Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dr. Who Challenge - #doctorwho20daychallenge

#doctorwho20daychallenge 
I originally found this on Instagram and thought it was a terrific idea…but I’m horrible about posting things each day so I decided to just write it up in a blog post instead. I should note that my answers are about the new doctors (Nine - Eleven) because they are the ones I have seen every episode of. I've seen quite a few of the older doctors but not all of them. I think ALL the Doctors are important and good, I'm just clarifying that the ones I'm talking about here are the newbies...a little disclaimer for the purists who may stop by. ;) And also obviously these are just my opinions and thoughts, you don't have to agree. So anyway, read on to listen to me pontificate, rant, and rave. I also included some fun Doctor Who gifs and pictures to illustrate my points. Enjoy! :)


Friday, April 11, 2014

Day 5: Beyond

Today is Day 5 of my "5 Days of Birth and Babies" as part of the Review Crew's "5 Days Of..." Blog Hop. My topic today is...beyond! What does that entail exactly? I'm talking about the postpartum period after you have a baby. Here are just a few things to check out and think about.

- This is a wonderful post on The Fourth Trimester that explains why newborn babies do the things they do and how to best soothe them as they adapt to "life on the outside." I think this should be a must-read for every new parent.

- Many moms deal with postpartum depression or anxiety but aren't sure how to deal with it, how to seek help, or even figure out if they have it or not. It's worth looking into even if you don't think you are depressed, so you can know the signs and symptoms for yourself and others. Check out the symptoms of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety from Postpartum Progress.

- I also highly suggest checking out the Fourth Trimester Bodies Project. Many new moms are surprised and shocked by the ways their body has changed (or continues to change) after having a baby. Nobody tells you when you get pregnant that you may end up with a lumpy tummy, some extra rolls, or a raft of stretch marks. It's nice to see pictures of totally normal mommas of all shapes and sizes - you're bound to see someone similar to you on there.

Day 1 - A Week of B's!
Day 2 - Bumps
Day 3 - Birth
Day 4 - Babies
Day 5 - Beyond

Also, please check out some of my fellow bloggers & the subjects they're talking about!
 Kathy @ Kathys Cluttered Mind ~ Fieldtripping Fun
Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road ~ Great Kids Reads
Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ Canadian Teachers Pay Teachers Stores
Kemi @ Homemaking Organized ~ Homekeeping for Girls and Boys
Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity ~ Planning Your Homeschool Year
Nikki @ Angels of Heart ~ Easter: The Cross for Preschoolers
Jenn @ Treasuring Life's Blessings ~ Family Friendly Finger Food
Lisa @ Golden Grasses ~ The Working Woman's Guide to Homeschooling

April Blog Hop

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Day 4: Babies

Today is Day 4 of my "5 Days of Birth and Babies" as part of the Review Crew's "5 Days Of..." Blog Hop. My topic today is....babies! Ah, babies...those sweet little bundles of joy that smell like heaven. Well, until their first diaper anyway. Oh yeah, and then they start squealing, screaming, and crying. And pooping more. And spitting up. Hmmm...

Tips & Tricks to Survive the First Few Weeks

- Support: Having support is key when you're first starting out as a mother! There are so many things that come up that you may never have encountered before. Enlist help from family, friends, support groups, friends who are mothers, church friends/family, or whoever you know will support your decisions and help to guide you if you encounter questions. Let them know specifically what you need such as childcare, breastfeeding support, food, baby sleeping advice, a little break, etc. (And it should go without saying that I don't mean to just demand things from people...ask people who are willing to help, thank them and return the favor!)
- Sleep: I don't know about you but I don't do well when I don't get enough rest. I think most people are the same way. So of course this makes having a new baby difficult as their sleep schedules can be much different than ours. People are quick to say "sleep when the baby sleeps." "Uh, then when am I supposed to do other things?!" is my response to that. And when you have more kids? Pretty much impossible. Just try to get as much REST as you can - even if you can't sleep, resting on the couch or relaxing in an easy chair works too. Other things may fall by the wayside and that is okay. (Let me repeat - that is okay.) Also please see my next point...
- Visitors: There are always people wanting to come see your new baby or visit with you - they also often say, "If there's anything I can do to help, just let me know!" My suggestion? Do it! Enlist their help. Ask them to hold the baby while you jump in the shower, take a quick nap, or get a bite to eat. Let them know how much you appreciate their help and that they are making your life so much better.
- Enjoy: Don't be afraid to say "no" when people ask you to take something on or invite you to something. Your baby is only going to be little for a short time (although it seems to drag on and on during those sleepless nights)

Day 1 - A Week of B's!
Day 2 - Bumps
Day 3 - Birth
Day 4 - Babies
Day 5 - Beyond

Also, please check out some of my fellow bloggers & the subjects they're talking about!
 Kathy @ Kathys Cluttered Mind ~ Fieldtripping Fun
Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road ~ Great Kids Reads
Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ Canadian Teachers Pay Teachers Stores
Kemi @ Homemaking Organized ~ Homekeeping for Girls and Boys
Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity ~ Planning Your Homeschool Year
Nikki @ Angels of Heart ~ Easter: The Cross for Preschoolers
Jenn @ Treasuring Life's Blessings ~ Family Friendly Finger Food
Lisa @ Golden Grasses ~ The Working Woman's Guide to Homeschooling

April Blog Hop

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Day 3: Birth

Today is Day 3 of my "5 Days of Birth and Babies" as part of the Review Crew's "5 Days Of..." Blog Hop. My topic today is....birth! And more specifically, tips and tricks to help your childbirth experience go smoothly.

Tips & Tricks for a Happy, Healthy Childbirth

- Hire a doula! I may be a little biased...but the more I learn about doulas, the more I see how useful they are. Nurses may have to come and go, doctors have other patients...you are the doula's sole priority. She is there to support you and your husband/partner. She can help you to follow your birth plan (that I mentioned yesterday) and advocate for you.
- Don't leave for the hospital too early. Obviously, this won't apply if you're having a homebirth but I've seen many people make the mistake of heading off to the hospital early and then having labor stall or slow down after they already get checked in. Make sure you know what your doctor/midwife expects/would like for you to do in regards of keeping them informed.
- Don't forget your bag of stuff...as long as it's the right stuff! ;) When I had my first baby, I packed a giant bag of "stuff" for the hospital - most of which I didn't even use at all. This list from Pregnant Chicken is great! And if you're having a homebirth, you're still going to need a bag/box of stuff but it's going to be slightly different. I got a kit from Cascade Health that my midwife had selected.
- Stay hydrated! Being able to eat may vary according to hospital policy but drinking water is pretty much universally okay. Make sure you keep a glass full and take sips from it as often as you can. Gatorade or homemade "labor-aide" are other good options.
- Know what helps you and ask for it. Does massage or touch help you when you're in pain? Ask your doula or labor partner for it. Chilled or overheated? Ask for blankets or a fan. Want to try the shower for pain management? Ask for it! Don't be afraid, this is your childbirth experience and you need to do what works for you.

Day 1 - A Week of B's!
Day 2 - Bumps
Day 3 - Birth
Day 4 - Babies
Day 5 - Beyond

Also, please check out some of my fellow bloggers & the subjects they're talking about!
 Kathy @ Kathys Cluttered Mind ~ Fieldtripping Fun
Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road ~ Great Kids Reads
Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ Canadian Teachers Pay Teachers Stores
Kemi @ Homemaking Organized ~ Homekeeping for Girls and Boys
Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity ~ Planning Your Homeschool Year
Nikki @ Angels of Heart ~ Easter: The Cross for Preschoolers
Jenn @ Treasuring Life's Blessings ~ Family Friendly Finger Food
Lisa @ Golden Grasses ~ The Working Woman's Guide to Homeschooling

April Blog Hop