Summer Travel

Ah, summer! You are officially here! Pool days and afternoon storms that clear the humidity… Sun tans and sweet corn. Hooray! Are you traveling this summer? Are you traveling with kids this summer? One of my friends told me that once you have children you no longer take vacations, you just take trips. Isn’t that the truth! I need a vacation just from planning and packing, and that’s before we’ve gotten on the road! Once our little one turned 2, all our trips flying anywhere stopped. I have a hard enough time paying for two plane tickets, let alone 3!  So that means a lot more road trips, since all of our family is up North. What are your strategies for kids in the car? She used to sleep every time we were in the car, and now she will not sleep no matter how tired she is! I think it’s because she’s started to get motion sick. So what is your advice for little ones in the car? We use the iPad hooked to the headrest, so she can relax and watch movies. Also lots of snacks!

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Losing Baby Weight

So I have baby weight to lose. And no, I don’t mean weight I gained while pregnant. I mean the weight I’ve gained because of the change in lifestyle two years since my child was born, and the unhealthy eating I have done. She’s almost 2 and a half, and I weigh more than I did when I was 9 months pregnant. Gross! I come from a long line of stress and boredom eaters. Having a two year old who changes her mind every second on what she will eat means that I end up eating all her leftovers. My husband’s job is stressful and he isn’t home much. My job can be very stressful at times, especially when I am running the business if my boss is out of town. And all those silly excuses give me reason to over eat. Well, no more! I have downloaded two wonderful (free) apps on my iPhone that have helped me this last month to lose 7 lbs so far!

First, I got a calorie counter that makes it easy for me to input all my daily meals and watch where I am for the day. I found the Calorie Count app to be very helpful for my needs. I enter all my meals for the day along with any exercise, and I can analyze where I am for the day and where I need to be in terms of veggies, carbs, protein, etc.

The other app that I got for my iPhone is the C25K app. This is the couch to 5k program, where you train 30 minutes 3 days a week. I run on the elliptical in my house so I can watch the little one playing while I do it, and I find the 30 minute time frame is perfect in what will fit into my day. I have added extra jogging time each session rather than doing more walking because it makes me feel like I worked out enough. But I think the program is easy to follow, and no matter what your crazy schedule is, you can find 30 minutes somewhere in your day 3 times a week. I hope to keep losing this summer, so I will keep you updated!

Quick Update

So our agency has received our application and we got a letter back in the mail last week! It listed our Program Specialist’s name and info, as well as forms to fill out for our background checks and marriage certificate. The letter said that we would hear from our Program Specialist (which we haven’t). So I gave her a call because I get a background check every year for work and I definitely don’t want to pay an extra $20 if they can use the one from work. Our Program Specialist answered the phone right away (I was expecting to leave a message) and she said we do have to send in the money for both of us to do the background checks. She also said that I need to get a letter of recommendation from my doctor regarding a medical diagnosis that I checked on the initial form. She needs me to be all clear before we proceed with MAPP Training. We also set up a time for our initial interview session, which will be July 15th. So that means I will not be in the July MAPP training. UGH!! And she mentioned the next sessions aren’t until the fall. Slow as molasses. I will continue my exercise in patience!

Mommy Sites

So what are your favorite mommy websites and blogs to peruse? Here are some of mine!

Steal Network–daily steals for baby, kids, moms and crafters! (www.baby.steals.com)

Zulily–daily revolving deals for baby, kids, maternity, moms, home (www.zulily.com)

eBay–great for finding bedding, toys and clothes (www.ebay.com)

Pinterest–get ideas for recipes, DIY toys, nursery decor inspiration (www.pinterest.com)

Rage Against the Minivan–wonderful blog by mom who adopted two children internationally and has two biological as well (www.rageagainsttheminivan.com)

Girls Gone Child–blog by super mom of four (www.girlsgonechild.net)

Baby Center–get answers to your burning questions, like is your toddler ready for the potty? (www.babycenter.com)

Name Berry–great compilation of lists and trending names to help find the perfect moniker (www.nameberry.com)

Big Bang Boom–a fun kids rock band that includes the brother of Ben Folds… and kids love them! (www.bigbangboom.weebly.com)

Oprah’s Reading List–ideas for age-appropriate books for kids split into groups like 0-2 years, 3-5 years (www.oprah.com/packages/kid-reading-list.html)

Book Club

So, while we are waiting to hear back from the agency about our application for fostering/adopting (they said we would hear “within the week” and today was the week mark, not that I’m counting or anything!), I looked up some books to read, mainly on Attachment Parenting and bringing adoptive children to existing families. These are what I have found and plan on reading:

Nurturing Attachments: Supporting Children Who Are Fostered or Adopted by Kim S Golding

And

Welcoming a New Brother or Sister Through Adoption by Arleta James

Do you have any recommendations for books, specifically geared for families with children adopting from foster care?