A Little Bird Told Me

Today is Tucker’s 2nd month birthday! That’s just two days shy of nine weeks.

I wanted to talk a little about what he’s been up to; his likes, dislikes, new tricks.

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Tucker works his neck and abs with his planks.

We’re working on getting his neck muscles stronger and stronger, and that means LOTS of tummy time. He puts in his time like a champ. 

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It takes a certain kind of binkie.

When we left the hospital, they gave us two Soothies pacifiers. On a whim, after we had realized that two binkies was not enough, Jason went to CVS and picked out a few extras. He had wanted to mix things up, and thus, we discovered MAM pacifiers. These things have what I can only describe as anti-slip technology. Essentially the surface is textured so as to prevent (to an extent) the thing from falling out of baby’s mouth. And, of all the pacifiers we received as gifts at the baby shower (not very many actually) and the others we picked up, these ones are contoured to fit snug against baby’s mouth. It creates even more suction I guess. The first set we got were ocean themed and Tucker just loves them.

On Thanksgiving, we were on our way to our first outing that wasn’t the doctor, and a rookie parent mistake: we forgot to grab a binkie for the road. Well, Walgreen’s was open (of course) and Jason ran in and picked up another set. I simply told him to get the same kind as the green ones. Ta-dah, success. And this time they were packaged with a handy-dandy microwavable sterilizer to boot. Anyhow, I highly recommend these to anyone in need of binkies.

Tucker is getting used to his swing… he can generally take it or leave it. Sometimes he digs it, while other times he wants nothing to do with it and will let us know. He can sometimes nap in it, but more often than not, he’s just chilling. The cool thing about his swing, is that the seat rotates 90 degrees so he can either rock side -to-side or back-and-forth. Back-and-forth is preferred for napping. The bad (or not so cool) thing about his swing, for us, is that the mobile is fairly stationary. Tucker has a mobile on his bassinet that is mechanized (three little bears rotate in a circle at a constant speed at the touch of a button) and he can’t get enough of it. Amuses the heck out of him.

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The bear show is the bomb!

And it must be said; now that we’re KINDA getting the hang of things, the prospect of Tucker’s babydom isn’t as scary. Neither is the prospect of another lil’ one in the future (the distant, like in two or three years, future).

**Question: What is your lil’ one into these days?**

**DISCLOSURE: The companies mentioned above did not solicit me to endorse their product. I’m merely stating my personal opinion with regards to those products**

 

 

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The Road Less Traveled

The day was less than ideal for a long walk, yet perfect for one at the same time. It was the first really cool day in the last several days, with the threat of snow looming over us in the clouds above.

If it had JUST been a cold-ish day, it would have been great. But the wind made it more of an adventure.

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For our second trek out into the world with the purpose of increasing our time and distance, Jason and I took the route he usually does when speed walking on his own. We were able to more than double our distance while increasing our pace.

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We used the stroller without the car seat so Tucker could lay out and relax as we went, but next time, we’ll use it because of the high winds. Even with the visor, it didn’t protect T from the wind; with the car seat, at least he’d have twice the protection from the wind. Our other option is a cover like this one:

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Instead, we bundled T up in this get up… it worked well enough.

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**Question: How does your family stay fit together?**

Fit to be Tied

That’s right; it’s Friday and I’m officially cleared to begin REALLY exercising.

To start this thing off right, I weighed myself before breakfast. And I’ll be honest with you all; I put on a lot over the course of my pregnancy. A. LOT. Now, I wasn’t the ideal weight going into my pregnancy, but I had been working on it via Weight Watchers.

So. Full disclosure: from February 16 through October 11, I packed on a whopping 47 pounds. Full disclosure: I went from 242 to 289 in about nine months. And again, full disclosure: This morning (after 8 weeks) I stepped onto the scale and was “happily” surprised to see 2.5.0. So in eight weeks, one pound shy of 40 pounds lost.

To celebrate my first day truly back on the fitness band wagon, we all (my cute little family) went to the park nearby and walked around and through it. It was such a nice day, and with Jason at the “wheel,” we walked at a pretty decent pace.

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1.35 miles in 32:46

When we returned home, Tucker had lunch, then Jason and I had ours. I made myself a tuna sandwich with a slice of EXTRA sharp cheddar on an Asiago bagel. I had a few carrot sticks, 1/4 cup of almonds, and a packet of dried seaweed on the side, and a Cutie for dessert.

And tonight, according to our meal calendar (I’ll write more about this soon), we’re having meatloaf for dinner. Yum, Yum!

**Question: How do you get fit?**

Once More

When I worked at the Daily Lobo, we used to get free movie tickets to premiere screenings of new releases. The promotional team for these movies would unload hundreds of ticket vouchers at the front desk of the classifieds office after having advertised in our paper. All students needed to do was come in and make a request for their ticket vouchers. Usually, each voucher was good for two people, and limit one voucher per person.

When Under The Tuscan Sun came out in 2003, I dragged my mother to see it. This was no easy feat if you know anything about my mother: due to her back injury, she’s not able to sit or stand for very long. In 2003, her back wasn’t as bad as it is now, so she was willing to come out on this rare occasion to see the movie.

If you’ve never seen this movie, it’s the ultimate chick flick: Woman discovers her husband is having an affair, woman divorces husband, woman’s lesbian best friend (played by Sandra Oh) and her partner give woman their trip to Italy, woman goes to Italy, buys a villa, and tries to get over her divorce. It’s a self-discovery movie, to say the least, and I LOVE it. I watch it about once a month. Even in Korea, I brought my copy with me, and managed to still watch it. It’s a coming-of-age story, even though the main character is in her 40s. And it’s about real-life, human interactions which solidify relationships. But, mostly, it’s about family; the kind of family you’re lucky enough to choose throughout your life.

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Today I am watching it for the first time in several months on account of my having loaned it to my mother in exchange for a substantial variety from her own movie collection.

Why is it that some movies make such an impression on us that we’re able to sit through it again and again, and still have the same level of enjoyment as that first time we saw it? I can ask the same of books we love to read, or songs we love to listen to.

For me, I think it has to do with the timelessness of certain media. Movies, if they are well written, acted, and filmed, can resonate with their audience for generations. Movies like The Wizard of Oz, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Godfather, Titanic, etc. all do this for their respective audiences.

I think I am so drawn to UtTS because of the imagery and voice of the main protagonist, Frances Mayes. The fact that it’s based on her life, written by her hand, makes the movie more like a piece of literature. In fact, the movie was adapted from the book of the same name. A book, by the way, I STILL haven’t read. Aside from that, the scenery of Italy… AMAZING.

So, even though it’s been ten years, and I’ve probably seen it quite literally a hundred times, I still enjoy watching my chick-flick on a random fall day as I occasionally peek in on my little one sleeping via the baby monitor.

**Question: What’s your all-time favorite / go-to movie?**

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On The Road Again

I’m actually counting down the days until I’m cleared to really begin exercising. According to my Doc, I have to wait a full eight weeks before taking on any challenging workout regimens. And there are several that I’m aching to try.

I found a new blog (finally, it’s been a while since I’ve come across one I’ve liked enough to follow) the other day via one I already follow. The writer there, Jennifer, has challenged her readers to a plank-a-day. Or as she calls it, “Merry Planksmas.” I’m so ready to take on this challenge… starting Friday.

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And there is the 5k to [half] marathon Jason and I want to start training for. I’ve even found a pretty good training schedule for us–mind you, I’m guessing we’ll start even slower since Jason’s NOT a runner and it’s been almost forever since I ran.

In the meantime, my shoes are itching to be used. I’ve got so many pairs of walking/running shoes, too. While waiting for the all clear, I’ve started going for walks around our neighborhood with the baby.

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View from our walk.
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1.67 miles in 46:26