Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

BOO! It's Baby's 1st Halloween so she's dressing the part! Tia Maria and Uncle Julian sent her this costume aaaall the way from England. It was a bit difficult dressing Mia, since there were only press studs on the bottom of the outfit and none down the side to make it easy. I ended up putting her feet through the neck and shimmying her down, hehe.

Ta dah!! It's a baby pumpkin! Mia's still so little, you can see that her feet end just where the babygro's footsie part begins :-)

After 2 minutes she wasn't having any of it and wanted mom to stop taking pics and give her a cuddle. Her cousins in San Ignacio are having a Halloween party tonight, complete with spooky cakes and a pumpkin piƱata!! Mia hopes that they will take lots of photographs, and that they will have another party next year when she's big enough to stick her hands in the cake and wreck it. She's wondering what costumes her cousins Dion, Jules and Cole are wearing this year and wants to see photographs!!

After hanging garlic above our door to ward off vampires, Mia and I will be watching cheesy Halloween-themed tv all night, like the History of Vlad the Impaler or pumpkin carving on Food Network.

Have a spooky Halloween everyone! Muah ha haaa!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dad babysits while mom showers (and Blogs)

The floods cut off Jaime's route to work, so he's been home for a few days. I took the opportunity to shower in peace, while leaving him in charge of the peanut.

In typical relaxed-Jaime fashion, he sat on the floor with Techie and rocked Mia in her swing while watching a cheesy action movie. However, the goal was achieved in that Mia is still asleep :-)

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Got Milk?

Mia opted for a milk goatee, rather than the traditional milk mustache that everyone is sporting these days.

Milk does a body good, as you can see from these chubby cheeks. Jaime thinks she's starting to look like Quagmire. If you don't know who Quagmire is, then you need some culture!!!

Mia would like to give a "shout out" to her homies in England, who are enjoying an unusual snowfall right now.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tummy Time

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Chubby milestone

My "fat jeans" fit me today. They're comfy jeans with wide legs and stretch that I always can rely on when I've put on a couple extra pounds. They're still a bit tight around the waist, but I can get them over my thighs and hips - that's the point. Whee! The tightness on the waist is a bit uncomfy but I'm wearing them just because hehe.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cold front :-)

A "cold" front is passing through, so it was nice and cozy this morning. Having kept Dad up all night, Mia decided to sleep the morning away. While I was washing and sterilizing her bottles, Techie decided to try and make a break for it again and 10 minutes later Jaime found him across the street and down a lane. It was so funny to see them driving back with Techie in the front passenger seat. Grr!

Baby started waking and stretching, but when i put her in bed with me for a cuddle she went back to sleep for almost an hour.

She was all cozy in footie jammies that her cousin Marielena handed down to her with little hippos, puppies and frogs on it. Mom was cozy in "Mr. Bubble" jammies. Dad isn't cool - he doesn't have any neat pjs.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday morning with dad

Dad said he would take care of me this morning so mom could sleep, except she kept checking on him and giving directions, so she woke up and took photos with her phone. Here I am looking very cute (of course) hanging out on Dad's chest. Tastes like chicken (or what I think chicken tastes like).

Dad's a pain in the diaper sometimes! Stop messing with my cute photo!

Yaaawwn. All this cuteness is tiring.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday night

Mia likes perching up on my shoulder like this. She thinks she's a big girl and isn't too fond of lying down.

I wonder if she'll have nice olive skin; right now she's a pasty baby.

This is me telling her that she's eaten, burped, been changed and bathed and it's time to sleep damnit!
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Weigh-in #2

161, neat! That means I've lost 24lb and with a target weight of at least 148lb, I have 13 left to lose! Catch up if you can Jaime!!!

Baby Tootsies

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thursday night snoozes

Chubby Cheeks!
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Happy Birthday Mia! 1 Month Old!

Yeaay, Mia!

Your 4-week-old - How your baby's growing:

Your baby may gurgle, coo, grunt, and hum to express his feelings. A few babies also begin squealing and laughing. Be sure to coo and gurgle back, and talk to your baby face to face. He'll enjoy holding your gaze now.

Mia already makes a HEAP of noises, and grumbles continuously when i lean her forward to burp. She makes it clear and she doesn't like to burp that way, so I end up tossing her over my shoulder. When she wakes up from a nap she makes me laugh because she stretches her arms and legs and makes grunting noises just like a man, hehe.

If you have things to do, your baby will still enjoy hearing your voice from across the room. And don't feel silly about using baby talk — babies are particularly attuned to this high-pitched, drawn-out way of communicating, which can actually teach your baby about the structure and function of language.

When I sneak a shower I talk to her from the bathroom and it generally calms her down if she fusses. She likes it when I sing to her or recite nursery rhymes.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sleepy baby

Mia took a nice warm bath, drank her milk and nodded off to dreamland. I keep recalling stories and books I loved as a child, and today I remembered a poem that I had loved to read: "Wynken, Blynken and Nod." I can still see the illustrations in my mind :-)

WYNKEN, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe,--
Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring-fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we,"
Said Wynken,
And Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe;
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew;
The little stars were the herring-fish
That lived in the beautiful sea.
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish,--
Never afeard are we!"
So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam,--
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home:
'T was all so pretty a sail, it seemed
As if it could not be;
And some folk thought 't was a dream they'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea;
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
And Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed;
So shut your eyes while Mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock on the misty sea
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three,--
And Nod.
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Everyone gets to rest except mom!

Even the dog can rest!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Teddybear Jacket

Correction: it was Tia Maria and NOT Uncle Julie that chose the jacket.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Grumpy baby in oversized babygro (onesie!!)

It was rainy and damp, and Mia hates being swaddled and likes to kick off her covers so I dressed her in a footsie onesie that is too big for her, but nice and warm.

[I was fiddling with filters in the video editing software - cheesy! hehe]

Gassy grin or sly thought?

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"Debble" horns

She's usually an angel, but sometimes she's a debble!!! Note the bedhead horns, hehe. I wanted a better photo, but not enough to wake her up. Mom needs her sleep too!
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pdaddy's night with the behbeh

Mia was up from 8:30 - 2:00 am last night! She kept falling asleep then waking up as soon as I put her in bed, so I handed her off to Pdaddy at midnight because I was soooo sleepy. He did well, and got her sleeping (eventually) and even changed a poopy diaper.

She woke at minutes to 5:00am, then went straight to sleep after eating...then woke again at 8:00am...then slept after eating...then again at 10:30am...and is currently sleeping hehe. And so the cycle shall continue! I've managed to wash and sterilize her bottles and clean the kitchen, and even eat some toast while she slumbers. Now I'll attempt to get dressed and drink coffee and relax with Pdaddy a while. I really want to sweep and mop but I'll make that wait till her next naptime.

They always say that motherhood is the "hardest job you'll ever love" and I know what they meant now! :-) Maria, I don't know how you managed with three but I'm not going to attempt it! hehe
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Taking froggy binkie for a test drive

She's not too interested in pacifiers yet, but it makes for a cute picture!
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M.I.A is Mia's favorite Movie

Mia just 3 weeks old has choosen M.I.A (missing in action) with Chuck Norris as "Braddock" as her favorite movie. At the moment she is think of asking Mom and Dad to change her middle name from Noelle to Braddock!!! This will strike fear into the hearts of boys.

Nikki here, editing the post: unfortunately for her daddy, the above is all wishful thinking. She'll probably force him to watch movies like this, and paint his finger nails and put clips in his hair. On the other hand, Jaime will probably force her to watch LOST and other cheesy shows hehe.
"A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for." -- Anon