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It’s 5 Question Friday over at Mama M’s!  Here are this weeks questions…feel free to join in the fun by going here

1. If you could, would you go back to high school?

Ugh…maybe certain parts but, overall no

2. If a genie appeared and granted you two wishes, what would they be? (And, no saying “more wishes”.)

Oh wow, that would be awesome!  First wish, all debts paid off.  Second wish, a job for my husband that he loves, loves, loves and allows me to continue staying home with my children and he also gets to come home before 8 pm

3. What kids show do you secretly like?

I love Blue’s Clues but, only old school Blue’s Clues.  I’m not a fan of the new guy and by new guy I mean the one that’s been on there for probably 5 years or so!

4. What is your beverage of choice?

Non-alcoholic, iced tea, alcoholic(which I miss so much right now!) margaritas yumm

5. What is something that you would change about yourself (or are working to change in yourself)?

Hmmm…I would think about things more before I open my mouth!

Have a good weekend everyone!!

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Recently hubby and I were talking with a friend of ours that we hadn’t seen in a while.  Hubby has been going through a tough time at work and it has been coming home with him, leading to a tough time at home.  After talking with our friend for about 10 minutes she stopped us saying, “the negative atmosphere in here is crazy!  What I see is that you are letting the negative feelings you are getting from work affect every other aspect of your life.”

What we needed to do was resolve every morning to have a good day, to go into the day with a positive attitude and not letting others’ negative attitudes drag us down.  When we resolved to have a positive attitude not only would it make us happier at home but, it would hopefully spread to others around us.  Have you ever tried smiling at a stranger?  More often than not they will smile back at you.

So, as I go into the end of my week I am doing it with a positive attitude.  It WILL be a good end of the week and I am not going to let others stand in the way of mine and my family’s happiness.

What things do you do to keep a positive attitude during your day?

On Tuesday I’ll be 25 weeks pregnant.  In a way time is flying by.  In another way, the every day gets more uncomfortable, my skin really isn’t made to stretch like this, what is constantly moving in my stomach??, time is slowly creeping by.

I know when I was pregnant with Christopher I noticed all of these things good and bad but, I think I was so wrapped up in work that I just pushed through them.  This time around I’m noticing more of the movements and more of the tiredness and just more.  It’s different.

We had a minor scare this past week.  I started experiencing cramping and we thought it might be pre term labor.  The doctor told me to rest and not to lift anything until he could see me the following morning.  After getting checked out and getting a few tests run every thing was normal.  He said it was probably ligament pain, which means muscles stretching and causing pain.  I knew my stomach wasn’t supposed to stretch like that!

Anyway, the whole experience freaked me out a little bit.  I’ve said from the beginning that this time when I reach 30 weeks I’m having a party because that means I made it past 29 weeks and 5 days that I was at when I had Christopher.  When there was a possibility that something could be going wrong again it was so frustrating, especially because I’m still 4.5 weeks away from where I was the first time.

The closer I get to 29 weeks, the more on edge I feel.  I’m hoping that I’ll hit 29 weeks and just keep going like any normal pregnant lady, only with a minor celebration when I hit 30 weeks!

So far, everything else has been great.  Weight gain is on track.  I never got really sick except for the flu incident.  Really, the only hard thing has been being really tired all the time and trying to keep up with Christopher.  I’d much rather have that over working through another pregnancy though.

I’m just going to keep taking it one day at a time and enjoy my last few months with Christopher all by himself 🙂

I stumbled across MamaM’s blog from Blogfrog today and loved her 5 question Friday.  So, I thought I’d jump in on the fun this week!  Here goes…

1.  What was the first car you owned?

Haha, a 1995 white Chevy Corsica.  That little car took me all over the place from Orlando to Lubbock.  It also hauled a lot of drunk college kids around 🙂  It actually ran for 10 years and then we sold it 😦  It was a great little car.

2.  What song are you embarrassed to know the lyrics too?

Gosh, a friend of mine and I memorized all the lyrics to all of the songs from Aladdin so, I’d have to say that’s pretty embarrassing.  Although, my hubby does know all the lyrics to Bust a Move which is way more embarrassing…hehe

3.  Have you ever had stitches?

Once from my c-section with Christopher

4.  What was your first job?

Only the worst job ever!  It was at Brooklyn Bagel Cafe.  The manager was really mean to me because I didn’t know how to make coffee or mop, I think I was 16.  Needless to say I only worked there a month and then got a job at Limited Too.  I do still stop and get bagels from there when I’m in town though!

5.  Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?

I’d have to say Big Bird.  I still remember the Sesame Street movie when I was little and Big Bird was so sad he turned blue.  I think I was about 5 and I cried!  Poor Big Bird.  I love him!

Want to jump in on the 5 questions fun?  Hop on over to MamaM’s blog

When someone first mentioned this to me I thought “that’s crazy!  what can work like store bought baby wipes??”  But, with going down to one income so that I can stay home with the best boy ever, we’ve had to really watch the money.  So, one day I was out of wipes and I thought, “okay I’ll give this a try and maybe I’ll save some money.  How hard could it be?”

Actually, not hard at all, and it does save you money.  I’ve been doing this for a few months now and I thought I would share it with you.

There are a ton of “recipes” for home made baby wipes around the internet but, this is the one I use that works for me.

1 roll Bounty paper towels (these are really thick and won’t disentegrate)

1 1/2 cups hot water

1 Tbs baby wash (I have used Johnson & Johnson and also generic Target brand baby sensitive)

1 Tbs baby oil (whichever you prefer)

You will also need a container to keep them in.  I use an old ice cream tub that has a handle on it.

Ingredients

1.  Cut your paper towel roll in half and remove cardboard cylinder.  You can save one half for your next batch.

2.  Heat your water in the microwave for 2  minutes.  Place your halved paper towels cut side down in your container.

3.  Add baby wash and baby oil to water and stir gently to not create bubbles.

4.  Pour mixture over paper towel roll.  Put lid on container and flip upside down for 5 minutes to let mixture get all the way through.

5.  Use wipes!

Easy!  This usually lasts me 2-3 weeks depending on how messy Christopher’s diapers are.  And you still have the other paper towel half for the next batch.  This is also a great idea for babies with skin allergies because you can use whichever baby wash and oils your baby is able to tolerate.  And if you’re really creative you can decorate the container and give these as a shower gift with the recipe attached.

This subject makes me want to pull my hair out, hide my face in my hands, admit my total failure as a mother scream!!!

I can NOT get my son to let me brush his teeth without a knock-down, drag-out, screaming fight.

We started out about 6 months ago right around his first birthday brushing his teeth while he was sitting in his booster seat at the table after he ate his meal.  From the very beginning it was not a good situation.  I would sit down and show him the toothbrush and he would hold it, then I would swoop in and try to brush his teeth.  He would not have it.  Then we started to try to give him things to occupy his hands…some crayons, a pin wheel, eventually the training toothpaste.  Nope, didn’t work either.  We’ve also tried brushing while he’s in the bath and on the changing table.  No luck there either.

So, two weeks ago my mom was in town visiting when we tried to swoop in and clean our monster’s little darling’s teeth and she witnessed the chaos that ensued.  She told us to try letting him brush our teeth in the bathroom while standing on a stool.  I had heard this from other moms but, Christopher is pretty quick and I didn’t think he would sit still for it which is why I liked the booster seat because he was strapped in.

So, Mark and I made an agreement that we would try my mom’s way for a few days.  Well, Christopher loves to brush our teeth but, will he let us brush his?  NOPE.  Ugh.  As soon as I get near him with his toothbrush his arms start flailing and the screaming begins.  I’ve never heard of any other kid doing this.  Eventually, I can get the toothbrush in for a second but, I’m really afraid he’s going to get cavities before he can even talk!

Any moms out there have any other ideas?  I would love to know how to get this to work!

Christopher's face at his first dentist visit

Since Christopher was born I have been a big advocate for the March of Dimes.  When I felt like I was all alone in the big NICU world I could look to their Share site and read stories of other families going through the same thing I was.  I could also read all of their great research and information about preemies and life in the NICU.  The March of Dimes website and Share families helped me through a tough 47 days and I still refer back to them either for myself or to help others going through similar situations.

I have talked about this before but, there are many, too many babies born too early every year which is why this is the second year I am participating in March for Babies.  Last year, my team Crazy for Christopher raised $190 and this year I am proud to announce that we tripled our fundraising to $610.  Woohoo.  I have a great idea up my sleeve for next year to raise even more!

Tomorrow morning hopefully we will not see any rain and team Crazy for Christopher will be out there walking for preemies, babies, and pregnant mommies.  I just want to say THANK YOU to those that donated to our team and if you are in the Dallas area tomorrow morning come out and join us for a 5 mile walk around White Rock Lake!

March for Babies 2009

Four years ago I participated in what was probably one of the most awe-inspiring, moving, and hardest events of my life.  The Breast Cancer 3Day. A three-day walk spanning 6o miles through Dallas-Fort Worth to raise money for breast cancer research.

We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer.  Fortunately, at the time I did the walk my closest tie to breast cancer was my walking partner’s grand mother.  But, doing this walk I met so many women and men that were celebrating their 1 year breast cancer birthdays, celebrating their survival, and kicking some cancer ass.  I also met friends and families walking in memory of someone they had lost.

In 2008, I signed up to do the walk again, this time in Chicago.  I managed to raise a quarter of the required $2200 and then found out I was pregnant and unable to participate.  This year I am unable to walk again but, I am asking for your support to help Jackie Reitz meet her fundraising goal.  Jackie participated in the 3Day last year and is just crazy enough to do it 2 years in a row!  This is what she had to say about last year’s 3Day

Participating in the 3day last year was a blessing. Not only was I able to be a part of something so much bigger than myself (the Dallas event raise $7.5million in 2009 alone), I was also able to meet so many incredible people. Hear their stories. Cry with them. Laugh with them. They are memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. I can’t wait to represent all of my donors again in 2010!

Today I am asking you to visit Jackie’s 3Day page and donate just $10 to her fundraising goal in honor of our sisters, mothers, daughters, and friends.  To do this visit www.the3day.org/goto/jackier

Donations are 100% tax-deductible.

To read more about Jackie’s incredible journey to the 3Day visit her blog http://www.bettiesforboobies.com/

October 2006 walking through Arlington

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

I’m a little late to the party but, I came across this on Friday and I thought it was a super cool way to connect with other mommy bloggers.  So, to join in the fun this is my “Party Post!”

2 by 2 is a fun blog started by myself(Christine) and Amanda while we were making homemade baby food.  We had a ton of friends ask us questions and we decided, “let’s start a blog and talk about this stuff!”  We talk about all kinds of mommy issues and general stuff as well.  Mainly I write most of the blog posts because I have no life Amanda is super busy with her rapidly expanding centerpiece business.  You can check out her work at High Fire Designs.  We’re still pretty new at blogging so bear with us as we over share our lives with you!

We are both SAHMs and our toddlers are exactly a week apart.  We are actually both pregnant right now and are about a week apart again!  And, no it wasn’t planned!  You can check out more about us in our about us section.  If you’re here from the party, leave us a comment and we’ll stop by and say hi!

Join in the party and of course there are prizes!  I would love…

of course the Grand Prize  Toshiba Satellite L505D-ES5025*- awesome!  US6 double stacked A Lot of Love, US7 Tupperware – MY FAVORITE!, US39 Be My Guest Certificate, USC 17 $200 Apple gift certificate, or anything baby girl or toddler boy related!

Recently I read a blog post a friend of mine posted on facebook.  You can read it here

Typically, I’m not one to get involved with controversial subjects just because I don’t like to stir up trouble.  But, this one I think is interesting.  Breastfeeding. Just saying the word creates either an instant bond between two mothers or an uncomfortable explanation of why one mother is and one mother isn’t breastfeeding.

It’s interesting to me the animosity created between women that all want the same thing…healthy children.  Mothers.  Mothers attacking other mothers for their choice to breastfeed or not.  Admittedly, I have had my own thoughts on women that don’t even try to breastfeed because of whatever reason they have.  But, I refuse to shut out these mothers because of their decisions.  Instead, I’m choosing to share my own breastfeeding story and hopefully, it will change some minds about breastfeeding or at least lead to some thinking.

As most readers of my blog know, my son Christopher was born at 29 weeks and 5 days.  I hadn’t had time to think about breastfeeding, let alone make a decision about whether or not I was going to do it.  I knew that my mother was unable to breastfeed me because the doctors told her I was jaundiced and needed to be supplemented.  I also knew that she did breastfeed my brother for about 6 months until her mother told her to stop.  Another thing I knew was that I was really uncomfortable with the idea of breastfeeding because of the whole baby latching on to your boob thing.

But, up to the point Christopher was born I hadn’t made any kind of decision about what I was going to do.  I was pretty sure I was going to at least give it a try mainly because of the cost of formula.

When Christopher was born so early, I felt like the decision was made for me.  I hadn’t read all of the “breast is best” propaganda or all of the message boards with women berating each other for their choices.  I knew that my son was born 2.5 months early, was struggling for his life, and my doctor told me that breastmilk would give him a better chance.

I was still groggy when the nurse came in with the hospital grade pump and the equipment that went with it.  She showed me how to use it and I managed to get about an ounce out.  Because babies don’t develop a suck and swallow reflex until 32 weeks, I couldn’t even try to breastfeed Christopher.  He had to be fed through a tube.  For the first 4 weeks of Christopher’s life, MY life revolved around an every 3 hour pumping schedule.  I would pump at the hospital and at home and bring it in for Christopher.  He was never once given formula.

After week 4 we started teaching him to take a bottle with breastmilk in it and then eventually I was allowed to breastfeed him.  He was a champ.  I told one of the nurses it was because he was a “boob man!”

I continued pumping even after Christopher was home so that I could feed him bottles when we were out in public.  Because even though I was totally committed to breastfeeding, I didn’t like the way people reacted to breastfeeding mothers in public.  I don’t like being judged as I know others don’t like being judged.

My goal was to breastfeed Christopher for one year, the recommended amount of time and I made it two weeks short of his first birthday when he lost all interest.  I would have kept going too if he hadn’t tried to crawl away every time we sat down for it!  I firmly believe that my pumping for Christopher helped him gain the weight he needed faster and grow healthier and to leave the NICU almost a month before his original due date.  Typically, preemies end up in the hospital at least once or twice in their first year of life after their original release because of health related issues.  Christopher had a few minor colds his first year and that was it.

My goal in this post is not to alienate anyone for their decisions.  I do, however, believe that we need more education and support in making these decisions.  In this country women are not getting the support from the medical community that they need to at least feel comfortable trying to breastfeed.  They are also being bombarded with adds and free samples of formula, even some of the baby websites are sponsored by formula companies.  These companies make it that much easier for women to pick formula because it’s easily accessible.

I also know that formula was made for a reason.  There really are women out there that are unable to breastfeed.  I don’t believe that these women should be made to feel guilty for their inadequacies either.  But, maybe instead of pumping so much money into formula companies we should be looking into milk banks or ways to share milk.  The nurses in the NICU actually told me I could donate my milk because I made so much.  But, there is a ton of red tape involved.

We need to as a society, support each other regardless of whether we are breastfeeding, supplementing, or formula feeding.  We need to band together for education for new mothers in all aspects of parenting, specifically breastfeeding.  We are all mothers striving for the same thing…healthy, happy children.