WW: 18 Months

shrimpie w/heels
This past Monday, my lil Shrimpie-pie (aka Shrimpie aka Shrimpipay aka Shrimp) turned 18 months…already! 18 months and I still haven’t written up her birth story. Poor gal came around w/bad timing w/regards to me blogging. Actually, her active lil self is one of the reasons that kept me from blogging…along with, say, moving out of state and having to pack up a whole house by myself for 6 weeks…and whatever else.

Anyway, since I’ve got Mom-Guilt all over me for not posting her birth story or each and every milestone (she started walking at 8.5 months, just in case you were wondering) or first word (which, of course, was “da-da”. In fact, she just started calling me “mommy” at 14 months) or when she cut her first tooth (ummm…I’ll have to dig up my planner for this one), here are some pics of Shrimp in 6 month increments :)

Shrimpie born…09.19.2010 at 9lbs 12.4oz (yes, I needed an Emergency C-Section!) Her Aunt nicknamed her “siopao” after this pic (“siopao” = chinese white steamed pork buns) b/c of her round cheeks and roundness in general. Yeah, “Shrimp” my arse…more like “Jumbo Shrimp” or “Prawnie” or “Lobster”. In the end, “shrimpie” still stuck as her nickname. Do you know she still doesn’t know her real name? We’ve tried calling her by it and she doesn’t even budge. We’ll work on that, eventually.
shrimp born

Next few are Shrimpie at 6 months:
shrimpie 6 months

mmm…yummy…
shrimpie 6 months - yum

In distress b/c she HATED her playpen:
shrimp @6months

This is Shrimp on her 1st birthday dinner celebration at our old house. This was such a happy, yet sad time for us. Happy because she turned 1, but sad because pDaddy and Beans were already in Illinois so could only join us via Skype…
shrimp 1

And here is she is…at 18 months – donning Razz’ heels and Beans’ TKD helmet…Makes me wonder, will she be all out girlie-girl princess like Razz or “sporty spice” like Beans? In these pics, she’s the best of both :):
shrimpie 18 months w/heels & helmet

shrimpie w/TKD helmet

Don’t let her shy and demure “look” fool you. She is one rambunctious child who, more than once, has climbed up the stairs (pre-gate), climbs on top of coffee and dining room tables and chairs and couches and you name it. This girl has NO FEAR. She knows how to work her charm too. When she is being reprimanded, she will bat her lashes, wave and say “hi” then proceed to hug you. Never a boring day with this one, that’s for sure. Sorry for not writing your Birth Story yet, Shrimpie-baby…maybe by the time you’re 2, or 20, I’ll get it up and done. It’s an interesting story, that’s for sure…

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Oh, Sunny Day!

shrimp on the swing

Shrimpie relaxed on the swing

To say that we had a pretty mild winter is an understatement. Moving out to the midwest, we were bracing ourselves for subzero temps and crazy winds all winter. We probably had those days about 7 times…total. Now, it’s 64 degrees and sunny and it’s going to be in the low to mid-70s all week. LOVE THIS WEATHER! LOVE! IT! I really wish I could just bottle up and open it up on drab days…or sell it! Hello, beaucoup buck$$$$…

But, with all this warm weather, allergies start earlier and so do bugs coming out. We went out this weekend and saw flies…lil baby flies on my truck’s windshield…just hangin around being all hunky dory. But flies this early in March? Ewww…makes me wonder about mosquitos. This will be our first spring/summer here so I’m wondering how bad the mosquitoes are. I hate mosquitoes…I’m sure pDaddy hates mosquitoes only for the mere fact that I complain about mosquitoes and their bites incessantly all summer long…

I’m just hoping our allergies aren’t as bad as they were in NJ. In NJ, we lived pretty close to a park w/an abundance of Cherry Blossoms so yeah, our allergies were HORRIFIC! It used to be my alarm clock…4 / 5 am, my sneezing would start! And of course, Razz and her allergies that trigger her asthma and have landed her in the hospital 2x w/one of those times in the PICU.

But, let’s focus on the fun, shall we? SPRING FEVER has hit and what do I usually do first? Get a much needed foot spa pedicure. I’ve no idea if I’m going to go for my dark, brown / vampy colors or a frenchie or a pinkish nude, but I know I’m going to go for one tonight. hmmm…I would LOVE to get a coral / tangerine one, but my legs are still so very Cullen-like (aka Pale…yes, that was a reference to TWILIGHT…yes, I’m still a TWIHARD, but not as much as before…until I watch the next flick, I’m sure).

This past weekend started the beautiful weather streak and so we hit the park. Don’t let that pic above fool you. Apparently, Shrimp is now afraid of swings and if you don’t distract her and make her laugh, she will squeal and cry and scream w/that screechy scream of her.

Shrimp’s not a big fan of the swings (though she really used to be), but remembered she LOVES the slide. She didn’t want to pose for this pic and just wanted to slide down already!

Shrimp just wanted to gooooo

Oh, I LOVE this weather!

WW: Leap Year Edition – my lil fashionista

Happy Leap Year everybody! Well, what are we actually celebrating today anyway? Just adding a day to counteract some shift [in time and place] (just kidding…or not…just like that it made it sound very “Lost”-ish. Man I miss that show).

So, it’s Wordful Wednesday (WW) and I haven’t posted since the beginning of the month…crazy month, this February. I’ve missed posting about the NYGiants winning the Superbowl (gotta love Eli!!!), the LINSANITY that’s taken over the NYKnicks, Valentine’s Day, a visit from Mum, a trip to Chicago, working out and I don’t know what else. I hope to catch up on it all, but we’ll have to see. Time just loves to slip from me.

Anyway, let’s go ahead w/WW and just to add some cuteness to this page…Here’s my lil 4 year old fashionista, Razz:

My lil fashionista

Razz is our little “Posh Spice”. This is the “compromised” outfit for running to the grocery to get some water. She wanted to wear a dress or skirt. I said no and she pleaded saying it’s sunny and not that cold (which is true, but it’s VERY windy). So, we agreed to jeans w/a design so she looks “stylin”, pink and a flower in her hair. It probably took longer to put this outfit together and get it on that it was to get to the grocery store (it’s just up the block…not even 1/2 a mile away). Maybe I should have let her just wear her skirt. If this girl could wear skirts and dresses everyday, she’d be in heaven. She hates the winter because she needs to wear jeans or pants. She didn’t even like the fact that she had to wear tights IF/when I let her wear a skirt/dress, but she’s gotten used to the idea. Still, she wishes it was summer all the time or that we were in the Phlippines again (we were there this past November) so that she could always wear a dress or skirt. No, we are not looking forward to her pre-teen/teen years.

Fashionista in the making

Vest: Old Navy – fall 2011
Jeans: Old Navy circa 2008 or 2009 – hand me down from Beans
Hello Kitty Shirt: gifted
Black long sleeve: Target Circo shirt (w/christmas tree sparkly design)
Boots: Target – Circo circa 2008 – hand me down from Beans also
Flower in her hair: Hobby Lobby

In other news, I ran into these in the grocery and it put such a HUGE smile on my face. I’ve been looking for these everywhere and haven’t found them ANYWHERE since last summer. I had to buy overpriced DOVE Chocolate ones. These are probably my all time favorite (“junk”) snack (next to Terra Chips): dark chocolate covered almonds. Damn chocolate! Always messes up my working out and diet mo-jo…But hey, at least they are DARK chocolate ;)

Dark Chocolate Almonds

mmm…come to momma…

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WW: Rashes and Fevers and Hives, Oh my!

Well, it’s been a minute since I’ve done a “Wordful Wednesday” and it’s about high time I get back into it…So, let’s hope this gets me back in the groove with it..

Week 3 of the New Year wasn’t so grand for us.  A LOT of resolutions were broken…no work outs, no eating healthy, no family fun night, no blogging.  Still, laundry was done and the girls helped me pair socks, that’s gotta count for something.

So, what, prey tell kept everything at bay and amiss at the same time?  Our 16 month old, Shrimp.  The Shrimpie.  The Shrimpmeister woke up from her nap on Tuesday with a fever.  We gave her meds, she was fine for the rest of the day and night.  Fast forward to 2AM.  She woke up wailing and why wouldn’t she?  She was burning up…meds and milk, and back to sleep.  Now it’s Wednesday morning and baby girl keeps scratching.  I just think her eczema acting up.  I go to change her and lift up her shirt and BAM, baby girl’s got little red bumps all over. 
rashes turned to hives on her back
Have no idea what’s causing her to have all of this, but it just continues to spread throughout the day.  Gave her a small dose of Benadryl, but it wasn’t working. 

starting to look like weltsNext thing you know, the hives were all over her back and side AND were starting to connect and look like welts.  Her face starts to get splotchy, but not yet affected and neither are her extremities. 

Her fever is still around and hitting high temps…oh you know, 104.7 F…no big deal…YEAH, OK.  Plus, she started getting little red bumps on her arms and legs now too.  I took her into Urgent care where they diagnosed her w/an ear infection and possible Strep Throat b/c of her rashes(??? I never knew Strep and rashes/hives correlated).  They took a Rapid Strep test which was negative, but have no clue what the hives are all about now that Strep got ruled out.  I was told to give her a full dose of Benadryl every 6 hours and antibiotics for her ear infection AND let’s not forget the fever meds.  Usually, she doesn’t mind taking meds.  This time around, she is fighting with all her might and fighting so hard sometimes that throws it all up…

hives spread to her face
2 days later, the rashes are clearing from her back and neck area – where they were the most prominent on the 1st day. Now, they are spreading to her face.  I take her to see her regular Pediatrician on Friday and when we walk in there, her cheeks are red.  Immediately, he thinks she has “5th Disease” – the “Slapped Cheeks Syndrome“.  But mind you, she just started getting them on her face that day.  Still, he says it should pass and if she continues to have a fever on Monday, that I should bring her back.

Her face clears up by Sunday night…Her fever lingers a bit on Monday, but finally goes away. I think she’s finally out of the woods now (keeping fingers crossed!).

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Resolutions: Week 2 of the New Year…

Chutes & Ladders! In keeping w/our Family Resolutions,we played “Chutes and Ladders” last night. Of course, we had to wait until Shrimp took one of her quick naps because she was ALL over the board and game pieces. 4 year old Razz has been great w/helping w/the laundry by pairing socks!

Now, I didn’t add “more home cooked meals and NEW recipes” onto our Family Resolutions, but we are trying to do that as well. Last night’s dinner was slow cooked Ropa Vieja. It didn’t look as pretty as the picture from the recipe, but it wasn’t bad at all. It was a bit bland…definitely adding a little bit more salt next time.

Snow Sisters 2012As for MY resolutions, I have been more patient w/my girls, though I could be even more so I’m working on that still. I have been good w/my skincare routine and also looking more put together when heading out. As for exercise, that’s a negative, but it’s also because I’ve been fighting bad acid reflux lately so I spend a lot of time being all miserable and heart-burny. Then, we got SNOW yesterday – our 1st real snow of the season! That made jogging outdoors impossible and forget trying to get to the gym.

I still need to work on the letting go of the past thing, but all others are pretty much lining up nicely. Look, 3 blog entries in 1 week! WOOT! I even took pics while cooking yesterday! Unfortunately, no nice pics of snow…it was BITTER cold and windy. We only left the house to pick up the big girl from school. It’s also hard when I have my 15 month old to carry around b/c she can’t figure out how to walk on the snow yet and I wouldn’t let her anyway. The wind was blowing snow everywhere so the grounds were very uneven – one spot had barely a dusting…the next step had snow up half my leg! Hard to see from that pic, but at least you can see some spots where the grass is popping out and then you see the girls with their feet / ankles buried a few feet later!

So, how are you doing with your resolutions or were you one of those that “resolved not to make resolutions” (I’ve done that as well…hehehe).

Family Resolutions

So, it’s a New Year and if you’re like most of the rest of the world, you’ve made resolutions (as have I…see previous post). I actually broke some already, but not intentionally…but that’s another story.

Anywho, Angie over at sevenclowncircus and ebates tweeted about family goals and I thought it was a splendid idea! So, for us, nothing major…taking baby steps.

So here they are…Family Resolutions 2012:

    Girls (6 and 4 year old) will help me more w/laundry by pairing socks. Going to make it fun like playing Memory! Also, they like to fold pants, so they can do that as well.
    We will also incorporate Family BOARD Game Nights. Sure, we all play Just Dance (1, 2, 3 and Summer Party) on the Wii and other VIDEO games, but I want to bring back the BOARD games. We tried doing this a couple of years ago w/Beans and we kept it for a few weeks, but not consistently. pDaddy used the time to nap or play Modern Warfare (totally negating the whole premise of it! lol). So, now, we will designate WEDNESDAYS as game night b/c there’s something going on other nights (basketball, dance, etc.). We will play board games as a family starting this week and, hopefully, until a LONG, LONG time from now :) So, this week’s game? CHUTES and LADDERS :)

Did you make any Family Resolutions?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! NEW YOU! NEW ME!

OK, I’m back and I hope to be back for more than just a post here and there. It’s been crazy around my neck of the woods…First of all, we moved from NJ to Illinois! After 27 years on the fast-paced East Coast, we are now in the Heartland…the Land of Lincoln. I’ll get into more details in the future, I hope, but I just wanted to drop in and dust off some cobwebs first.

It’s a NEW YEAR and, like everyone else it seems, it’s a new year for a new me. Not only am I talking in a weight-loss sense, but just being more put together. On that note, here are my resolutions this year:

1 – Be more patient…especially w/my 3 daughters.

2 – Follow through w/skincare routine – I’m amazed at how often I have gone w/o washing my face at night / morning. My HUGE pores are a testament to that.

3 – Take care of myself more / be more “put together” before heading out – I work from home so it’s easy for me to stay in PJs all day. If I have to run out to pick up the big girl or to run a quick errand, I usually just throw on a sweatshirt and, depending on the season, wear my boots, sneakers or flip-flops. I need to take the time to put on a little make-up – even just eyeliner, mascara & lip whatever makes a difference! I need to put an outfit together and look put together. I need to do this, it actually makes me feel good when I look good (well, not to sound conceited, but you know…not like I just rolled out of bed kind of thing).

In 2011, I discovered youtube sensation Michelle Phan and OMG…she has inspired to put on my best face…or any face except the one that is drab. I know, she’s been around, but hey, I don’t know why I never took advantage of all the web had to offer (tutorials and such). I found her when searching youtube on how to do a “smokey eye“.

I also discovered some style bloggers and my fave is Tanesha. She is just amazing! This girl can put together any outfit AND isn’t a stick… The girl has curves and she loves them! She puts classic pieces together w/the latest trends and can mix and match high-end designers w/some affordable brands too! Besides all that, I think she loves peep-toe heels as much as I do! Enough exclamation points there?

Her fame has blown up in 2011 and she has her own billboard out in Times Square, but you know what? She STILL takes time to reply to the “little people” via her blog and/twitter! She just gained even more respect by doing that.

4 - Exercise at least 2-3x / wk for at least half an hour at a time. I need to get this “baby weight” off already! Shrimp was born in September of 2010. I weighed the most while pregnant with her and actually got stretch marks that I never got w/the other 2. She was a big baby, born at 9lbs 12.3oz so yeah, I was house while pregnant w/her. I cannot count the amount of times people would ask me if I had twins in there. In 2011, I lost weight and I gained some back. I cannot seem to keep the weight off, but I know what I need to do. I need to exercise more, practice healthier eating and portion control. I need to do all that and keep at it. I have been on and off w/twitter and blogging, but I’m trying to come back. I used to keep tabs on Zoot & Laura, but again, have been off the blogosphere. Well, I’m going to follow misszoot and laura closely since they are motivating me to get out there and move!

5 – Eat healthier and give up soda. Goes w/the exercise and weight loss. What I want is to gain a sense of pride, confidence, self esteem. I think all of that can be achieved once I get to a healthier me. I looked at myself in the mirror and almost don’t know who that girl is.

6 – Be more confident in myself, life and work. Again, this ties in w/exercise and weight loss for gaining confidence in myself. I need to also be more confident in my decisions in life as a woman, a wife and a mother. Sometimes, I find myself questioning things when I know I shouldn’t. I need to be more confident at work as well. Working from home for the past 6 years has taken it’s toll on me. I used to be aggressive, a “go-getter”, “on the ball”, etc. I don’t find myself there anymore. It’s hard when you are not surrounded by your peers and can’t lean on each other for things. However, I know what I know and shouldn’t question that. I do need to work on knowing more.

7- Focus more and not get easily distracted. With everything going on around me, this is going to be challenging. I work from home…I also take care of the 4 year old and 15 1/2 month old. I also have mommy-duties and chores and then wanting to do so much w/such little time. I have found myself, on more than one occassion, starting something and then going to do something else…like this blog entry. I started this, but then go back and forth between my girls and work. But, hey…that’s life. Life Happens. I just need to make sure I don’t get distracted w/menial things.

8 - Blog again…this poor home of mine on the interwebs has been left “undone” too long…

9 – Pay off my credit cards. I make this sound worse than it really is. I am actually at a decent place in my life when it comes to credit card debt. The crazy, college shopper has learned her lesson. I just don’t like having ANY balances on my cards, but know that, in order to build and get better credit, you need to use the cards and show that you can pay them off. There was actually a couple of years where I didn’t have anything on my cards and a couple of the lenders actually closed them due to inactivity! I had no idea they could that :(

10 – Pray more…I may not be all that religious (No, I don’t go to Mass every Sunday), but I still have my faith…I just need to get in touch w/that side more. I actually found a Bible at TJMaxx the other day. I think I may go back for it, though I think I want the one that has explanations in it…kind of like “Cliffs Notes” or something.

11 – Take more pictures! I have TOTALLY slacked in this area. pDaddy has gotten into photography more than I have in the past few years so I’ve become dependent on him to take the photos. I need to do this more though…especially since I’m the one home w/the girls more. He can play w/his 5D and I’ll take the good ol’ Rebel…If you know of any photo sites or weekly photo challenges, please let me know.

12 – Let go of the past…no holding grudges even after forgiving. For me, it’s always been easy to forgive, but I have a hard time forgetting.

Well, I think that’s it. What do you want to accomplish in 2012? Are you out there? If you are, HELLO! Welcome aboard or Welcome back :) Do share your goals in the comments, please :)

Hope that you and yours had a fantabulous holiday season!