Thursday, May 16, 2013

7 QTs

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I have been thinking a lot lately about getting my hair cut. Right now it falls just an inch or so below my shoulders, though you would never know it because it is perpetually in a messy bun or a ponytail. I constantly ask myself 'What exactly is the point of having long(ish) hair if all you do with it is put it up and out of the way?'. Well if it were that simple then I would have lopped it all off long ago. The problem is that you can't just scan the web for cute hairstyles and head over to the salon and get a new 'do. Not really. You have to take into account your face shape and hair texture. I say "face shape" but I guess really I mean "chin type." People with strong chins/jaws can get away with a lot of different styles. I do not possess a strong chin. This isn't me being an insecure little schoolgirl - it's just the truth. And then there's the issue of texture. Even after trying out oh, I dunno, almost every available product out there I am slowly coming to the conclusion that there just is no escaping what I like to refer to as The Alice.

This but without the volume on top
 So if I were to follow my heart's desire and lop it off, go for the shoulder-length bob, the odds of it working out are slim to none. The simple truth of the matter is that I need to learn how to do my own hair. And not just look at Pinterest and repin hairstyles - actually learn how to do it. 

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I really ought to be slapped for having devoted an entire take to my hair.

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Speaking of my needing to be slapped, I recently purchased a Bluetooth. Why? you ask. Because being the epic klutz that I am I am incapable of balancing a phone and a baby (or anything for that matter) at the same time. I don't know why and have been assured by my brother that it is in fact not difficult and pretty much everyone can do it. Still, I found that I couldn't and as a result was missing out on many desired conversations with friends and family members. So yes, I bought this

Yay adult conversations!!!
Perhaps it makes me an absolute fool but I have to say I am really glad that I bought it. It means I can comfort Leo, change his diaper, feed him, take him for a walk, prep dinner, do the dishes, etc. and still have a conversation with my mom. I never realized how important contact was for me until I quit working. Especially now being a stay-at-home mom with an almost 3 month old and a working husband, having the ability to talk with other adults is huge for me. I can have all of the coffee in the world but it won't give me the same energy that one conversation can. That, and clearly I'm super important and needed the ability to talk via headset........

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In the first three weeks or so after Leo was born meals were not an issue for Ben and me. My mom made meals the week that she stayed with us and then my amazing SIL made us tons of meals AND coordinated with other individuals so that we were covered for a good long while. When it finally came time for me to start cooking for our little family again I was absolutely terrified. I had no idea how I was supposed to tend to Leo properly and manage to get a meal ready at the same time. Anyways it took me awhile to figure it out and while I don't have it down to a science yet (at all) it doesn't freak me out anymore. I am probably the farthest thing from a "domestic goddess" that there is but there is something empowering and gratifying about being able to tackle a new recipe or just prepare a decent, balanced meal for my family. Tonight I am tackling 
Chicken Scallopini with Orzo

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Our little Leo will be turning 3 months old a week from Sunday (our 1 year wedding anniversary - how Catholic are we?! ;) I am really excited about this particular milestone for a number of reasons. First, it means that I can try to reintroduce dairy into my diet. I never realized how much I absolutely adore like dairy until the time came when I had to give it up.

Me on May 26th

It has definitely been worth the sacrifice to see Leo doing so much better, BUT I am extremely hopeful that his digestive system will have matured enough soon so that it becomes a moot point. Second......

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Leo hitting the 3 month old mark means that we can try to introduce a sleeping schedule. We have a couple of methods to try out and see which one works the best for Leo but hopefully it won't take too long for us to figure it out. After reading that previous sentence I imagine all you moms out there are chuckling to yourself......
How I want it to go.......
How it will really go.....

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I will end this Friday's post with a a word from Leo.....

(Yes, that's me singing and yes, I am very embarrassed about that)

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~ Happy Friday ~ 


  1. Love those last 2 collages the best. I want that chicken!!! Let me know how it goes.

    1. I had a lot of fun making the collages. Ben had me change the picture of the couple in the second one because the original one made it look like they were fighting haha

      The chicken was OK - not as good as the last time we made it. They give you the option of using water or broth and I chose water... Not nearly as much flavor, I'm afraid

  2. I'm so SO amazed by moms who eliminate dairy - you are awesome! I don't know that I could ever do that... I drink SO much milk and eat SO much cheese and ice cream!

    Also, definitely get your hair cut but ask the stylist to show you how to style it - for a long time I would just have them blow it out but then I never knew what to do once I had to wash it! Then I had them recommend some products and actually show me what to do and my hair has been much happier :)

    Good luck with the sleep! I've never been able to introduce a real nap schedule until about 5 or 6 months in (and it's going to take longer with the twins because they were born early) - really once they get in the 2 nap/day groove I've found the 2-3-4 approach to work pretty well. But right now I'm hanging on to that 3rd nap for as long as possible!!!

    1. That's definitely a good point about the stylist. May just have to try!

      And what is this 2-3-4 approach of which you speak? I am intrigued... Also, we're already down to only about 2 naps/day... Does that help or hurt?

    2. 1st nap 2 hours after wakeup, 2nd nap 3 hours after wakeup from 1st nap, bedtime 4 hours after wakeup from 2nd nap - so if baby wakes at 8:00, first nap at 10:00. Assuming a 1-hr nap, 2nd nap at 2:00, wakeup at 3:00 means bedtime at 7:00. It's worked pretty well for us, because sometimes they just DON'T want to give tired cues and you have to help them along! If you're already down to 2 naps a day, it's worth a try - gives you more of a schedule throughout the day :)

  3. Fingers crossed on dairy! Are you giving him a probiotic? That can really help. I had to do it for a year and a half with Hannah and now again for Paul. I thought Paul might be ok if I eat a tiny tiny piece of cake with no icing. Two days later-blood in his poop. It's so hard, let me know if you have any questions!

    1. What kind of probiotic would you recommend? Also Leo's a mystery with dairy. His formula (we have to supplement) is milk-based but that's fine for him. I can have cake, donuts, and other foods with dairy but just not straight-up dairy (eg cheesy casserole, milk, yogurt, etc).

  4. Regarding short hair- I recently took the plunge and chopped mine for the first time. I, like you, had serious reservations because my hair is thin but fluffy, and I have no jaw line to speak of, but I am really liking it. There are moments that I miss my long hair, but I LOVE that it can look decent and styled in about 5 minutes. I can even sleep on it wet and just run a straightener through it in the morning with a tiny bit of texturing spray.
    I asked for the Mandy Moore cut, but that cut looks different on me because of my thin hair. Not sure if that was helpful at all! Good luck! :)

  5. I found your blog at Jen's! I always try to click on one new one a week. Your pictures are great! I also really like the collages! I need to start doing those too.

    I was lactose intolerant before I got pregnant and then when I was pregnant with my first I just could not stop craving yogurt. I HAD to have it, so my dr said try it and sure enough I was fine! Something about being pregnant makes me tolerate dairy. When I'm not pregnant I start to have a hard time again with straight dairy like milk, some cheese or really cheesey stuff and certain kinds of yogurt only. But if I do it in moderation I'm fine. Hopefully Leo does ok with dairy now! There is nothing like a deliciously cheesy casserole!

  6. Found via Jen - we didn't do a sleep method with our son. We found out that he sleeps just fine anywhere besides at home with us so it would be fruitless.

  7. Oh, you are not ridiculous for buying a blue tooth. Adult conversation is PARAMOUNT when you have kids. And you are amazing for going without dairy! I'm too weak. Also, the one thing about kids that I do know, is that you never know how they will sleep. Leo might surprise you and be a champion sleeper! And lastly, that chicken looks so good! I love orzo.