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  • Baby Proofing

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/18/11

     

    baby proofJosh and I have a lot of baby proofing to do. We do not have a baby friendly house and everytime we have my nephews over or my God son over we are reminded of that fact. We realize that our baby won't be getting into anything for a while yet, but time flies and she'll be crawling before we know it. 

    I started thinking about all the things we'll have to do to baby proof. We won't be able to keep the scissors on the lower shelf of our coffee table anymore. I'm pretty sure that the giant blue wine bottle that I have in the living room as a decoration won't fly. All the picture frames and candles I have on the TV stand will have to go. The outlets will need to be covered. The corners of the TV stand, coffee table, and side tables will all have to have guards on them. The outlets need to be covered. All the doors need stoppers on them and the doors we don't want her to be able to open need to have child proof door knob covers. The drawers and cupboards need latches on them. All the dangerous cleaning supplies and alcohol need to be put up in high cupboards. Vitamins and medications need to be put up high. We need to turn our water heater down to 120 degrees. Install lid locks on the toilets. We need to block of the stairs with a baby gate. And we need to install Carbon Menoxide detectors on the main floor and in the basement of our home. Right now we only have one upstairs by the bedrooms.

    I think that covers it. Is there anything else I've forgotten?

     

  • Who knew buying a stroller would be so complicated

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/17/11

    Who knew buying a stroller would be so complicated? There are lots of things to consider before purchasing or registering for a stroller. 

    1. Safety. You want to make sure that the stroller is safe. Make sure that it is sturdy and that it won't tip over if you have the diaper bag hanging over the handles. A 5 point harness is best. For short trips a 3 point harness will do. Make sure there are no sharp edges or pinch points to hurt your child.
    2. Wheels and handles. The handles should be at a comfortable height for you. If you are tall make sure that the handles are high enough so you're not stooped over when trying to push the stroller. The stoller should roll and turn smoothly. Make sure that when you're walking at a brisk pace you're not kicking the wheels.
    3. Convenience features. Many strollers have baskets below, cup holders, sun shields, toy bars, trays and more. You can sometimes buy these things aftermarket so if you fall in love with a stroller, but it doesn't have one or two of these features don't let it stop you. 
    4. Lightweight strollers. You know what I mean when I say umbrella stroller. Well, now that umbrella stroller has become a little more like a standard stroller only lighter, under 20 pounds. Some models have reclining seats, storage baskets, and sunshades. These are easy to pack in the car and don't take up much space. They're ideal for traveling. However, if the seat doesn't recline you can't use them until the baby can sit up on her own. We got one of these at our shower thinking it will be ideal if we're going on a trip.
    5. Standard strollers. Heavier and roomier than lightweight strollers perform well in most conditions. They may be harder to manuever in crowded places and do take up more trunk space. They usually fold up pretty easily though.
    6. Jogging stroller. These are nice for the active parent. They feature large tires and even suspension to work through any kind of terrain. They don't fold up as nicely as other strollers and they are not for children under 6 months old.
    7. Travel systems. These are nice because they are designed for the infant carrier to snap on top for when the baby is very small. Once the baby is a little bigger they are a standard stroller. This is what we chose to go with. 
    8. Strollers for multiples. If you have more than one baby at once or if your babies are close in age you'll want a stroller for more than one baby. There are a lot of different models to choose from. If you're worried about the expense you may consider buying stroller clips. These allow you to snap two lightweight strollers together. These are easier to store than the big multi-rollers.
    Of course beyond style you'll want to investigate brands. You can usually find lists of the top brands as well as recall lists so you know that the kind you're getting is safe since that is the number one thing to consider.
    Do you have any advice for picking out a stroller?
  • Striking Statistic About Infant Car Seats

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/14/11

    car seatI was shocked when I read that 80% of infant car seats are not properly installed. When we installed our car seat bases it seemed pretty easy, but now after reading that I'm worried we missed a step or something. Luckily there are places that will check them out for you to make sure that they are safely and properly installed including most police departments. 

    This is the list I found when I simply googled "Where can I have my car seat inspected?" 

    1. St Clare Hospital
    3400 Ministry Parkway
    Weston, WI 54476
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-393-3258
    Contact: Clara Boldig

    2. Everest Metropolitan Police Department
    5303 Mesker St
    Weston, WI 54476
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-359-4202
    Contact: Leah Long

    3. Aspirus Wausau Hospital
    333 Pine Ridge Blvd
    Wausau, WI 54401
    Hours: 1st Wednesday of each month : 4-6 PM
    Phone: 715-847-2864
    Contact: Tina Scharer and Michelle Armstrong

    4. Safe Kids Wisconsin
    Childrens Health Education Center
    705 S 24th Ave Ste. 402
    Wausau, WI 54401
    Phone: 715-843-1890
    Contact: Libbe Slavin

    5. AAA Wisconsin - Wausau
    4724 Rib Mountain Dr
    Wausau, WI 54401
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-241-7222 x20
    Contact: Brent Dabler

    6. Wausau Police Department
    515 Grand Ave
    Wausau, WI 54403
    Hours: 3rd Wednesay of each month at Saturn of Wausau from 4-6 PM
    Phone: 715-261-7800
    Contact: Maureen Pilsner, John Phillips

    7. Marathon County Health Department
    1200 Lakeview Dr
    Wausau, WI 54403
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-261-1931
    Contact: Renee Trowbrdige and Amanda Myszka

    8. Bridge Community Health Clinic
    1810 North 2nd St
    Wausau, WI 54403
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-848-4884
    Contact: Rocio Mandli

    9. Brickners Park City, Inc
    3000 East Main St
    Merrill, WI 54452
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-536-2833
    Contact: Maria Brickner

    10. Lincoln County Health Department
    607 N Sales St
    Merrill, WI 54452
    Hours: 8a.m.-4:30 p.m.  
    Phone: 715-536-2011
    Contact: Tammi Boers

    11. Portage County Child Passenger Safety
    52 Sunset Blvd
    Stevens Point, WI 54481
    Hours: By Appointment. Tuesday-Friday 8AM-4 PM
    Phone: 715-341-7328
    Contact: Joan Belmas

    12. Wood County Health Department
    184 2nd St North
    Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
    Hours: 8 AM-4;30 PM By Appointment
    Phone: lease call1
    Contact: Tyler Zastava and Erica Sherman

    13. Marinette County Health & Human Services
    2500 Hall Ave
    Marinette, WI 54449
    Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
    Phone: 715-732-7670
    Contact: Wendy Stuart

    14. St. Joseph Hospital
    611 St. Joseph
    Marshfield, WI 54449
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-387-7083
    Contact: Julie Nauman and Linda Sommerfeld

    15. Ho Chunk Nation Health Services
    10889 Sandy Spring Dr
    Nekoosa, WI 54457
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-886-5444
    Contact: Pamela Reimer

    16. City of Antigo Fire Department/LCHD
    700 Edison St
    Antigo, WI 54409
    Hours: 2nd Tuesday of each month 4-6 PM
    Phone: 715-623-3633
    Contact: Linda Vollmar, Jamie Lenzner, Ron Pizl, Corey Smith

    17. Langlade County Health Department
    1225 Langlade Rd
    Antigo, WI 54409
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-627-6250
    Contact: Sheila Rine,  Julie Webb, Tasha Hotchkiss, Tonja Fishcer

    18. Parsons of Antigo
    515 Ammon Ave
    Antigo, WI 54409
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-627-4888
    Contact: Jennifer Gretzinger and Sherri Parsons

    19. Langlade Hospital
    112 East Fifth Amron Ave
    Antigo, WI 54409
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-623-9280
    Contact: Laura Meverden

    20. City of Antigo Police Department
    840 Clermont St
    Antigo, WI 54409
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-627-6411
    Contact: Lisa Volkman

    21. Clark County Publc Health
    517 Court St, R, 105
    Neilsville, WI 54456
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-743-5114 - Leah
    Phone: 715-743-5107 -Jodi
    Contact: Leah Fuehrer and Jodi Sleznikow

    22. Waushara County Health Department
    230 W Park Ave
    Wautoma, WI 54982
    Hours: 8 AM-4 PM by Appointment
    Phone: 920-787-6590
    Contact: Judy Burton, Patti Miller, Tammy Walker

    23. Oneida County Health Department
    1 South Oneida Ave
    Rhinelander, WI 54501
    Hours: By Appointment. Mondy-Friday 8AM-4:30 PM
    Phone: 715-369-6107
    Phone: 715-369-6118
    Contact: Charlotte Ahrens and Dawn VanDenHeuvel

    24. Flambeau Hospital
    N 9507 State Hwy 13
    Phillipa, WI 54555
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-762-7441
    Contact: John Kaliska

    25. Jackson County Health & Human Services
    420 Highway 54 West
    Black River, WI 54615
    Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-4:30 PM
    Phone: 715-284-4301 x301
    Contact: Anita Leis

    26. Black River Memorial Hospital
    711 West Adams St
    Black River Falls, WI 54615
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-284-5361
    Contact: Charlene Galston

    27. Ho Chunk Nation Health Department
    W9850 Airport Road
    Black River Falls, WI 54615
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-284-9851
    Contact: Robert Voss

    28. Hi Chunk Health Department
    N 6250 Guy Rd
    Black River Falls, WI 54615
    Hours: Call to schedule an appointment.
    Phone: 715-284-9851
    Contact: Linda DeLay
    Your hospital will provide you with safety check information too or you can call 1-866-SEAT-CHECK to find a convenient location near you.
    When Josh and I were looking at car seats to put on our registry we wanted to find one that was easy to install and had the front adjustable straps. It is important that the straps fit snug, but not too snug. There should be room for your finger between the strap and baby. Don't dress baby in a snowsuit in the winter then strap them in because if you're in an accident that snowsuit will squish and the baby can come out of the seat. It's better to dress the baby in a normal outfit and wrap blankets around the strapped in baby. I didn't know this until I learned it in one of my fabulous infant safety classes through Ministry. I also learned that you shouldn't use any after market stabilizers either. Only use pieces that actually come with the car seat because they have been tested with the car seat in crash tests so they are proven to be safe.
    What were the important things you were looking for when you were shopping for a car seat?
    Did you load the baby up only to have the person from the hospital tell you that it was wrong?
  • Saving Money

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/13/11

    money in handBabies are expensive. We haven't even met our little bundle of joy yet and we're already seeing all the ways things can add up.

    We obviously got lots of new stuff at our shower from our awesome family and friends, but we needed to buy a few things to be ready.

    We've already found some ways to save money. We have already bought diapers in sizes newborn through size 3 with coupons, We got free samples of newborn formula just in case breastfeeding doesn't pan out for me. We accepted hand me down toys. We bought a used pack-n-play, high chair, play mat and Johnny Jumper. We got lots of clothes in sizes 0-3 all the way up to 18 months, a bouncy chair, a portable bassinette, and a boppy pillow and 2 covers at a garage sale.

    I looked into daycare today and realized how lucky I am to have friends and family willing to help us out watching our baby to save us lots of money.

    I found an article on whattoexpect.com with some more suggestions on how to save money. They suggest forgoing the changing table and purchasing a changing pad instead to place on the top of a dresser. They also suggest skipping the bumpers because they're not safe for babies anyway.

    For kids clothes which they grow out of so fast check out garage sales, second hand stores and consignment shops.

    Do you have any other tips for saving money?

  • Another great class at Ministry

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/12/11

    ministry St mikes

    Last night my husband took another great class through Ministry Health Care at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point. I learned about the Breastfeeding class at the open house for the new Women and Infant Center from the Lactation Consultant who teaches it.

    I have to admit as natural a thing as it is, breastfeeding is one of the things I am most nervous about. I have so many friends who have struggled or are struggling with it. Some don't produce enough milk to keep up, some get infections and some just say it hurts too much for them to stick with it. I have to tell you that I am so glad I took this class because I learned that if my friends had taken it they probably wouldn't have these problems and would've been successful at it.

    This class taught us that in order to produce more milk you need to feed more. Which doesn't really seem to make sense until a Lactation Consultant explains it. To avoid infections you need to take good care of your breasts by trying to avoid engorgement and put cabbage leaves in your bra. I'm not sure I dig the cabbage thing, I don't really want to walk around smelling like coleslaw, but I guess if it works it works. For those who complain that it hurts too much they just haven't mastered latching on. Which is honestly much more complicated than I ever expected, but not difficult. 

    We learned all the different feeding positions which is important because you really should mix them up to avoid breast discomfort. We learned how often to feed. How long milk can be stored. We learned about breast pumps and rules for working moms at offices of 50 employees or more. 

    The class was extremely educational and I am much more confident that I can do this. I want to make the best choices for our baby and Josh is so supportive of my decision he attended the class with me. It didn't pertain much to him, but there were some suggestions for the support person which I think he found helpful.

    I know I can do this, but if I have problems I also know that I can call the Lactation Consultant at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital for help. 

    Did you have problems breastfeeding? How long did you stick with it?

  • Pregnancy Pictures

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/11/11

    Nikki & Josh

    After the discussion on the radio about pregnancy pictures I did indeed contact Bryan Scott's wife Addi and set up a photo session. Everyone said that if I didn't do it I would regret it and I don't want that. The only reason I didn't plan to do this is because I hadn't thought about it, not that I had anything against it. Although I really did not want to do the bare belly shots. I'm not very comfortable with getting my picture taken let alone with my belly exposed. Nothing against those people who do it.

    So Josh and I met Addi Scott and the family at the park last friday and took lots of pictures. Check out Addi's blog for more of the pictures HERE.

    I think she did an awesome job. I am really glad we did it afterall. We may even frame the one at the top of this page.

  • Girl Scouts is more than just cookies and camping

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/10/11

    onsieI've spent 4 hours the last 4 Saturdays with an awesome group of Cadettes from Marshfield. This past Saturday at our last session the girls presented me with this gift. I love it! Almost as much as I loved working with this great group of girls.

    I started working with some folks from the Girl Scout office on this idea nearly a year ago. Laurie from the Girl Scouts came to me to talk about speaking at a dinner and as we talked she mentioned that they were trying to start "Series" for the older girls to get interested in different career paths. This sparked my interest. I decided that I wanted to do this. I thought it would be fun to teach the girls all about radio. I recruited some great co-workers to help me out in different areas. Cameo a sales rep for one of our sister stations helped out the first day to teach the girls all about sales. Terry Stevens helped out the first session and second session when we taught the girls about commercial copy writing and production and the girls absolutely LOVED him. Emily from our web department helped out when it came time to teach the girls about the relationship between radio and the internet as well as video. And Chris Conley stopped by during the last session to tell the girls about how the news is gathered. 

    The original plan was to do 2 hour sessions, but between school starting and my due date there just wasn't going to be enough time. I was a little worried about keeping a group of 11-13 year olds entertained enough to pay attention for 4 hours, but it wasn't bad at all. During the course of the 4 weeks I think the girls had a great time. They created commercials for the girl scouts and a video. 

    I had a lot of fun too. I wanted to do this because when I was young I didn't have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout. I was a Brownie, but our leader quit and we had such a small community that there wasn't enough interest to keep it going. I've always admired the organization and as an adult I look at the things that they do and I'm so sad that I didn't get to do these things. I want to make sure that my daughter at least has the opportunity to be a Girl Scout. I hope that I can encourage her to stick with it too. I know when some girls get to be a little older they quit because it not the "cool" thing to do anymore, but if you get a chance to see the things they do it is the REALLY COOL thing to do. GIRL SCOUTS IS MORE THAN JUST COOKIES AND CAMPING.

    Once my daughter is old enough to be a Daisy I could see myself volunteering as a leader. Don't hold me to that I'd need a lot of help with my job schedule, but I'd certainly consider it. 

     

  • Baby's Room

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    baby's closetBaby's closet looks a lot like mommy's :)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    organizerI've had this organizer since college. It's going to come in handy.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    deskThis bedroom set was originally my sisters when she was little. We were so happy when we found out we were having a girl so we didn't have to run out and buy all this stuff.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    chairThis is where I'll rock and feed the baby. My inlaws gave us the chair it's perfect!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    cribHere's the baby's crib thanks to the inlaws for this comfy spot for our baby to lay her head. We got those mesh bumpers to protect baby from suffocating.

     

    This is so exciting. We are all ready for her arrival. Now it's just a waiting game.

  • Pregnancy brain

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/7/11

    brainI intended to blog pictures of the baby's room last night and I completely forgot! I most certainly have pregnancy brain. I am so incredibly forgetful. During the first trimester I mentioned that I would forget things like whether or not I shampooed my hair, but that passed and I was doing really well until recently. Now I'm forgetting bigger things like taking prizes to the front desk, calling people back, blogging! This is crazy. What's worse is that I fear it's driving everyone else around me crazy too. And what can I say? It sounds like an excuse to say "It's pregnancy brain," but it really is. I have so many things on my mind right now. What do I need to pack for the hospital? What do I need to have done at home before baby comes? Do we have everything we need? Ooh I had a little pain do I need to pay attention to that? Did I drink enough water today? Did I forget anyone on the call list? Who will be our baby's doctor? What are we doing for daycare? Who will be our back up sitter? Everything seems so important, but it's all just crowding my brain making me forget everything! You should see my coffee table it's filled with notes, because I feel that I need to write everything down before I forget it. I'm pretty sure this is the worst part of being pregnant so far. I feel like a shell of my old organized self.

    Any suggestions on how to deal with pregnancy brain?

  • Pregnancy progress 34 week appointment

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/5/11

    I went to the doctor yesterday and got a new doctor in the rotation, Dr. Fatchikov, and I liked him very much. He answered my questions quickly, yet completely and he was pretty funny.

    One nice thing about Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital/Rice Clinic is that they set you up on a rotation so you can meet all the OB/GYN doctors because you never know who is going to be the doctor on call the day you have the baby. I have a couple doctors left, I sure hope that I have a chance to meet them before baby comes.

    Dr. Fatchikov took a look at my chart and told me that my weight gain is good right on target. He then told me that it looks like I'm cooking a pretty good size baby. When I got on the table so he could measure my belly and listen to the heartbeat he informed me that he too thinks the baby is about 5 pounds already. Her heartbeat was very fast, 153, that's about 10 higher than last time. Dr. Fatchikov told me that the baby must be excited. I laughed because I'm excited too.

    So the baby checked out good and I checked out good, no swelling, proper weight gain, and normal blood pressure.

    I just keep thanking my lucky stars for having such a good pregnancy so far. I know so many people who had complications from high blood pressure/toxemia or prematerm labor and in some cases preterm delivery. Granted I have a few weeks before I'm officially in the safety zone, but so far there's no indication that I have anything to worry about. I'll just keep prayin & knocking on wood.

     

     

  • Latest building project

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/4/11

    sideboardOk though our latest bulding project is not exactly for the baby it does help the baby. We currently have all of our board games stored in the baby's dresser! It worked out great, but of course now that baby is only 5 weeks from arrival we needed to get the dresser ready for baby clothes. We built this sideboard or cabinet to store all the games in our entry room.

    Josh found the pattern in a woodworking magazine which is unusual. Most of the time Josh designs our woodworking projects from scratch (and they turn out beautiful). Using a pattern made this project a little easier. My contribution this time around was picking out the wood I wanted for the door panels. Sawdust is not the best thing for me to be breathing in right now. Josh built the cabinet did a fantastic job. Once it was all put together we had to buy the paint. I wanted to paint it with weathered crackle paint like the coat rack we made last year. If you've never used crackle paint before I will tell you right now it is not very fun to use.

    We applied the basecoat in a beige after that was completely dry I applied the layer of crackle which looks like glue over the entire piece. The crackle needed between an hour and 4 hours to dry and could not be left longer than 4 hours so when Josh got home yesterday we painted the top coat on. Luckily it was so warm the last few days so we could leave the garage doors open for good ventilation. The top coat is the green you see in the picture. The reason I say the crackle isn't fun to use is because the crackle coat causes the paint to dry pretty fast so if you have to put on one thick coat in one swipe or you start messing up the paint you already put on. I was getting so frustrated. Once I got it figured out it was okay though.

  • Look what we got!

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/3/11

    Look what we got in the mail today:

    CERTIFICATE