Apologies Aren’t Allowed Here

That’s right. Apologies are no longer allowed at my house. I don’t know if it’s the halfhearted  “Sorry” that I’m sick of or if pregnancy has just really killed my patience, but I refuse to let my boys get away with a simple “I’m sorry” and walking away anymore. It ended today. Apologies aren’t allowed here anymore.

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Now, you probably think I’m crazy… But I assure you, I haven’t lost my mind. They’re not going to get away with murder, they won’t go uncorrected when they do wrong, they just will not have the option to simply say “Sorry” anymore, because I’m raising responsible little men, and they should know better than that.

When the youngest started acting up in school this past year, I started having him write apology letters to his teacher, and not a single one said simply:

Dear Ms. Moses, 

I’m sorry. 

Kyle”

Instead, he had to say “I’m sorry I (state what he did here)” and then state how he intended to correct and make up for his behavior in the future. My thoughts are, if I feel like this is the best course of action for his apologies to others, why not for family members too?

So from now on, apologies aren’t allowed here, not without an explanation of what they’re apologizing for, and a plan to make things right. Why? Because I’m raising responsible little men, not little turds. They need to learn to stand up and own their behavior and figure out how to make a situation right (if possible) instead of just walking away when they do something wrong.

If you like or dislike this post, make sure to leave a comment letting me know what you think! I really appreciate all feedback! And, if you think I’ve lost what’s left of my mind, well, tell me that too…

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Halfway Through…

So, I never posted when I made it to the second trimester, but thankfully I did. I am now halfway through this pregnancy and know that I am having my third little boy.

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Halfway through pregnancy…

Now that I am halfway through my pregnancy, I have started making all of my checklists for everything that we need… Everyone assumes that we will have a baby shower, but since it is my third boy (even though his brothers will be nearly 9 and 11 years older than him), no one actually wants to throw a shower for me. I did make baby registries with Target and Amazon though, just in case.

On top of my baby checklist, we are also preparing to move in a few very short weeks, and I am learning all about what it’s like to pack a house up whilst being 5 months pregnant. The only request that I had made was to not move while I was 6 months pregnant… Boy did we cut that one short!

Halfway through pregnancy

We’re almost ready for back to school over here, and I am anxiously awaiting that, although I’m terrified of what I will do with my time once the boys are back in school and I am staying at home. Oh yeah, that’s right… I’m at home because it is nearly impossible to find a job while pregnant. Expect more blog updates after September 6th, as I will surely be going out of my mind!

I do have plans to really get to work on the online store soon. By soon, I mean to slowly start building stock in the next few days. I will be adding more baby clothes (starting with ones that I think are really cute that I want to make for Baby Babb) and I will also be adding more etched glass as well.

Well, I’ve got to get running… These kiddos are keeping me busy, and I haven’t packed anything today (Shhhhh… Don’t tell my husband!). I’ll be back to update one day soon!

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Oh Yay… The First Trimester.

So, yes, the shock of this pregnancy has finally passed and now I’ve gone full into the crappy feelings of the first trimester. Let’s see, how wonderful has it been? I’ve had the awful headaches, the all day nausea (it was a MAN that named it morning sickness, because that shit lasts ALL. DAY. LONG!), the puking, all of it. Yep, it’s like a hangover that won’t go away…

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And on top of feeling crappy, I keep being told that I can’t eat anything that I want to eat. No sushi, no deli meats, nothing worth having… And the coffee that I can still have the cups of? I can only drink half a cup before I start puking. 🙁

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When I do find something that I can eat, I can’t eat it because I am too nauseated. And I get nauseated because I can’t eat. Viscous damn circle.

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Is the first trimester over yet? I am soooooo ready to get to the second one. I want the honeymoon phase!

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The one good thing… All of my friends are busy dieting and getting ready for bikini season. Me, IDGAF. I’m getting fat and I don’t care.

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Yep. This is a wonderful first trimester. Can anybody out there sympathize?

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Oh Sh!t, I’m Pregnant!

Everyone always talks about unplanned pregnancies in teenagers, or even unmarried adults, but what about happily married, fairly financially stable adults? What about when you’ve been doing everything the right way to prevent pregnancy and it still happens? That’s right, we were working to prevent pregnancy, but Baby Babb has announced that he or she is coming whether we are ready or not. That’s right, I’m pregnant!

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How I announced my news on Facebook!

This is a timeline of how my past few weeks have gone…

  • 4/19/16- Man my boobs hurt.
  • 4/20/16- Ugh, cramps suck. Guess my period is coming early this month (it was due to arrive 4/24)
  • 4/21/16- Great. Everything smells awful and is making me nauseated.
  • 4/22/16- At least I’m not cramping anymore.
  • 4/23/16- When will this nausea end? Do I have a stomach bug?
  • 4/24/16- Oh no, where’s my period?
  • 4/24/16 (later that day)- I bet if I buy a pregnancy test, I’ll at least have some peace of mind.
  • 4/24/16 (even later)- Shit. Why are there two pink lines? There can’t be two pink lines. No. No. NOOOOO. Not happening.
  • 4/25/16 1:30 a.m.- Oh shit, I’m pregnant.
  • 4/25/16 3:30 a.m. (after hours upon hours of freaking out)- Wake the hubs up in tears and tell him.
  • 4/26/16- Can’t sleep. Still.
  • 4/26/16- Can’t stand the taste of coffee. Good one Baby Babb, I can’t sleep or drink coffee. What the hell? Do you hate me already?
  • 4/27/16- Called the doctor to make an appointment. Didn’t cry today.
  • 4/28/16- Cried because the smell of crayons makes me sick and I work in an elementary school, so crayons are unavoidable.
  • 4/29/16- Can’t stand the smell of anything sweet. It makes me puke.
  • 4/30/16- Cried because now I can’t get a Dodge Charger and I need something with third row seating.

Who knows what today will bring, but for now I am happily looking at baby things online and planning… Oh, and getting a headstart on a baby registry (don’t ask, I just have to keep busy).

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Reasons I Swapped To Contacts That Have NOTHING To Do With Vanity

Hey there everybody! So, if you’ve seen any of my selfies on instagram lately, you may have noticed something missing… My glasses! That’s right, I’ve swapped to contacts. After listening to people talk about how stupid they think it is for me to swap to contacts at nearly 30 years old, I’d like to take an opportunity to fire back the reasons why I swapped to contacts that have NOTHING to do with vanity.

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So, here we go, my reasons…

Why I swapped to contacts

  1. Running… Have you ever gone running and sweated so bad that you can’t keep your glasses on your face? I have, and it’s not cool. And, when your eyesight is bad enough that you don’t trust whether it’s a snake or a branch in the road ahead, it’s not safe to just go without.
  2. Acne. That’s right, I am almost 30 and am currently dealing with the worst acne I have had in my entire life. And where do I get it the most? On my nose, where my glasses sit. That is PAINFUL.
  3. My job. Yes, while lots of teachers and paraprofessionals have glasses, not all of them work with severely developmentally delayed children. I do. And do you know the first thing they grab for? My glasses. Imagine that happening during a diaper change and they have somehow managed to get their little hands covered in poop. Now tell me that you’d just wipe your glasses off and keep going. I don’t think so.
  4. SUNGLASSES! Yes, you can get prescription sunglasses, but it’s a pain to swap them out. You can get transition lenses, but they give me headaches. I recently found that the best thing to help prevent my migraines (Hello, I’m Alicia and I’m a migraine sufferer.) is to wear sunglasses nearly all the time… I much prefer that to taking the insane medications that I have been prescribed to treat them.
  5. Less migraines. Even without the sunglasses, I have found that as long as I keep eyedrops handy (and I don’t even need them that often anymore) I am having fewer and fewer migraines.

P.S. Who doesn’t love cute cases like this?

Owl Contacts Lens Case

P.P.S. If you knew me, you’d know how much I loved my red glasses. And the teal ones. And the blue ones. Oh, and let’s not forget the black ones with the rhinestones on the side. So I can assure you that my swapping to contacts had NOTHING to do with vanity…

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