Friday, May 30, 2008

Misdirected Blame

Ah-ha.... I know why I kept wanting to eat...


Breastfeeding burns about 500 calories a day. That's why I'm constantly hungry.

So, is this a valid reason why?

Thursday, May 29, 2008

6 weeks up already?!?

Wow, time sure FLIES. On Tuesday, my teacher asked me if I'm returning to work. I looked at the calender. This can't be right. 6 weeks since Samantha was born... Looking at calendar again. Wow... I feel okay... Should I go back to work? This is a shock.

I actually have options -- Go back to work or stay home. Hmm that is a toughie. I was totally on the fence about this because:
I miss working!!! I love my job. I love teaching my students.
I like staying home!!! I can be lazy. I can EAT anytime I want.

Uh oh... that means my ass will become "WIDE LOAD"-- Okay, I guess I should go back to work!!! Yeah... uh oh, who'll take care of Sami? Hmm...

Talked to my mom-in-law yesterday. She was not sure about watching a 6 week old. She talked to dad... They agreed to watch her for the next 3 weeks. Yup, 3 weeks until school's out for the summer. See, it's only 3 weeks, then I'll have the rest of the summer off to eat, eat, eat.

(Sighs) How can I slim down!? Sheesh...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

We had fun! We left the house around 9:00 on Saturday, and headed south. The trip went very smoothly. Abby was amazingly good in the car. Sami slept all the way. I did make sure there was PLENTY of toys and books, and even brought a portable DVD player (ended up never using it).

The only trouble was that Abby's toys kept falling on the floor of the car, and I have to pick them up every 5 minutes. Or she'll ask for it, turning into a long whine...

We stopped at the first winery, and they had FOOD! Cheese, meats, bread, of course, I was hungry. The wine wasn't that bad either.

It was a beautiful sunny day with few clouds. We stopped at second winery and I didn't go in because I had to feed Sami. So I don't remember much about that one.

We saw horses, cows, not lamas but a____ something? Anyway...! We had fun pointing animals to Abby, and see if she'd identify them.

Stopped at the 3rd winery (Jon's favorite from so far). The view was AMAZING. You could see miles and miles around. Practically 320 degree view. Abby loved the large area to run around on. She did use up a good chuck of energy running around and around.

Then we stopped in town and stopped in the last winery, and I wasn't toooo impressed. It was kind of "back room" winery.

We went around the corner to Golden Valley Pub restaurant, and had an excellent dinner. Yum. I had a Ruben sandwich with german potato salad, with large strawberry lemonade. Jon had his prime rib with their local beer.

We drove to the hotel, and checked in. Jon's parents were staying with us too (in a separate room, of course!) and they were willing to watch Sami while we take Abby to the pool. So, we went to the pool. It was cold at first, but the longer we spend in the water, it feels warmer. Abby did not want to go in. She'll dip her toes in, then take a step back. We kept encouraging her, and she finally put a full foot in. Step back. Encourage her some more. Put a leg in. Step back. It was a long slow process, but we finally got her to get water up to her neck line. If we had a pool nearby that we can go to regularly, she'll become more comfortable.

I am planning on enrolling her into a swimming class when she's older, maybe 4 or 5 years old.

Let's see... Sami slept the whole night in her car seat. Since she was born, she doesn't like sleeping flat on her back. It bothers her (reflux). So, we since let her sleep in reclined position.

Abby slept in her own queen bed, and she woke up in the middle of the night, scared. It was all new to her, so Jon slept with her. It all worked out.

Morning came, and we ate breakfast, then headed to Woodburn Outlet Stores. I got good clothes at Eddie Bauer Outlet (I could totally do my whole warerobe in that store!). Jon got few clothing from Brooks Brothers, Nautica, and... what else? Oh, Polo. Abby got few more clothes from Carter's.

We drove home and were exhausted. We needed a vacation! It was nice that we all had Monday off to recover. And watched hockey (Go Red Wings!).

That's pretty much it...

Oh, by the way, Steve, we're going to northermost corner of Maui.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wiping my tears off my sore face!

I recently read the blog from Christa about M.N.'s "barfs" and I tried to put a comment but it wouldn't let me. Oh well, if you're reading this -- I LOVE IT!!! LOL!!!!

Sami is also spitting up a lot too. I asked my doctor about it, and she told me to keep her upright, but some days are just nasty with 78 changes of clothes. Problem with being deaf, I barely can tell if she burped or gurgled. I wish she had that "AIR HORN" burp like M.N. Sami's too much of a lady... She wouldn't burp in public or in front of anybody, then do a massive barf when nobody's looking.

Other news: Hawaii's trip is ON!!! We finally confirmed the dates. All is good to go! I'm getting excited, but it'll not be until April. Lots of waiting ahead... plenty of time to slim down for the beach, eh? (winks)

I enrolled Abby into "Music & Movement" classes for June. I hope she'll like the class. She absolutely looooves music. Likes to dance and all that.

Hmm what else is new? We're going south to Oregon this weekend for a fun mini-vacation, and I'm planning on taking Abby to the pool at the hotel and see if she's ok with water. I am beginning to suspect that she's afraid of water except for baths.

We also got a new videocamera -- well, it's not the kind you normally know of. It's actually the size of a camera. Only holds 60 minutes of video footage. Can download it onto computer or play on TV (tape onto videotape). It was only $150. Since it's size of a camera, we'd most likely use it a lot. (Better than dragging the whole bulky kind out of the closet, recharge it, put tapes in it, pre-setting everything, haul the weight on your shoulder, etc.) If you want to know what it is, go to It's aweeeessoommmeeee... Best thing we bought recently.

Ok, I gotta go, I can hear a whimper from my "mini-me #2."

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Samantha's One Month Old Today!

Wow, fast 4 weeks!

Here's her latest pictures:

She is moving more, and keeping her eyes open for longer periods of time.

Monday, May 12, 2008


Mother's Day yesterday was really nice! We went to Marysville to spend breakfast with my mom, sister and all family. Had a huge breakfast! Waffles, quiches, fruit, muffins, bacon, etc.

Then we headed back home to Olympia, to spend dinner with Jon's folks over a delicious swiss cheese fondue (one of my favorite dinners, and the most fattening). Needless to say, I overstuffed myself. Groans... But my 'girls' gave me a gift card to Red Lobster. Yayyy, a date night sometime soon.

Sami had her doctor appointment last Friday, and kept amazing us all. She is now 8 pounds 8 ounces (3 weeks after birth).

I really love Christa's blogs about her baby's milestones. I wish I could be that detailed! Hmm let me try...

*In last 3 weeks, she gained whooping 2 pounds, 4 ounces, and grew an inch and half.

*She's opening her gorgeous dark blue-grey eyes more often, and loves to look at windows, and trees.

*She likes to poop while she's drinking breast milk, and poopin's loud! (PHHHT!)

*She's being more patient with Abby when she holds her.

*HATED her first bath.

*Sleeping pattern is becoming more consistant.

*LOVES being VERY warm in heavy pajamas, hates onesies right now.

Jill (my sis) took nice family pictures during Mother's Day, and I'm waiting for them so I can enlarge some and post few here on my blogs, Myspace, etc. I sure can't wait.

Ok, I gotta go, hugs to all.