Wednesday, March 31, 2010

And I'm outtie.... :)

So I'm off to Moab everyone ::::waves goodbye:::: but no worries, I have a few posts all queued up to post while I'm gone so you don't feel abandoned ha!

And now, time for the Easter Jeep Safari!!!
We'll be off doing this....
And lots of this...
Bandanas are a must with the top off!!
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Ergo Giveaway: WINNER

Ladies and gentlemen we have a winner..... #279 Jessica, who happens to be a fellow nurse momma!! Congratulations :) You have been emailed, so get back to me with your shipping address and I'll get it on out to ya.

Thank you everyone for entering, I wish I had one to give to all of you but I'm not Oprah so you'll just have to stay tuned for some more great giveaways coming up like Wubbanub, Baby Hawk, Infantino, and more :)

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Post It Note Tuesday

Another round of stickies summing up the latest... Check out more stickies over here at Post It Note Tuesday's home

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Music Monday: My Wish- Rascal Flatts

Dearest HL... this is momma's wish for you sweet baby boy....

I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow
And each road leads you where you want to go
And if you're faced with the choice and you have to choose
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you

And if one door opens to another door closed
I hope you keep on walkin' til you find the window
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile
But more than anything, more than anything

My wish for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold

And while you're out there gettin' where you're gettin' to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
Yeah, this is my wish

I hope you never look back but you never forget
All the ones who love you and the place you left
I hope you always forgive and you never regret
And you help somebody every chance you get

Oh, you'd find God's grace in every mistake
And always give more than you take
But more than anything, yeah more than anything

My wish for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold

And while you're out there gettin' where you're gettin' to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
Yeah, this is my wish, yeah yeah

My wish for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold

And while you're out there gettin' where you're gettin' to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
Yeah, this is my wish

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Learning how to let go, abandoning my babe for the first time...

So we're getting ready to head to Moab for the annual Jeep Safari, a 4 wheel extravaganza that we've enjoyed for 6 years running now! With our trip comes the dreaded reality that we must leave HL behind. As much as I think he'd love rockin the 5 point harness, killing it on the slick rock, jamming out with the top off, it's not exactly the ideal circumstance for an, oh yea, 4 month old!! He's still got a few years before he join the moms and pops on the trails.

This will be the first time we've left the boy out of our care with anyone and mama is not having an easy time with it. It's not that I think he isn't safe without us, he is going to be in great hands, but I am really torn up inside over it. I'm sure every first time mom goes through the same thing when they must abandon the babe, ever so briefly, and be kidless for any amount of time. I mean it just seems unnatural to be taking off without him.

I've gone through every thought possible in my mind about this trip. I pretty much had myself convinced that we would just forego the whole leaving him behind idea and I'd just sit out and watch him at the condo while hubbs went on the trails. I thought about having a family member come with us and stay at the condo playing nanny while we went out on the trails for the day, so that at least I would have him near and could cuddle him every night when we got back. I even thought, screw the idea of going, I'll just stay home this year with my baby and hubby can go have some man-time with his friends. I made up every excuse I could think of to why it would be a better idea if we didn't leave him behind. I tried my best to sabbotage this whole idea.

To justify my new decision I had a running dialogue going on in my head.... It's just that he's so particular about things, we do things differently at our house than they would, he has his schedule and what if they didn't stick to it, what about the Angelcare Monitor and if they don't set it up properly, what if he cried and they didn't know the special way to hold him to make him stop, what if he got sick and needed to go to the doctor, what if they forgot just how awful it was to wake up every few hours with a baby at night and started resenting the fact that they offered to watch him, what if they did too many activities with him and overstimulated him, what if they fed him something and he had an allergic reaction.... I kid you not this dialogue has been running through my head for weeks in anticipation of this trip. And all of this is followed by "you're being a nutcase, he'll be fine, the kid isn't going to be traumatized because you left him for 3 days, the grandparents will be able to deal with the crying, you need some time to yourself, you and hubby need some time away, it's ok, it's ok, it's going to be OK!!" which is usually followed by tears because I know that I have a lifetime of these thoughts to come and I wonder how I'm ever going to get used to this, to get good at letting go...

I guess it all comes down to trust and control. It's not that I don't trust his grandparents or family members to care for him, but I must have some issue because otherwise it wouldn't be this hard. So really it all comes down to control, that I don't want to relinquish to anyone else because I know MY baby, I know what he likes, I know how to comfort him, I know exactly what he needs at any given moment of the day and let's face it, the truth is that no one else on this planet can duplicate that.

The mommy instinct completely goes against the idea of leaving your baby behind, your job is to care for them, to protect them, for LIFE. And when an opportunity comes along that interrupts this it sends off warning bells in your soul that it is not right. The problem is that we aren't animals or cave people, this is 2010 and it's not normal to have your child attached to your hip for all of eternity. It's healthy to get away, to leave them behind. They need to be able to learn flexibility and a different routine. I would be doing my child a disservice if I kept him in a little padded box and never let him experience anything other than Mommy's-world.

So the past weeks have been filled with more dialogue convincing myself that it's ok and this is good for HL and surprise, it's going to be good for ME!! Some uniterrupted sleep, some time to be officially "off duty" and get in some quality time with my husband. But I'm not going to lie, it is still creating knots in my stomach. Today I filled out the Medical Power of Attorney so that the grandparents would be able to get him medical treatment should anything happen while we are gone, and I almost threw up. I was in tears filling out the form and every possible worst case scenario was flooding my brain. And once again I start thinking that this is just the first of years of worry, what am I going to do when he has a car, a girlfriend, when he leaves for college. This is life's way of preparing you and telling you to shut up and get used to it. So that's what I'm trying to do, to get used to it.

Next week I hang up my SuperMom cape and pass the torch to the grandparents who have assured me that they will be just fine (we'll see what tune they're singing after a couple nights of up every 2 hours!!) and you can bet there will be tears and 5 million phone calls the entire trip to make sure he drank his bottles and that the diapers are being changed properly (because I'm the only person on the planet that can properly change a diaper). Next week I learn the other half of what it means to be a mother, to learn how to let go and give my child the opportunity to grow....

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Open until March 30. When Ergo sent me their Organic Baby Carrier, I was so ecstatic, I knew all of you would be PUMPED!! Not only do you get the chance to win your very own Ergo but it also comes with the infant insert. Ya'll that means your loot is somewhere around $170 or so. I love the Ergo because it is the most comfortable baby carrier out there and you can wear it in the front, back, or hip position so it grows with your baby. The infant insert keeps them nice and snuggly and well you don't have to take it from me, here's the details straight from the horse's mouth....

Made with Organic cotton twill, for a more elegant look and feel. This Organic carrier features a Navy exterior of soft, 100% organic cotton twill, and a deep Midnight lining. A symphony in blue! Matching Front Pouch is also available.

•With separate Infant Insert, the all-in-one carrier that can be used for all your babywearing years
•Allows parents to maintain closeness with baby while attending to daily activities
•May be worn in front, back and hip positions
•Comfortable for parent; balances baby's weight to parents' hips and shoulders
•Supports correct sitting position for baby's hip, pelvis, and spine growth
•Soft, smooth feel for baby
•Ensured safety and security for baby
•Increased durability and longevity of carrier
•Maximum durability and fit
•Ergonomic design
•Fits most adult body types, from 5' to 6'5"
•Carries babies from infancy (with Infant Insert) to 40lbs.
•Organic cotton - good for baby and good for the earth!

And like I was saying, you ALSO get The infant insert!!!

The ERGObaby carrier in combination with our Infant Insert enables you to buy one carrier to assist you through all the stages of your baby's growth. The ERGObaby Infant Insert is a specially padded and shaped cushion that can be quickly and easily placed in the carrier and readjusted as needed. This design easily enables parents to ensure that their newborn is positioned correctly on the pillow, keeping pressure off the developing sacrum, and supports the development of the spine and hips. It snaps closed around the infant, holding the baby in a cozy, protected environment close to the heart, as well as in an ergonomically correct natural sitting position.

So in spirit of my new Organic lifestyle, I present to you your chance to win an Organic Navy Midnight Ergo Carrier and Silver infant insert. I know right... this is too amazing to pass up. So how do you enter...


Mandatory- Head over to Ergo and look through their carriers and come back and comment on your favorite and why it's your favorite, since they're being so nice in giving this away, help them out and give them some marketing feedback!
Extra Entries- if you want more chances to win you can do any of the following, just come back and leave a separate comment for each. If you don't leave separate comments your entry will only count as one chance to win.

1: Become a follower of this blog or tell me you already are (2 entries)
2. Blog about this giveaway and comment with a link to your blog (3 entries)
3. Click here to vote for us at Top Mommy Blogs (1 entry per day, leave a separate comment for each)
4. Click here to vote for us at Top Baby Blogs (1 entry per day, leave a separate comment for each)
5. Tweet about this giveaway and leave me your Twitter ID (1 entry per tweet)
6. Become a Facebook fan of Momma Maven or tell me you already are (1 entry)
7. Become a follower on Twitter or tell me you already are @themommamaven (1 entry)
8. Become a follower of Ergo on Twitter @Ergobaby (1 entry)
9. Tweet for our Save Kane Campaign by clicking here and comment with your twitter ID (2 entries per tweet)

You can Tweet once a day and vote once a day so there are plenty of chances to win here!! So go on ya'll get your entries going! I will select the winner using on March 30th.

If you have any trouble with the comments, my sincerest appologies, sometimes Disqus has a mind of it's own and sometimes they do maintenance which knocks out my comment system. If you have any problems just head to the contact page and send me your entries and I'll manually enter them. Thanks for your patience guys!! :) Read more!

Giveaway Winner! Cafe Press

Congratulations #102 DENISE!!! You are the Cafe Press winner, there was no email provided so please contact me to claim your prize!! You will have 48 hours and then I will select another winner. Thanks :)

Thanks to everyone that entered, if you didn't win, no worries, the Ergo Baby Carrier giveaway begins next....

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Wordless Wednesday

Godspeed little man, sweet dreams little man, oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings...
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I'm losing my mind... Mommy Math

So check out the post below about Post It Note Tuesday.... I wrote how I missed Tuesday because the time change has me all messed up so I was doing it late. Umm yea, yesterday WAS Tuesday... I'm losing my mind for sure.

Infant in 4 month wakeful period + working from home and getting really busy + staying up until 1 every night doing work + crazy snow storms closing things down making you feel like it's the weekend + hubby at home due to snow storm which perpetuates the thinking that it's the weekend + getting ready to go out of town next week = me thinking that Monday is Saturday and Tuesday is Wednesday, day is night, and cooking breakfst for dinner = Me putting the salt shaker in the fridge = I've officially lost my mommy mind = Mommy Brain.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Post It Note Tuesday

Welcome to my first Post It Note Tuesday ! Well I missed Tuesday... my days are all whackadoodle thanks to the time change (which have I mentioned that I LOVEEEE) But, here's my latest update of what's been going on in stickies...

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The garden is planted!!

Got all of my little organic seedies sewn this weekend, they're now happily growing away in the basement! Here's what I planted: corn, beans, peas, cucumber, squash, cabbage, lettuce, carrots, a colorful carrot mix, pepperoncinis, a colorful bell pepper mix, kohlrabi and red kohlrabi, scallions and red scallions, broccoli, swiss chard, and several varieties of tomatoes. For HL we planted some pumpkin seeds for his first pumpkin and some gourd seeds to make a gourd birdhouse. I also bought some grape vines, we'll see how they fare this year. Oh yea and I decided to do an herb garden this year!

Here's a couple of pics of what I planted! I found this adorable little herb kit that comes with the box, the pots, the soil, and the seeds, like a garden in a box! Check your Home Depot for one, it's awesome! I plant my Dill separately in a huge pot because I use it for canning my pickles.

The giant seed rack residing in my basement for now...

A couple of the tomato plants...
HL's first plants!

I'll take some more pictures when they start to sprout and once the snow out here finally melts I'll get some pictures of my greenhouse and garden!! Happy Spring :)
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Monday, March 22, 2010

Music Monday: I Got a Feeling- Black Eyed Peas

Music Monday is in the spirit of the new healthcare bill that passed...

I got my money
Let's spend it up
Go out and smash it
like oh my God

Ha, ok I crack myself up! Yes ya'll I'm a Republican (I told you no topics were off limits here) but that doesn't mean that I haz a hate for you Democrats and Obama-lovers. My Dad's a democrat... one day he'll see the light... I keed I keed. But I still love you and won't argue to the death with you about politics. We are each entitled to our own opinions, that's what makes this big country so A-Mazing! But seriously you can't deny the pricetag of the bill just sayin...

Happy Monday oh and here's a little picture to make you smile, it sure made me smile!
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Help save Kane dog!!! We need the Dog Whisperer up in here!!!!

If you are on Twitter then join me, @themommamaven,  in a campaign to save Kane. His behavioral issues have hit an all time high since bringing HL home. We've tried every method we know of to curb his issues... nothing is working... nothing works consistently. And we're at a complete loss, if he continues at this rate I really don't know what we're going to do, I couldn't imagine giving him up but, honestly, I don't know what else to do if he keeps this up.

I wrote in to the Dog Whisperer almost a year ago about Kane's issues hoping for some help. I am a total fan of Cesar and watch his show every day and I spent many nights thinking of how I could covertly snatch up Daddy from him and keep him for myself. But anyway, our big problem is that Kane does all of these things when we leave, not while we're at home so how are we supposed to address it effectively? I've never seen a Dog Whisperer episode where he addresses this type of problem. Obviously, I never heard anything back from the people at the Dog Whisperer so since this is getting so out of hand I've decided to start a Twitter campaign to try and get Cesar to help save my dog. We desperately need his help.

Kane's always had severe behavioral issues and severe separation anxiety issues but now he's having big time jealousy issues with the baby and constantly marking in the nursery, he's pooping in the nursery. Lately he's been pooping in our room, on our clothes, and he's been jumping the gate and getting into bags and bags of dog food in the kitchen and then marking various things around the house. This is the tip of the iceburg of Kane's issues, but like I said they are amplifying exponentially. We've tried everything, every type of dog training that we know how and it's not doing a thing. We've tried discipline, positive reinforcement, etc. The odd thing is that it's only Kane behaving this way our other 2 dogs don't do anything at all.

Kane is obviously the Alpha male of the 2 males and 1 female that we have, and he acts accordingly. He is protective, dominant, but also extremely sensitive and is great at playing guilt trips on you with those yellow eyes. He is sneaky in every sense of the word. He is obedient, as all of our dogs are, they follow commands and act promptly when instructed so it's not that he doesn't understand good and bad behavior. It's clear that he fully comprehends what he's doing because he cowars in the corner the second we walk in the house which is our clue that he's done something. He knows that he's being bad but doesn't care.

Crating him is not an option, I would love to test any dog product out there that can stand up to Kane! We've tried the plastic crates, he eats his way out of them. We've tried metal crates, he bends them apart and escapes. We welded metal rods to the metal crate to reinforce the strength, he managed to still get out. If we lock him in a room he'll dig up the carpet and destroy the door. Put him outside, he hops our 6 foot fence with ease. So... what are the options?? As you can see I can't think of any, so I'm begging for Cesar's help.

Pease help us in our campaign to save Kane! Log on to your Twitter and tell @CesarMillan to help @TheMommaMaven and Kane and use hashtag #CesarCampaign

You can easily tweet this by clicking here, it will automatically input the tweet for you! Kane and I will thank you!!

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Giveaway: Rock Crawler Bounce House!

WIN a Bounce House at Two Of A Kind, Working On A Full House during her Outdoor Oasis Event!

Ok, so I found quite possibly the coolest giveaway evah! If you haven't ready my "about me" page you won't know that hubby and I are avid 4 wheelers (now you do!) we go 4 wheeling all the time in our juiced up Jeep. In the wheeling world this is called Rock Crawling and ladies and gentlemen we have a badass rock crawler if I do say so myself. Soon enough I will have my very own, in hot pink of course. Actually we're getting ready to attend the anual Jeep Safari in Moab for our 6th year in a row, it is a blllaaasst!! I will post all about this soon. But as for this giveaway, it's hosted over at Two of a kind working on a full house and they're giving away.... wait for it.... a Rock Crawler Bounce House!!! Yea, a jumpy castle shaped like a rock crawler!!! And here's the best part.... it's RED!!
This is called rock crawling...

And this is our rig....

AND THIS.... is the rock crawler bounce house!!

So yea, I must win it, plain and simple!!!
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Friday, March 19, 2010

TGIF: Follow Friday!

Welcome to the Friday Follow Blog Hop... I'll be hip hoppin around, come join me!
Here's how YOU can join the Friday Follow celebration:

--Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops.

--Grab the Friday Follow and Sponsor buttons and include both on your Friday Follow blog post.

--Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots.

--Follow as many other blogs on the linky as you'd like.

--Take a moment to comment on the blogs telling them you're from Friday Follow.

--Follow back, if you like, when you get a new follower through Friday Follow.

This list is new each week. The links do not carry over. Please link up each week for new participants to find your blogs. The list is only open to add your blog links on Fridays. It will be visible all week to visit the blogs listed.

As hostesses, we realize the time required to participate in Friday Follow. Due to the overwhelming number of entries each week, we understand everyone, including ourselves, may not be able to follow every blog. To keep it fun, follow what you can at your own pace. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your continued participation!

Friday Follower of the Week!

You could be our lucky Friday Follower of the Week. Each week we will randomly draw from all the links, one Friday Follower. For the next week's Friday Follow the chosen blog will be placed in the highly coveted number 4 position on the blog hop. We love your participation and want to give back to you!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Boobs: life's science experiment

Photo credits to Shape of A Mother, the most amazing and beautiful compilation of REAL women and REAL photos of women's bodies during and after pregnancy.

You know you can throw every ounce of vanity you have out the window when you become pregnant. I mean if you have self esteem and body image issues beforehand you better buckle your seatbelt! Pregnancy does a number on your body folks, you mommas out there know what I'm talking about. Sometimes it's easier to embrace than others.

For the most part you just get used to it, you accept that you will never look the same for as long as you live and you actually embrace the idea of your new body because you have a physical reminder of why it looks that way. I wouldn't trade my new body for the world, I wear my motherhood battle scars with honor.

You would think that your belly is the thing that sees the most change from having a baby, well I hate to burst the bubbles of those kidless ladies out there. Your BOOBS will see just as much change, and that change is all over the radar, sometimes a good change sometimes a bad bad bad change.

I was about a 34 C prior to getting pregnant. About midway through my 9 months the dreaded strechmarks started to appear, not on my belly but on my poor boobs. I couldn't understand why, my boobs didn't appear to me to be any larger, I was still wearing the same bra. Well I then crawled out of the denial cave and headed in to get a new bra... the new size... a whopping 34 D. I was a D cup and I chuckled because I was now one of the girls with "big" boobs. Go me!! Hubbs sure wasn't complaining and I wore my D bra with pride throughout the pregnancy. Unfortunately those stretchmarks kept growing and growing until the girls looked like they were ravaged by tigers (see this post). See God has a sense of humor, he heard my cries as a 13 year old teenager so desperately wanting a nice rack and he said ok I'll give it you. But he delivered my nice big boobies with hideous stretchmarks. I guess you can't win them all eh?

And then magically a little babe is born... now those big boobies have a job, time to start up the milk bar! I tell you what, the morning my milk came in was like an experiment straight off of the Sci Fi channel. I woke up looked down and went "What in the hell!? Someone abducted my body last night and gave me breast implants!" It was like a scene from the Stepford Wives, hit a button and schoooom the boobs inflate. I side eyed the hubbs looking for his remote. But alas, no remote, it was just this crazy phenomena, your body exhibiting it's superpower- the ability to produce food for a human. Well if hubbs was excited before he surely almost fainted when he looked over and saw my ridonkulous knockers, like a kid in the candy store he wanted to play with them. But again, God has a great sense of humor, there is no such thing as "playing" with boobs that have just turned on the milk juice, oh no.... they hurt so bad that you beg him not to even LOOK at them for fear that they may spontaneously combust. Those babies are quite the sight to see and you could probably knock someone out with them, no literally, they are as hard as concrete! It was all a very odd experience.

And then the milk bar dries up like the sahara unexpectedly. Surprise no milkie equals no breastfeeding. So then you get to watch your plump rock hard lady lumps shrink to oblivion. They diminsh before your eyes and then they turn to mush, complete squish... eeew! You look in the mirror puzzled again because you still fill out your bra but yet they seem to have vanished. And then you notice that they sag... SAG... I'm in my twenties and I have saggy boobs, what kind of a sick trick is this?! You spend your time in the shower yelling at the hubbs in the bedroom that your boobs have shrunk, that you're probably down to an A cup, that you're a hideous scarred monster, and you want to punch him when he tells you that you're fine, you're beautiful. I'm sorry but if you look up beautiful in the dictionary you most certainly will NOT find a picture of my new mommy boobies in there... just sayin...

If the sagging and mush weren't bad enough your areolas take on a life of their own. What kind of a weird biological thing is this. Supposedly they get larger and darker when you're pregnant so that the baby has an easier time locating them to breastfeed. Apparently biology hasn't caught up with evolution, last time I checked baby doesn't need a roadmap to find the boob, you shove it in their mouth! So what is this all about. And the books will tell you that the areolas will shrink back down, I'm still waiting for that to happen. I can't wear most of my beloved swimsuits anymore because they have too much of a v-cut and you can see my nipples trying to peek out and introduce themselves.

It's a complete mystery what size your boobs are while you're pregnant and it gets even more confusing afterward. In between pumping sessions you could go up and down 2 cup sizes, you could wake up with full boobs as a D cup and then feed the babe and go down to a B. It's like a circus freak show. And I'm pretty sure that there is no such thing as a "magic bra" that grows and shrinks right along with you, so what's a girl to do? Own 3 different sized bras and change them throughout the day?? Well when HL was about 3 months old I found myself at specialty bra store with a friend and just for kicks I asked the bra lady to measure me. Let's take the mystery out of my post partum boobs, what size have they morphed into now? All the while I was thinking I was probably down to about a B cup after all of the boobie trauma of growing and birthing a babe. She whipped out her tape measurer, gave me the once over, and said "I'd probably start you at a 34 E" all matter of fact like. WHAA??? I'm sorry I don't think I heard you right I thought you said an E cup.... yes that's exactly what she said. I immediately started laughing like a hyena, what happened to a D cup, or maybe a double D, or a triple D, somehow we jumped all the way over to an E!!! Are you serious?? Victorias Secret doesn't even make bras that big! This is quite possibly the craziest thing I've ever heard. So much for my tiny deflated girls, apparently they aren't as tiny as they seem... so therefore it must be the sagging that's skewing my perception. How lovely! Isn't this fun!!

Like I said the boob situation becomes a complete mystery when you decide to have a child... you just have to sit back and embrace your body's science experiment. And remember that as freaky as you think your belly may get before, during, and after pregnancy your boobs will put that to shame. What you end up with are weirdly shaped tiny yet huge saggy scarred mushy areola covered boobs.... oh yea and one ridiculously cute babe to remind you of why, after all of that, you don't give a shit what they look like anymore! Talk about a lesson in Self Acceptance!! Read more!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


From my lil leprechaun :)

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4 month appt- Thanks but no thanks Doc, Momma's running this ship!

We had HL's 4 month appointment recently, complete with a dose of a-hole doctor. Why is it that I keep getting these doctors? And my little bubba how did you get to 4 months old... I swear I was just in the hospital pushing you out! I laugh at that too because he is SO big now yet he pales in comparison to his peers, he looks like your average 2 month old. Sweet little guy.

He weighed in at 13 lbs 7 oz. and 24 3/4" long! So he's in the 20th percentile for weight, 27th for height, and his head is 39%, that's because he's so smart that his brain needs more room :) I asked the pedi about his head shape and he assured me that it was just fine, a little bit flat in the back but that when he starts to sit up alone that it should work itself out.

The Dr. gave us the order to start weaning him off of the Nutramigen, something I've been so scared to do... and he told us to start him on Stage 1 solids! I almost fell over at how adamant he was. I told him that I wasn't ready to start him on solids yet, that he wasn't ready, and that I wanted to delay it until about 6 months. He questioned my motives and tried to convince me that there was no harm in starting the solids now, no concern for food allergies or incidence of diabetes. He had a 'my way or the highway' attitude and kind of scoffed at me like I was an ignorant annoying first time mom that's been reading too my NYT articles. That's all fine and well Mr. Pedi but guess who's in charge? MOMMA, that's right, I'M in charge here buddy. So no solids for at least another month or so mmkay. I mean I had to question his advice and I called him out on it. I said that the kid hasn't even weaned off of his hypoallergenic formula yet so why the hell would we attempt "real" food until then?? Don't you think his system would be slightly overwhelmed?! He was not impressed with my snark and further tried to convince me saying that at our 6 month appointment we'd be talking about table food. Yea thanks but no thanks, HL won't be eating any steak off of my plate at 6 months either and I'm pretty sure he's going to be just fine. Strike 1 doctor man.

So that's MOMMA'S plan, no solids until just about 6 months. In the meantime we'll attempt to wean the Nutramigen, and no "table foods" until about 9 months. I'm comfortable with my decision, it's a decision based on both my research and education and also knowing my child. I know for a fact he's not ready for solids, it's just one of those "feelings" so I have to trump the Doc in this case.

I also asked him about HL's diaper rash, it had been persisting for about a week unchanged and I was hoping that he could give me some medicated cream while we were there to knock it out. Yea, no such luck, he didn't even look at it. He told me to switch to a different cream, Desitin, Boudreauxs, A&D, etc. Another strike for the pedi, what gives??

I have tried 2 doctors at this practice since he was born and both have failed to impress me. Unfortunately, our insurance has left us stuck at this practice so at his 6 month we'll be trying out yet another doc at this practice, hopefully there's at least ONE that we can like, ONE that can be on the same page as us. Otherwise, I'm constantly having to defend myself and my reasoning during the entire appointment and that gets old really quick. I'm probably already known as "that lady" "the crazy mom" but oh well you have to stand up for what you think is right for your child.

And I'm the one getting the last laugh, sure enough after a week of switching to another diaper cream the rash was still not better, and in fact, is was a lot worse so I marched down there and gave Mr. Pedi a piece of my mind, he called us in a prescription cream, and I made damn sure that next time we wouldn't be forced to waste another trip to come down to the office and prove him wrong, that he would just listen to me the FIRST time.

As for the Nutramigen switch, NOT good! It was a nightmare, he projectile vomitted like the exorcist and screamed incessantly for 3 days so I put the stop to that! We'll try again later. Strike #3 pedi and you're OUTTA HERE... Read more!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Giveaway! Cafe Press Mommy & Baby Tees

OPEN UNTIL MARCH 24. So when I was contacted by Cafe Press to do this giveaway I was so psyched!! Not only was I offered my very own mommy tee and baby onesie but I am able to give one of you guys the same. That's right, the winner will get their pick of a mommy tee and baby onesie, any one you want from Cafe Press. It took me a while to select my tees because they have a gazillion choices, I mean pages and pages and pages of cute stuff. So my advice to the winner is to take a few days and search around because they have some really unique and special things. It's a great place to buy gifts for anyone, friends, grandparents, relatives, you name it. There are tons of super cute and clever things.

Here's what I ended up picking for myself, it was so adorable I couldn't resist! And I got one of these for Mr. HL with our own last name on it.

But there are so many I wanted... HL loves ceiling fans so this would've been hilarious, or how about the Night Owl, yea we can all relate to that one!

And then they've got this one for us mommies with busted boobs, and this one for those with milk juice still flowin!

I'm telling you folks, they have MILLIONS of things to choose from so get your butts in gear and enter! You will get to pick one mommy tee for yourself AND one baby tee, how awesome is THAT!

You can find millions of personalized gifts at CafePress – for any topic, interest, or brand!


Mandatory- Since Cafe Press is an amazing place for gifts, tell me your favorite baby shower gift that you received or have given.

Extra Entries- if you want more chances to win you can do any of the following, just come back and leave a separate comment for each.

1: Become a follower of this blog or tell me you already are (2 entries)
2. Blog about this giveaway and comment with a link to your blog (3 entries)
3. Click here to vote for us at Top Mommy Blogs (1 entry per day, leave a separate comment for each)
4. Click here to vote for us at Top Baby Blogs (1 entry per day, leave a separate comment for each)
5. Tweet about this giveaway and leave us your Twitter ID (1 entry per tweet)
6. Become a Facebook fan of Momma Maven (1 entry)
7. Become a follower on Twitter or tell me you already are @themommamaven (1 entry)
8. Become a follower of Cafe Press on Twitter @CafePress (1 entry)

So go on ya'll get your entries going! I will select the winner using on March 24th. Read more!

Monday, March 15, 2010

So, homemade baby food, my garden, oh and meet Kane...

While we've been discussing food and such (and yes I promise some recipes and some pictures of food that I actually cook, in my own kitchen, nothing fancy, just downright good food) I figured I'd talk about how excited I am to make my own baby food. Crazy right, like I have time to make my kids food, what the heck am I thinkin! But I'll take the time so that I can ensure that everything that goes in that boys mouth is PURE! But it gets a tad bit crazier, see I'm an avid gardener, picked up that hobby shortly before starting nursing school. And well, I'm going to grow the veggies and fruits that I'll be using to make his food, so when I say it will be pure, it will be PURE! It will come right out of the dirt that I've dug with my own hands, from seeds I sewed myself.

I will be needing one of these... it's on my bday wishlist :)

I have about a 700 square foot garden in our back yard where I grow everything you could imagine. I also took up the hobby of canning food mostly as a result of my massive "crop". I was passing out veggies to everyone I knew and still had WAAY too much left over so I started canning, pickles being my favorite actually, but that's another story along with my toddler like eating habits.

This year will be perfect timing, just when he's supposed to start solids I will be starting to harvest my seasons crop! It's almost time now to start my seeds, first they start in the house, then they get moved to the greenhouse, and then they get put in the ground and hopefully withstand the 3 dogs doing their best to eat everything before I can harvest (grrrr damn dogs.... actually Kane, yes Kane I'm talking about Y.O.U!)

Ladies & Gentlemen, this is Kane....

Let me take a moment to tell you about Kane's love of my garden. The first year I had planted my garden I had no clue what I was doing, thought it would be a total failure and much to my surprise I ended up with more food than I knew what to do with, it was awesome! I had planted 3 spaghetti squash plants, umm let me be the first to tell any aspiring gardeners, ONE squash plant is more than enough for a year. So I had these 3 squash plants and they were growing like weeds however the thing about squash is that they take nearly the entire season to FINALLY  ripen. First they start out as flowers, then the flowers turn into the squash and the squash grow bigger and bigger until the end of the season when you can pick them and enjoy these damn things that you've been coddling for 6 months! Talk about delayed gratification! I had this mock spaghetti recipe pinned to the fridge for months waiting for my squash.

It was about 2 weeks away from when I could harvest these babies and I came home one day from work, walked out onto the back porch, and there I found one of my spaghetti squash broken in two, half eaten, strewn about the deck. ARRGGHHH what the hell! One of the dogs had MacGuyvered into the garden (it only has a 3 foot fence surrounding it) and managed to get the squash out into the yard for their eating enjoyment. I blew it off and figured it was just one dead soldier but I still had a ton of squash left. I came home the next day, went out onto the deck, and yes, you guessed it, there are 3 squash full of teeth marks, half eaten, strewn about the yard!!! OK, seriously?!! At this point it was not funny but I couldn't stay home and watch the dogs all day. It continued day after day and it became obvious that Kane our trouble maker chocolate lab was the culprit. He would cowar in the corner of the yard when I yelled about the destroyed squashies all over the deck. And then I got my solid proof, one day I'm looking out the window while the dogs are pottying outside and here comes Kane bounding over the fence with a squash in his mouth.

Ever seen a spaghetti squash?? They're about the size of a football and weigh a good 5 lbs or so! And yes my crazy chocolate lab had hopped the fence, yanked the squash off of the vine, plopped it into his mouth and carried it over the fence! Don't ask me how? And don't ask me why in the world he waited until the END of the season when the squash were ripe to decide it was time to eat them, it's like he had a sixth sense that they were ready the little devil!

I guess I was lucky that he waited until the end of the season to trample the poor garden otherwise I would've had nothing to show for all of my hardwork. If Kane thinks he's going to ruin this years crop, he's got another thing coming! What IS it about chocolate labs??? I was told when we got him to be careful of the chocolate ones... I had no idea what the lady was saying until we brought him home. We have 2 black labs and Kane and I can assure you now that there really is something about the chocolate ones ha! More stories of Kane's shananigans to come...

So hopefully the garden fares better this year! Or poor HL will be eating plain old Gerber :) Wish us luck, we're planting this week, it's a tradition to start your seeds on St. Patrick's Day!! And if you have any baby food recipes that you like or tips for doing it, I'd love to hear! Read more!

Music Monday: Somewhere over the rainbow- IZ

I love this song, it's on my lullaby playlist for HL...

I hear babies cry, and I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more than we'll know.
And I think to myself: What a wonderful world! Read more!

Bloomers giveaway WINNER!

Congratulations to entry #30, Kendraav79, you're the winner! If I knew how to take screenshots I would upload the selection, but you'll just have to take my word for it otay! I've emailed you so once you get back to me I can get the bloomers sent out.

Stay tuned for the Cafe Press giveaway this week!! Oh and then we've got more Etsy finds to give and oh yea an ERGO Carrier with infant insert, and a Wubbanub!!! All coming up, you're welcome :) Read more!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Ya'll I'm Irish

And that means St. Patty's Day is my favorite holiday of the year, no really it is! 3 of my 5 tattoos symbolize my Irish heritage, corned beef cabbage is a staple in the Maven household, my son is named after his Irish namesake, I mean we're a bunch of proud Mick's here.  Luckily for us, Denver just so happens to have one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country and therefore it becomes the hot spot where everyone can be a leprechaun for a day. So tomorrow the Irish celebration commences!! I leave you with some of last years photos, what kind of shananigans can we get into this year??! (Oh and meet some of my family and friends ya'll, do my brother and I look alike? lol)

There are lots of drinks, and Guinness, and green beer, and beads

And there are leprechauns, yes leprechauns

Oh and there will be lots and lots of corned beef cabbage on the stove when we get home. (This was what was left of our 5 gallon stock pot of it last year... YUMM!)

Slainte ya'll (that's Gaelic for cheers!) hope you enjoy the holiday as much as we will!
(Hubbs and bro)

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