PODCASTS // My Latest Obsession

I’ve been absent from the blog lately, in case someone out there has been waiting for a new post. No excuses. It’s been busy here and I let it slide. 

I just needed to get on here and write this out:

PODCASTS ARE THE BOMB. For real. Back when Cece was born – A YEAR AGO!! – I asked my brother for podcast recommendations to listen to during those middle of the night feedings. He suggested a couple. One of them stuck: Stuff You Should Know.

These guys make me happy. They pick a topic, research it, and then just talk about it. I can’t tell you how much cool stuff I’ve learned from Josh and Chuck over the past year. From things like earwax – way more interesting than I thought it would be – to the Lewis and Clark expedition. (That Lewis and Clark episode is one of my favorites.) You can listen to their podcasts on their website or on iTunes. 

A few weeks ago we went back to Iowa. It’s an eight hour drive. I don’t think I turned on the radio once. I plugged my phone into the auxiliary outlet in my car and listened to Stuff You Should Know. For eight hours. Both ways. 

Then just the other day my sister-in-law told me about another podcast called Being Boss. It’s two women who talk about being creative entrepreneurs. I don’t even have a business, but these women have me all jacked up and motivated! It’s been three days since Sheila (my sister-in-law) discovered them, and I’ve listened to eight of their podcasts. EIGHT!! 

They are inspiring women and I love what they are doing. If you feel like getting some motivation, you can listen to their podcasts on their website or iTunes, also. I listen to them while I fold laundry, clean up, wash dishes, rock the baby to sleep, and generally putz around the house. 

This is how jacked up these ladies have made me: I got up at 5:45 this morning, showered, ate breakfast, watered the garden, and finished a project before 8 a.m. Then my three-year-old woke up. I fed her breakfast, we let the chickens out, put clothes on the line, and then headed out of town by 9:30. I may not run a business, but I do run my house. They gave me my new mantra: Do the work. I also managed to wash all of our dishes by hand (no dishwasher in this house), clean the master bathroom – including mopping! – and start dinner before Shane got home around 5:30. 

I did the work. 

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My Lifesaver

In a typical day (as typical as they get around here), Shane is gone all day, leaving around 7 a.m. and returning by 5 or 6 p.m. Norah wakes up sometime in the night and ends up in our bed. Cece sleeps all morning, waking up around 10 a.m. 

We play. We eat lunch. Cece naps (hopefully in her crib). We might watch a couple episodes of Dinosaur Train. I try to get some chores done around the house. 

But inevitably, at some point during the day, Cece will start squealing. It’s high pitched and very loud. It could wake the dead. It generally means, “PAY ATTENTION TO ME AND ONLY ME AND IF YOU SO MUCH AS LOOK AWAY I’LL SQUEAL AGAIN!” 

What is one to do in this situation? I stick her in my Boba

 

 She chills out, barely makes a peep, sometimes snoozes, and I have my hands free! 

I actually have two Bobas. I bought one for Norah when she was just over a year old. We were going on vacation and I loathe taking strollers anywhere. I carried her EVERYWHERE on that trip! People kept asking if my back hurt. Nope! 

Cece’s Boba I actually won from a blog I follow – Tales of a Mountain Mama. Cece’s is a Boba 4G (Norah’s is a 3G). The 4G has a special infant insert that boosts the baby up so they fit better. 

So far, our Bobas have gone lots of places. 

To the top of Crazy Horse.

Crazy Horse
Crazy Horse Monument

Hiking around the ranch.

At the ranch
Peek!

Virginia Beach. 

VA Beach nap
Boba naps are the best
VA Beach train
On kiddie rides in Virginia Beach

The Colorado Springs Zoo.

CO Springs Zoo
Feeding giraffes!

We also get to share babywearing duties!

Mom carrying NJ
My mom carrying Norah on a hike
volksmarch
Sharing babywearing duties on the Volksmarch to Crazy Horse Monument

I also just use it around the house to keep my sanity.

boba around the house
She ended up napping in here, because, who wouldn’t?!

So, if you have kids, get yourself a Boba. Or a wrap. Or SOMETHING to carry the baby in to free up your hands and make your life soooo much easier. Just make sure it’s a safe one, no “crotch danglers,” and no forward facing carriers. There’s lots of reasoning behind it.  Your baby will thank you. #WearAllTheBabies

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