Friday, October 7, 2011

They grow up so fast :(


Milo has learned some new tricks and had some new experiences this week:
-She can now smack her lips. She would kick butt on the smuckers juice commercial. 
-She can do the indian noise. That's probably not PC, but it's the only way I know to describe it. (You pat your hand over your mouth)
-She can blow a whistle 
-Milo had her first pasta this week
-She is getting her 6th tooth. 


She's changing every day and it breaks my heart, but makes me happy at the same time. 

Yesterday was the first day it was actually cold. Milo liked being all snuggled...but we are definitely going to have to get her some gloves. Her poor little hands were cold. 

Milo likes to get into drawers and pull everything out. Which is not good considering I don't like to put clothes away in the first place. 

Here is Milo when she had her first Pasta. You will notice the "ceremonial dinner beads" (as JR likes to call them) that Milo has had since hawaii

Some Exciting news!!! We are moving in to our house today and our household goods will be delivered MONDAY!!!! We will be sleeping on an air mattress with no pillows or blankets as of now. Hopefully we can pick some up before bedtime. Today we are also driving 2.5 hours to pick up our car at/near the military base. YES, we are going to be driving on the wrong side of the Road. I am very nervous. Say a little prayer that we are safe and don't hit anything. 

We have scheduled our TV, Internet, and phone to be set up--but, to my dismay, looks like they can't hook up the internet until the end of October. I hopefully will pick up wifi at our house or at a coffee shop nearby. Just wanted to give you a heads up that my responses may be delayed. 

I have finally joined the Twitter world. Honestly, I don't really know how to use it yet, but I'm working on it. The blog now has a page on facebook as well. We are expanding :)  So check us out...



I also added the handy dandy tabs at the top for instant links to both sites. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

If you were stranded on a Desert Island...

Before I get into this post, I have to post pictures of Milo. If some people *cough*AuntKasey*cough* don't get their Milo fix, they start going into withdrawals.....leading to desperate emails for Milo pictures.... And I know there are many other people out there that want to see her. This is her mini photo shoot from last night. her outfit was just too cute.




On to the part about the desert island.....
If you were stranded on a desert island and had to survive all Swiss Family Robinson style, what are essential items you would need? I'm not talking about the food, drink, fire stuff. I'm talking about everyday things that you would be lost without.

 As some of you may know, We are in a transition period. We are moving from Hawaii to London. Our stuff was packed up in hawaii on August 4th. We are in london now, but we still don't have our stuff. Its in transit across the pond. We are living out of suitcases and have been without our stuff for 2 months now. I am going crazy....and I am missing all my stuff! When you go without things for this long, you realize what is truly important to you.....I know london isn't exactly a Desert island, but you get the point. I miss....



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I love to cook. My grandmother, who taught me how to cook, gave us a cutco set for our wedding. At the time, I didn't realize the importance. After 4+ years of using them, I love them. I even bought some more right before we left hawaii. They cut so easily.... I have one called the Hardy Slicer that cuts through frozen ground beef!!! SERIOUSLY! I have the cheese slicer which is amazing for tomatoes, potatoes, cheese.... I feel like a pro when I cook with these babies. Being without them is like cooking with one arm tied behind my back. 







My Phone

I had an iphone in the states-- we cancelled service before we moved here. They said if we kept up service internationally, we had to give them Milo. Well, not in those exact words :) We now have to wait till we build up British credit before we can buy a phone here. I have this rinky dink cell phone that is so archaic that I dont know how to use it. I feel handicapped without instant access to google maps and email....especially since I have no clue where I am going most of the time. 




My Silky Pillow Cover


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I know this sounds ridiculous. I used to work for a plastic surgeon and I am all about wrinkle prevention. I  don't know if it's a proven fact or not, but I find I get really deep sleep lines when I sleep with a regular pillow. I also love that the silky pillow cases stay cool and feels nice on my face...Like I'm sleeping on Milo's butt :) 










Television. 

We didn't have Cable in hawaii. We just watched shows on Hulu, Netflix, and show sites. We JR had it streamed through a media center and watched it on our large television. Here, we have been sitting together on the couch and crowding around the laptop. Now it's kinda nice--extra cuddle time. But Hulu, Netflix, and most show sites don't work here. We have to watch shows on unreliable sources and they take forever to download and may mess up in the middle of watching it. I can't wait to watch shows on our tv without the hassle. We are also going to set up a sling box so we can watch Amercian TV that doesn't play here. 





Calphalon skillet

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Have you tried calphalon pots and pans?! A friend told me about them and I have bought 3 skillets for about $60 total (from Ross and the base). I found them insanely cheap and they are the best! Nothing sticks to them. I don't even really have to wash them--once they cool off, I rinse it under water and wipe it dry. 






Last, but not least is a proper pepper grinder. There is nothing better than freshly ground sea salt or pepper (I kind of have a pepper addiction). I bought a pepper grinder here. Don't worry. Technically, I am replacing one of mine that is being shipped because it broke before we left....that's how I validated that purchase to the hubs :) There are other things that were essential that I have already replaced. Like a baby monitor.... Now that this post is over, I realize that it's not ground breaking material...and it shows that I'm a little spoiled by my husband.... But I am so excited because our stuff is coming in soon and I have been missing these things like crazy! We are moving into our new place tomorrow! I felt like the day would never come!!!!

So, what are the things you'd hate to live without???? 


FYI: I am not being compensated for supporting these things. I just love them. 




Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless(ish) Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful day. 

We went out for dinner at the French Kitchen in Chiswick. I ordered Milo some broccoli and it was the best I have ever tasted. I think I ate the majority of it :) 

Sidewalk are in Chiswick--Drawn by a homeless man. 

 Don't judge me. It was delicious. 


I'm a stalker. This is Milo and JR napping together. Honestly it's not that I don't trust my husband. He was napping then Milo got sleepy. So I put her down next to him. He was oblivious. I am merely making sure he doesn't roll over and squish her. 

Getting around town: 

 Who me? 


Riding the tube with daddy. Holding on like a big girl 

What are you looking at?


This, my friends, is a school bus. 

I takes about 5 pictures to get one that looks like this 

I look this good on the first try. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Become a Lactivist!!!

Today, I'm linking up with Wild and Precious in her Breastfeeding is fashionable series.

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Whether you breastfeed, plan to, used to, know someone who has, or are just curious--pop a squat and read up.

Let me tell you about my breastfeeding experience. Before I had Milo, I knew that I planned to breast feed--because being a nurse we learn that is the best option for your baby. Now I am not saying that is the only option and I understand that breastfeeding doesn't work for every mom and baby. Honestly, I wasn't looking forward to it. I didn't really know anyone that had breastfed. It seemed weird and uncomfortable to me--but I wanted to try "to make it to 6 months." I read Womanly art of Breastfeeding before Milo was born and was ready to give it a go.

 Breastfeeding made me feel so powerful-- not only providing for my baby in the womb, but nourishing her now. Breastfeeding soothed her. No matter what was wrong, I could feed her and all was right in the world. It made me feel confident as a mother.


I'm feeding her here. Its her new favorite position. 

I'm still breastfeeding and Milo is 8 months old. Honestly, I plan to breastfeed until Milo doesn't need milk anymore. To me it doesn't make sense to stop breastfeeding and give cow's milk because they still need milk. I have perfectly good milk-- free, fresh, always available, straight from the tap, and made for my baby. Yes, I breastfeed in public.... in restaurants, on airplanes, in the carrier, at the grocery store, in church.... wherever we are when she needs to eat.  There is no inappropriate place to nurse.  I never go to another room unless the scenario isn't conducive for us.  I never show any breast-- I don't want my goodies hanging out there just as much as you don't want to see them.

 

In hawaii, no one ever gave me a second glance. It's very common there. When I went home to tennessee to visit, I got a few sideways glances and funny looks when I fed Milo.  It doesn't stop me from nursing. People can just get over it. It would be completely different if I was hanging out for the world to see. I understand why people frown upon that.

God created breasts for feeding your babies. There was a time when we didn't have formula--breastfeeding was it. Somewhere along the road breastfeeding became taboo and controversial. Which is insane. There are tons of references to breastfeeding in the Bible. Check out this article that goes into more detail. 

My experience with breastfeeding has been so positive. I am interested in becoming a lactation consultant when I go back to work. I really can not tell you enough about how good it has been.

As for being literally "fashionable," I like the recommendations they have over at Milk Friendly
She does categories of Nursing friendly clothes:

Easy up: flow tops that you can pull up and nurse with a nursing tank underneath
Easy down: Strapless things that you can pull down 
Easy open: button or zip tops.

Here are a few things I would wear:

This is kinda baggy and easy to pull up got this at a Banana Republic outlet for $8.99 :) Perfect paired with a nursing tank.



Here is the top I was wearing in the pictures above. Its a lounge top that I made and dyed.  Its so baggy that I can put her completely under it. Great for travel.



I found this top at Banana republic outlet for $7.99 (OMG) and the top is a deep overlap V. I have on a nursing tank underneath.

Although I often find myself wearing v-neck or scoop tops that I pull down... although its starting to stretch the necks out so I am looking for new options. 

I want to encourage women in breastfeeding. It's not always easy with the soreness, tenderness, occasional biting, scrutiny from others, complicated wardrobe choices, and much more. I do occasionally pump so that JR can watch Milo. For those of you who love someone who has made the choice to breastfeed, show them your support. You don't even know how much that means to them.  If breastfeeding didn't work for you and your baby, I'm happy that you found the best solution for you. Every situation is different.


The important thing is Happy and Healthy Mommy and Baby














Monday, October 3, 2011

Birth Story

Hiya! That's what everyone here in the UK says. I know...it's kind of square. A big change from Eh braddah. Hope everyone had a happy monday! OOoooOoOoOo Clap your hands on monday! ooOooOoOoO The best day of the weeeeeek! (I've got to stop watching baby television. That just flowed right out)  

To make your Monday Super Special I posted our birth story. You know you wanna read it :)

I also added a new feedburner to the right. You can subscribe to the blog or just type in your email and they will email you anytime I post something awesome!.... You know you don't wanna miss it!

So click on the Birth Story tab at the top to check it out





Sunday, October 2, 2011

My Heart is Just Too Big

I am an emotional person. I don't just mean that I'm weepy and sappy, although I am. I used to cry when I left for summer camp-- It was only a week long, but I knew I would miss my family. Once the goodbyes were over, I was fine. I just have a lot of love in me and my emotions are usually intense.  If it deals with Milo, JR, or my Daddy, I am extremely emotional.  So anytime we go home for a visit and have to say goodbye, everyone knows the waterworks are coming. My dad is the worst. I could Ugly cry saying goodbye to him if I let myself. You know what I mean. I just love him so much. No, Im not sucking up. He doesn't even read my blog.  I cried when I went home recently and saw my brother Joe. He looked so grown up....like a man. And I was bummed I couldn't be around to know him better.

This is me and my brother's signature photo pose. Sometimes I make the kissy face too.  
This was the day before I went into labor with Milo. 

When I gave birth to Milo I don't think I cried.... I think it was exhaustion from the 29 hour labor. But I have done plenty of catching up.   I just feel overwhelmed with love sometimes and I want Milo to know how much she means to me. I have a feeling, however, that she wont know until she has a baby of her own. Having a child is just such a wonderful thing. It's not all butterflies and rainbows (See this post) But it's amazing. God has designed women as powerful, strong, intuitive, and loving all wrapped into a nice pretty package. We are much more than Mommy, but have been made to do the job wonderfully.  I didn't think I would be one of those moms. You know, the super sappy, over-emotional, sentimental Stepford Mom. But here I am--loving every minute of motherhood and being my own version of a wonderful mom.


Recently, I was bathing with Milo.....Yes, I bathe with my daughter and it's one of my favorite bonding and play-times.... Anyway, we were bathing and Milo just rested her head on my knee and looked at me as I rinsed her hair. She never sits still. I started talking to her telling her how much I loved her and how much she means to me. I told her all the things I loved about her.

You always give me such pretty smiles.
You are so beautiful
...and smart
....and you share your food with me
...and you snuggle in bed and take naps with me
...you have the same hair I did when I was a baby. Yes you do. Its so cute
...and you always play so nice with other babies and share your toys.
You give yourself kisses in the mirror and give mommy and daddy kisses too.



I hope that you grow up to be confident in who you are...
because you are my favorite little girl...
perfect just the way you are.
I pray that you are loving and level-headed.
and that you know how much I love you...

I know you don't know what those words mean...
but I hope you feel it in my cuddles and kisses....


...Its at this point that I hear my voice shake and I realize I am crying. Milo is just staring at me. I smile and She smiles back and giggles and just gets back to her playing. It was such a nice brief moment.

And then back to the craziness of motherhood :)