Wednesday, April 30, 2008

weightloss wednesday

well, weightloss wednesday has turned into weight gain wednesday and I somehow managed to pack on 5 lbs in one week! yikes!

last week: 151lbs
this week: 156lbs

me thinks the extra strength training has gotten me building more muscle and eating more carbs to make up for the more strenuous exercise regimen??? who knows.

After my hydrocolontherapist appointment today, i've decided to do the 21 day cleanse and 5 day detox fast starting two Wednesdays from today. That should definitely kick start my loss because I can only eat vegan while on that fast and Vegan means virtually no fat! aye!

Monday, April 28, 2008


My Baby loooooves Rice Cereal!

yum yum fist licking good!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

GG's first play date

Unfortunately, GG, in the blue snap and go stroller, slept right thru it...Well, in all fairness, it was really a date for me and the other baby's mom to catch up and to get her out of the house. Maternity leave can be lonely.

What I did discover that day was that GG is quite tiny. This baby is half her age, yet looked twice as large. eek!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Jennifer Lopez Reality Show is reporting that Singer/Actress Jennifer Lopez 38, is in the process of filming her new reality show, due to air on TLC (The Learning Channel). The gist of the show? To give her fans a peek into her life as she tries to juggle the two sides to her life: her profession, including the launching of a new fragrance line, and the more personal side, as a mother of her new twin babies.

According to Jennifer, she will co-executive produce, co-create, and star in her new show and is excited on sharing this unique experience with the public.

I'm looking forward to sharing this exciting journey together.



photoshop gone bad

um maybe, it's me, but does this overly photo-shopped image of Wesley Snipes, who will be sentenced today for tax invasion, look a bit cartoon-ish. I swear Spike Lee looks like a character out of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit!"

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Diaper cake

i just peeped this on my feeder. Cute. For $170 you AB Cakes will create this for you that includes:

1 Carter's Keep Me Close Pacifier
5 Carter's Silky-soft Cotton Bodysuits - 6 mos.
6 Gerber Soft-Bite Spoons for Infants
2 pair Carter's No-scratch Mittens
3 pair Carter's Wiggleproof Socks - 3-12 mos.
6 Carter's Splashyclean Washcloths
1 Carter's Toy
1 Carter's Snoozysnug Blankie
1 Carter's Who's Inside Hoody Towel
2 Carter's Roomy-comfy Pants - 6 months
2 Carter's Dribblehappy Bibs
70 Pampers Swaddlers - Size 2

weightloss wednesday

last week: 153
this week: 151

i'm on a roll ladies and gentlemen. only a matter of time before i break into the 140s!! woo hoo!!!
here's to running a 5 K this past Saturday, getting a colonic and for switching to a liquid breakfast and lunch regimen with a healthy dinner.

Yup, i tore a page out of the slimfast book. But if you read the ingredients of Slimfast, I doubt you'd be able to pronounce half of the ingredients. It's all chemicals and most of which makes me constipated. No thanks!

My hydrocolontherapist has suggested that I drink a concoction of pure unpressed natural and organic coconut oil, hempseeds and fruits blended with soy milk for a natural appetite suppressant and meal replacement.

In between, for a snack, I munch on fruits in the afternoon and yogurt in the mid morning.

I'm also back with my trainer for once a week, doing Stroller Striders once a week, and run on the other days. I'm looking to find a kickboxing, ballet and African dance class to do also.

So far so good!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Model: GG The photographer: Big Brother

unfortunately, the photographer is a camera hound himself! hahahaha!


GG: likes and dislikes

my baby is developing a wonderfully chill personality, most of the time. So I have been monitoring her likes and dislikes lately and have come up with this short list

She likes...
  • staring at lights, especially those situated high in the ceiling
  • taking long walks outdoors in her sling or stroller
  • smiling and laughing at engaging faces smiling back at her or making baby goo goo gaa gaa sounds at her
  • playing with her toys (albeit for 5 minutes at a time. the girl has a short attention span)
  • rough play, especially being smothered with raspberries on the tummy and neck
  • and last but not least her boobie
She dislikes
  • being forced to sit in a car seat on trips especially when she is NOT in the mood, which is often
  • being force fed water, formula and rice cereal. she'll rather have a boobie any day
  • left alone to entertain herself for longer than 15 minutes at a time (in a exersaucer, swing, bumbo seat, play gym etc)

Monday, April 21, 2008

somebody had a growth spurt

and because of it, she slept a lot...a whole lot...over 14 hours one night...and as a result of all that sleep, SHE'S UP!!!! RIGHT NOW!!! AT 2:30 IN THE MORNING!

torturing me...ME! who has to wake up at 6:30am to get my boys up, ready and off to school!

oy vey!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

how fast can a baby grow in one week?

after one week with the nanny, GG feels like she has gained 5 lbs!! Her cheeks are fatter (both pair! tee hee) and so are her thighs.

I put her in the Megasaucer on Monday and her toes barely touched the bottom while the thing was on the rung/setting closest to the bottom

Today, 6 days later she stands up in it with the bottom of her feet flush against the bottom. What da?

As far as I can tell, the only thing different is that the nanny has been spoon feeding her w)arm water every morning and formula with cereal (by spoon and cup also since GG refuses the bottle most of the time) in the afternoon.
I'm pleasantly puzzled... :D

Friday, April 18, 2008

GG's New Nanny

I love GG's new nanny!

She's raised over a dozen kids from infant to adulthood and is from my native Sierra Leone, West Africa.

I came home the other day to find GG knocked out sleeping on her back...tied true African style!

She's vowed to teach me to speak our native KRIO again. I understand the language fluently. It is a derivative of pigeon English, a mixture of Queen's English with Spanish, French, Creole and a hodge podge of native tongues.

AND! To top it off, she's gonna be giving me cooking lessons once a week until I learn the entire menu of stews and sauces that I grew up eating in my parents' home from childhood!

yay! she's even on track to teach GG how to drink from a bottle. Next week, we'll start feeding GG cereals. I can't believe it's time for solids already!

Boy does time fly!

Today, we'll take advantage of the nice weather and go for a walk so I can acquaint her with the neighborhood and she can take GG out once a day when the weather stays warm consistently outside.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Baby Bag and Back Seat Basics

I was just thinking that I need to re-adjust and update my baby/family travel bag and backseat and trunk for the warmer weather. This is our baby bag basics:

  • a bottle
  • 2 packets of instant mix formula
  • a small 3 ounce bottle of infant water (for mixing formula)
  • a nursing cover
  • 2-8 diapers (depending on how long the outing)
  • burp cloth
  • 2-3 bibs
  • a change of clothes
  • a travel pack of wipes
  • a sun hat
  • a pair of booties or socks (for air conditioned indoors)
  • a change of top for the older boys
  • 2 juice boxes (for the boys)
  • 2 fruit roll ups or fruit snacks
  • snacks in zip lock bags or cups of cheerios
  • a bottle of water (for mom)
  • granola bars or healthy bagged snacks (for mom)
  • lightweight blanket to cover the baby in air conditioned indoors
  • a pacifier (for emergencies tho GG doesn't really care for it)
  • a travel size of hand sanitizer
  • a travel pack of tissue for runny noses
For the car we'll stock in the mesh carriers behind the driver and front passenger seats and in the trunk:
  • sweaters for days we stay out late and the temperature drops
  • juice boxes
  • assorted snacks
  • extra diapers and undies for the boys
  • extra pants or shorts
  • car toys
  • soft books for the baby
  • board books for the boys
  • plastic bags for storing dirty diapers and trash
  • stroller (jogging, double or single, depending on who's coming and where we're going)
  • large blanket for impromptu picnics or for sitting on wet grounds
  • a tub of wipes for dirty hands
  • a large regular size of hand sanitzers
  • a gallon of water

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

weightloss wednesday

i realize i was so busy last week that I missed a weigh in! oy vey!

I suppose one good thing about stressful weeks is they can sometimes lead to WEIGHT LOSS!

yippee! so I am down

last weigh in: 155lbs
today: 153 lbs.

I've started to seriously get back on my exercise regimen. Now that GG has a full time nanny at home, I can sign up for my ballet, hip hop, African dance and trainer classes again. My trainer and I bartered for some services last year and I sent him a referral for his part time realty business, so me thinks I have a few free sessions coming my way! :D

Monday, April 14, 2008

How can I tell if my baby has allergies or just a cold?

How can I tell if my baby has allergies or just a cold?
Because the symptoms of nasal allergies (also known as allergic rhinitis) are much like cold symptoms — runny nose, watery eyes, cough, nasal congestion, sneezing — it can be tough to tell the difference. There are some telltale signs of allergies, though. Ask yourself the following questions:

• Does it seem like your baby always has a cold? (Colds usually wind themselves down in a week to ten days; allergies don't.)

• Is your baby's nose always stuffy or running?

• Is she constantly wiggling, wiping, or pushing her nose up in what doctors call the allergic salute?

• Is the mucus that drains from her nose clear and thin (as opposed to yellow or greenish and thick)?

• Does she seem to sneeze a lot?

• Are her eyes itchy, red, and watery?

• Does the skin under her eyes look dark or purple or blue (doctors call these allergic shiners)?

• Does she breathe through her mouth?

• Does she have a dry cough?

• Is her skin irritated or broken out in an itchy red rash?

If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, there's a good chance your baby is allergic to something in her environment. Kids with nasal allergies are also more prone to ear infections, asthma, and sinus infections.

Thanks for helping me confirm that GG has allergies! *sigh* Poor child also probably inherited a tendancy to develop allergies from me and her pop who are both allergic to pollen, and dust and me to pet dander. aaaachooo!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Murphy's Law on Bumbo Seat

right after forking over $10 for shipping and handling for one of these gizmos I ordered from OneStep, I discovered three of them sitting on the shelves of my local Target store! shoot!

GG LOVES her seat so far! yippee!!! It's great.

While at Target, I also picked up some new toys for GG since she doesn't seem interested in playing with her brothers' toys, which admittedly are a bit dated and have a few missing pieces.

We picked up
  • an Ocean's Wonder kick and crawl play gym,
  • some teething rings (being sterilized as I type) because she is constantly drooling and wanting to grind her gums on stuff,
  • a play bar for the car seat, and
  • one of those singing light up mirror thingy's you fix to the backseat that entertains the baby and allows you to keep an eye on her when you drive. The one I got is made by Disney's Baby Einstein company.
TOMORROW, HER BRAND NEW NANNY ARRIVES! Yikes. I'm biting my fingernails here hoping that I can stay upstairs and continue to work even when I hear GG wailing downstairs as she tries to get accustomed to her new nanny.

Friday, April 11, 2008

GG in her Bumbo Seat: Photo Shoot and Funny Video

pose..super model baby!
aww looking like a big girl
look at those dimples!
silly brother trying to steal the show
(um, how do I photoshop out those ugly toes in this shot? :S)

she was more interested in trying to suck her feet...and after 4 takes, this the best video so far, sideways and all...oh well...i'm beat and going to bed!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

im in trouuuuble!!!!

in the words of Tootie from the 70s sitcom The Facts of Life...there's gonna be trouuuubbbble!!!!

i have a 3 month old child who refuses the bottle and to sleep too far away from me. uh oh! i have to return to earning some money soon and am looking for a full time nanny to watch her in my house. i believe we will be undergoing baby bootcamp in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Top 10 things new moms don't necessarily want to hear

10. You know if you breastfeed, that weight will come off faster. - Way to make me feel good about my slow, but steady loss.

9. You need to sleep when the baby sleeps - Yup! --Just as soon as I pay off these bills, make these phone calls and run these errands that I can't do when she's awake.

8. You're done right? You don't plan to have any more kids? - I don't understand why people like to be all up in my fallopian tubes and ovaries.

7. You should feed her/him cereal it will make him/her sleep longer - Okay, she's 2 weeks old. I think her digestive system is still warming up to the idea of milk

6. You're still breastfeeding? Folks, breastfeeding is the best and natural thing for babies!  I don't understand the disdain for moms who do it past a month.

5. Babysitting horror stories
-Not something a new parent wants to hear. And yes yes, I did hear the story of the nanny who smacked up the baby...

4. Is s/he sleeping through the night? - Why? You want to go on a date tonight?

3. When are you due? - Ugh! That belly takes a good while to get rid of don't ya know. Actually, I asked this of a clerk at a Verizon wireless store who had just given birth and she smiled politely and told me she wasn't preggers but then proceeded to code my phone incorrectly and saddled me with huge bills that took months to correct. I learned my lesson boy. And if you have ever opened up a cell phone statement and saw the numbers $512.98 staring at you for one month of personal/non-business use, then you'd know where I'm coming from.

2. Peering at the child, turning up your nose and saying...oh s/he's -
words like "precious", "sweet" and "adorable" are code for not cute. Even though you may not think their child is ugly, a new parent may take it that way.  But then again, what's a person to do when the baby's not cute...yet? They don't all start out beautiful as many end up.

1. you know who the daddy is? - No commentary needed.

What else folks?? Please add

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Joy Snore Club!

OMG!!!! My three month old infant is over there sitting in her car seat (we just got back from picking up her brother) and she is SNORING like A BONAFIDE member of my family!!!

I come from a looooooooooong line of snorers and all day sleepers!

that is tooo funny!!! (granted, I think her recent cold has something to do with it. snicker)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

My youngest boy turns THREE- HAPPY BIRTHDAY



Friday, April 4, 2008

"So, when are you going to have kids?" - Top 10 replies

On request, a friend of mine who has been married for a wee bit suggested I do a top 10 list for people like her who get that "million dollar question" all the time:

"So, when are you going to have kids?"

I learned a while ago, after having a miscarriage and learning of many friends who are in fact trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant that it is just not kosher to ask people that question because of the risk of stirring up deep seated emotions, hurt, and pain. But in fun, here are a few quips that might work:

10. "So, when are you going to have kids?" - I read somewhere that you produce the absolute smartest child if s/he is conceived during the Haley's Comet so I'm thinking the year 2062.

9 . "So, when are you going to have kids?" -As soon as I see that check you sent for the half a million dollars the baby will cost clears, I'm on it!

8. "So, when are you going to have kids?" -Tomorrow.

7. "So, when are you going to have kids?" -Just as soon as I finish smoking my last stash of weed

6. "So, when are you going to have kids?" - I'm glad you asked, I need the best email address to send the "nursing" sign up sheet. Would you mind I ask if you are lactating?

5. "So, when are you going to have kids?" -I'll take 10 and a side of fries. Oh you said "kids" I thought you said "Wings".

4. "So, when are you going to have kids?" - Just as soon as you learn to mind your business.

3. "So, when are you going to have kids?" - Why? Are you selling some?

2. "So, when are you going to have kids?" -Let me get back to you on that. I only answer personal questions on the third Tuesday of each month.

1. "So, when are you going to have kids?" - Not for at least nine months.

Check out the Wall Street Journal Blog did a similar story recently and another blogger did a post entry asking her readers to submit answers and got loads of responses including #4, #3 and #1 which I borrowed.


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Top 10 Replies to those Annoying Pregnancy Comments

After being pregnant 3 times, I think I've heard or heard of the top 10 most annoying unsolicited advice and comments people make to pregnant women. In all fairness, often times these things aren't said out of ill intentions, but rather ignorance or a lack of consideration of the mom-to-be. So as a courtesy to my pregnant readers, I've composed a series of quips you can feel free to borrow the next time you're served one of these lines:

10. Will you have another one? - Well I like to think of child birthing as a heaping full plate of food from a buffet. Sometimes, you just need to finish one plate to see if you have the stamina or will for seconds or thirds.

9. Were you trying? - you mean did I engage in the act of sex with my partner continuously and repeatedly during times of ovulation so as to conceive, is that what you want to ask?

8. Can I touch your Belly? - Sure, but before you do, I hafta warn you that this expanded area on the underpart of the belly *rub it to exemplify*, that used to be my pelvic area and I usually need to know a person for a while before I let them stroke me there.

7. You look like you're about to Pop! - Oh yeah? Your mamma!

6. Are you Carrying Twins? - Are you?

5. Are you Allowed to [Drink Coffee/Work out/ Eat that much sugar etc. etc.]? Actually I'm not, but I say "Gosh Darn it, you only live once! Go for it!"

4. You still look Good - Oh really? That's good because I was trying to decide would today be the day I start wearing a muu muu and going out of the house without make up, with mussed up hair, a house coat, slippers and bib to catch food that spills out my mouth.

3. Go ahead and eat that third piece of cake, you are eating for two. - Yup, but I got a growing LARD ASS that I'm going to have to melt off after this kid gets evicted so I think I'm going to stop at just two, but thanks for the "go-ahead" anyway Doc.

2. Do you know what you're having? Oh, Is that what you wanted? - Well actually, I wanted a mansion, two drivers, and an unlimited spending account but this baby (boy/girl) will have to do I guess.

1. What will you call her/him? - If I tell you that, I'll have to kill you!



belated weightloss wednesday

when i last weighed: 155
yesterday: 155
recall i skipped last week out of fear that my Easter gluttony would reveal a number i wasnt prepared to see. thankfully, i cut out the junk and doubled up on exercise and managed to get back on track. whew!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

the bumbo baby seat

I don't know what rock I've been under that I hadn't heard of this new technology in seating babies, developed by a South African company, but we are soooo getting a Bumbo Baby Seat for lil Miss GG soon! Apparently, this seat is all the rage among parents. I think I need to do some research really soon on all the new products that have been invented since I had my last kid before GG 3 months ago! I think I'm seriously OUT OF THE LOOP!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

so Kimora Lee is preggers with Djimon Hounsou's baby

so says Us

Baby Phat designer Kimora Lee Simmons is expecting a baby with Blood Diamond star Djimon Hounsou, the New York Post reports.

The Post says Simmons, 32, and Hounsou, 43, her boyfriend of one year, had been trying to get pregnant.

Simmons has two daughters, Ming Lee Simmons, 8, and Aoki Lee Simmons, 5, with ex husband Russell Simmons, whom she split from in March 2006. They had been married since 1998.

A rep for Simmons told, "There is no comment at this time."

interesting development *scratches chin* Hmmmmmm.
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