Mommy’s Don’t Get Sick Days

I don’t know how it happened but I got sick.

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Of course it has to happen on a Monday when Neil has to go to work.

I’m tired. Achy. I have a smokers cough, attractive right?

To top it all off Edith was up all night. I am talking ALL NIGHT.  She fell asleep for around 8pm and then at 11:45 she was up and then 12:05 and then 12:15 and then it was a screaming fest until 1:50 when we finally took her to bed with us. At that point Neil needed some sleep so he slept on the futon and I stayed in our bed with Edith who still didn’t want to settle.  She nursed all night and if you’re a nursing mom you know how uncomfortable and exhausting that can be.

Oh and Edith thought that I looked like I was having so much fun being sick that she decided to projectile vomited on me. Twice. Poor baby!!!! I think we now know what was bothering her all night. So with two sick ladies at home my amazing husband Neil came to take care of us.  There is nothing better than an amazing husband who rushes home to the rescue and takes over parenting so I can get some sleep.

On a good note Edith seems to be feeling fine. She is happy and wild as can be and off at the swings with her daddy.

Also one good thing about this day (besides Neil) is that there are new episodes of Switched At Birth on Netflix.

What makes you feel better when you’re having a sick day? Mom’s how do you manage sick days?

What’s Been Cooking

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I have been a little absent lately because I have been crazy busy at home with something I can’t tell you about yet but will next week. It honestly makes it really hard to blog because I want to share this big thing with you but I can’t for at least another week.  I know the suspense is just killing you right?

Well since I can’t share my news I will share some happenings over here at our house that aren’t so top secret.

I don’t know how much I have told you about one of my work-at-home jobs but I have been writing recipes for 360 Cookware for almost a year now.  360 Cookware  is manufactured in West Bend, Wisconsin by Americraft Cookware and is ecofriendly! I write about four recipes per month for 360 Cookware and today between naps, feedings and playing I was able to finalize and photograph one!

In other news I am dying to get out of this house.  I don’t think I have left the house since um Sunday because E has a cold that I need her to recover from before she gets her blood drawn next week.  Boo to being stuck inside but at least I have my kindle, coffee, Netflix and a cute baby to cuddle with.

 

Get Out And Vote!

I don’t discuss politics on the blog for obvious reasons but no matter what your political views are get out there today and vote! Your vote is your voice let it be heard!

I was going to vote this morning but E decided to get up at 4am (I blame daylight savings) so I was more focused on getting a little rest and coffee in me before Neil left. I figured I’d go when Neil got home tonight because we are a one car family and he was taking the car to work.  Then I got to thinking it’s only 3.6 miles round trip to the polling station, maybe I could just walk.  I decided to take the chance that E might fuss the whole way but I was going to go (and good thing I did because Neil’s prospects of arriving home in time for me to vote is looking grim).  So E and I walked…err I walked the 3.6 miles with E in the Ergo.  The walk was amazing! E slept for 70% of it, the sun was shinning and absolutely no fussing!

Anyways if E and I can walk 3.6 miles to vote you can get out and vote too!

{Review} Boba Carrier

As I was saying yesterday E and I have been babywearing at home more which is really helping me to be more active at home.  Now we have a number of different carriers including slings, wraps and soft-pack carriers and they have all been great at different ages and activities. Currently Neil and I have been wearing the Boba Carrier the most as it is the newest that we have added to our collection and I am really loving it.

As with anything there are pro’s and con’s and the Boba Carrier is no different.

Pro’s

  • I love the pattern of the Boba.  We chose to go with the bird pattern because it seemed fitting with our “Put A Bird On It” theme for E’s nursery (yes that is a Portlandia reference).
  • I love the fit of the Boba and how it wears.  I find that after awhile most carriers start to bother my back (need to work on strengthening my core) and while the Boba does start to bother it after awhile it usually takes longer than other carriers.
  • The bag strap.  This strap holds E’s diaper bag or my purse in place on my shoulder without having to hold it there.
  • Rain/Sun Cover.  This is a must with E because it protects her from both but it also is great when she is tired and needs a nap.  As soon as I see those heavy eyes I put the cover up and she passes right out.
  • The phone holder.  On the front of the Boba Carrier there is a pocket that fits my iPhone perfectly and is great for easy access.

Con’s

  • The length of the straps to tighten the Boba once it’s on are a little short.  I do okay with the length but Neil on the other hand has a different frame and is unable to tighten the straps without my help.
  • Lacking a good sized pocket to hold phone, keys and change purse.  This is a big down for me because when I go out for a walk I often wear leggings and I don’t have a pocket to hold things in.  Like I said above there is a small pocket for a phone and there is a tiny pocket on top that could hold my keys but that’s it.
  • The infant hold.  I don’t love the infant hold which you can see here. I wore E in it for a few times but the fit was just really uncomfortable and frankly an unflattering look on me. I ended up changing it back to the normal fit and I put a blanket at the bottom for E to sit on since she is still too small to wrap her legs around me.

Overall I am a huge fan of my Boba Carrier and I loved my Boba Wrap when E was tiny.

Interested in the Boba Wrap or Carrier? Boba is providing my readers with a coupon code for 10% off  from now until December 1st, just enter NaturallyFamily10 at checkout!

Disclaimer: Boba provided me with their product at no cost. I was under no obligation to review them if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway.

Rainy Weekend

We were supposed to have family photos taken Saturday but between Edith having a rough week and the rain they had to be postponed until a later date. Since we had no other plans we decided to take advantage of the free day and got a bunch of things done around the house.

It is embarrassing how disorganized and cluttered our house has become over the last month and it has been way more challenging than I anticipated to keep up with housework since E’s arrival. This month has been particularly crazy with our trip to Rhode Island at the end of August, a few family events, a weekend of solo parenting while Neil was away got work and then last weekend in Montreal, oh and not to mention the lack of naps around this house.

We were able to get quite a bit done Saturday, although our to do list is still a mile long. One thing I did accomplish is a chore/fitness goals/blogging chart for the month of October. There are incentive points to be earned for accomplishing goals and chores. I am hopping this will help us to stay in track and keep us motivated. I have a closet full of clothes that still don’t fit and I am ready to get back into them soon so fitness incentives and better meal planning should help.

Sunday we were up bright and early, actually we almost missed our window to wake up, and headed out to Neil’s 5k.  I had actually signed up for the race as well but unfortunately wasn’t feeling prepared to run so E and I went for a walk in the BOB while we waited for Neil. I also snacked on this new bar from Simple Squares, it was pretty tasty.  It was just what I needed to keep me satisfied before getting breakfast with Neil.

After the race (which Neil did really well in) we headed over to Healthy Living to meet up with friends for a little conversation, a bite to eat and to attend their little harvest festival outside.  We tried a number of samples from local vendors and listened to some music which put E right to sleep.  We decided to take advantage of her sleeping and headed back into Healthy Living to do our grocery shopping and let E nap in the Ergo for a bit.

We are planning on spending the remainder of our rainy weekend napping, catching up on blogs, watching the Yankees game and catching up on some house work. Oh and we are planning to make and devour some pumpkin pancakes with coconut whipped cream for dinner and then heading to bed on the early side and hoping E will to so that she wakes up good and happy to go to baby yoga tomorrow morning.

How did you spend your weekend?

Have you/are you planning to attend any harvest festivals? We didn’t make it to my favorite one this year because of the rain yesterday and Neil’s race today but at least we got to go to a little one.

Have you ever signed up for a race to find yourself unable to/not prepared to run it? what did you do?

Also if you are interested I am giving away these two items I found while cleaning out my closet (email me lindsay@runningwithtongs.com)

Moving Comfort size 36C sports bra- only worn maybe 5 times (got it right before I became pregnant and wasn’t able to wear it while pregnant/now)

Toning for Two tank size large (sorry it’s a blurry photo)