Baby A’s 1st Birthday

Yep, on the 12th of September, Baby ‘A’ was born. We didn’t do a big party or anything like that, because daddy is gone with some special training for a while. We are saving the big party stuff for when daddy gets back home. Before DH left he was a little sad, because he already miss the birth (being deployed), and now was missing the 1st birthday. But, that’s the army life for you. You get used to it. At least he will be home for our oldest R’s 5th birthday in October! DH is extremely excited, because he has missed her past 2 birthdays (deployment and special schools/training).

So on Baby A’s birthday I thought she would get to eat a cupcake for the first time. I was so excited, and ‘R’ helped me make some delicious little cakes.

Little did I know that a HUGE teething milestone would be hit on that day.

Both of my kids never really did much when they were teething. Of course they both had a TON of drool, and chomped down on anything they could get their little hands on. But on Baby A’s birthday, it reminded me of what else they had in common.

All day on her birthday, Baby A was a serious grump. She would have her sweet moments, and be cuddly. And then the next thing you know she would be screaming from the top of her lungs. No matter what you did, it didn’t help. Tried changing the diaper, giving a bottle, giving the sippy with juice in it, different play activities…nothing was helping. She refused to eat table food.

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(First time she ever fell asleep in a stroller. Took a year!)

Right before bedtime I noticed Baby A crying, and there was red stuff on the hand she was chewing on. It was blood. So I looked in her mouth and saw why the whole day was full of crying, and cuddling. Her top right front tooth was coming through. It was just then busting through and a bloody mess.

Poor baby. I gave her Tylenol and it helped her to get to sleep. But she only slept 3 hours straight; the rest of the night was spent tossing and turning in pain, medicine, and then eventually letting her lay against my chest while I rocked her for the rest of the night. Let’s just say the next morning, coffee was as important as oxygen.

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<Well she is a red-head. ;) >

‘R’ was the same way. No bad signs of teething till it came to her top front teeth. She would be a grump for like 3-5 days. I would barely sleep.

I did catch some happy moments though during Baby A’s big day though. And once DH gets back we will have the bigger, happier celebration (lol).

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(This is Baby A. Who was very excited at 7:40 a.m.; the same time she was born a year ago. She couldn’t wait for her big day to start, can’t you tell.)

Off-the-hook

A second #RoyalBaby will soon be joining the Windsors in England. Given the choice, would you rather be heir to the throne, or the (probably) off-the-hook sibling?

So in my ‘real life’ I am a 25 year young mother of 2 beautiful girls under the age of 5. I am married to an army solider, even though I dated him before the army. And we have two dogs, one large the other medium sized. Our house is always full of sound; the good, the bad, and the ugly kind. But, it’s a home overflowing with love and understanding. I do 99.9% of the cooking, 99.5% of the cleaning, and 99% of the planning. So I believe with this short description of my life you can tell I have a lot of responsibilities.

So in this ‘fantasy life’ I would be defiantly be the ‘off-the-hook’ sibling. I would have a while lot more freedoms, and extra time on my hands. No pressure to get married to someone who is perfect. No pressure to hurry up and pop out a bunch of babies to fulfill my duties to the throne. I wouldn’t have to worry about thousands of people, when I make decisions that affect them all.

In a way I would have plenty of time to grow up and mature. But if I was the heir I would have to grow up quickly (kind of like in my real life). That’s all good, but I believe people should be able to be young and carefree for a time. 

 

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Troubled Skies

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Since my sister’s death I have found peace in a cloudy sky. I can sit down in my chair on the back patio, and just stare. For some reason my line of sight always contains one of our trees too. That line of sight makes me feel like I am looking right at her, and her me. I know that may sound weird to some, but other’s who have gone through such a soul shattering loss can understand. It is so weird where your peace from the grief can come from. 

If you had the blessing of ever knowing my sister than you know she loved storms. Especially ones that could possibly turn into tornadoes. She would even chase them. She loved the beauty and the danger of them.

So a beautiful blue sky isn’t the same to me anymore. I would take a cloudy one over that any day. Those clouds make me feel connected to her still. 

 

Ephemeral By Addison Moore

A must read!! 5 out of 5 stars. This series is truly different from a lot of the books out there. And I just couldn’t put them down. The first one is free on Amazon and then the next 3 are free if you have Kindle Unlimited (which you can get for free for a MONTH!!) Read it! 

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One Day Less

You’ve been granted the power to predict the future! The catch — each time you use your power, it costs you one day (as in, you’ll live one day less). How would you use this power, it at all?

 

With my sister Tessa being taken away from me without warning; this hits close to home. I am still angry at Gods choice. She was only 27 years old, and had 3 little ones all under the age of 8 years old. She was married, and she was my best friend for 24 years. To of had this power before an intoxicated driver made a choice that would forever change my life and many others is a fantasy. What would I of done? 

In all honesty I would of made our planned ‘Mommy Night Out’ that very night. But, whose to say a wreck or accident still wouldn’t of happened? If God is the one who chooses when to ‘take us home’ then I believe even the power to predict the future couldn’t stop his plans.

Could I of talked to the young guy who decided to drink A LOT, and then get behind the wheel of his truck? Could I get him to see that it was too dangerous to drive? You see I believe people have free will. So in my mind he could of easily killed someone else. Even with this power someone was going to die that night. 

Unfortunately, now that I really think about it, I would NEVER use this gift/ curse. My days are already numbered. Why would I want to contribute to the dwindling of them? 

Before Tessa was sudden taken out of this world; I guess I kind of felt invincible. I’ve always thought nothing too horrible would happen in my life, and that I would die old and grey in my bed next to my DH. 

But, once you lose someone that is so close to you, and so suddenly it’s like a punch in the gut. You realize it can happen at any moment. I could literally be driving to Starbucks to get my PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte), and I get killed in a wreck. I could be at the mall or target and some crazy person decides to shoot up the place and I become a victim of this worlds violence. A heart attack, a brain aneurysm, ANYTHING. 

So I want nothing to do with something/a power that could take away just one day, because what if I’m already on my last day? 

Autumn Is Coming!

Why must the beginning a a school year always be so busy!?!? I feel like I have been running around non-stop and that coffee can only take me so far. I am happy that the PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) came out early this year. It is my favorite treat of all time!! And it makes rough mornings so much better. 

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Next week ‘R’ starts Pre-K, and she is just bouncing around and ready to go already. We already had the ‘Home Visit’ with her teacher, and ‘R’ really liked her. I am excited, because that gives me 3 hours of alone time with ‘Baby A’, and time to workout! I really need to start working off this baby weight. We are just a couple of weeks away from Baby A’s 1st BIRTHDAY! Time sure does fly. And the more kids you have the faster it zooms by. 

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Our little family is doing well in our new home. Fort Bragg, NC is really something else. I love that we have such amazing neighbors, but the weather could cool down please! It’s so humid here, and I believe it needs to be FALL immediately! Fall is my favorite season. Both of my children were born during this season. And I love all the pumpkin smells and tastes. I just recently went Bath & Body crazy and have a bunch of new candles always lit in the house. Currently, we have the Sea Salt & Maple Popcorn 3 wick one burning! It smells DELICIOUS!!! 

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