I had a dream two nights ago that was the most obvious form of my subconscious screaming that I've ever come across. It came after my son fell asleep--pretzled between my right arm and leg. While co-sleeping has it's negatives, this is not one of them. I lay there thinking how much I love being this close to my son when it all of the sudden hit me that this lovely, calm falling asleep routine had an expiration date on it in the form of his little brother/sister coming in June. How soon we forget that these little angels don't sleep through the night for months, years even.
"What am I going to do?" I panicked. "How am I going to divide up my time, especially night-night time, between the two? Will Bennett's sleep be disrupted, too? This co-sleeping...
With ten days between my son's birthday and Christmas, December can quickly become expensive and just plain out obnoxious. Although he's not quite old enough to understand the concept of giving, and all two-year-olds are by nature greedy little gremlins, I still want to attempt to teach him that Christmas is truly not all about scoring the Little Tikes motherload.
Everytime we come to a Salvation Army bell ringer, I give my son a couple of coins (I have to be a little stingy when we average two a day) to put in the can. He thinks it's fun and someday I'll explain what it's for. Not to mention it's absolutely adorable and I always get a little "awe" from a passerby.
Also, in lieu of presents for his birthday, I'm going to ask people to...
Today, I woke up with a sick stomach and just followed it up with a glass of V8 and FOUR cornbread muffins. That's right, I'm pregnant.
So far, this has been the complete opposite of my first pregnancy. I had a little nausea with the first one, but nothing extreme. Of course this time, while I'm running after an almost 2-year-old, being a little nauseous is considered a good day.
I am the most cliche pregnant person in the world. The other day, I scared my sister to death because I called her crying so hard I couldn't talk. She immediately thought something was horribly wrong until I explained that I was just feeling a little emotional. That new "War Horse" movie preview could set me in a tail spin.
I'm just at 12 weeks (due June 12th), so I...
It was a moment of weakness.
After the 15th day over 105 degrees this blustery summer and my then 18-month-old throwing tantrums every time I turned my hair dryer on, I made an emergency appointment with my hair stylist. I was a woman on a mission, blinded by the heat.
That day I cut off around 10 inches of hair.
I was in denial at first and my overly supportive support group said they thought it looked great. Liars.
Now, months later, I'm still regretting this decision and the years it will take to get my hair back to french braid length.
Having always had long hair, I assumed that getting rid of 90% of it would make my life easier. Oh, how wrong I was. Short hair is hard work!
My former long-haired-self would occasionally dry it; but would more...
With Christmas fast approaching (seriously, 47 days), it's time to get serious about my "who to buy for" list. On top of that, my son is turning two-years-old on December 15th. This causes the Grandmas, Grandpas, Great Aunts, etc. to ask..."What does he want?"
Instead of doing the "Oh, he doesn't need anything" dance, all while knowing very well that they would never not get their favorite toddler a gift for his birthday and Chrismas, I decided to get proactive by setting up a wish list on myregistry.com.
I had heard about people doing this and thought it to be a little presumptuous. But now I see that it is efficient and accomodating.
It's user-friendly. When you are setting up your registry, you drag a button to your tool bar....
When pregnant with my son, I read the What to Expects and the Your Pregnancy Week-by-Weeks. They all talked about Listeria, but I didn't get anything out of it other than stay away from deli meats. But now, with the recent cantaloupe Listeria outbreak, it made me wonder, what exactly is Listeria? And, are all foods at risk? How can a pregnant woman avoid it? So here's what I found:
Regarding the recent cantaloupe Listeria outbreak:
29 people have already been killed and 139 have been sickened. The tainted Colorado cantaloupes have been off store shelves for weeks now. But the symptoms of listeria can take up to two months to appear. (Read more) 2 MONTHS!
So what exactly is Listeria? According to good ole' Web MD:
Listeriosis is food poisoning caused by...
Who knows how true these types of things are, but I thought it was worth sharing with you. I would love to believe that there aren't crazy people out there that would do something like this, but that's just not the case. It takes five seconds to change on your phone....
So maybe I'm the last mom on the planet to know what stridor is, but just in case you aren't familiar, I'll share my weekend with you....
My son woke up early Friday morning with the obvious signs of croup. The barking seal breathing, etc. Only this was different from our previous croup experience because he was having a serious struggle with breathing. His stomach was concaving with every breath and he was acting lathargic. At this point, it was 3 a.m. and while I wanted to jump in the car to head to the ER (which I now know I should have done), I wanted to see my highly trusted pediatrician.
For the next few hours, we rotated him between the steam shower and outside air. Gave him popsicles and tried to stay calm.
Finally it was 8 a.m. and I was the first in...
It seems like this week was information overload regarding how we should raise our children. No tv, no crib bumpers, etc.
What these researchers don't realize is that when they publish these studies, they send me into a frenzy that causes sleepless nights and way too much Googling.
I read this article from CNN, "Stupid things parents do that put their kids at risk."
Basically, it gives a a list of 5 do'nts that parents do:
1. Moving baby to a bigger car seat too early: My son was 28 lbs. at nine months, so I probably didn't move him fast enough.
2. Letting baby sleep in swing: My son loathed the swing from the get.
3. Letting your baby watch 'educational' videos: I have let my son watch tv before his 2nd birthday. He watches one...
Did you guys see the story on the news this morning of the baby that thought a magazine was a broken iPad? It shows a baby easily navigating through an iPad and getting frustrated when an actual magazine "won't work."
I'm starting to realize how our grandparents feel about my generation and cell phones.
It's true...when my son is my age it's highly unlikely that he will ever use an actual print magazine, newspaper, book, etc. . All of his reading will be done on some form of tablet or whatever Steve Jobs has in store for us.
I have an iPad and the way my son manueveurs through it is somewhat unnverving. I'm not sure why, but I feel like reading Brown Bear on an iPad is just...just...wrong.
Being a book lover, I have a hard time...