She is a Baby Alligator!


Well, Elena has two teeth now! At not even 6months old, She is a baby alligator. So far she is doing good with not biting “too hard” but it still feels like an alligator on my nipples.

We are in full swing of baby lead weaning so far Elena has tried…

  • Avocado (not a fan)
  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Green Beans
  • Mashed Potato’s (not a fan)
  • Yogurt
  • Gerber little crunchies (baby Cheetos)
  • Gerber Puffs
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Buttered Toast
  • Asparagus

Her favorites are mango, yogurt and shredded cheese!

We also began cloth diapering using Alva Baby Diapers. So far I love them, I need to order more. I only ordered 6 to try them out before purchasing my stash. This is one of the ways we are cutting costs. I did not have time to do the laundry associated with cloth diapering while working full time but now that I will be a stay at home mom I will have plenty of time.


I Did It…

I did it finally.

On May 4th I will move from 50+ hours a week at my corporate job to a measly 12-16hours a week to be home with my baby girl. I will go from making $500 a week to barely scraping $200.

Why am I doing this, putting my family in such hardship?


I am doing this for happiness. Overworked, Overstressed me is hurting my marriage and therefor hurting my child.

Now I will be available to love on my husband in the evenings, because I will have already done my errands and housework.

This is going to be an exciting adventure where we do a lot of learning and growing.

I am excited. I am terrified. I am nervous. I am delighted.

We Tried Avocado…

Elena is 4 months old this week and has been showing an interest in grabbing food off our plates.

We decided to try baby lead weaning, which is essentially giving them what is on your plate if they show interest.

Any food before 1 is just for fun so we had a blast exploring texture and taste with the avocado. Elena wasn’t quite sure what to think of the texture at first because she grabbed it and it immediately squished in her first. Eventually she decided to taste it and wasn’t quite sure about the taste which I expected.

We will try again another day.

Next to try is Banana, we know she enjoys broccoli cheese soup and peanut butter and before everybody looses their mind it was not intentional for her to try those foods yet. I was eating and she stuck her fist in my soup and In the peanut butter that dropped of my sandwich and put it in her mouth before I could stop her.

Today In Science 01/18/17

Solar cells
In 1994, the U.S. Department of Energy announced production of solar panels giving nearly twice the efficiency of existing panels. Made by United Solar Systems of Troy, Mich., these amorphous silicon submodule (1 ft2) panels converted 10.2% of solar energy into electricity, as compared to 6% previously possible. This was possible by using new thin-film photovoltaic technology. The company has subsequently produced flexible solar shingles based on thin film photovoltaics that can permit the roofs of ordinary commercial and residential buildings to evolve from simply providing protection from the weather to becoming a source of much-needed electric power

Legionnaire’s disease
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In 1977, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, first announced* that they had sufficient laboratory evidence to implicate a bacterium as the cause of Legionnaire’s Disease, now named Legionella pneumophila. An outbreak of this disease in Philadelphia in 1976, largely among people attending a state convention of the American Legion, led to the name “Legionnaires’ Disease.” After the bacterium causing the illness was named, the name of the illness was changed to legionellosis. The scientific paper describing the isolation of the bacterium as published 1 Dec 1977 in The New England Journal of Medicine. [Image: Legionella pneumophila multiplying inside a cultured human lung fibroblast. Multiple intracellular bacilli, including dividing bacilli, are visible in longitudinal and cross section. Transmission electron micrograph.]

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Today is Science 12/02/2016

Fun facts from the science world thanks to


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established
  In 1970, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established during the administration of President Nixon. Working with strong bipartisan support from Congress, earlier in the year, on 2 Jan 1970, he had been able to sign the National Environmental Policy Act, and significant environmental action was set in motion. Once the EPA was created, the federal government could set the lead to constrain the excessive pollution caused by industries unwilling to clean up their wastes and emissions. All residents of America, whether in towns, suburbs or wilderness areas, would benefit in the decades that followed. Sadly, Republican Presidents after Nixon failed to fully embrace the same vision, and in various ways their support fell short of the greatest possible benefits from EPA’s mission.«
Atomic chain reaction
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  In 1942, the first self-sustained nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated in Chicago, Illinois. At the University of Chicago, Enrico Fermi and his team achieved the world’s first artificial nuclear chain reaction, in a makeshift lab underneath the University’s football stands at Stagg Field. Work on the experimental pile had begun on 16 Nov 1942. It was a prodigious effort. Physicists and staffers, working around the clock, built a lattice of 57 layers of uranium metal and uranium oxide embedded in graphite blocks. A wooden structure supported the graphite pile. The chain reaction was part of the Manhattan Project, a secret wartime project to develop nuclear weapons, which initiated the modern nuclear age. This was a discovery that changed the world.
China first lunar landing probe launched
  In 2013, China launched the Chang’e-3 lunar probe, carrying the Jade Rabbit rover. The spacecraft headed into orbit and then on to the Moon. This was hoped to become the country’s first extraterrestrial landing craft, and a showcase for China’s rising technological abilities. The lift-off of the Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China’s southwestern Sichuan province was broacast live on the nation’s state television. The robot rover’s mission was to conduct geological surveys and investigate the Moon’s natural resources. Previously, China’s had put their Chang’e-1 into moon orbit (launched 24 Oct 2007) taking images and spectral analyses, and sent three astronauts on a 15 day mission orbitting the Earth (Jun 2013), during which their craft docked with an experimental space lab.« [The local launch time in China was 01:30 am, on 2 Dec 2013, corresponding to 17:30 GMT on 1 Dec in Britain.]
Atomic power station
  In 1957, the first full-scale atomic electric generating station in the U.S. began operation in Shippingport, Pennsylvania -15 years to the day after Fermi’s experiment at the University of Chicago. The plant reached full power 21 days later, generating 60 megawatts of power for Pittsburgh. The Duquesne Light Co. of Pittsburgh built and operated the Shippingport plant on a site it owned on the Ohio River 25 miles away from Pittsburgh. The reactor plant was designed by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in cooperation with the Division of Naval Reactors of the Atomic Energy Commission. President Dwight D. Eisenhower opened it on 26 May 1958, as part of his “Atoms for Peace” program. The Shippingport nuclear powerplant was retired in 1982.

Today In Science

Today In Science
  Pulsar discovery

  In 1967, the first pulsating radio source (pulsar) was detected by an alert graduate student, Jocelyn Bell, then working under the direction of Prof. Anthony Hewish at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, Cambridge, England. A special radio telescope was used, with 2,048 antennae arrayed across 4.4 acres. By 13 Nov 1998, one thousand had been found. The pulsing of the radiation has clock-like precision , up to 1,000 times per second. A pulsar is believed to be a neutron star with exceedingly rapid spin. Rotational periods range from 1.57 milliseconds to 5.1 sec. Pulsars prompted studies of quantum-degenerate fluids, relativistic gravity and interstellar magnetic fields. Similar behaviour of a star flashing in the optical spectrum was detected on 18 Jan 1968.Optical pulsars remain very rare.«

Booklist for Pulsars.


 First U.S. auto race

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1893 Duryea

  In 1895, Frank Duryea won the first American Automobile Race in Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald. With his brother Charles, Duryea invented the first automobile that was actually built and operated in the United States. On the day of the race, at 8:55 a.m., six “motocycles” left Chicago’s Jackson Park for a 54 mile race to Evanston, Illinois and back through the snow. Duryea’s Number 5 won the race in just over 10 hours averaging about 7.3 mph and was awarded a prize of $2,000. Following their victory in the race, the Duryeas manufactured thirteen copies of the Chicago car, and J. Frank Duryea developed the “Stevens-Duryea,” an expensive limousine, which remained in production into the 1920s.   more

Carriages Without Horses: J. Frank Duryea and the Birth of the American Automobile Industry, by Richard P. Scharchburg. – book suggestion.
Booklist for Duryea Automobiles.