Living life in the carpool lane..

It started on Monday.  It was a little scratch in my throat.  I fought it and fought it until I couldn’t fight it anymore.

By Tuesday night, I was not feeling good anymore.  I was tired and my throat was painful. 

I tried to just work through it all.  I tried to still be the normal mommy, but it hurt to even talk.

By 9 o’clock, I decided to just call it a night.

God bless Hubby for trying his best to keep M from bothering me in our bedroom.  He tried to keep the bedroom door closed, but she knows how to open doors now. 

She probably isn’t used to seeing me sleeping so early.  She probably isn’t used to me trying to keep my distance from her too.  She was all about snuggling up to me.  I did my best to turn my head away from her so I wouldn’t breathe on her.

It was sad.  I had to explain to her that I wasn’t feeling too well and that I didn’t want her to get sick either.  I think she understood.  She would say, “Mimi, sick.”

Thankfully, Hubby was able to keep her busy and I was able to get some rest.  I woke up this morning much more refreshed.  My throat doesn’t hurt as much anymore, but it’s still not 100% better. 

I’m hoping that I can get one more good night’s rest tonight.  It seems to be working.

I just hope M doesn’t catch it. 

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M loves to sing.

As children, my brother and I had a microphone stand that we loved to use.  We used to get together with our cousins and have little concerts using the microphone.

Naturally, because M loves singing, she had to had one too.  My mother took to Amazon to find the perfect microphone.


Winfun Sing N Jam Platform

This is great. 

This is a stand-alone microphone that can get pretty tall.  It will definitely grow with M for several years.

At the base, there are four buttons that are sounds of applause, cheers, and some percussion.  There is also disco ball lighting that M loves.

The microphone is pretty loud.  The quality of the sound is decent, but it’s a children’s toy, so I didn’t expect super clarity.  There is also a bit of feedback that occurs if the microphone is tilted down or too close to the speakers. 

M LOVES this.. she totally jams out to her My Little Pony songs.  She’ll sing her favorite Strawberry Shortcake songs. 

I’ve been known to belt out a little “Let It Go” from Frozen with this microphone too!

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(Don’t mind the mess.. just focus on the cute kid rocking out on the microphone…)

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Have I told you how much I love my Kitchen Aid mixer?

I absolutely LOVE it!

I made snickerdoodle cookies last week and they came out perfect!

I followed the recipe on this page.  It was super easy to follow.

I made the cookie dough the night before.  When I got home from work, I cranked out a bunch of cookies.

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They look store bought!  I love it.  They were super soft on the inside and not too sweet at all!  I think I ate about three while I was baking them. 

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Don’t they look so yummy?!  Since the first time I’ve made them, I had to make another batch while my parents and brother were visiting for Easter.  I reall y think this is going to be something I will be making all the time!

Click here for the recipe and give it a try!

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That’s an M-sized bite!  She absolutely loved them!

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Happy Easter!  Christ is risen!

I’ll be enjoying the day with my family and hope to have a great Easter update some time this week!

Have a blessed holiday!

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I love Gymboree.  M loves Gymboree. 

She loves the freedom of being able to climb, slide, jump and run around an indoor playground that changes it’s set up every week! 

I love that everything is padded.  I love that M has learned so many physical movements and has perfected many physical skills though exploring the play area.

I love Gymboree and all the activities associated with it.

But….

Now M thinks she can climb, slide, jump and run around EVERYWHERE!

She must absolutely think that our apartment is just an extension of her Gymboree playground.  

It’s nerve wracking! 

She used to be a huge ball of energy before she started Gymboree classes, but she wasn’t as brave as she is now to get more physical with her surroundings.  She ran around a lot before, but she didn’t jump off of things like she does now!

She jumps off the couch.  She pust a pillow on the floor to jump on and calsl it her ‘trampoline.’  She jumps on the bed.  She tries to jump from our big bed to her toddler bed. 

She climbs everything.

She runs around EVERYWHERE…

Did anyone else go through this when they enrolled their child in Gymboree??

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Since I’m NOT pregnant this month, I’ve decided to make a few changes in my lifestyle to help promote a possible pregnancy for this month..

1.  More fruits/veggies – I’m not a huge fruit eater.  I like veggies, but I don’t eat them as much as I should.  I’m making the change to eat a more fruits and veggies.  So far, so good.  It’s also a great example for M, who’s discovered that she actually likes cucumber now!

2.  Exercise – I haven’t been exercising lately.  No excuses other than I just haven’t been.  I’m starting slow by briskly walking every time I go home without having to pick up M from Grandma’s house.

3.  Sleep – I’m going to TRY to get more sleep.   Being tired can’t be good for someone trying to conceive.  This change is difficult with a toddler that refuses to sleep, but I’m sure going to try!

4.  Relax – This is another one that’s going to be difficult, but I’m really going to try.  It’s easy to tell myself “relax, relax, relax..” It’s another thing to actually relax.  Mind over matter, right??

What other things did you do to prepare for pregnancy?  What changes did you make in your lifestyle?

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Well, we aren’t pregnant this month.  I really thought this could have been our chance.  I was two days late.  I thought there could be a chance.

That first day I missed my “monthly” I was pretty excited.  I was excited but I didn’t say anything about it.  I wanted to be optimistic, but I also wanted to remain realistic.  I wanted to take a test right there, but hubby talked me out of it.   Good thing, I would have wasted a pregnancy test.  Those things are expensive!

Early next day, I felt ‘signs.’  Without getting into too much detail, I just knew I wasn’t pregnant and it was only a matter of time before that final confirmation came.

The whole day was completely ruined.  I cried.  I cried all day in my cubicle at work.  I cried in my car on the way home from work.  I felt so discouraged.  My day was a total blur. 

When Hubby and M got home, it didn’t change my mood.  I was in such a fog of sadness and disappointment.  I tried to be ‘normal’ but I just couldn’t muster up any energy. 

That day went on without the arrival of the monthly visitor, so even though I knew it wasn’t going to happen, there was still a little ping of hope that I could be pregnant.  I had to keep bringing myself back to the reality that it wasn’t happening this month.  I fell asleep bawling into my husband’s arms.

I woke up the next morning much more accepting of our fate.  I was more resigned to the fact that we just had to try again.  I ended up getting my confirmation that day.  I was NOT pregnant.  I didn’t feel as bad as I did the day before.  Maybe I was all cried out.  Maybe I was just done.  Maybe I was numb.

Who knew this journey would be such a rollercoaster of emotions?  The past few months were disappointments, but it wasn’t devastating like it was this month.  I’m still sad, and the thought of trying again makes me feel so anxious, and not in a good way. 

I know I have to relax.  I know I have to let things be.  I know I have to trust that God will bless us when it is the right time.  I know all these things.  I’ve heard all these things. 

It doesn’t change how badly it’s made me feel.

I have to remember that although we are struggling to make this second child, we have a pretty awesome daughter already.   We’re already blessed. 

So, no.  We aren’t pregnant yet. 

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