Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pooped at Work and Being Carried

Today was my second day of work, and although I haven't had students yet, I'm POOPED.  Speaking of pooped, I was pooped quite literally today.  I was changing BJ's diaper in unfamiliar diaper-changing-territory:  My Classroom.  The desks are a little taller than what I'm used to, and as I was pulling his legs up to get the diaper out, I miscalculated and the diaper landed square on my shirt!!!  

Now, this wouldn't have been so bad if I was the only one in the room, but of course I had to do this in front of my co-worker... How embarrassing.  The only thing I could do was laugh about it... HJ sure laughed at me when I told him. :-/  (At this point, if you are wondering if I had an extra shirt, yes I did.)

So anyway, work hasn't been too bad, and BJ helped me grade papers today! Okay, that's a white lie, but maybe one day he'll be able to come help his mommy in the classroom.  In the mean time, we spent the day hanging out with all sorts of people.  He needs to start sucking up to his future teachers now, hehehe.  

What I'm thankful for is that BJ is willing to be carried by anyone.  Many people have made comments to me that not all babies like to be carried by others.  From when BJ was born, HJ and I made a conscious effort to let others carry him because we didn't want him to get completely attached to us.  I think it's paying off, and I am so happy about that.  It's not that I don't enjoy carrying my son, because the times that I do carry him are my favorite time of the day.  I just don't want others to feel they are disliked if he cries in their arms.  Isn't that one of the worst feelings?  When you carry someone's baby and they start to cry?  Everyone likes to be loved. <3

Monday, July 26, 2010

Last Day Before Work

Today is my last day of freedom!   I go back to work tomorrow after about 6 months of time off.  I'm a teacher so I was lucky enough to get this much time off, but I'm still sad about going back. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE teaching and getting to know my students.  It's just that I love to get to know this guy a little bit more:

I'm definitely jealous of all the stay-at-home mothers out there.  Hmm... so what should I do today?  What would you do if you were me?

I'm headed out! See you tomorrow~ :-D


Sunday, July 25, 2010

First Rice Cereal

Feeding BJ rice cereal is so much fun! He gets really messy...

We're thinking of submitting this picture to Got Milk?  Think he'll get a modeling contract? :-)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Random Asparagus Question

Random Question for the Day:

You know how asparagus makes your pee stinky?  Does asparagus make your breast milk taste funny?

Just a thought....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

4 Month Check Up

Jacob's 4 Month Stats:

Height: 25.75 inches (70 percentile)
Weight: 17 lb. 13.9 oz. (89 percentile)
Head Circumference: 45.1 cm (97 percentile)

In other words, he's healthy, but he's huge. Hahaha.  HJ teases BJ's head circumference because Dr. H said that it's genetic.  As my mom likes to say, Big Head = Big Brain. Hahaha

In other news, BJ ate his first tablespoon of rice cereal today after getting Dr. H's permission.  That was fun!  I'll write about it more later.  For now... I have to go because BJ's grouchy. He had his 4-month shots today and isn't in the greatest of moods. However, he barely cried when the nurse "jabbed" him again. I was impressed!  I think I would've cried longer than him. :-P

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tips for Traveling with a Baby - Airplane Version

Welcome everyone to my "new" site:  A Maui Mommy!  I have been away from blogging for a long time, partly due to my url not working, and partly due to being on a trip.  HJ, BJ, and I trekked across the United States to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and stopped in Las Vegas on our way back home.  Some of you may be thinking that I am crazy for taking a 4 month old on a trip to Philly, and in some ways, I agree with you.  However, I committed to this trip before I found out I was pregnant and I value the work that this organization does, so I did not want to back down.  (It was a conference for an organization that my school club belongs to, The National Academy Foundation, and I was a presenter.)  Plus, how could I pass up a free trip? Honestly, would you? :-)

Okay, so anyway, HJ and I learned a lot about vacationing with a baby.  I did a lot of research before I left but had a hard time finding information about taking babies on trips.  Therefore, I have decided to write about some of the things I learned on the trip in multiple posts.  This post:  the Airplane version!

1.  Try not to schedule the red-eye flight.  When HJ and I first discussed what would be a good time to fly, we decided that the red-eye was the best time to fly because BJ would be sleeping the whole time.  However, we didn't take into account that everyone else would want to sleep as well.  The plane was pitch black, and the only light that was on was our reading light because BJ can't sleep in the dark.  Plus, because it was so dark, BJ started crying.  We got a lot of evil glares our way because of his cries. Eek. I truly recommend taking day flights so baby's cries get drowned out by everyone else's chatter.

2.  Depending on how old baby is, you're definitely going to want to take distractions with you.  Toys, books, a bottle... whatever works!  Unfortunately for us, BJ refused the bottle the entire trip, so our "must-haves" were a nursing cover and a pillow! :-)

3.  When selecting seats, try as best as you can to take up the whole row.  For me, I tried my best to get a two-seater with HJ.  That didn't always work. To get to Philadelphia, we took a total of four flights... ugh, that was torture.  Anyway, on one of these flights, we had a three-seater because all of the two-seaters were taken.  Luckily, we sat next to a kind, older woman who did not care that I was breast feeding BJ.  I don't know what would have happened if we sat next to a man. Eep.  When HJ and I sat on a two-seater, I sat next to the window and fed away.  That was the easiest and most comfortable!

4.  Changing diapers are not fun; especially doodie diapers.  We were lucky because BJ was small enough to change on the changing table in the airplane bathrooms.  I've heard of others who change their babies on the airplane seats. No matter what, changing diapers is probably the trickiest thing to overcome.

5.  Hawaiian Airlines had lots of room in the back for BJ when he was crying.  We just rocked him to sleep in the back of the plane, and took him back to the seat.  American Airlines wasn't as spacious, but it could be because we had shorter trips on the AA flights.

Okay, that's it for now.  Next posting: Tips for Traveling with a Baby - Breastfeeding Version. :-)

Monday, July 19, 2010

I'm back from vacation!

Phew. 10 days away from the internet is rather difficult. Haha. I'll be back as soon as I can figure out what's wrong with my blog! (I purchased a new domain from Google and can't figure out how to connect that blog to this url. Gah.)

Ideas on how to survive vacationing with a baby coming soon!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Blog Site's Changing

This blog is in for a change. I've been debating the idea for a while and I have finally made a decision.  I am changing domain names. Don't worry (if you are worried, lol.) It won't really affect you as a reader because I'm going to link it so you automatically jump to my new url... but it'll be a brand new name and I'm excited! A BIG CHANGE.  Almost as big a change as BJ has made over the past (almost) 4 months!

Safeway GC Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Kari!! You won the $50 Safeway Gift Card. I will be contacting you shortly and you will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.  A big THANK YOU to Safeway for sponsoring my first giveaway!! 

BJ's happy she won: