Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My Pregnant Mind is a Fickle Thing

So after I posted my wishlist I got a lot of great feedback from friends on better options. This was welcome because I love hearing about new/cheaper items. But, it also made me realize how fickle I can be about choices sometimes.

Normally (i.e. when I am not pregnant) I have a pretty difficult time making decisions. In college I remember my friend making fun of me for constantly calling my mom to ask her opinion about rather trivial purchases. But I was treading new waters and although my mom couldn't visually see the colors on the boxes of hair dye, it comforted me to talk it over with her and get another opinion.

When I am pregnant however, I feel like it is even worse though. Just ask my husband. Every night I lay down and go over the pros and cons of particular items. I am sure I am driving him nuts, and really I drive myself nuts with it sometimes. But I can't stop. I care about quality, durability and style and I want to make sure something is going to last and work well for me.

Long story short I am revising my wishlist and sharing it with whoever reads this just because these are two products that one friend (thank you Elisabeth!) shared with me and I keep going over and over and I just can't let go of.

First: Lotus Travel Crib

My friend has this and told me she absolutely loved it. It's design is genius (the zipper!) and I love that the mat goes straight on the ground. This was my biggest concern regarding the Chicco LX playard because with our previous playyard the fact that the mattress was always suspended caused it to take a bent effect after awhile which gives me major mommy guilt. This is nice and flat and I love that you don't have to suffer with the dreaded lowering-them-and-they-wake-up fear. Also it is made without  PVC, Phthalates, Lead or PBE/PBDE Flame Retardants which in my mind have no use in baby products. Plus it is not ridiculously expensive like the Bjorn travel crib that looks very similar and all the reviews rave of impeccable customer service. 

2. The Diaper Bag.

Over the weekend I took a little trip to Nordstrom to check out the Petunia Boxy Glazed Backpack bag. I thought I liked it after hearing reviews from moms and knowing it was a quality investment piece but boy oh boy, I really didn't like it in person. It was beautiful really but I felt like I was forcing myself to like a dressed up box. Seriously. When they call it boxy, it is REALLY boxy. It is like you have a box strapped to your back or side (depending on which straps you are using). I also realized as pretty as the patterns are, I tend to like my bags to be a little less flowery. It's a diaper bag and I am sure it functions wonderfully but I realized that I really don't like traditional diaper bags. It's me, not them. Then I saw my friend's beautiful bag and I asked her where she got it: Baggu

These bags are canvas (i.e. durable and washable) and beautifully made. I especially love the Sailor Stripe pattern and Poppy color. Now I am just trying to decide on the Duck Bag (crossbody) or the Backpack. They are both extremely affordable and spacious and I know I will be getting one or the other but man this fickle mind of mine has to mull it over a lot more. Because a diaper bag is a crucial thing you know.....


So what do you think? Backpack or Duck Bag? Sailor Stripe or Poppy?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Labor can be amazing.

When I was pregnant with Max I really wanted to attempt a natural birth. I ended up getting an epidural during transition phase (which I know now is when most women who want a natural birth end up getting an epidural) and it isn't that I regret that decision but I still believe my body is capable of a completely natural birth.

I wanted to take Bradley classes but they were not offered where we were living at the time with Max and so this time around I was really excited to have the opportunity to learn more about pregnancy, labor, birth, and how to build my relationship with my husband so that he can be my main support. We meet once a week for twelve weeks and thanks to awesome friends who babysit Max for us we haven't missed a class. I absolutely love it.

Yesterday our teacher showed us this amazing video, she has shown us a lot of inspiring videos but this one gave me the good shivers. It's not graphic at all. Just a woman singing BEAUTIFULLY through contractions. Her husband plays the guitar and clearly she sings a lot but what a beautiful way to experience labor. It reminds me that labor does not have to be fraught with fear of pain but can be filled with beautiful, harmonious (in both senses of the word) moments.

This video inspired me to really look into music that will help my experience. I love singing and I especially love music with inspiring messages and beautiful harmonies that I can sing along to. I have compiled a short list of artists and groups but I am curious if anyone can help think of other suggestions. Think along the lines of Colbie Caillat, India. Arie, Francesca Battistelli, Hanson (yes, that Hanson), and Mindy Gledhill.

Friday, May 17, 2013

So this got on here late.  But it needs to be here!
This is going to be a unique post.  It is not written by Gidget, but by Kyle unbeknownst to her at this very point in time that I am posting it. It is an ode to her amazing mothering-ness.  I thought it fitting to post it here, since this is a record of experiences from her point of view, I want to show how they may be affecting the ones she loves so fully on this special day. Although all of it cannot be truly captured by the low-tech blog media or my lack of expressive talent, I will try because she is truly an inspiration and most importantly the love of my life.
Mother’s Day is not contained within the limits of your own Mom, Grandma, Step-Mom, or whoever, but extends to the Moms, (sisters, aunts, motherships, baby-mamas, etc…)  you see around you, and of course - more seriously; to women in general, because we can admire and praise the inherent qualities of nurture, love, and beauty that they have whatever their official Mom-status may be. 

In light of all of this, I hope that people everywhere (especially us manly men) use our actions and words to show our gratitude, appreciation, and love for the wonderful women in our lives. And do so consistently too!  To go a step further I wanted to take some liberties and provide some words for those individuals, or at least one individual that I know, who have or will have this respect and love I speak of, but can’t currently express it. 

In other words let’s suspend some disbelief and say that this is a post:

To: Mom

From: Max


                Dear Mama,

I first off want to thank you for carrying me in your belly for almost 10 months.  That was legit!  Oh, and thanks for eating well too, cause I loved me those nutrients.  But the thanks you deserve begins well before that even, I need to thank you for doing a few things before I was even a complete thought.  Those have played a huge role in making you the best mom ever too.


Thank you for learning, seeking out good things, and listening to your conscience.  Thank you for all of the good, better, and best choices you made over the years to be an amazing person and someone I could look up to as an example of knowledge, love, and spirituality.


Thank you actually liking this guy…

…and for loving and marrying him too.  Turns out he’s pretty alright.


Thanks for being a beautiful bride in white.

Now my opinion is extra biased on the next subject, but I think it is awesome that you chose to pray, listen heavenward, and really consider starting a family even at a young age. That takes faith and courage these days! 

Thank you for graduating from UW with honors, thoughtfully considering, and then un-pursuing a sure spot in a Master’s degree program, all to have me instead. I feel worth it every day by the way you live true to that choice, and by the way that you love me unreservedly.

Next I should thank you for welcoming me into the world perfectly.  I feel nothing short of the best gift you ever got.

Thank you for leading the way. 

 You show me the magic and fun in everyday life!

And you have great hair!
Just look at you…

Need I say more?

You make me feel like this every day:

you teach me all kinds of things all of the time. 

How to be gentle and to love

You teach me about the world and the many new and exciting things around me.

You go into uncomfortable places and circumstances to expand my mind.

you protect me like a mama bear too.

Thank you for all of those.
Thank you for showing me ice-cream too.  That’s definitely at the top of the list of favorites! 

Thanks for going above and beyond too.  What do I mean by that?  Well, you will go the extra mile to make a day exciting for me, and for others too!  You organize events, spend time setting up play-dates, music-groups, story-times, and whatever else you name it.  You let me explore and enjoy many things.

That was way fun. Thanks for letting me be messy.

Thanks for cleaning me up too.  Over and over again. 

Even if I do this.

Thanks for putting up with me when it’s hard to.

Thank you for letting me crash in the most comfortable and secure arms in the world.

You even sit out of fun things for you to comfort me. Don’t think I didn’t notice that the broom-ball game of the century was on the line, but you sat out for most of it to keep me warm and happy… and then body-checked some fools!


It doesn’t go unnoticed.  It doesn’t go unfelt.  I love you.


Thanks for also letting me push sometimes.  I don't know why, but it's way fun.  Especially if it's really inconvenient for you : )


You make me feel big and independent. But like your little boy at the same time.


Thanks for making me toast, showing me how to do new things, and always lifting me to see so much.

Oh, and to top it off… you do it all pregnant too!


Thanks for bringing me a baby brother or sister soon too.  Maybe on my birthday?
Thanks for playing games with me!


Well, I can’t say it all, but just know, especially on Mother’s Day, that I love you more than anything.  Know that every little thing you do, though not completely noticed by society, or by acquaintances, friends, or even by family like me sometimes… You make the REAL difference in the world. My world. And in turn many other little worlds by proximity to your gentle power.  It may be hard, frequently without visible reward, and straight up exhausting…


But I hope you know it’s worth it all. You are simply the best.

Thank you.

I love you,



And I will second everything he said as if I said it myself : )

I love you Gina.

Happy Mother’s Day!*


* = !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Baby #2 Wishlist

Preparing for Baby #2 has been interesting. Not only am I reflecting on what I did/didn't need with Max, I am also taking into account the fact that we will be living a very transient lifestyle. I have to be able to travel light, comfortable and easily and with two kids that is hard even if you are settled down. 

I also learned that investing in quality pieces is crucial. I am all about a good deal and I thrift everything if possible, but some things cannot be thrifted and so my expensive taste comes out loud and clear. 

1. Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag. This bag is wipe-able  comes with straps to wear as a backpack, has a built in changing pad, plenty of room and is pretty darn cute. I know quite a few mommies who sing it's praises and have used it for multiple children. A backpack diaper bag will be crucial for managing two little ones, I am going to need as many free hands as I can get!

2.Ergo Carrier. We have a baby Bjorn and I have tried out an ergo and the difference is quite distinct. Most people consider double strollers with Baby #2 but because of our adventure year, we have no space for a double stroller. My plan is bring the umbrella stroller for Max and carry the new bundle. The Ergo is comfortable, lasts, is easily moved and comes recommended from many mamas.

3.BumGenius Cloth Diapers. We did cloth with Max and have loved it. The gross factor is quickly overcome and they have saved us a TON of money. We have mostly used the Elemental style on Max but have since tried the 4.0 and fell in love even more! We just need more to fill our stash. I am not positive we will be able to use cloth wherever we go because I have no idea what our living situation is next year and whether or not we will even have a washer/dryer but my plan is to plan on using them and if I have to, I will adapt.

4.Medela Electric Breastpump. This is the most expensive and the least needed item on my wishlist. I plan to exclusively breastfeed again but it is nice to have a pump in case I want to go out on a date or go exercise or just have the freedom to know that I can go. I had a manual pump with Max and although it did the job, it was so incredibly annoying to use and took forever. An electric pump just makes things a little easier and quicker. It's one of those I-could-live-without-but-would-be-nice-to-have items.

5.Chicco Lullaby LX Playard. Max has slept in a playard since he was born. We were living with my mother and there just wasn't space for a full-sized crib. Then we moved and our crib was from when I was a baby and was hefty and we would have had to buy a mattress and the playard just seemed easier at the time. So we stuck with it and Max still sleeps in it. Our plan is to repeat this process with Baby #2 especially since we will be moving multiple times over the year and doing so with mainly our car (at least that is the plan). 

So there is my wishlist for Baby #2. I call it a wishlist because it is exactly that, I don't expect any of it but boy oh boy would it be lovely to have a wish come true.