Friday, January 29, 2010

Living Simply

Because I'm an internet junkie, my Google Reader is filled with subscriptions to all kinds of blogs and websites about cooking, parenting, cloth diapering, decorating...and of course the necessities like Look at this F*cking Hipster and Awkward Family Photos.

One of my more recent discoveries is a site called Simple Mom. I've only just started reading through it, but I wanted to share today's post about raising a child to live simply.

If you are like me, you want to raise a child who is grateful and kind. You might also live in a house that's not huge, so the possibility of the baby/toddler/child acquiring so much stuff is daunting.

This post is full of some lovely ideas that seem, well, simple, to incorporate into my habits while raising our child(ren). I hope you find it helpful, too!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Displaying the Name

My days are now occupied with just about three things: work, researching and registering, and enjoying the kicks and movement of a very active baby.

As I go through these days I'm both physically and mentally acquiring ideas and decorations for the nursery. One that is on my mind quite a bit is how to display our daughter's name.

The obvious choice is to hang those wooden letters on the wall, each probably hanging by a nice ribbon tied in a bow on top. But I just feel like that's done so often... I'd love to do something else.

Perhaps I should paint her name on a sign to hang... But I wonder if it would look a little too messy/homemade. Hmm.

I'm curious what other people have done. Anything a little unique, or different in some way? Please share!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Cloth Diapering - Part II

After looking around at some cloth diapering resources here in Western Massachusetts - specifically in the Pioneer Valley - I found A Child's Garden in Northampton.

I haven't been there yet, but my understanding of A Child's Garden is that it is a toy store as well as a wonderful resource for parents in the area, as they offer workshops on a variety of parenting topics such as Breastfeeding, Babywearing and - yep, you guessed it! - Cloth Diapering!

They are also one of the few retailers in this area of bumGenius diapers and products, a company of which I am just hearing more and more wonderful things as I continue to research this whole thing.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cloth Diapering

I find myself on the message boards of probably WAY more often than I should be, reading other people's concerns, questions and practices that I may not know much about, being the preparing-to-be-a-first-time-mom that I am.

Doing this often leads to hours of my looking up random topics, reading about them, learning more about them, which inevitably leads to learning about a related topic, and so I branch out my research further. . . and so on and so forth. For hours.

You get the picture. You know what I mean. You do it, too, right?

Anyway, in doing this I've developed a new obsession - or, um, baby-related matter - to focus on this week, to learn about. . . learning as much as I can now so I'm prepared when this whole thing baby thing becomes a reality.

New obsession: Cloth Diapering. (You couldn't tell from the title of this post, right?)

I've thought fleetingly about Cloth Diapering ("CD" from this point on) here and there since considering getting pregnant long ago. And figured I'd probably go the disposable route, because it's considered easier.

But now that it's all becoming real, I found myself really wanting to consider cloth diapers as an option, especially since they've come a long way in recent years, and I am trying to really limit our wastefulness in general. And saving money sounds good, which can definitely be done if using CD the right way.

I'm getting ahead of myself. I don't really know what I'm talking about. Yet.
But I've got big plans to do lots of research to find out what's out there, what the costs are, who to use, etc.

What I will do now, though, is share some links to some sites that offer what looks to be amazing and thorough information about CD, that some wonderful women on the bump have shared with me.

Perhaps you're in the same boat - wondering if you should consider CD, or already decided but would like some resources. Whatever your reason - here they are!

Cloth Diapering Blog
The Eco Friendly Family
Pinstripes and Polkadots
Jillian's Drawers
Green Mountain Diapers
Bum Genius (this brand seems to have a good following on thebump)
And something I'm VERY excited about: a $10 trial on Newborn Cloth Diaper items.

If you know something about Cloth Diapers, know a good site or tip, or just want to say hello, please leave a comment!

2010 Already?

I can't believe that it's already three days into the New Year. Amazing.

Got a feeling 2010 is gonna be a good year.
(Bonus points if you catch my reference here!)

I have been feeling our little one more and more - the swirling and twirling is getting much stronger now.

On New Year's Eve I had an ultrasound to finish up some measurements that weren't caught last time due to the baby's position, and we got to see our little girl yawn (twice!), suck her thumb, curl into a ball AND kick me - which I felt! That was the first time I'd felt her kick and it was very exciting. Since then I've not felt her "officially" kick, but instead have felt a hybrid twirl/kick, so I know we're getting there.

In the last days of 2009 we managed to get ourselves over to Ikea and pick up our Hemnes dresser which will double as a changing table in the nursery. We also got a couple fun accessories for the room, like a rug, some baskets and and more. We also did some painting, and put the crib together. I'll post pictures once the nursery is done, which won't be for quite a while since we're not rushing anything right now.

Now that we're getting well and good into 2010, I am just now finding myself considering the coming year, and have begun developing a List of Goals for this year. Not resolutions, but a To Do list, really, for the year. Random things I want to make sure happen.

For example, I want to make sure we make Sun Tea.

I'm considering breaking the list down by season. We'll see.

What are your goals/resolutions/challenges for the year? Is the first to become a follower of this blog? It's easy, do it now and feel accomplished for the day!

Happy New Year!