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Mila's Daydreams: "This is my maternity leave hobby. While my baby is taking her nap, I try to imagine her dream and capture it." Almost too cute.
posted by hoskala (69 comments total) 45 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is a great alternative to my wife and our friend's proposal of stuffonmybaby.com.
posted by mkb at 10:51 AM on July 23, 2010 [6 favorites]


This makes my ovaries ache.
posted by punchtothehead at 10:54 AM on July 23, 2010 [4 favorites]


Oh, this makes me want to steal a baby. And get new carpeting.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:55 AM on July 23, 2010 [6 favorites]


Those are very cute. But the repetition of Mila always asleep left me feeling an odd bit of nervous discomfort. By the end of the page I found myself really wishing that I could see Mila awake and responding so I'd know that she was OK.
posted by Babblesort at 10:55 AM on July 23, 2010 [5 favorites]


Terribly adorable and very creative.
posted by Increase at 10:55 AM on July 23, 2010


Looks like someone has some competition.
posted by piratebowling at 10:57 AM on July 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


From the description, I wasn't expecting much, but oh my god the little scenes made with simple blankets and things around the house are amazing.
posted by mathowie at 10:58 AM on July 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


Man, that poked right through my crispy brittle shell of cynicism and judgment. I have to go rethink some life choices.
posted by Think_Long at 10:59 AM on July 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


Those are awesomely incredible.

(And there are plenty where you can see Mila is moving--hands and/or feet in the air is often, though not always, a clue.)
posted by DU at 11:00 AM on July 23, 2010


Babblesort: "Those are very cute. But the repetition of Mila always asleep left me feeling an odd bit of nervous discomfort. By the end of the page I found myself really wishing that I could see Mila awake and responding so I'd know that she was OK."

Same here. They reminded me of those posed, posthumous photos from the 19th Century.
posted by brundlefly at 11:00 AM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I should say, that that unease is more than overcome by the "awwwwww" factor.
posted by brundlefly at 11:01 AM on July 23, 2010


I imagine this is the sort of thing they did to Buster Bluth when he was that age.
posted by bondcliff at 11:02 AM on July 23, 2010 [12 favorites]


Cute now. Awkward when the kid's 15 and her mom's still sneaking into her room at night, putting bunny ears on her head and sprinkling fresh-cut lawn clippings all over the bed and whatnot.
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:02 AM on July 23, 2010 [13 favorites]


people have hobbies other then napping when their baby sleeps?
posted by andywolf at 11:04 AM on July 23, 2010 [14 favorites]


But the repetition of Mila always asleep left me feeling an odd bit of nervous discomfort.

Also seeing her asleep constantly on the floor. Get that girl a bed! Still, yes, too cute!

I thought it was going to be a writing project (which would be extremely difficult for newborns, since newborns' dreams are probably totally ineffable). My 20-month-old daughter just started talking about dreams for the first time. It's pretty fucking awesome.
posted by mrgrimm at 11:04 AM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


You know those times when your parents pull out the baby photos to show your significant other and you are mortally embarrassed?

Now imagine when this album comes out.
posted by knapah at 11:05 AM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


That's very cute. :)
posted by zarq at 11:05 AM on July 23, 2010


I use only few minutes per picture, including creating idea, implementation and editing, 'cause I don't want to disturb her sleeping and most of my time is for my family.

Either this woman has an amazing knowledge of not only what she owns, but how to use it to create the effects that she's creating, or her definition of a few minutes is longer than mine.

I have trouble getting over the uneasy "I'm using my unconscious baby as a prop!" feeling, though the photographs are creative.
posted by Atreides at 11:13 AM on July 23, 2010


Any unease I have is completely overcome by the SQUEEEEEEE!!!!! CUUUUUUUUTTEEEEEE!!!!!

Ahem.
posted by gaspode at 11:18 AM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I really didn't have very high hopes when I clicked on the link, but now I want to forward this to far too many people.
posted by MexicanYenta at 11:19 AM on July 23, 2010


She did one of me! I love it!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:22 AM on July 23, 2010 [12 favorites]


The forthcoming book deal should take care of that pesky college tuition...
posted by hermitosis at 11:23 AM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I feel like I squandered my maternity leave...
posted by fyrebelley at 11:27 AM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


How do you dress the baby while she's asleep? Or I guess you plan out the scenes and outfits beforehand?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:29 AM on July 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is so cute. Yet, the first thing I think of when I see all those cute outfits and beautiful colors is, wow, she and/or her husband must make an awful lot of money to not only have a baby but have so many cute outfits for it and so many pretty colors around it. It's expensive to live in such a pretty world.
posted by anniecat at 11:37 AM on July 23, 2010


Babies suck.







Nahh just kidding I love babies.
posted by Mister_A at 11:37 AM on July 23, 2010


Anniecat, when you have a baby, everyone you know buys her an outfit. It's a law or something. Also, you notice that all your friends have babies, and some of them have babies that are older than yours, so they give you some of their baby stuff. It doesn't necessarily cost a lot to keep a baby in adorable outfits. Incidentally, my wife had a baby 3 months ago and we haven't had to buy diapers yet.
posted by Mister_A at 11:39 AM on July 23, 2010 [6 favorites]


I got the sense that most of the colors were just swaths of pretty fabric. As someone who is so obviously crafty/arty, it doesn't surprise me that she would have tons of cloth pieces just laying around - and they really aren't that expensive as far as hobbies go.
posted by Think_Long at 11:45 AM on July 23, 2010


Unfortunately whenever I see pictures of sleeping babies I can't help thinking of Victorian Memento Mori photographs (some examples here for the non-squeamish).

Sorry if that spoiled the cuteness for anyone.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 11:45 AM on July 23, 2010


Aw, cute...

/dies of diabetes.
posted by Artw at 11:48 AM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also, you notice that all your friends have babies, and some of them have babies that are older than yours, so they give you some of their baby stuff.

Also, other people's friends buy them adorable baby outfits that the baby then outgrows before she gets a chance to wear, and you pick them up at resale (new with tags!) for about 1/10 the original price.

Taking care of a newborn involves spending a lot of time in your own head, especially if you're nursing. I suspect she plans out the scenes during those "active buy idle" moments and that it does actually take no more than a few minutes to arrange the actual shot.

That being said -- man, that girl is a sound sleeper. If I so much put a blanket on my son he would (and he will still) wake up.
posted by anastasiav at 11:49 AM on July 23, 2010


I am very envious of her carpet, and a little jealous that her baby apparently sleeps through anything..... But ow, my ovaries are twitching.
posted by dabitch at 11:53 AM on July 23, 2010


Incidentally, my wife had a baby 3 months ago and we haven't had to buy diapers yet.

Congratulations!

Heh. I wish someone in our group of friends would think of buying us diapers now. ;)
posted by zarq at 11:54 AM on July 23, 2010


The elephant really wowed me. I didn't know you could make one out of a shirt (?).
posted by emhutchinson at 11:56 AM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also, other people's friends buy them adorable baby outfits that the baby then outgrows before she gets a chance to wear, and you pick them up at resale (new with tags!) for about 1/10 the original price.

It's been a year, and my wife is still talking about the Lily Pulitzer sundress (with tags) she found for my daughter and the Kenneth Cole tuxedo (with tags) she found for my son for $1 each at a local consignment sale. :)
posted by zarq at 11:56 AM on July 23, 2010


I was ready to be all mean and snarking and putting on my Anne Geddes hate. But fuck that baby is cuuuuuute! Also - you tell all of this was put together with a sense of humor and love (as opposed to making her baby look like it came out of a tea cup).

As a gay man, I hope when Lionel Messi and I have kids - they are just as adorable.
posted by helmutdog at 12:05 PM on July 23, 2010


Urge to make.... another baby.. rising.... .yeuurrugh

SO CUTE!
posted by cavalier at 12:18 PM on July 23, 2010


This makes me nostalgic for my alternate-reality past where my children would have a) let me put them down occasionally and b) slept for any decent length of time.
posted by bibliowench at 12:31 PM on July 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


Anniecat, when you have a baby, everyone you know buys her an outfit.

I intend to craft a romper-ish thing out of an extra pillowcase or stuff lying around the house. Just cut a hole for the head, and two for the arms and make a baby toga. Should take two minutes. Toddlers around here wear more expensive clothes than me.
posted by anniecat at 12:35 PM on July 23, 2010


How do you dress the baby while she's asleep? Or I guess you plan out the scenes and outfits beforehand?

Unless the mother is able to dress her sleeping child without waking her up*, she's obviously planning these ahead. I have a feeling that with scenes like this, she planned and set up the entire background, dressed the baby in a matching ensemble, and then laid her down on top of it after she fell asleep.

if this is the case, she needs to make another blog pronto about her sick sleep training secrets
posted by zoomorphic at 12:36 PM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I could be doing something like this if the U.S. had some fucking paternity leave like all the commie countries. Instead my wife is home with Potato Baby II: Electric Boogaloo right now doing laundry and taking PBI swimming and junk like that. PBII:EB sleeps soundly enough to do all these things during the day and then she wants to be held or throws a fit all night. I AM SO TIRED! I implore you to quell your baby-making urges ladies.
posted by ND¢ at 12:36 PM on July 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


anniecat, don't forget to clean out a drawer.
posted by zoomorphic at 12:38 PM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Just green-screen it, man -- it'd be way easier.
posted by LordSludge at 12:43 PM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


anniecat, don't forget to clean out a drawer.

Like I'd put a baby in a drawer when I already went and found a used dogbed on eBay. (I wonder if the dogbed is refundable. Drawer's cheaper.)
posted by anniecat at 12:47 PM on July 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


I wish I hadn't just eaten a 3 Musketeers bar because my teeth are now aching with this on top of it.

Seriously, if I was Superman and the heat of the Chicago sun today charged my super-snark strength, this would be my kryptonite.

I know that kids are always supposed to be totally embarrassed by shit like this when they get older, but I really hope that she's able to look at this and think "wow, my mom was kickass"
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:51 PM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Toddlers around here wear more expensive clothes than me.

Which is why you go to the neighborhood charity store to buy those same clothes second hand for 1/5th the original price. Or Freecycle, which netted us a huge bag of 2T clothes in a time where we couldn't afford even charity shop clothes.
posted by dw at 12:55 PM on July 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


The remote is a phaser, a lamp shade is my hat,
Get a house from a deck of cards, a flying carpet from a mat.
Make a puppet from a sock, I'm not telling you to stop
But one thing i would never do is use a baby for a prop
posted by storybored at 12:57 PM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Anniecat, dogbeds are too squishy -- newborns can roll into the corners and suffocate. What you want is a hard-sided dog CRATE. Just fold up a blankie and put it in the bottom and you'll be all set.
posted by KathrynT at 1:01 PM on July 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


The bonus is that a crate-trained baby is less likely to pee in your shoes when you leave it alone for twelve hours.
posted by zoomorphic at 1:19 PM on July 23, 2010 [5 favorites]


Anniecat, dogbeds are too squishy -- newborns can roll into the corners and suffocate. What you want is a hard-sided dog CRATE. Just fold up a blankie and put it in the bottom and you'll be all set.

OOOH. I can lock 'em in, right? Tell me I can lock 'em in!
posted by zarq at 1:37 PM on July 23, 2010


Is it wrong to be jealous of a baby that sleeps that soundly?
Go into the nursery around here and there are eyes tracking you from the doorway on.
posted by madajb at 1:39 PM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Adorable...and slightly disturbing.

And I am yet another parent who says - damn, that baby sleeps soundly! When my two-year-old was an infant, I once crumpled a piece of paper two rooms away and he instantly woke up and started crying. I never did that again!
posted by pinky at 1:57 PM on July 23, 2010


Is it wrong to be jealous of a baby that sleeps that soundly?

Oh god no. I'm jealous of that baby's soundness in her slumber, her clothes, her mother's artistic ability, the fact that they live in Helsinki and probably have a wonderful social welfare net (based on my vague knowledge -- they probably give everyone an axe and fishing net upon being born for all I know), all those pretty colors and patterns.
posted by anniecat at 2:09 PM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Anniecat, dogbeds are too squishy -- newborns can roll into the corners and suffocate. What you want is a hard-sided dog CRATE. Just fold up a blankie and put it in the bottom and you'll be all set.

This one comes with those straps you see on the boards EMTs use to strap injured people down.
posted by anniecat at 2:10 PM on July 23, 2010


Is it wrong to be jealous of a baby that sleeps that soundly?

I have one toddler that does and one that doesn't. I'm jealous of other parents when they tell me their kids do. So... no.
posted by zarq at 2:44 PM on July 23, 2010


The elephant really wowed me. I didn't know you could make one out of a shirt (?).

My favorite cloth creation of the week: Mr Tee. Compared to that, an elephant looks easy.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:50 PM on July 23, 2010


When my two-year-old was an infant, I once crumpled a piece of paper two rooms away and he instantly woke up and started crying. I never did that again!

From my notes, taken when the kids were about 6 months old:

Saturday Night
*horrendous crash in the kitchen*
Mrs. zarq: WHAT HAPPENED?!?
Me: Uh... nothing! Go back to sleep!
Kids: WAAAAAAA!!!!!
Mrs. zarq: What happened??
Me: Well....
Mrs. zarq: OMG, what happened?! What did you do!?
Me: Well....
Mrs. zarq: There's water everywhere!
Me: It's ok.
Kids: WAAAAAAA!!!!!
Mrs. zarq: *grabbing towels*
Me: I got tired of bending down to measure the water as it goes into their bottles. So I lifted the jug and leaned it against the hood of the stove, to put the bottle being filled at closer to eye level.
Mrs. zarq: It was full!
Me: It was only five gallons.
Mrs. zarq: But...
Kids: WAAAAAAA!!!!!
Me: So I got their bottles filled but when I went to close the little valve, I missed. Water everywhere. That's when it sort of slipped out of my hands and hit the top of the stove.
Mrs. zarq: You dropped a five-gallon jug of water on the top of the stove?
Me: Hence the gigantic crash.
Kids: WAAAAAAA!!!!!
Mrs. zarq: Hence the broken bottle and the waterfall in my kitchen!
Me: Uh... ok, so you have this well in hand, right? I'll just go feed them now. Good luck with the mess!
Mrs. zarq: Get back here!
posted by zarq at 2:59 PM on July 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


a wonderful social welfare net (based on my vague knowledge -- they probably give everyone an axe and fishing net upon being born for all I know)

Give a Finn a fish, she will eat for a day; give her a fishing net, she will likely dress it up in adorable poses for life.
posted by joe lisboa at 3:54 PM on July 23, 2010


Awww.
posted by limeonaire at 4:02 PM on July 23, 2010


OOOH. I can lock 'em in, right? Tell me I can lock 'em in!

i don't see why not!

This is actually based somewhat on real life for me. My (eight month old) daughter was spending the day at Grandma and Grandpa's, and in addition to their one bouncy Portuguese Water Dog puppy, they were hosting two others plus an adult. They couldn't find a place to put her where the dogs wouldn't lick her to death as she napped, so they ended up washing out one of the crates and putting her in there.

We arrived to pick her up about 45 minutes before when they thought we would, and they thought we would be FURIOUS. We were, instead, rather impressed with their ingenuity. It seemed (and still seems) like a great solution to a thorny problem.
posted by KathrynT at 4:26 PM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


This so easily could have been tacky, but instead it is beautiful. I hope I can do wonderful stuff like this with my kids. When I get around to having them.
posted by AzzaMcKazza at 5:58 PM on July 23, 2010


These pictures just make me want to dress up my cat.
posted by fiercekitten at 7:05 PM on July 23, 2010


I'm just jealous of all of those babies who will fall asleep and then let someone put them down. My daughter will instantly wake up if I even think about putting her down.
posted by zorrine at 12:38 PM on July 24, 2010


Wow. That is the angriest looking cat I have ever seen. Maybe you should reconsider dressing up your cat.
posted by stoneweaver at 3:39 PM on July 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


zorrine, I've been there. There's light at the end of the tunnel (and night-snuggly four year olds in your future, which is great as you'll grow to miss the constant contact.)
posted by dabitch at 4:16 PM on July 24, 2010


Wow. That is the angriest looking cat I have ever seen. Maybe you should reconsider dressing up your cat.
That's some other person's cat, a cat that strangely consented to being dressed 65 times. There seems to be a small but prolific market in Sphynx cat clothes.
posted by fiercekitten at 1:02 AM on July 25, 2010


You know those times when your parents pull out the baby photos to show your significant other and you are mortally embarrassed?

Now imagine when this album comes out.


My dad is the youngest of 5 brothers, and no daughters. My grandmother had really wanted a girl. So when my dad was an infant, she used to dress him up in feminine baby clothes, put pretty jewelry on him, and take pictures. We still have those photos, and they are both beautiful and hilarious!
For those of you that would worry about this, the occasional "forced gender modification" ended after a few months.
posted by bluefly at 4:42 AM on July 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm just jealous of all of those babies who will fall asleep and then let someone put them down. My daughter will instantly wake up if I even think about putting her down.

echoing, dabitch. we've (parents) have probably all been there, with varying degrees of difficulties.

just keep being consistent. keep putting her down and she'll learn. ... eventually. it seems like we've had to sleep train our daughter 4 times already (she's 20 months old), but when she's sleeping well, she'll sleep through earthquakes and mommy and daddy doing it loud. ;)
posted by mrgrimm at 12:35 PM on July 25, 2010


Wait a second, wait a second. In Finland the government sends you a package full of baby clothes?? And a box that "can be used as a crib"? And a snowsuit? And a BOOK??

What the hell kind of taxes do you pay to live in Finland??!
posted by dpx.mfx at 11:50 AM on July 27, 2010


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