Doing the hibbity dibbity

You know when someone gets married and everyone is asking “when are you having kids”?  Or you already had your first child, and everyone asks when you’re having number 2?  I know when we announced we were pregnant our family and friends all said they had no clue we were “trying”.

WELL, PEOPLE, WE WEREN’T GOING TO SAY “HEY GUYS WE’RE GETTING IT ON A LOT AND HOPING TO GET PREGGO!”

I just can’t help but sit here and laugh about it.  I’m absolutely guilty of asking my friends when they are going to have kids (mainly because I want them to experience how awesome it is, and for Hudson to have friends!)  I don’t really want to know about their sex lives, but when you tell people, especially your family, that you’re “trying”, well, we all know what that means!

So even though we are all adults, I still find it funny.  I’d never though of it like this before and I’ll probably always giggle inside when I ask someone that question in the future!

Life just got a little easier!

I am not into techie stuff, but I am going to tell y’all about an awesome online program Andrew bugged me to try, and I ended up loving.  It is called Dashlane and from their website it “helps people take control of their own data, while making their lives more convenient and secure.”

Dashlane stores your personal data (login and password, address, bank/credit card info and anything needed for online forms for any websites) and automatically fills it in for you!  The first thing I questioned Andrew about was the security of the program.  He was quick to tell me that Dashlane can’t see your information because of the local encryption they use for all the information, and even if the government approaches them, they can’t access your info.

Now Andrew bugged me about this program for weeks and weeks and the only way he got me to look at it was by some “If you give me 5 minutes looking at this program, then I’ll….” except I don’t know what he did for me, but it must’ve been important for me to agree!   After he set it up and I continued on with my web-browsing for the night the program just did it’s thing;  it would start to remember different logins and information and then fill it in as I did stuff.  I didn’t tell Andrew right away that I liked it, because that would be admitting defeat against anything technology-related.

But I STINKIN’ LOVE IT!

Long story short, it saves all the different logins and passwords for all the sites I use.  It will also generate super-strong passwords and just remember them for you.  There is also a “SecureNote” section that you can makes notes on anything you want to remember.  The only tip I have: Don’t forget your master password, and make it a good one!  If you forget it, you will lose everything you’ve saved and it can’t be emailed to you!

So here is a link to join (if you do I earn points in the program!).  I’m not getting “paid” to promote this program, I just seriously love it and since I am not generally impressed by this stuff, when something IS awesome, I’m going to tell y’all!

With a house, comes a yard

We’ve been working hard on our yard since we moved into our house, and it is looking great! Here are a few of the projects so far…

Fence: This was a must-have for the pups.  Andrew, along with his dad and brother, spent two full days to build our fence!

Just getting started…

Hudson keeping an eye on the progress

Hudson was tired from his position as project manager so he decided to take a nap with his booty in the air!

The guys wanted me to try to work the hydraulic hole digger. It was hard!

Complete!!

Garden: If you look in the picture above with me in it you can see the temporary garden I created when we first moved in.  I had plants that needed to be in the ground, so I basically just dug holes in the red dirt/clay and stuck them in there!  My plants weren’t fans of that solution, so we built them a much better area to grow!

Tomato, Cucumber, Green Pepper, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Zucchini and Squash. Nom nom nom

Swing:  I really wanted a swing for Hudson, so when we had the hole digger for the fence we used it to start on the swing.  A few weeks later (luckily the pups didn’t fall in the holes!) we (and by this I mean Andrew and his dad!) erected his swing, which he LOVES!

He squeals every time we walk in the backyard and he sees the swing!

Flag:  Everyone needs an American flag.  And then a Carolina flag.

Grill:  My parents bought us this grill as a house-warming gift and we christened it with our first cookout over Memorial Day weekend!

Deck Lattice:  The first week my dogs were in our fence I almost had a breakdown.  Every time they’d come inside there was red dirt caked in their paws.  They were going under our deck and I didn’t have time to take them to the hose every time they had to go outside.  So Andrew and his dad saved my sanity!  Haven’t had a problem since!

 

 

 

Trouble… With a Capital “H”

Moving into a new house, we were lucky that we could baby-proof from the beginning.  For the most part, I just didn’t put things where I knew he could get to them, and bought/acquired furniture that I knew wouldn’t be a danger (such as a leather ottoman instead of a huge coffee table!).

Since Hudson has become mobile, aka “super crawler”, his newfound favorite activities are the few things left that he shouldn’t be messing with.  Figures.  So here is what we do for the majority of the day:

Dog food:  The first time he discovered the dog food he seemed to only be messing with the water bowl.  No biggie, so I just moved him away.  About 2 minutes later I noticed he was sucking on something.  Yea, it was dog food.  Bleh!  So I moved it into the laundry room (attached to our kitchen), but he knows EXACLTLY where it is, so I have to shut the door to prevent him from having a tasty snack.  Only problem with this, you ask?  Well, the dogs can’t get to their food or water.  So I have to open/close the door multiple times a day.

Anyone have a better solution?  I can’t think of anywhere the dogs can get to, that Hudson can’t.  Since the pups aren’t allowed on the furniture, it’s not like I can put it up on a pedestal somewhere.

Pantry:  My pantry is in the corner of my kitchen, right where all the action happens, and I’m in-and-out of it throughout the day, so I generally just push the door so it’s touching the door frame.  Well, little man knows how to pull it open so he can crawl inside and chew on whatever he finds.

Don’t flip out, y’all. It’s just a bottle of cream soda!

Stairs:  Our house is one level with a room above the garage, so the stairs are by the front door.  About two weeks ago it was TOO quiet in the house and I found Hudson up 3.5 stairs! AHHH!  I’ve now purchased two separate gates that don’t fit, and have ordered an extra-wide one.

Toilets:  I guess I should have known, but this kid likes to put his hands in the toilet water and splash.  Eww.  At least I clean them frequently, but still.  Guess I’ll be purchasing toilet seat locks.  Hopefully I don’t get tricked in the middle of the night!

Toilet Paper:  A good many of his toys have spinning parts, which he is an expert at twirling around.  So it figures that once he realized the toilet paper roll does the same thing, but produces a MUCH more fun result (tp everywhere!) he heads straight for it.

Trash cans:  Along with toilets, he likes to play in the trash can next to the toilet.  I’ve now had to relocate it to a shelf.

Remote Controls:  No matter where I put them, he manages to get them.  Super-Baby.

Watching the Gamecock baseball team win the Regionals!

Dog Crates:  Apparently they are really fun because he loves to climb in/around them a majority of the day.  I’m working on a solution to hide them, but two dog crates aren’t the easiest thing to conceal.  Especially when the dogs and I have to be able to get to them easily.  So for now I just have to fish Hudson out of them from time to time when he gets stuck.  Poor kid.

Shoes:  He likes to eat them.  If they are left lying ANYWHERE that he can reach, he finds them.  And puts them in his mouth.

**I’m sure the easy way to prevent the bathroom fiascos would be by not letting him in the bathroom.  Well, all you non-parents out there, how else am I to get a shower, or at least brush my teeth?  The sweet little thing just wants to be near me, and even if I put him in his room and sprint to the bathroom, he manages to super-crawl his way in with me.

 

I Disappeared!

I’M BACK!

Our first official day in our house was Saturday, April 21, and I was lucky enough to wake up the next morning on my birthday in my wonderful new house!  Since then it has been a whirlwind of moving, unpacking, organizing, house projects and general craziness that comes with moving.

Hudson will be 9 months old this Friday, ahh!  He is a crawling machine and pulls up on everything.  His Doc Band is going fine and we will hopefully be done with it in a month!

Hudson trying to escape

Andrew has been busy working in our yard with his dad and brother almost every weekend since we moved in!

The beginning of a fence!

We really live in the COUNTRY now and it takes some getting used to, but we love it!

That would be a turkey just chilling in the backyard right after we moved in.

My little country boy!

Hudson and I have settled into a nice routine and things are falling into place, which is a relief after a few months of craziness.  There will be plenty of posts coming up with our projects and what has been going on, so keep an eye out!

Breastfeeding

**I wrote this post in the middle of April, but never “published” it.  Here is it, finally…

 

Breastfeeding is such a “taboo” subject, but since this is MY blog, I’m going to talk about it.

For me, breastfeeding was never something I questioned doing… I knew it is what I wanted to do, I knew it is the absolute best thing for a baby, and that’s about all I DID know.

I have now been successfully nursing Hudson almost 8 months and I couldn’t be prouder of myself, Hudson and even Andrew.  I hope to nurse him until he is a year old.  After that, I haven’t really thought about too much.  In the last 8 months I’ve learned a lot;  nursing a baby is a full-time job, society isn’t very accepting of breastfeeding, pumping breastmilk sucks (but is a necessary evil sometimes), and it is nothing short of a miracle that our bodies can support the life of a baby.

One of the clearest/sweetest memories I have from right after Hudson was born occurred a few nights after we brought him home.  It was the middle of the night and he was up to eat.  I was feeding him on our bed and Andrew was just sitting up looking at us.  When I asked what he was doing he said he wanted to help and I thanked him but said “go to bed!  There’s nothing you can do and I’ll need you to be rested tomorrow so I can nap!” What a great dad, wanting to help me take care of Hudson in the middle of the night, but he couldn’t do too much for us in that instance!

Nursing is something special that is just for H and me.   Sometimes I wonder if Andrew is jealous of that special bond, but then I see them when they are playing together, and I know they have their special “thing” also.

I was very lucky when I went back to work because my job allowed me to pump during the day, which was awesome.  It was really important to me to be able to feed Hudson, even if I couldn’t be there with him.  However, a lot of jobs don’t make it possible for employees to do it, or it won’t work with someone’s specific position.

So why is breastfeeding so taboo?  Why can people be ok with girls/women walking around in booty shorts/skirts and low-cut tops, but a woman can’t feed her child in public, even with a cover?

The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life.  Here are some statistics from The Centers of Diseases Control and Prevention’s 2011 breastfeeding report card (CDC), showing that in the U.S. National:

  • 74.6% of babies were ever breastfed
  • 44.3% of babies were still breastfeeding at 6 months
  • 23.8% of babies were still breastfeeding at 12 months
  • 35.0% of babies were exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months (no formula)
  • 14.8% of babies were exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months (no formula)

 

Those numbers are something to think about.  I don’t judge a person who feeds their child formula, but I will be the first person to support you and share my knowledge on breastfeeding if you are interested.  If you’ve ever judged a woman for breastfeeding, hopefully now you’ll take a minute to think about how great it is for a baby and consider changing your thoughts about it.