.” I assured her the birds would visit our yard too.

I am proud to report we have become a bird haven in the city. Today alone we saw cardinals, orioles, bluebirds, hummingbirds and doves. Last week, ML discovered a bird nest in our japanese maple. Our bluebird box has produced 2 broods and 9 babies so far this summer. We’re cleaning it out in hopes of one more brood.

There are lots of good picture books about birds.
This year, I read The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie to ML’s class. Nothing like a class of kindergartners yelling beebeebobbibobbi, beebeebobbibobbi at the top of their lungs.

We haven’t seen a flamingo in our yard, but one of our favorite books is about a flamingo, Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler. Sylvie is sassy.

I’ve featured Simon James before. His book Birdwatchers made ML laugh and laugh. Who knew there were penguins in Great Britain? My bird lover knew that was silly.