Our New Baby Monitor

Our little monkey is all about climbing lately.  Now that he has a toddler bed, he likes to play with his toys before falling asleep for his nap.  Hubster and I decided that we needed to buck up and splurge on an expensive video baby monitor so that we can make sure he isn’t climbing all up on his furniture or something.

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Mamavation Monday: Pledging to the Sistahood!

I don’t exactly recall how I first heard about Mamavation, but I do remember being impressed by the compassion and kindness of its members.  Since last fall, I’ve completed several Mamavation Two Week Challenges (3? 4?  I can’t recall!).  The challenges really helped me on my road to fitness and staying accountable.  They also helped me to keep moving during a time in my life when I would’ve rather sat on the couch.  The Mamavation community encouraged me to complete Two Week Challenges while I was in the midst of postpartum depression.  Sometimes it was really difficult to get moving, but it was the accountability of the community that kept me going.

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Daddy’s Best Buddy

C loves his dada so much, and it makes my heart smile.  Every time he hears the door to our apartment hallway open/close during the day, he looks up at me, smiles big and says, “Dada?!”  It breaks my heart when I have to tell him that Dada won’t be home until dinner time.  (Please excuse the grainy iPhone pic. I thought it was too cute to delete!)

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C Tries a Popsicle for the First Time!

I Love Our CSA

We bought a half-share of a CSA (community-supported agriculture) from a local farm when we moved here in June.  Every week, we go pick up our box of produce from our farm’s tent at the local farmer’s market.  I absolutely love it!

That box is filled with so many awesome vegetables and fruits every week.  We’ve received a huge lot of blueberries (probably more than 2 pints each of the past two weeks), delicious raspberries, tomatoes, red potatoes, mixed greens, and more.  This week, we opened our box to find 12 ears of sweet corn, carrots, zucchini, kohlrabi, lettuce, green beans, blueberries, and jam.  So delicious!

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Checking In: A Meds Withdrawal Update

It’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve started withdrawing from Effexor.  The first phase of my withdrawal was to drop to 112.5 mg from 150 mg.  The first few days were the hardest.  I had dizziness, nausea, migraines, a sensation that my skin was crawling, and difficulty sleeping.  As the time of my next dose approached, I would get very sweaty and jittery.  I’ve been doing better now, but still occasionally get the skin crawling sensation.  Sometimes it keeps me from falling asleep at night.

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Visiting the Wildlife Sanctuary

One of my best friends from college, who actually was the maid of honor in my wedding, lives in our new city.  We decided to meet up yesterday at the local wildlife sanctuary so that C could enjoy the animals.  It was so awesome to see her again after two years, and C loved her!  He let L carry him around to check out all the animals. :)

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We Love Our Home State!

Hubster and I are absolutely loving being back in our home state.  We’ve been able to catch up with many family members and friends.  We joke that in one month of living here, we’ve had more visitors than in the two years that we lived in a neighboring state!

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C’s New Toddler Bed

A couple weeks ago, I put C down for a nap in his crib like usual.  About 20 minutes later, I was shocked when I heard one of his toys that was across the room.  I ran down the hallway to his room and, sure enough, he was out of his crib and playing with his toys.

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Things That Make Me Say, “Whaaaa?”

Saw this on the side of a truck. Really? Colostrum?! I’m a little disturbed by this.

I know this is on nearly every ATM, but it still cracks me up that it’s on a DRIVE-UP ATM. :)

Morning Walks With C

What I love most about our new campus home is that there is an abundance of greenspace.  It’s so wonderful to be surrounded by trees, grasses and prairie.  C and I enjoy going out for morning walks together.  He loves riding in his stroller!

C checking out his new BOB stroller a few months ago

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Create Fun Projects With AstroBrights Paper!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper. All opinions are 100% mine.

I've been stuck in a summer crafting rut.  Now that C has entered the toddler stage, I'd love to get him started with craft projects.  I haven't been sure how to introduce him to art, but I think he'd go crazy over AstroBrights Paper.

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Credit Card Fiasco

Ugh, I am so annoyed.  I never knew that moving would be such a hassle with our CREDIT CARD company.

When we first moved, I followed the standard protocol and changed our address online through my account.  After I clicked “update,” I noticed that it had reverted to our former city/state but kept our new street address.  So I changed it again.  Then it was correct.  No big deal, right?

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One of THOSE Days

So yesterday was one of THOSE days.  You know, the ones that make you want to run for the hills.

Or in this case, it made me want to run back to one of those cushy office jobs that I used to have.  Where I spoke with ADULTS all day and didn’t have to constantly pull a climbing toddler off of the furniture.

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Political Animals

Have you seen “Political Animals” on the USA network?  I watched the pilot episode on Hulu and am completely hooked.  It’s about a political family – think the Clintons, but with two sons.  It stars Sigourney Weaver.  It made me laugh and cry, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the series.  Woot!

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My Men

Dressed up for the wedding reception we went to this weekend!  Unfortunately, the iPhone pic turned out a little blurry; but I still think they’re cute. ;)

How Do I Get My Son to Stop Throwing Food?

C throws food on the floor.  All the time.  He’s done this for many, many months and I have yet to find an effective way to get him to stop.

Things that have been suggested to me?

Take his food away.  Tried it.  He could care less!

Scold him.  Tried it.  He cries for about 10 seconds, but then reverts back to throwing food.

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Reading to C

I admit that I don’t read to C as often as I would like to.  It’s difficult to find value in reading to a toddler who just wants to turn the pages or loses interest in sitting still after 30 seconds.

The other day I decided to just start reading to him as I was sitting on the floor with him.  I let him go off and play next to me, but I kept on reading.  I watched him and noticed that every 15-30 seconds, he’d look over at me and examine the page of the book.  That’s the sign I needed – now I know that he’s listening even if he’s not sitting in my lap fully engaged in the story.  I guess there is merit in reading to an adventurous toddler, even when you don’t think he’s paying attention. :)

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An Apology in Advance…

To my dear family and friends, and anyone else with whom I have contact during the next two months –

I feel the need to apologize in advance.  There is a good chance that I will be moody and suffer from a migraine during the majority of the next two months, while I withdraw from Effexor.  I will try my absolute best not to be a huge pain in the a$$; but if I am, know that I don’t mean it.

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Building My Team of Doctors

So, if you haven’t heard…Hubster and I are starting to think about trying for Baby Deuce.  Since I’ll be at high risk for experiencing another postpartum mood disorder, I want to be as prepared as possible before becoming pregnant.  I’ve been working on building my “team.”

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“Suits” is Back!

I’m pretty much in love with USA’s summer series, “Suits.”  It stars Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams, aka major man candy.

But other than the man candy, the storyline is intriguing and c’mon, it’s about lawyers.  Of course I’m hooked. :)

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Picture Perfect

I love those blue eyes.  I love how they dance right before he does something that he knows will make me laugh.  I love his sense of humor.  I love how his heart is bursting with love.  I love my boy.

My Lovebug

He makes me smile. :)



I usually take the path less traveled, and my journey to motherhood was no different.  If you’re not familiar with my story, I’ll give you the abridged version.  In July 2010, I was told I had PCOS (polycystic ovaries) and it would be difficult for me to conceive children.  In August, I started graduate school and a graduate assistantship only to find out a week later that – surprise! – I was pregnant.  I ended up with hyperemesis and was so ill that I could hardly leave our apartment.  In early October, I was forced to withdraw from graduate school, thereby losing my job as well.  I spent the majority of April 2011 experiencing false labor, and then after 2.5 hours of pushing I ended up with an emergency c-section on April 29.  A long, slow spiral into postpartum depression ensued, but wasn’t diagnosed until December 2011.

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C’s First Room: Lime, Aqua and Orange Nursery

I am *so* thrilled to finally be able to share these pictures with you.  Now that we’ve moved, C finally has his own bedroom!  I’ve waited so very long to decorate a room for my baby boy, and it was a great time putting it all together.

Here’s C’s lime, aqua and orange room with a splash of monkeys! 

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C and His Rocking Horse

Thanks for my rocking horse, Nana!

10,000 Steps

As part of the Mamavation 2 Week Challenge, the daily goal is to reach 10,000 steps. It’s really an awesome challenge and engages my competitive spirit.  How fast can I reach 10,000 steps?  How many steps will I take during this morning’s walk?  So fun!

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30 Before 30

Well, folks, last week I turned 25!  Happy Birthday to me!  There were several things on my 25 Before 25 list that I didn’t complete.  I’m determined to complete everything on this new 30 Before 30 list, especially since I have 5 years to finish this one instead of eight months like my previous list!

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On Medical Professionals, Antidepressants and Bad Advice

I’m on 150mg of Effexor.  That’s a little hard for me to say, because it seems like a lot.  On the other hand, research has shown me that Effexor has one of the least potent ingredients on the market.

When I called my OBGYN’s office in November complaining of symptoms of PPA and PPD, my doctor was booked for the week and couldn’t squeeze me in.  They had me see the APNP (advance practice nurse practitioner), who diagnosed my PPD and started me on Effexor immediately.  I didn’t think to question her judgement of drug choice at the time, because to be honest, I needed help to keep waking up every morning and I needed it fast.

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My Child Isn’t a Fan of the Outdoors

Exhibit A:

My Baby Gave Up His Bottle


C has given up his bottle.

We decided not to wean him off of his nighttime bottle at 12 months, because of all the transition we’ve had in the past two months.  That bottle always seemed to comfort him before bed and I didn’t want to take that comfort away.  He’s 14 months old now and I was planning on weaning him in the next couple weeks after he adjusted to our new home.  I know that it was time and am relieved not to go through a weaning process, but I still find myself grieving the fact that my son isn’t a little baby anymore.

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When Did I Become So Domestic?

Hubster gave me a Swiffer Wet Jet for my birthday.  Why, you ask?  I asked for it.

No, I literally asked for a Swiffer Wet Jet.  I like clean floors.

I also received a cute little stainless steel trash can, a fantastic OXO salad spinner and an Everlast tower punching bag.  Yeah, so that last one isn’t very domestic but I do love to box.

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Recipe: Stuffed Mushrooms

Hubster and I like to challenge ourselves by eating vegetarian meals.  Last year, he went a whole month without eating meat.  I was jealous at the time, because I was pregnant and thought it was best for my diet to continue eating meat.  Sometime I’d like to challenge myself to one month of vegetarianism as well!

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