Monday, September 15, 2014

Ross *new promo*

Ross has a cool promotion going on now where you have the opportunity to win a $150 gift card to their stores.  (And trust me, that $150 will carry you far!)

Go to Ross' Facebook page and vote on your fave fall look. Easy Peasy.  Do it.
Somebody's gotta win.  :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Motherhood Is....

Motherhood is some pretty scary shit stuff.  (I'm trying to get better- my 3 year old has been saying sh*t regularly.  That's probably me.)

I'm not scared of regular motherly things like, am I raising a good citizen, will my child be kind, will she kick puppies - because well, I think she'll be all great things.  But really, all we can do is our best as parents.

Instead, what plagues me is, what if someone snatches one of them, what if I die and they have no mom, what if they get really sick, etc.  You know, that, kind of thing. 

It's always in the back of my head because you hear these things and well, what makes me so lucky blessed to have mine? 

Zoe has a few issues.  She's definitely my high maintenance child.  She is allergic to eggs, nuts, and fish.  She is allergic to mosquito bites so that she cannot even play outside without being fully doused in repellant.  She's had low hemoglobin since she was a baby and the doctors are STILL testing her to find out why, she takes supplements.   She's asthmatic. 

But I won't complain.  Some moms are dealing with cancer.

But still, this stuff is scary.

I was combing her hair Saturday and noticed clumps coming out.  I just ran my fingers through it and hair was in my hands. I don't know why.  Then I noticed this:

It looks like this on both sides of her scalp, identical areas. WTF is this?  I panicked.... I took her to the doc on Monday. The diagnosis is traction alopecia, which basically means her hair is styled too tight.  I don't believe this.  Her hair is never braided because I cannot braid.  But I don't know what else to do about it.  The doc suggests we just leave her hair out and let it breathe. She has a ton of hair but here we are:

We just have to try this and see what happens. 

Brax is teething.  Brax has been teething since he was 3 months old.  He is now 6.  W.  T. F. 

You can't use any Orajel or anything these days, and his doctor suggested we get Sofie la girafe.  He loves her.  He bites the crap out of her.  My boobs get a break. 

But alas, I would not trade this. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Brax has been teething for almost two months now with no hint of teeth, crying, slobbering and gnawing on everything- yep, that includes my boobs.

We were having one of those nights.  I got him to sleep (he's the only one in the home that you can count on to be sleeping between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.), my husband had escaped to the gym (because he does that), and the three of us were in the bedroom, on the bed, watching tv.

Zoe had been doing little things to twerk my nerves up to this point, nothing out of the norm, just the I-Can't-Sit-Still kinds of things that 3 year olds do.

She did a hard pummel of her two little fists into the bed that jolted the baby awake. His body shook, eyes flew open and I held my breath as he side eyed her and closed them right back.

I scream/snarl/whispered,  "What Thee EFFE (only I used the proper word)  and she and I engaged in a 1- minute stare off where she she cycled from disbelief to tearing up to a big smile.

I lost my shit.  She was satisfied.

Zoe was escorted to bed.  

Monday, August 25, 2014

Put Down the Citrus!

Remember when I told you guys about Braxton crying for long periods of time?  Go here

I don't think I told yaw that I figured out why.

Let me preface this by saying:  I am a motherhood and nursing information junkie, so when I received my Mom 365 email, I clicked on it as normal and an article popped up about Breastfeeding: What Foods to Avoid.

I'll be damned- citrus was on the list and I had been chain-chowing tangerines.

It had been a major craving of mine the latter part of my pregnancy that had carried on after I had him.

Also, since I lacked time/energy to eat, tangerines had been a major appetite suppressant- I'm talking eat 4 to 5 tangerines at a time- they are tiny, quick, and easy.

And because of that, Braxton's belly was getting ate up.  (Not literally.)

After reading this, I stopped eating them and he became a peaceful, happy little boy - just like that.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Daily Grind

We wake up, rinse, and repeat.  I cannot complain.  I do not hate my job. In fact, I like it, pretty much.  My co-workers are phenomenal, it's a blessing. At the end of the day, I'm ready to get home to my babies... They are amazing.  I'm blessed to have beautiful children with no major health problems.  I'm blessed to have a great husband. I'm blessed to have a great family and some close friends. I'm blessed to be living, breathing, confident and enjoying it. 
Don't get me wrong, I would LOVE to have more money, live in a house, have no debts, etc. etc. 
But GOD has given me peace - I love and I feel loved and to me, and we float, that's the most important thing.   


Because sometimes she gets too close and he has to get a little grab. 

Her 3rd birthday party.  I love this pic of her because I rarely get a smile out of Zoe and here it is.   (....although  you cannot see that I am tickling her!)

They are so sweet together. 
This morning, while we were getting ready for work and Zoe was getting a breathing treatment, they were just sitting there, watching cartoons and holding hands.  #sweetfordays 

B gets into EVERYTHING.  He isn't eating bread yet - he just started baby rice cereal, but as you can see, he poured all of the bread on the counter and decided to have himself a piece. 

(How funny is it that continuously have to keep myself from saying YOU-Zee?)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Just Effin' Stop!

I just yelled this inside my head, sitting in my cubicle at work.  I cursed myself out a little bit too.  There, I'd just eaten my salad for lunch, drank a ton of water, and felt healthy and accomplished. No sooner had I done this but that pang of a sweet tooth got me... and out came these.

Meet my newest addiction, this is my second bag this week.  I have a severe addiction to sweets and I need help.  (But really I don't, because I don't want to quit. I'm not ready.  Don't make me.)

Zoe is turning 3 tomorrow.... we're going to Chuck E. Cheese, "where a kid can be a kid."  And an adult can go insane.  It's just sensory overload- loud and chaos, a giant mouse comes out to make friends which scares a lot of the kids, loud, bright games and children running.  Our original idea, a pool party with family, got rained out.  It's looking bleak today and has been raining and I don't want to take a chance on  tomorrow.

Anywho, it's for her. I"ll do it for her.  Wish me luck and parental patience!

In other news....

My little B is 5 months now. 

He's been eating rice cereal like a champ and I think he is ready for other foods because he stares you down, begging for it the entire time you eat. I feel bad eating in front of him because he wants it. If you get too close, he'll grab your spoon. 

I am going to wait and see what the doctor says at his 6 month check up at the end of the month because you know,  I'm one of those parents. 

He and Zoe are perfect together.

She entertains him and he thinks she walks on water.  When she walks into the room, you can see his eyes follow her.  She yells, "BABY" and his body jerks and hands clinch with excitement.  I fall in love with these kids more everyday.

My hubby and I are heavily into our parental roles right now. We don't really get much time to just be hubby and wife. We take care of the kids and at night, he's been going to the gym.  While I appreciate the fact that he has been going after making sure we're all taken care of, it kinda sucks.  We've started planning day dates during the week since we have a babysitter already in tow.  Next week is our day date and next Friday, our couples night out with friends. I'm ready for it.  I love my kids, but it's so easy to get lost in the shuffle.  

Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Guess What I Did!

Big Four Bridge (Louisville, KY/ Jeffersonville, IN)

We have a new walking bridge that allows you to walk, bike, jog, (what have you) between Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN.  

My friend and I met there to walk bright and early Saturday morning.  

I love our time together because we are thisclose and we can play catch up.   Plus the walk is pretty good exercise, especially the incline going down and coming up.  

I tested us...  I asked her what she thought about us running across the bridge on the way back.  She said, "I think we can do it."  

This conversation between us is a blessing itself. We used to be fat buddies. All it took was a signal from one of us and we would  quickly forego our trips to the gym (dressed and all) and make a beeline to Chili's instead.  

So we did.... it's about a 1/2 mile across but we jogged that mug silently.  In my head was this dialogue, "if only I can make it to the bench..... to halfway.... hold up, a few more steps until the end."  

We never stopped and we made it.

I was so pumped. I haven't ran since I ran track my freshman year of high school. I graduated in 1999. Don't do the math.  Believe me when I say, that's a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng time ago.

Yesterday when I got home from my mom's house, I exercised on U-Verse Interactive TV (which kinda sucked)... I felt like I didn't do much so I then went outside and jogged.  

My husband came outside and strongly encouraged/Tony Horton'd me into doing more.

So I did....  

Knees don't fail me now.  God, I hope my bad knees hold up!