6/24/08 - Makenna is a doll

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6/23/08 - I'm back...

I'm back from camp and I am very refreshed mentally. That is of course until I got to work and within 30 minutes, my stress level increased tenfold. I had a great time. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this was the best year I've ever had as staff. We had tons of people helping out in games which allowed everyone to relax a little more than in years past. I made some great new friends and got to hang out with old ones. I managed to get a great tan over the course of 8 days and even lost a few pounds around my midsection.

On top of all that, i just feel good. I feel more laid back, I always come home with a massive ego just from all the attention I receive, praise I'm given and in general just knowing that a lot of people are looking up to me. A lot of years, this year included, camp helps me get my priorities back in place. I think that video games might take a back seat to other areas in my life. It might be a tough transition for me, but I'm just reminded how trivial things can be.

Life is great...I just wish work didn't suck.


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6/10/08 - Wendy's Hand-Spun Shakes

I was really excited about these when they came out. I loved the original Frosty. Then, they came out with the Vanilla Frosty which seemed even better than the original, especially in the form of a float (and I'm not much of a float kind of guy).

These looked to be awesome. The strawberry is what really got me excited as I thought it would be an awesome combination...the sweet coldness of the frosty and the wonderful flavor that is the strawberry. Today, I decided to head to the local Wendy's and get me one.

I was out of cash, so I scrounged around and found 2 dollars in quarters thinking that would be plenty. This thought process was based on the fact that the last time I got a frosty, a small was only $.99. I figured they would charge an additional $.25 or even more for the flavor and then add tax...even with a bit more markup, no way could it be more than $2.

When I pulled up to the drive-thru...I was very surprised. At $2.39, I was obviously way off on my estimate. My next thought was that the size for that dollar amount was quite a bit larger than the value meal frosty. Nope...same size...12oz. On top of that, I found out that they have raised the price of Frosty's to $1.19.

I was still excited about the thought of the frosty and strawberry goodness, so I scrounged around in the console to find more change. All together, it was $2.62 and I was able to get enough quarters, dimes and pennies to pay the tab. With Frosty in hand, I was ready to give me tastebuds a ride they would remember.

WOOOOOOOW!!!!....I was more disappointed by what I was presented with than basically the entire Indiana Jones movie....and that movie sucked. I'm not really sure where to start, but I'll give it a shot.

1) The price. If the flavor had been off the charts, the price wouldn't have been a big deal. It wasn't, therefore price gets on the list. I paid an extra $1.29+tax for a cherry, a blob of whipped cream, and probably about 2 cents worth of strawberry syrup. That is unacceptable, and if nothing else, the whipped cream and cherry adding NOTHING to the package.

2) Presentation. The pictures on the website, advertisments, commercials, etc all show what is obviously a vanilla frosty with swirls of strawberry flavoring. That is what I was looking for. I love the vanilla frosty flavor, and wanted just that extra flavor from the strawberry. What i recieved instead was a cup of vanilla frosty that had been thoroughly blended with an overpowering amount of strawberry syrup. It didn't even look good when I got it.

3) Flavor. As I mentioned just above, the strawberry was too strong. If they would have put about half as much flavoring, it would have been so much better. Along the same lines, if there were simple ribbons of flavor, instead of a fully blended item, it wouldn't have been a strong in each bite.

4) Options. After I ordered and really got to thinking about it, the choices they offer are pretty lame. If you order a Vanilla Bean Hand-spun frosty shake, you basically get a runny vanilla frosty. Get the chocolate shake, and you are presented with a runny original frosty. The strawberry of course is the only "new" item they put on the menu. That's pretty stupid. Once again, the ribbons would make a HUGE difference.

5) Hand Spun? There is no way what I got was hand spun. If by hand spun, they mean put under a commercial blender and someone hand pressed the button to start it up, then yeah...I guess it was hand spun.

At the end of the day, I'm glad I went and got one because it looks so good on TV and in ads. I would have been wanting one for all eternity if I never did go up and get it. However, I'm going to rate this thing a 3 on a scale of 1-10 with ten being the perfect dessert. I'm not against Frostys in general, because I would give a vanilla frosty a 8 on that same scale.


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6/6/08 - Makenna is awesome

So the other night, it was my turn to feed at 2 in the morning, so I got up and headed into her bedroom to feed her the 2 ounces from a Dr. Brown bottle. These bottles are made to mimic the flow of milk from the mother, which means that it is incredibly slow in comparison to most other bottles.

On average, it takes about 20 minutes from the time I get out of bed, feed her, swaddler her, get her back to sleep and get back into bed.

This night was slightly different. After about 10 minutes, I noticed that the milk didn't seem to be getting lower. I pulled it away and checked and sure enough, there were still 2 ounces in the bottle. I checked the nipple and it had gotten jammed or clogged or something. I had to go get a new nipple and start over. I should also mention that this particular night, I had not gotten to bed until a little after midnight...I was tired.

Once we got the bottle figured out, we sat back down and she got about halfway through when she decided she wanted to go back to sleep. There are nights when she is just so tired, she doesn't want to eat at all. Usually, if you sit her up, play with her ear, move the bottle around, you can get her to start eating again. No more than 2 or 3 of these moves is required to get her to finish the bottle.

This night was slightly different. It took close to 15 minutes of constant stimulation to get her to finish the last half of her bottle. This puts the entire feeding time to right around 35 minutes or so. I should also mention that I new that I had to get up again at 5:00 to go to work...I wanted sleep.

I should also mention that prior to completing the bottle, she decided that then and there was the best time and place to complete load her diaper. How anyone can sleep through an explosive pants filling like she did is beyond me. Normally, Cristi has changed her diaper and all I need to do is swaddler her and put her down.

This night was slightly different. Of course, I had to change her diaper (which is not at the top of my list of favorite things to do) because Cristi would have been pretty upset if she checked her diaper before the 5:00 and saw that I had left a big o' pile of poopy in her diaper. So...by this point, I'm pretty upset because all I want to do is get some sleep. I had zero patience and was tempted multiple times to just give up the whole process, wrap her up and put her in her swing for the rest of the night.

Well...that was until I laid her down to change her diaper. She looked up at me with those big eyes of her...tilted her head to the side a little...and laughed. For some reason, she thought it was the funniest thing to her. Well, if you've ever seen a baby smile/laugh...you can't do ANYTHING but look back and smile and laugh with them. At that point, I didn't care if I had to stay up the rest of the night, that little smile was the most incredible thing I had seen. She's been smiling for a while now, but the whole situation leading up to that smile made that one just so much more special.

So before I finished changing the diaper, I just leaned over and played with her for a bit. She just kept smiling and what I believe were laughs. When all was said and done, I got her wrapped up and sat in the chair for probably a good 5 or 10 minutes just looking at her...all the while she was asleep.

It doesn't change the fact that I was a zombie the next day at work, but I'm in so much trouble when she gets older if she figures out that her smile makes melt in a split second.


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6/3/08 - Almost 8 pounds

Cristi took Makenna to get weighed yesterday, and the little girl has gained 9 ounces in the last five days or so to put her at 7 pounds 14 ounces. That puts her at a pound gained in just under 3 weeks. At the rate she is going, she should reach her fighting weight in about 20 days based on cristi's calculations.

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6/1/08 - Nursing Pad Review

When Makenna was first born I used the disposable nursing pads. I used Medela pads which I liked a lot. They hold a lot of milk and they don’t leak. After a while they started to irritate my skin and became scratchy. So a friend told me to try the washable nursing pads. There are many different kinds, but there are two that I especially like. I use Medela cotton washable nursing pads and Gerber washable pads. They have different features that work well for different things. The Medela pads are bigger and thicker and absorb a lot more milk. Since Makenna is sleeping through the night I tend to leak a LOT of milk at night. I use the Medela pads at night so that I don’t wake up covered in milk. However, they are not good for during the day because they are very visible through clothing. I use the Gerber pads during the day, especially if I’m going somewhere. They are thinner, smaller, and absorb less milk, but they don’t show through clothing as much. Since she is eating more frequently during the day, these pads seem to work fine. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being a perfect product, I would have to rate the Medela washable pads a 9 because they are very absorbent and they don't leak, but they are visible through clothing. The Gerber pads I would give a 6 because although they are less visible through clothing, they don't absorb as much and they leak often.

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