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Friday, January 28, 2011

Such a blessing: A mommylog

A member of my WhatToExpect October 2010 message board lost her October baby to SIDS a few days ago.   She took the baby to daycare in the morning, then got the call in the afternoon.  The worker put the baby down for a nap, then went to check on her and she wasn't breathing.  Paramedics tried to revive her for an hour, and they thought they had her back, but they didn't.  This poor mother.  I don't know her personally, but my heart aches for her as much as if she were a friend of mine.

Obviously, SIDS is my biggest fear at this point.  God has given me this little angel to keep in my care for (what seems like) a few short years.  The thought of losing her is enough to send me reeling.  She has been such a blessing to our lives!  

 Everything has changed.  Sleeping in doesn't happen anymore, and that's ok.  We go to bed early to make up for it.  Honestly, I haven't seen anything later than 11:00 pm in over a month, since KB started going to bed earlier.  We haven't been on a date since September.  I don't mind.  Instead of going to dinner and a movie, we get KB ready for bed together.  Jason does bath time while I get her bottle ready.  Then once she's down, we eat dinner and watch a movie or tv together.  Our lives have changed, but so much for the better.  I wouldn't change a thing.

I get so discouraged by people who aren't happy to be parents, or by women who aren't proud to be pregnant.  I understand if there is some tragic story behind the pregnancy, such as a rape or even a teenager's bad decision.  But that is still no reason to not celebrate a baby!  Babies are the biggest blessing you will ever be given, so love them as such.  Be proud that God has chosen to give you the gift of parenthood.  So many women, and some of my closest friends, have trouble conceiving.  All they want is a baby to love, yet some who are given that opportunity take it for granted.  Those people break my heart.

It was exactly one year ago yesterday that I found out I was pregnant with my little Katie Beth.  It was one year ago today that Jason found out he was going to be a Daddy.  Our lives have totally flip-flopped over the past year, and I am so thankful.  
Thursday, January 27, 2011

No really.. Less is more.

First of all, this isn't an Emily is trying to lose weight blog, though it certainly could be.  This also isn't a philosophical blog.  Yet.  This is a straight forward, matter of fact, truth blog.

Preparing for our move to Hawaii has brought a lot to my mind.  I was in the shower just now when I realized how much crap we have.  Our master bathroom could be used as a metaphor for our cluttered lives.  In the shower, there are 2 cans of shaving cream (both mine), 3 razors (2 mine, 1 Jason's), 4 loofahs (2 for each of us), 4 bottles of shower gel (2 each), 4 bottles of shampoo (3 are mine..) and 3 bottles of conditioner (all mine). Why, why, WHY do I have multiples of everything?  Why don't I throw anything away?  And even more curiously, why does Jason, a man, have multiple bottles of shower gel??

It doesn't end there.  Just stroll over to my vanity and you will find 2 tubes of deodorant, 2 bottles of eye makeup remover and 2 little tubs of moisturizer.  Just so you know, the 2 containers of makeup remover and moisturizer are exact duplicates.  And furthermore, all 4 have been opened.. I'm not just saving one for when the other one runs out.  Under my vanity is just as bad.  2 cans of mousse, 2 cans of hairspray.. (I NEVER do my hair.  I have this terrible habit of thinking that I'm going to look extra hot on a night out if I buy hair products.  Nope.  I look the same.)  There are 3 bottles of lotion on my vanity, and 3 under it.  And, to top it all off, there are 6 contact lens cases.

Alright, so what is wrong with me?  Do I see something in the store and think that I just absolutely can't live without it, even though I have the exact same thing at home?  Do I think that this product must be better than it's predecessor, even though they have the same ingredients?  I'm really annoyed with myself over this, and I didn't even get into the terrible make up habit.  Hello, 3 tubes of unopened mascara.

So now I'm obsessed with using things up so that I don't have to pack them.  I'm starting with the bottles of shampoo that have the least in them and using them first.  Different strategy with the body wash - I'm using the huge bottle in hopes of only having to pack the small bottle.  I'm randomly choosing scented lotions when I get out of the shower instead of my traditional Vaseline brand stuff.

Oh, and I'm going to stop buying crap.  Seriously.. This is a problem.