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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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 :: Lulu’s Two Month Checkup

On Friday, I took Lulu to get ther 2 month checkup.

I am exclusively breast feeding and she doesn’t (read won’t) take a bottle at all, so I have no idea how much she actually eats.

Tim weighs her on the scale but it’s never been all that accurate and says a different weight every time, really.

I was so thrilled that she has gain 4.5lbs in 2 months! She also grew two inches and gain an inch of head circumference!

She got her vaccinations. She wailed like, well, a baby! But as soon as I picked her up, she was great! No bad reactions after the fact either! No fever just a little extra tired…but it was over 100 degrees that day and heat could make anyone sleepy.

So proud of my baby girl and how well the breastfeeding relationship is going.

I made a decision early on, not to over think the breastfeeding thing…I feed on demand, one breast per session unless she needs both. In short, I am trusting that it will work out ok….and it has!

She sleeps great, eats great and has a great personality. It really did get easier to breast feed after a few weeks and I am so glad I didn’t give up on it.

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Milestones :: Lulu is Two Months

Today my baby girl hits a little milestone, I have officially kept her alive for two whole months.

She’s a great kid. Fabulous, even. Just like her older brother Jack, she is a “good” baby. I think that’s a weird term because how can a baby be “bad”, but yeah…

Things about Lulu at 2 months:

  • She love to chat. She will have a whole conversation with you completely with coos, grunts, goos & gagas, even some giggles!
  • She smiles easily and often.
  • She sleeps from around 10-10:30p to 7a. When I wake up, she’s usually just content and happy staring at the ceiling.
  • She hates bottle and binkies…unlike her older brother. I look forward to the day when she willingly takes a bottle at least!
  • Swaddling helps her fall asleep. She loves it and even smiles when we start to wrap her up.
  • She couldn’t make us happier if she tried!

I can’t believe it’s only been two month (cliche, I know), but really…it feels like she was born yesterday, but also like she’s always been here. Amazing how that happens with kids, once they’re here, it’s so permanent, that life without them seems impossible.

Can’t wait to see how she grows and progresses. Love you Lulu.