As I was driving away and thinking 'what was I thinking.' I look over and see another. mom. with. a. baby. It gave me a small sliver of hope for next time.
Going to the zoo also kind of felt like a mini-celebration for Audrey turning 6 months today. I mean, going from this...
To this... (heart procedure done at the ripe age of 5 days old)
To this in six months...
is quite amazing if I do say so myself.
Edited to Add: At the zoo I ate a second day old, sitting in the sun for at least 3 hours, sub while watching the seals and holding sleeping Audrey in the sling. And at that time I thought that sub was amazing. Funny how everything is so relative to the moment.
My list could go on. But I think I will stop there. Got any input? What is a great baby gift or something you couldn't live without?
So, here goes nothing. Here is my messy, messy guestroom. I am sharing this so it will hold me accountable for making it super cute when I am done rearranging everything! Oh, and I can't wait to get rid of that 13 in. TV that stands out like a sore thumb. And in case you are wondering, it DOES have a VCR attachment. That's right, I have had that since I was a junior in high school.
Somethings I do keep nice and polished. Like my almost 6 month old baby girl. I recently bought that flower at Hobby Lobby for $3 and attached it to her hat I got on sale for $3. Total cuteness=$6. Baby=priceless.
That's not even the funny part. The funny part is, it was at my dad's house. He had a lot of people over for Easter, so I guess he thought this was appropriate. Ha! If you knew him, you would know he is a hoot!
On another note. Happy Easter. And check out my adorable baby girl from today...
Or this one...
Or this one... (I love her expression in it, oh, and if you look closely, you can see a very lovely bracelet she is wearing)Shall I go on?
Oh, and what I really want you to get out of this post. Really. Is to check yourself. You can never, ever over check. No matter what age.
Have you ever tried to use a coupon at the wrong store? This week I went to Barnes and Noble in search of a book. I ended at the checkout with a book, recipe book, and a bag. I nonchalantly hand the cashier my coupon. Because I almost always have a coupon. And she says in a 'you're an idiot' type of voice, "I would be happy to use this, but this isn't Borders." Uh, uh. I quickly just buy the things, because at that point, I couldn't go putting things back and have her stare at me any longer. I blame it on me being over zealous about running errands without a baby attached that day. At least I like to think that was my excuse.
Have you ever turned your turn signal on while going around a sharp curve? I don't mean just any curve. I mean one that you drive on EVERY single day. I did just that today (oh, and I have done it many times before). Then I glanced around to make sure no other car so me. Oh, good no car around. Just Audrey. Fortunately, she was distracted with her Sophie to even bother to notice her silly mom. [side note: Need a baby shower gift? Or a good teether? Or just a great toy? Grab the Sophie giraffe from Land of Nod. Audrey got it as a gift and absolutely loves it. Travels every where we go. Perfect to pop in the sling with her too].
Have you ever gone to the bathroom while holding your baby? In a public restroom? With other ladies in the room? I had to last week at the library. Talk about multi-tasking. I wonder what the other women were thinking listening to me talk to Audrey on the pot. At least I could pull the bathroom trick- you know, wait until everyone is out of the room until I leave the stall.
And this is how it went...
Supplies included: blender, steamer, knife, cutting board, spoon, bowl, peeler, ice cube trays, and other tiny freezable containers, and sticky labels
And this is how it ended...My freezer is pretty much stocked now. For $20 of organic fruits and vegetables my friend and I got over 50 servings worth! And it was super fun!
Audrey posed so nicely for it. But don't be fooled. A few seconds later she was doing this...
And that was that.
Some things you can go cheap on, but not a bed. Not something you spend a 1/3 of your life on. What is something that you splurge on?
general cleaner: mix 1/2 c. vinegar, 1/4 c. baking soda, into 2 gallons of water
stainless steel: baking soda and water, rinse well and buff with a clean soft cloth
silver: remove tarnish by placing silver in a large bowl with 2 tsp. of salt, 2 tsp. of baking soda, and a piece of aluminum foil. Cover with boiling water and wait 3 minutes. OR polish with plain white toothpaste. :)
varnished wood: quart of water over two tea bags of plain black tea, let cool (Who would have thought to use tea, huh?)
scuffed furniture: apply vegetable oil and buff gently with fine-grade steel wool
floors, vinyl: scrub greasy troubled spots with a halved lemon, then mop with an all-purpose cleaner (You know, those spots around the fridge and stove, yuck!)