Author: Andrea Herrera

Product Must Haves for Newborns: Chicco Cortina Travel System Stroller-Luna

Product name: Chicco Cortina Travel System Stroller- Luna


Where can I get it? I purchased my travel system at Babies R’ Us, however, I have also seen it available on target.com, Amazon.com, buybuybaby.com, etc.

How much does it cost? I have mostly seen the travel system being sold for around $299.99, which is what I paid for mine.

Why do I like this product?
 When I went to the store to purchase this travel system, I was about 36 weeks pregnant. While not an expert in what to look for in a “great” travel system, I did know that I wanted something 1) durable, 2) lightweight, 3) easy to assemble, 4) versatile, and 5) affordable. I considered the Graco travel systems, but given the overwhelming amount of favorable reviews on the Chicco brand, I decided to go with it.

I decided on the Luna design over the Discovery design because I liked its geometric print. Also, most of the baby accessories that I have are in shades of browns or other neutrals, so it fit right in.

In addition to fitting right in with all of my other baby products, I also liked that this product was easy to assemble, easy to use, and, relatively, light weight. The stroller is rather large, but it still fits in the back of my hatchback comfortably. The carseat, when I was using it outside of the car, fits in most standard sized grocery store carts.

How do I use this product? Before I had Nya, I assumed that I would be a “stroller-only” mom. I often imagined myself, in the first few weeks of her life,  pushing her through malls and very green parks and playground.  When I had Nya, however, I learned that she did not share my imaginative dream. She hated being in the stroller as it took her away from her favorite people- mommy and daddy. So, I, reluctantly, stopped using the stroller altogether and just relied on my trusty Moby Wrap and Baby Bjorn.

While I had little use for the stroller in the first two months of Nya’s life, I did continue to use the carseat, which Nya also hated, but I loved.

Now that Nya is older, I still prefer to “wear” her when we are in public places. Nonetheless, she has a easier time transitioning from being worn in her Baby Bjorn or Moby Wrap to being pushed in a stroller.


Would you recommend this product to others? I would definitely recommend this product for any moms who are looking for a travel system that is both stylish and effective at the same time.

I love you blogging. I really do…

…but, recently, I haven’t been as committed to this relationship as I should be.

I’ve been sneaking behind your back seeing someone else that I’ve missed. His first name is My, and his last name is Life (gasp).  Yes, he’s back in the picture. That scoundrel. Yes, he’s back putting thoughts into my head about what I could be doing rather than spending quantity quality time with you.

(sigh)

And, I do feel guilty about all of this, all this sneaking around at all hours of the day, the half written, pathetic excuses for posts with gimmicky titles in my drafts folder, and regrets about not thinking too much of you and how I should be spending more time with you when I’m with him.

Can’t you just hear my guilt? Can’t you?!?

While I’ve been unfaithful with My Life, I’ve been taking my daughter to the park more.

I’ve been taking pictures of random trees more.


I’ve been napping more, cooking more, sitting down in doing nothing. more.


I’ve been watching Dr. Phil while eating cheese and crackers more (gasp). I know. I know. You didn’t think I’d stoop to such a level. And, neither did I. Neither. did. I.I am telling you all this because I want you to know that all is well. All that My Life is teaching me right now is only good for us. We’ll be back to the way we once were in no time. Now, you will wait for me, right? (blink blink)Please circle: Yes   No   MaybeLove,
Jessica

Am I the only one having an affair with anything else besides blogging right now? What other interesting things, hobbies, activities are you indulging in right now (besides blogging, of course)?

When technology fails, blogging to-do lists must change

I have so few free hours in a day to myself, so I have learned to take the (free) time that I most often spend doing blogging related tasks very seriously .

I’ve learned that the best way that I can avoid spending too many hours on any particular task (i.e. tweeting, writing posts, or reading blogs) is by creating daily blogging “to-do” lists. Yes, as a mom even my hobbies must be resigned to a list.

It’s sad, but very necessary.

And I love crossing things off my lists, and then creating new lists, often long lists to have a “record” by which to measure my daily blogging productivity. It’s an obsession  of mine, a sad but necessary one that comes, I like to tell myself, with motherhood.

This week’s “to-do” list was particularly large. On that very long list of  things to do were small things like writing posts, editing posts, responding to comments, visiting  blogs, editing pictures writing emails, and large things like creating a header and taking the steps needed to officially change blogging platforms.

It was a lot to do, but, I figured that so long as I did everything in the order planned on my list, starting over the weekend and continuing at 6 AM sharp on Monday morning,  I could do it.

So on Sunday night, I went to bed ready, really ready for Monday to come so that I  could get down to continue the unfinished blogging business from the weekend.

And when Monday came, I was really ready. I woke up at 5 AM, showered, ate my  breakfast of champions: Oatmeal with Blueberries, and sat down in my office chair. Yes! “This feels right!” “I’m going to get so much done!”I thought to myself as I turned on my  computer.

I started by working on an overdue post on marriages post-children and then observed,  casually, that my computer only had a 10% charge. Now, this wouldn’t have been a  problem if my computer charger were in “good” condition, but it wasn’t, mostly as the result of it being Nya’s toy for one too many months. 

After weeks of having issues sustaining a charge, I had learned that to use my  charger, I had to twist, turn, blow on it, pray on it for it to work. And, I did all  this, this Monday morning, however, it didn’t work. It (the charger) died (officially pronounced at 7 AM. Yes, I kept at it for 2 hours) and so did my list of oh so
important blogging tasks.

By 7:30 AM, my 10% charge was depleted along with my hope to conquer some of my elephant  to-do list.

I was devastated. I felt as if the world were going to end.

I wanted to cry, and just be miserable the whole day, but I couldn’t. My daughter, who woke up around 8 AM, and my other, unwritten to-do list of laundry, dishes, and  errands wouldn’t let me.

In spite of my disappointment, I had to keep going.

And, keep going, I did.

Instead of editing pictures, tweeting, or editing posts during my daughter’s nap, I took a much needed catnap and managed to write this post by hand (i.e., with paper and pen) when I awoke.

And, I survived, survived much of my day (until my husband returned from work with his computer) without my beloved laptop, my blogging weapon of choice.

And, the sky didn’t fall because I couldn’t check things off my list.

Really.

While very stressed out yesterday morning at the thought of not being able to follow  through with my original plans, it all worked out in the end.

And through the experience, I learned something.

I learned how important it is in life to not allow what’s not working or what’s broken or what’s lost (and this could be anything, a relationship, a job, a charger) to overshadow the things that are. I was reminded of how important it is to be open to (and receptive of) changed plans, other options, and alternatives. 

My blogging to-do list is still long, but that’s OK. I know that I’ll conquer it in time.

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Anyone else have a blogging to-so list? Has failed technology stood in a way of you accomplishing things on that list? 

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Oh, and until my new charger gets here (and because I refuse to use my smart phone), I’ll be mostly “out-of-commission” during the day. Still, feel free to contact me by email or twitter or through a comment. I’ll be sure to respond as soon as I can.

An experiment in doing it all (I’m a stay at home mom, again)

Before motherhood, I had read much about how to balance it all, or the marriage, children, job, and sexy figure. “It will be tough,” they often said, “but, you can do it. It can be done.”

I guess in choosing to take on “it all,” you could say that I believed them, or the voices that said it could be done.

The stakes, it seemed, of not believing, or not being able to balance it all as a woman in the 21st century appeared too high. So, I gave “it all” a try. I worked a full time job, breastfed, rocked, and burped a child, exercised every other day of the week, and remained married, all evidence that it all was possible.Image result for stay at home mom

“Yes! I did it,” I told myself in the first few weeks of my project of “it all.” “I did it all.”

(sigh)

When times got tough, I stuck it out, convinced that was what any woman who wanted it all would (and should) do. I found “strength” in the images of those celebrity moms who managed it all so easily.

The wrench in my plans of continuing to do it all came soon after my proclamation of “success.”

Fatigue.

I was tired, dead tired.

Doing it all, as I assumed everyone else was doing it, was exhausting. I couldn’t think straight. My skin seemed to show premature signs of aging. I found another gray hair. I sometimes forgot my keys atop my car when taking trips with Nya to Target. Oh, and doing it all was also expensive, what with childcare, convenient foods to save time, and creams to mask those aging eyes.

Despite these inconvenient truths of doing it all, I wanted to continue to prove to myself that if anyone could it, I could. I wanted to set an example for my daughters (and sons). I wanted to know that on my grave someone could engrave “She was the woman who did it all!”

So, I went on until I could no longer fool myself into believing that everything was ok beneath my picture of “having it all.”

No longer fooled, I changed my mind about having it all and gave a big part of my picture of “it all” up, namely my job.

So, I write this in the same place that I started this job as a stay at home mom with a renewed sense of what having it all really means. (sigh)