Saturday, July 7, 2012

Blast from the Past - Arabella's First (and only) TV Appearance

From February 2010 (Arabella about 3.5 months old) - Thank you Samantha Lowman for figuring out how to put this on Youtube.

The video is from when Arabella and I went to Herself Moms ( for postpartum sculpting class.  Herself Moms is a great resource run by the fabulous Julie Hurst for prenatal and new moms for breastfeeding support, prenatal massage and yoga, and classes.  We went to the location at Sierra College and Douglas right on the Roseville/Granite Bay border, but there's also another location in Downtown Sacramento at 1925 U Street. It was a great experience until Arabella was crawling age, and I met some cool moms and babies there - best of all Julie Magee and Arabella's BFF Allison!

Viewing Instructions: I highly recommend fast forwarding through the first 20 seconds, and then watch but with the sound off until 45 seconds in b/c the offsite reporters keep inanely interrupting Stephanie and inferring that the other offsite female anchor is pregnant - listen if you want, personally I think the way that it went down was possibly sexist and unquestioningly obnoxious. And I'm saying this as someone who is usually a big fan of Good Day Sacramento. (Also as a wannabe stage mom, I had to use a lot of self-control to keep myself from yelling "Shut up so she can talk about my baby!") - Stephanie had plopped down right next to us and asked Arabella's name right before the cameras rolled, so I was pretty sure we would get a shout-out!. They cut to Arabella at 24 seconds in and boy is she cute - and I'm saying that both as a average TV viewer and her doting mother. She literally gets about 15 seconds of fame and they say her name on TV.  From 1:45 -1:50 in is a peek of Julie Magee and Allison in the back!

Speaking of Julie Magee, she now runs these awesome Signing Time classes at Herself Moms which I highly recommend if you want to sign with your baby and/or toddler!  It is VERY hard to find baby signing instructors in the Roseville area (at least it was during Arabella's preverbal days in 2009/early 2010) and Julie is highly effective and very reasonably priced. Plus it's a great time to meet other caregivers and babies (I say caregiver instead of mom b/c I've also seen dads and grandparents at the classes - it's beneficial to everyone who cares for the baby to know what they are "saying" with their signs.)

I copied the following from :

Signing Time Classes

Signing time is recommended for ages 2 months and up. Learn how to communicate by 

signing with your child on a wide variety of subjects. Your little one has a lot to tell you 
before they can speak! We will engage their 5 senses while making learning fun. With a little 
hands-on practice you can become spontaneous and natural with your signs. You will learn 
how to take advantage of key opportune moments throughout your child’s day and use them 
as natural learning moments!

For more information call Julie Magee @ 916-955-2144
Classes are ongoing; join anytime
Cost: 4 weeks $60.00  8 weeks $100  12 weeks $120.00


  1. Aww, she was so teeny. Some of the moms in my multiples group have gone to the signing times classes too. I've heard good things!

  2. Yeah - I feel so mushy when I look at old pictures and videos of her. Arabella will look at old pictures of herself and say "Awwww - cute baby me!" from hearing me say it so much.

    I wish I had been able to find a baby signs class when Arabella was younger and so easily frustrated- Julie only started doing the classes when Arabella was around 18 months old and she was already pretty verbal then. I'll definitely do them with my next kid.