The Craziness That is Me...Megan

Frequently moving perfectionist often driven to Crazyville by moving, motherhood, and...myself. Lover of music, homemade things, and Oklahoma.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas...From Our Home to Yours!

So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“ Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Luke 2:6-14

"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time."
— Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Must Have Baby Stuff - The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer

It seems like every other week another friend of ours has found out they are pregnant, getting ready to or have just had a baby, or celebrating their baby's first birthday. 

I am humiliated to say that I am just now getting around to making a gift for one friend that had their baby back in the summer...ridiculous I know.  It's the thought that counts though right?  RIGHT!

Anywho...with all these babies everywhere I thought I would tell y'all about a book...or books rather...that I found out about through a friend.  This book...or books...saved Farm Boy and I from an extended stay in Crazyville.  More than once!  Matter of fact I still fall back on these books.  They are really priceless.

First of all I must say that Farm Boy and I are planners.  We are book readers.  We are the type that needs to have things in order and if they aren't then we're going to figure out how to get them in order.  We aren't necessarily "fly by the seat of our pants type people".  And although there is absolutely nothing wrong with that...we just don't work that way.  We need a schedule.  We need to know how to plan our day.  It's just how we roll.

Now...if you are that type or not this book can be extremely helpful.  If you do nothing but learn the type of temperament your baby has from reading this book, thus learning much more quickly how to respond to him/her, how to head off problems, will change your life.  This may cause you to feel the need to send me copious amounts of cash along with touching notes of thanks...this really isn't necessary...just knowing that it has been helpful is payment enough for me! 

And here are the books...

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg

And The Baby Whisperer Solves all Your Problems
by Tracy Hogg

In theory her methods are quite simple which is good for any parent of a newborn.  But the fact that she goes into depth and explains things and really spells things out is the part that really helped us.  The basic daily routine that she recommends will change your life. 

We learned how to teach Q-Tip to sleep through the night fairly early.  We learned how to soothe her quickly and how to avoid starting bad habits.  When it was time for Q-Tip to move on from her bottle it was like any other day in the neighborhood around here because I had learned from the beginning to not feed her before she went to sleep.  I learned the importance of sleep as well as the importance of teaching a baby how to sleep on their own.  I could go on and on about how much they helped us and how much we learned from them.

The "solves all your problems" book is really great when it comes to fixing things such as baby having their days and nights mixed up, any feeding problems that can sometimes arise, and toilet training issues.  It is definitely a must have! 

These books are simply a wealth of information and they are the first thing I recommend to parents of newborns.   

Ahhhh Motherhood,

Monday, December 6, 2010

Craft Projects, House Cleaning, Toddler Raising...OH MY!

There is simply no way possible that it has been 2 weeks since I posted! 

No way...can't be. now that we've established that I'll tell you what's been going on 'round these parts. 

1. Q-Tip has decided that she no longer needs an afternoon nap.  I have no idea what brought this on but it sort of takes me back to when she decided she no longer liked carrots...or peas, or green beans, or sweet potatoes, or basically any foods that are good for her.  It's been lovely...really lovely.  Today especially!  The hour long battle of the wills was my favorite part!  I guess it's a good thing I started early.

2.  It seems like 25 babies have been born or had their birthday in the past couple of weeks.  I've got several projects that I need to finish or start and it seems like every one of them has required going to multiple stores on multiple occasions to get everything I need.  You would think I would either learn to make a list or plan better and go everywhere in one day.  Or perhaps get over my phobia of shopping online.  But apparently my brain is in some sort of fog and I'm having a hard time staying focused on what I need to do for the next hour.  My brain does work efficiently though when it comes to reminding me of all the things I need to get done in the next week.  Child rearing, Christmas cards, house cleaning, craft projects...not to mention anything that I would LIKE to do.  Like maybe some blog reading/writing, scrapbooking, movie watching...ya stuff.  Maybe I will sometime after January.

3. Never, never, never have I wanted a cleaning lady more than I do now.  It's a never ending battle that drives me up the wall.  I like a clean house people...I admit that sometimes my clean house OCDness is a bit over the top and causes me grief...SOMETIMES.  But is it a crime to love being in a clean house?  I think not.  Is it a crime to want it clean 98% of the time?  I think not.  It is unachievable and ridiculous to think it's possible?  I think so!  It doesn't stop me however from wanting it to be so.  And yes...Q-Tip is finally getting to the age where it is easier for me to clean house with her in the house and awake.  However it does take me longer to get done and then...enter, Mom Guilt.  I feel bad because I've been cleaning all day and I haven't played with her.  Ahhhh motherhood...such a joy!

4. Due to the craft projects, house cleaning, and toddler raising my computer time has been next to nothing lately.  This makes it rather difficult to blog, or read blogs, or have any kind of fun. 

I did however make a stunning discovery last Friday that I am hoping will aid this situation.  Let me start from the beginning....

Apparently my phone needed an update that didn't take place on its own.  I finally called the service desk because I was having one problem after another.  Twitter was freezing up my phone constantly, my email notifications weren't coming, my camera wasn't working correctly, etc, etc, etc.  SO...I've done this here update and my phone is like a new phone!  Thank you Lord!  I took advantage of the new Google Reader app so hopefully I can sneak in a little blog reading here and there...ya I'm chasing my child and all. 

Anywho...there's lots of things happening here and there and my poor little mind is a little bit on overload and my little bloggy poo has suffered.  Hopefully this will only be a temporary situation though!

Overworked and Underpaid,

P.S.  I'm just kidding about the overworked and underpaid part...but not really.