Welcome to my crazy life

Just a quick welcome from me to you and a thank you for reading and following along on the crazy road which I call my life. Here you will be able to follow along the ups and downs of our little family's life and adventures as we grow, learn and travel. Plus I will give up some advice on things I have done that seemed to have helped with getting my daughter and son to learn different functions, from sleeping through the night to eating all her food and beyond. Also if you have a question please feel free to leave it in a comment and I will happily make a post just to answer your question. Also keep a look out for new and old product reviews as well as special events. Here's to the family life and to a crazy adventure.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Doctors appointments all around

So, we had to go to our first doctors' appointments this past week and though mine was a let down, Kenzi's was wonderful. 
I had my doctor's appointment first and we sat in the exam room forever waiting for them to come in ask a few questions listen to me breath and listen to the baby and then tell me they would be in touch with me once they got an appointment with the OBGYN in the area. I guess it didn't matter to them that I haven't seen an OBGYN in almost 3 months and that I am having a high risk pregnancy.  Sorry all I am still a little mad that no one seems to listen to you when you make appointments in the first place.  We sat at that office for almost 2 hours for a 5 minute conversation, though they did check my blood pressure that despite the massive stress we have been dealing with has stayed low and was at 100 over 60.  Granted that was on a good day where nothing had gone wrong at that point, later that day I am sure it was much higher. 
Miss Makenzi's appointment was much smoother and more relaxed.  She has a great team of doctors who are all seemingly nice and make her laugh even after shots, good sign right?  She is 31 inches long putting her in the 90th percentile for her height, 23 pounds which put her in the 80s for her weight and 18 inch circumference for her head which is in the 50th percentile.  They said this is what they look for in healthy happy children and she is doing great.  She only cried for a little after her shots and then I got dirty looks after her nap when I removed her band aides.  She took a good nap that day and then went to bed early due to her being cranky.  She is still a little cranky today which is only to be expected.  Hopefully tomorrow we will have our normal Makenzi back.
So a few things going on that I wanted to share is the new education we have started with Makenzi.  We are using some flash cards to start her identifying the alphabet, shapes and colors, and next week we will also be working further with textures.  We are also working on animals and animal sounds.  She seems to be very interested in the flash cards and thinks the animal sounds are funny, she laughs at me when I make them which makes me laugh.  We are hoping to get her to start really communicating with us besides pointing at things she wants and crying if she doesn't get it right away.  She can say, mama, dada, juice, yes, no, see ya, bye, dog, thank you, and please.  She also knows what clap your hands means and does it when you say yay.  She shakes her head yes and no, appropriately, and waves hello and bye bye.  I think the education is also helping her with these things plus we constantly tell her what she is touching and feeling to get things to click together. 
On another note we have also said good bye to Fisher Price Diapers.  We have loved using them but with Babies R Us so far away we had to find a different diaper that was carried locally.  So we have switched to Huggies.  So far we have loved them just as much as the Fisher Price ones.  They are doing a great job during the day as well as the night.  We highly recommend the Huggies over night diapers to everyone.  We fell in love with night diapers from Fisher Price and found that the Huggies over nights are just as wonderful especially after having a few nights with out any night time diapers and having wet jammies.  We are using the Huggies Movers, Over Nights, and the natural wipes.  That said I am happy to report that Kenzi has still been diaper rash free.

Life is amazing again for us.  We are getting fully settled into a new place, schedule, and life really.  We have a fairly easy budget that will be in place come November 1st, which is saving everything we can.  With deployment on the horizon we are hunkering down and trying to enjoy every moment we have together.  Anyway, I'll keep you posted as we truly start using Huggies for all our diapering needs including us trying the new pull on diapers, which will be coming next month.  I'll also let you know if I find anything super wonderful along this fun journey of being not only a military wife but a mother of 2 under 2. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kicking off the creative season!

Alrighty, here is my shout out to all my friends and family and anyone who happens upon my blog.  I am back up and running with my hand knit blankets, hats and scarves, my hand made quilts and throw pillows as well as my hair bows.  Prices have come down a little my blankets will now start at $60, hats and scarves start at $15 for the pair. My quilts will start at $50, and throw pillows will start at $10. My bows are the same price which is any 3 bows for $5 ( these come on either a alligator clip, small barrette, or thin hair band).  If you want a head band they are 2 for $6.  Shot me an email if you want to place and order and I will be happy to send you an order form with envelope for payment return.  keep in mind that if you are ordering one of my blankets or ordering in bulk there is a shipping charge of $5 plus and it will be sent via USPS flat rate boxes unless you request differently.    Also I am trying to reach as many people as possible to get the best exposure so if you have a friend wanting to get a baby blanket and you refer them to me I will give you a 10% commission on blanket and pillow orders. 

I love making these things and would love to see this actually turn into a business of sorts. So now that I am settled I want to get to crafting and need orders.  So if you want to get someone a baby blanket as a shower gift or a quilt or throw as a wedding gift check out my blankets 1st.  also its fall which means my hat and scarves are back and I'm ready to make them for you.  They are perfect stocking stuffers and I can make them in any thickness, size and color, my hair bows also make great stocking stuffers as well as cute bows on the outside of gifts.

I also include 2 hair bows for baby girl blankets and will be including a hat for the baby boy blankets.

Anyway, I will be putting up pictures on my facebook and can be emailed for pictures at a.reynolds0809@yahoo.com

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mumfest in New Bern

Today we went to a great Festival called Mumfest. It is an annual festival to celebrate the mum flowers and Fall in general.  We Had a great day in the sun with a nice breeze to keep us cool. As for the festival it was amazing, tons of people were there of all ages with booths ranging from plants to stained windows, makeup to home made candles, and plenty of food and rides. We were luckily to take in some of the performers one who juggled flaming batons.  He was pretty amazing since he was also a comedian and was good about getting the crowd involved.  Then we watched the Silver Drummer Girl.  I think this performer was Miss Makenzi's favorite as she watched the drummer the entire time we were standing watching her show and then as we walked away she couldn't take her eyes off of the drummer. I also got some great ideas for some new crafts like a pillow case style dress with ribbon for the straps and a wooden lawn decoration of a ghost with a rustic paint job.  There was a few places set up for live music and a kids corner where they were doing a magic and a puppet show.  We also caught a little of the Purina dog team show which was pretty cool and saw some BMX bicycle tricks as well.

The best part of the Mumfest was that it was in downtown/historic New Bern.  We got to enjoy a great day of being outside in a beautiful waterfront environment meeting the community.  Over the years I have found that the best way to get introduced to a community is to go to  local events and to have so many festivals makes it so easy.  I do recommend to everyone that if you have festivals near you to check them out and see what your town has to offer.  Mumfest is a great one and if you find your self in the Crystal Coast area in early October you should check out the Seafood Festival which happens the 1st weekend of October and then the following weekend check out Mumfest. 

Also on a different note we are loving our new home and Ty is starting to like his new squadron.  He is unfortunately going to be going to training in Arizona over Thanksgiving and then will be deploying in January. The good news about him deploying is that he will be deploying with one of our good friends whose squadron will be deploying with Ty's squadron.  So now we get ready to handle him being away over Thanksgiving and then 7 months, its sad but at least he will be home for Christmas and hopefully Gabriel will join us at that point as well so that Ty will be home for his birth.  Well, keep an eye out for my next post on my birthday weekend review of what we do. So far New Bern has been a very welcoming place for us.  Here's to a new chapter and a new start.