Kadina Malicbegovic of The Human Canvas paints a seven-and-a-half-month bump.
Eight weeks left.
Yet somehow, my to-do list seems to be growing exponentially.
I still need to sign up for daycare, find a pediatrician, write a birth plan and magically transform our laundry room/closet into a nursery. Most overwhelming? Figuring out what kind of stuff, and how much of it, to buy.
What kind of baby carrier do I need? Is a stroller necessary right away? What's the deal with cloth diapers? Does baby need a bassinet and
a crib? What even is
Kale salad with almonds, dried cherries and some kind of delish cheese from Healthy Living Market & Café.
To find the answers to some of my questions, I drove over to the Holiday Inn in South Burlington on Saturday, March 8, for the 3rd Annual Pregnancy & Baby Expo
sponsored by Naturally You Childbirth
. It was more informative (and fun!) than I expected.
My only complaint: For an event geared toward pregnant ladies, there should have been a lot
more food. The kale and dried cherry salad from the Healthy Living
booth was to die for, but I could have eaten an entire tub of the stuff (which the friendly nurse practitioner staffing the booth invited me to do — if I could find myself a bowl).
I wended my way through the 40-plus vendors: photographers specializing in newborn photo shoots (a little too Anne Geddes
for my taste); anti-circumcision advocates ("His Body, His Choice"); folks demonstrating car seat safety (fingers crossed the hand-me-down seat I plan to use still meets standards); and Lunaroma Aromatic Apothecary, which was handing out samples of "Baby's Bottom Balm" (smells like lavender).
The woolen creations of Jabo and Belles: Handmade.
Here's what I learned:
meet regularly in Burlington and Addison County to discuss the basics of wearing your spawn. The coolest part? They have a lending library of carriers, slings and wraps. If you can't decide which one to buy, you can borrow one and try it out free for a month.
Kadina Malicbegovic, who paints naked bodies as one half of the Burlington performance art duo The Human Canvas
does belly painting at baby showers!
Yup, you can dip your placenta in finger paints and keep the memory of the meaty organ alive forever.
April Wanner, who owns the Milton-based Milo & Company
, makes beautiful baby clothes and cloth diapers. Local, reusable and handmade.
Bradie Hansen's fuzzy woolen creatures are adorable — especially the owls with hair. Her Shelburne-based company is called Jabo and Belles: Handmade
, and she's starting a craft-therapy group for new moms with Alice Pollvogt of Nature + Nurture Parenting
You can't talk breastfeeding in Burlington without some veteran mom launching into an impassioned rave about lactation consultant Sally MacFadyen
. I finally met the lady.
And, yes, I saw real placenta art, courtesy of placenta encapsulation certified specialist Tara Carpenter of Happy Bellies
. I have to say: It was kind of pretty.
Megan James is the managing editor of
Kids VT. She'll be blogging about her pregnancy until the baby arrives — hopefully in early May.