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Conversations with CB – #2

Hello, sorry for the hiatus in posts. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving (or a nice weekend if you aren’t in the US). We were busy little bees.  First, we had our annual Thanksgiving dinner at my sister’s house.  It was more like a one-sided family reunion.  It was really fun and there were lots of kids. My sister has plenty of toys and space so all the kids were very entertained.  BB had his first turkey day, complete with a turkey bib.  I did not get a picture – I know, I’m a bad mom. My dad did, though, but I haven’t seen them yet.  BB also had his first bits of turkey (not pureed!), some cheese, beer bread and other yummy treats.  I also fed him some brownie from McCafe and he seems to love it.  He’s becoming a pro at eating and chewing very well.  Hee hee.  He just hasn’t figured out putting the food in his mouth yet. He’ll try but he hasn’t grasped the idea of dropping the food in his mouth. I just see him gnawing on a fist.  Ha ha.

We also went to Boston for the first time in more than a year.  Meanie has family up there so we often go and visit every couple months.  We also get our haircuts up there, too!  So it’s been over a year since I’ve gotten a haircut.  I got about 6-8 inches chopped off.  Quite drastic, yes, but I’m free!  I think CB was wondering where my hair went, though.  He grabbed my tiny stub of a ponytail and looked bewildered as to where the rest of it is. Doh!

I wanted to introduce you to Carey’s babies – James & Bear-Bear.  🙂


James the Giraffe (given name) and Bear-Bear (named by CB)
They’re posing for a picture in BB’s crib
Yes, one of Bear-Bear’s eyes is unraveling. CB doesn’t seem to care.

James is about 1.5 years old.  We discovered him at a zoo in Montreal in a sea of giraffes, fell in love (me) and bought one for CB.  It was love at first sight for the two of them.  He now looks like he’s decades old, not just 1.5 years old.

He used to look like this:

All fuzzy and fluffy.
If you want him, he is sold at Amazon.

I know he’s got the shortest neck ever for a giraffe but he’s still a cutie.  Ha ha.

Bear-Bear also came with a blankie.  CB was so attached to this blankie but not to Bear-Bear at the time.  I had to buy a bunch of blankies because I had to wash them all the time cuz it got really gross and yucky so I had to recycle them.  So I had 5 blankies and 5 bears.  I’ve been gifting those bears to baby boys, without the blanket. Sorry, guys! 🙂  But he’s a very cuddly bear. He used to look like this:

Yep, all nice and fluffy.  Not any more!
He’s available at Amazon, too, but this listing has a bad review!
If you’re interested, he’s a Cocalo Bear and Blanket set but he’s from 3 years ago
so I don’t see him on their website anymore.

James and Bear-Bear are his babies.  The first thing he runs for when he gets home is for the two of them.  I think if he had to choose one over the other, he would totally choose James but the two are usually together.  I wash them every weekend (that’s why they’re not fuzzy anymore) in the laundry machine and if they are away “taking a shower” and he is about to take his afternoon nap, he asks for them.  “James?”  “Bear-Bear??”  “James???”  “Bear-Bear??!!?”  I just have to tell him that they are taking a bath at the moment but they will be with him when he wakes up from his nap.

I’ve caught CB in the act of feeding James (usually not Bear-Bear, don’t know why) whatever snack he’s eating.  He was trying to shove a pretzel rod in James’ mouth one time.  He will get a tissue to wipe James’ mouth or nose, because maybe he was sniffling, too.  He’s always hugging these guys and I’m sure he talks to them, too, because we hear him yapping away in his room before he goes to nap/sleep at night.

So we were leaving Boston on Sunday and I was packing his babies up.  I threw them in my bag and CB starts these bloodcurdling screams because apparently I was murdering them by throwing them in my bag.

So I said, “Fine, fine, I’ll leave their heads out so they can breathe, too, ok?”

I zip up his babies to the head so their heads are sticking out of my bag so you know, they can “breathe”.

CB is still screaming bloody murder….

I give up, threw him his babies and tell him not to forget them because we are not driving back for them!

CB gingerly holds up James and Bear-Bear, looks into their faces lovingly, and says to them in a worried voice, “ARE YOU OK, BABY??!!??!”

I was on the floor.  ROFL. Funniest and cutest thing ever.  LOL.  🙂


BB is 10 months old this past Monday!  We went for his 9-month well visit last week (a little delayed because of Hurricane Sandy) and his measurements are:

Height:  28.25 inches

Head:  46 cm

Weight:  18 lbs, 10 oz

We are mostly surprised by the weight because we were convinced he was at least 20 lbs!  My dad was convinced that he was no longer 25th percentile for his weight because he’s so heavy but he’s not even that heavy. He just feels really heavy.  He gained 2 lbs, right on schedule.

He’s not crawling yet but he’s rocking/swaying on his hands and knees. He might be crawling by Christmas! He’s also loving “people food” (our food, not in puree form anymore) but he does love his oatmeal cereal and whatever purees I’ve made for him.  Fruits and veggies.  I also made him a chicken puree with sweet potatoes and carrots.  He looked really grossed out the first time he had it. I think he almost vomited.  LOL but he kept on opening his mouth for more. I think he looked really grossed out because it wasn’t sweet like the other purees he’s had in the past.  He’s definitely a sweet tooth, I think!

10 months, yay!
Can’t believe he’ll be a year old in 2 months!


Happy 9 Months!

Today is a popular birthday day.  I know of 2 people who have a birthday today.  Meanie, Carey and I had a meeting this morning with a child study team at the local elementary school and as we were waiting in the lobby for the meeting, there had to be like 2-3 kids toting in birthday cake or cupcakes for their birthday party today.  Popular day!  Happy birthday to all the October babies!

Today, BB is 9 months old!  I can’t believe he is 9 months already!  Time flies way too fast.


Look at my BooBoo Bear!  I know this picture quality sucks and I”m sorry for that. I really need to bust out my ancient click and shoot but it’s so hard to capture the ideal moments for pictures!  This is Meanie’s desktop and the picture there is CB at 9 months wearing the exact same outfit.  I remember that morning actually.  We had a bad storm and we lost power so the 3 of us were huddling in our bed all night to keep warm.  We finally got power later that day and he’s smiling.  Look at that little tuft of hair!  BB has way more than hair than his big brother.  They also don’t look alike!  Do they even look like they’re brothers?

CB has more of my skin features (aka PASTY) and inherited my light hair (for an Asian) although his hair looks more like a mixed kid’s hair.  It’s THAT light.  When his hair was growing out, he had curls!  But as it grew longer, he lost the curls.  It was so cute!  I wish he still had wavy hair.  That’s from my father, or me.  I would have wavy hair if it were short but it’s not.

Someone actually came to me and asked me if I was positive that Meanie was the father of CB.  Like, really?  Am I positive?  DUH.  Who asks that?  LOL  I know she didn’t mean it like that but still, some tact please?  What IF he wasn’t the father?  That would be an even more awkward conversation.  Of course, Meanie didn’t help in the conversation.  He said that CB was the mailman’s kid.  😛 Our “mailman” just happens to be a woman. LOL

BB looks more like Meanie.  He was born with black hair but it’s slowly turning light brown.  :/  Not as light as big bro’s but definitely brown.  Makes me wonder how much Mutt Blood I have in my bloodline.  I would think the Asian features would be more predominant over Mutt Blood features but in this case, it’s not.  Something to ponder about…

Frankenstorm is on its way. Yay.  😦  I hope the store hasn’t run out of water and other essentials by the time we get there. Poop.  I’m in NJ – where it’s going to be hit hardest.  Wonderful.  Good luck to everyone out there!


Product Review – SheSpeaks

This post is long overdue. My apologies!

I joined SheSpeaks over the summer because I was looking into more websites that were similar to BzzAgent.  I like the idea of trying out new products and spreading the word.  I was doing that for a while but I was buying the products myself.   If you join these sites, you may get picked to test some new products, depending on where you stand – usually like age, area, etc etc.

SheSpeaks is a community for women where you can read blogs, share reviews, read opinions and be chosen for free product testing.  It’s quite nifty.

I mentioned Shespeaks a few posts ago about these websites who promote word of mouth marketing.  Clickety.

Since joining this past summer, I’ve been offered 2 products for testing.  The first was Clear Shampoo and Conditioner but it took a while to arrive due to shipping complications.  I received the products about 2 months later after I accepted the invite to test these products after I contacted them through their main website that I still haven’t received the products.  Their customer service was very prompt and polite and shipped it out to me in a few days.

I was excited to use Clear Shampoo and Conditioner!  I’ve been seeing these commercials over and over since I was catching up on shows on Hulu Plus – which isn’t commercial free.  You’re forced to watch 1-2 commercials when they have commercial breaks.  It’s not pure torture but it sucks that I can’t fast forward through them.  But after viewing these commercials, I wanted to try these products!  (Their partnership with Hulu Plus worked – I NEEDED to try these products LOL)  So imagine my excitement when SheSpeaks offered me to product test these items. 🙂

When I finally received my box, I ripped the box open and went to wash my hair.  Please note no pictures were taken of my box because I literally ran off with the products to go wash my hair.  Seriously.

What my hair has been looking like for the past 6 months and still does. 😦

By the way, it’s almost 9 months AFTER I gave birth to BB and I’m still dealing with post-pregnancy hair.  I went through the hair loss about 3 months post-labor and now my hair is long as fark. (Not anyone’s fault but mine) But I’m STILL dealing with the baby hairs that stick STRAIGHT UP and I look so silly!  Nothing works for those stubborn baby hairs.  Hair wax, hair spray, gel, mousse.  Nope.  They are SO defiant.  I first realized my hair was sticking up when BB kept on staring above my eyes and I was always wondering what he was staring at.  He was/is staring at my baby hairs and how silly his mommy looks. 😦  I look so stupid and old with my salt and pepper hair.  That’s what having kids does to you – turn your hair white and grey.  I’m in serious need for a dye job and a hair cut. What’s taking so long?  I get my hair cut in Boston by a specific salon and a specific person.  LOL

Ahh, I digress.  Just had to get that out there.  Anyone dealing with post-labor ostrich hair?

So I tried the shampoo and conditioner and I love the smell.  It smells great!  I found the shampoo lathered well but I have SO MUCH hair that I need to use a large amount to get the lather that I need.  I usually use Dove Moisturizing Shampoo and a smaller amount of that lathers just right for my hair.  I have to use this insane amount of Clear Shampoo to acquire the lather I’m used to and to cover all of my hair.  It also rinses well and doesn’t feel like it leaves any build up in my hair.  I also love how it makes my hair smell so good the very next day, all day long.  I just sniffed my hair and it still smells good!

The conditioner is also great, too. It smells great and it really moisturizes my hair and leaves it really soft and shiny.  I find that I use the conditioner more often than the shampoo. It really bothers me that I need to use  A LOT to acquire the lather that I need to ensure all of my hair and scalp would be clean.  I wish they would make it more lather-able. Is that even a word?

I’m the type of person who needs to alternate products they use all the time.  I can’t use just one thing because I either get sick of it or my hair/skin/body doesn’t like it.  I crave for variety.  So I alternate using the Clear shampoo and using the Dove shampoo and I’m happy as a clam.  I doubt I’d be happy using it every day.  Nor my hair. But that’s just me!

What REALLY bothers me is the design of the bottles.  Yeah, it looks very modern and sleek but it’s not well balanced. They topple over every day in my bathroom.  You will always hear two loud bangs and me cursing because it landed on top of my head or my toes.  Me not happy. 😡   Overall, I really like the two products and I would probably buy the conditioner more than the shampoo in the future.

The second product I tested from SheSpeaks is the Enfagrow Older Toddler Ready to Drink Milk.  They marketed this to picky toddler eaters because the milk has the nutrition the toddlers need if they aren’t eating all too healthy.  They come in two flavors – Regular and in Vanilla; and they also come in powder form, if that’s preferred.

CB is a picky picky eater.  If he likes the food, he’ll gobble it up.  If he doesn’t, he’ll hold it in his mouth and let his saliva disintegrate his food into nothing and THEN he’ll swallow it.  Gross, isn’t it?  He won’t spit it out if he doesn’t like it and if we pry it out, he screams bloody murder when we do.  It’s a lose-lose situation and it’s always a puzzle trying to figure out what he will eat.  Even if he liked one type of food one day because he gobbled it down, there are times when I serve it again and then he’ll just hold the food in his mouth.  Gross.

CB is totally skinny. He’s got skinny legs and arms and is so skinny.  BB is way chubbier than him.  BB is ready to eat the food we eat. He always looks so sad when he sees our food and then looks at his food (oatmeal cereal mixed with fruit and veggie puree).  He snarfs it down anyway.  I can totally picture in the near future CB refusing to eat his food and BB totally grabbing it and stuffing it in his mouth.  TOTALLY.

I actually remembered to take pictures of the contents in my box this time.  Actually I got this shipment BEFORE I got the Clear products.  Ha ha.




Enfagrow Older Toddler drinks contain:

  • DHA and iron—two building blocks of a toddler’s brain
  • 19 nutrients to help support growth
  • Natural Defense® Dual Prebiotics® Blend—designed to help support your toddler’s immune system

Their packaging resembles the Horizon Organic Milk cartons that come in Vanilla or Chocolate. CB drinks those a lot and loves it.  I used to drink those when I was pregnant.  They are quite yummy!  I served these at CB’s birthday party one time with other kiddie drinks and juice boxes and all these kids were crying for their own vanilla milk!  Like crying and whining!  The power of Horizon Vanilla milk.  Hee hee.  Good thing I had plenty to go around.

So one weekend, I gave CB an Enfagrow milk.  He seemed happy to try it because it’s almost identical to the Horizon milk. He took one sip…and never touched it again after that.  I figured it was just that one time so I served it again but he knows what it looks like and it’s NOT his favorite vanilla milk and it goes untouched.  I served it another time and he tried to force it down Meanie’s throat.  3 times.  I know Meanie or my mom has tried giving it to him.  Always untouched.  It’s obvious he doesn’t like it.  I tried it for myself to see what it tastes like.  There’s a faint vanilla taste but it’s not as flavorful as the Horizon milks.  And it doesn’t taste like organic milk.  You know, yummier than regular non-organic milk.  But I don’t taste anything bad or vitamin-y or anything like that. For some reason, my child avoids this like the plague.

I have a bunch of coupons for this.  Anyone interested?  Please don’t base your decision on my child.  He is SUPER picky and I’m not surprised he doesn’t like it.  I read other reviews on this product and other peoples’ kids love the milk.  It’s good for you and tastes great.  But if your kid has had a taste of the Horizon organic milks, there’s a huge chance your kid won’t like these either.  Just sayin’.

[Disclaimer:  Please note that I received both products complimentary for testing purposes from SheSpeaks.  This is my honest opinion.]


Kidz Kuts & Morning People

We did a lot this weekend. It was sunny outside and it was relatively warm for October.  My mom and several other people have been telling us to get CB a haircut because he was getting rather hairy. His last hair cut was in the summer when we went to the mall and we swapped kids with my in-laws.  Meanie and I took our nephews to play at Dave & Busters and Meanie’s big bro and sister-in-law took CB and BB to go shopping. When we got our kids back, CB had a new shirt on, new sneakers and a new hair cut!  🙂 But that was in the summer and since then, CB has gotten hairy again.  He got his school pictures back this year but he doesn’t look as good since he’s starting to resemble Cousin Itt.  Ha ha, not that bad but getting there. He’s still scared of hair cuts and hair dressers so it’s like pulling teeth to get him to have a hair cut.


Picture taken from here.

I know there are hair salons that specialize in kids hair cuts but the ones in my area were either really far away or got scary reviews via Yelp.  So despite the bad review on Yelp, we headed to a local Kidz Kuts ($17 for a hair cut).  It’s located in Livingston Mall, in Livingston, NJ (duh! LOL) and it’s a small section of the adult salon called Professional Hair Salon (this place got the bad review).  They had the taxi cars, planes where the kids ride in, all equipped with a TV, DVD player (Elmo for CB, of course!) and friendly hair dressers.  I was also a little worried about going to Livingston Mall. I used to go there a lot when I was younger and it was decent, for a local NJ mall. But as time progressed, it got severely ghetto and I stopped going there because it was just so unpleasant to be in.  It’s gotten a lot better since then!  I never brought Meanie there so it was his first time and I was pleasantly surprised to see it improved since the last time I went there (gotta be in the 90’s).

CB screamed and cried and tried to climb out, as we expected him to but he did OK!  Luckily, the place wasn’t overly crowded so there wasn’t a huge crowd witnessing this whole debacle.  We pretty much had the whole section to ourselves.  It was done in just 10 minutes, max, and CB looks great now!  And he was super happy afterwards and pretty much for the whole weekend.

I found a blog where someone had their kid get a haircut here, too.  I didn’t take any pictures because it wasn’t pretty with all that crying and screaming.  There’s a picture of the same hair dresser CB had, too! I think his name is Joe.  We will definitely be back again so Joe can cut CB’s hair!

Have you ever seen those long-haired dogs, like a Shih-Tzu or a Maltese, get their haircuts in the summer when it’s too hot?  They no longer have their long hair and they are SO HAPPY to not be burdened by long hair in their faces, etc.  CB reminds me of those dogs cuz he was SO SO SO HAPPY the whole weekend.  🙂  He also got a lollipop afterwards for being so good.

Here’s a before picture:


And here’s an AFTER picture:


Haha, so Happpiee!

He looks like a totally different kid, huh?  Here he is in a carousel ride for kiddies:

I plopped in a buck for this ride and he quietly sat there, waving to me and eating his lollipop. Ha ha.  He also got to ride it 2 more times after that since the other parents whose kids were on the first time I put in a buck, “paid” me back in rides.  So nice of them!

CB was very happy this weekend but Meanie, BB and me were not so happy.  CB is a morning person.  He wakes up at the most insane times (like when it’s still dark outside).  He will chatter non-stop and plop himself right in our bed, in the middle. Luckily for me, he’s a daddy’s boy so he will bug Meanie instead of me.  Ha ha.  But I still hear him! Gah.  BB hears him too, from his own room and a slightly closed door!  Meanie, BB and I LOVE to sleep.  We are rather cranky without sleep.  When Meanie and I were younger (i.e., BEFORE kids), we would sleep the day away and be happy with that.  So much for those days.

My parents are totally morning people.  They believe in getting up very early in the day and running errands (which I do agree to but not happy about because I need my beauty sleep!)  I think my parents’ Morning Person-ness skipped a generation because I certainly don’t have it and neither does my sister, and went all into CB. Wahhh!  He was up at 3:30am last night.  5am Friday night.  Goodness gracious.  How am I supposed to teach him to stay in bed till it’s a normal time to get up.  8am would be nice.  9am would be even better!  *sigh*

This post is entirely about CB.  BB feels left out. He’s going to be 9 months on Friday!  Time flies so fast!

You can see his two teeth on the bottom.  He’s not crawling yet but more like bulldozing with his head and looks like an inchworm trying to get to his point of destination. LOL.  I don’t think he knows he has to move his hands and knees simultaneously to crawl somewhere.  It’s a work in progress.  He has a hearty appetite.  He snarfs down his solids, 3 meals a day and sucks down his bottles. He’s a big boy! He’s sure to catch up with his big brother soon.

Conversations with CB #2

Me:  Hi CB, how are you?  Did you have fun today?
CB: Gordiya!  *Huuu Huuu Huuu*
Me:  (bewildered) Whaat?
CB:  Gordiya!!
Me:  Gordita?  You want Mexican food?  (frazzled)
CB:  Gordiya!!!  *HUU HUUU HUUU*
Me:  Uhhhh…
CB:  *sees this on TV (Baby Einstein)*:

















Me:  OHHHHHHHHHHH….Gorilla!!!

Those R’s and L’s are a killer for little ones. LOL.  Not just little ones!

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