Counting My Blessings

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It's been a ridiculous 8 days.  What can I say? I live for the chaos (well, not really but, go with me on this, will you?). I (hopefully) have some awesome new followers thanks to the great exposure I got last week.  The first came on Monday when I was selected as the featured blogger.  Then again, I might not because my blog was down most of the day on Tuesday. It caused me great heartache but at the end of the day, I figured there was a reason for everything and let it go as best I could.

I poured my heart out on Wednesday as I felt things piling up around me and found myself potty training on Thursday.  I cautiously wrote about it after the frog princess fell asleep and as an update I'm here to tell you we have been out of diapers (except for sleeping) ever since.  Now that I've gone through this, can someone tell me when the anxiety of her possibly peeing on herself will go away? Because I'm nursing a headache at the moment and I'm wondering if it's because of the "you wanna go potty" loop I have been on the last few days.

My "work week" ended fabulously on Friday. How can I top it you ask? Well, The Stir is doing a series on Mom Bloggers they love. After I re-read the email 3 times to ensure that it wasn't being sent by someone from Nigeria so I could help them claim their inheritance, I squeed (squaud? Squod? What's the plural for squee in the past tense anyways?).  Then I tried to figure out what to send them. I couldn't decide and my friends were no help.

I figured that you would come here and find the funny, heartfelt stuff but ultimately, I started blogging because of my status as a mami so, I went with that and hope that you stick around for the rest.

In case you didn't know, I'm the resident mami over at Have Wine Will Drink and tonight, I tell you a little about a box that's currently in my fridge.

After last week's insanity with schoolwork, I decided to reset and today, I am sitting here typing away after having done the  majority of the non-interactive portion of my work. It feels pretty damn good. This is probably what the frog princess feels like after finally having pooped in the potty this evening!

I have felt so blessed with everyone's comments. Thanks to all that have been visiting from SITS and The Stir.  And to those that read me religiously and show me support in so many ways.  This evening, after I finally had a chance to look through all of the comments left on my fan page I reflected on how blessed and grateful I am to be able to share a part of me that at times seems so personal and still hear you say "I know what you mean".  I've always been moved by the written word because it's got a certain power behind it that I feel threads us together.  Thank you for reminding me why I write and for encouraging me to continue doing it.

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It's My SITS Day!

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That's really all I got, people.  I'm SO excited! Today, the beautiful, talented, smart women at SITS have decided to appoint me featured blogger of the day. When I first got the email I squeed and then couldn't call anyone because I'd checked my email in the middle of the night while up doing homework.

I fell in love with SITS a few weeks after starting to blog and my love for them grew exponentially when I went to Bloggy Boot Camp last October.  They are amazing.

So today is easy. Stop by and show me some love on the SITS page, will you? And while you're there, look around and check things out. I bet you'll fall in love with them just like I did.

If you are visiting from that page then, welcome! And, I'm hosting a giveaway for a Zagg portable battery, be sure to check it out.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go find some champagne for my SITS Day celebration!

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It's Bloggy Bootcamp Day

Last spring I decided that I would go to a conference.  Because of the proximity, and because of the fact that one of my other bloggy friends was going to be going, I decided to head on over to Atlanta for Bloggy Boot Camp. In the months that followed I made social media friends. And everyone seemed to know these SITS chicks! The best thing for me was that SITS Girls always felt like a community. And I'm not just saying that.  The first blogger that I honed in on when I started blogging was The Mommyologist. I was truly surprised at her engagement with me and I have been eternally grateful for that. It's why I crush on her, don't you know?

But, the community that caught my attention and my heart were the SITS Girls. I always felt like they were here to help and I could go on their site and read up on whatever topic I needed to learn about. And within that community, I felt like others were very responsive. I don't know about you but, I learned a long time ago in the corporate world that it's all about relationship (whether people realize it or not).

I ended up going to Atlanta by myself in October. I almost did not go as I had lost my job in September. But, I'm so glad I did! I can honestly say that it opened up my eyes to the reality of what I could accomplish.  Up until then, writing full time and possibly being able to support myself had been a dream. And I had no clue how I was going to accomplish it.

Bloggy Boot Camp gave me ideas, tools and most importantly, it gave me a feeling of belonging to a tribe. I love that!  When I went to BlissDom a few weeks ago, my favorite thing was running into my BBCATL gals including Shell,  Ashley, Anne, Jamee, Tiffany and Bernice.

This conference is great NOT just because there's a cute pic of me on their home page from the Mirassou party. I think BBC is a great first conference for those bloggers that are looking to get out of their writing funk, that are feeling alienated or that are looking to see what this "world" is all about.

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As an alumni, I'm looking to get a chance to talk to those women that I didn't get to connect with at BlissDom, meet some gals that I have connected with on The Twitter since the last conference and milk the conference for all of the bloggy goodness that it has!

I feel as excited about going to Bloggy Boot Camp this year as I did last. Except that this year I know exactly what I am in for. Or not! I'm also looking forward to the new surprises that the girls are going to throw my way. I know it's coming because that's how they roll.

Let the record show that I have no idea how I'm going to get there but, my dream is to party it up and get down with my crew in Vegas.  And who might my crew be? That's the beauty of BBC! My crew is going to be whoever shows up to learn, connect and relate.

But I'm going to tell you right this minute: I may not be able to blog about it.  What is it they say about what happens in Vegas? Now, who's in?

Mami's Messy Moment

How do I celebrate a new, clean blog redesign? By writing about a messy moment in my life, what else?  More specifically, by telling you about poop!  Why? Well, because you don't know enough about me and my family yet, that's why!  No worries, though. This is a short story. My frog princess was a beautiful, tiny bundle of joy. As I geared up to go back to work, I decided to go visit my friends at my previous place of employment.  They were all anxious to see her.  They'd thrown me a shower a month prior to her arrival even though I'd been gone for 3 years. I love them and they are like family.  I packed up my little girl in the cool weather and headed out to spend a few hours with friends.

Everything was great. Everyone gushed over her, I showed her off like the prized offspring that she is. After I finished my parade, I stopped in and waited for a couple of other people to head downstairs to see her before taking my leave.  I think I may have nursed her while I waited.  She was happy. Smiling at people, just having a great time.  A couple of girls stopped by to see her and that's when I felt it.

Warmth.  And, did I hear a little rumbling? It couldn't be! Was her face scrunched up? No, no, no!  My beautiful little girl was pooping.  Now let me stop here and explain something for the poop amateurs out there.  Breastmilk poop is special.  It's not the typical formula poop though it sometimes doesn't smell as bad (well, maybe I'd just gotten used to it).  But because the majority of the nutrients in breastmilk as digestible, poop from a breast fed baby isn't exactly...solid.  Normally this wasn't a problem for me because I was used to it and was a pro at the clean up.

What I wasn't used to were these two little words: blow out!  See, the frog princess had reserved her blowouts for her dad.  However, she decided that blowouts at home weren't quite as fun as blowouts out in public when she was double layered with winter clothes.  Needless to say, I was slightly mortified. I went to change her in my friend's office, on the floor all the while trying to figure out what to say (cue the "this has never happened before" speech!).  Thankfully I always carried an extra set of clothes for her in the diaper bag and plenty of wipes (I think I used the entire case for the cleanup!).  What I hadn't started carrying around were plastic bags to put poopy clothes in (PSA for new moms: just throw a couple of grocery store bags in ALL of your bags from this point forth).

After changing her diaper, finding a bag to put the clothes in, putting her back into her warm clothes and trying to finagle a way to get the shit smell out of my friend's office, I took my leave.  I don't think I took her back there for another 8 months and even when I go back now, I always make sure she's pooped sufficiently prior to us heading there.  Suffice it to say the clothes got appropriately soaked and marinated in some serious bleach to take out the stinky remains.

What messy family moments have you experienced that you'd like to share?

I received information about Clorox’s Bleach It Away campaign and am sharing my messy moment for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls. To learn more about the messy moment program, check out www.BleachItAway.com.  Sharing your story on the Clorox fan page gets you entered for the chance to win $25,000 and daily prizes, and you can grab a coupon for Clorox® Regular Bleach.