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Monday, May 26, 2014

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night!

HAHAHAHAHA

Just kidding. Mean trick, mean trick.

Here's how my nights go. Every night.


7:30-8:30pm- Baby goes to bed in that time frame.

PHHEEWWW!! Some time alone!! .....Wait never mind....



Okay- then. Time without one eye constantly on a baby making sure he doesn't find a tiny random thing to stick in his mouth. Okay, I'll take it.

9:30 pm- Bedtime for me and my daughter.

11:15 pm- Baby crying.

1:00 am- Baby crying.

3:00 am- Baby crying.

4:15 am- Baby crying.

5:30 am - Baby up for the day.


He is almost 7 months old.  I'm not writing this to complain. I'm writing this to tell other mothers that are up all night with their babies that it's normal. It will pass and you are not alone. And also to tell the parents with babies who sleep that I hate you. Haha- kidding.... Kinda of.

My daughter was the same way. I do not have a lot of support in caring for them either since my husband works overseas and is away far more than he's home. Somehow I manage to get through the days... usually with little patience at the end- but we make it. Also, wine helps.

My son is still nursing and I was not nursing my daughter anymore at this point. I don't remember if there was any difference in regards to that. I don't think there is any definite trick. And I'm personally not willing to let my baby cry it out. I would be thrilled if he decided started to only wake me up once or twice a night. It'll happen eventually... and before I know it, I'll be wondering what happened to my little babies.




Saturday, December 28, 2013

Gunner is HERE (2 months ago....)


Gunner Ceferino Gil
Born November 7th 2013 at 4:23 pm
6 lbs 15 oz & 19 1/4 inches 





My little guy is here! I ended up getting induced 4 days after my due date. UGH. Did not want to do that. But, whatever! It ended up being a much different birth experience than I had with Giovanna.

I got my epidural much more quickly this time. Which ended up being good because they were super busy... So- here goes the DRAMATIC (not really) part of the birth:

I got my epidural and started to feel relief... so Cef left the hospital to go eat lunch- since I wasn't allowed to eat anything. Right about the time that he left I started feel weird. Like, nauseous and light headed. Being a Paramedic, I'm kind of in tune to these things and what they mean.... so I waited for my blood pressure cuff to cycle to see what my blood pressure was. So... it pumped up on my arm... and released... and pumped up on my arm... and released. This happened about 5 times and it never got my pressure. That wasn't a good sign.... about that time my epidural pump started beeping so I pushed my nurse call light and told her what was going on.

TURNS out once they actually got my blood pressure- my diastolic pressure (bottom number) was 28.... TUUUURRIBLE. That's why I felt like crap and I pretty much knew that. Long story short- they had to give me a ton of fluid and some Ephedrine and that all wasn't working. So, basically the nurse anesthesist just cut my epidural in half... and that helped. But, also sucked because then I could feel my contractions again. Luckily, that only lasted for a little while longer- because I was ready to push... pushed for about 15 minutes and little dude was OUT!

Here's an exclusive VLOG I made while in labor during a contraction:




Here are some more pics:

Last Bump Pic...





And here we are at 7 weeks.



Now I'm down in South Flooooda. Living the LIFE. Not really- but that's a whole different blog post. PEACE.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The internet is broken.


Saw this on the WWW today. It made me laugh.

On another note.... I have no idea how to 'do' GIFS.... or are they called Memes? It's happening. I'm getting older and I don't know how to work the internet. SOMEBODY HELP ME!!!

I don't even use Instagram, guys. I'm like, trying to give it a shot- but I'm not feeling it. I can't figure out how to sync tag with Twitter. I'm like tagging rando's on Instagram when I'm trying to tag someone else on Twitter.... #amateurproblems

Here is a cute pic of Giovanna:

New baby to come in approx. 26 days. 

Fancy Thank You.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Response to Carolyn: Why don't friends with kids have time?


This article. I hate it. Its gone viral a couple of times and now it's making the rounds again. And every time I think about all the reasons why I don't like it and so, I'm finally gettin' my blog on about it.... I could not google- 'cry me a river gif' fast enough.... nothing good came up so here is just a picture of J.T. crying:

 So, without further adieu- her is my Dear Carolyn response:

Dear Carolyn,

The more times I have read your annoyingly rude response to Tacoma... the more I wonder what your problem is. Calm down Carolyn. You aren't even a stay at home mom, anyhow!! You rip this person a new one in regards to SAHMs and you are a working mom. I don't know, maybe you did seek opinions from friends/family that are stay at home moms (But, I doubt they had a spare second to call you back). And, the answer you gave to this person is complete CRAP. Crap, I say. 

First of all- being a mom is tough. No doubt about it. It tests your patience and just your ability to stay sane sometimes. I want to stress right now that I am writing this as a stay at home mom, I cannot and am not speaking for the working mother or the single mother. Completely different (and very difficult) ballgames- just so everyone knows where I am coming from. Anyhow- SAHMs spend long, long hours with their kids as the sole person in charge. It's a trying job. It really is. But, guess what!?? I feel so blessed to be able to stay at home. A lot of mothers would LOVE to be able to do that- but they are forced to go back to work when their baby is 6-8 weeks old. And many times leave them in the hands of strangers, really- at daycare. I really appreciate that I have this opportunity.

Now, the reader asked why can't a SAHM find time to shoot an email/text/phone call..... Newwwsflassshh: THEY CAN. It can be done... easily at that. I see all of you other moms on Facebook through out the day... you can't hide!!!! You have a moment to at least email or text even if you don't feel like actually calling for a conversation. You do. They have time Tacoma!! Don't let Carolyn fool you. Miss. Tacoma wasn't asking for a 30 minute phone call everyday- a phone call or an E-mail occasionally is a reasonable request. And the last I checked you can make a phone call or send an E-mail when you are with your children instead of your 'first 10 minutes alone'.

Okay, just one quick comment on the ridiculous argument that you are teaching a language............ Give. Me. A. Break. 

Did you ever, for one second, think that Tacoma has zero experience with children? Many people don't. They have no idea. I for one, had done quite a bit of babysitting growing up. But, becoming a mom was still a rude awakening for me. Never in a million years would I think it would be as hard as it is. Tacoma probably has no clue. And you automatically went hateful, bitter bitch on her. Good job.

On to my next beef with this article... If you are a SAHM- you have a built in helper that comes home eeeevvverryy night and all day on the weekends (that's a typical 9-5er.... but you catch my drift) JACKPOT!!!!! You do have a moment to meet a girlfriend every once in a while for a drink or lunch. And you can go all by yourself. No kids. Free time. I suspect you could also get in a trip to the grocery all by yourself at some point in there as well. Lucky you. 

I think what really got me going on writing this is because I am a stay at home mom. And this article is just...... ugh. I am an atypical stay at home mom because I'm pretty much doing it alone (aside from financially) because my husbands job keeps him out of the country most of the year. And I can really do nothing but roll my eyes at this article. (Oh, and also finally write this blog.) I somehow find time to do things all the while parenting alone. Amazing.com .... apparently this makes me mom of the year. Wow, being a mom is hard. But, trying to justify not being able to do normal simple things not pertaining to your family is silly. Tacoma sounds kind of clueless/naive at the end of her question... which leads me to believe she knows nothing about children. But- she wasn't being unreasonable in wondering why her parent friends can't ever hang out or call etc. Because, they can. 

Oh, and lastly I'd also like you to think about all of the spouses of deployed service members who are stay at home parents. The majority of them are. That sounds like a blast, right? Worrying about their significant other in a war zone- so you and everyone else can enjoy our freedom and happy lives. And on top of that worrying stress- raising kids with very few breaks, if any. Keep complaining.

I won't argue that you make valid points of why being a SAHM is so difficult. You do make good points. But- here is what it is. There is time. This article is full of truths turned into excuses. And you need to go to a spa, or take a xanax or something.  #bittercity

SO, Carolyn. Maybe you could hop off your high horse and maybe the WWW for 10 minutes and E-mail your friend. Or here is a suggestion- since your life is soooo crazy- order pizza instead of cooking dinner one night. You will get a break from a daily task AND make time to call your friend. I'm full of suggestions if anybody else needs any!! I would expect a lot of hate mail for this since so many moms were raving over this article.... but no one reads my blog. So, Yeeaahh. (if you do by chance read this and want to write me a hate post.... I don't care.... you should probably just go watch Nyan Cat on YouTube instead....... That would be way more productive.)


Warmest Regards-

Shelby

ps... wish i had more cool gifs for this post... but I was too busy doing mom stuff. 











Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas blogging.

Hey guys. A bunch of normal stuff happened over the holidays this year. Mostly, like, hung out with family, my mom got a sweet radio flyer wagon to pull our kids in, Someone decided that they liked it, so they put a ring on it and everyone had cocktails.



Really, it was kinda boring. Just cool to hang out with all the fam. I'm kind of distracted right now because I'm watching Jane Velez-Mitchell right now about the decline of the polar bear population. I mean... they'd eat you without a second thought.... and apparently they love coca-cola... but dang it- they are part of the circle of life!!! JVM just informed the TV audience that she's a vegan- and if I didn't love the crap out of cheese.... I'd be vegan too. If you can't understand why people are vegan... go ahead and watch this documentary. Netflix. If it doesn't make you feel guilty, then you don't have a soul. No, really.

Also, just wondering if anyone was able to keep up with Jelena?? I feel like I'm on-line a lot and I can't even keep up with it.... Justin's hanging out with Victoria Secret models... they break up.... Selena goes to his hotel.... then they break up again. Then Justin Instagrams a hot pic of her........ I'm exhausted. I'm not even really sure what Instagram is..... so.... good job.

I also did my first spin class with my entire family and expletive that expletive. That was so hard and I spent most of the class 'in the saddle' and it was still too freaking hard. I'm kinda happy enough to be skinny fat instead of doing impossible spin class for an HOUR. Within the first 5 minutes my throat had a softball in it.... over it. I can bust out some miles.... but it sucks. #boring.com


Okay. I'm done. But- I'll leave you with a fabulous video from the Christmas weekend with sisters- ME, Lindsey, and Ericka:




Happy Birthday Jesus ya'll.




Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rehoboth Beach Marathon Weekend (I stood in one spot and yelled at everyone)

Well, my blog is not consistant.... but I'm working on it!!! I guess I will fill you all (is anyone reading this?) in on the DC/Delaware trip last week though. Delaware. Not Denver. Right.

REHOBOTH BEACH MARATHON

So- my sisters, Lindsey & Ericka wanted to do a marathon together. I do not 'do' marathons because I'm lazy and it seems to require a lot of work. I'm not even motivated to do the necessary things in life.... like clean my house- so marathons are automatically out. I will put my claim to fame out there and say that I ONCE ran a half marathon in May 2011. I didn't train at all (genius) and it was hard and terrible. But- I ran the entire thing in an alarmingly fast time of 2 hours and 38 minutes.... for all you non-marathoners (aka normal people)- the fast part was a joke because that is super slow.

Here I am in the blue shirt (BOMF represent!) with my friend Chelsea in the yellow mid-half marathon. Yes, my hair was pink.

Anyways- Lindsey is afraid to fly so I went with her so if the plane crashed she wouldn't have to die alone (what a sacrifice- I'm an amazing sister) But- it turns out- I am the best dang marathon spectator known to man. Like, I deserve to be sponsored. Holla at me Under Armour!! (Or any running gear company) I'm pretty much a champ at cheering for people.... EVERYONE!! I am actually kind of shy- so it doesn't really come naturally for me. But- in my race career history (my famous mini & I will include my two Back on My Feet 42k Relays) encouragement from random people can be super helpful. People appreciate it.... I got a lot of thank yous and smiles. So- what I did was- I drove out to mile 10. Stopped at a Wawa on the way and loitered around because I had time & Wawa is gas station heaven (no really). Johnny Knoxville has a Wawa tattoo and I'm not even mad about it. Kinda jealous. #worthit


Also here are some of my Back on My Feet 42K Relay pics... I know you want to see them:

My mid-race fake 'I'm enjoying this face' 

My bomb.com team Dustin, Nan, me & Damon. 


  The course did a loop so they ran back by the mile 10 spot again at mile 20. So, I saw a lot of the freakishly fast people twice. This actually wasn't a very big marathon... so seeing both of my sisters still finish before most people made me feel suuuper lazy. Oh, and also proud of them. But, thanks for making me look bad guys!!!

Lindsey apparently ran her second fastest marathon time- 3 hours & 29 minutes. Good job- but I'm going to go ahead and steal your thunder Out for a Run and say that I busted out a 3.7 mile run at a 10 minute pace today at LA Fitness on the treadmill... Out. Of. Nowhere. Unstoppable. Off the couch and hittin' the pavement aka whatever treadmill conveyer belt stuff is made of for 3.7 y'all!! Turns out the only reason I went to the gym is because Lindsey talked me into it this morning.... I was into hittin' the gym for like 2 months. Then I went to Mexico and then Giovanna was sick and then she shared her illness with me and then I was just lazy after all those legit excuses. Dang it. However, ran into Terry today at the gym... found out he got a promotion to the Southport gym.... but he still works out Monday-Thursday morning at my gym so we can still chat about Nas concerts and stuff.

Oh, hey Lindsey.


Ericka was running her third marathon in three weeks. Calm down Sweet Life. She had some running blog friends to meet up with..... One which was on her 81st marathon..... If I knew how to work internet meme's there would be a, 'Seriously, what the crap is wrong with you + you are awesome & I'm jealous face' meme right here. Use your imagination.

Look it's Ericka from The Sweet Life!



Another thing I did tonight was get really obsessive and creeptastic on Twitter. So, this happened:

It's mustard.

So, what else.... I was sure to carb load with Micky D's the day before the marathon. Plus- I stayed in alone at the hotel that night and ordered Dominos (under rated if you ask me) Plus, it served as a great leftover 6:30 am breakfast the next day + a Coke Zero (I know you guys, #healthnut) 

Another not interesting thing at all during the weekend was all the blog talk during our 2 1/2 drive from Alexandria to Rehoboth. I like recognized 5 people in this race while cheering because the running blog weirdos I was with. Thank goodness I had my headphones to high school it up and block out all that with Matisyahu & Flo Rida in the car. I'll leave it at that....... 

Soooo.... I guess I'm done here... except I'll add some sweet pics to complete the weekend. Here ya go:

Ericka & Lindsey pre-marathon. Cool pants Lindsey. Popular.

Lindsey at mile 10 looking way too happy. She looked like this at mile 20, too. Rude.
Ericka 50 feet from the finish of 26.2!
And here is just a collage of me being awesome that Ericka made. 


Okay. I'm done. Maybe I'll shoot out a vlog next week. Vlogs. So hot right now. Vlogs.   Tweet me.

Shelby

Friday, October 12, 2012

Surprise thrift & BONUS: What I've been up to!

I stopped by a Goodwill near my new house today. I've never been to it because I usually go to the stores up north in the super nice areas. But- I was not disappointed!! They were setting out a Target load of kids shoes. Jackpot!! So I got all of Giovanna's 2013 summer sandals for a whooping $1.99 each. (She's going to be SO last season in the toddler world.) They are around $15 a pair new at Target... So, it's a great deal!! :)

I was really looking for silly Halloween clothes for my teammates in the Back On My Feet 42k relay tomorrow. I didn't find any clothes- but they had brand new Halloween wigs. So, I got one for myself and my teammate Nan. Should be a fun race... It was last year! I haven't been training really... I've been working out at LA Fitness. But, not running. I've always been able to bust out some running when I need too, though. Race adrenaline helps!

The husband has been here the past couple weeks. It's been awesome! We went to Florida last week to visit my brother in law, George and his family.... met our new niece, Adrianna. Giovanna LOVED playing with her cousin Alex and vice versa. I also got to spend some time with the Rivera's- who let us crash at their place! It was a fun week! Now, we are off to Mexico Monday!! It's going to be hard to leave Giovanna for a whole week!! I know she's in the best hands with my parents and grandma- but it's still going to give me some serious anxiety. I'm dying for some alone time... but I hate it when I get it for too long... Irony. :)

I also got a new car in Florida!!! :D I LOVE my Honda Pilot. Love it. Alas, it's a full size SUV and gets pretty sucky gas mileage. And, well- gas sure isn't $1.50 a gallon anymore. (I miss you 2002 gas prices!!) So, I went from an '03 Honda Pilot to an '07 Lexus ES350. The car was more expensive than my Honda, but it made since considering it's 4 years newer and a ridiculous improvement in MPG. Plus, I could write a whole different post about all the fancy stuff it does.... blows my mind. Lol.

Anyhow... I never blog because I'm boring as heck. But I'll work on it. Maybe, I'll hit the lotto and then will have all kinds of fun things to talk about!! #redneckretirementplan

Pictures below!!

Adios!!

Shelby