Nothing to report

To many bloggers having nothing to report is no bueno. The fact that this MCADD mommy has nothing to report is fan-freakin-tastic. We have reported FAR too many hospital stays lately. It’s so nice to be able to say life has been relatively uneventful.

Life is just so much better when it is not revolving around IV drips, needles and lab work. One plus is the fact that our perfect little boy has been back to his usual self for over a week now!!! He’s still got a cough but it’s nothing we can’t manage from home. Ahhhh it’s honestly kind of weird how happy I am to say life has been pretty basic. We’ve had birthday’s to celebrate this week and tomorrow we will be celebrating the annual cow chip celebration in Beaver, OK (yep, cow chips=cow poop, more on that later) but our days consist of waking up at our own leisure, eating good non-hospital food and being able to play freely. Having nothing to do other than usual day to day stuff has been pretty sensational. The stress isn’t near as intense as it has been. I’m actually getting excited to pack all of our belongings up and move 13 hours away with a toddler in tow. Going through what we have gone through helps to keep things in perspective. We may not live a wildly exciting life but we live one that is ideal for our family. Pssh I bet y’all are on the edges of your seats wanting to know more about that uber classy cow chip celebration I mentioned previously. Well you are in for a treat with this weekend blog post. Although it’s evident that loads of excitement is to be had shortly for the Bartel family right now I am screaming it through the blogosphere “HI DIDDLE EEE DEE IT’S A MUNDANE LIFE FOR ME”!  Heck when I say it that way it sounds bad but really people this is a good thing, lol.

One thing that will never ever be mundane though is taking and sharing pictures of London.

Lately Wee Man has been looking WAY TOO big. I’m planning to have a talk with him about this matter very soon. His new thing he does is during breakfast he will stick chewed up pieces of his food to his body, note the french toast on his nip, weirdo!

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I planned to make our recent Target run as brief as possible. I wasn’t even going to look anywhere else in the store except the section I actually NEEDED something from. We all know how that goes. I did buy what I went in for but I also bought some new wedges, their an investment to my shoe collection and London managed to go home with a football and basketball from the dollar sections. Target dolla bin for the win!

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Another new development is this cuteness. London has been sleeping with his hands like this and it is pretty much the most tender thing I’ve ever seen.

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Quarter of a Century

Well folks I am officially 1/4 of the way to being 100. I’m at the peak of my twenties and can actually say without a doubt that this phase of life that I’m in right now is simply wonderful. My birthday started off very simple. I woke up to London and we had a late breakfast then went to visit that handsome husband of mine at work for a bit. I had planned to meet my Dad and Stepmom for dinner later that evening. Little did I know my hubby and best friend had been plotting a surprise party and even got my Dad in on it. I’m never one to be surprised since I’m typically the one planning everything so it was kind of nice to be able to experience it from the other side. I was so shocked, I couldn’t believe it. Some of my favorite people ever were there and we had a fantastic evening with a lot of CHEERS involved. I could keep going on and on but I’ll just share the party through pics. Now give me a break on the pics this time. I didn’t even take my camera so iphone pics it is!

London didn’t want any sweets at his birthday party last month but he was going to town on Mommy’s bday cupcakes. He is my child after all….I knew that sweet tooth would eventually show up.

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I’ve got an obsession with cupcakes and other than popcorn they are my food of choice. It was only natural that we had tons of them everywhere. Ironically enough the cake I had the entire night was the birthday cake shot I had. This was after London went home with the grandparents of course, I’m responsible like that.

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I adore my sweet little family. We have been teaching London to “celebrate” so he will raise his arms up and say “YAY” only on occasion. He does say TOGA and HEY DUDE so we consider that quite the accomplishment for our mini party animal.

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This would be my bff, my love bug and London’s fav Auntie. Rikki helped my hubs and Dad plan the perfect celebration for me. I love this crazy girl. As you can see London does too!

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The feather boa made it’s way around the party but sadly enough only the men wore it, lol.

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I’m kind of blessed to have this guy in my life. He’s been by my side since I was in High School and he continues to be my rock. I love my husband!!!

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….and of course the infamous after party pic. Poor lighting, a table full of drinks, tons of friends and lots of demolished appetizers…..yep it was a good night!

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Easter Outfit Inspiration

Holy cuteness! This year has been a tough one in terms of picking out an Easter outfit for our dapper dude. Although we only had to look in one store, Dillards, we were there forever picking out the perfect ensemble. Their “Starting Out” collection is on point this season. There are so many Spring inspired looks. We’re talking vest sets, suits and sweater sets. I wanted to buy one of each of these outfits. Don’t worry I restrained myself. It was tough, but a moms gotta do what a moms gotta do. Stupid budget, lol!


See what I’m saying. AHHHH adorableness for sure! The hubs and I ended up picking out our two favorites and then let London decide from there. I’d love to spill the beans and say which one he picked but he requested an element of surprise on Easter. He’s fun like that!

Calm down it’s only a few days away. You’ll be fine I promise. I may burst though and blurt it out. Let’s hope I can just keep it zipped until Sunday. Who knew dressing the baby could be such a fun game?!?!?!


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“Big Boy” Bed Transition

I’ve read so many different things about the ideal age to transition a toddler to a bed and out of a crib. It’s one of those things I think should be based on what your own child prefers. London slept in his crib like a champ until he was 5 months. Then once teething started we started bringing him into our bed. At the time it was the best idea…until we tried putting him back into his crib. Little Man was having none of it. So we decided to try out a toddler bed. He has slept in it for the past three nights and has even napped in it. HOLLA! Parenting win people. It’s almost surreal seeing him sleep like the big boy he is. Nap time still has some fighting but he eventually gives in and sleeps for an hour or two. The kid who never slept more than 30 minutes at a time is now investing in some serious Zzzz’s. This makes like so much easier. The fact that my hubby and I get to sleep like babies ourselves has drastically improved our attitudes also. We may not be fully refreshed every morning but we wake up a whole lot more rested than usual. London has even become happier too. I chalk it up to the fact that all of us aren’t fighting to claim territory in one bed.

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There you have it! Photographic evidence that our sweet little prince is officially part of the big boy club. **Sigh** where did my itty bitty baby go? Part of me may be missing my baby sleeping in my arms for nap time and all night. The other part of me is super pumped up that London is becoming so independent. Growing up isn’t just for babies but for parents too. Could somebody please pass the wine?


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London’s Toddler Room Plans

With a big move on the horizon and a toddler who HATES his crib with every fiber of his being we decided to begin the transition to a “big boy” room. What works perfectly is a lot of the elements for London’s toddler room were already items we had around the house. Of course we had to purchase a toddler bed and a few smaller things, but all in all we already had everything we needed, SCORE! If you have been reading our blog for a while you know I love a good theme or serious color scheme. London’s nursery has lots of “london” items in it. Those items were purchased with this transition in mind. We are doing a black, white and gray London theme. I know totally original but I just can’t help myself, lol.


We’ve got a giant canvas collage of London landmarks that I plan on making a focal point in little man’s new room. One bit of inspiration for this was the “This is London” book. It’s got such a fun vibe and it’s exactly what I want London’s room to embody. We wanted to keep his room simple so we opted for white crib sheets and instead of a comforter we chose to use our Aden & Anais muslin blankets. London tends to overheat so these are our go to blankets at bed time. We added a grey fleece blanket to his bed to give it some life and not look completely dull. The London rug we bought before Wee Man was born but we haven’t really utilized it. Ta da, now we can! Last Winter we bought this kick a** wall mounted silver deer head from my favorite little store, Burlap & Blossoms. We’ve been using it in our living room but it will be joining London in his new room. It will fit so well with his new decor. There are a few things on my wish list for this project that I am waiting patiently to purchase. I think this transition will work great. London has already started sleeping in his new bed. He’s still not sure about it but he is getting used to it. As soon as we get all moved into our townhouse in Texas I will be sure to share pictures of our new digs!


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