The Momma Diaries: February 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Yellow & Gray

Folks, I have an obsession.  With a color{s}.  Weird, right?

I am LOVING the combination of yellow & gray together.  And it seems like I'm not alone.  If you look on Pinterest, there are lots of people pinning all sorts of yellow & gray goodies. 

Here are a few things I'm loving right now. 

This is a digital scrapbooking paper kit.  I just love the colors, patterns, everything.  You can find it here.

Here is some subway art.  I adore everything about the song "You Are My Sunshine."  I've sang this song to Lincoln since he was a wee babe.  I already have a print hanging in his bedroom, but I just love the colors in this one
I haven't worn a headband in years, but I really like the style/look of this one.

And how about some yellow & gray for my wardrobe...
And holy crap I love this one even more...
If I ever have a baby girl, I think she just might need this...oh my goodness, I cannot stand the cuteness!!

Next up are these curtains.  They're actually made from a tablecloth, which I think is just GENIUS!  Not to mention it's a NO SEW TUTORIAL...totally for me!  I really love them and wish the pattern wasn't discontinued. 

And this, as far as I'm concerned is this ultimate.  Notice the bedspread matches those pretty curtains I posted above.   People would probably think I was a bit crazy if my entire decor was yellow & gray...but I can still love it!

What color combinations are you loving right now?  I go through phases, but I really can't remember ever being so obsessive about a color combination like this before!  I'm a bit odd, yes?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Early Intervention

Sometimes being a parent is hard.  Sometimes you feel like you have somehow failed your child, although deep down, you are really trying your all to help this tiny person grow and develop. 

Today, Lincoln is being evaluated for the early intervention program. 

You may recall in Lincoln's 2 year stats post, I mentioned I was concerned with his speech.  Although his pediatrician told me what he considered "typical" for a 2 year old, any and all information I have researched, says otherwise. 

According to everything I have read, Lincoln should have at least 50 words.  Not only that, but he should be stringing together 2 or 3 word phrases.  He absolutely doesn't have 50 words.  I made a list for his 2 year appointment and came up with 38.  HOWEVER, he is not consistent with those words at all.  For example, he can say "apple."  He hasn't said "apple" since this past summer.  He CAN say Momma & Dadda.  He's done it.  Does he do it, ever?  No.  He'll typically say "mum mum mum" when he's really upset.  But, does he just come up to me and call me "Momma?"  No. 

And about the 2 or 3 word sentences...he doesn't have any of these.  He will say things like "uh oh" and "oh wow," however, those aren't considered 2 word phrases. 

Don't get me wrong, it's not like Lincoln is silent all day long.  He talks nonstop.  He has his own little language that I adore!  Unfortunately, I cannot understand a word he's saying. 

Is this frustrating?  You bet.  But it's really starting to get frustrating for Lincoln.  And what parent wants to see their child frustrated?  I knew as his Momma, and his advocate, I had to do something. 

So, last week I contacted the Early Intervention program in our area.  I had a short phone interview where they asked me a bunch of questions.  I really wasn't expecting this process to move so quickly, but I am very pleased that Lincoln will have his evaluation, in the comfort of our home, today. 

I have all our paperwork filled out, and we are all ready to meet with the evaluator. 

When you think of your child having a test, you would think you'd want them to pass it with flying colors.  While I wish this were the case for Lincoln, I also want him to be able to get any and all the help that he needs. 

Maybe he won't qualify for the program.  But I have to do this.  For him.  For my sweet little boy.  I have to trust my Mommy instincts. 

My husband wasn't all on board with this process.  He wanted to give it more time.  Well, we've been giving it more time as far as I'm concerned.  And if Lincoln needs help, then the sooner the better.  Why wait?  It can't hurt him. 

Am I nervous?  You better believe it!  Part of me feels like I'm being scrutinized as a parent.  Like somehow I'm not doing "my job" correctly.  While I know this is not true, you cannot help but think those things. 

The bottom line is, I want to give Lincoln the very best.  He deserves only that.  The absolute best that I can give to him. 

We will see what happens today, and then we will go from there.  That's really all we can do.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Weekend Ramblings

Although we didn't really go anywhere this weekend, we were still busy around the house.  Sometimes a nice semi-relaxing weekend at home is just what you need! 

For starters, last weekend I got my hair cut.  I had three inches taken off!  My hair sucks since I had my thyroidectomy three years ago.  It used to be soooo unbelievably thick.'s much thinner, thank you thyroid medication.  There's not a whole heck of a lot I can do about it.  I can't exactly stop taking my thyroid medicine.  And I'll take the thin hair over cancer any day. 

I had my hair dresser bring up my layers a bit to hopefully give it more body.  And I had her highlight it.  I asked for light brown, but she has a thing for red.  I'm starting to get used to it a bit.  Here are the results...with my hair straight [it's naturally curly].

 So, yeah.  Moving on. 

I've been wanting to try Bare Minerals for quite some time.  I just never wanted to spend the money, ha!  It's so funny.  I can go buy a ridiculously cute, but pricey outfit for my son, or buy him the latest toy I know he'll love, but I now have trouble spending money on myself! 

Well, I decided it was time.  I did some heavy shopping at Sephora online.  As much as I love going into their store, I prefer buying from them online because you get free samples.  And who doesn't like free samples?!  So...I went a little nuts. 

Not only did I get the Bare Minerals starter kit, but I also decided to get this super cute kit from Stila that included a blush and TWO lip glosses! Umm, yeah and that's not all.  I also splurged on some lip gloss from Nars, in the shade "Orgasm."  I'm going to be honest.  I probably bought that gloss because of it's name.

Anyways, here's my loot!!

I can't wait to play with it all!  I figured, I'm 30 years old....I NEED some good stuff for my face to keep it looking young & fresh ;)

Now for a poop saga...

Lincoln was going on FIVE FREAKING DAYS of not pooping.  Yeah.  Way too long, needless to say.  I sent the hubs out to get some suppositories.  As much as I didn't want to do it, I knew my boy needed some help, not to mention relief!  The suppository was like magic.  He seriously went like one minute after I gave it to him....and then he ended up going THREE TIMES MORE!!!  Yeah.  That's a lot of poop. 

I think it might be time to place a call into his pediatrician.  This is the third round of not pooping.  The last two times were four days, this time five.  I don't know what's going on.  His diet hasn't changed.  I was also giving him miralax every flippin' day, as well as prune juice.  Nothing worked. 

He was a very happy boy once he got that out of his system.  Obviously.  He was all backed up, my poor boy. 

He put this hat on all by himself and then smiled so I could take his picture.  He knows he's funny :)

So, that's our weekend.  Well, mostly anyways.  I left out the part about cleaning our house.  But who would want to read about that?!  Now it's time for some snuggles with my sweet boy. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Flashback Friday: Baby Bump Photos!!

I've seen this idea done on other blogs, and have always thought it was a fun idea.  So today, I'm flashing back to my pregnancy with Lincoln in 2009.  I really regret that these are the only "bump" photos I took.  Looking at these makes me realize to be much more diligent about taking them for round #2. 

So, for my first set....

 And my second set....& holy crap look at that last picture!  I had Lincoln with a scheduled c-section at 39 weeks.  At this point I was measuring around 46 weeks!!!

Oh, & also I wanted to let you all know about this Groupon deal I just purchased.  For $25 you can score a $125 photo session at Target!  Awesome deal for some cheap cutie photos!! Click here to score this deal too!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

[Almost] Wordless Wednesday

If you're on Pinterest, then I'm sure you've seen this pin floating around.  I've been meaning to create these for a while now, and finally set aside some time.  I LOVE how they came out :)


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Father/Son Bond

The moment we found out we were expecting a baby boy, I started to daydream about the bond my husband would have with our son. 

I witnessed the magical father/son bond growing up.  My brother idolized my dad.  He followed him everywhere he went.  He wanted to be just like him, and he did everything he could to make him proud. 

I was really looking forward to seeing Jared bond with our son, the way my Dad did with my brother. 

And, well, he did.  And, he continues to do so everyday.  It began the moment Lincoln was born.  Jared was the first one to see our sweet boy because I had to be put under general anestesia for my c-section.  Jared told me how alert our little Lincoln was the moment he laid eyes on him.  He said their eyes met, and he could believe how focused Lincoln was. 

I have watched this bond continue to grow as Lincoln has gotten older.  It didn't matter when Jared went away to the Police Academy and was only home on the weekends.  Lincoln LOVED spending time with his Daddy.
Although Lincoln is only two years old, it's amazing watching him try to be just like his Daddy.  If Jared is busy doing something, Lincoln wants to be right there with him.  He is already trying to make his Daddy proud. 
Jared plays hockey, and he has since he was a kid.  He's very good and plays professional inline hockey.  Although he swears up and down that he doesn't want Lincoln to play hockey because it's too dangerous, he was quite excited when I suggested we buy Lincoln this little hockey set. 

I love watching the special bond that my husband and son share.  It's different than the mother/son bond I share with Lincoln.  It's their very own, special bond, that can only be shared between a father and his son. 

I think this picture speaks for itself.  I just adore the way they're looking at eachother.  This is my absolute favorite picture of my boys.

I'm linking this post up with Growing Up Geeky for Toddle Along Tuesday.  Share your Daddy & Baby photos by linking up too!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sibu Beauty [Review & Giveaway]

I was recently contacted by Sibu Beauty and asked to review one of their products.  I have never heard of this particular beauty company before, so I was very intrigued...not to mention that I am a complete product junkie!  I love trying out new products and could spend hours inside Sephora and Ulta. 

When I first glanced at the Sibu Beauty website, I immediately noticed they are a Fair Trade Company.  They use organic products, and they respect maintaining our earth's natural environment. At this day in age, this is HUGE.  

Sibu Beauty also believes in  Giving Back.  In 2001, Sibu Beauty founder Bruce McMullin established the Tashi Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization designed to provide financial and resource support for the impoverished people of Tibet.

Sibu Beauty offered me the opportunity to review their Repair & Protect Daytime Facial Cream.

 I was VERY excited to be able to test out this facial cream.  Since having my thyroidectomy, my skin hasn't been the same.  It is much more dry.  So, needless to say, I was practically squealing with delight to be able to try this out! 

Made from the Himalayan sea buckthorn berry, the “beauty berry” contains over 190 bioactive compounds that restore, revitalize, and protect youthful beauty.  What is really nice about this cream, is it's for all skin types.  Most creams are formulated for one specific skin type, whether it be normal, dry, oily, or combination.  A lot of people don't even know what skin type they have and wind up using the wrong cream.  However, this facial cream eliminates the need to guess which skin type, and is formulated for ALL! 

I really like this cream.  It is not greasy one bit, and the scent is also very light and not overpowering in the least.  Overall, I was very pleased with Repair & Protect and would certainly recommend it to anyone.

Sibu Beauty has very generously offered one of my readers the opportunity to win their very own Repair & Protect Daily Facial Cream!! 

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Randomness Mess

Here's a bunch of randomness that's on my mind...

  • Tomorrow is my 3 year anniversary of my thyroidectomy.   Which also means I've been cancer free for three years!  That was one of the scariest days of my life.  I am so thankful that it's behind me.

  • Remember how I told you all that my BFF is [finally] pregnant?! Well, she found out she's having TWO sweet babies!! TWINS!!!  I may or may not have already started shopping for my nieces/nephews!  She's documenting her pregnancy, to follow along click here.

  • My aunt is getting married in October and my sweet Lincoln is THE RING BEARER!!!  I'm just a little excited!  I'm willing to bet this is going to be one event we will want NEED to video!  I cannot wait to see my little man in a little tux :)

  • In other of my mommy friends just launched a brand new spankin' blog.  Lincoln and I were lucky enough to meet up with her and her adorable little girl last spring.  I'm looking forward to doing it again soon!  Check out her new diggs here.

  • I have suddenly become OBSESSED with the colors gray and yellow together.  Yeah.  That was random.

  • And last, but certainly not least, I leave you with a poop dilema.  Lincoln has recently become super constipated.  I don't know what's going on.  His diet is the same, and it's not like he isn't active.  Yesterday he finally pooped after four days.  I gave him miralax in the morning and then made him a smoothie with prune juice.  Let's just say my concoction did the trick.  I don't like the idea of giving him miralax every day, though.  He won't drink the prune juice by itself, not that I can blame him.  I just hate seeing him in pain :(
Okay, well that about sums up my dumpage [no pun intended] for this week!  What's on your mind?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thankful Thursday

I never do these posts every week, but I try to do them every once in awhile.  I think it helps to keep things in perspective.  To take a look at what's going on in your life currently, and be thankful.  So with that, here we go...

First and foremost, I am beyond thankful that my Dad is back at the top of the list for his blood type for his transplant.  We had a bit of a scare earlier this week that I didn't mention.  A few weeks ago my Dad had a routine ultrasound on his liver.  That turned out okay, however they found something that could have possibly been colon cancer.  Yeah.  The dreaded "Big C."  He found this out on Monday.  They were very proactive and scheduled a colonoscopy on Wednesday.  If it was found that my Dad had cancer, he would be removed from the list.  He would have to be treated for the cancer and 100% clear before he would become eligible for a transplant. 

Well, we already received the results and not only is he free of cancer, but he is back at the top of the list again!!!  Thank you God!  This is such a relief for my entire family.  Hopefully now he'll finally receive "the" call. 

I am also thankful for the couple of hours I had alone with the hubs last night.  We managed to watch Breaking Dawn [umm, yay for vampire sex!!!].  Loved the movie, but yes, the books are just so much better.  I cannot wait for Part 2 to come out in November, because although I know how the story goes, they way they ended Part 1 just leaves you begging for more!!

What are you thankful for this week?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day [The Married Edition]

First and foremost, Happy Valentine's Day!!! Let me start off by saying this post isn't how I expected it would originally publish.  Now, let's go back  7 years....

It was mine and Jared's first Valentine's Day.  We were also very new into our relationship, we had just started dating in January.  Things moved pretty quickly between the two of us.  We both fell hard, FAST.  Anyways, we agreed not to go overboard with Valentine's Day.  We were just going to go out for dinner somewhere nice.  Jared, however, had other plans in mind. 

When I arrived to his townhouse, he had the cutest, sweetest little display set up on his kitchen table.  There was this beautiful single pinkish peach rose in a vase.  Next to the vase was a bunch of Hershey Kisses in the shape of a heart.  It was something so incredibly simple, but it meant the world to me.  It came from his heart, and I was totally smitten.  That's not the only surprise he had.  He also had a trail of Hershey Kisses leading upstairs to his :::ahem::: bedroom.  It was the perfect evening.

Fast forward to us now, 7 years later.  We've been married for 4 1/2 years, built our house, and have a crazy sweet boy.  When we got married, we decided not to really do much, if anything for Valentine's Day.  We've always gotten each other a card, sometimes we've gone out for dinner, sometimes a movie, sometimes we snuggled on the couch.  The thing is, we didn't need to do anything extravagant for one special day.  We just made time for each other.  Yes it's simple, but it's the little things that truly mean the most. 

Okay, so now here we are on Valentine's Day, and what does my husband do?  He throws all our rules out the window!!!

 Yup.  Breaking Dawn!!!  Yay for vampire sex!!!  I have not even seen this movie yet, but I'm beyond thrilled.  I read the entire series, & Jared and I have watched the other movies together.  Let's just say he did well.
 Next up was this sweet little card from him and my sweet little boy.

 BOOM!!!  I don't have to tell you all where this little box comes from...this was a very VERY unexpected surprise.
A beautiful heart lock necklace from Tiffany's!!!  Seriously I was stunned!!  I certainly wasn't expecting anything, let alone everything he got for me!  I am very surprised, and of course very happy! 

I have probably told Jared a bazillion times that he didn't need to do any of this.  He just tells me how appreciative he is of everything I do for our family.  Which in turn, makes me swoon all over again!

He stole my heart 7 years ago, and he still keeps me on my toes!  I married a pretty darn amazing man :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Let's Do Something Fun

I thought it would be neat to look at photos of Jared and myself when we were two years old, & compare them to a photo of Lincoln. 

So, what do you think?  Does our sweet boy look like his Daddy or his Mommy? 

We hear different things all the time, so I'm curious as to what my readers think!!

Oh, and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!  I hope your weekend is spectacular :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Preschool. When's the Right Time?

I know, I know.  It seems like Lincoln just turned two years old, and here I am already talking about preschool.  You're probably all like, "slowwww down Momma!" 

However, here in the great state of Connecticut, the cut off age for attending 3 year old preschool is December 31st.  Lincoln technically would be able to attend preschool in the fall, because he will be three years old on November 23rd. 

I had it all figured out.  Lincoln would go to preschool in the fall two afternoons per week.  I found the perfect preschool.  I even contacted the school to schedule a private tour.  Everything was going right on track.

And then...

I panicked. 

I know Lincoln is technically considered old enough for school in the fall, but really...he'll still be TWO!  He's still so much like a baby to me!  He'll be one of the youngest in his class! 

I cancelled our preschool tour. 

Yes, yes I know I seem like a crazy over-protective Momma who refuses to let her son spread his wings and grow up, but....HE'S TWO!!!  And to me, that's too young!!!  There's still so much I want to do with having him home with me.  Call me selfish, I don't care.  The fact is, I'm not ready.  I cannot do it yet.  And honestly, I don't really see any need to rush it. 

Lincoln can still learn things at home.  Just because he's not in school, doesn't mean he won't develop socially and learn his ABC's. There is plenty I can do with him to help him grow.  We can play at the playground, drop in at the library, have a playdate, take a music class, sing songs, get messy with crafts, hit up the bookstore, go to the children's museum....all while he's home, with me. 

I don't see this as holding my son back.  He's two for goodness sake!  I see it as taking time and not rushing into life!  It's letting my sweet Lincoln be a rambuncious toddler.  It's letting him play like a crazy monster man.  And yes, it's keeping him with his Momma, if just for one more year.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Happy Today Card

The other day Jared came home with a surprise for me.  It was a card.  He knows I LOVE cards, so this was so sweet.  However, I wasn't sure what the occassion was.  Valentine's Day isn't until next week, our anniversary is in May, my birthday is not until August! 

When I asked him what it was for, he said "for today."  He called it a "Happy Today Card." 

Seriously, how freaking sweet is that?!

And who said romance is dead?! :)

Wordless Wednesday: Playground Fun

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Curse of the Late Napper

It's no secret that Lincoln is a night owl.  He always has been.  Lately, it seems that his naps aren't happening unless we're in the car.  I would be fine cutting his nap out if he'd go to bed, you know, before his usual 10 or 11 pm.  But unfortunately, I don't think he's ready quite yet.  You see, this is what happens if Lincoln skips his nap.

Somewhere between 5-6pm he gets very miserable, which is obviously because he's tired.  He comes to his Momma for comfort, and usually will snuggle up to me.  And then, this happens....

Yup.  This was 6:00pm.  Followed by a puddle of drool on my shirt after I move him.

Some of my mommy friends have suggested just putting him to bed for the night then.  That would be fabulous and all, however there's no way my kid would sleep the entire night going to bed that early.  I've tried it.  He wakes up like clockwork, one hour later.  And then, he's up even later than usual. 

My kid hates sleep.  I don't know what else to say, really! 

I would love to be able to phase out his nap completely, if it would mean he'd go to bed at a reasonable hour for a two year old.  Heck, I'd even be happy for 9pm at this point!

I will say, that although his Momma isn't a night owl, everytime I see this sweet little face all snuggled up into me, it seems to make all my frustrations disappear.

Little boys love their Momma, and Lincoln is certainly no exception!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tommee Tippee [Review & Giveaway]

By now, if you're a parent, currently expecting a wee babe, trying to conceive, or even know a baby for that matter, you've heard of the brand Tommee Tippee

Tommee Tippee is an innovative brand that has hit its targeted audience with a fierce landing.  It made its debut, and came out on top.  From its vast array of products, from bottles, to sippy cups, to even monitors, Tommee Tippee offers something for every stage of early childhood parenting.  Not only does it offer a great variety of products, their selection is huge! 

 Naturally, I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to review one of their products.  I chose to review one of their Truly Spill Proof Cups.  Lincoln has been 100% on a sippy cup since he's been 14 months old, and we've tried quite a few different types.  I decided to try their water bottle, as he's never used this type before. 
First of all, how cute are these designs?  These cups are BPA free and they support natural oral development, which to me, is pretty important stuff.  Now, while I may like the adorable designs and features this cup offers, there really is only one little person in my house who can give this cup an accurate review.  So, Lincoln tested it out...

This was seriously the only picture I could get of him...he won't stop for two seconds these days!  But, he did love the cup!  He also really loved that it was something new from his ordinary cups.  He loved the water bottle aspect! 

And lastly, another feature us parents LOVE and NEED is that this cup really is truly spill lives up to its name...HALLELUJAH!!!!

You can purchase these great cups here, OR Tommee Tippee is generously giving one of my readers their very own Truly Spill Proof Cup!  Here's how enter! 

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Ridiculously Awesome Fantastic News

Okay.  Last week I left you all in suspense.  I said I had some terrific news I had to share with you all. 

You might remember last year I posted about my BFF finally getting pregnant after way too many years of trying.  I never followed up with that post.  She ended up miscarrying.  And honestly, I was freaking pissed.  To struggle for so many years trying to conceive a child, and have all your hopes and dreams finally answered, only to have them all taken away from you as quickly as they came is just pure evil.  It's wrong.  Bad things shouldn't happen to good people.  I only wish that were the truth. 

Today I am however happy to report that she is pregnant again!  This time she did IVF and it worked on the first try.  She's had three beta draws so far, and her numbers have been sooooo perfect!  I just cannot wait to see how many babies she has baking in there!  She goes for her first ultrasound on February 10th, and I am ridiculously excited!!

She's been blogging about her journey.  If you'd like to follow along, click here.  I am SO happy for her and her husband!!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Things I Actually Say

Having a toddler is entertaining, to say the least. 

Lately I've been listening to things I actually say to Lincoln.  I thought I'd share a few of my favorites with you.

"Please don't stick Minnie up your butt."

"Don't fork your toes."  [he was putting his fork in between his toes].

"No.  The toilet brush is not to brush your hair."

"Please don't stick your toes up your nose."

"Oliver, you're the big brother.  You need to set an example."  [said to our cat]

"The dinosaur does not need to drink out of Evy's water bowl."

"The dog is not a pony.  You cannot ride her."

It just goes to show you never know what a two year old will do! It's always entertaining!!!

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