Friday, June 6, 2008

Graco Pack and Play

  Christine of From Dates to Diapers is having a great giveaway on her site. She will be giving away a brand new Graco Pack n' Play to one lucky winner. The contest is open to bloggers and non-bloggers and you can earn up to 3 entries each.
    We just gave our playard to our family friends M, S and little S. M was just accepted into the ATC's training program, after which he will be an air traffic controller. They will be moving to Oklahoma City, OK for 3 months for M's training and then will be moving to Michigan, where M will be stationed, for 3 years. Little S will be using the playard while they are in Oklahoma. In October, the family will be welcoming a new little one, and this little one will get to use the bassinet and changing table! Unfortunately, this leaves us with no Pack n' Play :-(  My DS uses our playard when we go visit family (almost all of our family lives hours away) and at my in-laws, as they don't have a baby-proofed house. Plus, we're trying to get pregnant again, and the Pack n' Play is a must have for newborns. However, I'm not sure that the next baby will receive as many big gifts from family and friends, and I'm also not sure what we'll be able to afford.
    So why do you need or want a Graco Pack n' Play? Head over to From Dates to Diapers tell them why. Hurry you only have until June 20th!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Wonders never cease! A few weeks ago I won a pair of Pedoodles from the wonderful blog SassyFrazz! Thanks Sarah for the wonderful giveaway and the fabulous shoes. There were quite a few different styles to choose from, and after much deliberation, we finally decided on the Red Bowlers. They are super cute, so soft, easy to slip on, and nice and wide. They are a bit too big for my son right now; he'll probably grow into them by the end of summer, and I am so excited! 
   A big thanks to SassyFrazz and Pedoodles for these adorable shoes! I'll probably do a review on our new Pedoodles once my son actually fits them, and we can see them in action.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Buxom Beauty!!!

     There's a neat giveaway/contest over on "A Wrestling Addicted Mommy's" Blog. Gina will be giving away a "2008 Year of the Hips & Curves" tank top to 3 lucky ladies over on her blog. "Hips and Curves" is an online shop that caters to plus-sized women. They have really cute clothes and sexy lingerie! 
   Although, I'm no longer considered plus-sized, I can relate to not being able to find cute clothes to fit me. I'm one of those ladies whose top doesn't quite match the rest of her. So nothing fits correctly. It's either too big in all the wrong places, or too small (period). Besides, I'm only now fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes and I'll probably be back in my plus-sized digs again after having another baby. So, it nice to know that there is another place to shop. 
   Ok, so what am I going to do with my shirt, if I win? I really would like to win one for my best friend! She's plus-sized and so beautiful. We love our curves!

I'm Back!!!

Wow, what a busy couple of months. I think the last time a posted, my son was sick. We found out that he has asthma and allergies. So we've delved into the world of allergy-proofing and nebulizers. Wahoo! Anyway, if anyone has any tips on this, please leave them. We could use the help ;-)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Oh no, we're sick...

     So, we've been battling colds/sore throats, etc for the past few days. Not fun. DH and DS are feeling a lot better; just trying to get over their runny noses. I am another story. I find that, for me, illness is a "process"; I'll feel a bit under-the weather progressively getting worse for days, then I'll stay ill for days, then slowly get better. Everyone here can have the same thing and get sick at the same time, and they'll have it for a few days, while mine seems to drag on forever! It seems that most mom's that I've talked to are this way. Their bodies seem to wait until "they can" get sick, if you know what I mean. 
    Which brings me to another topic that's been on my mind for the last few days. Last week, here in town, there was a 5 month old baby who died in his carseat in his crib. Officials thought that somehow the baby's death had something to do with the carseat possibly malfunctioning or something like that. The problem was, the seat seemed to be completely intact; nothing wrong with the it, nor the crib. (Of course, it might not be a good idea to leave babies unattended and not monitored). So, what happened to this baby? Turns out, the parents left the infant in a snowsuit and strapped into his carseat (which was placed in his crib) in an overly hot room without food or water for 8 days. The parents purposely left that baby there to starve and cry and die. To make matters worse (I know, how can this possibly get any worse?), the parents were apparently there in the house for the majority of the 8 days. How can one just sit there while a baby cries out for nourishment, care and comfort? We've heard of many cases of parents harming their children. They're all disturbing. Now that I'm a mother these issues affect me more. This really got to me, and I wrestle with the "why?". What happened? I'm not a perfect mom, but I'd like to think I'd never (by my own actions, or by default/neglect) physically, emotionally or spiritually, harm my child. I've got to admit, I've had those moments when my DS is crying or even screaming. I've done all that I know to do. He's fed, clean, and cared for. I've comforted him, held him, rocked him. I've taken his temperature, played with him, and even given him gas drops. I've sung to him, fussed at him, and then just been silent because I'm at the end of my rope and don't know what else to do. I know he's tired and we're both frustrated. And so finally, I've put him safely in his crib, turned on the video baby monitor, put in my earplugs, and sat frustrated, then angry, at myself for not knowing what else to do. Then, I cry. Eventually, DS falls asleep and then we both feel better. I usually feel a little guilty though. I feel that there's this ever-present pressure for SAHMs to appear to be the "perfect mom". This especially seems to be a huge issue for many Christian SAHMs. I know I've felt it. And so have many moms I know. Unfortunately, we as people are never perfect, much less as mothers and wives. We can only do the best that we can and do what we know to do.
   Which brings me back to the awful case of child neglect/abuse here in my area. It remains to be seen what exactly was going on with the parents. Where/are they mentally disturbed, at the end of their rope, or are they just not good people? Clearly something was/is wrong. Many are speculating that they just didn't have the skills and support that they needed to cope with the pressures that parenting brings. That may be the case, and is that's not an excuse, but here's my thought: We women, no, we humans, should support/look out for/care for each other. How many of us (if asked and completely unscheduled) would have taken a screaming baby for a few hours or even days? Would I? What if we weren't asked? Would/could I spot a family in need of support? If so, would I help? Or would I be too "busy"? If I needed help, would I ask? I'd like to think that I could positively respond to situations. When I sit here and think about it, of course, I'm confident that I would. But, when I'm up and about...engulfed in my own stress, and drama... How would I respond then?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

OK so yeah...

Ok, so yeah...I'm gonna try this blogging thing. I'm not sure that I've got time, nor literary talent...but, it's seems like everyone else has one, so... yeah, going to follow the crowd this time. I hope this gives others a chance to get to know me a little better. Hey, maybe I'll even learn more about myself. 
    So,'s to my new blog! Wahoo! I feel so 21st century.