Saturday, May 26, 2012

A little funny

This might be one of those “guess you had to be there” kind of stories, but I’m going to tell it anyway. The other night I had Marc run to the grocery store because I needed a few things, one of them being dish soap. Well, apparently he doesn’t like the “natural” dish soap I’ve been getting and he said so…

Marc: I’m going to get Dawn
Me: Why?
Marc: (sarcastically) Because it saves penguins! It washes off the oil!
Me: But…
Marc: (walking out the door) It saves penguins!!

So he gets home from the store with the few items I needed (plus some others because you can never send your husband to the store without him picking up extra) and the Dawn. And guess what? There’s a picture of penguins on the front!

"Helps Save Wildlife"

Thursday, May 24, 2012

5 months

Five Months... how can it be that it's been 5 months since she was born? She's changed so much and grown so much! She's now rolling over both ways. She laughs and giggles, squeals and screams! I love to listen to her experiment with her voice while she's playing in her crib and I'm in the bathroom getting ready. She even tries to imitate me when I sing or hum to her she seems to hum too. Sometimes when she is upset daddy's low, soft singing can calm her. She gazes at everything with curiosity and wonder.  She's almost always smiling her sweet beautiful smile. She truly does light up when she smiles. .It's a part of her personality already. I hope it's something that she keeps as she grows up because a positive outlook and a smile are often difficult to come by in this world. But daddy always makes her smile. That's another thing I hope will stay with her.

This month, mom and Sara helped me put up wall decals for Mila's room. Now she finally has something to look at and you can tell she loves it. I'll be nursing her and she'll be staring at the tree decal or the flowers on the closet doors. They look really great!

Full tree decal with animals and flowers.

Flower decals on the closet doors and branch on wall.

ABC decals with the cutest animals!
Coming in the next couple weeks Mila will start swimming lessons! Well, play in the water lessons anyway. I'm a little apprehensive about it but it'll be a good thing for her to get into a big area of water. She loves bathtime! Hopefully this will be like a big bath to her! It also means mommmy has to buy a new swimsuit. Dun Dun duuuun! Guess that's my assignment for this weekend. We'll see what I come up with. Until then!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Caffeine Jolt!

I’ve never been a regular coffee or caffeine consumer. A soda here or there, some iced or hot tea sometimes. When I was younger I didn’t like coffee unless it was mostly milk/half & half with a teeny tiny bit of coffee for flavoring. When Starbucks came around, it was “cool” for kids at school to get Starbucks because it was trendy. I wasn’t trendy, nor did I want to be, but I tried it a couple times. The coffee drinks were not my thing because, well obviously a coffee shop is going to make coffee for people who like caffeine, i.e. too strong for me! I did find that I liked the Chai Tea Latte. The blend of spices in Chai is very tasty to me. So whenever I went to Sbux that would be my drink of choice, iced in the summer and hot in the winter. I would also indulge in a frapaccino or two at times. Either way, I never got much of a caffeine jolt out of such drinks.

In the recent past, I was, for a while, having a cup of coffee every morning (again, mostly half and half with a bit of coffee) because Marc would make a pot. (It was also because we had found this really good blend of Pinon hazelnut… yum!) But when I got pregnant I stopped drinking it and anything else with caffeine.

Now since I’m nursing I try to avoid most caffeine, at least in drinks. I do allow myself some chocolate but the bit that I eat wouldn’t have much caffeine to contend with. According to Baby Center it’s acceptable to have a little caffeine on occasion, even regularly for some people. So it wasn’t until recently that I decided to stop on my way to work and get a Chai Tea Latte at Sbux. The first time I stopped to get it was because I missed the flavor. So there I was at work, sipping away at my long missed treat when I realized I was zooming about the office with extra pep in my step! I was also humming to myself and probably talking faster than usual as some of my coworkers appeared to be catching only half of what I was saying. 

What a difference in how my body reacts to the caffeine! Talk about a jolt! The funny thing is, I ge a "tall" which is 12 oz. (I thought it was 8 oz but I guess they have a "short" that's the 8 oz.) I mean, how much caffeine can that have in it? Being a curious person, I looked it up. It has 75mg of caffeine in it. So, how much caffeine is too much? According to the Mayo Clinic  "For most healthy adults, moderate doeses of caffeine - 200 to 300 milligrams (mg), or about two to four cups of brewed coffee a day - aren't harmful". 200-300mg? And I only had 75mg or 25% of a moderate consumers dose! That's just sad! I'm a caffeine light weight! 

Well, that's ok. At least I know that when I need a boost, it won't take much! For now, I'll definitely keep my caffeine consumption to a minimum, because if I have anything more than that I might just learn how to fly!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Where did April go?

Wow, it’s been a month since my last entry… and I had been so determined to try to do at least one entry a week. This month flew by and it seems I live for the weekend. And we all know how that goes… quick as it starts it’s over again and I’m back at work wishing I were home with my baby girl. She turned 4 months old a week ago. Four months! How the time flies and how I wish I could be with her every second, watching her grow and learn and wonder. With four months gone so quickly I cherish every second that I do get to be with her. Even when she wakes me up at 3:00 in the morning and my eyes don’t want to stay open while hers light up so brightly in the dark as was the case this morning.

Speaking of her beautiful eyes, I think the color(s) have finally settled in. That’s the neat thing, she has very unique eyes. They appear to have a hazel/brown as the main color (different from my brown) and appear to be rimmed with a dark blue and sometimes green color around the outer part of the iris.

Another update is that she’s laughing more often now. She likes to make it hard to make her laugh though but she’s squealing and voicing her opinions loudly J

Saturday she attended her first wedding. It was for a somewhat distant relative on Marc’s side of the family that we don’t see at all on except on such occasions as weddings or funerals. But we went at the request of Marc’s mom. This was a trial for me as everyone wanted to hold my baby. And one of Marc’s other relatives practically horded her the whole evening! I kept my hawk eye on her at all times, not even trying to be covert about it. Luckily, it was at a small venue and I didn’t have to search for her but I couldn’t sit next to her because it was, as I said a small venue, the VFW. And if any of you have been to any kind of event at a VFW building at least in the metro area, they are all small and stuffy and never have air conditioning. They’re even hot in the winter. It was unbearable hot as the day had been at least 80 degrees! So I had to take her outside to get some air as her little cheeks would keep getting red! But she did so good, just sat and watched and smiled. Never cried at all the strange unknown family members that wanted to hold her or oogle her. Such a good mannered baby I have. At least most of the time.

So that was Mila’s recent adventure and she breezed through it like it was nothing. It’s such a joy to watch my little one grow. I can only imagine how my parents felt with three of us and watching us interact. I’m excited to see what she starts doing in this next month! I’m hoping against teeth for now as I enjoy her little toothless grin, but I promise to try to write more than this post.

From this bleary eyed mama…signing off.