Etc.

A few random thoughts over my lunch break. . .

We're doing six month pictures in a week and a half. How did my baby get to be six months already? Anyway, Derek and I might be in some of the pictures too, and I decided to take a little shopping trip to see if I can find something cute to wear. What does one wear for her son's six month pictures? Any cute ideas? I think this calls for a search on Pinterest.

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My friend Amber wrote a post about copy cats. I think you should all go read it. You can tell me what you think here too, but leave Amber a comment while you're there.

I may or may not want to know what you all have to say because I've found myself in similar situations before. I love it when people copy me, just not when they pretend it was all their own idea! It's not nice, and it puts you in such a dilemna.

It could be unintentional sometimes though, and I get that - they might actually think it is their own idea.

Then there's that Bible verse about being humble and sitting in the lower place so that you will be called up to the head of the table, instead of the other way around (Luke 14), so I'm thinking you shouldn't say anything (unless they ask?).

Anyway, go read Amber's example and tell me what you think.

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I love when patients tell me I do a good job. Really, you learn so much being a caregiver and a patient. Since becoming a hygienist, I try to let my doctors or nurses know when they do something well, because I so appreciate it when patients let me know! It makes me like them, and the next time they come in I'm anxious to make sure I do a good job again - after all, I don't want to let them down! So the patient wins too. Try it next time you go to a doctor or dental appointment.

Okay, that's all. Have a great weekend everyone!



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Moms And Babies - Meghan






This week for Moms And Babies I'm featuring Meghan from My Beautiful Life! I found Meghan's blog a few months ago, and since then we've become good blog friends. I love reading about her adorable little boy, and her posts about her walk with the Lord are always challenging to me! Read on to learn more about her.


Tell us a little about yourself.

Hey friends! I'm Meghan, a wife to Dustin and a new mom to our five month old son Donovan. I am also a second grade teacher returning to work full time (yikes) in the fall. We live just outside of the San Diego area. My husband and I are both Christians. I gave my life to The Lord when I was 19 and have been growing, falling, getting back up, and learning every step of the way since.



What's your baby's name and how old is he?

Our son's name is Donovan James. You can read more about the name we chose for him here. Donovan is almost 6 months old.


Give us an idea of what a typical day looks like for you.

I've learned that just when I'm getting comfortable in a routine, our mini man likes to mix it up. He's always keeping me on my toes. As of right now, like this week, Donovan wakes up around 6:45. I get him out of his crib, feed & change him, and bring him to bed with me to cuddle until I feel like a functioning human being. The rest of the morning between 7 and 9ish includes: coffee, letting D jump in his jumparoo while I shower and get ready and do a few things around the house. He usually goes down for his first nap around 9:30. This is typically when I try to spend some time doing devotions and catching up on blogs. After he wakes up he eats, gets a new diaper, you know that routine... and then we're off to do whatever we have planned for the day: beach, errands, play date etc. I'm usually home by 4:00. When Donovan goes down for his afternoon nap I try to catch up on whatever’s on my to-do list for the day. The hubs gets home from work in the late afternoon. We hang out as a family and begin Donovan's night routine at 7:30. Bath, jammies, feeding. Around 8:00 I start cooking dinner. I know it's late, but it works for us… for now. The rest of the night is for Dustin and I to eat, hang out, watch tv, or read. And then off to sleep until the lovable chaos begins again.




If you had to choose three words to describe your baby's personality, what would they be?

Loving, silly, determined.



What's your favorite part about being a mom?

I really do love it all. I have always dreamed of being a mommy and I want to pinch myself every day. I just can't believe how lucky I am to have Donovan in my life. He is a gift and I am so grateful that God has entrusted us to be his parents. My favorite time of day with Donovan is probably rocking him to sleep at night. His eyes are heavy, it's quiet, and I'm able to reflect on how incredibly blessed I am to be his mom. There is something so endearing about a little one drifting off to sleep.



Do you have any tips on losing the baby weight?

Nope. Ha! It hasn't been easy for me. I seriously thought the weight would just melt off while I was breastfeeding and it did... at first. Until I hit a plateau. I think it's WORK. If you're motivated to lose it, you can. But I'm like a yo-yo. One week I'm doing great, eating healthy, walking Donovan, doing crunches and push-ups while he's in his jumparoo, The next day I'm scarfing down whatever I can get my hands on and way too lazy to even think about exercising. I gained about 45 pounds with my pregnancy and I've lost about 35 of it. Still eager to get that last 10 off for good. I'll get back to you on that. ;)

What have you and your husband done since your baby's arrival to keep your relationship strong?

We've been really bad about date nights. We've only been on 2 since Donovan was born. But we really value the time we have together after Donovan goes down for the night. Like I mentioned, I cook dinner late, so we'll eat dinner & have a glass of wine and just talk at the table for a long time without interruption. We spend the rest of the night either watching tv or a movie together or reading. It's our own version of date night, every night. I blogged a bit more about me and the Mr. post baby here.




Are there any must-have products that you would recommend to other moms?

I think every stage of development has different must-haves... I'm sure we'll have many more to come. Some of our biggest Godsends so far have been Donovan's swing, play mat, and jumparoo. All of these things have allowed Donovan to be occupied and entertained while I can get a few things done for myself or around the house. We also love swaddleme swaddles for nighttime and aiden & anais swaddle blankets for just about everything (nursing cover, stroller cover, tummy time blanket etc.)

What has been your favorite moment or outing as a family so far?

We just took Donovan for his first real day hanging out at the beach. It was so meaningful to me because the beach is my all time favorite place to spend time and I was raised living at the beach all summer long.




Any advice for first-time mothers?

I think new moms need to have realistic expectations. The first few months were really challenging for me, but it gets so much easier. Surround yourself with good friends and family that will be there for you even when you're cranky, exhausted, and feel like you might snap. And try your hardest to keep God a priority in the mix of it all. My devotional time fills up my soul each morning. I feel like a better momma and wife when I take the time and dedicate my day to Him. More about that here.


Thanks Meghan! Check out Meghan's blog to read more!

Guest Post For Julie


The post below was originally posted as a guest post for Julie at Back To Basics blog - I'm just re-posting it here for my own records.

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First of all, thank you Julie for having me! I love reading Julie's blog, and I am so honored to be doing a guest post for her!

Ever since Julie asked me to do a guest post, I've been desperately attempting to come up with something to write about. Nothing was coming to me. I've never drawn such a blank when trying to think of a post.

I was thinking about it again one night last week, because my window of opportunity was quickly closing, and I asked my husband what he thought I should write about. He quickly said I should write about lint.

Lint? Obviously he was joking, and he did get a chuckle out of me. But since I'm desperate, I'm taking it and running with it. Except about laundry, not lint.

Laundry and I have a love/hate relationship. I really love doing loads of laundry - throwing clothes in the washer and dryer knowing they will soon be clean makes me happy.

Oh, but once they get out of the dryer, the hating begins. I hate folding laundry. Hate it. If you were to take a picture of my laundry room every day, you would see the "clean" basket gradually getting fuller and fuller, until it's overflowing, and still I do nothing about it.

I think I secretly just hope that my husband will notice and take over the folding duties - and he sometimes does. But sometimes I just have to buckle down and fold them myself.

Because of this hate for laundry folding, I am torn when coming to a decision about whether to wash something. You know how alot of new moms change their baby's outfit every time they spit up on themselves? Not in this household. My baby doesn't get out of the outfit he's in unless he makes a serious mess in it (if you know what I mean).

But then on the other hand, I'm a bit of a germaphobe. That's what working in the dental field will do to you. If there's even a possibility that some spit got on my scrubs, they need to be washed. And they need to be washed separately from the rest of our laundry, because I don't want to contaminate other clothes with the spitty-ness. I've even considered running an empty load between my scrubs and the rest of our laundry, with bleach, just so I can be sure there's no germs remaining in the washer.

Clearly I have issues.

As I was thinking over all of this laundry stuff, I started considering how this relates to my faith. Do you know that laundry is mentioned in the Bible? Take a look at these verses.



"All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away."

Isaiah 64:6


Even when we give our best, our righteous acts are like filthy rags when compared to God's righteousness.

I'm sure some of you wives and mothers can relate to the "filthy rags" part. Think the rags you use to clean your bathroom, or even better, cloth diapers. Yep.

But there is hope!

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool."

Isaiah 1:18

When we put our faith In Jesus, he will miraculously take those "filthy rags" and make them "white as snow", by covering us with His righteousness!

Infinitely better than any laundry detergent. Through Jesus, we have victory!

And my favorite . . .

"The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels."
Revelation 3:5

I love that if we believe in Jesus, when we get to Heaven God will give us white clothes to wear.

Rarely do I dare to wear white, especially with a new baby - something always stains it. But somehow I don't think it will be possible for our heavenly white clothes to get stained.

I like that.

Something to think about next time you have to fold those clothes.





What I Think About Laundry

Today I'm doing a guest post for Julie at Back To The Basics! Julie and I have been blogging friends for a over a year now, and I was so flattered when she asked. I love reading about her sweet family!

And what did I decide to do my guest post on? Here's a little excerpt:

First of all, thank you Julie for having me! I love reading Julie's blog, and I am so honored to be doing a guest post for her!

Ever since Julie asked me to do a guest post, I've been desperately attempting to come up with something to write about. Nothing was coming to me. I've never drawn such a blank when trying to think of a post.

I was thinking about it again one night last week, because my window of opportunity was quickly closing, and I asked my husband what he thought I should write about. He quickly said I should write about lint.

Lint? Obviously he was joking, and he did get a chuckle out of me. But since I'm desperate, I'm taking it and running with it. Except about laundry, not lint.


Click here to read the rest!



Vacation Worries

I know, I know. The two words in the title do not go together, but read on. I need advice.

Derek and I booked our vacation!

We're planning on going to see Derek's brother and sister-in-law. Unfortunately not until September, so it'll be a late summer/early fall vacation. But I'm still so excited!

I'm just so happy that it worked out for us to go on vacation this year to see them. I wasn't sure we were going to be able to get away at all. I'm looking forward to seeing our family and spending one of our days at the beach! Not to mention just sightseeing in a state I've never toured. And this way they'll get to meet Wyatt before he turns a year old, which is preferable!

However, I must say that though I'm excited about going on vacation, I am not excited about flying out there. I'm nervous about (1) Wyatt crying on the plane, and (2) the new airport security measures.

I know that the change in pressure that comes with flying can be kind of rough on babies, and I'm worried that Wyatt might cry through the whole flight if his ears won't pop. Someone told me that sucking on something can help? But he won't take a pacifier anymore. I'm just going to have to make sure we have a bottle ready.

Does anyone have any tips on how to make take-off and landing easier on a baby? Any other general tips for navigating the airport or plane?

Thankfully Derek's brother and sis-in-law have a stroller and a carseat, so we don't have to lug those through the airport. It really does make things less complicated.

I'm just hoping that if he does cry, no one gives me dirty looks. Or yells at me. I don't think I can handle that.

Secondly, I'm kind of worried about getting randomly selected to go through the stupid x-ray machine, or even worse having to get the new "pat-down". I'm sure you've all heard about it.

Have any of you had to deal with the new security measures at the airport? Was it a big deal, or am I being a worry wart? I'm pretty sure I'm being a worry wart, but I just don't fancy the idea of going through an x-ray machine that can see through my clothes, or going through a super invasive pat-down.

Thoughts? Tips?

I'm all ears.

Spacing Babies

I've been reading alot of article related to ways to space your children lately. There seems to be two different schools of thought when it comes to spacing children.

There is the group that wants their kids to be close together in age so they will be closer friends as they grow up (or there may be other reasons).

There is the group that wants their kids spaced out more so the older child is more independent and they can give each new baby an equal amount of attention (there's probably other reasons here too).

Then there are those who only want one child anyway, so the discussion is irrelevant (would that make that three schools of thought?).

And there is probably even another philosophy on this whole subject that I'm not aware of yet!

Of course, I have my opinion, but I want to hear what all of you think about spacing kids.

If you have siblings, how many years apart were you? Did you like it or dislike it?

When you have kids, how do you think you'll space them? Or if you already have kids, how did you decide?

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Maybe this is a good time for another poll! Here are the results from the dinner poll last week:

How often do you make dinner for your family?

A. I make dinner every night. Very rarely do I not cook dinner: 29 (42%)

B. Four or five nights a week, when we don't eat out: 26 (38%)

C. Two or three nights a week. Sometimes we eat out or the hubby makes dinner: 10 (14%)

D. One or less nights a week. My husband cooks or we just eat out: 3 (4%)

Number of votes: 68


Honestly, I'm really impressed with how often you all make dinner! I actually probably fall somewhere between options C and D, depending on the week. Just being honest here. I'm attempting to get better at this though. Thanks to everyone who voted!

New question on baby spacing is up. Vote to the right. Or if you don't mind making your position public, comment below!



Summer Giveaway Winner!

Time to announce the winner of my summer giveaway!

Here's how it worked - I wrote down each entry in list form, then I went to Random.org to choose a random number. This is what Random.org gave me:



Which, when compared to the list, corresponds with:



Melissa from Little Mrs. Married!

Melissa, if you're reading this, go ahead and e-mail me your address - otherwise I'll be in contact shortly!

Thank you to everyone who entered!



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