Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Review: Reasons My Kid Is Crying by Greg Pembroke

When I first got this book I thought it would just be silly, and I would get a few laughs. But no. This book is exactly what I go through every single day. This is proof that I'm not alone. This is what I needed today. The random cries over nothing. The sobs due to pointless negotiations. The terrible twos . . . that actually start way before two, and last much longer than just one year. Ah parenthood. Isn't it great?

I miss the days of my daughter delightfully following simple commands ("can you bring mommy that cup?") that have been replaced with deliberate disobedience. Oh this cup? *chucks cup across room and sobs*. What just happened?!

Since I know you understand, this is the book for you: 

This book was created by Greg Pembroke, who also is the man behind the Web site of the same name. How delightful to know that we aren't alone. As I read this book, I was surprised to learn that my kid's crazy tantrums are the same level of obnoxious as everyone elses' kid. This is a great collection from all over the world of parents just like us who feel overwhelmed by the crazy cries and fits thrown over the simplest things. Sometimes these things are in our control (we said no cookies for breakfast) or out of our control (the neighbor's dog isn't outside) but after the fact they're always good for a laugh. There are even spots for you to put your own pictures in the back! I love this book! :)

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I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion about it. :) 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Struggle Is Real

You know the struggle. The "my kid sobs all the time for no reason" struggle? This is the game we're playing. I love it. I love having a toddler who sobs constantly.

Most recently, we have "there is banana on my hand", "the US is losing the World Cup" and "the puppy moved".

Oh man. Gotta love the struggle! Happy Thursday!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Giveaways I'm Entering: January 30, 2014

I'm asked all the time where I find my giveaways that I enter. I enter all sorts of giveaways from all over the Web. The majority of these giveaways are from blogs. So here are a very few of the giveaways I am entering, just today. Good luck, and happy entering!

First is a giveaway for some Woolzies dryer balls. I have a bunch of these in my dryer right now assisting in the quick drying of my diapers and clothes.
Dryer Balls Giveaway

From the same blogger is a giveaway for Applecheeks cloth diapers. I've never tried these diapers, but I sure have wanted to! Applecheeks

Buttons Diapers are a nifty diaper that I enjoy quite well. There are several blogs doing giveaways for those, here are a few:
Zephyr Hill
Nanny to Mommy
Bee Hive Buzz

Our Modern Day Fairytale
Mama Pure

Good luck! :) 

Monday, January 27, 2014

How to Swaddle Older Babies (A Step by Step Guide)

I'm the luckiest mommy in the world. My wonderful child sleeps all the time, and if I have to wake her up early she doesn't seem to be too phased by it. :) Since the beginning we have been using Aden + Anais brand swaddling blankets. They're very generously sized, so they have held my baby for 14 months and she still has room to grow. They're also SO SOFT. Whenever I go to a baby shower, I always bring some to the new parents because I think they're the greatest thing ever to come into my life. I love to share them with others. 

We still swaddle Tushie, even though she's 14 months old. She very much enjoys the comfort and I enjoy how it makes it easier to put her down even though she is larger. Around three months old she went through a very common time in our swaddling relationship where she pulled her hands out, and usually messed with her face while she was nursing. It was so frustrating and I admittedly lost my cool about it several times. I'm so lucky I have a great husband who was home during the rough nights in the beginning of Tushie's life. 

In the midst of this frustration, and trying to deal with it I discovered the . . . "Super Swaddle". Have you heard of this? Oh MY goodness. It's the bee's knees. Very basically, you have your swaddling blanket as well as an extra receiving blanket folded in half twice to make it long. Placed correctly, it will fold your child's arms in, and then you swaddle as normal. See below for some pictures. Tushie can still get out when she's ready at night, but when she is nursing to sleep she loves this super swaddle, which of course means mommy loves it!

 First, you have to gather your "ingredients". We have a nice Aden + Anais Classic Swaddling blanket and above that (next to the puppy) is our folded up receiving blanket. 

 After laying out the blanket you want to fold down the top corner of the blanket to provide a nice collar for where you are going to place the baby. 

 Then you will place the receiving blanket (which you have folded twice longways) across the top of the collar you just made. You can see a better picture of how you will place it here:

 Then you take your baby and put them in the middle of the collar on top of your receiving blanket.

 Next you take the receiving blanket and fold it over the arm, as shown. It's really so simple. 

 Then you tuck it underneath their body, so their weight will hold it in place. This also means when they want to get out of it, they just need to arch their back (which they learn how to do as soon as they wake up, I've learned).

 Repeat on the other side and you will have a baby who looks like this. This baby is VERY interested in the fan above her head, which is why she's not looking in any of these pictures.

 Then you swaddle as normal. Simple, eh? Don't forget to leave room for their legs to move freely when swaddling!

So there you have it. A simple step by step solution to those crazy children who wiggle their way out of a normal swaddle! I hope this is helpful!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

That Won't Last

These are the words I've heard countless times in my short mothering career. Whether it's about diapering my child in cloth, about her sleeping through the night, about her breastfeeding. 

Well I've proven them all wrong. My lovely daughter is 14 (or so) months old, and still in cloth, still breastfeeds, and still sleeps through the night. I'm very lucky to have a baby who loves sleep, I know.

I don't understand why there has to be so much negativity surrounding new mothers. Why does everyone insist on telling mothers that the dreams they have are dumb, or it's something they will never achieve? It's very heartbreaking to me.

So anyway, the point of this post was to show you my beautiful child in her Glow Bug Cloth Diapers, this year, and last year. To show the change in her and the consistency of a beautiful diaper. This has been one of my favorite cloth diapers since her birth, and I'm so glad it still works great for us! I can't wait to put it on my future child too! The first is today, and the second is actually exactly a year ago today! 

Look at how tiny she used to be! :) Love this girl!
Have a great day!

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