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Friday, October 28, 2011

Freaky Friday

So glad today is Friday!! Not that I have anything exciting planned this weekend... Just the usual grocery shopping, cleaning, and laundry.

Wait!!? Why am I glad its Friday then? Ok, ok you got me, I AM a clean freak. But that doesn't mean I get excited or motivated to do any of the above..

Its the weekend before Halloween, so I can expect chaos at any retail store... boy am I glad I ordered Baby K's costume online.. (still keeping this cuteness a surprise, but promise to post pictures)

So I was thinking maybe after I finish my "chores" I might be up for a movie. I haven't seen the original Halloween advertise yet.. remember the one with Michael Myers who escapes from a mental hospital to look for his sister?  The original one was pretty good... the sequels kinda sucked. Why do they ruin a movie and keep making sequels?

The remake of this from Rob Zombie was pretty good too. I  hope its on this weekend.

OOOhhh and I hope we didn't miss the classic Charlie Brown "The Great Pumpkin"! I may have just made the horrible moms list if I did.. Good think she's only 1!
Speaking of horrible moms list.. I have a confession. I decided NOT to carve our pumpkin this year. Hey! At least I got one! Why do you ask, did I not want to carve it?

ok, well first off-- its been like 75-80° here the last few weeks and I didn't want it to shrivel up before Monday.

Second- its very windy (all the time) where we live so the candle wouldn't stay lit anyway...

and third.. well.. Its just so darn... messy. (HELLO- I am a clean freak!) I know this is some think I need to get over in the years to come.. but for now... we just have a big, beautiful pumpkin on our front steps. And she loves it just the same. Next year, I need to be prepared because she will probably begin to notice that it is suppose to have eyes, nose and mouth cut out... I promise to work on that.

Cross my heart.

Ok so what does the rest of the world have planned?  Go ahead make me jealous.. tell me about your Halloween parties, and designing your costumes and such..

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Don't Blink...

Kenny Chesney has a song that speaks of an old man who turned 102 yrs old and someone asks him "whats the secret to life?" His reply was "don't blink" ---

Don't blink
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink

I was glued to my tv when it looked like he looked at me and said

"Best start putting first things first."
Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand
You can't flip it over and start again
Take every breathe God gives you for what it's worth

 I was watching a tv show with my husband the other night, and there was a family headed to their daughter's  high school graduation. The mom was teary eyed and reflected on the years of her daughter growing up so fast and how it seemed like just yesterday that she was still pregnant with her.

I cried with the tv mom ( I always cry when sad things happen on tv.. I'm a softie!) and it made me sad for that day to come for me. My Ba
by K is just shy of 14 months old and I don't want to blink and wake up to her graduating high school.

So somebody please fill me in on how to slow things down....

What can I do to keep my baby from growing up!! I'm not ready.. I have nightmares or her first day of Kindergarten... is that sad or what?? LOL

I guess all I can do is cherish every minute I have with her. Get as many kisses as I can each day...Take in all the giggles I can get...capture those funny faces on camera and make the most of it!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Google Queen....

So its  been kind of a joke around our house that I am THE "Google Queen".

I can't help it... I'm an addict. Guilty.

When I want to know how to make something, I Google it.. when I wonder how much something cost, I Google it. And, I have to admit.. when it comes to raising Baby K, I run to Google.. ALOT. :)

I remember someone told me when she was just a few months old "Oh you shouldn't give her a bath everyday, its not healthy" I Googled. Turns out, it can cause dry skin on some babies. Not my little one, thank goodness! (I'm a clean freak, remember?)

When everyone was asking if she was rolling over and crawling.. I was Googling to see if she was where she needed to be developmentally. I checked to see if she was teething late. I wondered if she was sleeping enough. I searched to see if she was late walking, if she should be saying more words. I know better now.. babies all go at their own pace.. there is no "right" or "wrong" timeline.

I think maybe I just need reassurance sometimes. To know that the choices I'm making are good, and normal, and that other moms are doing the same and having similar results.

Now, I am by no means trusting everything that I read online, nor am I depending on my Google results to answer all my questions.

Being a new mom is tough, and you only get to do it once... so I suppose I'm just looking for words of wisdom to guide me in the right direction.  So far we don't plan on having a little brother or sister for Baby K so I need to get this right, LOL!

My cell phone has GOOGLE on my home page so it's at my fingertips everyday :) and of course I use today, I searched "toddler constipation/red bottom" just to see if the diaper ointment I was using was the best for the job...

and, I was shocked that I was not using the best!

Google has been there for me for removing spaghetti stains from bibs, to bedtime routines and I will continue to do my daily searches as needed....

Maybe I just need more friends! Then I could just ask my questions to a real human being. :) But for now, Google you are my forever friend!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Halloween- one of my favs

Halloween is such a fun time for kids! I remember growing up loving Halloween… almost as much as Christmas! I mean what kid does not like a day where not only do you get to dress up as your favorite character, go from house to house collecting as much candy as you can possibly hold, and then going home to trade with your brothers and sisters, and you get to stay up past your betime!? Not to mention having sweets to nibble on for weeks to come??

Last year, Baby K had her official 1st Halloween. We got her all cutesy in her Halloween sleeper that gramma got her, and accessorized with her little Halloween hair bows and plopped her next to the light up pumpkin, and snapped some pictures for keep sake. ( Boring!) haha, just kidding…

this year we plan on dressing her up (it’s a surprise, don’t worry pics to follow..), and giving her the real Halloween experience. At the age of 13 months, we only need to be out there long enough to show off her adorable costume ( any guesses?) to the neighbors, and to get enough candy for mom & dad of course! ( not kidding…) She is very excited at just the sight of a pumpkin so far, so I can’t wait for the big day! She's not easily scared or spooked (little dare devil!) so it will be interesting to see if she changes her mind if we see some scary costumes or decorations while we are out. 

I already have in my head the upcoming years and costume ideas.. is that crazy or what??  I have to get in as much as I can for my likes, after all she will be forming her own opinion soon and momma’s idea may not be the same as Baby K’s idea for an awesome costume…haha! I had a difficult time choosing a costume this year.. afterall there are so many cute ones to choose from!
So fill me in please, what are some of your favorite costumes for kids? What do you enjoy most about Halloween? Any great websites to  make homemade costumes?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Did I mention that I'm a clean freak?

I don't know what it is but the smell of Clorox or Lysol just makes me smile...

I'm a neat freak, I admit it. That's not a bad thing, right? Well,.. not until you have a child... All the way up until I gave birth, I cleaned. After, was a different story. Well right after she was born anyway.. Between healing from the C-section, and lack of sleep from feedings every two hours, I had no energy for cleaning. I think maybe I was hoping for that little cleaning fairy to come along and take care of the mess.. (you know that one we all hear about but never get a visit from).  I was lucky though, I had my mom who came over and did laundry so hubby could have clean undies. (thanks mom!)

As thankful as I was for the help I got.. being a neat freak, the little things drove me insane. Like for example the laundry, things were folded,.. umm lets just be nice and say, "different" than I normally do. (of course I had to refold everything before putting away) I actually had little arguments in my head.. "what is she doing? why is she doing it that way? That doesn't go there... Oh my God... Did she just put that there?? I think I had little heart attacks, but I kept it all to myself of course...because I was thankful.

Things got easier to manage and I was able to do more and get more accomplished on my own (translation-- I never slept when Baby K slept like I was suppose to, instead I cleaned, cooked, organized.. until I just couldn't stand any longer)

Things are easier now too with her being older..

Except I see me turning her into a mini "me"... the other day she accidental spilled her snack and she made this "ughhh!" noise and had a look of disgust to see that she had made such a mess! Then as she leaned down to pick them up she accidental stepped on one of the cheerios crushing it into the carpet.. She made and even louder and longer "UGHHHH". Then trying to clean up all of those itsy bitsy pieces, she accidentally stepped on another one.. then she cried.

I know, I feel your frustration BabyK.

What surprised me even more is she then walked to the closet that holds the vacuum cleaner and made the noise the vacuum makes as she tried to open the door!

Yep,That's my little angel :)

I don't think its such a bad trait to pick up on. As long as she doesn't go OCD on me. I feel a great sense of pride when I look around and see our clean house.  I can only hope that this trend continues into her teenage years!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sick baby + sick hubby= tired mommy!

Ok so I haven't had much time to get on my 'puter' lately.. Baby K has been sick since Saturday. Poor thing, cutting her molars early, and an added stuffy nose, slight fever, diareah and cough :( I took off work on Monday to take her to the pediatrician.
Diagnoses; "Viral infection" - keep giving her extra fluids, and make sure she gets plenty of rest. How much did she get paid to tell me that I wonder? My worry was that she had an ear infection, so when I was told her ears looked good, I gladly paid my $20 copay and headed back home.

On a positive note, I got to spend 4 long, uninterrupted days with my baby girl! She is growing and learning and I had a hard time not smiling 99% of the time. Even having trouble breathing from her nose, she still continued to laugh at her bunny, and dance at all the jingles from the commercials on tv. I got to cash in on lots of extra kisses and hugs too! ( so I'm prob going to be having these same symptoms any day now...)

Daddy came down with all of the above symptoms on day 2. He was in bed most of the day, Monday. So, as we all know, this means patient #2 for mom. Daddy got to be sick with Baby K , share  tissues and juice and hang out watchin Nick Jr. (now I'm jealous!)

So now Baby K is feeling better.. running around and laughing and giggling. ( I cant get enough of those giggles!) Instead of hugging and holding, she has gone back to her independent self and is on her way...

Daddy is better, but not yet back to himself. Maybe a few more grilled cheese sandwiches and soup from momma will do the trick....?

Now Mommy needs to clean, sanitized and disinfect the house.. yay more work for me. On a positive note, I did get a full nights sleep last nght :)

So who takes over when mom gets sick? Will somebody fill me in please......

Monday, October 10, 2011

You know you're a MOM when....

Things really change once you become a mom ( I mean REALLY change)... You don't really notice right away either..

You, ( The mommy), become invisible. Its true! check it out.. You know you're a mom when...

  • You are up at 5am, have fed your child 2 meals, one to your hubby, and yet some how forgot to feed yourself
  • You never go into the bathroom alone any more
  • You pass by a mirror 20 times a day yet, you never look in it
  • Or even better, you play in the mirror with your baby, and still.. never see yourself.
  • You spend over $100 at the grocery store, and still forgot the mascara you needed three weeks ago
  • You now notice EVERY other child you see when you go out in public.
  • You learn the art of getting yourself ready in 15 minutes flat
  • Nap time becomes "play time" for you and hubby
  • You have memorized all the channels for Disney, Nick Jr, PBS, and cartoon network, yet you need the guide channel to see what channel is Lifetime Movie Network
  • Singing in the car now means the ABC song or the Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Your purse now has at least 1 toy, a snack, baby wipes and maybe even a spare diaper
  • You NEVER leave on time anymore
  • You use to  check your calendar when making plans, now you check the baby's schedule
  • You carry a Kleenex in your pocket daily for that surprise runny nose
  • Your usually tired, but you're ok with that as long as the baby isn't

I know there are a ton more of these that I just didn't think of.. leave me a comment and share yours too!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

When will I sleep again?

So I'm thinking I'll get back to sleeping a full night of sleep when my daughter is about.. hmmm.. 14?

In the beginning it was every 4 hours for feedings.. as a newborn I mean.

Then when she was about 6 or 7 months, the miracle happened.. she slept thru the night! That lasted about 2 months. Right when I was just getting back in the habit of 7 straight hours of good sound sleep, the teething took over..

Now we have had our occasional nights here and there, and maybe even two nights in a row of sleeping thru the night. Unfortunately, that is not the norm.

So here we are at  13 months, and still waking at least once a night, almost every night....I have the bags under my eyes to prove it!

I am writing it off to her first molars coming in. She has two large bulges (poor baby) on her bottom gums and the pediatrician confirmed.

Will someone fill me in please, on when I should expect this "phase" to be over and back to some bliss full dreams?

Monday, October 3, 2011

One year later...

Ok, so 1 year, 1 month, and 1 day ago, my world changed forever. I gave birth to the most amazing, beautiful little girl! At the age of 37, I was finding out the true meaning to "the miracle of birth". I was finally understanding what everyone was talking about when they say, "having a baby will change your whole world".  I had read lots of books, babysat over the years, helped raise my younger brother, lived in a house where my mother was always taking care of someone elses baby, and later "borrowing" my nieces and nephews for the day. So when the day came for me to have my own little bundle of joy, I felt as if I was ready. Well, let me just say, no one is ever really ready. You can tell yourself over and over again that it will be easy, and there's nothing your not prepared for... but boy O boy, it ain't easy!! Rewarding?? definitely!! Challenging?? of course! Stressful?? Absolutely! a true test of your patience too! But, let me tell you.. I would not trade it for anything in this world! I love being a mom with a passion! Her giggle will melt away all of my bad days in a matter of minutes.