Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ahh....The Weekend!

It's a peaceful Saturday morning. Harry is at school and Bianca is sleeping. I figured now would be the perfect time to sip on a cup of hot tea and catch up on this blog.

The first thing my Dad asked at Harry's basketball game this week was, "Is she doing any more tricks?" I'm sure all of you are wondering the same thing. As far as I know, she isn't doing anything new, but yesterday Aunt Dot told me that she laughed liked she's never laughed before. Lucy was apparently doing something to make Katie laugh, and the more Katie laughed, the more Bianca laughed. I'm so sad I missed it. I've heard her laugh, but it hasn't been anything like that. I wish someone would have been able to tape it for me, but I guess that's the way it goes for a working mom. It's inevitable that we're going to miss a lot.

Keep that fact in mind as you read the next part.

Some of you know about my dream of running my own business. The vision of Circle's End came to me in 2002 while I was doing yoga on the beach in San Diego. It would be a place where women come to heal and refresh. I dream of using massage therapy along with other activities such as journaling, collages, and women's circles to help hurting women see that they are special, they are loved, and it's never too late to make their dreams come true.

The first step in getting to Circle's End is to become a massage therapist. Harry and I decided that it possible for me to go to school part time, starting this summer. The issue is I am already $40,000 in debt from school. It doesn't seem prudent to go into more.

So...To help pay for school and to pay down that debt, I have decided to become a Pink Papaya consultant. I will be selling spa products that are made with 100% natural oils and completely manufactured in the USA. They also smell really good! I don't think I'll have a problem promoting products that I really love.

I will be joining the company on March 1st. I'm asking for everyone's prayers that I do well with the business. Harry and I talked about it, and he said that if I make and save enough money, there is a possibility I can stay home with our next child. Nothing would make me happier. Being a work-from-home mom would be a dream come true!

Don't worry: I'm not quitting my job at UMB. (That was my Mom's concern.) I'm just hoping to supplement my income a little bit.

Anyway, don't be too offended if you happen to receive an email asking to help me spread the word about Pink Papaya products. I just really want to do well so that I can be home with our next baby. I don't want to miss the things with him/her that I'm missing with BiBi.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Not Me! Monday


I found out about "Not Me Monday" from my friend Dawn's blog. I always thought it would be so much fun to participate, but sadly, I never had anything fun to say. Luckily, after spending ten days with my Little One, I can play, too!
~ I did NOT cut Bianca's finger while attempting to trim her fingernails. Harry was NOT the one to discover the incident when he saw blood all over her bottle. I did not feel so, so horrible!
~ I did NOT have to go to the bathroom so bad when feeding Bianca that I ended up feeding her while sitting on the toilet. Nope, not me!
~ I am NOT so obsessed with Yo Gabba Gabba that while attempting to film a video of Bianca, I ended up taping a part of an episode with my camcorder.
~ I did NOT have to throw Bianca in the bathtub two different times because she had two huge poopy diapers leak up her back. While getting her ready to get in the tub, she did NOT put her foot in one of said diapers and then try to put her foot in her mouth. Nope, she didn't!
~ Bianca did NOT give herself a tiny black eye after whacking herself in the head with her butterfly toy.
~ Bianca has NOT been pulling my hair every chance she gets. I have NOT been finding my hair everywhere. I most certainly did not find a piece of my hair coming out of her butt!

Our Last Day

Even though I am not normally a fan of snow, I'm so grateful for this storm that allowed me to spend amazing quality time with Harry and Bianca since last Friday afternoon. Today is our last day together, as tomorrow we go back to the grind. Harry is ready to go back to school and get back to basketball. I, on the other hand, am not looking forward to work at all. This week has been wonderful, and I really don't want it to end. I've heard lots of people on the news say that they suffered from cabin fever last week. Is it bad that I haven't felt an ounce of it?

Bianca has been babbling so much more. She particularly likes the "b" sound. On Friday night, she said "mama," though she had no idea what she was saying. She hasn't said it since. (And believe me - I've been trying to get her to repeat it!) On Saturday night, she said "dada" twice. Again, we don't think she had any clue what she was saying, but it was extra special because Saturday was Harry's birthday.

To celebrate, Mom, Kris, Damian, and Tony came over with a yummy lunch from Bill Bateman's to eat during the Maryland/Duke game. I hadn't seen them for three weeks between Miami and the weather, so it was quite nice to be with them, even if for a little while.

BiBi has also gotten much better with eating her rice cereal. We have been feeding her little bit each night. In the beginning, she was getting more cereal on her bib than anything, but now, the majority of the cereal is getting into her belly. She still makes a grossed-out face when she first tastes it, so we think we will be introducing her to oatmeal relatively soon to see if she likes that better.

Yesterday, Bianca turned 5 months old. She decided to celebrate the milestone by learning how to roll over. Even though she has rolled over sporadically in the past, she rolled over 10 different times yesterday. It's almost as if a lightbulb went off for her. Here is a peek at her accomplishment for your viewing pleasure:

video

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Day in the Life of Bianca

Playtime in the Exersaucer

Tummy Time

Yummy cereal

Getting Ready for a Bath

Bath Time


All Clean!

Story Time
Bed Time

Snow Pictures

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Snow!

I apologize for not posting an update lately.  Ever since I've gotten back from Miami, work has been crazy.  I've been staying late, bringing work home, and pretty much getting an ulser over my job.  I've barely had time to spend quality time with Bianca, much less write a blog about it.

I have a confession.  Some days I wish Aunt Dot was keeping this blog.  That way, I could read about what my daughter's been doing.  It's sad but true that I feel like I'm not the best person to be posting updates.  The majority of the time I'm with BiBi, she is sleeping.  I feel like a horrible mother.

Luckily, we are in the middle of a blizzard.  We will definitely be snowed in this weekend - possibly the entire week - so I'll have lots of extra time to spend with our Little One.  (And write about any cute things she does.)  Right now, Middle River has 23" of snow, and it will continue to fall for at least a few more hours.

Harry and I are about to go back to bed for a morning nap, so I'll close for now.  I promise to write more later.  Until then...enjoy this cute little face!