June 29, 2012

Motherhood Maternity Update

Remember my rant about Motherhood Maternity?  I told you all that I emailed their customer service department to let them know how frustrated I was.  I usually NEVER do this, but I was so ticked off at this lady and the fact that I was out $50.  I was a Customer Service Manager before becoming a SAHM mom so when I say I never do this, trust me.  I know what it's like to be on the other end.  However, I also know what poor customer service is and I believe that the company should be held accountable.

Anyway, after a few emails back and forth, the district manager apologized and told me that they would be happy to exchange the shorts for me.  She said to go on into the store I bought them and "C" would be expecting me and would take care of me (I won't share her real name).

So I go back to the store and guess who's working?  The same snotty lady that I had the first time.  Great!  Anyway, I told her about my email from the district manager and that "C" should know all about it.  So this lady called "C" on the phone and guess who claimed she knew NOTHING about my situation?  I could hear "C" through the phone saying "If she didn't buy them from our store, there's nothing we can do."  I was so mad at this point so I told her I would pull up the email.

After a lot of moaning and rolling of the eyes, the oh-so-happy employee figured it out.  And by figured it out, I mean realized how easy it was to scan the old ones I was returning and exchange them for the new stuff.  Imagine that!  As I was doing the actual exchange, she made sure to remind me of the 30 day return policy and that it is printed on every receipt.  Gee, thanks, but I won't be back.  EVER!

Good customer service isn't rocket science.  And this little situation has inspired me to do a customer service research study.  Haha.  I am keeping track of everywhere I eat, shop, whatever and going to do a blog post about the good, the bad and the ugly.  You can bet Motherhood will be on there.  And not on the "good" list!

I'd love to hear about your experiences too, good and bad.  Since I don't get out much, the post probably won't come for a few weeks.  I need time to get out and do my research :)

June 28, 2012

25 Randoms (including some random pictures)

1.  Kyla loves her snacks and now knows that they're in the lazy susan.  So after her nap she runs right over and tries to get a snack out.

2.  We do the little piggies with Kyla's toes all the time.  I took her to get ice cream the other night since Tyler had a meeting and I peeked back at her in the van and she was doing it to herself.  It was the most adorable thing I've ever seen.

Mmm, fruit snacks!
3.  She is a wild child in her crib in the mornings.  That explains the little bruises on her forehead.  When I go in to get her, she runs from one end to another squealing in excitement.  And once in awhile the mattress gets her and she falls.  She loves to just play in there for a good 10 minutes before she wants me to get her out.

Is it just me or does she look like she's ready to serve a volleyball overhand?  Anyone?

4.  I have been a huge slacker with Tot School, but I do have a catch-up post coming soon.

5.  It is supposed to be 97 degrees here today and a heat index of 105.  Lovely day to be big and pregnant, huh?  Needless to say, we will not be leaving the house.  I don't think I'm even going to walk to the mailbox for the mail, haha.

Such a rough life!

 6.  We're having my family (mom, step dad, dad, brothers, sister-in-law, and nieces) over on Sunday for a cookout and I'm really excited.  Amber and the girls are going out to PA for over a month because that's where her family is.  So it will be fun to get together before they leave.

Running as fast as those little legs will let her from the van to the park :)

 7.  Why is it that Kyla listens so well one minute and then is in timeout the next? 

Sorting counting bears

8.  I made a list last night for my hospital bag.  Now let's see how long it takes me to actually pack it.

9.  Tyler and I are going to our first (and only) Brewer game of the summer on Monday.  I'm really excited!  And then my ultrasound is on Tuesday.  And 4th of July on Wednesday.  What a great week!

This is from when she was sick last week.  Although I hate knowing she isn't feeling well, I love the snuggle time! 
10.  A few of you have mentioned that my baby bump pictures look like I've only gained in my belly.  Trust me, pictures are deceiving, haha.  There is a reason you don't see many full body pictures of me :)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

11.  Is there anyone more annoying than Barbara Walters?  Yes, I DVR The View and watch it at night.  She drives me nuts.

12.  Kyla loves to wear Tyler's flip flops.  She walks around with it on and thinks it's so funny.

13.  She loves to go into our bedroom and pull my clothes out of the drawers.  Her favorite?  My bras and underwear.  And I'm not kidding, she comes out in the living room with my underwear on her head and thinks she's the funniest person in the world.  Tyler and I can't help but crack up.

14.  Can we please get a little rain?  Our grass is like walking on needles.

15.  Tyler usually takes Kyla downstairs to play at night so I get a little break.  I can always hear them both screaming and laughing and having so much fun.  And then she will not let go of Tyler the rest of the night.

16.  She can finally get up on the couch on her own.

17.  She pulls out her clippies from her hair now, which explains the wild hair in the face.

18.  I'm starting to collect recipes that can be frozen for when the baby comes so if you have any good ones, send them my way please!

19.  I think I need to do a "Pet Peeves" post soon because there are a lot of things bugging me lately.

20.  Tyler is thinking about taking a week off in July to spend with Kyla and I before the baby comes.  I'm beyond excited for that :)

21.   I'm working on teaching Kyla that it's ok to throw balls, but not other things.  It's not going so well.  Just this week she has thrown the remote and rocks at me (see #7 about timeouts).

22.   I will be turning 30 in 3 months.  I'm not going to be one of those people that freak out about it, but it is a little crazy.

23.   I think I'm going to have my niece Emma paint my toenails when she's here on Sunday.  Tyler refuses to do it and I can barely reach anymore :)

24.   I thought I would regret planting flowers outside this summer, but it has turned out to be great.  I actually love getting outside for a little bit at night to water them. 

25.  I love this little girl so much!

June 27, 2012

31 week Bumpdate

How far along?  31 weeks and counting :)

Total weight gain: As of this morning, exactly 25 pounds

Sleep:  Eh, the usual.  I have been waking up with heartburn a few nights.  And my hips have really been hurting.  I can only sleep on each side for about an hour before my hip starts throbbing and I need to roll over and switch sides.  For those of you who have never had a baby, it feels like having a bowling bowl inside your belly and when you roll over, the ball rolls around banging on all your organs.  It's the best way I could describe it.  You're welcome for that :)

Best moment this week:  Getting both kids rooms organized and clothes washed

Miss anything?  Playing sand volleyball

Movement:  Yes and I think I'm really going to miss feeling this little guy moving all around every day.

Food cravings:  I probably shouldn't admit this, but chicken nachos from Qdoba.  I hadn't had it for months (can't even remember the last time) and now I've had it twice in the last two weeks.  At about 10:00 last night, I would have done anything for some!  But don't worry, I didn't make a late night trip to Madison (or beg Tyler).

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Not really, although I still get nauseous in the mornings.  As long as I drink a lot of water, I'm fine.

Labor signs:  No

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy for the most part, but still really emotional.  It doesn't take much to make me cry lately. 

Looking forward to:  My ultrasound next Tuesday

June 26, 2012

The Bachelorette Dish - Episode 7

Another Monday, another episode of The Bachelorette!  This week they traveled to Prague.

Arie got the first 1:1 date and we finally got to see all the drama between him and the producer.  Wow, talk about anticlimactic!  I was expecting much more, but I should know better.  They always get our hopes up, don't they?  Anyway, it took Emily about 5 minutes to get over it and her and Arie got back to making out.  And then Arie dropped the L bomb on her.

John - I think he's really cute!   But everything Emily said in her personal interviews, you could totally tell she just isn't into him.  I think she thinks he's a great guy, but she has every excuse in the book for why they aren't meant to be together.  I agree that they probably aren't meant for each other, but I do wish John would have gotten more air time.  I actually really like him.

I was SOOO mad that Jef got the final 1:1 date and Sean didn't.  But then Sean stepped it up and went out and found Emily.  I have to admit, when people do this on the show, I know they need the help of the producers so I don't think it's all as spontaneous as they make it out to be.  However, I don't care.  I love Sean and you could tell Emily was really happy to see him.

Onto the group date...Doug, Chris and Sean.  Doug is awkward.  Chris is a cry baby.  Sean is hot.  Emily realizes that she should have let Doug go last week so she sends him home on the spot after a last ditch effort by him.  Oh, Doug, I think you are going to be really embarrassed watching this back.  So it's down to Chris and Sean and obviously Sean gets the rose.  This was the least exciting date ever.

Jef got the final 1:1 date of the week and they played with puppets.  Even though Jef isn't my number one pick for Emily, I think she likes him a whole lot more than I ever thought she would.  I do have to admit, they are cute together.  However, I still prefer Sean.

In the end, Emily gets rid of John (no surprise), although of course they had to build the suspense and make Chris sound annoyingly worried and John sound mistakenly confident.  I wasn't surprised one bit with the final decision.

Next week are the hometown dates!  Finally we are getting to the good stuff!  At this point, I have absolutely no idea who Emily is going to end up with.  I don't think it's going to be Chris, but other than that, I'm clueless.  Although we all know who I hope she ends up with :)

Go over to More from Meg to link up and share your thoughts.

June 25, 2012

Beef Stroganoff


Another recipe I got from Life as a Lofthouse.

 8 oz. extra wide egg noodles
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup beef broth
8 oz sour cream
1 can (10 3/4 oz) of cream of mushroom soup
2 tsp dried parsley

1.  Start browning your ground beef in large skillet.  Once cooked, drain grease and then add the onion, garlic, salt and pepper.  Stir.
2.  Pour in beef broth.  Bring to a slight boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5-8 minutes.
3.  Start boiling your noodles as directed on package.
4.  After the beef mixture has simmered, add the sour cream and mushroom soup.  Keep the temperature at medium heat to bring back to a boil, stirring often.
5.  Make sure mixture is heated thoroughly and then add dried parsley.  Stir.
6.  Drain the egg noodles and place them on your plate.
7.  Pour beef mixture on top of noodles.
8.  Dig in!

Again, not the greatest looking thing :)

Kyla was sick this night and wouldn't eat anything, but I think she would have liked it.  I, being 30 weeks pregnant, get nauseous very easily with certain smells.  Well, the combination of the beef broth and the onion made me very woozy.  So I couldn't even stomach trying it.  But I know I'd like it under normal circumstances.

But the most important critique is always Tyler's and he loved it!  "Absolutely delicious!"  I guess that makes me 3 for 3 so far!  And we had plenty of leftovers for Friday night so we saved our pizza night for another time.

June 24, 2012

Baby clothes are taking over!

We are finally getting things organized and ready for when the baby comes.  We were trying to decide what to do with both bedrooms, Kyla's and the baby's.  Mainly, what to do with dressers and all the clothes.  And we have A LOT of clothes!

Kyla had a little three drawer dresser in her closet.  We thought about moving that into the baby's room and just getting her a plastic thing with drawers for her closet, but we soon realized she has way too many clothes for that.  We decided to get her a little bit bigger dresser and move the smaller one into the baby's room.  We chose a white one because we want to get her a white bed when she's ready for a big girl bed.  Tyler and I put it together last night.  The drawers are smaller than I expected, but overall, it'll do the job.

It's already completely full!  We went through her hanging clothes and packed away all of the stuff that no longer fits and/or the stuff she never wears.  And this is what we were left with...

The stack of clothes on the top shelf are shorts that fit her, but I'm just not sure she will wear.  But I know as soon as I pack them away, I'll want to pull them back out.  But there is absolutely no room in the dresser.  Anyway, this top shelf obviously needs some organization.  The books will be going downstairs and the rest of the junk just needs a better home.  Then I can put her three little basket things up there that are currently on the floor.  They have socks, bibs, leggings, hair stuff, etc.

And then there's the baby boy clothes...

We washed everything this weekend and I have started to put it all away.  This is how everything looks as I type this...

All of this is 3-6 month stuff
Onesies and sleepers from newborn to 6 months (on the changing table for now until we got the dresser in here)

Drawer full of sleepers (Newborn to 3 months)

His little dresser that will soon be full (and I need something to hang on the wall above it)
Even though this little dresser matches Kyla's crib and her new white dresser matches his white crib, it just makes sense for Kyla to have the bigger dresser.  Plus she'll have a white big girl bed soon enough to match her dresser.  I did ask Tyler if we could switch the cribs, but he talked me out of it :)

Oh, and I forgot to mention...there is another huge load of his clothes in the dryer still needing to be folded.  That's why there are stacks of clothes on the floor and changing table.  I'm waiting to have everything folded so I can see exactly how much of each size we have.  Everything 6 months and bigger will have to be packed away.  I'm just hoping I have room for the newborn, 0-3 months and 3 month stuff, but there is a ton!  And there is a garbage bag full of 9 months and up that we are keeping packed away until we need them.

Our huge storage room in the basement is being taken over by bins and bins of baby clothes.  It's crazy!  At least if we choose to have a third child we will have tons of clothes for either gender.  Ok, here I go to fold the last load and finish (hopefully) putting away.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Even though ours was just doing stuff around the house, it felt good to be productive!

June 22, 2012

Worry Wart

Before I had Kyla, I was really nervous about becoming a mom.  Mostly just nervous about the unknowns:  what to do if she gets sick, what kind of eating & sleeping routines will we get in, do I have enough clothes and diapers for her, how will breastfeeding go, etc, etc, etc.  One of the things I was confident about was changing diapers.  I've done plenty of that in my babysitting days.

I knew all along I would figure things out as I went.  There are no books on all the millions of things you will need to know as a mom.  Although there are plenty of people willing to give you their advice (wanted or not), it's not the same as experiencing it for yourself.

So now that we have made it almost a year and a half, I feel like I should be confident this time around.  I'm a pro at this, right?  Ok, one happy, healthy child probably doesn't make me a pro.  But I feel like I've done a damn good job so far.

So why am I not confident and am a nervous wreck again?  Maybe because it's a boy?  Maybe because I am a realist and know that every baby is different?  Maybe because I'm spoiled rotten with Kyla and am scared that I am really in for it?  I'm not sure.

One thing I feel better more confident about is breastfeeding.  I know what to expect and I know it's going to be hard, but I can do it.  But then again, it's going to be even harder this time because I have Kyla.  She's not exactly at the age yet where I can just tell her to sit quietly and color or watch cartoons while I feed baby brother.  She's more at the age where she needs Mama's attention otherwise she's yanking cords out of the wall or pulling toilet paper off the roll and dipping it in the toilet (yes, that happened the other day).  A good reminder to not only shut the toilet seats, but to close all doors into bedrooms and bathrooms.  So even though I am an experienced breastfeeder, there will certainly be new challenges.

Although I'm confident because I know I am a good mom and I have an amazing support system, I worry.  A lot.  One of my biggest worries lately is leaving Kyla for the couple days I am in the hospital.  I cry just thinking about it.  As excited as I am to have this baby and meet my son, I want to enjoy every last second I have with Kyla while she is my only child.  She deserves that.

As the big day gets closer, I can't help but wonder:  When will he decide to come?  Will it happen like it did with Kyla (water breaking first and heading to the hospital before my contractions even started)?  Will the labor be harder or easier?  What if we're in a huge hurry to get to the hospital and my mom can't get here in time to be with Kyla?

I absolutely do not want a c-section.  But I have to say, it must be nice to know when everything will happen and have it all scheduled.  The unknown is very scary.  And after being told yesterday that I'm 30 weeks along, but measuring 34 weeks, I have a feeling I have a big boy on his way!

I think this is all normal (at least that's what I'm telling myself).  Most people probably just don't share their worries with the internet world like I do :)

In the end, I know everything will be great.  And I figured it all out with Kyla and I will do it again.  And then my next worry will be potty training, sending the kids off to school, getting their driver's licenses, etc.  The worrying never ends...

June 21, 2012

Tot School - Toddler Crayons

Since Kyla has recently decided to be a crayon eater, our coloring time has decreased dramatically.  I've seen several bloggers make these toddler crayons and Kyla really enjoyed playing with them at the Children's Museum.  She did color with them, but mostly enjoyed stacking them.

Last year around back to school time, I got a bunch of 24-count Crayola crayons for only $0.25 a box.  So I stocked up!  And now I decided to make some of our own toddler crayons.

All you need is crayons and a muffin pan.

Preheat your oven to 250.  Take the wrappers off of the crayons and break them up into the muffin pan.  You can mix colors together to make fun crayons or do what I did - sort the crayons by color.  After awhile I decided to put the crayons under warm/hot water to see if the wrappers would come off easier.  I highly recommend it.  It was much easier that way!

Bake until each crayon is melted.  I set the timer for 10 minutes, but they ended up taking about 17 minutes to all melt.  Take them out and let them sit for awhile.

Our finished crayons!

Kyla enjoyed them - mostly because they are something new and she can stack them :)

They kept her occupied while I made dinner the other night.