My high school pal is having a baby! And he had a question.

My high school senior portrait.

I am so happy when people take advantage of the fact that they know a Mothering editor. Pepper me with questions, y’all! And I am always happy to get even more advice and suggestions for the Q-ers in the form of comments. Spencer went to high school with me, and had really great cast parties after our school plays. As a contextual element, I have included my high school senior portrait.

Here goes:

Hi Candace,

My how time flies, how are you and your kids? Molly and I are expecting our first in early April. Needless to say we are really excited, we are having a home birth so we have been busy! We have an amazing midwife, and are waiting to meet the little one and find out if it’s a girl or boy. We are in the process of updating our Cambridge flat, mostly moving old crap out and baby stuff in!!! We are knees deep with sewing bamboo cloth diapers/inserts, rubbing the belly and taking cold cold walks.

We have a fairly small nursery, 6 feet by 7 feet so we are thinking of a hammock, a changing table and a dresser but was wondering if you had any ideas or links to small-space baby makeovers etc… We will probably not get a crib right away since the baby will be sleeping with us for a while. Also I am opposed, because I think they look like a jail cell but mostly, we have traveled the globe and in many cultures they use hammocks or co-sleep because of spine development etc.

I hope 2010 will be as special for you as for us.


Dear Spencer,

Oh, congratulations! My son was born on April 8th : ) . I’m so happy to hear that you’re having a homebirth. The baby hammocks that I’ve seen are nice but I have heard that they only work for a short amount of time because the baby grows out of it–so best to try to get one second-hand. I love the idea of getting an organic cotton single-mattress-size futon to put right on the floor. That way your wife can nurse him or her to sleep there during the day if she wants to be able to do stuff in the bedroom and get the baby accustomed to the space. When the baby grows to be a toddler or preschooler and transitions to the bed, it’s nice and low so there will be no “falling out of bed” adventures. And it’s an extra place for a houseguest to sleep in case you need it. Most regular mattresses are loaded with PBDEs (flame retardant) that get into everyone’s bodies, so that’s why I say go for the futon. They usually have a polyester layer that is naturally flame retardant. But ask around–there should be a cool groovy place in Boston.

I would love 2010 to be half as special as it is going to be for you! Lots of love and blessings to you and your family.


Anyone else have advice for Spencer? Comment below.

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