Sunday, April 25, 2010

One Year Strong

Today is our first anniversary. What an amazing year! We were married a year ago today, we went on our first vacation together to Charleston, we got pregnant! And we had a beautiful baby girl last month. Not to mention all of the great little things of everyday life. We have been blessed over and over again. I walked into the house to all of these flowers. He bought all of the flowers, and made the bouquets himself. They were all in different rooms. There were also cards everywhere. Even in the fridge! Last night, Robert took me on a cruise/dinner on Lake Norman on the Catawba Queen. The weather was bad, but we didn't care. We had a great time anyway. He had them announce our anniversary over the loud speaker! He really made our first anniversary so special.

We talked about our year, and what we can do better for the next year. I am one lucky girl!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Baby Phat

Bella has left me chubby. And that's okay, that's what babies do. This particular baby has left me chubbier than the rest. No it's not her fault, it's mine. Will I get it off? I don't know. I did with the other ones, but I wasn't over the dreaded 35. I can't stress about it, it's not even the point of this post.

Being this weight reminds me of my teenage years. I weighed what I weigh now, back then. I wish I had a pic to scan. Overweight, big glasses, and frizzy hair. Needless to say my self confidence was not up to par. All of my friends were beautiful. They all had boyfriends-not me. They all had prom dates-I had to bring my friends brother. They could all share clothes-not me. They wore bikini's, I wore a one piece and shorts over it.

I was overweight due to bad eating/drinking habits. I want better for my kids. I monitor what they eat. I don't let them eat after dinner unless we are having a 'family dessert'. I pack their lunch boxes with fresh fruit and raw veggies (with ranch dressing-I'm not that bad!) I don't keep junk in the house. My kids have parents that were once and still have the potential to be overweight. I can't ignore their genetic make up. I don't deprive them of anything, but I don't keep it all in arms reach either. It's hard enough to be a kid in this world. If I can avoid certain things that I know can bring down their self confidence, I will. Plus giving your children healthy eating habits is a good thing. I don't want them to have to feel like I did many times growing up.

P.S.- no worries about my not so glamorous teen years. I always say I am very happy that I am a beautiful woman, rather than a beautiful teen. I'll be a woman a lot longer than those awkward teen years that are long gone!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Car Seats

This post is stemming from a little voice in my head that will not leave me alone. I want people to comment with their opinion on the subject (please).

Twice a year I have to take continuing education classes for work. I took one in the fall that would manage to haunt me for months and months to come. The subject at hand was car seats. It was not a debate, no one gave their opinion, but the statement went like this:

"Car seats are called car seats for a reason. They are just that. Seats for the car. People have lost the definition over the years, and use them for carrying their babies, letting them nap in them....etc...etc. Babies are meant to be held. Bouncing a baby off of your leg in a heavy car seat with their head banging back and forth is not meant to be. Babies get flat heads in the back from too much time spent in their car seat. Leave your car seat in the car where it belongs."

I don't know about you, but I did carry my first 2 children around in their car seats. I let them sleep in them. I had a snap-and -go-stroller. I also had (have) travel systems where the car seat clips right into the stroller. Then there was this statement, and then there is Bella. Her car seat hasn't left my car since it was clipped in. I take her out everywhere we go. It's not always going to work out, but I'm guessing for the most part, it will. This is all stemming from a statement made by a stranger. An opinion I suppose. Isn't it funny how some things can hit you like a ton of bricks, and other things you can just let roll?

What do you think?

P.S.- Both of my car seat toting babies are bright and beautiful with perfectly round heads.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Define 'Beautiful'

My son told me today that my nails look beautiful. From now on I will be taking his compliments with a grain of salt.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

First Bath

Bella FINALLY was able to take her first bath! It took longer than I recall for her umbilical cord to fall off. I couldn't wait to give her a bath. 18 days old with no bath was starting to really yuck me out! But then again I am guilty of over-bathing my kids. They bathe every day. Sometimes twice. Amber had some major dry skin-which was inflicted by me. Anyway, Bella really enjoyed her first bath. I remember Alex and Amber cried and screamed. Bella just chilled out. Even when Alex squeezed the wash cloth over her face! She's a great baby-and now she's so fresh and so clean.