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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sleep Deprivation

During one of my many wake ups during the middle of the night I glanced in the corner of my room and thought I saw a blue bear sitting in a rocking chair.  How did this bear get in my bedroom???  He wasn’t really there he was just a hallucination from lack of sleep.  I have been wondering if I was the object of some crazy science experiment to see how long a person can go without good sleep, if some mad scientist is secretly watching me to see when I will crack.  For me it has been over 7 weeks since I had a good night sleep.  I am living on 4 hour (if that) naps!  People told me when I was pregnant to enjoy sleeping because I would need it.  Too bad sleep is not like fat.  You could store it up and use it when you need it.  I would have packed on the hours because I need them now.  My wonderful Mother has come over many times to offer me sleep, but I still have to wake up to nurse.  (I don’t want to give my daughter a bottle yet because it may confuse her.)  People say I should sleep when she sleeps….yeah right.  She doesn’t sleep a lot during the day.  She takes naps.  By the time I fall asleep she is waking back up. 
It is funny I used to long for exotic vacations now all I long for is SLEEP!!!  If I could buy it at the store I would take my last penny and buy as much of it as I can.  I will sing Halleluiah the night I get 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep!!!! 

Friday, May 21, 2010


Hello…….. Is there anybody out there????? I haven’t been getting any feedback from anyone.  I was just curious if anyone was still reading this????  If you are please let me know as I don’t want to be writing just for myself.  Thank you!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Not bragging....well, just a little

A few days ago I stayed at my parent’s house. Since they have been so good to me I decided to help them with some work outside. The problem was I didn’t bring any clothes that were suitable for yard work, so my Mother found me some. Now I am not bragging (well, maybe a little) but my Mom pulled out a pair of size 2 shorts that I had bought when I was 20 (she has a bit of a problem with holding onto things but it hasn’t gotten bad enough where she needs her own reality show…..yet). I FIT INTO THEM!!! My Mom stopped and said, “You make me sick. It took me 6 years to get my baby weight off and you have done it in a few weeks!” I was thrilled. Then she gave me an old faded beer t-shirt that I had given my Dad 10 years ago. Perhaps I should reconsider that reality show????? 

 To all my pregnant friends here is my advice (not that I think it is worth a lot) eat right. Some women think just because they are pregnant it is a pass to eat whatever they want, not true. Eat healthy things and watch your portions. Stay active. I was walking at least a mile up until 2 days before I had my baby. Finally, breast feed! Talk about melting the pounds off, that will definitely do it. 

I have lost most of my baby weight but am still out of shape so next week I am starting P90X! Will keep you posted on how that goes.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Top 5 Things I am Loving this week!

Top 5 things I am loving this week!!!!
1.       Ceiling fans- What is it about ceiling fans that babies find so mesmerizing.  Turned on or off I have seen babies (including my own) sit and stare up at them for moments (that is a long time for a baby!) at a time.  My daughter will almost break her neck to look at the one in the living room.   I have actually laid down and looked up at it myself to see what I am missing.  The only thing I noticed was that the fan needed to be cleaned!

2.       Cloth diapers- Cloth diapers have become an accessory on the furniture around my house.  I have them everywhere because I never know when I am going to need to clean spit up from down my back or poop from the swing.  They look wonderful on the chairs, like white dollies.  They do come in handy; I never thought I would need them as much as I do.  I started out with one pack and then after having the baby went to Babies R Us to get more.  I was ecstatic when they had buy packs 2 get 1 free.  WHOO HOO!!!

3.       Pacifier- Pacifiers are another mystery like the ceiling fans.  Why do babies like having a plastic synthetic nipple in their mouth all day?  I know it has something to do with their desire to suck all the time, but now I am wondering at what point they grow out of it?  Perhaps we should all suck on pacifiers.  Then we wouldn’t say things we don’t mean as often.  No matter, I am loving the Passy!!!!  It keeps my baby happy and quiet……..quiet, ahhhhhhh that is the most important thing.

4.       Vibrating chair- I received a Bight Starts vibrating chair as a gift.  I think one of my general council members told me to register for it because it was a Must Have.  Oh yes it is!  I recently started using this modern wonder.  Who would have thought that babies would like “good vibrations”? (I’ve been wondering why they don’t make these in adult sizes….oh wait they do, they are at the nail salon!)  Anyway, my daughter loves sitting in her vibrating chair looking at the ceiling fan while sucking on a pacifier.  A multi-tasker already!

5.       Digital Cameras- What did we do before these?  OH, I know our parents only took 24 or 36 pictures of us at a time.  The majority of the ones they took were no good because they could not preview them.  People’s eyes were closed, heads were cut off, and family members were left out.  Thank goodness for digital cameras!  In the 5 weeks of my daughter’s life I have already taken over 1000 pictures of her.  There is no way I could afford that many pictures if I were using 35mm.  The other great thing about digital is that I can edit myself to make sure I look my best ;)

Friday, May 7, 2010

A Tribute to Mom

There is a reason why Mother’s Day is the 2nd most shopped for day next to Christmas.  Mother’s are very special to all of us (unless of course your mother was Joan Crawford, then you have a serious fear of wire hangers ;).  Mothers are extraordinary people.  I have watched many of my friends morph into this role and have compared many of them to Super Hero’s!  Think about what all Mother’s do, it is exhausting.  However, as I have recently discovered it is the BEST role to fill.  My Mother is an angel put here on this earth to bring joy and happiness to others.  She is my best friend.  As I look back on my life there is one person who was ALWAYS there for me, my Mom.

I stopped and thought about what all my Mom has done for me over my lifetime and some things I recall are, falling asleep in her lap in church and the way she smelt.  To this day when I smell that perfume I am taken back to those moments.  She would draw pictures and write me notes and leave them in my lunch box. My Mother baked ever single birthday cake and they were all delicious (they continue to be).  She was always there encouraging and supporting me, telling me that I did a great job at my piano recital even though I messed up many times.  When I would get scared in the middle of the night she would calm my fears.  As recent as this past week when I was sick she was the one who came over took care of my daughter and wiped my face after I threw up.  She always has time for me, just to sit and talk or let me share a problem (which is often).  She has instilled a love of God and a love of others in me. 

As I became a teenager and thought I knew everything, she told me I would understand one day.  I do.  I understand that there is no love like that between a mother and a child.  I have been blessed with an awesome Mother and am overwhelmed with all the things that she has done for me, sacrifices she made.  I wasn’t spoiled with things growing up, but I was spoiled with love. 

This woman who said you will never know how much I love you, I never did until I became a mother myself.  This being my first Mother’s Day my prayer is that I am as good as a Mother to my daughter as my Mom is to me.  There are not enough words for me to tell my Mom how I feel about her role in my life.  I can only hope that she sees it in me when I look at my daughter.  I know I wouldn’t be the person I am today had it not been for her.

To my Mother and my Daughter:  I pray for your health and safekeeping every day, because one has taught me so much and the other has so much to learn.
Happy Mother’s Day……go call your Mom!

Thursday, May 6, 2010


I know buying outfits for babies is hard to resist, but if you are buying an outfit just because it comes with a hat DON’T. Yes they are so cute but here is a reality check……hats don’t stay on a baby’s head. I have so many hats; I don’t know where they all came from. Some have matching outfits and would be precious if my daughter wore them together. There is a little bit of a problem, we live in the South and to put a cotton hat on her would be almost cruel. So my advice, unless you are having a baby in the middle of winter or live some place like Michigan, don’t fool with hats. 

Exception: Summer hats, sailor hats, bonnets and hats that look like flowers.  They still won't stay on (especially on newborns) save these for when they get older.  They are too cute though!

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