Mamas Tell All: Choosing the Size of Your Family

I'm linking up today with Everyday ThoughtsSo Called Homemaker and That Southern Mama for today's Mamas Tell All! 

Whew! Y'all have heard a lot from our family lately! I can't even begin to explain how fun it has been to get to know other moms through this linkup. For me blogging has always been my way of reaching out to other people, helping others through written words, and making my world a little larger. 
In a world where many are choosing to live a childfree life, The Big Dawg and I would love a big family. As much as I would like to dream that The Big Dawg and I have control over how many children we will have, we don't. I'd love it if we could "choose" the size, but I'm not really sure what our future holds. If you want to read more about our infertility journey you can read these posts here

When The Big Dawg and I first met, we knew we wanted lots of kids. Not the Duggers 19 Kids and Counting, but more than one (I'm an only child). Then we were hit with the news that we couldn't just pop out a kid whenever we felt like it. In fact, many couples are unable to have children this way. 1 in 8 couples will deal with infertility. Infertility doesn't mean they can't it means they have tried for over a year with no success. Sometimes it just takes a while and sometimes there are bigger issues and more intense treatments are needed.  

We have lost one baby and I like to think he/she is waiting in heaven for us and hopefully others are anxiously waiting to join our family. I would love another baby, sooner rather than later, but I also want our lives to get organized before we try again. The Big Dawg needs work and we need a place of our own. When those things line up, hopefully we will be blessed with another little one. It gives me anxiety to think about going through what we went through all over again, so putting off trying does freak me out. Seriously. But I just have to face reality and pray it won't be as hard the next time around. Ideally, we would like to have an even number of kids, either 2 or 4. With the economy like it is I just don't know if we will be able to afford 4 kids ya know? The Big Dawg personally knows the struggles and pains of growing up in a poor family, it has affected him tremendously. 

In the end, I think having a family is the most important work we will do. 
Because families are what life is all about. They make life worth living. The joys of being a mother are like nothing I've ever experienced, there is nothing that can compare. 


Men Tell All

Linking up today with Becoming Adorrable and I'm SO excited about today's topic! Blogger Men Tell All!
 Here's my interview with The Big Dawg (TBD). Please read it in a sweet Tennessee accent!!

Q1: If you had a blog, what would you call it, and what would it be about?

TBD: It'd be about projects, project reviews, do it yourself kinda stuff like I did on my Jeep.
Me: Ok, what would you call it?
TBD: Handyman World... hey you should see if that site is taken or not!
Me: Haha, ok then...

Q2: If you could live inside any video game, which would it be?

TBD: ... That's hard...
Me: Is it hard because there are so many you'd like to live in?
TBD: Yes.
Me: Ok, tell me your top three then.
TBD: Fallout, Fallout 2, and Skyrim. Skyrim being at the top.
Q3: Who is your best player on your fantasy football team?
TBD: I don't do fantasy football

                       Q4: If you could play for any professional sports team, which would it be?
TBD: Randy Couture Team Quest
Me: What is that?!
TBD: Mixed Martial Arts team, make sure you put Team Quest!!

Q5: What do you typically do with an hour of free time?
TBD: Watch my child.
Me: You're just saying that because mamas are going to read this!!!!
TBD: No I'm not, I love him, I like watching him! But if I wasn't, then I guess I'd be doing a project...
Me: Here we go with the projects again!

Becoming Adorrable


The Clock is Ticking

You'll never sleep again they said.
Sleep when the baby sleeps they said.
I didn't believe them. I didn't believe them. I had no clue.

It is hard for me to put into words how absolutely exhausted I am.
Here's a view of my world right now:

6:00AM Little Monkey wakes up happy, smiling, precious.
We have breakfast, snuggle, and stay upfront while The Big Dawg sleeps in.

8:30AM, Little Monkey goes back to sleep for a nap. Depending on what I've got going on I might lay down with him, clean the kitchen, pick up the living room, or watch TV.

10:00AM Little Monkey wakes back up and we play until I have to get dressed for work. The Big Dawg takes over baby duties and I observe the playing and giggles while doing my hair and makeup. Depending on how LM is feeling I can get out on time for work or too late (he's learned when I leave and starts to cry out for me, he crawls over to me and pulls on my skirt, breaks my heart).

Then after an eventful morning, if it was anything like last week I was also helping The Big Dawg with his background check info calling multiple DMVs and police stations to get his application process moving along.


12:15PM Leave the house. I head into work sometimes with lunch, sometimes without. I work Sunday through Thursday. I use the weekends to regroup, nap, nap, and nap again. Sundays are even more exhausting. We have service from 9AM-12PM and we leave directly from church to drop me off at work.
Back at home...

7:30PM Little Monkey gets his bath. He's an angel on the earth!!

8:30PM Little Monkey goes to bed, he loooooves sleep. At least one of us is getting it around here!

9:45PM I get home from work. Starving, I have to mentally fight out the hunger pains. Sometimes they win and I eat junk, sometimes I am strong and go to bed hungry.

10:00PM The Big Dawg and I have husband and wife time, we watch TV.

11:30PM Bedtime, if I can turn my wired brain off.

By the end of the week, I am done! Call it a pity party if you will!

What's your typical day like?


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