Three & Four!

Wow! We got back from dinner tonight (never go out to eat in Big Bear on a holiday weekend without reservations, btw) and Sam tilted her head back and I saw tooth #3 and #4 broke through on the top of her mouth!

So cool!

She doesn’t like us peeling up her lip to peek though but they definitely broke through. And she has been a perfect angel so either she is super tough (definitely did not get that from her Momma) or… what? I guess she’s probably super tough! I’m sure it hurts tons! She has her hands in her mouth all day but she’s been doing that for weeks. I noticed about two or three weeks ago that you could see the teeth under the gum but now they are finally out. You can also see the #5 and #6 on the bottom so I wonder when they will come through.

Our baby is growing up… *sigh*

There is Something in the Air…

Sam sleeps wonderfully here in Big Bear. I don’t know what it is? She has always slept really great here. Maybe it’s her pack ‘n play? Maybe it’s the fact we have the heat up SO FREAKING HIGH we have nightmares just to make sure she is warm and toasty?

She sleeps great though. Our first night we put her down at 730 and she slept until 7:45am! Unheard of! Yesterday she had a 1:30min morning nap and 1 hour afternoon nap and she went down with no crying at all. Many times at home she will cry for 2 or 3 min before she goes down. Then, at night we put her down at 7:45 (no crying) and she cried once at 2:45 and 5am and then squawked at 645 and then at 7 (I think she was up for the past 15 min) until I got her. She woke up SO HAPPY to. Many times she is not a happy camper when she wakes up. But she was happy!

So strange. It’s probably the heat. I wish I could get her a room heater if they weren’t so controversial regarding bursting into flames and burning the house down. :-)

For the past week we have also been giving her a bottle of milk a day. I briefly made an effort at diluting the whole milk with formual but that didn’t last long. She doesn’t seem to care about the taste she simply likes her milk warm and toasty and prefers to lounge back in your arms while drinking it.

So I have given up on the sippy cups with milk. Instead of drinking milk with her dinners she wants to drink it in your arms while she is very comfy. I guess it doesn’t matter so much. Now that we have that down, I could potentially keep weaning. I’m only nursing three times a day and I have somehow kicked her off of the habit of dozing off and nursing… somehow. I found out that I don’t need to take that medicine anymore so I could keep nursing. I do want to. It’s just so easier and nicer and very pleasant.

I really don’t relish getting up in the morning and going downstairs for a bottle. Although, I have given up on the ‘warming’ with the hot water that seems to take a half hour to get it to the temperature she prefers. I’ve decided that since whole milk doesn’t have those special ‘nutrients’ and the fact that she is getting most of her nutrients from actual food that it is ok to microwave the whole milk. I do 7 seconds per ounce and then warm some water and put the bottle into the water to make sure there are no hot spots for 5 min. Five minutes works MUCH MUCH better than thirty minutes. So that is much better.

So I might go another few weeks and see how my milk holds out. Nursing only three times a day is not that great for my supply so I’m not sure how long I can last. I’ve never had supply problems before (honestly, I’m not sure how I would figure out if I was going low.. I suppose if she starts crying that she is not getting enough from me….) so hopefully they won’t start now.

Ah well.

Big Bear continues to be beautiful. Perfect weather. We went to get groceries the other night and Summit Mnt was lit up so beautifully… I need to go skiing! I haven’t been in… 10 years? Yikes.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday weekend! Maybe I’ll talk to you next year! (Saying that always makes me giggle, I’m such a nerd!)

Big Bear for New Years

2007 is almost here! What are my resolutions? I have no idea and don’t even want to think about them right now. :)

We drove up to Big Bear this morning. It is beautiful up here. It was very windy coming up but we came up the back way. It’s a lot nicer, easier drive, plus you don’t have the jerks on your tail. :) We don’t exactly drive fast with a baby and two dogs in the back. Plus I get sick going around those curves… The back way doesn’t have as many curves even if it is 10 minutes longer.

Getting ready for Big Bear is always so flustering. It’s not like we have a lot of stuff that we need to bring… but we always seem to have SO MUCH stuff! I have clothes and tolitries up here but the bags we take are crazy. Plus all of Sam’s stuff. Her gate, two bags of toys, clothes, etc.

The house is in good condition, which is nice. The mice and squirels take over when we are gone so it was nice to come in and not find millions of little poopies around the house. :) Although Justin says the sub basement is a DIASTER area with the insulation coming down since all the animals are living in it. The people are coming tomorrow to take a look. Luckily I don’t go down there (where he sets the traps and kills them) so I am living in blissful ignorance.

It’s so nice up here though. Very relaxing. Plus we have cookies, ice cream, and wine calling my name. I was going to get up and get some but I keep forgetting and now it’s 930 and I don’t think I want to have any this late since I am SO TIRED! Sam got up at 430 this morning. She will sleep until 7am for about 2 weeks and start inching up the time in the morning by 10/15 min each day. It’s frustrating. Although this morning I went in and I thought she smelled so I changed her and her feet were ICICLES!!! So many she was cold? I don’t know. She is in warm fuzzie jammies but maybe I should put on tight clothes under them? Tonight (in Big Bear where it is 19 degrees) I put socks on her feet and then her warm jammies. Hopefully she will be ok. We have the heater on high here. :)

Hope everyone is getting ready for their second long weekend in a row. :) Nice!

Happy Birthday to my brother Ryan today! He is 3 years old!

Christmas Pictures!?

No, not yet… Justin said that I am allowed to upload but not to buy. It’s ok, we haven’t bought from Kodak in awhile since we have our awesome photo printer.

So I’m uploading pics right now! One by one by one… since I couldn’t login to install the downloading software. hahaha :) Plus these pictures are of SUCH high quality on my new camera it will literally take an hour to upload 50 photos…. and then I will upload the next 50. So it may be a few days! 😉

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day here in sunny Southern California. What weather we have, huh? It cracks me up that we have beautiful sunny skies and 75 degree weather on Christmas Day. Nice!

We had a great day. We woke up and went downstairs and opened our stockings. Then we had breakfast and opened up more gifts from other family members. Santa brought me a fabulous new camera which is SO COOL. It takes amazing pictures and has this ‘portrait’ setting (among many) that really zeros in to your face and gets these beautiful candids. I would upload my photos but since we have over 300 of the day (snapping and snapping and snapping) Justin threatened me to NOT upload them until he had a chance to go through and delete all the bad ones. I have an unfortunate habit of simply ording all phots from Kodak and this is the only way to keep the bill down… heehee

No matter! I shall post a few of the fun ones here before uploading. Also, my computer that I have currently doesn’t have the handy dandy ‘dragndrop’ feature from Kodak so I have to click on Browse, select photo, then OK, then Browse… on EACH photo and doing that 300 times just doesn’t sound like fun. Know what I mean? I need to fix that asap.

Justin also got me a beautiful emerald necklace and ring, again, among other things! Such a generous hubby I have! Sammie got some shoes and toy cars from Santa (I need to get into the groove of the whole Santa thing… I’m just not feeling it?) and we got her a baby Ariel (from Disneyland – red hair, get it?), a little people dollhouse, and some other things.

She then went down for a much needed nap and when she got up we headed over to Mom & John’s house for lunch. On our way over we called my Dad & Cindy up in Oregon. They were STILL opening presents but we said a quick Merry Christmas and I promised to call back later which I totally forgot to do. It’s to late now so I will have to beg forgivness tomorrow.

We got to Mom’s late because Sammie got up late… but lunch (dinner?) was delicious… beef yummy stuff with her famous corn, of course. After we opened up gifts. This year was quite different from last year. We had to constantly be running after Sammie! Obviously, she doesn’t stay put while all of us lounge back and ooh and ahh over gifts so that made it a little difficult to watch everything going on. We were commenting on how she was just going to be getting more active. :)

Of course Grandma was only to happy to chase after Sammie! Sammie got some awesome things including a bongo drum, books, musical table, cute clothes, etc. etc. We had some extremely cool stockings from Santa. Santa *always* goes overboard at Mom’s house but ooooh, do we love it! The gifts were more than generous. Justin got some nice new clothes and books. I got a toaster oven that I was wanting plus some really cute clothes. Katie got some new things for her new house she just moved into. It was really nice. We topped off the day with some pumpkin pie (I had some brownies, yum!) and then headed over to Sharon & Truck’s house for the afternoon!

Sammie had two dresses to wear and a third ‘comfy’ outfit, as she usually can’t stand wearing dresses since she can’t crawl. Pictured to the left is her second outfit change.
Justin’s mom’s house was beautiful, as always. Roy was there, and his girlfriend Ericka came over halfway through opening our millions and trillions of presents. She took the picture below on the right but Truck got another one with his cool remote control camera that pictured us all. Presents there, again, were very generous! An awesome gift from Truck & Sharon was a small movie camera that I can use to take video! It looks extremely cool, I can’t wait to start using it and posting more videos up.

We then had a yummy turkey dinner complete with all the sides, played a fun game of Apples to Apples, stuffed ourselves with cookies and cake and then came home.

Really, I should be cleaning up but instead… what am I doing? heehee – Actually I think I’m going to head on up to bed and relax right now. I pretty much relaxed the WHOLE day but boy am I tired. :) Sammie just started screaming in her sleep too, that was weird. I rocked her back down so hopefully she is feeling ok. Her sleeping has been fantastic the past few weeks and she is also taking a bottle of milk in the afternoons (25% formula right now but she doesn’t seem to mind it at all so I think I’m going to go straight to regular milk tomorrow). We shall see.

So tired though….

Again, I hope everyone had a family filled holiday (and you enjoyed it!) just as we did! I missed seeing my Dad and everyone up in Oregon this year but I’m going to make it out there next month, I think.



This is a great one. :) Worth a post!


1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. it’s rare. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO what a ride!”Have a great holiday season!

Fun Night

Last night we were supposed to have our family Christmas with John’s parents. Unfortuently, Smokey came down with the flu and was not able to come. Since Mom already had a yummy turkey dinner in the oven we sat down to consume the whole thing and completely stuff ourselves. :) Yum.

We came home and put Sam to bed and I went down to the Spectrum and joined Krysta, Nicole, and Brooke (and their respective others, plus Adrian) for dinner. I did NOT eat again but had a delicious apple martoonie.

We had a lot of fun!

Here are a few more pics…


OMG!!! Borders just emailed me the NEW TITLE to the last book in the Harry Potter series!!


I think it’s a silly title though. I though the last one was silly too but the book was great, as usual.

The new title is: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

God, I can’t wait. Maybe this year I will be at the Borders Midnight Party. The previous two years I was waiting in line at 10am the morning of… but I might be tempted to be there at midnight!!

I love Harry Potter.

It probably isn’t coming out until JUNE though. BOOOOO! Or later

More Pictures..

I just realized I never sent out these photos of Roy & Truck’s birthday. We went to Chucky Cheese and had tons of fun. :)

Here are photos from Sunday, our family Christmas party. I posted my Mom’s a few posts down.

Tonight we went to the Irvine Park’s Christmas train. I didn’t take many photos but there are some cute one’s of Brooke and her girls! The train was fun, even though it was 38 degrees out! Justin, Sammie, and I stayed on the train to make the return trip instead of visting to see Santa. I need to get Sammie some mittens apparently. 😉

Tomorrow is Disneyland! We are going without Daddy, which he is VERY sad about, but Sammie won’t remember. Plus she really can’t go on any rides, I think… So we will be back soon!

She’s Shrinking…

Ok, she’s not shrinking. But wow, her weight gain slowed quite a bit.
We had our Doctor’s appointment today. One year. Wow.

Well, a week late.

She only gained a little over a pound! She’s a skinny little missy.

Let’s recap:

Birth: 7.1 lbs, 20 in
2 Month: 10.6, 22 1/4 in
4 Month: 13.6, 24 in
6 Month: 15.9, 25 1/2 in
9 Month: 18.4, 27 1/2 in

1 Year: 19.14 lbs , 29 3/4in

She is now in the 25% for weight and 60% for height. She used to be around the 50% for both categories. The Doctor was not worried about it at all though. He said it is totally normal and natural and then proceeded to go on and on about how it’s great that she is thin and trim now and if she can stay that way she will be more healthy in life.

Nice. I was ‘thin & trim’ when I was younger but then puberty happened. Justin said he was the opposite and really chubby until puberty and now he’s Mr. Skinny.

I am happy she’s tiny and cute though. :) I am also really glad that she has TONS of clothes for 12-18 months… cause I asked him about her future growth for the rest of the year and he said if she continues on this target she will be (only, says me) 24lbs by the time she is two. Crazy!

So I continue to wrestle with myself regarding my feelings about our doctor. He drives me crazy. He’s extremely knowledgeable and we are definitely staying with him but I feel like I can’t talk to him very well. Luckily Justin is always around to… (as he says) interpret for me. I know, I smacked him too.

My main concern right now is weaning. Sam’s nursing sessions are very soothing and comforting to her. Honestly, she probably nurses for 2-3 hours a day and we only nurse four times! The only time where she is relatively quick about it is at the 7pm feeding where she is awake and alert and it only takes her about 15 min. The other times are right after she has woken up (morning and her two naps a day) so she dozes through it and snuggles in for a relaxing time.

If we don’t nurse right after her nap she is always extremely cranky. I think she just doesn’t get enough sleep sometimes and needs to chill out for a bit (nursing) before getting up and going with her day.

** Blah **

I’ve been sitting on this post for more than a day now. I could go on and on and on for 10 more pages (don’t laugh, you know I could!) venting about how Dr has no sympathy at all and rolls over my questions. I must admit I am impressed that he is continually able to do that with my ‘but… yes, well… ok, but… right, so…’ and NOT LETTING ME SPEAK.

Blah again. It’s late and I must sleep, we have a big Christmas todo tomorrow.

My main beef was that he totally advocated tough-love for Sam and pooh-poo’d the idea of nursing. He just brushed off the process of weaning… like, well, since she didn’t wean herself by 9 months she is pretty entrenched in nursing so you either have to do it now or do it later and later she is going to be walking up to you and lifting your shirt, so you might as well do it now before she gets to stubborn. And I asked him about the problem that she LOVES to nurse and it is very comforting and soothing for her and did he have any advice or recommendations….

And he said, No, you just need to stop and she’ll get over it in a few weeks! Don’t replace any of your ‘soothing’ or ‘cuddling’ with anything else because at some point she’s got to stop that so it might as well be now!!!

GRRRR!!! No sympathy! I mean, soothing and cuddling crap? Why am I left feeling like a sappy Mom who is coddling her child?

I mean, I understand his point… but I guess I am to emotional about it and I need some emotional support! LOL – and he definitely does not provide it. Then, after he left, darling J proceeded to tell me he agrees and we should stop soothing and coddling because if we don’t prepare her for the real world she’s gonna be in big trouble. WTF? LOL – He wanted me to nurse for a long time, I thought. Gah. So yea. So annoying.

Today however, I only nursed three times and she was eating everything in sight. hehe – We shall see. We had a fun time at the mall today. She did great.

More later. I’m sure I will wean at some point in the next month or two but I will continue to wrestle with my feelings and sadness that we are moving on.