Thursday, July 31, 2008

I did it!

I did it! I did something for myself today. While Beanie was taking her nap I did six -- count 'em six -- scrapbook pages. Yay! I haven't scrapped in so long. Now I'm up to her 6 month photos, so I'm only 7 months behind. It was fun, now I want to work on it some more again tomorrow. We'll see what the day brings!


So, I'm sitting here drinking my morning cup of joe (which I decided I do not like the Kona blend I picked up for the hubby) and all of the sudden I notice that Beanie is being very quiet as she's playing on the living room carpet. Naturally, I assume that quiet means she's up to no good (it was too quiet, if you know what I mean) so I go over and take a closer peek at what she is doing. Yuck!!! Sammy (the cat) had thrown up a furball on the carpet and she had picked it up and was playing with it. Disgusting!! I don't know how I didn't see it when we came out this morning. I am so glad she was just playing with it in her fingers and not testing it out in her mouth!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Cracking me up

Beanie cracks me up. She walks all around the house now, laughing and smiling, making "zzzzzz" sounds, and just being a plain old goof. Yesterday she said "dad did it" to which I texted hubby to see what exactly he had done...haha.


The dairy thing is still somewhat unresolved. We started dairy again last Monday and on Friday I noticed two little hives, one on her face around lunchtime and one on her arm in the evening. I stopped dairy then, but there have been no hives since. Ugh! I told hubby I wished there was some sign that would pop up saying "Yes (or no), I am (am not) reacting to dairy!" Now I still wonder. With all the walking she is doing I am struggling to find some calorie-rich foods to give her now. Before it was yogurt, cheese, fruit, grains and veggies (okay, the veggies I'd been slacking on...bad mommy!). She loves chicken and I guess we'll try some beans and tofu. I am going back and forth whether or not to try some dairy again, or if I should just wait a month or so. I had gone to Whole Foods on Thursday (day before the hive appearance) and picked up some more yogurt and some cottage cheese for her. Maybe I should try and take it back?


We are headed out in a bit for our mom's group meetup at Tully's. Its been awhile since we've gone and I'm glad to be going today. It is nice to get out and chat with other moms. Does good things for my sanity & Beanie loves interacting with the other kids. Now that she's walking so well we will probably go play in the Sensory Garden too, so we'll see how that goes. I don't know if I'll actually end up getting any espresso..... Beanie was up from 1am until 4am. Ugh! I woke up having a creepy dream just a few minutes before one & I woke Beanie up when I startled awake. I was dreaming there were bugs crawling all over the both of us in bed, so you can imagine I jumped from under the covers when I woke and in my half-awake state I was looking all over Beanie and the blanket for bugs. The little stinker was so tired, she would just about be back asleep and then rustle around, wake herself up and start crying. Over and over and over again. Poor kiddo. So, from my night it would sound like I need espresso, right? But, I had to have a cup of coffee when I woke and I've really been trying to limit my caffeine intake so we'll see. Maybe I can get decaf? I am hoping Beanie will lie down for a bit here so she will be raring to go for the playdate, otherwise I'm probably going to have one cranky toddler on my hands as 11:30 (our playdate time) approaches.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Its my Birthday!

Yay! Happy birthday to me! Its funny because my birthday kind of snuck up on me, much the way it did last year. Last year I was busy with a little newborn, and this year all the birthday planning was going into Bean's bday, not mine. Then, all of the sudden, I was thinking Wow! My birthday is in a few days. I can't think of too much I want...maybe a few hours to scrapbook, hubby to put Beanie down to bed after we go out to dinner tomorrow, my wedding rings sized (I haven't been able to wear them since I was playing around the house with Beans and both rings -- they're not soddered together -- went flying off my finger and onto the floor), a blender. I did get some money from the inlaws and an Old Navy gift card from my mom, so I will be able to buy some new clothes. Woohoo! I still don't have too many that fit properly. Am I really 29 though?


I'm planning on reintroducing dairy to Beans today. We cut out all dairy a few weeks ago when she got a horrible hive-like rash all over her body. I still don't know what caused it...we washed and rewashed her clothes, put Eucerin lotion on her 2x a day, cut out the dairy. I figure the only way to know if it was dairy would be to reintroduce and see what results. The rash really didn't seem to bother her much. I am so hoping its not the dairy because that would be a real pain in the ass. Plus, she loves cheese and yogurt and since cutting them out I've felt like we've really been slacking on quality solids for her. Wish us luck! I will be happy if we can rule out dairy as the culprit to her rash....

Monday, July 14, 2008


Tomorrow we will be taking Beanie on her first camping trip. I am so excited. I really want to start her young with enjoying the outdoors. I never camped when I was a kid, and I just think it would be so much fun as a child. Roasting marshmallows, going out to find that perfect hot dog roasting stick, looking at could that not be entirely enjoyable, especially as a wee one? I feel like I missed out!! haha. I know there will be the day when she is thinking, Ugh! Mom and Dad want to take me camping again. I am sure she will not think family camping trips are the coolest thing ever when she is older, but I hope to instill a love of the outdoors in her and hope that we have an ejoyable first camping trip as a family!


Not only good for babies, but mommies too.

I was so proud of myself and really feeling like an accomplished SAHM before the family came into town for Bean's birthday. I was in a great routine. Got up in the morning, did chores, vacuumed and dusted the living room...every morning. Stayed offline. Stayed away from coffee, or at least drank a couple glasses of water before diving into the coffee pot. I was feeling accomplished, like I was getting things done and making some headway.

Then the fam came into town and things went to pot. I'd sat down a few times starting to blog about the happenings during their visit, but suffice it to say my mother-in-law has no respect for boundaries, the fact that I (or hubby) are the decision makers for Beans, or that we are a separate family unit of our own. I won't go into it more, I have finally (sort of) gotten over the craziness that ensued while they were in town.

I have struggled to get back into my feeling accomplished, get-things-done mode. It was a struggle to create the habit, honestly, and just when I was "getting in the groove" things got crazy. My habit hadn't been established long enough. So here I am, struggling, typing on the computer and drinking my coffee before any chores have been done this morning. My idea is to make a list of all the things I have to accomplish before I turn the computer on; it was working well to not get online until after Beans was asleep. Need to start that again. I feel so much better about myself when I have things accomplished.

On that note, I'm off to get some accomplishing done. Beans is getting a bit crankers anyways, so my coffee drinking time is up!