Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Parenting Fail

Last night I decided to put a little stuffed animal in Mollie's crib with her because the pediatrician said she could have a small stuffed toy now in her crib. I thought it would make her feel comforted if she woke up at night.

She woke up about midnight and must have seen it in her crib and got scared because she didn't know what it was. She screamed like she was being chased by a tiger. Mollie screamed and screamed until Jeremy ran in there and found her staring at it and wailing.

It was both hilarious and really sad.

She was so scared of the teddy bear in the night.

Who knew!

Parenting fail.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Division of Labor

In our household we divide and conquer.

I drop the baby off at daycare.
Jeremy picks her up

I make what goes in her bottles.
Jeremy is the food captain.

I put the baby to bed
While Jeremy cleans the day's bottles and prepares the bottles for the next day.

He Cleans the bottles like little soldiers.
Bottle soldiers ready for duty.

Jeremy's clean bottles...

Type A bottle cleaning.

Bottle cleaning down to a science after the soap in the nipple incident of 2013.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Conference Report

So, Minnesota is a ridiculous state. And, it snowed about 100 feet yesterday. In the middle of April.

That sucked.

But, the worst part was....that I missed conferences. Yes, after driving for 2 hours on my normally 30 minute commute, I was not even close to her daycare.

I called Jeremy in a panic.  He said it was just fine, that he could probably handle our conference for our 5.5 month old child on his own.

How could I miss conferences. Her first school conference ever.

So, I requested that they conference call me in.  I could not miss this occasion.

And so, I sat in traffic, and Jeremy and Mollie's teachers talked me through her conference.

We learned that she excels in 'use of her hands' and has a very strong grip. She can lift an entire play mat and will take it along with her if someone tries to pull her away from it. She is learning to use her voice (i.e. screaming happy screams. She shared this skill with the entire airplane to Florida last week) And, she is already starting to show strong signs of stranger anxiety. Of course, our child would already demonstrate anxiety. And finally, she gets hangry (hungry + angry), and needs to be fed immediately when she is hungry.
This child is absolutely, without a doubt, 50% Kara and 50% Jeremy.

Hangry, strong and vocal....Kara

Anxiety ridden at age 5.5 months....Jeremy

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Tomorrow night we have Mollie's school conferences with her teachers.

Yes. Daycare conferences. For a 5.5 month old baby.

Perhaps they will tell us her reading comprehension is sub par.

Or that her long division needs some work.

Oh wait, she cannot even sit up on her own yet.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

25 things i want my daughter to know

A friend pinned this on Pinterest and I just had to share because it felt so poignant and timely for this week.

I understand that all my kid is doing is eating food, but it seems like such a huge change. She is growing up. Fast. And will grow even faster. I have the boxes and boxes of too-small-clothing to prove it.

I just want to enjoy her as she is. Today.

25 things i want my daughter to know

By Mommy Om

1. Enjoy the innocence of your childhood.
In a world full of superficial values, peer pressure, and bullying, as well as a pop culture that pushes materialism and consumerism – you are being leapfrogged through your childhood.  There is a constant pressure for you to grow up way too fast. I mean, when did 5 become the new 10, anyway?
Grow slowly.
2. Smart is the new cool.
Never be ashamed of being smart or nerdy, having freckles or glasses, or loving science and math.  Smart never goes out of style, it stays with you as you grow, and it will lead you down the most successful paths.
3. No matter how many times you hear it, “Diamonds are NOT a girl’s best friend.” Friends are invaluable.  They are trusting and loyal.  They stick with you through good times and bad, happy or sad.  Some will come and go, but your true friends will be with you always.
Friends forever, through whatever.

4. Go for it, get dirty! It’s good for you.
Besides the fact that getting dirty actually does help support your immunity, it’s also a great way to express creativity!  Sculpt, draw, and stomp.  Better yet, go “classic” and make some mud pies.

5. Beat the boys at their own games.
Football, baseball, hockey or golf, never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something because you’re a girl.  So go ahead, build the tallest tower of legos, kick butt on Xbox, and bust out your light saber.

6. Be spiritual.
Find the desire to understand the universe and your place in it.  Take the time to notice the earth and all of its beauty.  Give thanks to God.
7.  See the world.
Experience new cultures, religions, people, and places.  Open your heart and mind to the tremendous benefits of studying and visiting domestic and foreign lands.
Bon Voyage
8. A strong hand shake leaves a lasting impression.
It represents self-confidence and ambition.  A strong hand shake and eye contact exemplifies a mutual respect for one another and is a sign that you are friendly, trustworthy, and honest.

9. Choose your role models carefully.
Even though you are only 5, I am so glad that right now you have absolutely no idea who Hannah Montanna is.

10. Read something every single day.
From the Cat in the Hat and Dr. Seuss to Junie B Jones, reading is exercise for your brain.  It expands knowledge and vocabulary- and lets your imagination run wild.
11. When it comes to wearing make-up, there’s a general rule of thumb that applies – LESS is MORE.

12. When it comes to fashion, shorter does not always equal better.  Fashion trends come and go and not all of it is fabulous.  Half tops and mini skirts are great for an 85 degree day at the beach or if you’re a Miami Dolphins cheerleader, but not for your high school yearbook photo.

13. Please, please, please do not allow yourself to become someone else’s property.  Why this is trendy, I will never figure out.  If you want to make a statement about yourself on clothing, at least let it describe an aspect of who YOU are.
I just don’t get it.

14. Speaking of trends, I hope that by the time you are allowed to date, guys don’t wear their pants hanging half way down their ass like they do now.  I really feel like this has been pretty popular for quite some time and I am praying that it finally goes away by 2022.  Also, I will flip my lid if you become this guy’s property! (see #13)

15. Being an angel should not and does not mean wearing only your bra, underwear, and a set of wings for everyone to see.

16. Since you’re growing up in the technological age of iPad, iPod, iPhone, and texting, I have to address the horrendous lack of writing skills being used by today’s youth.  This phenomenon of truant letters may very well be the Death of English (LOL).  Bottom line, don’t use text lingo in your thesis.
What does this even say?

17. Speaking of text lingo, verbal slang is just as unprofessional.  Reminds me of Alicia Silverstone from Clueless.  OMG, ROFL, BFF, TMI, FYI, IDK….As If.

18. Don’t let pop culture define you.
I don’t know why, but today we let pop culture manipulate our youth and it’s killing them emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually.  From the early on fascination with princesses, to the ‘need’ for a boyfriend and big boobs, popularity, teen moms, and all the other garbage being thrown in their face – be confident going against the grain.

19. Accept yourself for who you are.
You’re one-of-a-kind and that’s what makes you beautiful.  Tall, short, big, small, blonde, brunette, redhead, white, brown, blue, pink, yellow – we are all DIFFERENT.

20. Mainstream your health.
It’s life’s greatest asset.  A positive approach to health encompasses physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual well being.  Healthy lifestyle choices in your youth will help lay a strong foundation for continued wellness throughout your adult life.  Diet, exercise, stress management, chiropractic, self motivation, positiveness, and meditation, as well as a number of other approaches are guaranteed to make a huge impact on your quality of life, health, and happiness.

21. Have confidence in yourself.
A positive self-image assures power, strength, ability, and value.  It will enable you to conquer your goals and allow you to fearlessly pursue your biggest dreams.

22. Be a sister. Be a friend. Be a protector.

23. Love with all your heart.
For where there is love there is life.  Love is universal and felt by all living things.  So strong is the feeling of love that it is said it makes the world go round.

24. Never be afraid to laugh at yourself.
Laughter is humbling.  It inspires and motivates.

25. Wherever you are in life, you can come home.  
I will be here – always.

Monday, April 15, 2013

First foods

I love to eat.
Jeremy loves to eat.
Mollie loves to drink milk.

So we had every reason to believe she would love to eat food.

At her 4 month appointment, her pediatrician told us that he would like her to be eating baby cereal by her 6 month appointment. He wanted to see her start eating a bit around 5 months and then taking 2 'meals' a day around 6 months.

That scared me.
I'm not really sure why, but the whole concept of feeding solid foods to a baby sacred me.
There are so many theories out there about when you should feed solid foods to a child for reasons of obesity and food allergies. Some say start with rice cereal, others say rice cereal is the worst. Some say start with meat, others say avocado, still others say to just start giving your kid full pieces of food and let them gum it and try it.

This was too much for me to handle. Too many opinions, too many people thinking they are the authority on the right thing to do, and let me tell you, everyone has an opinion. And they all want to share it.

One tells me that her little Suzy was eating roast beef by the time she was 5 months old and just loves it.
Another says that rice cereal contains arsenic and her baby Fred eats nothing but avocado and yogurt.
A third says her little Mary takes oatmeal and applesauce.

And they will all tell you that their way is the correct way. And the only way.

And so I folded. I said I'm out. I handed this task over to Jeremy and said....here ya go! I am the milk captain for the baby. I informed him that he was named the food captain. I asked him to do the research. He could decide when to start.  He should pick the first foods. He could make all of the decisions because I felt paralyzed with information.   I made all of the milk decisions, so he was to make the food decisions. Seemed fair.

And so, the food captain decided that April 14th was the day.

So, at 5.5 months old, Mollie Monkey Moo Frank had some oatmeal.
I thought the world would collapse.

Turns out she really liked it. And ate the whole bowl. And grabbed the bowl when she was done and wanted more.

I guess she was ready for food.

My baby is growing up!

And then she proceeded not to sleep at all last night. Like really DID NOT SLEEP. So I guess she still is a baby.

She was fairly unsure about those first few bites. And she was worried. She's always worried.

Mollie and her Grandmas (my mom and my aunt...yes, they're identical twins) at her first dinner
So all in all it was a very fun experience and I didn't need to be scared. 

I promise never to tell anyone that my way of introducing solid foods to a baby is the right way.

And now...we have an eater just like her parents! But I think, like her parents, she would much rather have a cookie than oatmeal mixed with breastmilk. Someday monkey. Someday soon.

Friday, April 12, 2013


My child has some sleeping skills.

Skills in that she will sleep in all the wrong places, but doesn't like to sleep in all the right places.

Naptime, in her crib, in her beautiful, perfectly temperate room, with her sound machine and comfortable surroundings. Nope. Won't even consider sleeping.

Under a pergola, in Florida, in her carseat, in the heat. Great place to nap.

In the buggy at daycare. Excellent location for snoozing.

Crib...no way!

Only my child.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Long week

You know it's been a long week when you accidentally sign yourself into daycare instead of your child.

And no, I did not notice my mistake and correct it. Her teachers did that.

Way to go Kara. Way to go.