The Momma Diaries: September 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Weekend Recap

Yes, I know it is now Thursday and I'm just getting to my weekend update now. Let's just say we have been very very busy! Our weekends are filled spending time together...and during the week, it's just me and Lincoln. My sweet boy certainly keeps my days busy! We also go to my parents for a couple of nights during the week, so we're busy traveling the 2 1/2 hours there and back. Honestly, the weeks are going by pretty quickly for me!

This week has been especially busy. Monday, Lincoln and I went to Rhode Island to visit my parents, and yesterday afternoon we headed to the Police Academy for family night with Jared! It was a fun time for all :) I got to meet some of the people in Jared's class, and I was seriously in awe of how nice these men were...all such gentlemen! It was nice.

Now, back to last weekend.....we had a very [full] weekend. Saturday we headed to The Big E. For those of you are aren't familiar with's basically a huge fair in New England that runs for 3 weeks every year. We had fun, despite the god it was HOT...and the ridiculous crowds. We figure if we decide to go next year, it will definitely be during a weekday, because the crowds were really insane.

Lincoln enjoyed himself in the petting zoo area. Here he is checking out a goat.

He was very cautious at first, but once Daddy showed him how to pet the goats nicely, he was loving it :)

...and here are my two boys :)

We were only there a few hours because it was way too hot...while we walked back to the car, Lincoln passed out. It is very rare I get a sleeping baby picture anymore, so I seized the opportunity :)

Once we left, it was still relatively early in the day, so Jared suggested we head to the Yankee Candle Village. This was AWESOME!!! This place was huge. All the rooms were set up with different themes. In one room, it snows every 4 minutes...Lincoln thought that was pretty cool! Someone was nice enough to offer to take a family picture of us in front of this tree...I think it came out pretty good :)

We had a blast with Lincoln in the toy room. Here he is riding a zebra :)

And before we left, although we didn't buy one single candle...we did buy our sweet boy this adorable stuffed giraffe :)

I'm not sure what's in store for this weekend yet...but I'm sure it will be something fun! I am also fully aware [and in denial] that my sweet little Lincoln turned 10 months last week...that post will be for another day.
Hope you are all having a great week!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Yup, you guessed it...Lincoln now plays peekaboo! Here's a video for your enjoyment :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Boogie Wipes [Review & Giveaway]

I'm going to be honest. When I first heard about Boogie Wipes, I thought they were just a marketing scam to make an ordinary wipe or tissue look fancy. However, that was until Lincoln got his first runny nose. There is nothing more sad than a baby with a cold. You can't help but feel bad for them, because they can't blow their nose! How are they supposed to get some kind of relief if their nose is constantly runny, or so stuffy they can't breathe?! :(

Lincoln absolutely despises getting his nose wiped, and when he sees the snot sucker headed his way, he squirms! When I tried the grape scented boogie wipe, he stopped wiggling out of the way. I actually think he tried to lick it...but at least it was able to get the job done! We got to try all the different scents of Boogie Wipes, but the grape was definitely a favorite!

Boogie Wipes [taken from their website] are made with saline to dissolve boogies (mucus) caused by the common cold, allergies or otherwise booger-filled kid moments. Extra soft, alcohol, phthalate and paraben free, Boogie Wipes are available in Great Grape, Fresh Scent, Magic Menthol and Simply Unscented. Recommended by pediatricians as a gentle, effective alternative to a dry tissue.

It's pretty wouldn't use a dry tissue on your baby's sensitive bottom, so why would you on their little sensitive nose?

One of my lucky readers will be able to win their choice of two packages of 30 count Boogie Wipes (fresh, grape, menthol, or unscented– combination varies).

Here's how to enter:

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This giveaway will end on Monday, September 27th at 11:59pm EST. I will announce the winner [chosen from]. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the post, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck everyone!

Please note: I was in no way compensated to perform this review, these opinions are my own.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday nights are the hardest...

I have decided that Sunday nights are the hardest night for me...even though Jared is home. It's knowing that he will be leaving at 5:30am the next morning, and won't be home until Friday night. It's watching him pack his bags and load them into his car. It's watching him give Lincoln his final snuggles and kissing him goodnight...absolutely heartbreaking. The week surprisingly goes by relatively quickly for me. Lincoln and I are at my parents house Tuesday-Thursday, so really the only night's we are home alone are Monday and Thursday. Friday doesn't seem as bad because I know Jared will be home later that evening. Sunday nights are hard.

We had a fun and very busy weekend, as usual! Lately our weekends have been us running all around town because Jared has things he needs to get done or have for the academy. Lincoln and I head out on the town with him though so we can at least all be together :)

We went out for lunch both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we went to Bertucci's. Lincoln loved his 5 cheese foccaccia bread :)

Sunday we went to Friendly's. Although the service was absolutely terrible, we managed to have a fun time. Seriously, the waitress kept putting literally EVERYTHING in front of Lincoln. I wanted to smack her! Here is Lincoln sharing his mum mums with Daddy :)

Yesterday I also taught Lincoln how to clap. It's so stinkin' cute! All I have to say is "clap clap clap"...and he claps away! Such a smart little boy :) I promise I'll catch it on video to share!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Weekend Recap

We had an awesome weekend....and I have decided that the weekend's go by WAY too fast :(

Since Jared is away at the Police Academy all week, our weekends are really just the three of us. Because our time is limited, we want to soak up as much family time as we can....and Lincoln needs to spend some quality time with his Daddy!

Saturday morning we headed out first thing to the uniform store about an hour away. Jared needed to get a few things. Honestly, the trip was going great until we got off the highway. There was a race going on in the middle of downtown Danbury and literally every road we needed to take to get to the store was shut down. We were in the worst traffic ever for an hour. Lincoln was a trooper for the whole thing, but we were getting quite aggravated!

Once we finally were able to get to the uniform store, we thought we'd grab some lunch. I plugged in the GPS and saw there was a Maggy McFly's nearby...awesome....we headed there. Unfortunately, it looks like Maggy McFly's closed down in the location our GPS sent us. It was nowhere to be found, however it did say, "arriving at your destination, on left." No Lola [our GPS name] there was no Maggy McFly's there, just a Walgreens :(

Jared thought there was a mall nearby, so we were hoping Lola wouldn't let us down again when we located the mall. Lucky for us, the mall was still standing ;)

We ate at Pizzeria Uno, and then shopped around a bit. I was psyched because there was a Janie & Jack. I love Gymboree, and Janie & Jack is like an upscale version of it. And upscale it was indeed. Let's just say I didn't buy anything there...$30 for a pair of knit pants was a bit too much.

We did have a blast though. Before we left, Jared thought it would be fun for Lincoln to have his first carousel ride...

He was all about the straps! Waving to his Momma :)

His "pony tattoo" from the ride

Lincoln & Daddy after the ride

Waving to Mommy again :)

After all that excitement, he crashed...

I don't think he knew what to think about the carousel...he was VERY serious for the ride. When we got home, he happily read one of his favorite books...

Sunday we ran a few quick errands in the morning, bought Lincoln a new toy, and then headed home for the remainder of the day. Here's little Lincoln playing with his new toy...a drum!

We had a great fun-filled weekend...but they go by entirely too quickly. Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!!

Lil Divas Bowtique [Review & Giveaway]

Lil Divas Bowtique is an adorable little etsy shop that offers a variety of accessories to help you organize your little one's life! They specialize in custom made items, so you know you're getting something that's truly one of a kind!

We all know Lincoln loves giraffes...especially his girlfriend Sophie. He was sent this adorable Sophie leash!

Can it get any cuter?! The Sophie leash is really a great idea, especially when he's in his stroller. One end snaps around Sophie's neck, and the other snaps around his stroller. He can no longer toss his girlfriend out of his ride!

Lil Divas Bowtique carries many other items as well...such as this super adorable ladybug paci clip...

One of my lucky readers will be able to win their very own Sophie leash! Here's how...

Mandatory Entry [leave one comment]:

Visit Lil Divas Bowtique and tell me what's your favorite product.

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Follow my blog publicly [1 comment/entry]

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This giveaway will end on Monday, September 20th at 11:59pm EST. I will announce the winner [chosen from]. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the post, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck everyone!

Please note: I was in no way compensated to perform this review. These opinions are my own.

Friday, September 10, 2010

9 month professional photos!

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you all the adorable outfit I bought for Lincoln to wear for his 9 month photos...and on Wednesday, we got those pictures taken! I honestly was this.close to rescheduling the appointment, because my sweet boy has a little cold with a nasty runny nose. I wasn't sure if he would be up to it...however, I decided to bring him in anyway, and if he wasn't feeling it, we could always come back another day.

Let me just say that my son does not take a bad photo. I kid you not. There was not one bad photo..which makes choosing which to buy VERY hard!! You would never guess he wasn't feeling his best in these pictures...

I think in this picture he looks like a little boy...not a baby!!!

He always makes this face when he's excited :)


Chef Lincoln
I think he was thirsty...

That's just a handful of my favorite shots. They came out absolutely amazing!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thyroid Cancer Awareness

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness month. I was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma/thyroid cancer in January 2009. My obgyn discovered a nodule on my neck when I went in for a pregnancy appointment. He referred me to an endocrinologist. Unfortunately, I miscarried that pregnancy a few days later....however, that little angel baby saved my life. Had I never been pregnant, who knows when it would have been discovered. I underwent a complete thyroidectomy February 18, 2009. This past March, I completed my radioactive iodine therapy to destroy any remaining thyroid tissue.

Thyroid Cancer is one of the few cancers that has increased in incidence rates over the recent years. Bottom line... Check your neck!!! Learn more about Thyroid Cancer and help spread awareness by clicking here.

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