Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Life Lately

happy Wednesday y'all!
I had another post planned for today, but didn't get a chance to put it together after I woke up yesterday with a migraine that kicked my butt the entire day. I left work, locked myself in my bedroom with a cold washcloth and darkness and didn't move until dinnertime. I'm definitely still feeling it today, but feeling much better!
 
I figured today would be a good opportunity to catch you up on my life lately.
Here we go...!
 
This girl is the biggest cuddle monster when she gets out of the pool. We've been spending so much time poolside and loving every minute of it!
We took a trip to Savannah with my parents a couple weeks ago. We did tons of shopping, drank alcohol slushies, took a huge bicycle that doubled as a bar around the entire city, ate, ate and ate some more. It was a total blast!
Billy went on a business trip for a couple of days so it was just me and the chickey pie. We took lots of selfies and ate lots of icecream ;)
Every six months or so Abigail has a really hard time falling asleep when she is supposed to. It's exhausting and heart breaking and we all hate it. Last week it happened again. It would take upwards of 3 hours to get her to finally go to sleep in her crib, but on this night she asked me to lay on the couch and cuddle and I couldn't argue with that. So we went and watched Mickey and cuddled on the couch and within 60 seconds, she was fast asleep. She hasn't fallen asleep on me since she was an infant and it made my mama heart so, so happy!
So, I got my nose pierced two Fridays ago. I have been wanting to do it for so long and finally after a really bad morning, my best friend and I decided to just go and do it! I went first, thank goodness and it actually didn't hurt nearly as bad as I thought it was going to. Don't get me wrong, it definitely hurt, but it was over so quick and I'm obsessed with how it turned out!
There she is! ;)
If anyone finds my little baby, can you send her back to me!? Because this one is just too grown up!
We purchased Disney park hopper annual passes a week or so ago! Abigail is at the perfect age (& most importantly, free!) and is so obsessed with Mickey! We used the passes for the first time in the last afternoon and went to each park and rode every roller-coaster. And then caught the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom!
Like I said, SO much pool time lately! And these 3... well, they're just the cutest little cousins ever! They have so much fun together!
iHop breakfasts are much more enjoyable when she is stacking creamers ;)
 
And that's that, for now!
My head hurts too bad to go back and edit this post for mistakes, so if it's full of them, I apologize and try to ignore them ;)
Have a great day guys, thanks for stopping by!
XO!

Monday, June 22, 2015

TWO year Blog-iversary!

It's been two years since I've started this little space of mine (June 15th, 2013 if we want to get technical) and it has been so fun since day one!

I started Baby A & Mama J as a way to document Abigail's life and it has blossumed into such a perfect little nook on this huge land of the internet. I can't wait to go back and show Abigail all of the pictures and stories I wrote about her during her first years of life. I hope you cherishes them and it's too embarrassed ;)

In two years, I've posted 232 (as of today) posts. Let's see where we've gone..

I took you through Abigail's birth story
I freaked out on a stranger who tried to touch my infant
We entered and WON a 'Cute Baby Contest' and I got a really awesome prize from Jenny McCarthy
I had a bad day
I had some funny realizations of being a mama
Abigail gave my entire family the stomach flu for Christmas
We welcomed another baby into the family
I kept it real with how gross kids are
I documented 12 months of Abigail's life with these updates
We celebrated her FIRST birthday
I got serious for a minute
The Pregnancy Confessions were a big hit
We took a family beach vacation
I competed in a 10K mud run
I lost two of the greatest people in my life, here and here
I had another bad day week
I decided on a whim to sell our house and it went in 18 hours
We celebrated Abigail's SECOND birthday
I shared some personal thoughts on a big issue
And recapped Abigail's second year of life.
(you can click on any of those highlighted links to bring you to that specific post)

Thank you to everyone who reads, comments and pesters me when I don't blog for a while. I love that you all get to be at least a little part of our lives!

Cheers to many more years!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday Y'all!!
I hope you all have some fun plans on the horizon! Mine will be spent poolside, celebrating the fathers in my life and sipping on some fruity something's!
But first, lets blast through a few of my favorite things this week, shall we!?

A few weeks ago, we took a trip to Savannah and stopped into this amazing little store called The Paris Market. We ended up picking up a few things, including this adorable book and an oversized tea towel with the intentions of using it as a wall hanging in Abigail's room. I hung it up the other day, nothing else is on the wall yet but I absolutely adore it! And every night before bed, Abigail now says 'Hooray for Today!' and it couldn't be any cuter!

This beach radio is on my wish list right now and I couldn't want it more! It's so perfect in all of it's retro glory ;) And while we are talking about wish list items, Ed Sheeran on vinyl is up there too. I'm obsessed with every single one of his songs!!

I got an Etsy giftcard for Christmas this year and have been sitting on it for months, not really knowing what I wanted to use it for. I finally decided on a gold bar necklace with Abigail's birthday etched into it in Roman Numerals. I purchased it from Chip and Chisel and it turned out absolutely perfect!

As I was perusing the Target Dollar section for the 4th time this week, don't judge me; you know you do it too, I stumbled upon these headphones! I thought they were such a steal (they were in the $3 section) and adorable! I threw them in my cart and to my surprise, they actually work really well! Does Target ever disappoint!?

And last, but certainly not least...this girl. Because she's ALWAYS my most favorite ;)
 
Today's Friday Favorites link up brought to you by the lovely Heather of Life in Leggings!
 
XO!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Abigail at TWO.

Abigail turned the big T-W-O about a month and a half ago, you can see her birthday party here. It's been a busy couple of weeks and I've had this post drafted for a while but I am just now getting around to putting it up. Better late than never, y'all.
Two has been interesting, to put it kindly. I usually go on and on in my 'Abigail updates' about how that certain age is my favorite.... well, lets just get this out of the way.. Two kind of sucks. Abigail woke up on her second birthday with a mouth full of attitude and temper tantrums and hasn't looked back since. Don't get me wrong, she still has her moments. I still look at her in awe that she is my child. I love her more than words would ever be able to express. But two sucks. Anyone who tells you differently is either lying or well.. they're just lying.
 
But let's move on to the fun stuff!
At her 2 year doctor's appointment, she got to step on the big girl scale (instead of laying down) and she weighed in at a whopping 27 pounds (50% percentile) and measured 35 and 1/2 inches (90th percentile, shocker!). She still has an umbilical hernia, which they will talk about surgery for next year. And she made it to the ear check before she lost her shit and screamed bloody murder for the remainder of the appointment, which is a HUGE improvement from the usual 'scream as soon as I see the scale' past appointments.
 
Her favorite foods are chicken nuggets, pineapple, applesauce, ketchup, watermelon, scrambled eggs and anything on someone else's plate. Smoothies, mac and cheese and milp (milk) are all up there too.
 
I have lots of nicknames for her, but some of the more frequent ones are Tootsie Pop, Toots, Popsicle, Beautiful girl, Baby girl and even though everyone else calls her Abi, I usually don't. And Abigail Grace usually comes out when I'm trying to get her attention or yelling at her ;)
She isn't a huge fan of any of her toys. Puzzles are more her jam and we have a ton of those. She loves Play-Doh, flashcards and playing with her pretend makeup, usually while I'm putting mine on.
 
She knows her ABC's and can count up to 25. She makes us sing 'Happy Birthday' every single night before bedtime. She always choses someone new to sing it to. Tonight was a friend from school :) It seems like she jumped from putting 2 words together to complete sentences overnight. I can have a full on conversation with her and that totally blows my mind. Her manners are pretty on point. She says 'thank you' for everything! 'Please' is still a work in progress to get to her say on her own, if we remind her, she says it every time.
 
We have been SO lucky in the potty training department. Abigail has been so interested in the potty and we have been really successful so far. I think I blogged about this, but the first time we ever  put her on the potty, she was 20ish months and she sat right down and pooped. WHAT!? We transitioned her to pull-ups at night and during naptime and underwear during the day/at school right before her second birthday. She was still having accidents during the day, but was definitely recognizing when she had to go, which is the important part. She moved into her permanent preschool room earlier this month and her teachers have been so good with her! She doesn't use a pull-up at naptime anymore and has been accident FREE for two days as I'm writing this! I know that's not a huge amount of time, but I am so, so proud of her!
 
She's still sleeping in her crib. I had every intention of switching her to a full size bed before her birthday, but I'm scared. So, I'm keeping her in her crib until she climbs out of it ;) Speaking of climbing, oh this girl can climb. The other day, I turned my head for one minute and she was climbing the dishwasher... and then the dishwasher popped open and she flew backwards onto the ground. She also does this thing where she face dives onto the floor. I'm talking, stands straight up and face plants. On purpose. And thinks its the funniest thing in the world. I'm permanently stressed out.
 
Two is tough. There are so many tantrums. So many emotions. So many 'No Mama!!'s. Hitting. Sleep regression. and Timeouts. But it is all so, so worth it! I love this girl with my whole heart!
 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wine-y Tuesday

TAP, TAP.. is this thing on!?
You know it's  been a while when you go to your chiropractor appointment and your doctor calls you out for not blogging in forever. 
 
There's SO much to catch up on since my last post, which didn't really count as a post.. well, it was just a heavier topic and didn't include any pictures of my baby ;)
 
But let's just start with today. I worked all day and I was annoyingly busy, but didn't necessarily have a bad day. And then I picked up Abigail from daycare and she had a meltdown over not being able to tie her own shoes. And then I pulled into my driveway to discover that my garage door had been open ALL day (nothing appears to be missing, so we can throw that one in the win column). And then I discovered that my dog pooped in the house twice AND peed on my down comforter twice (very out of character for her). And I'm currently watching Abigail turn her macaroni & cheese into some sort of soup, compliments of her cup of milk.
 
So instead of writing a worthwhile post, you get a bitchy one with a promise of what's to come.
 
Abigail's 2 year old Update
Life Lately (with more pictures than you care to ever see)
2 year Blog-iversary
Friday Favorites
 
But until then, I'm going to go curl up in a ball, with carbs and alcohol in hand and pretend I'm in Bora Bora.
XO.

Friday, June 5, 2015

My Thoughts on Caitlyn.

I know... another article from another blogger on their thoughts about Caitlyn Jenner.
If you actually clicked on my link, I'll try and make it worth your while.
 
I truthfully don't even know where to begin with this post, so if it's all over the place, I apologize. But after having a couple of days to think about it and read more than enough articles on different perspectives, I feel like I'm ready to give mine, no matter what anyone else thinks about it.
 
First and foremost, I am a 'do you!' type of gal. Do what makes you happy. Don't live for anyone else except yourself. As long as you aren't causing harm to anyone else, do what you want and don't apologize for it. If you know me in real life, you know I live by these rules. I truly live my life without caring what people think. The only time I have regretted this is the summer of 2012 when I thought bangs were a good idea. It wasn't and I cared what people thought.
 
When the rumors started swirling around about Bruce Jenner (referring to him as him pre-transition) starting his transition, my heart broke for him. When his interview with Diane Sawyer aired, my heart broke for him even more. There was a line that really stuck with me and it went something like, 'I didn't want to die not being able to live the life I feel like I was supposed to live'. For just one second, imagine living a complete lie for 65 years. A life that you felt you couldn't live because of other peoples opinions and prying eyes. There aren't many things, in my opinion, worse than that.
 
The day Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world, I was so happy to see how much support she was receiving. And on the flip side, so disappointed with how much backlash she got.
 
Did Caitlyn Jenner hurt you in some way? Are her decisions affecting your everyday life? Do you go to bed at night thinking about how painful it is that Caitlyn is Caitlyn? No, no & no.
 
I've noticed there are two different groups of people who have really been up in arms over it... The religious group & confused/scared group.
 
You can preach to me all day long that it isn't 'right', that God made you who you are for a reason and you shouldn't change/ go against His plans and I hear you. I really do. I just don't agree with you.
If God can 'forgive' Josh Duggar for molesting 4 of his sisters and a babysitter at the age of 14, he can  surely 'forgive' Caitlyn Jenner for not agreeing with His gender plans for her, don't ya think? (Side note: where are all of your opinions on that one?? It's been radio silence on my feeds...)
 
For those of you that fall into the confused and/or scared group, I get it. It's different. It's not something that many people are familiar with. But educate yourselves before you cast such harsh judgment on something you really know nothing about. Being a nice person is the easiest thing for anyone to do. I encourage everyone to try it.
 
And for those of you who were up in a tizzy over the Noah Galloway/Caitlyn Jenner/ESPN Courage Award, read this and calm your bits (I said bits, Mom!). Caitlyn Jenner certainly did not earn her bravery from fighting a war and I truly believe that there is nothing braver than fighting for our country! But when did that become the standard for brave? Is there any reason why Caitlyn can't be considered brave in her own right? She is to me, and I truly hope that Caitlyn has inspired anyone struggling to just 'do you'!

I know I usually keep it light and fluffy around here guys, but when something really grinds my gears (what am I, 100 years old?!) I'm truly thankful I have this little space on the internet to voice my thoughts. You don't have to agree with me & I encourage you to share your own opinions.
We'll be back to the regularly scheduled programing (cute babies and pictures of margaritas) next week.
 
Have a great weekend, y'all!