Sunday, July 27, 2014

How is it almost August already?!

*Post title has nothing to do with this post. Except maybe it does, because it's pretty random. The title and the post. Sorry, not sorry.


  • I had an Ethan-free weekend...mostly. Jarrod's parents kept Ethan Saturday afternoon into this morning, and after church today, my mom and dad took Ethan home to swim in their pool and hang. Gabe and I ate almost an entirely large pizza ourselves in the 24-hour timeframe, played outside, read books, and watched lots of "Choo-choo!" 

  • Last night, I hit "place order" on a Young Living Essential Oil starter kit. Eep. I wouldn't hate it if you wanted to order through me. Just saying. Contact me if you're interested.

  • Less than two weeks until wedding season starts for me. I'm pumped. 

  • I made these chicken nuggets tonight. They were pretty good, and I intend to make them again.

  • See that headband up there in the photo where my child is smacking my face? I bought it (and some others) at Charming Charlie this past week. Some friends and I went out to dinner, then there. It was my first time. To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. I wanted it all.

  • I've been taking Biotin since January when my stylist recommended it, and I skipped out on it all but one day this past week. My nails are brittle and breaking all of the sudden, and I know that's why. My hair and nails grow quicker when I take it daily. Tip for anyone trying to grow their nails or hair. I know this isn't anything new. Just saying. It works for me.

  • I bought the new bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation. The coverage is quite good, but I'm not sure I love the serum part of it. I don't know. My forehead tends to be a weird oily/dry combo, and it cakes and looks weird, even when I blend it. I'm still using it, but not sure I will buy again.

  • We now have the most basic cable plan, got rid of our landline phone, and downgraded our internet. I win, Comcast. I win. (We also purchased Amazon Fire TV, which comes Tuesday or Wednesday. Anyone have it? Thoughts? We have Netflix and an Amazon Prime account, so, I'm thinking it'll be really good.)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Miserable Shift

Third shift. Parents should not have to work it...or married people...or married parents of young children. 

Okay, Jarrod should not have to work third shift. I don't even want to call it that. I feel like it deserves a crueler name. We'll call it The Miserable Shift for the tone of this post. Sound good?

The Miserable Shift is just mean. He's on rotating shifts, so, it happens, oh, every once in a while, you could say. Like right now. And when he's on The Miserable Shift, we all suffer.

His sleep is lousy, as you can imagine, or as you know, if you've ever worked The Miserable Shift. It's hard to sleep during the day, but it's even harder when you have a 1.5- and 3.5-year-old. Quiet? What's that? He rarely sleeps more than 6 or 7 hours, sometimes less than that.

I hardly see my husband or have a helping set of hands. He's sleeping during the day, we see him for a few hours, and then he's gone. I'm relieved to see him in the morning, but then he goes right to bed, so, hello, goodbye. Honestly, I'm so used to it, that this is the least of my complaints, but still a valid one.

But Ethan, he makes things the hardest when The Miserable Shift is our reality. 

I've totally accepted it, Daddy > Mommy in Ethan's world. Daddy is fun. Daddy doesn't really discipline (ahem, cough)...much. It's fine. I'm okay being the tough guy. He knows when to come to me for the cuddles and the laughs, or the loud music in the car, so, I'm not all bad guy. (Besides, Gabe is a total mama's boy...for now. I'll take one over none.)

Because he's Daddy's biggest fan, and because he's smart, he knows if he acts up enough during the day, Jarrod will wake up...and that's just what he's been doing every day since Monday. It's hard. He pulls out all of his tricks to push each and every one of my buttons. Just this past weekend, I was bragging to my mom and mother-in-law about how well-behaved he's been lately, especially considering he's no longer napping. Then, Monday came along, Jarrod started The Miserable Shift, and boom...Ethan flipped a coin.

Our days this week have been difficult, and I'm feeling like a mean mommy. I've really been trying to do more with him one-on-one when I can, or letting him do "big boy things" while Gabe is awake, to let him have a little extra fun during the day. When he's in bed and all is quiet at night, I feel guilty for what seems like yelling at him all day long, and I just want to snuggle him and enjoy it, because I know the chances of the next day being the same are pretty great.

We'll all be happy when third shift is over with, but I'd have to say I take the cake in being at the top of that list. Please pray for my sanity. ;-)