All Hail The Video Monitor + Weekend Links

May 27, 2016

A few months ago I wrote a post with eight things I wanted for this last baby. The last thing on that list was was a video monitor. At the time I linked to a monitor we had purchased on Amazon that ended up being fairly lame (the post has since been updated). We returned that monitor and then ended up buying and returning three more because they were either complicated, missing a key feature, or poorly made. This leads me to believe I am obnoxiously picky or video monitors are still in the flip phone stage of technology. Either way, no bueno.

I was about to give up on the whole endeavor when Levana contacted me and asked for an unbiased review of their monitor. Sure!

The video monitor I was looking for!

This thing is so simple. So easy to use. And it does and has all the things I was looking for. Namely:

• Pan/Tilt/Zoom features
• Ability to talk to your kids/be the voice of GOD from downstairs
• Rechargeable Battery
• Big screen
• 2 Power Adapters
• Night Vision Camera
• Great Customer Support

5/5 stars. GET BACK IN YOUR BED, KIDS. Mama is watching you now.

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PS:

Hipster Barbie is back to save Africa! (made me laugh and cringe)

One of the best commencement speeches (oldie but a goodie)

No, Liz Lemon is not your friend (loved this)

If you miss a monthly playlist you can always find it here (dubbed the vault)

Summer of champions (a pep talk from the archives)

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Happy Friday!

Thanks to Levana for sending their great product for a review.

Residency: Chapter Two

May 26, 2016

One year ago Austin graduated from four years of medical school and then a month later, started the first year of a six year journey to becoming a Radiologist. If you are not part of this weird medical world, the timing can be confusing (and frankly boring). If you’re still confused and wish you weren’t, I made a list of 12 Steps To Becoming El Doctoro here. On that list, we are on Step 10.

So far residency has been fine. I had low expectations. A lot of people told me this first intern year would be one of the lowest points of my life. I did not find that to be true. Instead I found some weeks really hard and some weeks just fine. Just like every other mother who also enjoys things outside her children (all mothers), my happiness is directly related to how many times I have to put my kids to bed alone. I’m sure you understand.

Things that are true: It is easy to feel like you’re losing yourself when so much of your time is dedicated to solo-parenting and figuring out car maintenance when all you want is some time to write and another adult in the house.

Things that are also true: Austin is lucky to have a job, the kids are healthy, and I have three mini pizzas hidden in the back of the freezer.

It could be so much worse.

This Monday Austin starts the first day of the last month of intern year. A month that will happily be cut in half due to paternity leave and some scheduled time off. My heart overfloweth. Thanks Clomid!

Every once in awhile someone assures us that someday everything will be so much easier and so much better and that someday we will finally be able to live our lives. I’m so glad that’s not true. If there is anything I know for sure, these are some of the best years of our life.

One year of residency down, five to go. Thanks for hanging with us.

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Covered Goods + Weekend Links

May 20, 2016

Most of us just use a blanket to cover up the car seat, right? You know, that beautiful one your grandmother made that then gets drug around in the dirt because it won’t stay on the car seat unless you tie it (but then that doesn’t work anyways).

Nope, not doing that this time.

Enter Covered Goods.

The facts:

  • functions as a car seat cover, scarf, and shopping cart cover
  • provides great coverage front and back
  • really cute colors and patterns (I got this black and white stripe one!)
  • made of comfortable, stretchy fabric
  • takes seconds to put on and take off
  • can be folded very small and in any fashion for storage
  • one size fits most

The reviews speak for themselves. I’ve already worn mine as a scarf and everyone was asking where I found it. Can’t wait to use it as a nursing and car seat cover in a few weeks (or days!). Thanks to Covered Goods to sending one for a review. Would make a great baby shower gift!

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PS:

The new OITNB trailer (nervous but excited).

Turning away from the bubble wrap approach to pregnancy (yes please).

A couple in Chicago (so sweet).

This month’s playlist.

Made me laugh.

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Happy Friday

The Third Trimester: Goodbye Valentine

May 19, 2016

Third baby, third trimester, third time I’m googling “really thirsty + early sign of labor?”

We made it.

It’s strange, really. Wasn’t it just last week that I was telling Austin I was pregnant and then throwing up into the trashcan? Time flies when you’re having fun.

This has been the physically hardest but the best pregnancy out of the three. The only way I can explain it is this: Everything is easier when you’re saying goodbye. These months mark the end of a chapter in my life I have really enjoyed–and I’ve been aware each day how lucky I am to do it one more time. If I had to compare it with my other pregnancies, it is most similar to Waylon’s, but there have been differences too. For example, out of all the babies I have carried, this one has moved the most and slept the least in utero. Let’s pretend it means nothing.

The third trimester has been fine. The sickness came back, but I’ve been able to sleep at night. And if there’s anything I need in pregnancy, it’s a full night of rest. Other symptoms include round ligament pain, emotional outbursts over kindergarten registration, and the incessant need to organize the kitchen drawers.

Of course there’s the third trimester and then there’s the third trimester. Two very different things. So far this week I’ve made Paula Deen’s potato salad twice and eaten it all by myself like a sea monster. I’ve also asked Austin to do about 52 things I can no longer physically do, like carry boxes up and down three flights of stairs and vacuum behind the desks and dressers. Pray for him.

A few months ago an older and wiser mother of three said this to me about that last baby: “Oh, that one goes so fast. They are born and then they’re running across the graduation stage. Hold tight.” Got me good.

37 weeks and counting. Let’s do this.

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 6, 2016

People often say that motherhood is harder now than it ever has been before, but I don’t think that’s true. Instead it’s just different. Some things are better, some things are worse. A lot will always stay the same.

I feel lucky to be a mom in 2016. Screen time and cyberbullying are tough terrain, but along with the bad has come a lot of good. For example, Daniel Tiger! The shift away from fear-based parenting. Breastfeeding pillows! We are also no longer expected to stay home and make lasagnas if we don’t want to. Despite the daily op-ed pieces on “Mommy Wars,” it is possible to create a fulfilling life without worrying what everyone else thinks.

I’m not saying it comes without serious challenge. But now more than ever, our sons and daughters are seeing their mamas pursue a life of meaning with equal co-parents, supportive friends, and without fear of retribution. That’s some good stuff right there.

Motherhood will always be hard, but the upside is that there is always space for change. We are only as “good” or “bad” as we decide to be. Happy Mother’s Day to the strong women who decide day after day to show up and do their best.

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