Planning When You’re Not a Planner

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I have to admit it – I am not a planner. I never have been. In my 37 years I have never used a paper planner to keep track of anything. I’m not really sure how I’ve survived this long. But my memory was always good enough for me to remember things. Until it wasn’t.

I’ve tried to use a calendar app on my phone and until recently it had been working pretty well. I would set up reminders to pop up a day before an appointment or assignment was due. And my husband was able to put in his work schedule so I would always know where he was for that day. But for some reason the app started randomly logging me out and I was missing things right and left!

I realized I was going to have to change my system because it wasn’t working anymore.

Instead of ordering a really fancy, expensive planner I went to my trusty Target and found a cute little planner called a Day Designer. I also bought myself some nice pens thinking it might help me get into this whole planning thing. I realize some people take their paper planners very seriously. Like, they spend a ton of time adding stickers and washi tape and um, yeah. I don’t think I could keep up with all of that.

But so far my minimalist approach is working pretty well. Each day I take a look at what is going on for the week/month ahead. At the top of the weekly pages it has “This Week’s Top Three” and I love being able to pick the three most important things I must focus on each week. It doesn’t overwhelm me.

I chose a small planner because I wanted it to fit into my purse and take it with me. That way I can pull it out and write in anything new while on the go. If my planner sat at home I wouldn’t remember to write anything in it. So a small planner works best for me.

I am really hoping this will help me stay more organized instead of looking like a fool when I miss an appointment or have no clue what is going on.

Tell me, are you a paper planner? Phone planner? Or both? I would love some tips on how to make planning work for me!

Nip Diaper Rash in the Bud with DESITIN


 

It’s strange how each of my babies has been different in so many ways. Their smiles and laughs. Their eating and sleeping habits. I’m no expert but at least I know a little of what to expect with all three of them now because I know their personalities!

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Sawyer seems to have a lot of similarities to me as far as looks and personality go – but unfortunately she got my very sensitive skin too ::sad face::

We have tried many different diapering options and we also change her often but she still gets diaper rash from time to time. For us, the best treatment for diaper rash has been DESITIN® Rapid Relief. I love the way it instantly creates a barrier on contact and the diaper will no longer cause friction against her skin. I can put it on before she takes her nap and when she wakes up the rash is already looking much better!

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Parents never want their babies to be uncomfortable! I want her to be as happy as possible when dealing with her skin issues and after trying different options DESITIN cream is definitely the best choice for her.

Unfortunately, diaper rash is one of the most common skin conditions in the United States and most children experience it at some time during the first three years of life.

If you’re into Target Cartwheel offers (and really, who isn’t?!) head to Target Cartwheel to claim your DESITIN cream coupon today!

Fabric Softener Saves the Day (and my kids do too)

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When I was at the end of my pregnancy with Sawyer I had a big revelation. I’m talking about one of those Oprah “a-ha” moments where you stop what you’re doing and the lights above you suddenly seem brighter and angels are singing in the background. Here it was . . .

Why in the heck am I still doing EVERYTHING for my kids?!

This a-ha moment was brought to you by a huge, sick pregnant lady (me) who who was on her hands and knees picking kids’ clothes up off their bedroom floor. Because Lord knows I could no longer bend over at that point.

For five years I had been doing literally everything for my two boys. The realization that we would be adding another child to our family soon had me breaking down. These kids have to start helping around here! They have hands and feet and brains and a ton of energy, which I didn’t have at that moment. Why can’t they help? Why can’t they learn about self-sufficiency now instead when they go off to college?

The answer was simple – they can help. For so long I had the attitude that it was easier and faster if I just did it myself. But I realized that I was doing my kids a huge disservice by doing everything for them. They need to know how much work it takes their dad and I to keep our house clean. It is good for them to learn responsibility! Within reason, of course, because they are still young. But that’s no excuse to not begin to teach them.

One particular chore that regularly overwhelms me is our laundry. Keeping clothes clean and put away for five people is NO JOKE. This is one job that is truly never done in our household. Therefore, I decided to try to include Landon and Brigham in the process.

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Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

1. A huge heap of dirty laundry (easy, right?) Here’s mine. No wonder I need help!

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2. Kids who are excited to help with something new. Seriously, look at my cute helpers!

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3. A whole lot of patience (duh!).  If you have small children help you’re gonna need to take a chill pill about having things done exactly as you want them. It takes longer for them to do it. But when you see how happy they are to help you – I promise you won’t mind at all.

Even though we added some time to this chore, it’s no biggie because I have discovered Suavitel Fast Dry fabric softener. I had no idea something existed that could help me cut dry time by 30%. Can you say genius?! I’ll admit I was pretty skeptical. But after using it I can say that it for sure works. I didn’t even have to hit the dry button twice!

I wanted to tell you about Suavitel’s #FastDrySaveTime just in case you didn’t know you could save time on laundry just by using this fabric softener. #CollectiveBias clued me in and now I’m doing the same for you! You can purchase it at Walmart in the laundry aisle.

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What about you guys? Do you let your little ones help you do laundry or other chores? I couldn’t believe how willing my boys were to help when I asked them. They were so proud when we were all done and even helped me put it away!

Six Months of Sawyer

I can’t believe I’m writing this already but our sweet Sawyer just turned six-months-old! How is she half a year old already?! I’m sure every mom thinks this but I swear we were just leaving the hospital with her yesterday!

The past six months with her in our family have been an absolute joy. Sure, there have been challenges and rough patches while adjusting to a family of five. But it truly feels like this is how it was meant to be. I’m not really sure how I ever lived without Sawyer in my life. Every morning when I go into her room she looks up at me with eyes barely open. A huge smile appears on her face and I instantly melt into a puddle of goo. And it’s pretty much the same thing when I put her to bed at night.

I know it seems like I’m gushing but, well, I am. It makes me so happy that she is here and I have been soaking up every moment I have with her.

We just had her six month appointment and she is getting so big! She is now 15 pounds, 12 ounces, more than a two pound gain over the last two months! She is in the 94th percentile for height! The girl definitely likes to nurse. I haven’t really been counting but I would guess she nurses anywhere from 6-8 times a day still.

I will write more about reaching my breastfeeding goal of six months (!!!) but for now I think I will keep going. I know that breastfeeding is a huge comfort to her when she is teething and fussy and I don’t like the idea of taking it away from her when it’s working so well. So for now, we will continue to breastfeed!

She goes to sleep around 7:30 p.m. and wakes up at 6:30 a.m. It has been like that since she was two-months-old. Yes, I realize we really lucked out in the sleep department. I am so grateful and I’m hoping it lasts!

We started a few pureed veggies and fruits last week. She is not a huge fan but neither were her big brothers. My guess is we’ll probably skip to real food cut into small pieces soon anyway. We did try some puffs and she is awesome at picking up foods already but once she gets it in her mouth she spits it out.

As far as Sawyer’s personality goes, I would describe her as a quiet observer of her environment. She mostly just looks around with wide eyes, she watches her brothers in amazement (or maybe it’s terror?) and she doesn’t make a whole lot of noise. She does have days where she will babble more than others. She’s making more consonant sounds, like ma ma ma, da da da, ba ba ba. She’s also blowing raspberries, which is the cutest!

Her favorite things include bath time and pool time. Seriously, she LOVES the water! She loves it when I kiss her tummy or toes. She laughs a lot when I sing “five little monkeys jumping on the bed.” She loves her pink seahorse that plays music while she’s falling asleep. She is also a thumb sucker. If it’s not her thumb in her mouth it’s some type of teether.

She has two bottom teeth that recently popped through. It’s super fun when she bites me while nursing (said no mom ever, lol).

Our girl is growing and changing so much and we love her dearly! She adds so much joy and fun to our lives!

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We love you so much, our sweet Sawyer girl! The last six months have been some of the best of my life.

One Year Ago

It was one year ago. One whole year that our lives were forever changed. I took a pregnancy test – and much to my surprise it was POSITIVE! I remember that moment so well. How I felt when I was standing in the bathroom holding that test. Happiness, excitement, anxiousness, nausea (one of my first signs that I might be pregnant). Happy tears poured from my eyes.

The day before we were putting away Brigham’s crib. I remember being so sad. So so sad. I had tried all along to put having another baby out of my mind because I knew that it just wasn’t our plan. I went downstairs while Naaman finished taking it down. I went in the bathroom and cried. Something deep inside me kept telling me we were supposed to have another baby. I believe that with all my heart. I believe that He had this planned all along. And I am so grateful for our daughter that sometimes I can’t breathe.

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If I’m being honest, my third pregnancy was a confusing time. Even though it wasn’t my first rodeo there were new worries, new fears, new challenges. But the first second I saw her all of that instantly melted away. Funny how that happens, eh? There are still great big fears. But she makes facing them worth it.

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And now I’m so completely head-over-heels in love with this girl, our sweet Sawyer, that I can’t believe I’ve lived this long without her.

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One year ago – one whole year – I found out I was expecting another child. I think the word expecting is perfect. Because I was expecting a miracle. And I certainly got one.