Thursday, July 31, 2008

Intruder Alert!!!

Yesterday was a crazy day, something told me to get out and run my errands early. So, I did my double duty and packed up the girls and out I went. On the way back I receive a strange call, since I didn't recognize the number I did not pick it up. Sometimes I just don't have the time to be bothered, and can just as easily call back when I have the time. Well, I should have picked THAT one up. The message shocked and horrified me at the same time. It was a gentleman advising me that my alarm system had been activated and they were dispatching police.

WHOA! A million thoughts ran through my head, could it have been my mom? If someone is in my house and I get there before the cops, do I just wait outside? It's just me and the girls and they're just 8months old, should I just not go home till later?
I call my mother to ask if she decided to drop in on me, and it definitely was not her. Oh dear, well, I'll have to face it sometime, home it is.

As I am coming around the bend, I see the most wonderful site EVER. In my drive way is my husband's truck, a site I have not seen in two months. He wasn't due to come home till today and I installed the alarm system while he was gone, so it all made sense. It was a heck of a scare, but worth every minute. I guess my husband tried to surprise me, but got a surprise himself. I had to quickly call the alarm company and pray they can reach dispatch in time to cancel the police. We'll save the handcuffs for later...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Good 2 Know!!!

Did you know hot tap water causes nearly one-fourth of all scald burns among children and is associated with more fatalities and hospitalizations than other hot liquid burns. Hot water burns usually happen in the bathroom and tend to be more severe and cover a larger portion of the body than other liquid burns. A child exposed to tap water at 140 degrees F for just three seconds will sustain a third-degree burn; severe enough to require hospitalization and skin grafts. Turn down the temperature of your home's hot water heater to 120 degrees F to avoid hot water injuries, and always test your baby's bath water before you put them in.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Zone of proximal development

Big name, but full of a whole lot of sense. Being a new mom, at least to my own, I am full of doubt, fear, confusion, just to name a few, and I'm sure I'm not alone. I know that's a mouth full of negativity, but hey I've always been a glass half empty kinda girl. Today I came across an interesting article that put a new spin on a looming question. The twins are moving alone smoothly, and although you always hear all kids will develope at different intervals yada yada yada, watching two go through everything so differently, I have to constantly remind myself to wait and be patient. The other day my mother was over to visit the girls and noticed that every time one of them would drop her sippy cup I'd pick it up, or if they'd fallen and wanted to stand again, I'd offer assistance. She exclaimed that I was doing them a disservice, that I should let them cry it out soon they'll figure out how to do for themselves. To me, it just seemed like torture, I could only imagine how annoying it would if I was in that position. Anyhow, it made sense but didn't at the same time, confusion set in. I didn't want to stifle their development by being one of THOSE moms (over enablers), but also didn't want to numb myself to their cries and be one of THOSE moms (tortures). After reading this I realized it's OK. I realized that in doing these sort of helping tasks, I'm providing just the right amount of support so that they can eventually master the skill for themselves.

The Zone of proximal development is the gap between what children can accomplish independently and what they can accomplish when interacting with others, whether it be parents or siblings. My mom's always saying "we didn't go by that when I was raising you all". So, hey scientific research is all good, but I kinda like the true hands on stories and ideas better. Do you have any stories were you've helped your little one? Did it help them to master that skill or did you find yourself doing it a little longer than you expected?

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Thought of the Day!!!

I saw this video and was absolutely stunned......this makes the saying: "children live what they learn" all the more real and says a lot about the state of our country's affairs. Be that "better person", for you never know just who is taking note of your actions. In a country where we are so aware of the actions of others, we should take a minute and look at our own. This was a very compelling video, and Made me put a lot of my habits in perspective. There are a lot of things I know I shouldn't do, but do anyways and my comforting thought is, "My girls aren't old enough to understand." Well, Lisa, someone Else's daughter may be.

We are all responsible for the next generation, we all set the examples, let make them good ones.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

A Child From Mars.

I know this movie came out last year, and I don't know how me being such a John Cusack fan I did not see it.
But I just finished watching "The Martian Child". John Cusack plays a widowed writer who adopts a little boy that believes he's a Martian. To be honest the concept didn't speak to me right off the bat if you know what I mean, but it grew on me. This movie was awesome, I cried, I laughed, and I related. It's funny because it's hard enough being human on this planet, let alone being a martian.
To be honest, I want a Martian child.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

What planet are you from???

I was driving the other day when I happened to overhear a conversation between my mom and my niece who's 8. My mom has mentioned that she's a permanent resident alien, and of course the only thing she hears is blah blah blah blah alien. So, she innocently asks, "What planet are you from mama?" I can't help but to snicker. My mom says, "This one." She says, "No REALLY, Now I understand why Tita (that's me) is so weird. Is papa (my father) an alien too?" Now it was taking all I had to keep it in. Finally my mom goes on to explain to her that she was a Dominican native that came to the united states when she was 17, close to 45 years ago. But soon she will be an American like the rest of us.

For as long as I can remember I have been telling her she needs to become a naturalized citizen. She's worked in the U.S. for 45 years, paid taxes for 45 years, complained about the presidents and how she would have done different if she could have voted for 45 years, and even bore 3 children to the U.S. I say it like that because EVERY one of us has served or is serving in this country's military and although we embrace our Dominican culture, we are extremely patriotic and loyal to our country. I would have to say, I was so proud of my mother today. To be able to take this journey with her, and welcome her as a fellow countryman today.
My mother, the AMERICAN.

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Happy feet!!!!

I am walking on air. I broke down and left the girls with my mom for an hour and got my feet done. I was in dire need of a good pedicure. Plus the pampering is much needed right about now.

but just a few thing to remember when heading over to the spa according to the EPA:
  • Protect Your Skin!
  • Microorganisms in foot spas can enter through the skin; so broken skin should not come into contact with foot spa water.
  • Do not shave, use hair removal creams, or wax your legs during the 24 hours before receiving treatment in a foot spa.
  • Do not use a foot spa if your skin has any open wounds such as bug bites, bruises, scratches, cuts, scabs, poison ivy, etc.
  • Identifying an Infection- Open wounds appear on the skin of feet and legs. Initially they may look like insect bites, but they increase in size and severity over time, and sometimes result in pus and scarring.
  • Cause of Infections- Some incidents of foot spa infections have been caused by Mycobacterium fortuitum. This organism can occur naturally in water and soil. Other organisms have also been found in foot bath systems. The screens and tubes of foot spas are particularly good places for the bacteria to collect and grow, often forming dense layers of cells and proteins called bio films, which can be very hard to remove.

Prevention is the key, and a good masseuse. I'd have to say my feet are happy feet.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Skin MD Natural ROCKS!!!

Just a little something about myself, I hate Eczema. We are a family of chronic eczema sufferers. Lately mine has been really bad since having the twins. I think it's because my hands are wet more often , the detergents, lotion etc. I have been on all kinds of different medications, tried different lotions, home remedies, and even good ole Hydrogen Peroxide. Although many of them have offered good and sometimes great relief, I just couldn't seem to find anything to ease the eczema or put it back into remission.

The other day I received a sample from Skin MD natural. I was a little skeptical at first, but I was also desperate. I have been using it for a little over a week now and it has worked wonders. It's not completely gone, but it's on it's way out. I've even given some to my mom. The deal is, Skin MD natural is not a moisturizing lotion, it's a Shielding Lotion, it forms a thin protective barrier on your skin. Just what I need between applying my meds.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

FYI!!! for Steak lovers.

Summertime always brings out the grillers. Came across a good tip for you meat lovers.

  • Always marinate meat in the refrigerator, never at room temperature. Although you should always bring the meat back to room temperature before placing them on the grill or they may not cook evenly. (Approximately 1/4 - 1/2 cup marinate to each 1-2 lbs. of beef)
  • Salt applied immediately before placing the steaks on the grill, will enhance the natural flavor of the meat.
  • Rub a little vegetable oil on the grill to prevent the meat from sticking.
  • Use a spatula or tongs to turn the meat, a fork will only puncture it and cause it to loose a lot of its flavorful juices.
  • Simply sear each side or the meat by turning it once, if the meat feels like it's sticking, it's not ready to be turned.
  • Take into consideration that the meat keeps cooking once taken off the grill when aiming for a desired temperature, and let it sit for at least 5 minutes before serving to allow the juices to sink in...

Happy Grilling!!!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

No more JAVA!!

Came across an interesting article on how to quit drinking coffee in 14-days. I'm not a coffee drinker, but my mom is definitely an addict. My mother will forgo eating all day and sustain herself simply on coffee. She's a chain drinker, rinse a cup to serve another. I was surprised to see the pros to drinking coffee, I mean, I didn't think there was ANYTHING positive about a cup of caffeine, I was wrong. (no surprise there) . In my opinion the cons still outweighed the pros. The article also goes into breaking down exactly HOW MUCH caffeine are in some of the most popular java spots' drinks. I'm not preaching, I know the stuff is good, and although I was never a cup a day girl, it was hard fr me to NOT drink ANY coffee during pregnancy. It was easier for me to give up smoking and I had done that for 18 years. I just wanted to put this out there, because I know this can be an addiction, and taken very lightly, and I know there may be someone out there that really wants to quit, or reduce their intake of coffee. If this pertains to you, read the article, if not? At least walk away with a new fun fact: Statistically speaking 1 grande Starbucks coffee a day can cause insomnia.. WOW!!!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Moving out?

As a new parent, I have come to realize that things really aren't always what they seem. Before getting pregnant, I used to preach about how I would NEVER sleep with my children in my bed. My parents did it, my sister, brother, etc. and I was certain that set-up was NOT for me. Now, reality check!!!! Another one of the many "I'll NEVER do THAT" 's, that I've SO done....

It started when the girls were just a month or so old, they had stuffy noses, and I would lay them on my chest at night because it would help them sleep better. I would sometimes fall asleep, and it didn't take me long to realize that they would sleep longer too. Shortly after, they outgrew their bassinets, and the SMART thing to have done, would have been to place them in their cribs to sleep. Now, I've been know to stray away from what's smart a time or two and this was one of them. I don't know if it was the convenience, my selfishness of needing a little extra sleep, or down right laziness, but we let them sleep in bed with us. Of course it was just till they felt better, then till daddy got back so I didn't have to sleep alone, and any number or excuses.

Now, they've become much more mobile, and the days of finding them where I left them is over. I NEED to have them sleep in the crib. I have been placing them in one crib for their naps, but they don't fall asleep. They just start playing with each other, and eventually begin to fight and cry. Today, I placed them in separate cribs after they were asleep, and they napped. Granted it was only a 1/2 hour, but it was a step in the right direction none the less.

My babies are moving out, and I haven't figured out if I'm happy or sad. I think I'll miss them...

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I am utterly excited the NBC mega hit Heroes is coming back September 22nd, and by the looks of the previews, it'll be right up there with the previous seasons. I was left hanging and quite frankly pretty disappointed with the end of last season. Due to the writer's strike many of us TV junkies ended up with the short end of the stick and a huge case of rerun overload. I think I can forgive them because this season seems like it'll be fantastic, especially with the title villains. I was getting a little tired of Sylar being the only bad guy and somehow conveniently getting away with everything, but it looks like they are spicing things up.. The previews lead you to imagine what juicy twist and turns are coming, and they look amazing. I always say " good guys may always win, but bad guys have all the fun" ( not to mention all the cool gear...). well, folks if you could have superpowers, what would you choose? Would you use them for good or evil? and finally what type of superhero would YOU be?

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Great Giveaway!!!!

Ok ok... Just back from A Wrestling Addicted Mommy's blog and she's giving away the cutest ugly dolls... They're a Boogily Bunnie or a Stitch Kitten by Gus Fink. I want one, and I know you do too... So, head over to A Wrestling Addicted Mommy's blog and win your own.

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Thought of the Day!!!

The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

I received this message this morning in an e-mail from my sister and it really got me thinking. This is really a very comforting phrase, very loaded. I had been really feeling sorry for myself lately, really down in the dumps and lonely. I hadn't really spoken to anyone about how I was feeling, I just didn't think anyone would understand. Plus I totally hate that pity look you sometime get from people when you spill it, and admit it's going rough. Sometimes you just need someone to listen, no advise, no pity, just listen. Well, I guess my sister WAS listening even though I was not talking.
This phrase, these seventeen words, changed me today. I came to realize, I had to get out of this rut, hold my head high and put one foot in front of the other. I can make it through this, and I will not let this defeat me. Life is full if ups and downs, and I'm ready to get back up!!!

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

You Think???

Came across an article today, that I had to read a few times (good thing it's short) tittled: "Parents of Twins are More Likely to Have Mental Health Issues". Well, DUH!! Does this sound alarming to anyone? Other than those of us that are parents to multiples, I'm sure parents of singletons would also agree this is not too far fetched. I know several moms that have only one baby that are ready to be committed, can you image two?

Well, what did I do? I forwarded it to my husband, so he can cut me some slack. I'm officially crazy and it's OK.

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Great Giveaway!!!!

Into something funky? Tres Fun's right up your alley, and they're giving away a sweet Chandelier Vinyl Wall Art. So, head on over there and check it out...

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Camping Count Down!!

We will be driving up to Maine in August, for our first camping trip with the girls. I don't even want to imagine a 14+ hour road trip with two nine month old infants. I will be counting down till D-Day, and in the meantime collecting and posting any tips or trick I can come up with or dig up. If you have any you would like to share, please do, I can use all the help I can get!!!!

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Stroller issues

Lately I have been hunting for a new stroller. Now don't get me wrong, I have a great stroller but there are a few cons that I just can't get past. For example, the front seat won't recline, and it's a bear when both girls fall asleep, not to mention whichever baby I place in the front seat is getting her hair pulled and kicked the entire time she's in there. Do you feel my pain?
Well I've been doing a Little research and taking my test drives when I can, but have been overwhelmed with so much information. Was at my wits end, when Lalagirl answered my prayers. LalaGirl and CHICCO have teamed up together to giveaway Trevi Twin stroller, the answer to my prayers and dilemmas.. So, head on over and check it out.
LaLaGirl - Twinfinite Chaos!
(Don't all head over there all at once, I still need a fair shot at winning this thing.)...

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Great Giveaway!!!!

Seven Dogs and a Baby is giving away their HP A526. Sweet giveaway , so head on over and comment for your chance on winning this great Photo printer. Hurry contest ends on July 31

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Great Giveaway!!!!

Clementine NW is giving away a pair of robeez, so head on over for you r chance at a great pair of shoes for your little one. It's really easy, you just have to pick and post..

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10 Tips for surviving Twins

I don't mean to sound rude, or mean, but I came across this and had to chuckle.

Top 10 Survival Strategies: The First Few Months with Twins/Multiples

  1. Connect With Other Families: Totally agree, but right now, I'm lucky if I see another adult except on commercials, when I DO turn on the TV, but who has time for that? I think long and hard to get out of the house unless I HAVE to. Unless I have someone with me, which is rare since S. is almost always deployed, I'm a homebody.
  2. Stock Up on Supplies: Totally agree, now you spend more time in the store, and more time loading the supplies, that just leads to two crying rowdy infants and just more stuff to lug in when you get home, because you have plenty of time once you get home to get them out of car seats, fed, changed, relaxed etc. to go off load an extra large cargo.
  3. Sleep When the Babies Sleep: This one doesn't fly with my husband. Just kidding, but HA! are you kidding me? There's a list a mile long of things to do and you get maybe an hour here and there when they nap if you're lucky. 95% of the times that hour is spent getting ready for when they wake up, which leaves 2:00AM being the perfect time to do laundry clean house and anything else that hasn't been done in the past 3 months.. Although I did try and sneak in a nap once with them and as soon as I laid down, I started thinking of all I had to do, the laundry, the grocery shopping, the grocery list, gas up the van, etc. and I wasn't even really tired. By the end of all that thinking I was exhausted, and the bed started to feel really good. As soon as I accepted the fact that I may need a nap, they woke up.
  4. Get a good stroller- We have a ton of options and affordable too!!! NOT!!
  5. Keep Things Straight- Yeah keep a log of everything!! Add this too all the STUFF on my list in number 3.
  6. Focus on Priorities- There is no focus the first few months, and you have no choice but to let things slide. As far as babies getting a routine? I don't know about everyone else, but as soon as I think I've got something figured all out, they change..
  7. Organize Help- Get help? Where are all these wonderful people and how do you know you can trust them with your infants? lol..
  8. Take Time Out- YEAH!! I think this is a great idea. I tried it once, I couldn't relax, all I kept thinking was are my girls alright.
  9. Be Flexible- Is there a choice here?
  10. Recognize That This “Two” Shall Pass- I'm patiently waiting.

(I know advise should always be taken with a grain of salt because what works for some may not work for others. These are some great tips and so true, I just wanted to have a little fun, If I've offended anyone please forgive me. )

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Thinking ahead!!

I know it's rather early for me to be thinking about Halloween, but I'm just one of THOSE people. Besides, the girl's birthday is right around Halloween, and we may just do a costume party for their first birthday. This means there will be A LOT of pictures in costumes, and that's a heck of a load to bear. Picking out the perfect costume has been haunting me for over a month now. I want something related and cute at the same time. There are so many great ideas for 2 boys or a boy and a girl but two girls?
Right now, the best I've come up with is The three little pigs and the big bad wolf. I'm the big bad wolf of course and the girls will be dressed up as pigs. ( still debating if I want their first halloween pictures to be as pigs) What about the third pig you ask?
Well, I ate him...

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Top 5 Friday

For this Friday, I was thinking, I wanted to share my top 5 movies I can watch over and over again. .
Just classics.. ( in no particular order of course)

  • The Thing- (1982) -Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills starring Kurt Russell. Now, I love horror, but this movie even after seeing it over 40 times, still makes me shiver when I go to bed after turning off the lights..

  • Alien- (1979) - A mining ship, investigating a suspected SOS, lands on a distant planet. The crew discovers some strange creatures and investigates staring Sigourney Weaver, and one of my all time FAVORITE movies.

  • The Notebook- (2004)- An old man in a nursing home reads a story to an old woman each day. The story he reads follows two young lovers named Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun. They met one evening at a carnival many years ago. Allie's parents separate Noah and Allie. They disapprove of Noah's lack of wealth, and move Allie away and a true story of star crossed lovers.

  • Aladdin- (1992)- Aladdin, a street urchin, accidentally meets Princess Jasmine, who is in the city undercover. They love each other, but she can only marry a prince and so the quest begins for Aladdin.. Love the movie, love the soundtrack, what more can a girl ask for?

                        • Some Kind of Wonderful- (1987)- A young tomboy, Watts, finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith, run deeper than just friendship. A true John Hughes classic, shows you don't know what you have till you can't have it anymore.

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                        Tuesday, July 15, 2008

                        Funny name, Great taste!

                        I was visiting my in laws in RI a few weeks ago, for my father in-law's retirement party, when we suddenly were on the subject of strange things to eat. You know, peanut butter and bananas, french fries and chocolate fudge sundaes, pickles and ice cream etc. Don't know if it came about when we started talking about what cravings I had while pregnant with the twins or if the kids just got us into that conversation, but Uncle J mentions a Fluffernutter. I had never heard of such a thing so I asked what it was. Turns out it's a sandwich made of peanut butter and Marshmallow fluff, and there's a name for it? Now, I don't particularly like marshmallow fluff, so it did not sound appealing to me, and I told him, he just shrugged and said it's a New England thing. I had to laugh, because that's my husband's excuse to all things that make NO sense to me. Now I think THAT must be a New England thing. But back to the sandwich, my husband is usually the one to do most of the cooking since we had the girls, just because that's his version of chipping in, but now he's gone and I find myself lost, without enough time to eat. So, I'm downstairs and it seems that my pantry is practically empty and my fridge? Well, you can hear an echo in there.. I found myself scrounging for something to eat and realizing i had to go shopping for food (I hate shopping of all sorts, especially grocery shopping and with two infants I dread it even more) . But wait ... I have the ingredients for a fluffernutter. I am extremely picky when it comes to food, but today I am more hungry than picky and I decide to give it a try. WOW, this is really good. I mean I wouldn't eat one everyday, but I don;t necessarily have a sweet tooth, but I would definitely eat it again and recommend it to a friend. I know my husband would be proud of my new found appreciation for a New England thing.

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                        Sunday, July 13, 2008


                        Lately I've been in a bit of a rut. My sailor will be leaving soon and this time it will be different. I've never been through a deployment with kids. (Yeah I know, the last one I was pregnant with the girls, but I don't count it, come on now) Everyone says it'll be better, I won't feel so alone, I'll be so busy I won't even notice, blah blah blah. I say, I'll be home more, which means I'll miss him more, I have the girls, which means THAT'S a constant reminder, and more busy? you think? If he was here he could help.
                        Well, I really needed to get over it, and stop my self pity party, I'll have plenty of time to enjoy that later (and if you're feeling like a hater.. It's MY party and I'll Sulk if I want to). In the meantime I stumbled upon something great, no stupendous!!! I love free stuff just as much as the next person, but free stuff I need or want? That's just icing on the cake. Build a Sign is running a great promotion. They are offering a free 3'x6' banner to celebrate the homecoming of your hero. This kinda cheered me up. I ALWAYS wanted to have a sign for his homecoming, but felt a little cheesy. A one woman sign? wouldn't that make me look desperate? (or creepy?) well, who cares, now I can have my sign... and did I mention for free? woo hoo.. All you have to do is pay shipping, and they have some really great designs..
                        Our troops are out there going through hard times, and I know (cause I was there) nothing brings a smile to your face faster than that little extra to show someone cares.

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                        Sharing is caring!!

                        Just something I came across and thought I'd share...
                        I haven't hit the 50 years just yet, but I can definitely relate to some of these. Great lessons and observation and they really got me thinking..

                        FIFTEEN THINGS THAT IT TOOK ME OVER 50 YEARS TO LEARN by Dave Barry

                        1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

                        2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.

                        3. There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness.

                        4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

                        5. You should not confuse your career with your life.

                        6. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

                        7. Never lick a steak knife.

                        8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

                        9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

                        10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

                        11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.

                        12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.

                        13. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)

                        14. Your friends love you anyway.

                        15. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.

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                        Saturday, July 12, 2008

                        And I STILL think I'm ready for this?

                        I always considered myself a well rounded person, open minded and good with kids. I always loved children, I wanted to start a family at 18. Obviously things didn't work out that way, I wasn't married till I was 23 but we started trying right away. In the meantime, I enjoyed our nieces and our nephew thoroughly.

                        I love those kids, and could play with them endlessly. My sister lives nearest to us and her two children are kind of like our own too. We always joked around, because we sometimes spent more time with them than their own parents. So, needless to say, for 13 long agonizing years we tried for our own with no luck. Those were trying times very emotional and very difficult emotionally (that story is for a whole new blog.. I'm trying not to get side tracked). FINALLY last year we found out we were expecting, and I swore I was READY. I mean I have had ALOT of practice, from caring for my younger siblings when we were younger to now caring for their children. I have done it all from playing, providing, changing diapers, etc. how hard could this mommy thing REALLY be? I'm READY! We find out we are pregnant with twins. Can't be TOO hard, I'm READY. 34 weeks of pregnancy, some really hard and scary moments and By then? I was READY... Then unexpectedly, I was in Labor, and sitting there with all the doctors, and the lights, ooohhh man, one thought came to mind. I'm NOT ready... Then double duty every night, I'm not ready. No sleep, No help, No husband home, I'm NOT ready.
                        and Now 7 months later,
                        I have been having the adventure of a life time, but I'm ready to declare, all the practice in the world can not prepare you for parenthood. I swore I had it down and I was ready. This is a whole new world, and I'm loving every minute of it, but I'm NOT ready.

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