Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday Tag-Along

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Tuesday Tag-Along

Monday, June 28, 2010

Manic Monday

First off, I'd like to give a big shout out to a couple new followers!  Thanks for hopping on this crazy train.  I have lots of ideas floating around in my head and I'm excited to share them. 

An update on what been happening with the C family: Jeff and I just spent a weekend in Ocean City with friends while Dominic enjoyed his first weekend with Grandma and Grandpa.  Now, before I rant and rave about how great of a time we had without our one and only precious child and everyone starts thinking horrible thoughts about me I'll give a little backup.  Dominic is almost 19 months old.  This was the first time we'd left him for a weekend.  He's been properly coddled, I assure you. 

I've mentioned before that my hubby works crazy hours.  I can't go into detail, but I'll just sum it up by saying that he works midnights, his nights off are in the middle of the week, and it's not exactly easy for him to take time off.  Because of this we don't have a lot of "couple" time and I actually travel quite frequently without him.  It's ok though, we knew what we were getting into when he chose his profession. 

By some stroke of luck he happened to get last weekend off.  We needed a getaway.  Needed.  We ran.  We were able to do something we hadn't done since before I got pregnant- spend a weekend with friends, just doing whatever we pleased.  It was awesome.  We ate cream of crab soup, we basked in the sun, we swam in the ocean, and we enjoyed frozen drinks on a dock by the bay.  The weather was perfect.  I got a tan.  OH how I love the beach.

We have a great group of friends.  We have been friends with almost everyone in this picture for a decade or longer.  Pretty crazy.  I can't wait to see what the next decade holds.

Now, in case you're wondering how Dominic's weekend went... when we arrived to take him home we practically had to peel him out of his grandfather's arms.  There were tears and flailing arms.  It was mildly heartbreaking.  At least I can be sure he didn't spend the entire weekend crying for his mommy! 

That's all for now.  Another week of work ahead.  Boo for work.  On the bright side, only four more days until I take my little monster to Orlando for the second time in his young life!  He's a well-travelled bub.

Friday, June 25, 2010

New Friend Friday

Welcome to those visiting from the Girl Creative!

New Friend Fridays
I'm new here and still getting the hang of things.  Fee free to leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can visit you too!
Big shoutout to my girl Kaley at A Tale of Three Poags for sending me over to TGC!  What a neat blog :]

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Holy Hotness

It is HOT today. 

I love when its hot out J  I’d take super hot over super cold any day.  My husbands the opposite.  We may have problems 40 years from now when were deciding where to retire. 

And look at this cute little guy!  Jeff sent me this picture this morning.  He was in our babysitters driveway.  I hope he found his way to the shade!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

#2- Drink our own Homebrewed Beer

June 19th was a special day for our family.  We celebrated the marriage of Jeffs brother, Chris, and his now husband, Jason.  Chris and Jason have been together for a very long time and were married in every sense of the word, except legally.  Once DC legalized gay marriage they decided to make it official.  They wed at the courthouse in April and planned their dinner reception for June 19th.  We had all been looking all been looking forward to Saturday to formally celebrate such a wonderful couple, and it was a joy to be a part of.  We couldnt be happier for them!

Some pictures from that night:

After dinner everyone headed back to their house for cake and cocktails.  We picked that night to cross #2 off of our Day Zero list- Drink our own homebrewed beer.  Now, we started brewing the beer about 5 weeks ago, but I figure we can still count the end result off of our list since it was a bit of an experiment.  We ventured off the beaten path with this one.. we took a Wheat Beer kit and pureed our own blackberries to add to the mix.  It turned out GREAT!  I am a big fan of wheat beers to begin with and our batch was delicious J  Well definitely be doing that again.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

#28- Finish installing new kitchen cabinets


Kitchen cabinets are in!  I have been looking forward to getting this finished since we moved into our home two years ago.  The cabinets were the original ones and they were GROSS.  Dark brown and three decades of someone else's gunk.  We were replacing the cabinets ourselves, one by one.. so it's been an ongoing process for the last couple months.  Now all we have to do is replace our stainless steel microwave with a new white one and all of our appliances will match too!  DONE :)

I'm sew halfway there!

I’ve been working on a concept baby carrier for a while and I think I’m finally ready to create my first prototype.  It’s going to pull a few ideas from carriers I’ve tried and implement some new ones.  I’m not one of those women who wants or needs to have 20 different carriers in my collection.  In a perfect world, your favorite carrier could evolve to meet the needs of your growing child. J  So ladies, I may be pulling for a few testers! 

On that front, wish me and my sewing abilities luck!  I havent used a sewing machine with purpose in years but Im hoping its like riding a bike.  Im picking up a small sewing machine I found on craigslist tonight.  If all goes as planned, construction will begin shortly!  Ill post updates.. total disaster or not.

On a side note- today I gained a 10th follower, meaning Im ½ way to checking #26 off my Day Zero Project.  Ive checked something else off too- blog to follow!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Baseball and Travels

Another productive week?  Yep!

Weve got another busy week under our belts and its been fun for sure.  The highlight was Tuesday the 8th when we attended the Washington Nationals game and saw phenom Stephen Strasburg in his unbelievable debut.  The stadium was packed and all 40,300+ fans stood in amazement to watch strike after strike.  In total he pitched 14 strikes in 7 innings, a Nationals record.  He walked off the field after the 7th to a standing ovation a standing ovation that started just minutes into his performance and continued until he left the mound.  What an awesome night to be there.  Of course Dominic was as happy as a clam, clapping along with everyone else.  He had French fries and lemonade and was in an all around good mood. 

Weve got a couple countdowns too.  Those who know me know that I love to travel.  We travel as much as we can and are pretty much always planning a trip of some sort.  My husband and I are heading to Ocean City in a couple weeks with some friends for a short weekend trip.  The week after Ill be taking Dominic on his second trip to Orlando.  Well be spending a week with my in-laws at their timeshare.  It should be relaxing and Im really excited.  Last time we were in Orlando was Halloween weekend.  We stayed at Disney and it really was as magical as your hear!  I think I had more fun as an adult than I did when I was a child.  Unfortunately, hubby wasnt able to come with us last trip, and he wont be coming on this one either.  I really look forward to going again one day with him. 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Adventures in Hi-Cal Cooking

So, some of you are aware of Dominic's food aversion and also our constant struggle to keep weight on him.  We have made great improvement from six months ago but still have our work cut out for us.  He's 18 months old now and weighs exactly 20 lbs.  Considering how slowly he gains, the weight isn't horrible.  The troubling thing is that he's actually lost a few ounces in just over a month.  It's extremely frustrating.  He was already hanging by a thread to the bottom of the growth curve.  Anyway, we have been trying ways to up his calorie content for some time now.  He drinks some pediasure (he's not crazy about it), we offer him higher calorie foods whenever he wants them.  But, the problem is he eats such little amounts that even though he lives on mostly carbs, he isn't getting the amout of calories required for his age.  So, our relaxed approach to high calorie foods isn't cutting it.  Our normally passive pediatrician made it clear that right now our main focus needs to be on packing as many calories into each bite he takes as we can.  He referred us to a nutritionist and also mentioned that he will have to be tested for anemia.  So that's the back story... on to the excitement.

I made what was obviously a mistake by posting a comment about searching for ways to add calories to his food on facebook.  Most of our friends see our challenges all the time and are overwhelmingly supportive, offering ideas and even sharing what has helped their low-weight child.  However, one person blasted my status with insensitve and downright ignorant comments, going as far to say that I am setting my child up for diabetes and cardiovascular illness.  He even called my support of extended rear facing (ERF) into play by saying that I needed to put more thought into my child's internal well-being instead of worrying about keeping him rear-facing "until he's like 10 years old".  Reality check, he's a year and a half.  The most troubling thing about this situation is that this person is actually a father.  A father who has no clue what we deal with meal to meal is now judging me for doing what I need to do to keep my child healthy and growing.  It really is amazing.

Just for fun I've decided to set the record straight about what "adding calories and fat" to an underweight child's diet really means.  It's not about taking them to the oreo cookie and pork rind buffet, you jackass.

Dominic likes pizza.  He doesn't eat meat, of any kind.  So here is a high calorie, hidden meat pizza recipe I found:


Step 1, Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Roll out prepared pizza crust (I used a Pillsbury premade one) onto a cookie sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray

Step 2, drizzle crust with extra virgin olive oil, bake for 5 minutes

Step 3, Sauce.  Pour about 1/3 cup of pre-made (hey, I didn't say I was a chef) pizza sauce into a small bowl.  Empy contents of one small jar of baby pureed turkey into the bowl, mix well.  Add 1 tbsp of heavy cream to mixture, mix well.

Step 4, Spread sauce on prebaked pizza, then top with cheese of your choice.

Step 5, Bake for an additional 5 or so minutes on 450.

Step 6, Enjoy!

So you see, I have taken an already toddler-appropriate food and added healthy calories and fat by way of Olive Oil and cream, and also have hidden meat for protein which he would not have eaten otherwise.  If this offends you, please look away ;)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

#1- Day Zero Project

Today is Wednesday, June 2nd 2010 and the last day of my Day Zero Project falls on Tuesday, February 26th 2013

This little project took me longer than I anticipated.  The first half came easy and from that point on I really had to think to come up with each item.  So here are my 101 things in 1001 days, in no particular order.  I figured Id start myself off with an easy win!  Also, Ill keep a running tally of my list here on my blog. 

Drum roll please.

1. Think of 101 things to do in 1001 days, Day Zero Project!

2. Drink our own home-brewed beer

3. Go on a vacation with just Jeff, myself, and our child(ren)

4. Have another baby

5. Watch Fireproof (movie)

6. Take Dominic to play in Central Park

7. Recycle Regularly

8. Have Dominic paint a picture and hang it somewhere in our home

9. Go apple picking in New England in the fall

10. Wear matching Halloween costumes

11. Fly a kite on the beach

12. Read 1 book per month, for 6 months

13. Make dinner at home every day for 1 month

14. Make a photo book of Dominic’s 2nd year of life

15. Make a photo book of Dominic’s 3rd year of life

16. Go sledding

17. Take Dominic to a children’s theater

18. Snorkel

19. Teach Dominic to write his name

20. Go without TV for 1 month

21. Make my own ring sling baby carrier

22. Watch a sunrise

23. Plant a vegetable garden

24. Complete a 5k

25. Open my family store online and sell first item

26. Reach 20 followers on my blog

27. Learn to play a song on the piano

28. Finish installing new kitchen cabinets

29. Make myself a bracelet and necklace set

30. Build a sandcastle

31. Donate clothing to the Salvation Army

32. Donate a bag of dog food and towels to the Humane Society for Christmas (from Libby)

33. Go without drinking soda for 2 months

34. Clip $15 worth of coupons and use them in one shopping trip

35. Visit a water park

36. Take Dominic to see his first movie in a theater

37. Make my own candle

38. Go on a “date” with my husband- dinner AND a movie

39. Bake homemade doggy treats for Libby

40. Turn 10-15 family recipes into a photo book with Shutterfly

41. Plant a tree

42. Attend story time at our local library

43. Build a birdhouse

44. Feed ducks

45. Try a new restaurant

46. Let Dominic pick a toy to donate to “Toys for Tots”

47. Visit the DC Zoo

48. Visit the Baltimore Aquarium

49. Make one week’s worth of meals and freeze them

50. Get our wedding rings engraved

51. Get family stickers for my car

52. Keep Dominic rear facing in his car seat until at least his second birthday

53. Gift a baby carrier to friend

54. Host Thanksgiving dinner

55. Have a picnic

56. Build a snowman

57. Go grocery shopping using all reusable bags

58. Go bowling

59. Finish a jigsaw puzzle

60. Organize important files

61. Go mini-golfing

62. Tour the White House

63. Make Rice Crispy treats

64. Pay off credit cards

65. Finish installing new baseboards in our home

66. Paint hallways

67. Landscape the backyard

68. Replace siding on the left side of the house

69. Go to a comedy show

70. Learn to golf

71. Finish a crochet blanket

72. Go ice skating

73. See an IMAX movie

74. Visit a museum

75. Buy something from Etsy

76. Make ice cream from scratch

77. Go on a cruise

78. Write a children’s book starring Dominic

79. Spend an entire weekend at home

80. Get a massage

81. Preserve fall leaves between wax paper

82. Develop a better skincare routine

83. Draw on the sidewalk with chalk

84. Try almond milk

85. Go grocery shopping at Trader Joes

86. Paint a rock to put in the garden

87. Have a giveaway on my blog

88. Go on a hayride

89. Pick strawberries

90. Take yoga classes

91. Get up at 4am to go Black Friday shopping

92. Make Christmas ornaments

93. Finish a crossword puzzle with no help

94. Subscribe to a new magazine

95. Make cupcakes for a party

96. Roast marshmallows

97. Tailgate before a sporting event

98. Enter a football pool

99. Ride a jet ski

100. Inspire someone else to make a Day Zero list

101. Put away $10 for each item completed

Year and a Half

I’ve spent so much of my “spare” time recently working on my [101 in 1001] list that I’ve neglected my normal blogging.  We’ve had a busy week too.  Since the last time I blogged we’ve taken Dominic to his first baseball game (Go Blue Crabs!), spent an evening in Annapolis, MD to celebrate my belated Mother’s Day, and had family visiting from NY for Memorial Day weekend.  We also had a failed boating trip… womp womp.

We tried to take D out on the boat for the first time.  The conditions were just not favorable for us.  First off, it was about 95 degrees out.  Being Memorial Day weekend, the marina was packed too.  I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a baby life jacket- but it looks like a torture device.  Our poor kid.  He was sweaty and jammed into a huge foam-filled vest that looked like it was about to cause his head to pop off his shoulders.  I felt horrible for him.  It took us 45 minutes of waiting in line (on the boat) to get gas before we could even head out.  By that time he was nearly hysterical, as was I.  We decided to cut our losses and head back in.  Next time will hopefully be a much more pleasant experience.  We ditched the bulky life jacket and got him a spiffy new neoprene one that fits great.  Live and learn I guess..

On to the most important event of this post- today marks exactly 18 months since our sweet boy was born!  I cant even believe how quickly the time has gone.  He has grown up so much recently.  Hes walking now which is extremely exciting.  We waited a long time for those first steps and just seeing him toddle along makes me grin ear to ear.  He was a late walker but an early talker.  Now hes saying so much and his little expressions are priceless.  Its such a joy to be his mom.


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