Peachy Makes a Friend

Regular readers of my blog will know that I share my home with mommy, daddy, and two cats. Some of you may also know that it has been one of my goals to befriend the cats so that I may touch them. They have been most illusive for as long as I have been aware of their existence.

I have made every attempt to be their friend. Whenever I see them I smile and attempt to engage them in conversation. If one happens to be within the borders of my baby zone, or if I see one while I have free roam of the downstairs, I always make it a point to come over and say hello.

These efforts to befriend them seem to be less than productive. In fact, I would say they have been counterproductive. I lavish attention upon them but my attention seems to cause the cats to flee. I don’t understand it and I’m not sure how to remedy the situation.

After months of constant rejection, I was beginning to feel discouraged. Not to the point that I would give up, I am not a quitter, but I couldn’t ignore the possibility that they would never trust me enough to feel their soft fur. These thoughts were very disheartening and I was feeling rather disappointed.

Then fate intervened and gave me a glimmer of hope. It seems that one of the cats has taken a liking to napping on the footstool in my room. I became aware of this during my diaper changes when mommy pointed to the ball of fur and said “Daisy”. I giggled and shrieked causing Daisy to run away as usual.

The next day, I spotted Daisy on the footstool all by myself as soon as we came into the room. Mommy congratulated me on finding her so quickly. I observed her carefully throughout my diaper change and she watched me with tense suspicion. Once mommy picked me up again, we talked about Daisy for a while and then we left the room with her still on the footstool.

Excited baby

It’s Daisy!

The following day Daisy was there again at the same time of day. Once again I watched her, and I talked to her, but she didn’t run away and she remained on the footstool when we left the room. It didn’t end there because when we returned for another diaper change, Daisy was still there. She remained there until mommy and I sat in the chair next to her to get ready for my nap. That was too much for Daisy and she quickly left the room.

This continued for several days. She became a regular fixture in our routine and I even began practicing how to say her name. Daisy would remain as long as I was having a diaper change or when I was in mommy’s arms. When we sat down to get ready for nap time, she would run away almost immediately. Then one day, Daisy stayed!

My feelings of excitement were contained by my overwhelming sense of awe. I had never been this close to a cat before. Daisy was within arms reach right there in front of me. “Daiyyy” I whispered as she watched me with unblinking eyes.

All the times I dreamed of touching that soft fur were forgotten. She had her spell on me and I sat frozen. I was motionless, lost in the moment, completely drawn in by her presence. Then Daisy blinked, got up, and jumped down off the footstool breaking the spell. She strolled out of the room in the way only a cat can.

The next day our encounter was repeated and this time I was a bit more prepared. I reached out an eager hand but mommy pulled me back a little. “You have to be gentle with Daisy” she said. Mommy let me hold out my hand and touch the soft fur with my fingertips. It was soft, fluffy, and it tickled. I pulled back my hand in surprise but I quickly went in for a second feel. Shortly afterwards Daisy decided she had enough and she left us to our nap time routine.

I wasn’t even disappointed. I had finally touched a cat! This is what I had been waiting for. Ever since then I touch Daisy almost every day. Mommy even lets me get my hands right into her fur now. I’m still practicing being gentle, and Daisy has been most patient with me.

She will only trust me touching her under mommy’s close supervision, but we have had a breakthrough. I know it’s just a matter of time before we’re good friends. Then Daisy will come and play with me even when I’m not in mommy’s arms. Now I just have to show the other cat how feline friendly I am. Then the tree of us can be the best of friends.

The Family Flu

Families that care about each other, share with one another and my family shares a lot. We share at least one meal together every evening. Our two couches are shared among the three people and two cats who live here. We all share the big downstairs TV, although I don’t think I get my fair share with the remote. I even share my toys with mommy and daddy, unless they look like they’re having too much fun with them.

Sometimes we share things of which nobody wants to find themselves on the receiving end. When I’m teething I want to share the experience with everyone by voicing my displeasure all day long. I fuss and I fuss but nobody seems to appreciate what I’m sharing. As a family that spends a lot of time together, we also tend to share germs. Whenever one of us gets sick, everyone seems to eventually get their turn.

The flu is a difficult thing to get through. There’s the coughing and sneezing that keeps you up half the night. The stuffed up runny nose that makes it hard to breathe properly. The scratchy sore throat which makes it impossible to eat anything beyond an overcooked noodle. My least favourite is the fever that makes you sore and achy while causing your body to alternate between shivering cold and sudden hot flashes.

Sometimes these maladies come rolling through our family. It starts with one person and as that person seems to get better, a second person begins to feel worse. Once the second person is on the mend, the third person gets their turn with it. It can take a couple of weeks until our family is finally free of the illness.

Being sick is never easy but there is one stipulation which makes everything that much more difficult. The dreaded family flu. This happens when an illness strikes down each member of our family at the same time. It may not take as long to rid our household of the bug, but that week while we’re all sick is especially difficult on all of us.

For starters, nobody gets a good night’s sleep. Everyone keeps waking to cough, sneeze, or blow a nose, and most of the time it wakes up everyone else. I’m too little to climb out of my crib so when I need a tissue or a sip of water someone has to come and help me. Assistance never takes long as mommy and daddy sleep just across the hall, but it does mean that everyone is awake.

After a night of short naps interrupted by bouts of flu symptoms, we’re all pretty exhausted by morning. Nobody has the energy to make breakfast, but it has to be made anyway. The result is that everyone shuffles around as if stuck in the mud and breakfast takes twice as long to be ready. By the time we’re all seated at the table, we realize that we weren’t really hungry to begin with. We end up picking at our food more miserable than ever.

Baby relaxing on the couch

Cushy couch time

Next we fall onto the couches and turn on the TV. This part is actually not that bad, until the inevitable happens. I’ll spare you the details but the result is the need for my diaper change to happen and that means someone has to get off the couch. There is always a brief debate until somebody caves and I get carried upstairs. My diaper change is uneventful and lacks entertainment while I’m forced to look at a grumpy face.

Back downstairs we go for more couch and TV time. If I’m feeling relaxed we’ll probably have a nap at some point. Otherwise I’ll probably fuss and cry about how awful I feel while accepting no attempts at being consoled or soothed. At that point mommy and daddy will have to distract me with play until my need for a nap outweighs my need to fuss. That’s when we can finally have that nap which everyone has needed so desperately.

In the evening we’ll probably be hungry but nobody will have the energy to make dinner. We’ll end up picking at our unfinished breakfasts and if I’m eating well mommy will crack open one of our emergency pouches of baby food. That will fill my tummy and give me the illusion of feeling better.

After dinner I’ll have some playtime believing myself to be feeling better. Mommy and daddy will lay on the couches while I travel from one to the other trying to engage them in play. They make attempts at being fun but it’s a sorry sight. Sooner or later I’ll start to fuss as the sickness reasserts itself and I’ll be pulled up onto one of the couches for more relaxing TV time.

That’s how we’ll stay until it’s time for my bedtime snack. I may, or may not, eat it depending on my mood but someone will be forced to make it either way. Next will be time to brush my teeth which will be more difficult than usual due to my refusal to cooperate. Then mommy will take me upstairs for my bedtime routine

I’ll fuss during my diaper change and while mommy puts on my pajamas. I’ll be disagreeable when mommy offers me a sip of water and I’ll fidget while we settle into our chair. Then, all of a sudden, I’ll be overcome by my exhaustion and I’ll fall asleep in mommy’s arms. I won’t even notice that mommy has put me into my crib until I wake up coughing in the middle of the night.

The difficult part about the family flu is that everyone needs to be taken care of but there is nobody well enough to do the caring. Due to my cuteness, I can ensure that my basic needs are met, but mommy and daddy are not as lucky. We never do anything fun on flu days and although it can be nice to relax on the couch as a family, it’s difficult to enjoy for so many days all the while feeling ill.

Since December we have had two family maladies already and I do hope we can avoid any others. There is fun to be had and adventures waiting for me. I don’t have the time for another flu.

The Magnesium Miracle: Book Review and Giveaway

Mommy and I have been reading a new book together. We love reading and we have read a lot of books. I look at the pictures, point to things of interest, and turn the pages. Mommy reads the words out loud, names the objects that I point at, and turns the pages if I happen to forget.

The book we are reading together this time is very different from any that we have read together before. It is not a fictional book about bunnies, cats wearing hats, or a giraffe named Sophie. This book is all about self-help and achieving optimal health.

The book is called The Magnesium Miracle and is written by Carolyn Dean MD, ND. Unsurprisingly, it is all about magnesium. When mommy first told me about this book, I thought it would be hard to get through, but I have been pleasantly surprised. It is a very readable book with excellent information.

The Magnesium Miracle is a truly comprehensive book about dietary magnesium. Part one begins with the stories of Mary, Sam, and Jan who all discover that they suffer from magnesium deficiency. The book then proceeds to discuss what magnesium does in the body and why it is important.

Mommy and I found the next section very informative and it was one of our favourite parts. It discusses reasons why most people today or deficient in magnesium to some extent. The case is truly compelling and well written. This section wraps up with an eye-opening explanation as to why we are not hearing more about magnesium deficiency.

Part two is appropriately named “Magnesium-Deficient Conditions” and consists of nine chapters. There is a list of all possible symptoms of magnesium deficiency in part one. Part two groups these symptoms into nine areas and looks at each in greater detail. This section provides a thorough explanation how magnesium deficiency is responsible for the symptoms and offers optimal daily supplement amounts for each condition.

Part three is called “The Research Continues” and it contains four additional chapters for areas of concern where magnesium might be beneficial. It follows the same outline as part two and covers issues such as chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, and longevity. This part is a good wrap-up to the previous section.

Baby eating Cheerios

I don’t see any magnesium in this Cheerio

The final section of the book begins by discussing testing for magnesium deficiency. There are several methods that can be used. This is a very good section to read before heading to your doctor to discuss a possible deficiency. There is even a little tip on how you can determine the likelihood of a magnesium deficiency at home.

The book then goes on to talk about required magnesium intake and how to add more magnesium rich foods into our diets. There is even a meal plan with several meal options to choose from. Of course it wouldn’t be a comprehensive book if it didn’t also discuss the foods to avoid.

There is a handy chart listing some common foods and the amount you would have to consume in order to ingest 400 mg of magnesium. At the top of the list is crude rice bran with 1.8 ounces. At the bottom of the list are doughnuts with 54.25 ounces. Doughnuts come in different sizes, but that’s equal to around 27 medium-sized doughnuts or 108 doughnut holes. That’s a lot of doughnuts!

The last part of the book discusses options for magnesium supplementation. There are several forms of magnesium available and they are not created equal. There are also several ways to get these supplements into the body. The book discusses when and how to supplement, as well as what to watch out for. Very useful section for anyone who suspects they might be suffering from magnesium deficiency.

So what’s my impression of the book? It was definitely much more informative than any book mommy and I read together. It was much more interesting than I thought it would be. It would have been better if there was a cat or a rabbit involved and there were not enough pictures for my liking, but nevertheless, I would recommend this book to everyone. You might learn that your body has been trying to tell you something important.

What did mommy think of the book? We didn’t talk about it much but mommy did seem to be deep in thought since we’ve read it. Today I caught mommy looking at magnesium supplements online. I’m glad that mommy is looking out for her health.

I want to give all my readers the opportunity to discover The Magnesium Miracle for yourselves. I am giving away a free copy through my giveaway. There are no restrictions so enter today!

The Magnesium Miracle

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In case you don’t win the giveaway 😦 you can get a free 32-page guide to the benefits of magnesium along with magnesium deficiency symptoms. It is available as a free download at www.nutritionalmagnesium.org when you subscribe to their free newsletter. The guide is written by Carolyn Dean MD, ND, just like the The Magnesium Miracle book! It’s the next best thing.

*We have not been paid for this review but we were given a copy of this book free of charge. All views and opinions are honest and our own.

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Peachy’s Camera Care Tips

Bloggers are inclined to take a lot of pictures. If you’re a blogging baby, you tend to find yourself the subject of those pictures rather frequently. Most days I spot mommy with the camera pointing straight at me. It’s something I have become accustomed to.

Mommy has always taken a lot of pictures of me, even before I became the blogging baby. It’s something I have been aware of since the day I was born. Living my life in front of the camera is what I am used to. It doesn’t bother me at all. Sometimes I even kind of like the attention a little.

My blog needs good quality photos to add visual appeal to my posts. Some people use their cell phone cameras but mommy and I prefer our Sony camera. It takes better quality photos and has more features. Of the thousands of images with my face in them, only a handful make the cut to publishing. My blog requires the very best.

There are two components that I couldn’t do without when it comes to blog worthy photos. I need mommy and I need a good camera. I really couldn’t get my blog photography done without mommy’s help and the camera’s functionality.

It makes sense to take good care of that camera. If something were to happen to it, my blog would surely suffer. Not to mention the possibility of losing countless priceless photos. That is why today’s post is all about taking care of this piece of equipment. Here are my five tips on how to take care of your camera.

1. Keep It In a Camera Bag

When you are out with your camera, transporting it, or simply storing it at home, you should keep that camera in a camera bag. Not only does a well designed camera bag conveniently house all of your equipment and accessories, it also keeps your camera clean, dry, and safe.

2. Put a Cap on It

If you’re not taking a picture, put the lens cap on. The lens is the most delicate part of the camera and it needs to be kept clean and scratch free. A dirty or scratched lens will greatly affect the quality of your photos. Take good care of your lens.

Baby putting the lens cap on a camera

Let me help you with that

3. Clean It Properly

If you do get the lens dirty, you will need to use a lens cleaning kit. Do not use tissue, paper towel, or your shirt to clean smudges off your lens. These items are too abrasive and too dusty. You need a microfiber cloth for the job. Don’t be tempted to use canned air on your camera either. That air comes out with chemicals that can damage components of a camera.

For bigger job, you will need a specially designed cleaning liquid to clean the lens and screen. You could also use a good quality isopropyl alcohol. Never use any household glass cleaners on your camera. These can be damaging to a camera and they will remove the anti-glare coating on your lens.

4. Turn It Off

Before you do anything to your camera, turn it off. Whether it’s taking out the memory card, plugging it in, or giving it a cleaning, always power off first. Better safe than sorry.

5. Remove the Batteries

If you’re planning on not using your camera for a little while, it’s a good idea to take out the batteries and store them separately. Batteries can corrode or even leak acid all over the camera. To safely store your camera, give it a thorough cleaning, remove the batteries, put it in a camera bag, and keep it in a safe place.

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Presents for Peachy

I am loved. I know that mommy loves me because she takes such good care of me and she also tells me that she loves me every single day. Daddy shows that he loves me with all the games he invents for me and with all the fun we have together. Yes, I am very loved.

Everyone else I know loves me too. They show me that they love me by bringing me presents. Lots and lots of presents. They bring clothes, toys, books, and knickknacks of all sorts. I must be really special to evoke that much love from everyone.

I probably like the toys best. I especially like the ones that have buttons, lights, and play music. I am very musical. Even though each one of my toy bins is literally overflowing with toys, I can always use some more. Mommy disagrees. She says I can’t possibly play with them all. I play with each and every one!

Books are nice as well. I enjoy reading books with mommy. I like to turn the pages and point at the pictures. Mommy likes to read the letters and tell me what the things I’m pointing at are called. We have a system and it works. My bookshelves are packed beyond capacity too but mommy doesn’t seem to mind that nearly as much. I hear only a faint grumble while mommy tries to reorganize the shelves to fit any new acquisitions.

I don’t mind getting clothing. I like to dress up and look my best. However I think I can agree with mommy that my closet is struggling to contain my wardrobe. I do have a lot of clothes. The trouble is that I am growing so quickly that I often outgrow an outfit before I ever have the chance to wear it. That is wasteful!

Baby with new clothes

Pretty new clothes

By the time I get big enough for my next size, mommy already has a full selection of clothing purchased, washed, and ready to wear. As soon as I begin to wear that size, mommy starts shopping for the next one, while the size I just outgrew gets folded up and put away in storage. It’s a rotating system.

By shopping ahead we can take our time and get some good deals. With this strategy I always have clothes that fit. However it also means that my closet has to hold two sizes worth of clothing. Furthermore, any clothing that I am given as a gift is not really clothing that I need since I already have an entire wardrobe purchased for me in advance.

Mommy keeps telling everyone that if they’re going to buy me clothing, they should buy them in bigger sizes so that I can wear them in the future. For some reason people don’t always listen to this sound piece of advice. I would think people should know this without even being told. Clearly I have clothes to wear. I’m always well dressed when we have company over.

I don’t want people to think that I don’t appreciate their thoughtful gifts. I really do. I love getting presents no matter what they are. Even simply the process of opening a present gets me excited. It’s just that mommy gets sad when she has to fold up unworn outfits for storage and when mommy gets sad, I get sad.

If people can’t follow mommy’s one request for buying me clothes, they should just bring me toys and books. It might make mommy grumble about where we’re going to store these newly acquired treasures, but a grumbly mommy is much preferred to a sad mommy. Besides, mommy always stops the grumbling when she sees how much fun I’m having turning the pages of my new book or playing with my new toy. Then everybody can be happy.

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Better Than Chocolate

Did you know that inside of every box of chocolate there is a toy? I wouldn’t joke about something as serious as playtime. There really is a toy inside every box! I discovered this only recently when we finished off one of our many boxes of chocolate left over from Christmas.

For the last three months I have watched countless boxes of chocolate be opened, consumed, and then thrown away. So many lost opportunities to play. Luckily there is still a small stack of Christmas chocolate left and I have high hopes for those boxes. No box of chocolate will be tossed on my watch.

The toy inside each box is a game. Before you can play with the toy, someone needs to get rid of the chocolate. Most of this task goes to mommy and daddy but I have been known to help on occasion. I think it would be faster if we just dumped the chocolate out on the floor but mommy and daddy disagree. They never want to try things my way.

Once the chocolate gets removed, the playing surface is revealed. What you are looking at is actually the underside of the game board. The next step is to pop the toy out of the box and shake out all the chocolate crumbs. When you accomplish this, your game is ready to play.

Next you will need a flat surface to place the game board upon. I like to use the tray of my high chair. It’s big enough and I can sit comfortably while I play. I’m sure you could use a table or even the floor if you prefer. Any surface that is firm, flat, and big enough for your entire game board will work.

Place your toy on the flat surface with the bubbles pointing upwards. Now you’re all set to have some fun. Ready to play? The object of the game is to press down all the bubbles. Try to make the game board as flat as possible. Don’t worry. It’s not as hard as it sounds.

Baby playing with packaging from a box of chocolates

It takes a bit of concentration

You can take your time and press each bubble carefully with your preferred pressing finger. Or you can speed things along by mashing the bubbles down with the palm of your hand. You could use both hands if you’re feeling adventurous. Or you could even use another object by holding it tightly and smashing it down on those bubbles. A wooden block works great for this.

Whatever method you decide on, each attempt to flatten the bubbles will be rewarded with a delightful crinkling sound. That’s how you know you’re playing the game correctly. If it crinkles you’re on the right track and you should keep up the excellent job. If it doesn’t crinkle you might need to reevaluate your strategy and try a different approach. Don’t give up.

Once your game board is thoroughly flattened, you might think that the game is over and playtime is finished. No need to worry. Simply ask either your mommy or your daddy to pop the bubbles out for you and the game is reset back to the beginning. You can play forever! Or until you get bored. Whatever comes first.

Every box has a different game board inside. Collect them all or swap with friends. With a stack of boxes you could get the whole family involved. Smash your bubbles and then trade game boards and smash bubbles some more. It would make a great family night.

The next time you have a box of chocolate lying around, hurry up and get rid of that chocolate. Before long you will be able to give this fantastic game a try. You won’t be disappointed. It’s a great game and is sure to provide hours of fun. You’ll like it even more than the chocolate.

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Taking Care of Mommy

My mommy takes good care of me. She cooks healthy meals with lean protein and a large assortment of fruits and vegetables. Mommy encourages me to drink plenty of water every day. She makes sure that I get enough sleep every night.

Mommy is also my fitness coach. She takes the time to help me get enough exercise every day. Mommy makes it fun by turning my exercise time into playtime. There are many games a baby can play which are very active.

Eating right, staying hydrated, exercise, and setting aside enough time for sleep are all important parts of a healthy lifestyle. It’s not always easy but all the hard work is worth the effort. I’m a very healthy baby and I feel great.

Since mommy takes such good care of me, it got me thinking about mommy’s health too. I have heard mommy say that because of me mommy and daddy both eat healthier food. It’s nice to know that I’m contributing to mommy and daddy’s wellbeing. I like to be helpful.

I’m sure mommy sleeps while I’m sleeping because what else would she do when I’m not around? Mommy can always be found with a cup of water nearby so I know she stays hydrated. What about exercise? I don’t think mommy does much of that. I better help mommy out!

I’m not an expert in the area of mommy exercises, so I decided to turn to people who are. I was recently contacted by a company called Flex who wanted to know if I would be interested in doing a review of their website. After a quick look around I knew this would be perfect for my mommy and I eagerly agreed to the review.

The truth is that mommy doesn’t do much exercising because she doesn’t have much time. Mommy spends most of her time taking care of me. What time is left over she spends on taking care of daddy, our cats, and our home. Not only does mommy have little free time, the time she does have is erratic and unpredictable.

The great thing about Flex is that it’s available anytime at the click of a button. Flex connects people with fitness professionals in the comfort of home. All you need is a computer and you can take a class anywhere at any time. It’s really quite ingenious.

Funny baby on all fours

They call this pose downward dog

I decided to introduce mommy to Flex to see how she likes it. Mommy signed up for the 30 day free trial right away so that she could try it out. It’s completely risk free. There wasn’t even a credit card required.

After signing up mommy was taken to a screen where she could select the kinds of exercises she is interested in. Mommy selected Dance, Pilates, and Yoga but there were several others to choose from. Here is a list of all the options that were available:

  • Barre
  • Cardio
  • Dance
  • HIT
  • Pilates
  • Pre/Post Natal
  • Strength/Toning
  • Yoga
  • Other

After making her selection, mommy was taken to a scheduling screen. There were seven columns displayed. One for each day of the week. The rows represented the hours. Mommy simply highlighted all the days and times that she could possibly want to join a class.

Once mommy selected her preferred types of exercise, and filled in her schedule, a new screen popped up displaying all of the classes coming up which matched mommy’s criteria. You can go to your settings and choose to have a schedule reminder sent by email.

The best thing about Flex is that you don’t have to follow even your own schedule. Whenever you want to join a class and have a workout, simply log on and press the “Live & Upcoming” button. This takes you to a screen of all classes currently in progress as well as those that are starting soon. Just click on what interests you and join in.

This morning mommy and I did three classes. We started with some Pilates, followed by light yoga, and finished it off with some core strengthening exercises. I’m happy to see mommy getting into it. She already has some of her favourite instructors. Mommy has subscribed to their channels so that she can watch for more of their classes.

Flex has a social aspect too. Each class has a chat feature at the bottom where members can talk or leave comments for the instructor. There is also the option to invite friends from Facebook or Twitter. You can take a class together without even being in the same building.

Flex is great for busy people who want to be more active. There are classes starting all the time so no matter when you want to exercise, you are bound to find something suitable when it’s convenient for you. There are longer classes and shorter ones. Beginner oriented and advanced level. Why not sign up for the free trial and test it out yourself? It might be your first step to a healthier you.

*We were not paid for this review but we did receive a free membership period. The expressed opinions are honest and entirely our own.

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