- In this crazy world of mommy-bloggers, instagram, and Pinterest it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the great things parents do for their children—or the amazingly cute houses, tasty food, cool crafts, and trendy parties. I don’t know how many times I have told my husband that I wish I were better at being a mom and wife. He always looks at me like I am CRAZY and tells me I’m awesome. But, it was good to read “Your Children Wants You” today and see that not only am I not the only one, but my kid might actually appreciate me for me someday.
- Even though I might whine about the occasional biting, I really love nursing my son. It is great for the lazy person in me that doesn’t want to deal with bottles! But, I am still amazed by women who not only make it work, but they make it work with twins. Boho Mama gives an update on breastfeeding twins (although it applies some to those single kiddos as well) with some seriously great advice!
- I’m always trying to stay inspired for my many projects that I work on. These “5 Tips for Staying Inspired” and a free on-line course on “Finding Your Muse” have helped me stay on track!
- I have a blogging friend that recently found out that she is expecting her second boy! If you haven’t been to Vintage Pretty Pearl’s blog yet go check it out and say congrats! You’ll want to dig through her amazing DIY posts and outfit posts while you are there.
- Also, a dear friend of mine was recently laid of from their job. She is getting back into blogging and is looking for work as she goes. Check out her blog and encourage her…. she is a great writer and a lot of fun to read!
|Working Logo for the Portland Bloggers Meet-Ups|
Today has been a long day… So, my original post for today is being moved to a different day. If you really miss me a lot then you are welcome to pop over to my other blog to see today’s post. I’ll be back here tomorrow.
But, I can’t leave without posting some of my little guy’s 8 Month Photos. He is a wiggly little guy. I love his big personality. I see my husband in his big blue eyes and long legs. I see me in how impatient he is and his loudness.
If you need to see more of this cute little bug check out his other monthly photos!
|Pretty outdoor lanterns and chairs.|
|Succulents were everywhere!|
|Really gorgeous cloth napkins in a variety of colors and prints- and not too expensive at 4 for $16|
|I want this table SO bad.|
|Sam from Sam Rosen taking a photo of The Paper Mama at a really cool West Elm Coffee Table in front of some awesome paper mache animal busts.|
|Sam and myself right before the tour.|
See those adorable little teeth poking out of that sweet little mouth? Yeah, those little things are the source of a lot of pain, frustration, and worry. His first two teeth (bottom front teeth) came in fairly easily. He was cranky a few evenings and he drooled like crazy. But, then they came up and the cranky was gone! Currently, though, he has eight teeth coming in all at once.
The past few days have had a lot of screaming. But, that hasn’t been the worst part.
When he got his first two teeth he bit me while nursing. I jumped three feet and he didn’t bite again. But, now that he is getting even more teeth he has been biting every time I breastfeed him. Jumping hasn’t helped. Stopping the feeding hasn’t helped. If this continues weaning may have to happen…something I didn’t want to do until he was at least a year old.
I’ve googled quite a bit about biting while breastfeeding and have found a lot of sources with ideas on why it is happening and how to prevent it. Some of these sources have only succeeded in making me feel like a bad mom.
I typically love Kellymom.com for breastfeeding advice. But, this quote made me so frustrated:
“If your baby is nursing properly, then you should not feel teeth, even if baby has a mouthful of them. And keep in mind that it’s physically impossible for baby to nurse and bite at the same time, because the tongue covers the bottom teeth/gum when baby is nursing.”
So, my child who has been nursing successfully for the past 8 months all the sudden is not nursing properly? And, yes, the tongue covers the bottom teeth/gum, but his top teeth are the ones that are getting me currently.
The posts also says that most moms only experience this problem “for a couple of weeks.” I’m sorry if this makes me a terrible mom… but, being bit on my nipple every feeding for a couple of weeks doesn’t sound like something I can go through.
Well, there is 30 minutes (my time) to wish you happy Easter….so, Happy Easter! I hope you had a lovely spring day. I worked today and then enjoyed a late Easter dinner with friends. It was fun!
I think my ideal Easter would include a late Easter brunch ( hello mimosas!) and a fun Easter egg hunt. Someday!
My sister sent me photos from her Easter celebration in Oklahoma. She made a lovely table!
She even made an Easter basket for her dog, Betty. So cute!
I didn’t plan on having an Easter dinner, but enjoyed a last minute soirée. I even decorated the table last minute.
It was a fun evening! What did you do for Easter?
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I have 40 more minutes (my time) to wish everyone a very happy Easter. I worked this morning, but was fortunate enough to spend a sunny afternoon with my baby and the evening dining with friends. X got his very first Easter basket! It had a bunch of new baby foods (we make some and buy others), teething biscuits, a rubber duck (he loves his other one), and a new stuffed toy. So fun!
How was your Easter?
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|How I feel when I think about all this social networking stuff!|
|My Social Networking Folder on my iPhone|
- Ditched my blogger profile and connected my blogs to my Google+ profile. I’m still not digging Google+, but I do like that someone can click on my name and find out ways to contact me, see a quick bio, and even get to see things I’ve put out for the public to see.
- Ditched my twitter accounts for my separate blogs. I thought I would want to keep my name private and just for my friends to look at…. I’ve decided that Twitter is a public enough venue that I’m going to just use it that way. I’ll keep my personal Facebook for friends only and twitter open to people I find interesting and who are interested in what I do.
- Moved most of my important e-mail work to two essential e-mail addresses. Things basically get filtered into these two accounts so that I don’t need to worry about checking all of my accounts and keeping 4 different sets of contacts!
- I am now utilizing many of the iPhone’s great apps and capabilities to stream-line my social-networking. My favorite apps for streamlining my social networking scene are:
|My Wunderkit App with my many different “Workspaces” listed and my daily TO DO checklist on the left hand corner. Wunderkit is part organizing app and part social networking app!|
The Easter bunny is hopping our way, which means it is time to plan your festivities for Easter Sunday. Regardless of whether you celebrate the sacred or secular aspects of Easter, this holiday offers a great excuse to gather your loved ones and plan a day that the whole family can enjoy.
Planning activities to keep the kids entertained is always important – because if the kids are having fun, it gives the adults the opportunity to have some fun too. Planning an elaborate Easter egg hunt can keep the kids occupied and excited. Disney’s Family Fun has some great tips for putting together a fun-filled hunt for the kiddies. We suggest that you invite the Easter bunny himself to join in the fun – the kids will be thrilled!
In addition to hosting a hunt, you can also set up a craft station, and let the children decorate their own Easter eggs. Hard-boiled eggs, paint and glitter is all you need to let the little ones channel their inner artist. Plus, they can take their beautiful creations home with them.
A little entertainment could also go along way this Easter. If you are having a large gathering with a lot of kids, you may want to hire a performer to engage the youngsters. Balloon twisters, magicians and clowns would all put on a great holiday show!
Of course, no Easter would be complete without festive Easter baskets. Punchbowl offers a variety of basket ideas that will help you customize the perfect gift for any recipient – young or old.
To decorate for your Easter party, try to DIY and put together a festive party styling without breaking the bank. You can get a lot of inspiration from the internet – start with stopping by the craft and décor section of Martha Stewart’s website. You will find tons of adorable ideas that are perfect for Easter (like these tulip egg basket centerpieces and adorable Easter egg wreaths).
Great food and some tasty drinks will keep the adults entertained on this lovely holiday. Brunch is a popular Easter meal, as is dinner, and we found some great recipes for both! If you are serving brunch, this baked French toast casserole, looks absolutely amazing. If your celebration involves a traditional Easter dinner, this tangerine-glazed Easter ham with baby carrots will surely wow your guests. Looking to serve some scrumptious cocktails? Fresh strawberry bellinis or a champagne punch would work for either a brunch or dinner meal.
Want to keep the kids busy while everyone eats their meal? Download these adorable (and free) coloring pages from Kaboose. The kids can color their favorite pictures while you get to enjoy a delicious meal.
Good luck with your party planning. We hope you have a wonderful holiday. Happy Easter!
This post was a guest post written by Nicole Steeger. She is the Marketing Manager at GigMasters.com, the #1 event entertainment booking service, guiding party planners and hosts to the perfect entertainment for any event. GigMasters combines the efficiency of the web with the personal touch of a private event planner. From bands and DJs, to balloon twisters and fire dancers; GigMasters can help you find the life of your party. For more entertainment advice from the GigMasters team, check out their party blog and wedding blog.
My week has been an eventful one! I’ve spent all week dealing with a teething baby, a huge freelance writing deadline, and learning more about social networking.
The teething baby and I had to see the doctor after a day of screaming (him, not me…although, I was close to it). We found out that on top of trying to get 6 new teeth at one time he also has a bit of thrush. So, we got some meds for that and he seems to be doing better.
I am so behind on a freelance writing project that I’m spending every free moment writing. I even managed to write one story mainly on my phone!
Lastly, I am twittering, blogging, face-booking, Pinteresting, Wunderkiting, Google+ing and more. I was fortunate enough to be invited to learn all about West Elm’s summer line. So much pretty stuff all in one place! And, I’ve been gathering sponsors and supplies for the April 14 blogger meet-up! That is just over ONE week away!!
Last week I had the opportunity to visit OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) for the first time. I went with an 8-year-old girl and my almost 8-month-old son. It was so cool to see how into everything the 8-year-old got. I’m a bit of a science geek (robotics club, science camp, and built a computer once kind of geek) so I was incredibly excited to see so many kids having a good time learning about science. There was a lot of items for all ages. I really enjoyed the special LEGO exhibit. The 8-year-old loved building a salmon friendly damn and stream. And, my son loved the ball pit and soft padding of the infant playground.
Things I learned about a trip to OMSI:
1. Plan for an entire afternoon. We went for 4 hours and there were so many more things I wanted to see!
2. Don’t go on Spring Break if you don’t like crowds.
3. Don’t go when it rains if you don’t like crowds.
I can’t wait to go again!
BTW- this post was not sponsored in any way- I just happened to really enjoy my trip and would like to recommend it to parents in the PDX area!
|Pretty fresh flowers, fun fabrics, and woodland characters decorated the sprinkle.|
|As guests entered the room they were asked to leave a message for the family in a children’s story book.|
|I sent my husband to buy the book. I told him it needed to have Forest Animals in it..He came back with Bear In Underwear by Todd H. Doodler— not what I had in mind for a baby girl. But, it was a cute little book! Oh, and the underwear on the bear on the cover were made of real cotton underwear-like material.|
|I bought a selection of different sized onesies and left out some fabric paint and markers for everyone to decorate onesies for the new baby girl. There were some really cute ones in the mix!|
|One of the big focal points was the Dessert Table with cookies and three kinds of cupcakes.|
|We had Toadstool Cupcakes, Spice Cupcakes, and Owl Cupcakes at the party…. check back tomorrow for recipes and tips!|
|“Rabbit Food,” “Caprese Toadstools,” and “Tree Ring Pinwheels” rounded out the foods. Check back for recipes tomorrow!|
|Small Jars of Strawberry Freezer Jam went home as favors.|
|Seriously, how cute is this family?|