Thursday, February 5, 2015

Helluva Hiatus

Sorry for the extra long hiatus! I went into labor at midnight of the Monday of my last post and haven't been able to peel myself away from my little girl long enough to type something sensible. She started "school" this week so I'm back to a quiet house during the day. (Maybe that means I can finally pack up my Christmas decor? Yikes) As much as I love getting back to my routine I am having a hard time not having that smiling face peering up at me all day long.

I will be back next week with my tall tales of:
1. boozing
2. trying to wrangle 2 kids
3. All the guest stars I saw on Law & Order SVU
4. Stuff I love on the internet
and
5. Alzheimer's updates.

xoxo,
me

PS-A huge thank you to anyone that has emailed me saying they  miss my blog. It isn't a blog that sits at the popular table but it is so nice to know a few of you enjoy my ramblings!


Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekend Report-Halloween!

(Told you I was gaining it in my face)

We had a wonderful night of Trick or Treating with our buddies. Every year we get together with three other couples and go to their neighborhood party and then do the rounds. I am proud to say I made it all night. Supposedly walking can help induce labor. ALL LIES. 

Here are the Moms and Kids!

Saturday our last soccer game was rained out so I went to do more walking...at the mall (with an Auntie Anne's pretzel) Here are a few items I really wanted to buy:

Push Present? Diamond Cross? Yeah, probably not. I really like the discs with initials or a locket or bangle bracelet....just can't decide what to hint for more. Although Max thinks the push present is the baby so I'm pretty sure I'm going to get a warm glass of shut the hell up on this one.


Cute Etsy Pop-up in Nordstrom


NEED.

I want this cute jacket from Anthropologie so so so so so bad. I don't think my basketball of a stomach will be shrunk by Thanksgiving but this would be PERFECT. Or maybe it would look like a lumpy quilted sack. Who knows.

Stop

People that saw me out this weekend looked at me like I was an escaped animal from the Zoo. You see...I'm not the only one that is surprised I'm still pregnant. I'm HUGE so now the common comment is "Dang you going to have that thing in the store"?! YES Target woman, I am. I literally walked Southpark Mall for 2 hours trying to get this little girl moving and nothing. The ladies in Neiman Marcus were following me with Egyptian Cotton $200 towels.

Sunday I kind of lost it. We had some surprising news hit us last week and we really need to get working on dealing with it and can't do anything until this little girl arrives. That added to the fact that I need to get this kidney stone removed before end of year (since I've hit my deductible) and that I feel like both families are just waiting on me......I was a mess. I keep having contractions but they are 20-30 minutes apart and will last several hours and then just stop. I know she will come when she is ready but I'm so big it is miserable. I literally cannot sit upright because her head and shoulders are resting on my legs. And yes, I'm WELL FUCKING AWARE that I will be sleepless with milk in my hair soon but people who are "fun-size" just don't carry this weight well. Or maybe its the hormones. Or maybe the last 2 weeks of pregnancy are just terrible and I've never experienced them. 

So I then walked around Target for an hour Sunday morning. Nothing else was open that early and it was COLD.

This would be awesome for all Ford's cars

They were in the process of packing up Halloween and taking out Christmas. If this nesting gets any worse I'm going to start decorating for the Holidays. I always wait until after Thanksgiving but we aren't here for Turkey Day and I'm going CRAZY.

Send some good baby vibes my way today. My stepson arrives Thursday night and that takes about 2 hours for Max to pick him up at the airport gate (has to go through security...etc) so I'm sure she will make that her ideal time to arrive. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween and the Teal Pumpkin Project



Happy Halloween everyone! Here is a pic of Ford and I a few nights ago at a Halloween Party. He is a Ninja Turtle this year!

For today's post I thought I would write about the Teal Pumpkin Project!

When you have a teal pumpkin at your house or the sign on your door it lets other parents know you have allergy free options AND Non-Food treats. Pretty amazing for allergy kid moms out there!
I made sure to buy candy that was peanut free since I have several friends that deal with kid allergies. I do not envy them one single bit but know they are all stronger moms for having to safeguard their children the way they do. Ashley, Julia, Tracey, Caroline and Kathryn... a huge pat on your back!

Peanut Free Candies:
Twizzlers and Rolos got cut off this image!

Hope you all have a Happy and Safe Halloween! Asheville is expected to have a snowstorm so maybe that means I'll go into labor!


I know we are all ready!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kid Crack-You Can Thank Me Later

Do these toys invade your home? You might like to read on!

**I wrote this post back in August and never published it.** NPR recently came out with an article "Surprise! Kids love Unboxing Videos too" (I totally scooped them!) about the toy reviewer Disney Toys HERE. I've posted our favorites below!

*Original Post*
There are unavoidable moments in parenting where you have to use technology. I'm not going to get into a "screentime" discussion here but will just give you an example (and some remedies) of when we have to use it in a pinch.
This week I have been a solo mom. Many many women do this far more graciously than I do and with more kids so I'm not asking for a medal. I'm just saying that I have done the bedtime routine 6 days straight and bathing a 3 year old while huge pregnant is quite the task. So is walking up the stairs but let's not discuss my lack of exercise here either.

I am also the "on-call" this week at work meaning I am on 24/7 if need be. Well several times I have gotten calls while the little guy is still up and while I wish he would sit quietly on the floor and do a puzzle or sort socks that shit just isn't happening.

So while I log into work and deal with whatever is going on, I play videos for him on my personal laptop. This makes me wonder if we need an Ipad/Nabi/Leap Frog when Baby #2 comes but that also is a topic for it's own post.

Our favorite videos lately: Disney CARS Toy Reviews. The two main reviewers we watch are Blu Collection and Disney Collector. From NPR: One wildly popular series of videos comes from a YouTube user known as DisneyCollector. In her videos, an anonymous set of hands opens various toys and other kitschy merchandise, often from Disney, while she narrates. Simple, yet her channel has more than 2 million subscribers and her most popular video has more than 94 million views.

I personally like Blu Collection. His voice is kind of soothing. ;)






Here are a few from Disney Collector. My son really got into play-doh after watching these and loves to bury his cars and then peel them out. She has a ton of great videos.



And this is the Disney Cars Toy Club. These guys are a little too commercialized (and he says Max Schnell wrong) for me but this video is 26 minutes....so if you need to do the dishes or take a quick shower and blow-dry..... this should have you covered.