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30 Days of Yoga, short resolution update

Kiddo1 and I started doing this 30 Days of Yoga challenge, hosted by yogawithadriene.com. We missed a few days because I had (and am still fighting) this horrible cold, but we’re catching up again and we really love it!

It took about a week for Kiddo1 to get into it, but now he says he really likes it. It is a great series and Adriene is a wonderful teacher. I think the series is set up for people who have at least a little yoga experience – having the background knowledge I have about some things has been helpful so I’ve been able to talk Kiddo1 through some poses in a little more detail than he gets from the video alone. But Adriene keeps every day interesting and new so we’re not at all getting bored. One day she’s all about abs, the next we’re focusing on relaxation. I hope that when we’re done with the 30 days we might go back and do the whole series again! I don’t see it getting repetitive at all, since every day is different.

I don’t have much too much else to write about it, but I wanted to put it on here in conjunction with my daily walk resolution. We fell off the walking wagon with school starting up – a couple days a week Kiddo1 doesn’t get home until after dark (since the sun sets at 5 and he has an after-school activity until then) but we have been biking home from school on those days so I feel like that is a suitable replacement for our short walks. My cold really didn’t help keep us going either, but we are determined to not let little set-backs keep us from getting back out there and moving!

We’re going to visit family this month so our next challenge is making sure that we do our yoga and take our walk every day, while we navigate all the family time. Hopefully we will have a reprive every day so we can take care of ourselves (it is more difficult than it sounds!).

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Weekly Lunch Wrap Up #15

Kiddo1 is back in school after a long holiday break and we’ve got lunches! It took me the week to get back into the swing of things, both because our routine got all disrupted and I got a horrible cold that got worse as the week went on. So of course I neglected to take one picture, but I think that isn’t too bad considering how awful the cold was. Anyway, here are our lunches!

Monday

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Once again I’ve been relying on ham a bit too much because we haven’t had a lot of leftovers lately. Luckily Kiddo1 does not complain at all about receiving ham, even though I’m not the biggest fan of serving the processed meat more than a couple times a week. But what are you going to do some days? I am grateful to have it as my back-up meat. Along with his ham, Kiddo1 had cucumbers, carrots, applesauce and some homemade chocolate chip cookies – not Enjoy Life ones for once! Win!

Tuesday

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More ham but this time in a salad with cucumbers, which Kiddo1 actually eats so that’s great. He also had more applesauce and a little orange.

Wednesday

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Leftover tacos! These were beef with shredded romaine and cucumber. We use organic corn tortillas too. Kiddo1 also had carrots and a chunk of vegan truffle from Missionary Chocolates.

Thursday

Sick day for me! Mr. Handsome made lunch and I was too sleepy to ask for a picture. Oh well! Still very happy that Kiddo1 had a yummy lunch, whatever it was.

Friday

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Leftover orange chicken (I just discovered this recipe and we’re all obsessed with it), with carrots, another orange, and I found some peppermint bark from Christmas in the back of the fridge, so Kiddo1 got a surprise treat there. We thought it was all gone! And now of course he wants me to make more.

Not a bad first week back!

Six in One Hand, Half-Dozen in the Other

Baby2 has really come into her own this sixth month. Her personality shines through in everything she does. Her face still looks very much like her brother’s but also more like other family members; she’s coming into her own unique “look.” She’s quickly becoming more and more independent (for a six-month-old; independence at this age does have its limits).

As we have already seen in the proceeding months, Baby2 is such a happy girl. When she catches our eyes her whole face smiles with joy. When we have a dance party together she laughs and squeals with excitement. She bats her eyelashes and shields her gaze when you smile back. Her little cheeks puff up when she smiles and her dark blue eyes sparkle.

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Look at those faces! Mr. Handsome and I believe they are the two cutest faces we have ever seen (although I know every parent says that!). Kiddo1 at six months (ish) is on the left and a pic of Baby2 from the other day is on the right. They could be twins! But I think Baby2 has a more feminine look. That’s good, considering she’s a girl…

Baby2 has grown so much! Now that I have had two children and they have similar growth patterns I can safely determine that Mr. Handsome and I simply do not have big babies. Baby2 is just now doubling her birth weight, for example. But our pediatrician certifies that she’s super healthy. We also saw a heart specialist last week (to proactively check out a supposed heart murmur that was not found by the specialist and is said to come and go in young children) and that doctor said she is “in picture-perfect health.” I feel incredibly fortunate to have such healthy children.

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She is mobile already. Last month she would roll from side-to-side but now she’s rolling clear across the floor. I put her down, turn around to grab something and she’s already like 10 feet away. Time to get the power strips and tiny Lego pieces off the floor I suppose. Oh baby-proofed house, how I’ve missed you (insert sarcastic face here). She will usually start on her back playing on her little “ocean” thing there but she’ll escape it and roll away in a flash!

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She wants to do things for herself. We have started giving her solid foods and she already wants to hold the spoon, mostly because she wants to grab at anything in front of her. We are giving her whole foods: we started with avacado, mashed with a spoon and mixed with a bit of breastmilk. She wasn’t too fond of the avacado and I can’t blame her – this recipe is no guacamole, folks. It’s pretty bland. Yes I tasted it. We are on bananas now. We just scrape a bit of banana on a spoon and serve it up. And then I eat the rest of the banana. Yum! She loves the banana. She probably eats twice as much of it in one sitting than the avacado. So like two-peas-size worth instead of one. She has a tummy the size of her fist and she’s already full of breastmilk when she’s fed a solid, so I’m not expecting much yet. Mr. Handsome says her poo is already more green though. This will be our cloth diaper test I believe. Stay tuned.

As for me, I’m feeling pretty fantastic. I’m back down to my pre-pregnancy weight and I don’t feel the “squishness” in my midsection that I had felt even just last month (just feeling my normal squishiness now). I recall that after Kiddo1 was born it took a good six months before I felt “normal” again. Seems like six months is my adjustment period, which is just fine with me. If only I could have taken a six-month maternity leave, eh? However normal I feel, though, I still have my linea negra and I still have not had a period (and I’m pretty sure I’m not pregnant) so I’m just patiently – very, very patiently – waiting for the last piece of “normal” to fall into place. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it just never came back?!

Speaking of patience, Kiddo1 is getting better at connecting with his sister. He started actually acknowledging her at Christmas. Now he will sit at the table with her in the morning, eating his breakfast and not complain too much that she is staring at him (she loves to look at him!). He even picked up her toys when she dropped them to the floor the other day. We call this the “drop-pick-it-up game” in which the baby drops a toy over and over while someone picks it up for her every time. Kiddo1 invented this game so to see him play with his sister is pretty sweet. He was reluctant to play but he did it! They’re taking baby steps toward playing together.

I can’t wait to see what the next six months bring!

Holiday Wrap-Up

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The 9YL family wishes everyone on the internet a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Ours was fun but exhausting…

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Unwrapping at home

We spent Christmas Eve and Day at home just hanging out. Baby2 discovered a love for wrapping paper. As we unwrapped her gifts with her she stared with wonder at the paper. Even after her gift was uncovered she reached for paper first every time.

Kiddo1 got the 3DS XL that he’s been wanting and saving up for. Mr. Handsome wrapped a box in a box in a box so Kiddo1 had to unwrap a few boxes to get to it. Although I don’t agree with the practice it was fun to watch Kiddo1 get a little frustrated and then SO excited when he saw the actual gift.

Kiddo1 had some, what I’ll call, “milestone” interactions with his younger sister as he handed her presents and said things like, “this one’s for you, [Baby2],” and said them while looking her in the face. This is a milestone as he doesn’t tend to acknowledge her much. I really need to write a whole post about this subject because it is interesting how Kiddo1 makes little baby steps toward interaction with his sibling. I have heard that it can take most kids (and I’d think especially older kids) at least six months to start really acknowledging the new family member. I’m trying not to pressure him too much because I don’t want to do any damage but at the same time it’s like, dude, she’s not going away get over it already. But that’s not fair. Ugh, I could really get going but I’m saving it for another time.

Anyway, Mr. Handsome and I spent the rest of Christmas Day preparing for our annual trip to Phoenix to visit family. My parents and his parents live there, as well as my only living grandparent, my only brother and one of Mr. Handsome’s two brothers, although none of us is actually from the area (Kiddo1 was born there though). It’s always good times seeing our family, and this year was especially sweet to re-introduce people to Baby2. Babies change so much in such a short time; she’s so different now than when they saw her as a newborn!

This was Baby2’s first trip away from home and logistically it was great. We traveled with cloth diapers and I gotta tell ya, it was super easy. I don’t know if cloth diapering is so easy for us because I pretty much refuse to acknowledge that disposables exist at this point or if we’re just really lucky. Baby2 still being exclusively breastfed probably helps a little, too. We took about 15 diapers with us and did diaper laundry three times during our five-day stay. My carry on bag (backpack) was about half full of diapers, but honestly there’s not much else I need except for my wallet and water bottle.

Of course breastfeeding simplified things a ton because we never had to worry about when Baby2 was going to eat or how she would get fed. One less thing to plan for us to worry about, thank goodness. I did take my pump with me and I’m glad I took the whole big electric pump instead of just my manual one. I worried about putting it in our checked luggage (what if it got lost?! Or damaged?? The horror!!) but everything turned out fine. I strapped it in our checked car seat for some extra security. I was able to donate all the extra milk that I pumped during our trip so I didn’t have to hassle with bringing it back and I met another very sweet mama of an adopted baby girl who was grateful for a little extra milk.

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She loves the peanut packets!

Baby2 did very well during her first trip. The flights were fine (direct on the way there, one connection on the way back) and the altitude change didn’t seem to bother her sweet baby ears at all, although she was eating during take off for each flight so I hope that helped. She made what she probably considers the greatest discovery of her life so far when she saw the airlines packets of peanuts. I’ve never seen her so excited or grab an object so quickly. We asked for extra on the flight back and we now have a couple sitting around just in case she needs a major distraction. They’re shiny and crinkly! What’s not to like?

Kiddo1 is a seasoned traveler and was not at all phased by the extra family member during this trip. He’s been handling his own bags for years so we were free to manage everything else. There’s one of the major benefits of having kids several years apart – you really only have one “wild card” kid at a time. Baby2 could (potentially) freak out at any moment but Kiddo1’s behavior is fairly constant at this point.

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Baby2 watches Mr. Handsome play in the water from her warm and dry Ergo

Wearing Baby2 through the airport and during all our “site-seeing” worked wonderfully. We had hands free in the airport to mess with bags and check in. You don’t have to take off your baby carrier when you go through x-ray which was great (although they do an alcohol-swab test on your hands for explosives which only takes a second). We could walk through the tiny terminal stores and restaurants without getting stuck – a stroller would never make it through some of those spots. My mom  had bought a stroller for us to use while we were there (even though I asked her not to) and we didn’t use it at all. Anytime we went somewhere we either held Baby2 or used our Ergo. It worked out quite well.

All in all it was a good trip for everyone. We were super grateful to return on New Years Eve at around 11 so we made it home and snuggled in to watch the ball drop just before midnight. We counted down the seconds left of 2012 and cheered in the new year together. Then we finally had a good night’s sleep in our own beds. I’m sure I can speak for everyone in the family when I say it was so very wonderful to sleep in our own beds again.

Happy 2013, internet!

He Follows in My Footsteps

An historic event happened this week: Kiddo1 started his very own blog! I’m excited to announce kidsmoviereviewsblog.wordpress.com, your latest and greatest source of movie reviews by a kid.

Kiddo1 loves to watch movies. LOVES them. He’d spend an entire weekend vegging out if I’d let him. In order to space out his movie viewing and build his skills in writing and typing, we’ve agreed he’ll review a movie before he can watch another one.

He’s posted a review of Jumanji and he’s working on one for Wreck It Ralph today. He’s writing under my handle of MotherMary9 (so I don’t have to maintain a separate wordpress account, mostly) but he has done all the site-building: he picked the name, the layout the categories, etc. He’s writing all his own posts with very little guidance from me.

I hear there was also an election of some kind this week? Oh yes, Kiddo1 was elected as Student Council Secretary on Monday! I call him Mr. Secretary sometimes now. What an awesome kid I have, I tell you what.

Finally, however you wanted the outcome of the national election to be, I think there’s one thing we can all agree on: thank goodness campaign season is over! …for now.