Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
I don't like to wear underwear anyway. I wear it for roughly one week per month (you know what I mean). I have some t-backs for special occasions. Otherwise, forget it. I'd forgotten, though, that I did this once already this year. Still, I found 3 pairs of panties, 1 bra that I hate, and 1 holey sock to toss. That talking birthday card also went into the garbage.
This didn't make a huge difference in the amount of space, but it did help a little. I'd like to move my sports bras and nursing pads from the plastic baby dresser into my own drawer since both babies will be sharing the plastic one soon.
Currently in my Drawers Drawer: panties (+ 1 top that matches a pair of panties), socks, 2 pairs of tights, my working-in-the-cold fingerless gloves, headband/earmuff thing, and some bandanas. I used to use 3 drawers, stuffed. Now I use 2 with room to spare.
I hope you're enjoying these bite-sized projects. I'm enjoying doing them. What bite sized minimizing projects have you tackled lately?
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Amniocentesis - What is it *really* like? - Part I
Amniocentesis - What is it *really* like? - Part II
After finding out the sex of our baby, I felt energized (other than being tired from the procedure)! I felt like I was finally allowed to be excited about my pregnancy again! I knew we still had a wait, but this was something! I started looking at names again, now that we knew we were looking for a boy name. It was so wonderful to be happy about being pregnant again!
The aftercare instruction sheet said something about test results arriving "after 4pm." So as 4 o'clock approached on Sunday, I started getting antsy. Then 5 o'clock came and went.... 6 o'clock... 7 o'clock... Elmo gave up. He figured it was too late to hear anything. Despite having emailed another question to our Genetic Counselor, I hadn't received ANY email from her on Sunday. Eventually, I gave up as well. And I bawled. The stress of the wait finally caught up with me and I cried. A lot. The tears came and went and came again, but I was just so upset.
Then, at 10 minutes til 10 o'clock, I got a response from the Genetic Counselor! No news. She said she'd call the lab as soon as they opened in the morning and at least find out when they'd have the results. She would call us immediately afterward. She noted that they are an hour behind us. I actually felt better having just heard from her. Now I knew that she wasn't sitting on the results.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Click over to Natural Parents Network to see a photo from the first time Tyler met Sasha! You can also link up your own Wordless Wednesday post there.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Nearly 1½ years after starting my own blog, I have another article published on Hobo Mama today! You can read Child-led solids: Sharing soft foods with infants over there and even see all of the other guest post stuff I've had published on my Published tab.
I can't tell you how pleased I am to be posting there along with some other sites that I respect and adore. I have discovered a love of writing, beyond my personal journal! Thank you Hobo Mama!
Monday, August 22, 2011
I recently discovered Google Reader (I know, I know, you already use it). I really like it so far. It let me see that I had a lot of posts I hadn't read. How many is a lot?
Sunday, August 21, 2011
- Oh wow, I so want this shirt!
The shirt is from Baby Talk Designs and is called the Skeleton Xray Maternity Top Halloween. It is just too cute! I might actually GO trick-or-treating if I had this shirt... but don't hold your breath. I'd definitely wear this shirt all through October and November and then some!
Friday, August 19, 2011
It had to be to get us into the proper, safe window. It was a long wait! Shortly before our appointment, I received a call asking if I'd mind rescheduling for 2 more weeks out. Yes! I would mind! They said I didn't have to if I didn't want to, so I didn't. I just about flipped out in tears on the girl when she called me.
You know how your love for your unborn child grows as your pregnancy progresses? Well this time around it really seemed like the potential for problems spurred the love in me. I felt this great need for my baby to know that it was loved!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I did put a lot of work into compiling the list (and another list you'll find at the bottom). I also marked a few favorite links with bold, red asterisks. **
Friday, August 12, 2011
Our story starts on June 23, 2011.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Check out the Summer Fun themed Wordless Wednesday post at Natural Parents Network and link up your own Wordless Wednesday, too!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Welcome to the August Carnival of Natural Parenting: Creating With Kids
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how they make messes and masterpieces with children. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
I do not consider myself to be an especially crafty person. Once I'm in the middle of a craft, I enjoy it. I just don't ever make the time to do it these days. I scrapbooked years ago, but I didn't do much of it with my daughter. I'm such a perfectionist that I didn't have the patience for it. I think I'm more patient now... but I don't guess I make the time for doing things that I would consider "crafts."
I totally think that we underestimate what kids can do, too. I know I have! I actually got inspired a while back by this post on Natural Parents Network.
So now we go into the kitchen. Sasha will just not accept no for an answer when I'm cooking. Mommy MUST hold her! So I started setting her on the counter pretty young. She is happy there, too, most of the time. And I discovered a few ways that Sasha could help cook, even at a young 16 months old.
Monday, August 8, 2011
And anytime you DO donate, please check the expiration dates. I was once given two paper grocery sacks full of donated groceries... most of which had already expired. That means at Step 1, people donated expired food. Then at Step 2, the organizer of said food drive distributed expired food. Wow. Double Fail.
Out came the remaining tiny cans of things. We did eat several of them, but this is what we are (apparently) not going to eat. The cracker boxes on the right could probably be thinned down. They each have a sleeve or two of crackers in them.
Did you catch that? It took me all of about 10 minutes to go through the shelf of groceries, check dates, and bag up the food. I even threw an open item away. I probably could have done a more thorough job, but I know how long my stuff has been here and am reasonably comfortable with how soon I might use it. There is a large jar of tomatoes and 2 jars of tomato paste in the back... that is more for emergency supply than anything else.
However, then I had a little over a bag of groceries to give to my friend that runs a little Food Pantry. What to do with it? Well, I've put it right back on the pantry shelf! It is in my way, so that should serve as a constant reminder. I've already contacted her and asked her to stop by when she is on my side of town. It will be gone soon enough.
When was the last time you went through your pantry? Do you donate food very often? At least once per year?
This is another nice, small project that little ones could even do with you! If you have multiple shelves in your pantry, you could even do one shelf each time you tackled it. This makes the job short enough that you (and/or any kids helping) won't lose your attention span or patience with the task.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
- There is so much more your children can learn through homeschooling than they can learn in a "traditional" school environment. (I think homeschooling IS the most traditional, personally!) Of course, you could teach a lot of these things to your children even if they went to school, but where would you find the time? Check out Extra credit: 25 non-traditional subjects to teach in your homeschool.
- Ever heard of a Walking Taco?? I hadn't! It sounds delish, although I'm not actually a big fan of Fritos. It looks kinda fun, actually! And talk about a meal on the go!
- Natural Parents Network has a lot of giveaways going these days! In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, check out this Giveaway: The Nursing Mother’s Companion. There will be 5 winners!
Friday, August 5, 2011
Probably after a little urging from my mother, I called the lactation consultant. She seemed to have a pretty good idea right away as to the problem: Thrush. I'd never heard of it. Admittedly, I've never done much research on breastfeeding. I checked Tyler's mouth and sure enough, she had little white bumps in there. We both had Thrush. Now what?
The lactation consultant actually seemed pretty personally invested in our nursing relationship. She urged me, desperately, to not give up on nursing! I thought the idea of giving up was honestly ridiculous. If latching on nearly made me vomit and I hadn't quit yet, nothing was going to make me quit!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Once I brought my baby home, I caught a bit of flack for nursing in front of everyone in the living room. I started taking her up to my room to nurse. Then my father explained that I just needed to cover myself. I started using receiving blankets to cover when I nursed.
Several years later I had Tyler. Her father was supportive of breastfeeding. He was not, however, comfortable with my nursing her as long as I did. I don't recall when the pressure started, but he tried to convince me to stop. She nursed until she was 3½ and weaned on her own. I'm quite proud of making it to that point. I recently found out that he told her she nursed until she was 5! I guess he had a different perception of it.
No one can really force you to stop nursing. He suggested it to me several times, but without taking our daughter and leaving for a while, there was just no way to do it.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I felt I couldn't care for my baby in this condition, aside from being absolutely terrified! I honestly thought I might be having a heart attack. I called my mother, I called my husband, and I waited. My mother arrived just before my husband. Tyler was loaded in with her Poppa while I got into my mother's van. We headed for the clinic, fast.
Once there, I answered a slew of questions and was given a "GI Cocktail" (something like Mylanta or containing it). It didn't help. I was told that my problem was either heartburn... or food poisoning. I was given a prescription for Tagamet and told to "pump & dump" my breastmilk for 24 hours, just in case.
You can, too — link up your breastfeeding posts from August 1-7 in the linky below, and enjoy reading, commenting on, and sharing the posts collected here and on Natural Parents Network.
(Visit NPN for the code to place on your blog.)
Monday, August 1, 2011
And so, my mouth has now been minimized by 2 more teeth. I've also minimized my pain! So, my project is just going to have to wait until next Monday. I'm so sorry folks, I feel I've really let you down. Or let myself down. Or something. I do plan to return to our normally scheduled programming next week!