3/31/15

little bunny

a little bunny and his buddy

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He's ready for his first easter!

3/30/15

how i made walking, fun?

Description of Photo I'm gonna go out on a limb here and just say most of us don't like to work out. I mean yes I feel good after, and yes I love when my clothes fits me better, but to say I love to work out would be the understatement. After 11 weeks of bedrest with James I've started to work out again VERY slowly. I had to give my body what it needed (rest even after all that rest) to recover. 8 months later I finally have my sea legs back. I've started working out again by plain ole' walking. Well power walking to be exact. I started walking during my lunch hour with a friend here at work. It's perfect for me because just walking by myself can be boring. I love to talk and have company, I like to feel like we're in it together. The only problem is sometimes my friend couldn't go and then I would think, well if she can't go, I can't go either! haha. I had to stop doing that and make walking a priority for me. If I can't have a friend then I could at least listen to something interesting. Sometimes on long car rides I'll listen to Howard Stern interviews. Howard always has great guests and they always seem to open up to him, the only problem is I'll listen to those interviews on youtube and when you're walking in a hilly neighborhood you're bound to get no reception. Then Jerry suggested I listen to podcasts that I could just download to my phone. So I did. I started with SERIAL. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but I am a HUGE fan of real life murder mysteries. I know they're tragic but also fascinating. I've never listened to a podcast like this before, I normally go for celebrity podcasts that are just interviews. I never heard of Serial until Jerry suggested it to me but said to trust him cause it's something I would like. Episode one and I was hooked. Not only was it something I was interested in but because I loved it so much it motivated me to walk so I could listen to the next episode. Definitely a win win. Last week on Wednesday I even walked twice and I was happy to do it. I don't care too much what I work out in but listening to something interested, that's my motivation. Oh also losing this baby weight!! Just 15 pounds to go :)

p.s. Don't forget in one week I will be having a giveaway for Milky's Milk Saver and Storage, come back here to enter and tell your pregnant friends will ya!

3/27/15

olvera street {exploring my city}

Description of Photo I remember coming to Olvera Street as a kid. You know how when you're a kid everything is far and really big! Olvera Street has always been a fun place to come too and eat and when I had my Mexican Fiesta Wedding, Laura and I hit the mother load for papel picado. We looked for Papel Picado everywhere but so many places had plastic and we knew we didn't want plastic. Olvera Street can be a tourist attraction so we thought we'd go there last, we were wrong, they had so many things we needed and I wanted and then some for great prices. All sizes papel picado and the even prettier large flowers that made my wedding so beautiful and without worry since we my wedding was in August.
Jerry had been studying so hard for his test and now that his test his over we thought we'd bring the boys to Olvera Street for some browsing and some good eats. Description of Photo Olvera Street has lots of food places but Cielito Lindo is famous! Everything here is amazing, but their fresh taquitos smothered in their "avocado sauce" ... to die for. Description of Photo Description of Photo Description of Photo Then Ardo made a friend Description of Photo I picked up a couple of small papel picado's for a little picture I plan on taking of the boys for Cinco de Mayo. Can't wait to share! Description of Photo

3/23/15

heart eyes at the park

Description of Photo I love emojis, I swear an emoji can sum up better how I feel than words can. Over the weekend we stopped by the park on the way home to let Ardo play. Now that James is 8 months I've been thinking it might be time to try out the swings. When I mentioned it to Ardo he thought it was the best idea EVER! I helped Ardo get into a swing and then I put James in and then my heart exploded with how cute they were together. Ardo was so excited, it was the sweetest thing. We also tried out the slide. I say we because Ardo would sit down, then I would put James on him and I would hold James with one hand and we all screamed on how fun those 3 seconds were. I really got lucky with Ardo and his huge heart. He loves his brother so much. Before James was born, I tried to prepare Ardo that a baby was coming. I would pretend to breastfeed his stuffed animals so when James was born and started breastfeeding Ardo had an idea of what was going on. That might sound weird but it worked. Whenever James is crying Ardo is the first one there trying to calm him down or coming to get me telling me his brudder needs me, and also telling me he's probably hungry. (James can breastfeed all day, I guess Ardo's picked up on that) In the 8 months since James has been born we haven't experienced any jealousy. Just love, okay well love and the occasional "James can't play with that. James is biting me. James is pinching me." Maybe someone needs to teach James how love without pinching and tons of drool. Happy Monday! Description of Photo Description of Photo

3/20/15

buzzfeed said so

Do you guys read Buzzfeed? I LOVE Buzzfeed. I follow them on Facebook and love just about everything they put out there. I will admit their sarcastic titles are getting a bit old but other than that, they usually have me cracking up. Sometimes they have short videos of what I'm doing wrong and show we how to do it right. This video was about breakfast so I figured I'd try it myself! I only tried two, well three since I now pour my orange juice the "correct" way.

First I tried bacon INSIDE my pancakes..whaaat?
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They were great, they weren't as mind shattering as I'd hoped, but still a change for us and a welcomed one. Jerry kept saying its so much more convenient. He's a good sport.

Next up was the donuts made from bisquits. These were my favorite. First I took a pan and heated up my vegetable oil then you take your biscuits
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I took my hands and made little holes in them and stretched them out a bit. Description of Photo fried them up and done! I told my mom and said she's known about this for years buuuut, why didn't she ever tell me!!! Description of Photo
Original video is below if you want to try the cereal bars and omelettes. I'm not a fan of milk or eggs so I passed on those. Thanks Buzzfeed!

3/19/15

breastfeeding part 4 :: supplies

Description of Photo James is 8 months old now and that means we are 8 months deep in our breastfeeding relationship. I've compiled a little list of items I found extremely helpful and still find helpful as our breastfeeding relationship continues. These items in my opinion are must haves and can last longer than just the first few weeks. Lets start...

1. Medela Style Advanced Breast Backpack: For working and non working mamas I think a pump is essential. For working mamas of course your pump will become your bestie while you're at work. I know mine is. I originally was going to buy a less expensive pump, that didn't have a bag and was just basic. I'm so glad I waited til James was born to figure out what I really needed. After coming home from the hospital I rented the Medela Harmony hospital grade pump. Then I bought this bad boy. This is second to the Harmony only because in my eyes The Medela Harmony is like the mother of all pumps and the rest follow. This is the Medela Pump in Style Advanced backpack. This pump is also battery operated and comes with an adapter which makes pumping on the go the easiest thing! For non working mamas pumps can be very helpful in increasing milk supply or just giving you a break and letting dad take over a feeding.

2. My Brest Friend: I used a Boppy with Ardo but since I did a lot of bottle feeding it worked perfectly. In the hospital with James they had a my brest friend and I fell in love. I loved how secure it stayed on my stomach and how easily James nursed. In the beginning I wasn't sure how to hold James and with my brest friend I didn't need to worry, he was right at nipple level and latched must easier. The pillow stays right under your boobs. The cover comes with a little pouch where I would put my water and nipple cream or phone, just a little more convenience.

3. Nursing Bra: There are so many different types of nursing bras but if you plan on long term breast feeding nursing bras are so important. In the beginning I used these from H&M and I loved them. They were soft and my boobs were so engorged they were very comfortable. I have since moved on to these from Motherhood Maternity. They have a bit more support and better shape. I would say these are better if you plan on nursing longer than 3 months. I think it's important to take of our boobs, they're sure going through a lot right now!

4. Camel Bak: I'm a huge believer in water bottles even if you aren't nursing. Resuable water bottles are the easiest way to make sure you're getting enough water. You're just sipping and sipping and before you know it, you need a refill. Any kind of resuable water bottle is a MUST! I have a soft spot for camelbaks just because they've always worked great and every one of us in our house has their own.

5. Nipple Shells: I thought nipple would be enough if my nipples were sore but I had no idea what I was in for in the beginning. I had no idea how much nursing I'd be doing and what my nippled would be going through. Pumping didn't have the same effect on me. These softshells were amazing. I would wear them every moment I wasn't nursing and my nipples were really able to get a break. I think it's really important for your nipples because if your nipples hurt without a break it could definitely hurt your breastfeeding relationship, so these nipple time outs were crucial, best 14 bucks I spent!

6. Milky Milk Savers: I was so so excited to use these and was shocked I didn't leak very much this time around. I remember with Ardo I leaked ALL.THE.TIME. but with James it was different. I think because with Ardo I pumped mostly and with James I nursed mostly and then pumped any access I did a good job of keeping myself empty. These things are the very best invention! Saving your leaked milk instead of wasting it in nursing pads. Nursing pads are great but to be able to save our liquid gold and use it is the best! I will be having a giveaway for milky milk savers and freezer storage, April 6, stay tuned!

7. Nipple Butter/Cream: I used this butter and although I didn't care for the smell I thought it worked great and helped to heal my cracked nipples. I also loved I didn't have to worry about washing it off before feeding James again.

8. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding AKA THE BIBLE!: THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING TO ME, and I still refer back to it 8 months later whenever I have questions. I knew I wouldn't read 10 books so I wanted one good one I could refer back too. I asked my friend Laura and she highly recommended this book and she was right. This book slowly went through everything stage by stage, moment by moment. I appreciated all the side stories of different woman and what they've gone through. I'm the kind of person that likes to relate to people through similar situations. Breastfeeding was not easy for me but I'm so happy I stuck with it and 8 months later we're still going strong.

3/18/15

St. Patty's Day

Remember when I was younger and childless and I would spend St. Patty's having about 10 green beers and who cares about work the next day?? You don't? haha. I swear that was me. Yesterday was St. Patty's Day and Jerry and I had a nice little family dinner, "He said we better go early because it might be packed." I said "People still do that" because since I don't do that anymore I just figured it had died off into oblivion. I look at my life now and I'm so happy to be where I am, and I'm happy to have had that crazy party young life as well. It makes me happy to have had the best of both worlds. Yesterday for me went a little something like this... Description of Photo Then of course I had to make Jamesy into a little leprechaun so he knows he's gold in my eyes. He's the second born so I don't want him to forget it! Description of Photo Then we had a little baby playdate with my cousin and her baby who is also my cousin and James and Ardo's cousin as well. These two little guys are just 3 weeks apart and clearly they love each other. Description of Photo After all this I still went home and changed and had a nice dinner out. Jerry got a beer with his meal but it was so gross! I love beer but this one was NOT good, too dark for my taste! I hope none of you have a headache today!