Our life in B-town

Attempting family life that is frugal, organic and eco-friendly

Blessingway! It was beautiful! March 26, 2013

Filed under: About me,Birth,Celebrations,Event planning,Pregnancy — rorosarahbeth @ 1:43 am

So since I posted last lots has happened I will update everything one post at a time and try to keep them in order. I had my blessingway which was awesome. Brenda did an awesome job with everything. The food was delicious, the decor she made was beautiful and everyone was so sweet.  Here are the pictures from that.

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My belly and hand henna.

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Brenda did an awesome job!

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Everyone decorated their hand with a heart<3

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Lions Then Elephants and Now Giraffes! August 27, 2012

Filed under: Frugal,Johnathon,Pregnancy,Solomon,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 12:28 am

I love baby decor. I picked a theme for each of my boys while I was pregnant with them. Johnathon was little lions, Zephaniah was elephants and Solomon will be giraffes. I figured I would just keep going with the safari animal theme with the boys. ūüôā

When I was pregnant with Johnathon I was a very broke single mom on bed rest. But I still wanted Johnathon to have a cute bedding set that matched his theme. I picked lions for his theme because they went so well with his personality. He is a very noble and loyal little guy, fiercely protective of those he loves. I got a blue gingham bumper second hand. I think it was only $5 at the Goodwill. Someone made me a sweet patchwork quilt with little lions on it. It was mostly blue and yellow so I pickled up a few bright yellow sheets second hand. I never found a crib skirt that would work with his bedding so he doesn’t have one. My mother got me his crib right after he was born. Target was having a clearance so I picked a white crib for him from those clearance out. I believe it was only $80 and it converts all the way up to a full size bed so I will never need to buy him another bed frame, just a mattress and foundation when the time comes. ¬†I found a dresser with a broken drawer in the dumpster after he was born so I fished it out bleached the heck out of it and glued the drawer back together and painted it. Both the boys still use it for clothes now. I am washing his blanket now but when I get a chance I will take a picture of it and add it to this post later.

When I was pregnant with Zephaniah I knew if I had another boy I would do elephants. I had seen way too many cute baby elephant themed things that just inspired me. Plus they seemed to fit his personality well. He is always hungry and is very methodical in how he does things, always the same way and if you vary in his routine he gets upset. ¬†He also has a great memory! He remembers everything I show him or tell him, plus he is totally stubborn. His bedding choice was easier. I just bought him a set I found on clearance that I liked and had elephants. I spent $45 on the set and it included a sheet, bed skirt, and blanket. I am still making his mobile (Bad mommy! But in my defense we were homeless at the time of his birth and I didn’t really get his crib together until after he was 6 months old and we had a home again.) but it matches his crib set and is very cute. I want to make one for Johnathon too but I worry he is too big for these things now. We shall see how he reacts to Zephaniah’s first before I decide. I searched for almost a year for a similar solid back white crib for Zephaniah and finally found one in March and it was on sale for $200! Score! At the top of my budget but considering I got a good deal on everything else this works, especially since it also converts all the way up into a full bed!

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For Solomon I am still on the fence about what I want to do. I love the ease of a set ¬†but the price is killing me so I am considering another piecemeal set. I am sorta leaning towards finding pieces that are¬†separate¬†because¬†I am not particularly loving the sets I find. I kinda want to do a grey and yellow color theme this time and I found a set I liked but it is now no longer sold. Of course! I have found the blanket but not the bumpers, skirt or sheet. I am thinking of just getting the blanket and getting other things that ¬†match it. I also love the idea of a grey chevron bumper. It has great contrast for developing eyes and would fit in nicely with the other patterns in the boys room. I just need to find an affordable grey chevron bumper and I will do it. ūüôā Now I need to find another solid back¬†convertible¬†crib because ¬†the one that took forever to find for Zephaniah is now no longer¬†available! Of course! ¬†If you see one ¬†then let me know!


If you are interested then check out my pinboard going for little Solomon here.

 

Way Too Busy! August 20, 2012

Filed under: Birth,Giving back,Pregnancy — rorosarahbeth @ 12:27 am

Sorry I haven’t been posting much! I have been cooking tons for other people and it’s been hot the days I haven’t been cooking. Not warm but very hot. My laptop makes me warm on it’s own so I avoided it while it was hot out!

I’ve been working on Christmas gifts lately for the kids. I am trading for them and buying used where I can. It’s early you say? Why yes, it is! I just don’t like being caught off guard. Plus I am having a baby either right before Christmas, ¬†ON Christmas or right after. I doubt I will want to be shopping a lot around that time!

 

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! August 13, 2012

Filed under: About me,Birth,Pregnancy,Sean,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 1:22 am

Meredith was finally able to get our announcement pictures back to us! Darn her working 3 jobs! This makes the official announcement!

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We are having our third BOY! His name will be Solomon David Hezekiah!

 

Heartburn August 11, 2012

Filed under: Johnathon,Pregnancy,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 10:03 pm

Old wives’ tales say heartburn while pregnant means baby with hair. For me so far this has been true. Johnathon was born with very very little hair and Zephaniah was born with a full head of¬†fiery¬†red hair!

Newborn Johnathon

With Johnathon I had very no heartburn and there was barely any hair on his head! I craved Mexican food (Namely taco salad!) and potatoes my whole pregnancy.

Newborn Zephaniah Photo by Jen Martin Studios

With Zephaniah I had TONS of heartburn! It almost never stopped no matter what I did! He was born with a full head of hair. I craved Mexican food (Namely enchiladas) and jalapeno poppers with raspberry sauce.

This little one is giving me heartburn again! I have been eating tums and papaya like it is going out of style as well as drinking milk to no avail! Let’s see if it is true this time too!

Did you have heartburn during your pregnancies? Where your babes born with tons of hair?

 

Protected: Braxton Hicks, More Water and Baby Sitting!

Filed under: Birth,Johnathon,Pregnancy,Solomon,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 12:02 am

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Blessingway August 8, 2012

Filed under: About me,baby shower,Birth,Loving myself,Pregnancy,Solomon — rorosarahbeth @ 11:56 pm

I am thinking that for this baby it would be fun to do a Blessingway party instead of a baby shower. My thought is that every baby deserves a celebration but we really really don’t need any more boy stuff since this will be our third boy! I like the idea of a Blessingway since it is more focused on the celebration of new life rather than STUFF. Which I really don’t think there is anything wrong with a baby shower, it just doesn’t fit with what our family needs or wants right now. I am a little worried about how all of the attention might be focused on me for so long because I was raised to be “Selfless” and “Not desire attention” to the point that it was almost shameful if you had attention on you in any way. Now I don’t think this now but ¬†those feelings come up for me sometimes just because I was basically brain-washed into thinking that for so long. The other issue is making sure people can and want to come. I feel like I want the event to be on the small side and in the evening so hopefully everyone’s kiddos including my own can be sleeping and mothers can have a good time without having to worry about them.

A few of the traditions I have been reading about include beads/charms being given to make a necklace for the mother to wear while in labor or from then up until her birth. Each bead represents something special from the giver, and hay have something to do with a memory¬†the woman has had with the mother or perhaps a thought she feels will be helpful during the birth such as ‘patience”¬†or “strength.”

Another tradition that my dear friend brought to my attention  would be to write special thoughts on candles for the mother to light during her labor and birth. I have seen alternatives such as smooth rocks being used as well.

Other traditions are about taking care of or pampering the mother and preparing her for her birth. I have read about hair brushing, braiding and putting fresh flowers in her hair and giving her a foot bath or pedicure. Other focus on celebrating her pregnant form by decorating her belly with henna or doing a belly cast and decorating it.

I know for sure mine will include wine and good food though. ūüôā Maybe my birth track will play in the background!