December 15, 2011

More Local Louisville Shopping

Ah, the first post of the year. It always gives such a fresh feel. I do want to back track though, because I'm proud to say I did pretty well at accomplishing my goal to shop locally this holiday season. I'm estimating about 80% of my gifts were bought from small businesses here in town. 


In the last few years our lives have been filled with children and I sort of made an executive decision to just buy for the kids. They are the fun ones to shop for anyway, and I would be happy if my friends and family just bought for Beckett, so without really consulting anyone, that's mostly what we've done. 
Why Louisville is such a great store for gifts and their t-shirts for kids are awesome! So I bought several of them for the chillen' in my life and in some cases used them as wrapping for the additional gifts we bought them. 

Amazing Green Planet has an awesome toy section and we bought Plan Toys for some of our baby friends. One of my favorite gifts from AGP, which we gave to my niece, was the cookware and dining set by Green Toys made of recycled plastic bottles. Beckett got a used kitchen from his cousin, Danni, so I just may have to pick one up for him too.

We gave a lot of books this year, they are my favorite gift to give, and Carmichael's has a really amazing kid's section (the rest of their sections are equally amazing). We found all sorts of unique board books with awesome art and super cool pull tab and pop up books for the older kids. I had too much fun shopping there. 

For Hillary I had several photos of Beckett matted and framed at Framers Supply. I was really pleased with how it came out. I highly recommend going there for all your professional framing needs. You know it's a good gift when your husband tears up on Christmas morning - score!

As for the other 20%, we had a photo book printed of Beckett's first year for the grandparents and one for us too. But that's another post altogether, because it's so awesome. We also ordered a Little Pim language set for B to start teaching him Spanish, while he learns English. Other than that, the package deliveries were pretty limited this year.  And happily so.
December 9, 2011

Stopping Night Nursing - The Journey

You can find out how nights 1, 2, and 3 went here and here.

Here is the long awaited update on our night weaning adventure. We made it through the 9 nights recommended by Dr. Jay Gordon's plan. But Becks never really progressed past the tossing and turning and frequent waking. He woke every half hour or so and basically just bitched at me for not letting him nurse. It wasn't a flat out sob, but just a prolonged and high pitched, grumpy whine, with lots of pushing up to a sitting position and then throwing himself, face first into the mattress.

I was fairly exhausted. Hillary still takes care of B during the day, as you may recall, so I let him sleep on the couch so he had the energy to chase after our little viking all day. By night 8 I was so tired that during a couple of his wake ups I totally forgot what our plan was and I think I just latched him on, or maybe that was a dream - it's kind of a blur.

What would have been night 10 was spent in Atlanta, the beginning of a 3 night stay with some of Hillary's family for Thanksgiving weekend. Well I wasn't going to let Becks keep the whole house up, so we reverted back to our old ways and I haven't tried weaning again since.

But I'm building up the mental strength to start it once again. I am going to draw out each stage a little longer this time. But we're traveling for Christmas too, so maybe I should just wait for the fresh start of a new year? On the other hand, it's really never a good time - there's always something.

And so it continues...
December 5, 2011

Holiday Comforts - In the Eye of the Beholder

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The first thing that pops into my mind when I think of comfort during the holidays is a quiet evening, baby sound asleep, curled up on the couch with H, a nice warm mug of something - maybe hot tea, preferably something mulled - cider, wine - who cares? It's mulled. The house is dark, with only the white Christmas tree lights to see by and everything smells like cinnamon and warmth.

Ahem, okay, that was a lovely moment of creative visualization. Now back to your regularly scheduled reality. I swear we have every moment until New Years scheduled at this point. Comforts are found on the run these days -
  • A nice drive in the car when B has fallen asleep and H and I can have a quiet conversation about something unparenting related.
  • A holiday flavored bevvie from a local coffee shop - to go.
  • Listening to holiday tunes on Spotify while wrapping gifts.
  • Taking a time-out during our Christmas travel or shopping to stop for a sit down meal, being sure to tip a little extra for the mess that B will undoubtedly leave behind.
  • Taking a little extra time to pick out the perfect present - at a local retailer, of course.
If I really think about it though, what makes me feel the best and most at ease during the holidays is knowing I will be surrounded by my family. I know, weird right?

I have a large family and I am genuinely interested in what they are all up to. Especially my generation, of which I am at the beginning of. Many of them are getting married, having babies, starting interesting careers or studying cool things in school. I don't get to see them half as much as I'd like, so getting some solid catch up time during one of the many gatherings over Christmas is wonderful.

It makes me feel good me to think that by the time the holidays are over I will have a better handle on what my nearest and dearest have been up to since the last time I saw them. I really can't wait for that.

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About Town - The Paper

I really can't say enough about what an awesome publication The Paper is and how proud I am to be a part of it. All local, all postive stories to remind you that the world isn't actually in the shitter, which is the picture the main stream media paints. If you live in Louisville, or the surrounding areas, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. The locations you can get them are listed here.

And if you aren't in the distribution area, check us out online.

Here are some links to the stories I've had published in the last few months -

The Barons of Green - A local family runs an awesome green supply store in Westport Village.
A Growing Family - The story of a lovely little family who tend a beautiful farm.
Natural Baby Boom - A feature on natural parenting resources and support.
December 1, 2011

Our Owned Abode

H and I bought a house! We are currently still in the process of making it a home, but all in good time. The really nice thing about our Fifties ranch is that we were able to move in without doing a single thing to it. Of course we have all sorts of things planned, but it's mostly cosmetic. The place was in solid shape.

I love so many things about it, but I'll just share a few - like the driveway - you don't get those in apartments. The yard is just lovely and we have 5 trees! We are deeply enjoying the dishwasher, something I've been without for years.

And I am ridiculously thrilled about this stacked closet of shelves behind the door in the master bedroom. I've always wanted to have my purses and scarves displayed so neatly.

This is my favorite tree, smack in the middle of the back yard. It's leaves were a shimmery yellow, almost chartreuse, just before we moved in and then the ground was that color and the tree was bare. Our first full weekend was spent raking, but I have to admit I mostly just took photos of B in the leaves while Hill raked.

Just behind the house is a creek with a group of ducks that seem to always hang out within a three house area. Beckett loves to watch them and yells "DOG" every time. Which, if you think about it, kind of sounds like duck, so I think he knows what he's talking about.