June 26, 2008

Two of My New Favorite Things

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:26 pm by chasingtoddlermom

And for my 3rd and final post of the day–I have two new favorite things definitely worthy of a blog post!  This past week I have discovered the amazing power of white vinegar.  I saw something on TV about using it to clean as a “green” option.  I have to admit that I’m not totally into the “green” trend, but on a whim I decided to give it a try the other day.  I happened to have a bottle sitting on my bathroom counter that I had been using to disinfect during a bout of thrush (that calls for another post on another day).  So I poured a 50/50 vinegar/water mix into my ironing bottle.

WHALA!  My life will never be the same!  I am now convinced that there is nothing that white vinegar can’t clean!  Sure, you and your home will smell a little like a salad for a while, but all of the harsh chemicals I usually use to clean can’t even come close to the cleaning power now contained in my ironing bottle.  We have very hard water and it dissolves the mineral build-up and soap scum with ease.  It also cleans mirrors, glass, the crud around faucets and that disgusting pink mold that grows in the crevices of our showers (yes, we all have it although no one wants to admit it).  Plus, I can feel safe washing my kids’ tubs without exposing their skin to chemical residue.  I am totally sold and highly recommend it.  I’m so excited about it that I have cleaned my bathroom twice in the past week!

My second favorite discovery of the week is homemade popsicles.  Or, as Little Ro’ calls them “focafocles.”  We get some looks when he says that one, as you can imagine.  Yesterday we got out the smoothie maker and blended up the following:

1 C fresh blueberries
1/2 can peaches (drain all but about 2T of the liquid)
2 6 oz containers vanilla yogurt

I bought some cute molds at Target so we filled them and had them for dessert after dinner.  He had no idea it was a healthy snack and devoured his entire popsicle.  I’ve decided this will have to become a regular activity and next time I’m going to spike it with some hidden veggies and/ or protein.

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Back in the Saddle Again

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:03 pm by chasingtoddlermom

Here is a big pat on the back to SavvyToddlerMom and me for making it back to the gym last night!  It felt great!  I have to admit that we were very impressive, considering that I’m 4 weeks postpartum and STM is just about 3 weeks after TWO D&Cs and an overall horrible ordeal.  We’re back and totally committed.  We’re setting up a goal and reward system to motivate us to lose our baby weight.  Not only do we get to have the fun of working out together, but we now also get to indulge in some pedicures, girls nights out together, new shoes, etc. as reward for our successes.  I know we can do it!  Thanks, STM for always pushing me to be better!

Better Late than Never…Introducing…

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:29 pm by chasingtoddlermom

The newest member of our little family. Here are some pics of our baby boy, born May 27th weighing 6 lbs 15 oz and measuring 19.5 in. He was smaller than big brother (whew!) but is growing SO fast! He’s a little wiggle worm, constantly moving, but has a calm, easy-going personality. That’s a good thing since he has to put up with Little Ro’s constant harassment!

This pic really puts the size difference into perspective!

June 23, 2008

Kung “FuT” Panda

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:40 am by chasingtoddlermom

Little Ro’s latest obsession is (as he pronounces it) Kung FuT Panda!  He has super cool Kung Fu moves which he came up with on his own and will happily perform anywhere anytime.  Watch out!

June 20, 2008

“Life is But a Dream….”

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:21 pm by chasingtoddlermom

Row, row, row your boat…aaah, where do I begin??  I have blogger’s guilt because I have had so much to write about that I haven’t had a moment to sit down and type!  Stay tuned for a bunch of posts.  Well, we are attempting to adjust to life at home with our newborn and a 2-year-old.  On Monday I thought I was just starting to get the hang of things and I decided to take Little Ro’ swimming at my aunt and uncle’s house.  Prior to leaving, I was feeding the baby and heard the toilet flush and continue to run.  Said toilet tends to run, so I didn’t think much of it.  Especially when Little Ro’ ran into my room naked.  He has started using the potty (YEA!) a couple times a day and prefers to do so naked.  That all came to a crashing halt when I wandered from my room a little while later.

Water EVERYWHERE!!!  I call my DH, who is irritated with me for leaving the bathroom door open.  His wonderful sister came to my rescue to watch the kids while I attempted to clean up the mess.  Mind you, I’m 2 weeks and 6 days post-partum at this point and I’m cleaning carpets.  I cleaned what I could and my DH cleaned more that night.  To no avail.  The damage was much more extensive than we originally thought.  Little Ro’ had managed to flood the bathroom, half of his bedroom, a third of the nursery, and part of our family room.  Thank Heavens for home owner’s insurance!  They have had a disaster cleanup crew out here pulling up carpet, drying out flooring, etc. etc.  It looks like they’re going to replace most of our main floor carpeting, possibly the bathroom tile, some insulation and plastic in the crawl space, base boards, and possibly some drywall.  What a mess!!!

Like SavvyToddlerMom–I too am grateful to the wonderful makers of Zoloft, without which I do not believe I would have pulled through on this one.

The fun never stops at out house!