The Momma Diaries: March 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kinder Keepsakes [Giveaway Winner]

The winner of the Kinder Keepsakes Giveaway is.... Comment #28 LovingmyGirls!!! Congratulations, please email me at Kaymee81@gmail.com within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen.

Thanks to all who entered, and be on the lookout for a brand spankin' new giveaway next week!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

[almost] Wordless Wednesday

To change things up a bit, today's "Wordless Wednesday" post is a video of my sweet boy dancing. He was obsessed with this mat, and would dance like a crazy man every time he went on it...enjoy :) Pin It Now!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Proud Formula Feeder

Lincoln was 100% formula fed, from day one. He never had a drop of breast milk. I did my research, and because of having Osteogenesis Imperfecta, it seemed that breastfeeding would take too much calcium away from myself. I figured it was more important for me to be strong for my baby, rather than have to worry about my own health.

However, in all honesty, I really never had a desire to breastfeed. Even if I didn't have OI, I don't think I would breastfeed. It's just not for me. Don't get me wrong, I give major props to mama's who breastfeed their babies...but I ALSO give those props to mama's who formula feed.


The other day I was talking to a random stranger, and she asked if I breastfed Lincoln. When I told her no, her response was, "ohh, that's so sad, maybe for baby #2 you can." Umm, no, baby #2 will be formula fed as well.


While I fully support mother's who breastfeed, I think mother's who formula feed should be equally supported. After all, we're FEEDING our babies. Isn't that all that really matters?


As I said, Lincoln never had breastmilk. Lincoln also happens to be one heck of a happy, HEALTHY, thriving baby boy. Not once have I had to bring Lincoln to the pediatrician for being sick, thankyouverymuch.


I'm not saying one is better than the other, but I just wish both were equally supported. I also wish people weren't so opinionated to complete strangers. Seriously crazy lady who felt bad for me for not breastfeeding Lincoln, it was my choice, and he's perfect :)

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Sippy Cups: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly...

Not all sippy cups are created equal. This, is a true statement. I cannot tell you how much money I have invested in sippy cups for my sweet boy. I've tried dozens. My one complaint with a lot of sippy cups, is they leak! Of course, these cups say "spill proof," printed on their packaging, yet for one reason or another, they still leak! Because I have vested so much time [& money] to find the perfect sippy cup, I figured I'd share a few of the ones I love, and a few of the ones, I don't. Let's start off with the NUK Learner Cup. This is a pretty basic sippy cup, and is perfect for babies who are just transitioning from the bottle, to the sippy. We still have a few of these around our house. I love them, Lincoln loves them, and they DO NOT leak. It's a win win. My only complaint with these cups now is, because Lincoln is older, he bites through the nipple. If I don't notice he has bitten through it, obviously the cup leaks. I'd recommend these cups for beginners. Next on my list is the Avent Soft Spout Trainer Cup.
I'm not going to lie. I bought this cup because I liked the pretty blue color. All in all...it sucks. It leaks. Blah. Do not fall for the prettiness of the blue cup. I really don't have anything positive to say, other than it's cute. Lincoln was able to open this cup at 10 months old. Not good.


Moving on, here's the Munchkin Mighty Grip Trainer Cup.


This sippy has held up well. Lincoln's been using this one for a long time. It's never leaked for us. And, my sweet boy hasn't even bit through the nipple :)


I know a lot of people who rave about the Tommee Tippee Explora Truly Spill Proof Cup.
Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. This would be my least favorite sippy cup ever. First of all, it is not exactly "spill proof" as it claims. It leaks like crazy. My other complaint is actually something I thought I would like about the cup. There's a little cap that goes over the nipple portion. It is connected to the cup, so you can snap it open and close. While it seems like a neat little feature, Lincoln was way too interested in it. He was more interested in biting the cap, or opening & closing it, rather than drinking from the cup. Maybe I'm doing something wrong with this cup, since so many people like them. But for now, they're a big PITA in my book.


Lincoln also rocks straw sippy cups. My boy is amazing, he can seriously drink out of anything. In all honesty, I don't think I've found a straw cup that I haven't liked. They all seem to do the job, and don't leak!


This one is the Nuby No Spill Cup with Flexi Straw.

We've had this cup for a while, and it works great. Lincoln loves drinking his fruit smoothies out of these cups :)


The Nuby Straw Cup is another favorite.
Again, no complaints with leaking. I'd definitely recommend it.


And now, for my new favorite sippy cup....The Playtex Insulator Cup.



This cup rocks. Seriously. This also happens to be practically the last cup on the face of the planet I tried out. If I found this cup in the first place, I would have saved myself a lot of money. What's neat about these cups, is all the covers are interchangeable with other playtex cups. They also "lock" shut...which means, no leakage whatsoever. The "nipple" part of the cup is plastic, so Lincoln cannot bite through it. They also come in really cute colors and patterns. I'm in love.


While I don't think this would be the best cup for a beginner, it's perfect for my toddler :)


Hope you all enjoyed my sippy cup madness, and don't forget to enter the Kinder Keepsakes Giveaway!!!

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Therapist Appointment #2

I promised that I would keep you all updated on my progress with dealing with my anxiety & panic disorder, so....here we are again. I say "deal with it," because there's really no such way to get rid of it, in a sense. It's a disorder, so I need to learn coping strategies to be able to basically kick this thing in the balls! Okay, maybe that was quite graphic, and not necessarily the comparison I was looking for....but, I think you got the picture.

Okay, let me first begin by telling you I'm going to a treatment center that specializes in anxiety & panic disorder specifically...so it's perfect, really. First I met with a psychiatrist. My therapist wanted me to meet with one of their doctors to go over the medication I am currently taking. This lady pissed me off, not once, but twice.

She had to evaluate me. She basically had to rule out any other disorders I might be suffering from; such as depression, ocd, adhd, suicide thoughts, amongst several other things. This didn't bother me, I understood she needed to do this assessment. Turns out, I just have anxiety & panic disorder...which, of course I already knew.

Now comes the fun part. She finds out we live next to my inlaws. She asked about my relationship with them, and I was honest. I mean, they're not awful people...but, unfortunately Jared & I both do not trust them to watch Lincoln. She didn't understand why, so I had to provide examples. The first one that came to mind was that my Mother inlaw wanted to give Lincoln a teether she found in her basement from when her 40 year old son was a baby. This in my book, was absolutely NOT okay. The psychiatrist didn't understand what the big deal was!!!?!?!?!?! She thought I was being a little too protective. She then thought I was a germ-o-phobe. So now I have to explain to her that teethers are very personal items and a lot of toys and such back then contained lead.

Okay, so she still doesn't seem to get it. I search for another example [they're easy to come by]. I tell her about a time we were at a family party, and the hosts had their basement door open to let heat up into the house. Lincoln was running around the house like a crazy man, and I was following him. My mother inlaw said, "he's fine you don't have to worry so much." I told her about the door being open, and the stairs. Her response, "oh, he'll just bounce down them." !?!?!??!!!!!! Okay, now the psychiatrist finally believes me. She's a wackadoo! Phewww!

Okay, now here comes me getting pissed time #2. She says, "I see you're a stay at home Mom. You only have one child, so your days mustn't be so busy."

Are you for real lady? I mean, do you even have children. Have you EVER been a stay at home Mom?

I didn't actually ask her those questions, because I didn't have to. I knew the answer already. I told her my days are VERY busy...I have a VERY active little boy. I'm always doing something.

That REALLY irks me when people assume SAHMs have it easy. Seriously, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I LOVE being home with my sweet boy. But for goodness sake, I am VERY busy.

Okay, so the conclusion of that appointment was to up the current dose of the medication I have been taking for the past 10 years, zoloft. I was on 100mg, and now I'm going up to 150mg. Thankfully, this wasn't my therapist, because her ass would have been fired.

Next, I had my appointment with my therapist. This lady rocks. Seriously, she's awesome, and she understands EXACTLY what I'm going through, in regards to the anxiety/panic. That appointment went great. I really don't have much to say about that one, but I like her, and I like where things seem to be going. I think that's all that really matters.

So that was my morning. Well, two hours of my morning. But, let me tell you, it wiped me out! Talking is freakin' exhausting....& I'm a talker!!

Now, I'm enjoying the rest of my evening with my sweet boy. Hope you all had a great day!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kinder Keepsakes [Review & Giveaway]

I recently had the opportunity to review a really unique shop on Etsy, Kinder Keepsakes. Aly, the shop owner, wanted to be a Stay at Home Mom, but they still needed a bit extra income. Aly clearly has a natural creative talent, so she started Kinder Keepsakes!

I was super lucky enough to be sent a
Luvi Blanket for my sweet boy to test out. Of course, I chose this one...


What makes Kinder Keepsakes blanket luvi's different than the ones you can buy in the store? First of all, these are MUCH larger, which is awesome...especially, if you have a toddler! Without the stuffed animal attached, the blanket itself measures 17x17....add on a stuffed animal, and it's even bigger [& cuter]!


Another thing that sets these blanket luvi's apart, is the animal head is at the top of the blanket, and the rest of the animal is at the bottom...so you get the ENTIRE stuffed animal, not just a head! :)


The minky blanket that is in between the animal is the softest material E.V.E.R! It is so soft and cuddly. Lincoln loves to snuggle up with it :)


One of my ridiculously lucky readers will have the opportunity to score their very own luvi blanket from Kinder Keepsakes! Here's how to enter:



Mandatory Entry [leave one comment]:

Visit
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This giveaway will end on Wednesday, March 30th, at 11:59PM EST. Winner will be announced [chosen by random.org]. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen.

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

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Wordless Wednesday


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Two Years Already!

Time sure does fly. Two years ago today, I woke up to this...


And today, I am a happy Mommy of the sweetest boy in the world...

I am so blessed.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Hello, Spring?!


This would be what I woke up to this morning... Ahhh, the joys of living in New England. I don't think Mother Nature got the memo that the first day of Spring was YESTERDAY!!! We got around 2 inches of snow today. Spring, please hurry up and get here...I have a little boy who loves to play outside and needs the fresh air! And a Momma who would like a little extra vitamin D in her life...
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How Fun!

I completely stole this neat little survey from my Mommy friend, Brandy. You can check her out, over at Life with Peanut.



A. Age: 29.

B. Bed size: As of a few weeks ago, King! And it's glorious :)

C. Chore you dislike: Cleaning the bathroom, and scrubbing the floors. Our floors are always in desperate need of cleaning!

D. Dogs: We literally JUST put a deposit on a German Shepherd puppy the other day. the pups won't be born until around May 17th, so we won't actually get the puppy until July sometime, but I'm SO excited. I've always had a dog, and absolutely adore them. Lincoln will have a best friend :)

E. Essential start to your day: Snuggles from my sweet boy.



F. Favorite color: Blue!

G. Gold or silver: White gold please.

H. Height: I always say I'm 5'....but I'm really 4'11" !

I. Instruments you play(ed): The organ when I was younger. I was pretty darn good too! I should have never stopped.

J. Job title: Stay at home Mommy :)


K. Kids: Lincoln James, aka: the sweetest baby boy ever :)

L. Live: Connecticut, but I'm from Rhode Island

M. Mom’s name: Mom. ;)

N. Nicknames: Kaim, Momma :) Also, Jared calls me "Honey" way more often than he actually calls me Kami.

O. Overnight hospital stays: Way too many to list, thank you OI. But other than something OI related, it would be from my kidney infection, thyroidectomy, and c-section.

P. Pet peeves: Bad grammar, ignorant people.

Q. Quote from a movie: "Bueller!!!!" That's seriously the first thing that popped into my head...

S. Siblings: One younger brother.

T. Time you wake up: Whenever Lincoln wakes up. Lately it's been around 9am.

U. Underwear: I don't understand the question, but YES I wear it.

V. Vegetables you don’t like: Peas, brussel sprouts.

W. What makes you run late: Oh god, literally everything. When you have a baby, there's SO much that can happen!

X. X-rays you’ve had: Hahaha! Again, way too many to count....

Y. Yummy food you make: My Grandpa's baked mac & cheese....yummmmy!!

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Lions and tigers....OH, and of course the giraffes ;) !




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Sunday, March 20, 2011

3x9

Transatlantic Blonde was kind enough to tag me! Yippee!! I love getting tagged. It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside, so thanks Mel! :)

All you have to do is answer the nine questions below, and tag three of your blogging buddies. Easy Peasy! Let's get started...

1. Three names I go by: Kami, Momma, Honey

2. Three places I've lived: Rhode Island & Connecticut...sorry, I can only do two!!

3. Three places I've worked: Target, Movie Theater, Modeling.

4. Three things I love to watch: My son, the ocean, Grey's Anatomy :)

5. Three places I've been, and loved: Niagara Falls, Disney World, & Jamaica.

6. Three people that email me regularly: Lori, Christine, Lauren.

7. Three things I love to eat: ice cream, pizza, cheese fries [all healthy choices, ha!]

8. Three blogs I tag: Our Crazy Life, Life on 3rd Lane, Life with Monster.

9. Three things I am looking forward to: Getting our puppy in July, Going to Disney with Lincoln, My Dad getting his liver tranplant, so he can be healthy again...

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Major Dinner FAIL

Last night I attempted a quick and easy dinner for Lincoln. Part of that dinner consisted of two chicken tenders. I popped them in the microwave, and well, this is what became of them...

Yes, they absolutely caught on fire. I am seriously, THE.BEST.COOK.EVER!!! Who's coming over for dinner? ;)
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Friday, March 18, 2011

My first appointment with a therapist

If you missed my initial post on anxiety & panic disorder, you can get caught up here.

I had my first appointment yesterday with my therapist, to hopefully help me get my anxiety & panic under control. It's crazy, but I actually had anxiety, about going to an appointment to HELP me with my anxiety! Ahhh, don't you love the way your mind can work sometimes?!

Anyways, I immediately felt at ease. She was SO easy to talk to. The first appointment was pretty much to just get a lot of my background and family history. I've had a lot go on in my 29 years of life. Aside from the Osteogenesis Imperfecta [which I really don't think adds to my panic, I've lived with this condition my entire life...it's all I know], but besides that, the past two years in particularly have been quite eventful for me. It started off with a miscarriage, then I was suddenly diagnosed with thyroid cancer, my Dad needs a liver transplant, my Aunt had kidney cancer and had to undergo chemo therapy. Not to mention that when we got married 3 1/2 years ago, I moved away from my family....and now get to deal with my crazy inlaws.

Phewww!!!!! Seriously, and I wonder why I'm a mess!

There is also history of anxiety & panic disorder in my family. My Mom has always experienced it, so lucky me, I inherited that gene.

She said I most certainly definitely have a panic disorder. This means, it's always with me in a sense. There will be times in my life when it's not there at all, and others, when it sneaks up on me, literally out of nowhere. I also have agoraphobia, which is fear of open spaces. Driving on the highway bothers me. And, this might sound silly, but the back of large department stores can trigger an attack. Being so incredibly far away from an exit in a building, can send me over the edge. Yeah. I'm a wreck, ha!

The plan right now, is to meet with one of the doctor's there to evaluate the medication I'm currently taking. I've been taking Zoloft since I was 19. I will also be seeing this therapist weekly. For now that's the plan. I am really proud of myself for taking this first step. The idea of actually getting help has always sounded scary to me. But, now that I've started the process, I'm really really excited to take control of my life.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

I'm a "Good Egg!"

....you heard it right, I've been awarded the..... .....thanks to Lori over at My Crazy Life. If you haven't checked her blog out by now, you ought to do so, she rocks!

Here are the rules for this award:

1.Thank and link back to the person who gave me this award.
2.Share 7 things about yourself
3.Award other bloggers (you determine who and how many)
4.Contact these blogs and tell them about the award.




Okay, so here we go, seven things about me:



1. I'm going to be 30 this year :::cringe::: I'm having quite a hard time dealing with this milestone!

2. I used to model. Like as in actually get paid for it. I worked in print modeling, not high fashion, and certainly no runway [as I'm barely 5]. Remember that store Ames, yeah, I'm pretty sure they're all closed by now...anyways, I was a regular in their ads! It was seriously SO much fun, and easy peasy. I would bring my dog with me to the shoots!

3. My Grandmother was a dog breeder of champion Akitas, as well as several other breeds. Someday, I hope to somewhat follow in her footsteps. While I wouldn't necessarily want to breed dogs, I'd love to train them for animal assisted therapy. I think it would be so rewarding to bring a dog to visit nursing homes, or children in hospitals. It's amazing how therapeutic animals can be.

4. As crazy as this sounds, I never knew how much I'd LOVE having a son. I guess because I'm such a "girly girl," I figured I'd love all daughters. Having my sweet boy has certainly opened my eyes to the wonder of having a son!!

5. Although I'm a stay at home Mom, I do have a college degree. It took me seven long years, but I have my Bachelor's in English. I honestly don't even know if I'll ever do anything with it, but I'm proud that I have that degree, and it's hanging in our office :)

6. Speaking of being a stay at home Mom....it's a lot harder than I thought it would be! I don't know why I thought it would be easier, but it's tough! Some days are super easy, and others...I want to pull my hair out! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE staying home with my sweet boy, and I wouldn't change it for anything in the world...but it's HARD! In fact, my husband says he knows he couldn't do it!!

7. I'm strong. Emotionally. I think because I'm not strong physically [thank you OI], I am that much stronger emotionally.

Okay, now that that's over...here are the blogs I tag:

Completely Eclipsed

The Adventures of H2

Falling for Baby

K-K-K-Katy

Life is Sweet

Life with Peanut

Our Grand Adventure Begins

Staying in the Loop

Resourceful Red

Okay ladies, have fun!!!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nocturnal

I don't know if I told you this before, but my sweet boy is a MAJOR night owl. Here he is the other night... Oh, and YES, my beautiful king size bed totally has a bed rail on it, since Lincoln's been sleeping with me...





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Riche Mineral Cosmetics [Review]

I've been a fan of mineral makeup for a long time. I adore bare minerals, but cringe at the price tag. Thanks to one of my bloggy friends, Jenny, I decided to branch out to the wonderful world of Etsy, and see what I could discover there. It's no secret that I adore Etsy. Many of my product reviews & giveaways have stemmed from there. I love the opportunity to help out an individual, rather than a huge cooperation. Etsy is exactly that! After much browsing, I found Riche Mineral Cosmetics.
I was seriously in awe of all their eyeshadow colors. :::cough cough::: I'm addicted to eyeshadow :::cough cough::: There are seriously a TON to choose from. I contacted Riche Mineral Cosmetics to see if I could review some of their products. I was offered a deal I couldn't refuse! I ended up trying ten different eyeshadows. What I love most about their eyeshadow, is it stays on...ALL DAY LONG. That is important to an eyeshadow addict! Here I am wearing "Daybreak." [I apologize for the ridiculous upclose and personal shot of my face, please don't judge my pores]...


I love love LOVE the simplicity of this shadow. You can wear it with literally anything. And the sparkle, is just perfect.
As much as I liked "Daybreak," my favorite shadow I tried was "My Shadow." Here is a photo...

...isn't it pretty? I love it. Okay, I really don't want to post 8 more pictures of me wearing eyeshadow, but I think you get the point. Riche Mineral Cosmetics is seriously my new fav eyeshadow!
Oh, and if eyeshadow isn't your thing...Rich Mineral also offers blush and lipgloss, as well as sets! Seriously, go check them out...NOW! :)


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Monday, March 14, 2011

Lincoln's 15 month stats

Lincoln had his 15 month checkup today! He is surely a big boy, especially for having such a small Mama! My sweet boy weighs 27 pounds 5 1/2 ounces, which is the 80th percentile, and he's 33 1/2 inches long...which for is off the charts! He's going to be taller than his Mama in no time. I'm a whopping 4'11"!

He had a very good visit, and he's right on track developmentally. He's perfect...but, of course I knew that already ;)

He also had to get three, yes three, shots in his chunky little thigh. My boy handled them like at trooper though. He cried for a few seconds, but was over it quickly with a few snuggles from his Mama.


He literally just woke up from an 1 1/2 hour nap...which, is actually quite long for him, so I'm thinking it was because of the shots.

He is seriously growing up and turning into such a big boy! Here he is the other day...he stole my apple!
He is a chatterbox, but that's no change. His favorite word is ball, and that's no surprise, because balls are his favorite thing right now. He throws them, kicks them, dunks them...you name it. I think he's really well coordinated for his age....perhaps a professional athlete in the future?!...we'll see :)
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

A little excitement for you...

Clearly, according to Lincoln, a ball popper is where the fun's at :)

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Anxiety & Panic Disorder

Warning: This is going to be another deep post.

I've had panic attacks for as long as I can remember. When I was 19 years old, however, that's when they were at their all time worst. I had to take a leave of absence from work, I seriously could not leave the house....and even being home in my "safe" environment, I still had attacks. I knew I couldn't continue to live like this, so I contacted my general practitioner. She prescribed me medication to help me deal with my panic disorder, and I've been on it ever since.

I am now 29. This was 10 years ago. The anxiety never completely went away. It was always like a little cloud that has hung over me. I've had ups and downs with dealing with it. Miraculously enough, when I was pregnant with Lincoln, I can honestly say I was 100% panic free. For the first time in my life, I didn't have any anxiety.

Lately, I've been having trouble again. Sometimes it's been really out of control, and it's scary. I've finally figured it's time to see a therapist who specializes in anxiety and panic disorder. Today, I took the first step and emailed three potential people. I already received a phone call back from one of them, and I have a scheduled appointment in a couple of weeks. I can't get in sooner because of Jared's schedule right now, and I really don't want to bring Lincoln with me. 

So, there you have it. I really sounded like a train wreck when I was on the phone talking to her earlier. She asked me some questions, so I told her about having Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and my history with panic disorder. I told her how Jared was in the Police Academy for six month, and that my Dad needs a liver transplant. While I was saying all of this out loud, I thought to myself, "geez, no wonder you're a mess!"

I am taking the first step. I need to do this for me, and my family.


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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sweet Sunday

For your enjoyment, here is my sweet, silly boy, hanging out in his carseat, on our way to his Grammy & Grandpa's house :)

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Boys and their Toys

And no, I'm not referring to Lincoln, but rather to my husband. Jared has decided that our 42" flat screen is too small for our living room, so we're now on the hunt for a larger television. Which, would also mean, we have started looking at some new LCD TV stands.

I mean, we don't have to get one. But the one we currently have is unfinished, and some of the ones I've been browsing through are drool worthy! Hmm...definitley something to think about!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Big Boy


Lincoln had his first very own kids meal at Friendly's the other day! Normally when we go out for lunch, we'll just let him pick off of our plates, or we'll bring something for him that we know he likes...in case he decides to be super picky.

But, we decided to try him out with his very own big boy meal :) He ordered grilled cheese, applesauce, and milk :) Here he is munching on the yummy grilled cheese, and very politely too, if I might add...he even has his little pinky up!
His meal even came with an ice cream, that Daddy and I happily shared with him :)

If you like giveaways, head on over to The Adventures of H2 for some super awesome organic skincare!
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