Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What is the hardest part of growing up?

My kids are growing up, lets face it, that's just how life goes. 

Watching baby girls' adorable toothless smile brings me so much joy. She is growing up and getting smarter everyday. Today, she found her feet! Well she has been eye balling them for some time but today she was really trying to play with them. The first of my kids to like their feet. It's OK, they get that from me.

It's really not just her though, my older too are also getting big. Well, obviously they are!

I swear it was just yesterday that I was holding my pumpkin in my arms nursing her! Now she is 4 and in pre-school. Acting like a mini teenager some days. Where did my cute little baby go? 

My son is all boy. This kid has bruises and I couldn't tell you where these thing pop up from. He has no fear, I swear. Then the nest moment he is giving me kisses asking for hugs. He is the most sweetest little boy in the world! He is still behind in speech, but I think it's just that he is intelligent. Even Einstein did not speak until he was 4. 

Honestly, I can't remember not being "grown" up. It must have been at some point that I was a kid. But when i was a teenager I loved being able to be free and do as I please. I went for long drives to Newport RI. ( not far from me) in the middle of the night. My best friend and I had so much fun just being together. I didn't go to party's they came to me. Somewhere between being bullied and becoming a mom I had a small window of popularity I guess. It took me until recently to notice that one. I was going through a lot during that time so I just didn't take much notice.

If I was to tell my kids one thing about growing up it's that they should not rush it. I remember wanting to be 21. It's nothing great. When you are 21 you want to be 16 again. Having that freedom is amazing. That life just wasn't for me. I want so much more for them. They need to find themselves in their own way. I just wish that they will always be able to ask me whatever they wish to. 

I met my now husband at 16 and here we are. I always wanted this life. It may not be perfect but it's mine.
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Describe a Typical day in Your Current Life


Describe a Typical day in Your Current Life


My days Are usually the same day to day, but for the purpose of this post I'll use a school day. Who doesn't love school days?

While dreaming peacefully under my nice warm blanket and baby girl by my side, I get woken up by my oldest daughter jumping on my head at six in the morning. As she wakes her baby sister by touching her nose and pushing it in saying "boop". Oh lovely! Now I have no choice but to get up out of bed.

My son is usually still asleep at 8:00 am these days. I love that little boy. He's just growing up so fast.

We come downstairs and I change baby girls diaper. Than I make the older kids their cup of milk. My son wakes up and comes downstairs. With his still glazed over puffy eyes. 

I breastfeed baby girl while the kids drink their milk and watch some T.V. Usually while I simultaneously tell them to stop standing on the couch.  

Baby girl goes down for a little snooze.

After I change my sons diaper and wash my hands I start breakfast. My kids love their sausage and eggs. The are truly their fathers children. Speaking of daddy, he comes home from the gym around now. As you may or may not know hes working on getting his back working right again after having back surgery. He's doing much better these days. Hopefully the doctor will allow him to look for a new job soon.




Any who, after the kids get dressed and I do my pumpkins hair in the cute little pig tails she loves they go off to school. Luckily daddy does this sometimes so I stay home with baby girl. By now it is 9 am.

While baby girl naps I try to get a bit to eat and do a bit of sewing.

Afterwards I nurse her.

The kids get home from school at noon. They tell me what they did in school and show me their cute little art projects. While sitting down for lunch.

It takes about 10 minutes for the mysterious mess to appear. Nobody knows who did it or how it happened.


After cleaning the mess and lunch the kids wind down while running around the house in circles. ha ha.

I nurse Baby girl.

All of the kids go down for a nap. ( yeah, right!)

At this rate it is going to take me forever to write everything that happens from nap time to when i go to bed.

When the kids wake up and baby girl nurses again they all play together. Baby girl has tummy time. They all really do love each other. It is just adorable. 

Somewhere in there supper is made and ready. 

At some point the house gets cleaned and messed again.

When the kids are finally wiped out we put them to bed.

I nurse baby girl.

Again, I try to get some sewing and cleaning done (maybe). Or I just sit down and watch some T.V.








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Sunday, January 13, 2013

New People Baby Brush ~Review and Giveaway~!



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Now down to business.

Recently I was given this baby brush to try out, and I have to say I love it. At first glance, I thought it was similar to the "brush" we were given in the hospital.If you have kids you probably know what brush I'm talking about.

 It's real purpose was used for doctors and nurses to scrub their arms and hands to prep for surgery. Nifty little device though. I believe it is a one time use brush though, so that isn't much fun. 

Until recently there were no brushes out there like it. Other baby brushes just don't compare. 

The baby brushes I have used in the past were pretty much useless. Maybe they were soft, but to me they were way to soft. 

This brush is non-toxic, free of sharp edges, extremely soft and dishwasher safe (top rack). It’s made of Polypropylene an inert plastic. That means its landfill safe and recyclable. (sweet)
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This brush by New People has bristles that are not only soft but are placed in just the right spot. Close enough to remove tangles and soft enough for babies with very little hair. (even for moms who feel the need to use it on themselves first, like me). As you can see below, even my 4 year old used it with great results. 



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It also worked great for baby girl. She has cradle cap right now and I like to use a brush with a bit of baby oil during bath time. This worked so much better. Hopefully we can kick cradle caps butt with it. 



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Friday, January 11, 2013

Describe 10 Pet Peeves you have

Next on the to do list- list 10 pet peeves. Hmm, there may be a lot more then 10 but I will narrow it down.


1. People using silly words for a pregnant mother, e.i "preggo". Something about that irritates me.

2. Drivers who do not use their turn signal. 

3. Drivers who do not turn right on red, when it is permitted.

4. People looking over my shoulder when I am reading. 

5. When people do not have the common courtesy to call before stopping by.

6. People who use the word Irregardless in the wrong way. 

7.  People who consider their dog their child. Not even close. If that dog attacks your child I highly doubt it will get just a time out. 

8. The noise of something scratching metal, chalk boards and glass.

9. Empty boxes in the pantry.

10. The people who baby talk with the dog they consider their child.


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Describe your most embarrassing moment

I think that we have all had embarrassing moments. It is hard to come up with a good one. 

My first child was born October 2008 via emergency C-Section. It was an awful experience, my doctor still doesn't know what happened. Maybe I will tell you all about it one day, if anybody cares to read.

After the procedure I couldn't move very much and needed a lot of help. 

Being the time of person I am, I embarrass all to easy. Just the fact I couldn't clean myself made me go beat red in the face and gave me almost a panic attack. It was embarrassing. Those nurses are trained for that, I get it, I'm a CNA. Yet that feeling of not being able to help myself with a simple task was degrading. It was my fault, and I was embarrassed for that. 

Kind of a sad story, not as funny as it should be. 

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4 people who have influenced me


This is my ninth post of my 30 things series. Enjoy.


4 people who have influenced me 


1. My children are the biggest part of who I am. As silly as it sounds that created the woman I am. My life changed the month that first pregnancy test read positive. But in all honesty I just don't think I would be me without all three of them.

2. Even though my relationship with my mom in dad is not the typical family style, the way I have been brought up does make me who I am. As dysfunctional as it was, my experiences in life influenced the person I have become. Not saying it was dysfunctional per say, but my parents were not together. 

3. My middle school teacher, Ms. Campopiano was a tough cookie. She always had faith in me  and we still e-mail. 

4. My best friend Jessica and I have gone through a lot together. Life has thrown us many curve balls. We have gotten through amazing highs and sad lows. Our relationship is not what it used to be, but I know that with time it will be just as great. As we both have said, "it's fate".






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Thursday, January 10, 2013

What Are 5 Passions You Have

The next task on my list of 30 things my kids should know about me has me thinking a lot about my passions.

What are you passionate about?

1. My kids are my life. I don't think there is a greater passion then being a mother.

2. Going to school was never something to be excited about as a kid, but now I love it.

3. I may not be a seamstress but I do love sewing and cannot wait to get myself a brand new machine.

4. I feel that breast is best and I am a lactivist.

5. Since we are talking passion, my greatest passion besides my kids would be my husband. I love that man.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Letter to Myself As a New Mom

This is the letter I'm sure I'd want to read years ago when the diapers and sleepless nights had just began. Also those tiring first days in the hospital when breastfeeding was just not working.


Dear New Mom,

You're alive! You made it through the most horrible and most extraordinary experience of your life. That Cesarean section was not planned, and it may have almost taken your life but you're here. The nurses are not helpful with nursing and they are pushing formula on your new baby girl. You know this is wrong, but you just don't know what to do. She wont latch on right and your toes are curling from the pain. When she starts losing weight they will give you no choice but to supplement. Yet, you persevere. You want this to work and you will give it your all. Nursing is not always easy.

Do not get discouraged over this. It will get easier. Find the lactation nurse. She knows what she is doing. The first six weeks of nursing will seem like an uphill battle, but it gets better. You may want to give up right now but later on you will be so proud. A few months from now you will be extremely happy. Your nursing relationship will improve and you will educate yourself as you should have during your pregnancy.

Becoming pregnant again was not on you to do list. It will happen a lot sooner then you want it to. Your baby is 12 weeks old and you are just getting a handle on things. You're scared and don't know how you'll make it. This will pass. You are a strong woman and a great mother. 

You are not perfect, no mother is. You are beautiful. Even with the stretchmarks. 

You will sleep through the night again. You will have a clean home again. You will wear pre-baby clothes again. Take it one day at a time. 

Soon you will have three young children and it will just come naturally just as you wish it would now. It takes hard work and you have worked so hard to become the woman you are.

You will be in college and juggling life as a mom of three. You may not lose all that baby weight but you have those three precious babies. 

Just know that you will successfully breastfeed all of your children and do so in public without a care. 

You are strong!

Baby #3
The road ahead looks tough, I'm sure. There will be days when you are sad and don't understand why. You are overwhelmed and exhausted. This time may seem like it will never end, but somehow you will find a way. 
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Monday, January 7, 2013

What Is Your Dream Job, and Why?

When I was in Junior High and High school I never gave much thought into what I wanted to be when i grew up. Honestly, I thought I would never know. Stressing about it was not something i wanted to do. Yet, I did.

Here we are so many years later. I'm a mother of three young children. Also, currently in my third painful year of college. Seriously, three years and I'm still considered a freshmen. I'm not completely sure which bothers me more. The fact it has been three years and I'm not a Nurse yet or the fact that I'm still a freshmen.

Nevertheless, I am in college and I am making it one step at a time towards my goals. I love being a stay at home mom. Also, I love working. 

When I was 16 years old I became a C.N.A. There have been times of unemployment, but that is what I consider being a stay at home mom. As of right now I am staying home so I can also go to school. It just was not practical to do both. The last semester was a failure. But honestly who can make it through dissecting a cat while being pregnant? Somehow I made it through almost half of that semester, and had to drop it. My morning sickness was unbearable. Yet I hid it very well. The first 19 weeks of the pregnancy with baby girl were horrible. I did not gain any weight really until the third trimester. Which was OK for me, so don't panic. She was healthy and 7.6 lbs. 

I love children, babies especially. I have even thought of being a surrogate. Not sure how my husband would take that one. 

After thinking long and hard about what I wanted, and going through the notions I decided I want to be a Midwife. With my obsession over pregnancy, breastfeeding and everything baby this career just fits me. 

It will take 7 years of Nursing, and a Masters degree to reach that goal. Did I mention that I'm still a freshmen? 

Thankfully, I am almost done the pre-reqs for it. After this semester I have Physiology, Micro-biology, and a humanities elective. That is 2 or 3 more semesters. Maybe by then I will be a sophomore. Luckily I'm currently in my 20's and there is hope to make my goal before 30. Hopefully I'm not setting the bar up too high. 

With that said, wish me luck at braving another semester and cat dissection. 

What is your dream job?



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Sunday, January 6, 2013

If You Could Have Three Wishes, What Would You Wish For?

If you have been following me you know that I have been working on a series called 30 things my kids should know about me. 

I have a page dedicated to it at the top of my blog.

Maybe I am odd, but I just never really wish for anything. That being said, here is my three wishes. 

1. There are far to many stories of children being harmed, and murdered and I just want this to end. How can a mother harm her own child? 

2. Same goes for anything that hurts children (like dressers or book cases falling). I recently read this horrible story at Love, Light, Laughter and Chocolate that made be cringe and weap. Please, If you are like me and sad stories traumatize you then do not read her story. 

3. I wish that my children will grow up to amazing individuals. My wish for them is to be unique and caring. 

So there you have it. My three wishes. 






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Saturday, January 5, 2013

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5 things that make me most happy right now

It's time for another post from the 30 things series! Yay! This is actually a really fun topic. I'm not sure if my kids would be interested, but this is an excellent idea.

for my fifth post I am supposed to list 5 things that make me happy right now.

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5 things that make me most happy right now

1. My children. This is the most obvious of all. All three of them bring me such incredible joy. Whether they are sticky, dirty, messy or clean they always manage to make me smile. I love these kids. Best kids ever.



2. Sewing! It is a new found passion and I do not know how I ever went on without it. I self taught myself and I have to say I have some pretty awesome skills. It brings me stress relief as well. Win win.



3. That man that I love so much! 

4. Our Home. It may not be as clean as we would like it be but it is ours. 

5. Being a student makes me happy. My 16 year old self would probably laugh at that. I had to take the fall semester off because I had baby girl the week school started but I go back in a few weeks and I am so happy to be able to go back. I'm sure it will be hard but I know I will have help. 


What are you most happy about right now?


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Friday, January 4, 2013

10 Things I Would Tell My 16 Year Old Self

Are you ready for another installment of my 30 things? Here it goes! If you have missed my last 3 posts then head over here for 20 random facts about me. Also, click here for my 3 most legitimate fears. If you want to know more go here to read about my relationship with my spouse.

10 Things I would tell my 16 year old self

Me at 16


1. Start eating healthy now! You will not like how big you get after having kids. yes, you become a mom!

2. Don't pay attention to those people who say your ugly, you are beautiful!

3. You are an amazing person and do not let them bully you. You are worth much more then you realize.

4. Stay in school! I know it is hard, and those girls make life more difficult then it has to be but you need to hold on. You will love college and staying in school will make it all less difficult.

5. That guy your seeing, you know that cute guy you just met? Keep him! He may drive you crazy and break your heart but he will be your husband one day and you will have a house and three amazing kids. It wont be easy to hang on but trust me it will be worth it.

6. Do not bother with the other guys. You know what I mean.

7. Say sorry to your mother.

8. Start working out! You will want to be in shape or else you will gain 70 lbs with that first kid. You may be thin, but trust me get some muscle!

9. You will want to be a midwife soon, so stay in school! Finish early and go right to college. These pre-requisites are taking me forever!

10. Try to be more outgoing. You will create more opportunities in life if you talk more and open up about how you feel. Stop hiding in the shadows and walk amongst the living. You will have plenty of time to be a zombie when you have three little ones running around.

Sincerely, 23 year old you.


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15 Baby Products You Can Live Without

There are so many baby products out there, and I can see how some moms get caught up in the hype of them. Honestly moms what products did you find had absolutely no use, or little use? 

So there may be some of these silly products that can be used, but I doubt they will be used longer then a few weeks. 


Personally I would rather receive items that give me more bang for my buck. All of the big baby items like crib, bassinet, boppy pillow, pack 'n' play etc. have been reused from my oldest child. No need to keep buying those things, unless you sell them or they are damaged. Although, if I had the money I would buy one of those co-sleeper beds. We co-sleep with baby girl and I love it. However, there are times I like to just put her in the bassinet by the bed so I can stretch out. 

Alright, so I have come up with this list of seriously silly, completely ridiculous, and downright not needed baby items to cross of your baby registry. 

If I missed anything let me know? What did you find you didn't need?



Top 15 Baby Items you DO NOT need



1. Baby Wipe Warmer- Seriously, this product is not needed. The world isn't perfect, and this is teaching your child the opposite. Sometimes you butt will get cold. Hold the wipe in your hand a few second. There you go, I just saved you $20.00. Life isn't perfect, so don't sugar coat it.








2. Bottle Warmer- I never used bottles, but if I had I would never use a bottle warmer. It is a silly expense. This is just as silly as a wipe warmer for similar reasons. Just skip it. They even make wipe warmer/bottle warmer combos now.








3. Changing Table- Confession time. I do own one. I probably used it a handful of times, and currently it is serving another purpose in our laundry room. The thing is it was made for us, not bought. It is a desk, re-purposed. If you think you will use it, then go for it. It is really unnecessary though.






4. Pee-Pee Teepee- 
Being that I am a mother of a boy and two girls, listen to me, you will get pee'd on by both. If you want to avoid those love piddles then just but a cloth over it. It is a cone you put over the penis to protect against pee getting into your face. A diaper change takes a few seconds, deal with it.




5. "Thudguard" Helmet-
The name says it all. This is just silly, kids stumble.








6. Swimming Neck Ring-
 Does this even sound safe? This product gives me nightmares. Its essentially a pool float you put around your babies neck. 





7. Her First Heels-
 As cute as you may think these are they come with a hefty price tag. 







8. The Babykeeper-
This thing looks dangerous, but that is not the reason I wouldn't own one. Having a child means you lose you free hands. If you can't have another adult hold your child then don't use a public restroom. Baby loves to be in your arms. 




9. Baby Perfume- Are you kidding me? They have this stuff on the market? Personally, I do not wear perfume while my kids are babies. They have eczema so I find it to irritate their delicate skin. This product at $35.00 a bottle is just not worth it. 





10. Baby Bathrobe-
You probably will never use these. I have some with tags still from my first child. 








11. The Peekaru-
I seriously laughed out loud when I saw this. It's a product for moms who baby wear. There is a little whole for you baby to peak out of. Essentially it is a snuggie for mom and baby. No, just no. 








12. Glider- You probably wont use this. I find my couch to be the best place to nurse, or in bed.












13. Bumbo seats- Never owned one, and I never will. Hold your baby in your lap, that is where they want to be after all. 











14. Baby Powder-  I think it's common knowledge that inhalation of talc baby powder can cause very serious breathing problems and even death. Talc is closely related to the potent carcinogen asbestos. Talc particles have been shown to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. If you've got it, toss it. Cornstarch-based powders are just as effective and much safer. And so many moms don't even use powder in any form, so it's not even necessary.







15. Bottle propping devices-
As I said before I never used bottles but I still find this to be ridiculous. Are you that busy to not hold your baby? That is just crazy. Your baby wants to be in your arms. If they cant hold the bottle themselves then you need to hold it for them. This is one of those products that gets under my skin. Same as when i see babies who can hold their bottles being put in the crib with them. Please do not do this. Both of these things are dangerous. 




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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Describe your relationship with your spouse


My oldest two children just went back to school today, after a long Christmas vacation. They were so excited too! I am trying to enjoy how much they love school right now, because as soon as they become teenagers I am sure it will be difficult to even wake them up in the morning. Which that I would not mind right now. If they go to bed late, they still wake up at 6 am.

Did I mention how much I hate the cold weather? It was 6 degrees (Fahrenheit) outside this morning.

Alright, so I am supposed to write about the relationship with my spouse. Personally I just think that is a private matter. So I wont be going into much detail. Every relationship has its high points and its low points. We have gotten through a lot in the last 8 years. We were kids when we met after all. I was only 15 years old. We have a bit of a gap in age, but that never defined us. I was always the mature one in the relationship. We helped each other grow and become better people.

He truly is an amazing father and I am so glad that he is the man I had my children with. I know that I will never find another man quite as caring as he is. He is my rock. The world just would not be the same without him in it. Somehow nothing seems to be able to break us apart. The struggles we have gone through would break up a lot of homes, but we manage to stay strong. I didn't exactly have my father around while growing up, but I wish mine was as great as my husband is.

There is a lot I can say about that amazing man that I call my husband but that is something that should be left  unknown. I do love him to death.







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New Year, New You! #gethealthy

As a family we have decided to have better eating habits and to get healthy. Being a mom of three children under the age 5 means that I have a little extra weight that needs to come off. After I had my son (child#2) I tried to lose weight. Even after I shed the baby weight from that pregnancy I still had 30 lbs from my first. That 70 lb weight gain was horrible! 



My body used to be slender, not stick figure skinny but I was in shape. Also, I was a teenager so I know my expectations for my body are pretty high considering. We all really need to eat better. That is where I failed. We have a goal for 2013 to get healthy and we are going to do it with the help of eMeals. No it isn't a weight loss program. Rather, it is a DIY sort of thing. 

eMeals has many different plan options to choose from.  Whether you want a classic meal plan, paleo, organic, vegetarian, low carb or a low fat plan there is something for you. You will also get a grocery list tailored to help cut your grocery bill down. 

My favorite part about it is not only the meals and recipes but the fact that it will help us get organised and save time.

Keep in mind that the below chart is not tailored for breastfeeding moms. A good rule of thumb is to add 300-500 extra calories for nursing moms. Also, sometimes if you reduce your fate intake you milk supple will decrease. So do that slowly, and pay attention to your body. It's a good idea to consult your doctor first before doing any dieting. 



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