Life Lessons and Lactation Cookies for New Moms

As always, its been a while… May 30, 2013

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And I can talk about how I briefly forayed back in to Dukan. Or, how I’ve been wheat free (barring a cold that made me crave pizza) for over five weeks now, or my lactation cookie business is doing, but I was just inspired by a blog post by one of my favorite mom bloggers.

Baby-Makin’ Machine has a list of “30 Things I Want My Kids To Know About Me”. See, last year, I toyed with the idea of buying a “thought a day” fill-in-the-blank style diary to keep so that my kids could read about daily life when they were young. But life got real, as it always does, and I a) didn’t get said journal and 2) realized that I’d probably not be able to even keep up with a sentence or two a day. Crazy, right? 

But a list that doesn’t have any deadlines? I can do that. So I will. And probably not in order.  Here is the list: 

1. List 20 random facts about yourself.

2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears 
3. Describe your relationship with your spouse. 
4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?
7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?
9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrassing moment.
11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
13. What’s the hardest part of growing up?
14. Describe 5 and weaknesses strengths you have.
15. Describe when you knew your spouse was the one or how I fell in love.
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What do you think your spouse loves most about you?
19. How did you feel the moment you became a parent?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. Describe your relationship with your parents.
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. What’s your favorite holiday and why?
24. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about parenthood?
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
28. What’s your favorite quality in your spouse?
29. What are your hopes and dreams for your prosperity?
30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

My goal is to get these done in 2013. There’s 7 months left, right?


2012 in Review According to WordPress January 2, 2013

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Click here to see the complete report.


One month (and two days) later March 24, 2011

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I’m currently 220. Which for those keeping score is 28lbs down from the day I went in to deliver, and 20lbs away from my first goal, which I’m fairly certain I’ll meet, especially since I’m not really exercising, and I plan to get serious about that soon. I credit attempting to log my food regularly and:


It’s going pretty well. If you know me, you know that I didn’t get to do this last time around, so while I’m not new to making milk, I am new to all the nursing idiosyncrases. A week and a half in, dealing with the 7-10 day growth spurt, having nursed for hours nonstop, I could barely see straight, and having fended off what wanted to be mastitis for the first time (it has tried to come back a few times already), I was ready to say this one will be EP also! But I kept going. And you know what? The learning curve is CRAZY steep, but everyone who says that this gets easier as time goes on is right.

My Daughter:

Got through her surgery just fine, but of course her dad and I were nervous wrecks before and during, and just so sad for her after, because all she wanted to do was cry and be held. She was mostly back to her normal self by the next day, and definitely back the day after that. A week later, the red is mostly gone from her eyes, and the bruising is almost gone too. The eye that turned in now turns out just slightly, and the doc said that it was normal, and will start to correct itself in time. She’s also going to get new glasses after her 6 week post-op. Likely with single vision lenses, which will also correct her astigmatism. Its like someone took my eyes and copied and pasted them into her head. We have the same prescription farsightedness, and I have an astigmatism as well.

The Baby:

Is doing great. He’s definitely got a different personality than my daughter had at this age, though they do look a lot alike and both of them were/are like Houdini when it comes to getting out of a swaddle. He goes back for his two month visit mid-April. We will be refusing/staggering/delaying vaccinations again. My daughter is caught up. He will be too, eventually. He’s finally starting to grow out of newborn clothes, and we’ll be into 0-3 shortly. I read about other babies in the same birth month as him and they are reaching 95-99th percentile weights and already zooming into 3-6mo clothing and it has me wondering 1)Is he behind? and 2) How are these moms getting their babies weighed every 2 weeks? But then I have to remember that my daughter was always in the 50-75th percentiles and though he’s a boy, and I shouldn’t be comparing them, I won’t be surprised if he is too.


What? Why am I even thinking about travel? I know its early, but I am starting to get my druthers about putting together the trip I will be making solo with a 3yr old and a 6mo old. More on that next time.


Less than a week to go… December 19, 2009

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…until the biggest gift giving day of the year!

Why not get the new mom in your life some cookie mix that will show her you support her desire to breastfeed?

HardierLime Creations Mother’s Milk Enhancing Cookie Mix


Welcome to HardierLime.com! December 8, 2009

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We’re still building our site, but it should be ready soon. In the meantime, you can order our cookie mixes through etsy.com. Just click here.


More to come on what’s happened in the past few months… March 5, 2009

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But I wanted to go ahead and promote my Etsy shop:

Hardier Lime Creations

Please feel free to check it out!


Twelve weeks of maternity leave + new baby = Two Week Road Trip July 20, 2008

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When else would we have this kind of time?

I suppose the crunchy thing to do would be to teleconference so that relatives could see the baby “live”, but as we’re not crunchy around these here parts, we are gassing up and taking our brand new crossover from our location in the DFW area to five destinations in the midwest and northeast.

This isn’t our first large road trip. We’ve done a 4-day weekend one with just my husband and I up to St. Louis, MO, with a one-day side trip to a town right across the river from Louisville, KY. Then, my husband, stepdaughter and I “toured” the midwest in about 9 days – that same town near KY, then north to South Bend, west to Wisconsin, then back to Indiana for a show by one of our favorite bands and back home again. My ’97 Corolla was our trusty steed for both of those.

Then last year, as we’d promised the kid that we’d take her to Disneyworld (she was 12 at the time), we hit the road this time with my brother in law along for the ride as well. This trip took us a week. And though the ride was 17 hours both ways, we did it both times in a straight shot with just bathroom/drink/meal stops along the way. The 2006 Corolla did us proud, though the kid and my BIL could have stood to have more room in the backseat.

Now, with baby and the kid in tow, we will be hitting a town outside of Nashville, that same town in southern Indiana, a suburb of Chicago and then on to NY and CT. We will be showing off the baby, obviously. This trip will take us 12-13 days, and we will need to meet the kid’s mother at the end of it in Kentucky for the family road trip that she planned with the kid’s aunt and grandmother.

Our crossover has real room for seven people, but since there will only be four of us, the third row will be folded to accomodate our trip supplies as well as clockworks for the grandfather clock my dad gave me that we’ll be picking up in Illinois, and an Exersaucer that my best friend in Connecticut picked up for free for the baby.

We’re already exhausted at the prospect of being on the road for that long. But, how do you pack lightly while still preparing for every eventuality with the baby?

Here are some sites that I consulted so that we can fit it all in:

Travelite FAQ
The Four Hour Workweek’s Guide to Traveling the World in 10lbs or Less

I covet the Eagle Creek Pack-it Folders, and the the MSR Packtowel, but I have yet to actually purchase any. Perhaps for that European tour I’ve always wanted to go on. Incidentally, that would include England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Greece. Someday, I will have two months to set aside to do such a thing.

For road tripping with a baby, I found these helpful articles from:

Just Mommies
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

For the Smidget, I have already packed clothes, and will be using the large diaper bag for her toiletries, and her toys. A smaller diaper bag will be with me always in the large tote which I purchased from Old Navy that will be doubling as my purse. Hopefully, that is all we’ll need for her.

I’ve got the packing list, and we leave on Tuesday July 22, and will return on Sunday August 3 or Monday August 4. A post-mortem and an update from the Smidget’s 6-week and 2-month doctor’s appointments will come soon thereafter.