May 13, 2009

Taking Baby Out = Complaints & Cries

Posted in Personal at 8:56 pm by bitsypieces

Taking Baby out–shopping, restaurants, errands, etc.–used to be easy. We’d haul her around in her car seat or in the Ergo carrier. Most of the time she’d fall asleep. Sometimes she’d just look at her surroundings. If given a binkie, she was usually pretty quiet.

But not now. Oh no.

Now she turns into a screaming mess within minutes of sitting down in a restaurant. Various things will placate her for short periods of time: gooey finger foods, sippy cups, new toys, etc. But none of these provide entertainment for longer than a few minutes. These days, I can’t make it halfway through my meal before Baby starts to have a meltdown.

The same is true when shopping. I used to strap Baby in the stroller with a toy and binkie, and she’d be quiet and content for most of the shopping trip. I’d be able to browse a bookstore or even try on clothes. But not now. Instead, within minutes of entering a store, Baby starts fussing and crying and whining in her stroller. Nothing appeases her.

Any experienced mommies have any advice? Is this a stage that she’ll outgrow? Or should I resign myself to a life of take-out and Internet shopping instead of restaurant meals and mall stores?

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May 10, 2009

Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted in Personal at 8:42 pm by bitsypieces

Hope all you mommies are having a great day!

May 4, 2009

Traveling With Baby

Posted in Personal at 6:33 pm by bitsypieces

In a few weeks I will be traveling with Baby… my first time ever away from the house for more than a few hours.

I am already obsessed about the various aspects of Babyhood outside of the convenient (and carefully Baby-planned) layout of my home. So far I’ve worried about…

  • Sleeping arrangements (How will Baby sleep in Pack N Play?)
  • Finding and making organic homemade baby food
  • Washing/drying Baby clothes
  • The consequences of too much disposable diaper use
  • My lack of control over other people’s behavior (What if someone eats peanut butter and then touches Baby’s lips?)
  • Security/safety (What if we travel through bad neighborhoods?)

I guess I am kind of a worrywart.

Ok… I am a super big worrywart. But this is mostly because I am a control freak, so I worry about all the stuff I can’t control (which happens to be almost everything in life).

Off too worry some more…

April 29, 2009

“Mommy’s Helper”

Posted in Personal at 6:41 pm by bitsypieces

I am planning an engagement party for my brother and his fiancee. This week is “crunch” week, and I’ve got a ton of stuff to do (make favors, cook food, make decorations, etc.). So today I hired a “Mommy’s Helper” for 3 hours.

She’s actually my (very responsible) 18-year-old niece. Mostly her job entailed keeping Baby entertained while I did party prep, but she also helped me do some of the favors when Baby took a short nap.

The cost? I paid her $10 per hour, which is pretty steep for a “Mommy’s Helper.” But I trust my niece, and I wanted Baby to get used to her in case we use my niece as a real babysitter in the future.

April 28, 2009

Planning Meals

Posted in Personal at 12:49 pm by bitsypieces

Some frugal experts claim that planning meals ahead of time is a mistake, because it prevents you from taking advantage of unadvertised sales at the supermarket. Others say that planning ahead means less wasted food and fewer “convenience” meals or restaurant runs.

I don’t normally plan meals. I like to keep my options open since I never know what food will strike my fancy on any given day. However, I’ve decided to start planning at least a couple of meals each week. Hubby and I waste a ton of food, and I’m hoping this will help cut back on the waste.

My plan for next week: couscous salad and bean quesadillas. I hate buying fresh herbs and then watching them go to waste, and both of these recipes use fresh cilantro. I hope that planning just these two dishes helps eliminate some waste (and perhaps prevent one restaurant meal).

April 26, 2009

Acceptable Anniversary Gift?

Posted in Personal at 4:14 pm by bitsypieces

Hubby and I have followed the “traditional” anniversary gifts since the beginning of our marriage. For example, year 5 was “wood.” He gave me a wood rocking chair and I got him a wood frame for his graduate degree diploma. Some years we have been a little liberal with the definition of our gifts. For our first year of “paper,” he gave me a new computer printer and I gave him a PDA (which I claimed was like “electronic” paper.)

This year the gift is “wool.” As I mentioned in a previous post, I am not much of a housekeeper and Hubby does most of the floor cleaning. We have pets, so there’s always plenty of “pet wool” on the floor. Is a roomba vaccuum too much of a stretch to fit the “wool” requirement?

Guess I’m not much of a ‘housekeeper’

Posted in Personal at 1:55 pm by bitsypieces

The other day Hubby was sweeping the floors (our house is almost entirely laminate floor), and he turned to me with an exasperated expression on his face. Then he said: “In our lifetime, do you ever plan to clean the floors?”

This, of course, launched me into a list of things I do around the house.

It’s true, however, that Hubby does a lot of the traditional “woman’s” work, including sweeping the floors and cleaning the bathroom. (I, however, keep the kitchen clean, do most of the laundry, and pick up random scattered crap he leaves laying around the house. I mean, if you use a pen and place it on the counter beside the drawer where it belongs, how much extra work is it to actually return it to its rightful home in the drawer? But I digress.) He also does almost all the “man” work, such as lawn care and taking out the trash.

I’m the one that cleans the smeared pureed sweet potato off the dining room chairs… but he doesn’t notice that. (He doesn’t notice it because I do it. If I let it go, then he’d notice it.)

But Hubby does have a point. I totally avoid the jobs I hate most (sweeping the floor and cleaning the bathroom), whereas he does the jobs he despises at least occasionally.

So I’ve decided to step up my housekeeping efforts.

I’m thinking about buying a roomba.

Or is that cheating??

April 16, 2009

I *Heart* Etsy

Posted in Personal at 4:52 pm by bitsypieces

Can I just tell you how much I love Etsy?

I’m sure most of you mommies know all about this shopping website where crafters and other artisans can sell their goodies. Like eBay but much much better (no bidding, just buying), it’s loaded with all types of handcrafted items.

The best part? If you find something that’s “almost perfect, but not quite,” it’s a simple matter to ask the crafter for a custom order. And most of them happily accommodate you.

Another perk: The prices are quite reasonable. I believe in paying fair wages for a nice, handcrafted item… but I also have to stay within a budget. Etsy helps me do both by allowing the artist to set the price.

I am not the artistic type. My friends groan when my name is drawn for their team in Pictionary. I can use a sewing maching to make an uneven hem on a pair of pants. Other than that… my artistic ability is pretty much zero.

But Etsy gives me a chance to own beautiful and unique handcrafted items for a reasonable price.

Love it? I do.

April 9, 2009

*Cough* *Hack* *Cough*

Posted in Personal at 1:49 am by bitsypieces

We’ve finally been struck by the cold/flu bug! (And I had hoped we’d make it thru the year without getting a cold!)

Hubby was sick for the past two weeks. Baby started feeling sick earlier this week, and I got hit today.

I’m doing just enough to get by–Can anyone say sandwiches for supper? So blog posts may be sporadic for a while.