Friday, June 29, 2012

Magic Mike

I have a date tonight...


With this guy. That's right my BFF and I are off to see Magic Mike tonight. I couldn't be more excited

When I first heard Channing Tatum was starting in a movie lightly based on his past as a male stripper I wasn't so sure it would be a movie I'd go see. But I just can't pass it up. I love me some Channing. I got to meet him a few years ago and he sincerely seemed like a great guy. So nice and polite and not at all a snob. My friend here in town also went to high school with him and said he was the worlds nicest guy. It doesn't hurt that he's one of the worlds hottest guys either

I know some people out there are bashing this movie, comparing it to porn. I don't agree. To me porn is something other than a movie about some guys dancing around a stripper pole.

My husband jokes that if this movie was about female strippers and every guy was rushing to see it all us wives would be mad. My response was that there have been countless movies made about female strippers. It's about time a movie is made for us!

I guess I just personally don't see anything wrong with going to see this movie. It's mindless entertainment. Def not realty! I dont see anything wrong going out with the girls to enjoy a two hour movie and then heading home to the hubby.

I'm not going to believe the fantasy, or start going to strip clubs hoping I'll find a guy that looks like Channing tatum. But I will go enjoy a girls night out to see a movie with two f my favorite actors.

So bring it on Channing! 9:30 can't come fast enough




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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Can a mom catch a break?

After nine months of pregnancy full of horrible migraines and constant vomiting which ended with a breech baby and a c-section followed by countless sleepless nights, (cause heaven forbid the hubs get up and help with the baby) I now have a 11 month old who walks around the house saying DaDaDaDa!

Seriously am I chopped liver. You would think that since I'm home all day with her, playing with her, changing her and taking her to different activities that mama would be her first word. Nope dada is. I'm not even close to getting a mama outta her. Life is so unfair isn't it!

And of course the pregnant hormonal person that I am right now can't help but take it personal. Maybe she's mad at me that I'm making her a big sister so soon. Maybe she can sense that in a few short months her life will be turned upside down with the addition of a baby brother and a dad who will be gone for countless months. Is she punishing me for disrupting her peaceful life. One where she's the center of attention and spoiled to death

But I know that's not the case. Or at least I try to tell myself that. I know she won't remember her baby brother being born and I've heard that with kids close in age they grow up to be best friends. I so hope that's true.

But part of me feels guilty. I look at her and watch her playing by herself, every so often she stops and smiles at me and either waves or walks over to show me the toy she is playing with and I feel a tug on my heart. I love her so much and can't imagine loving anyone more. I'm so afraid after the baby is born she will feel neglected or abandoned. But then I force myself to stop thinking so negatively and to just stop thinking at all and enjoy the moment of mother and daughter time. Even though she is screaming dada into my ear

As time goes by quickly I plan to spend these next few months spending as much quality time as possible with baby girl. And once baby brother makes his arrival I don't intend to stop spending any quality time with my little girl.

And hopefully soon she will start saying Mama


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Monday, June 25, 2012

10 and 11 months!

Yikes I have been slacking horribly with Gianna's monthly posts. To catch up here are her 10 and 11 month updates!

I can't believe we are in the double digits. It seems like just yesterday your dad and I were waiting for your arrival and now you are getting so big






 Stats

Diapers-Size 3

Clothes- 9 or 12 months

Food-Whatever we eat. You hate your baby food now and are constantly trying to grab what's on my plate.

Sleep-Sleeping through the night in your own crib. You go to bed around 8 or 8:30 and sleep until about 5:45. Hopefully you will start sleeping in a little later but you seem to be an early bird

Firsts-First trip to Wisconsin, first time to the Milw zoo, first airplane ride, first steps, first time eating "real" adult food

Words- Everything is dada but you also say gaga, hi, bye, ee, i and a variety of other sounds. You are constantly babbling

You love to clap. When daddy or I say "So Big" you lift your arms in the air. You now wave hi and bye. You love playing with your stuffed animals and are constantly giving them kisses. You are trying to walk and are up to 8 steps by yourself. You love to drink your baba's and don't take a pacifer though you recently have found your thumb

You are getting so big baby girl. As much as mommy want's the time to slow down it is so much fun watching you grow!

She does this often. I think I have a future gymnast on my hands

 Rocking herself in her rocking chair
 Such a silly girl

Sunday, June 24, 2012

SLR Cameras

Shortly after Gianna was born my mom surprised us with a Nikon D5000. I have always been obsessed with taking pictures to document every event and pretty much every room in my house is decorated with pictures.

But while I love my camera I don't really know how to use it! I mean sure I can take pictures but as far as really know the settings on my camera and how to play around with it I'm clueless. The lens we have on it is the basic lens that came with the camera and the one thing I don't like about it is that if I wanted to take pic after pic to document Gianna walking the lens is too slow. The hubs does know alot about using slr cameras and even playing around with the setting doesn't change the lens speed.

At Gianna's one year pic session yesterday I asked our photographer about it. She suggested a 50mm lens with a 1.8 g. So that is what I'm looming at to purchase. Because while I love my slr I've Been using my digital point and shoot Leica camera for everything. It would be nice to actually use my slr camera for everything since I wanted it for a reason

And that being said I def want to learn how to properly use my camera. So question for y'all out there, how did you learn how to use your slr camera? Did you take a class or find any resources or manuals that helped. Clue me in!

Thanks


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Friday, June 22, 2012

20 and 21 Weeks


20 Week Bump

How far along? 21 weeks!

 Total weight gain: 6 lbs.

 Maternity clothes? I've just been wearing lots of dresses and the one pair of maternity shorts I do have I wear constantly

 Stretch marks? No new ones.

Miss Anything? Nothing except the occasional glass of wine

 Movement: Finally starting to feel baby more and more. We had an ultrasound today and baby boy was a little jumping bean. Even the Dr commented we may have a little hellion on our hands

 Food cravings: Junk food! I've really been trying to eat healthy and limit certain foods but this week especially my appetite has kicked in and I never feel full

 Food aversions: Raw chicken. I can't cook it or look at it when it's defrosting. The hubs has been doing a lot of cooking this pregnancy.

 Gender: Boy!!

 Labor Signs: None thankfully

Symptoms: Cramping, nausea, the occasional migraine

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On for now!

Size of Baby- According to the ultrasound today baby is 1lb. That seems so tiny to me!

21 weeks!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fun in the Sun



Not too sure what to make of her new pool
 I'm supposed to go in there Mom?
 This looks interesting
 But the hose looks even more exciting
 Wow, look what I did!
 Hey not in the face
 Maybe if I put my finger in there the water will stop coming out
 Ok, time to get wet again
 The hose is boring me, I'll go back to checking out my new pool

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The ABC's of Me

Since I have some new follower's I thought I'd do one of these post's to introduce myself to y'all a bit. So here it goes. The ABC's of me
A. Age: 28
B. Bed size: Queen
C. Chore you dislike:Putting away laundry. I have no problem doing laundry its the folding and putting away I hate
D. Dogs: Two labs. A black lab named Kenzie who is 5 and a 3 year old yellow lab named April
E. Essential start to your day:Hmm since I have a baby that wakes me up bright and early every day at 5:30 I have no choice but to get up regardless of how I feel or if I'm ready or not to start my day. But some days coffee is def needed
F. Favorite colorsPurple and teal
G. Gold or silver: Silver. 
H. Height: 5’1 I'm a shortie
I. Instruments you play(ed):The Piana
J. Job title:SAHM
K. Kids:Gianna Isabelle, 11 months and a baby boy on the way
L. Live: FL
M. Mom’s name:Lori
N. Nicknames: None that I can think of
O. Overnight hospital stays: One when I delivered Gianna
P. Pet peeves: slow driver's and catty girls
Q. Quote from a movie: Hmm can't think of one right now.
R. Righty or lefty: Righty.
S. Siblings:A younger brother. Michael age 25
T. Time you wake up:5:45 ugh
U. Underwear:Boy shorts! Much more comfortable during pregnancy
V. Vegetables you don’t like:Brussel sprouts, tomatoes
W. What makes you run late:Trying to find my keys and checking to make sure all my appliances are turned off
X. X-rays you’ve had:Not sure. I had quite a few when I ran track in high school due to a leg injury
Y. Yummy food you make:Oreo cheesecake cupcakes
Z. Zoo animal you like:Polar bears

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Evolution of Friendships

Since becoming a mom I've noticed a slight change in friendships that were established pre-baby.
When I was pregnant with Gianna, my two closest friends and I still hung out constantly. We met for girl's nights out, had weekly BBQ's with our hubbies and talked constantly. Since having Gianna things have changed.
 
Gone are the girls nights out, the frequent phone conversations and our weekly get together's. True some of this is due to distance. We all live about 40 mins apart in here in Fl but that doesn't change the fact that the change hurts any less. When one girl in the group got pregnant as well I was so excited. I couldn't wait for baby play dates and having a friend to meet up at the park with. But her experience with motherhood was a lot different than mine and not what I had envisioned.
 
Moving to a small military town also added to the feelings of loneliness. Living here some days is like being back in high school with the cliques and cattiness. One day so and so hates this person, the next day they are best friends. Keeping up with it all makes my head spin and like I did in high school  I chose to distance myself. I can't stand drama and catty girls and if that means hanging out at the house by myself with baby girl to avoid it all I do not care
 
Don't get me wrong. I have plenty of friends here in Fl and am starting to learn that quality over quantity is what's important. Since becoming a mom I've noticed slight changes in how I view things as well and have become more picky about who I let into my life and around my daughter. I am after all her first role model and I want to be a good one. I also am fortunate to have many blogger friends that I text or email on a daily basis. Can you all move by me so we can hang out please! I swear I tell my blogger friends more than I do my friends here in town. Funny how that works out. And if I tell my husband one more time "My blogger friend this..." He is going to scream. He just doesn't get it
 
I have joined a few mommy groups which have been great and I know that when Gianna gets older and starts participating in school and sports activities I will meet more people that way.
 
Until then I plan on enjoying all my time with Gianna and hanging out with my close girlfriends. Because even though weekly girls nights may be outta the cards, monthly one's aren't
 
Have any of you noticed your change in friendships? What has been your experience



Monday, June 18, 2012

Catching Up

- I had so much fun participating in the vlog link up. I only got through watching a few videos since we were busy with famiy in town but I plan on getting caught up this week

- I am 21 weeks already. Where has the time gone? I have a drs appt today and another ultrasound on Wednesday. Lately I've been paranoid that baby boy Is really a girl. Oh well I will find out Wednesday for sure!

- all last week we had family in town and wouldn't you know the first few days I felt like I was back to being 10 weeks pregnant again. This second trimester for me has been rough. I haven't gotten my energy back, and I'm still nauseous and experiencing horrible migraines. This pregnancy has been way worse than number 1.

- We have a name picked out for baby boy but I want to go with something different. We will see if I can convince the hubs of that

- Gianna's smash cake photos are this Saturday. I have looked everywhere for someone to make a ruffle cake for her. The bad thing about living in a small town is that finding a baker or bakery is extremely hard. Most had a 100 dollar minimum. So I settled on a publix cake and am anxious to see how it turns out.

- tourist season has officially begun in destin. There were so many accidents this weekend it's crazy. Not to mention all the beaches have failed there water quality tests. Too much human fecal waste in the water. Say what! So gross. We've been staying away from the beach these past few weeks. We did go once but didn't venture into the water too much

Here is my 20 week bump at the beach


- We are hoping to get the nursery painted this week. The hubs was planning on painting it today but we want to wait till after the ultrasound on Wednesday. I have him paranoid as well

- this week I have so much to do. Dr's appts, finalizing details for Gianna's party( is it that hard to RSVP) make her tutu for her high chair, pick up her cake, get her pics and our family photos taken and clean before the fil comes into town. It's going to be a crazy week

Happy Monday everyone

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Friday, June 15, 2012

I caved

For as long as I can remember, have been obsessed with planners. I love them and carried around multiple planners in my purse. When everyone started blogging about Erin condren planners last summer I jumped on the bandwagon and ordered my first one. I couldn't wait for it to arrive. And once it did I wasn't disappointed. I loved it! However as time went on and we started venturing out more and more with baby girl and cramming my diaper bag full of diapers,wipes, baby food, bottles, etc etc my planner started getting left outta my bag.and then I wasn't using it as much. And for something that costs 50 bucks I wanted to be able to use it more.so when I saw the new 2012/2013 planners were available for pre order I debated about ordering one. With the hubs leaving soon, more and more dr appts coming up and more activities with baby girl I do need a planner that I carry around with me at all times. So when I saw they changed some of the features, laminated monthly tabs, the option of a 12 or 18 month planner and a pouch holder for pens I caved and ordered another one. And once again I am anxiously awaiting for it to arrive! I feel so disorganized without a planner and it will nice to have one again

And of course I ordered one in my favorite design. Peacock. I am obsessed with anything peacock and can't wait to bust out my stylish planner. Plus when baby boy arrives I have a feeling life will be getting really hectic and I want to be able to keep on top of things.

Are y'all obsessed with Erin concern planners?



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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Party planning

Gianna's bday party is in two weeks! Two weeks. Although It's a few more weeks until her actual birthday, we are having her party early since the hubby won't be home to celebrate the big day.

Party planning here is in full force and that's pretty much the only thing on my mind. I daily rewrite out my food list, changing my mind about things I want to serve and make. All rsvps are due by next week so after the shopping will begin

I picked up all the decorations this past weekend. We are going with a cupcake theme so I have cupcake plates, cups, napkins, tablecloths, banner's, wrapping paper, etc you name it. I can't wait to go all out and decorate for my little girl

I also bought some tulle to make a tutu for her high chair and still have to pick up one finally item for her smash cake photo session next weekend.

And while the planning is in full force I can't help but feel a little sad. Where did my little baby go. As I look at her crawl and try to walk around the house it's almost hard to imagine her as the 6lb5oz baby she was when she was born. Now as she babbles, plays and claps for herself I get a knot in my throat thinking of how fast she is growing up. And two days ago when we went out to eat, lovebug ate a whole grilled cheese sandwich. Obviously cut into little pieces, but now that she eats nothing to do with baby food and everything to do with what I'm eating I've been giving her more options food wise. But anyway when she ate that whole sandwich I burst into tears missing my baby. But then I look at all she does and is trying to accomplish and I smile. For it has been so fun to watch her grow and change. I can't wait to see what the future brings!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Show and Tell Link Up-My first Vlog

video
Hey guys! As you can see things are a little different today. I am participating in a really fun link up hosted by Becky and Raven, two of my fav blogger's of all time! I'm a little nervous since this is my first vlog and I hate public speaking along with seeing and hearing myself on webcam or skype. Ask the hubs. He has to beg and plead with me for weeks just to get me to skype with him when he's deployed. So when I woke up this morning, did my hair and makeup and announced I was making a video blog he looked at me like I was out of my mind.

So bear with me as I make an ass of myself on video and then go visit Becky or Raven's blog to link up yourselves and get in on the fun!

Here it goes!




Thursday, June 7, 2012

Stroller advice and other randoms from the week

1. A year ago I had everything ready for Gianna's arrival. The nursery was decorated, the clothes washed and put away, the car seat installed in the car and the stroller set up in the garage. I never thought that less than a year later I would be purchasing more baby stuff! I had planned on keeping all Gianna's things, car seat, bassinet, stroller, etc for when baby #2 was born a few years later. Now in 5 months that baby will be born and we need a double stroller and a new infant car seat. So I need your help. What infant car seat do you recommend? We used the Graco snugride with Gianna and while we liked it she was starting to outgrow it by 6 months. Supposedly the thing is supposed to last until the baby hits 30 pounds. Gianna was 15 pounds by the time we had to change it to the loosest setting. SO we moved her to the convertible car seat. I want a car seat that will last but isn't super expensive. I looked at a Chicco and found a double stroller that would work with that car seat but am unsure of the brand. And while I'd love a Bob that's out of the question. I'm not spending a fortune on a freaking stroller.So ladies any recommendations for car seats and double stroller's? And since Gianna will still be a baby herself I don't want a sit and stand. Thanks in advance for your help

2. We received our first water bill in the new house. $400! Say what! At our old house it was never above 80 bucks. This bill is more than my cable and electric combined. Something is seriously wrong here. We keep calling and having them reread the meter and they told us according to the meter we have used 1600 gallons of water in 3 weeks. How is that even possible. We don't have a pool, M shower's at work, we don't have a sprinkler system or water the lawn. There is no way. I don't even do the dishes or wash clothes every day. I'm hoping they can resolve this issue because if our water bill is 400 bucks every month we will be broke

3. The hub's starts leave Saturday. Three whole weeks of family time. Unfortunately it's not the quality family time I had planned. With various visitor's, frequent dr's appt, family pictures, various things to do around the house  and Gianna's birthday party our schedule is crazy busy. I'm a little irritated about it all seeing as M will be gone for at least 5 month's, probably miss the birth of baby #2 and then deploy for a good 6-9 months after. So to say we needed this family time is an understatement. But oh well, life happens so what can you do. . It'll still be nice just to have him hanging around the house with us. Not to mention with the above water bill we are living like hermit's until this gets straightened out.

4. Hubs painted Gianna's new room last week and will be painting the new nursery this week. I am so excited to finish Gianna's room and start on baby boy's room. It's all coming together

5. I am counting down the day's until the Olympics. I can't wait until they start. You will find me glued to the tv come the end of July

6. Gianna is so close to walking. She will walk if I hold one hand, she pushes her walking toys around the house and walks along all the furniture. However if you try to get her to take a step on her own she immediately sits down. This child of mine is very stubborn

7.  I sent out the invite's for Gianna's first birthday party and have all the decorations bought and ready to go. I was planning on making my own deserts but with all the family we will be having in town leading up to the party I'm just going to forgo that idea and buy a store bought cake for Gianna. I know I'm a slacker but I really dont want to spend all my time in the kitchen making cake pops and other desert's when we have company

8. I made my first photo book for Gianna. I originally intended for it to be about Gianna's first year but by the time i hit page 90 in the book and used over 600 pics I had only covered month's 1-5. So I guess I will be starting another one very soon. What are your favorite sites to make photo books

9. Who has been watching the Bachelorette.  I hate to say it but I find Emily kind of boring. I mean she's gorgeous and everything but this season is lacking excitement. Actually the past few have been. I feel like they all follow the same formula. There's always an asshole, an inspiring singer, a person who is still in love with their ex and has to leave, blah blah blah. Reality not so much! But that's just my opinion

And that's about it for the week. Hopefully lovebug here will take a nap soon, the water bill gets figured out and I can lay on the couch with a good book in hand. Have a great week everyone




Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Summer Reading List

I have always loved to read. For as long as I can remember I always had a book in my hand. Going on family vacations as a kid I always packed a suitcase of clothes and a suitcase of books. Good thing we always drove everywhere and never flew! However since Gianna was born I haven't been able to read as much as I like. My addiction to trashy reality tv has grown and although my book pile has increased I have yet to actually pick up a book and read it all the way through. So my goal for the summer is to read more, watch tv less and spend more quality time with the family.

The first three are books I've been wanting to read.  Now that Gianna is out of the baby stage I'm trying to prepare for the next stage, Toddlerhood!


 The Vaccine Book has been on my list for awhile but one I have yet to read. Since Gianna has always gotten sick and spiked fever's after her shots I really want to research them and start spacing them out. I've heard this book is a good resource. I better get on this one since Gianna's year appt is a month from now
 I love the Sookie Stackhouse(True Blood) series and while the last few books have been disappointments I still want to finish out the series. In my personal opinion the books are way better than the show. Not as weird and far fetched
 Everyone I know is or has read this book. I have yet to jump on the bandwagon although it is downloaded on my ipad. The hubs really wants me to read it. I've heard the writing is awful but for some reason people can't get enough of it. I'll give it a try
 The nerd in me is so excited to see that Dominique Moceanu wrote a new book. Back in 1996 my friends and I were glued to the tv screen as the US Gymnastics team took home the gold. We even had our own olympics in our backyards and loved to pretend we were gymnasts. This summer I can't wait to once again watch the gymnasts perform and compete for the gold. Just like I can't wait to read this book and get an "inside" scoop of what it's like to be a gymnast. One thing I always wanted to be but instead went the ballerina route as a kid. This book comes out next week and I will be on my way to barnes and nobles to pick it up
 This book goes along with my addiciton to trashy reality tv. I loved Melissa when she competed for Bachelor's Jason Mesnick's heart and am now addicted to her reality show on GMC. So of course I am excited to pick up this book and read it. It is on it's way to me as I type up this blog
 Emily Giffin is by far my favorite author. Her newest book comes out next month and I can't wait to get my hands on it
I love Tori Spelling. I read this book when it came out a few years ago and want to reread it now that I am a mom. I think she is hilarious!

So that's my reading list. Any other's I should add to the mix?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

19 Weeks

I have been slacking horribly on my bump dates this pregnancy so I decided it was time to start back up with them. I can't believe I'm almost 20 weeks. Halfway there! This is me at 17 weeks!
 How far along? 19 weeks!!!

 Total weight gain: 5 lbs.

 Maternity clothes? Yes. Last pregnancy I didn't gain much wait anywhere else besides the belly. I was able to wear a lot of my pre-maternity clothes. This pregnancy I feel like I'm gaining and spreading everywhere. I think I may have to hit up Destination Maternity this weekend and stock up on clothes

 Stretch marks? No new ones. But the ones I have are clearly more visible the bigger my belly gets Sleep: Good, although I'm up to use the bathroom constantly. Best moment this week: Finally feeling the baby move and kick. We found out at one of my ultrasounds that my placenta is directly over the baby so it's blocking his movements.

Miss Anything? An occasional alcoholic beverage. At the beach we go to down in Destin there's always a daquiri booth that is screaming out my name. Last summer I couldn't enjoy it due to being pregnant and this summer either. Oh well! Other than that nothing

 Movement: A few kicks here and there

 Food cravings: Anything salty and horrible for you. I have been trying very hard not to give in to those cravings.

 Food aversions: Anything healthy especially chicken. I can't even cook it at home anymore. The sight and smell of it makes me running to the bathroom

 Gender: Boy. Labor Signs: None thankfully

Symptoms: Nausea,migraines, occasional morning sickness, frequent urination, back pain and heartburn and extreme lack of energy

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On although I did buy a fake one at target that I wear to the beach since my fingers well horribly when I'm outside Looking forward to: Painting baby boy's room this weekend 

19 Week Bump

Monday, June 4, 2012

How to Miss a Childhood

I've seen this post flying around the blogosphere and facebook and because I could easily relate to it I wanted to share it with you all. I can recall a time when you were out with your children you were really with them. You engaged in a back and forth dialog even if they were pre-verbal. You said, ‘Look at the bus, see the doggie, etc.’ Now I see you on the phone, pushing your kids on the swings while distracted by your devices. You think you are spending time with them but you are not present really. When I see you pick up your kids at day care while you’re on the phone, it breaks my heart. They hear your adult conversations. What do they overhear? What is the message they receive? I am not important; I am not important.” In a 100-word paragraph this concerned woman who has cared for babies since 1977 revealed a disturbing recipe … How to Miss a Childhood. And because I possess hundreds of distraction confessions, including stories from my own former highly distracted life, I have all the damaging ingredients. All it takes is one child and one phone and this tragic recipe can be yours. How to Miss a Childhood *Keep your phone turned on at all times of the day. Allow the rings, beeps, and buzzes to interrupt your child midsentence; always let the caller take priority. *Carry your phone around so much that when you happen to leave it in one room your child will come running with it proudly in hand—treating it more like a much needed breathing apparatus than a communication device. *Decide the app you’re playing is more important than throwing the ball in the yard with your kids. Even better, yell at them to leave you alone while you play your game. *Take your children to the zoo and spend so much time on your phone that your child looks longingly at the mother who is engaged with her children and wishes she was with her instead. *While you wait for the server to bring your food or the movie to start, get out your phone and stare at it despite the fact your child sits inches away longing for you talk to him. *Go to your child’s sporting event and look up periodically from your phone thinking she won’t notice that you are not fully focused on her game. *Check your phone first thing in the morning … even before you kiss, hug, or greet the people in your family. *Neglect daily rituals like tucking your child into bed or nightly dinner conversation because you are too busy with your online activity. *Don’t look up from your phone when your child speaks to you or just reply with an “uh huh” so she thinks you were listening. *Lose your temper with your child when he “bothers” you while you are interacting with your hand-held electronic device. *Give an exasperated sigh when your child asks you to push her on the swing. Can’t she see you’re busy? *Use drive time to call other people regardless of the fact you could be talking to your kids about their day—or about their worries, their fears, or their dreams. *Read email and text messages at stoplights. Then tell yourself that when your kids are old enough to drive they won’t remember you did this all the time. *Have the phone to your ear when she gets in or out of the car. Convince yourself a loving hello or goodbye is highly overrated. Follow this recipe and you will have: • Missed opportunities for human connection • Fewer chances to create beautiful memories • Lack of connection to the people most precious to you • Inability to really know your children and them unable to know you • Overwhelming regret If you find this recipe difficult to read—if you find that you have tears in your eyes, I thank you, and your child thanks you. It is not easy to consider the possibility that the distractions of the modern age have taken an undeserved priority over the people who matter in your life. In fact, when I admitted this difficult truth to myself almost two years ago, I experienced an emotional breakdown. However, that breakdown became a breakthrough that propelled me to begin my life-changing “Hands Free” journey. Here’s the thing: You don’t have to follow the above recipe. Yes, it is the 21st century. Yes, the whole world is online. Yes, the communications for your job are important. Yes, at times you must be readily available. But despite all those factors, you do not have to sacrifice your child’s childhood; nor do you have to sacrifice your life. You can read the whole post and visit the blog this is taken from by clicking HERE This blogger Hands Free Mama also made up her own recipe for How to Grasp a childhood which is amazing. So def go and check out her blog Reading the above post I find myself guilty of constantly having my phone on me to see if anyone called, texted or emailed. Even at night when Gianna is sleeping the hubs and I will find ourselves on opposite couches playing games on our phones or stalking people on facebook. When I don't have my phone on me I don't miss it but when it's nearby I can't find myself off of it. So my goal is to leave the phone in the kitchen all day sitting in it's charger and to spend more quality time with lovebug. Hope y'all enjoy this post

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Girls Day

Today I have a girls day out planned. I can't remember the last time I had a day out with the girls without having to bring Gianna along. Not to mention that I'm getting to hang out with my bestie. Who I haven't really hung out with much this past year. She didn't move to Florida until march and she still lives 45 mins away! Not to mention that since her and her hubby don't have kids yet our weekends are spent doing totally different things.

So when she texted me the the other day to set up a girls day I was excited. We are meeting up at noon to do some shopping, then heading to the beach for a little bit before meeting up with another friend and going to see What to expect when your expecting and then out to dinner.

I can't wait to actually go to the beach and be able to lay out and relax. Without having to chase a baby around!

After the week I've had with Gianna teething this day out will be amazing for my own sanity! And I'm not gonna lie I'm looking forward to the hubs being alone with Gianna all day so he can fully appreciate how hard ring a stay at home mom is. I swear he still thinks its easy and that I spend my days watching tv! I wish!

Well I'm off to get ready! Hope yall are having a great Saturday


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