We got a brief respite from the heat today with temps only in the 70s (if that) and even got some very much needed rain! Yay! I took advantage of the cooler temps to do some baking for the party – banana bread and apple cinnamon bread. Both smelled sooooo good coming out of the oven, that it was a serious chore not to eat them right then and there. ;) Tomorrow, it’s back up to 89 degrees and then into the 90s again, so I’m going to try to get a bit more baking done in the morning to (hopefully) get it all outRead More →

Good Lord! It’s HOT! I just checked weather.com to get an official reading and it says it’s 101, but feels like 95. Sheesh!! The themometer in our livingroom says it’s 80 in the house, but I know it’s at least 5 degrees warmer here upstairs where the computer is. Thankfully the high is being forecasted as *only* 89 tomorrow and then 80 and 86 the following two days. Ahhh, a reprieve! :) I need to go buy a little kiddie pool and put it in the yard for me and Ava. She wanted to play outside earlier today (of course – when does she notRead More →

The article below “Breast-Feed or Else” appeared in The New York Times today. I’m sure many will find it a tad bit, if not a great deal, controversial. I found myself wondering if warning labels on formula (as the article suggests) are really necessary. But then I am reminded of how many doctors offices (even the “good” ones) often don’t fully support breast-feeding mothers and put out information that suggests breast-feeding moms should follow a schedule and not their infant’s cues, that babies only need to nurse x-number of times per day, that babies should sleep through the night by x-number of months, etc. I’mRead More →

I felt the baby move from the outside this weekend and I think Ava felt it too! Unfortunately, Jody wasn’t home at the time, but I’m sure he will get to feel it soon enough himself as well. Exciting! I got in touch with my friend’s midwife and am scheduling an appointment to chat with her and learn more about homebirths so I feel like I’ve fully explored all of my options. On a related note, I saw this article – about how England’s government is supporting women to have homebirths – posted on another person’s blog. Here’s a bit of what it said. “PregnantRead More →

It’s been a couple of busy days around here. On Wednesday, Ava and I went to a play group for the morning. She had a blast playing with her friends and I enjoyed catching up with my friends. I learned about a great possible childcare option here in town that I might check into. I’ve been thinking about signing Ava up for a couple hours two days a week or so, so that I can work on my photography stuff during the day. After playgroup we hit a few stores for some birthday party supply stuff. Yesterday, despite the fact that I didn’t feel likeRead More →

I’m a blogging fool today. OK, just a short, cute story here, then it’s off to the grocery stores. Ava has a shirt from my Cafe Press store that says “I’m going to be a big sister” on it. She was wearing it yesterday and will tell you what it says when you ask her. Well, today I put a shirt on her that says “I’m a cute chick” and has a pic of a baby chicken on it. So she was looking in the mirror and noticed the words on her shirt and said, “I’m going to be a big sister.” So I explainedRead More →