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Cookie, Movie, Mac and more

Thank you once again for your supportive comments on my last post about body after baby.  I appreciate your suggestions and your compliments were so sweet.  Thank you for understanding!

Another weekend gone too quickly, but it was a good one.

The one downside is that Cookie (Bean’s grandma) left.  She was watching bean all last week and he absolutely loved it – and her!  Just look at that grin:

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While she was here, she got Bean to start standing with support (against the coffee table, chair, etc).  She also got him to sit up on his own!  He’s been resistant on this, but finally can do it Winking smile  Oh and she taught him how to read:

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Kidding of course, but he sure looks engrossed.

Friday night, Zach and I had a date night and saw the new Batman movie.  It was phenomenal.  No, it was spectacular.  You have to know that I’m not much for fantasy, sci-fi type movies, but this blew away my expectations.  So so good. 

However, I cannot say how deeply saddened I am by the tragic events that unfolded Friday morning in CO.  My heart goes out to those that have lost loved ones and those that are injured.

Saturday was slow moving after my Spin class and I think the stagnation put me in a wee bit of a funk (<—hate when that happens).  Ultimately we decided to head to Los Gatos to one of my favorite wine bars: Rootstock.  Love it there.  After a glass of bubbly, I was a much happier girl.  The second bubbly made me happier yet – go figure Open-mouthed smile

And after that, we made a purchase that lead to this:

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Leaning tower of laptops? Nooo….

This:

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My first Mac!  Meep!  Exciting huh?  I’ve been a PC girl my entire life but Zach has convinced me that Macs are superior so I bit the bullet. 

Oh and get this deal: ever since my other laptop died, Zach offered to buy me a 13” MacBook Air in exchange for me buying the plane tix to VA in September.  Little did he know that I had already bought the tix.  Mwuahahahaaha.  Sounds like a sweet deal to me!

Sunday morning I started off with Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp!  Technically it starts Monday, but I had Monday planned as my rest day so I started early Winking smile  I have a feeling it’s going to kick my butt!

And last but not least, it was a mani/pedi day.  You see my nails above?  They’re pink.  I never do pink nails.  My toes match.  Who am I?

If you saw the new Batman movie, did you love it?

How do I blog on a Mac???  Currently I’m using Windows Live Writer on my netbook

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More pictures, less words

Another weekend gone by too fast, particularly since my bestie was here so briefly.  The saddest part is that I don’t know when we’ll see each other next.  Our boys may already be walking!  Meep!

Since pictures are more fun than words, I’ll skimp on the latter and get on with it Winking smile

4th of July started out with Bean’s newest addiction:

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We followed the day up with some fun at Stanford Mall:

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Having my bestie in town is pretty much the best thing ever.  Having our baby be besties too is pretty darn wonderful too:

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My Mom and Gregorio have a new addition to the family – he’s pretty adorable, no?

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As long as we’re talking about new family members, my Dad’s buffalo had a new baby a few weeks ago, he (she?) is already 80 pounds or more. Yikes!

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And to round things, out, my SIL just climbed Mt. Rainier on Friday.  She’s incredible!

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So what’s on deck for me?  Personal training, spin classes, bean time, and typical reality show watching.  Yes my life is very exciting Winking smile

What’s on deck for you?

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Sawyer: 6 months

Somehow, it has been 6 months since I gave birth to my beautiful little boy. 

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6 of the best months of my life (yes I say that despite all the horrible after-birth pain and emotional ups/downs).

Sawyer, or bean, or beeeeaaannnie as I tend to call him more often than not, is my angel on earth.  To say we have been blessed is an understatement.  Clearly I could gush on and on, so I’ll just give you the main points of where he’s at as of 6 months (1/2 year!):

  • Weight: 18’4.5” – 63rd percentile
  • Height: 27” – 69th percentile
  • Head circumference: 17” – 70th percentile (<—big head = big brains? Winking smile )

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Eats:

  • Formula fed (no more breastmilk)
  • Solids introduced June 2nd – foods so far: rice cereal, oatmeal with cinnamon, peas, carrots, summer squash, sweet potatoes, pears, bananas (all veggies/fruits are organic purees that I’ve purchased – hoping to make my own once we get in a good rhythm of eating)
  • Likes: all veggies, but summer squash best.  Dislikes: rice cereal and oatmeal.  Loves: formula – he’s eating on average of 30-35 fl.oz. per day.  He still uses the low flow Medela bottles and is primarily drinking Similac and some Enfamil.
  • We have not given him juice or water yet, but did purchase sippy cups (for water or *drastically* watered down fruit juice)

Teeth: None, though the lower ones are about to pop through any day

Sleep: 

  • Goes down at about 7 or 730 after a jammie change and a bottle (Zach’s job)
  • Wakes up anywhere between 430a and 730a for the first time.  If he wakes up before 7a, he takes a 4oz bottle and falls back asleep until 730 or 8a
  • He falls asleep with his binky, but is fine if it happens to fall out
  • Likes to have the muslin burp cloth on his face when he sleeps (or other lightweight blanket, like his lovey monkey blankie), which totally makes us uncomfortable!
  • Naps for 1 hours in the AM and 2 hours in the early-mid PM.  Sleeps in crib for one of the naps and his car seat for the other

Activities/toys:

  • Smiles and laughs all the time
  • Loves Jacque the Peacock
  • Enjoys putting the garanimal books in his mouth
  • Jumps up and down in his jumparoo and can spin around in it
  • Can roll (more adept at one side than the other) and go from back-to-tummy and tummy-to-back
  • Loves playing with his feet.  Eating his feet is also quite fun.
  • Loves petting/grabbing the animals fur
  • Cracks up when chasing the dog (in our arms)
  • Enjoys pulling on my face and hair
  • Swimming – well okay he went in the pool once, but I think he liked it
  • Sitting up with some assistance
  • Laughing while daddy reads books
  • Likes hearing the ABC song and Twinkle, Twinkle

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Sounds:

  • In the AM, he likes to make a “ttthhh” sound, which is weird since I thought you needed teeth to do that
  • Blowing spit bubbles and making a raspberry sound with his lips
  • “hehehehehe” usually when he’s laughing
  • “Neeeee” when he’s about to fuss (sign of hunger)
  • “ehhhh” when on belly – it’s a fine line between happy noises and about to fuss
  • “ahhhh, gaahhh” is his babbling / talking sounds

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Clothes:

  • Cannot fit in his 3-6 month clothes, but can fit in some strictly 6 month items
  • Mostly wears 6-12 month or 9 month clothes
  • Wears a size 3 diapers (Pampers Swaddlers) and size 4 at night
  • Prefers to be pantsless (don’t we all..ha!)

And just for fun, take a look at what Bean looked like around 6 weeks – my how he’s grown!

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Have a safe and happy 4th my friends!

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Guilt

Hey there!  Friday we meet again!

Today I have the pleasure of hosting my mommy-friends and their beautiful babies at my house.  I spent last night making a Greek quinoa salad, baked chocolate fudge donuts, and attempted to spruce up a bit with the bean in hand (meaning, not much got done).

As for the title, I’ll get to that in a second, but first…

I have to admit, I’m loving motherhood.

I love looking at this smiley face each and every day.

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I love the joy of loving someone so much it hurts.

I love seeing my husband as a father.

I love how motherhood has relaxed my type-A tendencies.

I love experiencing the newness of every day events with my little Bean (like eating solids).

…and the list goes on and on…

One thing I didn’t anticipate, and don’t necessarily love is the “Mommy Guilt.”  You may think I’m talking about how I feel when I go to work, and perhaps I did feel this for a couple weeks, but now I realize my career/life balance is working out quite well (for my family). 

I’m talking about the ‘exercising-mommy-guilt’ and the ‘mani/pedi-mommy-guilt’ and other ‘just me’ activities.  Why should I go do indulgent things instead of spend time with my baby?  I know, I know, for sanity and I’m all for that.  Heck I *do* do that, but not without the guilt. 

It’s probably fair to say that I’m jealous of my personal trainer mommy friends who are getting paid (on some level) to get back in shape, while I have to carve a pocket of time outside of my job to do this.  It seem time is a commodity I am lacking and outside a full time job, working out to the level I’d like takes a back seat. 

Lately I’ve been doing at home videos (a la Skinnygirl) in my livingroom, while Bean sits in his bouncy chair or is snoozing, or I try to squeeze 30-45 minutes of cardio at my complex gym.  One day a week I see my trainer, leaving  Zach with Sawyer.  This PT session is actually a time I don’t feel guilty because I know it’s precious daddy/baby bonding time.  However, when I’m employing my nanny to stay late so I can work out…well it just seems wrong.  During my workout, I think about what Bean is doing.  I think about how  I could be hanging out with him before his early bedtime.  I think about how I’m paying someone to do my job when technically I’m available. 

I wasn’t sure if I was the only one feeling this way, but in talking to a few other mommies, I’m not alone.  It seems to be highest in mommies working outside the home since our time with our babies are limited, but it really is a universal feeling we all experience to varying degrees.

Perhaps if we had family nearby, I’d feel less guilty since I’d know that bean is bonding with his aunt or grandma or grandpa? {Hmm, then again I still felt guilty when Carly (my SIL) let me work out while she was here earlier this month Confused smile}.

I don’t have the answers.  I just know that the mommy guilt is getting to me. 

Rationally I need to tell myself that I need to find the time to workout so that I can be a happy/sane/healthy mom, but I think it’s because I know there is some vanity-desires (to get closer to my pre-baby body) in there that somehow negates all those (true) positive items. 

So what gives? 

The guilt?  Sleep?  So that I can workout when bean is sleeping and won’t feel as guilty?  The workouts?  My sanity?

Rationally I feel like I know the answer, but emotionally, I’m torn. 

How do you prioritize self?

Any advice for me?

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WIAW: Bean edition

Hey there!

Yesterday was a really off day for me.  Bean’s sleep schedule seems to be out of whack (teething?) and when I woke up in the middle of the night, I felt nauseous.  I felt fine in the AM at work, but then after eating a banana, felt extremely sick: sour stomach, light-headed, a little dizzy.  Very weird.  I had planned on canceling my personal training appointment, but lucky (?) for me, my trainer was feeling under the weather as well and wanted to reschedule. 

I came home and did a completely uncharacteristic thing.  I got into bed and laid there for nearly 1.5 hours.  I never get into bed mid-day (not even throughout my entire pregnancy).  Something was/is certainly up.

Let’s hope I feel better today Confused smile

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) with Jenn, so I thought I’d do this one as what Bean has been eating (<—yes this is an excuse to share pics of Bean eating solids).

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Actually I have been contemplating logging all my eats on my blog as a way of keeping myself accountable.  I’ve said this before  and haven’t followed through, so we’ll see if I actually go through with it this time.  I have shared all my eats and workouts with the bestie through email.  I know she will virtually kick my @ss if I go off track.

Anyway, so Bean’s foray into solids…

At Sawyer’s 4 month check-up our pediatrician said that he was ready for solids at any time since he could sit up in a chair and hold his head up and was eating (formula) well.  We decided to wait until after our NYC/Boston trip so we could be consistent – he turned 5 months right around then.

Bean’s first attempt was nearly 2 weeks ago with rice cereal:

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Sure, he looks happy eating it, but I don’t think he loved the stuff.  I mixed 1 part rice cereal with 4 parts (thawed) breastmilk.  He made a few funny faces and spit most of it out.  I estimate we got a whopping teaspoon in him.  You can check out (a crappy iphone) video of him on youtube

Next we tried peas – though I want to make some of my own baby food, until we get in a good routine, I’m going to feed him store bought (organic) baby food.

Verdict on the peas?  Mmm mmm good.  He seemed to like these and gobble these down by sucking in his bottom lip and making a slight chewing motion.

My friend offered me some homemade oatmeal cereal (ground oats into a flour-like substance with a healthy dose of cinnamon).  Bean was not having this either. 

At this point, I questioned if he was actually my son. He doesn’t like oatmeal?  What???

And most recently we tried summer squash.  This is most definitely his favorite yet!

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See, all done!  Love!  haha  He ate at least a tablespoon of this multiple times and opened his mouth up as the spoon was nearing, using his hand to guide my hand in. 

Just to note, we are feeing Bean one food at a time for 3 days in a row before introducing a new food to make sure there aren’t any allergies or tummy troubles. 

Next up are carrots.  And then I may start mixing some rice cereal or oatmeal with the veggies.  I’m holding out on fruit so that Bean doesn’t get a taste of something sweet and not want to go back to the veg.

Oh and total aside, but a lovely reader (Hi Lisa!) emailed me because she thought our babies were lookalikes.  The resemblance truly is uncanny.  Her little boy is about the same age and their smile is identical as are their big brown eyes and round chubby cheeks.  Adorable, really!

Logging all my eats – yay or nay?

For you new moms out there, what other veggies were a hit for your baby?  My plan is to do sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and avocado in the near future.

Have you ever met your lookalike?  Throughout school (particularly middle school), another girl and I would be mistaken for each other and sometimes in pics, we couldn’t even tell ourselves apart. I haven’t met my twin as an adult, although the bestie and I get mistaken for sisters Winking smile

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Nails, training, solids, and off-Fridays

Hey there!

Welcome back from the weekend!

Working backwards, here is my weekend in review:

Sunday night I had baking plans, but they were thwarted by lack of ingredients.  As a result, Zach will have to experience the silence treatment from one of his coworkers until I can provide the goods (Sandra, I’m talking to you! Winking smile )

I got my typical Sunday mani/pedi.  Usually I try to go 3 weeks between, but meh, I was feeling like some nail-pampering:

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I’m pretty sure I did this exact nail combo only 2 mani/pedis ago.  Clearly I need to branch out.  I also think I’m addicted to gel nail polish.  Nearly 3 weeks chip free?  Yes please. 

Sunday morning I had my personal training session.  I love that someone is pushing me beyond my limits and also expanding my repertoire of exercises I can do on my own once my sessions end.  And fyi, I hate burpees, but can fully understand their effectiveness. 

Saturday, Zach and I gave Bean solids for the first time.  The pictures below tell a pretty good story of how it went:

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Judging by the amount of rice cereal on Bean, I can’t be certain how much he actually swallowed.  Our plan is to try again today (since Sunday got away from us) and hopefully introduce some more flavor (vegetables) later this week.

Saturday morning, we did our typical trek to the coffee shop and grocery store with baby and dog in tow.  Odd how such simple things can bring so much joy Smile

Other than those fun filled events, I spent my Friday taking care of errands and meeting a friend for drinks at Joya – nothing says an enjoyable afternoon like a glass (or 2) of champy!

What simple things are bringing you joy?

What’s a good second food for Bean (after rice cereal)?

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Traveling with baby – 101

Ha, like this is going to be the guide you think will tell you everything..how about a little bit of how to and how to not Winking smile

Well we’re back from NYC and Boston ‘burbs and it was a lovely, albeit short, trip.  I definitely want to recap the other parts but figured I’d do the baby stuff first.

Bottom line is Bean survived his first trip – and so did we Smile with tongue out

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Bean and me at Eataly on Thurs

Overall, I think we did great.  Sure there were some stressful points, but for a whirlwind vacay that include d2 cross-country flights and a 4+ hour train ride, I’d say we did pretty damn good. 

Here are an assortment of tips that I’ve come up with:

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  • Find out if your airline still has early-boarding for families with small children – United does not.  I suppose that’s not a tip, but if you’re expecting it and don’t get it, it throws ya for a loop.
  • Invest in a cover for the car seat (beyond a plastic bag).   We gate-checked our snap-n-go stroller and car seat and were grateful for a protective bag since both were exposed to the elements.
  • Plan your bottles (or your breast) for taking off and landing.  Unfortunately our flights were delayed both ways and the airline was remiss in keeping us informed of the correct times meaning we gave Bean the bottle too soon and his ears ended up popping on one of the trips.  Poor guy.  This is the only time he cried on the plane rides (averaging 5-6.5 hours Sad smile)
  • Arm & Hammer pacifier wipes were a life saver for when Sawyer decided to fling his binky down the airplane corridor and we didn’t have the ability to get to a sink right away.  We also used them to clean our bottles in the hotel bathroom.
  • Formula to-go packets are amazing. Similac and Enfamil carry them and we’ve used both.  They are like the Crystal Light packets only for formula.  Genius. 
  • Buy bottled water once you get through security – don’t rely on the water on the plane.
  • We packed about 15 diapers between our two carry-on bags, just in case.  We had already planned on purchasing both formula and diapers once we got to NYC.  Always pack more diapers (and wipes) than you think you’ll need!
  • Carry plastic bags with you for disposing of the dirty diaper.  You never know when and where you’ll need to do a (disgusting/nasty/mother-of-all-blow-outs) diaper change, so it’s handy to have something to put them in until you can get to a place where you can throw it away.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and Wet Ones.  Both are invaluable for obvious reasons.
  • If you can avoid it, do not leave on an evening (or later) flight when going East-to-West.  We were on a 530p flight out of Boston and since it was 3+ hours late, we didn’t arrive to our home until 2a (5a EST). ICK!
  • Don’t forget to pack extra clothes for baby, and perhaps mommy too.  I alluded to that blow-out above? Yeah, well Bean managed to do an epic blow-out poop on me while were were in Tribeca (I think?) in a (nicer) French restaurant drinking vino.  It was so bad I had to throw away my outer sweater as well as Bean’s onesie in the restaurant bathroom.  He ended up sporting a diaper and a big for the rest of the day Winking smile
  • To get from NYC to Boston, we traveled via Amtrak from Penn Station to South Station.  My advice: ask Amtrak staff for early / additional assistance.  They approached us and asked us where we were going and found out the track before it was listed and brought our suitcase and stroller to the platform.  So so so nice!  We managed to avoid the chaos.
  • If it’s financially feasible, go business class on the train.  There is quite a bit more room.  We were able to put the car seat at our feet instead of holding Bean the entire time.  He had a lovely nap and we had space.
  • Oh and of course, bring toys, but also be creative in what you have around you.  You never know what can be fun for a baby Open-mouthed smile392535_10100282943351053_219328_41982351_823766576_n

Any tips for traveling with a baby?

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