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Memorial Day

It’s the soldier, not the reporter who has given us
Freedom of the Press.

It’s the soldier, not the poet, who has given us
Freedom of Speech.

It’s the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the
Freedom to Demonstrate.

It’s the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the
Right to a Fair Trial.

It’s the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag and whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who gives the protester the right to burn the flag.

~Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC

Happy Memorial Day to my husband, and all others who currently/have served!


Getting into toys and his exersaucer. He's growing so fast I can't believe it- makes me wish so badly Harold could be here. 1 month down, 5 to go!


Missing Daddy



If you're a mom, you've heard of/purchased from Gymboree. Great clothes, affordable (I still pretty much only buy sale items =)). Gymbucks is an awesome way to get some money back- for every 50 bucks you spend, you get 25 "Gymbucks" so that the next time you spend $50, you can use 25 Gymbucks towards that. Essentially 50% off! Even better, you can get 30% off EVERYTHING May 14th-17th! Full price & resale items. Who says kids can't have adorable clothes for cheap??

Use this code at checkout: GYMCIRCLE


Harold comes home in 160 days!!!! That's not so long, right?


Coupon Clipper

Well, this post is pretty self-explanatory. coupons(dot)com. If you haven't been to coupons(dot)com yet, you definitely need to check it out. It couldn't be easier to collect and print coupons- you do have to download a "coupon printer" but after that, it's easy as pie. speaking of pie... here's a good recipe we had the other night. A weight watchers point splurge at 7 points, but worth it! it was really easy, and really tasty.



Big HP

Tonight is the hardest night I have had yet. I am missing Harold so much it is indescribable. I miss him on a level I have never experienced before- and I've done my fair share of long-distance (if you consider hours long distance) relationships, including while Harold and I were dating. Not to mention picking up and moving 1200 miles away from any family or friends. It is a feeling that could be medicated simply with a phone conversation. But I can't call him. I cannot pick up the phone to contact my husband. It is such an awful feeling.

Adding a child to this mix makes everything infinitely worse. Harrison is a constant reminder to me of his father. Everytime he smiles, or learns something new, it just breaks my heart that Harold has to miss it. Running to grab the video camera only soothes me a little bit. I am so grateful that I only have to do this for 6 months- but right now it feels like a lifetime.

The internet in Harold's room isn't working- I had gotten used to being able to chat nightly (before work for him) and not getting that makes a huge difference in my day and my mood. There are so many women in this country going through the same thing that I am- I am even one of the fortunate ones. My husband is behind 15-foot walls and guards- not everyone gets that feeling of security.

I need him simply because he is my best friend. It doesn't even matter what I am feeling sad about, the fact that I can't talk to him about it is the devastating part. All I can do is send an email. And wait. Who knows when he'll even get time to write back? His only internet connection right now is when he's working.

Thank you for listening to my ranting. I am aware of how infinitely blessed I am, and how this is just a little bump in the road of a wonderful life. It just feels like a huge mountain right at this moment.



Ever had anything you would rather just give away then deal with selling? Check out http://www.freecycle.org/

It’s a great website that allows you to give away items, get items, even request certain items. When I found out I was pregnant with Harrison I was single and a live-in nanny. I knew in order to get everything I wanted for my kid I was going to have to settle for used items. Little did I know how wonderful and easy it is to do that! Kids things, like swings, highchairs, etc. don’t always get used all that much. Families are done having kids, but their stuff isn’t done being used! It still has a lot of life left. Think of how many parents go to Toys R Us, spend $150 on a swing, and their kid hates it and it gets used 5-10 times? Their loss can be your gain!

My husband and I got our changing table from freecycle.org. It is AMAZING! It had a few blemishes on the bottom shelf, but for free, I’m not complaining!
There’s lots of other stuff besides baby things- give it a try!


Free KFC

So you have T-15 hours to claim your free KFC from Oprah! Till 10 PM tomorrow you can download a coupon for a free KFC meal, good until May 19th. Even the Weight Watchers points can't keep me away from FREE KFC! =)


Since 11 AM my four-month-old has slept for about 2 hours total. If it was 2 hours in a row... eh, I could deal with that. It's this half hour crap that's going to drive me crazy. Not to mention the few nap attempts of my own that where very rudely interrupted. He's lucky he's the damn cutest baby in all of the universe. I truly have no right to complain, my parents get up with him most mornings when at 5:30 the final attempt for more sleep by putting the paci back in fails. When I get home, my world is going to change in a big way! Harrison's will too- being fawned over by 3 people all day long must be pretty nice. Now it's time to make dinner- I'm in charge, as my mom is working. I'm pretty hungry. But I'm not going to cry about it, unlike some people I know...



My new found love of life is clipping coupons- along with feeling economical, it's actually fun! Sunday is an exciting day of the week- I run to the Walgreens down the street, shell out the $2, in order to save a lot more! Kate from "Jon & Kate + 8" once said that as a stay at home mom, a huge part of
her job is making Jon's hard-earned money stretch. That is definitely how I feel. I am so fortunate to be able to spend my days with Harrison. It would obviously not be possible without the hard work of my husband. The more money I save, the more we can spend on other things- movies, dinners, and my favorite- clothes!

Here's some Target coupons- we all lov
e to shop at Target. I think most would agree it's a more enjoyable experience than Wal-Mart, or others. Target is not, however, always the cheapest. Well, coupons help! You can check back every week for more- Target.com, scroll down to "Target Stores" and click on "Grocery Coupons". There's no Supertarget here in my hometown, (boo!) but hopefully wherever you are you can access one! The coupons can still be used at a regular Target.


Here's a great tip my mom got off of "The Today Show"- create an alternative email designated only for retailers- Old Navy, Target, Proctor and Gamble, Crate & Barrel... etc. Anyplace that commonly offers deals, sales, or coupons. Your personal email inbox will be free of all that crap, and you can check only when you have some free time, or free money. =) Google coupons- sign up for emails!

Please leave comments- especially if you have any tips of your own!


71 New-Mom Truths

1.You will hear all sorts of delivery and nursing nightmare stories once you start sharing your own.

2. You will want to burn your maternity clothes -- even if you plan on having more kids.

3. You will lose tiny socks in the wash.

4. You will be able to shower, wash and dry your hair, and get dressed in less than ten minutes.

5. You will want to apologize to friends and family who had kids before you for never really getting why they had less time for you.

6. You will fantasize about what you would swap for a good eight hours of sleep.

7. You will be so proud of every ounce your baby gains.

8. You will wonder whether it's possible to get all the crud out of your baby's skin folds.

9. You will laugh at your OB when she asks what you plan on using for birth control at your six-week postpartum checkup.

10. You won't stop worrying that you'll make your tot bleed when you clip his fingernails.

11. You will wish you had the time and brain cells to read just one of the novels you blew through when pregnancy heartburn kept you up all night.

12. You will want to throw the baby monitor out the window.

13. You won't have the desire or the time to iron the crib skirt after you first wash it. And the wrinkles will drive you crazy. But not crazy enough to dismantle the crib and iron it.

14. You will wonder how other new moms manage to be so skinny, put-together, or energetic.

15. You will think you seem pretty together compared with other new moms you see.

16. You will dread encountering baby-crazed preschoolers with runny noses and coughs.

17. You will never again touch an infant that isn't yours on the hands or face.

18. You will forget all about your difficult day with your baby when you finally see her sleeping peacefully at night.

19. You will have some mornings when you bounce out of bed to get the baby... and others when you need a truck to pull you from under the covers.

20. You will thank God for caffeine.

21. You will get used to how your husband comes home from work, checks on the baby, and "accidentally" wakes him up.

22. You will pretend you don't smell your child's dirty diaper as you hand her to Dad.

23. You will overbundle your tyke for winter outings.

24. You will call out to your hubby as he's taking the baby for a walk, "You have your cell on you, right?"

25. You will get sick of hearing yourself say, "I didn't get to it yet."

26. You will feel naked when you walk outside alone.

27. You will wonder if you could possibly love another child as much as you love this one.

28. You will put your sweet pea in the ugliest outfit he's got, take an obligatory photo, and send it to the distant relative who purchased the fashion disaster.

29. You will rejoice when the baby's bald spot finally fills in. Now if only there were something to do about her mullet.

30.You will call your new-mom friend to say that your baby has a runny nose and has sneezed twice, and that if she wants to reschedule your play date, you'll understand.

31. You will come up with a soothing mantra -- for yourself -- for when you take your child's rectal temperature.

32. You will get peed, puked, or pooped on when you have nothing handy to change into.

33. You will pack everything your baby could possibly need for a weekend and forget your own eyeglasses or toothbrush.

34. You will need to leave the house and have your husband stay home if and when you let the baby cry it out for the first time.

35. You will detest traffic -- it means you're either late getting back home to your child or stuck in the car even longer with a fusspot.

36. You will slide a picture of your bambino on top of the wedding photo in your wallet.

37. You will get takeout for dinner (again) just so you can take your baby to the park and hear her coo and giggle on the swings.

38. You will crack up when you see your kid get down to music for the first time.

39. You will chat intimately with complete strangers on the grocery checkout line just because they are pregnant or have a small child.

40. You will e-mail friends and family pictures of the baby, always noting that if they want to stop receiving the updates you'll totally understand.

41. You will confess to your hubby whenever you do something not-so-smart with the baby, to ensure he doesn't make the same mistake.

42. You will find yourself saying "I only have one child so far," as if you're apologizing for not having a brood hidden underneath your petticoat.

43. You will eagerly devour your first really spicy post-pregnancy, post-nursing meal.

44. You will catch your husband or partner being moved to tears by the baby.

45. You will feel so lucky to have a child when you catch up with a friend who's been struggling to get pregnant.

46. You will hear about criminals on the news and wonder what their moms are doing.

47. You will wake up feeling sick one morning but will muster the strength to get through the day with your baby because you have to.

48. You will take waaaay longer to go on your first postbaby getaway than you'd imagined.

49. You will be excited when your tot grows out of one size and into the next.

50. You will be sad to put away what he's grown out of.

51. You will actually be in the mood for sex one night, only to find that your husband's passed out cold in bed.

52. You will not be in the mood for sex as he runs his foot along your unshaven legs and touches your greasy hair.

53. You will be grateful for K-Y Jelly.

54. You will consider your husband's work commute his alone time, and be jealous of it.

55. You will be taken by surprise by your first postpartum period.

56. You will struggle to stay close to some of your childless friends.

57. You will wonder how your stay-at-home-mom friends do it.

58. You will wonder how your working-mom friends do it.

59. You will make peace with your stretch marks because they give you character.

60. You will accept that your husband will never be as paranoid about the baby as you are, and will decide that's a good thing.

61. You will eventually find a playgroup whose kids are on the same schedule as yours.

62. You will hear yourself tell brand-new moms that the first 12 weeks really do fly by, even though it pissed you off when people told you that.

63. You will live for your girls' nights out, once you get a couple under your belt and see that everything at home went just fine without you.

64. You will find Cheerios in odd places.

65. You won't care that she's getting food in her hair when she does "So Big" in her high chair.

66. You will cherish the freedom to empty the dishwasher while your baby holds his morning bottle himself.

67. You will miss the smell of Dreft once you get the green light to wash infant clothes with yours.

68. You will try not to take it personally when your sweetie's first word is "Da-Da." It must be easier to pronounce. [Editor's note: It is!]

69. You will write more-heartfelt thank-you notes to anyone who gives a toy without lights, batteries, and noise.

70. You will be relieved when your child turns 1. You didn't break him.

71. You will marvel at the volumes of unconditional love you have for your most wonderful achievement -- your baby.