Swimming is for everyone!

Swimming Swimming Swimming

Wes and I love water…and now it seems that my little bug loves it too. We started him in swimming lessons just a little after his first birthday. They were expensive but worth it, the confidence he has near a pool of water is incredible.

While we were on vacation, I noticed a lot of kids who were afraid to get in the water, their ages varied from 2-6. A couple of parents were getting mad that their kids did not want to swim in the pool and kept telling them they were afraid. That boggled my mind, but it also made me realize that taking small, confident steps when they are younger can help prepare them (and this goes for things other than swimming).

Here are some of my tips for starting your baby out in the pool!

1. Find a pool that is heated. Babies like comfort and cold pools will not leave a good first impression.

2. Put them in a swim diaper (not the disposable but a true swim diaper), this will relieve your stress of them making a mess.

3. Sit on the step of the pool with your baby first. Let them soak in the sounds, colors and activities going on. Splash their feet and make it a game.

4. Once you’re in the pool, it’s okay if they hold on to you at first but try to hold them in front of you with your arm around their waist.

5. Sing, Sing, Sing.. If you make everything a song and fun, they are going to be more engaged and relate the pool to fun times.

6. After swimming, shower them and put sensitive lotion on them.

Also, once your baby is done swimming they are going to get hungry and tired extremely fast. I remember bringing Logan home, bathing him, giving him some milk and then his pacifier and he passed out in the bath towel instantly.

Do you swim with your babies?

Sugar Addiction

Sugar Addiction

 

My name is Meghan, and I am addicted to sugar.

All joking aside, I truly believe I have a sugar addiction. I’m not sure where the turn happened. Before I had Logan…The sugar monster came out once a month, and I’m sure you can guess when. After Logan, I crave it all the time. I can down a pan of brownies in two days, eat three cupcakes without blinking, and it has to stop. I truly have an addiction because I say to myself “Well, I just ate fruit so I can have a couple of tootsie rolls” or “I drank 8oz of water so It will wash away this candy bar.”

I feel like I am going to be the thinnest person ever dealing with diabetes if I don’t stop.

But. How do I stop?

My first step is to get rid of the sugar that isn’t needed. I’m talking cakes, candies, soda’s, etc. My second step is to have courage and lean on my husband for help.

…and see where it goes from there.

Give me your tips, idea’s, and encouragement. I know I’m going to need it.

He came – He saw – He concurred

Life's a Beach Life's a Beach Life's a Beach Life's a Beach Life's a Beach

We just got back from a little family vacation!

We headed to Laguna Beach, California… my home away from home.

I’ve been taking Wes here since we started dating nine years ago.

Logan hasn’t ever been to the beach; he’s never put his toes in the sand, watched the waves or felt the water splash on his face. Until now…

We went to the beach (not to play, just to stroll and enjoy Nicks…yummy) the second day we were on vacation. It was a nice cool day; the beach was pretty busy with families enjoying the weekend. When we took Logan down to the beach, his face was priceless. The ocean in front of him was life changing, he was in awe and started to gibber gabber. Then…a wave came up to shore and splashed his little feet. His eyes got big, and he smiled from ear to ear, at that moment, my child was hooked.

We loved you beach! Can’t wait to come back and build sand castles next year.

The 60 – 10 Project

I’ve decided to challenged myself to a $60 a week budget for food and $10 for food storage.

My husband thinks I’m nuts, but I love a good challenge.

Rules:

1. $60 a week in groceries (for three of us)

2. $10 a week for food storage (more on this later)

3. No beating myself up if I can’t achieve it

4. There has to be MEAT (per my husband)

Being frugal isn’t a new thing for me. In fact a lot of people are surprised when I tell them that there were times in my childhood/teenage years when our family was homeless. We lived in hotels and the front room’s of friends house’s. We struggled at times. I’ve always made a conscious effort to be frugal. Whether its clothes, travel, or more day-to-day activities. This will be a fun challenge to see if I still got it (and my wallet may thank me after ;-) )

Week One

shopping lst

How did I do?

I went over my $60 limit by $10.

How?

I wasn’t expecting…

My grocery store not having a fruit weigher. I had to guess and I WAS wayyyy off. The grapes ended up being $4 over budget and the cherries were $2 over budget. I also splurged and bought kettle corn smart pop at $4 a box.

food

What I saved!

I saved WITHOUT coupons… $24.78 which was 24% of my total.

That is successful in my book

What I cooked…

Yes, shopping lists are great BUT what the hell do you cook with it?!?!?

 Menu

Why we needed glasses…

Why we needed Glasses

 

Wow, I had a case of mom brain. I told you we got glasses, but I never explained why. With so many emails, tweets, and Facebook inquiries…I figured it’s time to explain.

Sometimes it’s a curse, other times it’s a blessing but I notice everything.

In this case, a blessing. When Logan was about six months old, I was changing him and noticed a small slip in his left eye but figured his eye was still growing, so I let it go. Then it happened again at eight months, then I noticed on two different occasions his eye was a little “off” in pictures. So at his twelve month check up, I brought it up and the doctor said if I was worried, don’t hesitate, take him to see a pediatric eye doctor. A few months went by before insurance was straightened out, and we went.

Logan’s eyes were dilated and they used pediatric specific tools to measure his eye. The final diagnosis was an Estropia. Esotropia is characterised by the eyes looking in different directions. Esotropia occurs when one eye looks forward and the other eye looks inwards. Squints are very common, affecting around 1 in 20 children born. However, not many people catch the more mild cases (such as Logan’s) and they can become worse. The muscles in his eyes do not work in tandem, yet.

If it’s not caught and corrected within an reasonable timeframe from noticing a “slip”. Left untreated esotropia can contribute to amblyopia, also known as the lazy eye. Once a child has Amblyopia it can cause a serious loss of vision and needs to be treated as early as possible. It cannot be corrected with glasses (like Estropia aka Logan’s condition), but can usually be improved by prohibiting the child from using their ‘good’ eye by placing a patch over it, which means that the affected eye has to start working. So when you see children with patches, most likely that’s the cause.

We will go back to the eye doctor every 3 months for the first year to monitor the condition and make sure it’s improving. The only other options for correction is a surgery (gulp).

Logan loves to wear his glasses, he only takes them off in his car seat, so we save the glass smudges and take them off before he gets in. Other than that, he loves them and gets a lot of compliments.

The Book Of Mormon

Book of Mormon Play

 

Can I just say… This play is hilarious, but it is even better if you were Mormon. At numerous points during the play…the few giggling in the crowd were dead give-a-ways of Mormons or ex-Mormons.

Surprise. I grew up Mormon.

Since this post isn’t about that, let’s just stick with… It wasn’t for me.
Back to the play.

I got a call from one of the founders of The Smith Center, and he offered me and my husband two tickets to the Thursday night show. And once the mad scramble to find a babysitter we were more than excited. This show sold out in less than ten minutes.

Our seats were center stage.

The play depicted a Mormon missionary experience. While, many things were portrayed in an out of order sequence…but none the less it was hilarious. The cast was phenomenal, the pipes on some of those actors were incredible. It makes me jealous I was born tone deaf. If you get a chance to see this show, take it, run with it and then call me with your thoughts.

Oh… and the handstand picture (welcome back signature pose) was taken in front of my friend’s pavilion, he was one of the founders and the one who gave us tickets. He’s awesome!!

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5 Things my 1 year old has taught me.

What my One year old taught me

Crazy how such a little person can teach you more about life than you teach them.

1. Be Patient – I am not a patient person by nature. I like things to happen and happen quickly. Logan, doesn’t, he wants it to be on his own terms. Rolling over happened at six months instead of four, sitting up at ten instead of six, and walking…he isn’t in a hurry. Even though I have a lot of mom guilt thinking that it is my fault, I’ve learned…be patient and don’t rush things.
2. Find Passion – Logan loves three things. Cheering for when sports are on, eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and his Biscuit books. Logan is so passionate about these three things that he has to have all of them at some point throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if it’s a recording of the game, or just a couple of bites…he has to watch, eat, and read the something every day.
3. Laugh, Every day – This kid…sounds like a smoker when he laughs, but he finds something to laugh at every single day. Whether it be Wes, and I tickling him, using his Biscuit stuffed dog to “nibble” his toes, or just laughing at us trying to sing to him. Laughing makes everything better.

4. Learn – They say you never stop learning. It’s true and now that Logan is learning new things, it makes me want to learn more so I can teach him.
5. Find Joy – Is he a joy when he is fussy? Is he a joy when he’s drooling? Is he a joy when he’s crying? No, but.. I find the joy in knowing that I need to soak it all in, good or bad because he isn’t going to be like this forever. The sticky handprints on my stainless steel, the random graham cracker on my chair, the cuddles after a good cry… it won’t be there forever.

and.

when.

all.

else.

fails.

Rip up a magazine and flap like a bird.

What my One year old taught me

I’ll Take One Please

One Child

Society is predictable these days. When you start to date someone, you are asked when you are going to get married. When you get married, you are asked when you are going to have a child. When you have another child, you get asked when the next one is coming. Now, granted, maybe people don’t have anything else to talk to you about besides the weather and your uterus is open season during this age.

Now that Logan is almost 17 months old, we have reached the territory of having another. Many of Logan’s friends are expecting a sibling in the near future, or the thoughts of having another are mapped out in other parent’s minds. Mine however…I’ll just take one, please. It is hard for me to explain to people that I am content, happy, blessed, and so madly in love with Logan that I don’t need another child.

Yes, he is getting more independent, yes, he is growing out of his baby stage, and yes, I will miss it. That doesn’t mean I need to have another child. Being a mother was something I never thought too much about. I wanted to have a career, be a CEO, and not live the way I did growing up. I wanted a stable income, car, house, a husband, and the freedom to live life without too many worries. When Wes and I decided to have Logan, we wanted him and within five months of trying we had him, our little man.

My ovaries don’t ache when I see or hold other newborns, my motherly instinct doesn’t burn to have another. I hated being pregnant. A lot of people tell me and Wes every day… He won’t have a built in friend; he’ll be lonely, don’t you want a girl (god, no…) and what I say to that…None of those is a good enough reason to have another child.

Having just Logan means, I can give him everything. I don’t have to split time between siblings, share financial choices between siblings, break up fights, have an extra bedroom, put up with the heartache and worry of two (one is enough in this category).

Do I think it’s wrong that women have more than one child?? Absolutely not! I think it’s fantastic, because that is what she chose.

I choose one.

One Little Man

One Set of Milestones

One Experience

One True Love

One Child

Logan’s Style

I’ve been asked quite a few times about Logan’s style from new mom’s who had plans of tutu’s and glitter and now they are faced with a market that isn’t favorable….little boys clothes.

Logan is sporty. All of his clothes are comfortable but not baby…he’s never worn monkey clothes and I hate baby blue.

Don’t stress. Yes, it is harder but it can be done. Cute boy clothes take a little bit of work but it isn’t impossible.

Sporty Baby Outfits

Kahki’s – Children’s Place – Under Armour T-shirt - Under Armour

Sporty Baby Outfits

Under Armour Polo – Under Armour – Old Navy Shorts – Old Navy

Sporty Baby Outfits

Yankee Jersey – Baby Fans, Jeans – Quicksilver, Shoes – Zappos

Sporty Baby Outfits

Nike Shirt – Ross Dress For Less, Nike Shorts – From a Set at TJ MAXX – Nike Shoes – Zappos (similar)

Sporty Baby Outfits

Under Armour Shirt (comes with shorts) - Under Armour, Shorts – Gift From Grandma – Shoes – Zappos