Friday, November 30, 2012

Fixed

I had my iPad all of 3 days when I decided to take it out of the case to admire how beautiful it was. Then I got a text message and was answering it when it happened. My phone slipped out of my hands and on to my iPad from all of 4 inches away. CRACK! My iPad screen shattered.

I have been living with my cracked iPad screen for almost a year now when HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME combined with THANK YOU GROUPON finally merged into a fixed iPad screen from the coolest little shop in Garland - Phone Fix !

And since I do all of my blogging from my iPad I've been MIA since last week when I dropped it off for repairs.

So, since it's been a week since my last post - let me try to fill in the gaps.

Thanksgiving was -- filling! It was just the 3 of us and a friend of Tony's from work - so we had a LOT of food to eat by ourselves! But we were up for the challenge since our cleanse had left us hungry. :) I made my favorite Pumpkin soup recipe and I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this soup. We had plenty of other amazing food items and I am seriously turning into a cook, guys. I can actually make food and like to cook! I know, who in the world am I?

On another note - for my birthday I got a new phone. This Apple loving family has gone rogue. I am now the proud owner of the Note II. I LooooHOOOOOVE it! The screen is SO huge. It can perform some cool tricks (cool tricks!). But there is one problem. The camera. It doth suck. A lot. AND, my pictures no longer sync between my phone and iPad making adding pictures to my post that much harder. I had totally streamlined this blogging business and now I have to go back to uploading pictures to the computer and then posting them. UGH. I guess it's back to the real camera for now.

Lastly, for now, I FINALLY have a school update! On Monday Miles finally went back to school after being sick all Thanksgiving week. SO.... I got a chance to talk to his teacher. I tried to be really nice and act like it was no big deal - "Ms. Teacher, I just wanted to let you know that Tony and I talked about it and we really don't want to make a big deal about Miles touching his belly button right now. We really don't want him to think it's dirty. If it's still a problem next year we can do something then. I know I'm babying him, but he's my baby!" She said, no problem - if you don't want me to say anything to him, I won't. And she seemed okay. She did snap at another kid, I think maybe because she was frustrated. Or maybe that kid had been ignoring her all morning. I don't know. I'm not in love with her.

On Tuesday afternoon when I picked Miles up she excitedly told me that he learned how to open his napkin! Hooray! I'm sure it was ALL time we spent working on it at home that did it! And by all the time at home I do mean none. 0. Zip. Zilch.

Yesterday I got Miles school pictures that were take 4 weeks ago. Guess what he's doing in almost every picture. Touching his belly button. Ha!

Next week is the school Christmas performance. OMG I can hardly wait I'm so excited!

Today was the Children's parade right outside our window downtown. I will be posting pictures as soon as I get them off the real camera. Sigh.

Enjoy your weekend everyone! It's going to be almost 80 degrees here... I guess we will be heading to Klyde Warren!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Birthday to me!

First of all - thanks to everyone who offered advice and an opinion about my daycare debacle. To those of you who voted that the teacher is right and I should make him stop touching his belly button now - I'd love to hear your thoughts and reasons behind it. Really I would. If I'm being crazy I, I'd like to know it! Most of the time. :)

Anyway - I haven't gotten a chance to talk to his teacher yet because all weekend Miles had a fever and woke up feverish and coughing again yesterday. He's doing better today, but still coughing up a storm. And since Tony has the week off, he is staying home with him to let him rest and get 100%.

So, for my birthday I'm putting off any and all confrontation! And instead I'm making a French Dip and Sangria off my Pinterest board and enjoying the calm before the storm that is Thanksgiving Dinner.

I've been prepping for Turkey day and just the prep work alone is more work than I imagined! Thankfully this Cleanse we just finished got me used to spending time in the kitchen!

Speaking of the Cleanse (nice segway, huh?) we are finally finished!! 21 days! They were not kidding about 21 days making a habit, though. I love being in the kitchen now, reading a recipe is no longer like reading French to me. And Tony and I are definitely making healthier choices when it comes to food. Most of the time. Yesterday I almost finished a bag of dark chocolate covered pretzels. Totally worth it.

Tony ended up loosing 20 pounds and I lost 8! There were 2 pants that I was struggling to fit into before this cleanse - and they now slip on like a glove! So, in the end - totally worth it!

In other news - it's my birthday today!! (Have I mentioned that yet? I feel like maybe I have! :)) For my birthday I'd like a magic cleaning fairy for my loft. A magical foot rubbing fairy. And (another) magical bag of chocolate covered pretzels!

I guess I'll just have to settle for my new Note 2 that Tony bought me over the weekend!!!

And cuddle time with this cutie!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Belly Button

While we're on the topic of strict teachers I really need to ask for everyone's (anyone's) opinion.  I added the poll to the top of the page (so we can see the results! - But now we can't see the question - which is - Do I Take Away Miles' Belly Button?).  PLEASE VOTE!  I'm just so confused and not entirely sure what to think - and really I need some outside help.

Today, after the napkin incident, Miles' teacher told me that we have a problem.  She said she noticed that Miles likes to play with his belly button -- a lot.  And she said that it is not okay for him to do that.  In fact, as she was saying this I was holding Miles and she saw him doing it again and told him - "No, no.  We don't do that.  That's dirty."  Assumably saying that his belly button is actually dirty, I guess. 

Miles has been doing this since probably around 3 or 4 months old.  It's a soothing mechanism for him actually.  He never took a paci or sucked his thumb, instead he's always soothed himself by playing with his belly button.  It's nothing crazy - all he does is have his fingers on it playing with it and/or rubbing it.  You'd barely notice unless you were paying attention.  He's so obsessed with it though, that I had to get rid of all his onsies early because he couldn't play with his BB with them on.  He normally rubs it right before he falls asleep, but at other times too.  When he's bored and/or stressed.  And I've never thought twice about it.  If anything, I find it adorable, but I'm his mom so that's no surprise.

So imagine my complete and utter shock when she said that I need to tell him no and make him stop.  I was floored.

So I asked her why!

She explained that in school this would be a huge problem.  They will absolutely not let him do that in class in kindergarten.  Then she relayed a long story about a boy who liked to play with his privates and how that's a big no-no.

But, this is is BELLY BUTTON!  And it is most certainly NOT dirty!  I'm not even sure where that part came from, but just thinking about it makes my blood boil.

I tried to explain that and argue with her, but Miles had had enough and jumped out of my arms and left the classroom.  In my shocked state I didn't even know what to do, so I just said sorry and left.

So, this is where I need some help.  Am I crazy for thinking that it's no big deal WHATSOEVER for Miles to play with his belly button whenever and where-ever he wants?  Do schools really regulate that you cannot touch your own belly button??  And lets say that kindergarten will require that - isn't 2 a bit young to start enforcing this rule?  Especially since it's his first week and he's stressed and confused and now your also taking away his only comfort?  AND on top of all that - am I insane to think that this teacher has no right to call my son's belly button dirty?!  The NERVE!!

Despite all this, I do like everything else about his teacher.  And maybe she just thinks she's following the rules.

So, do I say something to her about it?  Or do I have to restrict his belly button from him?

Learning

Miles has now been at daycare for one week! Drop offs are still hard. He cries and it breaks my heart. Lingering makes it worse, but just shoving him off to his teacher and running out while he cries seems extra harsh. So I leave the school broken-hearted and feeling miserable no matter what I do.

Lately I've taken to hiding in the hallway until he stops crying just to make myself feel better. It's silly, I know, but he never cries for more than a minute or two... and I just can't stomach walking away while he's crying.

A few times he cries as soon as I pick him up. I don't know if he's holding that grudge until I get back - and seeing me makes it all fresh again. Or, if he's crying with relief. But either way, heart = broken all over again.

His teacher insists that he's doing good and learning the routine well so far. She just seems a little strict and he's only 2! I go back and forth between -- he's still a baby - she needs to lighten up on him AND he can't be coddled forever though -- on a daily (if not more frequently) basis.

But... the good news is that he is learning SO much already. It's only been a week, but I can see such a change in his behavior. He's acting like a big boy more and more every day. He's talking much more - the other day he busted out with "Oh NO" when he dropped something. I'm sure most of you are shocked that he hasn't said this by now. And it is what it is - he hasn't. But I think school (and probably just the fact that he's getting older) has brought it out of him... FINALLY!

He even looks the part -- all grown up!

He's doing things like - walking down our hall to the door with his hands behind his back (like he has to do in line at school), sitting down to eat his meals at home, playing with his puzzles at home ALL the time now, clapping and saying HORRAY constantly (I'm assuming his teacher does that), and saying "oh, oh ya" over and over again (another thing I'm assuming he learned from his teacher).

I know he'll continue to get better and better. And I'm glad he's going so he can play with the other kids and learn. I just really struggle with their expectations sometimes. Today his teacher told me that I need to work with Miles to help him learn how to unfold his own napkin at snack time. What.On.Earth?!

First of all - he's been there all of 5 days and he's learning literally hundreds of new things every day - from circle time (they have to sit this far apart from each other, with their hands in their laps, criss cross, quietly) to all the required eating structure to the basic class structure and his teacher is worried because this ONE thing he's refusing to do?! SERIOUSLY? Give him another week at least before you try to make me feel like he's "slow''. Kid just doesn't care about opening a napkin right now. He's probably over-whelmed with everything else!

And secondly - it's a freaking napkin and he's TWO! We really have to make this an issue!?!?

Third - I could MAYBE understand if he had trouble with his dexterity in general and opening the napkin was a suggested way to help his dexterity improve. But - no. It came down to the fact that all the other kids have to open their napkin and wanted to know why Miles didn't want to open his.

And finally fourth - SHE'S the freaking teacher. Am I not paying HER to teach him those things?! If it's so important to her that he do it, she needs to teach him. I'm not all that worried about napkin-opening skills right now so I'm gonna leave that to her since it's her JOB and she seems to be worried about it.

Obviously I need to take a chill pill here, but common. I just feel like this has the potential to get out of hand. Like those commercials to teach your children how to read at the age of 2. Ok, I see that it's possible - but I just wonder - WHY? Why teach them to read at 2?? Aren't they just going to be bored in Kindergarden at public school?? And then get in trouble? Let them play. Don't fret over the unfolded napkin. At 2 it should be about singing songs, playing games and having fun. Yes, he should be learning also... I just want there to be the right balance. And if she's worried about napkins so much I don't want the expectations to be so high that at the age of 2 Miles already feels like a failure. I just want him to play and have fun until I can get him and coddle him some more.

Maybe even extra for leaving him there in the first place...

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thankful

Last week DMB did a tribute post to the husbands behind blog. It was so sweet, and a great idea - but I didn't say anything about Tony. I saw the request for info in the morning and then didn't have a spare second to send anything over to the one putting it all together -- since I had work, a diet to shop for, Miles wasn't feeling well, and I had to make Salmon for the first time ever. Side note - I keep trying - but I still hate fish. :(

But I have so much to be thankful for when it comes to my awesome husband that I couldn't resist putting something up here. Feel free to skip this post if you don't want to hear this kind of mush! :)

When I first met Tony one of the first things he told me about were his 2 kids! He pulled out pictures and bragged about them. I didn't realize at the time - but that should have been my fist hint at the kind of man and father he is - his kids are always first and he is such a proud and loving father to them!

Bragging on his kids is one of his favorite things to do, in fact. I love hearing him comment about how funny he thinks they are, how cute, how thoughtful, how fun. And it's so great for them to overhear how much he loves and dotes on them!

Besides being a great father, he is also a wonderful husband, partner, supporter and friend. Every post I write for the Dallas Moms Blog - I ask him to proofread. Every funny or interesting thing that happens to me - I can't wait to share with him. He is always there to help me with anything and every thing - from dishes to bath time to making dinner. I could not be more grateful for all that he does around the house.

And, he is such a hard worker and loves his job -- which makes me so grateful and happy.

On top of all that -- he happens to be the funniest person I know. I think a lot of wives say that about their husband - but if you know Tony, you'll agree -- he's absolutely hilarious. If you don't know him yet -- just wait to meet him and you will laugh your butt off!

Don't get me wrong, sometimes we drive each other absolutely insane, but I know I have a partner and friend for life and for that I count my blessings every day!




PS - be sure to check out my post at Dallas Moms Blog today!  I'm writing about the new park in downtown Dallas and all it's features! 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Annoying

It's so annoying when people go on diets and health kicks and won't shut up about it. I just wanna eat my Doritos in peace without hearing/reading about someone else being obsessed over their weight.

So, I'm going to try my hardest not to talk to much about this Beachbody's Reset we are doing. It's just that it is consuming my life right now and I can't not talk about it. Just a little. And I promise to try not to be too annoying about it.

It's 21 days and it's annoying. But, it's also good and I think it's completely changing the way I think about food. I hate meal planning, I hate cooking and I hate worrying about food. I wish I could just take a pill and feel full. (Turns out you can, but those are really bad for you.) But this Reset is kinda changing all that.

I'm spending no less then 3 hours in the kitchen every day now. Preparing dinner and lunch and breakfast for the next day. I'm chopping fruits and veggies like crazy. I'm washing and preparing quinoa. I'm adding fresh herbs to food and using coconut oil like I know what I'm doing. I hated it 2 days ago, but I'm starting to get used to it actually. (Maybe like it even, but don't tell Tony otherwise he won't help me :)!)

The problem is that this food prep and planning is so new to me that I it takes me longer to figure it all out and actually do it. I'm constantly planning a day ahead and making sure I have all the food and then worrying - how am I gonna fit the prep time in?? But it's working out and we are eating healthy food that's good for us. And for me, that's new!

Here's dinner from Tuesday night. Bev made these sushi rolls from scratch and they were AMAZING! (Also, I wonder how many shots of my jaw unhinging can I really have on this blog??)






The rolls had Tempeh in them and I don't even know what that is, but baked crispy it was really good.

Last night we had stir-fry veggies, cucumber and tomato salad and quinoa. I couldn't even finish the salad.



Miles wasn't impressed, so I gave him chicken nuggets instead. But only because he's been refusing to eat for the last 3 days and I was desperate for him to eat something.
Rocky is desperately waiting for Miles to drop something!

Things are about to get really hard next week when we go mostly vegan. So, we'll see how we do then. But for now, I think I'm building some good habits that I really needed. So at least there's that! Oh, and I lost 3 lbs.

But I promise not to get too crazy! As soon as we're done I plan on making my absolute favorite Pumpkin Soup as a reward. It's seriously the most amazing soup ever and I make it every year for the holidays!

But I will definitely be making the sushi rolls again. And the veggies. But maybe not the plain quinoa though... that was terrible...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bad Parents

So, we are totally bad parents and skipped Halloween this year. Miles wasn't feeling well and Tony and I are doing a very strict 21 day reset/diet (Beachbody's, if you're interested) so we just pretended like it didn't even exist.

I only feel slightly bad about it.

It's just that Miles is the most stubborn child in the world and the thought of dragging him door to door to ask for candy just makes me want to crawl under the covers and cry. He would not understand, not care, and not cooperate - I'm certain. So I gave him a sucker from the front desk candy bowl at our loft and we played trains instead.

I did buy him a $5 costume from Kid to Kid, and he loves the hat and sword!! He's been playing with it for the last week - so there's that!

Maybe next year will be better! He'll understand and care and want to cooperate. I hope.

In other news - Miles started back at daycare today. He had no fever and was in a good mood, so I dropped him off with high hopes!

We got there and he bawled.

I left to him screaming and crying. And when I called 15 minutes later to check on him, I could still hear him crying in the background. But it sounded more like a mad, "let me do what I want" cry instead of a 'heart-broken where's my mommy' cry (if you know what I mean) so I tried not to let it bother me.

Of course it still did.

When I picked him up at 11:45 he was the last kid sitting at his table eating lunch. He refused to eat while the other kids were eating. The teacher even asked me if he could eat on his own. LOL. Yes, he can. He's just stubborn.

He ate a few bites for me.

Technically he just licked the katsup, but I'll take it.

The teacher said he did good (they always say that) and that he's a good boy and he'll learn the routine in no time! But... she also said "he is STRONG!"

HA, tell me about it sister!

She was trying to keep him in the room because he kept trying to leave and she was afraid he was going to brake her arm! I'm sure that's a bit of an exaggeration, but then again maybe not. This boy has his daddy's muscles for sure.

But I can't tell you how happy I am to have him going back here! It's a bit extra for me to drive, but it's beyond worth it. Every single one of the teachers is sweet and kind and happy every time I see them. I caught two of them high-fiving each other as I left with big smiles on their face. And the director personally called me around 10 am just to let me know that Miles was doing great. No other reason - just "Hi, Miles is doing great! Bye." I loved it!

It makes my heart happy to have him go someplace so happy and where I feel totally comfortable. I just hope tomorrow's drop off goes more smoothly...