This entry is part 32 of 32 in the series Baby Days
1 in 5 are unplanned. For our first baby I prepared to have her naturally (or as naturally as possible). I read the books, prayed a lot, and psyched myself up for the big day when I.would.birth.a.human. Then as the day approached our little surprise was breach – laying patiently on her side for the day of her (overdue) arrival. We did all the things we could to try to turn her. And she did!! I felt her flip the night before the big day. We got to the hospital and they did the ultrasound – she had flipped and was now sitting up straight – even more breach than before.
We made the decision: a C-section was necessary.
And suddenly we were in a whole new world. We had no idea about what to expect, what to know, nothing. We were just walking through the motions for the next few days with a new baby as new parents, me recovering from a major surgery.
Here is a bit of our story, told to illustrate the simple things I have learned about post-cesarean recovery. Continue Reading
The convenience factor for StitchFix is sky-high. The looks they send in their Fixes are super chic. And the service they provide is so WORTH it!
What if your Fix goes completely WRONG? What do you do? Do you chalk it up as a loss? Or do you complain? And if you complain, how do you do it?
I have been using StitchFix to help out my wardrobe woes for about a year and a half. I don’t get a Fix every month. Just when I know there is something missing in my closet. And I have had an incredibly positive experience with their service so far.
But last month, I was as specific as I have ever been in the comment section they ask you to fill out when you schedule your Fix. I thought I was going to get exactly what I had always been dreaming of!
The result: really WRONG!
So, I worked through the process of returning the items and had the difficult email conversations that come as a result of shopping on the internet. And I came up with some tips to make it easier for you, while making it absolutely fair to the company I LOVE, StitchFix. And I thought I would share with you what to do when your StitchFix is wrong. Continue Reading
This entry is part 28 of 32 in the series Baby Days
I am not crazy, I LOVE a good deal! Who doesn’t? And right now it is a great time to be a new mom because there are a TON of new mama freebies to be had! Lots of companies want to congratulate you on your status as a new mom. And they want you as a new (and loyal) customer. So, they are offering lots of great things just for being you! But not all the freebies/deals are all that great.
Here’s a rundown of the really great ones. The ones I think are really worth your time. And just so you know, most of them involve paying shipping and handling for the product (you know what they say about no free rides). These freebies are ones I haven’t seen on the myriad lists of new mom freebies and giveaways. And my list is not a bunch of coupons you don’t have time to cut or the ability to remember to bring to the store. Continue Reading
This entry is part 27 of 32 in the series Baby Days
We have an independent sitter! He doesn’t always remember that he is an independent sitter, but we are to the stage where he can sit on his own for over a minute! I love this stage for kids! It is so much fun to see them wobble and catch their balance. And watching them get a new perspective on the world is neat.
I think we tend to forget just how much WORK it is for a baby to start sitting independently. The muscles and balance involved is nothing short of herculean for these little five and six month old babies! And I think there are a LOT of “helpers” on the market that don’t necessarily help baby to work out the core and find balance any faster than they would on their own.
We had a Bumbo seat with our first two babies. And then I did the purge of 2015, weeks before I got pregnant with our third. In that purge I got rid of almost everything baby related, including the Bumbo seat. And when we found out we were pregnant, I had the opportunity to select the things that we would really use to purchase or put on our registry.
The Bumbo seat didn’t make the cut. And it is not for the reason you would think. I didn’t add it to our registry and I didn’t purchase one myself this time around; not because I don’t think they “help.” But because I couldn’t believe how expensive they were! I did not remember spending as much on our first one and I just couldn’t bring myself to part with the money.
So, we tried the independent sitting “training” a different way this time around. Unaided by any baby sitting devices, our little one still reached the milestone of independently sitting at the exact same time as his older sisters (who had the benefit of the Bumbo). And what was wonderful about this process is that I discovered some tips and tricks for encouraging independent sitting with our baby that I wanted to share with you. Continue Reading
This entry is part 20 of 32 in the series Baby Days
Nursing is amazing, isn’t it? Just think of it. You carried your little one in your tummy for around 9 months, feeding and nourishing him until he grew large enough to enter the world and thrive. And then…and then, God has designed your body to switch gears completely to feed and nourish your little one for months (sometimes years, right?). It is miraculous, really!
Notice I didn’t say nursing was easy. But it is miraculous. If you are considering nursing your little one for any period of time after he is born, you may need a little bit of encouragement along the way. Because, honestly, as natural as nursing is, it doesn’t always come naturally.
After nursing FOUR little ones, I have learned a LOT about nursing. I am still not an expert, but I have learned plenty. That knowledge has helped me (and encouraged me) along the way. So I thought I would share with you the simple things I think nursing moms need to know. Continue Reading
We have tried it all…all of it. We have tried singing lullabies. We have tried the Jo Frost solution – um…sorry that one really didn’t work. We have tried punishments (oh, that one is awful!). We tried essential oils. We tried massage. We did it all.
A. L. L.
We even tried that new “magical” book – the second night she refused to listen to it. And nothing helped our oldest toddler get to bed easily. She is a fighter. She is always up and ready to go. She’s the one who gets a full 40 minutes and is ready to go for the rest of the night. So, I am always on the hunt for the next toddler sleep solution. And I will try just about anything.
But, I finally came up with a sleep routine that helps my toddler wind down enough to be still and [most nights] get to sleep quickly. Continue Reading