Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dear Baby (a letter to my son)

Dear Baby Boy,
In case you didn't see my Facebook status, you have a name and we have a van now. Our hospital bags have been packed so long I've nearly forgotten what's in them. Timmy has his Big Brother shirt and waves at my stomach when we ask him "where's baby brother?"

It was your great aunt's birthday today and while I know she would have loved to share it with you, maybe you're wanting a day of your own (which is fine) but if that's the case, please remember that it's your uncle's birthday on Friday, and we'd really like to meet you before then.

In the last month, I've organized the linen closet, pantry and several other places around the house. If you want me to rearrange the kitchen cabinets before your arrival, please let me know.

You've officially beaten your older brother for longest stay inside of Mom. There are scads of people waiting to meet you who eagerly answer every phone call with "baby yet??" So really, little man, don't you think it's time to come out and meet the world?


Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Calm Before the Storm

Timmy's napping and I'm eating clearance Easter candy blogging while I wait for a friend to come cut my hair. These last moments with just Timmy and me seem so quiet and precious knowing that once Baby Brother arrives, life will be anything but calm. We have our routines, both for the morning and each day of the week. While I can't wait to hold this little baby in my arms, I also remember that the early newborn days are usually tearful (for mom and baby), and sleepless, but then I see pictures of Timmy snuggling us, sleeping in our arms or as a happy 4 month old baby and I get even more excited. I can't wait for my boys to play together, and really, who can resist these baby smiles?
Timmy at 2ish months

I think that once Timmy gets used to this little boy who turns his world upside down, he'll love having a brother. He's a very social little guy, so a built in playmate will (hopefully) seem like heaven to him. And just because he's cute, here's a picture of my favorite 14 month old on Easter Sunday. (Blurry, but at least it's of the front of him and not the back of his head!)

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The MoneySavingMom's Budget

Audio books are perfect for me right now. If I read in the evenings, I have a tendency to fall asleep, and daytime doesn't allow for much, if any, sitting still to read. Audio books, however, can be enjoyed while folding laundry, loading the dishwasher or any number of things that fill my days. So even though I have a hard copy of Crystal's book, I jumped at the chance to review the audio book, simply because I knew I'd actually be able to hear the whole thing (even if it did take nearly a week).

I know a lot of people would probably write the book off as advice they've heard before, or only something that applies to them if they want to use coupons, but there's much to be gleaned by everyone (mom or not). Yes, Crystal does say you should use coupons (and gives very practical tips on how to do so) but it's so much more than that. Because we live an hour away from most grocery stores, I don't think couponing is super practical for me right now, especially since I have Timmy with me while shopping and we have no Sunday paper in our area.

However, we have drugstores in our town, so what's to stop me from playing the drugstore game and lowering our grocery budget that way? I'm inspired to try it in the evenings when Chris can stay with Timmy and I can fully devote my attention to taking advantage of some great deals.

One of the things I appreciate most about Crystal's book (and blog) is how down to earth and balanced her approach is. As she says over and over again, "if you can't afford something, it's not a good deal." Simple as that. She doesn't advocate blowing your budge on something just because it's a good deal, which is something I need to keep telling myself.

Oh, and if you're looking for motivation to declutter/organize, just listen to her chapter on clutter while staring at your very messy pantry. Quite inspiring!