Category Archives: Maggie

Monday Musings {v. 4}

Food Restrictions. Ugh. I found out earlier this summer that I have a severe sensitivity to gluten, dairy, tomatoes, mushrooms, and papaya (most random list ever I know, I don’t think I’ve ever even had papaya). I also have milder sensitivities to about 100 other foods, but I’m just focused on the severe ones. Not allergies, I don’t get hives, my throat doesn’t close, nothing like that. But for the last 10 years of my life I’ve been trying to figure out why I have constant stomach pain, am tired all the time, fatigued, and have awful seasonal allergies. Well, it would seem we found the culprit. I have been so staunchly opposed to the anti-gluten fad that it is a bit humbling that I now have to eat a gluten free diet.  I’m starting to see more and more research about how the blood tests that look for sensitivities are bogus and don’t work and it’s not real and blah, blah, blah.  But you know what’s real? The fact that after cutting out these foods I feel better, I have more energy, stomach issues for the most part gone (they’d probably be totally gone if I would be very strict about not eating the bad stuff). That tells me it isn’t as bogus as some people say. I’m realizing dairy is by far the worst. Which means no more cheese. Let me repeat that….no.more.cheese. No more yogurt, cheesecake, milk, ice cream, butter….nothing dairy. And I don’t care what anybody tells you, there is no substitute for ice cream made with heavy cream, it just isn’t there. I’ve tried them all and they just aren’t the same.  We don’t eat soy in our house since it can cause major health problems and is toxic for the human body, and if it is consumed it should be in moderation and certainly not on a daily basis.  But since we don’t really care for the taste or texture we don’t have it at all. Maggie drinks almond milk and loves it, I don’t drink anything straight anymore, nothing can replace a cold glass of milk.

As hard as it has been to give up all of my favorite foods, I am so very, very thankful that I have food to eat and that I don’t have a severe allergy to any of these foods. If I slip up it isn’t the end of the world. We are hoping that getting me on a diet that is healthy for my body and will reduce overall internal inflammation will help us in our journey with infertility. The result of having to change my diet has been pregnancy like cravings for foods I’m not supposed to have. As I sit here with my healthy bowl of quinoa salad with sweet potatoes and nuts I want a Big Mac. Now, Big Macs are gross (and yet so good), I can’t tell you when the last time I ate one was, because it’s not even real food I don’t think. But it is taking a huge amount of self control to not go get a Big Mac, or a Frosty with fries, that would also be good.  People have told me the longer I eat the new diet the less I’ll crave the bad stuff, but I don’t believe it…there are some things I don’t really crave anymore like…..well nothing.  I want it all, bread, cheesy garlic bread, milk.  Oh well, the family is eating healthier than ever, we are feeling better than ever and for the most part we are all happy about it.  Matt and Maggie aren’t on the strict diet with me but it has changed the way I cook and very rarely do we have something for dinner now that the whole family can’t eat.

Onward and upward from boring land.  Apple picking next weekend!  I’m so very much looking forward to the pies, cobblers, crisps and cakes to come (all gluten free of course….maybe 😉  Apple picking is something we’ve done every year since we’ve been together, and we still love it.  I’m excited because I’m pretty sure Maggie will be into it this year and I think I found a nice farm for us to go to.  It will be lovely to have a fun day with daddy after his business trip this week.  Keeping expectations lower than the basement is how we get through daddy not being home. I used to set all kinds of lofty expectations about whole house cleaning, surprise projects being done etc. when daddy was gone…and was always so upset, stressed, tired and overwhelmed when we picked him up.  So I have learned to just lower the expectations as much as possible, then lower them some more and then we are good to go!

Happy Fall Y’all!



So, not much exciting going on here these days…..just a girl growing more and more and more.  Sweet lady ma’am has a tooth.  At just over 5 months she cut her first tooth.  We’re waiting for it’s little partner to come in on the bottom and this second rodeo has been much worse than the first.  Anyone who has children knows how terrible it is when they’re cutting so it isn’t worth elaborating, but safe to say she’s been a sad little girl.

I have finally started kicking myself in the butt and working out and trying to be good about taking my vitamins.  Unfortunately I accidentally bought the stupid vitamins that require you take 3 a day to get a dose.  Then I bought another supplement to take with it, 2 pills a day, plus Vitamin D and Fish Oil coming to a whopping 8 vitamins a day…..ridiculous.  When Matt came down one day and saw me with a handful of pills his comment was…”What are you terminal?”…..fair point my friend, fair point. There is actually a pill missing from this shot.

And…we have 6 month pictures!  I cannot believe she is 6 months old!  I also apologize for the scandalous look of the wee one in these pics.  I got her all set up and did the photo shoot and then realized after she had gone to bed that she hadn’t had a shirt on and was supposed to have one of her little undershirts on, but I wasn’t even close to tempted to re-do it.

Escape from the Jungle

Mobile here we come!

Recently Maggie was playing on the carpet in her jungle where she stays put and I don’t really need to worry about it.  Well this is where I found her:

And my world is now turning upside down; I don’t think I’m ready for the mobile stage of life.

We had a wonderful Easter at home with just the 3 of us.  It was so lovely, the first day in quite some time we’ve all been home with no major chores to do and the last time it will happen for awhile.  So we got barbeque from our favorite barbeque pit, had some homemade carrot cake and enjoyed the Feast of the Risen Lord.  It was a glorious day.  Little Miss looked absolutely adorable in her Easter Dress:

                                                She’s taken to talking to me during her photo shoots as you can see

We also watched the Red Sox opener the other day, and Maggie loved it……

Naptime Monster

I really think we have the best baby in the world.  She has been sleeping through the night for quite some time now, she is usually very happy and content, doesn’t require much but the usual eating, diaper change situation.  At 7pm on the dot every night she is ready for bed, we do her nighttime routine, lay her down and have the rest of the evening to ourselves, she’s up at 5, eats, back down for 2 or 3 more hours.  She really is the best baby…except at nap time.

Something happens at nap time, someone comes and replaces my sweet innocent baby girl with a crazy screaming monster.  Little Miss has never been much of a crier, she usually yells intermittently to register her displeasure at something.  But at nap times girlfriend can go the distance.  We’ve had some pretty serious battles here, and she plays to win.  As I write this she is sleeping in her swing, because sometimes mommy loses.  It’s very obvious when it’s nap time and she needs sleep, and if she sleeps well during the day, she sleeps better at night, that whole sleep begets sleep thing.  She is a classic “if I sleep for 5 minutes and wake up I’m convinced that was a pretty solid nap” baby.  But even getting 5 minutes can be hard.  And I want her to nap in her crib.  I need her nap times to get things done, like, laundry, cleaning, sitting and drinking a cup of coffee in peace…maybe.  So I don’t want to get into the “I only nap if mommy’s holding me or we’re in the car” routine (clearly I’m probably the meanest mom out there)…  So anyway, our sleep battles are for naps, and sometimes she wins and gets to sleep in her swing.  

But in all honesty, as absolutely crazy as it makes me, I am thankful that Matt and I get to sleep all night, and I can only be annoyed for so long since she is so stinkin’ cute, and when she does nap and I go in to get her I am greeted with huge smiles and coos and just the most joyful little baby you could imagine.  So in spite of her craziness when it comes to daytime sleeping, I say we got a good one!

Of Avacadoes and Overalls

I made my first trip to Goodwill the other day.  Thrift stores scare me because I hate shopping, so sorting through racks and racks of clothes to maybe find a couple of items is one of my worst nightmares.  But then I had a baby who grows like a weed and it much too tall for all the seasonal clothes I have for her, and the clothes I do have that might fit are all little rompers for summer….so off we went.

It wasn’t that bad…it helped that Little Miss took her really, really long 2 hour nap for the day while we were on this trip.  I got 6 pairs of pants for her, which was really why we went.  Today she wore the overalls, which are so cute, and also make her look like a toddler.  When I bought them I figured they were going to be too big looking at them….but they just barely fit!  I cannot believe how tall this child is, it is ridiculous!  I think the other pants I got for her are longer, but we’ll see.  I’m very glad I spent less than $1 a pair at Goodwill rather than going to Target and spending $30 for all of them.

We have started big girl food!  The last week Little Miss has been very, very interested when mommy and daddy are eating.  She get’s what Matt and I call her “NoodleBug” Face.  Don’t ask why we call it that we just do.  She’s made this face since she was born, and she usually makes it when there is something new or interesting that she is very curious about.  We’ve been getting the NoodleBug face while eating.  We set up her highchair a few days ago and she sat at us with some toys at dinner but rather than play she was intrigued by us eating the whole time, so I decided it was time.  I went and got her some rice cereal today and a couple of avacadoes.  Here’s some shots from the adventure.

Well, not too surprising she was waay more interested in watching us eat rather than eating herself. 

She is starting to get a little bit better with it.  We are mostly settled in the new house, have been super busy transitioning lately, hence the non-blog.  But we can’t wait for the spring weather to get here!

And here is what daddy is greeted with everynight when he gets home:

This and That

Matt received, for the first time in years, a toy for his birthday.  His sister got him a toy helicopter for his birthday, and it has been one of the funnest (not a word but it’s appropriate) presents in a long time.  We’ve have spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to learn how to fly it and laughing hysterically.  It is usually the way we unwind in the evening after Little Miss has gone to bed.

Here Matt showed off major skills by landing the helicopter on the jungle….

           These pictures show the focus involved and unfortunately I missed it due to laughing so hard, but shortly after this he almost flew it into his face.

The thing looks like a giant wasp flying around our apartment, and luckily is incredibly resilient considering how many times we’ve crashed it into walls, counters, bookshelves and just had it come crashing out of the air.

Little Miss has been awake a couple of times when we have it out and sits there generally giving it the stink eye and probably trying to figure out why mommy and daddy get so silly when it’s flying around.

Maggie has a new goal in life.  It consumes pretty much every single waking moment of her day.  And that goal is to stuff her entire fist in her mouth.  She usually tries this even when she is eating, which has caused some interesting nursing times.

     This is how most of the day goes, she usually does this for a few minutes before choking when she actually accomplishes getting most of her fist in her face.

Checking out the newest object of her affections

                                     Why would you ever use a teether for teething when you could simply wear it and continue to work the fist?

In other news, this girl looks exactly like her daddy.