10 Things I’m Looking Forward to in 2021

The last time I wrote a post like this was in 2016 and some of the things I was hoping for actually happened like meeting the person who would eventually become my husband! Anyway, here’s my list for 2021 and they’re not necessarily in order.

1) Hopefully getting a little closer to some since of normalcy as Covid-19 vaccines become available.

2) Margaux turning 2 and her daycare cost decreasing!!

3) Reading more for myself. I’ve read a lot to Margaux (we’re almost at 1,000 books!) but I need to do more reading for myself.

4) Writing more in my journal.

5) Writing more on this blog.

6) Hopefully enrolling Margaux in swim lessons.

7) Setting up my home office instead of working at the dining room table.

8) Setting up the playroom in the basement.

9) Meeting financial goals that I’ve set for myself.

10) And finally, I hope to take better care of myself. Becoming a parent in December 2019, I feel like I have been “surviving” and not investing in myself. This means that I’m not at my best self but that is about to change.

What are you looking forward to in 2021?

Homemade Baby Food

Homemade Baby FoodMaking homemade baby food is easier than you might think.  Before starting your baby on solids, speak to your baby’s pediatrician first to make sure that they are ready.

With a pediatrician’s approval, many babies are ready to start trying solids somewhere between 4-6 months of age. Before Margaux was born, my plan was to exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months and then to slowly start her on solids. Well, none of that actually happened. At 4 months, Margaux appeared to be very interested in what Marquis and I were eating but I wasn’t quite ready to see my baby grow up and start eating food. Eventually, I decided to go ahead and start trying solids the day that she turned 5 months. Read on to see how we started Margaux on solids and my tips for other parents looking to do the same. Continue reading “Homemade Baby Food”

Guest Post: Food Allergies in Children Part 2

Allergy free homemade pizza
Homemade Pizza, Gluten, Dairy and Egg free.

Did you know that some common school supplies can contain common allergens? Read Part 2 below of our 2-part series on Food Allergies in Children by our guest writer, Trista Swinson of Let’s Eat Safe.  If you missed Part 1, be sure to check it out first and come back to finish Part 2. Continue reading “Guest Post: Food Allergies in Children Part 2”

My Birth Story

My Birth Story 1My daughter, Margaux (pronounced Margo), was born one chilly morning in December 2019.  Below are the details leading up to her birth.  Just a warning, the following is a very detailed account of that special day.  If you want to get straight to the main part of the story, scroll down to “When Things Get Interesting.”

 Leading up to Labor

The day before my daughter was born, I went to a holiday party for group exercise instructors at Gold’s Gym.  Since I’m one of the lead group exercise instructors, it was my job to help with setting up for our afternoon of fun.  I felt pretty normal for the most part that day but I decided that I would go ahead and find a sub for my last two classes that week before I planned to go on maternity leave.

Fast forward to later that night, everything still felt pretty normal as I watched the Miss Universe pageant (congrats Miss South Africa!).  Since I had been having trouble sleeping, I stayed up and watched Real Housewives of Atlanta.  I finally went to bed and I couldn’t sleep because I thought I was having Braxton-Hicks contractions but I had several.  I tried repositioning myself and going to the bathroom but I was still getting them so I decided to take a shower.  That’s when I thought that something might be up. Continue reading “My Birth Story”

What Does It Feel Like to Give Birth

What Does It Feel Like to Give BirthOne of the two biggest questions I had while I was pregnant was what do contractions feel like and the other was what does it feel like to give birth?  My only birth experience was what I saw on TV which was for a woman to have her water break unexpectedly and she’s rushed to the hospital while panting heavily.  She is screaming and sometimes her partner is too, possibly because she is squeezing their hand too tight.  Everybody’s childbirth experience varies and it can also vary from child to child.  This is simply my experience when I gave birth to my daughter Margaux. Continue reading “What Does It Feel Like to Give Birth”