Thursday, February 28, 2013

It's Ok Thursday

I'm linking up this week to say it's ok:


  • That we had February vacation last week, and I'm already counting down to April vacation (it's 31 days by the way)
  • That I don't follow certain blogs that I find interesting because they have too many grammatical mistakes. A few I can handle, but the English teacher and me 
  • To be tired of snow. Yes, it's Maine. But I saw on the news the other day that we've gotten 88+ inches of snow in my area this year... and that's not including the storm we're currently having that started yesterday and is continuing through Friday... enough already!
  • To eat my daughter's puffs. Yes, they're technically baby food... but they're so tasty (especially the sweet potato ones!)
  • To get really excited when I beat my students at Bananagrams during indoor recess on Wednesday. 
  • To be overly competitive at all board games in general
  • To be a little ocd when screwing on outlet plates last weekend:

  • That I stole Drew's pillow in my sleep the other night. I was having a dream about needing to pick up the living room. I was then REALLY confused when he started yelling at me for waking him up. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Adventures With Captain Destructo

Meet Melissa, she blogs over at Adventures with Captain Destructo. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


I met Melissa soon after Fynn was born when she commented on one of my (many) posts on the difficulties of breastfeeding. She is a fun and interesting blogger. She describes Adventures with Captain Destructo as the "Adventures of a cloth diapering, baby lead weaning, wood toy loving, breastfeeding, slightly crunchy mom and the boy who drives her crazy" I love reading her posts about the embarrassing things her son does or what breastfeeding was like in the early days (oh, how I can relate).

Make sure you check her out!




Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Three Word Tuesdays- Week 5

In Baby Jail

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 our cute little button to your post:
  3.  
     
  4. Link up with Katie and Me to share

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Randoms


  • It makes me sad to think about how many bloggy friends I have who I will probably never meet in real life. Katie and I were talking about it on Twitter the other night... After that conversation I tried to convince Drew that we need to go on vacation in Minnesota... Pretty sure he wasn't feeling it
  • I get crazy excited when I get new books. Friday I went to Books A Million (is this a chain or just a random store we have around here?) and I used gift cards from my students (love them!) to get $90 worth of books for free... Made a my day
  • I also get crazy excited when I order clothes online. Just ordered 2 pairs of jeans (since I can FINALLY fit back into my pre-preg size 6's, go ahead, cheer for me) and two new shirts and I'm watching the tracking info daily in the hopes that they will come sooner then I expect. Fat chance...still going to hope
  • I'm currently wearing my sister's VS yoga pants. I'm in love with them. I really want to keep them. (Don't worry Scabs, you're getting them back) However, I can't see spending almost $40 on yoga pants. I'm too cheap for that. If anyone is looking for a gift to send me, these would be great!
  • Or would-be gift-givers could get me a gift certificate for another massage. The one I had Thursday was heavenly. Seriously, I wouldn't mind... you don't even need an occasion for sending me a gift. I'm not picky.
  • I'm so hosting my Three Word Tuesday link up starting at midnight tonight. You should probably join. All you have to do is post a picture with 3 words describing it. Easy-peasy. It's a small link up right now, but I'm hoping as more people discover it, it will grow. So far all the people who have linked up have been amazing and I love seeing what pictures people will post and how they will describe them. So you should probably join me tomorrow.
  • I'm also still selling several handbags and scarves. Most of them have never been used. All of them are between $3-$10. You should probably check it out. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The longest 28 minutes of my life

7 minutes. That's how long I've been listening to my daughter cry. 7 agonizing minutes.

I feel like the worst mother in the world.

We've tried everything, and she just won't sleep. She hates sleep. She refuses to nap until she's so tired she just can't keep her little eyes open. At daycare they push her around in a stroller until she passes out, and even then she still only takes one or two naps that are always less than an hour. At night it takes an hour to get her to sleep and she still gets up 3-4 times. She's exhausted. We're exhausted.

I feel like I've been a zombie for months. Getting just enough sleep to physically function, but not feeling human at all. I'm exhausted all the time. The exhaustion makes my anxiety a million times worse. It makes me stressed. It makes me hate my life. It makes me be a not-so-nice person. It's pushed Drew and I to extremes.

We've tried every variation of "sleep training" techniques. Read multiple books, visited countless website and chat rooms. We've tried everything we could think of, everything recommended by the experts, everything other moms have sworn by.

Nothing has worked.

So here I am. Going on 11 minutes of hearing her scream. I want nothing more then to go scoop her up. Cradle her in my arms. Make it all better.

I hate myself right now. I can't believe we've been reduced to this, but I don't know what else to try, how to help her sleep, how to help all of us sleep. It's the worst feeling in the world to hear your baby cry, and know it's all your fault. I'm sitting here crying myself... 

14 minutes now... how much longer will she cry? It's taking every ounce of strength I have not to run up those stairs. Why does this have to be so hard? Why couldn't she be one of those babies that just liked to go to sleep? One of those kids that started sleeping through the night on their own? Why does this have to be our last resort? It's killing me. 

20 minutes. I thought she was going to stop... and then she started all over again. Hysterically sobbing. I snuck up to check on her. Just to make sure she hadn't gotten caught in between the rails of her crib or something.


28 minutes... I think she's asleep. I'm praying that she's asleep. I'm going to wait another minute and go up and check on her. Make sure she's still breathing. 

30 minutes: She's fine. Passed out in her crib. She's so beautiful, so sweet. I hope she doesn't hate me too much. If after all this it doesn't help her sleep better I'm really going to lose it.

Sunday Social

Pretty sure I had these EXACT shoes {Source}

1. Biggest Middle school fashion mistake
It was the late 90's. Need I say more? A lot of unflattering jeans, overalls, and platform sneakers. Classy stuff right? 







2. Who were your best friends in hs? Pics?
I'm not going to name names. I had 3 best friends in high school. We did EVERYTHING together. I thought we were those friends that would still be hanging out 20 years after high school ended. Oh how wrong I was. I got in a big fight with one of them the summer before senior year. She was nasty, I was nasty, and we both just let the relationship end. Friend #2 took Friend #1's side in the argument which was just hurtful since it had nothing to do with her. Friend number 3 kept bailing on me to hang out with 1 & 2. When I told her that it was hurting me that she kept choosing them or other friends over me, she basically told me to screw off. That one was the worst. Friend #3 and I had been friends since the 3rd grade and she dropped me fast then a hot coal right out of the woodstove. While I miss all three of them, and wish we had been those life-long friends I thought we were, losing all three of them made me realize that they weren't really the great friends I thought they were. It also made me a lot closer to Drew since he was there for me when no one else was. 

3. What was a typical weekend like for you in hs?
Hanging out with friends. Going to the movies, glo-bowling, H.S. football games, softball practice/games, making out with Drew. Nothing too exciting but I loved it. 

4. Did you have any boyfriends/girlfriends? Tell us about that
I dated one guy for a year and a half in middle school, then dated several different people my freshman and sophomore years of high school. And then I met Drew. And we all know how that turned out :) Not really. Actually my best friend had a thing for him, so even though we met and became friends when we were 15, we didn't start dating until a year later.

5. Did you have any secret codes with your friends? Spill your secrets!
Did I ever! My besties and I had nicknames for everyone and everything. We'd write notes back and forth or use the names in conversations so we could talk about whoever we wanted without anyone knowing. I actually recently found one of those notes in a box of crap treasures from high school. Not going to lie, I can't for the life of me remember what 90% of meant. Oh well.


6. If you could relive one day/moment/experience from middle school or high school, what would it be?
The day I was mad at my boyfriend, so I had my (kinda) friend put the bracelet he gave me into the pocket of her overalls (that's right, overalls). 2 hours later she "couldn't find it" and I never got it back. Pretty sure she stole it. If I could go back I would just keep it on my wrist. I really liked that bracelet! 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

New Design!

Notice anything new around here?

That's right. Check out my awesome new layout. I contacted Julie from This Gal Cooks about a week ago with the idea of a new layout. She had posted about starting in blog design and I really liked the designs she had done so far. 

We e-mailed back and forth a few times. I told her what colors I wanted and answered a few questions about my likes. Julie was awesome. She sent me samples and asked for feedback, tweeked a few teeny tiny things (seriously, it was hard to find anything I didn't love about her designs). And then today she got on and installed it all for me. She played with my layout, fixed all the pieces (I know, real technical... I honestly have no idea of all she had to do since I know very little about blog design, I just know it looks amazing). 

If you're looking for a new blog design, I HIGHLY recommend Julie. She was professional, fun to work with, and quick to respond to my questions. She did all of this in less then a week! Color me impressed. Her prices were awesome and her work is flawless. You can check out her blog designs, prices and packages over at Sweet Gal Designs. I couldn't have asked for a better blog designer! 

THANKS JULIE!!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Top 10 TV Obsessions

I haven't blogged about it for awhile, but we watch a lot of tv around here. Good thing there's DVR because we would miss a lot of our favs if we couldn't just record them to watch later. Anyway, here are my latest obsessions:


Girl drama meets the
country music scene {Source}

1) Nashville- I love country music, so this show is right up my alley. I wasn't a big fan of Hayden Panettiere before this show, but I actually love her in it. 


I'd let either of them bite
me in a heartbeat {Source}


2) The Vampire Diaries- I know, I know, it's a guilty pleasure. I've been obsessed with this show since it started and can't seem to get enough. Maybe it's the hotties that are in it, maybe it stems from my Twilight obsession. Either way. Loves it 



I love Keri Russell {Source}

3) The Americans- This show confuses the hell out of me, but it's also addicting. Basically it's about Russian spies during the Cold War. There's a lot of characters, a lot of people pretending to be who their not, and a lot of story lines. 



4) Teen Mom 2- It's like when there's a car accident on the side of the road. You don't really want to see what happened, but you can't help youself. These girls are just such a mess, yet I want to know what happens next. I swear Jennelle moves every single episode. I feel bad for her because she really is just crazy. 
    A whole box of crazy all wrapped up in
    fake-blonde packages {Source} 
Chelsea's hair kills me, and she's going to beauty school? If she showed up to cut my hair I'd probably run away screaming. And hooking up with her slimebag of a baby-Daddy. Seriously? He called your kid a mistake and you're risking having another one? Right. I used to like Leah, she seemed like the only one who had her act together. Don't get me wrong, I'm sorry that she had her miscarriage, but why did she think it was a good idea to get pregnant again with a new guy? (and yes, I know that in real life she just had baby, which blows my mind). I've got nothing to say about Kailyn, she's having the same old drama with her baby's father that she always has.  
Hilarious {Source}

5) 2 Broke Girls- It's a little predictable, but still manages to always make me laugh. Which makes it amazing in my book. 







 

{Source}
  6) New Girl- again- hilarious. This one's a bit more unpredictable which is where a lot of it's humor comes from. Not to mention, I love Zooey Deschanel. 







So True. {Source}

7) Whitney- Another hilarious show, but this one is a little more off-beat which I love. It's actually written by/starring the same person who created 2 Broke Girls. I think it's funnier then 2BG, but that's probably just because I think Whitney's character is a riot. I love Whitney and Alex together, they have that type of hilarious, random, sarcastic relationship that I completely connect with (hmm... I wonder why) 


{Source}

8) Guys With Kids- It's funny, it's cute... I feel like it's a spin off of the guys group in What to Expect when You're Expecting. 






{Source}
9) Modern Family- Drew and I hopped on the Modern Family bandwagon a little late. Everyone kept telling us how hilarious it is (especially his brothers and dad), so we decided to check it out. It totally didn't fail. Love it. Though Sofia Vergara's voice drives me bonkers. 



{Source}




10) 1600 Penn- I was expecting to hate this, since the previews looked so stupid, but I actually love it. It's a little predictable (ie, you always know Skip's going to do something stupid) but it's also cute and a little sweet.



What are your favorite shows right now? What am I not watching that I absolutely should be?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cleaning out my closet

I'm a hoarder collector, and Drew is tired of it. The other day he made me clean and purge...there may have been tears... A lot of them. I hate to see my treasures go. However, I did discover that I have about 65 purses and handbags... Many of which I've never used, and many more I haven't used in a long time. So I figured I'd offer them up to my lovely readers. They're all going for cheap, I just want them to go to a good home. All prices are negotiable, and do not included shipping. The cost of shipping depends on how much it costs at the post office (though I wouldn't think any of them would cost too much for shipping, they're all pretty light). If your interested in any of them, just e-mail me at MyShowAmanda@gmail.com. All payments to be made via PayPal. I'll try to keep this page updated when things are gone.










































































The sad thing? This isn't even a big part of the collection in my closet... I may have some issues. 

It's OK Thursday

It's Thursday, which means I can say it's ok:


  • that I'm really bummed my vacation week is almost over
  • that i sent Fynn to daycare yesterday and today to get some stuff done. Yeah, I feel like a bad Mommy, but Mommy needs a break sometimes
  • that I'm getting a massage this morning rather then being productive. Whatever, it's vacation and I haven't had a massage on forever.
  • to be REALLY excited that Julie is almost done my new blog design. I can't wait for you all to see it!
  • that I suddenly realized the other day that I have hardly any pictures of myself since Fynn was born. I used to be all about selfies, but I guess I found a much more photogenic subject now
Reaching into the dog bed full of toys

  • to find it hilarious that Fynn is more excited by the dog toys then her own. And that Zoey is more excited by the baby toys... and that the two of them may have fought over a dog toy yesterday morning. 
  • to be sad that I haven't been out snowmobiling the past two winters. First I was preggers and now we have the bitty. I shouldn't say that's an excuse for this year, it just hasn't happened. Hopefully we can get one ride in before the snows gone... if not, there's always next year
  • To be blown away by the previews of next week's Teen Mom 2. Seriously, these girls are nuts, and their lives are train wrecks. I just don't get how their lives are like this (and yes, I get that it's a tv show, so they make it more dramatic... but you can't make some of this crap up)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Three Word Tuesdays- Week 4

On The Move


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 our cute little button to your post:
  3.  
     
  4. Link up with Katie and Me to share
LinkyTools is not working for me today (of course, on the day I open the link up) so I'm playing with it and trying to figure it out. Until it's fixed, please post your link in the comments and I'll make sure I come visit you! 

Monday, February 18, 2013

TMB- A blonde moment

When I switched my blog over to it's own domain, I forgot all about Top Mommy Blogs. I was #15 in my category over there... and then I LOST IT ALL!!!! By switching my url, I lost my old votes. Bummer. So if you love me, and you know you do. Click the picture below to vote for me. There's no registration or forms. No spam or e-mails. Just love for me. Please and thank you! 

Click To Vote For Us @ Top Mommy Blogs. A Ranked & Rated Directory Of The Most Poular Mom Blogs

Even better, you can so do this every day if you really love me. The link is always on the top of my page :) 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Monday Mingling

Welcome to the third week of Monday Mingling! We had over 80 people link-up last week! How awesome!  I hope you will join us again and link-up below.

As we mentioned last week, we have started offering a co-host option. Due to an overwhelming response, we have co-hosts set up for the next 8 weeks! Please introduce yourself to our first two ladies and be sure to follow their blogs!


Southern Sunflowers and Coffee Beans
 


Amanda @ My Show

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest
I'm Amanda, I blog at My Show. My blog is all about life as a teacher, wife and mom. It tends to be random and focus on everything going on in my life.

Sierra @ Oh, Just Living the Dream



Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

I am a turn-off-the-alarm-7-times person in the morning, a 4th Grade teacher by day, and an avid movie lover by night. I love to travel the world and teach! So far I have been to Kenya, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Fiji and Hawaii with many more travels on the way! I blog about the inner workings of life--love, heartbreak, God, teaching, family, traveling, and just life in general!

Rules:

1. Follow both of your hosts via GFC.
(first 2 links below)

2. Follow both of your co-hosts via GFC
(next 2 links)

3. Link up your main blog URL, not a specific post.

4. Link back to us by grabbing our button.

5. Tweet, Facebook, and Pin this blog hop. The more you spread the word the more people will link up, and the more success you will have! 

6. Be sure to visit other blogs! Don't just link up and wait for others to find you. 

Let's get this party started!!...


Sunday Social


1. Best Valentines Day you’ve ever had

{Source}
This one :) it was so much fun making Valentines for Fynn to take to daycare. Then the hubby bought my an iPad AND some pretty flowers, the best part though was Fynn's excitement about the balloon Drew got her. She kept bopping herself in the face with it and squealing with joy. Adorable! 







2. Worst Valentines Day you’ve ever had

I don't know that I've ever had a BAD valentines day per say. I've had a few boring ones, but nothing awful. Drew and I have been together for the past 10 V days, and he's done a pretty good job 

3. What did you do for Valentines this year?

Had dinner with the hubs (we cooked together) exchanged gifts, went to bee... Nothing too exciting but we have the bitty and both had to work Friday. Neither of us have ever enjoyed going out on Valentines day... Too hectic and busy. We prefer our date nights to be low key and low stress. 

4. Best Valentines Idea if you’re single

A girls night. Whether you stay in or go out, it's just as much fun to be with your girls as it is with a guy in your life. 

5. Favorite Valentines Candy?

{Source}
Chocolate covered strawberries. Does that count as a candy? Whatevs, I'm counting it and I love them. 








6. Favorite Valentines Memory from your childhood

My dad used to always get cards and flowers for all of us. I just always loved how he included us in that day, it made me feel loved and important. I love that Drew is continuing that with Fynn now. 


Saturday, February 16, 2013

My Teammates

I work with the most amazing women ever. My team is split into three person "pods" and the two ladies I'm with are tremendous. Not only are they fantastic teachers (they totally are) they are also the kindest, most caring, and thoughtful people I know. They constantly go out of their way to help me in any way possible. 

Last year when I was crazy-huge pregnant, they would interrupt what they were doing in their own classes to walk my class places so I wouldn't over do it. Or they watched my kids when I had to go to the bathroom for the 100th time that day. 

They are always asking about how I'm feeling, and how they can help me. They notice when I've gotten little sleep, or when I'm not feeling well. They give me that ego boost I need when I feel like a crappy teacher by telling me how well I'm doing and how much my kids are learning. They offer to clean my desk off and put together sub plans for me when Fynn or I are sick. They tell me I'm looking hot and praise my weight loss.

I could go on and on about these two, but I think you get the idea. I would be lost without them. The moment I stepped foot into this school they were immediately welcoming, loving, and full of advice and insight on how to make my life easier. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Friday's Letters

Dear parents, 

This may come as a shock, but the bus lane at school? Actually ISN'T there because you're too lazy to pull into an actual parking spot.

~Just saying


Dear Drew, 

All that snow plowing you've been doing this year that I've been complaining about? Totally worth it.

~Love my new iPad

Dear students,

I love you. Those heartfelt cards that I got yesterday? Melted. My. Heart. It's days like that when all the stress, hard work and frustration is totally worth it.

Love, 
Your grateful teacher, who you apparently all love


Dear vacation, 

Thank God you're next week!

~ I need you

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Blessed

I complain a lot. 

I tend to be a Negative Nancy and always look on the dark side of things. It's not on purpose. I don't try to be... but it ends up happening.

Lately I've had several rude awakenings that made me realize just how blessed I am. And it makes me ashamed of my complaining. Of how I often overlook all the good things that I've got going for me. 

It's easy to overlook all the good things, it's easy to take them for granted... but sometimes you get that smack in the face you need to appreciate them.

The past couple of weeks I've really been focusing on how blessed I am to have my daughter. For those of you who are new to the blog, or who don't know me in real life, we went through some fertility issues before having Fynn. At one point I was told by my doctor that there was really little to know chance  that I would ever have a baby. Yet somehow, through fate, God, and/or modern medicine, she's here with us. Despite all the things that can go wrong in pregnancy, I gave birth to a healthy baby. 6 months later she is growing, learning, and changing my view of the world one day at a time.

I am so lucky to experience all of this. There are so many women out there who can't have kids, or who experience miscarriages, who who lose their children. I hear about it on the news, through blogs, through friends and family. Things can change in a heartbeat, and I need to be more aware and thankful for each and every day I get.

A few months of sleep deprivation is a small price to pay for all the blessings I have in my life. It would do me well to remember that at 3 am. Yeah, I get (very) little sleep. But each time she wakes up in the middle of the night I get to hold her, snuggle her. Smell her sweet baby scent. Feel her tiny little fingers curl around my hand. Rub my face on her downy, fuzzy head. Know that my baby is safe and loved. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bugging

Some things that are bugging me lately, because I feel like complaining:


  • All the social media. I'm on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. And by "on" I mean I have accounts. Facebook I do daily, but that's my personal FB, the blog one I get on a couple of times a week. Same with Twitter. Pinterest I dabble in when I need an idea, and I think I've used Instagram 5 times. That's plenty! But now there's Vine and everyone's all over it and I just feel like there's constantly all these social media forms that I'm supposed to take advantage of... it's just too much. I can't devote my whole life to the blog and social media. I have a full time job, a kid and a LIFE to live. How do people do all this?
  • Grammatical mistakes in blogs and link ups. Ok, CLEARLY I'm not perfect here, and I don't expect others to be. However, it really bothers me when there are a million glaring mistakes in a post OR (and this one really gets to me) when someone hosts a link up for a year or so and has a mistake right in their link up button. Seriously?!?! 
  • That my Three Words Tuesday link up is kinda a bust. It seemed like such a fun idea and I thought it would be a great way for me to find some new blogs and see a glimpse of their lives. But, it's not working for now. Katie and I are working on it, seeing if there are ways to tweak it to make it more successful, but right now i feel like it's a flop.
  • People who pull out RIGHT in front of me... and then drive 5 under the speed limit. Seriously? You couldn't have waited until AFTER I went by? Nope, I have to drive slowly behind you because you're a jerk. Awesome
  • Drew promised to put Fynn to bed Saturday night to make up for the fact that he was out plowing for 12+ hours that day. Bed time is my least favorite time of night because Fynn doesn't go down easily (I'm talking it takes good 45 minutes to get her to sleep) and then she wakes up 2-3 more times before REALLY being out. It's tiring and frustrated and I just wanted a night off from it. Well then Drew was out plowing too late, so I just did it because she needed to go to bed. He then PROMISED that he would do it Sunday night instead...do you think that happened? Would I be complaining about it if he did? Thus, he swears he'll do it tonight. I'll believe it when I see it
  • That I have 124 followers and get an average of 150 pageviews a day, yet I will often get only one or two comments on my posts. I get that a lot of people read blogs on their phones and can't comment, but it's frustrating to know there are so many people reading who just aren't saying anything. Even if you just want to tell me to shut up and stop complaining, at least I know your there. It suck to pour my heart out here and get no kind of response. 
  • That Drew's work just laid off 350 people. He still has a job (thank goodness) it's a different job then before and he really doesn't know how it's changing, but it's stressful that we've gone the past month knowing these layoffs were coming but not how it would affect us. Actually, if I'm being honest, we've known for almost a year that this was coming down the pipe, so we've been stressing for awhile. I'd like to say that we're feeling good now, but we know there are more changes and layoffs coming, so we're looking into our options and that's hard. I have a feeling that there's going to be a lot of changes coming our way soon and it's got me feeling anxious
I'm going to stop here, because I'm complaining a lot. Sorry. Things are frustrating right now... and there's a lot going on that I feel like I can't blog about. It's too personal. Some of it's too much for me to wrap my head around, let alone write about. 





Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Social


1. What was your first car?

A green '95 Dodge Caravan.  It was 8 years old when I got it, and I drove it for another 3 years. It crapped out on me the end of my freshman year of college, so I got a new car. A year later my dad got it fixed up, and my little sister drove it for I think 3 more years. Clearly my parents got their money's worth on that hunk. Also, being a junior in high school driving a mini van with a carseat in the back (my little brother was 6 at the time), not cool. There were several jokes made when Drew and I showed up in the Banna-mobile.

2. Who was your favorite childhood teacher?

Not really childhood, but my high school freshman English teacher really inspired me. He was so passionate about what he did that it made me positive I wanted to be a teacher. It also doesn't hurt that Drew and I met in his classroom. 

3. Were you involved in any sports/extracurricular activities? Share pictures if you can!


  •  I danced (ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and hip hop- not all at the same time, but over the years)
  • Key Club
  • Softball (technically I didn't really "play" softball, I practiced a hell of a lot and kept the bench nice and toasty during games
  • Basketball- until 8th grade when my coach told me I probably shouldn't try out for the high school team


4. What was your favorite birthday party?
My 16th birthday. My three besties surprised me with an awesome birthday party. We all went out for dinner and then acted like idiots at one of their houses. It was awesome.

5. Who was your teen celebrity crush?

Source
Zac Hanson. OMG, I was obsessed. I had pictured of him plastered all over my bedroom walls. Looking back, I don't even get it. I also had a major thing for Milo Ventimiglia after he was on Gilmore Girls for awhile. 






6. What show/movie did your parents not allow you to watch?

Source
A lot! I couldn't watch the Simpsons, just about anything on MTV, R-rated movies, or Saved by the Bell after my little sister told my mom she wanted to "dress sexy". 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

7 Months

January flew by. Suddenly it's February and the bitty baby is 7 months old. I just don't get how time keeps speeding up. Before I know it she'll be 16!

Dear Fynn,



Every month I say that I'm enjoying you more and more, and every month I mean it! Things just keep getting better and better and your Daddy and I are loving watching you grow and learn each and every day. You constantly amaze us with the things you are learning to do and figuring out.

This month you:


  • Are about 18 pounds. 
  • Are 27 3/4 inches tall according to your 6th month visit 2 weeks ago (we were a little late on that one!) You are in the 91st(!) percentile for height. Everyone looks at me, laughs, and asks where you get that height from when I tell them that! Don't know how you got so tall baby girl, but it looks good on you.
  • Are wearing size 3 diapers, sometimes size 4... mostly because we have size 4 diapers we got on sale Black Friday so we've stuck you in them because we don't feel like buying more diapers right now.

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE foods. Clementines seem to be your favorite. Whenever you smell them you get crazy excited!



  • can drink out of a straw. You try to drink out of my water cup, but I'm afraid you're going to stab yourself in the throat, so we got you baby cups with straws and you love them.
  • sit by yourself completely. The nurse a few weeks ago was blown away. She was asking if you could sit up supported and was amazed that you could sit all by yourself
  • said "Dada" this month. You totally know what you're saying when you do it. You look right at your Daddy, or are looking for him when you say it. Now hurry up and say "Mama"!
  • Can stand supported. You can hold onto the side of the couch or your jumper and stand up for a bit. You lose your balance quickly, but you're getting stronger and stronger every day

  •  can scoot around! When you're on your belly, you've been able to scoot backwards for a little while. The past few weeks you've gotten really good at going backwards and side to side, AND have started to move forward a bit as well. You love it because you can finally get to things that are out of your reach, and you're just so freaking cute as you army crawl around... but its's making us nervous now... I guess we really need to baby proof this place
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