Remember tomagotchi and nano babies?

Anyone have a tomagotchi or nano baby growing up? Yeah me too. I was obsessed with mine in JH. They had to ban them at our school because kids were playing with them during class. Little did they know a few years down the road cellphones would take over their classrooms.

Those little digital animals and babies were addicting. I took as good of care of that thing as I did my actual living dog. I swear those things are what helped prepare me for motherhood. Go ahead and laugh. But think about it. Your goal was to keep the digital pet/baby alive. That’s EXACTLY what you do with your own child. We all say we are going to focus on reading them the best books, feeding them healthy nourishing foods foods, creating the perfect routines, etc. But reality is, we are all just trying to keep them alive, unharmed and fed. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is.

Kids aren’t easy. My little nano baby was definitely a cake walk compared to my toddler. However, I love him more than anything and love every minute of my life with him. So I guess I should thank my little nano baby for giving me the determination and patience to keep his little digital self going. It’s the same determination and patience I have with Ryder every day. Ok maybe not exactly the same but my nano baby definitely was a good start to learning. Who says technology can’t teach you something! 😉

Gift idea for a new mom

Have a friend who is having a baby, just had a baby or is adopting a baby and you need to get a gift for them? Here is a list of gifts that are must haves and greatly appreciated by new moms! 🙌🏻

🔹Electric nail filer (instead of clippers)

🔹Wipe warmer (Nothing is worse than the scream of a child from a cold wipe)

🔹Cute bibs (Some baby’s drool a lot)

🔹 Simple onesies (With diaper blowouts, you can sometimes go through 3+ onesies a day)

🔹Bottle Warmer (Safer than the microwave and stove)

🔹Diapers (You can never have too many)

🔹Baby books (My son loves to look at the pictures)

🔹 Sound machine (Drowns out surrounding noises to help baby sleep)

These were all my must haves after I had Ryder. I literally couldn’t have done without any of them! All are practical and not ridiculously expensive! 👶🏻

Cravings

I’m 18 weeks pregnant this week! I feel like my belly is getting bigger by the minute. 😂 I’ve put on 10lbs so far. My doctor tells me that’s the perfect amount for someone my size and age. 💪🏻

I’ve been careful about my weight gain. You don’t want to gain too much, but you also don’t want to not gain enough. While I do monitor how much I’m gaining, I have been enjoying myself. I keep up with my workouts but I don’t deprive myself of any food I may be craving at the moment.🍔

I’m not one who gets a consistent craving. I sort of wish I was. I always wanted to get one of those weird cravings some women get. A friend of mine craved cucumbers her whole pregnancy. She would literally eat a cucumber like a corn on the cob. Another craved pickles and peanut butter. I have a new craving every day. It’s never anything crazy. It’s things like an apple with peanut butter, popcorn, ice cream, avocado toast, eggs, sandwich, etc.🍦

I still have 22 weeks left, so there’s still hope for a crazy craving! 🍩

Baby Name Battle

Can I tell you what’s the most difficult thing in the world?……Trying to pick out a baby name after having been a teacher. You have no idea how many kids actually ruin names for you 😂

Seriously! I find a name and I’m like ok yeah I like that. Then all of a sudden I get a memory of a kid who slept all class, picked his nose, was rude to me or did something else and the name is immediately ruined.

I swear I’ve been going through every baby name list possible and I’m just not finding that one name I really like yet. I know it’s out there, I just haven’t found it yet.

The search continues! 👀

Pregnancy dreams…..the scariest

Pregnancy dreams…..are the absolute worst! At least for me. Mine aren’t exactly dreams, they’re nightmares. With Ryder I had dreams that someone was out to kill me. With this new baby I haven’t been able to remember the dream when I woke up but once I have woken up, I feel uncomfortable and nervous. NOT a good feeling to wake up to. I know it’s just the hormones and it’ll pass but for the time being I don’t look forward to sleep. I actually get a little anxiety before bed. Weird I know. But the dreams literally feel that real, I’m nervous to go to bed.

This is one of those downsides of pregnancy. By no means am I ungrateful. It’s just one of those things that I absolutely dread about being pregnant. I wish I was one of those women who slept peacefully and woke up refreshed. Instead I go to bed nervous what dream I’ll have and I wake up nervous and scared. This is the part of pregnancy I’m ready to be over with!

Travel Season

Travel season is here! For me at least. I’m right in the thick of cheerleading season. Im judging roughly one competition every other weekend. I’m traveling a little less this year than last year because of the new baby and Ryder. It is incredibly hard to sit at a competition for hours on end while pregnant. My back starts to hurt and my legs and feet swell from non movement. Not to mention sitting makes you tired and you’re already so tired from being pregnant as it is!

It’s also getting harder to leave Ryder. He’s becoming so aware of things. He knows when I leave for short periods and long periods. It’s one thing to leave him with a grandparent for an hour and come back to him. It’s a totally different feel knowing I’m leaving him for a weekend. It’s so hard to see his sad little face when I go.

How working parents and parents who travel for work say goodbye to their child every day is beyond me. You guys have some thick skin! Y’all deserve a medal. I’m such a weenie. There’s no way I could do this regularly. I’d be crying and just all out of sorts daily.

Laziness

Laziness never fails me when pregnant. I don’t mean lazy as in I don’t want to get off the sofa. I’m referring to the tie your shoes laziness. 😂

Seriously, this only happens when I’m pregnant. My belly isn’t even that big yet but I have zero want to tie my shoes. When pregnant I’m always in slip on boots or shoes. Maybe because they are the most comfortable. I’m not sure. But they all have one thing in common and that’s no laces!

This is understandable when you get to be 7 months pregnant and beyond and your belly gets in the way. Lace shoes just become frustrating at that point. If you aren’t flexible, expect a bit of a battle.

I remember looking in my closet and seeing my lace up shoes and automatically thinking, nope not leaving the house today. 😂 Hey, at least I’m aware of it and can admit it!