So. My child is into music. Like WAY into music. And, she’s really gotten into drumming lately. I’ll admit, I’ve found myself wishing and hoping that she doesn’t ask us for a REAL drum set. If I think things are noisy now….

And, if she doesn’t, I sure hope she doesn’t get into something else like guitars. I can just see her asking us for something like bc rich guitars at musicians friend. Oy!

Thoughts from a Formula Feeding Mom

I formula-fed my baby. And, I’m not ashamed of it. I never wanted to breastfeed and, though I did try it, it didn’t work out well for us. Lucy lost weight, and I didn’t enjoy it or feel like I bonded any more with her than I would have if I bottle fed her. So, I stopped.

And, it was the best thing ever for us. I was happier. I was more rested. And, in turn, she was happier!

Yesterday, a Facebook “friend” posted an anti-formula rant, going so far as calling those who bottle feed their children “selfish”. I try not to let the opinions of those who differ from me bother me, but this really did – perhaps because she really was insulting those who use formula and insinuating that they’re not as good of mothers.

And that, my friends, is wrong on SO many levels. I wasn’t comfortable with breastfeeding. Doe that mean I judge those who are or criticize them for being “gross”? No. Although, I will say I would prefer if moms would use nursing covers when out in public, like at church.

What happened to supporting fellow moms? What happened to every woman being able to make a decision for her and her child without being chastised? There is so much “mommy guilt” out there, and it’s not cool to add to that by telling someone they made the “wrong” choice as to how to feed their baby. And, it’s just as wrong to tell them their selfish or are a bad mom. Formula-feeding doesn’t make you selfish or lazy. Period.

If I’m being honest, this kind of judgmental reaction is one reason why I never really talked much about my failed attempt at breastfeeding. I didn’t want the pressure of people possibly telling me that I just needed to keep going or judging me for giving my child formula. And, it’s sad that, because of society, I have to feel that way.

I don’t think I’m alone, and I hope I’m not. I’m proud of feeding my child formula and, if we are blessed with a second, we will be feeding that one formula as well. It’s what’s best for our family, and it doesn’t make me a bad mom.

Crazy 8’s $3.99 and Up Semi-Annual Sale!

Woo hoo – it’s time for $3.99 and up Semi-Annual Sale at Crazy 8! I wait for these sales every year to stock up on clothes for Lucy – you can’t beat the prices!

I’m loving this adorable bikini, which is only $5.99! I don’t think I’ve seen a bathing suit priced that low yet this season!

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And, this super cute stripe knit skirt is only $2.99! $2.99!!!! I am totally getting this for Lucy. She wears nothing but skirts and dresses!

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On the boys side, there are a bunch of t-shirts ranging from $3.99-$5.99. I am loving this striped tee!

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And check out these adorable cargo shorts – only $5.99! These make me wish I had a boy in addition to my little girl!

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I’m thinking about getting some long-sleeved shirts for Lucy for the winter. She’s so tiny I can pretty much gauge what size she’ll be wearing then, and that will save me some money later!

What items are you guys loving??

The One in Which my Husband Kind of Saved a Kid

So, last weekend, we went to the community pool for my nephew’s birthday party. It’s actually a really cool facility with a pool, splash park, and and inflatable slide and obstacle course in the deep end of the pool.

The three of us were hanging out in the 4-foot water when we heard a boy start screaming, “Help me! Help me!”

He was wearing a life jacket, so he wasn’t in danger of drowning, but something certainly scared him. Maybe he felt like he might go under? Or, he didn’t think he could get back to the side of the pool (we were in the middle of the section)? In any case, he felt like he needed help.

While he was screaming, a lifeguard walked right past him on the walkway between our section of the pool and the kiddie pool. He didn’t even glance over at the boy. Now, I understand he wasn’t drowning (he surely wouldn’t be able to scream if he was), but if you’re a lifeguard and you hear a child screaming for help, I would think you would, you know, HELP said child.

Not this guy. So, Joe swam over, grabbed the boy and helped him over to the side. The lifeguard came over and told the boy, “If you can’t reach the side, maybe you shouldn’t be in this section of the pool.”

I’m pretty sure if that was my kid, I would have let the lifeguard and his supervisor have it. Sure, he was probably correct, but he was really rude AND he couldn’t even be bothered to do his job and help a child who needed it. I’m just glad my hubby decided to step up and do something.

Belle of the Ball

Lucy went on her first date last night. With her Daddy.

The prince and princess went to their first Daddy-Daughter Ball. Lucy was SO excited – it was all she could talk about all day yesterday! Joe came home from work early and, while he bathed Lucy, I ran to the store to get a bouquet of flowers for her. We wanted to do this right! After Joe got dressed, he went out to the car and then knocked on the door to pick Lucy up.

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We took the obligatory date pictures, and then they were on their way!

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They had a lot of fun! There was dinner (chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and tea sandwiches), coloring, crafts, horse and carriage rides, and, of course, dancing! And, there was a red carpet to walk! How fun is that??

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I’m so glad they had such a fun night together. It’s important. I think this will be an annual tradition!

Everyone asks what I was going to do all night by myself. Uh, watch TV shows that aren’t cartoons and go to the bathroom by myself! It was pretty much awesome! 🙂

Goodbye, Nap Time?

It’s a very, very sad time in our house. I think we are at the end of nap time.

It’s been a week since Lucy has napped. I know she’s tired in the afternoons because if we’re out and about she falls asleep in the car, but I cannot get her to sleep at home. Maybe this is just a phase and soon my dear friend nap time will return. But, I’m not holding out a ton of hope for that.

One of my friends said it best – the “I think we’re dropping naps” stage is worse than living without naps. We’re kind of in limbo right now still since it’s only been a week, and it’s tough not knowing every day whether or not she will nap. This stage definitely is worse. I like having a plan; not knowing just sucks, for lack of a better word.

So, we’re going to be starting “quiet time”. My hope is that she will end up falling asleep in her room. Hope, hope, hope. But, I know quiet time will be a struggle, at least at first. She is adamantly against it. But, Mama needs that time every day, time to myself. It’s so incredibly important.

I guess that if we *are* done with naps, I should be grateful that they lasted until Lucy was 3 1/2. I have friends whose children dropped theirs around age 2. I’m grateful for the extra time I got.

Have your kids dropped naps? What age were they? Do you do quiet time? How does it go over with your kids?