Friday, May 27, 2011

  • And so it begins. This is the first weekend that Big D's grandma will be sleeping over. When we moved into the lake house it was with the understanding that she woudl still be spending her summer weekends up here (she owns this house). While the situation is not ideal for me, it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make to (1) live on the lake and (2) get our finances back on track.  But I don't have to like it, right? ;-)
  • I just gave both the kids a bath. Meanwhile, I haven't showered since Wednesday night. But at least THEY smell good, right?
  • If I have to listen to one more tantrum this week I SERIOUSLY might lose it. For real.  And THERE starts another.
  • Woo hoo for a long weekend! We're having a mini picnic on Sunday with just a couple of friends. I'm excited! Grilling and I'll make a pasta salad. And I already told Big D I WANT A MARGARITA. MANY MARGARITAS.  I was telling this to my mom and she seriously said, "Well I HOPE you aren't going to get drunk while you are taking care of the kids." Really, Mom? I can't even remember the last time I HAD an alcoholic bevarage so even though I kid, I'll probably have just one. And I plan on enjoying it after the kids are in bed anyway!
  • I had Hawaiin pizza last night and it was gooooooooood.
  • I fit into my first pair of pre-preggo pants! Woo to the freakin' HOO!
  • Sorry this week's FNL isn't very exciting. Not much has been going on AND I still have an entire house to finish cleaning. So far I've only vacuumed, mopped half the kitchen floor (yes only half) and straightened up. Still gotta scrub down the bathroom and counter tops and do more laundry and dishes. Joy.
  • For more FNL fun, go visit Danifred.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Boy, I'm cranky today.

Where to begin?

  1. The rain, oh good GOD, this annoying, depressing and crappy RAIN. When is it gonna freakin' end?? For two days in a row now, I've looked out the windows to see two ducks all curled up and huddled togetehr on the end of the dock. Even the DUCKS are sick of this shitty weather.
  2. Gas prices are PISSING. ME. OFF. Not only have we had to cancel our trip to visit my in-laws this upcoming weekend cuz we can't afford the GAS for it, but I couldn't even go visit a friend today (payday is not till Friday and I need the gas in the vehicles to get back and forth to work this week).
  3. I'm seriously craving somethning sweet, but we don't have anything in the house! Not a cookie or piece of candy or dessert-y type food. NOTHING. Maybe this is a good thing.
  4. We are SO broke this week.  I hate that. I had to kinda "settle" when we were grocery shopping and not get a lot of the stuff I really wanted to buy.
  5. I STILL don't fit into my post-pregnancy clothes despite being so close. But the muffin type is not something I will leave the house displaying so in the meantime, I am wearing the same two pairs of pants and handful of shirts.  Over and over and over again. I do realize that if I'd had junk food in the ouse and eaten it, that would NOT have helped this problem. Grrrr...
  6. My day started off with a stupid argument with Big D this morning. I don't like to begin our days like that. 
  7. Both my maternity bras are too small and the underwires are poking through, stabbing me all day long. Ouch.
Can I restart the week? Is that possible?

Friday, May 20, 2011



  • THIS adorable baby girl has been sleeping through the night, for the past 2 weeks straight. Mommy is a VERY happy lady. And considering Avery just turned 2 months old this past week, I'm very impressed! Her brother was the same way, sleeping through the night very early on (his first time was at 3 weeks!! It was sporadic for him until about this same age.)






  • TODAY my Big D comes home!! He's been gone all week for a work trip at the Cape and I missed the crap out of him. As much as he drives me insanely crazy some days, I'd rather he drive me crazy from home. OH, and I'm actually pretty darn proud of myself for surviving this week on my own with a 2 month old and 21 month old. I was afraid I'd seriously be yanking my hair out, strand by strand, by today. It had it's rough moments don't get me wrong, but honestly it wasn't too bad! And I have to admit, my Mommy helped me out. ;-) She slept over two nights (She watches the kids four days a week for me while I'm at work)...I picked her up Monday night when I got the kids after work and she slept over and watched them at my house Tuesday and slept over Tuesday night into Wednesday then I brought her and the kids back Wednesday morning before work. Holy crap, that was a run-on sentence. Sorry about that.
  • I have this annoying and weird dry skin around my eyes...like rough little dry skin patches on my eye lids and underneath my eyes. It started after the baby was born. I've NEVER had dry skin around my eyes. What the hell is up? And what are your suggestions? My boss (who is an ND) suggested coconut oil but I can't freaking find any nearby. And Whole Foods is kinda out of the way. Maybe this week I can convince Big D to drive us there so I can pick some up. Cuz it looks SO gross when I where eye makeup, it sits on the patches and makes them even MORE noticeable.
  • Coffee was my savior this week. I think Hunter agrees. Mommy is a bear otherwise, in the morning. "Here Mom, I made you a cup of coffee. You need it."
  • So I ended up getting my pedicure after all on Saturday! It was NOT the best I've ever had, or the most relaxing, but it was still a little slice of heaven for me. To get out of the house for even an HOUR, no kids and iced coffee in hand, was just what the Dr. ordered. And now my toes look pretty.
  • I've come to the realization I could never work full time while having babies (nevermind the fact that I could NEVER afford the daycare!) and still keep the house clean. There is just no freakin' way. This week with Daryl gone, the house has morphed into an utter pigsty. I was lucky enough to get a break last night after they both fell asleep, to unload and load the dishwasher. Otherwise we're swimming in fluffy lab-bunnies (like dust-bunnies but composed entirely of lab fur that swirls and rolls across the hardwood floor) and dirty laundry. *SIGH* I guess I know what I'll be doing today and this weekend.
  • Hubby and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary this week! In separate states! LOL He had bought me a card and left it, very sneakily I might add, behind a picture frame. He told me about it Monday night when he called me (our A-day was Tuesday) so I was able to read it in bed that night and eat a delicious peanut butter cup he left me. We can't afford gifts so this was the next best thing!
  • If this god damn rain and fog does not stop, I'm going to lose my freakin' mind. EVERY SINGLE DAY THIS WEEK. It's super depressing. See? Normally you can SEE the other side of the lake.
  • OH. SHIT. As soon as I took that pic of the lake and closed and locked the door...I saw this:
I know the pic is dark so let me break it down for you: Hunter, Mister Too-Smart-For-His-Own-Good, pushed a little box over and stood on it and unlocked the top lock. Up until this point he was only unlocking the BOTTOM lock. Now he knows the top lock is there. :-( Time for a another lock up waaaaaaaay high on the door!

  • Okay, one more gratuitous baby shot of my little Avery. I need it on this dreary morning.


If you are still hungry for more leftover tidbits, go see Danifred!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Three years ago today, I put on a kick-ass dress.

Three years ago today, I saw my husband, a mighty "sharp dressed man", at the end of the aisle.


Three years ago today, I exchanged vows with my BEST FRIEND.

And in these past three years, we've made our house a home and brought two beautiful children into the world.



He still gives me goosebumps when he stares into my eyes, just like he did on our first date five and a half years ago.


I feel beautiful and loved and appreciated by him on a daily basis.


Yes, life is not perfect, and we may have our ups and downs, but one thing he and I have always had is a completely open line of communciation. We never go to bed angry at each other. We never leave in the middle of a fight (even though there have been times we both wanted too! LOL). We never leave each other or end a phone call without saying "I love you". We agree on parenting styles and how to make a happy home.




I look forward to raising our children together. And growing old and wrinkled with you by my side, Big D. With you making me laugh till I pee my incontinent pants as we rock away on a front porch, together.

Happy Anniversary, Daryl, I love you with all my heart!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Okay, so technically this should have been posted Sunday, but in my defense...I was busy super-cleaning the house and helping hubby pack before his week-long work trip. Enjoy!









Dear Avery,



Today, my sweet girl, you are two months old. While I was pregnant with you, two months crept by at a total snail's pace and now that we have you? The months are sliding by quicker than Speedy Gonzalez! I want it to slow down becuz I am trying to enjoy the sweet baby-ness that is YOU.







You smile ALL THE TIME now. And about a week and a half ago, you laughed for the first time. I seriously melted into a gooey pile on the floor when I heard it. The sound was way better than any music.






You are really starting to develop into your little personality, my baby girl. And I'm loving it! The gas has finally died down and you are just mostly a very easy-going baby. I admit, you LOVE to be held, and I'm probably not the best person for nipping that before it gets out of hand becuz I LOVE HOLDING you. Belly time is NOT your favorite, at all. Your head and neck is getting strong and when we are holding you, you lift your head up all the time. But when I lay you on your belly, you don't want to try as much. Instead you make your annoyed cry, face-down into the blanket, until Mommy saves you. I know I should make you do it more often (you've lost a little bit of hair on the back of your head, I'm assuming from laying on it so much) but I find it hard to make you do what you don't want to do. You've got me wrapped around your little finger!




Hunter LOVES you, little sister, and shows you all the time. He calls you "Sissy" and your eyes have really begun to track him when he's nearby. When you are crying, he tries to soothe you with his little hands rubbing your head or kissing your cheek, and I swear sometimes it's all that works. The only thing Mommy has to be careful of is he doesn't know his own strength around you, and sometimes leans on you when hugging you. But you take it all in stride, tough girl!







We just found out you now weigh 12 lbs. 4 oz and are 24 3/4 inches long...my big healthy girl! You've gotten so big! Mommy and Daddy think you will be tall, like your Pop-Pop's side of the family. But you definitely have Daddy (and Hunter's) sweet nose and infectious grin. Your feet, however, are Smith feet like Mommy's! Right now you are wearing 3 month onesies (and can still fit into a few size 0-3 but those usually are just about too tight length-wise) and pants you still wear the newborn size with an occasional 0-3 thrown in for good measure. You also are currently in Size 1 diapers. Mommy has started putting you in dresses here and there when it's warm enough and you look SO STINKIN' ADORABLE. And you are getting almost exclusively breast milk and when it's given to you in bottle form you are drinking about 3 oz at a time.

Mommy had your pictures done when you were a month and a half old, by a really nice girl she went to high school with. Stacy does it out of her home so it was good she wasn't in a rush...you were a cranky girl that night and we had to keep taking nursing breaks!






Speaking of nursing, you are the breastfeeding champ! Mommy loves that bf'ing has been so much easier than it was with brother (and less stressful) and you've only had formula like twice, becuz we do have a frozen breast milk stash in the freezer to use. You take a bottle no problem, which is great, and usually will drink approximately 3 1/2-4 oz in one sitting. You are still eating just about every two hours, but occasionally it stretches out to 3-4 hours during a particularly long nap. And you are sleeping through the night! It's been at least a full straight week (oh wait, one 3am feeding stuck in the middle of the week) and we are THRILLED by this. Both you and your brother are such good babies starting to sleep through the night so early...you both must have realized how badly your parents need the sleep so we're not super grumpy!







Mommy went back to work this past week, and while it was SO HARD to leave you and your brother, it just makes me love you guys more when I look forward to seeing you at the end of the day! I love how your eyes have started to light up when you see me after a long period of time away. So sweet. And Mommy's boss is awesome, letting me now do 2 mornings and 2 afternoons a week (instead of all 4 afternoons, sometimes making a late night for your brother after I would pick him up from Nana's) so once the weather is really nice, we can get outdoors more and maybe squeeze in some library time.







Oh Avery, having you has been even better than I imagined. I feel so lucky, so blessed, every time I hug you to my chest and breathe you in. I love you to pieces, my sweet baby girl!!






XOXOXOXO



Love you Always,



Daddy, Mommy and Hunter

Thursday, May 12, 2011






  • My first week back at work went great! And my boss totally rocks the house. She gave me the option to change up my hours a bit since she knows I dislike getting home so late and eating dinner late, especially for Hunter's sake (I have a 45 minute commute one way so after picking him and Avery up, we sometimes don't get home till 6:45pm. His bedtime is 7pm. So that means he sometimes eats dinner late...on the nights he isn't eating at my mom's...and he gets NO bonding time with his Daddy!). So instead of what I was doing: Monday through Thursday 1:30 to approximately 5:45-6pm with Fridays off...I now will be doing Mondays off, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 1:15 to approx. 5:45-6pm, Wednesday morning 8:45-1:30 and Friday morning 9:00-1pm. So I will now have two days where I work earlier in the day and will still have time to do stuff with the kids after work AND maybe actually cook dinner once in a while! LOL My poor hubby, right now, cooks dinner EVERY SINGLE NIGHT when I work. And I'll still have a 3 day weekend, woo hoo! I couldn't be happier!






  • I am so sick of spiders I can't STAND IT. I walked into our upstairs bathroom two nights ago to find THREE of those disgusting things frantically scuttling away as the light was turned on. This was AFTER I had just killed another one in my bedroom, mind you. *SHUDDER*






  • So hubby is going to be going away for a week for work (to the Cape! I'm jealous! Wish I was still on maternity leave cuz the kids and I could have gone up with him!), and he asked me if it was okay before he agreed to it. While I don't relish the idea of being a single parent for a week with a 8-9 week old and a 21 month old, I DO look forward to his paycheck from that week and the crazy overtime he will score. We SO need the money!






  • My friend gave me a ton of clothes this week cuz she lost 50 lbs. and can't wear them. And she knows I've been bitching about not fitting into my stuff yet (I'm SO, SO close but even when I get the pants buttoned there will be some SERIOUS muffin top). I was depressed when I first tried some of them on and they were TIGHT. But then Big D said this morning, "I think you are still losing weight! I can tell!" That made me smile and feel a tad bit better about post-baby #2 body!






  • I was going to make myself a pedicure appointment for this Saturday, with a gift certificate I've had since DECEMBER, but I waited too damn long and they are booked up. Ugh.






  • Coming up on mine and Big D's wedding anniversary next week, but since he will be away, we are going out to dinner this Saturday. Three years now since our wedding (but four years now that we've actually been married)! My, how time flies!




    • Why won't my 21 month old EAT anymore? IS this normal for his age? A phase? IF the kid could flourish on just his favorites (cheese, apples, grapes, bananas, strawberries, oatmeal, cheerios and gold fish) he'd be a happy camper! But it makes MOmmy crazy. I worry he's not getting enough!



    • I wore heels twice this week for the first time in like a YEAR. And I was stumbling around in them like a drunken sailor. And then the throbbing feet...oh lord! But I'm happy to say, it's getting better. And it's nice to be able to dress in something other than sweat pants, tanks/tees and sneakers/flip flops!






    • We were supposed to go visit the in-laws in upper state NY for Memorial Day Weekend but becuz of gas prices and how much it would cost us round trip (we'd be taking the truck to fit us, the babies, the dog and our stuff) we have to cancel. I'm so freakin' bummed out and pissed that gas STILL COSTS SO MUCH GOD DAMN MONEY.






    For more leftovers, go see Danifred!

    Sunday, May 08, 2011

    My Mother's Day consisted of... a little bit of this...


    ...and this...
    ....a little of this....


    ....and a lot of this.


    A perfect day.

    Friday, May 06, 2011












    • So, remember how last week I mentioned we had started potty training? Um, yeah. Mommy wimped out already. In my defense, potty training your toddler while taking care of a 7 week old baby who wants to nurse sometimes every hour is freaking HARD. I'm not trying to make an excuse, just trying to make MYSELF feel better and not like a failure for giving up before I'd really started TRYING to potty train Hunter. Plus we had a MAJOR meltdown one day when I thought it would be smart to bribe my child with m-n-m's. Yeah, trying to bribe your kid with 1 or 2 m-n-m's when he really wants to eat like 10 was a bad, bad idea. I won't be trying that again! We will do the whole potty training thing just not right now. I'm thinking in another month or so as the weather starts to get warmer and I can dress him in a diaper and shirt and not have to keep pulling his pants on and off. We'll see!


    • I can't stand to look at myself naked, right now. But it's like a train wreck that I can't turn away from. I am in AWE of the roadmap of purple-y stretch marks zig-zagging thier way across my gelatinous pouch of a belly. And in a matter of months, I've inherited my grandmother's potato sacks under my eyes. I'm as pale as blinding snow. I've got these weird, dry upraised patches on my eye lids that I've NEVER had before. My hair is limp and lacking a style right now. I'm a mess and feeling pretty badly about it.


    • I love coffee. So, so, so much. And I'd be lost without my Keurig. 'Scuse me, while I go make another cup of coffee (Cinnamon Roll, mmmm).

    • I have two pairs of pants that I fit into for work (going back on Monday) and that's only becuz I just BOUGHT them. And they leave crazy insane red marks on my belly when I wear them. Monday is gonna be so FUN. *sarcasm*

    • My kid's noggin must be made of stone. Seriously. He fell off the couch THREE times today during three separate tantrums (someone desperately needed a nap) and bonked his head on the hardwood floor. The first two I knew he was fine right after but the last one looked BAD and I internally freaked. I RIPPED poor Avery off my boob and practically threw (gently of course) her down on the couch beside me to go scoop Hunter up and make sure he was okay. He was fine. After a few seconds of crying, he was over it.

    • I've started wearing my flip flops again. Yay, Spring! Of course as I type this, it's damn chilly out.

    • Within the past week, the baby has turned into a cat-napper and wants to be held almost ALL DAY. WTF?!?!


    • Daryl and I went on a "date", minus kiddos, last Friday night for the first time in, oh, FOREVER. That "date" consisted of a trip to the mall for me to get a couple of clothing items that fit for work and then we were gonna get a drink afterwards...but I felt badly about staying out too late cuz our babysitters were our friends T and M who had THEIR three kids over our house too and I knew they needed to get to bed. But on the 35 minute ride home we held hands, exchanged a few smiling glances that brought me back to our first date, and belted out the tunes with reckless abandon, music blaring louder than we can normally listen to with the babies in the car. I told Daryl that was a practice date for us and next time we'd get that drink.

    • I SERIOUSLY have been starving lately. I'm assuming due to breastfeeding (I can't remember if I felt THIS hungry when I nursed Hunter) but I don't see how it's gonna help me lose weight. Ugh.


    • Avery can now sleep through the night. Does she do it every night? HELL, no. But she has done it like 3-4 times now. What happens is we will have a night she sleeps through, followed by a night or TWO, she doesn't (waking up 1-2 times). For instance the last two nights she was up at 3am and then again at 5am. She's keeping me on my toes, this one.

    • Yesterday marked NINE YEARS since my Daddy passed away. I still miss him like crazy and wish he could have met Daryl and his sweet grandbabies. :-(

    • And there's another week of random. Please go check out Danifred for more delicious leftovers.

    Monday, May 02, 2011

    Just for fun...some comparison photos!





    Hunter is the first photo and Avery is the second.





    Look at those matching noses and chins!




















    The same adorable baby smiles and chunky, round cheeks.




    Total sweetness!!















    And they both seem to have the same squinty right eye when they smile. Which cracks me up becuz I've always thought that I--Mommy--has a squinty LEFT eye when I smile!