My Little Firecracker!

July 10, 2012

This was Kayleigh’s first July 4th and with her red hair, there’s no doubt she was a little firecracker. BUT, just in case, I couldn’t help but put her in the most adorable outfit ever! Grandma Diane made her a cute ruffle-butt diaper cover that was red, white and blue over. A friend found some red, white and blue polka-dot ruffle socks to coordinate. And, from there I took one of her plain white tee oneies (sorry Mr. T) and embroidered a little flair on it — My First July 4th. What can I say, she was the cutest!!

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A Week of Firsts

June 22, 2012

Wow, what a week!

Kayleigh – 10 weeks

I started working at the new place Monday. It’s such a nice change of pace! I’m able to see Kayleigh much more and have the flexibility to have her with me if needed — like Thursday when Grandma was getting her hair cut, Kayleigh could hang out with us at the office. Things at the office are starting to come together and we’ll be in a good rhythm soon.

With the new job and flexibility, came time to workout (with my workout buddy, of course). Talk about hard — its like starting from scratch. For the last 10 weeks all I’ve done is take Kayleigh for walks and care for her. Starting back at the gym has been difficult and has left me sore and tired. There were, however, several memorable moments. Such as when we were doing dips and my whole body hurt so much I might have said, “I think I just tore my vagina.” Or, the moment we were doing butterfly lifts and we realized our water bottles weighed more than the weights we were lifting — how pathetic. Getting back in the gym groove isn’t easy, but we’re making it work.

Lastly, Kayleigh scared the crap out of me. Wednesday night she slept through the night for the first time! She went to bed at 9pm and didn’t wake up until 7am!!! When I woke up at 6:10ish, with my boobs feeling like they were going to explode, I realized I hadn’t been up all night. Panic immediately set in. I threw myself across Mr. T to reach the baby monitor and then repeatedly checked it for the next 50 minutes to make sure she was alive before she actually woke up. While I was so proud, there was a brief moment where I was totally freaked out!!

Ahhh… with a week such as this behind us, it’s time for a well deserved drink!

Happy Father’s Day!

June 17, 2012

Mr. T & Kayleigh

Our first Father’s Day! Mr. T, you’re an amazing Daddy. You’ve shared in the midnight feedings, don’t complain about changing diapers, have made sure I’ve eaten and am rested, and, most importantly, you love Kayleigh unconditionally. I’m so happy that we can share parenthood together — you’re the best!

Grandpa & Kayleigh

This is only the beginning of the rest of our lives. I know there will be rough patches along the way, but we’ll make them through. Just remember your main objectives are:

  • Keep her off the pole, table, bar, etc.
  • Don’t let her get knocked-up before graduation — college graduation
  • Know Mommy is always right
  • Love her regardless

And, I can’t forget Grandpa. Thanks for all the help and support you and Grandma have provided. I’m so blessed to have such great in-laws and love you both.

Greener Pastures

June 15, 2012

It’s time to say, “Farwell,” and move onto green pastures. I quit. I quit my job in product development. I quit traveling to China, Germany and various parts of the US on a regular basis. I quit developing products that are seen at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Walmart, Kmart and numerous other retail stores. I quit all the other “stuff” that went along with the position – the stuff that wasn’t great, but is now in the past. But, more importantly, I quit missing out on time with my family.

A career mentor recently told me that you shouldn’t run from your current job. But, that you should run to a job you really want. So, while I quit for the reasons above (and I will miss my actual job and many of the people I work with), I’m running to something that I’m so excited about I could almost pee myself.

I’m running to a family-work¬†balance, where the family really does come first. I’m running to a place where I’ll be respected and one that embraces professionalism. I running to a place where I can make a difference and where the owner will recognize that difference (even if there are bumps in the road getting there). And, I’m running to a place where I know I can say, “Kayleigh needs me today,” without feeling anxious or worried about what it will bring the next day in the office. For these reasons, and many more, I’m very excited about moving on to a green pasture.

Farwell crazy… hello family!

I’m an avid Cardinals’ fan. I love going to games and showing my team spirit (and pride) by wearing t-shirts, attending games, chatting about the team with friends and co-workers, etc. But, there are times when your team spirit should be subdued. This conversation totally happened, you can’t make this shit up…

Co-worker A: “Wow! You’re dressed a little casual today. What’s the occasion?”

Co-worker B: “Oh, yeah…(insert moan that sounds like it belongs in the bedroom). I’m going to the Cardinals’ game tonight and won’t have time to drive back home and change.”

Co-worker A: “Oh. Hmm…”

Co-worker B: “Do you think it’s a bit much?”

Now, here is when you know Co-worker A really wants to say, “Yeah, daisy-duke shorts, flip-flops and a t-shirt isn’t really work appropriate — even on a casual Friday. And, PS half the office is afraid they’re going to catch an STD if they sit in a chair you just sat in, because your shorts are so short that you can see your cooch when you bend over.”

Instead, Co-worker A plays it cool and says, “Well, I wouldn’t wear it to work…” and then changes the subject.

At some point in time we’ve all gone straight from work to something else afterwards. So, here’s the question, when going straight to an after-work activity which action is least appropriate when it comes to attire?

  1. Bringing spare clothes in a duffel bag and changing at the end of the day
  2. Sucking it up and wearing your work-clothes to your after-work event
  3. Wearing your skankiest shorts and loudest, most inappropriate footwear to work regardless of a dress code

I’m no Mensa Member, but I’m pretty sure I could get the answer right! *sigh* It’s times like this that someone deserves a punch in the throat.

Dear Dr. Brown’s,

When expecting our baby girl, we had no idea what kind of bottles to add to our registry. With the help of a friend, I¬†finally decided on you, Dr. Brown’s. I must say, your bottles are great. Kayleigh loves them and seems to have no issues drinking from them. AND, everyone has said they are “the best” because they better simulate breast feeding (even though they look nothing like a booby). AND, another added benefit is you’re a STL based company — give it up for the S-T-L! So, buying these is supporting local jobs, tax revenue, etc. — way more beneficial than the bottle alone.

Now, having said all that, I have a couple of bones to pick you and your bottles. Could you please make them slightly less complicated? I mean, really, they come with their own mini-bristled brush for cleaning. When washing by hand, the parts are ridiculously hard to clean and water gets trapped in them easily, making them difficult to dry. I’m not sure how this can be improved on, but surely there is a way.

Lastly, it can be confusing to put together all these parts and pieces — especially for a new person. Have you thought about labeling the parts or color coding them? Think about and don’t hesitate to contact me in regards to a royalty for this brilliant idea that will save moms everyone a lot of frustration. Until then, cheers to a “natural flow”.

Kind regards,
Kendra

Happy Mother’s Day

May 13, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

This is my FIRST Mother’s Day as an actual mom (of course I have been a mom to the pups for the last 8 years, but this is totally different). I must say, I’m excited to be a part of the Amazing Mom Club and am sooooo excited that I can finally say things like:

  • Because I said so!
  • Because I’m the mom, that’s why!
  • I brought you into this world, I can take you out!
  • Do you know what I went through because of you!
  • I was in labor for HOURS and this is the thanks I get?!
  • If it’s alright with your father, it’s alright with me.
  • You got that trait from your father.
  • You can date when you’re 30.
  • Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.
  • Yeah…and people in hell want ice water.

I’m sure these “mom” sayings will drive Kayleigh as crazy as they drove me while growing up. I can’t wait!!!