Life Lately

  • I've finally finished up my Christmas gift to Eli and birthday gift to baby girl last week. I made them new blankets using this tutorial. Eli is obsessed with minky fabric, (He seriously thinks it's a stuffed animal - he found a brown bolt of it at JoAnn the other day and kept stroking it and calling it "bear.") so I really wanted to make them each some soft, snuggly minky blankets. If you can sew in a straight line, you can make these blankets. Heck, even if you can't - you can still make these blankets. I sew in a wobbly line at best, and they still turned out okay (as long as you don't look close). 

  • Eli got these slippers as an early Christmas gift from my parents and they're amazing for little toddler feet. No only do they keep him warm on our wood floors, but they keep him from wiping out from slippery socks every 10 seconds.

  • I'm curious, what constitutes a mom-cut? How short does it have to be? Or how drastic a change? I'm contemplating chopping six or seven inches off my hair, but the thing is, if I didn't have kids, everyone would say, "Oh it's so chic and adorable!" And I could do it without a second thought. But since I do, I think it'd be all, "Oh, she gave in and got the 'mom-cut.'" Right now, my hair is pretty long - two pregnancies will do that to you - and truth-be told, I am just plain sick of it. How long it takes to dry. How it gets caught under everything. How Eli likes to grab huge chunks of it in each hand and whip it around like reigns on a horse's bridle. Seriously, tell me, what makes a mom-cut?

  • Drove out to the 'burbs to Wal-Mart the other day to make another batch of my homemade laundry detergent. It's only the second batch I've had to make since Eli's joined the family - and he's over a year and a half old. I stinkin' love that stuff. All you need is that and a bottle of Tide spot-shot for big stains and you're set in the laundry department. 

  • I saw a chiropractor for the first time ever last week. There's a theory floating around with my midwife and doula that my pelvis is outta alignment, which is why I likely stalled out in transition for about seven hours in Eli's birth, and why he was born sunnyside up, and didn't flip in the womb during labor like most babies do. I don't know what I think, all I know is I'll try anything to have a "more positive" labor than last time. But can I just say - ouch! - that chiropractor appt. hurt. It wasn't that bad in the moment, but I was really sore the couple of days following. The doctor warned me I might be, but goodness sakes. I always heard people loooove the chiropractor, but I'm struggling to get on the bandwagon. I'm supposed to go see the chrio twice a week until the baby is born and I just keep telling myself, the soreness is a cake-walk compared to labor - it'll be worth it if this one goes better. Anyone else have this kind of experience? Or am I just a wimp?

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    16 comments:

    1. I'm not an authority on a "mom cut", but I would say...you are a mom! Embrace it and ignore the nay sayers. If you want a trim or a drastic cut go for it! After all, in a few months it will be falling out anyway. 😂
      For the record, I think it is more about the attitude than the length. When it is a ponytail every day with no care or effort EVER, I think that is a "mom-cut".

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    2. i LOVE those those fabrics you used on their blankets, super cute! Are they from joann's also?

      I think I'm going to try your detergent recipe, I've tried some before and didn't love it but yours is a little different!

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    3. I think a 'mom cut' would be anything similar to a bob or shorter (which I did do after I had Lewis because I was extremely tired of pulling my hair out of the newborn grip and brushing it aside when I was nursing).

      Also, I have never felt sore or had any pain after the chiropractor...if anything, I feel better. I will say that it took 3-4 consistent visits before I noticed a big change. Especially if you have never been adjusted, I think it takes several times before your body is actually re-aligned. :-)

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    4. Hi Kristin! They're actually from online stores. The minky and aztec fabric are from Hawthorn Fabrics and the crosses are from Spoonflower. Definitely go for the laundry detergent! I think it works super well, I'd just say be sure to use spot shot or tide stain shot on stains. All Eli's baby food/poop/etc. stains always come out, as long as I'm careful to catch them before they go in!

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    5. Haha, but I LOVED your cut, and it was more like a looooong bob - so I wouldn't say "mom" just "chic." I totally feel you on being tired of pulling your hair out of baby hands.


      Good to hear about the chiro - I have another appt. tomorrow and later this week, so hopefully I'll see some difference soon!

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    6. Such a good point about the attitude/pony thing! And I suppose chopping it just gets one wave of "mom" comments, the it's over. ;)

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    7. Um honestly? Who cares what anyone says about your hair cut? It's your hair! Do what makes you happy and makes you feel fabulous. "Mom cut"?! Please. Is there anything that isn't labeled these days? You can't get away from it. Our culture is so bent. Ignore ignore ignore. Get a fabulous chop if you want to and wear it proud.

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    8. If you decide to go for the seven inches you can donate your hair. I know some places require more, but when I went to the hair dresser they took care of having the hair bundled and sent off for me at 7 inches. If you're going to do it anyway might as well have it go to kids or adults who need wigs.

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    9. Haha, love this attitude - so true! I definitely thing I'm swinging that way! Thanks for the encouragement!

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    10. Great idea! I'll check with my stylist on what it is to the place they send it to. I had always heard 10 inches, and I don't think I'm ready for a bob at my ears. :) But thanks for the tip on 7" - that I can do, definitely will look into it!

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    11. Go for the haircut! I just got 6+ inches cut off of mine and intended to make it into the salon before Cam was born but never got around to it. Now I'm loving the shorter cut so much I wish I wouldn't have waited! I was in the same boat as you, just got tired of it being long and always either pulling it into a ponytail while nursing or constantly pulling it out of his little hands! I also personally think it's kind of nice to have a new look that I'm excited about when I'm in the newborn/postpartum phase and there are other things going on with my body that aren't so exciting!


      I'll be curious to hear about how the chiropractor turns out for you too. That was another thing I had on my list to try out in those last few weeks before Cam was born, but also never happened. ;)

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    12. Hey Laura! What size did Eli get in the slippers? Trying to figure out the size for my niece who will be walking at any moment :).

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    13. Hey Jaclyn - good question! I got Eli a 5/6. Slippers are awesome because it's okay if they're a bit big. Thick socks work well and I'm hoping they might work for Eli next year too!

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    14. Gah! Thanks for the inspiration! Isn't it so frustrating having it pulled around all the time? I do love the look, but the fact that Mike sometimes literally sleeps on it just kills me sometimes. :) I'll definitely provide an update on the chiro as soon as I have enough experience with one to actually have more to say. :)

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    15. Hi Laura! We just found out we are having a baby girl in September! I'm having a really hard time finding a blanket that I like for her. Do you have any etsy shop recommendations for minky blankets? My boys have these great BOA fabric blankets from Carters but I can't find anything great for girls. P.S. I cannot sew and have no sewing machine so DIY is out!

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    16. Congratulations! So fun to have a baby girl! For Etsy shops, I've actually never purchased a blanket from etsy, but here are a few I've heard of: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ModernBabyDesign?section_id=6363415&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1

      https://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetflutters

      https://www.etsy.com/shop/DwellDarling?section_id=15057714&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1



      Hopefully there's something in there!

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