Monday, Monday – DAY 107

As you saw yesterday, I finished our Christmas cards! And how cool is this, they were ready so quickly that now they’re waiting to be shipped. Woot!

I had forgotten to include in yesterday’s post how awesome Shutterfly is. I’ve used them to make Bug’s baby shower invitations and birth announcements earlier this year, and even wedding photo albums for some of our family a few Christmases ago. Another factor in using Shutterfly for our cards was that I was given a $20 discount from Destination Maternity. I joined their email list when I bought maternity clothes from our local Motherhood Maternity store. I usually ignore most of those emails (especially now since I’m not pregnant and most importantly have NOT been wearing maternity clothes since spring ended!) but am so glad I didn’t skip this one. I only spent $38 on 75 cards, which included the envelopes to mail them in.

Some humor to start out the work week: 10 Things 90s Kids Will Have to Explain to Their Children 🙂

The Best Baby Product Ever – DAY 79

It’s so great that I didn’t even know it was baby product when I purchased it! Yep, talking about my iPhone. I’m sure any smartphone would do, but I bought the iPhone as I was already an Apple lover. They had me at iPod, circa 2003. 😉

I was thinking about writing this post for awhile but never got around to it – and then I saw this. “More than half (53 percent) of moms actually purchased a smartphone as a result of becoming a mom…” As I mentioned, I bought mine before we were pregnant, but one of the main reasons I bought it was having a linked calendar with Daddy Bug. Rather parent-like, wouldn’t you agree? “Increasingly, moms are using mobile to manage their lives; moms are 18 percent more likely to have a smartphone than the general population.”

I use my iPhone for many mommy things, other than talking, texting, and emailing. (Not like they’re important functions or anything, hehe.)

  • Organization: Appointments, play dates, reminders, alarms. I have a bad case of mommy brain and rely heavily on my phone to remember things for me.
  • Coordination: Daddy Bug and I share our calendars so we can schedule around each other, especially things like doctor appointments and events requiring babysitters!
  • Entertainment: I’m a fan of Bejeweled for de-stressing. And Facebook, Twitter, even WordPress. 😀 Yes, I have educational apps for Bug. And yes, they are a good distraction for a cranky baby. No, I don’t let him use my phone all day long so lay off the radiation talk. We’re careful!
  • Baby Apps: This was really important when Bug was first born due to lack of sleep and crazy spikes/drops of hormones (see “organization” above). I use the Similac app to keep track of breast feeding (when did I start, how long, which boob, etc.), sleep times and lengths, bottle feed times and lengths, diaper changes (when was he changed last, was it pee poop or both, color, texture, did it leak…), and even baby growth. I still use it to make sure he’s getting enough sleep and formula each day. There are other apps that perform similar functions; Similac worked best for me.
  • Mommy Apps: This was more for before Bug was born. I used the What to Expect app to keep track of Bug’s projected development in utero. I also liked the social aspect of it, message boards! While I only posted 2 or 3 times, I enjoyed reading about other women in the same stages of pregnancy as I. Just a warning, pregnant women are much cattier than non-pregnant women, which is why I didn’t post much!
  • Photos/Videos: I don’t know if you noticed, but I take A LOT of pics and videos of Bug. 😉 I have separate digital and video cameras but the iPhone can be more convenient since I know where it is at all times. Usually. (Funny story, I kept losing my phone after Bug was born. I kept leaving it in the same place – the bathroom shelf – but could never remember that was my missing phone spot. Crazy hormones!)
  • Facetime: Great way for Grandmama and Papaw to see their first grandchild even though they both live far away. Also great for the aunties to check in on how Bug is developing while they’re away at school.
So, if you’re a mom or will be a mom and want some cool technological organization in your life, I suggest an iPhone!

iPhone users, I would love some app suggestions. Which apps do you use on a daily basis? Any in particular you think are the best? Have you found any great apps for little kids? Let me know!

Books – DAY 7

Believe it or not, I finally have some time to read again. Not reading students’ papers for work, not reading text books for grad classes, not reading my grad papers for editing, but reading for pleasure. 🙂 I still have to make an active choice to do it but I am so happy that I reading for pleasure is an option again (TV, Facebook, and other idle activities are just so distracting)! I find that I read more slowly now because I don’t usually have long, uninterrupted segments of time to focus. For example, I used to be able to check out 3 or 4 books at a time from the library and finish them all by the time they were due. I can barely finish one in the allotted time now! Ahh, motherhood.

My favorite genres are historical fiction, science fiction, and non-fiction – about history or science. I’m sensing a pattern here. My newest favorite genre is, of course, parenting. I also love reading my friends’ blogs and the other blogs I follow (see the links in column on the right hand side of this page).

Books That Made the Cut in 2011:

Currently Reading: (because I’m the freak who reads more than one book at a time)
Future Reading:
  • E-Reads: I want to use my mom’s Kindle to take out library books instead of going to the actual library. They just got the capability to do so!
  • The Left Behind series: I started reading this series a long time ago when it first came out but never finished it. It’s a fictional account of the final days and Armageddon, based on the Book of Revelation from the Bible.
I’m going to start a section on this blog to keep track of my current books. What books are you reading right now? Do you have any recommendations for me? I’m open to suggestion. 🙂

Mommy News – DAY 3

Baby Boom: North Carolina Hospital Sees High Birth Rate During Hurricane Irene – TIME NewsFeed. Apparently high stress hormones are correlated with early labors (thanks Rachel for the extra info!)… explains why I went into early labor with Bug.  He came 6 weeks early when my water broke. I was taking 2 grad classes trying to finish my master’s degree before his due date, working full time on my feet, and learning while simultaneously using a new teaching model called co-teaching.

Other Mommy News:

  • Beyonce and Jay-Z are having their first baby! Announced on MTV’s VMAs. I identify with them as a couple – Daddy Bug and I have the same age difference as they do, ~10.5 years.
  • Mother Maternity is having a sale! I recommend them to all my mommy and soon-to-be-mommy friends because they have really great basics for not a whole lot of $.