Saturday, July 31, 2010

Project 365 (Day 28) - Yipp-E for Chuck-E-Cheese!

She wasn't so sure about all the noises and lights, but she lightened up..

30 Days of Truth (Day 4)

Something you have to forgive someone for..

I need to forgive my little brother haha. I get mad at him SO often for not being around the family lately. He is now an uncle to 2 beautiful little girls and he is not very interested in that kind of life right now. I mean, he is only 18 and I remember what I was like when I was around that age. He is more about his friends and hanging out. I need to stop getting mad at him so much, he will come around! lol

Friday, July 30, 2010

Project 365 (Day 27) - 3 Month Pics (a lil late!)

30 Days of Truth (Day 3)

Something you have to forgive yourself for..

Ok..this one is going to be pretty personal and hard for me to talk about. But when I was about 15/16 I got pneumonia and bronchitis pretty bad. About a week or so after I had been on antibiotics and what-not, was Thanksgiving. So of course, I went to the big family gatherings that us Italian families are known for. Like every other year it was at my grandma and grandpa's house. My grandpa was world. I was very close to him (as most of me and my cousins were), he was one of the most amazing people in my life and in everyone's life he met. Everyone called him T.J. or Grampa T.J. One of my fondest memories of him was when I was little and used to go for a weekend at grandma and grandpa's house - my grandma and I would watch movies (usually The Sound of Music) and my grandpa would leave and ALWAYS come back with a big ol bucked of butter popcorn from the local movie theater!

Anyways..Shortly before that Thanksgiving, he was diagnosed with emphysema and lung cancer. Then after that thanksgiving he got pneumonia and went down hill from there. He later died.

I was convinced it was my fault, I had to be the one to give him pneumonia, it had to be me. Because of me, he was dead - gone. I had never cried so long or so hard in my life. At the funeral, I felt like I was dying, like I couldn't breathe. I still cry when I think about him and it's been several years - I'm getting teary eyed now so I'm going to end this.

I know that truly, I did not give him pneumonia, but at the time it just seemed like too big of a coincidence. My heart hurt, and I have to forgive myself and realize it was not my fault - he was sick. Plain and simple - he was sick.

R.I.P Grampa T.J. - I ♥ You.

Elisha's Essentials

One of the things that is almost near impossible to avoid when having a baby - diaper rash! How NOT fun..Jaliyah did not get her first diaper rash until a little after 2 months. I used just a regular, popular brand of cream which seemed to work pretty well and the rash was gone within a week. The diaper rash returned a few weeks later and at her DR appt, he prescribed her a prescription strength cream. That was recently, and I have been using this cream for about 7 days-ish. It did help a little bit but the rash was definitely still noticeable.

So..we were upstairs for bath-time and I did not have the DR cream upstairs with us so I just reached for...

After 2 uses of the Butt Paste - her rash is completely 100% gone!! It worked better then the prescription diaper cream. I had heard about Butt Paste before and got some at my baby shower, but now I can say for myself - I'll never use anything but the Butt Paste. Plus..the name is way cute.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

30 Days of Truth (Day 2)

Something you love about yourself..

I love the fact that I am opinionated and blunt! I can't stand when people just sit back, nod their head, and agree with everything someone says. Like..really? You just coincidentally agree with every single thing coming out of someones mouth?, I don't think sooooo! Everyone is entitled to their opinions and I love mine! I never agree with someone just for the sake of agreeing - I have to speak my mind.

Sometimes being this way and being blunt can be bad, but it makes me me - whatevs :P

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Project 365 (Day 26) - I have feeeet!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Project 365 (Day 25) - We all scream for Ice Cream!

30 Days of Truth (Day 1)

Something you hate about yourself..

I biggest thing I hate about myself is my inability to be OK with my flaws. I am my biggest critic (as most of us are) and I am way too hard on myself. I used to look at myself in the mirror and tell myself over and over again how ugly/chubby/not smart/more I was (in my mind) - I've become better at this in the past few years but I still am so easy to let myself down. I compare my self to others WAY too often then I should and don't see that the positives I have are just as good as anyone else.

I know many women struggle with issues like this and I suppose I am just another one those women, and I'm still working on it. I think having my daughter has helped me; I know she see's me as perfect and that's what matters! It's so funny because when she sees HERSELF in the mirror, she laughs and giggles and gets SO happy, and I'm learning to do that from her..a 4 month old ♥

30 Days of Truth

So I ran across this 30 Days of Truth blog challenge that I think is just..awesome. I saw it on Welcome to Mommyhood. Everyday, for 30 days, I will answer a question being completely honest with myself and all my lovely readers. So now everyday I will have a 30 day challenge post, a project 365 post, and updates! That's a whole lotta blogging but that's ok - I loves it! I think I'll combine the 30 day and 365 picture in one post..who knows..anyways...

Here it is..
Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 → Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 → Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 → A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 → Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 → Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 → Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 → (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 → Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 → Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 → Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 → The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 → Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 → What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 → Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 → A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day 24 - Fresh and so clean, clean!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Day 23 - Miss happy-go-lucky!

Almost 4 Month Update :)

It's been almost 4 months since my precious gem was born. It is so amazing to watch her because, literally, everyday she learns something new. Yesterday, I was just playing with her and had the video camera rolling and guess what? I caught her very first laugh! I just couldn't stop laughing with her because I was so happy and so proud. I love her so much - I'm tearing up, what a mush I am.

Anyways..She had her first cereal bottle last night and she slept until about 7:30 this morning versus 5:00. So that was good, and she took the cereal this time so that's good too. I can't wait until I can introduce fruits and veggie's too her! But I have decided I will be making my own baby food for the most part. I'm going to get some supplies for that soon, I think I will start her on fruits and veggies in a month a half-ish.

She now loves tummy time, finally! She is getting so strong, she kicks her legs so fast and scoots in circles. She is going to be a fast little girl when she crawls!

I'll leave you with her first laugh (P.S. I have to hold the camera to the side otherwise, when she spots it, she refuses to smile or anything)...

Sunday, July 25, 2010


I finally went shopping and got Jaliyah some new toys. She gets soooooo bored with things lol I think I'm gunna start only have 3 or 4 things out for her and switch them out when she gets bored with the other stuff I put away. But anyways here is what I got..

I've been wanting to get her a crinkly book for awhile, she loves it! She loves all of the toys actually, so she stays occupied for a good while. I am, however, getting her a new jumper. The one she has, compared to other jumpers, is so boring and does not have shit for her. I'm leaning towards to Rainforest Jumperoo.

And I got this because it was on sale, good for winter :) Can hardly believe she will be this big soon!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Day 22 - Watching daddy play games!

Elisha's Essentials

As some of you know, as I continue on my adventure of being a new mommy, I am finding things that I think are must-have's - this is what I call Elisha's Essentials. Well..found a new one!

This stuff is amazing. Jaliyah had terrible dry skin on her face by her ears and eyebrows. I kept catching myself picking at it (i hate pealy skin). I tried regular baby lotions and those would help in the moment but not long term. A friend of mine told me to get some Baby Aquaphor and try that.

Oh my gosh, I love it! I put it on all the really dry spots (even her cradle cap!) and it immediately started working. Within 3 days all her dry skin was gone and I haven't needed it on those spots again :) It's a really thick consistency so you don't need a ton either. It can also work double triple duty and be used as diaper rash cream and lotion on momma's legs (I used it after shaving, my legs are sooooo soft)! I picked mine up at Walgreens for about $6.99, I know you can get it at any drug store/Wal-Mart/Meijer.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 21 - Stop with the flash mom!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 20 - Giant baby!

Baby cousin Ariana and Jaliyah

Diapers, Diapers, Diapers

Jaliyah rolled over for the first time on the 20th! I was sooo proud lol I went shopping to start stocking up on fall/winter clothes for Jaliyah - Kohl's was having a 50% off sale! I will post a picture haul when I get home tomorrow night. I &heart; baby jeans!

In an attempt to save some money I have been testing out store brand diapers. I first tried Walgreens because they were the closest at the time. They gave her pretty bad diaper rash so I stopped with those and went back to my Huggies. Well I heard (from several people) that Target was a good plane for store brand diapers. They fit wonderfully and are cheeeeeappp, but they broke my lil babies butt out again. So back to Huggie's I go. Oh well, we tried.

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Day 19 - Welcome Cousin Ariana!

So the reason I have not been updating my 365, or blog for that matter, is because my brother's baby arrived July 20th at 7:15pm! I was at the hospital all Tuesday and yesterday and now I am about to go to his house to help take care of her - they didn't get but 3 or 4 hours of sleep awww.

Ariana May was 6 lbs 13oz and 19.75 inches long! <3 my first niece! So today's 365 will be a picture of Ariana :)

Day 18 - I Love Ruffle Butts!

Day 17 - Juicy Lips!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Oh NO he didn't!

Jaliyah's daddy has been staying with us. About 2 days ago we were having a conversation argument about him not getting up with Jaliyah in the middle of the night on his days off. I have only slept about 6 hours in the past 3 days so I was kind of irritated. We talked about it for awhile and he said he understood blah blah, whatever.

So then the night comes and Jaliyah went to bed at 10pm and woke up around 3, I waited a minute or two to see if Jason would get her. Then I heard him utter "aren't you going to get her?"

..oh NO he didn't. (yes he did!)

I let it go and went on with my motherly duties. She woke up again at 6 am and Jason got up! So I dozed back off....only to wake up too "Aren't you going to make her a bottle?"

...oh NO he didn't. (oh yes he did!)

I just took Jaliyah downstairs and stayed up with her. Then when he woke up he complained alllll morning about not being able to sleep.....YOU?! ugh..I guess this is why women have the babies. We can run on hardly any sleep and still manage to function throughout the day.


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day 16 - pphhphphffft :P

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day 15 - Cheesin!

I also uploaded some new videos of Jaliyah cooing and smiling/laughing on my YouTube

Friday, July 16, 2010

Day 15 - Lovin tummy time (finally)!

Day 14 - So Peaceful

Day 13 - Beautiful Boogers

Thursday, July 15, 2010

How much longer?!

Today was insane!

I had homework coming out of my ears that was all due tonight. I had 2 really long assignments due for my business legal class and a couple others for my marketing class. My marketing is still not done - I need a product that could use better advertising - ugh! All the products I see advertised obviously have good advertising if I'm seeing them! Anyways...Doing all that while having a screaming teething baby was not easy.

I have not picked up orajel yet because I just won't have money until tomorrow. I will be getting the biggest tube available. We rocked, walked, looking into mirrors, gave kisses, swung, played, jumped, everything and nothing was helping her. I didn't attempt the teethers because every time previously she would make silly faces and push them out of her mouth. Well..thank GOD I tried again because she instantly took to the frozen pink ring and loved it. She finally fell asleep after about 8 hours. She is out right now :)

I am so so so sorry I haven't updated my 365 due to my overload of homework lately but I swear I will post a new pic for all the days I've missed tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

..this is the shit that never eeeends..and it goes on and on my friends..

My loveness has been sleeping for 2 hours so I might as well take this time for a nice update.

Yesterday was my birthday and I was hoping to have a nice, relaxing day..ha! So for the last 2 weeks I have been without a car. About 2 weeks, maybe a little more, my car just shut off and didn't want to start anymore sooo took it to the shop and turned out it needed a starter. Get the car back in 2 days. Great, right? Nope. I'm driving from picking the car up and wohoo the car shuts off in the middle of a busy street and won't start. It was 90 degrees and Jaliyah was with me. We had to wait for 2 hours for the stupid tow truck - I ended up walking to a building to bring Liyah in the air.

Anyways - Turns out I blew my engine. So it's been 2 weeks and now it is fixed with a new pretty engine. Yesterday, I'm driving down the road and a rock hits my windshield. Normally, who cares - but this rock was ginormous and cracked my windshield. The crack spread across my entire windshield, which now needs to be replaced. just never ends. Stupid car.

Jaliyah an roll from side to side :) I will be updating project 365 more tonight, catching up to date. From now on I will probably have at least one video a week for my project 365 (I got a video camera for my bday! wohoo).

Day 12 - Get a move on baby!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Day 11 - Throw back

Formspring me!

I added a new element to my blog - I made a Formspring so you guys can ask me anything you want related to me personally, pregnancy, baby, etc.

The link is up top and I'm not too sure why it's not centering with the others, I gotta play around with it some more. But feel free to go on there ask me questions and follow me.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Professional Cooer

Little miss perfect now talks up a storm all day! It is too cute, I took a bunch of video and I'm going to try and get that up on here cuz it is tooooo cute! I finally can switch her pediatrician in time for her 4 month appointment.

This weekend is my birthday weekend (the big 2-3) and Jaliyah's sisters are coming for the weekend. I'm probably just going to hang out at home. It's funny how much birthdays change when you become a mommy! But that's ok, I love it. But I did go out and buy myself a pedicure kit and foot lotion to pamper myself a little bit, wooohoo. And a nice chocolate bar ♥

OH! We had the first diarrhea diaper! Thank you teething.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Day 10 - Sleepy baby

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Day 9 - Reminds me of sherbert ice cream!

Good Morning, Spidey Sense!

Jaliyah and I fell asleep on the couch last night and she woke up at like 4 o'clock in the morning to eat. So..I go into the kitchen and let me tell you, I have this weird spidey sense when it comes to spiders and creepy crawly things, so anyways..I walk into the kitchen and my spidey sense went off! I look down and suuuure enough there's a BIG earwig crawling up the formula can. I immediately scream which makes Liyah cry and start throwing things and poking it until it dies. Ok that's I make the formula.

Return to the couch to feed her..SPIDEY SENSE..earwig crawls on the pillow that we were just previously laying on - WHAT THE HELL?! So I grab the pillow and throw it across the room and again start throwing books and whatever I can grab, stomping on it until it died. Ok that's I check the couch for more just in case.

SPIDEY SENSE! In the following 5 more minutes I see 2 more on the couch cushion and one on the floor..again I throw things, stomp, poke, whatever until they are dead. WHAT IS THIS?! I was so grossed out, I didn't want to sit anymore. I hate hate hate earwigs - they are super bad in my area this year. Ugh..finally got back to sleep around 5:30 in my bed that I frantically, quickly, and throughouly checked for earwigs.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Day 8 - 3 Months old today!

I don't wanna grow up...I'm a Toys'R'Us Kid!

Sometimes when I look at Liyah, I realize she IS going to grow up - as sad as that may be :( I wonder what she is going to strive to be, what she is going to wish on all the stars for. When I was younger my biggest BIGGEST dream of all was to get married and have a family. I knew I wanted to be like my mom and be a stay at home mom. I may have done things a little backwards, and I may not be able to be a SAHM but I have my Jaliyah and I couldn't be happier.

Besides my big dream of being a momma, I wanted to be a singer too! I have videos of me singing my heart out in my little kiddie microphone "down by the bay..where the watermelons grow..." and that evolved into having a show at every single family gathering possible. It became a "When is Elisha going to make us all sit down and watch her?" It was inevitable! I still secretly want this dream to come true.

Now that I am (23 on Monday!) older, my new dream is to finish college and be the best Mom that I can possibly be. I am a momprenuer and will be opening my own business soon!

No matter what Jaliyah wants to be, I will support her 100,000,000,099%!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Day 7 - Too hot to go outside!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Day 6 - Happy (first) 4th of July!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Day 5 - Jumper! & Update

As I sit here writing this, Jaliyah is in her jumper having a BLAST! She is going nuts, talking, yelling and smacking things. I tried her out in the jumper yesterday for the first time because she was just getting so bored with the other toys she has. And I know a while ago I mentioned going on a toy shopping spree, but things changed lol. She is still a little wobbly for the jumper so I stuffed a blanket around her and it seems to help her but I still don't leave her in for too long. I'm running out of options for this short attention spanned little girl! ♥

Oh and i finally got her insurance papers so i can switch to a good DR!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Day 4 - Such a HAM!

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