Monday, December 31, 2007

Weary

I'm tired. Tired of the holidays. Tired of the mess from Christmas. Tired of being a mom. We've all felt this way, I know. This weariness is the curse of being a mother. I love my children but, please, I wish they would go AWAY for a little while.

My son has been exceedingly whiny over the last few days; yesterday I literally dragged him along from room to room as he fussed and whined while holding onto my shirt or leg. He is not ill and has no obvious excuse for his crankiness, he just is needy. Nothing could soothe him; nothing, that is, except 115% of my attention and time. I just don't have it in me to give him that. I just didn't want to. If that makes me a crappy parent, label me. I just don't care.

My daughter is out of school for Christmas break and that is a blessing and a curse in itself. When she is engaged, she is a gigantic help with the baby. He adores her and she him. But when she is done, that's it. Coupled with new distractions like a Nintendo DS, a new Webkinz and neighborhood friends she is nonexistent much of the time. Oh, unless she needs fed, clothed or has a catastrophe that requires all of me at a moment's notice.

I just would like to sleep until I'm ready to get up; not when they are. I want to eat food that I like not stuff that they will. I want to watch Saving Grace in the middle of the day despite the fact that Holly Hunter's character swears like a longshoreman. I want to nap and take long baths, not showers at the speed of light.

I'm feeling selfish and a little raw. I feel like saying "screw all of you" and taking a long drive to nowhere. Not forever just for a while. Just until I want to.

But I won't.

And even if I did, I would feel really bad and even miss the little life-sucking monsters. 'Cause they're cute. And they're mine.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Haiku Friday


I wished for a maid
I got a Roomba instead
Lazy girl's vacuum

Floor cleaning machine
Needs no human help to run
Right down my alley

Zips around, whirring
Sucking cat hair, dust, debris
I think I'm in love

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Wordless Wednesday: Before And After



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Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Baby Crack

Here are some photos of The Conqueror getting a sneak peek at a Christmas gift. He was instantly in love and occupied for a looooooooooong time so Mommy and Daddy could finish wrapping. This may turn out to be his drug of choice! Woot! Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Haiku Friday


Gifts from in-laws came
Daughter was upset again
Junk toys, handmade robes

Hand sewn robes, I say!
Made by hand but not with love
Too big, seams fall out

No measurements, 'kay?
My husband's would fit Jabba
Mine is atrocious

Why send gifts like that?
Insulting and not pretty
Trying to hurt us?

Good money wasted
Add these to the bad gifts list
Thanks for the laugh, lady!


So, it happened again; the old bag, I mean my MIL sent her annual boxes of crap and insults. This time it was homemade robes. Ugh! Too big, badly sewn, U-G-L-Y. What's more to say? I know, it's the thought that counts. But, in this case, is it? Did she make them to be nice or insinuate my husband and I were the size of UPS trucks? Honestly, though, when I made RxMan try on his (above), I freakin' peed my pants from laughing. Honest!

Happy Holidays from me to you and yours!

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #7: My Favorite Christmas Sweet Treats

  1. Snickerdoodles: Oh, these are heavenly. The recipe we use calls for cream of tartar and that just makes these cookies divine.
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookies: The old stand-by but, hey, why mess with a classic?
  3. Peanut Butter Cookies: Just like Grandma used to make; roll 'em in a ball and use a fork to make a criss-cross. Yummy!
  4. Peanut Butter Blossoms: Same cookie as above but left in a ball, bake and then add a Hershey's kiss a minute before they are done. Oh, my word! The secret to these is you have to bake them with the kiss in, though, or else it isn't soft and just isn't as good.
  5. Cut-Out Cookies: Frosting on a star-shaped cookie? Oh, yeah!
  6. Sugar Cookies: Soft, chewy, sweet and just out of the oven. Another classic.
  7. Dirt Pudding (aka Mud Pudding): Oreos, chocolate and vanilla pudding, cream cheese, powdered sugar and cool-whip. I am talking serious sugar coma here, folks. Almost better than sex.
  8. Pumpkin Roll: While not really a big fan of most pumpkin foods, I think this thing rocks. Could be the cream cheese and powdered sugar frosting that is shoveled on and rolled into the log. I don't know but this is good. stuff.
  9. Buckeyes: This candy, which are peanut butter balls dipped in melted chocolate, takes on the appearance of our favorite nut around these parts. These are as good as sex. Trust me. An Ohio favorite.
  10. M&M Cookies: A cookie with candy in it? Oh. My. Gah!
  11. Kettle Corn: This is the stuff you find at outdoor bazaars and craft fairs but turns up at our local mall around Christmas time. Sugar on popcorn? My teeth are aching just thinking about it.
  12. Peanut Butter Pie: Oh, Lord, please forgive me for coveting after food! Peanut butter on an Oreo crust? Covered with cool whip? sigh.
  13. Fudge: Peanut butter, chocolate? I don't care. Just please don't add nuts, thank you very much!

Wishing you and yours the sweetest of holidays! For more Thursday Thirteens, go here!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Invasion!

Today, I went to do some last minute Christmas shopping. I am mostly done but had some store coupons to use and a few small items I needed so I shopped. And went to Starbucks. It was pretty wonderful. The problem? Laundry. See, it still gets dirty and/or needs folded and dispatched with even if your kids are sick. Or, you are busy doing things like Christmas shopping. Or blogging. Or watching Project Runway on the DVR. What a pisser....


This is part of the dirty pile(s):
This is one of the clean baskets. (My mom would freak at this; clean laundry shoved into a basket! The wrinkles! The horror!)

So, my house has been invaded by laundry. RxMan is usually a big help but this is a weekend he worked and we all ran out of underwear. That is a problem because we can't fit into The Conqueror's diapies.

Y'know what I want for Christmas? A maid. And I don't even care if we have to kidnap her from a foreign country and hold her captive in the basement.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Haiku Friday

Antibiotic
Diarrhea, tummy ache
Price of wellness

The Conqueror has had a cough (yet again) for the last 10 days. We are now attacking it with a mega-dose of antibiotics. What fun!

It is Haiku Friday, wanna join in?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #6: Things I Hate About Christmas

  1. Buying gifts out of obligation. Like for my in-laws. Ugh. We don't see them with even the slightest of regularity and they don't like me. It sucks to buy gifts for someone with whom you share a mutual dislike. Sucks.
  2. The hustle and bustle. I thought this was supposed to be a celebration of the birth of Jesus, not a shop-a-thon and go-into-debt-a-thon?
  3. Cards. Okay, so maybe I don't hate Christmas cards but I hate having to reciprocate them. I send them to the 30-40 people I like and then have to continue mailing them back to Great Aunt PainInTheAss so I don't hurt her feelings or cause family nuclear war.
  4. Keeping up with the Joneses. In my neighborhood, if one house does lights than the whole neighborhood has to and then it is a race after the 25th to remove them the fastest.
  5. Wrapping. 'Nuff said? I used to approach gift wrapping with zeal and lots and lots of ribbon and loveliness. Now that I have children and have to wrap 4 bazillion gifts in secret? I'll wrap the little buggers in toilet paper and use duct tape; for some embellishment I might fish the TP out of the garbage.
  6. Lying to my kid. Santa started out as a magical way to create excitement. Now? She is seven and questioning me all over the place about the big fat red guy. I keep lying. And hate. every. second. of. it.
  7. The "perfect" gift. Is there one? And if you hit it once, can you ever achieve that again? I am exhausted at trying to find just the gift for each person. What happened to the thought behind it counting??
  8. The "are they going to show up with a gift?" fretting. Don't you hate this? Worrying that your sort of good friend Ann who you rarely see will pop in on the 24th at 7pm with a gift for you and you won't have one in return. No wonder there are more suicides at this time of year!
  9. Parties. All right, I am all for a little booze and a reason to take off the sweats but, seriously, folks, let's spread them out a little, 'kay? I have nothing to do from January through October, how's about we get together one of those months?
  10. The baking. Admittedly, I don't bake. My husband does it. I help but he does most of the work. The problem, however, is I can't keep the stuff out of my mouth! Snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, peanut blossoms, oh, my!
  11. Family crap. Okay, so trying to make everyone happy at this time of year is impossible. My mother expects our family to get together for dinner and gift opening on the 24th. Fine. But, then we have to get together again on the 25th for visiting and lunch. What?! This is because my husband's parents are virtually out of the picture and my sister-in-law doesn't have parents, so my mom thinks she can monopolize the entire two days. I have tried to put my foot down but it doesn't work. I want to spend time with my husband and kids. Visiting her shouldn't be expected; I should do it because I want to!
  12. Excess. I love to buy stuff for my daughter and, now, my son. I do. But, at what point is it too much? I don't want them to be spoiled little brats who expect these extravagant gifts but, yet, I still do it. I worry I am going to raise kids who won't be appreciative.
  13. The let down. Inevitably, it happens. Whether it is because you disappointed someone by not getting him/her the right gift or just the build-up to it didn't really match the thrill of the day. When Christmas is over, I always feel a little down. A little disappointed that it is over and that I didn't nail something or other.

I should say that I really love Christmas. I do. These are just a few of the things that tarnish the excitement and wonder of this time of year. Think about it, we all have a few things associated with this time of year that we hate. Admit it. I did. That's why we blog, isn't it? To commiserate with others; sharing the good, bad and ugly of life?

Here are some more Thursday Thirteen lists you may enjoy!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wordless Wednesday: Birthday Girl



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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Wal-Mart Wedding


In Where The Heart Is, the main character marries her sweetheart in the local Wal-Mart. It made for great reading and a fun movie but, seriously, a wedding at The Wal-Mart?

Well, I didn't see a wedding at my Wal-Mart but I did see a bride and groom in full wedding attire. At first I thought, is this the cool thing to do now? Get all gussied up and go have a walk through at The Wal-Mart to kinda show off how cool and good looking you are? When I was in high school, before Wal-Mart invaded our area, kids would go to McDonald's or Taco Hell after prom in their finery just to be, I don't know, cool, I guess.

So, again, when I saw this couple dressed in wedding clothes, that was my first thought. Oh, that is a really lame thing to do but, hey, I am older and really never was one to partake in stuff like this. Then it occurred to me that it was a Tuesday morning. Hmmn. Not too many weddings occurring on a Tuesday around 11am. Hmmn.

The couple looked pretty young. He was a big guy and only had on a shirt, tie and boutonniere. She had on a thin strapless dress and carried a bouquet. It was cold and I wanted to get her a coat as I followed them in the store. They were creating quite a ruckus at The Wal-Mart as passersby pointed and cars slowed to watch them enter the building.

I got a cart and they continued on into the store. I lost sight of them while I did this but still wondered what the heck they were doing there? Soon, I discovered the reason they were there and it wasn't to buy condoms. No, indeed.

The bride and groom were getting their pictures taken. At The Wal-Mart.

I thought I had seen all that Wal-Mart had to offer before. I had not.

What is the craziest or most unexpected thing you have seen at Wal-Mart or local chain discount store?

Monday, December 10, 2007

It's All About Me!

In honor of my 100th post a few weeks ago, here are 100 things about me:


  1. I am the eldest child.
  2. I am the oldest grandchild.
  3. On both sides.
  4. I have green eyes. Not hazel. Green.
  5. I like to dye my hair.
  6. I have been blonde.
  7. Brunette (natural).
  8. Red.
  9. I am 5'3". With shoes.
  10. Green is my favorite color.
  11. Red is a close second.
  12. My favorite holiday is Christmas.
  13. I like to give gifts.
  14. I am uncomfortable receiving gifts.
  15. I am left-handed.
  16. So is my dad.
  17. I always wanted a left-handed, green-eyed child.
  18. It's not looking good so far. Both are brown-eyed and Her Highness is a rightie.
  19. My middle name is Lynn.
  20. Toni is my real name. Not Antonia. Or Antoinette. Toni.
  21. I have two friends from high school.
  22. I do not make friends easily.
  23. I am bad at keeping in touch.
  24. I don't really like the phone.
  25. I was married on March 7, 1998.
  26. It was unseasonable warm at 70 degrees that day.
  27. I had four attendants.
  28. I didn't invite children to my wedding or reception.
  29. I think that was pretty crappy now that I have children.
  30. My husband and I worked together and that is how we met.
  31. We had our first date on Dec. 4, 1996.
  32. I slept over. (Blushing)
  33. I never slept at my own apartment again.
  34. My parents do not know this.
  35. We got engaged on March 20, 1997.
  36. His mother hates me.
  37. His father hates me.
  38. I hate them.
  39. It is difficult for my husband and they don't have much to do with each other because of this.
  40. They have only seen our son once; he was 2 weeks old.
  41. They have only seen our daughter 7 times. She is 8 years old.
  42. My husband is adopted and an only child.
  43. My first car was a 1980 Chevette.
  44. I loved that car.
  45. I was embarrassed to be pregnant. Especially the first time.
  46. I felt like it was a big sign saying "I had sex!"
  47. I am strangely uncomfortable talking about sex in relation to myself. Not others. Just me.
  48. I didn't really enjoy being pregnant.
  49. I was hot and sweaty.
  50. No glowing.
  51. I had 2 c-sections.
  52. The second was scheduled.
  53. I suffered with postpartum depression with my daughter. Untreated.
  54. This was a huge contributing factor to waiting six years before trying to conceive again.
  55. I don't like medicine.
  56. Ironically, my husband is a pharmacist.
  57. He works for the Evil Empire, otherwise none as Wal-Mart.
  58. I hate Wal-Mart even though it supports my family.
  59. I am a know-it-all.
  60. I do know a lot of stuff, though. Useless stuff.
  61. I love words.
  62. I love books.
  63. I love theater.
  64. I am a drama queen.
  65. I don't get enough rest.
  66. I have asthma.
  67. Both of my children do, too.
  68. My grandmother and great-grandmother have/had asthma.
  69. I have several cousins who have asthma.
  70. Family lore has it I am descended from Jack Daniel, of Tennessee Whiskey fame.
  71. I cannot substantiate this; although all of my dad's family are alcoholics so we helped support the company one way or another.
  72. I don't drink alcohol often.
  73. I like wine.
  74. Moscato is one of my favorites.
  75. My dad's father has a different last name than the rest of his family.
  76. The nurse added an 'S' at the end while filling out the birth certificate.
  77. My son is named after my dad.
  78. Their names are both William. My dad is Bill.
  79. My son is not.
  80. My parents favored my brother.
  81. Still do.
  82. I wish I were more crafty.
  83. I wish I did scrap booking.
  84. I am disorganized.
  85. And messy.
  86. I am not a cleaner.
  87. My husband says I am like the absent-minded professor because I leave things in odd places, like the TV remote in the freezer.
  88. I like to shop.
  89. I am irresponsible with money.
  90. And purses. I lose them all the time.
  91. I don't like to go into a store and not buy something, particularly little boutique-type stores.
  92. I feel guilty all the time.
  93. I wish I were a better mother.
  94. And wife.
  95. I am a bad driver.
  96. I try to be a good mom, wife and friend.
  97. I wish I was a better writer.
  98. I like to read blogs.
  99. Especially yours!
  100. I thank you for reading mine!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Haiku Friday

Her birthday is near
On Sunday she will be eight
Is that possible?


Seems I just had her
Bundled up in pink; so cute
Tiny and fragile


Now so tall, growing
Smart and beautiful in, out
A bittersweet day

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #5: The Christmas Gifts That Got Away

  1. A waterbed. I'm a child of the eighties, what can I say?
  2. The Barbie Dream House. Always wanted it, never got it. Mom said it was too expensive; she bought it for my daughter, though. What should I read into that?
  3. BMW. This started showing up on my list at about age 14 and stayed there until I was 20 or so. On the bright side, I got a 1981 'vette. A chevette, that is.
  4. The Michael Jackson glove and Thriller Jacket. I didn't get the clothes but I did get the curly perm.
  5. Guess Jeans. Mom said they were too expensive and when I got the money to pay for them myself I discovered they looked really bad on me. Bummer.
  6. Braces. Yeah, I was stupid. All my friends had 'em and I thought they were tres chic.
  7. British Knight tennis shoes. These were all the rage at my high school and I thought I would die without them. Surprisingly, I lived.
  8. Pound Puppy. My cousin had one and I used to hide it from her when I visited.
  9. Swatch Watch. I actually received this one but it was stolen out of the gym teacher's desk the first day back after winter break when the jerk made me take it off for class. Still makes me sad 'cause I really wanted to have that plastic watch with the Swatch guard. sigh.
  10. Biker Shorts. My mom wouldn't let me have these; she said I was too young but, oh, neon spandex and an oversized t-shirt! Now that was fashion...
  11. Madonna's Like A Virgin. I was in 4th grade when it came out; I now get why my mom didn't buy this one. I didn't know what a virgin was then but, obviously, she did.
  12. Parachute Pants. You know you wanted them, too! Just something about pants that made noise when you walked. Seriously.
  13. Sweatpants with my last name on the butt. Always wanted these and my mom thought they made your butt look bigger. She assured me mine was big enough without the writing.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Sharing the Love...

Some of you noticed that I got another award last week (gushing with excitement!): the very cool Dixie Chick awarded me the Underblog Award and I am touched beyond words for the recognition of this little blog that could... I am passing this one on to Michel at Minnesota Madness and Robin at My Life As It Is. These two ladies have mad things to say in completely different ways. If you haven't paid a visit to these blogs, do so!


And, some time ago, Bradley at the Egel Nest awarded me The Egel Nest Blog Award and I have been keeping it over in my sidebar, polishing it up for just the right occasion to pass on. Today, I bestow that award to Kellan at On the Upside, who truly embodies the blogging eggcelence that it was intended for.


So, thanks for the recognition and, ladies, enjoy the awards!

Monday, December 3, 2007

11 Months





I never imagined that today, the day I mark my son's 11th month on earth, I would be told to stop breastfeeding. When I awoke this morning and showered and went about all of the things which are normal for me, I didn't even consider the fact that his pediatrician would recommend I wean him.

In a lot of ways, the idea of weaning The Conqueror is a relief. I have been his sole source of comfort for the majority of these last eleven months and that, as so many of you know, is exhausting and wears on a person. And, yet...

Breastfeeding did not come easy for us. Baby + Breast = frustration! My milk was slow to come in- glacially slow- and then I had issues of low supply. He latched poorly. It hurt really badly. But, we persevered and, finally, finally!, it worked and then it was the easiest and most natural thing I had ever been a part of.

So, today, at his doctor's visit, RxMan and I were describing the way he has been waking up and screaming with pain in the night and then having really bad gas. After some questions, the doctor said it was likely lactose intolerance. To make a long story short, my milk produces lactose and his little body can't digest it, thus the gas and pain. So, after some more questions, he said that since he nurses so infrequently and for such short times, I should just wean him.

Of course, it is ultimately my decision. I can ignore the doctor's advice if I so choose. I am torn, though, because a part of me would be relieved to be finished with the nursing. I am a little tired of being the only one he wants and of being a human pacifier at 2 AM. On the other hand, though, I really enjoy the closeness that nursing provides, particularly now that he is mobile. It is often the only time he is content to be still.

I have a decision to make and I am torn. I had wanted to end the breastfeeding at my choosing- or his. I guess what I really wanted was to keep him little forever but that can't happen, I know. I don't know what I will do. I want him to sleep- desperately- and I want him to feel better. Weaning will/would occur sooner than later at this point anyway but, still... I don't know if I am ready to close the chapter on this episode of my little guy's babyhood.

What I do know: the little monster is walking! And I mean walking as in without holding on to anything! It is so cute- Her Highness says he looks like Frankenstein because of his arms held out in front for balance. Plus, he got his eighth tooth! And, he weighs 22lbs. 6 oz. and is 29 in. long. My little guy is perfectly healthy and wonderful in every way.... and growing up each day. sigh.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Haiku Friday

Santa is coming!
Laden with gifts I must buy.
Barbies, games and balls!

Twenty four days, eek!
Shopping must be done and quick!
Get on it, Momma!

My mind is fried
No ideas left in there;
Trust me, I checked.

Thank God NaBloPoMo is over. What a long month. My class is over today, too. Phew.

Happy Haiku Friday!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thursday Thirteen # 4: Worst Gifts I Have Ever Received

1. A Tree.
I was 21. Lived in apartment. Not really practical.
2. A Hyacinth.
Given for my 16th birthday at my uncle's funeral calling hours. Classy, huh?
3. Clothing saying stuff about dieting.
Just. Not. Funny.
4. A Book On How To Improve Your Troubled Marriage.
Given by my aunt and we weren't having trouble.
5. A Used Sweetshirt Bearing My High School's Logo
Another aunt who was a yard sale junkie and proudly told me she got it at a yard sale after I opened it.
6. Tweety Bird Chia Pet
My Mother In Law gave this to me the second Christmas I was married to my husband.
7. Tweety Bird Slippers
MIL gave to me the first Christmas I was married to my husband. I loathe all cartoon character clothing.
8. Satin Hummingbird PJs from National Wildlife Federation
Given by, guess who?, MIL for my birthday about 4 years ago; they were made for the 80 year old in your life.
9. Rotten Hillbilly Teeth Pacifiers
Given for son's birth by MIL.
10. Maternity PJs
When I wasn't pregnant; given by MIL.
11. Rooster Deviled Egg Plate
Given as wedding shower gift by MIL.
12. Necklace with S pendant
Given for birthday by MIL; my name is Toni!
13. Red Boy Outfit
Received at my shower for my daughter (&, yes, we knew it was a girl)! Giver? MIL!

My in-laws do. not. like. me. Did you catch that?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Dirty 'S' Word

Her Highness: "Momma, some boy said the S-E word today at school."
Me: (puzzled)"The S-E word. Which one is that?"
HH: "Sex. It is spelled S-E-X, y'know."
Me: (heart falling to feet) "Uh, what is sex, Her Highness?"
HH: "Well, I don't know but he got in trouble for saying it. Is it a bad word?"
Me: "Well... not really a bad word but more of a grown-up word."

The conversation happened several days ago and ended at this point, much to my initial relief. I was thrilled that she had only heard the word and did not know any more about it. Now, though, I feel like I missed a great opportunity to talk with her about sex. See, this course that I am taking this week is Human Sexuality. We are talking about anatomy, sexuality and dealing with many facets of sex, as a whole.

I learned last night that there was a chlamydia outbreak in a local school a couple of years ago. No big deal, right? I was unsurprised until the instructor went on to explain that the school was an elementary school and it was an entire class of FIFTH graders! Fifth graders! Fifth. Graders. Ten or eleven-year olds. Apparently, these children were left unsupervised at a birthday party and engaged in an orgy while the parents were outside the home. An orgy. In the FIFTH grade.

My thought was I wasn't even sure what sex was in the fifth grade! Let alone an orgy! Yikes. Double yikes!! The instructor then went on to say that children are peppered with sexual images online, on the TV and in print from an increasingly early age and they are, in turn, becoming more sexualized at an early age. Great.

So, I stopped and talked to her after class. She told me to talk to Her Highness NOW and educate her at home so she doesn't get misinformed at school or on the bus, which I guess is now a hotbed of sex in latter elementary school, as well. So, I have to do this. I don't want to but I have to. I want her to value herself and her body and not be lured into something that will stay with her forever because of my discomfort. Statistics show that parents who talk to their children about sex have kids who are less likely to engage in risky behavior or engage in sex at all. (Fingers, toes and legs crossed!)

I was the eleven year old who thought I was hemorrhaging when my period unexpectedly showed up one May morning in the fifth grade. Kind of sad that I knew what hemorrhaging was but not menstruation, right? My mom calmed me and assured me I was not dying but said, "Oh, I'm so sorry. This is horrible. You will have to deal with this every month of your life until you're really old." She handed me some pads and told me I wasn't going to school that day. That was my education about my famed Aunt Flo. Sweet, huh?

I later overheard my mom telling my grandma that I had started that day (horror of horrors!) and then my grandma told my grandpa (even bigger horror!). So, the whole family and then some were privy to my deepest embarrassment and I still didn't even really understand what was going on until the sixth grade when they showed "Julie's Story" and talked about sex, menstruation, etc. I read "Are You There God, It's Me Margaret" by Judy Blume around that time, too, and both enlightened me way more than the sorry way my own mother did.

In her defense, she was a kid when she had me at fifteen. I have since gathered that my grandparents were not very informative regarding sex and all surrounding it. I vowed, though, as I got older that if and when I had a daughter, I would educate her better than I was and make it less of a death sentence and more of a rite of passage. Well, now I have to live up to those earlier vows and I am scared to death.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Role Reversal

So, I posted on Saturday about how well my husband and kids survived while I was away shopping on Black Friday. I was feeling a little blue that I was shown up by my husband's apparent superior parenting and multi-tasking abilities. Fine. It's a fluke, right?

Well, I don't think so. RxMan is off work all this week so that I can take an intensive five night class. He went to the grocery this morning while the little monster, I mean, our son napped to buy supplies for the food he will be making for dinner each night. Dinner? What's that?

When he's working, dinner here consists of mac 'n cheese, grilled cheese, cereal, leftovers or soup for Her Highness and I. I always have veggies for the boy but the girl and I make do with easy. I know that makes me a crappy mom but, oh, I am so not trying to win any awards here. I am just trying to grow these kids up to not be delinquents and crackheads. (Of course, I am kidding. Every family needs a crackhead!)

I have a feeling, though, that my husband is going to prove that our roles should be reversed. He is by far the better cook, more organized and less distract-able than I. Not to mention, as so many of you did, that my kids act like little cherubs floating around the Messiah when he watches them. When I am here, the boy screams for hours and doesn't nap but when Daddy watches them, he takes 4 or 5 hours worth of naps, without fussing.

So, I fear that this week will be the week when I learn that my already suspect SAHM skills are proven to be incredibly sub par to RxMan's. He said I should get a job that would support us and he would switch with me. Hmmn. Tempting but seeing as how I still have a couple quarters left to finish my degree, probably ain't gonna happen and I don't have the bod to strip or hook so...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Oops: Missed my 100th Post

Yesterday was my 100th post and I totally spaced on it. I was stoked as I watched the number creep toward that milestone and then, yesterday, I just missed it; I simply forgot. I have to blame it on the hangover-effect Black Friday and Turkey Thursday (triptophan, yo!) induced because for a person who is sleep deprived, voluntarily leaving the house at 4:20am is, well, stupid.

I have to thank those of you who read my blog on a regular basis and comment because I thought for a long time I was writing just for the sheer act of doing so, which was okay because this exercise of journaling can be quite cathartic at times, whereas others it is like an exercise in redundancy. To get that confirmation, though, that someone else at least read your thoughts is a high, though, and a reason to keep pressing on.

I understand that the tradition is to post 100 things about oneself in honor of this milestone, of sorts. I will do that but over the course of several posts because, frankly, my boy will not allow me the time to put down 100 and, really, what is the point in coming up with them if no one takes the time to read. So, beginning tomorrow I will share some things you do not know about me!

As always, thanks for reading and, especially, commenting!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Back So Soon?

So, I shopped Black Friday and survived! I returned home unscathed, although my wallet is much, much lighter and my credit card bills much, much higher. I would like to report that I am now done, done, done with shopping but, alas, that is so not the case.

I left home yesterday morning at 4:20AM with an anvil in my gut, as The Conqueror had just awaken for the millionth time and I am the go-to person at night around here. My husband goes to the nursery and fetches the baby while I pee and get settled in a chair. He then hands him off to me and goes to the family room to sleep (he is banished there when I have the baby because of his thunderous snoring). I nurse him and put him back to bed.

But, as I left home in the inky darkness on my quest for deals, I felt guilty that Daddy and the boy were going to have to tough out the remaining hour or two of night without me, which has never happened before. Of course, they, too, survived. Daddy reported that the fussiness lasted only a few minutes and the little dude accepted him as a substitute for me.

I called often (okay, every hour) while I was away, checking on the family at home. Daddy grew increasingly annoyed with my "checking". When I returned home, I expected to find a frazzled RxMan and deliriously happy-to-see-me boy, as well as a bored to tears daughter. What did I find?

The Conqueror sleeping. For two hours. For the second time that day! What?! I rarely get two 2 hour naps?! My daughter was watching TV in our spotless living room, which had been a cluttered mess just 10 hours before. She proudly pointed out the Christmas tree she and Daddy had assembled, too. (Yes, it is fake. I have kids with asthma and allergies. And, I am on the lazy side so cleaning up dried pine needles doesn't interest me.)

What?! He cleaned and assembled the tree? He also unloaded the dishwasher, made lunch and cleaned the kitchen? How? I am here alone with the kids most days and I rarely get the dishwasher filled, let alone emptied! And, how did he have time to vacuum and assemble the damned tree?

So, with a heavy heart, I applauded him and thanked him for all he did. I also realized that I was not going to swoop in and save the day because the day was better off without me. Sigh. No Super Mommy in this house. A Super Daddy, perhaps. I wanted to come in and rescue my husband and have him say, "OMG, how do you do this every day without me? I am beat!" or even "This kid is driving me crazy!" Nope. I got, "oh, done so soon?"

Friday, November 23, 2007

Haiku Friday: Shopping 'TIl Dropping!

Thanksgiving is gone
Now is time to shop 'til drop
Won't be long; I'm beat

Baby up all night
Husband incessant snoring
I am tired now

It is three thirty
I am heading to mall soon
Black Friday, yippee!!!

Wanna play along with us on Haiku Friday? C'mon, it's fun!


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thursday Thirteen: Things I Am Thankful For...

1.My husband.
Without RxMan I wouldn't have my two children. He is my best friend, my rock and my soft place to fall. I thank God each and every day for sending him to me.
2. My daughter.
I love this nearly eight year old for her intellect and rabid curiosity, as well as for having the sweetest of dispositions. She has endured so much and is an example to me of resilience and courage.
3. My son.
No one has ever loved me as much as this child does. Ever. Because of breastfeeding, he and I are bonded in a way that I never was with my little girl. I love his adventurous spirit and his stubbornness.
4. My home.
It is easy for me to take this for granted because I have never not had a warm, safe place to sleep at night.
5. Food.
Again, I have never not had food. In college, there were days when it consisted of mac and cheese or noodles but, still, food.
6. My family.
As irritating as they can be, I love my parents, brother and family and the extended group. I am blessed immensely to have a great group of people who come at a moment's notice if I need them.
7. Poopy Diapers.
Regular readers may recall the drama that surrounded my son's bowel movements. Thankfully, the troubles seem to have remedied themselves.
8. Sleep.
I am thankful for each and every hour of sleep I get. I have never been a good sleeper but I had forgotten how fleeting rest can be with a little one in the house.
9. Vick's VapoRub.
Magic, I say. Magic! For some reason, this odiferous ointment calms my son's asthmatic coughing and, for that, I am thankful.
10. Babysitters/Latchkey.
I'm that mom: the one who sends her kids to the sitter and latchkey for some peace. I don't do it often but I do do it. Thank God I have the means to do this!
11. Jack's Big Music Show.
A variety-type show on Noggin that can soothe my son when nothing else can. It also is a distraction when doing nebulizer treatments.
12. Blogging.
I am hooked, I admit it. I like to blog but I love reading the blogs of others. I get to live vicariously through your lives, get a chuckle or at least not feel so alone in this world of being a SAHM.
13. Friends.
Last but, of course, certainly not least I am thankful for my real life and bloggy friends!

Hoping you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving! (Here's more Thursday Thirteen!)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

10 Reasons It Is Great To Be A Woman

  1. Shopping or fishing? Shopping!
  2. Owning more than two pairs of shoes!
  3. The salon: facials, manicures, pedis, wine, what's not to love?
  4. Engagement Rings. 'Nuff said.
  5. Wedding Gowns; satin, chiffon, being a princess just once (hopefully!) in your life.
  6. Being a wife.
  7. Months 4-7 of pregnancy; the puking has subsided (for most of us), you're not a bus just yet and the baby is moving like mad. What a great time to be a woman!
  8. Being handed your child for the first time and knowing you did that. You created this little person; Amazing!
  9. Being able to laugh until you pee your pants and not getting embarrassed in front of your friends.
  10. Always being able to say, "'Cause I'm your mother and I said so!"
Wanna see the reasons others posted?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Impending Birthday

When I was a little girl, birthday parties typically consisted of my mom baking a cake and an assortment of aunts, uncles and cousins descending on our home with gifts or, as I got older, cards with some cash in them. Well, as any of you who have children old enough to have "friend" parties know, birthdays have turned into an extravaganza in many cases.

I don't really know why this has happened but it has. I think parents are to blame because, really, most little kids are satisfied with so very little. Do we try to live vicariously through our children by creating these lavish parties? Or, are we just in pissing contests with the other parents we know, trying to show what we have? That is more my theory and, believe me, I am as guilty as the next person at partaking in this overblown birthday bonanza business. Not to mention the fact that parties are time-consuming, expensive and, well, a pain in the arse.

We only had family parties until Her Highness turned five and then we had her first "real" party. Because she has a December birthday, we rented a local gymnasium and an inflatable slide. We invited all the children in the world that we knew in order to justify this expense. It was a hit! The following year, I organized a Princess Party for about eight six year-olds in which they all came dressed in costume and ate finger foods and crafted. Last year, we took about 15 kids bowling.

This year, however, I am scaling back. Way back. We are inviting cousins and the neighbors. And that is it. Nothing too fancy compared to many of the parties Her Highness has attended in the last year. One party she went to involved a trip to the salon, movies and dinner out at a steak place. She got her nails done and an up 'do. Another time she was taken to Build-A-Bear and lunch. All great parties but at some point the line has to be drawn. I am drawing it here and now. This year, we are having cake, food and a craft; maybe some karaoke because our theme, after all, is Hannah Montana.

With HH's birthday falling only sixteen days before Christmas, I have always struggled with inviting people to parties because of the financial crunch so many experience at this time of year. I have tried the "no gifts" strategy but it was unsuccessful, as I was certain it would be. (There is no way I could attend or send my child to a party without a gift.) And this year, with gas prices what they are and the economy in my area so sluggish, I just couldn't ask another person to bring a present to my daughter who is in need of absolutely nothing but some new socks.

So, I am going against the grain. Being a rebel. I will not be inviting your kid to my kid's party. Don't worry. We have lots of Barbies, too many Bratz and oodles of Littlest Pet Shops. You, dear friends, are off the hook this year. Take your money and buy a gift for a needy child because the kid who lives with me is far, far from needy.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Boys!

My son has recently taken to sticking his fingers in my mouth and fishing around in there. I would like him not to do this because...well, it hurts and I don't want him doing it to others. So, yesterday I was playing with him and he jabbed his fingers in my mouth and scraped my lip and I groaned out loud. He stopped and then continued his fishing expedition.

Hoping to curtail this, I pretended to cry. When Her Highness was small, I could make her cry by just feigning crying and I thought it might show him that it made me unhappy. So, I puckered up my lower lip and made all the whimpering noises. He stopped. He looked at me intently. He opened his mouth and...

Laughed.

Really, really hard.

Yeah, this kid will be the death of me. I can tell.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Positive Outlook

When I woke up this morning, I decided that it was going to be a good day damn it. And, guess what? So far it has been!

Lame post, I know. Curse you, NaBloPoMo!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Haiku Friday

Oh, reclining chair
How I loathe sleeping in you
I miss husband, bed

The boy was ill, yes
He wanted me to hold him
His crib? Not anymore

Asthma, doctor said
Coughing, wheezing, my heart broke
Back to the old chair

It is Haiku Friday, want to join in?


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Thursday Thirteen: Things Grown-Up Toni Would Tell Teenage Toni

1. Resist getting bangs!
They are so hard to grow out and once you get them, you'll never get rid of them. Resist!!

2. Don't drive so fast.
You're not a great driver; slow down. You're going to have a couple really, really bad accidents and if you go too fast, you could get badly hurt.

3. Don't be so quick to burn bridges.
I know that being a teenager is all about being impulsive but friends are hard to make as you get older and there is really something special about friends made in childhood (Holla, Suz!).

4. Don't be such a slacker.
Use high school as a time to learn how to study- or at least take notes and manage time. College will be much easier with these skills. It is hard to believe that you won't always be one of the smartest in a room, but it happens and college is all about studying and time management.

5. Take Home Ec.
You don't really get pregnant from the water in this classroom. This course will come in handy as you grow up to be a mediocre cook at best so you need all the help you can get!

6. Don't worry about not having boyfriends.
They don't get your wit and opinions but, just wait, in a few years, you will meet a MAN who will appreciate all of your quirks!

7. Treat Russ better.
This guy will be your first boyfriend. Don't treat him badly by making fun of him saying "I love you" and for being sweet to you. Besides the fact it makes you look terrible to your friends and classmates, it comes back to bite you in the, er, arse. See #8.

8. Don't get drunk and watch Tombstone with Russ.
This would be the biting in the arse mentioned in #7. Beer + alone + horny teens + revenge = broken heart for 19-year old Toni. Resist the urge to just get it over with; it is a special thing and should at least be remember without a Bud Light-induced fog around it.

9. Try and get along better with Grandma Dixie.
When she gets sick, you will be devastated and realize how important she really was. This one is hard because you are both so hotheaded but give it a shot. She won't be around forever.

10. Run for student council, try out for volleyball; think outside of your box!
Don't worry about losing so much; it seems like this is such an embarrassment but just trying is so much more rewarding than always wondering 'what if'.

11. Don't peg those pants.
It looks so bad and stupid. It is just not a good fashion decision; trust me.

12. Hairspray is not a fashion accessory.
I know in the late '80s and early '90s, big hair was still in at PHS but, seriously, it ain't pretty. Really. Not. Cool.

13. High school is only a blip on the radar once you leave.
It is hard to imagine but, once you graduate, all of the drama that defines high school seems so trivial and juvenile. Enjoy this carefree time because it is the end of childhood and the beginning of a pretty great life to come.

This tongue-in-cheek list was inspired by Brad Paisley's song "Letter to me", in which a letter is written to the younger version of the speaker's self. Want to join in on Thursday Thirteen?

So, what would you tell your teenage self?

Wordless Wednesday: Storytime


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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Day at the Pediatrican's Office

RxMan and I took The Conqueror to the doctor today. While we were there, I got a chance to check out the other people in the waiting room; I am nosey, I readily admit. RxMan claims that he can't have a conversation with me when we are dining out because I am too busy listening to the conversations around me. As much as I hate to say he's right, he is.

Back to the doctor's office, though. As we sat waiting on our turn, two teenage girls entered with a baby. Initially, I was alarmed at the dress and appearance of one of the girls. She was pierced in several places on her face, had inordinately high heeled boots on and hair that was multi colored. I should probably stop here and remind you that I live in a pretty small community. A very conservative and sheltered community. There are not a lot of people around who wear these sorts of clothing and piercing to the pediatrician's office. But, as I am trying not to be judgmental, I make a note to myself not to judge a book by its cover; perhaps she is a fine person and is just a little less conservative than the rest of us. I try not to focus on her skimpy clothing and look at the baby, as they are sitting directly across from my family.

I, um, overheard that the baby is nine months old. I was unable to determine whether the baby was a boy or a girl because it was wearing a gray sweat suit. The child was clean and well dressed so I was chastising myself for being narrow minded. Then I, um, overheard the child is a boy named Dallas. He was almost as rambunctious as my son so I smiled at the girl knowingly, patting myself silently on the back for being friendly.

Then I noticed something shiny in this boy's ear. Did I see that right? Surely not. I tried to catch another glimpse without being creepy-stalker momma. My fears were realized. This nine month old baby boy had his ear pierced. His ear pierced!?!

I was alarmed. I was disgusted. I was...being judgmental again. I tried not to. I can't help it, though! So, RxMan and I had a lengthy discussion about whether I was being hypocritical (Her Highness had her ears pierced at 1) or not. So, weigh in. Moms and Dads, would/did you pierce your son's ear(s)? At what age is that appropriate? Did I freak out because I am way too conservative? What do you think??

Monday, November 12, 2007

Asthma? Not again!

My daughter has asthma. She was diagnosed at 15 months, although I am certain she was born with it. Her asthma was out of control for about 5 years because she also had a severe case of acid reflux that exacerbated her disease. Once the reflux was medicated accurately, she showed great improvement. In fact, last week at a check on her lung function with the pediatrician, he told us he was confident that she was essentially outgrowing her condition; her tests actually indicated that her lungs function about 40% better than the average girl her age and size. This was long-awaited good news.

Because of his sister's long, sordid, complicated medical history (which is at least 2 posts) with asthma, I am constantly watching The Conqueror for signs of the illness. I was suspicious in the spring that he was beginning to present with symptoms. The doctor, ever hopeful, held off on a diagnosis and commended me for breastfeeding because of the benefits associated with allergies, asthma and health in general. Now, though, the boy is sick again. He is using his sister's nebulizer and I am pretty certain that he has asthma, too.

Now, I have to admit that I am a pessimist and a wee bit of a hypochondriac. I worry needlessly about many, many things. This, though, is one of my biggest fears and one of the main reasons we put off having a second child for so long. Her Highness was sick. All. The. Time. She coughed until she vomited dozens of times some nights. She took steroids that caused her face to swell into the moon face associated with steroid use. She had CT scans, xrays, IVs and took more meds than many elderly people do. I was hopeful that breastfeeding was going to be the magic bullet for my son. Sadly, I fear that it may not have been.

I know that because we have experienced all of these things in the past, we will better deal with them and may be able to get to the root of the problem (if there really is one) much quicker than we did with Her Highness. I still have a heavy heart today after spending yet another night holding yet another coughing, wheezing child.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Windex...Yum!

To my kids, Windex is like crack. They can't get enough of it. Her Highness has outgrown her addiction but The Conqueror is reveling in his. He loves, loves, loves licking windows and all glass surfaces to taste the squeaky goodness that is Windex.

We spent this afternoon with my parents at their home and my son was allowed to sit on the dining room table, which is incidentally covered with glass. (See where this is going?) Well, he soon figured out that it had recently been cleaned and leaned over and licked the surface. He then begins crawling across the table but I grabbed his leg and pulled him back. As he was pulled across the slick glass, he left a slobbery trail the size of his ten month old tongue in his wake. Classy, huh?

The good news for me is I don't clean. So, our surfaces are rarely freshly Windexed so I don't have to worry about the little fiend getting his tongue stuck to a window like the kid on A Christmas Story did to the flagpole.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Christmas Tree Rug

At dinner last evening, Her Highness, RxMan and I were discussing Christmas and Christmas trees.

Her Highness: Am I going to get my little tree in my room again this year?
Me: Yes. I don't think we're going to put up a tree in the family room this year, though.
Her Highness (alarmed): What?! WHY!?
RxMan: Well, between the cat and your brother, the tree will get trashed.
Her Highness: Oh. (pause, contemplating) Well, just put the rug out and send Santa a note and that will probably be fine.

We are planning on putting up a Christmas tree for the entire family; I was just joking with her. The tree will be surrounded by a baby fence to keep the demon cat and our rambunctious son out of it, though. That'll be purty, huh? Incidentally, the rug she mentioned is the tree skirt but she apparently thinks it has some sort of magical significance other than just covering up the tree stand and wires.


Friday, November 9, 2007

Haiku Friday

Wonderful Husband
Takes fussy baby and I rest
It's just what I need

My house is a mess
Laundry, Toys everywhere
What's a mom to do?

I surf internet
Avoiding the wreck around
The mess will wait, right?

It is Haiku Friday, want to join in?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Thursday Thirteen: Dear Santa, Part Deux

Her Highness has requested these thirteen items for Christmas (and many more!):

  1. Barbie Gril
  2. Barbie Fashion Fever Trend Freinds
  3. Rescue Pets E-Pup
  4. LiTTlest Pet Shops
  5. High School Musical the Sownd Chrack
  6. Apple iPod
  7. Hannah Montana stage Playset
  8. Bratz be Bratz.come mini ceyboard
  9. Bratz the movie Funky fashion Mackover
  10. a girl skaterborad
  11. Ditigal vidoe camera with preveiw screen
  12. hungry hungry hipos
  13. Bratz big kids music stars boll
What is your Thursday Thirteen???

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Look What I Got! NahNahNahNahNah!


Not to gloat or be obnoxious but look what I got! Bloggy bling bling!!! Bradley, at the Egel Nest, bestowed quite an honor on me: my very first award! I am all kind of thrilled inside!!!! Look at the sidebar and see where I proudly display it.

Sending big thanks to Bradley for the honor and for sending some traffic towards this newbie blogger. I only hope to achieve the blogging greatness that Bradley shows at his blog. The dignity with which he conducts himself makes him an example for all of us new to the blogging business.

Another shout out to Bradley for the recognition of my wee blog!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Thanks, Ben Franklin, for a Lousy Night!

Dear Mr. Franklin,

I know that Daylight Savings Time was your brain child. Well, it might have worked for you stronger, Colonial types; those of us, however, in the 21st century are not robust like that. We, sir, are soft folks; those who do not get up at the crow of the cock and do not toil in fields for our food. We are quite thankful for many of your inventions, like bifocals and electricity and, to be frank, those inventions are part of the reason we are not brawny and rugged enough to endure DST.

For instance, this morning, at 3:45am, my ten month old son, woke because his wee body felt it was nearly 5:00am. Ben, may I call you that?, I understand that you were something of a man who liked to imbibe, as well as a lady's man, a playa' if you will, so I think you understand what it is to need your rest. I NEED TO SLEEP, sir. Desperately.

My son is teething. He has a bad cold. I do not get a lot of sleep right now and this DST is not helping. So, I am hoping that you can contact some of your ghost buddies who can get in touch with the White House and have them rescind this ridiculous practice of Spring Ahead, Fall Back. I just cannot take another disruption in my nights that are fraught with them all ready.

There is no need to reply if you are able to work out the problem as stated above. Thanks for your time and I am quite sorry for interrupting your eternal rest but I think you must understand the importance of a letter in changing the world.

Yours truly,
Toni

Sunday, November 4, 2007

NaBloPoMo: Am I Crazy??

I did it. I signed up just now to join the craziness, the wackiness, the insanity that is NaBlPoMo. I was tempted all along but chickened out. Lotus, over at Sarcastic Mom, won me over. That girl, she is having a freakin' great time with this stuff. I mean a fabulous time. I think, though, she is the kind of gal who could have fun with a paper bag and a stick of gum but her enthusiasm was contagious and I got caught up in the fervor of her excitement. So, ready or not, I am onboard the NaBloPoMo train.

So, now I just have to figure out what to write for the next 26 days. In. A. Row. With no breaks. Oh, Gah! What did I get myself into???

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Ten Months Old!




Today, my boy, The Conqueror is ten months old!

In some ways it seems like he has been a part of my life forever. He has melded into the fabric of this little family so well that it is hard to even imagine our lives before him. For months, I would still forget, for just the eensiest second, that we even had him. Like when signing a card, I would automatically sign RxMan, Toni and Her Highness. I didn't even stop to consider writing his name, too.

Now, though, he has managed to stake his part in the family. He is the earliest of the early risers. The boy rarely, if ever, sleeps past 5:30am. RxMan and I used to bemoan Her Highness's waking at 6:45 on non-school days. Now, 6:45 seems like heaven. He is loud, too, and difficult to ignore (much like his father). He worships his sister and has begun to say something that sounds a lot like her name when she enters or leaves a room.

The kid is a waving fool. He loves, loves, loves to wave. A special greeting is the two handed wave which is reserved for only the most special of people (ME!). He pulls himself up and is trolling around furniture and walls and walking with his walk behind. He eats well and loves his veggies. He has six teeth, as of bedtime. He bites. Hard.

Everyday I am amazed at what he is picking up; he is truly a sponge. I am also amazed at the way in which he interacts with my daughter. That is truly one of the greatest joys of having him; seeing Her Highness be a big sister. She was destined for the role and the mutual affection is immeasurable. Seeing them together makes me feel like all of the difficult days (nights!) are worth it.

So, I am feeling a little weepy today. I would hit pause on the remote control of life if possible and keep him at this age. He is still a baby but I watch the baby ease more into the body of a toddler each day as he acquires new skills and grows. He doesn't want to be held for snuggling much any more; those days have passed. But, he has begun to do something that is a pseudo-kiss where he opens his mouth wide and lays it on your cheek and if you move at the right time, you don't get bitten. He also has started laying his head on you and saying, "ahhhh." We have decided this is giving "lovies".

It is always a give and take in parenting, I know. He learns a new skill and moves slightly more away. It is my job to raise him, I realize, but I had forgotten how painful even these little letting go's can be.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Haiku Friday

Daylight Savings Time
Wreaks havoc on one and all
Spring ahead, Fall Back

Darkness earlier
The boy will be screwed up
Extra sleep? Not me.

It is Haiku Friday, wanna join in?



Begging for Candy?

My mother relayed a conversation she had with my eight year- old niece regarding trick-or-treating and I found it amusing.

Mom: Beggar's Night is tomorrow at the mall.
Niece: What does that mean?
Mom: Well, that is what they used to call trick-or-treating.
Niece: (puzzled) Why?
Mom: Well, I guess because the kids go door to door "begging" for candy.
Niece: (horrified) Well, I don't beg for anything and I'm not doing that!!!!

But, of course, she did.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I Have To Tell This To Someone!

I just finished a twelve page paper for a course that is a, well, to be honest, BITCH!!!!! I took a test a few weeks ago and I almost cried because of it; I felt like I had never seen most of the info on it. I was lost. Somehow, though, I managed to pull a B-, mostly thanks to the fact that it is an internet course and I had all of the online notes on hand and I am a good BS'er.

Well, as I was sourcing my paper, something caught my eye on the syllabus:

Textbooks
Neuliep, J. (2006). Intercultral communication: A contextual approach. London: Sage Publications. ISBN 1-4129-1741-7.

Hmmn. I thought the author to my textbook was Jandt. (Found book and checked.) It is.

Uh. Oh.

Yeah, how freaking stupid am I? I bought the wrong #$%&*@$ text! Or, I should say, I was directed to the wrong book by the fifteen year-old work study flunkie who was manning the bookstore that day!!

No freaking wonder I felt like there was a party that I wasn't invited to when I took the freaking test!

I know I am very much to blame for not noticing this until the 9th week of the quarter. I didn't, though. This caught me out of nowhere. Apparently the texts are similar because I did all of the reading (well, not really, I realize now) and was vaguely familiar with many of the concepts mentioned but the minutiae of the test was like Arabic to me. Now I know why.

This dumbass moment was brought to you by BrainFarts, Inc.
Available to all new moms who have "too many irons in the fire".

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Adventuring: Conqueror Style

Yesterday was a good day in our home despite the fact that The Conqueror woke at 4:45AM. Yes, you read that right. He was up for about 2 hours and then took a morning nap for about 2 1/2 hours. I was able to get a great deal of school stuff done and feel much, much better about my chances of not failing the class that has kept me up at night lately.

He awoke at 9:30 and was mostly pleasant, considering he has red, tender and swollen gums. This time, I know he is teething because one new tooth erupted on Thursday and the other areas are inflamed. He stayed up for about 3 hours and took a marathon (for him) 2 hour afternoon nap during which time I actually did a load of laundry in peace and read a magazine! Can you imagine???

After Her Highness arrived home via school bus, they spent some time basking in sibling love but, soon, friends stole her away from her biggest admirer. When she left, he was playing nicely in our mud room with shoes (and, yes, he was probably eating them and dirt but, honestly, he wasn't crying so I didn't mess with him. Pick your battles, I say.). So, I picked up my magazine again.

Shortly, I realized something. It was quiet. Too quiet. I jumped up, calling his name. No response. Immediately, I think he has somehow escaped and is crawling down the road. Impossible. Did he choke to death on dirt? Unlikely.

He did manage, with a little help from a big sis who forgot to close the door, to enter the powder room. Uh. Oh. Still saying his name, I approach with trepidation, fearing he is honey dipping, as my mother would say, or playing in the potty, as I would say. I was relieved to discover he was not. He was, however, feasting on toilet paper. And it. was. everywhere. Mostly, though, it was in his mouth, which explains the silence.

I should have known not to be lulled into complacency. That is what he was waiting for...

Monday, October 29, 2007

Freeze Frame



The top photo is the gang of children we went trick-or-treating with yesterday. We have only eleven houses in our neighborhood and four of them are represented in the photo. In addition to the kids who live in our neighborhood, we also took along a few cousins who spend a great deal of time around here. For the last three Halloweens, we have made it a tradition to take a group shot just for kicks. I am amazed, though, at what a change that has occurred just in that short amount of time. We have several new babies and, my gosh, how the others have grown!

The bottom picture represents Her Highness and her very bestest friends in all of the world. BFFs, I guess I should say. (Eyes rolling to ceiling.) The one on the left side is my niece who spends inordinate amounts of time with my family and has been sort of adopted by the neighborhood as an unofficial resident. Beside my niece is Her Highness and then our neighbor girls, the Two Princesses.

Right now the world is perfectly right when these four girls are playing together. They are great friends and love just being in one another's presence. As moms, my neighbors and I hope that they all remain friends as time goes on and they grow up. I am so grateful to live in a neighborhood where there are other girls for HH to bond with. I never had that. I lived in the country and there were no other kids around except my four year younger brother; so, I spent a lot of time reading. A lot of time.

It is hard to imagine just what kind of changes lurk in the future for the four friends. As I look at this photo I am still amazed at their innocence. For them, Santa is real. So is the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. Their parents are still smart. They still tell us everything.

I feel like we are on the edge of a change, though. As I look ahead to the Christmas season, I am looking for Hannah Montana and High School Musical stuff, instead of art supplies and doll houses. Music has become increasingly important to my daughter. In my memory, that signals the shift from little girl into tween. Perhaps I worry to much. Okay, I know I do.

Honestly, though, I would like to freeze these little ones who are so important to me just as they are in these photos. Safe. Innocent. Happy. I want to hold on to the magic that make-up, costumes and cheap candy represent. Don't you?

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Cleopatra and A Firefighter






This afternoon we had trick-or-treat in our neighborhood. We do it on Sunday because the larger ones in the surrounding areas are on October 31st and most people who live in our 'hood are off on Sundays.

It was The Conqueror's first Halloween costume. Sigh. So many firsts lately. He is growing up so quickly! He hated the hat so it was "Quick! Snap the photo before he rips it off!" He was way more into the snacks on the tray of his stroller than the actual trick-or-treating, although he did dig the stroller ride accompanied by nine other kids and four moms.

Her Highness was feeling really beautiful today. Did you notice the make-up? I pulled up a photo of Liz Taylor as Cleopatra and tried to mimic the look. I think I did all right, what do you think? At seven, it is all about being cute and she was feeling it and enjoying the compliments although she was worried about the removal of the eyeliner.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

I'm Growing Up

I went shopping yesterday in Columbus at Easton Town Center. It is a shopper's dream. Well, at least a shopper from MyTown's dream. We have two Wal-Marts, two KMarts, Kohl's and a mall. Our mall consists mainly of stores geared toward teens so not a lot of choices for moms or little kids.

I essentially went shopping for Christmas outfits for my children and to do a little early Christmas buying. I had some discount certificates (read: coupons!!!) for my favorite kids stores and they expire Sunday so I wanted to use them. Moreover, as a master put'er-off'er, I am procrastinating from school work which I couldn't do some 50 + miles from home, so...

My mother, RxMan and The Conqueror accompanied me and we had a surprisingly good day. I bought Christmas outfits which I love. Had a yummy lunch and enjoyed the company of my family. (Her Highness was at school and then in the care of a neighbor afterwards, in case you were wondering where she was.)

I discovered something, though. With two kids, I cannot justify the purchases I could a year ago. It seems pretty crazy to spend $75 on one item for Her Highness. Not that I couldn't have. In fact, RxMan was of the opinion to just get whatever I wanted to because she is still his little princess. But me?

No way. I just couldn't. I tried. Oh, God, did I try. I wanted to. But, I couldn't. Some of it has to do with the fact that Her Highness is growing like mad right now. She has outgrown clothes that fit a few weeks ago and she is going to be taller than me sooner rather than later (not a difficult feat, but still!). Also, she doesn't really care (yet!) where her clothes come from as long as they are pretty and comfortable.

I have to wonder, though, am I growing up? Am I becoming more practical as I age? I think the answer to both questions is yes. A few years ago, it was nothing for me to spend hundreds every season on Her Highness's clothing and then half of it go unworn.

So, although I did splurge and get her a really cool birthday outfit, her clothes will not be coming out of swanky designer stores or off the pages of Cosmo girl. No, not anymore. Her momma has wizened up and won't be doing that so much. There will be a day, I know, when the issue of clothing will matter so much more to her than it does now so I should take the money I am saving by not buying designer and horde it until then, no?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Haiku Friday



She did her solo
And made her momma so proud
A perfect night



Tonight was the second grade musical that we have been anxiously awaiting. Her Highness rocked the house. She was not only the cutest thing there but also the best singer, if I do say so myself! (:

I am hoping to be able to upload video over the weekend but...I am not holding my breath that I will be able to figure it out so, dear readers, any advice would be ever so helpful.

(Please excuse the cruddy photo taken during the program. In Ohio, we do not build auditoriums in new school buildings because...well, 'cause we have stupid school funding issues. Anyway, this program occurred in a "cafetorium". That is Ohio-speak for cafeteria with a stage. Snazzy, ain't it? Anyway, the lighting was horrid and we were sitting waaaayyy in the back so we could make a quick escape had The Conqueror gotten fussy and loud because the music teacher told the children to have mommy and daddy get a babysitter for any little babies! Can you imagine!?)

It is Haiku Friday, wanna join in?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

ME?ME!

Last week, I was tagged for my first meme and, now, it has happened again! I feel like Sally Field when she won the Oscar: "You like me! You really like me!" Okay, maybe I'm a little overly dramatic but I am excited to be a part of this whole meme thing. This time I was tagged by WorksForMom.


7 Unique Things
1. Link to your tagger and post rules. 2. Share 7 facts about yourself, some random and some weird. 3. Tag 7 people at the end of post and list their names. 4. Let them know they were tagged by a comment on their blog.

1. I am left-handed.

2. I have a photographic memory.

3. I was classified as gifted in the fourth grade.

4. I broke my right femur in the 5th grade and spent 3 weeks in the hospital followed by 4 months in a body cast and wheelchair. I wasn't allowed to run for a year!

5. I once saw a ghost. (And, no, I hadn't been drinking.)

6. I cannot chew gum without swallowing it. Every. Single. Time.

7. I met Barry Williams (aka Greg Brady) at a freshman event in college (the first time I was in college) and danced with him to "It's A Sunshine Day" in front of the entire freshman class.


I am tagging Michel, Allie, V Dog, My Life As It Is, Nap Warden, Patois and, oh, hell, anyone else who wants to. (If you don't want to participate or already have, no worries!)