Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bloglovin' & a Makeover

I have been thinking that my blog needs some updating. The style is pretty basic and standard and basic and standard doesn't work for me. So this blog will be getting a makeover! Thanks to some advice and inspiration from one of my favorite bloggers Jessica of My Baby Birds (click to view), we are on our way to a fresh new look. It may take some time so bear with me.

To start, you can now follow me on bloglovin' and I would love it if you would! Please click on the blue eyed beauty below under the comment box where it says follow this blog on bloglovin and hit follow when you arrive there. There are some exciting things to come so stay tuned.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday, Monday

I don't mind Mondays. Actually, I tend to like them very much. Maybe it is because I am not a Monday - Friday nine to fiver or maybe I just have a different or some may say strange way of looking at things. Sure, weekends are generally more fun, but Mondays have some perks also.

Rather than taking things day by day, I seem to take things more week to week. Throughout this infertility time if I were to take things day by day, each day that I was still not pregnant would feel like an eternity. Mondays feel like a fresh start to me. It's a brand new week and you can continue to do the same things that you have been doing last week or totally start something new. 

For the last 6 weeks for me Mondays are my acupuncture days. Every Monday for the past 6 weeks I have committed two hours of my day and $70 each week to my acupuncture treatment. One hour is spent on my commute and the other hour is spent on the table with 20+ needles poking through my skin. I never fall asleep during treatment but I do get into the perfect meditative state. If you have never had an acupuncture treatment, you would be amazed at how relaxing and rejuvenating it is. My acupuncturist is mainly treating my infertility. I am still not pregnant, but I do believe that I am benefiting greatly from treatment. 

This Monday for me started with a very early kiss from my husband as I was still sleeping and he was off to work. A couple of hours later I was woken up with another sweet good morning kiss this time from my daughter. The moment my feet hit the floor my sweet morning took a time out. I realized that the cold that I have been fighting was definitely going to beat me today. I have had more colds since having a child than I have had in my entire life. This time though, I am the only sick one in the house, so far. I would like to spend the day in bed being catered to like I did as a child when sick but I'm a mama now and that is definitely not going to happen with an 18m old. So our day began. 

Delilah wants breakfast the moment she wakes up so I quickly got to preparing her breakfast. The oatmeal was cooking, my tea was steeping and Delilah was swinging from my leg. I grabbed a banana and her plate and started to slice the banana for Delilah. My sweet baby who so lovingly kissed me to wake me up just moments ago now just bit my arm really hard because apparently she didn't want her banana sliced. So while our oatmeal cooled we went off into time out. We do not tolerate biting and time out is something that Delilah has been getting a  daily dose of lately. It doesn't last very long but when she gets sent to her time out chair, she knows that she did wrong. 

After an eventful breakfast, nap time did not come soon enough or last long enough. So, why do I still love Mondays? Because soon enough I will be at my acupuncturists fully relaxed in my meditative state for 60 blissful minutes. 

Happy Monday! 

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Baby Update

On the morning that I found out that I was pregnant with Delilah, I woke up very early in the morning to the sound of church bells. We fell asleep with the t.v on and the sounds that I woke up to were the sounds of the royal wedding. It was a beautiful day to wake up and find out that finally after a long road, we were having our first child. 

This past week with all of the news of the upcoming arrival of the royal baby, I thought back to that beautiful morning. We now are on another long road trying to conceive our second child. This past week, I was just days away from finding out if I was pregnant with baby #2. I had a wonderful thought, a daydream, that I would wake up to the news of the royal baby's arrival and on that day, we would find out that we were expecting. 

This past Friday, I woke up to find out that I am not yet pregnant. I was angry, and I wanted to break things. I called my mom, broke down a bit and then packed up Delilah and went to my girlfriends house for a playdate which was a great way to keep my mind busy. After our fun playdate, I dropped Delilah off at home with Patrick and headed out to my chiropractor for a massage and adjustment. The adjustment was exactly what I needed. Sometimes you just need someone to literally crack you back into place. 

My eyes were like a dripping faucet all day. Tears would fall randomly throughout the day. All day I could feel that at any minute my eyes were about to explode and on my drive home it happened. I never want to cry in front of Delilah so the car became my safe place to let go. I pulled in our driveway and pulled myself together the best I could. When I walked in the door I found Patrick and Delilah having a dance party in the middle of the living room. Delilah ran to me, jumped in my arms and gave me a big hug and an abundance of kisses. She then jumped down and grabbed my arm and pulled me in to join the party. Nothing compares to the pure joy that a child can bring. She turned my sadness completely around and we had a wonderful evening. 

So this morning, I woke up to the news that the royal baby is on the way. Every baby is a joy and a blessing. News of the arrival of beautiful new baby or the joy of a new pregnancy each day gives me hope that our day will come again.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Change the Face of Beauty

Photo Credit: 5 boys + 1 girl = 6 Photography
Fashion Credit: sofabulouskids.com 

A couple of weeks ago a friend sent me information on a casting call for toddler models to model 50's inspired clothing. How could I resist looking into this for Delilah my mini fashionista. As soon as I pulled up the link to the casting call, I emailed the photographer who was in charge of the casting and shooting the advertisement. I quickly heard back from her and she was happy to include Delilah. 

While looking over the photographers FB page, website and blog, I realized that she was a very extraordinary women. Katie, the photographer from 5 boys + 1 girl = 6 photography is a mother of 6. That alone is extraordinary. Her youngest and only girl has Down Syndrome. With the birth of her daughter came a deep passion for children with disabilities and photography.

 Katie is the co-founder of Change the Face of Beauty. Change the Face of Beauty is a campaign advocating to have all children and young adults of all abilities included in advertising and media. Tonight, Delilah modeled for sofabulouskids.com with 3 other beautifully sweet little girls. Two of the girls had disabilities and two did not. It was one of the most beautifully moving events that Delilah has been included in.

We all hope for our children to accomplish great things and to be well rounded, loving and accepting individuals. There is so much to learn from these beautiful children and people like Katie who are making great changes in the world. 

Photo Credit: 5 boys + 1 girl = 6 Photography
Fashion Credit: sofabulouskids.com 

For more information please see the links below:

Change the Face of Beauty

5 Boys + 1 Girl = 6 Photographyhttp://5boysand1girlmake6photography.com/blog/

sofabulouskids.com (dresses featured in advertisement):http://www.sofabulouskids.com