September Has Come Again!

My favorite time of year is Autumn… and when September comes around it’s time to start preparing for cooler weather, falling leaves, and fall decor! Woohoo! I love it! We started off September by taking Boogie  for a stroll around one of our favorite lakes, she loves to watch the ducks (and usually they have two swans… however they were missing in action this trip), running on the bridge, and throwing rocks into the water. She’s getting so big and so independent, she is becoming a little girl before my eyes… my baby is a distant memory!

We had a hard time getting her to look at us for pictures… she just wanted to quack at the ducks!
Sometimes she still gives kisses… but they are few and far between these days! She’s “too big” to give mommy and daddy kisses!
She was about to be naughty and go down the steps (to the left) by herself.

Throwing pebbles and rocks into the lake with daddy.
Looking for some more skipping rocks.
You can’t tell… but it’s getting harder to hold her on my hip. My belly is starting to get in the way!
My beautiful big girl… she gets prettier every day.

Boogie is such a joy, she drives me absolutely bonkers some days, but she truly is a precious blessing. Those big brown eyes melt me, and I imagine that when Bubby finally gets here he will have deep blue eyes like Boogie did and slowly they will be these same beautiful big brown eyes! It will be interesting to see how our family dynamics change with a little boy added to the mix. I can’t wait to meet our little man!

In other news, school is becoming more overwhelming every day. I think I’m going to have to redo my schedule so that I can lessen the workload I’ve dealt myself. I’ve been playing catch up for over a week now and it’s just not working. I can’t possibly take care of Boogie, myself, our home, and accomplish the workload I’ve planned for myself. I had high hopes of being done with everything aside from my finals by the first week of October… but I may have to settle for the last week of October instead. That’s still a large workload, but not nearly as much as I planned before. That is also less time to get a few things done I’d like to get done before Bubby is here. Ay yi yi!

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Feeling Out of Sorts

As the title says… I’m just feeling all out of sorts today. Boogie is inching closer and closer to two years old and the closer she gets to the terrible twos the naughtier and more mischievous she becomes. Today she is driving me INSANE. I’m at a complete loss as to what I am supposed to do with her. I refuse to be a parent who spanks her children… say what you want, but I think it’s wrong. Time outs seem to work most of the time, but when she’s in the mood she is in today, time outs just make her laugh. Which in turn just makes me even more frustrated then I already was!

Trying to get my endless amount of homework done today has been absolutely horrendous. I’ve resorted to watching movies ALL DAY. I never do that with her unless we’re not feeling well. I hate doing that. I hate using the TV as a “babysitter” as many would call it. I know she doesn’t understand why mommy is reading and taking notes and on the computer all the time, so I try to take breaks (like I am now… although she decided this time she didn’t want to play with mommy… hence this blog post) and spend one on one time with her.

The words “stop” and “no” are completely pointless around here. They make no difference to her if she is told that. Sitting her in timeout and explaining with positive words why she shouldn’t do something is pointless because she just giggles and laughs and says “mommy…. mommy…. mommy.” She got in trouble for hitting me today, that was the only time she cried over getting in trouble. However, I was in tears because she really did HURT me and I think that upset her more than actually being put in timeout and being told why hitting is something we do not do.

So I’ve got all of these toddler things going on, endless amounts of schoolwork to be done… the house is an absolute disaster because frankly at the moment I don’t have time. Thankfully J is wonderful and he understands and tries to help. And really, I’m just feeling sorry for myself. I’m missing my friends who just aren’t around anymore, I’m missing my clean house that I kept up with all summer, I’m tired of being stuck inside with this crazy monster child of mine (I say that in love, I call her my monster all of the time), and I’m over being pregnant. Bubby’s due date needs to just come on faster than it already has because then I’ll be pretty much done with classes, we’ll be closer to Christmas, and the faster we get done with Boogie’s 2nd birthday then the closer we will be to being done with these terrible twos. I hope. I don’t like rushing life, it goes by fast enough as it is… but I’m tired. And frustrated. And a little lonely. I miss my husband being home more. I miss cool weather without mosquitoes attacking, and I miss the ease of toting Boogie around in a wrap when I want to go out… which is still possible, but not as comfortable the larger Bubby gets.

And that’s it really. I just needed to vent and escape homework for 10 minutes. On a more positive note, I checked my mailbox around lunchtime and my coupons for the UnReal Candy arrived! I headed to CVS to get the candy and they were on sale for 2 for $2, so I got all 5 flavors to try and review! I even have some leftover coupons, so we’ll see if I decide to keep them or give them away 😉

Whoa!

::SIGH!:: My brain is on major overload right now… my second biology class has started and holy homework. That class is definitely going to keep me on my toes. And… she does not open exams until 2 days prior to their due dates, so there’s NO way I can get this class done before Bubby is here. UGH! I’m still going to work ahead, so maybe at least I can get all the quizzes and labs done before then and just do the exams as they open? I really wanted to get this stuff done and do my final exams in October… but she’s not willing to budge on this. Fan-freaking-tastic.

Anyways! I had my prenatal appointment yesterday, including my glucose test. THAT was fun! Bubby is growing perfectly and his heart rate was 150bpm, the resident who was working under the midwife I saw yesterday had a hard time measuring him and finding him because he was moving so much! Ha! I’ve gained a total of 6lbs, so 3lbs up since my last appointment. I’m still at the VERY low range of weight gain, which they aren’t concerned about. I imagine I’ll start steadily gaining a pound every 2 weeks like I did with Boogie from now until Bubby arrives. Can you believe he’ll be here in 13ish weeks?

Preparations for Bubby are still under way. We need to get on the ball with his decor, J is painting some wooden plane and train models to hang and display and I have two plaques with a train and an airplane I need to finish painting… then we need to hang those up. We need to decide on the car seat we want (I have two I like and that have great reviews and safety features), have it installed (in early November) and around that time I will start packing mine and Bubby’s bags for the hospital. I also need to prepare Boogie’s bags so that everything will be ready for Mawmaw to meet us at the hospital. I need to register at the hospital… I need to write up my birth plan… and we need to go on vacation. Ha!

That’s about it as it goes for Bubby. Boogie is doing well, I think she’s a little under the weather today because of how she’s been acting. Hopefully she’ll be better once she wakes up from her nap! Still waiting on my products to review in the mail, so keep an eye out for those… and that’s it! Goodbye for now!

I’m Alive… Promise.

I may be a random blogger for the next few months. Summer Blog Challenge is cancelled for me, I may do Friday Five if I have time… and I will definitely post Bubby and Boogie updates on biweekly Sundays (for belly photos, pregnancy updates, and Boogie Monster happenings). I just finished my first week of classes for two of the three I am taking… that was going pretty well, but now I’m adding my third and final class to the mix. I should take a picture of my planner to show you how much I have to do each day to accomplish anything and to work ahead so that I can be done by November! Eek!

My American Literature class is actually an 8 week class, so it’s already condensed for me, there’s a lot of reading but the assignments are pretty straightforward and while they aren’t easy, they’re totally doable. The Biology class I started this week is Environmental Biology, which has already sparked my interest surprisingly. I’m not a big science fan, but this class is all about learning about our environment and how it’s slowly being used up and polluted and ways we can change that. The assignments and labs are also straightforward, but this is a 16 week class that I’m condensing into about 10 so that I can be done before Bubby is born. For this class and the other Bio class I have to take the final exams on campus or at an approved location with a proctor, so I’m hoping to do that before Bubby is here! My last class is Principles of Biology, I haven’t been able to see the class on Moodle yet, but the instructor did email me the syllabus so that I could plan ahead… looks like I’ll be doing a lot of reading, studying, and labs, but I think I can handle it.

Boogie hasn’t handled this very well this week, it’s been a struggle to find time to get my assignments done while J is at work, but hopefully she’ll get used to it for a few weeks. I feel bad that my time is being taken away from her just before her brother is born… which is just another reason to get done by November. I’ve tried to leave Saturdays as free as possible with only 1-2 assignments so that we can just enjoy our last little bit of time we have before Bubby arrives. Sundays and Mondays are packed with my chapter/module exams so that I can accomplish those on days J has off!  It’s going to be a hard road, but I’m determined to be done. These are the last three classes I need to get my Associate in Arts for General Education. It’s taken me three years to get this done… I’ve had to drop classes and go part time so that I could be a better mother and more “here” for Boogie. It will feel amazing to finally be done with this chapter of my life. I hope that once we are done having children, whether that’s after Bubby or perhaps in a few years if we decide to have more kids, that I’ll be able to go back to a 4-year college and get a Bachelor’s and then a Master’s in education or psychology. Right now, I’m perfectly content being a stay at home mom, but someday when our children are grown I want to work and help other children in some way or form… whether that be teaching, social work… something!

With all that said, I wanted to share a few quotes/pictures I was looking at on pinterest this morning… sometimes it’s good to have a little inspiration to get through times like this, when life is overwhelming!

And this one… because I am the biggest procrastinator in the WORLD. I CANNOT do that this semester!

ABC, It’s Easy as 123 : Letter A

I’ve been planning for a while to start learning the alphabet with Boogie. So this week we are starting with the letter “A”! I’ve got several little coloring pages and crafts to do with her this week, and of course… we have to do her favorite everyday…. Starfall! If you have never checked out Starfall you should… it’s a great website with little songs and activities for the alphabet for free! You can purchase a membership and gain access to other activities and such for numbers, colors, etc. My mom uses this in her special needs class, and those kids LOVE it. I’m going to purchase the membership at some point because it’s totally worth it to me.

Pinterest has become my best friend when it comes to finding activities to do now that we are starting our ABC’s. Here are a few we are doing this week:

I got this printable from MelodySoup… have to incorporate music somewhere! Ha! (note: I cropped this, her letters are actually grouped together in two’s)
This activity is from No Time for Flashcards, obviously for this one I did the cutting ahead of time, so Boogie will just help glue on the teeth, color the alligator and add eyes!
This is from Education.com, they have a TON of printables and activities to do.
This is a whole list of handprint crafts to do for each letter of the alphabet. I found this on E is for Learning, Boogie is going to love doing these ‘E’ crafts… she LOVED the alligators at the zoo!
This printable is from A Heart For Home, which is one of my all time favorite blogs. The link is actually for a whole packet for the letter A. We don’t have any dot markers as of yet, but I’m going to let Boogie use circle stickers for this. She’s not old enough to really learn how to write her letters, but I thought since she likes stickers so much, she’d enjoy this extra ‘A’ activity.
This last printable is from Daily Coloring Pages, they actually have the whole alphabet. Boogie likes to point out some of the animals she knows on these letters.
We are also going to watch some videos from Sesame Street about A, and I have found some other YouTube videos that will be great as well. Boogie loves to color and play with stickers, so hopefully she’ll enjoy this this week! Wish us luck!