Hatchimal Hell

full3My two youngest daughters are killing me this year! No it’s not because they fight like crazy, or won’t let me pee alone, It also is not because they are so picky that there diet consists of pancakes and chicken nuggets. The reason that gets me all kind of crazy is that they both want a Hatchimal for Christmas! Sounds simple enough right? WRONG!

Here is the thing. I do not want to to get them one just because they are the IT toy of the year. They really are something my littles would LOVE. A few years ago My now 7 year old pined for a toy called cuddles the monkey it has seriously creepy eyes and is what nightmares are made of, it is one of those electronic toys that make noise like it is real . The both still love it and plays with it constantly at the moment it is in a baby stroller where they pretend it is their child.  Satans Child is more like it but anyways because of this I know that the Hatchimals would get played with a ton.

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The problem is they are completely unrealistic to find and I have found myself in Hatchimal Hell becoming a prisoner to my iphone just waiting for an automated text I get when they are instock anywhere to buy online. I first panic and try the link as fast as I can. Most of the time they are sold out already, ocasionally I can get one in my cart until checkout when it mysteriously dissapears and the price is jacked up to four times more! I am not going to pay $200 for a $50 toy! I have told my girls the odds are slim they will get one for Christmas and that they will mostly likely have to wait intil after Christmas, but I am still holding out hope!

I have also tried to buy them in stores. There is a tracker for all the Targets the problem is you have to start standing in line atleast at 4am in the teen degree weather to buy one at 8am! No thanks! My kids are also leaving for school at that time so it just does not work. It sucks!

I looked on the classifieds ad locally and they are all selling them for way more than they are worth! The people in the ads are hoodlums holding childrens toys hostage for a ransom that is insane!!! What I really need is a Hatchimal Hostage negotiator!! If you know any please send then my way!

 

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New Mom Fears, Baby Safety Month With Owlet

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With September being baby safety month Owlet has asked me to write a post as part of a baby safety blog hop that will be helpful to parents on keeping there babies safe. All opinions are my own.

If you are here from The Kid Project thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by Utah Sweet Savings tomarrow to learn about baby safety tools and gadgets. Also be sure to enter the amazing baby essentials giveaway at the bottom of this post, sponsored by owlet.

Even though it has been a few years since I have had a brand spankin new baby in the house I still remember how anxiety ridden those first moments can be when you feeling very ill prepared. When you you just wish you could bring one of those amazing nurses home from the hospital to stay with you always and forever.

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My oldest daughter was five weeks premature and so tiny. I even made my husband change her first diaper because I was so terrified. I had changed many diapers before, he had changed none! I remember being so afraid on that ride home from the hospital, even though we only lived two minutes away. Everything was scary, how was I going to do this? How would I know if something was wrong?   Here are some tips I have learned throughout the years to keep you and your baby safe and sane.

*Have a good support group. There is nothing worse than being super nervous about your new baby and having no one to talk to. Google does not always do the trick and is not the best idea! I remember my pediatrician telling me to please contact them with worries even if others think you don’t need to. He told me that if it is going to help you feel better, it is better to talk to a pediatrician about it then sit and stew about it. We do have those mother instincts so checking in on things is good, and if nothing is wrong it is good to know that so you can move on. Always be sure to contact your pediatrician immediately if your newborn has a fever.

*Be confident on things you feel strongly about. There are things that can harm little ones and there is nothing wrong with telling visitors the rules you have around your baby, Such as washing hands before holding new baby, Staying away if you are sick, Having little ones not hold your baby. Making sure caregivers of your baby have had certain immunizations. Also when you are out and about not letting strangers hold or touch your newborn is totally ok, even if it offends them. Your baby your rules.

*Get help when needed. Wether you need to have someone help with house work or meals or even just someone to sit with the baby while you take a break or if you are feeling extra emotional. Your physical and emotional needs are just as important as the babies and taking care of yourself is super important for you and your babies health and safety. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about your emotional well being and if you are not feeling like yourself.

*Know your resources: There are so many good resources online that help new mom’s. Here you can find ways to find a nearby lactation specialist and hotlines for what questions about what medications you can take while nursing Use them when needed. A calm mom is a happy mom.

While all of this new baby stuff may seem overwhelming, you will get through it and that little munchkin you are doing all of this for happens to be adorable and lets face it, pretty worth it.

Now it’s time for this epic giveaway that has some pretty awsome prizes, one being an Owlet sleep monitor that was not around when I had babies, I so wish it was!! The peace of mind it would have brought me would have been amazing!

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This is a Sponsored post through Owlet. All opinions are my own.

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Games

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My four year has a thing for board games at the moment. We only have a few, and of the few we have they are all missing pieces and disorganzied. We are kinda flakey over here. I envy the well organzied but it stops there. I never envy them enough to actually organize myself.

The two games she loves are Princess Match and jr Monopoly. Sometimes while playing one of them with her I am totally engaged. watching her every move, seeing how her little mind works and loving our time together, other times I struggle to focus, thinking of all the things I need to do that day or glancing at my phone between turns. Giving her unfair advantages just so the game can be over.

It is hard to find balance as a stay at home Mom. I am often doubting my ability to do this the right way. It is a tough thing to figure out, while I am sure I am not alone in my feelings I do feel that way sometimes.

The days I am paying more attention to matching princesses and not going to boardgame jail while earning fake money are definitely my better ones. Here’s hoping to remember that more often and to play more games, even the ones with missing pieces.

 

I decided to participate a memoir writing group where you put a timer on for 8 minutes and write, with a different prompt each day, three days a week. This is day 6. I am a little behind, but still loving these prompts! 

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Little Things

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My 7 year old lost a front tooth yesterday. Although it it a little thing, it was quite big to her. It had been on it’s last leg (yes I realize teeth don’t have legs) and was due to come out anytime now.  I was coaching her on how to get it out because truthfully or if you want a clever pun, toothfully it was driving me nuts, looking gross and ready to loose it’s place in my daughters adorable mouth.

You really see your child’s personality quirks in these situations. All my kids have been so different. my oldest dreaded her teeth coming out so bad that she would let them hang for months finally telling me I can pull it out while she sleeps. The other child wouldtwist and turn hers as soon as it was slightly loose getting it out asap. This child was somewhere in the middle. Willing to mess with it and get it out but on her own time. As I was telling her the best way to evict that stubborn tooth she was very brave.

Scared of the pain that may come and the blood that followed but doing it anways. It made me think about how I need to be more like this. More willing to do things that freak me out a little.

Suffice it to say I have adorable girl with a toothless grin that is excited for me to give her money. Unlike her sisters this skeptical girl does not trust the toothfairy and thats fine by me.

 

I decided to join a memoir writing group where you put a timer on for 8 minutes and write, with a different prompt each time. This is day five.   I am trying to get back in the habit of writing again! 

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Billboard

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My husband is a junior high teacher. (yes he is a saint, no I don’t know how he does it) When we bought our house three years ago this amazing non profit that helps teachers, fighfighters and paramedics get into homes helped us get our house. They were awesome! After it all happened they asked to come over and interview us and take our picture, maybe for commercial use.

I did not mind at all It was such a neat program that helped us I would do anything for them! I did not think anything else about it and just forgot about it. Awhile later my husband kept telling me about all of his students that kept coming up to him and telling him he was famous because he was on a billboard. We were so confused!

My husband went to investigate one day after school and was surprised to see that in the same neighborhood where the school is that he teaches at was, we were on a billboard (technically a super large sign) in front of another property that this non profit owned.

It is funny how people have noticed it is us and mentions it to us. Every summer we attend a party in the park for the nonprofit and feel a little like celebrity’s when people recognize us. Maybe next year we we will charge for autographs.

I decided to join a memoir writing group where you put a timer on for 8 minutes and write, with a different prompt each time. This is day three.  I am trying to get back in the habit of writing again! 

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