The Mommy

The Mommy

about us...

I'm The Mommy, a SAHM to Maggie & Ellie. I'm married to Big Daddy, an engineer, grad student and our hard-working provider.
I blog instead of scrapbooking in hopes of preserving a part of our life for the future.
We enjoy beach trips, going to Church and spending time together...all as a family...because that's what we are.

our VP miracle, Maggie

our VP miracle, Maggie
loves homeschooling, sign language, Jesus, reading, church, writing songs and dancing

our sweet Ellie

our sweet Ellie
loves her sister, going to church and the library, singing, babies, chocolate and being naked

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pictures & Answers

We had another fun and exciting weekend! Maggie is all about fun and exciting, so I made it extra special by calling it "Family Date Night". We started our evening by having dinner at Panera. Big Daddy and I both got our "usual" and Maggie had her own bowl of French Onion Soup. (Her favorite restaurants are Panera & Logan's Roadhouse...both very grown up.)

After dinner we went to a cruise-in in a local small town. They close part of the streets downtown so it was a lot of fun to be able to walk and explore. The highlight for Maggie was a toss up between visiting the ice cream truck and finding "the real cross where Jesus died". I tried to explain that the little Church had just put a cross up on the lawn, but she was very adamant that Jesus died on that exact cross.

On Sunday, we went to Church, had a picnic in the backyard, took a family nap, paid a visit to the river and went to one of our favorite places for dinner.

Now for the answers part of the post.

How did you end up in Sanford??
Big Daddy is from a small town almost exactly halfway between Sanford and my hometown. He always liked Sanford and sort of wanted to live there. After he graduated, he was offered and accepted a job about three hours away. He didn't like the job or the city and quit after three months. Right after he had moved in with his parents he was offered the job that he had really wanted in Sanford. He moved into "our" apartment and then I moved in with him after we were married in 2000. I think we'll always think of it as our hometown because it's were we started.

How did you become a babywearer??
Big Daddy and I bought a Bjorn type front carrier right after we found out I was pregnant. it was on clearance and I thought it would be cute to carry our baby around in it. It wasn't really suitable for a newborn, but I thought we would enjoy it later.
Maggie was a terribly fussy baby. She seemed to have tummy issues and sleep issues right from the start. The doctor mentioned colic a lot earlier than what she wanted to, but it seemed to be the best explanation for what was wrong. I did a lot of research on fussy babies and what helped them. The one thing that seemed to be consistent was that wearing the baby seemed to help. I was so proud when I told Big Daddy that I'd found the "answer" to our problems!! I bought a pouch sling and started using it right away. I mainly used it around the house and when we went for walks. Once Maggie was able to hold her head up well, we started using the front carrier. I liked it for the grocery store, walks and doing yard work.
When I became pregnant with Ellie, I knew that I needed a way to hold her and keep my hands free for Maggie. I had read a lot of information about the front style carriers (lots of sling & wrap users refer to them as crotch-danglers, with good reason) and how they weren't good for extended wearing because of the way they support/don't support the baby. Not to mention that many babies get fussy because of the over-stimulation of facing out. I decided that I would use the pouch sling and add a ring sling for extra versatility. Of course, I also added the Baby K'Tan a little later. I discovered that using the slings and the K'Tan were easy and completely pain-free. I always had shoulder pain when I used the front carrier.

And now someone is up from there nap and I must go before I can finish up.


Anonymous said...

I think kids at Maggie's age know EVERYTHING and YOU know NOTHING. She's smarter than you and that's all there is to it... ;)

Tara said...

Really like the picture of Ellie!! Glad y'all had a nice weekend of doing fun stuff! Dwight worked here.

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