Birthday Surprises!

Ashton surprised me with Liana's first trip to the beach! Check out the video of our day!

Grammy and Auntie Come To Visit

Grammy and Auntie come down from New Hampshire and we take Liana on a bumpy ride in the woods!

Ani's three month update.

How have three months gone by already?! Check out Liana's newest photos and read about her developmental updates!

Six week photo shoot

Enjoy Liana's latest photo shoot with a 'soot sprite theme', as well as her six week updates!

Liana's birth story

Read through my diary as I undertake one of the most magical moments of my life: giving birth! This is the story of a natural unmedicated childbirth experience as told by a first time mum.

Friday, September 5, 2014

FoodieFriday: Berry Sprouted Cereal | Elimination Diet

I recently finished up a series of healthy eating workshops at Whole Foods (South Weymouth) with our Healthy Eating Specialist, Sarah Howes. I'm not going to reiterate everything that I learned, but I will show you how I am applying it. One of our sessions focused on elimination diets--simply put,  removing a certain food from our diet to see how our body responds. We also briefly covered ways that sugar and flour are heavily integrated into our everyday diet and how our body uses and stores these foods. Combining these two elements, I have decided to do a no sugar elimination diet for 23 days.

I can tell already that this is going to be quite the task for me, as I have accidentally slipped up already. I meant to start on September 1st, but in the midst of having guests over I quickly scarfed down my Thai basil and edamame veggie burger without a thought. Where was the sugar? In the roll! Ugh, why didn't I think of that? With attempt #2 on the following day, I specifically picked out the yummiest sugar free lunch but what ruins my meal? A ketchup packet! :( By September 3rd, I realized that sugar is pretty tricky and I must be more careful.

So far I have made it three whole days sugar free! It doesn't sound like much, but I honestly never realized how much sugar I consume. This challenge is already so eye opening for me and I can't wait to see what else I learn.

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Berry Sprouted Cereal

1 1/2 cup Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Almond Cereal
1/2 cup frozen raspberries, thawed
1/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup Almond Breeze almond milk

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, toss lightly, an enjoy!


Okay, I made this one up really quickly, but I wanted to think of a nutritious sugar free way to start off my day. I needed something that would give me energy to entertain Liana, while cooking, cleaning, and running errands. This was the perfect breakfast, and so delicious!

The Ezekiel cereal is a combination of organic sprouted wheat, organic malted barley, organic almonds, organic sprouted barley, organic sprouted millet, organic sprouted lentils, organic sprouted soybeans, and organic sprouted spelt. Sprouted grains are easier for the body to break down and absorb the most nutrients, compared to regular grains.

Let me know if you've tried this cereal before, or if you've done your own elimination diet!

Friday, August 29, 2014

FoodieFriday: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

I have been terribly slacking on my FoodieFriday posts, but I promise I've made some delicious treats! The recipe I am sharing today isn't a Health Starts Here recipe, but it has definitely become a favorite in my home. These buffalo cauliflower bites are a healthy alternative to a traditional buffalo chicken appetizer. Now, don't be turned off by the cauliflower even if you know you dislike it--I was convinced I hated cauliflower before I tried a similar recipe! They are very easy to make, with only a little prep work so I don't have to wait until Liana is napping to prepare it. I have made it a couple different ways and am going to share two variations.

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites (without breading)

Serves 2
1 head cauliflower, separated into small florets (or 1 bag of frozen cauliflower)
1/3 cup buffalo sauce
1 tbsp Earth Balance buttery spread
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
dash of black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 
2. Spread the cauliflower florets on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden (bake longer for frozen florets).
3. Combine sauce, buttery spread and spices.
4. Place cauliflower in a medium bowl and add the buffalo mixture. Toss to evenly coat florets.
5. Transfer the cauliflower back to the baking sheet and bake for an additional 15 minutes to absorb the sauce.
6. Place with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites (with breading)

Serves 2
1 head cauliflower, separated into small florets (or 1 bag of frozen cauliflower)
1/3 cup buffalo sauce
1 tbsp Earth Balance buttery spread
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
dash of black pepper
1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs or panko crumbs

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 
2. Spread the cauliflower florets on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden (bake longer for frozen florets).
3. Combine sauce, buttery spread and spices.
4. Place cauliflower in a medium bowl and add the buffalo mixture. Toss to evenly coat florets.
5. One at a time, place a sauce covered floret into the bread crumbs and roll around to cover thoroughly.
5. Transfer the cauliflower back to the baking sheet and bake for an additional 15 minutes to absorb the sauce and let the bread crumbs provide a crispy coating.
6. Place with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!


I am absolutely in LOVE with this recipe. I'm a huge fan of spice and buffalo tenders used to be a favorite of mine before I became vegan. Buffalo cauliflower bites are a nice alternative and a good way to work another vegetable onto your plate without that "ugh, I have to eat a vegetable" feeling. With the breading they are crispy on the outside, but still tender on the inside. I literally crave these now!


Don't be afraid to come up with your own substitutions! I've changed it up several times, using vegan mayo instead of the buttery spread to give it a creamier taste when I'm not using a dipping sauce, or changing up the spices that I had to give it more or less of a "kick".

Leave a comment if you want to try this recipe or share some alterations that you have tried!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Liana's four month update

I feel like a broke record when I write these updates, repeating how I can't believe how much time has passed and how big Liana is getting. Mothers always say "they grow so fast" and "these are the days you'll miss when they're older." And I know exactly what they mean. I see mums bring their newborns into my work and I think, "I remember when Liana was that small" and I miss it. I loved how tiny and fragile she seemed. I loved watching her sleep and kissing her face all smooshed up against my chest. I loved her tiny newborn clothes and waiting for her first smile.

I would never want to rewind or slow down time, though. Babies grow so rapidly and are constantly learning new things. Liana literally keeps me on the edge of my seat with what to expect next. I've seen her first smile, her first laugh, her first time rolling over, standing up on her feet, cooing, reaching for objects she wants, and resting her hands on her feet to attempt to sit up on her own.

Next will come actually sitting up on her own, responding to cause and effect games (like peek-a-boo), getting her first taste of solid food, developing an understanding of associations, sleeping in her own room, etc. I can't wait to experience her "firsts" with her and watch her little personality blossom.

Currently we are working on getting her to sit up on her own. Liana still does tummy time to strengthen muscles (by having to lift her head/neck/shoulders), improve coordination (by grabbing for toys in front of her), and promote mobility (by trying to get objects out of her reach or turn toward a noise). I also give her plenty of time to practice actually sitting. I will help her by holding her hands for balance, putting a pillow behind her (which she usually tries pulling her self away from so she can sit up even more), or resting her hands on her feet while she sits leaning forward (i have a clip of this for her next video!).

I love trying to show her new things, but I'm trying to be patient and let her figure certain things out on her own. I am starting to offer her more toys so she can choose what she wants to explore and play with. She always looks so thoughtful and I can tell when she is really trying to figure something out because her eyebrows will scrunch together and she won't lose focus unless I literally pull her away. She focuses a lot when she plays with the toys on her new exersaucer.

After sitting up on her own, I think our next feat will be letting her sleep in her own room (eek!---sad mummy day) and letting her taste real food! Those will probably be between 5-6 months though. But I am so excited!

Check out a clip of Liana's laughing fit this week:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Day with Grammy and Auntie Deasha!



My mom and sister came to visit and spend the day with us on Monday. Liana was so excited! She insisted on wearing her adorable little flower dress that she finally fits into so she could show off for her Auntie Deasha.

We had a nice chatty girl's afternoon, playing with Liana and eating some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before heading out to the Freetown-Fall River State Forest. It was our first time at this particular park, so we didn't know what to expect. We found a lot of hiking trails, which I was excited about, but they are not stroller friendly! I would love to return there for a mini hike with Liana in her carrier and to bring her to the wading pool. I'm sure she would love the water and seeing the other kids playing.

After a failed attempt at one of the hiking trails, we walked around the perimeter of the picnic area and found a nice shady table to feed Liana before packing up to go home.

Lastly, we fit in the inevitable photoshoot of Liana and Auntie Deasha!

It was such a beautiful day for them to visit and I'm glad they got to spend time with Liana. I want her to grow up spending a lot of time with her family because you never realize how important family is until you're grown up. 

Obviously kids will be kids, but knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have complained about going to family gatherings and would have soaked up all the time I could with my cousins. We're over a hundred miles away from most of my family and recently I've been really feeling it. I miss my family and hope to be closer to them some day.


Friday, August 8, 2014

FoodieFriday: Summer Strawberry French Toast

As you may know, and for those of you who don't, I work at Whole Foods Market. This means that I am constantly exposed to healthy foods, recipes, and nutrition advice. Health Starts Here is a program that is publicized by the Healthy Eating Specialists at each Whole Foods Market location. I've recently decided that I am going to try my hardest to eat healthier and get in better shape. It has been easy to say I want to do this, but actually doing this is a completely different story when I'm working 10 hours a day or taking care of a 3-month-old on my "days off". So in tribute to the Health Starts Here program, I am going to start a FoodieFriday series where I try and re-create at least one of their recipes each week and share them on here with pictures and my review! I hope you enjoy them!

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Summer Strawberry French Toast

Serves 4
2 cups sliced strawberries
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 banana, mashed
4 pitted dates, soaked in hot water, mashed to a paste
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
8 slices Health Starts Here 6 sprout rye bread with carawa

1. Pour the balsamic vinegar over the strawberries and cover. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
2. Combine the banana, dates, cinnamon, vanilla, and almond milk in a bowl. Whisk until incorporated.
3. Dip the slices of bread in the batter mixture and let it soak through.
4. Cook in a skillet or frying pan for about 2 minutes on each side.
5. Top with strawberries and enjoy!

I'm a fan of maple syrup and would have added this too if I had some on hand, but instead I went for my mom's homemade jams. Yum! Also, the original recipe called for cinnamon raisin bread, but the store was out when I went so I grabbed a different Health Starts Here bread. I'm sure most breads will work wonderfully. I would also like to try this replacing the strawberry syrup with blended raspberries! Mmm.

My review:

This recipe was very straight forward and easy to make and it smelled delicious. Substitutions are easy to make, as I did with the bread and could be done with the berry topping. I didn't taste much of the banana batter on the finished product and think it would have been better if I let the bread soak longer in the batter. If the banana was more present, these would be perfect!

Comment if you want to or have tried this recipe before and let me know what you think!

Click here for more recipes and to learn more about the Whole Foods Market Health Starts Here program.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Birthday surprises!

There is not one point in my life when I could have guessed I would be where I am today. I am so thankful for all of the love, happiness, and health that I am blessed with. Twenty six years has felt like a long time, but I know I still have such a long way to go. This is my first birthday having both a sweet baby girl and the best boyfriend in the world to help me celebrate. And celebrate we did!

Summer is my favorite time of the year, not just for my birthday, but for the nice warm and sunny weather it brings. I have been talking non-stop about Liana's first beach trip and how I can't wait until next summer so we can have a proper beach trip with her so she will be old enough to stand the heat and actually be able to wear sunscreen and be walking around! Ashton decided there wasn't a need to wait until next summer for Liana's first beach trip and surprised me with a planned walk on the beach (Horseneck Beach) for my birthday. It was obviously just a mini-trip since we didn't want Liana out in the sun too long, but it was just perfect (besides carrying her in her stroller part of the way because it got stuck in the sand!). Liana stood in the water and let the waves crash over her little toes. The water splashed right up to her bum and she enjoyed every minute of it.

For lunch we went to Lebanese Pita Pocket and got the yummiest food. Pumpkin kibbeh and pita bread for an appetizer and we both got the falafel plate, mine with kidney bean salad and Ashton's with chickpea salad. I told Ashton earlier in the week that I didn't want to pick where we went on my birthday, I wanted a surprise, and that the food had to be healthy. He definitely chose the perfect place and gets an A+ for my birthday meal choice. :)

Something funny Liana? Oh Daddy's telling jokes again....

Ashton's Joke of the Day

At some point throughout the day we saw cows while we were driving and this is the conversation that occurred:
Ashton: "look a cow!"
Me: "there's two! they must be friends!"
Ashton: "do you think they're ....bessies?"
Me: --blank stare--
Ashton: --cracking up laughing at his own joke--

At home, yet another surprise was waiting for me. Last week we went to Wildflour Bakery after lunch to try out some yummy vegan treats and apparently Ashton was doing some scoping out of other baked items when I wasn't looking! He ordered a birthday cake for me and his dad picked it up and I had no idea of any of it! It was chocolate of course, and very tasty! Speaking of cake, I think I might go get another piece right now..... Yum! We filled our bellies with chocolatey delicousness and were ready for an afternoon nap.

Later, we popped back out to fye to find a movie and, unexpectedly, returned home with Grave of the Fireflies. I LOVE this movie. If you've seen it before, you're probably wondering why the heck I'd want to watch it on my birthday since it is actually quite depressing. I think it is an amazing movie and I have so much respect for Isao Takahata's films. Anyway, we were too tired to actually finish it, so we turned it off to save for another day.

I love my blog and hope to be able to look back on in it fondly in the years to come, but I decided to try something new in addition to my blog posts and pictures: videos! I made my first video montage of my birthday with my little family and uploaded it to my YouTube account. I apologize in advance for the "jumpiness" of the video, I was way to excited to keep a steady hand and wasn't paying enough attention to how the video would look later on. With practice, I will get better at it though. :) I really hope to make time for these every few weeks or so to document Liana's growth and hopefully catch some of her "first" moments. I hope everyone enjoys them, please like the video and leave comments on our brand new YouTube channel if you do! Here's our first video:

Monday, July 28, 2014

MummyMonday: Baby and Mummy Summer Wishlists

Liana is getting so big! Okay, so she is probably only pushing 11lbs, but she is almost twice her birth weight. She continues to amaze me every day with how observant and smart she is. She is growing and changing right before my eyes. Just this morning she requested new clothes and toys for the summer. At only three months old she knows just the face to put on to make me melt and do anything she says. On this account, we both decided to make our summer wishlists!

 1. Cute little summer dresses! Liana is begging to add to the 4 or 5 dresses she currently has and thought this Good Lad Baby-Girls Infant Multistriped Seersucker Sundress would be an adorable addition for the summer.

2. Sun shades! She is less concerned with the brand but is convinced she needs shades similar to these Monsoon Baby Diamante Flower Sunglasses to be glamorous like Auntie Desiree.

3. Crib mobile! Come Autumn time Liana knows she will eventually start sleeping in her crib. To make the transition easier, she has included this My Baby Sam Pixie Baby Mobile on her list.

4. Beach cabana! Liana is just as excited as I am to go on a beach trip, but doesn't want her sweet little skin and eyes to get damaged by the sun. She requested this cute little One Step Ahead Summer Smarties Infant Cabana. I think she was impressed by the cooling and airflow ventilation features.

5. An exersaucer! Liana went a little on the steep end when she picked out the ExerSaucer Triple Fun as her choice of entertainment. However, she knows she will make the most out of it since it can grow with her as a Play Gym, Exersaucer and Activity Table all in one!

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1. ModCloth Milkshake Things Up Dress

2. From top left, clockwise: Kate Spade Lido Flat, ModCloth Chasing Down Dreams Flat, Revolve Limousine Ballet Flat, Betsey Johnson Tammie Crochet Flat With Bow, Sperry Top-Sider Lakeside Slip-On, Jack Rogers Slim Ballet Flat

3. MAC lipstick in Creme D'Nude

4. Mineral Fusion nail polish in Blushing Crystal (a pale pink) and Marble (white)

5. ModCloth Lace In The Sun Dress
(Not pictured: ModCloth Chic By The Creek Dress and ModCloth Yearning For Yesteryear Dress are really cute too!)

Now we're just sitting back with our feet up and waiting for the so-called "Christmas in July" thing to happen. :)

What's on your summer wishlist?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Grammy and Auntie come to visit!

Yesterday I was all prepared for my mom to come down and visit for the day and Liana and I sat outside to await her arrival. She made quite the entrance, driving her birthday present up the driveway: a yellow and black Mustang convertible! And not only that but she also brought Desiree with her. Liana had the biggest smiles ready for her Grammy and Auntie.

I gave them a tour of our new home (I think I mentioned already that we recently moved again) and there was a lot of chatting and catching up. As our bellies grew hungry I prepared us some of the double cheese vegan lasagna that I made on Wednesday night for Ashton's birthday. I was so excited they both loved it and wanted the recipe!
We decided to get out of the house and go to Dighton Rock Park in Berkley for a walk. I hadn't been there before and didn't know what to expect, but it turned out alright. It seemed like a good spot to have a picnic and the water scene was beautiful, but the paths were a bit overgrown and unkempt. We attempted one of the paths, but Liana was having a tough time handling the hike in her stroller. We visited the museum and signed our names and where we were from in the guest book. There were entries dating back to July 2006!

After Liana had her afternoon lunch, we packed up and headed home to meet up with Ashton, who arrived home from work right around the same time we did. We chatted some more and made peanut butter and homemade jelly sandwiches. Yum!
I was having so much fun watching Liana with her Grammy and Auntie, it was sad watching them go. And soon after they left, Ashton went out to a friend's house, so Ani and I were hanging out just the two of us for the rest of the night. To put an unexpected closure to a perfect day, Liana let me hear her laugh for the very first time! I was playing around with her while she was sitting in her bouncer, and out of nowhere she started laughing. I was so surprised and excited. I absolutely wanted to capture the moment, but my phone and camera were upstairs. Luckily I had my computer on the counter so I opened Photobooth and tilted the screen down toward the floor so the webcam could peak at Liana. I managed to catch just the end of her laughing, but it is still super cute. I immediately uploaded the short video to YouTube so I could share the amazing moment.

It's not good quality video, but it's her first ever laugh! Enjoy!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ani's three month update.

Hello again! I realize I have been quite MIA on here lately, but there was no way I would miss posting about Liana's past month! We've been super busy with moving (once again) and I am juggling being back at work and trying to get out of the house with Liana on my days off. I'm hoping to get into a better blogging routine soon, so I can post more often.

Growth! Liana is growing like a little weed! My little munchkin is probably nearly double her birth weight now. Most people look at her and comment on how tiny she is. I agree with them, but I know being her parent allows me to also see how big she is at the same time. She is smiling all the time now, even at strangers, which I am happy about! Our pediatrician mentioned (and I've read about) babies developing separation anxiety between 2-4 months, and one of the signs is selective smiling (reserving smiles only for mummy and daddy). Another sign is waking more at night and looking around to make sure her parents are close by, but Liana doesn't do this either. I think it's because she spends most of her waking time with us and there aren't really periods of time when we set her down and walk away.

Strength! For over a month now, Liana has been bearing her weight down on her feet like she is ready to stand. She obviously lacks the balance and coordination to stand up on her own, but by practicing while holding my hands she is building up strength in her legs. Our pediatrician and my baby emails say babies start bearing their weight down around 4 months and Liana has been doing it since before she was 2 months old! I'm not surprised though; the day she was born I had her laying on my chest and when she heard a noise she lifted her head off of me and turned her head to both sides before laying it back down and completely surprised the nurse! I also think Liana is really close to sitting up on her own. My baby emails say that on average babies sit up at around 4 months, so I think she is right on track. When I lay down and sit her on my belly with my legs behind her, she pulls herself forward to sit all the way up (instead of just laying back resting on my legs). She usually overshoots and pulls too much and ends up falling forward. I usually catch her with my hands and let her push her hands off of mine to sit up straight again, but she usually overshoots again, pushing too hard, and resting her back on my legs again. She knows how to push and pull herself forward and backward to get to where she wants, and as soon as she gains balance she will be able to sit on her own!! Another thing she does is when she is laying down and holding my hands, she grips my hands pretty hard and uses them to pull herself into a sitting position, and then bears down hard on her feet and with another giant pull she straightens out her legs and uses my hands to pull herself into a standing position! I'm going to see if I can get a video of her doing this so you know what I'm talking about. She is just so strong it honestly amazes me!

Changes! On numerous occasions I've caught Liana sleeping on her side. Previously, she would only sleep on her back. I got her to sleep on her tummy only once but I deliberately put her like that to see if she would like it. She's not a very picky sleeper though and sleeps through pretty much everything and can sleep anywhere. Which also brings me to her bassinet! I didn't think she was going to sleep in it, but since we moved I was adamant about getting her to use it. Her regular sleep schedule at night is from 10-6. This first two nights in her bassinet she went down between 9:30-10pm and woke up around 3am. We figured out it wasn't the bassinet though, it was because she was too cold! After adding another blanket (covering up to her belly button), she has slept through until 6-6:45! (Last night, for example, she slept from 9:30pm-6:45am). She also still enjoys her morning nap too. She eats right away when she wakes up between 6-6:45am and then naps until her next meal at 9-9:30am.

Development! Liana is working on developing hand/eye coordination. She hasn't successfully reached out, grabbed, and held onto anything yet, but yesterday she was pretty close. I always have my cell phone all up in her face since I use it to take pictures/videos of her and while the camera was on she reached out and grabbed the side of my phone and tried dragging it away, haha! I think I'm going to put more toys on the floor with her during tummy time and on the tray of her high chair so she can work on grabbing them. I also haven't heard Ani laugh yet! She is a whole bundle of smiles, showing off her gums at any chance she gets, but she hasn't even let out a giggle yet. I'm trying to wait patiently, but she is really testing me!!

**Please excuse the continuously grainy and washed out pictures. I am still using my cell phone for photos! :( **

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Baby's first vaccines!

This week has been.... let's just say, "horrendous". And there's still half of the week left. I'm not one to post negativity on my blog, but I suppose I'll tell it like it is.

I've had planned for several weeks that this Monday was to be my first day back at work and I spent a lot of time in my head preparing myself. We picked out a day care and took a little tour and everything was to be all set on that end. I knew I'd be upset when I left Liana for the first time, especially her being in someone else's care. I had to keep reassuring myself that these people are trained professionals and that nothing was going to happen to her. But I was still working myself up with pre-separation anxiety. I wondered if Liana was feeling the same way.

Monday came and Ashton went off to work in the morning as usual. Due to some (partially) unforeseen circumstances, Liana, however, did not go to day care. I brought her to work with me around noon and Ashton took a half day from work and met up with me to pick up Liana. Things were not going as planned. I hate to admit I was slightly relieved knowing that Liana would be home with her daddy while I was at work. Of course three hours into my shift I took a break and still called home to check up on her. I missed her so much. She will be in day care soon and I know I'll miss her even more. I just hope she doesn't get separation anxiety from me too badly. :(

Also while "unenjoying" my first day back at work, something else completely unexpected happened to me. How do I put this lightly...? My first set of ... monthly lady problems ... since I got pregnant decided to peek in on me and see how I was doing. I tried to tell her I was delighted by her ten month absence and that she could continue her vacation for a little longer, but she insisted on staying. Maybe some of you have experienced this, but for those women who haven't and men that never will, let me tell you about one thing in life that can cause more pain than childbirth. I had read about and heard from a friend that your first menstrual cycle after giving birth can be a little shocking and pretty awful. I was so naive thinking "how bad can it be?" THE WORST. The heaviest and most painful I have ever experienced! I was literally bending over in pain. It was embarrassing enough to have this happen at work, but then I had to pretend like it wasn't happening. I had a terrible night of sleep due to the cramps and the next morning I couldn't wait to take a hot shower (hot showers have always helped with my cramps, I think this is why I wanted the tub when I was in labor!). I woke up and I think Ashton was a little disturbed by my state and quickly offered to go out and get me any kind of medicine. Yes, please! So now I know what to expect (and to dread) next time. And so do any of you planning for your first child. Don't do it!! No, I am kidding, I would definitely do it again to be blessed with such a beautiful baby. But honestly, I felt like my body was being sneaky for ten months making me think I was getting off scot-free, and then got a good laugh when it threw this on my plate my first day back at work. Ha. Ha. (Note the sarcasm.)

Later on Tuesday I was feeling a little better due to the meds, but then something ELSE happened on my way to work. I think it was an allergic reaction to the pollen or maybe something got in my eye, but whatever it was made the bottom of my left eye swell up like a balloon! I had about an hour drive to work and I could only half see out of my left eye. Day number two back to work wasn't looking any better than day number one. Long story short, the swelling didn't start going down until half way through the day and wasn't completely gone until the next morning. I spent yet another day being embarrassed because several new employees started working while I was on leave and I had to meet them looking like I got stung in the face by a bee. I had to tell everyone I talked to right away that I was allergic to the pollen or something so they didn't think my eye always looked like that! Eww. Needless to say I spent most of the day avoiding eye contact with co-workers and failing to avoid customers.

Wednesday came and it was time for another trip to see Liana's pediatrician. Baby girl is up to 10 lbs, 4oz! I have to mention that I should be given an award for often guessing her weight so accurately. Ashton guessed 11 lbs (he always thinks she's a fatty), and I guessed 10-4! I think to be exact she was 10-4.4. Today was the day I had to watch Liana get her first round of infant vaccines. I turned around and picked up my phone to distract myself as Ashton held Liana and the needles were being prepared. I think I actually tweeted about it at that moment... I turned back around just in time to see her getting the third injection and getting cute little band aids on them. Liana let out a cry and Ashton immediately scooped her up to console her. I had tears in my eyes and was afraid I'd start balling. But Liana was quite the little trooper! Literally only a few moments of tears and she was over it! She did amazingly and it made me feel so much better--no actual tears fell from my eyes either. Yay, no need for the embarrassment, haha.

Sorry for the blurry picture, she really is quite the squirmer! She had to drink one of the vaccines and the other three were in her legs, as you can see two band aids in the picture.

I really hope the second half of this week is better than the first. I'm guessing it will be since it involves a pay check and a wedding! :)