Tuesday, June 30, 2009
SO, my message is: so far, so good. Of course, as soon as I say that, tonight will be a long night, but the good ones more than make up for it :).
Friday, June 26, 2009
8 x 8
Things I am looking forward to:
1. My 30th birthday
2. Getting a Shark Steam mop with my b-day money (if I get any)
3. The whole month of July and being work-free
4. Seeing my parents today
5. Going to camp next week in Auburn with my dancers
6. Hearing reports from Hays about how he handles being "single dad" while I am gone to camp
7. This weekend (no plans, AMAZING!)
8. Every second with my baby girl
Things I did yesterday:
1. Walked/jogged 3 miles
2. Went to practice
3. Took MA to rhythm and rhyme story time at the library
4. Went to my dancers' dress rehearsal
5. Devised a plan to keep the girls from getting pink armpits (long story)
6. Ate at Frontera with friends Lindsey and Michael
7. Talked to my mom on the phone about 3 times
8. Babysat doggie Sophie
Things I wish I could do:
1. Wiggle my nose and have my house deep cleaned
2. Go right now and buy the Shark Steam mop and then proceed to clean all floors
3. Pay off my debt
4. Take a 2nd honeymoon
5. Go to the beach
6. Go to the lake
7. Go outside without sweating profusely
8. Wiggle my nose and lose 10 lbs!
Shows I watch (all year)
1. Grey's Anatomy
2. Private Practice
4. Real Housewives of NJ
5. Tori and Dean (sad, yes I know)
6. Intervention (I find it SO interesting)
7. Lifetime movies (Go ahead and say it, I love crap TV)
8. Criminal Minds (almost forgot the BEST one!)
1. My Aunt Donna's spaghetti and meatballs
2. Guacamole from Cocina Superior
3. Fresh fruit
4. My pot roast w/mashed potatoes
5. My mom's meatloaf (also with mashed potatoes!)
6. Wedding cake
7. My mom's country fried steak
8. My Aunt Donna's cheesecake
Places I've traveled
2. New York City
4. All over the southern appalachians
5. Charleston, SC
6. Gulf coast
7. Amarillo, TX (not very exciting)
(I am not much of a traveler, I guess!)
Places I would like to travel:
4. New Zealand
6. British Columbia
7. Las Vegas
People I tag:
1. Mandy McPherson
2. Anna Barron
3. Laura Graham
4. Marcia Lamar
5. Sara Allred
6. Fran Skipper
7. Lauren Beck
8. Bre Davis
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I first let her only have it in her crib. For the first 3 days, she would get a little whiny without it, especially when it got close to naptime. But basically it seemed to me like she didn't even notice that it was gone. She did start babbling a LOT more without that thing in her mouth.
After I realized she could do so well without it during the day, I was a little terrified of how she would ever go to sleep without it. We started putting her to bed without it to see what would happen, and for about 3 days (I swear, it seems like three days is the magic number for babies for some reason), she would be pretty upset when going down for a nap. Not so much at bedtime though, which was great. She would wake up about 3-4 hours after we put her to bed and after making sure she didn't need anything, I would just stay awake and keep watching her while she cried it out. The 3rd night was the hardest. She cried for a little while longer that night and while we were waiting for MA to go to sleep Hays and I talked and questioned whether or not we were doing the right thing. We got our answer the next night... she has slept through the night without her paci ever since. I actually think she sleeps better without it.
Now, my reasoning behind taking it away is that I thought it would be so much harder when she had a real attachment to it. I also thought it would be harder for ME when she could verbalize that she wanted it. So there you go. Believe it or not, I thought I would be one of those moms that would never use the paci, but I QUICKLY changed my mind about 2 weeks in. Don't get me wrong, I have loved our relationship with the paci. It served us well and helped us through some really tough times! No judgement on those who keep the paci for a long time, I know as a mom you do what you have to do to keep your sanity. Good luck to any of you who try this! I will be asking for advice on many things to come, I am sure.
And by the way, You all need to go back to my original paci post here and read the second comment by Ladd. It wins the award for FUNNIEST BLOG COMMENT EVER!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
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Just playin' with some toys
Moving all over, and very happy about it!
Margaret Anne says,"I can't keep up with him, Mama!"
Thanks for coming over Elaine and Andrew. It was fun for me to have another Mama to hang out with for a little while. Can't wait for next week!
These models aren't always very cooperative, but they make up for it with their photogenic skills. That's Margaret Anne's "Magnum," by the way.
Monday, June 15, 2009
We are going to try to have weekly playdates this summer with My friends Jamie and Elaine. Jamie has baby Charlie, and Elaine has Andrew. MA enjoyed her first "date" with them last week. We went over to Elaine's and played at her pool. MA seemed to enjoy it. I like how in that first picture Charlie has his hand on her knee.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Here is the recipe for anyone who is interested:
1 jar Apricot preserves
1 pkg Onion soup mix
1/4 cup Mayo (I used reduced fat)
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
Preheat oven to 350. Arrange Chicken in a 13 x 9 inch pan. Mix together preserves, soup mix, and mayo and pour on top of chicken. Bake uncovered for 35 min. I serve mine with brown rice, and make sure you put lots of the yummy juices on it!
The first time I saw this recipe I wasn't sure I would like it, but I really do! It almost tastes a little like sweet and sour chicken.
I also wanted to let you guys know about a website that I found called Awkward Family Photos. Hays and I look at it every so often and laugh and laugh!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Margaret Anne enjoyed getting to see her Grampy and Grammy this weekend! MA loves them and she was very interested in Chipper and Max (two of their dogs). Too bad they weren't as interested in her! Sparky, the other dog, felt a little jealous I think, so he went upstairs and wouldn't socialize.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
This was last night. She likes to scoot over to the edges of the furniture and try to pull up, but she can't because she gets her legs under the furniture. It is really sad and funny because she tries so hard but hasn't figured out how to get her legs out from under there yet.
She has started saying a lot more lately too. She loves to say "Uh Oh," Da-da, Na-Na (which my mother loves because she is Nonna), and every once in a while we will hear a "mama" but not very often. She is growing up so fast!!
And here I am after. I took this picture in the mirror this morning, so that is why it looks like everything is going in the opposite direction!
You guys may not be able to tell a big difference, but to me it looks and feels so much better. She basically had to cut my hair twice, the first time to get all of the extra hair out and then the second time to actually style it. She had to give me a haircut so she could give me a haircut! Next time I will try not to wait months and months before I go!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
3:30am - Wake up with a terrible headache, take advil, get heat pack, go back to sleep
5:40am - Wake up with headache COMPLETELY gone and feed sweet baby her morning bottle, knowing that I didn't have to go to work today.
6:00am - put on Baby Einstein video for baby, wash clothes and put them away
7:20am - Vacuum house while baby is in Jumparoo
8:00am - Put baby down for morning nap, take shower and check out blogs
9:00am - baby wakes up WAY too soon, so she talks to herself in her crib for 30 minutes while I eat breakfast
9:30am - get baby up and dressed, she plays with her hairbrush (she loves this for some reason) while I finish getting ready
10:00am - feed baby "snack bottle"
10:20am - go to Wal-Mart!
Now, It may just be me, but I felt like it was 3:30pm when it was only 10:30 in the morning! I have GOT to learn to just sit and rest!
MA took a great 2 hour nap this afternoon and gave me a chance to watch the Bachelorette that I missed on Monday night. Is is just me or is this season extremely boring? Jillian needs to put some excitement into it like DDAnna did. Also, foot fetish guy creeps me out so bad that it is really hard to watch.
Tonight I was able to make dinner. I made these enchiladas and they were great! I had dinner basically ready when Hays got home from work which may have been a first for me.
In a few minutes I am leaving to get my hair done (which hasn't happened in months) and I am really excited about it. I love getting my hair done and I will get Hays to take a before and an after pic so you can see the results.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Margaret Anne tried out a new look.