Friday, November 30, 2012

Liebster Award Nomination

I've been nominated! I love when someone thinks enough of my little 'ol blog and nominates me! It's a nice perk of connecting with people through blogging. I'm surprised by how many people I've gotten to know through And Baby Makes 10.
 
Sarah over at from TX Wife to Mama nominated me for the Liebster Award.
THANK YOU SARAH!


This award is given to new or up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers...the award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another.
If you receive the award, there are a few rules to follow...
1) Each blogger nominated must post 11 things about themselves
2) Then answer the 11 questions the tagger has asked
3)Blogger must then create 11 questions of their own to ask the bloggers they decide to nominate
4) They must choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate
and link them on their blog post
5)Bloggers must be notified of their award!
6) No tag backs!
 
11 Things About Me
 
1) I think being a SAHM means you should bake and complete a craft on a weekly basis.
Am I wrong or just crazy?
 
2) I want Connor to be an only child.
 
3) I love getting the mail from the mailbox. When James beats me to it, it makes me a little sad.
 
4) I use BOTH my Vera Bradley planner and my Kindle Fire to keep myself organized.
 
5) I plan on continuing my love for Buckeye and Bengals football while living in Texas.
 
6) I never paint my nails. I prefer a natural fingernail.
 
7)  I shop for Christmas all year long. Sometimes, I have too much stuff
and no one to gift it to.
 
8) I watch more TV shows based on murder than anything else. By now, I could easily get away with the perfect murder (that makes me sound creepy, doesn't it?).
 
9) My best friend is a 2 year old. She is just fabulous and you would be here BFF, too, if you had the chance.
 
10) I have a grandparent complex. I am jealous of anyone who has grandparents.
 
11) I have a soft spot for older men.
 
Questions from Sarah
 
1. What do you hope your life will look like in 10 years? I would like to be settled in our dream home and back to work. I plan on being a SAHM for a while but would like to go back to work when Connor goes to school full time.
 
2. What is your favorite movie? Gone With The Wind. All-time favorite. Nothing compares.
 
3. If you were stranded on an island, what 3 items would you bring? Chapstick, water and a camera.
 
4. What is your favorite hobby? I can't pick just one - lately, I've been baking, crafty and blogging when I have free time (mostly during nap time). It's been nice since I'm home with a 1 month old.
 
5. If you could meet any person (alive or dead) who would it be and why? 1969 Elvis. That is when he was hottest. I have always loved him. Remember, soft spot for older men. And I'm pretty sure I would make him fall in love with me. Or at least throw myself at him, in hopes of him loving me.
 
6. Where is your favorite place to shop for you and/or your little one? I prefer to shop at Kohl's or Old Navy. I have to shop at the GAP for jeans. I can get Connor clothes just about anywhere since he is so little. I find the best prices at Kohl's.
 
7. Do you make anything? If so, tell us about it.
I made a baby, does that count? HA! I won't go into details there but I am currently working on my first Pinterest inspired craft and should have it finished today or tomorrow.
 
8. Who is your biggest inspiration? My mom. She had me when she was 16 and raised me and my brother by herself until she meet my father. She put herself through nursing school while working 3rd shift and gave me and the boys the best life ever. She has been so strong and giving. She is an amazing mom, wife and Mamaw. I couldn't imagine my life with any other Momma.
 
9. If you could meet any blogger, which blogger would you choose? I'd like to meet Laura over at Moments With The Mays. She is a Mom to 2 adorable little boys and she has it together! I think I could learn a lot from her about being a SAHM.
 
10. What is the chore you wish you never had to do? Cleaning the tub and I DON'T. That is the one thing I ask James to do. I just hate it and can't seem to get it clean enough. It really just needs a man's elbow grease!
 
11. What is your favorite meal to make? Sharp Cheddar Lasagna Made Over; it's easy and so tasty!
 
Questions For My Nominees
 
1) What is the last book you read? What book?
2) When was the last time you bought yourself something? And what did you buy?
3) What was the last piece of snail mail you received (bills and junk mail don't count)?
4) What famous person do you share you birthday with?
5) Favorite Christmas tradition?
6) How did your parents choose your name? Were you named after anyone?
7) What is your computer or cell phone wallpaper/background?
8) When are you going on your next vacation? Where are you going?
9) How many candles were on your last birthday cake?
10) How many of your blog followers do you know in real life?
11) Are you on Instagram? If so, what's your name so we can follow you?
 
And The Nominations Are...
 

11.30.12 - 1 Month

CONNOR

You are 1 month old today. I. CAN. NOT. BELIEVE. IT! You have brought so much joy, happiness and laughter into our lives in the last 30 days. We are beyond blessed and lucky to have you as our son.


As amazing as the last month has been, there have been times when you have tested my ability to take care of you. When you first came home, we had problems with you throwing up your formula, which caused you to lose a little too much weight. We took you to your pediatrician (who we love) and Dr. Hansen prescribed you medicine for reflux. Ever since then, you eat so well and haven't gotten sick. In 30 days, you've only had a bad day once. You spent an entire day crying and fussing. When Daddy got home, you didn't do much better with him. After 3 hours, you finally gave in to sleep. I think you were just so dang tired. Since then, you've been our normal happy boy.

You are the best baby. Seriously. You don't fuss unless you are tired, hungry or weight. You like to cuddle and when you are tired, you snuggle up close and we can rock you to sleep within minutes. You sleep 3-4 hours during the day, 2-3 times a day and at night, you have slept as long as 5.5 hours straight. We are feeding you 6-8 bottles a day. It just depends on how much you sleep. We must be feeding you enough because if the scale at home is right, you weigh about 9 1/2 pounds! I don't know if this is good or bad, but I like knowing you are growing and gaining weight!

Your features are changing and you are just the most handsome little guy. You still look like your cousin Jordan, it's so strange! You resemble your Daddy's side of the family much more than my side. You have your Daddy's long monkey toes and Jordan's long skinny fingers. You would think you would resemble me a little since I carried you for 9 months! Even though you don't look like me (at all), it's safe to say you hold my heart in the palm of your little hand.

In the last month, you have celebrated Thanksgiving and Macie's 2nd birthday. At both gatherings, you slept the entire time. You weren't very social but everyone commented on what a good baby you were. Something about all the noise and chaos made you one sleepy fella. You took your first road trip to Mamaw and Papaw's and slept the whole way. The real travel test will come next month when you, me and Mamaw fly to Texas.

We love you Connor and we are so excited to watch you grow!

-xo-
Mommy and Daddy

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful Thursdays

 
This week I am giving thanks to:
 
** phone calls that make a bad day all that much better
 
** crafts for Christmas (my cheap therapy these days)
 
** planning my days. It makes for a smoother, more productive day
 
** repairmen. Our house has all but fallen down around us this week.
 
** prayers. No matter how desperate they are or their frequency, I need to remember God is always there, no matter how much I neglect our relationship
 
** photo opps with this little fella

 



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

So What! Wednesday


Happy Hump Day! This week I'm saying So What! to:
 
** I called my Mom yesterday and had a good cry. I might be 30 and a Mom myself but I will never be too old to cry to my Momma.
 
** I also cried a little to James last night. I was a mess yesterday.
 
** I have a couple Christmas crafts I'd like to do but I'm missing the supplies. Maybe I can get the hubby to get them for me.
 
** I told the Roto Rooter man I was the easy one. I wonder how that came across.
 
** I don't want to move to TX but I am looking forward to decorating the new house.
 
** You moms with more than 1 child need to be rewarded daily. Booze, shopping, whatever.
You deserve a medal.
 
** Hot Pockets have been my lunch for the last 2 weeks. Healthy, right?

** Connor wakes himself up every morning pooping. Which means, I get to wake to a poopy diaper between 7-8 a.m. YAY me!

** I have been watching Christmas movies with Connor. I want to be able to say he has watched this or that since his first Christmas.
 
** I haven't even opened C's baby book. Epic fail there.
 
** I don't want anything for Christmas. Which. Is. So. Not. Like. Me.

** I joined Ebates. And I could kick my own ass for not doing it sooner. I bought SO MUCH online to prepare for Connor's room. Lesson learned.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Texas

Last week, in my So What! Wednesday, I mentioned that we were moving to Texas. Mentioned it and moved on. I guess I should explain myself.

James has been offered a new position with his current employer. This new job means we have to move to Austin, Texas. Which for those of you who don't know, is 19 hours away from our current home in Dayton, Ohio.

I will be honest, brutally so. I did not want to move. I don't like change. I am somewhat of a homebody and 98% of my family and friends live within a 90 minute drive. Not to mention, I have a newborn, who when we move, will be a day shy of his 2 month birthday. And I am a stay at home Mom now. I cry when I think of moving. I cry even harder when I think of not seeing certain people as much as I do now.

I am scared I am going to hate Texas. I'm scared I will be homesick 24/7/365. I am scared I won't make friends. I'm scared of how this move will effect my relationships with my friends and family in Ohio. I am scared that all these changes will effect my relationship with James.

However, I also know that my husband wants this; I know how important this opportunity is to James. We weighed the pros and cons and as a couple, we decided this is a move we needed to make.

This move is going to test me. Test everything I have ever known. But I am hoping and having faith that this works. That we love our life in Texas and all those fears I once had no longer exist. That we are doing what is the very best for our family. I have to believe this or I will end up in a black hole of emotions sooner than later.

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers over the next few weeks. We will be moving right after Christmas. James starts his new job on Jan. 2.

Change happens. And in my case, it's in the form of Texas. May God help my poor Democratic soul.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Our 1st Holiday

As you read this post, I hope you are either a) in a wonderful turkey hangover or b) heading to bed after taking one for the team and tackling the Black Friday madness. Regardless of if you are a or b, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving; we did!

Thursday morning, we meet some friends and family for breakfast and got the chance to take our first Thanksgiving Day photo as a family of 3.


After breakfast, with our tummies too full, we went to my parents for Thanksgiving dinner. As always Mamaw/Momma, cooked way too much food and we ate more than we should have. Connor was the life of the party, as clearly showcased in this photo:


My favorite part of the day was Connor meeting his Uncle Chetty. Chetty, or Chester, has been away at college and I was so excited to introduce 2 of my all-time favorite people!


I hope you all got to enjoy time with your loved ones. We sure did!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful Thursdays


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
I hope everyone enjoyed time with their friends and families today.
This week's Thankful Thursday is a special edition - I am giving thanks to the people in my life.
** My parents. I have the best Mom and Dad ever. They have given me so much love and guidance and provide me with the best advice, I am so lucky.
** My brothers. They were my very first friends and no matter where we are in our lives, we know we can depend on each other. There is a 9 year age gap between me and my youngest brother, but we understand each other more than anyone else.
And the best part? We get our family when others don't.
** My husband. He has made me the happiest lady in the world. Sure, we have our moments, but overall, I have a damn near perfect marriage. Yes, I'll be that wife. My marriage is perfect.
** Connor. There are times when I think "What the hell have I gotten myself into?" with staying home with him but I know that it's going to be the most rewarding job I have ever had.
** Friends. Without some of my girlfriends, I would be lost. They all serve a different purpose in my life but each of them are important and valuable to me. I love each of them dearly.



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

So What! Wednesday


I remember when Wednesdays used to mean we were that much closer to the weekend.
Oh, the life of a SAHM!
This week I'm saying So What!

** I gave in and had a caffeinated drink on the 13th, a Coke at that. It had been 17 months since I had drank any pop at all. I can't believe I gave in but damn, it really picked me up.
Momma needed some caffeine.

** I would give anything, ANYTHING, to have a dishwasher. I have done dishes, mostly bottles every day since coming home from the hospital and I'm over it.

** I don't do well with change. It freaks me out. I cry and act foolish.
It's one of the worse sides of me.

** We are moving from Ohio to Texas next month.

** I glazed over the fact I'm moving 19 hours from home.

** I stopped following someones blog. As much as I wanted to, I just didn't relate to her. I feel bad but because she has like a zillion followers, I doubt she will cry over losing little ol me!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Humbled

Nothing is more humbling than having a baby. Connor is 3 weeks old today and in the short time, I can't believe how much I have changed; how humbled I am.

On any given day, you can find me wearing pajamas bottoms and a comfy shirt or sweatshirt. My hair is typically in a bun that's seen better days and there isn't a stitch of makeup on my face. 3 weeks ago, you would have found me with my hair and makeup done and I would have been dressed so that if we had company or left the house, I would look like a respectable 30 year old.

Speaking of 30, I turned 30 on November 1. Which 3 days before freaked me the hell out. But then I gave birth to this little piece of Heaven. This boy that I love more than I ever thought possible and the fact that I turned 30 was glazed over. As for being 30, I love it. I am exactly where I wanted be at by 30 - married to the man of my dreams, raising our amazing son and surrounded by the best friends and family.

The little things used to matter. Going out, shopping, spending time being busy, blogging and looking my best 24/7. However, all those little things have been forgotten. I have learned the most valuable lesson in the last 3 weeks. I've learned that no matter what is cool, popular or acceptable, my world doesn't revolve around those "important" things. My life revolves around my husband, son, family and friends. Those are the important things in my life.

I've learned so much about myself. I'm humbled. I'm happy. I couldn't ask for a better life.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I'm One of Those...

People. Moms. First time parents. Call it what you will. Regardless, I am one of those people that made profound statements of what I was and wasn't going to do as a parent.

And then I had a baby. And plans/ideas changed. Went out the window. Never even attempted.

I had planned to breastfeed. Well, after 28 hours of labor and a c-section that I wasn't crazy about, the idea of being the sole feeder for Connor made my head spin. All I could think about is how I would be the only one to feed him and I wouldn't be able to rest and recover. I know this sounds selfish, trust me, I know it does but I just didn't have the energy. I know I could have pumped and James could have fed him but even this didn't make me feel better about breastfeeding. 2 1/2 weeks later, I am still recovering from my c-section and I am totally content and okay with how Connor is fed. If anything, I'm glad we went ahead and fed him formula (soy) because he eats so much. I have often wondered if I would have produced enough. Regardless of how he is fed, he is healthy and gaining weight beautifully. He is almost 8 lbs, which is a big increase from the 7 lbs he was at on his first check-up.

I had made the comment multiple times that Connor was not going to use/take a pacifier. When I received them as gifts, I returned them. When he was brought back from an exam and his circumcision and had a paci in his mouth, I made the nurse remove it and toss it. I didn't want him to be dependent on a paci and I didn't want it be something I had to break him of. Enter the little Mister who likes to suck and self-soothe. He uses a paci after he eats from time to time - he has a bad acid reflux problem, one that had resulted in projectile vomit hitting me squarely in the face on occasion - to help settle his stomach and he sometimes wants it when is he sleepy. He never has it in his mouth for more than 10-15 minutes. Often times, you can offer it to him and he spits it right back out.

Connor is fed soy formula. He uses a pacifier. None of these makes me a bad mom, less of a parent. If anything, I'm doing what is best for Connor. What works for me, him and our family. James hasn't once mentioned my failed declarations and neither has my friends and family. The goal is to have a happy baby. We have one. He is damn near perfect actually. He doesn't fuss much and he is a good eater and sleeper. He does let off some awful gas and is a bit of a happy spitter but overall our son is amazing!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful Thursdays


 
One week from now is Thanksgiving - holy smokes this year has flown by! I have so much to be thankful for this year. I'm really one blessed lady.
 
I'm giving thanks this week to:
 
** being a stay at home Mom. Right now, it's easy. Connor sleeps most of the day away but regardless, I get to see him all day long and even though there are going to be times when I wish I could drop him off at daycare and head off to work, right now, this is perfect for us.
 
** we got my short-term disability check already and it was a lump sum. It's nice having that extra money right before the holidays but knowing it's my last paycheck (for now), I'm a bit anxious. We are officially a one income household.
 
** my hair appointment this evening. I am so looking forward to a new color and some time out of the house. This will be Connor's first time being away from me, too. It's only for a little bit but I know he is safe and sound with Aunt Kari and Uncle Mark.
 
** 5 hours of peaceful sleep. Mr. Connor has slept almost 5 hours straight the last 2 nights and it's been wonderful. I feel like mentioning it could jinx it. Knock on wood.
 
** Weekend plans. Tomorrow Aunt Kristin and Uncle Big Love are coming over for dinner and Sunday is Macie Girl's 2nd birthday party. It will be so nice to spend some time with adults and have conversations with someone who can actually talk back! 
 


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

So What! Wednesday

 
I'm linking up with Shannon for another week of So What! Wednesday.
I'm saying...
 
** So What! if I have this deep love for Barbara from Teen Mom 2. Everything about her screams train wreck but I can't look away. Her voice is the one part of her I love the most.
 
** So What! if I feel like having a child opens you up to every ones advice, wanted or not. I can't believe how so many people are experts. I mean, Connor is my baby, I know him best.
 
** So What! I haven't worn a stitch of makeup in 15 days and I don't care as much as I thought I would to be photographed without it. I used to be a fanatic about having my makeup done. Not now. I'm just happy I can shower every day.
 
** So What! if I am plan to eat my body weight in Thanksgiving food. I have 4 pies in my freezer and I hope to have a slice of each. No shame. (PS: that's a lot of body weight)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Life Lately

** we have a 2 week old baby boy. Holy heck! Time really does fly once you become a parent. Every moment has been perfect, even the 3 a.m. feedings and horribly smelly diapers.
 
** James and I both are getting used to our house being a bit messy.
 
** I've only left the house to go to the pediatrician. I can't believe how much this doesn't bother me. I joked that it's like I'm on house arrest.
 
** The holidays are right around the corner and I'm a bit overwhelmed with the idea of getting the shopping done. I think I will be solely shopping online this year.
 
** I have only 6 pounds to lose to be at my pre-pregnancy weight HOWEVER, my tummy is much squishier than before I got pregnant. I see lots of core workouts in my near future.
 
** This little Frankenstein is hard to resist:
 





 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Introducing Connor James

Here is the new love of my life... Connor James.
Born 10/30/12 at 8:02 p.m. after 26 hours of labor by c-section.
He weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and is 20 1/2 in. long.
 


 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thankful Thursdays


This week I'm giving thanks to:

** every one who has been there for James and I in the last 8 days while we adjust to being parents. It's been a easy transition so far but as most parents know, that can change at any point.

** pain medicine. I feel good most days but c-sections aren't for the weak. The first couple days, I hurt and felt like shit but I'm getting better, day by day.

** Connor. He has made me a Mom. Something I never thought I would be.

** Dean. Thank you for running errands for me! I owe you!

** James. I can't believe how amazing he has been as a Daddy. I was uncertain of how he would react to being spit up on or changing a dirty diaper but he has been a champ. Connor and I are both so very blessed!

** for living in a state where the weather is somewhat normal. My heart goes out to those on the east coast who just a week ago had to deal with a hurricane and are now dealing with a snow storm.

** the right to vote. You might not agree with my choice of President but there are countries where no votes are ever cast and women have no voice. Our system might not be perfect but we are lucky to have the right.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

So What! Wednesday


It's Wednesday?? Seriously! The last week of my life has gone by so fast but I think I finally have the hang of things - if not, at least I have found time to work on my blog!
 
This week I'm saying So What! to:

** we are 8 days into being parents and James and I both have been thrown up on (projectile vomit - my turn resulted in vomit landing on my chin and neck) and I have been peed and pooped on. I think this makes us legit parents!

** if I seriously have the best Mom. Hands down. She came to stay with us for 2 days and I got 6 hours of sleep one night and 11 the next. Wonderful! I didn't realize how tired I was. My Mom is fabulous.

** it's been 8 days since I have had on any makeup. Or jeans. My new job doesn't require any special dress code (I'm loving it!).

** I don't know how to be lazy or take it easy. I had to have a c-section (more details on that later) and was told to take it easy. I can't. It's not in my DNA.

** I need suggestions on what to watch doing the day since I'm home all the time now. I watch Investigation Discovery all day - it's nothing but murder shows after murder shows. By the time Connor is 6 months, I will be able to plan and execute the perfect murder.

** if you don't like my baby posts on FB and IG, then we shouldn't be friends. I love being a Mom and I'm in the honeymoon stage still. Get use to it.

** there has been a pack of Oreos in my kitchen since Monday and I have yet to open them. I deserve a medal.