Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Receiving blanket overload - Works-For-Me Wednesday

I received a large number of receiving blankets at my last baby shower. I'm talking 40ish! If I were super crafty or had the slightest idea how to sew, I might make something cool like a quilt or a sling for the new baby. I am however, somewhat domestically challenged in that area.

So, what does one do with 40 receiving blankets? Keep in mind these are not lovely, hand stitched, or special. Just the normal ones you get in 3 packs from your local WalMart. I cut them into fourths and use them instead of paper towels. They work wonderfully! Much better than paper towels. They are especially good for dusting. So that is what works for me!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Potty training - to bribe, or not to bribe

Potty training was by far the most difficult task I encountered with my oldest. He never "decided he was ready" like the experts say they'll do. It took forever, and it was the source of much frustration.

So the other day when my youngest decided to once again get naked, just because he could, the little devil on my shoulder came out. I don't know why, but I bribed him to give his potty a try. I said " If you go potty, I'll give you a gummy bear". I know, it's horrible. This goes against my parenting skills totally and completely. I don't bride my kids, I just expect good behavior.

However, it worked. Surprisingly well. Not only did he go, but he continued to want to go all day that day and the next. Each time I felt guilty, but really only a little, for giving him a reward for going potty.

I felt like maybe it was a bad idea so for the past two days I've asked him to go potty without offering the bribe. He goes, sometimes, but not as much as before. I'm not sure if I should continue to bribe him or not. But I suppose if that is the worst harm I do as a parent, then I'm not doing to bad. Seriously, how bad can I mess him up by bribing him with a gummy bear to go potty in the toilet? Only time will tell.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Pregnancy weight

Okay, so with my first two pregnancies, I gained much more than I should have. I gained 52 pounds with my first and 70 plus pounds with my second!!!

Talk about gaining weight.

So, I'm going to try my best NOT to gain that much weight this go around. I'm shooting for 40 pounds. My problem is I love to eat. Food is great, especially when you're pregnant. Wish me luck and I'll keep an updated post on my weight!

Current weight: 140


Hand me downs

I know that there are people out there who would never consider using anything that's not brand new for there baby, but I am not one of them.

I have already been offered car seats, a sling, bath and a swing! I have my heart set on a rocking chair since I've never had one before, so who knows, maybe I'll get lucky again. From what I've read on the Internet, going with gently used items is considered green, so my baby is already getting a head start on being eco friendly :-)

Thanks to friends who look out for me!!!


Friday, March 20, 2009


I found out, just yesterday morning, that I am pregnant with my third child. At first I freaked out! "How in the world will I be able to support a third child?"

Then, after some chat time with my sweet mother, I realized I have had this exact same reaction twice before. The first time when I was just 19 and the second time just over two years ago.

I currently have two WONDERFUL children who are, all in all, happy. Somehow, I have managed to make sure they have what they need. I have always been a survivor, maybe not in the extreme sense, but a survivor none the less.

This new addition to my family will receive no less love or care and I will find a way because that is what I do. And with that realization, I can breath, and be totally excited about this addition to my already blessed family.

Thanks mom XOXOXO

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