You thought I was kidding about that whole waterpark in a bikini thing, didn’t you? Well, now you have proof ; – ) Here I am, just five days shy of being 40 weeks pregnant. And I’m in a bikini not because I think I should be, but because I must be. It’s Texas. We do what we have to in order to entertain children and survive.
Crunchy mom that I am, due dates don’t mean a whole lot, anyway. Birth isn’t something I choose to schedule. It’s one of the ways I surrender to the process. If there’s anything I learned during Katie’s birth, it’s that in this particular instance my body is wiser than my mind. When it says I’m ready, then and only then am I ready. For me, surrender is the only way.
Except . . .
I am a planner. A scheduler. A recovering control freak. Although I had planned to write several entries ahead of time to post after the baby’s birth, my time has been swallowed whole by a great big whale named real-estate. And it has been freaking me out. So my wonderful husband, who has surprised me in just about every way possible these last few days, came up with a fabulous idea: let your readers blog for you, and give away free stuff!
First, let’s start with the prize details. One guest blogger will win their very own blog for having received the most unique comments on their guest post during the contest period. Unique comments means that each person who comments counts as one comment, regardless of how many times they comment on a given post.
[pullquote_right]Interested in seeing some of Daniel’s recent work? Check out The Prophetic Life, Daily Blog Crush and My Five Fingers[/pullquote_right]The winner will receive their very own blog on their very own domain, hosted for free for the first year! If you’ve been blogging on blogspot, wordpress.com, or typepad this is your chance to make the big leap to YourBlogName.com and have your blog stuff transported over for free! Daniel (Daddypotamus) sets up blogs, among other things, for a living. Although a bare-bones basic setup usually starts around $500, he’s kindly volunteered his services to the winner of our little shindig.
You may be asking yourself, why bother? I’ll give you a few reasons:
If you’re the winner, you’ll receive:
Let’s break it down. I want YOU to write a blog post for me. And send it over. Each weekday for anywhere between 2-4 weeks, I’ll share a guest blog post right here.
Write a 1-2 sentence explanation of the post you’re going to write for Mommypotamus.com.
Your comment below should have two things: your 1-2 sentence description of the post you plan to write and your solemn oath to have this post completed and sent to me by FRIDAY. Yes, this Friday.
My husband is adding the time restrictions for good reason: in order to help me by blogging, gathering the blog posts and editing them for the site can’t be an overwhelming task. So you have five days to complete your post and get it to me. No posts will be accepted after 10pm Friday evening Central Standard Time.
You have five days to write a blog post that fits with the themes I usually cover. I thought about giving a list here, but I don’t want to limit you. Just share something you’re passionate about!
Once you’ve commented below with your topic idea, I will send you the email address to send your posts to. The first post should theoretically have the most comments at the end because it will have been on the site the longest. But that’s not likely to be true because you can each get EVERY SINGLE ONE of your friends, relatives, neighbors, and total strangers to leave comments on your posts to help you win.
How am I going to select which post is published first? That’s easy. As long as they’re not generic or WAY too far out there for my readers, my husband and I will publish them in the order they are received. That means that the faster you can submit, the better your chances of having your post up for more of the contest.
But don’t write too quickly! You want your post to be engaging enough to warrant comments from readers who just happen to visit. You can take the full five days to write your post, but your best bet is to find the happy medium between quality and haste.
You can add a 2-3 sentence bio to your submission if you want. No reason NOT to promote your existing blog regardless of whether you win ; – )
No, you can’t comment for them. Even if you are quoting them directly. I can see where comments are coming from. Just keepin’ you mommies and daddies honest.
Check back each day during the contest to see when your blog is published. Daniel will aim to have a post published by 8:30am each day of the contest. When you see that your post is up, get your peeps in gear! Send ‘em on over to read and comment!
Be prepared to win. Go to Moniker.com and in the “Find Your Domains” field on the home page, type in a blog name you want. After you hit Enter, it will tell you if that domain name is available. You don’t have to enter “.com”, just the words. If the .com version is available, great! You’re done! If you want to be overly cautious, you can have a couple names picked out and checked so that you’ll have a backup if your first choice is registered by someone before the contest is over.
One of us will publish an announcement this coming Saturday letting you know how long the contest will last. If we get 10 valid submissions, the contest will last two weeks. If we were to get 20, it would last a month. And I’m really hoping 20 of you will take pity on me and submit your awesome blog post. I really, REALLY need a month of rest and awesome reading!
And just in case you already have a blog on a unique domain: You can submit a post like everyone else and gift the free domain, hosting, and premium theme to someone else! I mean, let’s be honest: the REAL goal here is to blog for ME!!! Help me!!! You may not live close enough to come by and help with the dishes, but you sure enough can help me by submitting a blog post and giving me one more extra day of rest before I jump back into the swing of things.
You’ll be able to see how your post is doing each day. It may take us 48 hours to announce the winner, because we’ll have to weed out the threaded conversational comments from our final counts. Then we’ll announce the winner. I’m so excited!
Each one of you who enters, whether you care to win or not, are dear to my heart. Thanks for having so much fun with me, and Happy Blogging!
** Extra Details: If you win, you WILL have recurring costs after the first year: domain registration typically costs $8.95 per year. Hosting will cost only $6.95 per month – that’s approximately $84/year – IF you pay for a whole year at one time.Read More »
Woke up crying. Here is my puffy face:
Agreed to do a cooking demonstration at a local birth center next Thursday night . . . just one day shy of my due date. I felt a little anxious about it so I decided to meditate. You can see how that went.
Discussed my birth plan with a woman while standing underneath a sloth.
Ran to catch a train . . . and missed it. My husband wishes he had video. I understand, I am 39 weeks pregnant!
Watched as Daddypotamus singlehandedly broke the Dallas Aquarium’s elevator. It refused to reopen when he stuck his hand in, so he pried it open and broke it.You should have seen the look on his face when he saw a crowd of women with strollers trying to get to the third floor.
Drank coffee and ate semi-toxic food in a restaurant. I can’t remember how long it’s been!
Found out that KellyMom shared my guest post on Facebook!
Fell in love with my little Katiepotamus all over again.
Went to bed smiling. It was an amazing time with my two favorite people. It may be our last big outing as a trio and we loved every minute (except for the train part and the time that Daniel helped Katie use the restroom outdoors).Read More »
I can’t thank you enough for all your kind words yesterday. People say you shouldn’t give advice to those going through a difficult time. They say you should just listen. I say they don’t know YOU!
From practical stuff like the Home Depot gift card incentive to offers to help and words of understanding and encouragement, I was overwhelmed by your love. So here’s the update:
I am officially in nesting mode. Our amazing friends Jim Bob and Cindy stopped by and helped us move our king-sized bed (which we’ve been storing in the garage) into our teeny tiny bedroom. Our little co-sleeping family has been cramped for way too long. Since it’s at most three weeks until we have another little one in the co-sleeper beside us it makes sense that we at least stop waking each other up in the night. That will be the baby’s job.
Also, we had a showing yesterday. The realtor commented that our house was beautifully updated but that the rooms were too small. Eeek!!! Did I mention that we also moved our queen bed into one of the secondary bedrooms as a backup for when I need to be up with the baby? People thought they looked small before, so what will they think now? Do any of you know any optical illusions for making a room look bigger? Seriously, I’m really asking. Alexa??? Anyone???
I had hoped to plan several special times with our little girl in the weeks before the birth, but more often than not she has been shuffled around between family members as we prep for showings, negotiate, sign paperwork, etc. This Saturday we hope to ride the train to Dallas for a day at the Aquarium and whatever else we can drum up. Any suggestions for great stuff to do in Dallas with a toddler?
Babypotamus isn’t showing any signs of warming up for birth yet, so next week I’m planning to do the giveaway I mentioned. See you then!Read More »
Today I was planning to announce an awesome giveaway . . . probably my favorite so far. Unfortunately, our buyer backed out yesterday and I am a mess.
My midwife will be here soon for my 39 week checkup. She’ll ask me how I’m doing, and I won’t lie. I’m shutting down emotionally. I am doing exactly what I did during Katie’s birth. I am doing what my husband and I have worked so hard to avoid . . . retreating within.
Even with all that’s going on I still really, really wanted to give this surprise away because I love ya’ll and so many of you need/want it. It’s just that I am struggling to breathe. It sounds silly, I know, but it’s not just about where we live. It’s that I feel powerless. Yesterday I saw a headline about something going on in the Congo. It was so disturbing I couldn’t even read the story, and yet the bare facts listed in the headline have haunted me ever since.
I am an optimist by nature. I believe that God in me can be helping hands and an understanding heart to a world full of pain. But right now I’m afraid that if I open my mouth my heart might break, so I’ll wait.Read More »
You’re a mom. Okay, you could be a dad or a busy professional, but that would make the title too long, so I”m sticking with the mom theme.
So, like I said, you’re a mom, and it can be exhausting. Maybe there have been times someone wakes you up from a sleep coma to ask you why you left the car running in the driveway, or why your eyeliner is in the freezer, or when the last time you had a shower was. None of that has ever happened to me, of course, but I can understand how some moms could get so run down that it would be possible.
Motherhood is a red carpet invitation to set aside your personal needs in order to meet your child’s. While I agree with this in many ways, there is one place it absolutely fails: Nutrition.
It’s a catch-22, really. Increased demands sap your time, energy and desire to cook healthy meals . . . just when you and your family need those restorative nutrients the most.
So what do most of us do? I have tried many things:
It was not pretty, I tell you. When Katie was a newborn most of my lunches were comprised of black olives straight from the can with an egg on the side, or hamburger patties with a salad I was too tired to pour dressing over. While it worked for me, it was a miserable time for my husband. Seriously, who wants to eat like that?
Not my husband. And certainly not my two year old. With baby #2 on the way, I made a conscious decision that this time would be different, so I’ve spent the last few months collecting recipes from fellow real food bloggers that are quick and nourishing. This series will cover breakfast, dinner and even a few sides. We always eat leftovers for lunch, so you’re on your own there.
Every single recipe in this series has been Potamus family tested and approved for both ease and flavor, so dig in! I hope you enjoy these recipes. I enjoyed “researching” it for you in my kitchen ; – )
Please let me know if you think this series will be helpful to you. I can share for four weeks or four months depending on your interest, but I need feedback. Thanks!!
Oh, and about that car fiasco, that totally happened did not really happen. What have you really not done?
This is the recipe that inspired this series. It’s a protein-packed, mineral rich meal that has rescued me more times than I can count. It’s very filling and takes just a few minutes to make.
When I know ahead of time that I’m going to be busy I pull out a container of homemade broth from the freezer while I’m making breakfast, but I also keep some store bought broth in the pantry for days when the unexpected comes up.
Quick Tip: When a friend of mine has a new baby I make a double batch for her family and mine. So far all my friends have loved it, which proves that hospitality does not have to be a hassle. Check out Food Renegade for the recipe!
I’m a protein fiend, so I’ll admit I was a little skeptical about this recipe at first. I thought it would be too carb heavy, but actually if you use grass-fed dairy ingredients it is loaded with fat-soluble vitamins, especially Vitamin K2.
Vitamin K2 is found also exclusively in animal products and is essential for bone health. The only plant derived form I know of is natto, which is a type of fermented soybean. It’s especially important for growing tots so load them up if their digestive systems are developed enough to handle it (raw dairy from cows is okay around 2+ years).
Visit Cheeseslave for the recipe!
This simple, satisfying meal is loaded with protein. Add in homemade mayo and you get bonus healthy fats and enzymes.
If you don’t have grapes on hand, substitute with cranberries or diced dried apricots.
Quick Tip: Bake and chill the chicken ahead of time for a meal you can literally throw together in minutes.
Click here for the recipe.Read More »
Daddypotamus here. We’re approaching the final 2-3 weeks of pregnancy, and the reality of baby #2 is starting to set in. A flurry of activity and the challenge of relieving stress in full effect. In case you’re new here or haven’t read about our family vision, here’s the rundown on why we’re in such a tizzy:
First, we’re trying to sell our house. We signed a contract last week, but after the inspection on Saturday, the buyer has called for a meeting. No major problems were found, it’s just an older house and well, that means some things are old. Secondly, Heather is pregnant. She’s not just pregnant, she’s crunchy / attachment parenting pregnant. That means very few shortcuts with Katie (child #1). So there’s a very pregnant Mommypotamus carrying a very active Babypotamus, a very talkative Katiepotamus, nap times, surprise meeting with our buyer tonight, meal planning, blogging, shopping, cooking, and I don’t even WANT to know what else.
1. Will we sell this house before the baby is born?
This gets more complicated, to be sure. We’re doing a home birth, as I’m sure you expected. Until we signed the contract last week we weren’t sure what our potential closing date would be. Would we be mid-move when the baby decided to come? We hoped not.
Fortunately, our closing date ensures that we will be here several weeks past Heather’s due date. Unfortunately, there is a possibility that it might not work out with this buyer. If our house goes back on the market that means we are back in the house showing circus: Getting calls from realtors at random times requesting to show our house with anywhere from half an hour to a couple hours notice to re-clean the house and abandon ship while caring for a newborn and a toddler. Not fun. Hopefully it won’t happen that way.
2. How will we fit the baby stuff back into this house?
When Katie was born, Gigi lived in her own house. And this house was more cramped than it is now because of all the baby stuff we’ve since moved into storage. Thinking rocking chair / glider…. changing table… diapers… diaper bags… baby toys… strollers… where ARE we going to put all this stuff? We were two adults welcoming one baby into the world in a cramped house. Now we’re three adults, a toddler, and two cats welcoming baby #2 possibly into the same house. My home office may be going bye bye.
3. Getting all the baby stuff out of storage.
It’s not JUST baby stuff in storage. It’s Gigi’s whole house worth of furniture. Yeah… wee!
4. Selling the house and moving with a newborn? Is that possible? Or sane?
We’re set on selling this house. There’s a REASON why we’ve put ourselves through this untimely mess. With all the creative stuff Heather and Gigi are doing preparing meals each week, this kitchen is way too small. We need more play space. More room for a second bed in the master. And, of course, there’s the whole desperate heart-longing for chickens and goats. BAAAAA! You compleeeeeeete me! Sorry. Where was I?
Oh. Yes. Selling this house. Something’s gotta give.Read More »
Does this sound familiar?
We share the same goal in trying to be patient. I also want to be present, not just surviving but thriving in every season of life. Oh, and on a fun note, it is a major goal to document my children’s lives by keeping a memory box with odd and random tidbits and keepsakes, along with blogging about the day-to-day for them to one day read.
If it does, it’s probably because your name is Whittney H. and your comment #34 (where you explain in detail the contents of your memory box so I can copy you) is the winning number. This is your season, isn’t it. Not one but TWO miraculous birth stories and two GORGEOUS children. What will you do next? Congratulations!
For those of you that didn’t win, I have another contest coming up this week!!! I didn’t plan to have them this close together but the next prize is valued at $120 and I have to give it away quickly. You’ll see why soon ; – )
Today is my birthday. Since most of you will feel obligated to be nice to me, I’d like to use this period of amnesty to make some confessions:
You thought I was weird already? Oh well!Read More »