Updates

April: A Look Back

Hello Venturers! Can you believe April is finished already? If you were here at the beginning of the month, you’ll know that I listed out some goals and things I wanted to improve on. So, let’s take a look back and see how we did for the month!

Fun Challenge

Completed! I actually completely forgot that I had set this kind of goal for myself. I ended up doing an Easter “photoshoot” with Little P. I will accept this win.

Improvements

I did pretty well on prewriting my posts this month. There were a couple of times when I did just write and post because I let myself get behind. Overall though, I stayed ahead of the game. Another win for us.

Interaction… A definite loss for me. I let myself up swept up in my moods of “I want to talk to everyone” and “everyone better leave me alone”. This is something we will need to address for May.

Goals

Increase daily view count was a success. This month we nearly doubled our monthly views and our average daily view is double this month than it was in March. That’s so exciting! Thank you all so much for helping me achieve this goal. I’m so grateful.

Consistency was so great this month! There may have been a day or two where I posted late, but it got out the next day. I would like to look at my newsletter and find ways to improve that. A half win on this. Big win for the blog and needs improvement on the newsletter.

Quality, this one is kind of hard to judge for me. I love to write, but a lot of the time I think it’s absolutely terrible. For April I had posts that I was so excited and proud about and others where I wondered why I was even trying.

Interaction (because it was a goal and needs improvement), see above.

Reflection

As a whole, I’m super excited about April. We had our highest view day ever this month, thank you all so much for that! We gained 12 new followers and even have a few people subscribed to the weekly newsletter. Again thank you so much!! I am absolutely blown away that you are all even stopping by let alone subscribing. So, a million thank yous to you this month!

As always, let me know what you think. Did you hit your goals for April? How can I help you reach your goals in the future?

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Updates

8 Month Update

Another month has just flown by. I know every update I do I seem to get lost at how fast time is going and how much Little P is growing and different. It’s just so baffling! I can’t believe it.

My husband and I now have a crawler. Seeing her curiously crawl around is so much fun and so stressful. You don’t realize how much stuff you have that a baby shouldn’t be grabbing and playing with until you have a baby pulling at cords and trying to climb on everything.

We’re also finally at the age where our dog is more interested in her. He realizes she gets people food now, so he’s right below her when Little P eats. Little P is also smitten with him. He’s a pug, so they’re both small. She’ll crawl right up to him and they touch noses while they stare into each other’s souls.

Her first word was “dada”. Of course, right? She can drink from her sippy cup by herself. She can also drink from her bottle by herself, but she prefers if we feed her. She pulls herself to stand and uses furniture to walk around.

Every month I think there’s no way I could love her more because she’s already so incredible. Here we are again though. I’m just so amazed at the transformation in a matter of months.

Challenges

Fast Food Challenge

My husband and I have a bad habit of just grabbing fast food when we’re hungry. All right, so it’s possible it’s mainly my bad habit. I let myself get hungry and then I’m too impatient to wait to make food, so we’re stuck getting fast food. I’m really trying to eat healthier (and save money) so I’m hoping to get out of that habit. So, this week I challenged myself to not have any fast food.

This week, I can proudly say I was successful. The difference between this week and last week (my no soda challenge) was that I told my husband my plan beforehand. It made it a lot harder to cheat my challenge when my husband was there to go, “I thought we weren’t eating out this week?”

You know what? It really wasn’t that bad. I’m not making crazy healthy meals, but I feel better than I would eating fast food. I also feel like I have more food in the house now. When we’re consistently eating out, we tend to not worry about groceries too much. So this week, I was put in a position where I actually had to buy groceries. I bought for the week, both to motivate me to not go out and because I’m not going to the grocery store everyday. It’s nice to be hungry and see food in the fridge when I go and look.

I’m glad this week was successful. I don’t think I’ll be keeping fast food out completely. I think going forward I will have a cheat day throughout the week where I can just order out. I also realized this week that if I really want to succeed at something to just tell my husband what I’m trying to do. He is my motivation when I want to take the easy way out.

Let me know what you think!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you next time.

Postpartum and Beyond

Why Babies are Terrible

Babies have a reputation of being cute and innocent. They’re small and they don’t know anything. Don’t let this reputation fool you though. They are really adorable little terrors. They come into your life and they turn everything upside down. Today we are going to take a look at why babies are actually the worst.

They’re freeloaders

They come into your house (sometimes they’re late and other times they’re early. Hello?! Have they heard of the due date?) and then they start demanding things from you. They want food, they want to be held, and they can’t even wipe themselves after they go to the bathroom? If they’re not sleeping they want something of yours. They don’t even understand the concept of money, so it’s just a waste of time trying to get their cut of the rent from them.

Poor communication skills

The only thing they know how to do is cry. They don’t know any language at all. So how does a baby tell you what they need you ask? They cry at you. When they’re brand new it’s all the same cry too. Are they hungry? Tired? Wet themselves? Who knows? Just that baby and they’re not making it any easier on you. I don’t want to accuse people of things, but I’m pretty sure they’re doing it on purpose.

Grabbing

What’s up with this? They see something and they just reach they’re little hands out for it. Phones, glasses, remotes, hair, just your face, it doesn’t matter. Nothing is safe anymore. What happens if they get a hold of it you ask? Well, they’re probably going to put it right in their mouth or they will manage to break it. My daughter once tried to eat my chin once. So, if you thought your face was safe, you were wrong.

Claws

You thought babies had regular finger and toe nails? Oh, no. They have little tiny claws that grow back quickly. Babies can be fast, so you’re never safe from a scratch or them digging into your skin. Cutting those things are hard too. They’re so curious with what you’re doing that they don’t sit still. Your best bet is to try and do it while they’re asleep and hope you don’t wake them. Be careful, if you cut them, you’ll not only feel terrible, but they’ll cry and cry because of it.

Sleep

For something that loves sleep (they need so much of it), they absolutely hate going to bed. They’re probably going to fight it. They can rub and rub at their little eyes, get caught sleeping sitting up, and still refuse to go to bed. They have a serious fear of missing out.

Another thing, they wake up early! If you think you’re getting a later day because the baby was up later, you’re probably wrong. Somehow the late night means they require less sleep and they’ll be up even earlier to wake you up!

Adrenaline Junkie

They have absolutely no concept of what is and isn’t dangerous? Electric plug, better grab and put my fingers in this. Large heavy objects? Better pull and try and stand on/against this. What is this? Put it in my mouth. You can’t even trust them sleeping. Babies are just constantly looking for their next adventure and don’t you even try to tell them no. You try and keep them from danger and they’re going to cry at you.

Personal Space

They have no concept of this. You need to get used to someone wanting to be by you constantly. Did I say by? I meant on top of you. They love to climb and be held by you. That is unless they’re trying to get their adrenaline fix. Your options as parent are now be a jungle gym, a bed, or following them around the house as they find dangerous objects or dirt.

So, there you have it. Those are a few of my reasons why babies are the worst.

I should also make it clear that I’m joking.

Babies do have a habit of unintentionally being the worst though. What are a few quirks that you notice babies do that you would add to this list? Also, let me know what you guys thought of the post. I needed something a little more lighthearted today.

Thanks for reading and I will see you next time!

Pregnancy

3rd Trimester To Do

You’re nearly there! Hooray! I hope you’re just as excited as you are tired of being pregnant. Now that you’re here (or nearly there) let’s take a look at the things you should be taking care of in these final months.

Baby Movements

Keep track of your baby’s movements. If you notice less kicks it may mean there’s a problem and you should contact your doctor. It will also help you feel close to baby. It’s fun to talk with them while they’re moving and kicking around.

Pediatrician

Find a doctor for your baby. Most doctors should let you stop by and talk with them to see if the office (and doctor) is a good fit for you. You’re going to be seeing this doctor a lot, so you want to make sure you like them.

Baby Gear Set Up

Make sure baby’s room is all set up. Get used to working the stroller, get the car seat installed, and get that nursery set up how you want it. Getting familiar with how everything works will help prevent you from being tired with a crying baby and being outsmarted by a car seat. Plus, it can be a lot of fun. It’s a good way to use all that excited/nervous energy you may be having.

Laundry

Get all of your baby’s clothes and bedding washed now. You can get everything all organized and put away now. If you’re behind on your laundry, get that cleaned and put away as well. Don’t cheat and only wash your clothes and let them sit in dryer. It’ll be nice to be able to not worry about laundry for a week when you first get home with baby.

Hospital Bag

Get that hospital bag set up. If you have an extra charger, go ahead and put that in there. Trust me, it’s the obvious things that are easiest to forget. Regardless, make sure you’ve got some clothes for you, your partner, and baby.

Stock up on Personals

Make sure you have shampoo/conditioner, toilet paper, razors, body wash, etc. Get trash bags, soap, and anything else you can think of. Once again, it will be nice to have too many now. You don’t want to be exhausted and then have to run to the store because you are completely out of toilet paper.

Meals

Make some meals and freeze them now. Purchase freezer meals. Get a little stockpile of food. This is another way that you’re just making your life a little bit easier once you bring baby home.

Clean

Get your house as clean as you can. It will be nice when baby is home to have a clean house to come back too. You don’t want to be scrubbing dishes when you just want a bit of sleep. You may be dealing with nesting anyway, so you’ll probably find yourself compelled to do a bunch of cleaning anyway.

Keep Calm

You’re probably nervous and excited. Don’t worry! Practice some relaxation techniques. Treat yourself to a spa day. You’re going to make it through this. You’re going to see your baby and it’s going to be great. Don’t get yourself all worked up.

You’re almost there! This trimester do everything you can to make life easier after your return from the hospital. Also make sure you are taking care of yourself. Take time to yourself, get some special time with your partner, and try not to worry. It will all work out how and when it should.

So, let me know what you think! By the time I was in my third trimester I had nearly everything done and set up, so I just had nervous energy I couldn’t use. Did you like the list? Would you add anything different?

Thank you for reading and see you next time!