I believe I am making the right choices for my child: A message to all mommy bloggers

I am a stay-at-home mother because I believe it is best for my child.

I vaccinate because I believe it is best for my child.

I bring my family to church because I believe it is best for my child. 

I put my child in a bassinet or crib because I believe it is best for my child. 

I am never saying that if you DON’T stay at home with your baby, if you DON’T vaccinate your baby, if you DON’T bring your baby up to worship God, if you DON’T give your child a separate sleeping space that you are a bad parent. Do I believe the things I’m doing are the best? Yes, that’s why I’m doing them. But I’m not going to sit here and call you out on your parenting styles and techniques. I disagree with you, I think your way is not the best way, maybe I think your way isn’t even a good way, perhaps I even think what you’re doing is detrimental, but I am never going to call you a bad parent over it. 

So grant me the same courtesy. Have your own opinion, share your beliefs, start a conversation, give advice and preach your style. But do not throw the term “bad parent” around because you disagree. 

raisingemilyjune:

frombumptobirdie:

gettingreadyformommylife:

gouldiloxk:

mommaebbie:

gettingreadyformommylife:

What are some of you moms wearing home from the hospital ? I don’t know if I wanna do pajamas or yoga pants

Yoga pants will probably be uncomfortable , I did sweats and a loose Tshirt.

I packed…

I wore sweats and a tshirt and wished I’d worn a dress or something because I had a c-section and the waist of my pants rubbed against my incision a bit. So, I think no matter what kind of birth a dress would be the most comfy.

I wore sweatpants and a baggy tshirt and was comfy city. I had a vagjnal birth and I bounced back really fast.

My most comfy dress <3

oh-totoro:

YAY!!! I cannot believe it, but I have reached a phenomenal 50,000 followers (now 55,555)! That’s 49,500 more than I ever hoped to have, hehe, and to celebrate and say thank you for your unbelievable support, I want to give a little something back.


There will be three lucky winners who will each win one of these prizes…

1ST PRIZE:
The large Oh-Totoro (grey) plushie.

2ND PRIZE:
The medium Chu-Totoro (blue) plushie.

3RD PRIZE:
The small Chibi-Totoro (white) plushie.

All three of these plushies are genuine Japanese merchandise and feature the official “Approved by Studio Ghibli” sticker, so are very high quality! ^___^


HOW TO ENTER:

1. You must be following oh-totoro
     - I will check this after making the draw and redraw if necessary.
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     - Well, this should be obvious.
4. A photo of each winner with their prize would be greatly appreciated so I can reblog it to oh-totoro, but this is not a requirement.


DATE OF DRAW:

Thursday 31st July 2014 (and will be announced a week later)

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Anybody can enter. I will post to any country. So don’t miss out!

Good luck! x

the-fault-in-our-youtubers:

the internet summed up in one gif set

my favorite part of the vid. Made me and Tall Cake laugh XD

update: posted this on facebook and a girl from my ward who is anti-vax made a super passive aggressive post directed at me over it. jeezalu. 

raisingemilyjune:

Nobody will even admit she has reflux or that there is a problem there at all. Like her doctor basically just brushed it off. I finally got someone to refer me to a pedi on Thursday but we aren’t going to get an appointment soon enough, she needs help now not in a month. Luke took her to the hospital just now though, she woke up screaming in pain and he was getting really distressed over it which is not like him. Hoping we get a diagnosis this time and some meds but there is a very high chance we won’t.

This sounds like the exact thing Elias went through at that age. We thought he might be having terrible gas or digestive issues because he would suddenly scream when he was in a dead sleep without anyone touching him. He would spit up a lot again and again after every meal, even a long while after eating something. The docs brushed it aside at first saying a spoonful of spit up will look like a gallon to a new parent. Thankfully we did get some baby Zantac but only one refill and his spit up lasted longer than the meds, which I&#8217;m not sure helped. If it is any consolation for your worries about little Emily, the doctors told us he&#8217;d grow out of it and he has indeed. It seemed like forever but by time he hit 4 months he was leaps and bounds better about spitting up and it&#8217;s become a much less common thing. Every baby is different, but here&#8217;s hoping that your situation will be treated by medical staff AND resolve itself with a bit of time &lt;3 &lt;3 &lt;3 

raisingemilyjune:

Nobody will even admit she has reflux or that there is a problem there at all. Like her doctor basically just brushed it off. I finally got someone to refer me to a pedi on Thursday but we aren’t going to get an appointment soon enough, she needs help now not in a month. Luke took her to the hospital just now though, she woke up screaming in pain and he was getting really distressed over it which is not like him. Hoping we get a diagnosis this time and some meds but there is a very high chance we won’t.

This sounds like the exact thing Elias went through at that age. We thought he might be having terrible gas or digestive issues because he would suddenly scream when he was in a dead sleep without anyone touching him. He would spit up a lot again and again after every meal, even a long while after eating something. The docs brushed it aside at first saying a spoonful of spit up will look like a gallon to a new parent. Thankfully we did get some baby Zantac but only one refill and his spit up lasted longer than the meds, which I’m not sure helped. If it is any consolation for your worries about little Emily, the doctors told us he’d grow out of it and he has indeed. It seemed like forever but by time he hit 4 months he was leaps and bounds better about spitting up and it’s become a much less common thing. Every baby is different, but here’s hoping that your situation will be treated by medical staff AND resolve itself with a bit of time <3 <3 <3 

gnarly:

Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you still have time to sleep

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pregnantwithababybyrd:

enchantedlovebubble:

Are any of you still with your 1st “serious” boyfriend/girlfriend or married that same person?

Were you their first serious bf/gf too?

I am with my first serious boyfriend. Lost my virginity to him, started dating when I was 16 and he was…

No for me, yes for him. I’ve had three relationships that lasted over a year previously but the longest relationship he was in before lasted 4 months… and he’s 7 years older than me! lol I call him a serial dater but he was just waiting for the right one before making a commitment ;D 

14lb 10oz!
Weighed by a nurse today =) She was impressed by his strength and length. Everyone comments on those two things. I can&#8217;t believe 5 months ago he was 5 pounds. He&#8217;s going to be triple his weight by 6 months, My strong long baby is gonna be a chunky baby before you know it. Nurse said he was really filling out, too! YAAAAAAY!

and yes, Tall Cake is still convinced Elias will never be chubby. He says (and the nurse hinted at the idea) that Eli is only getting heavier because he&#8217;s getting longer&#8230; I go on and on about how he&#8217;s jumped from like the 10th-15th percentile in weight to the 30th percentile and Tall Cake just says &#8220;He&#8217;s 30th percentile in weight because he&#8217;s jumped from 20th to 95th percentile in height. He&#8217;s gaining weight in height, not fat.&#8221; =/ Whatevs, y&#8217;all. He&#8217;s a good weight =) 

14lb 10oz!

Weighed by a nurse today =) She was impressed by his strength and length. Everyone comments on those two things. I can’t believe 5 months ago he was 5 pounds. He’s going to be triple his weight by 6 months, My strong long baby is gonna be a chunky baby before you know it. Nurse said he was really filling out, too! YAAAAAAY!

and yes, Tall Cake is still convinced Elias will never be chubby. He says (and the nurse hinted at the idea) that Eli is only getting heavier because he’s getting longer… I go on and on about how he’s jumped from like the 10th-15th percentile in weight to the 30th percentile and Tall Cake just says “He’s 30th percentile in weight because he’s jumped from 20th to 95th percentile in height. He’s gaining weight in height, not fat.” =/ Whatevs, y’all. He’s a good weight =) 

Naming problems

I love our boy’s name. Elias. It’s perf. The sound, the meaning, the nickname, it’s exactly what we want. 

However, I’m now running into predicaments for future children. 

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Elias is 5 months old today!

February 19 2014  =D

and happy 4 month to Miss Jane and 2 month to little Emily! The 19th is a fun day this year =)

Showed this to the hubs today.
We both forgot that Eli&#8217;s face was the size of a normal newborn pacifier.
Oh my gosh. 

Showed this to the hubs today.

We both forgot that Eli’s face was the size of a normal newborn pacifier.

Oh my gosh. 

Just shy of 5 months

and baby boy finally rolls over! 

I feel like we’ve really reached an amazing stage =)

That look of surprise and delight. What a funny boy! 

raisingemilyjune:

babyxwilson:

sapphiremomma:

vontrtl:

thekidzoo:

consecratedcreations:

livinglifeasgraham:

pleasepressrepeat:

How often do you wash your hair? I have been washing it every single day for as long as I remember but my hair dresser just yelled at me to go at least 2

I’ve always washed mine at least once a day..because I have super oily skin and hair..but I…

I used to wash my hair every day, it’s always been oily. I’ve been pushing my hair to every other day, or every two if I have no where to go (or plan on wearing scarves or hats). You can train your hair to be washed less often, and using a dry shampoo can help for the inbetween days. 

I wash mine with shampoo once a week then conditioner every other day, sometimes three days, buuuut I have hair that dreads on its own so I only use the conditioner to keep it from knotting up

I wash mine every 2-3 days. I use Trader Joes (no sodium laureth sulphates) shampoo for a couple months and then Herbal Essences for about a month. Switching it up keeps my hair from getting grease buildup. And I rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar after every shampoo.

What does the apple cider vinegar do? I have extremely thick hair that is pretty dry. I wash every two to three days. I’m going to start doing longer between I think because it’s still so dry. I’m also looking into getting a good deep conditioner.

I wash mine every 4/5 days. Lolllll.

Lmao I’m the same, every 4-5 days.

I’ve been told to go a day or two between washes as well, but my hair type does not allow for that. If anyone is going to see me, I have to wash it every single day because it starts to look oily and gross after like 12 to 14 hours. My hair is very fine and pin straight. If I’m not going anywhere I’ll poof some baby powder in my bangs and go a day without washing. I don’t color or blow dry my hair so it stays healthy despite the over-washing I have to do to look presentable. If anyone has any great dry shampoos that will keep my hair from looking too oily and stringy so I can skip days and still go out, please please please give me your reviews!!