Confessions of a Middleagedmom

surviving motherhood in the “middle ages”

Double Strollers? November 17, 2007

Anyone out there have any thoughts on double strollers? We went to a baby store today to look at some double strollers. The first thought was to get a side by side double stroller but a lot of people have been telling me that it’s a little wide to get into places, even the Combi one. So now we’ve been looking at the other type where one child sits in back of the other.

We’ve already decided against the Phil and Teds stroller since we don’t think that Princess will want to sit in the back since you can’t see in front of you. We’ve also decided against the Joovy Caboose or the Sit-n-Stroll since we don’t think that Princess will sit or stand on the back seat.

So, now we are deciding between the Combi or the Graco. There’s a new Graco double stroller (not the Duo Glider) that actually folds down pretty easily and actually (according to Mr. MaD) weighs almost the same as the Combi. They are both a little difficult to push around esp. with children in it but for some reason the Combi’s set of middle wheels seem to make it a little more difficult to maneuver.

 Anyway, I could use some input from anyone out there in blogosphere.

P.S. I had my first gingerbread latte of the season. Just so happens that Starbucks only had sugar-free gingerbread syrup so I tried it. It was pretty close to the original. I guess it worked out for the best since I just took my 3 hour gestational diabetes test today. I’m so glad that’s over. I get my results on Monday.


Cookie Recipe Swap November 13, 2007

Filed under: food — middleagedmom @ 8:57 pm
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I couldn’t decide on what  cookie recipe to share so I chose a fairly easy recipe to make. This recipe was shared by a former co-worker named Melissa.  It contains brandy but you could substitute kahlua (sp?) or leave out the alcohol and just use vanilla extract. I don’t really know the name of the cookie but it makes a nice holiday cookie.

  • 1/2 lb. butter
  • 1 tbsp. brandy
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Whip above ingredients until fluffy. Then add

  •  2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Mix well unti blended. Chill for 1 hour.

Shape into balls completely covering a Hershey’s Kiss.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 12 minutes at 375 degrees. 

Cool completely. Sprinkle or roll in powdered sugar.  Enjoy!


Circle Cutters November 10, 2007

Filed under: handmade cards,scrapbooking — middleagedmom @ 9:26 pm
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Today I invested in circle cutters from Creative Memories. I can’t wait to try them out. When the consultant demonstrated it, the circles were pretty easy to cut. I tried it myself and thought it worked pretty well. I think the set I bought comes with 3 different cutters, a cutting mat, a plastic circle grid, and a template. The grid  is used when you have to cut photographs so that you can see which cutter to use

I’ll try them out and let you all know what I think of them.

My original circle cutter was the Coluzzle. I actually like this cutter except for the fact that the rotating blade on the cutter broke and I haven’t had a chance to replace it. My Coluzzle set came with templates for circles, rectangles, envelopes, and tags. It’s pretty easy to use. The problem that I’ve encountered is with those “tabs” that are left when you cut out your shape. You have to trim them off yourself. The thing that bothers me is that sometimes cutting off the tab is a little tricky since it makes your shape look crooked. Has anyone else encountered that problem?

I’ve thought about using punches but those have problems too. My large circle cutter is always getting stuck. It’s a pain. I tried to use wax paper to “grease” the punch but that wasn’t really effective. So as of now, my circle punch is useless since it’s jammed.

Now that I have a circle cutter, I can get back to scrapbooking and card making.

My dream tool of course is a die cutter type of machine. But those babies are expensive! I’m sure those things make great circles and you probably can make a lot more with less effort.  I’ll put that on my wish list for when I go back to work full-time.

Does anyone else have suggestions/recommendations for circle cutters that are easy to use and effective?


Time Bound

Filed under: baby,children,family,moms,pregnancy,scrapbooking,toddlers — middleagedmom @ 7:16 pm

Isn’t it sad that our lives revolve so much around the clock? We are so bound by time constraints and schedules. I’m not saying that schedules are bad because I do enjoy structure for the most part.

The thing that is bothering me is my lack of time or maybe my poor use of time. Ever since taking this part-time job, I’ve been feeling so busy. I mean I’ve always felt busy being a mother of a toddler but now I feel like I hardly have any down time for myself. In the few spare moments that I do have, I’m reading and responding to personal emails or reading blogs or posting to my blog.  I really want to find more time for scrapbooking. I have been making cards though but it’s because I have upcoming events that require them. Not to mention I can’t see spending money on a card when I can make one.

Scrapbooking requires time. I don’t know about the rest of you but I take a long time to ponder a layout and what I’d like to include in the layout. I have to decide which photos to use and whether I should crop them or not. I have to decide the best colors to use or what embellishments enhance the “story” of the layout. Then I have to decide what my journaling will be like. Then I have to put it all together. I’m the type of scrapbooker that has to look at everything in my “stash” to see what would be best to use so I like to spread out. That takes space…which by the way ends up creating a “mess” of stuff on my table. Then that needs to get cleaned up and organized.

I guess I’d better learn to make better use of the time I have now. Especially since it’s getting so close to the holidays and close to baby’s birth. When baby makes 4, I’ll really be strapped for time! (I think moms with multiple children are amazing! I have to get some tips from them!)

P.S. I wanted to share a thought from a money expert on Surviving Motherhood ( a tv show on Discovery Health). She said “don’t allow money to define your choices, money should support your choices.” I thought that was quite profound.


Toddler Spelling Games November 9, 2007

Filed under: children,dad,family,food,moms,toddlers — middleagedmom @ 6:24 pm
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Isn’t it funny how all parents find themselves playing the spelling game with their children? What spelling game you ask? It’s the one where you spell the words so that your child/children don’t know what you’re talking about.

Today while driving home from the mall, I said to my mother, “Why didn’t I buy some n-o-o-d-l-e-s for Princess?” My mom says, “N-o-o-d-l-e-s? Oh, noodles!” Boy, did she spoil the game! Or when Mr. MaD came home today I said, “Princess ate almost a whole a-p-p-l-e at lunch today.”

Food is not the only thing I find myself spelling. I also do it when it involves toys or things that I don’t want her to want at that time. Often when she hears me talking about something, it catches her interest then she wants what I’m talking about. So to avoid any battles, I end up spelling things that I know she’ll want. Silly, huh?


Update – glucose test bummer November 7, 2007

I got the results of my glucose test….bummer! I didn’t pass. Apparently, the reference range is 79-139 and my number came back as 144. Ugh! Now I have to take the 3 hour glucose test. For that test you have to fast for 12 hours then you take a blood test first thing. Then you drink 2 bottles of that very very sweet drink. Then you take, if I’m not mistaken, 3 more blood tests at each hour. Believe me, I am NOT looking forward to this. When I was pregnant with Princess, I also failed the first 1 hour glucose test. My number was 148 but when I took the 3 hour test I passed. So I’m hoping that’s what happens this time.

I’ve been eating so much “junk” since we’ve been so busy with parties, etc. We just went to a Harvest Fest at my cousin’s church this weekend. I also attended a baby shower and ate ice cream and a cupcake. This weekend we are planning to go to another Fun Fair and I’m going to a baby shower that my friends are hosting for me (my friends are so nice).

In preparation, I have decided (as was suggested to me) to cut out/down most of my sugar intake and my carbs. Not entirely, but I’m resisting chocolate cake, cookie, and candies. Oh…and juice. So, besides water, my drinks are now diet soda and crystal light. Yes, I am having sugar withdrawls! So hopefully in the next two weeks I’ll get my glucose levels in order so that when I take my 3 hour test I will pass.

On a more pleasant note, I sold 1 blue Lock & Lock bento set. I do have 1 more left. I also have an orange Lock & Lock bento set if anyone is interested. If no one emails me with interest, I will put it up on ebay.


Pregnancy Woes November 3, 2007

There are a few things about being pregnant that seem to worry me.

  • Morning sickness – I just happened to be in the group of women who suffer from morning sickness. I hear it is something like 40%. Well, during my 1st pregnancy I was sick for 4 months. This pregnancy more like 6 months and I still feel nauseous every so often. (Everyone tells me that it means it’s a girl…hmmm?)
  • Maternal age – Obviously, since I’m a middleaged mom I fit the maternal age cut-off which is 35 years old. With “advanced maternal age” there is always a concern for Downs syndrome as well as other genetic disorders. There is also a concern for premature labor.
  • Hypertension – During my last pregnancy, I suffered from hypertension. From my first visit to confirm my pregnancy I had terribly high blood pressure (140/90).  I was on blood pressure medication for my whole pregnancy so that I would have less of a chance for pre-eclampsia. So far this pregnancy my blood pressure has been good but I still have to watch my salt intake and weight gain.
  • Weight gain – Supposedly the new amount of weight gain during pregnancy is less than what it used to be. Today my doctor reminded me that I should gain approx. 1/2 lb a week. Whew! Since my last visit a month ago I gained 4 1/2 pounds.  During my last  I gained a total of 25 pounds and lost it all and more. So far this pregnancy I gained 20 pounds. I sure hope it all comes off!
  • Quad-screen Test – This is a 2 part blood test that you take as a screening for Downs Syndrome, Trisomy 28, and I think neural tube defects. Anyway, I didn’t take this test during my last pregnancy. Supposedly it was called the Triple Screen test 2 years ago. Anyway, the test results were negative – meaning that I have a low chance of having a child with any of the tested disorders. It is not 100% but it gives a good idea of what’s happening so that you can decide if you want an amnio or not.
  • Gestational Diabetes – Today I had my gestational diabetes test. It’s the one where you have to fast the night before then take a blood test before and after drinking this sugary drink. I get the results on Monday. I am hoping and praying that my results are okay. If not, I have to take the 3 hour screening test. Ugh! Last time I had to take the 3 hour test but my results came out okay. The doctor keeps reminding me that my weight gain could affect the gestational diabetes results. He suggests that I cut down/out starches and sugars. (My cousin had gestational diabetes and it was quite a “pain” to have to watch what you eat and check your blood sugar all the time.)
  • Labor/Delivery – When I was in labor with Princess, I ended up having a c-section because I couldn’t dilate. Princess was too big. So this time, I am hoping to have an ultrasound as it gets closer to my due date so that we can see how big the baby is. If this baby is large, I would like to schedule a c-section rather than be in labor for almost 30+ hours then find out I have to have a  c-section.

On a related note, I’ve been worried about Princess and her adjustment to this pregnancy and the arrival of the new baby. Well yesterday we may have had a breakthrough. I had to leave to visit my girlfriend in the hospital (she just gave birth to a beautiful daughter). When I was getting dressed, Princess came to me and started following me around. I was a little worried that she would start crying when I left. I continued getting ready and packing up my things, then I opened the door and took out my keys. Amazingly, she said “bye” to me and pushed me out the door! Wow! I said “bye” to her and left. I didn’t hear her crying at all. When I came home I asked Mr. MaD how she did. He said she was fine and didn’t even cry. I was so proud of her! That is the 1st time she hasn’t cried when I left the house without her. Progress.