There’s a cool project on Kickstarter right now – an augmented iOS reality app for children that allows them to catch Christmas elves! The more elves they capture, the more points they accumulate to unlock more games and activities. Check out the video and head over to Kickstarter to find out more!
I wrote this post before we were surprised by Baby Jo’s early arrival. Thankfully, C absolutely adores his sister!
C’s reaction to meeting Baby Deuce is going to go one of two ways:
1. “Oooo, baby!” *cue soft petting of baby’s head and attempt to kiss her*
2. Zero interest in baby, but anger over the fact that Mama or Dada is holding baby instead of him.
Like every other parent in the history of the world, I’m afraid of reaction deux. I thought that perhaps if Baby Deuce presents C with gifts, he might be more receptive to her. Either that, or so excited about his gifts that he’s too distracted to have reaction deux. C absolutely loves cars, trucks, buses…anything with wheels. These are the two gifts that Baby Deuce will give him when they meet:
I know he’ll love them. I hope he’ll love his new baby sister, too!
Did you present your older child with a gift from the new baby?
This copycat Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi recipe was fantastic. So good, in fact, that C even had some. Not only did he have some of the noodles, but I also managed to get him to eat a few of the mushrooms. *gasp* Yeah, I know. So awesome! I’ll definitely be making this again.
These copycat Texas Roadhouse Ribs were delicious in the slow cooker. The meat was super tender and fell from the bone. My only complaint: not enough barbecue sauce. I’d up the anty on the BBQ.
I made these Gooey S’more Cookies a couple weeks ago and they were fantastic. C was nuts about them and cried when I wouldn’t give him more than one cookie.
Yes, this is my own pin. But we made these Chicken Tomato Basil Paninis again this week and they were so great. Yum.
A few weeks ago, I was elated to have won a prize pack from Talenti gelato during a Twitter giveaway. I’ve been trolling the freezer cases at all of our local grocery stores, looking for the flavor I want to buy with my free coupon. Last night I finally hit the jackpot! Tahitian Vanilla Bean. Sounds delicious, right? Well after we got into the car and Hubster mentioned my gelato score, I realized…
I FORGOT TO USE THE COUPON.
You all know how frugal I am, and this stuff is not cheap. It’s the real, indulgent, delicious stuff. Moment of genius, right there. *sigh*
I’m linking up today with Lydia of Cluttered Genius!
The lovely Lydia, of Cluttered Genius, has chosen me as one of her recipients of The Liebster Award! Thank you, Lydia!
Here are the rules:
Someone chooses you.
You tell 11 things about yourself.
You answer 11 questions.
You choose 11 bloggers and ask 11 questions that they’ll answer.
How fun! So, here goes:
11 Things About Me
- When I take a nap, I feel the need to sleep on top of the blankets and cover myself with a throw blanket. I think the sheets are reserved solely for nighttime. Weird, yes.
- I’m obsessed with post-it notes.
- I like to make lots of lists just so I can cross off things when I complete them. Sometimes I even put down something I already did just so I can cross it off.
- I read all of my email, but often mark it as unread and come back to it later. This habit has gotten worse since having C.
- My favorite food is salad, but I haven’t been able to eat one since becoming pregnant with Baby Deuce. She hates veggies, and I get sick every time I try to eat any.
- I never thought I’d have babies before my late-20′s. Now I’ll be done having babies before I turn 26.
- I have a 30 Before 30 list that I fully intend to finish.
- My favorite workout is P90X. Specifically, the cardio kickboxing workout. (Yes, I’m crazy.)
- If I ever complete a half marathon, I want it to be at Disney (world or land – I’m not picky!).
- It scares me a little how much my son’s personality reflects my own.
- I watch the Today show every morning, and I want to give Al Roker a hug. He’s my favorite.
My Answers to Lydia’s Questions
- Who do you look up to most? Why?
My grandparents have been married for more than 50 years, and it’s obvious how much they still love each other. I look up to them for their marriage as well as the way they’ve raised their children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren. All of us are close and I think that’s a testament to them. My grandma reads my blog every morning, so I wonder what she’ll think of this answer. I love you, Grandma and Grandpa!
- Do you watch reality shows? If you do, which is your favorite? If you don’t, why?
I always forget to tune in for new episodes, but I watch Keeping Up WIth The Kardashians/Kourtney and Kim Take Miami/all the Kardashian shows. I can’t help myself. Whenever there’s a marathon on E!, I just can’t turn away.
- What is your favorite book of all time?
This is a hard one. I absolutely love anything by John Grisham, and I love his books so much that I can’t pick a favorite among them.
- Favorite band of all time?
The Killers. All of their songs make me want to rock out.
- If you had to pick a song that best described you, what would it be?
“Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson. Not the entire song, really just the chorus, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller…” Because I’m a fighter, yo.
- What is your biggest fear?
I. Hate. Spiders. And heights.
- Night owl or early bird?
I am not fully functional until after 10am. I’m definitely a night owl!
- If you’re willing to share, what’s your most embarrassing moment?
I farted in the middle of class in 4th grade. It was mortifying, but thank God it didn’t stink. It smelled like roses, since you’re asking.
- Cats or dogs?
Honestly? Neither. *ducks from flying objects* I’m just not an animal person, probably because I have allergies to them. Don’t hate me?
- When you have nothing else to do, what do you find yourself doing?
Social media-ing. I do social media as a job as well as a hobby. I’m an addict.
- What’s a talent you wish you had?
I wish I could sing and play guitar. Simultaneously. Or either, separately.
My Questions for Fellow Bloggers
- When a movie based on a book comes out, would you rather see the movie or read the book?
- When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- If you had $1 million to give to any charitable organization, which one would you choose?
- What superpower do you wish you had?
- If you wrote a NY Times Bestseller, what would it be about?
- What is your biggest pet peeve?
- Do you have a weird habit?
- Would you rather dance the Macarena, Gangnam Style or The Harlem Shake?
- What’s your favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
- Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks?
- Of all the blog posts that you’ve written, do you have a favorite? Why?
My Recipients of The Liebster Award
Jenny of Tranquila Mama
Andrea of Postpartum and Pigtails
Rachel of To Hab & To Hold
Lindsay of With A Little Love & Luck
Yuz of Not Just About Wee
Scotty of Dads Who Change Diapers
Mirjam of Apples and Roses
Amy of This Mom Runs It
Rachel of Supermom in the Making
Melissa of Growing Up Geeky
Mandi of Girl In Beta
Go visit my recipients, show them some love and have a wonderful Thursday!
The internet has been buzzing today with the news of Prince William and Catherine’s news that they’re expecting a baby. It’s also been reported that Catherine was admitted to the hospital for treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).
While I’m so happy for Will and Kate, I’m also so saddened to hear that Kate is suffering from HG. It is a debilitating disease to experience, and I can’t imagine the social pressures she must be facing due to all of their engagements. Many women with HG suffer in silence in their bathrooms and on their couches, unable to go out because they are so ill.
It has been misreported by at least one news outlet (New York Daily News) that HG is commonly known as morning sickness. HG is not common, and it is certainly not just morning sickness. HG is a very severe form of morning sickness that requires treatment, and can threaten the life of both mother and child.
The HG community that I’ve been plugged into during this pregnancy (my second HG pregnancy) is so saddened to learn of Kate’s illness. We welcome her into our community with open arms, sending strength and love her way.
My hope is for Kate’s health, as well as for further research to discover the cause of this horrible disease.
Please visit the Ayden Rae Foundation for more information about hyperemesis gravidarum and the search for a cause and cure.
We’ve been having difficulty getting C to eat for a VERY long time. In fact, he has never had much interest in eating/taking a bottle, even as an infant. There were always more important things to do and look at!
The eating challenges seemed to heighten last month. I was ready to pull my hair out. The child refused everything, I was chasing him around all day with food, and the doctor started to think his weight was a problem (even though he’s been in the 5th percentile for weight for over a year).
I did a little research and made a few changes over the past week and a half. Perhaps it’s too early to tell if these strategies are really going to help in the long-term, but we’ve seen significant improvement in C’s eating habits thus far. Here are some things that I’ve been trying.
- Give him control. He feeds himself completely now. He’s always in charge of his own spoon and bowl. It results in a huge mess, but he actually eats.
- He sits in his booster seat at the table for every meal. Meals are on an approximate schedule.
- I always provide at least one thing I know that he won’t turn away. Perhaps I’ll put one new thing in front of him, but then there is also one familiar thing that he loves.
- He has an approximate snack schedule (10:30am and whenever he wakes up from his afternoon nap). I put his snack in a cup that he can run around with. He thrives off of being able to eat just as much as he wants, and continuing to be very active during snack time.
- I keep a food log. I write down everything he eats, quantity, and everything he refuses. This helps me to recognize progress if we have a bad meal experience, and also to notice how things are improving over a longer span of time.
I’ve noticed changes in his behavior. He’s excited to be in control of his eating, and he is enjoying his food that he chooses to eat. He has actually tried a few new foods, and even liked one of them (Thanksgiving potato casserole, for the win!). We don’t fight all day long over food and I’m not freaking out about getting enough calories into his body. It’s been a wonderful change for us and I hope it continues!
Do you have great eating strategies for your picky eater?
How far along? 16 weeks, 4 days
Cravings: Vlasic Zesty Dill Spear Pickles
Aversions: Most vegetables and protein
Feeling? Tired! I think Baby Deuce went through a big growth spurt this week, because I’ve been totally zapped of my energy.
What I’m looking forward to: Hubster was able to get Friday off since he worked on Thanksgiving, so he has a three-day weekend! We’re planning on some family fun, like going to a holiday lights display and maybe even the zoo.
What I miss: Being able to zip/button non-maternity coats.
What was the BEST part of last week? Even though Hubster was on duty over Thanksgiving and the weekend, he was home a lot. We had a lot of quality family time! I had an OB appointment on Monday and scheduled my ultrasound for mid-December. I cannot WAIT to find out Baby Deuce’s gender!
What was the WORST part of last week? I discovered that I’ve been having low blood sugar. I’ve experienced a couple of blood sugar crashes that were really tough. Now I’m learning what to eat/when to eat in order to keep things level. It’s a learning process!
Milestones: Scheduling the ultrasound was super exciting!
When C was about 6 months old, I bought an umbrella stroller at a secondhand baby store for only $10. It was an awesome deal, but…you get what you pay for. One year later, that thing is almost impossible to navigate because the wheels want to pull in different directions. It’s so annoying.
We’re headed to Disney World in January and I’m in the market for a new umbrella stroller that will withstand the airport and Disney (and hopefully still be intact after!). I put out the call on Facebook and got some suggestions. I’ve narrowed things down to two strollers.
If you’ve used either of these, I’d love to hear from you! I’m trying to figure out what will be best for our purposes. Thank you!
C really wanted the TV on a lot today. No matter where I hid the remote, he would find it and turn the TV on. By this evening, I was done fighting it. I just had to find something that was family-friendly. I discovered Little House on the Prairie on the Hallmark Channel and we had that on as background noise until bedtime.
I haven’t watched Little House on the Prairie in y.e.a.r.s. It’s cute. Corny, but cute.
But again I was reminded of how fortunate I am that I was born in modern times. I think God knew I wouldn’t have lasted a day back then.
Can you imagine having to ride a bumpy, rickety stagecoach when you had your period?
Getting your tooth pulled without pain killers? As a child?!
Baking bread from scratch every day?
Bathing once a week?!
Nope, I would never make it.