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Classes for the Girls

So I know I haven’t updated in forever, but I want to share some insight on classes I have signed the girls up for .  So for me I have always been big on getting the girls out and in classes.  I do this so that I don’t go crazy, but also so they get out and socialize and have fun too.  These classes have really helped my girls blossom.  I thought parents might be interested in the classes my girls have been involved in and when they started them.

My Gym:
I realized pretty early on with both girls that they are climbers.  They were both pretty early walkers so we got them into My Gym classes.  We loved My Gym because it was close to where we lived (when we started), great teachers, and a place where the girls could climb.  It also really helped there motor skills.  Lastly I find that it really has helped to get them to sit and listen and take instructions when need be.  Both girls started this fairly young. Tara was 9 months old and Norah was 4 months old.  With Norah she was free for the first few months because the youngest class is free except for the onetime membership fee which we had already paid with Tara (it is good for the whole family).  Tara has continued it until just this past month.  Norah still goes every week.  We have made some great friends from the class.  There are also classes available Saturday mornings, which when I worked full time was very important.

Music Together:
We started Music Together because Tara loved to dance around.  We also liked it because it was a class for both girls at once.   Specifically the classes around here have it that siblings under 8 months are free.  So we began when Norah was just 7 months.  Norah loved the class even more then Tara did.  We realized her love for music then.  Sadly we couldn’t afford to pay for both of them for the next session, so we only just got back into it today.  Norah is now almost 15 months, but she still loves it.  She had so much fun today dancing around and playing the instruments.  Tara has fun being there with her sister I think more then she likes the music.

Swim Lessons:
We began swim lessons late for Tara.  She had liked the pool when she was little then one day decided she didn’t like it.  So we had waited to start her on swim classes.  We only just started swim classes for her this past April at 3.  She was hesitant initially, but once we realized that a swim cap covering her ears to keep water out made a huge difference.  Now she is slowly getting into it.  Norah on the other hand we also began this past April at a year.  She is much more comfortable in the water and seems to think it is great fun.  Now if I could just get her to stop licking the water and blow bubbles that would help.

Dance Class:
Today we began Tara in dance class. It is a combination pre ballet and tap class.  It is actually taught by the mom of so people I went to school with and grew up down the street from.  This was because Tara has loved dancing around the house.  She loves to dance and I knew we needed to start something new since she was stopping My Gym (which was only because there wasn’t a good time for the next class for her).  Today she loved it.  We will see if that keeps up.

We started Tara in preschool at 2.5.  We had originally planned to not start her in preschool till age 3, but things kind of feel into place.  So I was getting on the listserv for the preschool I went to so I knew dates for the next school year.  I was curious to see if the preschool was still the way it had been when my folks sent me there.  Well there was an opening in the class for 2.5 and young 3s.  We decided to check it out and it really was the same.  We decided that Tara really did need to get out and socialize otherwise she was just home with Norah and I a lot.  So we went and checked it out.  It is still very play based which we loved.  The other thing that we love is the animals.  There are chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, lizards, etc. and they teach the children how to be really good with animals.  Again here Tara has blossomed.  We love the teachers and the other kids and parents.  Right now is summer break for Tara, but she did do a couple of weeks of summer classes before dance and music together started.

So yes, we do have the girls in a lot of different classes but we love it. We have this summer packed pretty busy, but normally we would not be doing this many activities at once.  We will see what the fall has planned for the girls.

3 years ago

This time 3 years ago Tara had just been rushed up to the special care nursery. Her breathing was labored. She wasn’t even a day old. Luckily he was fine and just had a stay in the special care nursery for a few days on a regime of antibiotics. Crazy to think that was 3 years ago now.

Yesterday we celebrated her 3rd birthday. She is a beautiful, healthy, smart girl. Oh and let’s not forget potty trained. So much has happened in these past 3 years and every day she makes me so proud to be her mom.

We also had her 3 year well child checkup today. She was so good. It was so different then her appointments of the past. She sat still while they took her blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, and took her temperature orally. They also did a listening test and vision test. Being the too smart for her own good kid that she is, she didn’t want me to cover one of her eyes for the vision test. She kept trying to move my hand so she could see better. She even told me so. Oh well.

So happy belated birthday to my big girl. I love you.


Eventful week

So it really has been an eventful week. Today Norah is 11 months old, and 2 days ago she took her first steps. She has been cruising for a whole, but finally let go. She now just keeps trying it over and over again. Later I will post a video of some of her first steps.

Then there is my other big girl, Tara. Now her 3rd birthday is just about a week and a half away. We have tried on and off for a while to potty train, but I think something is actually clicking. The past few days she has only been wearing a diaper at night and has only had one accident in undies. Today she even went to go sit on the potty without me reminding her and went pee. Hopefully this keeps up and I will only have her in diapers at night. She actually stays dry all night but has a really big pee around breakfast time and we haven’t gotten her to use the potty for that one yet. She also wore diapers to preschool yesterday but didn’t pee until she got back to my folks house after school.

So I have 2 big girls at home.

A dream is a wish your heart makes

For my 30th birthday the whole family went to Disneyland.  Yes I realize I don’t turn 30 for another 2 hours and 15 minutes, but it was cheaper to go a bit early.  Anyways, by whole family I mean my Mom, Dad, Tara, Norah, Sam, my sister, and myself.  So yes really everyone.  Other then getting sick on the last day it was a really great trip.  So much fun to see my girls’ faces light up over and over again.  My face probably did a few times too.

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Before my 30th Birthday…

So it is 4 days till my 30th birthday. I will officially not be in my 20’s anymore. So a month or so ago I decided to start thinking about everything I have done before my 30th birthday. I thought I would post the list to make some kind of physical record of it all.  Most of it really occurred since I turned 18, so in the past 12 years, but yeah.

  • Lived in 3 different states (California, Arizona, and Arkansas), actually moved over 10 times
  • Traveled out of the country (Toulouse, France and Cologne, Germany) – yes both were for work
  • Graduated high school, college and got my PhD in Space and Planetary Sciences
  • Married my high school sweetheart at the Fairmont Hotel in SF
  • Had two beautiful little girls
  • Applied to be an astronaut (yes am one of the over 6300 applicants for the astronaut candidate program for 2013)
  • Worked at NASA, the USGS, SETI, oh and Hot Topic
  • Have never had any debt – Thank you parents for your support, my undergraduate education, and my first car
  • I have been active with my sorority for over 10 years and am currently an advisor for the UC Berkeley chapter

And not such big accomplishments:

  • I have been to Disneyland 7 times and Disney World once
  • I have watched every episode of Stargate, Gilmore Girls, and Buffy at least twice
  • I am 3 episodes away from seeing all of Smallville
  • I still have not finished the costume I started making for Halloween my Freshman year of college
  • I have owned every major game console in the past 10 years and have never finished a single game (oh and I still own a working ATARI 2600)

If I think of anything else but Thursday I just might add it to the list.

Even The Most Devoted Baby Food Making Moms Experience Burnout

Ok, so I stole the title for this post, but I modified it a bit. Recently Kelly Wels posted about how Even The Most Devoted Cloth Diaper Moms Experience Burnout.  Now I have to agree with her that when it comes to cloth diapering, no matter what at some point you will consider using disposables.  I will be honest that I use disposables when we travel.  None of our trips have ever left us with easy access to a washing machine.  I will also admit that I have used some in between when I was a bit late in doing diaper laundry.  So yes it happens, but I do cloth diaper most of the time.

But that isn’t what this post is really about.  This time around it is about making baby food.  With Tara I made all her baby food.  She never had a bite of jarred baby food.  Even when we traveled I brought food or made it there. This time around I have finally slipped.  So Norah had a really bad cold and her appetite dropped.  Then just as she was getting better she got another bug that kept her appetite down.  Nicely she was nursing still really well, but she wasn’t wanting to eat much in solids.  Since she wasn’t eating much, I wasn’t replenishing my stash in the freezer of lovely purees.  Well she finally is back to eating and well, I was pretty much out of baby food and had no time to make any.  So I sent Sam out to get a couple of jars to make it for the next day.

Well, then there is our upcoming trip.  We are leaving in 9 days for Germany.  Traveling internationally we will be using jarred baby food.  I have given into that decision, since we won’t have access to a kitchen to make anything while we are there, and well I just can’t easily travel with that much homemade food.  Now through research (i.e. my online Mommy Group), I have figured out a good brand of food to buy while we are there (Hipp baby food).  It is organic, has fairly normal sounding combinations of food, and is available in markets not far from our hotel.  Oh and thank you google translator for letting me understand all that is on the website.

But there is still 9 days before we leave.  I will be honest that I have given in and bought jarred food for this time.  Between needing to prepare for my talk in Germany (yes this trip is actually for work), packing for Germany, oh yeah and taking care of the girls, I don’t have a lot of free time this week.  So yes, I am experiencing some baby food making burnout.  I do plan to continue my baby food making when we return.  The cost alone is a big incentive, but it is just nice to know that I know just what is going into my daughter at this early time in her life.