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March 2017

    Baby, Resources

    How to Use the Nest Cam as a Baby Monitor: Pros, Cons and Tips

    When we were researching baby monitors, I kept coming to review sites that called the Nest cam the best option. And there could be nothing but the best for our first born baby! Said the crazy lady.

    We received our Nest cam as a gift and it has been an awesome tool to keep an eye on Hudson, one that I’d highly recommend! But, it took us a little bit of figuring out how to best use it as a baby monitor, and to make it really work for us. Out of all of the reviews that I read, I couldn’t find anything that really addressed my #1 hesitation—how to use it for consistent monitoring of a baby versus as a safety/security tool that you would just use occasionally, which is what it’s designed for.

    So, I thought I’d share our experience for anyone out there that also may be considering the Nest as a baby monitor.

    *Note that we are an Apple family, so we’ve only used the Nest with iPhones and iPads, never an Android so I can’t speak to that.

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    Illustrations

    Illustration: Chicago Collage

    Oh hey, March. Has it really been 4.5 months since I’ve posted an illustration? I remember a streak of posting a bunch of illustrations within just a month or two after Hudson was born because he slept ALL the time. Ah, the glory days.

    Illustrations of women will always be my fave, but this one has been in the works for weeks and weeks now. A pizza olive here, a ferris wheel car there–sneaking in what I can during naptime after I’ve eaten/showered/checked in with work/cleaned up around the house. If you’re wondering, that would be approximately 1-4 minutes per nap on a good day.

    There’s a lot more I’d like to do, but I thought it would be good for my psyche to actually finish and share an illustration. Sometimes you have to choose DONE over perfect.

    We’ve been cozied up at home this winter and I have to admit I am feeling so excited to get back out into the city this spring and show Hudson all of the things I love about our hometown. Perhaps that’s what inspired this little collage?

    Cheers, friends!

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    Baby, Deep Thoughts

    On being a wimp and finally leaving our neighborhood

    Cubs hat? Check. Teething keys? Check. LET’S GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD!

    Last week marked a major milestone for Hudson and Laura Bean. WE LEFT OUR BUBBLE!

    By our bubble, I mean the immediate, walkable area around our condo. I’ve mentioned before (rather exhaustively at this point) how much I love to walk with Hudson. We can walk to literally anything we need: groceries, doctor’s offices, Target, restaurants, Starbucks, the lakefront and parks, even a hardware store. The only thing we don’t have access to by stroller is… the rest of the city. Which has a lot going for it, including all of our friends that live in other neighborhoods.

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