Monday, January 31, 2011

Birthday Party 1 of 2 Recap :)

H. B. Nana was lucky enough to have 2 birthday parties. Spoiled???? No.

It was all because of location.

The first party was in our new home with her new friends. I wasn’t sure how it would go or if anyone would attend because she is the new girl in daycare but I thought I should at least try. We had been invited to 2 birthday parties already so I thought that there was hope.

I received 2 RSVPs. {I am {slowly} learning that people just don’t RSVP anymore. I don’t like that. I’m a planner….}

I held out hope that maybe more children would attend. But then we woke up to snow. Lots of ice and snow and I thought for sure no one would attend. But alas I wasn’t completely let down; my 2 RSVPers did come to celebrate Hanna’s birthday.

We had a good time. The children made maracas, ate chicken nuggets and enjoyed some Dora cupcakes. And the party was over and cleaned up in time for nap time.

Here are a few pictures of Hanna at her party. They are not the best but they’ll have to do.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What makes you happiest today?

I read this on a friends FB page today - What makes you happiest today?

I love this question because it is making me think of good, happy things on this work day that started off on the wrong foot. I have the option to allow this day to continue to go poorly or I can turn it around and make it a great day. I am hopeful that it will become a great day but I'll be happy with a good day.

So what makes me happiest today is of course my daughter and my husband. They are the best things that ever happened to me. I am also happy for the glass of wine I will be having tonight following my 3 hour teleconference.

So now it is your turn...what makes you happiest today?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Your Three Words

No plans.  Lots of family time.
And some wine for Mommy.

This is going to be an AWESOME weekend!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Becoming Binky Free

I guess you could say we were fortunate with our experience to ditch the binky. While it was relatively painless for Hanna it was a bit harder of a step for me.

Like any big milestone a child has, losing the binky {for good} really signifies that your “baby” isn’t a “baby” anymore. And that is hard.

Hanna had been experiencing some breakouts along her mouth only where the binky was. I refused to buy new ones. We had talked about ditching the binky when she turned 2. That was the plan or so I thought.

One day in early December Stephen arrived home after picking Hanna up from daycare and announced that we were done with the binky. I was sick in bed and told him he was picking a bad time for this because I was not up to dealing with all the tears that I had envisioned would be shed when we finally took this big step. I made sure he understood that this was all on him.

Boy was I wrong. Hanna gave her binky to Ollie {our elf on the shelf} and Ollie took it to Santa. The first night there was only about 15 minutes of tears then she slept great. The next day she went to daycare without the binky {and the woobie – bad Daddy!} and did great. After that, she has never asked for it again.

Before this happened I had asked some Mommy friends how they went about loosing the binky. I received some great tips that I thought I’d share.

One of the cutest ideas I heard was to take your child and binky to one of those bear building places and before they close the bear up, have your child put the binky in the bear. This way they are never completely without the binky.

Then there was the cut the end off the binky trick. It seemed that having your child assist you in cutting the end off was a little more effective.

I was also told that having your child physically give the binky to someone worked really well. A neighbor or family friend {someone your child doesn’t see on a daily basis} was a popular choice because then your child can’t ask for it back. I suppose that this is similar to the approach we {or should I say my husband} took and it really was effective.

I hope that when the time comes to ditch the binky in your home, you have relatively painless experience. If you have any advice on the topic that you’d like to share, please do.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Today You Are 2!!

You’ve read it over and over again. Every Mommy blogger says it at some point. So why not me?!

My baby is 2 today!! Where did the time go???

It is simply amazing to me that this was my daughter just a short time after being born….

And this is my daughter now.

Everyday the love I have for her grows stronger and stronger.  I couldn’t imagine my life with out her. I don’t remember what life was like before her.


Dear Hanna,

Your Mommy and Daddy love you so very much.

Everyday you are changing and your vocabulary grows by leaps and bounds. You do so well at identifying family and friends in pictures. You repeat nearly everything we say (both good and bad) and so we have introduced the quarter jar.

You eat pretty much everything we give you. In fact you still eat better then most adults we know. We love bragging about that too!!

Sleeping has never been an issue with you. Lately you try to test us at nap time. But remember my dear, we are your parents – we win! At night you like for us to sing “you are my sunshine” and you tell us to sing more sunshine until you are ready for your bed.

You are having a wonderful time in your new daycare. You’ve made a lot of new friends and are learning a lot (both good and bad) from them.

As far as potty training, you are doing really well. We still put you in a pull-up for nap and bedtime but I am sure that is only for little while longer.

You have been binky free for over a month now and we LOVE it!!!!

Last night you provided us with our first Hanna Live In Concert featuring your Dora microphone. It was the best concert I’ve ever been too!!!

I could go on and on…

Remember that we will always love you.
Mommy and Daddy

Friday, January 7, 2011

Your Three Words

Next week a very special little girl turns 2!!! Tomorrow we are having the first of two birthday parties, this one being for friends at daycare.

I can’t believe my baby is 2!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

March for Babies

Here we are fresh into 2011 and it is time to start thinking about helping those that need it. 

Last year we participated in our first March for Babies and I am so excited to do it again this year.  I hope you'll join me by donating to our team or by participating in a walk near you.

Stay tuned for more information :)

We have a winner!

Congratulations to....traciet!!!
I will be sending you an email to give you your CSN gift card.

Thank you to all who entered!!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy 2011!

I hope that everyone had a terrific New Year's weekend!

We had a quiet New Year’s Eve at home. Hanna was in bed by 8:30 and so Stephen and I took to the couch to watch a movie. I was struggling to stay awake till 12 so I could see the ball drop. My how things have changed…..

New Year’s Day we welcomed friends and family to our home. We had such a great time with lots of food and laughter. We appreciate everyone who made the drive down to spend the day with us.

It was like as soon as they left the sickness started. Stephen started with a fever {though I am convinced he had one the day before too} and as of today is still going with it. Hanna had a little fever that night too but it seems to be gone now. She is like a snot factory and has a lovely cough. I just keep thinking that this is a great way to start off the New Year!

Don't forget to enter the CSN Store giveaway.  Deadline for entry is tomorrow :)

Ups and Downs

Ups and downs. One step forward, two steps back.

Life is full of them. After all, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, right?

You would think that after 30 years I might be better at dealing with them.

Unfortunately that isn’t always the case.

I am learning that I am really good at setting myself up for disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, I have a wonderful life, a loving husband, a beautiful/healthy daughter, a cuddly dog and supportive family and friends. But I am really good at setting myself up for something good then only to be disappointed when it doesn’t happen.

It’s in my nature. I’m a planner. Over planner some might say. I don’t know how to otherwise explain it. But I am learning that the disappointment is awful and that I am letting it affect me more then I should.

{How convenient that I am having this revelation in time for the New Year}

I know they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but I am going to try. I don’t know that I could ever completely “cure” myself of this but I am going to try. I don’t want to not get excited for things but I don’t know that I can let myself get “as” excited as I have previously. I know that it is healthy to have things to look forward to but I also don’t think that it is healthy to let disappointment affect me the way I sometimes let it. It’s almost like I feel like I should only be excited for the sure-fire things.

Please don’t get me wrong, there is no one instance that has made me feel this way. It has been a long time coming and I just hate the way I feel and the way it affects my family.
Thanks for letting me vent a little. I know it is healthy to talk about things rather then hold them inside.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you and your Family! I hope that 2011 proves to be an excellent year for you :)