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favorites friday . . . a good deal August 30, 2013

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This is not a post about a particular product.  It is about a good deal we got today.  Who doesn’t love a good deal?

If you remember a week ago or so I mentioned the car seat we were going to purchase (Chicco Nextfit).  I have been watching for discounts or sales and little guy was still fitting into his car seat ok.  Well, he is getting quite snug in there and I happen to get the new flier from Babies”R”Us on Wednesday.  They list the car seat for $299.99.  This is $20 higher than Buy Buy Baby (they never seemed to have it in stock) and Amazon.  The seat was NOT on sale, but I did have a 20% off coupon that I could use on it.  Of course Buy Buy Baby has a 20% off coupon as well.  So it would make sense to get it from Buy Buy Baby.  But not so fast!  Babies”R”Us has “The Great Giveaway!”  If you purchase $50 or more you get a Free Babies “R”Us umbrella stroller valued at $20 or if you spend $100 or more you get a free Carter’s diaper bag valued at $40 or if you spend $150 or more you get a free Summer Infant Video Monitor valued at $100.  SCORE!!!!!!!

I know we already have a video monitor system at home that we received from a neighbor, but this one will be so nice when we visit my parents and put little guy down for a nap or to bed.


The one we have hooks up to the TV only so you are limited on viewing.  This one you can carry around with you!  I am so excited.  I have it charging as I type.  So with the discounts and tax I got the car seat and the video monitor for $260.  What a deal!

If you are interested in checking out the sale it goes from August 30 (today) through September 18.  The free items are only while supplies last.  The cameras were going quick when we went there this morning and that was about 30 minutes after they opened the store.

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throwback thursday . . . August 29, 2013

Filed under: throwback thursday — nowandevermore @ 10:40 AM

I was watching Good Morning America today and during their 8 o’clock hour they had “Throwback Thursday.”  So they pulled up the old logo and talked about the show from way back and each of the hosts showed photos of themselves from many years ago.

I thought this was a neat idea.  I recently borrowed some photos from my mom of me when I was little.  I wanted to do some comparison between me and Lil’ Pete.  I was able to scan some of the photos and thought it would be fun to do a little throwback myself.

Maybe I will make this one of my regular posts (if I can keep up with them).  I can see posting old photos, products I remember from when I was growing up.  hmmmm . . . the wheels are turning.  Until then, hope you enjoy this photo of me circa 1973.  I was just over 2 years old and it was Christmas morning.  I am holding a mirror to my face and a brush that came with it. Those are my older brothers in the background.  Not sure what I could see that close, but it is one of my favorites.  🙂


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wordless wednesday . . . August 28, 2013

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new assignment . . . August 25, 2013

Filed under: Misc Stuff,Uncategorized — nowandevermore @ 11:51 AM
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It is no secret that I love to watch TV.  Years ago, I was very loyal to a few shows and I watched them religiously.  I loved “ER,” “Friends,” “Seinfeld” and was sad to see those shows end.  But when one show ends it just makes room for another new show.  Every new TV season I am always curious to see what new shows they come out with and whether or not they will grab my interest.  I think nowadays we are inundated with “reality TV.”  I do watch my fair share.  I think for me it started with “Survivor.”  I believe I have watched every season, although I don’t get upset anymore if I miss a show or 2.  I LOVE “Amazing Race” and never miss those shows.  I have also watched “American Idol,” although again, if I miss a show, I don’t really care and honestly I didn’t really watch much of last season’s show.  Being married to someone in the music business, there is so much they don’t tell you about “making it.”  So many young people think that all they have to do is be in the right place at the right time or they will get discovered on TV.  It simply does not happen that way!  It is a lot of HARD work!  That is why most musicians end up teaching.  My husband actually performs full-time which is a rarity.    Anyway, I am getting off topic,

With the evolution of cable and the popularity of cable networks coming up with their own series, there is a lot more out there to choose from.  And in addition, some of the cable networks started broadcasting their tv “seasons” during the summer.  Made sense to me, as the major network’s season went from September to May.  What were we to watch in the summer?  Reruns?   It seems as though this season CBS has caught on to this trend with their show “Under the Dome.”    This is a show based on a Stephen King novel.

I have always been a fan of Stephen King.  It started when I was about 12 years old.  I got the book “Pet Sematary.”


I loved that book and it got me hooked!  I would read it every night before bed and it is a wonder that I was able to sleep!  I did not have a bedside lamp.  So I would use the overhead light to read.  When it was time to go to sleep, I had to get out of the bed to turn the light off.  As soon as I flicked the switch, I leaped about 3 feet into bed.  Why?  Because I just knew Churchill was under the bed!  (that is the cat from the story and on the cover of the book).  I know it is silly, but I was 12.  Once I finished that book I read more.  All told, I think I have read 14-15 of his books and of course I have seen a lot of his movies, if not most of them.  There are a few books of his that I have in my collection that I have not yet started to read.  Life happens and I put that on the back burner.  Most of the books I have read lately have been pregnancy related and most recently, baby related.

Fast forward to a few weeks back, when “Under the Dome” started on television.  I got my hubby interested in watching it with me.  Not sure if he is really interested or he just wants to spend time with me.  He does watch some TV with me, usually “Seinfeld” reruns and occasionally he will watch some “reality” tv, but by the end of those shows we are both so disgusted by the lack of reality and the obvious fakeness it is nice to watch something that is just for fun.

A week ago or so hubby read that “Under the Dome” had been renewed for a 2nd season to commence next summer.  It got him to thinking.  He wondered that in the case of a television series based on a book, how would they go about telling the story each season, not knowing if they will have subsequent seasons.    As it turns out, I was looking in my shopping cart the other day.  When I see something I am interested in, I add it to my cart and usually come back to it later and decide if I really want it.  I am not a spontaneous buyer, I like to think things through.  So I was looking through my items and I saw that I had added the book probably shortly after it came out in 2009, well before the TV series was even talked about.  So hubby thought it would interesting to see how the book was in comparison to the show.  I was up for the challenge of reading it.  Like, I said I have always been a fan and it would be nice to just read something for fun, since it has been so long since I had.

The book was delivered Friday and I was quite surprised at how big it was.  It is 1072 pages, 2 inches thick and that is the paperback!  Seeing the book sit on my desk, I can’t help but feel that excited feeling each time I would get yet another Stephen King book to read.  I love how I am drawn into the story and find it hard to put the book down.  So my plan is to start reading it today.  I am intrigued at how the story is presented in the book versus how it will play out on TV.  At 1,072 pages, it just might take me until the end of season 2 to finish it.  🙂006Thanks for reading!


8 months and potpourri . . . August 21, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Misc Stuff — nowandevermore @ 12:45 PM
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Our little guy is 8 months old today.  I fall more in love with him everyday!  He isn’t crawling yet, but he moves himself around with his arms when he is on his tummy; in circles, backwards, forwards.  I call it his army crawl.  I think it will be soon when he figures out he will move better on his knees.    He weighed 19lbs. 1.5 ounces today and I measured him to be about 29.5 inches long.  Our car seat limit is 30 pounds or 30 inches, so he is approaching that!  I have a car seat picked out and plan on getting it at Buy Buy Baby (when they get them in stock – popular brand).  It is the same price as Amazon and I can use a 20% off coupon at Buy Buy Baby.  It is the Chicco Nextfit.  It has great ratings and I think it will fit good in the backseat.  I am ready for a car seat that I do not remove from the car.  I do love the convenience of being able to just lift the seat out when I am in a hurry or want to make a quick trip to the store and can put the car seat in the shopping cart, but at around 15 pounds for the seat and 19 pounds of baby, that is getting to be pretty heavy for me to lug around.  The convertible car seats are expensive compared to regular car seats, but it should last our little guy 4-5 years.


Now to the potpourri of my post.  I know I have been absent from here for a little bit.  Things have been a bit busy.


My parents came for a visit on August 9th.  Hubby had a concert on August 11 and he needed me to help sell CDs.  Grandma and Grandpa always love the chance to watch the baby so they didn’t mind making the trip from St. Louis.    The concert went well and I sold 21 CDs, so I was glad to be able to help.  I hate being away from our little guy, but it was also good to get out of the house. 🙂  I was going to be gone for about 6 hours, so I thought I would take along my manual pump and pump once or twice since I typically feed the little guy.  The show started at 3, so once the lobby was empty I headed to the bathroom.  I thought that would be the easiest place.  Of course they don’t have any chairs, so I proceeded to a stall.  I move around a bit and of course the automatic flusher starts to do its thing.  UGH!  So I try to stand still and pump.  This is not going to work, so I decide to slowly sit down.  Thankfully it did not go off and I was able to pump in peace.  Once done I stand up and the toilet flushes a few more times while I am getting myself presentable.  Now I can go and listen to a few songs before intermission.

Once intermission is over I figure I will pump once more and then catch the end of the show and be able to man my post.  One of the ladies who works at the theatre came out into the lobby just as I was about to head to the bathroom again.  We chit-chat and she goes down the hall.  I think she is going to the bathroom, so I decide to wait.  I haven’t done a lot of nursing in public (NIP) and even though it is a manual pump, there is still a little noise to it.  So 5 minutes pass and no sign of her.  I think, maybe she went past the restroom and into an office.  So I go in and of course I can tell she is still in there.  Oh well, I head back to my stall at the end of the row.  I get my things ready again and prepare to pump.  I hear her finish up and walk out and then the smell hits me.  I do understand it is a bathroom and that is the purpose, but geesh!  Now I wish I had somewhere else to pump.  LOL  Ten minutes later and I am ready to leave!  And of course the toilet has flushed about 8 times while I was in there.  I am able to catch the last 2 songs of hubby’s concert and then get out to the lobby to catch the patrons as they leave.  Overall, it was a great time.  It wasn’t the first time I have pumped/fed Lil’ Pete in the bathroom, but it is times like this when I wish there were “family” bathrooms everywhere; a nice room all to oneself.

Then of course after everyone left, I gathered the CDs and headed to meet up with hubby in the theatre.  We loaded the cars and said our goodbyes.  He had another gig and I was going back home.  Of course I missed my entrance on to the highway and had to get the Garmin out.  Thankfully it wasn’t too difficult to find my way back, but my darn hormones were in full force (started yet another period just 3 days later) and I was crying because I felt like an idiot for missing my turn and also because I just wanted to get back home to my little guy.  When I got home, all was well, as I knew it would be.


So I am trying to teach our little guy the word “no.”  Babies should know what this means by this time.  I will be breast-feeding him and he will start to slap my breast.  I take his hand in mind and say “no,” sternly and with a straight face, but not yelling.  You know what this little stinker does?  He gets a big grin on his face and laughs.  Seriously?  This guy is going to be trouble!  LOL  Every time I say no, he laughs.  So I just keep trying.  Maybe he will get it that he isn’t supposed to hit.  Mind you it isn’t hard (sounds worse than it is), I just want him to know not to do that. 🙂


On July 23rd, Lil Pete said “da da.”  Well actually it was more like ” da da da da da da da.”  It was so cute!  It was like he just figured something out.  He would say it in his exersaucer, when we put him down for naps and also in the middle of the night when he would wake up.  I would have loved to hear him say “ma ma” and I keep trying to get him to say it, but it is easier for babies to say “da da”.  I don’t think he has quite put together that “da da” actually goes with his dad, but I know what will come soon.  I just hope he says “ma ma” before “Buddy.”  🙂


He has no teeth yet!  I really can’t believe not one has started to even pop through the gum.  He drools so much!  I keep bibs on him all day.  I go through about 3 each day.  He has been teething for months now.  I can’t say I am too disappointed.  I have heard horror stories of babies getting teeth and then biting down on mom when they breast feed, even drawing blood.  So if he wants to go a couple of more months without teeth, I can deal with that.  We see the doctor October 7, so if he doesn’t have any by then, we can ask what is going on or if we need to worry.


This past weekend hubby had to travel to New Jersey for 2 concerts.  He took Spirit Airlines from O’Hare Airport and they only have one flight out to Atlantic City and one flight back.  Friday, we all got up at 4am so I could drive him.  Lil’ Pete didn’t fuss at all.  I fed him when I got him up.  I really hoped he would sleep in the car, but he did not.  We had a good weekend.  Hubby was able to call Friday night and sing to the little guy as I put him to bed (he does this when he is home and not working).  I did get some stuff done while he was gone.  My area in the home office we share was in desperate need of some organizing.   Now the goal is to keep it this way!  His shows were Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.  Then he has to wait until 5pm Monday to catch his flight back home.  We were all so glad to have him back.   They want him back again next year (4th year) and we talked about maybe taking a little family trip this time.  Driving out there and spending a couple of extra days.  I think it will be fun and it can be little guy’s first time at the beach!  We will see how it all works out.


Sleep has been going ok.  He still fusses and cries a little when he goes down for bed or for naps.  The time at bedtime ranges from less than 5 minutes to almost an hour.  Typically it is around 20-30 minutes.  I really hope this doesn’t last too much longer.  He sleeps pretty well.  Sometimes he will wake up once over night around 2:30, but we let him be and he goes back to sleep or is quiet after about 5 minutes.  Then he wakes at around 5:30-6:30 and I go in and feed him as it has been about 10 hours since he ate.  I can put him back down and he will fall back to sleep after about 30 or so minutes and sleep maybe until 9-9:30.Napping is hit and miss.  Sometimes he will do nap 1 for 1.5 hours and then subsequent naps of 45 min or 30 minutes.  Other days all 3 naps are 30 minutes.  And then there are those days when naps suck!  Today is one of those days!  I heard him stirring at 7am ( I had fed him at 5am).  So I got him and changed him and fed him and held him and then put him back down at 8am.  He wanted no part of a nap (after fussing on and off for over an hour).  I got him up and tried again at 10am.  After 40 minutes he was asleep.  He cried a lot before this and I know it was because he was over tired.  He slept for 40 minutes.  I will be trying to get him down for another nap soon.  Hopefully it will be successful.

I have read that there is a sleep regression around months 8-10 and also what they call Wonder Weeks around week 34 which is where we are at right now.  So this may just be one of those fussy periods.  I take it all with a grain of salt as all babies are different.  Hopefully he can get back to sleeping better soon!


Ok, I think that about catches you up on everything that has been going on.  At least that is all I can think of at the moment.  If I think of anything else I may have missed I will post again.  I am also hoping to get back to my weekly postings next week.

Thanks for reading!


(surprise) garden . . . August 9, 2013

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I meant to post this yesterday, but it slipped my mind.  My parents are coming for a visit today for a few days, so Friday Favorites will have to wait until next week.  I need to do a few things around the house before they get here.

If you recall last year I had a small garden filled with corn, green beans and cherry tomatoes.  This year I just simply did not feel like doing anything with it.  We were still dealing with sleep (lack of) issues and I was too exhausted to deal with that.

I did however, decide to let the weeds grow. 🙂

Last week I decided, while taking the dog out to do his business, to take a look at the garden to try to motivate myself to at least pull the weeds out.  Imagine my surprise when I saw several tomato plants!  I could not believe it!  That is the easiest garden I have ever had.  So you would think that would certainly motivate me to clean out the weeds.  Not exactly, although I had added it to my mental “to do” list for sometime this week or next.

Thankfully hubby decided to surprise me and pull the weeds!  Here are before and after photos.  The tomatoes are still green, but maybe sometime soon they will ripen.  The funny thing is, I don’t eat them.  I love ketchup and tomato soup, but I don’t like tomatoes.  Hubby does and that is why they were planted in the first place.

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wordless wednesday . . . August 7, 2013

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