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!

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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.

First Post of the New Year

Good Saturday morning, all.

This is my officially first post of the new year, and I think I am slowly getting into a place where I can start writing again, one thing that I have read being something called Shitty First Drafts being the reason of my wanting to write.

As for updates, I had a migraine yesterday, ear infection today, but have til Tuesday to get my life sorted out, so its not terrible. I am getting ready to write my first big piece in my accelerated English class, and am kind of nervous because my teacher doesn’t grade every day, which is understandable, he has kids. Still, I don’t think 3 assigned papers in one day should sit for a couple days.

I’m very excited to be writing again, and think that I will be getting better with the class I am in. I will be posting twice, maybe 3 times a week, depending on how I feel, for now. When I am on break in March I might try for daily until school starts again.

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.