Friday, August 31, 2007

Then & Now

Its so sad I don't even know what to say...



Anklets from Grandpa

Look at the beautiful anklets G-pa got me!!

raegun wear

The cutest baby clothes EVER! Tira loves aunty rissa's designs. Here's the newest addition to Tira's over flowing closet, it comes with matching hat, bloomers, and binkie holder. Check out the website at There are soooo many cute outfits, accessories, and carriers!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Donating Baby Food

Thanks to the awesome women on the March Muffins board I was able to buy a TON of baby food for very little money. It was an internet coupon that gave you $1 off of 2 jars of baby food. Well at target a jar of baby food is 52 cents, so that means I get 2 jars for 4 cents!! So I went a little crazy. The first Target I went to I was just testing it out. I had 15 coupons and bought food for Tira. No problems. The next day was the day the coupon expired. So I printed out 20, but couldn't find them on the printer. So I printed another 20 but as I thought about it I thought I might just be on the safe side and so I printed 20 more. Later in the day of Office Manager at my jobs dropped off papers on my desk saying I think these are yours. It was ther first 20 I had printed. So I now had 60 coupons! So G-ma and I went to the Target by my job. I didn't see a whole lot of variety and we had decided early on that we were going to make Tira's baby food but these would be for emergencies. But then we got a great idea to donate a bunch of baby food! So we used about half the coupons there. The cashier was not happy nor was the manager but they let me do it. And he screwed up to. I should have only paid $1 but I ended up paying $3.50. I didn't complain they were already mad at me. So then we went to the Target by the house. And used up the rest of the coupons. As we go up to the cash register the guys sees all the coupons and sees all the baby food and immediately says "you can only use on." I said show me where on the coupon it says that! Then he called his manager who said I could use them but they'd have to be rung up as seperate transactions. So I stood there for AT LEAST 20 minutes. While he rang up 2 jars and then a coupon and I handed him 4 cents. Then he handed me a receipt. Then he would ring up 2 more jars and another coupon, I'd give him 4 more cents - well you get the picture. In I ended up spending less than $10!! So anyways after all of that here's what we ended up with:

This is for Tira:
This is what she's donating to Gramercy Housing Group:Gramercy is a women's shelter in downtown LA that helps out single homeless mommies with babies between 0 -5 years old!

UPDATE: Gramercy house isn't accepting baby food donations, so we are looking for another organization!

She Rolls Both Ways!!

So I worked from home yesterday because G-Ma went down to San Diego to "look at properties". We all know she actually went down there to party with G-Beverly and drink Mimosas! HAHA. Anyways I put Tira down for a nap on her tummy like I always do and then went back to work. Well about 2 hours later I hear movement coming from the crib. I figured she had finally woken up but when I got to the crib I found this:

Hehe she figured out how to roll from her tummy to her back! She's been rolling from her back to her tummy for a while now but this was her first time tummy to back. I thought it might had been a fluke but later in the day she did it for G-ma! Whoo hoo! Way to go Baby!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Our Weekend Alone

It had to happen sometime, Grandma left us (well just for the weekend). Tira and I (and Daddy) have been on our own since the butt crack of dawn Saturday! And we're having an awesome time. I was really worried that Tira would freak out without Grandma but she's been such an angel and we're just having so much fun.

After dropping G-ma off at LAX we went over to visit Daddy for a few minutes. Then back home I was hoping for she would go down for a nap but apparently she had other plans. At first Tira was like this

But with a little bit of dancing, singing, Mr Lion, and a whole lot of kisses she was like this

We played until Daddy came home. Then I took a quick nap. We both got beautiful for our breakfast with Amanda. See

Aren't we gorgeous?!?! We left Daddy to go to sleep (he worked the grave yard shift that night). And made the drive to Costa Mesa to have breakfast with Amanda, Jessica, and Michelle. It was tons of fun, the food was great, and Tira was a little angel. She got a little fussy towards the end but I put her in the Moby and she was great. Here's a pic of us and Amanda (can you see her "bump"?)

and one of all of us,

After that we meet up with Nani and mommy and Nani got their eyebrows done. Tira was SUCH A SWEET GIRL for her Nani. Didn't yell at her once!! Tira loves to play patty cake with Nani:

The rest of the weekend was great. We played with daddy, hung out, had boobie, slept, and played more. It was nice being a family.

Friday, August 17, 2007

My First Blog

This blog is dedicated to my beautiful baby girl Tiraya Josephine and the amazing adventure that is her life! Here's how her story began:

March 21, 2007 in the wee hours of the morning, before the sun or birds were up. Grandma, daddy, and I piled into the car and headed off to St Joseph's Hopital.

Once at the hospital we waited and waited and waited. Finally they got me ready. Nervous and excited I was went into the operation room. I was given a spinal block (like an epidural) and waited. While I was getting preped Mike was getting ready too. The next hour of so is blurry. But here's what happened next:

And then this:

We stayed in the hospital for 5 days. Tira was jaundice and I had lost a lot of blood. But eventually we made it home. Breastfeeding was our biggest challenge. After 10 visits to the LC, 2 bouts with mastitis (including a 2am run to the ER), a number of plug ducts, a ridiculous amount of pain, and a lot of support from grandma we are now nursing pros.

Tira is now 1 week shy of 5 months. She can almost sit up, roll from back to front, smile, laugh, "talk", get her mommy, daddy, and grandma to pick her up when ever she wants, and is starting to scoot. The next phase of her adventure is solid foods and her first trip to Thailand!