Friday, July 31, 2009

Sometimes being a Smartipants is a good thing!

I have told you all about my cloth diaper obssession before, so it should come as no surprise that I am constantly on the lookout for new diapers to try. After hearing so many good things about Smartipants diapers I just had to see what the hype was about. Jessica, at Smartipants, was gracious enough to send me a diaper to test and review.

I was so excited the day it arrived, I immediately threw it in the wash (after taking a picture of course!) I had heard that these were great for night time, so I put it on Emma Jane for bed that night.
After I put her to bed, it occurred to me that perhaps only one insert might not be enough to make it 12 hours. Oops! I asked a friend how many she used with her son over night and was dismayed that her answer was "two." At this point, EJ was already asleep, so I just decided to go with it. Imagine my surprise when my daughter woke up the next morning with dry jammies, dry sheets and a very full diaper! What on earth are the inserts made of??? I was amazed at the absorbency.
Of course, I had to see if it was a fluke. So I washed the diaper and put it on her overnight again. This time when she woke up, her jammies were damp. But, she had slept in an hour longer than usual so that might have been what caused the leak. Either way, these inserts are incredible! But I will be using two inserts for overnight in the future, just to be safe!
In addition to the absorbent inserts, Smartipants also boasts a smart sleeve which allows the insert to agitate out in the wash. No more removing dirty inserts before washing!!

I was so happy with this diaper that I ordered one of the Smartipants three packs. I got three diapers plus inserts for less than $40. For one-size diapers that is a lot of bang for the buck! And see how cute John is in his cool blue diaper!

One drawback with this diaper is that even though it is a one size diaper, the insert isn't. I just folded the insert down in the front for John, but I would prefer if it snapped down. That is just a presonal preference and does not affect the function of the diaper.
So do you want one? Come on, I know you do! Well, good news! The fabulous people at Smartipants have offered a Smartipants one size diaper in your choice of color to one lucky reader!
For your first entry? Visit Smartipants and tell me which color you would pick.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mommy Toddler knows best

Emma Jane is at that really fun age when she thinks she knows what is best.

You know, 2 going on 20.

She thinks she knows when and what she should eat. She thinks she knows what clothes are appropriate for the weather and/or occassion. She also thinks she knows whether she needs a nap.

She has recently decided that she does not require an afternoon nap anymore. As her mother, I do have the means and authority to make her stay in her room. But I don't have the means to make her fall asleep. She's got me there.

The rule is that she must stay in her room for an hour and a half. After that time, if she is still awake, she is allowed out of her room.

Twice this week, Emma Jane has gleefully left her room after the required imprisonment rest time, only to do this an hour later:

PhotoStory Friday
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3 Months Old

My sweet baby boy is three months old today! Did I blink again? How can he possibly already be 25% of the way through his first year? It is going by way too fast!

At 3 months he:
weighs 13.6 lbs
is 24 3/4 inches long
wear 6-9 months sized clothes
has eczema (3 for 3, yippee!)
smiles and coos
willingly takes a bottle (of breastmilk)
drools like crazy
can lift his head off the floor
sleeps 11-12 hours at night

He also...

only naps in the swing

sits in the bumbo

looks darn cute in a cloth diaper

has chunky monkey legs

loves his mommy so much
is loved a little too much by hisother mommies sisters

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Junk in the Trunk *Edited to Clarify*

This is not a picture of a "full" diaper. My daughter's butt is just that big!
J. Lo has nothin' on my girl!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My husband just now realized that he is a Twilight widower!

Yesterday was my birthday, so I posted this.
Included in my birthday post was a picture of this:
So my husband, who never reads my blog, calls me yesterday afternoon and without so much as a hello, says, "So who is the putz on your blog that got a "head shake" from you?

Me: What?
B: There is a picture of some guy on your blog and you like lost your train of thought
Me: Oh, that's Edward.
B: Who is Edward?!
Me: Um, he's the main character in Twilight. You know my favorite book...remember, it completely consumed my life and I neglected our children and I couldn't even talk to you while I was reading it. (well, not really, but you know...)
B: Well, why is he so great...he looks pretty scrawny to me.
Me: (laughing) Hun, it isn't him, per se, it is the character he plays. Every woman on the planet that has actually read Twilight has a crush on Edward! It's the character that Stephenie Meyers wrote not the actor who plays him! (not entirely anyway...)
B: Uh-huh. Well, I guess women are just different... (ya think!)
Me: Do you want me to put a picture of you on my blog and give you a "head shake?"
B: Yeah!

So here he is...the man that really lights my fire:

*head shake*
He gets me every time!

And that my friends, is a true story.

Loft Giftcard winner!

And the winner is...

Pam said...
And I tweeted for the whole world, I mean all my tweeps, to see!!Have a great day. Totally agree with Em about your Mother's comment. Too funny. And she's coming for a visit Friday. How fun! Birthday? Sounds like a Birthday WEEK!!
July 27, 2009 9:27 AM

Congratulations, Pam!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Woohoo, Ryan is 2!

Today is my sweet nephew, Ryan's, 2nd birthday!

Although this morning when I talked to him on the phone he said, "I six!"

Ryan got to have a little party at school this morning and my sister sent cupcakes for his class. When Catie picked Ryan up he told her "my friends ate all my tupcakes!" He was not thrilled about having to share his "white muffins!"
I am sure a little chocolate ice cream will make him feel better!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Ryan!!

The beginning of the end...

I have always known that this day was coming...

I was just sort of hoping that it wouldn't.

Today is the first day of the last year of my twenties.

*pause for moment of silence*

Yep. It's my birthday and I am twenty-four twenty-nine years old.

I have always loved my birthday. I mean, it's a whole day in which people celebrate my very existence and give me presents.
What could be better?

*head shake*

I'm sorry...what were we talking about?

Oh yes, my birthday. When I was a child, my summer birthday sort of bummed me out. For one thing I never got to celebrate at school. Also, since my dad was in the military, we moved a lot and usually during the summer. I didn't really have a whole lot of birthday parties as a child and the ones I did have were usually at my grandmother's house with my cousins. But my parents did try to make those parties special.

When I turned five, I had a purple surprise party. Purple was (and still is) my favorite color and my family threw me a purple themed party. Cake, party hats, decorations...everything was purple! I loved it! This turned out to be the only birthday picture I could find of myself.

After many years of not really having birthday parties, I decided to take matters into my own hands and throw myself a party. So when I turned sixteen, I requested permission (at the last minute)to have a few friends over to celebrate. My dad gave me $20 to buy chips and cokes. Later that night, he and my mom went out to grab dinner with the understanding that they were coming straight home afterwards. When they pulled on to our street, my father's first thought was that someone else in the neighborhood was having a party too because both sides of the street were lined with cars. Then they walked in the front door and found about 60 kids in our house!

Since we weren't being too rowdy, my parents just told me to clean up when it was over and went up to bed. But in the morning my dad told me that the next time I wanted to have "a few friends" over, I was going to have to specify just how many "a few" was!

The next exciting, milestone birthday I celebrated was my 21st. That one was fun for the obvious reasons. And since my mom reads my blog, I won't share any stories about that!

After 21, I guess I blinked and there went my twenties!

I don't now how I got here so fast. This is my last birthday as a twenty-something! But even though I am slightly depressed about the number, this is still a birthday and I love birthdays! I especially love the presents! And since it would be lame to give myself a present, I am going to give one of you a present!

That's right, one lucky reader is going to win a $30 gift card to my favorite store:

For you first entry? Wish me a happy twenty fourth 29th birthday!

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This contest is open for today only! The winner will be picked using at 11:59pm EST.

Friday, July 24, 2009

What is your diaper bag?

Samantha at Mama Notes has a cute feature on her blog called Ask the Moms. This week the question is What's in your Diaper Bag?
I don't actually have a diaper bag, per se, but I do have a really cute, really huge Amy Kathryn purse that carries all the essentials.
At any given time, you will find in my diaper bag purse my wallet, checkbook, keys, lipstick, pens, crayons, old Publix receipts, a burp cloth, my Hooter Hider nursing cover, and diaper pouch. I also carry my cell phone and depending on where we are going, my sling and a change of clothes as well.
I bought this adorable pouch from Aqua Purr off of Etsy. It carries the essentials for one diaper change and keeps all of my diapering accessories together in my purse. A must have for easy cloth diapering on the go!

Contents of pouch: diaper, a few cloth wipes and wipes solution spray, and a wet bag. If we will be out for more than a couple of hours I will throw in a diaper for Emma Jane too.

What's in your diaper bag? Click here to link up!

Payin' It Forward

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people don't listen. It is so annoying to try to carry on a conversation with someone only to realize that they aren't really listening!

But as much as I am annoyed by bad listeners, I love love love when people pay attention!! It is something of an ego boost to know that another person heard what I said and found it worth remembering.

So you can only imagine how much it made my day when I opened a package from Amanda at Family of Shorts and found this:

So, why did Amanda send me peanut butter, you ask? Um...because she is AWESOME! And because I have mentioned my unnatural love of peanut butter like a million times on this blog. And because she hosted a Pay It Forward contest awhile back and I happened to be one of the three lucky winners!

She also sent me some yummy smelling candles and foot spa products:

It is like she is inside my head!

So now I get to pass on this contest to all of you! Here are the rules...

1) Be one of the first THREE bloggers to comment on this post.

2) You then agree to share your snail mail address with ME (my email is in my profile) so I can send you a small gift handmadepurchased by ME!

3) When you receive your gift, you then blog about this game & link back to my blog in that post.

4) And most importantly, you ALSO AGREE to "craft it forward" (or just pay it forward if you'd rather) and send a small gift to the 3 people who comment on your blog post...

So comment away...and while you are at it I will be enjoying my winnings!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

PSF - the next most beautiful children in the world

Like most mothers on the planet, I believe wholeheartedly that my children are the most beautiful, most intelligent, most wonderful children on the planet.
(Feel free to think that your children are cuter than is your right as a parent!)

If I had to pick two other children on the planet that are as beautiful, intelligent, and wonderful as mine, it would be these two:

I love these two little people like I love my own!How could I not, since I love their mother so much! (And their daddy is pretty great too!)

Yep! My sister has the next most beautiful children on the planet!

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Grobaby Winner!

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-07-23 01:03:10 UTC

And the winner is...

Denise said...
I am following your blog
July 14, 2009 4:26 PM
Congratulations, Denise!

This isn't a porn site, sicko!

My bloggy friend, Bren, recently blogged about Google Analytics. Basically the report on her website showed that she had gotten several hits from people looking for porn because of a post about kissing her daughter's boo boos.

My first thought was, "Eeeww! Gross!"

And then I started thinking about my own blog. In the past month, I have had two posts with the word breast in the title. Now both of these were about breastfeeding and one included a funny picture of Emma Jane "nursing" her baby doll.

I wonder how many perves have hit up my website hoping for some titty porn only to be disappointed pics of my precocious toddler. I considered signing up for Google Analytics to police my blog. And then, on second thought, I think I don't really want to know.

So to any of you out there that only showed up because of the word "porn" in the post title: Move along, sicko!!

Wordless Wednesday - The Sweetest Thing

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Two Awesome giveaways

Is there anything better than free stuff? SHOES!! Free shoes are always the best! And luckily, free shoes are up for grabs! Megan from Newly Wed, Newly Bred is hosting an incredible Jack and Lily giveaway. Jack and Lily make the cutest baby shoes. This is the pair I want when if I win:

Emma Jane is going to look so cute in those!!

Now as if free shoes weren't enough, Megan is also hosting an Earthlust giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a stainless steel water bottle courtesy of Earthlust. This is the one I am going to win want:

Now Megan has already told me that I pretty much have it in the bag for both of these giveaways so there is really no point in any of you entering, but if you just want to check out her awesome blog you can click on any of the giveaway links above.

But seriously don't waste your time will just make it that much harder for me to win!

Dear Aunt Flo,

It's been awhile since I have seen you. Your visits over that last 4 years have been sporadic at best. Between breastfeeding and getting knocked up again so fast, you stayed away for almost two years after Libby was born. I really enjoyed the reprieve from your monthly visits. You are not really my favorite relative, so I was mildly disappointed when you thrust your presence upon me just three short months after Emma Jane was born. But as these things go, I got used seeing you regularly and after a time your visits became a source of comfort and reassurance.

And then one day you just went away. No warning, just gone! At first I thought you were mad at me but I was finally forced to accept the truth: You had vacated the premises to make room for another!

It has now been exactly a year since you last visited and I am feeling a little anxiety. On one hand I don't really want to see you. Like I said you aren't my favorite relative! On the other hand, I am sort of expecting you. You see, last night I had one of those psychotic meltdowns that started over Brad eating the last brownie and ending with me yelling at him for never doing the dishes. Pretty typical behavior when I am awaiting one of your visits.

It's also pretty typical behavior when I am pregnant. *gulp*

It has been three months since John was born, and Brad and I have resumed our life as a married couple. *blush* And while certain precautions are being taken, we both know how those things can go! And the inconsistency of your previous visits has left me with some anxiety about what is coming next. I'm not really ready for you to come back yet...but I would rather you come back than not come back.

You know what I mean?

So Flo, what's it going to be? This

or this?

Waiting for you,
your hormonal niece

Monday, July 20, 2009

FMM - Vacations

Kasey is still on vacay, so this friend makin Monday is being hosted by Jolanthe at No Ordinary Moments and she has given us the following assignment:

This task has two parts {numbered ever-so-nicely for you}. You can do either one or both ~ it's up to you!
1. Tell us about the best {or worst} vacation that you've ever taken.
2. Tell us FIVE places/vacations that you would like to take at some point your life. It doesn't have to be next year...maybe it's the vacation of a lifetime or somewhere you just dream of going years from now.

My worst vacation ever? That's easy!
It was a 7-day Caribbean cruise with my family. We took this ill-fated voyage in September 2007. Libby was 2 and Emma Jane was 6 months. The trip started out fun. Libby LOVED the big boat and she quickly caught on to the all-you-can-eat-whenever-you-want-it mentality. I am pretty sure she ate nothing but hotdogs and ice cream the whole week. She had a blast doing crafts and playing games at Camp Carnival and had she been our only child the trip would probably be remembered as the best vacation ever.
Unfortunately, Emma Jane was there too. And apparently she is a big ole landlover! Trouble commenced on the very first night. While the rest of us were lulled to sleep by the gently rocking boat, Emma Jane was being tossed around in the (metal) crib that had no bumper. She was so ticked about the not-so-smooth sailing that the only way to keep her from screaming all night was to let her sleep in the bed with me and nurse. all. night. long!! She did that every single night for the entire week. I was absolutely miserable! I made Brad and Libby get off the ship in Grand Caymen without me. EJ and I stayed aboard to try to get a nap while the boat was docked.
We did manage to get home in one piece but we haven't been on a family vacation since!
So, five places I want to go (without my children!) before I die:
1. Italy
2. Hawaii
3. Ireland
4. Russia
5. Egypt
It's your turn to share! Let us know about your most memorable vacation and what your dreams are for the future! I can't wait to stop by and visit you all! Once you write your post be sure to come back here and sign up with the linky to the direct post on your blog!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Don't Make Me Count to Three!

It has been a frustrating day. Actually it has been a frustrating several weeks. I feel like my four-year-old is out of control and she is just pushing me to the very limit! And since Emma Jane copies everything Libby does, the two-year-old is right behind her!
Their poor behavior is really my fault because I really haven't been consistent in my parenting for several months. I have let her get away with being disobedient because I didn't have the energy or time or patience to deal with it properly. And the result is blatant disrespect and disobedience.
So after a stressful lunch out with friends after church (I seriously almost lost it in Panera!) Brad and I had a powwow to discuss where to go from here. Bottom line, we are retraining everything: bedtime rules, car rules, table manners, and the biggie, first-time obedience.
Please pray for me! I don't expect this to be fun.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Tiny Bubbles

I don't love housework.

Alright, I down right hate it!

But laundry has always been the exception. I don't mind laundry (althought sometimes I wish I could actually get it all done!) In fact, I enjoy it.

So when I started using cloth diapers the additional laundry it would require didn't phase me at all. (And 7 months later, I still really haven't noticed the increase.) The most difficult part of cloth diaper laundering is picking a good detergent. Most name brand detergent cannot be used with cloth diapers because additives such as fabric softeners, perfumes, brighteners, and stain guards leave residues that can lead to leaking diapers, rashes, and odor problems. I really stressed about picking a detergent that would be harmful to my diapers but would still get all my laundry clean!

The Natural Baby Company (geniuses behind the fabulous GroBaby diapers!) has created a solution: Tiny Bubble Detergent! This detergent is the total package! It's safe for cloth diapers, gentle on sensitive skin (an issue in my family) and eco-friendly! Plus, at about $0.22 a load, it is easy on the wallet!

I am so excited about trying Tiny Bubbles, I am probably going to stalk the mail carrier until my box arrives!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

PSF - Let Me Show You How

Brad's brother, Carey, came to visit us for a few days and brought along his family. Since they live in Maryland, we are not able to get together much, so this trip was a real treat! Libby was especially excited to "meet" her cousins, Nathan and Kaylee. Nathan and Libby became fast friends! They talked about a mile a minute to each other nonstop the whole weekend.
One of their funniest dialogs occurred within an hour of Nathan's arrival at our house. As I was chatting with my SIL, Jennifer, in the kitchen I overheard snippets of Libby using her "I am in charge" voice so I tuned in to make sure she was not being bossy.
What I heard was my 4 year old daughter instructing her 3 year old cousin on how to do a cartwheel. And he was following instructions to the letter! As Jennifer and I were cracking up, Brad walked in and asked what was going on. When I told him he said, "Can Libby do a cartwheel?"
The answer is no. But that did not stop either child from trying!

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Miracle Blanket Winner

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:1
Timestamp: 2009-07-16 01:16:21 UTC

And the winner is...

Krystyn said...
I like the natural beige.
July 7, 2009 3:24 PM

Congratulations, Krystyn!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Writers Workshop - "He is a boil on the butt of humanity"

Well said, Ousier!

For this week's Writer's Workshop:

2.) Describe a situation that forced you to confront a neighbor

This actually didn't have to be a confrontation. It started out as my husband being a good neighbor. But our backyard neighbor is one of those that wears his a** as a hat, so you know how those things go.

So our neighbor (lets call him dude, because that is what Brad called him) has this beautiful, huge oak tree in his yard that hangs over into our yard. This by itself is not a problem, it actually creates nice shade. But the tree was choking with moss that was falling into hubby's hedges and killing our lygustrum (I probably spelled that wrong!). (My husband is very into his yard work so to him this was a big deal.)

Now since the tree was crossing onto our property, we were within our rights to cut back the branches. My husband, being the nice guy that he is, went over to tell dude his plans. So one evening Brad rings the doorbell and dude's wife answers and says "What?" Brad introduces himself and tells her that he lives in the house behind him and she responds with "So." No nice to meet you, just "so."

Brad is starting to get a little flustered by the rudeness. So he says, "I am hear to talk to you about your oak tree." At this point, dude pipes up from in the house "what the hell is going on out there." Dude then comes to the door and Brad repeats himself and dude is all "I don't care what you do with the tree. Just cut the damn thing down if you want to!"

So Brad says, "I can't talk to you anymore." and he leaves. And he comes home and tells me all about this. He was so upset because he was trying to do the right thing and these people were just so rude! Brad doesn't like confrontation, especially when it is so unexpected!

So we did hire an arborist to cut back the tree and dude sat out in his backyard and watched!

Do you have crappy neighbors? Tell us about it! Visit MamaKat and link up!

So maybe mommy doesn't know everything!

Privacy pretty much went out the window when I became a mother. I don't remember that last time I got 5 minutes of uninterrupted shower time. There is always someone who needs to know where she dropped her lovey, or where the keys are or just when I am gong to get out!

This morning, Libby and EJ decided that rather than just pressing their little faces against the glass, opening the door and climbing in would be more fun! Thankfully, I have a big shower. Unfortunately, (for me), the first words out of Libby's mouth are "Mommy, the water is too hot!" (Yeah. That's the way mommy likes it!) So enter lukewarm water.

Then I gave the girls a bar of soap to keep them occupied. (Can you see where this is going?)
All was well for a few minutes, until EJ got a little itch on her face! The next thing I know she is screaming and rubbing her (soapy) hands in her eyes! Luckily the shower head is detachable so I was able to spray her right in the face, which she didn't really like either but it got the job done!

She quickly calmed down. Her vision is still intact. And Mommy learned a obvious valuable lesson: Giving a bar of soap to a two-year-old is not a good idea!

ww - He just keeps getting cuter!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

True Story Tuesday - Miami Tampa Ink

Most children dream of being firefighters or ballerinas when they grow. Maybe a cowboy or astronaut.

My sweet daughter wants to be a tattoo artist!

I have to hide markers from her. If she does manage to get her hands on one, this is the inevitable result:

Sunday, July 12, 2009


You may remember that not too long ago, I wrote a review for Grobaby diapers. Well good news for all of you cd'ers out there! In response to some shameless begging such a glowing review, Jennifer from the Natural Baby Company sent me another Blackberry Grobaby diaper to add to my own stash give away to one of you!

For your first entry? Tell me why you use cloth diapers

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*Winner has 48 hours to contact me, or another winner will be chosen.

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*rules for each entry must be followed to be valid.

In a twitter over Tweeting

I am jumping on yet another bandwagon!

I am officially tweeting. I signed up for a Twitter account several months ago solely to get extra entries in blog giveaways but never actually "tweeted."

Last night, I finally tweeted my first tweet and I can see this is going to be yet another internet addiction.

My husband will be so pleased!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Dear guy too busy singing along with the radio,

You know that stop sign in front of the crosswalk outside of Publix?


While I am sure that you are indeed the next American Idol, save your practicing for the shower. You obviously are not capable of driving and singing your heart out at the same time.

That woman you almost mowed down

Thursday, July 9, 2009

You are the Chosen One, Harry!

In case you have been living under a rock (or if you still haven't come up for air since Twilight was released), I wanted to let you know that in less than a week, just 6 short days, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is opening in theaters!!
I am so totally stoked!

Say, what?

You thought I only crushed on fictional vampires.

No, no. I was blurring the lines between reality and Hogwarts long before I knew Forks, WA was an actual town. Don't get me wrong, if there is a fictional character that I would be tempted to leave my husband for, it is definitely Edward. But when it comes to fictional schools that I wish I had gotten into, I am still waiting on my owl from Hogwarts.

What was my point again?

Oh, yeah! The next Harry Potter movie. So I am very excited about seeing the movie. From a book standpoint, the movie is not going to be good. They have pretty much all been terrible since the Prisoner of Azkaban. I am guessing that screenplay was written without even glancing at the book first. And I was ticked for weeks after the Goblet of Fire was released. I mean, would it have killed them to throw a blast-ended skrewt in there somewhere!

But based on the previous movies, the previews for this one look pretty good. And since
Em is coming to visit me so we can see it together, it is going to be fun regardless! (And Brad is really pumped that Emily is coming because it means he doesn't have to pretend to be interested in another Harry Potter movie!)
So, until July 15, I leave you with this:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Nature calling

At 3:30am.

In a very loud voice.

Libby has recently stopped wearing pullups at night. She has only had one accident since then and that was on the way to the potty, not in her bed. (thank goodness! There is nothing worse than changing the sheets at midnight!)

Most nights she has to get up to go potty at some point and she likes me to go with her. Usually she just comes into my room and taps my shoulder to wake me up.

Last night, she walked into my room, stopped at the foot of my bed and shouted, "Mommy! Where are you?"

Really, Libby?

Where do you think I am?

I couldn't go back to sleep for 2 hours after that.

It's going to me a long day!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

See Kai Run Winner!

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:29
Timestamp: 2009-07-08 01:15:16 UTC

And the winner is...
Megan R. said...
signed up for their email a while ago!
June 29, 2009 5:32 PM
Yea, Megan! Megan is mommy to Chunky Monkey, who is going to look so cute in his new See Kai Run shoes! You can check out her blog here!

The Miracle Blanket review and giveaway

I learned very quickly after the birth of my second child that what they say about kids is true: every one of them is different.
Libby slept for 48 hrs after she was born and then didn't sleep again for six weeks. I would nurse her for hours at a time and often go days without a shower because she cried when I put her down (and I was too inexperienced to realize that crying a little was not going to kill her or make me a bad mother!) She finally started to take great naps during the day but she was still waking up to nurse 2-3 times a night until almost 10 months. (Again, the inexperience!)
Emma Jane slept a 5 hour stretch her first night home from the hospital and by 4 weeks was consistently sleeping around 8-10 hours. She still nursed once at night most nights until about 8 or 9 months but she was very efficient: 15 minutes tops!

But different as they were (and are) my girls had one thing in common: they both preferred their tummies. I honestly believed that all babies slept better on their tummies and I planned to flip John as soon as we got home from the hospital. (The nurses really frown upon doing that in front of them!)

Leave it to my third child do destroy the one absolute that I held onto as a parent. John hates being on his tummy. He tends to take after Libby in that he thinks that any time that is not spent nursing is time wasted. So as soon as his cheek would touch the mattress he started rooting around for a boob! And would quickly get angry when he couldn't find one! Unfortunately, he couldn't sleep on his back either without being tightly swaddled. (You know, those hands he still doesn't realize belong to him keep getting in the way!) And since I have yet to find a receiving blanket that is actually big enough to swaddle properly, this was a real dilemma.

Enter the Miracle Blanket! I ordered one when John was five days old after reading about it on another blog. It arrived a few days later and it has absolutely lived up to it's name! It swaddles him so snuggly! I think the magic ingredient in the Miracle Blanket is the arm flaps that secure his arms to his sides so that he can't wiggle out of it! He is now sleeping 9-10 hours a night, usually from 8pm-5am.

Not only does the Miracle Blanket help him sleep comfortably on his back, it also soothes him when he is fussy. I call 5pm the witching hour because my babies always seem to be fussy then. I pull out the Miracle Blanket and he instantly calms down. I videotaped him being wrapped so that you can see just how amazing this is! Be sure to turn up the volume! (BTW, the other baby crying in the background is my friend Tammy's girl. She was really upset that her mommy wouldn't let her crawl over to John to see what was wrong with him!)

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Good friends are excited when you get pregnant. Best friends hold your hand while you pee on the stick!

Kasey is still out of town, so Kelli from Outside my Kitchen Window is hosting Friend Makin Monday today!

So, here's today's subject:
Tell us about your BFF...where did you meet, was it BFF at first sight, how long have you been friends, etc.
What makes him/her your BFF...what is it about this person that makes him/her so special to you?

My BFF is Emily. The story of how we became friends is slightly pathetic. I had just graduated from college and moved to Atlanta. My roommate and I didn't really click. I spent all day with people from work, so I really didn't want to spend all weekend with them too. Most of my friends from college were still in Alabama. Basically I had zero friends and I was lonely. *insert sob*

I met Emily at a women's bible study. The night that I went to the group for the first time, I sat on the couch next to this blonde girl. When BS was ending, the leader had us break up in to groups of 2-3 to pray. (I didn't know at the time that that wasn't the norm, but that is what makes God so cool!) So blonde girl and less-blonde girl next to her and I formed a group. And in a moment of humility I made a prayer request for God to give me some girlfriends.

Those two girls were the answer to my prayer. The next week we met at Ben & Jerry's for ice cream. We started doing that every week. When B&J's closed we moved across the street to Starbucks. Before I knew it, we were pretty much inseparable. Since then, we have been separated. I have moved to Tampa. Stephanie (AKA less-blonde girl) has moved to Dallas and Emily is still in Atlanta. But we are all still friends.

And Emily is a best friend in the truest sense of the word. I would trust her with my life, my children's lives, my biggest secret.

When I was in denial about being pregnant, she convinced me to put the mimosa down and take a test. And then she drove me to Walgreens and came in the bathroom with me while I took it. And when the stick turned blue and I burst into tears, so did she. Although she was crying because she was so excited. I was crying because I had just gone shopping and bought lots of really cute (skinny) clothes! (And then when she told her mother that I was pg, Jenny asked "so do you and Lauren have some kind of contract stating the you have to be pregnant at the same time?" You would think based on our families.)

Even though we are separated by way too many miles, we are still close. We talk everyday, sometimes more than once. And we jump at any opportunity to see each other, whether it is for a two-year-old's birthday party or just a movie we want to see together.

I love her like a sister. And since my sister is my other best friend, that is a lot!

Emily would like for me to point out that she is not fat, but 8 months pregnant in this picture. I am six weeks pregnant, but I won't find that out until the day after this pic was taken!