35 Tips and Tricks For Pumping Mamas (Gretchen, Abbie, Shannon) Mothers who have experienced the ups and downs of pumping can attest to the fact that it is truly an art form. There is definitely a learning curve to success … Continue reading
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Little #2 is giving me a run for my money as a cloth diaper advocate. Since he began teething, he has been having a persistent diaper rash in his cloth diapers. We would switch to disposables, strip our diapers and … Continue reading
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What does a diaper bag look like when you use cloth? A bag large enough for you to carry all that you need but not too large that you are going to need someone else to carry baby. Diapers – … Continue reading
I have always prided myself on my preparedness. I grew up with parents that prepared me for a lot, my dad was a police officer for 29 years, my mom was spontaneous but organized, she was a nursery school teacher and later an office manager at an auto repair shop. They provided us with a lot of information and opportunities to prepare for the unexpected. I myself was an RA (Resident Assistant) in college, a coach, a teacher, a doula and now a mom. So I feel like I have a good handle most days when life throws things in my path and says, “Here you go, now what!?” But occasionally things have happened that have thrown me for a loop and I’d like to share some of the wisdom from those experiences as well as the experiences I have been prepared for.
Topics I’m going to cover will include the home, the car, daycare, travel and anything you suggest or I encounter. So send them in, throw them at me, challenge me, I want to explore preparation and need your help to do so.
I’ve been really thinking about resolutions and what I feel their purpose is and reflecting on my present state of affairs and interests. I’ve been wondering if I needed to change, eliminate, develop, continue, pick-up or balance anything in my life. I mean I don’t want to make a resolution and not keep it. I don’t want it to be petty or unobtainable or to easy either. We make these promises so that we can improve ourselves or change something for the better.
So first the reflecting. I have artistic talent and I don’t use it, even while teaching. I put my efforts into others artistic talents and neglect my own. I feel if I continue this way, I will lose my skills and become disconnected from my talent. My parents were visiting and my dad commented on how I have no art or decorations on my walls. I used to but never put anything back after we moved back in. My walls have been bare since July – actually since October 2011. So this is a two part resolution – make an art piece a week and get something on the walls at least once a month.
Next, I’d like to master a new carry with a wrap. I can do front wrap cross carry, ruck tie in front and kangaroo carry but I really want to master some of the more exotic carries like Poppins Hip Carry or Norwegian Wiggle Proof. I’d also like to thin down my stash and really decide what I love and what can go and then actually make it go.
Lastly, would be to not add more to my agenda then I can handle. I have a habit of taking too many things on at once and overwhelming myself.