Friday, July 30, 2010

Life, Love, & Lybertei

Well 8 short days ago we welcomed our little bundle of joy Lybertei Jaimz into this world. She,like all the rest is absolutely perfect... I do have to say though, since Ondrianna was born almost 8 years ago, Payge 6, Sera 4, or even Josalynne 2... This mommy has grown so much. I am learning to be more patient with my children, I am learning to cherish EVERY second... every smile, every tear. I don't know if it is age or what exactly it is, but over the past few months I felt myself changing... growing.

I believe there are things people don't know about me. I believe I am beginning to turn into a semi-crunchy kinda momma. Crunchy Beach Mama had a post a few days ago defining Crunchy Mama... I got to thinking hmmm a lot of these things are who I am and what I believe... Urban dictionary defines CRUNCHY MAMA as:
Mother who supports homebirth, breastfeeding (CHECK) , baby wearing (CHECK) , cloth diapering (CHECK), co-sleeping (CHECK) , gentle discipline (CHECK), etc. One who questions established medical authority(SORTA...Mainly Vaccinations); tends to be vegetarian and/or prepare all-organic foods( It's more I make it all from scratch, not necessarily organic, including baby food). I should say it's not that I don't support home birth, it's more that I am unable to have a home birth... my body is physically unable to support a natural birth.

My hubby will be home in a few weeks, for a few weeks... I love the military life...kinda... My husbands contract is up in three years, thankfully when he reenlists we'll be able to enlist as Active Duty instead of Ready Reserve. I'm so ready to move and get a new start somewhere...anywhere else.) I love small town Ohio, but I believe we are destined to be somewhere else.

Back to "things" Lybei is breastfeeding well... I forgot how much I missed this... That one on one time, skin to skin... It just warms my heart. I got my "sentencing notice" I mean return to work information in the mail today... I know in this economy I should be forever thankful that I even have a job, but I really just want to be home with my girls... We'll figure this out one way or another.

I am looking for a new sewing machine. A friend of mine took mine a few months ago to see if she could figure out if it was operator error or if it was something with the machine... She still hasn't figured it out so I'm thinking I am going to call it a wash and buy a new sewing machine. I have some SERIOUS craft bug crawling in me right now... Some I want for me and my girls... Others I plan to sell at a couple local craft shows and online.

Pre-baby I froze a lot of food... Now I am thinking that I am going to clean out two of our four freezers and refill them with frozen dinners for when I go back to work... I need to get on that... But FIRST... This house is getting a complete overhaul in the next week or so... I needs to be done BEFORE I pick up my husband on the 17th... I can't deal with it ANYMORE!!! I am still trying to recover from my surgery, but by early next week... I am on a mission... Room by room it WILL be done!!!

I will post photos of baby Lybei soon.

God Bless,

Monday, July 19, 2010

You might be nearing the end of your pregnancy if...

MckMama posted a post on her blog about nearing the end of your pregnancy. Since I am in my final days I thought a similar post was only fitting. :)

…you’re beginning to wish you’d never mocked muumuus.

…all you really wanted for your birthday, was a foley catheter

…your stretch marks are getting their own stretch marks

…you’ve actually priced muumuus out online. Or at least considered it.

…when ordering lunch, you end with, “And that’ll do it for us,” you then realize that no one else is in the car with you.

…you actually know what a muumuu is.

…you have developed superpowers and can now sense when someone is going to ask, “Can’t be much longer, huh?” even before they even ask. To the point that you know how many hours is left... Is that sad?

…your ankles have gone missing, however you learn that you can sit with your feet in the kids swimming pool to reduce the swelling enough to resemble some sort of ankle like figure.

…your best friend who is due after you calls to say that her water just broke and she's heading to the hospital...You are highly irritated, because it's just not fair.

…the people at Creno's know you by name and ask if you would like your regular. Which in turn results in one amazing night of lucious salad and pizza.

…you find your skinny jeans in the closet, and the sight of the tiny, denim waist makes you throw up in your mouth a little.

…when you heave yourself out of bed at night, you make sounds like a mother walrus giving birth probably makes.

…your frequent need to urinate in the night has you celebrating your sleep milestones as one would for a newborn: “I slept for four hours straight last night! And the night before, I had two back to back three hour stretches!”

…you can’t see your feet. And you don’t even care.

…you can’t remember exactly how many weeks along you are. And you don’t even care. You just know that it’s not enough.

…you can’t remember the last time you took your prenatal vitamins. You can barely remember to do the simple routine things in life let alone a tiny pill that wrecks your day.

…everything you own is too small for you. Including your husbands shirts. And your wedding rings, although it’s far too late to take them off. The rings, that is.

…you consider actually popping the next person who tells you that you look “about ready to pop!”

...if another person rubs your belly other than your kids or husband, you might scream. I don't care if you are family... DON'T touch me!

…you’ve contemplated ways to break your own water. Or at least calling that Devil wears Prada 29 year old woman that you call your personal trainer when you aren't pregnant to take you on a power walk through the nature preserve to induce contractions so they'll take you in.

…you haven’t lost your sex drive. On the contrary, you constantly want to make out with your pillow and spoon with your comforter whilst whispering sweet nothings to your mattress.

…your underwear looks like your mom’s.

…you can’t wait to hurry up and give birth so that you can fit into your maternity clothes again.

…you’ve never been so thankful to be in this much discomfort, and you know beyond the shadow of a doubt that it will be worth it all.

I love being pregnant, and I love my many small children beyond all else... But I have decided when we do this again... NEVER again will I think that a summer baby is the way to go... Heat is miserable.

I'll post photos once our little darling is here. I may be MIA this week as I have a lot to do and no motivation... And Thursday is "D" day (Delivery day)

God Bless! Amanda

Not me Monday: 38 Weeks Pregnant Edition

Mckmama- Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have
not been doing this week.

 So what have I not been doing this week... Well I certainly did not contemplate sending the kids outside with loafa's and body wash last night because it was raining so hard and they all needed baths... (I didn't allow them to do this  because it started to thunder and lightning)

I also didn't decide on Friday night that I should cook ahead some meals for when I return home from the hospital. I didn't do this a mere 5 days before I am set to deliver... That would be completely irrational.

I did not buy 4 boxes of pull-ups and 9 more bags of diapers in various sizes simply because I coupons that were going to expire. I'm not talking small 1.00 coupons... I'm talking $2.00-$3.50 off per package coupons. The cashier also didn't look at me like I was crazy... 13 packages of diapers, 4 kids, 3 weeks worth of groceries, being nine months pregnant...Why would you get a funny look? :)

I did not under any circumstance think that my kids needed these stupid sock monkey's and HAD TO HAVE THEM NOW mentality... I also did not in my impulsiveness *THINK* that I was ordering the monkeys from an etsy seller, when in fact I actually was only ordering "tattoos" for the stupid monkeys that I didn't even have... I didn't end up frantically searching the internet to ensure that I had them ordered from somewhere...

I think that is the majority of things that I didn't do this week....What have you not done this week?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Validation on Vaccine decisions

My husband and I have long been against vaccinating our children... There are a several reasons, but it started because my husbands sister has Autism and though many experts are trying to repeal the whole link, but I truly have done hours of endless research and believe that there is a proven link...

Today a good friend posted on Facebook... God Love Facebook a link to a blog regarding the use of fetal tissue from aborted babies being used for vaccinations... This new information not only validates my beliefs, but further validates our ongoing discontinuation of vaccines for our children. I have attached the link... Let me know your thoughts...

God Bless,


Monday, July 12, 2010

Not Me! Monday

Mckmama- Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to < target="_blank" href="">her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week

So I totally did not find it necessary to bake chocolate chip cookies at 9 o'clock at night because I was watching an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay...

I did not purchase artificial nails for my children and apply them... Just like a spa would do.

I did not give my two year old mt.dew because we had a play date Sunday afternoon and she was a wee bit grumpy... :)

I have not devised a plan so that I can have Miss Lybertei on the day that I want. :) What I offered to pay the doctor an extra fee if he'd do it that day anyway and he said no, so maybe, just maybe I can undermine his authority! LOL!

I did not just sign onto three new business ventures so that I can become a stay at home working mom... :)

So what have you not been doing lately?

Friday, July 9, 2010


As I've said before I LOVE to throw parties... Birthdays, Showers, Anniversaries, etc...

This week my grandparents are celebrating two major milestones. I am all of 37 1/2 weeks pregnant and on level 2 bed rest. This is probably the first week I've really abided by that... And I definitely feel a lot better..hmmm maybe doctor knows best.

Now back to my grandparents... Wednesday my grandmother celebrates her 85th birthday! It's amazing! You'd never know she was that old by looking at her. And on Saturday the 17th my grandparents will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary!!!! AMAZING!!!! I can only hope that I am so lucky! Initially I had planned a huge party, but against my will I decided that it probably wasn't the smartest idea... It's really killing me! So since I can't throw them a party I still wanted to do something small. For her birthday I am going to make her a Rhubarb Pie... I want to show her what she has taught me over the years! :) For their anniversary I made them a honey pot... My grandfather is the President of the tri-county bee keepers assoc. he has raised bees for as long as I can remember. They need nothing, they want nothing, so I thought this was a smart option. Secondly I am going to make them a Bee-Hive Cake. I'm going to make it with a chocolate cake mix, honey from grandpa's bees, a caramel ganache, and vanilla frosting. I would rather use chocolate, however I need to be able to color it yellow, soooo chocolate won't work. I'll try to remember to take photos and post them, unlike my shower... I'll touch on that later.

I've done it though... I've accepted that I don't have control over EVERYTHING and that SOMETIMES you just have to let go and trust that you are doing the right thing! :)

In case you wondered

It's one of those dreary days here in Ohio... I'm in one of those moods... And well here ya go!

In case you wondered:
I'm a recipe collecting, coupon clipping, laundry hating, cook from scratch wonder mom.
I'm a devoted housewife, loving military wife, best I know to be wife!
I'm a God fearing Christian woman, devout to my maker kinda girl.

And in case you wondered, if you don't like me for me, than I don't know what to tell you... I am who I am and I'm just ME!

God Bless! Amanda

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Neglect and New Business Venture

My poor blog has been neglected for the past several weeks. :( I am not happy about it.

Things with the baby are coming along, I finally am listening to the doctor and putting my feet up most of the time. Mainly because I am so miserable when I'm not. I am having horrible pains that I never have had with any of the other kids so this is all new to me.

At this moment I am watching Bethenney Get's Married. I'm not going to lie I am sucked into the entire Housewives franchise... Every episode of every season, at least once if not three or four! While many people love Atlanta, it is my least favorite... In order for me is OC, NJ, NYC, and then ATL...But I'm thinking with DC coming aboard that is going to be rearranged somehow!!

So while sitting here one day it hit me... what can you do from your couch that others HATE to do, but everyone needs to do? Menu Plan! I am in the process of building and launching my new website. EXCITED... I hope this really takes off!!! :)

 Now I just sent off some menus to some clients... Now I'm CRAVING Gyros! Its almost eleven at night, but if I don't get a fix of something I'm gonna go crazy! LOL

Until tomorrow! God Bless