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Guest Poster: Jaime’s take on Pregnancy

By on November 30, 2012

I’m currently 33 weeks pregnant, with my second child. I look pretty much like this:
For the first few months, this pregnancy felt like no big deal. I’ve been here, I’ve done this—and I wasn’t even dealing with the violent morning sickness problem I had the first time around (finally managed to keep food down consistently after the 25th week. Couldn’t eat anything, but didn’t have any problems gaining baby weight. Unfair).
Then I started feeling my little guy move.
A lot.
All the time. 
It’s not that my little girl never moved in the womb. She did – for an hour or so in the morning and an hour or so at night. I felt little experimental nudges and kicks that gradually increased in strength, and she would respond curiously to my touch if I poked at her little feet. Normal baby stuff.
But not this guy. It’s a three ring circus in there. He dances. He jiggles. He sometimes moves so forcefully that I lose my balance. His little one-man rock concert is going on all day and all night with only a few minutes intermission between sets. 
I’m terrified. 
I already have enough trouble keeping up with my toddler – and she’s my sweet, inquisitive, motherly little engineer-brain. She likes to explore, to examine how things work, and to observe the people around her. She’s what many more experienced mothers have told me is known as an “easy” child.
She’s easy, and I still can’t seem to get a shower every day. Or even every other day.
If I’m struggling so much now, how am I going to do this when I’ve got a second child – especially one who seems to be practicing Zumba already?
I know it’s all going to be okay. Somehow, someway, I’ll manage – and this, I know, mostly because millions of other families the world over have more than one child and manage to keep themselves and their children alive. It’s obviously possible.
That doesn’t make it any less frightening, though. The prospect ahead of me is sleepless nights full of colic and nursing sessions, followed by days of teaching the alphabet and potty-training mishaps. Meanwhile my dishes will pile up in the sink, the dust bunnies will pile up on the floor, and the laundry will pile up in, you know, the laundry piles.
I like to sleep. I don’t want poo on my floor. I like a clean house.
 At least for the first few months, none of that will matter. 
Things will probably be very similar to how they were when I became a mom the first time around – I’ll feel incredibly accomplished if I get an entire load of laundry folded AND put away in the same 24 hour period. I’ll be forgetting to eat. I’ll probably find myself unable to keep both children happy, and will wind up just sitting on the floor and sobbing with them until my husband comes home to rescue me (and my rescue, I mean, take the kids to grandma’s while mommy has a brief nervous breakdown).
But it’s going to be better this time around. I know that much. It isn’t going to be easier, but it will be better – because this time, I’m giving myself permission in advance to just utterly fail.
I didn’t know what it would be like the first time. I was shocked and horrified to realize that I could no longer just eat when I was hungry and go to the bathroom when I needed to. This time, meh – I already know those things are for non-moms. Going to the bathroom by myself even feels luxurious now – like I’m splurging on a spa-day or something. I don’t expect those privileges anymore, so I won’t have to deal with the horror of losing them.
I also won’t worry about my home turning into a temporary hovel. Usually, yes, I like it to be clean and orderly, and it’s going to really bug me to see everything falling apart and getting dirty – but this time, I’ll know it’s a phase. Gradually, I’ll be able to accomplish more and more tasks in the day. Eventually, I will be able to vacuum the floor AND clean the bathroom. It’ll happen. I’ll get there.
It’s still terrifying. Utterly. Hormones might be partially to blame for the late-term pregnancy insomnia I’ve been experiencing, but I’m not kidding myself – a lot of the sleeplessness comes from knowing what I’m in for. I’m scared, and I admit it – but that doesn’t change the fact that it’ll be okay. 
I’ll get through this. I’m going to be exhausted, depressed, overwhelmed, and I’ll survive it all – and I’ll love every minute, whether I know it or not. After all, all the old ladies who come up to me in the store and fondly tell me of when their children were small must remember how hard it was, too. They were probably drowning just like me, but they were drowning for the best reason imaginable – their kids. 
I’m giving myself this permission to fail and to feel terrible, because I also want the permission to enjoy the craziness. I’m going to have a messy house, and dang it, for once in my life, I’m going to try to enjoy a mess. I’m going to slap together sub-par meals, and I’m not going to feel bad about it. It’s fine. It’s normal. It’ll pass.
And someday very soon, I know I’ll wish that it hadn’t passed so incredibly quickly. The old lady in the grocery store will be me, and the child I’m remembering as I admire someone elses’ baby will be all grown up and on their own. In that time, as that old lady, I intend to remember how very much I enjoyed the craziness while it was there for me to enjoy. 


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Happy Family Organic Super Foods

By on November 29, 2012

My son is in that “snack” phase making meals a bit more difficult. He seems to be an endless pit some days and other days only wants to eat snacks.

I find that the easiest snacks are ones that are healthy, easy to pack for when we are on the run and something he can eat on his own. I found that Happy Family has some of the best snacks for our family. Their HappyTot Pouches are some of Ace’s favorites. They are amazing because they are packed with organic fruits and veggies! I love that it is also wheat, gluten, soy and dairy free. This is great for little ones who may have allergies. The best part for me is I can hand him a pouch and he can feed himself without a mess. He has yet to master spoons or forks (well, he has mastered it but prefers to use his hands and yes this includes when he eats any type of saucy food.)

We also love their Happy Munchies. They are easy for him to eat for a quick snack and Mommy doesn’t mind them either.

Feeding himself, making my life easier
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Thanksgiving 2012

By on November 26, 2012

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Unfortunately my Mom is in the hospital and so Ace spent the day with my cousins so I could go be with her. He is too busy to go to a hospital and I knew it would be more fun for him to go and be with them.

Most of this weekend has been spent making trips back and forth to the hospital so we have not had anything very exciting going on. My cousin did take some adorable pictures of Ace so I wanted to share those.

Since my Mom is in the hospital I will be probably writing less personal posts and getting some reviews and giveaways up for you all. If anyone is interested in guest posting to help fill up my blog with some fun posts feel free to write me with “guest post” in the subject line. If you have sent me a guest post I will be posting it this week.

Now onto the cuteness…

The one picture I got with Ace on Thanksgiving


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I had to post this because I could not believe what a great deal it is. Living Social is now having Yo Gabba Gabba tickets on sale for $25 to $45!! I am not sure if this goes for all areas but it was available for our local show. I am guessing it might be available for everyone though because when I looked up tickets they were doing the show in a lot of different cities. 
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By on November 20, 2012
Here are the current giveaways Perfectly Imperfect Mom is hosting so far this month. We have a few more coming up so I will keep updating as the month goes but but this will make it easy for you to enter them all if they are in one spot.


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Happy Holiday Series: The Tradition of Baking Christmas Cookies

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When I was a little girl, every year my Grandma, sister and I would bake and decorate cookies. Here is a great story on the tradition of baking Christmas cookies! 
By: Janice
The Tradition of Baking Christmas Cookies
With Thanksgiving being less than two weeks away, my family has begun planning for our annual black Friday cookie baking marathon.  Ever since I can remember, my entire family has formed an assembly line and baked literally thousands of cookies for Christmas.  My Mom has a very special collection of her best recipes that we bake every year (I’ve shared some these cookie recipes at Squidoo) and then we add in a few new ones to try each year as well.  All this planning got me wondering, where did the tradition of baking Christmas cookies come from anyway?  
Turns out that Christmas cookies seem to have nothing to do with the Christmas story or church at all. How, then, did the tasty baked treats we enjoy today come to be associated with the Christmas festivities?
The tradition of the cookie can be traced back to ancient days. Originally when Prussian cooks to the royals needed to test their wood fire ovens before baking a cake, they’d place a small sample of cake batter in the oven. If it cooked quickly enough, the oven was ready. Rather than throw these little cakes out, they caught on as the cookie. 
Cookies quickly became associated with festive, fun occasions. When the cookies came out, it meant there was something special to celebrate. Especially when ingredients like honey, sugar, and spices were at a premium. They’d only be used for the most important “holy days.” Hence, the holidays. People began to celebrate holidays like Christmas and Easter with cookies spread on their tables as offerings for friends and neighbors.
Early European settlers introduced the cookie to American soil. It’s hard to imagine, but there weren’t any cookies here before the Europeans. They arrived in various stages during history with their traditions of Springerle and Spritz cookies from Germany as well as gingerbread, which they called lebkuchen. The Germans also brought the idea of the cookie cutter and the building of gingerbread houses. Other cookies came with other ethnic groups such as the biscotti and anise cookies from Italy and the bizcochito from Spain. The English gave us the original sugar cookies derived from their tea cakes. 
Because America is a melting pot of cultures and traditions, we now enjoy many types of Christmas cookies. Baking and decorating gingerbread houses has become a tradition of epic proportions with contests being held for the best and most elaborate. Cookie swaps are held around the country where friends bake up batches of their favorite Christmas cookies and swap them for samples of everyone else’s. Families plan to set aside cookie baking time as meaningful family bonding time.
Cookies now come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Originally, animal cookies were rolled and baked to be hung on the Christmas tree as edible ornaments. They caught on and became favorites of children the world over all from their humble beginnings as decorations.
The Christmas cookie is a reminder of home or perhaps the idealized home everyone wishes for. They provide a reason to visit the neighbors at Christmas time or to gather with friends over a freshly baked batch. Cookies at the holidays bring people together. Perhaps that’s why many people will spend weeks, even months before the holidays baking and freezing different batches of cookies to share with friends as the 25th of December draws near. Many people could not imagine the holidays without cookies. Often, they can bring distant relatives together around the mixing bowl or mean a special time with mom or dad as they decorate sheets of cutout cookies.
No matter what type of cookies you love or bake, you can be sure that sharing them will make you new friends and maybe even start a new tradition this Christmas time. 
About The Author:
JaniceS7 is a wedding/event consultant and regular contributor to the www.cookiegiftbaskets.com blog where she shares her recipes, baking tips, and gift ideas with readers.
Photo Credit: B Landis from Flickr


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