Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 Resolutions!!

I know some people roll their collective eyes when others (like me) get all excited to make resolutions... but I love it. I love the idea of resolving to be better and to have a fresh start on life. Its... exhilarating. See? Baby D loves resolutions.

So here you have it... my 11 resolutions for 2011: [and yes, I put it in a word document so that I can print it out when I get home and post it all over my house. Because I am Type A like that. :) and you know you love it.]

New Years Resolutions 2011
1. Run 11 races in 11 months.
2. Read 11 books in 11 months.
3. Try a new recipe every week (52 total) and blog about it (Scrumptious Sunday).
4. Seven hours of sleep a night (including daytime naps).
5. Workout daily…a mix between running/yoga/cross training/pilates/weights.
6. Cultivate patience. 20 deep breaths before getting upset about anything.
7. 20 minutes of sketching a day…to make 121 hours of drawing for 2011.
8. Redefine 5 minutes early as “on time.”
9. Create weekly meal plans.
10. Spend at least 2 baby-less nights a month on a date with Mr. D.
11. Use time wisely by planning, weekly to-do lists, and less time (wasting) online.

PS I missed you guys this year... hopefully I will see more of you all in 2011!!

Baby D's first visit to Boston...

being fed by Uncle b
And Uncle M
You know, watching some Spongebob...

And visiting Faneuil Hall and Boston Common....
I guess you have to nap with all that excitement of First Night 2011
when you don't sleep more than 3 consecutive hours at a time THE ENTIRE TRIP. :) 
Good thing he's so cute when he is awake!

Book #1 of 11 "Run like a mother"

Okay, so I know 2011 hasn't really even started yet [except if you live in Europe, *ahem* Kana in Paris :)], but I need all the head start I can get on my New Years Resolutions, which I will post first thing tomorrow morning. And you know it will be FIRST thing, since we leave for the airport at 4am (eek!) for our 6am flight.

Anyway, this book...BRILLIANT. Each chapter (there are 26... with ".2's" at the end of each chapter haha) took me about 10 minutes to read. How do I know? Oh, you know, that whole 30+ ounces of milk I pump a day.... Anyways, Michelle and Drew gifted it to me for my birthday and I finished reading it today. If you are a mom (or just a woman) and a runner, you should read this book. SO good. I give it FIVE of five stars for being one of the best books I have ever read. In my LIFE. And I've read my fair share of books in 25 years. Let me know if you want to borrow it :)

11 Books to read in 2011

Here's my list:

1.     Run like a mother (McDowell and Shea)
2.     Articles of Faith (Talmage)
3.     Kardashian Konfidential
4.     The Alchemist (Coelho)
5.     Psycho Cybernetics (Maltz)
6.     The art of war (Sun Tzu)
7.     How to win friends and influence people (Carnegie)
8.     The 4 hour workweek (Ferriss)
9.     Born to Run (Swytec)
10. The Power of Now (Tolle)
11. The Richest Man in Babylon (Clayson)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

wordless wednesday: Baby D's favorite cougar?

This one...

or this one?
I'll let you decide.

A word from the queen of pumping. that would be me, of course.

If you don't care about or know what lactation is, forgo reading this post and just wait to come back for tomorrow's wordless wednesday. But I have been meaning to say a few words about breast pumps and share my new-found (and lets be honest, its still pretty amateur, since I've only been doing it just over 5 months) knowledge.

My sister sent me this link today, titled "Pumping sucks" (ahaha play on words...but I digress.). And it reminded me that I never did give my "review" on the two pumps that I own. Long story short on that, I bought the Medela pump when Baby D was born, the motor crapped out 4 months in, but since we had a warranty on it, they reimbursed us and we bought another one, but in the meantime I needed an "emergency" pump, so I bought an Evenflo one at Wa!mart that I still keep in case of emergency. So here we go....

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Metro Bag

The pricetag. Averaging at about $350, it is quite a pricey purchase. But I recommend buying it at Babies R Us and using a 20% off coupon, then using the money you save to purchase a buyer protection plan (2 years at $50 or 3 years at $80), where they will reimburse you to buy a new one if your pump breaks before your plan is up, no matter how it broke. AND, Medela will also send you a brand new pump within the first year if your motor dies, all you have to do is send back the old one (they pay for shipping).

I never realized how wonderful this pump really is until I had to use the Evenflo one. It is a total workhorse, which was essential for me, who pumped/nursed 7-8 times a day for the first two months and now I pump exclusively about 6 times a day. I never feel pain when I pump (or after I pump) and with the double expression technology (it mimics a baby's suckling by going fast fast fast for about a minute then suckling slow for the rest of the time) it completely expresses my milk, draining me in about 8-10 minutes. It's lightweight, so usually I am able to hold both sides of the pump with one arm, and hold a book/turn the pages to read with the other arm. I know, I am quite the multitasking diva. But you do what you gotta do to feed your baby and keep pinching your pennies, right? Its also much quieter than the Evenflo, which is a huge plus for me because if I am not reading while pumping, I am catching up on phone calls. Cleanup is a breeze once you get the hang of it, especially since they have Medela steam-clean microwave bags (I use them while at work) and when I pump at night, my Playtex Ventaire Advanced (crooked neck) bottles can attach so I can pump right into those bottles (as opposed to the smaller ones that the pump comes with, which I usually pour into a storage bag and stick on the fridge) and feed it to Baby D for his first AM feeding. Saves me a trip to the fridge since fresh milk will stand for about 8 hours before gathering bacteria, as opposed to the 1-2 hours refrigerated milk allows. TMI?

Evenflo Double Electric Pump
At $45, its a decent pump for the price. If you are only planning on pumping once a day, I'm sure it would be fine to use, and won't break the bank. But lets be honest. With pumps, you will get what you pay for...

Pain. I did NOT like the way this pump felt and was almost constantly in SO much pain when I had to use it to pump for a few days. Even though it is my emergency "go-to," I hope and pray every day that if my Medela craps out on me again, it happens during the day so that I can run to get a new one at Babies R Us. I despised this pump and only used it because the only feeling that compares to how this pump feels is not pumping. It is also super bulky/heavy and hurt my hands to hold up for the required 8 minutes or so. It didn't express my milk as efficiently as the Medela and is SO LOUD!!! The breast shields (there are basic ones and some softer ones that attach and attempt to mimic the Medela ones) are difficult to clean and since they are multiple pieces, if you use too-hot water, the softer shields will shrink or warp and not fit properly on the shield base. You also can only use straight necked bottles if you want to pump directly into a bottle, which I don't use to feed Baby D. It is also only recommended for occasional use, so I am sure that would mean if I used it as often as I used my other pump, it would probably break down much sooner.

BOTTOM LINE: My personal opinion is that the Medela is absolutely worth forking over the $350. So thank you, Mr. D for letting me make that (seemingly at the time ridiculous) purchase. Best investment I (we?) ever made. 'Nuff said.

Monday, December 27, 2010


A little belated...Christmas eve

Kneader's "all you can eat" french toast + a long overdue catchup with Mager, 
former roomie and fellow halfsie hottie. She's absolutely amazing!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

11 races in 11 months in 2011

When I heard that we were supposed to get about 15-20 inches of snow tonight, I knew what I had to do if I wanted to get at least one good winter outdoor run this week... so this morning, after about 5 hours of sleep (courtesy of Baby D sleeping in our room for the first time since week 6, who makes almost as much noise as Mr. D does snoring haha), I laced up and put on my brand new running gloves (xmas present from little b) and went out to run my usual route from when we lived with the in-laws a few years ago. I haven't run outside in snow in over a year. A few things I realized:

1) Running in snow is HARD! Akin to running in sand, the saying "two steps forward and one step back" came to mind, except to be realistic it was more like "one step forward and a half step sliding backward."

2) Has running outside in December always been so COLD?? Thank goodness for the new playlist Mr. D's gave me (my ipod hasn't been updated for about the last 2 years) or else I would have turned around and gone back inside about 90 seconds in. Needless to say, it is full of the likes of Ludacris and Lady Gaga but I'll be darned if it doesn't get me jamming out the door (even if I do get some strange looks from passing cars while lipsyncing mid-run). By 10 minutes in, my teeth stopped chattering and it actually started to feel pretty good! Thank goodness for music. Although I did run/workout for a full year without music, and it does have its benefits insofar as listening to your body goes, I do love music. The best part about the run this morning was that it took me the same amount of time (just under an hour) to run this tried and true route as I did pre-baby and in good weather. Pretty much made my day.

3) If there's anything I've learned since having a baby, its that if I don't get it (meaning a good workout) done early in the morning, it just. won't. get. done. Period. I can make excuses all I want (my favorite one is that I didn't get enough sleep), or try to convince myself that I will go for a run in the afternoon when its a little warmer, but 99.9% of the time, if I don't do it right when I wake up and end up procrastinating it, it just won't happen.

4) The #1 reason why I run during the holidays? FOOD glorious food!! Plain and simple. I never count calories or deprive myself of holiday goodness because I love love love good food, and running gives me the opportunity to eat what I want without worrying (too much) about not fitting into the limited supply of clothes I take with me on vacation (including skinny jeans).

5) I decided today that 2011 will be the year I run 11 races in 11 months! Catchy, I know. Each race will (hopefully) be a little different, and I plan on at least doing a 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, a race in another state and a 5k and 10k each with Baby D in tow via the jogging stroller (once I get it, of course!). I'll keep you posted on the races and hopefully pick up some running buddies along the way :)

And while I am still finnagling with new year's resolutions (to be posted as soon as I officially decide on them), here's a little something to tide you over (and hopefully make you laugh) I found today. HRG share a lot of the same running/eating philosophies I do and is absolutely hilarious to boot!

How to lose the holiday weight: (via hungryrunnergirl)
1. Amputation.  For bigger results go for the legs.
2. Don't drink any liquid for the next 48 hours and make sure to work out as much as you can.
3. Throw away every last morsel of non-diet food in your kitchen. Vegetables and most fruits allowed.
4. Take lots of pills and supplements that promise instant weight loss and instant self-confidence and love for one's body.
5. Use all of your gift cards and sell all of your presents to pay for all the plastic surgery you can get.

Obviously, I am JUST KIDDING.  You know I REFUSE to fall into the diet industries annual 40 billion dollar trap.
I know a lot of women and men all over are kicking themselves for indulging a little or a lot over the holidays.
I want you to go look in your mirror right now and recite:
"Dang, I am one fine woman (or man).  I am not going to beat myself up for enjoying the holidays.  I am worth so much more than a silly number that tells me what my gravitational pull is."
You will fall back into your normal eating habits, you will be able to workout just as much as you did before and your body will go to its happy place.....just give yourself some slack and let it happen:)
mmk?  Thanks.

Hope your Christmas was merry and bright! What are you choosing as your new years resolutions for 2011?? I'd love some ideas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas, you filthy animal

...and a happy new year.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

rediculous nonsense.

When Baby D slept for nearly 12 hours last night, I just about had a full on cardiac arrest when I woke up. Needless to say (I'm blaming it on the full fledgling of 5 immunizations he got yesterday), I assumed his naps would be super short due to a full night's rest. I was wrong.
Nap 1 lasted while I did all my Christmas shopping for Mr. D (who was watching Baby D)
Nap 2 lasted long enough for me to shower. And then tidy up the bedroom. And actually fold all the laundry. Then, to really test him, I actually curled my hair. Not really that big of a deal unless you consider that I haven't done that since he was about a week old. Not that I was going anywhere (quite the opposite since Mr. D was working late tonight) but I did it because I could. And wouldn't you know? Baby D slept through it all. Another 2+ hour nap. My mind started racing, thinking about all the things I would do with such a wonderfully sleeping baby... like fixing my hair EVERY day! (can you imagine?)
Then my poor little Baby D woke up. With a fever! Thank goodness for Infant Tylenol.
Today was going to be the day I introduced Baby D to "real" food, made by yours truly. Well, I started up the food processor, threw in some cooked green beans, and ... the worst, most ear-piercing sound I have ever heard in my life coming from my child. I figured it must be the proximity of the noise so I moved him to the other room. And he STILL screamed just as violently. After comforting him, I tried yet a third time to puree his green beans, to no avail. I swore that I would never, ever use the food processor while he was on the same floor as me. So we packed up, headed to the store, and bought some carrots and green beans that didn't look like this:
That would be known as a "Mommy FAIL." They wouldn't puree for the life of me! On the upside, he did rather enjoy his first taste of carrots:
And then we topped off the night playing with a (noisy) Altoids tin containing about a dozen Cheerios.
Oh, you didn't know? Altoids tins are the new "it" toys of Christmas.
You're lucky Christmas is still 4 days away... that still gives you time to buy one!

Monday, December 20, 2010

5 months!

17 lbs 4 oz (75th percentile) , 25.5 inches (50th percentile)

Friday, December 17, 2010

More Movies

Thursday, December 16, 2010

it will blow away your brain...and your mind.

you've been warned.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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