Sunday, September 14, 2014

photo shoot

For my birthday I bought myself a photo shoot.  My friend Shelley Marshal  and her Full Bawdy photographer Rebecca O'Rourke put together a few afternoons of empowering pinup photo shoots the the Full Bawdy Loft.

My first thought was that I needed to get pretty.  Bunny was just over 6 months old, and I was feeling frumpy.  I figured I'd bring Bunny and one of the women would be happy to watch him while I got shot.  Then I thought, why not use him in the shots. 

I decided to do a breastfeeding pinup.

My figuring was that pinups are often 'accidentally' sexy.  A hiked skirt, being walked in on while getting dressed...So 'accidentally' sexy while flashing a little boob while nursing isn't too far off the mark.  Shelley loved the idea.
I also felt that it was appropriate to be proud of, and document this part of my journey.  I knew the photos wouldn't get sleezy.  That's not what I wanted.  And it's not what we got. 

Here are the results of my pinup photo shoot!

Shelley did a shoot with Bunny while I got my makeup done!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


I think I have it all figured out.  After all, I have a 7+ month old...

ha ha.

But I have my theories. 

On sleep:
We* haven't bothered with sleep training.  Mostly 'cause I don't want to make Bunny cry.  Yes, make.  Cause as the adult, allowing my baby to cry is on me, not on him!  (there is research about brain changes and CIO, so I don't want to go there) 
This is something I've been thinking about.  It would be easier in these early months to have him nap and sleep on his own.

I'm glad I didn't.
1. because I would have missed all the cuddles
2. at 7+ months he is learning on his own to settle without nursing.

I've had several triumphant moments these past few days!  putting him down after nursing him to sleep has become possible, as well as settling him down by rubbing and patting his chest.  I've also got him to sleep by rocking and singing after picking him up prematurely from a nap, and he's still tired.

On food:
I've decided baby lead weaning is dumb! not for us.  I do not understand how it works.  Here kid, this is a slippery banana/apple/watermelon hunk.  now loose your grip and choke on it.  Maybe I was doing it wrong?  I love the idea of Bunny exploring his food once he know what to do with it once it's in his mouth...

On parenting books:
Male Dr.s need to speak to A LOT of women before writing books about birth and motherhood.  I tried to read Touchpoints by Brazelton (as much as I like his name lol).  What a pompous ass.

*I say we, but I think J just lets me do what I want lol.
**I understand you have reasons for needing to sleep train.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

7 months!

Time seems to be going much faster!!

Bunny had his 6 month checkup.  He was 26.5 Lbs!  and 28 inches.
 Dr. thinks he has a bit of a tongue tie.  That's why he's a gag machine. 

He's happy eating.  We're just at super soft stuff.  He likes to suck on peaches and plums.  He will dive right on them!!
I'm loving giving him in season fruits!  here are a few peach faces!

Dressed like me in the 90's

We went to the beach.  It was nice, but I wouldn't recommend the beach in the first year.  no one wants sandy poop.

We went to my mom's for the family pig roast.  It was a really nice time!
Lionel is a people person.

singing with Oma

With Auntie S.

Auntie J.

Cousin once removed

Auntie K.

The 80+ Lb pig

Oma come back to the city with us.

Dada came with us and hung out with Bunny while I gardened.  Bunny likes his rice cereal!

This is a chair my dad brought back from Cuba

Baby group picnic

in the end, 5/7 babies cried.  While we laughed and took pictures.

Bunny is very secure with his sitting now.  Occasionally he tips over when he looks around at something.  He's flipping from front to back, but not the other way.  He's moving objects from one hand to the other.  No interest in standing or crawling. 
This chair was my Aunt Vicky's.  She passed away when I was 3 or 4.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

getting organized

I recently read a blog post about tips on time management
I made a 28 dinner menu plan.  4 weeks of dinners!
I've tried this before, so I hope I can stick to it.

Here is my plan:

M- Stuffed Squash
T- Chips and dips
W- Sushi
T- Meat (whatever is on sale) and veg (whatever is in season)
F- Spaghetti
S- Chili
S- Fish
M- East Indian pouches
T- Zucchini lasagna 
W- Fried rice
T- Shepherds pie
F- Shrimp pesto
S- Soup/stew
S- Risotto
M- Pot pie
T- Burgers
W- Meat (whatever is on sale) and veg (whatever is in season)
T- Quinoa casserole
F- Bangers and mash
S- Whole chicken with quinoa and veg.
S- Macauli and cheese
M- Wraps
T- Pizza
W- Tacos
T- Alfredo (shrimp/chicken)
F- Chicken wings
S- Curry
S- Meat (whatever is on sale) and veg (whatever is in season)

I tried to arrange it so I'm able to us similar ingredients a few days apart.  Like the spaghetti, chili and lasagna, or I'll be making rice for the Indian pouches, and then making fried rice (which is better with cold rice anyway!), or I make curry and mac and cheese with cauliflower.  I also arranged it so we didn't have a week full of beef, or pasta.  We have at least one vegetarian meal a week.

And don't worry, when I say 'chicken wings' or 'fish' there will be a veggie or salad to go with it.

I'll eat leftovers for lunch.

I also like tips numbers:
1. If you’re going to waste time, do it at the end of the day rather than the beginning.
3. Have daily planning sheets and fill them out the night before
8. Purge items from your home at least every three months

As well as the tip:  
Organize your day:
1st: essential
2nd: necessary
3rd: nice to do  

Some of the other tips we won't do.  We don't have the space for a million rolls of TP or garbage bags.  We don't give gifts or cards much, and when we do, they are hand made, or very specific.  We have a stupid tiny fridge so I can't make a lot to freeze. 

I'm going to go buy some white boards for the menu and daily list.

Lets see if this time I can get on top of it!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sleeping arrangements

We've been co-sleeping, or more aptly, bed sharing, as some people call sharing a room co-sleeping too.

In principle, and in general, I love it.
My body on the other hand does not.

I really like not getting out of bed to feed Bunny when he wakes up to eat.  We had a bedside co-sleeper I found useless because I still had to rouse myself from sleep to get him.  And stay away until he was deep asleep to move him back.  What was the point of that??

I like smelling him, and feeling his (not so) little body.

Lately he's been waking up every time I move.  So I've been sleeping on one side all night.
He's nursing for comfort, because I move and wake him up.  He still wakes up once in the early morning for hunger.

SO, I'm going to slowly start transitioning him into his own bed.  And I mean slowly.
We don't even have his bed set up.

I figure we'll try it this way:

- Hang out on his bed.  Have a couple small soft toys that are bed toys.  I've seen it suggested that we sleep with his sheets before hand to make it smell like us.
- Start to put him down for naps. 
Right now we nurse to sleep, and most times he just stays in my arms, or we nurse laying down.  He wakes up when I try and move him.  I might have a tired Bunny for a few days!
- Continue to bed share until I'm feeling like it's time.  When will I have enough!?
- Start putting him in his bed at night, have Dada comfort him when he wakes.  Determine when to nurse.
-Eventually full on night weaning, with Dada being the bed time guy.  In the mean time, involve Dada more.

This plan might take days or months. 

We are not doing CIO.