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Ro•Sham•Bo Baby Sunglasses – Protect Their Eyes and Your Shades

By Scott Morris

Ro•Sham•Bo Baby Sunglasses – Protect Their Eyes and Your Shades

Before you read this kids' sunglasses review, let us just say how delighted we are that Everyday Men gave this shoutout to us and our bendable baby sunglasses!

From Everyday Men.

Saw the picture and thought “Nice sunglasses!” huh? Luckily for you, Ro•Sham•Bo Baby makes some pretty nice adult sunglasses too, so don’t fret. This post, however, is more “everyday carry for the everyday dad.” As winter is on the retreat and the summer approaches, we all bust out our shades. Although, for the parents out there with babies – your shades are in grave danger. My son, just about 10 months old, seems to be on a never-ending quest to take and destroy my glasses and sunglasses. So, for the sake of my (slightly more expensive) sunglasses, and protecting my son from harmful UV rays (first priority of course), there are Ro•Sham•Bo Baby's bendable baby sunglasses.

RSBB shades are, of course, for your baby – which solves the “I have to take dad’s” problem. They are also durable – and not just durable in the traditional sense of the word – these shades are nearly (if not completely) baby-proof. You can check out a video of the creator trying to destroy the frames himself on their website – to no avail. This solves the “find and destroy” problem. Additionally, they are bpa free and small parts compliant (fancy way of saying there are no bad chemicals and no small parts that might fall off and be a choking hazard for your little one!), and block 100% of UVA/B rays. Better still, they are guaranteed for a year against any breakage, and should your little one lose a lens, they’ll replace it (music to parents’ ears). Else, a portion of every sale goes directly to autism research at the Autism Research Institute in San Diego, California. Learn more and see the full line up of baby, junior, and adult shades here.

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Take a Chill Pill: How to Calm the Frustration of Parenting

By Dallas Stevens

"I've been working hard not to yell at my kids. But sometimes I just can't help it. I explode, and then I feel so guilty. I know it isn't really what my kids are doing, it's just me, having a hard day. Is it really possible to stop yelling? What's the secret?" - Natalie 

Repost from Aha! Parenting.


The secret is compassion.

For your child, of course, but start with compassion for yourself. You can't be emotionally generous when you're stressed, running on empty, feeling like you aren't good enough. Once you feel a bit less tense, you'll think better, and you'll be able to reach out to your child in a more relaxed way to turn around whatever is happening. Without yelling.

So when you notice that you're feeling irritable, no shame, no blame. That's just part of being human. We all have hard days. Think of your irritation as a red blinking light on your car dashboard. When you notice it, you:

a) Redouble your efforts to control your child's behavior, even if it’s giving you a headache and making you yell.

b) Flog yourself for not being good enough.

c) Pull out the wire so it stops blinking, and go have a drink.  (This is like just swallowing those upset feelings.)

d) Say thank you for the signal, and use the opportunity to check in: What could you do right now to return yourself to a state of well-being, so you can be emotionally generous to your child? 

Not surprisingly, the best answer is D. That irritation you feel is a message that it's time for preventive maintenance. If you don't do some immediate self-care, you're likely to end up in the breakdown lane, exploding at your children. 

So on those hard days, as soon as you notice that you're feeling irritable:

1. Stop. Drop (whatever is going on.) Breathe. Remind yourself that there's no real emergency. Take a few deep breaths. That moves you back into the present moment, so you won't get hijacked by your big emotions. Now you have the choice of how to proceed.

2. Resist acting while you're angry. You'll feel an urgent need to act, but that's just an indication that you're in fight or flight. (It's your signal, like the blinking light.) If your child is acting out, set whatever limits you need to, as patiently as possible. But resist the urge to discipline. Any lesson you need to teach will be better taught later, when you're calm. Kids can't learn when they're upset, and if you're upset, they'll be upset. The most important lesson you can teach your child at this moment is self-regulation, and you do that by modeling.

Every time your frontal cortex overrides your emotional upset, you're rewiring your brain, so it gets easier to regulate yourself. And every time you tolerate upsetting feelings, accepting them without taking action, you're working through old unfinished emotional business, so you don't get triggered as often. That creates less drama, and more love.

3. Summon up all your compassion and give yourself the nurturing you need. We tend to think we have to wait for someone outside of us to take care of us. But parenting our children requires that we learn to parent ourselves. The loving parent you need in those tough moments is inside you. Growing up means taking the responsibility to nurture ourselves, so we can act like a grown-up when our children act childish. So give yourself a hug (literally.) 

Ask: What could you do right now to return yourself to a state of love and well-being? Just do it. If you need a big change -- more sleep, or exercise -- make a plan to get it. And if it's something you can't do until later, like go to bed early tonight, write a promise to yourself, put it in prominent place, and keep that promise. 

Still cranky?  Gather your kids, hug them, and say "I'm so sorry, but I'm a bit cranky today. I'll try to be kind to myself so I'm not cranky with you...Can you try to be kind to me too? I promise I'll go to bed early tonight (or whatever) so I'm not cranky again tomorrow."

Children learn so much from that -- how to manage themselves, how to empathize. Kids sense when we're disconnected and stressed, and act out, so often a hug reels them back to their best selves, too. Sure, they'll forget and screech and push your buttons, but they'll do less of that than usual. And you're taking responsibility for your own irritability, so they don't feel like bad people.

Then, when you find yourself starting to raise your voice, you can stop, breathe, and say "So sorry...that's my crankiness talking...let's try a do-over....Here's what I meant to say.... Sweetie, I need it to be more quiet right now...what's a good solution? Can you go outside to play this game?"

What if you find yourself routinely irritable?  Take a Vow of Yellibacy -- make a public commitment to a respectful tone. Agree on a hand signal for anyone in the family to use when someone's tone is less than respectful. Then, as soon as you notice your tone, just STOP and say "Oops.....Let's try a do-over....Let's all breathe together ten times....Ok, let's try that again...What I meant to say is...."

Of course, if you're irritable every day, that's a sign that you need to change something in your life. I encourage you to get whatever support you need to do that. You deserve to feel good. And your kids deserve the best of you, not what's left of you.

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Families That Shade Together Stay Together.

By Scott Morris

Dear ro.sham.bo families,

You may have noticed our website looks a little different since March. We basically bet the company that everybody out there would respond to our new motto: Families That Shade Together Stay Together. We always knew we would do a kids/junior size if the baby shades proved popular, but owners Scott & Julia took it a step further and made shades for the whole family. We figured we need an updated look on the website while we were at it.

If you guys are like us, you understand perhaps nothing is cuter than matching your kids. We surveyed the kids sunglasses online world and could not find anybody that was making high quality, reasonably priced sunglasses that went from baby through adult sizes, so we thought, why not us?

We are super proud of our baby sunglasses precisely because they do not look like standard baby sunglasses. No cutsie design, Mickey Mouse or flowers on our shades. Just a classic adult-style design for your little fashionista/o. When we found out we were having a baby (she's now 15 months old!!), we knew we wanted to dress her in stylish clothes and accessories. That is why we originally created our line of a baby shades, because we believe Little People Deserve Big People Shades. However, there came a point that dad was getting really jealous of his daughter's awesome shades with sweet colors and 90's pop culture names, so we knew it was time to step up our game and bring our shades to the biggest kids of all: moms, dads, and grownups.

Worst case scenario, Scott and Julia will never have to buy another pair of sunglasses, but we hope it does not come to that and you guys like the idea of family shades. As always, each purchase supports autism charity, so you can look awesome and feel awesome at the same time. Not only that, but we don't cut corners on quality: the adult shades come with polarized lenses standard, are made in Italy, come with a pouch, and only cost $35. I know what you're thinking: $35 for polarized shades called "ice ice baby" - where do I sign up!? Good news, you can get them right here on this website. And if you buy more than one pair you get free shipping and family sunglasses pack discounts. Did we mention you can also match your baby and little kids??

Enjoy your family shades and remember:

Families That Shade Together Stay Together.

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baby eye care: the facts

By Scott Morris

with spring around the corner, we thought it was a great time to remind parents of the importance of protecting baby eyes from damaging uv rays. the following info comes straight from pediatricians and optomotrists, so probably worth paying attention…

pediatric optometrists warn that most of the lifetime ultraviolet (uv) damage done to a person’s eyes occurs during childhood and the risk for retinal damage from the sun’s rays is greatest in children less than 10 years old. however, the consequences usually do not become apparent until well after they are adults. this is because eye damage due to uv exposure accumulates over a lifetime and the cells of the lens of the eye cannot repair themselves and are never naturally replaced. we took our shades to leading san diego optometrist, dr. stanley mestman, here are his thoughts about baby eye protection:

“unfortunately, years ago we did not have the knowledge that we do today of the harmful affects of uv radiation on our eyes. just as sun exposure to the skin can be cumulative and cause problems later in life, so can uv exposure to the eyes. uv radiation has now been linked to the formation of cataracts, which is a clouding of the crystalline lens within the eye. it also can cause growths on the white part of the eye,which are seen frequently in surfers and others who spend a lot of time in the sun, called pingueculas and pterygiums. we now feel that there is evidence that uv exposure can increase the risk of damage to retina (the inner layer of the eye)called macular degeneration, later in life.

i have been advising my patients to wear sunglasses and to have their children use them for a number of years. my wife and i have been giving ro.sham.bo baby sunglasses to babies of our family and friends since we found out about them. these glasses, which have been tested to be 100% effective against uva and uvb radiation, help to get the children started early in the protection of their eyes….in addition, they come in many styles, and sure look cute!” – stanley mestman, o.d. (doctor of optometry)

thanks, doc!! the good doctor went on to tell us babies are at a greater risk of sun damage because they have undeveloped corneas (baby eyes have baby corneas!) and the incidence of unprotected uv exposure is greater in children. the damage that can be done early in life can culminate in severe eye problems and even blindness later in life. to help prevent these problems, doctors suggest children be taught to wear dark lens sunglasses with 100% uva and uvb protection (which our shades have, of course!!). that is why pediatrician dr. alan greene warns: “teaching your children to wear sunglasses may be more important than giving them a college fund” and why we are committed to the idea that: little people deserve big people shades. get baby UV protection by browsing our collection of stylish baby shades.

learn more about our updated slogan: “families that shade together stay together” in our next post…

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on a serious note… our baby seizures story

By Scott Morris

as most of our customers know, the ro.sham.bo baby team is made up entirely of mom julia, dad scott and baby avery (7 months as of this writing). that’s it, we do it all, despite mom and dad both having full time day jobs. packaging and shipping, design, website, blogs, store visits, you name it. we even put the labels on our packages by hand. our baby girl is our inspiration for not only our baby sunglasses company, but is now our entire world (parents out there, especially first time parents, you know what i am talking about). that’s why we struggled with the idea of writing this particular blog, but also why we decided we should: on the one hand we did not want to label our daughter to the world as a sob story or “broken” in some way (keep reading, she is in no way either…), but on the other, when she started having seizures at 4 months old we scoured the web for stories about baby seizures, hoping for at worst informative but scary, and at best reassuring content, but not always finding it.

more to the point, we never found a story that matched exactly what we were seeing with our daughter, which terrified us. that’s the thing we came to find out with infant seizures: every case is different and terrifying in its own way, so we decided to get our story out there in case there is another parent or guardian seeing these signs of seizures in babies and not knowing what it is or how to deal with it. our story has a happy ending and our daughter’s seizures were very mild compared to the violent, repetitive, and unpredictable episodes some families cope with. we realize that, are thankful for it, and by no means intend to minimize the much more serious struggles some families live with. the following are excerpts of notes we kept in the days leading up to our stay in the hospital, our 3 day stay in the hospital, and how she has progressed since. just writing this has brought up some of the same intense emotions we went through then; we hope this finds its intended audience and our thoughts go out to parents going through this.  -  scott, julia & baby a

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march 16, 2014, 8 am: i write this as we get settled into rady’s children’s hospital waiting for doctors to take a look at avery. for the record, let me back up and explain what has been going on. about a week ago, we started to notice that avery was having a strange reaction when she was waking up from naps. her eyelids started twitching really quickly and with no apparent control on her part and her face got really flush like she was holding her breath. she would also stare straight ahead without breaking her gaze no matter what we did. we only saw this when she woke up from sleep, no other times and it only seemed to last a few seconds, then it would be over as suddenly as it began. needless to say, we were alarmed, but she showed no ill effects from it so we assumed it was some strange sleep-related issue and would go away.

it did not go away. it got worse. at first it seemed like it only happened after naps occasionally. within a few days, it became clear it was happening after every nap, no matter how short, and the episodes were getting more severe. not only were her eyes fluttering, but now she was pushing her tongue against the side inside of her mouth and sometimes clenching her fists and stretching out her arms and legs. they also go longer, going from mere seconds to minutes in length.no matter what we did while she was in this state; gently blow on her face, snap, sing, clap, she was not coming out of the state from our actions, she just had to work through them and finally, thankfully, she would gently snap out of it and immediately be the happy, smiling girl she always is (note: we have attached baby seizure videos in the links below of some of her less severe episodes to show what we saw and hopefully give some parents a hint about what they might be seeing. again, we struggled with the idea of including this content, but felt it was important because it would have been helpful for us to see as we struggled to figure out what was going on).

 

 

in our panic, all we could think to do was try to record as many of the episodes as we could so we could show our pediatrician. we were lucky that we were able to catch a few because we knew when they were happening, when she woke up. recording her episodes was the best thing we could have done both for our pediatrician and later for the pediatric neurologist. we called our doctor and explained the symptoms and it was his opinion that it was probably just something sleep related and nothing to be worried about. as it kept happening and once we were able to show the videos, they agreed we should get an overnight eeg. when we called to schedule one, we were told a the next available appointment was 2 weeks out. at that point, that was entirely unacceptable. 2 more weeks of this would have felt like 2 years. we called our pediatrician again in a bit of a panic and explained the situation. she lobbied for us, pulled some strings, and pleaded with the children’s hospital, and by morning, we were admitted. we will forever be thankful to coast pediatrics in del mar, california (shout out!) for doing that for us. that brings us to today.

we got checked in early this morning and went through the standard round of questioning from residents, nurses, etc. baby got all hooked up to her eeg gear (a series of wires that look worse than they are, though she was not happy when they went on), and she thankfully fell asleep somewhat quickly. selfishly, i was praying she would have an episode when she woke up, wouldn’t it be painfully ironic if she woke up perfectly for the first time in over a week while hooked up to all this gear! luckily (?) she had her most pronounced episode the second she woke from an hour nap; arms stiff, eyes rolling. nurses came in to watch and monitors went wild with activity.

  

after a couple anxious hours, the neurologist confirmed that these were, in fact seizures, and epileptic seizures (meaning basically, not an isolated event, but reoccurring). apparently, something like 10% of all children will have a seizure during childhood, but it is repetitive episodes that makes them more worrisome. so, now we need to figure out where in the brain they are coming from and if there is anything obvious on a brain scan that is causing them (scary!). nobody says as much, and we are hesitant to ask but we take that to mean they are checking for abnormalities or tumors. the scan will be tomorrow and we are told we will be here until she is seizure free for 24 hours. unless they intend to keep her awake for 24 hours, that seems like a tall order based on the last week and a half of seizures after every single nap.

somewhere between 2 and 4 am, march 17: everyone knows this, but sleeping in a hospital room is terrible. we have a love seat to share between the two of us, which means dad is sleeping on the floor. avery is not sleeping much because of the stressful environment, all in all, not so comfortable, but still happy to be here. julia is feeding her while she is tethered to her bed with wires, it is so sad. we have had some emotional moments too thinking terrible worst case scenario thoughts about the mri tomorrow and long term issues or impairments. all in all though, we are doing ok and i am so proud of my wife for handling this with the strength she has.

morning, sun barely threatening to come up: the only food accessible quickly is a mcdonald’s in the lobby of rady’s children’s hospital. this seems a clear conflict of interest of a hospital, but i will give them a pass because mcdonald’s sponsors the ronald mcdonald house across the street that houses and feeds families looking after kids staying in the hospital long after we are gone and with much scarier issues. fantastic cause and we are proud to continue giving to them after this experience.

the neurologist has given her a medication called keppra, clinical name levetiracetam. it is supposed to be mild and her hope is it can stop the symptoms immediately. we have some some lessening of the length of the episodes, but they have not stopped entirely. she is going to up the dosage, but it’s a good sign there has been a noticeable effect, and if the mri comes up clear we’ll be feeling pretty good. [note on keppra: it is supposed to have minimal side effects and we have been lucky not to see any noticeable side effects in avery, but we were warned of the possibility of dizziness, drowsiness, throat irritation and some other more severe issues]

2:40 pm, march 17: mri is done and we are back in the room waiting anxiously for results. poor baby has not eaten all morning and still can’t eat until we are given the all clear on the readout. tough day. the mri may have been the worst part of this whole ordeal so far, but only because we could not be there for it. you feel so powerless when you can’t even be there to hold her hand. because infants can’t sit still long enough to run the mri, they had to put avery under for the test. we knew it would go fine and the doctors would take great care of her, but it is terrifying to say goodbye and leave your baby in somebody elses care. that was tough, so glad she is back with us, even though she is very groggy from the sedation.  it will be a couple more hours before we know the results. baby is now down for a nap…

3:20 pm: avery woke up from her nap with no episode! first time in about a week! it is so strange to be so thrilled about something we just took for granted, but we are overwhelmed. called parents and close friends that were on alert to let them know the good news and couldn’t help shedding a little tear. looks like the medicine is working, so mri readout is next…

4:30 pm: mri preliminary readout looks normal! doc needs to confirm with the specialist tomorrow, but we have allowed ourselves to breath a little easier now.

5:15 pm: setback. i was about to call my dad to catch him up as she woke up from her nap after eating for the first time in 13 and a half hours! she looked fine for 10 seconds, then had another small episode. somewhat devastating after the highs of the last two hours and knowing that her dosage has already been increased once. the doctor has told us this means we should plan to stay overnight again.

sunday morning: rough night. slamming doors, hear rate alarms and general hospital noise kept the baby (and us) up most of the night, not that i was going to sleep much on the hospital floor. the otherwise very helpful nurse came in and suggested white noise and one point, turned on internet radio and it was set to extremely loud reggae blasting in the baby’s ear. she felt terrible, but we could not help but laugh a little bit. she was also nice enough to prop open a closet door outside our room that had been slamming all night with a trashcan and a note that read “shhhhh! baby sleeping!” – we saw that in the morning and were so thankful.

sunday, noon: we are officially being released today! she is still not episode free, but they are not after every nap anymore, and they are much less severe and long than they were. we were told the medication can take up to 2 weeks to full kick in at times and she was so impressed with how closely we monitored (and taped!) the episodes, that she had no problem sending us home to watch her.

5 pm: home, in bed by 5:30. there is truly no place like home.


no place like home! minutes after getting back from the hospital baby and momma sound asleep

aftermath: within days of being released from the hospital, avery’s seizures stopped entirely and we have not seen one since (as of this writing in late june, about 4 months later). she still takes her keppra orally twice per day and will continue to do so indefinitely, or until we can confirm that the reaction in her brain is no longer occurring. in about 6 months to a year we will do another eeg and see what’s going on with her little brain. the hope is that she will simply outgrow this and we can take her off the medication. luckily, she does not seem to have any side effects from the drug, so we are more than happy to live with this. we are so thankful for everyone, doctors, nurses, family, friends, that helped us through this, and we truly wish all parents out there seeing symptoms like this the very best of luck finding answers and overcoming what may well be the scariest days of our lives, as it was for us. if you have questions you can find our email address on our website.

oh, and as always:

little people deserve big people shades.

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us weekly feature with jaime king: poppin’ bottles with models (and awesome baby shades)

By Scott Morris

newsflash for loyal ro.sham.bo’ers! our cute kids sunglasses were just featured in an april issue of us weekly!! friend of the company, gorgeous and talented actress and model, jaime king, best known for her roles in hart of dixie, sin city, and pearl harbor, was interviewed by the magazine about motherhood, and what do you know, her little guy is rockin’ a pair of our “baby smurf” shades in the pool! she has shown off her baby’s awesome style all around town and we couldn’t be happier she loves us! she has posted adorable pics of her baby on instagram several times, getting 40,000 likes from her fans! there is word of more awesome publicity like this in the pipeline, so keep looking for us! check out all the awesome pics below of our favorite actress, model, and mom, jaime king and her adorable family!!


here is the article! how cute is that little baby in his “baby smurf” shades! “poppin’ bottles with models! jaime has been seen all over los angeles with her little guy rockin' our kids designer sunglasses!


 

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90′s timewarp game and ro.sham.bo in tokyo!

By Scott Morris

hello loyal ro.sham.bo’ers! a lot has been going on here in the land of tiny sunglasses. as you know, julia and i welcomed our first baby over 5 months ago (!!) and she is doing great. you may have noticed an adorable little light-haired girl routinely popping up on our website, instagram (@roshambobaby) and facebook (roshambo baby) pages… that would be little avery. it is so fun now that she fits our shades so well, and yes, she wears them everywhere. we have no problem with nepotism or exploiting our cute little girl to show off our great baby shades, so get used to seeing her adorable little face:


world autism day was april 2!! we still proudly donate to autism charity with every purchase!

in other news, we have made our second official international appearance… while we frequently sell to individual international customers online, we have now placed our baby sunglasses in two countries via distribution or wholesale orders. we already told you about australia in our last post (g’day ozzie babies!), and now we are stoked to announce our shades are on their way to an awesome chain of baby boutiques in tokyo, japan! we lined up the shades we sent packing in our new office before we sent them on their long journey, sayonara shades!!


these baby shades are taking over japan!

that brings me to our final bit of news since you might have noticed the saved by the bell dolls in the picture above… we have a new ro.sham.bo headquarters!! julia firmly believes that scott really wanted to start this company as a front to legitimize renting office space to show off his awesome (sad? ridiculous? scary?) collection of 90′s collectables (junk? crap?). i assure you, that is not the case, it’s all about the baby shades and the autism charity, but it is a nice bonus, and man, do we love some 90′s nostalgia. you can probably get a sense of our devotion based on this picture of just one wall of our new office:


how much 90′s swag can you find in the picture above??

game time! remember those old “highlights” magazines where you had to find hidden objects (yes, that’s another 80′s/90′s reference), let’s give it a try – can you find and name all the 80′s/90′s stuff in the picture. by our count, there are at least 17 90′s related items (or sets of items) if you look very closely. sorry it’s not the best picture, didn’t say it would be easy. ***answer at the bottom of the blog.

we have lots more in the works here at ro.sham.bo baby, including some new product announcements coming sooner rather than later… thank you for all of the support you have given our company, it is truly humbling and we hope to keep bringing you the best baby sunglasses on the market. keep an eye out for us on social media and please help spread the word about our designer baby sunglasses and our cause supporting autism research. hopefully you’ll start to see our Ro·Sham·Bo glasses popping up soon in the likes of us weekly and ok! and you’ll be able to say your baby had the best baby shades in the world first!! as always, remember:

little people deserve big people shades.

***quiz answer: the 90′s swag in the picture above: (1) hungry hungry hippos board game above the cabinet no the right, (2) mega man graphics, (3) cabbage patch san diego padres doll, (4) a pound puppy (5) set of 3 carebears in ro.sham.bo logo colors, (5) a poppel (awesome, we know), (6) gobo fraggle doll, (7) family matters urkel doll, (8) a “rad” movie poster (9) a simpsons art cell (old episode where bart is an exchange student in france!), (10) “rugrats” gang art cell (sorry for the glare on the glass), (11) saved by the bell dolls, the whole gang! (12) beavis and butthead bobble head dolls on top of the ac slater doll – tiny i know, didn’t say it would be easy, (13) some 90′s comics, including ghostrider #1, the one where superman dies for the first time, and an autographed mr. t comic, (14) 8 bit nintendo flower vase, (15) bonus tough ones: a mad magazine featuring beavis and butthead as clinton and gore, a beckett magazine with michael jordan playing baseball on the cover and a people magazine 90′s edition with rachel/jennifer aniston on the cover, (these are bonus because you probably would have had to see them from the tokyo pic…), (16) tricky one and hard to see: in the sunglasses mirror reflection, you will see some garbage pail kid stickers on the door… (17) ultra bonus / impossible based on the picture: a dvd of “the last dragon” - anyone remember that kung-fu movie with the hero leroy and the bad guy “sho-nuff.” classic. how many did you know?

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new year, nannies, and shades down unda’!

By Scott Morris

happy new year everybody! we have been meaning to do another newborn baby blog post for a while, but you know, life gets in the way. since our last post a lot has been going on with our company and our family.  baby avery is now almost 3 months old (where has the time gone!) and is starting to love her roshambo baby shades and shirts (like she has a choice). here are a couple pictures of our baby with sunglasses, so cute, huh :)

 

we have also learned just how exhausting being new parents is! mad respect to all you parents out there, especially those of you with newborns and toddlers or heaven forbid, multiples! it’s all we can do to stay on top of one, let alone two or more. feels like all she does all day is eat! but, we have been lucky that she sleeps pretty well at night all of a sudden, after two months waking up what felt like hourly at night, she now will go to sleep around 9:30 or 10 and sleep until 4 or 5 straight through, eat, change, then usually go to sleep for another hour or so. definitely not complaining there, especially since super mom is doing almost all the early morning wake-up calls now that dad is back at his day job full time. now, if we could only get her to sleep in her crib and not mommy and daddy’s room… but that can wait i guess, we love having her so close to us.

we are also currently struggling through the anxiety-inducing process of hiring a nanny for baby avery. mom goes back to work full time at the end of february, so we have to come to grips with the terrifying proposition of hiring a nanny to watch our precious little bundle for a couple days per week. luckily, dad is going to start going part time at his job when mom goes back to work, he will be working on our little sunglasses company part time while watching avery for 2 days per week (he’ll be bringing her to our new roshambo baby office with him… daddy-daughter day everyday at our company headquarters!!). that still leaves 3 days per week when we are entrusting our baby to a stranger. of course, we are doing all the due diligence we can on our candidates, including thorough question, calling referrals, and multiple meetings in person, but it is still terrifying! we have met some great candidates, but it is hard to make such an important decision.  it’s also eyeopening how expensive having a nanny is! it makes sense, they are only responsible for the most important thing in your life for several hours a day, but man are we going to have to sell a lot of shades to pay our nanny!! if you have any tips for us or want to share an experience you had with a nanny (good or bad, it’s helpful to hear cautionary tales too!) please leave a comment for us below!

as for our little business, we are working hard to make 2014 a big year for roshambo baby. we have a goal of increasing our retail partnerships big time by the end of the year and are already on track to take our baby sunglasses international! as of february 1, we are officially working with petit australia, a fantastic, family owned, high end children’s products distributor in australia to place our baby shades in australian stores… look out sydney, here we come! we are also officially registered to participate in the 2014 abc kids expo in las  vegas sept. 7-10.  the abc expo is the largest children’s product expo in the world – it is a big investment to take part, but we feel it is necessary to get in front of buyers from all over the country and the world. we have to protect those baby eyes everywhere, not just southern california! with any luck, but this time next year, you’ll see roshambo baby sunglasses in a baby store near you! if any of our loyal customers out there know of any stores or distributors you think we should contact, please tell  let us know (email addresses available on our about us tab at roshambobaby.com).

thanks everybody, and as always, remember:

little people deserve big people shades.

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