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- 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.”
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.
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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 About.com 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.
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!
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 Navy.com: $6.00 on sale. TOO CUTE!
photos: blackcelebkids.com, dailymail.uk, bittenandbound.com
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
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