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Thinking Out Loud: Feb 2018

Happy Hump Day! Today I thought I’d share a simple thinking out loud post. It seems the most relevant to where I’m at mentally right now, and I figured a few of you could maybe relate. Feel free to jump in and share your thoughts as well below. I’m sprinkling in some photos of Adeline, because, well she’s cute. And lately I’ve been trying to capture more “daily” photos of her, instead of posed or styled. I love the stage we’re in right now, and even if she’s got a partial Elsa tattoo on one arm, a scratch on her face, and messy unbrushed hair, I want to remember it. And besides, when I’m thinking out loud, odds are I’m thinking about Adeline.

Blogging is getting really difficult right now, just in this season of life.

Any other bloggers feel me on this? I’ve been a loyal blogger for 5 years now but lately I’ve just not been able to find the energy, time, or motivation to finish out my drafts or brainstorm new posts. I think it’s just a natural phase that bloggers go through, and for me right now, I attribute it to my mind being focused on so many other things. I know I have lots to write about, but most nights after a long day of work and toddler-ing, I’m just exhausted and want to indulge in self care rather than more computer time. I do have some fun posts planned though, I just need to work on them.

I’ve been loving my iWatch but still don’t really know how to use it.

I have found myself really enjoying my new gadget, but I’m also still finding myself frustrated that I haven’t completely figured it out yet! I also haven’t really taken the time to try, oops. I’m loving the basic features though so far, and the convenience of it. I think my main complaint right now is that I can’t change the 3 loops. Does that make sense? I really want to change the ‘move’ loop because it’s based on a calorie goal and I’d rather set it to be a steps goal or something else. I guess that’s just because I was used to a FitBit though. Any tips and suggestions are appreciated!

Adeline is in the cutest stage right now, and every day and every night I just can’t believe how much she’s changed.

I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but I am loving my little buddy and her big girl personality and sass. She’s talking up a storm, soaking everything up, repeating everything, and is just a hoot. I love feeling like she’s my sidekick and it’s crazy to think about how much of her own person she’s morphed into. She’s no longer just a little baby that just exists and coos and makes spits bubbles, but this girl is a learning machine, a thinking machine, and I can’t get enough! I always want to remember that during this stage she’s starting singing songs, sitting criss cross applesauce (indian style for you 90’s kids), and helping around the house.

I keep worrying I won’t love baby #2 as much as Adeline.

I know this is just in my head, and is a completely normal fear. But it’s something I think about all the time. I love Adeline so much that I can’t even fathom loving another child as much. I know I will, and I know it’s just another one of those mysteries of life that only God knows how to solve, but still! I think it’s a valid concern going from baby 1 to baby 2!

Instagram is wearing me out, and now Vero too?!

Have you guys heard of or joined the newest social media app? I purposefully haven’t downloaded it yet because it makes me tired just thinking about having to keep up with something else! Even though it’s partially my job, so I probably should at least download it, but goodness! Social media is so draining! Every time I take a break from Instagram, I come back to it and all I can see is: bloggers and influencers who literally all look the exact same, boutiques and shops that I didn’t even know I followed, and posts from like 5 days ago.

Adeline might have some eczema issues, but not sure yet.

I think it’s dairy related, because I know a lot of skin issues go back to diet. But she’s always been sensitive to dairy, and these skin issues just popped up within the past few weeks. I want to avoid dousing her in hydrocortisone cream if I can, and want to look into some more natural creams or ointments. I know Beautycounter has a baby balm I might re-order, and I’ve had a few other brands recommended to me for eczema creams and washes. If you’ve had experience with toddler eczema, I’m all ears! I haven’t taken her to the Ped. yet to get a ‘diagnosis’ so this is still very TBD.

Potty training is actually going really, really well.

Adeline has been a potty CHAMP! I can’t even believe how great it’s been going so far. I honestly think we started at the perfect time, and she just happens to enjoy it and think it’s fun. She’s been going on the potty at school, and at home she’s been wearing big girl undies and going on her potty here. We haven’t ditched diapers yet, and haven’t even gotten our feet wet in nighttime or nap time potty training, but the girl LOVES using the potty! So I will celebrate! She’s really encouraged by her sticker chart and her prize box, and I think the fact that we’ve kept things very low-stress. I’m not in a hurry, and I know we’ll get there in due time, but I’m certainly excited at the prospect of NOT having two kids in diapers at the same time!

I honestly can’t decide if I’d rather have another girl or a boy and everyone keeps asking.

Obviously I would be thrilled with either, and at the end of the day we just want a perfectly healthy baby, regardless of gender. But I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about if I’d rather have one or the other! It’s the #1 question I get asked, and sometimes I’m not sure how to answer. I have loved being a girl mom and would love to experience all things girl again. It’s all I know. We also have a TON of girl stuff. I also would feel very blessed to experience the boy side of things and have one of each. It would be quite the shock to our systems I think, but also exciting! I’ve always seen myself as a mom to just girls, so a part of me just assumes it’s a girl. But I grew up in a family with a girl and a boy, so that’s also the ‘norm’ in my mind. I really just don’t know!

Pregnancy anxiety is creeping in as we get closer to our 20 week appointment (19 weeks is actually when we’re scheduled).

I know this is normal as well, but it just makes me so nervous! My appointments have been 4 weeks apart but this one will be 5 just because of the way scheduling fell so that extra week is going to feel like an eternity. I mean we’re only like 2.5 weeks away from it now, but still! I feel like with your first pregnancy it’s easy to be naive about the entire process and worry less. But being on pregnancy #2 (really #3, if we’re actually counting) means I know ALL the things.

I’m almost done with Adeline’s 19-24 month book. I’ve made it to October 2017! So. close. 

I’ve been dragging this out as long as possible and just haven’t found the motivation to finish it. It’s already like a billion pages, and going to be ridiculously expensive, but I’m so close to being done! I think the only photos I have left to add are her birthday party and her 2 year old/our family pictures. I’m considering also adding November and December 2017 in to even it out so that my next book can be a 2018 book, but we’ll see.

The Bachelor is terrible this season but now I have to finish watching it.

Anyone else watching this season with Arie-kissing-bandit-can’t-make-up-his-mind? Me too. I’ve read the spoilers, know who wins, and I know what has happened since the show wrapped. But here are my thoughts going into the finale. Poor Kendall – he should have let her go weeks ago. Becca is great and would be the obvious choice but the whole thing with her ex boyfriend seemed SO staged and awkward. It didn’t even feel like they knew each other. Lauren is the most boring human alive. She’s gorgeous but her personality rivals a goldfish. It’s like talking to a brick wall and their dates have been painful to watch. I’m ready for this season to conclude so we can all shamelessly watch Paradise and then start another dramatic season of The Bachelorette.

If you were thinking out loud right now, what would you say? Respond to one of my thoughts – do you have any advice?



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    February 28, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Sadly, there is no way to change the three rings on the Apple Watch to show steps. However, there is an app that can be downloaded (FitPort), its a paid app, but maybe 99 cents. It can be added to the complications on the watch face and show your step count there. I came from a FitBit too, so I know how hard it is to start looking at different stats.

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      March 1, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      Such a bummer! I’m still getting used to not relying on my steps as my measure of success, you know? That’s a great idea though about that app!

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    Rachel J.
    February 28, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    My son is a little over too and has a milk allergy, so we’ve had to deal with eczema related to that. The best treatment we’ve found is using avocado seed oil on skin right after his bath. We also use a essential oil/plant/supplement based lotion balm called “deep green balm” that is made at our local holistic grocery store. We’re not super healthy (although we try lol), but even with prescriptions and other Ped recommendations have found this to be the best. We also don’t do a bath every night, usually every other or when dirty. Hope this helps!

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      March 1, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      Interesting! (Not about the dairy thing, I know that’s directly related to skin!) But interesting about the avocado seed oil! I’ve never even heard of that! That sounds like a really cool healthy alternative!

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        Oureczemastory ( Carl )
        March 27, 2018 at 5:50 am

        Hi Sarah, Just stumbled across your blog. LOVE IT!
        We run an eczema support website and Facebook group called OurEczemaStory. We give eczema sufferers the chance to share their stories and experiences to help others. We have a lot of information on dietary issues related to eczema and food allergy testing. It may be of some help to you. Regarding the comment about essential oils, we have just published a blog on this topic, It’s a good read. All I would add in regards to essential oils would be to advice you to just do a small test patch before applying to your child, better safe than sorry. Also remember to use a carrier oil for applying essential oils. Never apply them directly to the skin without using a carrier oil. Most essential oils are pure and unconcentrated, so us a carrier oil to help the skin absorb and safely cover the affected area.
        Love your blogs and I’ll be following them form now on.
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    February 28, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Yes to the blogging thing. I started blogging in 2011. SO much has changed since then. It’s just not the same, but mostly *I* am not the same. And the time thing is my biggest hold back. There are so many other things i feel like I want and need to do with my time that my blog has taken the biggest hit for sure. Sometimes I look at bloggers who started from pre-kids but then had kids and they still blog as much or more as they did then and I’m just like, HOW?!

    I’m so glad she’s doing so great with potty training! I so wanted Claire to be potty trained or close to it before Stella was born but her being only two at the time, that was just pushing it. We’re there now, but it’s a year later!

    Instagram is SO wearing me out. I saw some things about Vero but then immediately heard it was sketchy (like human trafficking sketchy?? not entirely sure though). I am staying far away. I remember when Periscope came out and I was like ahh yay another thing. omg I do not need that now though! I’m definitely too old. I gave up Snapchat a long time ago and don’t even have Facebook app and I don’t miss it!
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      March 1, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Love this comment, friend. If I wasn’t so tired I’d respond more fully, haha! But I’m with you! And I’m so glad Claire is potty trained and you’re out of those woods!

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    February 28, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Try coconut oil. Jack has eczema and it’s all new to me because Amelia doesn’t, and the only thing that has helped is organic coconut oil, because he’s sensitive to everything else. I literally just took what I had in the kitchen and put it on him. It’s worth a try!

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      March 1, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      We’ve got it on our list! And on our bathroom counter haha! I think something like coconut oil is one of those cure-alls, so we actually use it fairly often as lotion!

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    February 28, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    I think it’s natural to feel that way about blogging when going through changes, or maybe you’re just burned out. I’m right there with you. I really have zero idea of what I want to post about in March and I’m just waiting to feel motivated because it has to be enjoyable for me!
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      March 1, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      I think I’m just in a phase of exhaustion. I just have so many other things I need to be spending my energy on, that it’s hard to stay motivated and simply find the energy! I still love blogging, and feel the need to blog as sort of a self help therapy, but it’s definitely not the same as pre-baby!

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    March 1, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Oh man, I feel ya on the Bachelor…terrible! But once you start, you have to finish, right?!
    Will be sending you positive vibes for the 20 week anatomy scan!

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      March 1, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      It’s like a train wreck, haha! And thank you so much!

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