Posts by samantha81
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Feb 23 2012
I always mean to get on here and write, but then time gets away from me - and the next thing I know it's been a week since I said hi!
Susan - YAY for your job interviews and opportunities!! I'm totally excited for you! Please keep us in the loop!
Abby - Wow!! Craziness with the daycare situation! Do you think you'll keep Evie with your neighbor even after the other lady comes back?
And ooh... you could take a trip to Denver ;) ... Okay, so that's a little far, but just a thought...lol!
Nicole - So good to hear from you, and Charlotte is getting so big! Sorry to hear about your engagement ring. That really, really stinks. But at least you get a new one from insurance instead of having to fork over more cash to replace it. And it'll be all shiny and new :)
Things have been crazy this week! I feel like I've had 900 things going on. And I think my latte has like 8 shots of espresso, because I feel like I'm going to go through the roof :)
Logan is just getting bigger and bigger everyday. He went through like a 4-day cranky-fest from what I can only assume was due to teething, because he was so moody and didn't ever want to be put down. His nose was running non-stop, and he was drooling all over everything. It was awesome. But he's back to his usual, smiley, happy self.
My parents came to visit last weekend, so we all hung out at my sisters house. When it got to be Logan's nap time, he was definitely ready to lay down but there wasn't really a spot to let him rest. My mom was like - "so, obviously you haven't made a habit of holding him to get him to sleep." Nope. I've spent a lot of time making sure he knew how to put himself to sleep, so now if we're in a situation where him being able to fall asleep in my arms would be helpful - it doesn't work.
However, in my defense - being held to fall asleep has never really been his thing. Even when he was first born. He was never really comforted by rocking, and always seemed to prefer to just stretch out. So yeah, it's not like I've never tried. Ugh.
Other than that, my husband has been driving me crazy lately...lol. Love him. But he's driving me nuts. He just seems to be super emotional and moody, and always comes home from work in a bad mood. He lets everything get to him, and gets his knickers in a twist anytime I make the slightest 'wrong move.' I seriously think he has a had time with how much attention Logan gets, and that it takes away the attention from him (T is very, very needy). And I'm getting to the point where I just want to smack him upside the head! I can only do so much!
*sigh*... Just needed to get that vent out :)
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Feb 13 2012
Happy Monday, mamas!
Life isn't all that exciting right now. Logan is growing so fast! Even being home with him all day doesn't feel like enough time. I think I just want to hold on to him and keep him from getting big! I just always want to be able to hold him and snuggle his fuzzy little head...lol!
T's job is going okay. It's not the most exciting job ever, and they is a hiring/raise/bonus freeze that has him a little discouraged. He was hoping there would chance for advancement in the future, but it looks like whatever possibilities there are won't be available for a while. He's going to stick it out for a while, though. I really, really want him to continue with school. Ugh!
My business is going okay. I get really frustrated sometimes because since I don't live in L.A. or New York, pretty much everyone wants free work. There aren't a lot of paid opportunities outside of weddings - unless you know everyone, and have been doing this forever! So, I'm just plugging along, networking, and doing what I can. I got a random wedding booked at the last minute for this coming Saturday, so that's good - we need the money! And we're doing our taxes tomorrow evening, so we're hoping for good news.
Ugh. And another thing I'm seriously dreading - on the 28th and 29th is the trial for my brothers car accident. So, my sister and I will be driving to Salt Lake to be there with my parents - and it's literally going to be hell. I mean, it was bad enough having an idea of what happened, but with this we're going to hear several testimonies, see tons of pictures, get detailed descriptions, etc. It's going to be awful :( ... Everyday I dread it more and more.
I can't believe Charlotte goes to bed at 6:00! That's awesome! What time does she wake up in the morning? Does she nap well during the day?
Abby - Glad to hear that you and Evie are doing better, and that she's back on a better schedule. You both need your rest! And - ah! I can't believe she bit you! That sounds soooo painful!
Susan - Tea and laundry are about the extent of my life as well! Lol!
Question - how much do your babies sleep? Sometimes I feel like Logan sleeps way too much! He goes to be around 8:15, gets up between 6:30-7:00am. Nap 9:00-11:30, then again from 2:00-4:30, then sometimes an evening nap for like half an hour. He just sleeps a lot, but there's no keeping him awake if he's tired.
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Feb 07 2012
Abby - Yay for you guys trying for another baby! Awesome!!
I'm not nearly as gung-ho for another little one as I was a few months ago. I think our financial situation is the main reason. But I also don't want to wait too long. *sigh*... we'll see!
Glad you made it out to spend time with your girlfriends!! Hope everyone is on the up-n'-up :)
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Feb 06 2012
I just realize that I didn't pop in at all last week! Sorry! The time just got away from me :)
Things have been decent at home. Logan was sleeping like a champ until 7am for the longest time, but now he's decided that 5:30 is just an awesome time to be awake. Usually I go in, change his diaper, then lay him back down, pop his binky in, crank up the heater, and he'll go back to sleep for a little while. If he just gets up at that time, he's cranky for most of the day. Doesn't look like he's a morning person ;)
Being home is still great! Some days it's hard to get the motivation to get much done other than play with Logan and watch useless daytime TV, but I try not to let those days happen more often than the productive ones...lol!
Not much exciting going on here!
Abby - Sorry to hear about you and Evie getting sick! Hope you're feeling better!!
Amy - Jealous of your amazing bonus! Lol! But good job, mama!
Yeah, where are V & N? Miss you ladies!
Any plans for Valentines Day?
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Jan 24 2012
Yeah, I've had to learn hardcore that these little people are constantly going through phases and changes - and it has definitely tested my patience. Logan decided not to be on a nap schedule, so I have to let him decide when he's ready to go to sleep.
He loves his sippy cup sometimes, but other times he'd rather just play with it or poor everything onto the floor. He hates getting his clothes or diaper changed, will keep trying to play with the same things over and over, no matter how many times he falls over or bumps his head, and when he wants to be picked up or held - that's it! I have to be able to stop what I'm doing and just hold him.
It's still an adjustment on a daily basis, because I've spent the last 30 years doing what I want to do!
But it's so worth it. I love my little man with all my heart, and despite the occasional frustration - the special moments when he just sits in my lap, lets me hum to him, then falls asleep, or the times when he can't stop laughing or bouncing up and down, and he just cracks me up - make it all worth it :)
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Jan 24 2012
Oh yeah, and Logan has no teeth still!! Lol. We still try to give him baby crackers, and last night had had pieces of chicken for the first time - which he handled really well. But we may have to get him some dentures at this rate!
I'm also trying to wean him off his bottle and get him strictly on a sippy cup by the time he's a year old, so that's been an interesting experience. Lol - but so fun...
Oh, and Logan did a total face plant into the carpet the other day. I wasn't home, but T called me and said he'd been playing on his car seat (which was on the floor) and launched himself, face first into the ground. He ended up with a carpet burn around his eye, but I could hear him babbling in the background so obviously the trauma was short lived...lol!
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Jan 24 2012
Amy - Good to hear from you! It sounds like you and Isa are doing well. I hear ya, it's total mayhem around here to. I have to put pillows up in front of some of the electronics so he doesn't bang on them! Lol.
I'm sure Isa will sleep through the night when she's ready. It's hard to do too much at one time - so once she gets through more teething, it might be easier to tackle sleeping through the night!
Abby - It's amazing how quickly babies can get around, even when they can't crawl! Lol. I used to lay Logan down on a blanket, turn my back for a couple of seconds, and the next thing I knew he would be half way across the room! And Logan likes the 'assisted-walking' thing, too! Lol! He does more bouncing with excitement than actual walking, but it's so fun to see.
I have definitely been really stressed out lately. I did not pick the best time to quit my job - I just didn't want to be forced into a position I hadn't been hired for, and know I would have been absolutely miserable. And now I absolutely love being home with Logan, but we are getting really behind on bills.
February looks like it's going to be a decent month for me, and I'm hoping once we file our taxes that we get enough back to at least get caught up - but it's starting to keep me up at night.
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Jan 20 2012
I just realized I typed out an entire response yesterday but didn't actually post it. Ugh! Mom brain!
Abby - First off, kudos to you for still getting up in the middle of the night. You are my hero..lol!
But I know Evie will adjust as you try to get her through the night. It's so hard to let them cry, though! I've had to let Logan do that a few times for his afternoon nap. When he's so obviously exhausted but keeps fighting sleep, I've had to just let him cry for about 10 minutes and then he passes out...lol! And he doesn't seem to be traumatized by it, so it must be okay.
Just hang in there, mama! Evie will get there!
Penguin - I think it's safe to say we're all fighting our own battles with getting back in shape. It's really hard to be working, raising a little one and finding time to take care of yourself. I think just the basic rules apply - try to watch what you eat, and move as much as possible!
So yeah, I find that I am way, way, WAAAAY more physically exhausted at the end of the day from being home with Logan than I ever was working in an office. By about 8:00 I can barely keep my eyes open! Between trying to get everything done at home, keeping an eye on him, running errands, etc - I feel like I've been running a marathon!
How is everyone doing these days?? 1st birthdays are just around the corner!!
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Jan 17 2012
I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend :)
So, Logan has decided not to be on a nap schedule. He used to wake up at 7am, take a nap at 9am (for 2 hours) then again at 2pm (for another 2 hours). It was pretty regular and I could pretty much set my watch by it. But now, if I try to lay him down and he's not tired he just gets mad and cries. One day it took me over an hour to get him to go to sleep! By the end of it I was so frustrated and in tears! So, now I just make sure he's definitely tired.
Now, his morning nap usually goes down without a hitch - but his afternoon nap is still a struggle. He can be so obviously exhausted yet he fights going to sleep with everything he has! Over the weekend my husband was home and we just decided to lay him down and let him cry himself to sleep. It's a good thing T was there as support because I could definitely not have let him lay there and cry if I were by myself. But it worked...*sigh*...
Other than that, I'm really enjoying being home with my little boy. Some days are better than others because it really has been an adjustment. But for the most part, he still cracks me up and I'm glad I get to spend so much time with him. I just can't believe that someday he's going to be a grown man, and I'll look back on the days when he would sit on my lap and play, and I'd kiss the top of his little fuzzy head :)...Lol!
And as far as having anymore, there are still days when I feel like I could have 6 more! And other days where I can't imagine having more than just him...lol!
How was everyone elses weekend?
This week is going to be crazy busy for me! Oy! Today and tomorrow I just have a lot of prepping to do because I have a huge bridal show on Friday where I'm doing the makeup for 8-10 models for a fashion show, then I have to make sure I have all of my business materials to display at the show. Ugh!
Huge shoot on Thursday, and a meeting with the advertisers of Colorado Wedding Guide, and another huge shoot on Saturday afternoon. But, it's so much fun :)
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Jan 09 2012
Hey ladies! Glad to hear from everyone!
Susan - I can't believe Marnie already has 5 teeth! Oh my word! I can't believe how much babies change in the first year. And I wouldn't worry about the rolling thing. There are so many outlines of what milestones babies should be at, but when it comes right down to it - they're going to do what they want to do, when they want to do it! So, it's not that they can't do one thing or another - they may just chose not to. Marnie is definitely a happy, healthy, beautiful baby... with a mind of her own ;)
And you're definitely in a tough spot. I'd just wait and see how the chat goes with M's' boss and take it from there.
Abby - I'm sure your husband will be fine. I was a little nervous about leaving T with Logan when I went to Canada for a week - because lets face it, men just don't have the same patience and attention to details that us mamas do! (T always forgets to put socks on Logan, and it drives me bonkers!).. But when put in the situation, they do just fine. As long as both daddy and baby are still in one piece when you get back - I'd say that's a success ;)
Amy - I totally hear ya! It is so hard to make evening plans. For me, it's because I hate throwing Logan off of his schedule. But when I was at the office - it was really hard to want to do anything with other people. I completely understand how you feel.
But I think once you go out and have fun, you'll realize how much you needed it :) ... And Isa will be ready for the extensive hugs n' kisses from mama the next evening to make up for it! Lol.
RE: Weight loss: The bad thing about the weight loss is that I have absolutely no boobs! My chest is so flat. It's like the lack of breast milk combined with losing weight - my chest has completely deflated. It's not attractive...*sigh*...
Other than that - things are busy, busy, busy. And T and I went on a date on Friday night :) ... We went out to dinner, then saw the latest Twilight movie. It was...interesting (the movie, not the date). Then I worked all day on Saturday, and we went to dinner at his grandparents house - they wanted to give Logan his Christmas present.
Alrighty! Time to go be productive while baby boy is napping :)
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Jan 05 2012
Abby - Yeah, we had Enfamil samples when Logan was first born, so we tried those a couple of times and he didn't like them. I think formula in general is just something they have to get used to, so hang in there! It'll be a slow process, but she'll get there :)... And every baby is different, so what works for one may not work for another. You just have to find what she likes, but I'd' try one kind consistently for a few days before giving up and trying something else... (in my non-professional opinion) ;)... Good luck with it!
Ooooh! T's parents got the elefun ball popper for Logan, too! We just haven't gotten batteries for it, yet...lol. Maybe we'll take a trip to the store and do that today.
Nicole - I know, I can't believe our babies are growing up so fast! It makes me so sad! I look at other friends who have newborns now, and think - was Logan ever that tiny??? Seriously??
And I have no idea how I got down to this weight. I am just super conscious of what I eat, and drink a TON of water. That's about it! And now that I'm home with Logan I move around a lot more, so I'm sure that helps.
T just keeps telling me he's not as attracted to me when I'm this thin - 5'9" and 135 lbs is NOT unhealthy, and just because his family are all heavier, doesn't mean that's what I have to be. It's just irritating.
Logan is definitely teething. He has a fever, and his nose is running like a faucet. And my usually happy little guy has been crying all morning! Poor thing. I just keep having to take deep breaths and realize it's not going to last forever, and the most important thing right now is to help him be comfortable.
Hence... no shower yet, and trying to get things done while he's napping. But I think he's awake now! Gotta run!
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Jan 04 2012
Abby - I use the Organic Similac. We tried the "Gerber Good Start Gentle" with Logan at first, but it seemed to upset his tummy.
I'd just try a small can of one kind at first and see how she takes to it! Good luck :)
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Jan 04 2012
Good morning ladies!
Nicole - Good to hear from you! How is Charlotte doing? I saw the pic of her and your husband, not feeling well from teething! Cute pic, though sorry to hear it's been rough...
Amy - I'm sure Isa will get back into the swing of things. I hate doing anything that throws Logan off his schedule because I know what the consequences are going to be. But it's hard to stick to a regular routine over the holidays! Totally understandable!
And I still can't believe we're all looking at 1st birthdays within the next few months! Our babies have grown so much!
I am absolutely loving being home with my little boy! I think the hardest thing right now is slowing down...lol. There is always so much to do, but I have to tell myself to take time to enjoy being with him and playing. He loves it when I sit on the floor, set up the blocks then let him knock them over! Lol.
Yesterday morning he woke up kind of early, and I wasn't ready to wake up yet. So I changed his diaper and brought him into my room. He lay down, curled up right next to me and went to sleep. It was the cutest thing ever! *sigh*....
Okay. So, I'm down to about 135 lbs right now. It's a weight I'm comfortable with, my clothes fit well, and nothing really looks weird. Lol. But of course over the holidays my mom had to keep telling me I'm too skinny and look unhealthy and blah, blah blah. And then my husband has told me several times that he prefers it when I look "healthier" and that I'm too thin for his taste. Ugh! I'm not starving myself, I don't look gross, and I'm not going to gain weight just because he doesn't think I'm taking care of myself. And just because his family are all...er...heavier people, doesn't mean I need to look that way.
Grrrrrrr :( ...
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Jan 02 2012
V!!! ~ We miss you!! When you have time - fill us in on what's going on! YOu started a new job a little while ago, right? What inspired the move? How are things going?
And I think the whole prego-body just sticks around the older we women get! Ugh. My tummy definitely jiggles more than it used to. So, my goal is to cut out as much sugar as possible - it really effects the elasticity in your skin. And also drink a lot of water - it helps keep your skin soft and retain it's suppleness :)
So nice being home and getting back into a routine!
Hope everyone is doing well :)
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Dec 29 2011
Abby - Yeah, the day he didn't want food - the next day he didn't want his bottle, at all! I'd try to put it in his mouth and he would just bite it and smile... *shrug*... I don't think he's teething yet, though. No idea why he has no teeth at this point but overall he's doing better.
It's official. Logan can crawl now. And he is all. over. the place. It's fun to see how much he loves moving around, but it makes getting things done pretty much impossible while he's awake! Lol. We haven't really baby-proofed anything yet, but that will be done today. He's obsessed with this little corner of the living room where we have a few hand-weights, and my dog keeps her toys. He wants to roll the weights around, but he almost smushed his hand last night. So we need to get everything off the floor that doesn't need to be there (we have a ton of crap all over the place because we're constantly in a state of trying to get organized - and most of it is T's paint and tools).
So, yeah. This morning I had a bridal trial run so I had to get myself ready. I put Logan in his little exersaucer thingy and just prayed he'd be content for about 10 minutes so I could make myself half-way decent. And that was literally all the time I had. Now that he can crawl, he doesn't want to be in anything that prevents him from doing it.
He pulls himself up in his crib, and it's harder to get him to take a nap because he just sits himself up and plays with his blankets! Lol!
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Dec 22 2011
Abby - Yeah, Logan is super clingy over the last few days as well! He wants to do everything in my arms - which, like you said is super exhausting. Anytime I try to put him down he starts to cry and whine. *Sigh*....
Question about food resistance: Yesterday and today Logan has decided that he doesn't want any of his solid food - only his bottle. He'll have a couple of bites, then refuse to eat anymore, and starts throwing a fit if I try. I've had to give him his bottle, take it out of his mouth and give him spoonfuls of food while his mouth his open, put his bottle back in, repeat, and do that a few times during his meal. It may not be the right approach, but at least I'm still getting him to eat other food besides formula. I have absolutely no idea what that's all about! Anyone have any better/more effective approaches?
Other than that, I absolutely love being with my little man! I've managed to stay super busy, and can think of about 20 things in the morning that I need to get done. The main thing is - actually doing them :)
Happy Holiday's, beautiful mamas!
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Dec 20 2011
Well I am officially an at-home-mama. Yesterday was crazy busy with a photo shoot, grocery shopping and Christmas stuff - but today is much more mellow. I signed up for a cookie event at my work (er...old job?) so I baked this morning, and Logan and I will take them over this afternoon. But other than that, not much going on today. I feel like I'm adjusting the way I did when Logan was born and I went on maternity leave (except without the recovery of labor and becoming a new mom). I have to get back in the habit of finding things to do, and keeping myself busy!
Abby - So sorry you and D had a blowout, but at least you were able to get some things aired. T and I had a big fight the other night also, and it's unfortunate that these big blow ups are the only way for some things to come out, I think it sometimes helps afterwards. Hopefully D understands where you're coming from here on out :)
And yay for Evie cutting a tooth! That's so exciting! Yeah, Logan hasn't cut any teeth yet, and he's almost 8 months old. I know that sometimes babies get them later, but I just want to see my little guy progress the way he needs to...*sigh*...
Amy - Yay!! It'll be so nice to have a few days off - spend time with Isa and family. Time to relax, sister!
Yeah, T and I had a fight the other night - and we ended up with a big hole in the wall. What is it with guys and punching holes in the wall when they get mad? I think every man has to do it at least once in his life! *sigh*...
I had brought up me going back to school (because T has decided not to go back next semester), and he was mad because I haven't been a real SAHM yet, and apparently I'm already finding things to do away from Logan. I'm sorry, but one of us has to have some ambition in our life!
Ugh. Still slightly pissed about it, but trying to let it go for now.
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Dec 15 2011
Abby - Yes, ASL = American Sign Language. I originally wanted to be an interpreter, but that program is really, REALLY intense. And at the time I was also in a horrible marriage and couldn't handle that much more stress. So yeah, I switched to English because I've always loved writing and thought about being a journalist.
Yes, I am all over the board when it comes to things I've wanted to do :)... I think it might be a little late for me to register for this semester but I might look into it anyway, just in case they can squeeze me in.
How are things going with the prune juice? Any results? Lol...
And yes - pics of your snowflaked cube would be great!
Logan seemed to be extra fussy yesterday. My MIL called and said he was having a rough day, and when he spent the afternoon/evening with me - he wouldn't let me put him down. He just wanted to be held, which gets very, very tiring! But he slept well, so hopefully he has a better day. Maybe teeth are coming in? ... *shrug*...
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Dec 14 2011
Susan, Nicole & Vanessa - We miss you guys!
Abby - Aaaawww... I'm sorry Evie cried when you left daycare the other day. I think once they start to get a little older, they really start to recognize the attachment to mama and the difference between that and the presence of other people. It's nice in a sense, because it shows that they know who we are - but it's still heart breaking!
Amy - How is Isa doing? Did she seem to be feeling better?
As hard as it is being a mom and having to take care of a sick baby, it's so much harder on them. They have absolutely no way of telling us what hurts - and it just makes me feel so bad when I can't fix it right away.
This week has been crazy!! The phones have been ringing off the hook, we have like 5000 invoices to send out (which I have to sort and stamp by myself), I have to train someone to do some of the things I do because one of the accounting girls is getting surgery done which will take her out of work for 6 weeks, and my Saturday suddenly just filled to the brim! Oy! I'd like to think that staying home with Logan will make life slow down a little bit (which I'm sure it will) but I think for the most part, it's going to be as crazy as ever!
Luckily, I have had so many people asking what my availability is - so I'm hoping that means lots of work coming up.
I'm debating about taking classes this coming semester. I've been pushing Travis to register for classes (because he took this semester off), but he just doesn't want to get off his butt and do it! I want both of us to get our education because it's something that is becoming necessary in order to get a decent job these days - and I want it to be something that our kids see the value in.
So, if I did register - originally I was majoring in ASL, but didn't really pursue it. Then I switched to majoring in English, but what can I really do with that? So, now I'm thinking of just majoring in business. I know it's a popular degree but it seems to be something that would be valuable and useful in a lot of different areas.
|Pregnancy & Parenting||Due in Spring 2011||Dec 12 2011
Yes, this is my last week - and it canNOT go fast enough. Oh. My. Word. I am soooo done with this place. But they're asking me if I'd mind coming in to help once in a while. I don't mind doing it, and it's nice to be able to decide one way or the other. So, we'll see.
Abby - I can't believe your tree fell over! Wow! Yes, good thing Evie wasn't in the way. She may have been traumatized from Christmas trees forever :) ... And how exciting that Evie is trying all sorts of new foods! Yay!
Oh, and Logan doesn't have any teeth yet either. He drools a lot and seems to chew on everything, but nada on the pearly whites! *shrug*...
Amy - Yeah, I think I'll have to try giving Logan prunes, too. He doesn't seem to have too many issues with the new foods, but the little extra boost once in a while would probably help him out :)
Got a little bit of shopping done last week, but still have lots to do. But unfortunately it's going to wait until next week when both T and I get paid. So, it'll be a last minute dash to the stores and the mall right before Christmas Day! Lol.
I can't believe how big Logan is getting. We put him on the scale the other day and he's at about 25 lbs now. It's how I get my workout - lifting him up, putting him down, playing with him, swinging him around, bouncing him, etc. It's a wonder to me how I'm not all muscle at this point...lol! I wish.