Monday, January 30, 2012

31 Party

Since the hubs won't be home for my bday again this year I decided to get my girlfriends together and have a 31 party. For those of you that don't know what that is its basically a collection of bags and purses that come in really cute patterns and can be monogrammed with whatever you want! Super cute and affordable.

If anyone would like to take place in this party message me with your email address and I'll direct you to the website!


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Downsizing and other randoms for the week


This is what our nights look like. Although the husband usually gets about half the bed and the baby and I share a quarter of the space. So last night I decided it was time to start putting her in her crib. She went down about 7 and slept until 12.
Our split bedroom floor plan which I loved when I moved in, I hate now! I felt so far away from my baby. And it makes me so nervous because when Gianna sleeps she prefers to lay on her stomach. Face flat in the mattress. No matter how much you move her or prop her to lay on her back that's how she ends up. So needless to say when she woke up at 1230 I pulled her into bed with me. But what the cutest thing of the night was walking into her room and finding my dog guarding her crib. Made my heart melt

2. I have a love hate relationship with the army. I hate then when they make my husband leave all the time but I love them for their solid paycheck and occasional perks. Like our first family vacation will be to New Orleans thanks to a marriage retreat the army is putting on. Score! I've never been to New Orleans and can't wait to go spend the weekend there!

3. Budgeting- I have been trying to really budget and save money these past few months. I only use cash and have envelopes for everything. It's hard to budget when your husband doesn't get the concept. We each get a amount for spending money. He blows his the first day of payday instead of stretching it out two weeks. And since he knows I have envelopes of money for other things he thinks he can just use that. The other day he's texting me about transferring money so he can go to breakfast with the guys. I said there was none so instead if not going like a normal person would do I get a text saying I owe his friend 20 bucks. Sigh. Maybe one day he will understand the budget concept

4. And on to my last point. Downsizing. Lately I've been feeling the need to downsize. Growing up I never had cable. Ever. I didn't get cable until the hubs and I were married and living in our own place. Here in Fl the price of cable is insane. Back in nc with Time Warner I had home phone, high speed Internet and cable with hvo, dvr and show time. Here in fl I only have Internet plus cable with hvo and dvr and I pay more than double what I paid in nc. So I've debated about getting rid of cable. Or just switching to basic. But then I hesitate. Can I survive without my trashy reality tv shows. We have been making a point to then off the tv at 9 every night and read. It's been so nice. But could I always do that. Give up cable. And isn't it horrible that I don't know if I can give it up lol. Yet every month I complain about the cable bill. So I'm giving myself to the end of the month to decide

How about any of you. Have you gotten rid of cable or downsized anything in your lives?

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Praying for Baby Daphne

This beautiful baby girl needs our prayers.Daphne was born with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder that is caused by there being 3 pairs of chromosome 18 rather than the normal 2.

The large majority of babies with Tri18 never make it past the womb and the ones that do, are rarely strong enough to live to see outside the NICU and hospital walls. Most deaths are caused by heart abnormalities, loss of kidney function, and other organ failures.

When Daphne was in the womb, doctors told Danielle and Drew that their baby girl would have to undergo major heart surgery after birth. They told the both of them a lot of things in an attempt to prepare them for what they were sure would happen. Thing after thing would crop up, they would try to help her, but in the end, she would pass away.

Daphne was born at 2:20 on January 7th weighing in at 3 pounds 11 ounces. A tiny little angel sent down from God to bless the lives of her mama, daddy, and anyone who would meet her. It took a few days but Daphne was officially diagnosed with Trisomy 18 and things seemed to be getting tougher for her.
To read more of Daphne's inspiring story click HERE and visit The Adventures of Mr. Superman and Mrs S to read more of her story. I also got the above blurb from Mrs. S's blog. And Please pray for this little girl and her family

Monday, January 23, 2012

Weekend Recap

Where do the weekends go? They always seem to fly by. It always seems the hubs and I plan on a lazy weekend at home and that never happens! This weekend was no exception

Friday- Gianna woke up at 5am with a 102.1 fever. I hate the day after shots. She spent most of her day sleeping and I enjoyed an afternoon of relaxing and reading which never happens since Lovebug does not like to nap!
Hubs got off work early and we spent the rest of the afternoon and night relaxing. We ordered chinese food from our favorite restaurant and enjoyed a date night in. It was great

Saturday- Lovebug had us up early so we planned on laying around on the couch all day. Until the hubs found that a house we had looked at prior to buying this one was still on the market. And he called the realtor to meet usx so we could take a look. The house was breathtaking. Def our dream home. But it's been on the market 6 years. Never occupied and we want to know why. Although we have no intention of selling our house yet, it was still fun to look. After that we looked drove through other neighborhoods and imagined where we could see living best with our family. It's fun to dream of the future! After that we headed home, made dinner and watched the Ides of March. Ehh not as great of movie as I thought it would be.

Sunday-Gianna was up bright and early again. My kid seriously does not like sleeping!We spent the morning lounging around playing with her and then headed to the hospital to visit some friends who had a baby boy the day before. I def was hit with the baby bug again although we will wait a bit before trying for number 2. Although if it was up to the hubs I'd be barefoot and pregnant again!
After visiting our friends we drove into Destin and did a little window shopping. After coming home we played some more with Gianna and enjoyed a nice eve3ning at home

Pretty low key but went by fast as usual. We find out today if the hubs will be gone the month of february for a training class. Nothing like going back to reality after a great weekend

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Just Closed-The Hunger Games Trilogy(Review)

After reading these books I cannot wait for this movie! I am half way through the third book but wanted to a do a book review of all three.
SPOILER ALERT-If you haven't read these and plan on it you may not want to read this

The Hunger Games(Book One) A book about the end of civilization as we know it, a post apocalyptic world, a story about "games" which include 24 kids fighting to the death. So not a book for me. Or so I thought. I bought this book over a year ago and just picked it up a few weeks ago. I couldn't get into it. Everyone kept telling me to give it another try so I did. It took me until page 100 to get hooked. And then I couldn't put it down. This book was amazing. I connected with the character's more than I thought I would and the story line kept me involved and interested. I loved it and couldn't wait to pick up book 2

Catching Fire- Loved loved loved. This is my favorite book of the trilogy. I like how we got to know more of our character's in depth. Such a Haymitch who probably is my favorite character. This book also kept me interested and I could not put it down. I loved how all the victor's were in on the plan to start a war against the Capitol. And how Haymitch helped orchestrate it all. If Katniss wouldn't have been so proud and stubborn maybe she would have realized that. I guessed what was going on when Haymitch told her to beware the real enemy. I finished it in 3 days which is a record for me post baby.I couldn't wait to start book three

Mockingjay-I started this book immediately after I finished book2 2 and I kept waiting for it to get interesting. Katniss really annoyed me in t his book. I felt like all the book talked about was Katniss sleeping in a linen closet. You know the district's were waging a war against the capital but nb specific details were given except what Katniss heard from Coin or Plutarch. She became whiny and irritating. Mad at people for doing what she wanted(starting to rebel against the capital) and her dislike towards character's she was previously close to bothered me. Like I said I'm half way through and am still waiting for this book to pick up. I don't want to continue reading about her making propo's or sleeping in her closet. I want them to rescue Peeta
And I don't like Gale. I feel like the author didn't really do much as far as character development for him and now in this book as she is starting too I could care less. Maybe because he is turning out not to be whom Katniss thought. I will keep on reading however.

I would def recommend this series to anyone. This is not my type of book series and now I am looking for more in this particular genre to read

Ive heard good things about Delirium by Lauren Oliver or Divergent by Veronica Roth. Has anyone read these or have any other suggestions for me. I've caught the reading bug again!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mommy Guilt

This post has been something I've wanted to write for a long time but have been afraid to. I don't want to be judges or to have people take this post the wrong way. But since my blog is my own personal space I decided to go ahead and write it

You know the saying a woman becomes a mom the minute they become pregnant and a dad becomes a dad the minute the baby is born. Well that is def true. Although I'm still waiting for that to sink in to the hubs sometimes.

Don't get me wrong. He is an amazing dad. Gianna loves him so much and he loves her. He is so good at making up silly little songs and playing with her that it makes me smile from ear to ear. It's just in other ways I wish he'd step up more.

Since Gianna has been born she is my number one priority. There are days I get no time to myself. The house looks like a tornado went through it, laundry doesn't get done or if it does it's thrown places instead of folded, I walk around with baby puke in my hair and puréed peas all over my shirt. And I honestly don't mind. I love it. I just sometimes wish I'd get one hour to myself!

It doesn't help when the hubby waltzes in after work, plops down in front of the tv, asks when dinners ready and enjoys a video game

Meanwhile I'm still covered in puke and peas, holding a screaming baby and trying to make a semi decent and healthy meal. Then after dinner is over I hope he will take over but nope back to plopping on the couch after a smoke outside for desert. Meanwhile I'm cleaning up the remains of dinner, feeding the baby and giving her a bath. Then it's 730 and time to put her to bed. At this point im so exhausted I fall asleep shortly after.

Weekends are no different. Every weekend I hope the hubs will give me the morning off but no he immediately gets up, makes coffee and plays a video game leaving me with a baby to change and feed.

Now I know I'm painting the hubs in a bad light and I'm
Not trying to. In his defense he doesn't work a simple 8-4 job. Most days he's up at 430, at work by 5 and he doesn't get home until 6 or 7. I certainly dont blame him for relaxing on the couch after work. And on the weekends he takes care of all of the cleaning I don't get to and he's amazing at doing all the chores I hate. All the nasty deep cleaning stuff

I admit our ideas of entertaining the baby are different. He's fine with playing video games as long as she's in the room and he can keep an eye on her, I think we actually need to entertain her.

And if he does give me the morning off and watches her or occupies her while I clean or read a book. I feel guilty, like I'm an awful mom abandoning her child. So I stop what I'm doing and join in with whatever they are doing. I'm constantly torn between trying to keep up with daily life and spending good quality time with my daughter. I beat myself up if I don't feel like I stimulated her enough during the day, or stress over her meeting her milestones, especially when it comes to her verbal skills. I pick her up immediately if she's crying and try to keep her as entertained as possible.

Meanwhile the hubs is content with just letting her be. He feels she has to learn to play by herself and he doesn't hover the way I do. Like I said he feels as if quality time with her is spent with her sitting in his lap watching daddy play video games. And I'm not saying its not

It's just different how we have to very different approaches to our daughter. My mom says it was the same way with my dad. He pretty much left everything up to her, the feeding, changing, getting to bed, etc etc and only stepping in wheel playing with her. Then she said the minute I turned one, was waking and talking and doing more things he stepped in and spent way more time with me from there on out.

So I just wander if anyone else had experiences like this. Again in not saying we are having problems, or he doesn't spend time with her. That's not the case. There are just some instances where we differ when it comes to her and I feel like sometimes it hasn't sank in to him that he had another person to take care of now and his needs don't always come first.

So what do y'all think. Is this typical first year of motherhood stuff. Any advice. Please share!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

6 months! Happy Half Birthday Lovebug

Happy Half Birthday babygirl

I can't believe that you are 6 months old already. I know I say this every time but I do not know where the time is going. It has been flying by. It seems like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant with you and here you are, growing up before my eyes!

You truly are the love of my life.(Besides your daddy of course) You are such a happy baby. You are always smiling. You are trying so hard to crawl and you have officially mastered the scoot. That def get's you where you want to go.You can roll from front to back and back to front. You can pull yourself up to a standing position and hate laying down. You love your walker and bouncer and your two favorite toys are your Sophie or your Laugh and Play Puppy.

Your new favorite thing to do is stick out your tongue and blow raspberries. It's hilarious.You aren't talking yet though in the morning's you are very vocal. I'm trying to get you to say Mama before you say Dada.

You love your daddy. He can make you belly laugh like no one else can. If I try to imitate Daddy you look at me like I'm crazy. That being said you are a mommy's girl. If Daddy is holding you you crane your neck to make sure I'm in the room. If I leave you cry and when you are fussy or upset about something it is me you want and not Daddy. We certainly have our roles. Mommy for comfort Daddy for play

My favorite thing you do this month is lift up your arms and reach for us. Melts my heart. You can be playing away and when you want me you look all around and cry out until you see me. Than you lift up your arms and wait for me to pick you up. So Sweet. You also hug which is just the cutest thing ever! Ahh life with you is such a joy Gianna

Now on to your monthly stats

Height-25.5 in(30%)
Head-41 in(17%)
We had your six month Dr appt yesterday and he said everything looked great. That you are such a interactive and strong baby! Ha. You only cried for a few seconds when you got your shots but took them like a champ

Diapers-Size 2

Clothes- Size 3, 3-6, or 6 months

Sleep- You still hate sleeping. You fight sleep all day, only taking two 15 minute cat naps and you still hate your crib or bassinet. It's a work in progress

Food- Last month we started you on rice cereal and oatmeal. You loved it though you do prefer your organic oatmeal. We have also introduced peas, sweet potatoes and squash. Your favorite is peas. This week we will also be starting banana's.
You only eat one meal a day and are still breastfed though the dr said I can start doing three meal's a day so that's what we are beginning starting today
I was also told to start you on a sippy cup. I gave you one yesterday and you had no idea what to do with it. Right now you just chew on it like it's a teehter. Oh well

Teeth- None yet although I can feel a little nub in the back of your mouth

Firsts- First time in a swimming pool, first hotel stay, first time sticking out your tongue, first New Year's, first time eating baby food.
Mom and Dad's first night out without you. After two hours we were ready to come home and cuddle up with you! We don't like being away from you for long

And now for some monthly pics

Our monthly basket photo shoot

Say Cheese

Your model pose

Look at me Mom

You love your puppy

First time in the pool-You are such a water baby

Your mommy and daddy love you so much. You have brought so much joy into our lives.
I can't wait to see what this next month brings

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Please control your children!

You know that joke, I love kids, just not other people's kids. Well that is totally true!

Okay I'm kidding but sometimes it's true. All of my friends here in town and toddlers or grade school age kids. My best friend has a newborn but she lives a half hour away so we are unable to get together as often as we'd like. I spend alot of time with my friend who has a three year old and while that worked out great before Gianna was born now things are different.

They spend a lot of time at my house and while I don't mind I feel like I'm constantly patenting the three year old.

Yesterday she was over and I caught her climbing on top of Gianna's bouncer while Gianna was in. After repeatedly telling her no she continued whole throwing a ball in Gianna's face. I tries so hard to stay calm but I was aggravated. My friend did nothing

Instances like this happen alot when we get together. One day the three year old smeared cupcakes all over my tv, broke my Christmas decoration and kept sliding across my coffee table like it was a toy. Again all while my friend did nothing

I feel like I'm constantly saying no, don't touch, please don't pick up Gianna constantly. And my friend gets mad at me for doing that. She's constantly reminding me that one day I'll have a toddler and will need to be more patient!!

Another friend of mine also has two toddlers who act the same. They first met Gianna when she was a few days old. My friends toddlers found their way to Gianna's room and crawled into her crib and played unbeknownst to me. I found them and Gianna's crib bumbers torn and ripped from her crib. Did I mention her crib set was 300 dollars

Another time when out with those kids the little girl licked her hands and rubbed them all over Gianna saying she needed a bath. I grabbed Gianna and indeed gave her one.

While I know that I'm prolly paranoid and anxious when others come around my baby, it's hard not to be.

I was talking with a girl I met today who also has a baby Gianna's age and she was saying the same thing. All her friends have older kids and she hates how they act around her baby.

Is this normal? Do I need to lighten up? Anyone else experience this

I do truly love kids. Hell I want three more. I just don't like the way kids can be around babies. Correction I don't like how parents just let their kids run wild and not parent them!

I remember as a kid if I did something wrong all I'd need was the look from my mom and I knew I was in trouble. None of this having moms friend tell me to stop doing something repeatedly while mom did nothing

Ok I'm done venting. And I swear I'm not a horrible person. I can tell my friend is a little irritated when I tell her child to stop doing something but in my defense it is things she shouldn't be doing


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Birthday Wish List

With my birthday coming up next month I decided to create myself a wish list.

Love this Jessica Simpson handbag

After I lose all this baby weight I'm buying these jeans

Again something for after I lose this baby weight

Love these boots

An Ipad!

Isn't this ring gorgeous. And it's lovebug's birthstone. I'm in heaven

I can dream right...

Now for more realistic options

I would love a Me day. Heck I'd take an hour where I could do whatever I wanted, nap, read a book, whatever. Without the baby crying for my attention or the hubs asking me a million questions. Aint gonna happen

And I really need to ask for this since Lovebug doesn't nap. At all

In all reality I will just ask for target and barnes and nobles gift cards. I'm boring but it's fun to wish for things! If only money grew on tree's

Monday, January 16, 2012

Toddlers and Tiarras/Dance Moms

I don't know why I have become addicted to these shows. I think the moms are all living through their daughters and the majority of the kids are going to grow up to be such brats. Yet every Wednesday I tune in

What bothers me about Toddlers and tiarras is mostly the moms. Most are severely overweight, rude, obnoxious and are taking these pageants too seriously. C'mon dressing up your six year old in a meat bikini like Lady Gaga, telling your nine year old to push her candy cart onstage like a hooker in new York! Seriously

And who doesn't get a laugh over Watching these huge woman standing behind the judges hootin and hollering and flapping their arms about. Yes these women should be the ones onstage.

I'm not even going to mention the bribes they give their kids to participate. I'll buy you a puppy afterwards, how about 100 dollars if you go onstage and smile. Oh and let's not forget the mom who gives her three year old a bottle of mountain dew to get her pageant ready

And while I thought toddlers and tiarras was bad Dance Moms is worse! The dance instructor is another obese woman who probably hasn't laced up her dance shows in years. Yet she tells the kids to get off the couch and stop eating potato chips( hey she should take her own advice) tells one kiddo her mom doesn't care about her because she has to work and constantly tells them they are replaceable.

Now I danced for 18 years and if an instructor ever talked to me like this woman talks to these kids my mom would have yanked me outta her dance studio so fast

Don't get me wrong I debated putting Gianna in pageants. I have plenty of friends that put their kids in pageants. Friends that are not obese, not living through their daughters and avoid the glitz pageants because of the drama.

But the woman on these shows are just awful. I don't know how your teaching your child she is beautiful when you severely change their appearance to be presentable on stage. I get heavy makeup due to the lighting, but flippers, wigs, spray tans and fake nails on a 3 year old. These are kids for gosh sakes. Half of whom dont appear to want to be there

I'm all for teaching your children about healthy competition, striving to do their best and not going up. Those are all qualities and attributes that will help them in life. But at what price. At your child's happiness, at the cost of significantly damaging your relationship with them at a later date.pne I don't know about you but my mom and I would not have had much of a relationship later on in life if she was competing with me

Obviously these shows are just that. A tv show who strive to find that stereotypical pageant mom for our entertainment and you never know how much editing plays a part in what you see

I just know that when Gianna grows up she won't need a fake tan or nails to be beautiful and that all that matters is her complete happiness. No crown or award is worth belittling and degrading my daughter

What are your thoughts on these shows

And again I'm not knocking pageants or anything like that. Just the show and what is portrayed on the show!

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fun Bags and baby weight

Disclaimer- This post is about boobies! If you could care less about reading about my post pregnancy chest stop reading

Fun bags- that is the hubs nickname for my chest these days. And I guess that name suits them. I have gone from a 34B per pregnancy to a 36DD. Ouch

Back in my B days I desperately wanted a boob job. During college my mama(a nurse) worked at a day surgery clinic where they did a lot of plastic surgery. I seriously considered getting my boobs done. My mom relented and said I could use her family discount if I was serious about getting them done but only if I let her chose the dr. I agreed. However as I graduated college and got my first big girl job I decided to save my money and not get them done

After getting married I still debated about getting my boobs done. At this point however my fear of drs had grown so I no longer wanted to undergo an unnecessary surgery. I also didn't want to be that army wife who got her boobs done while her hubby was fighting in a war zone. ( no offense to those that do, I had plenty of friends get them done during deployments as surprises for their hubs) mine just would not appreciate that!

Anyway I used to joke that if somehow fat from my genetically ample bottom could somehow make its way up to my boobs I'd be happy. It never did.

Until now. Now I have no idea why I ever wanted a boob job. Bras don't fit. Let alone any of my shirts. I wear a bra, tank top and a shirt when out in public and my boobs are still spilling over. Last night at a friends birthday party I tried to keep them as covered as I could but my friends still joked about my porn star boobs.

I am anxious to see if these boobies are a gift that will last or go away. I wouldn't mind a little more than my previous B cups but these DD's are crazy!

Oh well I guess I will enjoy them when I have them. Long gone are the days of no longer filling out my shirts or swim suit tops. Now the cups spilleth over!

And on another note I thought breastfeeding was a great way to lose the baby weight. I'm stuck at the last ten pounds and it seems no matter what I do lately I gain instead of lose. For a few days this week I was sick and barely ate except for some soup. Yet I still managed to gain 2 pounds. How is that possible

A friend who recently had a baby said her dr told her that while breastfeeding your body hangs on today easier due to higher levels of estrogen and the influx of hormones. Is that true? I hope so

How long did it take any of you to lose the baby weight?

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Best Wifey Ever

I'm hoping to earn some major wifey points with the hubs. His bday is coming up and I want to get him something that he'll love. And what's that you might ask, A Keurig coffee machine! My hubby is addicted to coffee. Every morning he makes a pot and fills up his mug and heads off to work. However I don't drink coffee all that much so if he makes a full pot it goes to waste. He has been wanting a coffee maker for awhile but we just haven't gotten one. We've been on a tight budget and with the house, and baby we have been trying not to spend a lot on things other than the necessities

Last year we didn't get each other anything for our birthdays, nor for our anniversary or Xmas this year. So I wanna spoil him big time this year

I found the keurig he wants and I can't wait to go purchase it. Of course I'm trying to be smart about it and am going to shop around waiting for it to go on sale or scoring a deal somewhere. So if anyone knows where to get these things for cheap please tell me!!

I'm hoping to score big with this one. The hubby never spoils himself or buys himself anything and he deserve it!

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

How to build your child's library- For cheap

The hubs and I are both avid readers and want to instill the love of reading to our kids. Gianna has an awesome book collection already and I'm always buying her books. Of course books can be expensive so I try to buy them on sale or as cheaply as possible. Here are some tricks I've leaned

1. Marshall's, Ross, TJ Maxx are amazing places to go for kids books. I saw an Olivia book at Barnes and nobles for 15 bucks that was being sold at Marshall's for 7. I always find Amazing books at the above store for an amazing price

2. The dollar tree- the dollar tree in town here sells hardback sesame street, my little pony and word world books. For a buck a pop you can't go wrong. These books are perfect for the littler kids. Gianna love putting the books in her mouth and I'd rather her chew on one of these books than a 17 dollar Fancy Nancy book! Plus who doesn't love sesame street or my little pony

3. Barnes and nobles or amazon online- online books are always cheaper than in the store. Even for adults. The hardcover hunger games books are 17 at BN, online they are 9.99. I always order my books online!

4. Kohls- Kohls has that kohls cares programs where you can er books for 5 bucks a pop. Last month I got Gianna all the Nancy Tillman books(on the night you were born) for five bucks a piece. This month they have the Brown bear brown bear book for 5 bucks plus others by the same author. You can't best 5 bucks for a nice hardcover book by a best selling author

5. I joined a children of the month book club. For 99cents I got 6 books. All hardcover books. The only thing I have to do to remain in this club is by 2 more books by the time the year is up. They do kind of get you on shipping but the books are highly discounted and they have a lot of buy one get one deals so in the end it all evens out

And that's how I've been stocking up Gianna's library!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

It's been a long week!

It's only Wednesday and boy has this week dragged.

Sunday my parents left and I just felt empty all day. Like I told my husband I love our life here in Florida but its very isolating. I know only a handful of people and although I try to stay as busy as possible with Gianna some days I find myself really missing my family and friends in Wi. I guess them leaving Sunday brought up a whole mess of emotions. It also doesn't help that my dear friend "Flo" returned after a year long break. Que a wide rash of emotions! The poor hubby

Then yesterday morning I woke up with what I thought was a UTI. I felt better as the day progressed but this morning it was worse. I went to urgent care and sure enough a UTI is what I have. I hurried to Walmart to get my prescriptions filled and the tricare system was down. So either I could pay full price for two prescriptions or wait for the insurance system to start working. I will wait for the insurance system to be up and running since I'm going to have to pay out of pocket for my urgent care visit. It's going on 5 and the system still isn't running which means I still don't have my meds. I feel awful!

And my happy, sunny baby has been so crabby and clingy this week! I can't leave her sight for a minute without her freaking out. She needs to be held or close by me at all times. And when the hubby's home she still wont calm down with him. Sigh. I just feel helpless when she gets like this. Poor baby

On a happier note I started making Gianna her own baby food today. She has had sweet potatoes and I made bananas and peas for the next few weeks. My mil got me the baby bullet and I love it. I can't wait to make her more. As of now I'm still mostly breastfeeding and she gets one meal a day. I think though tomm I will start a serving of oatmeal in the morning and then another food at night. When did my baby girl get so big

My Mops group starts meeting up again tomorrow after a break for the holidays and next week I'm checking out another mommy group that has a book club, coupon club and more get together's. I can't wait to check them out

Score- my sweet hubs just walked in with my prescription. He had to pay full price but I guess next week I can bring in my receipts and get a refund when the system is back up.

I'm off to go cuddle with my cranky baby before hopefully being able to relax and read tonight

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Pampering for Mommy

As an early birthday present to me My dad gave me money to go get my hair done. One bad thing about moving is to a new area is finding a good place to get your hair done! I havent gotten mine done since April. My split ends are horrible. I'm also going to dye it. I'm sticking with my natural dark roots but want to spruce up the color a bit. Here are some ideas I found off pinterest. Which one do y'all think. I cant decide


Friday, January 6, 2012

The Hunger Games

I have seen and heard people raving about these books via twitter, Facebook or my friends who had read them. After hearing so many good things about them I went out and bought book one. That was last October and on my bookshelf the book sat.

I finally picked it up again a few weeks ago. I had just finished reading the Help. A book that engrossed me and grabbed my attention from page 1 that I couldn't put it down. The hunger games did not do that however so I put it down after reading about 50 pages

Everyone says they arent usually the type of book they would read. And I agree. I do not like reading books that are about a post apocalyptic world, or the end of civilization as we know it.
And the subject of a type of games where there's only one survivor didn't sound appealing.

However everyone I know told me to try reading it again. That it is really good. So I picked it up on Wednesday and finished it yesterday. It took me until page 100 to get hooked but once I was I couldn't put it down! I'm off to Barnes and nobles today to get the next two books. I can't wait to read them

So if you are looking for a good read I would highly recommend it.

Tell me, what are y'all reading?

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Date night!

The hubs are having our first official date night in six months. Our one and only outing without the baby was a ten minute trip to Lowes. Woohoo! So we are taking full advantage of my parents being in town and enjoying a night out.

In honor of date night I got my eyebrows waxed for the first time in six months. It's amazing how much better I feel. Pedicures and waxes were a once a month occurrence for me when I was working and pre baby. Now they are a luxury. I'm not complaining I'd rather spend money on her anyway but it was nice to be pampered at least for five minutes today!

We aren't doing anything too exciting. Just going to see the Girl with the Dragon tattoo but I still feel like a giddy high schooler about to go on my first date

Although I must say as the hubs and I were both getting ready we almost chickened out and stayed home. I know I know, she will be fine but hey I've never left her for longer than an hour before. But the hubs and I are in much need of some adult time to ourselves so off we go!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year, New Me

I've been absent from blogging lately due to the fact that my parent's are in town. They haven't seen Gianna since she was two weeks old so they are loving being able to spend time with her. While they hog her from me I decided to catch up on blogging.

Last year I didn't have any resolutions. There is no point in dieting or starting an exercise routine when you start the new year off 10 weeks pregnant! But this year I have many resolutions that I want to do for myself

1. Be a better wife.

I love my husband to death and we have a pretty good marriage but there's always room for improvement. I could be more supportive, more patient and not so quick to nag or get irritated when he's playing his video game. I also really want to work on spending quality time with the hubs. We haven't had any time alone together since Gianna was born and not that I mind, it would be nice to go out on a date with my husband. At night by the time dinner is done, Gianna is fed,bathed and asleep we plop down on separate couches and veg. I want to make more of an effort to turn off the tv or put my phone down and spend time together. Since we are both reader's I believe we are going to both read The Girl with the Dragon tattoo at night and start focusing more on the other

2. Be a better Mom

I need to stop stressing out over keeping my house spotless and making sure everything is put away and organized and instead enjoy every moment with Gianna. She is now at that stage where she is looking to be stimulated and loves to play with her toys. Instead of worrying about washing the floor I want to be on the floor playing with my daughter. The floors can wait until nap time!

3. Read More, Watch Tv Less

Back in Gianna's newborn day's when she was sleeping away most of the day I would find myself vegging in front of the tv. I started watching a whole new slew of crap tv and now I'm to the point where I'm over it. I have been trying to keep the tv off all day and if Gianna does get in a daily nap I read instead. I have fallen in love with reading all over again and I don't miss the tv. Sure I will watch my shows at night or catch up on the weekends when I have free time but now I find reading more relaxing than watching tv

4. Diet!

Gianna is almost 6 months which mean's the " I just had a baby" excuse isn't really going to cut it. I still have ten pounds to go to get back to pre pregnancy weight and I'd love to lose another ten on top of that to get back to my wedding weight. We shall see if that happens!

5. Budget and Save Money

We started the envelope system a few months ago. It was working great until we started redoing our bathroom floor and that cost more than we anticipated. Now we are slowly getting back on track with budgeting. It's amazing how when you actually pay attention to where your money goes you are able to see how much unnecessary spending you do!
My goal is to continue to save money and pay off our debt this year. Now if only I could get the hubby to quit smoking because a pack a day of cigarettes adds up!

I think that's a good start to kick off the new year. I'm sure I will be adding things to the list as the year goes on!