Tuesday, April 29, 2008

no more tears

So Jake didn't cry at all when I dropped him off yesterday. As soon as we got into his classroom, he ran over to the playdough table and proceeded to make "pizza". I told him I loved him and said goodbye. He responded with the same, "I wuv u", and then proceeded to ignore my presence as best as he could. I could swear I saw him rolling his eyes at me. Part of me finds this so reassuring that he is happy at his new preschool, but another part of me is like HEEY! Next thing you know he'll be requesting that I drop him off where no one can see us because I cramp his style.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

bebé gordo part 2

As they say, the proof is in the pudding.
And like her mama, most of it is in her thighs.


just how do you clean dirt out from underneath a newborn's fingernails? And how on earth did the dirt get under there in the first place? It's not like I leave her out in the garden to scratch and claw her way around. I wondered this with Jake and I still have no answers.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Think Green

Since it's Earth Day, I thought I'd climb up on my soapbox and share some useful tidbits on helping our health as well as the earth's.

First, plastics. Not only are they clogging our waterways, but I learned last year just how bad plastics are for our health, especially the health of our little ones. I unfortunately did not really know this when Jake was a baby and used plastic bottles with him, but luckily now I know. So now with Chloe I use glass or bisphenol-A free bottles & with Jake bisphenol-A free containers and sippy cups. Here's the download.

Plastics to Avoid

#3 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) commonly contains di-2-ehtylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), an endocrine disruptor and probable human carcinogen, as a softener.

#6 Polystyrene (PS) may leach styrene, a possible endocrine disruptor and human carcinogen, into water and food.

#7 Polycarbonate contains the hormone disruptor bisphenol-A, which can leach out as bottles age, are heated or exposed to acidic solutions. Unfortunately, #7 is used in most baby bottles and five-gallon water jugs and in many reusable sports bottles.

Better Plastics

#1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE), the most common and easily recycled plastic for bottled water and soft drinks, has also been considered the most safe. However, one 2003 Italian study found that the amount of DEHP in bottled spring water increased after 9 months of storage in a PET bottle.

#2 High Density Polyethylene

#4 Low Density Polyethylene

#5 Polypropylene

Best Reusable Bottles: Sigg canteens (Jake and mama's favorite), Betras USA Sports Bottles, Brita Fill & Go Water Filtration Bottle, Arrow Canteen

Better Baby Bottles: Choose tempered glass or opaque plastic made of polypropylene
(#5) or polyethylene (#1), which do not contain bisphenol-A.

Tips for Use:

*Sniff and Taste: If there's a hint of plastic in your water, don't drink it.

*Keep bottled water away from heat, which promotes leaching of chemicals.

*Use bottled water quickly, as chemicals may migrate from plastic during storage. Ask retailers how long water has been on their shelves, and don't buy if it's been months.

*Do not reuse bottles intended for single use. Reused water bottles also make good breeding grounds for bacteria.

*Choose rigid, reusable containers or, for hot/acidic liquids, thermoses with stainless steel or ceramic interiors.

Another thing to watch out for are the products we use every day to clean our bodies & homes. Better living by chemicals is not always good sense. It's time to realize that as cancer rates are rising, so are the chemicals in our lotions, deodorants, shampoos and floor cleaners. Try getting back to basics. The kind of stuff our grandma's used to clean and beautify. Vinegar, lemon juice and water is one of my all time favorite all purpose cleaners. There are now so many products out there that are organic and free of carcinogens. I like Melalueca and Sun & Earth for that stuff.

Reuse as much as you can. The local economy really doesn't need you to by a new phone because it has ambient lighting. Maybe tonight you can flick off the lights and dine by candle (safe ones) light instead. Bring your bags to the store when you do have to shop. Compost. Eat organic. Buy local. That is all. Stay healthy!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

bebé gordo

Here is a video of Chloe displaying yet another of her amazing talents. Listen carefully...

I hope that made your day a little better.

So we're one month in and the baby and I both have acne. We're like plague victims. I usually keep the shades drawn so as not to scare the neighbors.
Chloe had her 1 month weigh in last Wednesday and she's proudly topping out the charts. 95% for weight and 25-50% for height. She's basically short and fat. I have a hard time believing it's all me. She's got to be sneaking pints of Ben & Jerry's in the middle of the night. Her cheeks are proof of that. She's also 95% for eye lashes. They're ridiculous. She hasn't learned how to bat them yet, but when she does, watch out. She has amazing neck control and is smiling and cooing like Bozo the Clown. She'll sleep from 9:30-5 now with an 11:30 feed in between. After 5 am it's hit and miss. Sometimes she'll konk out again but then there are days like today where she'll be wide awake and ready to chat.
She's also acquired a few nicknames to date and here they are in no particular order.

Chlo Chlo
Miss Thang

my tricycle

Thank you Grandma & Grandpa for my awesome new ride. The chicks really dig it too!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The BIG day has finally come...

The big man’s first day of preschool was today. Jonathan, Grandma and I walked him over and reluctantly left him there. We actually hung out for a little bit to just observe & take lots of photos. We were those crazy parents I'm sure. He seemed completely bewildered. It's a lot to take in so I can understand. He had to of been wondering why he was there, if we would stay or not, if he would stay, how long, who all these people were etc. etc. When walking over to the music class they all had to hold onto a shape on this leash. Jake held it for a total of 3 seconds and then jerked his hand away it seems when he realized he might be mistaken as part of the class. When I finally walked away he reached out and cried for me not to go. But I did. Quickly. And sadly. He just seemed so very small next to the other kids even though everyone in his class are only two yrs. old like him.

So I just picked him up and he seemed to do okay I guess. The teacher didn’t tell me anything out of the ordinary happened. Just normal first day stuff. I did okay too. No crying believe it or not. I’ve felt on the verge all morning but none a tear has been shed.
I know this is a really good thing. I'll actually get a bit of a break 3 times a week & have some time to spend with the newbie. He'll hopefully gain some necessary social skills as well as a few bad habits along the way. All par for the course I guess.

Friday, April 11, 2008

My Mothers Day

was spent doing this...

it's moments like this that make it all worth it.

too much t.v.

Jake doing either his best epileptic seizure or "Night at the Roxbury" from Saturday Night Live impression. He's such a little white boy.

lots o' birthdays

note how well the cupcake goatee matches his outfit.
Believe or not, that wasn't planned.
photo taken by Sarah. find more birthday photos here

The other day I promised I'd say more about Jake's big 2nd birthday. Well, there really isn't that much to say except he's certainly 2. This age brings about all sorts of interesting, er, aspects. He's been in the "terrible" phase well and truley now for about 4 months. By terrible I mean, screaming louder than Janet Leigh and does just about everything opposite of what he's told. He's also incredibly verbal now and can now communicate what he wants and doesn't want. Usually more of what he doesn't. He even says "wow - cool!" to describe something, well, cool. He's now old enough to attend preschool. We have this lovely little preschool right across the street from us that he's going to start attending this Monday, 3 days a week. I'm partly dancing in the streets and partly mourning this HUGE milestone. When Monday comes, I don't know if I'll be ready. Up until this point, he's been kept in this little bubble of mommy and now he's going off to spread his little wings. Oh my gawd he's leaving the nest. He's going to college and moving away with some pregnant fluzy.
I get these weekly emails about "your toddler this week" covering that weeks milestone and on his birthay it changed to "your preschooler this week". oh how they grow. Here's a video from his party.

And now for Chloe...
Today is Chloe's 1 month birthday. Today she's tracking and tomorrow she'll be stealing my car keys.
She's so much more alert these days. I even got a smile and a squeal out of her this morning. It was almost like her little internal clock said 'okay, you're exactly 1 month old now... time to act happy'. She such a good baby. She'll sleep and sleep and around here sleep = good. Last weekend she finally got to meet Aunt Kathy while she was down for Jake's birthday & they hit if off like peas and carrots.

Friday, April 4, 2008

I Turned 2 Today!

I know, how is this possible?
More on this later... I'm up to my eyeballs in frosting.

Happy Birthday Jakee!