Baby Products: From Disposable to Biodegradable Designs.

For those of you who might not yet already know, I am 4 months into my pregnancy and very excited about bringing home a new baby! Now that the stressful part is over, I can finally concentrate on the fun aspects of motherhood. It’s been over 6 years since I’ve had to take care of an infant, and from what I can already tell, things have changed drastically, not only for myself, but in the world around us.

baby food pusher
guess what this might be?

Maybe it’s a pinch of maturity or a bite out of reality that has brought me to the conclusion that with this pregnancy I would be a little more conservative with the amount of items I purchase and quality of each product. With my first child, I couldn’t wait for all the baby shower gifts to start rolling in… from rompers to silver rattles, blankets, books, baby carriers and more! I even received gifts that looked like they may have been used in the 1800’s. Take a guess at what this item is, because I had no clue what it was when I unwrapped it!

Not to seem ungrateful, as most things I registered myself, I knew each gift was purchased and given from the heart. I used almost everything and have even kept many things as memorabilia or for use the second time around.

Cloth Diaper

6 Years Later

As I surf the internet and browse magazines, I have noticed the world around us has changed gears; we’ve gone from disposable to biodegradable. Pre-made, glass bottled baby food jars have been replaced by online recipes on how to make and freeze your own organic baby food. Washable baby diapers now come in a plethora of colors and patters. With names such as Kushies® and FuzziBunz®, what mother can’t resist the temptation to go green! Website’s like Kelly’s Closet make it easy for newbies like me to read about and make informed decisions about which diapers and liners to choose from.

I’m sure as the months go by I will read, learn and understand more about the products that have been made available to me. I am interested in finding more information on the plastic used in baby bottles and the ingredients in formulas. For now though, my mind is set on less is more.

One well designed washable diaper is better than 5 plastic disposable ones.

Look out Goodwill, Here I come!

GoodwillWith my son home from school sick, I decided to take a break from my normal Monday routine in order to work on the much needed & much dreaded… Closet Organization! I also needed something to take my mind off of the impeding and lingering question of, “am I, or am I not pregnant?”…

With summer nearing and temperatures reaching 100 degrees, I had decided to take myself shopping last Friday. Just a couple shorts and some tops. But the ever mounting laundry pile grinning back at me and a closet cluster-f#@*! dawning it’s middle finger every time I walked by, I found it difficult to find any pleasure in ripping off the tags and hanging my new threads. Sadly, $300 in new summer clothes lay silent in a plastic Kohl’s bag throughout the weekend. Until today!

With determination by my side and entertainment provided by Dora, Diego, Manny and Mickey, I set out on my quest. First, I piled all my clothes on the bed. Then, I would decide stay or go using 3 simple questions:

1. When was the last time I wore this?
Ladies, be honest with yourself. If you haven’t fit in those jeans for over a year, they’re probably out dated. Get yourself a new pair. I work out as often as I can and I eat healthy, for the most part. For the past 5 years I’ve continuously fluctuated between a size 6 and size 8, and I’m ok with that. Today I came to a realization. Why am I going to hold on to something that’s just going to remind me of my better “booty” days and make me feel un-necessarily bad about my weight. So I pitched the size 4’s, cause it’s just not going to happen. Not for me at least.

2. Is an iron going to help tame this beast?
Sometimes there is just no fixing it. If your button down shirt looks like it just spent the day in trash compactor, but it’s not from Abercrombie; bag it! Especially if you haven’t worn it because of it’s tattered appearance and you have no intention of whipping out the ironing board.

3. Is this still even in style anymore?
Let’s break it down. Staple items such as black, white, and/or linen dress pants, a pencil skirt, a black tank top, etc. will never go out of style and can be mixed with more trendy items. Unfortunately for most of us, trendy styles don’t last very long and we get stuck with ancient relics in our closets. So remember those high waisted jeans you thought were so cool last season until you saw Jessica Simpson in them, bag um’!

Four hours and a couple thousand sneezes later (dust), mission accomplished! A nice, neat, clean, wardrobe closet I am proud to call my own and best of all “No More Wire Hangers, Ever!”

The business of wanting children.

My first blog post. Exciting! So what got me to this point? I decided that one day I would want to look back at my life and ask, “What was I thinking?!” A 35 year old mother, business owner, self proclaimed fashion diva who works from home in her PJ’s and a wife who hates to cook, fold laundry and is obsessed with having more children.

Michael & Me, Mother's Day Brunch
Michael & Me, Mother's Day Brunch

The business of wanting children. That’s where this blogs’ journey begins.

It’s Mother’s Day, May 12th, 2010 and I have exactly seven & half more days to find out if my seemingly calm existence will soon be turn upside down and inside out. After 4 years of countless ovulation inducing pills, perfectly scheduled “practice” sessions and the always intrusive “So when are you going to have another baby?”question, my husband and I decided to quietly start the In vitro fertilization process.

2 out of 9  embryos
2 out of 9 embryos

So on Mother’s Day 2010, with my loving husband by my side and my confused 5 year old son holding my hand, a doctor inserted what he described as 2 perfect 5 day old embryo specimens into my hopeful uterus. 70% chance of pregnancy and an mind bending percentage that we might have twins (but we’ll leave topic that for another day). And so I wait…

So why another child? I already have a perfectly healthy and thriving 5 year old boy. The graphic design company I started when Michael, my son, was only 4 months old that keeps me busy. The artists representation company I started last year is finally picking up speed. My husband and I can travel, eat out, watch movies, go to the gym… Life is great! But just not complete.

So join me on this journey of the unexpected trails and tribulations that life brings to my table. Whether it be parenting, business, friendships or love, I’m ready to just Blah.. Blah Blog about it and I hope you will share your thoughts and personal experiences as well.

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