Welcome MAY

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Happy May 1st.

So excited about this month.  The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and BBQ stuff is on sale!!! Yes, this is an amazing month.  Mother’s day is 10 short days away, Memorial Day weekend is less than a month away, and the Indy 500 is calling our name.  It is also going to be an A-MAY-ZING month on this here blog.  I have 2 giveaways already planned, and a few other fun things up my sleeve.  Who is ready to start celebrating summer???  Stay Tuned you won’t want to miss a single post this month.

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Top 5 Ways to Relax

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I wrote yesterday about my dealings with mental illness, So today, I figured I would give you my Top 5 ways I like to relax.  These are my personal top 5 faves.  So let’s begin

  1. Enjoying a good cup of coffee.  This is one of my favorites.  It doesn’t take long to make a cup (or pot) of coffee, and I can instantly relax while taking in the aroma and flavor of the coffee as it melts away tension (well, sort of)
  2. Taking a nice hot bath or shower.  There is something comforting about warm (hot) water that relaxes me.  I am by myself, which means I can think about the day, plan the next day, or just sit and relax.
  3. Thank Goodness for warmer weather.  I love to just sit outside and watch the birds, the squirrels, and sometimes the deer that come into the back area.  Sitting on the balcony is peaceful and relaxing.
  4. Taking the dog for a walk.  Another good warmer weather one.  The dog and I just walk.  I stop “thinking” open my eyes and ears and take in all that is around me.  Great way to forget about stressful situations
  5. My last way to relax is… Tickling my kiddos.  Sometimes I think as adults we get to serious about life.  Yes, we are trying to raise young men and women that will become productive members of society, but every now and then… just let loose, and have some fun.

 

These are MY top 5 ways to relax.  What are some ways you relax?

Squashing the Stigma on Mental Illness

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One of my missions on this blog is to help people.  There are lots of causes that are near and dear to my heart (I’ll be posting on these from time to time), but one that has hit home in a very real way for my family is mental illness.  

I actually have been pondering this post for a while, I want to shed some light on this subject and show the world, (or at least my world of followers) that mental illness is not something to be ashamed of.  I, like many women, have dealt with my share of problems in life, however during my pregnancy with the baby I began to be unable to control my emotions.  The long story short, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression.  

I have always been one who wants to be in control, this diagnosis felt like it was out of my control.  I knew I needed to do what I needed to do, and getting on anti-depressants made a world of difference.  I was starting to feel like maybe I would be able to deal with taking meds if it meant finally being “stable”.  I was learning to cope with my diagnosis, even embrace it to some extent knowing going through this gave me a voice of experience to help others.

When I had Miss Brianna, I was told I needed to watch my moods, and that I may have to increase my medication.  I was fine for a while, but soon I realized while the meds were helping some, they were not helping anywhere near what they had been.  Increasing my dose, I again felt like I was out of control.  It took a week or 2 to even out, but I finally started to feel back in control.  I relaxed and got into a routine going from taking care of 1 child to 2. 

Nothing could have prepared me for what happened next.  About a month ago, I started experiencing much worse swings.  They were happening more often, and sometimes several in 1 day.  I knew I didn’t like the feeling, and I knew my family deserved better from me.  I needed to get help.

This is a To Be Continued post, as I am still in the middle of treatment for all of this.  I will be starting therapy on Thursday, and I will be meeting with a psychiatrist in June to find out what meds I need to be on.  It is a very scary time for me.  Mental Illness has a stigma that goes with it, people are afraid of what they don’t understand.  I want to tell everyone, mental illness or disorders are just like diabetes, or epilepsy, they require treatment, but one you have the right treatment, you CAN live a productive life. 

If you are experiencing signs of depression, anxiety, mood swings or hopelessness PLEASE know you are not alone.  Others have and are going through the same thing.  There is NOTHING wrong with asking for help!  You deserve to be the best, version of yourself you can be.  Please don’t be afraid seek help!!!

I will be updating everyone as I get an actual diagnosis and treatment plan.  So, for now this post is…

To Be Continued…

Just a Note of Thanks.

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So, I had something planned to post on yesterday, but, as always in our life plans are meant to be broken.  So, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate.  It may seem like a small victory to some, others (like me) may think it’s HUGE!!!  Yesterday we broke 100 followers on Twitter & 60 fans on Facebook.  I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all those who have taken the time to read a blog post, a post on Facebook, or a tweet on twitter.   I have THE most AMAZING followers out there.  

 

Tell A Story Day!!!

 

 

 

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*This is not a sponsored post, it is solely my review of this company.

When I found out I was pregnant with my first, I began to daydream about all the things I wanted to do.  One thing I wanted to do was to celebrate crazy holidays with my family.  Today is Tell A Story Day.  In honor of this day, after dinner tonight we have a special Story Time planned.

I love reading to my kids, and especially when my toddler picks a Baby Einstein Book.  The Disney’s Baby Einstein Discoveries collection has amazing short books that are easy to read and teach your child all sorts of things.  From shapes, to colors, to animals and more there is a book for anything you can imagine.  Sign up with the Early Moments book club and receive your first shipment for just $5.95 with FREE shipping.  You are not obligated to buy anything else, however they have an awesome auto shipment program where they continue sending you the awesome books and discovery cards (Think flash cards) along with the parent guide each month.

This is an example of a shipment.

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Reading to your child helps them learn to talk, discover new words, and the time you are spending with your child is priceless.  Join us this evening and Tell a Story today.

From The Desk of “But Dad”

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Every parent has a story about words that their kids can’t quite say right, that come out OH so WRONG.  Our toddler is no different.  She has a few words she can’t say correctly not the least of which is “Frog”.  So one afternoon she was dancing around us and singing “Fock, Fock, Fock…” I must add she is obsessed with frogs and has several.  She continued dancing around singing “Fock, Fock, Fock”.  But Dad looks at me and says “I wish she’d Froggin’ quit it”  – We laughed Hysterically!!! 

Rainy Days SUCK!!!!

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Now, I know there are those of you who are gonna immediately wish to disagree with me here, and that is fine.  First, here me out, you might realize I’m right.

I use to LOVE the rain.  The sound, the smell the rhythmic way it can lull you to sle- oh who am I kidding?  Those were all wonderful things about the rain BEFORE I had kids.  Since having kids, rainy days suck.  I woke up this morning, wishing it could be one of those nice mornings when I could go back to sleep and sleep-in, the sound (or what I could hear of it through a fussy 4 month old) was for sure relaxing, but motherhood calls. 

These are my top 5 reasons Rainy Days Suck

  1. They make you tired, sluggish, and just wanna chill.  This was great when I didn’t have my little ones, even when my toddler was super young, now, I drag myself out into the living room and watch as my toddler spins circles around me… sheesh!!!
  2. This brings me to my 2nd point which is toddlers have waaay to much energy to be cooped up in the house all day.  Rainy days make for cranky kids, that makes for cranky mommy.
  3. I have not run into THIS problem myself, but, I know I will.  Canceling plans your child was looking forward to due to rain can make them even crankier.  Crankier kids = Mommy is going INSANE!!!
  4. This one has 2 parts.  Going out in the rain.  Toddlers wanna splash in the puddles, mom & dad just wanna get in the car and get going.  This is just a set-up for major meltdowns (from all involved).  Mom & Dad get upset because kids wanna play, kids get upset because they wanna play and mom & dad won’t let them.  Ugh.
  5. This goes along with #4 Getting stuck in an unexpected rain.  You know what I’m talking about, you’re at the park, enjoying a cloudy (but beautiful) day.  All of the sudden you feel the first couple of drops.  You start to think maybe it really isn’t raining, then all of the sudden DOWNPOUR!!! Now again, mom & dad are soaked and wanting to get out of the rain, kids wanna play in the rain.  DISASTER!!!

All that being said, rainy nights mean early bedtimes and relaxed kiddos.  Can it just rain at night from now on???

Can you relate to this???  What is your favorite and least favorite part of rainy days???