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So What....

...that I didn't set my alarm for this morning leaving me no time to shower.
...that my hair is not at an appropriate cleanliness level for work, but hey I'm here anyway.

....that although I am beyond excited to be working on a PCOS management plan with my new doctor, the medicine is making me so sick while my body adjusts.
....that my body is attempting to adjust to this medicine while I endure the most painful cycle I've had in the last 8 months! {I know, I know, TMI, so what?}

...that my to-do list feels like an out-of-control monster.

...that I left the house in a tizzy this morning and didn't even hug the husband. #wifefail

...that I bought Jackson a Halloween costume rather than attempting to make him one.

...that I'm furious with my Dad for so many things but am currently allowing him to buy my happiness in the form of two flights to DC.

...that I just finished my coffee and may just go get another.

...that I'm posting this from my {really it's suppose to be Brandon's} iPad and don't know how to add Shannon's adorable button or link through the app I wrote this on. Which means you all need to go find Shannon's blog, Life After I Dew and share some So What Wednesday love. {button and actual link to be added tonight}

Happy Wednesdays lovelies! I still have a million amazing things to share before this week is over, so stay tuned!

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If you Give a Toddler a Drum...

He's going to make some noise....

All this noise will call for some outdoor drumming.

If a Toddler gets outside with his drum...

...daydreams of being a rockstar will win out. 

...or was it the neighbor's dog?
Yeah, that sounds right.

Milestones, Memories & the Makings of a Home

It's been a month of milestones around here that I've only briefly mentioned.
However, each deserve a bit more attention.

First up, our house. 

Apparently, as of September 16 we've been homeowners for a year. I could have sworn we didn't close until September 23, but I was wrong. Guess that's what happens when you become homeowners and new parents almost simotaneously. Hmph. I should've referenced my archives sooner. 

For the most part, projects in every room go unfinished which is my only excuse for not having shared more details. In the next few weeks, I'll share my plan to go room-by-room finishing up projects and scratching items off our list.

Here's a peek at one we've Brandon has been working on...

This bad boy is just a piece of a much bigger Backyard Overhaul. YAY!

Second milestone: 

As of this week, I've been at my current job for six months
Quite frankly, I have no idea how time has passed this quickly.
Surely this opportunity has been such a blessing.

And last, and most importantly, this guy turned 18-months-old yesterday.

Currently, I'm still processing exactly how I feel about this milestone.
Most likely it'll result in a much-too-sentimental post.

How could it not?

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Happy Monday, friends!

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Toddlers: Can't Live With 'Em...

Can't live without 'em? 

That's how the saying goes, right?

Well, I'm not so sure at this very moment.
It was a rough toddler day around here. Emphasis added.

Time-out may just be implemented in the days to come no matter what.

If it Happens, It Happens?

That's how my doctor put it yesterday. It only caught me off guard for a quick second before I caught myself smiling, nodding yes, if it happens, it happens.

She nodded in approval with a hint of a smirk.

There it was, on the table. Officially in a record.
If it happens, it happens. My heart is open. 
Flutters in my heart and tears in my eyes know it's true.

The moment my teen-self was told I'd only have a 2% chance of having children without advanced assistance of medical science, a huge part of my heart surrendered. It was about this time the movie Juno was taking pregnant teens and moms by storm. This example of a family experiencing my likely future didn't help. I only ever saw a heart-wrenching message from that movie. And just like that, the teeny bit of hope in me vanished.

But then I got married and my husband wanted children. And well, yeah, about that. Not only were the biological possibilities slim, at this point I'd convinced myself I didn't want kids. However? Marriage is compromise.

As the years passed, and my "plan" evolved, I considered the possibility of children; with a few prerequisites in place. Two months later we were pregnant. And stunned. With no prerequisites met.

I sobbed to my mother that I wasn't ready. That I'd not done all the things that needed to be done before making the commitment of parenting. She just laughed at me and said, "This is a good thing!"

Here I am two years after that day, laughing at myself.

My heart had become so closed to the idea of motherhood, I had no idea how to receive this news.

It became clear miracles were in play. And for that, I am thankful.That bit of thankfulness has evolved through various levels of love, grace, struggle and contentment over these last two years.

Now, I stand in front of my almost-18-month old in awe.

My how our days are different. 

Wouldn't it be beautiful to feel this love all over again with the insight we've gained?
I really think it would be. And with that, my heart is open.

If it happens, it happens.

Linking this post with the Mommy-Brain Mixer

This,That & A Blog Hop All Rolled Into One


I received a call from a CNN producer yesterday. No joke.
She didn't want to speak with me, duh, but I'm the one she had to speak to first!

For real. CNN. I googled her to make sure.

When I told my mom, her response?
Did you ask her for a job?!


Kid always has a cracker in his mouth.
And usually a spare in the hand.


This week, I'm co-hosting Follow Me Wednesday hosted by 3 Four and Under!

Please welcome the other co-hosts as well!  
Storybook Reality  
 Adventures with Captain Destructo 
The Lily White English Rose  
  This is a wonderful way to meet new people and follow some awesome blogs!
Please remember to tell your friends!  The more the merrier!

Here is what you do!
1. Please add your blog address to the blog hop list.
2. Please follow the host and co-host blogs! 
3. We would love you to tweet about the blog hop.

4.  Please place the Follow Me Wednesday button somewhere on your blog
5.  If you are new to this hop, Welcome, and please leave us a comment and we will be sure to follow you back!  And make sure to visit this weeks co-hosts and show them some love.
 6. Then, visit the other blogs on the list. 
Follow them and I'm sure they will follow you back!
Please leave them a comment telling them you are visiting them from {Follow Me Wednesday}!
We all love comments!
Please link up family appropriate blogs only, any blogs that are not family appropriate will be deleted.

Happy Wednesday and Happy Hopping!

To Remember These Toddler Moments

We're just five days away from Jackson's 18-month birthday and a bit of me is in awe of how quickly this precious time has passed. Just the other week we stepped out to enjoy some below-90 weather, and as I snapped photos of him I realized just a few months ago he was running around the yard in this exact outfit, a completely different tot.

He reaches for my hand each time he approches a step or door. Hand holding is pretty much just him holding one finger, but every now and then he'll intertwine his fingers with yours.

If asked, he'll "hug" the dogs, his toys, pretty much anything. Oh, these days, a hug is essentially a cute little head lean.

Snuggles typically include lots of raspberries, not as in the food, but as in tummy spurts.

Jackson copies every little thing we do. From coughing to my screeching when seeing a bug. Every.Little.Thing. Needless to say mama's working on her language.

Vocabulary is exploding these days. My worries about this side of development has been squashed.

Sign Language. He's starting to learn it! So far, he just knows the sign for "more" but I'm exciting to watch his signing vocabulary grow.

Dogs are still his favorite thing in the world. If out-and-about around town and a dog is spotted, all else stops and he goes running for said dog.

He's actually watching TV. The only real shows that keep his attention are Chuggington and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Hence the reason I jumped when Zulily had a gaggle of Chuggington goodies on sale last week.

If a train is mentioned, Jackson will come running exclaiming "choo choo" while pumping his arm.

I may be raising him to cheer for The Tide, but my mom has taught him the UGA "Sic Em" chant. I mean when the kid's favorite word is "woof" it wasn't too hard.

Essentially everything is described as "hot!" Each time it's said in the cutest Toddler voice ever.

Favorite food is still a cracker. Kid will shove the whole darn thing in his mouth then run for the hills.

If Jackson thinks he's hurt you he proclaims "ow!" and comes to check on you.

He can throw a tantrum like no other kiddo I've ever seen. We're working on this.

He gives kisses out all.the.time. However, do not expect a kiss on demand. You'll be fooling yourself. I try to cherish those slobbery kisses.

As I look to Jackson's 18-month milestone, my heart couldn't be happier to see the amazing little man that God has blessed us with.

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Fall Bucket List Printable

I've decided to give the season a proper welcome with a series of posts featuring the best of Fall Traditions. You can consider it a little extra seasonal love from me to you.

Before we get too far into the season, I thought I'd better get a Bucket List together. When Katie shared her Fall and Winter Bucket Lists last year, I immediately loved the idea. 

So, I've made my own this year and am giving you each the opportunity to download a copy and cross things off the list yourself. Sounds good, yeah? 

Raise your hand if you can cross Have Seasonal Drinks off the list already...

Follow me on Instagram @theviewfrom510
Yeah, me too. 
Simply click one of the links I've provided for the printable, save image to your desktop, print and voila!

I hope you'll grab a copy and enjoy making the most of the season with me! 

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When I Get to Googling

I logged on last night to accomplish a few things. Moments later I remembered that I'd bought chicken to stir fry and well, I'm just not sure the best techniques to do so. 

Guess that's how I ended up here...

Cut to an hour later when my bedtime rolls around and I've wound up here:

What the what?

How I ended up on Better Home and Gardens' site pinning my way through Philadelphs Cooking Creme Recipes, I'll never know.

My mind has had a serious wandering issue lately. It's like my clicker finger has no control!  I set out with a list of things to do and ended up here. Far, far from that list.

I really may have to start setting a wandering timer on my computer time.

TGIF, right?

So What...

...that I went to bed at 9:00 p.m. this week.
...that I'm celebrating Santa presents arriving from Zulily.
...that in my mind "the holidays" basically just begin with College Football Season.
...that I'm dreading my upcoming birthday, but I'm planning fun festivities to overcome my hesitations. If it's celebrated well, then it can't be that bad....right?

And now, I've got that awful Sheryl Crow song stuck in my head.

Your welcome.

Now go link-up with Shannon.

Jackson's First Day

It felt as though I was the one preparing to attend a new school, meet new friends and adjust to a new routine Sunday night. Butterflies refused to leave my stomach, so the Husband graciously said he'd join me in dropping off Jackson at his new daycare.

You see, the first day at a daycare is kind of like moving in. We had a huge box of diapers, a stock of wipes, a cup, a blanket and....oh yeah a kid! Needless to say, my hands would've been a little full.

We checked in with ease handing over immunization records and every other bit of personal info. Then it was time, we headed back to Jack's new room. He was already loving this place, by the way. I could hardly pull him from the insane amounts of books in their main play area to go to his room.

His immediate reaction to his room was adorable. You know the whole, I'm shy and going to hide behind mommy's leg deal. This lasted all of two seconds before he spotted a bean-bag (one of his favorite things) and bolted over to see how comfy it was. This led to testing out every chair at the table next to it. Then the next thing I know, he's in the corner playing with one of the boys not even noticing me and Brandon sneaking out the door.

This mama soul had such a bittersweet morning. I warmed at knowing how happy he already was exploring his new room, but I worried all day something would go wrong. We did let his teacher know about his biting and just to keep a close watch. Over our supervision of him, we've found he only bites when he's extremely tired (aka we've come to the conclusion his biting at our last center was something being caused there throughout the day).

Due to a post-work meeting downtown, Brandon was picking up Jackson while I eagerly waited for a phone call to let me know how things went. And? Brandon and his teacher reported back that they couldn't have been better.

He ate lots, played lots, and even slept the entire nap time. He didn't cry, or fuss, or bite. This morning when dropping him off his teacher reiterated how impressed she was with him yesterday. Now I'm praying this continues.

This entire daycare situation has been miserable, but more than that it's been a learning lesson. I never thought I'd be a mom, I always wanted to work and I never thought of the what-ifs. And now, most of you know, I'd give anything to stay home, but we're not there yet. So daycare is a necessity.

Leaving your child in a place you trust and know in your heart your child is happy and well taken care of makes work infinitely more enjoyable. Because as much as I love my job, when your heart is worried about your child there will be no productivity and work will seem dismal.

So here's to Day 2, may it go as smoothly as Day 1!

Before I leave you for the day, I must say again how thankful I am for each of you who've seen me through this daycare transition and even more to all of you who have been here with me since dropping Jackson off for his first day of daycare at 10 weeks old. Many days have passed in which I'm not sure I would've come out on the brighter side if it weren't for this community. So thanks to all of you for your unconditional support.

Show & Tell: Baby Edition

Baby fever hit me a little after Jackson's first birthday. And with squishy babies being welcomed left and right I don't foresee that changing any time soon. Despite my current case of baby fever, our Baby #2 is still feasibly a couple years off. 

So, for now, I plan and dream. 

1. Tell us your favorite baby names?
For me, Jackson was the one and only boy name I ever considered for my son.

So if we have a boy, I'm at a complete loss. Girl names on the other hand, I have plenty of!
Examples: Kennedy, Harper, Lynlee, Lucy, Samantha.

Although, if Baby #2 is a girl, we've already chosen her name. That'll be saved for a potential future announcement :)

2. Show me your "dream" nursery:
You can see Jackson's first nursery here
And? Confession? I still haven't posted photos of his current nursery! Oops.

For Baby #2 though, I have a few things in mind. 

See, I told you...total loss if it's a boy!

3. How many children would you like to have? How far apart?
I think two children.
Ideally, they'd be no more than three years apart. 
Right now, though, I'm just trying to be patient, content and trust in His plan.

4. Tell us what you think the importance of parenting is?
There are so many important things we do and decide each day as a parent. What's truly important about parenting is what changes in you as a person through parenthood. It's just an incredible transformation. 

5. Show us your favorite newborn photo. 

Jackson, at 10 days new.

6.  Tell us some things you promise to never do as a parent {and if you are a parent, did you stick to it}. 
I promised never to let my child throw a screaming tantrum in public.
So far, we've not allowed this. Even if it meant one of us leaving a meal to go outside to walk around. I just prefer it this way, as a courtesy to others. Only time will tell how long this will last.

Be sure to follow along with my Baby Fever Pins!

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*linking up with Becky for Show & Tell

Taking That Leap

I did it...

I told myself to commit, and that's just what I've done.
This mama officially has a BlogHer '13 pass with her name on it!

Find more details on registration here.

Mommy Brain Mixer: My Mom-Mom

Mom-guilt has weighed heavy on me over the last week. Between daycare and Jackson's ears I've felt quite defeated lately. I've doubted myself. I've questioned my actions. I've found a babysitter {grandmother} and slept until 10:00 a.m.

Refreshed and armed with a new daycare and set of tubes for the Toddler, I should feel better. Right?

In all honesty, I don't. Well, I didn't. Not until I came home Sunday to be told Jackson walked around the living room pointing to my picture saying my-mom-mom. My love for that sweet kid grew even more when Brandon told me this.

Monday, as we enjoyed the day together, my little dude looked at me, looked at his dad and then pointed to himself proclaiming, "my-mom-mom!" Just as loud and proud as ever!

I'm fairly certain my heart burst into a million mommy pieces in that moment. Before this day, he'd only whimper mama if he was extremely tired or upset. But over the last 48 hours he's walked around pointing to me and himself, repeating this little mantra. 

In the Toddler Dictionary you'll find my-mom-mom defined as such:
1. The phrase which claims a toddler's mom. If mom has a rockstar moment, repeat phrase, adding emphasis by pointing to her and then back to oneself. In turn you will see many toddler treats. 

It'll get you.Every.Single.Time.


Welcome to week 7 of the Mommy-Brain Mixer, ladies!
I'm Co-Hosting with Cassie this week!

Last week there was an amazing 108 link-ups! The Mixer is growing like crazy!

Ya know... the success of the Mixer has made Cassie so happy that she's offering you all an awesome deal on ad space!  

For the next two days only, when you purchase one month of ANY of Cassie's ad spaces, you will receive a second month for FREE!  

That's two months of advertising at Two In Diapers for the price of one! If you're in your right mind, you'll definitely want to go here to take advantage of this steal before it ends on Friday at midnight!

NOW, welcome to...

At the Mommy-Brain Mixer, we will be linking up our writings about anything and everything motherhood!

We want to see funny posts, serious posts, sweet & sappy stories, mommy-brain episodes, memories from when your older children were younger, thoughts & lessons learned, and anything related to motherhood or little people. You know that post you wrote yesterday about your teething baby? Or that hilarious post you wrote about your 2nd grader's school play? Those are perfect, so link 'em up! 

The Mommy-Brain Mixer is the perfect place to find some great new blogs to follow, make some wonderful new blog friends, and enjoy some entertaining new reads!

To make things even more fun, my friend Mar, over at Raising Bean, is hosting a sister link-up for you to join, too!
Head on over there after your finished here and link up your recipes, DIY, arts & crafts, and sensory activities!  

Let's get to it, friends!
1.Follow Two In Diapers
{the first link below}
If you are new to the Mixer, please leave me a comment so I know to follow you back! I try to get around to all the posts but, as the Mixer is growing, there are some weeks that I'm not able!

2. Follow your co-hosts
This week's lovely co-hosts {the first 4 on the linky} are:

Misty from Monkeys and Tutus
Erin from The View from 510

3. Link up your mommy post!

4. Make sure to visit some of the blogs in the link-up and maybe even follow them!
{and comments are always loved} 

5. Tweet about the Mommy-Brain Mixer to help spread the word! 


6. Grab this adorable button and place it somewhere on your blog!


7. Don't forget to check back throughout the week, as we gain many new links throughout the week!

If you are interested in co-hosting a Mommy-Brain Mixer, send me an email at twoindiapers@gmail.com!

Facepalm Kind-Of Day

It's official, in my child's 17-month life he's had three sets of tubes in his ears.

Today, we had his second set removed, a new set put in and his adenoids removed. Needless to say it was a big morning that felt like wham-bam-thank-you-ma'm. Do you know what I mean? The procedure was done in the blink of a few Pinterest searches and Twitter update. For real!

I'm sticking with the mindset third time's a charm. If it's not? I may just lose my mind!

Jackson was a trooper and already seems in much better spirits.

With that checked off the to-do list, daycare needed to be dealt with. That is, acquiring a new one.

We visited the daycare we'd been talking with and liked it. We're very optimistic, but couldn't decide if we should keep Jackson out a week since it was already such a short week. Thanks to family, we're going to do just that. He'll play at home for the next few days then head to a new school come Monday. I'll most likely cry. It's just the reality of the situation. But dammit, we got a new daycare.


Remember me mentioning being an advisor for my sorority? Maybe not? Well, I am. And the new class has officially been welcomed. My schedule has just been split another night {or two} a week.

This week's festivities and meetings?


Work? Whew, let's not go there. Busy is an understatement! I typically like being busy at work, but with life this bumpy busy it'd be really nice of it to slow down just a bit.


Cleaned the house?

Husband did it.


My tiny corner to clean?

Not cleaned.

Show & Tell: Fall Edition

This time of year just gets me all kinds of giddy! With football season officially underway, it feels like someone just clicked the fast-forward button. So let's break down a few details before we really get into the swing of the season:

1. Tell us what you are looking forward to this fall?
Alabama Football, my birthday, my best friend's birthday, celebrating when she comes to visit, the Fair, sweaters, average temperatures below 80, pumpkins.

2. Show us your fall style.

Source: polyvore.com via Erin on Pinterest

3. Tell us your favorite things to do in the fall. If you have children, activities to do with the kids?
Although this is our second Fall with Jackson, last year he was still too young to enjoy any of the festivities. This year, he'll be able to soak it up.
So, I plan to do all of it:
Our city's Greek Festival, the State Fair, pumpkin picking {and maybe painting}, apple picking {hopefully}, Trick-or-Treating. And if things go as planned possibly a bit of Toddler crafting...

4. Show us your favorite fall beverage.

5. Tell us, how you will be participating in halloween this year. Plans? Costume ideas? 
From the very bottom of my heart I can tell you I'm looking forward to getting Jackson dressed up and running around the neighborhood for trick-or-treating, but I'm falling short in the costume department. If I had a little girl to dress up though? Well, I've already picked that out.

Guess it'll just have to be saved for another year.

Find more of my Fall pinned plans here

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