Monday, April 25, 2011


Why not? :-)
Age: 23

Bed Size: King, but the way I snuggle up to Chris, you would think it's a twin.

Chore you hate: Putting up laundry. I really don't mind actually doing the laundry or even folding it, but I absolutely DESPISE putting it up. UGH!
Dogs: Ollie...he's our first baby.
Can you say doggie bed-head?
Essential start of your day: Brushing my teeth.
Favorite Color: PINK!
Gold or silver: Silver. I think I look weird in gold.
Height: 5' 4 1/2"
Instruments I play (or have played): I used to play the piano (WAY back in the day) and an ex tried to teach me how to play the guitar, but it made my fingers hurt and I'm a baby lol.
Job Title: Stay at home Mommy and wife.
Kids: Easton Michael

Lives: Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, North Carolina
Mom's Name: Stacey
Nickname: Steve, Steven, Steve-O, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stevie Wonder, Steviekins, Stevie Wonder Bread, Stevenator, Pooh Bear (Mom and Daddy), and Zoid (Chris).

Overnight hospital stays: Just when I had Easton.
Pet Peeve: Food Smackers...UGH!
Quote from a movie:
Right or left handed: Right handed

Siblings: 1 sister, 1 half-brother, 2 step-brothers on one side and 1 step-brother on the other side.

Time you wake up: Whenever Easton wakes up for his morning bottle...usually between 8-9.

Underwear: Old lady panties...I need a sexy underwear makeover!
Vegetables you dislike: Beets and radishes...YUCK!
What makes you run late: Everything and anything
X-rays you've had done: Hmm...back, hips, elbow, wrists, arms, ankles...I think that's it...oh and ribs.
Yummy food you make: I make REALLY good baked italian chicken and green beans.
Zoo animal: Turtles!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Everybody head over to my Etsy store, Sassy's Accessories!
Tons of super cute hair accessories and great prices.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Favorite Friday

The Bumbo...AKA Lifesaver!

                                            Mr. Elephant, who is constantly in Easton's mouth.

 Easton's Walker...he LIVES in this thing lately. He sits in and just kicks his little heart out.

Pacifier Clips - if it weren't for these bad boys, I would have lost about 12 binkies by now.

Mason jars. Enough said.

Sleep masks, again, enough said.

 Actually persuing my dream of becoming a wedding planner.

Sun-brewed sweet tea...even better is sun-brewed sweet tea in mason jars! Hey-o! 

My baby boy falling asleep in his walker clutching his blankey and sucking on his binky.

The look on my little monkey's face when he realizes he's actually the Tickle Monster. 

Handwritten notes from a 6 year-old to her baby cousin. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday Confessions

It's been a while since I've done a Thursday Confessions, so prepare yourself!!!
Here we go!!!

- Lately one of the only things that calm me down and don't cause me to have anxiety attacks is blogging, making hair accessories, and working on my wedding planning certification.
- After my therapist diagnosed me with post-anxiety she told me that I could do it with or without medication. I chose medication because in all honesty, I don't have the patience to JUST try and fix it with therapy, so I'm doing both.
- I have a really bad habit about waiting to wash bottles until there is absolutely no clean ones left...can you say procrastination.
- Right after I had Easton I immediately wanted to try for baby #2. Now I want to wait until Easton is at least 1 to try again.
- I have started couponing and even though I save a lot of money on my trips, sometimes I end up buying unnecessary things because I have a coupon. For example, I currently have 5 bottles of laundry detergent, 8 tubes of toothpaste, and 6 boxes of Kleenex's. Yes, we will definitely end up using them, eventually, but I didn't necessarily need them right fail.
- I hate wearing jeans or fitted shirts because I don't fit in my pre-pregnancy anything yet.
- I drink approximately 5 glasses of sweet tea a day.
- I desperately need to go to the dentist, but I am terrified of getting my teeth cleaned...eeek!
- I HATE feet, but I think Easton has the cutest big toes in the world!

Now, for some pictures!

Here are a few of my hair accessories! To check out my full line head over to Sassy Accessories on Etsy!

See what I mean about the big toe!

 Happy Boy!

 We have an early teether people!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"How was your appointment with the cra-cra doctor?"

Those were the exact words my 19-year-old sister said to me earlier this week.
Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside doesn't it? It did me! (Insert extreme sarcasm).

If you have NO idea what I'm talking about, head over and read my "Bad Mom?" post from the other day.

Now that we're all caught up, you guys realized I'm not really crazy.
I don't hear voices.
I don't have any feelings of harming myself or anyone else.
I don't have an imaginary friend named Gary who I talk to...on a regular basis anyways. (I kid people, I kid).

I have, however, been diagnosed with post-partum anxiety.
"Post-partum anxiety?", you ask. Yes, post-partum anxiety.
Researchers have shown that approximately 50% of woman who have recently given birth actually have post-partum anxiety, but most confuse it with the stress of a new baby, so most women go undiagnosed and untreated. I was incredibly close to being one of those women, until I realized that it was something more than just regular stress. This was interfering with my everyday life.
So when I finally went to get my post-partum checkup with my OB/GYN I mentioned the extreme anxiety attacks and insomnia with him. He said it was more than likely one of two things:
 1). Something was wrong with my thyroid
2). I was having actually anxiety attacks and needed to be treated for them.
So blood work was done and everything with my thyroid came back okay. Which was awesome, because honestly the last thing I wanted to deal with was thyroid issues, especially since a friend of mine was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer (at the age of 28, mind you) and I've seen the problems it has caused her.

My doctor informs me that since is isn't my thyroid I would need to contact the base clinic to be referred to someone, and that's exactly what I did. The nurse I spoke to at the clinic was extremely nice and more than helpful. So I start calling the long list of places in my area that deal with anxiety and insomnia. I called 3 of the 5. One place was closed, one placed was no longer accepting new patients, and I made an appointment to fill out paperwork at the third.

The next day I load Easton up in the car and head downtown to fill out the paperwork so I could get this show on the road.
I pull up to the building and it LOOKS like it's a place where, for lack of a better term, crazies hang out, and upon walking into this absolutely disgusting establishment, my "judgements" were (unfortunately) confirmed. There was 2 men handcuffed to chairs, one lady literally sitting in the corner talking to herself and another man doing laps around the waiting area. You would have thought after the exterior AND the 3-ring circus on the inside I would have just walked out, right? I wish I would have only been so smart!
I check in at the front desk, get my 15 pages of paperwork that I was required to fill out and plop myself and Easton closet to the door (just in case I wanted to run away).
I hadn't even finished writing me name when I smell "that" smell. You know...that smell like someone just shat themselves. Well nobody had shat themselves, but the had definitely tore up the bathroom I just happened to be sitting next to. "Surely she left now," is what I'm sure you're thinking, right? Unfortunately, wrong.
It wasn't until the man who was doing laps around the waiting room decided to stop and stare at Easton.
I was done after that. I grabbed Easton, got up and went to the front desk, said see ya later and walked my anxious ass right out of that door.

As soon as I get home I called the place that was closed before and made an appointment. It would be a week wait, but they were able to get me in (AND it was in a good part of town).

Monday, I walked into the building (which was very nice from the outside), got the paperwork from the receptionist (who was very sweet), sat down in the waiting room (which was spotless and didn't smell like death and eggs) and patiently waited for my therapist to come and get me.

Melissa (my therapist) is a mother of three in her mid-30s (I think) who might possibly be one of the sweetest women I've ever met. We talked for about 45 minutes about everything that was going on in my life, and by the end of it she diagnosed me with post-partum anxiety. She said with me it was more than likely some minor anxiety that I had before the pregnancy that I would shrug off as stress and keep busy. She informed me that it was very easily treatable with medication, if I chose (which I did) and weekly therapy sessions with her to keep track of my progress.

I had my appointment with Dr. Chengappa this evening to get my prescriptions, and he agreed with Melissa's diagnosis and prescribed me Lexapro (to take every day) and Lorazepam (to take when I have extreme anxiety attacks). I'm also taking Melatonin right before bed. It helps me GET to sleep, not STAY asleep. That way, if for some reason Easton wakes up in the middle of the night I won't be drugged out of my mind on Ambien and trying feed one of his stuffed animals instead of him.

I've done some research on both Lexapro and Lorazepam, which is actually anti-depressants, but they actually have been proven to work even better on anxiety. The only downsides I am seeing is temporary insomnia (not really a biggy since I already have that), mild nausea in some people (saltines and ginger ale right?) , decrease in sex drive (well damn...THAT'S not what I really wanted to hear), and...wait for it...weight gain (THERE IT IS!). I'm trying to LOSE weight, not gain it.
 But if it makes me stop feeling like a cra-cra, whatever I guess huh?

Wee-Bit Wednesdays

So I usually do Weigh-In Wednesdays, and while I am still going to be working on my weight-loss keeping you guys up to date, I'm not going to make it a weekly thing. Since I'm getting rid of this I needed something to fill in on Wednesdays, so I found Wee-Bit Wednesdays over at Leigh Ashley! Enjoy!
{one} how often do you do laundry?
I usually try and do laundry everyday, but it very rarely gets put up everyday. Sometimes I put it in the washer and forget about it. Needless to say, sometimes the same load get washed 2-3 times.
{two} what is your favorite type of cookie?
Homemade Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Pecans...YUMMY
{three} what would you do with an extra $2000 per month?
Not worry, be able to put a LOT more in savings, decorate my house how I want to.

{four} what was/is your favorite subject in school?
Medical classes

{five} have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon?
No, but I realy want to. 
{six} what was your high school mascot?
  {seven} if you had the chance to go into space, would you?
Bring it on!
{eight} how often do you go dancing?
I haven't been dancing in about 2 years, but I LOVE it!
{nine} would you rather drive or fly?
{ten} have you ever been caught re-gifting?
Caught no, but I've definitely re-gifted a time or two! ;-) 
If you want to participate in Wee-Bit Wednesday, click here!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

So a couple of weeks ago at around 2:30am (yay for insomnia) I decided I wanted to I pulled out this yummy recipes. Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it's really healthy! I hope you guys enjoy!

Raspberry Streusel Muffins


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg; lightly beaten
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp fat-free milk
2 Tbsp melted butter
1 1/4 cup raspberries
1 tsp grated lemon peel

1/4 cups chopped pecans
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
1 Tbsp. melted butter

1/4 powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In large bowl combine first 6 ingredients (flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt)
3. In another bowl, combine egg, milk, and melted butter.
4. Stir wet mix into dry mix until just moistened.
5. Fold in raspberries and lemon peel.
6. Fill batter 3/4 full in muffin cups.
7. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle 1 Tbsp. over each muffin cup.
8. Bake 18-22 minutes.
9. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm muffins.

Nutritional Facts:
1 Serving Size; 1 muffin
181 calories
5g fat (2 saturated fat)
26 mg cholesterol
133 mg sodium
31 g carbs
2g fiber
3g protein

Easton's Excursions - Week 14

Week 14

This week you:

- have REALLY found your voice. You are reacting to people when they talk to you by "oohing and ahhing" back.
- have realized that if you are in your crib and "talk" REALLY loud, Mommy will come and get you. Mommy knows you're not crying because she comes into your room and you have the biggest gummy grin on your face.
- have started to go on daily walks with Mommy and Daddy and you all love them.
- attempted to eat rice cereal off of a weren't a all.
- rotate regularly from your swing, to your bumbo, to you walker, to your play mat and are perfectly content like that.
- are already about to outgrow your 3 month clothes.
- weigh 14.12 pounds, are 25 inches long and your head is 42 cm around. You're in the top 1/3 percentile in all 3 categories!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

Welcome back for Tasty Tuesday!
This week I'm going to introduce you guys to the yummiest potatoes EVER!

Roasted Red Potatoes

Here's what you'll need:

2 pounds red potatoes, quartered
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp. House Seasoning (I made a big batch of this, which is 1 cup salt, 1/4 cup pepper, & 1/4 cup garlic powder. I use this seasoning for just about everything I cook).
Shredded cheese (I think I ended up using about 1/2 a bag)

1. Wash and quarter the red potatoes.
2. Place potatoes in shallow pan. (I used a small dish, I would suggest using a regtangular one instead so the potatoes cook all the way through).

3. Coat with olive oil and place pats of butter in pan. 

4. Mix and add House Seasoning. 

5. Sprinkle cheese on top. 

6.Bake covered at 350 for 30 minutes. 

7. Uncover and bake for 20 minutes.
8. Serve and enjoy! 

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as Chris and I do!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Easton's Excursions - 3 Months

3 Months Old

Alrighty, so it's been a LONG time since I've done my daily blogs, but I'm getting back on the horse!

At 3 Months old you are...

- sleeping in your own crib every night
- have a nightly routine of bathtime, lotion, jammies, bottle, book, rocking chair, and crib
- you're eating 6 ounces of formula and rice every 4 hours (Mommy is about to bump you up to 6 1/2)
- you're smiling a LOT and it make Mommy and Daddy fall even more in love with you every time we see that gummy grin
- you're a morning baby
- you wear 3 month sized clothes
- you weigh 13 pounds 13 ounces, are 25 inches long, and your head is 42 cm around (yes, you have a big dome)
- you LOVE...Nigel (your racoon blanket), your binky, sitting up in your Bumbo, your walker, and the car
- you are officially a "supported sitter"
- you are teething...yep, super early
- you bear weight on your legs
- you love being outside
- you sleep AT LEAST 9 hours every night
- you steal Mommy and Daddy's heart away a little more every day

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Bad Mom?

Ever feel like a bad Mom? I have...I do.

Let me catch you up a little. I've always had very mild versions of anxiety attacks. Not enough to affect my everyday life. If I ever felt anxious at all, all it would take was leaving the room for a couple of minutes and taking a few long, deep breaths.
After Easton was born, my anxiety got worse, a lot worse. And with it came ridiculous insomnia. Now it is to the point where it is affecting my everyday life, bad.
Because of our 2-month trip away from home, I ended up not getting my 6-week check up until also 3 months post-partum. Last week I discussed my insomnia and extreme anxiety with my doctor and he decided that it would be best to test my thyroid.
So they sucked my blood and off I went.
2 days (and 2 calls to the doctors office) later, I got my test results thyroid was fine...good news, however this meant that I was having actually full-on anxiety attacks...bad news, and I would need to see a Psychologist to be treated...even worse news.
I was a Psych major in college. I know the questions they're going to ask. I know that they're going to make sure that I'm not a risk to myself or my child, which I'm not.
I KNOW that it's anxiety and that I need to be treated for it, and up until tonight I was still hesitant about going to see a Psychologist for help. Up until I started having an anxiety attack while giving Easton his last bottle of the night.
I felt it coming while I was giving Easton a bath, but I tried to shrug it off because there was absolutely no reason for me to be having one. I wasn't stressed or anxious about giving him a bath. I do it every single night. It's our special time together. It's our routine.
The anxious feeling gradually got worse and worse while I was putting his lotion and jammies on, and by the time I was giving him his bottle it was full force.

This is when I thought to myself, "Stevie, you HAVE to get this fixed because you can't continue to live like this."
For a split second, I resented my son. I resented him and I resented my husband.
They didn't do anything all.

At this point, I began to sob quietly in the hopes that Chris wouldn't hear me.

Easton finished his bottle, so I rocked him to sleep and laid him down in his crib for the night.

Now I sit here asking myself over and over again in my head..."Am I a bad Mom?"

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I'm BACK...


I am SO sorry that I've been MIA for the past 3 weeks. As most of you know, Chris, Easton and I have been gone from our home since the beginning of February. Chris had training in Wichita Falls, TX for 5 weeks for his job and that just so happened to only be 45 minutes away to where most of my family lives in Oklahoma! So when Easton was a mere 2 1/2 weeks old, we loaded up my little car and made the cross-country trip.
After we spent the 5 weeks there, we headed up to Missouri to stay with my Dad for a couple of days and then off to Iowa for 2 1/2 weeks.
Our trip in Iowa was absolutely amazing! My amazing mother-in-law threw a wedding reception/welcome baby shower for Chris, Easton and I which meant more to me than she will ever fully understand. Chris and I got married at the courthouse and because of family issues we weren't able to have an actual wedding. I also did not get any wedding or baby showers, so this was amazing that she did that for us. We had a TON of fun and I got to design everything! :-)
On Wednesday we headed back home to North Carolina, and let me tell you...after over 2 month away from your house and living out of suitcases...HOME.IS.FREAKING.AMAZING!!!

So let me catch you up a little on my family and myself...
Chris will start back to work on Monday and as much as he's enjoyed I think he's enjoyed his time off (haha) I'm pretty sure he's ready to get back into the swing of things.

Softball season is officially here! For those of you who don't know...Chris and I are HUGE sports fans and he plays on both his squadron and base softball teams. Squadron doesn't travel which means weather permitting, Easton and I will be able to make it to every game. However the base teams does nothing BUT travel, which is fine with me. We discussed it, and I don't want to be one of those ridiculous over-bearing housewives that "doesn't allow" her husband to have a life. We'll be able to go to most of the games, just not the ones in 150 degree weather (which I'm okay with missing out on).

Easton will be 3 months old in 9 DAYS!!!! Seriously...I can't believe he's already that old!

We weighed him ourselves last week and he's up to a whopping 14 POUNDS!!!!! Needless to say, we have a little chunky monkey on our hands.

He is IN LOVE with his Bumbo!

He doesn't like to be held facing the person who is holding him. He has to be able to look out and see what's going on.

He's SO close to giggling! I'm convinced that he really knows how, but he's just making us suffer.

Tonight is night #3 of him being on a routine and sleeping in his crib! YAY!

He's loves bath time.

I have started my class to become a certified wedding planner! PS...I LOVE IT!

I have also started making hair accessories. I have a shop on Etsy called Sassy's Accessories. Head on over and check it out! If you see something you like, but would like it in a different color, just send me an email and I'm sure we'll be able to work something out! :o)

I've fallen off the weight-loss bandwagon, but I'm starting back on Monday.

I chopped of my hair...again. I FINALLY got what I wanted, after almost 4 months and 3 hair dressers!
I made the headband I'm wearing in this picture! It's available for sale at Sassy's Accessories!

I've become mildly obsessed with coupon clipping!

That's all for now folks! I'll start back up with my daily postings on Monday, but for now, here are some pictures to hold you over until then. ENJOY!

Chillin' in his Bumbo!

How can you resist those chubby little cheeks?!

My In-Law Family:
Brother-in-law Josh, Sister-in-law Bre, Mother-In-Law Denise, Easton, Chris and I.

Food table at the reception!

All the grandchildren (and the one great-grandchild).

The beautiful Miss Elyse with the guest book I made.

Chris and I talking to some of our reception guests.