Big Projects {wink, wink}

{I had to add the wink wink because surely you wouldn’t click on post lamely titled “projects” and coming up with something better is not on my brain’s morning agenda.}

I’m sure it comes as no surprise when I tell you we have a ton going on {mostly empty blog space, anyone?}. What with moving, working from home during the summer with a spunky three and a half year old, and sorting through all the boxes of stuff we’ve been living without for four months {do we really need 283 mason jars? (Don’t answer that)}, it’s been a tad chaotic to say the least. Good chaotic, but chaotic none the less. 

Right now it feels like we have tons of projects going on – painting, floors, unpacking, decorating an entire house, work things, blah, blah, etc. Of course, through it all, there’s been one big project that I’ve failed to mention or even hint at, which makes all the other projects seem a bit more demanding and yet insignificant all at the same time. 

If you follow me on Instagram or FB {which you should!}, you know what’s coming next: 

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We’re adding one more to our crew this winter {vague much?} and couldn’t be more excited!
More on all that later. 

{All further updates will stay on tinysneakers in case you have no interest in babies.}

Doctor on the Phone, Mommy!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Well.

I’d started writing a post over on tiny sneakers a couple weeks back {and never finished, shocker} about how much easier a toddler is than a baby. I could probably still write write that post, but had I published it before last week I would’ve had to eat my words.

It was spring break and the husband was out of town, meaning no school and the toddler and I were on our own for a week. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, but sometimes a little break and some adult company goes a long way. Winking smile Only, The Kynado decided to throw a wrench in the already off-normal week. He got sick.

 

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What I thought was just allergies {goodness knows we’re all hurting from them this year} rapidly turned into pinkeye and a never-ending toddler plague. Meaning instead of filling our days with parks, projects, potty training, and play, we were stuck inside, mostly glued to the couch.

The second I saw the goop in his eye, I knew what it was. I can only remember having pinkeye once – it was in college {when I wore contacts} and it was dreadful. I knew he’d be super contagious if it was bacterial and he didn’t get on antibiotics soon, but it was nearing after-hours at the ped’s office and he was so miserable I couldn’t imagine dragging him to sit in the waiting room.

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Instead I tried out American Well, one of those mobile doctor-on-your-phone apps. You can see doctors or nutritionists from your computer or phone 24-7 and they even take insurance which is cool. I’m not sure I’d do it for every ailment, but definitely for nutrition and definitely for this quick visit that I knew we needed. {I had a coupon code for a free appointment – you can have one too: use SPRING to get a free doc visit {$49} or free nutrition visit {$25}. As long as you register in April, you can use the code for a year – aka wait until you need it.} It’s HIPAA-secure and they can share notes with your regular physician, which is convenient.

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We waited maybe three minutes for the family physician I picked to review our files and then she popped up on the screen. It was perfect because my cranky toddler could stay cuddled up in my lap distracted by some random truck song on YouTube on the TV. She quickly confirmed what I’d suspected and sent an Rx to the pharmacy while KB was thoroughly distracted by “doctor on phone! doctor on phone!” He kept trying to grab the phone from me and wanted to keep waving bye-bye after she was gone. Anyways, an hour later he had his drops and woke up almost goop-free. Hooray for quick treatment.

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So I should probably still write that post about toddler’s being easier, even if only so I can go back and remind myself that when we’re having a rough day. Winking smile

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Have you ever tried a mobile doc? What are your thoughts? In true toddler fashion, I’m still hearing requests for the “doctor on phone, mommy!”

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Well.

 

Pregnancy Preserved

Although I was more than uncomfortable the last few weeks before my munchkin was born, it took merely a few hours for the memory of pregnancy to start fading. It wasn’t the most pleasant 9 months, but without a doubt a journey I don’t want to forget. For all the morning sickness and aches and pains, I loved being pregnant. The feeling of my son kicking, squirming, and hiccupping in my belly was a priceless experience. I loved the anticipation of whether my baby was a boy or a girl, what he or she was going to look like, and what he or she would love to do as they grew up. I loved the instant conversation starter pregnancy gave me, and the shared connection with others going through the same journey.

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I documented the entire journey on my pregnancy blog, but that’s not something easy to go back and read. It can’t sit on my living coffee table or grace the shelves of the nursery. I have a collection of scrapbooks from college that I love to go back and look at from time to time when I see them sitting in the closet, but I have neither the time, energy, or desire to pick up that hobby again. I love the look of a scrapbook and the ability to add trinkets and memorabilia, but it doesn’t quite capture the feeling I was going for to document my pregnancy.

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Instead I decided to make a pregnancy photo book on Picaboo. Since I already had all the photos I’d collected over the last 9 months, it was extremely easy to make. I downloaded the program, uploaded my photos, and got to work building my book. The program can build the book and organize the photos for you, but I loved taking the time to look back through each photo and decide where to put each one in the book. It’s easy to add custom backgrounds, add captions, and change the photo layout of each page.

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My plan was to have the entire book ready except for the very last photo: the birth announcement. But since my little boy had other plans, my plans for the book also changed. I continued to put the book together with pregnancy photos, but I couldn’t resist adding in the first six weeks of his life. Those first six weeks were beautiful, wonderful, difficult, rewarding, and trying. I never want to forget them.

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You can view my photo book here!

I’ve already starting uploading more baby photos into the Picaboo program so I can be on top of things for the next baby book I make: the first 6 months and a year. If I can wait that long- knowing me I’ll probably make one every month. Smile

Thank you to Picaboo for allowing me the opportunity to document such a momentous occasion in this special way.

3 Weeks

Well there hasn’t been much blog worthy cooking or baking going on here lately. I’m sure you can understand; I’m busy looking at this precious face all day!

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I can’t believe we’ve been hanging out together for 3 1/2 weeks now, especially considering yesterday was the little guy’s due date.

Baby boys rule. 😉

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