Friday, November 12, 2010

ANOTHER giveaway!

Over at Nicki's Diapers... to win the Moo Cow Single Aden & Anais Muslin Wraps!  I think these are the cutest thing, especially in this print!


Go HERE for many ways to enter!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Another contest.

My life is full.

However, here's another contest (for $500!) to keep you coming back while this blog isn't happening as much as maybe it should.
http://iammommy.typepad.com/reviews/2010/11/gravy-and-stuffing-baby.html


Also, check out some of my recent work at:
Sarah G. Ortiz Photography Blog

and also on Facebook...

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A quote for today...

Oh Agatha C., how you describe my life sometimes on top of being one of my favorite people.


"I have sometimes been wildly despairing, acutely miserable... but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."  

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

41ish weeks.

So, we have made it to the point where Dominic has been outside the womb as long as he was dancing away inside.  It seems like so, so long that we first saw the positive sign on the pregnancy test.  And, yet, here we are.  A little man with a determined personality, typically joyful, in love with cords and any tiny piece of dirt, who growls like a polar bear (I know- quite the first animal sound, eh?), and has the sweetest laugh ever.

I figure we'll keep him.

Friday, August 27, 2010

{Giveaway} Happy Heinys 3 Sized Cloth Diapers!

Over at the Happy Heinys blog, they're giving away 3 sized cloth diapers- these are one of our favorite diapers!
Go HERE to enter!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

if only...

I owned my own house, had tons of time on my hands, AND was artistically blessed in the area of painting.  


THEN


Dom's room would look something like this:


2008-09-12-prince3 copy.jpg


I love that someone made a mural of this.  My favorite book ever.  Seriously it is- I think I own 5 copies now, including one in the original French.

HT: http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/look/look-le-petit-prince-nursery-mural-062732

Saturday, August 21, 2010

on the subject of pectin and sugar.

Applesauce seems to not be the best thing to be mixing into my little man's breakfast every morning.  I had heard it somewhere back in my life, but obviously forgot, that applesauce helps block up wee ones.  Whoops.  As I was curious as to why this is so (knowing that apples themselves are fiber high and help keep one regular and all that good stuff), of course I googled it.

And I found the following:
There is a difference in the amount of sugars and pectin in apple juice and applesauce; this is why one may help relieve constipation while the other may actually cause it.  Apple juice contains more sugars and liquids so it helps relieve constipation. Applesauce is the whole of the fruit. It contains a higher level of pectin – which firms up stools and may thus lead to constipation.
Apples contain pectin, which will add bulk to your stools, and their cleansing action will encourage bowel movements. They have a laxative effect yet are also used for to help people get back on a regular diet after suffering bouts of diarrhea. 
Pectin is what dietitians have been telling us for decades is necessary to keep us regular and to prevent constipation. While pectin will help prevent constipation by helping to keep the bowels regular, it will not help relieve constipation.  Be sure not to overfeed your little one applesauce!
From: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/news/?p=1350 


Super helpful info to know, and now the poor boy shall have to suffer through a few days of prunes.  He seems to like them though (they make me gag), so perhaps it shall not so much be suffering for him.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mommy Style

American Baby magazine, in their last issue, had this quiz to ID what particular "mom mode" was most like yours.  I am a sucker for quizzes like this- I think it dates back to elementary school and the early American Girl magazines.  But anyhow, this one was kind of humorous.  You either came out as "A Planner," "An Optimizer," or "A Freewheeler."

I came out right in the middle at the optimizer mode.  Despite my love for plans and planning, I guess I fell in this category because I can also roll with the flow.  And when it comes to mama-ing, I will do things like brush off the pacifier when it falls on the floor (unless it's somewhere uber gross- think PetSmart bathroom and Pediatrician's office).  I aim for bedtimes rather than actually being strict about them.  And, in general, I'm kinda a "well, we'll see how it goes" type of person.

Nice to know I somewhat have it together, but at the same time, am not too anal.  Thank you American Baby.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

AWESOME site!!! {babysteals.com}

For mamas and mamas-to-be, and those that like to purchase lovely baby gifts.  =)

So, story first:
I went to my [usually] weekly Baby 'n' Me Zumba class at Luvaboos, and it turned out it was cancelled today, or at least Monique (the instructor) hadn't showed up.  However, I got to talking with the woman who was covering for the day, and amongst many other things, she told me about this site.  And, it already is looking quite awesome, and I've only seen one "steal" thus far.

Check it out:

BabySteals.com

Sadness + Smiles

So, I broke my child's heart today.
Only for a moment, thankfully.


And, now he's back to his fully cheerful, scooting, little self.


Earlier in the day he was busted while dumping out one of the square bins we have in his "dresser" (a wardrobe with shelves, each shelf having 3 bins with different items within). I was running out the door so I left it for then.


A bit ago, I cleaned up the pile of bibs and washcloths, and while I was doing so, Dominic decided I must want to clean up more. I mean, that was the obvious thing. So, he grabs another bin, this one of blankets, and starts pulling them out.


I take his hand from the bin, look at him, and tell him "no." (Not the first time he's heard this word...) He makes one of those sad, sad faces- think quivering lip, eyes pooling with tears, the works. And then he starts sobbing.


I held fast though. Despite the sad face. Annnnd moments later he was happy again.




And on another note...


This always makes me smile:


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

TENS::10 Items that are Nice to have on a Baby Registry

So before, I gave my ten top items.  These are close behind as far as having around for baby, and you might as well put them on your registry, I would say, because you'd use them.  Once again, at the end will be the ones that not every parent needs.

#1 Noggin Nest
Weird name, but super useful!  The best part about this product is its versatility.  We used it in our baby swing, in the infant bouncy seat, and in the stroller.  I believe it's not supposed to be used in a carseat... but most carseats these days come with a head support anyhow.  For only $15, this is one that is definitely nice to have.

#2 Infant Bath Tub
It's not something you need as baby can (once allowed in water) be washed in a sink or just your regular tub, but it is kind of nice to have.  We got ours as a gift, and it definitely has made things a bit easier.

#3 Monitors 
Nowadays there is every kind imaginable of baby monitors.  If you have two floors in your house, and you think baby will be sleeping on a different floor than where you are, these are nice.  In our case, in early days we found they were helpful when visiting other people.  Now we use them a lot more since Dom sleeps in a different room, and both of our rooms have window ACs, and these just make it easier to hear him if he wakes.  Once again, not a necessity in my book, but definitely a useful item.

#4 Humidifier
If you even semi-cold winters, this is one that will be nice to have.  We already own one for our room, but I suspect when winter hits, we will be purchasing another for Dom.  Especially when flu and cold season starts, you'll want one of these to make breathing at night a bit easier.

#5 Pacifiers
Not every parent wants their child to take a pacifier, but if you do plan on encouraging it, it might be nice to have several different ones on hand.  Every child is different, and they might take any brand or they might be super picky.  Pacifiers, in my book, fall into the unnecessarily expensive category, and you might as well have other people spend their money on them for you.

#6 Crib sheets
If you have a crib picked out, go ahead and register for a few different sheets that you like.  You might as well have them on hand and ready to go.

#7 Strollers
I found my strollers used on Craigslist and love them.  My other favorite (I own four... don't ask) is one that the infant carseat fit into.  Strollers are another fairly pricy item, but don't hesitate to add one to your registry, unless like in my case, you already have one.  Also, there are many types of strollers out there- I love my jogging stroller because even though I don't really jog, it is very useful for walks and more adventurous treks.  Umbrella strollers are nice because they fold up the smallest, and I generally use that one now for shopping and for traveling.  I would definitely recommend one that your infant carseat fits into because that makes everything so much easier when your child is that size.  The one my mama gave me was uber simple, but it did the job of holding the carseat in place, and there was no unbuckling/re-buckling of Dom.  It looks about like this.

#8 Extra covers/sheets/soaker pads
Boppys come with covers.  Moses Baskets have sheets.  Co-sleepers have sheets.  Babies need blankets. Babies pee through and spit up on EVERYTHING.  Sooo, it's extremely nice to have extras of all that stuff.  I even use the giant sheet saver on my side of the bed- it's just a flat sheet I lay under the sheets, so the mattress is protected beyond my mattress cover.  Believe me, there will be more liquid than you want to think about.

#9 Bumbo seat
Another item I got as a hand-me-down.  We found this helpful when Dom was first eating solids, but he wasn't quite a stable sitter yet.  It also helps babies work their sitting muscles without as many bumps to the noggin.

#10 Hooter Hider
The name might make you laugh... technically they're called nursing covers, but hooter hider is just way funnier.  I used a gift card to get mine.  If you are nursing, and plan on nursing in public (which I think you should- hiding in disgustingly dirty bathrooms when out to feed your baby is just crazy), then these are an easier way to be modest than balancing a blanket on your shoulder.  It worked great for me until Dom decided that he likes playing peek-a-boo better than helping mom stay modest.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

TENS::Top 10 Items to Put on a Baby Registry

A friend asked for advice on the top 10 best baby items that I might put upon a registry.  A post shall follow, hopefully soon, of 10 other things you might as well register for as they are fun/nice to have, but not what I'd rate in the necessary (or I can't imagine mamahood without) ranks.

So here goes.

*Please note these aren't in any particular sort of order.  Also note the last ones are for mamas who go with breastfeeding, cloth diapering, making your own baby food, etc., and therefore, only apply to certain cases.

#1 Moby Wrap
This has been a Godsend for my back, especially.  We tried the Dr. Sears style sling at first, and I liked it during the tiny months, but as soon as Dom was big enough, I felt he was going to tip out, and I ended up holding him in the whole time, which defeated the purpose.  The Baby Bjorn carried KILLED my shoulders; they just ached all the time.  The Moby, however, still is super comfy and is flexible to carry the baby in many ways.
I have also heard great reviews of the Ergo and the Beco carriers.

#2 Baby Swing
It can be as simple or as complex as you want, but as far as soothing goes, it's amazing.  I'd suggest one of the ones that is not right next to the floor.  If you don't get it via a Baby Registry, they're pretty easy to find on Craigslist or at a Yard Sale.  As sweet and adorable as your little newborn shall be, I promise at some point, you'll want to have a rest.

#3 Booster Seat
This is one of those looking ahead things.  Before you know it, you're baby will be eating food, and as an alternative to a high chair, which I am sure works splendidly, too, we've found a booster seat to be great.  It fits right into our regular dining chairs, is very easy to clean, and will probably fit Dominic until he's 1.5 - 2 years old.  Sitting is a must for this one.

#4 Infant Bouncer Seat
Do you think you'll want to shower in the first three months of baby's life?  Then I'd suggest getting one of these.  Honestly, this was usually the only time I could squeeze in some me time when Dom was really little.  He didn't nap long enough, and I was paranoid that if I left him outside the bathroom, I wouldn't be able to hear him.  So, instead, into the bathroom came baby seat, Dom, and I, but it ended in me getting showers, so all was well.

#5 Onesies (especially the snap-over kind!)
You can't get enough of these.  Make sure to register for bigger sizes- babies grow like weeds!  They go through tons in the beginning due to spit up and diaper leakage, so don't be afraid to register for a bunch.  We found Gerber brand to run smaller, Carter to run medium-ish and to hold up well, Old Navy the same, and Target's Circo to run a little big, but definitely worth your money.

#6 Boppy
There's a reason this has been ranked one of the Top Baby Items for many years running in magazines like Parents and BabyTalk.  I didn't use it for nursing that much, but as far as a prop for Dom's head at two months, a way to get him to have tummy time at four months, and a safety guard for sitting practice at six months, it has been a well used item.

#7 Forehead Thermometer 
Thermometers keep getting more and more fancy with time (doesn't all baby stuff?  just ask your grandmother and mother...)  Anyhoo, this one is a well worth it advancement.  To take a baby/child/adult's temp, all you have to do is place it the end on forehead and run it down the side of said person's face. Ta-da!  No sticking it up a butt, no holding it under a tongue, no holding their arm down over it, and no making sure it has a clean cover, so you can stick it in their ear.

#8 Bundle Me/Floppy Hats
Yes, there are two here to go with whatever season your baby shall be born into.  Also, these are the only super specific brands that I'd recommend- Hanna Andersson although pricy makes fantastic stuff that holds up great.  We have two of these hats and Dom wears them pretty much every time we walk out of the house.
I've seen other car seat and stroller cover ups, and I've never been sorry that we went with the JJ Cole Bundle Me- it was the fuzziest, warmest thing, and in Rochester's oh-so-blustery winters, it was Perfect! Even my husband agrees it was one of the top ten things we've used.

#9 Co-Sleeper
This is one of those "depends-on-you" type of things.  We knew we were planning on having the baby room in with us for the first few months of his or her life, and so we got this.  It hooks right up to the edge of your bed.  This worked out great, and we used it for about four to five months (until I thought Dom could get out of it).  We could get some sleep and not worry about whether or not Dom was breathing, and I could easily nurse him in the middle of the night, and then return him to the Sleeper.
Note that if you have a tall bed, you might need to get the extension legs.  We did.

#10 Breast Pump
Another of those "can be simple or not" ones, this is a must for breastfeeding moms who might need a break at some point.  Whether it be so they can go back to work, so car rides can go for more than 1.5 hours without a stop in the middle, or so Dad gets a chance to feed baby every now and then, these are one to add to the list.  I have a electric/battery operated one that has worked great for me, but try to take in to consideration how much you think you'll be using it, and register/buy accordingly.  Also this is Not an item you want to get used, unless it's from a friend you know well.  Breast Pumps cannot be thoroughly cleaned, so diseases like HIV and Hepatitis can be spread- not worth it!!!


Please Note: As much as I love cloth diapering, unless you've had practice on a baby and you've been able to deduce which cloth diaper system works the best for you, I wouldn't add 24 cloth diapers to your registry until you try a few.

Also, it never fails to have MANY blankets, washcloths, wipes, etc, so ADD them to your Registry!!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

orange food and cereal puffs.

I am tired and working for the first time tomorrow since Dom was born, so tonight only pictures.


whoops.  3 orange things.  way to create some color variety, mom. 



and HA, caught red handed.  and like a good mother, I take a picture (after, of course, making sure he was in no danger).


one of his favorite activities, pulling the chairs around the room.



and Mr. Determination tackles his puffs (banana flavored Os sweetened with a little apple juice- they're not so bad... I tried a few to make sure they didn't taste too gross).




and last, but not least, another new favorite toy- this was only after he unrolled 
all the paper towels for me.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Travel, baby, travel... it is in your blood.

8 days ago began what could have been an amazing adventure or an event in which everyone around me might hate me... Dominic's first airplane ride.  And, we left the husband/daddy at home, which made it an even more adventurous First.

I am sure we were a hilarious sight as I made my way through, Moby-ed baby on front, "personal item" slung over my shoulder, pushing an umbrella stroller with a small carry-on inside.  I managed to not need to check anything under the plane except for the carseat.  The only time this really was not so fun was in between flights down to Norfolk... we arrived in Terminal C in NYC and then our connecting flight left from D.  SO we huffed it over, thinking we had a whopping 58 minutes, outside in the blazing heat (99 degrees or so AND a baby tied to me), through the taxis waiting for customers, and back into the next terminal only to find that our flight had been delayed 35 minutes or so.  Oh well, it was interesting to say the least, and I'm sure several of the taxi drivers got a chuckle out of it.

Security checks were crazy (above and beyond because I look awful suspicious).  Apparently if you take baby food in jars all sealed up and it's more than 3 oz, you are subject to a drug check automatically.  Last time I bring that along.

Screaming, irritated, and antsy baby during the WHOLE flight... thankfully, he wasn't mine.  Mine was actually quite the little doll.  All four of our flights, he sat in my lap, cooed and smiled at fellow passengers, and then curled up, nursed, and fell asleep for the duration of the flight.  ALL FOUR FLIGHTS.  Yes, I have the dream child as far as traveling goes.  I'm glad he got my traveling genes.  There were several other babies around who weren't fans of the ride.

I did have the Secret though ->  Nursing truly was the key.  I can't imagine flying with a baby who doesn't nurse/still nurse.  It helped ever so much in calming him (so much so he slept) during takeoff and apparently the pressure in his ears didn't bother him at all.  From what I've heard, nursing and the constant swallowing action prevents it all.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

airplane travels.

Can I just say that traveling with a 7 month old via airplane with a transfer halfway is making me crazy?  And I haven't even left my house yet.  Dom + I are headed south for the week to spend some time with my grandparents, who live in Norfolk, VA.  Heat and humidity, here we come!

I feel like I have gone through my checklists seventy-three times and packed and re-packed our bags once too many as well.  I figure some stuff I'll buy while down there, so I don't have to pack it (diapers, food for Dom, etc...).  And I aimed (and succeeded) at not having to check any luggage to avoid the $25 a bag check in fee.  It's $25 each way per bag, and I figured for that price I could just go buy a larger purse, if I wanted.  It turned out that I didn't even need that.  My carry-on is far smaller than is allowed, and I managed to fit all Dom's doo-dahs into an old shoulder bag I have.

So, off we go...  updates (and possibly tips learned from the trip) later.

Monday, July 5, 2010

teething biscuits.



Our newest discovered treat is Healthy Times Vanilla Teething Biscuits.  Thus far they've been quite the hit (I even tried a bit to make sure they didn't taste too disgusting!).  Mostly the boy just slobbers them good, drops it, picks up a hair or dust bunny, and slobbers it some more.  But hey, if it keeps him happy and teaches him at least one thing (teeth are for gnawing upon food?), they I'm happy.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

growing up.






june 2010.  6.5 months old.

crazy craziness.

Wow- I feel like I might be stuck in a whirlwhind today.  To give you an idea of my day thus far, here's a blip from a gchat with David giving him an update on the morning from a few hours ago:


David: how's the morning been?
 me: crazy
 David: oh?
  I'm sorry
10:06 AM me: not neccessarily bad
10:07 AM more like he was up, peed through his diaper and wet the bed
 David: oh boy
 me: so I just stripped him with plans for a bath in my head
  he played for a bit
  then wanted food
  fed him oatmeal + peaches
  took fairly well to the peaches
  but wanted to play with anything he could reach
10:08 AM afterwards gave him a teething biscuit (hard hard cracker sort of thing)
  he LOVED it
  til it dropped and then went into unhappy baby mode
  recovered it once
  second time decided I was done
  so I tossed him in the bathtub
  to discover he was hiding a wee bit o poop somewhere in his bum
  which came out into the water
10:09 AM so took him out of the plastic tub and just stuck him in the big one
  had to keep him from banging his head into the faucet
  bathed him and removed him
  when I saw you on
  and then heard the velcro...
  and here we are


And yikes!  But, that was the early morning.  Thankfully Dom went down for a morning nap today, and has been sleeping for nearly two hours at this point, which means I got a good amount of other things done.  Now I must go throw dinner together (crock pot-ing it!).  More later...

Monday, June 28, 2010

Women Uncensored...

is having their weekly giveaway.  Two I'm excited about are:

An Island in the Sun - A children's book

AND

A Reusable Sandwich bag

Click on the links to enter by Wednesday, June 30th!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

plums.

Ok, so perhaps I am not so diligent in my writings and ramblings.  It's been a crazy weekend though, so that's mostly why.

Today I prepped up some homemade plum baby food for the boy.  I'm enjoying the baby food making thus far- we've done peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, bananas, avocado, and now plums.  We're testing out a few different ways of making it as well as storing it.  A food processor has been an amazing tool, and it's a nice thing to have around the kitchen in other ways.  I used it to make a quick pastry crust last week, and it worked fantastically.  For smaller amounts of baby food we have a little grinder, which my guess is, will come in handy on trips and when out to eat.  Thus far, it's been fantastic for the bananas and avocados.

Note: Neither of those freeze well and need to be ground fresh for each meal.  We learned this the hard way with the former... they taste the same, but man, are they grimy and brown.  I have to mix them into the cereal to make myself ok with the way they look.

As far as storing, one can always use a regular old ice cube tray, and then as soon as the food freezes, pop the cubes out into a ziploc or container.  Our trays are a little fancier.  We tried the Baby Cubes and also the Baby Steps Freezer Trays.  My excuses for going the fancy route:
1.) The lids come in handy when I forget about the food for a day or two, and then it comes out minus any freezer taste.
2.) They stack fabulously- don't think it'd work as well with gooey, not yet frozen, mush.
3.) The Baby Cubes are transportable making them great for day trips without having to plan extra dishes or containers.

I'm still discovering little things with each new food we try (as is obvious with our banana faux pas), but it's fun, and oh so so much cheaper.  I'm still trying to find a sweeter apple because the boy is more into his veggies than fruits.  Not that this is a bad thing, but right now the only sweet sweet fruit he's had is bananas.  The apples and plums I made were more on the tart side.  Ehh, I'll keep trying.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Book.

I am reading another book, albeit I'm plodding through it rather slowly.  I always seem to be starting books- David must be rubbing off on me.  =p  Anyhoo, the latest book on the "reading presently" shelf is 'Clean House, Clean Planet'- a how-to/advice book on cleaning with everyday household goods rather than toxic (and expensive) cleaners.  I am definitely interested in saving some money with cleaners as well as seeking to not inhale as much poison when cleaning.
Image from Amazon.com



More later on how I like the book as well as "cleaners" I try out. 

Monday, June 14, 2010

long long Monday.

It's already after six o'clock, and finally my little, strong-willed protester has fallen asleep.  As Dom is now nearly 28" long and 21 lb., we had to graduate him to the next level carseat.  This means that when he falls asleep in the car, upon reaching our destination, he's woken up as we have to take him out of the seat.  Yesterday he took only 3 catnaps in the car, and today he took 2 really short ones.

All this really means is my day was uber long.  I got a whopping nothing done.  Oh wait, I carried the dry laundry upstairs and put away maybe 24 dishes... yup, that's it.  Not such a good day on the homefront.  I guess days like this have to happen though.

Now that he is asleep though I should go use my time wisely...

(Oh, and in case anyone is surprised at my more-than-frequent posting- I have decided to help empty out my crazy thought frantic brain at least 3 times a week by writing on here for 5-10 minutes.  That's my limit.  I can't give a blog much more time, but hey, if it helps me stay sane, that much I can give.)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

a day in Ithaca.

We took a little family day trip today which was quite delightful.  It included a stop to taste some wine at Buttonwood Grove Winery, a few hours wandering about Ithaca Commons- which included the discovery of a most fantastic store, Petrune, which sold both vintage as well as up-cycled clothing (will be going back at some point) and lunch at the yummiest sandwich place- Simeon's (my sandwich had avocado hummus...  mmmmm!),  and then finally after a random drive through Cornell University - planning to check out their arboretum but instead getting stopped at every turn due to many reunions,  a stop at Ithaca Falls rounded out our adventure for the day.

So, all in all, a wonderful day.  It ended by coming home and David cooking up some steak served beside salad greens, brie atop mini bread slices, and a glass of wine.  I truly enjoy having these slow paced days, especially when life gets to such a busy state.  I'd wanted to visit Ithaca for at least a day trip since at least March.  We've had something we couldn't get out of every single weekend since the end of March though, so that just wasn't going to happen.

Going to bed slowed down in mind and body and exhausted through and through.  ::glee::

(after hanging up a load of laundry- didn't really think I wouldn't do anything, did you?  But really, it has to happen... mildewing laundry is the worse of two evils.)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Mason Jars.

Saw this post over at TheKitchn.com within the past few months.  I honestly never remember when I see things; I usually star them in Google Reader, and the 2nd time I see it, I remember it.  As I am a HUGE fan of Mason Jars (MJ), I thought this would be a fun idea to start making my pantry more fun as well as super organized.  MJs are always fun to find at yard sales and whatnot as well.  This morning (see post below), I found 3 little tiny ones that I'll probably use for spices.  My counter/table in my kitchen presently has jars of all shapes and sizes filled with corks, pennies, beer caps, and other such randomness.  Hopefully though by the end of the summer, I can get my dried goods- grains, cereals, and such - organized more into jars.  We'll see how that goes.   I really need to make up a goal of what householdy things I would like to see accomplished by the end of the season.  More on that later.


Photo from thekitchn.com

Baby Legs.

Crazy day today!  The boy + I awoke and began our day around 7:30ish.  Nice of him to let me sleep in a little.  The town right over from us had a neighborhood yard sale beginning at 9 with plenty of people selling in their driveways throughout the area.  We made our way over there around 9:30 and just walked from sale to sale.  Definitely scored there finding some high end clothes for Dom the next size up.  He already is fitting 6-12 mos. sizes and my guess is by the end of the summer we'll be switching into 18 mos. +.  Yikes- this baby is a big one!  Also grabbed some board games, tea spoons, and little glass jars to make me happy.  = )

Next at our favorite Luvaboos (local Natural Parenting store) we joined Monique (who also teaches our Mama + Baby Zumba class) for a FitWalk around the neighborhood.  1 hour, 2 gallons of sweat, and a good workout later, we rushed over to meet Aunt Christin for a quick coffee (iced as the season calls for) and hello.  And now, we're home to face a house that looks like a bomb exploded in every room save for the bathroom.

Back to the title of this post- BabyLegs, which I highly recommend as one of my favorite baby products EVER, came out with summer leg warmers with UV protection and made of a lightweight fabric.  Plus, like the regular ones, they come in many a cute pattern.  We probably will be getting a pair partially because they're so cute, and partially because I am always looking for ways to fight off the sun while enjoying the outdoors.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

a little bit of Ireland.



This made me smile this morning- featuring some friends of mine from Ireland, this video helped my mostly sluggish morning have a bright spot. I feel when it's rainy outside, my days always seem a bit slower. Dominic is not quite at the age yet where walks in the rain are enjoyable. I enjoy them- him, not so much.


His 6 month appointment is today, so we'll get to see where he is growth wise. He's poking through 2 teeth and is sitting up very well. More on that later!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Wet Bag Giveaway @ Nicki's Diapers

A cloth diapering MUST HAVE!  We have two (one to hang at home + one for the out and about days).  Even if you don't use cloth diapers, these Wet Bags are fantastic for just sticking dirty/wet clothes in if you have an accident while away from home or are swimming and need something to tote your wet gear home in.  Planet Wise are my favorites thus far.  More on cloth diapering and accessories to follow soon...
(Photo from Nicki's Diapers Website)

Go to:
Nickis Diapers to enter the weekly giveaway!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Latest Discovery!!!

I ran into a friend who works at Wegmans while I was running a quick errand the other day... I happened to mention that Dominic had been a cranky baby this week due to teeth poking through.  She has a younger baby but had been recommended these teething tablets from somebody else she knew (really, talking to people and finding out their remedies is the best!).  We purchased some of these said "teething tablets,"  and the results thus far are quite satisfactory.  They're homeopathic, which makes me happier, and they work, which makes Dominic happier, so I'd say it's a win-win situation.

To find out more directly from the source, check out:
http://www.hylands.com/products/teething.php

As the boy grows, I'm interested in checking out other remedies that they carry and will update accordingly.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

hot hot hot. period.

Yack- this weather is already killing me.  I am not looking forward to the actual summertime.  The ONLY good thing about this weather is the speed at which it dries my wet laundry.  Speaking of laundry, this conversation on a friend's facebook status this morning encouraged me in the fact that I'm not the only one who takes forever for laundry to get from dirty pile to washing machine to drying rack to basket to folded to finally away...


Oh also, have you noticed how good I am getting about actually posting on a regular basis... (watch, I'll put this up, and then the surge of posts shall disappear).  I think the shorter blobs of info seem to be easier to write on a regular basis.  We'll see how long this lasts.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

First bites.


April 24th (I think?)... first bites of rice cereal.
We've now added oatmeal + peas to the diet.  Today I finally purchased a food processor though, and we have many an ice tray, so hopefully tomorrow- let the baby food making begin!

teethers.

One of our favorite toys at present: RazBaby Teether  Well, perhaps, it's mama's favorite as it gives my fingers a rest from rubbing sore gums.  Though really- look at it; you can't say it doesn't look awesome:

Other soothers presently working- ice cubes hidden in kitchen towels + a Nuby ring with rubber "beads."  Oh teething, you are not fun like you promised to be...


Monday, May 24, 2010

Giveaway over at Nicki's Diapers Blog!

Check out this Giveaway (open til the 26th) for a Moby wrap at Nicki's Diapers.  More reasons on why this is our favorite carrier later...

ob - la - di ob - la - da




This has been stuck in my head the majority of the day...


Not complaining though. =)


It is toasty toasty here in Rochester... only a few weeks back we had a random showing of snow. Apparently the weather wants to keep surprising us this year. Dominic, poor little guy, is not such a fan of the heat. Rashes, crankiness, the works. We have purchased a mini wading pool, but his sitting up is not quite up to par.


BUT he does sit up very well most of the time. He also is working on Tooth #1. My guess is it shall hatch within the week. I sure could use a break from the cranky side he is showing these days. And the "I-want-to-nurse-constantly" nights.


He's growing up to be quite the little man though with many of his own opinions. We have added peas to his diet along with the oatmeal + rice cereal. He ate them fine the first time, but since then, he spits them out the first time. We scoop them off his chin and re-insert, and usually he takes them that time... maybe it tastes better regurgitated?


Anyhoo, time to make some dinner. More later.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Vote for Dom!


Vote for Dom- we need 25+ more votes to win in the Luvaboos Big Bellies and Messy Faces contest. =)


First, go to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/luvaboos-Cloth-Diapering-Made-Simple-More/70705206733
and BECOME A FAN/LIKE their page (you can un-like post May 22 if you want).

Second, go to: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3897087&id=70705206733
and 'LIKE' Dom's photo.

Thanks!

Friday, April 23, 2010

20 weeks. 3 days. (Post Birth)

So double Dominic's age ago, we were just seeing him for the first time ever in his 3D ultrasound.  Man, time does fly.  I (obviously) have been horrible about keeping up with this blog.  I do think about updating it, if that counts for anything.  Life just keeps moving though, and the thought usually vanishes into a pile of laundry or a pull of warm weather walks.  The little man is getting better about daily, somewhat regular naptimes, which has been extremely nice since I can then plan to get something done.  Hopefully I can get some posts up here about more than just how busy I am.



For a quick update on my little man::
He has more than doubled his birthweight -- at his 4 month check up, he was 17.5 pounds anad 26.5 inches.  I have no clue where the height is coming from.
Rolling over has happened both ways, and we are working on sitting up now... he prefers standing (while being steadied, of course).
I have discovered a surefire way of getting giggles... by making the weirdest sound.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Walking for Life!

Heyo-

So, first off-
apologies for lack of posting... I promise at some point I shall get on here and write again.

Secondly the members of the family of O shall be participating in a walk to raise funds to support a local Crisis Pregnancy Center.

For more info and to support us, check out:

Friday, March 5, 2010

update on olive oil head + a silly story

::so 4 days (right?) and one bath later, the olive oil has left the head, and so has most of the cradle cap.  There's a teeny bit left, so I am planning to use a tip somebody gave me on using a nail brush to scrub gently while shampooing.  As soon as I acquire said nailbrush, I shall give it a try...

And as requested, the story of David and the olive oil.
(I -obviously- wasn't there, so this is the version as I've heard it).

When David was somewheres betwixt the ages of 1 and 2.5, he was a fairly curious child, who fed that curiosity by getting into random things.  Having a Sicilian mom, they bought their olive oil in bulk, and it was stored in a lower level cabinet.  David, one day, found said olive oil, and he didn't just pour it out on the floor... no, he dumped it upon his head.  His mom describes it like picking up a slippery pig as she tried to lift a very oily baby just long enough to transport him into the bathtub.  The picture in my head is still laughing...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

ireland.

is beckoning.  It's been six years, nearly to the day, since I got home from my first trip over there.  I do still need to drag David across the ocean to visit all my favorite places in the world.  Though honestly it won't take any dragging...  =)



Tuesday, March 2, 2010

the cap of the cradle.

I have decided the grossest thing about babies that I have had to deal with, thus far, is cradle cap.  Dominic's is nowhere near as gross as the baby in the photo, and I think that is mostly due to the fact he has a full head of hair to cover up any scalp issues.  This past week I discovered some flakes in his hair, and figuring this was what it was, grabbed a comb and started scraping the poor baby's scalp... I mean..., investigating.
A little research about said that olive oil was a good, natural aid for getting rid of it.  So this morning's bath was preceded by a head massage, and now I have a baby who smells of pasta.  But, the cradle cap is disappearing, so I guess it is mostly a win situation.  And, anyhow, it is nowhere near his daddy's olive oil story...

Friday, February 19, 2010

funny moments.

So, I have lots to post on as far as what is happening in our lives

BUT

I have to go give the boy a bath

BECAUSE

he just peed on his head....


and yes, it was gross, but mostly just hilarious.




Sadly, the camera was too far away for an action shot.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

one handed.

I am getting faster, but this one handed typing due to holding a baby in the other arm is still slow going.  I was just looking over my followers for this blog, and I realized the majority were not part of the mama crowd or for that matter- the married gang.  So, sorry if I bore you with random tirades of diapers, chores, and spit up.

Ok, now Dominic is down... I'm somewhat of a bad mother- I let him sleep on his tummy for naps, but he does sleep much better, and it's in the dining/computer/everything room, so I am either in and out of here constantly or a mere seven feet away.  I figure he's safe.

We hit the 2 month mark this week.  He had a check up with the doc on Tuesday and weighed in at 13 pounds and 10 ounces.  His height I think is about 23.5 inches... the nurse first said it was 24.5 and then changed her mind about 5 minutes later.  Anyhoo, he's definitely a growing boy.  75% for both height and weight and 90% for head size... apparently he's got lots of brains.

We've FINALLY really, truly started cloth diapers.  I bought some a week ago, and then got home only to realize that I didn't actually buy the special detergent, so we didn't get very far there.  Yesterday, we stopped by the shop to pick that up as well as a few more diapers.  For some reason, despite the fact that diapers come in a rainbow of color options, I keep picking white.  I think maybe it's something to do with associating white with clean... not sure.

In other homey news, I am attempting a meal menu again.  It definitely saves money and helps the food we do have not to rot as I actually make sure we use it.  So tonight, as I had purchased buttermilk to make whoopie pies earlier in the week, we will be having buttermilk pancakes.  I've also been trying out our new (and much larger) crockpot.  Baked Potato Soup on Tuesday was a success.  Super tasty and full of creamy goodness... (i.e. food coma followed).

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Diaper Update.

Diaper trials are the BEST idea.  [See 2 posts down]  From the 7 diapers that we tried from Luvaboos, we quickly were able to determine which diapers were not for us as well as which ones we loved.

The not-so-muches:

Happy Heinys MINI One Size Pocket Diaper
This one was way bulky and he leaked out pretty quickly.  I had issues with the snaps as they kept coming undone as I tried to get my wiggly baby done up.

DryBees All In One Hybrid
At first seemed nice and easy- was a simple getting on.  Then it ended up leaking out both sides with just a wet diaper.  Apparently not one that would work with the boy who likes to fill his diapers to their max anyhow.

Thirsties Diaper Cover
Although it's the cheapest of all the choices- it goes over prefolds, which are what most people think of when they think of cloth diaper.  My thoughts on it were that it was extremely bulky, again hard to get on a wiggly baby, and it seemed too many pieces, although still only two.

Pocket diapers, which happened to be what we liked the best are a diaper that have a "pocket" in them, which you stuff an insert in each time.  Inserts can be doubled or made of a different material, such as hemp, to absorb more if and when needed.  The downsides are they are a little pricy, and the whole thing has to be washed each change.

However, these were the winners in our book:
FuzziBuns Perfect Fit
Was easy to get on with snaps that fit into 4 (I think) different size options.  No leakage at all.

BumGenius One Size
So this one is a one size fits all with velcro and snaps for adjustments.  It comes with one insert that worked great, even with the blowout Dominic tried for this diaper.

Thirsties Duo Diaper
Another easy to get on one that held nicely.  Comes with two inserts, one of which is hemp, which is really nice.

Happy Heinys Sized Pocket Diapers
Didn't come with inserts, so had to buy those separately, but still were a good fit and didn't leak and were super simple.


And so the cloth diapering is beginning... I bought 5 for now as well as two wet bags (for holding the diapers prior to washing.  However, I forgot to buy the special detergent, and therefore, was unable to do the initial washing... so, Monday I shall pick that up, and we will really begin.  =)

an update on life.

So, the apartment is quiet.  David and Dominic are asleep on the couch.  I am waiting for the next 4 minutes and some odd seconds to complete the baking of some pumpkin muffins.  It's almost disturbingly quiet... the only noise is some neighbor's barking dog and the odd ticks of the oven and its temperature changes.
It was a pleasantly productive past week, including some budgeting, laying out of plans, tentative calendar making for the year, and what not.  It looks to be a fairly busy year with at least five weddings, a couple vacations, and probably some weekend trips.  After our many crazy weekends over the past two months, I think I am finally getting to the point I generally know what we'll need, and I can catch up with all the laundry once home.  Dominic continues to be a mostly good traveler- a few bouts of screaming every trip, but when did screaming ever hurt a baby?  We dragged him to his first March for Life in DC this past weekend:


He did well despite the cold wind whipping across his face.  And he got to meet my Irish peoples, which is always a good thing.  We even dragged him out to a hopping Irish pub, which he loved by the way- just goes to prove that he is definitely David's and my child.  (Not that there was any doubt...)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

trial of the cloth diaper.

I picked up my cloth diaper trial from Luvaboos, a local store selling cloth diapers and more, last Thursday.  I finally got around to washing and prepping them this morning, and then the real trial shall begin.  I am completely open to any of the "styles" of diapers as I really have no idea at this point which shall be easiest, cheapest, worth it the most...  and so forth.  We've been using the Chlorine free diapers up to now since there was so much laundry, and I really just needed to get settled into full time mama first.  Dominic goes through a good 10 diapers a day though, so that is going to be a fair amount of cloth diaper washing.

And we're off... more on how it actually goes later.

names and popularity of.

So much for not naming our baby with a unique name... Dominic is number 59 for last year and Alexander, 21.  Maybe next baby we'll have to aim more creatively.  Thankfully his name suits him well- it was the scariest thing having to bestow a name upon another human being.

Top Baby Names of '09

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

6 weeks. 3 days. POST baby.

So, life has changed dramatically in the past 7 weeks.  I believe we are finally settling into this family thing though.  Dominic is growing by leaps and bounds and as of yet, hasn't caused much worry at all.  The only worry at present comes and goes and is completely due to NY state and its ridiculous running of the Health System and handling of the required Newborn Screening.  Basically they take blood from every baby born in the state and test for all these diseases... Dominic is fine, but we had to retest him since the first specimen they took wasn't taken correctly.  Once dragging him into the hospital to have them do a retest and take more blood from the poor baby's tiny wiggly heel, we then received 2 more letters because of the unorganization of the system.  I feel they should make use of the technology of phones and emails instead of snail mail...

Otherwise life is continuing on.  We've already taken two road trips and are planning for the third, which will be to the DC area next week for the March for Life.  Thankfully the little man doesn't mind the car too much... hopefully that won't change any time soon.
We also are going to be trying out our trial of cloth diapers over the next 2 weeks.  More on how that goes in posts to come.  It seems a little bit overwhelming, but I think at this point we have the rest of laundry mostly under control and should be able to handle it.

Fussing just commenced... time to go save the baby from his "sleeping" time.
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