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!

How Do You Balance Blogging and Family Life?

Happy St. Patties day!

So, how does a mom go to school, parent, wife, and blog?

As you all know, I did take a well deserved break from blogging, but now I am back at it, fresher and more inclined to type than ever. How do I manage to do all of this?

The best answer is I write when I do homework, or wait for Baby Chewy since we go to school on the same property. I have about 3 hours between class and when it’s time to pick up Baby Chewy, so I use that time to research, type, put the pictures together and post some writing. Then I go get Baby Chewy, and if I decide to, I write some more for an hour or 2 when I get home while or right after I get homework done. During this time, Baby Chewy is in his room, Playing with toys until I am ready to make dinner.

 

This means I go about 4 or 5 hours a day putting time into each and every blog post you guys see. Usually if I am home or it’s a break, Big Chewy and Mother-In-Love help too, so that I can spend equal amounts of time researching, writing and posting. Blogging as much as you can about parenting or your life is far from easy, luckily I have support from my family, or my household, when it comes to the blogging life, because it’s something I truly love, and they respect me for that. It’s almost like Big Chewy with his Twitch streaming. If he was wanting to go back to the and make videos, then that’s up to him and as husband and wife, we will make it work.

It may not seem like it, but I do put a lot into each post, and that’s why I needed my break. Taking 2 English classes at once put a lot of stress on me, and I couldn’t let my grades suffer. The funny thing is that it happened anyway. Now that I am close to the end of the quarter, I am glad that I am back to writing my heart out about topics that I like. It’s something I’ve missed all quarter. ❤

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.