Jamie’s 12 month update

Jamie’s 12 month update

Length: 31.25 in (97%)
Weight: 24 lbs 8 oz (92%)
Head: 18 in (77%)

Well, Matt and I made it! We’ve been parents for a whole year and Jamie is still living and breathing. Except, did you check out that bruiser on Jamie’s cheek in those pictures? Well, Jamie had a little fall in all the excitement of her birthday presents and fell right on top of the corner of one. Oopsie!

Jamie is still growing so fast. The biggest news this month is that Jamie is a full on walker! She barely crawls anymore. It’s so funny to watch her little body toddling around now. Actually, it’s kind of unreal how much she toddles around now. I can’t believe it.

Jamie continues to wear size 18 month clothes and size 4 diapers. I did, however, purchase some size 5 nighttime diapers. I think it’s only a matter of time before we transition her to those, but she’s slowing down in growth, so I may be wrong on that one.

Food-wise, Jamie is still a great eater. She continues to love blueberry waffles and pancakes. We are SO lucky that she’s not picky! She pretty much eats any veggies we give her. She even ate some yellow peppers, yellow squash and mushrooms the other day. Her favorite veggies are peas and green beans, and she’s still a huge mandarin orange and peach lover. She also LOVES cheese! Jamie’s not a snacker these days, but she eats three nice big meals with a milk sippy cup. I started her on organic whole cow’s milk about a week before she turned one to get her used to the flavor and coldness of it. At first she wasn’t too excited about it, but she’s drinking it up now. I think I’ll have her completely off formula in a week or two.

One thing I am a little worried about now that she’s one is her pacifier addiction. There are so many changes now that she’s one, so I don’t want to overwhelm her with these transitions. I’m going to let her keep the paci for now, but only for nap time, nighttime, and the car. Then I’ll slowly take it away for good before she’s two.

Jamie’s vocabulary also continues to grow. I now hear her say, “Boo” regularly as well as “Nana,” and she also started saying, “Hi.” Except, it’s not a short , “Hi.” It’s more like a valley girl, “Hiiiiiiieee.” Mostly though, Jamie has her own language going on. Besides the 10 or so words she says, she blabbers on all day long. She’s definitely trying to tell us things, but we have no idea what. She never stops talking really. Never. (unless she’s asleep). Gee, I wonder where she gets that from. *cough*

Jamie also continues to be a book lover. I love seeing her pull out her books and flip the pages. It’s so cute, and I’m so proud we’ve instilled the love of books in her. I hope it continues on as she grows up.

Playing has taken on a whole new dimension around here. She loves toys so much more now. Just the other day I noticed her putting items in and out of a box. It’s neat to watch her play and figure things out. She’s having a blast with her new birthday toys, too. They keep her occupied for almost an hour now, which is nice when you need to get things done! One of her favorites these days is the plastic imitation food I bought her to go with her new kitchen Grandma Tow got her. Wow! That’s the best $10 I’ve spent on her so far.

Overall, I am proud to say that we have a super happy healthy adorable little girl. Matt and I have enjoyed being parents so much and can’t imagine our lives without Jamie. It’s like she’s always been with us and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I remember on the infertility chat boards how the women who finally had their babies would say, “It’s so worth it in the end.” It always made me cringe, but I realize now they were right. Infertility isn’t something I wish on anybody, but I will say that I also wouldn’t take back anything we went through to get Jamie. Is was SO worth it and it has made me appreciate every moment that I may have otherwise taken for granted.

I love being a mom and I love Jamie! Now let’s hope we make it through another year without any glitches!


Bad Mommy Reason #456

Bad Mommy Reason #456

I should be posting Jamie’s 12 month update right now. Or, even that post I promised with the details of Jamie’s birthday party. But, no. Instead I’d like to talk to you about me and what I did today.

CAUSE, today, I….ready for it???

Today, I took my baby, during her nap time, to Total Wine in Tampa so I could stand in line to meet Ramona Singer from the Real Housewives of New York, take a quick picture with her, and buy 3 bottles of signed Ramona Pinot Grigio wine.

Forget the fact that I needed to get my baby diapers and milk. No. I wasted time in line all nervous to meet a “reality star” while people walked around with free wine samples.

Don’t ask me why I got nervous, but I suddenly had an overwhelming urge to go home, take a shower, get a blow out, and put something a little more trendy on. Instead I scrambled around hoping for some gum and tried to straighten out my frizzy hair with my hands. Hmpf.

For those of you that are wondering, Ramona looks exactly the same in person as she does on the show. And turns out she’s still a little on the mean side, too. LOL! Let’s just say that Ramona and I shared a hand shake, a couple of words and a silly glance.

I’m in heaven!


Talk to me

Talk to me

I like to indulge in some mindless reading every onc in a while by checking out the Dear Abby column. I find the questions sometimes incredulous and once in a while helpful. There was a recent question though, that kind of got to me. I mean, every once in a while I want to say, “Lady, you have bigger problems that would better be suited for a professional and not an advice column.” But then, there is always that one in the bunch, so why would it be any different in this instance, right?

I digress…here’s the question:

DEAR ABBY: My husband purchased a bag of individually wrapped frozen chicken breasts during his lunch break. After work, we took our kids to a concert and didn’t return home until 8 p.m. The bag of chicken was in his trunk for seven hours on a hot summer day.

My husband thought it was OK to refreeze the meat and feed this to our kids, ages 6 and 2. I adamantly disagreed. What are your thoughts? We’ve had this argument before. — NO WAY! IN SAN JOSE


Abby is such a tactful person and she had a nice response that was correct and made sense, however, I really feel like I could have written a better one. It makes me think I’d like my own advice column where I give “real” and honest advice. None of that sweet business, cause let’s get real….If Matt fed my child refrozen hot chicken that was left out for 8 hours in a car ( he would never do this, this is hypothetical) I would be too busy tearing him a new one (hypothetically) to be nicely giving him the 800 number for the USDA to fact check himself. Not to mention that Abby never responded to how she should handle her idiot husband. And, that my friends is the problem, not the hot chicken….so, here’s my go…

Dear HOT CHICKEN: Your husband is an idiot. However, I have a simple solution for you. The next time your dumb hubby comes home with 8 hour old hot chicken and tells you that it’s ok to feed it to the kids later,  you should smile, say “ok,” and carefully label the chicken before putting it in  the freezer. The next night you should take it out and prepare your husband a nice meal with it. Feed the chicken only to your husband. The next morning while he’s in the bathroom puking his guts up, you should go in there, rub his back, and then gently whisper in his ear, “How does it feel to eat salmonella infested chicken?” I’m pretty sure he’ll never pull that stunt again. Oh, and never leave your kids home alone with that man again.

What do you think? Can I make a career out of this? Shoot me some more advice questions and I’ll try my hand at it. You know, for shits and giggles practice. Go on. Talk to Suzie. Muahahahaha!

*Disclaimer- The advice given in this blog are completely my own creative ideas and opinions that are not based on any real factual scenarios or research. Take the advice at your own risk. Please be cautioned that alcohol may or may not have been involved in the thought process of creating advice.



Fall TV- Hooray!

Fall TV- Hooray!

I’m so happy Fall tv is back, I may need another DVR.

On my list to watch:

The sing-off
*New Playboy Club series
Grey’s Anatomy
Private Practice
*New Up all Night series (HILARIOUS)
*New The Secret Circle series (like it so far)
Dateline (I know, I know. I’m like a 60 year old trapped in a *29 year old body)
And let is not forget…..DEXTER!

My only problem now is finding time to watch all of these….What’s on your tv list?? And…should I watch it, too? (why not, right?)