I’m just going to say it, I freaking hate pumping. I’m not ashamed to admit it, either. It doesn’t hurt, and it’s not even that uncomfortable for me. It’s just a nuisance that’d I’d rather do without. I know some holier than thou mommies will […]
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Four months ago I was very pregnant and impatiently awaiting the arrival of my first born. With an ever-expanding belly, I was working less and worrying more. I needed a good distraction, something to keep my mind occupied while I waited on this baby to […]
Wow. What a long weekend; a new president took office and an unprecedented peaceful protest took place across all seven continents. On Friday I flipped through the various news organizations for inauguration coverage, and on Saturday morning I posted up on the couch with coffee in one hand and my breastfeeding 3 month old in the other, and watched the Women’s Marches happening all over the world. Watching those massive peaceful protests, I felt incredibly proud to not only be a woman, but also to be an American. I was feeling spirited, that was, until I went online. While I enjoy being in the know and do my best to stay informed from reputable sources, all of the negativity (from people of all political affiliations) was starting to bring me down. I have no intention of burying my head in the sand, but I could definitely use a day or two of politics detox after such an eventful weekend.
First step, unplug.
These days it’s practically impossible to go online, watch TV, or listen to the radio without being bombarded with political jargon of one kind or another. While the stuff you’ll see and hear on TV and radio are generally factual, or least respectful, the rhetoric tends to be especially harsh and combative online. I’m all for using social media to express your opinions and engage in thought-provoking conversations (I’ve even been known to make a subtle political post or comment every once in a while), but for many people it can get a bit excessive and unnecessarily heated. And for every respectful, intelligent thought put out there, there are a dozen hateful and ignorant responses. All the hostility and blatant disrespect for one another can be down right depressing and frustrating. Go ahead and log off Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for a while; it can do wonders for your soul.
Step two, pick up a book or take a walk.
Idle hands will no doubt pick up the smart phone and browse Facebook. Avoid ruining your political detox before it’s even started by keeping busy. Curl up with that book you’ve been meaning to start, or pull out the craft supplies and get creative. Spend some extra time at the gym or take the dog for a long hike.
Step three, free your mind.
If you’re like me, your brain just won’t quit, even when you want it to. Sometimes, when I’ve had enough thinking for one day, I have to actively try to quiet my mind. When I do need a little a help clearing my mind, I’ve found two things to work like a charm. The first is a good old fashion yoga class. There is something about yoga, especially hot yoga, that allows me to let go of all the worry, anger, and stress that I may be holding onto. If yoga isn’t your thing (if you haven’t tried it, I urge you to give it a chance) or if you just don’t have the time, consider downloading a meditation app for some mindfulness on the go. There a tons of apps to choose from but two of my favorites are Calm and Headspace. Both apps are free, have 5 star ratings, and are perfect for beginners.
Step four, connect with those you love.
Instead of turning on the TV or picking up your phone, spend some quality time with family and friends. Take the kids to the park, or go on a family outing to see a movie or family-friendly play. Have a dinner party with friends, but leave the political talk at the door for the evening. Spending time with the people you love can be just the distraction you needed to help you momentarily forget about the ugliness in the world.
You can’t hide from current political events, nor do I think you should, but I do think it’s important to take a break from the negativity. After you’ve had a short detox and you’re ready to get back to it, do your best to always take the high road. Keep on fighting for what you believe in, and engage in respectful discussions with people of opposing views or affiliations. Continue to expand your political knowledge, and resist the bait when internet trolls spread their hate. Whatever you do, practice kindness.
How do you shed the negativity of today’s political climate? Tell me about it, in the comments section below.
It took Blake and I a while to put together our baby girl’s nursery. It was a side project we worked on all summer long, due to our busy schedules full of bachelorette and bachelor parties, bridal showers, weddings and other festivities. The important pieces, like the crib and the changing table, were assembled with hasty excitement the same afternoon they arrived at our front door back in June. And after our baby shower, we sort of just threw the plethora of new baby gear in there and shut the door. Every time I walked in there, I felt the overwhelming urge to get organized and put everything away, but we simply didn’t have the time.
Finally Putting The Nursery Together
With just five weeks left until my due date, we wrapped our last big obligation of the summer as maid of honor and groomsman in our best friends’ wedding. The following day we were tired and sluggish from the weekend’s various wedding festivities, but I was determined to finally finish up my daughter’s bedroom. I set to work on getting organized, while my handy husband tackled the tasks that required tools. Clothes and bedding were washed with Dreft, and the changing table was stocked with diapers and wipes. My husband hung the book shelves, and I loaded them up with the dozens of books we received at the baby shower, all inscribed with sweet messages for our baby girl from family and friends.
Nesting In Full Force
Despite being exhausted from the long weekend, seeing the room finally coming together gave me the burst of energy I needed to get it done. The crib was dressed in the gorgeous handmade bedding I registered for on Etsy. I threw a matching blanket over the pink glider, and covered the changing pad in its matching cover. I assembled some pretty prints, also purchased off Etsy, in matching frames and directed as my husband hung them over the changing table. With just a few more pieces of wall decor to be hung we were almost done.
Flower Canopy DIY
During the months of plotting and planning how we were going to style our daughter’s room, I struggled with what to do above the crib. Originally, I had wanted to do a gallery wall, but paranoia kept me shying away from that concept. What if a frame randomly came loose and fell off—or worse, what if an earthquake shakes all of the frames off the wall? Frames above the crib just made me too nervous. After some research on Pinterest, I finally settled on the idea of a mosquito net canopy to hang from the ceiling and delicately frame the crib. To add our own special touch, I used a hot glue gun to attach fake flowers to the outer rim of the canopy. I am certainly no Martha Stewart, but I really impressed myself with this one. I watched with pure happiness as Blake carefully hung my masterpiece over the crib, and with that finishing touch, the nursery was done.
For some people, I’m sure nursery decor isn’t a big deal; it’s having the proper necessities to care for baby that is important. I understand and respect that, but this is my first baby and having a pretty nursery that we can be proud of is important to me. I felt proud to bring my baby girl home to a space that was made out of love especially for her. Only six weeks in to motherhood and the nursery hasn’t stayed clean and picture perfect, and I know that I’ll eventually have to rethink the beautiful crib canopy when she’s old enough to grab at it, but I couldn’t imagine a more perfect space for our baby girl, and that makes me feel like I might just be able to rock this whole mom thing.