Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
I really do miss him, especially at bedtime- walking past his bedroom and seeing the empty bed is weird. The only times I have ever been away from him for more than a few hours were when I was in the hospital having his sisters.
Here is me, a little sad that he's at my mom's but at the same time happy because I know he's having a ton of fun and then there's him- making farting sounds into the phone when I'm trying to say goodnight to him and sing twinkle twinkle little star. It's nice to know that I'm missed too... what a little butt-head.
I love gift cards and I love them even more when they are free. How about a free $10 Subway gift card? Gilbert the Gift Card Machine is giving away $10 Subway gift cards from December 23 through December 31 to anyone who decides to like Gift Card Weekend on Facebook. If you share with your Facebook friends you'll even get an extra entry for every like that you influence. Also be sure to check the page often because they are giving out gift cards all month long for lots of other cool places you love to shop at.
While you're over at their Facebook page, you should read up on Gift Card Weekend. This event happens once a year and basically you can increase the value of gift cards purchased from participating retailers during the holiday season. If you redeem your gift cards during Gift Card Weekend, which is January 6 through January 8, 2012, you get featured offers which add to the value of your gift cards making your money go further. Sounds like a good deal to me!
Participating retailers for Gift Card Weekend are: JCPenny, Regal Cinema, Subway, Sephora, Applebee's, Bass Pro Shops, Adidas, Buca Di Beppo, Lowe's, Spa Finder, Mariot and Giant Eagle.
I'm not sure how excited I am though for a few reasons:
A. they are only for in-store purchases- I hate going to stores to shop and really hate taking my kids with me, especially to a toy store
B. they need to all be used in the next month- $25 worth need to be used by January 13th and $25 are valid between January 14th and January 28th; I am so sick of toys and gifts that I have no desire to buy anything of those sorts i the next month plus, as stated in A. I have no desire to visit Toys R Us twice in one month
C. why the hell can't they give us a break and allow them to be used on diapers- though I don't see wipes excluded...
I suppose I'm the only person in the world who would complain about rewards but I'm at a point in life right now where convenience is king so having to go to a store to redeem rewards for stuff that I don't actually need is annoying. Will I still do it? You betcha because I can't stand to waste $50.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
For a little history here, both my four year old son and two year old daughter had milk allergies as infants. With my son, when we saw the blood in his stool, his doctor sent us to a specialist who told me to cut the milk from my diet and to have my son's stool checked to verify that the blood was gone. It was (after a few weeks on a restricted diet) so from then until my son turned one I avoided anything with dairy in it like the plague. When my daughter had blood in her stool, her doctor had me cut the milk out of my diet again and like magic the blood was gone. I nursed both kids until they were each a year old and luckily they both outgrew their allergies by then.
My newborn daughter has been really gassy and fussy lately and when I brought this up to her doctor (the same one as my other two kids) she looked at me with that look like you probably don't want to hear what I'm going to say. Since my other two children had milk allergies she recommended that I cut out the milk from my diet to see if my daughter feels better. Ugh- right before Christmas... I was going to wait until after Christmas, selfishly putting myself first, but after a gassy/fussy fit from my daughterI decided that I can't put her through any more discomfort just so I can devour a whole cheesecake on Christmas day.
The good news is that since restricting milk from my diet on Monday she seems to be less fussy and gassy, not perfect but much better. I am so happy that such a simple thing is making her feel better and not being able to have any milk products until at least November 10, 2012 (when she turns one) doesn't bother me at all. Because I've done this twice before I am prepared and know exactly what I can and can't eat. It is also a bit on a win win for me because it forces me to eat better which means my family will eat better and as an added bonus I will lose the baby weight way faster. I am very grateful that I am breastfeeding because if I had to buy the special formula for babies with milk allergies it would have cost a ton of money. You hear that husband, my boobs are saving you tons of money!
Throughout the next year I will most likely be posting about the kinds of foods I will be eating and what kind of substitutions I will be making in recipes to accommodate my "new" food allergy. I know that there are a lot of others moms out there who are in the same boat as me as well as others with new found milk allergies and I want everyone to know that it is not the end of the world- there are lots of great tasting foods out there that you can still eat (just not cheesecake, which kind of sucks).
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I took the kids to the park and we saw my son's friend from school there with his mom. We all hung out for a bit and then walked back to our cars. I pushed the stroller up to my car and put the brake on, or at least I thought I did ( it still makes a click sound even when the lock doesn't engage- I failed to look down and see if it showed red for locked or green for unlocked). I heard an SUV a couple of spaces down in the nearly empty parking lot start it's engine and looked to see my 2 1/2 year old daughter standing behind it- I immediately ran to grab her before the vehicle backed up. As I turned back from grabbing her I heard my son's friend's mom gasp and saw my stroller with my baby in it (in her car seat) rolling down the parking lot (it's on a hill). She ran after it and it hit the curb right next to the aforementioned SUV and bounced back hard at which time she grabbed it.
I swear I was in shock at the whole situation- I don't even remember if she wheeled it back to the car or if I did. The baby was fine and didn't even wake up. I profusely thanked my son's friend's mom for running after and grabbing the stroller and then got all of the kids in the car.
Then it all really hit me... I started to bawl my eyes out crying. The sight of the stroller rolling away was the most horrible thing ever- even now I feel sick when I think of it. I am so lucky the curb was there or that stroller would have rolled down the hill and who knows what would have happened to my baby- she could have crashed into a tree or been hit by a car (the park is in the woods set back from the main road and there is a one way road that winds through it). I felt so helpless in that few seconds. The sight of my daughter behind the SUV when it started was terrifying to me which is why I ran to grab her without even caring if I got run over doing it but then to see the stroller with my six week old baby flying by...
Everything turned out fine but I feel like a terrible mom- I always tell my kids that I'll never let anything bad happen to them and today I almost got two kids killed. I didn't keep a close enough eye on my daughter and then I failed to protect my baby- all within seconds. Every time I look at the baby I want to cry and just think about if things went a little differently today she might have not been here. It's like I went to save one child from my bad mothering and once she was safe my bad mothering put the other child in danger.
So I feel like shit. I feel like a shitty mom. I will never forget this day and the image of the stroller rolling away. All of the things that make me a good mom don't matter anymore because of the monumentally stupid things I did today.
Has anyone else ever done something eff-ed up like this?
Saturday, December 17, 2011
My baby is now five weeks old (where did the time go?) and though I am finally feeling better after my c-section I am now trying to get back into the swing of things. Add to that the fact that Christmas is next Sunday and I am feeling a but overwhelmed at the moment.
We are hosting Christmas at our house this year which means I need to write up a menu and a shopping list and then I need to actually go to the store to buy the wonderful food that I will be slaving over the oven making (did I mention that I am working all day until 6 pm on Christmas Eve- sucks to be me). I have wrapped exactly two presents out of the god-knows-how-many presents I have stacked in the toy closet and in my bedroom but luckily all of my shopping is done, only thanks to the wonderment that is the internet.
So, needless to say I am going to be taking a blogging break to at least after Christmas. Hopefully when I return I will have a lot of witty posts to write about how much my kids drive me crazy and why is it that husbands count down to that six week post-natal appointment like it is the day they will win the Powerball Jackpot (if you're a mom, you know exactly what I mean).
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Having recently had a baby I, like most moms, want to lose the baby weight as soon as possible. Add to that the fact that I am the mother of not only a newborn baby but also a four year old and a two year old and I don't exactly have tons of time to myself to eat a healthy and balanced breakfast or lunch. Right now, at this time in my life, convenience is key, especially during the day when I'm home with the kids.
As I previously said, I don't take much time during the day to eat because there always seems to be something to do or someone who needs help. I'm not really proud of this, but a lot of the time I will end up just grabbing a snack to eat instead of having a meal or I even just totally forget to eat. Once dinner time hits and we sit down as a family to eat I am usually starving. I am no doctor, but this does not seem to be the best way to go about losing the baby weight or for that fact, eating healthy in general.
This is why the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 program seems custom made for a busy mom like me, or for that matter a busy anybody. Basically you eat three snacks a day which could be fruit, veggies or a Slim-Fast 100 calorie snack bar, you replace two meals with Slim-Fast shakes or meal bars which provide the balanced nutrition of a meal and up to four hours of hunger control and you eat one balanced 500 calorie meal in which half of your plate is veggies, a quarter is protein and a quarter is whole grains. You get to decide what configuration you want to do the plan- maybe you want the shakes for lunch and dinner and a balanced meal for breakfast or maybe, like me, you would want the shakes for breakfast and lunch and a balanced meal for dinner.
The Slim-Fast shakes have a great new taste and come in new and convenient take anywhere bottles. They come in the following flavors: Creamy Milk Chocolate, French Vanilla, Rich Chocolate Royale, Cappuccino Delight and Strawberries N' Cream. Losing weight shouldn't mean that you need to sacrifice taste and the new Slim-Fast shakes deliver on flavor. Along with offering great taste, the Slim-Fast shakes also offer ten grams of protein, five grams of fiber and 24 essential vitamins and minerals. And just think, something that tastes good while also helping you lose weight will make t easier for you to keep on track during the holiday season. I tried the Slim-Fast shake in the Rich Chocolate Royale flavor and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Not only was it good but it was convenient to drink- I just opened up the bottle and there was my meal.
Look for Slim-Fast's shakes, meal bars and snack bars in the pharmacy section of retailers, including Walmart, Target and Amazon.com as well as at the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Store on Facebook. And don't forget to like Slim-Fast on Facebook so you can keep up on all of their great products.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Secret Santas pay strangers’ layaway bills at Kmart
It brought tears to my eyes that someone would do something like that for complete strangers. I cannot even imagine how those families felt when they were told that their children's Christmas gifts were paid for.
I suddenly feel more in the Christmas spirit!
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
You know when you first have a baby and you think to yourself that getting up with the little bundle of joy isn't so bad- that is the baby honeymoon period.
Then, when the baby is a few weeks old, one day (or shall I say night- most likely after one a.m.) you decide that getting up sucks and you want, and need, your sleep. Waking up to the baby crying feels like torture, but you do it because your a mom and what you want and need no longer matters. What matters is your offspring is hungry and needs a diaper change.
I am at the "honeymoon is over" point- I want to sleep at night. I want to lay down and know that I won't be waking up until after the sun rises.
Even though it sucks getting up in the middle of the night with the baby while the rest of the family is snoring it is not all bad. The feelings of annoyance always seem to melt away when I look down at my newborn daughter as she nurses and then falls asleep in my arms. Then, a few hours later the cycle begins again- baby cries, mommy wakes up grumbling about why can't men have breasts that produce milk, mommy nurses the baby, mommy stares lovingly as the baby falls asleep, mommy falls asleep, baby wakes up a few hours later crying, mommy grumbles, and so on and so on and so on.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I am still trying to take it easy because it seems as if whenever I try to do something other than extremely light housework I start bleeding again. I thought I was doing better on Sunday so I decided to go to Target, sans the kids, the baby, and the too heavy for a woman recovering from a c-section to lift infant car seat. Well, I felt like crap when I got home from my excursion and I was bleeding again- nothing horrible but it was obviously my body telling me to sit my ass on the couch.
Today I barely sat down all day, except when I was nursing my daughter. Please someone tell me how you are supposed to sit down and take it easy with a newborn, a two year old and a four year old? I didn't do as much as I normally would have but I did get a bunch of stuff done- I did one load of laundry, put away laundry from the other day, emptied the dishwasher and cleaned the guinea pig cage. Then I made dinner which seemed to be the tipping point because after we ate I went to give the baby a bath and I started bleeding again. How fricken annoying!
Because of all of this it was decided that my father in law would continue to drive my son to pre-school for the week (talk about feeling like an incompetent mother- I can't even drive my son to school). I am very grateful for the help because I do not want to injure myself any further and end up in the hospital but at the same time getting help, even when I have no choice, really kills me. It kills me to need the help and it kills me to have people think that I need help. The only reason I am even letting myself take it easy and why I am letting others help me is because it would ultimately hurt my husband and kids if I end up hurting myself- if all of this were just going to affect me with no repercussions to anyone else then I would soldier through and push my body.
On Thursday my mom is taking the kids for the day and I have errands that need to be done so I really hope that I am more back to normal by then (yeah, Thursday as in the day after tomorrow). I figure that I will do the most important errands first so that if I do start to feel not so great then at least the most pressing issues will be handled. What really stinks is that a bunch of the things that I need to get done are ones that I could have done before I had the baby, but my constantly procrastinating self said "oh, no- I'll just do it after I have the baby". Why was it that I thought getting things done while super pregnant would be way harder than getting things done while recovering from a c-section? Epic fail on my end.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
I am doing better and my incision looks as if it will in fact hold up and not split open, spilling my guts all over the floor. Because I am doing better I am still going to not do much around the house as I don't want to make the same mistake I did before and push my body before it's ready. Then I would be stuck doing not much of anything for even longer which in turn could drive me to the looney bin.
So, yet another day of not accomplishing the many things that I want to get done. I have some items that I really need to return to the Children's Place before the 45 day return window ends, which is very soon. I could send my husband but I'm not sure if going to the mall on a Saturday in December is something I would make him do because it will most likely be packed with people buying lame gifts for their friends and family. I also have a few things to drop off at UPS and I have an order to pick up at Toys R Us that I placed online the other day (I got two Zhu Zhu Pets battle arenas and a tunnel thing for $3- I found the deal on Slickdeals and will be donating the toys to Toys for Tots because my kids do not need anything else for Christmas).
Today, since I will be sitting at home yet again, I suppose I can start to decorate the Christmas tree that my husband bought last night. I can also wrap some presents- hopefully we have enough tape because my son is obsessed with using tape and even though I had tons that I got for free awhile ago I'm afraid he may have depleted my inventory.
As for right now, I am going to take a peaceful shower because for at least a little while I am kid free. My husband and his friend took all three kids out with them to get coffee (the kids don't get coffee, they get doughnuts) and my house is so quiet that I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone. I have forgotten what it feels like to take a shower and not have to rush- I mean, people actually take showers that last longer than ten minutes? That really just blows my mind...