Important Last Minute Preparations Before Baby Arrives

I was contacted by Katie a few days ago. She had written to ask to be a guest blogger. Since I had never had a guest blogger I said why not. So, Welcome Katie  to Love His Name blog! This will be great as my daughter prepares to have her daughter!

 

 

Important Last Minute Preparations Before Baby Arrives

 

Last minute preparations for your new baby are the most exciting.  You may wonder if you’ve forgotten anything important.  It seems that no matter how much research you’ve done, you’re certain you’ll forget something important.  Following are some of the most important last minute preparations before baby arrives. Take a look

 

Baby Supplies

Make a final checklist of baby supplies you’ll need. Diapers will be one of the most used items in those first weeks; a newborn will use as many as 10 diapers per day.  Your newborn will grow quickly though and, within a month or two, will be out of the tiniest diaper size.  Don’t overstock on newborn diapers, but instead stock up on the next size up. Other items like baby wipes, baby powder and lotions are also high use items. Having a sufficient supply ahead of time will allow you to spend less time running errands in those early weeks.

 

Feeding

Breastfeeding has always been deemed the preferred method to feed your newborn in the medical world, but it is just as healthy and beneficial to formula feed. The choice is up you and your comfort. Taking a breastfeeding class at the hospital or speaking with a lactation consultant are great ways to learn about feeding techniques. If you have decided to bottle feed, it’s important to have your bottles, nipples, and cleaning gear, along with a stockpile of formula, before your delivery date.  You may find that there will be adjustments in terms of the specific formula you use, but consulting with your health care provider will provide a good starting point.  Even if you’re going to breastfeed, it’s still good to have a few bottles on hand in case of difficulties.

 

Clothing for Baby

Your first weeks will be simple, but it’s helpful to have plenty of comfortable sleepers and one piece suits for your newborn.  This will save you from having to do frequent laundering.  Adjust your focus in baby clothing to the season.  A winter baby will need warmer clothing, whereas a summer baby will do well with lightweight tees. Be sure to wash all of the baby’s clothing and linens with an infant safe detergent before they use them.

 

Personal Needs

Don’t neglect your own needs in your preparations.  Stock up on juices, healthy snacks, and easily prepared foods that will allow you to focus on your newborn rather than on food preparation.  Make sure you have plenty of comfortable clothing, and stock up on personal care supplies.

 

Hospital Stay

Take time in those final weeks to prepare for your hospital stay.  Have a baby name for both sexes picked out and pre-register at the hospital.  Consider optional procedures like cord blood banking. This is a process for collecting and storing the baby’s umbilical cord blood at a private facility for potential future use in medical treatment, should the need arise. This must be arranged before the birth.  Decide on any other pressing hospital stay issues, including extra stay time.

 

Your youngster will arrive before you know it and good last minute preparations will provide you with the opportunity to rest well when you arrive home from the hospital and enjoy your time as a new mommy.

 

 

“This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.”

What is your “Heartprint”?

In the news, blogs, posts on Facebook, we hear about our footprint. What footprint are you leaving behind by driving a car, buying from factories that are not “green” etc. Buying from only “green” companies, buying used, etc…

But, do you hear,  about the Heartprint you are leaving behind with your children?

What will they remember you by?

How will they remember you?

Are you leaving behind a legacy?

What exactly is a Heartprint?

Well, just like a footprint coined by tree huggers, heartprint is a verb in my book, maybe an adjective. Or even a noun.

God calls us to bring up our children in the nourisher  and the admonition of the Lord.

As a mom, we need to provide for our children. What exactly does that mean?

As moms, we should want to nurture out children. Most moms do. The ones that do not, I refer to them as mothers. Not a mom.

So, now the answer. ( I reread and go back through what I have written to add or take away.)

Well, love for one. We need to love on our children. Spend lots of quality time with each one. Not exactly quantity, but make the time you do spend count.

Just today, I was making a batch of cookies and my wonderful 11 year old comes over and wants to help.

I sent him away, and he even had that sad look about him. For a moment, I felt bad. But not enough to stop and call him back.

I really did not think much about it, till the last batch went into the oven. I realized, I just ruined a wonderful heartprint moment. A moment where he could have been helping me, us together doing the cookies. It was nothing difficult. It was just a batch of chocolate chip cookies. But, I said no, sent him on his way.

Earlier in the day, I was putting up some towels on the line to be dried and he asked me if he could help me, that time, I said yes. And together, the two of us sang some hymns together while he handed me the wet towels. That was a heartprint moment.

He may not remember doing this, but I will for years to come.

Right now, while I am writing this post, I have a son taking towels off the line. I can see him through my window and we are talking. I am telling him a job well done and he is smiling. He loves to do this for me. A heartprint moment.

Again, at 15, he may not really care or even remember this moment tomorrow. But I will.

I will think back after they are out of the house, living their lives and I will think back to the good times.

I will also remember each time I said no to something we could have done together. Baking, cooking, sewing, playing, walking, etc. Each time I said no, when I did that the time, or I could have made the time. Seriously, out of a day, how long does it really take to walk a mile with the kids? What 2o minutes? 30? In reality of the day, not very much.

Chores can wait. They can. Go for that walk. It is a heartprint time!

Have you developed a time for devotions with your children? Doing them together as a family?

We used to, and it got waylaid for a long time. Little do they know, that tomorrow morning we start once again. We will together do our devotions. Another heartprint.

Your precious seeds will remember.

Are you a mama that is constantly yelling? Are you always a spanker? Or, do you throw them on some time-out chair?

Discipling your children using God’s manual is a good and effective way. Also, if you discipline correctly, and never ever ever ever ever never ever in anger. Your child in time will remember it and think back almost fondly. They knew they deserved it. But because you did not react in anger, they will one day say. My parents disciplined me when I deserved it.

I fail at that one.

Are you praying together?

Yea, I fail at that one too.

Do your children see or hear you pray for them? It makes a world of difference in their lives.

What does your “heartprint” say about you?

Life

Somtimes life can really throw you a curve ball. One you do not quite expect, but it is there, and only there because you tried to forget about it.

Or you procrastinated and now it came back to bite you in the behind.

Then God shows you a bit of sunshine.

Even though, I fail as a wife and a mother. I fail as a sister in Christ. God still shows me how much he loves me.

My husband takes our hard hitting news with an ok, life goes on and we will be fine. While I sit there in tears apologizing.

I get an ” I love you mom” from the same son I just scolded in anger a few moments ago.

So even though I am scared, and I have no idea how we are going to weather this new development in our lives, God is still on the throne, and is still sending me a bit of sunshine. Our Lord heals before the sun goes down if we put our faith in Him. We by ourselves can not do a thing.

  Luke 4:40   Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.

Even after the rain, the sun will shine again. God brings us that beacon for us.

Sun is a natural way to get some vitamin D. Without that essential vitamin, we feel

  • Muscle pain
  • Sudden loss of muscle strength
  • Constant bone pains
  • Low energy / Moodless

It can affect many area’s of our lives. Anyways,

We need the sun and the Son in our lives. I am so thankful to know that I have a home in heaven and that Jesus is there to hold my hand or even carry me.

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the beach with the LORD.


Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.


He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.


This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:


“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me.”

The LORD replied:


“My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”

 written by Carolyn Joyce Carty

 

Away Time

I have been having some time away from my husband and one of my children.
It has been a bit hard this time around. While I love being away, the last time I was away due to an issue with a certain person who lived in our home and no longer does.
So, since this time, this is for purely pleasure, I find myself missing my husband and my oldest son.
A lot.

But, I love that I can take time to reflect on my life with my husband without being there near him and his usual habits that drive me crazy. It is the same habits I miss, except one of course.
I miss my oldest son, even with all of his violent behavior issues. I miss seeing him on a daily basis.

I will have some photos that I will upload next week when I get home. They are on the camera and I can not get them off of the camera until I return home.

We went to the local state park here and walked the trails. I swear by all ( if I swore) that they mis-marked the trails. I swear that they were longer than 1.3 and 1.1 miles. The first was the hardest and the later was paved and the easiest/ I also had to go over this really LONG suspension bridge that I had to pray myself through. I thought for sure I would plunge to my death. If I looked down, I got dizzy and felt very sick to my stomach. with that said, it felt like forever but we finished both trails AMEN. I think I sweated off about 10 lbs, if not, I want a recount of what I weighed. The paved trail was nice and every 200 feet there was a rest area with a small bench. Good for old folks and those that have a hard time walking distances. The other trail was very difficult for the beginner walking on trails.  It had lots of uneven terrain, up and down rather large mole hills.  Between the roots and the rocks and the snake holes, it was fun to try and go through them all.

Well, I guess we are going to Alabama and then Georgia on Sunday. I am looking forward to it. I do not remember ever being in Alabama before and there is a mall we are going to. We are going to church in Georgia, and I am excited about that too.

Till I post again…..

I’m Fat and I Know It

Yep, I am fat, and I know it. Just like the title says. I am a plus-sized woman, I weigh 100 pounds more now than I did 11 years ago.

But, it is well ok with me.

See, I am ok with being fat. There are a lot of positive things about being fat, and of course, there are a lot of negative.

I have been on a diet roller coaster longer than I care to actually think. For a few years I would imagine.

Do I like being fat?

I am learning to love me as a person, not me as what the scale says. I do not even own a scale anymore. The battery died in the one we had and I just never replaxed it. I am ok with it.

I have been married almost 11 years and my husband is my biggest supporter in whatever diet program I find myself on. Whatever I decide to do, he is right there with me. See he loves me, every inch of me. Inside and out. He is never negative at all towards me.

Back to the fat thing. There are also a few myths out there about fat people. One of them sometimes has to do with the amount of food we eat.

I can personally tell you about me, I eat less than my 15 year old son. He eats all day long and never gains an inch. He is under 100 pounds and has been like that for years. He can eat all day. Does not matter what it is. He just has a great metabolism.

Me, I can just look at food, and I gain the weight. Or at least I feel like I do. I eat smaller portions than the rest of my family. I eat more greens than my family. I also drink less soda as my family. Except for today, I was just dying for a Pepsi, so I bought one of those 1.5 liters and downed that bad boy. I feel way guilty too. I have to add that to my food journal and I know my doc is going to give me that evil eye. I just know it. It’s cool though. I will give it right back. Of course, he is one of them there vegetarians. But I love him, he is a good doctor.

The bible does not say that being fat is a sin, but overeating is. Bible teaches moderation.  Yes, I am fat, but other than PCOS and some controlled high BP, I am healthy. My heart is healthy, so are my lungs. I can still walk pretty far and can hike like the best of them. Sure, I have some aches and pains. I also tend to get out of breath once in a while, but that is only when I am not eating as I should. I notice, if I eat like I should, move around like I should. I do not get out of breath.

I am still trying to loose this weight, sure! Am I going to obsess over it? No,

Why?

Well, part of my past failures with this diet journety is I would obsess over everything I ate. It consumed me, and when I ate something like a small brownie or one cookie, I would belittle myself.

So not doing that again. I enjoy food way too much to make myself sick over it.

Having a cookie or 2, or a slice of homemade bread with fresh butter on it is not going to harm me. Having the whole loaf on the other hand, will.

Eat a little here, or a little there. No big deal.

God loves me for who I am.