Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I haven't blogged in over a month...

Well, it's good this blog is not one of my children because I've been super neglectful to it!

Gage is now 5 months old. Can you believe that? It's like I was pregnant yesterday! His six month well baby check up is scheduled for April 18th. He grabs toys, assaults my food with his face despite not eating solids yet (still EBF over here - yay!), rolls both ways, and absolutely adores Noah. Here's a picture of the littles together!

Noah has a new baby cousin, born shortly after his third birthday. He loves him to pieces! I won't be posting a picture of him on the blog as he is not my child and I do not have the right to be plastering photos of him around the internet, so you'll have to take my word for it when I say he is soooo stinking adorable!
Noah is currently learning his alphabet at home with me, so it's school every day. This week we're reviewing letters A-E that we've done and next week we'll be moving onto letter F. He's really getting this whole letters and sounds thing down and I'm super proud!

Things are finally moving into place around here. I have an income now, as well as Curtis. I'm reaching clients. We just switched everything around with insurance and the boys' new coverage begins next month. We have the new pediatrician set up and tomorrow I'm calling the new dentist to arrange an appointment for Noah.
We got new baby chicks that will be ready to go into the coop in a few weeks! I chose one to name Hendrix, and Noah chose one and named it Muno...
Which brings me to the next update. I should get an episode on True Life called True Life: My Child is Addicted to Yo Gabba Gabba
Yes. It's that bad. He just got the beanie baby versions of Brobee, Foofa, Muno, and Toodee for $8 a piece. Insanity at it's finest, but it makes him happy. Unfortunately for Curtis and I, that means we have to watch a lot of Yo Gabba Gabba. Even worse, the On Demand section only had three episodes for weeks and is now down to one single episode that we watch over and over.
This is how big and grown up my Bugman looks now that he's three:

It might be kind of a crappy, quick update, but I'm hoping to start blogging at least once a week now!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Straying from normal topics

I want to talk about why this picture pisses me off.

I get it. The intent was likely not malevolent, but rather to show pride in being "bigger" or even just of average size.
But here's the thing. We seem to be missing a key component in this "love your body" campaign. It is not "love your body because you're not skinny". It's not "love your body but bash other people's bodies".
We should all love our bodies but that does not mean that it is okay or acceptable to negate other body types. Love your body. Take pride in it and take care of it. But you are not better or worse than anybody else. And the whole "real men like curves, only dogs go for bones" meme? It's complete crap. A real man goes for whatever he wants, first off. Secondly, a real man will look past any body type and be happy with the woman he is with for who she is, not what she looks like. And hey, if she looks incredible - it's just a bonus. Your body, your weight does not define you. YOU define you. Who you are, your personality - that it what defines you. Not theses bullshit memes circulating the internet.

Simply put:
If you're big, rock it.
If you're small, rock it.
I don't care if you're thin, overweight, tall, average, short, black, white, red, pear shaped, apple shaped, hourglass shaped, board shaped, or if you're a damn polygon.

You just rock whatever you've got, because no one can be you like you can.
But keep in mind when you do, that it is never okay to put down another human being, or to make fun or poke jokes at someone else's body type.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Busy, busy, busy.

That's what I've been.
Super busy doing what seems like three million things.
I mean, here's my average day:

8:30-9:00AM: "Mommmmm. Mommy. Mommy. Mom. Mom it's morning. Time to get up. Mom I wanna go upstairs. Mom. Mooooooom!" I ask for five minutes of sleep. "Mommy I wanna go upstairs!" I ask him if he'd like to watch cartoons so I can get five more minutes of sleep. He agrees and I turn on Paw Patrol.

9:15AM: Noah reminds me that he REALLY wants to go upstairs now. I get up out of bed, change Gage's diaper, dress him in today's outfit, put on his teething necklace, and we all go upstairs.

9:20AM: We discuss 40 different options for breakfast. Despite the choices, Noah always chooses scrambled eggs with diced peppers and "jelly bread" (toast with jelly) or scrambled eggs with pineapple on the side and "jelly bread". 

9:30AM: After the ten minute debate I cook one of the two options above and start making coffee.

9:45AM: Serve breakfast. I eat while I nurse Gage and start getting Noah's school stuff ready, being periodically interrupted by your average three year old questions. Like, "Mommy do my boobies have milk too?" or "Can I feed Gage with my boobies now?" or "Can I eat with my nose?" Eventually I convince him to finish at least 3/4 of his breakfast before he runs off to brush his teeth.

10:00AM: It's time for school. Right now we're learning our letters and today is our last day of C week. School lasts about an hour, and consists of the letter of the week, theme words beginning with that letter, a poem and song and book about that letter, and learning about various things starting with that letter. For science this week we learned about cougars and crocodiles, for social studies we learned about castles, and for art we made a C-shaped caterpillar with glue and crayons and a marker.

11:30AM: We're usually done with school. I get Noah dressed and he has free time for about an hour while I start cleaning up from breakfast and straightening up the house.

12:30PM: Time to figure out something for lunch. Sandwich, soup, chicken nuggets, whatever. It's always different. He considers his choices for ten minutes as if it is the only meal he will ever eat again. When he ultimately decides what he wants to eat, we cook it and sit down to eat. You know, after changing the third diaper of the day and cleaning whatever spit up has accumulated because no one wants to eat with that.

1:30PM: Finish cleaning the house and set Gage down for tummy time and set Noah up with his coloring stuff or some trains or some other toy.

3:30PM: Done cleaning the house. My brother feeds the animals and Noah and I go out to check the chicken coop for eggs.

4:00PM: If the weather is nice, go for a walk and teach Noah about whatever he finds that he wants to know more about, usually with Gage in the ring sling and his baby (named New One Baby) wrapped on him in a scarf.

5:00PM: I have about an hour where all I have to do is a diaper change if necessary, nurse Gage, help Noah get a snack. I check Facebook, try to check my blog, my e-mail, see if there's anything new I can do with my own schooling.

6:00PM: We usually try to start dinner around now. By that I mean it's like a 30-60 minute discussion about what everyone wants, what we have, and what we feel like cooking. Dinner is usually done being made and consumed around 7:00.

7:15-7:30PM: Start laundry or diapers to be washed depending on the day.

8:00PM: Give Noah and Gage baths. Try not to think about how I haven't been able to take a shower in two days, due either to uncooperative children or to Curtis being at work when I actually have the free time.

8:45PM: Brush teeth and change into jammies. Settle down to watch some tv or a movie. Bedtime stories if he decides he wants one that night.

10:00PM Usually both kiddos are out by now. I clean up from after dinner and try to straighten up a bit. If I haven't squeezed it in during the day, this is when I shower, work out, do yoga, prepare school stuff, fold clothes stuff diapers, blog, play World of Warcraft, and just generally have "me" time.

So yeah. I just feel busy and overwhelmed on days that even more needs to be added.
Sorry for not keeping up on the blog! I think about it a lot, there's just a lot to be balanced out.
Will update soon!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How we beat the really awful cold going around

We're just getting over a pretty nasty cold, Noah and I. Lots of coughing, head and chest pain, shakiness, dizziness, sneezing and sniffles and nausea. I mean, I was so dizzy I couldn't stand up.
But we're both almost 100% better in less than 48 hours!

What we've been doing:

One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a few times a day. 
It's awful tasting, but there are lots of ways to do it. 
  • Dilute in 8oz water
  • Dilute in 8oz fruit juice (I hear orange, cranberry, apple and grape are best)
  • Make in a tea with some honey
  • Do ACV "shots" followed by an 8oz glass of water
  • Make a salad dressing
  • Make a smoothie
It does help a lot. I didn't use any of these but rather, made a "super tea" which I'll put toward the end.

One tablespoon of organic coconut oil a few times a day.
Coconut oil is actually pretty plain. 
We just melted a spoonful in tea a couple times a day.

One tablespoon of cinnamon a few times a day.
Cinnamon has natural healing properties, and it even tastes great! We put ours in tea or for me, in coffee.

Vitamin C to bowel tolerance.
Self explanatory.

Daily dose of Echinacea.
Also great for immune support!

Lots of rest.
Not easy as a mom, but luckily my kids were up for lots of snuggling and movie time.

Cool mist humidifier with EO.
We ran our cool mist humidifier with eucalyptus essential oil to help us breathe better (10 drops) and chamomile essential oil to help us relax and promote restful sleep (15 drops).

Lots of fluids.
Especially if you have vomiting or diarrhea. Water, fruit juices watered down, electrolyte drinks (Wellness Mama has a great recipe for a homemade one!).

"Super tea" a few times a day.
Decaffeinated is best during a cold. 
I brewed a cup of black Lipton tea 3-4 times a day and added 1 tbsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp ACV (apple cider vinegar) and 1 tsp of sugar. It covered the taste pretty well! I do think a fruity tea would mask the ACV better, though. Find what works for you!

All we have left are a couple sniffles and I have a bit of a cough left.
Other things you can add are bee propolis, elderberry syrup, and pure organic honey.
Remember - hot liquids stimulate the immune response, so lots of soup broth and decaffeinated teas will help!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I haven't forgotten about you guys! Life is busy with two kiddos, a lot busier than it was with just one.
And Bugman is going to be three in two days. Today, three years ago, was my due date with Noah. Today, three years ago, I was putting away the last of his clean clothes, readying my homebirth basket, and playing games on the Wii.
At 2am, tomorrow, the 26th, (three years ago) I was woken by contractions.
It's so bittersweet.

Anyway, both kids are getting big and growing too fast. Gage is three months old now.
We've moved to New York and I'm trying to get my doula business going again down here. Curtis is working in a cabinet shop and deciding whether he's joining the Army Reserves or the Army National Guard, and he plans to go active duty in a few years (roughly three years from now).
As proud a career as that is, I hope he changes his mind. Losing him is a terrifying thought.

Amidst the move, the stress of starting my business again and of Curtis talking about the army, planning for Noah's party, and moving our entire life, I haven't had much time to blog. I'll post on the 27th or 28th about Noah's birthday, but for now, laundry is calling my name (and I have to stuff diapers).

I'll update y'all soon. :)