Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Cards!

After browsing through the usual websites for photo Holiday cards (snapfish, walgreens, walmart, etc), I came across Shutterfly. I've always heard great things about the website, and after hearing about their great deal on 50 free cards, I thought I'd really check into it. They have an adorable selection of contemporary, tradtional, and even vintage cards! They are also printed on cardstock, which will hold up better than the photo paper I have previously has my cards printed on. I've picked out about 5 that I absolutely love, and will have a difficult time choosing which card to go with this year!

Of course I don't have 50 people to send cards to, so I know I will either need to find more friends soon or else I'm going to have a lot left over! :) Here are a few of my favorites!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Going on 14 months!

This is a little early, but what the heck. Mason will be 14 months old next week and I thought it was time for an update on the little guy.

He loves cheese toast, strawberry poptarts, dancing, 'singing', and giving kisses. He has improved on his walking tremendously. It seems like we went from two-four steps at a time to running around the living room.

Spongebob is still his favorite show, and loves everything Spongebob related.

He's going to be a garden gnome for Halloween. Why? Well first of, it's just a cute as crap costume. Secondly, Mason has been fascinated with garden gnomes for months. He calls them 'babies' and giggles everytime he sees one. He even has two little garden gnomes that his Mimi got him for his birthday.

His favorite words are 'Daddy' and 'Baby'. Here are some of the words he's recently added to his vocabulary: bubbles, poop, 'Mimi!' (finally), ball, juice, cup, water (wawa), bam (when he bangs toys around), book (sounds like boot), and a few others I can't recall at the moment.

He says 'Mmmmm!' to everything tasty he puts in his mouth, and loves his toy broom.

We are officially done with the bottle, and I'm ready to get rid of the pacifier next.

He healed amazingly well from his orchiopexy, with just a few small scars as his battle wounds.

He is into everything and a ball of happiness and curiosity.

I love being at home with him. He is the easiest baby around.

He climbed into my lap a few days ago and my heart melted. He cMe over to me on a different occasion and gave me a giant bear hug. That was a first. I still haven't gotten over how sweet and wonderful his tiny baby hug was.

He makes me the happiest I've ever been.

I love my growing, sweet, happy Mason.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Job Hunt

So I've been unemployed since July 9th, and have submitted my resume or filled out applications for more than 30 jobs. Discouraging? I'd say so. To not be able to provide any additional income for my family, to not be able to buy Mason the things he wants/needs, and to not be able to pay the bills, well it's all getting to me.

I can't force someone to hire me. I wish it was easy to get a job. It's like I've done all I can do, but the rest is out of my control. And I absolutely hate it.

If I was in my cosmetology classes, I may not feel like such a loser. However, I am on the waiting list until March, which is when I'll start. Until then I need to work, and I'm running out of options.

I hate being broke. I hate being unemployed. I love being home with Mason. Thank God he keeps me sane. Most moms gripe and moan about their terrorist children they have to stay with all day. I wouldn't lose a minute without my little buddy. He's the best baby ever.

So cross your fingers for me, and send positive job getting vibes my way. I desperately need them.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


That is the name of the procedure that Mason had yesterday. When he was born, his right testicle had not decended. Sometimes this can naturally drop down on it's own within the first year, but in Mason's case it obviously didn't. He was also unable to be circumsized, so he had both performed yesterday at Floyd by Dr. Jessie.

When he was born, I almost knew that this would be inevitable. Well, I knew Mason probably wouldn't be one of the lucky few who would have the issue corrected naturally. So for the past two weeks I have been a nervous wreck in anticipation of his surgery day.

We arrived at Floyd at 6:30am. Unfortunately with the Mr's job (not an understanding one), he was unable to join us. I know that made him even more of a nervous wreck. Luckily my mom was able to take the day off and join us, so I was definitely less anxious when she arrived.

After all of the paperwork, and all of the waiting, Mason was given his cocktail to help him relax. And he definitely did just that! The poor guy was as limp as a dish rag. Ha

Around 10:15, they took him back for surgery, and it ended around 1:30. After some more waiting, I finally got to see him a little after 2. Groggy and confused, he sat in my lap and downed two cups of apple juice. I was so glad to see he was okay, and happy to finally have this past us.

We got home and Mason ate some Spaghettios and crashed. He slept for around 6 hours, woke up for an hour and a half, then slept all night. Today he's happily playing like this never happened.

Three incisions later, and my son is happy and healthy. After a year of fear and dread it's finally over.

No one wants to see their child in any pain whatsoever. As parents we continually have to make decisions for what is best for our children. I wanted to have this surgery done as soon as possible, so tht Mason wouldn't have any recollection whatsoever. And now it's a thing of the past.

Dr. Jessie is an amazing doctor with such a positive disposition, and I would recommend him to anyone. The nurses as Floyd Surgery Center were amazing as well. It was a long day for sure, but they kept us updated frequently and assured us that Mason was in excellent hands.

My mom was a wonderful supporter to us, and took my mind off my anxiety. We joke about how we go completely crazy when stuck in hospitals for lengthy periods of time, but we always manage to make it stress free. I couldn't thank you enough for being there Mom, it really meant a lot to me.

Thanks to everyone for thinking of us, all your well wishes and checking in yesterday, and support. I have such a large group of famiy and friends that are wonderfully supportive and amazing.

On the road to recovery!

And sorry for the typos, I'm posting from my IPhone, which is a whole hell of a lot different that sitting at the computer.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Family Pictures

We had our family pictures taken yesterday afternoon at Berry College by our wedding photographer Mike Robertson. Here are just a few of my favorites! He does an amazing job!

Dear Mason,

I can't believe your first year has come and gone. Before I know it, we will be planning your
second birthday party.

When you were born, I fell in love instantly. I know all moms say this, but you were absolutely perfect. And at a year old, you are still perfect. Mommy is so proud of you. You are such a loving, curious, smart little baby. Everyone tells me that you are the best baby ever. And they are right. You never get angry or bored when your Daddy and I want to go out for dinner. You love to watch people and smile at them, and of course you love food.

Hearing you talk for the first time was a trip. But when you started learning how and when to use
words just blew me away. You are getting so smart!

I absolutely love when you give me hugs just because you want to, and how you love everyone around you. You are so loved, but you love everyone just as much.

Everything is new to you, and your Daddy and I get a kick out of watching your amazement and wonder to all of the new things you see and experience.

You love being read to, and I love our quiet time together. You are such a funny little guy. I love that you love Spongebob, because a lot of these other cartoons are obnoxious. You sing and dance, and it's just too cute. Your personality is definitely shining through. You loved being scared, being chased, and chasing Daddy.

As you enter your 2nd year, I look forward to all that you will learn, seeing you grow and change, and loving every minute we have together. I hope your wonder carries with you throughout your life, as well as your sense of humor. You are such an amazing little man, and I couldn't be more proud of you. Keep seeing life the way you do now, with love, curiosity, and humor.

I love you through and through,


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

One Year Old

I have a one year old. Whaaat? When did this happen? Where did the time go? It snuck up on me and sprinted straight by...

Mason Jack is a toddler. That blows my mind. Sure, I can reminisce on the day he was born, the day I brought him home from the hospital, and all of his many firsts. Instead I want to focus on the here and now.

Mason's birthday party was a blast! He was surrounded by all of the people that love and care about him so much. He loved the fact that everyone he knew was in the same area, and spent the majority of the day being passed around.

The kid dove straight into his smash cake. No hesitation whatsoever. I mean what else would you expect? He loves food! I thought he would end up getting sick from the amount of cake that he ate, but he enjoyed it way too much.

Mason has become the most carefree, kind hearted little man. He loves giving hugs and kisses. He loves babbling, playing with new musical table that he got for his birthday, and "reading".

He has yet to walk. I know it's a lack of confidence more than anything. He is terrified to let go of my leg and actually take a few steps, but he is cruising around and standing up by himself.

He loves watching "Bob Bob" (Spongebob of course), and was super excited about his season 1 DVD of Spongebob that his Mimi gave him.
Right now we are in the process of taking the bottle and pacifier away. He uses a sippy cup the majority of the time, but sometimes he gives me that "What the heck is this?!" look when he realizes I've put his milk in his bottle. Luckily, the little guy only takes a pacifier when he goes to bed. He doesn't get it during the day. But I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it won't be one of those things that ends up making us both stay up half the night.

Glad to be back to blogging again! My goal is to blog at least once a week.

Oh, AND....drumroll please....
I have lost 27 lbs!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

11 Months Old

It has been awhile, and I've been a bad, bad blogger. I keep making promising these posts that never have the time to be written. Well, now that I am unemployed again, I have more time than I know what to do with.

Mason is doing great. He had tubes put in on July 21st, and hasn't had the first sniffle or problem since. He is getting so big and so smart. I am so proud of my little guy. His vocabulary is rapidly growing. He can say (and knows when to properly use) "Bye Bye", "Hey", "Baby", "Kitty Kitty", "Ball", "Pop", "Mama", "Dada", and many, many more that I can't think of off the top of my head.

He also likes to mimic the sounds he hears from TV or sounds that other people make.

He dances to music, or when you sing to him, and also "sings" along with the songs he hears.

He loves being read to, and laughs when I point to certain things and tell him what they are.

He absolutely loves vanilla custard and Gerber puffs.

No, Mason hasn't started walking yet. He CAN walk. He just refuses. He clutches onto me or anyone else with all of his might, and shuffles around the walls and furniture. He has 7 teeth now and is munching down on anything he can get his hands on. He can climb the stairs like a pro, and our current project (with our unusual staircase situation) is attempting to keep him off of them!

I can't believe his 1st birthday is quickly approaching. It's such a bittersweet time for any mother. Saying goodbye to that little tiny baby you once knew and welcoming the next stage of their life-becoming a toddler! Their are so many things I need to do for his birthday, which is what I am currently taking a break from to write this post.

Currently I am in school for cosmetology, and hope to be working as a master cosmetologist by next summer! I'm making an A in the class I am in now, but I'm ready to start learning more. My friend Jana has given me the opportunity to come into her salon and learn some tricks while I'm in school, so I am very thankful for all of her help.

Well, back to party planning! Happy Thursday!

Monday, June 7, 2010

9 Month Checkup

As I was getting Mason ready for the doctor's appointment this morning, I walked into the kitchen to get his bottles together for daycare. Within about 3 short minutes I return to the living room to find that Mason is sitting on the third stair playing with a pair of the Mr's shoes.


Yeah, he can climb. And climb he did. When I discovered him perched up on the third step, I think I stopped breathing. Because a third step, hardwoods steps, for a 9 month old, well that's just scary. These are the steps I have fallen down sober, pregnant, barefoot, and with shoes on. (All seperate occasions obviously). I've busted it so hard I walked with a limp for awhile, wasn't able to move my arm for a day, and had a bruise on my ass back that looked like I got hit with a baseball bat. So the third step for Mason is, well, the equivalent in my mind of me falling down the entire flight.

Baby gate for the stairs, now added to the list of babyproofing items I need to buy immediately.

So back to the check-up. Mason is 29 1/2 inches long, 20 1/2 lbs, and healthy as a horse. His ear infection is clearing up a bit. (Yes, we had another one of those lovely things pop up last Friday). He wants to see him again this Friday to give him a quick check and see if we need to make a trip to the ENT.

He's saying 'Mama', 'Dada', and 'Baba' like crazy. He is starting to brave the world of standing without holding onto furniture, and he eats everything in sight (regardless if it's edible).

I never imagine I could love someone as much as I love him. He's my world, and it just gets better and better.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


It's been too long since my last post. I just can't find the time in the day. Currently my days go something about like this...
6am - Snooze it for another ten
6:10 - get up and run bass-ackwards getting myself ready for work.
7:00 - Start making Mason's bottles for daycare, and getting together his diaper bag.
7:15 - Wake Mason up, change diaper, put clothes on him, get him in the carseat, load him and everything else in the car, drive to daycare.
7:35 - Leave daycare and head to work.
8-5 Work of course!
5 - Leave work and head to daycare.
5:30 - Get Mason home from daycare, sit and play for at least an hour.
6:30 - Start laundry, tidying, dinner, whatever it may be. All the while taking care of my little man.
(This makes up for the majority of my evening).
Anywhere betwen 8:30-10 - Get little guy in the bed, have a moment to myself. (Most of the time this is used staring at the ceiling in my dark bedroom.)

There isn't enough hours in the day.
Financially, we are struggling pretty bad. As is everyone, eh?
Emotionally, we are happy.
Healthwise, we are strong. This can change at any time. Mason has had two ear infections in the past month (one being a double ear infection).

I love working. I think I could flip burgers and be happy.
I hate missing work because Mason is sick.
But I love spending time with him. Just the two of us. All day. It makes me miss being a stay at home mom sometimes.

I miss dates. I miss going out with friends. But I also enjoy being with my family, and still having wonderful friends who want to be constantly be a part of mine, The Mr's, and Mason's lives.

I hope that I will be able to blog more. If I can steal a few minutes in the day, I definitely will. I miss you blog world, but I'm slowly coming back.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Spring and Growth

I didn't realize it had been over a month since my last post. So much changes in the course of such a short amount of time. Mason is two weeks shy of his 8 month birthday, and I have yet to take his 7 month pictures. Bad mom? Nah. Just a busy mom with not enough hours in the day. So I thought I would take a quick moment before I head off to work and give an update.
Mason is pulling up, crawling all over the place, and still, of course, a very sweet and happy baby. Last week he had his first ear infection and he was miserable. But luckily he's back to himself now. I'm pretty busy with work, so time has been flying by.
Hopefully I'll have a minute to sit down and blog
later this evening! I've missed the blog world!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Stress Diet

This really can't be helped. I'm trying to eat and all, but I'm nauseated most of the time.
So, I'm down 11.5 pounds from my start weight. Woohoo! I weight 192.4 or some junk.
Whatever works. Pft.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Life Sucks

I thought I would take a moment to catch up on my blog while Mason naps. Mason is doing so good. He is learning to crawl extremely fast, get into everything, sit up, and pull up. He's such a happy baby. He giggles and smiles a lot, and I just hope that means I'm doing something right.

Everyone knows by now that my marriage situation is not a good one. I tried not to blog about it, because it is such a personal matter, but I guess I feel like I need to for myself and Mason. This blog was for Mason, and I guess one day he will know (however the situation turns out) what happened.

The Mr. and I are no longer together. My heart has been broken into a million pieces. It was really unexpected to me, and he hasn't been home in a few weeks. We don't really speak much at all, and when we do, it's regarding Mason and not what the heck is going on.

Right now, I honestly don't know what is going on. I'm completely clueless, shocked, and hurt.

I take it day by day, and try to continue being the best mom I can be for Mason. Because right now, that's really all I can do. One day he will know how he was the one that pulled me through this. I never knew such a sweet little baby would be my rock, what makes me smile all the time, and the one person who won't ever leave me. He's an amazing little man. And I love him sooooo so very much.

Monday, March 8, 2010

6 Months Old

Well, I thought I would take a moment to update on what Mason has been up to. Life is completely different now.
Mason is crawling around like crazy. He is getting really good at it, and he's on the other side of the living room within before I know it. Of course that makes my job as Mom even harder, chasing him around all day long. It's so fun to watch him growing and changing. I can't believe he's already half a year old!
He's been eating fruits and veggies. He absolutely loves pears. Bananas he wasn't so sure of at first, but he seems to enjoy them now. He has been such a good baby.
He had his first night away from home, and away from me, and he didn't sleep! The poor little guy knew he was away from home and I guess he just couldn't get used to the new place.
He's started blowing bubbles and raspberries all the time. It's his new favorite thing to do. He makes the most serious face when he's doing it. It's way too cute. Hopefully I can snag a picture of him doing that.
Other than that, he's growing like crazy. At his 6 month appointment he weighed 20.1 lbs and was 26 1/2 inches long. Every day he is doing something new, and it's just so fun to watch. I'm loving every minute of it!
I'm going to attempt to take his 6 month pictures today (although a few days late), but we will see how that goes since he's a baby on the move!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Fitness Friday

Start Weight: 203.2
Current Weight: 197.2
Weight loss: 6 pounds!
And that is all I'm blogging about. :)

Fitness Friday

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Stress, Stress, and More Stress

Stress has overcome every aspect of my life. I don't think I've ever been so overwhelmed. Well, I've never been so overwhelmed and not known how to handle it. That's the biggest difference.
Finances. Ugh. I hate money. I hate debt, and bills, and not having money. We were expected to get a great tax refund this year, but we received a notice that all of it was applied towards a debt that we didn't even know we had. As of now, I know it is a student loan in the Mr's name, but we don't know what type, from when, what company, or any details.
We were planning on using all of our refund to pay off a ton of medical bills and other bills we have piling up, with the exception of keeping a small amount to buy Mason some new clothes.
So much for that.
Yeah it paid some debt. But when it's a debt you didn't even know existed, it's like you're still at square one. Although I don't normally discuss mine and the Mr's relationship on here, I will say that we have been neglecting it for the most part. With a baby, and financial issues, and his job, our marriage has been ignored by the both of us. It's not the best place to be, and we are working through it.
We may take a social hiatus of some sorts for the next couple of weeks so that we can focus on us again. I'm hoping we can get out of the house a few times and spend some time alone without Mason. We need that.
With that, I probably won't be blogging much for a little bit. I have been slacking off anyways, but my main focus is my family. The Mr. and I are having a date night. It's past due and we need it.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lesson Learned

Proofreading is necessary. Even in the blog world.
I will not blog from my phone because my thumbs are retarded spastic and I'm illiterate.

The End.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snaggle Tooth

After a week of what seemed to be sheer torture for Mason and I, his first two teeth broke through. Many a Motrin, teething tablets, frozen wash cloths, and teething rings later, I realized that nothing really seems to sooth the pain for little dude. Baby Oragel works for a whopping 2.5 seconds, and the endless screaming then resumes.

He refuses to let you look at them. He musy be embarrassed of his Waffle House grin. I personally think it just happena to be the most precious thing ever. I was afraid the new toothy smile couldn't compare to his gummy baby grin, but I guess parents are right when they say, 'Just when you think they couldn't get any cuter...'

Mason is also sitting up with a little assistance. He has to work on his balance some more. He is also eating solids now of carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, and squash. The kid loves peas. Strange. However, at almost 19lbs now, I think he's content on having any food put into his mouth.

Where did my sweet, quiet, snuggly newborn go? He turned into a screaming, pea-eating, sleeping-through-the-night, playful but cranky, tiny terrorist. Ahhh the joys of motherhood.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Fitness Friday - On a Monday

Well it has been a crazy weekend for me and I've slacked off on the blogging. So here is my fitness Friday update.
Start Weight: 203.6 lbs
Current Weight: 199.8 lbs.
Weight Lost: 3.8 lbs.
So I'm averaging a little over a pound per week. I'm happy with that! I need to step it up this week. I'm ready to hit the 10lb mark already. I've realized that when you aren't actually paying for a Weight Watchers membership and doing it from home, there is a lack of motivation there.
Hopefully this week will be better!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sneak Peek

Something I've already made. Cocktail napkins!

And a peek of another one of the lovely fabrics I ordered. Hmmm, what to do with it?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Goodbye January, Hello February!

The first month of 2010 is officially finished. In January Mason had his first real food (sweet potatoes), learned to roll over (and won't stop), and began sleeping in his crib through the night. That is a lot of change for the little guy! I know there is so much in store for this month as well.

I, on the other hand, decided to get an Etsy store in the works (and unfortunately it may be another week or two before that opens) and began my weight loss journey.

So let's say a fond farewell to all of the good changes that occurred in January of 2010 and welcome the new events that are in store! All of my family is healthy and happy, so all in all it was a great month!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Fitness Friday Among Other Things

Fitness Friday is here, and I dreaded getting on the scale this morning. I was pretty certain that I would gain weight this week. I was wrong!
Start Weight: 203.6
Today's Weight: 200.2
Weight lost: 2.6lbs.
Doesn't seem like a lot, but it's a small step in a long journey. I know after having a baby that weight loss isn't going to come as easy as it did before I was pregnant. 60 pounds in 5 months is fast! My goal is to be 20 lbs lighter than my original weight by vacation time (May). So I've got about 3 and a half months! I think I can definitely do that!

Mason had his first taste of veggies yesterday! I gave him some sweet potatoes for dinner, and he scarfed them down! With his chunky little butt, I think he isn't going to find a food he doesn't like.

Also, we got Sophie in the mail today! Wahoo! I showed her to Mason and squeeked her a few times. He looked at me, smiled, and started chewing away. I think the two of them will get along very nicely!

As far as the Etsy store update. All of my fabrics have come in, and I started making some magnets last yesterday. They are turning out super cute, and I may keep a few for myself :) I mean everyone needs their fridges to be stylish too right?

For your viewing pleasure, little Mason and his yummy first taste of real food.

Who can resist those baby Yoda ears?

His new buddy, Sophie.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Just wanted to say, I failed miserable at taking a picture a day. However, I am playing around with my camera a lot more, trying to figure things out. I'm getting some very helpful tips from free classes online (not really classes, more like reading a PDF). I'm hoping Mason's 5 month pictures next week *YES, 5 months NEXT WEEK!* will be awesome.

Looking forward to getting my supplies in the mail! Once that happens and I spend a few hours making some things, my etsy store will be up and running. I hope to have the Grand Opening on Monday! Hopefully on Monday I will have a link for everyone to check it out!

Mason sttn (slept through the night) again last night! Hoorah! I was thrilled to hear his little happy squeals this morning at 7:30. I did wake up at 4:30 and have a bit of a freak out, but once I checked on him saw that he was still sawing logs, all was right with the world.

Tomorrow is Fitness Friday, and I'm just hoping that after the bad week I've had that I haven't actually gained weight. If I maintained, cheers to me. I know I probably won't lose, but that's what I get for having a few too many gin and tonics last Saturday eh?

Eventually I'll have a blog that has a freaking picture in it. I feel like such a blog slacker for not having some form of visual entertainment.

Also, I am planning on having a giveaway to promote my Etsy items. I'm wanting to give away something neutral, so I am thinking of doing some burp cloths that aren't too "girly" or too "boyish". Thoughts? And if anyone (c'mon blog stalkers) would like to host the giveaway, I'd be more than happy to let you! Once I get the creativity juices flowing, I could definitely send pictures, details, etc.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

And So He Sleeps

Through the night, that is.

It's not like he hasn't before. This time was different. He slept the entire night in his CRIB. I knew the day would come, and it was only a matter of time. Yet after many nights of waking up, not being able to get him back to sleep, and throwing him in the bed with me, I thought the day would never come.

He took all of his naps in his crib yesterday, and put himself to sleep each time. So last night I read him a few books, put him in the crib, turned on his Soothe and Glow Seahorse, and left.

After an hour of going back and forth giving him his pacifier back, or rolling him back onto his back (because he was getting frustrated, not because I mind him sleeping on his stomach), he finally tuckered himself out and gave up.

The kid is a stomach sleeper now. Which of course, is not recommended by most. However, he can roll over now. He has good neck and head control, so he's not going to smother himself. And I am not going to set my alarm every 3 hours just to creep in his nursery and roll him back over, jeopardizing all of my hard work to get him to fall asleep in the first place. Ultimately, he'd roll back over anyways.

So at 6:30 this morning, I heard Mason making his usual happy noises, and dragged myself into the nursery to see him. He was on his tummy, looking up at me with his sleepy baby eyes, and smiled the biggest toothless smile I've seen.

You know how you always say "I will....when I am a Mom." or "I will never...when I am a Mom." I always said to myself, "This baby will sleep in his crib from day 1. He's gotta learn that its his, and Mom and Dad's room is strictly Mom and Dad's." Why did I have this mentality? Because I don't want a 2 year old who refuses to sleep in his own bed, since he still finds comfort in being with Mom and Dad.

Then you have a baby. Then you play into your child's needs, and not your wants. The kid refused to sleep in his bassinet, his pack and play, or his crib from the beginning. The only place he would sleep was the couch. Which is why the Mr. and I were restricted to couch sleeping for the first 3 weeks.

After that, he was alright in the bassinet, but attempts at the crib were unsuccessful. So finally, here we are. Mason is almost 5 months now, and he finally sleeps in his crib. All night.

All in all, Mason and I both had wonderful sleep. In our respective rooms, in our own beds.

My little baby is growing up.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Woe Is Me

I'm tired.

It hasn't been a good week as far as the Weight Watchers goes, so I'm not looking forward to weighing in this Friday.

Mason is showing signs of teething, and it can be very frustrating at times. Enter, Sophie the Giraffe. I've heard all of the rave reviews on her, and thought I would have it ordered before Mason was even born. But, life gets in the way, and Sophie should arrive sometime between Friday and next Monday. I'm hoping Mason and Sophie will have a wonderful friendship full of quiet, juicy, conversations.

I need to go to Hancock fabrics to pick up some backing for burp cloths, bibs, blankets and so forth. I don't feel like spending the money.

I need to finish setting up my shop policies, payment info, shipping info, etc, etc.

I need to get Mason on a bedtime routine. So far the kid has taken every nap today in his crib. Thank you Soothe and Glow Seahorse.

I need caffeine before I pass out.

I need to pay bills.

That's it for today. I'll see ya Friday for Fitness Friday post, and let's hope I didn't actually gain weight this week. So much for sticking to the weight loss plan. Arg.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Fitness Friday

Weight: 201.6
Weight lost: 1.6 lbs!
Small number, but I feel like I did really good this week! I ate healthy and drank a lot of water. So I'm happy! Goals for next week: drink more water, don't use more than 7 flex points, and eat more fruit. Here's to a good 2nd week!

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Well today I perused a bit around online and finally ordered some super cute fabric I've been wanting for my Etsy products. Now I just have to wait a long week and a half before I get it and start playing around. The fabrics I purchased are more modern designs that I like, of course. I think my store will offer some new and different items since I'm going on patterns I choose, instead of what everyone is selling.
That's the fun in it right?
Just a quick update, since the little guy is a roller now, I've got to see what he's up to. Be back tomorrow for Fitness Friday!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Broke and Crafty

We are anxiously awaiting to receive the Mr's W2 so that we can file for our return. Why? Because everyone needs and wants money. And we are so ridiculously behind on bills it isn't even funny.

Just to give you a general idea...
The majority of what we owe it at least one month behind. So we can't ever really catch up.

I think I owe an estimated $14,000 on student loans. Most of these I've put into unemployment deferment, but it's still not really helping me when I've got a pile of bills to pay regardless.

On top of my student loans, in regards to medical bills, utilities, and other minor debts, I think we are somewhere close to around $6,000.

So my question is...what's the best method of attack here? I don't think we could consolidate, just because neither one of us has hardly any credit. Well, add being in debt to the mix and most banks are hesitant about lending out money with the way things are in the economy.

All of our income tax refund is going to go towards bills. No shopping extravaganzas for us, no putting back money for a vacation, none of that. Which pretty much sucks considering the amount of things I could buy for Mason with that money. The problem is, I know that the amount we get back from our refund won't really put a dent into the amount of debt that we owe.

Enter, Etsy. Back in early December I mentioned that I wanted to start an Etsy store after Christmas. Well, the store is on the way. I'm going to be making a random assortment of things sch as: burp cloths, dish towels, nursery decor, diaper cakes and so forth. It's not up and running as of yet. I'm still working on policies, shop design and what have you. But I plan on making a few items just to see if I have any interested shoppers. And all of the profits will go straight towards debt.

The biggest thing holding me back so far...well you sort of have to spend money to make money. And as of now, I have none to spend to buy the supplies I need. I also plan to promote my shop, so be on the lookout for an upcoming giveaway!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Healthy Eating

I know it's not Friday, but I did want to post how the weight loss journey was going so far. I haven't weighed myself. I don't want the scale to haunt me every morning in the hopes that the number will change day to day. That's being a little too obsessive, and I'm still limiting myself to Friday mornings.

So far I think I've had a fairly good week. I've been keeping within my points range every day, (with the exception of Saturday, in which I used my Flex Points). This morning I am going to fix myself some delicious Turkey Bacon (which I actually perfer over regular anyway), scrambled egg whites with salsa, and toast with Nutella. It's a big breakfast, but it's only a meer 4 points. (Egg whites are 0 points, as well as salsa).

I've been drinking water like a maniac, and can already tell a difference in my energy level. I forgot that drinking a ton of water is like drinking two cups of coffee. It's a natural energizer.

Let's hope I stay on plan the remainder of the week. Mr. H gets Irish Stew for dinner tonight. (Yep, still going to cook him dinner even though I can't eat it). I'll probably cook myself up a chicken breast, some rice, and steamed veggies. Yum.

American Idol Hype

I absolutely hate American Idol. I can't stand to watch it, I loath hearing anything about it, and want to slap the person who says "Hey, did you see the guy on American Idol last night?" No. I didn't. Don't want to. Wouldn't get paid to.

I simply have no desire to watch people who know they can make a fool of themselves and get their 15 minutes of fame by doing so. Nor do I have the desire to watch the singers who are actually good go through grueling month(s) long process of singing Broadway musicals, horrible renditions of good and original music, which ultimately comes down to two or three people who all end up getting a contract in the end.

I just don't like it. As with the New Moon (Twilight saga), it annoys me that the majority of the population only has this one commonality to discuss. TV. Seriously. There was an earthquake in Haiti, and all people can talk about is "Pants on the Ground".

Oy Vey.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Dear Mason,

Time is flying by way to quickly. You are quickly approaching your 5 month birthday, and that scares the hell out of me. Every day with you is a blessing, and each smile, laugh, and each funny new noise you discover make my life full. You sure have been a grumpy Guss lately, but I think it's a phase of life for you. Trying to figure out how your hands work, that toys don't disappear forever when you drop them, and that when Mommy puts you down it doesn't mean I'm going to leave you lying there for hours.

The days of quieter (although still blood boiling in their own right) newborn cries, milk drunk naps lasting hours at a time, and tiny baby arms and legs that didn't kick and slap Mommy constantly, are over. Times of high pitched baby squeals, gurgles, and raspberries, messy feedings, and bath time that results in Mommy drenched in your sweet smelling bath water due to your overenthusiastic splashing, have arrived.

I feed you in the morning, and in most cases, this is when you are the happiest. You lay in your pack and play and check out your mobile while I take a break for some coffee and breakfast (and the occasional blogging). But my favorite time with you is nap time. Here lately you absolutely refuse to go to sleep on your own (even though Mommy knows you are quite capable of doing so). So I get to bring back those sweet newborn days of holding you in my arms until you fall asleep. Sometimes its a struggle, and you kick and punch me, but you eventually fall asleep and catch flies as well as some ZzzZzz's.

I will hold you and rock you, cause babies don't keep.

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo

The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren't his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

- Ruth Hulbert Hamilton

I hope you'll always feel comfortable with me. Not just to fall asleep in my arms, but to share with me your goals and ambitions, your mistakes and fears, your loves and your life.

Friday, January 15, 2010

First Fitness Friday!

Alright, I said I was gonna do this, so here it is. Today is my first Fitness Friday post! I will start by saying that I'm not really ashamed to display my weight. It is what it is and it's solely a number. But on my journey towards feeling healthy and confident, I will post my actual weight each week.
First, I must add that during my final month of pregnancy I weighed the most I've ever weighed in my life. 252 lbs. 4 months later and as of my weigh in yesterday, I am down 49 pounds. Meaning that my current weight is 203.2 lbs. My goal this week is to make sure I am drinking plenty of water each day, and if the weather permits, take Mason on a daily walk around the neighborhood.
My long term goal is mainly to feel good about myself and have energy. If that means I'll lose 20 lbs or 60 lbs, then so be it.
And there ya have it, my first Fitness Friday post!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Year, New Things Part 2

Mason just woke up from a nap, so I have to make this quick. One of my goals this year is to be happy with myself, and in order to do that, I need to lose a pretty significant amount of weight.
Plan: Weight Watchers. I've done it in the past and was very successful with it, so I plan on using it again to assist me in my weight loss goals. I'm going to have a "Fitness Friday" post, where I will post my weight, how much I either lost or gained, and some tips for those who may be wanting to lose weight.
Today is my first day on the plan, and I will be weighing in each Thursday for my Fitness Friday posts. I'm also going to attempt to post a weekly (or maybe bi-weekly) picture of myself, for a reference on what losing 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 pounds looks like.
Yes, I said 50. I need to lose at least that. More than anything I want to feel good about myself. After having a baby, I think all mothers do. Some are freakish and can manage without a weight loss plan. I, however, am not one of those freakish people. So here is to the first day on the path to skinny town!

Friday, January 8, 2010

2009 In Pictures

I guess I'll join the rest of the blogosphere. Better late than never!
Let's just glance over to the picture on the right. That's how my first day of 2009 started. It saves me from uploading it again. :)
The first visible sign of Mason.

Did lots of pregnant fishing

Celebrated Adam's 24th Birthday, dressed as TLC.

Had a wonderful time at the beach with family and friends!

Luau Party!

Followed by a wonderfully fun Luau themed Baby Shower :)

Only a month left to go!

Getting to see what Mason was going to look like!

The most exhausting, but happiest day of my life. September 3rd. Meeting Mason Jack.

Mason's first Halloween!

Celebrating Mason's 3 Month mark!

My best friends are getting married!

And of course, Mason's first Christmas!

Snow Day

Yesterday we were lucky enough to get about a half inch of snow (maybe a little more. Of course I bundled Mason up, and we ventured outside for a brief ten minutes to snap a few pictures of him in the snow.
His little cheeks turned rosy only have after a minute or two. This is my favorite, and my picture for the day!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

4 Month Well Baby Check

This morning was a hassle, as usual. Woke up at 6 to get myself ready for the day, and also get Mason up, fed, and ready for his 4 month Well Baby check. We had an appointment with the nurse practioner, Shannon, and I really liked her! She was very thorough, answered all of my questions, and took her time with my little (big) guy.
He is weighing in at a whopping 18.8 lbs now, which is more like the weight of an 8 month old. He is also 26 1/4 inches long, and looking very healthy!
Of course the little guy cried the biggest crocodile tears I've ever seen him cry as soon as the nurse gave him his shots. Bless his wittle bitty teeny tiny heart. I rocked him and held him, and then the Mr. gave me quite the pouty face, so I handed Tubs over to him and he calmed him down before we left.
We discussed starting him on rice cereal. So this is my picture for the day.

First attempt! We shall see how it goes, and I will definitely take pictures!
And to catch up, my picture from yesterday was of my favorite thing in the world. Other than Mason, and the Mr., the one thing I need to get through my day.

I'll admit it. I'm not a black coffee drinker. In fact, I don't see how anyone could drink it that way. I love my Coffee Mate and my Splenda. Gotta problem with it? Go enjoy your bitter black coffee, black coffee lovers. While I sit here at noon, enjoying another cup of my sugary (but not too sugary), creamy, tan coffee.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mason's Slideshow

Copy and paste the link, it'll take you to youtube to view it!

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year, New Things Part 1

In most cases, even last year, I have always been against New Years Resolutions. For the most part, they are all about breaking a bad habit, losing weight, and so forth. However this year is different for me. I'm a Mom now. So what if I decide to have a few New Years Resolutions this year? Big whoop. The fun part is seeing if I can stick with them, meet goals, and all that happy crappy.
First of all, I did say that I wanted to take a picture a day. So far so good. Now if I don't have the chance to blog regularly, I may not actually post all of them. I'll attempt to, and if I do get a few days behind, I'll see if I can get them all caught up.
Mason turned 4 months old yesterday, so I took a few pictures of him in his 4 month onesie. See how big my little man is getting? Old folks don't joke when they say "Time flies". That's the damn truth.

He will have his 4 month "well-baby check" on Wednesday. Then I will be able to see how fat and long the little chubs is doing. He also gets his dreaded second round of vaccinations, which I am not looking forward to whatsoever. I've got the Mr. to accompany me to the appointment and after a good dose of baby Tylenol, well who am I kidding, it's sure to be another tear fest between Mason and I to see who can cry more like a baby. I'm sure I'll win.
In case you're wondering about the Part 1 in the title, deal with it. Actually, it's simply because I don't have time to completely finish this post about my resolutions due to the fact that my sweet little guy has just awoken from a good 12 hour slumber. Mason says "Eeeeeeeeeeeeehhhh Ahhhhhhhhh", which in baby language is "I'm awake, good morning, I'm happy, come get me!" So, as I gulp down the last remaining bit of my lukewarm coffee, finish the last few sentences of my post, and shake a bottle all at the same time, I think "Damn, I'm a good multi-tasker."

Friday, January 1, 2010

Time Flies When You're Baking Babies

A year ago today, I woke up, raced to CVS, purchased a pregnancy test, came home, peed on a stick, and three minutes later began to hyperventilate and shake hysterically when I discovered I was pregnant with my little Mason man.
And here I am, a year later. The happiest I've ever been in my life, with my love, the Mr., and my little love, the little Mr. I'm not going to relive all the moments of that day (because I've already done so via blog posts, so start searching if you missed that). I will always remember the day I found out I was going to be a Mom, and of course, the day I became a Mom.
So here's a little something to jog my memory, as well as make me get all Mommy-sappy and want to go and hold all of Mason's newborn clothes and smell his recently bathed baby head.
Mason's first picture

And to follow my New Years resolution, here is my first photo of the New Year!