Surprise! I got a job!

Hi friends! I am dropping in here on a Friday to let everyone know some big news in my life. I got a job!!! It’s a short term contract position, and I’ve been working really intense hours, including weekends, for the past two weeks. It’s been such a great opportunity for me though and it feels good to get back to work, even if it is temporary.

Right before I accepted the job and started, I had pre-written a bunch of blog posts but I haven’t been able to engage with the community as much as I’d like to, so while I’m working full time, I am going to only post in my blog on Tuesdays!!!

Please bear with me until I get back to my regular cadence again!!!

Holy Grail Newborn Items that might not be on your Registry

Alternative title: shit that exists but you had no idea it existed until you were up researching “why is my baby crying?” at 3 AM and then you realized you need these items and then you go to Target or order on Amazon every day for the first few weeks after they are born.

Windi: little babies get gas trapped a lot. This will help you get it out. But beware, poop may go flying. This tool is awesome though and can provide them such relief.

Butt Spatula: this has been a hotly debated item in my Facebook mom’s group, but I am firmly team #buttspatula – who wants to smear diaper cream all over their fingers and then put their fingers on their baby’s butt? Ew. To clean the spatula, you just have to take a wipe to it. (Companion gift: Triple Paste)

Pacifier Syringe: teeny babies have to take medicine sometimes, and this syringe made it a whole lot easier for us to get Theo to take Tylenol or even gripe water. (Companion Gift: Infant Tylenol)

Gripe Water & Gas Drops: I recommend having both of these items on hand. Gripe water stops hiccups basically immediately and can help ease tummy discomfort. Theo got gas drops a lot when he was a newborn. He seemed uncomfortable from gas a lot, and these took the edge off!

Do you have any “holy grail” products for your newborn? What were you ordering on Amazon Prime when you got home from the hospital?!

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Pandemic Fatigue

It’s been a while since I shared what’s on my heart, and I feel like I’m in a bit of a slump, in general, in life. But we are all healthy and hanging in there!

I think pandemic fatigue has hit my household very hard, along with pretty much everyone else I talk to on a regular basis. I was chatting with a friend recently, and the fatigue is hitting harder now, than it did when we were isolated in March and April.

We think it’s because there are so much choices to be made right now. Things are open. People want to hang out. Grandparents want to see their grandbabies. We want to go out to eat and support our local restaurants. How do you know what level of risk you are willing to bear? How do you make those choices for yourself, and your family?

It is so dangerous right now, and scary. There’s still so much we don’t know. Theo is too young to wear a mask, so anytime he has to leave the house, he is unprotected and therefore we are not protecting the others around us. The older he gets, the more he wants to do, but the only time he’s left the house recently was to go to his 15 month well child visit. Thankfully, he doesn’t know any better. An exciting day for him is playing downstairs in the morning, and upstairs in the afternoon! Ha!

For everyone out there experiencing pandemic fatigue, wondering if you’re doing ‘enough’ to protect your family, and grieving your life before the pandemic: please know that you are not alone, and we will get through this together.