Monday, July 20, 2015

the horse

we started the paperwork to update our home study to be able to get back on the proverbial adoption horse back in february

the first time we filled out all of that paperwork it took me about ten days

this time we finished it in mid may 

there were several reasons for the extremely drawn out process most of which is that with a little one to play with there just isn't a lot of time to sit and fill out paperwork
and working all the different appointments needed for finger prints and health checks and yada yada around her schedule was super hard
but we did finally finish it all .. had our visit with our super awesome social worker .. and had our equally super awesome consultant update our profile

so now we are firmly back on said horse
it is different this time
with the littlest at home we don't have the insane sense of urgency that we had before
we feel ready for whatever God has planned for us but are not in a hurry necessarily

but what is the same that .. i didn't expect .. is the consummation of the process
it instantly fills your head on a very constant basis
i check my email no less that five million times a day just in case there is something from susan regarding a birth mom
while we don't feel in a hurry i do feel impatient .. if that makes any sense at all
i don't just want to say we are ready .. i want to be back in the thick of it

our hearts and our home is open to whatever happens
like always .. the best news of all is that i am not in control

bring it on us God .. we want what you want

happy monday!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

then and now

two years ago going to the pool would have looked something like this ..
getting together with friends
laying out by the pool
cocktails and food on the grill
with loud music in the background

now going to the pool looks like this

i have been wanting to get a baby pool for the littlest for weeks now but have just never actually gone and gotten one
yesterday headed to the third grocery store of the morning {ARGH!!} the littlest was adamantly telling us that she was finished with grocery stores and was ready to go home
so RT .. being the awesome guy that he is .. took one for the team and dropped us off before he went out for the remaining two items
when he came back he had stopped by yet another store to pick up a baby pool
so when the littlest woke up from her afternoon nap we all donned our swim suits and enjoyed some pool time :)

happy monday!!

Friday, July 10, 2015

adventures of a wannabe earth mama..deodorant

last week you read my sordid tale about oil cleansing .. i am still fighting the battle against what that did to my poor face in case you were wondering .. i will keep you posted

another product full of weirdo chemicals that i have chucked in the trash in an effort to do better by my body is my antiperspirant/deodorant

the wellness mama {check her out .. she has great info and recipes for all kinds of stuff} gives a very brief insight into why you might want to do the same in this how to detoxify your armpits post {sorry to front you out audge but .. my sister did this detox and was really happy with the results}
you can also just search the internet for info because there is lots

anyway .. back in januaryish my mom was telling me about the natural deodorant she had been using called meow meow tweet
i am a sucker for a cute name so i decided to try it

full disclosure and also maybe a little tmi .. i am a sweater and i am ashamed
ok maybe that's a little dramatic
i am not actually ashamed per say but lets get real here people .. pitting out a shirt is embarrassing!!
so i was very skeptical about using only a natural deodorant and giving up on antiperspirants all together

i used my mom's deodorant one day and was happy with it so i decided to buy some and try it out

this stuff is great!!

i have been using it for about six months now and have had no issues with odor at all!!
and honestly the sweating hasn't been crazy either
i am using nothing as far as an antiperspirant and have not had issues in this area
that is pretty sweet considering it is the middle of summer in the blazing TX

i would absolutely recommend meow meow tweet to anyone interested in a natural deodorant option!!
it comes in two scents and i have liked them both
lavender is my favorite but tea tree is great too

happy weekend!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

a real love affair

as soon as the littlest was born we started swaddling her
she absolutely loved being swaddled up as tight as possible

once she started trying to roll over i began to get nervous about how hard it would be to transition her out of the swaddle but several people assured me it would be no big deal
my sister said that with all four of her kids she just stopped swaddling them at some point and none of them seemed to care

one night i woke up in the middle of the night because i could hear the littlest grunting and groaning 
i must have been in a super deep sleep because i looked over at the monitor but couldn't figure out what i was seeing 
i went into her room and she had rolled over in her swaddle .. terrifying!!

i told RT the swaddle had to go our house losing the swaddle was an absolute tragedy
the littlest cried every time we put her down to bed for two days straight
we were tempted many times to just swaddle her back up but it was obviously more important that she be safe so we didn't

during those sad days my mom told me about this wearable blanket she had seen on shark tank called the Zipadeezip 
she said it was supposed to help babies transition out of their swaddle easier
i got online and ordered one immediately

absolute live saver!!

the littlest is obsessed with her Zipadeezip!!
when she sees it she gets so excited and as soon as i put her arms in she puts her hand in her mouth and gets really calm

her first one started to get pretty dingy in the hands where she puts it in her mouth and did finally get holes 
so i have gotten her a couple of new ones that she of course loves equally as much

if your little one is ready to transition out of the swaddle i highly recommend the Zipadeezip!!
it is littlest approved :)

happy wednesday!!