Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Guest Post: Two Men and a Mommy

Hi Everyone! Do you miss me yet? You've been in good hands this week. This next blogger is Lindsay (cool spelling!) and she blogs over at Two Men and a Mommy. She's telling you all about someplace I've always wanted to go: New Mexico!

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Before 2010 if you would have asked me whether I'd rather live on the beach or in the mountains I would have always said on the beach. I love being in the water and the sounds of the waves coming in is so calming. 

But in September 2010 we went to Red River New Mexico with my brother and sister-in-law and it was one of the best weeks of my life. I was born in Colorado so you would think that I would have been to the mountains before but we moved shortly after I was born so I had never been.

We live in Houston and it is about a sixteen hour drive away and we did it in one shot. The one thing I loved about the trip is that we took our time. We stopped at a little restaurant that had an old car museum that my brother and husband loved. We enjoyed the scenery while driving and had started the vacation as soon as we left our drive way. One of the best things during the car ride was when we got to New Mexico on the side of the road were bison. Just out in the open with no fence or anything protecting us from them. I was amazed that animals that big just roamed around. We got out of the truck and took pictures and watched them.



The best thing about Red River is access to the mountains. You are literally surrounded by them. We rented a jeep one day and took a two-hour ride to a place called Goose Lake. You drive up a dirt road through the mountains and eventually hit a lake that sits almost at the top. The drive was so much fun and a little scary because of the cliffs. I am normal terrified of heights but this didn't scare me. I don't know what it was but I felt like in the mountains I was just at peace. I wasn't worried about the cliffs or any stress that might have been brought from home. I was just enjoying the moment.

Not only did the hubby and I enjoy it but so did Ryan. They had a playground in the city that we went to once a day and there was a stream right behind our cabin that we spent a lot of time at. The stream had a lot of ducks and deer that would walk down it and that was awesome. We got into the habit of feeding the ducks every morning usually still in our pajamas. One morning the deer came up to us and even let Ryan feed it. That isn't something that you would ever be able to do in Houston.

While there Ryan also rode his first horse (with my husband of course). We took an hour ride down a trail with a guide. He loved it but it was then that I realized I am not a horse riding person lol. It scared me to death to be on that huge creature with no control. I did it but the whole time I was praying that it wouldn't go running off while I was on the back of it.

We also went to a fish farm where we were able to feed fish which was fun. Ryan loved it because as soon as your threw the food in literally hundreds of fish would come up and eat.

What I loved about the town is that you could walk everywhere. One day we left Ryan with my brother and Joe and I just went and walked the town and did some shopping. I loved that we could literally walk out of our hotel, go down the road, and walk the city and not have to drive anywhere. We got some things for the house and parents. I also bought a pair of pajama pants there that are now my favorite to wear at night.

We stayed at Red River for a little over a week and I was so sad when we left. We loved it so much my hubby and I have even talked about after retirement we might move there. We are trying to go back this year but with his traveling schedule it has been hard to make any plans. But I do know one thing. If you ask me know whether I'd rather live on the beach or the mountains it would be the mountains. Right in Red River, New Mexico.


Monday, July 30, 2012

Guest Post: From Mrs To Mama

Hey guys! I'm on a week-long vacation just me and the Bambinos. Jealous? Don't be, but I'm looking forward to the much needed relaxation this week.

While I'm gone, I've asked a few fantastic ladies to post about....vacations. Celever right?

 First up, is a mama that I love. She's gorgeous, sweet and hilarious. I regularly read her blog and I still remember a post she wrote about leaving her precious baby toddler Elliana for the first time.

Becky wrote about feeling we all have when we leave our children: the anxiety, the missing them, the worry that they're crying for you.I felt that just going back to work!

So I asked Becky to write advice to those mamas planning on vacationing without their kids and what they can do to prepare.

I think she gave some really good advice.

So here she is!
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Hello guys! My name is Becky and I blog over at From Mrs to Mama. I have "known" Lindsay since before we were both pregnant {with our firsts} and have been a longtime follower of hers.

Oh look.. a typical disorganized picture of me and my family. But this? Totally us!
When she asked me to write about vacationing without my daughter, Elliana, for the very first time, it instantly brought back an assortment of feelings. Those feelings that first time parents feel when they have to leave their child for the weekend {or longer} when they have barely left them for a few hours prior to. Those feelings of uncertainty, guilt, and anxiety over whether your child will be safe, happy, and free of harm.

Will they know that I left them? Will they be mad or upset? Will they eat right or possibly go on a strike? And what if they get sick and I'm not there?

Those? Are just a few of the questions that run through your mind. That absolutely ridiculous mom mind that we all get to embrace the day we give birth to our very first child.


But I'm here to tell you ladies that it works. The feelings don't go away. Those you can't prevent. But it works, your baby is just fine {probably more than fine}, in good hands, and you, my dear, are even able to enjoy yourselves. How do I know? Because I lived it.


For the 3 days that we were gone, I was able to get one-on-one time with my husband. Be on the go. Feel no restrictions. And? Not feel guilty about it. Surprisingly.


But by the end of the trip? I was ready. More than ready. I couldn't wait to be home with my baby, snuggle her up, and get back to all my usual mom duties.

Things that helped 

1. Make a list. OCD or not, you'll feel better about having left a list. List of activities to do. List of ways to calm the child down. List of important numbers. Things like poison control and 911 are always essential. Yes, I just said 911... because people forget in panic mode.



2. Put snacks in little baggies. With the day of the week on it. It will help the caregiver not have to stress over what to give the baby. Also? Make them a list of meals to prepare... better yet, prepare them ahead of time. That's an over-achiever mama right there {I didn't quite do that}.


3. Pack outfits in ziploc bags with dates. You will be surprised how much this will help. They don't have to scrummage through the baby's things, and you, as a mom, will know that they are wearing something that is comfortable, cute, and something that they are used to.


4. Make sure the caregiver is technology friendly. This is a must. They must be a able to snap a picture with their phone, and send it to you. At least 10 times a day. Must.


Those are just a few things that can help. I don't even think it's for the caregiver. Or our babies. I think it's something that we just need to do for ourselves. Silly right?


I don't plan on taking a baby-less vacation anytime soon, but when I do? At least I know that I've been there, done that, and it's not such a bad thing after all.



How cute is Becky and her family? And if you don't already know her, she's pregnant with her second baby and she's just as adorable this pregnancy as she was the last.

Now I'm jealous.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Graduation Party Time!

Almost a MONTH ago, I threw my sweet baby sister a graduation party. She graduated from Boyfriend's Alma Mater so he said, "Sweet, I can hang up all my Coug stuff."

Wrong!

I stuck with the school colors, crimson and grey, but was not about to have logoed stuff all over my house, especially since I'm not even a Coug fan.
Those napkins were the perfect find at the party store

 My original theme was comfort food and I had grand ideas of home made pulled pork, macaroni and cheese bites, mini pies, and everything else that might be considered comfort food, but I didn't anticipate how much time it would actually take.

So I reduced my grand plans.

The menu consisted of all my sister's favorite foods: macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, Nilla Wafers, no-bake cookies and some other foods thrown in: watermelon salad, mini apple pies, hamburgers, and the best chicken ever.

Seriously.

This chicken is amazing, and I think B has made it three times since then.

At my request, of course!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I've Got Wedding Fever

After spending the weekend in Eastern Washington at our family reunion, I rushed back so I could attend Weddings on the Waterfront Sunday evening. In it's first year, Weddings on the Waterfront is the most amazing, and coolest wedding event ever.
Seattle's lucky to have some amazing venues along our waterfront. We have some famous hotels (the Edgewater which I blogged about before), a cruise line, a new ferris wheel, and some other really cool places for people to get married. What makes W.O.W. different is each venue is set up like a reception area (and some of them like a ceremony site) so you can see the opportunities for your wedding at each venue. And then the different vendors who contributed to the space are set up along the perimeter. 

We started out at this place called Bell Harbor. It's where the Cruise Line operates out of, and where my radio station threw our NYE party the first year B and I were together. The room was set up with a cute Nautical theme and my sister and I started out tasting cupcakes, and getting our lip prints read.

Yes, I said we got our lip prints read. I can tell you more later if anyone's interested.

Our morning show host, Brooke, ended up walking around with us which was nice because she's actually getting married. It was kind of awkward when people asked which one of us was getting married and, because I'm a horrible liar, I'd give this this big spiel about being the radio sponsor and wanting to check out the event.

All the venues were fabulous and some of them had some really cool vendors (salted caramel cheesecake with a Jack Daniels caramel sauce liquid nitrogen ice cream) but by far, my favorite venue was this one, the one I kept instagraming.

 My pictures will never do it justice. The wedding planner (if you're near Seattle check out New Creations Weddings) specializes in Filipino, Hawaiian, Samoan, etc. inspired weddings but does Western weddings too - so I was in love with her design. Plumerias are my favorite flower, I'm determined to either get married in Hawaii or have them at my wedding here. Rebecca, the designer, is a girl after my own heart.

The room she chose is beautiful itself. It has sweeping views of the Sound and a subtle map on the ceiling (it's in our World Trade Center) so she played off that with the dramatic paper crane garlands hanging from above the Sweetheart's Table.

I don't think I ever mentioned I wanted to make a paper crane mobile for the Bambinos', but ran out of time.

There were very subtle, Asian influences around the room and I love that it wasn't a typical, kitschy, clichè Asian-decorated wedding.
 
The other venues eventually shut down and then we proceeded to a party at the Aquarium where the woman who organized W.O.W. decorated the venue for a reception. Her room was really cool too. It was Hawaiian-ish themed, but it didn't scream Hawaii in any way. But the best part was, there were aerialists hanging from a martini glass suspended from the ceiling pouring champagne into people's glasses. It was cool.


I know what two people I would like to plan my wedding someday.

W.O.W. is such an amazing idea concept wise, and I've never attended a bridal show before but I really think Weddings on the Waterfront takes the cake. Or takes the cakepop.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Do You Want a Boy or Girl?

I never realized how many times I would be asked if I wanted a boy or girl.

I just wanted babies.


When I first found out I was pregnant with twins. I was happy they were healthy. I always felt like I was having boys, or at least one boy. From the moment I found out I was pregnant at all, I thought "it" was a "he."

As my pregnancy progressed, I daydreamed about my future Bambinos and when people asked if I wanted boys, girls or one of each, I told them I didn't really care.

And I truly didn't.

I daydreamed about having one of each. About cuddling with them, dressing the boy like a little man, and fluffing my girl up in ruffled dresses, and big hair bows. I daydreamed of having two girls and the insane amount of clothes I would have for them, about playing games with them and reading them stories. I daydreamed about the boys and reading them stories, B teaching them to throw a ball, and, no matter which sex they were, watching their sporting games, dance recitals or any other activity their hearts desire. Most of all, I daydreamed about being there for them and being present in their lives.

I've pretty much got everything I've ever wanted.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Does Your Hair Hang Low

I've been dreaming of chopping my hair off.
It's is loooong.
I cut 5 inches off about 6 months ago, but it's gotten pretty long again.
I'm jealous of people who have such cute, sassy hairstyles.
Source: via Lindsay on Pinterest

I've pinned this one and although I would love to pull off a short hairstyle, I just don't look good with hair that short.

But I love these shorter hairstyles.

And I realize my hair will not look the same as these blondies. That's part of my problem.

Will I like the hairstyle the same if it were dark brown?

I think about how they look styled without really being styled rather than hang like my normal, straight, boring go-to

And then this happened.
I was actually coordinated and managed to curl my hair yesterday.

I love it.

Now, I'm not so sure what I should do.

I don't think I'd cut it into a bob like I had before.
This was once the bob grew out
I was thinking something slightly longer. I really like Sabrina's hair. Maybe something collar bone length?
This one is deceiving. The friend I cropped back combed it
I'm so undecided.

My favorite go-to dirty hairstyle is a sock bun.

But, I think it's possible to sock bun shorter hair too, right?

I also pin things like this
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Maybe it would be easier to style in these cute hairstyles if there's not so much of it?

My plan was always to cut it short when I got pregnant because if I didn't like it it would grow out quickly, but I've seriously given thought to cutting it before then. 

 Gimme your opinion.

What do you think I should do?
 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bad First Dates Can Still Lead To Love Part 3

I left Boyfriend hanging. And I left you all hanging too which some people were not happy about. So let me tell you how we ended up together.

At the end of our first date, I got out of the car without a hug or awkward kiss on the cheek.

I knew I'd blown my chance, I just knew it.  So, I did something very unlike me and texted him, "I had fun tonight, thank you." I'm a little traditional in that I want the guy to do the calling, the texting, the making the first move.

I can't remember if he texted back or not, I think he might have said something like, "You're Welcome." But it's entirely possible he went to bed before even receiving my text. Remember, he gets up at 4am 4:30am.

A week went by and I didn't hear from him. I saw him at work occasionally, but I did my best to seem like I didn't care. I blew my chance.

I'm not used to guys not contacting me right away. I guess the guys I've dated in the past have come on a little strong and chased me right away. I was dying over here!

Even the co-worker who set us up hadn't said anything to me, she didn't even ask how it went! But I knew she'd talked to him about it, there's no way she didn't. I somehow brought it up and said I'd go out with him again. She didn't say much other than I got out of the car quickly so he thought I wasn't interested. I explained to her why I got out of the car so quickly and awkwardly - I had to pee.

She died of laughter.

But...she must have said something to him because a few days later, I randomly got a text from him. It was Christmas time and I was baking cookies. He was putting up Christmas lights (I love that a guy who lived alone still put up lights!) He said we should bake cookies.

So we did.

And then a few years later we baked babies.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Blogger 411

Do you feel like you know me? I know some of you will answer, "Yes," but Becky designed a link up so you get to learn the nitty gritty about your favorite bloggers. So here goes!

1. How long have you been blogging? And what got you started on blogging? Has your blog changed? I've been blogging for almost three years! I started blogging because someone at work was doing it and I thought it sounded fun. Her blog had a focus (decorating) mine did not. I had dreams of becoming a big blogger but quickly realized my self-deprecating humor does not translate on paper screen very well. My blog has changed because now I have two kids. I write about them a lot, or about things I've learned since having them. I don't write about the fun things Boyfriend and I go out and do anymore but I still write about our daily life, for the most part. I'm trying to not be so guarded and not worry what people I know in real life who read my blog will think, but sometimes I still don't want to be so vulnerable or worry about the drama that might ensue.

2. Did you go to college? If so where, and what did you study? I went to Seattle Pacific University, a private, Christian, college and studied Psychology then changed to Communications. At times, I wish I had stayed with psychology. 
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I didn't enjoy college either.

3. Where have you traveled? Almost nowhere: Mexico, Canada and Hawaii. Hawaii feels like home to me.

4. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy? I would pay off my school loan and Boyfriend's house then buy a house and a bigger car. Our rear-facing car seats don't fit in the car very well so I'd love a hybrid SUV.

5. What are your 3 biggest pet peeves? I'm not easily annoyed so probably mean people, people who are always late and don't bother to tell you they're running late and when things aren't fair. I like things to be fair, even if I'm the one who would be getting the better end of the deal.

6. What is your favorite movie? Don't make fun of me.....Selena, Lilo and Stitch and The Fast and the Furious. I love a lot of movies, but will never get tired of watching those three over and over.

7. What is your drink of choice; wine, beer, or liquor. Or Water, Soda, Tea? Bud Light/Coors Light. I used to drink Malibu and pineapple juice but now it gives me a stomach ache. I think I'm allergic to wine (yes, seriously) one glass gets me wasted and throwing up. After two separate instances of that, I haven't touched it since.

8. What is something you enjoy to do when you have me time? Reading. I love to take a book in the bathtub when I can. And Pedicures.

9. If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, which store would it be? Hmmmm.....probably Nordstrom so I can buy stuff for me and the Bambinos....and B too, of course.

10. Share with us an embarrassing moment of your past? Or present. I was a cheerleader in high school and fell flat on my face while greeting the other team. I have a post scheduled about it.

11. What day would you love to relive again? I know people expect me to say the day of my Bambinos' birth, although it was fantastic I was exhausted and barely got any sleep. Maybe their 1st birthday? I was exhausted then too, but I loved being able to celebrate them.

12. If your life was turned into a movie... what actor would play you? I wold love to say Jordana Brewster or Michelle Rodriguez. Michelle Rodriguez plays some badass roles, and I used to be more of a strong, badass type. I'd say Jordanna Brewster is closer to who I am now.
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13. What are the jobs you had in high school/college/the early years? Chuck E. Cheese, Telemarketing, Wet Seal ( a female clothing store) and PICC which I've blogged about a ton.

14. Show us a picture from high school or college.

15. If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go? There's so many places I want to go - Fiji, Italy, Spain, China....and (nerd alert!) I've been researching my family tree a lot lately, I'd love to go to Oklahoma and see the reservation, then travel to North Carolina where so many of my family members seem to have lived.

16. Show us the most current picture of you or you and your family.

17. Where do you see your life 5 years from now? Married, with at least three kids, self-employed and content.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Why I'm Happy We Had Boys First

This post has been swirling around in my head for quite awhile, I hope it come out the way I mean for it to.


When I found out we were having two boys I was ecstatically happy and secretly relieved. I've come to realize that I was not quite ready for a girl, yet.

A little girl looks up to her mommy. She learns how to do her makeup from her mommy, how to deal with her first heartbreak, how to be a mother, and eventually a grandmother. I'm not ready for that kind of pressure.

Because of this, I want to be in the best shape mentally, physically, and emotionally. 

I've come to realize that all too often my response to B is, "Wait 'til I get in shape, then ....." or "I feel so much prettier tan." I know this is unhealthy and I know that I do not entirely believe these statements. For having twins, I look pretty good. I'm in decent shape, but I want to be in better shape. For myself and for my family. Not only physically but mentally and emotionally too.

Emotionally, I feel like I'm in a pretty good place. Physically, is a work in progress, but I'm doing something about it and that's what matters. Mentally, I'm pretty good and stable, the biggest thing I need to do is cut negative statements about myself out of my vocabulary. I don't go around bashing myself, but I would like to feel more comfortable in this "new" body of mine and not make negative statements at all.

I don't want to pass my bad habits on to my little girl.

I feel like Boyfriend has all the pressure on him right now because they already look up to him so much. He will teach them about mechanical stuff because I know nothing. He will teach them about sports because I've never been good at them. He will teach them about being a man and respecting women, yourself and others. They will learn valuable lessons from me, but they will undoubtedly learn a lot from him just as a little girl will learn a ton from me when we have one. And because of that, I'm happy we had boys first

Plus, they're just so cute, how can you not enjoy them and love on them?!?


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Blogger Faux Pas

Recently, I read an interesting post from Erin about why she's a bad blogger. As I read her post (sorry I'm not linking directly to it, I don't have the time to find it,) I kept thinking "Yes! That was me!"

What am I talking about?!?

The fact that I didn't realize you could reply to blogger's comments through email. When I started blogging, I didn't have a smart phone which means none of my emails came to my phone. I had a rarely-used email tied to my account which means I rarely checked my email.  I've been blogging for close to three years and it wasn't until about a year ago I realized I could reply to people through email. And that was by accident.

Seriously.

I don't consider myself dumb, I just didn't know.

I couldn't figure out why Meli asked me a few different times who was watching the Bambinos when I went back to work. I responded in the comments, but didn't realize that if I respond directly under your comment, it doesn't get back to you.

Now, I kind of giggle about it. I'm not some technology superhero or anything but I know enough to realize that didn't happen. I'm kind of embarrassed and sad thinking about the people who used to comment all the time and I never responded to them (CMae, Aly, Mrs MFC, Ms. Mindless...and I'm sure there's so many more, but I know those ones off the top of my head.) I'm not some bia who never replied to you, I just didn't know....I'm sorry....and I feel guilty for way too long - and I'm not even Catholic.
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Please tell me I'm not the only one, did you commit any faux pas when you started blogging? 

My faux pas now? Not keeping up with reading blogs like I used to. I still don't like the new reader so will you all do me a favor? If you have a facebook page for your blog (or you post your links on your personal page) will you post them in the comments? I've been using facebook more like Reader for a few months now, so I'd love for your posts to show up in my Undomestic Chica news feed  too. 


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bad First Dates Can Still Lead To Love Part 2

The night I started thinking Boyfriend was cute. He emceed my station's concert

 If you missed the first part of the story, it can be found here.

After the driving range, B and I went to get food - at Doofer's of course.

We got a pitcher of Bud Light and ordered food. Over dinner, we had (what I considered) really different first date conversation. He asked me the story of one of my scars (yes really) then he asked about my family and told me about his. The conversation flowed easily and I liked that he steered it. He seemed open and honest. There have been too many times where I feel like I'm pulling teeth talking to a guy and I liked that this was different.

Finally, when I was just about to head to the bathroom, he asked if I was ready to go. Since my car was only a short drive away, I skipped the bathroom and hopped in his car. When we were almost to my car, he asked me about the facial peel I had recently gotten done at my other job and asked a bunch of questions about what I did there.

I talked for quite awhile with us parked in the driving range parking lot, blocking my car in. Finally, as my bladder was starting to hurt, I thought, I could talk forever, and this poor kid has to get up at 4am, I need to go.

In a totally awkward way, I said, "But I'll let you go, thanks for everything," and hopped out of the car. No hug, no awkward kiss on the cheek, nothing.

So that's it. Out first date ended with me leaving  him hanging.

But our story didn't end there. Obviously we got together....eventually, read part 3

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Magic Mike

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This is exactly how I felt after my sister and I went to see Magic Mike on Sunday. I enjoyed the movie more than I thought I would, but, just like I expected, my favorite thing about the movie was Channing Tatum dancing with his clothes on. 

As odd as it sounds, when he came out in the sweats and wife beater, I'd never thought he was hotter. And of course, I loved his last dance too.  I have  thing for guys with low hats. 

The movie was much funnier than I expected, but the best part was still Channing Tatum dancing.

In other news, my babies are 18 months old today, how did that happen!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Mama Says: Surprises

Some really surprising things happened when I became a mom. Some of them I was prepared for, some of them I wasn't.

The biggest surprise was my relationship with my dad. I've always had a really tumultuous relationship with my dad and we've butt heads a lot. Surprisingly, once the Bambinos were born, our relationship started to get better. I think he finally sees me as an adult who doesn't need told what to do. He's one of the few people that has stood back and let me learn how to be a parent, and for that I'm so grateful.
Nice 'stache, Dad!

I do things I told myself I'd never do. I read a ton of books on parenting twins before they were born. They kept stressing the importance of not ever leaving the children alone, even if you're  putting one in the car when they're babies. Things can happen and it's unsafe to leave them alone at any age, for any reason. It scared the be-jeezus out of me. While we were still using the infant car seats, I'd carry both boys into the garage, but then I leave one there while I snap the other one into my car. I figure I can still keep an eye on the one in the garage, but he's not just sitting in the driveway where someone could easily walk up and take him (overactive imagination!)

Now?  I have to put on in the car and leave one in the house. My only other option is setting one in his seat but not buckling him in yet, then buckling the other one in and then going back to the first one and buckling him in. That seems like too much work. When I get one out, I stand him between the car and my legs and kind of block him from going anywhere, if we're not using the stroller. Most of the time we do.

I'm not as much of a germ freak as I thought I'd be. I thought I'd be cleaning, washing, sterilizing constantly. We don't have a dishwasher (the horror!) so I wash the bottles and Bambino's dishes by hand. I have a special bottle brush and scrubber just for their stuff, but  I've very rarely used my sterilizer. I thought I'd use it each time I wash a set of bottles/dishes, but I didn't. I feel like I do a good enough job using super hot water and soap and they have to be exposed to just a little bit to build up their immune systems. And you know what? They've only had a tiny cold. Once.

I haven't lost all my friends. Most of my girl friends don't have kids and you always her about how non mommy friends just don't "get it." Mine may not understand completely, but we're all so busy with our own lives that even before I had kids we didn't see each other as much as we would like. So far, they've been completely understanding of me needing to work around the Bambino's schedule or me wanting to check with Boyfriend to make sure we don't have plans before I can solidify my plans with them.
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True story, last week I called my oldest friend and left this message, "So I'm the worst friend ever. I told you I'd call you back on your birthday and I'm calling you three months later. Call me whenever you have time, I'd love to catch up, but understand if you make me wait three months. Bye." He called back right away.

Maybe I just have kickass friends.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Letters


Dear Seattle,

Thank you for finally catching up to the rest of the country! 80 degrees today!  Before the rest of you hate me because you're having 100+ degree weather, realize that summer doesn't start in Seattle until after 4th of July (no joke, this is the hottest it has been so far.) I plan on laying out while the Bambinos nap tomorrow so my legs can get a little color - Casper is not a good look for me.

And I'm not so sure about the new ferris wheel, I'm afraid it will roll off into the ocean. I see a Grey's Anatomy episode in your future. 
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Dear Legs,
Please absorb some color.

Dear Blog,
I've kind of neglected you this week. Working Wednesday threw everything off for me. Although yesterday felt like a 2nd Monday, it kind of made the week fly by.

Dear Readers,
Thanks for still being here even though I've been lame at blogging. It's been one of those weeks where I wonder where it went. I love you all.

Dear Treadmill,
I wish we owned you. I've been itching to get on a treadmill lately but can't bring myself to go back to work to use them gym when the Bambinos are asleep. It seems silly to buy a gym membership when I can use one for free. Hopefully tonight I'll get over it and just go.

Dear Bambinos,
I love you. Thant is all.


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Monday, July 2, 2012

Unnecessary Mommy Must-Haves


Every mom ends up with some stuff she thought she would use and just didn't. I was no exception.

Bottle Sterilizer - I barely used this. I thought I would use it a lot more since we don't even have a dishwasher, but I felt like I did a pretty good job hand washing everything. I didn't think it was necessary to sterilize everything. I did tend to use it a lot more if the Bambinos were sick but I didn't use it after every feeding like I thought I would, and I certainly didn't use it every time the Bambinos dropped their binky. 
I don't think ours was Avent, but it was very similar

Bottle Drying Rack - We used one up until just a few months ago, but I don't love the one we had. The top rack was always falling onto the top of the bottles, there was really no way to keep all the pieces of our bottles from falling off, it was all around awkward so while I would suggest a bottle drying rack, I would not suggest ours.

Next time, I want to try one more like this.

Dr Browns Bottles - When I found out I was pregnant with twins, I was terrified one (or both) of the babies would be colicky. I thought two babies would be hard enough to manage let alone one or two colicky babies too. I did a lot of research and found that Dr. Browns bottles were supposed to be the best for preventing colic, so we stocked up.

Ending up with two easy babies, the bottles were unnecessary and had too many pieces. If they weren't lined up just right, they had to be completely upright in our travel cooler or they would leak everywhere. I can't tell you how many times I was disappointed to find that my liquid gold (breastmilk) had leaked. Next time, I think we'll try the Tommee Tippee bottles, I have friends that have used both and like the Tommee Tippee ones.

I raved before about my nursing pillow and although it was a God-send letting me nurse both at once, I let the Bambinos nurse for a long time (sometimes up to 50 minutes) which is why I think I had enough supply to exclusively breastfeed. My problem with my pillow was, I was often hunched over for up to 50 minutes at a time, causing my back to ache. Next time, I think I will try the double My Breast Friend pillow instead. Bethenny Frankel uses the single so it must be good, right?
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What items did you think you absolutely needed to have and ended up not using?

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