Monday, May 30, 2011

check it out!! The Good Letdown: Nursing necklaces...and a surprise!! ;-)

The Good Letdown: Nursing necklaces...and a surprise!! ;-): "::Abstract:: {Indie Mama} is donating a nursing necklace as a givaway for June! I got one from her and I have to say, it's great! There a..."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sharing: The Good Letdown: February Giveway - Beautiful Earrings!

oooh. 2 blogs in one day?? actually, I'm spreading the word!! check out the give-away! (and the rest of their posts!)

The Good Letdown: February Giveway - Beautiful Earrings!: "Shiny object!! Oooooh! Who wants some?? Kara Creation's - One of a Kind Handmade Jewelry has generously donated two pairs of earrings for ..."

random :D

So I know I haven't blogged in awhile, but I've been pretty busy. I'm now 34 weeks. Cannot wait to be done!

not much has really happened lately. We shampooed the carpet in the living room and it was NASTY! can't wait to get the other rooms done. We've also been doing a lot of cleaning and re-arranging and throwing things away. Let's face it, getting ready for a new baby is hard enough in a house, let alone a tiny trailer. But I have finally let myself live with the fact that I have a lot of junk. and it's not really junk, it's just stuff that I don't use, but someone else could. So into a box it goes, and off to be donated. It feels good to get rid of things. I have gotten rid of a LOT of clothes too. I've realized that #1. It doesn't fit... too small... and #2. when/if it ever fit, i'll want to just get new clothes, because most of the clothes that don't fit, are from highschool. and I want to get over that time of my life. I've also learned that I can talk Marshal into getting rid of stuff too, which is cool! and if he doesn't want to get rid of it, I shove it in a box and label it "marshal's electrical crap" and i'm ok with that.. I'm ok with having that box sit in the top of my closet, until he decides to sort it. and stuff can be added to that box so it HAS A HOME! yay!!

one thing marshal made Jada do was sort her stuffed animals. She was ok with this. I, however, was a wreck. most of her stuffed animals were mine. and they all have a place in my heart (yeah, i know.. I'm an adult, but they all have stories!). He said we didn't have to get rid of them, but she needs more room in her room. So she put ones that weren't her favorites into a box, and that box will be stored until she's ready to trade some out.
I've also learned that Jada won't fit in her clothes for forever, and even tho I love that shirt, it doesn't fit her no matter how hard I try. I have saved some of the custom shirts that My grandma has made for Jada (with her name on it) and I plan on framing it somehow... I just can't make myself get rid of it.

Anyways. our house is looking better and better every week. and the garage is too. We've been getting rid of a lot of stuff. and It's exciting. (I hope Marshal likes the changes too!)

I do have stuff that he wants me to get rid of that I cannot get rid of.. like my wedding dress... which brings up a new topic (I know, random. lol)

have you ever looked on craigslist? seen a "wedding dress" post with no picture.. the description says something like "beautiful wedding dress, size 10, worn once for 5 hours, clean. paid $800, will take $500 OBO. call __" blah blah blah... well I read these and laugh.. think about it. #1 there's no picture... #2. who's going to write something saying "ugly wedding dress, size 10, worn for 5 hours, spilt beer and a little cake crust on it,..." etc....
now, I do LOVE to look at dresses on craigslist. plus awesome idea to post it. #1. when are you going to wear it again. #2. a lot of people can't afford a $800+ dress, who wouldn't want to save money on a dress and get it used, even if it is used, it might still be the perfect dress!
but it just makes me laugh.

That runs me on another bunny trail... have you ever watched a tv game show? lets say, the newly wed game.. when they are introducing themselves they always say "... and this is my wonderful husband (or wife) ___....". now think about it. would you want to say on tv "this is my pain in the ass, lazy, husband ___". umm, my guess is no. depending on the game tho, I probably would :D

I don't know. those are just little things that i've always thought about. feel free to comment your thoughts.

So. as far as dino baby goes. at my last appointment, i measured 2 weeks bigger (so 35 weeks instead of 33). this has been the trend since i was 16 or 20 weeks.. so who knows, maybe i'll go sooner *fingers crossed*. He's also VERY active and just LOVES his daddy's voice. he goes nuts. I have all his clothes folded, washed, ready to go.. Just waiting for him to present himself.

other then that, things have been going pretty good.

hope you all have a happy Tuesday! :D

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sharing: The Good Letdown: January Giveaway-Nursing pillow cover with matchin...

As many of you know, i follow this blog. It is a great encouragement and source for women around the world who need help with breastfeeding (or just like to read the funny things that they post!) it's very informative, and a great way to get support :D check it out!!

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Well, welcome to 2011.

Today was pretty laid back for us. We did some house work and basically laid around all day.

I know I haven't written anything in a long time. so I'll see if I can scrounge up some stuff to write about...

Yesterday I was standing in my room & had a moment of 'freak out' I realized, I have so much baby stuff and no where to put it. ok i don't have THAT much stuff, I just had some clothes and no dresser. So I made a list of what I needed, and we went to Walmart. I did end up getting a diaper organizer, and a clear plastic shelving unit thing (with drawers) to put clothes in. and Now I'm satisfied.

Then today I had another moment like "crap.... I have my first home visit (for early head start) on Monday. and this place is a disaster!" so we cleaned... it's not even close to were I want it, but I'm too tired....

There was also no ringing in the New Year for us. I was asleep by about 10:30. Haha...

My Great Grandma also passed away recently. Her funeral was last Thursday (the 30th) in Duluth. After work on Wednesday, Marshal and I drove to Grand Rapids to stay at his old foster family's house. We hadn't seen them in a long time and It was nice to get caught up again. Jada was at my parents house, so we had a good time with just us. We slept there, and the next morning, we were getting ready to leave (at about 7). Oh My Gosh. the roads were HORRIBLE! we ended up getting to the gas station (about 5 miles from their house) and turned around after talking to my Grandmother (who also turned around) and My dad (they turned around to) so we spend some time at the foster family's house.

After a couple hours we decided to take off and spend some time in Grand Rapids. We went to Walmart (which is a LOT nicer then the one in Bemidji) and then to GameStop. We have been talking about getting a Wii Fit for awhile now and we asked if they had any used boards. So we picked up a board for $60 and a used game for $4. not bad!
After that we decided that we were tired & ready to go home. On the way home we went up to my parents house and got Jada. Hung around there for awhile, until mom got off work. By then the roads were starting to get crappy again and we had to go home so we'd be back before dark.

We got home around 5ish. and decided to try out the Wii. I discovered that Jada can play it! and she does pretty good! she's really good at the yoga. Marshal is good at the hola hoop (which is weird, but he cheats). And well, i'm not good at anything because my balance sucks from being pregnant (30 weeks now! YAY!) and I get tired/wore out easily. Lol.

That's about the extent of our last couple days.
Of course Jada has had some days off of school, but spent most of the time at my parents (Thank God my sister was home from college, I saved money on daycare!!). She sure has missed school though and cannot wait to get back!

We had a pretty good Christmas too. It was so nice to see everyone and be around everyone. Jada got a lot of presents. I think it's safe to say she'll be happy for a LONG time. She also got to open some presents for baby brother. She opened a blanket for him. and came over to my belly and told him exactly what he got. it was cute. haha.

Oh, Just remembered. Monday night we went out on a date... we went to Applebee's and had some supper, then to blockbuster to get some movies. Shortly after eating (about an hour) I started getting horrible stomach cramps. I passed it off as eating something that didn't agree & figured I would be fine the next morning. I woke up at about 3AM crying, curled in a ball, and ran to the bathroom. needless to say, I was sick. The cramping went on for a few hours. and at 5 Marshal called in at work saying I was sick and he needed to take care of me. then at 6:15ish I called my work and said I was sick. I was not feeling any better. I felt horrible, and we called the Ask-A-Nurse line. she said to have me drink fluids and lay on my left side. I drank some water and eventually I was in too much pain. We went to the ER. The admitted me to the Birthing center (because I'm so far along) and hooked me up to monitors. I wasn't having contractions, so that was good. Eventually my Dr. came up and saw me, said everything looked ok. and since I had been in the bathroom so much (lots of urine output) I probably wasn't dehydrated. but to be on the safe side, they hooked me up to an IV and pumped some fluids in me.
Now I have difficult veins, it's very hard to get IV's in me. When I was in labor with Jada it took them 14 tries to get one, and with Emily it took 9 tries. well, this nurse rocked (and I will be requesting her when I go in). They had to put in the IV, but also do a blood draw, she decided to do it at the same site, blood draw first. She went to insert the IV (after the draw) and when she started the pump, it burst :( . she decided to go to the other hand and got the IV right away. It was perfect, the site didn't even hurt!!! the 1st one would have worked if not for the blood draw. I was really amazed!! she then told me "they don't call me one stick for nothing". LOL. it was great.
I went home after about 4 hours and was feeling SO much better. I think I had food poisoning & dehydration... The instructions I had were to take it easy, and drink more water, and boy did Marshal enforce that.
I went back to work on Wednesday and was feeling about 80% better, I was still pretty exhausted, but my co-workers take care of me. :D

as of today I am much much better. I just have to remember to drink lots of water.

Updates with Dino baby:
The Dr. didn't tell me how I measured at the last appointment (and I forgot to ask).
my weight is about 7lbs more then when I first started. :(
and he's VERY VERY active. This kid does NOT stop. it's crazy.
Dr. did mention that an active baby usually means a healthy baby, so we are happy about that.

Well I hope the New Year is good for everyone! and that it brings happiness & Love :D

Sunday, December 12, 2010

making a registry, and other events

Hello everyone!!

Burr it's cold outside. I'm sure glad I did all my running around yesterday. It says it's 3 degrees out, but the real feel is -9. yucky!
So I spent most of the morning making a baby registry at and also getting kicked in the stomach (by this growing dino baby).

I realized it's hard to make a registry.
#1 I never know what to put on them, because my place is so small and it's like what am I really going to use?
#2 if I see something that I think is expensive, i always think "i don't have that kind of money, why would someone spend that" but after some reassurance, I added some "pricey" items.
and #3.. Marshal is so so so opinionated on this little man. haha!
but in the end I did it, I realized that people can ban together and get 1 gift, and Lord knows, I'm not picky...
So the next challenge is figuring out a baby shower.. when, where, how, where (yeah, i know.. i put it twice, but who knows!)
My first baby shower was when I was 15, right after I had Jada. we had it at the warehouse, the church's youth building, and all my high school friends came, it was fun. we ate cake, played with Jada, didn't really do much for games, we were all young.
So, for me, this baby shower is kind of like a first again, because I have NO idea. The hardest part (probably because it's the first step) is the where. I could do it at my father's church, but that's about 40 minutes away, and would be a long drive for most people. I don't know. I'll have to get my butt in gear. haha!
another fear I have about a party is, what happens if no one shows up :(
I had a pampered chef party last year and NO one showed up.... I was all alone with My mom, the pampered chef consultant, and her mother. It was very sad, so I have this fear.

well, I suppose I've got a couple months to get stuff figured out.

On a lighter note, it's the Christmas season. I dressed up Jada and took a couple pictures by the tree that can be found on my facebook page (I can't seem to find them to upload them, haha)
I'm now 27 weeks pregnant, and cannot wait to be done.. this Dino baby LOVES to move and beat me up... he's just like his father. haha!!

This weeks events include Jada's Christmas (or "holiday") concert at her school & boy is she excited. Then we are hoping to go see Tangled next weekend, I hope we get to.

ooh Randomness!

We are having a cookie exchange at my work and I found out, no matter how hard I try I cannot bake anymore :( it's really sad, i've actually cried because of it.
so. I found this no bake recipe... for oreo balls!! oh gosh yum.
well about a year and a half ago, we bought a chocolate fountain that Marshal has been DIEING to use. so.. he melted 1/2 package of chocolate chips, 3/4 package of chocolate almond bark, 1 package of vanilla almond bark & 1 package of white chocolate chips... then dumped it into the fountain. While he was doing this, i crushed 1 whole package of oreos and mixed it with 1 and a half packages of cream cheese. I mixed it with my hands (to make the cream cheese even, don't worry, I washed my hands before & after). then i put them in little balls and stuck a toothpick in them, and froze them for about 15 minutes. After freezing them, I dipped them in the chocolate and stuck them back on the pan (I lined a small cookie sheet with wax paper.. this fit about 40 balls) and stuck them in the fridge for just a couple minutes, then I took out the toothpicks (if the chocolate broke really bad, i dipped it again) and put 12 in a zip-lock bag (for each person). I've been eating a few extras today and they are SO good.. mmmmmm....

anyways, that's about all that's gone on for my previous week. my life hasn't been that excited lately, I pretty much sleep all the time now. Hoping to store up for baby. Remember to check out my registry, and remember they are suggestions and ideas... haha.

hope everyone has a good week!