I was actually getting comment notifications to my email (which comes to my blackberry) on a post called "Happy Anniversary" and I was so confused. haha! Good one baba! Totally impressed! I'll mark this in my brownie point book! Happy 4 years to you too!
Happy Anniversary BABA, the post you just did....was FABULOUS! More to come on that later....
Happy THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!
I hacked into your blog and uploaded this video. I hope you are not mad. I wanted to give you a little surprise for our 4 year anniversary. We've overcame many hardships and often times I don't deserve such an aweome wife, so I am so thankful to have you in my life. Did I mention your an awesome mommy, too? P told me to say that. I love you baba!
FYI: I have been informed we are not having an attic in our new house.
Once I realized I wasn't going to have to call 9-1-1, I started unloading Christmas boxes and hanging our stockings!! Don't are stockings look cute?
I have the adventures of putting the tree up in a post to follow. Does it take a Master's degree to get a set of lights to work?
I know there are many of you out there that can agree with me on this!
Yes, a frozen turkey in a box? One of J's wholesaler's from work sent him a turkey. I guess it was a nice gesture, even though I would have much preferred a grill utensil set or a wine opener set (typical wholesaler gifts)...but I guess I shouldn't complain. Is it sanitary to send a turkey through the mail? And we're not talking about just any turkey, this turkey is so big, it's taking up the ENTIRE bottom shelf in our fridge and I'm pretty sure if we don't start eating it tonight...the shelf may not hold up. The thing weighs more than P. Wait, I'm sorry, I'm being ungrateful. We love the turkey. Thank you Jackson National! :)
On a brighter note, J spoke at one of his client's investment clubs tonight...and guess what he was sent home with? A turtle cheesecake! The entire cake! I will definitely not complain about that! Now I just have to figure out where I am going to fit a 20lb turkey AND an entire cheesecake in my "not so huge" fridge. If something has to go...I can promise you it won't be the cheesecake. Unless, ofcourse I decide to fix this problem by eating the entire million calorie desert before I head to bed.
I'll let you know in the AM. Thanks Dorothy, turtle cheesecake is my favorite!
It didn't take long...before P got the spoon thing down pat! He has officially moved from "baby" to "toddler". He hardly needs my help for anything anymore, except for poopy diapers..and how fun is that. ERRR!
That's right...he really does take notes I guess. A month or so ago I posted something about these boots being my favorite Uggs...I guess he does read my blog! He even got them in the color I wanted! Now I just wish it was the weekend so I could put them with my black leggings and sweater dress! Hubby will always be my first LOVE, and P's right there at the top with him (& K too), but I must admit...these boots are running a close second! Aren't they so adorable?!!! Way to go baba!!
He did say he has something else for me, but that is actually going to be a surprise. I guess I have to wait for the actual anniversary date for the surprise!
I am about to cook dinner, but I am hoping I will have some time this evening to catch up on my daily reads and some new posts for you all!
We spent Saturday night at our friends Buddy and Michelle's to watch the UFC fight. Brock Lasnar vs Randy Couture! I must say that it is quite funny how I actually get into this UFC thing, and I am not sure how I started becoming a fan, but somehow, I totally dig it. For those of you who know me, I am sure you find this totally "out of character" for me. I'm usually in to fashion and shopping...not fighting and blood! O-well, it's the one "guy thing" that I can relate to. Hubby kinda likes it. :)
Uncle Buddy must have been playing Rock Band before we came over (if you know Buddy...he'd probably been playing it all day) because the drums were set up when we arrived. Anytime you leave two sticks out...and a 15 month old gets a hold of them....well, it can get dangerous! But, without any help, P picked up the sticks and started drumming away. We don't have playstation at our house so I have NO IDEA how he knew what to do...but he did (see video)! I finally had to take the drumsticks away from him because he moved from using the drums as his target...to the coffee table. OOPS! Sorry Uncle Buddy!
I thought that it took kids at least until grade school to get in to playstation games. I'm doomed. As soon as P can start busting out sentences...he's gonna say "Mama, buy me rock band." CRAP! Those drums are more annoying than the toy firetruck that we have (referring to previous post).
The dr informed us for the thirty fifth time...that he has a small pee pee (pee pee sounds better than penis when you are talking about a babies privates, although both are probably inappropriate). This "small pee pee" drama should probably be saved for it's own post, but I can't help to mention it. The poor little guy was not born well endowed. J and I have been worried that there is something wrong with "it" because it is smaller than normal...but, NOPE Dr. L says he just has a small one. I probably shouldn't even mention this on my blog. Heaven for bid if he ever got old enough to read it and saw this post. He would kill me! Plus, its a pretty sensitive subject for the hubby. He is ready to put him on hormone treatment! Men take this stuff very seriously apparently. I am not too worried, Dr. L thinks it will grow in proportion to his body with time and ofcourse the hormone treatment comment was an exageration! When babies are little you can never tell! But, who knows, maybe my kid will be the "cute kid with the small pee pee".
Sorry if I confused some of you by not defining what "WIC" is. To be honest, I am not really sure what it stands for. All I know is it is some type of welfare program. I am not trying to knock people on welfare, but EVERY SINGLE time I go to the dr they ask me if I'm on WIC. I don't get it. EVERY SINGLE time I tell them no. And again, today was no different, the nurse asked me if I was on WIC! I wanted to be like "NO I AM NOT ON WIC...WRITE IT IN THE CHART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I like to think that I don't look like I'm on welfare! For the love of GOD!
I thought I would post this video of P and his peek-a-boo game so you could see the fun stuff he is doing now! Everyday is something new and I love witnessing it!
Sarah Palin is haunting me, NCF is PG, and thank god I didn't start watching Lipstick Jungle! (very random...I know)
By the way, one of my favorite bloggers, Naturally Caffeinated Family, has some big news to share.......SHE'S PREGNANT! I was so excited for her! She has a little boy that is P's age and I love to read her funny posts about mommyhood! CONGRATULATIONS NCF! And actually, thanks a lot, now you have me thinking I should be trying for baby Rose #2! Hubby thinks it's time. Mommy thinks...NOT YET! We'll see.
Oh, AND...my dear BF, NINA KNOWS BEST, has been shocked that I don't watch Lipstick Jungle (one of her favorite shows). I just about started watching it because, ofcourse, her & I tend to have similar tastes and I figured if she loves it, so will I (and I am sure I would have). But, THANK GOD I didn't get started...because NBC has officially axed it! I'm sorry N that they took away your favorite show, but this is one time (and maybe the only time) I am glad I didn't follow your lead. haha! I think NBC cancelling your Lipstick Jungle is like E! cancelling my Dr. 90210! I would be devastated!
ps since we are on the topic of "randomness"...why do very few of you ever comment on my blog? Do I suck? Thank goodness I have google analytics and I can tell I actually DO have readers...otherwise, I might be questioning my efforts. I love the comments, so PLEASE comment. You don't have to have a google account to comment!
Last Friday we stopped to visit "da da" at his office for a little lunch. Jimmy Johns for the adults and bologni, string cheese, and peaches for the baby. P wasn't much interested in eating though. He had W A Y more fun destroying daddy's office. Look at all these papers that were screaming "throw me".
"What ma? I'm not doing anything rotten. Just helping daddy file some papers." (More like helping daddy "un-file" some papers)
I love this pic of P sitting on the floor behind J's desk. He looks like he is really working hard studying those financial reports, huh? Maybe he came across his 529 College Savings Plan statement. If so, he was probably thinking "Ma, lets cash-in and buy some toys!"
I took this picture at the California Pizza Kitchen the day I picked him up from the airport for his 2 week leave. We hadn't seen in eachother in ELEVEN months! I think he deserved the beer!
Here are the rules for this award: 1. Post the award on your blog 2. Link me for giving it to you 3. Link the originating post here 4. Pass the award on to 5 more deserving people 5. Post these rules for your recipients
Here are my picks:
1. Abbi from A Tid Bit of the Taylor's I can so relate to your mommy world! From one mommy to another...I appreciate all the stories about your lil one! 2. Hollie from All Things in Moddy I love your funny posts! And I absolutely love that you spend your Saturday nights playing Yahtzee! We must be dorks just like you. Some of the things we do on our Saturday nights...are not as fun as Yahtzee. 3. Naturally Caffeinated Family, you are my long lost blog sister. There are so many things that make us alike and I am pretty positive, if we lived closer, we would definitely be "inner circle" friends! 4. Mrs. Mojito, from Make Mine A Mojito, (I think she already got this award last week, but I love her blog). ADORABLE couple! I love how sweet your marriage is. Everyone who reads your blog gets the love vibe! 5. Blue-eyed Bride, anyone who references Tori Spelling in her blog...is definitely on my "love" list! You are one of my newer blog finds, but I am so excited to add you to my list of daily reads and I look forward to your posts!
This year I was determined to find a hat that would:
I also really like the Polar Bear Earflap hat from Gymboree. It is also $14.50 and looks like it is just as cozy as the ON hat!
As soon as church dismissed we headed to pick up our little man from the "big boy" room. This is only his 3rd or 4th time in the actual toddler room instead of the nursery. He's been doing fine with it though....well....until today. As soon as we walk up, what do we see?.......see for yourself (picture above and picture does not show all his wounds). Our poor P man had a scratch on his nose so deep it was bleeding and 4 to 5 scratches near his eyes and down his face. He looked like he could have been malled by a small animal. And ofcourse, as a mommy, I was so flustered! When I ask if he had gotten in a fight....they responded with "oh, I don't know. I didn't even notice he had something red on his face."
Didn't even notice???? Something red? Yea, that something red is called BLOOD! Even someone half blind would notice the scratches all over his face. I was ready to jump over the gate and kick some little 2 year olds butt! Being the fact that the nursery workers didn't even know it had happened, I obviously didn't know which small toddler to target! How am I ever going to drop him off in the toddler room again without worrying the whole church service that some little guy (or girl for that matter) is bullying my P! I am sure all you daycare moms out there know exactly how I am feeling. Is this normal? Do your kids come home with all kinds of bruises and battle wounds? When I think about it, what makes me the most upset is that the babysitters didn't even address it or know that it had happened. It wasn't like some kid scratched his face with an overgrown fingernail in one slap. I mean, this "kid" must have gone after P a few different times...and no one was even watching!
I am not ruling out that P could be to blame. Trust me, I know how rotten he can be. But, still, someone should have had a closer eye on my baby!
He really enjoys football...well...any ball that he can throw for that matter. But look at him, doesn't he look a future NFL quaterback? :) According to Mike Scanzano (one of our famous Miner league baseball players in the area) he is destine to be a pro with a name like "Parker Wilson Rose". I must agree!
Do you ever have nights where you just plop down on the couch feeling totally exhausted and wonder what the hell you did all day? The dishes are still in the sink, the highchair still needs to be wiped down, there is a pile of laundry in the hallway and you are still in the outfit you went to bed in the night before. I know Eric must secretly wonder the same thing when he comes home from work and it looks I didn't do anything all day. I always try to justify myself by explaining that I paid bills, went grocery shopping, cleaned out the fridge, graded a few papers while Addie was napping, etc. I don't know why I feel the need to explain myself because Eric never judges me. He thanks me all the time for taking such good care of him and Addie. And deep down I know he means it. But there are times when I have had a long day and he will say something like "do I have any clean work pants?" It's a simple question and I should just answer him by saying "no...I didn't get to washing them today." But instead, I start getting defensive by listing off my daily tasks, which usually leads to a reminder about how I quit my job to take care of our baby. Once I say anything about being a SAHM, his response is usually "lots of moms would kill to be able to stay home with their children." And he is absolutely right. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to be home with Addie every day. I wouldn't change it for anything in the world. But I have to admit...being a SAHM mom isn't what I thought it would be. And honestly...neither is motherhood.
Now don't get me wrong. Motherhood is SO much better than I could have ever imagined. I didn't know it was possible to love someone so much. There are little moments every day where Addie will do something adorable like crawl to me so that I can pick her up and when I do, she will wrap her little arms around my neck and press her face against mine. Moments like this make me close my eyes and thank God for this little peanut. And I know other moms can relate to these precious moments because moms are always willing to talk about the happy stuff. We all sit around telling these cute little stories and then with a collective "Awww" we move on to the next reason motherhood is so awesome. But late at night, when the babies are asleep and we are on the phone with our best friend...the truth tends to come out. Motherhood isn't always as rewarding or joyful as we like to say it is. Sometimes it is exhausting, overwhelming, stressful, confusing....I think you get my point. And when you are done letting out your feelings, you wonder...do other moms feel this way? The answer is...hell yes they do! Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile's book "I Was A Really Good Mom Before I had Kids: Reinventing Modern Motherhood" is the result of an afternoon conversation that led them to the same question. And what they found is that ALL moms, at least to some extent, share a lot of the same feelings about motherhood. We all love being mothers, we just hate doing it.
"This is an amazingly honest thing to say--I love being a mom; I just hate doing it. And it's all the more amazing because it resonates with so many of us. Why? We love our children, and we love being their mothers, but sometimes we just hate doing "it" because "it," as we have defined it, is an impossible job. We're not talking about the indignities of wiping up runny noses or runny diarrhea--we expected as much. We are talking about the crushing exhaustion, gerbil-on-a-flywheel feeling of every day. We're talking about the failure we feel when we can't bring ourselves to make a Halloween costume, even though that very day we rushed out of work early to make it to a Mommy & Me music class. We're talking about the sinking feeling we have when we finally get into bed at night, knowing that we've failed to perform competently (according to ourselves) on yet another day. Those parentheses are very important: we're labeling our own selves failures."
Now I don't want to make the book sound like it is all gloom and doom. It is SO not that kind of a book. It is just honest, and sometimes honesty can be gloom and doom. The authors realize this too and that is one of the reasons they decide to write this book.
"The hope is that we'll raise great kids and be happy doing it. And that means talking about the good and bad sides of motherhood. Because if we can talk honestly, perhaps we can lose the notion that we can and should do it all. And if we can lose that notion, then perhaps we can get a grip on our insane expectations. And if we can get a grip on our insane expectations, perhaps we can stop judging ourselves and other moms, learn to say no when we need to, embrace our daily lives, nurture ourselves and our husbands, and maybe, just maybe, relax and find peace. The ideal is to be true to ourselves, to make conscious choices based on our own value systems (and not others' expectations of us), and to live our lives in ways that serve our own best interests and those of our families. Only then can we begin to love motherhood as much as we love our children."
I don't want to write anymore about the book because it is so much better to just read it for yourself. I wouldn't exactly classify the book as "self help" because that label has such a negative connotation. But honestly...I think the book has helped me. It helped me realize that I don't have to be everything to everybody every day. I don't have to stress about a dirty pile of laundry and I don't have to feel guilty if I decide to order a pizza instead of cooking a wholesome meal one night. So if you are a mom looking for a little self help...or even just a good laugh...this book is for you! And if you decide to read it...I would love to know what you think :-)
This year, I must say, my favorite pair are my Hudson Jeans-Triangle Pocket Bootcut Stretch! I heart them! I got mine at Nordstrom. Thank God we don't live near a Nordstrom or I might have 50 pair! Hubby might question that at $175 a pop. :) But, seriously, if you are looking for a comfy fit with a fabulous style I highly recommend this pair of Hudson's!
So, as I am preparing myself for this big event I thought I should list some essential information every babysitter should have (along with ALL suggestions from my readers on what I have missed!).
Contact information for you and your spouse- Home phone, cell phone, and work phone numbers , as well as the number of the place you will be at (restaurant, friends' house, etc.).
Emergency phone numbers- Fire, police, poison control center, doctor, and hospital numbers. It's also smart to designate one or two neighbors, friends, or relatives as emergency contacts. Leave their names, numbers, and addresses. That way your sitter has someone to turn to in case for some reason they cannot get a hold of you (maybe you've had one too many martini's and you can't hear your phone ring.) Also, just in case you OR your emergency contact person can not be reached (maybe all of you are out martini drinking), leave a healthcare authorization form that allows your sitter to get medical attention for your child in case something terrible happens.
Address- In case of emergency our 911 address is....
A mapped escape route- In case of fire or some other crisis that requires a fast evacuation, your sitter should be aware of all the possible exits from your house. Also make sure she knows where to find the fire extinguisher, flashlight, and first aid kit.
Medical information about your baby- If your child has any allergies or other medical conditions, or needs to take medication, tell your sitter about it in advance and leave instructions. Or maybe your child has a bad case of diaper rash, even something this small should be addressed.
Food- Don't leave this for them to figure out on their own. A teen may not be aware of foods that pose choking hazards. Leave specific instructions on what your baby can and cannot eat and drink. And if the sitter will be preparing formula or giving your baby stored breast milk, make sure she knows exactly how to do it.
Your baby's schedule- It's important that the child not be disrupted from his routine, so make sure and leave instructions for what time your child normally eats, what time he goes to bed, and how his bedtime routine works. (Do you typically read a certain book before bedtime? Do you rock your baby to sleep?)
Favorite things- It is smart to let your sitter know about any favorite toys or security objects (CG) that your baby is use to. If there are certain games or shows that your child likes make sure the sitter knows what they are.
Time- Be considerate and let your babysitter know when they can expect you to be home. If you veer off that schedule, fine...but call and let them know. It's not a bad idea to check in every so often either just to make sure that your baby is adjusting okay. If your a texting mommy, this is a great way to communicate with a teen, so you may try texting to check in on the baby.
I think that is about all I can think of for now. Anything I'm missing?
I am pretty confident that our sitter will be great with P. She is someone that he has been around a few times already so that should help! And, ofcourse I would never have asked her to babysit if I wasn't confident she would do an outstanding job! But, you know me, I like to be prepared so a "checklist"...is a must!
It continued with a story about how police arrested a rooster for allegedly "running around like a chicken with its head cut off". They have incarcerated the rooster at the local police station while they attempt to find it's owner.
babysitting virtual baby addie - how hard is it to babysit a "virtual" baby? If these people truly want to learn how to babysit...I will loan them P.
mandy+rose+blog - I must say...=love!
in-n-out apron - I knew in-n-out was popular, but do people really buy their aprons? I thought I was the only one in the US that owned one.
nmbelina - the greatest card designer/event planner you will find! Also known as...my real life BF and the creator of all my fabulous holiday cards.
alot-of-woman-in-one-place - let me guess...a single guy typed this in?
video nibbles & licks dorothy - No idea! Sounds like it could be the name of some dirty flick? YIKES!
My husband and I were talking the other night and here is our conversation:
Hubby: Do you know how much LC makes per episode? (and yes, he is talking about LC, as in Lauren Conrad of the Hills...how very metrosexual of him to refer to her as "LC")
Wife: (weird look-almost a look as if "why are you talking to me about "LC" and "The Hills") No, babe. H o w m u c h?
Hubby: She makes $75,000 per episode.
Wife: Really? Wait, how and why on earth do you know that statistic? And even more so, why are you talking about it? (Last time I checked he wasn't a big fan of The Hills...nor is any guy I know?)
Hubby: I read it on OMG Yahoo! Don't you read that sweetie?
Wife: (SUPER WEIRD LOOK) no response.
Ok, first of all, I thought saying or reading something labeled"OMG" was only allowed by women. Do any of you know any men reading "OMG" Yahoo. Or anything labeled "OMG" for that matter? Unlikely. Second of all I didn't realize my husband even knew what "OMG" stood for. Isn't it more of a girly acronym?
ANYWAY, now that I am done fully admitting that my husband is more up to date on hollywood GOSSIP than I am, let's get back to the story...Deanna and Jesse. Is anyone truly surprised that they didn't last? Come on. I was definetly NOT SHOCKED. I love Deanna's statement too, "I slowly came to realize that we are two totally different people and it wasn't going to work out."
No joke? I could have saved her alot of heartache by revealing this to her months ago. Along with all the other Bachelorette viewers!
I know ABC is prepping it's next season of The Bachelor, but really, shouldn't I know better by now then to keep watching these couples who end up, in the end, not together. Is that really a love story? Who knows. But, I am sure I will somehow become glued to the tv when the new season starts. Darn I'm a sucker! At least Trista and Ryan are on baby #2. That leaves me some hope.
fyi: I have to admit, OMG Yahoo is a great source of hollywood gossip. Once again, hubby knows best.
Usually you are one cute little guy. Let me start off by saying that mommy loves you no matter what, but seriously, last night...you were the devil child. Mommy and daddy spent good money on our season tickets this year to watch Saluki basketball. We even have the cushy seats that don't make your butt sore by the second half. Unfortunately, you only allowed me to sit in my seat for 3 minutes and 26 seconds before you started throwing your first public temper tantrum. You were busting out moves I have never seen before. Throwing your head back and stiffening your legs. Trying to hit me. Screaming at the top of your lungs. I think you had the whole sections attention, and it wasn't good attention.
You officially, for the first time, made me feel like "that" mom. You know, when your daddy and I use to go to restaurants and we would see kids screaming and throwing fits we would always shake our heads and think "gosh, please get your child under control" and 100% of the time our thoughts sided with the fact that those parents were doing something wrong. I can officially say that I feel terrible now for all the times I blamed those parents. I realize that it may just be impossible to control no matter how hard you try.
Is there something I can be doing better to teach you how to behave in public? Am I spoiling you too much to the point that you think you are in control? Please do help me understand why you are the nicest, cutest, most loving little boy one second and two point five seconds later...SATAN comes out. I went to bed last night ashamed. I felt like I had failed as a parent. I hate feeling like "that" mom. "That" mom that can not keep her son under control.
Is it possible if next time we attend a game (and there will be a next time because we have tickets to EVERY game this season) that you try to contain yourself from making me look like such a bad mommy? I thought you liked basketball. All I ask is that your next tantrum be a little less dramatic. If there was a baby casting director watching, I am sure you would have been asked to aire on their show asap. I promise to buy you popcorn and a cookie. Will that help?
We officially have a babysitter for Thursday nights game. I am sure the season ticket holders in our section will be quite thankful.