Tag Archives: pregnancy

And this is where it all begins!

24 Oct

I started out this blog completely clueless about what I wanted to write about. I figured I’d start talking about my everyday life and a few people might follow along. Then I realized that this is a great place to get me back on track with my crafts and fun mom things I’ve wanted to do for sometime. THEN my sister got me hooked on books and now I have been reviewing things left and right thanks to this new survey thing I started. The best part of all is that I seem to be balancing all of these things and still getting my mom things done! (Even more so before because now I have motivation!) It’s amazing that this all started with my husband thinking about writing his own blog about sports, movies, and video games (the three loves of his life besides E and I of course) and what do you know.. I am the one blogging while he is still watching sports, movies, and playing video games. Haha I love him. But seriously the second I can get B to start blogging he will be on my blogroll list because he is an amazing writer.

It’s been exciting learning more about myself, other mothers out there, and for once in my life not feeling like I am not ping-ponging!! HOORAYY! I have mastered multi-tasking and not given up on one project yet. So keep your eyes open all you followers. Before you know it, this blog is going to make history 😛 Just kidding but wouldn’t it be cool!!? Haha. No but seriously, I said a little Thank you to all my 50 followers and this morning I don’t know what happened but my post titled Martha Stewart Hates Me 😉 got 189 views.. I hit over 200 today for the first time in my life I felt like I was reaching out to people! Okay okay, enough bragging. I get it, your yawning out there. Get back to the crafts J.. So here we go:

I promised an updated picture of my crocheting so here it is!

Sorry for the bad lighting and terrible picture quality. Love the convenience and hate the quality of camera phones!

I haven’t made it to the craft store today but it is on my list for tomorrow along with a trip to the library to pick up The Accidental Mother by Rowan Coleman. I am so excited!! I read the first 50 pages of this book using the Nook on Barnes and Noble (check out my previous post titled Book, Nook, Hooked if you are curious). Oh and I think I am getting a pick for E to review from my sister, K. That just might be the start of my review of children’s things because I sure have a lot to say about the toys this child has gotten!

Expect a couple of reviews from back when Emma was stationary. I am heading to the beginning and reviewing all those wonderful baby shower items and cleaning it out at the same time! YAY for decluttering!!

Yes that’s me prego with my all my gifts and little E in my belly!! Wow I look so much younger there …

Stay in touch.

Love Always,

J

Advertisements

“Naptime Is the New Happy Hour”

17 Oct

For those of you who are raising one year olds this is a wake up call!!! This is where your future is headed and it was an awesome read! I knocked this book out ironically in a few nap times 🙂 It’s an easy, fast, light read and just over 200 pages. My sister bought me this book while she was browsing for books for her and couldn’t resist picking it up for me. I am so glad she did! Although I am not a wine drinker or let alone much of a drinker to begin with, this book was hilarious!! Stefanie did an awesome job keeping me interested. There were actually points where I busted out laughing and B looked at me like I was crazy. Then I read him what I was reading and he laughed!! That tells you it was seriously funny! 

From Amazon:

Motherhood — it’s not for wimps.
 
 Once the zigzagging hormones and endless, bleary-eyed exhaustion of the first year have worn off, you’re left with the startling realization that your tiny, immobile bundle has become a rampaging toddler, complete with his or her very own, very forceful personality.

Just as Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay helped debunk decades of parenting myths to offer honest advice for the first year, Naptime Is the New Happy Hour is a voice of reason for every woman facing questions such as: Will refined sugar make my toddler’s head explode? Is it wrong to have a cocktail at two in the afternoon? And what exactly is a Backyardigan?

With biting wit and boatloads of common sense, Stefanie Wilder-Taylor addresses all these concerns and more. Whether it’s planning easy outings that are fun for both of you (fact: your child will find the local Target just as scintillating as the Guggenheim), dishing the dirt on preschool TV (those mothers who swear their kids don’t watch television? Liars or psychos, every one), or perfecting the art of the play date, readers will find advice, anecdotes, and a reassuring sense of camaraderie to help them survive — and even thrive — during each hilarious, frustrating, and amazing moment.

About the Author

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor has performed on Make Me Laugh, Evening at the Improv, and Comedy Central, and written and produced more than thirty television shows, including Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Blind Date. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and young daughter, Elby.
 
 
I give this book five out of five stars! Although some parts I kind of went .. ehh probably not how I would do it, it was still nice to get another point of view. One of my favorite parts of the book was “Last year we got one of those Advent calendars to help our daughter count down to Christmas. She would open a little door each day in December, eat a piece of chocolate, and run around high on sugar for forty-five minutes jabbering about Santa Claus. It was so cute. It kind of reminded me of how excited I get the month before I am due for a cell phone upgrade.”
(Please note I stole this picture from google)
 
Love Always,
J

The Good the Bad the UGLY: Being a mom!

6 Oct

Get comfy over there! This one is going to interesting!

Lets start with the good 🙂

The things I love about being a mom.. Teaching her how to grow up while she teaches me how to be a kid again, giving her the things she needs to lead a happy and healthy life and she gave me my dream come true (to be a mom), teaching her abc’s and 123’s while she teaches me to watch what I say and manage my budget, teaching her to be independent and strong while she teaches me to be less selfish and a little more patience, and my favorite.. teaching her she can be whatever she wants to be and she teaches me it’s okay to be who I am.

And here’s the bad, which really just leads to more good 🙂

I don’t know about all you other moms but I lost a lot of my self-confidence in these four steps..

1) Pregnancy – I think the most self-conscious things were not being able to properly shave my legs with a basketball in front of me. That was probably my most difficult moment.. being pregnant in the summer and not having long enough arms to wear the shorts. Lifting my hands up long enough to do my hair! Man that was a hard one, since you can’t lift anything of value your upper body becomes completely weak and lifting my arms above my head made me light headed almost instantly! Oh and being too tired to pluck my eyebrows or put make up on. Looking like a slob when your supposed to be glowing is a complete debbie downer!!

2) Privacy – The need for people you don’t even know to ask you seriously personal questions .. how do you answer to that!!? Then there is the free show you give to the obgyn on a regular basis and to the entire hospital staff which for me was something I was dreading the entire pregnancy! Never been very comfortable about that.

3) Aftermath – I am talking about the 3 month belly you still have after the delivery. My favorite part was walking through stores and people saying aww your baby is precious and then you hear them gabbing to their girlfriend as they continue walking .. “I can’t believe she is already pregnant again!!” Really!?? The sad part is most of these gabbing girlfriends are older women who have probably already had their children and HAD THE THREE MONTH BELLY afterwards.. you would think of all people they would remember what it was like!

4) Now – This might not apply to many of you but because I am 4’11 and naturally skinny I look like I am 16 when I am definitely nearing my mid-twenties! Going to the mall with my mom and E and people walking by saying I am an amazing big sister… thanks. Then when I am at Target one day and a little girl (probably ranging from 8-10) asks me “hold is the baby?” and I reply “two months” and she asks “where’s the mommy?” …. “I am her mommy.” and then here’s the best part “how old are you?”   Ouch.

Another hard thing that I have come to terms with is making mommy friends. Looking as young as I do and being home a majority of the time makes it tough to find other moms out there. Part of the biggest struggle for me was going to those free mom and baby activities and being afraid I would be judged by all the other moms or I would be the youngest mom there. I finally took the hard step and went to the library for story and song time with E and made a new friend 🙂 I am hoping this will be the next step in the right direction for me!

But through all of the decomposing self-esteem stages and remarks I am a proud mother of a gorgeous one year old daughter. I now sleep through the night so I don’t look like a zombie anymore, I get to shower on a regular basis, I sometimes get the time to get all dressed up make up and all, and through all the pain I have gotten stronger and more confident. Which ultimately seems to be showing more signs that I am in fact her mother when I am out and about and people are noticing!

Like I said earlier my favorite part of being a mom is teaching her she can be whatever she wants to be and she teaches me it’s okay to be who I am.

Side note: Does anyone else get inspiration while in the shower? It seems like that is my thinking spot. I make lists, daydream funny stories, plan the future (over and over and over again), and think about the past.

Another side note: I want to thank my amazing husband for understanding me and giving me the ability to be a stay at home mom for my daughter.

Love Always,

J

%d bloggers like this: