Karma is getting me good...


The other day I brought Noal to work for a visit....I had my first over-the-top Mumma Bear panic attack...While roaming the halls, Noal raced into another managers office...Not an issue there per say, but when he proceeded to close the door, locking himself in & thought it was the funniest thing ever, this Mumma started to freak...Thankfully the door had a window in which I could see him & the managers keys on his desk....Awesome....
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thoughts running through my head:

- Ill have to break through this window or kick down the door- Can I do that 7 mths pregnant?

- Little bugger is such a mischievous little thing...Karma really gets ya good!

- What if he finds scissors in a drawer in a desk- impossible Im sure but hello panic takes over..
He was in there close to 15 minutes while I tried to track down a master key & break him lose...the whole time he was laughing & thinking it was the funniest thing until right near the end when he started bawling and then Mumma Bear really was hustling going through what felt like a zillion keys on a key ring...Sweet Jesus, Im in for trouble with this one...Wonder what Baby Girl will be like?

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I know every mum thinks it...But my kid is beyond cute!

Going through the transition of daycare with Noal & being back at work has been exhausting...Add Baby Girl to the mix & I am one tired Mumma...Finally, after 3 weeks we are starting to get back into a routine & Noals sleeping is back on track...But for 3 weeks there, the no napping & 4 am wakeups were killer...Noal still cries when I drop him off in the mornings but I think for the most part he has fun, stays busy & picking him up seeing how excited he is, is 100% the best part of my day...Also, getting dressed up & wearing lipstick again has been nice...Well, if Im being honest, its nice till about 2 pm- then those that have been prego know what Im talking about...Sweet Jesus, do I ever want to tear my bra off- everything by 2 pm is just tight and uncomfortable...

Anyways, Im finding it hard to blog while juggling all of the above- so I apologize again, but this will be sporadic for the next little bit...Ive been meaning to share some cute Noal moments & while I write up the blogs creatively in my head, I dont have the energy to sit down & type them up here...My thumbs are still numb for those that are interested- The doc has told me to wear these awful looking wrist brace things as I have carpal tunnel- Im looking quite a sexy fright at night these days...

So heres my little mouse being extra cute, looking so grown up & changing everyday...

 
 
This is how he rolls in the mall- Marches with a balloon & shouts out to people...
 

 











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Ever been shat on?

Well the unthinkable happened...I had heard people joke about it, had never seen it with my own eyes & laughed when those that experienced it ran for cover...
A bird shat right on my head...It was maybe one of the most disgusting things I have yet to have happen to me...Some people tried to reassure me that it brings good luck- They can take it...I got enough luck on my side...Me & my brother joke that we have horseshoes permanently up our arses because of the things weve gotten away with in life...So Ill stick with my horseshoe & being Irish, yall can take the bird shat thing...

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Pin Seventeen: Call me Betty Bloody Crocker

This weekend I was surrounded by delicious eats at our little Towns Fall Fair...My hubs actually said Im the only pregnant lady he knows who yearns for food out of a trailer...I'm a big street meat fan too- Love a hotdog stand more than anyone I know...The Fair grounds had a bunch of different trailers/trucks set up with different food- I was on the search for the best poutine I could find & was disappointed after scoping out each option with the one I went with...However, I made up for it with cupcakes, white almond chocolate bark & a garlic festival with samples at my friend & Guest Blogger's store Ambers...Normally with all that good eating I would have bailed on learning to bake in the same weekend but since I wrote it on the blog, I thought that I would give it a go, I felt obligated to try...

Now, Ive never really baked before & was all in a frenzy getting my ingredients together...The hubs was out & the Bubs was sleeping when I first began...I found this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffin recipe on Pinterest for Pin Seventeen & added a cream cheese frosting to really bring them from a simple muffin to a fabulous treat!

My first challenge was realizing as I was simmering the pumpkin that we didnt have any vegetable oil- Panicked I got a hold of some of my gals – half of them said I could use olive oil instead and I was just about to when my Guest Blogger & Baking Extraordinaire Alyssa told me not to & it would change the taste- Thankfully, my sister in law was the hero in this story and dropped off some beloved vegetable oil so I could continue on my baking discovery...

My second challenge was hearing my little 30 pound man wake up & then wanting to be cuddled & held while I continued trying to mix all the bloody ingredients and make cream cheese frosting...Bet ya Betty Crocker didnt hold a cuddly baby in one arm & mix er up in the other!
In the end I was pleased with my little muffins- with frosting does that make them cupcakes? The hubs gave them a 10/10 which I have never gotten from him before...My girls Jenn & Sarah were I think shocked to find me baking to begin with & thankfully found them delish...Next time I bake though I will make sure the hubs is here to take care of Noal, that I have all my ingredients ahead of time & that someone else does the dishes...I wasnt a fan of all the dishes 12 little muffin/cupcakes can create... 
 
 

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The love has been passed on....

My love of food has most definitely been passed on to Bubba...He was a champ breastfeeder right off the bat and now blows peoples minds  with what he manages as a 13 mth old to get down his hatch...For example, last week with a friend, who has a baby the same age as Noal, we gave them hotdogs for lunch...Her baby only ate the hotdog plain & cut up, while Noal ate the whole thing on the bun with ketchup, mustard & relish on it...My friend was shocked claiming she cant even get her 8 yr old to eat relish...I guess I never really thought about it but I give Noal whatever I am eating to some extent and he seems to like it...I love that my boy is a good eater!! I would have been definitely disappointed if he ate like a little bird...Hes so bold about it too...Hell go right over to whomever is eating what he wants & open his mouth and say ah ah ah till they give him a bite...Persistent little thing- wish I could get away with that...
 
This week was beyond hard...Returning to work & leaving my little guy at daycare has broke my heart...Hearing him wail & call out Mum Mum after I say bye & turn to leave kills me...I have had a few more cries, random mums hug me at drop off & co-workers try to distract me with Bachelor Pad talk...Noal has had a hard time adjusting & going to daycare has messed up his sleep patterns beyond belief...Hes been waking up at 4 am & will not go back to sleep for the love of anything...And naps that he became a champ at have been a nightmare- he cries and cries and doesnt want to be left alone...Im hoping it all works out in a few weeks but right now he is miserable, Mumma is tired & the hubs is sad watching us both struggle with the adjustments...The one good thing however is my Bubbas love of food...The daycare worker said no matter what mood he is in, if she brings out the highchair to eat lunch or a snack, right away Noal is happy & excited...It makes me happy that food brings him joy too!!!

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I love food, yes I do, I love food, how bout you?

In my last blog I talked about how the hubs laughs at my love of food...But it really is a serious thing...I honestly go to bed at night thinking about all the meals I can get down my hatch the next day...All my close girlfriends know how obsessed I am about food- If they are going out for dinner or had a delish treat I ask for detailed information about what they ordered & always want them to judge it out of 10...My brother & I constantly text or chat about meals weve had- He is particulary proud of the vast amounts of fast food he can consume and me wanting to know every detail- If Taco Bell gets a new item menu, guaranteed my baby brother is letting me know about it...I even have a bloody Taco Bell Pinterest Board to tame my desire for anything Taco Bell-like since there isn't one anywhere close to me...I challenge my sister-in-law to bake me different kinds of cookies, which I must say she is amazing at...At work meetings or important Board meetings Im the person to constantly ask about snacks...Or if we are planning any type of event while everyone else is talking seriously about guest speakers and such Im the one to ask about what caterer well use and what the meal will consist of...This was particulary bad when I was pregnant with Noal...

I just absolutely love food...Ive never been one to diet & the thought of giving anything up depresses me greatly...If I had to though I could probably give up chips and such- well not nachos out at a restaurant- Thats one of my favs- smothered in quac & sourcream...But bagged chips which my hubs is obsessed with, I could give up  for sure...Cheese, bread or sweets is just not an option for this girl...Sometimes I just go on my Mmmmm Pinterest Board & plan when & how I will get the hubs to make me something...Other option is I could learn to bake- actually this whole blog was to challenge myself- so this weekend I am going to do just that...Stay tuned..

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Pin Sixteen: What the hubs had to do in order to go fishing....

The hubs has been gone fishing all weekend...Being almost 7 mths prego & watching a busy toddler all by myself for 72 hours wasnt my idea of a relaxing weekend...So, I of course had stipulations allowing him to go...Some wives want to shop, or get a massage or something else luxurious...I wanted a Gnocchi Poutine with Short Rib Ragu sauce...Ya, thats how I roll...No judging, remember...

This beautiful, beautiful idea is Pin Sixteen & it may even get re-pinned I was so in love...Now, Im normally a fan of a poutine- any kind really...Lately Ive been loving up this Dill & Garlic creation I found...Im also a big fan of Gnocchi, so when I saw this beauty with the Short Rib Ragu sauce it was just meant to be...

The hubs laughs at my love of food & happily took on the challenge...I loved it so much its in his Top 10...I constantly am grading his creative meals & rotate through a list of favs that make his Top 10 best meals...This is definitely one of them...

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Had the Big One....The kind that changes your face...

This morning was a hard one...Had to have the big & ugly, cry...The kind that changes the look of your face when you're done...Our morning started out early with a photo shoot with my amazingly, talented Guest Blogger Justina...She took some Fall shots to promote her upcoming Holiday Session Packages...Check it out...

Although it helped to distract me, it didnt prevent my breakdown...Im sure being pregnant doesnt help the emotions but I was a mess...Dropped my little man off & things seemed good but then when I said bye & he realized I was leaving he started wailing & calling out Mum Mum...To make matters worse, I stayed where he couldnt see me to hopefully listen to him calm down, but he was just giving er...So, before other parents saw a full grown woman tearing up, I thankfully made it to the car where I called the hubs & sobbed...
Now, at home after calling like the insane mother I am a number of times, I feel a bit better...Hes calmed down, loved his snack & lunch but still wont nap for them...Stubborn mouse...
Anyways, people tell me that we both will survive....I suppose so...
 
So, big ShoutOut to Justina & thanks for asking my little family...Visit Justina's Facebook, Blog or Website to find out more:
 
 

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What's a Ning Ning?

Mummy~Hood: I left Noal for the first time at daycare today- I thought I might die...Why is it so unbelievably hard to leave your baby? Before I had Noal, I just assumed I would be that mum who would want to go back to work & wouldnt have a hard time but Im absolutely not...

So, as you all know from reading this blog or knowing me- Im a big softie mum...Tons of cuddles, kisses & doing things in a way that feels right and comfortable for both Noal & I...If you read about how I tried to transition Noal from co-sleeping to his crib, you will understand that I couldnt just drop him off at daycare and hope for the best...Therefore, like the crib transition we took daycare at a slower pace that made me more comfortable...A few hours everyday for a few weeks with me there so he could get comfortable with the workers & the environment- And then today a few hours on his own, tomorrow all day on his own & Monday when I go back to work its full force...

Im happy to report Noal did great- The worker was impressed with his eating abilities, no shocker there- My boy loves his food...Hes obsessed with the slide in the playground & played catch all day with the other little boy...Only time he was upset was when she tried to get him to nap & he would have none of it- Just kept calling out Mum Mum and crying...KILLS ME...He also would do something & be all proud of himself & then just shout out "Mum" like he does at home to get me to watch...
She was also really confused because all morning, especially around naptime he kept saying Ning Ning over & over...She asked me if that was his dogs name or something and I busted out laughing and had to explain that my good friend Jenns family for some reason decided to call breastfeeding “Ning Ning and it just stuck with all our friends & our babes...So, of course my happy little eater was calling out for them...Too funny...
 That little story & seeing how very excited he was when he saw me come through the doors made my heart so happy...God Im going to miss the day to day with my little man...Does it get easier?

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Post Office Ladies love my Father...

The post office workers in my small town are completely in love with my father...As shown before on this blog, he creates these little scenes on each care package that have people in awe...

Little do they know that a scene like this one on our most recent care package takes my dad all but a few minutes to create...He can scribble up something like this in absolutely no time...



I, in a way, just have come to expect it- as a little girl having an artist for a father, I always got homemade cards, signs, funny notes or drawings...I could always rely on him for help with school projects or creative ideas...And although I love & of course keep every care package cover, card or note he has ever given me- My most cherished thing yet is the painting he made in Noals nursery & what hell create for Baby Girls...

Now, the contents of the care packages are quite spectacular...It use to be treats & such for the hubs & I...Not so much anymore, which I am okay with...The hubs on the other hand sulks about only getting his favourite chips out of the whole box...My Mum completely spoils Noal & Deacon...Check out just some of our recent goodies...
 
Now, no one is more excited about us having a Baby Girl than my mother...Even before we found out it was a girl, I couldn't keep her away from shopping & buying cute dresses & shoes...As soon as Baby Girl was confirmed my mum headed out on a major shopping spree...The employees at Carters & OshKosh know her by name & she is over the moon to be spoiling a little princess...Here's just a wee sample of what my mum sent in this care package- Notice something for every season- an adorable bathing suit, a Christmas outfit, sundresses, leggings & tights, onesies, mary janes & more...When I called to thank her she was so giddy with excitement & she said she even bought Baby Girl her winter coat for next year!!! Ahhh gotta love my mum- the best shopper I know...
Thanks Mum & Dad ~ A+ this time around ~ Love you's

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Why does Ed wear those bangs down?

This summer I really laid low with the tv...{Minus the Olympics, of course} The only show I faithfully watched & dont ask why or judge was Bachelor Pad...Its just so ridiculous you almost have to watch...The girls & all their crying, wowza I guess I cant judge cause Im not in their position but come on I really dont think Id be crying over the things they have bawled at...Last nights episode had me giggling with the contestants trying to bust out to a white rock song...Ed meaning it killed me...It also kills me when he decides to wear his hair or bangs down- why, why why?

Anyways, I could care less really who wins but looking forward to the most dramatic season finale yet...Love that they say that everytime...Did yall watch it?

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