February 27, 2009

Crying Over A Tooth

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:45 pm by bitsypieces

So we expect babies to cry more than usual when they start teething.  Having a hard tooth break through tender gums has gotta hurt like hell, right?

But who knew that teething would cause Mommy to cry?

I was playing with Baby today, kind of holding her up on the air and giving her kisses.  She was laughing with her mouth wide open, and I spied a tooth just starting to break through the gum.

Her first tooth.

I started crying.

Now, I consider myself a tough cookie most of the time.  But the sight of that tooth tip brought a wave of emotions.  My baby’s growing up, I thought.

I couldn’t contain my tears.

Guess I’m nothing but a baby myself.

February 26, 2009

Speaking of bags…

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:43 pm by bitsypieces

I may have mentioned that I don’t like to carry a lot of baggage (physical or emotional).  But after Baby, I realized the super cute clutches I used to carry to on a night out were no longer of sufficient size.  I needed to carry my normal items, which include…

  • My wallet, which had grown bigger because of all the supermarket loyalty cards that I need to save 50 cents on a box of baby wipes
  • My “emergency” pouch, which includes a Swiss Army Knife, a nail file, moist towelettes, a mini flashlight, hair bands, lip balm and other assorted items
  • A small hairbrush/mirror combination tool
  • Lipstick
  • An epi-pen
  • A small monthly planner (for keeping track of appointments), a small notebook (for writing down ideas), and a pen
  • My cell phone

…as well as baby related items, including:

  • One change of diaper, little onesie, and a disposable changing pad for when I want to carry only my purse into a restaurant or store
  • An assortment of toys
  • A spare binkie and pacifier keeper
  • A package of wipes (for diaper changes and general cleanliness)

As a result of all the new stuff I needed to carry, I bought an old lady bag.  Yes.  An ugly black old lady bag with lots of zippers and pockets.  Every time I carried that thing in public I felt like I was 82-years-old.

Fortunately, I came to my senses and purchased these bags from eBags.com:

black-bag

This is the Marseille Shoulder bag by Aurielle-Carryland.  Not designer, but I can’t afford designer.  A cute, basic bag that doesn’t look “old lady.”

And I got this one, too:

red-bag

This is the Time to Shine shoulder bag by Aurielle-Carryland.  I definitely think this one will help me get past my recent frumpy fashion!

February 25, 2009

Thank God for UPS

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:17 pm by bitsypieces

So I received my Chadwicks order, tried on my purchases, and decided…

To return every damn item.

My biggest complaints about the various pieces:

  • Poor quality.  A couple of the items had very cheap fabric.
  • Not as described.  Either the fabric was different than described, or the colors/pattern looked very different online.
  • Ill fitting.  This is not necessarily a problem with Chadwicks.  It’s just the items didn’t fit my body correctly, or they were so NOT flattering.
  • Wrong item.  Instead of the red tunic sweater, I received a brown polo sweater.  Someone needs to be double-checking those orders before they’re sent out.

I have to wonder if this might be a small message from my inner Fashion Sense.  She’s calling out (in a spirit-like voice):

Stop trying “new” things… you already know what works for your body… just stick with the styles you know look good…

So today I’m back to black in a black denim pencil skirt, a black v-neck sweater, and black boots.  Simple, basic and… well… totally me.

February 24, 2009

Practical Diaper Bag

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:51 pm by bitsypieces

So I’m practical.  I admit it.  And I’m willing to sacrifice style for convenience… most of the time.  (But you will never catch me in those fugly nursing shirts with “panels” in the sides.  Ugh.)

For a long time I carted around a standard LL Bean bookbag as a diaper bag.  It was handy.  It had lots of pockets.  It was durable.  It even reminded me of my high school days.  Then a friend saw me pick it up off a restaurant floor and commented, “Are you doing homework later?”

Har-dee-har-har.

So I decided to downsize.  Now that Baby is no longer a spit-up machine, I don’t have to carry an extra shirt for myself.  And I’ve also learned that I don’t need to carry twenty diapers.  So I went in search of a new diaper bag.

After much debate, I settled on this one from Target:

diaper-bag1

It’s the Eddie Bauer Hamilton Tan Plaid Diaper Bag, and it’s decent for the price I paid (about $17 + shipping).  I kind of wish I had chosen one that looked more like a real tote and less like a lunchbox.  On the other hand, this one is pretty small (I can JUST fit in everything I need) and I really really like that it’s compact.  Less space means I automatically carry less useless stuff with me.  And it also means less strain on my shoulder, so I can avoid the hunchback look for a few more years.  Woo hoo.

And if I had gotten one that looked like a real tote, Hubby probably would have never carried it for fear that it would be viewed as a “man purse.”  Since this LOOKS like a diaper bag, he doesn’t have to worry about being confused with a metrosexual.  Instead, he’s just “a dad.”

February 23, 2009

Some New Clothes

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:00 am by bitsypieces

As I’ve mentioned in the past, the colors black, gray and brown are pretty much the only colors I wear.  (Yes, I know black is the absence of color.  But there’s no need to get all schoolbook about it, right?)

So in an effort to remedy my drab (albeit classic) wardrobe color choices, I recently made a few purchases from Chadwicks.com.  Now, I am not a huge fan of Chadwicks.  For one thing, many of their items look like something my grandmother should be wearing.  For another, the clothing items generally lack quality.  And the fit is almost always off.  But Chadwicks does run super deals on clearance items, and every once in a while I can find an inexpensive but cute item that fits the young-mother-on-the-go look.  (I hope.)

So what did I buy?

tunic-sweaterI ordered this tunic sweater in deep red.  First, I like red (Although Hubby says red does not look good on me.  I think he’s full of it.  I like red, dammit.)  Also, I think that the longer length will help prevent the ol’ plumber crack that seems to be my standard these days.  (For some reason, it’s as if having a baby has lengthened my torso.  Every pair of jeans I own tend to show my butt crack as soon as I bend over.)

I also ordered…

blue-tee… this blue empire waist shirt.  It’s VERY different from my usual style.  But I thought… what the heck, right?  Maybe I’ll love it.  Maybe I’ll hate it.  But at least it will be different.  I mean… it’s a print.  A PRINT!  That alone is an adventure for me.

And since I was feeling adventurous, I also bought…

red-dressMore red and more print!  It’s like I’ve gone wild with crazy fashion abandon.  But seriously.  The mock wrap style is supposed to be universally flattering, and I think it usually looks decent on me.

But don’t think that I abandoned my black, conservative style completely.  Just take a gander at these little babies…

black-shortsBlack city shorts.  Will I hate them?  Probably.  I always feel like longer length shorts make my (already short) legs look even stubbier.  However, all my current shorts fit into one of two categories.  They’re either almost indecently short (which is inappropriate for a young mother who is now sporting some darn ugly cellulite), or they’re baggy, oversized cargo shorts (which are only appropriate for hiking or young men with dreams of rapper stardom).  So I am trying my first pair of tailored, longer length shorts.  We’ll see.

And, of course, no shopping excursion is complete without shoes.

slingback-wedge(Yes, I ordered them in black.)  Most of my dressier shoes (i.e. church going shoes) are high, thin heels.  Not exactly the right footwear when you’re toting a baby, carseat and diaper bag.  Nor will they be appropriate when Baby starts toddling and Mommy has to chase her through the mall.  So these wedge slingbacks were my attempt at a more practical dress shoe.

But I needed an actual flat, too…

slingback-flatsI own practically no flats, since I’ve always thought heels were more flattering to my leg.  But, alas, mommyhood means flat shoes are a necessity.  The result:  these cute slingback flats (Yes, yes… in black.  If I like them I promise to order another pair in red, ok?).  Perfect for jeans or a skirt… they’ll be a nice way to avoid looking frumpy.

And finally, I still needed to appease my gotta-be-comfortable soul…

sketchersThey look like Sketchers, but they’re a cheaper brand (and, according to reviews, they’re more comfortable, too).  With a cute graphic tee, some dark wash jeans and these shoes, I won’t be embarrassed to be seen in public.  But I WILL be comfortable.

And though it may look like I’ve been doing my part to stimulate the economy, I actually didn’t spend much on these items (a total of around $100).  You can find this clothing at Chadwicks.com, and I do recommend checking out their clearance section for bargains.  Just remember to read the reviews written by other shoppers… you’ll get a better idea if the item you’re viewing is boxy or ill-fitting.

February 20, 2009

The Denim Dilemma

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:48 pm by bitsypieces

In light of my new desire to get over my frumpy clothing hump (aka the frump hump), I’d like to explain my denim dilemma.

In my Party Girl days, I wore jeans almost every day.  They were usually snug-fitting and paired with a tiny shirt or midriff bearing tee.  These days, jeans continue to be my everyday uniform for a variety of reasons:

  • They’re easy to launder.  If they get covered in spit-up or snot, I can throw ’em in the washing machine.
  • They’re practical.  To run a quick errand, I can just slip my wallet into the back pocket and my keys into the front pocket.  Now that I have to carry a baby, I can’t really shop with a cute clutch.
  • They’re versatile.  Basic jeans are nicely casual.  A dark wash pair can be dressed up with heels and a jacket.

However, as a traditional “apple” in shape (meaning I carry my weight in my midsection), I find the waistband of jeans to often be binding.  As a result, my “casual” jeans are usually purchased one size too big for comfort.

Well, I guess I’ve been losing some baby weight, because it started getting to the point that my post-pregnancy jeans (purchased on eBay to fit my larger hips and not-yet-shrunken tummy) were sliding down my ass.  However, I am still a little too big to fit comfortably in my pre-pregnancy jeans.  So I went back to eBay and bought more jeans in a smaller size.

This new batch of jeans stay up (no ass slippage!), but they are too constricting at the waist!

It’s definitely a dilemma.  No wonder sweatpants always seem like a good choice…

February 19, 2009

Change is coming!

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:34 pm by bitsypieces

No, this is not a political statement.

I’ve been tossing around the idea of writing a book titled “From Shots to Sugar Cookies:  A Party Girl’s Journey To Domestic Bliss.”  Basically the book would be little vignettes about how I used to party all the time, but now motherhood has led me down the path of homemade greeting cards and elaborately decorated sugar cookies.

Sounds like a pretty cool book, right?

Well, I am also working on book ideas for a whodunit mystery novel, as well as another motherhood book titled “Twenty Things No One Told Me About Motherhood.”  I obviously have more book ideas than I do time to write them.

And since I already maintain this blog, which is much about motherhood and life in general, I figured I might as well turn this into my From Shots to Sugar Cookies writings.

So change is coming here… and I hope you like it!

Like the proverbial sailor…

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:54 pm by bitsypieces

I recently had someone tell me that, since I have a tendency to swear like a sailor, I am not very Christian-like.

Frankly, I felt no need to defend my faith.  Hey… if you wanna mark me as a “bad” Christian because I cuss a little (or a lot), I think that says a lot more about your religious beliefs than mine.  Personally, I think the Big G is a lot more concerned with how we live our lives than the colorful language we use to express our thoughts.

I admit that I censor myself a bit on this blog.  I do my best to avoid offending people with my language and my posts because I want to be accessible to the (3 or 4) people who actually read this thing.

But I’m afraid I’ve always been a bit of a rebel.  So now I say, “Fuck it.”  I’ve had to censor myself around Baby (Don’t want her saying cuss words in pre-school!), but I don’t have to censor myself when I’m basically writing for no one else but me anyway.

So expect to see more of the “real” me in upcoming posts.  If it offends you, well… I’m sorry to see you go.  (And if you want me to remove you from my links, just leave me a comment.)  But if you choose to stick around and keep reading, I promise that I won’t get TOO badass about it.

February 17, 2009

Comfortable AND Stylish?

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:51 pm by bitsypieces

Is it a total oxymoron?

I am a SAHM.  Since I’m still nursing, my typical around-the-house garb is a nursing tank, a basic zipper oversized sweatshirt, and jeans.  My typical leaving-the-house garb is a nursing tank, a cuter-but-still-basic hoodie, and jeans.  (Sometimes I switch out the sweatshirt for a button-down.)

At home I don’t wear shoes.  When I leave the house I am usually in canvas sneakers.  Most of my clothing is black, brown or white.  (Sometimes gray when I feel adventurous.)

Overall, my outfits are boring, ill-fitting, drab and lame.  In short, I am in a fashion hump.  A frump hump, if you will.

But comfort is #1 for me!  (Yeah, yeah… I know Stacy and Clinton say it’s possible to be stylish and comfortable.  But I don’t believe it.)  How does a SAHM–particularly one who rarely leaves the house, and thus has few reasons to even get out of her PJs–mix comfort AND fashion?

I’m not really sure it can be done, but I am willing to give it the ol’ college try.  I rummaged through my bins of clothes today (the stuff put away because it didn’t fit post-pregnancy or it was out of season) and managed to find a few more pieces that I can wear again.  With a little experimenting, I may be able to put together an outfit that doesn’t include a sweatshirt or hoodie (although I’ll probably still be wearing jeans).

February 12, 2009

Where are the milestones?

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:05 pm by bitsypieces

So Baby is now 7 months old, and she hasn’t rolled from back to front.  She hasn’t crawled (or even gotten on her hands and knees).  There are no signs of teeth.

I understand that all babies progress at different rates, but she just doesn’t seem interested in being mobile.  (She does sit unsupported very well, however.)

Of course, like many moms, I am a born worrier.  Do we ever stop worrying about our kids?

I’m sure that I’ll be wishing for these calm days as soon as she’s mobile and trotting all over the house!

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