Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thankful November, Day 26

November 26, 2013

I'm thankful for our heat pump.
Over the last several years, we weren't able to afford to run our heat very high in the winter. (59*)
And you could forget about air conditioning. 
But right after Sweet Pea was born, my mom bought us a heat pump and had it installed.
It was like heaven!
We were able to keep it at a cool 72* all summer, and a so far we've been able to keep it at a warm 68* this autumn.
The air conditioning part of it, raised our electric bill $27, which was totally worth it! And doable.
And the cost of running it nearly 10* warmer in the autumn, is about the same price as it was last year!
It's so great having this thing with Sweet Pea around, we couldn't keep it that cold with her in the house.
And it was reaching 100* in the summer here.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thankful November, Day 25

November 25, 2013

I'm thankful for former friends.
I've had a few really crappy friends in my life, and I'm grateful for them.
Why you ask? Because, having them in my live makes me aware of what to look for in people, to make sure I never have those type of people in my life again.
 It also makes really appreciate the good ones I still have left.
They've also made me realize my self worth.
Made me realize that I don't need trash like them in my life. 
I have true gems in my heart. 
And for that, I'm truly thankful.  

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thankful November, Day 24

November 24, 2013

I'm thankful for crocheting.
Can you tell I'm running out of ideas yet? How sad is that?
I have an online friend who is super creative and talented with her crocheting abilities.
In fact, you should go check out her page and show her some love. 
Anyway, she taught herself how to crochet, while raising two small adorable boys.
And inspired me to teach myself to do the same.
I wanted to make Sweet Pea a Cabbage Patch wig for Halloween.
This friend was such a huge help. 
So really, I'm thankful for this friend lol

But crocheting in general is great too.
It's cheap, if you buy the inexpensive yarn. And barrow the hooks from your mom.
I'm progressing alright, I suppose.
I made a slipper. 
Just one. LOL
I got side tracked and forgot what size hook I used.
It's fun, try it.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy half birthday Sweet Pea!

We went for Sweet Pea's 6 month well child check up Thursday. I was less than impressed with the visit. She informed us that we need to put our 6 month old daughter, get this, on a diet! She wants us to cut back her formula, and give her 3 bottles of water a day! She also wants us to give her rice cereal, which is nothing but baby junk food that has trace amounts of arsenic in it. Sweet Pea weighs 20 lbs, she's a chunk, but she's perfect. I will not have people, and that includes doctors, tell her that she's fat.

The doctor also wanted us to give Sweet Pea fluoride. That will never, ever happen. There's fluoride in toothpaste, so when she gets teeth, and we brush her teeth, that will be enough. Ingesting fluoride is extremely unhealthy for anyone, why would I give it to my baby?! When we declined it, the doctor looked at Sweet Pea and said, "I tried baby. I'm so sorry." Excuse me? Undermine much? The only reason we don't switch doctors is because we're afraid the next one would be worse. But other than stupid useless doctors, Sweet Pea is wonderful, and healthy.

As I said, she weighs 20 lbs (85th%) 17.5 inch head (97th%) and 27 inches long (45th% I think) At the end of every undermining visit, the doctor says how perfect Sweet Pea is. Well, duh. I know how perfect she is!

A couple of weeks ago we captured her perfectness at JCPenny's. We included my parents on both sides for Christmas pictures, as well as my Grandparents. They turned out amazing! We're keeping the ones with the family to ourselves, because they may or may not be given out as gifts. But here are some of just Miss Pea.

 She has grown and changed so much. And I know that it's a major cliche, but it seems like she just arrived yesterday, but at the same time, I can't remember a time that she wasn't here. And we officially have a mobile baby! She rolls everywhere! She's working on crawling, but we've still got a ways to go. I think she'll be a roller for a while, like her oldest cousin was when she was a baby.

 We gave her a bite of mashed potatoes a couple of nights ago, because Mister just couldn't wait any longer. She looked at us like we were nuts. She is just not ready for food yet. I knew it in my gut, but no one would listen. She didn't gag or choke, but she's just not interested, and she's doing just fine on her milkies as of right now. Mother really does know best.
I love this picture. Seeing how tiny she was, and how much she's grown. It also makes me a little sad. It's all happening so fast. I'm so blessed that I got this chance to have this amazing, beautiful, bright little girl. I'm the luckiest mommy alive. And I will be one of those moms that continuously gushes about their kids. My kid and my husband are my life. My life will always revolve around them.

This is the picture Sweet Pea is holding. She was such a tiny little squish!

Thankful November, Day 23

November 23, 2013

I'm thankful for our Playtex Ventaire bottles.
When Sweet Pea was a tiny newborn, she had a lot of gas problems. 
We originally used basic glass bottles. 
But poor Sweet Pea screamed for hours due to a lactose sensitivity. 
So we switched formulas as well, which was a big help.
But the bottles played a big roll.
There are a lot of parts to wash, but it's totally worth it! 
I'm sure any vented bottle works great, but for us, these bottles were a total life saver!! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thankful November, Day 22

November 22, 2013

I'm thankful for Similac sensitive formula.
I'm a huge supporter of breast feeding. I truly believe that if you are able to, you should breastfeed your baby. Breast is best.
I however, am not able to breastfeed Sweet Pea, due to a medication issue. So we formula feed.
We were given Enfamil formula before Sweet Pea was born, a whole case of it. That's also what the hospital gave us. So that's what we fed her the first several weeks of her life.
In those first several weeks of her life, she cried screamed. A lot. 
She would turn purple she cried screamed so much.
She also vomited. A LOT.
We took her to the doctor, and they labeled her with colic. 
They also said she may have a lactose sensitivity.
We switched her to Enfamil Gentlease. That helped quite a bit. but she still screamed.
But when we went into WIC, they wouldn't give us and Enfamil. So we went to Similac.
Once we switched to Similac sensitive, all the problems seemed to go away! 
The screaming, the vomiting (for the most part) It was like the a whole new baby.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thankful November, Day 21

November 21, 2013

I got this at Mommycon, back in September, and I completely forgot about it. Until recently.
Our family has been under a lot of  stress lately.
This spray has been a minor life savor.
It smells of heavenly ginger, and is 100% free of toxins.
I spray some in the air before bed, and a little on my pillow.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thankful November, Day 20

November 20, 2013

I'm thankful for government run programs, like WIC
WIC isn't just for low income families, the're a great recourse for breastfeeding as well.
Our local WIC office offers breastfeeding classes, lactation support, and pump rental.
I'm not able to breastfeed Sweet Pea, due to a medication issue.
We happen to be low income, so WIC helps us buy fresh fruits and veggies, and formula for Sweet Pea. 
Starting next month, they'll also be giving us baby food.
However, we're planning on practicing baby led weaning, instead of feeding her purees.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thankful November, Day 19

November 19, 2013

I'm thankful I made it through the day.
Yesterday was a very hard day.
Mister got a call, very early in the morning about his dad, and had to leave.
I had Sweet Pea all day by myself.
She was not in a  good mood.
When Mister came home, he needed a nap, so I had Sweet Pea for most of the evening by myself.
Again, she was NOT in a good mood.
Mister got up, I fed Sweet Pea her dinner time bottle.
She puked on me.
I went to bed tired and defeated. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Thankful November, Day 18

November 18, 2013

I'm thankful for the FIL's caregivers.
He's got dementia, on top of Parkinson's.
He was never a very nice man, but the dementia has turned him into a giant arse.
His caregivers put up with a lot of crap, and I'm thankful they do.
So we don't.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thankful November, Day 17

November 17, 2013

I'm thankful for my Mom, Dad and Mister.
For working SO incredibly hard on installing our new washer and dryer. 
And I'm EXTRA thankful for my mom for buying us a brand new dryer! 
We were originally going to get her old washer, from 2008 and her dryer from 1990. 
But when we tried to install the dryer it wouldn't work for one reason or another.
So my mom bought us a brand new one!
My dad came over today to help Mister install it!
They're both up and running today!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thankful November, Day 16

November 16, 2013

I'm thankful for co-sleeping.
I get to snuggle up to my Sweet Pea every night.
Without it, I would lose my mind.
I had every intention of having her sleep in a crib, but she wouldn't sleep anywhere but my arms. 
I fall asleep each night, to the sweet smell of Sweet Pea's head, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thankful November, Day 15

November 15, 2013

I'm thankful for my placenta!
Most of you know I encapsulated my placenta.
It still comes in handy!
When I'm having a hard day, or having bad anxiety, I just pop a couple placenta pills and I'm feeling much better within 30 minutes. 
I also have a tincture on its way to me as we speak. 
We had some communication issues. 
I highly recommend it to every pregnant woman!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thankful November, Day 14

November 14, 2013 

I'm thankful for Big Lots.
Money is extremely tight.
But Big Lots has a great toy aisle for babies, with toys ranging from $3-$10.
We were able to buy Sweet Pea quite a few presents for Christmas.
It's going to be a great first Christmas!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thankful November, Day 13

November 13, 2013

I'm thankful for the BIL and SIL.
I'm very sad that they moved all the way across the country.
I feel horribly guilty about not telling them about Sweet Pea sooner.
They're going to be sending a box of clothes for her soon.
I miss them and the twins, not to mention the older kids like crazy!
It was great to hear Mister talk to his brother for a good hour the other day. 
Whenever they get together, it's like they're kids again. I love seeing that.
Mister has been really down in the dumps since his brother left.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


I miss being pregnant so much! The thing I miss most about being pregnant is feeling Sweet Pea move. I didn't have the easiest pregnancy, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. It makes me sad that I probably won't ever get the chance to do it again.

I was just thinking about this last night. I was thinking about how I missed everything, except the excruciating SPD. But then I thought, no...I miss that too. Because it was apart of my pregnancy. It was proof that something was happening, that my body was changing and that there was a baby growing inside of me.

OK. I can think of ONE thing I don't miss. But it was just in the beginning of the pregnancy. I had to come off my anxiety medicine, and it was hell. It was SO bad that I haven't gone back on it since having Sweet Pea, in fear of ever having to go off of it again.

I have dreams of feeling a baby moving from the outside of my belly.

The only regret I have about my entire pregnancy is not having pictures done. I only have 2 pictures of my belly, and they're crappy cell phone pictures. I just felt so fat (extra fat) and unattractive, and thought I didn't even look pregnant. I wish I had documented each stage a little better.

Thankful November, Day 12

November 12, 2013

I'm thankful for water
Yes. Water.
I'm beginning to count my calories again, and watch what I eat, and water helps with that.
Whenever I get hungry, I have a large glass of water, and I'm no longer hungry. 
I still have 5 small meals a day, but drink a ridiculous amount of water with it.
When I did this a couple years ago, I was able to lose 70+ lbs!
I want to do that again, but even more.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thankful November, Day 11

November 11, 2013

I'm thankful for my Mei Tai BabyHawk
Sweet Pea is getting heavy. And long. 
We're not able to lug her around in her car seat anymore. 
I love having her close to me, and the BabyHawk is perfect for that,
I can wear her on my front, back, or even my hip.
A woman in a local babywearing group I belong to on Facebook told me about a consignment store that had it on sale, so I got it for an amazing deal. 
I'm going to start keeping it in the car, so I can just strap her to me when we go to stores.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thankful November, Day 10

November 10, 2013

I'm thankful for the "new" washer and dryer we're getting.
My mom is buying a new washer and dryer, so she's giving us her old one!
Our current washer leaves a weird residue on some of our clothes, and I hate it.
Our current dryer has to be run twice in order for our clothes to actually get dry.
When we moved in here, the washer and dryer were newer, and we asked them to leave them. 
They switched them with really old ones from the early 80's, if not older!
Our new washer is a front loader, we'll have to leave the door open, but it's worth it.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Thankful November, Day 9

November 9, 2013

I'm thankful for nap time
Without nap time, I wouldn't be able to get anything done.
Usually, Sweet Pea only sleeps for 30-45 minutes at a time.
But every once in a while, she'll nap for 2 hours and I don't know what to do with myself.
Today during nap time, I planned on folding laundry, and putting clean dishes away, but I find myself crocheting instead. 

Most of the time I hold Sweet Pea while she sleeps.
She will most likely be out only Pea, and will only be this little for a while.
The only other place she will sleep is her swing.
I don't know what we'll do when she out grows it. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thankful November, Day 8

November 8, 2013

I'm thankful for my mother.
I was horrible to my mom growing up. But she never gave up on me.
She has been there for me, whenever I've needed her. 
She was our biggest support, while I was pregnant with Sweet Pea.
She is an amazing grandma.
She makes it a point to see Sweet Pea, at least once a week.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thankful November, Day 7

November 7, 2013

I'm thankful for my dad.
I've always been a daddy's girl
Not many people know this, but I almost lost my dad about 7 years ago. 
He had a blood clot in his leg, that moved to his lungs.
I was having a very rough time, mentally. And did not treat him well.
He forgave me, and never stopped loving me.
He's always been there for me, even at my craziest. 
I put him through the ringer as a teenager, but he's always been understanding.  
He lights up, every time he sees Sweet Pea.
And the best grandpa Sweet Pea could ask for.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thankful November, Day 6

November 6, 2013

I'm thankful for my friends.
I don't have many friends, in real life.
Most of my friends are online friends.
I had to weed through a few bad apples, but the ones that stayed are amazing.
All of them have been there for me through a lot of rubbish.
They have stood up for me, when I needed it most.
Even when they were ostracized for it.
And I will always be there for them.
I love you ladies.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thankful November, Day 5

November 5, 2013
I'm thankful for my family.
I have a smallish immediate family, but a pretty large extended family.
We're a loud, close-knit family. 
When one of us gets the giggles, none of us are safe. 
There's always too much food on the holidays, but it's always delicious.
I grew up with my cousins as my best friends, and they still are.
As the family grows, it's getting harder to get everyone together, but I'd like to think we will always remain close.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Thankful November, Day 4

November 4, 2013
I'm thankful for the food on our table
I'm thankful everyday, that I don't need to worry about whether or not we'll be able to eat that day.
Sweet Pea will never go hungry, and for that, I'm grateful. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Thankful November, Day 3

November 3, 2013
I'm thankful for having a roof over my head
We don't have a lot of money, but we are lucky enough to have a roof over our heads.
4 years ago we sold the house we were living in, and bought a mobile home.
We pay a monthly space rent, but we now have a stable home that we can afford to live in. 
And we're truly lucky to have it.
Home is where the heart is. And we have a home filled with love.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Thankful November, Day 2

November 2, 2013
 I'm thankful for Mister. 
He has been there for me through thick and thin.
He supports me in anything I want to do, and he loves me unconditionally. 
He is an amazing father to Sweet Pea. I love seeing them together.
We are so lucky to have him in our lives.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Thankful November, Day 1

I'm hoping I can keep up with this throughout the month. Some may be a few days late, but I'll play catch up if I have to.

November 1, 2013
I am thankful for my beautiful Sweet Pea.
She is my world.
I never thought I'd get to have children, so Sweet Pea is a true blessing.