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So McMama had this post up a while ago… like 3 months or so. I loved it and has been saving up some of the things I say to my son to share with you.

“G, go get your chainsaw to play with.” (to a 2 yr old)

“Take your fingers out of your butt…I don’t care if it itches.  No I don’t want an ‘I’m sorry’ hug.”

“Is that poop on my shirt? I don’t know, maybe….oh well I’ll change it later.”

“Ok it’s time to go. No we have to go now. Now. NO you can’t live at Jazzercise. We’ll come back in the morning ok?”

“Don’t touch me with that hand, we don’t touch people’s faces right after we’ve gone pee-pee”

“For the love of God, stop touching the trash cans!!!”

“Please don’t jump on your sister’s head, we like the shape it is now.”

(From Amanda)

“That’s sausage you don’t suck it, you chew it.”  (We were chatting on the phone when she said this to her son….I DIED!)

What’s the funniest thing that’s come out of your mouth recently?

Home with the boys has a fun link up every friday where you post pictures of your boy(s) in motion… because it’s impossible to get them sitting still. The pictures don’t have to be perfect, just showing your boy(s) being boy(s).

Trying to give me a heart attack!

1. What is the longest road trip you’ve ever taken?
My cross country trip from San Diego to Charleston, SC. My mom and I drove with my 4 month old son. We decided to take the NORTHERN route. Did you know there was such a thing?? (there isn’t, but we made one because all of mom’s family lives in the northern states). The trip was supposed to take 8 or 9 days, we ended up having to do it in 5! (Hubby’s stupid school wouldn’t let him start until we got into town)

2. Do you collect anything? Tell us a bit about it.
Japanese things. Thanks to the Navy I lived in Japan as a kid, and then we honeymooned there. I have several small wooden dolls and lots of sake glasses.

3. What is your favorite part about being an adult?)
Setting my own bed time! haha Though I’m pretty bad about getting to bed when I should… like right now.

4. What song brings a tear to your eye?
How funny I was just telling someone this. I tear up every time I hear “Always” by Switchfoot. It makes me think about meeting my children for the first time, how I stared at them in the hospital rooms after they were born. It is also a great worship song and reminds me the place God has in my life.

5. Describe your first plane ride (how old you were, where you were heading, etc).
My first plane ride? Sheesh, I was tiny. I don’t remember it at all. We flew from Monterey, CA to Japan. I think. Either that or we flew to New Jersey.  I flew so much as a kid, and as an adult that they all blend in together.


What is the silliest get-up you have ever worn outside of a Halloween party? (from To The Nth)

Ohhhh, geez where do I start? ?? I was very very ackward in high school. I was also very very fond of thirft stores. SO there was athis great floor length 60’s inspired skirt. It had 3 huge daisys (florescent green, pink, and orange with silver centers). They overlaid a patchwork of green/white and orange/white polyester material. Super HOT! Then there were the orange and green plaid polyester bell bottons, I wore those with blue bowling shoes. I wish I had pictures!!  I loved those outfits.

What is something that you gave up in order to live the military lifestyle? (from Pennies from Heaven)

Hmmmm, nothing? Is that weird? I was a Navy Brat. I’m used to moving, and the way things change. I knew I was going to stop working when I had kids… I hadn’t planned on it being for so long, but wouldn’t trade the time I have with them.

If money wasn’t a factor and you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? And why? (from Life and Times of a Displaced Jersey Girl)

Japan, again. I love it there. My dad was stationed there when I was little (4-8 yrs old) I remember so much of it. SOOO my husband and I HONEYMOONED there!!!!  I wish we could live there again, but we’re not going to be able to do that….he’s a Sub guy.

If you were going to join the military, what branch would you join? Or which MOS/rating would you choose? (from And Never Did You Think)

Navy! All the way. But, I’m too old, and have a bad back. Oh well….

What is your favorite thing to make for dinner? (from Armendinger Party of 4)

Pizza. Homemade-ish pizza. When my son was 18 months old I stood him on the stool next to me while I made one. He asked if he could sprinkle (ok he made little sprinkling fingers and said “Me do!”) the cheese. Then he ate more than he put on the pizza. We’ve been making them almost every week!

Do you set goals for yourself during deployment?  What are some of them? (from Military Mommy)

We haven’t been in for very long, 2 yrs. Hubby’s a Nuke so we’ve been in school the WHOLE 2 yrs. He’s a staff pick up now, so it will be a while till we see deployment. His boat will be going away for repairs next yr and he will be living out of state for 10 months, I’m planning on trying to lose weight while he’s gone. I’ll also be trying to purge our house of excess.

What would you say to someone dating a military guy or gal? (from Mothering Off the Cuff) You have to be really sure that you know what you’re getting into when you’re involved with someone in the military. They will be leaving ALOT, for long periods of time. There’s nothing you or they can do to change that, so don’t complain about it…figure out how to work with it. I’ve heard a lot of people that married someone in the military who complain “I hate that the (insert branch here) does (whatever “horrible” thing to make their lives harder)…. I didn’t choose this!” Well yes sweetie you did, you married some one in the military and everything that comes with that. If you don’t want this life, don’t marry into it.

If you have children, how do you prepare them to move to a new place? (from The Random Ramblings of A Household 6)

UGH! I’d love any advice on this one. We’re about to see most of our friends move in the next 6 months….then in a yr and a half we’ll be moving. I’m at a loss, I have no idea how to explain all the changes to my 2 yr old.

Name one hobby that gets you through alone time.  (from My Sailor’s Mistress)

Jazzercise. I’m also looking to play soccer again in the near future.

What’s the one food you don’t ever get tired of? (from That Army Wife Life)

Dark Chocolate. LOVE IT! I hate milk chocolate, but I LOVE< LOVE< LOVE dark chocolate!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

  1. What secret indulgence do you act on while your spouse is away? (from Devil Dog Darling)

I have 2 sweets/junk food and junky tv. I love all of the junky shows on Bravo! My husband can’t stand them, so when he’s on his weird hours I catch up on all of my favorite shows. Also, for some reason I don’t like to eat my sweets when he’s around. So I do when he’s gone.

  1. If you were a spice, what would you be? (from New Girl On Post)

Garlic. I’m sassy and have a little kick. (also I eat a ton of garlic!)

  1. Where do you go for support when your significant other is deployed? (from Texas Meets Washington)

We haven’t had to go through a deployment yet, we’ve only been in for 2 years and it’s all been in school. But I have some really great friends and my mom is a retired Navy wife with 28 years of experience.  She was a great role model when I was growing up and she’s an even better one now that I’m walking in her tiny shoes.

  1. What is the oldest thing you own? (from A Troop’s Girl)

It’s a tie between my dinning room table and our rocking chair. They are both 30 years old and belonged to  my parents. When we moved both were “gifted” to us. I love the rocker, the table I could do without (it’s just not  my style). But hey it was free. So I’ll make do until we can afford something else, something less round.

  1. How did you vision your future pre-military? (from Daddy’s Duty)

It was going to be pretty similar. My husband was a chef before joining the Navy. He worked at a 5 star restraunt 10 hour days 6 days a week, making $10/hr. So we were broke and hardly ever saw each other. We’re actually better off now. I was looking at having my kids in day care while I continued teaching special ed. Now I can stay home and raise them myself. It’s such a blessing.


Beach day…

We all know how hard it is to get our kids to swallow these things. No matter how far back in their mouths we squeeze that dropper our dear sweet children manage to spit up almost a full dose. And then the stains, OH THE STAINS! And that smell! Ick! It never seems to go away.

My dear friend Krissy has come up with a fun and creative solution.

Give the vitamins in the bath.

What?! The bath?

Yup the bath. 

That way when they spit up the drops, which they always do, there will be no clothes to stain.  Aaaaaand….. you can wash away the smell.

When Krissy emailed me this idea I literally said to myself “Why didn’t I think of that?” Many of you might already do this, you are much smarter women that I. I definitely am going to steal this idea.

Thank you Krissy!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In


If you could be a fugitive from the law for whatever reason, what would your crime be? (from It’s a Hooah Life)

Bank Robbery. Who wouldn’t want to steal a bunch of money and get away with it? Besides if I had enough money I could hide some where exotic with no extradition!

How long do you think you will be a military family? (from Julie the Army Wife)

I honestly have no idea, we’ve been in for 2 and a half years and have been in school the whole time. Hubs won’t make the final call until he’s been on a boat (sub) for a year. Of course I will always be a Navy Brat, having been one for the first 28 years of my life thanks to my Dad.

What’s your favorite recipe? (from Keep Calm and Soldier On)

Home-made Mac and Cheese! I have a base recipe that I work from, but I always change the cheeses and the seasonings so it never comes out the same way twice.

What would you want your last five words to be when you leave this life? (from My Goal is Simple)

I am going out happy.
Where do you hope to retire? (from Pennies from Heaven)

San Diego. I don’t really need an exotic location, maybe for a vacation home… I was able to spend most of my life in San Diego and  my husband grew up there. No place else has felt like home to me.

I haven’t gotten too personal here. But, I’m about to.

I’m a big believer in breast-feeding. I think everyone that can, should. My jaw drops when I hear about people who choose, choose, not to even try to breast feed. Wha?! I just don’t get it. Now I have friends who have tried, and for some reason or another haven’t been able to breast feed. I’ve heard some very sad stories recently, mastitis so bad the woman ended up in the hospital, one woman I know heard voices, evil voices, every time she started to nurse, and finally a friend who desperately wanted to breast feed but her body wouldn’t cooperate.

I had a very hard time with G. He probably didn’t have the best latch, but I was also very uneducated. Looking back there are so many things I would have done differently. G was 8 months old when I finally gave in and stopped trying to nurse him. I had supplemented him with formula from the 2nd day of life, he only nursed when he woke up and before bed… I don’t think he was getting much milk either time.

Things are going AMAZINGLY better with Baby C. She has been exclusively breast-fed pretty much her whole life. I’m convinced it’s because I’ve learned so much more. I want to share what I learned.

  • Be your own advocate. Don’t let a nurse bully you into supplementing in the first 48 hrs. Babies don’t need an entire bottle (2 oz) of formula, they need your colostrum. Colostrum comes in small amounts at first. With G the nurses told me he had a bad latch, that he wouldn’t be able to nurse. I felt like a bad mom because I wanted to nurse him. I caved. I let them give him formula. I didn’t ask for a different lactation consultant when I didn’t like the first one I saw. I didn’t talk to the nurses. I didn’t fight hard enough.
  • Speaking of small amounts; your milk doesn’t (usually) come until 48 hours after you give birth. So it will seem like baby isn’t getting much to eat, but they will get what they need.
  • Ask for and use the hospital’s pump. Use it after every feeding for at least 10 minutes on each side. Do this for at least the first 4 days. (I was so happy each time I got milk after a feeding. I cried the first time I filled a bottle. With G, I was lucky to get a few drops after pumping for 20 minutes.) There is a fridge somewhere on the recovery floor for you to store the milk you pump. Take it home, or ask the nurses to use it to feed your baby in the middle of the night so you can sleep through one feeding.
  • GET A GOOD PUMP! If you can’t afford to buy a good pump, rent one. A good pump makes a HUGE difference. My first pump wasn’t very expensive, it had decent reviews, but not amazing reviews. It would make my nipples swell, and crack. I thought that was normal. It’s not. That’s what I found out from the hospital pump. My second pump is amazing, it works exactly the same as the hospital pump. I love my pump.
  • WATER! Drink LOTS of water! All the time. I made sure to always have a water bottle in my hand or beside me . I asked my friends to bug me about my water consumption, every time they saw me. I was peeing like I was 9 months pregnant, but I knew I was well hydrated.
  • Flat breasts don’t mean empty breasts. This was my BIGGEST mistake with G. I assumed that because my boobs felt empty, they were empty.                 I. was. wrong!     How I wish I could take back the bottles of formula I gave him because “I’m flat, I have nothing to give him.”  I used to cry because I felt like I was empty. I didn’t know until one of Baby C’s nurses told me that my body would respond to her sucking and make more milk for her.
  • Get some rest. Stress effects milk production, rest should reduce stress.
  • When you’re having a hard time, ask someone to distract you. There were many times that I was getting frustrated while trying to feed Baby C. She was doing that annoying head shake thing, you know the one. Where they won’t latch on, but their mouth is open and rubbing back and forth on your nipple. I was fortunate to have friends around to chat with me, to distract me. Taking my mind off of nursing. My friend and I would be chatting and after a while I’d look down and “Whoa! She’s nursing! How long has she been doing that?”
  • ENJOY the process. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing your baby’s face while they’re nursing. Enjoy it. Coo at your baby, smile, love, celebrate everything about the moment, revel in it. Your body will react to the joy you are feeling.

I am not a professional in lactation, Breast Feeding, etc. I’m just someone who has learned from her mistakes. All the tips I’ve provided have worked for me, and many of my friends. I can’t guarantee that they will all work for you, but it’s worth a try, right?

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