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No Fun

A sick baby, that is. Eva has the sniffles and I’ve got a bit of a sore throat. We rested all day and hopefully we will be back to normal tomorrow.

Until then, enjoy this video. I expose Eva to great music. You know, Justin Bieber, Glee, and the classic Britney Spears. Okay, before you say anything (especially my mom) just know that I had her listen to this song because Eva is a BABY and the title of the song is BABY ONE MORE TIME. So, it seemed fitting.



The past couple days, Eva has been a little fussier than usual. As new parents, T.J. and I probably think it’s a lot worse than it actually is, but can you blame us? We just want her to be her happy, healthy self! So, that being said, we have been trying anything and everything to get her to settle down, as well as reading article upon article online for tips and suggestions.

So far, two things work pretty well to get her to stop crying and to help her fall asleep.

  1. Putting her in her car seat with the cover on(where she sleeps in through the night still because she hates her cradle… help!) and walking it around the house. I think she likes the movement and the cover obviously gets rid of the distractions.
  2. Singing to her in the rocking chair. My mom is a elementary school music teacher and so every time we talk she tells me to sing to Eva because it will help her learn how to stay on key and develop a singing voice when she’s older. My mom says it’s true, so I’m sure it is. But I have to admit, it does calm Eva. I just need to break out the children’s hymnbook because I keep singing the same three or four songs. (One of which is “I’m Trying to be like Jesus” to the tune of Harry Potter.)

If you have any other suggestions of how to get a baby to stop crying or sleep… I would greatly appreciate it.


A Few Words on the Subject

About a week ago, I found out about the Justin Bieber-Baby Daddy Scandal. When my friend told me, I turned down JB’s Christmas album so I could get some more details.

I’ve been reading up about it and am PRAYING, okay not really praying, but WISHING on 11/11/11 at 11:11 that it is not his baby. (It’s not his baby, baby, baby, ohhhhh.) But seriously. If it is his, he will be losing one of his biggest fans. Not me, obviously, I’ll love his music no matter what. But I’m sure another big fan will stop loving him.

Saturday night, I was in one of those “blah” moods because I had slept all afternoon and evening (stupid cold) and T.J. said he would watch whatever I wanted to watch…

So, I put in Never Say Never-Justin Bieber’s movie/documentary. (Lucky T.J.) Believe it or not, T.J. was really impressed by the end. I didn’t make him watch all of the songs, we would just fast-forward to the commentary. It made him realize that, even if he’s not a fan of his music style, that he really is talented and that he just came from a humble background. The movie really makes me believe that Justin is not the type of person to get a girl pregnant. (Crossing my fingers.)

To close, Justin… Please take a paternity test ASAP as possible. And to the baby mama, if it is Justin’s baby… Didn’t you ever listen to Justin’s song, “Kiss and Tell.”


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Cozy on up by the fireplace

  1. I realize I do a lot of these bulleted blog posts. Hopefully they’re not annoying but sometimes I have a lot of random things to say and this seems like the best way to do it.
  2. I did my nails last night for the first time in forever. Including my toe nails. Guys, do you have any idea how hard that is? To bend that way? It’s quite an accomplishment. Now I have adorable sparkly red nails for the holidays!
  3. Yesterday I went to the doctor and he relieved some of my anxiety. You see, I was kind of down about choosing a doctor who had his own practice because that means he’s busier. But he told me that he delivers, on average, 1.5 babies a day. And he’s always monitoring his patients in labor, online, even when he’s not there at the hospital. Phewwww. He’s a funny man, that Dr. Judd. He said the one baby a day is the easy part, it’s the half baby that gets hard. 🙂 Oh and update, baby is in the right position with a perfect heartbeat.
  4. When I picked up our car from the mechanics the other day, I had to wait for like 20 minutes. It wasn’t a big deal, I just checked my mail and facebook. But then mechanic gave me a $15 gift card for iTunes for the trouble. Don’t mind if I do! What great customer service, don’t ya think? Plus, they cleaned our car inside and out before giving it to us! So, if you ever need to get your car fixed after an accident, go to Cascade Collision on State Street in Provo.
  5. With that $15 gift card, I bought Michael Bublé’s new Christmas album. It is so good. So so so good. And so much better than Justin Bieber’s, which is a huge deal that I’m saying that considering how much I love JB. The only reason you can compare them is because they both came out recently. Anyway, I highly recommend that you buy it immediately. And start listening to it immediately.
  6. My new nickname should be Martha Stewart because I’ve been doing a craft every day over here at the Derrick household! I will show you everything shortly!
  7. I have had the BEST week with scripture study. I’m telling you, downloading the audio version of the Book of Mormon and then following along was such a good idea. Please do it too so we can talk about how much fun it is! The guy reading has an intense voice and gets really into it! And at the rate we’re going, we will be finished mid-December. Once I turn it on, I don’t want to stop because it’s like watching a movie or something.
  8. Thanksgiving is in TWO WEEKS!?!?! Where the heck did time go? I swear I was just laying in a tube on the wave pool at Seven Peaks! And you better believe I’m going shopping on Black Friday for baby stuff! It will be perfect because I’ll be 6 days from my due date and so no one will mess with me! Or… it will put me in labor! Even better. Anyone in the area want to go with me at dusk?
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Lids down, I count sheep, I count heartbeats.

I was a big Barenaked Ladies (the band) fan growing up. Probably because my brother loved them and so I had to like everything he liked. But they were a really good band and last night, I was reminded of it.

Pregnancy + Sore Throat = Insomnia

I started singing “Who Needs Sleep” in my head then decided to get out of bed (hey, that rhymed!). Already this morning (it’s not even 7:30 yet), I have taken a shower, read in my birthing book, eaten a bowl of oatmeal, drank a cup of hot cider, worked a little for my dad, read the posts on my Google Reader, and now I’m finishing a blog post. Pretty impressive.

And although I was kind of bitter that I couldn’t sleep at all, it’s (1) preparing me for a couple of weeks and (2) I get to watch the snow fall right now!

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Wise Men Followed a Star, the Way I Followed my Heart

How have I not blogged about this yet? Justin Bieber has released TWO songs from his Christmas album and I love them both. Christmas music AND Justin Bieber? How could it get better? I’ll tell you… his whole album is being released in less than a week and it is going to be great.

Plus, our little Justin is growing up and his voice is changing! He doesn’t sound so much like a 14 year old anymore (although I was fine with that).

Now, watch the Mistletoe music video over and over again until you love it as much as me.

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On the Outside, I Looked Good

Hairspray is on ABC Family right now! I’m sad to admit that I didn’t see the 2007 version when it first came out because all of my roommates were obsessed with it and so it made me not want to see it… weird logic, I know. Anyway, when I did finally see it, it was the BTOML! I bought the soundtrack immediately and have loved it ever since!

Click on the photo to watch my favorite song in the musical.

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Will someone buy me a piano?

Isn’t this video incredible? Although there’s no way I could ever play this, it does make me miss playing the piano.

We’ll just put this one on repeat for the day…

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Summer School

If anyone knows of a place to find an extra thousand dollars just sitting around to pay for my summer tuition, due in a week, that would be grand. Until then, you can find me in my bed having a panic attack and dreaming of being a billionaire or even a hundredaire.


Coco: Summer Sessions

Summertime means listening to Colbie Caillat’s summer album. This album may be the closest I’ll be getting to the beach this summer, but it’s delightful to listen to. It’s pretty cheap on iTunes, so go ahead and buy it! You will not be disappointed.