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DIY Ballard Designs Gilt Mirror

April 15, 2014

   Back for a super duper quick DIY. Doesn't really need much explanation as it's really just'a simple refashion. Spray paint really is a fantastic invention don't-cha know?! You can do so much with so little effort, time and mula.

I spotted these gray plastic ombre mirrors for sale from Target and thought Holy Crap! These look just like the Ballard Designs mirror tryptic that I have been coveting. And covet on and on I'd thought I'd be, until I spotted these cute little suckers for $12. Totally worth a try. So I took em home and got to work.

   Damn IT! To hell... of course I broke one of the mirrors as I was removing it. Just just a little FYI, don't rush the removal. All you need to do is unscrew the three little screws in the back and gently remove the mirror. DON'T do the gorilla man handle that these chubbers ^^^^^ seem to be doing by klutzing it up lately. Broken dish here, favorite jacket lost a button there. You'd think I'm the hulk with the way I've been tearing it up around her. Grrrrrrrr.... But anywhoser. Just remove the backing and mirror, take to a ventilated area and spray away with the gilt paint. Then after it dries put the mirrors back in and hang as desired. Bingo bongo done-zo

Toodles !


I Be Baby Wearing: The Best & Worst Baby Wearing Ways

April 9, 2014
 Fist bump to all my fellow baby wearing mamas! I give you a little round of fingerplause on the keyboard for being wonder mom and lugging your little munchkin around. I literally feel your joy and pain ;)

    I have been a baby wearing fanatic right from the get go. Why? Is it because I am a natural hippie dippy flippy trying to make my soul and synergy become one with my baby? Hells to the no. It's because my first born, lovely Lucinda, came out like an octopus. An angry octopus. Happy when she was plastered against me, a heathen screamin demon when placed in the crib, bassinet, tub, anywhere more than a molecules width away from my bosom. Could be becuase I loved playing the cry game when she was a newborn. Where I would hold her against my body and she would coo then I would hold her out at an arms length and watch her scrumptious little face screw up into a big ol wail then I'd quickly squish her chub chub against me and hear a sigh of relief then I thrust her back out again and get her goin again and reel her back in.

Waaaaahhhhh ohhhhh WAAAaahhhh ohhhh WAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH ohhhhhhh WAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ooooooooohhhhhhhh


   Until I had totally pissed her off and she start to really get going totally f'ing myself. I'd have a major time trying to calm her down until a boob was promptly placed in her mouth. I know, I'm a cruel cruel mom, but baby you gotta learn it's a cruel cruel would and mama just thought your squished up poochy lip face was freaking hilarious. And who doesn't like to hear a baby coo when you hold them in tight?!
 So in order to move about without having the octopus announcing her concerns loudly in my eardrum I'd have to wear her. And wore her I did. Get up, feed her, strap her on, she'd promptly go to sleep, do my thing, change her, feed her, change her, change her, feed her, strap her on again, feed her, change, change, change, feed, feed, feed, strap her on, she'd fall asleep I'd do a little bit more of my thang, feed, change, feed, change, squeeze in a little tummy time, strap her on ect ect ect so on and so on until she was about six months. And I continued to wear her mucho tiempo (much of the time) till she was 13 months. And during said 13 months (and with my subsequent kiddos) I have cycled through all of the baby wearing ways. Yes ALL of em. So I thought I'd share my opinion and what worked/didn't work for me.

Maya Wrap

  This is my jam. My bread and butter. I be rockin the Maya day in and day out from day one. It's basically a long piece of thick non stretch fabric folded in half hot dog wise and threaded through two metal rings. You wear it with the built in pad on your shoulder, slung across you body and slip the baby into the folded pocket. It's adjustable, comfortable and you can wear the baby in multiple ways. I really like this for the newborn to six months stage. The stage where all the babes wants to do is be plastered against your body, listen to your heart beat and zone out. They are not that interested in looking around and prefer to be nestled in all snug and cozy. And wha what?! I'm totally wearing it right now, baby in tow. People always ask me how I get so much done with three babes and I always tell em its because I wear em. All the time. Morning, noon and night. I don't even give em a chance to fuss. I clean em, feed em, put em in the sling and then when they fall asleep, sound asleep, I can lean over the mamaRoo seat and gently place the baby in it and slide the sling over my head. The silent sling transfer. Ooooo it's a good one ;)

  Yep that's me. Painting the chicken coop's floor pink. Wearing the maya with Leland all cozy and cute in there. Hi Leland! My trick with the tiny newborns is to swaddle them in a medium weight blanket and squish em down in there. I like the extra padding around the little un, it helps keep em snug in place and gets rid of the 'baby lost in a well'  feeling you can get with slings. On to my next favorite.

The Jelly Bean sling is just like wearing the Maya except it's not adjustable. Which is a pro and con. The maya has this long tail of fabric that hangs down from the rings (so you can adjust the sling size) and can some times feel bulky or get in the way BUT the tail also has a zippered pocket that's pretty convenient. But with the Bean you just put it on slide the baby in and go, which is essential with other littles on the go. Again I prefer this for the 0 - 6 month stage and who can beat that price of $25?!?!?!

Ok. The ergo. Love it. Hate it. Love it because it's super duper comfortable, perfect for hiking/doing vigorous activity and great for either baby facing in or baby facing out. Hate it because it was very expensive and it can be a bitch to put on sometimes. It's like you need another person there to secure the back straps, which in my case is never. Also hate it because I bought the newborn insert, which of course was separate and mucho $$$ for an accessory component and  It's like 'HELLO BABY!' because the insert is way too bulky and shoves the baby right up into your face. Like nose to nose. So I just do the swaddle trick. It's key to loosen the straps before putting it on, get the baby situated and then tighten those suckers down. All in all I love it for shopping or outdoor playtime with the other littles.

Here I am laying out my garden wearing the ergo. Lots and lots of up and down movement and Leland never made a peep. And my back wasn't killing me by quitting time.

   Moby moby moby. Looks great on the model right? All cute and snug and cozy like. On me? Like a freakin Sherpa. I swear I nearly strangled myself trying to put it on. Sure, once you get it on, the baby is nice and comfortable. But me? I felt like it was tying a bed comforter around me. Constricting and my clothes were all jacked up hiked to my chin letting my spare tire hang out for all of kingdom come to see. Fun times. Also, it's not quick to put on. I found this out the hard way during a trip to Target. I had the others in the cart and was clutching a crying baby to my chest while saying to myself WTF as I try and wind the mile long piece of stretchy fabric around me. It NEVER looks like the picture above. In order to get the baby secure you find yourself double/triple/quadruple knotting that mother with tails of fabric hanging down to the floor and wait a minute? It the baby's butt supposed to hang out like that? Um no. No it's not honey. Damn it.

Ok, so there are lots of brands out there, but these are the four basic styles and what I've found to be the most comfortable or hair pulling out stress inducing. Hope these tips and tricks help!

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To Miss Judgy Wudgy

April 8, 2014

   Why oh why do women feel the need to judge!? To make evil maniacal snap judgements?! And then feel the need to make such (blatantly wrong) thoughts known? It causes me (and I'm sure you) all sorts of unwanted and certainly unneeded stress! Don't you recognize a woman on the brink when you see one?!?! As in right here ripping her hair out shouting 'You idiot!!"
   Don't push me sister.... yet you do time and time again.
 Ah alas. I'm so guilty of this (mercy, please), as we all are. For example, lets venture back a mere four years ago when I was preggo with numero uno and I couldn't keep my mouth shut about natural this, drug free that, midwife this, waterbirth that. Well THAT went out the window when I was two weeks over due, 48 hours into labor, water had broke, no dilation and the baby was starting to be in distress. So an epidural, a 20 minute cat nap, a single push later and out she came healthy, pink and perfect. At first I was boo hoo me, poor me, boo hoo I didn't have the dream roar woman power squat and deliver beautiful childbirth I had dreamed of. But a proverbial slap in the face back to reality was plopped on my chest. My daughter. Perfectly healthy and screaming. I was healthy, everything was grand. How dare I feel pity or sorrow when I was blessed with this, well, blessing! So over it I'ah got. And quickly. You can't let that stuff bring ya down.

 Flash forward to my next two deliveries and they were as smooth as pumpkin pie, that's smooth right? Well, thing went smoothly. I had my regular OB (who I love dearly) induce me at 40 weeks. I had an epidural, both times. And I wouldn't have changed a thing. They timed it perfectly so that I was able to move my legs, push with my contractions (which I definitely felt) and was not totally exhausted so I was up and moving to the recovery room in less than an hour. Wouldn't change a thing. Don't doubt my choices one bit. But don't get me wrong, if you go au'natural I still think that's awesome and a preferable route. Go you! Go girl power! Roar! But these were my deliveries, my body and my unique circumstances. Each delivery is as unique as the individual so comparison is always a tricky thing. One thing that I want to make clear to my fellow ladies is that childbirth and all that goes with it should be free from judgement. No mother should feel guilty about how their child was brought into this world. Whether it be natural, with pain management meds or c-section.

 I'll spare you the nitty gritty but basically I am peeved because I was asked my opinion and experience with induction and pain meds and I gave a cautionary green light. A green light becuase it worked so well for me and I have three healthy and happy babies (and being a healthy and happy mama) to show for it, but a cautionary one because each woman, baby and delivery is so different that one should always go with their gut.

    And BOOM. Some one judged me.

   Tried to call me out as a bad mother for inducing and using pain meds. And get this. She, yes a she, has never been preggo nor delivered a child. But she took it upon herself to judge me and give her ill advised/ill informed advice. And basically just throw a giant Molotov cocktail into my roar mama roar fire. I bit back, she whimpered and receded but in the end I felt like the jerk. I shouldn't have blown up at her but, girl, you done gone and made me mad.
  So you out there, miss judgy wudgy, trying to make me pissed off (which you succeeded in doing so) get down there off your high horse and come join me in a little burping, diaper changing and fending off of the ankle biters. I will show you that being a good mother is how you love, care for and nourish the mind body and soul of your children. Every. Single. Day. Being a good mother does NOT boil down to how you pushed your child out of your v-jay, (or tummy via c-section).

 Can't we all get along?

 Apparently not ;)

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