Thursday, December 30, 2010

Opening his first Christmas gift

OK here is another fun video from our trip to Virgina.

This was my Bug's first Christmas where he could really rip open gifts.  So naturally we video tapped it, took pictures the whole nine and it was funny...it was a long process though.

i would upload a video BUT it was to large sooo if you wanna see you'll have to catch me with my camera sometime.  The HIT gift of the holiday was a jack-n-the box.  My aunt figured she had one when she was little and he should have one too...funniest thing ever.  He still doesn't get the concept of turning the handle to get him to pop out but we are learning!

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Christmas in the Cold

Our trip was amazing!

i now know the Bug has a 4 hour time limit on being in a confined space, maybe a 5 at most.  Our flight to VA was 4 hours so he did very well.  The flight on the way back he was waving at passengers saying "see ya". Cute but so sad at the same time.  He was a trooper though. 

Family time was amazing and great.  We went to DC, we went to Georgetown, the Bug saw snow fall from the sky, and we ate...we ate and ate!  I love my family and i think i am so blessed to be able to take the time to spend with them. 

Talking John App

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I have this application on my IPOD that my baby bug enjoys.  Its two little bacteria's floating around bouncing all over the screen. When you talk to them they repeat everything you say.  One of the great things on my IPOD that keeps him occupied.  The video made me laugh so i figured i share the laugh today!

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Bug is ROUGH

Grammy started playing this game with my Baby Bug where when she is sitting on the floor he pushes her down (one handed tackle) then he pulls her back up.  She calls it playing with him and she gets to work her abs all at the same time.  WELL this would be great EXCEPT he thinks he can do this with every person who sitting or laying on the floor.  He will walk up to you and push you down and then hen you are laying down he walks behind you and pulls you up...by the hair.  I am trying to break him of this by explaining he cant pull you up by the hair, and to let him know he does not have to get upset or frustrated when people do not wanna always play when they are sitting and resting on the floor.  

Then we came to the east coast and he started playing my game with my cousins...well they get a kick out it too1  So its hard for me to keep telling him not to do that and everyone is laughing and egging him on...this is why my Baby Bug is spoiled.  He is not a bratt but he is spoiled.  I guess thats what happens when your the only little one in the family.  There has to be some fun rather than hearing "no" "dont touch" and "stop" all day. 

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Poor Christmas Penguin

My aunt has this little Penguin that sings and dances in a circle when you press its fin.  Most hilarious, loud annoying toy of the year. Of course my Bug LOVES it too! he always picks it up by the hat, drags it around, and places it facing the fire place.  I am sure if that penguin could talk he wold ask me when we are leaving this coast so he will no longer be tormented. With out fail when the penguin is turned on my Bug lights up and laughs the entire time he walks in his circle singing his song. 

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Drums

Maybe music is in my Bugs future.

My aunt has a drum in her living room and it has now become my Bugs favorite little toy.  He drags it, carries it and beats on it all the time.  Its really funny because he gets into it, like he can the beat...take a look and enjoy ;o)

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Break Down on flight till day 2 of our trip...

I was really anxious to see what my Bugs reaction would be like flying. I got to the airport so very early, was getting on the shuttle and Leonard Roberts walks off and says "ma'am let me help you". I was star truck and in awe this beautiful man was so nice and helping with out me having to ask for help or struggle!

We got in the airport and check in then we had to go through TSA. It wasn't to bad until they checked my Bugs milk that had to travel. I had two sippy cups and two Capri Suns. The milk past inspection just fine, but the capris set off the machine like crazy. It started beeping and flashing "explosive detected" in red all over the screen! I was like um u can just toss them I don't want a hassle and they did but then I got the pat down and got fondled. They kept letting me know I was not traveling with his juice and I kept letting them know it was fine I didn't want the hassle of anything else.

Then we got to the gate and I let the bug run around! He hadn't slept all morning so he was exhausted by the time they let us board. He fell asleep during boarding! Which was awesome because he slept for 2.5 hours. Then he woke up and was restless for an hour, then calmed down for the last hour and just watched the lights out side as we started to land.

We have had the greatest time so far! We went to Washington Union Station shopped and ate lunch. The bug even saw a model train set running.

So far its been an awesome trip, its just COLD! I'm cold all day and night and can't wait to get back to cali's warm arms, but I'm curious to see what the flight home has in store.


 Until then I'm enjoying this time with our family and all that is new my Baby Bug is seeing!

First's in VA

My Bug has been such a big boy on this trip!

He has eaten his first Candy Cane.


And he has sat at the table and eaten breakfast like a big boy!

We are having so much with fun with family, we are enjoying every day!

Monday, December 20, 2010

CHP car seat

When your getting a car seat did you know you can take it to CHP and they will go through a "how to install it correctly course"?

This is pretty neat. If its your first car seat or your third its an amazing service. If you get a good officer they will give u tips and tid bits .

Tid bit I learned you should put your child in their seat in their jacket in their car seat. I kind of figured this but never really thought more about it. Their jackets add to much puff basically. The seat can't restrain them like it was designed and kids get to hot, can't breath as well.

Interesting huh!
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Friday, December 17, 2010

A new allergy

Yesterday my Baby Bug was at his grandpa's and he was playing by the fire place. He kept being instructed not to play near the fire place and his hard headed stubbornness he kept doing what he wasn't suppose to do. He then fell and hit his head. Two nice strawberries bright and big are on his fore head.

Later that night we came home and jumped in our routine, dinner, bath, movie & bed. He ate chicken nuggets and tator tots, bathed with all the same soap, I put neosporin on his cut when I put him n jammies, he drank some milk and fell asleep by 8:24.

I went along my normal routine, cleaning, laundry, laying out outfits for the next day, packing his lunch and diaper bag for the next day. About 10:00 I laid down for the night.

At 11:34 my Bug woke up signing milk, which now he makes the "k" sound with his mouth as he signs milk. He drank about 6ounces and went back to sleep. He was tossing and turning and then he woke up scratching his head. He was whining I wonder why so I turned on the lights to change his diaper. I unzipped his one piece p and found his whole little body covered in hives!

He looked horrible and all I could figure was he was in pain and discomfort. So I threw on a hoodie, slipped on shoes tossed my hair in a ponytail, bundled him up and started driving to urgent care. I also called the advice nurse on the way. I described all his symptoms and told her he had ingested nothing new within 24 hours. She told me he was allergic to something that had been introduced to him. So she instructed me to head to walmart and grab some Bendryl & calmin lotion. She couldn't official diagnose anything being a nurse BUT she was on point! Told me what to look for if it got worse and of course to let his doctor kno what went down.

So we headed to walmart and I called my dad. It was now 1246 and I didn't care. I needed to know everything my Bug had been into that day. Mean while i got my Bug some kids bendryl and lotion. I gave him the bendryl in the parking lot and kept trying to figure out what set him off with my dad on the phone the whole time. By the time we got home his hives had almost completely gone away. I dabbed on some lotion for the rest and he was good.

My bug got some sleep, not in pain and in comfort. I got a power nap. 2am sleep and up again at 4:45. Meanwhile 12hours later my dad and I were still trying to pin point what set him off, we couldn't find one thing! Then as I drove home from work I remembered I put neosporin on him. That was the first time I used the ointment and now the "on the go spray".

Turns out we think that's it! Apparently some people are allergic triple antibiotic ointments. So many people that Kaiser has stopped selling them! The pharmacist said the third thing causes rashes in a lot of people. So now I have to look for a double antibiotic ointment. Don't know the name of what it is that set him off yet but I kno that is the ONLY thing it could have been.

My Baby bug is for sure apart of our family! Almost everyone on my moms side has some sort of allergy or reaction to something so now he has shown us one of what may be many...Bendryl will be in my medicine cabinet from now on and I will know of all the 24hour pharmacy's just in case.
Times like last night are fun to look back on, what did I do I would differently next time. Being a mom, a single mom, an employed mom...I don't hesitate at taking the opportunity to learn and do better in the future for my Bug.
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Check this out

Thank you to Mrs. Jaime i am now a fan of the Home Based Mom blog.

I love the decor the recipes oh my goodness if i could meet this lady just hang out it would be like talking with B. Smith im sure!! 

Take some time to check it out!

Christmas Party!

This weekend we went to the cutest most entertaining Christmas Party I've ever been to, well at least as a mom. It was GREAT really.  I didn't have to find a sitter, my bug had an AMAZING time, i got to enjoy Christmas festivities with great friends and my son.

We got to the party around 4 and things jumped off from exciting from there.  My Bug immediate clicked with a group of 4 year old boys.  They ran, jumped, wrestled, and climbed up and down the stairs almost all night.  Then they started doing crafts.  The older Kids were all into decorating cookies while the little guys where making reindeer crafts. 
Of course my Baby Bugs had to be a little different, before the end of the night he lost an antler but i still love him all the same. 

Then all the kids ate pizza, while my Bug continued to run up the stairs and slid down.  Just as eating pizza came to an end there was a knock at the door.  All the kids looked puzzled as to who could be showing up at the party this late.  The door opened and there he was... Santa! Big red suit, white flowing beard carrying a big red bag of toys. All the kids were shocked! One little boy even asked "Santa how did you know I'd be here!" hahahah

My friend had all the parents bring wrapped gifts and hide them from their kids, so when Santa came he handed out all the goodies from his red bag! It was the cutest thing ever, these kids didn't know HOW Santa pulled that off.  My friend even hired a  photographer to capture all these wonderful moments.  My Bug did well with Santa but he was upset Santa was ruining his play time.  He didn't wanna sit on Santa's lap b/c he wanted to climb up and down the stairs. Of course i made Santa hold him tight so the picture could be captured.
Then Santa handed out gifts and went along his merry way.  As he left i heard another little boys saying "i wish we could have gone out side to see his reindeer".  The photographer then took individual family portraits next to the 11foot Christmas tree of all the family's and groups of friends.  My baby bug was done with pictures and went right back to playing with all the boys, and his Mr. Potato head that Santa brought him ;o)

My friend did an amazing job.  We had a great time and made so many wonderful memories.  I enjoyed myself thoroughly, and i cant wait for someone to do it next year...hey maybe Santa will make an appearance at a Christmas i throw somewhere down the line ;o)

Christmas PIctures: Take 2

So our first try at Christmas pictures with our favorite photographer Auntie KC, didn't go so well this year. We learned the hard way that my Bug is just way to active to sit still or do a confined photo shoot now.

A couple of weeks pasted and I got a coupon in my email for Picture people so i said hey why not try them They were good taking his baby pictures before so why not give it a try, i mean it was a free sitting free for an unlimited amount of people so why not.  This time i brought back up...i had Grandpa, Grammy and uncle dressed to impress and ready to take pictures as well.

The photographer was amazing! She was just the right amount of goofy/silly to get some great shots of my Baby Bug with all his immediate family members.  He fell and bumped his head during our shoot so we gave him some time to pull it all together and then he came back full force with energy and a smile ready to wrap things up.

Then i had to choose between some great photos for cards and his scarp book and then they printed them and i got them that day!

They were a little pricey BUT i got some great photos.  All the places that were cheaper I've tried (JC Pennys, Kidde Candide, Sears) but their pictures didn't come out very well.  If its cheap but i have crappy pictures that doesn't help me.  So i will suffer through only purchasing a few of the pricey ones but them all being amazing!

Here is a preview of some of our 2010 Christmas pictures...shhh its a sneak peak don't tell hehehe ;o)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cleaning toys

Think its important to disinfect toys every once in a while. I try to do so twice a month.

Toys get dragged all over the floors, and slobbered on by him and friends so its a necessary step. Its real easy the way I do it. I fill the bath tub half way up and two caps of Clorox Bleach and dumb in all the toys that are not electronic or cloth. Then I swish them around for a minute or so and then drain the water. I turn the shower on and spray the toys down to rinse any residue and left over chemical off.

I have a crazy thing about bleach, actually I hate it. The smell and its power just gets to me. But I kno it will kill all the germs so I use it BUT I use it sparingly. And I always do an extra good rinse b/c I don't want my Baby bug ingesting any chemical.

For all the electronic toys I wipe them down with wipes. The wipes that they sell to clean and sterilize breast feeding products. All of those products are "ok" use on items that will be touching babies including things being put in their mouth.
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Play Dough

I made the Baby Bug dough to play with.  I cant call it play dough b/c i forgot the recipe for "play dough" so he got little dough balls to play with. 

I was making snow men out of them and he flattened one and was more fascinated with sticking it on his head!

Next "rain day" we will try one of these Play Dough Recipes...ill update everyone then.

Its Christmas time!

For all those who personally know me you KNOW this is my favorite season of the year. God is just in the air everywgere, Egg nog, sweets every day, decorations, family and friends and fellowship...i HEART Christmas time. 

My best friend says i am "spastic excited" this time of year.  Apparently i have passed that on to my Baby Bug through my genes because he loves Christmas time so far!

I was decorating the house and he followed me around all morning.  I would put up a snowflake or garland and he was stop and stare at it looking up saying "oooooooo". Then he tried to reach it to grab it and couldn't and got mad.  At first i thought he was excited at something new being put up but them i got wise. He just noticed it was something new to try and get in to mess with, but then everything was to high so he got frustrated. 

I wasn't gonna put up a tree this year, but my boss said that was unheard of with a child in my house during Christmas season, so she gifted me a baby artificial tree.  I have NEVER had an artificial tree but its kind cool. So next yera when i buy a tree i will have a decor tree and a real tree...im excited for this year and next year.

This season we went to his Grammy Auntie's house and meant up with two of his cousins and helped decorate the Christmas Tree.  FUNNIEST THING EVER. 

1. My 3yr old niece wanted every bulb she was given to be hung on one tree branch.  This little girl had 8 bulbs on the branch at one time.  My God mom said "honey lets spread them out" my niece then replied "no no gandma they all go on this tree i need more" LOL

2. My Baby Bug saw her bulbs on the tree and when he back was turned he took one off and threw it before she noticed.  She had issues with this of course and she jumped in his face and said "NO DEBIN STOP", and then low and behold he did it again, he laughed and she was pissed.  THEN my Baby bug got bold, he took one bulb off the tree and started running in the other direction.   My niece saw him running and full on two hand tackled him to the ground on the right side.  He had the bulb in his right hand and then when she wasnt looking he switched it up and moved it to the left hand so she couldnt get to it.  Once again she was pissed and he was laughing hysterically.


3. Then Grammy Auntie decided to show my Baby Bug how to decorate the tree.  She put a bulb on and he take it off.  Then she gave him a bulb to put on the tree and he hit another bulb with it, they were plastic so they wouldn't break in his hands. She then gave him a bulb and showed him again and then threw it in the tree, it landed on a branch and looked like it was hanging so he clapped like yayaya i did it and asked for another so he could do it again...such a boy HAHA.

The kids got tired of decorating the tree and then moved on to playing with the life sized nut cracker dolls. If the Baby Bug had been left with the nut cracker doll it would have been dead and destroyed in a day. 
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All in all its been a good holiday season so far and i CANT WAIT for more Family, Fellowship & Friends! 

Toy Corner

Last night i took the time to clean "Toy corner" and it looks pretty good now. 

Toy corner is the corner of my living room where all my Baby Bugs toys are kept.  It had to be cleaned and sorted thoroughly.  During the day his corner explodes and makes these crazy gauntlets all over my living room so now was the time to get in there and make things happen. 
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Before #1





I waited until he was with Grandpa for the evening and then i went through everything in one quick swoop!

I am greatful for everything that was given to me, it was all a blessing to help and aid in his growth and develpoment, so i have choosen to keep the gift of giving.  I gave some stuff to a friend who has a baby boy who needs the same stimulating mind grow toys, and then i gave some to Child and Family Services. 

If you didn't know this is a great place to doonate things.  Old clothes, bottles, toys and all other sorts of goodies.  They have kids that arent in "good" places and have to be removed from their homes and placed with other family members or foster families.  In between the time of being removed and being placed in a new environment their Social Worker has to take care of them, and genreally they are in an office during this time.  Those workers need bottles, toys and clothes to help these kids in transit.  I am thankful that any little thing i can do to aid in someones life can make a difference.  Especially a child who might need an outift, a clean bottle, or even a stuff animal to take with them through what can be a very emotional time in their life. 

At church last week a seed was planted in mind to really think locally and not solely globally when i am thinking of those who would appreciate assistance.  During this season i think we should not only give back but put some thought in our gifts and giving, anyone can sign their name on a check, or throw their pocket change in a bucket. When spend a little more time you can find all sorts of ways to help...even if you a busy super woman ;o).  Another plus i now have a clean toy corner!
Lovely clean toy corner
 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Butterfly

I have has this Nicole C Mullen CD for YEARS and one song on it has always spoken to me.  Butterfly.  Now that i have a Little one i really want to pass these words on to him, so i share her words with you today maybe they will touch someone else as well!

Not yet a woman and certainly not a child
But I was caught somewhere in the middle
On that one Friday afternoon
And I, I remember mama saying, "It's time for you to go
Go out on and change the world and become
All that you have dreamed of"
And as the tears that she was crying
Fell from her face and shoulders she said
"Don't forget who you are child, where you
Come from, where you're goin'
'Cause I'm always gonna be here for you
Fighting in your corner
So with every bow you take
Take one for those that came before you"

Now I'm a woman and I've got a child

And I can't believe the day's gonna come
When she tells me that it's time to soar
And I don't know what I'm gonna do
Not sure what I'm gonna tell her
Maybe don't forget who you are child
Where you come from, where you're going
'Cause I'm always gonna be here for you
Fighting in your corner
So with every bow you take
Take one for those that came before ya

Fly, Fly Butterfly Fly

Stand upon these two shoulders of mine
Spread those wings of yours and fly

There is something sacred

About the letting go of those we want to hold
So tightly to, but somehow we know
They must move on
On for those who have a dream to make our future better
And on for those who will earn their wings
In spite of wind and weather
You tell 'em love is waiting there
Forever in their corner
So with every bow they take
They'll take one for those that came before them


Fly, Fly Butterfly Fly
Stand upon these two shoulders of mine
Spread those wings of yours and fly

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Shoes that Blink

We have a routine set. 
Dinner done by 7:30
Bath time from 7:30 til how ever long it takes him to be done splashing around in the tub
Then bed time between 8 and 9

I put him in his bed, when he goes to sleep and close the door so when he wakes up in the middle of the night he can not escape and run wild in my apt.  Right now we share a room so when he wakes up i can hear him.  He normally comes over to my bed whines a little then i pick him up change his diaper he signs milk and he gets 6 ounces and then off to sleep he goes again until about 7 am.


Last night my Bug woke up and i heard him, but thought he was going back to sleep.  I didn't move a muscle but i opened my eyes and i see all sorts of blinking lights lighting up my dark room.  Blue, green, red yellow just a rainbow of lights.  I thought i was going nuts so i opened my eyes with a confused look on my face, narrow down the point in my room where these lights are coming from and then i see my Bug in the corner. It took me a few seconds to figure out what he was doing so i was confused and puzzled for a kool minute. 

He had gotten out of his bed and grabbed his new Toy Story tennis shoes.  They light up when you walk.  SO he started playing with them in the dark.  I guess they were cooler in the dark. 

i think i will be looking at beds with rails now.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A spoon

Biggest accomplishment of the day...my little bug eats with utensils.

He doesn't get it straight in or even kno how to get all the food off the spoon, but he is doing it! The spoon goes in side ways and he dumbs it in and goes to the bowl for more Hahaha

So now into the adventures of feeding our self...
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Showing us new things

Today my Baby Bug did two really cute things!

1. His grammy was leaving and he put his hand to his lips and said mwwwwwwwah and blew her kisses! I don't kno where he got that from because I don't do it. And he did it all by him self. Then she was taking forever to leave b/c she kept saying awwww at him blowing kisses and he looked at her waved his hand and said ummm see u later. Lol he was letting grammy kno he blew her kisses and she was in that "I'm about to leave" stage for to long.

2. I said "where is ur nose" and he stuck his finger up his nose lol. This was the first time he responded to me with out saying "here's ur nose!". He knew where it was! So now we move to eyes, my mom said that's easy for him to say. So when u see him just ask him where his eye is first, b/c if you ask him anything after "where is your nose" its gonna have a boogie on it for sure.

One not so cute thing...
He was doing he wasn't suppose to do as usual and I signed "no", didn't say it just signed it, and he knew what I was saying. I could tell b/c he stopped what he was doing and threw a mini "but mom I don't wanna" fit.

My Signing Baby Bug Part II

For the past couple of weeks my Baby Bug has picked up a few more signs. 

One of which is the sign for Milk. This sign is sooo funny to me but also frustrating. 
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Its funny b/c he can sign it when he wants it, he comes to you signs milk and then walks toward the fridge. Its frustrating b/c he signs it when he is hungry and thirsty.  When he is hungry i do not give him milk and try to get him to eat food and now he just throws a fit each time i have to tell him no. Which in my mind i know i have to teach him when your hungry you eat not drink, but i want to praise him for signing and doing it well!


Well more signs will come as i keep signing and speaking to him, maybe soon he will start verbalizing words as he signs too!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Plugs go in outlets

I had an extra power cord laying around the house, don't know why or what it went to but my baby bug found it. I watched him stare at both ends of the plug with intensity.

Then about 40 seconds later he took the plug over to the wall, pulled out the safety plug cover and plugged the correct end of the power cord up in the wall. I was amazed, I told he not for babies and took the power cord BUT I was amazed!

1. He knew exactly how to get the safety plug thing out that wall-that was a pointless buy if the child ur child proofing from can just take them off.

2. He knew when he studied the plug where it was suppose to go-it was like a little puzzle piece in his head and he found the match.

I was a bit taken back on how to say "don't do that" to him b/c he was right in what he stuck in the outlet but what happens when he trys to stick something else in there.

So a couple days pass and my fan is in my living room. Its not plugged in as it has been freezing where we lately. Once again my baby bug finds the plug, takes out the safety cover and on the first try again sticks it in the outlet! I say "not for babies" and relocate the fan. Then while he was sleep I placed clear tape on the outlets. He can't figure out why the plugs won't go in any more.

I feel bad like I'm hindering his rational correct thought process but I know by being proactive I'm preventing him from getting curious about trying to see "what else" can fit in the wall outlets.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Apple chips

My little Bug is a meat and potatoes man, as I've said time and time again, and I know part of my job as his parent is to keep trying to give him all the "good" stuff he needs besides meat and potatoes.

So yesterday I bought him some buzz light year freeze dried apples. Trying to keep it up with trying new things and trying to get him to eat fruit some way. I gave my little bug one little apple chip, he bit it spit it out gave me a crazy look and walked to the trash. He threw the other half away and then looked at me and with his eyes he said "never again mom" as he walked away!

It was hilarious! Not b/c he didn't like the apple BUT b/c he KNEW things u didn't want went in the trash. He will be 17 months tomorrow and my laughs, amazement, and brain keep growing with this little guy in my life.
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Meatloaf and mash tators

I've had a hard time lately feeding my little Bug, but today I scored!

If he had his choice he would be on a liquid diet, but I know that's not gonna work to well for my growing man, so I'm constantly trying all sorts of new things to give him.

Yesterday I made meatloaf and mas tators and that was a hit! I felt so good knowing he ate a full meal. So today I switched up the game and threw a fine chopped broccoli up in his tators. Score one for me cuz he ate it! He even washed it all down with a good 6ounces of green machine!

No additives no preservatives. I controlled the amount of sodium and balanced his meal with veggies...this was a struggle but I'm so glad he has been able to go to bed full of good food in his tummy!
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He doesn't talk but he does

This morning I realized a whole new chapter of fun with my Baby Bug is starting.

My Baby Bug signed milk and walked to the fridge. He has just finished some milk and I wanted him to drink some water so I filled a sippy cup up with water. I handed it to my Baby Bug and he looked at the see through sippy cup on the side, shook his head back and fourth sayin no, and then he signed milk.

He hadn't even tasted it BUT knew it wasn't milk by the color. I always knew he was a smart cookie but now he is starting to communicate bits of his genius this is gonna be fun.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

You've been Punk'd!

My son is SMART not just with a capital s but all caps and he does little things all day to show you that he is smart.


Laugh #1

He says my moms name when she is not there but when she says it or asks him to say it he looks at her like she is speaking Greek..HAHAHA

Laugh #2

Grandpa might be sitting down in a seat the Baby Bug wanted to make his own, so the Baby Bug goes to get something he is not suppose to have like the TV remote and he runs across the room with it.  My dad then gets up to get the remote, then my Baby Bug drops it and runs back to the empty seat grandpa left open...ya moved your meat you loose your seat.

Laugh #3
The Baby Bug can now sign Milk...when he wants milk he can sign it and he walks to the refrigerator so he will be right there when you get it out for him.   He knows if he signs Milk with his Grammy she will get him milk because he asked for it. He likes to drink more than he likes to eat so he signs milk and she gives it to him but she didn't correlate how many times she gave him milk vs making him wait for an empty tummy so he will eat, he knew EXACTLY what he was doing and she played right in every time.

Laugh #4
My Bug likes to stand up in his chair. The funny thing is he knows he is not suppose to stand up in high chair so he stands up signs and speaks the word "sit" and then looks at u and says yaaaay!


All the things he does does may not be the things i want him to do, but i know he is getting and understanding what he is being taught and shown.  I cant wait for many many more wonderful things that he shows everyone until then i am just gonna keep going and keep teaching and in due time he will show what he knows b/c i now KNOW he KNOWS all that i'm teaching him!

Get Ready Coaches and Cheerleaders

I was raised with a mom and dad who were able to experience so many different things growing up. One of those things my brother and i got to venture in was extracurricular activities.  I hope to be able to do the same with my Baby Bug.  Along with allowing him to try a host of activities i will start him in City sports. 

This week i realized, we have we have EXACTLY a year and half until we start playing sports! Yes that is correct, aunties and cheerleaders get your T shirts, posters, hats and buttons in a bag.  Uncles family and friends grab your chairs coffee cups and your coaching voice b/c in in 2012 we are getting it in!

I am extra excited for this venture.  I grew up surrounded in sports, and i worked as a recreation leader in city sports and i loved the transition of the sports.  I am excited for my Baby Bug to learn team work, discipline, organization as well start to gain a knowledge of the games he will play.  I plan to enroll him in one sport a season, so he can get a basic knowledge of things and then we he is able to rationalize his likes and dislikes with reason i will keep him in the activities he enjoys. 

In my house my Baby Bug will have to be involved in something, at least one thing. Idle minds allows the devil to work, that's what i was taught.  I want him to be challenged, involved and have fun. I will not stress him out though and try to make sure he learns management skills starting with his time and stress level. 

By the time we hit 36 months (3yrs old) i do believe it will be time for T-ball, not baseball but T-ball...little people in the out field staring at butterfly's and planes, everyone rushing to the ball to get a turn to throw it to someone somewhere, swinging and missing at the stationary ball on a stand, all wearing a cute little uniform apart of a team of little people who are looking and acting alike...I CANT WAIT!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pregnant and Alone

People say i am a strong lady, but i know i am strong b/c of my faith. I am faithful b/c i am optimistic and i am optimistic b/c i am faithful...let that marinate and digest a while to completely understand it. 

I knew i was alone alone b/c i have been blessed to be surrounded by sooo many family and friends who have so much love for me and my bug, but i was alone. When i got pregnant and went through all the hub-bub with my ex things were circling through my mind and my heart that i couldnt talk to anyone around me about.  I talked to a counselor but then i just went on google and searched "pregnant and alone". Doctors appointments, turning over in bed (sounds simple but wait til your ginormous trying to go from your right side to your left, its a task beyond words), the stuff you dont wanna ask for help for but you hope your "partner" would be there with you for made me feel alone. 

Then one day this book made its way into my search Pregnant and Alone

It was amazing.  It was an account of someone who had faith and believe in God who had gone down the same path as i did.  She talks abut situations and stages she experienced in her pregnancy, and about how to prepare your self for the what if feelings.  But what i enjoyed the most was at the end of every chapter there was scripture for you to read, look up, and questions to pose for your self to challenge you to remain strong in so many ways.   Now she didn't go through the same situations i went through but similar enough to relate to all the random feelings i had inside...mixed with raging hormones.  After i read it i was at such peace.  I had so many thoughts that were circling in my mind, but there weren't lonely ones just plans on how to remain who i am and keep moving forward. 

This blog is for all those are unattached mothers with religious beliefs or even those who are spiritual...this book crossed my path at just the right time when i needed it most, so i hope it does the same for someone else with so many unanswered questions or lonely feelings during what can be one of the happiest times of your life!  

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Under the weather

Wanted to take a second and recognize the fact that its been a million years since I've written a new blog but ill be back!

One holiday after the other and now we are nursing head colds! As soon as get our strength and energy back my fingers will be clicking away on the keys.

Thanks for your patience shouldn't be to long before I have lots of great story's and ideas to share!
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Where a kid can be a kid

Today I took my Mr. Bug to Chuck E Cheese.

We had a blast. We went when it first opened so we could beat the crowd, go before nap time, and b/c we had been up for 3 hours already so why not!

When the band of characters was on stage singing the bug hide behind my legs, it was so cute! Then he saw I wasn't scared and he came out curious about them. A couple games scared him too but he was ok for the most part.

We had a blast playing games and eating pizza but the best part was the 3 hour nap he took when we left...so chuck e cheese we will be seeing u again!
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Planning to Take the Baby Bug in the air

Been doing some research on traveling with babies and i'm even more nervous about traveling after i started reading all the do's and donts!

Beyond the normal, clothes suitcase etc that you need to travel here i go brain storming all the stuff i know i am going to "need" on top of all that, lugging in the airport alone with my Busy Baby Bug:

  • Car seat 
  • Umbrella Stroller
  • sippy cups
  • jackets since we are heading to the land of freezing cold weather
  • probably gonna have to get the baby bug some little boots and thicker socks too
  • Portable DVD player-I am not going across the country without the upside down show and cars
  • a new toy-so its something new to figure out and investigate which should equal quiet time
  • diapers and milk i am just gonna have enough to travel with and buy the rest there, b/c those are disposal things.  

Factors like should i take a Red eye Flight, in hopes that he sleeps?  Non stop vs stops, but i am pretty set that i am going to fly non stop so that way we just get it over with no breaks in between of trying to settle him down again.

I worry to much about the what if and the plan b, but i think this is just one of those times where my organization, patience and PRAYER will have to take the lead over my What if feelings...updates will come in the future i am sure.

Hook up of the week-Perscription Glasses on a budget

Prescription glasses and contacts are no joke when it comes to them as a necessity and not just an accessory.

But now with my hook up of the week Glasses Unlimited, you can have so many of your necessities that they can turn into accessories!


These are frames and prescription lenses CHEAP! These are not name brand frames but they are cute, they get the job done. I am a generic kind of shopper but styling it up at all the right times, and believe me this is one of those finds!

If you are like me things can super expensive when it comes to your eye sight.  $30 for your check up appointment, $75 for frames, and then paying for lenses is another arm and leg.  But now with sites like these you can get 2 pair of glasses different styles and frames with more than 50% of a discount than what you would normally pay for one pair of lenses at the eye doctor!

Its LEGIT i know at least two people who have done it and been VERY satisfied with their purchase!  Especially when your on a tight budget like me, this is a MAJOR hookup.  The frames are $9.99 and shipping is 5$.  All you need is your prescription and to know the distance between on of your eyes (and you should be able to get both of those ate your yearly check appointments).

Click on over check it out and enjoy being able to see a fraction of the cost that you were paying before!

Cutting the Grass

The Baby Bugs Grandpa was spending some time with the Baby Bug yesterday but he needed me to occupy the Baby Bug while he cut the grass. 

We bounced the ball up and down the drive way, ran up and down the street just had a grand time outside.  Then Grandpa started the lawn mower.  The Baby Bug was not scared he was more intrigued. All i saw was my Baby Bug studying what his grandpa was doing, but little did i know the wheels were turning in his head. 
No more than 3 minutes after i saw him stand frozen with with his lips poked out saying "ooooooooo" in amazement he grabbed his car and started "cutting the grass".

He was making sounds with his mouth and i did not know if he was mimicking the lawn mower of if he was making car sounds as he was driving his car, but he was FOCUSED! 
Cutting the grass like a pro, look at those turns!
Trying to Follow Grandpa to HELP


I'm glad he is learning good habits to mimic this young.  Watch out world in a few years i may have a young entrepreneur on my hands, or even in a few more years a young urban planner!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Non Dairy Milk vs. Soy Milk

Today i learned that i should not keep the Baby Bug on Soy Milk much longer as there is a chemical some where in the process of making the milk that makes your body react to it like estrogen would.  There are many breast cancer sites that warn woman on consuming to much soy products as they don't know if it helps or harms with breast cancer and it does a host of things to guys boobies and their "tenders"!

After the Baby Bugs NEW and improved Doctor hipped me to game she said something that gave me even more confidence in her, "go home, google it and read the research so you know what im saying isnt just words".  I appreciated that, even though she didn't know i was already on my google search via my BlackBerry before we stepped out of the office.  She was giving me information and telling me to make her accountable on her advice that she was giving me. ***snaps to her***

Here are some links i found that might help you if Soy Milk is something you want to give your child or even if you just want to be educated and no more:
My brother had a milk allergy growing up as well, and he grew up drinking Mocha Mix a non dairy milk.  I do not know the affects that had on him as a non dairy milk but i can tell you this he doesnt have boobies! LOL

The more i start to think about this stuff the more technical i get i confused i get, especially with government programs like WIC limiting my choices for my non-lactose drinking child. Your program is designed to help kids and mother stay healthy so why wouldnt you be on top of all the news about the food that have so many restrictions? 

So now i am looking to switch my Baby Bugs milk to Lactaid b/c thats Cows milk with out the enzyme that makes people with milk allergies sick.  If its better than soy milk, and its real milk just with out the enzyme why is this not an option when your participating in the WIC program?  Maybe they dont think moms will read up on all these signs in the times and lower incomed families will be test subjects to see if we will be raising little men who could grow up with boobies.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Toddler

Its Official...the Baby Bug is now considered a toddler.

For any of you who know my Baby Bug you know he has really been a toddler since he was about 10 months old, since he started walking in his 7th month.  But now its official and legit per his doctor. 

She gave me a pamphlet on Toddlers which include the range of 16-23 months.  This pamphlet made me laugh.  It discusses all these signs to recognize if your kid is a toddler and honestly these are all things my Baby Bug was doing by the time he was 12 months old.

It felt kinda good like one thing down onto the next.  The next accomplished goals id like to hit are getting rid of the diaper bag and him forming sentences, signing or speaking.  Getting rid of the diaper bag seems like you get to breath a little more with out out being so dependent and the biggest part about it, i get to carry a purse again...WOOHOO!!

A few stats for you a few days shy of being 16 months:
  • Weight 24 lbs
  • Height 31.5 inches 
  • Head size 19.5  (yes he has a big head, she measured twice to get the right measurements)
  • Shoe Size 6
  • She said he has big hands to, so i am thinking by the combination of things it sounds like he is gonna be a big guy...but we shall see what the future holds.  



    Baby Crack

    Little moments come when the Baby Bug stops moving and is engrossed in something and i am thankful for them.  Recently he has been into this show called the "Upside Down Show", or as i like to call it baby crack.

    When this show is on he is mesmerized.  His attention is locked in and i have 20 minutes of thinking time, washing dishes time, doing laundry or cleaning.  For us it comes on Nick Jr. every night at 8 and 830, times i use to look forward to, BUT now with the help of the Baby Bugs Grandpa i have a few episodes on DVD.  Yes, so at any given moment i can be productive and multi task as i listen to him laugh, giggle and talk back to Shane and David.



    This show seems sooo simple, two guys with an imaginary remote, some fuzz balls, and a hand puppet.  Thats it, they imagine just about everything else and my son loves it!


    If you haven't seen and you have kids check it out, if you have kids and you watch it i am sure you like myself catch your self doing the "The Happy Fly Ditty" or dancing "Utter Chaos" to make your little laugh...i know i do.

    Tuesday, October 19, 2010

    Sesame Street Hair Song

    I do not have a little girl and i dont think i will have the Baby Bugs hair grown out any time while i make the decisions about his hair.  BUT i love this video so i am sharing.

    I think i love it so much b/c i have always had THICK THICK hair and when i was little my mom and dad wanted their little girl to have long hair.  So when i was little i walked around with a blanket of hair on my head.  No Joke.  If you know any one who knew me when i was little ask them one thing they remember about me and the first thing they will say is she had hair she was tender headed. My dad even got schooled at one point when he was given the opportunity to "do my hair" one day...didn't even make it through one pony tail before he handed the comb and brush back to mom  saying " i will never question anything that deals with her hair again".
    When i was 1 it was just kinda all over the place and free
    I think i was 4 or 5 here, but check the pony tails...not pressed, and in at least 4 pony tails at all times, my mom kept it done and CUTE!


    I loved and still LOVE my hair.  Even though i have had stylist charge me more, refer me to other stylist because they couldn't deal, and even threaten to cut my hair off before my mom came back pick me up.  So i share this song b/c even at 29 years young it makes me smile and sing along.  Enjoy it, share it and maybe you to will be able to relate at any age!


    No Sleep No Sleep La La La La La LAAAAAAA

    Keeping it real, times like today happen and are rough! My friend said it best when she had her baby-"if i could purchase sleep on the black market that would be the best come up ever!" -A. That statement is truer to me now than ever before in my entire time experiencing mother hood thus far.

    The Baby Bug fell asleep last night at 7:30pm. I thought ok kool, then 30 minutes later he was up and ready to play.  So i sighed but i knew it was still early and could get him back to sleep by 10:00pm so i would at least get some sleep.  6 hours cumulative is all i really need to function these days.  

    10pm came and we were sleep again, so i said well im not gonna pack lunches or clean (didn't even completely any of my night time activities) b/c i was tired and was determined to try and get some sleep.  Good thing i thought to lay it down then too b/c my night took off from there. 

    Midnight we were up again, whining and wanting to play. We changed his diaper, rubbed on some Ora gel and headed back to bed.

    2 am we are up AGAIN  whinning and tossing and turning. We take some tylenol change the diaper have a cup of milk and head off to sleep again. 

    4 am taaadaaa we are up again! we drank a little milk had another diaper change and at that point i just layed down with him. He was laying in my arms talking to Angels or family members who have passed and are now watching over him, til he fell asleep.  We both drifted off to sleep only to be awaken by my alarm telling me i was late getting up for work. Each time we were up i was up for 45 minutes at least.  So needless to say i am drained right now.

    Thank God, i asked his grammy to come early today, before i knew what the night had in store for me i had hopes i was gonna get to work early.  My mom came in the door this morning like super woman grabbed her little grandbaby and they snuggled.  She snuggled better than me today apparently because he went right back to sleep instantly with her!  

    Then i ran around like flash took a shower, packed my lunch and threw my hair in a pony tail and just as i walked out the door i see them snuggled under a blanket on the couch sleeping the morning away.  It was a cute sight.  BUT now cute is out the window, im exhausted and still have to put on my worker hat and then put my mommy hat back on in a few hours.  Worst part is when i get home he is gonna be rested, cleaned and fed and ready to get through the day and im gonna be dragging. 

    Oh well though thats just today, tomorrow will be better so i just send prayers up all day and keep it pushing and all will be GREAT!

    Monday, October 18, 2010

    Nipping the sniffles in the bud

    Ahhh its October finally so you know what is just around the corner...winter colds!

    I am a product of a mother who is not into medicine and pill popping so I've learned a bunch of home remedies that i have already started pumping in and around the Baby Bug to make sure he doesn't get hit hard with sniffles and coughs this winter.  Im on a mission to get his little body to keep those immunity's built up and fighting off the bad guys.

    This weekend i cleaned house.  I mean cleaned too, like my Grandmother said from the front door to the back door, from the ceiling to the floor clean.  Cant fight new germs while old germs are lingering.

    Next i put 4 cups of water in a pot, added a cinnamon stick and a tsp of olive oil.  Let it boil on the stove for a couple hours. I do not know all the reasons why we do this or even it is scientifically sound and true BUT my mom and aunts have done it and it works.  I think the cinnamon burns bacteria in the air, but hey even if that is a bunch of hogwash your house will smell great for a long time using an inexpensive method. 

    After we cleaned we took a trip to the store.  Picked up some chicken, and made chicken soup.  I didn't post this as a recipe b/c its one of those recipes where you don't measure the ingredients.  A lot of my cooking education came this way, it works for me but i cant pass things on to others well this way, with out you watching me the entire time.  I can tell you all the goods in the soup though!  I was taught to boil a whole chicken, but i cheat b/c a whole chicken has way to many bones for me.  I take four chicken breast halves (with the bones, gotta have the ones with bones the fillets wont work the same) and boil them in a pot, sub merged in water with two onions and seasoning.  When its about to fall off the bone, I take it out and de-bone it, and put the shredded chicken back in the water with a bouillon cube.  Then i toss in chopped carrots, cilantro, peppers & ginger.  My mom adds SO many more veggies in hers that i do but thanks to my lovely mother I know  the reason i add everything that i do into my soup.

    Beyond the fact that all the veggies in my soup are packed with great vitamins here are some of the things i learned from my mom about what is and isn't in my soup.
    • Carrots-lower blood pressure, prevent constipation, and  i think they do something for asthma people (my bother had asthma HARDCORE when we were little so that might be when those got introduced in our diet)
    • Cilantro- i think this a detox in some way for you, helping to flush the bad 
    • Peppers-Cayenne, Serrano help to cleanse your colony.  Especially as all these veggies with dietary fibers are running out the bad you cleanse while they are on way out
    • Ginger is a wonder veggie not many capitalize on, my mom puts it in tea's, soups and sometime she just sucks on to clear her nasal passages and cleanse her palate.  I took this answer from wiki answers.com b/c it was the best one in so little words:
    "Ginger is one the foods with the highest content of antioxidants. Not only does it act as a natural antihistamine and a mild decongestant, it is also great for sore throat. The herb promotes the release of bile from gallbladder for people suffering from gallstones. Ginger may also decrease joint pain from arthritis, and blood thinning and cholesterol lowering properties that may make it useful for treating heart disease. "
    I made a pot of rice on the side and put some soup on top and the Baby Bug smacked away! No noodles b/c that is way to many carbs as your laying down, brown rice is best for you with chicken soup but i dislike brown rice soooo i get half way good and just do rice hahaha.

    Next week we are gonna get him to sip some of his Grammy's famous "Juice". If you have been around my mom sick then you know about "The juice" as she has probably tried to make you sip on at one point or another.  I am not posting that break down here b/c i am not sure she wants it spread around on the net for someone else to sell in the masses and make some money on her invention.  Yes its that good (like works) and homemade.

    I start all this prep to guard off hopefully some level of what sickness comes knocking at our door this year, and as i start contemplating weather or not the baby bug will get a flu shot. I think people need to get back in the swing of doing things at home, being proactive and handling problems with their health even before they start to happen.  Doctors can only prescribe pills to do so much, but if you handle the simple things it may be less expense in time and money in the end.

    Pumpkin Patch 2010

    As foreseen we had a blast at the pumpkin patch and left with so many memories, stories & pictures to share.  I get so excited for this day and it never seems to fail me.

    We have been to Cal Poly Pomona's Pumpkin Patch before.  I made my first trip with my old college roomie our first year at CPP.  The Baby Bug's first patch happened when he was 4 months old!

    The Baby Bug at his 1st Pumpkin Patch Event

    This year i couldn't get this rambunctious little guy to even think about sitting on a pumpkin to pose for a picture. 

    Every year we have exposed someone to our Pumpkin Patch tradition, this year his God Mommy Kippyskppy and Big Mike came out with us to make our 2010 trip very special.  We all had a blast too, click on over to Fairy Godmother Photography's Blog to check out all the great pics of the baby bug.

    We were planning to be at the Patch at 0745.  I do not play when it comes to getting there early because this patch see's over 2000 people in two days...its a big deal. I didn't set an alarm because when you have kids they are your alarm, but the one day i have early morning plans the Baby Bug decides he was gonna sleep in.  SO we ended up leaving a little later but we still got there in enough time to beat the huge crowds.

    We met up with Kippyskppy and Big Mike, well really they met up with us as the Baby Bug decided he was gonna run laps through the pumpkin patch. The Baby Bug found some little Baby Pumpkins perfect for him, with the assistance of Big Mikes keen eye.
    Baby Bug's 2nd year  at the Pumpkin Patch
    He brought me a pumpkin like this is it mom this is thee one! So i put his little baby pumpkin in my pocket and we frolicked some more through the patch as his God Mommy snapped away with her fancy camera and creative eye.

     On our way o the petting zoo, at some point along the way, i noticed their was a name on the baby pumpkin.

    I do not know if he gaffled someones pumpkin or if someone was requesting a prayer. So we just called the pumpkin by the name written on it Ethan and sent a prayer up for a child named Ethan who crossed that CPP pumpkin patch.  If that was a moms way of "reserving" her kids pumpkin she now knows that was a horribly failed method.  I mean I thought everyone at the patch at least knew that rule...if its not in your arms, your wagon, or being carried by whatever method worked best for you to get the pumpkins out of the patch it was free game.  Hey if his mom didn't the Baby Bugs mom did ;o)


    It amazes me how many people live close to the college and do not take advantage of such a great event.  I mean its practically free for the most part, and the money that you do spend on pumpkins, food, and activities goes directly to the clubs on campus. All the alum in the area should at least be partaking in a the great Patch weekend if not for the event but to show support.

    Its fun to be a veteran at events like these.  I sit back and watch people who walk into the patch and then leave using their kids strollers, their sweatshirts, and arms full of pumpkins just to get them all to the car.  I learn each year what to do and what not do, what to bring and what not to bring, and the order in which you should the activities there.  This year we saw a lady who duck-tapped her pumpkins in a pile on her wagon...so they wouldn't fall off in transit! I also know that by next year the Baby Bug should have his wagon so then i will be a legit veteran with kid.  Right now the rule is we will take home what he can carry, but as he gets older i know that's gonna change quick.



    We took a visit to the petting zoo, climbed up a tractor, ate pumpkin bread chocolate chip cookies and had a great time.


    If you haven't gone before i really suggest next year you should definitely at least check it out. ESPECIALLY if you have kids! Its free to get in, its free parking, and things are cheap like $1 cheap...my kind of event to make your kids tired and create great memories to last their life time.  Who knows it might even be something they start doing with their own families.

    Friday, October 15, 2010

    Once a month I take the Baby Bug on an excursion.

    Last month we went to the LA County fair. This month we are going to Cal Poly Pomona's annual pumpkin patch!

    This will be the Baby Bugs 2nd pumpkin patch in his like time! I love this patch, and have been for the last 10 years. Games, rides, farm store sales, insect fair, and petting zoo. They also sell fresh honey, fruits, meats and Dr.Bobs ice cream, all of which is made/grown on campus...well except the ice cream that's a former professors creation.

    When we get back I am sure I will pictures and hopefully an amazing story or two to tell!
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    Monday, October 11, 2010

    When you are older you know you are suppose to go to the dentist, but sometimes your 6 month check up gets pushed back while.  What does your dentist do...call or send you a post card, or an email now a days.  The Baby Bugs dentist is a little more pro active.   

    We received a package from the dentist, colorful and big. I went into grown up mode thinking it was paper work to be filled out also including paper work to let me know when to make my way into the office for his first dentist appointment.  I was sadly mistaken, it was a package to get us both excited about making our first trip the dentist and how to make it a good one. 

    The Baby Bug got
    • a tooth brush- not a rinky dink generic one any one can use BUT an oral b kids tooth brush
    • a big tube of tooth paste- not a trial size but normal size like what adults would buy
    • floss and mouth wash- i do not quite understand why he got these just yet i mean other than to look at, but ill save it for the right time
    • instructions on how to brush his teeth correctly-detailed place the brush at a 45 degree angle and lightly stroke back and fourth 
    His dentist said "why wait for him to come in with his new teeth all rotted out" ( not that i would let that happen within my power).  I do not think my dentist would do that, but if he did i just maybe feel a little bit more on top of making my appointments on time.  At the same time i now have know room to come up with excuse for not being on top of the Baby Bugs dental health. 

    To date we have four front teeth on the top, four front teeth on the bottom, one molar on the bottom right that has broken free and one molar on the bottom left about to peak through the gum!

    Sunday, October 10, 2010

    Mimi Time

    Things I do when the Baby Bug sleeps:

    1. Above all things I SLEEP- he gets charged up and ready for round 2 so I think I should as well!

    2. Cut his nails and hair- he doesn't move doesn't whine and I get the job done quickly and efficiently!

    3. Clean- perfect time to pick up toys with out little hands helpin me by taking then all out their baskets. Wash the dishes with no interruptions.

    4. Organize things for the next moment he will be up- like at nap time I start preparing what he will eat for dinner, what we will wear after bath time pour the milk and juice in sippy cups etc. At bed time I make lunches and lay out clothes for the next day.

    5. Take a bath- the only quiet time where I can count on a good 1 hour soak and do something for myself.

    6. Bake cookies- my toaster oven is a gift from God. Pre made chocolate chip cookie dough makes three cookies perfect in 5 minutes, my cookies and cup of tea while watching something other than Nick Jr....bliss.

    When you are the one doing it all you gotta manage your time well and do thing that also keep you sane!