Post by Jamie
If you saw my last blog post, you already know that I took a poll to determine what my very first blog post would be. I’m almost certain that my mother voted, cleared her cache, and then voted again…31 times. I know she wants me to be more positive and thankful (because she’s my mom and moms are always right [ahem, Finn] ), so even if she cheated, I know she did it out of love.
So here it is: things I’m thankful for since moving to Las Vegas. In no particular order.
It’s been raining here…a lot. Well, a lot by Phoenix standards. And while I did grow up in the country and I spent plenty of days and nights four wheeling through sandy washes (definitely never when the police were chasing me…really, mom), I don’t know jack about driving in slippery mud. I’m so happy I have an AWD SUV.
Semilla Natural Foods & Santa Fe grocery stores
Most people who know me know that I am a little obsessed with grocery stores. If I had tons of money and could just work a regular job that I could forget about when I clocked out for the day, I would work at a grocery store in a heartbeat. But I’d pick one of those tree-hugging crunchy grocery stores. Enter Semilla Natural Foods right here in Las Vegas and basically a billion of the grocery stores in Santa Fe. Finlay likes them too.
By the way, when you live in the middle of nowhere, you buy a lot of groceries all at once. Like…a lot.
Amazon Prime ships to PO boxes
Because you know what? We technically don’t have an address. Yes, you read that right.
I honestly don’t know what I would do without my Lillebaby carrier. It helps me take the mom-obsessed and eternally curious Finlay everywhere with me. It allows us to go on daily walks…and I can wield a sharp knife while making dinner without him yanking it out of my hands.
Ours are amazing, end of story. Brooks and Tomi are about the biggest blessing we’ve experienced since we moved here.
White noise app on my phone
Combined with the Lillebaby, the white noise app makes it possible for me to be an almost normal parent. If you’re a fellow parent of a baby with sleep issues, I don’t even need to give details here. To all the parents who have babies without sleep issues: please have patience for us when we say things like, “Sorry, I have to go home to put my baby to sleep for his nap because he won’t nap in the car or a stroller,” or, “One day I am going to pull an Office Space printer scene on my exercise ball, because if I have to bounce this kid to sleep one more time, I may stab myself in the eyeballs.”
So when Grant invited me to drive his cattle out to pasture, I knew I could actually attend this multiple hour event without Finlay having a complete meltdown…because when it came time to nap, I plopped that sucker in the Lillebaby and turned on the white noise app on my phone. Oh, thank you white noise app. I got to see things like this:
There is one in Las Vegas. Holy cow.
I could write a book on what I think about sleep training. FYI, I don’t mean CIO or Ferber, although I’m not going to say anything about those techniques because…well, because moms don’t need any more guilt than they already have.
Sleep training means I actually get to spend two hours a day with my husband, doing things that normal people (note: me before baby) take for granted, like relax on our front porch and drink in this view:
The local country radio station
I love rap music. I also love country music. I do not like them combined. Enter The Bull. It’s amazing! Sorry KMLE and KNIX, you suck compared to The Bull.
Not having to buy gas
I’ve been here a month. I haven’t bought gas yet, and I have driven to Santa Fe and back once, and I go to town at least 2-4 times every week.
Hopefully you were at least mildly entertained by this post, or at least the pictures that included Finlay. Because, let’s be honest – that kid’s adorable.
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