Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"Your 6 Month Old: Week Three"

Just got this email from Baby Center.

"Your baby can now roll over from his tummy to his back and vice versa. This may even occur when he's sleeping. Although back sleeping is still the optimal position, and the one you should start him out in when you lay him down, don't worry too much if he flips over -- there's no need to reposition him as he sleeps. Your baby's risk of SIDS is decreasing at this age."

First, how is she 6 months and three weeks old. WTH?! OMG. She's going to be walking before I know it. Well, she isn't even close to crawling so we shall see what happens.

News to me! Haha. Nope. She's not. She won't roll back to tummy. She won't do it.

I have tried putting pillows underneath her side to make her roll. She fights, fights, fights. She holds herself on her side and she won't do it.

She will reach for toys over her head, when she's on her back. This makes her roll to her side. She will be thisclose to going all the way over and she rolls back to her back. I really think she can do it but she hates to be on her belly still. I put her on her belly on the ground and less than a second later she's on her back.

So basically, now I am wondering, should I be worried she won't roll to her tummy?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Things I Will Never to do a New Mom

You know this visitor. The one that shows up the day you get home from the hospital with your new bundle of joy. She shows up empty handed and wants to hold the baby for the entire time she's there. She completely over stays her welcome. You're exhausted and you want to take a nap but you have company that won't leave.

When you go visit a new mom, don't be this visitor.

Just don't do it.

Now that I have a baby and one of my close friends just had a baby, a new door has been opened. A light has been turned on. A whole new world has opened up to me.

A world of new mom etiquette.

Now that I will have a baby, I will never do these things to a new mom.

Some of these things I have done in the past, most I haven't, but all of them were done to me within Kiki's first month of life.

Probably one of the most insane months of my life. Filled with crying, happiness, frustration, overwhelmedness, extreme highs and too low lows, guilt, saddness, craziness, bitchiness. Oh I am sure there is much more that I am forgetting too.

Oh the post partum hormones. What wonderful things.

First, I will never show up to a new family's house empty handed. I will bring something...flowers, a meal, a toy for baby, diapers, wipes, a onsie, a gift certificate for mom to get a pedi, a gift card for Target. Something, anything to show that I am honored to be allowed to come see the new baby.

Second, I won't show up early. Too late isn't good either. But anything more than 10 minutes early is too early to show up at someone's house with a new baby. Being more than 10 minutes late requires a phone call to make sure mom still wants to see you or if you need to make another time. There are baby naps to be had and, more importantly, mom naps to be had. Don't mess shit that up.

Third, if the kid is crying I won't try to fix it, I won't ask if it could be X, Y, or Z thing. I won't try to tell mom what used to make K cry. I will hand said child over to mom or dad. Because the reality is that I don't know, mom knows. And what used to make K cry won't matter to this new mom because her child is different.

Fourth, while I am there, I will ask if I can do anything to make their day a little easier. I will understand that just because I am holding the baby, I am not helping mom. Mom needs help with other things. Mom wants to hold her own baby, not wash the dishes or fold laundry or sweep the floor.

Fifth, I won't ask how they are feeling. Obviously they are feeling like shit. They just had an effing baby. Something the size of a watermelon came out of their vagina. Or if they are like me, they have a 6 inch incision in the tummy that they will have to look at for the rest of their life and hate and still be bitter about 6 months later. Also, don't ask how they like being a new mom. There are too many crazy emotions there for mom to give her true feelings.

Sixth, If I bring food, I will clean up after myself. Don't leave your food on the table to be cleaned up after you leave. Good lord that was annoying.

Seventh, bring clothes/toys/etc that baby can use in the 6-12 month range. I will realize that everything people are bringing for baby is newborn. Well, most babies don't stay in newborn clothes for more than 3 weeks. Bring stuff that can be used later.

Eighth, before I arrive I will call and ask if there is anything else I can bring. There were so many times that I could have used a visitor to stop by Safeway and pick up some ice, juice, a snack that I could grab and eat. But nobody called and I didn't want to bother them with a stop by the store since they didn't offer.

These are things we shouldn't do to new moms. Let's all realize how stressful it is to be a new mom. Mom is waking up every 3-4 hours to feed baby, she's sore, and tired. Do something nice while you're there. Even if it is switching over the laundry, cooking them dinner, bringing a frozen fucking lasagna. They don't care, they just want to eat. Not cook and not clean it up too.

So if you're going to go visit new baby and mom, don't suck at it.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Day 28 - What is in My Purse?

Well, if you would have asked me this 6 months ago I would have said- driver's license, chapstick, debit card, car keys, cell phone, and a hair tie.

I have never been one for those big purses. If I have a big purse, I will just put more shit in it. Def not needed.

Now that I have a baby and I carry a diaper bag. Oh lord.

Baby necessities. A change of shirt for me. All stuff previously mentioned. Plus a gym card, earrings to put on when I get somewhere because K likes to pull on them, lipstick/gloss whatever I can find first, a camera, sunscreen, and oh so much more.

I can't even think of everything that is in that dman bags.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 27 - My Worst Habit

What happened to day 25 and 36 you ask. I am skipping them. You don't want to hear about my day or week in great detail. I just know it.

So my worst habit.

Oh lord. I have so many.

Biting my nails. I am not a constant biter. I don't sit on the couch and bite my nails. I don't bite my nails in the car. It is more a if there is something wrong with the nail, I can't let it go. I must bite it until it is gone or no longer bothering me. But I wouldn't say that is the worst.

Pedicures. I have to get my toes painted. I can't do it myself. It turns out like crap. I have spent way too much money on pedis in my life. If I need a color change only three days after my last pedi, I will go get an entire new pedi. I don't want just a color change. I want to new pedi but really I do jsut want a color change. I have to drive over 40 mins to get a pedi, I am not going to for only a color change.

I think Getting Pedicure is my worst habit.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Day 24 - Where I Live

Vacation Wonderland.

For real. This sign greets you as you enter my fab town. But now that you know what it is called, don't come stalking me. Mk.

I live in a dinky little town on the Russian River in Northern California about 1.5 hours north of SF. Near Jenner and Bodega Bay.

And the infamous wine country.

I am 15 minutes away from the clostest winery. And that's saying something considering to go grocery shopping I have to drive 10 minutes. To go to the my Mommy & Me class I have to drive 25 minutes.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day 23 - YouTube Video

Best. YouTube Vid. Ever.

Ok Seriously, if you don't laugh at this, something is seriously wrong with you.

She was also on Ellen for Halloween. Awesome.

I am still laughing.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day 22 - A Website

Um, a website? WTH. What about a website?

A website I go to everyday? A website I love? A website that is fun?

How about the website that I bought my favorite flower for Miss KiKi's headbands -

Celeste and Company's Etsy site.

Here is KiKi modeling this fabulousity of the flower! How could you not think that is the most fabulous flower ever?!

Day 21 - A Recipe

This is a family favoite.

So from our family to yours - Green Stuff

Ingredients -
1 box No Bake Cheesecake
1 box Pistachio Pudding
1 box Lemon )udding
1 1/4 cup a milk x2
1 tub Cool Whip

1. Make Cheesecake per directions on box. I think it needs 1.5 cups milk.
2. Layer cheesecake crust on bottom of 9x11 pan.
3. Pour Cheesecake over crust.
4. Mix Lemon Pudding and 1 1/4 cup milk until thick. Pour over Cheesecake.
5. Repeat for Pistachio Pudding.
6. Pour CoolWhip over Pistachio Pudding.
7. Let set in fridge at least an hour.
8. Eat and enjoy. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day 20 - A Hobby


I love my four wheeler. Although I haven't been able to go since K was born. So I don't really know if that is still considered a hobby since I havem't gone in a year. Boo.

Photo Credit

Pictures. I love taking pics. I wish I was good enough to go pro...

One of my fave pics ever.

This was taken of Charley her first time in the snow. She played like this for over 4 hours. She loved it. I think this pic of Charley and Lake Tahoe and the snowy mountain really sum up this trip we took.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Day 19 - A Talent

Ha. I will be the first to tell you I don't have a talent and I sooo wish I did.

But I really don't.

I have spent a long time trying to think of a talent. More hours than I want to admit to anyway. And I have come out empty handed each time.

It is actually quite depressing.

There are things I do or have done well -
-training my dog, she is more fabulous than I ever thought she would be.
-Sometimes I get a good picture.
-I am patient with children.

But a talent. Nope. Nothing.

But here is a picture of my precious, perfectly trained puppy, Pupilicious Princess Charley.

No, really, that's her name. Just check her papers.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day 18 - Our Wedding

Most amazing week ever.

We drank, we danced, we ate, we sailed. We got married.

14 of our closest family and friends traveled with us to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a week of sun, sand, and i do. It was perfect.

We spent the week lounging poolside. Drinking Pineapple, lime, tequila drinks. Eating dollar tacos from the truck around the corner. And singing. Yes, one of our guests sang from his third floor balcony Besame Mucho. I wish I had a camera. Oh to relive that moment. Perfection.

We had the most amazing photographer and videographer.

Best wedding ever. More gorgeous wedding. Best view for a wedding. Best transportation to a wedding site. Best ring bearer ever. Simply phenomenal.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day 15-17

Day 15 - Dream House

Ohhh, my dream house.
-River views and access.
-Wrap around porch.
-Two stories. I have always wanted a two story house. Without carpet on the stairs, sweeping the stair will be much easier than vacuuming.
-Acres of property, no less than 5.
-Horses, cows, chickens, and rabbits galore. Three dogs. My Charley, and two puppies. Some cats.
-At least two garages - one for my toys and one for Timm's working garage. Because he will want somewhere to put together a car from the ground up.
-The living room has floor to ceiling windows because I think that's awesome.

Day 16 - Song That Makes You Cry
Christmas Shoes. I cry everytime I hear this damn song. So sad. And of course they play it only during Christmastime. So tragic.

I can't even listen to it right now, tears.

And with Day 17 - Peice of art - I am all caught up!

Ok, so when Tammy and Marelina were here for the NorCal Wine Get Together last year, we were walking through SF. Then.... We saw this fabulousness...

I seriously almost peed my pants when we saw this.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Some 6 Month Pics!

Her professional pictures are coming, they are being taken by Meg Sexton at the end of this month. But in the meantime, here are some I took tonight.

Sitting up like a big girl. Wow.

She often gets this look on her face. Is it deep concentration, concern, fear? Whatever it is, it is cute.
But I am bias.

Maybe my favorite of the set. I am super bummed I cropped off her little toes. Boo.

6 Months

Holy shit. Our little KiKimonster is 6 months old today. Pics of our 6 month old child to come tomorrow most likely.

I can't even believe she is 6 months old.

-She is weighing a whopping 14.5 pounds and is some 25ish inches long. I will have to try to get a more accurate measurement today.
-She is still wearing 3-6 month clothes, mostly. There is some stuff that she is just starting to fit into now that is 6 months.
-She is rolling tummy to back. Not back to tummy.
-She still hates tummy time. With a passion. She won't spend more than 30 seconds on her tummy before rolling. So there is no motivation to go back to tummy for her.
-She loves to stand around, we have to support her obviously, but it is her favorite way to spend time. We put her up against things so she can support herself. She gets a little stronger everyday.
-She sits around like a pro. She still falls over occasionally but she catches herself all the time.
-She loves bath time. She plays and splashes while we sing "Splish, Splash"
-She loves the "Rolly, Rolly" Ryhme. She giggles and laughs all the time when we do it.
-She absolutely adores the puppies. Rizzo comes and licks her toes and she just thinks that is the most hilarious thing ever. Charley lets K pet her and is so patient when K pulls on her ears. Poor Charley. We just tell them that they are going to love her as soon as we can teach her to throw the ball.

So today we're celebrating her 6 month birthday. Something fun for a Tuesday night at the C house.

And I totally suck on the 30 blogger thing. One long blog post catching up coming asap.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day 10 -14!

Ok Day 10 - A Picture of me From 10 years ago
Um, I don't have any at my house. Not even any I can scan into the comp.

So with that said. Here is one from 2004, 6 years ago, from my Culinary Academy Days. This was lunch time with a fab chef friend!

Day 11 - A Photo Of Me Recently!

This is as recent as it gets. This was taken 2 weeks ago at my Aunt's 40th Birthday Party. Here's the fam Of course, I look like complete crap. I was feeling terrible and running off a mere 2 hours of sleep because of that little bundle of joy that I am holding. Sigh.
Day 12 - Something I am OCD About.
The damn drain in the sink. If you do the dishes clean out the sink and wipe down the counters. You didn't do the whole job unless you did all that. You just half assed it if the drain isn't clean - food free! - and the counters are still all soapy from getting dishes of the counter. GAH. Drives me bonkers.
Oh and towels in the closet, must be folded side out. It just looks better. Don't fight me on it, just do it. K Thanks.
Day 13 - A Fictional Book

What about it?

This is what I am currently reading. And I have been reading for a long time. Just can't get into it.

Day 14 - A Non-Fiction Book

Bet you didn't know there were children on Alcatraz.

Have I mentioned before that I am slightly jail obsessed?

I am. I volunteered at San Quentin Prison for over a year with inmates that are about to parole soon. Probably some of the most fantastic volunteer work I have ever done. And I got to see inside of a real prison. The only prison in CA that holds the male condemned population.

Have I mentioned that the condemnned population is what is really baffling to me? That is the group of inmates I wanted to work with, but they don't allow volunteers in the condemned part of SQ. But I did get a tour of the prison. I saw the doors that hold the condemned inmates. The doors were eery, but probably not as eery as the sign above them that read "CONDEMNED". I was in the SQ death chamber. I sat in the cell that holds the inmates for 24 hours before their eviction, where they eat their last meal, and where they say good bye to their family. I sat in the chair of the media, I sat in the chair that seats the victim's family, I sat in the chair that seats the family of the inamte. It was probably one of the most surreal moments of my life.

I am not totally caught up yet. But I promise to catch up asap!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Karter's ABC Book

Every letter has to do with a part of our lives. Jobs, pets, wedding, things we love (read: limes and mariachis!)

Click here to view this photo book larger

Gotta love shutterfly and their free offers! I get something fabulous everyday. *crosses fingers for a free canvas offer asap!

Day 9 - A Photo I Took

This is a picture from our honeymoon.
I spent many afternoons enjoying the Belizean breeze with these necessities. I would normally have a fabulous fruity beverage available - along with water - but since I was 8 weeks pregnant I had to pass.

This was the view I enjoyed. From my chair on my porch with chips, salsa, water, and a book for a fabulous 8 days of swimming. Eating. Walking. Reading. Golf cart riding with an occasional drive. And trying to spot the crocodiles.

It was fantastic.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Day 8 - A Photo That Makes Me Angry

I have had to think long and hard about this one. But here it is. A picture that makes me angry or sad.

This one does both. I am angry and sad when I look at this picture. But I feel that it really shows how the 2010 Western Conference Finals went for the San Jose Sharks last year. You can have a fantastic goalie. But he's nothing without some defense. Where the hell is the D in this pic? Ugh.

They lost. Nabby took the hardest hit. And he's super stubborn and won't play for less than 6 mil a year. News flash Nabster, this is hockey not baseball. We don't have the fan base to pay you that much. And you haven't even won a Stanley Cup.

But here's to a much better season and a Stanley Cup win. Hopefully this year they can deliver in the playoffs. No more ridiculous 4-0 series losses in the semi finals.

Wow. Embarrassing.

Day 7 & When I come back, I comin' back as a daddy.

Day 7 - A Photo That Makes You Happy

So you were probably thinking that you were going to see a pic of the fam. Or from our wedding. Or maybe just of Miss KiKi smiling her fabulous smile with her big blue eyes.

But nope.

You get our dogs drinking beer.

Really, how could this picture not make you happy? This picture sums up summer on the Russian River. For real.

Beer. Dogs. Sand. River. Perfection.

Now on to regular blogging....

When I come back, I am going to be reincarnated into a daddy. For real. Daddys (daddies? hrm...) have it best. Really.

My husband is the best. He is. He is the best daddy he can be. He actually plays with our baby. He comes home and wants to hang out with her. They water the yards every afternoon as part of their routine. When she cries, he comforts her. He doesn't assume she needs to eat and pass her back to me. He doesn't assume he can't do it and pass her back to me. He puts in a really good effort before giving in to passing her back my way.

My complaint is that he doesn't do anything yucky. I have to ask him to change a diaper. He changes his clothes when she pukes on him. I get up with her every night. I am the one who has slept on the couch with K when she is awake all night.

But I don't even hold it against him. It isn't his fault. I think this is just how daddys (daddies?) are. They have it best. They get all the fun. The playing. The interaction. The fun games and teaching outside activities...fishing, bike riding, four wheeling.

Mommys (mommies?) get to have fun too. But we also have to deal with the yucky parts of babies. Diaper changes. Bed time. Cleaning them up after they have been out playing with daddy. Cleaning the puke off the baby when daddy can't handle it and has to change his clothes. Or just when they cry, babies will always be passed off to mommy.

So when I come back, I am comin' back as a daddy.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day 6 - 20 Fave Things

Ok here we go!
1. My husband.
2. My baby.
3. My puppy.
4. My camera.
5. The river.
6. Boating on the river.
7. My four wheeler.
8. Vacationing.
9. Mexico.
10. Karter's headbands.
11. My jewels.
12. Mariachi Music.
13. Tequila, Pineapple, Lime drinks.
14. Tacos.
15. Limes.
16. Flying.
17. Driving up the coast and getting crab.
18. The horses.
19. Our wedding.
20. Netflix.
EDIT: 21. Spending an evening drinking really good wine with friends and eating bread and cheese.
22. aMary Edwards - Knopp Ranch Pinot.
22b. Dutton Zin. and Dutton Jewel Block
22c. Hartford Zin.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Day 5- Fave Quote

Well they're on the side of the blog. Soooooo, there isn't much to write today.

Here is a pic!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day 4 - Fave Book

I enjoy a book that is cute, witty, and doesn't make me think a lot. I want an escape from life. But picking a favorite? I don't have one.

I love a couple authors...Jennifer Wiener, Jodi Picoult (which is not a cute and witty author, so that's funny), and Emily Griffin. And Jen Lancaster is on my list of soon to read authors.

I don't have a fave book though.

Day 3 - Fave TV Show

I have never been much for TV. We don't even have cable right now, we don't watch it anyway. The only TV show I am married to is a Hockey Game.

Go Sharks!

Now that I have Netflix, I can watch some old series. So I have been loving Friends!

But I am almost done, I only have two discs left. Need suggestions for the next series to watch.

And enjoying Weeds.

Although, Weeds got a little too far out there for a little while and I don't have Showtime so Weeds is on hold for me.

And then the occasional reality TV of fabulousness that is Big Brother or American Idol. But does that count as real TV?