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Long-Overdue Update!

It’s been over four months since I last posted on this blog.  Life has been hectic, but I wanted to do an update- even if it’s just for me to read again years from now.

The last time I posted we were in the thick of sleeping troubles with C.  We sleep-trained her back in May and she was sleeping through the night most nights.  But then she started teething.  And we took her to Florida.  And she got sick.  And the sleep training went out the window.

We spent several months waking up multiple times every night.  It took 30 minutes- 1 hour to get her to sleep every time she woke up.  She would only fall asleep when nursing which meant Tom couldn’t help me out much.  We were all exhausted.

In November, I randomly connected with a man on Facebook (through a local Facebook family group page) who was completing his sleep-coach training and needed a child C’s age to work with.  For free!  We started working with him around Thanksgiving and within a few nights, C. was sleeping through the night (10-11 hours), or only waking once.  She no longer needs to be nursed to sleep, and she is on a consistent schedule.  Life-changing!

C. started walking the day before her first birthday.  Once she started, she really took off!  We can’t contain her now!

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What I’m Into – September 2016

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I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer and sharing some of my favorite things this month.

Wearing Clothes That Fit

I’m 9 months postpartum and finally feeling like my body has reached the point where it’s not going to change anymore. That means I can finally buy some clothes that fit. When you add together my fertility treatments, pregnancy, and postpartum, I feel like I’ve been wearing uncomfortable, unflattering clothes for the last two years. I splurged and ordered a Stitch Fix box. I’d had so-so results with the last 3 boxes I ordered, but this one was amazing. I ended up keeping all five pieces! Hopefully I can do a round-up post soon and share what I got.

But I still needed a few more pieces, and I didn’t want to break the bank. My friend suggested Swap.com to me, and I’m so glad I tried it. I got three great tops for under $20 total. I’ll try to do a round-up post for this soon, too.

Zheng Gypsy Tea Chai Tea Sampler

I picked this up at Cost Plus World Market and I’m obsessed. I’m going back to buy another one as soon as I finish the one I have. Each of the teas are soon delicious, and they all pair well with chocolate. I love the little tin, too. I’m going to keep it and re-purposed it. Bonus points that the tea is Fair Trade and organic.

Amazon has it, too.

Baby Einstein You Tube Channel

Before I had kids, I always told myself, “I’ll never use the TV to babysit my kid.” Well, never say never. I want to laugh at my former self for being so naive! Sometimes turning on the TV for a few minutes is the only way I can use the bathroom without CJ screaming or take five minutes to eat a sandwich. I discovered the Baby Einstein You Tube Channel, and if I’m going to let her watch TV, I don’t feel too bad about letting her watch this. They don’t have flashy, high-speed animated videos. Instead, music set to videos of children’s toys and colorful shapes. I’ll put one of the shorter, 5-10 minute videos on, and CJ is mesmerized. It gives me a quick minutes to eat, load the dishwasher, or just have some peace!

Sacred Ordinary Days Podcast

I’m taking a break from all the blogging / business podcasts I’d been obsessed with for the last two years. They were all starting to sound the same to me. I forgot how I found it, but the Sacred Ordinary Days Podcast is like honey to my ears. I love the emphasis on slowing down and incorporating the liturgical calendar into everyday life. Also, I want their planner so bad! Such a brilliant idea.

On my Blogs

On the library blog, I shared some free social media images I made for Library Card Sign-Up Month.

On my infertility blog, I shared a quote and some thoughts about God’s timing.

 

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What I’m Into {April 2016}

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Each month I link up with Leigh Kramer to share some of my favorite things and what I’ve been into this past month. Enjoy!

Read & Reading

I still haven’t been able to get much reading in. It requires two hands to hold a Kindle or book, and my hands are pretty full these days! I have been able to get about halfway through Michael Hyatt’s Living Forward by listening to the audio book.  I love its message that you don’t get to where you want to go in life my drifting.  You have to be intentional.

TV

  • Twinsters.  I watched documentary this on Netflix a few weeks ago and was captivated by it. It’s the true story of identical twin sisters, separated at birth and adopted by different families. They grew up without knowing the other existed and discovered each other randomly via YouTube. It’s an unbelievable and extremely endearing story.
  • Grand Hotel. Think Downtown Abbey meets murder mystery. En español. I’m slowly working my way through the series and quite proud of myself for not turning on the English subtitles. (I do turn on the Spanish subtitles, though!)
  • Long Lost Family.  This is a show for research geeks like me. It helps adoptees find their biological families. Love it!

Things I Love

  • My S’well water bottle.   Breastfeeding has made me extremely thirsty, all the time. So I don’t go anywhere without my S’well bottle. It keeps cold liquid cold for 12 hours- even when you leave it in the hot car!
  • Burt’s Bees Squeezeable Lip Balm.  I’ve been using Burt’s Bees Lip Balm almost exclusively for fifteen years.  I LOOOOVE the new squeezeable format because now I can keep a tube in the car without it worrying about melting and causing a mess!


On My Blog

I wrote a piece about infertility awareness in the Church for National Infertility Awareness Week.

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What I’m Into: February Edition

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Each month I link up with Leigh Kramer to share some of my favorite things and what I’ve been into this past month. Enjoy!

Read & Reading

TV

I’m averaging about 4 hours a day of nursing, so that means I’m still watching a lot of TV. (Sometimes I read, but my neck gets sore after looking down at a book or phone for so long). My current favorites are…

  • The Little Couple.  This show just always brings a smile to my face.  It can be kind of corny, but I love seeing the little kids grow (especially Will).  When we were in the middle of infertility treatments, it gave me hope to see such a positive adoption story, too.
  • Finding Your Roots.  What librarian wouldn’t love a show based on genealogy research?  Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a fantastic, intelligent host.  The recent episode with LL Cool J and Sean Combs was fascinating!

Things I Love

  • Naps.  I’m not getting very many of these, but the ones I do get are just heavenly!
        • Ambiance Lite app.  This free iOS app lets me download different white noise tracks.  I use them to help CJ fall asleep.

In the Blogosphere

On My Blogs

Amateur Nester (infertility blog)

Librarian Lisa

That’s what I’m into this month!  I’d love to hear what you’re into.  Feel free to share in the comments below!

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What I’m Into: January 2016

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Each month I link up with Leigh Kramer to share some of my favorite things and what I’ve been into this past month. Enjoy!

Read & Reading

My reading time has taken a huge hit due to motherhood, but that’s okay! I’ve been slowly making my way through Michael Yankoski’s Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual Practice — How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life. This book isn’t what I thought it would be, and it’s not light reading, but I’m enjoying the challenge.

TV & Movies

The time I’ve spent not reading has been made up for in the time I’ve spent watching TV. (It’s hard to read while nursing, but easy to watch TV). I’ve been putting the record feature on my DVR to good use. Some of the movies and shows I’ve enjoyed are:

  • What If.  Harry Potter goes hipster. I really enjoyed this one even though it made me realize I’m no longer officially part of the “younger” generation.
  • Beth Moore’s Living Proof. I love Beth Moore’s teaching and I’m excited about the fact that she has a new weekly TV show. I normally don’t care for anything on TBN, but this is an exception.
  • Wild.  The movie was a bit graphic at certain points, but Reese Witherspoon’s portrayal of Cheryl Strayed and her journey was incredible.

Things I Love

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Foam

My hair is the longest it’s been in several years, but the baby doesn’t allow me much time to style it. This foam does a pretty good job at giving my curls some definition when I air dry my hair.

Hempz Original Herbal Moisturizer

Having a baby means I’m washing my hands like crazy, and the dry air means cracked, chapped hands. I love this lotion because it does a great job at moisturizing without being greasy, and the light scent is not overpowering.

Panera Quinoa Lentil Broth Bowl

MMMM, I LOVE Panera and I was fortunate enough to receive several gift cards for Christmas. I recently tried the Quinoa Lentil Broth Bowl for the first time and it’s DELICIOUS. It’s hearty, healthy, and perfect for a winter day. You can get it with either chicken or a hard-boiled egg. YUM.

Baby Nursing App

This app is AMAZING. It helps me keep track of everything baby: nursing, pumping, diaper changes, doctor’s visits, bath times, and more. Totally worth the $4.99 it costs.

Highlights From My Blogs

On this blog…

On AmateurNester.com (my infertility blog)…

  • I was honored to interview The Carry Camp Founder, Wynne Elder.
  • I did a round up of all the guests posts from 2015

On LibrarianLisa.com…

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