Friday Free-For-All – 11/30/18

Friday Free-For-All

I’m trying to get back to blogging a bit more regularly. As you may have noticed from the whole two posts this week. Go me! I missed checking it with you all, but I’m still struggling with what I want to share these days. Life with a non-sleeping baby makes it really hard to accomplish much, especially working out. I’m so exhausted most days that the thought of running or trying to go back to CrossFit is laughable. But I’m still here, still living life, so I’m trying to keep blogging.

Fall didn’t last very long in northern Vermont. We’ve had heavy snow cover for several weeks already, and I don’t think it’s going away any time soon. While I’m sad about the shortness of my favorite season, I’m already excited for Christmas, so I can’t be too upset about it.

Our house hasn’t had power since early Tuesday morning. All of the heavy, wet snow led to some power outages in our area. Because our heat, water pump, and stove are all electric powered, it means no water, no heat, and no cooking. Thankfully, my in-laws only live 15 minutes away, so we’ve all been staying with Grammy and Pop. I am so blessed to have such a great relationship with my in-laws, and they are wonderful with Vera. My father in law brought his generator to the house to power the small propane heater on our porch and our freezer to keep the pipes from freezing and protect our food. Fingers crossed our power comes back soon!

Have you ever had to deal with an extended power outage?


Friday Free-For-All – 10/12/18

Friday Free-For-All

I am now the proud owner of a treadmill! I put a call out on my local Front Porch Forum, and actually received a ton of offers of used treadmills. Not only did I find one in good shape, the seller delivered it straight to our house, yay! While I fully intend for most of my runs to be out on the rail trail, the days are about to get a lot darker, colder, and snowier, so having a treadmill means that I will be able to keep up with running this winter.

We have a leak in our roof. Joy. We’ve had a few really rainy days lately, and on one particularly rainy day I noticed a dripping sound in our laundry room. I looked up and saw a hole in the sheet rock, dripping water. Blerg. Gonna have to get that fixed before winter.

Postpartum hair loss has kicked in. Double joy. For those who don’t know, it’s pretty normal for a woman to start losing clumps of hair around three months postpartum. Pregnancy hormones cause you not to shed hair as you normally would, and once your hormones return to normal, all of the hair you should have shed during pregnancy all starts to come out at once. It’s alarming, and gross, and just another part of that oh-so-magical pregnancy journey.

Homeowners, have you ever had a leaky roof?


Friday Free-For-All – 09/28/18

Friday Free-For-All

We ordered hardwood flooring! Our living room and both bedrooms currently have old, ugly, stained carpet. We were originally going to wait a year or two, but we decided we couldn’t live with the carpets anymore, especially with a baby who will be crawling before we know it. We got a great deal on some red oak, and we will be installing it sometime in October. I can’t wait!

I changed out my nose stud for a ring. I wanted to get a ring to start with, but the place I went for the piercing does studs standard, so I had to wait six weeks for the piercing to heal. I got a nice little rose gold-plated ring on Etsy to match my ear piercing, and I’m very happy!

Baby yoga is so much fun! Our class on Mondays is truly delightful. We sing, we move, and we learn massage techniques to help with gassy, fussy babies. I also met another new mom who lives in my town and we exchanged contact info, so I’m hopeful for future play dates. I’m just sad the class series is only six weeks long.

What’s one home improvement project you’re dying to tackle?

Friday Free-For-All – 09/21/18

Friday Free-For-All

The truck is once again in the shop. The brakes were shot, so Ben and his dad started the job, only to find out that the parts they bought were wrong. It’s been over a week now that the truck has been out of commission, so we’ve been borrowing a car from my in-laws when possible. I’m carless today, which is proving to be challenging because…

Vera is going through a three-month growth spurt and I am in ROUGH shape. She’s been super cranky while she’s awake, eating every 1.5 hours, and waking a lot more often during the night. My typically calm, easy-going baby is basically just screaming the entire time she’s awake. I’m just trying to remember that this is temporary, and will pass. But damn am I tired. And being trapped in the house is making it harder to deal.

Thank goodness for the automated Rock ‘n’ Play my Aunt Beth gifted us. It has a vibrate mode that seems to mimic the motion of a carseat, which helps Vera fall asleep and stay asleep longer. She’s been taking at least one big long nap during the day after being so fussy at night. I’m planning to move it into our bedroom tonight and see if it will help us all sleep better.

Any tips for dealing with a sad, fussy baby?

Friday Free-For-All – 09/14/18

Friday Free-For-All

Our piano is here! You may remember a while back, I mentioned that we would be acquiring my Great Grammy Katherine’s piano. Well, it’s finally here! It needs some cleaning and a tuning, but we are very happy to have it. I’ve always wanted to learn to play, and Ben took lessons as a kid, so it will be lots of fun to play with. And who knows, maybe Vera will want to learn to play someday!

I ordered some new nursing clothes from Latched MamaAs I revealed in Wednesday’s post, I’m really struggling to dress myself in this postpartum, breastfeeding phase. Most of my current wardrobe either doesn’t fit, or isn’t nursing friendly. So far I’m really happy with what I got, including two dresses with POCKETS! WOO!

The infant yoga class I signed myself and Vera up for got switched up. The class at the location closer to us didn’t have enough enrollment, so we’ll now have to go to the further away location. I’m bummed, but glad we still have an option. And at least we can still do postnatal yoga at the closer location.

My knees are feeling better after some rest. I haven’t run at all this week, and have generally been taking it easy. I’m very happy my knees are feeling better, and I’m planning to try a walk/run tonight when Ben gets home. Fingers crossed the knee pain doesn’t return!

Do you play piano? Did you do infant yoga with your kid(s)?

Friday Free-For-All – 09/07/18

Friday Free-For-All

I caved and ordered a pumping bra and it’s a game changer. I was reluctant to spend the money, but I am SO glad I did. Previously, in order to pump I’d have to hold the flanges to my body, meaning that for the 10 – 15 minutes I pump everyday, I couldn’t do anything with my hands. Now, the bra holds the pump flanges close up against me, and I can eat, drink my coffee, or play with Vera while pumping. That was twenty dollars well spent as far as I’m concerned. In case you’re wondering, I got this one in size Large (for reference, I’m a 34 G).

We transitioned Vera to cloth diapers this week. So far, so good. She’s just barely big enough to fit into them, and they give her a hilariously gigantic butt; it’s adorable! It remains to be seen how well I can keep up. We’re planning to still use disposables for travel and overnights, but using cloth diapers the majority of the time will significantly reduce the cost of having a baby, and the savings will increase twofold if we have another baby.

My return to running still seems to be going well. I’m determined not to get too hung up on numbers and speed and just get back into the swing of things in a healthy manner, because I’m just so happy to be back at it. I don’t want to go too hard and get injured and knock myself out of the game again. I’ll be doing a longer “run” of 4 miles this weekend, and it will be my first jaunt with 2:1 walk/run intervals. I’m excited to see what I can do!

Do you have any experience with cloth diapers?

Friday Free-For-All – 08/31/18

Friday Free-For-All

Goodbye, August! I can’t believe summer is almost gone. Of course, our summer flew by in a bit of a new-parent haze, but still. Slow down, time!

Is it just me, or is everyone and their mother selling Beachbody plans? Don’t get me wrong, I understand woman wanting to find a side hustle to help provide for their families, but it just seems like you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a “coach” who wants to sign you up for her “team.” I’ve been trying to connect with people on my new blog IG handle, and it seems like every single person who has followed me so far is trying to get me to sign up for their next challenge group. I’m sorry, but last time I checked, selling superfood shakes and pushing someone else’s workout plan doesn’t make you a coach. Maybe I just don’t really understand how it works, but it feels icky to me. Unless you have some kind of legit certification, you are no more qualified than I am to be telling another person how to work out.

I have determined that I will only shop in the boys section for Vera from now on. The clothes are just so much better. Honestly. There are a lot more of what I would consider to be gender neutral options in the boys section. As far as I’m concerned, dinosaurs, robots, and woodland creatures are neither masculine nor feminine. Yeah, you can find that stuff in the girls section, but the animals have eyelashes and pink bows. I got these awesome pants for Vera in the boys section at Old Navy, and I can’t wait to put them on her.


Do you stick to the “appropriate” gender section when shopping for your kid(s)?