Anxious and Nervous!

Now that we know we’re having a little boy I am so anxious for his arrival.  It is going to be amazing to have a son finally.  I can’t wait to see the joy on hubby’s face as he sees and holds his son for the first time.  Sure it was amazing with the girls, but like any guy he longs for that son and my hubby is finally getting one.  Kaleb is already so loved.  The girls are beyond thrilled to be having a baby brother (after having so many sisters) and keep asking when is he going to come.  We’ve had his name all picked out since I was pregnant with Keira 4 years ago and have just been waiting for the chance to use it.

 

Before we knew we would finally be having our Kaleb and not Karlie I purchased boy and girl’s colored yarn to create not only blankets for all three girls, but a matching one in each gender specific colors.  As luck would have it I began working on the boy blanket first, but I just couldn’t seem to force myself to continue working on it.  I honestly thought my hard work would go to waste and this blanket would sit, packed away waiting for a little boy.  Now I can finish working on it with deep love and joy, knowing I will be creating it for our baby boy.

 

Of course I am beyond nervous, but I am sure soon after his arrival that would pass.  How will I parent a boy?  We have three girls (hubby has four).  Are we prepared to raise a boy?  Will his sisters torment him as gets older or will they be amazing big sisters?

 

I’ve had this fear before, but it was the opposite.  It too did pass shortly after giving birth.  When I was pregnant with Khloe everyone swore she was a boy.  At the time the last 24 years (except my sister and one girl cousin) my mother’s side had all boys.  My mother has 4 brothers, I had 5 male cousins and a nephew.  I was prepared for boys.  I had cared for, babysat and spent days with boys.  I knew what it was like to take care of a boy.  When they told me Khloe was a girl I was thrilled and knew the family would be too.  Everyone longed for dolls and pretty dresses.  She was the first girl to be born in 19 years.  Then it dawned on me “OMG I have never taken care of a little girl.”  Of course once she arrived it was like a light went off and I just learned quickly what to do and continue to do again when Keira arrived and of course again when Kaylee arrived.  It is going to be interesting, but I know I will figure it all out.  I just still can’t help being so nervous.

It’s a…..

Stubborn, baby BOY!!!!!  Gender was easy to determine because I swore within 5 minutes of the ultrasound looking at the bladder I saw something there, but this little boy would not let them get good shots of everything they needed.  Finally just as they were about to give up and have me come back again for the rest of what they needed he turned and they were able to get the final measurements.

 

I will be drawing the winner who guessed right shortly and will post it here as well as email the winner.  Thank you everyone for guessing!

*Update* winner is drawn and confirmed.

 

Introducing Kaleb Allen!

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Introduce Holidays Meals to Baby with the Baby Bullet

This holiday season 2011 from the creators of the world’s most popular personal blender – The Original Magic Bullet ® – comes The Original Baby Bullet! This safe, non-toxic and BPA-free countertop magician is the perfect gift for new moms, on-the-go moms and even Dads too! With The Original Baby Bullet™, parents can prepare, blend and store an entire week’s worth of nutrient-rich, preservative-free, organic baby food – in less than five minutes!

 

If you are introducing new foods to your baby this holiday season try these simple recipes! They are delicious, nutritious and sure to be a hit with even the most finicky eater. Now creating delicious festive holiday inspired dishes for your little one will save you money and take no time at all! Also, check out other great recipes and parenting tips at www.babybulletblog.com.

 

Apple Walnut Puree- A delicious holiday treat

  • · 2 Apples, cored & peeled (Pink Lady, Fuji or Gala are all good choices)
  • · 1/4 Cup Walnuts, shelled & halved
  • · 1/8 Tsp Cinnamon
  1. Place apples and walnuts in the Turbo Steamer.
  2. Cook until apples are fork tender.
  3. Place apples, walnuts, cinnamon and 3 tbsp of the water to The Baby Bullet and puree until smooth.
  4. Cool and serve.

 

One Pot Christmas Dinner- Feast for your little king

8 months+

  • · 1 cup of cubed Turkey – uncooked
    (using cooked is fine as well)
  • · 1/2 cup peeled and cubed winter squash
  • · 1/2 cup peeled and cubed white potato
  • · 1/2 cup peeled and cubed sweet potato
  • · 1/2 cup peas or green beans
  • · 1 small handful of fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan
  2. Add 2 cups of water
  3. Bring to a gentle boil and then turn heat to low
  4. Simmer on low for 20 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink and veggies may be easily pierced with a fork.
  5. Transfer the cooked One Pot Christmas Dinner to the Baby Bullet and puree until you achieve the desired consistency.
  6. Viola!

 

Yummy Sweet Potato Pie- Delicious and nutritious

  • · 2 ounces of sweet potato cubed.
  • · 4 tbsp oat meal or rice cereal
  • · 2 tbsp water
  • · Yogurt (optional)

Directions:

  1. Steam sweet potato in the Turbo Steamer.
  2. Combine oat meal or rice cereal and water in the Baby Bullet and Puree until you achieve your desired consistency.
  3. Mix in yogurt for babies over 8 months.
  4. Enjoy!

 

 

The Perfect Gift! The Original Baby Bullet™, which boasts a warm, cheerful design aesthetic, is much more than a blender – it’s a 22-piece comprehensive baby food making system designed to make mom’s life easier while ensuring baby begins life eating the healthiest, most nutrient-rich all-natural foods. Jarred baby food is much more expensive than homemade food and typically contains unhealthy sugars, preservatives and fillers (even when it’s labeled organic). With The Original Baby Bullet™, moms are in full control of every ingredient that goes into their baby’s food. Fresh is always best!

 

Purchase The Original Baby Bullet™ 22-piece system for $59.97 at Bed Bath and Beyond, Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Babies R Us and other fine realtors.

 

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Book Review: Gracie’s Gift

Gracie’s Gift

By Andrea Trosclair

Illustrated by Sean Gautreaux

List $16.95

Trade Hardcover 32 Pages

ISBN 978-0-9838367-0-4

 

Gracie’s gift is about a young girl who doesn’t like to wear bows in her hair.  Her mother makes her wear one each day.  As she dresses for her party she see a matching bow and doesn’t want to wear it, but remembers her mother’s rule about wearing a bow.  Gracie enjoys her birthday party and her mother pulls her close.  She points to her gifts with a matching bow on top and explains that she is her gift and that is why she likes her to wear a bow.

 

As a mom to the Drama Queens I find myself having this battle on a daily basis.  Brushing hair and putting any type of accessory into their hair turns into an hour or two ordeal of screaming and running away.  Shortly after receiving Gracie’s Gift I was preparing dinner when a relative grabbed the book and had the girls sit down with her.  I was expecting to find them under my feet within minutes as usual, but was pleasantly surprised to find they were still enjoying the book, even asking her to read it again and again.  While I still have a hard time brushing the older two girls’ hair neither of them have been fighting me.

 

Author Andrea Trosclair wrote the book with her two daughters as her inspiration.  They are her gifts that she is thankful for.  Living with Multiple Sclerosis since her diagnosis in 2005 Gracie’s Gift is just the first of several books in the works for her.  A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to the MS Association of America (MSAA).

 

You can purchase the book at TrosclairTales.com as well as learn more information on the book, orders and events.  You can also find Trosclair Tales on Facebook for updates and events.

 

I received the product/s mentioned above for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my honest opinion.

Tidbits About Me (bad language)

Some have come across my blog and commented on how I am Suzy Homemaker like and a cookie cutter perfect mom.  I decided I will let you in on a little secret…. yes I do everything I say I do on my blog, but I am also a true Bostonian at heart.  I have a horrible mouth and say shit, fuck and asshole on a daily basis (though I am quite controlled and pretty good at not talking like that around the girls, though others are a little more lose with their words).  While I am lucky my girls know how to speak and behave outside the home (generally) you will occasionally hear inside the home from Khloe upon stubbing her toe “this fucking house” or when Keira and Kay gang up on her “but daddy they are beating the shit out of me.”  Keira will tell Kaylee or TV people to “kick their ass.”

 

Sure I craft, crochet, knit, scrapbook, create cakes and do fun neat little projects with the girls, but I also slack like crazy on other stuff.  We’ve had no family photos taken since Khloe’s first birthday and no kid photos since Keira was a month old.  I always miss the cutest photo opps and I snap only a few photos a month.  My girls don’t wear clothing unless we go out and I am fine with that.

 

It is not that I want to hide the true me, but I prefer to remain almost all family safe on my blog.  I also find that always with my writing (short of posting a status update on Facebook) I have always watched my language when writing.  Perhaps it is all the book reports I wrote in school, properly composing a letter and appearing professional when I worked that the true me is often hidden behind my writing or kept under wraps during a phone call.  So please pardon me if you are on my personal list and I drop a fucking cock sucking dick wad into my status, it usually only happens on bad days or when I am really pissed off.

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We’re Not Nuts!

Over the last few months when strangers hear or see I am pregnant I get the instant “is this your first?”  When I reply no that I have three girls at home and answer their how old are they question I get the reply “Are you nuts? What if you have another girl? Wow they are close in age, you must go crazy being home with them.”  I really wish I could be witty or sarcastic and say something like “oh I think we’ll trade her in for a boy,” “are you interested in a baby girl?” or “most days I lock myself in the bathroom and just listen to them attack each other.” Of course I am not, so I really just half smile and avoid the remarks.  I also hate getting the “so are you done after this one?” We are not sure if we are “done” just yet, this baby was quite the surprise, but loved and wanted none the less.  Sure we would eventually like another or four, but it really all depends on how life turns.

 

It is even more upsetting when it is close family and friends that have rude comments.  Sure I understand we are not in the best position for another baby, but we will make do, make ends meet and provide everything that all our children need.  Are we messing up your life?  Are we pawning our children off on you?  Have we asked you for one single thing?  The answer to all these questions is of course no, so I really think you need to back off and keep your nose out of our life and focus on your own.

 

Have any of you gotten these comments?  What is so wrong with having a large family?  If this was 15-30 years ago no one would even second guess a large family, but it seems like having more than one today makes a person insane.

iPad Fun!

Some of you may have seen a few months back on my personal Facebook page that I won an iPad2.  When I won I offered it to my friend for her son who uses them in school to communicate.  I knew she was trying to raise funds to buy one and was on a very tight budget.  She was thrilled when I offered and accepted it right away, but would still have to raise close to $500 just for the apps he needed.  As luck would have it just days later she won one of her own from an Autism Facebook page that came fully loaded with everything she needed, so she no longer needed the one I won.  Which was great because it would be hubby’s Christmas gift.  Being a SAHM leaves me with limited income (money I make on my blog, gift cards I earn from Swagbucks or that I win) I had little money and almost no options on a gift for him.

 

Last week it finally arrived and since he knew it was coming I opened it up and charged it so I could play Bubble Blast 2 he could use it when he got home.  Of course the girls went nuts over it, Kay just loves Bubble Blast and kept yelling “bubble” because she wanted to play.  They had a ton of fun playing all day while he was at work, I even downloaded Angry Birds for them as well.  When hubby got home he had to fight and hide just to play with it.  I think he has come to realize that while it is technically his, while they are awake it is theirs.

 

Does anyone know any great free or low cost kid friendly apps?  There are just so many to search through.  We do have a drawing one as well as a flash card one, but that is about it that they can really play with and understand.