Thoughts Of A Sleep Deprived Mom

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Sleep, what a topic! It’s common knowledge by now that when you become a parent sleep becomes a distant memory. Most people dread this part of being a parent because it is one of the harder things we have to deal with physically. When you are pregnant with your first baby people tell you what to expect, but expecting doesn’t prepare you for the physical toll. Some people think ‘I’ve been without sleep for a few days, or maybe a week so I will be fine’ but the loss of sleep could last for YEARS! Tom always liked to say “I used to work 36 hour shifts in the hospital without any sleep. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again”, but he conveniently forgets that he did it 20 years ago!! Lucky for him I did 100% of the night care with Audrey and I’ll do it with the next baby too.  It’s like being anorexic, only with the zzzZZZ. Parents are ‘sleeporexic’! If you don’t eat properly it will take a toll, just like not getting adequate sleep. Who can function without sleep? Well parents try, what choice do we have? I’m at the point now where I’m always tired. I love the idea of getting a nice restful sleep, but it never seems to happen. My hubby is wonderful at letting me sleep in (9am) on the weekends, but my body isn’t. My mommy brain has to decide between sleep and getting something done. Do I want to take advantage of an early bedtime or wash another load of laundry? Most of the time I choose to get something done. Sometimes when I get a “normal” amount of sleep it makes me slow all day. It even gives me a headache! So I long for more sleep but when I get it I don’t feel well. Ahhhh long gone are those pre-baby days where sleep was plentiful. Being a parent is a new phase of life and lack of sleep is part of it. I do miss the pre-baby days, but those days came and went like they were supposed to. I don’t feel like I let them go too soon, timing was great. It doesn’t mean that I don’t drool when I imagine how easy sleep used to be.

Camping In Our Home

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Well today is officially one week since we have been here in Texas. Unfortunately Tom had to go back to Denver so Audrey, Baron and I spent the first weekend here all alone. I have been finding it increasingly difficult to camp in this house. We have an air mattress and a pack and play, plus suitcases with clothes and toiletries but not much else. We brought some basic cooking utensils……not enough. I’ve been to Wal-Mart almost every day since we arrived. I hate buying things that I know we already have like foil or cleaning supplies, but it seems like I’ll have to. Our pods were packed up last Friday the 14th and picked up Monday. I guess they just arrived in San Antonio on the 19th. I am HOPING I get a call tomorrow to schedule a Tuesday delivery………….. Our timing was just so off for this move. I want our stuff to arrive before I go insane. Tonight I bought Audrey some markers to color only to go home and discover that we had NO PAPER! The most frustrating part is probably cooking. I don’t like eating out too often, but I start cooking a meal only to discover that I have no spatula or a can opener. Lord PLEASE send our stuff to our new house Monday or Tuesday. I have to make mashed potatoes and a banana berry pie for our family Christmas dinner in Houston, BUT I DON’T HAVE ANY SUPPLIES! I saw a $14 mixer at WM tonight that I may go back and buy it. An up side to all this is buying new furniture! We bought a bedroom set and a dining table. Tom also got a new car wohoooooo. I guess after 4 months of moving and living on the basics I’m anxious to get everything back. I’ve already forgotten half of what we own….. Good thing there is a Goodwill donation center down the street. I have a feeling we are going to be getting rid of a lot of things we didn’t know we had.

Thanksgiving 2014

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Turkey, stuffing, casserole, gravy, mashed potatoes, lipstick, shaking sillies out, pie, whipped cream, and so much more. These are just some of the things that were involved in this years Thanksgiving. This year was nice and informal. I love having a lot of guests and especially cooking for them all, but this year was nice too because it was so casual. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a casual Thanksgiving and I loved it. We just did whatever. No dressing up, nothing over the top. Paper plates and plastic silverware for dessert. We had the Thanksgiving basics to eat, no herb crusted lamb and roast beef. It was nice. I enjoyed this pace for Thanksgiving. Audrey spent most of the time applying her lipstick……..nonstop. She hasn’t gotten the idea that you don’t rub lipstick on for minutes at a time. But it is quite entertaining how she puts it on and says “I prittty”. So cute! She was the only one who wore anything “fancy”, because she picked her pink dress out herself. And since Thanksgiving she’s worn it every day. Yesterday I picked out pants and a pink shirt for her to wear, she had a tantrum for about an hour. And finally came back to the room with the pink dress OVER her other outfit. Stubborn baby.

If you would like to watch our Thanksgiving vlog – https://www.youtube.com/Smohrtolove

Honeywell Quiet Care Cool Moisture Multi Room Humidifier HCM-6009

Colorado is the most arid place I have ever lived. It is so dry that my skin is constantly on the verge of peeling and lets not even mention how chapped my lips are. It is a big adjustment up here in the mile high city. Every year I would buy a new humidifier, and every year I was disappointed because it just didn’t do what I needed it to. Our home has a central humidifier already, but the air is so dry that the bedrooms need additional ones. Our master bedroom is pretty large so I always bought the “Large Room” humidifiers – only to discover that it would need to be filled twice a day in order to keep the humidity in the room at 40%. I prefer 50%-60% though. Filling the tanks are a chore so having to do it more than once a day is torture.

After years of buying humidifiers only to end up throwing them out after a few months, I decided to invest in a more expensive one. I figured that I probably spend $90/year on filters and humidifiers so if I just bought a more expensive unit it may last longer. And it may even WORK the way I need it to. So I bought the Honeywell HCM-6009 at Walmart.com for around $70. The price fluctuates depending on the season.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Honeywell-Quiet-Care-Cool-Moisture-Multi-Room-Humidifier-HCM-6009/10779716

It is twice as large as anything I’ve owned before. It has 2 tanks that hold 1.7 gal of water, which means we fill one tank each evening. This humidifier took my room from 26% to 50% in 45 minutes. I can honestly say that I love this machine. It’s so simple and easy to clean, it works amazing, it is much quieter than some others I’ve owned, the list goes on. If something happened to this humidifier I would order a new one right away. The base has wheels so it’s easy to move it about the room. The filters are a bit more expensive $20-$30. I actually found an off brand on Amazon for $10 and they work fine. The only issue I’ve had would be mold and that was my fault. I left town for a while and the humidifier was just sitting there with stagnant water. The filter got moldy so I just tossed it and cleaned the rest with bleach and water. Again, it is super easy to clean. My skin has been so much happier now that it’s getting some moisture and it’s part of my skincare. I will never be without this humidifier – hopefully. Honeywell please don’t stop making this product!!!!!!!

Camping Trip!

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This last weekend we went camping at Devil’s Head in Colorado. It’s a great little camp site close to Denver so it’s wonderful for a short trip. This would be Audrey’s SECOND camping trip. She is so at home in the woods. She is impossible to keep clean. On the drive down Tom had the great (not really) idea to get milk shakes. I’ve gotten Audrey milkshakes before and she has had no issues eating them in her carseat. Well this time she thought she needed to rinse her hair with her banana cream pie milkshake……… We discovered this mess once we took her out of the carseat at our campsite. It was baaaaaad. We are in the middle of nowhere with no running water and my toddler needs a serious bath now. I ended up warming some water and pouring it over her head. She was not happy but it had to be done.
The first night there we had neighbors who were pretty obnoxious. I can’t stand camping with close neighbors. Especially if they like to make tons of noise. Lucking they left the next morning so we reserved their spot for our friends who were driving up Saturday afternoon. Saturday was pretty bad because it rained the whole afternoon. WHAT IS UP WTH THE WEATHER THIS SUMMER? Usually it rains in the spring, and maybe a few times in the summer, but this summer it has been raining almost every day. It’s so different from the last 2 years when we had so many forest fires all around Colorado. I’d much rather have rain than fires I guess. Sunday was fun because we decided to go floating down the Platte River. This was our first time but wont be the last. It was so fun. There were many rocks we ran into and lots of ice cold water spraying us. Poor Audrey wasn’t happy. She was due for a nap so she cried half the time. The poor baby actually fell asleep on Toms lap in his inner tube. She was so cute in her little life vest though. We made it our of the river just in time to race back to the campsite and pack up.
Tom and I (well I) had to work fast to get things washed and put away because we are leaving for Cancun tomorrow! Getting home from a camping trip is hard because everything is SO dirty. Plus I am super OCD so I do inventory on all the supplies and write packing lists and organize everything. It’s nice when we leave for a trip because we just load the camping boxes and go. There is no need to make a shopping list to buy things like lighter fluid, matches, or anything because it’s already pre-packed. It just means that I have to organize it again after the camping trip. AND LAUNDRY…..oh everything smells like smoke so it takes some time to get rid of that. But it all got done Sunday night and Monday. Then I spend Tuesday packing and cleaning for our departure Wednesday. YAY Cancun.

Fall Is Around The Corner!

Every year I see the trees start to turn and I cling to what’s left of summer. I want to wear as little clothing possible until I have to pull out that big down jacket. Over the last week it was somewhat cold and cloudy everyday so I got a little taste of winter again. It was nice to bring out the boots and thigh high socks, BUT I can only stand to wear boots so long. I GET SO BORED with the boot look since I am a flip flop kind of girl. Every winter I get into my closet and feel sad that I have to wear boots again. My open toed wedges and True Religion jeans are calling my name! But lets be real, what a disaster that would be on icy walk ways and snow.

I think this year my plan of attack will be to wear boots with everything, shorts, skirts, leggings, and of course the skinny jean staple. I need to buy a pair of comfortable boots with a heel. That way I can get away with looking girly and also stay warm. Last year I just had Audrey so my focus was comfort and well, whatever would even fit me!

Audrey and I took a walk yesterday and we took some pictures of the leaves for you all to see.

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This spot of water is the last bit that we have left over from all the rain. Northern Colorado got it really bad. I can’t believe how destructive the rain was for us. Last year the LACK of rain was bad and this year it seems like the opposite. Somethings always going on in this state. We are popular for too many reasons lol.

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