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Potty and Poo Poo Go In The Potty Chair. Adventures in Potty Training

Where can I go after a title like that!?

This is a phrase I’ve been saying a lot lately. Basically, potty training is going phenomenal! However, I still say the phrase “potty goes in the potty chair” quite often. It’s a phrase I think I will probably continue saying for a while.

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Family, Health, Recipes, Uncategorized

Save Time this Week with these 6 Free Freezer Meal Recipes

The other week I posted some snack and breakfast food prepping ideas. Since I started, I’ve added in prepping for dinner. I am absolutely LOVING prepping.

Yes, it is difficult at times but the end result means I have more time for my daughter and husband and I am much less stressed in the evenings after work. Prepping allows me to focus on what truely matters to me: my family!

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Family, Uncategorized

Causes of a low milk supply and What you can do about it

This first part will seem a bit like boasting. I promise, that is not the goal. This is my milk journey. My journey has brought me experience in knowing why my milk production drops and how to bring that production back to where I need it for my baby love.

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Health, Uncategorized

A Recipe for Diaper Rash, Dry Nipples, Cuts, Headaches, Burns and other Boo Boos that will make you Super Mom

While I was pregnant I did a lot of research. I planned on cloth diapering and had read that you shouldn’t use standard diaper creams due to the cream limiting the absorbency of the cloth diaper. Also, most standard retail creams are more of a “block” instead of something that will help heal a rash. I had also planned to breast feed and knew I’d probably need a cream for that as well. I found a recipe that I have fallen in love with!

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Family, Uncategorized

How to get Breast Milk through Airport Security

I had the pleasure of going on a business trip recently. Of course I knew the rule of liquids being no larger than 3 ounces and they must be in a clear container. I think everyone knows this rule by now. It’s been in effect for a long time. The question for flying momma’s that nurse is then, how does this rule play an effect on pump equipment and breast milk? Does the ounce amount change? What about keeping the milk cold?
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Fitness, Uncategorized

8 Week Training Program to get you Fit for a 5k Run

As you know, I am training for a 5k with my sister, the running portion of a coed triathlon and for some swimming events. Thankfully, my sister has a gym membership that lets me train with her and my office just gave me a membership to a local community center that has a pool. Now that my needs are met, it’s time to setup a training regimen.

First, I have to identify my…

Goals

These are all competitive sports so it goes that I’ll need to be fast in the events.

  • Run (or at least jog, no walking) a 5k
    • By the way, a 5k is 3.1 miles
    • Deadline: May 7th
  • Run 4.5 miles (I’m also doing a team Triathlon and this is the longest I’ll have ever run competitively. AHHH!!!)
    • Deadline: June 18th
  • Swim 50 yards
  • Swim 100 yards
  • Swim 200 yards
    • Swimming Deadline: June 20th

Now that I have goals set, I can start working on how to meet those goals.

Training Program

5 Mile Run (8K) Training

For the running portion, I’ll continue to do C25K with my sister. The 5k we’ll be doing is May 7th so we have 3 more weeks to prepare. The triathlon I’m doing with my office is June 18th. That means I will have 6 weeks after the 5k to prepare to run 4.5 miles (just short of an 8k) and I’ll need a plan for that. I did some searching to help with training for the longer distance and found a plan on About Health for training for an 8k.

Start with a 5-10 minute warm-up (fast walk or slow jog), run at an easy pace and finish with a 5-10 minute cool-down (slow jog to fast walk to slow walk).

Week 1:
Day 1: Run easy 2 miles (3.2 K)
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: Run easy 1.5 mile (2.4 K)
Day 4: 40-45 min cross-training
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Run easy 2 miles (3.2 K)
Day 7: Rest or 30 min walk

Week 2:
Day 1: Run easy 2 miles (3.2 K)
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: Run easy 1.5 mile (2.4 K)
Day 4: 40-45 min cross-training
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Run easy 2.5 miles (4 K)
Day 7: Rest or 30 min walk

Week 3:
Day 1: Run easy 3 miles (5 K)
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: Run easy 2 miles (3.2 K)
Day 4: 40-45 min cross-training
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Run easy 3 miles (5 K)
Day 7: Rest or 30 min walk

Week 4:
Day 1: Run easy 3.5 miles (5.6 K)
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: Run easy 3 miles (5 K)
Day 4: 40-45 min cross-training
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Run easy 3.5 miles (5.6 K)
Day 7: Rest or 30 min walk

Week 5:
Day 1: Run easy 4 miles (6.4 K)
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: Run easy 3 miles (5 K)
Day 4: 40-45 min cross-training
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Run easy 4 miles (6.4 K)
Day 7: Rest or 30 min walk

Week 6:
Day 1: Run easy 4 miles (6.4 K)
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: Run easy 3 miles (5 K)
Day 4: 40-45 min cross-training
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Run easy 5 miles (7.2 K)
Day 7: Rest or 30 min walk

Week 7:
Day 1: Run easy 4 miles (6.4 K)
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: Run easy 4 miles (6.4 K)
Day 4: 40-45 min cross-training
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Run easy 5 miles (7.2 K)
Day 7: Rest or 30 min walk

Week 8:
Your 8K (5-miler) is this week! Try to take it a little easier this week, so that you’re well-rested for your race. Good luck!
Day 1: Run 40 min
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: 30 min cross-training
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: Run 30 min
Day 6: Rest
Day 7: Race Day!

This isn't me running. I found it on fotosearch.com. I run in the gym and on an outdoor trail but I didn't have anything of me running.
This isn’t me running. I found it on fotosearch.com. I run in the gym and on an outdoor trail but I didn’t have anything of me running.

200 Meter Swimming Training

I used to swim in high school. Of course, that was several years ago and I don’t remember any of the training. I do remember that I really enjoyed the distance swimming. One of my events was the 500 meter. Well, I’m not doing the 500 meter this go so I have 8 weeks to get swim ready for a 200 meter. That’s pretty doable!

I found this 12-Week Swim Workout Plan on Active.com. That one has 2 workouts in the pool a week. I only have 8 weeks so I’ve modified it to 3 pool workouts per week. By the end of 7 weeks, I should be able to swim 500 meters without needing a rest. It’s not setup as list like the running plan so I did a quick list myself. I’m only putting up to week 9 since that’s all the time I have. Visit their page for the rest of their training plan.

*2 workouts per week. Intensity should change every other workout.

Week 1: 10 x 50 meters w 45 sec rests between

Week 2: 10 x 50 meters w 30 sec rests between

Week 3: 10 x 50 meters w 20 sec rests between

Week 4: 8 x 75 meters w 30 sec rests between

Week 5: 8 x 75 meters w 20 sec rests between

Week 6: 8 x 75 meters w 10 sec rests between

Week 7: 5 x 100 meters w 20 sec rests between

Week 8: 5 x 100 meters w 10 sec rests between

Week 9: Swim 500 meters nonstop

Overall Combined Training Program

Since I only have 8 weeks and I’m doing two types of events, I used the two training plans I listed above and made my own. Here’s what my weeks will look like starting next week (April 25th).

Wish me luck!

8 Week Training Program

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How to Make A Unicorn Horn

We’ve been reading “Bob is a Unicorn.” It’s a pretty cute book, at the end. Bob goes around to his friends, a bunch of other animals, to see if they can tell that he’s a unicorn. None of them can. They don’t seem to have an imagination. At the end, he meets a beautiful fairy that sees he is a unicorn.

In the spirit of this book I thought we could incorporate the imaginative play to our art time. So we made unicorn horns today.

What you Need

  • Paper towl roll (you can use a toilet paper roll)
  • Paint and paint brush
  • Elastic (I’m using an elastic headband that I’m cutting to fit my daughter’s head)
  • Glitter or other thungs to put/glue onto the “horn”

We had fun with this one. I had my daughter paint the paper towl roll and choose some glitter.

Look at the concentration.

Once the horn is painted, you can add the glitter. When the paint dries you can add flowers, sequins, beads, ribbon, or anything else your little ones heart desires.

Now to add the headband.

I poked 2 holes into the sides at one end of the toilet paper roll. I cut the headband so its no longer a circle then fit it around my daughters head. I squeezed the ends into the holes and toed them off.

The horn should fit snuggly on your childs head.

Family, Projects, Uncategorized

Make a Color Matching Wheel with Paint Samples

I recently did an activity prep for my little lady. I wanted to focus on colors so I searched for some fun things we could try while I was home with her over the Forth of July week. One of the activities was color matching using free paint samples.

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My Faborite Toddler Panties

Now that we’ve started potty training, we have needed to get little girl panties. I had the darndist time finding some that would fit my 15 month old.

Imagine, momma, daddy, and baby trolling the little girls panties section. Reading through all the sizes and not finding ANYTHING. Then, on a whim, we go search the little boys undies section. My sitter had told me they fit tighter and worked for her girl. Nada! We couldn’t even find 4T in the boys section.

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Projects, Uncategorized

How to make a Children’s Art Display with String and Clothes Pins

Art is very important. To me, at least. It is a way for me to be creative and use the side of my brain that I don’t get to use at work. Art helps me focus and relieve stress. Doing something on paper, instead of a computer, helps give my eyes a much needed break. Above all, I simply enjoy doing various forms of art.

Since I enjoy it so much and it helps me, art is something I incorporate in my weekends. That means Baby Love gets to do art, too!

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Steps to Clean Your Reusable Cloth Diapers

Let me start by saying, some of this can be gross. Truly, any waste management is going to be gross. It’s just the level or type of grossness that you can take and how dedicated you are to the choice you made.

So how do you wash cloth diapers anyway? And how do you dry them!?

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Types of Cloth Diapers

Here’s another big question I had when I first began cloth diapering. What kind should I get? How many should I get? There are so many types of cloth diapers out there. It makes it very difficult to identify which ones will work best for you and your baby.

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The Working Momma’s Blessings and Tribulations

Being a working mom really sucks sometimes. Other times, it’s a sanity saver. Clearly, I have very mixed feelings on being at work all day and away from my sweet little girl.

When I drop her off in the mornings, I always have mixed feelings. From being a horrible mother and leaving her for the day to feeling like a fantastic mother for giving her socializing opportunities. There is never ONE dominating feeling.

Tribulations

A working momma will always feel these next things. They were much more prominent when I first dropped her off. I had to force myself to go to work each day. As time goes on, it is easier to set these feelings and tribulations aside. They never fully go away and some days it’s like that first day. For the most part, though, these are in the background now.

I’m missing so much!

Every day when I pick up my little toddler, I notice different things that have changed about her throughout the day. I get a recap of her day from our sitter and am astounded at the things she is able to accomplish with my girl.

New words that are picked up, progress on potty training, sharing, expressing love, and helping me when we leave are just a few ways she grows each day.

Someone else is raising my child.

This is a hard one. As I type “someone else,” a zillion things immediately pop into my head and I can’t type fast enough about the feelings and thoughts this one sentence gives me.

Although I know my Baby Love has a personality of her own that will grow and change with her, I also know that she will be shaped by her environment. Since I am at work for 40 hours a week, not including travel time to/from the office and lunch, my time is limited which means the environment I have created at home is also limited. I may influence her on the weekends but our home is not her “main” environment.

My fear…when she calls out for mommy, she doesn’t want me. She is actually calling for our sitter.

Being away from her each day means I have to rely on and give my full trust to someone else with my most precious possession. I have to trust that those watching my child will treat her like their own, keep her safe from whatever harms may come her way, and teach her about this crazy world we live in.

My attention is forever divided.

I hate to admit this because it makes me feel awful that I no longer give my job my 100% attention all day long.

If I am being honest with myself then I have to say, I am constantly thinking about my baby girl. When I first went back to work, my focus was constantly interrupted with a sweet little face popping into my head. Fears, hopes, dreams…my mind raced. Trying to keep up with personal, family thoughts while splitting my attention with work and what HAD to get done…not an easy task.

After a year and a half, our family life, hopes and dreams are more in the back of my mind. I am able to focus more on the job I’m being paid to do and compartmentalize my life and feelings better but my attention is still divided.

Sitter Collage

Blessings

If it weren’t for these blessings, I’d never have been able to go back to work. It is these thoughts and feelings that help me get through the day. These are what make going to work worth the aches and pains.

My child has another safe place.

Although this isn’t an overly in-your-face item, it is very true. My sitter’s home is just as much my child’s home as our own. She spends almost 10 hours a day 4 days a week with our sitter. It just goes to say that their home is another safe haven for my Baby Love.

She plays there. She eats there. She sleeps there. She learns there. She accomplishes milestones there. She receives love there.

She gets to socialize with other children of various ages.

Our sitter watches several other children along with having 4 children of her own. Her youngest is 2 years older than Baby Love so she’s like a big sister to my girl. Our sitter watches another little girl that is 1 year older and going through the same milestones as Baby Love. There is a baby boy around 10 months old who just seems to adore my daughter.

Now that it’s summer, our sitter watches the baby boy’s three older cousins and there are always neighbor kids hanging around witht he older kids. There are a lot of children running around that house.

Having so many children around gives my Baby Love the opportunity to socialize. She has learned to share and has the chance to learn team work. These are not skills I could teach her at home since we don’t have any other children around. I value these lessons for her. They will be invaluable as she grows up, goes to school, and in life.

I value our time together more fully. 

By the time I get us home in the evenings, I only have 2 hours before bed time (IF she goes to bed on time). Although I get 2 full days together over the weekend, it is not nearly enough.

With so little time with my Baby Love, I have learned to value our time together that much more. I put the phone down, unless I want to take pictures. I keep the computer off. I’d keep the television off but that just doesn’t seem to happen. It stays off until daddy gets home but then he watches his shows.

I have taken that time to teach her how to cook. Yes, I know. She’s barely a year and a half but she can learn to value cooking and being in the kitchen. She already knows that the kitchen is where mommy spends most of her time. Why not use that as a bonding aide?

I get to hear about her day.

She’s still a little too young to really tell me about her day but I hear about it from our sitter. I love asking Baby Love questions on the ride home and singing songs with her. She doesn’t always participate but that makes it much sweeter when she does sing with me.

She enjoys going to our sitter’s house.

You may be asking how I know she likes going to our sitters house. Well, I can tell becasue she doesn’t cry. She doesn’t throw monumental fits when I drop her off. Nope. Instead, she’ll reach for our sitter. Sometimes, she’ll just hop off my lap and start to play. We have days where she doesn’t want to let me go but mostly, she seems to enjoy it there.

It’s a blessing to know that when I drop her off, Baby Love isn’t going to cry for hours. I know that she’s being well cared for and loved. If she weren’t, I’d be able to tell. My mom has told me many stories about a sitter she had for me when I was a baby. I’d cry as she pulled into the neighborhood, still several blocks away from the sitters house. That, thankfully, is not the case for us.

 

I choose to focus on the blessings that come with being a working mother instead of the tribulations. There are days when those feelings and thoughts of, “my daughter prefers our sitter over me” or “when she calls out for mommy, she doesn’t want me, she is actually calling for our sitter,” become so strong that I fight the urge to turn around and go back. Those are the days that I have to remind myself that going to a daycare or a sitter is a good thing for her development.

I choose to focus on the blessings of being a working mother.

How do you get through your day?

What do you choose to focus on?

Lifes Blessings Collage

Gardening, Uh Oh - Momma Fails, Uncategorized

What to do when you fail at gardening.

I admit it. Our first gardening attempt was a failure. Ok, maybe not a complete and total failure if the pictures I’ve posted are any indication but a failure in how we wanted it to be.

We were really interested in the container gardening. Just so we could start small and move the garden around as we worked on our backyard. Our yard is a mess, especially the porch area, so we really want to fix it up without having to worry that the spot we chose for our garden needs to be changed. The container garden was our solution for that.

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