Thursday, January 31, 2013

It's Ok Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays
It's Okay:

  • To not give up on my Tuesday link up, even though it bombed the first week. This week I had people 2 link up, so I'm considering it a success as that's twice as many people as I had last week... maybe I should do a giveaway or something along with the link up to get more notice. Hmm... worth considering
  • To be excited that there are only 12 more days of school until our February vacation... YAYYYYYY!
  • to think my daughter is way cuter than other people's babies... sorry, but she is :) 
  • To feel like a zombie this week. Sick baby= tired Mama
  • To be really annoyed by families who choose to go on vacations and pull their kids out of school for a week (or two). I get it, it's cheaper to go at non-vacation times, but do you ever stop to think about how much extra work it creates for your kids teachers? No, didn't think so. Also it's (almost) always the kids who really can't afford to miss a whole week that go on these types of trips. 
  • To have 13 ear piercings, but just keep 3 earrings in and just keep switching which hole they go in throughout the week rather then looking for some more studs to put in. I change the ones in my first set of holes daily... but the rest get a day or two a week with an earring in.
  • To find my multiple uses of the word "hole" in the previous bullet a little dirty. Mind, gutter- clearly you two are already well acquainted. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

This week is making my brain function worse then usual... and that's saying a lot

This week has been crazy, and long. Yes, I realize it is only Tuesday, which just makes it that much worse. 

Fynn's sick. She's had a cold for about a week, but over the weekend it got worse and she had this nasty cough. Cue 3 am Monday morning as she's hacking up a lung and wheezing like crazy. We decided that I would stay home with her Monday and go to the doctors. I went into work at 6 am to frantically write (rather poor) sub plans and make sure everything was all set. Then I went home to be with my poor sick baby. 

I called the doctor's office about 30 seconds after they opened in the morning, got an appointment, and hauled my wheezy, snotty baby into their office. The doctor listened to her lungs and my account of what's been going on and decided we should try a nebulizer treatment to see how she responded to it. After wrestling with her for 10 minutes to try and keep the mask on enough to inhale the meds (seriously I think I got more of them then she did) he listened again and said that they didn't do anything. Awesome, so that battle was for nothing? The doctor said that it looks like a bronchialitis (sidenote: the symptoms/treatment for this sound exactly like those for bronchitis .. so what's the difference?) and that the only thing to do was wait it out... and that it could take THREE MORE WEEKS for her to be back to normal again. I'm sorry, what? ThReEEEEE more weeks? Great. This is going to be fun. 

The rest of the day was spent cuddling, napping, and playing. For the most part Fynn was her usual happy self. She was stuff and seemed annoyed by it while nursing, but that didn't stop her from playing. 

Yesterday we decided to send Fynn to daycare, because we're bad parents like that, and because she doesn't have a fever and the doctor claims she's not contagious. I get to school this morning only to discover a myriad of complaints about my kids' behavior lately. Awesome. Let's add more stress when I haven't slept in days.

I was a mess at work today. I wanted to cry or scream at my kids. I'm frustrated, tired, and don't know how to fix some of their problems*

Then I get an e-mail tonight about my Facebook page. It seems they couldn't get to it using the link I'd sent them or the widget on the blog. Weird. So I investigated... and discovered that Monday night when I was playing with all my settings I set it up so that viewers in the U.S. couldn't see my page. Brilliant. Seriously. 

I need to sleep. I shouldn't be blogging right now, I should go to sleep, but I really just had to vent about my day. Even my students could tell how tired I was today. This afternoon one of them told me that I should get extra coverage when I leave in the afternoon and go take a nap in my car. This is why I love them. They don't know that when a sub comes in every day it's because I go to pump (at least I hope they don't know... I prefer to think they don't, otherwise it's too awkward) they just know I leave for 20 minutes at a time, but they figured I could use the additional time to go take a nap. Love it. 



*fyi, my students are awesome, amazing, intelligent kids... they just don't know when to shut up and it gets them in a LOT of trouble.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Three Words Wednesday- Week 2

Princess Puppy's Pillow




Welcome to Three Word Tuesday. Here's how it works:


  1. You post a picture from your week with just three words describing it. It can be something funny, serious, memorable, or mundane... whatever works for you.
  2. Add my cute little button to your post:
 
 
3. Link up here. I'll have the link-up posted at midnight Tuesday morning.



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Monday, January 28, 2013

The Pinching

Fynn's at this lovely little stage where she likes to pinch. I get it, really I do. She's learning how to manipulate her hands and is seeing what things feel like when they're pinched between her little fingers. I'm all for her exploring and learning. But for the love of all that is holy, I'm tired of being pinched. 

She pinches when she's nursing, when she's playing, when she's falling asleep, when she's sitting with me. She gets my chest, my arms, my face, my neck. She pinches me, Drew, our families, and the poor dog. No one and nothing is safe from those little pincers. 

For such a tiny little being, she has some force behind those fingers.

I joked with Drew the other day about making her mittens out of duct tape just to keep her hands at bay... part of me wasn't joking. I end up holding her hands a lot just to keep them still. I wrap my shirt around them when we nurse to to keep from getting bruises. I talk to her about gentle hands and not hurting Mommy as if she even has a clue about what I'm trying to say. 

How long does this phase last? 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Social


What is your ideal way to relax

Curled up on the couch with the dog and a warm blanket reading a book. I don't do it as often as I should, but it really is the best way for me to relax.

Where is your favorite place to be

Home. I am such a homebody. I will take a night at home on the couch to going out any night of the week. And that's not a new thing since being married/having a baby. I've always been that way. Even in college, when I loved going out and partying... I still loved being at home (even in when home was the dorm) the best. 

Who do you consider your biggest roll model

I don't know if I really have one. Is that weird? I have plenty of people whom I admire and/or strive to be like, but I can't say I have one person whom I look up to and how affects my life significantly. 

What does your life look like in 3 years?

Hopefully we're contemplating baby #2 at that point... which means Fynn will actually be sleeping through the night (a girl can dream, right?) I plan for us to be in a different house (maybe in the same town, maybe not). I hope that I'm still teaching 5th grade in the same school (though in 3 years we will have a brand new building which I'm super excited for)... I don't know, I hope my life in 3 years is pretty much my life now, just continued. 

If you could go back and change one decision what would it be?

I quit the dance team my freshman year of college. I was overwhelmed and homesick and scared that all the performance on weekends would make it so I couldn't go home and see Drew (who was a senior in high school at the time). I ended up rejoining the team the next year, but I really wish I had done it that first year.


What is your biggest accomplishment in life thus far?

Um, hello? I created a human being here! A cute, sweet, smiley, non-sleeping baby girl. Not to sound all mom here, but since having her, all the other little things I've done in my life just pale in comparison. Yeah, there are other awesome things I've done in my life, but having her is really the only thing I've ever done that has a lasting affect even after I'm gone. 
 

Don't forget my link-up this Tuesday! One picture from your week, three words.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Beating Mesothelioma With My Courage Intact

Last week I got an e-mail from Heather telling me her story, and asking whether she could share her experience with my readers. I'm honored that she would even ask, and happy to share her brave story with all of you. 


I was only 36 when I had my first and only child, and I was only 36 when I realized that I had cancer. Both revelations changed my world, and they both continue to teach me things every day. When I had my daughter, I was thrown into a whirlwind of joy and good wishes. Everything was wonderful, and I had no idea what would happen next.

When Lily was less than four months old, I got the news. On November 21, 2005 I was told that I had malignant pleural mesothelioma, a type of cancer that was caused by asbestos exposure and which was attacking my lungs. I had been accidentally exposed as a child, and now, three decades later and only 3 ½ months into being a mom, it had decided to attack me.

All I could think about was my baby and my husband. As the doctor talked, I realized that if I did nothing, I would only have 15 months left to spend with the two most important people in my life. I couldn’t take the idea of leaving them alone, and both my husband and I decided to do whatever it took to help me live.

With such a dire prognosis, we decided to go after the most drastic treatment plan possible. We ended up flying out to Boston to speak with one of the best doctors in the world for this particular cancer, and on February 2, 2006, I underwent an extrapleural pneumonectomy, where my left lung was removed. After spending an impatient 18 days of rest in the hospital and another 2 full months of recovery, I was ready for chemotherapy and radiation.


This wasn’t easy on me at all. My parents stepped right up to take care of Lily, and they made the transition from being doting grandparents, to her fulltime caretakers. Fortunately, it seemed that everyone in their town helped them out at one point or another.

While I was not watching my baby girl learn to eat food and move around in person, that doesn’t mean I was entirely out of the loop. My mom took pictures and emailed them to us, and my husband printed them off for me. These pictures are truly what kept me fighting.

Whether you are healthy or coming to a show-stopping realization of your own, I suggest that you run towards life, not away. Even with the bad things that happened, I have been exposed to a great deal of good along the way.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Bummer

I'm bumming right now. 

I spent all kinds of time planning and prepping for my new link up the other day... and only one person linked up. One! (Though sidenote, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Katie who was my one linker.) I just don't understand. I had several people comment on how it sounded like a fun idea, so I thought I was good to go. I reminded people of it via twitter and got really excited to host my first link up.

And then it bombed


Failed

Boo

Thursday, January 24, 2013

It's Okay Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays
This week I'm saying it's ok

  • to hate 4 day weeks- they seem so much longer then regular weeks
  • to REALLY hate the recent cold weather here in Maine. Not because it's so cold your snot freezes the moment you walk outside (though that sucks too) but because it means my students have indoor recess. And I. Hate. Indoor Recess. 
  • to also greatly dislike all the people that use the word "kiddos". Ugh, it makes me cringe every time I hear it. And I teach. Which means I hear it multiple times a day. I don't know what it is about the word, but I just hate it. Call them students, kids, children, whatever... just stop with the word kiddos.
  • to be annoyed that the Bruins game last night was on some random NBC sports network channel. That we don't get. Not that I actually wanted to watch the game (I really only watch the fights) but because Drew was so looking forward to it, so I had to hear him whine about it. So not attractive
  • to throw myself a pity party because no one joined my link up this week. Seriously. Not a single person?
  • to be so negative in all my "it's ok"'s this week. Whatever, clearly it's the mood I'm in right now. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Let Them Eat Cake

This is Rebecca, she blogs over at Let Them Eat Cake. Cool fact that I learned from her blog; Marie Antoinette was actually never quoted as having said "Let them eat cake", it was another queen and somehow Marie got credit. 

I'm Rebecca & my blog is Let Them Eat Cake. But don't let the name fool you. I'm actually not a fan of cake at all. I blog just about life. Being a mom of two and a wife, working outside the home. I also love link ups and host one of my own.


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Three Word Tuesday- Week 1

Trying new foods!

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Welcome to Three Word Tuesday. Here's how it works:


  1. You post a picture from your week with just three words describing it. It can be something funny, serious, memorable, or mundane... whatever works for you.
  2. Add my cute little button to your post:
 
 
3. Link up here. I'll have the link-up posted at midnight Tuesday morning and close it at midnight that night.



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Monday, January 21, 2013

Three Word Tuesday

I'm starting a new link up on Tuesdays. It's easy and fun. I'm calling it Three Word Tuesdays. Here's how it works. 


  1. You post a picture from your week with just three words describing it. It can be something funny, serious, memorable, or mundane... whatever works for you.
  2. Add my cute little button to your post:
 
 

  1. Link up here. I'll have the link-up posted at midnight Tuesday morning and close it at midnight that night.


Interested in joining? It starts tonight at midnight.


Interested in co-hosting? Shoot me an e-mail at MyShowAmanda@gmail.com 

First Word?

She also drinks out of a straw.
Fynn's been babbling for awhile now. She's been chattering away and having a blast mimicing us and "talking" to us... but this weekend, I'm pretty sure she said her first, real, meaningful word. I think.

She said "Dada". I know I know, she's too young to know what it means. But I swear, it seems like she knows. She only says it when Drew's around. She looks right at him and says it. Or last night she said it after he left the room and she was looking around for him. I want to say that it was just a fluke, that she's just babbling and experimenting with sounds, but it just seems too coincidental the way she uses it. It just seems like she knows what it means and is using it to refer to her father.

Other moms, when did your baby say their first (meaningful) word? Am I crazy to think she's done it? 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Social

Top 3 Favorite Kinds of Food
Chinese food
Pizza
Chicken Alfredo

You know, all the stuff I shouldn't eat if I don't want to weigh 200 pounds

First 3 Things you do in the morning
Check on Fynn, go to the bathroom, put in my contacts

Last 3 Things you do at night
Plug in my phone, Check on Fynn, Kiss Drew goodnight


3 TV shows you NEVER miss

  1. Nashville- LOVE the music in this show, but I feel like even if you're not a country fan, you can still enjoy the show a lot. 
  2. Revolution- So addicting, I can't wait for it to start back up in a few weeks. It kind of creeps me out though because I feel like a lot of it could happen if our technology infrastructure failed. I was watching this when we had our earthquake a few months ago and honestly thought for a minute that it was all coming true
  3. Grimm- We found this show on Demand over the summer and both got addicted to it. It's based (loosely) on Grimm's fairy tales and it's fun to see the pieces from old fairy tales. 


3 Places you want to visit

Paris, Hawaii, and London

3 People you can always count on


  1. Drew- he's been my rock for 10 years now and is the one person who knows everything about me. He's absolutely my best friend and I'm so glad he hasn't gotten sick of me yet.
  2. Cara-we worked together when I taught middle school and have continued being besties after I left. She just gets me, in a way that a lot of people don't. I miss seeing her every day at work (but my prep periods are a LOT more productive without her), and I always look forward to our dates... with or without the hubbies/kids 
  3. Amy- we've known each other since I was 17 and we both worked at the same summer camp. We worked together for a long time. Over the years we've just gotten closer and closer. She was the one I called a month before my wedding when I was freaking out at the final fitting for my wedding dress because I hated the dress. She stopped what she was doing and ran over to help me find a new dress. 3 years later we ended up pregnant around the same time (I swear it was fate) and she had her little girl 4 months before Fynn was born.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday's Letters

Dear snow plows,

Yes, your big truck is bigger than my little car... but backing out in front of me during the middle of a snow storm just isn't smart. Unlike you, I can't stop quickly in ice.

Sincerely.
You're lucky there was no one coming in the other lane



Dear  cold,

Please go away, it's been two weeks now, I would like to be able to breathe.

Love,
Need a new immune system

Dear self,

How did you manage to get hot fudge in your hair last night... seriously

~Impressive 

Dear secretary at work,

Thanks so much for returning my form to me the other day. I guess I was unaware that filling it out in pencil was a no-no (on a side note, you might want to go back and see that every form I've turned into you for the last couple of years has been in pencil too, I guess this must be a new rule). I really enjoyed filling it out again, when I know no one is actually going to read it or do anything with it.

Really?
Waste. Of. Time.




Thursday, January 17, 2013

It's Ok Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays
This week I'm saying it's ok:



  • To count how many days of school there are until our next vacation (it's 21, including today, just in case you were wondering)
  • To be tired of snow already. Yeah, it's only January, and I live in Maine... but after yesterday mornings rough commute in the snow, I'm over it
  • To just now understand how tough parents have it when they're sick. It's the toughest thing ever to take care of a baby when all you want to do is crawl into bed until you feel better. Props to all the moms who do it with multiple kids.

Woodstove = 77 degrees!
  • That it was 77 degrees in our house Monday. Gotta love the woodstove in the middle of winter 

  • To be amazed that my little tiny baby can now sit up in a shopping cart on her own





  • To find this note, which was taped to the door at work, to be really funny

 








  • To be in love with this picture. The two people I love most in the world, the squishy baby face. Melts me
  • That around 8 last night I remember I was supposed to make something for a breakfast at work today
  • That at 9 last night Drew went to the grocery store for me because we didn't have what we needed to make muffins
  • That after going to the store for me... Drew also ended up making the muffins... he's too good to me :) 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Starting Solids- an update on Baby led weaning

I posted before about starting the Baby-Led Weaning method when it came to introducing solids with Fynn. While my research into it, and the theory are excellent, after a few weeks we discovered that it doesn't quite work the way I thought. While Fynn LOVES feeding herself some foods, others she just didn't enjoy. 

This baby can scarf down chunks of sweet potato like nobody's business.  She's great at getting it in her mouth, chewing it up and swallowing. But some foods didn't work. I thought she hated bananas because each time we gave them to her she played for a bit and then lost interest. Then we were at my in-laws and tried mashing it up and feeding it on a spoon. She devoured half a banana in no time! 

So we're playing it by ear. We give her food to self-feed, but we also do some foods mashed up. She'll eat what she wants and learn about food as we go, which is what's important here.


The major drawback to introducing solids? The diapers. OM-Gee the diapies! I didn't mind diaper changing when she was exclusively breastfed. They weren't that nasty and they didn't really smell bad... but now. Yuck. I literally gag through every poopy diaper change... is 6 months too early to potty train? Cause I don't know if I can do this the next couple of years until she's ready for it. So nasty. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

6 Months

This post is SOOOO late. Fynn was 6 months on Jan 3rd, but it took me forever to get her picture done. First she was sick, then we were busy... but I finally did it. These photo shoots are getting so hard now. She just moves so much and is really active. She just wanted to play with the monkey and dance around. It was adorable, but made a good comparison picture almost impossible. I had this idea when I started these pictures that I would have 12 pictures of her sitting up next to the monkey and looking at the camera... as with most things, I'm learning that my ideas of baby are very different then what actually happens with baby. Live and learn. 

I know I say this every single month, but every single month it amazes me how fast time flies and how big this baby is getting. It's actually hard for me to remember what she was like when she was itty bitty!




So here, goes. 

Little baby you are 6 months old now, 6 months. I remember when you were born thinking about how far away this was. 6 months is one of those big milestone months (okay... I guess they all are, but 6 just seems so much more significant for some reason). You are HALF a year old.

This month you:


  • are about 16 pounds... maybe more. I don't really know. We go to your 6 month check up on the 18th, so I'll come back and update with your weight and height then.
  • are wearing mostly 6 month clothes. Up until a week ago you still fit into 3-6 month stuff, but that's officially over. The past couple of days you've been wearing some 6-9 and 9 month stuff too. You're so tall that the larger size fits better, but is baggy.
  • are wearing size 3 diapers now
  • are getting more hair! All of a sudden in the last few weeks it's started coming in a lot more. It's very fine, and pretty light. We can't tell yet if it's going to be blonde or light brown. In some spots it looks really blonde, and in others it's darker.

  • figured out rolling from belly to back. You have been doing it for awhile, but this month you just got it and do it all the time now... we just have to work on the whole bonking your head when you go over piece, for some reason your just not a fan 


  • had your first solid foods! So far you've had avocado, banana, and sweet potato. You love being able to eat real food!

  • figured out how to scoot backwards when on your belly, it's so cute because you scoot around and then seem so surprised to find yourself someplace different. You're also good at turning around when you're on your belly
  • are trying SO HARD to crawl, but it's just not quite coming together yet. You scootch your little booty up in the air, wiggle around, move your arms and legs... but it's just not quite working yet, I have a feeling it will be really soon though
  • stand really well. With little support (more for balance then anything) you can stand up. You love playing while standing which is exhausting for whoever is holding you. 

  • sit all by yourself! You can balance and sit up straight for awhile. Once you get tired you start swaying side to side until you tip over.
  • talk a lot! You're learning a lot more sounds and putting them together more. You'll be silent for awhile and then all of a sudden you just bust out with a whole conversation of gibberish. You have the most adorable little voice and I love when we "talk" back and forth.
  • had your first Christmas and New Years. You saw Santa, opened tons of gifts, and didn't make it to midnight on NYE, which made me very happy.


  • got a new carseat. Your feet were sticking out of the infant seat for awhile now and you just weren't comfortable in it. Not to mention that it was getting way too heavy for me to carry you around in. You now how two brand new (pink!) convertible carseats that you love

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Social

1. What is the name of your blog? How long have you been blogging?
My blog is called My Show. I named it that because I wanted it to be my place to document and share my life... like my own personal reality show, I've been blogging now for about 2 years.


2. Why do you blog?
I have two main reasons for blogging. 1) to document my life in words and pictures. I love going back to old posts and especially now (with a baby) I love that I can post all these things that are happening in my life. 2) to connect with different people. I've met so many people through blogging that I would haven ever have met otherwise.


3. What is the first blog you ever followed?
 Pink Lou Lou,(back when it was still Confessions of a Twenty-Something

4. What is your favorite post you wrote in 2012?

Fynn's birth story. It is by far the most meaningful post I've ever written and I love that I was able to document that day. It absolutely changed my life. It's a post I will (and already have!) look back on a lot and remember the details and how it felt. 


5. What are your blogging goals for 2013?
To continue to grow my blog, 2012 was a great year for my blog and I want to keep doing that. However, my biggest blogging goal is to respond to all my comments. I got better at that last year, but I want to make an effort to respond to each and every comment, even if it's just to say "thank you". People are putting in the effort to comment on my posts, the least I can do is respond to it. 

6. Top 3 favorite blogs to follow



  1. Ramblings of a Suburban Mom- I love how funny and real Jennifer is... doesn't hurt that her two little boys are adorable. WB is only a little older than Fynn :) Between her random polls and 90% off Target finds, I always enjoy new posts from Jennifer. She posts almost every day too, which means there's always something new to read. 
  2. STFU Parents This is HILARIOUS. It's all the things parents post on Facebook that they really shouldn't, and then she makes fun of them. Warning, don't read if your squeamish or easily grossed out... parents post some nasty ish 
  3. Baby Bound- I've been following Eliza since she was pregnant, and I've loved reading about first her pregnancy and then Cruze after he came along. He's also only a few months older then Fynn :) 


Saturday, January 12, 2013

The 90's called...

... they want my scrunchies back



Not happening! I laughed when I got them from my mom in my stocking this Christmas. I even cracked a joke about not having seen one since middle school... but actually? They're fun, and I think their easier on my hair. Not to mention, it kinda makes me feel like a kid again. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

A lady doesn't poop after 9pm

Last night, after unsuccessfully trying to get Fynn to sleep in her own bed, I pulled her into bed with me. I laid her down in between me and Drew, and she grinned, because she won. I was too tired to fight with her about where she slept. And honestly? I like it when she sleeps curled up next to me. Yeah, it doesn't feel great on my back, but it's so sweet to have that soft, cuddly little baby right next to me all night long. Anyways, I digress,  I pulled her into bed and she was all happy because she got what she wanted. She "talked" for a few minutes. Looked back and forth between her father and me... and then let one rip.

My response:
"Fynn, a lady doesn't poop after 9 pm, mostly because her Mama doesn't want to change her" 

Drew:
"A lady doesn't poop at all"

The things we're teaching our daughter. 

* There was more to the conversation, and I remember saying that it would make a great blog post. However, I can't remember the rest of it and Drew's in a pissy mood (he seriously just bit my head off for asking about it), so I'll just post the little snippet I remember.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

It's Ok Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays

This week I'm saying it's okay:


  • That my students have been doing a lot of worksheets lately. I feel bad (a little) but I have to plan some of my lessons with independent work built in for when I go pump and it ends up being a lot of worksheets
  • to wear 90's-style scrunchies just because they're comfy 
  • That the dog has been wearing sweaters/jackets lately... she's cold because she got groomed the other day. I prefer a little chilled to matted like crazy. Besides, the clothing is just so cute
  • to second-guess every decision I make regarding baby and motherhood
  • to drink Dunkin Donuts iced tea when it's only 15 degrees out. Yeah, I'm cold... but it's so yummy
  • to be annoyed with the hubby for giving me his cold, now I'm sleep deprived AND feel like crap... awesome
  • so send a TON of pictures to my sister on SnapChat... pretty sure she's regretting introducing me to that app since I probably send 7 or 8 pix a day... yesterday I sent a picture of my mouth to show her my sore throat. 


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Last Friday NIght


Last Friday night

Yeah we danced on tabletops

And we took too many shots
Think we kissed but I forgot


Oh wait, that was Katy Perry. What did I really do last Friday night? 

Well, I bought a domain name. Yay me! I was so psyched that I had finally ponied up, dished out the cash and had my very own domain name. I read all the "how to"s and had e-mailed with Nathan who has some awesome advice on setting it up with my blogger account.

And then the...stuff... hit the fan. While I was (unsuccessfully) messing around with CNAME and redirects, Fynn decided she was sick and not going to sleep. She had had red cheeks earlier, but no fever, so I figured she was fine. Except not. She was all stuffed up and kept waking herself up every time she fell asleep. 

So I was frustrated about the blog not working, and Fynn kept waking up, and I was just plain annoyed. Drew went out and bought a vapor rub nightlight thingy that was supposed to help congestion and some saline.

As for the blog, well when I finally thought it was all figured out and ready to go, I went to the new site... and nothing. So I tried the old URL, and it was gone! I panicked thinking that I had deleted my whole blog or messed something up completely, but I was quickly able to revert it back to the old one so I could play with it some more. 

After about 2 more hours of playing (mixed in with Fynn getting up twice more) I finally figured out what I was doing wrong, fixed it, and voila! The blog now published to my new domain (did you notice it up there?) AND the old site redirects here.

Boom. 

While the old site, www.needmyownshow.blogspot.com will still work, it will redirect you to the new URL; www.myshowblog.com 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Meet New Bloggers Blog Hop!

I'm so excited to be co-hosting the Meet New Bloggers Blog Hop today! I have found so many new blogs and bloggy friends through this hop, and I am so happy that Nathan is letting me co-host today. As an added bonus, anyone who links up today qualifies for ten entries into Nathan's giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift card AND 6 months of ad space on his blog! Link up below to meet some new blogs and don't forget to enter the giveaway.


Welcome to the MNB Blog Hop! This is a great opportunity to meet some new bloggers in more than one way! You can like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, follow them via GFC, or by using the new Google+ widget which I encourage you to do! The blog hop will run on the first Monday of every month and each month I'll be hosting a giveaway for people that link-up! This month I'm giving away a $100 Amazon.com gift card and just by linking up you can receive ten free entries!
Be sure to get comfortable, follow the rules, and enter the giveaway!
Giveaway is part of promotion that ends February 1st!

Rules of the Hop
This Hop is easy weasy part cheezie!

1. Follow your host and the four co-hosts below via GFC widget, New Google+ widget (If they have the widget), Facebook, Twitter, or Linky Followers by clicking on the links below and going to their blog. Take a moment, look around, find their widgets, follow and leave a comment! The host and co-hosts are also the first six link-ups located at the bottom of this blog post!

(Host) Nathan @ Life & Everything Else In Between

(Co-Host) Noel @ High Heeled Mama

(Co-Host) Amanda @ My Show

(Co-Host) Laura @ Hooked Up On This

(Co-Host) Whitney @ Everything Happens For A Reason

(Co-Host) A Girl @ A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps

2.  Be sure to come back and follow at least two participants in the blog hop and leave a comment on their blog! Feel free to follow anybody you want, after all, the hop is for you to meet new bloggers!

3.
about the Blog Hop!

4. Most importantly:
Link-Up your blog (not a specific post) at the bottom of the page

5. Feel free to grab the button for your side bar!

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If you would like to co-host in the future send me an email

THIS MONTHS GIVEAWAY
$100 Amazon.com Giveaway!
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sunday Social

1. Do you plan to change any of your eating habits in the new year?
I need to! I still eat like I'm pregnant and I really need to get out of that habit. Thank goodness for all the calories nursing burns or I would be a blimp right about now.


2. Any workout tips to get us back in shape after the Holidays?
I am SO not the person to be giving advice on workouts these days... my only tip is that actually exercising might help.


3. Favorite thing you did over the Holidays?
All of Fynn's firsts. Opening gifts, playing in the snow, seeing Santa, it was all so much fun and helped me see the holidays in a whole new light. 

4. What is something you hope that you accomplish in 2013 that you did not in 2012?

Cleaning out the junk room in my house. That's right, we have a whole room where junk just gets put. I had high hopes to clean it out while on maternity leave, but I totally underestimated how much work a baby is... so it's still a mess. Hopefully this year I can get my act together and clean it out. 

5. Name 3 things happening this year you are excited about and why

  • Fynn will turn 1, which will bring a whole new set of adventures and firsts that I can't wait for
That's really all I've got. We have nothing big planned for this year... I'm just really excited for all of the "firsts" we're going to have with Fynn this year. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Worry

I worry. A lot.

About everything.

I've always been a very paranoid person... but since becoming a mommy, it's gotten a little out of hand. I worry about everything.  


  • Is she getting enough to eat?
  • Does she get enough sleep?
  • Why won't she nap? What am I doing wrong? 
  • Is she still breathing when I put her down at night?
  • Am I introducing solids in a healthy way, will she have allergies?
  • Why is she all of a sudden doing this weird head-tilt thing?
  • Am I reading to her enough?
  • Am I playing the right games with her to help her develop?

I can go on and on and on... and these are just the worries that I've had in the last 10 minutes or so.

I knew parenting wasn't easy, and that it involved a lot of decisions and judgement calls... but I never knew how much it would make me doubt myself, and second guess my own opinions. I spend way too much time every day trying to find the "right" way to do things. I know this comes from a place of love, I want what's best for her, but holy stress Batman, it's exhausting... and I can't seem to turn it off. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Discover.Create.Live

Meet Kate, she blogs over at Discover. Create. Live.




I blog about a variety of things from gluten free recipes, to different projects {and tutorials} that come along, to sharing way to many pictures of our adorable little girl Hayden. I also do free printables and "inspiration friday" where i round up all the things in a particular area that i think are awesome! Overall I'd like to think my blog reflects my family and my faith, and I truly love sharing our adventures :)

Kate has so sweetly offered up 2 months worth of ad space to one lucky reader. Enter below for your chance to win!


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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Christmas Vacation is over :(

We had a fantastic Christmas vacation, and I was sad to see it end. I loved all my extra time home with the baby girl, and I was soooo happy that Drew was able to get a week off too. Here's a picture recap of our awesome week:

We saw Santa
Then pretended to be Santa


We ate real food! 
Grammy got her a walker


We took some naps

We made the baby look silly

We opened A LOT of presents

We played in our L.L. Bean baby pack

We brought out the snowmobile

Mommy's Ski Doo MXZ 550

We made Daddy pull us in the sled,
and ate snow... cause that's yummy

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