Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Taking Credit

A week or so ago we were shopping at Walmart for some last minute things and I decided to check out some kids clothes while there.

Above is what I found for Bear.  He needed a few things to plus up his summer wardrobe.  Most of it is from last year, but some are looking too small.  This will help and you can't beat the price!  

Below are a few things I found for Baby Girl.  Yes, I know she has a lot of clothes, but there are gaps with sizes that I am filling in.  Or in this case the vast majority of the 6mo and 9mo clothing is winter.  Theoretically, if she follows Bears' size wise, she will need both cool and warm clothing for each size.  I picked up the warm weather stuff in 6-9mo.  Now back to what I was talking about...

We spent all of 45 minutes in the store and Bear starts to lose it.  We head to check out and I decided to take Bear to the car to speed along that process.  Hubby stayed and checked out for us.

When he gets to the car he tells me that he took credit for picking out the kids clothes.  Confused I asked what he was talking about.  He said between the lady cashier and the two older women behind him they kept telling him how fabulous of a dad he was for picking out great kids clothes for both of his kids.  The one lady that was next in line behind him said something along the lines of "I know men can pick out clothes for boy but you did a fabulous job picking stuff out for your daughter as well."  The cashier asked if he had help and he lied telling them he picked them out all on his own.  They all gushed at how much Baby Girl will be wrapped around his little finger the second she is born if he is already thinking about buying her clothes.  Hubby ate it all up!  

I started laughing pretty hard for a few reasons.  For starters, I didn't mind him taking credit for it at all!  Maybe I need to be giving him more credit for what great clothes for our kids that he does pick out.  I also know that if I told hubby I liked a certain collection he could easily have gone and picked out most of what I did pick for Baby Girl.  Hubby just tends to avoid prints so he would have stuck with all solids.  Then add in his huge grin and cocky attitude for getting the compliment and it pushed me over the top.  He was pretty impressed with himself for the rest of the day.  

Those clothes are now only referred to as the clothes that Hubby picked out.  He grins or laughs every time it comes up in conversation.

Has your hubby ever taken credit for something when it comes to your kid(s)?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Food Pins

This summer I wanted to make an effort to use more of my pins.  So here is what I have been using.

Campfire Cones
I made on small change and that was to use mini marshmallow so they would melt better. It still took longer than I thought to fully melt but they were so very delicious!  We have to use this one again.

Coconut Oil Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These were delicious!  I love a good cookie.  I highly recommend you try them out.

Easy FoYo Pops
I used this pin as a jumping off point.  I used store bought Greek yogurt in Vanilla and mixed in my own fruit.  I like frozen fruit for this.  I heat them up in the microwave until hot and juices are released.  I cut up the larger fruit like strawberries or peaches.  I chill them in fridge.  Once cold I mix in the vanilla yogurt and then fill the Popsicle containers leaving room for expansion.

Strawberry Pinapple Mimosas
Once this baby is out you know I will be drinking several of these!

Raspberry Lemonade Slushie
This is delicious!  I had to cut down the sugar a bit for my liking, but it a very good!  

What summer pins have you been using?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Looking for Guest Writers

Baby Girl's due date is quickly approaching.  I am looking for people to help fill this spot for a bit while I am recovering and getting adjust to life with two children.  If you would like to guest blog on here please let me know.  Leave a comment or email me at

To make this as easy as possible here is what I am looking/hoping for:

  • Write about WHATEVER you want as long as it is not a sponsored post.  Really, you can write about anything you would like.  I write about cooking, exercise, life, military life, family, tot school activities, trips, favorite items, beauty products, etc. and so can you.

  • Length doesn't matter to me.  Write a lot or a little, it's all up to you.
  • Please try to include a picture or one from online (with source link)

  • Include a short bio with links to your blog or social media account you would like.  Feel free to promote your blog / social media as long as you aren't trying to sell my readers something or directing them to your business.  

How it will work:

  1. You email letting me know you would like to write something for this little space.
  2. Send me your post in HTML format.  If you use Blogger to write your posts it makes doing this even easier.  Let me know if you need help with this.
  3. I'll read the post.  If I need to make any changes to your post it will only be spacing issues, font type or re-sizing photos.  Just the basic things to make it look pretty on my blog.  I will not edit or change any of your writing.
  4. I'll email you with the date and time that your post will go live on my blog.  If you can direct your blog over to mine that would be perfect.

Post will go live sometime in July and August depending on when Baby Girl decides to make her arrival.  

Thanks so much in advance to those who are willing to write for this little space of mine. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Finding the Words...

This post is long over due.  I have been mentioning little bits here and there, but now that family is fully informed I can share with all of you.  Pre-Eclampsia (Pre-e) is starting to rear its ugly head once again.

This pregnancy started off easy, but recently has been increasingly difficult as the weeks go by.  I have always been told that pre-e is just a matter of time.  Not an "if" but a "when."  We had hoped that time would come at 38 weeks or later.  We hoped it wouldn't be as bad as the first time.  Clearly we were wrong.

Well, really the assumption is we are wrong.  For Bear my BP was high throughout the pregnancy and all signs/symptoms were ignored.  Brushed aside as a paranoid new mommy until I ended up in the hospital at 33 weeks with a very high BP and a headache that wouldn't go away.  Three days later I Bear was born via emergency c-section.  This time around I have been careful to make sure that when I say something is wrong that the doctors don't just brush it off as normal pregnancy symptoms if it could be something else. 

Thankful I have a very caring and on point medical staff (OB) taking care of me this time around.  They have labeled me High Rick from day one and even run extra tests and sonograms to check on Baby Girl.  I am also seeing doctors at Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM; think super high risk/specialist) throughout this pregnancy.  I feel comfortable with those caring for me and baby.  Our best interests are or appear to be a priority.

This brings me a few weeks ago when I ended up in Labor and Delivery for the first time.  I was having more and more difficulty breathing late at night.  Specifically taking a deep breathe.  I would have a bad pain in my side and start coughing whenever I tried to take a deeper than normal breathe. My BP was also a bit higher than I would have liked.  In the morning I called the OB and she brought me in to check my BP and ask more about the breathing problems I was having.  Difficulty breathing can be a sign of pregnancy but it could also be much worse like a pulmonary embolism (PE).  Due to this concern I went to labor and delivery to get checked out.  My BP stabilized but they recommended a CT scan of my lungs.  Please save your thoughts on CT scans when pregnant for someone else.  I trust my doctor would not run a test unless medically necessary.  The pros outweighed the cons in this case.  I had the scan and it came back that there is no PE and that my lower right lung does not fully inflate.  They have deemed this pregnancy related but will continue to monitor it.  She recommended Nonstress Tests(NST) and sonograms biweekly to check on baby.  The concern was that the pre e could be slowly starting.

A week later I end up back in Labor and Delivery with a high BP, cramping in the lower abdomen, and very little to no movement from baby.  I was again monitored for hours and had a long sonogram to check on baby Girl.  She did start moving once the cramping stopped.  At the follow up appointment the doctor said that the cramping was likely a "faulty contraction."  That at 31 weeks the body doesn't really know how to do a full up contraction and that could easily have been one.  She added that the cramping/contraction could have masked any smaller movements the baby was making.  The monitoring at the hospital showed movement only after the cramping stopped.  The doctor recommended moving up the dates of the NST's and Growth Sonograms.


This bring us up to date.  I have had several NST's and Growth sonograms.  Baby Girl has passed all of them and looks good Growth wise.  The hope is to make it to 36 weeks if possible.  IF I make it that far then they will consider a repeat c-section if things start to turn.  The more likely situations since Pre-e symptoms are intensifying and BP is trending upward, that Baby Girl will make an appearance earlier than 36 weeks.  Our hope is to make it 34 weeks, which at that time decreases the risk of most major disabilities making it equivalent to that of a full term baby.

For now we are waiting.  Waiting to see what is happening.  Waiting to see how this progresses.  I am taking it easy doing very little so as not make things worse.  We are also hoping for the best.  What I do know is I can tell you that there will be a mag drip and most likely steroid shots in my future.  Two things I am not thrilled about, but if they are best for baby I will make it as long as I can on them so that baby has the best advantage possible.

On a lighter note, I have been getting a decent amount of reading in to keep my mind off of the "what if's."  So if you have ready any good books lately send me the titles please!  I'm running out of material quickly.    

Friday, June 24, 2016

Update on Bear

I know I have talked a lot on here about Baby Girl and this pregnancy so here is quick update on Bear and how he is doing. 

Bear is adjusting to well to the changes.  He easily moved into his new bedroom.  It just so happened to be his old playroom.  I feared the adjustment would be hard for him, but really it was pretty darn easy.

We updated a few things.  Mainly changing out the curtain to a new gray one.  Then I had Hubby hung up his pictures and hooks.  

I took what felt like a big step for me more than him.  We switched him off of Horizon Orgnanic Whole Milk and put him on the generic whole milk.  I didn't want to be potentially buying baby formula and expensive whole milk at the same time.  That's a lot of cash going out.  That said, I wanted to make sure Bear didn't drop weight if we took him off the fancy milk.  Much to my surprise he started eating more food while still drinking the same amount of milk he used to.  My only guess is that the Horizon Milk must have been more filling for him than the generic brand.  Either way his weight has not gone down any.  To top it off he doesn't seemed to have even noticed the change.  

With all the changes going on around him we are trying to keep his life as normal as possible.  This means still going on trips to the zoo, taking him to the mall playground, and spending one on one time with him.  Things we want to continue to do even after baby girl arrives. 

One big goal before Baby Girl made her arrival was to have Bear potty trained.  He is quickly approaching 3 years old which for me is just way to old to still be in diapers.  Most kids in my circles are potty trained by 2 at the latest.  Bear is well behind this curve and it bothers me daily!  This is mainly because at just over a year and half he was using the potty regularly and even asking to use the potty. I encouraged it without pushing him.  I think with a little push or reminders to use the potty he could have been potty trained at least while he was awake.  I would still have used pull ups for naps and bedtime despite him being mostly dry for those as well.  Then we moved and I was extremely fearful of having to stop a million time for him to go potty or that putting him in a diaper for the few days of travel would somehow reverse all of the work he had done.  The move put him back in diapers full time and the potty boxed up until we were at the new house.  We still offered the big potty but he refused.  

It took Bear time to settle into the new house.  He had zero interest in the potty so I decided to offer it but not push him. Slowly he started using it again.

Fast forward through 2 failed attempts at pushing him to potty train and we are at a bit of a loss.  He is using the potty 4-5 times a day as well as waking up dry from both naptime and overnight.  Bear will even ask us to use the potty and / or tell us directly after he goes in his diaper.  He is perfectly capable of using the potty full time.  He just doesn't want to.  

We tried using no diaper without pants, no diaper but pants on, pull ups without clothes, pull ups with clothes, and just plain naked outdoor time.  It all ended with everyone frustrated, tons of accidents, and his refusal to use the potty.  Rewards and charts were useless for him as they made no difference.  

At this point we are hoping that a slight nudge to use the potty just one more time per day than he does will mean he just phases out of using diapers.  Dear Lord I hope this works!  Fingers crossed and prayers for us that this works for us. I really do not want 2 in diapers.  

Everyone needs reading material for the potty right?  Apparently the cigar magazine was his pick that day.

To end on a happier note for me, Bear is making out like a bandit from some awesome yard sale finds lately.  He has gotten many new books, a paw patrol set, and a Kid Kraft fire house.  Everything was in great shape and dirt cheap.  Normally we hold onto these item for special occasions, but he hasn't gotten anything more than a handful of matchbox cars since Christmas and has been adjusting so well to leaving his old toys alone in the nursery.  I'm happy to add these to the rotation of toys.  He seems equally as pleased with them.

The trains have been put away for a bit.  I'm thinking around Christmas they may reappear and these will go into hiding.  

Overall, Bear is as happy as ever!  He is learning new words every day and readily shocks us with what he can physically do or say.  I can't wait to see him as a big brother.  

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Currently (June 2016)

It has been a while since I have done one of these so I figured I am long over due.

Reading - "The Wonder Weeks" by RiJit and Plooij.  I'll do a bigger review of this book but so far so good.  For me this a great review, but for someone not in the Education field this could be helpful.

Enjoying - my time with just Bear.  I'm soaking it all in and really trying to spend as much time one on one with him while I can.  In a few short months everything is about to change.  I want him to get the much needed solo time he deserves.  The Baby prep can wait a bit more, that tv show isn't going anywhere, and the dish are just fine in the sink.  Right now Bear needs or more so I need to enjoy these last few weeks of Bear being the only child in the house.  

I want to make sure that even after his little sister arrives that I make sure I have that precious one on one time him as well!

Drinking - as much water as I can possibly stand!  Water is key during pregnancy and it is key during pumping.  I need to keep up these good habits!  They are clearly paying off.

Noticing / Feeling - the need to purge everything.  Looking around and going through things is making me feel like I need hoarders to come in help.  Ok really it's not that bad but we do need to work on downsizing and getting rid of stuff.  The more things that get brought in for Baby Girl the more I feel the need to go through everything else.  One house can only hold so much crap.  I would say I have hit that limit with ours.  

Cooking / Eating - As healthy as I can while still indulging in my cravings.  I have made stuffed acorn squash no less than 4 times in the past month.  I think hubby is getting sick of it but it's so good!

Loving - That the main living space of the house is looking how I want it to.  We are keeping it clean, organized and exactly how I wanted it to be.  It only took me year to finally get it that way too!

Watching - A lot of Merlin each night after Bear goes to bed.  It is the newest show that we are Netflixing (not sure that is a real word, but I'm using it anyway) our way through.  Have you seen this one?

Bookmarking / Pinning - lots of recipes for snacking.  I have found and used many of the things I pin or bookmark and my favorite is the spicy dried edamame and chickpeas.  I'm hoping to try out and find ones as delicious as that one.

Hearing - the country music playing on my laptop while I type.  I don't think I've mentioned it before on here but country if really all I listen to these days.  On right now is an older Darius Rucker song called "alright." 

Wearing - my PJ's. Which at this stage of the game consist of old navy pajama pants and whatever shirt fully covers this growing bump.  It's pretty sexy let me tell you that!  Lol It's really just all about comfort at this point.

What are you currently up to?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cloth Diaper Stash

My cloth diaper stash is finally all clean at once thanks to some recent traveling and big push for potty training.  This is a rare occasion!  I'm taking this time to actually write about it and take some pictures.  

To start we use pocket diapers.  I double stuff them for nap time and overnight.  I have never had a problem using the microfiber inserts that came with the diapers so we stuck with them.  This is much more expensive route to take. However, we only purchased diapers when they were on sale.  It saved us a ton as I always got at least 30% off or more of each set.  This did mean compromising on colors.  That wasn't a big deal to me though.

Here is our stash...

18 Charlie Banana one size.  I bought them in sets of 6.  The CB diapers are the right side and all the white diapers in the middle.
12 bum genius 4.0 (one size).  I bought a 12 pack off of cotton babies website.  They start in the middle row with the darker green color and all of the left row.  

The extra liners and doublers for both are in the drawer with newborn diapers

This was my stash with Bear.  I desperately needed smaller diapers for him especially earlier on.  He was a tall skinny baby and baby girl is shaping up to be exactly the same way.  This time I want to be prepared.  This means buying smaller sized diapers that will fit her at a younger age.  Bear wasn't able to get a proper in one size diapers until almost 5 months.  Even then the bulk got him the more mobile he got.  Sorry kid bulk is harder to avoid with one size diapers.  It killed me.  

We had some extra money (yay tax return!) so I picked up 4 more sets of Charlie Banana diapers.  Clearly this is our favorite brand!  No leaks with them!  Here is what I added!  

12 Charlie Banana size Small diapers.  These were purchased in sets on 6.

12 Charlie Banana Newborn/x-small diapers.  Also purchased in sets of 6.

I also have a dozen (one set) of Bumkins flannel cloth wipes in Natural, but I need more if I plan to use the reusable wipes.

Since we are doing a baby registry ( mainly for the completion coupon) I added 2 sets of Charlie Banana Size Small diapers, 2 sets of Charlie Banana Size Newborn/x-small, and 3 sets of Bumkins flannel wipes.  If we are lucky we could be gifted some by family, but if not we will pick up one set of each size diapers and the wipes.

Why do I need so many more?  Well, ideally I like to do diaper laundry every 2- 2 1/2 days.  I also line dry everything so that adds to the turn over rate.  That said, if she is anything like her brother, she will go though more diapers and the average kid.  I'm not joking here.  Bear (2 1/2yo) uses the potty 4-5 times a day and that's not not factoring in the few diapers he still goes through daily!  He stays extremely well hydrated and regular which is great, but man do diapers add up.  You can only imagine how many diapers I changed when he was an infant!  That said he would easily go through almost the whole stash before I could get around to doing laundry.  I had to supplement with disposables.  Even with that we saved money.  I'm hoping with more diapers we won't have to supplement for anything more than travel or possibly overnight.

If you cloth diaper, how many diapers do you have in your stash?  Was it enough for your kid?  How did it differ between kids?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Meal Planning Again

I haven't done one of these in a while so here we go...

We are attempting clean out our deep freezer, freezer and pantry.  We aren't moving, but we do know one is in our future.  Weaning those down takes time.   We also found out we had toss some food because we didn't know it was there.  I hate not knowing what we have! We decided to eat our way through it and then start adding to it as needed.  That said sauce will be the only thing added as it is something only I make.  With baby coming the last thing I want to think about is making sauce for dinner which is a good half a day processes.

What meals do you make to help clean out your pantry or deep freezer?  I could use some ideas!

Friday, June 17, 2016

201 Organic Baby Purées

I bought this book to use for Baby Girl and after reading through it I wish I had picked it up for Bear.  There are so many great combos for infancy purées and meals.  I also like that they give meals for toddler and up as well.

They have sample menu ideas so that you are always incorporating a new item while still using the old ones.  From what I have seen they do seem to adhere to what my doctors have always told me about introducing only one new food every 4-5 days.  However, make sure you talk with your doctor to make sure you know what to look for with food allergies.  There are WAY more symptoms then just difficulty breathing.  Constipation, diaper rash, and even dry skin patches are all signs or a mild or temporary food allergy.  Bear had trouble with Peas.  He would always get a bad diaper rash after eating them.  We found out in small quantities he does just fine.  Bear has slightly grown out of this the older he gets.

They have the basics which I don't think really needed to be included in there.  I'm pretty sure almost everyone knows how to mash a banana or avocado. 

On the flip side, they have great ideas for pureed meals.  I never would have thought of Turkey - Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie or anything similar for baby.


Anything I can cook in advanced and freeze is good in my book!

I love the tabs below the meal names as it helps me know more about what can be done with the dish.  Like I said before, I love that they have some many that can be frozen.

I am excited to use this with Bear and Baby Girl.

Barbie Hair Fixes Part 1

Let's jump right on into it.   Every doll hair fix tutorial I could find started with brushing out the dolls hair.  It may look worse...