What’s She Doing Wednesday: Stack ‘em Up!

WSDW 5.20.15.coverSince I’m taking a break from the research posts I publish on Saturdays, I figure I should still write a short update on what Jia’s been up to. These posts are a lot easier to write since I don’t have to go digging through research journals, evidence-based practice recommendations/best practices, etc. 

What she’s been doing in the past week:

  • She starts kissing the doggies by smacking her lips and chasing after them while making her kissy noises. So cute! 
  • Poor Puggies. Pug kisses aside, she is starting to find entertainment in pulling the pugs’ tails and grabbing their feet – Kona is particularly perturbed by this new activity, but he’s a good boy and knows when to walk away. 
  • She can stack her wooden tower (cover photo) finally! Before, she would just remove all the wooden parts but now she’s discovered she can stack them onto the peg. No they’re not in order, but baby steps!
  • She knows the word “rabbit,” so when I say “where’s your rabbit?” she’ll look around the room and grab this squishy little light-up rabbit toy my grandmother got her for Easter, and bring it over to me. 
  • My mother-in-law bought Jia an inflatable Spray ‘N Splash pool from Buy Buy Baby on sale for a cheap $14 and I finally blew it up yesterday since it was a hot upper 80s/low 90s day out and I didn’t want to drive anywhere. So I filled it up with the hose out in the front yard and she had so much fun splashing and going down the slide! At first she hesitated because it was strange, but after a few tries, she soon wasn’t eager to hold onto my hands and would try to thrust herself down the slide on her own. The zebra on ours sprays when hooked up to the hose, but I detached it soon after we had it going, since the spray was a little much (I’d already filled the pool, so additional spraying would over-fill the pool. Anyway I highly recommend this pool, with a manual air pump it was exhausting but way worth it! Don’t try to inflate it with your mouth, you’ll pass out I’m pretty positive. 
  • Eating is getting better. Broccoli, mango, pot roast, chicken shu mai (from Trader Joe’s), and really getting used to smoked salmon in her eggs. She also loves toast with breakfast, because we usually have toast, so I butter hers up with some unsalted Kerry Gold organic and give her a half of a piece. We have to give her white whole wheat bread, because I think she may struggle a bit with our high fiber bread… and she poops enough! 
  • Weaning: finally on full concentration cow’s milk, but we’ll continue to give her breast milk that I have frozen, for during meals (mixed with a little cow’s milk). Still nursing in the morning and before bedtime, but I’ve finally stopped pumping before I go to bed, which completely is a relief to me! I love not having to pump! So exhilarating being able to just go to bed without having to stay up to pump at 11 PM. (It was my own doing, requiring myself a pre-bedtime pump session)

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What’s She Doing Wednesday: Happy B-Day Mom!

WSDW 5.13.15 Mothers Day

Mother’s Day 2015

I had this vision for writing this Mother’s Day post as a letter to my mom for last weekend’s Sproutings Saturday but I decided to give myself a break since I’ve been so so tired. Makes me think I need to get some bloodwork done to see if there’s a reason why I’m so exhausted all the time. Anyway, so I wanted to post a photo like this for that post, but since it didn’t happen I’m just going to use it for this post! Oh so my intentions for this week are to write a post about lipase in breastmilk and how it affects some babies, or about what the research says about breastfeeding and trying to get pregnant. But, I gotta be honest again – I’m recovering from a brush with pesticide poisoning and my head doesn’t even want to write this post but I’m fighting against my desire to cuddle up with my pillow but I’ll write this anyway. 

So what’s Jia been up to? 

  • She can walk backwards! Our little tot has mastered forward walking so she’s now started to walk backwards! My mom was the one who discovered this when she was watching Jia. 
  • She gets a kick out of kicking a ball or if it is kicked toward her. 
  • If we say “What does the doggie say?” she says “Arf Arf!” and “What does the snake say?” she says “HISssssss!” 
  • Stairclimber: She’s getting really good at going down the stairs. 
  • She has a taste for crayons. I think it speaks to what she thinks of my cooking when she can’t help but put crayons into her mouth but will pick at my food, haha… 
  • Weaning: we are a bit more consistent with 2 feedings a day; morning and before bedtime. 
  • I’ve been getting lots of baby hugs lately and it’s great :) Oh how I’ve missed them. The downside is that she won’t be happy with Jeff playing with her in the morning while I get more snoozing time, but at least there are baby hugs that come with her needing my attention. 


  • The J-O-B. I’ve been applying to jobs trying to find something that will allow me to use both my MPH and my MSN. So far, I think I’m going to focus on Case Manager positions for now. I’ve looked in the CA area mostly (I’ve reactivated my Cali nursing license, am licensed in DC and VA – though I thought my DC one expired because I didn’t pay lat year, and will be licensed pretty soon in Maryland) because California is such a nursing-supportive environment. Out here on the East Coast (or at least the MD/VA/DC area) I get the impression that those who are promoted in the field were those who’ve put in 15-20 years of experience and it’s hard to even get promoted to managerial positions anyway, unless you work your butt of being involved in every committee and working tons of overtime to gain that respect. On the East Coast, your education doesn’t seem to matter so much, but on the West coast; however, education is highly valued, helping you to a leg up. 
  • I may take a couple weeks off of the blog to focus on job searching. It’s tough with a toddler’s energy to find the bedtime energy to look for jobs and get the resumes together. 

Some pictures from Mother’s Day:

Jia with my 96-year old grandmother

Jia with my 96-year old grandmother

My dad pretending he's not making eye contact with Jia

My dad pretending he’s not making eye contact with Jia

Jia with Daddy

My lil’ cutie pie with Daddy


What’s She Doing Wednesday: Arf Arf!

WSDW 5.6.15 Arf ArfI’m trying to be better at remembering all the things she’s been doing but it’s hard. Nowadays it’s because I would usually write it down in my “reminders” app in my phone, but now since she insists on listening or watching Little Baby Bum on my phone, I often forget before I have the chance to jot it down. So this is what I can remember for this week: Continue reading

Weaning from Breastfeeding

Blog Post 5.3.15 Weaning from BF recenteredSo, I was going to delay this topic for an unknown length of time because I wanted to write about other things – like, the nutritional changes breastmilk goes through after your baby is 12 months old, the physiological changes that toddlers undergo to indicate readiness to start potty training, etc. because I planned on nursing Jia until she was 18 months old. 

But, since I’m getting a bit anxious to get my body back to myself I figured – hey – as long as I was reading up on it, may as well write about it!  (And besides, we clocked in an entire 14.5 months of 4 nursing sessions a day.)

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