Archive for October, 2009

October 31, 2009

>better day

>Today is a better day. You probably wont read the run on rant that I posted yesterday. My little girl was an angel today. Colored quietly at our weekly family breakfast at the Original Pancake House, even ate a bit (but still spit a great deal out – a new thing). We even made a trip to Michael’s to pick up some poster board and she was a dream. She is currently taking a nap in her bed, and she even took a monster nap this morning in her bed (note: in her bed). Much better day.

October 31, 2009

>public tantrum

>Well, this is new… Tantrums in public and today was the WORST! I wanted to trade my kid in. No, not really, but I couldn’t get home fast enough. Just a quick trip to the Irvine Spectrum to pick up some kiddo clothes (have I mentioned that Hadley is having her pictures taken for the cover of OC Family Magazine?), lunch and sunshine. After dining on hotdogs at Target, bumping in to my brother and his buddies, we ran in to Old Navy. All was well until we were almost at the front of a long line and she lost her shit. Not kidding – LOST HER SHIT! Tears, screaming, throwing anything I tried to give her to shut her up, but to no avail, she continued to scream. We were at the front of a LONG line and I just wanted to make my purchases. So when she finally worked her way past the seat straps of the stroller, she stood up and I held her and she continued to cry and wiggle and scream. Once outside, I let her push the stroller, which helped. But once we were in Nartije to make an exchange she lost it again when I put on the stroller break. We left this time, didn’t even bother trying to make my exchange. Outside again, she pushed the stroller through the outdoor mall, be lined for the fountains, and once inside of Target, decided she was going to take off in a sprint, pulling everything Dora the Explorer off the shelf (have I mentioned that I hate Dora). So in an effort to get out, I tried to put her back in the stroller and she successfully wiggled so much that I couldn’t get her legs into the seat. So I held her, and she screamed, and wiggled and made an ugly scene… All the way to the car. All the way home. I didn’t think I’d get out of the Spectrum with my kid and all of our belongings, but I did. But it’s going to be awhile before I attempt that again. I’m exhausted!

October 30, 2009

>living it all again

>I was thinking last night, as Hadley lay sound asleep in her panda sleepers next to me on the bed, about how much I’ve been enjoying Halloween this year. Two years a go, Halloween was spent trucking home from work on MUNI after working late, not even bothering to try to join my friends for a drink at the local watering hole. Halloween, for me, just hasn’t been the same as an adult. Well, until now…

I realized last night that I get to relive all my favorite parts of holidays with my little ones. Actually, I get to be the one that makes it special for them. And
when it comes to decorating, crafting and partaking in seasonal happenings, I am your gal and I FINALLY have reason and will get a huge pay off in seeing the delight in their faces.
This year I decorated the house with some Halloween goodies. Paper pumpkin garland and orange twinkle lights adorn our mantle, cheezy “BOO!” signs hang on our windows. A witch and a ghost figurines grace our lawn. And of course, we carved the pumpkins we purchased at the grocery store next door to the pumpkin patch we visited and used for pictures (Hey, it’s a tough economy. Why would we spend four times the amount for something that rots two days after it’s carved. We paid for the rides.).
On top of the decor, we baked cupcakes for the neighbors and even attended Hadley’s first Halloween party at Gymboree. She looked so cute dressed as a duck and had a great time. Tomorrow evening we will take her up to town center for the annual Halloween Festival where she can show off her digs again.
I can’t wait for Thanksgiving to be over so I can decorate for Christmas! I think a Santa bag is in order.
October 28, 2009

>gymboree halloween party


My little ducky!
October 27, 2009

>honest scrap award


1. Thank you to Beth P., author of “We Laugh Until We Cry” for honoring me with this award, my first for blogging, and bestowing the task of passing the honor along. I hope I can keep up the chain. Beth writes about wonderful topics, including her adorable son, hot topics in mommy-land and even fun things, like “what’s your favorite movie.” Check out her blog, you will love it!

The rules – so to speak – that come with this award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link to their blog. (check)
2. Share 10 honest things about yourself. (check)
3. Present this award to 7 other whose blogs you find brilliant in design or content. (check)
4. Tell those 7 people they have been awarded (check)

2. Ten Honest Things
(1) At one time in my life, I rode unicycles in parades with my younger brother. I think he can still ride, but I am not so sure I can handle two wheels at the moment, much less one. I have, however, used it on cover letters for job applications and gained response because of it. May as well use this embarrassment to my advantage.

(2) While I consider myself incredibly lucky to be able to stay at home with my little one, I miss going to an office to work in the traditional sense. Pre-Hadley I was a work-aholic, so it’s probably better that I take advantage of my situation.

(3) I just hired a housekeeping service. And I am embarrassed about it because we both work from home and there is really no reason for us not to be able to keep up with cleaning our home, but for some reason we can’t.

(4) I don’t like being pregnant. Obviously, I love the outcome because I am doing it again, but I just don’t like being pregnant. I don’t like being sick all the time, feeling like I smell, gaining weight and being told I can’t do things that I already don’t do. I am considering having my tubes tied after our next kiddo arrives.

(5) I let my tot watch the tube. I’m careful about what she watches, but I don’t have a problem turning something on for her. She is currently watching Sesame Street.

(6) Ketchup can not touch my plate. YUCK!

(7) I miss being able to jet set anywhere. Well, I can still go places, just requires more planning. I am trying to figure out what it would be like to travel to England, with my 15 month-old and pregnant, by myself.

(8) I love my little one so much and so unlike anything I’ve ever loved before that I often worry about being able to feel that same way about our next child. I am assured my heart will grow, but I worry so much.

(9) I hate G-String undies. Not a thing comfortable about them AND they cause UTI’s. Why wear them?

(10) I try to be green, but very often give in to convenience. For example: Disposable diapers. Bleach. Butcher paper as a food catcher. Night lights. We recycle and try to buy organic and non-toxic when possible, but somethings I struggle with parting with.

3. And the winners are…

October 26, 2009

>uncle day

Sunday’s Hadley and I disappear for the better part of the day, mainly because my other half is a crazy football fanatic. Wears the jersey. Can’t be spoken to. Yells at the television. You hear him talk to his buddies on the phone and you are sure they are coaching the teams. It’s pretty entertaining, but also good reason to skidattle.

In an effort to keep busy, I decided to get my brother to join us at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. We have visited several aquariums over the course of Hadley’s short lifetime and I just believe that they are excellent for every stage of developing. When babies are tiny they can track the fish and now, at 15 months old, she is just delighted to death by the sea life, screaming “FISSSSHHHHH.” We had a wonderful time checking out the floor to ceiling tanks, teasing the sea lions and petting the rays. It was entertaining for Uncle Sean and I to watch her delight as she ran from tank to tank. Such a wonderful day!
October 24, 2009

>more vocabulary


Boo = Book
Boor = Bear

Doooor = Dora (as in the Explorer)

Knees = Knee
No = Nose
Uh huh = Yes (very sweet when she does this)
October 23, 2009

>peeing myself

This post is going to fall into the category of TMI, but none the less, I am going to share. I’m warning you now to stop reading if you don’t want to know this about me…

I’m pregnant, right? And pregnant women can relate to this. It’s a horrible side effect of pregnancy, and if you don’t protect yourself properly, it can be very embarrassing. You know the feeling ladies… You sneeze and BOOM! You are peeing yourself. Not just a teeny tiny bit that catches in the first layer, it’s enough to wet through your pants and then you are bee lining for the bathroom before the rest of your bladder releases. It’s so frustrating and so easy to forget to put on a panty liner, because after all, you get to enjoy 40 weeks of NO PERIODS, why would you want to put on a tampon, much less a PAD!
So that’s my vent for the day. I am having an allergy issue that I can do nothing about in this 85 degree California weather, and have sciatica so bad I wish I could have an epidural. Sneezing, in any capscity, at the moment is very uncomfortable for several reasons.
October 22, 2009

>pumpkin patch with our lil’ pumpkin


The pumpkin matches my tummy!

Where’s daddy?

I want this one! And the wheelbarrow.

What are these things?
October 22, 2009

>the next norah jones