Author Archives: Farrah Udell

Homeschool Wannabe

Homeschool Wannabe | reflectivemama.comMy husband asked me what I was working on the other day, and I responded that I was reading through some of my favorite blogs by homeschooling moms. He just stared at me with this “you’ve got to be kidding, don’t even think about it” look on his face. I suddenly felt the need to defend myself.

First of all, I have no desire to homeschool my son. I swear. Of course, I used to say that about blogging, but I really mean it about homeschooling (at least in terms of as an alternative to traditional school). I’m counting down the days until kindergarten. Preschool, really, but that one comes with a hefty price tag, which makes me a little less excited. I love being a stay at home mom, but I am looking forward to having a few hours off everyday. Mostly to spend more time reading, writing, and blogging… Continue reading

Mommy Reality Challenge

I’m so happy to co-host this week’s Mommy Reality Challenge! I love this link up because it keeps me honest and makes me laugh every week.  It’s always a fun reminder that we have lots of mommy partners in crime. Link up your blog post or Instagram photo to share your Mommy Reality, too!

Boom. Here we go again!

Mommy Reality Challenge | reflectivemama.comIn last week’s Mommy Reality Challenge, Jen commanded that we expose the contents of our purses to the world! We had many participants! Some of you posted your purse pics in a blog post which you linked to the “Mommy Reality” post, and some of you postedpics with the #mommyreality hashtag on Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Facebook!

Once again, we can only pick one challenge winner! The “What a Mom’s Purse Looks Like” winner is …….
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Iron Update

Baby Iron Deficiency - One Month Later | reflectivemama.comThis post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after following an affiliate link, Reflective Mama will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support!

At Baby’s nine month check up, we learned that he was iron deficient. Resisting the urge to freak out, I followed our pediatrician’s orders and gave Baby Fer-in-Sol infant iron supplement drops three times a day.

I fed Baby the drops either right when he woke up or when he was going down to sleep. These were routine diaper changing times, when he was guaranteed to already be on the changing table for easy dropper administration. Some days were a little crazier than others in my attempts to get a very active flipping and kicking crawler to hold still. On the bright side, with this new routine in place Baby took his Vitamin D drops much more regularly, too. Continue reading

The Snotsucker

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Before (and after) Baby was born, we made many, many trips to Buy Buy Baby. First we scouted things out for our registry, then we went back again for more research. I continued to make trips for essentials before each coupon could expire, plus the seemingly endless returns and exchanges. A few times we even bought back something we had returned a month before (I’m looking at you, Rock n’ Play). Needless to say, the furniture guy knew me well.

No matter how many times I visited that store, each time I swore up and down that I would never EVER use an oversized straw to suck out my baby’s snot. Gross. Just gross. Continue reading

Toddle Time with a Crawler

Activities for my crawler: Too old for mom & baby, too young for parent & tot.

Baby is on the MOVE! He is crawling everywhere, blissfully exploring and getting into everything. Babyproofing has been a major priority lately, along with keeping Baby entertained on all of his exploits at home. I feel like he gets bored crawling through the same few rooms over and over at home, so I’ve been searching for different places around town for him to roam.

With Baby Storytime and our Mommy & Baby class on hiatus for summer, we’ve needed to find some new haunts. Unfortunately, most of what I’ve found is either for babies not yet crawling (i.e. mommy & baby yoga) or for walkers or one-year-olds and up (i.e. most kids programs at museums, kids climbing gyms, etc). Continue reading