From the Mind of Mesilla

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What Little Man did a few days later April 14, 2011

Filed under: Little Man — mesillam @ 4:45 pm

I was making cake balls in the kitchen.  Little Man had gotten bored in his Exersaucer, doorway bouncer and Bumbo.

So I put him in his high chair and decided to let him try feeding himself some butternut squash.

I knew that he would mostly just make a mess, but I think I underestimated his mess making skills.

So then he got a bath in the laundry room sink.

And air dried in the back yard.

The end.


What Little Man did the other day April 12, 2011

Filed under: Little Man — mesillam @ 5:07 pm

I was sitting in our living room and Little Man crawled over to the table next to me.  Then he squeezed under it.

He kept reaching and slowly scooting forward.

It looked like he was trying to get to something and wasn’t just exploring.

So I let him keep going until he finally got it.

What was it that Little Man tried so hard to get to and finally got?

A pocket copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  His daddy was so proud.


Don’t Mess With Texas February 17, 2011

Filed under: Miscellaneous — mesillam @ 12:21 pm

I wasn’t born in Texas, but I’ve lived here for 2/3 of my life and all of my family is from Texas, so I consider myself a Texan.  I know we are an arrogant bunch, but there is just so much to love about this state.  I loved this video when I saw it in an ad during the Super Bowl, but when I watched the whole three minute video, I loved it even more.  Enjoy.



A List February 10, 2011

Filed under: Books,Little Man,Miscellaneous — mesillam @ 9:19 pm

I have a couple little things to write about, but no long blog topics in mind, so here is a random list of things in my head.


1.  I have been doing P90X for 18 days.  Today I had to do the yoga workout.  I hate it.  For once in my life, I actually don’t mind working out, but I dread Thursdays when I have to do their yoga.  I was looking forward to that one because I have done yoga in the past and really enjoyed it.  I don’t hate the whole thing, just the first 45 minutes.  After that, they get into the balance poses and stretching, which I love, but the first 45 minutes are torture.  “Sun Salutation”, you are dead to me.  The other day’s workouts are great.  The stretching one is glorious.  It is optional, but I always do it because it feels so good.  The cardio and weight dvds are great, too.  I enjoy the kenpo workout, but I look ridiculous.  I should never take up karate.  I don’t have a menacing bone in my body.  But it is working!


2.  Hubby’s mom got Little Man this ball on Saturday.  It is such a fun toy.  It has buttons all over it that you can press and they make noise and have lights and they also get pressed when the ball is rolled.  It also has a motor inside that will make it move around on its own.  I did not know that when we got it and the first time Little Man played with it and it started going on its own, it kind of freaked me out!  It is fun, though, and Little Man really likes it.  He is really starting to interact with toys now.  He will reach for anything and  bangs on things with buttons until they make noise.  He has a soft puppy-blanket-“lovey” thing that my mom got him for Christmas and had his name put on it.  I started giving it to him when he would go down for a nap right after the first of the year.  Until recently, it would be somewhere in the crib when I got him up from a nap.  This week, every time I get him, he is holding on to it, even if I don’t give it to him.  He finds it in his crib and holds on to it while he sleeps.  It is so sweet.  The other day, I heard him wake up from a nap, but wasn’t fussy, so I let him play for a little bit before getting him.  I peeked at him and he was using the puppy to play peek-a-boo with himself!  It may be the cutest thing I have ever seen.  He loves peek-a-boo these days, but I didn’t know it was just as much fun solo!  He also really likes his, exersaucerbouncer and bath tub toys these days.  It is so fun to watch him learning and interacting with his environment so much now.


3.  I am just starting my books for February.  In December, CBD had an awesome sale with tons of books for 99 cents!  I got Little Man several and got a bunch for myself. Four of the books I got were from the series “The New Mom’s Guide”.  So, for my reading goal this month, I am going to read at least two of them.  They aren’t very long, so I may read all of them.  We’ll see.  They probably would have been more helpful when I was pregnant or right after he was born, but I’m sure they will still be helpful.  I’ll let you know.





Little Man is getting wiggly and it is bath time, so I’m going to cut this short!


What I Feed My Kid February 4, 2011

Filed under: Books,Little Man — mesillam @ 4:25 pm

So, yeah, it’s been forever since I posted, but I had some technical difficulties that were frustrating me with my blog, so that kind of turned me off for a few weeks from even looking at my blog.  To update you on my last post, though, I did finish Seeing Through the Lies by Vonda Skelton at 11:45 pm on January 31st, so I made my goal for January!  It was really good.  The chapter about fear was especially helpful for me and I may go into more detail later, but that is not what this blog post is really about.

Kelly from Kelly’s Korner does “Show Us Your Life” posts every Friday with a new topic each week.  This week is about what you feed your kids.  She has a two year old and was looking for suggestions for her, but since I’m not there, yet, I’m just going to post about what Little Man eats.

We started him on solids at about five and a half months.  We were going to wait until six months, but he was showing the signs of being ready, so we went ahead and started slowly.  We still usually only feed him one meal (occasionally two) meals of solids a day. The foods we have tried so far are bananas, avocado, steel cut oats, sweet potatoes, pears, apples, peas and kiwi (because they were on sale a couple weeks ago!).  He has liked everything so far, although, he will only eat the oatmeal if we mix it with something sweet, usually bananas, but sometimes sweet potatoes if that is what I have.  I have made all his food so far.  No jars for this little guy!  It is really easy and much cheaper, but most of all, I know exactly what I am feeding him.  I have been stockpiling since a few months before he started solids.  I just freeze the purees in ice cube trays and then put the blocks in freezer bags.  That way I can just pull out a couple and thaw them as needed.  The bananas and avocado were really simple, just mash and freeze.  The kiwi were a little tougher because I tried to get out all of the seeds, but I probably didn’t have to do that since they are really tiny seeds.  The sweet potatoes, peas, pears and apples had to be cooked first, but then they mashed up really easily, too.  I have a small food processor that works really well for pureeing his food.  I am going to do more green veggies soon, but I haven’t decided which ones, yet.  We wait at least four days after starting a new food to start another new food so we will know what he is allergic to if he has a reaction to something.  So far, we haven’t had any problems, though!

Little Man’s main source of nutrition is breast milk.  He still nurses just as much now as before we started him on solids.  I knew before I was even pregnant that I wanted to nurse.  As I started to read more during my pregnancy, I became even more educated about all the benefits of nursing, for both the baby and mommy.  Breast milk is by far the most nutritious food for your baby.  Even when I planned on working part-time, I was going to pump.  I still do pump a few times a week so that Hubby and I can have date nights.  There will be no formula for my Little Man.  Besides breast milk being best, there are too many risks with formula that I was just not willing to take and health problems that develop later in life that scientists are now linking with being formula fed as a baby.  Here are some interesting facts.

  • “Babies who do not receive breastmilk do not receive protection from illnesses provided by the mother’s antibodies and other components that come in her milk. These babies are more likely to get diarrhoea and respiratory and ear infections. Diarrhoea and respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, can be deadly in babies and young children.” (Facts for Life)
  • “It reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer later in life, helps women return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster, and lowers rates of obesity.” (WHO)
  • “Adults who were breastfed as babies often have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol, as well as lower rates of overweight, obesity and type-2 diabetes. There is evidence that people who were breastfed perform better in intelligence tests.” (WHO)

Here is a link to even more great benefits! Nature’s Brilliant Plan: Some Lesser-Known Facts About Breastfeeding

I love nursing!  It is three to four (more when he was younger) hours a day (and night!) that I can just relax and cuddle with my sweet little guy.  I can read, watch TV or just stare at his cute little face!  It also calms and relaxes him immediately if he is fussy.  We both love that oxytocin!  Plus, it is way easier to nurse than having to sterilize and mix and warm bottles, especially at night or when traveling.  I am already dreading the day that he weans.  That alone makes me want to have another baby!  Honestly, it was hard at first.  It was painful and it took both of us about a month to learn how to do it right.  But ever since then, it has been incredible and one of the joys of having a baby.


Medicine for the Soul January 12, 2011

Filed under: Books — mesillam @ 5:11 pm

“Medicine for the Soul” is inscribed over the door at the Library at Thebes and for me, that is so true.  I go through phases where I will read and read  and read everything I can get my hands on.  Then I will either come to a book that looses my interest or get really busy with life and somehow stop reading.  Sometimes months will go by and I won’t have cracked anything except my Bible.  But then when I finally sit down with a good book it completely refreshes my soul.  This year, I am determined to not let that happen.  The only official New Years resolution I made is that I will read at least two books a month. Sometimes it takes a little bit for me to get into a book, but usually half way through, I can’t put it down, so I usually finish books in two to three days.  So, I hope to read more than two books a month, but I am not going to push myself.

I adore fiction.  I love getting transported to a new world full of another person’s hope, dreams, accomplishments and trials.  It is a wonderful escape for me.  You can get a taste of that in TV and movies, but with books, you can get inside the character’s heads and have the freedom to create the visual elements yourself instead of being shown everything. Not that I don’t watch TV, I do, too much, in fact, but I am hoping this resolution will make me turn off the TV and read more instead. So, I know at least one of my books each month will be fiction.

I buy non-fiction books a lot more than I read them.  Recently, I have read lots of parenting books, but not a lot else.  I have several books for Christian women that I need to read and some marriage ones I am looking forward to.  It just takes me longer because they aren’t as “gripping” as a suspenseful plot in story.  But I am going to try to read at least one non-fiction book each month.  However, if I end up reading two fiction books, I am still going to call my goal met.

I have already read two books in January!  (I did make this goal before I read them, so I didn’t cheat when making my goal, I just hadn’t blogged about it, yet. :-) )  Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop and I read any time I got the chance for about four days, although Little Man didn’t let me spend as much time with my books as I wanted, but he’s allowed to be needy right now!  Anyway, I read Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks and Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss.  Yes, they are both fiction books, so I am going to read a non-fiction book next.  The month is still young.  But back to the books I already read.  Safe Haven was a classic Nicholas Sparks love story.  The main character is very likable, as is her love interest, so I cared about them and their stories.  Sparks unveils those stories gradually, drawing you in and making you want to know more and more, so it is very gripping.  It was fairly obvious to see how it was going to end, from the very beginning, but there was a huge twist that was totally unexpected.

Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana was another somewhat predictable one, but it was very enjoyable to watch as it all unfolded with, its various plot twists and turns.  I do have to admit that the old west speech that the gold miner character uses did get a little old, but probably made it more authentic as it is set in Montana in the late 1800’s.  Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana is Christian fiction with a great message, although definitely not too “preachy” like some Christian fiction books can get.  The message is woven very well into the rest of the story.  It has a very sweet love story, or really, several love stories.  Both of these books are light reading, great for a rainy weekend when you just want to unplug. I think the non-fiction I am going to tackle will be Seeing Through the Lies (the subtitle is Unmasking the Myths Women Believe and looking through the chapter titles, seems like it will be very applicable) by Vonda Skelton.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.  If you have any suggestions for fiction or non-fiction, please leave a comment and I will see if I can fit that one in sometime this year.  Or if you have read either of these books and would like to leave your review, I would love to hear it!


Blogroll January 9, 2011

Filed under: Miscellaneous — mesillam @ 11:17 pm

I love to read blogs. Some of them are almost like soap operas, but it’s real life!  They are also a great source of encouragement and have great tips.  In case you are looking for some new blogs to read (I figure if you read mine, you might read or want to read others) here are some of my favorites in alphabetical order by blog title.  I’m not playing favorites!  (It seems like a lot, but most of them don’t post every day, so I don’t spend that much time every day reading blogs.)

Before the Morning She is the mommy of Jonah, who has Epidermolysis Bullosa.  I started reading her blog right after he was born and it has been so much fun watching Jonah grow over these past few years.

Big Mama A Texas Christian mommy, but her focus is not usually on her kid, although she does share some hilarious stories about her.  She writes a fashion column every Friday and other great posts almost every day so there is always something new.

Bring the Rain Angie is a pretty well know blogger.  I think she started her blog when she was pregnant and given a fatal diagnosis for her unborn daughter Audrey. She has now become a speaker and author.

A Faithful Mommy This is the blog of a sweet girl I spent a summer working with.  She now has two adorable kids and gives great book recommendations, activities to do with kids and other tips for Christian mommies.

The Herrin Family This is my cousin’s wife’s blog.  She is an awesome photographer and they have an adorable little boy a little older than Little Man.  You have to check out the pictures at towards the end of her post from when her son was 5 months old.

Homeschooling in Kerrville Another Christian mommy blogger (do you see a theme here?).  She homeschooles her five kids and writes awesome posts about Christian living.  She also writes a great cloth diapering blog.

Kelly’s Korner I started reading Kelly’s blog when her daughter was in the NICU.  She is pregnant with her second little girl and seems to have the sweetest personality.  (I won an electric can opener on her blog in December!)

A Kenyan-Texan Family This is one of my roommates from college and mommy to Nate.  She is married to a man from Kenya and right now is doing a series of posts on cross-cultural marriage.  Even though mine is not, it is fascinating for me to read about it.

Life as a Baylor Girl See, I don’t just read mommy blogs!  This is my sister C’s blog.  She did got her undergrad and graduate degrees from Baylor and just got a job there.  She is just starting up her blog again after taking a break after grad school.

MckMama This is a very popular  mommy blogger.  She  is a great photographer, loves color and has five kids including miracle baby Stellan and her newest addition, Lachlan, who is exactly a month younger than Little Man.

My Little Corner of the World This is one of my favorite people in the whole entire world.  She was my roommate for three semesters in college and is still one of my best friends.

To Bring Him Glory This woman lost her 8  month old daughter, weeks later found out she was pregnant with and when she was seven months pregnant, found out her husband had a brain tumor.  She has an amazing faith and is expecting  baby number 3!

What’s Mine is Yours I also went to college with Bethany, who has two adorable kids and is a fantastic decorator.  Her husband posts recipes and helpful “Cooking with Paul” videos.  In his tomato sauce video, he shows an awesome way to chop an onion.

Words from the Wise This is written by another sweet college friend (I love that the internet let’s me keep up with all these old friends!).  She has a cute baby boy and her family just moved to work with a new church plant.

I am super super sorry if you have a blog that I read that is not on the list.  It is highly possible that I missed one of my very favorite blogs, so please do not take it’s omission from this list as a slight.  I have a lot on my list in Google Reader and could have easily accidentally skipped it when I was typing this list.  There are also some that I read when they post links on Facebook and if they aren’t in my Google Reader, I definitely don’t have them in this list.  Also if you have or read a blog that you would like to share, please leave a comment with the link.  I am always looking for great new blogs to read.