Wife, Mummy, Nurse: May 2014

28 May 2014

Gnome Hat {Yarn Along}

I knit this gnome hat ages ago-before I was pregnant. I had planned on saving it to give to the next woman who had a boy, but when I found out I was pregnant, there was no way I could give it away. Meet the little gnome. I had a picture where he was smiling at me. It made my heart happy, but the picture was also blurred because he was moving too much. 

Linking up at Ginny's Yarn Along.

27 May 2014

Wiley's Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil - Prenatal DHA {Review}

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

When I was pregnant with Charis, I took DHA supplements for the first trimester, but stopped taking them because I didn't like burping a fish taste every day for a few hours after taking the pills.

26 May 2014

Currently {May 26, 2014}

Thinking about how blessed we are. After Justin's birth, I've felt the tightness of our apartment even more. Last week while I was on the phone with my dad, I was started crying because I was hungry, tired, and discouraged. I was discouraged by the boxes that were lying around in our place and wanted them out, but there was no where to put them. He said, "If you want, your mother and I can come down after church on Sunday and bring back the boxes to Pennsylvania." Later that night I spoke with Drew and he said, "Take them up on the offer. It will help ease your mind"

Reading nothing new. One of the drawbacks {a minor one} with having a baby is that I want to sleep more than read. Though, I found a Jeffrey Archer book on CD that my dad lent me about 4 months ago that I have not listened to yet. Hopefully tomorrow, I'll bring it in from the van and start listening. Sometimes at 2AM, I want something to help me stay awake at least enough to switch my son over to the other breast to nurse.

Listening to the quietness. Baby noises, footsteps above, typing keys... Sometimes just listening to the stillness is wonderful.

Watching NCIS: Los Angeles.

Thankful for 

  • My parents. It's about a 5 hour drive from their place to ours, and they came down to MD and went back to PA on Sunday. Of course, a plus was seeing their grandson for the first time-other than photos on Facebook.
  • Drew's parents. His mom is still down here-until the end of this week, and his dad for being willing to be away from his wife for 3+ weeks. 
  • That Drew made it safely to PA. He drove to PA today because he's speaking at a conference in Canada tomorrow. He'll be leaving his parents' house around 6 AM tomorrow, attending a session, presenting a paper, and driving back to PA tomorrow night. 
A nice small perk from being a Purex Insider.

Only the 1048th picture I've taken of him.

Granny and Grandad gave her this ballerina shirt;
she loves it.
Linking up at A Mama Collective.

24 May 2014

Bamboobies Review {and Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post.

After Charis was born, I used disposable breast pads, but 12+ months later regreted this. I leaked the whole time she was breastfed and was tired of forking over a small fortune everytime I needed to buy breastpads. I bought a few cloth pads, but was frustrated about how obvious it was when I wore them. When I found out last August that I was expecting, I heard that Bamboobies.

21 May 2014

Meet Lil' J {Yarn Along}

Three weeks ago was my "due" date, but Lil' J took his time getting here. He was born on Mother's Day at 3:33 PM. He was 9 lbs. 5 oz. and 20.5 in. long-which is actually smaller than his big sister. He is a wonderful gift from God. 

Needless to say, I have been busy caring for a newborn. I am SO thankful for my MIL; she is down here until the end of May, which means cooking and cleaning have taken a backburner for me. Here he is in the shorties I knit for him. They're still a little bit big, but better too big than too small.

What are you knitting or reading?
Join me over at Ginny's Yarn Along.

20 May 2014

Whaley's Big Adventure {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Whaley's Big Adventure.
Join Whaley on his big adventure in the ocean as he meets Whales of all different sizes. Written by 5 year old Alexander Luke and presented by his grandmother, award-winning children's author Carole P. Roman, this oceanic adventure of whale sized proportions will teach youngsters about the different whales that live in the oceans.
My thoughts: If you have a toddler or pre-schooler interested in the ocean or whales, this is a perfect beginner's book on the subject. Whaley is a blue whale and is curious to meet other whales. He then goes exploring in the ocean and comes across different whales, including the: blue whale, orca, humpback whale, gray whale, belucca whale, sperm whale, and whale shark. There are brief facts given for each of these whales. This is a collection of facts, not an actual story.

Enter to win a book for yourself below via Rafflecopter.
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Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use 
personally and believe will be good for my readers.

17 May 2014

Naked Nursing Tank {Giveaway}

Wife, Mummy, Nurse is helping Lil' Monkey Cheeks and Maman Loup's Den give away a Naked Nursing Tank in your choice of size and colour! Nurse without getting noticed: the Naked Nursing Tank turns any top into a nursing shirt. It is long enough to cover your belly when you (or your insistent toddler) decide it's time to pull your shirt up to nurse.

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is open to Canada and the US. It runs from midnight EST, Saturday May 17 until midnight EST, Sunday May 25. This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. The winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize.

08 May 2014

Undercover Mama {Review}

This is a sponsored post.

When Charis was born, I was scared to death about nursing in public. I had {have} stretch marks all over my abdomen and did not want others to accidentally see my "scarred" belly. Since then, I have come to embrace them and see it as a blessing from God that I'm able to have children. Plus add the fact that we were both new to breastfeeding, I was a nervous wreck. When I invested in nursing camis to wear underneath shirts, I could not find a bright color; they were either black, grey, or white.

07 May 2014

Baby Vertebrae {Yarn Along}

Late August 2013, I started knitting a baby vertebrae for my niece, but I never finished it because I was exhausted during my first trimester, knitting took a back burner, and had already knit my sister's baby two items, so I did not feel the need to finish it.

01 May 2014

Something Special for Mom: Undercover Mama {Giveaway}

Welcome to the Something Special for Mom Giveaway Hop hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. Mother's Day will be here before you know it, which is why a group of fabulous bloggers have come together to share gifts and giveaways that are perfect for the special lady in your life!

I will be giving away a Basic Essentials Nursing Shirt from Undercover Mama. It's perfect for moms who breastfeed; check out my review. Enter below via Rafflecopter form.

Bring on the Baby! {Giveaway}

Welcome to the Bring on the Baby Giveaway event hosted by Atta Mama and Optimistic Mommy. This giveaway is meant to celebrate the expanding family all the way through the first year of life. Read more on the fabulous prize sponsors and how to enter below!