Saturday, June 21, 2008


Steve and I often joke about who Bennett gets her stubbornness from, or her temper. Of course I always say that it came from the Mizerany/Phillips side, and then he quickly tells me to look in the mirror...

Hmmm, I guess it depends whose point of view it is. Anyway, as I understand it, as toddlers become increasingly independent, they begin to test the limits more and more. What I just read recently in one of my magazines though is that those children who test their defiance a ton are shown to have a higher IQ. So perhaps that means Bennett is going to be a genius!

She certainly loves to test, and then retest our rules (hoping we might change them this one time). However, we try to stay strong and have a united front against her. She has become very good at throwing tantrums lately, which are certainly hard for us to listen to and watch. I didn't realize how early they would start, I always thought it would be part of her "terrible twos." However, we have found that if we walk off and ignore her, she tends to calm down quicker than if we stand there and watch or try to talk her out of it.

Any advice from you mommys with older kids is always welcome....

Friday, June 20, 2008

Finally on the move...

As you will see, Bennett is finally walking. This week she has decided that walking is better than crawling. And though she hasn't mastered it yet, she is on her way! It has been a process since she doesn't like to fall down, but I think she is enjoying seeing life from a different angle.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Power of Prayer

This weekend I heard some terrible news regarding one of my oldest friend's mother from Peoria. I heard she had developed cancer. It snuck up on her, like it does so many, and now she is fighting the battle. When I hear heartbreaking news like this, it makes me feel so blessed to have my health and I realize what a true gift it is. So, for those like her and others in her same predicament...let's say a prayer. Today I ask you ALL to add her to your prayer list, and to your church's prayer lists. Her name is Susan Taylor, and because she is a fighter I know she will put up a good one. However, everyone can benefit from the power of prayer, so I ask you for yours.

For more updates on her health and her courageous fight, visit her newly created blog at:

Thank you!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sizzling Summer

With the 90+ degree heat that we have been having, the Mizeranys have been couped up inside, or at the pool! Speaking especially for this pregnant is ridiculously hot! Though the idea of summer always sounds nice, I really don't like this season because of the humidity and heat (remind me of this if I complain in January). However, we are trying to stay busy.

We continue to practice walking with Bennett. She doesn't trust herself to take off yet, though I know she could do it. We walk her all over the house while she holds onto one finger, which offers her little to no support. Since we are heading to Avalon beach in a couple of weeks, we really want her to be more mobile. With over 20 people in my cousin's house (where we spend the majority of our time and all of our meals), it is just not safe to have her crawling around. Though I assume she'll still be wobbly if walking, at least she'll be upright and we won't have fingers to worry about stepping on all week.

Bennett is continuing to grow into quite the ham. She now has almost four teeth, with a fifth one starting to break through up top, and she loves to show off her pearly whites. She is also "talking" quite a bit. Though most words are still unintelligible, she can say dada, mama (though never to me), hi, yeah, dog and "what tat." She continues her exploring in the house, and testing our limits. She is usually very kind and loving to Spence, but not always to us. This sweet little baby spits! We used to think it was cute when she would "blow bubbles." However this has grown very old with the force that she now has behind it, causing us all to become wet with her efforts. Though all of that is quickly forgotten when she gives us hugs and her infamous open mouth kisses!
Moving along to baby #2, I am officially 25 weeks now. Instead of counting towards the 40 week milestone, I have decided to count down how many weeks I have left (it feels like less to me for some reason). So, because I am hoping that I will be induced a week early, I have 14 weeks to go! I went in for my monthly exam yesterday and thankfully passed the glucose test, yet they found me to be anemic. Thank goodness I have something to blame my exhaustion on! Now with the iron supplements I will be taking, hopefully my energy level will improve. This son of ours is quite active, he really kicks the majority of my day, so I know he has been sucking it out of me. Otherwise, everything continues to go smoothly with this pregnancy and all of us!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Sex in the City

Last night was a nice night for me. After coming home from work for a short bit to hang with Bennett, I left for a girls' night. I met a group of girlfriends from church and my friend Karen for dinner and a movie. We just met at Panera for a casual and quick meal before seeing the movie "Sex in the City." After hearing all of the rumors about the story line, I didn't know what to expect. However, I was anxious to watch it and see how the lives of those crazy four girls from New York turned out. I must admit that I was very happy with the movie, and the ending. I won't spoil it for those of you reading this that intend to see the movie, but it really was a good movie. It has been a while since I have seen a movie, but I must admit that I was shocked to spend $9.68 for a sandwich and drink at Panera and $9.00 for the movie. Though it was a nice break from being a mommy for a night, I was still surprised with the cost of my four hours out.