Monthly Archives: July 2013

Here Liebster, Liebster

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Ok, so here’s the deal… I was nominated not once but TWICE for a Liebster… Pretty impressive sh!t right?! Well, maybe not to you but it’s a big damn deal to me! I’ve always eyed blogger awards and secretly wished I’d been awarded with one… Well, Camille from And Just Add Water and Nell from Four Completes The Set nominated me because they obviously think I’m cool and dig my writing!

Any who! Blogger awards are such a great way to learn more about your fellow bloggers. This is a way for small bloggers to give recognition to other small bloggers (200 followers or less). Here’s how it works:

Copy & Paste This Whole Post and Replace All Your Information — who awarded you, for example.

The rules:

Thank the Liebster Blog presenter who nominated you and link back to their blog.
Post 11 facts about yourself, answering the 11 questions you were asked and create 11 questions for your nominees.
Nominate 11 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.
Display the Liebster Award logo.
No tag backs meaning you can’t just re nominate the person who nominated you.
As Solo the First put it “The real purpose behind these nominations are not only as an accolade from a fellow blogger and let’s face it, nothing gently strokes our little writer hearts more than someone telling you they appreciate your work. In addition to the back patting we need to receive from time to time, it also allows us to get a little more personal as we get to know our increasing blogging community. It also helps drive traffic to your site as we reference one another.”

The questions put forth to me (with my answers) are as follows:
1. What is the best book you’ve read recently? Best book recently, hmmmm… The last book that I completed was The Hunger Games, I think. And it was pretty awesome…I actually read the entire trilogy (minus the last few chapters of the third book) and loved it!

2. Name a pet peeve.I don’t want to seem like a English snob but it burns the hairs on my soul when people type “an” or “in” and they mean “and.” Shoot, bad grammar is a pet peeve in general.

3. If you could travel any place and money was not a factor, where would you go? Germany… Call me what you may but I’ve wanted to go ever since I was a horny teen age girl sneaking to watching Real Sex on HBO… They have great sex toy shops there.

4. If you could go to any concert, whether they are dead or alive, broken up or together, who would it be?Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. Together. And because of my darling wife… I’m a newly converted Mint Head so we are always at Mint Condition concerts.

5. Red wine, white wine, beer, or water? Red wine.

6. Do you have a celebrity look-a-like? If so, who?I don’t think so but I’ve been told that I look like Kim Reese from A Different World.

7. What are three blogs you read most often?My attention span is so short and Mommy brain still reigns supreme so most days I totally forget about blogs but when I do get around to reading them, Four Completes the Set, And Just Add Water, and Good Families Do.

8. What is your guilty pleasure?Cheesecake.

9. What is one skill or hobby you’re interested in learning?Being a Doula

10. What are five words that best describe you?Spiritual, Patient, Kind, Positive, Loving

11. Beach or mountains?Beach.

1. What is your greatest fear?It was that I’d never get married and have kids and that I would be old and alone… Being a failure is up there near the top tho.

2. What is your greatest accomplishment?Having my daughter, getting married, having a family of my own, starting my own business… Couldn’t name just one.

3. What public behaviors do you find the most offensive?
Obscenely loud talking.

4. If you could change one law in the State where you live what would it be?Equality in ever sense need to be the mandated law.

5. When you leave this earth what is the one thing most people will say about you and the life you lived?That I did the right thing and had a kind heart.

6. You are at your happiest when?___________ Spending time with my family, Doing anything domestic… But cooking/baking mainly.

7. What is your favorite quote or saying?Live, Laugh, Love

8. What is the one little known fact that most people will find surprising about you?I developed a crab allergy in my mid 20’s.

9. How many slices of pizza do you typically eat in one sitting?2

10. What is your favorite holiday?I never really thought about this but maybe Thanksgiving.

11. Are you #TeamiPhone or #Blackberry? #TeamiPhone

Now that that’s out of the way, here are my nominations… In no particular order of course…
Four Completes the Set
Good Families Do
And Just Add Water
Our Apron Strings
Two Moms to Be
Mommy Loves Martinis
A Story of Two Moms
Weigand Writes
2 Girls and a Baby
Beginning Miracles
Wedded Wife

And now, the moment you’ve all be waiting for… My questions:

1. What is the first commonality that you look for when meeting someone new?
2. Books or TV?
3. What is your favorite time of day?
4. What is your passion?
5. Are you currently living or operating in your passion?
6. Do you still believe in the kindness of humanity?
7. When seeking hope, where do you focus?
8. Bandwagon or walk to the beat of your own drum?
9. Chocolate or vanilla?
10. Grits or oatmeal?
11. If given one day to make an impact on someone’s life, what would you do?

And there you have it… Of course it took me two days to complete this in my typical fashion but its done! Thanks for the nomination and check back for future blog updates.

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One. Step. Further.

Yep, I’ve taken my cloth addiction one step further and made reusable cloth wipes today… And, I must say that I LOVE THEM! They leave Baby C’s bottom feeling all soft and smelling refreshed… I was tempted in using a wipe to wipe her down and forego a bath… I did forego the bath but didn’t wipe her down with the wipe because she was already sleepy, hungry and irritable so I left well enough alone, changed her, fed her and off to sleep she went…

Anywho… I love Dr. Bronner’s soap. I usually use the peppermint version but I figured that one would be a little too tingly for Baby C’s bottom so I bought the lavender version. I read online how one lady cut up old tee shirts to make wipes and I was about to venture into the basement to find an old tee shirt when I saw the TONS of wash cloths that we received at the baby shower. I figured why not use these… So, I took the thin ones out of the closet to make wipes and left the thicker ones for bath time. I had an old wipe container so I folded the washcloths in a manner that would allow another to pull up once you pull the one on top of it. I sat the stack aside. I boiled some water just enough to kill any germs. I measures out 1 cup of water and poured it into a jar. Then I added 1 tbs of coconut oil and 1 tbs of Dr. Bronner’s soap. I put the top on the jar and shook it to mix it. I poured half of the solution into the wipe container and then sat my stack of wipes inside. Then I poured the remaining solution on top of it. I closed the container and gave it a good shake. I did make one more cup of solution and poured it on the middle of the wipes just to make sure all of them were saturated. Closed and gave it another good shake and viola! Homemade reusable cloth wipes!

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Addicted… To cloth

I’m addicted to cloth. I’ve wanted to cloth diaper Baby C for quite some time now but I’ve always been overwhelmed with all of the choices when it comes to cloth diapering… One thing that I know about myself is I become easily overwhelmed when presented with too may choices. AIO’s, AI2’s, prefolds, flats, pocket, fitteds, covers, snaps or aplix… You see what I mean… And let’s not get started on brand! There are so many major brands and then so many cute WAHM diapers!

So, about a week or so ago I was in Target getting stuff for our first beach trip with Baby C and guess what I saw on the clearance rack? TWO THIRSTIES DUO DIAPERS for $4.18!!!!!! These dipes are normally about $12-$17 a pop! So, all of my overmelmedness… I’m sure that’s not a word but who cares, went out of the window and I grabbed them. They were pocket diapers with aplix closures… Got them home, washed them, threw one on Baby C and I fell in love with this phenomenon called cloth diapering! Since then, I have a meager stash of about 11 pocket diapers and 6 prefolds. I would ideally like to have a minimum of 24 dipes in rotation. I am waiting on 2 in the mail and sadly, I will be selling the cute bargain dipes that started me off because they are size 1 and a bit snug on Baby C…

Do any of you guys cloth diaper or plan to cloth diaper your baby? I highly recommend giving it a try… And it doesn’t hurt that there are so many cute prints!

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Figuring Out Baby C

Things that my daughter does while attempting to fall asleep that will forever baffle me:

1. Pull her hair… Ma’am, are you into some sadistic torture that requires you to inflict pain upon yourself? I would think not because it always results in you crying bloody murder.

2. Forcefully pulling her pacifier out of her mouth and then trying to put it back… Trying to improve your fine motor skills with this exercise is great but nap/bed time may not be the best time to practice this. It frustrates you.

3. Constantly pulling her bib, burp cloth or any other item over her face… Are you old enough to even know that you prefer your face being covered while you are asleep?

4. Pulling her ear and clawing at her face and neck… Ma’am? Need I ask you again about your sadistic tendencies…

And then, after her doing all of these things and me constantly trying to stop her… She falls asleep only to wake up 30-45 minutes later.

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Such an Insensitive A.sshole

Yep… and once again, I’ve started a blog post and have gotten side tracked… just know that this was originally written last Friday, July 5th…

So, we just finished partying for America’s birthday and we are approaching our first beach trip with Baby C… But before I get to that… I mentioned TTC #2 in my last blog… Or, at least I think I did… Any who, the fact of the matter is, my wife C will be carrying this go round. She recently graduated with her masters degree and is in the midst of a job search so whether or not she gets a new job will determine exactly WHEN we will start trying again. So, C had an appointment with the RE this past Wednesday. Unfortunately, the RE that helped us with Baby C is moving out of state so we had an appointment with her replacement. The fact that we had to take Baby C with us to an infertility office is why I felt like such an a.sshole. I remember seeing women with babies and baby bumps when we were trying and I would be sad and resentful so it’s only right that I would feel awful about taking our beautiful baby girl with us to our appointment. Thank God our appointment was early in the morning and there were hardly any patients there.

The doctor was great! We discussed our fears and asked all of our questions. She’s very attentive, laid back and isn’t quick to push medicated cycles. C got a pap and an ultrasound. The RE said that she has a textbook uterus and that everything looked great despite C’s concerns about being AMA. The RE even saw a 16mm follicle in the left ovary and a bunch of little follicles in the right. We left the office with the RE’s card and directions to email her when we are ready to start inseminations so that we can coordinate things….

And now, I’m guessing that you are picking up on my new style of blogging… The “I’ll start this blog on my phone, get side tracked with the baby or some other household chore and come back to it days or weeks later” style… Hey, just be proud of the fact that I am indeed blogging again… For now.

So, all went well with the RE, we had family over for the 4th and totally wore Baby C out and we headed to Ocean City Saturday. ’twas an awesome week/weekend in our household. C was offered the job but she had to turn it down due to the salary and the fact that her pay us contingent upon government funding… This means, we are going to start TTC#2 sooner rather than later… Unless another job offer comes thru.

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One Year Later

What a difference a year makes! 1 year ago today, C and I received a pleasant surprise around 6 am. We surely have stories that will have you laughing but after trying for 6 months, we woke up on 7/7/12 to a wonderful surprise… two blue lines! We got pregnant on the 7th month of trying, and found out in the 7th month of the year on the 7th day… talk about completion! After an emotional journey, one year later, we wake up to this little burrito!

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I’m still alive… Motherhood hasn’t killed me off

And to show you how horrible of a blogger I am, the following three paragraphs have been sitting patiently in blog land waiting to be finished… I’m guessing I woke up in the middle of the night for a feed 2 weeks ago and began writing after Baby C went back to sleep… So much has happened since then but I’ll let you read this portion and then update you on the rest.

{Post written about 2 weeks ago} Well, it’s been ages since I’ve updated and let you folks know about my wonderful motherhood journey thus far… As of today, Baby C is officially 12 weeks old! She rolled over this morning in honor of the festivities. She’s such a feisty little thing and she brings so much joy to C and I.

Today is also the day that I was supposed to head back to work… But… I’ve had my leave extended once again. I don’t ever want to go back! I want to be a SAHM. Shoot, I’ll even go the WAHM route if it means more time with my precious girl. I mean, wouldn’t you want to hang out with the kid who’s smiles melt your heart daily?!

But… It hasn’t all been roses and calla Lillie’s. There was a bit of postpartum in my journey. A little depression and a lot of anxiety! I mean, you are sent home with this whole life for real baby that can’t talk and tell you what’s wrong. Totally. Scary. Shit. Right. {End}

And I’ll pick up here assuming I can remember my train of thought…

How will you know which cry is which? Will I be a good mother? How does she know I’m her mommy? Despite working in a daycare and helping raise countless children, its like, you totally forget everything that you’ve learned about caring for kids once you initially have one of your own. But, I’m happy to report that things are smooth sailing now! Baby C and I have developed a schedule now… Or rather, she has put ME on a schedule!

She’s eating about every 3-3.5 during the day and about every 4-5 hours at night. Which is a much better stretch than that God awful every 2 hour bid that we had to endure in the beginning. So, bath time is 7:30 and regardless of how sleepy she is once she’s out of the bath, she typically doesn’t go down for the night until 10 or 11… If she does fall asleep after bath time, she typically wakes up in about an hour. Although, last night she went down around 9:30ish and didn’t stir until around 1ish. MaMa C handed her to me and I fed her. She went back down immediately and woke again around 4:45-5 for another bottle. She are and went back to sleep. I just finished her morning feed and she’s down again. She typically doesn’t wake for the day until around 9:30-10. Which by no means is a problem for me. Sometimes, I’ll lay back down with her… Other times, I’ll stay up and enjoy the peace. I can only gather that her schedule and sleep patterns will become more defined as she gets older.

And no, I’m not back to work yet. Yes, I’ve had my leave extended once again! MaMa C and I have both come to terms with the fact that neither of us wants me to go back to work. We did take a road trip this pass weekend and left Baby C with her Gamma overnight, which was our first time leaving her. I cried the entire drive to drop her off but we all did well. Despite the fact that Gamma didn’t get much rest because C refused to sleep. She didn’t cry but she did talk Gamma to death. Lol. So, even though we’ve jumped the hurdle of someone else keeping her, we both feel like no one will take care of her needs during the day like I will. This has led to me currently getting out house ready for me to apply to run a family daycare in our home. I’m over the hills ecstatic. I’ve wanted to do this for years and have always let it fall by the wayside. Well, not this time! Staying home with Baby C is my sheer motivation! That and all of the flack that my job has given me while I’ve been out.

Other things that have been going on with us: MaMa C’s hunt for a new job and the TTC journey of #2 on the horizon but I feel like this post is long enough so I’ll spare you and write about that in another post.

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