Winter has finally left us and in its place things are blooming all over. The downside to that blooming? Allergies. Everything was fine until one day I woke up and felt like my head was stuffed airtight. Allergy season has begun and being pregnant adds an extra level to your discomfort. While taking certain over-the-counter medications is approved by doctors I wanted to try and find another solution that didn’t involve taking medication unless I had to. [Read more…]
Life with a two year old has its ups and downs. They become more independent, which is both a blessing and a curse depending on how you look at it. They are more verbal and can tell you what they want easier-again, blessing and a curse. But the appetite of a toddler is a fight you need a will of steel to win.
I am pregnant with my second child and I found out recently that we are expecting another boy! My husband, older son and myself are thrilled. The baby is healthy and has a name, we have all boy themed stuff already so the prep work is minimal and I just love the thought of having two boys close in age growing up together. My husband and I decided a long time ago that two children was going to be our magic number so we are happy to have our unit complete.
Then the commentary began. [Read more…]
Pregnancy is a wonderful time, you anxiously await your new little baby and read all the baby books. There are some things that those books don’t cover though, here’s a list of what you should be aware of. [Read more…]
Today the one month prison sentence for Stacey Rambold ended in Montana. For those who are unaware of who this man is, he is a predator (although many still refer to him as a teacher) who raped his student Cherice Moralez, who was fourteen years old. Rambold has admitted to his crime but when he faced sentencing, the judge gave him thirty-one days in jail. Thirty-one days. For raping a fourteen year old girl. The reason that was given for such a lenient sentence according to Judge G. Todd Baugh, she “seemed older than her chronological age” and she was “as much in control of the situation.” Suffice to say, his comments fueled a firestorm and many are calling for a harsher sentence and the resignation of the judge, which is much deserved. Cherice never saw any of this unfold because due to the constant harassment from schoolmates and the town for reporting her teacher, she committed suicide at seventeen years old before the trial started.
There are certain days where you pause and take stock of your life. You look back at the person you were then and the person you have become over time after various experiences and life changes. Yesterday was that day for me.
Ten years ago on September 9, 2003 I started dating the man who would eventually become my husband.
There is a time when you child is just learning how to talk when you are sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for that wonderful word to leave his lips….”Mama”. That day came about a year ago and I still love to hear the word but there are days that make me wish my son came with a mute button.
Here is a conversation that replayed itself about seven times this weekend;
I am an American woman living in a small town in the northeast of the United States. I want to tell you how sorry, sad, ashamed and angry I am at the death of one of your countrymen when he was doing something that should have been enjoyable: visiting our country to play baseball. Baseball is our national pastime. It is something that makes us think of summer and long nights and happy times.
But thanks to some “bored” teenagers in Oklahoma, the image of our country has become a symbol of warning and fear.
I want to tell you that this is NOT the United States that those of us that live here want to live in. We don’t want to be known for irresponsible gun laws or horrific school shootings. I’m embarrassed that the former Australian Prime Minister Tim Fischer is telling Australians to use caution when visiting our country. This used to be a country of reason and order and I want it back.
There has been controversy between both sides over the gun laws that we have. It is in our Constitution that we have the right to bear arms, unfortunately the NRA took that right and bribed their way through Washington so even the slightest change to a gun law became a fight to the death. I ask of Australia to please not associate the NRA and their public quotes with most gun owners in the United States. After the Sandy Hook, CT school shooting, the NRA made a statement that school teachers should be armed. I was not the only one to be absolutely offended by that statement.
I please ask of you to not judge our entire country based on the idiotic and callous actions of three young men. We are a country of people who work hard, who try to raise good-hearted children, who appreciate our roots and where we came from. We may be in turmoil, but for every bad seed there are 1000 more good flowers overtaking it.
We are mourning Christopher Lane and the lost of life, talent and grace with it.
There is a point that every parent reaches when your child finally sleeping pretty regularly, formula is a thing of the past and you can actually have a coherent conversation with your child because they are speaking real words. It’s the point where you start thinking about having another baby.
My son went on a sleepover last night at his grandmas. I was personally glad for the break and looked forward to having the night to myself since my husband works nights. I was going to catch up on TV and go to bed early (yes, I realize how lame that sounds but I have a kid that gets up before the sun and in the summertime that is just too damn early!)
I got home from work, ran some errands and around 8 pm I got on the computer to putz around for a bit and it was half way through watching a video on Hulu that I realized that I was barely able to hear the thing because the sound was on low.