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Allergy Season is Here! Be Prepared with Scotties Facial Tissues by Royale

This post is sponsored by Scotties Facial Tissues.

Allergy season is upon us! Luckily Scotties sent me an allergy care pack! We are fully stocked on Scotties Facial Tissues by Royal and made a pharmacy run to get all the kids their meds. So far 4 out of 6 kids have seasonal allergies and their prescriptions only do so much. Itchy eyes, runny noses, and sometimes a cough. I was lucky this year and was only miserable for a week, my kids have not been this lucky. Scotties tissues 3-ply or 3-ply with aloe are the best for this time of year, to keep you layered in comfort. If you don’t have time to run to the store you can now get them delivered by Amazon, visit the Scotties section here.

My kids are not letting allergies slow them down! They are out jumping on the trampoline with friends. They take their meds with breakfast and don’t let anything get in the way of having fun! I saw a post Scotties had on Facebook and it’s been so helpful, you take an empty facial tissue box and use a rubber-band to attach it to a full box. That way you can put your used tissue right into the empty box and not have a gross tissue pile that kids tend to leave behind. Genius.

So get out and enjoy the summer! Don’t let allergies keep you indoors! Scotties 3-ply tissue are layers of comfort for your face from runny nose, to watery and itchy eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car Seat Safe Blanket Tutorial


I’m sorry if my photos are rotated wrong I’m having some issues.

 

I found this car seat blanket tutorial online, and the idea is there, but it isn’t safe to use in a car seat. Her tutorial would be awesome in a swing or stroller! Just not safe in a car seat. I am a proud Child Passenger Safety Technician so I had to make that clear! Now obviously this blanket is still a parental choice, but if used correctly I feel it’s a good option 🙂

I used one yard of hedgehog flannel, one yard of the inner pattern (not sure what to call that?) and I bought the crib size pre-packaged batting because I couldn’t wait in line again for the cutting counter.

I was planning to make a few more of these so I didn’t take many pictures as this was my 1st one, so follow her tutorial until you get to the part where you make the spots for straps if you need lots of pics. I’m still going to type out everything here, but I won’t have as many great pics!

Pre wash your fabrics! One shrunk more than the other in the dryer so I’m glad I did!

First step is to lay out your fabrics with the two face sides of the fabric touching and make sure its all smoothed out, I cut the edge off my longer one to make sure same size. Then fold into quarters. Once it’s all folded I cut along the free edges (do not cut the folded edges!) making the free edge rounded as shown in the picture below.

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When unfolded it will look like this (below) keep the prints touching and don’t separate. Take your batting and lay on top of whatever side you want and pin it all together, then trim the batting to match the flannel.

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Batting side down, sew along the edges leaving whatever corner you want the hood to be unsewn about 4″ down on each side. Once sewn, reach in the opening and flip the fabrics right side out. Then Sew along the outside again to give it a nice edge 🙂 (please see the other tutorial..I’m not very good at this haha)

Fold the fabric in half lining up the sides of the “hood corner” with the fabric you want on the inside facing out. Sew a line a few inches down as shown where the opening starts. If you feel it’s too far down just make sure you close up any openings left.

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Cut right above your sewn line and do a zigzag stitch to reinforce the raw edges. You can then flip it right side out and you have a hood!

Now  here is where I change the tutorial. I laid my blanket out flat and centered my hood, since I use 1 yard of fabric the hood is going to be slightly off center so that you can have one side that tucks in first and a long side to tuck over everything.

So centered below the hood decide where you want your opening. I  laid it in my car seat to eyeball where I would want the hood to be and where the opening should be. For my Cybex Aton 2  I decided opening should be about seven across the top and 12 inches down. I then took my fabric cutter and cut out a  rectangle. You can save your flannel scraps and make that into a burp cloth!

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So around the edges of your new rectangle opening with a straight stitch and then go over the raw edges with a zigzag to finish it or if you have a surger this would be a great time to use it!

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Once you’re done with your opening for the car seat you’re done!

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Abel James is here!!

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This is going to be a bit rambly…..

Abel is 5 days old now! I went into labor on my own at 37 weeks just after midnight, and had him via cesarean 5 hours later. I was supposed to have him at a bigger hospital in Seattle but I was not driving 2.5 hours with back labor 😉

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My c-section went amazing, but Abel stopped breathing after crying for a few seconds, but since we had an amazing team they got him back quickly although it was the worst 5 minutes of my life. He needed some oxygen support so he spent about 4 hours in the nursery and dad got to check on him frequently. I tried to send him to the nursery with baby but he wouldn’t leave me which I secretly found really sweet.

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I missed my kids so much I only stayed at the hospital 36h. They let me go once we had both been monitored the minimum time needed for what we have both been through. I am loving being home but it’s hard to remember I just had surgery and need to rest.

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I am bottle feeding for the first time, I suffer from awful postpartum anxiety that goes along the lines of D-Mer, depression, and awful migraine headaches that seem to be hormone related since the scan I had while pregnant showed nothing. My neurologist wants me to have the option for medications that are not healthy for baby. I’m putting my mental and physical health first which is very hard since I battled through it with the past four babies, but honestly PPD really can take you over, and I couldn’t keep up on pills because my anxiety made me think I was hurting my baby with pills. I did BF him a couple times for the medical benefits of colostrum, and I tried pumping but I removed more skin than milk 😭. I struggle with cracking and splitting for a minimum of 4 agonizing weeks and off and on the whole BF relationship so it’s safe to say my nipples are not cut out for it.

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Cruz seems to be adjusting well to “my baby Abel”, he loves him so much. He wants to hold him constantly and is trying to say “brother”. We have been having Daddy sleep with him in his room so I can have more room, but hes been sneaking in bed with me as soon as Daddy falls asleep..it’s funny!

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Impossible to get all 6 looking, and smiling haha

I feel incredibly blessed, knowing this is my last newborn is making me savor every late night diaper change and cuddle! I had my tubes tied, so now my husband is talking about adopting a newborn someday… I’ve been asking to adopt for years and now at 6 kids he’s on board? Men..

And here is a real life look at 3 days post c-section, a but different than my usual Tuesday belly pic 😉

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Soft Summer Moments w/Scotties Facial Tissues

Scotties Facial Tissue provided me with a care pack of their facial tissue and a $25 gift card in exchange for writing this post. All thoughts are my own and were no influenced in any way. This post also contains affiliate links.

Scotties Facial Tissues asked me what my favorite soft summer moments and memories are! A soft summer moment is one that warms your heart, makes you slow down and savor the wonderful summer season.

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Growing up my favorite soft summer moments would have to be when we traveled to visit my Grandparents in Wisconsin. Playing out on their farm with the goats in the early years, and later walks around town when the weather was just cooling off. I really miss the family time we had just savoring each others company and just being kids!

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Another favorite soft summer moment from being a kid is swimming! I’m not sure how but my brother and I could swim for hours! Lakes, pools, or even the old tarp slip and slide my dad put down with dish soap on it..we could have fun in the water for hours! I really hope the weather picks up this year in NW WA state so I can take my kids to the river to spend all day swimming!

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Now as an adult with my own family my favorite soft summer moments are slowing down and sitting around a camp fire in our own yard, and roasting hotdogs and or marshmallows. No dishes to worry about, no crumbs to sweep up after…a mothers pure bliss! Sure the kids get a bit sticky, and one gets a bit sneezy (he has allergies, the Scotties samples I received are helping out nicely with Sages summer allergies!) but we all have a good time! My only care in the world is making sure Cruz doesn’t fall in the fire, and that the dogs don’t eat all the food!

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Every year we try to make it down to the ocean for a barbecue and fun in the water. It’s always a good time watching the kids play in the “sand” (we have mostly rocks around here) and looking for sea life! My favorite soft summer moment at the beach is watching the sun set. It’s so beautiful and you can just relax and watch the water change colors and know your kids are going to bed soon 😉image

 

Head on over to Scotties web site where you can enter to win a cart load of Scotties! Also Scotties is now available on amazon for your convenience. Did you know about Scotties 3 to 1 tree planting promise? You can keep on having soft summer moments because they help sustain our trees! Here is an excerpt from their website:

What is our 3 to 1 tree planting promise?

Consider it our pledge to you and our environment, for today and all of our tomorrows. For every tree that Scotties uses to create its products, we will plant three more trees in its place. In the past 50 years, J. D. Irving, Limited has planted over 944 million trees. **For more info check out their web page HERE.

**Leave a comment about your favorite soft summer moment!

 

Scotties Facial Tissue provided me with a care pack of their facial tissue and a $25 gift card in exchange for writing this post. All thoughts are my own and were no influenced in any way. This post also contains affiliate links.

My Failed HB VBA3C **Cruz’s Birth Story

**Traumatic birth experience posted below.

It’s been 2.5 years since Cruz was born, so I am sure I will miss a ton of details! I have my update for my friends still on my phone so I copy pasted that below, but I never really wrote anything out about my home birth attempt for a VBA3C. So I will try.

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Jan 16 the day before my due date I had my final OB appointment. Everything went fine and the OB asked me if I was ready to schedule my c-section. I said no that I was planning to drive down to Seattle to deliver (midwives are not technically allowed to attend home births for vbac in my state) since UW said they wouldn’t take me as a patient, but they wouldn’t turn me away in labor either. He then offered to strip my membranes, I accepted since I was measuring so large I was ready! That went fine and I headed home. I did my normal stuff, fed the kids dinner etc and I remember I was having contractions, but far apart. I didn’t know if I should call my midwife because I didn’t want to have her get ready if not the real thing. I believe it was around 6pm or so when I realized it was real! I called my midwife (We will call her M) and let her know it was probably time. I then called my sister-in-law and she came right over. By the time my SIL arrived I was using my birthing ball to lean over. My husband was wondering if he should start the pool in our large bathroom and I said I wasn’t sure. (I had NO IDEA how long that thing would take to fill up!)

 

I don’t remember how long until my midwife arrived, but by the time she came I was ready for some relief. Every contraction made my lower spine feel like it was in a vice grip and the only thing that helped was extremely hard counter pressure. Only my husband could push hard enough in the end! My husband started filling the pool after some trouble with the hose I bought he was using the shower head that extended and buckets with the heater we borrowed. Eventually we were boiling water on the stove as well. I was trying to walk around and use my ball but the pain in my back was so bad I had no idea how I was going to get through it! I don’t remember through the blur of it all when I was first checked but I remember I was quite upset to only be 3 centimeters or so with how bad my back was hurting.

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When I finally got in the pool it helped between contractions, but I didn’t find comfort during! I still needed that counter pressure on my back and my husband was trying to run hot water from the stove and make it in time for my back. My first baby was an induction and the only thing I can compare my natural labor experience to was the feeling of being hooked up to a tuck load of pitosin! My back hurt really bad with her too and I only made it to 2cm before I was begging for an epi. (she was a c-section after 3 hours of pushing and getting literally no where)

I got out of the pool for a while and M’s assistant A did some sifting to get me to relax during contractions..I think it did help because I couldn’t resist it, but I will never do that again, it hurt a lot as well because of my back. I was checked again and I had only made a little progress but it was progress. I don’t remember how long but somewhere in the middle of the night I was randomly screaming in pain from my back and my lower stomach that I woke up the kids (they still talk about me yelling to get Cruz out of my belly) so we called my mom to come get them. She came and went into my room to see me and I had to try really hard to be quiet because I knew it would upset her. So I just told her to hurry and get the kids out of the house so I wouldn’t upset them.

I remember my water broke partially right after I had used the restroom and DH was helping me back to bed…he was doing the counter pressure on my back one step into my bedroom and I got blood on the carpet…immediately either M or A jumped up and grabbed peroxide and saved my rentals carpet haha. My sister in law started laying down chux pads and my bedroom soon looked like we had a new puppy who couldn’t hold it! At this point I was going between the bed and the pool, I was so upset the pool wasn’t this wonderful pain eliminating sorcery everyone seemed to think it was in birth stories online. I kept trying to relax in there but some floating blood kept freaking my husband out so I finally focused on getting that out between contractions.

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M checked me and said I was an 8/9 and could start getting ready to push since it was stretchy. They set up and I worked through some really hard contractions and couldn’t stop screaming, I felt like my back and stomach were trying to separate from my body. I was later told that all of my babies have been sunny side up, and crooked and my back issues I’ve had since a child just didn’t mix.

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I was checked again and was told I was a 9 but there was a lip, but I could start pushing. This is exactly what happened with my first and I just figured I would never get to an actual 10. I think I started pushing in the pool. I had my husband supporting me, but the water just did not help at all and I decided maybe a water birth is not for me after all and moved to the side of my bed at some point. The side of my bed felt the best with my husband sitting on the bed and holding me up. It was really hard on both of us but pushing really is the best part of all labor for me. I had the urges to push around 3-7cm and now I had no urge so that was really hard as well. At some point during pushing M said she could feel the babies head when I pushed so they got the rest of the stuff out. I remember thinking ‘OMG I’m really going to do this, just come out!’ I was getting way too tired so we moved on the bed and I leaned against my husband and we both fell asleep between contractions. By now I could feel that my lady bits were swollen from pushing so hard so I tried to visualize the baby moving down but I never felt his head fully engage. The pain in my stomach was getting unbearable between being so tired and my back feeling like it was about to break parallel with my c-section scar. At this point I’m guessing I had pushed for at least 3 hours, probably more I never did find out. My SIL said it was a really long time lol. M checked me and nothing had changed, I never got to 10, and the pain I was in just didn’t feel like it could be normal. I had my sister in law call 911 for an ambulance because I wanted an epidural at the very least at this point, and there was no way I was going to let my husband drive me to the hospital in his lowered car. (Plus there was no way I could sit in a seat belt anyway).

 

M was telling me to ride it out and just stay home because I was so close. I was emotionally and physically done, it was already late morning and it was officially my due date. I got dressed grabbed my blanket and handed DH my emergency hospital bag, and sent me SIL to grab my cell phone. I met the ambulance lady at the door with an ice pack in my pants for my poor lady bits, and said lets go! I’m between contractions. M & A stayed in my bedroom until I was gone because technically they were never there (that’s why initials have been changed and no I wont tell you lol).

The ambulance ride was awful (I’m 45min from the hospital), not only was the person who picked my up my husbands former boss and a good family friend, he had to remove my pants and check to make sure no baby was coming out..I was mortified. They took my ice pack :/. Unfortunately because I was not dying they had to meet another ambulance 10 minutes away to transfer me so they could keep their bus in the district. Well the two ambulances met in a parking lot and something happened to wear my ambulance had to slam the breaks from something the other one did..and the guy sitting next to me sailed OVER MY HEAD an landed behind me. It was scary! They moved me to the other ambulance, and we were on our way. The ride is bumpy, the bed I had to be strapped to was awful to be on to get through the contractions. They were 2min apart and my husband couldn’t do counter pressure. I was upset they couldn’t give me drugs. Once we got to the hospital they wheeled me in to the child birth center right through the main doors. I was mid contraction and almost crying trying to hold my breath because I didn’t want the poor families in the waiting room to see me like that! Thank goodness they had the room and nurses waiting for me in a room! They could see baby was positioned wrong so I had to go on my hands and knees for 4 contractions. I was asking them to hurry and get me the epidural. I told the hospital I had only been in labor for a couple hours. Once I finally got the epidural I called my mom and took a nap.

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**Original update I wrote for my due date group**

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My bladder got so full during the ambulance ride it pushed baby out of the birth canal (looking back I don’t think he was ever engaged, his head was perfectly round unlike my first child who had a cone head with obvious dent in her forehead where she was stuck from being sunny side up), when I got to hospital he was -1/0 station, I was down to an 8 during contraction with a fore bag of bulging water, with out a contraction nurse thought I was a 6, Dr said no I was an 8 with swelling. He broke what was left of my water, he came in at 5:30pm (hours later) and I was still an 8, baby was completely sunny side up they could see his knees sticking out during contractions.. I begged and cried for one more hour.. He agreed to 30min, I squatted, I did tiny pushed trying to descend him, I just ended up swelling more. He ended up giving me 45min.. No change.

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I signed the form, they took me back, as soon as I got on the table I cried like a baby I was so scared, I had been in labor for over 24 hours, the hospital thought it was only 12. Actual surgery went well I had a numb right arm and double vision so I decided I couldn’t handle the immediate skin to skin I wanted. We got to see the sex of the baby together! A boy! Dh knew it 😉 turns out he was really stuck just like my reason for my 1st c-section.. His head was not molded AT ALL..,I got really dizzy so they held him by my head for a second. Dh got to follow him to be weighed and all that. 8lbs 10oz, big baby for me on his due date!! 21″ long.

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I was shaking so bad and had air bubbles in my shoulder so they gave me more meds while getting seen up. Met dh with baby in recovery. I tried to hold baby but the double vision and shaking made me not able. I was starting to get major pain on my right side. Dh has just stepped outside to spread the good news of a healthy son, when they checked my tummy and pushed I expelled huge clots that they were literally digging out from under me, I could feel the blood gushing to my ankles. This went on for a good 15min, they were getting the OR ready for me again, dh walked back in to see them prepping me and weighing my blood. DH was so scared because they said it was life threatening. He just sat there with the baby trying to look brave. I ended up loosing ALL of my blood supply, I have now had three transfusions. I woke up in recovery to them saying I was in critical condition and going to the ICU.. I started freaking out about not being allowed to be with my baby. I already felt like a failure not pushing him out. But they said I could have died during pushing from how bad my uterus was. ( my last surgery my uterus looked like I have never has a c-section so I had no idea how it could change in one pregnancy.. I had a huge window with tear).

My few seconds before I hemorrhaged.
My few seconds before I hemorrhaged.

Got to icu, I had some sort of balloon uterus catheter put in after my d&c and they had me on pitosin all night so I made DH leave baby in the nursery because it was excruciating and I was screaming and crying and I would pass out only to wake up and start over 🙁 my poor hubby!! He would go check on baby and come back for me. I lost more blood so they knocked me out for another surgery where they did a “coiling” in my uterus basically injected some contrast die to find my artery and blocked it. It worked! I did need more blood after because my platelet count was dropping 🙁 but last night I got to leave Icu and be with my baby!!! I wasn’t allowed to breast feed until a few hours ago but he’s doing it like a champ!!

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How he came to visit me in ICU
I was swollen to twice my size in the ICU. It was scary.
I was swollen to twice my size in the ICU. It was scary. They almost cut my ring off!

I was asked if I regret trying to VBAC, no I don’t regret it! I felt the need to transfer and so glad I did call that ambulance. Go with your gut ladies!!!! They originally told me another pregnancy would kill me, but later I talked to a Dr. and he said it was up to me if I wanted to risk it but they would have me as a high risk patient. I wish I could have been honest with them last time about how long I was in labor, but I didn’t want to get in trouble for trying to VBAC.

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**Throw Back Thursday: Nayeli’s Birth Story (12/2010)

I thought I would share some of my birth stories! Now these are just how I wrote them out after the birth, I have not fully edited them for grammar or punctuation. Don’t judge me! haha

***Photos of a fresh baby below

The Monday before Christmas I was out to dinner w/my parents and brother while DH stayed home w/the other 3 kids. I started having strong contractions that were 3min apart so after dinner i had my mom bring me in..well yet again they said according to my contractions I’m in labor..but my cervix wasn’t doing ANYTHING, and I wasn’t effaced at all so I was sent home again, my contractions spaced out to 10min apart thankfully!
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Christmas Eve we went to our annual party at his Uncles house and hung out there from 7-9ish, for some reason I didn’t feel like eating but was really thirsty. I made myself eat a little bit but around 8 I felt like I had to lay down. My contractions started up again and I started feeling like I was getting the flu because my whole body was sore. We then left and went over to my MILs house for the second half of the stuff we do every year and I was feeling so sore I had to lay on the couch and watch everyone open presents and everyone was asking if i needed a ride to the hospital because I looked terrible well we ended up doing presents from 11pm-2 or 2:30am. (yes that’s how big DHs immediate family is his 2 parents, his 3 siblings + two of their SO’s, one of their BFFs who is like family, then our family of 5!)

 

I finally fell asleep soon after 3am while DH put away the stuff the kids got and he went to bed around 3:30. We woke up at 8:30 because DH had to go to work and the kids still had to open their gifts from us. I tried to take a nap at my moms while she watched the kids that afternoon because I wasn’t feeling good still but the kids were too loud so i got up. We had Christmas dinner at MIL’s that night and then DH had friends/family over in the garage while I tried to go to bed..I felt funny so I got up and took a shower w/DS because he was up still and I called DH on the phone to come in when I got out and asked him not to drink any more because I was having contractions 3min apart but they were not hurting yet. So he went back outside to the get-together he was having and I continued to time my contractions, DS fell asleep finally on my bed next to me. I felt like I had to pee so I started to get out of bed and i had a sharp stabbing pain behind my c-section scar that went all the way to the top of my belly and I couldn’t get up, so I called DH on the phone again (its now 3am) and told him to come in. His friend came in behind him because he thought it was his baby (that I was watching while he slept in my room) and I think I kinda freaked him out a bit the way I was laying on the bed in pain. I told DH that he had to take me in and I was calling my mom to come watch the kids. It took DH 30min to get all the people out of our garage, and my mom had to get dressed (she lives next door) we got to the hospital right around 4:14 and I was in the triage room for 20min so they could monitor my contractions. DH slept while I was being monitored

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A nurse came in to check me and i was 1cm dilated, baby’s head was high, but the baby’s heart rate was dropping w/every contraction. They had me change positions and then they checked me again around 6am and I was 1.5 cm and they could feel the babies head this time and I was 75% effaced. The Dr on call was on the way to come talk to me about my VBA2C and my options so I asked if I could walk the halls until she got there. She arrived at 7:30ish and had to see some other patients so DH and I sat on the bed (that was now fixed before the leg part would collapse every time I moved..it was really funny) I then asked for a birthing ball to sit on to help baby get where she needed to be. The Dr came in and I told her my past reasons for having c-sections and she told me I could labor for a few more hours to see if I dilated more but there were no rooms so I would have to stay in triage, or I could have a c-section that day. She went over the risks of the c-section vs having a trial of labor and based on my history of c-sections she said that I could try for the vbac but she was worried about me needing a section again at the last minute and getting infected again like I did w/my 1st after pushing for 3 hours and her heart de-cels. DH wanted me to just have the c-section the whole time and I was worried sick about the baby being in distress when I was only 1cm so we went w/the c-section even though I really wanted a vbac. I felt like I had to put my babes needs before my own at this point and just wanted her out safe and sound. So they bumped the 9am c-section since I was in labor and she checked me and I was 2cm by then so that made me happy because I have never dilated on my own.

They prepped me for surgery and took me into the operating room. The spinal was the worst part of everything but it wasn’t as bad as the one I got w/DS before, so that’s good. I hate the feeling of being numb and I was having trouble not freaking out and having a panic attack, they offered me some drugs to calm me down, but I said no because I didn’t want to drug the baby any more than the spinal might already do. They started my c-section and then DH came in and told me he had looked thru the camera too long while he was waiting and the batteries had died in the camera …they baby was almost out so the Dr. went REALLY slow as some nurses scrambled to find me batteries, well they found some JUST IN TIME and a nurse got the camera going just as the baby was about to come out! The DR said she as glad I went with the c-section because she felt like a big baby w/a big round head while they were checking out baby and finishing up with me I started having severe back pain so I needed 2 doses of narcotics..that wasn’t fun!! Well baby was 18″ of chubby! and 7lbs 6oz and i was only 36-37 weeks! I think her head was 35cm so not HUGE but bigger than some full term babies lol. We both had trouble keeping our temps up but they never took her from me we did a lot of skin to skin/her in my gown for the 1st 24 hours. Also while in recovery my pain meds stopped working..so that sucked as well, but I had a baby to hold so it was worth it!!

I didn’t have my birth plan along because I wasn’t done w/it but they respected all my wishes for baby..no bath, no vit k injection (oral only!), they did the eye drops i think but that I didn’t care about as much, and no hep B injection

Holy Cow! 2 Year Old’s Are HARD Work!

Cruz is 2.5 now and rampaging my house!! He can open child locks with one hand, and he can pull my pantry door hard enough the child lock he cant reach pops open! The only thing that can keep him contained for a few minutes are the two metal baby gates that separate the living room. The only problem with that scenario is that he can do a lot of damage in there too!

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He is so sweet and cuddly, but so naughty all in one package!! I’m trying my hardest to see it as he is exploring his world, and checking boundaries..but seriously I need a nap…and a glass of wine..but being pregnant I CANT DRINK! haha I love him so much but I’m starting to freak out about having two boys home with me all the time when the baby comes, we already decided we are not doing preschool..so hopefully I don’t regret that!

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Here is his most current mess. Apparently while I had to go outside to get sister off the bus, he was starving and helped himself to a thing of coffee creamer, a pound of string cheese (not shown, but he chewed them through the wrappers) and a package of thankfully sealed turkey breast! All this on my freshly mopped floor haha. He has been really into drinking salad dressing…he thinks it’s juice! I guess I should let him have more real juice..but it’s bad for your teeth so I limit it.

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At the end of the day I know I am ridiculously blessed with these 5 going on 6 kids…but the real problem is: no more wine until November 😉

 

 

Spraying Diapers

This post is about my experience so far with diaper sprayers and accessories! This post is not sponsored however: This post contains affiliate links to amazons websites. The cost is the same for you, but any purchase made can help this blog grow!

I ordered my first Spray Pal to help with toddler cloth diapers. I am only cloth diapering part time, but the poo is still not fun ;). I originally had a Diaper Dawgs spray shield and it was okay, but I had to hold it in place with my SmarterFresh sprayer & it didn’t fit my bumGenius handle that I also have to switch out to if needed. All the stock photos show it on a BG sprayer so maybe I’m just being too nice to it? Between the two handles I think I like the SmarterFresh one better (I ended up just buying the handle and using shower head tubing and the bumGenius t-valve) as it’s easier to hold. I bought my BG set used and the t-valve had a crack but my husband was able to get it working, but the tubing was awful! If I could do it again I would buy the entire SmarterFresh set linked above.

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I only have enough cloth diapers to do a few days a week. I’m planning to bulk up my stash with Alva Baby cloth diapers because they have great reviews on the mommy boards, and they are inexpensive. I wish I could afford all the cute WAHM diapers I see, but right now even Alva Baby diapers are a reach!

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I will report back on what I end up liking more between the Diaper Dawgs shield and the Spray Pal, and maybe even try them together! I just need to figure out how to make it more secure on my sprayers! Time to go rough it up 😉

 

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Cruz Has a Big Boy Room

Our neighbor is moving and he was kind enough to give us a twin bed and armoire to help us get ready for baby! We got rid of the little IKEA bed he had been using when he fell asleep in his room, and gave him the big boy bed! He’s not impressed and is still sleeping with us, but now I can at least kick daddy out when the baby comes if needed. His room is slowly looking less like a storage locker and more like someone actually lives there.

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I am thinking about painting the armoire, dresser, and bed because the room does not match at all, but at the same time we are hoping to buy him an entire bedroom set in two years or so. For now I will have to deal with how twitchy the furniture makes me! Also…I suck at painting…

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Thinking About Home Schooling

I have tossed around the idea of home schooling for a few years now. It’s scary. In the last few years we have moved into a new school district and we have not been very impressed. The teachers so far have been great, but the kids have not. Bullying is rampant, kids threatening to shoot other kids as young as kindergarten, and just all around “F*uck You” being a normal thing to hear on the bus. Now it’s not like my kids are delicate flowers..they hear me say the F word at least a few times a week. It’s the fact that they know swearing is adult language only, and not acceptable until they are grown and can do whatever they damn well want to! The majority of kids in this district are a special kind of rowdy, and a bunch of like minded mamas up here who are teaching their kids respect agree.

Just last week I had to cancel a sleepover my 8 year old wanted to have because my older daughter let me know this kid was one of the problem children on the bus. Normally I like to give kids a break, but this kid has physically hurt my daughter on the bus and called her a p*ssy when she cried. Not having it! I am getting really sick of the disrespect kids these days have and I don’t want my kids to end up like that. We never would have moved here if I knew it would be like this, but unfortunately this is where we could afford to buy.

Now, the reasons I find homeschooling scary:

  1. I’m going to be mostly responsible for my kids’ education getting done = Terrifying
  2. I’m going to have to feed them lunch everyday …gonna miss that free hot lunch this school offers. I’m already trying to figure out how to budget in the extra food for the summer…We have an almost 14 year old boy…he eats a ton!
  3. 4 (5 once baby is here) kids home all day every day? Lord help me! (Sage has autism and is doing great in middle school, hes staying where he gets the best help).
  4. I’m lazy I’ll admit it! I love my hour or two of quite the baby gives me when he plays quietly and lets me sometimes catch up on Greys Anatomy & the Mindy Project.
  5. Change is just scary sometimes!

So, is bullying and all around suckish kids a good reason to home school? Or do you agree with my husband to just have the kids punch assholes in the face?