Just Grin and BarrettBlog
A blog beginning with my wedding journey all the way to my pregnancy journey with a little bit of life sprinkled in.
Bar Harbor is a picturesque town nestled between the coast of Maine and Arcadia National Park. Visitors flock to this quaint town for the delicious lobster, breathtaking views, harrowing hikes, scenic bike rides, laidback vibes, and the perfect temperatures in the summertime.
We went three years ago in July, and Bar Harbor/Arcadia National Park easily rank in my top five places I have ever visited. I was blown away by how beautiful it is, and I have already have an itinerary set for when I visit again.
But here is what we did the first time around along with suggestions/tips/recommendations from other seasoned travelers to the area.
Nested Bean products are scientifically proven to calm a baby. Their products mimic a parent's touch when their weighted pads are activated. These bean bags on each side makes it feel as if your children is being held. They guarantee that your baby will sleep better in 1-3 nights.
Nested Bean's Zen sleepwear comes in five different products:
Mothers who have used this product have attested that the products are very calming to their babies. Once wrapped in the swaddle, the babies would immediately settle.
The best aspect was how it calmed her [our daughter] when she was upset and would easily put her to sleep with it on.
Not only do the parents love the products, but daycares do as well. Moms and Dads reported to buying two of them. One for daycare and one for the house. One mom said that daycare describes Nested Bean as a "miracle worker" for when babies get fussy.
Our daughter literally slept through the night with the Zen Swaddle from about 3 weeks on. Napped very well in it too. We would only do one feeding a night if she woke up.
Nest Bean products are safe, durable, affordable and machine washable. They are definitely something you want to add to your baby registry today. You will be getting the rest and sleep you deserve in no time and then you will be able to wake up to a happier, healthier, and well-rested baby too! Order yours today!
How to Teach a Baby to Self-Soothe
Step 1: Read Dr. Harvey Karp's book and blog
Step 2: Set up a calming baby room
Step 3: Establish a bedtime routine
I would breastfeed my son first and then change his diaper, massage him, and wrap him in his swaddle, so he would slightly wake up.
Step 4: Gently nudge your baby awake when you put him down
Step 5: Offer a lovey when she gets older
Step 6: Around 4 months, do not rush to your baby the moment he cries. Try this instead...
1. Pause for 5 minutes
2. Turn up the sound machine
3. Place your hand on your baby's belly and let it rest there.
4. Slightly jiggle your baby.
5. Read more on takingcarababies
Step 7: Read more here
How We Transitioned from Room to Nursery
Step 1: Follow @takingcarababies on Instagram or check out her blog.
Cara is amazing! She is a sleep expert and a former nurse. Her tips have helped tremendously.
Step 2: From Birth-4 months we kept our son in our room in a bassinet next to my side of the bed.
This was easy for me to grab him whenever I had to breastfeed.
Step 3: Around 4 months, we got rid of the bassinet and switched to the pack n play portion.
Step 4: Around this same time, we moved our son further from away from me but still on the same side as me.
Step 5: Around 5 months, we moved the pack n play to the opposite side of the room, the farthest away from me.
Step 6: Around 5 months, we also moved the glider to the nursery. Most of the feedings and bedtime routine now took place in the nursery rather than our room.
Step 7: Around 6 months, we tried to do as many naps as possible in the crib in the nursery instead of our room. Make sure it's dark!
Step 8: Around 8 months, we transitioned to the nursery and sleeping in the crib no problem!
How to Go Back to In-Person Teaching
Step 1: Try on your pants
We are all so used to not only being seen from the torso up that our pants have been nonexistent for the past two months. Most of us have been wearing sweatpants, shorts, and even no pants at all for so long. Showing up to school in your swim trunks or yoga pants I'm pretty sure will be frowned upon.
To prepare for in-person teaching try on your pants. One, to see if they fit and two, to get used to the feel of them. It's important to train yourself to keep your pants buttoned for up to 8 hours because you can no longer turn the camera off. I highly suggest intervals. Each day wear your pants a little bit longer until you can refrain from ripping them off. No one is no longer going to cut you slack if you forget to wear your slacks.
Step 2: Practice muting yourself in real life
The principal isn't going to buy the excuse, "It's ok, Mr. Smith, no one can hear my talking because my mic is on mute.," in a staff meeting. Nor is the administration going to like if they go into your classroom for an observation and you are on the phone with your friend because you claim your "mic is on mute."
Start practicing now by keeping quiet when someone else is talking. Try turning on the TV and watching the news. Do your best to eliminate all background noise. Refrain from talking. I realize this is extremely hard, but try your best to plaster a big smile on your face and nod your head occasionally.
Step 3: Realize your whole body will now be seen
We are all used to slightly adjusting our bodies so we are out of the frame to do our texting or crossword puzzle when we are meant to be listening and pay attentioning.
When we go back to school, we need to realize we can't obscure ourselves to lie our head down or roll our eyes during mind numbing meetings or when a student gives an absurd answer. We can't pick our nose, laugh loudly, swear under our breaths. Everything will be seen like it's 1984.
Step 4: Practice holding your pee
Teachers have gotten used to the luxury of peeing whenever they felt like it. It will be hard to readjust our bodies to no longer being able to use the facilities when the time arises. We can't just turn our cameras and sound off. We will have full classes once again and extra duties which won't allow us to excuse ourselves.
See how long you can hold your pee each day to practice returning to normal. If you get a UTI you have succeeded and passed the test! You are ready!
Step 5: Study your students' faces.
By now we are used to students not showing up for class or turning off their cameras, so we can't see them. You might want to brush up on what they look like before returning to school. I suggest stalking your colleagues' and administration's social media accounts, so you can remember what they look like as well. "Ohh, Ms. Johnson, you aren't an icon of a cat in real life?" "Mr. Ryan, your legs look quite nice. I haven't seen them in awhile." "Mrs. Tyler, your shins and calves look much different than I remembered." It could be quite embarrassing if you turn off for school and you can't put faces to names. Start studying now!
How to Survive the Quarantine
1. Get a few pairs of comfy yoga pants.
2. Cute scrunchies to pull back your hair.
3. Check out books from the library.
4. Find good podcasts and TV shows to watch.
Listening to: The Bobby Bones Show and The Office Ladies
Watching: Tiger King, Outer Banks, The Office again, Community, Dead to Me, Curb Your Enthusiasm
5. Going to parks
How to Publish a Blog
Step 1: Research a website you like and find out the kind of blogs they publish. Read. Read. Read.
Step 2: Read their editorial guidelines and submission rules carefully.
Step 3: Write something you are passionate about.
Step 4: Aim for 500-800 words. That is the sweet spot.
Step 5: Proofread and edit. Take out any unnecessary words.
Step 6: Add pictures and graphics where necessary.
Step 7: Submit!
How to Get Your Toddler to Eat
Step 1: Turn on Calming Music
Step 2: Let him eat what you are eating
Step 3: Let him take control and feed himself
Step 4: When that doesn't work, sing "If You Are Happy and You Know It" over and over and over
Step 5: Shove food into his mouth when he giggles at the song. Do this until he is finished eating.
Step 6: Go insane! Your child will find this funny and then will eat on his own. You're welcome!
How to Prepare for Cross Country
Step 1: Buy a good pair of running shoes
Go to a local running store and get fitted.
Step 2: Buy a running watch
Go cheap or expensive depending on what you want the watch to do.
Step 3: Do dynamic stretches before you run
Step 3: Run 3-4 days a week for 20 minutes
It's okay if you need to do intervals. Run 5 minutes, walk briskly for 1 minute. Repeat.
Step 4: Cool down and stretch
Step 5: Hydrate
Step 6: Do core two times a week
Step 7: Cross Train on off days (biking, swimming, walking, hiking, boxing)
How to Shop for a Toddler's Birthday Without Buying Toys
1. Book Club Membership
2. Baby and Mommy/Daddy Yoga Class
3. Children's Museum Pass
4. Toddler Art Class or Art Kit
5. Baby's First Year Memory Keepsake
6. Swim Lessons
7. Baseball Tickets
8. Zoo Membership
9. Train Ride
10. Kids Cooking Class