Another Monday ….

… and baby Amir is still teething, which is messing with his nap time. But amazingly enough he still manages to throw a few smiles my way… I just read Moments of exhilaration’s post about how difficult Mondays are sometimes and she explains it pretty darn well …. what a relief it is to know that someone out there is going through the same challenges and an eye opener that it will be this way for a while (her baby just turned one and mine is just 6 months old)…  I wouldn’t trade being a full-time mom for anything in the world … I can honestly say that I’m currently living the happiest days of my life, but sometimes too little sleep and no contact with adults for hours at a time can get to you!

The main reason I dread Mondays the most is because Shaun (hubby) has to go to work after a weekend with us, he helps a lot with Amir when he is home and life is not as chaotic as it is during the week. When Mondays come I have to get used to doing it all by myself again: feeding, entertaining, or soothing a teething baby who won’t take his nap and is glued to your hip while pumping milk every two hours and getting errands done! How did our mothers do it??? sometimes I wish we had more than two arms!

That said, today I felt like my baby grew overnight! he looks like a young man now! above is a picture when he was one week old and another taken this week! I can’t believe how much he changed he doesn’t even look like the same baby … so I’ll take intolerable exhausting Mondays in exchange for more time with him …  before I know it he will be teenager who runs away from my hugs and kisses.

I’m still updating my projects page:

Below is today’s addition to the Baby Christmas Advent Calender

Click here to see the progress of my little garden

click here to see how I’m doing with my post-pregnancy diet



Just started a new project …

… and I’ll give you a hint … its inspired by the holidays and featuring my precious baby. It’s an Advent Calendar! and I’m sharing it with you, I will update it daily until Christmas day and will add those pictures to Amir’s first Christmas photo book … take a look  here

DIY Patchi Chocolate Favors Box

For those of you who don’t know Patchi you are definitely missing out! back in Lebanon no occasion goes by whether it’s a new baby, wedding, holiday, etc ….  without the need for a Patchi chocolate tray to give out for visitors offering their congrats. When I gave birth to baby Amir in Lebanon earlier than expected, the first thing I said to my mom after returning from the delivery room was “OMG I didn’t order the Patchi tray yet”. She calmly smiled and informed me that my sister is already there picking it up. I remember how happy I was when she walked in with two huge trays (one from my parents and the other from hubby) like I said no occasion should go by without a Patchi tray and definitely not the birth of my pride and joy!

Of course when travelling to Liberia carrying a baby and 4 suitcases the last thing on my mind was the chocolate favors I should give out to our friends!  So as I always do I researched chocolate squares  recipes ambitiously thinking that I can make the favors from scratch  and then it hit me what if Patchi went global?? I type in the words and there it is a Patchi online store in the U.S.! ( we can receive  mail to an address in the U.S. which eventually gets to us but it takes time) I couldn’t find the ones I liked in Lebanon so I ordered the chocolate squares with the plain blue and white wrapping  and went ahead and ordered some personalized stickers from MOO and now I have my Patchi tray! yay! an actual successful DIY project!