Thursday, March 23, 2017

How to Introduce Water + Munchkin Miracle 360 Training Cup Review

As Little One grew older and we started baby led weaning, I did a lot of reading about when it was time for more than just breast milk. When do you introduce water and what about other liquids.

These's no real clear cut answer and she certainly wasn't interested in water when she first started solids. Water was actually the first thing I saw her grimace at when she tried it. She absolutely hated it.

If you're exclusively breastfeeding or pumping, you might be wondering how to introduce other liquids. Here are my tips:

1. Ask other people. We asked the pediatrician, other moms and I even took to my baby led weaning group on Facebook. Everyone had different answers and everyone's babies responded differently. This helped me realize that she'll figure it out on her own timeline.

2. Keep offering it. Like I said, Little One hated water when she first tried it and really didn't have any interest. But we kept offering and offering until she started to like it.

3. Try different cups and ways of offering it. My husband and I both carry Nalgene bottles around the house as our source of water. They're bright and colorful and Little One has always been fascinated by them. When she wasn't exactly thrilled with water at first, I let her try drinking from my Nalgene. It went absolutely everyone but she loved it. We've now settled on the Munchkin Miracle 360 cup (review below) but we had to get her interested in water before.

4. Keep their size in mind. I always get worried that she hasn't drank enough water but my husband reminds me that she's small and doesn't need to drink too much to be hydrated.

5. Keep nursing. Babies get a lot of their hydration from breast milk so they're usually pretty well hydrated.

6. Always have the cup around. Now when we're playing in her room or other places, I just put the cup on the floor so she can grab when she's thirsty. She's going for it more and more.

Like I mentioned in #3, we tried a few different cups and methods of giving her water. She started out drinking from my Nalgene then a small Nalgene bottle for kids. The issue here in that I always had to hold the bottles and the water always went everywhere.

We've now settled on the Munchkin Miracle 360 cup and here's why.

-Can hold it her self. This helps her gain independence and truly learn how to drink on her own.

-Keeps the water in. This cup is more or less spill proof. When she really throws, a little bit of water can get out but not usually enough to even clean up.

-Easy to transition to regular cup. Since there isn't a spout or straw, she'll be used to drinking water the way she would out of a cup.

-Once they get the hang of it, easy to drink from.

-Dishwasher safe and easy to clean. It comes apart easily and all pieces are dishwasher safe.

We love this cup and did a lot of research to find. It fits well with baby led weaning because the concept is similar. Instead of having to training on a sippy cup and then a real cup, you use this cup and the transition is smoother.

The one caveat I have about this cup is that it does take a little while longer for babies to get. If you stick with it, you child will definitely learn to use it well. Just don't expect it to be immediate. Little One put every part of this cup in her mouth trying to learn to use it at first but after a couple of days, she got the hang of it.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10 Ways I'm Rocking Motherhood

I jumped at the chance to participate in the Rocking Motherhood Challenge (thanks for the nomination Elizabeth at Worth Writing for).

Look, motherhood is hard. That's no secret. There's so many thankless days, sleepless nights and 10 million other things. I'm just at the beginning of this journey and it's already so easy to lose sight of the things I do well.

I see it with so many of my fellow new moms too. It's easy to get caught up in the things you didn't get done today or a messy house and think you're not totally rocking things. 

This challenge is encouraging all moms to take a minute and see all of the ways you're rocking motherhood. So here's my list, I'd love to read your lists. 

To keep this amazing ball of energy rolling, I'm shouting out to these four bloggers so we can all read the 10 way they're rocking motherhood.

10 Ways I'm Rocking Motherhood

1. Adjusting to sleep - I could not function with less than 8 hours of sleep before Little One but I'm totally adjusted now.

2. I've stuck it out with nursing - It's not always easy but Little One and I still have a great nursing relationship at 11 months.

3. Little One is starting to be socialized - Having both parents working at home is great for Little One but also made socializing her the right way super important. She's now totally happy and excited when playing with others.

4. We stay in touch with family - Our family is very spread out but I'm mostly good about keeping in touch, sharing pictures and keeping them involved in Little One's life.

5. We haven't lost sight of our marriage. 

6. I'm learning not to sweat the small stuff. This makes me so much more present and aware during family time.

7. We play, a lot. Little One gets tons of time with me and we play a lot. 

8. I haven't become a helicopter parent and am keeping worrying to a minimum. This is not how I pictured myself as a mom but I've been able to stay pretty even keel.

9. I'm working hard to continue working or staying at hone. The flexibility of working for myself and working at home is so great for Little One and our family. It's hard work but I'm determined to stick with it.

10. We're doing it our own way. I read the blogs, talk to other moms, go on Pinterest and get the mom guilt. I feel like we're doing this or that wrong. But at the end of the day,  we're doing it our way. We're doing what's right for our family, no matter what others say or think.

How are you rocking motherhood? Leave a comment!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

9 Baby Led Weaning Challenges & Tips to Overcome Them

We're still going strong on baby led weaning. There have been a few bumps in the road but generally, Little One has loved or liked everything she's tried. Her favorite food seems to be sweet potatoes (and cheerios). We had a our first (and hopefully only) allergic reaction, which is a post for another day.

Here are some of the challenges we've run into with BLW and tips for overcoming them.

1. Waste - We hate wasting food, we're pretty diligent about it. This is a huge baby led weaning challenge. Frequently, Little One either doesn't finish all the food or throws a bunch on the ground.

Solution: Do your best to try and catch everything and put it back on the plate. Also, don't put too much on their tray at once, less temptation to throw things around.

2. Choking & Gagging - Your Little One will gag and they might even choke. This is a whole new process for them, getting use to the texture, figuring out how much to eat at once and other challenges all have to be worked out.

Solution: Don't let the gagging bother you too much and don't let choking stop you from BLW. Just keep trying it, they'll learn.

3. Mess - Little One loves to mush banana or sweet potatoes in her hands. She also drops things on her belly all the time. It gets messy and that's part of the fun they're having.

Solution: Don't feed them in your favorite clothes. Little One is usually in just a diaper for her meals. It's not worth ruining a onesie, shirt or dress over. And she hates bibs.

4. Patience - Meal time can take FOREVER with Little One. Giving her small portions at at time so we don't waste too much food and letting her work things out on her own takes times. Have patience and plan for longer meal times.

Solution: Play music, color or do something at the table with your baby while they continue to eat. Little One usually eats better with company so sometimes I fold the laundry or enjoy another cup of coffee while she munches.

5. Creativity - We are super guilty of getting into dinner ruts. It's so easy to just make the same things over and over again. And we also realized that many of our meals are not necessarily baby shape friendly.

Solution: Plan ahead and look for meals that would be great for baby too. There are more meals out there than you could ever cook in your lifetime so try chicken different ways or something new with your veggies.

6. Explaining it to others - I hear this one all the time from my mom friends or in my BLW Facebook group. Either dad, grandparents, day care or strangers think BLW is crazy. Most of them haven't heard of it and some people are really against it. It might sound odd to them or they might not even get it at all.

Solution: Stay strong, do you what's best for you and your baby. Also, show them what it's all about. Nothing gets people on board quicker than watching your baby chow down on their favorite foods.

7. Phases - Little One goes through so many phases. A phases can be brought on from a growth spurt, weird sleeping patterns or who knows what. A phase can really throw off the BLW process, baby might not want to eat or their favorite food might change.

Solution: Don't give up. Try feeding at a different time or different foods. And remember, phases pass and they'll be back to your happy eater before you know it.

8. Teething - Teething affects everything and BLW is no different. If Little One is really teething, she generally doesn't want to eat much.

Solution: This is when I tend to give her stuff like yogurt, sweet potatoes or other really soft things.

9. Timing - The principle behind baby led weaning is that your baby eats what you eat. However, feeding a baby who's not hungry will lead to a lot of unsuccessful attempts. They might not always be hungry or even awake at your meal times.

Solution: Plan for their meals. Feed them when they're hungry and sit with them while they eat. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Put the Baby DOWN!

This isn't a post about not shaking your baby or walking away when you're frustrated, you ladies (and gentleman) are smart enough to know that.

I talk to mom friends all the time who haven't gone to the bathroom, had anything to eat or even drank any water all day long. They're the ones constantly talking about only being able to drink cold coffee and not showering for 5 days.

I have to say it: PUT THE BABY DOWN.

Go pee. Get something to eat. Reheat your coffee.

Easier said than done, I know. And I get trapped in the must hold baby loop some days myself. But it's good for you and it's good for your baby.

Why it's good for baby:

Your baby always comes first, I'm with you on that. So let's talk about why it's important for baby.

-Independence - These are the times when they're able to learn some independence and start to solve problems for themselves. All very positive things.

-Learning - They learn a lot. I watch when Little One plays on her own (as I drink my hot coffee) and I can see her little gears turning.

-Entertaining themselves - Baby will learn to entertain themselves and play on their own. Super valuable skills as they grow up.

-Patience - Little by little I see Little One get more patience. Don't get me wrong, she still wants what she wants when she wants it. But she can usually hold out a few seconds for me to pee first.

-Explore - They'll learn to explore, try new things and new toys. I love that Little One is trying different ways to do things.

Why it's good for you:

Who really wants to be around someone who doesn't shower for 5 days? Let alone someone that does it on regularly basis. In all seriousness, there are some important reasons to put the baby down.

-Refresh - You're in charge of protecting, loving and growing a little one. You need to be at your best whenever possible. 10 minutes of not holding her so you can drink a hot cup of coffee or brush your teeth and wash your face, might be just the refresh you need.

-Get stuff done - If you're overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that's constantly left undone, it can be distracting and stressful. Not two things you really want to be all the time. So fold the laundry, unload/load the dishwasher. You just need to be put baby down to do it.

-Your health - You have to eat and drink. Period. No excuses. You also have to use the bathroom and brush your teeth, you just have to do these things.

-Independence - When you're drinking your hot coffee or folding the laundry, remember that you're your own person too and not just mom. It might be the best job and your favorite part of everyday but it's not the only thing. Take the time to remind yourself of that.

-Let go & relax - You'll see that they're ok without you. You won't be far and you've made sure that they're safe, fed, changed and have everything they need. Baby will be ok.

But how?

Now that you know why it's important, here are some tips to actually do it.

-Create a safe space - We use our pack-n-play with plenty of baby toys.

-Toys - Don't put them down with nothing to do, it won't last long without distractions.

-New things - We try to introduce new things frequently.  This amps up Little One's curiosity and can give us a much needed break.

-Give them space to roam

-Use food. We call raisins "Briasins", a combination of bribe and raisin.

-Use the time wisely. Have a plan before you put baby down and spring into action once they're settled. You might only get 10 minutes but you can get a lot done in that time if you're focused.

-Make sure they're well-fed.

-Work it into your routine. For instance, in the mornings I nurse Little One and then put her right in the pack-n-play. She's used the routine and might even look forward to this playtime.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

9 Things that Have Changed Since Becoming a Mom

Becoming a mom, or a dad, is definitely life changing. As we're coming up on Little One's 11 month, I took some time to reflect on exactly what had changed in my life.

1. I need less sleep. All of my life I have been a minimum of 8 hours girl. I couldn't function on less and often got sick if I didn't get that much sleep. Well, that's all gone. If I get 6 hours, it's a miracle.

2. I have less patience for drama. I still lend an ear to my friends who are going through a hard time but any one trying to cause drama over something small is out of here. Who has time for it?

3. I'm not as picky about food. Being sleep deprived, unsure of your schedule and often too side tracked to worry about your own meals means that you're open to eating whatever you have around. Luckily, my husband cooks but I now have more important things to worry about than no liking mayo on my burger.

4. I'm, somehow, more laid back. I thought I would be the first one to be a helicopter mom. I'm usually very type A. However, I've learned that Little One will be ok. I haven't been that mom that's constantly call the pediatrician or googling things.

5. I feel empowered. How would you not? You grew a little life inside of you, you gave birth and you've been nurturing that little life and help it grow. I've taken this empowerment into things like my work, clients and standing up for myself. Because honestly, if I can do all of those things that I mentioned, I can do anything.

6. I find all kids cute, even crying one. Admittedly, crying kids in restaurant used to drive me crazy. But now they're all cute, all of them.

7. I'm more creative. I never thought of myself as creative but I find I can turn anything into a game, toy or song these days.

8. I'm more determined. Becoming a mom has made finding a way to continue to be self-employed, have a flexible schedule and be able to spend time with my family more important than ever. I'm not will to be a workaholic and I know I don't have to be to provide for my family.

9. Lastly, it's forcing me to come out of my shell. I'm usually pretty open and sociable once I know people but meeting new people can be tricky. Helping little one becoming more well-adapted means that I've had to do the same.

Monday, March 6, 2017

7 Small Things I'm Learning to Just Accept

 A lot of us let the little things bother us. I'm guilty of it more than I'd like to admit.

Whether it's your husband, clutter, other people's rude comments or whatever your pet peeve is, stressing over this stuff can distract us from the truly important things in life.

When I became a mom, I no longer had as much time to notice or care about these small things. Here's the list of things we should all learn to let go of, including myself.

1. Other people's annoying habits. Unless they're harming you or your family, you can't control them so don't get stressed about them.

2. Everything being perfectly in order. Little One seems to hate things being in their place so I'm learning to just accept that everything can't be perfectly tidy all the time.

3. Little comments. How many times have you fumed over a comment from a stranger at the grocery store or restaurant? Something innocent like "Oh, where's her hat? She must be so cold."

4. Being a little bit late. Being late gives me serious anxiety but when you're no longer in control of your own schedule, you just have to accept a little bit of tardiness. Whether it's dinner being later than you planned or getting out the door a little bit later, it's all going to be OK.

5. Things not going exactly as planned. I can't tell you how many times I sit down excited to write a post like this and Little One decides nap time is over at the exact same moment. If I get stressed about it than I'm missing out on enjoying time with her.

6. Forgetting small things. A few weeks ago, I made my grocery list and burritos were on the menu (a staple in our house). I forgot to get the tortillas at the store. Something like this would have eaten away at me for the rest of the day. But honestly, we don't need the extra calories and carbs. Burrito bowls for us!

7. Things that are out of your control. This is a huge pill to swallow. But when something like my phone or internet are not working, what good does it do to stress out about it? I can't fix it.

Take my word for it, I haven't mastered accepting all of these yet. I'm far from it. This list is something to aspire to but even writing it reminded me of how important it is to work on.

What little things are you learning to accept?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

What's the Best Parenting Advice You've Ever Gotten?

At my first MOPS meeting, yes the one mentioned here, we played an ice breaker. This was much less painful that the ice breakers you might remember from college or internships. We passed around a bowl with several questions in it, every lady took a question, read it out loud and answered it.

I loved the question I got and thought I'd share my answer.

The question: What's the best parenting advice you've ever received?

This might make people laugh a little bit. I'm sure we've received some TERRIBLE advice. I'm talking about the relative that tells you to put whiskey on a teething baby's gums. Or you might receive the same advice over and over. Cue: "sleep when the baby sleeps."

But I knew exactly what my answer would be. The head pediatrician in town came to talk to our birthing class one night and I thought his advice was the best.

"Use your common sense."

How's that for simple and straightforward? When you're running on little sleep, tasked with keeping a tiny, helpless human alive and a fever strikes, common sense can go right out the window. 

But it's absolutely true. If something seems bad, out of the ordinary or like it needs immediate attention, it probably does. 

Now, to a first time mom, everything seems like that. But when I stopped to think about it, do I call the doctor when I have a little fever? 

I try to remind myself of this advice every day and hope to never forget it.

What's the best parenting advice you've ever received?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Yes, My Daughter Was that Baby - My first MOPS meeting

We live in a small town and with both of us being work at home parents, making sure Little One was comfortable in all sorts of situations became a priority for me this year. Also, we've only lived here for about 2 years so we're still in the process of finding our tribe. So when I found a local MOPS group, I was thrilled.

Friendship. Coffee. Open discussion about things we're all going through. What's not to love?

Honestly, I was also super nervous. The poor mom who runs the Facebook group received approximately 100 million questions from me before the meeting. In those questions, I found out that child care was offered. It sounds like the perfect opportunity for me to meet new moms and Little One to socialize.

The story that unfolds from there is a hilarious tale of mom failures and my daughter being that baby.

When we arrived, I took Little One to the nursery. A very nice lady introduce herself, had me sign her in and gave me a page (the type you'd get at a restaurant). I heard the tears before I even turned the corner but knew I had to keep going.

Out with the moms we spent the first hour doing a little ice breaker and then watching a video on baby/toddler sleep and how to make them better sleepers. This was hilarious to me because Little One is a terrible sleeper. We actually already followed all of the recommendations from the sleep therapist in the video, it didn't change much in our house. We'll come back to this later.

Strangely - no notifications on the pager from the nursery.

We then moved on to a craft. And I have to tell you - I AM NOT CRAFTY.  However, someone suggested a simple design to put on my mug and I was off.

All of sudden, everyone was saying "who's baby is that?" That's when I looked up and saw the nice lady who introduced herself earlier, holding Little One up in front of the whole group.

Turns out Little One had been crying most of the first hour and wanted to be held the whole time. Yup, she was that baby. Totally not used to leaving mom at all.

And even better, my pager wasn't working so I never got any notifications.

The mom guilt was real. Here I was in front of a group of women I had never met and it looked like I had been ignoring my baby. My heart was so heavy and I felt terrible for Little One.

But we stuck around and chatted while everyone finished their mugs.

Funny story about my mug, it was in my diaper bag. The diaper bag that fell off the counter right when we got home. Mug shattered.

To top of this disaster of a mom day, remember how I said we watched a video about promoting good sleep habits? It took Little One two and half hours to go down that night.

The mom guilt just grew and grew all day and night. My temptation is not to go back to MOPS but I know that it's important for both Little One and I to get out of our shells.

Hopefully we'll have our s%*t together better for this next meeting.

Monday, February 27, 2017

8 Baby Cold Survival Tips

It's time to talk about the dreaded baby cold. The second time we ever went to story time at the local library, Little One came away with a cold. I honestly had no idea what to expect and didn't know that such a small person could produce so much snot.

The cold reared it's ugly head at about 4am on a Friday morning. I could tell the second I heard the cry on the monitored what was happening.

I learned quickly that you feel helpless when your child is sick. They just want you to fix it for them and as a baby, they can't understand why you won't. I don't pretend to have all of the answer but I found the best tips are the ones that help them get more comfortable and get over the cold quicker.

Here are my 8 baby cold survival tips.

1. Lots of baths. Little One took at least two baths everyday. When she woke up in the morning she was so stuffed up she couldn't even really eat. We found that steaming up the bathroom, getting her in the tub and pouring warm water over her head really helped get her unclogged.

2. Use the saline drops and bulb syringe. I wish I had a video of just how much Little One hated these two instruments, she also hates tissues/boogie wipes. But this combination helps so much. The nasal aspirator really helps to clear everything out and the saline drops keeps everything moving. The saline drops were the only "medicine" we ended up using - they're pretty natural and safe so we had no issues with it.

3. Be patient. When you read online that your baby could be sick for 5-10 days, you think there's no way. But Little One cleared up right at the 10 day mark. If it had gone any longer, I probably would have called the pediatrician but really there's nothing they could have done.

4. Make sure you clear their nose before putting them down for a nap or for the night. It makes a huge difference.

5. Don't stray too much from your routine. We're all about our routine, Little One really thrives on it. It was so tempting when she was sick to rock her to sleep or break the routine in our ways. The closer you stick to your routine and schedule, the easier it will be to get back to it after the cold.

That said, you can't deny the baby snuggles when their sick so snuggle on!

6. Be courteous. You can't avoid going to everything but if you're that mom who gets annoyed when sick kids are around your kids, then it's a two way street. We had friends coming over for the Superbowl when Little One was sick. I was very clear with my friend (her son is a week younger than LO) about the situation. They still came over but that way it was their choice and I wasn't forcing my snotty kid on them.

7. Act as a team. Did I mention how much she hated getting her nose de-clogged? Team work was absolutely necessary some times.

8. Offer snuggles. Snuggle as much as possible. Babies can't understand what's going on and they need to be comforted.

Do you have any baby cold survival tips? I'm sure I'll be just as freaked out next time one starts but we learned important lessons with this one.

Tips for Staying Connected to Family That's Far Away promise to be back last month didn't last long. But things are changing so rapidly. With developments with our projects, Little One being harder to wrangle and everything with our families being a roller coaster, it just didn't happen. But I THINK we're back.

Given that both my family and my in-laws are so far away and so much has been happening with them, I thought I give everyone our tips on staying close to with family that's far away.

It's always been hard to be away from family. I've been living away from mine for nearly 13 years and in that time I've had major health concerns with both my parents, lost grandparents, welcomed nieces and nephews and added Little One to our family. While it's important to have your own life, you don't want to feel like your missing everything.

Here are my tips for both sides of the equation - those who moved away and those who stayed put.

For those who moved away:

-Video chat - My first thought on this is: UGH. I actually really don't like video chatting, I try to get out of it with clients and other whenever possible. But despite my dislike of it, I know how important it is. Mostly, now that we have Little One. She changes so much week to week that I have to given to video chats so that grandparents, aunts & uncles and cousins can all see her.

It's becoming more and more challenging, mostly because Little One does not want to sit still so either she's wiggling and whining to get down or she's grabbing the iPad to put in her mouth, press buttons or throw it.

-Send photos often. I can't tell you how much photos mean to everyone who can't be there. My husband is terrible about photos but I try to be as good as possible about sending everything.

-Don't be too picky about the photos. No one really cares what you look like, what baby is wearing or even what they're doing. They just want to see you, the baby and your life. When in doubt, just send it. You can always send the disclaimer to not share it with anyone.

-Remember and share milestones. I try to record, at least in a text message to family, every milestone. Even the small ones. Nothing makes a grandparent happier than hearing about a milestone for baby and it makes them feel really included. Time goes by so fast and it's hard to really recognize the moments you want to share, so just overshare. They'll never get tired of it.

-Don't the little things. This year we picked up Valentine's to send to Little One's cousins, just to show that we were thinking of them. And at Christmas, everyone got photobooks of Little One.

For the other side:

-Ask about baby, parents and life in general. Don't underestimate the value of checking in (a reasonable amount) and asking questions about how baby and the whole family are doing.

-Don't forget the milestones. Especially if this is the family's first baby, every month and new milestone is really exciting for everyone. Don't miss the chance to be involved by remembering baby's 6 month birthday.

-Respond to every picture and text. If you don't respond to the pictures, they might stop being sent. No matter what, take a second and say something about the picture, video or newest update. It will mean a lot.

-Call. As a new parent, it's hard to remember to always call. And putting all of the pressure on someone with a little person isn't quite fair. Even if we don't always pick up the phone at first, seeing that you called will mean a lot.

-Plan trips. Traveling with a little one is hard. We're getting ready for our first cross-country trip (more on that later) and it's a big undertaking. If you have the means, definitely be proactive in planning trips.

-Don't guilt. I can't stress this enough. You might not remember how it was at first or maybe you don't realize how much a lack of sleep plays into remembering to call, share updates, etc. But leave the guilt out of the situation. It's not productive and doesn't strengthen the relationship at all.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Where Have We Been?

This has been a whirlwind month, to say the least.

It started with a fun but hectic visit from Lolli (Grandma). It was great to have family in town between the holidays but Little One had one of the most difficult weeks to date. We kept her as entertained as possible but got very little sleep and had one of the most challenging weeks as parents so far.

Little One has been experiencing so many firsts over the last months, including being mobile. As I'm sure all of the experience parents know, this changes our world completely. Between constantly chasing her around and both of our home business growing quickly in the last month, it's left almost no time for keeping up with my blog.

This has been crushing me, it's constantly in the back of my mind as something that I needed to get back to and work on. With the holidays over, big projects coming to a close and the rest of the things I'll cover in this post calming down, I think I can make a realistic effort to keep updated again.

The major thing that's been taking over our lives and minds has been sick family members. Over the last month both my father and my father-in-law have been in the hospital and very sick. We've almost booked flights across the country no less than ten times.

My father-in-law caught an aggressive case of staph. Between surgeries, complications and medications, there was constantly a new setback to worry about. He's such a positive force in our lives and is head over heels for Little One. To see him struggling like he did was difficult. However, he's now happily home from the hospital (after about a month). He still has a lot of recovery in front of him but we're so relieved that Baboo is on the mend.

My father has type 1 diabetes and at 66 has been through a lot in the last 10-15 years. Most recently, his blood sugar was consistently high for about a week. This put stress on his kidneys and body as a whole. This landed him in the ICU two weeks ago. A constant battery of tests, heavy monitoring and changing of his insulin got him stable.

There is still a long road to recovery ahead of him, made more difficult by his diabetes and age, this includes a conversation about where he will live next. There are a lot of discussions still ongoing. He loves his grandkids so we keep in inundated with photos to keep him smiling.

With all of these decisions, distractions and difficulties, we're looking forward to getting back to something resembling normal again. I look forward to getting back on track and sharing tips on preparedness, baby led weaning, product reviews and more.

Thanks for all of your understanding!