UPDATE UPDATE

Wow, after several years ive decided to try and resurrect this little blog of mine. I recently told a friend I missed having a place to write. Then out of nowhere a blog "challenge" if you will came about on a public group im in. So here I am and I'm going to try and keep this thing going. Bare with me as I make changes and update content. Feel free to sift through my old posts, you just might learn something new about me....

Sunday, February 28, 2010

McFatty Mondays - I'm Obese - B4 & After to PROVE it!

So I've held out joining in on McFatty Mondays - hosted by Blair - but it's time I give in.  I think I have just been kidding myself.  I gained 49lbs when I was pregnant with Aiden.  Then I lost 20lbs right away from swelling and water weight etc.  Well, guess what?  I'm back to the same weight I was when I had him... except I have no big baby in my belly to blame.  Just myself.

I'm obese.  Yeah I joke that Wii Fit tells me I'm obese, but really if you look at my height (5'6) and my weight (250) and my BMI on Wii - and well, I'm frickin' obese.  Ugh.  I've struggled with weight all my life.  I have been this size or so once before, then I started dabbling in different eating disorders and at my lowest I got down to be a size 6 - like 150lbs I think.  This was small for me.  My best weight was a size 8-10, I was like 160ish.  I joined weight watchers before Aiden, I was at 219 when I started and lost 10lbs in about 5 weeks.  Then I got pregnant and had to quit the program.

I've been using the excuse that I can't afford to do weight watcher's right now since he was born - and it's true, I can't afford it at all.  $40 bucks a month is a lot of money to 2 unemployed new parents.  The truth is though I have all my old books, and recipe books, and point calculator etc and I should not let the fact I can't "officially" join and go to the website and once a week meeting stop me from using the knowledge I do have.  I just love food too much and hate giving it all up. 

It's time though.  I am currently wearing Lane Bryant Jeans in a size 4 (which by the way I do love how they fit, I've always had a hard time finding good jeans for my shape regardless of my jean size).  A Lane Bryant 4 is equal to an 18-20.  I'm also wearing their size 18-20 shirts and good golly my bra size is a 42DD/40DDD.  Yeah, it's bad.  I'm soo not comfortable in my own body anymore and I can't really use the baby as my excuse much longer.  They say it takes 9 months to put on the weight, it will take 9 months to take it all off.... well, I'm at almost 5 months here and nothing.  I need to step it up if I really want to see a difference, it's not going to just "fall off". 

So here I am.  Admitting my huge failure to take care of myself.  Telling you I have a problem.  I'm putting all my stats out there - which is scary for me - those numbers sound HUGE.  The truth is though, they are HUGE, I'm HUGE, and I have no reason to be.  I need to be happy with myself.  I wanted to be back to a size 10-12 before I got pregnant and Aiden snuck up on me before I was out of my size 16's.  So here I am thinking about another baby in the next year or so.  I need to lose weight for my own sake before I get pregnant again.  We are considering trying to start trying for #2 around the start of 2011 (if Kris finds a good job that is) and before then I want to be back in those 10-12's.  I'm going to do this the healthy way again.  I'm not going to fall back into my old habits, I don't think I have the will power to do so anyway - it was easy when I was hurt and sad and lonely. 

I'm going to start out slow - just eat smaller portions.  I'm a big fan of yogurt, fruit, veggies, chips & salsa, cheese and crackers for snacks, I just need to focus more on those things than eating the leftover chicken nuggets and tater tots or eating cold pizza for breakfast.  That should help a lot.  I drink at least a glass or 2 a day of water, but I'm going to make it a goal to drink one more glass a day.  Lastly I am going to get moving.  Doesn't need to be much - but take more walks with Aiden as the weather keeps getting nicer.  20 minutes of mild step aerobics on Wii every few days.  Just something - anything.  This should at least get me started and then I can keep adding more challenges for myself in time, but I need to start small if I plan to actually get somewhere on my own.  So here goes nothing....

And to motivate myself, and scare all of you, here are pictures taken of me on Saturday.  I'm refusing to buy myself new workout clothes - these were my workout clothes prior to Aiden and these 50lbs... so I apologize for the stuffed sausage look.  It should at least be easy to see the changes as time goes by - these will one day look good on me again.  *sigh* 

The last pictures are of me circa Dec 2007 (a month before I met Kris) and I was a size 8-10 or so here.  This is my goal.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

We LOVE Peas in our house!

Peas have always been one of my personal favs, to be honest we love all vegetables in this house.  Aiden is no different.  He did fine with sweet potatoes, he spit out all carrots (we will retry them later) he enjoyed squash, but boy oh boy did he LOVE peas! 

We always give him oatmeal and a veggie split up into 2 meals.  Well the first 2 days of peas he still ate his oatmeal and gobbled up the peas.  Today he would NOT eat his oatmeal.  He just wanted the peas.  I even tried to mix them and he would spit out the oatmeal if he could.  It was too funny.  I'm glad a green veggie is one of his favs.  We try Green Beans next and then he finally gets to try his fruits (although he has been slipped some applesauce by my mom already...). 


Here are some pictures of our peas last night.  The last two are my favorite.  They are his "what do you mean that's all I get mom - I want more peas."

Writer's Workshop: 10 reasons I'm better of without... MY JOB!

Took me awhile to come up with a item to use for this post, but once I got it I had an easy time coming up with reasons.  So without further ado...

10 Reasons why you’re better off without ... MY JOB.

  1. I don't have to deal with rude customers all the time.
  2. I don't have to wear a blue polyester uniform.
  3. I appreciate the value of a dollar more when I'm unemployed.
  4. I appreciate taking a trip more when I don't get to just "fly for free".  Makes a trip more special to me.
  5. People don't sit around and gossip about me (or others) all day.
  6. I get to spend as much time as I want with my son and husband.
  7. I can work on my hobbies and try to be better at them.
  8. Everyday is a weekend!
  9. I don't have to answer to people for every little thing I do.  I'm my own boss, well, I do have to listen to my hubby, but I don't mind that!
  10. I don't have to work overtime on every damn holiday!
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Salt & Pepper - the new sleep aid!

So after dinner tonight my husband fell asleep on the sofa.  He has a habit of falling asleep after I feed him, usually for a cat nap but sometimes for a long time.  It sometimes bothers me, sometimes I don't care.

Tonight I made something super easy, Tuna Helper.  I didn't feel like making a huge mess and we had hamburger meat last night (sloppy joes & corn). Well, as to be expected the hubs soon after fell asleep.

When he woke up he asked me if I had poisoned him, or put sleeping pills in his food because everytime I cook he gets sleepy.  He said I must have drugged him.  I said "no, I only added salt & pepper".  He exclaimed "that's it - salt & pepper make me sleepy!".  LOL  He said that he never uses salt or pepper when he cooks, this is true - must be a Filipino thing, I never see them use salt or pepper - and that I always use salt & pepper. 

Now he is convinced that my using salt & pepper is the reason he always sleeps after he eats.  There you have it folks, bottle it up and sell it as a sleep aid....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bachelor Talk Tuesday! Lots to say this week....

Okay so I am going to just jump right in to my 3 favorite quotes from the other girls about Tenley...

"She shits rainbows"
"She fell out of a Disney Movie"
"She is floatin' on twinkle toes"

Haha, all of them oh soo true, and yet I really like her.  I can't help it, maybe it's refreshing to see someone who has been hurt and betrayed and yet is soo perky and positive. 

Now for the real meat and potatoes of this post.  I always hate when they show the previous Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants (is that what we call them - losers?) anyway, on their lovely singles cruises and drinking and flirting with each other at bars.  So glad to see that their "quest for true love" has led them all to being skanky with each other.  Am I back in college?  Shouldn't they all be doing something more umm, mature perhaps, if they are really looking for love and not just a hook up?  Just my thoughts, but who am I to know, I'm only married with a kid and not out showing my tatas to lonely men.

Also it's nice to see that the previous guests do charitable work.  I was a bit surprised.  These must be the good few who missed the boat - I mean we clearly didn't see Wes partaking.  I bet Wes was first in line for the booze cruise full of other tv crazy love sick folks. Maybe he wrote a song about it.

I had a few great laughs when they were talking about mishaps and showed the bloopers.  I had NO. IDEA. AT. ALL. that Ashleigh H "fake fell" when she met Jake.  Guess I'm just clueless, but I really thought she fell lol.  I loved that Chris Harrison poked fun at the stupid "On The Wings Of Love" song by singing it to Jake - I hope they realize just how dumb that theme was.  Corrie farting cracked me up - she's totally awesome, I'm still sad she didn't last, I thought she was pretty and fun, and clearly real.  Her and Tenley playing around with the camera on the floor also made me laugh.  At least some of the girls know how to have fun without being snarky.

I loved how Michelle was trying to defend herself and say she was "stable" because she "had a job".  I got  news for you hunny, plenty of crazies out there have jobs, that doesn't make you stable.  It made me laugh when one of the other girls said that it wasn't edited much, that the Michelle shown on tv was just like the one they were living with.  I thought Ali also made a good point to say that just because the show didn't work for Michelle didn't mean it doesn't work.  Ali said she fell in love, and just because not all the seasons produce lasting love, several have (Trista & Ryan, Byron & Mary, Jason & Molly are getting hitched ala Trista style on tv...oh and I think Ed & Jillian will last too).  Michelle's problem is she went on a show to find love but instead exposed her inner crazy - of course it didn't work out for her, she needs to be on a venue more like that Conveyor Belt of Love show that was on once.  One based on looks alone so she doesn't expose her multiple personalities.

Oh Roslyn my dear, see here, see here... NO. ONE. BELIEVES. YOU.  I know that she swears by her sons life, but I just don't buy it.  I mean I just don't.  I know realitysteve said that it was made up, but I don't understand how that could be so.  Unless Roslyn herself was in on the cherade (I know that is spelled wrong, but I am trying to type fast so sue me).  I mean the nights of her gone missing from her room and the house?  The fact that all the girls saw stuff going on, or say they did, I mean they don't get paid right?  So why would they all say that stuff when people like Ella seems to be very reliable.  I believe her swearing on her son over Roslyn swearing over hers ANY day!  Someone who is telling the truth also wouldn't need to try and pass the buck and make others seem guilty like saying Chris flirted with said producers wife and calling out Ella?  Seriously?  Who does that stuff, and even if her accusations were true about Chris the point is she was on a show looking for love, he wasn't.  Her facial expressions just looked beyond fake to me too, she had that Ialreadyknowmychristmaspresent look on her face.  I also adored the ponit made about how with all those cameras around and constant recording how was it not caught on film.  Well duh, even I figured that out, if you are fooling around with the PRODUCER of course it wasn't going to get caught on film.  He would be the one calling all the shots now wouldn't he.  Point is, she was rude, looked like an idiot, and I still think despite her efforts to clear things up, she is guilty.  The fact she mentioned that the producer visited her after the show really did NOT help her case either. 

Last point to mention is that I have now decided to call Jake a Goofy Goober.  You know, ala spongebob style.  He is a big dork and a bad actor. 

Monday, February 22, 2010

Olympic Hockey Game - GREAT PICS!

So my husband and my brother got 2 tickets to the Winter Olympics for Christmas.  It was to the Germany vs. Belarouse hockey game.  They drove up (only 5hrs) and spent a bit of time walking around and seeing the city and the Olympic sites before the game.  They had seats that were 5 rows up from the ice, right behind the penalty box.  You will see below that my hubby's Nikon got some great pictures.  I'm soo glad he got that camera!  The boys had a total blast and Kris wants to go back one day.  I told him we should plan a weekend trip to Canada so he can take more pictures.  Enjoy the pictures below, I'll add little captions.

The beautiful night skyline glowing off the waterfront.

This is my favorite picture he took of the city.  I just love how there is a little blur from the city lights. 
More city lights but notice the piles of rocks...
This is what they were.  They were stacked up like the Olympic stone man!
This security guard by the Hockey Palace had the stone man shaved into his hair - he let Kris take a picture.
What great looking guys in their new hats!  Aiden look super cute in his daddy's hat lol, he loved the tassles.
Game On!
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Happy Sunday Bloggers

Just a little post to say Happy Sunday.  Enjoy your rest and relaxation for the day.  Here is my latest favorite picture, it's from my phone an dis my new background. 

I will have a good post later about Kris going to the Olympics!  Yep, that's right, he and my brother went to Canada to go to a Hockey game yesterday and I will steal his pictures and write about it, from what he says anyway, and share it with you lovelies.  Look for it...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Poopy Pants Nap

Well, Sir Aiden is fighting naps for mommy lately.  Daddy seems to have the magic touch.  He can take him from me hold him for 2 minutes, he'll be asleep and then he can lay him down without him waking up at all.  Almost everytime.  At night mommy can lay him down and he stays asleep.  Today I had him to sleep not once, but twice, and I laid him down and within a minute he was stirring and didn't stay asleep more than 20 minutes.  *sigh*

We are going to be trying to sleep train soon enough, we are doing okay at night though for now (we are thinking 6 months in order to get him to sleep in his crib and to sleep without being rocked).  He sleeps well in our bed but his sleeping 6+ hours in his own bed (the PNP) went out the window weeks ago.  Kris came up with a wonderful solution.  Kris took our 2 inch thick, $200 memory foam pad that is on our bed...and cut it!  Oh the horror!  lol  He cut a big square on the foot on his side of the bed and then put it on Aiden's PNP bassinet part and then put his normal flannel blanket on top of the pad.  The last 2 nights he has slept about 5 hours or so without waking up.  We are finally getting back on track!  What a solution, the hubs is wonderful!

Back to the naps thing, he just won't let me put him down for a nap, half the time it works well and he sleeps for a great nap, the rest of the time he wakes up right away.  So today we had 2 failed attempts and mommy putting Aiden down once he was asleep.  Then after his oatmeal and his squash I heard him farting and knew he was pooping.  He normally gets put in his crib for his poop time, so I laid in him the crib on his back, turned his mobile on and said "have fun".  After a while we normally hear him playing and know he is ready to be changed.  It was quiet for a long time... I got worried.  I pranced in expecting to change his poopy diaper - he was ASLEEP!  The kid just got tired, and fell asleep on his own!  Of course he is in his big boy crib (not the PNP by my bed) too which makes mommy super happy! 

So now I sit, blogging, and watching The Blind Side online, happy Aiden is napping and that he put himself to sleep, but knowing poor little guy has a poopy diaper!  At least he rolled himself over and was on his tummy so it won't get smashed up on his sweet little bum. 

Slap Chop - yay or nay?

So my wonderful hubs got me a Slap Chop for Valentine's Day.  It was something I had said I wanted everytime I saw it on tv!  It was a great surprise when he gave it to me.  I tried to put it to use, tried being the key word here, and make homemade fresh salsa! 

Well, let me tell you how it went down.  I went for the onion first, it didn't go as smoothly as they make it seem on the tv ads.  The chunks of onion kept getting stuck in the zig zag blade and I kept having to stop and pound the chunks out in order to keep chopping.  And let me tell you that took me twice as long to chop them.  I also had to push the knob down very hard, nothing at all like it appears on the info-mercials.  Oh and the pieces didn't get super small like I wanted so I still took a knife to them.

Next was the jalepeno's, that went well because they were small already, not much to chop, and they weren't hard.  Then it was the tomatoes... that was an adventure.  It didn't cut through the skin much, it just smushed it all up.  I had to use my fingers when I put them into the bowl and make sure the chunks weren't too big - but well, it was all smushed tomatoes, not nice diced chunks.  Lastly was the cilantro - I think it was too thin to chop, it just kinda flattened it all and again I used my knife to finish the job.

Overall I can see where this will come in handy for some items, but I will not be using it for items like onions and potatos.  It will just take more time than it's worth.  I did use it to dice pickles for my tuna the other day, it worked for that pretty good.  All in all it was decent, but sort of a disappointment.  At least I have my ped-egg, that was a Christmas gift from the hubs too, but it actually works like a charm.  I heart my As Seen On Tv items!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Random Update

I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately. I've been busy with the baby, Aiden learned to roll over from back to belly on Valentine's Day and he won't stop! Changing his diaper and changing his clothes has become such a challenge these days. He will not lay still. He also has been fighting naps and fussy with even more drool than possible I sure hope this tooth comes through soon. He's been teething for 2 months now.

More interesting Aiden news, well not as much interesting as sad really, I think he has eczema. My brother had it and Kris and I have dry skin, so it's not exactly a shocker... just something we were waiting for really. His poor face has been breaking out and he scratches at it until he bleeds. We try to stop him, keep him moisturized and his nails trimmed, but the boy little guy hates it. Also the last few days when we feed him a bottle and he is starting to fall asleep he gets these tremors in his head and arms. Not a seizure, just a tremor, hard to explain if you don't see it. We sit him up and he is fine and looks annoyed we took his bottle away and sat him up. We talked to the pedi and he said it is just an immature nervous system and it's nothing to worry about. I guess his rolling over spurred it, he is learning to use his muscles more and he is trying to relax but suck the bottle at the same time and it just makes him shake. It should stop once he learns to manage his little body better.

That's been our life really. Kris and I almost completed a crossword puzzle together, we both suck at them and we got all but like 4 clues, this was impressive for us. That about sums it up. I will try to get back on here soon.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Video: Aiden Dancing & Laughing (short clip)

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Video: Aiden rolling back to belly on V-day

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Video: Aiden in Jumperoo

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Bachelor Talk Tuesday

Oh Ali.  You are no Ed.  Ed was never a biotch and snarky.  You are.  You should not come back.  Yes, I liked you in the beginning, but you boo whoo sob fest last week plus your snarkiness about Vienna was enough for me.  I'm team Tenley now, so go on and keep sitting by the Golden Gate Bridge and mope.

Now, Jake's date with Gia.  I loved her rhinestone headband!  I just had to put that out there right away.  The place on the beach where they had dinner was beautiful, i'm jealous.  It wasn't a great date in my opinion, but he really opened up, I just don't feel it between them.  She really needs to let her guard down.  How do the producers keep the tub water warm for them?  This always baffles me!

Tenley is soo sweet.  *swoon*  I like how she asked Jake how he'd per-sue her in the real world, that was a great question.  I just love how loyal they both are, it would really last I think.  Neither one would be willing to just give up!  I love how they just "stumbled" upon the black sand beach.... yes, yes that wasn't a planned spot!  I did giggle and snort a bit when he said he fell in love with her at her dance studio... that was soo cheesy!  So the question is... do you think Tenley gave it up? 

Vienna drives me insane!  Sure she is playful and makes him wear an eye patch, but really?  Could they possibly make-out anymore?  Let's make-out, then climb, then make-out, then walk the plank, then make-out... is there anything besides a physical relationship with them?  She is such a hooch!  Is it just me or is she cross-eyed?  I hadn't noticed until tonight...hmpf.  Oh and while I'm at it her hair looks ugly and she looks like a horse.  I CAN NOT believe they talked about rings... clearly he knows she is superficial!  Of course she will talk the fantasy sweet... *gag*

I was proud of Jake for calming explaining to Ali why he has moved forward and why she shouldn't come back.  Way to stick to your guns!  My hubs cheated and found out she already has a boyfriend now anyway.  She obviously moved forward. 

I love the final chats with Chris, he's such a wise sage after soo many seasons.  Anyone else notice how Gia's photo was separate... telling of things to come at the rose ceremony?  Tenley looked pretty with her flower in her hair.  Gia looked drunk in her video lol and she rambled.  Vienna's video was cocky, I guess that's better that ditzy, but a LITTLE confidence goes a long way.  Poor Gia though, her confidence is soo low already, this may be trouble for her.  Jake better watch out for her mafia wanna-be brother!

To end this I'd like to apologize for any typos... I am typing one handed with Aiden asleep on me.   

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine's Day - Love Swap!

Katie at Loves of Life set up a Valentine's Day swap and I of course jumped in for some fun!  My swap partner was Kelly at Brown Eyed Girl (sorry, her blog is private now!) and I think we were a good match considering it was all random!  We emailed back and forth a few times to get to know each other and she did a great job getting my package together!  I was soo thrilled when I opened it. 
Inside I found the following: 

  • French Vanilla Cafe' instant drink.  Which came in handy the other day when I was out of coffee mate and still needed my daily fix!  I hadn't had this before but it was really good. 

  • Vanilla Cupcake lip gloss - which OMG tastes really good.  I don't know how well it helps the lips, I licked it off too quick ha

  • Red nail polish, which is fast drying - awesome because my nails are in need of some love.

  • Fern Michaels book Yesterday.  I told her about my book a month challenge so now I have another one to add to my list for the year.  I have never read Fern Michaels books but it seems like it's similar to Danielle Steel which as you may know I have read like 40 of her books!

  • Last but not least the best thing EVER... the WORLD'S LARGEST PEANUT BUTTER CUP!  They are soo heavy, and are 8oz each!  It took Kris and I 3 days to share just 1 of the 2 cups.  Each cup is about 1.5 inches high which means 1 inch worth of peanut butter.  AMAZING.  Seriously, I'm still in awe of it's size. 
Last thing to mention is her sweet card.  It was just a simple hope you enjoy these and give yourself a treat, but I LOVED her hand writing.  I know that is really silly, but I hate my own hand writing so I enjoy seeing other people's print.  Kris thinks I'm silly for noticing, but the way she writes her K's was neat.  Stupid yes, but I had to share.  :)
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Aiden's Valentine to Mommy - Rolling Back to Belly!!

Boy he'd been trying to roll from his back to his belly for weeks now.  He's been getting stuck on his side for days now but I still thought we were a ways away.  Well this morning I put him in his crib for his morning poop time and when Kris went to get him and change him he was on his tummy!  We missed it!  So we have had him playing on the floor all day today, I caught roll number 2 on camera and he will not stop!  Diaper changes are more difficult, I could hardly get his pjs on him and daddy said bath time was very difficult.  Now if only he can figure out how to do his 2 rolls together and roll around.  We are in for trouble!

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Six On Saturday

6 love songs that make you melt

1.  God Blessed The Broken Road - Rascal Flatts - This is "our song" so of course it makes me tear up everytime I hear it.  We are really cheesy sometimes, like the first few months we dated this song played on repeat all night long when we would stay the night together.  It was something he did, not me, which is why it was sweet.

2.  Don't Think I Can't Love You - Jake Owen.  It's not such a melt your heart kinda song, but it's a true song and one I relate to and I can just hear Kris singing it to me.

3.  This I Promise You - Nsync.  I'm corny like that and can't let go of my high school love for the boys.  I always told my mom is she remarried this would play at her wedding.  lol

4.  Faithfully - Journey.  'nough said - it's Journey.

5.  NoOne - Alicia Keys.  I just think her voice is beautiful and I love to rock out to this song like I am her in the car.

6.  One Sweet Day - Boyz 2 Men & Mariah Carey.  Not sure if this one fits, it seems sad to me, but I love this song.  :)

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Bad Reaction to Carrots & Homemade Baby Legs!!

So we had no reaction to rice cereal, oatmeal (he loves oatmeal) or sweet potatoes.  We tried carrots yesterday and he cried for Kris.  He ate them last night but I wasn't sure he liked it much.  This morning he had them again and is now getting red spots and scratching at his face.  His ear is red too and he keeps scratching it, not just pulling on it.  Kris is allergic to a lot of fruits and a few veggies like carrots and celery.  He still eats the veggies, they cause a small reaction for him compared to the itchy mouth that fruits cause him.  So I think we are going to hold off on the carrots.  I just really hope he doesn't have fruit allergies, mommy loves fruits, but Kris can only eat strawberries and pineapple.  Time will tell.

Last night I found a link to making your own baby legs.  They are basically leg warmers for babies.  They are super cute, but well, too expensive for me to consider buying.  So I found out how to make my own, and did!  I made 2 pair last night and have like 4 more ready to be sewn when Aiden isn't napping in the same room as my sewing machine.  I just used some of my old knee socks, it took like 5 minutes.  I have a bunch of old holiday knee socks, valentine's day's and shamrocks for st. patty's!  Those will be cute, I'll post pictures of them on him come the holidays.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Writer's Workshop Wednesday

Do's & Don'ts

Do: wear flip flops all year round
Don't:  wear socks with flip flops.  If you can't handle the cold you can't "do" flip flops all year.
Do:  drink a cup of a coffee every morning
Don't:  spill coffee on the carpet creating a new lake erie
Do:  eat as much chocolate as you want
Don't: stress about your weight 24/7, in the grand scheme of life it's not worth it
Do:  take as many pictures as you can - life moves fast!
Don't:  post all of said pics, not everyone loves them as much as you do
Do:  watch Big Love on HBO - awesome show
Don't:  watch the movie The Animal - dumb
Do:  eat an apple everyday
Don't:  waste food!
Do:  relax about parenthood - trust your instincts
Don't:  call the dr. for every little thing - trust your instincts
Do:  wear comfy slippers, even if they are ugly (I kept a pair in my closet for months and dug this out this week - super comfy!)
Don't:  change a diaper right after a baby wakes up
Do:  give them a 5 minute pee grace period - or you'll just be changing them again (or get peed on!)
Do:  buy a jumperoo
Do:  own at least one designer purse (coach for me please!)
Don't:  set your purse on public bathroom floors - yuck!
Don't:  forget the little things
Don't:  forget to pee before you leave the house!  :)
Do:  keep the lady regions nice even post baby - it will make you feel sexy even when you have a squishy belly covered in fading stretch marks.
Don't:  do a "quick shave" with a new razor on said lady region - ouch!
Do:  wash formula bottles daily or they will stink
Do:  have a bottle of Abor Mist in your fridge at all times
Don't:  forget that you haven't had a drink in a LONG time - you will get tipsy off one glass
Do:  read Mama Kat's writer's workshop prompts weekly
Don't:  write on a topic if it doesn't appeal to you, the post will suck and you won't publish it and you (okay fine, I...) will have a handful of drafts sitting around.  Boo.
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