Thursday, December 27, 2007
On one of the message boards I frequent, there are several moms complaining that their kids (at 17-18 months) are still waking up 2 and 3 times a night. They ask, what should we do? They say that they sit next to their bed until they fall asleep, get up when they cry in the middle of the night and feed them, put them in bed with them....WTH?
I've had Ella on a schedule since she was about 8 months old. I don't rock her to sleep, stay by her side, ect. She gets a book, brushes her teeth, hugs, kisses and off to bed. I think these kids have never learned to fall asleep on their own. I wouldn't be a very pleasant person if I was still getting up a couple of times a night to feed Ella.
At this point, the only think I can suggest is to let them cry it out. They need to be "trained" to fall asleep on their own and sleep through the night. Man, I sound like a hard ass!!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I ate my ice cream and got up from the couch to put the bowl away and tripped over my own foot. I almost nose dived into the fireplace! I don't remember being this clumsy with Ella. Mike was laughing and I was getting more and more mad at him by the minute. I threatened to punch him if he didn't shut it!
Yeah! It's going to snow tonight! I love the snow.....Ella is screaming upstairs...
Friday, November 30, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Fast Forward to Friday Morning...Day after Thanksgiving...Not feeling so hot so I thought what the heck, I'll take a test...Yep, You guessed it....We will be adding a new addition to the family the end of July 2008!!
It's kinda sad to think that Ella will no longer be my baby...I've got to learn how to love 2 babies....
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
So being in charge of a Moms groups is hard. It's amazing to me how petty and catty women, grown women, can be. The thing I have to get over is trying to do everything myself...people want to help, I should let them, they don't do things the way I would do them, so I just do it myself.
The weather has finally changed into fall...yesterday it was around 70, today it's 48. And windy...meaning the chore of bundling up Ella has begun. And of course, she poops as I put her in the car!! Ugh!! Off comes the hat, off comes the coat, off come the shoes, off come the pants, change diaper and then chase her around the house trying to put all the listed items back on her.
It also means, freezing my butt off at the gas station. I can't stand putting gas in the car when it's cold and windy out. I swear, the wind can be as calm as can be and as soon as I start pumping gas, it's like a hurricane is coming. I know I could probably get back in the car and some people I know even leave the car running. I have this fear of my car blowing up, how many people do you know that have actually had this happen? I know it's probably a million in one chance, but I don't have the best of luck. I think I'm making that Mike's job for the winter....
Christmas is approaching and I've started the shopping. It is hard to buy for an almost 18 month old. Will she like this? Do I really want to spend this amount of money on something? What is she going to get from the other 100 people that will buy her something this holiday season? Where in the world will I keep all these receipts, so when she receives several of the same gift, I can exchange them? Just as an FYI...so far she has a TMX tickle me Elmo and one of those alphabet magnetic sets.....
Off to get some things done while she is sleeping....
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Things have been busy around here. I've deciede to quit Diva Girl. I really love the company but I just can't keep up with the 8 parties a month that they require me to do. But, I am looking into a new business that is similar to Diva Girl but I don't have the montly party requirement....
Ella has been busy...well, being busy!! She is everywhere, into everything and loves to play with anything that isn't really a toy. Mike and I have talked that for Christmas, she will be getting her own remote, cell phone, box of wire, ect. to play with.
We bought her Halloween costume...isn't she just cute as a bug!!
Ella loves my purses. Her she is carrying one around the house. She gets it around her neck and carries it that way...I guess she is on her way out!
Mike and I (with Daves help) are in the process of putting in new kitchen/bathroom floors. I will post the before and after shots when it is finished.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
We signed up at the O'Fallon version of the YMCA (the Renaud Spirit Center) yesterday. We are going to sign Ella up in swim lessons for the fall. We are also looking into the Kindermusik classes. She loves music (especially the Eagles) so we are thinking this is going to be right up her alley!!
A couple of weeks ago, I started a Moms group on the meetup.com website. We had our first meetup today and was able to meet one of the other moms. It was nice to have some little ones the same age as Ella to play with. I also found out that the other O'Fallon Moms group is stepping down as the organizer and I think I'm going to take over! YIKES! That means I will have about 30 moms and kids looking to me to come up with unique outing ideas.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Not that I know of………my mom said that our Dad had an ex-girlfriend named Paula.....
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Friday night....got a little teary eyed talking about the whole Gary thing to Dave
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING NO....it's really sloppy
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? turkey
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? One little curly haired princess...Ella
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Yep!
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Who, me?????
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS Yes
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Absolutely positutely NOT.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? I don't really eat cereal...I guess if I have to choose something it would be Raisin Bran Crunch
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Most of the time...No
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? yes
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Peanut Butter Cup
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
15. RED OR PINK? Pink!
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My lack of self confidence
.17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST ?
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Honestly? I don’t really want to receive that many emails, but would love to read it on their blog!!!.
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Navy Blue Shorts
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A piece of my nephew Kenny's birthday cake
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? The TV
22. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Bright Pink
23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Good food cooking, rain
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Mom
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? I stole it from Jen's Blog...yes I Lub her!!
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? baseball, football
27. HAIR COLOR? Light brownish with blond highlights
28. EYE COLOR? Blue
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? no
30. FAVORITE FOOD? Pastas....Good Salads
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Absolutely happy endings!
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Bourne, went to the actual theater with Dh last week!!!! This is too funny...This was the first time Mike and I have ever been to the theater together!
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Navy tank and Pink tank
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? I love both. That’s why I love the Midwest, get a little bit of everything.
35. HUGS OR KISSES? I love hugs!!!
36. FAVORITE DESSERT? Anything Chocolate and Peanut Butter
37.MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Chris
38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND My Hubby
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?Just Finished Jodi Piccult..>Songs of the Humback Whale
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Grupo Taca...airline my Step-Dad worked for
41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHt? Nothing…
42. FAVORITE SOUND? Ella giggling..
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Hmmmmm, prolly Rolling Stones,
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Went to Peru a couple of years back
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I can spend lot's of money in Target....I guess my husband wouldn't really call that a talent though
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? St. Charles, MO
47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? everyone's
Friday, August 17, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
By this point a storm was approaching and for all that know me....I hate them! So, Ella was awake because her internal clock was apparently telling her it was morning! I was awake because I was busy running between the window, the computer (to check the weather), my cell phone (to check the weather) and the TV ( to check the weather)!! Mike was awake because he was putting towels in the window (it leeks from time to time), rocking Ella (not working at all), and yelling at the cats because they decided to start fighting at 1am!
By 2am all was quiet, everyone was sleeping! To add to the excitement, I decided that I was going to develop a nasty sore throat and sinus headache. So today, I feel like crap and have already sent Mike to Walgreens at 7am to buy drugs!
Today, Ella and I will be lounging around in our PJs all day....watching TV and playing with all her toys. I don't feel good, she doesn't' feel good.....Fun for Mike later!!
In other news, Ella got a 5th tooth! I think I can feel a molar trying to poke through, which I think is part of the cause for the vomiting and fever last night. Not to mention the fact that my Mother was feeding her the crispy part on fried chicken last night.....
Mike and I are officially trying to have another baby! I'm nervous that if and when we get pregnant, this baby is going to be a nightmare. Ella was so easy, pregnancy and labor was easy, she has been easy! It scares me!!!
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Here are some other pics from her first Birthday cake last night....Tomorrow is the big party so there will be more cake and present pictures later. Enjoy!!
First bite of cake....I think she likes it!!
Ella's birthday present from Mom and Dad....cruising the neighborhood with Daddy
Monday, July 23, 2007
Mike and I went camping last weekend. It was fun, except for the fact that I got sick on Saturday and spent the whole float drinking water and trying to keep myself from hurling. We also were unprepared for the cold weather. When was the last time that is was 50 degrees, in St. Louis, in July? Crazy!! We are now thinking about taking Ella camping in August.....most people think we are crazy but hey, if things get too crazy, the nearest hotel is only like 25 minutes away!!
So other then that, I've just been busy keeping Ella out of everything. Her new favorite game is to pull everything she can out of where it belongs. I'm consistently following behind her picking up DVDs, CDs, Paper, trash, purses, books, guitars, or whatever else is on the floor or within her reach.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Things have been crazy busy around here. We were in Mexico the last week of June, so all of June I was busy packing, shopping, getting all my purse parties in and more shopping. Then the 4th of July, you get the picture.
Ella is almost a year old!! Can you believe it? I can't believe a year ago she was small enough to fit in my belly and now, well, all I can say is that the girl likes to eat!! She is starting to walk and is into everything. Keeps mommy busy during the day!!
So today at the post office, this older gentleman asks me if she is walking yet. I say no but she's trying to. He says, "oh don't worry honey, she will one day. " Really??? I thought she would just start flying one day. For those that know that song....here's your sign!!!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Anyway, so I thought I do this little quiz thinging...stolen from catizhere:
• Use the the first letter of your name to answer each of the following.
• Answers must be REAL places, persons, things. . .NOTHING MADE UP!
• If you can't think of anything, skip it.
• Try to use different answers if the person before you had the same initial
.• DO NOT use your name for the boy/girl name question.
• DO NOT use a search engine to look up answers!
1. Your Name: Paula
2. Famous singer/band: Prince
3. 4 letter word:Pump
4. Street name: Park Place
5. Color: Purple
6. Gift/present: Purse
7. Vehicle: porsche
8. Things in a Souvenir Shop: Pencils
9. Boy's Name: Peter
10. Girl's Name: polly
11. Movie Title: Punch Drunk Love
12. Drink: Pabst Blue Ribbon
13. An Occupation:Physician
14. Flower: Petunia
15. Celebrity: Paulie Shore
16. Magazine: Parenting
17. U.S, City: Pittsburgh
18. Pro Sports Team: Pirates
19. Fruit: Pomagrante
20. Reason for Being Late to Work: Puking
21. Something You Throw Away: Poop!!!
22. Things You Shout: Punk!!
23. Cartoon Character: Pepe La Phew (not sure on the spelling)
Sunday, April 29, 2007
What do you think? Wise choice? or bad mistake?
Friday, April 27, 2007
She is crawling, EVERYWHERE!! She's discovered that she doesn't like the hard floors, so she does this one legged, scoot, crawl thing. Pretty funny to watch! She loves to chase Sigma around the house and get into whatever she can.
She has gotten a 2nd tooth! We've been attempted to switch her over to all finger foods at this point, but she still likes that mushy stuff from time to time. She has started to pull up as well and cruise along the couch. Today she discovered the stairs. I guess that gate we bought a few weeks ago is going to be taken out of the box soon.
We have officially made the switch of rooms. Ella is now in the room that used to be Greg's and Greg is now in the other. After a week of painting and more painting, we are finally done. We still have to hang up all the pictures and shelves but that can wait until a later date.
I have a job now! For a couple of months I've been looking into something part time. For sanity's sake I needed to do something, for me and get some adult time. So, I'm now selling purses and accessories. That should keep me busy as I have to do 8 parties a month. That's all they require and they provide me all my inventory, business cards, CC machine, ect. I got all my stuff yesterday, 8 very large boxes full of stuff. It was exciting going through all of it.
I think that's it for now...
Happy Birthday Dave!!
I've lost 58lbs since having Ella 9 months ago
I'm now wearing a medium (been a very long time)
don't know why I'm rambling.....
Friday, April 20, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Since she has learned to crawl, she has also learned to sit up by herself. Not such a bad thing, except she hates to lie down now. Including, trying to change her diaper, changing her clothes, sucking the snot out of her nose....makes for a long process that used to only take a couple of seconds.
Another big moment this week, she is pulling up. She gets on her knees and gets stuck, hasn't quite figured out how to actually stand up yet. I'm sure that will be happening any day now. Her new big thing is pulling up in her bed and slobbering all over the rails.....
That will be changing as the first tooth is trying to rear its ugly head! Teething sucks!! She is crabby, doesn't nap and is very snotty, which by the way you would think I was wiping her nose with sandpaper the way she screams when I come at her with a tissue. You can see the little white tooth trying to poke through, it won't be long and I will be installing those little plastic guards on the crib to keep her from chewing her way out!!
On a different note, I'm taking on a new business. Yes it involves home parties, but no it's not a typical, please sign up under me kind of thing!! I've been researching companies for quite some time because, well, I need a life. A part-time job doesn't work because of Mike's schedule and I don't want to work all weekend and every night. I finally found one that doesn't require presentations, doesn't require me to buy a bunch of inventory (they supply it all) (including shipping) and I can do it whenever I want. I will be working for www.divagirlpurseparty.com . I will travel to Omaha, hopefully in May for training and then I'll be ready to go.
This company provides me with all the inventory, invites, business cards, cc machine, ect and all I have to do is have 8 parties a month. I don't see this being a big deal. I've got lots of friends and an even bigger family. I'm really hoping this is what I've been looking for.
Oh yeah, I'm going to Mexico in 64 days!!!! :)~~~~~~
Monday, April 09, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Cute little Easter BunnyEaster DressEating a popsicle with Uncle BillAunt Emily helping out with the popsicle thing
Thursday, March 15, 2007
I'm seriously about ready to go next door and rip the manly parts off of the construction workers that are tearing out the neighbors driveway. Don't they know I have a tired baby over here that wakes up every freaking time they throw another giant chunk of concrete into the trash bin?
GRRRR!!! Nobody asked me if it was a convenient time to do this...NO IT'S NOT!!
Maybe I'll just take the overtired, crabby baby over to them and they can figure out how to keep her from screaming her pretty little head off!!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
This is what Ella looks like after a dinner of green beans that she thought would be fun to spit all over the place. Notice the spoon in hand, I got tired of fighting with her over who was going to hold it....guess who won!And a cute pic, the blackmail pic for when she is older:
Friday, March 02, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Not much else going on here in the land of Ella. Still trying to get her on a schedule. I don't know how people do it. I've tried and failed and tried again. It would be so nice to know when she will be taking a nap, getting hungry, ect. It would make going out of the house a little less stressful for all parties involved.
Over the weekend, we went out to dinner with some friends and I actually had to leave the restaurant because Miss Ella was throwing her first ever temper tantrum!! It was not pretty.
To all you "experienced" parents, when do you start disciplining your child? I don't mean, grounding, spanking or that sort of thing, just simple "No, Ella we don't spit" or "No, Ella we don't stick our fingers there." Do they understand that word yet? Is that why "NO" is a lot of kids first word?
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Ella trying to make a phone call to Aunt Jen...Playing with Grandma and all her Mardi Gras beads, notice Ella is more interested in the bagNot sure why my child is trying to eat the stem of the banana,
Thursday, February 22, 2007
The child wants to feed herself, which is fine, except she doesn't understand that the spoon, full of food, goes in her mouth and not her _________ (insert body part besides her mouth).
Guess who just woke up from her nap? Gotta go!!
Monday, February 19, 2007
Ella wasn't happy with anything, didn't want her bottle, didn't want to sit, she wanted to sleep and NOW. When the child is unhappy and screaming, Mommy gets a little stressed.
Why? We have all been in the store, restaurant, ect and heard the distinct cry of a very mad baby. I know I always think to myself, "the poor little thing" or "man, I know how the mom feels". I hate it when she crys in public. I feel like I have to silence her at once. I don't want to make other people mad because my baby is crying in Target, Applebees or wherever. Why do I feel this way? Everyone else is probably looking at me, thinking about how crazy I look. Babies cry, I know that. I just don't want mine crying in public. It makes me feel like a bad mom, one who can't control her baby.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Ellas first craft project:For all of those that have received or will be receiving their Valentines Day cards from Ella, she wrote her name in all of them. She is soooo smart!!
We even colored on the table for a few seconds while Mom was looking at Daddy!! Just a little extra something for Mom!
Mike is never going to come again for lunch. Today, within 10 minutes, Ella pooped and puked on him. Lovely isn't it? She is worse than having a dog in the house. There was poop and puke on the carpet today. This is why I'm getting hardwood put in!