Monday, May 30, 2011

Loves His Bike

Apparently he lives the bike so much he wants to be on it while watching movies....

Monday, May 23, 2011

3 Months

So Mister Milo is already at the 3 month mark. Where has the time gone!

Well, I am happy to report he is doing much better. His first few months were full of crying and fussyness, but he has grown into a very happy baby. He 'talks' all the time. And often, he will take a break while I'm feeding him and just stare and me and coo. It's adorable. The OCD efficient person in me gets a little frustrated wishing he would just latch back on and finish eating so we can move onto the next thing, but then I realize he is absolutley adorable and we usually end up having a little 5 or 10 minute conversation before he decides to finish.

He is starting to roll himself over a bit. We often find him on his stomach in the morning...stuck. So he definitley can't roll both ways, but getting closer every day. And his head and neck are super strong. He continues to be super duper chunky and I'm excited to see how much he weighs next month.

He is not quite the sleeper Asher was. He still isn't on a very consistent schedule...but he's getting closer. He usually still wakes 1 or 2 times a night, although last night it was about 8....someday he'll just magically sleep all the way through and I will wake rested....but I'm not holding my breath.

And all the ladies love him. Well, all the ladies at his daycare. They take him for little stroller rides through the building, and I get comments every day from everyone about how adorable he is. The fact that he sits 2 floors up from me is amazing. I get to go see him 3 times a day to feed him and play with him for a bit. It makes it easier for both of us I think...probably me more.

And, I just moved his carseat into the middle position of the back seat so he and Asher are right next to each other. I must say the ride up this morning was so different then other days. Usually Milo sleeps, then wakes for a second crying until I can blindly (and dangerously) dig around for his pacifier and put it back in. This morning though, he was giggling and laughing the whole way up. I think he loves his older brother and just being able to see his face was making him happy.

What a cutie!

Being Vegan - Week 1

So here's the update.

The first few days were a little rough. I don't know if it was the dietary changes, or the first week back to work full time, or a combination of both, but Mike was really nervous I was going to be like that forever....
Then, Thursday morning I woke up and felt like a million bucks. I was super energetic, singing all morning, being obnoxious and funny (well, what i think is funny) and Mike was floored. A happy floored though. Like 'Whoa...what happened to you? You were going to kill me yesterday' And ever since then it's been about the same. Even though I don't get much sleep (Milo woke up about 8 times last night) I still seem to have a lot of energy.
And my cravings for sweets have gone way down. Well, my cravings for snacks in general. I don't really ever feel like just eating to eat (which i did previously feel and accomplish with greatness). Now in all fairness, there's not really a lot of options for snacking. Most everything I eat is prepared, so I really think more about what I really want to eat, and I make it. I cut more vegetables and prepare a lot more food than I used to. But it's also very delicious.

I have found a whole new appreciation for whole foods who labels everything Vegan or Vegetarian so I don't have to read every label...but I've gotten really good at reading labels. I did make a pesto pasta the first day, and didn't realize that pesto is made mostly with parmesan cheese. oopsy. So ever since then I've been a little more careful.

So here's to another amazing week!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

I know what you're thinking, "Seriously Lizzie? Are you nuts? How could you not want to eat cheese?". Well, I second that. Yes, I'm probably crazy. And yes, I will miss cheese. But it's not forever people, just a short time.

How this all started...was maternity leave. I tend to do a lot of bad things while on maternity leave. Spend too much money. Redecorate the house. Watch daytime television. That last one, the television, includes the Dr. Oz show. And the show is pretty much geared towards women trying to be healthier (mostly trying to lose weight). But one day they had a show about plant based diets and it struck a cord. Lots of problems with cholesterol and heart disease, and they all seem to disappear or are greatly reduced by eliminating all animal products from the diet. So this got me thinking...would it make a difference to me?

So I decided to give it a try. 30 days. See how I feel. And I'm not doing a 30-day vegan diet of substitutions with a bunch of foods made to act like meat. No no no.... I don't want to fill my fridge with Smart Dogs or Boca Burgers...I want to open my cooking mind and make new and interesting things I haven't made before. And I'm hoping in this process I come accross some delicious meals that become staples in our the whole family can eat a bit healthier. (We rely a lot on meat and potatoes).

So here's to the next 30-days...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Family Update

I had to post an update on our Family I thought I'd put in here as well. Enjoy!

So…what have we been up to…let me think.

Well, for those that don’t know, Mike has been going to school sort of part time for the past few years and he has finally FINISHED! He walked this past Friday with Amy!! Yippee!! Although he does have to take a few random classes this summer, but the heavy hard stuff is done. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Computer Science. He is pretty excited, as am I.
He is currently working as the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) for a small startup company in Salt Lake. They focus on Data Visualization and have many oil land owners as clients. He is actually in Ottawa Canada this week training on some random satellite software they use. He absolutely loves his job, and the people he works with. (Which is amazing, he doesn’t really hide his feelings well so it’s nice when he comes home happy and excited about what he has spent all day working on). He still loves skateboarding and has recently taken up gun collecting. (Don’t worry, they’re all locked in a safe) But apparently at work they take long lunches and head down to the shooting range.
I am just finishing out my last week on Maternity Leave… sadness. I am working at a Ski Resort in Park City as the IT Applications Manager. It is actually a really fun job and I work with a really great team. Besides the stress of trying to load up everyone and everything in the morning, I often really like going to work every day. I am lucky to be able to take Milo to the daycare on-site, so he is only 2 quick flights of stairs away from me. I get to visit him a few times a day to feed and play, so it makes the transition back a lot easier. I started training for a half-marathon…but had to postpone that because the anxiety was giving me nightmares. I guess trying to figure out when to run for an hour with a new baby and a toddler and a husband with full-time work and school is a bit difficult. So…maybe next year. And in the meantime I have tried to take up the hobby of crafting, but creativity isn’t really my strong suit. One day I’ll find a hobby, I promise.
Asher just turned 2. He is a little champ with no fear. He goes skateboarding with his dad all the time and loves it. He still kneels on the skateboard but he pushes himself all around the skate park, up and down ramps, etc. He is very very active. He is up and down and around and everywhere and on everything. I am finding I really have to keep my eye on him all the time. The other day he climbed out the dog door in the back and I found him next door jumping on the trampoline. But I’m finding it’s hard to get mad when he is so proud of his accomplishments. (Look mom! Jumping!) He recently had a bad stint of asthma and we were in the hospital for a few days, but even then he kept a smile on his face for all the doctors and the hundreds of times they listened to him breathe. He was so good, when they would pull out the stethoscope he would lean forward automatically so they could put it on his back. And his little daycare/school in Park City is great. He sings his ABC’s and can count to 15 (though he misses 13 often). They teach him colors and animals and shapes. It’s great. He is generally a very happy and cute boy. We are very lucky to have him around.
Milo is now about 3 months. He is growing a very cute and fun personality. He started out his life a little rough, I think he had a bit of acid reflux. He seems to be outgrowing whatever it was and is getting more calm and fun. He smiles so big and makes tons of fun noises. I think he’s going to be a pretty funny little guy. And he’s hugely obese, if babies could be obese. 15 pounds a few weeks ago. Someone at work was accusing me of feeding him something else…I’m not sure what because the kid couldn’t chew a steak to save his life. But she really had a hard time believing he was 15 lbs without any outside supplementing. Whatevs. She obviously doesn’t understand the Bradley genes. :)
Other than that our life is pretty much the same. We still live in our tiny 2 bedroom house in Sugarhouse. We are excited about the weather getting warmer so we can enjoy our porch swing and chatting with the neighbors as they randomly walk by. We absolutely love our neighborhood and have a hard time debating between adding on to our house or moving into a new one. Who knows what we’ll end up doing….
Oh, and we still have our dog, Griffin. He is old, but no one knows quite how old because he’s adopted and has amazing teeth. When we adopted him they said ‘Well, we don’t know how old he is but from his teeth we would guess he’s about 2’. Then about 4 years later we took him into the vet and he said ‘Wow! He has great teeth!! If I didn’t know better I would say he’s only 2’. Ooopsy, I guess he’s been 2 forever. But he’s great with the kids and Asher loves chasing him around the house. I guess we’ll keep him around.
So that’s our life update. Hope we brightened your day a bit :)

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