Friday, December 27, 2013

2013 In Review

In the car the other day I noted that the three best things to happen us this year was that both our cars were in accidents and we had Liam.

Why is being in an accident a good thing? Jason drove a 2000 2-door Blazer. At our budget meeting before the year started, we discussed needing to replace it by the time Liam was born and saving extra for the down payment of something 4-door. And then on Jan 2 he was rear-ended. We thought for sure it would be totaled (it was worth maybe $2k) and we'd have to start car shopping. In the end Geico gave him $1,200. We still started car shopping because we weren't able to open up the back hatch. In mid-February he decided on a Chrysler 300 and we found an amazing deal on a used 2012 one. And then the dealer gave him $1,700 for his broken blazer! He never would have gotten $2,900 for it in non-broken condition, so total win.

I planned to drive my highlander into the ground. It was paid for, in good condition, and we had discussed getting it "painted" to repair a few cosmetic issues it had. I figured in 3-4 more years I would upgrade to a larger SUV. I might not have quite the down payment, but I would have something toward a new one, and by then we'd be debt free and have a nice savings for a new one. But the world doesn't work like that, so mine got totaled and we bought a larger SUV.

And now Jason and I both drive brand new cars, with car loans. Totally not Dave Ramsey-isk. We actually hope to pay off one of these vehicles this year, we still have some savings to apply. We did pay off another loan and are down to two car loans and two student loans. Our car loans actually have lower interest rates than the student loans! Once I'm employed again we'll be able to tackle these few remaining debts and knock them out! 

So to look back at my 2013 Resolutions... I should fess up and say that when I wrote them, I knew I was pregnant.

1) Pay off car ($980 to go!!)
2) Lose Weight
3) Gain Weight
4) Have a baby
5) Stay childless
6) Don't start smoking
7) Drink
8) Work
9) Work Out
10) Sleep

  1. I did pay off my Highlander (and 11 months later it was totaled.) 
  2. I lost weight! After I had the baby. 
  3. I gained weight, since I was pregnant. 
  4. I had a baby!
  5. I didn't stay childless. 
  6. I didn't start smoking. 
  7. I drank, water, and lots of water. And more water. I have had 3 glasses of wine (so far) this entire year. 
  8. I worked. And worked. And now I work as a stay at home mom. And I work on job searching so I can get back out in the work force. 
  9. I worked out. I continued to work out from January until the first week of August. I haven't done much of anything since then. 
  10. And I slept. A lot more in the beginning of the year than the end of the year. 
I've been thinking a lot about my 2014 and what I want to happen. I'll post more about that later, but looking back at the half-ass resolutions I made and how big of year it was, makes me want to have another big year, even if I don't set a resolution. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Welcome Christmas!

It's been a few weeks... or like 16 days since my last blog. It feels like it's been months. 

Liam is growing and gets bigger and heavier (15 pounds) every day! Some nights he sleeps through the night, some nights he doesn't and I'm a zombie. Some days he lets me put him down and I get other things done, other days he doesn't. 

I'm amazed at how much I actually don't accomplish. I only get to shower because Jason is home at lunch to watch Liam. And some days I get upset that I don't get things done. Sometimes I get upset that I'm *only* at home, not getting housework done, and most importantly, not bringing in income. 

And then Jason gives me a pep talk and reminds me that raising Liam is a job. And that keeping him out of daycare right now is the best for his immune system. I read on the baby boards about all the sick kids. I know I can't keep him out of daycare and germ free forever, but at least during these few months of flu seasons, RSV, whooping cough... I'm keeping my little man safe and healthy. 

And my complaints? My days are filled with:

  • Dirty diapers
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • Tummy time
  • Play mats
  • Sitting up
  • Spitting Up
  • Swinging
  • Swaying
  • Pacing
  • I love yous
  • Crying (more him than me)
  • Pee
  • Poop
  • Baby talk

....and well, I love it all. But I am ready to go back to work, to talk to human beings my own intellect, discuss something more than when my child last pooped or ate or if he finally rolled over! I hope that going back to work will help me appreciate the weeknights and weekends more. I wait patiently for Jason to get home, and some days I hand him the baby, take a shower, and lay down for an hour of my own down time. It's the mental rest I need to keep going. And usually the physical rest I need to be able to stay up most of the night if Liam is up most of the night. 

Christmas is around the corner! Liam doesn't really know. He stares at the lights on our tree. We have some simple presents for him - PJs and a Book. I know my parents have bought a few things, and we're waiting until after Christmas to see what he got before we buy a few more things. Next year it'll be bigger. 

I can't believe 2013 is almost over! It was a such a huge year for us. If I don't make it back, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!! 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Young Living Essential Oils

In March my friend Lani introduced me to the Young Living Essential Oils. I was skeptical of a few things, and just wrote a huge rant about the presenter that I decided to delete. In summary, oils are good for you. You should look into them. 

With the pregnancy and now with breastfeeding, I haven't been able to take some of my favorite drugs like Excedrin for Migraines and Mucinex with Speed (the one behind the counter that people use to make meth). I had to find other relief for the headaches, and most recently, my cold/ear drainage. 

A lot of people use Young Living Essential Oils. There are a lot of websites (like my favorite one), pinterest boards, and facebook pages from users who also make their own remedies. 

Breath Again Roll-on
For migraine relief, my number one go-to is an ice pack on my forehead and an ice pack on my neck. However, I found that adding peppermint, pan away, and armo siez helped the headache go away quicker. The site Baby Steps to Essential Oils offers these headache suggestions. YLEO also has some additional Roll-Ons for certain ailments like stress or headaches. You can also make your own roll-ons using the roller balls from YLEO. More on that later. 

Sometime around Grandpa's funeral, I caught a cold. Liam got the sniffles too. I used Lemon Oil on my throat to help, and it did, but it didn't work as well as my Breathe Again Roll-On and homemade Vapor Rub. My cold and ear drainage were gone within 2 days of the combo. Liam's snotty nose also cleared up - he only benefited from being close to me while I used the oils on myself. Oils are safe for kids, but in diluted amounts. There's an entire book about Babies and Oil, and even an oil called "Gentle Baby."  

I did for a few of the first days use non-meth Mucinex. The issues is a decongestant dries out your nose and as an unfortunate side affect, your milk supply. I saw my milk production slow down, no matter how much water I was drinking. The lower dose non-speed mucinex was also not helping. 
The homemade vapor rub has done wonders! I weighed 2 ounces of coconut oil into a glass jar and placed it in a hot water bath to melt the oil. I added the Option 1 oils and wish I would have added the Eucalyptus oil into it also. Give it one more kick. I mixed it well, let it solidify, and rubbed some on my feet at bedtime (and put on socks.) Not only did it soften my feet, it helped get rid of my cold and drainage. 

If you're interested in learning more about oils, contact me. I ordered Brig a Breathe Again roll-on and she attests that it made a difference! I also made lotion bars for myself and family. Another blog for another time. 

And because I must say this: I am not a doctor. I only use Young Living Essential Oils. Other oils are not the same quality. Each body reacts differently to oils and the statements above have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA.  You're on your own if you use them and your symptoms get worse. Sometimes you should go to the doctor - be smart about your health.