Thursday, September 21, 2017

Baby's First Flight
By "baby," I'm referring to the one that is already here, although technically, the other one got to fly, too.

But that means that this was NOT the first flight for the big "baby."  Hmmm.

Anyway, we had wanted to go on a family trip for a while.  For his age (at least compared to me when I was his age), Tuesday has been to many places.  We've done road trips to San Diego several times, once to Solvang, and all the way up to Stanford more than a year ago.  I think that last trip was so exhausting that we shied away from trying that again.  However, I'm always glad in retrospect to make the effort.

Traveling with Tuesday shouldn't be such a big deal.  I remember his first trip down to San Diego was when he was five months old, with me still pumping in the back seat while he napped.  That trip was easy, but as he got older, he started exhibiting motion sickness.  It didn't matter if the ride was 20 minutes or longer, and it happened often, though not every time.  This pretty much eliminated all possible forms of in-car entertainment.  We tried snacks, Sea Bands, timing meals, naps, pacifiers, lollipops, and finally, we decided to flip his car seat forward after he turned two after asking his pediatrician who shrugged and said it might help.  Nope.

So when we finally decided to try a short flight (~50 min from LA to San Francisco), I knew we were essentially playing with fire, but oh well... easier with one kid than two while we can, right?

Botched selfie before takeoff.
So we bought a fairly cheap car seat that would fit on a plane (Cosco Scenera for anyone interested) and held our breath.  We decided to use a car seat because I'm a paranoid person and also because we had taken an Uber to the airport (which he threw a tantrum on.. sorry, Uber driver).  I knew something was amiss when he started to cry mid-flight and wanted to get out of the seat.  Unfortunately, they were saying there was turbulence and all had to remain seated.  They even stopped drink service.  Strangely, I didn't feel anything, and I'm very sensitive to that stuff, so who knows.  I pretty much just undid all my precaution and picked him up onto my lap anyway since no attendants would be walking around to tell me otherwise.
A while later came my lapful of puke, all over my baby bump and down my pants.  A young lady across the way was looking on with disgust, but all we could really do was just swiftly change him with the spare outfit I had in my backpack and then take off my shirt.  Luckily, I had been wearing an open flannel that didn't get that dirty, so my wonderful husband held it up as a modesty shield while I quickly changed and then put it back on, buttoned.  I would be walking around with half-puke through the train ride and walk to our hotel, which was like two hours later.  Fun times.
Other than that, we did not have any more incidents like that on the trip.  He fell asleep on the plane ride home, which was immensely helpful and made me believe that the extra trouble of bringing a car seat was worth it.  We had a lot of fun taking our time to explore San Francisco like a tourist, since all the times before I had pretty much rushed in and out of there.  All the forms of transit were so fun for him, and he did very well with regards to using the bathroom in many random places. 
Some random pictures:
Every place where a train can be played with, it will be played with (Ghirardelli Square).
Tourist trap: cable car ride.  He loved it, but I did not love the slow wait to get onboard.
Breakfast at the Embarcadero.

Boudin = bread, bread, and more bread. 

P.S. I love LA.  Every time I visit another major city, I am reminded of how used to LA I am, but it's great to see other places. :)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Taking it Easy on Yourself - Commercial Silk Review

It has been a tough couple of months.  Work has been very busy, we had a several-week long heat wave (with temps 100+), and I have not been feeling so well.

I am hoping that since it's almost Fall (late September), that things will get better.  I'm definitely less nauseous, and today, the temperature was under 80 degrees!!

I've been pretty hard on myself recently because I would do things like not eat the healthiest, skip workouts because I'm too tired/it's too hot, or oversleep and then miss another workout opportunity.  If I miss mornings, I'm pretty done for the day since I tire out from working and the day.  However, I know I need to be kinder to myself and slow down sometimes.

We're finally taking a family trip soon, which is exciting!!  I haven't been anywhere in a good while, and we get to take the boy on his first plane ride.

Another enjoyable thing is that I received a lovely addition to my home from Commercial Silk (

I was immediately drawn to this mini cherry blossom bonsai tree.  I think it adds a nice touch to the mantle and reminds me of my trip to Japan almost four years ago.

Since I'm fairly incompetent when it comes to gardening, I really appreciate having a silk-based, realistic-looking plant in the house that requires no care and brightens my day every time I see it.  Even the dirt looks real... and no bugs!!

If you are looking for something like this for either yourself or as a gift, I definitely recommend checking out Commercial Silk.  They have larger and smaller trees and other topiaries for indoor and outdoor applications.  With the need to conserve water here in California, it is nice to have this realistic and sturdy option.


FTC Disclaimer: I was provided a sample from Commercial Silk but was not otherwise compensated to provide a positive opinion.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

All About Carbs

Thanks to those who commented on my last post!  It all seems pretty unreal right now, but I'm starting to get pretty impatient and excited!

I wanted to talk about one of everyone's favorite things -- yep, carbs.  In my last pregnancy, I was shocked that I ended up developing gestational diabetes.  After my son was born, I didn't exactly stay on top of watching my diet, and my yearly blood sugar tests kept inching toward pre-diabetes. 

Earlier this year, I decided to reign it in and go back on a similar diet I did during pregnancy -- basically, low carb.  I was eating a ton of fat, just trying to see what would happen.  Well, by the time my next scheduled blood sugar check came along, I was pregnant.  I had been tested early last pregnancy, and this time was no different.  The results showed that my average blood sugar level was the lowest it's been in years, and I passed my glucose test with flying colors.  (I also did a separate lipid panel, and all looks great there, so don't fear eating fat, people!!)

Now that I'm getting closer to the midway point of my pregnancy, I know I'm going to have to start spot-checking my blood sugar soon, as I don't know yet what this pregnancy is doing to me yet.  Normally, the gestational diabetes test is given around weeks 25-28, which is when I found out last time, but some crude research has convinced me that the condition may roll in as early as 20 weeks.  Thus, a have about a month left -- not to indulge in carbs, but you know what I mean.

I haven't exactly been the best eater this pregnancy so far.  My "morning" sickness has been significantly worse than last time.  Even now, at about 15 weeks, still feel nauseated, though mostly at night, and my aversions to smells and certain foods has lingered.  Thus, I've been pecking away at carbs more than I should, but I've at least been trying to moderate how many I have at a time.  As I am slowly, slowly starting to feel better, I have been trying to incorporate more fat and protein, but I still can't really stand chicken or avocado or some of my old low-carb staples.  At least there's cheese, though even that had been iffy for me for a time period.

Anyway, I will be HIGHLY surprised if I don't get diagnosed again this pregnancy, but I guess you never know.  I've seen stats like 57% chance of a repeat diagnosis, versus figures like 80%.  My activity level has been about the same so far -- I want to step it up, but from my last post, you'll remember I have some complicating factors, not to mention, it has been so, so, so hot around here (approaching 110 degrees), which makes it nearly impossible to function, let alone exercise.  Come on, September and Fall!

If this does happen again, hopefully I will already be eating appropriately by then, so I won't experience the utter disappointment and adjustment of last time.  The only thing, though, is that a diagnosis could affect whatever the birth plan I have.  There's really no point, since nothing with birth is planned, as I have learned.