A Baby Shower

A fellow teacher and his wife are expecting a their first child together in a couple of months. We attended their baby shower last weekend at a local park. The weather was beautiful and the event was festive. The last baby shower I attended was my own so it was definitely nice being a wallflower this time around 🙂

He wasn’t excited about having to eat baby food or wearing a bib.

Neither were any of the other guys.

You can clearly tell from this picture who the winner was. This game made Terrence even more supportive of my making Mila’s baby food. He said that he couldn’t believe how nasty that jar food was.

Check out those thighs! She is super juicy!

Mila picked the raffle winners. One prize was a meal for two and the other a bottle of alcohol. When given out, it was two frozen dinners and a bottle of rubbing alcohol. Not sure if I deem this clever or cheap.

Dubai Mall

Following the festival we went to the Dubai Mall.This mall is the largest shopping mall in the world. It has international restaurants, stores, supermarkets, along with traditional souks, and an aquarium. The first time we went, we were in that mall for 5 hours and still didn’t see everything! The mall is also connected to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

Yesterday we walked around a bit and then had dinner at Macaroni Grill.



We’re taking her inside of the aquarium next time. She was so fascinated with the outside view it’s impossible for us to deny her the full experience.

*Below is a picture from our first visit to Dubai Mall in October 2010. I’m standing in front of the mall’s directory. The mall has grown since then.

Taste of Dubai

I turned 28 this past week and for my birthday we spent a day in Dubai. We went to the Taste of Dubai, a food festival in which several restaurants from the city set up in one location and prepare sample sized portions of their most popular dishes. Mimicking other Taste ofs, this festival didn’t skip a beat. In fact, Terrence and I enjoyed this festival more than the Taste of Chicago.  There were about 15 different restaurants, live music, and free samples from other businesses. Terrence said that his favorite was the steak from Ruth’s Chris and mine was a dim sum bowl from a Pan Asian restaurant.

I took note of the fact that they served alcohol at the event. Alcohol is only severed at hotel restaurants here as drinking is against the country’s religion. While there are liquor stores here, they are very low key and consumers are required to have a liquor permit that sets limits regarding their purchases. I’ve been told that every time some one buys liquor  a stamp is placed in their permit booklet and they are only allowed a certain amount of stamps weekly. All of this to say that people walking around with beer and wine yesterday was a bit alarming. I wonder if alcohol was allowed five years ago when the festival first occurred.




I told Mila in her YouTube video that she could wear hair bows when she turned 4 months. I kept my word 🙂


Happy 4 Months

Mila turned 4 months on February 24th. Her well-baby check-up was last week and she weighed in at a whopping 15 pounds and stretched to 24 inches! Her doctor said that she’s in the 80th percentile for both weight and height. I’ll admit that I’m a skeptic regarding percentiles but hey, who doesn’t want to hear that their baby is chubby and healthy? She’s reached every developmental milestone for her age. I’m also proud to announce that she rolled over from her back to stomach this week. I’ve been waiting for her to do this; she’d roll to her side, sit there, then roll back to her back. I was siting on he floor and while she was lying, horizontially, across my lap she planted her feet and rolled over down my legs. When I rolled her back over to her back, she looked at me and smiled. It was like she knew that I’d been waiting for that.

I wrote earlier about Mila’s BCG (Tuberculosis) vaccination and since then, it has gone through some changes. After a bath one night I noticed that it was swollen and looked infected. Shortly afterwards, pus and blood began to drain from it. I, being a new age mommy, ran straight to my computer and googled it. The draining is actually a must as she was injected with a live virus form of Tuberculosis. Her injection sight, in a sense, became infected. Her body then develops antibodies to fight off the infection. Hence the draining of pus and blood. I only wish that the doctors or nurses informed me of this earlier. A “hey, 4 months from now this thing is going to really gross you out,” would have been greatly appreciated. The picture below is what it looks like now. It’s actually clearing up some, but it’s continuing to drain. Her skin around it looks irritated because I put a band-aid on it initially. Her pediatrician believes that she may be allergic to certain types. Thanks to coconut oil, however, that too is clearing up. Sidenote: I use coconut oil for a lot of things pertaining to Mila: moisturize her skin, diaper barrier, and drool rash. It’s amazing!

Below is a picture of our local hospital; Mila’s pediatrician is there. It’s the same hospital where Terrence and I completed our birthing class.

First Family Trip to Abu Dhabi

We went to Abu Dhabi (1.5 hour drive) for church for the first time this weekend since before Mila’s birth. She slept for the majority of the way there and just went with the flow for the rest of the trip. She’s such a good baby.

Falling asleep on our way there.

Enjoying Gaye’s company at dinner after church.

Next stop…Ikea. We’ll probably be in there often now since I’m starting on her nursery this month. More to come concerning that project.

View from our apartment complex upon arriving home.

Thank you Granny Jo for the beautiful dress 🙂