Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Santa Baby



Let's just say my department won the decorating contest this year.  We (everyone but myself) spent our lunch breaks for a couple of weeks creating Santa's workshop just outside our cubicles.  It was complete with a throne for Santa, wrapped presents galore, and even a house (you can't see the structure that was suspended from the ceiling).  There is a fireplace to the right of the windows seen above, and everyone has a stocking hanging there.  On the day of judgment, Santa himself showed up to visit the workshop we had created for him.  My bebe and a couple other coworkers' children came for the big event.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tummy Time






..... is happy time.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Under the Weather

I can feel sickness coming on.  It started about 4 hours ago; that sick and sudden raw feeling in the back of your throat and in your ear.  The one that shimmies up and slowly whispers, "Hi.  I'm here.  Can I stay for just a bit?  Only a little while?"  And then the next morning shows up with all his friends and enough luggage for the next 5 weeks.

Ok, maybe that didn't make any sense.  I'm picturing some nasty little green guy, like the one in the Mucinex commercials.

Gross.

I'm not sure that I've ever dreaded getting sick so much.  Nooooo!

The husband guy was sick all last week and weekend, and my coworkers were all sick the week before I went back to work.

Ugggh.................


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Brrrrr

Day number 6 of no hot water, and things are actually getting easier.  Caleb's saying things like, "Hey - showering out of a pot of water heated on the stove is way more efficient, and much quicker than a normal shower!  I may not go back!"

My hair is getting the hippie treatment (washed every 2-3 days), as are my legs, and while it may be more oily than usual, it sure is easier to get ready when you don't have to dry and style it every single morning.  I'll be wearing a floor-length skirt to church today, hoping no one notices what feels like bear fur covering my legs.

Baby girl is still getting her baths, just not as often, and not as nice of a bath.  She's used to getting the spa treatment, spoiled girl....

Caleb tried fixing the heater himself, no luck.  We're also out the cost in parts.

Don't worry about the fact that it snowed this week, our dishes are only getting washed when we absolutely have to wash them for lack of silverware, and we have a baby in winter-like weather.



Sure hope the landlord is enjoying his vacation right now!


!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

2-Month Stats

I took my baby girl to the doctor on Friday for her checkup;

She weighed in at a whopping 11 lbs 2 oz (41st %-ile).

Length is now at 23.5" (79th %-ile).

She got 2 shots and 1 oral vaccine.  Took 'em like a champ.

Okay not really, but you know.  She's a baby.  Can't really expect much more from her.


Returning to work tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2 Months

So last week I bought those super cute number stickers that everyone and their dog has for their babies.  You know, you put them in a onesie or something similarly plain, and slap that cute little sticker on their tummy that says "5 months".  Then you have a super cute photo, and you can easily remember why that picture is more special than the other 5,035 that are sitting in your camera.

Well, this is how that went this morning:


And wouldn't you know it, she pooped through that outfit, and the super cute outfit that I put on top of that, for trying again once she was happier.  Turns out the stickers don't re-stick very well.

Oh well.  I've still got a few fun ones, even if she's screaming in all of them.

Here is her picture from when she was 1 month:


I don't think she's grown much physically, other than packing on a couple pounds and filling out her little legs.  Her doctor appointment is on Friday, so we'll get the 'official' weigh-in.  I don't think she's going to follow in my family's footsteps of growing crazy fast. While I don't mind my height and weight now, I certainly didn't appreciate it growing up, always being a head taller than everyone.  So, for her sake, I won't be upset if she grows normally.  If she speeds up though, that's still all right! As long as she's healthy and growing!


After a trip to Costco and a nice long nap and food, we managed a few other cute pictures.  I'm learning a little bit more about taking pictures.  I hope it shows, though I know that I have a long way to go:












Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Entrepeneur

I can't ever ever ever figure out how to pronounce that word.  In normal conversation I avoid it, and try to use synonyms at all costs.

"How are your...selling things that you devised yourself....going?

Anyway.

I'm returning to work in less than 2 weeks.  I ordered a breast pump.

YAY!

....

...........

....


Not really that excited about all of that, but I'll figure it out.  I mean returning to work. Not the pump.

So.

New insurance requirements mean that the pump is totally free for me, which is pretty awesome.  However, none of the extras come with it.  Extra parts, a specially designed cooler, the bag that fits the pump perfectly and has a secret zipper to use it more easily.  Those cost, at least for the pump I'm purchasing, anywhere from $100-$150.

I've searched and searched online, and I can find some used on eBay, and there are a small handful of websites that are selling designer handbags for pumps, starting at $150 and up.

I even looked for tutorials, anything DIY for a breast pump bag.

Nothing.

It can't really be that difficult to make one.  Yeah, it'll be more difficult than your average tote bag, but couldn't be as hard as making a wedding dress....right?

I think I've found a product that needs to be made for less than $150 and sold on Etsy.

Thoughts?  En/Discouragements?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blessing Day

I don't love the pictures I got of our family on the actual blessing day, though I'm sure I'll like looking at them later.  Anyway, here are a few pictures I got this week with my little sweetie in her blessing dress.  My mom stayed up very late the week before the blessing making this dress (sorry, Mom).  I think it turned out adorable; I'm extremely grateful she did that for me!

And a shout-out to Suzette and Miranda for the beautiful headband you guys sent! It worked out beautifully with the dress!







Also, this is currently her favorite seat.  Ah, the miracle worker, the battery-operated swing:


Monday, November 10, 2014

Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?

Yes.  Yes I have.

My boss reached out to me today via email to let me know that she had gone to Cafe Rio last Saturday at my recommendation, and loved it.

I've introduced the Mexican grill to one more soul!

Now just 6.5 billion more to go.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

First Nap in the Crib



... and it's going so well.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What Up With That

Ick!

I usually purchase greek yogurt from Costco, but the last few weeks have just been buying the regular Yoplait light yogurts at Walmart.

Their label now reads "Now with no aspartame!"

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for changing things up and making them healthier wherever possible, but -

THESE YOGURTS ARE FREAKING NASTY NOW.

Anybody have this same experience?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Better Understanding

Things happen to your body when pregnant.  It's no surprise to anyone.

I have always heard stories of women whose feet have grown multiple sizes while pregnant.  I've dreaded the idea and possibility that my own already larger than average feet might extend to even greater lengths.

But guess what?

Well, they did grow a little (and yes this is only the first pregnancy).

BUT -

I've had size 10.5 feet for quite some time now.  All my shoes are either too tight or sliding off my feet, because - guess what - size 10.5 is somewhat hard to come by, and I lack the patient or the know-how to shop appropriately for shoes.

SO - 

Many of my shoes no longer fit.

AND -

The ones that were too big fit much better now.

THIS MEANS

I can wear size 11 comfortably!

AND

I have to go buy new shoes.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Last Week

Here are a few of my favorites from the last seven days:









I usually get the grumpy faces and the screams, while Caleb gets the smiles and the coos.  Es la vida...

She's started laughing and giggling in her sleep sometimes.  She usually wakes up 1, sometimes 2 times a night.  Last night she slept for 5 straight hours! Woohoo!  So far, she's still got some dark blue eyes, and her hair definitely looks red in certain lights.  My friend insists she did not alter her hair color to look so red in the newborn pictures she took!

She'll be 1 month old already on Saturday.  I know everyone says it, but I really can't believe how fast time is flying (and these are only her first four weeks...).

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Little Miss

This little girl is just about as cute as it gets, I've decided.






Yep.

I'm loving the psycho whites of her eyes while she's sleeping combined with uncontrolled grins and coos.  I love it when her eyes are open and she's just checking out her space.  I love it when she is more content to be held while she sleeps (though I don't love that at night).  She loves to hear singing, her dad's voice, and when her hair gets washed after an annoying bath.

I can't wait to see what/who she looks like as she gets older, and yet I don't want her to grow even one more inch.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Star Spangled Spectacular

Lots happening this weekend.  The 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner's penning is tomorrow, September 14.  Baltimore has lots of old ships (mostly replicas) in the harbor this weekend for free tours, Fort McHenry has lots of events going on, the Blue Angels are performing today and tomorrow, and there will of course be fireworks tonight and tomorrow.

With the NFL Ravens game on Thursday night, an Orioles game last night, and all the festivities this weekend, Baltimore is expecting about a million visitors this weekend.

Also, President Obama came to Baltimore yesterday to see everything.  Luckily for everybody trying to get home from work and go to the baseball game, they closed down half the major freeways for the motorcade.  That was a fun commute home last night.

I am super bummed that I am not going to go hang out with all the festivities today.  Caleb is working all day, and I am too nervous that something might happen and I might need to get to the hospital or even just to a bathroom, and will be stuck in all the crowds and not be able to get out.  It would be fun to find a way to view the air show or the fireworks tonight though.

Either way, I think it is so cool that we get to be here where all this history occurred.

Also, this guy's enthusiasm is awesome.  I couldn't find the whole interview that I saw on TV with Ranger Vince, but trust me, this guy just can't seem to handle this weekend:

http://www.wbaltv.com/news/president-obama-visits-fort-mchenry/28036062

(Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to embed the video.)

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Conversation

Today I followed my doctor's instructions and went in after having a headache that wouldn't go away.  If you know me, you know that that is perfectly normal.  But for other people it's not, and better safe than sorry so I went in to the labor and delivery unit to get checked out to rule out preeclampsia and other fun stuff.

{everything is fine}

The whole time I was there I only heard about 1 other patient, and saw none.  REALLY busy up there.

The last person who came in after all the other fun tests had already been done was The Midwife.

"Ok, so you've got a headache.  And it looks like you have a history of headaches?  What do you do to manage those when you're not pregnant?"

"Well, nothing really.  Sometimes Excedrin.  I've had them most of my life."

"Ok, so how long has this been a problem?  Who have you been seeing for them?"

"Since I was 9.  And I haven't been seeing anyone for them.  I got a prescription for Imitrex once 2 years ago, but it doesn't work for me and that doctor decided nothing else was necessary at that time."

"Ok, so what do you do since then to manage them?"

"So, nothing."

"And are you seeing someone for managing them?"

"No.  I don't do anything about them."

"And what are you doing to manage them?"

At this point I'm thinking...um, can I switch hospitals?

I arrived at the hospital at 12:30 and hadn't eaten lunch.  I had left work early and gone straight there.  I hadn't realized how extensive their evaluation would be, and by the time the midwife was in there it was after 3 PM.

My favorite part was that after all the tests and her thorough 'analysis' of my situation, she decided that I was having a headache because I hadn't eaten since breakfast, and because my iron count was slightly low (which is normal for me).  Since I knew that I was fine and baby was fine, I just nodded my head and agreed as she told me about the importance of eating regularly, thinking all the while, please don't be here when I actually have to give birth....

Fun, fun times.

For those of you who get regular headaches and migraines like myself, don't you love it when people who've never had a headache in their life try to tell you what's causing yours?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Oh Boy....

Yesterday when we came home from a nice dinner with friends, I noticed that our window a/c unit had given up the ghost.

You can imagine my excitement, especially since today we hit 91 degrees, at 50% humidity in the late afternoon.  Temps in the upper 70s, lower 80s all month until today.

We're not buying a new unit, because we plan on moving after this lease is up, and hope to find a place with central air.

I have sweat more today just standing in my kitchen shaping rolls than in my 45-minute spin classes in college.

These next few weeks are going to be awesome.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Excitement

One of the most fun ways to wake up in the middle of the night:

to the feeling of something wriggling in your ear.

Cue freak out, then incessant scratching in said ear, and inability to relieve previously mentioned sensation.

Then a few minutes later, the sensation of wriggling down your throat.

The best part is I have no idea if I was just feeling something that wasn't there, or if something actually crawled into my ear last night.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Question of the Year

When will Cafe Rio catch on over here?

People need to stop idealizing Chipotle and see it for what it is:

not as good as Cafe Rio.

Ugh.

Pay $2 more for your meal and you have TWO meals (one for tomorrow, or share with your sibling, or significant other or new friend you just met).  And it tastes significantly better.  And less salty.  Just sayin'.

Go eat some Cafe Rio for me.

Thank you.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Angry Elevator Riders

Well howdy.

I was getting on the elevator this morning at the hospital to go up to my appointment.  I had to catch the door as it started to close - no biggie.

I walked in, Caleb walked in, another lady walked in behind me.  A woman was already on the elevator, deep in thought with her phone, standing directly in front of all the floor number buttons.

It's a big elevator.  Lots of space.  Plenty of room to move back.

I reach over and push the button for my floor.  It doesn't light up.  A couple tries later and it works.  I get out of the way so the woman behind me can get her floor number.  I'd offer to get it for her, but I'm clearly in the personal space of Phone Lady Who Won't Be Moved.

Her hands are full, and she asks Phone Lady, "Can you please press # 5 for me?"

Cue eye roll, huff and puff, and she pushes the button for her.  Her eyes only leave her phone for the split second it takes to push the button.

The doors shut and we go up to our floor, wishing everyone a great day as we get off, sympathizing with the woman who still has to stay on the elevator with Phone Lady.

Why can't we all just be nice?  Or at least, if you're not willing to peel your eyes away from the app on your phone, don't stand in front of all the numbers on the elevator and act irritated when someone gets in your space or asks you to push a button.

Really people.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Discouragement

On Saturday I went with the 2 other members of my ward YW presidency and other female presidency members in our ward to an auxiliary training in Frederick, put on by Sis. McConkie from the general YW presidency.

Neat-o right?!

It was a great presentation and talk, really inspiring, where she showed us all these tools for the youth online, through Pinterest and lds.org, and a lot of other ways we can and should be helping our youth.  The main goal is to help them prepare themselves to go to the temple and "make and keep sacred covenants."

With these other 2 ladies on either side of me, we were all just so discouraged.  Our young women, while we hope that one day even one of them will attend the temple, are so much further from these goals than all these  other youth in many other wards.  We would love it if they came to church even once a month.

And yes, while no youth group is perfect, and all youth struggle with something, I don't think you can really compare this group of youth to any other group of youth that is not living an inner-city struggle.  Many of these girls don't have a bed of their own.  They are one of 2 members in their family, but are the only one that gets dragged to comes to church once every other month or so.  They don't know who Nephi, Joseph Smith, or President Monson are, and it doesn't matter that we've taught the standards from FTSOY over and over; they have no one at home to teach or enforce standards, so they still post provocative/nearly pornographic pictures of themselves all over Facebook (how I know this is a different story for a different day).

These girls will be lucky to graduate high school.  Some of them have already dropped out; many are still passing their classes (yet another problem here - graduation rates mean virtually nothing), but don't know any of the material, because their parents don't care if they go to school, or their parents are keeping them at home so they can watch their 5 half-siblings while Mom goes to work or goes out.

Anyway.  I could go on and on with all their struggles and things working against them.  Most of their problems are not their own fault; they are the result of how they've been raised.  And the result of how they were raised is the result of how their parents were raised and so on.  BUT - they have the power to change.  And I know that no matter how often I try to bring them to church and to Christ, they will only move towards that if they choose to make that change and apply it outside of Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 PM.

Over and out.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monumental

Yesterday we decided to take the short drive to Washington D.C.  Found some free parking and walked around the big monuments we hadn't been to, on the other side of the water.










Saturday, June 21, 2014

On Pickles

I've always liked pickles.  A lot.  I go through phases where I like dill better than bread and butter, or chips versus spears, etc, but I have always liked them.

It was my first solid food.  Grandma and grandpa decided to try it out on me while my parents were out.  Nice people.

Anyway.

When you're pregnant, everyone assumes you are craving pickles.

At work:

"Hey, I'm ordering Jimmy John's today, anyone want anything?"

"No, I'm good, brought a lunch."

"Okay, I'll get you a pickle though, on me."

"Thanks!"

hehehehe

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Which is the Most Fun?

a.  92 degrees F

b.  92 degrees F and no air conditioning at home

c.  92 degrees F, no air conditioning at home and no air conditioning in the car (got it fixed only 3 weeks ago)

d.  92 degrees F, no air conditioning at home, no air conditioning in the car, and carrying an extra person with me

e.  a pony

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Emergency Preparedness

I had just finished a lovely bowl of macaroni and cheese this afternoon when I heard a loud "HONK!", screeching, and the inevitable thud of car against car.

Caleb and I both went to the window and looked out at the scene.  A young-ish girl had run a stop sign and the car who had the right of way had plowed into her.

Well, it's entirely possible that she didn't run the stop sign and couldn't see.  There are no rules about parking up to the intersections here.  It's really hard to see to cross busy streets.  Anyway.

The guy who hit her was so angry, he was pounding the steering wheel and screaming.  We kept watching, my phone in my hand, to make sure no one killed each other and one of them called the police.  They both got out of the intersection and the girl got out of her car and called the police (I assume).

Within 2 minutes, 2 patrol cars, 1 ambulance, and 1 fire truck had made it safely to the scene.  A herd of men in light blue was taking pictures of the inside and outside of the car who had had the right-of-way (nothing was harmed that I could see), as a teenager (or really old lady, I have great eyes) was put on a stretcher and wheeled off.  Probably had whiplash.  No one in that car seemed concerned about him.  The car of the girl who had had the stop sign was pretty mutilated on one side, but no one seemed to be paying attention to her (I get it, technically she caused the accident)

I'm pretty sure that driver was milking everything he could out of the other girl's insurance costs.  Classy.

On another note, isn't it great to know that if you were ever in a minor car accident you could have half of Baltimore's emergency response team at your side in minutes?  Whether you needed it or not?

I should add that 2-3 weeks ago the neighbors across the street had a house fire.  Within minutes of recognizing the burning smell wafting through our windows, there were 6 fire trucks, 2 ambulances, and probably 4-6 police cars, with the whole block shut down.  They never even had to use the fire hydrant to put it out.

Jerks

I am so stinking frustrated.  Remember when I said that someone stole our bank account information?  More than 2 weeks ago.  We still don't have new cards.  I'm grateful it happened when it did, because we were flying to Utah and able to take cash out of our account then.  However, I wasn't anticipating it taking so long to get fixed.  We're running out of options people!

I had to cancel plans to go to the temple last night because I knew I couldn't put gas in my car to get home, or pay the rental fee for a pregnant-lady dress.  We were planning on doing something fun, outside of Baltimore each Saturday that Caleb had off work this summer, but we can't this week for fear of using up too much gas, and we have no food that can be transported for a lunch (all we have really are a couple Costco frozen pizzas, chips and salsa, and noodles and works for making different sauces).  Haven't been able to go grocery shopping in 3 weeks.  On Monday, we were planning on finally taking care of a cosmetic car problem from when someone drove alongside our car this winter, but if the cards don't come today we won't be able to make that happen (paying the mechanic + rental car for a week).  We were going to look at yard sales this weekend for a small dresser to put all the nice gifts of clothing we received for the baby last week, but no, that won't be happening either.

I know, wah wah, first world problems.  It's given me a miniscule glimpse into the lives of people who really have no money.  It's frustrating, though, because we DO have some money.  But I can't access it!  At all!  No ATM access, no credit card access, no debit access, nada.  Caleb set up an account at a Baltimore credit union on Thursday with his first check, but they wouldn't let him take any money out of it (said the first deposit had to remain in the account for 30 days).  Hopefully though, for the future, it will prevent something like this happening again.

I'm really hoping the new cards come in the mail today, but when I called again yesterday, they said it could take as long as next Wednesday.  We will be in real trouble then.

All because someone didn't want to pay for their own meal at McDonald's in California 2 weeks ago, and thought it would be a good idea to use my money instead.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Fixed

In a span of 7 days, our

1. water heater went out

2. tire went flat at church

3. bank cards were used in California to clothe and feed some dishonest people

(This is not an a,b, or c concept.  They all happened.)

Luckily,

We only had 3 days of cold showers/water heated on the stove,

We had a full size spare tire with air in it, and a fixable flat, and

We have new cards on the way and charges reversed.

Yay!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Joisey Showa

A sister in my ward gathered everyone who was willing and able to go to Cape May, New Jersey yesterday.

We took the drive south down to Annapolis, then across the Bay Bridge, then over through Delaware.  We boarded the ferry at Lewes, Delaware.


Excited to get out!



One of my co-partners in crime in young women.




Once we got off the ferry in Cape May, New Jersey, we called a cab to take us the three miles to the other side of the island, where all the fun was.  There was a walking street full of shops and sidewalk sales.


I liked this little shop, "Swede Things in America", though I don't really think much of what was in there was actually Swedish.



This island has been a vacation destination for centuries, one of the oldest seaside resorts in the country.  In the late 1800s a fire burned virtually everything down, so when it was rebuilt everything was done in the Victorian style, and still stands today.  Lots of huge pretty houses turned into hotels and bed and breakfasts.  Everything's within a couple blocks of the beach.








All 8 of the ladies who went.





While we were waiting for the ferry to take us back to Delaware.






We got a beautiful sunset on the way back.  One thing I wasn't expecting is that there were dolphin pods every once in a while along the route.


Here's my really bad proof of a couple dolphins along the way!


Myself and my friend Martha.


The ferry was pretty cold, but we still enjoyed it.