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Much Ado About Nothing

By on May 22, 2017
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How do other mom bloggers do it?  I can’t possibly be the only one to deal with extreme first trimester fatigue, nausea, an energetic toddler, and a summer cold to boot all at the same time.  With all these things happening all at once, I just couldn’t find the energy to put any love and attention to Her Life Is Love.  I apologize for going MIA these past few weeks.

Finding an Obstetrician in America

My pregnancy is official and I’m currently 9 weeks along!  It took me a couple weeks to find a doctor because my insurance coverage sucks.  The first place I called could no longer take in new patients for the month of my expected due date.  The second place did not accept my insurance at all.  The third place no longer delivers babies.  At this point, I called my old obstetrician who delivered my first child and found out he no longer delivers either.

I called a couple other places and they don’t take my insurance either.  So, I tried calling my preferred hospital directly and they told me I could see a rotation of 12 residents for my pregnancy care and delivery.  Would you feel comfortable being under the care of final year medical students?  Another hospital said I could see a rotation of four doctors, not medical students.

For those in America, I have discovered you should just call your insurance company directly for a list of doctors in your area.  Calling is more accurate than checking their list online.  The list of doctors in my area only resulted in one that accepted my insurance AND delivered at my preferred hospital, the one closest to me.

Differences From First Pregnancy

My main concern with this pregnancy is dealing with morning sickness.  When I was living in South Korea, my morning sickness was awful.  It was so bad that I had to go to the hospital multiple times to get an IV drip for hydration and nutrition.  It’s very affordable to do so over there.  If I had the same level of morning sickness in America, I worried that I would have to just grin and bear it, but thankfully, I am able to eat a little here and there this time around.

I have been experiencing more pregnancy dreams this time around.  This is probably because I am experiencing a lot more fatigue this time around and am napping and sleeping that much more.  I am really looking forward to when this extreme fatigue will level out so that I can actually get things done around the house and with this blog.  Even writing up this personal post took a lot longer than usual. but we’ll be back real soon!  Thanks for understanding, everyone.

What symptoms hit you the hardest in your first trimester?  

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Pregnancy Week 5 in South Korea Versus America

By on April 24, 2017
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Quite recently, I wrote about how I scared myself with the term Second Infertility and how I was concerned by how long it’s been taking to get pregnant with my second child.  Well, this post isn’t a pregnancy announcement.  It’s just an “I missed my period!” announcement.  And I never miss a period.  I have not taken a pregnancy test yet, but is this pregnancy week 5?

My First Pregnancy Week 5

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was unaware of pregnancy week 5.  I didn’t even realize I completely missed my period until my husband asked.  When I told my husband I was a week late, he was very excited and immediately bought a pregnancy test.  I’ve read that pregnancy tests are most accurate if used in the morning when you wake up.  I guess this is because you haven’t put anything else into your body during a night of full rest.  I woke up with a sudden urge to pee around 3 AM and decided to try the test as my husband continued to sleep.

I was a jumble of emotions when I saw that the results were positive.  Could it be a false positive?  Were my eyes playing tricks on me during the bewitching hour of 3 AM?  We were newlyweds and I had just started a new job.  I didn’t feel ready to be a mom yet.  I woke my husband up and he was just elated.  He told everyone in his family as soon as it became a reasonable hour!  And this was before we even visited a doctor to check.

Being Pregnant in South Korea

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I got pregnant with my daughter while we were living in South Korea.  It was very easy to make an appointment with a doctor to get an ultrasound and check to see if I was indeed pregnant.  By this time, it was already past pregnancy week 5, but we got to hear a heartbeat.  At week 6, this was a very special moment.  I hadn’t realized a baby’s heart would already be formed and beating by this time!

Living in America now, I am a little unsure of how to proceed with this possible pregnancy.  I am pretty sure I am pregnant, even without taking a pregnancy test, because I never miss periods.  Do I need to have a positive pregnancy test before I can see a OB/GYN?

Health insurance in America is a lot trickier than the nationwide health coverage available in South Korea.  I will have to call around and ask if the doctor takes my insurance.  I also know that some doctors won’t take in new patients if they have reached their limit.  This was never an issue in South Korea.

Perks of Being Pregnant in South Korea

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  • South Korean government provided me with a special card value of 500,000 KRW (currently about $440) to help pay for health checkups that are not fully covered by insurance.  I managed to use it all within six months.
  • South Korean government provided me with folic acid and iron supplements to take during the first trimester at no additional cost.
  • Special priority seats for pregnant women to sit down in the subway or bus.  But, it’s hard to use these in the first trimester when you’re not really showing because people will judge you for using these seats when you’re “not pregnant”.  I had terrible morning sickness and still had to go to work using public transportation during rush hour.  I never got a seat during the first trimester, but as I started to show, some started offering me their seats.

I expect my experiences with a second pregnancy to be quite different because I am living in America now.  Just the prospect of having to find a OB/GYN who is recommended and available to take me in as a patient is overwhelming.  Even with this exciting development, I am still working on the Spring Cleaning Series.  My next step is cleaning out the bathroom, which is a guest post I wrote for Namaste and Eat Cupcakes.  Please drop by and leave a comment!  I will continue the series with organizing the bathroom on Her Life Is Love.

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To the recently pregnant and currently pregnant moms, please advise me on what I should avoid doing and eating as I have forgotten most of the information I read up on from my first pregnancy.  Leave a comment and let me know!

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Accepting the Liebster Award

By on April 21, 2017
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While answering my questions for accepting the Liebster Award, I have made use of affiliate links.  This means that Her Life Is Love will receive a small commission from purchases made through the link at no extra cost to you.  For more info, check out my disclosure.

Big news for Her Life Is Love!  We have been given our first award, the 2017 Liebster Award, for bloggers by bloggers.  Liebster.  Is this some guy’s name?  Turns out, liebster is a German word that envelops all the warm and fuzzy feelings and thoughts.  I don’t speak German so if you have more details on the meaning of this word, fill me in!  Some thanks are in order for Addison at Coffee With A Side Of for nominating Her Life Is Love to receive the Liebster Award next.  She’s another newcomer to the world of mom bloggers and she has a unique take on Parenting with ADD that I recommend checking out.

Questions from Coffee With A Side Of

As per the rules of giving and receiving the Liebster Award, Addison has asked five questions that I will be answering below.  I hope you enjoy getting to learn more about Paula from Her Life Is Love.

What is your favorite blog and why?

I love reading Lucy At Home, a UK parenting blog, but one that I can relate with a lot as my daughter is the same age as Lucy’s youngest.  I learn a lot from Lucy’s experience mothering two girls and I like the personal approach she takes with some of her posts, like in When Discrimination Strikes: The Curse of Being Tall and When Selfless Love Becomes Self Abuse.  Aside from writing posts that are honest and familiar, she is active in interacting with the blogger community.  She hosts a blog link up that encourages sharing other blogs and she also does a guest blog series that features another blogger each week.  It’s actually an interesting version where the guest blogger writes three stories, but only two are true stories.  If that’s something that sparks your interest, you can check out this one featuring Intrepid Bebe.  Let me know if you enjoy Lucy’s blog, too.

What is your favorite TV show?

I don’t watch American TV, but I do enjoy Korean variety shows.  I make sure to watch one called I Live Alone which follows a select group of Korean celebrities who live alone and captures what they do from the moment they wake up until they call it a day and go back to sleep.  I like watching this because it gives me a “inside look” at how someone else lives.  I’m sorry, I’m nosy.  I find it fascinating to compare my life with a celebrity.  Right now, the group includes a supermodel, an actor, a boy band idol, and a comedian.  You can watch the episodes online for free with English subtitles.  I recommend having an ad blocker, though.  Do you know Daniel Henney?  He was featured on I Live Alone, so if you’re curious how Daniel Henney spends his day, check out the episode.

If you had unlimited funds, where would you travel and why?

Gee, can I travel the whole world and keep travelling?  That would be ideal if I had unlimited funds.  I love visiting new places and trying new things.  I have already been to many countries in South and East Asia.  If I had to choose one place to travel, I would choose to visit Australia.  I had always wanted to visit a country in the Southern Hemisphere, but all the plane tickets to Australia are so expensive!  I couldn’t manage it before, but with unlimited funds, I’d definitely go and visit around the country.

What challenges do you have while blogging?

My biggest challenge is publishing posts on a regular schedule.  I have read many advice stating that a regular schedule is highly important to keeping readers aware of when to expect a new post from you, but I have a hard time choosing and sticking to a schedule.  I try to put up a new blog post every two or three days, but there are times like this past weekend when each day was packed with family activities and I was unable to publish a post for four days.  I should try to write some posts ahead of time so I can schedule them to be published regularly, but for now, I am unable to do so.  If you have tips for me in this area, I’d love to hear it!

What is your favorite book?


I love romance mysteries and one of my favorite books in this genre is After Caroline by Kay Hooper.  The mystery portion is well-written and the romance is not overdone.  No matter how many times I re-read this one, I enjoy the story each time.  This has been my favorite book for over a decade.  If you have another book in the romance mystery department you would like to recommend, let me know!  I am always looking for the next book that will become my absolute favorite.

Bonus: 10 20 Random Facts About Paula

The rules for the 2017 Liebster Award has made this optional, but I recently made a video for my YouTube channel on 20 Facts About Me.  What a perfect opportunity to share it with you!  I hope you enjoy, like, and subscribe to continue watching more videos from me!  I no longer have access to the video editor I used to use, so I’m currently trying to learn a new one.  I promise video quality will improve in the near future!

Rules for the 2017 Liebster Award

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster Award in which you should do the follow:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  1. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. You will need to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.  There is no one set image for the award.  You may save my image and use it on your blog or find others at The Global Aussie.
  1. For the 2017 Liebster Award, write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog and provide links.
  1. Optional: Provide 10 random facts about yourself. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.
  1. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award. The blogs must have less than 200 followers. Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!  Then, create 11 questions for them to answer.
  1. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.)
  1. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it.

If you have been nominated before at any time, please share the love (comments!). The main idea of the Liebster Award is to help promote each others’ blogs.

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My Nominations and Questions

I nominate the following blogs to accept the 2017 Liebster Award.

Questions for Nominees

Remember to write a 150-300 word blurb about your favorite blog and why.  Provide links.  Then, answer the following questions.  Comment on this post with your award acceptance post link and I’ll visit and comment!

  1. What is something you vividly remember being afraid of as a child, but no longer fear now?
  2. What is one thing you use everyday, but could live without?
  3. If you had to plant a garden full of lettuce, basil, or random flowers, which one would you choose and why?
  4. If someone was going to visit your hometown, where would you recommend visiting and why?
  5. You must have a roommate with the personality of Dory (forgetful, but positive) or Marlin (logical, rational, negative) from Finding Nemo/Dory.  Who would you rather live with?
  6. Would you rather chase bears or bees (under the assumption that no harm will come to you, the bears, or the bees during the chase)?
  7. Sunny or rainy?
  8. Can breakfast be skipped?  Yes or no.
  9. What is one thing on your bucket list you haven’t done yet?
  10. Is there a 2D world you would want to live in?  If so, what is it and why?  (2D world can be comic strip, animation, paintings, etc.)
  11. What is the one song you can’t resist dancing to?

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Beating Blogger’s Block

By on April 11, 2017
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I haven’t blogged long enough to deal with a serious case of blogger’s block, but I have seen some blogs where the blogger has professed to dealing with it.  It got me thinking about what I would try to do if I ever started to feel like I have nothing to say and can’t think of what to do with Her Life Is Love.

6 Simple Steps to Beating Blogger’s Block

  1. Go outside.  As a mommy blogger, I’m often doing my blogging at home.  Changing the scenery is bound to help bring in new inspiration so you can find new things to think about and write about.  I like to go to the Chicago Botanic Garden since it’s a nice area to walk around with a toddler (preferably in stroller) and you can people-watch as well as nature-watch.
  2. Move around.  I’m not a fan of exercising, but I don’t like being lazy.  Physical activity helps wake you up and when you have blood pumping throughout your body well, your alertness goes up and I dare say your brain should be able to think of some inspirational ideas that way.  A good way to do this is dance like nobody is watching to music that you love.  Have your toddler join in.  This is one of the ways I pamper myself.
  3. Reduce the number of posts.  New bloggers are often told that it’s necessary to post daily because search engines love a regularly updated blog.  Or so I’ve been told.  Realistically, posting everyday is tough because I like to make quality posts and everything is done by me.  I aim to post 3 to 4 a week, although lately that has been tough because I’ve been focusing a lot on potty training my daughter.
  4. Take a class.  Learn something new.  This can be a source of fresh inspiration.  Lately, I have been attending Toddler Class with my daughter.  I like it because I get to watch my daughter grow in her socialization skills.  There’s always arts and crafts time, too, so that gives me plenty of ideas for crafty DIY kids projects.
  5. Interact with others.  I mean face-to-face interactions.  So much of being a blogger is having all these interactions behind a computer screen, but meaningful face-to-face socializing is necessary, too. This is a little tough for me since I started blogging to meet other moms online.  I don’t know any moms I can hang out with during the weekday in real life.  Still, I go to the public library with my daughter often and chat with other adults hanging out in the kid’s play area.  Talking with other moms always give me great insight and ideas.
  6. Take a blog break.  If nothing else is working, it’s OK to take a blog break.  This could be one or two weeks where you are on hiatus, but do let your readers know so they don’t think you fell off the face of this Earth and no longer update your blog.  That’s bad blog business.

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In all honesty, I haven’t been posting as much as I would have liked recently.  There’s a couple reasons for this.  First, I’ve been focusing on potty training my daughter.  I think it was worth it because I am finally seeing real, tangible progress.  Second, I have been trying to figure out how to use all my other social media accounts.  One of them has been on the back burner for way too long, so I focused on it by putting up a new video.  Cool fact:  I started YouTube 10 years ago!

 It’s a start and I hope you will subscribe to my YouTube channel and experience Her Life Is Love in a different way.

Are you an active blogger and creator?  What are some good ways you use to get out of a funk?

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8 Tips to Potty Training a Toddler

By on April 9, 2017
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There are two days during the week where I must leave the house with my daughter.  There’s Wednesday, where we go to Toddler Class in the morning, and Sunday, where we go to church.  I read a lot of books, blog posts, and magazine articles on potty training a toddler.  Most seem to support a three-day training regime where you have your child butt-naked the first day, wearing underwear the next, and then go out with pants on and say you have successfully potty trained your toddler.  They also warn not to go back to using diapers once you have started training.  Something about your toddler figuring out they can go back to diapers if they make you annoyed enough.

I have attempted potty training my daughter three separate times using this three-day training regime and failed each time because inevitably, a Sunday or a Wednesday will come around and I’d have to leave the house with my daughter in a diaper.  The “experts” recommend waiting a couple months before starting again.  I made it one of my goals in March to successfully potty train my daughter during Spring Break where I could have the whole week, starting Monday, to devote to potty training.  Of course, life happens, and we didn’t start until Thursday, despite having no Toddler Class that Wednesday.

This time, I didn’t give up and did it the way I felt was right and on day 10, we had gone one full day without any accidents!  My daughter is 28 months old and I can see a diaper-free future ahead of me.  Now, here are the things I’ve learned from our potty training adventures and wish other parents have told me.

Things to Know Before Potty Training a Toddler

I read a lot about how you should have you toddler choose the potty and don’t let it become a toy.  Vice versa, some would say you should let your toddler get used to seeing it around and sit in it.  I want to emphasize to you that there is no one right way.  Potty training a toddler seems like it is a daunting task mainly because you have to actively teach your child to use the potty and your child will have to learn to use the potty.

  1. Your child is ready for potty training when she is able to sing the ABC song.  I’ve read long lists of “signs that your toddler is ready to be potty trained” and they get pretty long.  I would find three or four signs that fit my child, a couple that might be true, and the rest not related to my kid at all.  I had a hard time deciding if the time was right or not.  Our pediatrician gave us a simple way to decide.  If your child can sing the entire ABC song, your child is developmentally ready to learn.
  2. Buy a simple potty chair.  

    This affordable potty chair from Summer Infant is highly recommended by many parents I know and I would have bought one if I hadn’t already bought a musical one.  I bought a fancy musical potty chair and regretted it as soon as we actually started potty training.  This chair (pictured in first Instagram photo at top) plays a musical fanfare whenever one pees or poops into the potty.  It might be the weight pushing the container down that triggers it.  Anyway, the first day where she peed in the potty, the musical fanfare played and it scared her.  Terrified her.  I found out potty training is scary for little ones.  Simple potty chairs that are easy to use and easy to clean are best.  No music and no lid.  Pee shield is up to you, but be aware that if your child tries to sit on the potty chair and ends up sitting on the pee shield, the pain could discourage her from trying to use the potty on her own again.
  3. Potty training a toddler is not a race.  Try not to compare with other toddlers.  I actually knew of several parents who potty trained their kid at 18 months or so and I felt the pressure!  Wait until your toddler is ready (ABC song!) and you are ready.  This is a joint operation.

Tips for Heading Outside the Home

Once your toddler has the hang of things and knows that peeing in underwear and peeing in pants both result in uncomfortable wetness, you might feel ready to venture outside the home.  Our first outing was to get groceries.  Then, we tried going to church.  Here are some tips that are helpful when taking a potty training toddler outside of the home.

  1. Try to encourage your toddler to use the potty before leaving the house.  It’s easier when you know your toddler is leaving the house on a fairly empty bladder.  Keep your first few outings short.  Less than an hour is ideal.  Right now, our longest has been two hours for church.
  2. Don’t stress if your toddler doesn’t go before you have to leave.  Just trust that your toddler is learning her body signals and will tell you when she has to go.  Hopefully she’ll signal with a fair amount of time before release.
  3. Bring along an extra pair of underwear, pants, and socks.  You’ll also want a plastic bag to hold soiled pants and underwear in.  Bring along post-its to cover the sensor for automatic flushes.  You don’t want that scaring your toddler while she’s trying an adult toilet in some strange, new place.
  4. The safe way to protect a car seat differs by manufacturer.  Frankly, it is unsafe to place anything between toddler and the car seat that didn’t come with the car seat.  I know of two car seat brands that provide products to protect the car seat from potty training accidents and have been tested for safety, but I do not own one.  As such, I do not use anything and hope for the best.  If a potty training accident occurs, wash the car seat fabric according to directions in the manual.  You do not want to compromise the safety of your child because you don’t want to clean up an accident in the car seat.  Disclaimer: I am not a certified car seat technician, so I recommend taking your questions to the Car Seat for the Littles Facebook Group.  There’s a separate group for the folks in the UK, since the laws are different.
  5. Bring the potty chair with you, if you can.  At least, bring it along in the beginning until your toddler can handle using an adult toilet at home.  Then, she will be able to handle the ones outside of the home better.  There are portable potty seats you can purchase, too, if you plan on keeping one in your car, stroller, or diaper bag.  Since our potty chair is rather clunky, I’m considering bringing around a potty seat you insert on top of the adult toilet.

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I hope these tips are helpful.  Good luck on your own potty training a toddler adventure!  If you enjoyed this post, I recommend reading 5 Simple Rules for a Clean Home and 10 Toddler Rules You Must Follow.  I’m currently working on a Spring Cleaning inspired series and will be going through what to toss and how to organize each major room in your home.  Subscribe to my newsletter to keep up to date with the Spring Cleaning series.

Leave a comment and share what you found useful in your potty training adventure.  Any advice on getting a toddler to poop in the potty chair?

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10 Toddler Rules You Must Follow

By on April 4, 2017
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Toddlers are known to have particular preferences and my daughter is no exception. Here are the absolute toddler rules my toddler demands of me and herself.  If you ever meet me and my daughter, you’ll want to follow these rules, too.

10 Absolute Toddler Rules

  1. If mom’s head is laying down on a pillow, toddler must lay down in the opposite direction next to her (why, hello feet!).
  2. Water droplets on the skin is considered a mess. Scooping water out of a bowl onto the floor is not.
  3. All doors must be opened and closed by toddler. Same goes for light switches.
  4. See that car seat high up in the SUV?  Toddler will not sit in it unless toddler has climbed into the car seat by herself.
  5. Toddler must take a bite out of each and every cracker (or fruit) on her plate before picking one to finish off.  This includes each Veggie Pizza Bites.
  6. If a blank piece of paper is placed on her drawing table, she must go and doodle on it.  That takes top priority.
  7. If toddler is in the hallway, stairwell, or a room with an echo…toddler will emit a loud “ah, ah, ah” and revel in the acoustics.
  8. Anytime someone in her vicinity farts, burps, or yawns, she will announce it to the entire world whoever will listen.  It’s up to you to confirm or deny it.
  9. Everyday is a good day to sing and dance.  These must include Wheels on the Bus, Five Little Monkeys, and the Itsy Bitsy Spider.
  10. All music must be played handsome men with a violin and piano. Ok, handsome men is my opinion, not my toddler’s, but she loves Henry along with me. How can you not like a talented musician who plays both the violin and piano?

 

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I Googled Second Infertility and It Scared Me

By on March 29, 2017
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After celebrating the joys of last week, this post is on a more serious note.  I have one beautiful daughter and I’ve always wanted to have three kids, max.  My daughter is already two years old and I haven’t gotten pregnant since having her.  As the months go by and I continue to have my periods, I started to wonder if something is wrong…with me?  My husband?  I started searching Google for answers and came across this term: second infertility.  Do I have second infertility?  I had never heard of this term before.

Disclaimer:  I am no expert on second infertility and cannot help you with any medical questions.  Please direct those to your appropriate care provider.

What is second infertility?

I’m a little frantic now about getting pregnant because I do not want my children to be far apart in age.  By doing the math, even if I get pregnant right this second, my children will be three years apart.  That’s borderline ideal max age difference to me.

Second infertility is when a couple is unable to get pregnant after having had a first pregnancy before.  Sounds unreal, right?  My daughter was conceived really quickly after our marriage, so my husband and I didn’t expect getting pregnant again would be difficult.  I’ve been using a period tracker app to see what days I’m supposed to be most fertile and used that data to try and make that baby magic happen.

Five months and still nothing.  I’m starting to really worry something is up.  I’m still in my 20’s, the last legs of it, but still.  Google’s search results and my monthly results have scared me.

Thankfully, I came across this informative post on Mom.me with information from a physician assistant in an OB practice.  The author writes about six points, but I just want to highlight two that helped me.

50% get pregnant within six months and 85% make a baby within one year

Human fertility is inefficient

First off, a woman usually has only one egg available for fertilization every one month.  Finding the right timing for getting pregnant isn’t easy.  In fact, it’s a 1 in 4 chance of getting pregnant if you are a young healthy couple with no other issues AND you get the timing right.  So, if a group of young healthy couples consistently try to get pregnant with these stats, only 50% get pregnant within six months and 85% make a baby within one year.  I’m only five months in, everyone.

You’re Probably Not Infertile

Second, if you are in the 15% of young healthy couples that didn’t get pregnant within a year, you can’t write yourself off as infertile.  Apparently, there are very few medical diagnoses that actually cause infertility.  It is more likely there are other barriers that are making it difficult for you to get pregnant.    Again, you’d want to consult your care provider in this case.  Is that reassuring news?

Either way, I want that second baby now!  I mean, I have so many great books to read future baby.  So, I’m going to make use of some handy gadgets like an at-home ovulation testing kit and see if we can make that timing right.  Wish me luck, guys!

Have you had a long waiting period before getting pregnant with your next child?

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This Week We Celebrate

By on March 25, 2017

Thinking back on this week, I realize there is much to celebrate.

  1. I managed to put up three posts this week, including a recipe for some spicy Korean food.  I decided to share another blog tip on writing a perfect post.  My daughter’s favorite books from last year also finally made an appearance.  I’ve been thinking about that last one for many months now, so let’s celebrate its completion!
  2. Her Life Is Love turned one month old this week.  I’ve always thought about returning back to blogging for seven years before I finally just went for it.  During this past month, I’ve been learning a lot and it has been so much fun!  I love having this space to socialize with other parent bloggers and am still hoping this will lead to some wonderful friendships.
  3. My husband got laid off two weeks ago due to a back injury, but he found a new and better job this week.  My biggest reason to celebrate this week!  He’ll start working tomorrow by going away on a business trip.  It feels rather sudden, but he is looking forward to it.  I think staying home, recuperating, and being out of work was pretty tough on him even though I cooked one of his favorites.
  4. It’s also my husband’s birthday this week.  We will celebrate with a small birthday party at home today.  My daughter and I plan on baking him a lemon cake.  Hopefully, it’ll turn out well.  She’s only two.  Maybe I will have her make a birthday card, too.  What do you think?

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How was your week?  Do you have anything to celebrate?  Share with us!

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Never Skip a Nap

By on March 11, 2017
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Or let your toddler fall asleep in the car. Especially when you are down to one nap a day. She’ll wake as soon as you park at home (I blame the auto unlocking function in my car as soon as I shift gear to P) and napping while in movement is not restful at all.

She won’t fall back asleep at home and she’ll get super cranky much earlier before her bedtime. She will also be tired and forget she is under the piano…standing up too quickly and cutting her head open.

 

Plus, dealing with daylight savings time wreaks havoc on a toddler sleep schedule.

Do you also deal with DST?  Have you ever regretted skipping a nap? What ointment would you recommend for open cuts?

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3 Goals for March

By on March 1, 2017
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I love the beginning of a new month for the same reason why I love the beginning of anything.  There’s so much optimism and hope bundled together when starting something new.  In particular, today is the day I “officially” open this website of mine (aka I tell all my Facebook friends about it…so watch out, friends!).  Aside from that, I came up with three goals I plan on working on this month (and maybe I chose three because it is the third month of the year or maybe not).

Trying an Instagram Photo Challenge

I mentioned how I am pretty much just starting out with using social media to connect with people.  Now, I didn’t realize this was a thing, but apparently some users on Instagram make these photo challenges where you take a photo each day representing a particular theme.  Or, at least, that’s the gist of what I’m understanding.  I have been avidly reading different blogs these days and came across a post from Scoutie Girl listing a photo challenge she made for January of 2015.  I know, it’s expired, but my goal for this month is to try it out this entire month of March (both months have 31 days, so this is a perfect time to start!).  Scoutie Girl used the tag #createyourlife, but maybe I should add #januaryformarch and see if anyone else decides to participate in this belated photo challenge with me this month.  I’ve already put up my first photo for the theme family.

Potty Training

No, not for me.  I have attempted potty training my daughter two separate times already and she’s a pretty smart kid, so I believe she can do it…but she has a lot of fear and I feel like it’s that fear that is keeping her from succeeding.  Has anyone dealt with this as well?  This may be TMI for my non-parent readers, but…she knows when she has to go, but she won’t stay seated on her potty for the release.  I think she has a fear of release and frankly, I don’t know what to do.  Give her more time?  I’m in no rush to rush her, but she is starting to dislike poopy diapers so I know it’s going to happen soon.  I will hope that it will happen this month!

What Was My Third Goal?

I’ll blame it on my mommy brain and forgetting to write my ideas down as soon as they pop into my head.  I swear, I had a third goal all thought out for this month.  So, let’s backtrack and see if I can find my train of thought again.

I was thinking about how it finally felt like winter again today, here in Chicago.  I am pretty sure I saw snow flurries outside my window a couple times during the day.  I dislike having to go out on cold or rainy days, but Wednesday is the one day of the week where I take my daughter to mom-and-me school.  We had a fun time today, although the topic was Bugs and that is the one thing that strikes fear down to the bottom of my heart.  My favorite part of going to this class is that there is arts and crafts time…and my daughter gets to be creative and messy and I don’t have to prepare any of it or clean up everything afterwards.

  1. First craft was placing colorful dot stickers on a printed image of a red ladybug that is missing all its spots.  My daughter loves stickers and this was a cute idea, but I would recommend using larger dot stickers for toddler fingers.  Also, preferably stickers that stay stuck to the page, because most of the little stickers have now fallen off her ladybug (at the end of the day).
  2. Second craft was making a paint splatter butterfly and this turned out a lot better than I expected.  Using popsicle sticks, my daughter put splashes of paint on paper. Fold in half and press down so the paint imprints on both halves.  There you have a butterfly, just draw on antennae with a black marker.

And I still can’t remember my original third goal, so let me make a different one.  Don’t let my excitement for this website and reading other blogs take away from quality time with my daughter. On that note, I will continue to read and write during her nap and after bedtime.  At least, that’s my goal!

Do you like to make monthly goals for yourself, too? Any advice for me regarding potty training? 

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