One Woman's journey through motherhood and all things related.

One Woman's journey through motherhood and all things related.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving recap.

It's crazy how much I anticipated Thanksgiving and now it is already gone and Christmas is only 28 days away! This was the first Thanksgiving that I cooked by myself (almost).

I spent almost 7 hours cooking on Thursday. YES. 7 hours. My Mother-in-law helped me clean the turkey out and I am grateful because that is the part I was least excited about.

Everything turned out pretty well. I didn't burn the house down and no one threw away my food. YES! Even though I was cooking all day I found myself to be relaxed. I fed Jordan and changed diapers in between making side dishes. I'm pretty sure that he loved having Mommy and Daddy home all day because we had one happy boy!

After dinner I made the desserts. Of course a pumpkin pie but also some mini apple pies. I got the recipe from pinterest here. It was a pretty simple recipe and the pies came out delicious!! They were light and fluffy (if that even makes sense) and tasted great for breakfast with coffee the next morning.

After dinner we of course headed out for some Black Friday shopping. We went to the Orlando Premium Outlets. The traffic was crazy and the stores were packed but we got some great deals and I am now about 50% done with my Christmas shopping. Why is it taking me so long? I started in October!! Speaking of Christmas, we are supposed to put our tree up tomorrow. Yippee!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksiving!! Now onto Christmas!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I'm mid apple pie and need to take a shower and get going to the sales; someone just wanted to say happy Thanksgiving.....

Hope everyone had/has a wonderful day!

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Friday, November 18, 2011

fill in the blank Friday!

1.   A nervous habit I have is     Cracking my nuckles. This is a new habit that I've picked up and it's already making my fingers hurt. Make it stop!

2.   Something that makes me sad is   my son crying with tears. A majority of his cries are fake and whimpers. But when little tears start to come out my heart breaks. I never want him to be unhappy.
3.  Today I am thankful for    my husband, my son, my mother-in-law(she is amazing) and my job. .

4. My favorite room in my house is    my bedroom. I love that our bed (king) is big enough for my husband, the baby and I  to get comfortable while watching TV or hanging out.

5.  I can't stand    waiting at school for 3 hours before registering for classes. Ridiculous. But atleast it's all taken care of.

6.  If I had an extra $100 to spend on whatever I wanted today I would    buy these Steve Madden Intyce boots. I have had my eye on them for several weeks but haven't justified spend the extra hundred dollars yet.

7.  The last person I hung out with was    my hubby and brother-in-law. We went to Gators Dockside last night for some wings and to watch the football game.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving is one week away!

Man this year has flown by so quickly. I cannot believe Thanksgiving is only one week away! Earlier this week I finally settled on our plans. Every year we usually go to my brother and sister-in-law’s house and spend Turkey Day with them and their children but after some thought, we’ve decided that we are going to cook at home this year. Now that Jordan is in our life, it is time to start our own family traditions and cooking a Thanksgiving dinner is one of them. It’ll be my first time ever cooking a turkey and I couldn’t be more nervous. The whole dinner is solely riding on me. At least Jordan will never remember if I burn the turkey. J
I just came up with our meal plan. Something simple but all must haves.
Turkey with gravy (of course)
homemade mashed potatoes
sweet potato casserole with pecans
green beans
stuffing (probably not homemade)
dinner rolls
cranberry sauce
deviled eggs for appetizer
cheese tray for appetizer
shrimp cocktail for appetizer
pumpkin pie
homemade mini apple pies

As long as my turkey looks like this, I’ll be happy!

What are some must have Thanksgiving traditions in your family? Any foods you make that are out of the norm?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


I do know that I just had a baby less than 3 months ago but the old size 2 woman in me WANTS HER BODY BACK!! During my pregnancy I gained 55 pounds. Yes fifty-fi ve! Because of breastfeeding I was able to lose 30 of that right away but I’m still left with the unwanted 25. I doubt that I will EVER weigh 125 pounds again but I would be happy with losing 10-15. At 5’9” and 125 pounds I understand that I was a little too thin.
Want to know the most stressful part about not losing your baby weight instantly? (because that’s what is supposed to happen of course) SHOPPING! I am a shopper by nature. On-line, in-store or thrifting. You name it, I do it. But when you are 25 pounds heavier than you’ve ever been, things can get really stressful really fast. I simply do not know my size or what style looks best on me anymore. Nothing is more frustrating than going to 5 stores and not finding one article of clothing! Since this happened to me this past weekend, I’ve decided to actually do something about it. I need to get my health and body back in order.
It’s very easy to say that I am going to exercise. The hard part is actually doing it. I get off from work at 5pm every day and as soon as I get home, it’s Mommy Mode! Cooking, cleaning, bottle making, diaper changing, and goo-goo ga-ga Mommy Mode. Between all of this I need to find 20 minutes a day to work on myself. If that means waking up early or staying up late, I WILL find time to take care of my body and to exercise. No excuses. To make sure that I’m not just saying this and that I will actually get off my ass and do it, I will start logging my exercises on here. This way I HAVE TO stick to it!
I’ll probably start small with just stretching, crunches, jumping jacks etc. We’ll see what I come up with tonight. ;-) What are some of your favorite exercises and how did you cope with getting your body back on track after having  a baby?

Some motivational pics via Pinterest:

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Birth Story....Part Two

After being given Cervadil, the hours seemed to go by so slow. Abdullah arrived back at the hospital with my hospital bag and necessities. While waiting it out Omar and Walid (my brother in-laws) showed up at the hospital to wish us good luck. To help time pass we started playing cards. Soon after we started, around 7 a clock, my head nurse rushed into the room. She stated that her beeper went off because the babies heart rate had dropped. Significantly. His heart rate should be between 140-160 and it had dropped down to 80 and stayed there for about 90 seconds. Once he had recovered his heart rate to a normal speed all was good. She had to explanation as to why it dropped but she just knew that we need to monitor it closely. About 10 minutes later she rushed in again. His heart rate dropped again. And again 15 minutes after that. By this point we were very concerned.

Our Doctor came into the room to give some sort of explanation. He felt that Jordan was having some sort of reaction to the cervadil and he was concerned for how long this could go on. Because I was not dialated at all, the doctor explained that he wanted to go in for an emergency C-Section. This caused me to become teary eyed. I never thought that I would have a C-Section. I read books on labor and researched so much on line but never did I educate myself on C-Sections. (Dumb on my part, I know) I knew that I wanted to try for a natural labor but never did it occur to me that something would go wrong and I would need a C-Section. Naïve, I know.

I asked the doctor how long I had because I really wanted to take a shower…. the things women think about. He said that he was taking me in 5 minutes. 5 minutes? Abdullah started calling family members to let them know and the next thing I knew, I was being wheeled to the C-Section wing where I was prepped for surgery. At around 9:00 pm I was wheeled into the surgery room. I was given a Spinal to numb my body. I laid on my back and waited for it to kick in. The next 45 minutes went by so fast. I remember feeling really loopy and wanting to fall asleep. As the surgery progressed, I was so happy to have my Husband there. He kept petting my head and reassuring me that I would soon be holding my baby boy. Sure enough at 9:54 Jordan Lawrenz Quttaineh was born. He weighed 8 pounds even and was 20.5 inches tall. The moment that Abdullah put the baby in front of me and we locked eyes, is a moment that I will never forget.