Monday, June 15, 2015

Another weaning post

4 months ago I wrote a post about weaning Eleanor.  

We still are nursing although I have pretty much dropped the morning nursing session and that leaves us with two.  It still makes me feel guilty when she asks for milk and I say no, although usually I can distract her and she actually said 'No milk' when she got up a few days ago.   Today though I almost gave in after having had 4 hours of sleep and just wanting to sit for a minute but I knew I couldn't give in.

I've been nursing her for 20 months.

I've never been away from her for more than ten hours, and that was only a few times when Rob had surgery.  I'm starting to feel this itch to have my body back and have a little more freedom.  

Of course I feel a huge sense of guilt and sadness over it.  Guilt because she loves her milka milka milka. :)


Sadness because I'm going to miss those snuggles so much (getting weepy thinking about it already)

I will especially miss it at night when she curls up in my arms and snuggles in.  I melt.   I know she can go to sleep for other people.  My dad was an expert at getting her down for nap when he would watch her when Rob was sick.  I think Rob could probably do it, but he hasn't yet.  So really being the only one who can put her down get's old.  Yet, knowing I can do something that no one else can do is kind of empowering.  

Although I had hoped to make it until Eleanor turned two, I just don't know if I can.  I think that's okay.  I gave her the best I could. 

I think one of the hardest and guilt inducing parts is that in a perfect world she would wean herself, but she's not so I'm sort of forcing it.  I shouldn't because I should let her decide when she's ready, but nursing has to be mutual and it's getting to be one sided. 

We aren't weaned yet though.  I still have to figure out how to drop the nap time nursing session next and then eventually the nighttime one (obviously that will be the hardest one), but I'm on the path to it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

First Response Pregnancy Test #IC #ad

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for First Response. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

When I suspected I was pregnant with Eleanor I tested using a First Response Early Result Test.  They were kind of gold standard on the message board I was on and are often referred to as FRER's  

My tests from Eleanor (Jan. 2013)

When I thought I was pregnant I tested as soon as I thought I could.  The top test in the picture above is 10 dpo, so well before my missed period.

Rob & I are hoping to expand our family in the nearish future (now that he's finally feeling better), and so when I was given the opportunity to review a new design from First Response, it was such a perfect fit.

I'm guilty of having peed on my hand trying to test in the past.  The new design of this stick should help eliminate that moment.  The handle is longer, the curved design makes it easier to hold and it has a  50% wider tip.    These may not seem like big deals, but they really will make it easier to test with. 

No matter how faint the line is, a line is a line when your trying to get pregnant. The second line means that there is urinary hcg (human chorionic gonadotropin), which is the pregnancy hormone, detected. 

This test can detect the hcg up to 6 days sooner, and if you test the day of your missed period the test is 99% accurate, and the results can be read in just 3 minutes.  I may be guilty of watching the test just wiling that second line to show up so 3 minutes is no time at all really, but still feels like a lifetime when your hopeful.   

The tests are good no matter when you take it (sometimes women are advised to use first morning urine) and are FDA approved.  You can buy them at drugstores, grocery stores and mass retailers for between $8.99-$15.99

For more information check out the First Response site here

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Coming to an end ~ Rob's getting surgery!

After 7 1/2 rough months, Rob's final surgery is going to be tomorrow


This has been such a long journey-for both of us.  I know that it's been extremely frustrating and exhausting and painful for Rob, and at times I haven't been the most supportive. I've tried to be, but have had my burnout moments.

I've been frustrated, exhausted and drained as well.   It's really hard to function when you have to be 'on' all the time.  A break to me is running to the grocery store for milk alone.  That's a whole 20 minutes of freedom.  Rob's been better about helping but it's still nothing I can rely on.

We've fought a lot lately.  I hate it, and I know it's just a result of circumstances.  The fights are because I'm without free time and overwhelmed.   I feel so isolated without friends.  When I see all my friends doing all these fun things and I am sitting home I hate it. I hate feeling left out and jealous.

It's been stressful trying to balance everything, and more often than not I fail.

I'm stressed about money because bills are adding up to insane amounts already, and surgery 3 hasn't even happened.  I know things will work out and we will survive.  We have been blessed with so much generosity and things will be alright.

So some good prayers and vibes that this surgery will be exactly what he needs to finally get better.

His will.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

18/19 Month Current Favorites & Obsessions

These are some of Eleanor's current favorites/obsessions.  Some are tangible things, but all make my little girl happy!

1) Little Blue Truck:

She loves this book.  We read it almost every day.

2) Bubbles:  I really need to get a bubble machine.  I get sick of blowing them and have to hid them or I hear "bubble bubble" all day.

3) Mother Goose Club on youtube.  I've been using this to stop tantrums more than I should, but she loves them.

4) Dolls:  She has three now and loves them all.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dial Baby Wash and Hand Soap Review

In my last review of Dial soap I mentioned how Eleanor was loving to wash her hands (which really means play in the water) and I was happy with a soap that I felt comfortable with her using.  And then Dial sent me some soap specifically formulated for kids.  
This girl was thrilled.  Can you tell?  

Foaming soap is my favorite type of soap (as opposed to bar and liquid) and I love soap with a little scent to it.  This water-melon scent is perfect for summertime.  I love that she can learn proper hygiene through the use of this soap. 

We were also sent Dial baby body and hair wash.  I used this as intended - as a wash and there were no issues.  No reactions, etc...  I also used it by pouring it into the bath and making bubbles.  She love loved it this way.  Bubbles in the bath were a new thing so it was fun.   The one thing I kind of wish it had was a scent. It's unscented and I get that's good for some kids with sensitive skin, but I like a little scent to it. 

You can learn more about their products here.

I was provided these products for review.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dial Soap

 I was provided this product to test for in exchange for a review. All opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Soap isn't exciting.  I've tried several kinds and while I generally like them when they smell good and moisturize my hands, it isn't something I'd run down my street proclaiming my love for.

My latest product that I was able to test is Dial Micro Oil Hand Soap.   It is infused with Marula oil and nourishes and hydrates through micro oil technology.

Although my preference in soap is a foaming soap, I did like this soap.  I thought is had a nice smell to it and it is something I'm comfortable with Eleanor using.  

As with any type of soap, the most important thing, more than smell or style, is if it actually cleans.  This one absolutely does. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

548 Days Old!

18 months!  She's officially a year and half.  She's so little still yet so so smart.  Seriously I think multiple times a day how smart she is.  I'm sure lots of 18 month kids are smart but in my mind 18 months seems so young to know or learn something but she does and blows me away.

Still nursing 3 times a day.  I really want to drop the nap time feeding but I'm scared of how that's going to go.  Not ready to entirely wean yet, but I would love to send her to grandma and grandpa's for the night (that's cool right mom?) and can't do that yet.  

She really loves cheese sticks, and mandarins lately.   She doesn't like peanut butter which surprises me.  I thought kids loved it. If I try peanut butter and jelly she will just pick the jelly off.

She liked hummus, although I think she's had that before.

No sleep for me -  but this is her update  not mine.  She is an early riser.  6:15 is sleeping in for her.
 UGH!  So she wakes up super early and usually naps by 11:30.  I have been trying to get her to bed earlier as a result.  She just doesn't need sleep like other kids I guess.  And for the most part she wakes up happy.

New Skills
Not consistently yet, but she can match her shoes up.

She's also getting better at following commands.  We were sitting in the living room and she wanted to go outside so I told her to go to her room and get some socks.  A minute later she came back into the living room with socks.  So she walked down the hall into her room, opened the sock drawer, got a pair, and came back out.  

She's climbing up onto anything she can.  Thankfully she's pretty good at getting back down.

New Words
A lot of her words may not sound like words to other people but I know what she is saying so that counts to me as a word so I'm listing it. There are a few that she may have said before, but I can't remember. 

  • water
  • car
  • tractor
  • dance
  • poop (she says this anytime she poops/farts)
  • potty
  • comb
  • shoes
  • socks
  • coat
  • out
  • toot toot -This is her trying to say tweet tweet.  She says it anytime she sees a bird. 
  • eye
  • mail man 


She LOVES to dance with Rob, and only Rob.  I can try to get her to dance with me but it's not the same thing.  She will pull Rob into the living room or go over by the radio/ipod dock and say 'dance' so we turn the music on. 

She loves loves loves to be outside.  Seriously.  She will constantly grab her shoes and coat and say out out out. The first time I let her walk on the sidewalk she was so ecstatic. However, she hates hates the grass.  If she falls she will put her hands up and whine until she get's help.  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Zep Microwave Cleaner Review

I received this product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.  

I use my microwave on a daily basis and while I try to clean it up as it get's dirty sometimes I can't.  Life (aka a toddler who needs me at that moment) gets in the way and then I forget about it. 

My go to clean is a cup of hot water for a few minutes in the microwave to help make it easier to wipe.  This works but I'm open to trying new methods as well.  

Enter the Zep Microwave cleaner.  I had an opportunity a while ago to try a few other cleaning products from Zep and was impressed with them so I had high hopes. 

To use it you spray/squirt it into the microwave - it's a foam - and then run the microwave for 2 minutes.  After that you should be able to wipe it clean.  

I thought for sure I had a before picture, but like I said toddlers are distracting so I don't.


Truthfully though, I expected it to just wipe clean easy peasy and it wasn't that easy.  It cleaned but I still had to use a little elbow grease to remove some of the stains.  With that being said, it wouldn't deter me from using it, and I have continued to do so. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Pay for Your Summer Fun with Swagbucks

I've written about swagbucks before.  It might not seem like much at first but even a few minutes a day is enough to add up to some good rewards.  If you haven't yet checked it out do so here.

 With most of the country still under a blanket of snow, it’s comforting to think of warm summer days. Now is the best time to start saving for your summer plans, whether it’s traveling, buying something new to enjoy at home or even if it’s just grabbing an iced coffee concoction to cool you down.

One way to have extra spending money this summer is to use Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you get points called “Swag Bucks” for things like searching, watching videos and discovering deals. The you redeem those points for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal and Starbucks. I've earned a lot in Amazon gift cards which I've used for stuff for Eleanor.

 Here’s a plan for using Swagbucks to earn $25 in gift cards each month. It’s easy, and if you keep at it, you’ll have at least $75 by June to spend on summer fun without having to dip into your wallet or spend a ton of your precious time! Swagbucks discounts your first $25 gift card of the month to 2,200 SB. That’s like getting $25 for $3 less!

 Here are a few things you can do that will add up to 2,200 SB each month:

 1) Knock out the quick stuff - all of these activities can be found on the left-hand side of the homepage (1-2 mins a day): Answer the Daily Poll everyday - also available on the SB mobile app, so you can earn your daily SB wherever you are: 30 SB Do the NOSO everyday - Browse through No Obligation Special Offers for 2 SB everyday: 60 SB Get your daily SwagButton SB - our popular browser add-on gives you the ability to earn SB from anywhere on the web. It also alerts you to Swag Codes AND you get 1 SB each day just for having it installed and active: 30 SB (Bonus: if you don’t have it yet, you get a one-time bonus of 50 SB for downloading the SwagButton!) Do the Daily Crave - discover new content and websites to earn 1 SB everyday: 30 SB

2) Search online to earn SB everyday (no extra time needed!): Use the Swagbucks Search engine - People who use Swagbucks search to find what they want online can earn 10 SB per day! Plus, members who make Swagbucks the default search engine on their browser typically earn even more: 300 SB 3) Earn BIG SB payouts (5 min - 20+ min depending on survey opportunities available): Take the Daily Survey every weekday - SB amounts vary from survey to survey, but it’s very possible to earn about 35 SB per weekday: 700 SB SBTV app on Android (all countries) & iOS (US only) - earn a maximum of 36 SB per day on this app: 1,080 SB

Whether you’re catching the latest blockbuster, enjoying a weekend road trip, or stocking up for your next outdoor BBQ, Swagbucks can help. It doesn’t end there, though. Keep going and you can save for the holidays, back to school, or just a rainy day. If you’re already on Swagbucks, share your own tips for earning Swag Bucks and saving up for summer in the comments!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dial Soap Review

I received this product for review.  All opinions are my own. 

I have a toddler and I watch a baby.  As a result I change a lot of diapers and wash my hands a lot.   So I need a soap that isn't going to dry out my hands and make them itch and crack. 

I love using dial soaps and I LOVE the scent of this.  It smells amazing!   As far as hand soaps go it's more of a luxury soap than what I'm used to.  I buy dollar store hand soap. 

It has skin conditioners to hydrate the skin and help with dryness as well as micro-scrubbers to help clean the hands.   This is a soap that is same for the whole family.  Everyone can use it; obviously it's not an issue with Rob and I but I worry about Eleanor.  With counter space at a premium I like the idea of a family soap, but as I said I like that's it toddler safe more. 

You can connect with Dial on facebook to learn more about their products. 

AND you can also enter to win a coupon so that you can try out Dial Soap by visiting the link below.