The Momma Diaries: August 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It's the little things...

...that make being a Mommy the best thing I've ever known.
It's watching my sweet boy drift off into a peaceful slumber, snuggling with his blankie. I could stare at his precious face all night long. To me, that little face still looks the same as when he was first born. It's watching him try to be just like me. Whether he's trying to walk our puppy, push the buttons to start the dishwasher, throw away his diaper, or help me change over the laundry. He wants to do everything just like me.

It's how he sweetly gives his sleeping Daddy all of his toys...& even sets him up holding the bat just right :)

It's how he gets SO proud of himself when he masters a new skill. That little smile that says "Did you see that Mom?!" "Look what I did!!!" It makes my heart burst with so much pride and happiness.

It's the sweet snuggles. I will treasure this for as long as he'll let me, because I know it won't be forever. There is nothing I enjoy more, than cuddling my sweet boy.

It's that contagious smile. The smile of my sweet, sweet son. I must be doing something right to have such a happy boy.

It's how, when I'm using my wheelchair, he helps "push me." He knows for me to carry him around, I have to use my chair. So, if I'm sitting on the couch, he'll grab my hand, and then tap my chair. Melts my heart every time that he can understand so much, at such a young age.

I could seriously go on, and on. The bottom line is, nothing compares to being a Mommy. Nothing. My sweet boy is the greatest love I have ever known. I feel so lucky, and so unbelievably blessed to be his Momma.

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Post About Breastfeeding [Guest Blogger]

Today, I'm featuring Ashley, over at The Stauffer Shenanigans. She has two beautiful little girls. I hope you check her out :) ....................................................................................................................................................................................................
The post title about says it all. This is a post about breastfeeding. And with today being the last day of World Breastfeeding Awareness week, I thought I would share my experiences with nursing my daughters.
I always knew I wanted to breastfeed. I never viewed it as 'awkward' or 'weird' like some other women I talked to (non-mothers, of course.) I thought of it as 'beautiful', 'natural', the only way I wanted my children to be fed during their most important months.
When I was pregnant with Brooklyn, I was at a get together with a handful of moms with older children. I had mentioned wanting to breastfeed and thought outloud at how my main goal was to nurse at least 6 months. You would've thought I had 2 heads with the way they looked at me. "6 months?!? Believe me, honey, once 6 weeks hits you'll be begging to quit if you haven't already." The other moms nodded in unison, even going as far as sharing horror stories from being in the hospital making her quit. Cracked nipples? Leaking embarassment? Painful latch ons? What was I getting myself into?
Fortunately though their stories had no long term affect on me {Short term wise? Terrified. Pretty sure I spent an hour just rubbing a scruffy towel across my nipples in preperation for my baby's monster latch.} I went on to buy a Hooter Hider and the Medela Pump in Style. I was prepared to become a human milk makin' machine...or ya know, a human cow.

And once September 6th came around & my baby girl was born, I knew I was emotionally ready. I wanted to bond with her in a way no one else could. But things didn't go quite as planned with Brook. She had to arrive my emergency c-section & we spent our first 2 hours as mother & daughter apart. I was scared she wouldn't know me, let alone want to be fed by me. What if she was already given formula in the nursery? Would she deny me? The answer is no. No, she wouldn't. She latched on beautifully, "like a champ". But since she came 2 weeks early with an induced labor, my milk wasn't coming in. And the colostrum wasn't filling her tummy. After hearing her hungry cries, I apprehensively agreed to let a nurse give her formula. Half an ounce (and many guilty Momma tears) later Brookie was sleeping. It's not that I thought formula was poisonous to her. It's that I thought she'd never latch back onto me again. And that I was a failure at this whole breastfeeding thing. That those women were right & I'd have to quit even before I really stared. Again, I was wrong (the only times I ever like being wrong ;)

I'm not going to lie & say breastfeeding is easy. You'd think it would be. A.) It comes pre-prepared. B.) You can't mess up the temperature. C.) No dishes. D.) Feeding on the go 24/7. No packing required. But it really isn't. It's exhausting. It's hard. It does have it's awkward times, like having to cut a maxi pad in half with scissors because you forgot your breast pads and you don't want to leak through your shirt at work. Or you get asked by a waitress at a restaurant if you'd be more comfortable feeding your baby in the bathroom---true story. To which I replied "Would you like to eat your dinner sitting on a toilet?" It's not like I'd whip my boob out in the middle of Logan's & pop it in her mouth while chowing down on a yeast roll. I had my hooter hider. I was covered completely. And even if I did whip out my nipple, what's the big deal? Everyone has a pair! *aaaaand scene*

Anyways, when I returned to work at 8 weeks, we were still going strong. I was spending any free moment I had pumping away and even became proud of myself at how much I pump in one sitting. And then I made it to 6 months--my goal. We went on a little further to 7 months when we started to wean. Why? I couldn't pump anymore at work. It had became too crazy busy in that office (1 nurse, hundreds of patients, the ratio was juuust a tad off) and I had zero time to even go to the bathroom or eat, let alone pump. I was in agony on the drives home. So I started the process of weaning.

I know that all sounded like a guilty mom making excuses. And it is. I should've demanded time to pump. But I did what I thought was best at the time & I can proudly say my first born got over 7 months of breast milk.

Now onto my little doodlebug, Emily. Again, I knew I'd want to breastfeed. After my repeat c-section with Em, we only spent about an hour apart & she got to nurse instantly. My milk came in quicker this time & everything was fabulouso. Until about 6 weeks. Until I saw a white patch on the inside of her cheek. Until I winced in pain with every latch. We had thrush. I had to supplement a handfull of feedings because it hurt so.damn.bad to nurse. I felt so guilty. I continued to pump, which hurt slightly less, so my milk wouldn't go to waste. But with every pump session, my milk was tinged pink. Yeah, it was that bad. I wanted to throw in the towel, you guys. It was horrible. But we both got some medicine & I got alot of pep talks from some e-friends. And within 2 weeks, we were back to happy feedings.

When I came back to work at 12 weeks, I was able to pump more thankfully. My goal again this time around was 6 months. We made it, and thensome. I didn't really set an end date, just decided to see what happened. At around 8.5 months my supply was dwindling. Emily started getting more interested in bottles and table food & less interested in me. Even though I had less guilt this time, I was still feeling pretty bummed. She may be our last baby, this may be my last time to have such a special bond.

My nursing days are done (for now, possibly. who knows?!) and I look back on them with fond memories. I feel like I not only succeeded with them by providing the very best I could, but I succeeded with myself. I met my goals. I highly urge new & expecting Moms to nurse if it's feasible. You may be cross eyed from exhauston at 3 in the morning, but when you see those sweet eyes looking up at you from your chest, you'll never regret it. Seeing them fall into a milk induced coma will melt your heart and give you satisfaction from within. It's so worth it.

The Stauffer Shenanigans

Friday, August 26, 2011

What will he be when he grows up? [Guest Blogger]

Today's guest blogger post is from Meghan of Phase Three of Life. I just adore her blog, and her sweet little boy, Ryan. She has great writing style, I suggest you check her out! So, without further's Meghan! ..............................................................................................................................................................................

What will he be when he grows up?

You start asking yourself that when you're pregnant. If he kicks you a lot, you say you've got a
soccer player on your hands. Or a black belt in karate. Or the next Lord of the Dance.

Once he's born, you start sizing him up. Big hands and feet... basketball player?

When he screams his head off: Ohhhh, opera singer!

As he begins showing a keen interest in all things food: A professional chef? Yes, please.

We spent a lot of time debating the kind of college savings plan we wanted to set up for Ryan.
We were afraid to pigeon-hole him. To make him think he had to go down the traditional
path. Mike and I both went to college, we both earned degrees in four years, and we both see
enormous educational and social value to that experience.

But we also know it isn't for everyone. I will not insist that my kid spend gobs of money to go a
four-year college if he figures out in high school that he's really good with his hands and nothing
would make him happier than to attend a technical school and learn how to be a mechanic.

When Ryan was just a couple of weeks old, I began filling out his baby book. I got to a question
that stopped me in my tracks and I turned to Mike for input. It asked what our biggest wishes
were for our son.

"We just want him to be happy and healthy," I said.

"Happy and healthy, yeah ... and a good person," Mike said.

That puts it in perspective. That's really all anyone wants for their kid, deep down.

So, if he decides to go into the military, he has our (scared beyond belief) blessing. If he is gifted
in music and wants to tour the country, we'll be cheering him on. It’s fun to imagine how he
might start up his own business. Or coach college football. Or run a non-profit.

The thing that excites me isn't where he'll end up, but the journey along the way in figuring it
out. Watching him discover something he is passionate about that fulfills him.

Of course, he does have a lot of writing genes coursing through this body. So a little subliminal
messaging doesn’t hurt either.

I kid, I kid.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Miss Crafty Pants

During my two glorious days of "me time," was able to get a TON accomplished. It's amazing how quickly you can clean your entire house when a toddler is at his Grammy's :)

I also decided to head on over to a nearby craft store, to attempt my crafty abilities. Pinterest has inspired me to want to become this ridiculously crafty person. There are SO many things I have pinned, that I'd love to make. I wanted to start off with this adorable wreath.... No, this is not the wreath I made. It is however where my inspiration developed. Mine looks *similar* to that, as you will see. I purchased a bunch of supplies. It seriously took me 2 hours just browsing the store, and looking for all the perfect pieces.

Oh, & because I've never done anything crafty like this before, I had to buy a glue gun. And, you know my clumsy self got my first glue gun burn....

I swear, it's not as bad as it looks.

I wasn't able to find a letter "A" as large as they had their "H." I wish it would have been a bit larger, but it will do. Here's a close up of it. It is actually a slate blue color, with white polka dots. Oh, and don't think for a second that I hand painted those little dots. I was clever and used a pencil eraser :)

& here's my completed project.....

It's not completely like the original from Pinterest, but I don't think it's too darn bad for my first ever wreath! It took me way longer to make than it probably should have, but it was surprisingly relaxing. I need to find the perfect place for it, because it looks ridiculous on my front door with my oval glass, & it's just not cutting it on the couch ;)

I'm hoping to share with you many more craftiness projects in the near future. Up until now, the only thing crafty I could do was scrapbook [which I sadly haven't completed one page since Lincoln was born]. I need to get back into that soon!

I hope you all had a fun weekend, & if you haven't tried something crafty like this before, I strongly urge you to. You'll be so proud of yourself :)

Oh....& we've also been nominated for the 2001 Parents Best All Around Mom Blog! Please vote for The Mommy Diaries here, thank you!! :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A tragedy to make a miracle.

As you all know, my Dad is temporarily living in Florida awaiting his liver transplant. We got some pretty awesome news the other day, & I figured I'd share it with all of you!
Where he is on the list is dependent upon his MELD score. The MELD score is basically some fancy schmancy little scientific number that determines his place on the transplant list. We got news the other day that based on his score, and his blood type, he's currently first on the list [for his blood type]! That's pretty stinkin' awesome.
We could literally be getting that call any second saying they have a match for my Dad. In all reality...we're waiting for someone to die. We're waiting for a tragedy to make a miracle. How messed up does that sound?
Of course I want my Dad to get his transplant, but it's just so sad that it has to be at the expense of another person. I've said it once, and I'll say it again. It's a crazy world we live in.
Lincoln & I are heading to Florida this Thursday, along with my Mom. We'll be there for 6 days. I cannot wait! I know Lincoln will be so excited to see his Grandpa. He talks to him on the phone everyday :)
Please continue to keep my Dad in your thoughts. Hopefully he'll finally be done with this nightmare, and on the road to recovery SOON!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Some much needed "me time."

I have not had any time to myself, since Lincoln was born. Don't misunderstand me. I LOVE being able to be a stay at home Mom. I LOVE being with my sweet boy 24/7. I wouldn't change any of that for the world. But, sometimes you need some time for yourself. To remember who YOU are, rather than just "Lincoln's Mommy." I love that title dearly. But, my sweet boy is 20 months old, and I think I was [way] overdue for some "me time."
My Mom spent the night with us on Saturday. She asked me if she could take Lincoln back with her to Rhode Island. Jared & I were already planning on going there Tuesday night, so he would be there two nights, without us. My first reaction was, "OMG YES! I'll have some time to myself to do :::gasp::: WHATEVER I want, WHENEVER I want. I can go shopping, ALONE, & browse as long as I'd like."
Then. The guilt set in. I've NEVER been without Lincoln. He's NEVER been without his Momma. He will think I abandoned him. I will miss him. He will miss me! All sorts of crazy things went through my head.
Then I thought. My Mom loves Lincoln more than anything in the world. My Dad's in Florida right now, and I'm sure she misses him like crazy. Lincoln loves loves LOVES his Grammy. It will be good for my Mom. It will be good for Lincoln. So, I let him go.
My parents house is like a second home to Lincoln. While Jared was in the Police Academy, Lincoln and I spent all week there, for six months. He loves that house. My Mom said he's doing great, and I cannot wait to see him tonight. I can just picture his little smiling face when he sees me, while he's running to me for the biggest hug ever. Can. Not. Wait. :)
I have enjoyed myself these past two days. I went shopping alone for the first time since I was 30 weeks pregnant. That's when I could no longer drive, because I couldn't fit behind the wheel. I went to the craft store, and bought a few things to make...which I will post about another day. But, I'm ready to see my sweet boy.
I've been talking to him on the phone each night to say I love you & good night. He's quite the chatty man with me on the phone. My Mom sent me this picture last night of him talking to me :)
Look at his hair?! Is it possible he got more hair in just two days?! Oh, & I totally snuggled up with his Yo Gabba Gabba blankie during the night. Jared laughed at me, but I didn't care one bit! Tonight, it's back to reality, but I have certainly enjoyed my "me time."

Monday, August 15, 2011

A gross, yet informative post.

For over a month now, Lincoln has had a slight obsession with well, his butt. I honestly thought he just "discovered his butt hole" as silly as that might sound. He was honestly, trying to stick his fingers up his butt. Yeah. Excellent.
I thought, "okay, maybe it's itchy." So, I applied Vaseline on numerous occasions. Nope. Didn't seem to stop the "fascination."
Bath time was worse. He would be trying to do it his ENTIRE bath. If I would grab his hands, he would scoot his bottom against the floor of the tub.
It also started to seem to get WAY worse at nighttime. He was seriously trying to shove his hands down his diaper, to get to his butt.
I finally decided to ask the friends on my Mommy board. I wanted to see who else's kid was infatuated with their rear end. That's when a few knowledgeable ladies mentioned pinworms. Oh my goodness, could my kid actually have WORMS?!?! I really had NO idea, & part of me felt so incredibly foolish that here I was just thinking my kid had a butt fetish.
I called Lincoln's pedi and they had us come in the next day. He asked us if Lincoln spends a lot of time outdoors, at the playground, or sandbox. Umm, all three. He said that pinworms were likely the culprit. I really felt awful that my sweet boy has been suffering all this time, from something that could have easily been treated.
I can honestly say, I already notice a difference in Lincoln. You learn something every day! I feel really guilty that I didn't call his pedi sooner, but at least he should be all set now. And, I am so thankful for my e-mommy friends. They rock, & seriously saved my son's butt [pun intended].

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

How to eat spaghetti [according to Lincoln]

Place the fork in one hand, while cautiously picking up the spaghetti with the other. Bring food to mouth, & inspect. Hmm...this is better than I thought!
Starts shoveling handfuls of yummy goodness into mouth. [notice the fork still in his other hand]
Lincoln loves him some spaghetti!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Oh technology, you've sucked me in again.

I'm one of those people who said they'd NEVER own a smartphone.
Well, never say never. Hello my lovely iPhone. I really could never fathom spending the additional $30 per month on our phone bill. Why do I need the internet on my phone after all?
Well, Jared and I finally bit the bullet, & we BOTH got smartphones. So, now we're paying an additional $60 per month, ha! I really don't regret it, though. It's made things so much easier already. Oh, hello waiting rooms for doctors appointments, & standing in ridiculously long grocery store lines.
Is it a necessity? No. But, it's a little something that makes my day just a little bit sweeter!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Weekend Recap

We had an AWESOME weekend. We really haven't had a weekend, just the three of us in a long time. It just so happened Jared's work schedule allowed us to have some family time, & boy did we take advantage of it!
Friday before Jared came home from work, I took my sweet boy to his favorite playground. Lincoln seriously thinks this is *his* playground. He walks in like he owns the place, and says hello to everyone. After the playground, we went to the bookstore that is right there, where Lincoln got his first fat lip. Let me set the scene: Nice quiet bookstore. Little active toddler falls down, and his tooth bites his lip, causing quite the high pitched blood curdling scream, and blood. Awesome. I was quite proud of myself for handling the situation as calmly as I did. I scooped him up, wiped the blood off his lip, allowed him to press his bloody lip against my light blue shirt, and brought him to the restroom, where we cleaned him up. He was still pretty upset, so after I got the bleeding under control, we left. I assure you though, he recovered quite quickly, and was thrilled with his popsicle when we got home :)
Saturday & Sunday were spent shopping with our little family. We are on the mission to get Lincoln into his own bedroom. We plan on getting him a twin bed, and a super awesome *big boy* bedding set! We are even putting a tv & dvd player in there for him. Don't judge, I'll try anything!
Shopping wore Lincoln out. He actually passed out in his stroller, something that NEVER happens, because my sweet boy is so nosey :)
& he continued to sleep the entire car ride home. We got home at 7pm, so it made for a later than usual night for Lincoln. But seriously, how cute is he sleeping with his arms over his head :)

& we can't forget our sweet pup, Evy. She's getting SO big. Both of her ears are almost up. She's incredibly smart, and just so much fun! We start puppy training classes with her this week.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, and if you haven't, enter our giveaway here. Today's the last day to enter!! Happy Monday :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Wishing well.

You all know we built our house. And for those of you who didn't know that, now you do :)

As all homeowners know, your house will NEVER be complete. There seems to always be one project or another that you're working on. It's a never ending process.

When we moved into our newly built house, Jared's grandfather had not one, but THREE gifts for us. His grandfather is an amazing woodworker. Keep in mind, this man just turned 90 years old this past February! Which, would have made him 88 when he made our gifts for us. Amazing.

He made us a swing for our front porch, which I absolutely LOVE. I really cannot wait until I can actually sit out there with a cup of coffee and a book and watch Lincoln play. He also made us this ginormous birdhouse. Seriously, the birds that will be living in this house are going to have a mansion, it's crazy insane. And he also made us a beautiful wishing well, to place over the well we have.

The wishing well was unfinished wood when he gave it to us. Jared wanted to paint it, and put a weather resistant coating over it so it will last for a long time. We also bought a bucket and decided to load it up with fake flowers. Here's how it turned out...

Isn't it gorgeous?! Seriously, I love how it dresses up our front yard. & Jared's grandfather, Lincoln GREAT Grandfather, is one talented man. We are so grateful for his generosity.

Friday, August 5, 2011

I'm a proud puppy Momma!

So, you all know we got our sweet puppy, Evy, a few weeks ago.

Well, Jared and I have both been working with her a lot. I grew up with dogs, and I really know a lot about them. My Grandmother was a dog breeder/trainer, and she showed dogs. My Mom grew up knowing the business, and I learned.

Anyways, I am just amazed at how smart Evy is already....especially for a pup! See for yourself... :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011


We all need it.

When I was pregnant with Lincoln, I was a super star water drinker. I consumed my required water intake, and then some. Easy peasy.

However, lately I've noticed I haven't been drinking even close to what I should be each day. I know how important water is for you. It can really make a big difference in your every day life. It makes you feel more alive! I knew I needed to do something about it.

I decided to pick up a cute water bottle :)

I fill it up a few times each day, and voila! I'm drinking SO much more water! You KNOW I had to get my sweet boy his own camelbak water bottle too...especially when I saw this cutie shark one...

Lincoln loves having a bottle just like his Momma. Although, he does seem to prefer to drink out of mine! He loves to share everything with me :)

How do you consume more water into your daily routine? And if you don't, I strongly suggest you indulge yourself in some retail therapy and go out and buy a fun water bottle :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dotmine Day Planners [Review & Giveaway]

I consider myself pretty tech savvy, for the most part. However, while some might have moved their daytime planners to the digital world...I REFUSE! There's just something about carrying a cute little planner, and writing down all my life events that excites me. Strange? Maybe. But I don't care, one bit!

Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to review a personal planner from dotmine Day Planners!

There are many different styles and designs of planners to choose from. When I saw the Hot Giraffe Family.Time.Mine, I knew it was the one! Considering my [slight] giraffe obsession, how could I NOT choose this cute planner?

It measures 5.5 x 8 inches, & is the perfect size for my purse...I mean diaper bag! This is honestly, the perfect planner for Moms. And it should be, it was developed with input from moms. The weekly planning pages offer plenty of space to fill in your daily [jam packed] schedule.

One of my favorite features of this planner, are the fun reminder stickers. If you have a doctors appointment, special birthday, or even a vet appointment for your fur baby, you can apply one of these cute stickers to the date!

Dotmine Day Planners offers two other types of planners besides Family.Time.Mine. Life.Time.Mine is the perfect planner for the busy professional. It helps you to balance your life, career, family, and everything else in between. Time.Mine is a great planner for students. I seriously wish I had one when I was in college!

These planners are all available in a variety of sizes, and suit your life best!

If you want to snag one of these planners for yourself, you can use coupon code "MommyDiaries" to receive 20% off your order until August 7th.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Holy crap, I'm 30!


Okay, now that I got that out, hi. :)

Holy crap, I'm 30! Whoa! How did THAT happen?!

While I have absolutely no idea what I will be doing on my big day, I do know I'll be spending it with my sweet boy and husband! Sounds like a perfect day to me :)

Jared's been working crazy hours lately, and it just so happens that he has today off! We'll probably have a low key day, but honestly, I wouldn't want it any other way.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Make sure you check out my blog tomorrow morning....we have a ridiculous awesome giveaway that is going to be posted!! :) :) :)

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