Saturday, October 29, 2011

24 Week Update


Wow!! I can't believe I'm really 24 weeks pregnant! Seems like just yesterday I was finding out!

Not much to talk about! I feel great, besides it being harder to do things like clean, or bathe my girls. We've all had issues with being sick since the beginning of September so I'm hoping maybe all the lingering viruses can go away before winter hits and I can feel good again until the next bug gets in here and contaminates us all! It's been hard with Madison in pre-school because she's exposed to so many little kids and all the germs, and our bodies just aren't used to it yet.


Also, I've gained 7 lbs this pregnancy so far!






Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Comfybuns Cloth Wipes WINNER!




Congrats to Julie on winning a set of "Test Drive" wipes from Comfybuns Cloth Wipes and More
Thanks to everyone that entered with 339 entries!! I'll soon be ordering some wipes and you have a couple weeks to order some for yourself until she closes down for the holidays



Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Pumpkin Patch!

My wonderful husband Chris took the girls to the pumpkin patch today, while I unfortunately stayed home with the flu. This was Madison's second time at a pumpkin patch and McKenzie's first. I never went to many as a kid, so I'm glad they got to enjoy the day with their daddy, having fun! Thought I'd share some pictures my husband took for me since I couldn't go and while I'm sure I would've taken a ton more, I'm glad he's willing to take pictures, not only for me, but for them to look back on when they're older.










Thursday, October 20, 2011

Guilty

While driving yesterday evening, I heard a song that literally made me cry as I was driving!

Carrie Underwood's All American Girl.

Why did I cry you ask? 
Because, after five weeks, I'm still sad our little girl growing inside me is a GIRL.

Before anyone downs me, yes I know I'm blessed to be able to get pregnant and have children, but I can't help this way I feel. I've always wanted a little boy and to be able to be give my husband a SON.

I know once she gets here I'll love her just as much as I love my two girls but am I so wrong to feel this way?

My mother-in-law said it best... 
"You'll have your time of mourning the loss of never having a son" and that's how I feel. 

This baby took thirteen months to conceive and I love feeling her kick and move and can't wait to see if she has the matching birth mark like her sisters, what color eyes and hair she has, or any hair at all!

Please tell me I'm not the only person that has ever felt this way?

I am my mother's third girl and she did NOT know gender with me and was sad I was a girl. 
My mother-in-law had three sons and didn't know the gender of any and was sad for no girl. 

I want this feeling to go away because I feel increasingly bad for my child. I don't want people to think I don't love her, I just can't get the feeling to go away because I thought she was a boy for 18 weeks until my ultrasound proved me WRONG!







Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS FLUFF!!



Did the title of this blog catch your attention? I hope so because I'm excited to announce that I decided to do most of my diaper reviews and giveaways in December to celebrate free flluff and Christmas!

With the arrival of our third princess and the thought of having two children in cloth diapers, I went a little crazy with writing sponsors for reviews of different diapers. I've never cloth diapered a newborn and would love to start as early as possible so what better way then to test out different brands on my two year old?!

As of today I have five sponsors I will be using in this event:
Jack be Natural
I will decide on a start date once it gets a little closer.

I was thinking of opening the giveaways on mondays and closing them on fridays so every giveaway would only be open five days? Or I could leave them open for ten days and they would just over lap one another? 

I would love to hear feedback from my followers and if any other blogger is interested in the fun and hosting it with me, just let me know! 

I already have the button for the event on the right sidebar, feel free to grab it and put up on your blog, it will be one of the things you can do for extra entries :)


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Madison!


It seems like just yesterday I was giving birth to my first born, beautiful little girl, and now she celebrates her fourth birthday!

Madison was born October 18, 2007 at 12:04 pm after a few short pushes and she was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen! I couldn't believe this baby was ours! Something we created out of love!



Her party was this past Sunday, October 16, with a Lalaloopsy theme!




She's been asking us for a Lalaloopsy doll for a year now, and we finally caved and bought one! She also got the ferris wheel because my husband took her to pick up her cake and came back with the toy!

She also got her first set of child's make-up! She was very excited about it, and when my sister called to get permission to buy it, I knew it needed to be one of her LAST presents because she would want it and forget about everything else!

Today is her actual birthday and happens to be a pre-school day so I'm happy because she also celebrated at school with cookies. Nothing special, but they did sing happy birthday and I'm big on recognizing my child's birthDAY, not just a party.

The rest of this post will be pictures because.. who doesn't like pictures?!








Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pregnancy Cravings




With each pregnancy I have different things I feel like I NEED to have to feel whole again. That is where CRAVINGS come in!

With my first pregnancy, Madison, I worked next door to a McDonald's and almost everyday I worked, I would use my lunch break to get a double cheeseburger with extra pickles and extra ketchup BUT the ketchup had to be falling off of the sandwich to where I could see it THROUGH the wrapper, and then I would dip it in honey. AMAZING!

There's a certain kind of Lays potato chips that I could NOT eat because I would get sick every time, even though they tasted so good!


With my second pregnancy, McKenzie, my whole first trimester I craved Subway. Once a week when my husband and I would go grocery shopping, that would be our dinner! Foot long turkey and cheese with lettuce, pickle, banana pepper, jalapenos, spicy mustard and mayo, along with a bag of the jalapeno chips! I also craved a certain kind of candy that you can ONLY find around Christmas time and my whole family bought a ton of it once it came out!!! None of us know the real name and my family calls it by a nickname so I can't tell you what it really is lol.

With this pregnancy, I want EVERYTHING!!!!!

Let me give you a list...

Burger King,
Rally's,
Taco Bell,
Subway,
McDonalds,
Steak n Shake,
Dairy Queen,
Jack's Pizza,
Papa John's pineapple pizza,
No Bake Cookies,
tons of different candies...

You name it, I WANT IT!!

I gained 6 pounds in 4 weeks because of this. 
( I still say it's in part because my doctor went from an old scale to a digital)

I know that's not all the things I've wanted, but that's all I can think of at the moment since it's what I currently want lol. Some of these cravings are gone after I get the food, but most stay around, like McDonald's Big Macs. I could seriously eat a Big Mac everyday and still want more! It's the same with Subway, which can be a good thing since it's healthy and October means every foot long is only $5 but still, why can't I just be satisfied with the food in my kitchen?

I've never understood why women get cravings, how we think of the mixtures that we do, why they taste so good, and why they don't always go away after we eat what we crave!

My mom ate sour cream and onion chips dipped in cottage cheese while she was pregnant with me, and it is something she's continued to eat for the last 23 years. Guess who had a big craving for it on my birthday?! ME. Guess what?! I ate some with my husband that night, and noticed two days later, he had eaten the rest of it LOL.

I also have a friend that recently told me when her mom was pregnant with her, she could not eat pizza unless it had potato salad on top! The average person might say WHAT? GROSS! Me being pregnant, I want to try it LOL

I do want to also mention what our husbands can go through in the process of dealing with us women and pregnancy. With my first pregnancy, my husband gained sympathy weight, and STILL talks about it when we look back at pictures from that time in the hospital. Husbands are great because they're willing to get the food we crave, no matter the time or where it's at. One plus with my husband working nights is that I can tell him to grab something on the way home and when I get up in the morning its here, waiting on me to eat :)


What are some weird cravings you have heard about?
Anyone eat something while pregnant that they wouldn't dare eat now?
You never know, I just might have the urge to try it! ;)

Below are some pictures of things I've craved, and because of the wonderful world of FB, I have taken pictures of! I'm bummed that I don't have my Paps John's pictures anymore. Large pineapple pizza with 2x the pineapple and extra sauce, YUM!

Jack's Pizza

Cheesecake

The tag says it all!

Spicy chicken with EXTRA ketchup & pickle





Are you hungry now?!



Friday, October 14, 2011

Comfybuns Customs-Cloth Wipes Giveaway


 I asked Jessica, the owner of Comfybuns Customs, to provide me with a little background about herself and this company and this is what she said...

"I've been sewing since I was 4 or 5, have always loved it and can thank my amazing mama for giving me the freedom to just do it. I started my business after one of my friends shared a story with me about a friend of hers paying HUGE money to get cloth wipes made in custom fabrics. She said "you could totally do that, you know"...and I knew that I had to give it a shot. Of course I don't charge HUGE money for them, and sometimes, don't make a ton of money at it, but hey, it's a creative outlet, I'm helping fill a need in a growing market, and I'm having fun doing it. I currently make several sizes of double-sided flannel wipes, as well as "un-paper towels" which can double as placemats, and I've just started making nursing pads as well as tried my hand at organic hemp fleece diaper inserts. I love the versatility of the cloths that I make, because they are not limited to just using with cloth diapers as baby wipes. They have so many other uses."

First picture I ever saw of her product!


I first found Comfybuns because of another blog giving away some of her wipes. I loved how professional they looked, and was intrigued at the thought of homemade cloth wipes since the ones we have are from certain companies I'm sure everyone has heard of. After not winning the giveaway, I couldn't stop thinking about wanting to try these wipes, so I contacted Jessica and she agreed to a review and giveaway of her products.

She made me very happy when it was discovered she had JUST ENOUGH cupcake fabric for my wipes!





I am so in love with these wipes!!! I will say in all honesty I did NOT use these wipes for about a week because they're so pretty I was afraid to disturb their beauty. I KNOW, that sounds extremely odd, but as you can tell by my blog and other giveaways, I am OBSESSED with all things CUPCAKE so the thought of possibly staining these or destroying them was hard for me to overcome!

Once I did start using them though, I was amazed! they're so soft, they hold water well, and my daughter actually LETS me wipe her face and hands! A big plus for me also is that they don't smell over time. Has anyone noticed with kids wash cloths or other things cloth that eventually, after being used and washed so many times they have a smell that won't go away? I may be the only one, but I love that these come very clean and look the exact same once they're pulled out of the dryer. All nice and pretty again, ready to take another beating! 
I think the "Perfect" wipe is great for the hands and face at meal times, as well as washing your face at night (if you do that). The "Petite Personal" is good for small messes but I'm anxious to use these two as wash cloths when our new little girl arrives. I think they will be perfect for a newborn sponge bath!! 

I WILL be buying more of these wipes, mostly the "Perfect" size, in the near future and a couple more "Petite" wipes to alternate during baths for our newborn in the future.

I very highly recommend buying from Jessica. She's great at customer service, quick at getting orders together, and makes a great product! 

She is based in Canada, so there is a very small price difference depending on where you live but I think her prices are amazing!!


COMFYBUNS CLOTH WIPES CURRENTLY COME IN 8 CONVENIENT SIZES :
 Prices will increase by 10% due to rise in cotton price


"P.I.X.I.E.S." (Paperless Invention, Xtreme Industrial Earth Savers) - 9x12 - $2.60 ( * $2.85 * ) each. These are our latest product and are fan-named!! They make ideal "un-paper" towels for big spills, household cleaning/polishing, even placemats
"Punky" - 7x10 - $2.25 ( * $2.50 * ) each. These were born out of a customer request for an "in-between" size, so I pared down the 9x12 and "voila", the "Punky" was made. Excellent "un-paper" towel, napkin, hand towel, etc
"Plenty" - 9x9 - $1.80 ( * $2.00 * ) each
"Perfect" - 8x8 - $1.50 ( * $1.65 * ) each
"Pocket" - 7x7 - $1.25 ( *$1.40 * ) each
"Precious Preemie" ( Baby Nate's Favourite ) - 5x5 - $0.95 ( * $1.05 * ) each
"Personal" - 7.5x4.5 - $1.25 ( * $1.40 * ) each ( these make ideal "family cloth", or eco-TP )
"Petite Personal" - 6x4.5 - $0.95 ( * $1.05 * )  each

Discounts are as follows :

For orders of 24 or more, 7.5% off
For orders of 50 or more, 10% off
For orders of 75 or more, 12% off
For orders of 100 or more, 15% off















Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lovable Labels Winner

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The time has come for me to pick my first winner for the blog!

There were 102 entries and Rafflecopter/random.org chose #101




Congratulations to Amy who has 48 hours to respond to an email from the SPONSOR.

Thank you all who entered, and there will be another Lovable Labels giveaway next month!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Happy Birthday to ME!


I was born via emergency c-section on October 11, 1988 at 1:32pm which means yesterday was a celebration of my 23 years in this world!

Me on my 1st birthday

I think the older you get, the less is done for your birthday and that's kind of sad. I don't feel 23 since I'm a mother of two and currently pregnant but it's amazing to see what I do have in my 23 years here on earth. I've been with my husband for over 7 years, two beautiful little girls, and another one on the way, plus we're living in our first house, so I think life is pretty great right now!!

Yesterday was a pretty normal day, just lounging around not doing much of anything. My husband asked what I wanted for dinner since it was my birthday and I said Subway and cake! lol. Even though Subway would've been a lot cheaper, he offered to go pick up Olive Garden to bring back home. Olive Garden is my favorite resturant, we go there to celebrate our anniversary, my birthday, other holidays, I love it! I also always order the same thing!



Hubby's dinner


My yummy dinner

Madison and McKenzie's dinner


My "cake"





After the girls went to bed and my husband and I watched a little TV, I was able to get him to rent Bridesmaids through our satellite company because I've heard people say great things about it and was tired of waiting on Netflix and Redbox. It wasn't quite what I expected though. Chris and I laughed pretty hard at times, but I guess because of the cast, I expected it to be EVEN FUNNIER than what it was. I'm on the fence as to whether it was worth the $6 rental but I enjoyed spending time with my husband and laughing like we did


Saturday, October 8, 2011

21 weeks


As of today I'm officially 21 weeks and over half way through my pregnancy. I feel like the first trimester dragged along because of the bedrest and worrying, but now this second trimester is flying so far!
20 Weeks 5 Days

I have to say, I'm still in shock that we're having another little girl since I felt so sure that we would finally get our little boy, but I can't wait to see her!

We've bought one outfit, two sleepers, and her bedding so far! There really isn't a lot to get since I have almost everything we need from my previous two pregnancies.



I've been feeling her kick since I was 17 weeks so it's crazy to think I've been feeling her move for one month already. I can't wait until the girls can feel her move around and see what their reactions will be!

As time goes on, I feel like I can breath a little better because I know every week that passes means another week that she's safe. Once I hit my third trimester, I'll feel even better. This whole pregnancy has had so many ups and downs so I'm just anxious to deliver and know shes healthy. We tried for her for so long and now she's not going anywhere if I have anything to say about it!