Pinterest in Action :: Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments via Roxycraft

I have been having a heck of a time finding a nice “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament for Lulu in stores this year. I found some cute options of Etsy, but alas, money is tight and a muuuuuuch cheaper option came to me via pinterestSalt Dough Ornaments

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Adventures in Babywearing :: Moby Trick

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Today was our second attempt walking with the Moby Wrap. Better!

I found out a couple of things that helped.

First, I adjusted the wrap to fit higher on my torso. That helped with the back pain.

Second, there are more than a few ways to wrap the fabric around your body. You can bunch it or lay it flat. First time I bunched, this time I flattened…flattened = better.

The walk was easier even though it was still friggin hot! I did adjust the “sleeves” of the Moby wrap on the way up the hill and it was more like a tank top…better. But I’m sure when the mornings get chilly, I’ll appreciate the sleeves.

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Kids :: Adventures in Babywearing

As I mentioned before, I am planning to walk Jack to school this year.

Yesterday we had a good time, but I found the stroller to be big, awkward and difficult to maneuver.

Not because the stroller sucks…no, my Britax B-agile is great. What sucks? The sidewalks in the city I live in! Most were installed without pedestrians, wheelchairs or strollers in mind. Driveways with curbs on either side! Cracks, missing sections! It was a total nightmare.

Jack looooves walking to school. It’s a great time for us to bond and talk. He wants to hold hands and I get lots of “I love you”s. We have to keep it going.

So, when I got home, I assessed my options.

I could try and maneuver the stroller through a nearby wash that runs from my house right to the school. But dirt roads + stroller is even more nerve wracking.

Or…I could wear Lulu. We had been thinking about it for a while. We find ourselves in many situations where the stroller is inconvenient. I decided to go to Target and see what they had to offer.

I saw the expensive Baby Bjorns…pass. I saw one for $15…no way that is comfy. Then right in the mid-range…the Moby Wrap. It was a more palatable price at $44.

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I went home and watched a video on YouTube and figured out how to use it. Tried it on and put Lulu in and she seemed a little hesitant but it felt comfortable. I decided to test drive it for the first time this morning on the walk to school.

The upside:
It was mostly comfy. Felt a little tweak in my back, but I’m chalking that up to being out of shape and needing to strengthen my back.
I could hold hands with Jack almost the whole time and hold my coffee too. ❤
No struggling with the lumbering stroller the whole time.
Lulu seemed to love it. She fell asleep in the first 5 mins and stayed asleep all the way home.

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The downside:
My back, but like I said, it should get better.
It was hard on the way home. I could really feel the strain in my legs, but it’s all uphill home also.
We got hot, but it was an abnormally warm morning.

The call:
Keeping it up! I feel really good and I think the extra calorie burn will come in handy too! All the cons will hopefully resolve themselves in time…

The adventure in babywearing will continue, for now.

Milestones :: Jack is a 2nd Grader

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My little boy is growing up so fast! I can’t believe he’s already in second grade!!

The first morning went off well with me waking up at 6:30 to feed Lulu before getting myself ready, and then waking up Jack. He wasn’t as keen to wake up and get going as I was. Luckily, threats were not needed.

He had some breakfast, nuttella on a waffle, yum!

I made his lunch, pb&j, an apple and some string cheese. He had school lunch all year last year and he was ridiculously excited about a homemade lunch!

Then we got Lulu is the stroller and off we went on the nearly mile long walk to school. He loooooves walking to school and getting to share that with his new baby sister seemed to make him very happy.

When we got to school, you could tell he was just fine with me leaving him be…but I insisted on walking him to the door and greeting the teacher.

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I don’t get misty seeing him off anymore, but I will miss summer. I like having him around and I miss his company. It is comforting to get back into the old routine, I suppose.

Happy new school year Jack!!

Wee Ones :: Jack is Back

My little boy has been visiting his Daddy up north for the last two weeks and we have missed him desperately.

He’s been the bravest boy flying up and back unaccompanied on Southwest. He has had a total blast doing it and even got to see the cockpit. I have such a fearless kid. He barely gave a backward glance when he boarded.

Now that he’s home, he has turned about and now he’s in the mountains with my parents. We will all join him and them up there tomorrow, so here I am, missing him again…but for much less time.

Next week, he starts the 2nd grade, if you can imagine! I certainly can’t. How they go from a baby to boy so fast is beyond me. No matter how much you are told how fast it all goes…you can only really know it when you watch it happen to your own.

Welcome home Jack! We love you so!

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