Zipadee-Zip: The Solution to Our Love-Hate Relationship with the Swaddle

Zipadee-Zip: The Solution to Our Love-Hate Relationship with the Swaddle

If you’ve had a baby in recent years, you’ve likely been told to put your baby to sleep on his or her back to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). If I’m being honest, I think there are way more serious SIDS risk factors than stomach sleeping (that’s a topic for another day though), but as new parents my husband and I just didn’t want to take any chances, so from day one we mostly put our little guy to sleep on his back.

But the problem with a baby sleeping on his or her back is this – they have a horrendous startle reflex (Moro reflex) that jolts them awake often. And that reflex can last as long as six months. So what’s a (very, very sleep-deprived) parent to do? Swaddle, of course! But if you’ve swaddled your babies, you know it’s not a miracle solution. At least, not for long. Pretty soon you’re stuck between “this baby needs to be wrapped up in order to sleep” and “my baby won’t stop busting out of the swaddle and waking up”. And that place can be frustrating.

So, this post is for the parents out there who battle the swaddle like it’s World War III. That was us. This is our story. And this is our solution.

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Using Essential Oils to Stop an Ear Infection in Its Tracks

Using Essential Oils to Stop an Ear Infection in Its Tracks

We’ve had our fair share of yuckies in our house over the last few months. Chalk it up to living with a chiropractor who has his hands on sick folks every single day. No matter how many times he washes his hands (and it’s a lot of times), he’s bound to bring home a bug or two every so often. Such is life. I’m just glad that our little guy has yet to get sick (thank you, Jesus!).

A few days ago I was starting to feel a bit rundown. Tired. My head was foggy. I woke up a little congested that day too. I kind of just shrugged it off. Sometimes I wake up tired, foggy, and congested (I haven’t slept through the night in some time – I have a 5-month-old, after all). But then the dizziness set in. That’s when I knew I was dealing with something a little more than just being tired.

I am thankful every single day to be married to a chiropractor. As soon as I feel sick, he adjusts me, does a thorough exam (like on any other patient), and lets me know what I need to do to heal myself. On this particular day, he took a look in my ears and saw that one of them was inflamed and red. The beginnings of an ear infection. That explains the dizziness.

After he looked in my ears and adjusted them (that’s right – chiropractors adjust ears!), I turned to my trusty Young Living Essential Oils for relief.

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Our 2014 Financial Plan

Our 2014 Financial Plan

A new year means a new financial plan. If you kept up with things last year, you’ll see that we got several things done. But, we didn’t accomplish all of our goals. Chalk that up to welcoming a new baby (and him having surgery) and me not working as much.

The plan this year is pretty ambitious too. When I make goals, I like to make them tough – not “there’s no way I can accomplish this” tough, but “this is a little out of my reach but if I hustle I could get there” tough. Will we make all these things happen this year? In perfect circumstances, yes. But you know how life is. You get thrown curveballs. I’m sure we’ll have a few tossed our direction this year. But it’s how you bounce back from the unexpected that makes the difference.

Our financial plan is split into three categories – debt payoff, savings, and other financial goals. I haven’t attached numbers to any of the goals because we don’t think it’s necessary to share with the whole world how much money we do and don’t have. I’ll share an update every month on how things are going.

So with that said, here’s the plan for 2014.

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Our 2013 Financial Plan: End of the Year Update

Our 2013 Financial Plan: End of the Year Update

It’s time for the end of the year update on how we did with our 2013 financial plan. In case you missed it, here’s where I laid out all of our financial goals for 2013. So let’s talk about how we did this year!

Debt Payoff

  • Pay off our car loan - Done! We accomplished this in January.
  • Pay off the smallest student loan we have - Done! We accomplished this in February.
  • Pay off all of my student loans - Yeah, we just didn’t get there in 2013. We absolutely saw the balance decrease though.

Savings

  • Fully fund our general savings account for our current adventure - Done! We accomplished this in June. In case you missed it, here’s “our current adventure” that we were saving for!
  • Get our emergency fund up to two months worth of income - Didn’t get this done either. We’re pretty close to having one month of income in the emergency fund though.
  • Set up a retirement account - Didn’t do this either. I feel so weird being almost 30, with a kid, and not having any retirement savings. But saving for retirement is kind of on the backburner until we can pay off some of this debt.

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12 Lessons I’ve Learned in My First 12 Weeks as a Mom

12 Lessons I've Learned in My First 12 Weeks as a Mom

Wow. Time sure does fly. It breaks my heart that Little Bear is already three months old. Wasn’t it just yesterday that he breathed his first breath right in our bedroom (I still owe you a birth story – I know!)? It feels that way to me.

If I could freeze time, I’d freeze it right here. Little Bear is smiling. He’s found his arms and legs and loves to swing them all around. He’s just starting to be interested in toys. He chuckles. His cuteness is almost too much. Everyone who meets him immediately falls in love with his big eyes and baby smile (and those big eyes and that baby smile are what make those frequent middle-of-the-night wakings not too horrible).

But as fun and heartwarming as this time has been, it’s also been a time of quick learning. I think I’ve learned more lessons about life in the past twelve weeks than in all my life before this. I’d like to share a few. I’m sure the parents out there can relate to these!

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