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Gobble Gobble

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Last year I counted off a whole mess of things I was grateful for . This year, as you can tell by my lack of posting, I’m a little less motivated to put that list together. So I’ll keep it short and sweet. I am thankful. Period.
My life is far from perfect, but I am learning lessons and becoming better every day. I have work and love, however frustrating each of those things can be at times. My house may be messy, but my child is happy. For that, I give thanks.

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Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your day is filled with love and warmth. Thanks to all!

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Happy Mother’s Day

I am lucky to have a big pool of amazing mothers who have helped me since I became a mother 2 and a half years ago. They include friends, family members, bloggers and people that I just observe from afar because I like their “style”. Thank you to all of you. I have no idea how to raise a child, but with the information and encouragement I’ve gleaned from all of my co-mama’s, I’m learning.

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I’m very lucky to have this person to live my life with. She is beautiful, smart, freaking hilarious, and so very determined. I love you Josephine. You are my light. My bright spot. My love. I’m a lucky mama!

One million doll-hairs

I’m combing the shit out of Josephine’s Easter doll’s hair so that she’s ready for her Easter Basket in a couple of weeks.

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I used to have one of these dolls when I was a little girl (I had the brown haired doll. This is the version my sister had), and since I’m such a sucker for nostalgia I just had to buy it at the thrift store when I found it (50 cents, y’all!).
But, seriously, this doll hair is a mess. What have I gotten myself into?!
**UPDATE!!**
Done! Although I am sure a nice tight braid is in order. Not doing that again!!

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Happy New Year!

A very happy new year to you and yours! Wishing each of you truly the best in every one of your endeavors. I’m pensive today, but looking forward to the year ahead. There will be sure to be joy, with so many of our friends expecting little ones, sure to be laughter, with Josephine getting zanier by the second, sure to be hard times, as there always are.
For me I hope to stay strong this year. The last couple of months have been difficult for me. Somehow my mind has slipped into a place of weakness and I’ve fallen into a negativity trap. I’m going to work on keeping focussed, thinking positively, and being proactive instead of reactive. I will be actively working on my gratitude. I need to buck up (as my mom would say) and take control again. I have been distant from pretty much everyone, so my motto for the year is: 2012…can you feel the love?! I don’t feel it yet, friends, but I’ll get there. I always do. Happy new year!

Trying to feel the love with funny faces:

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Morning Milk

Ready to hear about weaning again? No?, Well, too bad because I’ve been sick and stuck at home and that’s all I’ve got going on (other than the fact that Christmas is officially put away if you don’t count Josephine’s best friend, her two foot tall Frosty the snowman doll). So here goes. Feel free to tune out. Today was the first day since Josephine was born that I have been home when she woke up and didn’t nurse her in the morning. Wow.
This morning she woke up at 6:30 in the dag-gum morning (unusual for her, she’s usually a 7:30 to 8:30 am riser, bless her sleepy little heart). Not only was she was awake, but she was hollering, “Mama! Get up! I want milk!”. Yeah, not going to fly.
I told her she couldn’t have any milk until after the sun comes up, because it was still night time. She was ok and had some water and fruit. It’s now 9:45 and she has yet to ask. We’re far enough along that I can put it off until nap time. I do believe we are making progress. Now to stick to the no milk mornings, and we’re on our way!
Now, if I can only find a gentle way to wean her from her Frosty doll. I keep telling her Santa Is coming to take him to the North Pole. She is processing it, but this morning told me she plans to hide Frosty from Santa so he can stay at our house. I am afraid I am setting her up for some sort of holiday PTSD. She’s going to subconsciously hate Santa for taking her friend away. Oh, the horror!
Suggestions from experienced parents (or resourceful non parents)? Please?!

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Merry merry

Feeling oh so Merry (and a little bit sneezy and sick) on this brilliant Christmas day! Merry Christmas everyone! And now, an avalanche of Christmas photos.

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A Christmas Eve swing.

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A Christmas Eve “monster hunt” with Buddy.

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A homemade Christmas Eve cake – my first ever completely from scratch:)

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A Christmas Eve mediocre family portrait.

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An angel in a Christmas Eve dress.

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A Christmas Eve stocking from Grammy Jane.

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Santa Claus came to visit.

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Christmas Eve wore Taylor out.

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The Christmas Chicken was here!!!!

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Santa brought a Toodie doll!

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Holiday aftermath.

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A turkey and his turkey.

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A very Bacheecho Christmas.

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A little holiday cleaning…
Ok, ok, this wasn’t today. Our house is thrashed holiday style, but this is a good picture from a couple of days ago 🙂

Merry Christmas, and a happy and productive New Year!

So this is Christmas

What a strange couple of weeks I’ve had. Things are crazy busy, what with Christmas insanity, work, regular life stuff, and to top it all off, I have been experiencing what I’m pretty sure is weaning induced mental illness. Geeze! I wasn’t prepared for the intense mood swings, lack of patience, crying stints, and all around craziness that comes with the end of breastfeeding. Wow. I’m down to one nursing a day on the days I work, and even then last night Josephine told me that one of my breasts was “not working”.
Add in Christmas time, where I swing between not wanting to do anything for anyone and wanting to buy everyone I know something special. From utter annoyance at everything to complete joy because I really do love this time of year. Totally bipolar. And there’s never enough money, and I run out of time to bake, and, and, and….
Right now my morning trips to the gym are saving me (and the poor souls who have to live with me) from going off the deep end. I walk out of the gym with a grin on my face at 7:40 each morning. It feels good to move. Hip hip hooray!
But it is Christmas. And I need to switch it up, slow down and really enjoy the next week.
Because the incessant frosty the snowman watching, off key Christmas song singing, unbridled joy of this time of year with Josephine will only last so long. I need to embrace it and enjoy it.
I’m pretty sure that my 13 day vacation from work that starts tomorrow where I get to stay home and be productive (read, lazy and relaxed) and the fact that I am FINISHED! Christmas shopping will help with all that enjoyment of the season 🙂

This little Frosty loving girl helps too.

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Breakfast with Frosty.