5 Times my Expectations were Shattered

I love to write lists, so for this week’s #1Word I am recalling some of the times in my life my expectations were shattered.

5 Times my Expectations were Shattered

  1. High School was not as scary as we were made to believe in Middle School (aka Junior High). Freshmen did not get canned, teachers were not evil (well, most of them), and the scariest part was getting to know a new school.
  2. College (University), on the other hand, was much more difficult than I expected, both in the course load (thank you Engineering classes) and in finding my place and making friends.
  3. Turning 30 was not traumatic (however, turning 20 was – go figure). I’m afraid to know how 40 will feel though.
  4. Moving halfway across the country away from my parents was easier than I thought, at the time. It is hard having them far away now though.
  5. Having a child was so much more earth-shattering and life-altering than I could ever imagine.

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10 Things That Surprised Me About My Baby Boy

This week’s Tuesday 10 topic is:

10 Things That Surprised Me About ____

I picked the topic of 10 things that surprised me about becoming a mom and having my baby boy.

  1. The sheer size of this boy. At 8 months old, he is nearly 22 pounds.
  2. How much food a little boy can put away. This boy is always hungry. Always. And how upset he gets if you’re eating in front of him.
  3. How absolutely beautiful his eyes are. Future heartbreaker here.
  4. When they say a “bouncing baby boy” they mean it. This baby is only still when sleeping. He would stand on his head if he could. He wants to run so badly, but can still barely stand up unless he’s leaning/holding onto something.
  5. The adorable sounds that he makes when he’s happy or excited. Seriously, baby squeals and giggles are awesome.
  6. Boy clothes are fun and cute too!
  7. The little angelic voice that says “mama” is the best sound ever.
  8. How he can go from smiling to screaming bloody murder in two seconds flat.
  9. How much personality this little boy already has! Who knew that tiny humans not even a year old already develop their own opinions and personalities.
  10. How quickly he changes. It seems like he develops a new skill overnight.

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Gratitude and Goals July 24, 2015 #GratitudeGoals

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Welcome to the Weekly Gratitude and Goals Linky Party hosted by Julie at Velvet Rose and Suzanna at One Hoolie Mama! The idea behind this party is to take a step back and reflect on those things, both large and small, that we are thankful for in our lives this past week as well as think about what goals we may have for ourselves for the upcoming week. So share a list of everything and anything you are thankful for and add any goals you have for the week ahead. This party will start on Fridays, but you are welcome to link up any time during the week.

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10 Things I Find Myself Saying Over and Over

10 Things I find myself saying over & over

  1. I am so tired. As a new mom, I can’t even remember the last time I got 6 hours of sleep.
  2. I love you. I say it a lot, to my hubby, to my baby, to my parents.
  3. Shhhh Shhh Shhh. Please go to sleep. Yep, to my screaming or fussing little boy.
  4. Are you hungry? Do you want more? These are words I’m trying to teach the baby so he can eventually react and help us communicate.
  5. I love audio books. That’s the only format I’m reading books in right now, on my long commute while sitting in traffic.
  6. I miss going to book club. Because seriously, it’s been a while.
  7. That’s not in the budget. Someone likes to buy stuff. Hint: it isn’t me.
  8. Thank you. It is important to thank people who help you out at work and at home.
  9. I have to go pump. Ah, yes, the several times a day of Medieval torture.
  10. Have a good day. I say it to hubby and to the nanny every morning.

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Summer Movie Night Fun Giveaway, Part 1

Summer Movie Night Fun Giveaway Part 1

 Raise your hand if you love to watch movies, especially during the summer time. Yep, I do too. This giveaway sounds pretty awesome, does it not? Check out all the amazing prizes. Enter to win below!

Hosted By:

Holiday Contest and Sweeps

Co-Hosted By:

Michigan Savings and More

 Here We Go Again,Ready?

 Libby’s Library

 Mashed Potato Sandwiches 

 Simply Sherryl

 Everyday Southwest 

My Devotional Thoughts

Networking Witches

Networking Perks 

David’s DIY

1 – Winner

Holiday Contest and Sweeps is honored to work with Mill Creek Entertainment to bring you a great event named “Summer Movie Night Fun Giveaway Part 1″.

This giveaway will bring the winner 14 great DVDs as shown below.

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10 Junk Foods I Could Live Off (But Probably Shouldn’t)

This week’s Tuesday 10 topic is:

(National Junk Food Day) If calories and nutrition didn’t matter, I would live off these 10 foods!

This post is making me drool so much right now. I want to eat everything. In no particular order, here are 10 awesome junk foods.

  1. Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate bars.
  2. Hawaiian Host chocolate covered macadamia nuts.
  3. Pringles sour cream and onion chips.
  4. Skinny Cow ice cream (at least it is skinny, right?).
  5. Cheetos.
  6. String cheese.
  7. Chocolate chip cookies. Om nom  nom.
  8. Fried pickles.
  9. Buttered popcorn.
  10. The sweet dark bread at the Cheesecake Factory.

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Tips for Taking a Road Trip with an Infant

We went on a family road trip over the Fourth of July holiday weekend – the first road trip for Baby H. We visited family in Florida and Georgia, so it was a long drive. 800 miles each way with an 8 month old is quite interesting, let me tell you. We prepared the best we could, and I wanted to share some tips and lessons learned.
Tips for Taking a Road Trip with an Infant

Tips for Road Trips with Infants

1. Plan your driving time wisely and include time for many stops along the way. On the way there we actually left in the evening and drove through the night. It was hard since we both worked a partial day before making the trip, but it ended up working in our favor since Baby H slept for a lot of the ride. We stopped around 4 am at a rest stop so hubby could nap and I could nurse and let the little guy stretch out before continuing the rest of the way. On the way home we wanted to get a good night’s sleep before driving, so we planned to leave in the AM and drive all day. That was rough and Baby H screamed so much! He just was fed up with being in the car seat and that was that. We’d stop often to let him stretch and relax but we had to keep moving so there were times when I was patting him while we drove and he cried. I hated that and it was extremely stressful, but I really don’t know what else we could have done.

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Gratitude and Goals July 17, 2015#GratitudeGoals

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Welcome to the Weekly Gratitude and Goals Linky Party hosted by Julie at Velvet Rose and Suzanna at One Hoolie Mama! The idea behind this party is to take a step back and reflect on those things, both large and small, that we are thankful for in our lives this past week as well as think about what goals we may have for ourselves for the upcoming week. So share a list of everything and anything you are thankful for and add any goals you have for the week ahead. This party will start on Fridays, but you are welcome to link up any time during the week.

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Blogger Intro, Sort Of

This month’s The Circle July topic is Blogger Introductions. You probably already know that my name is Julie. I’m many things, but most recently a new mom. I also work full time doing environmental compliance, train my pets – 2 dogs and 1 cat (and 1 husband), and enjoy reading (fiction) and blogging. I didn’t want to write another “who am I” type post, I’ve done enough over the time, and my About Me page is pretty good at telling you all you need to know. So instead I’m going to answer this set of questions below.

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Embracing how a baby changes your life

Having a baby is absolutely life changing. I knew this and expected things to be different, but boy was I not prepared for the magnitude of it all. Here are just a few (some silly, some serious) ways a baby changes your life.

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How a baby changes your personal life:

  • Suddenly you’re not the center of your own world. Another little being has taken over your attention and all your time.
  • Activities and hobbies that were important to you before take a backseat or are forgotten altogether. Doing things you used to enjoy takes so much effort and planning that they lose some of their appeal.
  • You have more colorful gadgets in your home than you ever imagined. The baby seems to have more stuff than you do.
  • You no longer get squeamish with toilet humor because you’ve had your share of diaper blowouts and being covered in another person’s bodily fluids.
  • Small talk is not so much about the weather but how much (or little) sleep you got last night.

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