Friday, September 30, 2011

isaac: then and now, part 2

I was looking through pictures the other day and decided I had to put these 2 side to side:

isaac 5 days and 7 months

I thought it was so funny how he's looking the same direction and his hand is even in the same place.

I miss that baby, baby newborn phase.

Ahhh, they grow too fast!

Have a great weekend!! And don't forget to email me about the blog button swap.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

October blog button swap

Isaac say: "Hey! Want to swap bloggy buttons for October?? We can be friends!"

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For the month of October, I'm jumping on the swapping bandwagon. Have a blog? Have a button? Want to swap? Your button will go over here -------->
For free!

For more information, just email me before Sept 30: ihaveapinkbag[at]yahoo[dot]com

so, I like to organize

Honestly, if I could be anything in the world (other then a mom), I would be a personal organizer. Wouldn't that be amazing??

I buy a lot of our food in the bulk section at Sprouts. I prefer it that way because it's usually cheaper and I can control how much of each item I purchase. Instead of keeping them in bags, I put them in containers:

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I went to Dollar Tree (who follows me on Twitter, by the way) last week and bought the small plastic containers. They were 6 for $1. What a deal! Then I simply wrote the item on masking tape and stuck it on the corresponding container. The other plastic containers are ones that I've picked up along the way from garage sales or thrift shops. I love a good Tupperware find for cheap.

Here is my end goal:

Source: bhg.com via Meredith on Pinterest



There are few things that make me happier than: 1. a clean kitchen 2. an organized refrigerator and 3. an organized pantry.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

the 25cent kitty cat shirt

I found this shirt for a quarter at Thrift Town. I hesitated: "Will he ever wear this thing? It's kinda weird... but kinda awesome. And it's 25 cents! Ok, even if he only wears it once, it's worth it. I'm totally getting this thing."

Yes. That was the conversation I had in my head about this shirt. The kitty cat shirt.

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shirt- thrifted, $0.25 at Thrift Town. pants- Kohl's, online clearance $2. hat- gift from mom, thrifted

I'm so glad I got it! It fits him so perfectly and it's pretty dang cute. But then again, he would make anything look cute!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

research all expecting moms should do

As expecting moms, we tend to get so wrapped up in the pregnancy, labor and delivery part of the whole thing (no, I'm not expecting). I think a lot of the time we forget to look into what comes after that!

And if we do do it, we tend to wait until the last minute: "Oh crap, the baby could be here any day now and we haven't picked a pediatrician." And I'm not talking about figuring out how to change a diaper, install a carseat or what bathtub works best (although those are all important!).

I'm talking about the big stuff that will effect your baby's health:

*pku testing
*breastfeeding (and other options if needed)
*pediatrician
*immunization schedules
*baby food

I want to eventually address each of these topics in separate posts of their own. There is so so much information to read over before you decide anything. My hope is that I will at least get you thinking, if you haven't already, about areas of your baby's life that are vitally important. Please get informed.

For now, here are a few things to consider in each area:

pku testing/newborn screening/heel prick test
This is my "big issue" because no one talks about it!! When the hospital staff comes in only a day or so after your baby is born to prick his heel, they use that blood to test for between 20 and 40 different types of genetic disorders. And while this test has been known to save some lives (each disease is extremely rare), it's what is done with the blood once it has been tested that all parents should be concerned about.

After the blood sample is tested, it is turned over to the state's health department. At that point, it's up to each individual state whether or not the sample will be destroyed or stored, and for how long. You can check here to see how long your state holds on to your baby's DNA. In California, they hold it for an "indefinite" period of time.

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I don't know about you, but that's creepy. The government will have your baby's DNA on file forever if they choose. But you have other options. We had Isaac's blood taken and sent it to Baylor labs in Texas. You can order their kit here.

breastfeedng
Will you do it? Take a class! Don't just think it will happen on it's own. It won't. It takes work. Talk to women who breastfeed or have breastfed. Surround yourself with encouraging women. Find a lactation consultant you can contact anytime.

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Nursing is not an easy thing. Don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise. It may become second nature, but in the beginning you will want to give up. So be sure you have all the information you need before the time comes. If you aren't breastfeeding or end up not being able to, research other options. Can you get breastmilk from other women? Which formula is the best? Will you need to get a pump? Which one?

pediatrician
Find one whose philosophies are the same as your's. If you disagree with your baby's doctor, it makes things a lot harder. You are made to feel dumb or under-educated. But as a mom, you know what is best for your baby! If you don't want certain vaccines, find a doctor who supports that! And interview doctors before the baby is born. You can schedule a meet and greet with any doctor.

I highly recommend doing it and meeting with several doctors before choosing one. If your concern is mostly about immunization schedules, you can find a "vaccine friendly" doctor here.

immunization schedules
Please do not just believe the CDC's schedule for your child. Do your research before baby comes. The first vaccines are given within hours of your baby's life and unless you sign a form to opt out, she will be vaccinated.
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Today the CDC recommends your child get 24 vaccines before the age of 2! When we were kids, that number was like 10. You can see the comparison chart here. And just because the CDC says you should give 6 at a time doesn't mean you have to. Consider spacing them out.

baby food
Will you make your own baby food? Do you know how? Which food will you start with? What is in jarred, processed baby food? Why is it recommended for babies to start on rice cereal even though their stomachs cannot properly digest it? Making baby food is actually a lot easier than it seems. All you do is puree veggies and fruit you already have in your home. Then freeze them in ice cube trays and viola!

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Well, this is just the tip of the iceberg for each of these topics. Like I said, I will be posting separately about each topic in the future.

Let me know what your thoughts are!

If you have questions, leave them in the comments and I would love to address them.

Do you have any advice or suggestions??


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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

inside our home: nursery tour

You can see Isaac's nursery in our old apartment here.

We moved into our new place over the summer and I think I've finally finished his nursery here:
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I saw this at a garage sale and had to have it. I had no idea what I would do with it when I got it home. We hot glued the ribbon to the back of it and stapled-gunned the ribbon onto the top of the door. The bottom is also velcroed (is that a word?) to the door does it doesn't flop around and bang up the door.
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Isaac has a zillion blankets. This isn't even all of them. There's a whole other pile in his closet! These were mostly made for him or given to him. Someone told me early on, "don't buy blankets for him because he will get plenty". Whoever that was, you were right!

I have them all stacked on an old wooden, red chair I found while thrifting. It was $3. It probably isn't safe to sit on because it's falling apart. But, it works perfectly as a blanket holder.
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This is the picture collage above his crib. I got the idea here. All pictures are thrifted and so is the boat steering wheel which we stained and added the rope to. I got the idea for that here. Whenever I was out thrifting I had my eyes open for fun nautical pictures. It all started with the round painting in the middle and I just went from there!
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My mom made all of Isaac's bedding: bumpers, crib sheet, pillows. I could not find any nautical themed bedding that I liked. And most of it was way more than I was willing to spend anyway. I think she found this fabric at Hancock and paired it with blue. It's perfect.
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furniture:
crib- Target.
glider- thrifted.
dresser- craigslisted and refurbished by us.
red chair- thrifted.
white shelves- Target.
white storage w/ drawer- Target.

accessories:
welcome sign- garage sale.
lamp- Joe Boxer (from when I was in highschool).
baskets under changing table- Dollar Tree.
misc storage bins- Target and gifts.
wall hooks and crosses- gifts.
light houses- thrifted.
white shelf- Home Depot (hooks added by me).
fish ornaments- Kohl's.
boat ornaments- West Marine.
boats- gift.
wooden blocks- garage sale.
stuffed animals- gifts.
wooden turtle- thrifted.
changing pad and cover- amazon.com.
rug- Kohl's.
mobile- baby shower gift.
books- mine as a kid, thrifted, gifts

bedding/window coverings:
bumpers, crib sheet and pillows- made by my mother.
blankets and quilts- gifts and thrifted.
curtain rod- I've had it for years.
curtains- hand-me-down from my mother, they were hanging in the house we lived in when I was a baby

art: all thrifted except crab print- amazon.com and yellow, blue and red frame- gift from my sister-in-law

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

the cuteness is unbearable

The kid now pulls himself up on everything. Yesterday I caught him standing over the toy bin in his room, bent over, digging around inside and pulling things out. And then today when I went in to get him up from his nap, he was standing in the crib. I can't believe how quickly his balance and strength developed. It amazes me everyday. As does his adorableness...

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Yes, that is an ironing board "baby barricade". We haven't found a baby gate that fits in that spot for under $40 and I refuse to pay that much. So we just improvise... that is, until he starts to climb over it... which will probably be next week.

Monday, September 19, 2011

September goals

While I'm very aware that September is more than half way over.. one of my goals for this month was to make a list of goals to complete this month! Just, I meant to do it 19 days ago...

Oh well, at least I'm doing it now!



Without further adou, here are my 10 goals for September (10 is do-able right?)!

1. get my Texas drivers license (because I've been too lazy thus far, please don't arrest me :)
2. finish reading The Giver and The New Dare to Discipline
3. grind my own hamburger meat and make yummy burgers on the grill!
4. eat dinner outside
5. visit the Keller farmer's market at least once
6. finish one very special baby gift for a dear friend
7. write and send 5 letters/cards
8. post Isaac's nursery tour
9. finish The Giver
10. garage sale at least once (ended up being twice!)

So what are your September goals?? I don't know about you, but I'm so ready for Fall.

Friday, September 16, 2011

the randomness that is our life

I love looking for the random in everyday life. It's everywhere! And what can be more fun than capturing pictures of weird things? Unsusual things? Things you don't see everyday?

Here are some of my favorite randoms that I captured with my camera phone...

the pink barbie jeep:

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the beautiful house around the corner from us:

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the cat who apparently uses books as pillows:

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(and who randomly showed up on our doorstep)

the extremely proud Texan:

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the notice posted in Chipotle's window:

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the foot that peaks out during naptime:

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cat on the dashboard:

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Have a wonderful weekend!!