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Friday, October 31, 2014

{31 Days} Preparing for Baby # 3 - We Made It!

Welcome to my {31 Days} series this year!  We will soon be welcoming baby # 3 and I realized that there is a lot I need to do before that happens!  You can find all the posts in this series here.  Thank you for following along with me.


I can't believe I actually made it!  {31 Days} Preparing for Baby # 3 is complete!  

I really enjoy writing about one subject for an entire month.  It isn't without struggle of course, and this time seemed especially difficult with extra dr.'s appointments to get to every single week, as well as all the normal stuff we do day to day as a homeschooling family.

I'm happy to announce that Miss Lucy has arrived and baby and mama are all doing quite well.


I assumed that the first few days would be absolutely insane, and they have been somewhat.  My two older kids came down with serious chest colds/coughs the week before she arrived, and bringing a newborn home to a house full of sick people is never ideal.  However, she has been fitting in like a champ.  

Everyone is totally in love with this new addition to our family!

Thank you so much for joining in on this journey with me!  

A Breath of Fresh Air in the Home

We make sure our kids eat healthy, stay active, and take care of their health as best as possible. However, there is one health aspect that’s often forgotten, and that’s the quality of air in our home. Indoor air quality can actually be worse than the air outdoors, and can cause symptoms such as chest tightness, sore throat, itchy eyes, or even a full-blown asthma attack. You can make sure that doesn’t happen though. Here are three steps on how to make sure the air your family is breathing is clean and healthy.

Let the clean air in

During the winter, we tend to keep our windows shut and the heat on high. The problem with this is that pollutants have nowhere to go. For instance, a gas stove in the kitchen gives off nitrogen dioxide, and it doesn’t have anywhere to escape. That’s why you want to keep a window slightly open in the kitchen while you’re cooking, letting the bad air out and the good air in.

Get rid of dust mites

Dust mites are microscopic critters that invade our homes, and they are the most common cause of allergies from house dust. They can be found in your mattress, your furniture, and even your carpet. The thing is, they love humid air, and they have a hard time living in dry air. Air conditioning helps keep humidity down, but it’s not really logical to run during the winter. That’s why a dehumidifier is so important: having one in the home keeps the air dry, and the dust mites away.

Keep the air dry

Not only does dry air keep the dust mites away, but it also keeps mold, and harmful mold spores from developing. These spores have a variety of symptoms, from sneezing, a runny nose, or in serious cases, allergy attacks. The best way to combat mold is to keep it from starting, and you do that by keeping the air dry in your home. Mold thrives in damp places, and if you have a basement that isn’t getting enough air ventilation, it’s a haven for mold spores and a perfect place to put a dehumidifier.

If you increase ventilation throughout the house, and keep the air dry, you can lower the levels of irritants in the air. You’ll find symptoms like headaches and sore throats go away, and generally feel better. By taking these steps to improve the air quality in your home, you’ll soon find that your family’s health will improve as well.

This post is in collaboration with Tesco

Thursday, October 30, 2014

{31 Days} Preparing for Baby # 3 - to co-sleep or not to co-sleep, that is the question!

Welcome to my {31 Days} series this year!  We will soon be welcoming baby # 3 and I realized that there is a lot I need to do before that happens!  You can find all the posts in this series here.  Thank you for following along with me.


I did not set out with my first child to co-sleep.  We had the crib, the pack and play, the swing, everything that we could use to put the child down in.  Little did I know that I was going to become such an attachment parent!

With our oldest, she slept in a bassinet for the first several months of her life.  She was comfortable in it, I was comfortable having her near me, and my husband was able to help me after a very difficult labor which resulted in a caesarean.

I was nursing, and I realized pretty early on that the easiest way for me to nurse was lying down on the bed, with her next to me.  This led to her taking naps in my bed (often with me falling asleep with her).

As fall got closer, I started to get nervous about her being cold in the crib (which we had moved into our room because I didn’t want her in a separate room), so we started putting her to sleep in our bed.  It became really easy to put her to sleep, and to get her back to sleep after a night time feeding.  I didn’t have to worry about getting up, going to another room.  I like to joke that it is because I am just too lazy to do those things J

Co-sleeping is such a personal choice, as is every aspect of having a baby.  There is research to say that it is excellent for baby-mama bonding, there is research that says it is dangerous and should never be done.  Honestly, I feel like it is more of a child by child basis. 

When we brought home our second child, we were all living in a very small section of our home because we were renting out the upstairs.  Because of this, we didn’t have room for a crib, so the baby was in the bed with me from the beginning…as was the 2 year old.  Again, it is what worked for us for the time.

This time around, I have the bassinet, I have the pack and play, but have given the crib to my sister-in-law.  After picking such a nice crib, that I loved, I realized I am not good at the crib thing.  I think part of the issue is that I am so short, and it is not easy for someone short to put a baby in a crib…especially as the baby gets bigger and the mattress needs to be dropped down.

While I did not go into parenting with the idea that I would ever co-sleep, for our family it has worked out really well.  I’m happier with our kiddos close. 

Did you make the decision to co-sleep?  Was it something you thought of before bringing baby home, or something you ended up doing out of necessity?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

{31 Days} Preparing for Baby # 3 - Knitting

Welcome to my {31 Days} series this year!  We will soon be welcoming baby # 3 and I realized that there is a lot I need to do before that happens!  You can find all the posts in this series here.  Thank you for following along with me.


The weather has taken a turn for the cold I believe...and unfortunately I don't think we will be back to the 70's until next spring.  This means it is time to start knitting mittens!

A couple years ago, I came across this pattern in the Taproot magazine, and I love it!  It is incredibly easy, which is important to this slow knitter, and it comes in multiple sizes so I can make them for my whole family.


First up will be little mitts for the littlest among us.  I had this organic cotton in my stash and decided it would be perfect, soft and warm for my little one.

As far as reading goes - nothing, I am reading nothing at the moment.  But, I am doing a lot of staring, and that should count for something!

What are you working on this week?

Linking up with Ginny and Nicole

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

{31 Days} Preparing for Baby # 3 - Planning to Nurse Again

Welcome to my {31 Days} series this year!  We will soon be welcoming baby # 3 and I realized that there is a lot I need to do before that happens!  You can find all the posts in this series here.  Thank you for following along with me.


I am a huge proponent of nursing.  I really believe that it is the best option for baby, and if you are physically able to, you should at least try.  I didn’t always feel that way.  When my sister-in-law had her oldest, I was adamant I would never nurse.  Obviously my opinions changed (I’m sure my sister-in-law was happy to not hear me spouting off against it!).

Now, I will get this right out of the way, nursing is hard work.  It hurts and it takes a long time for baby and mama to be comfortable, especially if it is your first child. 

This is our third child.  I am hoping that it isn’t going to be nearly as difficult or hurt as much.  But, I am preparing for that, regardless.

One thing that I didn’t really consider with my second was any issues that I might have nursing.  Luckily I didn’t have any issues, but if I did, I would have been completely unprepared.

This time around, I am making sure to have bottles on hand and also I will be getting formula, just in case.  Now, these are really for emergency situations only, but if there is an issue, I want to be prepared.

How do I know that the baby won’t have trouble latching, or that my milk supply will be sufficient?  I don’t.  Or what if there are complications?  My husband has never had to deal with the feeding side of babies, since I always handled it, but it is silly to not be a little prepared. 

My goal is obviously a healthy mama and baby who will latch well and nurse well.  But, I want to make sure that I am ready just in case.


Have you decided to nurse, and then had a lot of difficulty?  Did you think that you would bottle feed and then realize you wanted to nurse after baby arrived?  How did you make your decision?

Monday, October 27, 2014

{31 Days} Preparing for Baby # 3 - Nesting

Welcome to my {31 Days} series this year!  We will soon be welcoming baby # 3 and I realized that there is a lot I need to do before that happens!  You can find all the posts in this series here.  Thank you for following along with me.


There comes a point in every pregnancy where the “experts” tell you that you want to nest.  You want the house clean and ready for any moment when the baby could arrive.  There is a sense inside of you that needs to make sure everything is in order and you are “ready.”

Well, for this third baby, those times have been few and far between!

The instinct is still there, but it gets side-tracked quite a bit with everything else that seems to be going on in this crazy household of mine! 

I am glad that I have such a supportive husband, who helps me out quite a bit with my crazy projects.  One of those projects was to moving the playroom downstairsI think that organizing spaces helps me feel a lot more relaxed and centered, especially with a new baby coming.

Some of the other little things that we have been doing to get ready for the new baby is to put the baby gear where it will most likely be for quite some time.  It helps especially with my older kids who like to run around in the house quite a bit (especially during the very cold winters we have in New England).  Getting used to having a bassinet close to where they typically run was important for me.  I don’t want them to accidentally run into the baby!

I thought that as time got closer to the delivery of the baby I would want to make sure everything was clean and ready.  And of course I want things to be clean and ready, but that is also part of my letting go of expectations.  It isn’t realistic for me right now to think I am going to get the floors washed every day, or make sure every piece of laundry is put away (if it is clean, I am happy).

What would happen if those things were not done, and we had the baby early?  Well, we might come home to a house that isn’t as neat and tidy as I would like, but the baby probably won’t care that much!

Rest assured, however, that baking is in full force around here.  If there is one “nesting” skill I have, it is baking ridiculous amounts of muffins and sweet breads and regular bread and anything else involving flour!

Do you have a strong nesting urge when you are pregnant?  What if your kids derail all of that nesting constantly?  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

31 Days: Sunday Quotes

Welcome to my {31 Days} series this year!  We will soon be welcoming baby # 3 and I realized that there is a lot I need to do before that happens!  You can find all the posts in this series here.  Thank you for following along with me.


Motherhood is a choice you make everyday to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you're not sure what the right thing is...and to forgive yourself over and over again for doing everything wrong.
~Donna Bell