Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award – Get to Know Me

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I was nominated by fellow mommy blogger Mama by Fire, she has a wonderful blog and shares crafts, reviews, the daily happenings of a family of 4. Check out her blog.

The idea of this award is to spread the blogger love and get to know each other a bit better.

The Rules:

1. Link to the person who nominated you.
2. Add the award logo.
3. Answer the questions your nominator has asked.
4. Nominate a few other blogs and let them know.
5. Ask your nominees 10 questions

Here are Tarynn’s questions for me:

1. How did you come up with the name of your blog?

A few years back I started a blog with a similar name that I never really wrote in. I even had forgotten I had it. When I logged into blogger it showed up and I just simply tweaked the name and added mommy at the end, it was that simple.

2. Post the last picture on your phone.

Cute right? Was out for a walk with the little one and stumbled upon it.

3. What is something people may not know about you?

I write several to-do lists, and sometimes I get so overwhelmed with how much I have to take care of that I end up doing NOTHING. I’m the biggest procrastinator you’ve ever met.

4. What’s your daytime drink? Coffee, tea, energy drink?

In the morning I always have a cup of black coffee but never alone. I have to eat in order to drink.

5. Have you gone to, or are you going to, any blogging conferences this year?

I have not, but who knows? Maybe in the near future. It would sure be fun.

6. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

One year and a couple of weeks, I started as a way to vent/share about the daily happenings of a new mom. Now it’s turned into more of “I want to share valuable information”

7. What is the most valuable blogging advice you have gotten? Bonus-who gave it to you?

Stop focusing on little aspects of your blog, as far as look, logo or anything else and just write. Content is what’s important. I have yet to follow through on this but it’s something I’m striving to accomplish.

8. What is your favorite post and why? (post a link!!)

12 Things I wish I had done Before Giving Birth is my favorite post because it’s so real and it’s things that maybe you’re not thinking about. It really comes from a place of hurt, emotion and guilt for me.

9. Where is your favorite place to visit, in your area, with your family?

I love going to any beach or museum. I like to visit a different place every time, I love new experiences.

10. When do you write most often? Do you have a set schedule everyday?

Most often isn’t something I’m doing right now. I write when I have the time or when I decide that chore will be done another time. I wish I had a set schedule to write.

Now onto my nominations and questions – Participation no required but I hope you all play along!

1. Alana of Healthy Family Simple Budget
2. Meredith of Mommy A to Z Blog
3. Brooke of Does This Couch Make me Look Fat
4. K & M of Km Stay at Home Life

1.How did you come up with your blog name?
2.What is the source of Inspiration behind your blog?
3.Where did you grow up/where do you live?
4.Something Interesting about yourself?
5.What is your favorite post and why? (post a link!!)
6.What is the most valuable blogging advice you have gotten? Bonus-who gave it to you?
7.Post the last picture on your phone.
8.Where is your favorite place to visit, in your area, with your family?
9.When do you write most often? Do you have a set schedule everyday?
10.Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Thanks for reading!

The Aftermath

Don’t do it!

My son was not used to all that car riding.  When he was asleep it was fine but he wouldn’t stay asleep for long then would cry.  He was not a happy camper and I felt terrible for putting him through that.

Sunday night he wouldn’t stop crying. We were going to drive home and my husband decided to stay another night. So we booked a hotel. (We were staying at his aunts apartment) Nothing I did would calm him down. I had already bathed him, he was fed but he was tired and when babies are overly tired they cry and cry and cry. 
It truly is heartbreaking to watch, especially since it’s my fault,I did say yes to going.  I rocked him, gave him his pacifier, covered his face with a blanket and nothing….so I decided to swaddle him.  At first there was some hesitation on his part but I picked him up and started shushing loudly in his year along with rocking and IT WORKED! I read about the 5 S’s by Dr. Harvey Karp. (See below)

I was so relieved, my poor little guy fell asleep.

In conclusion, I would not take a 2 month old on an overnight trip. Maybe your child is different but I would not recommend it.
I will try again when he’s older and see how he behaves.

Dr. Karp’s “5 S’s System.” According to Dr. Karp, to sooth a crying infant, recreating the womb environment helps the baby feel more secure and calm. Dr. Karp recommends:

  • Swaddling: Tight swaddling provides the continuous touching and support your baby is used to experiencing within the womb.
  • Side/stomach position: The infant is placed on their left side to assist in digestion, or on their stomach to provide reassuring support. “But never use the stomach position for putting your baby to sleep,” cautions Karp. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is linked to stomach-down sleep positions. When a baby is in a stomach down position do not leave them even for a moment.
  • Shushing sounds: These imitate the continual whooshing sound made by the blood flowing through arteries near the womb.
  • Swinging: Newborns are used to the swinging motions within their mother’s womb, so entering the gravity driven world of the outside is like a sailor adapting to land after nine months at sea. “It’s disorienting and unnatural,” says Karp. Rocking, car rides, and other swinging movements all can help.
  • Sucking: “Sucking has its effects deep within the nervous system,” notes Karp, “and triggers the calming reflex and releases natural chemicals within the brain.”


Until next time

Lights, camera, action? Not yet.

Expect to be late.

You’ve given the baby a bath, fed him, he seems content? Good… Now it’s time for him to explode out of his pants, spit up all over you and himself.
Got a doctor’s appointment? You wanna show up with a clean baby right? Have the doc tell you what a great job you’re doing…baby will most likely arrive with poop in his diaper. They like to do things when they’re in the car. 
There’s never just a quick trip anywhere. I have left the house alone 3 times people… That’s 3 times in 2 months. Not because I didn’t want to… I have wanted to plenty of times but it just takes too much effort.  Gotta leave him him fed, clean and rested. Pack all of his things, get the stroller and bag in the car. Place kid in car seat, but this has to all come together without a hitch. But sometimes the spit up happens.. So now you gotta change him. Sometimes he didn’t sleep so now he’s cranky and crying while you’re trying to get everything done, so you feel bad and pick him up instead. 
And there’s also YOU! You gotta shower, change, eat…. You have a limited amount of time to get all of this prepared.
By the time you’re done and out the door. It’s time to do it all over again. So my advice is stay home if you can. The hassle is just not worth it. Pick your battles.
Do you have any tips on getting out of the house with baby? Let me know in the comments below.