Diy Wednesday-Baby Pants

Guess what day it is?? IT’S HUMP DAY!

I’m sure most of you are feeling bleh today..  the middle of the week sucks butt. It feels like it just drags on and the weekend is sooo far away..

But don’t lose all hope just yet ;) I have a super duper easy tutorial I pinned from Pinterest.

You can use your old sweaters or long sleeve shirts. Or you can also go to yard sales and thrift stores and buy some for dirt cheap!

pamts2I know it says “newborn” but you can use a pair of pants your child already has as a guideline. Or you can make a couple of newborn pants as a gift!

I tried this myself, and I’m definitely not an expert in sewing, so you can easily do this too.

Here is my end result:

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Hope you enjoy! There will be more DIY Wednesday’s to come!

Happy & Healthy Monday- Mommy Meal Plan

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Happy Monday Mommas!

I have been a busy momma this past week, my mom came to stay with us and we did a lot of shopping and running around. So blame my mom for the lack of posts! (Sorry Mom!)

While she was here, I had a little relapse in working out and eating healthy. I pretty much binged and ate like a cow and I didn’t do my daily exercise mostly because I thought I’d look like a mutated mule trying to do Zumba and yoga poses.

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Sadly now my mommy has gone home, so it’s back to eating healthy, counting calories, and mutated mule workouts!

I made an easy meal plan that doesn’t require much cooking or effort. I’m hoping I can inspire you all to follow my meal plan or make a similar one for yourself. ;)

Breakfast: Coffee.. obviously!

Oatmeal, regular or with added fruits and/or sprinkled with cinnamon.

Snack: Fruit Smoothie.

Click for a smoothie recipe!

Click for a smoothie recipe!

 

Lunch: Tuna sandwich or salad.

Snack: Wheat thins.

Dinner: Whatever I have planned for the week but a small portion, and with a salad.

Snack: Fiber protein bar. (After dinner my cravings for something sweet always kick in. So I bought protein bars that have a little chocolate to curb my cravings.)

 

So you see, it’s a pretty simple and easy plan. Of course you can add different things based on your likes and what you have in the pantry.

I will be adding a Happy & Healthy post every Monday, so look forward for more to come soon!!

Betrayal, Apocalypse, and Superhuman Power

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If you are or have been pregnant, then I’m sure you remember having some crazy and emotional dreams. During both of my pregnancies, I remember waking up balling my eyes out at least once a week. My husband thought I was crazy.

For me, for some reason those kinds of dreams have continued even after having my kids. I don’t wake up crying anymore but every night I have some crazy, weird dream. Maybe it’s because I’m still an hormonal, emotional wreck most of the time.

I downloaded a dream dictionary app. I looked up the meanings of my most common dreams, and here are my interpretations..

The most common dream I have is my husband leaving me and our kids.. most of the time it’s for someone else..

Betrayal: Typically represents emotional feelings of insecurity, or literal fears of infidelity. Betrayal dreams often occur for years in the wake of actual betrayals by real life partners. (I have an underlying fear that my husband is cheating, which will come true sooner than later. I guess I should be prepared. And he should be prepared to have everything he owns set on fire.)

One of my craziest recurring dreams/nightmares is the world coming to an end, either by fire or attacked and taken over by aliens..

Apocalypse:  Reflections of one’s uncertainty of his or her future. Typically, an aspect of their waking life is coming to an end, which could be a relationship, career or project. (I’m a stay at home mom, so no career or projects. And I have no friend relationships, just family. So again, pointing to the end of my relationship. So far this isn’t going very well.)

Probably my most hated dream is where my daughter(s) Is either injured or dead..

Baby-Injured: Wounded or injured babies can symbolize troubled relationships, which are in danger of “dying”. (I didn’t realize before writing this that they all were pointing to the end of my marriage, that’s not really what I wanted this post to be about. Now I’m seeing this is probably a little depressing, SORRY!)

Another recurring dream I have is where I’m back in high school..

Back in school: Recurring dreams of being back in school typically reflect performance anxiety in our waking lives, The dreamer feels as of he or she has been sent back in school to either learn how to do the job right or be tested. Dreams of being unable to graduate reflect feeling of being unable to graduate to the next level in waking life. (In other words I believe I am a horrible mother or wife, or both.)

The other night I had a dream that I gave birth prematurely to a girl.. ANOTHER girl. She was so tiny, and she was dying. And I’m not pregnant, at least not that I know of.

Birthing: If your baby is still born, has birth defects or born prematurely, think about goals or romantic relationships that you held high hopes for but which now seem or be dead or deceased. (Either I have no goals, need to make goals, or my marriage is dead. Maybe I should make goals on how I’m going to take care of my kids without my husband.. all signs point to this anyway.)

I also have a constant dream I have powers..

Superhuman power: Reflects waking life feelings of confidence to succeed in achieving a goal, even against great obstacles. (I have confidence in the day my kids start school. Or I have powers and I’m going to rule the world!)

In conclusion, based on my dreams, I’m a bad wife and mother, I have no goals, my husband is either going to cheat or leave me or both, everything he owns will be MYSTERIOUSLY burned to the ground, and if he does cheat I’ll most likely chop IT off.. doesn’t look so bright for either of us!

I have always believed your dreams mean something. But after writing this it’s a little scary, I’m hoping these meanings do not come true!

I promise my next post will not be so depressing!

Thanks for reading ;)

 

 

 

My Kid Says the Darndest Things

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My oldest daughter, my Lilypad, is 2 years old. Sometimes she says the most hilarious things. So I wanted to share some of them with my fellow mommies!

Lilypad: Mom, why is your mouth all wet? (All I did was burp out loud)

Lilypad: What’s that smell? Me: Mommy needs a shower honey.

Me: Mommy feels like poop. Lilypad: Well go lay down! Me: Haha mommy wishes honey.

Me: You cant come outside, its too cold.  Lilypad: Fine then i’ll never go outside, and ill never play with the puppies.

Lilypad: Where do babies come from? Husband:  UHM, the sky honey. Me: No, don’t confuse her! They come from mommy’s belly. Lilypad: Yeah mommy’s belly.

Lilypad: Mom I want to eat, I never eat.

Lilypad: What’s that? Me: It’s for mommy’s hair. Lilypad: Oh, that’s kinda serious.

(Playing in the dirt) Lilypad: I can’t make a pie, it’s dig less!

Lilypad: Excuse me, I farted!

Grandma: Look at the moon! Lilypad: Yeah it’s got a flashlight on it!

(Me dancing) Lilypad: Mom! Stop shaking your butt!

That’s all I have so far, I will do a second post to this very soon!

If you have any hilarious sayings from your kids you would like to share, please feel free to comment below!

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

I know it’s been a while since my last post.. My parents came to visit, so I decided to take a little break from the blogging world.

My dad treated us to Sea World, it was our first time there. My 2 year old daughter had a blast! She saw the whales, dolphins, turtles, and went on a whole bunch of rides.

The next day we went fishing. It was my daughter’s first time holding a fishing pole as well. Although we didn’t catch a dang thing, she still had lots of fun.

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I had tons of fun too, but honestly I’m not used to running around with my kids all day. And I have been EXAUSTED.

Now that I’m back to the life of a blogging mom, I decided my topic for today would be tips and tricks for tired moms. For me, even with my much needed 10 cups of coffee during the day.. I’m not exaggerating either.. I’m still exhausted and trying to find the energy to get my big bum off the couch and do something productive.

The first thing I do when my kids and I get up is practically run to the coffee pot. Afterwards, I wash my face with cold water. I actually don’t think it helps me wake up much, but it does feel refreshing.

The first tip I suggest.. and don’t shoot me.. is exercising as early as possible. Exercising in the morning gets the blood pumping, waking you up and gives you lots energy. Even just a 10 minute workout while the kids are eating breakfast will do.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you aren’t hydrated enough, fatigue will kick in. I always drink water like a fish, so I don’t really have to try on this one. But sipping on ice cold water supposedly speeds up your metabolism, so I guess that’s a win-win.

Take a break. Don’t kill yourself trying to keep the house spotless. And if you have kids, that’s pretty much impossible anyway. I can break my back trying to clean up messes all day, and I swear my kids make a tornado of anything and everything right behind me!

Eat healthy. Try eating more foods that give you energy. Whole grains, bananas, apples, oranges, spinach, almonds, fish, yogurt, and eggs are just some food that will give you a little boost. And don’t forget to take your daily multivitamins, those also help.

Take a nap. I know most of you are probably laughing at this one. Truth is, I would be too. Unless you kids take naps at the same time, or you only have one little monster, it’s almost impossible to try and take a little nap. But if you are that lucky, TAKE A FRIGGIN NAP! You’ll feel better, trust me.

Get out of the house. For me, taking my kids anywhere is a hassle in itself. I literally get five minutes down the road and they’re both crying and screaming. And I’m like, Why do I even try?! But even just going to the park or taking a little stroll around your neighborhood is good enough.

Sometimes us moms just need a lazy day where we don’t get off the couch unless we have to pee. With the last few days I’ve had, today is definitely going to be one of those days for me. And it’s okay, don’t feel guilty about it. We deserve to have a lazy day once in a while!

I hope you can try some of these tips and tricks and help you feel less like a Mombie! (Zombie + Mom)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Romance

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A little romance goes a long way..

I don’t know about you, but I can’t even remember the last time my husband and I had a little romance in our marriage. With the kids and my husbands work schedule, it kind of seems impossible. My husband has never really been a romantic person anyway. We’ve never celebrated Valentines day.. I know, sad, it’s okay to feel bad for me..

But there are little things you can do for each other here and there to keep the romance and marriage alive.

 

1. While he’s at work, send him romantic, (or dirty) text messages. Anything sweet to just let him know you’re thinking about him.

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2. Simple hugs and kisses go a long way.

3. Let him know that you appreciate everything he does for you and your kids.

4. Set date nights at least once a month, even if it is for just thirty minutes.

5. Leave a little love note like on the mirror or white board on the fridge, so it’ll be the first thing he sees in the morning when he gets up for work.

 

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6. Cook a meal together.

7. Give each other a massage while the kids are napping.

8. Take at least 5 minutes a day to talk and ask how his day went.

9. Cuddle while watching a movie and especially cuddle in bed. Apparently this closeness can lead to more and better sex!

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2 Births, 41 hours

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Happy Tuesday!

Firstly.. and honestly, I’ve been having a tough time trying to figure out what to write about next. I was thinking of writing a bunch of random facts about me… but I would probably bore you.

So now I’m going to tell my scary, and then not so scary birth stories.

I read somewhere that the pain of giving birth is the same as being burned alive! With both of my labors, I can totally agree with this statement!

My first daughter was born in 2011. I started having consistent contractions around 12 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. Right away I started having back labor. So the pain was a constant, no break in between contractions. I was given IV meds that knocked me out for a bit.

At 5 a.m. I was woken up by my water breaking. It felt like a bucket of warm water had been dumped all over me. After my water breaking, the pain had become worse. I couldn’t take the constant back soon any longer. So I finally gave in to an epidural.

But of course my luck, it didn’t work. Every hour the anesthesiologist refilled the epidural. Still nothing. The nurses said it was because the baby was laying on a nerve on my back.

Hours had passed and I was dilating very slowly. I was getting exhausted from the constant pain. I remember I started crying and told my husband I couldn’t do it anymore. I was crying so hard I couldn’t breath and my husband had to calm me down. Around that time the nurses discovered I had an infection and put me on antibiotics.

Finally 18 hours later, I was fully dilated. Of course the epidural had only worked on my vajayjay, so it took a while for me to push her out. Honestly I don’t remember how long I was pushing for, although it felt like forever. I just remember everyone yelling, ALMOST THERE! ONE MORE PUSH!

When she was finally born, she wasn’t breathing and had to be resuscitated. I only got to hold her for a few seconds before they took her to the nursery. She was put on oxygen and was jaundiced. She also had the infection and had to be on antibiotics for 7 days.

The birth of my second daughter was a LOT shorter, but more painful. I was induced a few days before my due date, because I lived far from the hospital. My husband and I wanted to keep her gender a surprise, so I had no idea she was a girl yet. Although I was so positive at the time it was a boy!

The doctor gave me meds to kick start the contractions. At first they were bearable. Thankfully I didn’t have back labor like the last time. After a few hours, the nurse gave me some IV meds. And boy that stuff knocks you out quick! I was dilated pretty quick after that. At 8 cm the pain had become too much. I asked for an epidural. We were told it would be an hour before the anesthesiologist could come. An hour later, they kept saying he was finishing up an epidural and I would be next. Another hour passed, and I was to the point of almost screaming in pain.

When he finally got to my room, I couldn’t even pay attention to what he was telling me. I was moaning and crying, and he was being a dick because I wasn’t listening. I remember looking at my husband like, Are you gonna do something about him?! I was honestly hoping someone would knock him out! Just as he was setting up, the nurses said it was time to push. I was freaking out because I knew I had to push without an epidural. Plus my doctor hadn’t even got there yet.

I still remember the pain of the pressure. Along with the pain of the contractions, I was literally screeching. With the first push her head was out. The nurse didn’t even have time to put her gloves on! I remember they kept telling me to stop pushing. And I kept yelling I CAN’T HELP IT! My body was pushing and I couldnt control it.

By the second push, she just slid out!
That’s when I heard my husband say, “IT’S A GIRL!” I cried when I heard that.
But then the nurse put her on my chest, and I’ll never forget that feeling.

She was perfectly healthy! She was 8 pounds and 21 inches!

I’ll probably never forget the pain during both, but it was all worth it. It is really an excruciating yet beautiful experience!

Thanks for putting up with my blog :) and please share your birth stories, I would love to hear them!