Monthly Archives: February 2010

We are soooo ready!


Jared and I have been watching the Winter Olympics for the past 2 weeks or so. This really makes me want baseball season to start. I am sick of looking at the snow. I want some sunshine, capri pants, flip flops, and my Cardinal boys in baseball pants! That’s right, bring on baseball! I am soooo ready! Gabrielle is ready too. She is excited about her first baseball season!

That's right I'm already a Cardinals fan!

Pujols is my man...well besides Daddy of course!




Why is it that some people think the world revolves around them?!?!? Grrrr. So, glad I could get that off my chest. I feel a lot better now.

Let the Solids Begin…


So, today was the day. The day that Gabrielle started eating solids. Okay, let me try that again. Today was the day that Gabrielle spit out solids. I don’t think even a drop of oatmeal went down that girl’s throat. Not that I am surprised. Last week when she was sick and throwing up, the doctor told me to give her Pedialite. Well, the moment the Pedialite would hit her mouth, out it came. I guess eventually she will get use to the oatmeal. Here are some pictures of her spitting out her food. 🙂

I don't know what is about ready to happen to me...

Dad, why are you letting her do this to me?

Dad's turn

Where Oh Where Did My Sleepy Girl Go?


Where did my good sleeping baby go? My girl who would sleep 6 hours, eat, then sleep for another 4, has been replaced by a sleepless, hungry baby. It is starting to catch up with me. Gabrielle has been up every 2 hours the past 2 weeks (well except the night she slept the WHOLE night, but that is because she didn’t feel well). Then, when I put her down in bed she screams and cries. Today it has really worn on me. I keep yawning  and I am rather emotional. I probably slept a total of 4 hours last night, and that wasn’t consecutive. Right when I’d get into a deep sleep, the crying would start. So, if you see me today, and I look pretty disheveled, just know that I have been lacking in the sleep department.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Happy Valentines Day everyone. Today is a very special day. Not just because it is Gabrielle’s 1st Valentine’s Day, but also because today Gabrielle and Jared were baptized. I was such a proud momma and wife today! 🙂 We had a wonderful day with our family and friends. Thank you to everyone that came to celebrate this very special day for Jared and Elle. Since it is the day of love, I wanted Gabrielle to know how much I love her. I am sure she knows, but when she’s older she’ll have this as a very special reminder.

*this was the first video I’ve ever made, so maybe next time it will be a little better*

Parenting Pet Peeve


Ok, I am up on my soap box again. Are you ready? Here I go…If ONE more person/stranger tells me that I need to give my daughter a pacifier I am going to scream!!!!!! Gabrielle will not take a pacifier.As soon as it hits her lips, she spits it out.  It is not that I am anti-pacifier or anything, she just WON’T take one. Trust me, in those sleepless nights at the beginning, I would have done anything to make her quiet and sleep! Now however, she sucks on her bottom lip and that comforts her. Yes, her bottom lip gets chapped, but how do you stop a 5 month old from sucking on her lip? The answer is you don’t. Or, to calm her self down she sucks on her thumb or her fingers. Yes, my child is a thumb sucker. If you have a problem with it, get over it.

Example #1: Checking out at Shop n Save…Cashier: She sure is sucking on her bottom lip. Me: Yep, she does that a lot. Cashier: She is going to get really chapped. Me: Well, I can’t make her stop. She may just have a chapped bottom lip for a while. Cashier: Give that girl a pacifier! Me: She won’t take one…then I politely take my cart of groceries to bag them.  Here I wasn’t too mad. It was the first time anyone had ever told me that.

Example #2: This example takes place after multiple and I mean multiple strangers telling me to give her a pacifier. Random Stranger in the mall: Oh, she is precious. Me: Thanks! Stranger: Is she sucking on her bottom lip? Me: Yes, she is. Stranger: Well, you better give that girl a pacifier her lip is going to chapped and rubbed raw! Me: Well, if you want to hold it in her mouth, be my guest. I did say this sarcastically to the person. But, I just couldn’t help myself.

Example #3: Stranger: You have a beautiful baby. Me: Thank you very much. Stranger: Why don’t you give her a pacifier. You can always take those away, she’ll have her thumbs forever. Me:….nothing. I say nothing, and walk away. That was the most polite thing I could do when this woman gave me unwanted parenting advice. What I wanted to say to her is, “WOW, I never thought of that. You are a genius. I will give my daughter a pacifier. They make those? That is a brilliant invention.” Understand why I walked away? Lol.

I know that unwanted parenting advice is going to follow me the rest of my life. But, don’t strangers think that I am doing what is best for my baby? Why would a try to shove a pacifier at her if she doesn’t want one? I know everyone has different opinions about what is right and what isn’t. I will respect your opinion even if it isn’t mine. But, please don’t give strangers advice on how to raise their children, unless they ask for it.  Goodness gracious.

Ok, I have now stepped off of my soapbox. 🙂 In other news, Gabrielle has had her first fever. We had her first cold a couple of months back. However, this one is much worse. She has thrown up some phlegm, had a runny nose, been coughing, and some watery eyes. The doctor said it is a virus that just has to run its course. 😦 So, there is nothing we can do for her really. I am hoping she feels better by Sunday, because she and Jared are getting baptized.