; World of Dennifer: July 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What I wanna buy Wednesday - 07.27.11

Hiii everybody! How's your week been?! Mine's been okay. My little munchkin has recently decided that she wants to, once again, wake up multiple times a night randomly. Ugh. So, needless to say, I'm sleep deprived + it's busy season at my job, booo. But, this weekend I'm getting in a DIY state of mind because I am getting started on my next Project Makeover series, which I plan to announce sometime tomorrow (sorry for the delay!).

Anywho, checking in today with another installment of WIWBW, woot {it rhymes, tee hee ::wink::}. So, here are the top 5 things I'm lusting over this week:

1. RuffleButts Mania:

ATTENTION moms of little girls: Zulily {full disclosure - that link is my referral link, if you sign up thru that link & when/if you ever buy something, I get a Zulily store credit...just wanted to put that out there ;) is having a huge sale on RuffleButts aka some the most adorable things I've ever seen for little girls! I bought Baby AJ the grape bloomers & matching swing top for her 12 month photo shoot - can't wait to get them, they are so stinkin' cute!!

2. A cute blue dress for Baby AJ:

My little sister {19} is about to move on to greener pastures, lol. Well, she's moving to Savannah, Georgia actually & so my older sister {30} wants the whole family to get together for a group family picture - she's the sentimental type. The color they picked for everyone to coordinate with were lighter shades of blue. I went online to Baby Gap, one of my fave places for AJ's clothes & found this little number on sale for $18! So uhhhm yeah, totally getting it. Hopefully. If the hubbs "releases" the funds, hahaha. He's a crazed budget/spreadsheet person. :oP

3. A baby travel bed:

One day while looking thru my latest One Step Ahead catalog, I came across this adorbs baby travel bed! I'm not a huge fan on pack & plays for sleeping, so I think this is an awesome solution. It has a cushy, inflatable mattress & travels easily because it can fold up into a carrying case that comes with it! The best thing is, after your little one grows out of it for sleeping, it can be used as a play tent later! Awesome. The Dennifers are heading on our first family vacation to Disney World in November, so I'd really love to get this before then!

4. A PBK Halloween Costume:

FML. I love Pottery Barn & all their affiliates waaay too much for my pocketbook. These costumes are soooo cute & I totally want one for the little muchkin's 2nd, but really her 1st real Halloween. She was like 2 weeks old last Halloween, so I didn't dress her up, this year she's definitely getting a costume of some sort. Not sure I can persuade the hubbs to let me buy a $50 something PBK one, but maybe I'll find a cute knock off version?!

5. A sexy dress:

We have some friends getting married in September & this will be our second time away from Baby AJ together, so I'm going to live it up! Part of my vow to live it up is dressing the part. I wanna look hot for my man (but still appropriate for the wedding), who's in the wedding. There will be lots of dancing & drinking that night, lol. Victoria's Secret has lots of really sexy dress right now, so I'll probably buy one from there next time I get a free shipping coupon. ;)

So that's my list for this week, what do you have on yours? 'Till next time!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sorry to leave y'all hanging...

I have been swamped with work {what else is new, eh?} & then in class for work the first part of this week. And this past weekend, I was focusing on spending time with the munchkin since she'd be in daycare all week. I'm happy, however, to report that AJ did just fine in daycare during her first week! She was crying on & off all day the first day, crying a little less the second & by the end of the week, only whining here & there when we dropped her off. She L-O-V-E-S all the other children & really likes both of the teachers in her room, which makes me feel so good! We made a good decision in the place we chose, woot!

Anyways, just wanted to give a quick update. I'll be back in the next day or two to announce my *newest*  project makeover series!! I'm so excited :) Also, I need to do Baby AJ's 8-9 month post, my top mommy must haves for 3+ months. 'Till next time!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

AJ's starting daycare tomorrow (& a shameless plug for my baby)...

Really quick before I discuss the whole daycare thing. :o) I (like 100K+ other parents) entered my little munchkin into the Gerber Generation photo contest on Facebook, so if you have a spare minute, please head over to FB & vote for her: http://apps.facebook.com/gerberphotosearch/entry/4651/amaya.aspx

It only takes a second & you can vote every day!! Thanks friends!

No, back to daycare, she's starting tomorrow...&& I am SO nervous. ::deep breaths::

Here are my top 5 things I'm worried about (in no particular order):
  1. Separation Anxiety - she has slowly , but surely started crying anytime she's with someone she doesn't know...even if she's seen them several times. If she doesn't see you consistently, she don't know you. At least in her book, which scares me b/c obviously she's never seen her "teachers" for any sort of extended period of time & hearing her cry just breaks my heart. 
  2. An utter disaster of a nap schedule - she's JUST recently started napping a little better - 2 naps, 1 decent nap in the AM & a longer nap in the afternoon. But, she is used to sleeping in her crib, in her room for the most part, which is quiet & dark - neither of which daycare is. She does sleep in the car every once in a while, but she sleeps best in her crib & I'm just so scared that it'll be too bright & loud in her classroom & that she'll be unable to settle down. I'm taking her mini Sleep Sheep to hopefully provide some white noise & help her sleep better there. I also got her a lightweight Halo Sleep Sack b/c they aren't allowed to use receiving blankets in the cribs.
  3. Waking her up & getting to work on time in the morning - I already spoke to my boss & updated him on what's going on, so he's expecting that I'll be late over the next few weeks & I'll just make up the time. I'm hoping that I won't have to switch my schedule because I'll have to then stay later if I come in later, which I DON'T want to do since I get such limited time in the evenings with the babe as is. Regarding waking her up....she's used to being able to sleep in as long as she needs to, which obviously can't happen if I need to get to work. She never sleeps in really late, but later sometimes than would work for me getting to work at a reasonable hour. The good news is, the only days I'll have to worry about this is on our non-telework days, which happen only 1-2 times a week (the hubbs & I have opposite telework schedules), so there's that I suppose.
  4. Her getting sick constantly - I have lots of friends with little ones in daycare & they tell me all these horror stories about the stuff their kids have caught in daycare. I'm not looking forward to it to say the least. I hate it when she's sick - it's so sad & I feel miserable that she feels miserable. It's a whole lot of miserableness in the Dennifer household.
  5. The length of time she'll be in daycare on the days we both go into the office - it'll end up being nearly 10 or more hours on those days & it makes me feel terribly guilty. We both work kinda far from our house (an hour +) & her school is near the house, so I have my mom on standby for any emergencies & my older sister is going to still pick her up once a week early so she can spend time with her, but I still feel bad. :(
That's my top list, but other things I'm also worried about - losing her clothes, bottles, pacis, bibs, etc.; her awesome bedtime schedule being effed up due to not getting good naps in at daycare; the teachers being caring & nurturing to her (I have no reason to think they wouldn't be & have heard good stuff about the teachers from a friend with an older daughter that goes to the same center, but I still worry); the kids being mean to or hurting her (not necessarily at this age, but once she gets a bit older); AJ not getting to spend as much time outside; her not getting to spend as much time with my sister or me as she does now + lots of other stuff.

Not to sound so depressing though, I am slightly excited about this transition for a few reasons too. First, she loves kids & I think she'll love being around the other kids & playing with them. Second, being able to really voice any concerns I have about her care. I feel like with my sister sometimes I sugarcoat stuff or don't say stuff about little things that bother me in the same way I would to someone not related to me. My sister is awesome with her, but of course, she's not me & the hubbs & she does some stuff differently than us & sometimes I just don't say anything to her because I don't want her to think I'm being crazy or too critical. Third, no one being in my house during the day, lol. It'll stay sooo much cleaner, the dog will not be so upset (he doesn't like a lot of loud noises & my nephew, being a 3 year old, is loud & runs around a lot, which stresses out my poor Dizz; Amaya gets on his nerves sometimes too, but he at least comes up from the basement when it's just her in the house). Fourth, my sister not having to wake up her son & get up so early to come to my house. This one is mainly for her, I know it must be tough driving 30+ min so early with a (sometimes) cranky toddler from being woken up. All in all though, I know my sister takes great care of my little munchkin & we'll miss her watching Amaya (yes she has an actual name, haha). We owe her lots & lots of gratitude for taking such great care of our punkin for all these important months in her life!

I know change is necessary, but I am still nervous, so wish us luck tomorrow! I probably won't be able to sleep tonight, hahaha. I'm so lame...guess that's what happens when you become a mama! ::wink:: 'Till next time!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What I wanna buy Wednesday - 07.06.11

Hola friends! So now that I finally got my workload partially reduced, it's our busy time at work. But, I am committed to blogging more regularly. I miss it & miss interacting with all my blog friends. So, I'm back in full effect. I even have a new project makeover series (kinda like I did with munchkin's nursery) coming up later this week or early next, so excited to tell y'all about it!! But, for now, I'm checking in with another installment of WIWBW, woot!

So here's what I wanna buy this week:

1. A cute, colorful, modern & funky lamp:

I dunno if it's because it's summer or if it's just my love of aqua, turquoise, teal & all other colors close to those that family of colors, but I am lurving all the funky, colorful  table lamps I've been seeing lately. Love! And today I just happened to wander into good 'ol HomeGoods & found a little beaut that I couldn't resist - more on that lata because it's going to make an appearance in my new project makeover series!

2. PBK rolling luggage:

In November the Dennifers are heading on our first *family* vaca & I want to get the munchkin her own little rolling suitcase. I'm sure she doesn't actually need it, but how freakin' cute, right?! We shall see if the hubbs will let me buy it, ha!

Uhhhmmm, side note - 

Dear PBK, please make luggage in your newest to-die-for pattern, "Chocolate Bird": 
 I REALLY L-O-V-E it & would like to get my little AJ some rolling luggage in that pattern please!
3. A lacy, vintage looking headband for Baby AJ:

I plan waaay too far ahead,  but I already have munchkin's outfit for her 12 month photo shoot. It's one of those cute lace rompers - it's cream, got it on Baby Steals a little while back for a great price! Anyways, while perusing one of my favorite Etsy shops for headbands, I saw this little lovely, it'll go perfectly with her outfit! Hopefully it'll still be available once I get around to purchasing it. ;op

4. LON Low Rider Bookcase:

I've been drooling over this bookcase ever since I saw it. It's such a perfect bookcase for a certain little wee one's nursery! She has this one from Target, but I'm kinda over it. The bottom cubby shelf that extends out has never stayed put despite what my hubby does to make it stay there. so hers only has the one cubby section. And besides that, this one from Land Of Nod is super duper cute with lots of storage space...something I predict we'll be needing more of in the near future!

5. A cute, whimsy throw pillow for my new project:

Bahahaha, IDK why I'm being so tight lipped about my new project, I guess I just don't want to take away from my first post in the project makeover series...I want it to be good for you guys, lol. But anyways, this little darling would sure be a cute accent piece for my newest project! I may be making my way to Pier One this weekend. 

And that's my list for this week. Stay tuned for the intro on my newest project makeover series coming up soon + I promise to post some pics from my Jamaica trip too! My laptop charger died, so I had to get a new one before I could upload the pics, which we just got yesterday, so I promise...they're coming soon! 'Till next time!