<![CDATA[Just Call Me Mom - Our Story]]>Fri, 11 Dec 2015 02:26:28 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Sarcastic Baby]]>Wed, 09 Dec 2015 02:25:38 GMThttp://justcallmemom.weebly.com/our-story/sarcastic-baby]]><![CDATA[Trick or Treat!]]>Mon, 02 Nov 2015 03:28:49 GMThttp://justcallmemom.weebly.com/our-story/trick-or-treat-i-guess-he-found-the-candy-stash Picture
A few weekends before Halloween, we went to a Trunk or Treat at a local church. We had a lot of fun, but I'm pretty sure Noah's favorite parts were running around in the grass, and hamming it up for everyone who told him how adorable (and scary) he was. He ROARED at everyone who said the word "Lion." Kinley rolled around in her stroller, and, between the two of them, they made a lot of people smile that day.

​I'm glad we had the opportunity to do something like that because our Trick or Treating experience was short lived on Halloween night. Apparently we missed the memo that trick or treating is more of a mid-day thing now? 

What time do you start/finish trick or treating, and where do you live? 

Click the title of this post "Halloween 2015" above, or "Read More" Below to see more of our Halloween fun.

What Happened to Halloween?

​It looks like Noah found the candy stash. I guess he did do the work to collect it, but "sheesh, help yourself man."   

Speaking of collecting candy, we're lucky we even got any. Apparently we missed the memo that trick or treating is more of a mid-day thing now? 

​Noah will be 2 in December, and we met up for trick or treating with a friend who has a 2 1/2 year old. We live on a main road, so we decided to hit up some of the big neighborhoods around us. We got to the first neighborhood around 7:20 and it was completely dead. Like, not a light on in any of the houses dead. We decided to go to another neighborhood, and found that about 75% of the houses that were still "participating" in the festivities. I'd say about half of them had the "take one" bowl on the front porch, and the other half nicely explained that we were getting a late start. We were back home by 8:30.

Now, I know that it's been a while since I've been trick or treating, but damn. I remember going as a group, and we'd be gone for hours. The kids would all go to the doors together, and the parents would hang back at the end of the driveways sipping their rum and cokes. When we got older, we would go as a group, sans parental units and as far as I remember, starting after dark was the norm. 

Is this typical nowadays? Yes, I just said "nowadays" and meant it. I feel so old. As far as trick or treating etiquette goes, what is an acceptable starting time, and how late do you go until? The kids are still a little young for me to feel comfortable with them going to the doors alone, so one or both of us were with him at each house. What age did you allow your kids to go to the doors alone, and what age did you let them go trick or treating completely unsupervised?
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<![CDATA[Kinleys Shower Meme]]>Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:47:42 GMThttp://justcallmemom.weebly.com/our-story/kinleys-shower-meme
We were playing dress up and I caught this picture.  Her silly faces crack me up, her personality is really starting to come out. It seems like, over night Kinley went from a quiet, tiny newborn to a squeaking, squealing, giggling baby girl with goofy facial expressions. Listening to her literally makes us laugh out loud.

These past 5 months have flown by so quickly, both of my babies are growing up way too fast!
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<![CDATA[Pumpkin Patch. Time flies and so does Kinley]]>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 02:56:03 GMThttp://justcallmemom.weebly.com/our-story/pumpkin-patch-time-flies-and-so-does-kinley
The pumpkin patch was a blast this year. Although last year Noah liked crawling around with the pumpkins, this year, he LOVED running around like a little madman. He was people watching, and checking out the decorations, and was clearly not in the mood for a "pumpkin patch photo shoot." I've always heard other parents talk about taking pictures with multiple kids, and thought it was funny to hear them say things like "for every good picture of the kids together, there are 5 bad ones." Although I wouldn't call the picture of him throwing his baby sister to go run through rows of pumpkins "bad," I'm starting to understand the gist of what they meant. We had about a 2 minute window for possible picture taking until he was back up and running. It was definitely a day to remember for all of us. 
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<![CDATA[Our Happy Little Artist]]>Sun, 16 Aug 2015 18:06:54 GMThttp://justcallmemom.weebly.com/our-story/our-happy-little-artist
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"Oh, you missed your nap? Oh you're in a terrible mood and haven't been listening to me at all today? Well, lets try painting then, that sounds like a GREAT idea." 
"Oh, you missed your nap? Oh you're in a terrible mood and haven't been listening to me at all today? Well, lets try painting then, that sounds like a GREAT idea." 

​Freaking PRICELESS. This picture cracks me up, not only is it funny by itself, but believe it or not, he really did have a great time painting. Such a great time, that he didn't want to stop. When we were trying to clean up the paints before he was ready, he let us all know that he was less than thrilled about it. My brother Jimmy, Uncle Jimbo, (or "ah Bumbo" if you ask Noah) came over and we all ended up having a great time, even though both of them (Jimmy is 26) were covered, literally head to toe, in acrylic paint. We made a couple of really cool pictures that Jimmy and I ended up putting some finishing touches on with spray paint after little man went to bed.

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Jimmy and Noah after painting
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<![CDATA[Welcome To The World Kinley Rose]]>Thu, 21 May 2015 23:40:52 GMThttp://justcallmemom.weebly.com/our-story/welcome-to-the-world-kinley-rose
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<![CDATA[Godfather Kinley]]>Thu, 21 May 2015 18:59:05 GMThttp://justcallmemom.weebly.com/our-story/godfather-kinley1
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One day old and already a badass
This picture cracked me up and immediately made me think of The Godfather. We were still in the hospital when this was taken, only a day old, and already a badass.
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<![CDATA[Family Tree Picture from our "stained glass" project ]]>Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:53:03 GMThttp://justcallmemom.weebly.com/our-story/family-tree-picture-from-our-stained-glass-project
I saw a "wet stained glass" pin on pinterest and decided to try it with Noah. We had a lot of fun, but I think he's still a little too young for it. He'll be a year old next month, and I think we'll try this one again when he's a little older. 

We were able to make this a 3 part project. First we ripped up the paper while going over our colors, then we did the stained glass, then we glued the pieces to the picture of our tree when they dried and fell off of the window. 
I saw a "wet stained glass" pin on pinterest and decided to try it with Noah. We had a lot of fun, but I think he's still a little too young for it. He'll be a year old next month, and I think we'll try this one again when he's a little older. 

We were able to make this a 3 part project. First we ripped up the paper while going over our colors, then we did the stained glass, then we glued the pieces to the picture of our tree when they dried and fell off of the window. 

​For this project, you rip up construction paper, dip it in a bowl of water, and stick it to the window. 

We took our time while ripping up and cutting the paper. We actually made it an entire event of it. We sat at his little table together and he picked out which paper we were going to do next, and I went over his colors with him.

So easy, and when the paper dries, it just falls off of the window and can be re-used for future stained glass, or other projects. This faux stained glass actually turns out to be beautiful, but be sure to put a towel at the bottom of the window, and under the water bowl. There is a chance that the water that runs down the window could have some of the ink from the paper in it. Unless you want a tie dye look on your window trim, I'd do a test piece first, or just put a towel down.  Noah was really interested in the bowl of water, he eventually spilled it everywhere, but that's part of the "fun." Obviously, you don't need much water, I used a small flat Tupperware container, so cleanup wasn't a big deal. 

Noah puts EVERYTHING in his mouth right now, and he kept eating the paper, which I guess isn't that big of a deal, but I figured, "why not take this to a whole new level?" We brought down a few of his foam letters from the bathtub and stuck them to the window as well. They are these awesome soft letters that stick to pretty much everything when they're wet, and he chews on them all the time. It was the perfect opportunity to go over colors and letters.

Noah is going to be a big brother in March. So I drew a picture of our future family and the trunk of a tree. We used a paintbrush to glue the dried papers to the top of our picture to form the leaves on the tree. I absolutely love how it turned out. 
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<![CDATA[Cloth diapers: My Major Misconception]]>Sat, 03 May 2014 15:59:29 GMThttp://justcallmemom.weebly.com/our-story/cloth-diapers-my-major-misconceptionPictureOur stash of snap pocket diapers.

“So…it’s not just a disgusting, pee soaked, towel full of poop?”

One day, my grandmother mentioned cloth diapers & apparently my pregnancy hormones took the sugar coating right off of my response. For a long time, the thought of cloth diapers repulsed me. I explained to her that I figured the life of a cloth diapering mom looked  a little something like this: take a washcloth, wrap it around your baby, secure with HUGE “safety” pins, then you’ll either need to tie a grocery bag around the kid, or plastic wrap the furniture because there will be pee and poop on everything. (Not only gross…but not very “green”). She laughed and explained what cloth diapers were, even 50 years ago, and convinced me to at least look into them.

Although all of the current cloth diapering options available did spark some interest, I was overwhelmed by all the choices and put off making a decision. Thankfully, by the time the baby was born, family & friends  had already supplied us with a stash of Huggies and Pampers, so once again, the cloth diapers got put on the back burner.

As mothers, my aunt and cousin knew that they could either make a decision and get the ball rolling for me, (which was exactly what I needed) or listen to me as I’m kicking myself in a few  months because “I wish I were using cloth diapers.” One day, a package came in the mail…POCKET DIAPERS & BAMBOO INSERTS!

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Snap sizing pocket diapers - assorted colors
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Organic Bamboo Baby wipes
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Bamboo Inserts for pocket diapers
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m still trying to reign in my “from one extreme to the other” tendencies as I’m starting to get the hang of this mom thing. Needless to say, I dove right in. “What could be the big deal?” I remembered that almost all of what I read (months earlier) had said to wash everything a bunch of times so that it absorbs better. I threw everything into my front loading, HE washing machine with some ALL baby detergent and ran those jokers through a “normal” wash like 3 times. I dried everything in the dryer, cut up an old burp cloth to use as a liner, and voila! (More like vo-mit) NO absorbency, and the sizing was ALL wrong. My nightmare had come true. Poop. Everywhere. 

I've been using cloth diapers for a month and a half now, and I am SO GLAD I didn't let my first experience turn me off completely. Having the type of cloth diapers already chosen for me, made the research of how to care for them much less overwhelming. I know I should have done the research on using and caring for the type cloth diapers I had BEFORE I used them, but you live and learn I guess. 

Learn from my mistakes, be sure to take a look at my post about what I learned during my first month of cloth diapering.

I recorded the first time I put them on him, and watching it makes me laugh. Check out the video below:


The sizing is ALL WRONG!

There are huge gaps between the diaper and his legs (which is where the poop squished out later that day) and there was pee on the outside of the pocket diaper which got his onsie damp. I’m not scared of pee, or even poop, but it wasn’t as “great of an experience” as I had convinced myself it was going to be after getting pumped up about the cloth diaper life. The plus side: NO diaper rash. Even after the “poop-splosion” his tiny hiney looked 100% healthy.

A friend who has been using cloth diapers for a little while now, recommended Charlies Soap powdered laundry detergent. I bought some, and it worked really well, but I started making my own homemade detergent and it is excellent. It’s super cheap, equal parts Epsom salt, Washing Soda, Baking Soda, and store brand cheap OxiClean. 1 TBS per load. I use it for cloth diapers and all of our other laundry. For now, I’m using wool dryer balls, but I’m not sure how I feel about them yet. 
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Be sure to check back for more.

Thank you for your support!


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<![CDATA[Noah talks to mommy 4 1/2 months old]]>Sat, 03 May 2014 15:24:08 GMThttp://justcallmemom.weebly.com/our-story/noah-talks-to-mommy-4-12-months-old
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