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I’m running because…

February 14, 2011

I want to be healthy.  To feel good about myself.

I want to be active and fit.  And to be able to walk up the stairs without losing my breath.

I want to look good, not for someone who’s had a baby, but for someone who just does.

Mainly, I’m doing this because I want to set an example for her.  Not to be a certain size or number, but to feel confident and comfortable in my own skin and to show her that being beautiful is about so much more than how you look on the outside.  That it’s about how you feel and who you are on the inside.

I want to be the best version of myself.  For her.  For the husband.  For me.

Sneak Peek_Miss L

January 23, 2011

This is Miss L.  She was so not a fan of me.  I didn’t take it personally.  We tried on a Saturday downtown and she was not feeling it at all.  So, we met up again the next day at home.  The minute she saw me, she burst into tears.  Eventually, she decided I was okay and we had at least a little bit of fun.  Her mom was super sweet and so apologetic and worried.  See mom…I told you it would work out.  This whole family has a great vibe.  I loved hanging out with them.

Favorite Things – Baby Edition

January 20, 2011

When I was pregnant with Eloise, I scoured the internet looking for anything I could find from real moms on what products/gear they used for their babies.  I wanted to hear from moms actually using the stuff on a day-to-day basis.  This information was so helpful.  There is a ton of baby-related stuff out there and, in order to sell it, the sellers have to make you think you need it.  The truth is, you don’t. 

In the months and weeks leading up to Eloise’s due date, I was worried about getting all of the various gadgets I thought we needed.  Then, I had an epiphany.  I realized, as long as we had a car seat (so we could bring her home), a place for her to sleep, some diapers, something for her to eat (whether breast milk or formula) and a few articles of clothing, we would be fine.  Naturally, we had much more than that, but those are the necessities. 

Another important point – not all babies like the same things.  For instance, Eloise hated the swing – at least the one at our house.  There are hundreds – if not thousands – of babies that love their swings.  They will enjoy them for many blissful minutes, freeing up their parents to do things like eat and go to the bathroom.  Eloise was not this baby.  She was also very particular about her bottles.  She likes to eat at ‘mom’s place’ as her pediatrician says.  We went through five or so different kinds of bottles.  The ones that finally worked?  Good old Playtex Ventaire.  Nothing fancy.  I can get three for the cost of one of the new ‘must have’ bottles.

I guess, I’m just trying to say, you will figure out what is best for you and your baby.  We didn’t have to have any of these items, but they made life a little easier for us.  And again, these are just my opinions and what Eloise liked.  I’m not getting paid for these opinions (alas-the extra cash would be nice).

1.  Halo Sleepsack Swaddle:  Eloise slept in this thing every night for the first threeish months of her life (after we brought her home and her jaundice went away).  She loved being swaddled.  It kept her nice and snug and she couldn’t break out of it.  However, some babies hate being swaddled.  If you baby is not a hater, I recommend this.  Four thumbs up (two from me and two from Eloise).

2.  Blankets:  I am obsessed with baby blankets.  We have way more than we need.  These, are my favorite.  They are a great size (bigger than your standard receiving blanket) and are great for swaddling, covering up when nursing and laying on the floor for tummy time (which Eloise hated, by the way).  These particular ones are from Target, but they are made by Carter’s, so you can find them at Kohl’s, Carter’s, a lot of places.

3.  Boppy:  I still use this when nursing Eloise and she is approaching seven months old.  It helps me get her in a good position.  And, now that she is heavier, it gives my arms a break.  There are other brands, but this is the one we used.  I would also suggest getting more than one cover.  Babies are messy eaters.

4.  Bouncer:  While Eloise hated her swing, she enjoys the bouncy seat.  She still sits in it in the morning and plays with the toys that hang down.  I should probably check the weight limit.  She’s probably too heavy for it.  Sigh…we will miss this one.

5.  Cloth Diapers:  We are a disposable diaper family, but these are the only things we use for burp rags.  They are super-duper absorbent (makes sense since they are diapers).  As a bonus, when we’re done using them as burp rags, they also make awesome dust rags.

6.  Jumperoo:  Eloise pink-puffy-heart loves this thing.  We inherited it from some friends (thanks, Heidi and Brent!) and it is the best.thing.ever.  Eloise loves to jump.  Sometimes, she literally jumps out of her socks.  Then, Lola steals them and gets them all slobbery.

Chewie

January 15, 2011

When I was pregnant with Eloise, we called her Chewie.  This started shortly after I found out I was pregnant and well before we knew she was a girl.  Even after we had decided on her name, she was still Chewie.  We joked that she should be Chewbecca instead of Chewbacca.  Mike is a huge Star Wars fan (as you may have guessed) and so he managed to find this super-cute t-shirt for our little Chewie.

Nicknames

January 13, 2011

Officially, she’s Eloise.  Often, she is Ellie.  Sometimes, she is Wheezy. Or The Wheeze.  Every once in a while, she is Honey Bear, Toots or Cheeks.  A lot of times, she is The Babe.  Or Baby Love.  She is always the best thing we’ve ever done.

These pictures are a little old, but I feel like sharing them anyway.

Her thighs are full of the chub.

I missed the focus on this, but couldn't resist. That lip is going to be trouble for us.

 

Favorite Things

January 13, 2011

As I was getting ready for bed last night, I was thinking about how much I enjoy cherry chapstick.  This made me think about all of my favorite things and I decided I should do a blog post about them.  So, I made a list.  It’s a short list.  And, everything on it is quite simple.  I guess I enjoy the little things in life.  These are all things that I enjoy (a lot).  I haven’t been paid for my opinions.

1.  Cherry Chapstick:  My inspiration – even with all of the fancy lip balms and glosses I’ve tried, I always come back to cherry chapstick.  It is perfect – not too goopy, not too sweet, my hair doesn’t stick to it if it is windy outside.  I do get that Katy Perry song stuck in my head every time I use it, but it is a small price to pay.  Now, you have that Katy Perry song stuck in your head, don’t you?  Consider that my gift to you.

2.  Sharpie Pens:  The best thing since sliced bread.  I pink, puffy heart love these things.  My only wish is that they had more colors.  So, powers-that-be over at Sharpie…if you happen to be reading this, please give us more colors.  If you make it, we will buy it.  Cross my heart.

3.  Diet Pepsi:  My one addiction (unless you count salt, which I probably should).  Sometimes, it is what gets me through the day.  Nothing tastes better than an ice-cold Diet Pepsi (bonus points if it is fountain soda).  If I’m ever dehydrated, they should really just hook me up to an IV of the stuff instead of saline.  I would perk up in .25 seconds flat.

4.  iPod Touch:  By far my most costly ‘favorite thing,’ Mike got me an iPod touch for Mother’s Day last year.  I don’t know how I lived without it.  I use it to manage my photo sessions, make my grocery list, play games (Angry Birds – you must try it), and so many more things.  It helps keep me awake during Eloise’s nighttime feedings.  Best.gift.ever.

5.  Nutz Over Chocolate Luna Bars:  My breakfast of champions.  I have one of these every, single day.  If I don’t, I get grumpy…and pouty.   Usually, it is accompanied by a fountain Diet Pepsi (see number three).  I look forward to it every morning.

6.  Raspberry Tea: Not even the brand name version – just the good old Target brand.  While Diet Pepsi still wins, this comes in as a close second as my favorite beverage.  I can’t find a picture of it, so this one will have to do.  I’m pretty sure it is the peach version, so use your imagination.

7. Amazing Grace Shower Gel by Philosophy:  I almost forgot this one!  I use this shower gel every morning.  The scent is perfect and I love the message on the bottle.

 

 

That’s it.  That is my list.  Nothing fancy, but all things that bring me joy.  I keep it simple.  What are your favorite things?

Half-Way

January 2, 2011

Love the little drop of drool.  And, love that I get to capture this little guy through his first year.  Hard to believe we are half-way there.