Tuesday, June 29, 2010

More Veggies, Please.

I like to think I'm pretty lucky that my kid eats vegetables. Sure, she'll only touch peas and corn, but hey, it's better than nothing.

While I like to think I'm lucky, like most Moms, I think I can do better.

I think I can get her to eat more types of vegetables, and if not, I can always sneak it in there.

So I picked up a few books today at the library and orders some others like Deceptively Delicious and the Sneaky Chef.

And sat down and wrote out a battle plan. I'm hoping that the food I cook and bake will look exactly like it does in the pictures. And it will taste as good as some people rave because, honestly, a veggie brownie sounds gross.

But I'm open to it.

So tell me does your kid eat veggies? Do you have to hide them or they'll openly munch on trees of Broccoli?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Closer

When Turtle was first born, she had some trouble nursing. It was nothing serious, she latched on and ate like she should've but she never stayed for long.

For the first two months, she would nurse for five minutes on each side and go on her merry way.

And honestly, I wasn't used to it.

Roo was a marathon feeder. She could nurse for two hours and be happy.

Not my Turtle.

Until now.

Now my Turtle is a lazy eater that takes her time to get her fill.

And I love it.

I love those crazy, long feedings that involve the two of us, snuggling on the Boppy. We sometimes spend that time gazing at one another in amazement, but we also spend that time snoozing, reading books or watching tv.

And we bond.

We are fusing together, creating this beautiful team.

And I'm so hooked on her.... I mean, come on, wouldn't you be?


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Infantino Mom: Jumbo Wheel Play Space

I'm a firm believer that you can never have enough baby equipment, never.

I love all the toys that are out there for babies. I adore baby equipment that relieves me of a 12 pound baby, even if only for a few seconds.

My husband, of course, isn't a fan of clutter so I need toys and baby equipment that is able to stow away.

Infantino is a great maker of such toys and equipment.

The new Jumbo Wheel Play Space gives me what I need.

It's a huge 47" wheel for baby that has toys attached to it to provide fun. With soft, washable fabric you can toss it down on the floor and the sounds, textures and colors can keep your baby entertained.

Infantino's Jumbo Wheel Play Space folds up nicely, although it would be fabulous if it came with a bag to store it in, but since it doesn't you can just put it in any old bag you have.

Overall, the Jumbo Wheel Play Space is great. It provides entertainment, it's washable and most importantly, Turtle likes it.


I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for Infantino and have received various Infantino products to as part of my participation

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mommy Confession: Ants, not just for the mound

I'm pretty honest on my blog. I've confessed to not brushing my hair and finding maggots in my trash can.

I feel I can be open with you guys and share my latest spectacular Mommy Confession.

Today I found ants in my car.

Typically, ants are found roaming a mound or trailing up the slide, not in a car.

But then again, spiders like cars, why not ants.

Lately, nothing surprises me.

But back to the ants.

On the way home from Great Grandma's house, Roo was strapped into her car seat and suddenly shouted: ANT!

I thought she either had fantastic vision or one had managed to wiggle its way into the car.

At the stoplight, I turned around and sure enough, ant.

I squashed it and went on my merry way.

Once home, I dug around and found another ant.

Squashed.

Then again.

Squashed.

That's when I realized we had a problem... said problem was a Fruit Buddy that someone had gobbled up and tossed to the floor (Roo, not me). It was COVERED in ants.

The girls went inside with their Daddy and Mommy busted out the vacuum and ant killer.

Those ants were no match for me.

Needless to say, there are no longer ants in the car, or any cheerios, crayons (BTW: Florida concrete gets hot enough to melt crayons in seconds), hair bows, pretzels, straws or anything else on the floorboards of my car.

Sisters

I love having daughters.

They make me so happy.

I love how they snuggle together.
I love how they always hang out on the same blanket.

I love it (And I'm sure Turtle loves it) when Roo insists on blowing on Turtle's crazy hair.


I love every moment they give me and I can't wait for more.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

One Small Victory For Mommy

As I mentioned yesterday, things in our household are a bit crazy.

Crazy to the point where we had to make a trip to the after hours care doctor's office and deal with some insane hives that looked oh-so painful on my little girl.

Add in the 4 month old nugget that won't follow doctor's orders and sleep on her side.

And last night was close to hell.

Today hasn't gotten much better.

I had to play Bad Mommy and take Roo home early from a playdate because the pool water (which Dr Google said would be soothing to her itchiness) made her hives act up again only to come home and deal with a screaming baby who just couldn't get it into her head that sleeping on her side is a necessity.

But finally, yes FINALLY, Turtle fell asleep on her side. But it was only after three hours of crying, fussing, whimpering... she passed out from exhaustion on her side.



And Roo is finally feeling better. The hives are not longer irritated and she's peachy keen.

Let's hope this last.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Blah Blah Blah... and some more blah.

These past two days have turned me into an absolute wreck.

Why, you ask?

Well on Monday I took Turtle for her four month check up (Yes, four months already!) and the doctor was concerned about the flat spot on the right side of her head. He prescribed Turtle to sleep on her side for an entire month and then come back for a check on it. He also suggested I alter my breastfeeding positions and do whatever I can to keep her off of that side.

Of course Turtle wants nothing to do with that side and is quite comfortable with her right side being all flat. So we spent all day yesterday fighting with her to stay one way.

Today it got even better, Roo had an allergic reaction to her medicine she was taking to prevent an infection on a sty in her eye. She started with slight swelling and ended up covered in hives. Thankfully it hasn't gotten any worse.

It's so stressful being a Mom sometimes. All I do is worry about these two girls. I just want them to be healthy, is that too much to ask?

Hopefully we can stay away from the doctor's office for a while.... like months.

Wish us luck.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Twelve

Twelve years ago today, Mr. Me asked me to be his girlfriend and I said yes.

That yes, led to this.

I am so glad I said yes.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Being a Dad to girls is hard work. Girls need lots of attention, discipline and love.

Thankfully, I got all that (especially the discipline).


And my girls are getting that as well.


We Happy Father's Day to Two Amazing Dads.

Infantino Mom: Fold & Go Bouncer

Recently, I went over to a friend’s house for a playdate and had to make a long list of things to take over. I needed things to entertain the toddler and the baby, especially the baby since said friend’s house is stuffed full of toddler toys.

I needed something easy to tote along and provided me free arm time and a safe place for Turtle to sit.

I found exactly what I needed in the Infantino Fold & Go Bounder.



The Infantino Fold & Go Bouncer is perfect for playdates. It folds up compact and slips right into my trunk, barely taking up any room.

All I had to do to open it up was unsnap the holders that keep it compact, slide the main bar back and ta-da, Turtle had a comfy spot to sit while everyone ran circles around her.

The Infantino Fold & Go Bouncer has a soft plush seat with a padded head rest. It comes with a toy bar (that can easily be removed) that has two cute toys for your babe to play with. The Fold & Go Bouncer has vibrating action, plus classical and nature sounds to soothe your baby (it does require 3 AA batteries).


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Turtle give the Bouncer her approval.


The downsides to the Fold & Go Bouncer are that you really need two hands to open it (because there’s a button you have to release to be able to open the main release button) and that if have the vibration and the music on, and want to turn the music off, you have to turn it all off then reset for the vibrations

Besides those downfalls, it’s a great addition to our baby collection.





“I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for Infantino and have received various Infantino products to as part of my participation.”

Infantino Mom: Twist & Fold Activity Gym

Anyone who has (or had) a newborn knows that you spend a lot of time holding them in your arms.

And as much as you love to snuggle your baby, sometimes, your arms get really tired.

So it’s really nice to have baby equipment that can help give your arms a rest.

The Infantino Twist and Fold Activty Gym does exactly that.

What is the Infantino Twist and Fold Activity Gym you ask?

From their website: Unique twist and fold action makes using and storing gym easy! Pops up in one simple motion and folds down for easy storage or travel. Comes with 4 linkable toys and bolster pillow for tummy time. Encourages reaching and engages baby's senses.



When we received the package, we ripped right into it and I found it was super easy to put together.

What I loved most about the Twist and Fold Activity Gym (besides giving my arms a break) is that it folds up and you can store it about anywhere. Since we live in a tiny spot, this is perfect for us. It also has soft, easy to clean fabric so when a certain toddler decides she wants to play with it, it wipes up easily. It has four toys to attach to either the bars above baby’s head or on the mat to give baby tummy time.


Turtle enjoys the tummy pillow most.


The only problem with the fold up part, is that once it’s folded, it tends to be kind of bulky with no strap or cord to pack it in nice and tightly. It’s also a little hard to open and set up if you have a baby in your arms and you’re attempting to open it one handed. Also, the knob on top to release the gym to pack it up is hard to turn.

Besides those issues, the Twist and Fold Activity Gym is fabulous and provides me lots of empty arm time.

The Infantino Twist and Fold Activity Play Gym comes in two colors and is available at your favorite store and online now.

“I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for Infantino and have received various Infantino products to as part of my participation.”

Friday, June 11, 2010

Summer Break

Summers in Florida are super duper hot and require that you spend the whole day near a body of water or holed up inside doing fun things like watching Spongebob and making homemade playdoh.

I'm going to be taking the next week off to enjoy some quality family time and do just that.

I also need to spend some time with my girls that doesn't involve me having a laptop on my lap.

I'll be back on the 21st.

:)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Shocking Differences

Yes, I know I've said it a thousand times before, but damnit, my children are completely different!

Turtle is turning four months this Friday (yes, already!) and she's still this tiny little thing. All crazy hair and big blue eyes. She weighs around 12 pounds and has the cutest chunky thighs.

Roo was also an adorable ball of cuteness at 4 months... and when I say ball, I mean it, my sweet little first born was a whooping 18 pounds at 4 months.

Yes, you read that right: 18 pounds.

6 pounds heavier than Turtle is right now.

She was round and chunky and just the most perfect slice of heaven. She fit perfectly on my hip too. She was solid.

But Turtle, she's all dainty and slides right off my hip. She's so fragile to me that I'm afraid I'll crush her.

But there's these moments of sheer bliss when I watch Turtle and I see Roo in her. I see her do the big gummy smile that Roo had down pat. I see Turtle tilting her head to the right just like Roo did (and my husband still does).

And I see how much alike they are.

And I see just how lucky I am.

Wordless Wednesday




Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Review: The Girls From Ames


I love reading.

I especially love reading a real good book.

The Girls from Ames, is a really good book.

The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow is the remarkable tale of 11 women that form a bond early in life and carry that bond with them for over 40 years.

A #1 National Bestseller, The Girls from Ames follows Karla, Kelly, Marilyn, Jane, Jenny, Karen, Cathy, Angela, Sally, Diana, Sheila through their childhood up to their adulthood and details their highs and lows through 40 years of friendship.

While reading this book, it will no doubt bring you back to the relationships of your own past. It did for me. I couldn’t help stopping and reminiscing about my friends. I revisited memories from elementary school all the way up to my present relationships.

Reading this book was an eye opening experience that gave praise to women and I loved that The Girls from Ames prove that not all women are catty and don’t have the substance to maintain friendships. That despite everything these women went through, divorce, death, different opinions and miles and miles of separation, they continued to make it work.

From the Girls from Ames website: “the Ames Girls: eleven childhood friends who formed a special bond growing up in Ames, Iowa. As young women, they moved to eight different states, yet managed to maintain an enduring friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, a child’s illness and the mysterious death of one member of their group. Capturing their remarkable story, The Girls from Ames is a testament to the deep bonds of women as they experience life’s joys and challenges — and the power of friendship to triumph over heartbreak and unexpected tragedy.”

Brimming with deeply personal moments, the Girls from Ames is truly a book that you will relate to and not want to put down.

The Girls from Ames is on store shelves now.




I received a copy of the Girls from Ames to read and review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.




Friday, June 4, 2010

Review: Madeline's Great Adventure


It’s no secret that my daughter is a tomboy.

Dinosaurs, dirt and anything with tires are her favorite things.

So when she takes interest in something girly, not only am I shocked, I’m a tiny bit pleased.

This means she’s well-rounded in my opinion.

What has caught her interest is a new DVD: Madeline’s Great Adventure.

You know Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans’ sweet little orphan from France. A treasured classic from when I was a child has come back for the next generation to enjoy.

In Madeline’s Great Adventure, Madeline and her puppy Genevieve join her 11 classmates (who all walk in rows of 2) and their neighbor Pepito and have an adventure with an Arabian lamp, pirates, a Prince and the famous 40 thieves.

The DVD has six fun filled adventures (totaling 132 minutes): Madeline And The Magic Carpet, Madeline On Safari, Madeline And The Lost Crown, Madeline And The Gypsies, Madeline And The Pirates, Madeline And The Forty Thieves

Full of fun and adventure, Madeline’s Great Adventure has been on repeat in our house and I couldn’t be happier. Finally, a girly DVD for my tomboy daughter.

You can purchase Madeline’s Great Adventure online or on store shelves on June 29, 2010.


I was given a copy of Madeline’s Great Adventure for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Crazy Lady

I have this weird obsessive compulsive disorder in me.

Not officially, mind you. But I've got some odd tick in me that drives me (and others around me at the time) crazy.

If I get it in my head that I need to find a certain object, I can't rest until I've found it.

Need it be a toy of Roo's, my cell phone, keys, a certain pen, that phone number I wrote down ages ago, whatever it is.

I have to find it.

Like, have to.

I'm sure I'm not the only person that has this tick.

I'm sure I'm not the only person who has this tick and it makes them insane.

Not insane, insane... but neurotic.

And it always tends to happen with toys.

Roo asks for a certain toy and if I don't find it, she cries like a baby (we're talking face down on the bed, red scrunchy face and tons and tons of tears).

Of course I get it in my head that I have to find it... then I proceed to tear the room apart looking for it.

And when I do find it, oh, it's like bliss.

It's like the biggest weight of the world has been lifted off my chest.

And (like my husband says) the funniest thing about this whole issue I have, is if I put these certain objects right back where I found them, I'd never have to go through this again...

Now what would be the fun in that?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mommy Wars

I was sitting at the doctor's office this morning reading a back issue of a pregnancy fitness magazine and they had an article about Mommy Wars in it.

Now I know women in general are competitive and with Moms, it tends to take on a whole new avenue because our children are involved.

Our jobs as Moms are tough ones and we want nothing but the best for our babies and we really will stop at nothing to make sure they are taken cafe of.

I've been guilty of being competitive, I won't lie.

But my feelings are starting to change, just a bit (I think that woman part of me will always have an ounce of competitiveness), I'm starting to think that Moms shouldn't be at war with each other.

Moms should stand together. We should fight together for a better world for our children. Moms should support regardless of the fact if you're pro this or pro that.

Breastfeeding vs. formula. Attached vs. Non-attached. Whatever the situation is, I believe we should work together and if you want competition, make sure it's healthy not toxic for you or your children.

I'm vowing to be exactly that kind of Mom.

Will you join me?