Urban Mothering

Big city life in small living quarters

Sofa score!

I’ve had the same sofa for years now, which I inherited from a friend with great taste, and it’s not the beauty it used to be.  One day it was fresh and bouncy with a crisp, clean white canvas cover.  Those were the days when there weren’t little bodies jumping all over it and snacks actually stayed in they’re containers.  It’s a modern piece from Ligne Roset that is very hard to find these days, so I truly appreciate it for what it is, but life has changed for us, and our needs are different.  Enter the word parent.  Since we now have three under five, white doesn’t really work for us and being in a small living space, a sofa that offers a sleeper option with extra storage space is a huge plus, so I set out to find a good replacement.  I found that Ikea had such a thing in their Frieheten design.  It’s a sectional that turns into a full size bed and it has storage under the chaise area.  It comes in a dark grey, which I loved the thought of.  I looked around on Craigslist immediately to see what the resale cost was going for.  I found some for roughly $300 to $400, a free even less, but I wasn’t ready to make any moves.  After all, I still had to think about what I would do with the yellowing Smala sofa.  I eventually stopped searching for it and gave up on the idea.  Months later, I happen to be looking into my Next-door email and found that someone was giving one away for FREE!  The exact same style, color, and fabric that I was eyeing!!  I rushed to contact the woman about it and feel a surge of panic… What if she hadn’t gotten my message?  What if she didn’t feel reassured that I could pick it up right away?  Did I leave my phone number?  I was sure that this was going to be another upset in my furniture find moments.  But then, I received a message from her.  I had been the first one to contact her.  She said it was mine if I could pick up that day.  I was so stoked and nervous.  I still had to convince the hubby that this was the perfect addition to our space AND he’d have to do all the labor for us.  After writing him a lengthy text of pleading, he responded with a simple OK.  I was so excited!!  We coordinated that afternoon and as soon as I got home, he and his friend headed out to go and get it.  The rest of the evening was spent moving things around and assembling the sofa together.  It was in excellent condition and we couldn’t have been happier.  Now, it’s been a few months and I still need to do some redecorating around it, but we’re still very pleased with it.  I’m amazed at how everything worked out and feel very blessed.   I know that living in a big city comes with these kinds of perks, which I definitely appreciate!  I don’t have any good pictures, yet, but I’ll post some soon!!


Every night I nurse the baby about every 2 hours and 5 or 6am rolls around and I think, ‘man, I’m tired, I’m going to get some rest later today.’  I get up and help get my son off to school then continue with the morning. Sometimes the days are a little busier than others, but soon enough lunchtime comes and then the afternoon when my two toddlers are back together and I’m non-stop doing stuff. Bath time comes, then dinner happens and by that time, my shoulders are so tight that i tell myself, yet again,  ‘I need to get a massage. ‘ And that day never comes. I’ve been very close to scheduling a session, but it just never happens. By the time bedtime rolls around, I just want everyone to go to sleep, me included.  I crash out really hard and then the baby wakes me a couple hours later. I think that’s the roughest time, because my body is just starting to get some rest. I know this won’t last as the baby will start to sleep longer through the night, soon, but man it’s tough right now.

4 weeks since birth!

lewie4weeksMy latest born just turned 4 weeks today and I’m ecstatic that we’ve made it to this point without any big issues.  He is perfect in so many ways and is a wonderful baby.  He’s grown about one pound a week with the exception of his first week where he gained 2 lbs!  Our pediatrician was pretty impressed, too.  We don’t really swaddle him anymore, I think we stopped after a week.  He seems to be fine without it, but he does like sleeping on his tummy which, to me, is kind of a swaddle, because he feels secure.  It’s also been really hot here, so that’s another reason.

Our one hiccup we’ve had was a clogged duct that I discovered last Wednesday and I thought I would be able to have him nurse it out as soon as I got home since the last time it happened my other son successfully did it pretty quickly (from what I can remember).  Well, that didn’t happen.  The lump grew into a swollen, reddened and hot area on my boob.  I ended up getting a fever, chills and a horrible headache that night that went into the following day.  It was pretty challenging to continue to nurse and change his diaper in the wee hours of the night, but I trucked on through.  During the day, I had no energy to do anything and slept A LOT.  I feel like I broke a fever 2 or 3 times.  It was draining.

By Friday late afternoon, I was able to get up and have dinner with the family.  I had hardly eaten anything in the last few days besides fruit and some soup.  I was applying heat and massage intermittently, taking hot showers, drinking pineapple juice, and reading on other home remedies to try, but no avail.  The lump stayed.  Finally, Saturday I tried applying cabbage leaves to reduce swelling and the cool of the leaves felt good on my skin, but I couldn’t tell if they were doing anything.  I kept applying everything I’d been trying along with praying that the clog would dissolve.  On Sunday, I noticed that a lot of the swelling had gone away, there was hardly any redness or heat and my headache was gone.  The lump was still there, so we weren’t in the clear and I was worried.  I contacted my OB on Monday and she said that maybe the cabbage did help it, but it’s not something she could admit to even if she did know that’s what it was.  I’m not even sure it was.  Maybe it was just the course of time that helped get it to where it was.  She said that maybe it was working it’s way out and to keep massaging it and to call her in a week with progress notes.  The one thing that she assured me of was that it wasn’t an abscess, which is what I was REALLY afraid of.

So, I’m still working on it and, hopefully, it’s gone in the next few days.  Meanwhile, my little Llewelyn is still doing amazing, even if he does have his baby acne going on right now.  He’s still a perfect, precious little being.

First things first…

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening!  What ever time it is, it’s a great time to see you here!  Thanks for visiting my little blog spot where I hope to share all the ins and outs of living in a big city while living in a small space with three children, the challenges of mothering and all fun things in between.

Some of my favorite pastimes include outings with my kids, cooking easy, yet interesting meals and conquering a bargain find!  I hope you are able to benefit from it somehow and you can share your own interests as I’m always on the look out for new ways to make life easier and more manageable.

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