Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Babies Babies Everywhere

     My step-daughters are coming up to go to the haunted zoo and some other fun filled family Halloween events.  I love love love taking them, we were frequent visitors at the local Children's Museum, the Zoo, a local dinosaur exhibit and a few other family attractions this summer when I stayed at home with them.
     One of the things all these places have in common is babies! I warn anyone with baby fever to avoid these areas, granted the grocery store is always full of babies too.  I wandered through the Children's Museum for hours with the girls, no big deal, just babies, but the day we went when AF reared her ugly head it was like everything was magnified. 
    Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy to have two amazing stepdaughters who are so smart and creative, but I really want a little bundle of joy I can call my own.  The day of AF we went to a princess tea party (it should be noted, I hate princess stuff, I always have even as a child but I muster up a ton of enthusiasm for the two of them) and I was seated with the other parents while they went up to have a tea party with princess Belle.
    Three women in front of me were sitting together all holding tiny sweet little infants who would coo and drool over their shoulder at me.  It hurts a little bit to see all those sweet chubby little cheeks and realize I don't even know when it will happen, at this point I'm not sure I can be sure in how it will happen even.
    I'm so happy for all of my friends that are moms or soon-to-be moms, but I can't help being jealous.  I look at them cradling their little ones and being so at ease soothing and rocking their little ones.  I want that so badly, to have a little one with my nose or maybe my eyes (okay, I honestly hope they get my husband's nose) that I can love and be there for and watch grow. 
    I'm still hoping, still keeping positive, and still dreading that one year deadline that keeps inching its way closer.  For all you ladies out there TTC, keep your head up and your heart open. 

Celebrating Pregnancy Giveaway Event! Over $200 Dollars in Prizes!

Welcome to the Celebrating Pregnancy Giveaway event, hosted by Green Mam-a Jam-a

Jessi, from Green Mam-a Jam-a is celebrating her 4th pregnancy...her 4th BABY GIRL! We have joined her in this celebration to bring you this amazing giveaway...over $200 in pregnancy products.
Below are the prizes that will ALL go to one lucky winner!

SweetPea Maternity $25 Giftcode! ($25 RV)

1 package of Drops and a box of Preggie Pops from Three Lollies! ($10 RV)

Novena Organic Beauty Belly Cream and Organic Fruit Face Wash! ($54 RV)
The beautiful dress pictured above (Uma in Orchid) from Everly Grey Maternity! ($69 RV)

Isabella Oliver Maternity is offering this beautiful Grecian Tunic (RV$62.50)

Homemade All Natural Lavender Lotion Bar from Crunchy Farm Baby! (RV $7.50)
There will be FIVE winners, who will receive their choice of shoes from New Life Shoes! (RV $65/each)

To enter, use the rafflecopter form below!
Giveaway is opened to US only. 

ONE winner will win ALL prizes and four additional winners will receive a pair of New Life Shoes!

Disclaimer: Green Mam-a Jam-a and all participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Sponsors are required to ship the prizes within a timely manner.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Celebrating Pregnancy Giveaway! Calling all bloggers!!

    I signed up, and I hope you will too! You can take part of the Celebrating Pregnancy Giveaway Event FOR FREE! That is free promotion for you and your page just by signing up here and helping promote it.
    I'm very excited, this will be my first time being involved with a giveaway on this blog.  I've entered in several giveaways but I've never had the opportunity to help promote one, although I do hope to eventually host some of my own.
    GreeN MaM-a JaM-a is a great blog I've followed for a while so I'm thrilled to be promoting her giveaway for my giveaway involvement. Check her out, and be sure to help promote the giveaway! Who couldn't use some free PR? She makes it easy and simple to get involved!

New Twitter!

   I made this blog twitter official tonight, you can follow me here!  I'd be really excited to have some followers, if you tweet at me I'll definitely follow you back! Just give me a shout out, I love followers, I love twitting, tweeting, and all that cool tech stuff.

Empty Womb Pre-Planning

    Good old aunt flo, she showed up two days late this month.  Anytime that happens it makes me get hopeful, even when every used pee-stick turns up a big negative.  I don't get my hopes up quite like I used to, but hoping I'm pregnant for a couple days gives me a break from inevitable let down when aunt flo pops up.
    Since I'm an empty-womber yet another month (this will be our tenth month of trying, it startles me how close to that year mark we are getting) I've been doing my empty-womb planning.  Car seats have always been on my mind, if my child could just never ride in a car I'd probably be a happier person.
    I'm terrified of cars, I don't like being in cars, I don't like my husband being in cars, I don't like my friends or family being in cars.  Of course since we live in a rural state we're all in cars all the time.  Moving 5 hours from my family across state hasn't helped.  While now we mostly drive through our city to college and work, we still have those long 5 hours drives across the interstate, highways, and dirt roads to visit home.
    The fact that the U.S. doesn't make companies release the safety standards for car seats makes me sad.  I wish I could know that the seat is the absolute safest means of travel for baby x.  I know they all have to pass safety tests, but I want to know whether they just passed or they aced the test with flying colors and put everything else to shame.
    I've been looking at the Chicco Keyfit car seats, and various Maxi-Cosi lines.  I just read a smashing review here at Babble, one of my very favorite sites.  It sounds amazing, so I'm researching them.  The car seat is definitely one item I plan to splurge on, not for pretty floral patterns, but for safety.