It is one thing to have to deal with those pretentious folks who share your major in college and at least have a little bit of an educational leg to stand on (although, those people annoyed the you-know-what out of me as well... just because we study film doesn't make us the end all be all experts on "good" movies) but when I get this from Joe Blow off the street, I just want to shake them. Really? Does listing all the so called technical errors, the supposed plot holes, the this-could-have-been-done-SO-much-better aspects of the film make you feel superior and knowledgeable? If you have the art of film making down to such a hardcore science, than please, by all means, go forth and make your magical, earth shattering, explanation of life film so we can all partake in the glory of what will clearly be the BEST MOVIE EVER.
And, where can I send my resume, because I would love to work on it. Obviously.
So this past week and a half I have been eating horribly. SO unhealthy... because we were traveling and it was easier and excuse, excuse, excuse. The thing is, I feel awful! (And in a completely different way than my horrid morning sickness is making me feel.) It just shows you that that kind of food is NOT GOOD FOR YOU, especially in large quantities. It makes you feel gross.
But now I am home and I am not going to lie... I have a fridge with some less-than-healthy choices and plan on indulging in holiday delights, however... I will also be eating way LESS than I have been and eating way more healthy in general. Back to reality... but in a good way.
Currently craving: Caesar salad and pineapple
Sophie took an extra long nap this afternoon which has been glorious. We had Little Gym this morning and when we were supposed to be spinning around with our babies (yeah right, I would have totally puked), I had to bow out and told Sophie to "Do a circle!" on her own instead. (This is the command she understands for turning in a circle.)
Then nicest thing happened today. Kyle and I were raised to say "ma'am" and "sir" and "please" and "thank you" and we always agreed our kids would do the same thing. So, we naturally always say "please" and "thank you" and instruct Sophie to. We even practice the sign for "thank you". Well, today, for the first time - with NO prompting- Sophie asked me for help and I helped her and then... she said "tank you!" And I have witnesses!! I was shocked! And I had been just about to say "Thank you" for her and she beat me to it!!! The mom next to me whose child is a month older was like, "How did you get her to do that?!?" I have no idea?! Apparently, repetition works, so use it, parents! What makes it even more astonishing is that I have only heard her use the words thank you, like two times before. I didn't even think she had them down yet. And you know, it may have been a fluke, but who cares? From flukes and happenstances come realizations and purposeful actions!
I officially have a bloated baby stomach. It is puffy and kind of hard and when I eat anything, it looks huge. I will feel more comfortable with a tiny baby bump in another 3 weeks or so.
Today at the grocery store, Sophie got tired of being in the cart and started yelling. Embarrassed, I let her out which could have been a very bad idea, but luckily today she helped me push the cart and walked around with her snack cup saying "Bye bye!" to everyone. Apparently, she couldn't be bothered to say "hi" first, but whatever. I also snagged her a free cookie and a free slice of rosemary potato bread and she preferred the bread... although, she -of course- finished off both. I wonder how much she weighs now? I am pretty sure it is a lot. I'll find out at her 15 month well on Thursday.
Could I be any further out in left field with the directionless-ness of this vlog. No.
Here are some photos for you photo lovers:
One) I want one pair of stretchy comfy pants I can slip into over the next month or so before I really get into maternity clothes for when my normal pants get annoying.
Two) Leggings are already a staple in my wardrobe, so they can be paired with all of my legging friendly tops. Win!
I got these from Motherhood Maternity and since I am all leg with just about the shortest torso ever, I always have issues with pants, particularly skinny styles, being long enough. These totally are!
I also slipped on that fake maternity belly and imagined my near future. It made me super happy/excited.
In other news, Sophie towers over other 15 months old. It is the first time I have noticed how tall she is. It is CRAZY. In the past 3 days, I have had 3 different people think she was closer to two. No joke. One woman made my day though, because after I informed her that no, Sophie was not about to turn 2, but was actually not quite 15 months and just tall, she calmly explained that no, it wasn't just because of her height, but also her mannerisms. * PROUD MOM MOMENT* Seriously, I keep RE-LIVING that moment. We get that type of thing sometimes, usually people say something along the lines of "She doesn't seem as 'babyish' as the other kids her age" and she really, really doesn't. I never notice this until we are at Little Gym or when we run into kids her age at outings. She just seems... older. Kyle and I think it is because of how communicative she is. And she doesn't just communicate well, but is expressive about it. Honestly, I have no idea how many words she says now. At all. Because she says so many, and new ones every day. Signing helps a LOT. We started teaching her the sign for Thank You over the weekend and on Sunday instead of signing it, she just said "Thank you" (well, it sounded like "tank yoo" but still). I mean, what?! And she says short sentences now, like "Hi, Jack-Jack" or "More Water" along with not so good sentences, but still complete thoughts like "Bottle Nap Nap" or "Blankie Night Night" for when she wants to go to sleep. (Yes, my kid tells us when she wants to nap.) Okay, I know I know, I am being annoying, but I am just SO PROUD of her. After discussing this the other day, Kyle was wondering what we were doing right with her to make this happen so we can repeat it and I told him, not that I think we aren't doing a good job -because we do try- but I think part of it is just HER. She is just good at getting her point across. =p
Our next kid may be a man (or woman) of little words. It all depends on the child.
And no, this doesn't make me miss my "baby"... it just makes me excited and amused. Okay, okay... I'll stop.
So everyone and their mother thinks I am having a boy. I have NO CLUE. According to the Chinese gender chart, it is a boy. It was right with Sophie. We'll see.
More later you guys! Please excuse my motherly gushing and any sleep deprived grammatical errors. =)
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4. Kaylee: Kayleebob
5. Dawn Star: couponista
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8. Cheryl: TheMomof6Boys
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12. Kelly: kellafornia1964
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16. Jen: Lifewith2
17. Marianna: Matelkokoko
18. Amy: MyLifeMyStoryMe
19. Kassie: MrsKLRivers
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24. Cassie: cassieconnell
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26. Erica: MrsEricaDeniseS [hidden channel]
27. Michelle: 1mitchypoo
28. Courtney: livenlife19
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I owe you all a blog post and I do have much to share, but for now this will have to tide you over b/c as soon as Sophie "wakes up" from the nap she is NOT currently actually taking, we are going to the Katy Rice Harvest Festival.
I absolutely think my daughter is beautiful. She is also hilarious. I think this is a winning combination.
I remember once in high school, a (cute,popular but stupid) boy told me I was "sooo funny!" and before I could bask in this compliment, he added, "but since you're pretty, you don't need to be funny."
The sad thing was that he meant it to be nice. Like I said, stupid. Anyway, I like that Sophie is silly and funny and laughs at jokes we make when she really is too young to get them but still wants to be a part of the fun. They say it takes an intelligent person to be witty. My husband is brilliant and also has the most fantastic sense of humor. We just have SO MUCH FUN. And Sophie fits right in. My hilarious, smart, and yes, gorgeous daughter. Why can't she be everything? She is, after all, everything to me.
Well, we did it. We reached 1 year. It is funny how you feel like that isn't going to happen. Alright, now here comes the crazy...
This doesn't make me cry! It doesn't make me nostalgic. It doesn't make me want to jump in a time machine and re-live it. I know, I know... I am weird. And no, it wasn't because we had a horrible year. On the contrary, actually. I just... I don't know how to describe it. I adored this past year, and yes, I do miss baby Sophia. I suppose I am just so stoked with the Sophia of Present that I don't feel that seemingly obligatory Motherly emotional reminiscent tug of "My Baby is Growing Up TOO Fast!" I DO think, "Whoa, that was fast... we really need to enjoy her NOW." And so, that is what I try to do. When I think back to my tiny Sophia, I smile. She was such a little wonder. And you know what? She still is.
So what does Sophia of Present do now? Well, more than I should spend time typing. I feel like she knows SO much. She has reached that stage -and I swear she wasn't there even a month ago- where she can be taught anything. She says so many words. And real words, not just our projected hope that she is saying the words. And she signed "more" perfectly for the first time over the weekend. She wanted more to eat. She understands the words and signs for "Eat" and "milk" and "all done" although she doesn't sign or say those words yet. She has said "All Done" (well, it sounds like "Ahh done") but I haven't been able to get her to say it again for the last week, so I stopped counting it. Her newest thing is to say "wow!" whenever some is neat or "whoa!" when something is exciting. She says these words perfectly. She stopped saying "Hi" and now says "Hello" ... and often puts her hand up to her ear to mimic a phone when she says it. Speaking of phones, she knows she has to hold them to her ear now... or our ear.
She learned how to kick a ball in little gym. She stands in the downward dog position and I think she will be doing somersaults soon as well as can now hang onto a bar and support her weight (both feats also learned in Little Gym). She dances constantly. She claps constantly. She blows kisses and shakes her finger "No! No!" when she doesn't like something or is mad. She can do all of the above on command, meaning she understands the words/meaning for the activities and not just the actions. She likes to climb onto furniture and sit, to be like us. She has a new toy car and first puts a doll or stuffed animal in and then climbs in herself shutting the door behind her.
She finally stopped calling balloons balls and said "bah-oon" in front of the whole family. She walks more than crawls, although crawling is still her go to motion when she wants speed on her side. She started hitting at us when she got mad or frustrated and we would correct her by saying, "No, no, Sophia! Gentle! Give kisses instead!" and now whenever she acts out physically all we have to do is look sad and say "hey!" and she stops and gives us a kiss. This is wonderful on many levels. One, it distracts her and makes her think and two, it is teaching her to -in effect- apologize and that violence is not okay. This is a big important accomplishment in our eyes. She is definitely more sassy (my polite way of saying naughty and sometimes annoying) but we know it is because she wants so badly to express herself and we are getting through it.
She started drinking milk and I expected pure pleasure and instead got indifference. We are working on phasing out the bottles (we decided not to go cold turkey). Her hair has gotten crazy and is beginning to turn into perfect little curls. She still has no teeth. Not a one, but her doctor said they are right below the surface. Her doctor also said her communication skills were more on par with an 18 month old. (See, it isn't just mom bragging.) She failed her vision screening so we have to go see a pediatric eye doctor. She loves other kids. And bubbles. And small dogs. And cake. And watermelon. And broccoli. And Diet Dr Pepper (don't judge... we let her have a teeny tiny slurp sometimes). And ice cold water. She actually loves all her drinks to be very cold, including her milk. She also loves to hide behind something and jump up and say "boo!" at you. Or not even say the boo part and just laugh instead. She figured out that she can blow on a harmonica and make noise and now blows on all her toys to see if they will also make "music". Surprisingly, some do. She will put toys away. She can spend 30 mins repeatedly emptying and refilling a bag, purse, etc.
Are you bored? I made myself stop. Seriously, our kids -all of them- are amazing. I totally underestimate how intelligent they are. I find that I am just constantly surprised by what she knows or does or understands. Today, I said "Look at that cute foot!" and she pointed at her foot. When did she learn that? Apparently yesterday, my husband informed me. "I taught it to her," he said, like it was no big deal. That's a big deal to me! She knows foot! And also knee. Don't ask me why he decided to teach her knee. The point is.... she knows stuff!
So in the words of my daughter, Sophie, whom I am obviously very proud of and in love with, "Wow!"
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Down 7 lbs since last Sunday.
I have lost 4.8 lbs since Sunday. Wow. This "Kyle Diet" (refer to last blog entry for reference) is totally working. And I workout every single day. No exceptions. Well, except for today because my muscles needed a rebuilding day. I eat tons and tons of protein. My splurges are 268 calorie parfaits with Dannon Light in Fit Vanilla Yogurt, Strawberries, and half a serving of Special K Low-Fat Granola and also frozen raspberries*. I am kind of mad at myself for taking so long to get this motivated. If I had been this disciplined it would have taken me way less than 6 months to loose 20 lbs. One thing I have done really right is the working out. This means every ounce I have lost will stay off longer and that my metabolism will be better as well as my over all health. When I loose weight and am not working out I endure way more weight fluctuations. Anyway, I am super stoked. And so is Kyle, since it is his "plan". =)
Oh, Sophia. Your towering height is astounding but is causing trouble in the form of "Things We Thought We Had More Time Before We Had to Worry About It". Things like climbing. Oh, the climbing. She looks like a little ballerina with one foot almost on point and the other leg suspended straight out in an attempt to scale the couch. She is also smart about it. Annoyingly so. She pushes toys, pillows, whatever over to the couches to use as a step up. She coyly comes to you for what you assume will be a cuddle but quickly - and sneakily- turns into a race to the top as she deftly uses YOU to climb onto the couch. She is determined, to say the least.
She has also begun to really mimic our words. "Flower," I told her as I pointed to the flower stickers above her dresser. "Plowerrrr" was the unexpected response. Really? I wouldn't go as far as to say she can say flower now, but she was definitely testing out the sound on her tongue. She loves to do this. And flower is not the only word she has tried to repeat. I think it because of her joy with sound that she is able to say all the words she can actually say. This is her forte. Her good area. The area she is excelling in. Speaking. I should have known.
Moving on with the speaking subject, since she is currently in love with all things "B" the majority of her words are "B" words. Ball (she also calls balloons balls whenever she sees them), Block (she doesn't say the hard "ck" part well yet, but it is there), brown bear (yup, a two parter), book (this also sometimes comes out without the complete hard k sound), ba-ta for bottle, and Bye is her newest. Kyle swears she was repeating the word Box, but I wonder if she was actually telling him Block. I don't know. She also says "Dada" and "Da-dy" , "MaMa", "NaNa" (for no no!), "Ack!" (for Jack, our dog), "Daaw" (we think she is saying dog but we could be wrong... she only says it around the dog or when she sees a picture of a dog so...), "Hi". I think that is it.... She doesn't have hard sounds like "Ffff" or "Kkkk" down yet, but geez, who cares? She is really communicating! Now, lately she has started saying "Ba!" conversationally and sometimes other people think she is saying something specific like "Ball", but since we are around her all the time we can tell when she is just using the sound "ba" to babble and baby chat with us or actually saying "Ball" etc. Of course, it becomes fairly obvious when a ball bounces by and she excitedly screams "BALL!!!!"
Oh my, so many words. Good luck. And please excuse the glaring typos as it is 1am and I am too tired to care enough to edit! =p
*I have discovered that diaper rash cream (Sophie has no diaper rash, but we still use cream daily) under your fingernail mixed with raspberry juice turns that area around your nail black-ish. And is really hard to wash away.
I ordered Sophie's birthday invitations! Exciting! (personal info is marked out... obvs.!) Front and Back:
I also bought my skirt for the party:
A safari feel, right? The only problem is that it fit perfectly when I tried it on, but I re-tried it on today and it was loose. And I am only down 1 lb since buying it, so I don't know? I did switch the skirts and belts out and I know I got the size I thought I tried on, but maybe I was mistaken and the smaller size was the one that fit? It is weird. But it is a clearance item, so I have got to go exchange it before they are all gone. Anyway, it is not really my normal style, but I really like it! I am pairing it with a dark brown tank top from Old Navy and those gold bird earrings you all see me sometimes wear in my vlogs. FUN! Just for kicks, here is Sophie's dress:
It looks really long in this photo, but it isn't in real life. And I am ordering her a matching bow from a girl online.
Alright, to bed I must go!
Check out the cute shirt my sister got me! I usually steer away from this look b/c of my funky waist line and large bosoms, but I think it is cute and slimming!
Ugh, I have been eating so well, or if not well in small amounts and tonight I ate a lot and it is KILLING my stomach. I feel so uncomfortable. That'll teach me.
By the way, for those of you who don't watch my youtube, I am doing this 30 day self-imposed weight loss challenge. Basically, I am challenging myself to a month of being hardcore to see just how successful I can be if I really put my mind to it. I am on day 8 and I will be checking in about it every 10 days. Minus tonight, I have been awesome!
Does anyone notice that no one says "B-log" for Blogs (which is actually comes from "Web Log") but a lot of people say "V-log" for vlogs? That cracks me up every time. According to wiki some people do pronounce it "Vee-Log" but seriously y'all, unless you also say "Web Log" or for some random reason "B-Log" than just call it a vlog. However, if you do enjoy writing on your B-Log, than by all means, also record something on your V-log, hehehe.
Okay, must sleep.
BTW: I promise to do my tagged/award blogs that I got ASAP! =)
Sophia's fever broke on Saturday and she seemed better. However, she was in a bit of a mood Sunday and we aren't sure if it was related. Then today she was in the same mood and so I am thinking either she is still getting over it and feeling down or she is teething. She is clingy, short tempered, and sleeping a lot... although she is fighting to the death to not sleep. I have got to be honest, she was very annoying today. I tried to keep in mind she was clearly not feeling well but it was very hard when she would whine to be held and then whine to get down and play and NOTHING - I repeat - NOTHING helped/worked/solved it. *sigh* I do love her to pieces and I really hope she feels better. It has got to stink to be a baby and have no idea what you want.
Before she got sick, she went swimming in her new blow up pool. I got it specifically because the bottom also blows up so it is super soft and squishy and I can use it on the patio. She had a blast. Or should I say Splash? No, I really shouldn't. Anyway, she also loved watching Kyle and Jack play in the yard. Yes, she is naked. It was just easier and I think she thought it was a super awesome outdoor bath.
(And okay, I had Kyle bring me the baby shampoo and I washed her off in it at the end! I killed two birds with one stone. Win.)
So for the first time ever -0ther than a cold-, I have a sick baby. It is just a viral sore throat, but ick! Sophia just feels down. I have to admit, she is a pretty easy sick baby. She is just eating less, cuddling more, and sleeping more (although a bit fitfully). And, as always, she prefers Mom. But she does that anyway. Honestly, this isn't a big deal, I just feel bad for her.
In other news, I am dropping weight! YES. I kind of stalled out for awhile even though I kept on trucking. I was getting annoyed when all of a sudden, the lbs just started falling off again. I seem to do that. Lose several pounds. Lose nothing. Then lose several more all at once. Then nothing. Repeat. Annoying, but at least the scale is moving in the right direction!
In other news, I have an adorable baby who enjoys crawling into, over, and under things.
Showing at the Studio Movie Grill City Center in Houston, Tx on June 8 @ 8:30 or June 9 @ 6:00.
And let me know if you are coming so I can say Hi!!! =)
So, for those of you aware of the inner workings of my life, you know that this weekend I took my first in the field film job since having Sophia. This weekend also happened to be the same one that Kyle was leaving to go white water river rafting. So... that meant the Grandma-collective was called in to watch the baby. Now that she crawls, I can't help but feel guilty that she is wearing them out.
Anyway... I did my equipment check on Thursday night:
That is a glimpse of part of my 10 grand worth of tax deductible equipment that I have been building on over the last few years. Note the green screen in the background... that had nothing to do with the wedding I was filming, but I was doing green screen test shots using my daughter as a subject in case we (film crew) need it for next weekend... 48 Hour Film Project. *gulp*
So, anyway... filming the wedding. It went wonderfully. There was no learning curve, I was immediately back in my element, knowing the exact weight of the camera, the best way to hide the wireless mic on the groom, how to peacefully synchronize with the photographer... it was great. My back hurt, I got bit by ants, I was sweaty, but it felt nice. There is something powerful and freeing about wandering around with a fancy camera capturing priceless moments.
Now, on to next weekend, where I and my film friends will be competing in an international film competition. We have done it before. We have won numerous awards. And we still get nervous.
It is so worth it.
My parent's are celebrating their 30th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow... isn't that amazing? And Kyle's parent's will celebrate their 34 or 35 next week.
Kyle and I will have been together for 11 years this June. Considering how young we were when we first started dating, that is pretty amazing as well. And we still like each other! ;) That picture is from our Rehearsal dinner over 4.5 years ago.
In other news, Sophie started to actually crawl! She only goes a few paces and then pops down onto her belly, but it is a definite crawl. And she seems so thrilled with the whole thing... love it!
However, today she was back to her normal self, which was wonderful. I had such a great day with her. Okay, honestly, even on her cranky days I still enjoy her, but I would be a liar if I pretended that her happier days weren't easier... they are!
Tangent: We had to lower her crib mattress all the way down on account of her a)being crazy tall and b) almost able to pull herself up. I get annoyed with how far down I have to lean over the railing to lay her down. =p
My newest addictions:
The lip gloss is tingly and a pretty color. Luna bars are a large reason I am dropping weight. I usually HATE bars like this (protein bars, etc.) but I am in love with these. I CRAVE them. They are not meal replacements, but add some lean protein (turkey, chicken, etc.) and maybe some extra dairy (string cheese, yogurt, etc.) and Bam! You have a super awesome meal that is perfect in conjunction to your workouts. And the way I workout, I NEED lots of vitamins and protein. I only like certain flavors though. And you all don't understand... I crave these more than I do ice cream or chocolate or something similar. It is crazy.
Mother's Day was nice, nothing super special. Since I just got a car, I didn't get a gift from Kyle (Sophie) but that was fine. I did eat fajitas and mousse cake and STILL lost a pound. Thanks for giving me an awesome metabolism, P90X!
So, this evening something hilarious happened. I was trying to change Sophia's diaper and put her into her PJs and she was -as she always is lately- trying to flip over joyously onto her tummy. Well, she manages to pull that off and she was lying there looking adorable the way naked babies do and I hear my husband walking down the hall. I tell him to brace himself because he is about to walk in on the cutest thing ever. Right when he gets there and looks, Sophie starts to pee. A lot. Kyle just looked at me like "Why?! Why would you show me that?!" That definitely gave me the giggles. He had to stand her up so I could wipe her down and clean/sanitize her changing mat. Kyle took the opportunity to work with her on turning a light switch on and off (he does this a lot) and she stayed free as a bird (naked) the whole time. Adorable.