Our life in B-town

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

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.

 

Protected: Been Baking for Barter! August 23, 2012

Filed under: Frugal,Holidays,Johnathon,Solomon,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 2:42 am

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Protected: Braxton Hicks, More Water and Baby Sitting! August 11, 2012

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!

 

I did not want to cook tonight! August 6, 2012

Filed under: Johnathon,recipes,Sean,Self sufficiency,Solomon,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 11:00 pm

So I guess I will make crock pot mac and cheese. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it is the best and easiest one I have found! You don’t even have to cook the noodles! ¬†I do pop it into the oven and add a¬†crumb¬†topping . The original recipe is here. I find this is a great recipe for sneaking veggies into! Tonight I added shredded zucchini¬†and summer squash and even Sean couldn’t tell! I mean yeah he knew it was in there since it was greenish but he could barely taste it! ¬†Johnathon thought I was super cool for making GREEN in the Mac and Cheese! He is pretty good at veggies but it is always good to sneak in a few more!

2 cups  milk
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 egg
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (Or a little more if you like it cheesy!)
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1/2 grated summer squash
1/2 grated zucchini
Salt and pepper to taste (my family is not really a fan of either so I don’t add any to the pot and each adds their own)
Crumb topping(optional)
1/4 cup of bread crumbs
1/2 cup of wheat germ
2 tbsp of butter
Grease or spray your crock pot really well. Then just put everything into your crock pot and mix well. Don’t cook the noodles before adding them! Turn the pot on LOW and cook for 3-4 hours. I like the slightly browned crisp edges so I usually cook it for closer to the 4 hour mark.If desired then mix the bread crumbs and wheat germ and melt the butter, mix this all together and put on the top of the finished¬†macaroni¬†and cheese and pop into the oven for about 10-15 minutes at 350 or until the crumbs are slightly browned. This feeds my family as a main dish easily and has enough for left overs.

Mac and Cheese crock pot style!

With the crumb topping!

My bowl of yuminess!

 

We decided on a name! August 5, 2012

Filed under: Birth,names,Parenting,Pregnancy,Sean,Solomon — rorosarahbeth @ 10:02 pm

If you hadn’t guess from my previous post we are having another little boy!

We also decided on the name. For us the meaning of the name is very important and I always wanted to give my kids first names from the Bible.

His name will be Solomon David Hezekiah.

Solomon means peaceable; perfect; one who recompenses. David means well-beloved, dear; beloved. Hezekiah means strength of the Lord. A good strong name and it fits.

My husband and I talked about and we knew we wanted to use the name David after our good friend and doula David. He is an amazing man who has been a huge help and blessing for our whole family. We love him dearly and he is truly become one of the family.

This kiddo feels much more mellow and even keel to me like Johnathon was, Zephaniah was and still is my wild child. ūüôā I can’t wait to get to know him more and meet him face to face when he comes out!

I am working on my birth plan and I am also starting to do my pregnancy yoga youtube video every day in hopes of getting this baby into an optimal birth position. I am also trying to do the miles circuit a few times a week at least. David is also going to teach Sean how to sift to hopefully help that some too. I really want this baby born at the birth center in the water. I had to transfer last time for pitocin because my water broke and my labor stalled out. I want to prevent that if at all possible this time!