Sweet Sweet Nothings

I love my sweet Lexi, my family of 3, photography, zumba, coffee, cardigans, iphone apps, surprises, candy corn, fuzzy socks, and dates with my husband, and of course all the little things that make up life. Recently I am loving all things pregnancy and baby as we are expecting a little one in March 2012! Check out the pregnancy post link for all the deets!
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So this is me jumping ship of Tumblr as I have been having difficulties being able to post and other hiccups along the way.  I am not ready to stop blogging—but I need it to be a little easier since minutes are precious.  Even though I have moved back to my old stomping grounds I hope that you will still stop by and see us over there!

New Old Blog: www.rennsnest.wordpress.com

Thanks for all the love over the past few years! I have added you all to my google reader so I can still catch up with everyone’s lives!

xoxo

Cari

I type a great post and hit post and only half shows up adn so I delete and just don’t have the time/energy to fix.  Tumblr you have done this to me multiple times this year.  Get your act together!

Yea I totally just used the MCD’s slogan. Who doesn’t love their milkshakes?!

I digress. So this past month I have been loving a couple things and wanted to share!

#1: Beauty YouTube Videos.  Over the past few months I have been feeling kinda drab in the beauty department and one day a couple weeks ago I typed in beauty tutorials and OMG the floodgates opened!! I have learned so many things over the course of the month and what a difference it has made in my overall appearance (I think!) and confidence with makeup/beauty items.  I have a Sephora giftcard that I am dying to use, but I did some drug store shopping about 2 weeks ago and I am loving some new beauty products I have added! I think I am going to do a video of this to elaborate on the products and the youtube bloggers and post on my blog!

#2: My Ipad! My gift for our no spend month.  Steve’s gift is that he wanted a bike so we are waiting for spring/summer to get that gift.  Once I got over the cost and guilt of buying this product I have really loved it for so many reasons! I have watched shows on it, a movie in bed (no TV in bedroom), the youtube videos, my daughter’s interactive games, downloading magazines, and everything is just BIGGER AND BETTER than my Iphone (DUH!).  Seriously game changer for me this month. 

#3: Etsy & Pinterest! These two sites are truly going to save my life for this first birthday party I am planning for Lexi! They have been my one stop shopping/ideas place and really have helped formulate what we are going to do for her parties that is no lie in 6 weeks away. HOLY CRAP!

#4: Clementines: I also go through a fruit kick where I want to eat one fruit all the time.  Not a bad habit to have, but also so funny when it happens as our fridge is normally stocked with said fruit.  It is stocked with strawberries for my daughter who is obsessed with them and clementines because I am obsessed with them this month.  I eat about 4-8 each day. 

#5: Temple Run for Ipad! OMG I just love this game and I tried to get the hubs on board, but he made the statement that he doesn’t like games that are like Sonic the Hedgehog.  OMG YOU ARE TOTALLY RIGHT HUBS!!! It is like Sonic and if you loved Sonic on your Sega back in the day I think you would love this—-and its FREE.  BAM!

#6: Starbucks Skinny Carmel Latte.  I had a rough night with the little one last night and well one of these and I was ready for the day.  I try not to have them all the time, but they are my go to caffeine fix this month.  It is taking the place of Carmel Brulee Latte that I was having in December. 

Anything you are loving this month?

Our little girl is heading to infant-to-toddler classroom and although she isn’t one yet we do feel on the cusp of being a toddler. Totally unreal. I saw someone post this article and thought new moms may get some use out of it because I totally agree! http://www.scarymommy.com/10-things-you-really-dont-need-for-baby/

(There really are 9 things you don’t need as 1 is a joke).

I have to say we didn’t buy much that we never used, which was a little bit of luck and a little bit from research. I asked friends what they most used/didn’t use, friends in the Internet gave input, baby forums were pretty helpful for lists, and then articles like the ones above all helped me throughout the baby buying process. I was clueless with what to buy but thankfully many before me had babies and all the advice on what to buy was so helpful!!

Thought I would give my input on the list and add a couple at the end that we didn’t use.

#1: fancy bedding set- I agree! We didn’t buy and I didn’t miss it one bit! My mom made a quilt that has been draped on the rocking chair which gives a bedding feel. Even if we didn’t get this lovely quilt I wouldn’t miss fancy bedding.

#2: newborn clothes that go over head - kinda agree! I will admit zippers were much easier and quicker. As for onesies I felt the kimonos were hard to button and figure out so time consuming where the over the head were quick but still a pain to get over their heads. No great solution in my opinion.

#3: a wipes warmer - I agree! There are probably a hand full of times I wish we had the wipes warmed a bit because it was chilly, but not enough times to want to buy one.

#4: shoes for newborns-I agree! I got 2 pairs as gifts and they were on for 5 seconds. Really didn’t start using shoes until she was starting to walk and it was getting cold out. They are cute as all heck though!

#5: expensive baby clothes-I agree! I thought I would be the mom for special events I would shell out good money for Janie and Jack type outfits. I don’t at the moment because she wears fancy items once and then outgrows them like crazy! I will say some family bought Lexi some pretty special pieces of clothing—but nothing expensive.

#6: fancy stroller-I agree! We use a $50 dollar stroller every single day and we are a few days from having to retire it since it is the strap and go. Since we use strollers everyday we have to have them light weight and easy to manage. We probably will use an umbrella stroller for everyday use! We have a BOB, but not loving it for everyday use but great for weekends and longer walks.

#7: baby bathtub-don’t agree! Although at our place right now we don’t have a bathtub so maybe my views would be different. Seems like a lot of water to waste for a tiny baby, hard to bend over in big bathtub, and wouldn’t feel I would have control of the baby in such an open space. I think for 30 bucks a baby bathtub has been really helpful even if you only use it for 3 months ( that’s 10 bucks a month!).

#8: Baby carseat. Yea we use it and love it! This one was obviously the joke one. Use it everyday!

#9: Bumbo seat- I agree! I heard such back and forth messages about this that ultimately I didn’t think it would be worth the 40-50 bucks. So we decided not to and even returned two we got as gifts and a week later a big recall was made for the Bumbos and cemented our decision. Probably only a month we would have used it anyways.

#10. -pee pee teepees -I don’t know! I have a girl and never needed these. Any moms with boys out there can speak about this one? Yay? Nay?

My 5 small additions to the list:
1. Burp cloths: our baby girl didn’t spit up much and bibs helped with drool and so we just never used them with her. Plus she liked to be burped in the sitting up position and so a bib did the job. This probably is a baby to baby situation so maybe a pack on hand in case you have a baby that spits up a ton. As for me, we have 25+ burp cloths sitting in a drawer never used.

2. Brookstone temp egg: bought it in my crazy new mom state of needing to know the exact temp every second of the day. It never worked well and made me more anxious. I stopped using it 4 days after we purchased it.

3. Baby slippers. Yea they can be placed in the baby shoe department as they are never on her feet.

4. 1/2 of newborn toys: we could have rotated 5 newborn toys and Lexi would never be the wiser. We had two bins full! I have a feeling this will be the case her entire life! Haha!

5. Baby car mirror: this makes me sad but the ones that are safe need to attach to the headrest of our seats. Unfortunately we have two headrests that don’t move and so we can’t put a mirror up safely. We have two just sitting in a box. BOO HOO! So check your seats before putting this one on the registry.

Any others want to add any for new moms?!

To make an excellent contribution, you kind of have to be excellent at something … and that has far less to do with talent and much more to do with commitment. It requires that you make a choice to put your head down and work very hard to develop your unique set of superpowers.

Megan Dietz, “Shouldn’t I be saving the world, or something?”

This. This. I don’t even want to admit how much I’ve been struggling with these questions lately.

(Thanks, Brady!)

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I reached my pre-pregnancy weight. 
9 months on…10 months and 9 days to take off.

It was a hard battle and mini-wins and loses along the way. I didn’t do everything I could to get this weight off as I did put it on the back burner on multiple occasions, but it was always on the to-do list. This nagging sensation that it must come off was ALWAYS there.

See funny story—before I got pregnant I was trying to lose 10 pounds but I kept hitting this invisible wall. I would go down 2 pounds, up a pound, down two pounds, up three pounds. Never ending cycle for over a year and the scale just wouldn’t budge past a certain number. 

Post-baby about 4-5 months ago I hit the same wall except exactly 10 pounds heavier. I thought I was doomed. Psychologically it was doing a number on me and really bringing me down. 2 pounds up, 1 pound down, 1 pound up..well you get the drill. It was like déjà vu all over again except more of a nightmare because I was 10 pounds heavier. AHH. Please let me wake up. 

But I worked at it. Said no to some alcohol, counted some calories, walked a bit more, did some Internet workouts, drank some green tea, cut down on some snacking because I couldn’t let my weight win this time. I would be damned if those 10 pounds won again.

And I did it. I won. And I am proud.

The next goal? Those 10 pounds I was trying to lose prior to the baby.

I reached my pre-pregnancy weight.
9 months on…10 months and 9 days to take off.

It was a hard battle and mini-wins and loses along the way. I didn’t do everything I could to get this weight off as I did put it on the back burner on multiple occasions, but it was always on the to-do list. This nagging sensation that it must come off was ALWAYS there.

See funny story—before I got pregnant I was trying to lose 10 pounds but I kept hitting this invisible wall. I would go down 2 pounds, up a pound, down two pounds, up three pounds. Never ending cycle for over a year and the scale just wouldn’t budge past a certain number.

Post-baby about 4-5 months ago I hit the same wall except exactly 10 pounds heavier. I thought I was doomed. Psychologically it was doing a number on me and really bringing me down. 2 pounds up, 1 pound down, 1 pound up..well you get the drill. It was like déjà vu all over again except more of a nightmare because I was 10 pounds heavier. AHH. Please let me wake up.

But I worked at it. Said no to some alcohol, counted some calories, walked a bit more, did some Internet workouts, drank some green tea, cut down on some snacking because I couldn’t let my weight win this time. I would be damned if those 10 pounds won again.

And I did it. I won. And I am proud.

The next goal? Those 10 pounds I was trying to lose prior to the baby.

My good friend wanted to get Lexi something for her post-surgery get better mission (thank you! thank you! thank you!).  We bounced around a few ideas until she told me that her son really enjoyed this seahorse and might be great for after surgery. I saw on this blog that her girl really loved her seahorse and I saw it in the stores and almost picked it up a few times—but I kept saying she had enough stuffed animals.
OH EM GEE.  EVERYONE SHOULD GO OUT AND PURCHASE THIS SEAHORSE!
(if you have a small child that is and it comes in pink too!)

This gem of a gift helped her get to sleep for naps, calmed her at the ER, snuggled with her when she was feeling bad, distracted her a bit with its fun ruffle spine,.  Did I say it helped with naps? BECAUSE IT TOTALL DID! (even when feeling uber crappy).  I am not sure what it was about this seahorse, but the softness of the seahorse, combined with the spine to hold onto for comfort, combined with the songs/ocean noises that have magic powers that soothe and helped close my girl’s eyes when she was fighing sleep.  Plus the music plays for at least 3 minutes so you don’t have to keep pressing the button for the effect—but not too long that it gets annoying.  It is brillant and the perfect gift for someone who might be sick or just needs something to help calm them before naptime.  It really helped out during those hard days/nights and even though we are using it a little less as she is getting on the mend it is my go to stuffed animal to help comfort our baby girl. 
Fisher Price you really nailed it with this item especially with the low price of $14.99-$16.99.  Our shining star seahorse of the week! BRAVO!

My good friend wanted to get Lexi something for her post-surgery get better mission (thank you! thank you! thank you!).  We bounced around a few ideas until she told me that her son really enjoyed this seahorse and might be great for after surgery. I saw on this blog that her girl really loved her seahorse and I saw it in the stores and almost picked it up a few times—but I kept saying she had enough stuffed animals.

OH EM GEE.  EVERYONE SHOULD GO OUT AND PURCHASE THIS SEAHORSE!

(if you have a small child that is and it comes in pink too!)

This gem of a gift helped her get to sleep for naps, calmed her at the ER, snuggled with her when she was feeling bad, distracted her a bit with its fun ruffle spine,.  Did I say it helped with naps? BECAUSE IT TOTALL DID! (even when feeling uber crappy).  I am not sure what it was about this seahorse, but the softness of the seahorse, combined with the spine to hold onto for comfort, combined with the songs/ocean noises that have magic powers that soothe and helped close my girl’s eyes when she was fighing sleep.  Plus the music plays for at least 3 minutes so you don’t have to keep pressing the button for the effect—but not too long that it gets annoying.  It is brillant and the perfect gift for someone who might be sick or just needs something to help calm them before naptime.  It really helped out during those hard days/nights and even though we are using it a little less as she is getting on the mend it is my go to stuffed animal to help comfort our baby girl. 

Fisher Price you really nailed it with this item especially with the low price of $14.99-$16.99.  Our shining star seahorse of the week! BRAVO!

As we were going through a hard week an old friend was going through a hard year and even harder week. As my daughter was going in for a routine surgery her daughter was going for a CT scan to find out the fate of her life. An infection and they had a plan B for the cancer that has been poisoning her body since last February. Not an infection, but an increase in tumor size then no more plan A-Z’s as the doctors will run out of options.

After my prayers for my daughter were answered of handling the surgery well all my thoughts went to this sweet little 4 year old girl.

At the end of the day I wept for it was not an infection, but an increase in tumor size. We still believe in miracles, we still believe in their daughter seeing the magical land of Disney World, we still believe there is a fight to give her more days (even if it can’t bring more years), we still believe in Mac. #macattack

We are all rooting for you!!!

For more information on this sweet little girl and how you can help check here: https://www.facebook.com/prayersformackenzie


(I know I just vented on how hard my week was in the last post, but I wanted to say it wasn’t without thinking that others have it harder than us—by like a trillion times. We are lucky this is our hard because others have it a ton harder. All in our perspective—a gift Mac gave our family this week)

As a high schooler a hard week was trying to fit in homework, tests, maybe a project and field hockey practice/games

As a college student a hard week was going through a break up, having mid-terms to study for and take, being late on paying my credit card bill but wishing I could go shopping with friends

As a professional with a full time job a hard week was having a ton of deadlines, staying up way too late after happy hour turned into hours, hating my boss and wishing I could go shopping rather than tucking the money away for our wedding

As a wife in her mid twenties a hard week would be trying to decide if we would stick it out in Cali or put dreams on hold and move back “home” where we would dig out from our decisions months after the hard week is over.

As a first time mom the hardest week I have had to date would be this one we are in right now. It started off with a “routine” surgery for my baby girl, which went so well only to pick up viral pneumonia, mild croup, and an enflamed throat from croup (from the germs at the hospital we think-total bummer!!). We caught it late because we thought and so did doctors think it was a post op fever from this past Monday. We both needed to go into work, but there was no way daycare was going to happen. So we stressed and traded off and stressed more about letting down Lexi and home life and letting down work, deadlines, important meetings and other work related items. As I rocked my sick baby I was emailing to cancel appointment and answer emails. The mom guilt was in full force this week. We had a 6 hour trip to the ER, countless checks of the temp, worrying about how many liquids she was having, and night time shifts. Then on the way home from a work commitment and wanting to get home to give the hubs a break from a sick baby I got into a car accident. Hit from behind by a truck 4 cars behind me. After I realize I am safe and on the side of the road I just rest my head on the steering wheel. One out of sheer tiredness and one out of sheer confusion. How is this week any sort of possible? I hug my husband thankful we are all alive and hoping to make it through the week. I wake up the next day with a tickle in my throat and by evening a full blown cold. A sick mom taking care of a sick baby. Enters the hubs armed with vitamin c, disinfectant, and a whole lot of patience for two sad ladies in the house. We are rounding a week and we aren’t out of the woods yet with a baby still with a fever, not being regular with her eating, a mom in the thick of the cold not being able to sleep, and a husband starting to feel a tickle in his throat…

Life has changed so much over the past 15 years, but being responsible for the safety and health of a child is on a whole new level of change. Most days having our sweet baby girl it is almost all joy sprinkled with some work especially as she grows into this amazing person. This week it was almost all work, sprinkled in with some joyful moments. I laugh at the girl who had time to reflect on goals for the year! ha! We are taking the bad with the good and trying to turn the corner on this week and this week when life gave me lemons I made hot tea with lemons with them! BOO-YAH!!!