Friday, January 30, 2015

A babywearing obsession

Right now I'm a little obsessed with babywearing... even though I don't have a baby to wear. I never claimed to be a sensible person.


Even Zoey likes the sling

When Fynn was little we had a mei tai and a pocket sling that got some use, but not a bunch. I used them when Fynn was teeny tiny and couldn't/wouldn't sleep if someone wasn't holding her. My carriers were a life (and sanity) saver for awhile there. Then we got the Baby Bjorn which we used all the time from when she was about 3 months old until she got too heavy to carry in it at 9/10 months. Then she was a little bigger we pulled out the L.L. Bean backpack carrier. Again, we used them some, but not a ton. Fynn loved it for a couple of months, but once she learned she could run, and run fast, she didn't want to be carried.

Now that I'm staring down last few weeks before having both an active toddler and a squishy newborn, the thought of desperately needing at least twice as many hands started in the back of my head. I posted on a mommy group I'm a part of on Facebook looking for thoughts and ideas. Several women there sent me links to babywearing FB groups... and since then I've been lost in the world of structured carriers, wovens and stretchy wraps. I've seen moms do amazing things with a length of cloth and adorable dads with tiny newborn squishes strapped to their chests.
I've since learned that this actually
isn't a good way to wear a baby,
even though the slings website says
it's one of the ways to carry.

And I've become a little consumed. I plan to use my mei tai and pocket sling again with Bentley, but I'm probably not going to use the Bjorn again after reading about hop alignment and proper babywearing. We'll probably keep it though because Drew loved wearing Fynn in it. 

I'm looking to get an Ergo because it seems less intimidating than woven wraps (which just blow my mind), but I don't want to spend $150 on one, so I've been looking on swap groups, Craigslist and local thrift stores for a good deal on one. I'm also debating about getting a ring sling because they look adorable and easier to finagle than some of the other carriers. Also from reading about the experiences of others, I think I'll get more use out of carriers that stay together in the form that you use them. Woven wraps look amazing, and I'm in awe of the mamas that can fling their baby on their back, loop the cloth around a couple of times and somehow have their kid secure and happy, but I can't see actually going through that whole process everytime I want to wear the kid... even the moms that are pros take a few minutes to get everything strapped into place... I don't see Fynn waiting that long for me to get her brother all snug and secure.

What was the point of this post? Oh, yeah, I'm curious about what other people's experiences have been with baby wearing. What types/brands/styles of baby carriers and wraps have you used or enjoyed? What's worth my money and what should I just pass on? I'm especially curious to hear from people who have just started babywearing since I don't have much experience. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

And 35 weeks is when people start to take pity on you.

Remember a few weeks ago when I was saying how 32 weeks was the week of compliments? I miss that. Apparently week 35 is when you really start to look awful and people just plain feel bad for you. Instead of the "you look so cute" and "aren't you adorable" comments, I'm getting "I'll walk your kids downstairs for you" and "how are you feeling?". All done with a concerned look on their face as though I'm going to keel over any minute or suddenly ask them to grab the baby as it pops out. 

That's a little slap in the face to my ego. Especially when I was thinking I was looking pretty good for being just 5 weeks from popping. Especially when I look at picture from last time. Here's a lovely side-by-side of this pregnancy compared to last... I think I'm looking a lot better all around. Not to mention I look less miserable... apparently I'm not hiding my misery as well as I thought.


I did have a really nice woman at work who told me that I don't look "all that bad for being 35 weeks". Thanks. Pretty sad when that's the compliment of the week. 


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

35 Weeks Pregnant with Boo # 2


Can you tell I've been watching Friends on Netflix lately?

In all seriousness though. 35 weeks means 35 days or less until B shows up. And because I love countdowns, that means only 20 days of school (17 now because I'm posting this late and we had a snow day yesterday). That's practically no time at all.

  • This week B is the size of a coconut this week- 17.2-18.7 inches in length and 4.2-5.8 pounds. Like I've been saying, I'm pretty sure he's going to be on the bigger end of things. At my 34 week check up my doctor let me know that his shoulders are hitting my hipbone as his feet are hitting my ribs on the opposite time... she thought it was funny, I cried a little on the inside. 
  • Drew and Fynn set up the crib on Friday when they were home together. Fynn was so proud and showed it off... then proceeded to jump in it for about 20 minutes. Good mom would have stopped her since that's a habit I probably don't want to start. Lazy/tired mom just let it happen because she was happy and I got to sit on the floor of the nursery and open my new pump while she did it
  • Speaking of pumps, my new Medela came in the mail not too long ago and I'm oddly excited about a breast pump. 
  • Fynn has been talking more and more about the baby lately. I think now that I'm so huge, it's becoming more real to her. She told me the other night that when he gets big and comes out she's going to give him a bubble bath with her pink soap. Monday we were home together and we went to the store. Fynn was adamant that we buy Bentley some jammers since we were buying her some. She was super psyched to show Daddy what she picked out when he got home. 
  • This week my feet started to get more swollen. I can't wear my favorite work shoes any more because by the end of the day they're cutting into my feet. 
  • More of the same symptoms: heartburn, insomnia, exhaustion and overall crappy feeling. Braxton hicks contractions are coming more often and I've had a couple of times where I thought maybe they were real contractions, but they didn't stick around so they can't be too bad. 




Monday, January 26, 2015

New house versus the old

There are some things that I love about the new house... and some things I REALLY miss about my old:

Commute: We went from a less than 20 minute commute, to close to 45. That sucks. 

Baby room: In the old house we had three upstairs bedrooms; the master, a tiny room we used for Fynn and a larger room that was at the opposite end of the house. For months we had debated about whether baby would be all the way down the hall, or if we would move Fynn. The new house has 4 bedrooms upstairs, all near each other making room assignments easy

Master bathroom: Old house didn't have one. New house has an over the top ginormous one. 

Appliances: We bought new appliances 5 years ago in the old house, and weren't planning on buying any for this place. And then all the ones here died on us. On the positive side? We now have all-new appliances again.
With the old appliances
Kitchen: Old house, was a decent size. New house? Tiny... I miss the counter space at the old house. 

Countertops: The old house had granite counter tops. They were gorgeous. This place has cracked laminate. It's white. It's ugly.





The stairs: I have a thing for stairs. The old house had a boring, normal flight of stairs. The new house? The stairs of my dreams. Sweeping, open, curved staircase and a open balcony at the top. THIS is why I wanted the house. 





Closet space: We had an okay amount of closet space at the old house, but very little downstairs. This place has tons and tons of closet space everywhere... it's a hoarders dream come true :) Drew and I even have our own closets in our bathroom.

Neighborhood: We had some great friends in the old 'hood that I'm missing like crazy. We've only met a couple of people here so far, but we're hoping when it warms up and we can get outside more we'll get to know more people. 

Windows: The old house was a full dormer cape, which meant that none of the upstairs had front-facing windows. This place just has huge windows everywhere and several skylights. The natural light is just amazing and really brightens up all the spaces.  


Panoramic view: it's actually rectangular 
Living room: Old living room was cramped and an odd shape, making it feel like we just didn't have space. At this house we have 2 living rooms. One, off the kitchen, is the perfect family room... the other we don't know what to do with, so it's empty right now.

Flooring: We had spent 5 years at the old house replacing all the flooring (except the hardwood in the living room and office) to tile and carpet that we loved... this place has mostly gross carpet and ugly tile... eventually we'll start replacing it, just like we did before, but right now it's just gross. 

Overall, I love the new house, but after spending 5+ years making the old house our home and doing things the way we wanted them, it's hard to move to a new house that needs quite a bit of updating. The structure, layout, and location of this place are all amazing, not to mention all the extra space, but it's not the finished place I had gotten used to.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fynn's new hobby: Cooking with Daddy

Practicing with her
Melissa & Doug cooking set

Fynn loves cooking lately, and I love that she'll actually eat something if she's had a hand in making it. The last two weekends we've made beef stew in the crock pot, and she has loved putting everything in the crock pot, stirring it up, and checking on it throughout the day. The whole day, while "her" food is cooking, she'll sniff and say it smells yummy and go to check on it- she gets really excited when it's time to stir it up. 

Watching Daddy and waiting for veggies
 to put in the crock pot





I love that she's getting to that age where she can actually do these things with us, and I love that Drew has the patience to let her "help". The cuteness of the two of them together doesn't hurt either. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

34 Weeks Pregnant With Boo #2

The finish line is rapidly approaching which is both a relief and absolutely terrifying, all at the same time. I'm now uncomfortable enough to kinda wish he would come early, yet petrified enough of having 2 kids under 3 that I want to keep him in for another couple of months (or years) until I figure out this mom thing a little better. Well, there's no turning back now! Here's what this week brought us:



  • Fynn is getting cuter about Bentley coming soon. I've gotten lots of belly rubs and kisses lately and she even gave him a check up the other day with her little doctor kit and determined that we needed several shots. In my hand.
  • B is the size of a butternut squash this week weighing in between 4.2 and 5.8 pounds and measuring 17.2-18.7 inches in length. It's weird this time, not knowing about how big he is. With Fynn they were so worried about how small I was measuring that we had several growth scans the last couple of months. While I'm glad not to have the stress of worry about a tiny babe, I do miss the opportunity to see this little guy and have a better idea of how big he is.
  • I have a great new pregnancy symptom this week- I've seen it lovingly referred to on The Bump as snissing. It's as amazing as you would think it is. Though Drew finds it thoroughly amusing. 
  • Heartburn is my constant companion. I made the mistake of mentioning it to my chiropractor who is also a semi-nuts nutritionist and he was trying to convince me to buy some supplement that I would take 3 times a day that he swore would end the heartburn. Tempting. Until I found out that it's $25 for a months worth of the stuff. Thanks, but my $3 bottle of tums will last the last 6 weeks, I'm cool with that. 
  • Sleep is still a major issue, but one I'm becoming resigned to.
  • Scary realization this week? If he comes 2 weeks early like Fynn did, that means we're down to only 4 more weeks before we have another kid... we should probably start thinking about packing our hospital bag and installing the carseat soon. By soon I mean it will probably happen in like 3 1/2 weeks... maybe. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January 2015 Ipsy Bag

This month's Ipsy bag was okay, but I wasn't overwhelmed or wowed by anything in it. The theme this month was "Fresh Start"- which makes total sense for the month of January. The bag is super cute- I'm using this one in my make up basket before Fynn get's her hands on it and turns it into another purse!











J. Cat Beauty Fantabulous Gel Eyeliner in Blue Black ($5.99)
I have so many things of eyeliner and gel eyeliner that I just don't end up using. I don't wear it on a regular basis, just on special occasions, so I'll probably see if anyone I know wants this. I'm less likely to use this one than some of the others I've gotten since it's in a little pot. Which means putting it on with a brush. Which just never goes well in my world. I'm more of a eyeliner pencil than anything... I'm a little less likely to look like a mess that way. 

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion (~$3 for a .27oz sample-the regular size is $29, but I can't find on their website how large that size is.)
Again, something I don't really need. I do like that it's not scented and that it's very sheer apart from the slight shimmer. If I actually had an even to get all dolled up for, I might try this with some foundation to really make my skin glow



Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream ($19.99)
I always love products by Nourish Organic- their face wash that I got a couple of months ago is my absolute favorite ever, so I'll give this a try. I always intend to be good about using eye cream and then forget to use it after about a week, so we'll see how that goes. 





Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Ethereal  (~$5- I couldn't find this exact kind online, but a set of 3 coconut infused eyeshadow is listed as $14 in their website)
I like the neutral color of this eyeshadow. I'll probably end up using this a lot-it may help hide the tired eye look I've been rocking lately and am sure to be rocking for many months to come. I'm not sure how coconut eye shadow is different from regular eye shadow, but I guess I'll see soon if there's any significant difference. 


Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush ($6)
Like the eyeliner, I don't really need this brush since I'm awful at fine lines or detail makeup. That said, it's a nice brush... I wish I had a use for it. I guess whoever gets this month's eyeliner will also get a nice brush to go with it. Now if they had sent me a foundation brush, I would have been psyched, because my current one is literally falling apart and I need to go buy a new one a.s.a.p.

Like I said, I'm not thrilled by this month's bag. Several of the items are things I Just won't end up using. The total value of the bag was almost $40. Four times the monthly subscription cost (including shipping), so I can't complain. Someone will really love the eyeliner and brush I'll be gifting from this bag. If you're interested in signing up for Ipsy, feel free to use my link to sign up- totally worth every penny. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

33 Week Pregnant With Boo # 2


  • Heartburn, insomnia and aching Oh My! 33 weeks, clearly I'm uncomfortable
  • My feet were swollen this week for the first time- I think more because I've been on my feet and going so much more than I should be. C'est la vie. I try to sit and rest as much as possible... but kind of not possible some days.
  • B is the size of a durian this week.... I had to look up what the heck that was, because I had never heard of it. In case you're as uneducated as I am, here's what it looks like:
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    Oh, and that means that B is about 17.2-18.7 inches long this week and 4.2-5.8 pounds... which I'm really hoping he's on the lower end of both. Fynn was born at 38 weeks at 19 1/4 inches and 6 pounds 2 ounces... which was plenty. I'm not holding on to any illusions that this kid will be as petite as his sister... but I'm really hoping not to have to give birth to a 10 pound behemoth. No really. 
  •  The compliments have continued this week, making me more convinced that I actually look like crap.
  • More Braxton-hicks this week. Sometimes they take my breath away with how tight my belly comes and how quickly they come on... I had forgotten how intense they could be. 
  • Bending over, at all, these days absolutely takes my breath away. I guess there's not room when I hunch over for both my lungs and this kid... and my body has prioritized his need for space. Putting on socks and/or shoes now feels like running a marathon and I end up red faced, sweaty, and out of breath after that battle. Some days Fynn is kind enough to help me put my socks on... but then I spend the day in upside-down socks and it's not quite worth it. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Because when you're pregnant, pillows are a big deal.

I've mentioned  incessantly just a couple of times lately about how hard sleep is these days, and as I get bigger, it just gets more difficult to get comfortable and actually get any amount of real sleep. I currently sleep on a mattress on the floor due to my constant moving around at night and need for approximately 9 pillows in various configurations... all in a vain attempt to get some rest.

In December I was contacted about reviewing the Form-Fit Pillow and I was all like "yes, please, anything!". And then the pillow came, and so did Christmas, and it wasn't until about a week and a half ago when I realized that I had a pillow. Sitting in a box. That I wasn't using. Fail.

After using it for a week and a half and have enjoyed each and every single night with that comfy, cozy bundle. Now, it's not a miracle worker. I still sleep like crap. However, it does give me a lot more support than many of my other pillows and feels really good as a back support when my back is killing me. The difference is the material, instead of down or stuffing, this is actually made with buckwheat hulls and shredded foam making it a lot sturdier than most pillows. It's also adjustable- you can remove some of the filling to make it a better fit- I may do this if I go to use the pillow for my head/neck, but for now being so full is working really well. Even without removing some of the filling, I'm able to adjust the pillow easily because it moves around as you move the pillow which means I can make it really big at one end if I want to.

Another thing I really like is how the pillow doesn't smell like chemicals or plastic, it has a clean, fresh smell that's actually rather comforting. I found myself nuzzling into my pillow the other night, and then realized that doing so was a little weird. 

All in all, it's a great pillow and something I would absolutely recommend, especially if you're someone with back problems or other sleep issues where a firm pillow makes it more comfortable. I'm so mad at myself for leaving this pillow in the box for as long as I did! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mom of the year

Today I raided my 2 1/2 year old's piggy bank.

For 50 cents

To pay my library fine.

Because I HAD to go get that book that's waiting for me on reserve.

TODAY.

And then I forgot to actually go to the library and get said book.
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This may be an all time low. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Apparently Week 32 is the Compliment Week

For the past week, over and over again, I keep being told how "cute" or "adorable" or "amazing" I look. Which leads me to one of two conclusions:

1) I have somehow achieved that coveted pregnancy glow and in fact look absolutely wonderful

or

2) I look like such hell that people feel the need to pay me complements because they're severely worried about my self-esteem.

I'm tending to lean towards option 2 there since it goes along with how I feel. As a reminder, here's my 32 week bump pic:

Please notice a few things:
1) the bump that has outgrown the maternity shirt- with more than 7 weeks to go, that's a scary thought.
2) the forced smile- because at that exact moment Bentley was in his favorite position; headbutting my hipbone while digging his toes right into my ribcage. It's cozy, I swear.
3) the location: another bump pic taken in the bathroom at work since it's the only place I can pee in peace these days.
4) the eyes- you may have to zoom in for this, but my eyes are a big bloodshot from lack of sleep the bags are bigger than the bump- super attractive

What you can't see:

1) the "glow" I get when walking more than 20 feet at a time
2) the slightly hunched, hand on the lower back, stance I sport while standing for more than 2 minutes at a time to make sure I don't actually topple forward from the weight of my stomach
3) the pathetic slight waddle/shuffle I've got going on as I walk due to another human being keeping his head right there when I move. 


All in all- it's a glam and gorgeous look I've got going on, yet everyone keeps telling me how great I look. Therefore I am soaking it in, because it's easier to accept the compliment than to answer the #1 question these days "how do I feel?".

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

32 Weeks Pregnant With Boo # 2

Week 2 of my winter break was awesome because Drew was home from work too, which meant help doing everything AND most days I got to at least lay done, if not actually take a nap. The next 8 weeks of working full time are going to stink... actually, I lie, February vacation will be in that mix too, so I only have about 7 weeks left of working before this kid makes his appearance. 7 weeks of work: it ends up being 34 days work days. OhMyGa this ish just got real.



  • This week I'm getting more and more tired, even with the naps and extra help. My body is just getting to the point where lugging around a rapidly growing human being is just becoming too taxing.
  • New Years was exhausting. We stayed out until around 1 and I was wiped out. Didn't help that Fynn slept like crap that night and ended up in bed with me... which means I didn't sleep much on top of going to bed way later than usual (like 4 hours later than usual).
  • His movements are becoming more intense, but less frequent. He has more quiet times where he's (I assume) sleeping, but when he's up, he is UP. My favorite thing is when Fynn's on my lap and he starts kicking her back. She doesn't seem to notice it, but I have to laugh- sibling rivalry has started already!
  • Bentley is about the size of a squash this week- he's 15.2- 16.7 inches long and 2.5-3.8 pounds in weight. My 32 week check up is today, so I'm hoping to get my doctor's idea of how big she thinks he is right now. 
  • Same old, same old- epic heartburn, non-existent sleep. Drew at least seems to have a new appreciation for my symptoms- after indulging too much on NYE and having some heartburn/throwing up of his own, he commented wondering how I've handled it for so long.
  • Fynn's getting a little impatient for this birth thing to happen. We were unpacking and came across baby items, so I asked her to put them in B's room. When she came back she said to me "I want Ben-tee (what she calls him) a come out now. Is he ready?". I had to laugh, and explain that he still needs to get a little bigger, but I'm not sure she gets that there's still about 2 months left. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

First Born, First Loved- 5 ways the first child has an advantage even in utero

As a first-born child, I've always thrown out the "first born, first loved" line to imply that I'm the favorite, but as I enter these final weeks of preparing for baby #2, I'm realizing more and more that the first child experiences a lot of things differently than subsequent children. That's not to say that they are loved more or are better (though clearly I am), but I'm realizing what an advantage it is to be the first born child, even just in utero:

1) The shock and awe-
Pregnant the first time? Every twinge, pain, and feeling is over analyzed and Dr. Googled to the extreme because, you know, something could be wrong. The second time around you either are pretty sure you know what you're feeling or you're too busy to think about it much, let alone research the possibilities. 

2) The baby shower-
Kid #1: gets hundreds of outfits, more baby gear than the parents could ever use, and a lavish party to celebrate his/her impending arrival.
Kid # 2: gets some random gifts when you find out the gender and perhaps at holidays. Now, obviously there will probably be more gifts once baby is here, but there is no where near the showering of gifts and focus on this second child.

3) Mom takes better care of herself-
Pregnancy # 1- Mom takes it easy, naps often, and worries about eating all the right foods to make sure this unborn child doesn't come out with 3 arms and half a nose. 
Pregnancy # 2- Mom is so busy taking care of Kid #1 that she often forgets to eat, or if she does eat it's leftover cold toast or whatever can be scarfed down straight from the refrigerator (no, just me?)

4) The worry- 
This goes along with #1, but the first time around you worry about everything: Having the right baby gear, baby proofing your house, decorating the nursery. The second time around you realize that those things aren't all that important, and besides your just too tired to worry about them anyway. Things will get done at some point and if the baby needs something, then you'll go out and get it... also he'll be sleeping in your room the first weeks (or months) anyway, so why worry about him having a room all set up?

5) Overwhelming attention-
Okay, so this is more of an advantage for the mom. The first time around a pregnant woman is coddled and babied by everyone around her. She's told to sit down, relax, and let others take care of things. The second time around she's an old pro, so everyone just laughs about how they manage it all and leave them to their own devices. Yeah, there's some helping out, but nothing like the kid gloves that came out the last time. 


Friday, January 9, 2015

November & December Reads

I totally forgot to write about my reading for November... probably because it was pathetically almost non-existent. For the two months of November and December I read a depressing 3 books. THREE?!?! There have been weeks I've read more than that, and over two whole months I managed just four. I'm hanging my head in shame right now. I'm way, way behind my 30 book reading goal for the 2014-2015 school year. If one of my students had only read 10 books so far, we'd be talking about how much time they're reading at home and whether they're using our reading workshop time well.

9. Drums of Autumn by Diane Gabaldon
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Another book in the Outlander series. So, again, it's about 1,000 pages. Diane is nothing if not verbose in her writing. Her books are long and complicated but also facinating and addicting. Not going to lie, the further into the series I get, the less can't-put-it-down I feel. Not sure if it's the change in the characters or if I'm taking so long to read them that I'm losing momentum. Jamie and Claire are still the two main characters of the story, but it's been 20 years since the story began and they've change a lot. There have also been tons of changes in their family, surroundings and conflict. In Drums of Autumn, the story centers less on Jamie and Claire and more on their daughter Brianna who is having to make some difficult choices of her own-especially around her feelings for Roger- the only person who knows where her parents really are. While I like the multiple perspectives being shown here, I miss the intimacy I felt with Claire when she was the one narrating the entire story.

10. What Research Has to Say About Reading Instruction by S.Jay Samuels and Alan E. Falstrup 
See? This book doesn't even really count. I mean, yeah, I read it, but it was required reading for my last grad school class. That said, it was super interesting, but rather difficult to get through. Each chapter is a separate topic related to reading instruction and full of information, strategies, and ideas about how to best meet the needs of students. BUT, it's wordy, complicated and sometimes rather yawn-inspiring. In discussing chapters with classmates, I got a lot of out of it, but if I were just reading it on my own I would have given up about 15 pages in and moved on. 


11. Remember Me? By Sophie Kinsella 
Sophie Kinsella's books are usually hit or miss for me. Sometimes I love them, and other times they just don't do it for me. Remember Me? was one of the loves. In this, the main character Lexi wakes up at 28, with her last memory of being 25. Last she remembers, she was out clubbing with her best friends and was broke, snaggle-toothed, and single. Then she wakes up to find that she is an important business woman, wealthy, and married to the perfect man... she just doesn't know how she got to this point. I found this book to be hilarious, because Lexi was just such a relatable and real character. I felt her frustration as she tried to figure out what on earth happened to the Lexi she remembers and I felt her pain as she realized her new, perfect life is actually anything but perfect. At the end, I just wanted it to keep going because I was enjoying it so much. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

How I blog lately

My blogging lately is like my mind- scattered and inconsistent. When I get on a roll, I'll whip out 2-3 posts a night and have post lined up for a couple of days in a row... then I lose all motivation and train of thought for about 2 weeks until I try to get caught up again. 

This is most likely 1 part pregnancy, 2 parts having a toddler, and 1 part moving/working/grad school. I'd love to say "oh yeah, I'll be more consistent when things settle down." But then I'd have to laugh- because things are never settling down. Yeah, pregnancy will end- and be replaced with another tiny human who needs my constant attention. And yeah, his arrival will also bring about time off from work and the completion of another grad school class. So, in theory, I could say that birth day will mean more time to blog- but that time will be spent with (like I said) a second tiny human who needs my constant attention and the first tiny human who will no doubt feel neglected and confused by the arrival of her little brother. Thus, settling down will clearly not come to pass for another 10-15 years. 


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Last Class Before Baby

Today I'm starting my last grad school class pre-baby#2. Except it will probably end up being the class I'm in the middle of when B arrives. My class ends on March 1st- my due date- which is cutting it tight, but it means that I'll only have 3 classes left to complete after he's born- which gets me awfully close to having my MS Ed. I'm hoping to be able to work ahead on this class, and finish most, if not all, of my coursework early and/or that B will be a day or two late so I'll be all set. If not? Well, I guess I'll be spending those first couple of exhausting days and nights finishing up my work. 

After today I'll have a better idea of what this class entails, and I'll know whether I can relax and just enjoy these last 8 weeks, or if I'm needing to panic, cry, and stress about getting my work done.

Why did I think this was a good idea? 

Monday, January 5, 2015

31 Weeks Pregnant with Boo # 2

Christmas week has been a little rough around here with a sick toddler and the usual holiday hecticness. Here's what's been going on in baby-growing world:


  • It was week 1 of my 2 week winter break...and I did not take a single picture of myself. Even on Christmas I didn't. I think my mom got one of me and Fynn and my sister in front of the tree, but I haven't seen it. Luckily, my awesome friend Erin (who has done all of our family pix since Fynn was born) came on Sunday to do family/holiday/maternity pictures and I got the massive bump captured. Because, you know, we wouldn't want to miss out on that for a week. 
  • All I want to eat these days is cheese and crackers and bread and butter. This has been going on for a couple of weeks, but this week these cravings increased exponentially... that and craving Diet Pepsi. So different than the sugar cravings I had with Fynn
  • The heartburn decreased a little this week, probably because I could eat when I wanted to rather than trying to shove food in my mouth during my prep period or when the kids were busy
  • I'm having more and more braxton-hicks contractions this week, probably due to carrying Fynn around too much. What am I supposed to do when my sick toddler want's Mommy to "pick up me"? Exactly
  • Sleep further and further eludes me each night. This pregnancy issue makes no sense to me whatsoever. Shouldn't my body be attempting to hoard sleep while it still can in preparation for the many months (lol, okay, years) of sleep deprivation that is coming? That would make a LOT more sense... just saying. 
  • Bentley is the size of a pineapple this week- 15.2-16.7 inches long and 2.5-3.8 lbs. Honestly, I'm pretty sure that he's on the larger end of that... which scares me. I liked tiny little 6lb 2oz Fynn, she was a nice size to give birth to... really hoping I don't end up with a strapping 10+ lb baby boy this time around. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Guest Post: 6 Social Media Rules for New Moms

*This post was brought to you by Abby Evans 

Author Abby Evans is a mother and freelance journalist currently reviewing health options for her family.

6 Social Media Rules for New Moms


Social media has become a common part of everyone’s lives. It is almost impossible for a person to avoid using social media regularly, and many people would even say that they have an addiction to social media. Busy new moms who have a lot on their plate are not immune to this trend. New moms can be some of the worst culprits when it comes to social media use.
New moms have a lot of new emotional and social issues to deal with that they may have never encountered before and have no clue how to deal with. New moms are so busy taking care of their new baby that they often do not get much social time, and therefore will use social media as a coping method. Additionally, new moms are so happy to share their new baby with the world that they can easily overdo the social media sharing. Here are six social media rules for new moms.

Avoid oversharing
New moms will think that every aspect of their new life and their baby are the most amazing things to ever happen. The truth is that no one will care as much as the mom does. New moms should be careful to not share every aspect of their kid’s life on social media.

Think about your child’s future reaction to posts
Moms may think that a post of their child doing something embarrassing will be funny now, but they often forget about how their child might react to those posts in the future. Parents should try to put themselves in the child’s position before positing anything on social media.

Never pick a fight via social media
Many moms will not have the social time that they had before the baby was born. This can make any mother go a little crazy and want to engage in the same social interactions that she had before her baby arrived. However, some comments can easily re misunderstood online, even if they would be fine in person.

Do share regular updates of the baby’s most endearing qualities
Social media can be a valuable tool for new mothers when used correctly. New moms can keep friends and family updated on their new baby even if they cannot see each other in person. New moms can use Beaverton fios to update family and friends with the latest without sharing too much every day.

Keep the real world in perspective when posting
Typically, the baby becomes the only thing that a new mother will care about or think about. However, the rest of the world is still continuing on as it had before and will in the future. Moms need to understand that no one else will find the fact that their baby is not eating rice cereal as fascinating as they do.

Set limits for social media use

New moms will often mindlessly use social media throughout the day. This is not always an issue, but moms could be missing some great moments in their baby’s life because they are too busy looking through social media apps. New moms can combat this by setting times for social media use, like while the baby is napping. 



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