Oct 30, 2010


We don't technically have anywhere to go, but Munchies has a Halloween costume.

Oct 29, 2010


My manager from my last job offered me work. It's perfect for me. I can do it from home and I can do it whenever I want. I need to decide how many hours I think I can work consistantly each week though, up to a max of 20. I know I could get in 10, but 20 sounds like a lot especially if Tim can't help with Munchies at all. I'm going to try it out for a week and decide. Tim's work is usually slow in the winter, so he can probably help and we could use a little extra income.

Oct 25, 2010

Bells Canyon

The next day we started hiking from a trailhead that didn't have a name as far as I could see. It's on the south side of the road right before entering Little Cottonwood Canyon. We walked along it until we reached the Bells Canyon trailhead, and hiked up there a little ways too. It was gorgeous with all of the fall colors.

Look at these two big front teeth. They're so cute.

Oct 23, 2010


Tim took the day off work for my birthday and we went hiking up the Mt. Aire trail. We only went to the saddle, where there were some nice views. We missed most of the leaves changing up there, next time I do that hike I'll have to go a few weeks sooner, like we did this time.

I made a recipe Laura told me about, chicken with buffalo chicken seasoning and lots of butter served on rice. It was yummy. Tim got an ice cream cake. Which I could eat! I posted recently that Munchies seemed to be getting over her MSPI, and as I've been adding more and more dairy/eggs/soy she's still had no reaction. I'm up to eating nearly as much dairy as I want now. Next step is giving her some.

We started watching The Butterfly Effect when Munchies took her afternoon nap, and she quite conveniently slept until the credits started rolling. I thought it was pretty good, but I wish I'd watched the theater version instead of the director's cut. I read about it after, and the endings were different, I would have much preferred to have seen the theater ending.

Laura made me some delicious shortbread/caramel/chocolate cookies and came over for a walk the next day. I got lots of Facebook birthday wishes and emails.

Overall, it was my style birthday. Good times. =)

Oct 22, 2010

White Pine Trail in Autumn and Learning about gross (and deadly) lack of handwashing in 1850

My parents stayed over for a night this past weekend. The main purpose was for them to see Munchies and watch her while we went out on a birthday date. We always have a good time hanging out with my parents, I really lucked out.

We went on a couple of short hikes while they were here. The first day we went walked on the White Pine trail up Little Cottonwood. About 1.75 miles up there is a pretty overlook that makes a nice destination. We couldn't have picked a better time of year for the hike. The aspens had all just turned a vibrant gold. There were about a hundred people milling around the parking lot and the first tiny stretch of the trail taking family pictures. Luckily they were all too lazy to actually hike anywhere, so the rest of the trail wasn't too congested.

My mom took these pictures. I always steal her pictures when I can instead of taking my own, partly because I'm lazy, partly because her camera is awesome.

 My dad educated us on Semmelweis while we walked. An OB doctor in 1850 who noticed how many of the patients at his hospital were getting infections and almost 20% were dying from it after giving birth. Nearby, there was a group of midwives. The midwives patients didn't get infections nearly as often. He discovered the reason infection was so high in the doctors' patients was because they did autopsies in the morning. They'd examine a woman who died, not wash their hands well, then go to a cervical exam on a woman in labor and pass it to her. He suggested hand washing with a chlorine solution. Infection dropped 90%. You wouldn't think the medical community could argue with those results, but they did. It just goes to show how much people don't like to change their minds and how closed minded and foolish they'll act in order to avoid doing so. He was ridiculed by many in the medical profession. He ended up kind of losing it and writing some letters to other OBs calling them ignoramuses and irresponsible murderers. He was correct, but that wasn't accepted until more than 20 years later, after his death.

Oct 20, 2010

Date at Fats bar and grill

Tim and I went to Fats Bar and Grill to play pool for a date. It's my favorite place to go out. It holds a lot of memories for us. I found it before we started dating, probably with Kristina, but Tim and I started going all the time when we got together. For my birthday the first year we were dating, Tim arranged for us to have the basement of Fats to ourselves for the night. He knew me well already. We kept going often until we moved further away. Now having Munchies it's really exciting to get a night at Fats. It was a blast as usual. We're a great match at pool, I don't think either of us is better. I dominated this time, which is always cool.

I've tried other pool halls, but Fats is in a whole different league. To be fair, I made this decision while you could still smoke inside public places in SLC. Fats was the only pool hall with no smoking allowed that had enough tables that you could actually get one, and enough action that you feel like you're out. The other pool halls might be better now that they don't stink, but it's too late, Fats has already wooed me. I love the food there too, so delicious. For awhile we were sad because it looked like Fats wasn't doing great, but they recently got a liquor license so they can sell more than just beer and it seems to have really helped.

Oct 18, 2010

Beco Gemini Carrier

Long story short, I already had a Bjorn carrier. I loved it but it killed my shoulders and basically past the age of a few months it was clearly inferior to the Ergo or the Beco carriers. I bought the Beco last week. It's nice. If you're actually in the market for a carrier you may want to read on because I'm about to ramble about the details of the Bjorn, Beco, and Ergo carriers. If you're not, check out the new carrier. Tim's wearing her in the hip position.

I have a Bjorn carrier already that I used all the time when Munchies was smaller.  After she got to be a few months old she was too heavy to carry comfortably in the Bjorn for more than half an hour, not that that stopped me from using it constantly. It was pretty much a necessity at the grocery store until she could sit up in the cart at around 6 months. My shoulders were always killing me by the time I got finished.

I still think the Bjorn is an awesome carrier for tiny babies. It's a more of a secure pocket than the beco or ergo carriers. However, it puts all the weight on your shoulders and doesn't have a waist belt. It also can't carry a baby in any position other than on your front. Which gets to be a bit of a problem when your baby is big enough that you're always trying to peer around her head when walking around. The Bjorn is less comfortable for your baby too, she's hanging by her crotch only instead of fully seated with the weight of her body on her butt and thighs the way she is in the Ergo carrier and the Beco carriers.

I knew I wanted the Ergo, the Beco Butterfly, or the Beco Gemini. I fairly quickly ruled out the Butterfly because it's only advantage over the Gemini and Ergo is it's got an inside panel, which makes your baby on your back a little easier. But, I figured plenty of women manage with the other two carriers, it can't be that hard. The Ergo and the Gemini can both do back carry, hip carry, or front carry. But, the Gemini can do front carry baby facing front. Which lots of people rabidly claim is terrible for your baby because she's going to get overstimulated and can't see your face. They can say what they will, but Munchies gasps, shrieks with joy, and smiles at people like crazy facing front, you simply can't deny that she enjoys it. I tried the Ergo and Gemini on side by side and found that they felt almost the same on me, except for the hip padding on the Ergo didn't quite extend far enough to cover my hip bones. The Ergo seemed like it might have felt slightly lighter on my shoulders due to the way the baby sits. The ergo is designed so Munchies armpits were rubbing against the carrier when her arms were out as they're supposed to be. The Gemini has more padding where her armpits are, as well as rounded cutouts for her arms. The Gemini comes up higher behind her with the headrest portion folded up, which meant she could lean her head back against it sleeping or not. The Ergo has a sleeping hood, but it totally blocks her vision if she wears it not sleeping. The Ergo has superior padding in the shoulders and hip belt, and a superior sternum buckle. Basically, the Ergo is built stronger and better, while the Beco has the superior design. Although, even the Beco could be greatly improved upon in my opinion. I had to choose the Beco because it was more comfortable on Munchies armpits and she could lean her head back.

I'm considering working up the motivation to design my own carrier and try to market it. It seems like a daunting task, but I think it would truly be better than any of the carriers I've read about. Hmmm.

Oct 17, 2010

MSPI Going Away?!

Since Munchies is getting close to a year old, which is when MSPI often resolves itself in babies, I thought I'd try reintroducing traces of milk, soy, and eggs into my diet. I started with just adding creamer into my coffee last Friday, then I had chocolate chip cookies, a couple of sips of milk, mac n' cheese, delicious cookies made by Laura involving shortbread, caramel and chocolate, annnnnnd... nothing. No reaction from Munchies so far. No blood in her poop, no super upset baby. I hope I'm not jumping the gun, but tomorrow I'm going to the grocery store and stocking up on all of the stuff I haven't been able to eat for the past 6 months. Ham and cheese sandwiches, grilled cheese, cottage cheese, ice cream, and MILK. Ohhhhh, milk. I used to drink 2 gallons of you myself every week. How I've missed you. Almond milk is not the same, I've used it in my cereal this past half year, but I've never been able to drink it alone with a meal. I'm so excited for milk!

Oct 11, 2010

Mule Hollow

Laura and I started this hike a couple of months ago, but we haven't ventured back since. I figured since it's a pretty steep one, maybe it would be best to just do it with Tim and have him carry Munchies. It's 1300 feet in 1.2 miles, which really is quite a steep climb.

We had fun. It was one of those hikes where the conversation is flowing and fun the whole time. Hiking often is that way I think. At home there are lots of distractions, but on a hike you can talk with nothing else going on. Plus, you have a clear head and an active mind because your blood is pumping. We talked about how ridiculous it is to think you're a more moral person than someone else because they happen to be gay (lots of talk about this subject on Facebook right now because of the speech on the matter during the lds conference). This got us on a religious and then political train of thought and we had lots to discuss from there.

The hike is cool because Mule Hollow is it's own tiny side canyon off of Big Cottonwood canyon. The walls are close on each side and it feels very closed in. When you get to the top there are views of mountains from all sides.

There's also some old mining equipment and tracks.

Munchies' hands were cold even extremely bundled up so I just kept layering on more clothes until she looked like the kid from A Christmas Story. Finally she warmed up.

 Later we went to REI and got her this warm outfit. It's got feet and hand covers that flip over. It's going to be much nicer to be able to put her in this instead of having to layer so many thinner clothes to get her warm. We also got her a very warm hat and gloves.

 Here's a video from the top. Note my agile spear throw.

Now, if you find yourself in a video type of mood, here's a 19 second video of Munchies modeling her new winter suit.

Oct 10, 2010


I wish I could say this pose was my idea, but alas it was my brother Eric who did it first. Although, who's to say, maybe he stole it from somewhere too?

Oct 6, 2010

10 Months

First of all, I forgot to include this in my post about her trip to see my grandpa.

Milestones: This month she learned to sit up on her own easily. Last month she had done it, but she wasn't a pro yet. Now she sits herself up all the time. She isn't exactly crawling, but she creeps along commando style. She gets up on her hands and knees often, and crawls some that way, but not exclusively yet. She's still slow at crawling. She pulls herself up on things, but doesn't walk alongside them yet. She can support her weight standing well, but her balance needs to improve to do it on her own. She can do pretty well holding my hand though. She's got 4 teeth, two top, two bottom.

Likes: She loves music. Her leg will often kick to the beat. She loves reading, she giggles when I get out a book. Turning the pages is probably her favorite part. She also likes to feel her touch and feel books. She seems to recognize people and animals in books. She gets very excited when she sees close up pictures of babies.  She loves animals and gets excited when any of our pets are nearby.

Games: She learned to clap. Then I tried just asking her to clap without clapping myself, and found out that she knows the word already. It's so cute to ask her to clap and see how excited she gets to play along. She also loves to play along if I start blowing raspberries. She still loves peek a boo in any context. She seems to think it's funny to make noise when she's being bounced on Tim's knee.

Food: I'm still breast feeding her and have a hard time getting her to eat much else. She isn't a fan of eating with a spoon. She'll eat a few spoonfuls, but then she'd rather grab the spoon and get the contents all over herself than eat them. She likes to pick up food herself and eat it, but she never eats a lot that way either. Part of the problem is how limited I am in what I can give her due to her MSPI. The good news is, babies start growing out of that around a year old, two years would be the very latest. It's probably time for me to do a test and make sure she's even still got a reaction. The one thing she seems to really like is my avocado smoothie, she will sip quite a lot of that happily and even tries to grab the glass if I'm not prompt enough at giving her the next sip.

Sleep: Sleep has not been great since around 6 months old. However, I recently started a new plan to get her sleeping better. It's too soon to say for sure how well it's working, but it does seem to be helping.

Oct 5, 2010

Vacation to visit my grandparents - Day 6 and 7

First thing after we woke up Tim and my dad headed to my grandpa's house to put in a new floor. It was going to take "3-4 hours". Everyone knows home improvement never runs on schedule.

My mom and I dawdled getting ready and headed down to the pool for a little bit. Around noon we arrived at my grandpa's house to find this.

There were some problems, which I won't get into, but basically things underneath the old floor were not as expected. My mom jumped in to help. I helped only a tiny bit when Munchies was napping or else occupied in her playpen. There were a lot of very strong fumes at one point when the new subfloor was being installed, so Munchies and I were banished for a couple of hours to the other side of the house.

It did give me a chance to go out to lunch with my grandpa and spend lots of time out on his fabulous front porch.

Around 11 PM the floor looked like this. A huge improvement. Tim and I had both started to come down with Munchie's cold and we were ready for bed.

The next morning, only slightly tired we headed back to Dallas. I kept falling asleep on the 3 hour drive so I was feeling pretty good by the time we arrived. We had two layovers to get home. Munchies was her usual charismatic self on the plane. On the flight home there was a man across the aisle from us who looked just like Vin Diesel, except hotter. Much hotter. I was forced to confide in Tim that this man was in possession of the sexiest man lips ever seen. You just can't hold back information like that. Tim always points out chicks who have fantastic boobs ect. to me, this was my chance to reciprocate. Except, somehow, a woman checking out another woman is more natural. But, the point is, he had to admit that it was true.

Then we drove home and went to bed.

The end.

Oct 4, 2010

Kitchen Floor - Check

Remember this? Two years fly by when your kitchen floor looks like it belongs to a burned down cabin. Tim finally sanded it down and sealed it. I can mop again. Yay?

Oct 3, 2010

Vacation to see my grandparents - Day 5

Munchies was feeling better the next morning. Her fever was gone and she was just left with a stuffy nose. I'm glad I packed the booger sucker, I'll tell you that. It got a lot of use on this trip. We hopped in the car and drove 3 hours to my grandpa's. The drive looked like this.

I have a lot of memories of my grandparents house. It's still got the same smell it's always had, like pages in an old book. It wasn't the same knowing my grandma wouldn't be inside to offer warm hugs and her infectious laugh. She passed away last fall. She led a life to envy. Long and full with plenty of kids and a 63 year marriage.

We arrived more fashionably than last time we visited. Last time everyone was standing around in the front yard, my brothers, my sister in law, 3 uncles, my aunt, and both of my parents. Tim pulled up to the curb and promptly rubbed the front tire along a strange sharp place in the curb which caused the tire to pop loudly, attracting the attention of all. Tim and I weren't even married yet, just engaged, and he still feels sheepish about the incident. It was actually a good bonding experience though, with everyone springing into action to get a new tire and get it on the car. As I was saying, this time we were more cool. We strolled into the kitchen to make our entrance. My parents were both already there along with two of my uncles and my grandpa.

It was fun to introduce Munchies to everyone. She especially loved listening to my grandpa play harmonica, she was mesmerized.

 I wasn't sure he would be quite as into her as my grandma has been, since men aren't usually quite the suckers for babies that women are. I was wrong. He never tired of interacting with her. It was adorable.

That night my uncle had his friend come by with her guitar to play some songs. She is a music teacher. She and Tim played guitar and everyone sang along. She knew a lot of great songs that we all knew too. Munchies loved listening to the music. I haven't been around babies other than her a whole lot, but she seems to enjoy music quite a lot. Her leg starts jerking in time to the beat often when there's a catchy song on. She's fairly accurate about keeping on the beat too, it's pretty funny.

That day my dad and Tim decided that they must replace the floor in the kitchen. They got all the materials so as to be ready for an early start.

Oct 2, 2010

Vacation to see my grandparents - Days 3 and 4

The next day we spent the day hanging out with my grandma and mom. We saw a bit more of the nursing home during the time when my grandma was resting. One man there was pretty funny. He mooed at me when I walked by once, and said hi another time. Turns out he goes by "the colonel" and he flirts shamelessly with all the ladies. I'm still not sure what the mooing was all about, perhaps he wanted to send a subtle message to me about my shape. Munchies was a huge hit at the home. It's mostly women, and they all loved seeing her. My aunt and uncle came to hang out for a bit near the end of the day. We had to drive back to Panama City that night, but stayed as long as we could before making the drive back.
On the drive back we drove right into the sunset. It set directly at the end of the road we were on, making it look like we were driving into a supernatural tunnel.

That night I had trouble getting to sleep for some unknown reason. Around 2 I finally fell asleep only to wake up at 4 to the sound of Munchie's snotty breathing. She had started to get a runny nose the night before, and when the sound of it woke me up I felt her and she felt hot to me. I got worried and Tim went out to get a thermometer and some ibuprofen, which I gave her after finding her temperature to be at least a degree high. We agonized over whether to go on to Louisiana to visit my grandpa and uncles. I didn't want to get my grandpa sick, and I didn't know if Munchies might get a lot worse fast. Her temperature an hour after the ibuprofin still hadn't come back down, which was worrying me. We bought tickets to come home that day, but en route to the airport decided we should keep on with the original plans. Munchie's fever had come down totally to normal and she didn't seem to be getting progressively worse. We were able to get our money refunded from Delta since we'd just purchased the tickets hours ago.

We did a U turn and headed to the beach, which was the original plan for the morning before all of the sickness threw things off. It was further away than we thought. We went to St. Andrews state park, and arrived in time to have 40 minutes to spend there before we needed to be driving away. We alternated who was holding Munchies on the beach, since we didn't want her getting wet in her sick state. The water was like a soothing bath. The beach pure white, the water crystal clear. It was perfect. Except for the 40 minutes part. I'm really glad we went, but it's definitely a place where I'd like a little more time.

Here's Munchies Kins looking snotty, and unhappy about the beach experience.

P.S. Where'd my waist go? I'm finally back to nearly 5 pounds below my pre pregnancy weight, yet, my waist is still very visibly larger than pre pregnancy. End tangent.

Then, we were driving back to the airport for our originally scheduled flight to Dallas. There was a layover of course. When we got to Dallas we had to rent a car to drive three hours to my grandpa's house in Louisiana. We stayed in a rather ghetto La Quinta with sheets like sandpaper. I slept amazingly well all the same, I guess having had 2 hours of sleep the previous night will do that.

Oct 1, 2010

Vacation to see my grandparents - Days 1 and 2

A trip to see my grandparents was desperately needed, it had been years since I'd seen either of them. We decided to get our flights through Southwest because they're refundable that way, and Tim never knows exactly what his work will be like. In hindsight, we agree we will be paying a change fee if it happens he can't make it, and buying direct flights instead of traveling a million years on each leg of our journey.

The journey began on a Saturday afternoon. We dropped the dogs off to be boarded and headed to the airport. The flight departed at 1:30, and did not arrive in Panama City until 9:15 (8:15 Utah time). There was one plane change, and one stop where we stayed on the same plane. Munchies did well on all of the flights, but it was hectic and claustrophobic since one of us needed to be holding her at all times and her range of motion extended halfway into the other person's space. She won hearts left and right on all of the flights. She peeked through the space between seats, grinning at the person seated behind her. She leaned her head and body to peer around Tim to the person across the isle. She shrieked with joy several times for various reasons. I could be assured that when I saw her peering intently in one direction and smiling that the person who was her target would be either waving or grinning back. This applied to grizzled badass looking men too. Having a baby definitely gives you a different look at what the people around you are like.

Here she is napping.

After arriving in Panama City we got to our hotel and crashed. The next morning we started our 2 hour drive in our rental car to Tallahassee. Southwest doesn't fly to Tallahassee. You can see now how brilliant my travel arrangements were.

When we got to Tallahassee, we met up with my grandma, two of my aunts, two uncles, and my mom. We all went out to eat. It was really fun to see everyone together. My aunt played pat a cake with Munchies, which I didn't know exactly how to play before. Munchies was enchanted by the game, my aunt, and my aunt's necklaces. After that my aunts and uncles had to leave fairly shortly. We hung out with my grandma and mom for the rest of the night. It was adorable to watch my grandma with Munchies. She loved just looking at her, listening to her make noises, and having Munchies hold onto her fingers. I'm so glad that Munchies and Tim got to meet my grandma.

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