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When I was a teenager, I had 3 BFFs. They just happened to be members of the same family, 2 brothers and a sister. I moved in with them and their parents when I was 18.

At that point, I started hanging out with their other friends on a regular basis. One of their friends was J. and he was dating my friend Jessica at the time. I was dating B at the time.

Well after B and I broke up, I heard that him and Jessica had broken up at the same time. I thought he was super cute and all, but would never date my friend’s X.

Well one day, Jessica came over and told me that she could tell J thought I was cute, and that I clearly liked him too, so she would set us up. But I told her I couldn’t do that to her, she thought that was silly.

Next thing I know, he was calling me for different things, and we were scheduling youth events, but only if the other was there.

We started dating while I was away working at a summer camp, and it was long distance. Every one kept telling me it wouldn’t last past the summer, because summer romances very rarely do.

We dated for 2 years, and then realized we both had a lot of growing up to do and were in very different places. He was just finished College, and wanting to work on his career, and I hadn’t went to College and really wanted to get married and start a family. We broke up. Although, we were still best friends and hung out all the time when he was home.

After 9 months, we realized we were really still in love, and that eventually we would get married.  I just had to be patient…..well it was 7 more years!  Boy, do I have patience LOL!  We got married on May 31, 2003.

Since getting married, our life has been fairly good although we have had some bad things happen. 

One such event was 2005, when we decided to try to have  our first baby.  We got pregnant right away, but miscarried at 9 weeks.  That was a really rough time for us, as no one in our families had ever been through it at that point, so we didn’t know how to handle it, neither did they.  We fought quite a bit at that time, and I wondered if we would get through it.  Well we did, and not 3 months later we were pregnant with Jack.  Since then, 2 more boys would follow.

We will both be 35 this year, and although our life is not exactly as I “saw” it when I was 18, it is an adventure that I am enjoying.  I couldn’t imagine sharing my life with anyone else.

My boys have always been earlier teethers, and it is nearly impossible to find a product that they can hold on to and chew.  Jack started teething at 2 1/2 months, and got his first tooth at 4 1/2 months.  Wesley had a tooth at 3 1/2 months, and Justin certainly doesn’t want to be out done, and has started teething in the last 2 weeks.

Also at such young ages, they don’t like anything too cold.  So finding a teething product that works for us, is an ongoing battle.

I recently received a Teething Bling necklace from SmartMom.  They offer several different products in their online store: Tween Bling in various shapes and colours with scented items coming!, Teething Bling in different shapes, and colours both solids and patterns, gift sets, coordinated bangles, even Teething Bling Keychains!  And just in case, that wasn’t enough for you, they even have gift cards, so you can let your Mommy friend pick out her own gift!

I received the Blue Camo Donut Teething Bling.  I really wasn’t sure how it would work for us, as I really haven’t had much luck until the boys are much older.  Justin isn’t really all that interested in my Mommy Necklace at this point, so wasn’t sure he would be that interested with this one either.

The Blue Camoflage Donut Shaped Pendant hangs on a silky cord with a breakaway clasp.  The pendant itself is made out a rubbery teething material, which is perfect for teething babies!

It is very light, comfortable, and fun to wear!  The only thing I wasn’t completely in love with was the length.  I felt it was a little long on me, however Justin disagrees.  Whenever I am nursing him now, or holding him  close he grabs onto it, and holds on for all he is worth.  He likes to pull on it, and old it.  It is thin, so his little fingers can grasp it, as he is only just going to be 3 months.  Also, because it is a donut shape his hands will clasp on either side, or I often find him holding it with 2 fingers on either side of the cord.  My Mommy Necklace was too high for him unless I bent over.  I am starting to really like the length because when he is holding it I am not bent over or constantly taking it off. 

The breakaway clasp is durable, but does break away if it is needed.  Justin has never broken it away, but I did get it caught under neath him once when he was sleeping and I was putting him down.  I pulled back and it came apart for me. 

Although Justin has not held it in his mouth on his own yet, I have done it for him a few times when he was biting me and I popped him off.

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My In-laws don’t get to see my boys very much as we don’t live too close to them. They like to take them overnight for a sleepover if their work schedules permit.

A couple of weeks ago, we set up a plan where they would come get the boys Wednesday Morning, and then bring them back Thursday in time for us to go to Jack’s orientation. This way they could then watch the younger boys for us, and we could focus on Jack.

I didn’t tell the boys until Tuesday night that Nanny and Papa would be coming to get them tomorrow.

They woke up in the morning and made me pack their suitcases right away. Then they proceeded to misbehave for 3 hours, and by this point I was fed up with them. I was beginning to feel like they shouldn’t get to go, but I knew they were just over excited.

This was the point when Jack looked at me, and says “wanna go!” and I asked him where, he said that he wanted to go with Nanny and Papa. It’s still 3 hours to go, and Mommy’s patience weren’t very good anymore. When I am irritated, I tend to get sarcastic, and after 3 hours of miserable, non-listening kids I was a bit sarcastic. So I look at him and say “What do you want to do Jack, go sit by the front door for 3 hours and wait for him?”

Well….they both smiled, jumped up and down, yelled YES!! and went running to the house. I was a little dumb founded and thought now what??

So I got them 2 chairs, and put them by the front door, and they each held the handle of their suitcases and sat nicely and waited. They waited for a 1/2 hour, before I finally convinced them to go for a walk with me to get the mial. I kept telling them they weren’t in time out and it was going to be a long long wait.

Well when we got back from the mail they sat some more, they would get up and play, but it was in the foyer by the front door, never letting go of their suitcases.

They were so happy and so well behaved, but I kept waiting for Child protective services to come get them for making them sit by the front door for 3 hours!

When Papa came they were sitting on the front step eating their sndwiches waiting. They wanted to run in and get the suitcases I made them leave inside.

When Papa went to put their suitcases and car seats in the car they wanted to go too!! Wesley even started to cry.

Poor boys, they really do love their Nanny and Papa and they don’t get to see them enough.


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