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Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Recap

I think this picture below prefaces my next 18 plus years of photos. Neither one of my boys are looking at the camera and one is giving me a half smirk/smile while the other looks plain pissed off. So, here is to Christmas in 20-13!


Colby was enamoured with our tree this year. Luckily only one ornament was broken from tree up to tree down. His scooter was by far his favorite Santa gift. He rides that thing everywhere and when I mean everywhere, from the bathroom to go pee pee to his bed to go to sleep. He would sleep with the darn thing if I would let him.



Santa was a success. No tears shed but alcohol would have been nice. After a TWO AND A HALF HOUR wait line to see Santa the hubs and I were at our whits end. But hey, here is our Santa pic. And are we the only family that thinks paying $21.00 for a Santa pic is downright price gouging?! Why is something not done about this? I need a Groupon for a Santa pic next year. Please work on this someone.



Thank goodness for the snow globe while waiting for Santa. Since we live in Florida this will be the closest thing to snow we get. He was obsessed. Now how many kids actually touched this snow and all the germs on it is another story but you will do anything to keep your kid entertained in a two and half hour wait line. The germ infested snotty nosed mall playground even sounded good. And yes, we rode the elevator and escalator no less than a two dozen times each.


When the hubs and I were getting ready to go to bed we do our nightly checks on the kids and found Colby like this. He was exhausted after all the Santa fun. Me too kid...me too.


Now that the Enlow's have checked Christmas off their lists we are ready for the New Year! Bring it on 2014! We are more than ready!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

So What

Life After I Dew Hey! So what it's only Wednesday?! Yep, so what! Shannon from Life After I Dew said that it's ok to complain and you know what. I'll take you right up on Shannon.

- That Christmas is exactly one week away. Ahhhh I still have so much to do. I have all my shopping to do but NOTHING is wrapped and I don't have my menu planned out.

- Every year I have a theme for my gift wrap. This year is snowman and stripes. I still need to stock up on some ribbon though. My packages have to have big bows on them. They say the bigger the better right? Oh and glitter and sparkles. Big sparkly bows make a package IMO.

-I don't have enough time in the day to get everything I need to get done done and still get my required 9 hours of sleep in. This imposes a problem for me. I must get my sleep.

-I needed my maternity leave extended another month. I like to think if I had this extension then everything would already be completed and I would not be this stressed out. Doubtful but a girl can dream that her wish list was all checked off right?

-Being back at work. Sucks. That is all on that subject.

- If I got my Macbook last year for Christmas and am still pretty clueless on how to use this thing. Any tips on a good site to go to to learn some simple tips and tricks?

-That I have been indulging in Hot Chocolate in the afternoons even though it is 80 degrees here.

-That I hate the cold. Christmas in Florida requires it to be no colder than 70 degrees. That is my mind of Christmas. Who needs the cold? Not this girl!

Did the words "glitter and sparkle" help deter you from all my complaining? I personally love those words. They make me happy, SO WHAT!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Best of Pinterest Crock Pot Recipes

It was difficult but someone had to do it. I have crock potted and crock potted to bring you the best of Pinterest crock pot recipes. I have personally made all SEVEN of these recipes and continue to make them as my family keeps begging to make all of these. 


All of these recipes are ranked by my personal favorites.

{ONE}
This yummy soup by Shugary Sweets makes number one on my list. It is better than our local Mexican taco soup if you ask me. We top it with some avocado, sour cream and scoops tostitos. It makes the best left overs and you will not be disappointed if you are a soup lover, or even Mexican connoisseur. 

{TWO}
If you like Mexican flair than you will like this. The cilantro rice is what makes this dish. If you are looking for a healthy and easy recipe that will for sure be a winner with everyone (who loves cilantro that is, if you don't like cilantro you wont like this dish) this is it. 

{THREE}
This recipe right here is restaurant quality and the best part is it doesn't have the restaurant price. My girl Kelly (just kidding I don't know her but would love to be her friend, she can cook the hell out of some food) at Just A Taste really did it with this recipe! It has such a rich flavor and goes perfectly with a 10 Minute Success Rice. 

{FOUR}
If you like saucy dishes and BBQ, than this one is for you. Enough said.

{FIVE}
This is another one of those recipes, either you like cilantro or you don't. If you don't, skip over this one. There are only a few ingredients and either you can eat it by itself or with some rice and vegetables.  Thank you Pip & Ebby for this perfect hectic weekday recipe. Easy, easy, easy 


{SIX}
Oh Martha, we love you and all that you do (well except for your little jail stunt) and your Pot Roast is no exception. Throw in a roast, some carrots, onions and maybe even some red potatoes for something extra. 

{SEVEN}
Lasagna in the crock pot you ask?! Yep! Its genius and look, only a couple of ingredients. It serves a lot and is perfect for a dinner of 4 plus. My only tip on this one is coat the bottom of the pot with a lot of cooking spray so that the noodles don't stick and ENJOY! 


http://www.pinterest.com/cheryle/


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Merry Christmas You Little Name Brand Snob

It's time, that time of the year, the happiest time of the year.
Ha!
Gift giving is my most stressful time.

I can't be the only who deals with this scenario every Christmas...

You are scouring the Internet for THAT perfect gift.
You can't find it, so you decide to hop in over to your favorite site.
Just for a quick second.
Before you know it you have a cart full of items that catch your eye.
But they are all for YOURSELF.

Gift Guide

Well that is a big, big, problem 
because you are supposed to be buying presents for others, not yourself.
So, what else do you do?
Either you...
A) click the purchase button because YOU need a Christmas gift too.
You have been a good girl all year.
B) leave hints for your husband to buy them for you
C) decide to buy a piece from your wish list every month

I personally would go with a mixture of all three.

How beautiful would your closet be if some Valentinos 
and a new pair of Tory's graced your shoe rack?
And a girl can never have too much jewelry, that Michele watch
and Yurman ring would make the perfect additions.
The sunglasses are a no brainer, they make the perfect statement to an already perfected outfit and cover up your hungover smokey eye from the previous night of partying.
Oh, and the Galaxy Note needs a home.
Which is obviously Kate Spade's newest "it" bag.
Even though all of these pretties are on the expensive side,
any girl deserves them after the year you have had, whether it be good or bad.
You deserve it.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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So What!

Life After I DewIt's Wednesday, and you know what that means....I'm dishing on my "So Whats" for the week with Life After I Dew.

- if my maternity leave has been extended another two weeks. Along and frustrating story with lots of sicknesses. But hey, I'm not going to complain. I need the extra time. It actually comes at the perfect time since Christmas is sneaking up on us.

- that I'm done with my Christmas shopping. Don't be jealous! Now I just need to wrap and ship off.

- Even though I'm officially done with my shopping I still haven't finished decorating the house. Guess I should probably do that since Christmas is only a couple of weeks away.

-if I think I have the cutest kids in the Holly Jolly Pj Party link up. Go see them here.

- if I am enjoying some hot chocolate as my afternoon delight when its 80 degrees out. I love hot chocolate this time of the year.

- if our new couch that we just got is my favorite piece of furniture in the house solely because it has cup holders. And cup holders that will hold my wine glass perfectly.

Come swing by next week to see what I'm saying So What to next week.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Party It Up


We take Holidays very seriously around here. So, on the 8th day of Christmas we decided to have a Christmas PJ party! In attendance was Mommy (not pictured) Colby, Austin and Sunshine the Elf.
Yep, C named his Elf Sunshine. As if the little magical elf isn't creepy enough, his name is now Sunshine. Yikes. 

We all got in our Christmas jammies, listened to Christmas carols, had a Christmas-y breakfast and watched Mickey's Very Merry Christmas. Breakfast consisted of snow donuts (powder sugar) and some hot chocolate with extra marshmallows to keep us warm.


The boys loved getting all snuggly in their Santa jams that Sunshine brought them for being good boys. 





This Christmas is really going to be extra special. C actually seems to get what Christmas is all about (in a kids eyes).  He talks about Santa all the time and thinks twice about his actions and what flies out of that little mouth of his. He doesn't want Sunshine to give Santa a bad report. 

I could really get used to this good behavior. I think for each holiday I'm going to make up my own little festive figure and tell him that he is being watched. I guess this is where parents really start lying to their children. Telling them that little stuffed animals are watching them...so bizarre. 




Friday, December 6, 2013

It's Friday!

It's Friday!
 I made it through the week. 
Not sure how that happened. It must have been my "afternoon delights" I have been enjoying. 
Sit back, relax and go grab your favorite delight and enjoy some of my highlits of the week.


Mail day, mail day!
This week was an awesome mail day.
Old Navy was having another one of their amazing, must stock up on stuff I dont really even need sales and I picked up two of these bags. One black and one brown. Can't go wrong if you ask me. 
I feel like I am becoming more practical, I hate the thought of carrying around my designer bags to work with me when its packed full of kids junk, snacks, and whatever else I can shove in there. These were very inexpensive and will get the job done all while looking chic and stylish. 

Colby has gotten ahold of my glasses one to many times so its time that I got some new frames. 
Since I am kinda time crunched these days I wanted to find a way to try my glasses on at home, get a feel for them and then decide. I came across Warby Parker glasses and they did just that.
They sent me these five glasses.
I did a little "fashion" show for my brother and husband and I picked....



theses....do you like?


They are totally different than the ones I currently have as they are much smaller on my face. 
But they say the bigger the better right?!


This is my "afternoon delight".



Venti Vanilla Iced Coffee with one Splenda and light cream
and don't forget the cake pop.



I am digging the Thanksgiving blend. Its a bit bolder than I normally like 
but a nice change to my routine coffee picks. 



I think I need to have these Kate Spade earrings.
They would add the perfect touch to my everyday and work look. 
Simple and classic.


I even have a coupon code for Kate Spade, shall I pull the trigger?!



How cool is this?!
I know that if I was a toddler I would have thought this was so cool.
Im totally going to try this with Colby.
And hopefully he thinks im the coolest mom ever for getting him to talk to Santa.


I also can't wait to start up Mr. Elf's antics this year.
You can check out some of my ideas that I whipped up last year here.




2014 is right around the corner.
And you know what that means?!
This overly organized boy mom needs a new planner in her life. 

And did I mention it needs to be affordable?
Well, it does.
I ran across these planners at Target from Sugar Paper and arent they gorgeous!!
With the price of one high end planner I can probably buy this whole line and wont feel guilty about it when one of my boys spills coffee all over it. 




Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Case Of The...



On about week 5 of my maternity leave, I thought I was getting the hang of this whole parenting thing. Parenting with two was suddenly becoming a bit easier.
Dumb thought.
Ever heard of Murphy’s Law?
Once you think you have mastered this lovely thing called Parenting, it comes and slaps you in the face. Why haven’t I learned this by now?
I like to call Week 5, “The Shit Fest”.
The shits hit our house like a volcano spewing lava.
You get the picture.
We were no longer The Enlow’s, we were the ShitLow’s.
On and off the potty, the bathroom became a revolving door.
Our house wafted with the smells of poo, like we lived in a sewer.
And the best part of Shit Fest was I was flying solo. Daddy was out of town for work.
I was armed in my hazmat suit, soap, hand sanitizer, Pull Ups, Pedialite, and enough encouraging words and hugs to go around to a small town.
My poor C felt like junk and I just wanted to make him feel better.
Luckily my baby boss did not catch it so I could try to focus on his smelly brother.
My Life Planner was filled with bullet points which included errands and chores to be done, the house was a wreck since technically I was not given “the go” from the doctors to do any heavy lifting or vacuuming just yet but this week I was going to do it all, I had to, my OCD was kicking in.
Little did I know Week 5, that you would come at me so hard and smelly. I did not get a single thing done on my list.
What we did get done, we all still standing, or well maybe sitting, on the potty that is.
The whole house may have smelled like butt and Austin’s diaper genie was filled with brown Pull Ups,  and my hands were raw from all the hand washing, but we were alive and medicated.

After my experience with dealing with the poops for a couple of days I do have some tips for ya.

  • Keep Pedialite stocked in your house. You never know when you will need it and be stranded in your house unable to get to the store. Same goes for Tylenol.
  • Even if your child is potty trained have some Pull Ups handy. This poop-capades was rather runny and you just can't hold it in. You will be constantly washing underpants so might as well have something you can throw away.
  • Keep your child hydrated. Very important. Probably the most important tip to remember. 
  • Have patience with your child. They can't help it and are completely miserable.
  • Bring your phone or something to do with you. You will be in the bathroom for a while.
  • Disinfect, disinfect, disinfect. I went through a whole huge container of the Lysol wipes in a week. I even wiped the bathroom down after he seemed to be done having the poops because you never know when germs are lingering. 
  • Again, even if your child doesn't use sippy cups anyone it may be a good idea to keep one as a back up. C was grounded to the couch and all he wanted to do was watch TV and lay down with his blanket so a cup was not really going to work out if I wanted to keep him hydrated. A sippy cup was his best friend this whole experience and one less mess that I had to clean up.

So here is to you Week 5. You kicked my ass. You won. Now please let me enjoy the rest of my maternity leave Shit free.


 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Four





Our family is now complete.
Just the four of us.
My heart and house is busting at the seams.
With two boys and a husband, I am out numbered and I simply love it.
The addition of Austin Thomas has made our family oh so sweet.
To put into words how much joy Colby has put into our lives is indescribable.
The laughter that has filled our house and the life lessons I have learned from my first baby boy in just three short years is mind blowing.
When Austin was born I knew that God had placed him with our family for a reason. To make our family complete.
To open my heart. To love even more than I ever thought was possible. To care and protect another precious life. To guide and teach him to follow the Lord, love his Wife and take marriage seriously, not take your children for granted because you never know when God has a bigger plan, so be in the moment.
I am in charge of growing my children’s minds and sculpting them into men. I want my two boys to be the ones that all the parents talk about, and for the good reasons. That they are respectful, handsome, funny and strong Christian men, those are the Enlow boys.

I knew I would become a mother one day but never knew God had this life planned out for me.
This life I live with these three boys in my life makes me so happy.
I think back on the sweet memories of Colby and how he has made me a Mom.
He was my first, my love, my everything.
He exercised my heart to hold unmeasurable amounts of love, he has taught me what real patience is, how to be a strong woman and smile and be silly when you don't want to, Colby has taught me what life is all about.
I believe Colby has shown me my purpose to life here in earth.
So now when I gaze into Austin's eyes I know he has life lessons cut out for me that I cant wait to experience Whether these experiences are good, bad or ugly, I'm ready. I am ready for God to work through my precious boys and make me a better person. 


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

So What...


 Since my arrival back on the blogging scene it is only appropriate that I kick it off with linking up with Life After I Dew's "So What Wednesdays". This genius little link up is actually a bit of therapy for this mama. So many other mama's can relate to what you are going through and makes you feel human again. So this Wednesday, here is what im saying "So What" to...
  • that I may cry myself to sleep on Sunday because my maternity leave officially commences on Sunday night. My 8 weeks of baby-ness is done, back to reality
  • if I might be a tiny bit excited to go back to work and have some "me" time in the piece and quiet. I am not ready for the actual work load though.
  • if I am strategizing how I am going to cat nap at work. Lets just say lunch break napping is my fav.
  • that I have my carts full at Old Navy, Shutterfly and Target in hopes of killer Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. All I gotta do is just click the purchase now button.
  • if my favorite part of Thanksgiving and the left overs is the pumpkin pie and gobs and gobs of Cool Whip.
  • that my second favorite part of Thanksgiving is not having to cook for a week due to all the left overs. I do not enjoy cooking but I love to bake. Cooking is just not fun, who wants to taste chicken while you are cooking it??? Baking is way more awesome because you can lick the batter...yum
Come back next week to see what im saying "So What" to.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

BabyCycle

Since becoming a mom I have realized how expensive baby items are. 
A whole box of diapers plus a box of wipes will run you around $50.00 
and will most likely only last you about two weeks. 
That is about .29 cents a diaper change.
Which includes 1 diaper and 2 wipes.
And we all know that we need more than 2 wipes for those extra messy changes.

And that .29 cents only covers one diaper change, there is also the formula, bibs, toys, burp cloths, clothes, bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, laundry detergent, etc.
all those necessities add up quickly.

Luckily, I am fortunate enough to be able to afford the basics for my family, 
but there are so many other other families that struggle just to feed and/or diaper their child.

But you know what?!
There is something that YOU can do to help.
Enter....




The concept of BabyCycle is amazing and helps families in need.
Basically, BabyCycle is a diaper bank.
However, they provide other necessities for a baby as well not just diapers. 


BabyCycle also holds some pretty exciting events around the Bay Area.
The proceeds of their fabulous events go towards stocking the diaper bank for moms in need.

BabyCycle is hosting an upcoming event that you wont want to miss.
It is the Girl's Holiday Brunch.
Now, this is not just any brunch, 
there will be a fashion show put on by Posh Tot, a silent auction, a fabulous Mommy speaker, 
and unlimited mimosas and champagne along with a yummy brunch!

It is being held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club 
on 
December 8th at 11:00 a.m.
and you can buy your tickets here through EventBrite

Please visit BabyCycle's Facebook Page with any questions.

See you at the Girl's Holiday Brunch.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Blogging Break



A lot can happen when one takes a blogging break. 
Such as a sweet and cuddly newborn being born, maternity leave flying by before my tired puffy eyes, the stomach bug running rampant in our home, lots of sleepless nights, a whole lotta caffeine consumption, and a new domain name for Nap Time Is The New Happy Hour.

I am back.

With my self-induced disappearance from blogging land, I had lots of time to think about how much blogging stresses me out. With SEO, page views, Likes, Follows, ping backs, etc., I can’t seem to balance it all. I have to admit, I thought about closing up shop completely. With my new found family of 4 I am not so sure how I can keep up with it all and still have me time to blog or any me time at all.


Blogging has become my hobby since I am pretty much grounded to my house and have a curfew of 7:00 pm.  I remember when I would hit up the mall, stroll around the mall with a vanilla iced coffee (one splenda and light cream please) in hand ewing and awing everything in the store windows. But what fun is shopping with two kids constantly wanting attention, snacks, to go to the potty (only to look at the public bathroom and say they don’t have to go anymore…that’s my fav), etc., you know the drill.  I would rather clean my baseboards with a toothbrush and my spit. I can even sit here and think about when I had time to go to the gym. I hated every second of it but would like to think that I would love the torture again, and not the kind my kids can sometimes dish out. There is no way I am going to take my kids to the gym with me and put them in their "day care" or cesspool as I like to call it, only to be in mid sesh work out on my euphoric adrenaline high and wham, the little stupid beeper gets blown up because my kid is either pitching a royal fit or has poop himself. No thanks. If I am going to work out (which again, isn’t likely) I don’t want to be interrupted. So here I am again, back to blogging because no other hobby fits into my foursome family, which is fine because blogging really is my outlet. Now I just need to not let it stress me out. We shall see how it goes this time.


Nap Time is still going to be a lifestyle blog, I will blog a range of different topics, from mommy issues to fashion to random ramblings about whatever I see fit. So sit back during Nap Time, grab a glass of Vino and enjoy blog reading.



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Personal Thoughts

I am not one to discuss on my personal body experience here on my blog.
For example, breastfeeding,
I have never really delved into my experience I had with C nor do I really have the desire to.
However, with the pending arrival of Baby Austin I can't help but think about
my upcoming venture in feeding my newborn.

With C, I tried BF, I didn't know if I didn't give my milk long enough to come in,
felt too overwhelmed, or just plain quit.
Not really sure which one and maybe a mixture of them all to be honest.
I think Baby C got some colostrum which was important to me but other than that he didn't get much action on the actual boob.
I did pump however.
I pumped for about 5-6 weeks.
So yes, he did get some actual breast milk.



This time, I am hoping and praying for a different experience.
I am giving myself a pep talk starting now that I can do this BF thing.
All these other women can do it so why can't I.
It's easy and natural.
Different baby equals different experience right??


If however it is not different I refuse to beat myself up about it.
It is what it is.
...Right?...

I look at all these other moms who do it and I am just in aw.
I feel like they are superheros.
How do they do it all, take care of post partum-selves, their family, and their itty bitty newborns.
It seems impossible.
It seems scary.


I am not a fan of pumping,
to me it takes so much work and is BORING.
Who wants to be strapped to a machine like a cow with nothing to do, not even a cute newborn to snuggle while you are getting food for your newborn.
But if the actual BF doesn't work than I think I will exclusively pump.
We shall see.

Oh and don't forget that I'm going back to work so I can't really exclusively BF,
 I need to pump too if i am going to stick to breastmilk for Baby A.
How I'm going to switch and just pump, to how I'm going to pump at work, to will my supply keep up with my new back to work lifestyle??
Their are so many unknowns that scare me.
The first go around I was clueless but I know too much now and its frightening.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Babski Baby

It's no secret that I love all things baby (except the crying of course).
But the cute little clothes, hats, shoes, swaddles, toys, etc,
I love it all and can't get enough.
With Baby Austin making his appearance soon I am officially on the hunt for all things
boy blue, adorable, and snuggly.
I also like to find things that are a bit different than the standard baby items and things you find at your local Target/Walmart/Amazon.
Don't get me wrong, I love me some Target/Walmart/Amazon,
but little cute boutique finds are my ultimate favorite.
They normally have things that other places just don't have, and normally they are to die for cute.
I happened to run across Babski Baby and fell in love.
They have the most adorable baby stuff.
What I love is that they have taken the standard bib (for example) and turned it into the cutest thing.
Take a look....

This bib is not only buzz-worthy but it is large and wraps around to prevent any
spillage/leakage.
Genius.
I think Baby A needs this....

And how bad to the bone would your sweet one look in this bib.
It's boyish, cute, and serves two purposes, for your babe to look like one cool dude and catch any extra drool.

And did I mention that I am a total sucker for baby hats.
The photos with itty bitty sleeping babies in hats are my favorite.
Babski Baby has some pretty cute Merry Berry Hats in stock too.
This sweet nautical hat would be perfect for A, he would even match his nursery in it.

What do you think?
A must have right?!

Ok, ready...on the count of three say..."AWWWW"

I know I have said all of Babski Babies products are adorable,
but really....look at these adorable Baby Shoes.
I am not the one to put shoes on my infant but really...how could I pass these up?

Or these?
Again, they would match Baby A's room.
Adorable-ness and it doesn't stop there.

Babski Baby has so many more cute items you will want to check out.
So hop on over.






Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My Thoughts::Post Partum Body::

With Pinterest, Instagram and blogging,
it is so easy to fall into the mindset that all of these
women we follow have perfect and amazing lives.
With their Tory Burch shoes, LV bags, and skinny bodies to boot,
they seem like they have it all.
I know better, and you know better, that through all that stuff these
Mama's struggle just like the rest of us.
 
With only 8 weeks left until we meet our sweet baby boy I can't help
to think of the lovely and dreaded post partum body.
It's not pretty, its saggy, its cottage cheese looking, floppy, and just down right frightening.
But, we all go through it.
For the sake of our children.
The sweet, sweet baby is 100% worth it and motherhood is one of the biggest blessings God can give you.
 
Once all the hospital hype is over and you are back in your own homes and into reality, there is a tendency to feel like you are the only one who have these sorry bodies.
That no one understands.
To stand in front of the mirror before showering can hurt you heart.
The thought of your husband to see you with no clothes on is scary.
Your body is never the same and you may think that it will never go back.
 
 
Even the ones we are closets too make comments on our bodies and how we "better get back into shape" and "don't let yourself go" and "your husband wants you to keep yourself together, he remembers the woman he married, not this", "you know you need to get the weight off", "the longer you keep the weight on the harder it will be to get off". 
Its hurtful, its sad and guess what....
You know all of these things, you are your own worst critique so by someone else telling you, it is just down right hurtful.
You just had a baby.
The miracle of life just came out of you, and you need the time to adjust to not housing a baby in your belly.
He did live in there for 10 months ya know.
 
What is important to you now should be keeping yourself together and a baby alive.
The weight will be here and will be constantly nagging at you.
So by someone else telling  and reminding you is painful.
 
So even if you are thinking that you need to speak up and tell a post partum Mama your personal thoughts on getting the weight off, hold off.
She is sensitive and already knows.
You will not be telling her something new and mind blowing.
Leave her be and let her snuggle her sweet baby while she can.
 
Before you know it, she will have a better body than you, and for which you can smile and be happy for her, because you know how hard her life has been for the past year.

Monday, August 5, 2013

He Has A Name

We have a name for our little guy...


his name will be
Austin Thomas
and will be here in 8 weeks!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

2 Minutes

This motherhood thing is no joke.
It certainly is not for the weary as I am quickly...errr maybe not so quickly learning.
Just when I think I have everything figured out my sweet toddler throws me a curve ball.
It happens every time.
Let me explain...
 
C face was such an easy newborn, baby, one year old and two year old.
Don't get me wrong he is a still easy compared to some of the nightmares kiddos I see
and read blogs about, but  just when I think I am going to get some time to myself, I feel like he is laughing ever so evilly (is that a word?) inside.
 
Enter our newest battle...
Bed time
Why don't they understand that they need sleep?
I need sleep.
C's new thing is "2 minutes" just lay down for "2 minutes mommy", well since he is a toddler he has no concept of time so 2 minutes equals eternity in his mind.
What he is really saying to me (IMO), "lay down FOREVER and never EVER get up".
 
Now, I know I can't give in.
I have a bun in the oven and can't have to lay down with C for an hour to try to get him to go to sleep when I have a newborn on my hands so I know I have to be firm.
I am not good at being firm.
Well, the hubs would say I am excellent at being a bitch firm but I just can't look at that
sweet precious face and lay down the law.
But I know I must.
 
After melt down after melt down of not giving in I ask myself,
is this worth it?
He seems truly upset and my mommy heart hurts.
I simply can not see him like this.
Whether it be his "game" or not I just can't do it.
So, I give in and lay down...
I look at his red, teary, snotty sweet face and can't help but think my days with just him are limited.
It makes me sad, he wont be my one and only anymore.
He will have to share me, his one and only mama will not be purely focused on him all the time.
Will he be upset?
Will his heart hurt for his mama?
Will he despise his baby brother for taking away his mama?
These are all the things that I can't help but think of.
 
So, in the mean time...
before Baby E #2 arrives, I will snuggle that sweet face and love on him while I still can.
While I can still focus on all things C.
 
 


Monday, July 29, 2013

Post Partum Must Haves

Post Partum Must Haves


Post Partum Must Haves by cheryl-enlow featuring h&m

Or should I name this post,
What I Should Have Registered For...

Let me start with the Luxurious Bath Products.
You may be wondering why bath products.
Well, in the beginning stages the shower is the only quite time you may be getting.
So, with that in mind you will want to make the best out of this amazing experience of pure silence.
Enters, the yummy smelling, luxurious, rich, thick bath products.
Anything shea butter is good in my book of course it has to smell divine too though.
Since you are already not feeling like your super model self at least a quick shower with some lovely bath products will help you feel semi normal.

Oh the post partum tank.
Now that you aren't pregnant anymore all you want to do is for the belly to go away.
Well sorry Mama that isn't going to happen for a while.
But with a post partum tank, it will help suck you in and slowly bring your muscles back.
Blanqui has a great tank sold at target that you can find here.
Oh and the best thing about this tank is that it is also nursing friendly.

If you are breastfeeding you will need to be drinking a lot of water and lugging around a cup of water is just not ideal with carrying around a newborn and all that chances you will have to knock it over.
So, a water bottle is the perfect way to transport your needed liquid around in for consumption.

A crock pot.
Because lets get real who wants to stand over the stove and slave away making a meal when you already have a lot going on, like keeping your new sweet one feed and fussy free.
The crock pot is such an easy way to prepare a big healthy meal for your whole family with little fuss from Mama.

Pads, pads and more pads.
You will be bleeding a lot whether you have a c section or have your baby vaginally so you will need to stock up on pads. Stocking up on the biggest boats you can find while you are pregnant is not a bad idea. Clip some coupons and when stores have them on sale scoop them up so your husband is not running to your local CVS at 3 in the morning because you are out and then coming home with tampons....catch my drift....stock up.

After the bleeding has died down a bit you will want to feel like a woman again and some what sexy.
As sexy as a bleeding swollen woman can feel and along with the amazing bath products, some cute PJ's can help with this. But its not worth getting into your cute jammies when you are still bleeding a lot, you don't want to ruin the new jammies.

iPhone or any type of smartphone really will be your best friend when you are up doing those late night feedings. Check out Facebook, Pin something random or stalk your fav Instagrammer.
Your phone will make your tiredness hopefully pass quickly.
There are also several apps that have timers for feedings, diaper changes and all that stuff that you may want to look into.

Coffee will help you throughout your long tired day.
So like with the pads, when you have a coupon and a store is having a sale, stock up!
I find the best deals on K Cups at Bed Bath and Beyond by using my 20% off coupon.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

So What Wednesday

It's been a while since I have linked up with Shannon 
from Life After I Dew but I am back this week for another edition of

So What Wednesday

So this Wednesday I'm saying 
So What...

- that I have a very busy week ahead of me and of course I get sick.
From catching up at work from the days I missed last week to getting together treats for C's schools party, to planning and getting everything ready for his big party this weekend and of course the regular chores of the week like cleaning the house and laundry...blah.

-I feel like I could sleep for a week.

- that I can't take any medications because I'm PG so I get to ride out a sinus infection, sore throat and body aches. Awesome.

- that losing your voice and parenting does not go together...not even close.
Whispering will not be the new parenting technique any time soon.

- that since I have been home sick from work I have been getting into the show that all the bloggers have been raving about...Pretty Little Liars. And yes, yes I am hooked. That A is such a "B".

- The hubs and I have been watching Orange is the New Black and so far it is living up to all the hype. We are loving it, so check it out, its a Netflix only show.

- I am not counting down to meet Baby E #2 or anything.
Only 10 more weeks and 70 days. 
I can't wait to meet the little man.

- We have officially and finally picked out a name for Baby E #2 and I can't wait to share it.
But...of course I have to come up with a clever way to blog it :)
Any and all suggestions welcome.