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May 29, 2012

must have baby items, part 2

 
Back in the day (which was a Tuesday) I wrote about a few baby items I loved or hated. Now that P-dizz is older I figured I'd give you a little review of some other items (code for: nothing else to write about). There's really not too much that I don't like, I am basically a baby-gidget-and-gadget-useless-kinda-stuff hoarder, if you will.

Just like the last review post, it's a long one, and I'm definitely not being paid by any of these boneheads.

When Presley was younger, we only used the AngelCare monitor and that was a life saver. Now that she's older I'm pretty sure we are past the SIDS scare and we live by this exact video monitor. It was given to my by a friend, so I'm not exactly sure how much it cost, but I can assure you that it's worth every. single. penny! It's so much fun to watch Presley play in her crib and it definitely makes it easier to check on her rather than going into her room 15 times while she naps. Bottom line: Get one. They have them super cheap at our local consignment shop!
2) This piano I got at a garage sale for 25 cents. Turns out, it's Presley's favorite toy because HeavenForbidSheLikesAtoyThatWeSpentOurHardEarnedDollarOn. Ya know? All those toys and they like the cheap ones. It's her favorite though and she can really bust out some good tunes on that bad boy!
3) At first, we were straight up Dr. Brown bottle users. I swear by those things but if I had to wash one more part of those mugs I was going to go postal. Seriously, so many parts to those bottles that you had to wash. The Born Free bottles are just as good and while they also have a few extra parts, you can just rinse them off. Where as with the Dr. Browns you had to get that skinny little brush and get into all the crevices of the bottles. So these are what we use!

4) Baby Brezza Perfect Temp Water Kettle- This is probably one of my smartest purchases. It keeps the water for formula at the perfect temp (98 Degrees) so when you make a bottle there's no need to heat it! Before we had this the 3 a.m. feedings came really quick, and it seemed like the bottle warmer took 10 years to heat up. This saves so much time! I paid about 40 bones for it, but it's worth every penny!

5) Dream Baby Deluxe bath seat- Presley has always loved a bath, and she outgrew her baby tub fairly quickly. As soon as she was able to sit up by herself I got a bath seat and she loved being able to play more! I got mine at a consignment store, but I don't think these are very expensive. They only use this for a few months though!


6) HALO SleepSack- We definitely got our $$ worth out of this. We keep our house pretty cool at night and I get super worried that P-Nasty would freeze her nips off. With this wearable blanket I knew she was nice and toasty! The only downside to it is once she could crawl it was hard for her to move around with her legs in there.

7) Sippy cups- UGH! Talk about wasting money on tons of these things! We probably have every brand of cup and I've only found a few that I like! I bought her the Born Free sippy since we use the bottles- I hate the cups! The nipple part is so hard to get anything out of, I can barely drink out of it. Waste of money, even if they do look cute :)
We like the NUK brand! The only downside is that they aren't leak-proof. So that's always fun.

Our favorite brand though is Tommee Tippee. They are leak-proof and the juice/milk comes out so easy! And they have a little cap that flips over the top to keep it so fresh & so clean-clean! YAY!

Whelp, that's it for now, I have about 700 other products and stuff that I love because I'm a baby item junkie. If you have any baby items you can't live without then let me know. But let's get real, I probably already have it anyways :)

May 16, 2012

iphone dump

I just thought I'd throw up all over your computer screen with tons of pics.

You're welcome!

These are just a few pictures from my phone!















May 15, 2012

ten months





Today my little PuffinTard is 10 months old!

And if my arithmetic is correct...we only have two months until we are gonna be throwin' down for her 1st Birthday party!

Awwwww snap!

Weight:
20-something-or-another pounds. I had to cancel her doctors appointment last week because I had the stomach bug. We go in a few weeks, but I assure you, homegirl is PACKIN' in the weight department.

Height:
Not sure, but give me a sec and I'll go measure because I love you (have to have it for the baby book)....ok, wow. If you ever need a quick way to piss off your baby then holding them down (sitting on them) and stretching them out is the way to go...anyways. 28.5 inches long.

Clothing Size:
12 months in most everything. Except those dern white Gerber onesies. Those run small so she's in 18 months.

Diapers:
Size 3

Feeding:
She has about 3 formula bottles a day, whole milk in a sippy cup throughout the day, and eats everything in sight. She is starting to love fruit, finally!

Hair/Eyes:
Light brown hair, and most of the time it's got a little curl to it! She definitely doesn't get that from me. I have the worlds straightest hair. Adam had ringlets when he was little, so hopefully she will too! Her eyes are green.

Sleep:
After her sickness finally went away, she went back to sleeping all night! She usually goes to bed between 7:30-8:00 and wakes up between 6:30-7:00! She naps in the morning around 9:00. Then again around 12:00, and again around 3:00!

Fun Stuff:
She still has 4 teeth
Has learned a new smile that involves nose scrunching and eyebrow raising
Loves playing peek-a-boo
Can hand stuff to you, and then takes it away, then hands it back..and so on
Says "Mama, Papa, Gaga, and bye bye"
Grits her top and bottom teeth (GAG!)
Doesn't need to be rocked to sleep anymore (frownsmile)
Still doesn't know how to do her laundry or drive herself to daycare, which really disappoints me. But hey, there's always next month, right?
Loves to be sung to, which fortunately for her I have the voice of an angel so I sing all the time. HA!
She is usually content playing by herself, until I make eye contact with her, then all of a sudden she cries and stays up under my feet.

That's about it! She is growing SO fast! I have got to get her party going. I think I'm just gonna go balls to the wall and ordering things in the next week or so.

Except I haven't decided on a theme.

So, Imma go now and scour Pinterest.

And if we're being honest here, this is how P has acted all afternoon.


Someone send wine Landshark (with a lime please!)

May 11, 2012

attack of the stomach virus

If you want to experience death, then just come get a little taste of this stomach virus I have.

It started Tuesday afternoon. I ate breakfast the morning, then as the day went on I just went downhill. My co-workers kept telling me I looked pale, which is nothing new because I suck in the tanning department. Then I got all dizzy and junk, which led the the nausea.

People, do you know what it's like to be stuck in a massage room for an hour while feeling like you could hurl all over your client?

Yeah, it sucks!

And obviously, since I'm nauseas every one assumes I'm pregnant. Can't a girl just be sick without growing a human?! Apparently not!

I make it through the day at work, then head downtown to do two other massages.

Oh mylanta, y'all.

I literally was staring at the trashcan during both massages. I did eat some crackers in between massages so I felt a little better. That was the only thing I had to eat since breakfast that morning.

Y'all know I'm sick when I don't eat!

So here we are, three days later and the only things I've consumed are an apple, half a can of Chicken & Stars, and some applesauce. And lots and lots and lots of water.

I think I'm getting better, I have been hungry all morning so that must be a good sign, right?!

RIGHT??

The good news is that Adam was a mother-friggin SAINT and took care of Presley while I was stuck in bed for two days straight.

The bad news is that he has left on a road trip until late Sunday night.

And my Mom, and Grandmother also have the virus.

I'm on my own. All by myself. Just me. No help.

So, cross your fingers, cross your toes, and say your prayers that I survive.

I'm going to need it because P woke up with a fever and had a few really bad diapers yesterday.

If you don't hear from me in a few days, send in the troops!

May 2, 2012

baby food making

not to be confused with "baby making."

because I would hope that you don't need me to type out the recipe of that for you!

Lately I've really stepped up my game on making Presley's baby food. I'm talkin', balls to the wall, mixing random things together and actually feeding them to her! So far, she likes everything I've made.

At first I felt like all I made for her was sweet potatoes, squash, and mixed veggies. I just buy jarred fruits for her, because she doesn't really like fruits that much.

I ordered two new books, and also went to Barnes & Noble to get a few other recipes. The books should be here soon but I thought I'd share a new concoction that I have recently whipped up for my young little pickle!

Recipe #1

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons orzo or other small pasta
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 cup of your baby's usual milk (I used whole milk)
1/2 cup grated swiss cheese
2 cups fresh spinach (remove tough stems), or 1/4 cup thawed frozen spinach
2/3 cup cooked frozen corn

Directions:

1) Cook pasta (and corn- not pictured) according to package


2) In a saucepan (I had put my cooked pasta in a separate bowl, so I just used that pan again), melt the butter and stir in the flour for about 30 seconds. Gradually whisk in the milk to make a smooth white sauce. Bring it to a boil and then summer for 2 minutes.


3)Remove from heat and stir in the cheese until melted.

4) I used frozen (thawed) spinach, so I just squeezed the water out. Then combine the spinach with the cheese sauce.


5) Pour that into your your food mill and puree.

6) After you puree the sauce, stir in the pasta and corn. Continue to puree until you reach the consistency your kiddo likes!


7) Pour into ice cube tray, then put it in the freezer!

8) The next day, put the frozen cubes into a labeled zip lock bag for easy access!

9) When you're ready to use it, put it in a tupperware or glass bowl and heat 'em up!


10) Feed to hungry baby (who is sporting a may-jah lazy eye)


BOOM! That's it!

You can keep baby food frozen up to 3 months. I usually go through it before then, but I don't make huge batches at a time!

I will post another recipe in a few days! Let me know if you have any recipes that your baby likes, I am always up to try new things!