Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Birthday Giveaway Winner

The big day was a week ago. No I am not talking about Obama's big day, I am talking about my birthday. Not sure what planet I have been living on, but it definitely is not one where you blog on a regular basis.

And for the winner of the giveaway: Congrats Tara @ Two Lines On A Stick. Her sweet Bailey is less than 12 hours older than my little s. So I love seeing the differences in the two girlies. I would never compare because who compare their kid to another? And I am sure that Tara will have no problem picking out a few goodies at Once Upon a Dream with the gift certificate that I am about to email her.

I will be back soon with some details on where I've been. I know I have some explaining to do.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I Heart Thursdays

Simply for the bliss that is Thursday night TV.

8pm - The Office and Grey's Anatomy
9m - Private Practice and ER

Oh yeah, and Thursday is also Mr. B's day off. Now that I am not working, we will have a few hours of bonding time with some good TV.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Birthday Giveaway

Next week is my birthday. 26, just a little to close to 30 for me. So how about a giveaway? Up for grabs is a $20.00 gift certificate to my store and probably a few other things but I am not sure yet. I'll surprise you. Leave a comment with a valid email to enter. I'll do the whole random.org next week and announce the winner on the big day.

Day One

So Friday was my last day of working. I am putting my best foot forward into this staying at home thing. By the end of the week, I will wonder what the point of keeping a clean house is when it is just destroyed 5 minutes later right. But I will start this correctly and try to make some good habits.

My first major task is the Binky Challenge. I was adamantly against binkys/pacies/nuks (whatever you want to call them) when I was pregnant with Miss L. Two weeks after she was born I threw in the towel and my MIL brought me a pack she had stashed away since she knew that I would probably want them. I was no longer my daughters personal binky every two hours round the clock. We actually had her broken of her binky completely and along came little s. The perfect solution to Miss L's problem. She could just take hers. There have been so many times I have wanted to take them away cold turkey. The most difficult time is bed time. The time that I was at work. How could I ask a sitter to put down to screaming kids with no binkys?

Day 1 challenge getting rid of the binkys. We gathered them in a bag this morning, and tomorrow we will take them to a friend with a new baby. There were no naps, but lots of crying. So we abandoned nap time and had a snack to get these darn binkys off our minds. I swear this is like fighting a drug addiction. And maybe we will have a lot of extra snacks, but my girls could stand to gain a little weight.

Not looking forward to bedtime tonight.

Bye, Bye Binkys!

Friday, January 9, 2009

A Next to Last Day Filled with Surprises

I was truly surprised yesterday as I was called downstairs at work to help someone with a PDA problem and found most of my co-workers having a surprise going away party for me. This was not my first surprise of the day however. My boss had a dozen red roses delivered and waiting on my desk with a sweet card when I arrived at work yesterday afternoon. After all the sweet cards, gift cards and even some cash, I really felt appreciated. And even a bit of pride in my work and willingness to stay just a bit a longer had not gone unnoticed.

Today is my last day. It is a little bittersweet. Although I have never made a lot of money, I have a strange feeling no longer working. I know how much I will enjoy being with my children, but I feel I am also giving up something. Is it financial freedom, having that little amount of fun money every month, or just a break from the job of being mom for just a few hours everyday. I am really not sure. I am however grateful for the experiences and lessons I have learned at what I consider to an enjoyable job.

I am giving my self a break this weekend before I start my new job, SAHM. But who am I kidding does a mom really ever get a break. No, I am sure I will be doing laundry, washing dishes, wiping butts and filling sippy cups. But come Monday, I will have one less stress on me, but I guess I will also have a new one. I have to start cooking dinner.

Monday, January 5, 2009

FOXSexpert: Orgasms During Childbirth? It Happens
Monday, January 05, 2009
By Yvonne Fulbright

"Orgasmic" isn't exactly the first word most women use to describe childbirth. Yet thanks to a new DVD, "Orgasmic Birth," we're learning that birthing has perks beyond the miracle of life. For some women, this includes actual orgasms during delivery.
Regarded as "the best kept secret" of childbirth, women are curious about this seemingly unimaginable experience. How can childbirth possibly be climactic?
No matter how you look at it, birth is a sexual experience. That's going to make many of you cringe, but biologically it makes sense. The pleasures of birth allow for better mother-infant bonding. Far from perverse, orgasmic pleasures are a continuation of the act of conception itself. They're in the best interest of the baby, and an ideal starting point for healthy family relationships.
Orgasmic birth appears to be part of Mother Nature's master plan. Research conducted by Dr. Beverly Whipple in 1989, as well as others, indicates that orgasms can be induced in some women during childbirth. It is believed that this happens because of pressure from the baby's head on its mother's all-important hypogastric and pelvic nerve systems.
These nerves play a part in a woman's ability to experience vaginal, cervical and G-spot orgasms. Explaining orgasmic birth, OB-GYN Dr. Christiane Northrup said that as the baby moves through the birth canal, it actually stimulates all the pathways involved in sexual pleasure. Plus the stages of natural childbirth mimic one's normal sexual response in some ways; for example, breathing becomes faster and deeper.

Throw into the mix the release of oxytocin during childbirth and you have an even greater love-fest potential come delivery, D-day. This hormone lends itself to the uterine contractions and nipple erection a woman experiences during childbirth.
Furthermore, it dulls pain, actually producing stronger, more effective, even pleasurable contractions. Best yet, it can also make for orgasmic sensations, especially with the increase in ecstasy-producing beta-endorphins.
So now for the million-dollar question ... How does a woman experience such an orgasm? Strategies include:
— Overcoming your fears.
— Recognizing that you are a sexual being throughout pregnancy.
— Embracing the idea of over-the-top pleasure during childbirth.
— Allowing yourself to be open to orgasm.
Couples need to be given the privacy to boost the flow of oxytocin. This can be achieved via kissing, caressing and massage. Some couples even have intercourse prior to the water breaking.
Such affectionate exchanges allow the woman's partner to participate more in the birthing process, adding to this shared experience even more. The touching and nurturing can be very comforting to both partners.
In investigating "unexpected birthgasm" — spontaneous climax during labor without stimulation — Dr. Danielle Harel found that such a "passionate birth" involves a supportive partner who does things like hold her. Women who have birthgasms have a good sex life and are fully educated about childbirth.
Critical to Harel's findings is that the woman uses sexual stimulation to ease contractions, instead of anesthesia. According to the authors of "The Unofficial Guide to Having a Baby," one orgasm is believed to be 22 times as relaxing as the average tranquilizer.
Obviously, the birthing environment needs to be safe, secure, and uninterrupted. Keeping the delivery space stress-free is vital, since this helps to keep fear hormones that block oxytocin in check. These hormones prevent oxygen-rich blood from flowing to the uterus and sex organs, thwarting the body's ability to give birth smoothly.
More than anything, women who want to experience orgasmic births need to take control of their pregnancy and childbirth. Instead of handing their bodies over to medicine to speed labor, they need to work with non-interventive doctors or midwives. Synthetic hormones can actually make for contractions that are more painful, causing problems like rupture of the uterus.
Whether or not you hope to orgasm, couples need to investigate all of the different ways a woman can give birth. They are entitled to an experience that is positive and pleasurable. Childbirth can be approached as an event to be enjoyed and not something that women have to endure.
Childbirth can be emotionally, physically AND sexually fulfilling. Simple awareness of orgasmic birth may increase your chances of such a response. At the same time, women should be careful not to set themselves up for feelings of failure if they don't have an orgasm. When it comes to childbirth, everyone needs to expect the unexpected.
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright is a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of
Sexuality Source Inc. She is the author of several books including, "Touch Me There! A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots."
Umm yeah. This so didn't happen to me. Either time.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sale Bows

Lots of bows marked down and clearanced at Once Upon A Dream. Check them out if you are interested. Just click on SALE in the bottom right corner.

I'm still alive

I really haven't dropped off the face of the earth. I am slowly recouping from the holidays which included a 5 day trip to my mom's, multiple Christmas celebrations around town crammed into two days and a not so exciting New Years. No clue where my camera is, so no pics. I have been trying to stay away from the computer so that I can actually get stuff done around here. I have been reading your posts, but not been in much of a commenting mood lately. Sorry, but I will make up for it later. PROMISE.

Working on my New Year's resolution/goal of getting all the crap out of my house and living more organized. So far so good, and we even have our first special trash pick up scheduled for next week. I have even noticed Mr. B's effort toward creating a clutterless home. I think hell may have froze over.

Since we could not get a sitter for New Year's eve, we had a date night Friday night. Our first stop was Lowes to get a new kitchen faucet and pipes. Now I know I am officially old and married. Dinner and a movie was relaxing and very enjoyable since I actually got to eat while we were in the restaurant without stopping every two seconds to take care of someone else.

Next week is suppose to be my last week of work. Although I was told this would be weather permitting. Is my boss trying her hardest to find a way to get to stay? You probably won't be hearing from me until next weekend since I will be officially sitting on my butt eating bonbons all day (that's what SAHMs do right?).