5 Reasons My Son Might be a Puppy

Over the last 10 months I’ve caught myself comparing the things my son does to a puppy on many occasions. The older he gets the more he gets like a puppy. I swear. It’s hilarious really! I’ve compiled this little list of his puppy-like tendencies for your amusement šŸ™‚

1. He begs for food. Any time I eat a snack he stands or sits in front of me and looks at me with puppy dog eyes and wines til I share.

2. He pees in the floor. On occasion I have to take his diaper off for a few minutes (usually before bath time when I don’t have all my supplies together). As soon as I sit him down he pees in the floor, every single time.

3. He chews my shoes. We try to keep our shoes out of the rooms he plays in… But sometimes they get left out… it happens. When it does, he crawls just as fast as he can to chew on them before I catch him.

4. He loves to have his belly scratched. He will lay perfectly still just as long as you will scratch his belly!

5. He likes to play in the garbage can. Turn your back for 5 seconds (or heaven forbid go to the bathroom!) and he’s headed straight to the garbage!

The Chestnut Conspiracy

As a mommy, we have a very protective instinct when it comes to our little ones. My mom always told me she had eyes in the back of her head, and she knew everything. I thought she was crazy until recently but I’m quickly realizing she was being serious.

I would like to assume everyone knows chestnuts grow on trees. But for the sake of clarification, chestnuts grow on trees encased in a spiky ball of love. Once they fall from the tree, they come out of their spiky ball and the actual nut is free to be eaten.

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I was standing under a chestnut tree with my husband’s family having a nice little conversation, while wearing P. I heard leaves starting to rattle, and instinctively covered P’s head with my arm. Less than a second later a chesnut (encased in its spiky ball of love) slammed into my arm. It hurt. Badly. I screamed “F***!!!!!!!!!!” like the true lady that I am and everyone looked at me like I was crazy. After a minute or so it started to swell and bleed. The little spiky bastards from the “spiky ball of love” were stuck in my arm.
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I had to take antibiotics because the spikes were embedded and started to get infected after a couple of days. Nine days later, I just removed the 29th spike. The moral of the story: we will do anything to keep our babies safe, even if it means taking a chestnut to the arm. Either that, or I’m prone to freak accidents and have horrible luck?

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#wearallthebabies

Babywearing is my favorite thing to do. My family doesn’t understand it, and my friends think I’m weird… But it’s amazing. I have been wearing P since he was about a month old. I started out with a narrow base walmart carrier, and I was damn proud… I wore that thing everywhere! I quickly learned that the narrow based non-ergonomic carriers were hard on me, and not comfy for baby but everyone has to start somewhere!

A friend added me to our local babywearing group on Facebook, and I was so overwhelmed with all the different types of carriers! So, this post was born to help any potential beginning babywearers navigate the waters.

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Buckle Carriers AKA Soft Structured Carriers (SSC)

These are the most common and easiest option to start with. My favorite brand is Tula. They’re super comfy for long wears and adjust in every way imaginable to accommodate wearers of all sizes. You can do front carries (shown above) and back carries. If it weren’t for our Tula I would have probably lost my mind a long time ago, not even exaggerating. P doesn’t like to go to sleep most of the time, but falls asleep within 10 minutes in the Tula… Its magical.

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Ring Slings

This was our second type of carrier, and almost as easy to use as the Tula. It requires a little more adjusting and tightening to get the seat just right, but can still be done in under 2 minutes or so. I got the ring sling to wear when I wanted to be a little more “aesthetically pleasing”. I’m self conscious about my hips, and SSC’s make them look larger than they actually are… Just so ya know. You can mainly only do front carries and hip carries (shown above) in a ring sling, though there are some youtube tutorials for back carries If you are a brave soul. There are many brands of ring slings, and they can be made from many different materials, so a bit of research will be useful to decide which sling is right for you and your baby. The one pictures is a Tula cotton/tencel blend and worked just fine for me and my 15 ish lb baby.

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Stretchy Wraps

These are good for newborns, up to 15 or so lbs. They aren’t comfy or as safe with larger babies. It’s only recommended that you do front carries with a stretchy wrap, as they can slip easily and if baby is on your back, that’s clearly not a situation you want to be in. I actually made this particular wrap from some knit fabric I bought at Hobby Lobby. I wasn’t sure if I would like wrapping and only planned to wear it around the house so that worked for me. There several brands of them you can buy for less than $50, Moby seems to be the most popular.

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Woven Wraps

Last but certainly not least is woven wraps. These are the most versatile carriers in my opinion. You can do front carries, hip carries and back carries. These carriers have the largest learning curve. There are hundreds of different carries you can learn- quick ones, easy ones, fancy ones, ones for wiggly babies, ones for babies that lean etc. The possibilities are endless. We have only had our woven wrap for about a month, and have only mastered two carries in that time, but it is quickly becoming a favorite for it’s comfort and versatility. I put woven wraps right up there with my Tula, second only because it is more difficult to learn.

Let’s Be Real…

I don’t have a clue how to blog. The extent of my blogging knowledge stems from the fact that sometimes I read them, and occasionally if they make me giggle or relate to my life I will go back more than once. It’s not even a hobby, more of just an occasional happening. But writing one? Nope… Never even tried that! So we shall see how this goes! The blogs IĀ do enjoy reading are funny accounts of everyday life. Coincidentally, I’m fluent in sarcasm and humor and live a pretty uneventful life, so I would probably enjoy reading this blog! I don’t take a lot of things seriously, and my writing style will reflect that. Im very informal and say “haha” and “lol” more than any human should, and I overuse commas almost as much! Follow me for a good time šŸ˜‰