Monday, December 19, 2011

Dressed and Ready

I cannot believe it is almost Christmas! Can you??

I mean, seriously! It's less than a week away!

Where the heck has this year gone???

I decorated the house the weekend after Thanksgiving (after we got back from, the DAY after) but haven't posted about it yet.

I haven't been posting much of anything lately. But I want to fix that.

So, even though I couldn't figure out how to make my pictures consistent with the lighting, I'm still going to share the pictures of the decorations I have up. :-)

My beautiful tree! The pictures don't do it justice and there are now presents under the tree but I love my tree. It is a 7 foot white tree with red, silver, and black decorations. I love, love, LOVE my tree!

The door to my sister's room.

The door to Little Butt's room.

The table in the living room.

Here's a close up of the lantern I made (spray painted).

The walkway from the living room into the dining room.

The hanging light over the dining room table even dressed up for the occasion.

The centerpiece of the dining room table is a candy cane vase that I made. It's sitting on top of a poinsettia mini table runner.

Elfis even made his debut after Thanksgiving! (Don't mind Emeric, he's harmless)

And I can't have a decorated house without a pretty wreath on the front door. So I made this one to match my tree. :-)

So that's the walk through my Christmas house. I figured you guys didn't need pictures of lights around the windows. And I'm not about to get on a ladder outside and put up lights. So that's about it.

I hope you enjoyed it!!

Have you decorated for the holidays? Do you go crazy or subtle?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Time for Giving

It's that time of year again!

I blogged about this last year and I want to share this again.

Gillette is a huge supporter or our military and the USO.

We all know how important the USO is to our soldiers. They are there in the airports when our soldiers are stranded. They are there for our families, helping us connect through reading programs, and more.

Gillette is donating $1to the USO for every photo or story about a service member posted to their Facebook page.

All you do is jump over to the Gillette Facebook Page and leave a story or picture about a service member in your life. The story can be a thank you, an expression of love, or a more intimate story about your soldier. Mine was a simple shout out! LOL!

Let's remember that every dollar counts. Especially during these times. So get over there and help make a difference in the lives of our soldiers and families!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


My thoughts feel very erratic lately.

I've wanted to blog for days...about different things...but my thoughts won't form into words and sentences.

It's annoying.

Anyway. I took Baby N to get his skull x-rayed today.

I keep thinking about his poor little neck and how he doesn't use it as well as he should.

He's gotten a lot better. He's sleeping right now and his head is facing left all on his own. But it's not completely there yet.

And his head is flattened a bit. The doc says it wouldn't be a huge concern if not for his forehead is starting to jut out a bit.

So I took him today to get x-rayed. The order was a STAT order so I thought I would have heard from his doctor this afternoon. I didn't.

But from what it sounded like when he went to his 4 month check up, he's probably going to need a helmet.

I keep thinking that I should stop stressing about this. It's fine. Lots of kids have helmets.

I should be grateful this is the major problem. I have friends who have faced unspeakable tragedies. In the grand scheme of things, this is trivial. I should be grateful.

So why does it make me want to cry?

How do I not blame myself?? How do I not wonder if there was something more I could have/should have done?

I know I haven't been doing his stretches like I should. I haven't been working with him. I've been busy. Or I forget. I'm so annoyed with myself.

Oh well. I can't change it. I just have to keep trucking along and take things as they come. If he gets a helmet, he gets a helmet. It's for the best.

He is a big boy though. Like I said, he went to his 4 month check up last week.

He weighs 15 pounds 14 ounces (70th percentile) and is 25.5 inches long (72nd percentile). He's not fat...just big. People are always shocked when they hear he's just four months.

He also had rice cereal for the first time last night. He did really well and liked it a lot. I actually came away from it clean. I did have to hold his hands though since he wanted to eat those along with the cereal.

He fared pretty well too.

He had cereal with his bottles today and he only ended up eating 4 times today. When he had cereal and a bottle he ended up going 4 to 5 hours between feedings instead of the normal 3 to 4. 

And yes, I know it's kind of early to be feeding him (most babies nowadays wait until 6 months) but the doc even agreed that the poor boy needs more to eat. 

Well, that's the update on Baby N. Maybe getting these thoughts out will help me sleep. I haven't really been doing much of that lately. Wish me luck!