begin again

I didn't intend to only write 4 blog posts in January. Life happened.

We traveled close to 25 hours just this past week in 3 days for clinic visits for little sister. It was exhausting, and definitely not the most ideal situation. But it is done, and we don't anticipate any further travel until her palate surgery this spring.

Blogging posts and to-do lists have been moved from one week's planner page to the next and the next.

This week I intend to begin again. To let the words flow, to make and create, and to share.


deperate for food

It has been almost two months since we've had little sister home. During those days, I wanted to cry, scream, and kick my heels in during her mealtimes.

She would eat anything we gave her, if it was pureed or a texture she preferred (which is very little by the way).

She screamed in-between bites of food.
She screamed when she still had food in her mouth wanting another bite.
She screamed after eating a very full meal.

She acted as if she was afraid she wouldn’t get more when she was hungry again. 

Even if she wasn't hungry, anytime she saw food, she would fixate on it until we gave it to her or throw a fit if we didn't give it to her.
Even is she wasn't hungry, we had to hide her bottle, because if she saw it she would scream for it.
Even is she wasn't hungry, she still wanted food.

This food anxiety could be a lifelong process, as we're learning.

We are still trying to figure out how to handle this some days. 
We are trying to teach her that we are always going to feed her, but we are also trying to teach her not to throw a fit and cry when she wants something and that it is okay to wait more than 5 seconds between each bite.
We are trying to teach her to recognize those signs from her tummy that she's full.

We (her & I) still cry and scream some days during mealtimes, but not today.

Today was the first day that she didn't cry when she saw her bottle before she was fed her meal.

Progress made. Slowly, but it's still progress.

quality organic rug pad adds comfort and safety : Rug Pad Corner review

About eight months after we moved into our home, we tore up the stained carpet. We knew there were hardwood floors under the carpet, but we didn't know the condition of the floors. The floors actually weren't that bad, but with little ones in the house I knew we needed some type of carpet or rug so the kids could play on. As a one income family, we couldn't go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a quality rug much less a quality rug pad. The rug pads would have to wait.

About a month ago, we received the opportunity to try some quality rug pads from Rug Pad Corner. I was thoroughly impressed with the company for a multitude of reasons. Communication with the company was timely and professional throughout the entire process. Our rug pads shipped quickly. All three rug pads were rolled tightly into one cylinder and then wrapped in industrial quality plastic to prohibit moisture damage during the shipping process.

Unwrapping a product in industrial plastic one typically encounters a strong, overwhelming chemical smell. There was not one chemical odor or gas emitting from our package!! Why? There are no adhesives or glues in the product. Rug Pad Corner uses an exclusive Heat Pressing Process to reinforce the material within the rug pads. There are absolutely no adhesives, glues, or chemicals used on the rug pads so they can be placed in baby nurseries and any room in the house.

The American made natural rug pads are safe for all floors, including carpet, tile, laminate,  concrete, and hardwood. The non-slip padding creates a safe environment for our newly, walking baby. We don't have to worry about little sister slippin' and slidin' on an unsafe rug.

Directions were clearly stated on the instruction sheet, and on the rug pad itself. Just make sure you read them and don't struggle for five minutes before you realize something isn't quite right. :)

The superior thick felt rug pad added a full 3/8" of extra padding which took our rug to the next level making it feel like an expensive, luxurious comfort that I purchased from a major supplier instead of our local home improvement store.

The ultra premium pad added a full 1/3" of pure comfort and warmth on those cold concrete floors in the laundry room. I especially appreciate how soft it is while doing a daily chore. Being a completely organic product, eased this momma's heart when she placed the final rug pad in the homeschool room.
I was thoroughly impressed with Rug Pad Corner and look forward to purchasing additional pads for our home.

Use the code REVIEW15 to receive a 15% discount on your entire order anytime you need a rug pad from Rug Pad Corner. A variety of options are available through the website to accommodate any floor type making it easy to order quality organic rug pads adding comfort and safety for every room in the home.

*Disclosure: Rug Pad Corner provided us with product, but my opinions are completely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Product has been in use for 3 weeks upon review.

january: currently

drinking Sprite. {see below}

feeling much better after almost a full week of a virus that has taken 3 of us down.

waiting on little sister's COC (certificate of citizenship) & her social security card. The paperwork still continues. 

loving this

getting our family photo album started this week.

reading Love Me, Feed Me and confirming that yes, little sister does have food anxiety.

trying new feeding strategies and techniques from the book and other professionals.

watching Downton Abbey.

attempting to organize all the legos.

hoping the organization will help the kids keep them up off the floor.

finishing up the last of the Christmas presents that I needed to finish knitting to get mailed off to cousins. Yes, I'm a little behind.

listening to Minecraft videos and the kids' talking about their playing strategies in the background. Everyday.

knitting this blanket for the shop

finding that I'm not a workbook/worksheet homeschool mom, and that I tend to lean towards the Charlotte Mason style. 

loving my new "clearance" dearfoam slippers

wanting a simpler, cleaner home in 2015.

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