Mommy’s Corner #2

Phew…finally starting to get the hang of these 2 kids! Sorry it’s been quiet around here. And I thought I had no free time before? It’s a whole other type of busy with 2 kids!!! Not to mention I have a new schedule at work where I come in super early so that means no more late nights for me.

Anyways, I thought I would drop in with a few things I am enjoying right now and maybe you will too!

I’ve been on the hunt for an effective exfoliator that didn’t have any “bad” ingredients ever since my friend told me the reason my face is always dry/peeling despite how much moisturizer I put on it is because I need to exfoliate! I started researching what the best exfoliator was for dry skin and I started reading about the oh so popular clarisonic brushes. Unfortunately, those things are expensive and knowing me I will get too lazy to religiously use it. Enter the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System. Supposedly it’s the same for a fraction of the price! $21 to be exact. At that price, I thought I would give it a try. I love how it’s waterproof and you can use it in the shower. So far I love it and it’s really been working well for me. No more peeling skin!

My commute to work is C R A Z Y. I’m talking about 1.5 hours of crazy. I’ve been religiously using Waze (love it!) and I can pretty much guarantee my commute will be 1 to 1.25 hours a day. My brother-in-law asked me how long it took me to get to work the other day and he said it took him 2 hours and we left at the same time! He said there was a terrible accident which I didn’t even know about because Waze completely steered me clear of it. LOVE. I’ve also been listening to Pandora a lot during my commute. Can I recommend the Anthem Lights station? If you’re like me you’re addicted to youtube covers. This station is like all of my favorite artists covering all of my favorite songs! Speaking of music, a nod to my college emo days, the new Jack’s Mannequin album is really good. I may actually have to break out the CC and purchase it!

I’ve been bringing my lunch every day since I got back to work and these recipes have been awesome and great time savers because I make a big batch and eat them the whole week or stick them in the freezer for later. They are all good and easy to make for all of you moms that are super moms cooking for your families!

smoked pumpkin chili – I used all black beans and added ground turkey

The best roasted vegetables ever – bold claim but they really are. I make a big batch and eat it with rice, pasta, tortillas you name it. I also mix up what vegetables I use but the key are the tomatoes.

I’ve also been looking up paleo/whole 30 recipes (I’m too scared to actually commit to the diet so I just sneak in a paleo meal every once in awhile :P) and have been making egg muffins and sticking them in the freezer for a quick breakfast. Mix cooked, crumbled sausage with eggs. The original recipe added chopped bell peppers but I used the frozen kale from Trader Joe’s (defrosted first). Just cook it all up in a muffin tin and stick them in the freezer after they cool down.

Lastly, a book recommendation. Still Alice SO GOOD. If you know anyone with Alzheimer’s this is a must read.

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Max’s 3 Month Update

Wow this last month just flew by. I’ve been way too busy to post here but I wanted to make sure I at least do Max’s monthly updates just like I did for his sister! I started back at work so that’s been hectic figuring out our new schedule and how to juggle 2 kids. And another big deal was that Max started daycare! We decided to put him into daycare because he was refusing the bottle and it was just too hard for my inlaws to deal with it. Even though I am sad we had to put him into daycare so early I’m sure it was the right decision! And once he is better about taking the bottle we plan on putting him with the inlaws again. I’m so thankful he is there this past month because it’s been SO HOT lately and the daycare is nice and air conditioned! So at the very least he’s cool 🙂

Some milestones:
– I think the day after he turned 2 months he started smiling!!! It was the best thing ever. It’s so sweet when he gives us his smiles. I love baby smiles more than anything!!!!
– started sucking on his hands
– blows bubbles
– makes the cutest frown/pouty faces
– neck control is getting really strong! He can pretty much hold it up on his own now
– still refusing the bottle, even after a week at daycare 🙁
– still in size 1 diapers
– wearing some 0-3 and 3-6 month clothing
– not sure how much he weighs but on our home scale he is 12+ lbs!
– had his first night with a babysitter. actually this was the first time ever that we used a paid babysitter!
– and still really hates his car seat. so much!
– starting to enjoy toys. He really likes this one:

Some pictures:

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A rare family pic
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Didn’t realize how grainy this pic was…but I love it!
This pic cracks me up. #maxandemma

His expressions crack me up
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Like this one on his first day of daycare
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I am loving him more and more each day!

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Max’s 2 Month Update

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Some milestones and updates for Max’s 2nd month:
– started cooing
– is the 20th percentile in weight at 10 lbs and 12 oz! This is quite an accomplishment for us since Emma was always 5% or under
– mostly stopped leaking from his diapers
– is wearing size 1 diapers and 0-3 month clothing
– his hair is growing like crazy and we are thinking of shaving it soon. everyone who sees him asks how old he is and is in awe of how much hair he has!
– very squirmy and active, even the DR commented on it at his 2 month appt
– is starting to stay awake more
– started rejecting the bottle 🙁
– threw up 3 times! at first I thought it was because I was overfeeding him but DR just told me I need to take breaks and give him time to digest his food.
– really hates car rides and his car seat (just like his sister when she was a baby)
– survived his first all day outing with us in Ventura
– starting to track objects with his eyes
– cradle cap and baby acne is almost gone!

This month, Max has been a bit more difficult. He is awake more and the whole bottle feeding thing is stressing us out since I go back to work in 3 weeks. He’s still not as bad as Emma in my opinion though. It’s harder to keep him asleep when you put him down and it’s been way too hot to swaddle him which I think would help a lot with that. Sometimes I think he is smiling at me but I think it’s just my imagination. I’m really looking forward to that milestone!

Max and his grandfather (my dad!)
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The only time he’s happy in the car seat is when he is sleeping!
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Big sister always wants to hold his hand. Not sure how he feels about that yet.
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Max’s serious face:
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Yawn
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Cool hair
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half smile?
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Lastly…a family selfie on one of Max’s first family outing to the Anaheim Packing House. Max loves the Solly wrap!
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Things To Do In HB/Fountain Valley Week of 08/11/14

Date Time Activity Description Location Age
08/12 Tues 9:15am, 10am, & 11am Toddler Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-3
08/12 Tues 10am Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse Mr. Peabody and Sherman for $1 Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
All ages
08/12 Tues 5pm-9pm Street Fair & Farmers Market Farmer's market, food vendors, & live entertainment Main Street 1st-3rd blocks between PCH & Orange Street. All ages
08/13 Wed 10am Toddler/Preschool Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-5
08/14 Thu 10am Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse Mr. Peabody and Sherman for $1 Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
All ages
08/14 Thu 3:30pm Afterschool Stories & Craft storytime and crafts HB Central Library K-4th Grade
08/14 Thu 6pm-8pm Summer Concert Series: Western Standard Time with Colin Free concert and parking. Food trucks will be onsite. Mile Square Park All ages
08/15 Fri 10am & 11am Preschool Storytime storytime HB Central Library 3-5
08/15 Fri 6:30pm-10pm Movies In The Park: The Croods There will be food games a famil-friendly movie and much more! Enjoy free popcorn and snow cones courtesy of the Fountain Valley Recreation Center. Cordata Park
18761 Cordata St All ages
08/16 Sat 9am-12pm Huck Finn Fishing Derby This is a Free Event! Children are invited to experience the fun of recreational fishing off the Huntington Beach pier with prizes given to both the largest and smallest fish caught and best dressed Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher participants. Check in begins at 8:00 am. Bait will be provided to registered participants as well as a limited amount of loaner rods offered by CA Fish and Game. Register at any Community Center or online at www.HBsands.org. HB Pier 4-15
08/16 Sat 10am The III Great Stuffed Animal Sleepover storytime HB Central Library All ages
08/16 Sat 10am-3:30pm Orange County Model Engineers Free Train Rides Currently there is over 5 miles of actual track winding through the park. A variety of trains run on the track and represent 1 1/2" 2 1/2" and 3 1/2" scale equipment. Fairview Park
2323 Placentia Avenue
1+
08/16 Sat 11am-3pm Crafts For Kids Blooming Numbers Garden craft Lakeshore Learning Store
18679 Brookhurst Street
3-12
08/16 Sat 12pm-1pm Animal Feeding Come join us to learn more about the animals at our interpretive center! During the feeding we will cover feeding habits and general biology and anatomy of our reptiles and marine animals! *Please note: snake feedings involve live mice.* Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
3842 Warner Avenue
3-17
08/16 Sat 2pm Afternoon Stories & Craft storytime and crafts HB Central Library K-4th Grade
08/17 Sun 10am-3:30pm Orange County Model Engineers Free Train Rides Currently there is over 5 miles of actual track winding through the park. A variety of trains run on the track and represent 1 1/2" 2 1/2" and 3 1/2" scale equipment. Fairview Park
2323 Placentia Avenue
1+
08/17 Sun 5pm-7pm Concerts in the Park Covina Concert Band ♫ Popular show tunes, marches and more HB Central Park All ages
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Emma’s Faves: 2 years 3 months

The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 70th Anniversary Edition – Even though there are several stories in this book, Emma makes me read the same 2 stories over and over again!

Popcorn with Coconut Oil – I have to admit we are both addicted to this! Emma just loves eating popcorn in general. But I really like the taste that coconut oil add to it. Plus it’s so much healthier than using butter! I use this recipe.

Finally got around to making coconut oil popcorn. It is easy and tasty! Now what toppings should I add?

Lil Critters Fruit and Veggie Vitamins – I’m on the fence about vitamins for kids so I see these more as a treat for Emma and another way to sneak in some veggies? She LOVES these and I usually tell her she can have one after she brushes her teeth which makes her a little more willing to brush than normal. Even though they recommend giving 2, I give her just 1 a day.

Bubbles – like every 2 year old…Emma is obsessed with bubbles. She is loving them right now and it has been a fun outdoor activity this summer

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Things To Do In HB/Fountain Valley Week of 08/04/14

Date Time Activity Description Location Age
08/04 Mon 7pm Pajamarama Storytime Children come dressed up in pajamas for storytime Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra All ages
08/05 Tues 9:15am, 10am, & 11am Toddler Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-3
08/05 Tues 10am Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse Rio 2 for $1 Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
All ages
08/05 Tues 5pm-9pm Street Fair & Farmers Market Farmer's market, food vendors, & live entertainment Main Street 1st-3rd blocks between PCH & Orange Street. All ages
08/05 Tues 6pm-10pm Movies in the Park: Ice Age There will be food, games, a family-friendly movie and much more! Enjoy free popcorn and snow cones courtesy of the Fountain Valley Recreation Center. Fountain Valley Recreation Center
16400 Brookhurst Street
2-17
08/05 Tues 7pm Wonders of Wildlife—Nature Detective Join this paws-itively engaging live animal program adventure. Children will go on an imaginary hike and find clues to discover what animals left the tell tale signs in this 60-minute program. Fountain Valley Library
17635 Los Alamos Street
All ages
08/06 Tues 10am Toddler/Preschool Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-5
08/06 Wed 10:30am Weekly Storytime Featuring stories and activities Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra All ages
08/07 Thu 10am Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse Rio 2 for $1 Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
All ages
08/07 Thu 3:30pm Afterschool Stories & Craft storytime and crafts HB Central Library K-4th Grade
08/07 Thu 6pm-8pm Summer Concert Series: Gardens & Villa with Stacy Clark Free concert and parking. Food trucks will be onsite. Mile Square Park All ages
08/08 Fri 10am & 11am Preschool Storytime storytime HB Central Library 3-5
08/09 Sat 10am Toddler Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-3
08/09 Sat 11am-3pm Crafts For Kids Summer Spinning Top craft Lakeshore Learning Store
18679 Brookhurst Street
3-12
08/09 Sat 12pm-1pm Animal Feeding Come join us to learn more about the animals at our interpretive center! During the feeding we will cover feeding habits and general biology and anatomy of our reptiles and marine animals! *Please note: snake feedings involve live mice.* Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
3842 Warner Avenue
3-17
08/09 Sat 2pm Afternoon Stories & Craft storytime and crafts HB Central Library K-4th Grade
08/10 Sun 5pm-7pm Concerts in the Park Henebry’s 1920’s Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra – Original musical sounds of the Golden Age of Radio with Flapper Vocalist Ginger Pauley HB Central Park All ages
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Things To Do In HB/Fountain Valley Week Of 07/28/14

Date Time Activity Description Location Age
07/29 Tues 9:15am, 10am, & 11am Toddler Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-3
07/29 Tues 10am Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse The Lego Movie for $1 Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
All ages
07/29 Tues 11am What Do You Do With An Idea A Discover & Learn event featuring What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra All ages
07/29 Tues 1pm-1:45pm Baby Tales songs and music for babies and toddlers and their caregivers. Play time and socialization time following Baby Tales program. Granola Babies
3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B
0-2
07/29 Tues 5pm-9pm Street Fair & Farmers Market Farmer's market, food vendors, & live entertainment Main Street 1st-3rd blocks between PCH & Orange Street. All ages
07/29 Tues 7pm Science on the Go—Which Foot Is It? Children will learn about animal adaptations and characteristics of different animal groups in this 60-minute program. Come explore the nature of animal feet and learn how their structure helps the animal survive in its unique habitat Fountain Valley Library
17635 Los Alamos Street
All ages
07/30 Wed 10am Toddler/Preschool Storytime storytime HB Central Library 1-5
07/30 Wed 10:30am Weekly Storytime Featuring stories and activities Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra All ages
07/30 Wed 11am Parent & Me Time: Fox Story time, crafts, and our beautiful nature trails. Shipley Nature Center
17851 Goldenwest Street
1-10
07/30 Wed 2pm Fairytale Storytime & Costume Party Come dressed up as a Fairytale character Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra All ages
07/31 Thu 10am Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse The Lego Movie for $1 Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
All ages
07/31 Thu 3:30pm Afterschool Stories & Craft storytime and crafts HB Central Library K-4th Grade
07/31 Thu 6pm-8pm Concerts in the Park: Hard Days Night – A Tribute to the Beatles Attendants should bring picnic blankets and chairs to each event. The event is a fun picnic-style concert for families with their kids. Parking and admission is completely free. Fountain Valley Recreation Center
16400 Brookhurst Street
All ages
07/31 Thu 8pm-10pm Cool Summer Nights: Explore Skies above Shipley Join us as we are visited by the Orange County Astronomers who will help us explore nearby planets and star systems light years away! Our evening hours will be extended to allow for this not to be missed event. Shipley Nature Center
17851 Goldenwest Street
3-17
08/01 Fri ? Frozen Party Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra All ages
08/01 Fri 10am & 11am Preschool Storytime storytime HB Central Library 3-5
08/02 Sat 9am-12pm (Reservations required) Free Kids Workshops Children can work on fun and educational projects while spending quality time with the whole family. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Home Depot
7100 Warner Avenue
5-12
08/02 Sat 9:30am-12:30pm Drop In And Draw It's a great place to express yourself creatively. Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials. Join us and let you and your children's inner Picassos shine! Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
3321 Hyland Avenue
All ages
08/02 Sat 10:30am Clint Perry & The Boo Hoo Crew Free library concert with raffle prizes Central Park Bandstand All ages
08/02 Sat 11am-3pm Crafts For Kids You Name It! Door Hanger craft Lakeshore Learning Store
18679 Brookhurst Street
3-12
08/02 Sat 12pm-1pm Animal Feeding Come join us to learn more about the animals at our interpretive center! During the feeding, we will cover feeding habits and general biology and anatomy of our reptiles and marine animals! *Please note: snake feedings involve live mice.* Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
3842 Warner Avenue
3-17
08/03 Sun 5pm-7pm Concerts in the Park HB Concert Band – Side-by-Side Concert with outstanding local high school musicians joining in a program of popular marches and melodies HB Central Park All ages
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Max’s 1 Month Update

I can’t believe this little guy has been with us for a whole month already!

I'm 1 month today rawr!

Some milestones and updates:

– Longest stretch of nighttime sleep: 5.5. hours and it was glorious!
– Can lift his head and hold for several seconds (and in fact enjoys tummy time!)
– At his 2 week appointment, he was 7lbs 3 ozes. Minh weighed him last night on our home scale (which is very unreliable) but says he was close to 9 lbs!
– Sleeps unswaddled
– Has a very strong grip and strong kicks (which I could tell even in the womb)
– BFs every 2-3 hours and has had a great latch from the start
– Is also taking 1 bottle a day and sometimes takes the pacifier
– Prefers Huggies diapers
– Poops a ton. Almost every diaper change.
– Finally starting to fit his newborn clothes and even some of his 3 month sized clothes!
– Still sleeps a ton but will stay awake 15 mins – 1 hour at times

Maternity leave has been much more enjoyable this time around. I’m just a more relaxed mama and Max is also easier. He cries when he’s hungry, has a dirty diaper, or is sleepy but if he’s awake he’s content to just lay there and observe. Emma never let me put her down awake for more than 5 minutes! He’s been eating well but he’s been sounding very congested. I keep reading it’s normal so I hope he grows out of it soon because sometimes it feels like it interferes with his eating (ie. can’t breathe and starts choking on the milk). His baby acne and cradle cap is at an all-time high as well but I’m not as worried about it this time since Emma had it as well and her skin is so nice now! I’m excited to take him out next month now that we are done with the 1 month confinement!

Now for some pictures from the past month:

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3 weeks old and trying to crawl already hehe #tummytime

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Mommy & Baby Fave: Jojoba Oil

I have a new favorite product: Jojoba Oil ($7.99 on Amazon)!

For Mommy: I have horribly dry skin, especially on my face! I’ve tried all different types of moisturizers but as soon as I put on any type of foundation…it starts flaking! So annoying. I even use tinted moisturizer and it still makes my face flake (even after using a completely different moisturizer beforehand). And recently while I was pregnant, I was pretty limited in what products I was willing to use since I try to use more “natural” products since I’m paranoid. So I was super excited when I tried Jojoba Oil for the first time and it worked for my dry skin while also being pretty safe (as far as I can tell). It keeps my face moisturized and does not clog my pores. Miracle! I’ve been reading you can also add some to your conditioner to soften your hair as well but I haven’t tried that yet. So to moisturize my face, I just put a few drops on my fingers and rub it into my face. Easy peasy!

For Baby: So just like Emma, Max is developing horrible baby acne and cradle cap (or cradle crap as we like to call it har har). Last time we didn’t do much for Emma since I read it wasn’t harmful, just annoying for the parents because their babies do not look very cute when they are going through this stage! This time, since I happened to have jojoba oil on hand and since I read it works wonders for cradle cap I decided to give it a try on Max! I’ve only applied it once so far but most of the yellow gunk came right off after a few minutes! We’ll see how it goes in the next few weeks. So to apply to baby, just place a drop on your finger and rub into affected area. You can leave it on for up to 2 hours to really get absorbed. If it’s on the scalp, run a soft comb through the hair to brush out the flakes. If on the face or other body parts, you can just use a small towel to wipe off.

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Emma’s Faves (2 Years, 2 Months)

Sorry this is a little late! Here’s what Emma was loving this past month:

Ravensburger My First Puzzle (Adorable Animals) – I’m really trying to get Emma into puzzles as a I heard it’s good for brain development. She seems to struggle with jigsaw puzzles though so I thought this beginner set would be good practice. Luckily she instantly loved this and is able to do it pretty easily!! She still sometimes struggles with fitting the pieces together but it’s great practice for her fine motor skills. I highly recommend this if you are looking to introduce jigsaw puzzles to your little ones!

H&M Strawberry Jersey Dress – Can you believe these dresses are only $5? Emma loves the strawberry one so much that we bought her 2 more in different prints. These are so comfortable and easy to wear…wish they had them in my size!

Elmo Goodnight Stories Musical Lullaby – this book was a hand me down from my sister’s kids but Emma loves it! She makes me read it to her every night. Its comprised of a bunch of short stories that each include a lullaby. It also has a button you can press that plays Brahms Lullaby song that Emma loves to press while I sing.

Green Toys Tea Set – We got this set from a friend and both Emma and I love it because you can use real drinks and food with it! It also lets Emma practice pouring. So fun!

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Little Bunny Series Seek and Finds – These seek and find coloring sheets are a big hit with Emma. She loves finding the objects and gets so excited when she finds them. The best part? It’s free!

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – We’ve been trying to keep Emma from watching too much Caillou and this has quickly become her new favorite. I also love this show and the lessons Emma learns from it…ranging anywhere from trying new foods, going to the DR, and having a babysitter. The songs always get stuck in my head though!

Watermelon – summer means tasty and fresh watermelon! One of Emma’s favorite fruits. We also love drinking watermelon juice

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