Tuesday, July 30, 2013

9 Months

Our hilarious little daughter turned 9 months old yesterday.  I can't believe I have a 9 month old, but I also feel like she's been around forever. A lot of people say, "WOW, time flies, I can't believe she's already 9 months old".

I can.

And I don't mean that in a bad way, but it certainly feels like it has been 9 months.  The highs have been high, and the lows have been low, but in the end, an amazing, incredible 9 months. The best 9 months of my life. There were a couple days that were the worst of my life...mostly around the 6-8 week mark, but overall, pretty splendid.

I posted her 9 month photo on Facebook yesterday for all the world to see.  When taking these photos each month, I try to pick the one which most accurately represents the stage of life she is in.

Month 1: blob laying against the chair
Month 3: becoming aware of her surroundings
Month 6: sitting up
Month 9: it was almost impossible to get a photo because she wouldn't stop moving and wanted to crawl or leap off the chair.  And then, she learned a new skill.  A skill I dislike.  She arches her back and screams at the top of her lungs when she doesn't want to do something. We call it her alternate personality, Archie.
Example: She doesn't want to get in her carseat - Archie comes out to play
               She doesn't want to sit in her high chair - Archie comes out to play
              She doesn't want to take her 9 month photo - ARCHIE


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Royal Baby

Now don't get me wrong, I'm pretty fascinated by royalty just like the rest of the world, but this whole thing is a bit out of control.

Last night I was watching the news, well, half watching the news, like I always do. I have a hard time focusing on one thing, so I watch the news, and get ready for bed, and fold some laundry, and pack the baby's lunch, and eat a snack, and do my nails. Like all at the same time.

Anyways, I was half watching the news last night and I heard something about announcing the new royal baby...and then saw this dude...
And I became convinced that this guy was announcing the duchess' labor progress.

All hail...she's 10 cm and pushing

Hear yee...the baby is crowning

So I finally realized that he was simply announcing the baby's birth, but that is still entirely insane.  How is everyone so excited about this baby, but nobody is mentioning anything about the crazy guy with two gigantic feathers coming out of his head, proclaiming that the baby arrived?

In this 'digital age', is the feather dude really necessary?

I'm not sure, but I am real glad that this guy wasn't actually announcing the progression of labor.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

And she's off

I tried to deny it, but I can't do it anymore.

My baby is growing up.

Way too fast.

I know she's only 8.5 months old, but as of Monday-ish...she's crawling.

She's actually a crawling machine.  You cannot take your eyes off of her for a minute or she's gone.  

Literally last weekend she was not crawling. Now, she's proficient. 

Slow down baby...don't grow up so fast. 

Can I please press the pause button? Just keep her right where she is. An absolutely perfect 8.5 month old bundle of smiles, giggles, pudge and fun.

Yes, we did dress her in her pink tutu and let her crawl around the house. But really, have you ever seen anything so cute in your life? Naked baby in a pink tutu.  

If you find the freeze frame button on life please let me know.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New Shirt

While browsing Pinterest I came across a very unique men's tee shirt pinned by Nordstrom.
Topman Leopard Print T-Shirt

I sent Jeremy a photo of this aforementioned tee shirt and informed him that I ordered it for him in his size.

Jeremy's Response: "I hate to ask this in case you are offended, but for real?"

There a lot of things wrong with this situation:

A. If I did find this tee shirt super attractive, and wanted him to wear it, I would have been offended by his response. 

B. Men shouldn't wear leopard print. 

C. Women really shouldn't wear leopard print either.

D. Dear husband of mine....why on earth would I order this horrible shirt for you???? Yes, I am joking.

E. I actually think the cuffed sleeves are the worst part of the whole thing for me. 

Come on Nordstrom. Do better.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I am concerned

About our future.

Our child is 8 months old and is already outsmarting her parents.

Several months ago she started rolling on to her stomach consistently and began sleeping on her stomach.

Sleeping on her stomach lead to kicking her legs and rolling around her crib in her sleep.

Kicking and rolling then led to practice crawling in her crib.

All of these activities (note: none of which include SLEEPING which is what should occur in one's crib) caused Miss Mollie to get her limbs stuck in the bars of her crib.  They were not actually stuck, but in her mind, they were. She could have easily pulled them out, but she got scared, and instead just screamed like crazy.

So we installed crib bumpers. (Don't worry...you don't need to report me to the authorities. These are safe, breathable, crib bumpers, installed only after she can easily roll away from the sides of her crib. Put down the phone. No need to call child protective services)

Crib bumpers were working great and seemed to solve the "arms and legs stuck in the crib" problem.

Until this past weekend.

The troublemaker figured out how to remove the bumpers.

Here is a photo of Houdini on her monitor, taking down the crib bumpers one by one.

Methodically working as she pulls them all down.

I told you, we are in trouble.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Great, fabulous, wonderful weekend.

Happy 4th of July
We had a long 4th of July weekend and it was GREAT.  I cannot think of another weekend where we literally did only fun things, every day (except for some laundry due to the fun activities)

We started the weekend with a 4th of July BBQ with friends. Our daughters swam in their kiddie pool. They embraced the 4th of July spirit by putting on patriot masks.

Mollie recited the Gettysburg address for everyone at the BBQ.  She's very advanced.  Her friend Margot listened intently as Mollie explained the importance of human equality.

Mollie enjoyed her friend Margot's kiddie pool so much that we decided to buy her, her very own pool. Hours of entertainment from a $7.99 pool.

One of Jeremy's oldest and dearest friends came in town to visit us and we enjoyed a great dinner out, as well as some Mollie play time.

One of my very best friends was in town too so we got to see her...and swim with her in the pool at her mom's house. The same pool she and I swam in nearly every day as children. Now I was back, with my daughter, swimming in the same pool.

We spent some time with Jeremy's brother, our sister in law, niece and nephew. Swimming again. That was the theme of the weekend.

Swimming with friends. 

And finally, we visited my parents and sister. Who is expecting twins. On Friday!!!!!!!  Did I mention that my sister is having BABIES????? ON FRIDAY!!!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


I really don't know how this topic came up in conversation, but for some reason I said something about the phrase "Yolo" to Jeremy the other day.

He looked at me with a face that said, "I think she's speaking a foreign language, and has possibly actually lost her mind and/or just used some phrase very incorrectly".

Uh, no. I did not use the phrase incorrectly.  My much older husband was just not hip to the cool new phrases like Yolo.

YOLO is an acronym for "you only live once". Similar to carpe diem or memento mori, it implies that one should enjoy life, even if that entails taking risks. The phrase and acronym are used in youth culture and music, and were popularized by the 2011 song "The Motto" by Canadian rapper Drake.

That's right. I'm still cool. I may be 8 weeks away from turning 30, but I still know cool things like Yolo. 

And so began the Yolo education in our household....

We watched yolo YouTube videos...
And read Yolo articles....

I had to educate the guy about such important matters as yolo.

And now, he's a Yolo master.

That's right Miss. Mollie. You're parents are totally hip.  We know what yolo means.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Quite the lady

My little girl is adorable. And hilarious. Ladylike? Not so much.

She learned a new skill at daycare...

Spitting on command.

Stick your tongue out at her and she will spit right back.

It's absolutely hilarious, but not so ladylike.

And here she is, performing her new skill, in my aunt's lap. We were trying to take a cute smiling picture of both of them, and then Miss Mollie decided to perform her new talent...much to my aunt's surprise!

I think the result is better than any smiling picture in the world.