Monday, September 30, 2013

11 Months - 9.30.13

CONNOR JAMES,

In 30 short days you are going to be a full fledged 1 year old. No longer a baby but a toddler. The last 11 months have given me a glimpse into what my life is going to be like with you in our world... pure happiness with a side of sloppy kisses and tantrums fit for a king! 


You have really started to show your personality. At times, you are completely stubborn like your Daddy and other times, you are hot mess like Momma. It makes for some exciting days for sure. 

It's not always chaos. You have starting giving kisses. You give big smooches with a side of wet and a bit of tongue. You give kisses more to me than Papa. I think it's because you know I get more of the 'bad' Connor and those kisses make up for it! 


When you don't want to do something or don't like this or that, you don't keep your feelings to yourself. You express yourself quite well considering you don't talk yet. Makes me think when you so get to choose your words, you'll have plenty to say! 

Thanks (again) to a nasty virus and some allergies, the last 3 weeks have been trying but we've made it through. You're sleeping and eating has been okay. You still are eating baby food with a bit of big people food mixed it. So far we haven't found a food you don't like.


We've kept you pretty busy, trying to make the most of the last bit of summer with a baby! You love being outside and I try to take you out for at least an hour every morning and a little more in the evening. 


You are all boy. You love dirt, rocks, water and mulch. And if I'm not super careful, you will try to eat everything you can get your hands on at the park. That being the case, I tend to let you play on the play sets that are much too big for you. It doesn't slow you down though. You are far too big for your own good! 


Now that you are bit older and seem to enjoy things more, I try to find something new for you to do or discover every week. This past week, you played in he rain and enjoyed your first train ride! 



Now that you are a big 11 month old, you decided now would the best time to hold your bottle and feed yourself! I was so excited! And luckily it wasn't a fluke and you prefer to handle your bottle yourself.

You attended your first Texas birthday party this month! Needless to say, you were a party animal! You loved being with your friends and partying it up! 


This has been a fun month! You are much more mobile and have no fear! You'll do whatever it takes to get to where you want to be. I can only imagine you as a walking, talking big boy! 

We love you C-man! 
Momma and Daddy



Friday, September 27, 2013

5 on Friday

Can you believe it's Friday already? And the last Friday in September at that! Is it just me or does time go by so fast these days?
 
I'm linking up for another edition of Five on Friday

 
{one} This has been one heck of a week. James is (again) traveling for work so it was the perfect time for Connor to get sick with allergies. Every time he spends a good chunk of time outdoors (in an area filled with trees), he gets sick. We've been riding the Hot Mess Express since Tuesday but I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

{two} Connor is dressing up as Frankenstein for Halloween and I'm so excited to see him in his costume. I'm on the lookout for a black sweatshirt that is fairly inexpensive since we are going to be cutting it. I found one at Target but I refuse to pay $14 for a top I'm going to destroy.

{three} Our dog Tugg keeps eating grass. The reason I know this is because he thinks is cool to throw said grass up daily. I'm fairly confident it's because he hates me and wants to live out the rest of his days driving me batty.

{four} I am going through some kind of fashion rut. Which isn't really new as I don't have a fashion sense to begin with. But I've gone shopping 3 times now and have came home empty handed. I can't find anything I like in stores. Maybe I should start Googling what I'm looking for and buying it online. Any suggestions for online shops that you love?

{five} Starting this weekend, I'm going to be taking a break from social media. I feel so connected all the time and some time away will do me good. I know James will love it. No Facebook, Instagram or Twitter this weekend. If you don't see me back at it on Monday, know that I've died from the withdrawal.

Have a great weekend! See ya all on Monday!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Bottle Holder

Connor is just days away from his 11 month milestone.

I've mentioned time and time again that as much as he does do - talks, crawls, stands, claps and dances - he does not and will not hold is bottle.

Until this past Sunday! 
If you're a parent, you know how liberating it is when your baby can start "feeding" themselves their bottle.


Some backseat lunch after playing at McKinney Falls. I was surprised when C jerked his bottle from me and feed himself. I thought maybe he was just hungry. 

But he did it again... (that's some awesome hair, right!?)


And again...


And that's when I accepted the fact that our baby boy is no longer little. He is growing and reaching milestones at a pace that makes my heart ache (and the fevah begin!!). 

Connor, you are too big for your own good and far to independent for your Momma'a liking! 

Happy Friday Eve!! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Thankful

Sometimes I need a moment. A moment to just breathe. To relax. To not think of what chore needs to be completed, to forget the to dos and just take a minute (or hour) and just BE.

Last night was a rough one. CJ is fighting a stuffy nose which has caused him to have difficulty going to and staying asleep. Before getting out of bed and tackling the day, I took a moment to pause and be grateful. I snuggled my pillow and blankets a little tighter, closed my eyes, took a deep breath and instead of thinking of how I was going to make it through the day on 4 hours of sleep, I focused on all I have to be grateful for in my life. There are so many things we all have to be thankful for every day.

I'm thankful for James. He is supportive, loving and caring in all the right ways. He usually knows just the right thing to say or do to make me feel better when I'm having a cruddy day or feeling low. He makes me laugh. He loves me and is not ashamed to tell me so, or let anyone else know how much he cares for me. I'm thankful that even when we don't see much of each other due to his travel schedule, we are strong enough to weather any circumstance life had to throw at us.

I'm thankful to have the privilege of being Connor's mom. Some days are easier than others. He tries my patience and makes things difficult from time to time, but he loves me. I see it in his eyes and its written all over his face when I walk into a room. He is a Momma's boy and loves me just as much as I love him. He is growing, flourishing and becoming such a wonderful little person and I'm responsible for that. When I find myself doubting if I am doing Connor justice, I remind myself it's just me and him and as long as it works well with the two of us, then there is no reason or room for doubt.

I'm thankful for my friends. Each one of them brings light, joy and perspective to my life, for which I am always grateful. Each of my ladies have a purpose and a place and I'm so thankful to have them in this season of my life.

I'm thankful for my good heath. My heath is by no means perfect, but it is good and getting better with each smart decision and step I take. I'm finally becoming more comfortable in my own skin. This is an ongoing process, but I am thankful for every moment of clarity, self growth and understanding.

I'm thankful for the blogging community. It's been great to interact with all of you over the past 2 years that I've been blogging. Blogging has brought me a connection with some amazing ladies. Thank you to those you have supported Wife Mommy Me and taken this relative blogging newbie under their wing.

I'm thankful for all the experiences I've had this year, good and bad, that have shaped me. This year has been challenging, for several reasons, but all the events I've gone through this year have had an impact on who I am and who I want to become.

There are several things that I am grateful and thankful for on a daily basis but I won't list them all here.

Take a moment... what are you grateful and thankful for today?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My People

I come from a very close family. My parents and my brothers are my best friends. We've been through so much over the years together. Every up and down has made us unbreakable, stronger and stronger year after year.

My family dynamic may be like others or may be completely different, I really don't know.
My Mom gave birth to me a month and five days before her 17th birthday. She was a teen mom before it was a trend or televised on TV. By the time she was 19, she had two babies. Me and my brother Stephen (or Stevie as I call him) are 14 months apart. When I say that Stevie has been my best friend my whole life, he has. All but the first 14 months.


I do not know the man who helped create me. Nor do I care about him. To me, quite frankly and honestly, he is a piece of shit and not worth speaking of.
When I was 3 or so, my Mom meet my Dad. The man I call Daddy, the one who has raised me, the one who gave me away on my wedding day, the one who tells me I'm his favorite daughter (I'm his only one).
When I was 9, he adopted both me and Stevie. Legally, he become my Dad and I become an Akers. However, he was my Dad long before the ink dried on the court papers. I may resemble my Mom but I am totally my Dad in personality and temperament.
The same year, my parents blessed us with our baby brother, CA. We are 9 years apart but he is my second best brother friend and the apple of our family's eye. He is awesome. And hands down, one of my favorite folks. Period.


We grew up poor but thanks to loving, caring, supportive parents, I never knew I was poor. Sharing a bedroom with my brother was fun, not something I thought about. I had a sleepover every night with my best friend. We never did without and as far as I'm concerned, I couldn't have asked for a better childhood growing up. My childhood is one that I can only hope to provide for Connor.
I spent a lot of my younger years babysitting my brothers. It wasn't a chore. It was fun. We made messes, hurt each other (playfully, of course), did normal things you would do with your friends. I loved spending time with the boys and the memories we created will forever hold a special place in my heart.


These are my people. The ones I miss daily. The ones I can't wait to go home to. The ones that have my back. The ones I stand up for and fight hard for. The ones I cheer on and love endlessly.



Monday, September 23, 2013

Celebrating Fall & Giveaway Winner!

I love fall. 

Yesterday was the official first day of fall (!!) which is my favorite time of year. The weather is milder and when the leaves turn rich red, orange and yellow, I feel a sense of calm and peace come over me. I love watching the trees change colors, apple and pumpkin picking and the clothes are so beautiful (and so me!)…I can wear my jeans, boots, and sweaters again! And, everybody is in the mood for baking and making hearty soups and comfort foods. Fall also kicks off the start of the new TV season of my favorite shows: Scandal and Revenge. And I can't forget to mention that fall is home to my favorite sport, football!

What’s not to love about this season?.. Pure awesomeness.
 
What are your favorite things to do during fall? Some of my autumn favorites are long walks, baking pies, decorating with pumpkins, making chili, drinking apple cider and enjoying the season’s colors, temperatures and fall activities.

To make the most of our first fall in Texas, I plan to check off each and every one of these activities on this Fall 2013 Bucket List.


And a big congrats to Desiree for winning our fall giveaway! 
D, email me your address so I can send you your goodies!

Friday, September 20, 2013

It's Fridayyyyy!

It's the freakin' weekend!! Thank you sweet baby Jesus! 
I'm linking up with a few lovely ladies for another 5 on Friday.

{one} It's been raining all day today and I love it. I can hear the thunder outside and it makes me warm and fuzzy inside because I'm THAT person who loves a good storm. And having been in Texas for a while now, I know that storms aren't a common occurrence in these parts. I have a few windows and blinds open. I plan on enjoying every single raindrop this afternoon.

{two} I have decided to bust my ass and make myself a priority and those some major poundage. If you've been around for a while, you've heard this before. I'm focusing on myself for the first time in a while. It's so easy to get caught up in being a Mom, Wife and Friend and forgetting to focus on YOU. So that's that. I started walking and making good food/snack decisions yesterday and in 2 days, I've walked/jogged 8 miles. Not bad for a chubby girl.

{three} Mailing out Connor's birthday invites was my top priority this week and I was able to get them stuffed, stamped, labeled and mailed yesterday during nap time. It took foreverrrrrr, too! 60 invites. I'm out of my dang mind with this party. For sure. Again, remind me again next year that smaller is better when planning a party for a baby.

{four} Tonight is date night and to say I'm looking forward to some alone time with the Mister is a gigantic understatement. We have seen so little of each other in the last 2 weeks, I'm really craving some alone time with my main man.

{five} I had a great heart to heart with this girl last night through text. It's moments like this that I am so thankful I started blogging. Nicole and others have been a huge support system in our move to Texas and our parenting adventure. Sometimes, it's strange that I related better to my blog friends than my real life ones but I truly believe that every person has been placed in your life for a reason.

Hope you all have a wonderful Friday!
Oh and remember to enter our giveaway!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Right Now

Mallory over at Happy Home had this post a few weeks ago and I loved the simplicity of it. 

Right now...


Watching... Fatal Attractions on Investigation Discovery. Now that we have cable, I have it on the ID channel most of the day. Creepy, right?

Eating... grapes. I'm (again) working on making better choices at lunch and today was Day 1.

Drinking... water. I enjoyed ever last drop of my very last Diet Coke yesterday. Please be patient with me when I become a raging bitch due to the caffeine withdrawal I know is headed my way.

Wearing... black capris and a t-shirt. We just got home from a 3 mile walk. BAM!

Avoiding... all grown-up responsibility. HA! I have so much to do around the house but little desire to actually complete the tasks.

Feeling... happy! James comes home today and we haven't spent more than 3 hours with each other since LAST Wednesday!

Missing... my girlfriends back home. I don't know what it is about this time of year but it makes me want my girls nearby.

Thankful... to have our happy, healthy baby boy back. He is 100% better and I am so thrilled. Nothing warms my heart more than a happy Connor.

Weather... horrid! I want fall temperatures and they are no where in sight. I really don't know how people like Texas. I feel like once you've experienced a beautiful fall, anything but is just yucky.

Praying... that I sleep better this evening. I slept for a whooping 5 hours last night and that isn't going to cut it.

Needing... a nap. A long one.

Thinking... that I haven't received a confirmation email regarding some prints I ordered at 2AM from Walgreens. I wonder if they think it's a bogus sell.

Loving... spending mornings with friends, a napping baby and moments to just write, think and relax!

Don't forget to enter for your chance to win our {FALL GIVEAWAY}


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

So What! Wednesday & a FALL Giveaway

Happy Wednesday! The only thing happier than me about today being Hump Day is the Geico commercial camel. Please tell me you get that reference! 



This week, I'm saying So What! to...

... each month, I get the "pleasure" of enjoying one week that I can't stop eating. I try. I do but I'm hungry all the time and the only way to solve that problem is to eat. Oink!

... Connor and I have been pretty lazy this week and I love it. We've played outdoors a little, napped, done a few chores and ran lots of errands. A easy week with my boy.

... I stopped following a blogger because she made the meanest, rudest, ugliest comment about someone (who I don't even know) and I thought to myself "What a bitch!" and decided she didn't need my viral support if she is going to act like that.

... I still have a little over a month but I'm going to go ahead and say that Operation 1st Birthday kicked my ass. Please remind me of this next year when I'm so excited to plan birthday #2.

... I joined the Cara Box sensation and can't wait to get to know Danielle.

... with the first official day of Fall being just 4 days away, I decided to do a fun giveaway!



One lucky reader will win the following - a handmade reversible coffee koozie (patterns shows above), a $10 Starbucks gift card, a sweet little pumpkin tea-light holder and a pair of cozy Halloween socks. Here is how you can enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner will be announced Monday! Good luck!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Friday the Thirteenth - 1, Stephanie - 0

Last week, I mentioned how excited I was that it was Friday the 13th. Had you been with me at approximately 5:30PM that evening, you would have seen anything BUT excitement on my face.

Months ago, I planned a trip to Illinois to visit my youngest brother on his birthday along with my parents and middle brother. We were going to stay in IL for the weekend, celebrating baby brother's birthday and watching him play ball on Saturday (their home opener of the season). Connor and I were going to travel to IL Friday and fly home Sunday. A quick trip to visit family and watch some pigskin.

Life decided otherwise.

Connor came down with an ugly virus on Thursday. Fever, diarrhea and very little appetite. Poor guy couldn't sleep and only wanted to cuddle Momma. While taking care of him, I couldn't help but think I was going to have to cancel my trip. As much as I wanted Connor to be better for him and every one else, I really wanted to see my family. I hadn't seen my brothers since May. Friday morning comes and Connor is still sick and not getting better. In steps Daddy. James tells me to go to IL, he would take care of Connor. Enter mom guilt. As much as I knew Connor was in good heads and that I could only do so much for him (truly nothing different that what James had to offer), I felt awful thinking about going. I decided last minute that I would go, solo. The idea of taking Connor, sick and fevered, with me was totally out of the question.

For the first time in 10 1/2 months, I left my baby. Overnight. Thank God he was with his Daddy. I cried while kissing him goodbye and the majority of the way to the airport. I talked to my Mom and she reinforced the point that Connor was in good hands with his Daddy and this would give me a little break. The more I talked to her and the more I thought it through, I knew it was okay leaving him. It was just for 2 days.

I arrived at the airport at 3:30, grabbed some a late lunch and located my assigned gate, number 13. My flight was to start boarding at 4:55. 5:13 rolls around and there is an announcement that the plane we were scheduled to take off in has a mechanical issue and will not be available for our flight. The groans and what the hells could be heard throughout ABIA. The other passengers and I got in line to wait our turn to see what could be done to get us to our final destinations.

At this point, I'm thinking that I will just have the airline cancel my ticket and I will head home to cuddle with my sick baby. Unfortunately, I had purchased a non-refundable ticket, along with a equally non-refundable hotel room in IL. After waiting in line for OVER 2 hours, I was told that there is no way they can get to me Springfield Friday night, however, I could fly into St. Louis and then drive 2+ hours to Jacksonville. It was either stick it out and go with plan B or piss away over $600 in a lost ticket and hotel room.

I went with plan B. 11 hours later, I dragged myself into bed, fully dressed and passed out. I was drained. I was finally in IL but had missed the birthday dinner with for my brother and would need to be up in 6 hours to head to the game. Every bone in my body was tired. I just wanted to sleep. For days.

It wasn't lost on me that my plane malfunction at gate 13 on Friday the 13th at 5:13PM. As lucky as the number 13 is for our family (both brothers were born on Friday the 13th), it's safe to say this Friday got the upper hand.

But as so many have pointed out, it's better that the plane had issues on the ground and not with me in it, 32,000 miles above ground.

Touche.




Monday, September 16, 2013

I've Been Every Where Man - Connor says

2 road trips
6 airports
7 states
10 flights
15,000 miles

Yes, you read that right. Little Mister has been busy. Over 15,000 miles in 9 months.
Can we say frequent flyer??

If Connor is a expert traveler, I must be one myself, right? While traveling isn't my thing (I hate airports and flying isn't fun. Whatsoever!), I'm much more of a get to the destination kind of girl. But in the short time I've been hittin' the road with a babe, I can say I am a pretty good planner.

Here are my tips to traveling with a little one.
  • Flying with a sleeping baby is exactly 1 million times easier than flying with a baby who wants to bounce, walk, crawl, sing, screech, and play for the entire flight. Try to plan your flight around his/her sleeping schedule. Connor has flown 10 times and has never once been "that baby". Knock on wood.
  • Feed during take-off and landing. Babies don't know how to pop their ears, so it's helpful to offer a bottle when the plane takes off and just as the plane begins to descend (which is when you'll notice your own ears popping), to help ease the ear pressure. If they aren't hungry, give them a pacifier if they take one.
  • If staying in a hotel, download an app to your phone or find a website online that offers white noise. Connor is used to sleeping with white noise so it's a must on trips. Thanks to the white noise, you won't have to tiptoe around at night, it will block out any noise you make, as well as any street noise or hotel creakings that your baby isn't used to.
  • If you are able to, it's smart to pack just the food, diapers and wipes you will use during flight and at the airport. I like to pick up the things C will need from Target before settling into the hotel. This saves room in both our bags and just makes it easier on me (read less to pack).
  •  For bigger kids, I suggest having a "new" toy for the flight. Wrap all the gifts individually, as unwrapping the gift will allow for more entertainment. It's good to plan for one gift per hour - just small things, like small books, crayons, mini play dough, etc. Also try and bring "new" snacks. Kids love "new" so spice up what you give them to munch on and you'll be surprised at how much quiet time you can buy yourself.
  • If you plan to be out of town for a while, I would consider renting an apartment/house. Hotels have their perks (indoor pools! room service! ice machines!) but the rooms are often quite small, and with a baby, you need space. I really enjoyed visiting Denver last month but once Connor went to down for a nap, I was stuck sitting in the dark, listening to white noise, reading a book on my phone. Renting a apartment or house lets you watch movies, cook dinner and enjoy yourself while the baby is asleep.
  • Lastly, if you are able to drive to your destination (and want to), do it!! I find that although it takes longer and you do stop a lot to take care of the baby and your needs, you get to pack and bring more with you. Being able to have Connor's favorite toys or movies with us without having to sacrifice baggage space is priceless and worth a couple extra hours of travel.
Connor has been so easy to travel with, which makes joining James on business trips or visiting friends/family out of town easy. What hints do you have for traveling with a small child?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Five On Friday

It's Friday!!! Friday the 13th! And I couldn't be happier!
Remember to link up with Darcy!


{one} I just mentioned being happy that it's Friday the 13th, well that's because today is my sweet baby brother's 22nd birthday! I'm not sure if he reads this blog as he is the busiest college senior I know but I want to wish him the happiest of happy birthdays anyway. I love you Chester Allen and I am so excited to see you this weekend. Remember "You is kind. Your is smart. You is important".

{two} Connor spiked a fever yesterday evening so I called the on-call doc as it was after hours and after telling him what C had been experiencing, was told that he has a virus. What the Holy Hell?!!? Another one? I don't get it. I had thought that with the symptoms he had that he was teething but the doctor told me those weren't signs of teething, which may I add goes against everything Dr. Google and WebMD says along with every other mother on the face of the planet. I have had it with this doctor. I'm currently setting up 'interviews' with new ones.

{three} Piggy backing off of #2, I am blaming Story Time for this current virus. Not only am I blaming said Story Time but I'm breaking up with it and all others for a little while. Connor goes to MOPS daycare, he plays with other littles during Mom group play dates so he comes in contact with lots of kids so obviously Story Time and their toys are what is getting my baby boy sick. Bastard books, balls and mirrors!

{four} I've been up since 6:30 this morning and although I am so exhausted (I'm was a single parent yesterday, babe is sick and I was up until midnight), I have already accomplished so much. Our master bedroom is cleaned, laundry is folded and put away and I've packed my bags for our trip to IL. It's becoming clear that I am going to have to learn to sleep less, rise earlier and get business taken care of while the baby is sleeping. It used to be so easy to get things done while Connor was awake but nowadays, a very active 10 month old wants to "help" too much.

{five} Sometimes the days are far too long and hard and I find myself not appreciating how blessed I am as much as I should nor do I give thanks to HIM. While browsing Pinterest, I came across this quote on someone's board and have decided to claim it as my new motto.


Happy Friday the 13th! Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Patience & Play

Yesterday was a rough day. Something we (thankfully) haven't had in a while.

Connor was just in the foulest of foul moods. He woke up 2 times the night before, crying and the only way I could get him back to sleep was to rock him until he passed out. Normally, I can just give him his pacifier and he is okay. Not this time. I enjoy the cuddling but at 3AM? I'd rather us both be sleeping. 

From the moment I got him from his crib, I knew it was going to be a humdinger of a day. He would whine and cry and throw a fit unless I was holding him. Which is so not normal. Kid likes to crawl, discover and play. None of those things made him content yesterday. We went to a morning play date and he was okay, but far from as active as he usually is. When I tried to swing him on the swing set, he would cry. No usual. So back home we went. Connor has been taking stellar naps lately, 3-4 hours each afternoon. That also went out the window yesterday. He slept for a little over an hour. Yuck.

After running out of ideas of what I could do to make him chipper and giving him teething medicine (thinking that could be the problem), I decide to pack him up and take him to the park again, hoping a little time outdoors would cheer Connor up.

It's amazing what some fresh air can do.

The fact that he could see Momma through the tunnel was hilarious

Any time a vehicle would drive by, he would stop and check it out. Boy loves cars, trucks & buses
Going down the slide. How big does he look here?
Just a swingin'
He is OBSESSED with mulch and rocks. Showing Momma what he found.
45 minutes later, he was feeling a little better but I could tell he didn't feel 100%. Today has been more of the same but instead of waiting until he has pushed us both to our limits, we spent a good 2 hours playing outside this morning.

Some days are rocky and I don't know what to do to make him happy. It's hard because he is usually so very cheerful so on the days when he isn't, it's rough on the both of us. But yesterday, Connor taught me how important it is to be patient with him.

He also taught me that no matter how bumpy the day is, a little play makes every thing better. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

So What! Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I'm linking up with Shannon for another week of So What! Wednesday.

... I have 3 packages that need to be mailed out and they are still sitting by the front door. One is someones birthday gift that is on Sunday. Maybe after nap time today we will try to get out to the post office. And Kristin, if your gift is late, I swear it's not my fault!

... When I read blogs and learn that SAHM have cleaning ladies, I don't know if I'm jealous or thinking "What the eff?". I guess I don't get what they are doing that prevents them from cleaning their own house. We have a pretty jammed packed schedule and I do all the cleaning. Clearing I'm missing something here. 

... I changed the theme of C's birthday. Although, I really wanted to go with a fall festival theme, I was having difficulties with making it work while planning it from Texas (it's being held in Ohio). Hopefully, I can pull off this party. I am thinking it's going to be the death of me.

... Connor has been napping for 3-4 hours straight every day but waking up multiple times at night. If I had to choose, I prefer sleeping all night and having him up with me during the day.

... I want to get Connor a monogrammed shirt for his first birthday but can't stand the idea of spending THAT much money on a simple birthday shirt.

... Target is my Achilles heel. Its safe to say, if I didn't make trips to Target, I would have a lot more money in the bank. I can't just get what's on my list. A stop in the children's section is required.  

... 2014 can't come soon enough. Only because I'm excited to get a new planner. 

Hope ya'll are having a great Wednesday!! It's almost the weekend... sorta.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fall Fashion

If there is one thing I'm not, it's hip. I don't follow clothing trends. I usually just wear pieces that are comfortable for me and that (in my opinion) are timeless. I see ladies dressed like the pages of the most recent copy of Cosmo or Marie Claire and I'm a bit envious of their ability to rock such great fashion with confidence. Let's not mention how expensive keeping up with all the trends could be. Our banking account doesn't have the room for that!

Recently, I started pinning (why?!) Fall outfits that I really liked. Maybe ones that I could even pull off. Here are a couple that I really like and could see wearing on a daily basis.


 

Nothing too hard to put together, yet leaving me feeling 100% comfortable. That's the fashion I like. One thing I noticed with most of the outfits I pinned is that they include tall riding boots. Which I don't own. Now, how am I going to pull of such cute looks without those boots? I'm not. So of course, I had to get myself some (I'm such a problem solver). Thank heavens Macy's sells riding boots made for girls with manly muscular calves. I picked both of these up on sale, with a coupon and cash back (of course). 


I can't wait for the cooler temperatures so I can wear these gorgeous boots. As much as I don't think of myself as trendy, I'm hoping that with a few new pieces, I can start looking and feeling hip. Because, everyone wants their Mom to be hip, right? What are you favorite looks? Got any to share with me? I am also looking to find a good place to pick up accessories at a good price.


Monday, September 9, 2013

What Works for Us

Last week, I was talking to my best friend back home about schedules and naps. She is Mom to my (real) best friend who will be 3 in November and has been having to really enforce nap time and a stricter schedule. We've both mentioned that Mae might be entering the trouble 2's (and hoping it disappears when she is 3 - in 2 short months!).

I mentioned how well our schedule works with Connor. How predictable he is when we stick to what we know works. Our schedule isn't what others think is ideal but it works for us.

Some fellow bloggers and followers on IG have mentioned how awesome it is that Connor sleeps in. Trust me, I am so thankful for that. I love the extra rest. The reason Connor sleeps until 8AM - 9AM is because he doesn't go to bed until 9PM. To some, this seems late but it fits our schedule.

James gets home from work between 6PM - 7PM (usually closer to 7). We eat dinner as soon as James walks in the door (what a good wife I am, right?) and then James and Connor get to spend a couple hours together before bed time. If Connor had a earlier bedtime, the two of them would be missing out on father/son time. That I'm not okay with. A later bedtime also gives us time to do family things in the evening and if I need to run errands or have me time, this gives me time for that all before bed time duties.

Sometimes having a late sleeper causes up to miss out on play dates with our friends but there is no amount of fun going to be had if Connor is grumpy and tired because he didn't get his sleep (a trait he gets from his Momma). Every once in a while, I will wake him a little early so we can join in on the fun but we tend to stick to our normal schedule of 9AM - 9PM.

Figuring out what works for us as a family took some time. It took a lot of long days and early rises. Connor does best when I stick to his schedule. More times than not, he wakes happy, goes down for naps with ease and doesn't fight bedtime. Because he rises late, he usually only takes one nap a day, for a solid 2-3 hours midday.

Connor has been such a easy baby. There have been times when I am close to pulling my hair out and I can't wait for James to walk through the front door. Other days, he is a complete saint and I love him for it.

Parenting isn't cut and dry, neither are naps and routines. You have to do what is right for your family. What works best for you.
 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Five On Friday

Happy Friday ya'll! And the first week of September in almost over... TIME SLOW DOWN!

Be sure to link up with these ladies for this week's Five on Friday.

{one} Four days with 3 children under the age of 7 made me praise Jesus for having just one baby. Just when I think about having another one (some day), God has a way of reminding me that I am truly not fit for parenting more than one child.

{two} Spending time with this lady made me miss home more than I expected.


{three} This little fellow is the picture perfect definition of trying someones patience. 


{four} Connor had to deal with a schedule that was completely out of whack while we had family in from Ohio and he DID SO WELL. Hands down, it just might be the best baby I could have ever wished for. 

{five} It might be 90 degrees outside but I'm wishing it was Fall. So much so, I DIY'ed this little gem for the front door.


Have a fabulous weekend!