Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Today Julia experienced the pool for the very first time!!  I was afraid once her toes hit the cold pool water that she'd cry and hate it (I'm always thinking the worst...)  But she LOVED it!  She was fascinated and just splashed her little heart out.  We got her one of those baby floaters that she can just sit in and play while in the pool.  Big hit!

It was such a wonderful relaxing day.  Can't wait to go back to the pool soon and have Julia wear another one of her many swim suits!  

Also, new poll up for Poll Day Monday!  Don't forget to vote ;)  

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sometimes a mama needs her mom

I am so sad my mom leaves tomorrow morning.  Having her here has been the best!

Last night Tim and I got to go on a DATE NIGHT!  What the heck is that??  Honestly, I almost forgot what two people were even supposed to do on a date night.  Yes, it has been that long.  We went to a restaurant in New Hope called The Landing.  It was an outdoor patio right on the Delaware River. Nice breeze, wonderful food, good smells, happy people enjoying their evening all around us.  And even cute little ducks that came up to greet people as they ate (well, I thought they were cute.  I'm sure some people thought it wasn't so cute).  We walked around afterward, held hands, lots of "This is so nice!".  And it would not have been possible without my mom!!  She put the baby to bed with no problems.  I hear Julia was cranky, but at least she went to bed okay.

I think Julia has loved it as well.  Check out this hilarious video of Julia and my mom!

My mom comes back in 5 weeks for my birthday weekend.  But that seems like forever from now.  It will go by quickly.  I miss having my mom close by.  We have had a great weekend, I don't want it to end!  I think I may tie her up in the basement and not let her leave.  :P

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Doggie Dilemma

Anyone who has had a dog before they had their baby, I need major advice.

So we have a 4 year old, 5.5 lb. yorkshire terrier, Misha.  Before Julia came around, Misha was the center of our world.  She WAS our baby.  She is very attached to me specifically and is more demanding of my attention than even the baby.  And I will be the first to admit, that was a mistake.  I should have listened to Cesar Millan.  Animal.  Dog.  Breed.  Name.  He says it a million times. And now I realize why.

Granted, she is less than 6 lbs.  She's a tiny fragile little dog.  But she has been spoiled rotten and now she is the most jealous dog alive.  I always thought since she was little that she would be easy to handle once we had the baby.  And for a while, she was.  And then Julia started grabbing at her, and crawling toward her, and her toys, and her food bowl.  And hell broke loose.  She doesn't bite her and I don't think she ever will.  She's never bitten anyone before.  BUT she does get somewhat aggressive and "in your face" with Julia.  Makes the "Back off kid" growling noise right in her face.  And sometimes knocks her down and goes after her for no reason at all.  Like I said, I don't THINK she'll bite. 

We have an in-home dog trainer coming this Saturday to see what can be done with some of her bad behaviors.  And there is a list...not just the Julia thing.  But what if this doesn't help her and us?  What if she doesn't take to the training?  What if it's way too time consuming for Tim and I and we're not consistent enough?  Will I have no other option but to find her another home?  :(  I hate it when people give up their dogs because it's inconvenient.  Will I become one of those people I hate?  She is a huge part of our family.  You wouldn't just give up a member of your family, would you?  

Cross your fingers the training sessions go well.  It kills me to think what we'll have to do if it doesn't.  

Advice please?  And yes I know, Julia comes first.  I agree.  But Misha isn't far behind and she's very important to us.  HELP!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Poll Day Monday

Thank you Bailey for making my blog look awesome!  What do you all think?  I love it :)

And sadly, my dad leaves tomorrow morning to head back to Cincinnati.  I secretly wish I could tag along. But I'll get back there at some point to visit home.  We had a great time with him here.  We took him to King of Prussia Mall (largest mall in the country) and a nice place near us called Peddler's Village.   And I actually was able to get out of the house alone, minus my mini me, to get some stuff done for myself!  Got myself a well deserved pedicure.  Thanks dad!  

Also, there is a new poll up!



Sunday, May 23, 2010

Baby's First Haircut

Yikes! Is my baby girl who I just brought home from the hospital already getting her first haircut? For real? It was exciting, scary, and very necessary since we could hardly see her pretty little eyes, and bows don't stay in her hair very well. Which is really sad because I love little baby bows.

We took her to this awesome place called Sharkey's Cuts For Kids. They did an amazing job, and it really was a fun little place for kids. They had TV's in front of every hair cutting station. They can either watch a DVD or play a video game while they get their hair cut. Julia watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and it held her attention perfectly. Thankfully she was the epitome of excellent behavior (and cuteness).

Saturday, May 22, 2010

New camera!!

I got a brand spankin new Nikon S8000! I took a picture of Julia last night with it (my very first picture with it). Found it humorous and wanted to share :)

She crawled over to the groceries as we were unpacking them and decided she wanted to help! And that's our dog, Misha. She's a 4 year old yorkie...sometimes more work than Julia.

I can't wait to share more fabulous pictures with you from my new camera! I think it takes awesome pictures! And I haven't even messed with all the different settings yet, and I plan on learning what they all do haha.

My dad comes out this weekend, in fact he's on his way right now! Have a fabulous weekend everyone! :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Word On Baby-proofing

Where to start?  Just that now that my child crawls everywhere and pulls herself up on things and will be walking before I know it scares the crap outta me.  That doesn't even cover it!

They do not make enough baby proofing items to make a first time mama feel comfortable.  But honestly, I won't be comfortable until my house looks like a rubber room.  And she's no dummy.  She's already trying to figure it all out!

I admit, I was anxious and excited for her to start doing all of this stuff.  And yes, it is cute.  But WHAT WAS I THINKING???!!  Everyone warned me.  And everyone was right.  It is cute the first week or so.  Well, it's still cute.  Just the scariest thing ever watching your daughter go head first for sharp furniture and wall knives corners.

Regardless, it is pretty awesome to watch her explore the world and her surroundings.  Just stop getting into every little thing, baby girl!  The refrigerator full of yummy food is not interesting, I promise ;)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Poll Day Monday!

I have decided that every Monday I will put up a new poll.  Just for fun.  Now I've got to think of some good poll questions.  If anyone has a poll question they want to suggest, I will use it in future Poll Days!

In case you haven't heard, Julia took a nasty spill on our wood floor yesterday morning.  It was very traumatic for all of us.  She decided she wanted to use an almost empty cardboard box as a tool to help her stand.  I'm sure you can guess what happened next... she fell back and slammed the back of her head on the floor.  It made the worst noise I have ever heard and it will haunt me for a while.  She cried for a couple of minutes and then fell asleep in my arms.  Being a very worried mama, I called the doctor.  Of course it was Sunday and they weren't in the office (this thought didn't even enter my head until I heard their out of office message over the phone).  Thankfully they had a number to call for an after hours nurse at the children's hospital.  As long as she was due for a nap (which she was) it was okay to let her sleep. So that made me feel a little better.  Also I had to watch for vomiting and dizziness, neither of which happened.  I held an ice pack on her head while she slept.  When she woke up, she seemed ok and was playing with her toys and crawling around as normal.   A little cranky, but if you hit the back of your head on a hard floor, wouldn't you be cranky too, and with a major headache I'm sure?  All day and all night I was looking for signs of something terrible.  I even went in to check on her in the middle of the night to make sure she was still breathing (hey, I'm a first time mom, remember?!  This was her first, and probably not her last, major fall).  I felt horrible the whole day.  I should have been there to keep her off that box.  Actually, that box shouldn't even have been where she could get to it!  She was fine.  Do they make little pillows that attach to their heads to cushion falls??!!  LOL.  We did end up putting up a retractable gate there so she can't even get to the wood floors anymore.

So, that was our Sunday.  Not a relaxing day, to say the least.  But surprisingly, today seems to be going very well so far!  Got some cleaning done, Julia is keeping herself entertained with toys and our favorite, Yo Gabba Gabba (strangest show ever!).

So, take my weekly Monday poll (it's to the left and down a bit)!  I know it's a lame question.  Just wanted to test out the whole poll thing and couldn't think of anything clever.  Next weeks will be better, I promise!

Also, I need some subscribers!  Come on, you know you want to ;)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Nine months

Where does the time go? Seriously, time needs to slow it down just a little. It took nine months to grow this amazing baby in my belly. That seemed to take FOREVER. And now she's nine months old and I don't even know where months 3-7 went. Were they even in there?

At nine months, Julia is crawling all over the place. It makes mommy nervous, but I just love watching her explore. I think once babies start to crawl and eventually walk, this is when mommies loose all of the baby weight once and for all. I am up chasing her around all day, I hardly sit down anymore. I cherish nap time way more than I ever used to. And weekends when Tim is home...BLISS!

Baby girl, you make me the happiest lady alive! I totally understand the love my mom has for me now that I have a daughter of my own and can feel that kind of love for myself. The rough pregnancy, the sleepless first couple of months, the constant worrying. It's all totally worth it because at the end of the day I have the most beautiful and perfect little girl who gives me the biggest smiles that melt my heart, looks to me for everything and loves me every second (even if she hasn't said mama yet...we're working on it). Happy 9 months my little sweet pea!

"How wonderful life is, now you're in the world." -Elton John

Friday, May 14, 2010

Lets Play Catch Up

The last time I blogged, I was half way through my pregnancy. Keeping everyone up to date with doctor appointments, baby kicks, newest cravings. And then I got swollen and tired and I abandoned my blog. Now I have my beautiful baby girl, and I'm BACK!

So what have you missed? Well.....

Our baby girl, Julia Madison, was born on August 16, 2009. She was 6 lbs. 15 oz. I was induced four days before my due date (doctors orders) and flew through labor in less than 6 hours with a non-working epidural. Ouchies!
The first night home, Tim (my hubby) and I got about 8 hours of sleep! It was a little broken up, but sleep is sleep! Needless to say, our baby is an excellent sleeper :)

Now, she is an amazing almost 9 month old trying to figure out her world...and keeping her mama on her toes. She's crawling, and getting into EVERYTHING. Let the baby proofing begin (we've already started a little).

I hope to entertain you all with her crazy antics, vent out my crazies (because I'm sure many of you can relate), and ask for the occasional advice.

Enjoy ;)