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I really need to start writing more often. It’s been a little over two months since I checked in last so let’s get started on the game of catch up.

Squeaky is now five months old. He’s rolling, scooting, and starting to rock on his hands and knees. He started baby food yesterday (sweet potatoes! YUM!) and is doing amazingly with it! He eats about an entire jar each time then nurses for about ten minutes and passes out for two or more hours at a time. He is just getting over an ear infection and has a doctor’s appointment coming up to check and make sure it is gone and to double check his weight. He only gained a pound in two months which is much less than ideal. I’m hoping that by increasing my healthy fat intake (since he’s breastfed) and feeding him some baby food will help him gain the weight he needs to gain. I REALLY don’t want to switch him to formula. It stinks and it takes too much extra work to prepare. I’ve almost gotten him registered for Early Head Start and he’ll start once there’s an opening and he’s a year old (so like next January).

Little Man had his ear tubes put in at the end of March. Those things have been the best thing ever in his life. He talks all the time now and it’s actual words, not just jibber jabber. He can identify about ten letters based on how they look, he knows how to count to ten, and he sings his ABC’s. Plus, he knows a few animal sounds and keeps learning more everyday. Sadly, I think he’s getting to that age where he doesn’t nap anymore. But he is making friends very well, he knows their names and asks me about them constantly. Early Head Start is going to be going on summer break soon and when they go back, Little Man will be in a new class. Luckily, his teachers from last school year (2014-2015) will be his teachers next year (2016-2017) so hopefully he’ll be fine with the new classroom.

I have joined a website called Blogging For Books. Basically, you sign up for an account (completely free!) and order books, which are completely free AS LONG AS you review the books on your blog and on their website. At least that’s how I understand it. So be looking out for my first review, I’m quite excited about the book I got. Other than that, everything is going as it has been.

As a family, we have a family get together this weekend that I’m excited about. It’s to celebrate my husband’s grandparents’ anniversary and my husband’s cousin and her husband are coming in from Hawaii. We haven’t seen them since Thanksgiving of 2014, so it’ll be nice to see them again.

That’s all that’s going on around here. My next update should be coming up soon and will be my book review. See you all later!

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I Can Not Believe It…

I just read a blog post (found here) about why a couple decided to homeschool their children. The fact that bullying is happening in KINDERGARTEN makes me want to homeschool my children more than I previously had wanted to.

My husband and I decided to homeschool our children pretty much the day we found out I was expecting Little Man. Not because of bullying like the post I read, but because school systems (at least where we live) test the ability to memorize information and spit it back rather than teaching information that can be applied and used in everyday life. Neither my husband nor I was homeschooled and we haven’t thought about how to approach it yet, but we know that’s what will be best for our children.

School systems here also act like every child should be the same developmentally and that is not the case. During pregnancy, everyone and every thing tells you that every pregnancy is different. Doesn’t that mean that every child is different, considering they are the results of the pregnancies that were called differemt not so long before? I’ve said before that Little Man goes to early head start. Every few months, they do these evaluations to see where the child is in different aspects (fine motor, gross motor, social, etc). Since starting early head start, Little Man has had 2 of these evaluations and both times they’ve told me that he is behind and should get more evaluations done to see if they could help him. Both times we’ve done these added evaluations, just to see what’s going on since his pediatrician had never said anything to us about him being behind. Both times the results came back that he is perfectly fine. He was a late walker, he started around 15-16 months so that’s why he was considered behind at his first evaluation. At his second one (less than 6 months after his first), he was considered behind because he couldn’t run without falling (neither can I and I’m 25!) and he couldn’t climb stairs without being on his hands and knees (mind you, he’s not even 2 yet). I’m positive that both of those are results of his late walking and he’s working on both of them everyday.

I’m not trying to be one of “those” parents, you know the kind that think the sun shines out their kid’s ass and they can do no wrong? I know when my child does wrong and there are some things he’s flawed in, but he’s a human just like everyone else and just like everyone else he has flaws. Isn’t being different and having flaws what we should embrace instead of turning away from or putting down?

That was a bit of a rant, but if I get the message out to at least one person, I did my job. Thanks for reading.

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Down with the Sickness

This weekend was full of sickness in our house. Little Man started off with a cold, then passed it to Squeaky. Little Man also has a double ear infection (the 5th one of his not even 2 years) and is being referred to the ENT to see what’s going on.

On the good news side of our world, Little Man’s second birthday party is this weekend! We already have everything picked out and we just have some last minute things to buy. He’s having a Cars themed party, he’s going to love it (at least I hope so). A few of his little friends will be there, so we’re making some coloring pages. There will also be bubbles and a road made on the floor to drive cars on. Hopefully that will be enough for the kids, since the ages will range from 1 to 6.

Next month, I’m going to start a program to get me into shape before my husband and I go to the Philippines next January. I’m not sure what program I’ll do, but I’m googling. Google is basically my best friend. I haven’t started my bullet journal yet, I have so much going on that I haven’t gotten around to setting it up. Hopefully I’ll be able to sometime before March starts.

That’s all I’ve got for now. How’s life for you? Let me know! See you soon!

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This Is It…

Wow! So I have been gone for quite a while, but I have good reasoning! We have no WiFi as of right now, so I’m hurrying to type this using my mobile data. Also, Squeaky was born! His birth story will be posted later at some point. He’s doing great though and Little Man is adjusting very well (better than I thought he would) to having a little brother and we’ve been able to keep our daily routine about the same (luckily).

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Little Man still goes to school on a daily basis. His teething hasn’t eased much since November, but I’ve figured out why. He has about 8 teeth trying to come in at the same time, they’re all about halfway in and his mouth looks so weird. Any time he’s talking and I see his molars, I still think he has something in his mouth even though it’s just teeth. He’s learning more words and remembering people very well. His second birthday party is at the end of this month, so I’m currently working on planning that.

I have been busy, considering I have a toddler and a newborn now. For some reason that I’m sure I’ll regret later, I decided to hand make the invitations to Little Man’s birthday party. His grandma has volunteered to buy the decorations and his great aunt is making the cake. I can’t wait to see it all together.

Squeaky is 7 weeks old today. He’s gained more weight than needed so that’s great. His only issue right now is sleeping in his own bed, but he’s starting to sleep there more. I just need to figure out the perfect time after he’s asleep to lay him in his bed.

I’m going to try to post weekly, since I’m going to be starting a bullet journal. I’ll be back next week (hopefully)!

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History Is Made At Night

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

It has been a busy week in this household. Let me tell you what’s been up…

Little Man is growing and developing mentally and physically like crazy. He now crawls, stands while holding things, stands without holding things (if he’s distracted by a puppy and has no clue he’s standing), and feeds himself finger foods.

His grandma gave him all sorts of food when we visited her after her double knee replacement surgery!

His grandma gave him all sorts of food when we visited her after her double knee replacement surgery!

He loves every kind of food! That's a french fry by the way...

He loves every kind of food! That’s a french fry by the way…

He used his grandma's walker to stand...he used it like all evening.

He used his grandma’s walker to stand…he used it like all evening.

Animals distract him.

Animals distract him.

I got a new phone!!! My iPhone 4 (yes, just a 4 no S or G) was two years old and slow as all hell, so when my upgrade rolled around we jumped on it like…like…something that jumps on other things. I am now the proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy S4, it’s HUGE compared to my iPhone 4 but it’s great! I’m about to be planning things like crazy. We’ll be having a home photo shoot for our first ever Christmas card, I have to photoshop the picture we choose (hopefully not, but I have an 8 month old so anything could happen), gather addresses of family and friends, and make and order the Christmas cards. While I’m waiting for their arrival, I need to plan out Little Man’s Disneybound December (details in a future post), start planning Little Man’s first birthday party more (we have a menu, venue, and date! YAY!), and I’m sure there is more that I’m forgetting. My 24th birthday falls in late January, but I am not planning anything for that. On top of all the planning I’ll be doing, I have an adult Christmas party with my husband, a family Christmas party, and two family Christmas dinners (at least) to attend. The holiday season (especially Christmas) has been the busiest time for my husband and I the last two years and I expect this year to be no different…well, except for the amount of presents we’ll be bringing home now that we have a spoiled son (he’s the first grandchild on both sides…kinda).

This is probably what I'll look like until March...minus the hair and the makeup being done.

This is probably what I’ll look like until March…minus the hair and the makeup being done.

This post is a LOT longer than I had hoped, oh well, you’ll live. OH! Anyone have any ideas of food to serve at a How To Train Your Dragon themed birthday party? We thought of spicy foods, but there will be children in attendance so that idea is out the window. Let me know! See you back here later!

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That’s Just The Way We Roll

Well, it’s Sunday meaning back to work for all of you with weekday jobs. For me as a mom, it’s just another day. I missed yesterday’s post so I’ll make it up then add today’s post. 🙂

Yesterday’s topic for the October Blogging Challenge was what/who inspires you. I get inspired by the most random things known to mankind. I’m currently writing a story based off of a pin of a tumblr conversation, I’ve written things based from TV shows, all kinds of stuff.

Today’s topic is weekend highlights. Yesterday, we went to the Comcast store to get a replacement cable box, Walmart for groceries, and Subway for dinner. It was a nice simple day out. Today, we stayed home but it was pretty great. I baked a tie dye cake (a horrible mess was made) and the baby made friends with one of his dad’s friends. Then after the baby went to bed, my husband and I watched the season premiere of the Walking Dead. It was awesome, I mean WOW people!

That’s all for today. What was the highlight of your weekend? Let me know! See you back here tomorrow for another post!

He loves his Cheerios.

He loves his Cheerios.

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Lessons Learned

Happy Tuesday! 🙂 How are you doing today? Today was a pretty decent day, except for the fact that my disk drive on my laptop doesn’t spin so I can’t play the new Sims 3 game I got (yes, I’m a game behind). It’s time for another day of the October Blogging Challenge and today’s topic is 7 things you’ve learned so far this year. Most of mine result from becoming a mom.

1. It IS possible to function properly on 6 hours of sleep. As anyone who’s been reading knows, I’m a new-ish mom. My little guy is now 7 months old. Before he arrived, if I had any less than 10 hours of sleep a day then I was a freaking zombie. Lately, I’ve unfortunately found out that I can function with half of that (I hate teething and growth spurts).

2. Conversations with old friends who are now mom friends have changed A LOT. The other night, the baby and I met up with two ladies I’ve been friends with since like 2007 or before and their babies. The babies were all born within a month and a week of each other, so it’s awesome to have someone who’s right there with me. We used to talk about boys and whether or not we were spending the whole weekend together. Now we talk about teething, poop, and eating habits.

3. Not juggling a baby, diaper bag, car keys, and a cell phone feels weird. When my nephew was born 4 years ago, I never would’ve dreamed of carrying anything more than him or his diaper bag. But now that I’m a mom, I can carry all these items without dropping anything. If my husband volunteers to carry something, I practically argue with him so he won’t.

4. The Office is actually a lot more funny than I previously gave it credit for. I tried to watch the first episode like a year ago and it was very boring, but last week (or so) my husband suggested we watch it. I agreed and I’m glad I did because it is hysterical. I love Jim but I HATE Kelly!

5. I can now walk through the dark without tripping over my own feet. I used to be a very clumsy person so this is a huge accomplishment.

6. That breathing crap they tell you works when you’re having contractions is GARBAGE! I’m a big baby when it comes to pain so I knew labor would be bad, I attempted to master those breathing exercises. When the time came, they didn’t work at all. But if they work or worked for you, you rock.

7. Time flies when you have a baby. I used to feel like days would drag on but now it’s nighttime before I even realize it. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was in the hospital recovering from having a baby!

What have you learned so far this year? Let me know! See you tomorrow for the post of the day!