Monday, October 29, 2012

sometimes I think I'm funny

today Olivia got a small pumpkin flashlight in her kid's meal at Arctic Circle.  When I put her to bed, she was overly tired and was hysterically crying, so I gave her the flashlight in her crib to calm her down.  Twenty minutes later, I was sitting in bed reading when Jack came in and looked at her video monitor.  She was laying on her stomach, half asleep, and kept pushing the button on the flashlight, so all you could see on the night vision was light coming out of her hand and then turning off.

Jack: What the!!
Me: Oh my gosh!  Our baby has magical powers!
Jack: What....?
Me: Look, she can make light shine out of her hand!  Oh wait, here comes Hagrid through her window... he's handing her something.  It's an invitation to Hogwarts!

By this time Jack had figured out what was happening, and was not as amused as I was.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

i love her

As a child, I never heard one woman say to me: ‘I love my body.’ 

Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. Not one woman has 

ever said: ‘I am so proud of my body,’” she says. “So, I make sure 

I say it to Mia, because a positive physical outlook has to start 

from a very early age.”-Kate Winslet

Monday, October 15, 2012

Protect Your Child from a Predator

Read this article in Parents magazine today.
Learned that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18.  I was shocked and sickened.
As you know, this is a topic close to my heart so I thought I'd share.  It's a great article, read it for warning signs, how to communicate, and just a little education.  Apparently no child is immune.

Protect Your Child from a Predator
(remember to click at the bottom of the webpage for pages 2-4)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What She Wore

I bet you thought I was going to forget all about my vow to attempt to be stylish and post photos didn't you?!
HA!! You wish.
I mean...I didn't forget.

Where she went: to run errands and grab lunch with the husband.
What she wore: A rad scarf I picked up at Down East.  I have a scarf obsession.  They are taking over my closet.  Black shirt from Modbod, AE jeans, and unremarkable black flats.
a necessary evil of instagram is that sometimes you have to chop your head off to get a square photo.
 I got these earrings from H&M and thought they merited a close-up.
 oh, and my watch is fossil.
In hindsight, this outfit would have looked better with long jeans instead of cuffed capris, but it was still pretty warm out and I was already wearing a scarf so I guess I needed some breeze on my ankles.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Rules for Being a 16-month-old

1. Always stand as close to the TV as possible.  The less of a neck you appear to have from behind, the better.

 2. Slides are always better when you have an Oreo in your hand.  Keep a firm grasp.

 3. Always keep your sucker safe in your mouth when you fall asleep, lest someone try to snatch it.

 4. When caught trying to go up the stairs by yourself, immediately turn and sit like you had just been chilling there with no intent of being disobedient.

 5. When gifted a ballon, you must hold firmly to it at all times.  When told it cannot be held while eating, prove otherwise.

6. While outdoors, mom's hand is a nice overflow receptacle for treats and goodies found on the ground.

 7. On a lunch date, always choose foods that allow one to look dainty whilst eating.

 8. When caught doing something creepy with your dolls, run away as fast as possible so the dog may be blamed.

 9. After a race make sure the medal goes to the proper recipient.  Namely the one who had to sit in the boring stroller for 4 miles.

 10. The queen of the house gets the big bed.

 11. When going down big, scary slides be sure to feign disinterest to avoid a second trip down the slide.

12. Guys like an athletic girl.  It's never too early to learn difficult skills like surfing.

Friday, October 5, 2012

I'm sure this will be...

..the first of many posts about teeth complaints.  We'll call this series the saga of the teeth.  Like I mentioned, I have to get braces.  I made my appt for Monday morning and went in expecting the transformation.  Unfortunately, they had failed to mention that I had to wear "separators" for two weeks before they could put my braces on.  These so-called "separators" (or "seps," as the hygienists so sweetly nick-named them) would be more adequately described if they were named "torture devices" or "suicide bands" or "anorexia inducers."  The latter being because I haven't been able to eating anything solid since they were installed in my mouth.

The spacers are little rubber bands they shove (shove being the kind word for it) between four of your back teeth (8 bands in all).  They create space so that the orthodontist can put metal rings around those four back teeth to anchor the braces to.  People who already have enough room in their mouth do not need separators.  I am not one of those people.

Yesterday while on a rant I shouted at Jack "How is it legal for an orthodontist's assistant to put a person in this much pain for a WEEK!!??"

"It's been three days" he said.

I glared at him.

"I'm sure it has felt like much longer though..." he offered.

I will keep reminding my self that I chose to do this.  No one is making me.  And I will hang this picture where I will see it frequently:

I bet Grace Kelly wore separators.  I bet she rocked them.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

silly boys

The other day I was watching TV with Olivia and french braided the top of her hair.

Jack came down and looked at her for a moment.

"She kind of looks like the Predator," he said, "or one of the Uruk-hais from Lord of the Rings."

  Guys are strange...and rude.

and sometimes super funny.

Monday, October 1, 2012

16 months

yes I skipped 15 months.  I could pretend there was a deeper reason than being lazy, but sadly there was not.

- Olivia is busy, busy, busy.  She always has a job to do whether it be opening and shutting doors (she is just tall enough and almost strong enough to turn the doorknob, eek!), filling and emptying containers, getting out and stacking tupperware, or trying to locate the plunger.

-she can say a few new words, including cracker, sucker, shoes, Taft (her good buddy), clap, aaaaaannddd...wait for it..... MAMA!!!!  Yes. My girl has finally given in and said my name.  She'll only say it when she is mad/sad/wants something, but still.  Warm fuzzies.  She will also say no no and shake her head.  She doesn't understand the context though and will usually shake it when she sees something she likes.

- she is getting tall and skinny.  At one point she could fit into 3t clothes because of her chunky thighs, but now can wear most of her 18-24 month stuff again.  She is able to reach up onto the table or counter and we have to remember to place things in the center of the counter.  She can also climb up onto the couch by herself.

-Livi's favorite food is still grapes.  She also loves cheese and cottage cheese, smoothies, cereal, noodles, zucchini, and peanut butter.

-sometimes she seems more like a rambunctious little boy than a girl.  Olivia loves to find and pick up bugs, get dirty, and pulls bows out of her hair.  She likes to run and climb until she is red-cheeked, sweaty, and tired and has staticky hair from rubbing her head on the couch, floor, slide, etc.  When I read books to her, she gets too rough and almost tears the pages.  When I try to draw pictures with her she is more interested in putting the crayons in the box and dumping them out again.  There are two things that betray her sweeter nature though.  First, she loves her dollies.  She pushes them around in their stroller several times a day (never mind the fact that if she ever gets the stroller stuck somewhere she will pick it up and chuck it, spilling dollies everywhere).  Secondly, our girl is very affectionate.

-She loves to give hugs, kisses, and snuggles.  Her kisses are the sweetest thing ever; she will lean in, pucker her lips, and make the "mmmmuahhh" sound.  She will give us a kiss whenever one of us is laying on the ground, as if we are hurt and she is helping us feel better, or when she is enjoying the game we are playing, or simply to say thank you for a treat or for putting one of her shows on TV.

-Her favorite show is still Mickey Mouse Clubhouse followed by Little Einsteins.  She also likes Wonderpets and Oswald on the ipad.  She can also sit through most of a movie and has liked Shrek, The Little Mermaid, and Toy Story.

-She now has both bottom 'bunny rabbit' teeth, both top front, and is just getting her top sides.

-She will open her mouth to let me brush her teeth, but will only tolerate it for about 4 seconds before she pulls away, then I have to pin her down to finish.

-Little Miss is not a big fan of swimming pools.  She doesn't cause too much of a fuss, she'd just rather get out.  She isn't scared, I think she just doesn't like to be cold. She does enjoy showers now though and will play in the bottom of the shower until literally have to drag her out.

-Once a week I'll strip her down and let her eat her own ice cream cone on the back porch.  She gets super excited and dances and sings while she eats.  She loves taking a sink bath after every cone.

-She loves taking showers now.  We have a walk-in, rock tile shower where she'll sit in the bottom and play with cups and bottles for as long as I'll let her.  When I open the curtain she knows it is time to get out and she will scurry to the far corner where I can't reach her and stand there looking at the floor, shuffling her feet.  As though if she avoids my gaze, she won't have to get out.

-Olivia loves playing Duplo Legos with her dad and has learned how to place them correctly and snap them down onto the base.

-The other night I gave her a plain waffle to eat while sitting in Jack's lap and watching TV.  She slid off the couch and started playing with her toys on the floor.  After a while I couldn't find her waffle.  I knew she hadn't finished it, but it was no where to be found.  The next morning she and I were reading a book on the couch.  She climbed down, walked over to the entertainment center that the TV sits on, opened a drawer, took out the missing half of the waffle, climbed back into my lap, and resumed listening to the book while she finished her snack :)

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