Thursday, April 29, 2010

CoCo Key Baby!


Mama needs a vacation.

Bad.

Luckily, CoCo Key has just opened up a new water park resort right down the road from me.

Next week, the family will have the opportunity to check out Orlando's newest attraction and we are super excited.
At 62,000 square feet of water-filled fun, there's something for everyone. Roo is ready to rock and roll at Parrot's Perch and Minnow's Lagoon. I'm lounge on a chair with a good book and Mr. Me is ready for the Surfer Splash Slides.


If you're in the Orlando area, check out CoCo Key's newest water resort. You can visit for the day or stay longer.

I'll post my full review and pictures of it all next week.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pre-Review: Ebeanstalk Toys

Nothing makes me happier than trolling the Internet and finding great websites.

Nothing makes Roo happier than me finding great toy websites.

We agreed that we wanted to share it with my readers, her hopes are that you will buy great toys for your kids too.

"Ebeanstalk is a website dedicated to selecting great developmental toys for kids. They have a fabulous team of moms and a great team of child experts that help them pick out the best toys by age, so you can be sure your child gets toys that have been specifically matched to his or her age! "

There's also deals of the days to help you save a few bucks, plus toys are categorized to help narrow your search for the perfect toy.


This post was written as a pre-review for Ebeanstalk toys. I was not compensated in any way for this post. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Review: 24 Hour Challenge

If I’m not careful, dishes tend to pile up in this house. All I have to do is blink and all of a sudden my sink is stacked high with dirty dishes. This drives me crazy because half of the time, they’re caked with food.

When this happens, I tend to spend too much time and too much elbow grease trying to get them cleaned even before I stick them in the dishwasher.

Enter Cascade Complete.


I have to admit, at first glance I was skeptical about Cascade Complete.

They state that their product “breaks down, dissolves, and rinses away tough food particles without the need to pre-wash.”

I mean, come on, a dishwasher detergent that gets the entire caked gunk off my dishes and saves me time?

My husband was also wishy-washy about it because where does all that gunk go when it comes off of the plates?

The people at MyBlogSpark sent me some Cascade Complete to try out, as well as a nice new baking dish, to participate in the 24 hour challenge.


So I set out to make lasagna. Nothing is more gunky, full of food and packed with red-staining sauce than lasagna.

So I baked.

We ate.

I left it out for 24 hours.


Yes, you read that right. I left my casserole dish out for 24 hours. I didn’t rinse it, scrap it clean or anything. I just left it sitting on the counter for 24 hours.

Once my 24 hours was up, I popped it in the dishwasher without rinsing it and threw in a Cascade Complete and started that bad boy up.


Forty minutes later… it was clean.

And my mouth hit the floor.


Of course, I tried my experiment again the next day with a bowl of peanut butter cookie dough, but this time I let it soak in water for a few hours. I didn’t rise the bowl, just popped it in the dishwasher with my Cascade Complete.

Sadly, it didn’t perform that well as my peanut butter was still stuck, only it was dried and gross when it came out of the dishwasher.

My conclusion is that casserole dishes that are shiny and smooth work perfectly. An old mixing bowl that’s been in the house for years, not so much.

The wonderful people at MyBlogSpark have generously given me a $25 Wal Mart gift card so you can try your own 24 Hour Challenge with Cascade Complete. All you need to do is comment on my blog by the end of this week (April 30, 2010 at midnight EST) to win. Tell me about your dishwashing woes, since I’ve told you mine.





This product review was based on using complimentary Cascade product provided by P&G. Bloggers also received a Walmart gift card to share with their readers. P&G does not represent or warrant the accuracy of any statements or product claim made here, nor does it endorse any opinions expressed within this blogsite.
All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

Monday, April 26, 2010

10 Tips for You

Sometimes being a Mom is hard work… really hard work. And while being an employee of the company called Mom, sometimes I lose track of how important it is to be healthy… and happy.

Twitter Moms, in conjunction with Tropicana Trop50, is "celebrating the little things we can do that add up to make a huge difference in bettering ourselves and our health, wellness and happiness!"

They asked me to participate and post my “10 Little Things that Lead to a Happier, Healthier You.”

Now remember, my list is geared towards me. But feel free to adapt it to fit your lifestyle.

1- Quit drinking soda -FYI: Today is day 2 of no soda and while yesterday I had a pounding headache, today is much better/

2- Exercise -I’m a runner, have been for years (!) so my goal is to run at least four times a week.

3- EAT BETTER!! -It’s an obvious tip, you eat better you feel better.

4- EAT LESS! - Another obvious point, you eat less you have less calories to turn into fat.

5- Read – When my brain is happy, I’m happy.

6- Fresh Air – Another happy brain tip. Fresh air means I’m outside with my girls not parked in front of the TV rotting my brain.

7-Laugh – Laughter makes me happy, plain and simple. So if I laugh I will be leading a happier life.

8- Have a big breakfast – eating more in the morning means I eat less during the day. So I eat a breakfast fit for a king, trust me, it works.

9- Take your Vitamins – Vitamins pack lots of nutrients and essentials that make your body cooperate, so they are a must.

10- Enjoy life – Those dirty clothes on the floor, they can wait. That sink full of dishes, it’s not going anywhere. Moments that involve my family, smiles, laughter and lots of togetherness mean the world to me and nothing makes me happier.

So there you have it, my happy healthy tips.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Dear Roo: Fishing

Dear Roo,

Yesterday you fished for the first time. Your Daddy readied the fishing pole with the proper tackle, cast the line and you reeled it in. It being your very first fish.

Did you know it took me forever to catch my first fish? And that I caught it the same way you did. Daddy readied my fishing pole, set my hook, cast my line and let me reel in the prize.

I kinda think he’s a prize himself.


But that’s beside the point.

You caught two fish yesterday and I hope it’s a memory you will cherish forever. Daddy grew up fishing with his Dad and I know that it meant a lot to him to take you fishing.

I loved how eager you were and how you touched both fish with a zest. You were so happy.


I was so happy too.

Your little sister was there to support you; of course she supported you with her eyes closed. But she was there!

After only one day of fishing you’ve become a true fisher(wo)man, when I asked you about your fish and how big they were you greatly exaggerated.

I caught a fish THIS big Mommy!

You sure did honey, you sure did.

Love, Mommy

Friday, April 23, 2010

Dear Turtle

Thank you for smiling at me.

When everything is going crazy in our little world, your smile lifts my heart.


Love, Mommy

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Review: Eco Mom

Living in Florida means tons and tons of sunshine.

It also means lots and lots of sunscreen.

The only problem with sunscreen and lots of sunshine is that in my scatterbrain-ness, I tend to forget to slather it all over my children.

I also hate all the ingredients on the back that I can’t even pronounce.

With Earth Day around the corner, I decided it was time to ditch the standard sunscreen and find an eco-friendly brand that wouldn’t irritate my daughter’s sensitive skin.

Enter Eco Mom!

Eco Mom formerly Sprout Baby, is a eco-friendly website that connects Moms with products that are safe for their children and the environment.

From their website : EcoMom.com is about bridging the gap between making healthy choices and making easy choices. We created EcoMom because we care and are concerned for babies and their moms, our families and our communities. We want every mom to be an EcoMom because being an EcoMom means making choices that are good for all of us, and the planet which we all share.

Jody with Eco Mom sent me Supergoop Sunscreen Wipes and Everyday Lotion.

The sunscreen wipes were heaven sent as all I needed to do was swipe my daughter’s skin before I dressed her in the morning or if I forget which I tend to do, swipe the exposed parts before she takes off at the playground. They are super convenient and they don’t have that nasty, nose curling smell that most sunscreens come with. The wipes have a SPF 30 and are made without parabens, oxybenzone or fragrances.

The Everyday Lotion was snagged for myself. It was a sheer lotion that didn’t feel like it was caked on and provided me with a SPF 30.

Eco Mom also has a million other products that will make your life easier. They also have an EcoPass program which allows readers a 15% on discount on every order when you purchase a $99 annual membership to Eco Mom. Another benefit to an EcoPass, you’ll get free shipping on every purchase.

You can follow them on Twitter and make them your bff’s on Facebook. Also check out their newsletter for great information delivered straight to your inbox.


Disclosure: I was provided with Supergoop wipes and lotion in return for my honest review. All opinions are 100% mine. For more information please see my full disclosure statement.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Review: The Crazy Baby

One of the best things about having girls is the outfits.

Sure I’m not exactly a fashionista with my own clothes (You saw the garden boots and tube socks). Some say I need help… and lots of it.

But my girls, they are trendy.


See. Told You.

Both of them are wearing the super hip and super cool outfits from The Crazy Baby.

The Crazy Baby is the place to go when you want Cool Baby Clothes. From their website: Crazy Baby Clothing Co. is dedicated to providing top quality punk baby gifts, top quality customer service, and lightning fast shipping. We are pleased to be able to provide the most cutting edge designs at great prices while still maintaining superior quality. Crazy Baby Clothing Company is dedicated to becoming the number one source for alternative infant and toddler clothing, gifts, and accessories in the U.S.

The outfits we received are the Argyle Skull T-Shirt and Onesie. They both are 100% cotton and super soft. I was really surprised at how soft they were because kid's clothes normally are kinda rough. And the best thing was that after washing them they still maintained their softness.

Roo loved her shirt and loved the fact that she matched her sister.

I loved all the compliments I got when we went out and about in them.

The Crazy Baby has tons of different funky clothes to choose from. They have cool baby onesies and t shirts for all punky styles. They are perfect for birthday gifts and baby showers. You can purchase them directly from their website.

You can also follow them on Twitter as well and their blog, which posts deals of the day and giveaways.

I received a shirt and onesie free in exhange for my honest review of the Crazy Baby's clothing. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Down She Goes

When I became a Mom, I had a fear that crept into my body and settled down for the long haul. It's a nameless fear because it encompasses so many things.

Today, one of those things happened to me.

I fell while holding the baby.

Straight up tripped and bit the concrete dirt... literally.

To put the cherry on top, I had left the doctor's office where my two month old nugget had received four shots, not ten minutes before this happened. Needless to say that she was already in a fabulous mood.

I normally leave her in her car seat carrier and take her into the house to unstrap her. But today since she was super fussy I took her out and carried her myself.

And I walked up the small hill of dirt to the concrete pad, the same exact one I've walked up almost every day for the past 12 years.

Something happened where my foot got caught and down we went.

Luckily, I managed to remember to roll to my side so somewhere mid-air I twisted my body so I wouldn't land on my baby. She did hit the ground, but I saved her head from making contact.

I can't remember the last time I screamed like that. I snatched her up and examined her for any cuts, scrapes, bruises... and thankfully, she didn't have a single one on her.

She was just mad.

I examined her again after rushing her into the house and she was just still mad as hell. Then I became aware that I was in pain... lots of it.

After settling her down, I examined myself and discovered scrapes and cuts and blood... lots of it. In the fall I had taken most of the damage and I haven't had scrapes like this since I was a 6th grader playing dodge ball... needless to say I'm a wuss and ended up crying into my neosporin.

I also cried because I felt horrible for falling. I mean, like I said, 12 years of the same path to the door and today I trip. After three years of hauling Roo everywhere with no disasters, I finally trip two months into Turtle's life.

The dread and guilt is still weighing on me.

But on the happier side of things, Turtle is perfectly fine. She's smiling and happy... like nothing ever happened.

And as soon as my boo-boos heal I'm going to do my best to forget about it all too.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Calling All (Orlando) Pie Lovers!

I love pie.

Apple, pumpkin, chocolate... Any kind of pie is my kind of pie.

And did you know that there's a National Pie Contest?

From the press release: “A national pastime will attract national attention as contestants from across North America sift through their most treasured recipes in hope of finding one that leads to an award-winning pie. Perhaps it’s a family favorite that’s won praise for generations or a new creation that’s pleased a friend, but dedicated pie makers -- from contestants with decades of blue ribbons to a new generation who are warmed up and ready to enter the competition -- will be rolling out fresh dough and carefully measuring ingredients as they prepare for the three-day APC/ Crisco® 2010 National Pie Championships® April 23-25.”

And guess where the National Pie Championship is going to be... Yup, my neck of the woods.

And I've got a family four pack of tickets to attend this fun event.

All you need to do is leave me a comment by April 21st and I'll pick a winner.

This contest is open to all US residents, but please be aware that the contest is in the Central Florida area (Celebration, Florida to be exact).

Thanks For Freakin' Me Out

It's no secret that Turtle likes to cry.

I know it, you know it, my neighbor two miles away knows it.

The other night nothing I could nothing to make my baby happy. Rocking, no. Swinging, no. Crying, yes... both of us.

So I just let her cry. I held her in my arms, rocked her in the recliner and just let her cry.

And boy did she cry.

Eventually, she quieted and we snuggled and she went to sleep.

The next day I read an article in a baby magazine that said if you let a baby under six months cry it out that you risk stressing the child out which ends up producing higher levels of cortisol in their tiny bodies and cortisol attacks the immune system.

It was never my intention to let my child cry it out (I never let Roo cry it out), but at that moment I couldn't do anything and there's other times I can't do anything to help calm her down. Like today when we were in the car, she was super unhappy and the whole time I driving, I'm gripping the steering wheel thinking that I'm harming my baby because she's crying and I'm not slamming on the brakes to comfort her.

It's a never ending cycle, these magazine articles that do nothing but freak me out. Sure, I appreciate the information but this information stresses me out! Makes me feel like I can't win!

I have no choice but to ignore half the things I read, especially because I look at Turtle when she isn't crying and I see how beautiful and how happy she is and think she's not stressing... so neither should I.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Search For Balance Continues

Recently Roo gave up her nap.

With everything that goes on in this house, between Turtle and dealing with her and maintaining some sort of order, I'm cool with it, honestly.

Sure I fought it before, but that was before Turtle arrived.

With Roo giving up her nap, I get to spend some solid (as long as Turtle cooperates) alone one-on-one time with her. We usually do a little homeschooling, color, play Play-Doh, the funny stuff that she loves.

The only problem I have with this is that I use to do all my work during those quiet nap times. So now I'm struggling to find time to log on and do my thing.

The past two days I felt like I was a crazy lady. Every time I gave Roo something to do I was rushing back and checking emails and tweets. It felt like I spent the whole day online.

And I wasn't happy about that.

I'm not supposed to be doing that... but I have to find time to do my work, I have to.

So we're working on balancing it out so that I can get my work done, I can devote time to Roo and make sure Turtle has everything she needs... and somewhere in between the chaos manage to say Hello to my husband.

So please, tell me how do you manage? I need some tips on how to do it all without feeling guilty about my relationship with my laptop.

:)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dear 3am

Once upon a time, you and I were friends.

Once upon a time, you and I would hang out regularly. We weren't the best of friends, but when we'd meet we would get along fabulously. We were chummy together, always had a good time...

Once upon a time, I didn't have kids.

Now a visit from you warrants a bad mood, a few choice curse words and an unflattering frown on my face.

And I'm not happy about it or with you.

I ask that leave me alone, go bother someone else that has the time and patience to deal with you. All my time and patience is devoted to two beautiful girls, not some bad-for-me friend who doesn't have my best interests at heart.

I don't mean to be harsh with you, honestly. But now isn't the time for a relationship.

I'm sorry but don't take it too hard.

It's not you. It's me.

I'm too old to be hanging out with your kind.

You deserve someone who can truly appreciate you and all the fun you bring to the table.

Don't worry too much, you'll find someone who will love you and that will have all the time in the world to give you.

I'm sorry but that person will probably never be me again.

Best of Luck,

A Tired Mommy

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Review: Organically Grown


With Earth Day approaching, more and more people are realizing that more needs to be done to ensure that Mother Earth is taken care of.

Organically Grown is a company that is playing a very active role in doing their part. By imparting nontoxic, pesticide-free methods from plants that are not genetically modified, they are making a difference and helping to change the world.

From their press-release: “According to the Organic Exchange, an estimated 170 million pounds of pesticide and 25% of the world’s insecticides are used in the production of conventional, non-organic cotton.”

Organically Grown utilizes organic farming methods and through baby steps is becoming a solution to the problem. Their cotton has high quality and has a soft texture without harsh chemicals to irritate the skin.

Best of all, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to help purchase Organically Grown’s products. They are all affordable.

I was sent a two-piece t-shirt and shorts set to review. It was in yellow and pink with an adorable butterfly on the front with the message: Pretty Natural. The shirt was tagless which is a huge plus in this house is since Roo tends to complain her tags make her itchy. But the shorts were tapered with bows on the side making it a bit uncomfortable for Roo and her thighs.

Organically Grown was right when they told me that their organic cotton was soft, after a few washes it still had the texture never turning scratchy like other organic cotton in the past. With it being recyclable, renewable and biodegradable, Organically Grown’s two-piece sets (also available in three-piece sets for babies), are a great start if you’re looking to start an organic wardrobe for your kids.

Organically Grown products can be purchased directly from their website and are priced between $12-38 with sizes ranging from newborn to 4T.
Disclosure: I received free products in return for my review. ALL opinions are totally my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Friday, April 9, 2010

UBP 10


Ever heard of the Ultimate Blog Party?

Yeah, me neither... until today.

The Ultimate Blog Party is a party created by the girls at 5 Minutes for Mom to celebrate online friendship and as an added bonus, you can win prizes just by participating.
As a way of participating they asked us to post a "Party Post" introducing ourselves to the new readers that will waltz on over from the 5 Minutes for Mom website...
So, hello!
I'm SuZ!
I live a crazy life and spend way too much time online. I've got two beautiful daughters, Roo and Turtle. I've also got myself a hubby, two dogs, one fish, two pigs, 8 horses (42 more, but they're not mine), 1 new pony, five rows of green beans and a deuce and a half.
It is pretty crowded over here, but we like it that way and probably wouldn't know how to function without so much chaos.
Check out some of my past posts, I do reviews and giveaways and spend a ton of time gushing over my daughters. I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself...
Also, I'm supposed to mention prizes I'd like to win... of course I'd love the Toshiba laptop, but I also have my eye on #39 the Hilton Gardens gift certificate (provided by bloggin2noggin) because we desperately need a vacation. #71 the $50 gift card to Build a Bear (provided by Liza Schwab ) because my daughter has been begging me to take her there.

Funny How We Forget

When I was pregnant with Turtle I was asked all the time if my pregnancies were anything alike.

And you know, to be honest, I couldn't remember.

Now that I have Turtle in my arms, I get asked if she acts just like Roo did when she was that age.

Again, I forget.

Last night while up during our middle of the night feedings (one of many), I started to remember.

I started to remember how much Roo would cry or how often she'd nurse.

And it all came back to me, the constant pacing, the endless tears (mine and hers), the desperation I felt.

It got me thinking that I tend to block out any negativity and replace anything bad with the happy moments.

I never remembered how miserable I was during my first pregnancy because I have such a happy, well-adjusted toddler now. I "forgot" all those sleepless nights because she let me sleep prior to Turtle coming into the picture.

I think it's a defense mechanism that is instilled in lots of people. Why remember the bad when you can remember the good? Let's have that picture of a baby sleeping, not crying. Remember those smiles not the frowns...

Admitting this is allowing me to realize that I may not have a high-maintenance baby in Turtle... I may just have a normal, healthy baby that is growing and adjusting to life outside the womb.

Nothing like admitting you're wrong at 3 in the morning, huh?

Happy Friday.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Bouncing Back... Slowly.

I’ve got to be honest with you; the post-baby body is not pretty.

Unless you’re some super star that can afford to transform your body as soon as you pop out that baby.

Or you’re blessed with super-fab genes and bounce back like a rubber band.

Me, not so lucky.

I either have crap genes or just crap eating habits.

Either way, my post-baby body is not hot.

Sure, I’ve got amazing looking boobs (what I really mean is that they are huge simply because I’m breastfeeding and in my mind huge boobs are hot), but if you look lower than the boobs you find the belly.

If you can’t tell, I’m not too happy about the belly either. So I started running again. I’ve been a runner since high school. So for years I was slender… not skinny because I have been blessed with hips.

And I miss being slender.

Oh, god how I miss it!

Back to the point, I started running again and while, yes, it is kicking my ass it feels good.

To me there’s nothing like getting out in the hot sun and pounding the pavement. I love the sting of sweat rolling into your eyes. I love how you ache all over afterwards. I love it all.

I’m doing what I can to control that horrible habit of eating I have. Of course salads are out because they make Turtle soooo gassy (figures I finally want to eat salads and it bothers the crap out of my baby). But I’m eating less and while I am indulging in soda daily, I’m limiting my intake of the liquid devil.

I don’t expect a miracle overnight, but I imagine that with time I will be back to a healthy weight and I will be happy with my post-baby belly… stretch marks and all.

Review: Wow Wow Wubbzy: Wubbzy Goes Green!

You all know my daughter is a huge fan of Wubbzy. So when we were asked to review another Wubbzy DVD, we obviously jumped at the chance.

Even sweeter about this review is that it’s just in time for Earth Day!

Everyone is trying and doing things to become more conscious of our environment and the things we can do to make changes to help keep our carbon footprint as small as we can.

When our kids see us doing all we can to protect Mother Earth, they will want to pitch in and help too.

Enter Wow Wow Wubbzy’s Wubbzy Goes Green.


In Wubbzy’s all new adventure, the bendy tail yellow Wubbzy goes Green! With this brand DVD your child will learn about ecology, harmony and responsibility when it comes to our planet.

By watching Wubbzy take care of the environment, your child is learning how they can help.

Another great thing about this DVD, is that Anchor Bay Entertainment will donate a $1 for every DVD purchased to the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) to plant trees in playground and schoolyards all across the country.

Wubbzy Goes Green is on store shelves now.



I was compensated with a free DVD for this review but all opinions are 100% mine. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

It Runs In The Family

My husband has always joked that he has dominate genes.

I would often laugh at him, but secretly knew he wasn't just boasting.

I mean, if you took a picture of him when he was little (and his Mom) and put it next to Roo's when she was a baby, they had so many similarities it was shocking.

Today my shock has grown ten-fold and I admit to the world that my husband is right.

Need proof?

Roo at 5 weeks.



Turtle at 6 weeks.



Yeah, and that expression... he looks at me the same way too.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Firsts

I love firsts.

My first puppy dog, my first mud truck, my first baby...

And oddly, my first love gave me all of those thing.

He even gave me my first wet plate!


Just so you know, wet plate is an old school collodion process that was said to be invented in 1850. It takes lots of work and lots of chemicals but I think it's amazing.
p.s. Isn't the beard hot?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Nighttime Thoughts

For some odd reason if my husband falls asleep before me, I'm in for a long night.

Meaning that when he conks out before me (which is rare), I tend to be up all night.

This normally isn't a problem, but I now have a newborn who demands my attention all day and all night (okay, not all night but you get it) and a toddler who needs love and attention too. So if I stay up all night I'm crap in the morning.

And no one wants to deal with Crap Mommy... no one.

But in the stillness of the night, in the dark room that we all share... I find myself watching all three of them and feel my heart swell and tears fill my eyes.

I find myself watching Roo's tummy rise and fall with each breath and I think, damnit, I am so lucky.

I can hear Turtle making cute little baby noises in her sleep and I want to sob with how lucky I am.

I even gaze at my husband and know I found my true love.

In the pale light that comes from my laptop screen I can see my family and I can brim with the joy they have brought me. And this erases all the stress I have in my chest, it makes everything wrong right, it makes me happy.

Now only if I could fall asleep like the rest of them, it would be perfection.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

High Maintenance

It's becoming more and more apparent that my second child will be my high maintenance child.

Turtle is a handful, a cute handful, but still a handful.

Sometimes nothing makes her happy and I have no choice but to grin and bear it until her fussiness passes or I find just the right movement to bounce her on my hip.

It's not necessarily a bad thing (unless it's 4am and Mama is tired), I can handle some tears. I just had to accept that this is how she's going to be for a little bit and that I am lucky enough to have help from my husband.

Also knowing that this is not going to be a permanent thing (it'll probably come back full force on her 13th birthday though), is a big help.

I've read numerous places that if you had an easy first child, there's a good chance your second child will be a wild one. And it's true, my children are complete opposites. Roo was never a bad baby and yes, she had her moments where she turned into a red-faced shrieking banshee, but they weren't as often as Turtle's.

I think that dealing with Roo and seeing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel is helping me out in accepting that I have a high maintenance baby on my hands. This is not going to go on forever.

One day Turtle will not cry for 45 minutes straight.

And one day I will sleep through the night again.