Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bad Computer

Technically, it is my D drive that is being really naughty. I want to use other words, but can't because this is a family friendly blog. That is how mad I am.

I am trying to print pictures (for various relatives that keep asking for them and for a secret surprise for a special someone's birthday) from where they are saved on our computer. Should be simple since we have HP Photosmart premier. Should just be a click of a button. But no.

I went through and spent over 2 hours cropping, fixing, taking out red eye for OVER 250 pictures.

And they wouldn't work with the HP Photosmart program. So I spent tons of time saving them on a different file so I could just print them from there. AND THEY STILL WONT PRINT.

Sigh. I give up. I'll try again later.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Morning Momments



I am taking a break from Works for me Wendesday to share my lovely morning with you.

This morning JR and I got up at 6:30am, and since Little Dude was still sleeping away, I decided to spend time with just JR out in our living room. Normally I would've tried to get him happy so I could go back to sleep, but this morning, it seemed perfect for a "just us" moment. It seems that because Little Dude is older and more active, a lot of the day JR just gets dragged around to whatever Little Dude is doing, and because of Little Dude's activity level, I simply must stay in eyesight of him, which means JR is often in his crib,swing, or being carried around.

I am realizing that "just us" time for Jr and me is very rare, and I am very glad I took the time this morning to just hang out with and focus on him.

We just sat on the couch, "talking" and looking at things. Stared at each other in awe, my image reflected in his beautiful blue eyes that are getting lighter and lighter every day. He finally decided to fall asleep again around 7:30am on my chest, so I started reading a library book (Shock Wave by Clive Cussler, awesome!) and enjoyed a cup of coffee.

What a perfect early morning.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Blog Carnival!!

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OK, ladies and gents, it is time for the awesome BLOG CARNIVAL! There are TONS of Giveaways, and most are open to everyone, everywhere, even if you don't have a blog. Now that the kids are sleeping, (and I am too pumped up on caffeine to sleep), I have been entering all kinds of giveaways! AWESOME. Everyone loves to win cool free stuff!

Here is my contribution to the blog carnival giveaway, though mine will be ending on the 31st, most are open until Aug 1st. My fav giveaway? The Josh Groban CD from Sarcastic Mom. I really hope I win....!!!!


I almost forgot to put Eddie (our dog) out this morning. Yes, it is one of those days. We are now off to library time and (hopefully) naps for us all....


Monday, July 28, 2008

Tweightloss


My friend, Audrey, from Mom Generations has started an online motivation group for any of us wanting to lose some weight or get toned! Super!

Starting Monday, the 28th, we are all going to get some help from fellow bloggers on Twitter, and some super help from some personal trainers that have volunteered to give their input and exercise advice. Way Awesome for people like me who are "exercise challenged". I just never know what exercises to do to get max. results to my problem areas. (Right now, mostly my belly and triceps.)

So, for the next 12 weeks, every Monday we will "tweigh in". Everyone will email their weights, or just how much weight you lost that week, your choice, to: tweightloss [at] gmail [dot] com.

I'm 141 now, so I would love to get back to 125, but that may be too much too fast for only 12 weeks...but at any rate, Skinny Jeans, here I come!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Potty Excitment

This is Little Dude helping me bake. He ate more than he stirred, but that is half the fun of it!

So today I got to see my neighbor's little boy use the potty and I was very excited for him AND his mama!!

When I told my brother in law about it, and how exciting it was, he laughed and shook his head at me.

I suppose only a parent on the journey or about to join the journey of potty training can share my excitement at Cole's achievement. I am excited too because Little Dude has been really interested in using the potty, and has actually been telling me every so often he wants to sit on it AND he actually has used it a few of those times! COOL BEANS!

But I must say, it never occurred to me that I might one day be crazy excited and cheering for someone using the bathroom....


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Mobile

Well, I have good and bad news. My husband, Bill, works as a senior construction manager for United Forming and has received a wonderful opportunity to head up a ginormous job. Bing picked by his boss and the other company big shots to head up such a huge job is a HUGE pat on the back for Bill, and pretty much ensures he could move up to any position he wanted, should be pull off this job well. It is THAT big and worth THAT much money to the company. In fact, it is the biggest job both size and money wise, that United Forming has ever done.

So I am CRAZY proud of him and so excited for him to have this opportunity. But, there is a down side. The job runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in MOBILE ALABAMA.

MOBILE

ALABAMA

That is not where we live.

So, it looks like we will be temporarily moving down there the beginning of Sept, when he gets things more settled and can actually think about having us all around, AND after Little Dude is able to have a fun birthday with all his little friends. I think I am mostly torn up about taking Little Dude away from all his friends.

But, it is OK, we have done it before, and in fact, the whole reason I started blogging was because we had moved to Tennessee 4 days after Little Dude was born, and I was crazy lonely in a new city.

I will be fine, the boys will be fine, the drive to Mobile will not be fine, but it will be well worth it. Because even if Bill's job took him to Siberia, there is no way I could be away from him for months at a time. He is my backbone, my best friend, and support system above all others, and I am so grateful for the sacrifices and hard work he does to take care of our family.

And thank goodness, my work from home job for Dakno Marketing allows me to work anywhere there is internet connection, so I will be able to keep working and earning lots of shopping money.

Because, you know, I will need some cute suitcases for the boys to pack stuff in. And we will need some decorations for the apt we get down there. And some other homey type things I just simply must shop for....surely there is a mall in Mobile? Because I might need some new, cute shoes after the drive down. It will be at least 14 hours with the two boys by myself. Yea, I am going to need a couple of pairs of new shoes after this.



Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Toddler/Baby Organization



Toddler/Baby Organization works for me! I have many soft cloth baskets around the house (which you can get at target, wal-mart, sams club, bjs, etc very cheaply) and they are designated for different baby/toddler toy items. Some area for books, one for blocks, one for rattle toys, one for cars, one big one for balls...you get the idea.

But what is the best way to keep the organization going? I slip in PICTURES of what the basket is supposed to be holding in the area where you would normally write a word. So, for example, our ball basket, has a picture of Little Dude's balls in the basket as the label for the basket INSTEAD of just the word: BALLS.

It works great, and Little Dude can find the right basket from the picture,and know what goes in that basket. You can see Little Dude in his "reading area" with the book basket in the background.



This could also work for shelves. Just simply set up the bookcase/shelves/play area however you want it, take pictures, then print them out on your printer on regular paper and tape them in the designated areas. Again, for example, a picture of the "reading area" taped to the wall over the reading area. (Scotch tape should work without messing up paint or wood, but check a small area in your home first, as what works on my walls may not work on yours)

Well, that is what works for me, and I hope that it helps your with getting your baby/toddler to put toys back where they go! Go check out Rocks in my Dryer for more helpful tips!


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Generations

Top: Me, My Mom, Granny, JR (in Granny's arms) Bottom: Little Dude, Me, My Dad, Granny, JR (in Granny's arms, but blocked by flowers)


I was lucky enough to get to see my Granny this past weekend. She is 90 years old; so very hard to belive such a busy woman has that many miles behind her! I am quite proud of my Granny; she heads up the Pender County Beach Big Sweep and helps out her best friend, Jean Beasley with the Topsail Turtle Project. Like I said, she is a busy woman!

My parents were also with her, so we had the unique opportunity to have 4 generations in a group picture. That in itself is a blessing and I am so glad my sons will get to have a photo of their Great-Granny.


Top: My Mom, Little Dude, Me, My Dad, Granny, and JR Bottom: Bill, Little Dude, Me, My Dad, Granny, JR

Monday, July 21, 2008

I am his


I think JR and I are finally getting to know one another. I'm beginning to learn the subtle differences in his screams/cries/gasping for breath because he's so mad sounds.

Amazingly, there are differences. The screams are usually to eat-and he goes from super fine and dandy to screaming in .o8 seconds. Thankfully, he is starting to go 3 hours now consistently and even giving us a 4 hour stretch AT NIGHT. Awesome! The cries are usually when he wants to be held, cuddled, or something scared him. The "mad as a hornet", "to mad to even breath" sounds, are usually when he has pooped. Or if I haven't responded to his "I want to be held" cries from earlier.

So, we are figuring each other out, he seems to also know that when I come and start talking he can calm down, because I am there to fix whatever I can. He doesn't mind that I am guessing, he is just glad I am there, and that is such a confidence booster for me.

After all, he is mine, and I am his. God paired us up because we are meant to be together; I just have to remember that, even when I am feeling like a "bad" Mom and think I am getting everything wrong, JR doesn't care, just so long as I am there and doing my best.


Opps...I am starting to hear the "mad as a hornet" cry over the baby monitor....I am off to change a diaper! I think...



Friday, July 18, 2008

Everything is bigger in Texas

Actually, I believe that is true, simply because it can take an hour to drive, without traffic problems,from one side of Dallas/Ft.Worth to the other. My Aunt's house is right outside the city, and you can see the city from her house, but when trying to get to my cousin's wedding rehearsal dinner outside the other side of Dallas, it took almost 2 hours. But I digress.

I was blessed that my good friend Steph, who lives in Texas, (thus the rambling about Texas) was able to come up and see me and my boys. I was also blessed to meet her wonderful daughter and to catch up with her husband, whom I also had not seen since leaving Florida. It was a fantastic visit and I am so glad we were able to catch up!

It has been 8 years since I saw Steph, back when I was just a little 18 year old on the Walt Disney College Program Steph was one of my roomies and we had the greatest time being crazy around Florida! We call back and forth every so often, but I was still so surprised at how quickly we just picked back up our fun!

Well, we both have kids, we are both older, and wiser, and even though 8 years had passed, if felt like we had never left each other's sides. Friendships like that are such gifts.


Chris, Mika, and Stephanie

Steph, Miche, and Little Dude (He insisted on being in the picture; so cute!)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

'Im a New parent-again

I worked in a daycare with infants for a year before becoming a stay at home mommy. I cared for and loved 4 little guys and gals that were "mine" as well as 4 other little guys and gals that were my "co-teachers babies". 8 babies in a room sounds crazy, but it actually was not.

And before working with babies, I taught preschool to 16 four year olds. Again, sounds crazy, but I loved every second of it!

I share this info because I wanted you all to understand where my confidence in taking care of children cames from. I've put in some years, and loved it, so surely, having my own couldn't be too terribly hard. Right? Right???

Well, I underestimated the not sleeping factor. AND I certainly underestimated the difficulty of having two children OF DIFFERENT AGES. Honestly, it is a feat just to keep the two guys alive. (I joke, kinda)

Little Dude is at the stage of jumping off everything, climbing anything, spinning in circles until he falls down (and most of the time he insists on doing it either in front of the fire place or coffee table..why???)

It is also a feat just trying to time up feedings, diaper changes and naps so we can get outside! And I am amazed at how little time I have found to work or blog. I was working at least 25 hours a week for Dakno when I had just Little Dude because he played very nicely either in the playroom where I could watch him while I worked in the office.

But now, with two, I can't leave them even across the room from me because Little Dude will try to climb into the pack and play to "kiss" JR. It is sweet, and I am happy, that he is saying "iss" (kiss) and wanting to hug his brother,as apposed to trying to bash JR in the head with something, but it is also frustrating because I can't leave them alone for even a second. I am carrying/wearing JR everywhere I go to keep him safe. At the same time, I am trying to give tons of time to Little Dude to make up for the fact I am always with JR. Wow.

So, this morning, I decided to see if any other parents out there had stories about balancing multiple children of multiple ages. I found this super cute and wonderful post by The Mommy Stories and it, along with her previous posts, really summed up my feelings about being a new mom to two very young boys in a very fun and elegant way. It was nice to get a good chuckle out of her story and to compare her experiences with mine. I think that's the best part of blogging, sharing stories and getting new perspectives! Let me just say, Steph's perspective and stories lifted my spirits this morning and gave me the "its not so bad, everyone feels overwhelmed, I can do it!" boost I needed.

Because, after all, I am new to the experience of two babies and everything will fall into place with time, just like it did the first time around. Now, I don't feel so crazy for thinking I was "qualified" for being a mommy of two, AND I don't feel so crazy for having feeling that I don't know how to juggle two!

But no worries, I am signed up with some great tutors, their names are Little Dude and JR.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Letter Sandwiches-Works for Me Wed




Little Dude has a cute toy mail box and plastic "letters" that he just loves to give out to everyone. He will hand me the letter, and I "read" to him what I think it says, like "Hi, Mommy, I love you! Love Little Dude". Needless to say, he and I both get a big kick out of it.

But, that is pretend. There is a cool way to "write" real letters to each other! And it is so super easy you will love trying this out with your kids.

What you will need:

Alphabet cereal
slices of bread
peanut butter, jam, honey, or any other similar type spread

Cover a few slices of bread with your desired spread. Help your older toddler spell his name or a simple sentence such as "I love you" by applying the appropriate alphabet letters to his slice of bread. Younger toddlers will probably enjoy simply sticking the letters onto the bread, but you can still show them their name, Mommy, Daddy, baby, etc on your piece of bread. They will love it!

I'm off to see what my toddler is up to; it got very quiet all of a sudden.....

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Precious Momments Giveaway

My baby will be having a birthday soon. How these precious baby years seem to be passing way too quickly! As Little Dude will be 2, we are thinking he will be old enough for a party with a few little friends, some games, and kiddie fun! With that said, I also realize that we need to make the party fun for the parents as well!

But with all there is to do in a day, chasing toddlers, feeding babies, washing mac and cheese off the dog, trying to get laundry done AND have dinner ready...how do you find the time to plan a fun party? Where is a busy mom to turn?

Well, never fear! Your party planning worries are over with the wonderful, easy to use site, Precious Moms.

Precious Moments has your party planning tools covered! The Precious Party Package has everything you will need to create a wonderful, fun and preciously memorable birthday for your child, your child's friends, and for all the adults. There are free resources, including: convenient party planning time line and checklist, printable invitations and thank you notes, party tips and ideas for very young and older guests, party theme ideas, and even ideas for FABULOUS birthday cupcakes.

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To win, check out my giveaway rules here and simply leave a comment below telling me what is your favorite part of the Precious Moms Party Package! A winner will be randomly drawn July 31st at 5pm.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Happy 1 Month Birthday, JR!


Well, as off 11:55pm last night, Jr is now a month old! His newborn diapers and clothes are finally fitting, and he is FINALLY starting to get the days and nights figured out.

One of the hardest parts of a newborn is the mix up of days and nights and the lack of sleep you end up getting these first few months. People tell you to nap when the baby naps, and that is great if you have one child, but I have come to find out that with two, it is very difficult to convince the baby to nap when bi bro is napping...so I just walk around like a zombie most of the day. Honestly, I use the lack of sleep as a cop out from doing laundry. My husband laughs because he knows that even if I slept for two weeks straight, I still wouldn't want to do the laundry. But it is nice to have a somewhat plausible excuse for putting it off as long as I can.

The lack of sleep stinks, but time goes by so very fast these first few months, that even with no sleep and eyes that are screaming in protest, all I can do is stare in wonder at my little guys.

And guzzle coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Party Pooper


So, we took the boys out to a party last night. It wasn't a huge party, by any means, but a nice get together of all our kidless friends, which meant it was more of a party for them than us.

Though I had tons of fun, it hit me, as I spent 45 minutes of the party breastfeeding in a bedroom, that the party phase of my life is long gone.

The all nighters before tests in college, the random road trips off to anywhere at the last minute because, hey, it sounds like a good idea. Drinking way too much before college football bowl games.

Those days are over, now replaced with bedtime stories, snuggles, kisses, and baby voices saying "hi, bye, mama and dada".

My sons may be "party poopers" (literally and figuratively) but there is nothing I would give to go back in time. Nothing. Because you know what? NOTHING is better than hearing the little voices of my sons snuggling in for a story. What a wonderful phase of life I am at.



Saturday, July 12, 2008

Good Thyroid!

We got the test results back on JR late yesterday afternoon and they came back NORMAL. Thank goodness! So, all is well with his thyroid.

In other JR news, he has started spitting up a lot. A LOT. I am thinking that he is somehow eating too much when he nurses. For one, he eats so fast that I am thinking perhaps he doesn't realize he is full until he is way past full...but I dunno. I will have to ask around about what to do. We already have him reclined after eating, and I burp him a lot (he is a burping champ). Oh well, in the scheme of things, it only stinks because I have to wash more laundry. And I hate doing laundry.

In Little Dude news, he is starting to jump! Cool beans! He discovered the fun of jumping on our bed this morning, and since he doesn't weigh enough to hurt the bed yet, I figured it was OK for now.

Can I just say there is nothing better than a toddlers screams of laughter?'

Friday, July 11, 2008

A Month of Thyroid Fun

Well, actually not so fun, especially for JR. We had a bit of chaos (go figure) with JR's blood tests at the hospital. This is what happened:

*We changed pediatricians because our old one quit taking the kind of insurance we have

*Switched to new pediatrician, not so sure I like them yet...

*Had JR, gave the hospital the new pediatrician info

*MET the new pediatrician, they checked out JR and cleared him at the last min. to go home with us

*2WEEKS later, my OLD pediatrician calls me to say they have blood tests on JR, but don't have him as a patient. What gives? I explain the type of insurance we have, and the nurse says she will immediately get all the tests over to our new pediatrician.

*At this point I am VERY ANNOYED that our hospital sent the test results to the wrong place

*Also annoyed our pediatrician didn't realize they were missing all the test results for a new preemie patient. AND THEY SAID WE COULD TAKE HIM HOME. WITHOUT THE TEST RESULTS. sigh.

*I also learn from my old pediatrician that his thyroid and PKU tests were abnormal, and we MUST do something immediately or he could have severe problems, including brain damage.

*Great

*So, there is a fiasco at my new pediatricians office about where I am supposed to go and what tests to get done.

*They are reinforcing the fact I don't like them

*After a whole 4 hours of talking to different people and getting told to go to 3 different places for 2 different tests (and no one agreed), I finally had my father in law call (he is a doctor) and actually talk to the doctor.

*Finally found out we needed to go to a lab and get one test done.

*As expected, my pediatrician did not send the lab order down to the lab, so the lab people have no idea who JR is and what test he needs. So we sit there longer waiting for my pediatrician to fax the info down. Keep in mind their office is just ONE FLOOR UP from the lab and it took me a good 45 min to get to the hospital lab. So in 45 min they could not fax down a lab order. NICE. So I am entertaining a toddler and a preemie around a bunch of sick people, and anyone that knows me knows I am a bit of a germ-a-phobe- so, yes, I was going crazy with the hand sanitizer every time Little Dude touched and/or tried to eat/chew on something.

So for the past two weeks, poor JR has been getting pricked and prodded every few days to check his test results. His PKU came back again normal, but sadly his thyroid does not feel like working at the levels the doctors think it should. SOOOOOOOOOOO we went back again yesterday and should find out today if this time the results are in the normal range. Why so many tests? Because at each test the number got closer and closer to normal, so it made sense to just keep checking.

However, if this test result is still above normal, then we will start some hormone replacement therapy for JR. I honestly do not know what that entails, but hopefully we wont have to deal with it. He was so close to normal last time, that I am certain he will be normal this time. And on top of it, his weight and activity level are increasing at a good rate normal with his age as a preemie, so I really think all is well.


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

More Maternity Pictures






Our Maternity Photos are back! I shared a few here, but I just had to share a few more! I was quite lucky to get a CD of all the pictures Monika took, and I am super excited to see what kind of newborn pictures she will take. Now to just set up a time for her to come when BOTH kids will be happy....


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Junk Yard Dogs



What Works For Me this week? Junk Yard Dogs. They are THE people to contact when you have extra "junk" in your life! They are locally owned and operated in the Raleigh, NC area.


Not only are they GREAT at taking away your unwanted/unneeded "extra things", they also are eco friendly in their removal! All items that can be recycled ARE RECYCLED and anything that can't be is responsibly taken care of or donated to charities. How wonderful is that? You can clean out your garage, help out the environment AND support local charities! You'll also be surprised to learn you'll be able to use your garage space for so many other things....like, GASP! parking your car!!

Truly, Junk Yard Dogs is a miracle business made up of some of the hardest working guys you will ever met. You can take a look at their website and contact them here

And the best part of using Junk Yard Dogs? They give FREE estimates. That is right. FREE. So, go ahead, give them a try and I promise you won't be disappointed with their hard work, dedication, and service. By the time they are done, you will not even recognize your new space.

Well, that is what Works For Me! Head on over to Rocks in my Dryer for other great tips and services!!






Inside My Parenting

Today has again started out great. I am dressed, the kids are still sleeping, Eddie (the dog) is outside playing with bugs, and it looks like we will make it to the park before 10am, when it gets hot. I have, so far today, been successful in getting my goals done. Wonderful!!

My friend, Andrea, told me recently that she admired me for being such a great parent, and that she hoped she would be a parent like me.

As flattered as I was by her statement (and still am incredibly flattered anyone would want to be even similar to me), I realize that most of what I do as a parent, I have to do, because, well, that is what parents do. There is nothing special about me, it is what is special about parents.

In fact, there are ulterior motives behind most of the things my friends have listed as being "awesome parenting", like:

*Reading Miss Spider's Tea Party for the 5,003rd time, only to have it requested again. The meltdown that will ensue if I DONT read Miss Spider again is worse than reading/reciting by heart the story yet again.

*Taking the kids to the library/park/museum/where ever. I do this partly to expose them to new experiences and culture, but MOSTLY to get myself out of the house before I go crazy and pull my hair out.

*Getting to the grocery store with multiple kids. This, my friends, is a feat that should be given awards.

*Playing with my kids-honestly, it is still fun to play kitchen. Plastic apple, anyone?

*Disciplining my kids-again, honestly, we do it because some behavior the kid is displaying is making us mad. And I can't stand bratty kids. And because we want to raise a productive adult human being.

*Taking the kids outside to play a lot. Having them destroy the yard and chew on plants outside is much preferable to having them destroy the house and eat the plants inside.

*Doing art activities with the kids-These are done when it is raining and there is no hope of getting outside, so I figure if I'm going to pull my hair out and go crazy, there might as well be some fun fingerprint on my clothes too. Then I am at least motivated to do laundry.



And I could keep going, but I hear Little Dude getting up. So, parents, you all deserve awards just for making it through the daily jobs that being a parent covers. And to all my friends that tell me I'm a great parent-keep telling me, us parents need to hear that from time to time.

So, I am off to make breakfast and then get us out to the park ASAP. Because this hair might just come out if I don't talk to some live adults today.


Monday, July 7, 2008

They don't quite fit..



New Born diapers that don't quite fit...is there anything cuter? The diapers were so bit we had to fold down the tops and pull the sides in extra. But, judging by how much and how often JR eats, I have a feeling the newborn outfits and diapers will be fitting very soon!

His umbilical cord finally fell off a few days ago, so now we can give him a real bath! So far, the sponge bath was not too bad and he only complained a little, so maybe I will have another water lover on my hands!



Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!!

Yay! It is the 4th of July! Last night was great, and Little Dude had a fabulous time dancing to the symphony and watching the fireworks!

Also, breastfeeding in my sling went FANTASTIC! Super yay! I have to say, my big problem was trying to have JR in the cradle hold while nursing....it went MUCH better having him in a semi-upright position. Thanks, Steph, for the tip! I also have to say, that a big part of my success was from having a nursing top on, which I got from Motherhood.

All in all, a great day, and I hope everyone has a Happy 4th! We are off to see the grandparents and enjoy the beach!


Thursday, July 3, 2008

To feed or not to feed.....in public

Happy 3rd of July!!

Well, I know it is not the 4th of July yet, but my little home town celebrates the 4th of July today, so I am super excited! We have the NC symphony, (Raleigh gets them on the 4th, thus we do the 3rd)tons of activities, FOOD, fantastic fireworks, and awesome neighbors that keep the fireworks going even after the town ones are over.

We will be going out with some of our close friends and neighbors and their children to enjoy the festivities. Since everything starts pretty early, and to get a good viewing spot for the fire works you have to get there even earlier, I will be wearing JR most of the afternoon and night. Thank goodness for slings, normal baby carriers don't fit me because I am so small and short, so without a sling I'd be carrying JR all day...no good.

Today, though, will be a big one for me: it will be my first time breastfeeding JR in public. In fact, I am pretty sure I never breastfed Little Dude in public. I was just too shy, so I always ran away to hide somewhere. Or made him formula, which would then cause me to not enjoy myself as much because my chest would hurt from being full. But I digress.

Today is my big day trying out the new ring sling I got and seeing if all the practicing I have done at home will make me successfully not flash anyone. I am also, for the sake of my sanity, taking some formula just in case I get too frustrated and upset to keep trying to discreetly feed in public. Stay tuned to see how public breastfeeding goes.

And for more fun in baby wearing, go check out Adventures in Babywearing!