Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Family Pictures

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About a month ago we had family pics taken along with her 3 month photo's. WE used the same photographer that has done my maternity and Gianna's newborn pics. I just love her. She is amazing at what she does and I'm so lucky I found a great photographer. I received the pics in the mail yesterday and thought I'd share a few of my favorite's.

These pictures are copyrighted by Jubilee Photography













Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shabby Apple Giveaway!

I am back this week with another exciting giveaway just in time for the upcoming holiday's!
I'm giving away the Nothin' Like a Dame dress from Shabby Apple(www.shabbyapple.com) an online boutique of women's dresses. Click HERE to enter their site
I saw their Nothin' Like a Dame dress and fell in love with it. It's the perfect dress to wear on Christmas or while out on the town ringing in the New Year's. The dress is the perfect mix of classic and elegant.


Sorry for the small pics. Click here to be taken directly to the link for the dress. Must say I'm going to be very jealous of whoever wins this amazing dress.

Entry Requirements

1. Like Shabby Apple on Facebook- 1 entry

2. Be a follower of my blog or become a follower- 1 entry

3. Tweet about this giveaway-2 entries

4. Blog about this giveaway-3 entries

Good luck everyone! I will be ending this giveaway Friday of this week. Don't miss out

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sleep Training

Now that Gianna is four months old I think it's time to start some sleep training. Although I don't know where to start!

We started out with co-sleeping


-Here's a picture of the co-sleeper we used. So it's not like she was directly in the bed with us. I never thought we would co-sleep with our baby but it is what worked out best for us. It def helped for recovery after my c-section and when we first brought her home she was on the bili machine and screamed her poor lil head off all night long. This helped big time!

But now I am ready to have my bed back! I just started reading The Sleep easy solution recommended to me by a fellow blogger and Facebook friend. I haven't read to much as Gianna was sick last week. One tip many of the books say is to put your baby down in her crib or bassinet in a state of drowsiness. Well when I do that Gianna will play for a little bit before turning into a crying screaming machine. You know the kind that arches her back and kicks her legs. So I pick her up and comfort her. I'm not a fan of letting her cry it out. We did try that that other day for about 30-40 mins and she screamed the whole time. That was the end of that

If I rock, nurse and hold her she will fall asleep. She could be snoring away in my arms but the minute I gently place her in her bassinet the eyes pop open and the screaming begins. I try giving her a paci, she shoves it out of her mouth and continues the kicking and screaming.

Last night I was up until 2 am trying to get her to sleep. Id nurse her or hold her, place her down when she was semi asleep and go lay down. 5 mins later she was screaming. I'd wait and the screaming would get worse so I'd go give her a paci and comfort her. She'd calm down and then would scream the minute I laid back in bed. If she did fall Asleep it was only for about 40 mins tips.

So mommies any suggestions? I don't even know where to start. The hubs jokes that we've created a monster. That being said I don't regret co-sleeping or nursing, rocking and cuddling my baby girl to sleep. She will only be this little once and I want to enjoy every moment of it even if it means I'm sleep deprived!

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Recap


We had such a great weekend. I was even more excited for the Holiday's this year now that Gianna is here. I can't wait to carry on current traditions and start our own as a family!

On thanksgiving we went to celebrate with our good friends. They welcomed a baby last Sunday and it was fun to get the babes together and compare. He was exactly the same size as Gianna was as she was born! It's amazing how big Gianna seemed compared to him and how sad that although it was just four short months ago it seems like she is growing up so fast!
We had a great time celebrating with our friends. It's hard to be away from our families during the holidays but thankfully we have great friends who we consider family nearby



Thursday night we came home and watched A National Lampoon Christmas Vacation since the next day we were going to Griswald our house!

Friday we woke up bright and early and started decorating. The tree went up, the outside lights were strung and I put out the rest of my Christmas decor around the house. It's funny in our apartment I had a piece of Xmas decor on every available space. Now though I don't have enough stuff to truly decorate like I want. Guess that means I need to do some Xmas shopping.

Here's my lil Santa Baby by our tree



Saturday- I wrapped presents and finished putting the ornaments on along with hanging our stockings. There's nothing better than spending the day decorating and watching Xmas movies













Giana also tried out a new toy yesterday.







What a workout!

We finished the day by watching A Muppet Christmas Carol and heading to bed

Today the hubs and I are celebrating our own lil thanksgiving as a family of three. I better get back to cooking

Hope y'all had a great thanksgiving. This may have been are best yet. I am so thankful and have been so blessed this year
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Children's book exchange

Hi Ladies

As a glorified book nerd I hope to pass on the love of reading to my daughter. Her library already rival's mine and the hubs and I am always looking to add new books to her collection. Through the blogosphere I found someone doing a childrens book exchange. Basically you buy one childrens book for the first person on the list and your child gets added to it as well. When all is said and done you will receive 36 books. All for the price of one

So who's in. I need six ladies! Comment with your email address and I will contact you with further details!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

When my MIL came to visit!

My MIL came to visit us this past weekend and we had such a great time!

I admit before she arrived I was a little nervous. OF course all my friend's had to share their crazy MIL stories. One friend's MIL refuses to eat my friend's cooking, anothers constantly critiques her on the way she raises her children. I am very fortunate that my MIL is not like that. The only thing I was nervous about was sharing Gianna. I know I know. I mentioned this to my friend and she said take full advantage of it. Enjoy it that's exactly what I did.

It was nice for Gianna to meet her Grandma who of course loved snuggling with her. I was able to clean, relax and just lay around. It was awesome! And of course it was so nice to visit with her. We had such a great time

Friday we went to go see Breaking Dawn. The hubs even came with.(someone was putting on a good show for his mom) lol! Later on that day she went grocery shopping with me. It was so nice to leave the baby home with M and grocery shop with another adult!

Saturday we packed up and headed to Destin where we enjoyed lunch on the beach and did some shopping at the outlet's.

Sunday we enjoyed an early thanksgiving. FOr the past few years it has been just the two of us on thanksgiving so it was so nice to have a family member share it with us.

It was a very nice, relaxing weekend and we were all sad to see her go. It's funny although we are used to living away from our families, whenever they come visit we are reminded of how much we really miss them. It takes a few days to get over that. Especially now that we have Gianna I so wish we were closer to our families and we could see them more than a few times a year.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Winner Winner and a Shabby Apple Giveaway

The winner of my canvas photo giveaway is Amanda over at Little Changes, Lots of Life. Congrats!

I am back this week with another exciting giveaway just in time for the upcoming holiday's!
I'm giving away the Nothin' Like a Dame dress from Shabby Apple(www.shabbyapple.com) an online boutique of women's dresses. Click HERE to enter their site
I saw their Nothin' Like a Dame dress and fell in love with it. It's the perfect dress to wear on Christmas or while out on the town ringing in the New Year's. The dress is the perfect mix of classic and elegant.


Sorry for the small pics. Click here to be taken directly to the link for the dress. Must say I'm going to be very jealous of whoever wins this amazing dress.

Entry Requirements

1. Like Shabby Apple on Facebook- 1 entry

2. Be a follower of my blog or become a follower- 1 entry

3. Tweet about this giveaway-2 entries

4. Blog about this giveaway-3 entries

Good luck everyone!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

One Year Ago

One Year ago we found out we were expecting! I don't think I shared with everyone how we found out so I decided to do that now

The second weekend of November we went to meet M's aunt and uncle in Hilton Head. When we arrived at the hotel I wasn't feeling too good. Walking into the lobby the room started spinning. I sat down and felt better. I chalked it up to not having eaten breakfast that morning. When we went out to dinner again I felt dizzy and nauseous. I kept getting weird hot flashes and couldn't wait to go back to the hotel and go to bed.

The next day I felt better. That is until later that night. Again this feeling of extreme exhaustion overcame me. I went to bed early that night and woke up the next morning feeling very sick. I couldn't keep any food down but still drove to work that day. I spent my first two hours working running to the bathroom. I called in sick for the rest of the day and stayed home the next two. Food didn't stay down, I felt hot and flushed and just exhausted. I called my mom and she said it sounded like I had an extreme case of the flu. Since I worked with kids I figured that was the case. It was flu season after all. I went back to work that Friday and was able to make it through the day. During my lunch break I ran to Hobby lobby and Panera.Walking through hobby lobby I felt like I was going to pass out. When I got to my car and sat down to eat lunch I could barely choke it down. Although it was my favorite sandwich eating it made me gag. Something was up

My mom advised me to spend my whole weekend in bed and to drink lot's of fluids. That Saturday that's what I did. It took extreme effort to get up and even use the bathroom and food still did not want to stay down. The hubs ran out to buy me ginger ale and soup and I spent the morning in bed. He decided to go get a hair cut quick and then come home to take care of me

I popped in the movie A Walk to Remember and snuggled up with some crackers and ginger ale. For some reason I pulled out my phone and started to google Symptoms of the flu and auto correct changed it to pregnancy. So just for shits and giggles I read the symptoms. I had them all. It was impossible I thought. We had been trying for a few months but had stopped. Month after month I had taken test after test and they were all negative. I didn't want to get my hopes up. But I still ran to the bathroom to see if I had any pregnancy tests left. I found one shoved in the back of our bathroom closet and anxiously opened the package.

Those two minutes took forever. And I was surprised and happy to see two pink lines. Now when I imagined telling the hubs I planned on getting a baby onesie having to do with his work but I couldn't wait to tell him. He wasn't answering his phone so I snapped a picture of the test and sent him a text asking if there were two pink lines. That got his attention. He rushed home and we ran to target to buy more. 10 more actually and I peed on them all. All positive.

And now a year later we are so blessed to have a a happy, healthy four month old!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Twilight Fans!

How many of you out there are twihards! This nerd right here is bigtime. I will hopefully be seeing Breaking Dawn tomorrow afternoon. I can't freaking wait. I still remember when the first Twilight movie came out. I had never even heard of the books. It was 2008, the day before Thanksgiving and I was at school taking one of my master's classes in special ed. Everyone was talking about the books and the movie. My professor had gone with her daughter's at midnight to see Twilight and she was talking about how her daughter's dressed up as Bella and it seemed to be the new craze.

I was clueless. I asked what everyone was tlaking about and I was told a book series and now a movie about a teenager falling in love with a vampire. Not my type of book usually so I tuned out of the conversation after that.

Later on in the day when I was at target the hubs called. He was then deployed in Afghanistan. It was him that brought up reading the Twilight books. Apparently someone had left behind all four books at the compound where he waws staying and he picked up the first one and read it. The hubs like me is an avid reader and will read just about anything. He told me to read it and then we could read the whole series together. I was still hesitant. A book intended for teenager's about falling in love with a vampire. Come on! I was 24 years old. A little to old for the intended audience. But they had a paperback copy of Twilight on sale for 5 bucks so I bought it. I started it that day while waiting for another class to begin and ironically enough a good friend called and begged me to go see the movie with her. I agreed and off we went to see Twilight. We were prolly the oldest people in the theater since thanksgiving break had started and the place was crawling with high schoolers.

But I have to admit I loved the movie. I finished the first book on Thanksgiving and the day after rushed out to by the rest of the series. I would stay up all night reading them! I was hooked. And the best part was being able connect with the hubby when he was thousands of miles away and on a different time zone. Everytime we talked we were able to talk about the books and try and predict what would happen next. It helped to think about something other than the fact that we were spending the first 10 months of our marriage apart, or that deployment's were hard! Especially your first one! And it really helped the last few months of his deployments to fly by.

I still can't pick up a twilight book without thinking about them as my way to surviving my first deployment. So of course whenever a new movie comes out in the series I rush to see it. However the hubs isn't a big fan of the movie's. So he won't go with me. Luckily my MIL is coming into town today and mentioned she'd like to go see it. So now of course the hubs has agreed to take us. Woot Woot!

Breaking Dawn was my favorite book so I'm so excited to see how it turns out. Anyone else going to see it? What was your favorite movie? Book? Let's talk Twilight

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Mommy Advice

One of my best friends is due any day now. And although I am def not an expert when it comes to parenting I decided to send her a cute little email with new mommy advice. Just some things I've learned along the way and I thought I'd share it with anyone. Feel free to add to my list!

1. Being a mom is the greatest thing in the world. Nothing compares to it. It is amazing how much you can love someone you have never met. Then that just multiplies after they are born.

2. You think you are emotional now, it gets worse after the babies are born. Your hormones are fluctuating and trying to settle down. Everything and anything will still make you cry. It's ok, just go with it. You have a new excuse, It's your mom hormones!

3. Take lots of pictures. They grow so fast it is unbelievable

4. Sleep when the baby sleeps. This is something I did not do and I regret it

5. In the beginning don't worry about the baby's schedule. All they do is eat and sleep!

6. Do not worry about your baby sleeping all the time. I did and my dad told me that in a few months I would be wishing she would be sleeping all day again. He was right. Sleeping is how their brain develops and they can never get enough sleep.

7. Do not wake your baby up to eat. Let them sleep! You will thank yourself for it the next day especially if you are able to sleep longer that night or get in a nap

8. Don't be afraid to ask friends for help. Even if it's just to get out of the house or have someone over for adult conversation. It helps big time

9. Don't stress too much about going back to work. If you do that's awesome. If you don't that's great too. You need to do what is best for your family and at the end of the day they are only babies for so long. One day you will be thinking that the newborn days last forever and the next day you will have a 4 month old who is cooing and laughing and growing out of things so fast you can't keep up. Time flies and as exciting as it is watching them grow, it's sad how fast they grow up

10. Try not to stress about losing the baby weight. They say it takes a good year for your body to bounce back and even though you may lose all the weight right away things still won't fit quite the same. It's amazing how your body changes. I had no stretch marks at all during my pregnancy and now after they are everywhere. It's hard to feel pretty when things don't fit quite right and you have pink stretch marks and cellulite everywhere. But at least we have an excuse. We gave birth and are mom's! It's not that we let ourselves go.


11. I just heard this recently and thought it was so true. As much as you love your baby, babies are meant to grow up and one day leave you. Your husband may never grow up but he is not supposed to leave you. So time spent with him is very important. The best thing you can give your child is loving their father. ( Remember this on days you want to scream at them for sleeping until noon while you are washing the floors with a baby in your hand. True story!!) You and your hubby's relationship is what set's the example for how your kids will grow up to be husbands and wives( I read this from a book)

12. Call me anytime for anything. I'm here for you all ways

13. You can never spoil a baby or hold them too much. In fact they say that the more you do so the better. The more you respond to your babies needs the more you are teaching them security and safety. This leads to a less fussy, whiny and clingy toddler later on(Again this is what I've read but have had friends who have said this really is true) So hold away. In a year from now they aren't going to want to be cuddled all the time anyway and in 15 years from now they will probably be telling you they hate you. (I'm not looking forward to those days)

14. If you don't decide to go back to work join some sort of group that gets you outta the house or plan weekly play dates with friend's. This gives you time spent with adult's. If not you will go crazy

15. Everyone parent's differently. What works for some doesn't work for others. You have to do with what you are most comfortable with. If you want to let him cry it out, Do it. If you don't don't. It's as simple as that. You are the parent! Listen to people's advice with a grain of salt. You can follow it or discard it. That's what's great about being a parent. You are in charge and at the end of the day you guys have to do what works best for you and your family.

16. Don't compare your baby to others or freak out if they are not meeting the milestones the books say they should be at a certain age. Everyone develops differently and at their own pace.

17. The Sophie giraffe toy is the best 24 bucks ever spent. Its a teething, squeak toy in one. Gianna loves her's. Just don't let Spirit get near it. She will think it's for her like my dog's did so I had to go out and buy another one. But it is the only toy Gianna is interested in

18. Stock up on diapers and wipes. You can never have to many. Sams is good or I hear diapers.com or pamper's online are always running specials.


Some of these things are topics her and I have discussed personally and have worried about, ie the baby weight, working, etc,etc. And some of this advice people won't agree with. And that's cool too. That's why I believe at the end of the day parenting is a personal thing. Only you can raise your child and you have to do it how you feel is right!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Canvas Photo Giveaway

I am so excited to be hosting this amazing giveaway from UPrinting.com. I have always been a picture person but ever since Gianna has been born I swear I walk around with my camera in hand! I love pictures printed on Canvas. Those are my absolute favorite and today I am giving you the chance to win a 16 x 20 rolled canvas photo!

Exciting right!
The winner of this giveaway will receive
- 16” x 20” Rolled Canvas Print for one winner
- with 2-inch border or no border

- 1 Business Days Turnaround time
- Free US shipping only
Here is what you have to do to enter
1. Like UPrinting Canvas Print Page and comment on what you will do with your canvas. You can click like down below!. 1 entry


2. Tweet about this giveaway and at the end of the message include the UPrinting Canvas Print URL (http://www.uprinting.com/canvas-printing.html Two entries ( Make sure Twitter includes the full link and doesn't shorten it)

3. Blog about this giveaway. Include a link to my site and a link to UPrinting- (http://www.uprinting.com/canvas-printing.html)3 entries

4. Be a follower of my blog- 1 entry

Disclaimer-This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive a rolled canvas print for hosting.

The giveaway will end this Friday November 18! So enter today!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Canvas Photo Giveaway

I am so excited to be hosting this amazing giveaway from UPrinting.com. I have always been a picture person but ever since Gianna has been born I swear I walk around with my camera in hand! I love pictures printed on Canvas. Those are my absolute favorite and today I am giving you the chance to win a 16 x 20 rolled canvas photo!

Exciting right!
The winner of this giveaway will receive
- 16” x 20” Rolled Canvas Print for one winner
- with 2-inch border or no border

- 1 Business Days Turnaround time
- Free US shipping only
Here is what you have to do to enter
1. Like UPrinting Canvas Print Page and comment on what you will do with your canvas. 1 entry

2. Tweet about this giveaway and at the end of the message include the UPrinting Canvas Print URL (http://www.uprinting.com/canvas-printing.html Two entries ( Make sure Twitter includes the full link and doesn't shorten it)

3. Blog about this giveaway. Include a link to my site and a link to UPrinting- (http://www.uprinting.com/canvas-printing.html)3 entries

4. Be a follower of my blog- 1 entry

Disclaimer-This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive a rolled canvas print for hosting.

The giveaway will end this Friday November 18! So enter today!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Mops

One of the things I've learned about being a milspouse is that with our husbands being gone all the time and our families being so far away the best thing to do is to keep busy. Getting together with friends, joining some sort of meet up group, etc. It really helps

When we moved to Fl some of my good friends stayed behind in NC. I knew only a handful of people here and while everyone has kids, Gianna is the youngest by a few years. I had found a moms group on meetup, went to the first get together and knew it wasn't for me. The moms were older, quite older and we didn't have much in common

I knew a lot of people back in Nc that were a part of a MOPS group. I saw one advertised here in FL but when I looked it up and saw Moms of Preschoolers I thought I couldn't join. Wrong! I found out it's for kids 0- kindergarten age. So I went to my first Mops meeting a few weeks back to try it out

I was surprised by how many people were there. They have everyone broken down into small groups and the meetings start out with a devotion(nothing to preachy) small group discussion usually planning a mommy and me outing or discussing local events in town followed by either a craft or a speaker that comes to talk with us. One meeting I made countdown to Christmas blocks and at yesterday's meeting I listened to a local couple talk about their 25 year marriage and how to keep your marriage alive and thriving when adding kids to the mix. It was a truly great meeting

I also officially joined MOPs yesterday. I feel so welcomed there and have met so many great women. It's a great support system for moms and also a great way to get out of the house every so often. I know I'd go crazy staying in the house everyday. It's just nice to get together with a group of women and talk! It's also nice to find those with babies Giannas age and get sleep schedule advice, or teething advice and just to find that everything I'm going through someone else is going through

It's so refreshing to get together with a group of women who love being moms. Im probably describing this wrong. Obviously everyone is in agreement that having a baby and raising kids isnt going to be fun everyday. When you are exhausted and covered in baby puke there are times when everyone wants a break. So getting together and laughing about that stuff and talking with adults is such a great outlet. I haven't met one preachy mom whose kids are better than everyone and whose life is perfect. I haven't met the stay at home mom who looks down on working moms and I havent met the working mom who could never be the stay at home mom. Instead I've met other moms, like me who is discovering the joys of motherhood along with me and who are looking to meet other moms and to get out of the house very so often. Sure not every woman there is going to become my new best friend. But to meet others in the same situation at you is always nice

I feel since having Gianna some of my friends have lost touch. People who don't have kids don't understand how things change, people who do constantly want to rip apart your parenting and tell me what I'm doing wrong. And then there are the friends who constantly complain about having kids. One of my friend wrote on Facebook the other day that she is going to resign herself to the fact that being pregnant is boring and that life with a baby is prolly worse that life being pregnant. Wow!

So to meet a group of normal woman who enjoy being moms is what I needed. I am so glad I joined this Mops group and for those moms out there looking to get outta the house and meet other moms I'd highly recommend it


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Friday, November 4, 2011

Interview

I was so nervous leading up to my interview. I dropped Gianna at a friends house and had a mini panic attack driving my interview

For those of you that don't know I am/was a behavioral therapist who provides ABA therapy to kiddos with autism

I pulled up to the clinic, took a deep breath and walked in. The clinic site was amazing. Three huge rooms full of toys. Whereas in Nc I drove from client to client and had to provide all my own toys here I would be working out of the clinic. The employees were so welcoming and friendly whereas in Nc they had all worked together for years and were very cliquey. I loved it. I could def see myself working there and I love everything they stood for. As the Interview went on I grew more and more comfortable with the thought of working there part time

Until pay was brought up. Since they are non profit and work off funding the pay is barely more than minimum wage. Now I wouldn't care. You don't really go into this field to be rich. But now I have a baby. Who needs childcare if I go back to work. And if I went the nanny route my nanny would be making more than me. If I went the daycare route I'd prolly bring home 50 bucks a month after daycare

So I will have to pass on the job. If I had family in town to watch her for free I would take it in an Instant. But to work just to work doesn't make sense when I have a beautiful lil girl at home who is growing up so quickly. So a stay at home mom my new job will be

I'm glad I went to the interview. I will support this clinic that opened up and maybe a few months From now I will revisit the option and see if they are still hiring

But today now that I'm done stressing over the thought of leaving her and going to work I am going to cuddle on my couch with lovebug.

Thanks everyone for your kind words about this! I appreciate it


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Seriously...



It's that time of the week again. Not only am I excited for Seriously Thursday but I'm excited because it's almost the end of the week and hopefully the hubs will be home at least for one day this weekend

Head on over to From Mrs to Mama's blog to join in on Seriously Thursday

1. Seriously- I have a job interview today. I didn't sleep at all last night worrying about leaving baby girl. Note to self at 1am don't google the effects of daycare on babies. It's not pretty.(Disclaimer-I'm not against daycare. There are so many great one's out there, I'm just not ready to leave my little girl all day) So I'm heading into the interview being honest and saying I can only do a client by client basis starting with the minimum hours possible. We shall see what happens

2. Seriously-My family and friends I think are all secretly laughing at my anxiety over going back to work. Years ago I used to talk so smart and say I would never be a stay at home mom. Blah blah blah. Yet here I am loving being a stay at home mom and dreading possible going back. So yes I can eat my words from all those years ago

3. Seriously-Kim K. Is anyone surprised? Her divorce is spanning a whole lot of interest. All I have to say is divorce sucks no matter what. But divorce after 72 days. That's not even trying. They should still have been in the honeymoon period. That's my take on it

4. Seriously-I'm loving An American Horror Story on FX. I've even been watching it even though the hubs is gone. So I slept with the lights on last night. Who cares right?

5. Seriously- Halloween! Holy Costumes. Some 9 year old came to my door in a little mermaid outfit that showed her midriff and barely covered her butt. No way will Gianna ever walk out the door in something like that. And the rudeness of some kids. I gave out candy bars, one per kid and some kids either asked for more, tried to rip more out of my bowl or would stand and wait around for more. And have they heard of saying Trick or Treat, or thank you. I know I'm starting to sound like a mom

6. Seriously-My little girl is growing too fast. Why can't time slow down?

That's it for me this week. Now go link up!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

How to Decorate Wooden Letter's

Now I am not the most crafty person. Or the most creative for that matter. But lately thanks to pinterest I have been trying my hand at more things craft related.

Before Gianna was born I had bought white wooden letter's for her room. I had wanted to paint them or decorate them somehow but the hubs liked them the way they were. Then at a friend's house I saw she had decorated her daughter's letter's with scrapbook paper and I thought I would give it a try

Here are Gianna's letter's before. Quite plain




Here they are after



Here is how I decorated my letter's

What you need
Wooden Letter's-I got mine from Michael's
Elmer's glue stick
Scrapbook paper
ModPodge

Directions
Take your letter's and trace them on scrapbook paper
Cut out
Take a glue stick and evenly cover the scrapbook paper
Place on letter
Cover with modpodge

Some people use modpodge as the glue to stick the paper to the letter's but I found that caused the paper to bubble. The elmer's glue stick worked better to adhere the paper to the letter's and the modpodge gave the product a nice finish

And here are Gianna's new letter's in her room


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Back to Work

A few weeks ago I posted my decision about being a stay at home mom. Then yesterday I got a call from the company I had sent in my resume to over a month ago. I set up an interview for this Thursday without discussing it with the hubs or even thinking about it. The minute I hung up I looked over at Gianna and burst into tears. I started thinking about not being home with her every day, missing all of her first's and doing that gave me a full blown anxiety attack. I could not calm down!

When I first stopped working due to the move I thought I would go crazy staying at home. Then Gianna came along and I knew I didn't want to go back to work. I have loved staying at home with her so much. It is amazing how she changes day by day and I love being able to stay home and experience that with her. She is such a happy baby that I worry about if daycare would change that. She is highly needy and loves having her mommy close. And I have no problem with that

Originally the hubs and I discussed me going back to work when she was a year old but since he will be deploying around then we decided that I wouldn't be going back. I feel that having the hubby gone constantly is enough for her to get used to. She needs one parent constant in her life and I want that to be me.

I know I'm probably stressing over nothing. I haven't even interviewed yet or been offered the job. But when I go in there I am going to be honest and explain that I am only looking for something part time and it would all depend on the child care I could set up.

After doing some more thinking about it the only reason I would be going back to work is for the paycheck. While things are a little tight now, we are managing just fine and sure the extra money would be nice but it is not a necessity. So why even go back? It's not like I'm going bored staying at home and am looking to get out of the house for a few hours every day. I'm not bored at all. I honestly don't even know where the time. I am constantly busy.

And I def don't want someone else raising my kid. I wanted a baby for a reason and that reason wasn't to put her in daycare so I could work all day and we could still have the same lifestyle we had before she came along. I just don't know what to do. Maybe I should just cancel the interview? Ugh I'm torn

As you can prolly tell I am stressing big time about this decision. I'm going to give myself another anxiety attack!