Babies can be real jerks, even when they're in the womb. One example: baby hunger.

With 33 weeks of gestation under my belt (actually over it, but I digress), it’s come to the point where I’m feeling ropy-poly. Full of life and baby wonder.  I’m also filling quite full. The hardest part is eating constantly. So, tickle me shocked when my doctor said a few weeks ago that I needed to GAIN weight. I couldn’t fathom putting even one more snack into my mouth. I also turned to Facebook, again, to ask for help. Many of my friends had wonderful ideas, full of milk shakes, ice cream and avocados. 3 things that I literally can’t have daily.

Welp.

A funny thing happened after that conversation. Just like that, my appetite started to pick up. I did a two-step church shuffle in celebration. But, there was one problem: I now had what I love to call baby hunger. You know, it’s that hunger that shows up at the most inopportune times of the day, like when you have to pee, or when you’re 2 hours from any fast food place that won’t cause you heartburn later.

For me, baby hunger comes around 1:30am. Every. Single. Night.

I get all snuggled up in bed, laying my big belly on the side that hurts the least, and then my unborn tyrant takes over.

“Mom.”

“What now?” 

“Let’s eat something.”

“We JUST ate at midnight. We had grapes. What are you, a Mogwai?”

“But I’m hungry. Get up. Now.” He proceeds to kick and punch until I comply.

I stumble out of bed. Well, I roll out, after trying about 3 times. I’m a turtle, ladies and gentlemen. I gingerly put on my slippers, with my silk bonnet all askew on my head and a trickle of sweat down my back.

“Ok, little kid. Here are more grapes. Let’s eat this and get to sleep.”

“What the hell, bro?! Give me FOOD, mom. Food. I mean it. Don’t make me grab your bladder, because you know I will. I’m the boss, playa.”

So, the above picture is me, at 1:30am, making an egg sandwich. See that face I’m making? That’s my face every night. You don’t want to see the face I make when my husband stumbles into the kitchen asking me what I’m doing. You also don’t want to hear the profanity I lay down on that joker when he asks a very loaded question like that.

So, the struggle is real around these parts. If you see me on Facebook, Twitter or pinning on Pinterest around 2amEST each night, you’ll know what’s up. The tyrant has taken over again. Baby hunger, yo.

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4 is a Good Age

July 28, 2014 in family

This little girl is 4 and her mom is excited about her new journey. After all, 4 is a good age.

She’s finally 4. Since she was born, I’d been dreaming of the time when she’s reach this age. I remember how girls are at 4, and it’s always been my favorite age. Heck, I actually remember being 4. I felt like a big girl, like a conqueror. Plus, I got to pick out my own big girl panties from Kmart, and that was a BIG deal. Huge. Now, my only duchess is of the proper age to turn sass into manipulative sweetness. I feel for her father. My poor dad ended up taking tons of pictures of me during this age, mostly because I’d learn the value of a smile over a tantrum. I also had a thing for posing. Not that you would have known that from any posts on this here blog. Ahem.

She’s 4. Just 4 years ago I was screaming in agony while the nurse told me that it was too late for the good meds. I kind of cursed my kid that day, telling her that she was literally killing mommy from the inside. Ah, the things we say when blinded by pain. But on this day, her birthday, I’d forgotten about it all. I watched her all day. I anticipated how she would blow out her candles this year. Of course, without fail, she made it into an event. With her requested afro and her all pink outfit, she took on the task of making a wish.

This little girl is 4 and her mom is excited about her new journey. After all, 4 is a good age.

“Ok, I’ll just blow daintily, because I’m a LADY.”

This little girl is 4 and her mom is excited about her new journey. After all, 4 is a good age.

“Well, that didn’t work. There’s one left. Let’s get that sucker.”

This little girl is 4 and her mom is excited about her new journey. After all, 4 is a good age.

“Wow, that was a lot of spit that came out of my mouth, but I got ‘em. Wish automatically granted.”

She’s a mess, just like this homemade cake I made her. I knew a cake like this wouldn’t fly with my son. He’s very meticulous and there needs to be neatness and order. His chocolate cake was a minimalist version of culinary excellence. But, not his sister. Her cake requirements? Vanilla cake, with surprises on it. Oh, and it has to be pink inside. And from the box. FROM. THE. BOX. It’s like she knows how to press my buttons. I complied and she was ecstatic with her lopsided masterpiece. Or, at least she was wise enough to pretend to love it. I mean, she is 4 now. She knows how to work it.

Each year I make wishes for my kids on their birthdays. For my girl, I just wish that she’ll have the chance to really shine. She’s a performer by heart, and a great friend. For her 4th year, I’d love to see those traits amplified. I’ll do my best to encourage her each and every day. She’s 4 and I just love 4. 4 is a good age.

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Nerds and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

July 25, 2014
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is celebrating it's 50th anniversary. Check out how this nerd family is celebrating. Hint: we're reading.

We have no problem calling ourselves nerds in this house. We just are. We love sci-fi movies, talking extensively about comic books, and reading. Well, when it comes to me, I USED TO love reading. I haven’t had much time for it since I grew up, started to work 60 hour work weeks, had a […]

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Best Hot Dog Creations for National Hot Dog Day

July 23, 2014
This is great twist on the usual hot dogs that we grill every summer. A blend of caprese salad and grilled hot dogs.

Before we get into this list, I just want to rectify that these are MY favorite hot dog creations, and yes, some of them are creations that have been featured on this here website. I use the words “best hot dog creations” loosely since I’m biased, but there are some great ones here! In honor […]

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How to Cook On Hot Summer Days

July 22, 2014
Here are some great tips on how to cook on hot summer days, without having to depend on your grill.

I actually posted these tips exactly 4 years ago this month, and they still hold true for our frugal family. People are always asking how to cook on hot summer days, without spending an absorbent amount of money on take-out. With the weather in the 90s here in NJ, and my pregnant belly making me […]

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Pixar in Concert at The Philadelphia Orchestra

July 17, 2014
Pixar in Concert is coming to The Philadelphia Orchestra this summer! Check out the article to find out dates.

A big thanks to The Philadelphia Orchestra for offering our family complimentary tickets to Pixar in Concert. We are a Disney family. It’s been no secret to anyone that has chatted with our family (especially our kids) and has read this blog. My position on the Disney Parks Moms Panel also shows just how much I love Walt […]

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How to Drink More Water (when you really don’t want to)

July 16, 2014
Want to learn how to drink more water, when you really don

I have to admit something: I hate drinking water. I really, really do. I’ve been like this since I was a kid. For some reason, I just never liked drinking water, and would make all kinds of stipulations around me consuming it. It needed to be bottled water only. It couldn’t be from the tap. […]

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Back-To-School Grocery Challenge – Win $250! #GroceryChallenge

July 15, 2014
Would you like to win $250 for your back-to-school shopping? Of course you would! Check out this grocery challenge and win.

So, I’ve been keeping a secret. Well, technically I haven’t been keeping it from those of you that are subscribed to the 4 Hats and Frugal newsletter. You nosy folks new about this a few weeks ago. Here’s the scoop: I am now a business owner! I’ve finally started my new venture, Grocery Budget Tutor. […]

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Fun Times at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk {Giveaway}

July 15, 2014
Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Pt. Pleasant NJ

This Jersey girl can’t help but dream about the shore. A few weeks ago, I wrote about our family time down at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, and I have been itching to get back there. The rides, the sea air, the food and the fun; it’s what’s summer is all about! While it’s going to be a […]

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Awesome Scores at Cost Plus World Market #WorldMarket_NJ

July 13, 2014
Cost Plus World Market is coming to Livingston, NJ!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cost Plus World Market. All opinions and experiences are my own. When it comes to world travel, I’m still a novice. I’ve only been able to travel abroad as a service member. I’ve never had the luxury of going to Europe, Asia, South America or Africa on […]

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