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Mother’s Day: Gift Ideas and Setting Expectations


Mother’s Day has always been a big deal in my family. When I was a little kid my brothers and I would get up early and make my Mom breakfast in bed. For many years this was cereal, toast orange juice and little vase with flowers picked from our backyard.  The week leading up to Mother’s Day we’d make cards, usually with a poem inside telling her how special she is and how lucky we are to have her for a Mother.  

Now that I am a Mother I truly understand how special this day is. This year we’re taking her out to a special brunch the day before Mother’s Day. Then on Mother’s Day Josh has something planned for me. Can’t wait!

Last year I remember reading several posts on different Mommy Forums about Moms being so disappointed because their husbands didn’t get them anything or plan anything special for Mother’s Day. I felt really sad reading this. My advice (for any occasion) has always been to help your husband out a bit by giving him some ideas. I’d say to go so far as to plan your own perfect day – whether that is a family outing or some time for yourself. Mother’s Day is too special to be disappointed so get on the ball if you haven’t all ready! J Come on, you’ve brought a beautiful life into this world. Let’s celebrate and honor this!

Here are some ideas from all of us here at MommyBeta! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Massage / Spa Treatment – Nathalee asked for a massage. Who doesn’t love a good massage? Also, some spas like SenSpa in San Francisco offer a day pass where you can use all the amenities without having to book a treatment. So be sure to check-in with local spas.

Date Night – At one of your favorite spots or a place you’ve wanted to try.  If you don’t have a sitter you can try to find one using trusted online babysitter services like UrbanSitter, WonderSitter, SitterCity or

Coupon Book – Filled with your favorite things. I think anyone one of us would love to get one of these filled with coupons for: A Long Walk, Coffee with a Friend, A Day to Sleep In, Take a Bubble Bath, Go Shopping Solo, Date Night, etc.  

Locket or Charm Bracelet has a ton of pretty lockets! Put a picture of your family in the locket. Add charms like your children’s birthstones or initials to charm bracelets.

iPhone Wallet Clutch – Natali asked for this beautiful red patent leather iPhone wallet clutch from Michael Kors.

For more ideas check out this segment on Fox & Friends highlighting tech gadgets for Moms, which are pretty damn cool!

What are you doing for Mother’s Day??!  


When Are You Going To Have Another Baby? 

Why does everyone keep asking me this lately!?

I have had no fewer than six people ask me if I am planning for Baby #2 this week. I may have had a little too much butter in France last week but I am not expecting or expecting to expect just yet.

My husband and I do want Baby Mo to have a sibbling. I can't imaging going through my childhood without my sister. When we were kids, my family traveled a lot with a family that only had one child and we used to tease the boy about it.

"Must suck to have to be alone with your parents in Hawaii, doesn't it Duke?" we would tease.

I don't want that for Baby Mo but I'm not trying to birth him a friend in the near future. I want to enjoy our alone time with him.

Maybe there is something about being a new mother that makes people think you are obsessed with procreation. I'm not! I have no notion of an expiring biological clock or any other such nonsense.

When my husband and I returned from our travels last week, my mom was not at all subtle in her probing.

"So.....have you talked about making Baby Mo a brother or sister?" she said.

"Yes we have," I said. "And the conversation went like this: Clayton: 'When do you think we should have another baby?' Natali: 'I don't know.'"

That's as far as we got.

So I figured before one more person asks me this I would put the answer out there preemptively. Yes, I want another baby eventually. No, it does not occupy my thoughts and calendar. Maybe after Baby Mo turns 1 we will revisit the above discussion. In the meantime, when are you going to have another baby?