Search

The G's Take Texas

This is about how California natives navigate a transfer to the great state of Texas; venturing away from family, friends, and all that is familiar.

Month

January 2013

Month 2: Picky Peyton

     I am planning on posting a monthly update on my boy here, and I am about two weeks late on this, but I am going to do it anyways because I know I will want these for my memories and hopefully to remind him of all the fun we had when he was a baby.

Age: Two Months or eight weeks and five days or how ever else you would like to break it down.

Weight: 10lbs, 11oz.

Height: 23 inches or almost a whole two feet tall!

Likes: You have certainly found a lot of likes already at your two month old state. The binky has become your ultimate accessory. Mommy and Daddy are the loves of your lives, but you do occasionally enjoy the company of your grandparents. You seemed to have a mild addiction to your activity gym and go nuts every time we lay you under it. Funny faces entertain the bee-geezes out of you, you can never get enough. Your feet and legs have become your most favorite asset because you hate it when they are confined or other wise limited. John Mayor has officially struck a chord with you and you are also enjoying some Sarah McLahlan. Oh, and your baths have become an all time favorite time of the day for you.

Dislikes: Dirty diapers… you must be changed immediately after you go in them or you start to fuss. Missing socks are a big “no, no”. You have absolutely no patience with people when you are hungry (but, in all fairness, who could blame you). Sitting still is not something you enjoy either, motion is a complete necessity.

Food: We are stuck on breast milk for a while, but that is just fine with you. We have limited Mommy’s Chinese food though since it causes very uncomfortable gas.

Firsts: We of course have had your first documented smile. The first round of shots were in full effect and gave you a nasty little fever, but you took it like a champ. You graduated from newborn clothes to 0-3months/3month. Things are also slowly falling into your grasp and you have been grabbing things (i.e. his activity gym figures, your penguin rattle, my hair, etc.). You also had your first nap in your crib and our first night back at our place. Full conversations (in baby talk) have become quite common as well.

Movement: You have successfully accomplished lifting your head and turning it every which way. Leg strength is also a huge thing right now. We are still very limited with pushing off on the arms, but we know that is just around the corner.

Over All: You seem to be enjoying yourself for the most part. We still have a little trouble reading your every need right off the bat, but Mommy and Daddy are continuing to work on it. Daddy has been home for the first two months of your life and now he is headed back to work… lets see how Mommy can deal. You are such a joy to have around. You smile and teach Mommy and Daddy something new every single day. It’s so much fun to see you grow and do new things. Mommy and Daddy are so excited to see how you grow.

What Motivates You?

     Prior to getting pregnant, I was working on losing some weight. After my successful pregnancy and arrival of my son, I am again working on my weight. I started that at the beginning of the year. This meant getting in a program that makes me comfortable. I started Weight Watchers.

Through this program I wanted to lose a lot of my pregnancy weight and even some additional weight beyond that. I suppose I should air out the fact that my weight was shameful at the end of my pregnancy. I was weighing in at a whopping 305lbs. Yes, it was terrible. A lot of it was water weight, but none the less, it was not something I would ever want to return to, even in a future pregnancy.
     After I had Peyton, between November 10th and January 3rd when I started weight watchers I went down to 266.4lbs. That is a total of 38.6lbs lost in total. Then from January 3rd to now, I have dropped down to 252.2lbs. This is another drop of 14.2lbs. That a total loss from my pregnancy weight of 52.8lbs. I feel like I am just at the beginning of my journey so far, but I have already lost over 50lbs.
I am working on my next 50lbs now. I really want to be sure that I accomplish this goal. It would bring me back to how I was back in high school. Of course, then I was a cross country runner and working two jobs. Now, between taking care of my little wild man, four chihuahuas, a keidy, and my husband I am hoping that I can compare a little.

     I am working toward this health goal and one other financial goal. But, the biggest motivator for both of these goals are for my son and future family. I want to be able to run around with my son and future children. I don’t want to be winded at the first sight of play. I don’t want to be exhausted at the mere sight of sports activities or playing on the play ground. I want to be just as active as my kids. With the weight loss it will make it easier on my body to keep up. It will also help me bond with my children.

     What are you currently working on and what is your motivation for it? Have you accomplished your goal yet? Have you had to overcome any struggles to accomplish your goal?

Gutierrez House Rules

     As a part of joining Weight Watchers, they want to help you take control of some of the things in your life. I decided that some of the things I needed to take control of were most importantly in my immediate surroundings. It would make me feel better and make me feel like I don’t have such a chaotic house. Plus, the added bonus of making me feel like I have some order in all this madness makes me feel just a little more sane. Here is what I have come up with:

Welcome Home!
Gutierrez House Rules
1.      First and foremost, we love each other, so SHOW IT. Whenever one of you leaves the house or comes home make sure to give that person a smile, hug, and kiss. (A good “I love you” is always welcomed too.)
2.      No food or beverages (except breast milk and water) beyond this point. Yep, you guessed it… you get to leave your snack, soda, etc. right here in the trash can beneath this notice.
3.      All clothes are to be put in one of two places: the dirty clothes hamper or hung up in the closet.Each item found on the floor will be promptly tossed in the donation bag at 8am the following morning if not placed in one of the two locations and donated at the end of the week.
4.      All DVDs or Blu-Ray Disks are to be placed back in their prospective cases after they have been used and put away in the TV stand. If any are found out on the floor or on top of the TV stand, they will promptly be placed in the donation bag at 8am the following morning and donated at the end of the week.
5.      The computer is to be used properly. Once the user is finished with it, they must turn it off and placed nicely in the computer bag.
6.      If you are the first one home, take some time to go visit with the Wawa’s. They have missed you and they probably need to go potty. This is also the time you can confirm that their bedding is reasonable and that they have been fed.
a.       Bedding is to be cleaned two times a week.
b.      Wawas are to be bathed every two weeks(On the 1st and 15th of every month.)
c.       Wawa feeding time is at 2:00pm. If you are unable to be home at that time, food is to be left in the crate with them beforeyou leave.
7.      Keidy is always on the prowl (unless unattended by one of us, in that case she is in the crate with the Wawas), so check on her. That means she is probably following you around here somewhere and would like some attention from you. When you do bump into her please confirm that she has been fed and that she has not gotten herself in trouble.
a.       Keidy’s litter is to be cleaned every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Scoop it, replenish it, and vacuum the area of all litter debris.
b.      Keidy’s feeding time is at 3:00pm. If you are unable to be home at that time, food is to be left in the bowl for her beforeyou leave.
c.       Keidy is to be placed in the crate with the Wawas any time you are to leave the house (for brief periods of the day time, if it is to be longer than a few hours other accommodations must be made) and at night before going to sleep.
8.      No late night meals!We are a family and dinner is to be held a table before the wee hours of the evening.
9.      Don’t be afraid to nap.When Peyton is asleep, you need to catch some “Zzzzzz’s”. We don’t want a cranky baby, Momma, or Daddy.
10.  The vacuum is to be used frequently. There is no harm in a clean floor. Vacuum when you need to, especially the hallway and Momma and Daddy’s room. Every time you vacuum, you empty the dirt collecting container… every time!
11.  The bathroom is to be kept in an orderly fashion. No more crap everywhere.
a.       No towels on the floor.If you will be reusing it, you hang it on the back of the door. If the towel is dirty, you place it in the dirty clothes hamper.
b.      When you are done shaving, using the deodorant, doing your hair, or doing your make-up put the items you used away in the cabinet below the sink and in the medicine cabinet. Do not leave anything out on the counter. We do not need clutter.
c.       After brushing your teeth, put the cap back on the tooth paste and put your tooth brush in the holder.Again, do not leave anything out on the counter and make sure that the items are put in the proper place.
d.      Make sure that the shower mat is placed correctly in the shower after using it, and if you are done using one of the razors, dispose of it. Do not leave the shower mat in disarray and do not leave rusty razors around the tub, it is not safe. When you are still using a razor, place it in the caddy hanging from the shower head; do not leave it loose around the tub for the cat, dogs, or baby to get to.
e.       Take out the bathroom garbage every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. (The bathroom garbage is to always have a grocery store bag in it for easy disposal. If you dump it, replace the bag as necessary.) We do not want it to overflow so the cat, dogs, or baby can get to it. Plus, it’s just plain gross.
f.       The towels neatly folded and hung on the back of the door are for decoration only. Do not use them for showers or to clean off the counter. The smallest folded towel is the hand towel for wiping your hands dry after washing only, not to clean the floor, wipe down the counters, or to dry the mirror.
12.  Make sure all shoes are placed in the closet neatly when they come off your feet. Under no circumstances is it acceptable for them to be placed in the hallway or in a designated walk way. We do not want any trips and/or falls and we want to keep our shoes in good condition.
13.  The kitchen is to remain clean and orderly. We do not need ants or any other critter finding the yummy things we create in the kitchen because then they will never want to leave.
a.       If you use a dish, cup, or utensil… wash it or put it in the dish washer right away. Don’t wait until you forget about it.
b.      Do not take any of dishes, cups, utensils, pots, pans, knives, etc. out of the kitchen. This is their home and this is where they are expected to stay.
c.       All food is expected to be put away properly after using it. If you have left overs, put them in a storage container (Tupperware or ziplock bag) and put it in the fridge. Do not under any circumstances put whole pots, pans, casserole dishes, half eaten plates, etc. in the fridge; that is how bacteria gets to other food.
d.      When the dishes are cleaned in the dishwasher, put them away every evening before dinner. This allows an empty dishwasher for new dirty dishes to come after dinner, and it makes sure that we have clean dishes to use when we have our family meals.
e.       Wipe down the counter top after every use. Even if you didn’t spill anything. Just do it to humor me.
f.       The kitchen floor is to be swept and mopped once a week. There is no need to have a dirty floor, especially because we know spills and accidents happen throughout the week.
g.      Make sure the kitchen table is cleared off of all items at all times so we can have our family meals there. If there are clean dishes there, put them away. If there is food there, put it in the refrigerator or in the cupboard. If there is miscellaneous items there, relocate them. This is where we will have our family meals, make it a nice, enjoyable spot.

     That’s how I hope to bring some sanity to my life. Do you have any house rules? What makes you feel like your house has order? If you do have house rules, how to do enforce them? Well, wish me luck on implementation. Have a great weekend.

Professor Peyton Teaching Mommy 101

This would not be specific to Mother’s Day. Courtesy of Google Images.

Class Description: This class teaches you all the basics from how to entertain during diaper changing, dressing for comfort not for style, burping techniques, and so much more. We will delve into sounds of distraction, multiple binky uses, and things that may sound “the alarm”. Our major areas of study also include diets causing gas, various colors/volume/consistency of poop, and most importantly… the shapes, styles, colors, and speeds of nipples.

     I have been mother to my son Peyton seven weeks and four days. Of that time, everything has been a learning experience. As of recently he is teaching me even more. With him every day is not only a life lesson of patience and love, but a trying time of when “the alarm” will sound.
Definition of “the alarm” – The resounding scream that comes from a small creature. This sound can start at any time for any reason. Normally this sound is associated with unpleasantness, frustration, or pain and in most cases can be stopped by a binky or a breast.
He has shown me that all things in small packages carry a large voice. He is the one person I can’t reason with under any circumstances and therefore have to entertain in order to keep happy. We have perfected our dancing, singing, and song writing in ways that Julliard would find disgraceful. Our team of experts are still trying to decode the messages he sends us by facial expression, but one smile from him and we know that we are doing something right.
     My son has been my new challenge. He is my crossword puzzle, my rubik’s cube, my riddle. He is everything I could have imagined and more… oh so much more! I wouldn’t trade his screams for silence. I wouldn’t trade his poop for a clean rear. I would much rather spend the time to get to know him and enjoy every smile, every facial expression, and every finger grab. God sent him to me for a reason. He is the child I was meant to mother. He is the reason I wanted to be a mother.
     In the Mommy 101 class, I can’t fail. The only way I fail is by giving up. Every new method I try or technique I perfect can go unnoticed until I face the smile… then it is all worth while.
     Do you have a child in your life that has this affect on you (son, daughter, niece, nephew, etc.)? What do you consider the first significant thing you learned about that child and why?

Bring it on 2013

     It’s the end of the year and of course everyone is thinking about the New Years parties and the celebration. What people think of directly after the new year is their resolutions. I am just like everyone else… I have had my own resolutions. I haven’t been all that successful at them to say the very least. This year I thought I would try again though, and then set a plan to follow up on them in a few weeks to see their status. I don’t want to have them forgotten. That seems to be my biggest struggle. I end up forgetting what I resolve to do and then nothing gets done.

     This year my resolutions are as follows:
1. Eliminate cussing – With a little one around, I can only imagine the horror if his first word were to be something you would hear out of a sailor’s mouth because of me. I don’t need to remember his first word to be the four letter word that describes everything wrong in the world. Oh no!

2. Eat – Yes, you hear what I said. About a million people out there have weight loss resolutions, and I should be one of them. I however have a new idea toward weight loss and it all starts with eating. Since I had Peyton, I have not found time in the day to eat an actual meal. Snack on junk food? YES! But, that is no way to improve my weight or get to the goal of being healthy. I need to find a way to eat, eat healthy, and avoid the crap.

3. Get out – As a new mother, I will be the first to admit I haven’t had much of a life outside of the house. I have been only going out for doctors appointments and the minimal grocery shopping. The rest of the time I have slowly turned into that lingering thing in the living room. Well, that will all change! I need to get out, even if it’s just to go for a walk or take a drive… but just something, ANYTHING!

4. Find ME time – I can barely find time to shower, and now I am expecting to find some me time? Well… yeah… I am expecting to find some me time. Somewhere between the diaper changes, breast feedings, and tummy times I need to find time for me. If that means time to blog or do my makeup or even read a magazine then so be it! I haven’t found much time for me and I need to. It’s something that is purely to keep my sanity. If I have to sneak some time in during naps, I will do what I can. No set period of time, just time for me.

     I will be implementing these goals beginning tomorrow of course, but I plan to keep tabs on them. I will be following up every six weeks or so to see how it’s all going. My first follow up date will be… February 8, 2013. Keep an eye out for my check-ups!

     What are your New Years resolutions? Any good, creative resolutions? Would you like to offer any tips on how I can keep up my resolutions? How are you spending your New Years Eve? Have a great day and I will look forward to hearing from you!

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑