Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend

Wow, what a fun weekend!! 
We spent the weekend at James' uncle Dons cabin with his family. 
It was seriously too much fun! 
James and I even got to have some child-free time and go out on a couple hour booze cruise with his cousins. Yay Beer!

OK here's some pics, seriously blogging from my iPad sucks. 


Even Though the water was too cold for the babies, they had their own pool party!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

5k training

A few weeks ago we did Race for the Cure in Bentonville AR. Tru absolutely loved being in his stroller and around the crowd so James and I got to talking and decided that we should get a jogging stroller so we could walk the chip-seal and gravel in our area.
Well just a few days after ordering our stroller my co worker hit me up about running a 5K in August, The Color Vibe  and I was 110% on board, I NEED something to get my mind on getting in shape. I have no idea what I weigh, but I know it's not pretty. My jeans and shirts are like "APRIL too much stress please stop or we will explode!" What better than to have my darling husband and son accompany me on weekly runs to train for a 5K where people pelt you with packets of colored corn starch!?
I don't have any pictures of us running because it's not a pretty sight of me. I get red red red and look like I could keel over. Nothing new, I always get red.
James however has lost 25 lbs since January and looks so good! If he's not pushing the stroller he can flat leave me and Tru in the dust.
So yeah, we're starting week three of Couch to 5K tonight and with every week I'm embracing it with anxiety and doubt... inspiring huh? But here's the deal, I DO IT and I'm like "Bitch please, I got this"
Even though this is a non-timed, non-competitive 5K "moving party" I still want to train because this will not be the only run I do! 

By the way, if you'd like to join our Color Vibe team, our team name is Fat Mom Slim :)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jade Made Creations

I've been getting green as a gourd thanks to my friend Jade and her talents! 
Jade is so talented, everything I've bought from her has been made to perfection, built to be used again and again. Also can I just say, she's as sweet as they come, very processional and aims to please with every item she makes!

It all started when I saw her wrap scrap headbands:

Jade makes these out of garisol wrap scraps, she's also making teething necklaces with them!

From that purchase on I was hooked! I've bought and more importantly use a lot:

Reusable sandwich bags:
That have a nylon inside and Velcro closure. 

Reusable gallon bags:
 that I just got today!
These have a PUL inside with Velcro closure. 
* These are going to be perfect for produce at the grocery store and farmers market. 

My unpaper towels, these suckers get used, multiple times a day. I love them so much and have yet to use a full roll of actual paper towels since getting these months ago!

My mama cloth: (not used yet)
I've been a diva cup fan for a while, but came upon mama cloth and thought "Meh, why not?" So if ole AF decides to ever come back I'll be prepared with a one-two punch! 

Pads are multi layered and PUL on the bottom. 
The wet-bag is made with a PUL on the inside, wristlet for travel and zipper closure. 

A door knob cover:
Perfect for making a quiet exit and stoping a door-slamming tiny tantrum! 

Nursing necklace:
She has a lot of these this is the only one I have of hers... So far :)

Even Tru likes Jade and her fun packaging goodies!

Please check out her shop on Facebook! 

Elimination Communication Update!

Side note: this picture is suppose to be much cuter, but my iPad decided it needed to look awful in quality. 

I've been wanting to post for quite some time about our adventures in Elimination Communication or EC. I don't exactly know what I want to say, but I would love it if after reading this post you gained some information and maybe even some inspiration to give it a try!

By definition Elimination Communication is:  
Elimination communication (EC) is a practice in which a caregiver uses timing, signals, cues, and intuition to address an infant's need to eliminate waste. Caregivers try to recognize and respond to babies' bodily needs and enable them to urinate and defecate in an appropriate place (e.g. a toilet). Caregivers may use diapers (nappies) as a back-up in case of misses some or all of the time, or not at all. EC emphasizes communication between the caregiver and child, helping them both become more attuned to the child's innate rhythms and control of urination and defecation. The term "elimination communication" was inspired by traditional practices of diaper-less baby care in less industrialized countries and hunter-gatherer cultures.[1] Some practitioners of EC begin soon after birth, the optimum window being zero to four months,[2] although it can be started with babies of any age. The practice can be done full-time, part-time, or just occasionally. 

We are the part-time ECing family. I set our bouncing baby boy on his pot at least three times a day, or whenever he gives me cues of needing to go poop.  I am more interested in catching his poops vs his pee's right now because he's such a heavy wetter, every time I change his cloth diaper it is almost saturated with urine. However I will say every time I sit him on his pot he will pee, whether it be a little or a lot he will almost always go, and almost immediately when I sit him down (sometimes he pees up and over the pot but that's a whole other issue). 
So here's how it goes quick and easy step by step since he was four months old. 
1. notice the cue whether it be a grunt, flatulence, red face, or that funny concentrating face that means "don't bother me i'm trying to poop." 
2. I take his pants and diaper off and sit him on the pot. I will do American Sign Language "T" for toilet and shake my hand at my wrist which means toilet in his ASL baby book and make a grunt sound, nothing like weird just a "uhhhh" and say "potty" as I sign toilet for him.
3. If he's got to go, he'll go almost within the first minute of doing that, sometimes it takes a bit longer. He loves to be diaper-less so I'll just let him hang out on the potty with his toys until hes done doing that.
4. Clean up and re-diaper for us!
Simple as 1-2-3-4 :) 

* Also I'd like to note that sometimes even if he doesn't show cues I'll sit him on his potty because of the time of day. IE right after breakfast I'll sit him on his toilet because that's usually when he does poop as well as around 4:30-5:00
** And I know that this doesn't work for every one because of day to day life, scheduling, every baby is different etc, but I wanted to give you inspiration and information just in case you were wanting to do it! 

If you have any questions I'd love to help you out!

10 months old!

10 months old 23 lbs 3 oz and 28.5" 
6 teeth, cruising everywhere, says momma, dada, & hi. 
Waves hi & bye, shakes head no, and whole body yes. 
Still loves to dance. read books, and play games. 
He loves to empty his diaper bag or any drawer for that matter and loves to feed people his food. --- he's a sharer. 

Nine Month Recap

This month has been a lot of fun! Even though its had a few sick days in it.
*sorry about the photo quality. WTH?!?

teething 'sick' day at home

I love my horseie from Jack & Brook!

Playing with the activity table is such exhausting work.

Race for the Cure!

Why YES Coach Beliema, I'd love to take my picture with you! hehehe

strollin' and a holdin' hands

stepping, standing, pulling up going 90 MPH!

woah Nelle, what's up with my legs!?