All aboard the Health Express!


Well, my vow to get healthier this year has yet to be broken!

I’ve been eating crazy-healthy — for the most part, ahem — and will be eating a tuna wrap and baby carrots for lunch today. For reals. 
That might not sound too extreme, but if you knew me in real life, you would be saying, “Wow!” My usual fare is more like, oh, I don’t know … a cheeseburger?
I’ve also be drinking mucho skim milk, attempting the occassional salad, taking the Materna every day, and getting more exercise.
I’m trying out a pilates class over the next couple of weeks to see how I like it — so far, not so much. It’s a bit slow-ish, and I like the heart-pumping feeling of a good cardio workout.
So today I am off to a consultation at the gym, to see if that will make for a better lunchtime routine. 
Geez, this child is not even conceived and already I am more motivated than I’ve ever been. Nice job, Unborn One!

Rebecca Eckler: Love her!

Just finished reading Rebecca Eckler’s Knocked Up … for the 8th or 9th time.

I also own Wiped! and Toddlers Gone Wild, and have read them each an embarassing number of times.

FYI, I am obsessed with Rebecca Eckler. I regularly stalk her website and blog, and am pretty close to e-mailing her to gush about her awesomeness. Once upon a time, I was also a journalist, so I know how the hate-mail comes in fast and furious, and those nice e-mails are few and far between.

Anyway, if you are thinking of getting knocked up, I highly recommend her books. Since I am the first of my friends contemplating it, reading Rebecca’s books is like chatting with a girlfriend who’s already been through everything.

Must log out now, and begin re-reading Wiped! Have to read ’em in order! Good night!

Dogs: Kids in training

My dog is my fur baby. I tell her so every day.

I firmly believe that dogs — and cats — are excellent training for real babies. They are a time commitment, a financial commitment. You need to love them, take care of them and be responsible for them.

So because I heart lists, here are the top 15 reasons that dogs are like babies:
  • You arrange your social plans around their need to eat/pee/poo.
  • You punish them when they are bad. Usually with time-outs.
  • You vow that they will sleep in their own beds.
  • Sleeping in their own bed lasted exactly two nights. Now they are in yours.
  • You buy them speciality food, and wind up re-heating some frozen crap for yourself.
  • You dress them in adorable outfits and accessories.
  • Sometimes even little boots.
  • You buy them a Doggie Stroller.
  • Your husband is embarassed by the Doggie Stroller.
  • You take photo after photo of them — and make Facebook albums.
  • They have their own Christmas stocking. And pile of gifts.
  • They have wicker toy baskets.
  • You take them in the bath with you, and they have their own shampoo and fluffy towel.
  • You arrange play-dates with other dogs.
  • The play-dates always end with your dog pooing on the floor of your friend’s home.

I’m sure my relationship with Little Dog will change once we introduce a flesh baby into our family, but for now, she is my yummy angel.

TTC to-do: Begin taking prenatal vitamins

CHECK!

Ha! This might just be the first thing I’ve checked off this mile-long to-do list. Was in the drugstore last night with Darling Husband, and made a beeline for the vitamin aisle.
DH looked a little wary as he saw me pick up the Materna, but I quickly explained that no, I not already pregnant — it is something you should take a year or so before becoming pregnant.

That is the case, isn’t it? Materna’s website says it’s important to take it at least 12 weeks before becoming pregnant, but meh, it can’t hurt — right? Hmm.

Anyway, it had the folic acid, which I know is important, plus all kinds of other good everybody-should-have-them vitamins, like A, C, all the Bs. So instead of just taking those little folic acid pills that my obsessed doctor keeps pushing on me, I thought this would be a better idea.

Took my first one this morning with my pancakes — it was gignormous and pink, but went down easily.

The package says to take it before conception (check!), during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding, so it looks like I will be taking these things for the next, oh, three years? At least? Better get used to it!

Drink more milk … or drop it completely?

Hmmm, confusion city!

Item #56o434 on the jumbo list of things to do — and things not to do — while trying to conceive seems to be drinking and eating more milk products. Most websites/books recommend full-fat dairy products (i.e. not diet-y), even ice cream!

Makes sense. When I was little, I heard that if you ate a lot of dairy when you were preggers, you would have a girl — and spicy food landed you with a boy. Haha if only it was that cut-and-dry!

Buttttttt while researching, I found a ton of other websites/books/random internet-peeps who said dairy was totally evil while preggers. They were totally freaking about supposed toxins in milk, and said all of the same nutrients could be found in veggies.

What side of the fence am I on? Hmm, how about the side that encourages Peanut Buster Parfaits?

Teeny tiny bedding

I WANT: Daisy Garden Nursery Bedding from Pottery Barn Kids
How adorable is this set??? I love how you could pull a wall colour from it so easily — maybe the soft green?
Plus the quilt-y-ness of it is deliciously old-timey. I could pretend I was Laura Ingalls Wilder, quilting up a little bed-set for Rose. Awww.
PRICE: $24-$79
BUY IT HERE

TTC to-do: Kick the birth control

So I almost did this the other day!

Yeah, almost. Just let me finish, OK?

I had finished my last pack, and placed my re-fill order at the drugstore. But then we had a snowstorm, I couldn’t pick it up, yada yada yada, and suddenly I hadn’t had a pill in two days.

So technically … I was off it … for two days.

I mentioned it casually to Darling Husband, and suggested that maybe I would just stay off the pill. The idea seemed refreshing. No more icky chemicals and screwing with natural, etc. Maybe I would even drop the 10 lbs that everyone packs on when they start taking the pill.

Let’s just say, DH did not agree. Before I knew it, we were parked out front of the the drugstore, and I was marched inside.

So for now, I’m pill-in’ it up. But when I run out and go back for the annual gyno-fun in the fall, I will not be getting a little yellow prescription!

Eeeeeeeeek!

Brown bags

In the last two hours, I have …

– Washed, cut-up and Baggied raw vegetables for lunches
– Made fruit salad for lunches
– Bagged lunches in brown paper bags, with name labels
– Laid out clothes for tomorrow
– Given the dog a “time-out” (complete with microwave timer, so she knew when it was over)

How do I not already have kids???

Won’t you be my neighbour?

Was home from work today, and actually watched an entire episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood. Quite enjoyable!

I had forgotten the hypnotizing quality of his voice! And the way you knew he was going to exchange the blazer for the cardigan, the shoes for the sneaks, and still had to watch to see him do it.

The best part is still when he plays the filmstrip thing about how something is made, on his oil-painting-turned-TV-screen “Picture, Picture.” I have never forgotten the clip about how crayons are made, with all the melting wax. It was fascinating. Today’s clip was about how zippers are made — not as interesting, but still decent. Except I suspect zipper-factories have been greatly modernized in the last 20-odd years.

P.S. As a child, I never noticed that he basically opens a drawer and lays the film-canister thing inside it. He is clearly not actually loading anything up — which is fine for kids, I guess, but as a techy-adult, I was a bit disappointed. The magic of “Picture, Picture” was lost.

The thing about Suri Cruise …

… is that she is picture-perfect, all the time. Here are the three most-important things I have learned from this trend-setting toddler …
  • Bangs are adorable. I know Suri has weekly hair appointments, and regular moms can’t do that, but still. God, I would learn to cut bangs, if my daughter’s hair could look that tidy.
  • Pants schmants! I love that she wears dresses all the time — except that one time she wore jeans, like a month ago. I mean, I love dresses. So why shouldn’t my kid love dresses? They are too freaking adorable on kids.
  • No sneaks, here. Suri always wears sweet little Mary-Janes, or sparkly ballet flats. Probably not super-practical for playground-ing (like she does that), but still precious! And did I mention that I have a Mary-Jane obsession? And that I buy one pair every season? Yeah, it’s shameful.

Can you imagine how she is going to take over the fashion world in 14 or 15 years? Maaaaaaajah!

No popped buttons here!

I WANT: Ingrid & Isabel’s BellaBand

This seems like an awesome invention. When you’re trying to squeeze into regular pants/jeans/skirts, you can wear them unbuttoned over your bump, and this cute stretchy-band keeps them in place.
Or if you’re finding maternity clothes too loose, it helps them fit snugly to your waist.
Genuis. I want!
Actually, I kinda want it now. It could come in handy on days when my skinny jeans feel just tooooooooo skinny.
COST: $33.99
SHOP HERE

Kiddie TV 101

I heart TV, I really do.
My taste runs mainly to trashy chick reality shows — America’s Next Top Model, The Simple Life, even the Denise Richards one — and retro chick shows — The Facts of Life, Kate & Allie.

But I also appreciate the finer points of childrens’ television. So, because I also heart making lists, here are the top 5 shows I’m kinda-sorta looking forward to watching as a mom …
  • The Berenstain Bears: I was a hugggggge fan of the books — and still have them stashed in my closet, for my future kidlets — and the show is just plain good. They deal with real issues like the “gimmes,” and snarfing too much candy, and failing tests. Hard-core. My fave was The Berenstain Bears & Too Much Junk Food. I am so going to be like Mama someday, going on a rampage and throwing the Choco-Balls in the freezer.
  • The Big Comfy Couch: I loved the Clock-run or whatever Lunette called that crazy stretch. I was always jealous of my little sister, because she could do it. Totally flexy. I find Lunette quite charming, and she’s probably my own age, which is cool. And the 10-Second Tidy probably — hopefully — teaches kids the importance of cleaning up …? Maybe?
  • Blue’s Clues: A talking salt-and-pepper shaker couple with a kid named Paprika??? Genuis! Not to mention educating kids about cooking, spices, etc. The last time I caught it, Cute Steve had been replaced by some kind of cousin or brother. It’s probably still good, though. I enjoy the squeaky “Buurrrr-wow?” noises from Blue. It’s kind of how I imagine my own doggie sounds. 
  • Sesame Street: Have not watched in aggggggggges, but liked it very much as a kid, so I probably still do. Do they still have Maria and Luis and the Fix-It Shop? How much has changed, I wonder? I know Elmo’s like a huge break-out star. He was never that big a deal back in my days — just another bit player on the big ol’ Street.
  • Barney & Friends: I haven’t watched it in years, but I’m guessing it hasn’t changed. I always liked the little Cathy one with the bear. And cute little Minn! I don’t know, something about this show just makes sense. Cute musical numbers, decent kid acting. I like it! Baby Bop and BJ annoy the crap out of me, but who knows? Maybe they’ve been written out.
Better warm up the DVR!