Thursday, March 30, 2006

Spring has sprung




Life is good again. My sinus infection has pretty much cleared. I have finally felt like I am living above water for the past two days. The sun decided to show itself in our dark state and the warm weather came with it. Spring is here! For this week at least. It felt so great to get outside in our yard with Sal and Enzo yesterday and today. Enzo and I decided to make a garden journal. So yesterday we made it out of construction paper and string. We made maps of our garden and I drew them in the book. Enzo helped me list out what veggies we want to grow this summer and then we plotted out on our map where they will get planted. Today we worked on decorating the cover and next we have to start on the maps of the flower gardens. It has been a great project so far. Enzo and I built a bean stalk for our beans and peas to grow up.

Today outside we started raking out the side of the garden that has his digging hole and his wildflower garden. He gets one side and the other side is the veggie garden. I will take some pictures tomorrow of the "before" planting. He really enjoyed raking the leaves into a huge pile and hen jumping in. I had let Sal loose on the ground. Keeping my eye on him while I raked nearby. The kid is too quick though. Next thing I new he had a huge wad of dirt in his mouth. Yum.

Being outside today made me realize how much I love the warmer months. I really enjoy the coming of spring. It lifts my spirits and refreshes my winter weathered soul. Digging in the dirt is very therapeutic for me. I feel alive again.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Sick again - I hate the East Coast today.

This time a horrible sinus infection.

I have a new theory.

When I am pregnant I feel great. When I am not pregnant I feel like shit.

My headaches and sinus issues disappear when I am pregnant. The minute I am not they come back full force.

What does this mean? I am not sure yet but I am so sick of nothing making me feel better I am about ready to start a litter of kids here. I am desperate for relief what can I say.

I suffer from seasonal allergies that didn't hit me strong until after Enzo was born 4 years ago. I finally went to the allergies last year and found out through testing that I am allergic to cats, dust and basically every plant, flower and tree on the East coast. The worst part comes in the winter when the house gets shut up and the heater comes on. I suffer all winter until spring comes.

Just another reason why we need to move West again.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Wool nursing pad review

I am on day two of wearing my new wool nursing pads. They are insane. Hands down the best thing I have used so far. I just can't believe it took me two kids to finally find them. I ordered them from Danish Wool

Misconception #1 - Isn't wool itchy? I think of itchy thick winter sweaters when I think of wool. These are not itchy at all. They are so incredibly soft. Better than the plastic feeling disposable I have been wearing and even better than the cotton ones.

Misconception #2 - Isn't wool too hot? they are not too hot. Wool is breathable and keeps you warm in the cold months and cool in the summer months. These can be worn all year round. In fact breastfeeding mothers are advised to keep their breasts warm to help prevent plugged ducts and mastitis. After suffering from over almost 10 plugged ducts this year these were absolutely heavenly to put on. I HIGHLY recommend them.

The following info is taken from their website. Visit their website for more info but here are the basic selling points.

>Most women need only 2 pairs for the entire nursing period. When one pair feels wet, let it dry while wearing the second pair. Lanolin's cleansing properties keep the wool fresh and hygienic.

>The wool can absorb up to 40% of its weight without feeling wet. When the pads do feel wet, they're warm, not cold and clammy as with cotton or disposable pads.

>Your skin is kept dry and able to breathe, allowing sore nipples to heal.

>Scandinavian midwives have, for centuries, advised mothers to protect their breasts from wind and cold to prevent plugged ducts and mastitis. Larger sizes give protective coverage over greater a portion of the breast.

>When needed, wash by hand in lukewarm water with mild hair shampoo, alternating with LANACare 20% Lanolin-Soap. LANA's lanolin-replenishing soap has a much higher lanolin content than most other wool-washes and will keep your pads feeling soft and soothing
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So there you go. They rock. Buy some.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Cloth diapering freak

So I have been researching cloth diapers for several months now. I finally made a decision and ordered my first pack of 12 FuzziBunz yesterday. Today I ordered a wool cover for nighttime. I am waiting anxiously for my goods to come in the mail this Friday. I am a bit nervous about it but I think I am ready to make the switch. At least while I am at home. I just can't spend money on disposable anymore. I know that washing the cloth diapers cost money too but I don't care. It is not as much and you can't dispute the landfill of human waste and non biodegradable plastics. I have also decided to ditch my disposable nursing pads and go for wool ones as well. Wool is the magic material I am finding. Super absorbent and self cleaning. I love wool. Yeah!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

JB's birthday

JB turned 34 today. We all went out for breakfast at our favorite spot. We used to eat there every weekend for the past 5 years but ever since I stopped working it was one of the things that had to get cut so this was a special treat. Our friend who is a waitress there brought him a piece of cake when we were finished and all of the wait staff sang happy birthday to him. It was really nice. We were planning on driving up Mt Phillo and walking around in the woods with the kids but when we got there the road was closed so we decided to attempt a short hike. It is a small mountain but the trail is steep and we did not bring the backpack for Sal so all I had was my sling. Not the best for hiking but we made it work. We had a nice small hike at least. We then came back home and Enzo and I put frosting on the cake I had baked the night before. After cake and ice cream I told JB to get out of the house and go enjoy a few hours to himself so he went downtown, grabbed some coffee and walked around browsing in bookstores. We had a nice day. I hope he enjoyed it. He says he did but I just get weird about birthdays these days. I have always been a big birthday fan. Of mine and other people's. Pre kids we always had big parties with friends etc but these days it is difficult to just do the basics for each other. I always want to give him the world and make him feel extra special on his big day. He is finishing off his night playing video games right now so I think he is happy.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Baby proof my life

Please someone baby proof my life. I have a monster on my hands. My (almost 10 month old) child Salvatore is now nicknamed Troubletore because he is into everything. The following saying is SO true - "If you had your second child first you might not have tried for another." We were SPOILED with our first child. He slept through the night at 9 weeks and never stopped. He got through teething a mouthful a teeth without even a peep. He never tried to put too much into his mouth as a baby either. And then there is Troubletore. Child #2. Sleeping has been a nightmare and around the house he is a human vacuum and walking disaster. If there is an outlet uncovered for one second he his radar goes off and the kid flies over to it ready to stick anything he is able to inside. Don't worry the covers are always on. Anything his big brother drops on the floor as he runs about ends up in his mouth. I run around like a crazy lady collecting chokable items from the floor. Enzo just seems to drop something where ever he goes. I am losing my mind. Sal's hand must enter the VCR 100 times a day. He never wants to mouth his own thicker board books. Oh no - instead he must pull all of Enzo's books off the shelf and eat those instead. Baby toys are a waste of money too. He doesn't want to play with them. He just wants anything that Enzo has touched.

ARGH!

Ok I am done venting. I feel much better now. Oh shit there he goes again . . .

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Sleep glorious sleep

Ok I must be dreaming. Sunday morning I opened my eyes, looked at the clock and gasped. It was 7:00am. I put Sal down to bed at 8:00pm and this was the first time he woke up. Well he had a few quick wake ups at about 8:30/9:00 but whatever - he did not wake to nurse until 7:00am. It has been almost 10 months since I have slept that much. I felt awake, alive, half normal. The week leading up to this he has been sleeping better. Getting up at 5:00ish was his norm for his first feeding. A HUGE improvement over every few hours. Even 5am felt heavenly to me. But 7:00? Damn this is the life.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Self Promotion

Purple Elm Jewelry is open for business!

My online store is officially open for business. I have found a wonderful website called Etsy which is a online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade. I am very excited to finally be able to offer my jewelry online.

Please check it out and pass it along

Purple Elm

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Stop and smell the children

I was in Costco with both of my children the other day when another Mom with two kids walked by me with her cart and I heard her with frustration in her voice say "oh come on you guys I am so tired of this right now." Not sure what the situation was but oh I have I been there many many times while out shopping with my kids. Just at that moment though an older and wiser woman who had also heard this mothers frustration offered this advice to her. She said "Just remember, these times are tough but they go by so fast."

How right she is. It is so easy to forgot sometimes. It is so easy to get caught up in these short moments of frustration with our children. To get annoyed that perhaps our day is not going as "we" plan it. We sometimes forget that once you have children how "we" plan our days don't really matter anymore. Sometimes I find that when I just simply let go and not let all the little things in my day add up I feel more sane.

I have been struggling a lot since become a SAHM with mothering my 4 year old. He is willful, feisty and can be very temperamental at times. Oh he reminds me a lot of myself as a child (and now). Too much sometimes. It takes incredible patience on my part to get through my days without losing my mind. As with many stressors in life though I am realizing "this too shall pass". I try to remember this advice each day. It is also nice to get these little reminders from strangers (even at Costco) that even though these days can be challenging with small children, they soon will grow up and these moments will be gone. I am going to choose to ride out these stormy waves and instead focus on the mellow ones.

So remember to stop and smell the roses today. Whether or not you have children - this is about choosing to focus on the positive things in your daily life and try to let go of the little things that may seem like they are important at the time.