So in a few weeks we will be moving (i.e. pictures are in this blog's future) to a bigger place...yay!!
There will be some other changes as well, like a part-time job for me (still looking) and with that, not seeing L for a few hours a couple of times a week. I've been "off the radar" lately as far as blogging goes because, honestly, I'm not so good with multitasking.
I've never been good at it, but after L was born it was like what few brain cells I has left flew out the proverbial window. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.
I mean, some of you moms are so together and on top of things...but NOT me bubba. I'm lucky to shower and remember to eat!
Does it get worse with more kids...? 'Cause I might just be doomed. ;)
Anyway, peace out - the plan is to actually finish that post on diaper care this week. We shall see. :)
I haven't looked up "baby milestones" for months, mostly because I don't have time, but also because I had a pretty good idea of what happens the first couples months - things like holding the head up, blowing raspberries, rolling over, sitting up, etc.
Well, today I checked what is "supposed" to be coming up for 7-12 months. (L is a little over 7 months right now.) I'm not sure what I was expecting, but seeing a few of these made me gasp. I mean, he seems like such a, well, BABY. It's hard to believe he is growing into a toddler.
Here is the chart:
Chart from BabyCenter.com
These things, to me, show a lot of independence and development. Which is GREAT! It just...means my little boy is growing up...and fast.
Any other mamas feel this way...?
It seems likes yesterday that L was born, and yet it also seems as though he has always been here. This little guy brings so much joy into our lives.
I'm in a bit of a conundrum. I think my problem is that I like too many (?) things, and I can't settle down on just one. I've always had this problem - among the reasons I changed my major seven times in college. I couldn't do the major I wanted (voice) because of a callous on my vocal chords, so then I spent the next couple years floundering around, finally settling on Humanities. The catch-all major. Yep...that's me. The catch-all. :)
The only thing that remains always constant for me is FAMILY.
So I've decided to share with you today a short visual reflection on the past few months with my sweet boy.
An adventurer is born!
1 Week and loving his pillow!
3 weeks :) He does love a good bath.
2 months and so good at holding his head up and doing mini push ups :)
4 months - rolling, playing...a happy baby :)
6 months - exploring and scooting!! He loves his quilt!
(Almost) 7 months - commando crawling and starting to crawl on hands & knees :) Pulling anything and everything off of shelves and has a fascination with trying to eat magazines.
As I explore who I am and what I want to write about, this blog may turn in another direction. I keep you posted, and thanks for reading!!
Happy Friday and Happy March!!
Spring is just around the corner, and I am doing a blog evaluation. I'm trying to get an idea of what you expect with heartlikefire, and compare it with what I have a passion for.
I would really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete this poll! :)
See that overcast field above? I imagine myself standing in the middle of it. That's how I feel on these cloudy, rainy days.
I'm sure there are others feeling this with me. As a mother of an infant, "going out" - whether it be to the store or to shop - is such an ordeal that many times I forego expending the effort and energy. In other words, I stay home.
Its days like today, where I feel nothing compelling me to leave the house, that I am reminded of the silent camaraderie of those of us who feel "overcast" even inside, even on a sunny day.
Sometimes things seems bleak, sometimes things are bleak, and at any moment we could feel like things are bleak. I have the sunshine of my son's smile, or my husband's embrace, but there are still clouds. There will always be "clouds", and thats okay.
So wherever you are today, whether it is sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy, cold, hot...remember that you are not alone.
Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I've never been interested in subscription services outside of Netflix and Hulu Plus, but I LOVE Citrus Lane. This is my first box from them and it is fabulous!
When you sign up, you give them your child's birthday and gender and they will send you things that are age-appropriate and geared towards a certain gender (or neutral). They also send you something for yourself!
This month I got:
- the book Spring is Here - so cute and colorfu!
- "Tooth" gel - perfect because L just got his first tooth!
- Kushies washcloths - soft and pretty :)
- A RAINMAKER - the hubby played with it for while before giving it to L...lol.
- Lavender chapstick for me!! - smells wonderful!!
I am so excited about the surprises I got today and can't wait till next month!
If you'd like to give CItrus Lane a try, use my link to get a $10 credit off of your first box!
Today I made this fabric flower bib necklace following this tutorial from Little Miss Momma.
It was super easy (even with a 6 month old scooting about) and didn't take terribly long. :)You will need: a hot glue gun, fabric, felt, scissors and a chain.
It turned out pretty good!
I'm planing on doing some more cool things with these flowers in an upcoming tutorial of my own. :)
Happy necklace making!
Today's Guest Post is an interview with my sister,Elizabeth, a veteran cloth diaper mama. She has four children, ranging in age from 8 to 2 weeks, and is a former English teacher. She now works in education part time and is mama to her littles all of the time.
Melissa: How long have you been using cloth diapers?
Elizabeth: I have been using cloth diapers since the birth of my first child. At times, I took a break from cloth diapering.
M: What diapers are in your current stash?
E: My current stash includes kissaluvs fitteds, kissaluvs wool covers and Bummis Super Whisper Wraps. All-in-ones include Simplex Newborn All-in-One.
M: Do you have a favorite?
E: I love the Swaddlebees Simplex AIO! They work really well and have really cute patterns.
M: What are some must-haves you would recommend to the cloth diaper newbie?
E: Must-haves I would recommend are a diaper sprayer (I like Bumkins brand), large cloth diaper pail with a secure lid and a couple liners, a couple medium-sized wet bags with zipper closure, cloth wipes, and cloth-friendly diaper ointment like Grandma El's (similar to A &D) or Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm.
M: What laundry detergent do you use? What are the pros and cons?
E: I used Rockin' Green Detergent in Classic Rock, Lavender Mint Revival scent. It is great at getting the funkies out. I also like Charlie's Soap because it is economical.
M: Have any cloth diaper mishaps?
E: My only cloth diaper mishap was when a wool cover (and they are like $30-40 each!) got mixed in with regular laundry and shrunk up so stiff and tiny it was unusable!!! Arrrg!!!
M: Recommended resources?
E: Websites I use are Green Mountain Diapers, Cotton Babies, Kelly's Closet, Nikki's Diapers, and Amazon.
M: Why would you recommend cloth diapering?
E: Cloth diapering saves money, they keep in messes better than disposables, it's good for the environment (especially when used for multiple children), the patterns/colors are so cute, and it's convenient not to keep running out to get disposables.
On a personal note...
My sister's youngest child(pictured below) was born with clubfeet, and she said of cloth diapering him - "It's tricky using cloth with the casts, but leg warmers really help keep the casts clean!"
Jack sporting a Swaddlebees AIO!
A cloth cutie!!!
Thanks to my sister for taking time to talk about cloth diapering!!
I promised you some resources with this post, so here they are!
The Giggling Green Bean
Deciphering Cloth Diaper Fabric Types at DiaperShops.com
Cloth Diapers 101 at My Cloth Diaper Stash
An Eguide from DiaperShops.com
How to Sew Prefold Diapers
More resources coming soon!! :)