The Art of Bribery

7 May

Yesterday was my sons 18 month appointment. So naturally I dreaded the 11 o’clock appointment like it was the plague and finally settled on a way to deal with it. Hershey’s Kisses.

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When my son was younger we would endure the screaming from the time he entered the exam room until the time we arrived home. It was not fun in the slightest but we lived through it. One great thing about nursing waz that I could nurse him right after he was given the shots. Easy as pie the baby would stop screaming – at least for a few minutes until I told him he couldn’t nurse all the way home. We only nurse right before naptime and bedtime now – so that was no longer an option.

We arrived at the doctors office and he was in full terror mode. Climbing over all the chairs, knocking stacks of magazines off the table, and trying to wake-up a newborn baby girl who was asleep in her carrier. Finally the nurses called us back to the room for him to be weighed and measured. Measuring in at 33 lbs and 33 1/4 inches is my idea of a whopping huge 18 month old, and boy is he proud of it strutting his stuff back to the exam room.

Once the doctor opened the door the screaming began. His face must be imprinted on my sons brain as evil, because he screams the minute he sees him. After speaking with the doctor for ten minutes or so I pulled out a chocolate kiss and my son quieted down as he waited for me to unwrap it. “Oh!! Not so bad now is it?” the doctor asked. We both laughed awhile about the art of bribing children. B’s doctor is all for it – if it works why not? We were laughing about how before babies are born parents think ” I would NEVER bribe my child, he will be very well-behaved with out any sort of incentive what so ever” 🙂 I will admit that yes, I was one that thought this way. But chocolate just works so well….

I don’t bribe my son all the time, no its not like that. But on occasion I don’t think it matters too much. Especially when I know that he has to get a shot and that isn’t fun – might as well stash a few reserve chocolate kisses in the purse for myself as well!

High heels and sweatpants

26 Apr

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Sometimes I walk around my house in heels…. without changing out of my sweatpants. I know what you’re thinking – that sounds downright sexy – and it is!

I have a problem – when my son was born my love affair with heels 3″ and higher did not diminish – it grew stronger. Now I have tons of shoes I can’t chase my son around in. Its tragic.

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So I wear them around the house while I fold laundry. What guy doesn’t want to come home to see his wife doing chores in heels? Mine. Of course – like I mentioned – I’m usually wearing sweats.

🙂 Happy Friday!

The Liebster Award

25 Apr

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Thank you so much to Little Steps for nominating me for this award! For those of you who don’t know what the Liebster Award is – it is an award bloggers with not more than 200 followers as a form of recognition and support to continue blogging. I am so happy I was chosen! I will try not to let you down 🙂

The rules are:

– Thank the person who nominated you.

– Answer the 11 questions posted on your nominator’s blog.

– Give the award to your chosen 11 bloggers. Don’t forget to inform them about it by leaving a comment on their blog.

– Pose 11 of your own new questions to your bloggers.

– (Optional) Stick the Leibster award on your blog.

The 11 Questions to answer:

1. Country living or city living?

Country living is for me! I grew up on an acreage in the middle of nowhere and its where my heart has stayed. Everytime I get a few miles outside of town I relax – its like I can suddenly breathe again! Hopefully in the future I will be able to return to the country lifestyle that I love. (Even though – I will be honest – the shoes I love the most are not practical for the country!)

2. Wine or Beer?

This is not an easy one for me. I will however choose wine – dry reds and sweet bubbly wines are my favorite. But a good dry-hop IPA is also right up my alley.

3. Morning or night person?

Morning person. When I was growing up I remember sleeping in until late morning one day and after seeing my mother I just said I don’t understand how you get up so early every day. She just smiled at me and said – You are a morning person Sallie. Now I believe her… even in college I can count on one hand how many times I stayed out past midnight.

4. What book are you currently reading?

Sadly I am going to have to say none. I haven’t made it to the library in ages – I am now addicted to my kindle. Once I download a book I stay up all night to finish so I’m always in a state of searching for a new book to read.

5. If you were to write your memoir, what title would you give it?

You can do anything for 7 minutes.

6. What’s your favourite movie or book? Why?

Pride and prejudice!!! I have been in love with this book since I was young. The classic romantic tale of a tall dark and handsome man oh swoon 🙂 – coming to his senses and professing his love. I love romance. I’m a sucker

7. Why do you blog?

I have always loved to write. I wish I had gone to college for English… but I think I have something to say that people might be interested in hearing. Plus it makes me feel less secluded from the rest of the working world.

8. Is there a story behind the name of your blog?

Yes! I chose ‘Misinformed Mother” because after I had my son I was in a constant state of shock! Nowhere on the internet or in books or from relatives had I been informed of what I was about to go through. I’m sorry but the answer, ‘You’ll know’ to how will I know I am in labor – give me a break. Or my own mother telling me a c-section is a breeze? I was flat out enraged the first time I spoke to my mother after I had my son.

9. What’s inside your everyday bag or for those who don’t have the need for one – what’s inside your pockets?

1 diaper, wallet, 1,000 receipts, 1 earing, crumbs from B’s snack crackers

10. Name a foreign language you’d like to learn and why.

I’m going to gloat a little here – I already know German & English. But I would really love to learn Italian – because its sexy

11. If you had all the money in the world, is there a particular place/country you would love to move to?

Italy. Hands down it wouldn’t even be a competition for me – Venice is amazing but I think I would move to any costal property around there.

Here are my nominees:

1. The Patty’s

2. GrowWithLindsey

3. Life, from the ground up

4. Hoos For Pakistan Flood Relief

5.Purple Eggplant

6.The Adventures of a Single Dad

7. Lipstick and Lollypops

8. WriterMom’s Blog

9. Willtravelwithkids

10. The Hackett Life

11. Moms Living Leaner

11 Questions:

1. Do you have hobbies outside of blogging?

2. What prompted you to begin blogging?

3. If you could be any animal in the world – what would it be and why?

4. Do you eat ‘in’ more than you eat ‘out’?

5. What is your biggest accomplishment?

6. What is your ‘guilty’ treat?

7. Are you a planner or a spontaneous do-er?

8. What is your favorite childhood memory?

9. Cake or Ice Cream?

10. Is there a household ‘chore’ you enjoy doing?

11. Do you call or text?

Does it matter if you’re ready?

18 Apr

My husband and I are discussing the possibility of baby #2 (the cat is out of the bag my friends!) in the near future. Sunday morning I was paid a visit by my very first postpartum period (Horray!! I’ve never been excited to get AF in my whole life until this past week) – and it posed the real question: should we wait or should we make like rabbits and head for the bedroom?

I have made it no secret that I want another baby… RIGHT NOW! haha – instant gratification anyone? 🙂 If I had my way I would already be holding another beautiful baby in my arms – but that was not in the ‘plan’ so to say.

I love it when I ask newlyweds or people about to be married what their plan for children is and they respond with, ‘I don’t think we’re READY yet’, or ‘this isn’t a good time right now’. Is there a perfect time for having kids? Should you have them later and enjoy your youth – or should you have them early and enjoy your middle age. What is the perfect age to have children?? Or what is a good time to start a family? How do you prepare for your world to be flipped upside down?

My husband and I were not smart – and our son is the product of laziness. I will admit it, we knew full well we were not using those sex-ed classes to their full potential, and it was a downright horrible time for me to get pregnant, but guess what? Its amazing and it has all worked out wonderfully.

We are planning a huge trip in July. We are flying to Germany and then visiting Italy – we will be in Europe for 2.5 weeks – do I really want to be pregnant while we are in countries that are known for their beer and wine? Should I base my decision off of a 2.5 week vacation?

Once my hormones started going crazy at the end of December as my body prepared for the return of my fertility I searched all sorts of sites to see if there was something I could do naturally to help balance my hormones. For most things there isn’t enough evidence to support the safety during breastfeeding so I left it alone and here we are in April and my period has returned on its own. I think what I’ve learned from this is not to push God in his plan. He will provide for us in our time of need and he will show us when the time is right. Only He knows.

My son has not been an easy child from day 1. He has required a lot of attention and I feel as though no matter how much I wanted to grow our family God knew that my son needed more time with Mom. What will be will be – my husband has started his own form of birth control in the meantime – its called a beard. 🙂

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Afternoon Coffee Anyone?

11 Apr

I have started an afternoon coffee club with myself. Its another excuse for me to drink this lovely liquid that does nothing to quench my thirst but everything to making myself able to stand upright after 2 pm. Lately it’s become harder and harder to motivate myself after I put B down for his nap – I just want to lay there and nap with him… oh the life… so I’ve taken to drinking a cup of half-caff (how I wish it were full caff) to motivate myself to do something.

When I was 15 I was an exchange student in Germany for a year – 11 months to be exact – and everyday around 2 or 3 we would break for cappuccinos and a sugary snack. I loved the tradition and wished I did something of the sort here – but afternoon coffee alone isn’t as fun. If I lived across the street from a dear friend or walking distance to my mother how fun would the afternoon chit-chat be? I guess I think of it as a little bit romantic – my husband could care less about this sort of thing and most Americans have no time to sit idle by and drink a cup of joe while reflecting on their day.

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All this being said, even though I have no-one to share it with, I do enjoy my coffee addiction 🙂

Peeing on the floor…

9 Apr

I’m not sure if I should take this as a sign to potty train (I will probably try) but here goes the latest development as far as my son goes…

Last week a friend and I decided to go on a mini vacation (I am writing a post on that experience – stay tuned!!) and my hotel room was exceptionally hot. Even with the air conditioning on full blast and the windows open – I was having a hard time cooling the place down. So I let my son run around in his diaper. In case he caught a chill during the night I put a t-shirt on him and that’s how he slept.

The following morning he jumped out of bed – or rather shimmied his way off and headed straight for the bathroom. I will admit I was completely exhausted and didn’t feel like moving right away so I didn’t. After his usual chatter he came running out with no diaper on and pointing towards the bathroom. At this point I got up and went to the bathroom to see what he did.

He peed all over the floor. I was surprised but cleaned it up and put a diaper on him. Later that day he did the same thing. And he did it twice yesterday with one time being the ugly poop on the floor. Oh yeay.

So I think he wants to go in the potty. We have the seat for the regular toilet but it looks like he wants to do this on his own with minimal guidance from mom. So we shall see – off to find a child sized potty. Yeay – one more thing to clean.

Changing tables – or lack thereof

28 Mar

Given all sorts of modern conviences we have become accustomed to – you would think most public restrooms would cater to our needs. This is not so..

Yesterday I was out shopping when my son looked at me with a sly grin. I narrowed my eyes at him and said – “Did you poop”? He nodded his head yes and giggled. Sweet. Right when I was in a store that I knew from previous experience didn’t have changing tables. So I hurried up and rushed through the checkout line.

I headed next door to the grocery store where surely they would have changing tables. The bathroom was closed for cleaning. So I asked the lady in desperation – is there another bathroom in the store? Oh yes in the back. So I head to the back of the store. If my son had weighed about 15 lbs this wouldn’t be such an issue – but carrying around a wiggly 30 lb toddler is not easy. I reached my destination and the door was locked. Awesome.

I left the store and looked around the parking lot. Bingo. There was a McDonalds. I don’t frequent McDonalds due to personal reasons but they were a beacon of light on the situation. We reached our destination and emerged with clean pants. What a relief.

You would think that most places would have changing tables. This is honestly not the truth. If it had been summer I would have changed him in the car – but there is still snow on the ground here. When in doubt – head to McDonalds. They always have changing tables – and as much as I don’t like them, they have been my saving grace on more than one occasion.