Now, some people (probably even some of you) are gawking at the fact that we are about to, in 4 days, embark on a 16 hour road trip - one way - with a nearly 8 week old. Crazy, huh?!
Now, I think we might be going a little crazy with what we are taking because we have the rental van. I'm sure we could make it work if we were flying. For instance, we are taking his little bath tub and all of his bath stuff. I'm sure we could get away with a sponge bath using whatever our parents have at their houses, but since we have the van, we want them to get the full experience that we go through every other night.
Then, why not take the diaper genie. I mean, Mark goes through a ton, and I mean a TON, of diapers. And with the unknown of a 16 hour road trip, one way, we don't want to go through a dozen of the little baggies we have for diapers after every diaper change.
Now, a very important question to all you parents that are seasoned travelers. What is the one most important item you will always pack when road-tripping with a baby? We need to know if we should add anything on our list!
Check back in two weeks for an update on how our road trip actually went! And, don't forget to share your one item you recommend we take!
The one rule of thumb upon bringing a newborn home when it comes to giving a bath is do not give a full on bath until the umbilical cord falls off. You want to keep it dry so it comes off as quickly as possible.
After about 3.5 weeks Mark's umbilical cord came off. That same night we gave him his first full bath. I think Dustin and I had more fun than little man. He seemed a bit confused about the whole thing. Now that we are 4 bath times in, we are starting to get the hang of it!
Before you get all gung-ho like we did the first time, be sure you have all the essentials handy. Why? There is nothing worse than scrambling around with a naked - yet clean - baby trying to get a towel that is actually big enough for baby. Below are our essentials (so far).
Now that you know what our bath time basics are, let me give you a few ground rules. Yes, these are no-brainers, but I still want to cover them, just to be safe.
Never leave the baby unattended! We don't even fill the little bath tub up half way, but if little man slouched over his face could easily go under the little bit of water we have. One of us is not only standing by giving him a bath, but we also make sure to always have a hand on him.
Test the water. I repeat...TEST.the.WATER. I always test first with my hand, then my wrist. Your wrist is more sensitive and can better gauge the water. Also, don't leave the water running in the bath tub or sink, wherever you are giving a bath. The water can change without you knowing and that could be bad if it got too hot or too cold.
We have a few other bath accessories, but we haven't needed or used them yet. If we do, we will let you know how it goes.
I'd say after our 4 baths, Mark is getting used to them. At first he was confused, and I think he still is for the first few minutes of being in a bath, but then he adjusts quite well. He also is not opposed to pouring water over his head to rinse the shampoo. He's a trooper with water trickling over his face. He hasn't let out any cries, which is great. Hopefully he will continue to enjoy bath time, because it is one of our favorite things to do with him!
What are your bath time essentials?
As I sit here now, I have not gone to the gym today and I am not going to be able to make it to the gym. While going to the gym and getting a workout in was a non-negotiable for today, I can't be mad. It's raining something horribly right now, and something just doesn't "feel" right down there. (I mean, c'mon, I just had a baby 30 days ago!) So before I go push myself at the gym, I am going to call my doctor tomorrow. I am afraid he is going to tell me to hold off on any more workouts until my 6 week checkup. If he does say that, I can't be mad. I need to realize that I am listening to my body, which is what got me to where I was at the end of my pregnancy.
On the days that you have every intention of getting to the gym, but can't, it can be quite easy to say...well, I didn't get to the gym, so I can eat this or that...but, you can't.
Why do you think that working out is a much smaller part of the bigger picture?
You see, if you just work out but you eat like crap, it defeats the purpose (unless you just workout to eat like crap - if that's the case then you're right on it!)
But if you have specific fitness or weight loss goals, you can't expect to strictly see results in the gym. In my opinion, working out is only 20% of the combination. The other is 75% eating towards your goals and 5% supplements.
So on a day like today where I can't make it to the gym (and potentially can't for the next week or so depending on what the doctor says), I have to make sure to keep it clean in the kitchen. Just because you have a setback in one area does not mean you can let the others fall by the wayside.
I am happy to say I did just that. Kept it clean in the kitchen. I also took my vitamins & fish oil.
Let's see what the doctor says tomorrow, and then we will work the gym back into my schedule. For now, I need to make sure my eating and supplement game is on point! That way I have no regrets tomorrow!
In the meantime, I was thinking of different ways you can move forward and make progress with your food, exercising and what you drink.
Y'all, I'm hesitant to share this information because in sharing it, I am lessening my chances of winning. But, I'm a sharer and a carer, so there's that. LOL :)
Pay close attention and I will tell you how you can enter a few different Pampers sweepstakes by using a 3x5 card, envelope to mail the entry in and a 49 cent stamp. So, as close to free as possible.
For starters, you must have an account at Pampers. Simply go to www.pampers.com to sign up for an account. While you can earn rewards through Pampers that you have purchased, which will give you access to "purchase" an entry into the sweepstakes that I am listing below, I am giving you the 4-1-1 on how to enter without making any purchases.
Sweepstakes #1 - Beaba Babycook
This is the one I am least interested in, however, some of you might want this one more. This sweepstakes will get you a Beaba Babycook Pro 2X. This will help you cook up some yummy food for your little one. All mailed entries, which require no purchase, must be postmarked by September 15 and received by September 22 to be counted as an entry.
How to enter - You may earn a Sweepstakes entry without making a purchase/redeeming points by hand printing your complete name, address, city, state/province, zip/postal code, country, month/year of birth, and email address on a plain 3"x5" piece of paper, inserting it into an envelope, affixing sufficient postage and mailing it, in a hand-addressed envelope, to: The BÉABA Babycook® Pro Baby Food Maker Sweepstakes, P.O. Box 7690, Melville, NY 11775-7690 USA. Each entry must be mailed separately, be postmarked by 9/15/2016 and received by 9/22/2016, to be eligible for the Sweepstakes Drawing. Limit one (1) entry per envelope.
Sweepstakes #2 - $250 Amazon Gift Card (6 winners)
This one I am more interested in, because, well, Amazon! It has everything you could want, baby related and not.
How to enter - You may earn a Sweepstakes entry without making a purchase/redeeming points by hand printing your complete name, address, city, state, zip code, month/year of birth, and email address on a plain 3"x5" piece of paper, inserting it into an envelope, affixing sufficient postage and mailing it, in a hand-addressed envelope, to: The Amazon $250 eGift Card Sweepstakes, P.O. Box 7690, Melville, NY 11775-7690. Each entry must be mailed separately, be postmarked by 10/15/2016 and received by 10/22/2016, to be eligible for the Sweepstakes Drawing. Limit one (1) entry per envelope.
Sweepstakes #3 - FREE Diapers for a Year (one winner per month through June 2017)
This one I am most interested for many reasons. 1) Mark uses SO many diapers each day. 2) Diapers are expensive. 3) They have a new winner each month through next year.
To be entered in the monthly drawing, your entry must be postmarked by the 1st of the month and received by the 7th of the month to be eligible for the previous month.
How to enter - You may earn a Sweepstakes entry without making a purchase/redeeming points by hand printing your complete name, address, city, state/province, zip/postal code, country, month/year of birth, email address and daytime phone number on a plain 3"x5" piece of paper, inserting it into an envelope, affixing sufficient postage and mailing it, in a hand-addressed envelope, to: Diapers and Wipes Sweepstakes, P.O. Box 7690 Melville, NY 11775-7690 USA. Each entry must be mailed separately and must be postmarked and received by the dates specified below for the applicable entry period, to be eligible for the Sweepstakes Drawing. Limit one entry per envelope.
ADDITIONAL ENTRY RULES FOR ALL SWEEPSTAKES: No mechanically reproduced mailed entries permitted. Not responsible for lost, late, illegible, mutilated, postage-due, misdirected entries, or entries not received in time for the random drawing. Any attempt by any entrant to enter by using multiple/different email addresses, mailing addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void such entries and that entrant may be disqualified. Use of any automated or computer system to participate online is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Normal Internet access and usage charges imposed by your online service may apply, if entering online.
Please note, I have no affiliation with Pampers. I am sharing this out of my own good will since I know someone out there really needs this!
GOOD LUCK! I hope we all win! :)
As you read in my last post, A Simple Way to Save, you know that I love me some coupons. However, did you know that there are more ways to save than just by clipping coupons?
Take your benefits through work or your insurance. Below I have outlined 4 of my ways I have saved outside of clipping coupons every Sunday!
Now that you know some of my new ways to save that have nothing to do with coupons, how have you been savings, maybe without even thinking about it? I'd love to know!
We started off with a Target return which yielded us a $37 Target gift card. Not counting that gift card, we spent a total of $111 and saved $45. I'd say that was not only a pretty successful shopping trip on our wallets, but it was fairly easy to save that money. I just had to take the time to look through the Sunday newspaper, make a list of the specific items I needed to purchase to save money (as long as they were already what I needed), check the Target Cartwheel App to make sure I wasn't missing out on any extra coupons and lastly check the Ibotta App to see what additional savings I could redeem there.
From one week of using the Ibotta app, my savings are already up to $11.25. I can cash out when I have a minimum of $20, or I can select from several different stores and opt for a gift card instead. Here's the kicker, and where you all come in. If YOU join and start using the Ibotta App, and you sign up using MY referral code, YOU get $10 added to your account after you verify your first purchase in the first 7 days after signing up and I get $5 added to my account. It is a win-win!
So, go to Ibotta, click Join Ibotta, then using the sign up on the right, type in your information and in Referral Code use the following code to get YOUR $10 and me to get MY $5 after your first purchase - referral code: 93jyja
In addition to clipping coupons, I am finally back in the swing of using my Dave Ramsey cash envelopes. I have an envelope for gas/groceries, healthy/beauty, family (baby, car, household) and entertainment/miscellaneous. When you use cash, you are much more aware of what you are spending money on versus just swiping your debit or credit card.
What do you do to save money?
UPDATE on 09/05/16: As of today, one day after writing this post, I now have $22 in my Ibotta account. Once Dustin's first purchase is verified, I will get another $5 for him using my referral code. Then he will get $10. No excuse for not using my Ibotta code since YOU get $10 and I get $5! Do it. Do it now!
I am now 19 days post-partum. While I am not cleared to go all out in my workouts, I can now complete some modified workouts. Below are some basic ground rules for when you are ready to start getting back in the gym post-partum.
What else would you list as a ground rule before working out again after having a baby? I'd love to get your thoughts.
And, if you have any questions including meal replacement or post-workout nutrition, general nutrition inquiries or inquiries on workouts, please shoot me an email!
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!