We’re paci free! I am so relieved that this went off, for the most part, without a hitch! About a week ago I handed Leah the step 4 pacifier when she crawled onto my lap for storytime and she didn’t bat an eye; never commented that it was any different from the paci she had before. Two nights later when I nervously gave her the step 5 paci, the one you can’t suck on at all, she tried a few times to get a good suck going, and finding it impossible, she looked up at me and said “It’s too tiny!”. I pretended to be shocked, then told her “Well you can just hold onto it.” She said “My want to put it in my mouth!” so I told her that she can’t anymore because it’s bad for her teeth, but she could hold onto it if she wanted to. She did want to. So that night and the next day for naptime she went to sleep just fine holding the paci in her hand. After naptime it got brought down and left on the kitchen counter and completely forgotten about. SUCCESS! Continue reading
As promised here is the rundown on how it’s been going the last few days. We’ve gone from the Lily Method Step 1 pacifier to Step 2 to Step 3. Step 2 was accepted without a second glance, Step 3 has most of the round part of the nipple cut off so I’m told that when my husband put Leah to bed the first time with it she looked at the paci and said “What’s that?”. But she then accepted it and went to bed just fine.
So far I’d say that the Lily Method Pacifier Weaning System is MVP in this process, BUT we’re not through the woods yet. I think that as long as Leah has something to hold and suck on she’s doing fine, but she’s no pushover. She knows when she doesn’t have something she wants. Which means I’m nervous about introducing Step 4 and even more so Step 5 in a couple days, which she won’t really be able to suck on at all. Continue reading
The first time the nurse rolled Leah back from the nursery into our postpartum room at the hospital and I saw that green Soothie Pacifier sticking out of her mouth I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. About 3 hours later when I had nursed, swaddled, sang and shushed I finally popped that baby back in her mouth and she stopped fussing. I became the pacifier’s biggest fan. Not much changed as Wubbanub and paci’s helped us get every minute of sleep we’ve gotten since September 15, 2014.
Yes, that’s right. My 28 month old still uses her paci for bedtime. And as we have a plethora of dentists in the family I’ve felt pretty comfortable doing that, but recently one of these dentists (my husband) said that it’s time to get rid of the paci. Leah LOVES her paci and actually sleeps with 3 of them, needing both “pink ones” and the “purple one” before she can fall asleep. So I had a panic attack, but then calmed down and negotiated to get rid of the pacifier AFTER the holidays (several extended stays at houses other than our own), and AFTER I fly with Leah by myself to California.
Well it’s now after. So here goes nothing.
I’m taking a 3 strategy approach to this, like most other things I do, based on very little research.
Strategy 1: The Babies. Continue reading
I’m still alive! It’s been a combination of writers’ block and a lot of traveling that has kept me away and fortunately and unfortunately the traveling isn’t over yet. But in the midst of the holidays I thought I’d share my list of Holiday Hacks.
- Costco Christmas Cards – This year I actually did a Christmas card for the first time in my married life, and after shopping around I found Vistaprint was inexpensive and had really cute options, but Costco was MUCH cheaper and they had next day pickup. So I went with Costco. A couple of weeks ago they had a $5 off coupon which allowed us to get 75 cards and lined envelopes for $15. The normal price is $14.99 per 50 cards, still a steal. The trick is to go with the photo greeting cards, they’re printed on photo paper and only one sided, but for us that was just fine! Order them here. I also love Costco’s fresh cut Christmas trees but you have to buy one right when the truck gets there so you can saw off the end and get it right into water, otherwise they’re sitting on the truck drying out for a long time and won’t be as fresh.
- Ginger Snap Christmas Cookies – Continue reading
Well it’s finally here – election day, and as someone who had a hard time voting for either candidate, I’d be lying if I said I was excited and I think that a lot of the country feels the same way. But I am interested to see which way the vote sways. If I could change one thing about the way we elect our presidents it would be the requirement to stay so faithful to one party or the other. I have a hard time believing that anyone truly believes in ALL of the causes of one party or another, and yet to get on the ballot you need to convince America you believe staunchly in all (or most of) the Republican or Democratic beliefs.
I hope in my lifetime I have the opportunity to vote for someone with more moderate views. I want to cast a vote that protects the environment, and life – both in the womb and from the electric chair. That protects my children from unfit citizens with deadly weapons, and my husband’s years of work and sacrifice to become a surgeon from being regulated and overtaxed. I want to cast a vote that passionately fights for all the things we love in America, but that doesn’t do so at the expense of common sense. Geez, is that too much to ask!? And if your views are the opposite, I hope you can vote your way someday too! And we can both tactfully voice our opinions without anger, hate, stubbornness and self-interest blinding our best judgement.
And whoever is elected tonight, you don’t have to love them (I won’t!) but do your part to show the little eyes who are watching that we respect our president.
That is all – happy voting! And God Bless America.
Since I started staying home around a year ago I’ve started listening to a lot of audiobooks while I clean, go on walks, drive near and far, and even sometimes while I workout. I know it sounds so nerdy, but after I finished Serial I couldn’t find a podcast I loved, so in search of something that would keep me riveted tried audiobooks. In Iowa City our public library has OverDrive, which allows you to rent audiobooks and ebooks right to your device – I sync everything right to my phone. I love that I’ve cranked through so many books that I never would have gotten around to reading, and most importantly I’ve found tons of books that keep me super interested, even (sometimes) forgoing being lazy on the couch during naptime for cleaning or laundry while I listen to a book.
However, I have found that some books that I might love in hard-copy I just can’t do on audio. If you want to give it a try I suggest something like a thriller, that moves fast and is easy to follow. Some of my faves are below, all available on OverDrive.
Here are my top 5 audiobooks (in no particular order)
Guess what you guys. Today is the best day of the year. TREAT YO SELF DAY! Yep. Today is the day you got to treat yo self. You GOT to! Coincidence that it’s exactly 9 days before my birthday? I think not! I’m treating myself by Continue reading
Since Fall is in full swing, I wanted to share my recipe for Pumpkin Muffins. Every year it’s the only Pumpkin flavored treat that I’m required to make. I make them for birthdays, thank you’s, when I need to bring something to a party, or if we’re spending the night at someone’s house. They’re always gone in 2 days TOPS and I’m always asked for more. Continue reading