Yesterday, I was washing Lucia’s newborn cloth diapers for the last time before putting them away for the next baby when I realized that I am already thinking about the next baby with anticipation. Lucia just turned two months old and I truly cherish our time alone together, but I am so excited to give her a little brother or sister. We have always wanted to have a large family, but I didn’t expect to be thinking about expanding it so soon.
We may be adding to our family sooner than we planned because Lucia is already sleeping through the night. Before she was born, we had decided that unless there were any medical or other serious reasons to postpone pregnancy, we wouldn’t take any actions toward postponing or achieving pregnancy. When I said this though, I was counting on approximately six months of infertility due to exclusive breastfeeding. I didn’t realize that was contingent on her nursing during the night (nor did I realize we could have a baby who slept through the night at six weeks!) until the midwife told us at my six week postpartum checkup. So now, we may need to figure out how to chart during breastfeeding. Does anybody know of any particularly helpful resources?
I received the LiebsterAward from Michelle of Liturgical Time: Walking the Seasons. And I’m a little sheepish to say that I previously received the I Blog Jesus Award from Tricia of Saintbound Sinner and the Versatile Blogger Award from Rachel of Many Miracles (all the way back in September), but have yet to pass them on. It’s not that I’m not grateful for them, believe me when I say I’m so very honored that anybody even reads my blog much less gives it an award. It’s just that there are so many amazing blogs that I read that I get anxious thinking about having to choose only a few to give the awards. So expect these posts in the next few weeks…I’m writing this so you hold me to it.
There was a new post this week in my Baby on a Budget series about elimination communication (EC). When Amanda of Making Memories first emailed me about writing this post on EC, I was thrilled because I was interested in trying it with my daughter but didn’t really know where to start. Thanks to Amanda’s advice and the resources she included in her post, I will begin EC as soon as I earn enough Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks to get Lucia a little potty seat.
My blogger friend Kaylene wrote a beautiful letter to her future son about beauty and treating women with respect. Her letter is a reminder that negative societal expectations regarding appearance and self-worth are caused by both sexes and can only be changed by both men and women altering their perceptions. And changing society starts at home!
Despite saving tons of money using coupons and/or shopping sales, our grocery bills are still really high. So I made a goal not to spend more than $50 on groceries for the rest of the month. We just made a big shopping trip a few days ago and stocked up quite a bit, so I’m hoping it won’t be too hard…
If you’re curious about what little miss Lucia’s been up to this week, take a look:
Thanks Hallie for hosting at Betty Beguiles this week!