Simple Woman's Daybook for May 19, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Outside my window...gray and misty. It smells like the sea outside. I love that smell.
I am thinking... that Hannah may be teething already. She’s drooling, fussy, won’t sleep and has a diaper rash, all telltale signs of teething (from what I‘ve read).
I am thankful for... being a stay-at-home Mom. Even on the tough days and the long days, I feel so fortunate that I get to be at home with my baby. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.
From the kitchen...Oatmeal, Dried Plum and Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. It’s a vegan recipe, I’ve never tried baking vegan cookies, but it was actually easier than I expected. Try it! Recipe here.
I am wearing... black yoga pants, running shoes and one of Matthew’s old sweatshirts (it’s a good day for old sweatshirts).
I am creating...matching pajama pants for Hannah and me. Kinda corny, I know.
I am going...to invite our elderly neighbor over for dinner. She slipped a Mother’s Day card underneath our door two weeks ago. I was so touched by her thoughtfulness that I thought I'd have her over for dinner.
I am reading... The Mother of the Little Flower. A book about Venerable Zelie Martin, my assigned saint for 2010. It’s uncanny how much we have in common, at least on the surface.
I am hoping...to buy my sewing machine today.
I am hearing...Missy Higgins on Pandora and Hannah squealing on her gym mat.
Around the house...Laundry is done. Need to vacuum today.
One of my favorite things...are gray days like today.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Busy. Our 2 year anniversary is Sunday, so as a gift to ourselves we’re planning to buy bikes this Friday. Saturday we’re headed down to the Cape to meet up with some friends from California. We're going wine tasting with them at a vineyard on the Cape on Saturday. Then house hunting again on Sunday. Busy.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Monday's Meal

Monday, May 17, 2010
Mondays can be challenging. They signal the beginning of another week and, at least for me, are often filled with long to-do lists. Mondays tend to get a bad rap too. So in order to spice up and brighten the day, I thought it might be fun to make sure Monday‘s dinner was always creative and delicious, hence today’s blog post.

Tonight’s menu: Turkey burgers seasoned with salt, pepper and beer. Served on a toasted bun and topped with herb goat cheese, red onions, avocado and tomatoes. Paired with an ice cold IPA. Delish.
(Usually we have a salad along with our entree, but since we had spanikopita and carrots and hummus as an hors d'oeuvre , I figured we'd skip the salad tonight.)

Just Because

Sunday, May 16, 2010
She's so dang cute! And getting so big too. Her hand-eye coordination has really improved in the past couple of weeks. It's really quite amazing to watch her develop such skills. She can grasp and hold certain toys and love to explore using her...tongue. She puts everything in her mouth and is always trying to lick things, especially her helmet strap. Yuck. But she is cute.


Welcome!

Out of curiosity I installed a counter on my blog to see how many people read, or at least browse, my blog each day. And imagine my surprise when the counter revealed that it was much more than my suspected three loyal readers.

So those of you I don't know and those of you I do, welcome! And thanks for taking the time each day to read about my little corner of the universe. Now I feel much more pressure to write about things other than swim suits, or diet plans, or how upset I was that Jin and Sun (and Sayid) were killed off on Lost. But I suppose those are the little facets that make up my life, so dear readers, bear with me and enjoy!

More Swim Suits

Old Navy is having a swim sale this weekend and suits are only $10. Since I can no longer wear bikinis (not that I wore them too often) thanks to my beautiful, yet two weeks overdue baby (if you catch my drift), I've been checking out some of their tankinis, which are actually pretty cute. For $10, you can't really go wrong. Check them out.




Operation Lose Baby Weight

Friday, May 14, 2010

Operation: Lose Baby Weight is off to a rousing start! Since going on my diet about 3.5 weeks ago, I’ve lost 10 pounds! So I have about another 13 to go until I'm back to my pre-baby weight. I’m really excited about the success I've had thus far and am determined to lose the rest of the weight.

Up until this point, I’ve really only modified my diet to lose the weight. Like I mentioned before, I’ve substituted my usual lunchtime sandwich (hard to do) for a salad and soup. I load up the salad with a ton of veggies and often add tuna and cheese, so it’s really tasty. I’ve also eliminated sweets during the week (very hard to do) and make sure I eat a small breakfast every morning and a healthy snack like Greek yogurt or an apple with peanut butter in the afternoon, which keeps my blood sugar levels stable and my metabolism going. We generally eat pretty healthy dinners, so dinner hasn’t changed much. And for dessert I usually eat a few squares of dark chocolate and/or a graham cracker. I have to admit, I’ve been fairly strict with myself, and the success I‘ve had so far helps keep me diligent.

I have not yet added in the exercise portion of this LBW plan. I figure since I’m still nursing and Hannah doesn’t quite sleep through the night that I should go easy on my body. I walk a lot, but haven’t begun the high intensity cardio, such as running, that I usually do to stay fit.

I’m not delusional that the weight will keep coming off like this. I imagine the last 5-7 pounds will take a real concentrated effort to lose. However, I recently read that once my baby is weaned, I’ll probably lose another 5 pounds. And where will those 5 pounds come from, you may ask? I’ll tell you, my boobs! At least, that’s what one of the baby books says. I hope it’s true because, contrary to what many women think, it’s not easy having a larger than average chest size.

So there you have it, month one in my goal to lose the baby weight and probably more than you ever wanted to know about my diet plan. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it.

If You're Feeling Lucky

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My absolute favorite online clothing store, Shade, is having a swimsuit giveaway today. Go and enter the contest here for a chance to win a free suit.

What's In A Name?

The Social Security Administration just released the top 100 baby names of 2009 (here). I just love playing the name game and dreaming up names for my future kiddos. Even more so, I like learning about the meaning behind certain names and am a fairly frequent visitor of this website. Don’t judge me, it’s fun.

Surprisingly, Hannah is #23 on the SSA list, which is pretty high on the popularity index. When brainstorming names for our child, we were very deliberate in giving our her/him a name that would have a certain significance. We chose Hannah, which means “God’s grace or favor or blessing,” for several reasons. One reason being that I had been hoping and praying for a child for a little while and when we found out we were expecting, I felt incredibly blessed and favored. Plus, the Hannah of the Old Testament was an incredibly strong woman, the mother of the prophet Samuel, and a woman who kept her promise to God. A woman I hope my own child will emulate. My Hannah’s middle name, Claire, is after St. Clare of Assisi. A beautiful and devout woman, and I like to think, a tomboy too since she kept up with St. Francis and his gang. We love Hannah Claire’s name and even more, I love the deep meaning associated with it.

As for future children (which I pray God blesses us with), I have so many names that I like. Boys names are easy since we’re uber-traditional when it comes to names of the male variety. We like John (Jack maybe?), Andrew, Matthew, James, Peter, etc.

However, I feel we can be a little more creative with girls names. We both like Isabella for our next girl’s name. Isabella is Spanish for Elizabeth and it also means “God’s gift." How cute would it be to have both our girls’ names mean relatively the same thing? (Can you tell I’m already planning that our next baby will be a girl?) However, and this is a big however, Isabella is currently number 1 on the Social Security names index and I’m not a fan of giving my children super popular names. That being said, we’d probably call her Bella, which means “beautiful,” so maybe we could get away with having an Isabella. I also like the name Ella, which is similar to Bella, but Matthew says no. And Madalena, which is a variation on Magdalene (for St. Mary Magdalene), is a favorite of mine, but again, Matthew says no go (but I‘m hoping I can convince him otherwise on this one).

Then I started thinking since Hannah is a palindrome, wouldn't it be cute if all our girls' names were palindromes? We could give our girls names like Elle and Ava. I like both those names too. Don’t worry, I’m not really serious about that, but it would be clever.

What are your favorite names and why? Please share.

Wordless Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

(I recently snapped this picture of an older couple with their canes at the beach. Too cute not to share.)

Pretty Fabrics

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Look at my new pretty fabrics! These will eventually become (God willing) two pairs of pajama pants and a tote bag. Sewing class numero dos coming up on Thursday, I can't wait!

Happy (belated) Mother's Day To Me!



How lucky am I that I get to be the mother of this cutie pie?

(p.s. did you notice that she's reading? Yes, my child is not only cute, but a genius too:)

A Bitter Pill on Mother's Day

This past Sunday on Mother’s Day, the CBS Sunday Morning News Show aired a segment lauding the creation of the birth control pill. The newscaster, Faith Salie, spent the entire segment singing the praises of The Pill. Can you believe it? On freakin' Mother’s Day!

As I was making my coffee Sunday morning, I was only half listening to the show and so initially thought the segment was a joke. Ms. Salie began her segment by stating, “It's Mother's Day, and I won't be receiving any cards or flowers or sweet, sloppy kisses, thanks - in large part - to the pill.” She’s thankful she won’t be receiving any flowers or kisses? She must be kidding right?

Yet, when she proceeded to praise Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, and was even so brazen to declare that the creation of The Pill had made women better mothers, I realized that this was indeed no joke. I was so appalled I turned off the TV. Yesterday I sent in my letter of complaint to CBS.

And apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought the segment was distasteful and offensive. Several journalists wrote about her and CBS’s lack of judgment in airing such a story on Mother’s Day of all days. If you have the time, you can send in a note of complaint here.

Yet, ultimately, despite my shock, I couldn't help but feel a tinge of sadness for Ms. Salie. She is a woman in her late thirties, possibly early forties, who has no children. I couldn't help but wonder if this editorial was in some sense a way to convince herself that she had done the right thing all these years in preventing motherhood. Because, really, what woman wouldn’t want to receive flowers and sweet, sloppy kisses on Mother’s Day?

Perfect Game


Wherever I roam, be it New York or Boston (both of which are known for their baseball teams), I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Oakland A's. So imagine my surprise and excitement when A's pitcher, Dallas Braden, pitched a perfect game on Sunday. Way to go Number 51!

Braden's Perfect Game

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 9, 2010
"The noblest calling in the world is that of mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give."
~David 0. McKay


"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie."
~Tenneva Jordan


Happy Mother's Day to all you lovely mothers out there, and especially to my own!

(My Mom upon meeting her granddaughter for the first time)

And let us not forget the beautiful Blessed Mother, who as St. Therese described, "is more mother than queen."

First Sewing Class

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I had my first sewing class on Thursday and it was great! And look what I made, a tote bag! It's no Vera Bradley, but I must say, I am quite proud of myself. It's so gratifying to actually create something with my own hands. I need to keep practicing my skills, so anybody want me to make them a tote bag?

Say What?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I missed my show, Lost, the other night, but just found out that Sayid, Jin and Sun died. I'm not sure I want to watch the episode now. I loved Jin and Sun, especially Sun. I'm kinda mad they killed off those characters. Ugh. Lame.

Wow!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

God is good. These (here, here and here) good and faithful women just found out that they will soon become mothers (and right before Mother's Day too-how Providential). What lucky children!

It was about a year ago this time that we found out we were expecting Hannah. In some small way, I can relate to these women who have waited years to become mothers. God had me wait a little longer than I would have liked to become a mom, but His timing is always perfect and who am I to question God?

So may God continue to bless these women and their husbands and their soon to be little ones.

Aquarium Visit

Saturday, May 1, 2010





Hannah is such an inquisitive little thing, we knew she would enjoy the aquarium, and boy, did she ever. Although, that night, she slept for like 12 hours and slept in until about 9am the next morning (she usually wakes up around 5:30am or 6ish). She was tuckered out from all the activity as you can see in the last picture:)

Grandpa's Visit

We had so much fun with my Dad while he was here. We went to the Aquarium, out to lunch at Legal Seafood (and enjoyed some delicious oysters-yum!), watched some Ghost Hunters, treated ourselves to some ice cream sundaes and milkshakes, walked along the boardwalk and dined at our local clam shack. We were able to do so much as well as fit in some quality conversation time. It was so nice to have him here.

After he left, I was a little sad and today Hannah kept looking around for him and when she didn't see him started to cry. She misses her Grandpa. BUT, we will see him and the rest of my family in about a month. I CANNOT wait!
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