When did I last write a report card? Weeks and weeks ago…so here’s a quick explaination incase you forgot (or are new here). “Report Cards” are supposed to be my weekly reporting on how I’m doing with my Housewife Challenges which are my goals for myself, whether parenting, personal, or household related, and my attempts to make the reality of life with a toddler fit into the ideal that is those goals.
Because it’s not every day you can get dressed to the nines just to go to the beach.
Even if you really want to…or at least think you want to…or think you should want to…
So what are the challenges and how am I doing? Read on… Continue reading
Infant and toddler sleep may be one of the most controversial aspects of parenting. There are dozens of philosophies and ideas about where, how, and for how long babies should sleep. Alone. In the parent’s room. In a bassinet. In a co-sleeper (how that turns out). In the parent’s bed. On their backs. Swaddled. Or, cuddled right up next to mama. There are blankets and suits designed to get baby to sleep “better and longer,” and countless books about how to train babies to sleep on their own so parents can get a full night’s sleep — most of which completely go against the physiological infant sleep pattern. One of the first and most commonly asked question of a new parent is, “how are you sleeping?”
When we first had Nora, we didn’t really have a plan for sleep. There was a pack’n’play with a bassinet in our room, but I was also open to bed sharing; I figured I would just see how things would go. I knew for sure I was not down with “cry-it-out”.
Well, we didn’t make it out of the hospital before I started co-sleeping. She was inside me for 42 weeks; there was no way I could sleep with her in a plastic tub, even right next to my bed. So we started co-sleeping for my own security, and once I figured out how to lay down and breastfeed it was a done deal. Given a choice between adjusting a little and attaching a baby while still half asleep or waking up, getting her out of her bassinet, nursing her, and putting her back to sleep all before going back to sleep myself, seemed like a no-brainer. In addition to getting more sleep, cosleeping made the adjustment back to work easier, because I knew she was spending every possible moment with me while not at the babysitter’s house. Because it was so easy to nurse her in our bed throughout the night, I never felt that bothered by her waking or had any reason to try to change her body’s natural rhythm. We happily co-slept for the first nine months of Nora’s life. Continue reading
With the end of March, I was doing more than playing tricks on people. I was also celebrating kicking the butt of one of my most challenging Housewife Challenges: the grocery bill.
I wrote awhile back about my goal to keep our spending below $270 per month, or approximately $3 per day per person, but when Chris and I set down to make our super-conservative crunch-time budget, we decided to allocate $65 per week to our grocery envelope – for a total of $260 in March. We’re using an envelope system which forces me to stay on budget; it’s much easier to go over when you’re swiping a card instead of staring at cold hard cash. I don’t have to stick to the weekly amount, that’s just our guideline for how much to put in (and we had it filled by week two).
I was really happy because the end of the month…
I was proud to have $2.50 left in the envelope. That’s $2.50 more to spend this month, but it’s really a celebration because every time we stick to budget, we are able to save a little more for Papoose and paying off debt.
Being on budget was a challenge, I’ll admit. Continue reading
I love Sundays, I really do. But then, it’s hard not to love a day that starts out with Chris letting me sleep in.Saturdays and Sundays, Chris gets up early with Nora and I get to enjoy a bed to myself for a few hours. He has to put a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs to keep her from coming up to find me, but I am able to sleep uninterrupted past 7am. This morning when I got out of bed around 9, Nora was running around the living room munching on a waffle and wearing her bathing suit cover up.He said that she picked it out all by herself – she kept saying no to the clothes he got out until he held this up and she said, “Uh-huh, uh-huh!” It was pretty cute and some how appropriate since it was 50F out today! I know my friends and family in Texas are probably laughing that I’m excited by 50 degrees, but it really felt like spring. In fact, it was perfect for a long walk in only a sweatshirt and light jacket. Continue reading