Tuesday, October 4, 2011
A few days ago my Marine called and told me he was coming home early. While I love those words, they are normally loaded. And so it is that this morning he left for a training exercise only two months after he got home from deployment. How's that for timing?
When I found out I worried about our oldest, as he is really at an age where he needs dad. He sets his alarm early each morning so he can hang out with him. He's started working out so he and dad can have male bonding time and has even put forth the effort to do it on his own to "impress his dad". He wants him to shuttle him to football practice. So how can it not break my heart that dad has to leave again when they're cultivating this new, different, more grown up almost relationship?
And then there's the fussbucket. I know he doesn't know what's going on. What I do know is that he runs to the front room and points out the window saying "da da" when he comes home. That he rides on daddy's, and only daddy's, shoulders. That da da tosses him in the air and gives him his bath. So those moments that he loves are gone for a while. Their budding relationship has to take a break so soon after being reacquainted.
Being the supermom that I attempt, and coincidentally frequently fail, at being I try to have some fun things to do with the kids and focus on the positives. So here goes...the top five reasons I'm glad my husband is gone!
5. I have the bed all to myself!
4. The sarcastic harassment will be kept to a minimum, if any, since our contact will be limited.
3. I am the sole person in charge. Yippee...
2. No more cooking! It's back to the frozen dinner diet!
1. I have the remote all to myself! Time to get caught back up on all my girly shows!
So, here's to TV dinners in front of the TV and having my kids undying love and attention...right??? Or at least to having that fabulous "first" kiss again soon. Semper Gumby!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
These were nothing but delicious! Two thumbs up from everyone who tried them! And yes, others did help me eat this tasty batch of cookies! So, get thee to a market, snap up some pumpkin puree while you can and put these babies in the oven! Then, enjoy each bite of yummy goodness!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
L is, for the most part, at a very fun age. He's into EVERYTHING these days. He practically runs from one side of the house to the other, wants a piece of anything you're eating and points at everything so we can tell him the names. However, he still doesn't say very many words and is now starting to push back or forgo nap time. This is a little stressful for mama, but other than that, we're having lots of fun together. We're back to laptime at the library and he's settling in, I hope, to childcare at the gym so mama can work out. Mostly he is curious about everything and keeping me on my toes!
|He's into everything, including this keg!|
C, is a tween. A tween going on 20. He knows everything and seems to constantly be testing us. He's still a great kid, but has been defiant and lied about some very small issues. It makes me wonder why he would choose to lie about something so trivial. I really hope he's just getting it out of his system and will return to our normal child soon. It's frustrating to always seem to be on him about things and punishing him. And since we're still dealing with issues I'm guessing the punishments aren't the most effective. Overall, I know I don't have a lot to complain about, but he's our little boy and even though he's growing up I still worry about him. It's our job to make sure he grows up into the best man that he can be. One of the qualities I really hope he has is honesty. The librarian who leads laptime offered me some hope saying her youngest son was a bit of a mess from about 12-15, but then one day it was like she woke up and had her son back. Here's to hoping we survive the next couple years and we all come through loving and respecting each other at the end of it.
|The mom you're annoying me, stop, look.|
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The fussbucket wasn't so fond of this encounter as you can see, but he recovered nicely.
A little bump on the head won't put the fussbucket in the corner! He was off and running once he got over the initial shock and pain.
I think the lasting impacts on Mum might be harder than they were on L. Course the incessant teasing by my husband probably doesn't help, but at least I know the fussbucket will go on being his normal adventurous self, despite my inability to foresee his actions! Oh the joys of parenthood! Maybe I'll just put him in a bubble?
P.S. I did call the doctor and the doctor said...no more babies bumping their heads! (Or watch for these signs of concussion...)
Monday, July 25, 2011
Here we go again...
1) Last night I was emailing my husband how sad I was that Liam doesn't need rocked to sleep as much anymore. He seems content to drink his bedtime bottle and be laid down in his crib. Guess he's already getting sick of his mum! I on the other hand am sad that the one cuddle time we had is vanishing. Where has my baby gone? He is on the verge of being a toddler, a little boy, and while I love every minute of watching him change and grow, I'm going to miss these quiet moments we have together each evening.
2) My boy loves to eat! He tried PB & J for the first time this week and it was a hit!
3) Sticking to my almost one year old's schedule and keeping my 11 year old busy over the summer is a challenge! Sometimes it works out and sometimes one is just too cool for the other!
4) Getting up early to work out is a great idea! However, it's also one that's easier said than done. Today we checked off the box, but tomorrow????
Sunday, July 24, 2011
A friend shared Gina's Skinny Recipes recently on Facebook and since then I have been mildly obsessed with her blog. My mouth waters over recipes, yet I hadn't tried any until tonight! I was looking for healthy, easy recipes and Gina came to the rescue! Not only that, but my 11 year old watched too much Popeye and is not obsessed with spinach so I was able to kill two birds with one stone with her Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Melted Mozzarella.
It was delish! And only four points a serving! I forgot the red peppers though. Whoops! Next time! (And since the recipe calls for six servings we'll have at least one more. I grilled the chicken and left the baking of the spinach and mozzarella on top for the next time I serve it so I can use the extra grilled chicken for L!) This recipe was definitely a hit. It passed C & L's taste test! I think the hubs will enjoy it too once he's home! So, visit Gina's site, pull up the recipe and try it yourself! Your taste buds will thank you!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
|Six Months Old|
|I'm ready to move Mum!|
|Our New Place!|
Monday, February 14, 2011
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My son is six months old and with a deployed husband getting him to eat independently on occasion would be a huge blessing. I recently tried a few different trainer/first cups and he couldn't get anything out of them. I bought these Tommee Tippee Sippees because, like a previous poster said, the soft spout seemed closest to a bottle. (We love our Tommee Tippee bottles...) I disagree with the other reviewers though. This is the first cup my six month old has been able to get something out of. We just tried water and at first he was confused what was coming out, but loved it and kept going back for more. They're easy for him to hold, similar to a bottle. Every time he had one with handles he'd just bang it around like a toy. Since it's the only cup that works for him we'll keep using it and probably get more until we go to a straw cup. The only other thing that worked better was a regular cup, but I'm not ready to hand my six month old one of those! These are great cups! Give them a try!
Monday, February 7, 2011
2) The fussbucket doesn't need sleep. He can live on pure baby adrenaline. Since I've been sick he has clearly needed even less sleep because, of course, I need more. So he wakes up at 2:30 in the morning. And he doesn't nap for more than 30 minutes. Do you think my sister wife would get up at 2:30 in the morning so I could sleep?
3) I always miss my husband, but I miss him more when I'm sick and the fussbucket wants to revert back to newborn sleeping patterns. My sister wife cannot deploy.
4) Liam is on the move. I still put a blanket down on the floor out of habit for him, but what's the point? He never stays on it. He scoots off to find things he wants. Normally these are his walker, the birds on his Inantino Play Time Activity Center or the dog bed. I'm just counting down to him discovering the dog's water bowl. That should be fun.
5) Thank God for the jumperoo. Thank God for the P-cola family loaning us theirs! Now that Liam is on the move it's about the only way I can contain and entertain him. Unless I get a sister wife. She can hold him and entertain him.
6) My Dyson is clearly my best friend. Without it the floors Liam wants to scoot around on would be dirty and covered in dog hair. Wouldn't it be helpful to have a sister wife to share in the housecleaning duties?
*Please note* No sister wives were harmed in the making of this blog. And for those who are getting ready to call my husband or my pastor, I'm not really on the hunt for a sister wife. This was all a little tongue in cheek. It's a joke. I swear.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Today I'd like to give a shout out to my friends at Wal-Mart for having such great diapers! I used Pampers Swaddlers pretty exclusively, although I think thanks to generous donations I've tried every type of diaper available, and decided to try some of the store brands to save a little cash. Because let's face it, millionaires we are not! So I tried some other store brands before using some of the Parent's Choice brand. I was pleasantly surprised! In my personal opinion, they are just as good as Pampers. The texture and feel of them is most comparable to the Swaddlers I was using. Some of the store brands felt rough to me and my sweet boy couldn't have a rough diaper! And at just under $14 a box I am saving a ton of money by using them! So, thanks Wal-Mart for helping this mama save some cash! The fussbucket thanks you too as now his rear end is swaddled in softness!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
You've heard the old adage from WWII and it still holds true today. So for those who've asked, I'm not ignoring you. I swear. There is this thing in the military called OPSEC, or Operational Security. There are a lot of rules around what we can and cannot say about deployments. So while I'd love to divulge all the details on this blog or Facebook, I can't. Here are the three main reasons why:
1. God forbid something horrible happens to my husband or one of his fellow service members because I ran my mouth. While I trust those of you that I know personally, I just can't put it out there for the whole world to see. Call me paranoid, but you never know who's watching!
2. Communication has been known to be shut down when spouses say too much on the internet. Communication is our lifeline during deployment. It keeps me sane. Since at home we battle insanity every day (I kid...sorta...) loosing that contact with our loved ones would be devastating!
3. When the time comes for homecoming, it's not unheard of for homecoming or deployments themselves, to be delayed due to loose lips. Of course we want to vent about our spouses leaving us. Who wouldn't? It's just not normal to be married and not live together for the majority of your marriage. But I'm not going to take the fall for the delays and at some point you just want to get things over and done with. When we get close to homecoming we get excited, we want to share, but you'll know when they're home. Trust me, when they are safe and sound and in our arms, we won't be able to keep it to ourselves.
I decided to write this blog because I've gotten a lot of questions, on Facebook mostly, and didn't want you to think I was ignoring you. I'm not trying to be rude. I'm just trying to do my part to keep my husband safe and the little connection that we have with him intact. I know this is a strange world and so many of my friends and family aren't familiar with it so hopefully this will help you understand where we're coming from throughout this deployment and in the future. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate your friendship, support and prayers. They mean the world to us!
Friday, January 21, 2011
I was given a Boppy and nursed with that for almost three months. However, somewhere along the line I gave myself carpal tunnel nursing my baby. Somewhere, someone coined the term mommy thumb and I have it! It's painful to do most anything and I attribute it to nursing since I didn't have this issue before I had the fussbucket. So, the Boppy has been great for many things, but I was pretty excited when I saw the My Best Friend pop up on Amazon one day. In reading the reviews a mommy, like me said it saved her from her carpel tunnel. I had to try it!
While it hasn't gotten rid of my mommy thumb, I sure wish I had this from day one! I'm pretty confident that I would not have gotten mommy thumb had I had the proper tools from day one. There are many reasons why this pillow can prevent mommy thumb and make breast feeding easier. It clips on and stays in place so baby's not moving around as much. It holds baby up closer to the breast for you so you're not straining your arm, wrist and thumb to hold them in place! It supports baby at the breast so you don't have to. It also lets you easily move around while nursing baby, almost hands free. Because, inevitably, the dogs have to go outside while you're nursing. Murphy's Law maybe, but the dogs need to go out or the phone rings when you're glued to the couch with the baby. Unless, of course, you have the My Best Friend!
This is one of the best baby products I've purchased! It really is a must have if you plan to breastfeed! Make sure it's on your registry or you pick one up before you have baby so you can escape the dreaded mommy thumb!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Despite the state of denial I've been living in this deployment will happen. I find that for some reason I'm having a harder time dealing with this deployment than in the past. Normally I'm totally calm, cool and collected, but I feel a bit emotional this time around. I don't know if it's different now that we have the fussbucket, or my hormones are still out of whack, but man, my eyes are full of tears at the silliest things.
To be quite honest, this whole overly emotional thing is driving us all nuts! I know it drives my husband nuts, but it bugs me as well. I guess I kind of pride myself on being strong and pulled together so not being "together" really stinks! I know that we'll be fine when he's gone. We've managed before, quite successfully, and we'll do it again. I know that I rely on my husband a lot and appreciate all his help with the fussbucket so I will miss those little breaks. I'll miss the banter and laughs, the hugs and kisses, but I know at the end of this challenge we'll all be stronger for it.
I struggle to find the right words to say about how I feel, even after writing this, but that seems appropriate for my state of mind. I know that with courage, strength and a lot of prayer we'll get through this deployment. God doesn't give us anything we can't handle. I have to remember that as I'm overly emotional, because we can and will handle it. And knowing that we can handle it gives me peace that I need to embark on this adventure.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
|When he still wanted to cuddle!|
|At the end of this year's football season|
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
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