Never Say Never

Monday stunk! After two weeks at home I had no desire to be back in Texas. Usually after 2 weeks of being away you long for your bed and routine, etc, this time I did not. Life was so much easier, everyone wanted to hold Ellery, I was never lonely and I got to spend tons of time with my honey. Even a couple really long dates!! Obviously vacation isn’t reality, I get that, but I just wanted maybe one more week. Lucky for us Ellery stayed almost exactly on schedule while we were home and slept great in her crib at Mema and Papa’s. So the hard vacation with a baby wasn’t hard at all, I was expecting to have to be super flexible, but life was the same, just in a different locale. The trip up wasn’t bad, we stopped 6 hours in the first night and drove 10 the second day. Elle had her moments the first day, but day two was pretty much smooth sailing. We decided to power through on the way home and do the trip in one day. This is typically a 16 hour trip, baby probably added 2 hours. 18 hours on the road, 16 of those strapped in a carseat. Someone told me I was brave, I responded that in fact I was crazy. First 8 hours were a breeze. Ellery surprisingly stayed pretty close to schedule with her awake and sleep times and I thought we were going to get away with no tears. Then bedtime came and our poor little girl screamed for 30 minutes and there was nothing we could do about it. I finally resorted to a pacifier and held it in her mouth until she fell asleep. Oh I forgot to mention I had a headache for the last 6 hours of the drive. At this point I texted Jenna,”I will NEVER drive this in one day again!” Then I quickly added, but just like childbirth I will forget this and do it all over again. It’s good to be home!

Thoughts on Preppers

Have you seen the show Doomsday Preppers? We don’t have cable so I hadn’t seen it until we were visiting my parents. Some of these people are crazy. I don’t want to say all because I haven’t seen them all, but my word the people we did see have gone coo coo for coco puffs! Here are some of my thoughts on prepping.

If I was a Prepper I would want NO ONE TO KNOW. The Preppers will die first in a disaster because they will get killed for their food and water supply.

Is it sinful to store stuff up like that? I thought the Bible says to take what you need for this day?Do not worry about tomorrow? From what I can tell some of these people are “extreme Christians” so that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

Do you want to live through the disaster you are prepping for? Pretty sure I’d rather reside in heaven. Some of these people are preparing to stay under ground for something like 4 years, pretty sure I wouldn’t survive through that. Cabin fever anyone?

These people want to survive so badly, but they aren’t really living now. One family has taken on extra jobs in order to pay for the preparations.

My best advice: live your life and prepare a backpack! FEMA suggests you have a 3 day backpack in case of emergency, that seems reasonable.

Are you a Prepper? Am I missing something?

4 Month Letter

To my mama’s girl Ellery Wynn,

Didn’t think I’d ever start a letter like that, but this month you have been pretty attached to me. You are a happy baby unless you can’t see me or dad. We had a ten day period where all you wanted us to do was hold you. Well not just hold you, but be held standing up facing you out. Mama’s arms should be sculpted in no time! Lucky for us you have slowed down growing a little bit, we were a bit worried the first couple months that you would be a huge child, but of course you are just right for you. Seems like perhaps you are teething, but friends have said it could be months before we see any teeth. We took you on your first road trip this month, you were so much better than we expected, 16 hours is a long time!! You have the sweetest little voice ever and we love to hear you talk all the time. I can’t wait to hear you really talk and sing. You have a new best friend, move over fan, thumb is in town and he’s likely here to stay for awhile. You found your thumb on our long trip, and we have struck gold. No more fuss for naptime or bed time. This is, however, swaddle’s exit cue which is kinda a bummer. Big news of this month, you rolled over for the first time yesterday!! We are still so smitten with you and are loving discovering your personality.

Love you forever,
Mama

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1 Down

51 to go. That’s what I said when I finished my first week of nursing. I hated breast feeding in the beginning. The thought of sticking it out for an entire year made me sick. Now I’m dreading dropping the twilight feeding because I love it so much and I will likely be a one of “those people” that cry when we give this whole thing up. So I have a long list of tips and encouragement that I compiled over the first 3 months and would love to share it with anyone who is interested. I decided not to post it on here because I do have some male readers and I know it doesn’t pertain to most of you. If you’d like my nursing notes just shoot me an e-mail. Lauracampbell2008@gmail.com

[update] my notes aren’t about scheduling or baby wise. They are more about actual nursing and how you feel and when things get better, etc.

Pen to Paper

If I were someone who put pen to paper my diary entries for this week would look something like this.

November 12, 2012
Dear Diary,
Traveling in the car with a 3 month old is not for the faint of heart. This mama was near tears several times. She did great for the first few hours and then like all of us she was tired of being in the car. The screaming began and despite our best efforts to entertain her she screamed herself hoarse. I am dreading the drive tomorrow, 10 hours just might feel like eternity.

November 13, 2012
Dear Diary,
Today was so much better, can’t even believe I’m able to write this, but Elle only cried for about 20 minutes total in the 10 hours on the road. Our success was due to her latest discovery, her thumb! Anytime she would start to fuss she would find that thumb and suck herself calm. I dread the day I have to break this, I tried without success to get her to enjoy a pacifier, oh well, there are worse things. We went straight to the Houks tonight and enjoyed dinner and catching up. Nights like these make me ache to move back. Living far is terrible.

November 14, 2012
Dear Diary,
People who want to grow up are foolish. Wishing I could be a kid again, and still be married and have Ellery. Yeah I know, not possible. Had a fun day with mom, Elle, Steph, and the boys.

November 15, 2012
Dear Diary,
Hung out with an old friend today that I haven’t seen in years. It was so nice to catch up and I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with her as we are both in the new mama phase. We spent the evening with one of our favorite couples and of course hated to end the night. Teleportation would be a great invention!

November 16, 2012
Dear Diary,
I thought I was going to see someone die today. We were eating lunch at Penn Station on campus when a woman at the table next to us started screaming, ” help, someone do the heimlich, call 911.” My dad stood up and I looked at him and yelled, “dad help.” He has actually successfully saved someone before so I knew he could do it. He went to save her and realized she was having a seizure, not choking. She ended up being fine, but it was freaky and it was happening about a foot from us. We took Ellery to my Dad’s office and she was a hit! I’m getting my haircut and have a wedding tomorrow, I’m looking forward to both!

Thoroughly enjoying our laid back vacation!!

Busy

I realized today I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been busy, but not like you would think. I have barely left the house this week. Come to think of it I only left once to hang out with a friend for a couple hours during the day. I’ve been busy crazy cleaning my house in hopes that I can get on some sort of clean house routine. I’ve been busy packing a bag for a two week trip, babies add a lot of stuff. I’ve been busy holding my extremely needy baby, poor thing has had a rough week, luckily her sleep has still been great. I’ve been busy meeting with a new mom and baby that I get to start caring for who is 3 days younger than Elle, I’ll have twins one afternoon a week, and the money will be so helpful. I’ve been busy baking cookies with my BFF 1,000 miles away, thanks to FaceTime and our new iPad it’s easier than ever. I’ve been busy taking walks in this beautiful weather with my lady, sometimes three times a day. As you can see I’ve been busy enjoying the blessings God has put in my life! Life. Is. Good.

For Elle

I finally made something for Ellery.  I saw this pin originally on Emily’s pinned it did it Monday and decided I would give it a whirl.  Here is the original Pin:

I thought this was so cute and they have a great picture step by step tutorial on their website.  I decided to tweak it just a little bit.  I don’t like things to stick off of Ellery’s head.  I decided to make the flower flat and I found a button in my extra buttons stash to finish out the center.  I’m kind of in love with how it turned out!  Now I’m looking for some black jersey to do with a sparkly button for the holidays.  Here is my little model, and no she didn’t actually wear this together, I know this doesn’t match:

And that is all I did for pinned it did it Monday.  It took me about 4X longer than it said it would, but it was one of my first sewing projects so that’s to be expected I guess.

On another note DST is horrid with a 3 month old.  This morning she was hysterical at 5:20 so our day started at 5:20…thank goodness for naps!!

Becoming a Clean Freak

I am not a clean person.  Clean Freak would NEVER be a word anyone would use to describe me, but now I’m a stay at home mom and suddenly it is my job to keep my house clean.  My husband is the LEAST demanding person I know and he would likely never say anything to me about the cleanliness of the house or me not having showered before he gets home or dinner not being on the table.  I do think that being a stay at home mom is a job and therefore I have certain responsibilities between the hours of 9-5 besides taking care of our daughter.  Most people probably don’t know that I’m not clean because I’ve always strived to have a neat house and I LOVE to purge and organize, cleaning is a totally different ball game.  I didn’t realize the extent of my dirtiness until I started researching cleaning lists online and I realized just how much I don’t do!  So starting this week I’ve begun working on my daily, weekly, and monthly goals.  I also have quarterly and yearly checklists, but even just the weekly list is overwhelming to me, but I’m getting there.  I bought four Dollar Store award frames because they are the right size for printed pieces of paper.  I hung them in my laundry room and since they are glass they are basically like dry erase boards.  Still on my list for this week (which ended last night at 5:00) is cleaning the bathrooms.  My goal is to get to that today, I really need Andrew to watch Ellery while I clean her bathroom because the water is just too loud to run while she is sleeping.  The lists have been a great motivator so far, I love to be able to check stuff off my list and it really helps me to know what to do, I think cleaning has just overwhelmed me because I didn’t know where to start.  So I’m becoming a clean freak, I hope!  The goal is to have a clean house system by the time Ellery is crawling around because right now my floors are way too filthy for a baby.