Monthly Archives: December 2015

365 Days of Blogging #365DoB

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I meant to have this post up on Tuesday, however as I get further along in my pregnancy, I find that I get less sleep, I’m much more uncomfortable, and I tend to spend more days in bed than out because the effort of getting up is just too difficult, so you have my apologies for the delayed post and lack of notice.

One of my goals for the year, which might be a little unrealistic, given that fact that I’ll be a mom of not just one but two babies, is to concentrate and refocus my attention on my blog. I’ve let it fall to the wayside far too often with very little reason, especially when writing is a method I used to use to cope with stress, anxiety, and everyday life, and I imagine I’ll need that sort of outlet as I swim through the waters of parenting.

So what’s the point of all this yammering? Well, to put it simply, I am going to attempt to blog everyday for a year. O.o

I spoke to Alecia about whether this was a crazy idea and she further encouraged me by saying she didn’t think it was, so in an effort to keep myself motivated and inspired, I am inviting those who wish to participate to join me in blogging each day for a year.

If you do decide to join, all I ask is that you add your link below and link back to my blog, using the button supplied. In the spirit of getting back to my blogging roots, I am really hoping to find some new blogs to read as well as meeting new people and perhaps establishing some connections.

I do hope everyone has a wonderful time ringing in the New Year and hope that 2016 treats you well! Here’s to hoping for a great New Year!

365 Days of Blogging | #365DoB

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2016 Happy Planner Giveaway Winner

First let me say that I really enjoyed reading everyone’s input on balancing your many roles with your individual selves. It gave a lot of insight and made me even more determined to try to hang on to my individuality. I hope that I have inspired the lot of you to do the same. With that said, on to the Happy Planner giveaway!

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Happy Planner Giveaway Recap

In light of my commitment to ensure I don’t lose a piece of myself as I transition to being a mom, I have taken up planning;. Admittedly, I’m still trying to find my grove and find time to consistently plan, but I did find that when I was planning consistently, it helped to keep me motivated and on task. With that in mind, I’d like to invite you to join me on this journey and have decided to conduct a giveaway!

Rules & Guidelines

  • The giveaway is open to US entries ONLY except where prohibited by law unless otherwise noted. No purchase is necessary. The prize(s) and value of the prize(s) are listed above. All prizes will be awarded.
  • You must be 13 years or older to participate.
  • The giveaway will begin on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 12:00am MST(AZ) and will end on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 11:59pm MST(AZ)
  • The winner will be announced on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 10:00am MST(AZ)
  • The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
  • The planner will be shipped out as timely as possibly, however I ask that you please allow up to 2-4 weeks for prize delivery after confirmation.

Now that we’ve gone through the refresher portion, I suppose it’s time to announce the lucky winner!

Winner

Ally

Entry #149: Followed @planningwithus_ on Twitter.

Congratulations! Please be sure to check your inbox for further details and remember, you have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.

My sincerest thanks to all those who participated! Be sure to keep on eye out for my next giveaway by continuing to follow me on my social networks. :D

Growth Check Up

On Tuesday, I went in for a growth check ultrasound per the request of my OB. He has us on bi-weekly ultrasounds now for two reasons. The first is because my cerivx had shortened considerably which could potentially lead to preterm labor and the second is to monitor our little girl who is measuring on the small side to ensure she is growing and there are no issues with blood flow to and from her umbilical cord.

As a precaution, I packed up my hospital bag, along with some of my planning stuff and my Macbook because I wasn’t sure if this ultrasound would result in my being admitted like it did the last time. Turns out I had nothing to worry about and there wasn’t even a hint of the possibility of being admitted. I’ll admit, I was pretty relieved.

As for the kids, our little girl is still measuring on the small side but she gained about 12 oz in the last 18 days, making her approximately 2lbs, 14oz, though she is still in the 5th percentile. The doppler test on her umbilical cord revealed that the blood flow to and from the placenta is good and the tech further reassured us by letting us know that as long as she is growing it’s a good sign, though she’s likely just going to be on the small side when she comes, which is really no surprise, given the genetics in my family.

Our little boy on the other hand seems to be taking after his dad and is approximately 3lbs, 9oz, in the 41st percentile. His growth is right on track and his scans showed he is looking good as well. I do wonder if position plays a part in the weight discrepancies, as presently he is higher up and on my left, whereas she is way low, with her head right on my cervix and on the right. He seems to have a bit more room to more around, whereas she does not.

We have a follow-up with our OB on Monday to discuss the results in a more in-depth capacity and then our next ultrasound is scheduled for the 8th of January. It’s still a little surreal to me that I’m almost done. It seems like it was just yesterday when I was waiting for my bump to come in and now here we are at 30 weeks, 6 days and only a few weeks left (assuming they don’t come early) before our lives will completely change forever, again.

Have you had any life changing events? If so, what? Was the change for the better or the worse?

A Life Full of Service to Country

Not many people are aware of this, well at least not many people I interact with online are aware, but I grew up as a Navy Brat. My father was in service to the military for 20 years and our lives were all about change of duty station and learning to adapt to new environments, while following military regulations.

As a result, I’ve met several service men and women, some active and some retired, but all still serving the country in some way or another. For example, my bestie’s husband is retired and now serves his country as not only a cop but also a volunteer firefighter, both of which he takes very seriously. He’s definitely one of those guys that would appreciate firefighter jewelry from joyjewelers.com, as a symbol of his commitment to serving our country.

Service

It’s always been interesting to me that so many service men and women find themselves in occupations where service is the underlying theme. It’s also very admirable. I don’t know many people who could come out of serving their country and then go right back into doing it all over again. My older sister who works in the medical field as a radiologist is a testament to this and even though they no longer serve in the military, I still thank them for the service they provide to our country, day in and day out.

What is your experience when it comes to veterans in the workforce? Do you find that the majority that you know, get out and find some way to service their country further or do they go into a completely different occupation that has nothing to do with service?

I do wonder if it’s more prevalent in certain areas or if it just depends on the occupation so I’d love your feedback.

Being A Mom = A Loss of Self?

I’ve been having a back and forth discussion with myself on whether or not I want to keep The Baby Project; given how far I have fallen behind on it. The initial plan was to use that as my infertility blog1, to talk about the journey and the trials associated with trying to get pregnant via IVF, but as time went on I found that I was always falling behind. Due to the treatments and the side effects of all of the medications, I didn’t have the drive nor the motivation to truly write about my journey, so rather than fake it, I decided I would just let things die and now I’m at a crossroad.

I could continue on with it, do a series of posts to catch up to where we are now, and then continuing to use it to document my life as a new mother or I could let it die next year and transfer all the contents here. Both options sound appealing in their own ways but I don’t know if I have the desire or drive to maintain two blogs. I’m not as young and idealistic as I used to be.

A lot of people have this aversion to being considered a “mommy blogger” or having their personal blog shift to mommy blogging and while I can definitely understand where they are coming from, for me, I just don’t care. Because guess what?

I AM A MOM.

Being A Good Mom And with that territory comes the knowledge and the understanding that I will discuss my children and my life as a mom on my personal blog. What’s the point of it being personal if you feel the need to limit the content that you write about, especially personal content about the life you live day in and day out? Plus, it doesn’t mean that will be the ONLY thing that I discuss. I still have hobbies and interests outside of being a mom. The key and something I think I will have to learn is finding a way to balance being a mom and being an individual. It’s not impossible and it’s one of my main goals for the new year.

Find that balance. Hold on to a piece of my individual self, even when everyone and everything is constantly dragging me in the direction of “You’re a mom now” and everything else is secondary.

Well, I disagree, I am and always have been multi-faceted. I am a wife, but I’m also an individual who enjoys web design and development, gaming, reading, interior design, etc., and I plan to do everything I can to ensure that doesn’t change.

My one and only resolution for the New Year is not to lose myself as I jump feet first in to the waters of parenthood.

When it comes to being a mom or just balancing the multiple roles you have; what techniques do you employ? Are they effective?


In light of my commitment to ensure I don’t lose a piece of myself as I transition to being a mom, I have taken up planning;. Admittedly, I’m still trying to find my grove and find time to consistently plan, but I did find that when I was planning consistently, it helped to keep me motivated and on task. With that in mind, I’d like to invite you to join me on this journey and have decided to conduct a giveaway!

2016 Happy Planner Giveaway

MAMBI Happy Planner

Me & My Big Ideas 2016 Happy Planner

Rules, Terms, & Giveaway Information

  • The giveaway is open to US entries ONLY except where prohibited by law unless otherwise noted. No purchase is necessary. The prize(s) and value of the prize(s) are listed above. All prizes will be awarded.
  • You must be 13 years or older to participate.
  • The giveaway will begin on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 12:00am MST(AZ) and will end on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 11:59pm MST(AZ)
  • The winner will be announced on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 10:00am MST(AZ)
  • The winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
  • The planner will be shipped out as timely as possibly, however I ask that you please allow up to 2-4 weeks for prize delivery after confirmation.
  1. And hopefully, eventually about parenthood and my adventures as a mom.