And Then There Were Four, Part 3 of 3 – 3rd Trimester

This is the third and final installment of “And Then There Were Four – 3rd Trimester.” We checked back in at 39 weeks. We talk about our trip to the emergency room when we thought we were going to meet our little Guy. Flick and I talked about our anxieties and anticipations that go along with having a baby, even though it was our second.

We question the common practice of Midwives and Obstetricians only being available to deliver when they are on call. We LOVE our midwife and if we are blessed with another pregnancy, she will be our midwife again. However, we had a scheduled induction with Bell so we didn’t have the experience of having to call our doctor and rushing to the hospital. Please don’t misinterpret our questioning and frustrations for disrespect in any way. Our midwife is a very hard working, dedicated medical professional who helped us make a wonderful birth story that we will forever cherish.

After the hospital visit and being sent home to progress more, I became very impatient. In this episode I talked about my struggle with whether or not I should walk to progress or rest to progress. We talk about bursts of energy and waves of emotion.

You’ll notice lots of yawning when you listen to this episode. I was a very tired 39 week pregnant momma. So I apologize in advance.

Momstracted Podcast #6 – And Then There Were Four, Part 3 of 3 – 3rd Trimester

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-Momstracted Momma

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And Then There Were Four, Part 2 of 3 – 2nd Trimester

Between chasing a toddler and fatigue, we took a long time to record another episode.

Flick and I were able to record this podcast and talk about what I was feeling and what was different for the second trimester of the second pregnancy. Transitioning from a family of three to a family of four was a big topic for us and we expressed our anxieties of how we expected to feel when that change happens.

A big announcement was made when we told the gender of baby #2 and how we’ll refer to he or she on the podcast. We also talk about transitioning Bell into a toddler bed and how she’s responding to the idea of becoming a big sister.

Anyone have a second baby shower? Were you hesitant? Well, so were we. We express our concern and appreciation of a “second baby” shower.

We had high hopes for a dramatic rush to the hospital. In this episode you can listen to our hopes and desires for our labor and delivery.

While this is the second in a series of old episodes that were never aired, we are excited to share with you the experiences of our pregnancy with baby #2. We hope you enjoy listening and find some helpful tidbits in the podcast episode.

Momstracted Podcast #6 – And Then There Were Four, Part 2 of 3 – 2nd Trimester

-Momstracted Momma

And Then There Were Four, Part 1 of 3 – 1st 11 Weeks

We’ve been gone from the Momstracted world for a while but here’s what happened while we were gone. In episode 5 of the Momstraced podcast we made our big pregnancy announcement. We talk about trying and the multiple tests I took while “impatiently” waiting to find out if we were going to have another baby.

We touch on the differences in symptoms that I’ve experienced with the second pregnancy compared to our first. We also ponder the idea of whether or not people even care about your second pregnancy. Later, we discuss all of the changes that I’ve gone through between conception up until 11 weeks and give the listeners a special treat and play a recording of the heartbeat from the at-home fetal doppler.

Also in this episode we update you on Bell and how introducing potty training went. Our hopes were that she’d be potty trained before Baby #2 got here…Keep listening and you’ll see how that went…or didn’t…

Besides potty training we also talk about Bell’s reaction and our expectations for her as a big sister.

Flick and I make our predictions of whether we thought Baby #2 was a boy or girl. Since this is an old episode you probably already know. 😉

While this is an old episode that was never aired we are excited to share with you the experiences of our pregnancy with baby #2. We hope you enjoy listening and find some helpful tidbits in the following podcast episodes.

Episode number 5

-Momstracted Momma

Guess Who’s Back…

Yes, I’ve been gone quite a while but I’m back and our family is bigger than ever. We’ve added a new little man to our family and we can’t wait to tell you all about our little Guy. No, his name isn’t Guy, but that’s how we’ll be referring to him on Momstracted.

We’re gonna play catch up on the first few podcast episodes that are released. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach. Similarly, my ambitions are always bigger than my reality. ha! I had hoped to keep up with entries and podcasting along my pregnancy journey but it didn’t happen. Flick and I did record a couple of podcasts during the pregnancy but that’s as far as we got. Guy is now six months old. Yep, we have a lot of catching up to do. So, we’ll post the two pregnancy episodes and then we’ll do a long “Catching up” episode where we will fill you in on the birth and everything that has happened in the past six months since the birth.  It’ll be a two-parter.

While there are still some major life changes going on in our world, I’m happier than ever and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Please, tell your friends, share our posts and comment on the blog. We love to hear from anyone that’s listening and encourage feedback.

More to come,

Momstracted Momma

Is This Real Life? – Adventures at MommyCon Chicago

We are still recovering from what was a long, but VERY exciting weekend at MommyCon Chicago! Flick, Baby Bell, and I attended the full-day convention on Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

After registering, we promptly went to get our give-away bags. Flick had to wait to get his because he was volunteering. I think a “give-away bag” is an understatement.  This thing was loaded! There was everything in there from baby wipes, to nursing pads, and even a baby shade cover. Not to mention everyone with general admission got a Kiinde Starter Kit. I chose the Foodii system and Flick got the Twist Starter Kit (breast milk storage system).

The day really got started with shopping in the exhibit hall. There were some familiar brands, and some I had never heard of before. There were so many wonderful vendors, but some of our favorites were Chompy Chic Chewelry, Innobaby, Nicki’s Diapers, Crane, Grovia, Babyganics, and our new friends at Miss Jamie’s Farm.

Besides fun places to shop, there were also some great exhibitors that gave helpful information. One of those being the child seat safety techs. We had several questions on whether it was time to transition Baby Bell from her infant carrier to a convertible seat.

There were so many options for carriers. We weren’t really in the market for a new carrier. I have a Tula and Flick has a Lillibaby. However, if we had been, there were quite a few resources we could have taken advantage of at the convention.

We got some helpful advice from past attendees to pack a lunch, as opposed to eating there because the food prices were high, and they didn’t have many healthy options. So we laid our blanket out in one of halls, along with many other families, and had a nice little picnic lunch. By this point, Baby Bell was way past nap time and getting very fussy. Flick had the Papa’s Perspective workshop to get to, so I decided to walk with Baby Bell to help her fall asleep. That is when I stumbled upon one of my favorite parts of the convention.

I mean, only a mom would think of a quiet room. It was exactly that. It was a separate room with dimmed lights where moms could go and nurse and get their little ones to sleep. It was perfect. Baby Bell fell fast asleep within 10-15 minutes of me bouncing and rocking her. Then she and I relaxed in a chair and she napped for about half an hour. A half an hour doesn’t seem like a long time, typically she naps for much longer, but it was a perfect way to re-energize her for our next workshop: Miss Jamie’s Farm kids music show.

If you haven’t heard of Miss Jamie’s Farm, you have to go to her website and check out her fun farm-themed children’s songs. We’ve been playing the CD and shaking our shaker egg ever since. Miss Jamie was kind enough to give us a CD to give away to one of our readers. Check out the Momstracted Facebook page for your chance to win this awesome CD for your little farmhand.

We had some extra time before our next workshop, so we ventured back into the exhibit hall and talked to some of the vendors we missed earlier in the day. We also took Baby Bell to create some hand and foot print art. We created a cute little whale from her hand print and a blue bird from her foot print.

Our next workshop was Potty Training with Potty Schmotty. She presents a very simple but effective way of potty training your child in 3 easy steps. To learn more about her process, check out her website.

We finished the day with none other than the The Baby Guy NYC, Jamie Grayson. Let me tell you, this guy knows his baby gear. And he is quite entertaining, to say the least.

After car seat safety, Jamie and the fabulous people from MommyCon gave away some AMAZING items. Everything from travel systems, to co-sleepers, to Tekhni woven wraps. Unfortunately, we didn’t come home with any of these gifts, but there is always next year!

So, that sums up our first ever MommyCon experience. We have some exiting news for all of you. We will be recording our debut Momstracted Podcast. Stay tuned for more of our MommyCon adventures when we roll out our podcast.

Until then, keep following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Oh, and don’t forget to check out Facebook for the Miss Jamie’s Farm CD giveaway!

~Momstracted Momma

It’s Kind of a Big Deal…

So part of being momstracted is being completely invested in learning all I can about anything and everything “parenting.” It honestly never leaves my mind. So, one day I decided a good way for me to learn more was through parenting/mommy conventions and expos. There are a few in our area, but not a ton. I found Family Fest, but wanted more. That’s when I stumbled upon MommyCon in Chicago. I sent Flick a link to the page and mentioned that I would like to go. I was so excited when he said yes! Well, a few days went by and I mentioned to him that we needed to buy our tickets. Turns out, MommyCon is kind of a big deal and they were already sold out. Flick felt terrible and being the wonderful husband he is, went straight to social media to try for tickets. Let me just tell you, he didn’t rest until we both had full-day general admission tickets. He is even volunteering at the convention in order to get the second ticket. Now you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Me too! I’ve never been but I’m expecting big things at MommyCon Chicago. They have 8 different MommyCon conventions happening in different cities across the country.

From the MommyCon FAQ page:

“MommyCon is a boutique style natural parenting convention focused on bringing modern families together to discuss, learn and grow. A day at MommyCon features over a dozen speakers, workshops, shopping and more! The focus at MommyCon is education about parenting choices, and whether you choose to cloth diaper, babywear or breastfeed is up to you! We just like to provide you resources and information to make the best decisions for your family.”

What I’m excited about:

Shopping – They’ve announced over 35 exhibitors. I can’t wait to get in there and learn all about the latest gadgets, toys, and products.

Activities for the kids – It’s kid friendly. I am so excited for Baby Bell to participate in the activities they have planned for the little ones. How fun do these sound?!?!

-Baby Drive-Thru Art Studio
-Drop in Crafting: Sew Sew Sew your Boat
-Finger Painting
-Wise Disguise Mask & Prop Making

Speakers – The guest speaker list is pretty impressive. Here are just a few from that list that I’m especially looking forward to hearing from:

Jamie Grayson – Baby Gear Expert
Kim Rosas – Dirty Diaper Laundry
-Laura Brown – Ergobaby and Babywearing Educator

Workshops – We plan on attending:

-Cloth Diapering 101 presented by Cotton Babies
-Papa’s Perspective: Navigating the Crunchy Mother
-Miss Jamie’s Farm Music Show
-Becoming a Babywearing Educator presented by Ergobaby
-Car Seat Safety with The Baby Guy NYC

The SWAG BAG and Giveaways! – Who doesn’t love a goodie bag?!?! According to past attendees on the Facebook group page, they don’t skimp on the freebies.

Flick, Baby Bell, and I are super excited to see what the MommyCon hype is all about. We will find out this weekend! Can’t wait to share it with all of you when we get back. If you are too intrigued to wait, then check out the upcoming MommyCon events.

~Momstracted Momma

Snot, Snuggles, and Sleepless Nights

First of all I have to apologize for the missed post and all-together silence. I’ve been…what you would call…momstracted. Baby Bell has been sick and Flick and I have taken turns being home with her. It wasn’t anything serious, a viral thing, but boy has it taken a toll on the Momstracted household. I’m convinced there is this “lever” and whenever you brag about your kid not having the latest bug, it gets switched from healthy to sick. She went to the babysitter one day this week. We just feel blessed that our employers are so thoughtful and flexible with our schedules.

It all started with a cough. Isn’t that how they all start, a little cough? Then there was the sneeze and the runny nose, followed by the fever. We, once again, jumped the gun. It’s like the one thing we can’t get the hang of as new parents. Any time Baby Bell gets sick, we are so quick to go to the doctor. We were up with her for about 4 hours on Monday night. She was coughing hard and very uncomfortable. Flick took her to the doctor on Tuesday. Of course they told us, “it’s probably just a viral thing.” At this point, she wasn’t running a fever. Well, we should have waited to visit the doctor because she got much worse that night. It was probably the worst night of sleep since we brought her home from the hospital. She was truly inconsolable. Oh and she started running a fever.

Wednesday and Thursday were my days to stay home with her. I was armed with an arsenal of Benadryl, Ibuprofen, Vapor Rub, Delsym, Coconut Oil, Boogie Wipes, Boogie Mist, Nose Frida, and a humidifier. We gave her Benadryl at night with Delsym for the cough. The Delsym didn’t control her cough at all. She had a humidifier going in her room and Vicks on her chest and feet. I’ve heard putting Vicks on the bottom of their feet before socks can help with coughing. I couldn’t really tell a difference but maybe that was because I was so sleep deprived. We gave her Ibuprofen as a fever reducer and I patted her head with a cool washcloth. I felt so bad because her whole body was hot to the touch. She really liked it when I rubbed her head with the cool washcloth. I cannot speak highly enough of the Boogie Wipes and Boogie Mist. Her nose was constantly running. I’m talking “snot faucet.” Using the Boogie Wipes instead of a dry tissue helped keep her nose from getting raw. This in turn made her less combative when I was repeatedly wiping her nose. Oh and the Boogie Mist kept her nose nice and moist during the night, helping her to breathe better. I didn’t include it on my Ten Products Post but the Nose Frida is AWESOME! Well, it’s awesome if you get excited about the amount of snot you get out of your child’s nose. It’s not as gross as it sounds. I was hesitant at first. You have to go here and check it out. We love our Nose Frida and I recommend it to anyone with a snotty nosed kid. So, I have started using Coconut oil on Baby Bell’s cheeks because they have been so chapped from the cold, windy winter. I also put some under her nose at bedtime while she was sick to help prevent the dry crusty boogies. It definitely seemed to help and it’s much better for her than Vaseline if she gets it in her mouth.

Okay so let me take this time to rant for a second. I HATE every one of the thermometers we have ever bought. I honestly cannot find one that I like. They either take too long, or give three completely different readings. When my kid is sick and is burning up with a fever, I want a fast and accurate result. We have tried at least six different brands and 3 different types. I’ve had the urge to throw each of them across the room and actually did a couple. So, if anyone out there has a recommendation of a good thermometer that doesn’t cost $50, PLEASE let me know. Okay, rant over.

After another sleepless night we called the doctor. Since she had the fever for a couple days, the doctor called in an antibiotic and cough syrup. Let me just take this time to say how much we love our pediatrician. She is amazing. The staff is amazing, they are always quick to return our calls, we’ve never had to reschedule and our doctor seems to genuinely care. A good Pediatrician is so important. Get recommendations and don’t settle for just anyone. Flick stayed home with her on Friday because she still had a bit of a fever and needed one more day of cuddles. I remember being sick as a kid and nothing made me feel better quite like cuddles. I think Baby Bell has discovered the same thing. Oh, and ice cream. Ice cream can fix anything.

So, she’s finally getting back to her happy, energetic self and mommy and daddy are finally getting some sleep. Mommy, Daddy, and Baby Bell – 1, Virus – 0

While my arsenal of medications and snot sucking gadgets seem like a perfect combination, I’m not a professional. You should always check with your pediatrician before giving your child any medication.

Until our next snot sucking adventure we’ll just keep cuddling and eating ice cream.

~Momstracted Momma