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Tag Archive: Real Mom Talk

Introverted Mama Musings
September 13, 2016 7:00 am | by
Introverted Mom Musings

Let’s chat for a moment about being a mom and an introvert.  I often feel that in a culture that caters more to extraverted people, it’s a little more difficult for us introverted mamas to chat about our lives.  Talking may not be the easiest thing for us introverts, but there is another way.  Writing, on the other hand, is  has always been by outlet (easier than talking), so let’s start a dialogue about being an introverted mama.  Before Kids I used my mornings to recharge and get ready for my days full of children and parents.  I used to teach early childhood special

 
Back to School: The Second Time
September 12, 2016 11:09 am | by
Back to School

This summer flew by! One day, we’re hanging out by the pool and the next thing I know, it’s time for the kids to go back to school! This may be our second year of “school life,” but I have to say – it does not get any easier leaving them on that very first day.  This year is a little more of an adjustment for me because I not only have a child in full-day kindergarten, but also one preschool half the day. I must admit – my routine is starting off pretty hectic. I’m basically a chauffeur half the day, driving back and

 
My First Reaction to Cloth Diapers
September 2, 2016 8:00 am | by
My First Reaction to Cloth Diapers

When I had my first child, I didn’t even know that cloth diapers were still a thing. So of course, there was no question in my mind whether or not I would use disposable diapers. It wasn’t until my second pregnancy that I discovered cloth diapers still existed. You see, my sister-in-law was also pregnant at the time and after some research, she made the decision to cloth her first baby. I, however, still had the mindset of using disposable diapers. It’s just what you did, or so I thought. So what was my first reaction to cloth diapers? “Ummmmm that’s disgusting. You’re going

 
10 Signs You’re a Cloth Diapering Family
August 30, 2016 4:55 pm | by
10 Signs You're a Cloth Diapering Family

How do you know you’re a cloth diapering family? Here are 10 signs you can look out for! 10.)  You use coconut oil on EVERYTHING! 9.)  You look for baby shirts when you shop for your baby, not onesies. 8.)  Wet bags…. Wet bags everywhere. You found numerous ways to use them so you’re *almost* wet bag obsessed. 7.)  You can’t help but play “disposable or cloth” while at the playground. Can you guess what type of diaper the other babies have on? 6.)  Your mind goes to cloth-diaper related things when people start talking in “code.”    CD= Most people talk about actual

 
Reacting to My Fourth Pregnancy
August 23, 2016 4:07 pm | by
Reacting to My Fourth Pregnancy

It was 5:00 am on Christmas morning. My husband was sleeping, blissfully unaware of the anxiety I was feeling as I laid awake next to him. I had just taken a pregnancy test and it was positive. No, this was not my first pregnancy test rodeo, but seeing that little blue line caused an old, familiar, mild panic to rise up in my body. Reality started sinking in; I was about to experience my fourth pregnancy. The evening before, Christmas Eve, is when 2 of my siblings joyously announced their pregnancies to our family. Which caused me to pause, re-count

 
Summer Playdates
August 17, 2016 2:55 pm | by
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Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still time to fit in some outdoor fun! Throughout this summer, I had to think about what I was going to do everyday to entertain all four of my children. For me, it’s a balance of finding budget-friendly activities that will entertain all age ranges of my girls, and keep us away from our life-sucking devices. So here is my list of summer playdates with older and younger children. Take a Nature Walk. Head to your local state park and pick a path. Your child can create a nature journal and take sketches of his findings or pretend he is

 
Planning for Baby #2
August 16, 2016 11:00 am | by
Planning for Baby #2

Planning for #2 — We’d been trying for baby #2 for around a year or so now, and as soon as we found out that we were expecting, the “OH MY GOODNESS WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER BABY” mode kicked in. Since then, I’ve felt just about every emotion imaginable thanks to those ever-changing pregnancy hormones. It’s been almost four years since I had a baby, so I’m trying to take things slow, enjoy my time with my little guy and still prepare for our newest arrival! Here are a few things I’ve learned so far in planning for this second little

 
Real Mom Talk: Top Cloth Diapering Accessories
June 2, 2016 3:36 pm | by
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  One of the best things about cloth diapers is that they are so simple to use! With cloth diapering, you really only need a handful of extra supplies and accessories to diaper your child from birth to potty-training! I’ll start with the essentials. In addition to a stash of roughly 20-24 cloth diapers, you will need reusable wipes (bumGenius Flannel Wipes have held up extremely well for me), a diaper pail or large wet-bag, and diaper-safe detergent. That’s it! That’s all you need for a no-frills, minimalist approach to cloth-diapering. My initial cloth-diaper stash took up just one basket,

 
Real Mom Talk: Kids & Pets
April 27, 2016 6:56 pm | by
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Our baby and fur baby are almost exactly three years apart. Asher came along when Melvin (the pup) was just three and it’s been an adjustment since. Melvin was pretty good when it came to getting used to Asher being around, but I can tell he isn’t always interested in playing when Asher is eager to have some fun. On occasion he will entertain Asher, but Melvin is pretty laid back and would rather be napping on the couch or hiding out somewhere.  Melvin is a smaller dog, a Shih-Tzu, and his demeanor is just easy. He’s a very well-behaved

 
Real Mom Talk: First Family Vacation
March 31, 2016 7:55 pm | by
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We took our first family vacation last summer. Lola was 10 months old and we went to the lake for the the Fourth of July. Prior to this, we made many long road trips back and forth to my parents’ house, but this was different because our cabin wasn’t prepped ahead of time with baby gear. Lola sleeps much better in a very dark room, so we created a makeshift canopy with a comforter and some telescoping pole devices my husband found. We had to roll across two beds ninja style to get to the bathroom while she was sleeping to avoid destroying the contraption. I