Monday, September 24, 2012

#MMM I'm Sorry for Breaking Your Heart

Fuss has learned the fine art of apology. At least most of the time. Sunday evening we went out to a friend's house for a Pampered Chef party. Fuss said bye bye to Daddy as we left, but he went to work before we got home. As we were leaving, Fuss asked to see Daddy. I told her Daddy was at work. At this point, she started crying and going, "I'll never see him again!" We get into the car and she is still crying with little bouts of silence. When she finally is sitting there with tears running down her cheeks, she says, "I want Daddy! I miss him and I love him! I never seen him again!" I almost burst into tears myself! It was so heartbreaking to hear. So, not thinking, I said, "Honey, you are breaking my heart! Daddy is at work."

After we got home, Daddy called her from work while on his break. She got to tell him "I love you and miss you" and she told him good night. I asked her if she felt better knowing that Daddy said he'd be back in the morning, and she said, "Yes." As we were watching TV and getting cuddle time before bed, she turns to me and says, "Mommy, I'm sorry." I asked what for. She says, "I sorry I break your heart." So, I told her "It's okay. I feel much better now and you make Mommy's heart happy. You made me feel a lot better." She hugged me tight and we cuddled until bedtime. It was so sweet, I just had to share!

Nothing much to report for now. Hoping to get a few reviews and/or giveaways set up soon, but no guarantees on that since I'm working a full-time schedule at this point. Plus, I am exhausted all the time. Guess I really need more sleep!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Crappy Mom Here Too

After this ^ photo caused a HUGE debate on Life With Levi's Facebook Page, she wrote the awesome post about why she is a "crappy mom." This photo is meant to celebrate our differences and show how we're all STILL great moms to our kids because we love them! I personally, had a great response to the photo on my page and I hope that all the moms out there understand why I'm adding to this link-up.

Why I am a Crappy Mom

- I feed Fuss fruit loops and lucky charms for breakfast because I don't like to eat breakfast and hate cooking that early in the morning. 

- I have cussed in front of Fuss although I try to keep it to a minimum. She hasn't repeated me yet, but I am sure she will one day. 

- We have taught Fuss that boys have a penis and girls have a vagina.

- I was a SAHM for 2 years.

- I am now a WAHM and send Fuss to the sitter 3 days a week.

- I had an induction that ended in a C-Section.

- Fuss's favorite foods are chicken nuggets and fries with ranch, macaroni and cheese, and pizza.

- I wore Fuss.

- I use a stroller.

- I have a dog that often forgets Fuss is as small as she is and knocks her over.

- I let Fuss feed the dog.

- Fuss has eaten dog food.

- Some days we stay in jammies all day.

- There are days I wonder why I decided to have a baby in the first place...and then I am reminded.

- I do not vacuum daily...or even on a semi-regular basis. Mostly, whenever I find crumbs and can't stand tracking them all over the house.

- Laundry tends to sit in clean piles on my loveseat. If it is folded, it still stays on the loveseat because I don't want to put it away.

- Dishes sit in the sink for a day or two sometimes so I get enough to do a full load in the dishwasher.

- Fuss is in dance and tumbling.

- Fuss knows her letters, numbers to 25, colors, and most of her shapes. She can spell half her name.

- I breastfed for 15.5 months.

- I used disposables.

- I used cloth diapers.

- I used/use disposable wipes (even with cloth diapers).

I am sure there are DOZENS of other reasons why I am a crappy mom, but I am the perfect mom for my Fuss. If I had not been perfect for her, she would not have chosen our family to be a part of and be born into. We were blessed with our Fuss. She is a light to my world. And, yes, some days she is the bane of my existence, but that does not mean I don't still love her and cherish her. So, I am proud to be a crappy mom!

Feel free to comment below with why YOU are a crappy mom too!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

#MMM Good News!

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Fuss does NOT have an extra tooth! She actually has an extra cusp on her 2-year molar. *Whew* The dentist says this is a good thing because she will have extra room for her permanent teeth.

There isn't much else to report. I have a sinus infection with fluid in both ears. My ears were starting to get red and infected too. Now, I'm on amoxicillin for 10 days. It would be great if I could breathe again!  At least I'm not feeling as badly as I did a few days ago before the meds. The only bad thing is that I am probably going to get another yeast infection after having done all that work last week! Oh, well. Life goes on.

More next week as I am not feeling well right now and need to go lie down and rest. I have a lot of work to do tomorrow.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

We Will Never Forget

Like those in our grandparent's generation who remember in exact detail where they were and what they were doing when President Kennedy was assassinated, each of us will remember the events leading up to what will forever change the American psyche.

Where was I? I had just come down from my dorm room on the campus of WVU to head to Biology Lab. I hit the lobby and saw the Twin Towers with only 1 tower in flames. At that point, the speculation was of a pilot who had made a mistake, flown too low, and crashed. I left and was sitting in the hallway waiting for lab to start when a classmate came in and said a second plane had hit. I was on the phone with my great-grandmother, waking her up to watch the news. We sat through lab, waiting and wondering what was going on. When I got back to my dorm room, I turned on the TV and found out about plane 3 that hit the Pentagon. My roommate was trying to call her mom who was scheduled for a meeting there that morning.

I called my Dad and he didn't pick up. I didn't think he would. He was active duty at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and they were on lock down. I called my Step-Mom. Several tries later, I finally got her and she assured me Dad was still at the base on high alert, but safe. By this time, they were announcing cell silence for those who did not need it immediately so people in NYC could reach their loved ones.

By the end of the day, we heard about Flight 93 and the passengers that saved an unknown target. We heard about the Fall of the Towers. We heard about the deaths and the injuries. The campus was silent. We were silent. We reached out to one another that day as fellow humans regardless of race or background. Just like the rest of the nation, we came together.

The line I think of most often comes from FDR's speech declaring war on Japan for their attack on Pearl Harbor, the only other time there was an attack on American soil, that this "is a date which will live in infamy." And, for good or bad, it has. We were reminded that we are not invincible. However, we were also reminded that we are all the same. Black, white, gay, straight, male, and female. We are all Americans. No matter what, we need to remember that EVERY DAY! If we cannot pick up and carry on enjoying each day that we have together as a country, as a FAMILY, then the terrorists have won. We must remember those that risked their lives on 9-11-01, but also remember those that risk their lives DAILY - and thank them. Thank the retired soldier who lost his "brothers" in the war. Thank the policemen and firemen who show up at a car accident knowing a child may have died. And thank all those behind the scenes. The husbands, wives, and children who sit by and watch as their  loved ones walk out the door, knowing it may be months before they see each other again...if they ever do.


Monday, September 10, 2012

#MMM Now, I'm Annoyed

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Job was going great. Really, it still is. I got a raise and have been making very high marks on all my QA. The only problem is that now I am pretty much back to a single doctor. That doctor has 6 days off this month. In addition to that, the doctors don't work on Sunday, -5 days.  Then, they didn't work on Labor Day, -1 day. That makes a grand total of 12 days that I am without work! Thankfully, I have been asked 2 times already this week to help fill in with another doctor, but I am not sure how we're going to manage this. Our child care expense has gone up since Fuss is now going to the sitter 3 days instead of 2 a week. *sigh* I guess we will see what happens in the coming weeks. Hopefully, I am asked to consistently fill in.

Fuss goes to her first dance class this week. She is SO excited! I had her try on her leotard and she didn't want to take it off to go to bed! LOL. I am excited for her. I loved dance and I hope she will too. She also gets to do tumbling. Depending on how things go, she may end up in just tumbling down the line (she is definitely our little gymnast).

I also have to go to the dentist on Wednesday for a cleaning, but I have to take Fuss with me because she is still complaining of her teeth hurting. All of her 2-year molars are erupted, but it looks to me like she has an extra tooth coming in on the side of the last molar. She has a lot of inflammation and is saying her ears and teeth hurt. That is exactly what she said when she was teething in the first place! I took her to our pedi and all he said was "watch her and if she is uncomfortable give her medicine." First of all, I wouldn't have called him if I hadn't thought it was necessary. Secondly, that is not an answer! And third, I don't want my 2-year-old running around half-dazed because she is on pain killers all day! Our solution has been Hyland's Teething Tablets, Orajel, and THEN pain medicine if she continues to complain. And ONLY if she complains. I don't get it. She has inflammation and there are 6 points on this molar instead of 4, but all I am told is her ears are clear and to watch her? Sometimes doctors are irritating. Normally, he is one of the good doctors too. He even asked me if I was still breastfeeding (last appointment with him we were)! He is supportive of an extended/altered vaccination schedule as well. Most of the time, I love him. Last week he just pissed me off! I just hope my dentist can shed some light on the matter and get all of us some relief.

So, next week, we'll have an update on the teeth if I haven't posted about that sooner, and we will have an update about Fuss's dance class! I can't wait!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Happy Grandparent's Day!

Today, I just want to take a moment to tell all of you who are grandparents "Happy Grandparents Day!" and thanks for always being there to help us newbies out. Hubby and I were talking about something last night. He said, "My mom always says, I don't want to tell you how to parent your child." But we always tell her that she's been there, done that, and raised 3 wonderful why wouldn't we take her advice? The same goes for my parents. Fuss is our first child. We welcome advice! We sometimes have NO CLUE what we are doing! (Imagine that.) And sometimes, it's just nice to have a different perspective on things.

I want to send a special shout out to my very own Gramma and Grampa L. They are my step-mom's parents, but have ALWAYS treated me like family. From the fun, little cards Gramma sends for every holiday to the personalized gifts given through the years, and now to the wonderful gifts and love they show to Fuss. THANK YOU. You will never know just how much it means to us, to me.

Grandma Sherri, although you are in SC, we love you and think of you often! Cannot wait to see you again! Fuss and I both really enjoy your visits and maybe one day we will make it to SC to visit. ;)

From Fuss: Happy Grandparents Day to Papaw and Mammy, Poppa and Grammy, Grandmommy and Paja, Great-Gramma and Great-Grampa L, Great-Grandpa H, Great-Grandma Sherri, and Great-Great-Grandpa Poppy.

Monday, September 3, 2012

#MMM Happy Labor Day!

To Manic Mommy Monday, started by The Gnome's Mom, hosted by Crunchier by the Day and 2 Sleeping Babies...where Mommy bloggers from all walks of life join together to share a little bit about ourselves, our families, our lives. Sometimes we get too busy planning events and running around that we need a reminder to just take a breath and enjoy the insanity. Feel free to link your blog up here as well!  
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All is pretty calm around here so far this month. I have my first full-month paycheck coming in this week, which I am very excited about! I get to pay back the "loan" I took from our personal account to purchase necessary equipment before I was able to start working.  I have given in and gotten an ergonomic keyboard for myself as I was already starting to have wrist pain and hand numbness - both early signs of strain and carpal tunnel syndrome. I have been using the Logitech Wireless Wave MK550 for nearly 2 weeks and I am LOVING it! (No, I have not been reimbursed or given any type of compensation for this plug, I just really like it!) I haven't ever been comfortable using the split keyboards, so when I found the wave I decided to try it out. It even has a built-in cushy wrist rest. I had to still get used to a slightly different layout, but it wasn't bad at all. Plus, it comes with a wireless mouse too. 

Fuss is still up to her normal shenanigans. She now "reads" stories to us (in other words, she memorized them and repeats them looking at the pictures) and she can spell the first 4 letters of her 5-letter name! She loves watching her Signing Time DVD's and tries to sign along with them. We had done basic signs with her from 6 months on, but this is so great! I really hope to use them much more with (hopeful) #2!

We have begun our TTC journey now and, go figure, I end up with a horrible yeast infection! I have to be treated for a full week to make sure it is gone. I have also had to bleach ALL of my towels/washcloths and intend to do the same with all the underwear in the house...well, except Fuss's. lol. This is no fun at all. The worst part is that I have been dealing with the symptoms for over a month (maybe longer) and thought I had knocked it out. Apparently not. If this doesn't work, I'm not sure what we're going to do, but I seem to be a little better already. **Note: I have not had the "typical" YI symptoms. No itching. No burning. Just a little skin cracking. Go figure.**

 I really enjoy quiet weeks. The only problem is that I know it's usually the calm before the storm! We normally end up having all Hell break loose after a few quiet weeks. Oh well. 

Since today is Labor Day, don't forget to check out Fuss's Birth Story before you leave. It is quite wordy, but so much happened that I couldn't figure out how to comprehend it without all the words.