Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kid's TV Shows!

On Thursdays until I start my long term sub, I'm watching my best friend's 4-year old. Sometimes during Isis' naps, we will watch a TV show! So, since Isis still isn't watching TV yet, I'm able to gather my info on my favorite current kid TV shows for when she does start watching a little TV! Here are my favorites right now!

I also love to watch the old classics on Boomerang!! Looney Tunes, Captain Planet, The Flinstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear & Pink Panther all come on Boomerang!!

What are your favorite current kid's TV shows?

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dr. Seuss Rocks my Socks

I think Dr. Seuss was a genius. Here's why:

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than You.

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
-Unknown source
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
A person's a person, no matter how small.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you'll be quite a lot.
-Unknown source

I'm sorry to say, so sad, but it's true that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you!

You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.
-Quote from an interview with NY Times May 21, 1986

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
-This is actually misattributed to Dr. Seuss, but I'm putting it on here anyway because so many think he said it. It was actually said by Bernard Baruch

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Battle

Today is a hard day for me, for some reason. I know we've all been there. I've struggled with doubt and insecurity for as long as I can remember. I made it through adolescence and high school only by the grace of God and some wonderful friends He placed in my life. I sincerely believe that without them, I wouldn't be here today. I was that kind of teenager. Not the really rebellious one, but the insecure, self-destructive one. I believe in God and I believe in Satan. You may not agree and that's okay. I'm writing this for me,  not for you. But both have been very real in my life. Today is one of those days where I feel under attack. I wanted to just curl up in a ball & have a little pity party for myself this morning while Isis took her nap, but oddly enough, I read a status update by Queenie from The Planet Pink on Facebook and it hit me hard. I'm sure she didn't even realize that her words would be speaking to me. In my life, that's how God has worked - through other people.

So here I am, ready to lay bare my doubts and insecurities because sometimes writing is the only way to get it out. Sometimes sharing it on this blog, where it's more often strangers than people in my day to day life who are reading it, is strangely therapeutic. I think there is some comfort in that. I think that's why some mom blogs are so freeing. You're able to just lay it out there and you know that even if someone thinks you're crazy or something thinks you're no one they ever want to be friends with, it doesn't matter because you're not really losing anything but a reader. And I'm not blogging for the numbers.

Becoming a mom has given me a strength that I never knew I had. It has also exposed all my junk that I tried to keep hidden, even from myself. My lack of discipline, my tendency to talk too much & say the wrong thing, my small obsessions with everything from tv shows to dark chocolate M&M's - everything has come into question for me. Because I'm someone's mother. For the rest of my life, there will always be someone who has that deep connection with me, no matter how I choose to use that role, I will always be the mother. You can love or hate your mother, but no matter which it is, it's a big deal. Those feelings go deep. They impact who you are. And only I have the responsibility of becoming the mom I want to be. Whatever craziness is going to come in my future, even with my children, however crazy they may turn out, I will have to take ownership of that.

To be 100% honest, I get scared sometimes because I don't want Isis or any other children to sit in bed questioning their friendships, their future, their past decisions, their discipline and their own little idiosyncrasies. And I really don't want them to be questioning their relationship with me. I think we all want to prepare our children for a life better than the one we had. Not necessarily in the tangible, monetary or worldly success kind of way - I don't care what Isis wants to do with her life. I mean that as an insecure, emotionally flawed, undisciplined, worrier who still carries too much baggage from her past, I want my children to be strong, independent, emotionally mature, disciplined, kind and loyal people who will walk through life with their heads held high.

But I can't make my children do anything. I can only try to cultivate these things in their lives and I believe that starts with what I cultivate in my own. Here's what I'm learning:

I'm learning that choosing a wonderful spouse will make all the difference & keep you from being too crazy when life gets tough.
I'm learning that one true, sincere friend who you can count on is worth so much more than 20 friends who come and go.
I'm learning that my children's future starts with me.
I'm learning that you can't cultivate in others things that you do not yourself possess.
I'm learning that keeping your mouth shut is normally a better option.
I'm learning that everyone has a right to change and you can either adapt or move on.
I'm learning that the future comes one day at a time, but that you'll look back and it will feel like it goes in leaps and bounds.
I'm learning that there is freedom in confessing who you are and where you stand.
I'm learning that the friends who stick around through the bumps and the bruises and the junk of life are absolutely priceless because they are so rare.
I'm learning that Dr. Seuss was a very intelligent man. (Look for a post on this tomorrow.)
I'm learning that I learn more about myself on the days that I feel awful about myself.

What are you learning today?
Have you had a day where you feel under attack?
How do you deal with doubt & insecurity?

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Letters to my Former Self

I found these ideas on this blog & this blog. I decided to do my own version.

Dear Cameron at 3 years old,

You just became a big sister! Enjoy these next several years because things are going to get crazy one day. Addiction will take a lot of years from your family. Enjoy every moment of simple joys & simple pleasures. Enjoy playing with your brother. Enjoy the birthday hat incident. Love these years. For a lot of reasons, you're going to be looking back at them with nostalgia, wondering where they went.

Dear Cameron at 11 years old,

You just started your first year in private school. It's going to prove a lot different and in some ways a lot more difficult than public school. Try hard not to lose yourself. And if I could give you one major suggestion, don't use sun-in on your hair. Just leave it alone. Also, boys are not that big of a deal. Just leave them alone, too.

Dear Cameron at 14 years old,

The boy you are about to spend the whole year obsessing over is so unbelievably not worth it. Save yourself a lot of time & a lot of tears & just let it go. Really. The guy you end up with blows this one out of the water. Also, the friend you make this year - the one with the headband - she's going to be there for a long time. Take care of each other. Friends like that come around once in a lifetime.

Dear Cameron at 15 years old,

There's some stuff going on in your personal life right now. A lot of stuff that a teenager shouldn't be dealing with. Be calm. Be mature. Talk to somebody. There's a lot of unnecessary pain coming your way that is not your fault. Focus on taking care of your brother. You could maybe bypass some pain in the future if you do. No matter what, you will get through this. You will come out on the other side. And again, the boy you're dating - you think he's the one. He's really really not.

Dear Cameron at 17 years old,

One of your best friends is about to have a baby. Be prepared to stick with her through this. You will for a year or so & then you'll question it because of some drama. Stick it out. She deserves it. You'll regret walking away. Also, the boy you just met at that show, the one that wants to take you on a date in April - he's the one. I know you feel it & you're about to try to fight it because you're 17. Be kind to him. You'll waste a lot of time being stupid until you admit it to yourself. Just go ahead & give in. He's going to save you in so many ways.
Dear Cameron at 18 years old,

Take some time to build yourself back up after the pain of adolescence. You're going to grow up really fast over the next 18 months. Make good decisions. Be sincere, but be firm. You have a right to grow up.

Dear Cameron at 20 years old,

Everything is going to change this year. You're going to get married. Your best friend is going to get married & have a baby. This will be a major turning point in your life and your friendship. Just love these days!

Dear Cameron at 21 years old,

You have the potential to do something incredibly stupid, hurtful & selfish this year. If you do it, you will regret it for the rest of your life, but you will also learn a lot about yourself, about your friends, about your husband and about grace. If you can figure out another way to gain this insight without making such a horrible decision, please do the less hurtful thing. If not, be prepared for the most humbling & painful experience of your life. You're going to be completely broken in order to grow stronger. Cling to the people who love you. Rest in the grace of Christ. But be honest about your struggles, your shortcomings & your mistakes. You are about to learn how to be authentic. You are about to learn how much courage it takes to take ownership of your failures.

Dear Cameron at 24 years old,

You & your husband have decided it's time to try to have a baby. It's going to take a little while, but it's going to happen. Don't let the stress of "trying" ruin the fun of it! :-)

Dear Cameron at 25 years old,

This year is another major turning point. You're going to become a mom & welcome your first beautiful baby girl into the world! Don't stress. Baby blues go away. Enjoy all the little moments. Don't try to rush the year. And don't worry about not student teaching in the Spring. Allow yourself time to heal & time to bond with that baby! Enjoy breastfeeding! You won't get to do it as long as you want, but you'll get to do it for longer than a lot of people! Just enjoy each moment & take each day as it comes. That girl is going to grow so fast! In no time at all, you'll be dreaming of siblings for her & watching her turn into her own little person with attitude & personality all her own! Love that baby girl with all your heart. It'll change you. It'll save you.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Christmas Break Book List!

I go in little media spurts. Some months, I'll just want to watch the entire series of some TV show on DVD. Other months I'll want to read every free second I possibly have. I've been known to watch every movie with a certain actor or actress in it. I just get on these little kicks. Over Christmas break, it was reading - anything I could find! Over the course of about 3 weeks, I read all these books & I wanted to recommend them to you!! Lewis got me a Nook for Christmas, so a couple of these were read on my new Nook!

All three of these are in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I was a little skeptical at first. The story of yearly games where children aged 12-18 have to fight to the death in a futuristic America just doesn't sound like something I would normally like. But I had been hearing about them constantly & I knew that most things that become that popular have a reason to, so I decided to check it out. I read all three of them in a 4 day period. They are AMAZING. I couldn't put them down! I found them interesting, action-packed, funny at times, even romantic! There's another love triangle, like Twilight, between the main characters of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, but unlike Twilight, there is no cheesiness and I never even chose a side! At the end of the whole series, I was just totally okay with whoever she ended up with. It was a fabulous series & I highly recommend them!

I read the Something Borrowed book by Emily Giffin early this year & loved it! I had wanted to read the follow-up book (as well as many others off my Summer Reading List), but after I started student teaching, just never had the time. I really loved this one, too! I was nervous that I wouldn't like it because Darcy was not my favorite character in Something Borrowed, but she is the main character of Something Blue. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I connected with her by the end of the book! It was really sweet & I read it really quickly! Again, just not able to put it down!

This is a Sophie Kinsella book. She is the author of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series. Several people had mentioned loving her books on my BlogFrog community this past summer. For some reason, I couldn't get myself to read the shopaholic books - probably because I've seen the movie. It's really hard for me to pick up the book of something once I've seen the movie. So I decided to try some of her other books. I bought this one and I also have Can You Keep A Secret, but I haven't started it yet. I thought this one was really fun! Just a light, easy read about a girl who you meet in the beginning as a normal girl-next-door type and then she wakes up after an accident 5 years later with a gorgeous, rich husband, Louis Vuitton bags, new teeth, hair and body! It's fun.

I love Nicholas Sparks. There's really not much more to say here than that I read all his books that come out. This one was a little different & it actually scared me in the end, but I liked it! I can normally count on his books to be enjoyable. This was also the first book I read on my Nook!

This is a book by a pastor in California named Francis Chan. I listen to his podcasts on iTunes & I've read his other book, Crazy Love. This book is about the power of the Holy Spirit & how to live by the Spirit & rely on the Spirit in our lives. It was really challenging for me & I'm really happy I read it! I've already referred back to it several times to remember & apply what he was saying! This was another book I read on the Nook!

I love The Vampire Diaries - tv show, that is. Actually, reading the books, this is the first time in my entire life that I genuinely believe that the tv show has done something much better than the books! I am more interested, excited and intrigued by the show. But I still have to read the books (by L.J. Smith). I think this was partly just because I needed some kind of Vampire Diaries in my life while the show was on break. I'd already read the first 2 books, so I read the second 2. They're okay, not the best, no Twilight or Hunger Games fabulous-ness, but they were still okay. I also read these on my Nook!!

So, any great book suggestions??
Does anyone else have a Nook? I'd love to lend & borrow some books! Although I only have one good one I could lend out right now since not all the books can be lent. I need to buy some more!

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

30 Day Shred

Continuing with my thoughts about parenting on purpose, I've decided to make some changes in my life! For one, I need to start exercising. I hate exercising. I hate almost everything about it. I don't like taking the time to do it. I don't think it's fun. I don't like going to the gym and feeling self-conscious. I just really don't like it. Exercising was also not something that was cultivated in me throughout my life.

Lewis, on the other hand, has been working out regularly since he was young - I think maybe 13 is when he said he remembers regularly doing some form of regular physical activity other than just the playing that a kid does. Ever since I've known him, he's made a point to work out about every other day. He'll run, lift weights, etc. We have a treadmill and a whole slew of weight lifting equipment in our basement, as well as two different kinds of punching bags. He kick-boxed for a while in college. He also completed the P90X stuff a couple of months ago! That was intense, but he did it all!

I decided that it was important for me to model some discipline in exercising so that Isis wasn't just seeing it from Lewis. I didn't want to leave her with a handicap of sorts where she sees dad work out, but mom just isn't active & she thinks that's okay. I also want to be preparing my body for a healthy life so that I can be there for Isis, any future children and grandchildren. I want her to learn that it's important to exercise and be active because it's important to be healthy. 

So I've started the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. The things I like about it are:
It's quick, so I can do it in about 25 minutes a day.
It's easy to do in my living room while Isis plays around me.
It kicks my butt in a good way.

I'm on Day 6. So far I'm really proud of myself & I'm really happy with the workout! I was really sore the first 2 days, but I think my body is starting to adjust. I've set some goals for myself with this. If I continue doing it the entire 30 days, I'm going to either buy some cute workout clothes or a new pair of sneakers. If I continue working out regularly for 6 months, then Lewis said I can get an elliptical machine (off of Craigslist)!

What kind of exercise do you do?
Are you a member of a gym or do you work out at home?
What kind of health goals or disciplines do you hope to teach your children?

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Parenting on Purpose

I have been blessed to have a wonderful friend who has two daughters, ages 4 and 6. I've been watching her parent for the last 6 years. When we finally decided we were ready to get pregnant and have a child of our own, I'd already  had years of time to really think about the type of parent I wanted to be. While a lot of the specifics of parenting and the look of your day to day can change because of the diverse needs of your children, there is one thing that always has stayed the same for me. That thing is the idea that it is important to parent on purpose. 

I never wanted to be someone who just took each difficulty or each night or each act of discipline as a fly by the seat of your pants kind of thing. I absolutely think it has been so important for me to take time to enjoy Isis where she is at each moment, to savor those little idiosyncrasies of raising a baby. I've cuddled, I've loved, I've held, I've allowed some cry-it-out, I've fed, I've weaned, we've had fun and we've struggled and it's been quite a journey already and we are only getting started! But I will say that at all times I try to keep in mind that what I'm doing needs to be done on purpose. I tried not to go for a quick fix. I tried to go for things that would build a foundation of success throughout Isis' life - and at times that meant the in-the-moment situation was a little more difficult.

We decided to do Babywise, although it ended up being more of a Babywise/Baby Whisperer/Baby 411/Sleeping Through the Night/etc. kind of hybrid. I found what fit for us through a mix of incredible advice from incredible people. I wanted her to be able to rely on some consistency. I wanted her to learn to soothe herself and to learn to sleep well and put herself back to sleep in the middle of the night, because I believe teaching her good sleep habits as a baby will positively impact the rest of her life.

When it was time for her to drink from a sippy cup and she fought me on it, I held my ground and didn't give in with a bottle. I held and consoled her as needed and I was flexible with offering a cup with a straw, but I didn't give in, because I knew that she had to learn how to drink from something other than a bottle. She couldn't drink from a bottle forever.

I'm currently reading Boundaries With Kids by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. It's all about setting boundaries and teaching kids how to set their own boundaries. It starts early, building consistency, parenting on purpose.

Now, I'm not saying that you have to get your child on a sleep schedule or fight them for a sippy cup. The things that are important to you and your family may be completely different than mine. The way you reach the same goals as me may be by a different path. I think the important thing is remembering that the goal of parenting children is to raise a healthy, functioning adult. At least for me, that's what it is. I try to do everything in a way that I'm building her up for success in the future, not just getting through the next moment.

I don't feel like I've articulated this as well as I could have, but what are your thoughts? What do you feel is the ultimate goal of parenting? Do you think about the future when you're parenting in the day to day? I'd love to hear other mom's perspectives! What works for you?

Also, you can probably tell I'm a reader. I love to read about everything, but I've really loved reading about parenting. No book has held all the answers for me, but I've loved piecing together what does work for us. Any great books you've read that have helped you build your perspective on positive parenting strategies??

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Monday, January 17, 2011

For Sale!

We moved into our house in May 2007. After almost 4 years in our cute little townhouse, we have decided it's time to put it up for sale! We are in the process of organizing & getting it ready. No major repairs, just some staging to make it look great! One of my biggest prayers right now is that is sells. It's just not a great time for selling your house, but we cannot have another baby in this house! Plus we've just run out of room.

Check out these great posts from 2007 when I was blogging about  my House Hunt! There are a couple pics of my house in there, but the inside is all the prior owner's stuff. 

Anybody out there had any luck recently with selling your house?
Any great tips for me??

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Birthday Party!

So our lucky girl is going to end up having THREE first birthday parties! I had one at my friend Diana's house with just friends. Then my mom had one with my side of the family and Lewis' mom is going to have one at the end of January with their side of the family! This won't be something we do every year, but it's how it ended up working out this year. Normally, we will just have a party at our house, but right now we are in a townhouse & there's just no way we could fit very many people there.

Our first party was at my friend Diana's house. It was a cupcake themed party!

I made the cupcake liner pom-poms that I found on Melissa from Dear Baby's guest post on The Daily Julie. They turned out really great & I did them in colors similar to Isis' bedroom so that I could hang them over her bed after the party! She LOVES them! Everytime we get her up, she wants to reach up & touch them.

We had a make your own cupcake set-up, so we just had plain cupcakes & then lots of icing, food coloring, sprinkles and candies that could be put on the cupcakes. Everyone made their own in whatever decor they wanted!

Isis loved opening all her presents! She loved this teapot set, but she also got some adorable hats from our friend Hannah (who takes all our fabulous pictures & is our babysitter!), a UK wildcat from my cousin Seth and some great books & teething rings from Lewis' best friend Nathan! Just like Christmas, her favorite was taking the tissue paper out of the bags! I think people had read my blog post about Christmas because everyone purposefully put their gifts in bags!

I think Lewis liked the teapot, too.

She was mesmerized by the flame on the candle!

Then she was actually really dainty with the cupcake! It cracked me up. We expected her to just dig in, but she wanted to pick it apart piece by piece. I even think at one point her little pinky finger was in the air as she did it.

She also kept her little feet crossed the whole time.

She had lots of fun with all her friends that came!

One of the things we did that I didn't actually get a picture of was we asked everyone to write a little note or encouragement to Isis on a notepad that we had. We put them all in her piggy bank. We want to do this each year and then one year we will open her piggy bank together and read all of them! I just want her to see what these people who loved her and shared her birthday had to say! I just think it'll be a great way to remember!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

1 Year Update!!

All pictures by Avenue D Photography

General stats: Weight - 20 lbs, 8 oz, Height - 29 inches
She has grown 13 lbs, 12 oz and 11 inches this year!!

Movement: She is a major crawler & a major cruiser, but has yet to walk. I think she crawls too well & cruises too well when leaning on things! We try to stand her up & get her to walk to us, but she seems to just know that crawling is faster or she will reach out for the couch or the wall & then walk to us. She will stand on her own sometimes if distracted, like holding a toy with both hands, but as soon as she realizes she's not leaning on anything, she drops straight down. We've seen her stand on her own for about 10 seconds, but she won't do it very often. We're just waiting patiently for this, I guess!

Food: She eats anything & everything...except pasta. I have no idea why she doesn't like pasta! We've tried everything with no allergic reactions. She love pickles! And she eats black olives! Most days, she eats cheese, yogurt, whole wheat bread, chicken, black beans, prunes, applesauce, things like that. She's not picky at all, which is wonderful! She drinks about 2 1/2 cups of milk throughout the day in a cup with a straw. She also drinks water with a little juice in it. We do about 1 oz juice to about 6 or 7 oz water. We were doing just water until she got sick & we had to give her pedialyte. Now she wants flavor!! She's got that pincer grasp down great because she's picking up her food all the time - along with any little things she finds on the carpet. We're having to vacuum about every other day right now! No idea where the little fuzzies come from!

Teeth: She has 4 teeth on top and 2 teeth on bottom. We can see and feel a few others getting ready to come in, but nothing else has poked through just yet.

Talking: She says mama, dada, baba for bottle, up, hi, buh for book, and ow. She's said ball a few times, but not enough times for me to really put it on the list yet. And she's said uh oh a few times, but again, not consistently yet. She loves to babble all day! She's got her own little language going on & talks to us a lot like that!

Sleep: She sleeps about 11.5-12 hours a night (from about 7:30pm - 7:00/7:30am). She still naps twice a day, about 9:30/10:00am and then about 1:30pm. Sometimes she will try to refuse one of the naps, but I'm not quite ready to give in to that, so I let her stay in the crib & she usually ends up falling asleep for a little while.

Milestones: She doesn't point yet, but she gestures with her whole hand all the time at whatever she's looking at or what she wants. She turns the pages on her board books and likes to help turn the pages on regular books. She waves, gives high fives & claps all the time! Most of the time she will touch my nose when I ask her where mommy's nose is. We're working on cheeks, eyes and mouth. She LOVES to dance!! We have little dance parties all the time. And any time she hears music - on a commercial or a phone ring tone or anything - she dances! It's one of my favorite things. One of her favorite things lately is to take things out of containers and put them back in. She loves to dump out this basket of blocks & then put them all back in the basket. She will do it over & over. She also loves playing peek-a-boo.

Overall, she's beautiful & healthy & I'm even more in love with her than I was one year ago! Does each year just keep getting better?? I sure hope so because I'm loving it!! I'm going to post soon with her first birthday party pics!

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Weaning from a Bottle Woes

Isis is now officially drinking from a cup - no more bottles!! But our journey to get here hasn't been the most fun, although it was probably better than some! I thought I'd share some of our story for those of you who may be at this point soon!

First, we started weaning her at about 11 1/2 months. At that point, she was taking a bottle at 7:30am, 11:30am, 3:30pm and 7:00pm. We started with the 3:30pm bottle. I gave her a sippy cup with half whole milk & half formula. She screamed. For about 45 minutes. It was awful. I consoled her every few minutes, but I didn't offer her a bottle. After about 45 minutes, I sat her down in the living room with the sippy cup on the ottoman and I walked in the kitchen to get her a piece of bread. I was gone about 5 seconds. When I came back, she was drinking the milk from the cup. Hilarious!

I guess other than her 45 minute tantrum, it was a pretty easy transition. About 3 days later, I started giving her a cup at the 11:30am feeding with no fight. Then about 4 days after that, I gave her a cup in the morning. About 2 days after that, she was eating a TON to make up for not having the formula. She ate everything we gave her. Black olives, pickles, cheese, yogurt, everything! She would eat SO much. We offered her whole milk at every meal, but she doesn't drink a ton of it. We were giving her water in a cup at other times, too. 

The Thursday before New Year's, she ate a ridiculous amount of food. I was still giving her a bottle of formula at night, so after eating a lot all day, she chugged that bottle of 7 oz of formula in about 30 seconds. Literally. It was clear she wasn't very happy when she finished it. At about 11:00pm, she woke up crying & I noticed something in her bed when I looked in the video monitor. Yep, it was vomit.

We cleaned that up & put her back to bed. At 2:00am, she woke up crying again & I went in there. I then had my real initiation into motherhood when she vomited all over me! The entire front of my shirt was soaked. I didn't want it to get on the carpet, so I just leaned back & took it all on myself. We both had to take a bath at 2am. She had no fever & no diarrhea, so we knew it was that she had eaten a lot. Especially when she didn't throw up again all night, but she had two big BM's the next day! The amount of food she was eating was crazy! We didn't give her another bottle after that - all cups all the time!

But we did discover that she prefers straw cups to sippy cups. We love these Playtex ones!

So there's our story! Took us about 2 weeks to transition & now at 1 year old, she's officially on cups! Although it took us a little tantrum & a major middle-of-the-night vomit episode to get there! 

What was your transition to cups like??

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2010 BBF's (Best Blog Friends!)

2010 has brought so many wonderful new people into my life - other than Isis, who was obviously the most fabulous! Blogging has been really fun for me, mostly because of the wonderful new friends I have made! Adriel is one of them & I'm totally stealing this post idea from her. She has the BEST ideas for posts! If you haven't read her blog, please do!

Here are the friends who just really made a difference to me over this past year!

Queenie at The Planet Pink

Melissa at Another Lunch

Lori at Mommyfriend

Micheline at Flyrish Foibles

Melissa at Dear Baby

I'm sure I am forgetting several people. I really apologize if I have! I truly appreciate every single one of you who have commented & become a part of this journey with me! Can't wait to see what 2011 brings!!

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