Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wordless Wednesday









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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Struggle is Real!

My new motto lately is "The Struggle is Real". I love every moment of being a mom. I can think of 3 exact times when I felt motherhood was a little too tough for the moment. I think that is pretty good for 8 months into motherhood. HOWEVER....It is a struggle daily to stay on top of things. There are days I just can't. I have been trying to give myself compassion and realize I just can't do every single thing. 

I look around my house and there are toys, clutter, dirt in the corners, dust on the furniture, dishes to put away, laundry to do etc. My most important thing I feel I need to stay on top of is clean floors...even that is a huge challenge. I can mop my floor and the next day G has dirt on his shirt from crawling cross it. Tile floors are just frustrating me at the moment. I have tried everything to keep those floors spic n span. 

I have one child....but the toys look like I have 2-3. I find toys under the couch, chair, in the kitchen, bedroom, and even my purse. Each night we pick up toys and put them in the baskets. Some how we just can't contain all these little toys. I am starting to think those toys are alive at night like Toy Story and move themselves all over the house. 

As I was running errands I realized just how much pressure women have on a daily basis. Just as a wife, mother and employee the numerous jobs that go along with those titles are out of control. We need to look like a million bucks on a fifty thousand dollar budge. That fifty thousand dollars needs to pay all the bills, buy groceries, save for retirement, save for college, new cars, and maintaining the million dollar womanly look. It's completely impossible to manage all that nonsense. 

I can't maintain a blog while working full time, carrying for an infant, trying to be a good wife and running a household. When I have time I blog. Most of the time it is a picture I am able to post from my phone. I don't even have time to read blogs anymore. I will catch a blog once in awhile if I see the blogger made a comment on FB or IG about their latest blog post. 

It was important to me that G was breastfed and boy oh boy was that a real struggle the first eight weeks. I had to work soooo hard to make it successful. I still have to work on staying on top of having enough milk. It also is important to me what he eats. I have made 98% of his food. There are times I have just had to buy jarred food. Guess what he has been fine too. I know I get a little crazy about what foods he eats because of my whole cancer ruckus. I just want him to be healthy and grow up to be as healthy as possible. 

You know what matters the most? The fact my son is thriving and super happy. That kid loves a good selfie or to talk to Nonna on Facetime. He sees himself and starts smiling away. Or when I pick him up from the nanny. I walk into the room and he lights up. In that moment who cares about the stressful conference call I just had. That smile fixes everything. Those dishes can stay in the sink, laundry can stay piled up in the basket and greasy hair will probably be covered up with dry shampoo yet another day. The struggle is real folks!



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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Motherhood is better than I ever dreamed it would be. It is a struggle at times.....some days you find yourself wresting an 18 pound baby alligator with poop all over his butt flipping over all while trying not to get poop on anything to cause more laundry. Or the day you turn around to grab meat in the grocery store to see him chewing on the sales ad and you have to pull pieces out of his mouth h...oping your not giving him bacteria....the struggle is real...Where he got the sales ad I have no idea. 

Then there are times he sneezes while eating avocado and there is green stuff everywhere....everyone cracks up laughing. How about his first bite of yogurt with the most sour expression lol 

Hearing him laughing hysterically chasing the dog around the house or not letting the dog off the couch. The mornings you walk in his room greeted by the biggest smile, grabs your neck and plants a big kiss on your cheek. These are the moment you wait a lifetime for and remember for a lifetime. 

Happy Mother's Day!




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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

One year difference


Look at the difference of a year. Last year he was the size of a pomegranate and now he is the cutest little 7 month old ever! 
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Monday, April 6, 2015

First Easter



Yesterday was George First Easter! He was just adorable in his little Easter outfit! 





Nonna bought him this adorable little hat. 




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Sunday, April 5, 2015

One Year Later


One year ago we found out we were having a boy. This year we are enjoying our little man! He is just the cutest little thing ever. He has brought us so much joy. 
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

Disney on Ice

If you need a fun Valentine gift for your kids don't forget to purchase Disney on Ice tickets up to 40% off!!!  A fun evening out with your kids instead of giving them a bunch of Valentine candy to get them all hyper. =)


Purchase Disney on Ice tickets for 40% off Monday thru Friday and 20% off Saturday & Sunday with the offer code MOM with the link below! 

http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/m3gvbh



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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Disney on Ice

I Purchase Disney on Ice tickets for 40% off Monday thru Friday and 20% off Saturday & Sunday with the offer code MOM with the link below! 

http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/m3gvbh



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Changed

In July 2011 I decided it was time to lose some weight. I did 3-4 rounds of the HCG diet. People are very critical of that diet. For me it worked. I shed a lot of weight. It kept me motivated to see the daily results. Through it I learned how I needed to eat. I learned about calories, processed foods, exercise, and that sugar is the devil. 

It is crazy to me to look back on pictures. The picture in purple was taken Super Bowl Sunday 2010. I still feel like that same person. Unless I see pictures I don't think anything has changed in 5 years. I should have saved a pair of jeans from those days. On days I feel huge I should put those on to make me realize I'm no longer that person. 


Happy Monday! 


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Friday, February 6, 2015

5 months old


5 months ago my life completely changed! It has been the best 5 months of my life!  
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chemicals



I had someone tell me recently I shouldn't vaccinate G because of the chemicals. This person doesn't vaccinate their kids. My response - do you watch everything your family eats too?  I knew they didn't. We are concerned about chemicals in vaccines, but no one thinks about chemicals in the food they consume daily. I'm going to take my chances with vaccines while I try to feed my child the cleanest foods possible.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Miracles


He put on a little show today while running errands with his screaming. A guy at Target commented he had strong lungs lol

When we came home he sat in his high chair laughing hysterical while I talked to him.  

I had a good life before G. Life after G is priceless! 

People couldn't understand why we kept trying to have a baby and why we would suffer through miscarriage after miscarriage without giving up. See that sleeping baby...I knew one day he would find us. In my heart I always believe we would get our miracle! 




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Saturday, December 13, 2014

DIY Buffalo Plaid Pants

I found some cute buffalo plaid pants for G online. They wanted $20 for a pair. I started searching online during one of my middle of the night nursing sessions and found 2 yards of fabric for $8 at Joann Fabrics! B-I-N-G-O


I used a pair of his Gap pants as a pattern. 


I had leftover black knit fabric I've been holding onto since I cut off a dress. Perfect! It took me about an hour & fourty-five minutes to make 1 simple pair of pants. Life with a baby triples every project =)



here is his little outfit all completed! How cute is he going to look in this outfit?!?!?! He is taking a MUCH needed nap, so pictures of him later wearing his new outfit!! 

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Happy 3 Months George!



The little man turned 3 months old last Saturday!!!  He wanted to pull the tie sticker off his shirt the entire time. 
Here are some of the things he is doing now:
Giggles
Follows people with his eyes
Watches tv
Laughs & talks to the dog 
Sleeps in his crib
Slept 6 hours straight 
Blows bubbles
Sits and looks at pictures of himself 
Loves when I read to him 
Loves to sit in his bumbo
- sits in it at dinner laughing & talking to us
- sits while Nonna does her hair & make up. The Bumbo is on the toilet lol

He won't watch all tv shows. He likes Ellen and Dude You're Screwed. He will be 3 years old & know how to survive if he is lost in the woods lol When he watches tv he is glued to it. I try not to let him watch it for more than a few minutes. Then I try to play with him or talk to him. We do not want a tv addicted at 3 months! 

We started putting him in his crib 2 days before he turned 3 months. He slept 5 hours straight, ate and then 3 hours. The next 2 nights he slept 6 hours, ate and 2 hours. Sunday night he slept 7 hours, ate and 2 hours. Last night he was up every 2 hours. Ugh. I thought we had a great thing going. He sleeps much better in his crib than anywhere else. I was worried it would take up months to get him to sleep in there. 

I returned to work last week part time for the month of December. I'm sooooo glad I asked about part time to ease back in. I hate leaving him, but it wasn't as hard as I thought. It also helps I know he is in great hands. 

He knows who momma is!  Once I get home he screams if Art or my mom want to hold him. On the weekends when we are all here all day he lets everyone hold him. In the evenings he pretty much just wants me. I'm not complaining at all =)


We are just loving life with this little guy!!!! 

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Sammy


One night when I feeding the baby Sammt got out of his bed, laid on my spot, looked at me & went to sleep lol. Crazy dog!  


Waiting for someone to throw his toy! 



Sammy learned early on when we take pictures there could be a flash, so he started closing his eyes when he saw a camera. The first time I put George in him he jumped away. This time he sat there for awhile with George on his back. He is getting use to George. 


He comes up to George daily and smells him. Sammy doesn't like it when George cries. If we aren't by the baby he will come get one of us. If we have George Sammy stands by us until he stops crying. 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Baby OOTD

The majority of George clothes have been bought for him by others or hand me downs. I have maybe bought him 10 outfits for newborn through 18 months. He is one lucky well dressed baby. 


Shirt: Carters
Jacket: Target
Pants: Carters
Shoes: Zulily


Shirt: Carters
Overalls: Gymboree


Blue Button Up: Babies R Us
Sweatshirt & Pants: Carters
Shoes: Old Navy


Outfit: Carters
Bib: Gymboree
Shoes: Jane.Com


Outfit: Babies R Us



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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Saturday of First

On Saturday we took little George to the farmers market for the first time. He was so impressed he slept through the entire trip. He then proceeded to sleep for 2 hours while we went to Lowes and Target. We were able to go quickly and get lots done. I couldn't believe he slept getting moved in and out of the car numerous times. 

I love going to the farmers market to buy lots of yummy veggies. We bought some salmon too. We had it on Sunday. Boy was it yummy!!!  I put a mixture of mayo and oyster sauce along with mushrooms over the top of the salmon. Super delish! 
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Creamy Potato Soup

I found this recipe here, but I made changes for it to work for me and the ingredients we had in the house. This has become our new favorite potato soup recipe! 

Creamy Potato Soup
Roux ingredients: 4 T flour, 2 T buter, 2 T olive oil (made separately then added to soup)
Soup ingredients:2 T butter
2 T olive oil
3 stalks celery (chopped)
3 carrots (chopped) or 1 cup of baby carrots
1 small yellow onion (diced)
4 C chicken stock
2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups half & half
2 T chicken bouillon
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp pepper
1 T parsley flakes
3 bay leaves
1/4 t turmeric
1/4 t garlic
5-6 medium size potatoes
Directions:
1. Make the Roux first in a separate pan. Melt olive oil and butter in a saucepan. Sprinkle flour over top and whisk together until smooth and bubbly. It should only take a few minutes. Set aside. If you wanted to make gluten free you can use a corn starch or gluten free type of flour. 
2. In a dutch oven, or large soup pot, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat.
3. Add vegetables and sauté until softened. 
4. Add the rest of the ingredients, including the roux, and bring to a boil. I don't add the potatoes until this point otherwise they get mushy. Make sure to stir every few minutes to keep the milk from scalding.
5. Once boiling, turn down to low and simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Taste test and add more salt or seasonings. Remember flavors develop over time, so don’t over do it!

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