10 Random Things

There have been so many things that I’ve wanted to talk about but not enough about that topic to make an actual post. SO, this is what I’ve come up with!!

Whether these things are something I’ve discovered, something I really like, or your know… random

So. Here we go!

10.) Cornstarch – Thanks to my mom I know have replaced my baby powder with cornstarch. My sweet daughter has sensitive skin. And this past week she developed a terrible diaper rash! Called my mama, asked for advice and thats what she recommended. And with in one day the diaper rash was almost completely gone! Now I just need a really good way to store it. Humm…

9.) Baby food homemade –  I have recently been feeding my daughter homemade rice! Instead of buying a box from the store, I made my own. And it’s SO, SO easy!!! Holy cow. There are pro’s and con’s to this. More con’s though in my opinion. I am all about making my own baby food. And I will when it comes to veggies, fruits, ect. Making it at home is the same price as a box of it cost. But you have to buy, whole grain, brown rice. Grind it up, not cooked. (which a food processor doesn’t work. we had to use our coffee grinder.) THEN, you put water in it, microwave it, then feed the baby. Boxed is done. It has vitamins. And sometimes it’s cheaper! So, once my rice is gone. I’m switching.

8.) Rosemary – This seems to be an herb I have off hand on a regular basis. One of my husbands favorite dish is just Chicken, potatoes, ROSEMARY, salt, pepper and oil. No joke. Thats all the recipe calls for. And it is so so yummy. A lot of dishes call for rosemary and you can add it to just about anything for good flavor. And NO my next daughter is not going to be named Rosemary because my first daughter was named Sage. haha…

7.) COOKING –  My new favorite thing in the world. I LOVE to experiment with cooking and finding new recipes. And I think I am addicted to Food Network!! Ina Garten, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri (love him!), the whole nine yards. It’s so inspiring. And I don’t think my husband is to upset about all the cooking either! Now if I could just get someone to clean up after me… that would be awesome!

6.) Working out – What the Heck?!?! Seriously. I am not the one to jump up and say “OMG! I LOVE to work out! Lets go right now!” UGH… I know I need to. And I will get there someday. But right now… well, I’m good.. 🙂

5.) Low-Fat – Say What?! Since my gallbladder has been taken out I can not eat high fat things. But has it completely stopped me? Nooo… UGH. It’s so frustrating. Yes. I regret it later because me and Mr. John become great friends all day. (ewwww)… BUT IT’S SO GOOD! ::sigh:: I will do better…. I have to. I am not about to gain all the weight I have lost since Sage was born.

4.) Sage – Ahhh.. my sweet baby girl. Let me just say. I’m blessed. And guess what?! She’s SO CLOSE to rolling over!!! Thats it. Thats all I wanted to say about her. Short and sweet. Just like her 🙂

3.) Ballroom Dancing –  I started taking lessons when I was 14. And it has been apart of my life ever since. I miss is terribly. I watch it on TV and almost cry I miss it so much. I started teaching when I was 18 and there is great joy in that. But to actually dance it and showcase it, THAT is amazing! I love to dance. And I probably always will. I don’t know what I will do if Sage decide to play volleyball instead of being on the dance team… I would be so confused…

2.) Event Coordinating –  Let me just say, the best job in the world is to do what you love! And I LOVE to Coordinate Events!!!! I worked with a Magazine here in Fort Wayne and thats what did it for me. It made me realize how much I love it. And how fun it is! It’s my dream career. And it’s in the works… it might just take a little longer then I planned.

1.) Family – Wow. Aren’t we all just so blessed? No matter the circumstances. We are Blessed. I have an amazing family. My husband loves me unconditionally. My daughter is healthy. My parents are the best around and I can easily say I admire! My brothers are starting families and they have great girls by their side! And my husband’s family is a bonus! They add to my life and I love everyone one of them! We are so blessed….

See. That was pretty random. In Fact, there were a few more I wanted to add.. but I’ll save that for some other time!

Ciao – Cherith

Vacation+baby=?

Well, let me just start by saying I AM SO GLAD TO BE HOME!!!!! Every year BJ (my husband) has a chance to earn 3 trips with his company (2 weekend trips and one week-long trip). This is all done by extreme hard work and pressure. This year our first trip was to the Dominican Republic to an all inclusive resort, 4 days 3 nights. And with just having our first child who will be 3 months soon, it was hard to think about leaving her here with grandma and grandpa. So preparing for our first family vacation was, well, interesting.

Were to begin is the hard part for me…. so lets start with getting ready to leave.

Packing for yourself and your husband is a chore in itself. You need to make sure you have all the essentials. Passports. ticket information. swim suit. sunscreen. nice clothes. “play” clothes. shoes for every outfit… 🙂 The whole sha-bang. But adding an infant to the mix adds a whole new list!! Clothes for her. Jammies. diapers. wipes. formula (just in case). bottles. swim suit. SUPER sunscreen. bath stuff. blankets. a sheet for the hotel crib. AND her OWN passport!!! (which in itself was a terrible experience!!! the post office is not fun) So we can easily say I was more concerned about packing for the baby then packing for myself. I had no idea what I packed. I was lucky enough to remember a few pairs of flip flops.

The Plane ride: Almost everyone has asked me how she did on the plane. Well, she was awesome! It helped that she is still nursing. I really think that brings a form of comfort to her no matter where we are. It saved us a million meltdowns. And then, with the humming of the plane, most of the time she fell right to sleep. She is a very happy baby. BJ and I are extremely blessed!! She never really cries out of the blue. She’s easy to please. And she is always getting attention. Before we left we made sure to purchase an umbrella stroller and that was a God sent!! It helped for when my arms where going to break, yet it was small enough that it wasn’t a pain to carry around. I have a carry on bag that I used as an oversized diaper bag. I packed it like I would my diaper bag, but with a few extra things.

Here is a list of what was in my “diaper bag”:
Diapers (duh) but more than I would normally pack. about 10 or so.

Wipes (another duh) but a big pack.

The changing table cover that is in my original diaper bag. I don’t trust many surfaces.

Hand sanitizer.

A little thing of sunscreen.

extra jammies. extra clothes. (a few outfits just in case)

my iPod touch. This is not just for mommy but I have baby flash cards on there. And she LOVES them!

Some toys. She’s not into them JUST yet, but you never know…

Formula and bottle. Yes, I am still nursing but sometimes there is a moment where I can’t nurse or just don’t want too 🙂

And a few essentials for mommy. Money. Chapstick. ID. Passports. Credit card. Gum. (i told you, I barely remembered to pack for myself! lol)

The trip actually worked really well with the babies schedule. And let me just tell you. I had no idea that I really did have Sage on a schedule/routine until this trip!!! I thought I would just wing-it with her because she would adjust. Now I know it is so important for  a little one to stay on their schedule. Even if you think you don’t have one, you will be surprised! Babies are SO routine. They love being home! And this trip was proof of that.

Once in the DR, it was SO SO HOT!!!!! I took her jammies off immediately and put her in a onzie that I had packed. Getting into the hotel room was a trip!! Like I said, it was a resort. SO our room wasn’t just up an elevator. It was down the hall. turn right. go up an elevator. go down a few more halls and TA DA!! Your there. (And this is ALL OUTSIDE! well, covered, but STILL) The room was BEAUTIFUL!!!! It was huge. Very luxurious. Dreamy. Totally meant for a honeymoon. BUT we had a baby. So it became more like a home. The crib was delivered and the baby stuff spread all over the place.

Let me explain to you what these weekend trips normally consist of BEFORE baby. The flights are quick. We pack only carry ons so there is no waiting for luggage. We arrive, we check in, we get to our room and then head to the pool to meet up with everyone. The first night is a welcome/ congratulation party. You put on a cute sun dress, eat LOTS of food, have a few drinks and be entertained by local people and stay up till the wee hours of the morning. The rest of the weekend you do a few activities, go to the beach or pool and take a few naps there. Eat all the time. Experience a few restaurants and hang outs, and again, stay up late, sleep in late… then before you know it, you’re heading home.

Well, with the baby, once we were settled in the hotel room, we TRIED to go down to the pool and hang out with everyone. BUT it was the babies nap time and she wanted NOTHING to do with the hot sun. It was hard for her to get comfortable in my arms, and the umbrella stroller doesn’t lay down all the way so that was a no go. After 30 minutes, I did the mommy thing and said to myself  “this is silly. I need to take her back to the room”. So I did. She took a nap and it was time to get ready for the party that night. So far, she was great. She ate. I changed her. She was happy… Then it happened!! THE MELTDOWN OF THE CENTURY!! Nothing would calm her down. I had never seen her scream like that, EVER! It lasted a long time too. About a good hour. Finally I realized that we (mommy and baby) were NOT going to the party and I changed her back into jammies and decided the only way to calm her down was to nurse her. No, I do not demand feed. But with being somewhere new and a LONG day of traveling, I knew she was over stimulated and that was the only cure. And it worked. She nursed for about 15 minutes and she was OUT! She slept that night till 4 in the morning! BJ brought me up some food from the party to check on us, then I ordered some pizza (because the food he brought was not great) and then mommy was in bed.

The whole weekend, after the meltdown, she was over all, a great baby. Given the circumstances, and being almost 3 months old, she did so well. I just had to make a lot of sacrifices. I never swam. I barely stayed at the beach. And while everyone stayed out late I was in the hotel room by 9 so I could make sure Sage would get a good nights sleep.

Traveling with an infant can be a good experience. But at the same time, I would not recommend it. UNLESS, it is TRULY a family vacation. Because then you wouldn’t hesitate the babysitting while you swim. And you would have lots of hands to help. This trip was not with family and it was purely for pleasure. Sage is in a routine. And I know that now. I could not just let her nap anywhere, I still needed to get back to the room to make sure she got her naps in. I still had to nurse her every 3 hours no matter WHERE I was. And staying discreet was not easy. She did ok in the extreme heat, but it was not ideal, and hard to find good shade.

All in all… traveling with her was good. But for mommy, it was not a real vacation. I will not be taking her on any more of these trips that he earns. If there is a trip where my family is going, then yes, she will come. But other than that. The babe will stay and mommy and daddy will go out to play… ALONE 🙂

(I hope I didn’t discourage anyone… haha… traveling with a baby is not as easy as it seems and you can’t expect to have as much fun as you would normally if it were just you and your spouse.)