I had intended to write and post this ON the 10th but I spent the day photographing the birth of a little boy, so my post did not happen, but if you check out the slideshow at the end of the post you can see how I spent the day capturing an amazing experience . Anyways… Here’s to you my sweet little incredible 20mn old angel. At 20mns old you walk, run, “jump” dance, spin, climb, crawl, and more. You are the most amazing creature I have ever laid eyes on. Yes, you drive me crazy at times and is still not the best eater, but you are also so charming and funny and fun to be with I am blessed to have you in my life. At 20 mns my little bird can say a plethora of words… such as, baby, up, down, wet, walk, rain, wickett, momma, dada, dirty, water, eat, shoes, socks, pajama, bottle, blankie, banana, cracker, bug, and so much more. I dont know how tall you are or how much you have gained but I am hoping for a lb or 2 and an 1inch or so.
This is probably one of my most recent favorite products to review. If many of you dont already know it, I am Gluten Free. There are worse things in life to have to be, and it def. forces you to have to think more about the choices in food you put in your mouth, BUT Udi‘s makes it A LOT easier! I signed up to review their hotdog and hamburger buns and a few days later this AMAZING box of goodies was on my doorsteps! So I told M. we HAD to bbq immediately so I could try out the buns! The very next day we had some burgers grilling up outside and I made myself a delicious hamburger WITH A BUN!!! (something us GF folks dont get to do too often!) It was AWESOME! I will say this, the bun if very thick.. thicker then a reg hamburger (or if having a hotdog, same thing) BUT, it terms of texture, moist-ness, etc it was def just as good as a reg bun! There are not many good GF products, but overall Udi‘s makes some really great ones! Since my BBQ bun experience ( I had a hot dog about 2 weeks later.. and just as yummy as the hamburger) I have also tried their vanilla muffins ~ AMAZING, and their soft shelled tortilla’s ~ which I used to have hummus with.. also AMAZING! I wasnt too into the pizza crust, but I cant tell if I put too much sauce and cheese, or did not let it cook long enough.. but it also might just be too thin for my liking… I also eat Udi’s breads on a regular basis and have always been very very very happy with their products. Soooo with all that said, if you are GF and plan to bbq sometime soon, DEF give Udi’s a try, it will not disappoint!
*disclosure… I was not paid for this review, only received Udi’s products in exchange for my opinion*
Do you ever find that life gets so busy with everything that you barely have a moment to breath, think, let alone WRITE. That is where I am. A good thing, but a thing none the less. We have been so busy with it all that I have neglected other things, like my pet project… this BLOG! I am currently sitting here in Sag Harbor enjoy some down time while my little peanut takes a nap. It has been a LONG 2 days. My mom and I decided that it would be a “great” idea to go on a little trip to Montauk together with R. as our mothers day presents to each other.. and on the way home we are able to spend time with my dear dear friend Ilene YAH!! So, anyways, we packed up our stuff, and my little one and hit the road… but not too long into the trip I realized, maybe this is not the BEST idea I have ever had. See, my mom is great, we love each other, we can have fun together, she LOVES my R. BUT it is becoming more and more difficult to travel together. We have always fought when we go on a vacation together, but when it is just the 2 of us it is easier to ignore, deal with it, spend time apart, etc… with my little girl involved for ME it is less about enjoying the place we are in, and forget about relaxing! It is really still making R. my priority and putting her needs first. She needs to eat, snack, nap, diaper changes, eat, snack, bath, and bed. My mom on the other hand wants to “relax” and have a vacation… UM, then you should NOT go away with your type -a daughter and her drama queen baby, she see’s me struggle to do something but instead of helping she is tanning. So, while my mom is helpful when we are at home, and I can drop R. off with her and she can do as she sees fit, when we are together attempting to vacation, it is a disaster and I am starting to think that until my daughter is older and can fly by the seat of her pants the way my mom would like to do, or go on adventures, or take the scenic route home, and she can express her needs/wants in more ways then just saying EEE-EEE (aka EAT), cry, or squeal with delight that we are better off vacationing either separately or leaving my munchkin at home. Have any of you traveled with someone other then your parental partner? If so how did it go? Better then me Im hoping!
Recently a discussion on dolls, Barbies, Disney Princesses, and more have been floating around amongst friends, bloggers, and has been a hot debate for as long as I can remember. Just today I came across a blog article written by an Austin Tx photographer where she photographed her 5 year old daughter dressed up as 5 different American female heroines, link to the entry if you are interested. The photos were beautiful, well appointed and I 100% get the argument behind doing them, I think it is a wonderful lesson. One that I too learned in 3rd grade, when I was able to truly understand the importance of who these women were to our American history and how without them we would not be where we are today.
However, I am having a very hard time seeing how letting a little girl play pretend with barbies or dressing up as a princess will ultimately hurt her in the long run. Read More »
Happy 18mns to you my sweet sweet little baby bird. You are just incredible! I am so proud of how far we as a little family have come and how wonderfully amazing you are turning out to be. At 18mns you are 20lbs 2oz (woot woot! we reached 20lbs!) and 30 1/4 inches tall. You have a beautiful blue eyes and a sweet head of slowly growing blonde hair . You have FINALLY started to use your little voice. Currently you can say, Mama, Dada, dog, up, down, done, more, cracker, hi, banana, water, ball, toe, eye, balloon, george (for curious george), you also can ROAR, tweet, woof , meow, quack, ribbit, oo-oo-aa-aa, vroom, beep-beep, and more. You have figured out how to use a zipper and because of this we can no longer have you sleep in a sleep sack. You have an obsession with shoes and insist on putting them on yourself!
You are getting 2 more teeth, which has led to some rough nights, but not the worst we have had to deal with. Every morning you wake up with a smile on your face ready to explore and enjoy a new day. My favorite thing you do right now is point to something you like or tell me what it is.. you then wave, say hi, and blow it a kiss. It is just too much! You say Dada, dada, dada, dada, dada all day long, and blow kisses to his pictures but when you SEE him.. nope, you are too shy You are learning to share, take turns, and play along side your friends whom you are starting to recognize and remember. You have a firecracker personality that I would never trade for another.
Overall you are a happy, sweet, loving little angel and Im so honored that you are mine. I love you to the moon and back!
Love ~ your Mama, Dada and Wickie too!
My kid is pretty cool. She rocks out to Ke$ha, Rolling Stones, and The Wiggles. She makes cute little snorty faces when she thinks she is doing something that makes me laugh (which she usually is!), she hates wearing shoes but likes to walk around in them all day long. (doesnt make sense now does it?), her best friend in this world is our Wickett-monkey and will tolerate almost anything he does if it means including her. She has no fear about jumping off of or climbing up onto anything, she will sit and play with a zipper or a buckle for a good 20mins. We snuggle daily and whenever she stands up after a diaper change she says “Mama” and then gives me “kisses”. For as stressful, monotonus, tiring and all things crappy that come along with parenthood my kid is still my best friend. She is my sidekick, my partner in crime, my baby, my little love and go to bed every night happy to be free and wake every morning excited to see her.
I know I’ve talked about this before but it is a still a CONSTANT debate in my mind, between M. and I, with girlfriends, and anyone who meets me and asks. Do we try for #2. Now that we are out of the hell of horrible infancy and have this amazingly wonderful, adorable, beautiful, little toddler I dont know if I want to do all that other crap again. I always dreamed of a big family, one to fill the holiday tables with, and playing together in the backyard, supporting each other through life changes, maybe even being best friends someday! I always wanted my kid to have a sibling to lean on when times were tough, or to help when she might someday (far from now) be all alone. However my own selfishness sometimes out weights all those good points. I know, there is NO guarantee that our children will be close or even like or tolerate each other but I guess that is a gamble parents with more then one take! I also wonder if having another baby so that my current one is not alone is the RIGHT reason to have another. I dont doubt for even a millisecond that I would not love another baby as much as my little bird, but the need to have another is not one that comes from thoughts or feelings like “oh I love babies” or “I love being a mom, I could have 10 more!” HELLS NO! I struggle with the mom card almost daily. I have a fierce love for my babe and she is the light of my life, but the fact that I am her MOTHER and that role, and this job I have taken on will never ever end is sometimes daunting! People have suggested waiting a few years… but I dont want my kids (if we have more) to be far apart in age, nor do I want to be so far out of the diapers, bottles, and baby toy stage to have to do it all over again. I also want my body back, and want to work at it, and feel awesome about myself.. I cant imagine getting back to a place I am happy with and then 4-5 years later feeling gross and crappy all over again! ha! So I guess the time will come sometime soon that we will have to truly make up our minds once and for all.
Before I got married I went GF. I had always had weird stomach problems, had tried a few different eating diets like eat right for your blood type, lactose free, etc… NOTHING really helped! One of my good friends mom was diagnosed with Celiacs and she also decided to see if she felt better not eating gluten and suggest it to me. Needless to say, I went (mostly) GF starting around 6mns before my wedding and went almost exclusively GF until I got preggers. When I became pregnant I had SO much trouble going to the bathroom I thought.. HEY, maybe if EAT bread, pizza, pasta.. it will force my system to go! NOPE!!! I just learned I COULD eat all the yummy stuff I had to avoid for so long! Soooo out when my GF lifestyle and in came GLUTEN!!!
Fast forward (or rewind.. however you want to look at it) to approx 8mns after the birth of our crazy baby. My body WASNT back to a good place (in my opinion). I wasnt eating HORRIBLY and I was running 3-4x a week.. but I still felt like CRAP, was having tons of stomach aches, bloating, gas, and gas pain… I kept telling myself I WAS going to go back to being GF… BAH! I love pizza, and the occasional cupcake, pita bread with hummus, and more! The final wake up call was a trip to my new Dr.’s office… where she told me how processed wheat now-a-days has 4x the amount of gluten that natural wheat should have… and that while NO I do not have Celiac’s I def have a wheat intolerance and to live a HAPPY life, that is not consumed with trips to the bathroom I NEEDED to go back to eating GF. So here I am about a month into it yet again… and I DO feel better, I havent had nearly as many stomach issues (I do think I have a few other tummy quirks) and I am forcing myself to eat better, think about what I eat, cook more at home and more. If anyone has any yummy recipe suggestions, I’d LOVE to hear them!
Here is to 1 month in the bag of my new lifestyle! Fingers crossed I dont fall of the wagon… I dont think my stomach would like it!
Hello all! I was asked by Dole to taste test their latest product, The Parfait fruit cups. I was a little unsure when I first received the product… not because I was afraid it would taste bad.. but it was strange that it did not need to be refrigerated asap like other yogurt type products. BUT I was committed to doing the post and making sure to give a true, honest review… I stuck the 3 different flavors, Pineapple and creme, apples and creme, and peaches and creme into the fridge to let them get cold and tried one each over the next 3 days.
Lucky for me (and DOLE haha) they were all pretty darn good! I even let little miss R. baby try them.. and she asked for more… which if you know my child is NOT the norm! It is a nice combo of real fruit with the smooth layer of deliciously light-tasting creme. My favorite, which I was not surprised about was the peaches and creme… it also was the one that made the most sense combo wise for me.. but yah for being low fat, cholesterol free and very low in sodium I’d buy them again! Here are some other details on the product that are good to know. They contain all natural fruit and are rich in Vitamin C, are available in the canned fruit section at select grocery retailers and online, and have a suggested retail price is $2.79/per package of four. You can check out all the details HERE on the DOLE Fruit Parfaits website or also at dole.com
Here is also a link to DOLE FB page or twitter in cause you are a fan! But really, for a product you can keep in your cabinet and pop in the fridge whenever you are low on something…or if you are going out for the day but want a snack in your diaper bag for your or your little one.. or just to stick in your purse it is good, healthy, and better then the cheetos you got from the vending machine! For $2.79 it cant hurt to try them out!
Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and DOLE partnered in support of this campaign. DOLE compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Upon the recommendation of pedi I recently had R. evaluated by early intervention for her speech… or until like the day of the evaluation, her lack there of. Regardless of people telling me that both my ped and I are crazy and that R. is TOTALLY fine, Im really glad that I took the time to do it. In the end she did not quality for EI, BUT she was below average in both speech and eating-type stuff (no surprise there!) I really liked the 2 women who came and evaluated her, R. had a good time playing with them, I picked up on some of the things they were doing with her, they asked me a ton of questions, and in the end gave me lots of good tips for helping her move forward and help her to develop speech more smoothly and possibly more quickly since she is “on the verge” of talking. I also really liked that I received a copy of all their notes and was able to see different goals within the next 6mns that should be happening for R.
I think there is a stigma put on the idea of EI which is silly! They are here to help us and our children! I kept getting questions on “why are you doing it, etc…” Ultimately at the time of my call to them she did not say mama, dada, or anything really. She always made tons of sounds, did some sign language, but no words. I know myself and I wanted to have the peace of mind knowing that I went down every avenue possible to make sure that my kid was just fine where she was currently in her development. Having this knowledge and also armed with some new techniques has already proven helpful for her! In the last 2 days she has said, ball, cracker, and dog! WOOT WOOT! We are on the road to Harvard! Hahaha!