February 29, 2008

What Are You Into This Month?

This Month (a very long February despite having the fewest days- what's up with that?)...

The Thing I've Been Working On The Most: Getting better. This has to be one of the roughest months physically for me- ever. February 1st started with me in the hospital. I just entered my 11th week of pregnancy and things seem to be much much better. And look- February has now come to an end!

TV Show I Used To Love But Now Hate And Refuse To Ever Watch Again: Lost. Need I say more?

TV Show I Sometimes Hate But Really Like This Year: American Idol. Get me past the auditions and then I'll watch.

The CD I Can't Stop Listening To: Jack Johnson's Sleep Through The Static (so many thanks to my friend Jen that brought it by to cheer me up.) I love this song. And how can you not love everything Jack Johnson is about?

My Favorite Blog Entry This Month: Just Make Mine Designer, At A Really Fabulous Price

Blog I Am Always Visiting: My friend Arianne at To Think, Is To Create has a great post and photo every day.

What I'm Most Looking Forward To Next Month: Ah, March. I feel like March has so many possibilities. I am looking forward to entering my second trimester in just a couple weeks! I am looking forward to hearing birds outside my window. I am looking forward to opening my windows and letting in the early spring air. Walks. Sunlight. No more snow. March please come in like a lamb and go out like a lamb. : )

Feel free to share what you're into, too...



Babywearing Tip Of The Week: Some Spending Money And A Tip About Solarveil!


When I was looking to purchase my very first sling (pictured here) a few years ago, I knew I wanted a ring sling but didn't want to spend that much money. I somehow found myself looking on eBay at KimzKreations where I found just what I was looking for at an incredibly crazy-nice price at the time. I also found that Kim, the maker of these great, affordable slings, was a sweet and wonderful person through our emails!



Through talking to Kim recently, I learned that Solarveil fabric is no longer being manufactured! You can see a post I wrote about Kim's Solarveil slings back in the summer here. If you want one, the time is now to get one. Perfect for summertime, swimming, and the like... as of this writing Kim says she has Solarveil fabric available in all eight colors, but only enough black to make two more slings!


Kim has kindly offered a $20 gift certificate towards any sling in her eBay store to one reader here! Some of them you can purchase through "buy it now" and some you can even bid on at low prices! If you have been wanting to get your first sling or are itching for a new one, then leave a comment here letting me know you want to win! I'll pick a winner sometime next Friday morning, March 7 and announce it then. Contest is now closed.

Feel free to comment without entering to win the gift certificate. If you do want to win, please be sure to mention it in your comment!

Congrats to our winner... Not The Queen!

Click here for more Babywearing Tips Of The Week.


February 28, 2008

ama, estos para ti

Hi. I'm over here today thanking someone very special.




February 27, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: You Caption It

February 26, 2008

My Friend Beth

... needs your prayers right now. I don't know what else to do or say.


February 24, 2008

Goodbye, Boo

It's officially over. This is the fourth straight day that Gray hasn't nursed. The past several weeks have been out of our usual routine due to my severe morning sickness, so the thought of breastfeeding has really been very far from my mind. Without planning it, we naturally tapered off while I tried to get my rest and strength back. But soon he was going to bed without boo. Then waking without needing it. And now we're four days in of no more boo.

I am not thrilled with the circumstances, but have to honestly say that this happened much more smoothly that I had imagined. We didn't have "one last nursing session" to cherish as I didn't know that last time in bed would be it. But, just as our entire nursing relationship was peaceful and natural, I feel that we did the same going out. Emotionally, I was ready. And as I look at my little boy- oh, he's turned into such a little boy... he was ready, too.

February 21, 2008

Maybe she's making a comeback?

I've finally managed to spill out a thought or two in several paragraphs this time. Over here at Close To Home.


February 20, 2008

A Good Ride

I had to move the picture of my no belly down. If you pick up the March issue of Parents magazine, in The Best Family Cars of 2008 you'll see some nice owner feedback by me about my great value of a family car. (I drive in style.)





February 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: Almost 10 Weeks Belly Shot

The No Belly

I have to say I am eager to post a picture of my growing belly, it's just that I have no growing belly to take a picture of so far. It's only the shrinking belly thanks to the past several weeks of sickness. I think it's flatter now than it has been since before I had Gray!

This post, however, continues in great popularity if you are looking for big pregnant belly shots.

So, if I take a shower today and put on decent clothes, I just might take a picture for the fun of it- I guess to have a starting point. I'm almost 10 weeks along. It should be popping out soon!



February 17, 2008

Never Too Old To Need Your Mommy

My Mom takes care of me, even when I am a Mommy, too. I am still really fighting sickness and sore throat and preparing for a birthday party tonight so my Mommy is bringing me food, coming to take Gray for the day, and also she made the cake for tonight's party. How can I ever repay her?



February 15, 2008

In Waiting

There was a time, when we were planning to have this baby, that hubby said "oh, just think how good that would be for your blog" and I was all "that is not a reason to have another baby" but I did think that maybe it would help the whole Adventures In Babywearing title live on and make sense a bit longer. But trust me- this pregnancy is not for the blog.

And since I've been pregnant it seems that I've done nothing for this blog. No belly pictures. No witty stories or whimsical thoughts about the little babe (now the size of a grape! and with teeth! teeth!!!) budding in my womb. I'm sure it won't always be like this. Someday I'll be able to function normally again (I hope.) And I'll be back to posting all the time. Just wait until this kid gets here. You'll be begging for the photos to stop. It will be all cute and happiness again. You deserve a break for now.



February 14, 2008

Love Day

I'm curious what you do for Valentine's. I'm over here today.



February 11, 2008

Surprise

I normally am not really into big surprises- but I've been thinking a lot lately about not finding out the gender of our baby before he or she is born. I know I can wait that long. We were surprised with Noah and then found out early with Carter & Gray. I still have to convince hubby on this (he wants to know ASAP.)

There's no nursery to prepare or anything like that so I just don't see why I would have to know ahead of time. Opinions? I'm also curious if anyone found out early and it ended up being wrong?




February 9, 2008

A Portrait


I saw this at Jen's and just had to try one, too.
Click here to create your own personality painting.

P.S. If you are a NWIndiana blogger-
there is a meet-up being planned for next weekend! Details can be found over here!


February 7, 2008

You Know Who You Are

I had an epiphany of sorts in the bath today- a great place to think, you know? I have been very out of it lately with illness and pregnancy stuff and my coping mechanism is to close up and just take care of myself on my own. I don't need or want anyone else taking care of me, and I honestly was thinking today it's not because I don't need help. I think part of it is because I don't want to be seen down and not 100%. I'm supposed to be the one that has my act together. I'd rather be the caretaker than the taken care of. I'm a chronic "everything's fine, I'll be fine" sayer when that may not be the truth (like, say, when I'm in the hospital even). I do prefer to be left alone, but I certainly don't intend to make the people I love feel pushed away.

There's a couple very close friends that I'm afraid I've been doing that to lately and I am trying to figure out my rhymes & reasons while I still incredibly appreciate their offers for help. And on the flip side, when it comes time for me to offer my hand or shoulder for support, they'll see where I'm coming from in not wanting to intrude too much, but still wanting to be there. It's a dance I hope to figure out soon. I really want to be a good friend.

This is not only an obstacle in my friend-life, but also something I really have to watch with my marriage and my relationship with Christ. We are not meant to do it all on our own. Why be so hard on myself? I'm working on it.

Of course, these close friends I speak of probably know me better than I think and have already figured this all out. But, I just kinda found this out about myself today. I feel optimistic now.

And very thankful for patient friends.


February 5, 2008

Craving

I'm daring to talk about it now.



February 4, 2008

Waving The White Flag

I'm ok. I'm doing much better. Just still needing lots of rest and liquids. And quiet. Yesterday was a wonderfully restful day. Many thanks to my Mommy who cleaned my kitchen from top to bottom, made me dumplings, and took care of the kids while I slept Saturday.

I am planning on this prescription of taking it easy for the next couple days until I feel strong enough to really go about life. For my husband's sake, I hope I can shower and fix my hair soon. I am still having flashback images of seeing myself in a mirror at the hospital. I told him I can't believe you let me go to the hospital looking like that!

I found out that Crooked Eyebrow, that crazy girl, nominated me for some fun Blogger's Choice Awards. Feel free to vote your heart out. Not sure what happens, but I put buttons in the sidebar over there.

My great pals at Chicago Moms Blog passed along this relatable article: Confessions Of A Mommy Blogger. Thought you all might share a laugh or head nod or two.

I think I've been tagged for a few things lately and am asking for amnesty since I am still in such a fragile state... am I milking this? Maybe.


February 2, 2008

Annnnnd She's Back

Alright, after a short stint in the hospital (not baby-related!) and lots of IV fluids and other good stuff (probably bad but oh I am feeling so much better now) I am back.

The winner of the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival for the Target card giveaway is Idyll Hands! And looky- she's a knitter and has her own etsy shop! I knit occasionally over here, but need to catch up. Baby booties are coming soon!

But in the meantime, I'm ordered to rest and continue to just have clear liquids. I am hoping to eat real food by tomorrow. It's been DAYS and I am not kidding.


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