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Day 18

January 18, 2012

Subject:  Bottles

Camera:  iPhone

Comments:  This is what working motherhood looks like.  Bottles and breast pump parts are coming out of my ears. Bottle feeding is hard, time-consuming and stressful.  But I’m SO thankful that I’m able to provide Kalen with breast milk even when I can’t be with him (my milk supply has rebounded–thanks so much for everyone who offered some advice or just some empathy).   Good night.

Day 17

January 17, 2012

Subject:  Bathtime

Phone:  iPhone

Comments:  Kalen loves baths.  He usually ends up kicking his legs and waving his arms so much, all of the bubbles and most of the water is out before bath time is over.  He’s giggling and squealing so much now, it’s so amazing to see him really enjoy himself and be able to show it.  Love that boy.

Day 15

January 15, 2012

Subject:  Sriracha

Phone:  iPhone

Comments:  I had heard about Sriracha a few times since moving to CA, but it wasn’t until this post from one of my favorite food blogs that I really made a mental note to try it.  The opportunity presented itself this afternoon in Petaluma when David and I stopped for lunch at this restaurant whose menu featured both thai food and quesadillas (the food was very “eh”).  The waitress brought over a selection of hot sauce, one of which was Sriracha.  I immediately squeezed some on my plate, dipped my finger in and was immediately in love.  On our way home I had to stop at the grocery store and picked up our very own bottle.  And at like $2.59, it’s the cheapest hot sauce I have ever purchased.  I put some on my taco tonight and was again pleased at how tasty Sriracha is.  Only one problem:  it’s REALLY spicy so I can’t use a whole lot of it since I’m nursing.  However, David also enjoys it AND it will still be here in 9 months!  Point of the story:  if you like spicy stuff and you aren’t nursing, buy some Sriracha.  And when you say it, say Siiirraaachaaaaa!

Day 14

January 14, 2012

Subject:  Cave Man (as David calls him)

Camera:  iPhone

Comments:  I would venture to say that Kalen’s favorite time of the day is right when he gets up in the morning.  On the weekend when David and I can sleep in, we are often entertained by Kalen babbling to himself, to us and to the ceiling (I half serious/half jokingly say that when he talks and laughs at the ceiling it’s because his great-grandparents who have passed are up there talking and laughing with him).  This morning I got this picture of our “pillow talk”.  This kid seriously gets cuter and more amazing every single day.

Day 13

January 13, 2012

Subject:  Galactagogues

Camera:  iPhone

Comments:  There are herbs you can take to increase your milk supply if it’s low.  Mine never has been but yet another glorious side effect of being away from my son 9 hours a day is that now I need these.  The good news is, after a few days of taking these and taking a “nursing vacation” this weekend, I should be back up to my normal levels so says two websites, some very supportive friends in my Facebook mommy group and a lactation consultant I spoke with this afternoon.  Here’s to hoping!

“Right now, nothing is wrong.” –my mom (how wise is she?)

Day 12

January 12, 2012

Subject:  Mom and Kalen

Camera:  iPhone

Comments:  Kalen LOVES to look in the mirror and so every time we go into the master bathroom to change him, we HAVE to look in the mirror at the cute baby.  I’m quite sure he has no idea that it’s own reflection that he is so thoroughly enamored with, but it’s a hoot to see him smile and giggle at himself.  Every once in awhile, he will catch a glimpse of my reflection next to his, and his smile is even brighter.  Of course, as soon as I whip out the camera, his smile turns into a “oooh what’s thaaat thing” look.  Oh if there is anything better on the whole world than your own child smiling at you, I don’t know what it is….

Day 11

January 11, 2012

Subject:  KFR

Camera:  David’s iPhone

Comments:  My sweet, wonderful, happy, funny, smart boy turned 3 months  old today.  At 3 months, he can:  say a bunch of nonsense words and carry on a conversation, giggle, smile, hold his head up, stand about 5 minutes of “tummy time”, bear weight on his legs for quite awhile, grasp on to things sometimes, sit while supported, roll over (we think), get through the night only waking up once.  At 3 months he loves:  eating, his bink, his ball/string toy thing, Sophie, the Itsy Bitsy Spider, sticking his tongue out, lights, bright colors, talking, walks, baths and foot massages.  He is the BEST thing that has ever happened to us and we can’t wait to see what the next 3 months brings.

“No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you.  After all, you’re the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside.”

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