Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Potty Dance

First Successful Use! 
First Successful Use!

The Husband and I are in no rush to potty train our 17 month old- BUT- we have introduced a toilet- started talking about going “potty” and he is starting to get it.  Yesterday he sat down went potty and we couldn’t be more proud!  We did a family potty dance! YEP- we danced, jigged, and sang “Potty Dance” to his little heart’s delight.

Six Months Pregnant with Baby #2

Taken after my first echo- I look as tired as I feel.
  • How far along are you? 24 Weeks Along- SIX MONTHS BABY
  • How I’m feeling: Like I can’t catch my breath.  I have been ordered to take it easy and I am trying to slow down as much as possible- but with the Toddler sometimes( all the time) that’s not really an option.
  • Total weight gain: About 10 lbs so far.
  • How big is baby?  The Little One is the size of a melon.  She is over a foot long too!
  • Maternity clothes:  SAME-Yes. Yes. Yes.  Sure I can fit easily into any of my pre-pregnancy pants-shorts-tops-but I don’t want to be uncomfortable in the least as I chase(herd) the Toddler.  So yoga pants, Old Navy Rockstar Skinny Jeans, Cotton tops and the belly band!-more on that in a sec.
  • Stretch marks? SAME-Heredity messed up on this one.  Even in college if any muscle got bigger I would get stretchmarks. No questions asked.  BAM there they would be.  With D- for some reason the Belly God’s thought they would mercifully let the belly be stretch-mark free.  I am not holding my breath for two-for-two.  But one can hope.
  • Sleep: I wake up around 3AM to go to the bathroom and chug water like it is my job. ALWAYS thirsty. ALWAYS.
  • Best moment this week:  Being able to see her from the outside.  Especially when she has hiccups- poor thing.
  • Movement: Yes- especially at night- and whenever I hold the Toddler- sibling rivalry at its finest folks.  She kicks and punches at him with all her might. It would be precious if it wasn’t so painful.
  • Food cravings: Eh- food is just food.  I don’t have cravings…. except for TWIX and OLIVE GARDEN = GET IN MY BELLY!
  • Food aversions: Meh. Nothing sounds good except for the above mentioned.
  • Labor signs:  None.
  • Belly button in or out: In- but looking like it might pop out- it just disappeared with D- so that would be interesting.
  • What I miss:  SAME-Not having a round face- le sigh- ah well comes with the territory for me.
  • What I’m looking forward to:  Our last ultrasound- probably around 28 weeks?
  • Milestone: Seeing movement from the outside : )

Attitude Adjustment

Last Monday- early in the morning I sat there just pitifully feeling sorry for myself.  My hair dryer broke- great get to spend money on that- Sprained my ankle badly carrying the 37lb monstrosity of the Toddler in our backyard- Our ceiling in our living room started leaking(AGAIN)- that is the third time in the two years we have lived here- PITY PARTY PITY PARTY.

Then a serious wake up call happened.


The Boston Marathon was bombed by terrorists.


When the Toddler woke up from his nap I spent the rest of the day just counting my blessings.


Yes- my heart is having a hard time-but we have an amazing Doctor who is trying to figure everything out.

The hair dryer broke- seriously? Why did this make me so upset? It is just a hair dryer. Just money.

The ceiling is leaking water.  Well- thankfully we have a handy repairman down the street that knows our economic situation- it will be fixed. It is just money. We still have a house- our home.

My ankle is sprained.  Nothing that R.I.C.E can’t fix.  Frankly, it is just my ankle.

I am ashamed that I was so upset at those little things.  That I didn’t acknowledge sooner that we are so blessed- that we will be fine- that we have each other.

My heart aches for those that do not have their loved ones anymore.  From Boston to West Texas.  My heart aches for you.



Happy Earth Day

On Earth Day- when I taught environmental science we would have gone through all of the different environmental effects that humans are responsible for- how we can lesson our global impact as a nation-as a people- each of my students completed a full-report of their family’s energy and water consumption and then we would tramp around our entire campus looking at ways to make it more “green” and eco-friendly.  One year we campaigned and got the lunchroom to stop using Styrofoam cups and plates- another we removed a hazardous species (zoo took them) that was encroaching upon the habitat of an endangered species of frog in our water and pond area of campus- one year the entire six grade took it upon themselves to start a community garden on campus- and then we even added sheep and chickens to the lot.

Now that I am a SAHM- I work hard to make sure that we have as little impact- or ecological footprint as possible.  When the Toddler and our little girl get older I will make sure they understand the need to take care of our planet-even if we can just do small things-they can make a  big impact.  Captain Planet- he’s our hero-going to take pollution down to zero…. if you don’t know who that is-boy am I old.

Our Household Green List:

  • Cloth Diapers
  • Highly-concentrated cleaning supplies-less plastic product
  • Recycle-how do you not?
  • Hand-me-down clothes
  • Goodwill and Garage Sales for items-wood furniture-clothes-lamps
  • Planted two trees-made for the desert in our yard
  • Toyota Prius- over 500 miles a tank- 52+ a gallon
  • When an appliance breaks- many have- like our dryer-water heater-microwave-dishwasher-all in the last year- we replace it with an energy star approved appliance
  • Buy antiques- yes we currently have four antique pieces of furniture in our house- hoping to add more in the future
  • Instead of throwing items away we donate everything to the Goodwill-everything
  • Eco-friendly bug repellents in our yard- cinnamon works wonders in the sand box
  • Always wash clothes in a full-load
  • Our thermostat is set up in the 80s- that’s hot for most people-but it gets to be 115 with lows in the upper 80s and 90s in the “summer”- End of May-September here
  • Made the majority of our own baby food- with reusable pouches and jars
  • Buy in bulk and place the items in our jar collection in the pantry- less plastic and packaging the better
  • Buy local produce when possible-we live in the desert- but we do our best
  • Our front yard is a “rock” garden- less water consumption

Hopefully I can continue to add to our Household Green List- and lessen our impact on our environment.  I hope you all are enjoying your Monday on this beautiful Earth Day!

The Toddler and I are off to our first swim lesson for the month- he has been in classes since he was 2 months old- love my water baby!

How does your family lessen your environmental footprint?  

What do you do to teach your little ones about Earth Day?

Summer Wish List

For all of the little jobs I do at night- blogging-political forecasting-even secret shopping- I am working toward purchasing the following “wish list”.  Thankful that the little side-jobs are able to afford us to get things we need and sometimes even things we want.

Summer Wish List

  • Soft, thin cotton robe- I currently I have plush fleece one that I sweat bullets in at night with- it is in the 80s/90s here with lows in the 60s at night- soon to be 110s/115s.
  • Double Stroller- we are looking at buying a 2011 (new) City Mini Double Stroller- we have the single version and it is a delight!  Plus the stroller fits in the back of the Prius and my Altima.  Getting the 2011 version saves us hundreds of dollars.
  • Plain White Crib- D is really not ready to switch to a big-boy bed yet.  At all. So we are working on finding an affordable crib that we can put our sweet baby girl in- we already got another mattress from a friend.
  • Aden-Anais four pack of blankets- we have four that have been worn to shreds-not kidding- there are major holes in them.
  • Bum Genius All-in-Ones Organic Elemental diapers- any addition to our 12 diaper stash will help with two kids in diapers… working on finding good deals online to supplement-as we are starting the Potty training process with D.
  • The Husband needs some new work shoes- like, yesterday.
  • D needs new shoes- again- ohmygosh are his feet growing fast- size 9 Toddler??? WHAT?
  • Compression tights- yep the swelling has begun-and I know how bad it is going to get.  I need some STAT.

Hopefully in the next month I will be on my way, slowly checking off the list above.  <3


Is there anything else I need for Baby #2 that I am blindly missing? HELP!  My mom brain is fried.  Need help stat!

Thank you!


– HM

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