Archive for January, 2011


Monday, January 31st, 2011 by by

I have a hard time looking at baby pictures sometimes.  Pictures of sleeping (live) newborns just bother me.  I couldn’t put my finger on it for a while, but after hearing someone tell me that Cora “just looks like she’s sleeping” it hit me: I hate pictures where, to me, the babies look dead.  So I especially hate black and white newborn photos.

It bothers me most when it’s pictures of my own children.  Maybe it’s because the thought of Erin and Patrick dying too is so traumatic to me.  Maybe it’s because they’re supposed to be happy pictures of my children and I hate that the pictures make me cringe.

The ones that come most to mind to me are Erin’s blessing pictures.  I’d been planning on having my mom make a dress for Cora from the leftover fabric of my wedding dress and my veil, but we were waiting to see how big she was at birth before my mom started.  And then of course it became a moot point.  So my mom made it for Erin.

And I hate the pictures.

Part of me wishes I’d thought to try to wake her up.


It’s Not Me

Monday, January 31st, 2011 by by

photo from here
“Can I have some marshmallows, Mom?”

“No, Babe. Remember I said no more sweets for now?”

“It’s not me asking, Mom. It’s my body.”

“Is that right?”

“My body says it needs marshmallows. Also my body says please.”

a dream state

Monday, January 31st, 2011 by by

Last night, I had a really strange dream. Actually between bouts of Hobie screaming in my ear, I had lots of strange dreams. I could only hang on to the one, which was the first in the series. I can only presume they got stranger as the night waned. Kind of like Alexei without a mop of hair.

In the dream, we were living in a mobile home on horse property. I don’t recall the kids being around, but hubby was there. Somehow we were given four pet rats. I loved the rats and spent lots of time playing with them, but they kept biting me. A rat would be cuddling up to my cheek and suddenly grab on, and then hang on for dear life, pinching me with its teeth but not breaking skin. The final straw was the rat that bit my neck and had to be pried off. (more…)

Just Write #4

Monday, January 31st, 2011 by by

As a part of my new posting ideas here is this weeks Just Write Post, participating from If you want to see this weeks and others CLICK HERE.

Writing Prompt #4 – Joy
When was the last time you felt joy? Write a poem, blog post, fiction, or anything you want to telling us about something, someone, or sometime that made you joyful.


This is an odd day to write about Joy. Why? Because I’m not so joyful right now! lol But the last time I did feel joy would probably bee a few days ago… I came to moderate some comments on my blog and guess what?! I had 200 FOLLOWERS!! How awesome is that. I did a lil happy dance and just wanted to go and hug every single one of my followers. There has to be something that bloggers can do to send a BIG THANK YOU to all of ya’ll! But this is the best I’ve got….


New Pediatrician: 4-month well visit

Monday, January 31st, 2011 by by

Little bird is growing everyday. I can’t believe tomorrow she will already be 5 months old. In one more month, she will be half a year old. (Geez, seems like a blink of an eye ago that she was just a little pea.)

This week, I took her for her four-month well visit at her NEW pediatrician’s office. We decided to change pediatricians because it just wasn’t a good fit for our family. They weren’t as open-minded as they let on to be so I switched because I have no time to waste hoping that the care of my child will improve. Its the simple things that really make a difference. For example, the new place keeps her file electronically along with a hard copy and gives us a summary of our visit to keep. The old place was very old school in practice and technique, I just couldn’t take it.

I had so many questions for our new pediatrician since her last visit to our old pediatrician was at her two month mark. Since then, little bird had developed a mild case of cradle cap, a skin rash on her elbows, and I wanted to know about sleep training. Truth be told, I was also concerned that little bird wasn’t meeting certain milestones like rolling over.

For the cradle cap, we were told to wash and brush her hair everyday, if it didn’t clear up we should apply some baby oil, brush her hair, and wash it out.

For the skin rash, it turns out it was just a mild form of eczema which (more…)

Prince Lionheart WashPOD Review+Giveaway (2/11)

Monday, January 31st, 2011 by by

The Prince Lionheart WashPOD is something I was very excited about trying for Everett.  Like many parents, I had a 2 sided plastic tub which fit in the sink for my first son.  After we moved our new house only had 1 sink basin.  Not really great for this type of tub.

When I was selected as a Prince Lionheart Elite blogger I was able to choose an item to review.  The WashPOD was very intriguing so this was first on my list.

From the photo it should be clear this is a “bucket” style bath tub.  The design is meant to be close quartered to remind the baby of their previous cozy home.  The tub is meant for babies 0-6 months.

Favorite Features:

  • Easy to insert foam cushion meant to give a little dip for the baby’s bottom to fit in.  Baby won’t slip around.
  • Lightweight.  Even with water it can easily be lifted and moved around.
  • Clear so you can see the adorableness of the baby inside, all squishy and round.
  • My baby LOVES it. He is all smiles inside and would stay in as long as the water was warm. (more…)

So Sick Of Being Sick…….

Monday, January 31st, 2011 by by

Everyone has been sick around here. First Lo, then Lex, then me then Kevin brought home some kind of nasty virus that has us all hacken up lungs. So far the teenager has been the lucky one. -_- I have been hit the hardest due to the fact that I can’t just lay down and relax. I’m actually doing that right now. I refuse to move from the couch for at least 4 hours. Lots of fluids, rest and later on some wine and I’m sure I’ll be fine. :) So until then, miss me, love me and wait for some really awesome pictures. Because there are always pictures!


Hello Foot, Meet Mouth

Monday, January 31st, 2011 by by

Yea, I really helped myself with my last blog post. *insert eye roll* I was bragging about how wonderful everything was going with this pregnancy, and low and behold. BAM!! I stuck my foot in my mouth and ended up in Labor & Delivery. The reason? Surprise, surprise… Carter was trying to make an early appearance! I think I have four of THE most impatient children and no clue where they get it from. ;)

So after 7 hours in the hospital, a shot of terbutiline, some IV fluids, etc..etc… I got to go home extremely exhausted, but thankfully, still pregnant. It also reminded me that I need to get on the ball, seriously. It’s not like trying to have my babies early is a surprise for me, so I’m trying to figure out why I’ve procrastinated on getting prepared for Carter. Luckily, I didn’t have THAT much left to do, and I’m almost done (now).
Hopefully I’ll be pregnant for another 2 weeks (plus), and next time I make a trip to L&D, I’ll be far enough along to have him and not have labor stopped. I am very excited to meet our newest addition, however, I think I can’t wait just a bit longer until he is fully “baked.” :)

Daddy’s boy

Monday, January 31st, 2011 by by

He’s a mama’s boy. There’s really no convincing him otherwise.

Unless you have a bowl of chocolate ice cream. Then all bets are off.

Smacksy Sunday Links

Sunday, January 30th, 2011 by by

Wow. This was only 17 years ago.


And puppies.

Happy Sunday.