Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Just Checking In

Everyone around here has been sick (mostly me) with a lovely, horrid cough, which has also aggravated my asthma real nicely. For the past week I've been letting the kids watch way more TV than I'd like, just so I can lay on the couch with the cough medicine. So far, the boys just have runny noses, but plenty of energy, so I am crossing my fingers they don't get my cough.

I'm finally starting to feel better, though my asthma is still going crazy on me, which has been putting all my de-cluttering-for-a-yard-sale efforts on hold. And my job is full of deadlines at the first of each month, so I am a little stressed making sure I meet all of them.


Bill is still gone, and won't be back until the 10th, which makes me so sad. It is so hard to sleep at night when he is gone; the bed is just too big without him. Thus I am blogging at 1am.

AND one of my super awesome friends is in labor RIGHT NOW with Baby Henry, so I am super crazy excited to be feeling better so I can go cook them dinner and hold a newborn. I just know Baby Henry, JR and Little Dude are going to be the best of friends.



Saturday, September 26, 2009

My Adventures In Babywearing

All my carriers I've used over the past 3 years:



Me and Little Dude with my first carrier, a pouch sling. I got it off ebay after I met a woman who was using a "New Native" carrier back in late 2006. Since I had no idea about babywearing,
I didn't want to shell out much money for a carrier, so I opted for a cheaper version made by a stay at home mom. I have used this tons, and it has a permenant spot in my car for quick trips in and out of stores.
Me and JR in our Babyhawk Mei Tai. This is my must have carrier if I will be carring JR for a long period of time, or doing a lot of walking (like on a hiking trail or the zoo) The only down side is that if he falls asleep I have to have someone help me get his arms back inside the loops so I can get the head rest right for him. He is at the age now though that he stays awake most of the time for our adventures.







JR in another pouch sling that I got as a gift. This one is great for winter because of the nice padding.











JR in my first ring sling; this one is super great and my very favorite because of the great padding and soft lining, but the lady that made it has stopped selling them.








My Bjorn, I have the sport one, made out of really mesh-y material. It was perfect for hot days in AL, and I found it really comfy until JR got over 13 lbs. I know a lot of people don't count it as "babywearing" , but I do.




















I think this is my all time favorite sling, because it has a pocket that is perfect for my wallet. It is a great grab and go carrier for the grocery store, so if you run into me there, you'll find JR is usually in this one.












Friday, September 25, 2009

Chicks-N-Chickens

Happy Babywearing Week!!

As part of the fun, I thought I would share with you all one of my favorite things to do while babywearing.

Exercising.

Yes, you read correctly. I like to exercise while wearing JR. I got the Lullaby Exercises from Chicks-N-Chickens, a wonderful mom run company that promotes items to make life easier for us moms and dads. Part of making life easier? Finding alone time while a colicky baby screams.

That is where Lullaby Exercises steps in. It is a great workout, which you can customize yourself to push a little harder and stretch further, or you can make it easy and simple-all depending on what you and your doctor agree you can do. The best part? You can do it all while holding your baby, or wearing your baby in a sling/carrier. The Lullaby Exercises is set to beautiful music that is sure to calm your baby and probably even get them to sleep as your body movements gently rock them to sleep.

I found it GREAT to use with JR over the past few days, since I am parenting alone right now. Bill is still in AL, so since we came back from AL, I have been flying solo with the kids, which means I get VERY little "me" time. And even when I do-and it might only be a few moments to get some work done- I feel guilty. Sound familiar? And on top of it it has rained the last few days, giving me some hyper active boys.

The solution? Lullaby Exercises.

My oldest son did the exercises/danced around with his Thomas Train while I did the exercises with JR in my ring sling. Super fun, JR feel asleep pretty quick, and Little Dude got some energy out while I got a great workout.

Oh thank goodness for babywearing!

If you would like to get your own Lullaby Exercises (and I think it would be a GREAT baby shower gift for a mom-to-be or new mom)check out Chicks-N-Chickens at www.checks-n-chickens.com, follow them on Facebook: chicks-n-chickens or on twitter: @chicksnchickens or you can also find Lullaby Exercises at your local Barnes & Noble.

**Note I did receive Lullaby Exercises for the purpose of reviewing from Chicks-N-Chickens and fell in love with their company. ***


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Babywearing Week!!


I know it is already Thursday, but I wanted to share with you all that RIGHT NOW, International Babywearing Week is taking place!! There are all kinds of fun forums, question answer sessions, and giveaways going on for all the babywearing moms and dad AND those that are interested in what babywearing is all about.

Here are some things I love about Babywearing:

*It keeps my hands free for other things, like my coffee, or work.
*It calms my crying baby and helps to get a fussy baby to sleep
*It is fun
*It can be affordable. There are expensive slings and carriers out there, but if you look around on ebay or etsy, you can find some very nice, comfortable baby carriers. My favorite is a Maya Wrap (that I found cheap on ebay) because it has a pocket, making it perfect for wearing while shopping.
*It is very comfortable if you use the right carrier for your body-like if you have chronic back pain, a mei tai or backpack carrier probably isn't a smart choice; however, a nice padded ring sling probably would be great, because it will place all of your child's weight on your hip (it is just like holding a baby on your hip, only the sling holds them in place instead of your arm, nice!)

Other Questions? Feel free to ask! You can email me at coordinatedchaos@yahoo.com

I have a pouch sling, which I think is a great intro to babywearing because there is no adjusting to do. I also have 2 ring slings, one for summer and one that is lined with soft fabric for winter. I am really excited for the weather to get cold so I can wear JR around in it. For back carry I use a Babyhawk Mei Tai (pronounced may-tie), which I also got really cheap off ebay, but I honestly think I would pay full price for a new one. I'm in love with my Babyhawk and use it the most often now, esp when we take JR to football games. I have never tried an ergo, though I would love, too, but honestly since it is not made in America I'm not too excited about it. Babyhawk does make all their carriers right here in the USA, and both my ring slings and my pouch sling were, too.


Would you like to win a ring sling? Steph over at Adventures in Babywearing is hosting a FUN review/contest to win a Sakura Bloom sling, so go check it out!






Happy Babywearing!!

**Note that I paid for all of my babywearing items; I did not get anything in compensation for mentioning any companies in this post.**


Monday, September 21, 2009

What Are You Doing

That is what I just asked my oldest son.

I am sitting at the computer in my office, doing a little more work for my job, and just started hearing A LOT of racket coming from the playroom (which is close to my office, but I can't see them directly). More racket than two little boys usually make while playing in there.

So I asked, "What are you doing?"

The response Little Dude gave me?

"I'm making a HUGE mess".

I am debating now whether I want to get up and go check out this huge mess, or just continue working and pretend he didn't just say that.

Hmmmmmm.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Leaving On A Jet Plane

It was a hard two weeks, last week and the week before. Bill was down in Alabama the whole time, while I was in NC with the kids. I talked about how my heart felt conntected to single parents, and military parents. The sepearation is hard, and taking care of the kids is even harder, knowing that no little break will be coming home in the evening; trying to decide if going to church on Sunday will be good, or a fiasco since you're alone with two toddlers.

Friday, Bill got to come home, and today we dropped him off at the airport. The weekend went by way too quickly, and I have so many things on my plate right now that I waiting for something to crash.

So right now, I am desparatly trying to catch up on work that I have pushed aside, and watching a show on the History Channel.

And waiting for my sweet husband to call and tell me he got to AL, which should be about midnight our time. And while it will be a miricle if I am done with my work by then, I'll still be staying up to hear how his flight was, and let him know again how much we all miss him. I already can't wait for him to be home, and he has only been gone for 2 hours.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

If I Were A Boy

I love watching my boys play. Everything is so magical to them; listening to Little Dude's little voice as he acts out story lines and interactions with his toys makes me think back to when I was little and played with my dolls.

And the thinking back made me think a lot about myself and how I always wanted to be a boy, because the boys have so much fun!

Well, even though 20 years later I have decided it does indeed rock to be a girl, watching my sons tumble in the grass, eat dirt, get filthy, all the while getting nods of approval and "oh, boys will be boys" comments as they stumble into Grandma and Grandpa's house has made me reach for that inner kid that never left.

So today I played football with my sons, and Little Dude actually tackled me-then sat on me. I think I mostly fell because I was so surprised by the little body flying against mine that I couldn't think fast enough to get my balance; his tackle style isn't quite NFL material yet; however, it still hurt. We quickly established the rule he WAS NOT allowed to sit on or tackle JR; I think JR was mad I was curbing their fun, because then HE threw the football at my head (I was still trying to get off the ground when he threw it.) Needless to say, today we all ended up coming into Grandma and Grandpa's house pretty dirty.

It was fun to be one of the boys.


Monday, September 14, 2009

The Butterflies Fly Away

My husband and I are hugely pro-life, so we have naturally talked a few times about adding to our family someday in the future through adoption. I've read some books, I've followed blogs, and I have grilled people I know that have gone through adoption.

But honestly, I have recently realized I far underestimated the effort and work it would/will take to adopt a child. Especially an older baby/child, as I just feel like we are meant to do someday. And I'm not talking about the legal work.

And no, we aren't starting an adoption process anytime soon.

But after going through the massive screaming fits of separation anxiety JR went through for the first two weeks (straight) back here in NC, it really hit me about what adoptive parents to older babies probably go through.

I couldn't even leave the room and if any family looked at him or Heaven forbid, touched him, he'd have hysterics, which was about to give me hysterics.

I started really thinking about how we could probably expect similar behavior from an adopted child, particularly one that has been hurt, abused, or just simply in an overcrowded orphanage for far too long. I've read about how the road of trusting, bonding and settling in at home can be long and hard for your children from online adoption blogs I follow, but until going through something slightly similar, I just did not quite get it. Now I think I have a little better idea.

And in no way does it make me change my mind; adoption is still something I would love to do, but I think I have definitely realized we will need our boys to be older so we will have more one on one time to give.

Because now that JR is settled, happy, and back to his sweet little self, I am really hoping I will never, ever, endure two weeks of a screaming, hysterical young toddler clawing for my lap, while an older toddler takes advantage by trying to sneak off with my toothpaste and smear it on his bed, all while I'm trying to pee......


Friday, September 11, 2009

Meeting in Real Life

Yesterday was so fun, because I got to meet Abby and Linus from My Sweet Babboo! We met up at the Marbles Kid's Museum, here in Raleigh and had a blast. Abby is one super sweet, awesome lady with the most adorable curly haired two year old I have ever met. I am super glad we were able to coordinate a playdate and I am looking forward to getting together again in the future!

Another plus? JR didn't lose it at the museum. He was fantastic and at some points even walked away from me (though he would look back, slyly smiling, just to check on me). I think we was in love with Abby, too, because he kept wanting to share the trains at the train tables with her. And he was making his little google-y eyes that he usually reserves for getting his way.

So, not only did the kids have a great time playing and running all around, but us moms got to chat and get to know each other outside of the blog world! Super fun! I was also super relieved JR was peachy good the whole time; I really was worried about him having some meltdowns, but apparently a trip to Marbles was all he needed. If you have never been to Marbles, you simply MUST take your kid. It is $5.00/person and so long as you are out of the crawling stage, it is fantastic. We could spend a whole day there.

After Marbles, JR continued to be golden and played quite well while I tried to catch up on cleaning and laundry, not minding the least bit that I would leave the room from time to time...thank heavens!

So apparently all you need to cure separation anxiety is a trip to Marbles and a fun visit with Linus!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Little Separation Anxiety

Since coming back from Alabama, JR has been having a bit of a hard time. Actually, a huge hard time.

Every time I leave his sight, he screams and cries and acts like the house is falling down. He follows me everywhere saying "Ma, ma, ma, MA!" Throw in some "strangers", ie neighbors and family we haven't seen in awhile, and JR is one big bundle of tears, nerves, screams and clingy-ness.

I can understand how the bigger house (vs. our apartment in AL) and family JR hasn't seen since Christmas (even Grandma, who he just saw in May) can cause some anxiety for his little world.

But for my world, it is a little annoying. And I feel really guilty admitting that to everyone, but I really do feel like I am going to go crazy. It is pretty impossible to work because JR screams to be held. Nap time? Yea, he has been screaming and fighting a nap for the past 1/2 hour now-which has been the pattern so far since coming home-and SO FAR, about the time I finally get JR to fall asleep, Little Dude gets up, making me want to tear my hair out because I have SO MUCH work to catch up on.

So, now I am off to earn some money and hopefully get a lot done.

Monday, September 7, 2009

All The Single Ladies

I'm giving all the single moms out there a huge high five.

Bill left for the airport today around 2:30pm, and I am JUST NOW getting the kids in bed (and staying in bed!) and have FINALLY found some time to get in some work.

I am so worn out; it is amazing how two little guys can run circles around me all night! I am really missing the help Bill always gives in the evenings, and our bedtime routine was not quite as fun without him there to help read stories. Even though I am very happy to be home, it is a little sad, and already a little lonely, to be here alone with the kids. But Bill will be able to be back for a weekend in two weeks and then hopefully after that it will only be a few more weeks that he has to be in AL anymore at all.

We have some fun stuff planned this week. I'm going to be meeting another mom blogger for the first time later this week for a playdate, and I am super exited about it!

One of my close friends is due to have her baby, Henry, any day now, and I am so excited to get "the call".

I am also excited to get caught up on a lot of work for my job and the house. I have high hopes of holding a yard sale in the next month. I have about a gazillion baby toys we need to weed out and pass on to other people.

Little Dude had the BEST birthday ever; it was so great seeing our friends, and watching him play with all of his friends. All the neighborhood kids have gotten so big! I'll work on getting pictures up for everyone as soon as possible. I still can't believe my little guy is 3 years old.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Happy Brithday, Little Dude!

Three years ago today, my sweet Bill and I were taking a nap, when my water broke and our lives forever changed. Our sweet Little Dude came into the world at 1:57pm.





And now, he is such a big boy at three years old.







Tomorrow we are having a party here for him, and he is so excited to have all his little friends over. And he is getting a Thomas the Train cake, which we are so excited to give him.




Wednesday, September 2, 2009

This World Keeps Spinning

For the last few days I have been cleaning our house, top to bottom. Cleaning things I haven't cleaned since I went through my "nesting" phases with the boys-like the baseboards. Yes, you now know that usually have dusty baseboards.

But today, I cleaned. And it seemed with each thing I cleaned, I found yet another item that needed cleaning, or fixing, or replacing.

My vacuum finally died for good, and after learning how much it was going to cost to fix, I went to Walmart to get a new one. I ended up with the Hoover Platinum Bagged Lightweight, and I am SO happy with it. Based on the fact that our old vacuum hasn't been working right since long before JR was born, it is a great feeling to see my carpets so fresh and clean.

AND our amazing neighbor fixed the hot water on our washing machine, while another gave me all the mulch from the trees they took down.

I had an amazing time simply weeding my flower garden today, shoveling mulch, and watching Little Dude with his wheel barrel and shovel "helping", while JR napped. We dug holes and played in the yard, visited with neighbors, and caught up on the latest gossip-we have a new neighbor down the street that can do carpentry work!Whooo hooo! The young man next door-who was in 8th grade when we moved here-is getting married this month! I don't know if that makes me feel old, or if I suddenly see him as older. Still thinking on that one.

I've only been home a few days, but it already feels like we never left.

Well, except for the cleaning.