Friday, December 13, 2013

Steel cut oats that actually taste good

So one thing that I read everywhere that was great for expecting and new moms to eat is steel cut oats.  I love oatmeal, it was a staple as a child but I had never had steel cut but it's supposed to be way better so I gave it a shot. Rather than buy a whole big package of it I got some frozen maple and brown sugar from the grocery store to try.

Oh my goodness, never do that.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Marriage isn't for you

This is an amazing article, I couldn't even summarize it without stealing his thoughts or butchering them so I'll just provide the link.

It's a quick read yet very powerful.

http://sethadamsmith.com/2013/11/02/marriage-isnt-for-you/

Sunday, November 3, 2013

I'm awake!

I'm not really.  Since vacation in July O hasn't slept more than 2 hours at a time.  You'd think that'd give me more time since I'm awake all the time but it doesn't, I am perpetually tired.

In an interesting turn of events we went to Disney on Ice last weekend and were up quite a bit past O's bedtime.  It started after he was supposed to be in bed. Since then he hasn't gone to sleep before 10 pm but he seems to be sleeping a little better. I don't want to jinx it but so far it seems like he may be on a better trend.

Oh how I hope it keeps up.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ow ow ow!

So O's first tooth cut through almost 2 weeks ago and has been really coming up since. Now it's maybe halfway out (I guess?) it's razor sharp toothness has collected its first victim, my boob.  He had started to chomp a few times but stopped when I shouted "OW". Then last night he chomped down and arched his back at the same time.  I could have cried it hurt so badly AND it broke the skin.  He was able to nurse a few hours later and it didn't hurt but pumping sure does.

Hooray for teeth!  I wonder if this is about the time that lots of moms give up...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Things about having a baby no one really tells you

Now that I'm 6 months post-partum I laugh at the tremendous amount of time that is spent preparing for labor.  Yes, it was a little intense, the most intense day of my life. But then it's over.  What comes after you have brought that beautiful life into this world is the real challenge.


This is not meant to scare you, it's meant to be honest.  Everything is strictly my opinion based off my own experiences. Yours will be different.

Warning - contains graphic content 

(childbirth isn't pretty, even just talking about it)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Let's get moving!

I am not a very athletic person.  I played sports in high school (screwed up my knee) and have actively avoided any sort of extreme physical exertion since.  I'll walk around and I won't shun difficult hills or distances, I'm not a lazy slouch, I've just never been one to "work out".  Last year for our anniversary the hubs got us both fitbits to track our steps.  This all started while we were in Japan and our days would be miles and miles of walking up hills and stairs and all over creation.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I gave up

After just over 4 weeks of trying the "No Poo" shampoo thing I gave up and used regular shampoo again.  My hair never felt clean, it was always kind of straw-like and I swear I could still feel the baking soda in it regardless of how long I rinsed it out.  I could never run my fingers through it and I was tired of not being able to put it in a ponytail during the day without a hairbrush handy.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I love my baby monitor

I'll tell just about anyone who will listen about how much I love my baby monitor.  It's not the cheapest one on the market but I got mine from amazon.com with a 20% off coupon code as part of the Amazon Mom program so I feel like I got a good deal.  This thing is just awesome.

We're an ifamily, we both have iPhones and iPads.  This monitor shows you what's going on in the nursery by way of a free app for any iOS product and now Android too.  The monitor runs off of your wired or wireless network so you don't have the security vulnerability of the traditional radio monitors.  To enable a device to be able to use the monitor you have to configure it individually by a bluetooth connection, so you have to be within close range of the monitor; you can't randomly activate it over the Internet.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

No poo day #9

So, my hair still feels kind of gross.  I increased the amount of baking soda in my "shampoo" and it felt slipperier than before which is good I think but it still feels cottonny dry.  Add to that super static and it's pretty much awful.

I took a picture yesterday and to me my hair looked kind of greasy but it doesn't look like it in the mirror.  Today's totally a ponytail day, we'll see if it gets better.

Friday, May 24, 2013

No poo day #5

Ok, so a quick update on my no poo adventure.  It still feels really strange to not have any lather when I'm in the shower, but I'm getting used to it.  I still don't know if I'm using enough or if I'm using too much.  Yesterday when I washed it I left the baking soda solution in my hair for a few minutes before rinsing it out.  I've read that you need to rinse it really well, so I did, about 3 times longer than usual.  I either didn't rinse it well enough or I'm in that "cotton hair" period.  The roots of my hair feel like there's powder in it, kind of like rubbing a cotton ball.  It doesn't look powdery at all and isn't greasy so it's fine for me.

Monday, May 20, 2013

No poo day #2

Ok, so I kind of procrastinated at the whole no poo thing, I kept waiting for the right day to potentially make my hair completely unmanageable.  It never came so I decided yesterday was going to be the day.  I made up my new hair cleanser and "conditioner" and put it to the test.

The recipe I used was:

Monday, May 13, 2013

No poo for me?

I've read posts here and there about how ditching shampoo can be the best thing you can do for your hair.  Ever since having O I have had the worst time with my hair.  Aside from it falling out constantly it seems greasy all the time and never feels clean.  I got some new Pantene shampoo made especially for long hair but it's awful, I rinse and rinse but it feels oily right after it dries.  My Herbal Essences shampoo is better, but still not great.  When my hair doesn't feel oily it is perpetually tangled, before O my hair was never really tangly, it was smooth and soft.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Amazon love

I'm the frugal one. I feel like it's a crime to pay full price for anything, if it's not on sale (or even better, clearance) then I don't want to buy it.  In that respect, I also hate spending the time to shop around and I can't seem to get this whole coupon thing. I forget to take them with me, I forget to give them to the cashier, I let them expire.  I just stink at coupons. This is why I <3 Amazon so much.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Am I psychic?

Way back when O would sleep through the night, at least as much as I did.  It was wonderful.  Those days are just a distant memory now and I wonder if it's because either he or I are psychically connected.  I know, I sound crazy.  With the little sleep I've had lately I'm pretty sure I am crazy, but hear me out anyway.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Boob or bottle? The battle.


It seems that one of the biggest battles in new mommy circles is breastfeeding vs formula feeding.  There is such contention that makes it seem like you're a failure as a mom if you can't or choose not to breastfeed.  This is a war I just don't understand.

5 months ago I was on the exclusively breastfeed bandwagon.  All the studies say that's what's best for my baby and why wouldn't I give him that?  Couple that with the fact that I just hate formula and the choice was simple.  Why do I hate formula so much?  It's not that I'm superior to anyone else who chooses formula, it's for far more petty reasons.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Who really needs sleep?

This week I am quickly learning just how little sleep I need to function.  OJ has decided that he doesn't want to sleep unless I am holding him.  I can't sleep sitting up.  Put the two together and you get one tired mama.

Sure, tears have been shed because you reach a point where you're so tired it hurts, but then you keep going.  I have to keep little candies or snacks in the car to help keep me awake during my commute but other than that I am fine.

Monday, March 18, 2013

I still can't do math | lactation cookies

One of the biggest jokes while I was pregnant was how the baby was taking up so much of my brain power that I couldn't even do simple math.  Which is amusing since I'm such a math geek.  Once he was born the first thing my brother asked was some simple math problems to see if I could do them and I passed with flying colors.

I decided to make lactation cookies and hunted around for all of the crazy ingredients for them.  The first ingredient is butter so I warmed up a pound of butter.  After not having the time to do it for many, many days, I decided I was going to make them yesterday.  I creamed the butter with the sugar just like the recipe said and it seemed a little... wet.  I added the eggs and vanilla and it was looking more like cake batter than cookie batter.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Where'd my leave go?

I had quite the mental list of things I was going to do while on maternity leave to ward off boredom.  Lots of sewing with the baby in the bouncy seat watching me, visiting my sister in Pennsylvania, cleaning the house, visiting my old job just to chat, and loads more.  I told my boss he'd see me on email a lot since I'll have time to kill and I needed to redesign the school website.

Ask me how much of that was done.  None.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Preparing for travel

Yesterday we took OJ to turn in his passport paperwork.  I was so impressed by the woman at the post office who took our application.  She had us in and out in less than 10 minutes, I was shocked and pleased.  OJ decided that he was starving as soon as we got there and was screaming his head off until I gave him a bottle, luckily I had one ready to go.  It's not often that I can say that the post office was efficient but Kimberly at our branch was quite helpful.  Now we just have to wait for it to arrive.  I was a little unnerved giving them his brand new birth certificate but that's what you have to do.

So, in 4-6 weeks it should arrive in the mail, I hope, before we are scheduled to leave for vacation.  Ahh vacation... I can't wait!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Baby hog

Oh how I wish I had a fun new post to share but alas, I have been crazy busy with the new baby.  I keep waiting to settle into a routine but it's still pretty much chaos and he's the type that doesn't like to be set down anywhere so I spend all of my time caring for my little bundle of joy in my arms.  I have lots of crafts in my head that I plan to work on and once things even out a bit I will be able to get started on it.

Many will likely revolve around baby. Just a warning.

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