Sunday, June 28, 2015

Baby Loves to Stand (video) + 9 Months as Momma Thoughts

The fact that I grew this little human inside of me is still surreal to me. She is amazing. Sometimes I look into her eyes and see myself, and that is a crazy feeling. I love her. All day, all night. I watched her sleep one morning for 30 minutes. I became overwhelmed with emotion seeing her pull herself up and stand by herself (with the assistance of the side of her crib). I’m amassing toys and clothes to giveaway that she’s too big for. She can sit up unassisted for longer and longer. She is harnessing the power of leverage to get herself where she wants to go. She’s a good little traveler, she people watches or falls asleep.

The rate of her growth and change is overwhelming at times. She’s going to keep changing. It’s only been almost nine months and she’s such a different little girl than she was just three months ago. 

Here new found talent is standing, and she can't get enough of it. I'm pretending that she won't walk soon, but that's probably unlikely. She's already taking little steps towards cruising around the coffee table. Here she is effortlessly standing in her crib: 

I'm still breastfeeding. Keeping up with pumping sucks, but when she’s taking it from the tap she has no problem. We do have to supplement with the occasional bottle of formula at daycare if I can't pump enough. She’s also eating pureed baby food and table food. In recent weeks her favorite thing has been corn muffins, and her least favorite thing has been salmon. 

We're still cloth diapering, and even though she has real poops now it still isn't too much to manage diaper laundry. The only thing I've changed from my original cloth diapering routine is throwing the poop in the toilet before I put the dirty diaper in the diaper bin. 

Her little personality comes through more and more each day. Since she's getting around the house more we've had to utilize saying "No" often when she's reaching for something she shouldn't touch. When we say 'no' she makes the cutest little pout, it's too much lol. We're currently working on getting over her fear of the blender. 

Well, let me get back to following her around the house trying to catch her when she falls. I'll do that as long as I can for my BabyCakes. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Should women propose to men?

The above photo has been all over my timeline today [description: a woman is down on one knee proposing to her boyfriend]. The women on my timeline are NOT having it. There are basically two camps: the ones who feel like a woman proposing to a man is indicative of her behaving "like a man" and doesn't allow her partner to be "a man"; and the ones who feel this goes hand in hand with wanting equality and women's rights. 

I don't think this comes down to challenging one's man (or womanhood) or even equality. I think it really comes down to individual relationship preferences. If she thought her proposing was a challenge to his manhood, she likely wouldn't have done it, and he wouldn't have said yes. Their relationship seems to be working out just fine for them. 

I'm annoyed when others try to push their relationship standards on to others. If a couple wants to fall into the traditional roles of the man and the wife, good for them. If they want to deviate, good for them too. This couple's relationship does not threaten anyone else's ideal of what a relationship or proposal should be. If you are a man and want to propose to your woman, find you a woman who that works for. If you are a woman and would never propose to your man, find you a man who that works for. 

Also this concept of "if a man wants to marry you he will propose to you, you shouldn't propose to him because he isn't ready" is flawed. First: there is so much pressure on proposals and engagement rings that I feel like while a lot of men are ready to make their lover their wife, they feel like they need to save for a billion dollar ring and a flash dance at Disney World for their proposal to mean something. Second: men propose to women all the time when they aren't actually ready for marriage. There isn't a difference in them being pressured to propose vs. accepting a proposal. If they aren't ready, they aren't ready regardless. 

Don't let societal pressures or norms dictate how you run your relationship. Happy Thursday!

Do you think it is appropriate for women to propose to men?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Mommy Travel Wardrobe

This week I've had to take Sage with me to work every day (babysitter's spring vacation). This has forced some very specific stipulations on my wardrobe.

Shirts can't be sleeveless.

I wear her in a Tula through our journey that includes a train, a subway, a bus, and a walk. I don't want my armpits sweating directly onto the Tula lol, so I must have sleeves.

Shirts with tank tops underneath.

Since I'm still nursing I need to be able to use the two shirt method when I feed her, since I don't use covers.

Shirts with smooth fabric, no embellishments up front.

During the day or during our commute she'll fall asleep on my chest, so I don't want any rhinestones or beading  sticking her in her face.

Nursing necklace.

My Vintage Honey Shop nursing necklace comes in handy. She has something to chew on/play with while we ride.

We're about to take a three hour Amtrak journey shortly. Wish us luck (and send prayers for an open wheelchair accessible seat, and a happy baby) !

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Vacay Every Day with Palm Breeze

Technically summer doesn't start until June 21st, but we all know Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Winter was cold, and long, but the thoughts have long since faded away as we move about in much warmer temperatures. This past weekend, not only were we celebrating the unofficial start of summer, but also my Mom's husband's birthday. A barbecue was certainly in order. A tropical birthday BBQ!

I sent my husband out BBQ supply shopping while I cleaned up the deck for our first gathering of the season and one of the things on the list were the new Palm Breeze Sparkling Alcohol Spritz. 

Once the cleaning was done and the fellas were manning the grill I finally got to sit down and taste the Palm Breeze Sparkling Alcohol Spritz. We picked up the Pineapple Mandarin Orange flavor. It is very tasty and refreshing. For the first time in a while I was able to sit back and relax, soaking up the sun. The three day weekend provided a well needed mini vacay. 

I definitely want to try out the other flavor Palm Breeze has, Ruby Red Citrus. Palm Breeze is a flavored malt beverage (FMB), which basically means it’s an alcoholic drink made with a malt base, like beer. They were a great choice to have on hand while entertaining. Everyone liked the Pineapple Mandarin Orange flavor, even those who usually stick to less fruity beverages.

Definitely try a pack for your next party or gathering, and if you happen to be in Austin RSVP HERE for a cool Palm Breeze/Blo Bar event. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mother's Day Wishlist 2015

I'm a mother! That means I have inherited another holiday lol. Last mother's day I was still pregnant, so I counted as a mother, but not really. The Mother's Day before that I had actually just lost a pregnancy, so that was no fun. This is my first REAL Mother's Day. Hoooray. 

My Mother's Day Wish List for 2015 (clockwise)

Precious Henshaw African Mother Breastfeeding Print $18 - I really love nursing Sage. I'd love to have this print to commemorate my first Mother's Day and something that is very special to me. If you recall, Precious' Capricorn Print was on my Birthday Wishlist from 2014. 

Q-Redew $69.95 - Q-Redew is a handheld steamer for your hair. It's a great tool to restore moisture to your hair for re-styling between washes without having to actually saturate your hair with water.

Target Gift Card - I mean, this needs no explanation. Who doesn't love a Target shopping spree?

Vintage Honey Shop Nursing Necklace $20 - It feels like Sage is teething ALL. THE. TIME lol. She currently has 3.5 teeth, and I swear I see the nubs of two others behind those! This necklace will be great for her to chew on/play with while I nurse or wear her. 

Fitbit Accessory Bands $29.95 - I shared with you all before that I love my Fitbit. Since I wear it every day it would be nice to have a selection of bands to choose from, perhaps match it to my outfit on occasion lol. 

What are you hoping for or giving this Mother's Day?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Philly Natural Hair Show 2015 + Ticket Giveaway

It is that time of year naturals... time for the Philly Natural Hair Show! I am very excited. This will be my third year being one of the hosts in the Blogger's Workshop. Every year I know I am guaranteed to meet cool area naturals, learn something, and buy at least one pair of fly earrings. 

Coming up on Saturday, May 2nd some highlights include: 

  • Blogger's Workshop with me, hosted by Juboolee and also featuring Organix Locs and The Social Arena  (starts at 4:45)
  • Natural Hair 101 with Naptural Nicole who I LOVE. I got to meet and host a session with her last year and she is just such a wonderful person. I can't wait to see her again. 
  • Live performance from Vivian Green. 

Tickets are $20 and you can buy them [HERE] or try your luck in my giveaway below! Giveaway ends midnight on Wednesday, April 29th. 

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Parent's Lounge Tour

I mentioned the Parent's Lounge in my post about keeping marriage alive post-baby. Here's a little tour of our Parent's Lounge set-up: 

Vlog number 2! I am halfway there to allowing myself to actually seriously thing about vlogging