November Vibes

Where has the year gone? I feel like I say this every year around this time. E.K. and I just got home from the mall (our weekend routine) and he’s finally napping peacefully in his crib. I decided to use this time wisely and update my blog.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, the stores have already begun putting out all of their Christmas offerings. I felt a strong urge to spend spend spend…but the way my new budget is set up, that wasn’t a option for me today *insert very sad face here*. We are trying to be better with our finances overall and eliminate our debt. This year I will have to be okay with reusing my previous year’s Christmas decorations and not adding to them. Christmas is my absolute FAVORITE holiday and time of year. I always want to go over and beyond with the decorations and gifts. Le’ sigh.

This adulting mess is overrated.

On the way home from our ‘window shopping’, there was at least 5 fire trucks and multiple other emergency vehicles on the other side of the highway. Instantly my heart sank. I’m hoping whoever was involved in what appeared at a quick glance to be a horrible car accident is okay. Traffic is backed up for miles and miles….

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It was also at that moment I had a overwhelming feeling of gratitude. Not just gratitude about not being stuck in that awful traffic, but also being Blessed to not had been one of the people involved in that car crash. We get so caught up in being none content with how things aren’t going exactly the way that we want them too and forget just how Blessed we are to be where we are at in this moment. Embrace it.

It’s November… a month to be mindful of Thanksgiving and to give back as much as possible. Blessings are in the blessings we do for others.

Until next time…

Terrible 1’s?

I have heard the phrase “Terrible 2’s will have you going crazy”, but what about the terrible 1’s???? It’s almost as if my son has decided to challenge EVERYTHING we say, do, or have tried to teach him. He has recently began the tantrum thing…. smh… and when we are out in public and he decides to lose his baby brain, I try to ignore it to not bring any attention to his behavior. This is what his Pediatrician recommended since he’s testing us to see what he can get away with in general.

Clearly, the ignoring him when he’s screaming at the top of his lungs and arching his back doesn’t work. So now what? He’s still too young at 15 months old to understand what a light smack on the hand means and even though we sternly say “NO”, he laughs at us. This is pretty disrespectful at this point, lol. So forget what you heard about the terrible 2’s…. you newbies better prepare yourself for the terrible 1’s!

In other news…

We are still (yes STILL) trying to sleep train. It has been difficult because every time we get into the groove of it, E.K. gets sick and we do not sleep train when he’s under the weather. Now that he is healthy again, we are back in the routine of trying to sleep train again. It hasn’t been going well — to say the least. I HATE hearing my little guy scream for an extended period of time and part of the issue we are having is that we allowed E.K. to use milk as a soother. Therefore he wakes up 2-3 times throughout the night looking for milk and cuddles. Le’sigh. His pediatrician told us to eliminate giving him milk before bed and throughout the night. While that seems logical, our son turns into a gremlin when he’s pissed and wants what he wants. Needless to say, if the child wants milk at 2am, that’s what he’s getting from his half-sleep parents. I have however eliminated the bedtime milk sippy cup. So E.K. now goes to bed without drinking 8oz of whole milk (small successes will lead to larger ones I hope).

One day the husband and I will get to sleep for 7-8 straight hours again… it just won’t be right now.

Until next time…

 

 

Weekend Recap

I woke up Saturday morning to my smiling son at approx. 4:45AM. It was at that moment that I made a spontaneous decision to drive 3 hrs to my sister’s home in southern VA with E.K. to visit and spend time with my nieces.

E.K. and I left at approx. 7:30AM and traveled the country back roads to southern VA. E.K. doesn’t do very well in a car seat for extended periods of time, so I was truly taking a risk driving as it could have ended up a screaming session the entire way. However, the good Lord smiled on us and E.K. slept the majority of the road trip. There was no screaming on his part.

My sister and I decided to pack up the kids and head over to a children’s museum. It was my first time ever going to one. It was conveniently located at a outdoor shopping mall. The kids had a absolute blast! So much so that we had to try to keep them awake afterwards just so that we could get them to go to bed on time later in the evening (I was selfishly keeping E.K. up as long as possible so that he’d sleep on the drive home).

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After we left the museum, we took the kids for pizza while us tired mamas had champagne with our pizza. E.K. and I got on the road a little after 7:30PM to head back North. Our plan of wearing the children out worked out well because E.K. slept the entire way home.

Sunday

I opted to send E.K. to church with his father this morning while I slept in a bit. I know, I know, I’m a heathen at times. Eventually, I rolled out of bed to shower and make my way to a crowded WholeFoods to get some much needed items for the week.

Now here I sit, sipping on my mommy-happy-juice (as I call it) and typing out this blog entry. I plan to relax as much as possible today in preparation of what will be a quite hectic work week. The hubs is in his zone watching football while E.K. naps. I’d say this has turned into one AWESOME weekend.

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Until next Time!

 

 

 

Wine Down | Ramblings

The workday felt so long today. It seemed as though everyone needed something or wanted to complain about something. Most would think that the fact that I work from home full-time, I wouldn’t have to deal with some of the idiocies most people deal with in an office environment. That would be a false assumption. After professionally telling the VP where he could go and how to get there via email, I signed offline and headed to get E.K. from daycare.

I missed him. He’s growing so fast before my eyes and since I haven’t figured out a way to slow time down, I make every effort to enjoy every second of this little boy’s progress and development. E.K. is going through the terrible 1’s (if that’s even a thing). This kid goes from 1 to 1000 in seconds. I’m going to blame it on the fact that his molars are attempting to come in; but I’m convinced my child is borderline psychotic (in the cutest way possible).

E.K. is finally down to bed and I’m sipping on one of the best cabernet’s ever. I’m thinking E.K. and I will go visit family this weekend and just enjoy the weather that we are experiencing currently. With everything going on in the south with hurricane Irma, I’m extremely grateful for the nice weather we are having right now. I pray everyone in Irma’s path are safe.

Until next time…

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Is it Ever O.K. to Yell at a Stranger’s Child?

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It has been a interesting day. I sold a handbag of mine on Poshmark and went to the USPS to drop it off and get a receipt this morning. While in line, there was a young woman in front of me who was there with her two (2) sons. Her sons appeared to be approx. 4 years old and the other maybe 7 years old. As we patiently waited for our turn in line, her youngest son started playing with the velvet rope that helps people know where to line up to be called for their turn at the counter. Mind you, there were only about 5 of us in the post office. The young child wasn’t bothering anyone, but he was super fascinated with unhooking and hooking the rope back up. His mother asked him numerous times to stop, but as most young children… he kept going.

I guess the USPS clerk was bothered. The clerk raised her voice (read: Yelled) from the counter with another customer in front of her… “Hey, do NOT play with that!” It caught me off guard and I think the mom of these boys were taken back as well. I mean… how DARE YOU yell at someone else’s child and the parent is standing right there??? The mother instructed her boys to go wait for her in the ‘lobby’ where the PO boxes are located. I was too outdone and downright bothered.

The customer that was at the clerk’s counter left, so the young woman in front of me walked up to the counter as she was next in line. The rude, obnoxious, and clearly bothered clerk held her hand up and said sternly “I didn’t call you yet. I’m not ready for you so you can go stand back in line!” and proceeded to walk into the back. Again, I was too outdone with the behavior. I looked at the young woman as she walked back and I said “She’s phucking rude! If she hates her job that much, maybe she should find another”. The young woman shook her head in agreement with me and explained to me how she was just trying to hurry up and get out of there because she knew her boys were hungry and getting tired.

The clerk returns and tells the young woman “Ok, now you can come on”. At that moment I started snap chatting because this was absolutely crazy. When I was done with dropping off my package, I walked by the young woman and her boys and I told her that I was so sorry she had to experience that. I also made it a point to tell her that I didn’t think she should allow ANYONE to yell at her children in front of her like that especially since they weren’t harming anyone.

This entire situation bothered me. I’m a mom. Granted, the boys were not on their best behavior but that is the parent(s) responsibility to check it as she was standing right there next to her boys. All I could think about was if she had yelled at my child. It pissed me off thinking about it. Had I been that young woman, I would have requested the supervisor and filed a formal complaint on this clerk’s lack of professionalism in general.  In all honesty, I also would have likely cursed that clerk from here to hell about yelling at my child versus addressing me directly as his mother. I come from a long line of hot tempered and strong women…. try me not as it relates to my cub.

Is it ever okay for a stranger to yell at someone’s child? What are your thoughts?

Unless you are family or friend, you had better not EVER yell at my child (especially with me standing right there). Adults should address adults unless the child is in immanent danger and the parent cannot help.

Until next time…

 

What’s for Dinner tonight?

In an effort to be more budget focused, I’ve been trying my hand at meal planning. I found a recipe on Pinterest that looked easy, healthy, and yummy so I figured I’d give it a try…

The recipe called for italian sausage, bell peppers, onions, and a mix of vegetables. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give this a rating of 8. It’s a simple recipe and filling without being too heavy on the stomach or budget. I paired it with garlic & herb rice pilaf and I must say it was a winner with the husband.

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I purchased the Happy Planner home planner from Michael’s the other day. It has a meal planning section… I guess that’s my way of psyching myself into taking the time to meal plan each week. Tomorrow nights dinner will be citrus marinated chicken breast and fresh vegetables.

What are you having for dinner tonight?

Until next time…

 

 

WIMDB for Travel?

What’s in my diaper bag for travel via airplane?

The husband, E.K., and I took a trip to Chicago for a family function a week or so ago. It was the very first time we traveled with E.K. and his first time on a airplane. E.K. just turned 9 months old, so I was concerned how he’d behave on the 2 hour flight and if I’d have everything he may need during the flight. He did GREAT! I nursed during take off and tried to nurse during landing — he was too fascinated with everything going on around him. He didn’t seem to have any problems with the cabin pressure or his ears, thankfully.

So how did I pack the diaper bag in preparation of our travel?

I used my Jujube BRB backpack as my diaper bag of choice. It’s durable, lightweight and has numerous organizational pockets inside of it. I baby wore E.K. in my Tula and carried the Jujube BRB on my back to allow my hands to be free. Best decision ever!

A must have at all times for my diaper bags (not just for travel) is the Jujube Be Quick that I use as a diaper clutch… the contents that I add are:

  1. Four size 3 diapers
  2. Wipes
  3. Butt paste
  4. Lavender scented trash bags (for soiled diapers)
  5. and a couple of disposable change pads

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Another must have for me is the Travelon cubes. I have two sets (even though I only use one set for E.K.). You can find these at your local TJ Maxx for $9.99 or order them from Amazon for slightly more…

In the small cube, I have saline spray, tylenol w/ the dispenser, boogie wipes (travel size pack), and vaseline.

In the medium cube, I have 3 food pouches, a spoon, 2 disposable bibs, 1 large terry cloth bib (because it can double as a rag if needed, 4 disposable place mats, and a pack of mum-mums (not pictured).

I ended up not using the large cube, although I typically use the large one for spare clothing.

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It’s important to always have a change of clothes for E.K. in case he has a accident or gets too dirty while eating/snacking. I used a thin travel pouch I ordered from Amazon to keep a change of clothes in for him…

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Next up… the snacks… my baby is a snacker just like his mama. So I had to give him some options…

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The skip hop snack tower is a God send. It fits perfectly in most diaper bags while not consuming a lot of space.

And last but not least, the formula, bottle, sip cup, and toys…

I also packed a Aden & Anais blanket in case it got too cold on the plane and to cover us up while nursing. E.K. loves to snatch it off while he’s nursing, so I just gave up and let whoever wanted to stare at me nursing him to stare {insert shrug here}.

There was space left in the bag, so I also added additional diapers in the mesh portion of the bag. I also added hand and face wipes.

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Since our flight only lasted 2 hours, I only had to use the diaper clutch (jujube be quick),  the snacks and the blanket. I will definitely pack this way again for our next family trip.

How do you pack your diaper bag for travel? What items do you include?

…until next time.

Please Note: All of the products mentioned were purchased by me and this is NOT a sponsored post. I really love and use everything mentioned.