Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Palmolive Soft Touch Review.

I recently got the chance to try out Palmolive's new product, Soft Touch dish soap. I really didn't think I would like it very much at first, because I thought dish soap with a lotion type product would leave a film on your dishes, but it doesn't. In fact, I think it cleans dishes even better than Dawn dish soap that I have been using for years. A drop goes a long way to so I feel like it lasted longer for me.

After having spent the first couple months of the year in the hospital, after having Lola at 32 weeks, and then having a huge blood clot, my hands are very easily dried out from using tons of hand sanitizer, and harsh soap.  I was finding that every time I washed my dishes I had red, dry, chapped, itchy, burning hands. With Palmolive Soft Touch I don't get that. I can't say that I have ditched my hand lotion, but not having raw hands after washing the dishes is a HUGE deal for me.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. The review is my opinion. If you want to try free products too you can sign up at www.influenster.com

Monday, December 31, 2012

Then There Were Two.

I know I haven't been writing too much, and I didn't write too much about this pregnancy. It went by so quickly that I lost track of time. Lorelai Diane  ( Her Daddy has been calling her Lola) was born on the 23rd of December at 4:50pm, at 32 weeks. She was 4lbs 2oz, and 17 inches long. She came into the world feisty and screaming.

Because she came so early, she is the NICU, but she is doing great. She has been breathing on her own, and never needed any help on that front. She basically just needs to learn how to eat and grow, then we can bring her home. To me its a little heart breaking that we can't all be together. My son is at his Grammy's house ( my mom) and we are staying at the Ronald Mcdonald house near her hospital. Its a little over an hour from our home. But I know its what needs to happen, and we will all be back together soon enough.

She was jaundiced and spent 7 days under the lights. So far she hasn't needed to be under them for the last two days, but there is a chance that she may need to go back under if her bilirubin levels go back up. It was something I expected. Jack needed the same thing, and I'm pretty sure it has a bit to do with sphearophytosis. ( it runs in my family, both me and Jack have it, and I'm 85% sure Lola does too.)

She has already gained 3 oz and is only 9 days old. That is pretty weird to say because her preeme sized clothes are huge on her, but she is growing. :)  I'm pretty proud of that because she is getting about 90 to 95% breast milk. I am so happy that it seems to be coming in this time, and I can provide the milk that she needs. Although pumping is a pain ( sometimes literally) it makes me feel like I am doing something to help her.

 I will write her birth story soon, when things calm down a bit.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Well the moving truck came and took all of our things last Friday. We are in limbo. Unfortunately for me that means we are at my inlaws till the 5th. Really its most unfortunate for Jack. Sadly he is getting yelled at for no reason more times a day then I can count... well that is when my sister in law is home that is... She really thinks she is some sort of authority figure to my kid. What she really is, is an example of everything we don't want him to be. ( spoiled, lazy, rude, entitled.... the list is too long to write out) Tonight I finally had a mini melt down. It was really much needed, and truth be told it sorta felt good to get it off my shoulders. She was trying to threaten Jack to go to bed ( with out dinner mind you) at 5... and she kept it up till he told my Hub he was ready for bed hours later. He was hungry and starting to melt down before I could put food in front of him. So she thought it was alright to yell at him and make him more upset because he wanted dinner and she was trying to tell him he couldn't have any. Then she nagged the crap out of him so he wouldn't eat. Then she was all bent outta shape when he ate half my dinner an hour later. ( Cause he was starving!). I bit my tongue, but really I was about to boil over.

Jack told Hub he was ready for night night... and she sighed and immediately jumped up and said "I suppose I'll have to put you to bed, since no one has been listening to me. You PITA" (yeah really) Well... that was it. I had, HAD IT! I told her to sit down and don't you dare try to parent my child. He is my child and unless you had a role in creating him then DON'T DISCIPLINE HIM! She started to open her mouth and I told her to Sit Down! I can handle putting my own son to bed, and that she didn't need to have any involvement in the process. I took Jack upstairs and he was upset from being nagged and yelled at for hours. He keeps asking me when we get to go see Grammy and Uncle ( my mom and brother). He knows we are going there next and moving near them. Its really sad that a 2 year old knows where he is not wanted and not being treated well. Hub has about had it too. He said if things keep up we are going to a hotel and telling them he got to check out early and that we are gone.  

Really this is sad... you would think that someone who knows they wont be seeing their son /brother  or grand kids/ nephew and niece to be, for a long time would be a little more nice and welcoming. But nope. I didn't expect too much for myself, as it is really clear how they feel about me, but really it makes me so sad to see them treat Hub and my kiddo this way.  I'm going out of my way to make sure things are clean and there is good food for dinner and they still act like its a HUGE inconvenience that we are staying in the spare room upstairs. This house is better cleaned and taken care of since we have been here, because I do it, and I don't just sit on my ass like someone else who is home alot.  Hub fixed a vacuum that his sister purposely broke so she wouldn't have to clean, and she had a fit... well sorry... but really I was about / / that close to going out and buying one... because when you have 2 cats and you don't vacuum for months ( that's a generous estimate) that results in grossness... and I'm really sick of my son eating cat hair because its all over!!   I'm really sick of her spoiled rotten little child shenanigans. I hope I don't have to yell at her again, or I might just tell exactly how I feel. She came down stairs not too long ago and acted like nothing at all happened. I really think she stopped mentally developing at age 6.

  9 days till we can leave here... please send good thoughts my way. I need them.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's a...

Girl!! :)

I meant to write this post about a week ago when we found out, but I've been so busy buying little pink clothes ,and things, and purgeing our house for the move it's insane!  I need to scan the Ultrasound photos, and take a picture of the mini mountain of things Lorelai has already. Well, has here. My Mom is going a bit crazy buying things, and a good friend of hers has twin baby girls that have a lot of hand me downs, that she said I have to take.( Not that I'm protesting free hand me downs!) :) So she has a rather large mountain when all of her things are put together.  

I found a new Pottery Barn Bumper at the thrift store for $4!! It is so pretty and it was such a good deal I scooped it up. The outside is white with pink, purple, yellow, blue dots that have stitching around them that looks like daises. The inside of it is bright pink. I got a couple of sheets at Target (Target has a coupon out right now for 5$ off circo bedding) so I think I ended up spending around $4 each on those. I need to find some cute pink blankies, but it might have to wait till after we move. We are over our weight limit. They give us 9000lbs for Hub's rank w/ dependants. So its not hard to go over when you don't buy junk furniture, and have one kid, and another on the way. I still have alot to go through... and I have no doubt that we will be under our limit by the time we move. But still not a good feeling. So that has put a damper on getting things for Lorelai until after the move.

    Last weekend Hub and I went through all of Jack's old clothes and things. I cried alot. I think it was a combination of hormones and OMG My Baby Grew up so darn fast!!  We are getting rid of everything except what Lorelai can use, and his important clothes. ( The outfit he came home in, and all of the premi things.)  We were thinking about taking them to Once Upon a Child, but I'm not sure. They sorta gave the impression that they weren't going to give us too much ( not that I think they are worth a ton) and that they wouldn't take most of it. Its good, unstained, clean, baby things that have alot of life left. No one I know near by is having a boy, or I'd pass them along. ( Oh Kelli I wish you were near.... Boy would you be in for a surprise! lol) I don't know... maybe I'll take them over, and what ever they don't buy will go to the Salvation army around the corner. I just don't want to waste my time. Has anyone sold clothes to a place like that? Is it worth it?

Jack is doing great! He is kissing my belly and talking to his baby sister. Some times when I'm making him a meal, or getting something at the store he asks for some for his sister too. He is so sweet. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Things I need to get off my chest.

This isn't an update on the pregnancy, or on Jack. I promise I will do one of those soon.

Today, I need to write about a few things that are bothering me. I don't really have another outlet for this so I'm putting it here. The stress from keeping this inside is not good for my already inflated BP.

My MIL is constantly pushing this woman she works with (Heather) at my husband, mostly by talking her up... but still... gag. She has made it obvious to everyone that she would rather Heather be her daughter in law over me... not that its her choice at all, and my husband is TOTALLY not interested, and finds both her and the fact that his mother is pushing her at him GROSS. She invited Heather to my sons birthday party without telling us, she invites Heather's son over to play with Jack even though they are hugely different in age ( her son is in second grade).
Yesterday I popped by her office after she demanded that I drop off ink that my husband ordered for her, instead of coming to pick it up, because god forbid she comes to my house! Jack ran around the office flirting with all the women, like he does. Then I was standing by the door ready to leave as she pranced around pretending to be grandmother of the year ( she's far from it, as she normally doesn't want anything to do with him.) and Jack asked her "Where'd Momma go?"  He couldn't see me because she was standing between us. She looked at me and said "I think he meant Heather." I nearly slapped her! Am I wrong to feel like this is a HUGE DIG at me? I can't stand her, she treats me like a temporary nuisance, and talks bad about me when ever she gets the chance. This BS with Heather is just piling on, and making me really glad to leave here in a few weeks.

Then later Hub's sister and I were out thrifting, I don't often take her anywhere because, its like having to watch two kids, because she doesn't act like an adult and can't really be trusted. Jack started throwing his version of a terrible two tantrum. ( Yelling at the top of his lungs "I DON"T WANT TO!! HELP ME!!) So I did what any mother would do. Got his eyes, and in a stern voice told him that is not acceptable, and I didn't want him screaming anymore. ( In a way that a 2 year old can understand) Well, when we got home, I went to put my son to bed, and I overheard her telling Hub that I screamed at Jack, at the top of my lungs in the store. I have only screamed at him once, and that was because he was going to touch the hot oven door. Needless to say I'm back to my policy of not taking her out anywhere again.

I can't stand that I can't have a civil relationship with my inlaws, because they treat me badly, and act like crazy people. I try and treat them they way I want to be treated, but its getting really hard to be nice to people that are constantly putting me down. So, I'm sitting here counting days till November, when we move away from this crazyness, and wont have to come back. I really don't need the stress of their actions on top of everything else right now.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Jack!

Today you are two!

This is one of the first pictures I got to see of you.  On the day you were born.

Happy Birthday little man.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

11 weeks

Well I'm already 11 weeks. It feels like that went by fast, but also really, really slowly. I think because I've know about the little one, pretty much since it planted its self there.

So far this pregnancy has been pretty much the same as when I was pregnant with Jack. Except one thing, its sorta gross but well most of pregnancy is. With Jack I was constipated that I would have done anything to fix that problem. This time around I have the exact opposite of that problem. but I guess I'll live with it, and it could be worse.

I can feel my uterus poking out, and I haven't worn anything but maternity clothes in a couple weeks. I was pretty bloated, and I figured why be uncomfortable.

I've got a doctor's appointment on Monday so I'll update more after that.

Friday, June 22, 2012


We have a heart beat! :)

Hub has been calling that baby a little shrimp... I don't know if I'm so enthused with that name. Jack calls it the button... but then again I think he thinks it's a picture of my belly button.

After the crazy dreams I had been having I'm so glad every thing is alright! :)

*UPDATED* HAHA... After all that I wrote this post so fast I forgot to put in my due date. ( Thanks Kelli! I don't know where my brain is.) I'm due Feb. 13th. So that means I pretty much found out as soon as the little one planted it's self. Also that fits much better with the math. I'd hope for a Valentine baby, but most likely I'll wind up with another C-section, and *if* I can stay healthy, and not have my BP go through the roof again they usually do a repeat C-section a week early.

It's not looking too promising about the BP not going through the ceiling. Its high when I go into the office. Its normal at home. I have to do a 24 hour urine to see what the heck is going on. I hope its just my body being quirky about the Dr.'s office, and everything is fine. It's really early to be having BP issues already! :(

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It's a...

Bubble... :)

Sorry I left everyone hanging. It's been a busy weekend around here, with Father's Day and all.

( I'll scan the photo when I get a minute... but its not alot to look at. )

So I went in last week and the Doc was running a few minutes late, but his nurse got me all set up in the ultrasound room to wait on him. I was in there all half naked and the ultrasound tech came and kicked me out to do a "real quick" scan. Turns out it wasn't so quick after all, and she was doing the apointment after mine's 20 week scan. Senaky! So I wound up in the room with the ultrasound machine that is older than I am.  The Doc found one sac, and a yolk sac right where it should be. :) I go back tommrow to see the heartbeat. I'm pretty excited about that.

I have been having weird dreams about watching over eggs in a nest. They all hatch, and they are all empty. That dream bums me out, so it will be nice to see/ hear the heart beat, and be reassured. Even though I spend most days all sick and light headed on the couch, I'm still worried.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The call.

Yesterday I called my Doctor's office left a message to get my test results with the receptionist, and was told, sorta rudely, that the Dr. wasn't in and wouldn't be all day, that she didn't know why i was told to call today, and she had no idea if his PA would be in either. WOW I was so mad I could have hit that lady... I remember really disliking her in my last pregnancy too.

Anyhow, an hour or two later the PA called me back. My level was 669. I asked what my first one was and she said they didn't have it, all it said was positive. *SIGH* OKAY. So I'm pregnant. That level puts me in the 5 week range, which would mean that when the scan was done I was 4 weeks. So that explains why nothing was seen. By my LMP I was *supposed* to be 6 weeks. I sorta knew that there was no way I was that far along. The math didn't work.

So anyhow, I go back Thursday for another scan. The PA said they are pretty sure they should see something then.

I found out super early with Jack too... but at least that was handled well, It was sorta obvious I was early on, and the RE did a bunch of blood work, and repeated scans. I guess that is the difference between starting off at the RE and starting with a normal OB.

I'm trying to get over it, and just be excited and happy today.

On another note, I've got that whole bloat thing going on. It's pretty bad, like alot of pants wont button bad. So I tried on a pair of my maternity shorts, because I just couldn't get comphy. I couldn't get them over my butt! I felt so bad that apparently I'm bigger now than when I had Jack. ( I knew this of coarse... but I thought my clothes would still fit. I'm not that much bigger.) So I guess I'll be buying new clothes for this pregnancy. Any of you ladies know who has the cute clothes this year? ... I already know its not Target...  Sad :(