Crazy Mom Brain

Today Facebook sent me a ‘memory’, which is a picture that I posted a few years ago. It made me nostalgic thinking about my first son when he was only a few months old. Then in that weird way that my brain works, I started thinking about how different things have been and saving money this time around, which then led my brain to ……my boobs.

Ok, so there were a few more thoughts in between those two trains of thought but it was basically a weird line that most parents will understand once I explain a little bit more.

With my first son we had to buy a LOT of formula. He was a big eater and LOVED his food. I had low production and couldn’t produce enough milk to keep up with him and we were buying 1 large tub of formula about once a week. When you add that up, that’s more expensive than diapers. So, fast forward to today with my second little guy and I’m producing almost enough to feed him completely. We’ve had to supplement a little bit but since he’s been home we’ve only bought 4 containers of formula. One of which was a small trial to test out a different type. So, really we’ve bought 3, with one of them going to daycare to be on the safe side to make sure he has enough to eat when I’m not around.

This got me to thinking how much did we really spend on formula and how much are my boobs saving me this time around. Well, we use Enfamil Gentlease, which sells for about $25-$30 depending on which tub you get. I’ll use the low end of $25 per tub. We’ll say we bought 4 tubs per month, one per week. 4 tubs x 12 months = 48 tubs in a year. 48 * $25= $1,200. $1,200 on just formula and that’s if the formula was $25, since I think it may have been a little bit more, $1,200 is on the low end.

By the same math, at this point with my first son we had spent over $300 on formula already. With my second son, we’ve only bought the 3 containers plus the small trial. So, we’ve spent $25*3+15 (the cost of the small one) =$90. That’s a difference of $210 over two months.

Which brings me to the topic of boobs. These wonderful magical globes of giving. They produce the highest quality food that your baby needs. And it’s completely FREE. I know that some people don’t want to breast feed for one reason or another and that is 100% your choice. I am a firm believer in being true to yourself and doing what feels right to you (within the law of course). However, if you’re looking for ways to cut your budget after you little one is born I would strongly recommend breast feeding, it’s a money saver and, even better it’s a great bonding time with your baby.

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My New Hobby

I stumbled across making wind chimes and other items out of empty wine bottles. To make them the glass bottles have to be cut.

I got bottles from friends and family to try cutting them. At first, I was VERY unsuccessful. I was using the string method to try and cut it. Every one I cut had imperfections and shattered. I couldn’t get a smooth or even cut.

I had $20 in my Ibotta account. So, I found a glass cutter on Amazon and used the money to from Ibotta to buy it. The glass cutter is an etcher that makes a groove in the glass. Once it’s heated it will make a perfect cut. I was able to cut the glass!

With cutting the glass I was able to make a couple of really cool items. The first was a candle holder for Bean’s teacher. She was leaving the daycare this week and I wanted to make her a good-bye gift. The second is a wind chime I made for my mom.

The candle holder I decorated with little stickies and used a ceramic planter pot bottom. It came out wonderfully and gave off a beautiful green glow. I wasn’t sure of his teachers home decor but I couldn’t go wrong with earthy brilliance of this piece.

The wind chime is a bright blue glass (thank you Relax wine). I used some pretty glass and metal beads as the center piece. In daylight this piece is gorgeous.

I’m thinking of trying to get them into a local crafting store. I’m hoping to do a test in the store before I make a lot of them. I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for stopping by!

Getting Organized

One of my soft goals for this year was to start getting more organized. I figured I’d start with something small and that can be done quickly because I had only a few minutes while the boys were occupied.

I decided to organize my tupperware drawer. It was so unorganized at the beginning that I couldn’t put anymore dishes in it. I realized I was going to have a problem when I cleaned out my refrigerator because the tupperware drawer was over flowing and I had another 10 tubs to fit back in.

Little Bean helping open the Tupperware drawer

So, I sorted it and recycled the tops and other items that no longer had matches. I organized it by type and container size. I was able to fit everything in nicely and with room to spare.

Organized drawer

Which means this month I have made every goal I set for myself. We’ve worked out a budget, I’ve paid one of off Hubby’s student loans and I’ve organized my one drawer for the month. On top of all those, I’ve also gotten into a new hobby, which I’m super excited about and I’ll do a post about later. Overall, I’m feeling pretty good about my New Year’s resolutions and how the month has gone. The only way to make this month even better is to have Peanut start sleeping at night.

Mini-Goals

Hard Goals

Weight Loss:

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My weight loss goal will start once I’m sleeping (ish). Since I’m up with Peanut every few hours because he’s an eater, my plan is to start once he’s down to eating once a night :

First 2 wks: Use eliptical 1x wk & Yoga 1xwk

Next 2 wks: Eliptical 2x wk & yoga 1x wk

Wks 4-5: Eliptical 2x/wk & Yoga 1xwk

Wks 5-6: Eliptical 1xwk, Yoga 1x wk & work out video w/ weights 1xwk

** at wk 6 review & re-evaluate & set next 6 wk plan

Finances:

This year we are going to work to pay down our debt and to add a little to our savings. We’ve decided to use the snowball method. So, we’ll start with the smallest loan and go from there.

Monthly: In order to keep our finances straight, we’ve come up with a budget and will be updating this on a monthly basis. Every month we’ll be reviewing our spending for the following month and trying to find ways to reduce or change our habits.

January Progress: The smallest loan we have right now is one of Hubby’s student loans. It’s about $800. I have a year-end bonus from work that I’ll be using to pay this off. So, goal 1: payoff smallest loan.

February Progress: The next smallest loan we have is the last of my student loans. It’s about $3,400. I’m not sure exactly how much my bonus will be. So, the goal is to put the rest of my bonus on it and then put the normal payment plus the money I’d pay on Hubby’s loan. I’m also hoping that by doing surveys online and maybe a few other things (I’ll post about them later) that I’ll be able to get it under $3,000.

Now that we have no other bonuses coming in things will go a little slower. So, basically for the rest of the year we’re going to be putting our extra on it plus whatever extra we can make. I’m hoping in that by August we’ll have the loan under $2,000. So, I’ll be providing periodic updates on this to keep track of our progress.

Soft Goals:

Being more organized: This one I’m going to try to do by starting with just a few things and then in 2 months from now re-evaluate.

Menus: Every week I’ll be creating menus for the upcoming week and making sure that we have everything we need for them. Then prepping the meals for the coming week(s) on Saturday or Sunday. By pre-cooking the meals or having them crock-pot ready, it will save me time at night after I pick the boys up from daycare. This should also help us save money. With me prepping our meals we won’t need to have Hubby pick things up because I’ll have everything already. It will also stop us from eating out.

Organization: Every month pick one area of the house to organize. Each of these will be small places. Like under the kitchen sink or one drawer- like the junk drawer. By choosing one area I’m hoping that it will not be overwhelming and keep me going.

Well, this post means I’ve completed my very first New Year’s resolution because I’ve laid out my mini-goals for the first few months. Woohoo!! Go me! Have you laid out your goals yet?

New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year in addition to reflection is a time for making plans and charting a new course for changes in your life. Whether the goals are big or small, it seems that everyone has at least one.

However, most of them get left by the wayside by the end of January, if not sooner. I’m just as guilty of this as everyone else. In the past I’ve set goals of losing weight, getting into shape, being a better house keeper and paying off debt.

This year I’m going to keep it very simple. I’m going to have two solid goals that don’t have time limits or set time goals. I’m going to lose at least 5 pounds this year and get back on track financially.

Goal 1- Weight Loss: Well, at this point in my life I’m not in shape and I’m 20 pounds over my goal weight. I won’t be setting a pound goal this year. Since I just had the baby and I’m still the time of no sleep trying to set up an exercise schedule is out of the question. Any free/spare time I have will be spent sleeping, at least for the next few months. So, my goal related to weight loss is by the end of the year have started to work out. I want to start slow with cardio by walking on my elliptical and doing 1-2 yoga workouts a week. Then work up to adding in weight training.

Goal 2- Finances: This past year we’ve gotten off track with our finances, which I discussed here. So, the goal for this year is to get back on track and start the long process of paying off our debt. In order to keep us on track, I’m going to document our progress here and discuss what we’re doing to cut expenses and finding ways to supplement our income.

Those are my hard goals about me and the house. I also have a soft goals of sorting and getting rid of stuff out of my house and to find ways to become more organized. The Hubby and I, in addition to the finances, have also set a resolution of making sure we take care of our relationship. Relationships take work and love to keep them healthy and we haven’t been together for 17 years to let it get messed up now.

With my goals made I’m going to set up a timeline for everything, so, my goals are clearly set out with small, mini-goals along the way. I believe that is one of the pitfalls of making resolutions. People set large generic resolutions and then get lost in getting to that resolution. By setting out small detailed milestones I will have check points to keep me going to the end.

Once I have my detailed goals set out, I’ll be posting a full schedule/check point list here. Then I’ll use the blog to keep myself on track with regular updates.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll keep checking up on me.

Looking back at 2018

The New Year is a time for reflection and setting goals for the end of the year.

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This year has had some ups and downs for us. Our family grew and at the end of the year we welcomed our second son. He is an absolute wonder and we are so excited he is finally here. However, we did stumble financially this year.

We had a major setback and had to buy a new car (used, but new to us) because one of our vehicles was not going pass inspection and we would need to have spent thousands to make it pass inspection. So, we made the decision to purchase a new one. Even though I work from home we needed to have two vehicles because Hubby’s schedule is not a standard schedule and he cannot do daycare pickup and drop off. I thought about trying to go down to one car for a while, but being pregnant and having to walk over 3 miles twice a day, in all weather and up a hill that is about a 45 degree angle, was not feasible for me.

We did our homework and found a good vehicle for us and spoke to our bank of choice before ever going to the dealership. I recommend doing your research on where to finance before going to the dealership because it will save you money in the long run. The dealership we bought the car at tried multiple times in less than honest ways to get us to leave the bank we wanted and to finance the whole amount. However, we already financial plan for the vehicle set. We knew what we were going to do for a down payment and that we were not having someone else service our loan because I had already gotten approved with a low interest rate. If we had left our bank and financed with a lender of the dealerships choice, we would have had a higher payment because we financed more money and likely would have had a higher interest rate. So, by paying more in interest over the life of the loan on a higher amount, we would have been paying more out of pocket.

However, I digress. After trying to be smart about having to make a huge and unexpected purchase, we fell off the financial smart wagon. We made large purchases at ToysR’us when they went out of business. We justified it by saying it was stuff we needed for the boys. We also kept buying toys at other stores we went to because it’s for Little Bean. So, basically we just kept spending and got in over our heads.

Over the last six weeks that we’ve been on leave, we’ve also spent quite a bit. We went all out for Christmas and splurged on ourselves on Black Friday. We’ve wanted a robot cleaner for a while. It is incredibly difficult to keep our floors clean with the two dogs and Little Bean I’d have to sweep 3-4 times per day to keep all the floors clean. That’s obviously something I don’t have time to do. So, we saw that multiple stores on Black Friday were having sales on these. We looked into all of them and found one that we wanted. It is a Shark Ion that was originally $499.00 at Khol’s. However, it was on sale and I had some Kohl’s cash from buying Hubby work shirts. So, after the sale, the promotional codes and my Kohl’s cash we paid only $194.00. The Hubby and I made a decision to purchase this for each other for Christmas. So, it was another larger purchase that wasn’t necessary (however, I wouldn’t return it if I could- I love this thing).

So, to get back on track we’ve used a free document from Google Docs to set up a budget and make a plan to pay down all of our debt. We’ve decided to use the snowball method. For those that aren’t familiar with this term, this method is when you start with the smallest debt and pay as much extra as you can to pay it off. Once it’s paid off, the money you were paying on the now paid off debt is applied to the next smallest loan.

By using that method this year my goal is to get back on track financially and make some real progress on reducing our debt. We’re hoping to pay to be able to pay off all of our debt in 7-8 years. It’s a lofty goal to do it in under 10 years but I think we’re up for the challenge. I’m going to be giving bi-weekly updates on how the paying down of the debt is going.

 

Spam Robocalls

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I’ve been getting a ton of automated robocalls lately on my cellphone and what I can’t believe is they are all coming from phone numbers that are within my area code. So, the call looks like it could be from a real person. Which, makes me pick up. I did a little research and it seems that this is a common practice of scammers called Spoofing.

So, I say hello. The “person” on the other end then says something like Hello, How are you?. I’ve realized that this sentence is the one sentence that gives them away as being spammers/scammers. Some of the calls are obviously pre-recorded messages and others are obviously computer generated calls. But by saying something in response to this first question then starts a recorded message about whatever crap they are trying to sell you or scam you into giving up your personal information.

Unfortunately, even if you put your number on the Do Not Call List it is unlikely to stop these robocalls. These calls are mass made by computer programs. It is difficult to track these calls and they can be made by pretty much anyone with a computer connection. This means that there is a possibility that when you either push the button to speak with a person or call the number that the automated call says to call back the person you are speaking with may not be in the United States. Which would make prosecution of these callers almost impossible. For an in depth article about this please check out this one from the Miami Herald.

There are many different types of scams to be wary of from people trying to get into your computer to steal your identity to people telling you that you’ve won some prize. It is incredibly important to just HANG UP! Don’t press any buttons, don’t say the word “yes” and DO NOT confirm your personal information to someone who calls you out of the blue.

Some scams to be aware of:

1. Computer Scam: Someone calling because there is an issue with your computer. These are hackers that want to get into your computer. When you give them the information they need and allow them access to your computer they will try to “sell” you a package to protect your computer or to “fix” something that wasn’t really broken. Once they are in your computer they can lock it so you can’t use it until you pay them to give you access. **Microsoft/Windows/Apple/HP, etc will NOT call you**. Also, if you ever see a screen pop up telling you to call a number to get a problem fixed – THIS IS NOT LEGIT!! This is a spam pop up! DO NOT CALL THEM!!!

2. The IRS scam: A robocall will come through telling you something like ‘This is your final warning regarding back taxes. We have contacted the local police department for a warrant for your arrest. Call this number immediately to resolve your outstanding back taxes’. A few things with this one, first, the IRS is NOT going to call you at 10 pm. They’re just not, why, because they’re all home in bed. Second, if you really listen to the recording you’ll hear that it has grammatical errors such as ‘you back taxes’. Yes, this is really a portion of a sentence that was said on the robocall. How do I know you ask. Well, I’ve been the recipient of at least 5 of these phone calls. At no time was there an arrest warrant out for me. Third, if there was an issue with your taxes you would know before you got a weird robocall and likely have a contact at the IRS that you were already dealing with. Don’t fall for this scam. When you call they will ask you to confirm your SS Number and other personal information, like your date of birth, it’s because they don’t have it! If you “confirm” it for them, you are giving it to them, which will allow them to steal your identity. So, if you get this robocall you can do a few things. You can just ignore it and hang up. You can listen to the message and write the phone number down. Then report it to the IRS here. But what you should NEVER!!! do is call the number back and give them your information and/or pay them anything. They are not the IRS!!!

3. ObamaCare enrollment: This one is really big right now. I’ve been getting 3-4 of these a day. A woman or man’s voice says they have great offers for health insurance and want to speak with me about them. Or they try the threatening approach that the enrollment period is ending and I need to have insurance right away. The best thing to do is to just hang up. The plans they are selling don’t provide real coverage, are short term plans that will end after a few months or are fake brokers that will take your money but never give you any insurance coverage. Even if you push the number to opt-out of getting future calls, it is likely that this will not stop the calls and is more likely to increase them. What you’re telling spammers by pushing any number is that they’ve reached a live phone number. It’s best to not answer if you don’t know the number and let the person leave a voicemail or just hang up if you do answer. There is no reason to say anything more than hello on this type of a call before disconnecting.

The three calls above are the most prevalent (at least for me) right now. So, long rant short- DO NOT give someone your information if they call you out of the blue. If you haven’t asked a company that you do business with to call you, like Comcast/Verizon and other big companies call back services instead of waiting on hold for them, DO NOT interact with these people/robocalls, just hang up!

The only way to beat a scammer is not to engage with them. It might feel good to waste their time but it will only make you more of a target because once they know you’re a real person, they will sell your number to another robocalling company. So, if you really need to see/hear someone get a leg up on these scammers, just go to YouTube and type in computer scammers get scammed and get your jollies off watching computer gurus stop them in their tracks.

Good luck and remember, JUST HANG UP!

 

Toddler TV

As many parents know, once your child gets to a certain age you no longer get to watch what you want to watch and you watch age appropriate shows.

While watching these shows the only thing that has kept me and the Hubby sane has been to find the plot holes. Some of these holes are HUGE others are small. My son has two favorite TV shows, they are Puppy Dog Pals and Vampirina both on Disney. Now these shows are both decent and cute shows.

I’ll start with the issues I have with Puppy Dog Pals. First the human, Bob, is a complete idiot. Example One: In one of the episodes the puppies get Bob ice from Antarctica (yes the puppies flew to Antarctica) and got ice. They then put the ice in a glass and left it on the kitchen counter. When Bob got home he saw the ice and was excited that he had ice, which he proceeded to pour iced tea over and drink. Now, I have multiple issues with this. First, if you run out of ice you fill your ice trays and put them in the freezer, he didn’t do this when he ran out of ice. Second, he knew he was out of ice and didn’t question where a glass full of ice came from on his kitchen counter. Third, he drank something out of the glass with this mystery ice. I mean seriously, he walked into the kitchen of the home he lives in alone and found a glass full of ice. He has no idea who put the ice there, where the ice came from or how it got into his kitchen and yet he still drank from the glass!!!  Who does that!!!??

Example Two: In another episode the puppies wanted to help Bob sleep so they herded some sheep from a local farm into the back yard. The backyard of Bob’s house is a fenced back yard with a latched gate. So, gate couldn’t have just opened. However, upon finding 20-something sheep in his backyard, Bob saw nothing wrong. He simply called a farmer he knew to ask if the farmer had lost his sheep. Really? He’s not going to question how the hell all these sheep got into his yard? That would be my first thing, because if the sheep could get in then his puppies could get out.

My next issue with this show is the incredibly unrealistic activities of the puppies. Example One: While Bob is away at work they do things like fly to Antarctica, Ireland, China, England and Australia and back from these countries in a single day. Not just a day but in about 9 hours (an approximate American work day including travel time). To get to some of these countries it would take more than 9 hours of flying to get there one way. This is setting a completely unrealistic expectation for kids about the timeline to get places. Not only that but the puppies seem to travel first class every time they fly.

Example Two: In one episode when the puppies travel to London to learn how to treat a Queen. They walk right into Buckingham Palace through a doggie door. Now, I am aware that the Queen of England has a soft spot for her Corgis, however, the absurdity level of there being a doggie door in the main gate around Buckingham Palace to let her Corgis walk in and out onto the main streets of London is absolutely ridiculous.

Now the real kicker for me is that Bob built a robot dog, ARF. ARF can talk with the puppies. He completely understands what the animals are saying but also understands what Bob is saying. Now, if Bob invented this robot then he should know that this is something ARF can do? Then why isn’t he using this feature to find out what his puppies are saying?

Now, like I said at the beginning, this show is cute and my son loves it. However, the huge gaping plot holes, of which I’ve only named a few above, are so grossly annoying that they make the show difficult for me to watch.

Thank you for stopping by, and please watch for my next plot hole post about Vampirina coming soon.

Early Arrival

Prior to our the arrival of our newest member, I had wanted to get a lot of stuff done.  Well, our second little guy decided to arrive 14 days early! We were so unprepared that we hadn’t even packed our go-bag. i had one contraction at 8 pm, and then nothing. So, I thought it was a Braxton-Hix contraction. Then at 12:20 my water broke, we scrambled around our house packing everything. We then called the doctor and spoke with her about my progress. Being my second child she recommended we come in right away. It took us a few more minutes to get in the car with all our stuff and Little Bean.

We made the emergency call to Grandma and she said she’d meet us at the hospital. So, off we went on the most excruciating drive I have ever been on. Not only were the contractions coming fast and furious but it was 32-degrees and raining. So, the Hubby was driving cautiously , and only going a little fast for fear of the roads icing over. We didn’t get to the hospital until 2:35 am. Hubby dropped me off at the lobby and went to park the car and get little Bean out. Well, to make the story PG, the doctor told me within minutes of being in the delivery room that I was fully dilated and had to push because Peanuts heart rate had dropped. So, 2.5 pushes later Peanut was out and crying. His time of birth was 2:44 am. So, I wasn’t even at the hospital for 10 minutes before Peanut made his grand entrance. Hubby barely made it into the room to see the big event and Grandma hadn’t made it to the hospital yet, so, Little Bean got to witness his brothers birth.

 

Thankfully I had gotten a few things done before the big event. I was able to get meals prepped and frozen, see my post later this week discussing how I did this.

We also got the car seat base installed in our car. Sadly, we didn’t adjust the car seat straps or back and realized it was not right at the hospital as we were leaving. If you want to talk about feeling unprepared and a bit stupid in front of the nurses, we definitely felt that way.

We also got the bassinet pulled out of storage and wiped down. It wasn’t set up in our room, but it was ready to go. So, it was easy to get set up once we got home.

But other than those things, nothing else on my list got done. Peanut has been here for a little more than two weeks and I have to tell you the only thing I am most thankful I did was premake a ton of meals. I got pretty sick with Mastitis and these meals have made it easier to keep us fed with less work because all we needed to do was cook them.

My advice to all pregnant ladies, if you can only get to do a few preparation things done make sure you do these things:

  • Have a go bag ready- pack underwear- something comfortable because you are not!! going to want a thong and you’ll need to wear a pad, phone charger, if you’re bringing some type of tablet a charger for that, pants- sweatpants or comfy pregnancy pants- you’re not going to lose that much weight immediately after birth, a change of shirt, nursing bras (if you’re going to breast feed), socks, tooth brush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Those are the absolute basics;
  • Install the car seat base in your car;
  • Have a bassinet set up;
  • Buy pads – you’ll need these when you get home because bleeding can occur for up to six weeks after birth;
  • Have Ibuprofen and Tylenol on hand for when you go home;
  • Pre-make freezer meals.

These are necessary basics, they will allow you to come home in comfort and have everything you’ll need to take care of yourself when you get there.

Thank you for stopping by.

 

Pupps Rash

During and after my last pregnancy I had the Pupps Rash. I was hoping that during this pregnancy I wouldn’t have a repeat of the rash because doctors  and books say most women only get this once and don’t have it in subsequent pregnancies.

Well, apparently, I’m special, unique and an anomaly because I’m not only lucky enough to have the rash again but it started earlier than it did last time.

For those that don’t know, the Pupps Rash is a very itchy rash that usually starts in a woman’s stretch marks and is raised red bumps. There is nothing that the doctors can really do for the rash while you’re pregnant. The treatment when your pregnant is cortisone cream, ice packs and Benadryl.  Unfortunately, Benadryl makes me so sleepy and sleep so soundly that I wouldn’t be able to look after Little Bean or hear him if he got up in the night, so, using it is not an option. The cortisone works ok to at least take the edge off of the itch so that I’m able to not scratch and the ice packs just don’t help me.

Doctors aren’t sure of the exact cause of the Pupps Rash but they believe it’s caused by hormones and a mother’s reaction to those hormones. And of course hormones are something that all pregnant women have an abundance of. Because there isn’t an exact known cause, there is no medicine to treat it and even if there were, who knows what that medication could do to the baby. So, sadly it’s all external treatment or Benadry (for those that don’t become zombies when taking it).

If the rash starts before the babies born you can expect it to last for a little while after the baby is born. Because all those hormones are starting to clear out of your system. Unfortunately, for me last time the rash got worse and basically exploded. I was covered in it from head to toe. When I say head to toe, I’m not kidding. I had it on my scalp/in my hairline and then all the way down to the tops of my feet with all the bits in between covered in splotchy patches of it.

I’m hoping that this time around it won’t be so bad. However, after the baby is born the doctors can give you a steroid pack to help treat it. This time, if it starts getting worse while I’m still in the hospital I’ll know to ask for this and not wait until it gets too bad. Unfortunately, last time I waited for a week after Little Bean was born to talk to my doctor about the rash and how bad it had gotten. At that point they put me on the steroid pack, which may have slowed it but didn’t stop it. The rash in total took over three weeks to clear. Then because it had been so bad for so long, all the hair folicles on my legs and arm pits were inflamed. This caused large patches of hair to stop growing, which is incredibly itchy on it’s own.

Now this may sound great, less area to shave, right? Not really because it’s in random sized patches all over and shaving makes the itching worse. So, no it isn’t awesome. I had gorilla hair on my legs in patches and couldn’t do anything about it.

With the Pupps Rash being pretty rare many women don’t know what it is or anything about it. Usually you only get to learn about it if you are unlucky enough to experience it. People will give you sympathy or look at you like you’re stupid. They don’t understand that to make it bearable you have to basically bathe in cortisone, which is not an understatement, I usually put cortisone on 20-30 times per day. They also won’t understand why you don’t want to wear maternity pants. If you have relatives like mine, they say things like ‘well, maternity clothes have come a long way since I had to wear them. I don’t understand why you won’t wear those pants. They are nice jeans’. They don’t get that the stupid top portion of spandex that goes up over your stomach rubs and inflames the rash. Even when you’ve tried to explain it to them.

When faced with this you have two options smile and tell them it’s not their body and you will wear what you want. Or, the way I handled (not very well because I was fed up with being told to wear maternity clothes), by yelling and telling them to back off because you’re rash is so bad that you can barely stand having clothes on without wanting to rip your skin off. But the hatred that I have for maternity clothes is a totally different topic and only half of it is related to my Pupps Rash.

So, ladies, if you are unlucky enough to be one of the few that get the Pupps Rash, know that you are not alone. There are others out there that know exactly what you’re going thru and that even though it feels like forever, it should only last about a week to ten days after delivery (unless you are very, very unlucky). So, chin up and keep the cortisone handy because even though the rash sucks ass, that little munchkin is worth every minute of the rash.