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Although it’s our goal to take a family vacation every September, we were a little busy pushing out a baby this last one. Now since everyone else is on spring break I’m declaring one for us, too. I’ll be posting a few pics here and there, but for the most part I’ll be out until next week. See you then!Read More »
Holding an open house (even a virtual one) can be kind of intimidating. Will anyone come? What will they think of the new digs? Will they like the food? Okay I didn’t have to worry about that last one, but still.
You guys not only showed up, you brought the most delightful slices of life with you: A mama and her boy in Chattanooga, sweet sisters in Springdale, and many more (as you’ll soon see).
Thank you for making this little shindig a success. And now, the doorprize!! If you don’t know why you should be excited about these two 16×24 gallery wrap prints, I’ll give you three reasons:
Competitive pricing . . . which happens to be even better right now. Enter itsawrap for 25% off gallery wraps through March 16. Mpix is also offering 15% off prints using promo code MommyP. (Just FYI, a friend of mine used their custom Pearlescent finish for her birth announcements and they were captivating.)
Congrats to our winners! Please email me to collect your prize.
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This simple southern dish is loaded with high quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Serve as a sandwich or over a bed of greens for a quick, nutrient dense meal!
Combine chicken with eggs, celery, onion, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, lemon juice, pepper, relish, salt and pepper. Add more mayonnaise, as needed.Read More »
For the past three nights Micah has concluded the best place to sleep is on my chest. While I’m sitting up. It’s pretty inconvenient, but I know it’s for a good cause. Micah’s practicing his housekeeping skills . . . at least his immune system is. What mama wouldn’t want THAT?
Let me explain. My sweet boy is currently a miserable little ball of pukey mucous. So why not give him some Tylenol or (if he were older) at least something to dry up all that phlegm? Because the symptoms of illness: fever and mucus, are the body’s way of pushing junk out of our bodies.
The function of the immune system is to create inflammation. Inflammation, as the word implies, is like a fire in the body [fever] which burns up waste and debris, along with the germs that feed on waste and debris, and cleanses the body.
Mucus is very useful stuff. When bacteria and viruses overpopulate in the body it reacts by suspending/neutralizing them in slimy goo. They are then pushed out of the body via a runny nose or by coughing up phlegm. Using decongestants cripples our first line of defense by allowing bacteria/viruses to penetrate our bloodstream and go to our organs. . . thus worsening and prolonging illness.
Last night Micah couldn’t sleep at all, so I called my friend Dr. Cindy to get some advice on helping his immune system kick this. Here’s are some of her suggestions:
This quick, simple technique is great for releasing emotional tension and/or boosting the immune system.
This exercise helps to stimulate the production of T-cells, which are primary immune factors, and nourishes the thymus.
If you practise this exercise daily, it will increae the size of thymus and improve its immune system. As you tap on your chest, you also massage and energies the other organs such as the lungs, heart, bronchial tubes and throat.
The thymus tap is reaaaally easy and I have actually seen it practiced in a clinical setting. Unfortunately the only demonstration videos I found on YouTube are a bit on the “woo” side. Trust me, though, it works!
Another thing Cindy told me to do was to put 3-5 drops of a strong essential oil (such as eucalyptus smithi for babies over 2 months, tea tree for babies over six, or orange anytime) in 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil (coconut or olive oil), rub it on the bottom of his feet and then put socks on him. I’m not exactly sure what this is supposed to do but it got me thinking about how if you rub a garlic clove on the bottom of your foot you’re supposed to be able to taste it in your mouth fifteen minutes later.
So, being the natural skeptic that I am I just rubbed some garlic on my foot. I’ll let you know if it works by the end of the post.
Illness is emotionally stressful, especially for little ones. A relaxing essential oil like chamomile or lavender, mixed with a carrier oil, can be rubbed on the thymus area and on both sides of baby’s spinal column for relief.
If you’re wondering, yes, the room is pretty fragrant by now. Garlic, chamomile and lavendery!
To make the tea, boil a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in 2½ cups of water for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and let the seeds steep for 10-15 minutes.
If you’re still breastfeeding, load up on immune boosting foods/supplements like probiotics, garlic and fermented foods so that your milk will be rich in these immune building nutrients.
Seriously, when I first heard about the Snot Sucker I thought I actually had to suck the snot out. Ewwww. Now that I have confirmed that is NOT the case, I think I’ll be ordering one soon. (UPDATE: I did order one – very helpful!)
Squirt breastmilk in baby’s nose. Oh yes! It really works. First of all, breastmilk has all kinds of antibacterial benefits tailored to the needs of your child. Second, the milk thins out the mucus so it is easier to suction.
Because it’s comforting for both of you . . . and because keeping baby elevated will help him/her breathe better so you can both get some sleep. Or if that won’t work, try letting baby sleep in the carseat for a bit.
Oh, I almost forgot! Yes I tasted the garlic.
DISCLAIMER: These ideas are not medical advice. If your baby is ill please seek proper medical attention.
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There is this mom in my extended community that has eleven children. Yes, eleven. And you know what? Every time I see her she looks UH-mazing: fresh, rested and peaceful. Seriously, go look at her.
One of her daughters, Hannah, is in my mommy group. Despite having one toddler and a baby on the way Hannah’s got style. Substance, too. But definitely style. (Am I embarrassing you, Hannah? Sorry!)
I asked her recently if this was something her mom actively taught her and her sisters. No, she said, this is an example of values being caught rather than taught.
As I type this I am wearing a dark blue glamourmom nursing top with spitup on it, red plaid pajama pants, purple Zelpha booties and a ponytail. In other words, I look just like my mom did when I was growing up.
Granted, she was a single mom for most of my life. She worked with paint on a daily basis and wore clothes that wouldn’t be worse for a few hundred layers of yellow 11 on them. It’s more than that, though. Although my mom is one my greatest teachers, one lesson slipped through the cracks for both of us:
Inviting beauty into the inevitable messes of daily life
Aromatic herbal tea in a lovely cup while the sink is overflowing with dirty dishes. A flower in your hair that hasn’t been washed for two (okay three!) days. Rubbing a relaxing essential oil in your palm while you sit in gridlock traffic . . . little things that tune our hearts to a soft sweet melody amidst the chaos.
. . . music that was so much easier to hear when we were young, but is easily remembered when we have children of our own . . . if we will let them hum it for us.
To the tune of dress up
Romps in the fields, and tea time at the neighborhood antique shop, which is our newest adventure in this neverending search for beauty.
I’m not saying kids are responsible for teaching us to cultivate enjoyment, but I know of no better inspiration than the bright eyes of a little one. As I learn to embrace delight in my own life I hope to make it a “catching disease.”
How do you find delight in the midst of life’s messes?
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Like my life, it’s a work in progress, but Daddypotamus was kind enough to spiff it up for spring. Whaddya think?
If you have a minute I’d like to show you around and introduce you to some very important people. Oh, and there’s a giveaway . . . but I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s head over to my newly organized KITCHEN, complete with a recipes page broken down by category, some healthy snack ideas for your half pint, and of course my kitchen table where I’ve made my confessions . . . and you’ve made some of yours.
Walk with me down the hallway to the LIVING ROOM, where we’re storing the my birth stories, your birth stories and general birth info. It may not seem like the most intuitive place for this topic, but since both my kids were born in here I think it works.
The sun is shining, so let’s take our tea into the HERB GARDEN and rub some sage and rosemary in our palms while we chat about herbs that heal.
The BATHROOM is still under construction, but I hope we’ll be launching some helpful green cleaning tips soon. In the meantime you can find some random personal care info in there.
Did I miss anything? Oh yes! I have a new FAVORITE THINGS/GIVEAWAYS area. We’ll have LOTS of fun in there, starting today!
And now I’d like to introduce you to . . . EACH OTHER! Many connections have been made here, but so far they have been mostly incognito. . . just names in the comment section.
No more! Come out from behind your Spongebob Squarepants avatar and share a real image from your life: Your dog, chubby babe, favorite fork, the view from where you’re sitting. Anything! Everything! Okay maybe not everything, but something that will help us get to know you better.
Why should you do this? Because I am creating a slideshow that will let you peek into each others lives and it’s going to be fun, that’s why! And because you could win one of two 16×24 Gallery Wrap prints from Mpix (worth $100 each)!
Mpix is a fave of pro photographers (including our very own Lynsey Stone), and I know why: They were top-rated in a head to head test with the 10 most popular printing companies (even better than Shutterfly)! If you do happen to make it to my real life open house my walls will be slathered in their gallery wrap goodness (at least I hope!)
To be entered for the giveaway, you MUST send your photo to my personal Facebook email account and leave me a comment saying “Sent my pic!” You don’t have to, but I would love it if you would include a short caption so we know what we’re looking at. Please note that by submitting your photo you are giving me permission to use it in the slideshow. I promise not to use them for any other reason!
1. Post this giveaway on Facebook
Grab this link: http://www.mommypotamus.com/virtual-open-house-and-giveaway
Attach it as a link to a status update on Facebook
Then leave a message on this page that says, “I Facebooked it.”
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Daddypotamus here. We hear a lot about mommy guilt these days, but not so much about dads. I hadn’t given much thought to it either until Katie was born and my two week “paternity leave” flew by so fast I barely blinked. The most amazing little girl I could have asked for had just come into my life. What now . . . just go back to business as usual?
For the record, I actually enjoy my job. But there’s something intimately painful about leaving my precious ones. Something to be said for time lost apart and never regained.
Thankfully, Katie never made a huge deal over my leaving when she was little. I had anticipated a dramatic sobbing mess of a situation. Instead, I was more of a passing thought and an obstacle to be overcome so that she could move on to playing with her Gigi (Heather was still working from home so Gigi spent a few hours with her on weekday mornings).Read More »