I cannot wait for Winter to be over, because this weather isn't letting the baby and me shake our sickness(es)! I've had a terrible sinus infection for about 2 weeks now, and am going to the doctor today to hopefully get it taken care of finally. Kaetana caught it (have you ever seen a 3 month old with a sinus infection? Worst thing ever!) and also has an ear infection. So, she's miserable all over again.
I need warm weather walks downtown with my family. But instead, I hear we're to expect another foot-ish of snow again this weekend. Come on, give me a break!
I hope everyone else is having a better week than we are, and I'll be back soon. ♥
Danielle at Sometimes Sweet did a post like this earlier today (go check it out here and envy her diaper bag, it's gorgeous!) and invited other Mamas to do one so here I am! I am a notorious over packer, though, so you've been warned. Also the bag is pretty stocked up because I am going to venture out with the little one in a while. Enjoy!
First off, my diaper bag is Petunia Pickle Bottom for Target. It's fantastic. Super high quality, just as you'd expect from PPB, but also really affordable! Now, on with all the stuff!
1. Wipes case with wipes
2. Kirkland brand diapers from Costco. Which are amazing, by the way.
3. Formula divider. Seriously one of my favourite things, it makes bottle making while out and about so much easier!
4. NUK bottle.
5. Sophie the Giraffe. We just got this the other day, and Kaetana loves the squeaky part.
6. Two extra pacifiers. I never use these, so I'm not sure why I keep them in there.
7. Two head bands. For when I need her to be extra cute?
8. Boudreaux's Butt Paste. Kaetana hasn't had a diaper rash yet, but that's probably because I always slather her in this stuff.
9. Nasal aspirator from the hospital. I think I have the world's snottiest baby, so I use this a lot.
10. Saline spray. This comes in handy frequently.
11. Those ring things. She loves them.
12. Sunglasses. For her. They're stylin' and awesome.
13. Extra outfit consisting of a onesie, some pants and a pair of socks.
14. My wallet and checkbook.
15. A book. I switch this out a lot, but right now she's really in to the pictures in this ABC one.
16. Dollie. She really loves this thing!
17. Pre-fold cloth diapers for wiping up spit up and drool, and 2 extra bibs because she does the aforementioned things a lot.
*Not Pictured: I always carry at least one receiving blanket, and one real blanket for warm coziness. Especially today because it's raining out.
So, there you have it. My overstuffed diaper bag! Hope that was interesting enough for ya. ♥
John took this video on his phone last night. She was talking to him all happy until he pulled out his phone, then she started making distraught sounds but I still think it's funny. She always does that when you take photos or videos of her. :)
For the past (almost) 2 years, I've been driving my Grandpa's old 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais named Floyd. Dear Floyd has done me, John and Kaetana very well but he just isn't a practical vehicle for our family anymore. Firstly because it's 2 door and it's a huge pain in the ass trying to get a car seat in and out of it. Second, there's absolutely no room for anything, and thirdly because it's kind of falling apart and I don't want to get trapped in a money pit. So, that being said, John and I decided that with part of our tax money we'd buy a new car.
We always figured we'd go find a private dealer and buy something from them, but when the time came (Tuesday, to be exact) we thought it would be nice to go check out a few of the dealerships in town to see what our options might be. We started with Prescott Honda and they were flat out rude to us. I do understand that we're young, and we don't necessarily look like the most reliable, responsible people but business is business in my opinion and I'm not sure why a car salesman wouldn't do everything he could to help someone buy a car from him. Don't they work on commission?
Anyways, we left there sad and disappointed but decided to go try the used car section of Tim's. We got there and were greeted kindly but the nicest guy. He was super helpful, and listened to everything we said regarding down payment, and how John has no credit at all. We didn't bother mentioning me because I have the worst credit on the planet due to a poor decision to get a credit card when I turned 18. :)
We drove around the lot of a while, looking at cars in our price range and nothing really jumped out at us. Mind you, we were basically topped out at $10,000 so that didn't leave us that many options to begin with. John found a Jeep that he liked a lot so we took it for a test drive but something seemed a little off about the back seat to me. I decided to try the car seat base in it, and lo and behind, it was waaayyy too narrow to have it in there! So, that option was out. John was bummed but it opened up an opportunity for me! I had seen this '03 Buick Rendezvous earlier in the day that I was interested in, but it was at the absolute top of our price range. We decided to see what we could do about it and our dealer (Mike) got working. He ended up finagling a slightly lower price, and lower monthly payments with a bigger down payment. We were so excited, and by 5 o'clock that afternoon we were the proud new owners of a new car! It's fantastic, so roomy, and definitely the nicest vehicle either of us has ever owned. Technically, it's John's car because he's the one who bought it but he's acknowledged the fact that I'll be using it most. It's totally my Mom Car.
Okay, I'm so over this 30 Day Challenge, and I'm not going to do another one for a long time. It's irritating. But, since I already devoted myself to it I might as well go ahead and finish it up while I'm sitting here watching the new episode of Teen Mom 2. (Which, by the way, is dumb and I'm not even sure why I'm watching it.)
Sorry I've abandoned you all once again! It's been a really awful, stressful week in my world and I haven't had the time or motivation to come here and blog. I know I'm behind on the last bit of that 30 day challenge, so I'll probably finish that up in the next day or two.
Anyways. Why I've been missing. (This is going to be really long, so hit the jump for the details.)
The never ending cycle of DRAMA that surrounds me.
I don't help the situation sometimes, but I think I encounter an abnormal amount of drama in my day to day life. I am 22 years old, a mother, and in a very serious committed relationship. I have cut out all the negative people in my life. I've blocked them on all the social networking sites I can. I don't lurk them, I don't bother with them, I don't care about them. And yet, it still seems to follow me. Rumors FLY about me all around town, God knows why.
I honestly don't know if I'll ever shake the people that care so much about what I think (or, actually, don't think) about them but I hope I do. Either that or, I hope one day I can leave this town. Or they all leave. Either way. :)
Kaetana had her 2 month check-up yesterday, and it was an interesting experience to say the least.
Firstly, they took her weight and measurements and we found out that she's actually really small. I thought she was super long because she busts out of her 0-3 month footies, but apparently for her age she's short? What sense does that make, clothing companies? The doctor said she is in the 21st percentile for both height and weight (I asked, it's not a problem since they're proportionate to each other) and in the 94th percentile for head size. HA! She does have a pretty giant head. : /
The doctor gave us a prescription for Baby Zantac because of her reflux issues. She spits up SOOOO much every single bottle, it's intense. We've decided to cut her back an ounce and feed her more often during the day (so far she's pissed about this) and she gets the medicine twice daily. I'm hoping it works!
She also got her shots. 3 of them(!) and an oral vaccine. She took the oral like a champ obviously, but she was so distraught about the actual shots. I had to hold her in my arms for them because she was so upset at the entire appointment. I just sat there and held her and tried to keep her calm when the nurse gave her the first shot. I felt Kaetana tense up, her face went red and then all of a sudden she was BAWLING. It was the saddest thing I've ever seen. I comforted her (it took a while) and once she was calm again, she got another in the other leg. And then another. I'm sure Kaetana hated me for that few minutes. I definitely teared up, but I had to hold my own and not cry. I think John did, though.
Here are a few photos of her from after we got home. We had to strip her down because she was roasting. So far she's been doing pretty well, but last night she was really upset and sore and would cry if anything touched her legs. We ended up making a hot pack with some socks and rice heated in the microwave. It seemed to soothe her and she fell asleep.
Oh, here's a photo of her and her Great-Great-Aunt Patty. I think it illustrates the size of her head fairly well. hahah
I'm skipping day 24 because whoever made this challenge thing obviously had a difficult time thinking up new questions.
I took this while hiking down to Havasupai the summer of my graduation. It was an awesome trip, and I'm hoping to be able to go again someday but I've heard it's been deemed a natural disaster because of flooding. Maybe it'll be better when Kaetana is older. :)
I've heard of people stealing other people's photos from their blogs and stuff, but I never really thought it would happen over here. Not like I have a ton of followers of anything, ya know?
But, lo and behold, there I was moseying around the blog world and boom! There's Kaetana. On some bitches blog. CREEPY. I wrote the person, and then reported her to Blogger. I'm pissed, though, and will now be adding a watermark to all my future photos.
Including these ones of tummy time I took a few weeks ago:
But seriously, if you're putting up photos, you should think about adding a watermark. Apparently people have no shame about thieving.
I've always thought it would be awesome to own my own bookstore, and it's definitely something I want to achieve at some point in my life. I don't have that many interests, to be honest, but I do love reading. Books were my refuge as a child, when things were tough and just too much to handle on my own. I would get lost in the various worlds I read about, and it helped me through a lot of shit. I'd like to be able to contribute to the happiness of others through literature, and since I'm not a very good writer, I figure the way to do it would be through just selling them! Ideally, I would like this store to be located in a quaint little town somewhere in England. ♥
Well, I've been a huge blog failure these past couple days. Not a lot has gone down, but I still seem to have been extremely busy. Maybe it's because Kaetana is so much more active lately! It seems like she's awake a ton more during the day, and I am constantly trying to find new ways to entertain her. The last thing I want is a dull eyed, bored baby! :) Anywho, because I've been neglecting you all, I've gotten behind on the 30 Day Challenge I'm doing. So this is going to be a long, catch up post. Enjoy!