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Goodbye April Showers, Hello May Flowers!

As I look back on the month, I can’t believe it’s over. From Little Miss’ first birthday, party to spring retreat, it was quite the month of excitement!

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I feel like life is getting even more exciting everyday because of how big Little Miss is getting. It’s so much easier to take her places when it’s just the two of us. It took me a while to feel comfortable to bring her out because I was scared I wasn’t actually capable of  doing everything by myself. Of course, that was me over thinking everything. Now, if it’s a beautiful day it’s let’s pack everything up and go do something.

This month I also found myself again, I didn’t even know I was lost, but after spring retreat my spark was back and brighter than ever.

I’m using this last day of April to look ahead to what we have planned for May. More zoo trips, mine and Little Miss’ first trip to Minnesota, Little Miss’ first airplane ride. I’m also doing a few challenges circled around a healthy life and healthy marriage. Also, I’m doing alot more with my blog and making my plans to make it even bigger.

Hope you all had a fantastic April and have amazing plans and goals for May!

C

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New Adventure for Mommy and Little Miss.

One of my goals for this month was to take Little Miss on a new adventure. I didn’t know what that adventure would be, I just knew I wanted to do something different and fun with her.

The weather hasn’t been the greatest for any sort of outdoor adventures so I started brainstorming on where we could go and what could be fun for a toddler. There’s the obvious Chuck E. Cheese but Little Miss is still on the younger side of really being able to enjoy having fun there.

I don’t know how or why I never thought of it, but I decided to take her to our local children’s museum. I had never been there, but I’ve seen friends post pictures of being their with their kids, and after looking more into it on the website, I saw they have a toddler explorer section just for kids under two.

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This place is definitely alot bigger than I thought and there’s literally so much to do! From lights, shadows, building,music, mirrors, seriously if Little Miss was a little older we could have stayed all day.

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But for the couple of hours we were there it was awesome! There’s something about watching your child see and experience new things. Watching their eyes light up, seeing the curiosity on their face as they try to walk quicker than they can to go touch something. And that’s the great thing about this place, you can touch everything.

This was definitely a wonderful new adventure on a perfectly gloomy and chilly day.

C

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My Fairytale.

I’ve been trying to think of ways to redo my blog, think of more content, what else I want to blog about since this is a lifestyle blog. 99% of my time is about my daughter because I’m with her all day, everyday. Then it hit me, I have never actually written about how my Fairytale even began.

My Fairytale wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for my person, my husband, my man, the love of my life.

Since it’s usually always about Little Miss, it’s A’s time to shine in my blog.

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A and I actually worked together before we were friends or dating. We were both in relationships, not very good ones, but it worked out because we built our friendship based on being able to listen and vent to each other.

Eventually, we both left the company and went our separate ways in life. Thanks to Facebook, we still kept in contact and talked once in a while, I went to the shop he was working at a couple of times to get a tattoo, and that was pretty much our friendship for a couple of months.

We started dating in September after both ending our relationships, which turned into him working closer to where I was living and eventually moving in with me.

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We decided to get a new fresh apartment a few months later and our life together really began.

A proposed to me about 9 months into our relationship, of course I ruined the plan on how he was going to propose. Now that I think about it, I’m definitely going to be doing a blog about that because it is hilarious!

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We were married the following year, and two years later we were expecting Little Miss.

We are by no means the perfect couple, but we’re perfect for each other. We listen, we have fun together, we hold our brick up together because it takes two of us.
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If you would have asked me 7 years ago where I saw myself in the future, I honestly would have never thought life could actually be good. Don’t get me wrong, life is nowhere near perfect and we have our difficult times just like everyone else, but because of A I always have a rainbow after a storm.

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C

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Big Life Spring Retreat 2016.

When I said I was ready for the best weekend ever….I wasn’t expecting it to be as freaking amazing as it was.

This wasn’t a weekend to get away from stress, my busy mom life, or to go away and vent to other people about my husband. This was a weekend to help me refind myself and grow to be a better person,wife and mom.

The retreat before this was awesome. It was the 1st time I had ever done anything like this. I also was extremely overwhelmed and I didn’t allow myself to fully embrace what I was around and I came home wishing I had done more. Don’t get me wrong, I had fun and I took alot away from it. But this time was my eye opener to my Big Life waiting for me. I’ve always had a Big Life to live, I just wasn’t living it.

So I told myself, you need to fully experience everything and step out of your comfort zone and just do it. And I did.

I went on a paddle boat into a lake, someone who is terrified of open water. I did a high ropes obstacle course, someone who is terrified of heights. I allowed myself to put trust into a harness and rope and walked across cables and wires. I did two levels and zip lined to the bottom. I sat with a group of different people at each meal. Yes me, who at fall retreat stuck with one table and it was the table of people in my cabin. I ate lunch and had conversations with different people the entire weekend.

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I participated in a flash mob with a paint fight at the end, made sure to jump in front of the camera so when it’s finalized and everyone sees it, people can see me.

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Not only did I challenge myself to face some fears. I opened myself up to a group of women and let everything out. My past, my thoughts, my fears.

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One of my favorite moments was accepting myself that my body is not and most likely won’t be how it was pre-baby. I have stretch marks and loose skin on my stomach still. And I looked straight at the mirror and said ” this is ok, you made a life in there and I’m still beautiful. ”

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I walked away from this weekend with my heart and mind full of my plans to live a Big Life for myself, my husband and my daughter. I cried this weekend. Not because I was sad, but because it changed my life more than I thought it ever could. Seriously, I thought my life was at its highest and this was as big as it got. Let me tell ya, I was wrong.

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And I cannot wait to continue my Big Life.

Pamela, and any of my Big Life sisters who read my blog: thank you. Thank you for allowing me to step out of my zone, thank you allowing my to be myself. Thank you for not judging me. Thank you for having my back.

I can’t wait to see you in the fall.

C

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Mama’s Weekend Away.

If you’ve been following my blog since October, I went on a retreat in Oklahoma with my best friend and left with 30+ sisters.

Big Life has been life changing for me. From every aspect of life, being a wife, a mom, a friend, being me. My life is on the right path and I’m living a Big Life every single day.
Tomorrow I leave for the Big Life Spring Retreat. I can’t put into words how excited I am. Not to go away and get a “break” believe me, I wish I could be in two places and be at retreat and with my daughter.
No matter how much my daughter grows, it’s still incredibly hard leaving her. Seriously, my mom came and took Little Miss for a couple of hours last night, go figure I get sick this week, and I was a mess. Am I terrible mom for sending my daughter off to her grandparents house? A place where she has two people who basically love her as much as I do? A place where she has just as many toys there as she does here? No I’m not a terrible mom, but I hate saying see you later to my daughter. Maybe it’s a first time mom thing, maybe it’s why I’m a full time stay home mom, maybe it’s just a mom thing.
Either way, today was basically my “get EVERY SINGLE THING” set for Little Miss while I’m away. Lists, reminders, food, schedules. Will she be ok? Of course? Do I need to go and enjoy myself and thank my husband for this opportunity to go and find myself again? Absolutely.

I can’t wait to share my weekend and photos with you when I get back!

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Little Miss the First, Sofia the First Birthday Party.

Yesterday we celebrated Little Miss’ 1st birthday with our family and friends. For anyone who has thrown any sort of party, you know how exhausting it is. Being a 1st birthday, I of course needed everything to be perfect. From custom invitations, to the perfect theme, DIY decorations, the food and cake, I can’t believe I did it..and it’s finally done.

We went with Sofia the First, obviously because it’s a first birthday party. It was super easy to turn everything into “Little Miss the First” and use different shades of purple for everything.

The center pieces were mason jars with glitter and tulle, and wooden sticks with Sofia pictures. Thanks Hobby Lobby! Purple table cloths, and a 1st year board made by A.
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I also made a banner of Little Miss’ month pictures throughout the year. Seeing it put together was a little bit of a tear jerker to see how quick she grew the last 12 months.
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I also made a highchair tutu with a “ONE” banner, tied some balloons around it and Little Miss had her royal chair for her big day!
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A little extra bonus was the t-shirts we had made by one of my very creative and talented friends. Myself, A, Nana, Papa and Fairy Godmama all had custom shirts made for her party. Cheesy? Yes. But worth it for the pictures Little Miss will see when she gets older and know how much we love her even more.

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All the planning and DIY was worth it because I couldn’t have pictured a better day for Little Miss and the love everyone showed her. It’s a very cool feeling to see your child receive so much love.

For now, I will be figuring out how to clean our house up now that it’s full of more toys and clothes I ever thought possible.

For those who celebrated with us, thank you! We couldn’t have asked for better people to spend the afternoon with us.

C

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Happy 1st Birthday, Little Miss!

For the last year, I thought the day I gave birth was the coolest day ever, then today we celebrated Little Miss’ first birthday. Being a first time mom, today was a huge deal for me. Not only was I celebrating our daughter turning a whole year old, I was celebrating the fact A and I have been parents for an entire year and we have an incredibly happy and healthy baby. We’ve gone through parenthood for a year, and survived. It wasn’t easy everyday, we’ve lost a lot of hours of sleep, missed out on meals to try and make up for lack of sleep, but it has been the most rewarding year ever and I’m counting my blessings today to be lucky enough to call Little Miss ours.

Turning a year old is big deal, maybe not to Little Miss because she doesn’t understand, but to us this was a big day. That means I of course went over board with planning and making sure everything was going to be perfect. From decorating our house with birthday banners, highchair tutus, a smash cake, presents, seriously everything.

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We took the opportunity to also have her 1 year photos done at Picture People, we had done previous photos with them and these have been the best set of photos yet from them! A trip to the Disney store was also part of our day, which even cooler; they will give you a free birthday button!

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The best part of the day though was having her Nana and Papa over to open birthday gifts and have cake. It’s so special to watch my parents watch Little Miss and see the love they have for her. It makes me feel lucky to have been able to give them the opportunity to be such wonderful grandparents.

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While we didn’t do anything crazy big today, it was still such a surreal day. To see the memories on Facebook and see the posts leading up to Little Miss being born, to seeing the first photos, and yes I remember the times everything happened. My water breaking, my epidural, when and how long I pushed. Literally everything.

A and I, and for anyone who was there for the birth of Little Miss will always remember that long day and a half of labor, we will always remember the day she was born, but now we just get to make that same day extra special as Little Miss gets older. There’s nothing cooler to me than being able to show her how we celebrated her life every year and to remind her just how special she really is.

Of course though, we are having a big party for her this weekend. I mean, why wouldn’t I have planned a Little Miss the First birthday party? Any moms catch my theme? Sofia the First… yes, we are a Disney family if you haven’t caught that yet.

So until Saturday, we’re going to be enjoying our newly turned 1 year old toddler, and purging toys and clothes to make room for her new toys and clothes. If you know us personally, you know how bad we are running out of space.

But it’s totally worth it. I’d rather have a house full of toys and mess and laughs.

C

 

 

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New Foods For Little Miss.

As a first time mom, it is so incredibly scary to give your baby new foods.
I’ve always been nervous anytime we tried something new with Little Miss.

Even with new baby foods, it’s scary because you don’t know if they’re going to have an allergic reaction.

I kept Little Miss on baby food for as long as I could. Once she started spitting out her Gerber 3rd Foods I knew it was time to start giving her big girl food.

Giving her grilled chicken and vegetables wasn’t as scary because she already had everything in the form of it being baby food.

Last week we started her on whole milk. Holy scary, but not as scary as giving her peanut butter. Which was today. I actually wouldn’t give it to her until her doctor gave me the ok and I had Benadryl handy.
We started with a little spoonful, but seeing her react to a new yummy food was definitely a fun moment.

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Little Miss also has been having strawberry jelly sandwiches so I’m one excited mama to be able to give her pb&j sandwiches now!

C

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Big Family News.

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks discussing the future of our family. We have made the decision we are going to be leaving Illinois and we will be calling Minnesota our home as of next year. We decided on this because it’s only going to benefit our family and it gives us the chance to give Little Miss the best possible life.

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A has been going to Minnesota a few times a year for work and the opportunity to move there came up a few months ago. After days of discussing the pros and cons of moving, we are very happy with our choice to use this year to travel back and forth to Minnesota and start getting our new life set up.

With that being our new plan, A is currently in Minnesota now, leaving me to hold everything down with Little Miss. A has gone to Minnesota a few times since Little Miss was born but I’m not even kidding, this is the first time I’ve been so exhausted after only two days! On previous trips, Little Miss was non-mobile or could only roll over. Now she is literally all over the place and just wants to explore. But since she is older this time, it’s so much more easier to take her places and be able to find new things for us to do.

I’m using this time to get back to our mommy/daughter routine and be able to do everything I keep saying I’m going to do, but never did. One of them being getting Little Miss on regular milk and not formula. Surprisingly it only took a day to get her fully on milk. Mommy-hack- if your baby isn’t a fan of cold milk, set the bottle of milk in a bowl of hot tap water for 10 min. It gets to room temperature really quick. Little Miss doesn’t even know the difference!

Minus the fact it’s an incredibly busy and stressful two weeks, between Little Miss’ 1 year doctor appointment this week, finishing up her birthday and birthday party planning, this mama is ready for A to be home and get things back to somewhat normal.

Another thing I’ve had a few people ask about is why I left a great job, with great hours and pay to be a stay home mom. Originally when I decided to work again it was just to have my own paycheck and be able to have my own money without having to ask A for money. I loved my job, I loved the hours and I loved having the feeling of being a working mommy. After a few months it started to effect the way Little Miss behaved with me when A was home. Because she was with him all morning, it was very hard to have quality time with her and even harder to be able to put her to sleep. Not only was it becoming difficult on Little Miss, I started noticing I wasn’t has happy at home. I was tired when I got home, I hated having to put Little Miss’ to bed early because I had to get up early, I wasn’t keeping up with anything I normally do around the house. I tried to suck it up and tell myself there’s a lot of moms who work so I can do this. Then Minnesota came up. In order for our transition out of state to go as smoothly as possible, A would have be in Minnesota multiple times a month, longer than his usual trips. Because of the difference in what we bring home, it only made sense that I went back to being a full time stay home mommy.

And I think it was the best decision we made. I get to get back to my old self, more time with Little Miss and now get to start planning our new adventure to Minnesota!

Here’s to tons of extra coffee this week!

C

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Our Birth Story.

In honor of it being Little Miss’ due date, I decided to share our birth story.

Naturally, Little Miss came 11 days past her due date, any mama’s should understand how miserable I was by then. This time a year ago I was walking laps in Target trying everything and anything to start labor.

The next couple of days I was having contractions, but nothing that was serious enough to have to rush to the hospital. I had a doctor appointment a few days later and I wasn’t even dilated or ready for labor, I’m sure you can imagine how annoyed I was leaving my appointment. The evening A and I decided to go bowling in hopes of starting labor, no such luck. I did however receive a call from my doctor that if I didn’t go into labor on my own I was going to be induced Saturday night. Four whole days away.

Saturday finally came, which felt like weeks, my bags had been packed for a month now, and the hospital was expecting us at 7pm. When we got to the hospital and signed in, They hooked me up to the monitors, and of course I still wasn’t even close to being ready for labor.

At this point, I told A to go home for the night because our cat Mouse wasn’t feeling good, yes I was still fur baby mom first at that time. That evening, my nurse had given me a pill to help start to dilate me. I thought I had bad contractions before..holy pickles now I was feeling real contractions.
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I didn’t sleep that night and spent alot of my time walking around trying to hurry this little girl out. The next morning my doctor came in and checked me, I was finally dilating…3CM…I’m sure you can imagine my eye rolls when I heard it was only 3. He ended up having the break my water.
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At this point, it’s Sunday morning just before 9am and my water hadn’t even broke yet. I had called A to let him know I was awake and my doctor was in and he could head over, he literally walked in right as my doctor broke my water. I don’t know which one of us was more disgusted; hearing or feeling my water break.

The next few hours felt like an eternity. I had my two very best friends plus A, and my parents in room with me since it was going to be a long day. By 11 am I was getting horrible contractions and I was allowed an epidural.  Once I had my epidural in I was in heaven, but wasn’t allowed to get up and walk around anymore.

Fast forward to 9 pm, I’m still laying in my bed with my friends and A in the room. My doctor had been coming in every couple of hours to check me and up my pitocine, which was supposed to speed things up..it wasn’t, atleast it didn’t feel like it.

By this time we’re going into Monday, one of my girlfriends is asleep in the chair next to the bed, the other one was sleeping on the floor and A was back and forth between checking on Mouse, sleeping in his car and in the waiting room.

By 5 am I felt the worst pressure I had ever felt, I was so uncomfortable I woke up in tears and just wanted to go home. I had noticed that the nurses had gotten all the tools out and unwrapped and everything was ready for a baby to be born.

By 7 am, my doctor told me when to push, which is nothing like in the movies, nothing at all like the movies. Between all the nurses, my girlfriend throwing cold water on my face because I felt like I was going to throw up the whole time, and then A sitting right in the target zone..after telling him for months he needed to stay up at my head, I couldn’t believe how much was going on around me and all I could think was how tired I was. I couldn’t believe how hard it was to push. Fast forward 2 hours.. I was still pushing, with no progress.

My doctor and nurse allowed me to take a break and I felt like giving up, I finally broke down and told them I wanted a c-section or that I was going home. During my pregnancy I never read anything about c-sections, I didn’t even know they did them unless it was scheduled or an emergency. After one nurse trying to talk me out of it, I was set to have an emergency c-section, A was given a pair of scrubs and they were wheeling me down the hallway.

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At 9:23 AM Little Miss was born into the world, I heard her cries and couldn’t believe she was finally here. After such a long pregnancy, and even longer labor, my Snowflake was here.

At 10 pounds 3 ounces, we figured out why she had to come via c-section, as she was sideways, but I’m so incredibly thankful I didn’t have her naturally, my gosh I couldn’t imagine.
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But Little Miss came out as healthy as can be and that’s all that I cared about.
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Right now, as we get ready to celebrate her 1st birthday I’m so thankful and blessed to have her and to have been able to watch her grow into the tiny human she is.

C