Author Archives: Maria

Baby: Month 3

The other day I was reading a post about good toys to spark imagination. Yes I know it’s too early to be thinking about such things but those are the types of things I google during 3am feedings (which have kicked back up after disappearing since week 6). I guess she’s going through what they call sleep regression? Missy use to sleep from 10p-6a but now goes to bed at 9p and wakes up at 3a to feed. It’s not hellish, just a little groan-inducing but hey, it’s what babies do, right? They change and grow and my job is just to roll with the punches!

Speaking of which, omg, she seems to grow leaps and bounds lately which leads to some serious tantrums. Her nickname has gone from Narco (short for narcoleptic) to Tiny Tyrant because sometimes she can be a little unnerving when she goes into her seemingly random fits of rage. The other night my mom was watching her while I picked up dinner and I walked into missy having a fit and my mom looking helpless as she wasn’t taking the bottle or pacifier. Meanwhile I’m like, “Listen here kid, calm down! You are going to be OKAY!” And after I put her in the sling (we have the boba wrap and love it) and bounced a few times while pacing the hall, she settled and took the bottle my mom had warmed up. Lessons learned while caring for an infant: do not lose your cool or they win, haha. I’m pretty sure they can smell fear.

ANYWAY, back to the beginning of this story: toys to cultivate creativity. The post I read suggested plain wooden blocks which took me back to my own childhood and the endless hours I spent playing with my set of playskool wood blocks:

Pic from Ebay Listing

Pic from Ebay Listing

I had this exact set of blocks that were handed down to me from a family friend. I loved loved LOVED playing with them! Of course I assumed my mom gave them away so I bookmarked an etsy shop that sold some for future reference.

Well when my parents came over this weekend, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask my mom if she still had the blocks.. As luck would have it, (read: my mother is a pack rat) she kept them! I will be able to pass them on to my little bug! Isn’t that cool? I’m so stoked!

Now if only Ale’s mom had kept his legos…but I guess that’s what we have ebay or Craigslist, right?

What were some of your favorite toys growing up?

Taking a Breather

Last week I spent a fair amount of time away from the baby since I’ve had her and I didn’t realize how necessary it was! While I’m so incredibly attached and I just want to squeeze the beejeez out of her ALL THE TIME, it’s not healthy. I need to remind myself to take some time off from being “on” 24/7.

Last Thursday, I had my neighbor watch her I could go to my first dental cleaning in ages. That was the first time I left bug with someone other than my parents and of course it was fine! It was more than fine! Not only did Carol have fun babysitting, I’m happy to report I have no cavities and like my new dental office.

Then on Saturday morning, I went to get a much needed haircut. I totally bonded with the hair stylist over kids and she also reminded me that me-time is an absolute must for moms. Duly noted! Next time, I’m thinking I should extend my visit and get some highlights!

Later that night, we went to a friend’s house for one of our big group dinners and Ale checked on the baby while I enjoyed a glass of wine (or two). That was the first time I truly enjoyed a drink since the baby was born. Before that, I only had a sip of Ale’s drink here and there but now that the little miss sleeps through the night, pour me some grape juice! (Side note, I made this killer tomato pie as part of my contribution for dinner and I highly suggest you make one asap, especially since we’re in prime tomato time! Email me if you’re interested in the recipe!)

On Sunday, while Ale took the baby out for brunch with his grandma, I treated myself to a mani/pedi. I went with some bright neon shades (I used the ring finger neon yellow shade on my feet)

neon mani

And because Ale had had a big brunch, I took a night off from cooking dinner and took a long afternoon nap. Talk about living the vida loca up in here! So after the most restful weekend in forever, I had the most pleasant week ever! I now realize the importance of taking time for myself. It is more than okay to step back, let someone else take over, and r-e-l-a-x. I found myself in a better place every night this week. I didn’t feel snappy, moody, or overextended. Let’s hope I’ve learned my lesson and don’t let another three months roll by before I take a break.

Over and out!


Current Reads

Since I find a decent amount of time to myself in the evenings while narco (just one of the baby’s many nicknames, this one being short for narcoleptic) sleeps, I’m getting back to reading. I am currently enjoying two Michael Pollan ebooks courtesy of my local library: Cooked

image from npr site

and The Omnivore’s Dilemma

image from npr

I’ve never read any of his books but I did watch the documentary Food, Inc, as recommended by Maria, in which he served as a collaborator. I found the documentary totally interesting (available on Netflix), but if you do not like knowing where food comes from (not a judgment ) I would not suggest you watch it. My husband is squeamish and does not enjoy that kind of thing. It’s not a PETA-like campaign if that’s what you’re thinking, but it is informative view of the food industry in the United States! If anything, it inspired me to branch out and try farmers markets this summer. Just yesterday, I picked up some local peaches and tomatoes at this great farm stand my neighbor told me about!

I’m learning in my old age (coming up on thirty in January!) that I’d rather read nonfiction over fiction any day. Nonfiction I can eat up quickly and move on to the next one. Fiction and especially the kind I like to read (aka nothing written in this century), takes me ages to tackle. The last fictional book I read was East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Took me MONTHS to finish. It’s not to say I didn’t like it! It just takes me forever. I’m weird, I know.

In addition to these, I’m also finally reading the second edition of Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.

image from amazon


I bought a used copy LAST summer and I’m only just now cracking it open. Why I didn’t buy the latest edition is beyond me, whomp whomp. Anyway, I’m only a few pages in but it’s definitely helped me grasp photography concepts way better than any blog or infographic I’ve read thus far. Hopefully by the end of it, I can finally feel comfortable rocking the manual mode on my dslr. I already have a cute subject, now I just need the skills to best capture her adorableness!