Here’s what you asked!
Jamie – Don’t know if you have already blogged this, but how did you & Noah meet?
I have blogged about this before! You can see the story here.
Amy – Have you given anymore thought to returning to teaching?
Oh, that’s a loaded one. 🙂 As many of y’all know, I quit teaching shortly after Emma Ramey was born. It wasn’t an easy decision – I had THE best school, THE best grade, THE best principal…I could go on and on. It was one of those work situations where you really work with your best friends (and my teacher friends are still some of my best friends, even now). Giving up that kind of job was very difficult, because I knew it might not be there if I was ready to go back.
But that being said…a year into my new job, and I can’t imagine doing anything else. 🙂 At least for now. I’ve always said that, Lord willing, I would stay home at least until all of my children were in school…that’s still the plan. I think going back to work is going to be kind of a game-time decision. I have no idea what I’ll want in 5+ years, so I don’t want to say whether I’ll go back or not. But, as of right now, I have no intention of doing anything else…I love staying at home!
Amelia – How did you finally decide to kiss the swaddle goodbye with ER? How old was she? What about her little arms flailing?
We tried the swaddle because every sleep book known to man SWEARS by it. So, when we brought her home from the hospital, we put her in it, first night. She HATED it. Hated. Like, would freak with a minute or two of figuring out she couldn’t move her arms. So we stuck with it, thinking she might get used to it. She didn’t. Finally, at about 6 weeks, I gave up and let her sleep without it one night. She went to sleep and maybe woke up once that night…it was fabulous!
Yes, she might have woken herself up once or twice with her arms, but it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as not sleeping because of the swaddle. So, moral of the story…if it’s not working for your baby, ditch it, even if every book says otherwise!
Megan – When you were pumping for ER, what was your pumping schedule like?
It really varied a lot. I really recommend for the first six weeks, even if you are exclusively pumping, to do it at least every two/three hours – even in the night. It’s not fun, but it does help establish your supply. Then, after that, I did it about as often as Emma Ramey would eat. It seems like she was eating every three or so hours at that point, so I would try to stick with that. I wasn’t waking up in the middle of the night at that point to do it though!
There were also times when my supply would start to get low, so I would go back to pumping pretty frequently…every two hours or so. That is very time consuming, but it does help if you notice your supply slacking off. Pumping exclusively isn’t a whole lot of fun…but it can be done if that’s what you have to do for your family!
Jamie – When do you & Noah plan on adding another baby into the family? 🙂 Did you ever see your life the way it is now?
Something about your baby’s first birthday makes this question start up. 🙂 To be honest – we don’t know. We’re really waiting until we feel comfortable with the thought of another baby – it will happen eventually, but we’re really just enjoying having only Emma Ramey right now. We always said we wanted babies 2-3 years apart, so that kind of puts us “on the clock”…but we’ve both agreed we’re just not ready for another yet! So we’ll see. 🙂
And did you ever see your life the way it is now…I think so! 🙂 I always knew I wanted to be a mommy. I think most my teenage/college years, I never really thought about the concept of staying home. But looking back now, I don’t know why I wouldn’t have considered something like that…it’s perfect for me! I think I probably did see it this way, but I never imagined how great it could be.
Alison – I would love to hear more about your specific meal plans that you use too.
Honestly? I’ve really stopped meal planning. The way I grocery shop and meal planning just didn’t really go well together anymore, so now I just “shop from my own pantry” and make meals based on what we have, not what we need to buy. I talked about this a little bit more in this post!
Alison – Is your cleaning schedule still going well?
It absolutely is! I made this cleaning schedule last summer, and I’ve really made an effort to stick to it. It is still what I use to this day! Now, with selling the house, it’s gotten a little bit more tricky. Honestly, the couple of days before and after we show I don’t really stick to it…I’m basically cleaning like a crazy person anyway before, and the house is so clean after that it’s kind of pointless. But I really do still use it and love it!
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