Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hello Treasure!

Dear Junebug,
You come from a family who didn't always have a lot. Thanks to your Great Grandma Gay, she taught everyone to treasure hunt. Thrift shops, garage sales and street corners were always rich with great things at a very small cost. Your Grandma Helene picked up this A-mazing little sandwich maker at the thrift store the other day. It's brand new, makes sandwiches with little Hello Kitty faces on it and was only 5 bucks! We're going to have a lot of fun with this little machine... Thanks Grandma!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I'm a Working Mommy

Dear Junebug,
There's one topic that I've been conveniently avoiding. For the last three months I've been by your side 24/7 and this is all you know. But the reality is, I'm a working mommy. This time we've had together was only a small privilege and opportunity for us to get to know eachother and get organized for our new life. It's now time to go back to the schedule that existed before you came. I'll be spending 8 hours in the office everyday and there will probably be moments when I'm distracted by a little square contraption (it's called a blackberry). The good news is, your mommy is a great multi-tasker. When you were in my belly I worked very hard. As a matter of fact, I worked all the way until your birth. We even walked Katy down the Grammy red carpet at 7 1/2 months and went to Vegas to her Hard Rock Hotel display unveiling at 8 1/2 months (see pics above). When I went into pre-labor at the office, Jules-y and Nicole forced the car keys out of my clutch and drove us home.
A lot of people have asked me why I'm choosing to work. Why don't I just stay home with you? Well, I've always been a very independent girl and I want you to be the same. I've worked so hard to get this far in my career and somehow I feel like you would be proud of me for sticking it out. I will make you this promise - I will be the last person you see every night before you go to sleep and the first person you see every morning when you wake up. I also promise to make every moment we spend together quality time and be present for you whenever you need me.
Thanks for making these last three months the best three months of my life... I truly don't remember life before you.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Trend Alert! Jelly Shoes!

There's no better accessory than a pair of cute little glittery coral jelly shoes with hearts on the bottom for a fun day at the beach. Junebug loves these from Old Navy (5 bucks!)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mommy Tips: Flying the Friendly Skies!

Tomorrow Junebug is taking her first plane ride... oh the stress! I posted my feelings on my facebook page and to my surprise many of my friends had things to say. There were a lot of helpful tips and advice so I thought I better share. I'm sure I'll have more to say on the topic after it's over. As my friend Jodi posted, "you only have to go through this once"... so true... that's the beauty of "first times", isn't it?

1. Dress baby for the occasion with a sassy tee (see pic above) - purchase at
2. During take off and landing make sure you either breast feed or give baby a pacifier to prevent that whole ear popping thing. Remember babies can't chew gum like you.
3. Bring a few Starbucks cards to gift to helpful and/or patient travelers around you. (good karma!)
4. Bring earplugs to hand out to people in the event your baby is a screaming maniac (Nicole's idea although she says I won't need it but will feel better if I have them).
5. Rit said - she has her own seat, correct? the FAA recommends that children have their own seat (and appropriate car seat) but the NTSB wont allow them to make it mandatory since it will force more families to drive...which is statistically more dangerous. Ah...what you pickup hanging around pilots. - Good one!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Vintage Batman!

Dear Junebug,
I couldn't resist sharing this photo of your 2nd cousin, Danny because it is so cute! I wonder what superhero you are going to be someday. Mommy always thought she was Wonder Woman. Danny is now getting ready to go to college and he's going to be a doctor... we are so proud. All my little cousins are my superheroes and they all love you very much...

Friday, July 10, 2009

Before + After = Ultimate Nirvana!

Dear Junebug,
We took on a little drawer makeover in your nursery and I must say I'm pretty ecstatic on the results. Nothing makes Mommy happier than a little "before and after"! We showed our work to your Daddy and he called me an "obsessive, compulsive psycho"... hmmm... I like to think of myself as a person with a deep appreciation for organization (thank you very much). We achieved this little slice of drawer heaven with two eco-stripe 3-section drawer organizer and one 2-section from The Container Store. The 3-section was $12.99 and the 2-section was $7.99. Small price to pay for this kind of perfection! What else can we organize?!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Welcome back, Back on the Beach!

Dear Junebug,
Our favorite breakfast place, Back on the Beach, is back open for business. Boy did we miss them while they were gone. Maybe next time we go you'll wake up and enjoy the sights and smells of the ocean. The waitress was nice enough to bring you a "kids menu"... does she really think you are ready for a veggie dog or some chicken fingers? hmmm. I didn't have the heart to tell her that the only item on your menu is a boob sandwich!

Mommy Tips: The Hospital Bag list.

As the boy scout motto says... Be Prepared. It's a good thing that I had my hospital bag ready a good three weeks before Junebug's due date because little did I know that I would be rushed to the hospital with 103 fever and a kidney infection 2 weeks before my due date, induced 3 days later, etc., etc. The first rule of your "birth plan" is... be ready to throw your "birth plan" out the window! I had to. It wasn't easy to accept but I had no choice. Knowing that my suitcase was all ready to go was a HUGE weight off my mind the day my doctor said, "meet me at UCLA Medical Center in 30 minutes".

Here's THE list:
  1. Insurance card
  2. cell phone with charger
  3. camera with charger
  4. video camera (flip for "the flip" it's only about $100 and amazing)
  5. 2 pairs of white sport socks
  6. lip balm or lip stick
  7. music - always check with hospital if they have cd players or ipod docks
  8. toothbrush and toothpaste
  9. hair brush and hair ties
  10. perineum kit (very important): 2 bottles of vitamin E oil, 2 bottles of witch hazel, 1 can of dermoplast spray (the red top which is hospital strength) and a 12-24 size 3 diapers (that's right-these are for YOU not the baby... you are going to bleed ALOT and the pads they give you at the hospital don't do the trick) AND request a sitz bath and peri bottle from the hospital that you can use while there and take home.
  11. 6 bottles of smart water or gatorade
  12. 4 protein bars
For Postpartum stay:
  1. Toiletry bag
  2. Nursing pillow
  3. Robe and slippers
  4. 2 nursing bras
  5. Nipple cream
  6. Disposable nursing pads
  7. 2 piece outfit to go home in as you may need to stop the car to nurse (maybe)
  8. don't worry about undies as the hospital provides you with special hospital undies
Items for Baby:
  1. If you have a dog bring two inexpensive cotton beanies and two receiving blankets and two ziplock bags (see my post about how to introduce dog to baby)
  2. Baby care log (provided by doula or doctor)
  3. Small bottle of safflower oil
  4. Purell
  5. Alcohol and q-tips for umbilical cord care
  6. A tube of Aquaphor
  7. Going home outfit
  8. Outside blanket and beanie
  9. Nail file
By the way - big thanks to our friend Shana from Burton for sending me this amazing suitcase - it's called the Gravis and it's the best!