Sunday, March 29, 2009
To make up for missing the fishing trip, my parents sprang for a massage for my sister and I! Ah woo hoo! We got to the spa and filled out all the necessary forms, then we were paired up with our masseuses. I got a woman (the owner) and my sister got a man! This was only her second massage (the first didn't go well) so I was really considering switching with her so she would get a good massage. But I didn't (which was a good thing because the masseuse gave me what seemed to be a deep tissue massage - I nearly threw up at one point ... it was AWESOME) and my sister got what she ended up calling a "man-ssage". She said he did a good job, but when it came time to massage her back with his arm she said it was a little ... hairy.
So what do you think? Massage from a man ... yea or nay?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
We are staying on South Seas Plantation in Captiva, Florida. This is our view. Our condo is on a golf course.
We took our son for his FIRST swim in any pool. I took FOREVER to get him ready (sunscreen, hat, rash guard, swim diaper, trunks, sunglasses ... no sun was getting to my beautiful boy's skin if I could help it), but we had a ton of fun. He wasn't his usual self because he's got two teeth coming in, but we still had fun.
And he has started to "crawl" forward! I'll try to get a video of it at some point, though I won't be able to post it until we get home.
Yesterday was a big day, to say the least. First airplane ride, trip to Florida, poop on the plane, second tooth, crawling forward, sleeping on the floor, sleeping in the same room as mommy and daddy, warm weather, ... whoa.
He did, however, poop on the plane ... I did not like changing him in the airplane bathroom. He is too big for the changing table and we hit a little bit of turbulence when we were in there. Plus, it went up his back so I had to ask one of the flight attendants to ask my husband for an extra outfit.
When we got to Florida, we discovered that his pack n' play didn't make it with us, so he got to sleep on the floor last night (with a little padding underneath and a lot of pillows around him as a makeshift pen). The pack came this morning, so hopefully he'll sleep in that tonight.
So far, his favorite thing about Florida is that there are paddle fans in almost every room of the condo. He can't stop staring at them.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
(Totally explains why he was so miserable sounding the last few nights before bed.)
Any ideas/suggestions as to how to make him feel a little more comfortable during teething?
*Deep breath, Nicole.*
And then there's the flight ... how will my son do with the change in air pressure? The massive amounts of new people? Not getting to play on the floor?
*Deep breath, Nicole.*
I keep having to remind myself that he is an awesome kid and will do just fine. He will be just fine.
In fact, it will be fun. We are going to Florida! He gets to visit his first new state. It'll be his first time at the beach. And it'll be his first time swimming!! I get so excited about all the firsts ... which reminds me - I need to bring more batteries for my camera.
One more thing to add to the list.
Alright, back to packing and the NCAA tournament!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
If you are averse to swearing, don't read it. Serious potty mouth going on here. But it's amazing and truthful and the guy is an AWESOME photographer. I love the way he and his wife are documenting her pregnancy ... and how jealous am I of how GORGEOUS she looks even while pregnant.
Anyhow, check it out. Oh, and their son is adorable! Such a little man.
Life isn't perfect for them and Ryan (the blogger) tells all about it. And in one post he calls out all the people who are putting on a facade and making everything seem perfect. After reading a bunch of his postings, I started feeling bad about the world in its current state and how everything could fall apart in a second.
Then I remembered ... this is why I don't watch the news. It's not that I want to be ignorant and detached from what is going on in the world. I just can't handle all the bad news. My depression makes things crappy enough; add bad news on top of that and I get bogged down. I would rather try to focus on the beautiful things in life and leave the rest as it is. I don't always succeed, but the trying is the important part.
So I have a new blog I love, but I will have to read it one post a day. No more than that. And I'll have to balance it with a lot of looking and playing with my son. And smiling. Because while life isn't perfect, there are certainly elements of beautiful in every day.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
My cousin, his daughter, has started a Relay for Life team in his honor and I am a team member! Craig's Crusaders will be walking in the Eaton Rapids Relay for Life this May and we would love and appreciate all the donations we can get. I know in these difficult times donating is the last thing people feel like they can do (trust me, I feel it too), but cancer seems to be an ever-present reality in people's lives today and I feel like it is so important to raise funds to help eradicate this horrible disease.
Every little bit counts.
Please visit my personal page on the Relay for Life website at ...
I'll be posting more about this later on and will share with you more of who my uncle was.
Until then, have a wonderful day!
Monday, March 16, 2009
This recipe comes from the Kraft Food and Family magazine. We had it last night and it is wicked good. Hope you enjoy it!
Sausage and Tomato Rigatoni
4 cups rigatoni pasta (8 oz.) uncooked
1 lb. Italian sausage, cut into chunks
1 medium red onion, sliced
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup Kraft 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese
Cook pasta as directed on package. (Might want to delay this a bit until you have the meat browned.)
Meanwhile, brown sausage in large nonstick skillet; drain. Stir in onions and tomato paste; cover. Cook 15 minutes or until onions are tender and sausage is cooked through (170 degrees F), stirring occasionally. Stir in dressing.
Toss sausage mixture with pasta. Sprinkle with parsley and cheese.
Makes 4 servings, about 2 cups each. (Though we ate all but enough for my husband to take a bit of the leftovers today for a good lunch.)
Sunday, March 15, 2009
And had a wonderful day! Hope you enjoyed your day as well!
So we're going to see the butterflies exhibit early this afternoon and maybe heading over to Lowe's to look for a new mailbox. The snowplow threw so much snow at our mailbox with such force that it snapped the stupid thing off about three feet up the post. Grrr. So now we have to dig up the old post and put in a new one. And as our mailbox is a bit on the jank side of things, we'll be getting a new one of those, too.
What are you guys doing today?
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
And then there is last night/today. We put him down at around 11:30 p.m. last night and he is still sleeping now at 8:09 a.m.!! I am not sure what to make of it. And I have no idea what I did right, which stinks because I have no idea if I'll be able to replicate this lovely night of sleep for him.
Also, we're thinking of trying to put him to bed earlier, but previous efforts of this sort have been highly resisted. I have read to try to move bedtime in fifteen minute increments ... has anyone had luck with this?
And does anyone have any suggestions for me on how to get my little guy to nap more? Or is it at all possible that he doesn't need to nap because he sleeps up to 12.5 hours at "night"?
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Anyhow, I hope you enjoy this recipe ... I've made it twice and it is super yummy.
Three Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake
(from Kraft Foods)
Makes 4 servings
1 1/2 cups multigrain penne pasta, uncooked
1 pkg. (9 oz.) fresh spinach leaves
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 jar (14 1/2 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
2 oz. (1/4 of 8 oz. pkg.) Philadelphia Neufchatel Cheese, cubed
1 cup Kraft 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
2 Tbsp. Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook pasta, adding spinach to boiling water for last 1 min.
Cook and stir chicken and basil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat 3 min. Add sauce and tomatoes; bring to boil. Simmer 3 min. or until chicken is done. Stir in Neufchatel cheese.
Drain pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Spoon into 2 qt. baking dish.
Bake 20 min. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake 3 min.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
The First Years Arc Deluxe Nail ClippersGreat ergonomic nail clippers that come with a magnifying glass for clipping those tiny baby nails. Never a fun job, but these make it a little easier. For the really tough ones, or if your newborn still has his/her nails attached to the tips of his/her fingers, I recommend the Safety 1st nail clippers with the nail file attachment - also a good choice.
Arbonne Baby Care (ABC) Herbal Diaper Rash Cream
Awesome stuff! Our son doesn't get many diaper rashes, but when he does this seems to clear it up the quickest. It also has a really nice scent, an added bonus when you have to deal with really poopy diapers.
Method Baby Squeaky Green Body Lotion
It's a wonderful lotion for soothing baby's dry skin. My son loves getting little baby massages with this stuff. I don't know if it comes in different scents, but we have the "rice milk + mallow" scent and it is yummy smelling!
Gentle Naturals Cradle Cap Care
While it smells a little funky, it really does the trick when trying to eliminate pesky cradle cap on your little one. Combined with the use of a good cradle cap brush (more on that later), it took care of our son's cradle cap. Containing a couple different kinds of oils, it is a little easier to handle than just working olive oil into your baby's scalp (though you can do that, too).
Arbonne Baby Care Hair and Body Wash
It smells great and can counteract the over-powering smell of the Cradle Cap Care mentioned above. Also, it is a tear-free formula ... a must for bathtime with baby!
First Years American Red Cross All-In-One Bathing Brush
This handy little brush did a great job on our son's cradle cap. Gentle enough to use on his soft spot, just rubbing the bristle side in circles (in tandem with the Crade Cap Care mentioned above) over his scalp helped eliminate cradle cap within a week or so.
No worries about sticking it too far into the baby's ear! With all the ear wax our little guy has, these have come in handy. Just a little twirl in his outer ear after bath time and it's clean as a whistle!
I hope these products help you as much as they've helped us! Anything you'd recommend?
Jo Frost's Confident Baby Care
Yup, the Super Nanny has written a book. It's slim, it's easy to read, it's broken down into manageable age ranges, and it doesn't make you feel horrible about yourself as a parent. I feel these are all the things a new parent needs. The advice is sound, though not as comprehensive as some larger books, and is focused on loving your child and giving him/her the best head start in life you can.
I have professed my love of all magazines before, but this one truly is awesome. From raising a nice kid to saving money on groceries to disciplining your child, Parents magazine offers advice for children of all ages. It covers a wide range of topics in a fun, easy-to-read way. Plus, if you read it around your baby, he/she will love looking at the photos of other kids.
I initially signed up for this weekly newsletter when I was pregnant because they would tell me how big my unborn baby was according to fruits and vegetables (e.g., butternut squash) and I thought it was cute. Now, I love getting the weekly newsletter because it addresses issues directly related to my son's age, provides ideas for activities I can do with him that foster development, and gives me a little chuckle at the bottom with their "Don't Forget to Laugh" section. It has been a wealth of knowledge I have been grateful to have as I start to figure out what kind of mom I'm going to be.
So those are my favorites. My go-to list of resources that help me through the days. I hope you find them as helpful as I have. Any of you have any favorites?
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I know as Americans we are taught to think of the naked human body as taboo, but should it be? We all have one. And should we be as ashamed of our own bodies as some of us are? The people on this site aren't perfect looking (some are far from it), but there they stand. Seeing them seem so unafraid to be bare in front of the world was slightly empowering.
So here's the question ...
If an artist put a call out to all normal people (i.e., non-celebrities) that (s)he was doing an exhibit like this on the human body ... would you do it? Not sure I would, but it's a thought.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sloppy Joe Pie
1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped (I used a yellow onion)
1 can (15 oz.) crushed tomato, with liquid
1 envelope sloppy joe seasoning
1 tube (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent roll dough
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a frying pan, brown beef and onion together until beef is done. Stir crushed tomatoes and seasoning into beef and onion. Simmer over medium-low heat 5 minutes, stirring ocassionally. Place beef mixture into a greased, deep 9-inch pie pan or round baking dish. Lay individually flattened crescents over top, placing the skinny point in the center, stretching the bottom edge of the crescent dough triangle to the outside of the pan. Overlap dough if necessary. Bake 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
In efforts to keep my spirits up, I'll post a picture of something that made me laugh this weekend.