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i’m too old!

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This past weekend we went on a date night. Went to dinner first, had a few drinks, and then walked over to the local dive bar. As we approach the door, I realize that I left my wallet in my gym bag earlier that day. I have no proof of my age! I search through my phone for a picture that shows how old I am (which is more than a decade over 21). I’m usually really good about taking pictures of identification for when I travel. At this moment, I am having no luck finding such evidence… stupid auto-archive…

Then… ta-da! Johnney shows the doorman of me minutes after giving birth to Milo and he lets us in!! Aint no one need a drink more than a mama!

uh oh!

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I don’t know how it happened, but over a year has passed since my last post! my little baby is almost a toddler and i’m a full fledged mom. it’s weird saying that because i still feel like college was just a few years ago… we’re gearing up for halloween (we’re going to be a Star Trek family), and we continued our tradition of visiting the pumpkin patch. i’ve been super nostalgic lately looking at old pictures of my baby. i know every mom thinks this, but my kid literally gets cuter every day.

must haves

now that i’m in the baby groove (for the most part), there are some baby things from my registry i am using, and others i’m not. here’s a list of the items i suggest

wipe warmer – i read mixed reviews about this and decided not to add one to my registry. i did receive one as a hand me down, and i’m glad i did! those middle of the night diaper changes are rough enough, but adding a cold wet wipe to the mix does not make things better. remember that baby’s skin is more sensitive than ours. i dare you to wipe your tummy at 3am with the cold wipe to see how you like it.

breast milk collector – while breast feeding, the boob that the baby is NOT nursing from, will most likely leak. don’t ask me why, it just does. you will want to save that precious liquid gold for another feeding. these collectors allow you to do just that.

breast pads – speaking of leaking boobs, you don’t want this to happen while you’re in public. these breast pads are a life saver.

play mat – you will hear a million times how important tummy time is. your baby will need some place to do it. they will also need something other than the ceiling fan to look at when you need a break and want to put them down.

electronic crib mobile – entertaining your newborn can be tricky. mine loves the ceiling fan, and anything that moves. i found myself winding up our mobile 10 times a day because it only lasted 2 minutes. finally we bought a portable electric version that lasts 30 mins. it goes from room to room with us, allowing me time to go to the bathroom and not feel rushed because the song is going to end soon

rocker – there’s only so much your newborn can do, and laying on their back seems to occupy most of their time. these rockers are a great place for your baby to hang out, up right. the chair can fit a toddler, so it will be in your home for a while and you will definitely get your moneys worth. when your baby falls asleep, there is a stand at the bottom that you fold out so that the chair no longer rocks.

little remedies – in the first 3 months we’ve already dealt with really bad gas, tons of spit ups and stuffy noses. the little remedies products have been a life saver. for dealing with gas, our trick was to give the drops before each feeding. we found that the drops don’t work quick enough if we wait until after the baby is suffering from gas.

clip on night light – middle of the night feedings are grueling. forget about turning on a lamp – it hurts your eyes, and it wakes your hubby up. clip on this light to your bra strap, and you will have just enough soft light to see what you’re doing. it’s not a flash light, so there is still a chance you will stub your toe when getting out of bed. there is also a vibrating timer that will wake you up if you fall asleep. you will most likely fall asleep during a feeding at least once.

EDIT (5/15/16) : i can’t believe i forgot these items! now THESE are a must have

pee pads – when your baby starts having blowouts, you will be glad you had these disposable pads underneath them. we bought the ones for pets because they were cheaper. they are pretty large, so we cut them in half and now have twice as many.

bidet – after delivery you will be sore down there. you will be scared to wipe, especially after number 2’s. freshen up with water instead of rough dry paper. it will make healing a little more tolerable

 

 

 

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we celebrated Milo’s 100th Day this past weekend. It’s a Chinese tradition that includes a 9 course family style dinner and passing out red eggs (hard boiled and died red). we also incorporated the American tradition of expensive dessert tables.  every party we go to nowadays has a fancy buffet of sweets, along with goodies to take home.

we got our awesome cake from Delicious Arts. we went to the bakery with a vague idea of what we wanted. they asked us what type of stuff Milo liked. well, he likes his thumb and staring at himself in a mirror. not sure if those would make a good cake… you can see we went a kid and adult favorite: the peanuts

Milo slept through most of it, which i was actually relieved for. there was enough going on through out the party, without having to worry about why he is crying. even though the party was for him, it was more of an adult event. i don’t think he would’ve liked the duck or shrimp.

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1+1=2

Milo is almost 2 months old, and he’s had a few milestones. The most exciting, is that he had another ekg & echo, and his heart looks great! the coarcatation is still there, but he is functioning fine with it, and it doesn’t look like we will need to take any action. we’ll go back when he’s 9 months old for a checkup.

most recently, Milo has started to smile! and sometimes it sounds like he’s laughing. i have to say, with a little bias, that he has the cutest smile i’ve ever seen. it takes a lot of ruckus to get him to do it, but it’s worth it.

this past weekend, Milo attended his first birthday party. his cousin Olivia turned 1 and we went to a park in Monterey park for a circus themed event. he’s been staying up longer during the day, and was awake through the entire party. he almost made it through the end of cake before he started to have a little melt down. once we got him in the car and started driving, he passed out.
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speaking of him staying up during the day: he’s sleeping more at night! he will sleep a good 4 to 5 hours for his first stretch. we’ll feed and change his diaper before he goes back to sleep for another 2-3 hours. this has made a world a difference on my energy. i can get through the day with just 1 nap 🙂