Archive for April, 2009
I’ll preface this by saying that when I first heard of this site, I laughed. Who uses a website to help time their contractions, I mean really? How hard can it be? A contraction at 6:45, another at 6:51, another at 6:57 and 7:03, and your contractions are coming every six minutes. That’s all you need, right?
Well, a few weeks ago when I started having regular braxton hicks contractions I decided to try this thing out, and it landed me in the hospital. Without it, I wouldn’t have noticed that my contractions (which came every 8-10 minutes) were lasting more than a minute, and that’s the part that worried my OB (I got some terbutaline and everything was/is fine).
So as silly as it may seem, maybe bookmark contractionmaster.com for the next time you’re nearing the end of a pregnancy because you never know when it might come in handy! Oh, and you can get it for your iPhone or iTouch as well (which would be super handy!).
Remember those? A day if when you woke up sore, congested and with the chills all you had to do was make a call to cancel all your responsibilities for the day. Mom’s don’t get sick days. I thought it was just my allergies getting worse last night, but after taking some benadryl (which did actually help the congestion), I realized that I had caught a bug. By the grace of God, I did have the presence of mind to get dinner going early so I wouldn’t have to think about food as the day wore on and my strength slipped away. Here is a really easy recipe to help you when you’re not feeling at your domestic best.
Throw a couple frozen chicken breasts in your crockpot, add some chicken broth, some sliced fresh onion and some frozen veggies. Cook on high for 3 – 4 hours. When the chicken starts breaking up due to being thoroughly cooked through, add some cooked rice, salt and pepper. Continue to cook until it’s all heated through and smelling amazing. Chicken soup was never so easy!
Campbells is giving away tomato seed packs to anyone who has a can of their soup. I found a jar of chicken broth in my pantry and went online. In Theory, I’ll have my free seed packet in a couple weeks. Too bad they can’t send me a gardener to teach me how to not kill it, too!
If you’d like some seeds, simply go to
and enter in the codes on the bottom of your Campbells soup can.
I also refuse to pay $50+ for what is basically stretch cotton sewn together at the ends. So again, I turn to my trusty Viking and make my own. Apparently I’m really into hot pink this time around, so a lot of baby things are coming out in that hue. I followed this tutorial which happens to be fantastic, mainly because of the pictures. It’s kind of hard to display without a baby tucked inside, so you’ll just have to wait a month or so for some modeling pictures. 🙂
So Miss Mira will be 7 months on May 13. She’ll gnaw on crusts and veggies and fruits, but she is generally uninterested in actually eating. We tried banana puree and rice cereal (Her eyes filled with scorn as she spit, sputtered and gagged!). I’ve also attempted introducing a bottle and sippy cup. She was unimpressed with both. Frankly, I’m exhausted and I’m not sure how to dazzle her with feeding options outside myself. I never had this problem with Ophelia. After we introduced the bottle at 2 weeks (Ben and I went out for Valentines day!) she was hooked and never looked back. I need suggestions for weaning or at the very least, getting her to take a bottle.
Remember this post? Well, as it turns out, the lights paid for themselves. Our bill was $50.00 lower this month! In addition, I signed us up for what BGE calls “Budget Billing” wherein they average out your yearly use and charge a flat rate all year round instead of paying less in the summer and more in the winter. For us, that means we pay $172 monthly, instead of $100 in the summer and upward of $300 in the colder months. Avista calls it Comfort Level Billing. All in all, between switching to efficient lighting and enrolling in averaged out billing, I saved about $165 this month. Whoohoo! And, yes, I have adjusted to using fluorescent lighting, and aside from looking a bit paler in the bathroom mirror, we’ve learned to live in harmony. Thanks, Christine for the tip!