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Today we took Christopher to get his first haircut…

The "Before" picture

Waiting patiently with Dad for an hour!

Driving the taxi chair and watching Sesame Street.

Watching in the mirror, he couldn't quite figure out what was going on.

Almost done and starting to get tired

We made it through the whole thing and then had a melt down but, at least our hair looks good!

A few tips for your first haircut…

  1. Make sure your little one takes a nap and has lunch first
  2. Make an appointment so you don’t have to wait an hour!
  3. Bring a pacifier or lovey

If you go to Cool Cuts 4 Kids they give you a 1st haircut certificate and collect some hair for you to keep.  Overall, Christopher was great and now he looks like a little man!


I’m officially making the announcement…Christopher is going to be a big brother!  Yup, we’re pregnant!

As of yesterday, I am 12 weeks pregnant with Baby #2 and I am so excited.

I know what you’re asking…”Christine, were you trying??  What about the preeclampsia??  Are you sure??”

Well, sort of.  If Mark had his way we would have been pregnant 6 months ago and I was definitely not ready for that!  We weren’t actively trying yet and we weren’t actively preventing either.  We were going to start trying after Christmas but, like most things in this family it happened a little earlier than planned.  But, like I said, we are so excited.  This pregnancy is like night and day from the last one but, more on that later.

As far as the preeclampsia goes, yes I’m scared.  But, the way my OB described the situation is how I’m thinking about it.  Basically, I have a 30% chance of developing preeclampsia again.  That means that there is a 70% chance that I WON’T get it.  He also said that typically if  you do develop it again, that it is moderate and doesn’t develop until 35-38 weeks.  That being said, I am a high risk patient.  I will be monitored more carefully and have more appointments.  At week 26, when my symptoms developed the first time around, I will start having more checkups and sonograms.  As my doctor said Baby #2 will be on-screen a lot!

I will also be purchasing a blood pressure cuff so, I can check my BP every day.  That way I can tell if  something seems off and I can get in to see the doctor earlier if needed.  The most important thing… I’m not working this time!  Yes, I am chasing a toddler around but, I’m not unloading trucks and dealing with retail catastrophes.

And am I sure?  Are you ever really sure?  I had a friend that described giving birth as being at the top of the roller coaster and not being able to get off.  I think that most people feel like but, I am completely sure that this is right.  I am completely sure that I am supposed to be a mom of two.  Do I want to be sick and fat, not really, but, it’s totally worth it.

I will definitely keep everyone updated on what is going on this time around.  Being pregnant while trying to keep up with a toddler is definitely an adventure!

Christopher has always been a great eater.  Many of my friends have said they’ve never seen a baby eat as much as he does.  When he was 8 months he could eat half a sweet potato and a whole banana in one meal.  It was crazy.  He’s never been a picky eater either.  He’s loved all things fruit, vegetable, and even meat.  Lately, though he’s become really picky.  He’ll only eat meat, fruits, and breads.  He won’t get near a vegetable.  Every now and then I can sneak a green bean or a carrot in but, 9 times out of 10 he’ll clamp his mouth closed and shake his head no.

At first this was kind of cute in an “aww, my child is throwing his vegetables on the floor for the first time” kind of way.  But, it’s been about a month now and it’s no longer cute and my dog is starting to get fat from all the extra food she’s getting.

So, I started my search for ways to include vegetables in Christopher’s diet without him noticing.  Today, I tried Zucchini Carrot Muffins.  Since he loves all things bread, just like his mom, I figured that these might work.

Not only did they work, Mom and Dad liked them too!  This recipe makes 24 muffins.  I baked 12 of them and put the other 12 in the freezer in their tin.  I’m going to take them out and put them in a freezer bag once they’re frozen.  We’ll see how they bake later.

Zucchini Carrot Muffins adapted from

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup ground nutmeg
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease 24 muffin cups.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, applesauce, yogurt, sugar, honey, and vanilla. Mix the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Fold in the zucchini, carrots. Scoop into the prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

These turned out better than expected.  Christopher had one for a snack and then another with dinner.  Woohoo!  I also had an extra zucchini left that I used in a homemade chicken noodle soup.

I forgot to take pictures while in the process but, here is a picture of the finished product…after we ate some!

Over the holidays we stayed with my husband’s parents.  For Christopher it was a new adventure; two more dogs to chase after, a more sturdy tv to bang on, new hallways to explore, and a gigantic parrot living in a parrot condo in the kitchen.  As first-time parents, Mark and I didn’t even think to suggest babyproofing anything.

The cool thing about staying with family, especially one with two brothers, is that there is always some one that wants to watch your child while you take a shower or pretty much anything else you want to do.  THAT was awesome.  The not so cool thing…

It’s not your house.  You don’t know what cool adult toy is going to attract your child, or which electrical outlet he is going to go for next.  At your own home, you have had months of watching and analyzing every move he makes so you know where to strategically place the sofa to cover the fun curtains or where to put a gate so he doesn’t magically disappear into the kitchen.

We’re lucky because Mark’s parents have a pretty good set up, a huge living room where Christopher could roam around and play.  The only downside…two exits.  One exit went down a hallway where all the doors were close, not a big deal.  The other led to the dreaded kitchen.

Those of you that know me, know that I have a severe dislike of getting my hands dirty with anything food related.  UGH, I can’t even think about it without getting grossed out.  I NEVER let Christopher play in my kitchen mainly because it grosses me out to think of anything getting on his hands.  Not because I’m worried about him putting it in his mouth or getting germs, just because I think having food on your hands is gross.  So, having an open entrance to the kitchen was just killing me the whole time because you know that if he gets a chance to escape that’s exactly where Christopher will want to go.

So, the first week went by without any problems.  There was a lot of, “Christopher, stay in this room. No, Christopher.  No, sir.  Stay here please.”  But, other than that he didn’t pull the Christmas tree down or get electrocuted from sticking his fingers in an outlet.  It was pretty good.

Until week 2.  We had three days left of the trip and I was starting to think we were going to make it.

Remember the giant parrot in the giant parrot condo in the kitchen?  Now, birds apparently are cold-blooded animals and domesticated giant parrots can’t live outside during the winter because they’ll freeze.  So, Lucy the giant parrot lives inside, in the kitchen, during the winter.  Up until this point, Lucy was just a giant parrot making a lot of really loud noise.

Then came the Bird Warrior.

Remember the aforementioned exit to the kitchen?  Well, I was in the bedroom and Mark was in the bathroom and I’m not really sure where everyone else was but, the Bird Warrior escaped into the kitchen and what I think happened was that he tried to pull up on the giant parrot’s giant parrot condo and the giant parrot really didn’t like that so, she bit him.

What I experienced of this incident?  Loud yelling and screaming and thinking that he pulled the tv down on himself.  When I came out the poor Bird Warrior was sitting on the sink with Grandma and Uncle Mike screaming and bleeding.  Obviously, the giant parrot won round 1.

We decided to take the Bird Warrior to the ER to get checked out and the bites, yup there were 4, were not as bad as they looked.  And, since birds are cold-blooded, there was no chance of nasty rabies or anything like that.  At least, that’s what Animal Control told us.  When someone comes in with an animal bite the hospital has to call Animal Control.  It was all very Cops-esque.

Bird Warrior was bandaged up and we were out of the hospital within 2 hours.  We had to learn how to rebandage him and keep the wounds covered until they healed and also had to give him antibiotics.  But, it’s been a little over a week and he seems to be doing fine.  I think this little incident has sealed his left-handedness though since, the battle scars are on his right hand.

The lesson Mark and I learned, bring a baby gate with you where ever you go.  Not just one of those stick-them-between-the-doorway gates either.  One of those baby corrals.  After the ER we went and got one and the next three days were awesome.  Not only that, but we didn’t have to keep saying NO to Christopher over and over again.  Plus the corral doubles as a great wrestling ring for your brothers-in-law!

We brought the corral home with us and have put it up in our living room.  You can use it as one long gate, which is what we’re doing with it.  It gives Christopher his own play area in the living room where he can’t reach the tv or anything else that he can pull down on himself.  It also gives him enough space that he can be independent even though I’m sitting in the play area with him.

As for the giant parrot, I think she may still be in the garage.