Jillian R.
I proudly proclaimed in my last post that I was going to do a daily post again. I thought I could blog on the phone during my many nursing sessions but I was quite wrong. Firstly, I don't really like blogging on my tiny touch keypad, I'm a traditional keyboard-tap-tap-tap girl and secondly my failure to do so lies in Scarlett not being a regular baby and she does not take long naps. She spends most of the day wanting attention and eye contact - yes, my four month old baby wants eye contact while nursing so I can't do very much during the day anymore.

Don't be fooled, this is the face of terror!

Anyway, with the little time I have, I still make food as healthy as I can, pack the husband a work lunch (there's no cafeteria where he works, and it's in the middle of the desert, the poor man!), I juice a delightful blend of fruits and vegetables everyday with our amazing Omega Slow Juicer (which every household should have, because it does so much, I'll get to that in a second), and make sure the fur around the house doesn't build up to an inch thick.

So, the slow juicer does not only extract pure juice from mostly any fruit, vegetable, nut (milk), and/or legume, in two months' time I'm all set to make baby food with it. The advantage of a slow juicer over the conventional kind(s) is that because it slowly grinds the juice out, we don't lose any nutrients to oxidization. And oh, it makes pasta (and bread sticks) too! I'm not getting paid to write any of this of course, I'm writing this because it is awesome!


So anyway, I still want to blog as often as I can though, because I'm starting to feel like I'm losing my ability to speak like a normal person after baby talking with the baby and dogs all day, every day. Tell me, how are you supposed to talk to dogs in a normal, adult voice? You can't.

In my last entry I said I was working on organizing my very crowded kitchen. I hadn't been able to because we have an extra refrigerator in the way and I hate things laying out all disorganized in plain sight so I stashed everything into the very little cabinet space (the said refrigerator became a weird storage box too)  I have and -- let's just say it's not working out!

Now that the shelves are up, I have a bit more room to work with, here are the before and after pictures as promised.

The rest of the kitchen is still not up to my standards and quite honestly I'm embarrassed by it. I think kitchens and bathrooms most of the time very accurately depict one's character, and I'm certainly not what my kitchen says about me right now. Hopefully there will be more redecorating of the house.

Until next time, let's just call this a once-in-a-while/every-other-day blog.

Jillian R.

We moved into our new place when I was seven months pregnant, with the help of a part-time maid (Eric had to work and he isn't much of a decorator. Anyway, the maid was not much help and we had to let her go after two weeks), I decorated the place the best I could but I had to deal with many challenges;

1. We're renting, therefore major renovations are out of the question
2. The house came with a very basic refrigerator, so we're keeping ours which is bigger and is just...better. So already facing space constraints, I have two refrigerators to deal with!
3. We had more cabinet space in the kitchen in our old place, and I have a lot of kitchen utensils and appliances that I can't give up


4. This new place has an open kitchen, so if it is not kept neat, the mess could be seen from the entire house and I just cannot have that.

Anyway, things just never really got done and organized perfectly but today, I decided that enough was enough. So, off we went to IKEA for some shelving, some men will be here tomorrow to install them. I cannot wait to clean up the mess in my kitchen. Sometimes when I'm in there with the mess, I just feel like hacking whatever I'm cooking into bits. I will share some before/after pictures - hopefully soon.

I also got some herbs and some organic soil to start a little garden on my balcony just like when we were living in Korea!

Busy, busy, but I just love productive days!

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Jillian R.
Hello, I'm back after yet another long hiatus. Baby Scarlett is almost 4 months old now.

I'm never one to take the easy road (okay, I sometimes take the easy road), take making food from scratch, even though it's easier just to buy something, like soy milk for example, homemade soy milk is so much healthier without the added stabilizers and palm oil - why must they add oil to milk? Moreover, I really hate processed food because I always want to know what we're putting into our bellies. It is even more crucial now that we have a baby, I was not raised on processed food and neither should Scarlett.

Anyway, as a first time mom, I struggled with breastfeeding since the day she was born. After reading so much about the pros and cons of breastfeeding (there are no nutritional cons, by the way), during the pregnancy, I'm very determined to breast feed, even if I only make it to 6 months. The first month, I struggled with supply and lots of pain (engorgement, etc). I remember one night where the baby was screaming because she was hungry and I didn't have much milk and as I was holding the squirming, screaming baby, I was crying because it felt like a thousand needles were stabbing me in the chest. I then had to resort to supplementing with formula, I felt guilty even though it was just an ounce a day. I made the mistake of giving her the bottle for a couple of days and so by the second month, on top of supply issues, I was dealing with nipple confusion. Luckily, she was still latching at night so I at least my milk was still tailor-made for her. Scarlett has never been under the weather and I would like to think  that breast milk has something to do with it. By the third month, she was off formula but I was pumping all the time with what seems like no improvement in supply. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, we engaged the services of a lactation consultant which helped tremendously! Within a couple of days, Scarlett was no longer confused, so to speak. of which nipple she should drink from and fast forward to today, I haven't pumped in days and everyone is happy.

As a breastfed baby (no bottles at all), Scarlett seems much happier and even though I can't measure how much she drinks per feed anymore, I know she must be getting her fill because she doesn't need to feed as frequently. Nowadays I leave her in her Bumbo Seat or her bouncer, which we all refer to as The Bouncy Bouncy and she just sits there watching me cook or clean the house. It also helps that we have an open kitchen now, instead of that kitchen room at our old apartment in the city. Oh, I hated that kitchen with a passion! If one of us was in there, and the other one is somewhere else in the house, we had to scream so that we could be heard. The washing machine was also in there, a loud one at that, so we called that horrible kitchen The Engine Room.

Scarlett in her Bumbo

So, with an extra hour here and there, I think I could see myself writing again. I should have more stories soon.
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