Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My Friend is pregnant!

My Friend (you know who you are!) just found out she is pregnant with her first child. I am so excited! I told her I would post some tips from my own experiences of pregnancy.

I had really bad morning sickness. Really bad. So bad, in fact, it was ALL DAY AND NIGHT sickness. I lost weight with my pregnancies, and only gained after my seventh month. I tried medication, it didn't work. So, I coped with the fact that I would get sick at any time of day, no matter where I was. I hope you find these tips helpful if you have the same problem.

1. Stay hydrated. Drink whatever you can, but only little sips throughout the day. Little caffeine, no carbonation. An old trick from our grandmothers time was to drink flat coca cola classic (not diet). I found out that the local pharmacy sells cola syrup to drink as a nausea treatment.

2. Always have an empty fast food cup with a lid on hand in the car. I can't tell you how many times I would get sick in the car. I couldn't stop the car and run with two or three children into a restroom, so I would simply get sick in the cup, then put the lid on the cup and throw it away at our next stop. I know its gross, but I am telling you, this is a life saver! And, go ahead and have a change of clothes in the car. Just in case.

3. Always have something in your tummy. Never get to the point where you are hungry. Your blood sugar tanks, then you feel sick and can't eat. Its a vicious cycle. Have small healthy, high protein snacks throughout the day. My favorite was cheese, crackers, deli meat and an apple. A PB&J sandwich is also good. The trick is to eat a snack that contains protein that keeps you feeling full and a simple sugar that gives you an immediate boost. I always ate protein at night because in the morning I needed to be able to function!

4. Eat what looks good. I was a vegetarian when I became pregnant with Dear Daughter #1. Then I started craving Roast beef sandwiches from Arby's! I hadn't had one in years! But, I found out that I was iron deficient, and my body was craving the iron from the red meat. One pregnancy it was soft tacos from Taco Bell. Another it was BLT salads from Wendy's. Just eat what looks good, its hard enough to keep things down.

Thats all for now! I'll post more stuff tomorrow! I LOVE you Friend! Congrats!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Baby stuff

I am potty training one daughter and feeding a toddler. I am a busy mommy, and it wasn't until I had a conversation with a mother of one child, that I realized I might have a little bit of expertise to share in the area.

I always try to make healthy meals and just grind up my own baby food in a food mill. The one I love best is by kidco. I own three. One is in the diaper bag and two are in rotation at the house. I have used these for all four of my kids, and I am always surprised when someone (at a restaurant or at a dinner party) has never seen one!

When potty training, I wait until they tell me they are ready. Then, I use padded underwear until they stop having accidents. They are called "training pants". I don't use disposable training pants, they are too much like diapers. The kids get the uncomfortable feeling of wetting themselves, but you have less of a mess to clean up. Win/Win.

I also love this potty seat. Because we have such a small living space, I love finding products that save space. This potty seat attaches onto the seat and just flips up when one of the other kids needs to use the restroom. No dealing with putting the seat on in a hurry or finding space to store the unused potty seat. Brilliant. We have the Safety 1st one, but other "flip" potty training seats are out there, and worth getting.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Freezer Paper Stencil for t-shirts

Cut out desired shape out of Freezer paper. I asked my butcher for some free, as it was for a girl scout project. Iron the stencil, plastic side down, on med/hi heat with no steam. I ironed it in with a piece of board underneath, so I could really push down and make a good seal.

Apply your paint. I chose the puffy paint, but in retrospect, it turned out a little hard. I would choose a thinner fabric paint next time. But It was a girl scout project and this was a fun way to apply paint.

We added fairy dust, because that's how we roll.

Viola! Peel off the stencil when the paint is still a little wet. Otherwise, it might peel the dried paint off the shirt as well.

Which is worse?

My daughter got a Toto for Christmas. He is cute enough.

Except for when he is provoked. Scary.

Who is scarier? I don't know. One thing is certain, neither is happy.