Wednesday, April 23, 2014

humpday confessions

Today I'm linking up with one of my favorite bloggers Kathy for her Humpday Confessions. Kathy is the queen of gifs and is awesome about responding to all comments which I love. 

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1. Last Friday I got to leave work early for Good Friday but instead of going to pick up my son early I went to Target. It had been a stressful week and I wanted some retail therapy. I spent about $100 in 15 minutes so mission accomplished.

2. I've always been a bit sad at the thought of leaving Hunter overnight but next week I'm going to FL to visit one of my dearest friends and her new twins for the weekend and I'm really not sad about leaving Hunter. I desperately need a bit of time away and I will be enjoying lots of baby snuggles.

3. I really really hope my husband gives me a very nice birthday/Mother's Day gift next month. I deserve it. 

4. As much as I want to have another baby, once Hunter is in bed at night and I'm able to just veg out on the couch and catch up on my DVR I think to myself  "it's really nice not having a newborn keeping me up all night".

5. We hid most of Hunters Easter candy and we will probably end up throwing most of it out. None of us need to eat that much candy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter 2014

For the first time we decided to host Easter at our house for our parents. It was nice being able to stay at home where Hunter had all of his toys to play with and we didn't have to rush out the door or deal with traveling to someone else's house. Because our neighbors who have young kids were also going to be home we planned a little egg hunt for Hunter and his two friends Zachary and Jordynn.

We couldn't have asked for better weather and lunch was delicious. We had ham, asparagus, homemade mac n' cheese (from my mom), pineapple souffle (from my MIL), salad and rolls and chocolate pecan pie and sweet potato pie (from our neighbor) for dessert. It was fabulous. 

On Saturday night we dyed some eggs. Hunter lost interest pretty quick once we had to sit and wait for the dye to take affect. 

After he went to bed the bunny dropped of his basket which was full of some small trucks, fun socks, books and a few edible treats. 

Hunter seemed to think Easter was a mix of Halloween and Christmas with the presents and candy left for him. Needless to say he was thrilled. 

Me and my love. 

Hunter had just woken up for a nap and wasn't in a smiling mood at that moment. 

Hunter with Grandma and Papa. 

Hunter with mama and Nana. 

The egg hunt went really well, we had over 100 stuffed eggs for 3 kids. At first Hunter wanted to open each egg and eat the candy, once we convinced him to go find the eggs first he was off and running. He even broke a sweat and filled 2 baskets!

Once the hunt was over the kids enjoyed some cookies and pretzels together. They really play nicely with each other and it's pretty adorable to watch. 

We had such a wonderful Easter with our family and friends, we were definitely very blessed this year. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Five

1. This weekend I'm going to my future sister-in-laws Bachelorette party in D.C. I can't even tell you the last time I went out for drinks and dancing in D.C. I used to do it all the time back in my younger, single days but since being married and having a kid I just have no interest. In fact I told Kristian I have no idea what to wear. What do people wear out to clubs nowadays? I packed up all my old Ho clothes a long time ago. It should be fun assuming I can actually stay awake past 10pm. #SoOld #SoLame

2. I'm actually pretty excited about Easter next weekend. We are having our parents over for a late lunch and we are even planning to do a small Easter Egg Hunt out in front of our houses with our two neighbors that have a 3 year old and 2 year old that Hunter is friends with. I can't wait to see the kids run around and look for eggs. Sad that I'm more excited to watch my kid hunt for Easter eggs than to go out dancing at midnight in the city. My how times have changed!

3. My friend and neighbor Aimee gave me these sandals the other night. She ordered them off of Zulily for her daughter thinking they were a toddler size 6 turns out she ordered a women's size 6 by mistake. She can't return them and I happen to wear a size 6 so win for me! They are really cute and comfy.

4. I am loving the warmer weather and longer daylight hours in the evening. We have gotten back in our routine of hanging out in front of the house in the evenings once I get home from work. Hunter gets to play with his two little friends while I get to talk to their parents and have some social time. We are so lucky to have such nice neighbors and the fact that they have kids the same age as Hunter is a huge bonus! Also, Hunter has suddenly gotten very good at riding his balance bike. He will now get a running start, lift his feet and glide down the sidewalk for several feet. He keeps saying "Go fast, go fast" He will give me a heart attack one of these days.

5. There still isn't much progress in the potty training department. We tried the underwear thing but he didn't seem to care when he peed in the underwear. I had hoped it would bother him enough that he would be more willing to go on the potty but no such luck. I really just don't think he's ready. He will still go once or twice a day at school but he has no interest in going at home and I'm okay with that. He'll get there.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Weekend bullet points

This past weekend we:

  • Gave Hunter his first at home haircut. We figured we would give it try and save some money. Kristian did most of it using his hair trimmer and some scissors. We gave Hunter a lollipop which helped keep him entertained for a few minutes. He did much better than when we take him to a professional place and Kristian did a great job for a first time cut. There were a few uneven spots but nothing too horrific. 

  • Shortly after his haircut my mom arrived to spend the weekend. I think she needed a Hunter fix. Hunter loves his Nana and one of his favorite things to do with her is bake muffins. He calls himself the muffin man. He is actually getting quite good at it and remembering what the steps are. 

  • There was also some story time involved, since the weather was pretty nasty we couldn't go outside and play.

  • We decided to take advantage of the free babysitter and actually go see a movie on a Saturday night! We rarely go to the movie theater anymore and when we do it's always one of the early morning shows because they are cheap but we figured why not splurge for a change. Between the tickets and food and it was close to $50! We saw Divergent and I really liked it! I thought it stuck pretty close to the book and I really liked the first book. Kristian seemed to enjoy it as much as he enjoys any of those type of movies though I think he preferred the Hunger Games.

  • On Sunday after my mom left we did finally did our taxes. Thanks to Hunter and owning a home we were able to get a few deductions and actually get a decent refund back! Unfortunately it will all be going towards paying off the medical bills we have from Kristian's surgery.
  •  The weather on Sunday was even worse so once again we stayed inside all day but Hunter was a good boy all weekend. He really is such a joy and I'm so thankful I get to be his mama. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Potty Training Part 1

Hunter is now 2 years and almost 3 months old and while we have been working on potty training since before his 2nd birthday he is still not fully potty trained. This really doesn't bother or stress me out very much because I know that boys can often times take longer than girls to potty train and I know that eventually he will be potty trained. I've yet to meet someone who went off to college still wearing diapers. Since this is basically my journal and keepsake of the main events in our lives I wanted to write a little about the potty training journey so far.

A couple of months before Hunter turned 2 they started putting him on the potty at daycare. They would sit him on the little toilet in the room throughout the day but he very rarely went. We had bought both a small potty to sit on the floor and a seat adapter to go on the big toilet for our house so that he could try both options and we would occasionally sit him on both. I didn't want to really even push it at home until he started going more consistently at daycare. I will say that one of the benefits of daycare is having them help with potty training and makes it even more worth all the money we are paying them. I figured if he got used to going there during the day than it shouldn't be that hard to get him to go at home. I was wrong.

After he turned 2 and moved into the Preschool 1A class he had to start wearing pull ups instead of diapers and they were more consistent with making all the kids sit on the potty every hour unless they showed signs of needing to go even sooner. Not long after he turned 2 and moved to the new class he started going more often while at daycare. Typically he will go pee in the potty between 1-4 times a day while at daycare. He has only pooped a few times and that was just because they were able to catch him and get him to the potty in time. He no longer cries or gets upset when he goes at school. He has even gone while standing up "like daddy". They give the boys the option to either stand up or sit down since some do better with one way vs. the other.

Now when he's at home he will NOT pee or poop on the potty. We've tried using the small one on the floor and sitting him on the big toilet. He will sit for a few minutes then say "All done" and ask for his diaper. We've tried giving him books to read and the iPad while he sits there but he will only sit for a few minutes before insisting he gets off. I don't want to force him to stay on it and make it a traumatic experience so I don't fight him too much if he asks to get off. He will even tell us he needs to use the potty but he will hold it until he has his diaper back on. So at least we know he has the ability to hold it. And he will tell us before and after if he needs to or has already gone. But for some reason he just won't do it at home.

We've tried bribing with candy and toys but that hasn't worked either. I know part of the problem is that we aren't as consistent with sitting him on it every hour the way they do at daycare so that's definitely our fault. I really think if he can just go even once or twice in the potty at home that will get him over whatever fear or hang up that he's having with it and he will start going more consistently. I think this based on other "fears" he's had with things. Once he does something once and sees that it's not scary or a big deal he's totally fine.

So I finally went out and bought him some underwear and I'm hoping if we start putting him in that after he has a few accidents it may help inspire him to go in the potty because he won't like being wet and he will get upset if he ends up peeing on the floor or couch. I'm also going to try a reward chart to see if having something physical to look at to track his progress will also help him. It's much harder to do this when we aren't home with him all day everyday but I'm hoping maybe after even doing it a couple days over the weekend we will get some improvement at home. I would like to have him fully (daytime) trained by the summer but if that doesn't happen I'm not going to stress it too much. To be honest I'm a little nervous to give up the convenience of diapers and not having to worry about rushing to find a bathroom if we're out in public or driving in the car.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Five

1. I can't seem to stop buying Hunter Spring/Summer clothes. I justify it because I don't have much of a choice, he's outgrown all his clothes and shoes from last year so he actually does need a whole new summer wardrobe including shoes, swimsuits etc. The problem I'm having is sizing, right now he wears a 2T but I'm afraid if I buy everything in a 2T he will outgrow it before the end of the summer. But 3T is HUGE on him so I'm trying to buy a mix. 

2. I hate medical bills. Really. We have a $5,000 deductible with our insurance policy because we're on the family plan and thanks to Kristian's surgery/MRI/Pain meds etc. we have definitely hit our deductible for the year but we're having to pay a lot of money out of pocket and the bills just keep coming. I'm really hoping for a good tax return to help offset some of these costs.  On a good note, he had a follow up appointment with his doctor who assured him that the pain and knots he still has in his back are totally normal and will slowly go away over time it's just going to be a very slow healing process. At least now he's allowed to pick up Hunter again. 

3. This past Monday, St. Patrick's Day, we got MORE snow, close to 10 inches. This wouldn't be a big deal if we lived in North Dakota but we live in Northern VA. It practically never snows in March let alone 10 inches. I have to admit I kind of love it. Yes I'm sick of the cold but I love staying home and playing in the snow with my little dude. He is OBSESSED with snow. We stayed out for an hour on Monday and he ran around and played while we shoveled and cleaned off cars. He even tried to help clean off our neighbors car. We are supposed to get even more snow next week! Nuts!

4. One thing Hunter is NOT obsessed with right now is bath time. He HATES it. It started a couple weeks ago when he accidentally peed in the bathtub. He got very upset and cried, even though we didn't scold him and told him it was okay, accidents happen. Since then every time we give him a bath he screams and cries and won't sit down and just tries to get out the whole time.  I always make sure the water isn't too hot or too cold.The only thing I can think is that he's scared he's going to pee in the tub again. I always let him sit on his potty while the tub fills with water and have even told him if he pees in the tub it's okay. Last night I even gave him a bath in our tub thinking maybe he wouldn't be so scared and have the same association with it but no luck. Not sure what to do at this point. 

5. I've been trying to work out more, nothing too crazy but I try to get in about 30 minutes of something 4 days a week, whether it's walking on the treadmill or just doing some squats and crunches. I'm really trying to tone up a bit before summer and I find that it seems to be helping me sleep better at night.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


This week I'm saying So What if:

-I tried doing a sock bun for the first time today. I've seen this all over the Internet for MONTHS but never tried it until this morning. And yes I cut up one of my husbands socks to do it. It actually worked really well and looks good except I'm not used to having such a big bun on top of my head. 

-I can't seem to stop ordering summer clothes online for Hunter. Granted I don't have much of a choice because the kid DOES need new clothes for the spring/summer since he's outgrown everything. Fortunately I've been able to get some good deals and use a few old gift cards so I haven't spent TOO much money. 

-Having to order everything in a 3T to insure it lasts him through the summer makes me want to cry a little. 

-I stayed up past my bedtime on Monday to watch that trainwreck of a Bachelor finale. I actually think it's more realistic to not propose or even say I Love You to someone after only dating a few weeks (while simultaneously dating other women) BUT Jauny P really was a dick about how he handled the whole situation. Clare dodged a bullet and Nikki needs to run far away, even his own family was trying to warn them away from him. 

-If this past weekend was the first time I've washed a car (by myself with an actual hose and stuff) since I was a little kid helping my parents wash their car. Usually I just go through the car wash or have Kristian do it but he can't really do it while he's recovering and I didn't want to wait in a 2 hour line with every other person wanting to wash all the snow/salt off their cars during the nice weather. I also wanted to clean out the inside of the car which I did and it's SO much nicer now. 

-I'm a bit obsessed with wearing my husbands shirts around the house and to bed, there are two in particular that I love to wear and we will literally fight over them. I try to tell him that wearing them just makes me feel close to him. haha. They are actually just super comfy. 

-I'm incredibly frustrated that Hunter refuses to go on the potty at home. He apparently has no problem going at school and will go multiple times a day but won't do it at home. He sits on it fine and will even ask to sit on it but after a minute or so he says "All done" (without having done anything) and ask for his diaper (and then go in the diaper). I don't want to force him and make it a traumatic thing but it's getting annoying.

-I FINALLY finished Hunters 2 year photobook. Now I'm just waiting for a sale before ordering. I refuse to pay $100 for it.