Saturday, July 9, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
This is not directed at anyone, I promise! It is jut the plight of the modern mommy as some of my other friends have explained to me, it is a constant battle with technology, especially as kids get older. A true love hate relationship. So, I put it into rhyme. It sometimes makes it easier to understand, more black and white I suppose.
"Modern mommy" is not the mommy
That I would like to be.
It is much to busy, far to rushed
For a tired mommy like me.
The modern mommy can balance,
A blackberry, iPhone or Droid.
Updating her facebook, email, and more.
While kiddos sit ignored.
When little hands are tugging
Mommy to come and play
She says "just a second honey"
And now her status will say:
"the kids keep distracting me,
so dinner is late again,
daddy will be home soon,
and lend a helping hand"
She closes out the windows
On the computer screen
The blogs that she is reading
The email's still unseen
An old friend from high school
Ask's if she can chat
Its been so long,
She decides to take a minute for that.
By the time that mommy is ready
To finally go and play
The kids have decided
To spend their time another way.
The TV screen is on,
Nothing can distract their gaze.
Mommy sighs and walks away
Says quietly "Kids these days"
As she walks away she sees
The laundry piled high
The picture she's been meaning to fix
The dog's water bowl is dry
All these things, so basic
It happens to the best, I know
But this while she was unaware
Cause she was watching her favorite show.
To modern kids it is the norm
To let others entertain
While mommy is to busy
To read that story again
Instead its disney that does the work,
Entertainment very fake,
Imaginations put at bay
While mommy takes a break,
A mommy is a person
That cannot be replaced.
But sadly now technology
Has inched into her place.
The modern mommy is a tragedy
To mommy's everywhere.
To modern mommy it is ok
To waste time unaware.
Time is not something
That anyone should waste
It passes by so constant
At far to quick a pace
The kids will soon be grown
Their imaginations dulled
Teach them all you know
Before they go out to the world
Then you can spend
All day wasting time
When you have it heaps and spades
You'll realize you were blind
Blind to what you had,
So few years ago,
While you were far to busy
Those little kids did grow
So take a break, please
Go old fashioned again
Forget about status updates
And adding that new friend
Turn off all the gadgets
Invest in something great,
You never will regret it,
Now is not to late,
Teach the kids what you know
Read that story once more,
Forget about modern mommy,
You've better things in store.
Self condemnation!! Now realize, I am writing this on a computer. I don't find technology repulsive, but man, it is a waste of time to do much of what we do online. I am glad I don't have internet or TV at my house. I don't have a smart phone, heck my phone barely gets reception at my house. I'm not boasting, I need these parameters so that I don't waste my time. I have been convicted that Satan doesn't need to send me trials to get me to stumble if he can just get me to waste my time.
My kid is my greatest mission field yet, I only hope to do it right.
Monday, March 21, 2011
We have been working on things to sell on our Etsy Store. My focus is on homemade items like baby slings, necklaces, and kids stuff. Michael is working on handmade wood items like pepper mills, cutting boards, pipes, and yesterday we designed our first dollhouse. It is going very well!
Here are some pictures of me with baby girl in her sling.
I am also making these nice flannel burp rags, someone gave me some store bought ones and I LOVE them. Perfect size to throw over the shoulder or in a diaper bag and they are super cute. Plus, I found this wonderful flannel for only $2.50 a yard!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
My baby is growing! Yes, she is still just under 14lbs but still. She is growing. She feels very big to me, but she is still a snuggly and cuddly little sweat pea. She is absolutely amazing! Being a mommy is so much better than I thought or hoped it would be. Some things are not as hard as I figured, other things are much harder. Washing cloth diapers: super easy. Washing the rest of our clothes? Um...washing our clothes? The big people clothes are a whole different story. I always think "oh they can wait" until Michael has no boxers left...then I have to do them. The whole cloth diaper process is actually surprisingly simple. I half expected myself to not go through with it because of the extra work. After buying some disposable diapers for overnight and traveling though I decided I can't give up, our budget won't allow it! It really is simple though, and now that I have been doing it for two months I don't think I would go disposable if I didn't have to worry about cost. If I were her, I would want the cloth.
Also *side note* she has not had any diaper rash issues. Her little butt is in perfect shape :) I give her buns air time and/or sun time every day and it has worked grand. No yeast, no rash, she's healthy and happy.
So, on to the diaper review. I said I would update when she was going up to the next size and (dun da da duunnnn) she is now moving up a size. Wowza. My lil baby! A lot of what I said previously still stands, but I do need to make some alterations and updates.
I started before with Knickernappies, so I will start there again. I have a size small and a One Size on the smallest setting. I still think that the snap system on the Knickernappies is redonculous and hard to do on a little wiggly baby. And it seems to fold over under her belly fit kind of weird, it is the only dipe that does that. Also, a big complaint is that the shell is definitely not waterproof. I have double lined these puppies and no dice, they leak quite often. I only have two knickernappies and they are always saved until last when its laundry day and I just need to get through the end of the day. Knickernappies would still get a thumbs down from me. One positive thing for the One Size Knickernappies is that it shrinks a little and fits better once it is washed. It is still huge for a little baby and all the other brands have a better One Size, but it does get slightly better. Overall 3/10.
Next is theGrovia One Size. I gave the Grovia only a 2/5 for fit before. I would update that now to a 4/5. As she got bigger the diaper got better and is now one of my favorites for fit and anti leakage. I don't think I have had leaking problems with this diaper in weeks. As for style, the snaps on this diaper are wonderful. They are definitely the highest quality snaps are super easy to use, the only problem is figuring out how it all is supposed to layer together before snapping it. Since it is not a diaper you stuff, the lining is built in, it takes some finagling to get it right while putting it on. To me its not very hard but Michael gives it a big thumbs down. The biggest thumbs down for this diaper is that is stains SUPER bad. It looks pretty gross. It is the only diaper that I have noticed to stain horribly. For that reason I give it an overall 6/10.
Here is the Grovia strait from the wash (clean wash...):
Kissaluvs One Size. I don't like it. The snap system in the front is weird, the only options are either too tight or too loose. This is another one I save for diaper wash day because I hate using it. Its easy to clean and it works like advertised in the wash, the liner works its way out and it does get very clean. Does that matter when it does not fit right and tends to leak a bit? I think not. Overall 4/10
Happy Heiny's One Size and size small fitted. These diapers probably look the cutest. The one size I have (as you can see) has little monkey's on it. So cute! Michael likes these because they are the easiest to put on, the velcro snaps are even better than the Bumgenies ones. However...they leak. Really bad, every time. I have tried double lining, hemp inserts, all of it. They just leak. They are not waterproof in the slightest, any bit of moisture leaks through enough that when you pick baby up you can feel if she just wet because its coming through her pants! Very annoying. So I use these when I know I am going to be changing her right away again, like in the morning when she goes all the time. For style 10/10. Overall 3/10 (leaks stink).
In her One Size with the Monkeys:
Fuzzibunz I only have one of these and it is a fitted size small, same thoughts as before. Not too great, not too bad. I wouldn't buy a lot of them, cause they aren't the best. Just ok. Overall 6/10
Bumgenius still has a good rating from me. They get pretty clean in the wash, they are easy to stuff, easy to use, fit well, don't leak if the insert is placed right, and they are not ridiculously huge. I like this diaper! 9/10 (because they stain just a bit)
Bumgenius after being washed, just a little stained.
Doopsy is still my favorite. I would buy the Doopsy R and then by hemp inserts separate. You don't always need the hemp, just if they are in it for awhile or really heavy wetters. I have never used the SD insert, its just too darn bulky. These fit wonderfully, are nice and trim, come very clean (definitely the cleanest) in the wash and are easy to stuff. 10/10
Here is the Doopsy after being washed, nice and clean:
Baby girl in her Doopsy.
Time will tell how all of these diapers hold up in the long run, so far only the Grovia is showing wear and tear at all. Thanks for reading!
Diaper wash day, all clean!
Not too bulky huh? This is with a Bumgenius, a little bulkier than the doopsy.
Little cutie! This is with a Doopsy (and an ambitious 2.5 month old holding her head up!)
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
However when I went home...I found daddy and baby distraught. Baby had dried tear trails on her face. Her eyelashes were crusted from tears and her little face was so sad looking. She was very relieved I think to have me home, she visibly relaxed when I held her and obviously was contented when I fed her. She did not take the bottle well yesterday even though I have been diligent to give her a bottle or two daily to try and get her used to it. Poor little dear.
Michael wanted to bring her by today before church so that I could feed her. I was all down with that idea until I got in the car and was driving to work. I started thinking about it more and I think she really does (as much as it stinks) need to get used to this. If she doesn't get used to it then this is going to be rough for both of us. So he is going to bring her in after church for me to feed her, at least that way she has to wait a few hours and should be really hungry. I think he was a little miffed at me for not letting him bring her in, the prospect of having an unhappy baby at church is not very attractive.
I think now he understands what it is like at home. It is hard! It is easier for me since I have everything she needs and I have been with her since she was born, but it is still hard. It is hard to get the laundry done, and dishes, and grocery shopping, and cleaning, and taking care of the baby. It is hard to think of going back to work while still having to accomplish all of those things in my days off. I had a hard time completing them when I was not working!
Pray for me, pray for baby, pray for Michael. It is going to be a hard week. It is already a hard day.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
I am putting these up here for a friend who I am trying to convince to come visit the great Midwest this summer. Enjoy!
Beautiful river and lakes.
Baypoint Park boat docks.
This is of my favorite park in Red Wing, complete with a beautiful fountain behind where I am standing taking the picture.
Also part of the park.
An ariel view of some amazing landscape...taken by yours truly from the seat of a Cessna.
One of my favorite places to go in Wisconsin. The Johnson Farm.
Amazing blue skies.
So, as you can see, you would love it here friend. Come visit!