Sunday, January 15, 2012

Our First Baby

I appreciate the guest post, Jewel Rodgers

My husband and I recently had our first baby, and we are absolutely over the moon. It’s simultaneously been the biggest blessing and the hardest challenge we’ve ever encountered, and we’re loving every second. As it turns out, my parents and my in-laws are also loving every second. Between the four of them, I received no less than twenty five calls during the first week we were home with the baby. Don’t get me wrong—I think it is absolutely wonderful that they are so excited about their first grandchild, and that they want to be notified of every single milestone, regardless of how insignificant. But the thing is, I am running on about 24% of my usual amount of sleep. Anytime that I am not actively engaged in feeding or changing the baby, I want to be sleeping. So when I get a phone call the second I lay the baby down, I get a little frustrated. My husband came up with the perfect solution: email. Our parents are free to email us as often as they want for updates, and either my husband or I will write them back as soon as we’re able. It’s working perfectly. The only problem was that up until the baby was born, we didn’t have internet. We live in a really rural area and didn’t have an internet provider available to us…or so we thought. Desperate for an alternative, we stumbled upon Internet in Arizona. We signed up that day, and things have been running a lot smoother ever since.

Falling in love the second time

The second time you fall in love with someone, you’re going to feel so relieved. When you get your heart broken for the first time, you can’t imagine loving someone else again or having someone else love you. You worry about your ex finding love before you do, you worry about being damaged goods. And then it happens. Someone else loves you and you can sleep well at night.

The second time you fall in love with someone, it’s going to feel different. The first time felt like a dream almost. You were untouched, untainted by anyone. You accepted love with wide open arms and desperation. “Love me, love me, love me!” So you did. And then it fell apart and left you shocked to the core. You realized that people could be cruel and break your heart. You realized that people could stop meaning the sweet things they said to you just yesterday. So when you go into it again, you’re going to keep in mind everything that you’ve learned. You’re going to say, “Love me, love me, love me…until you don’t. In which case, I would like some advance warning. Thanks!”

The second time you fall in love with someone, you’re going to compare it to your first love. That’s okay. That’s natural. You’re going to be studying the new love with judgement and wariness. “My ex never liked broccoli. Why the hell does this one eat so much broccoli?!” Discovering that you have the ability to love multiple people who are different and feel different is initially very jarring. Loving an unfamiliar body will leave you disoriented and in dire need of a map. That’s okay too. That’s to be expected. Just ask the new love for directions.

The second time you fall in love with someone, you’re going to suffer from a bout of amnesia. You’re going to poke and prod at your lover’s body and be like, “Wait, how do I do this again? How do I love you? I think it starts with us having a moment together in some coffee shop, right?” It’s going to feel scary at first. Falling in love is sort of like riding a bike though. You never really forget.

The second time you fall in love with someone, you’ll be a more sane person. Your first love is when you get all of your insanity out. You behave like an insane monster because your mind is freaking out about all these new powerful feelings. By the second time, however, you have an idea of what works and what doesn’t. It’s by no means perfect. The insanity will make a cameo at some point. “Peek a boo. I’m here! Hope you didn’t forget about me!” But you can usually shoo it away after awhile.

The second time you fall in love with someone, you will hopefully have better sex. Do not quote me on this.

The second time you fall in love with someone will still be exciting and you might even talk about moving in together or marriage. It will feel more “adult.” You have no idea what adult love actually is but you think it involves making coffee for each other in the morning and maybe even getting a dog. “This is my dog, Xan. I got him with the second person I fell in love with because that’s what you do! The first person I was in love with would’ve killed a dog.”

The second time will not be the first time. The first time is an insane magical life gift that you can never reclaim. But that’s okay. The second time is more real anyway. The second time can involve some amazing love

Friday, January 13, 2012

Lets Support Walgreens

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

After i read the press release about Walgreens and Express Script i was very upset not only me but also most of my friends who are covered by Express Scripts plan. My friend who is married with a military guy is also complaining because they are using Tricare and Tricare is one of Express Scripts clients.

As of Jan.1 2012, Walgreens is no longer part of Express Scripts pharmacy provider network, which is really hard for us because we been using Walgreens pharmacies for so many years now. We never think of switching to a new pharmacy because i believed that Walgreens is the best place to get your prescription drugs. Not only they offer competitive pricing but also additional savings to all their costumers.

Walgreens is making an effort to make their costumer stay and continue to use Walgreens pharmacies. To make that happen they are offering a special discount on annual membership for its Walgreens Prescription Savings Club . It means an individual can now join during a special January promotion for only $5 or $10 for a family membership, this covers everyone in your immediate family, including a spouse, dependents 22 and younger and pets.You will received savings on more than 8,000 brand name and all generic medications.

For people who are affected of this changes and want to stay updated with Walgreens you can support them by liking Walgreens on Facebook or you can follow Walgreens on Twitter.

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