Safety Sunday

So, instead of one of my normal posts about things going on in my life, I am wanting to do a Safety Sunday every Sunday with one articular topic each Sunday, so that maybe it may help a new momma, a grandmother who never knew better and all those in between.

 

This Safety Sunday I want to talk about safe sleep, as this seems to be a huge discussion on what’s right, and what may be just the wrong thing to do. All of this information is based off of ADA and WHO standards, just so you know where I have decided to pull my information off of.

 

First and foremost, safe sleep is always back to sleep. This means baby is on their back whenever they’re put in their cribs/cots. A huge reason for this is due to the choking risks associated with tummy-sleeping.

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Next for safe sleep in nothing in the baby’s crib or cot. Baby will have plenty of time when they’re older to have blankets, stuffies and such. It is recommended that for the first 6 months at least, but all the way up to a year, nothing but a fitted sheet should be in the baby’s crib/cot. If baby is cold, you can put him/her in a sleep sack.

 

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Along with nothing in crib/cot, please remember that it is not only recommended, but needed that you choose to skip the crib bumpers, as they pose more of a risk than not. Yes, even the mesh  bumpers and suffocate Baby, so it’s just better to forgo these.

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Finally, no smoking around baby is of course what all parents would do, I would hope.

 

It’s also highly recommended that baby shares a bedroom with parents for up to a year, as this reduces SIDS by 50%, which is a lot when talking about your baby’s life.

 

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I hope everyone enjoyed my Safe Sunday post and that this finds a parent in need somewhere. If you have something you would like me to go over on a Safe Sunday, hit me up and I will gladly take a look at it. Have an Awesome Sunday!

What Do We Eat?

For National Nutrition Month, I thought it would be appropriate to show and explain how my household has changed their way of eating so that we could all be healthy and think about what we put into our bodies and how that effects us. With my Mother-In-Love having diabeties and being overweight, along with the fact Big Chewy and I are just plain overweight, we need to be well aware of the positives and negatives of what is being put in a used. Granted, it is far from perfect right now, but it’s getting better.

 

The first thing we did was stop eating bread. Now, we didn’t 100% stop having carbs, but we are on minimal carbs, as my mother-in-love shouldn’t have them. We’ve done this before and the result was her A1C going down, so that’s the goal this time as well. It also fills you less so you can do the “mini meals throughout the day.” I know this isn’t always possible, as many humans are too busy to do it, but if you pack something small, like a couple grapes or tomatoes, I think it could work well for you.

 

Dinner consists of meat and a veggie, sometimes two. I  used to always make sure that there was a potato with dinner, sometimes fried and sometimes baked. I am very proud to say that we haven’t had potatoes in our house in a long, long time. Instead, I kinda go overboard on the veggies. I’ll make like…steak with some salad and some spinach. Don’t let anyone say this isn’t okay though, because it is. It works well for my family.

 

Finally, we eat consistently.  Before, when we would eat, it was kinda sporadic and mostly junk food. Now we are on a more straight forward time and pretty consistent with time and with the mindfulness that we eat, which I think has also been helping a lot.

Mental Health

Mental health sometimes sucks as a parent. I don’t know how to explain this. So, I guess, picture this:

You’re sitting, listening to your child play and suddenly you feel stricken. Your eyes start to water slightly. You wipe it away because, hey, it randomly started. You start feeling warmth coming over your body, even though it’s the middle of winter, and the water in your eyes start again and it won’t stop, even though you have nothing to be upset about.

Welcome to the wonderful world of depression. We have cookies.

Depression sucks. Anxiety sucks. Simply having mental illness sucks so bad, and being a parent with a mental illness is a mental nightmare. There’s such a stigma about mental illnesses and things shouldn’t be the way they are. People are terrified to talk about it because “someone might judge me”. Well, I say who cares?

Who cares if Nosey Nancy down the street thinks your mental illness is fake. Who cares if your moms best friends’ dad knew someone who thought PTSD was made up? Break the stigma and talk about it, or there will always be this looming horridness.

Momma Shaming

Okay, let’s just bring this up, and it’ll probably be my week-long blogging.

Why do moms shame each other? If you think about it, there’s not one thing moms will all agree on. Think about it. Earrings? Breast or bottle? Cover or not?

Do you think you and someone else had the same answers? Probably not. Why can’t we, as humans and as mothers, work together, pull each other up, and help each other? Yes, informing is good, but calling people names, saying they don’t deserve to be parents, or anything of this sort is just uncalled for. Why do we think this is okay?

I don’t understand mommy-shaming, much like a lot of other things. It’s our job to change how we treat each other.

What to Expect for Blogmas

If I haven’t said it enough, Blogmas has started, indeed. I have a couple decent ideas, but they are subjected to change.

My goal is of course blogging every day (given) but I am also starting to be able to open up, so you might be seeing more personal things from me. Not that I can say anyone would or wouldn’t be interested in that, but it’s worth a try.

Cold

The winter season is upon us, and it has finally become unbearable.

Yesterday I went to help my aunt with her shed, we also blessed some moms that needed help. Two with a tree, one with a bed, and one for something else I couldn’t remember. Whatever it was, it meant something to all of the moms, and I am so glad we were able to help.

However, yesterday ALL DAY it did nothing but pour. It wasn’t too bad, but it was bad enough where I was soaked from head to toe, but the end of the 6 hours we spent going through this pod, I was basically a sloshing puddle of water and mud.

Today I wore a dress because I was interviewing and observing in a class, and it feels much, much worse than yesterday. I feel like it’s colder, more dreary. Thank God I don’t have to wake up and go out this morning. Baby Chewy can just come cuddle me and that will be our morning. Only two more weeks until his schools out, exactly a week until mine is out. Just gotta take it day by day.

Did I mention I am from Florida? Floridians don’t do winter. Sometimes I wonder why I moved to what seems like one of the coldest, rainiest places in the U.S.

Plus Size Winter Dresses

Looking for plus sized modest looks?? Look no further. Here’s a list of some gorgeous dresses I liked, and maybe you will too!

 

 

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This dress you can find on: Rosegal.com

It is: $20.96 (40% off)

It comes in sizes: XL-5X

 

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You can find this on: DressLily.com

It is: $17.13

It comes in: 3X-6x

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You can find this on: Torrid.com

It is: $56.17

It comes in: Size 6, you might be able to find sizes 1-5 in store.

 

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You can find this on: DressLily.com

It is: 29.00

It comes in: Sizes XL and 3X, though they may have more soon.

 

I hope you guys liked this. These dresses are too super cute, and I tried to locate ones that would be wallet friendly. Although the one from Torrid isn’t really, I love their clothing because of what awesome materials they have. I have never had a problem with their clothes.

Why I Love Christmas

Christmas gets a bad wrap sometimes. (Pun intended) It might be because it gets earlier and earlier, and people are noticing. Of course, there’s a reason for this. That, however, is for another blog post if people are interested.

I love Christmas, and 100% involved in the terror that is pretending Thanksgiving almost doesn’t exist. This year I attempted to put up decorations before Halloween, and Halloween is another one of my favorite holidays.

Personally, Christmas is just one of those seasons. Like, it’s not just a holiday. It’s an entire season when you usually see the best come out of those you may avoid the rest of the year because it’s something about the season that changes people. I have no clue what it does, but it does it right.

I also love this time as a mother because we get to get our children to bless others with toys they don’t play with or are getting too old for now. This helps show our children what we call the “Christmas spirit” although it’s really Jesus’ spirit, and as our children get older, they will know this better.

It’s  just a happy time. Enjoy it.

Christmas List of a Momma

Do you ever get asked what you want for Christmas? It might be the most wracking question for a parent. The mature side of you wants to say “nothing”, but then the less mature portion might have a huge list of items.

Partly a joke, partly true, here is a mommas Wish List:

-Bills paid

-Monetary Stability

-Paid Spa Treatment

-An hour alone. Not even a whole day.

-Breakfast in bed

-Movie day

-Date night

-Chocolates

-Dinner made

-An hour to do whatever they want for enjoyment

 

What else would you want to put on this list?

Let’s Fight

My keys are hot and so is my mind. I had to take a small break for the holdiays, I know I failed at NANOWRIMO, and that’s okay. Blogmas will work out because I love Christmas and can’t wait for that.

Now, while I was away, the F.C.C. wants to get rid of net neutrality. Let’s discuss this a bit. Are you a parent, a student, or anyone who enjoys the free reign that our internet currently give us? I am very blessed, and if you’re able to read this, you are too. Now imagine that you didn’t have that free reign and that you had to pay to go on social media or had to pay to email your teachers/professors. Is that a world you want to live in? Not I. I can’t see this being successful.

Don’t get me wrong, in some ways it may be. Without being able to or wanting to pay for the ability to access certain applications, we might actually have a disconnected world, like people have been begging for. People will indeed have to put their phones down if its not ringing constantly, due to messages or anything else.

Even with that being a possible positive, there may be far more negative that outweighs it, Some people make money creating content, stores through the web, that can hurt the economy and we could put more people in our country at risk for not being able to make a living for themselves.

We have until December 14th until the F.C.C. makes their votes against Title 2 that makes it so we can access everything. Without it we are looking at an extra $100 or so a month for addons, including news stations, social media, music, messaging, gaming, and other things we currently take for granted that we don’t realize, and we don’t want people to realize it when it is gone.

So the question: What can you, the American people, do?

The F.C.C. has chosen to ignore the voice of the American people, so now is the time to bear what you have.

On December 7th, all across the country, people are gathering to be able to fight against this with peaceful protests outside of Verizon stores.

Find your location here: https://events.battleforthenet.com/#zipcode=

 

Lets fight a good fight, guys.