Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Day 2 - Fave Movie

OK. This is too hard. Favorite movie. I have no idea....

I can watch a movie over and over again. And again. And each time I will cover my eyes when I am scared. I will get a little teary eyed when they kiss for the first time. I will yell at them to not walk away. I will cover my eyes for the scary parts and peak through my fingers until I get REALLY scared. And I will tell them to not go answer the door because I know something bad will happen. They never listen though. And I keep coming back for more.

When I was a little kid, I watched Disney movies like I thought someone was going to steal my stash that night and I had to watch them all right then. I have probably seen every Disney movie 100 times. And I still love them. If there is one on TV, I will probably watch it. Still. My faves they are not but they bring me back to the good ole days.

My ultimate fave Disney movie? You ask.

Maybe it is the red hair. Maybe it is that I thought I was a mermaid. Maybe it is the songs. I don't know. But I still love this movie.

Then I discovered the movie Harry and The Hendersons. If you haven't see this movie, watch it. It is cute. Funny. Heartfelt. It's a good one.



But as an adult, it is too hard to pick a favorite movie. I love them all.

Maybe my ultimate fave is:



I will watch Pretty Woman anytime it is on TV. And if there is nothing on TV, I will pop in this movie. It never gets old. I could probably recite every line to you. And I still wanna scream hell yeah! when she goes back into the store that wouldn't let her shop.

Then again, I also love Mystic Pizza. Another Julia Roberts 80s fab movie.

And Sister Act is another movie I will watch any time it is on. Shawshank Redemption is a good one too. The Holiday. I cry everytime I watch the Notebook. And Titanic is great. I know, an hour of the boat sinking is a little exsessive. But when I am hanging at my house and doing nothing but cleaning and cooking, I know that everytime I come back into the living room, Titanic will still be playing. And each time I get mad at Leo for not getting up on that peice of wood with Kate. I mean, put a little effort into it. He would have lived. Ugh. And I still laugh a little when the little old lady says, "hm, the reflection has changed a little."

Gosh, I could go on and on...but I won't. But I will say, I love anything with Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, or Devon Sawa because I still think he's hot. And that guy from Prison Break - Wentworth Miller. He probably the hottest man alive. Except for my husband of course.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Day One - Fave Song

Ok, so clearly I didn't think through this whole thing. Fave song? Just one? Oh no.

I am famous for a song coming on the radio and saying, "OMG. This is my favorite song!" And turning it up really loud. Then proceeding to obnoxiously sing. Really loud of course. Timm is so not a fan.

So umm, fave song. Well, I have a few ultimate faves.

Emotional Girl by Terri Clark. I think she wrote this song for me. For real. Specifically the part that says, "underneath this cool exterior a raging river flows..." You'd think she knows me or something.
Side note - I have never watched the video to that song until just now. It totally sucks. So close your eyes and don't let that alter the greatness of the song for you. HA.

Come Away With My by Norah Jones. I don't know why I like it. I just do.

I am not a rap fan, really. I mean, I love me a couple Tupac songs, but who doesn't love Tupac? Oh, and that Biggie song, Big Papa, I think it is called. This is a perfect reason why I can't pick just one fave. Anyway, my fave rap song is Po Pimp by Do or Die. I couldn't find the unedited version on YouTube but you'll get the point.
*Side note - Gotta love YouTube. Because I liked, Po Pimp I might like Still Po Pimpin'. HAHA!! Awesome. For real.

Tequila on Ice By Darryl Worley. Our wedding song. Timm picked it. And I just love it. It is perfect. The video, the lyrics, the flow. It is just perfect. Perfect for us. Perfect for our life.

And since this post could go on and on, I will stop here but leave you with our wedding highlights, complete with the Tequila on Ice song.

I Wanna Play



30 Day Blog Challenge.

Here are the topics:

Day 1 - your favorite song

Day 2 - your favorite movie

Day 3 - your favorite television program

Day 4 - your favorite book

Day 5 - your favorite quote

Day 6 - 20 of my favorite things

Day 7 - a photo that makes you happy

Day 8 - a photo that makes you angry/sad

Day 9 - a photo you took

Day 10 - a photo taken over 10 years ago of you

Day 11 - a photo of you recently

Day 12 - something you are OCD about

Day 13 - a fictional book

Day 14 - a non-fictional book

Day 15 - your dream house

Day 16 - a song that makes you cry (or nearly)

Day 17 - an art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)

Day 18 - my wedding/future wedding/past wedding

Day 19 - a talent of yours

Day 20 - a hobby of yours

Day 21 - a recipe

Day 22 - a website

Day 23 - a youtube video

Day 24 - where I live

Day 25 - your day, in great detail

Day 26 - your week, in great detail

Day 27 - my worst habit

Day 28 - whats in my handbag/purse

Day 29 - hopes,dreams and plans for the next 365 days

Day 30 - a dream for the future




I will try to include a pic each day. Because, well, blogs are so much more fun with pics.




Here we go!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Miracle

My little Kikimonster rolled tummy to back yesterday. Four times.

It only took her 5 months, 1 week, and 2 days. But she did it!

A miracle happened.

I am so excited. And relieved.

Video to come.

She also woke up at 7am, the napped for two hours at 9am, then napped for two hours at 1pm, and went to bed around 7pm. She only woke up twice last night, at 12am and 4am. Things are looking up in the C house. I hope it stays this way. But for today, I will just enjoy it.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Headband Storage

I went on a mission to find ways to store the chaos of the flowers and headbands that Karter has taking over the dresser. With a pretty large shipment of headbands and flowers coming this week storage was becoming a stresser in my life.

This is what it looked like.

Chaotic. Insanity. Clutter. Dirtiness. Ew.

I saw these from http://www.hairbowholder.com/. And while I like them and think they are cute, they are too busy. I was having a hard time with that. I just kept thinking that there was going to be so much stuff on it, I didn't need additional decoration. It is its own wall decor.

Soooo, then I went on a hunt at the craft store. And I love what I came up with.
Simple. Cute. Matches her room - which is key. There is nothing in purple and orange, ever. Love.



And here it is covered with all her accessories!


So, now, the only thing I am debating on is painting the frame orange to match the trim in the room. But I kind of like it wood colored.

And here is the dresser now. Ahhhh. So much nicer.


And I have more headbands coming this week.

Can't wait.

Especially since I have somewhere to put them!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

5 Months!

Wowzers. Where the heck did the time go? I can't believe she is already 5 months old. I really need to work on taking more pictures of the little Kikimonster. I was going through her 5 month picture file and it looks a little ... small.

Anyway, here she is at 5 months old, in the monthy daddy's arms pose.

She is now a whopping 13 pounds, 1 ounce and, according to my measurements, 25 inches. She has doubled her birth weight by 8 ounces and grown 6 inches - the inch part can't be right. But we'll see next month.

She smiles like crazy these days. She loves, loves, loves the dogs. She laughs whenever they come around. We started feeding her solids. But given gas problem she has been having, I think we started a little too early. And I will tone it back and wait until she's 6 months old. I just don't know that the boob is giving her enough. She eats and always seems to want more.

So, we're almost to the half a year mark. Oh my.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Breastfeeding vs Bottlefeeding

This article is fantastic.

For real.

Who cares how the hell you feed your baby? Just feed the poor thing. She's hungry and wants to eat. Yes, there are lots of benefits to breastfeeding but the most important thing is momma is happy. I am a firm believer in the "if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy" mentality. I know it reigns true in my house.

And even though I breastfeed, I can so relate to this article on some level. When I was pregnant I said, often, I don't know if I can breastfeed. My mom couldn't. I wasn't sure how I felt about breastfeeding. When I saw other moms doing it, I thought, "wow, what a good momma. She's awesome" (mostly because she was pulling her boob out in public without fear of what other people will think). But I couldn't actually envision myself doing it with my baby. I did keep an open mind, from my husband's many pleas to at least attempt to breastfeed for the cash savings. He's cheap but I love him.

So K is born. And in recovery I didn't even have an option to not attempt to breastfeed. I was coming off all the drugs, feeling loopy and crazy, and they put her on my breast. I didn't even have a chance to say no.

Then when we were in post partum, the lactation consultant came in. She gave me some really great advice. But before she left she asked me how confident I was to continue breastfeeding. And was quite forceful that I should give it some time when I expressed that I was not confident in my ability. My husband and I both felt a little forced and almost bullied. I can't even imagine what a woman who wasn't going to attempt to breastfeed would feel like after talking with this lactation consultant.

Day two in post partum, and another lactation consultant came in to give more advice. Which I totally needed. And when she left we kind of felt the same way. I was having mixed emotions about the whole thing still. And they were making me feel like this was the only option to have a healthy baby.

This is not the reality. Formula fed babies are just as happy and healthy and stable and strong and as smart as breastfed babies. The most important thing for baby is s/he is fed and loved everything else will fall into place.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Solids!

Today I started making purees for Miss K. I figured we would start feeding her solid foods soon, so I should get a head start on making and freezing her food. Today I made Apple Puree and Zucchini (fresh from a friend's garden!) Puree. I should have squash from my mom's garden available soon. And we're also going to cook up sweet potatoes. We need to get some rice cereal too. Ours expired. And I read that after a month open it loses nutrients and ours has been open for 3 months. We need some new rice cereal.

She has been showing interest in food for weeks. She recently doubled her birth weight, by 8 ounces, and hit the goal of 13 pounds. Our pediatrician said to wait until she was at least 5 months old. I took her 5 month birthday tomorrow as a sign to start cooking up some baby foods.

Soooo. I started with apples. I steamed the quartered and cored apples for 7 minutes. Then peeled off the skin. Pureed in a food processor, thinning it out with the water that I used to steam the apples, and poured into an ice tray. I had enough for one ice cube leftover. So we decided to go ahead and give it a go.

She loved it. She caught on really quick. The tongue thrust reflex, that all the books talk about, was totally apparent during the first couple minutes. After about 5 minutes, it was almost gone. She was opening her mouth for bites and crying when Timm stopped feeding her. She had her hand on his pushing it toward her face. She would grab the spoon and guide it to her mouth. It was the cutest thing.

We took video of her first bites. Then stopped to take pictures. Then videoed (is that a word, ha!) again. The video below is the second video, about 15 minutes into her first food experience.



I am excited for all her new food adventures!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Lame.

So I didn't get the job. They're lame.



Oh well such is life.

Here's to finding something else...BETTER!

And that just means that I get to stay home with this little cutie a little bit longer.

Here are the two loves of my life doing yardwork. This is their afternoon routine together. Too cute.

So it isn't all bad.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Daycare.

Daycare is hard. Everything about it. Finding one. Looking at them, scutinizing everything about them. Interviewing the owners. It is all stressful.

So far we have been to two centers and two home daycares. I haven't been super impressed with any of them.

One home daycare and one center are the ones that we are deciding on right now.

But the first home daycare we went to - I was so unimpressed with it. We walked in and I knew right then, I wasn't sending my child there.

We walked in and immediately I noticed that the carpet was stained and the couch was ripped and torn. Now, I can understand not wanting to replace these things until your own kids get older but if you run a daycare out of your home it should be presentable.

Then we asked to see where the kids napped. They nap in her master bedroom in pack n plays. But there is no monitor and she says she doesn't check on them until she hears one cry.

Then I asked if it would be a problem to come in once a day for the first week and breastfeed K to make the transition easier on her and my boobs. And then only twice during the second week. She said that it distrupts her day when parents come in. I asked her if she had an open door policy and she said she did. But when I asked her if it was going to be a problem that we will be picking and dropping off K at random times. She asked that we call her when we have an idea of when we were going to get there so she could have K ready for us.

That place is out.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

K's Wedding Debut

The Outfit.

Her transportation.
The exhaustion that ensued after walking down the aisle.
Family pic. Loving this. I am so glad we have a picture of all of us dressed up. Too Cute.
Oh yeah, and I am employed. Kind of. I got offered the position at the active senior living center. I just have to meet with the other managers to make sure I am a good fit with everyone. So here's to rocking one last interview!