2 Months Old!

Leo is officially 2 months old (as of Jan. 13th)! I can't believe how fast time is going by. He has been a pretty happy baby thus far. Smiley, makes cute baby noises (not the ones from his ass), loves cuddles and being held, eats a ton.

I feel extremely lucky that I have been able to be home with him for these past two months in a country that doesn't believe in paid maternity leave. But if I can be entirely honest, and I can, I'm ready to go back to work and school. Being a mom is absolutely amazing! But I also love being a teacher and a student. Fortunately, in 2018 women can have it all.

Motherhood, work, school...you can do it! ((*with support*))

I start back to work soon and grad classes resume tomorrow evening! I'm excited to get back into the swing of things. While I'm at work or school, Leo will be with a family member which I am so beyond thankful for. I'm praying that we can avoid daycare until he's a little bit older and has a stronger immune system.

When I had Md, I wasn't so lucky. Daycare wasn't optional.

How long did you get to stay home with your little ones? How did you feel about returning to work?

Thanks for reading! 


Easy BBQ Crockpot Chicken!

Made this tonight and the family really enjoyed it! :) Easy to make! 10 minutes (or less) of prep time!


2lbs of boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups of BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
Garlic salt 


Turn the crockpot to HIGH. 
1. Lightly sprinkle garlic salt over the chicken breasts and place them in the crockpot.
2. Mix the other ingredients in a bowl and pour over the chicken. 
Let this cook for 3 hours and 30mins. 
3. Shred the chicken with a fork and stir.
Let this cook for another 10 mins. 

Ready to serve! Perfect on rolls, or by itself! Tonight we paired this with twiced baked potatoes and it was absolutely delicious! I'm even considering making BBQ nachos with it! 

What is your go to crockpot meal?

New Mom Life...Again...

In January of 2009, I gave birth to my first child. Admittedly, I must have blocked out all of the wonderful early joys of motherhood, ya know like the lack of sleep, getting peed and pooped on, smelling like milk, not showering when you want to, always having to eat when your food is cold,  etc.

Leo @ 7 weeks
It has been a little challenging getting use to having a new baby. I have an 8 year old. An 8 year old that can wipe his own ass, shower, use the microwave, read, clean, and tell me his needs and wants. 

I started over. Completely. 

While I adore little Leo to death, he is...well...challenging. Going from 1 kid to 2 hasn't been easy, but we are getting to know each other well, and adjusting as a family.

Some positives about having done this rodeo before are:
  • I don't panic over every little thing.
  • I'm not afraid to handle him. My first little guy was so little that I was terrified that I'd break him somehow. 
  • I have the perfect swaddle down!
  • His crying cues are easier to interpret. 
  • I'm much more skilled in the art of multi-tasking.
  • Breastfeeding has been a lot easier (after he finally latched!)
  • & I know that everything will be ok, even when it feels like it won't.
The more I think about wanting more children, the crazier I think that I must be. lol

Isn't it amazing how just a smile or coo from our little ones can make us forget that they just shit on us perhaps hours before the adorableness? 

Being a mom is wonderful. Motherhood is indescribable love. patience. and selflessness. And for those that do this more than once? It's insanity and a touch of amnesia. 😉

Thanks for reading!

How many children do you have? Was it difficult going from 1 to 2+ kids? 

10 Tips for Avoiding Pregnancy Weight-Gain:

With my first pregnancy, I gained a whopping 50lbs! Let's just say that I took eating for two much too literally. With this second pregnancy, I gained 27lbs. total, and lost 34lbs. within a week after delivery. Gaining at least SOME weight during pregnancy is inevitable, and necessary even. You're creating a human. But here are my 10 tips for avoiding the EXTRA weight-gain:

1. Assuming that you aren't currently living a horribly unhealthy lifestyle, try to keep your life as close to normal as possible. Go to work, do your normal chores, go grocery shopping...keep moving! I completely understand how exhausting pregnancy is, so fit a nap in somewhere, but don't spend your pregnancy lounging. Stay active and you'll feel much better after the baby arrives! If you get to use to lounging and napping, you're in for one hell of a rude awakening when your little one arrives.

2. Indulge and move on. Want a piece of cake? Want a slice of pizza? Want a delectable pasta dish? HAVE IT! Have a serving, and then move on. 

3. Weigh yourself every morning at the same time. It helps! If I had a poor day of eating, the next day, the scale put me in check quick! It made me want to make better choices after seeing where my poor decisions got me.

4. Drink a shit ton of water! Seriously. Go out and by like a Bubba mug and drink at least 2-3 a day. It's good for you, and it's good for baby.

5. Watch your salt intake! Salt is no bueno...especially during the end of pregnancy. It makes you hold more water and can make you swell. 

6. Exercise. Go for a walk, dance (with non-slip socks on if you have hardwood floors lol), do something! I even tried YouTube videos; there are some really great pregnant YouTube exercise videos out there. I really enjoyed this 6 minute pregnant pilates video from Blogilates-->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38QKU7P_yxs . 

7. Sleep. As difficult as it can be during pregnancy, make sure that you are getting enough sleep at night. You're creating life and need all of the energy you can get! 

8. Cook healthier meals. Try to fit in veggies and fruit everyday. Switch to olive oil, use Mrs. Dash seasoning (no salt), use a sugar substitute, go for whole wheat bread, eat more protein, etc. The internet is filled with healthy alternatives to our favorite unhealthy dishes...give one a try!

9. Snack! I realize that sounds counterintuitive, but it's not! Having a snack between meals helps keep your metabolism going. A snack is not a cheeseburger. I recommend keeping clementines, grapes, apples, carrots, bananas, cheese and crackers, raisins, and similar healthy items on hand. Smoothies are also a nice option!

10. Get help from easy to use apps! I love Myfitnesspal to keep track of activity, calories, water intake, and weight. And I HIGHLY recommend the app Yummly for recipe ideas that are customized to your tastes, needs, and skill level.

I hope that you all find these tips to be helpful. The pregnant body is a beautiful thing, cherish it! 

Thanks for reading! <3


Prolapsed Cord & an Emergency C-Section...

Towards the end of my pregnancy my doctor kept commenting on how much extra amniotic fluid I had. I didn't know what she meant, or why she kept bringing it up. All I cared to hear during those ultrasounds was that my child was healthy, not a monster, and not freakishly huge.

During my last appointment, they recommended that I be induced because if I went to term, he'd be much too big and could have nerve damage or break my pelvis (aka he was freakishly huge lol). So induction it was! But the plan was still to have him naturally.

We arrived at the hospital at 6am. I was soooooo nervous! But having T with me was amazing. I couldn't have asked for a more supportive partner. 
Baby Leo. 8lbs. 11oz.

They started their induction methods and things were going smoothly. At around 4cm. dilated, my doctor decided to break my water to move things along a little faster. It was working! Contractions were very strong, and the nurses positioned me with a ball to help the little guy move down into the birthing position that he needed to be in. 


Within a few minutes, my doctor was in the room to check the baby's position. She reached on up where the sun don't shine and got a hand full of umbilical cord. We were dealing with a prolapsed cord (Umbilical cord prolapse occurs when the umbilical cord comes out of the uterus with or before the presenting part of the fetus. It is a relatively rare condition and occurs in fewer than 1% of pregnancies---thanks, wikipedia!)

Immediately everyone was panicking and I was told that they had to do an emergency c-section. I was devastated and scared shitless out of my mind. I wasn't mentally prepared to be cut open, and now I was being told that my unborn son's vitals were dropping. 

As they wheeled me out, the tears were flowing hard. My mother and T uttered words of reassurance, and I said what I thought could be my last words to Md...I love you

They wouldn't let anyone be in the operating room with me. I kept asking for T...and even though they got him suited up for the OR, they wouldn't let him in. That was terrifying. I laid there feeling helpless and alone...surrounded by 10 strangers that were trying to save our lives. The epidural hadn't fully kicked in when they started making the incision. It wasn't until they had already started that I felt a gush of fluids that made my body go numb. The tugging and pulling sensation of them trying to get the baby out is something that I never wish to feel again. I'll spare you the details on a few other things, but know that I'm still dealing with some PTSD like symptoms...

While the whole ordeal was very quick, those minutes felt like an eternity. I waited and waited and waited to hear his cry. It was the only thing that I felt I was holding on for. I just wanted to know that my baby was ok...and then whatever was going to happen to me didn't matter. 

He was out. No cry...I watched the nurses' face for any clue as to what was going on. She was standing by my head and was the only insight I had into what was happening beyond the sheet. She would look at me, and then back over the sheet...and then back at me."They're working on him"...I felt ill. It was close to a minute after his exit that I heard his faint cry. I had an instant feeling of relief. They let me see him for a brief moment before they took him to ICU. I felt incredibly sad that I wasn't able to see him longer or hold him, but they still needed to close me up. 
And close me up they did...followed by an xray to make sure that they didn't leave any tools in me since they didn't have time to prep they said 😐. 

After this, I was wheeled to a recovery room where only a couple people could come in at a time. My family took turns popping in, and I felt incredibly jealous that they were all able to go see my new son, while I was stuck in pain under heated blankets shaking uncontrollably. I wanted my baby.

My son, Leo, was born around 3pm. I didn't get to see him again until around 9pm. When I finally saw him and held him on my chest it was pure joy. All of the pain I was feeling melted away (if only briefly lol). He was here. He was healthy. He was perfect. 
From the time my doctor announced that the cord was prolapsed, to the time Leo was born was under 15 minutes. I can't thank my doctor enough for her quick reaction time, amazing surgical skills, and for saving us both. 

I can't thank my mother enough for always being there and being our rock. 

& I can't thank my partner enough for being there for us and for being such a loving and helpful man. Our Leo is so blessed to have him as a father, and I'm blessed to call him the love of my life.

Md is so thrilled to be a big brother, and has been incredibly helpful!

I am so in love with my little family. 


A new addition to our family...

On March 20th, 2017 I learned that we would have a new addition to our little family. We had already planned a trip to France before learning about this new addition, so we decided to do the reveal while on our trip.
During this trip, we also found out the gender! I researched a bunch of places that offered elective ultrasounds and decided on this little place called Echografilm on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. To reveal the gender they do an ultrasound, have you close your eyes, and if the lights are blue when you open your eyes, it's a boy, and if they're pink, it's a girl. Well.....it was a boy!!! 
I'm not going to lie. I cried. I wanted a little girl...

I felt like the biggest brat crying down the streets of Paris. But I couldn't help it...that was my reaction. I think that I was so upset because I just FELT like it was a girl growing inside me. I had convinced myself of it. So seeing the blue lights made me feel like I had just lost this little girl that I had been dreaming of.

Anyway, it took me about an hour to get over it, and now i'm glad that Md will have a little brother.

...we are very excited to welcome this little man into our lives. He is already very loved.



Pokemon Go!

Pokemon GO is a game changer. 

The game is getting kids up and moving and interacting with their peers and community instead of sitting in front of a television, or tablet, & I LOVE IT! 

When I was a kid, I collected Pokemon cards, but didn't hear about pokemon again for years, and I didn't know that it was still a thing until about 2 years ago when my son BEGGED for cards that he could take to school to trade with friends. (If only I would have kept my old trading cards! :( - would have saved so much money! lol)
When I heard that Pokemon was releasing a new app, I was hesitant about downloading it for my 7 year old, Pokemon obsessed, son. But, many people recommended it...so we gave it a shot. 

Basically, the game uses your phone's GPS, and places pokemon characters around the town for you to physically (through your phones camera) go out and catch. They also have designated areas for you to go and battle your pokemon (like local schools, churches, water towers, etc.). 

I have seen so many people outside playing Pokemon GO...& to be honest, it has been both strange and pleasant to see so many people out walking around the neighborhood. 

So far I have seen people aged 7 to 29 playing this game.

I played for a little bit, and can definitely see why people are becoming obsessed.
If you're looking for ways to keep your kids busy and outside, I recommend trying out the app with your kids. :) 

M and I even went on an adventure together today to find some new Pokemon, and it was actually pretty exciting. lol

Check out this video from Mr.Mobile for a more indepth description:

Happy hunting! :) - What apps do your kids love?