Thursday, January 28, 2010

Why Can't There Be Three of Me???

Oh the things I could get done if there were three of me!  I would give one of me to Z, one to C and the other would spend two hours of the day cooking and cleaning and the rest of the time relaxing, working out, reading, sleeping, blogging....all of the things I would love to be doing.  Right now I feel torn into three pieces and it is not a good feeling at all.  How does one wipe a poopy bum while breastfeeding and making banana bread???  It might seem impossible but somehow I was able to accomplish all three of these tasks at one time (okay, not all at once but pretty darn close). 

I recently heard that women spend their lives multi-tasking while men like to focus on one thing.  I find this to be sooooo true.  I am always thinking of the next 5 things that I need to do, while S gets overwhelmed if more than one thing is happening at once.  You should see me before I breastfeed the baby.... I make sure Z is happy (snack, drink, activity), grab the phone, book or remote, nursing pillow, snack and drink for me, the baby's medication, her blanket and balance this all while holding the baby.  By the time I get to the couch I am EXHAUSTED :)  I look just like Rachel Ray when she carries all of her cooking ingredients from the fridge to the counter at once. 

So yes, another two of me to go around would be great :)  That way at least one of me would be well rested, showered, have her hair done, wear something other than yoga pants and be able to take in all of the wonderful that I am missing by being so sleep deprived and crazy all of the time.  Oh that would be nice.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Mommy, Come Look at My Poop!"

If you had told me 10 years ago that these words would someday bring me such joy....I would have thought you were crazy!  But as many of you mom's who have potty trained a small child know....these words are like music to the ear :) 

Z made a huge leap in his potty training journey last week....he started pooping on the potty!  S told him that if he pooped on the potty two times he could go to Chuck E Cheese....two days later we were playing ski ball and winning cheesy prizes :)  Something just clicked and now that he is over his fear of pooping on the potty, he can't get enough.  He is like a little old man when it comes to pooping.  He grabs a few books, sits back on the potty and is in there for 20 minutes at a time.  He "reads" his books outloud and I can hear him laughing and talking to himself.  By the time he is finished, his little bum is so red from sitting on the potty seat for so long :)  Then I hear, "Mommy, come look at my poop!" 

It has been absolutely wonderful but I do have to be honest.....I now look forward to the day when I hear, "Don't worry mom, I can wipe my own bum now."  That will be like the Hallelujah chorus....

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thank God for Good Friends

Last Thursday was a rough day for me. I hadn't slept much in a week, we are dealing with some family stress and I just didn't want to get out of bed.  After only getting 50 minutes of broken sleep from 3:30 AM on....I started to cry when the baby started crying at 7AM (20 min after I put her down).  It was the first time in a long time that I didn't want to get out of bed but I was running on EMPTY.  I wanted/needed a day off from being Mom. 

After a very teary morning...all 3 of us cried off and on all morning but it was mostly C...I called my best friend L.  Without hesitation she jumped in her car and came to my rescue. I just needed someone to hold the crying baby, someone to tell me that I was not a bad mom for wanting a break, someone to talk to.....I needed my best friend.  L was great, she took the crying baby and encouraged me to do something for myself.  I should have gone to bed but I am a horrible napper so I decided to spend some time with Z.

It was really nice to escape the crying and get out into the world.  Z and I ran some errands and then got him some lunch :)  I think he enjoyed having me to himself, that rarely happens these days.  We returned to a sleeping baby and though I was emotionally drained, I did feel a little better.  L works from home and despite being pregnant and having her own two children, she has offered to work from here a few times a month so that I can get some "ME" time.  Thanks L, I am so lucky to have you in my life!

That night was suppose to be my first night out since the baby was born.  I was exhausted and so I decided to cancel my plans.  S, L and all of the friends that I was suppose to go out with, did not like this decision.  They all put their "feet" down and insisted that I take a much needed break.  And so I went.....and I am so glad that I did.

It was nice to shower to go out,  I actually looked like a human being (not a zombie mommy).  As I drove away I realized that it was the first time I would be away from C for more than 2 hours!  The night was great...we laughed, caught up on each others lives and had a great time :)  Thanks girls, I needed it!

I returned home feeling refreshed and knew that I could handle another night without sleep (which is what I got).  This time instead of crying all night long, I took each waking in stride and tried to think of all that I have been blessed with.  I have a very helpful husband, who doesn't mind being up at 3AM with me, two beautiful children, a very supportive family and the best friends a girl could ask for. 

Head over to Good, True and Beautiful to link up and share your own Joy :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

WW-Snow Fun w/ Z

Monday, January 18, 2010

FED EX...What Have I Done to Deserve Such Poor Customer Service????

I am so angry right now.  I have used FED EX many times in the past because of their speedy service and great customer more.  FED EX you have lost a customer for good!

On December 29th I ordered some K-cups for my new Keurig Coffee maker.  The package was suppose to arrive on January 6th.  S and I couldn't wait to get our new coffee (especially since we were running low).  On January 6th, FED EX delivered two books that S had ordered from Borders.  The driver left them next to our planter between our garage doors (our walk is snowed under).  I picked them up and wondered where the coffee could be.  On Friday the 8th, we still had not received our package and so I went online to check the tracking information.  It said that it had been delivered on the 6th and placed by the garage doors.  What???!?!?!?

I immediately ran downstairs and searched our snowy yard.  There was no package.  Where could it be?  I called FED EX and explained that the package was missing.  The woman took my information and gave me a claim number.  She told me they would be in touch after they did some investigating. 

By Wednesday I had still not heard anything so I called them back.  They transferred me to one of the people "handling" my case.  The woman said they were unable to investigate because they needed more information.  What???!!!??  How do you expect to get more information if you don't call me and ask me for it???  I remained calm and answered her questions.  She asked if I had missed seeing the package.  I explained that my husband and I had searched the area thoroughly and that it had not been with the other two packages that FED EX left that day.  She then asked if someone might have taken it in for safe keeping.  I told her that we are not close to our neighbors and why would they have not taken in the other packages too if that were the case.  She then asked if someone might have walked off with it.  I told her that we don't live in a neighborhood and there is very little foot traffic by our house (especially with snow on the ground).  I then once again explained that the other two packages were there.  Why would someone take that package and not the other two???  She said, "It is Keurig after all!"  AAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!  She told me that now that they had the information the investigation would begin and the driver had 48 hours to investigate. They would call me back and let me know what they found out.

Today (Monday) I hadn't heard anything so I called them back once again.  I was put on hold and then the lady who answered the phone told me she would put me in touch with the person handling my case.  After a few minutes she came back on and told me she was instructed to tell me there was nothing they could do and I should contact Keurig.  What??!!!???  Excuse me??  Why is this Keurig's fault???  AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!  So were they going to call me and tell me this or is it FED EX's policy to let their customers call them for information when they say they are going to call????  AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!

So I called Keurig, the woman on the phone was very nice.  She told me that the package had been delivered on the 6th.  I explained the entire situation and she said that someone would take up the investigation with FED EX and if need be they would send me out a new package.  She assured me that someone would call me back....we'll see!  So now Keurig is going to have to deal with crappy FED EX and their horrible customer service!  I know my package might not be worth that much but I can guarantee it will be the last package that FED EX doesn't deliver to my door.  I will only order from companies that use UPS or USPS from now on!  Sorry Keurig...I am thinking I need to find a new way to get my K-Cups.  This girl is done with FED EX!!!!

Has anyone had anything like this happen to them before??  What are you suppose to do?  Just eat the money on their mistake????  If anyone has any advice, I would most appreciate it.  Sorry for the tone of this email, I am just really angry and would love a nice cup of coffee right now!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Where has the time gone???

I have been blogging for two years!  Can you believe it??  Two years ago I made a New Years resolution to start keeping a journal about my time with Z.  I journaled for a few days when my computer programmer of a husband suggested that I blog instead.  I had a few friends at the time who blogged but really didn't understand what blogs were all about.  S did a quick tutorial with me and I set to work on my first entry.  Two years later I have written 344 posts :)  It has been a great way to keep a record of our lives, keep friends and family up to date, make new friends and best of all it has been FREE THERAPY for me!!  This is one New Years resolution that I have kept and I am so happy that I did!  Thanks for reading :)

Some of my favorite blog posts :)

1.  Does My Son Have a Twitch?
2.  Momma Had a Baby and....
3.  Hello Baby
4.  Mommy's Boo Boos

Z with Noni :)               

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I Found It!!!

I know you were all losing sleep over the loss of my Very Brady Christmas VHS and I wanted you to know that I found it!!!!  It was stuck in my very broken VCR and my hero of a husband went to work to make sure it got away safely :)  I have the tape back but no way to watch least I didn't have to pay $67 for a used copy of this holiday classic :)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Happy Day

Thanks Emma from Toddler Awesome for my first award of the New Year :)  It is a really fun award, just up my alley!

Rules: List 10 things that make you happy. Then tag 10 other bloggers.
  1. Weekends or any day we can be together as a family
  2. Z's giggle fits
  3. C's smiles
  4. S's hugs
  5. Spending time at the lake w/ family
  6. Shopping online
  7. Pure Grace from Philosophy
  8. going out w/ the girls
  9. Mac and Cheese
  10. PJ days
I would like to pass on some happiness to:
    1. Nicolasa at Low Expectations
    2. Poolside w/ the girls
    3. Annie at Santiago Twin Girls
    4. Mommy Brain
    5. Alice in Wonderland
    6. Mesina at and then there was me
    7. Lee-Ann at Lee-Ann's Crazy Life
    8. Connie at The Young and the Relentless
    9. Courtney at One Loopy Life
    10. Lisa at Mommy's Nest

    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    Z and C Update

    The last few weeks have been so crazy busy.  I realized that I haven't really updated you all on how Z and C are doing lately.  I apologize and will try to catch you up right now :)

    Z Update

    Well S and I had seriously considered pulling Z out of preschool in December.  He was so unhappy and crying at snack time everyday.  Every day I would pick up a blotchy eyed child, wearing his spare pants, who had "written" me a note about how much he missed all of us.  He was just miserable. 

    Over the holiday break I met with his teachers and we put a plan in place to help Z be more confident at school.  As it turns out they were only asking him if he needed to use the potty instead of telling him to go.  Since he had regressed so much after C's birth, he was saying no and then wetting his pants.  My smart husband made the connection that he was crying everyday after snack, which was right after their class potty break.  He figured that the two were connected. 

    New Years Eve Z was thrown back into underwear (diapers for nap, bed and poops) and is doing GREAT!  Elf came back to give him a present when he filled the potty chart that he had left for Z and now he is working on a trip to Chuck E Cheese (eeewwww germs).  He has about one accident a day but other than that....he is doing great.  He is independent and only needs help pulling up his pants (or fixing them really).  We are soooo proud of him.  Next we will be moving on to poop training....but we are not rushing him!

    He went back to preschool yesterday after 2 1/2 weeks off and he was very nervous about going.  We role played the morning for days before and talked about all the fun he would have.  We brought his golf set into share with his classmates (part of our plan) and this seemed to help with the transition into the day.  When I picked him up he was SMILING!!!  The first time in a long time.  He even had something positive to say and he never said his usual, "I don't like school mama".  His teacher worked with him on his potty training and I think this had a lot to do with his change in attitude about school.  I hope Friday goes as smoothly as Wednesday :)

    C Update

    C is growing so fast!  We think she is almost 11 lbs and she is not even 3 months yet.  She goes in for her 2 month appointment (at 12 weeks old) next week so we will see what she officially weighs then.  This girl LOVES to eat :)  Her medication has really helped her refulx but gas is her new enemy :( 

    Unfortunately, C shares her brother (and her mother's) sensitive stomach.  I have eliminated all soy and dairy (as best as I can...eating out or at other people's homes are tough) and she was doing pretty well until Christmas.  Since the holidays she has been struggling with sleep due to her gassy belly.  They say it can take up to 2 weeks for things to leave your system, if that is the case then we have another week until the soy from the Chinese food on New Years Eve (I didn't eat anything with soy sauce too).  If it doesn't get better soon, we will have to look at other things in my diet.  My sister wants me to try formula.....I would rather not but we shall see.

    C and Z are starting to really interact now :)  Lil' C can not get enough of Z....if she is fussy I send Z in to entertain her and she will smile and coo.  He "plays" with her now and brings her baby toys.  It is really fun to see.

    So there you have it, an update on our two little munchkins.  Things are going really well...just wish we could get more sleep! 

    Wednesday, January 6, 2010

    "Focus on the Family"

    Connie over at the Young and the Relentless has started a new family project for 2010 and has encouraged us in "BlogLand" to join her.  This project fits in so nicely with my New Years Resolution to create balance in my life and so I am very excited to join her (a little late but that is okay).  She is calling it "Focus on the Family" and invites us to post monthly goals of things that we would like to accomplish to help make our family a stronger unit.  The goals should be posted on the first of each month and I will check them off as we accomplish them. She also encourages us to write about the things that we are grateful for that month.
    I LOVE this idea and hope that it helps me be a better mother, wife and person.  Here are January's goals: 

    Family Time
     *Weekday Adventure w/ daddy (including a visit to his office) 
    *Take Z ice skating 
    *Two Weekend Family Breakfasts (made at home) 

    Z and C Time
    *Play date with preschool friends (help Z get more comfortable with the idea of being at school) 
    *One on one playtime w/ each child, every day 
    *Help Z potty train in a relaxed and stess-free environment 

    Momma Time
    *Girls Night Out—January 14th (first one since the birth of Lil’ C) 
    *Work out 2 days a week (at least) 
    *Spend at least 15 uninterrupted minutes each day doing something for myself (blogging, reading, working out, showering ;) etc.) 
    *2010 Simple Living Book Club (Thanks for the heads up on this one Connie!!!) 

    Momma and Papa Time
    *Have a home date night at least once a week 
    *Spend time cuddling each day 

    Home Time
    *Finish our bedroom closet project 
    *Work on our monthly budget and financial goals 
    *Clean up the baby’s room (now a mess because we are organizing our room)

     I am so grateful for my children.  Even though we experience many trying times throughout the day, they bring me so much joy.  Z is such a love full of energy and curiosity.  His heart is big and he is my little snuggle bunny.  C is a momma’s girl (she knows where her food is) and her smile lights up the room.  She is growing so much every day and it is so much fun to watch.  I am so grateful for both of them!!!
    I am also grateful for S and his incredible patience with me.  Sleepness nights are starting to take their toll and I can be a little bit snippy (okay Bitchy).  S tries to stay calm at these moments and talk some sense into his “crazy” wife.  I appreciate this and know how hard it must be. 
    As we work to get out of debt, save money and live within our means….I am realizing how lucky we are.  I am grateful for our home, which is not only filled with everything we need (and lots of stuff we don't need) but is bursting at the seams with laughter and love.  We are so blessed. 

    Tuesday, January 5, 2010

    Post It Tuesdays

    Head over to Supah's site if you want to play along with Post It Tuesdays :)