HOLY CRAPPERS. Where did the time go??? My tiny little babe is already 9.5 months old and not so tiny anymore. =(
The last 9.5 months have been a dream. Even with the intense sleep deprivation C is the best and most adorable baby I could have ever asked for. At 9 months, Charlotte can stand, walk, crawl, laugh, clap, eat solids, play tug of war with Lucy, eat her socks, sleep through the night, babble, say “baba” for milk, “umma” for mom, “ahba” for dad. She is 80% sleep trained and is the most active baby EVERRR. Charlotte is 97% in height, 84% in weight and 50% in head size. She is one monster of a baby. hehe Oh! and she has one tiiiiiiny tooth at the bottom.
C is the happiest baby ever and I’m SOOOO in LOVE. <3
how AMAZING is this moment??? Lucy and Mike were really into watching C eat blueberries/raspberries. I seriously can’t get enough of this perfect fam of mine. <3 (lucy is only watching b/c she hopes C will give her some. See her blurry paw? she keeps waving at C to remind her she’s there)Love watching C scoot around on this thing! (i only have these sad blurry dark pics >.<)
This is the first meal I’ve cooked from scratch since… maybe before Charlotte was born. Uhh… that is sadly at least 1 meal in 1 year.
First off, I’m not a great cook. I can do my best in the kitchen but I just don’t have the patience for it. Second, Mike is just a much better chef that I am~ he also ENJOYS cooking for the family. Whereas I just want to freaking eat it already.
About 7 months after having baby C, Mike and I slowly started to feel like we were finally hitting a rhythm and getting back into our daily routines. One big thing we have yet to get back into is cooking regularly each night. When I was making this, Mike brought C into the kitchen and said, “whoa we’ve never seen this before?! What is mommy doing?” =( sad. hahaha I would hope that C would grow up knowing we eat organic/healthy. I always cook her something delicious for dinner but it’s easy to make a tiny meal for a 9 month old.
Major props to all the working and stay at home moms who cook every night (or several nights a week). This has been my biggest challenge and something I’ll need to work harder at. Sigh. Anyway…Here are some great links that I’ve found to help make it easier for a working mom to cook!
Easy Dinners for Working Moms
Recipes for Busy Moms
The Working Mom in a Cooking Rut
This is the strangest post but I just have to share how excited I am about my new coffee cup for work. LOLLL I saw this cup a bunch of times but never bought it b/c… come on, who buys a starbucks mug on purpose? LOL uhhh ME that is who. I couldn’t get over how much i loved the size, shape and the fact that it was CLEAR. I debated and overly thought about this mug for about a month before deciding to buy it. I sound like a crazy person but I could not be more pleased with my new desk accessory. Coffee Addiction Enter Now.
i know it’s important to plan for Charlotte’s outfits… but mine is important too right?? I need to make sure i look super cute in all of our photos. hehehe
here are some ideas i’m looking into from nordstrom. i love each dress so much! i want something classic and chic so when i look back at the pics it’s timeless not trendy. For shoes… I wouldn’t mind something more fun. =P
Holy Mecca of crafts…hobby lobby is now my new obsession. It is like a Costco sized Michaels and I wished I could have bought $10,000 worth of random things. Sigh.
It took me two years to convince Mike to go to this store with me and, I have to say, it was well worth the wait. 😀 I think we spent two hours there shopping for C’s first birthday. C def had two ha get/bored meltdowns and Mike wanted to die but I was on cloud 9. 🙂
Mike asked if I wanted to move to Burbank and be closer to this place (along with a bunch of other suburb-y stores) and I said Yes. Lol. Hobby Lobby is my new JAM :). I even asked Mike for a monthly budget there. Puhahahaha
This one sentence is not going to emphasize it enough but…I LOVE podcasts. LOVE. My obsession with them is just… out of this world. Mike will often catch me on my phone at night and when he asks what I’m doing, I will respond, “Organizing my podcasts”. HAHA
I listen to podcasts in the shower, when I do dishes, at work, and while I’m driving. I wish I knew other people who were as obsessed as me… but it’s kind of an embarrassing thing to bring up. I feel like I learn SO MUCH from them and I want to bring them up in everyday conversation but it’s just plain weird. I went to a baby shower recently and brought up an idea I heard in a podcast and I feel like I was judged as a weirdo. =T sigh.
Oh and a quick tip IF you like listening to podcasts… I like to listen to them a 2x the speed. They freaking talk so slowly and overly enunciate so I love listening to it fast. It also helps end the podcasts faster so that you can listen to 2x the amount in the same time. =D This is also one of mike’s pet peeves. He thinks hearing it at 2x the speed is like nails on the chalkboard. puhaha
Anyway… out of the 25+ podcasts I listen to, here are some of my all time faaaaves.
Serial–each season this podcasts covers one unsolved crime/mystery. SO FREAKING GOOD.
LadyGang–These ladies talk about EVERYTHING under the sun and most of it is fun and superficial. It’s like listening to hilarious girlfriends talk about stuff after several bottles of wine. lol
Heather Dubrow’s World–I’m obsessed with Heather and her podcast. I learn a lot from this podcast!
Documentaries (by BBC)–This covers lots of really fascinating topics around the world. oh and the British Accents don’t hurt. =)
Straight Up With Stassi–I hated her on Vanderpump Rules but am obsessed with her podcast. She talks about the most hilarious, superficial things. It’s super easy to listen to and she is self-deprecating and REAL which is what I love.
TedTalks–Who doesn’t love a good TedTalk?
Freakanomics–Cover really interesting and diverse topics.
I also listen to a ton of podcasts about marriage, being working mom, parenting, owning your own business, finance, branding, random facts, people telling stories about their lives, how to learn korean, etc. gahhhhhhhhh I wish I could seriously convey HOW MUCH I LOVE PODCASTS… lol
Anyway….if you’re as obsessed as me please let me know! I’d love to talk about obsession and trade recommendations and organization strategies. LOLLLLLLLLL
VOTER APP (not a podcast)–HOLY CRAP, this app is AWESOME. Lots of people have ideas on who they want to vote for this upcoming Presidential Election. But it could be based on biases that you don’t know about. This app tests you on topics and then matches you to the Politician that closely matches your stances. I am NOT a Hilary Clinton fan and wouldn’t vote for her in theory but she was a 67%+ match for me. =T Hmm…
soooo i’m super behind on posting about our trip to hawaii. sigh. so this week i’ll be posting overtime about what we did last christmas, new years and more. lol excuse my late posts and the random order they are posting in :).