March 30, 2013

Second Baby Fear

I'm sure I'm not the only mom who has concerns about how the arrival of a second baby will affect the current family dynamic. Especially the relationship I have with my first son, Noah. I've asked myself, "Will Noah feel less love and attention?" "Will he love his new sister?" " is his behavior going to change?" " am I going to be able to spend time with him and give him attention?"

I am going to do everything I can to make our new little addition feel welcomed and loved. I will also do all that I can to keep Noah feeling special and loved. I've thought about scheduling different family members to come and spend time with him or help with the baby so he doesn't feel left out.

The pictures below are of Noah " playing" with my girlfriends 8 month old son. I felt a little better when I would see him being nice to the baby. There were, of course, some jealous moments too. I guess I will just have to hang in there and see how things go.

March 28, 2013

Nap Time... Now What?

As a substitute teacher, I don't work every day(well sometimes, it just depends). When I'm home I try and get things done to compensate for the days I do work. However, with a toddler, it's difficult to stay focused on any task for an extended period of time. Noah's pretty good about playing by himself but he also wants his Mommy time. The best time to get things done is during his nap. The difficulty occurs in choosing which of the dozens of things that need to get done, will get done during that time.
For example, I like to get a workout in, which then requires a shower. That pretty much takes up the whole nap time and doesn't leave time for anything else. Yesterday, I worked on updating my résumé, but that took the whole nap also, so I didn't get to work out. I guess it's not a huge deal, but sometimes it's really frustrating that I get such a short time everyday to choose what I want to do.
It pretty much comes down to choosing what needs to get done over what I want to get done.

Here are some pics of Noah doing some activities he requested my presence for.

March 23, 2013

Happy Birthday!

Today is my little man's birthday. He is two years old! I can't believe I have a two year old. I so vividly remember bringing him into this world and now somehow he is talking, running, laughing, and demanding.

Noah was born March 23rd 2011 at 3:13. His birthday this year is 3-23-13. I keep saying we should play those numbers in the lottery.

We made a stop and got him a massive M&MS cookie for a birthday treat. Of course, he ate all the M&Ms off like a little gerbil and left the cookie.

Just spending the rest of the day cleaning for his party tomorrow.

March 21, 2013

Light at the end...

Finally! I'm in my 3rd trimester and although it is a light at the end of a tunnel... It could be an oncoming train. I already feel like I have been pregnant forever. We found out right away that we were expecting, so I've been pregnant through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I still have to be pregnant through Easter, my sister in laws wedding( of which I am a bridesmaid) and my 29th birthday.

So I'm thankful that this is the end, but with the blizzard we are having here in Cleveland, June seems really far away.

March 16, 2013


What do you do on a cold rainy day in Cleveland? You go to the Rainforest at the the Cleveland Zoo. We met my sister, nephew, and mom and dad for a trip to the rainforest. Noah had a lot of fun and really behaved which was great.

March 15, 2013

Pinterest Project

I've done several ideas that I have seen on Pinterest, but none of them have been too difficult. I saw this one idea where you cover a canvass in fabric as an update to wall decor. I thought, " I can do that." We have three large wedding pictures in our family room and we need to take them down for open houses and showings. People want to envision themselves in the space and don't want to see a lot of personal items.

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought two 11x14 canvasses and a small hot glue gun. The hardest part was choosing fabric, because there is a ton of options. At home, I ironed out the wrinkles and hot glued the fabric to the back of the canvass- super easy and instant wall art. The whole project, including glue gun....$15!

March 10, 2013


I truly do not want to wish bad things on people because we never know what's going on in their life to cause them to come across as inconsiderate in our life, but.... I would like to wish diarrhea on the lady who requested to see our place Saturday and then did not show up. She did not call, email, or text that she was unable to make it and I find that disrespectful and rude.

In case you have never showed a home before, it's not just "oh come on in" its cleaning your house so that you could preform a surgery in any given room. It's hiding the clutter and toys so the house looks neat and inviting. Its taking the dog and child out of the home for the time of the showing. It's a lot of work to just have someone not show up or call at all. 

It was an especially beautiful weekend in Cleveland and we spent the whole day cleaning, we could have been outside enjoying the beautiful day. On top of all of this, I am sick as a dog and pregnant. I am aware that this type of thing happens all the time and is something we will just have to prepare for again, but it does not change the fact that it really gets my blood flowing. 

So...I really hope that nothing horrific happened in this woman's life, but otherwise, I cannot imagine why it would be so difficult to text or email that she would be unable to attend- a little human decency would have been nice.

March 4, 2013

Life Lately....

Life has been a little chaotic this past week. Adam has been out of town for work and I've been manning the fort( so to speak) I can't figure out why things seem a bit harder when he's gone, because I do most of everything anyway, but there is a difference. He usually takes the dog out in the morning and that is something I hate doing( especially pregnant) it just adds one more thing to my list of things to complete in the a.m.

This pregnancy has me more emotional and impatient, so that could have something to do with it.

It's even more tough working because it gives me less time in the actual home. To accomplish anything.

Since I am working this whole week, I felt guilty that he would be at his sitters so after work we went to an open play time at this Little Gym for kids. He had so much fun!

A few other pictures thrown in for good measure. F.y.i. I had to stay up late one night just to paint my nails and allow them to dry.