Friday, October 31, 2008

Guess Who's 10 MONTHS OLD TODAY!!!!????

This Halloween costume is supposed to be a gentle flower, but in my mind it's a Venus Flytrap!!!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

surprise development

we've been in the habit of letting GG nap on a bed when we are hanging on the first floor of our home and we've been spoiled that she has the sense to not crawl over the longer. she stays put where we leave her and when she awakes, she usually wails until someone comes and collects her from bed...

...that was until this weekend, when my husband noticed her open the bedroom door and crawl right out after a nap! What da?!?!?

How she did she get down? She didn't fall. No one heard a thump or her cry from having toppled over? Hmmm??

Fast forward to this morning where she lay while we ran around frantically preparing her older brothers from school, I actually witnessed her (through a cracked door this time) crawl down off the bed backwards! Wow!

That girl is advanced!! She's not even 10 months old! Such a smart Girl! Yay GG!!

that means no more security for us, but oh well. Time to super Baby Proof the house I guess!

*sniff* she's growing too fast, wasn't she just born like yesterday? *sniff*

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Kim Porter Diddy and the Twins

Sean "Diddy" Combs' ex-girlfriend Kim Porter and their twins, D'Lila Star and Jessie James, now 22 months, are featured in Baby Couture's Ultimate Fashion Issue on shelves now

ripped from who cited Baby Couture Magazine

Friday, October 24, 2008

no longer Baby Einstein Disciples

yup. We're converts. We've drunk the Eebee Baby Adventures Kool Aid and the theory and concept which encourages learning through play and even goes as far as challenging The Mozart Theory (the concept that after listening to Mozart, test subjects do better on solving certain puzzles and get smarter). The Star Tribune, The Chicago Tribune and also challenged the value of the Baby Einstein children videos and toys theory. So far, I know it's still early, but GG doesn't have much attention span with Little Mozart DVDs, though we still listen to the cds. (who knows, right?).

In any event, we're loving and practicing the "learn through play" for now anyway. ha! Not sure that applies in later years though, but that is a topic of debate for another day.

From the Eebee website:

Babies will instinctively:
  • Take initiative and act on their natural curiosity
  • Make clear choices among different materials and experiences
  • Vary their strategies and try different approaches
  • Persist at a goal and stick to a task
  • Share their discoveries and seek social interaction

These are the real basic skills of your baby's first years and these are the hallmarks of great thinkers and achievers. The research is clear that the best way for babies to grow and strengthen these skills—the skills they need to succeed in life—is to play.

Eebee is on demand on certain cable systems in the US, but not on Verizon Fios which we have boooo!!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Toni Braxton's Family Photo

Celebrity Babies has a brief blurb about Toni Braxton's Oct. 27 PEOPLE magazine article where she admits that she's finally come to terms with her son Diezel Ky, 5 ½, autism. She's seen here with son Denim Cole to her right, Diezel on her left and Hubby Keri Lewis, whom she married in 2001. Toni was eliminated on Dancing with the Stars this week. GORGEOUS FAMILY! She's so strong and admirable. Love her! What a great mom model.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Gap Casting Call

I'm gonna enter my brood in this year's Gap Casting Call contest. I've already picked the best pic for the boys and now I need help deciding which of these to enter for GG. I think I need to check the rules but after I enter the boys I may be able to enter three pics of GG.


new blog momma

my good friend Balancing Mama just joined the blogsphere! Welcome!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What's GG Up to Now...

photo taken Sunday at the annual family pumpkin patch trip.

  • These days my almost 10 month old GG has been growing into her own personality. She is quite bubbly and is very determined. She's so strong she'll physically jump out of your arms onto the floor, the arms of another person, when she's ready.
  • Also, she seemingly understands what you are saying to her if you ask her a yes or no question, she will nod her head either side to side or up and down.
  • She "talks" and carries on a conversation in baby gibberish. Too cute for words.
  • Not walking yet, but is great at cruising or getting up from the squat position to a standing position. She isn't too comfortable taking those first tentative steps yet. Any day, week or month now is my guess.
  • I took her to the docs yesterday because I thought she had an ear infection, turns out her constant pulling of her left ear was due to her upper two teeth coming in!She is a firecracker like her older brother, the one I like to call a "maverick".
  • She is prone to mischief making and scattering anything that is in order. I'm gonna nickname them McCain and Palin any day now.
  • She loves getting tickled and cracks up if you make faces at her or try to make her laugh.
  • She's finally having the patience to sit through a 5-10 page board book. Before, she'd sit through the first minute, if for that long, and then wander off.
  • GG is eating solids and has graduated from Stage 3 baby food even. She likes the mini macaroni, mixed veggies, noodles, peas, hot dogs and other foods she can handle herself. In fact, she prefers to feed herself. I don't have a high chair and GG is too big for her Bumbo Seat so it's touch and go and Mess and Go with us these days. I'm waiting on a friend to pass along a high chair *clears throat. you hear that friend, if you are listening?"doesn't she look like a high maintenance Diva with that "mug" on her face like she's thinking, "I can't believe you guys really dragged me out into all this dirt and hay."

I think that's it for this update. Baby girl is such a joy! Gonna go pick her up from the sitters now! Ciao!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

my cold weather remedies

now that the weather is turning crisper, I'm hoping to last through the late fall and winter fully moisturized and "ash" free with the help of the following:
For the Feet and ankles:
Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme with Vitamin E. Slathering this stuff on after every shower is a sure fire way to soft callous free feet. Its great on dry and rough skin and I love the smell of peppermint and it always makes my feet feel pampered when I'm done.

For the legs and knees:
I'm also trying to at least once weekly dip my feet in the shea butter paraffin foot tub my sister got me for my birthday. Ever so often I give my elbows, hands and knees a dip too. The tub is sold with three 3lb blocks of wax. You melt it in the tub, dip your feet in and let it harden slightly and then peel it off. It helps moisturize and soften dry, cracked, and chapped skin while soothing joints and sore muscles. Shea butter is rich in vitamins A and E and the brand that I use Artemis Woman has lavender infused in the wax which has a wonderful aromatherapy effect. I'm going to look for some mitts and liners too.

For the Hands and Elbows:

I discovered Bigelow Apocatheries' chapped hand cleanser at Bath and Body works. Originally designed for plumbers and other workmen who have to frequently wet their hands, this emollient is great to use after a shower. You rub it on your forearms, hands and elbows and then rinse with water. I think it creates some sort of seal. Not sure, but I'm usually "ash free" for the remainder of the day when I use this stuff. I follow up with the chapped hands lotion that Bath and Body works also sells. Both products aren't 'greasy" The lotion retails for $14.00 and the cleanser is $12.00 for a 6.5 oz jar.

I know it all sounds like a commercial, but I only wish I was getting paid to share my beauty tips. *sigh*

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

the best baby car seat

in my opinion has got to be the Britax Roundabout® compact convertible car seat. As soon as baby outgrows her/his infant carrier seat, she can graduate to this seat which converts, thus the name, from from rear facing (for infant stages) to forward stages when appropriate to a toddler seat. Some variatiions of the Roundabout accommodates a child up to 65 pounds.

The seat is the industry leader. We've had two (one for each car) that we have (will use) for all three children. These seats are long lasting, made of sturdy materials, have the 5 point harness belt, the tether strap for extra security.

GG has finally outgrown her infant seat and has graduated to the Britax. I love that she can sit in that seat from aged 9months what she is now until three, the age of her brother who will now be displaced from the Britax and who will move up to a big boy booster seat now.

We have the Marathon which cost an average of $280 but are well worth it compared to other seats.

Many of the parents in my neighborhood and circle of family and friends own one and that says a lot that so many people trust the safety of their kids in this seat.

Even rated Britax seats among its top car seats.

From the company website
the Britax Roundabout® compact convertible car seat. is renowned for safety, comfort, and convenience. The seat features side impact protection, which distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion, and contains the head and body. The Roundabout’s compact size is ideal for use with vehicles with limited rear-seat space. The tangle-free, five-point harness with three harness heights ensures a snug and secure fit. Premium push-button LATCH connectors provide a quick, simple and tight installation. Unique features include the patented Versa-Tether® for energy management, and rear- and forward-facing recline for child comfort and positioning.

Friday, October 10, 2008

GG on a swing video

so i discovered i can take a video with my blackberry, upload it instantly onto youtube and with a couple of clicks, seconds later, post the video onto blogger! I love technology! :D


Best Shoes for infants

The weather is getting cold again and I'm searching for the perfect shoes for my infant who is learning to walk.

So all the moms and dads in my circles and neighborhood usually go to Stride Rite stores for their kids shoes and that place has the market cornered on shoes designed for children. But
GG is already growing out of the walking shoes I bought for her two months ago (those to the right) when I got the boys their school shoes and she hasn't started to walk yet. grrrr.

Someone told me about a Japanese company called Tsukihoshi that makes quality constructed infant shoes made to support their feet. There's also Geox, which I heard made solid shoes for kids.

I think I might check them out because EVERY SINGLE kid I run into wears the same shoes from Stride Rite and they look the same year in and year out. Not that that's a big thing, but Im just curious to see what else is out there other than the children's variety of those adult athletic shoe companies like Vans, Skechers, Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Puma, Adidas, etc.

To be honest, I think I am tempted to just get her a pair of Robeez, the brand of shoes which acknowledges that although going barefeet is best for infants learning to walk, their brand is the next best thing. And it's not everywhere you want your early walker trotting about barefeet. The shoes are a bit on the pricey side, and Target has a cheaper knock off (on the right), but I've found they are not as strongly made and the materials are flimsier than the real Robeez.

There's also Pedoodles (right in blue) and Kai Run (left in pink and green)which are similar to Robeez in style and construction.

We'll see! hmmmm....

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I Finished the Army 10 Miler

Part of my baby slim down plans, similar to JLO and so many other moms, was to train for an endurance event. Mine was the Army 10 Miler . A friend of mine, Natalie, convinced my to sign up for it over 5 months ago. I really kicked started my intense training for the last two months. While the intense training started after I had reached my pre-pregnancy weight of 145, I've noticed my body getting tighter and toner from having to run all the time. My shoulders are more svelte. I can totally notice the loss in my clothes. I'm sure I've lost lots of inches though I haven't measured myself precisely. I'd heartily recommend running and training for a road race for accelerating post-pregnancy weight loss efforts.
I finished the race in 1 hour 40 minutes at a 10 minute per mile pace!!! I started out pretty fast and was clocking between a 8.9-9.5 minute mile pace for the first 4 miles but then I injured my thigh trying to run around slow runners. I had to run on the grass and dip and dodge and by mile 5 I was running between an 11-12 minute mile pace to compensate for the pain. By then my toes in both feet were numb.

The race had 26,000 people running in it which was great for morale...also, there were many spectators on the route cheering us on...but then the crowd made it hard to stay on pace b/c there were so many people. All good! I had a blast and will definitely do it again and maybe even a 1/2 marathon.
Hubby and the kids came to greet me at the finish line. Despite my injury, I sprinted to the finish line, but there were sooo many people traveling that last 50 yards, that I had to slow down my sprint to dodge around folks! That was a bit frustrating and I guess is par for course of a race with 26,000 people!

Monday, October 6, 2008


you just know I've been waiting my whole life to dress a little girlie in pants like this don't you?
compliments of Old $6.00 on sale. TOO CUTE!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Celebrity Roundup

J.Lo denied earlier this year that the reality show she is doing with TLC will be about juggling her hectic life with the twins, but about her launch of a perfume line. Pooh! and I had cleared out a good chunk of my DVR for that rumored show. Well, I suppose it's best to keep things private...
Eva Longoria and Tony Parker are denying she is pregnant and saying she put on weight for a role, but they aren't fooling anyone because she is clearly pregnant!

So Gabriel is around after all!

OK! magazine has the first exclusive pictures of Laila Ali and husband Curtis Conway’s son, Curtis Muhammad Conway Jr
yeah, I'm late, but I just recently read that Salma Hayek and her baby Valentina Pinault's daddy billionare Fran├žois-Henri Pinault split and that daddy, who is head of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Balenciaga, was photographed frolicking and canoodling with an Equestrian player merely a month after he and Salma called off their engagement. Singer Brandy's back in the spotlight with a new album and lookey how big her daughter Sy’Rai is! That kid looks like her daddy! Actress Garcelle Beauvais and her son Jaid at a March of Dimes Celebration of Babies gala on September 27th. Dad must be with twin sister.Singer Erykah Badu is rumored to be pregnant with her third child with artist Jay Electronica. The 37 year old sure looks knocked up here...maybe 5 months along...This would be her third child. Her son, Seven Sirius, who is 10, has rapper Andre 3000 of OutKasts for a pops. Her daughter, Puma,4, below, has rapper D.O.C for a dad. Girlie loves her rapper dudes.This is from a 2007 Heart and Soul magazine shoot.Minnie Driver gave birth to a baby boy who she named Henry Story Driver in September, and apparently she dumped the baby daddy this past summer way before baby was born!

So the theme of this round up should be "WHO NEEDS A DADDY?" ha!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

midnight haiku

Haiku is a poetic form and a type of poetry from the Japanese culture. Haiku combines form, content, and language in a meaningful, yet compact form. Haiku poets usually use simple words and grammar. The most common form for Haiku is three short lines. The first line usually contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables. Haiku doesn't rhyme. ONLY 17 syllables over just three (3) lines of poetry

i am awaken
by the pain of a pimple
at 2am. damn!

acid reflux sucks
my kingdom for Mylanta
damn i got old quick


*hiccup* *blech*

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