Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Oh Chester.

We have a dog.



A wonderful, sweet, caring, silly, adorable dog.  With all of his charms and sweetness though, comes the dumbest dog you've maybe ever met.  Seriously.  So dumb.

We love our dumb dog.

But, a lot of love for that dog seems to be pretty hard to find at 4am, after the baby has been up every hour, and your husband lets in said dumb dog from having a midnight pee in the backyard, and you are aroused from your sleepy stupor by the OVERWHELMING disgusting odor that, with the dog, has entered your house.

Also, some of the love for your husband is pretty hard to find at 4am, when, in his sleepy stupor, he doesn't realize the dog's overwhelming disgusting odor until the dog has made it into the master bedroom and starts rolling around all over the floor and his dog bed.

So, if you are in the North Texas area and heard yelling and screaming at 4am a couple of weeks ago, that was probably coming from my neck of the woods, and I apologize.  I also apologize for any cursing you may have heard while giving said dog a bath at 4am.  (Someday I'm sure Gerhard and I will look back at that day and laugh.  It hasn't happened quite yet though.)



Apparently we have a skunk living under our backyard shed.  And our dumb dog decided it would be a good idea to play with this funny looking cat.  I hope he learned his lesson, but I'm pretty sure if that pretty looking stinky cat comes around again, he'll again try to make friends with it.  *sigh*

Pathetic, isn't he?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

7 Months old...

How is this even possible?  Noah is growing sooo fast.

Some quick facts:

He's sitting up like a champ these days.

He still hasn't shown any teeth, but I'm expecting them any time now.  I've been able to see the little white nubs below his gums for WEEKS.  And he bites everything.

He's seriously one of the happiest frickin' babies I've ever met IN MY LIFE.  I don't want to brag (but just watch as I do it), but for real.  Such a sweet temperment.

He ADORES his big brother.  Charl is the funnest toy for him, and makes him giggle most.

He loves Mickey Mouse.  How cute is that?  When the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show comes on on Disney, he gets super excited and starts waving his arms.  Then he's entranced.

He sleeps in his own crib now, but not quite through the night.  Mommy or Daddy usually have to go in once or twice to put his Bubby (Pacifer) back in his mouth.


And... a few weeks ago, I stopped breastfeeding.
I know they say you're supposed to really do it a year, but honestly, I was done.  It just felt right to stop.  Noah struggled with the bottle for a bit, and I was wondering if stopping breastfeeding was even going to be an option for me.  But an instagram friend (Thanks Carly!!) mentioned that using latex nipples instead of the silicone ones had worked for her.  I tried them... and low and behold, he takes a bottle now!  YESSS!  I really battled some guilt over the decision to stop breastfeeding.  Which is stupid.  I only breastfeed Charl for about 6-7 months as well.  Just seems to be my cut off point!  And now Noah sleeps better during the day, in his own crib, and I feel like I can have some independence back.  It was the right move for me, and I'm happy with it.  :)

Ok, onto the baby pictures.  :)






Also, this is what it is like to catch pictures of a 7 month old...."That looks neat!  I wanna eat it!"

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kindergarten

Yesterday, I dropped my baby boy off for his first day of kindergarten.  I managed to get out of the classroom before the tears started, and into the car before they really came down.  I honestly didn't think I'd get QUITE so emotional about the whole thing.  But gosh, KINDERGARTEN!  He's getting so big and independent now.


But I still worry for him.

What if he gets lost?  Forgets where to go?  Gets tired and cranky?


What if he needs a hug?  Or just a cuddle with mom for a few minutes?  (Which is really all I get these days, before he's off being busy again.)


Will he make a friend?  Will he like his teacher?  Understand the work?


I guess every kid and every mother go through this at this point.  All the worry, fear, anxiety and hopefulness.  Wondering if I've done enough to prepare him for this day, or if there is really anything I could do to REALLY prepare him to take that leap on his own.  It's a big jump.  And it sure scares this Mama.


But, of course, he did great.  :)  He seems to love it, especially music class.  And other than some spilled milk in his backpack, the whole day went off without a hitch.

It's just going to be hard getting used to this quiet around here...but I guess Noah will make sure that doesn't last long.  :)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

White Cloud Diaper Party!

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of White Cloud Diapers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*



This last week I had a wonderful opportunity to attend a White Cloud Diaper party with some fellow bloggers.  We all met up at a local park to discuss our experience with White Cloud Diapers and have a bit of fun.  :)  This was really my first time doing something like this and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to work with Wal-Mart, test out some diapers, and meet up with friends!  



The party was really a blast.  We played a couple of games, sort of like a baby shower!  We had a contest of chugging water out of baby bottles, where poor Noah got a bit drenched since I was wearing him in my wrap when my bottle leaked.  It was probably the most unsexy wet tshirt contest ever.  Ha!  But loads of fun and laughs!  We also tried to guess what baby food was placed in a White Cloud Diaper.  You can imagine how this looked, and I'm gonna just say, this is NOT my favorite game.  Barf.  But overall there was food and laughter, and finding out lots of information about White Cloud Diapers.



Being on a pretty tight budget, I try to find the best deals possible when it comes to our "staple" items.  Having a new baby means, well, that this list is going to include diapers for quite some time to come!   Babies ain't cheap people!  And this being my second baby... well, I've learned that you gotta get bang for your buck with diapers.  I'm not a brand snob when it comes to diapering.  I find what works well with the cheapest price, whatever the brand.  So when I tested out these diapers, I was really surprised by the quality of the diapers for the price.  I have found with many of the store brand diapers I've purchased that the diapers tend to be stiff and kind of crinkly.  They work ok for the most part, but don't seem to be the softest thing to put on my baby's booty.  White Cloud Diapers were very soft inside and out!  And the size 2s I tried also had a quilted liner on the inside to keep wetness away from baby's skin.  They were nice and stretchy so I could fit them properly to him, and the quality was really superb.  They have also included a wetness indicator on sizes Newborn, 1, and 2 that lets you know when the diaper is wet.  VERY handy when you don't want to completely undress your child to see if their diaper needs changing!  They were also really durable.  Noah is sleeping for longer stretches at night now, and I didn't have a single leak.  (Thank goodness, since we are still co-sleeping, so that leak would have been in MY bed!)  

I can honestly say, the price and quality of White Cloud Diapers are really awesome, and I'm a convert!

(Here is my little diaper model... he was very squirmy!)





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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Trying to find a routine

Hello internet world, if anyone is still hanging around to listen after my little (and sporatic) this year.   I am still trying to get into the groove of having two little boys hanging around, so I appreciate you bearing with me!  Finding time to get to my desktop has been a bit scarce, between a non-existent nap schedule with Noah, and trying to find special mommy time with Charl so he doesn't feel left out.  Oh, and all the errands that need to be run, clothes to be washed, and house to be cleaned.  Needless to say I've been in a pretty constant state of slightly to moderately overwhelmed pretty much since we moved in December!

But all in all, we are doing great.  Having two boys is hectic, and I'm so thankful everyday that I get to be involved in the tornado.  :)


Noah has been an amazing baby so far.  Not saying that Charl wasn't a joy, but Noah definitely sleeps and eats a bit better than Charl did!  Which makes it much easier for me to juggle the needs of both of them.  Noah is a very happy baby, and smiles a LOT!  If you were in our house the last couple of weeks, you'd probably be seeing me do a number of very stupid things to try and make him giggle, but no little laughs just yet!  I apparantly need to brush up on my comedic stylings.  Ha!  We are still trying to get into that "sweet spot" with a napping schedule, and while I'm not ready for him to grow so quickly, I'm a bit ready to have a more steady routine.  (Like, taking a shower while not poking my head out every 15 seconds because I think I hear him crying would be one example of "steady routine".)

He turned 11 weeks old yesterday, but these pictures are from when he was 6 weeks old.  I thought I'd snap a few pictures quickly in his nursery, but we were bombarded by every other living thing in the house.  Such camera hogs...




 Don't you just love little baby feet?




 Don't forget me Mama! Cheese!


 Yet another photobomber...


Well, I knew the silence was too good to be true!  Someone has woken up from his 20 minute napping stretch.  *sigh*  Off I go!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sometimes life gets in the way...

So I had a message in my inbox asking me why I haven't been blogging... Honestly, life has gotten crazy, and this blog has been put on the back burner... and then further back... and then shoved in a little dusty corner.

I can't promise how much I'll be blogging in the next few days/ weeks/ months, but I will promise I'll make a better effort.  I do enjoy being able to come here and get my random thoughts out, and update on my life.  But, ya know, I am a stay at home mother... so I have a lot of shit to do.  Lol!

So one of the big things that has been a road block to blogging has actually been a MAJOR life change, which I've kind of talked about here before.

We finally bought a house!!  We closed the end of November, and with trying to move, paint, shop, and then, oh yeah, Christmas, my life was seriously non-stop.  Oh, and I'm still pregnant.  So there's that too.  Ha ha!  Moving in the third trimester is not for the faint of heart.  (So why is this the SECOND time I'm done it??)

Trying to spruce up the new house and get settled has taken up pretty much all of my time.  Especially since the further in pregnancy I get, it seems the slower I move, and the less I can do.  How annoying is that?!

I keep telling my friends and family I'm just in constant panic mode that things aren't done and ready for the baby yet.  (Speaking of, gotta go put another coat of paint on that crib!)  It's coming along, but I won't really be satisfied until everything is absolutely perfect.  Which, knowing me, will never ever happen.  I can't imagine what I'd do without some sort of project in the works.  Ha!

For those who have lost count, I'm now 37 weeks pregnant.  In previous posts, I've mentioned how wonderful I feel, and what an awesome experience pregnancy is for me.  (I know, I know... please don't hate me.)  But let me tell you this... I forgot about the 8th month.  HOLY MOLY.  I'm sooo ready to be done!  I'm extremely sore, very tired, and this little boy is not exactly gentle anymore.  Ha!  Don't get me wrong, I'm still incredibly glad I'm pregnant, over the moon!  But damn, I just forgot how much this last month suuuuucks.  And another bad part is how anxious I am to meet this little baby.  I tend to get really really sappy about it, and tear up when I think about holding him and kissing him for the first time, and the thousands of times after that.  :)  I'm so so so excited!  Not to mention, I'm going crazy with curiousity as to what he will look like and be like.  All I can imagine is another Charl, and I know that certainly won't be the case.

Ok, so there is my little update while I have a few minutes to get to the computer and type.  I'll try and get a bump pic up this week and maybe even share some of fun baby things and house things that have been going on around here.  (Especially because, hell, if I don't have time NOW, goodness knows when I think I'll have it when a newborn is hanging around!)

Thanks for being patient with me.  :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

REALLY late school pics...

So I know I've previously spoken about homeschooling my son.  Which we still do at home to some extent.  I more of see everything as a learning opportunity, and when he shows an interest in something, try to expand on that.  We do have a formal workbook type of thing, which we work in from time to time.  Usually about 20 pages at a time actually, because he really enjoys it.  But it is sporatic, seeing as that takes a BIG chunk of time since he could happily do them all afternoon.

So with me being tired quite a bit with pregnancy, doing things to buy a house, etc, we thought it would be good for him to be in some sort of formal activities.  We went through our city, and found a preschool program that wouldn't break the bank, was only for a 6 week session, and only twice a week.  I say "only" because I figure that "I" could handle that better.  Ha ha!  It gave me more options to not continue the preschool if it wasn't working out after 6 weeks, and at twice a week, didn't cause me quite as big of an anxiety attack as it might of been if he went every day.

So this post has been VERY late in posting, considering he's already finished the first 6 week program.  Ha ha!  Late to the game Mom.  Anyhow, he LOVES it.  So much so, that we signed up for another 6 week program (which he started last week), until we move (hopefully) and will have to find something else for him closer to home.  The house we're looking at is like a 45 minute drive away from where we are now, so it wouldn't be financially feasable to keep him going to the Richardson preschool.

But today I want to share with you his pictures from his very first day of "school".  This mama did relatively well.. until I started taking these pictures.  Then I started tearing up sooo bad!  I tried hard not to cry though, because I didn't want to freak Charl out or anything.  He did fine of course when I took him in.  I hung around for a bit, and finally he says, "Mommy, you can go now!"  Ha ha!  So I worried for nothing, of course.  And he's loved it every day since, so it was a good move.  :)




Such a little ham... haha!