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So Little M is teething..

The poor little girl, she’s so uncomfortable.  She’s drooling like crazy.. she’s got her fingers and thumbs in her mouth all the time.. she gets soo frustrated and annoyed that she gets whiny.. I feel so bad.

Yesterday, I thought her teeth finally cut through.. Her bottom gums are pretty much so transparent that you can see the two bottom front teeth.. and the little itty bitty ridges of those two tiny teeth.  I thought her teeth came in because you can see them so clearly.  But when I ran my finger onto her bottom gums, I didn’t feel them.. but they are sooo close!

She’s rubbing her gums with her hands and she’s biting everything she can get her hands on.. including my shoulder..

The pediatrician said that I should freeze a wash cloth and have her chew on it.. or wrap an ice cube in a wash cloth and rub it on her gums.  She said to try various teething rings and toys to she what she prefers too.. and if she’s really uncomfortable to give her tylenol or advil…

Her pediatrician also says absolutely no oragel because of the risk of overdosing on lidocane (sp?).   She says that lidocane slows down heartbeats and that there is a tendency to overdose because you just slather it onto babies gums and reapply when the discomfort starts again.  I’m sure the directions specified how to properly use oragel, but I don’t want to risk anything.  I’m going to try some of these safer, no medication remedies to see if she can find some relief…

What kind of things did you other mommies (and daddies) do to help relieve your little one during their teething time?

Ok.. so I had started this whole “weight loss accountability” stuff after I had Little M and then never returned to it.. so much for “accountability.”

I had wanted to be able to wear my pre-prego jeans before I returned to work.. that didn’t happen..

I wanted my weight to be below 130 lbs before I returned to work.. that didn’t happen..

But it’s happening now. 

Ok.. so I had to buy a couple pairs of jeans before I went to work.  I thought I’d be a ridiculously insane size.. but I was really only a 12 at American Eagle.. and a 10 at Target.. not my best sizes.. but I DID just have a baby, right?

The great thing is.. I already am too small for my size 12 American Eagle jeans.. go me!

My weight has been toggling between 156-159.. depending on the day and how much I ate the night before.. that’s better than being stuck at 160.. but I’d still like to see it go down and STAY down..

I wanted to join the local Bar Method where I live.. but.. I’d rather NOT spend money.. AND we have a little gym in our apartment complex.. I should just make full use of that!

So… I started running again.  I started last weekend.. and ran once this week.  I plan on running again today..

I figure I’ll start slow.  I takes me about 20 minutes to jog/walk a mile.. so lets just do a small 20 minute run.. my goal is to see how far I go in 20 minutes.. then when I can do about two miles (maybe) in 20 minutes.. I’ll start working on lengthening the times of my run..

After the run, I play around on some of the exercise equiptment to work on my arms and tummy..

There’s no actual logic to my system.. but it just works for me to stay motiviated..

The hardest part is really getting started.. right?

So.. I weighed in today at 157.4.. ugh. 

My goal is to look decent before the big family trip in June…

Remind me to keep you all posted.

When I became a mom, I started looking at the world differently.  I looked at things differently because my life definitely changed.  I look at the world through “mom eyes,” if that makes any sense.  I’m sure other mothers can agree, the minute your child came into this world, the world became a whole new place.

And because of this new perspective on the world, I’ve come to realize that I need to stand up for something that I truly believe in.  I need to stand up and fight for the rights of mommies with babies in diapers.  This is my moment to truly make a difference in this world.. and all that yadda-yadda political jargon.

I believe that ALL public restrooms should have a changing table.

I never noticed the lack of changing tables in restrooms until Little M was born.  It’s fine to wait for us to get in the car to change a pee-pee diaper.  But when Little M surprises us with a poopy diaper and we are stuck with in a bathroom with no changing table, do I really need to trek to my car to change her?  What if the car is parked pretty far, or it’s raining and/or really cold?  I can’t expose her bare bottom to those elements!  C’mon people!  Give us mommies some help!

Now some of you mommies might tell me to just pop a squat on the nearest bench or table top, but is that really sanitary?

I’m speaking for the people that will eventually use those benches and tables after I’m done cleaning up my baby’s bootie.  Ok, so I have a changing pad and blankets, so the stuff never directly touches those surfaces.. but how would you feel if you knew that the person before you had changed a kid’s poopy diaper on the table right before you went to eat your lunch?

I also want to respect Little M’s privacy.  Okay, she’s only 5 months old, but do I really want her bare bottom and other bits out for the world to see?  There are a lot of wierd people out in this world and I don’t want to add to their urges by displaying my baby’s naughty bits on a bench or table.  Nuh uh.  I didn’t even post her ultrasound baby bits on Facebook when we found out Little M was a girl! 

Once, I was at Omaha Jacks in Rancho Cucamonga (yes, I’m calling you out!) with the family when Little M decided to give a little gift.  I had assumed since this place is sort of big and a lot of families to go to eat that there would be a changing table in the bathroom.  WRONG!

It was rainy and cold, so I didn’t think it was a great idea to bring her outside, but I didn’t want to wait til we got home to clean her up. 

Reluctantly, I used the booth behind us to change her diaper.  It was dangerous because Little M likes to turn over once on her back, especially during diaper changes.  It also hurt my back because the booth seats were lower than my back could tolerate.

I wiped the bench down with my baby wipe after even though she never did touch the actual surface, but I still cringed to think of the next guest to sit in that seat.

I’m just not that person that can just change a baby’s diaper in public if I really didn’t have to.  I just don’t have it in me. 

I’d love to see some sort of regulation for all public restrooms to have a changing table.  A simple place to privately change a child’s diaper is all I’m asking for.  It’d be great if there were “family restrooms” at every place, but I know that’s asking too much.  Just give me a little changing table and I’ll be happy.

Mommies, don’t you agree?

Little M loves to stick out her tongue and go “pffffft!”

She’s like my little Tazmanian Devil… she’ll babble and end in “pffft!”

If she’s really excited about something, or she likes what she sees.. she’ll stick her tongue at it and go “pffft!” 

It’s her go-to sound for anything fun and cool.  Pfffft!

Sometimes she says the “ahh” sound before it.. so it sounds like “ahhh pfffft!”  And whenever Hubby or I imitate her, she laughs.. apparently it’s funny to hear to her too!

There are times she wants to get Hubby or my attention.. she’ll do that with a little “pffft!” too.. it’s a multi-purpose sound.

It’s her new thing.. well.. that and putting her hands and arms over her head while she’s bottle feeding.. apparently, she has no intention of holding her own bottle.. silly girl!

She never ceases to amaze me.. all the little things she learns on a daily basis make us really appreciate the whole “miracle of life” thing..


So I’ve been back to work for about two weeks now and I have to say that it’s not getting easier..

I miss my little M all the time!  I have her as my desktop image on my computer.. all her pictures run through my screen saver.. and I have a little picture frame with my little family on my desk..

I miss my little booger.

I think she’s adjusting a little better than I am.  Hubby sends me pictures of her at Grandma’s house and she seems to be having a great time. 

The best part of the day is getting home and seeing her and cuddling her for the whole night.. she’s all smiles and giggles once we are all home and everything seems back to normal again.

I try to keep myself really busy at work so that the day goes by quickly and I can be home again. 

Our new routine is definitely sinking in.. slowly but surely..

A few nights ago, we were searching the TV’s guide (not TV Guide) to see what we can watch.. hubby finds figure skating on TV..

Hubby:  Oooh, figure skating!  Let’s watch!
Me:  Huh?  Really, figure skating?!
Hubby:  Yeah.. let’s watch it..
Me: You like figure skating?  Why?

Figure skater on TV attempts a jump and falls..

Hubby:  That’s why.

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