Mom Swag: AirPods (A Review)

I’ll tell you the one reason I put myself on the AirPods waiting list the minute I could: because I was sick and tired of having my earbuds ripped out of my ears every time the cord got snagged on the kitchen cabinet pulls while I was listening to podcasts and cooking.

Yes, it was a very specific reason that made me happy to drop a decent amount of bucks on Apple’s new cord-free Bluetooth earbuds. These days, I can’t live without ’em.

I’d tried Bluetooth headphones in the past, because I also wasn’t a fan of working out with my corded earbuds in. They barely stayed in while I was running, not to mention the annoying cord jerk. And if I was lifting weights I’d have to navigate around the cord or just go without. And yes. #firstworldproblems to all of this, to this entire post. In any case, I really wasn’t a fan of the cheapie Bluetooth headphones I got, either. The earbuds were uncomfortable and, again, never stayed in. And there was a cord connecting the two that I had to figure out how to somehow loop around the back of my head…

It just wasn’t great, guys. But let me tell you about my AirPods. Or, I suppose I should say, AirPods, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

  1. I love that they fit so well in my weird ears and I can run without worrying about them loosening with each step.
  2. I love that I can do work around the kitchen without aforementioned cord-jerk rage.
  3. I love that I don’t have to tote my phone everywhere I go, so that if I’m wearing a pocketless outfit I can still listen from across the house. (That said, I have started to run into some range issues with our bigger house. But it’s really not that bad.)
  4. I love that I can double-tap to ask Siri questions or answer the phone when it’s ringing. And apparently the new iOS update makes it so the different sides have different functionality!
  5. I love that I can listen to things without Ambrose jerking on the cord. He does like picking them out of my ears, but that’s a much more up-close task.
  6. I love that I can use them in places where only handsfree devices are permitted.

Okay, so the list is short. But honestly, I can’t say enough good things about my AirPods. They’re just the most handy, convenient Mom accessory ever. Or life accessory, really! And now my child is up from his exceedingly short nap, and that is all I’ll say.

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Week 40: Introducing the Pikler Triangle

I know, I used this for the Week 40 Coffee Digest. Apparently this is the only actual picture I took of Ambrose and Cow Peril. I’ll take an updated picture tomorrow to show the progress.

I’ll keep this short, because it’s almost 9 p.m. and I’m exhausted because someone in this house hasn’t slept well the past two nights. Teething, man. It’s not for the faint of heart.

But! The big thing these days is MOBILITY (set that in blinking marquee lights in your head, please) as Grandpa and Grandma came to discover during their FaceTime session with Ambrose on Sunday. He is a kid who has places to go and won’t let anything or anyone stand in his way. Including me. One of his favorite activities these days, actually, is climbing all over Mt. Mama.

Ambrose hasn’t been the fastest dude mobility-wise, but he seems to be catching up. Within a single weekend he started both pulling up to standing and crawling. The pulling up I attribute to one thing: cow peril. Read more

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Saturday Coffee Digest: Week 41

How is it possible that we’re almost halfway through October already? Time, man. It keeps on slippin’ slippin’ slippin’ into the future. Read more

The 7 Habits of Highly-Effective Mothers

Pumpkin bread, hazelnut decaf, exciting new craft book. Perfect fall Saturday (minus the fact that the baby is off on a walk with Dad because he refused his second nap.)

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We’re All In This Together

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Week 39: Montessori-Style Floor Bed: An Honest Review

And so, with last week’s word vomit of sleeping woes, I’ll go ahead and give my glowing review of the Montessori-style floor bed!

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Baby Ambrose: 9 Month Update

Hey, nine months into this crazy parenthood thing! Which means, believe it or not, we’ve almost reached the point where Ambrose has been an outside baby longer than an inside one. (Not quite, though, since he was clinging to my ribs pretty darn hard and refused to arrive on schedule.) Ch-ch-ch-check out all we’ve been up to this month.
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Saturday Coffee Digest: Week 40

Turns out the way to get him to play with the triangle was to simulate cow peril.

Another week down! It went fast and I don’t feel like I got too much done, but such is the nature of #momlife.  Read more

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Getting Back Into Me Time

This is why I can’t finish a first draft. #excuses #buddingwriter

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It’s Thursday! So let’s not talk about the baby. Let’s talk about me. And writing. And how I’ve finally found my way back to it after eight months of stagnancy. Read more

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Week 38: Sleep, and Relinquishing Control

Before I start in on this actual post, I just want to give an explanation. It’s Tuesday! As promised, this is a Warm Milk post — a post about that sweet, sweet #momlife. That said, it took me a solid ten minutes of staring at a blank page on my screen to actually decide what to write about. I have a lot of thoughts about motherhood, and I’m not sure where to begin. Do I give a recommendation for the single book that turned sleep around in our house? Do I write about my favorite postpartum baskets, even though it’s been nearly nine months since I gave birth, and I’m dealing with new things like blossoming mobility and hours upon hours of whining? Our approach to solids? (Quips about lentils that have been through entire digestive systems AND multiple laundry cycles and have still held up? For your sake, I won’t continue.)

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Saturday Coffee Digest: Week 39

Coffee Digest is kind of a dumb name for this, but it was the only thing I could come up with. What I mean by it is: grab your morning cup of coffee and think back over my week with me! And if a snappier name for this weekly digest ever comes to me I’ll be sure to swap it out without notice. Kidding! I think.

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