Sweet Dreams Little Angel

My little guy’s birthday is coming up soon so I’m having a bit of a mommy moment–that is if a “moment” means the entire last month! I started thinking about putting him to sleep when he was so tiny. He would snuggle me and let me hold him like I was the only person in the whole world that made him feel safe. I would rock him and hold him until he fell asleep, put him into his crib, and slip out of his room as quietly as possible. 1 hour later, he would think it’s party time and would cry and scream until he was in my arms again! I started reading up on ways to make bed time easier after realizing that I could barely function at my job after not getting any sleep for days on end. For any of you new mommies out there, here are some tips that helped give me and my little guy some relief at bed time!

1. Start a bedtime routine. Anyone who knows my nightly routine knows that we practice “bath, bottle, bedtime.” Every night, he gets a bath, followed by a bottle full of almond milk (this helps for little ones with bad allergy issues!), and then he is rocked to sleep. When we are out later than usual, he gets completely out of whack and gets very fussy as all kids do. As long as we have our routine going the same way, he will fall fast asleep.

2. White noise. If you are wondering if getting a white noise machine is a good buy, let me be the first to tell you IT IS! We did not use an official machine, but rather a mini heater set on fan mode. This keeps baby from hearing any noises going on outside their bedroom and also makes them hear less if you’re sneaking out of their room after you’ve laid them down to sleep.

3. Lullaby. If you have a favorite slow song or lullaby, sing it!! My little one makes me sing a song my great-great-grandmother made up every night. The best part is, your baby doesn’t care if you sound like a squawking crow when you sing! It shows them that you take the time to sing to them & they think you sound like an angel. Well, at least he’s not old enough to tell me otherwise 😉

4. Swaddling for comfort. I don’t know about you other moms, but I just couldn’t get swaddling down using the pre-cut swaddle blankets. My mother and I were shopping at Hobby Lobby one day and decided to get a yard of jersey knit fabric cut to see if maybe the extra length would help. It worked for me! I could wrap him up like a burrito instead of trying to figure out which way to fold it and which corner I needed to tuck first.

If you have any tips or tricks for getting new babies to be more comfortable so they sleep longer, leave them in the comments below! All of us mommies need to stick together so we can help each other succeed! Learn from the struggles that we have been through and never be too proud to ask someone for help (or a nap).

😉 Joni

Mommy Hack: Car Wash

Trying to do chores can be difficult with a toddler! Sometimes it’s easier to take the send-them-to-the-grandparents route. However, I want my little guy to learn how to help with chores so that he can eventually do them on his own when he gets bigger! I’ve found that I’m most successful getting things done around the house if I let him have a hand in helping.

Last weekend, my little “super boy” (this is his new thing that he likes to call himself) and I tackled washing my car together. We got all of the necessary items together, pulled my car into the backyard, and got to work. The first issue I found was the fact that he, like any kid would, just wanted to play in the soap bucket and spray mommy with the water hose. After getting frustrated and asking him to play with his Tonka dump truck away from the water, it became clear that I needed a different strategy.  Instead of telling him to “go play,” I started showing him how dirty his dump truck was–just like mommy’s car! I gave him a soapy rag and took his hand to show him how to wash off the dirt, then spray it off with the water hose. Believe it or not, I think worked! I let him spray off the side of my car when I finished cleaning it and he loved helping!

Here’s a suggestion for mommies: don’t put on makeup beforehand and wear old clothes or ones that you don’t mind getting wet if you’re planning to do anything water hose related with your kiddo. If you minimize the things that will cause you to get frustrated during these types of chores, you will have more fun with your little one!

If you have any other hacks like this one or any stories similar, please leave them in the comments! I would love to hear them.

😉 Joni

Dill Pickled Okra

Ingredients

3 lbs. okra                             Celery leaves

1 clove garlic                        Fresh Jalapeno peppers

Dill                                       1 qt. water

1 pint white vinegar         1/2 cup pickling salt

Instructions

Pack okra into clean hot jars with a few celery leaves, cloves of garlic, head of dill and \stems, plus a strip of jalapeno pepper with seeds removed. Make brine of water, vinegar and salt. Bring to boil and pour over okra to within 14 inch from top. Seal in jars. Let stand 3-4 weeks.

 

Note: Be careful with the jalapeno peppers.  Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your skin.  Use protective gloves to protect your hands.

Pear Honey

In memory of my Grandma on my Mom’s side. Grandma was a special lady and did not mind telling it like it is in the sweetest way.  She had a laugh that would make us smile and a way with babies and small children that I see reflected in my Mom and how she is with all of our kids.

Ingredients

6 pears

2 apples

Orange rind from 1 large orange shred

1 can crushed pineapple

3 1/2 cups sugar

 

Instructions

Peel and core 6 pears and 2 apples.

Put in medium sauce pan.

Add one shred orange rind and 1 can crushed pineapple.

Add 3 1/2 cups of sugar and cook until thick. Seal in jars