Last night was a rough one! Zoë was happy and content so long as I was playing with her but when it came time to go to sleep... she'd have none of it. Commence the crying! For almost two hours. Yeah.
At times she'd cry like something hurt. Her gums are not swollen or red. Maybe her ears? Nope. Checked her toes and undid her clothes. The moment I take her clothes off she's smiling and cooing, with red-rimmed eyes. Maybe she's hot? Nope, she wants to play! Because playing and talking to her was the only thing she'd stop crying for. Because she knew it was time for bed since the only time we go in my room is bedtime!
Ahhh, well, she did end up going to sleep. How can anyone resist this cute face? She's even cute when she cries! I just don't like not knowing what to do when she does.
I've been so unmotivated to update my blog. I feel incredibly boring and as though I don't have much to say. And I've been focusing a ton of energy on product reviews. You wouldn't think that would take very much time but writing PR reps and organizing your calendar, actually testing products, researching for the best of the best, promoting and building your website and following, etc. takes up a ton of time in the midst of cleaning, entertaining children, feeding, clothing, bathing, paying bills, writing grocery lists, etc.
But I really like being busy. I thrive on it. When I have nothing to do I get quiet and snappy. Wow, that's kind of an oxymoron but it's true. And bored and depressed and bitter. So it is fun to have this to do. I may pick up my jewelry shop again, too. I haven't decided if it is worth the $ and energy.
Giveaways coming up (and I tell you guys first because I WANT you to enter and win!)- Piggy Paint nail polish, Baby Bond Nursing Cover, jewelry (The Chunky Pearl!), teething jewelry, chocolates, etc. But you have to head on over to Girly Girl Giveaways to enter for the Girly Goodies. They'll be coming in February...
Other things I'm working on are the big girls' birthday parties. I ordered their invites from SeeHere. I got 50 photo invites for free (just paid $4.99 to ship) using code newbaby at checkout. Score! You can split it up, too. You don't have to buy 50 of one particular invite.
And I'm checking Etsy for some fun party favors. I'd really like to get tutus for all the party girls. Some sellers have bulk listings but it is still more than I probably want to spend for party favors. I haven't decided what to do for Elaina yet because I have no idea if I should invite all of the girls in her class, all the kids or have her pick some. Then again I don't want some kids to feel left out (her school is a small, family-like school). Peer pressure I tell ya! Most of their parents don't speak English so I wouldn't even know how to communicate with some of them either. And I don't want people to feel obligated to bring a gift at ALL but I know people feel pressure, even if you tell them not to. So I might just tell her to pick a few friends. It's far enough away that I can figure it out later.
Abigail's party- she wants cupcakes she picked out from the Walmart grocery. I actually like Walmart's bakery better than every other grocery store bakery. She told me she wants pink plates and cups. But no theme, at least not yet. I was thinking about doing the tutus for Abby's party as favors and going with a princess/fairytale theme.
Elaina's party- this will be her first Kid Only party. There'll be adult supervision (me!) don't worry! But it'll just be her and her friends free to play and eat pizza. It'll be more child-directed than planned I think. Ooh I just thought of a neat party favor idea for Elaina's party. I could get those plastic popcorn things and fill them with movie-themed favors. Yes, I am obsessed with party favors.