Thursday, March 31, 2011

turning 1 (cute picture heavy!)

My littlest is one today. I am sad about her growing up but so happy that we reached another big milestone with her!

My labor with Lily was pretty easy. Life after labor was not so easy. Lily has lots of issues. It started with colic and combine that with reflux, she never slept. She screamed for 2-4 hours a night for 3 months. I was one frazzled momma. I was the only one who could calm her, I was also the one covered in baby spitup 24/7. I had a really hard time, I didn't want to be around her sometimes. She has been the most challenging thing I have ever dealt with. We are still dealing with reflux, finally a Dr is concerned since she is below the 5th percentile in weight and is sending us to occupational therapy and to a GI specialist. I have been trying to get this through the Drs heads for MONTHS but they said "she's gaining weight". "She's a happy spitter" Happy spitter?!?! Ugh, whatever.
Anyways, onto the cute stuff!

Says: Momma (YES! I was first, finally!!!!)
Loves: music, rolling on the ground with blankets, hanging with her brother, Gerber Wheels, throwing laundry around, throwing wipes around, crawling like a crazy women, cruising on furniture and laughing.
Hates: Hair clips and having things taken from her
Favorite food: Loves bananas, apples and chex mix (bold flavor)
Sleep: Doesn't like to do it for long periods of time, wakes about 3-4 times a night.
Weight and Height: 17.8 lbs and 28.5in long.

Now for some photos (ok lots of photos) from her first year:
In labor at Dewitt on Ft. Belvoir

So alert after birth

First time meeting her brother, Ethan.

First time doing tummy time
Bumbo time

Holding hands!
A little bit of her personality

Bonding time with Ethan
First Date with Sammy

First Halloween

Little Mozart
Merry Christmas
Getting into things already
Loves swinging
Ethan trying to help Lily pose
We have a stander!
Cool cat
Some sand time

Happy Birthday Lily, I love you and can't wait for many more birthday's and firsts.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

day 26: day 27: day 28: day 29: day 30

day 26 - my week

My week was fairly uneventful. We hang around most of the day during the week. We did story time on Thursday for the first time and it was fun. Ethan didn't yell and he read a few books and listened to Mr. Sean read books about Dinosaurs (one of his favorite topics these days). He also did a dino craft! On Friday we went to dinner at the PX and to the Commissary for groceries. Saturday we cleaned and organized our upstairs a little bit and went to lunch at Taco Bell. Sohel fixed the deck and killed some more red ants (we are being overrun!!!) Sunday we went to Kohl's and Old Navy and took advantage of their sales and bought myself and Sohel a few new clothes.

Overall a regular weekend with us :)

day 27 - my worst habit

Procrastination! I am HORRIBLE at this. As you can tell by a 30 day challenge taking me over a month!

day 28: what's in my diaper bag

I don't carry a purse so my diaper bag, aka backpack is my source for everything. I carry a Skip Hop backpack. I like it because it isn't a pain when carrying 2 kids or even one. It has clips that allow me to clip it to my strollers. It has a pocket that unzips and turns in to a changing pad. Plus lots of pockets to hold snacks, milk cups and everything else a baby has.

So whats in my bag:
changing pad
spoon and fork
baggie full of - neosporin, teething gel, bandaids, wet ones, cough drops, tissues and hairbrush
snacks, formula, and bottles
diaper rash cream
Scentsy catalog
lip balm

So there you have it - my mom bag.

day 29: my hopes/dreams for the next year

I want to get more settled in. Learn Jacksonville and meet people. I want to have a few girls nights :)
I want Lily to learn to put herself to sleep (wishful thinking)
I want Ethan to grow up and learn to talk in sentence so that we can communitcate better and maybe have less tantrums.
I want Sohel to finish his new Marine Corps school and head off to his deployment (not a hope or a dream but I hate the waiting game)
I want to help my new Etsy business grow (more about that later).

I really just want to enjoy my year with little stress and drama!

day 30: car I drive

I currently drive a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland in steel gray. I like it, we bought it in Kansas and it has heated seats which was needed out there! It has a sunroof, which Ethan likes. I also like the auto wipers, lights and seat memory positions. The backseat is really really narrow between the front and back row. We would like to get a Tahoe or even a mini van (eeek!)
My next car was something I got in college - 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Its a funky green and had what I think may have been one of the first ever "car phones". It was awesome, but Sohel removed it a few years ago. I got this car after my car floated away in a hurricane. I felt pretty fancy :)
The car that floated away in the hurricane was a Ford Contour, I can't remember the year since I only had it for a week or so. It was my moms and was passed down to me after my little Mazda (see below) got tired.

1993 Mazda Protege in gold. This was my first car, I got it when I was a senior in high school. It had automatic seat belts and had a tape deck :). I called it Fred. It wasn't the nicest of cars but my parents bought it from an old lady who took very good care of it so it was super clean. It got me around town and to and from college. Plus it zooomed!!

product review: eco store USA

disclaimer : this review is based on my opinions solely. I was not compensated at all for my opinions. I actually bought the products :)

eco store USA is a company who makes products "with no nasty chemicals". I found this company because I won a gift certificate to their store from a mom's group I was a member of. I bought 4 of their products; nappy balm, all-purpose cleaner, pure oxygen laundry whitener and Rose and Cardamon hand wash.

I bought the nappy balm because it's hard to find diaper cream that I can use with my cloth diapers. Both of my kids freak out when we use the California Baby diaper cream. Ethan says it hurts, so we usually have to switch back to disposables when we have a bad rash but this cream has seemed to work and I haven't had any issues with my cloth diapers and it not washing out.
The Pure Oxygen Whitener works but its kind a pain. But I think it was user error. You have to dissolve it in a cup of warm water, which is kind of a pain but I then didn't know where to put it in my washing machine. My machine has a drawer where you put the soap, bleach and fabric softener. I put it in the bleach area but I think I will try it again and just pour it in with my clothes. Any suggestions?

The hand wash is nice, it has a scent but it isn't overwhelming. It doesn't lather like other soaps but I felt like my hands were clean. I use a lot of soap everyday because of the millions of diapers I change and cooking I do and this soap hasn't dried my hands out which is awesome!

I LOVE this cleaner. I use it all over my house. It has a citrus smell but it doesn't make gag like some scented products. My only complaint is the spray bottle is more of a shot of spray versus a spray but I just move things I don't want to get spray on (sometimes I'm a lazy counter wiper, I don't always move my bananas and clean under them...oops). I have used it to clean my window sills, doors and dining room table. I feel like everything is very clean with out the use of heavy chemicals. I don't have to wait until the kids are asleep to clean because I don't want them to touch something I just cleaned.

They have good prices and fast shipping. I didn't use up all of my gift certificate and I can't wait to buy a few more products to try and of course get some more of the all purpose spray.

Thanks for reading :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

day 24: where I live or where I want to live

I am a military spouse so I have many cities and states that I have called home over the past 4 almost 5 years.
I have lived in
Richmond, VA
Overland Park, KS
Wilmington, NC
Alexandria, VA
Jacksonville, NC

I was born in Hamilton, Ohio. My family (mom, dad and me) moved to Burlington, NC when I was 15 years old. I consider Burlington my home. When I went to college I moved to Greenville, NC, where I met Sohel. After I graduated college, I moved to Richmond, VA. The military called and we went to Overland Park, KS. Then onto Wilmington, Alexandria and now Jacksonville.

My favorite place we lived is Overland Park, KS. We have talked about returning there when our 10 years is up with the USMC.

Reasons I liked Kansas:
1. So different than the East Coast, so clean and friendly.
2. Cost of living is low. Beautiful homes with lots of land
3. Lots to do. Kansas City is right there but so is rural Kansas. Drive a few hours and you can visit The Wizard of Oz museum
4. The weather has all 4 seasons. Longer winters but overall nice weather.
5. Major sports teams (not the best teams) all within an hour drive. We saw the Cheifs and Royals play a few times when we lived there.
6. Schools are great. When we lived there, a show started to air on We that followed girls from the local school for their full 4 years of high school. It was weird to see places just down the road from our apartment.
7. My bestie lives in St. Louis, so I can see her more often than I can now.
8. Thriving art community. Lots of opportunities for me to be all artsy.

Reasons I was glad to leave:
1. Its cold! The day we moved it was -25 degrees and blizzarding.
2. Tornados! Drove through one when we first moved to KS and didn't realize until later. Will be hailing one second and sunny the next second.
3. Its far away from our families. About 13 hours from Sohel's family and 20 from mine.
4. Weirdo grocery stores, silly I know but it took some getting used to. No Kroger, no Harris Tetter. Just Hen House and Price Chopper.

As you can see by the good out weighing the bad, we liked it there. Hope someday to return.

Home: Downtown Burlington, NC in 1913.

Current home: Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

day 21: a recipe

I have posted a few recipes on here before but mostly just main courses. So I think I'll post something for the summer and something I made the other day.

Strawberry Shortcake! (taken from All Recipes but altered a bit)


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and cream of tartar. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives. Stir in cream and egg. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 2 minutes. Press into a half-inch thick sheet. Cut into squares or shaped into balls. Place on baking sheets.
  3. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, or until golden. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons sugar over sliced berries.
  4. Let shortcakes cool before splitting and filling with sugared berries.

Sorry I couldn't wait to dive in and didn't take a picture. I think I will have some tonight after dinner. yum.