#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 5.4.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

I’m still reading! Just not updating the blog like I used to! This baby sure is time consuming! ;)

In print: Finished and enjoyed both The Last Time we Say Goodbye by Hand and The Rosie Project by Simsion (print). I am getting ready to start reading The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Series by Smith. My MIL just have me the whole series (she loves them), so I figured I would check them out!

Listening to: Still working on The Girl on the Train by Hawkins.

To Baby: More board books! I’m checking out stacks from the public library each week. We read a new one each night before bedtime. Last night was Little Blue and Little Yellow by Lionni. 

What are you reading?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 4.13.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

It’s been a couple of weeks since I updated!

In print:  Finished Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern and On Becoming Baby Wise by Ezzo.  I liked Say What You Will. It is a YA love story, but the characters aren’t your typical teens. One suffers from OCD and the other has cerebral palsy. I couldn’t help but think about Out of My Mind by Draper while reading it. I also finished On Becoming Baby Wise. I don’t agree with everything in this book, but there are some good tidbits that I am totally working into our baby schedule. I am now reading Cherish the First 6 Weeks by Moon (noticing a theme here?), The Last Time we Say Goodbye by Hand (eBook that I am reading before bed when the lights have to be out), and The Rosie Project by Simsion (print).

Listening to: Started over with The Girl on the Train by Hawkins. Still not driving too many places yet, but soon – so soon!

To Baby: Reading lots of Boynton books. I checked out my first large stack of board books from the public library the other day. I am keeping track of all the books I read to baby on my Goodreads.

What are you reading?

VBF

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Maternity Leave – Weeks 5 & 6

I really don’t want this blog to turn into a mommy blog, but that’s totally what this post basically is.

Baby is one month old already! That’s just nuts. Is there something in babies that makes them age faster than everyone else? She is smiling a lot, but not really at us…I think it’s gas :) I’m not counting that as her first smile yet! She’s getting bigger and sleeping at night (for now). She’s a beautiful baby and makes us so happy!

Weeks 5 & 6 have been very much like the rest of my maternity leave – working on National Boards (little by little) while baby naps; doing laundry (so.much.laundry); pumping; feeding baby; preparing bottles…everyday is pretty much the same. There are days where we have special visitors, so that’s fun, but for the most part – my day is still all baby, all the time! I’m not yet really leaving the house with her (there have been a couple of outings, but not many)…I’m still following doctor’s orders and taking it easy…that is so very hard for me! My 6 week check up is coming up very soon and I will be happy when I get the okay to do more.

When I was writing about my Learning Commons, I often wrote about the technology I was using with my students. I haven’t stopped using technology…so, I thought that I would share how I am using it as a MOM. My iPhone has a whole new purpose for me now. I’m not quite sure what I would do without it. First of all, it is the main way I am still interacting with the world – texts and FB messages are so much easier for me than actually picking up the phone and talking with someone and since I’m not really seeing many folks face to face at the moment, my phone is the way I am keeping up! Social networks have been great. FB because of the messaging back and forth with friends, but also because of the Facebook groups I have found that have been very helpful in the last few weeks, in particular Babywearers of the Midlands and La Leche League of the South Carolina Midlands. There are also lots of fun “mommy” folks to follow on Instagram. The alarm feature on my phone is probably the most important thing to me right now – I have set alarms for when baby is “supposed” to eat (of course, if she is hungry before the alarm goes off, we feed her…duh); when baby is “supposed” to nap; etc. I know it might seem so crazy to try to be scheduling this baby already, but my husband and I NEED it.  The timer on my phone has been super important. As part of my after baby care, I am supposed to take a sitz bath for 15 – 20 minutes two times a day. If it were left up to me to stay in that tub, I would never stay in as long as I am supposed to – I am always ready to get out and move on to whatever is next on my “to do” list…that timer makes me stay put. I have also found a couple of apps that I am using a good bit – the What to Expect When you are Expecting app (free) was great when I was pregnant, but it is also good now – everyday there is a post for after baby  – everything from what your baby “should” be doing now to how mom should be feeling, etc. I am also loving the Baby Connect app.  This app is pricey ($4.99), but I think it is worth it. My husband and I both have it on our phones and right now, we use it to track baby’s diapers and feedings. The cool thing about it is the app syncs itself every now and then. If my husband adds something to his Baby Connect on his phone, I will get it on my phone (he does the middle of the night diaper changing and feedings – I’m lucky, I know – and he can add those things to the app on his phone and then neither one of us has to worry about it…I learned at our first pediatrician’s appointment that we are actually supposed to be tracking these things). There are lots of other features included on the app too, for example, it looks like in the future, we can use it to schedule appointments and things for baby so that we both know everything that is happening (without, you know, having to talk to each other). I’m also using the Tiny Beans app to remind me to take a picture every day of baby (like I need a reminder! But, wait…I do). I found this app about 3 weeks in…luckily, I had taken a picture of baby every day, so I was able to catch up. I know I’ll love looking at this in a few months, when we can really see how much she has grown. Speaking of taking pictures, the camera feature on my phone has been very important! All that’s on my phone right now is pictures of this baby and my dogs. And books.

See? I’m still using technology everyday ;)

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 3.30.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

In print:  Still working on Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. Also, still reading On Becoming Baby Wise by Ezzo. 

Listening to: Haven’t read anymore of The Girl on the Train by Hawkins…YET. I am driving again, however, so I hope to have more audio book time in the near future!

To Baby: Still into the little black, red, and white infant book that came with a sample of formula I got.  We are reading Snuggle Puppy! by Boynton at bedtime and we love Eric Carle’s My Very First Book of Shapes.  We have a subscription to Babybug, so we’ve been reading and rereading that too.

What are you reading?

VBF

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Maternity Leave – Week 4

So, on Tuesday, we will have a 3 week old! Time is already moving by very fast!

This past week was a little better than the weeks before…in fact, each day is a little better than the one before it. The hubs and I are slowly getting the hang of things and figuring out each other’s responsibilities. My day is all about the baby (of course) – feeding her, playing with her, doing her laundry, and watching her sleep. I’m really trying to take little naps when she naps, but mostly I end up just watching her sleep. This does not make for a very productive day, but that’s okay.

We took some big steps this week – went on our first walk in the stroller around the neighborhood AND I left the house! I drove myself somewhere…TWICE! I never knew a trip to Walmart could be so exciting…baby stayed home with my husband and the in-laws. I’m taking her out in public for the first time on Tuesday…we’ll see how that goes!

As for work stuff this week, I did manage to work on National Boards for a bit (when I wasn’t watching baby nap, I worked on NB during nap time); I still made sure to check work email; I pinned some things for next year; and I started to go through a big stack of professional magazines that I have not been touching for awhile.

How was your week?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading? 3.23.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

Well, HELLO, friends! I apologize for no IMWAYR posts for the past couple of weeks – I was busy having a baby ;) YES, I am still reading – not as much time to do it right now, of course – but, here’s what we got:

In print:  Still working on Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. I like it even more than I did when I started reading it a few weeks ago. Excellent book. Also reading On Becoming Baby Wise by Ezzo. 

Listening to: Finished Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Read Scary Mommy by Smokler. Started The Girl on the Train by Hawkins. I got an Audible subscription and it’s been amazing. It’s way easier to stay awake listening to a book AND it allows me to listen while nursing or doing laundry or whatever. Love it!

To Baby: Her first book was Pat the Bunny. We have also read a little black, red, and white infant book that came with a sample of formula I got and Big Dog, Little Dog. We have read these 3 books multiple times. Of course, I’m sort of reading them to myself at the moment, but I figure we need to get in the habit now – I’m a librarian, for goodness sake!

What are you reading?

VBF

PS – Baby arrived Tuesday, March 10 at 3:09pm

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Maternity Leave – Weeks 2 & 3

We have a baby!

Maternity Leave weeks 2 & 3 have been a bit of a blur, but let’s see if I can catch you up –

Week 2

Monday was spent with final prep for baby. Went to a yoga class, went to acupuncture, enjoyed being able to drive myself around. Tried to talk my doctor out of inducing me on Tuesday. No luck there.

Tuesday was spent having a baby! She arrived at 3:09pm. I’m not really going to go into my Birth Plan and Birth Story and all that here, but I was able to have a natural birth – for the most part – which is what I wanted. I am in “recovery” mode for the next 4 – 6 weeks (8 weeks total).

The rest of Week 2 and Week 3

A BLUR! My husband and I are hanging in there. We have had lots of help from my dad and my in-laws and our friends have been wonderful. I have struggled with breastfeeding, but it sounds like everyone does. I’m not exclusively BF and I’m okay with that. Our baby is beautiful and happy and that’s all that is important! I’m sure she wonders when we are going to figure out how to take care of her…we are wondering that too ;)

So, there you have it! I haven’t touched my National Boards or anything work related (except checking email at least once a day), but now that we are getting more in the swing of things, I’m hoping to get back to National Boards soon. Right now, we are still all baby, all the time…

How was your week?

VBF

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