Thursday, September 29, 2011

odds and ends

Turkey Burger Recipe

I really love cloth diaper days. I chose to try and cloth diaper because they're so cute! Since I plan on having 4 kids, I figure any money saved is probably a good thing and since I got the one size fits all diapers I can get a lot of use out of them. The downside is they look huge on Judah because he's so toned. I think I prefer the Bum Genius brand over Fuzzibunz.I only have 5 diapers though, so cloth diaper days are once a week right now. 

We're having another chore talk. I'd be embarrassed to let anybody in my house right now. Today and tomorrow I will clean like crazy though, having everything in disarray makes me frustrated and sad. I'm going to work super hard today and tomorrow and then do nothing on Saturday but sleep and play with Judah. Oh, I won't be doing the dishes though. I absolutely refuse, lol. If I have to touch them, I'm throwing them away. I wish I was joking, but I've done it before. 

I need to do Judah's 4 month post. 

MrC has found a nice little job interview groove. Two companies are pursuing him right now. Yesterday I was chanting that there would be a bidding war over him, that would be a ton of fun!

Let me get started on operation clean up: again. Now I see why my ma was always walking around talking about "everything has a place, everything in its place." I totally get it. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wedding Fun!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Wedding Weekend

Over the weekend we had a family road trip. MrC's cousin was getting married in Charlotte, NC so MrC, Judah, my sister and I went down to celebrate. The invitation said the event was formal and after trying on all my formal dresses on Wednesday night, I had to go shopping Thursday. Thankfully I didn't cry because my dresses almost fit.I'm back at an acceptable size and If I wanted to give up breathing, I could have made something work. Thursday I went to TJ Maxx and quickly realized I didn't know what I was doing, so twitter came to my rescue. I ended up trying on 20 dresses in TJ Maxx and Ross and then posted the dresses that actually looked decent on twitter for their opinions. I ended up buying 2 dresses and I let MrC pick the winner. I

A little before 4 Friday morning we started our road trip in the rain. After a stop at Denny's for breakfast and a short visit with MrC's grandparent's we rolled into the city at noon. Our room wasn't ready yet so we changed the baby out of his jammie's in the bathroom and decided to walk around for a bit and get lunch. As we were walking though one of the buildings I got a tap on my shoulder and it was one of my twitter pals @cocoisspeaking! I thought that was the craziest thing that we just so happened to bump into each other. Friday night we went to dinner with Val and Tyler. Somehow my sister and Tyler got into a math tournament. Tyler is smart y'all! That night my sister wanted to go out so I went with her. Y'all, I have never been to a club, allow me to share my experience with you. My sister thought it was the funniest thing and called her friends to tell them about her old married sister's night out.

It was early (cuz you know I have a baby to feed and all and I need my sleep) and we walked to the next block where there were 4 clubs. The first one was just 10 people sitting a bar. I had no idea why I needed to show my ID to get in there. We walked back out. The second place had a $10 cover charge. No sir. The next place was free until 11. As I was standing there getting my wrist band this man walked up on me and put his hand on my waist. No go! I jumped to high heaven and moved away. We went inside and had the pleasure of being the first people in the club so my sister gave me a tour. While we were standing there tweeting, dude walked up on me again and I screamed then looked at him and said "you better stop walking up on me or we're going to have a problem." He apologized and walked away. After about 10 minutes the girls in their finest club gear started coming in and I knew I needed to leave with my church dress and flats on. When we were walking out we saw security fighting the dude that kept walking up on me. They put him in a hold and walked him across the street and threw him on the ground. I think he was on some kind of drugs. We waited until he walked away before we started walking to avoid me having to attack him if he came near me again. We walked around downtown for a bit and then headed back in. My first night out on the town lasted all of an hour!

Saturday we met Jameil, Rashan and Chanel for lunch. We went to this place Jameil picked called Lupie's Cafe. Let me just tell y'all, the burger was delicious but the Oatmeal Butterscotch cookie I had for dessert was absolutely divine! I love cookies and that just may be my favorite cookie now. I will not rest until I can duplicate that cookie. Dear neighbors, you will be getting oatmeal butterscotch cookies for Christmas! After lunch my sister and I did a little shopping before going back to the hotel to get ready for the wedding. Unfortunately, the wedding left a lot to be desired. It was a rooftop wedding, sounds pretty, right? My sister and I had gone up on the roof the day before and couldn't figure out how on earth they were going to have a wedding up there in that tiny space. Apparently they hotel hasn't figured it out either. From most of the seats you couldn't see the wedding party, from some of the seats you couldn't see the bride and groom, and from all of the seats after the first 2 rows you couldn't hear anything. I love, love, love weddings and I cry at every single one, but this time I just sat there looking at the awful wigs that were in front of me. The bride looked stunning as I knew she would  though and the bouquets were peacock themed and wonderfully awesome. The reception turned out to be more of a cocktail reception meaning there wasn't enough seats for everybody. My feet weren't ready for that. After an hour I went back to the room and changed my shoes and I changed the baby into his pajamas because I saw he was getting sleepy. He ended up going to bed 1.5 hours early sitting in my sister's lap. He was fighting so hard to stay awake, poor thing. MrC's cousins stood by and commentated Judah's thoughts as he drifted off to sleep. The food didn't really go with what I thought a formal wedding was. One of the menu items was chicken tenders with honey mustard sauce. I ended up taking the breading off my tenders and putting the chicken in my pasta which was quite a tasty treat.

After the wedding we all went out bowling.  It was a ton of fun even though I learned my husband cannot bowl. At all. He bowled a 54. Even though he did awful, it was fun hanging with other young HAPPY married couples. I couldn't hang too late because the baby was in his grandma's room asleep and I needed to be back for his next feeding. He woke up as soon as we wheeled him back into our room. Sunday we did a little shopping and headed home. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New milestones

I've been encouraging Judah to actually take his toys and play with them. Yesterday I waved those keys in front of him for 40 minutes trying to get him to reach for them. Today it took a lot less time for him to show interest! He didn't really play with them, but he did pick them up.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


My ma and I went to get the blinds for Judah's room over the weekend because JC Penny was having a sale. I was about to get the cordless blinds because I didn't want Judah to accidentally strangle himself at some point. The cordless blinds were ugly, they looked cheap, and they cost more than the blinds that would have been perfect for his room. My ma had a talk with me and I got the corded blinds that are perfect and I'll place a command hook on the window frame for the cord.

Judah's room is next to the garage. If somebody wanted to, they could climb on our garage and into Judah's room if I left the window all the way open. I never do. I keep the window locks on which prevents the window from being opened more than 2 inches. When I was a toddler I popped the screen out of my window and was halfway out when my dad walked in the room, saw me, and grabbed me. Just in case Judah turns into a miraculous 4 month old and learns how to climb out of his crib and walk, I never take the window locks off.

My ma is sewing Judah's curtains. I picked a nice canvas type material because it's heavy and reminds me of a safari. She was asking what length I wanted them. I told her I needed to do some research because I wasn't sure if long curtains were a strangulation hazard. 

After hearing that my ma decided she needed to have a serious talk with me about fear. As I was talking to her I started welling up all over again. I try not to be scared, but I'm terrified of something happening to my sweet baby. There have been days that I would randomly burst into tears at the thought and then I would spend time holding Judah and praying for his safety and my peace of mind. I know the spirit of fear is an attack from Satan, so I'm working hard to not let it consume me, but it's been hard for me. I'm going to write out some scriptures and put them up in my bathroom so I can have some peace. At the end of our conversation my ma said "What's that saying? God protects babies and fools. You and Judah are both covered."

p.s. His room is going to be awesomeness times 12. I can't wait to finish! And today I'm trying the cloth diapers again. I'll blog about my cloth diaper rationale and my experience so far tomorrow (or Thursday, y'all know how I do). I also have a video of Judah explaining to me why he shouldn't have to take a nap, my phone said it was too big to send, so I'll have to try another way.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


My momma tried me today. If it were anybody else, I would have kicked them in the shin. Picture this: my backyard. spray painting some stuff for Judah's room.

Ma: What's that on your legs?
Me: *jumps around, swatting legs*
Ma: Stop girl, up at the bottom of your shorts. Are those bruises!?
Me: *looks down* Those are my stretch marks you jerk!
Ma: No, those aren't stretch marks, they're bruises *comes over to inspect* oh

I would fight her if she wasn't my momma. I really don't understand how she knows nothing about me. I distinctly remember having a conversation with her about how I get really dark stretch marks and they eventually fade after a few months of oil rubs. Also, I need longer shorts. My cheeks were hanging out the back and I'm sure the  old man next door was either super disgusted or very pleased. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Baby at work

I took the baby to work with me today. He had a great time talking with my coworkers, but it seriously wore him out. I also got my cloth diapers today. I really need to up my supply if I'm going to go this route. I only have 5 of the kind I like.

Tonight MrC and I had a talk about house responsibilities. I've been super tired lately because I end up doing most of the daily house tasks. He does stuff when/if I don't. If I leave dishes in the sink for a few days, then he'll do them. After dinner, I think the dishes should be done immediately. We'll see if we can strike a compromise. My other issue is nighttime with the baby. MrC sleeps so hard so I don't expect him to get up in the middle of the night, but he can put the baby to bed and handle back pats. As I type this, MrC is on his 4th trip upstairs to pat the baby. I'm glad it's not me tonight!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I got nothing

Night 2 of Judah in the crib didn't happen. This time I blame MrC! I took the baby upstairs to get him nice and mellow for bed, and then I woke up hours later with the baby on my chest and MrC sleeping in front of the tv downstairs. If he hadn't fallen asleep during the football game, he could have gotten the baby off my chest and put him in the crib. See how I'm totally not to blame here? I'll try it again tonight. 


I'm trying out cloth diapers today! I have the fuzzi buns brand. I just ordered 2 bumGenius diapers to try out as well.


Our neighbors across the street have a 2 month old. They gave us a bag of clothes he outgrew yesterday, most of them he never wore because they were too small. The fact that my almost 4 month old can fit every single thing in that bag made  me laugh. We know 4 people having boys in the next 2 months so we're going to check and see if any of those 5 babies needs some clothes.

My dad just called to say we needed to go to North Carolina to walk the land he just purchased. I swear this man is bored. Yeahhhhhhh. I'm thinking no, get off my phone.

My sister is racist. She hates white nectarines. They are delicious.

I know 2 people that have had 4 accidental pregnancies in a 5 year span. Of course these are people that didn't even need to have any babies. One of them is having her third baby tomorrow. She has to drive 2 hours to pick up her child's father from school tonight so he can be there for the birth. 

We're having turkey burgers for dinner tonight. The recipe promised they'll be juicy and delicious. If they are, I'll share the recipe. Tomorrow we're having ribs in the slow cooker. Thursday, chicken on the grill. I love food. What y'all eating?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Back in Action

Heyyyyy y'all! Last week I was so wrapped up in the paint project that I thought would never end that I completely neglected this blog. Well, neglected it more than I usually neglect it. During last weeks rain and flooding my ma and I started painting the house. We did Judah's room and the hallway/foyer. I really underestimated how difficult it would be to paint and work and care for a baby. It took a week, but it looks so nice! Once I get the decorations up, I'll post before and after pictures. Our foyer used to have a blue ceiling with green walls and a black and white marble floor. It was as ugly as it sounds. Now the walls are gray and the ceiling is white. I love it! The banister is next. My ma is ready to do the kitchen and living room. I'm ready for a break. Maybe next week.
Judah slept in his crib for the first time last night. I was watching the video monitor that Psonya sent me like it was a tv screen. Judah did great, I did not. He whimpered at 3:30 and I ran in and got him. Shame on me. I'll do better tonight. During the day he's been babbling so much more, it's really cute. We had a really funny conversation the other day. I don't know what we were talking about, but he was loving it.
I'm a contractor. My 2 companies are meeting to today to discuss my review/raise. My boss at the company I'm contracted to just called and asked me to be in charge of a major project. I sure hope that gets reflected in my raise. I'm currently on the phone with her wowing her with my great ideas. Well, I had some crazy ideas, but after I realized they probably weren't going to pay off my house or double my salary, I started giving her good ideas.
God really favors me.
I have a formal wedding to attend on the 24th. All of my formal clothes are form fitting. I don't know if they fit this after baby body. I'm going to up my workout plan the next 2 weeks and see what happens. I'm not even going to try on the dresses until the 22nd. If they don't fit, I'll cry and MrC will give me permission to go buy a new dress and the problem will be solved.
I wonder if I can post every day this week? I think I can!

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