[Just A Few Final Thoughts: Well. That was interesting. There was a flurry of activity and mighty passionate insights over the weekend on my post about sleep training my wee young lads. You can check it here. For the most part people kept it civil - I get it that parents feel strongly about doing what is right for their child. I feel the same way. I mean, don't we all? Aren't we all pretty much doing our best? So. While I don't agree with each and every opinion expressed in the comments, I'm glad that most people felt safe enough to put their ideas out there. And while I'd like to remain diplomatic, I must express one thing - the "Us Vs. Them" mentality that surfaced in this discussion was totally stupid. Raising children will never be a science. The best we can hope for is for our kids to know we love them. And every parent has the right to figure out how to communicate that to their child in a way that works for them. Parenting is not a science, with predictable outcomes. If you look hard enough, there is research to support almost every approach. What works for you and yours might not work for me and mine. Don't become the Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh of these conversations, you know? Yelling, insulting, and bullying is no way to educate or share. In fact, I think everyone just stops participating at that point, except the bullies. And not because the points they've made are profound or irrefutable. People stop participating because most parents have limited time to spend on the computer and who wants to dive into all that negativity? I think if we remember and respect that - sharing ideas ends up being helpful rather than hostile. I'm pretty sure that's what we're all going for, no? Great. Good. The end.
(Ok, if you're wondering - the boys are sleeping beautifully. Sleep training works for us. And one unanticipated treat: they're waking up with smiles instead of tears. In the mornings, the boys have just started talking with their cute little breathy vowel sounds and coo's and blah-ma-ma's. Bright eyes and bushy tails. Love it.)
The end. For real.]
Now, Something We Can All Agree On: Winning Cute Clothes Is Awesome
Please tell me I’m not the only parent who has accidentally run out of clothes for her child. I mean. Literally. Roan grew like 6 inches in one week and suddenly nothing at all fit. Nothing except a pair of track pants, and a pair of pants with the knees ripped out and the bottom hem half torn off. A good look, but not one he could get away with every day. But he wore them every day as I looked through the laundry basket wondering where his clothes were. Finally I had to admit that I was the mom who ran out of clothes. That’s embarrassing.
Fortunately at exactly that time, Haddad Brands contacted me and asked if they could send me some threads for my dudes. Wha? Ummmm…..yes, please. Haddad Brands manufactures and distributes a little label called “Levi Strauss and Co.” as well as a small sports brand named, “Nike”. Catchy, no? You heard those names here first, readership! I predict big things for these labels!
A box arrived and excitement ensued. Roan tore through all the clothes – and let me just be the first to say Haddad Brands is not skimping on the samples. Holy Sheesh. They sent enough for all my sons to get through the next two seasons. And not only get through…but get through in a super stylie way. Lemme ask you something….is there anything cuter than a baby in a teeny tiny Levi’s jacket?
Actually, the answer is yes. Two babies. In two Levi’s jackets. I died a whole bunch when I saw these:
And my Roan. The kid is a fashionista in the extreme. He loves a good pair of pants but oh la la is he picky. He likes them skinny but not tight. Doesn’t want a certain portion touching a certain part of his knee. They need to be a certain length, a certain texture, blah blah blah. Honestly, he’s a little bit high maintenance. So I was worried when I saw these awesome blue pants they sent. Worried because I needed Roan to like them, because I really like them and there’s no way I’m going to be able to squeeze into them. Well. I’m happy to report that my boy Roan? L.O.V.E.S. these pants. He jumped, ran, climbed and ooozed cool in them all day.
So, what’s it to you? Well my friends you know I would never just be all, “blah blah blah I got free clothes blah blah blah and you didn’t“, right? Haddad Brands wants to give some swag to my readers. Excellent. So there are two ways to enter this contest:
[Update: Now there are three ways. I've been emailed that not everyone has twitter or facebook accounts. Duh. I'm dumb. Sorry! Ok, so you can also enter by just leaving a comment here - tell me something good. I don't care what it is. You favorite Levi's story? Nike story? Favorite fruit? Whatever. I like comments - entertain me!]
Go to Haddad Brands Facebook page here and “Like” them, and share this link on their wall: http://wp.pistolsandpopcorn.com/?p=1966 . Then leave a comment here letting me know you did that, with the gender/size of the outfit you want sent to you.
Follow Haddad Brands on Twitter here and tweet about this contest. Something like:
Enter @PistolsPopcorn contest to win a Levi’s or Nike outfit for your kid from @Haddadbrands here: http://bit.ly/ebiJlo
And leave the URL of your tweet in the comments section here, along with gender/size of your winnings.
Clear as mud? Cool. Entries will be accepted until Midnight, EST Monday 04/18/2011. There will be two winners, chosen Tuesday 04/19/2011. I wish you luck and clothing and lots of happiness.
And sleep. Ha!