Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dressing the post-pregnancy body

I'm back to work on Sunday and the thought of wearing my maternity clothes really makes me super sad. So, I've gone through my closet and shopped for clothes in order to put together a wardrobe that doesn't completely depress me. I've learned a few lessons over the last few weeks and I wanted to document them for future reference.
  1. Just because I can button a pair of my pre-pregnancy pants doesn't mean I should wear them at this time...not at home and definitely NOT in public.
  2. My shirt should never cover my entire butt. I'm just asking for someone to slap a "caution wide load" sticker on my back along with some flashing yellow lights. This look isn't and never will be a fashion statement.
  3. I need to dress the body I currently have and not the body I someday want. Clothes that actually fit you make you look better even if they are a "larger" size. Who knew?
  4. If all else fails, buy and wear sassy shoes. I'm currently not carrying the extra 10 pounds in my feet :)

So, when I'm wearing these new shoes...

I guarantee the following is playing in my head:

Man, that is a happy little tune. It never fails to make me smile :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Maddie's Lullaby

Oh, she smiled at me for the first time on Sunday. That smile paid for the last six weeks of none stop service :)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Mom Song

Okay, this video has been around awhile but I saw it for the first time this morning and loved it. The lyrics are below. Enjoy!!

Get up now
Get up now
Get up out of bed
Wash your face
Brush your teeth
Comb your sleepyhead
Here's your clothes and your shoes
Hear the words I said
Get up now! Get up and make your bed
Are you hot? Are you cold?
Are you wearing that?
Where's your books and your lunch and your homework at?
Grab your coat and gloves and your scarf and hat
Don't forget! You gotta feed the cat
Eat your breakfast, the experts tell us it's the most important meal of all
Take your vitamins so you will grow up one day to be big and tall
Please remember the orthodontist will be seeing you at 3 today
Don't forget your piano lesson is this afternoon so you must play
Don't shovel
Chew slowly
But hurry
The bus is here
Be careful
Come back here
Did you wash behind your ears?
Play outside, don't play rough, will you just play fair?
Be polite, make a friend, don't forget to share
Work it out, wait your turn, never take a dare
Get along! Don't make me come down there
Clean your room, fold your clothes, put your stuff away
Make your bed, do it now, do we have all day?
Were you born in a barn? Would you like some hay?
Can you even hear a word I say?
Answer the phone! Get off the phone!
Don't sit so close, turn it down, no texting at the table
No more computer time tonight!
Your iPod's my iPod if you don't listen up
Where are you going and with whom and what time do you think you're coming home?
Saying thank you, please, excuse me makes you welcome everywhere you roam
You'll appreciate my wisdom someday when you're older and you're grown
Can't wait till you have a couple little children of your own
You'll thank me for the counsel I gave you so willingly
But right now I thank you not to roll your eyes at me
Close your mouth when you chew, would appreciate
Take a bite maybe two of the stuff you hate
Use your fork, do not burp or I'll set you straight
Eat the food I put upon your plate
Get an A, get the door, don't get smart with me
Get a grip, get in here, I'll count to three
Get a job, get a life, get a PHD
Get a dose of,
"I don't care who started it!
You're grounded until you're 36"
Get your story straight and tell the truth for once, for heaven's sake
And if all your friends jumped off a cliff would you jump, too?
If I've said it once, I've said at least a thousand times before
That you're too old to act this way
It must be your father's DNA
Look at me when I am talking
Stand up straighter when you walk
A place for everything and everything must be in place
Stop crying or I'll give you something real to cry about
Brush your teeth, wash your face, put your PJs on
Get in bed, get a hug, say a prayer with mom
Don't forget, I love you
And tomorrow we will do this all again because a mom's work never ends
You don't need the reason why
Because, because, because, because
I said so, I said so, I said so, I said so
I'm the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom!!
Ta da!!!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July

It is true, I'm completely crazy. I've been very excited about today because the plan was to go to my in-laws to celebrate my birthday, my mother-in-law's birthday and America's. How fun!! In preparation for this occasion, I've purchased red, white and blue outfits for Luke and Maddie to wear. I've been envisioning the cute pictures we would be able to take with the two of them, together.

Of course, I'm not used to getting two children out of the house and I needed to be ready to go by 2:00 pm. So, I started early by packing bags and getting items ready to go. At 12:00 pm Maddie had her bottle and her bath. By 1:00 pm, she was in her cute 4th of July outfit and in the bouncy seat waiting for our departure. She looked SO cute I had to take the following picture and email it to my in-laws:

With an hour to spare (Luke would be up from his nap at 2:00), my plan was to get myself ready and eat a little lunch. Yeah!! Then...Maddie spit up what seemed like the whole contents of her 12:00 bottle. That is right folks, curdled formula all over her and her outfit. I was SO bummed. No more sweet smelling baby and no more cute outfit. Here is the crazy part. I couldn't let it go. I promptly stripped Maddie, washed the outfit by hand and put it in the dryer. I could've put her in another dress, but that won't do. This one says, "My first 4th" on it, people. I then proceeded to "spot" clean her...not as sweet smelling but close enough.

By 2:45, the outfit still hadn't dried and we had yet to leave the house. I put her in a onesie (she had been napping naked) and hung the outfit in the minivan to dry. Needless to say, I didn't get to eat lunch.

After all that work, I bet you're thinking I would be posting many a pics of Luke and Maddie together in their 4th of July duds. Nope, not one picture of them together. I got caught up in the visit with my in-laws and taking care of the kids. I completely forgot. That rocks! So much for organization and planning :)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

1 month!

Can you believe that Maddie has been on this earth for a whole month already? Where has the time gone? Maddie went to the doctor and here are her current stats:
  • 21 inches
  • 9 lbs and 1 oz
She has grown two inches and gained two pounds in a month. Yikes!! Girlfriend isn't in the habit of skipping any meals :) She is looking less like a newborn and more like a baby everyday.

Isn't she sweet! If she slept through the night she would be perfection in pampers ;)