Published by admin on 18 Oct 2014

27 months - A Mosie update

Moses has been such a little champ, traveling like a pro across the country, going to Disneyland and behaving better than 90% of the kids there, and just being a great kid.  That said, we still have our issues, he is two, after all, but testing limits and acting like a spoiled jerk generally only happens in the privacy of our own home, so at least there’s that.

Like, Seth and I are halfway decent looking, but our kid is a damned model. How is that possible?

Last week, I could not for the life of me understand what Moses was saying, Seth had noticed he was having trouble understanding a few words of his too.  ”Curious George” and “construction site” were big puzzlers for us.  His vocabulary is normal for his age, but I was starting to worry about pronunciation.*  Here’s where I cringe… Moses was still drinking from a bottle at home.  So I decided we needed to stop the bottle immediately and monitor his speech, and see if it gets worse or better or stays the same.  I was dreading it.  We have put it off for so long, first because his doctor was concerned about his weight gain and wanted to make sure he was getting enough calories, then because we had a new baby at home and didn’t want to take away his one comfort item and finally because we’re big grown up fraidy-cats who were worried Moses would be a nightmare to deal with if he didn’t get his precious bottle.  So yesterday was his first day without it.  He asked for “regular milk” which means milk in a bottle. (Occasionally if he doesn’t eat a good dinner I give him Pediasure in cup with a straw and call it “special milk.”)  He protested when I got out a straw cup and said, “no, regular milk.”  I reassured him that he was in fact getting regular milk.  And… that was it.  He drank it and we haven’t spoken of the bottle since.  I MADE A BIG DEAL OUT OF NOTHING.  Shocker.

So, Moses and food continues to be a struggle.  We have, I’m sure, made it way worse than it would have been if we had just been more relaxed, but because the pediatrician was worried about his weight gain, our alarm bells went off and now we have a food monster.  His preschool teacher told me he’s one of the toughest she’s seen when it comes to vegetables, and that is completely and totally my fault.  I don’t love vegetables, so I don’t really know how to prepare them.  I love getting fresh vegetables at a restaurant, but have no idea how to replicate that awesomeness at home.  My mom opened a bag of frozen peas or cut up some carrots or threw some iceberg in a bowl and called it done.  So, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to get him to eat veggies without it being a battle and without having to do a lot of work.  Enter Jessica Seinfeld.  I bought her cookbook and tried one of her recipes.  It tasted so awful, I didn’t even attempt to give it to Moses.  In making that recipe I did a whole bunch of purees that I didn’t end up using because her recipes are super work intensive and the one I tried was gross, so I gave up on good ol’ Jess. Now, this is going to be elementary type cooking for you guys, so don’t be embarrassed for me, because I feel like I am WINNING.  Last night I made boxed mac and cheese (Annie’s…) and added sweet potato puree to it.  He ate it.  No complaints.  Emboldened by my small victory, tonight he asked for rice, and, since I am a terrible cook and lazy to boot, I have a lot of boxes of Rice a Roni (the San Francisco treat!) in my cupboard.  I started the rice, and added cauliflower puree to it. Then since it takes 25 minutes to do whatever it is it does, I sautéed some chicken breast tenders (first I dredged them in buttermilk and Bisquick, a regular Julia Child over here, whut) and cut it up really fine.  Then I sautéed some zucchini and also chopped it up super fine.  Just as the rice was finished, my sautéing and chopping was done.  I dumped it into the bowl with the wild rice and hoped it would work.  He ate an entire bowl.  I also offered him zucchini that wasn’t finely chopped and he rejected it, and then in my head went, HA HA YOU ATE IT ANYWAY, SUCKER. 

This is obviously not ideal, but I hope with time and persistence he’ll start to try things.  If he doesn’t, I’ll be over here sneaking purees and finely chopped things into his boxed suppers.

*Moses has been checked for an ear infection recently, but if we keep seeing issues, I’m going to take him in to get checked again.  He’s a silent ear infection-er.  He never complains about his ears.

Published by admin on 14 Oct 2014

5 Months, 6 Months

I’m just going to dive back in here and pretend like I didn’t just disappear.  Cool?  Cool.

Manny didn’t have a proper 5 month photo shoot because my camera was dead and we were just starting a crazy month and a half of travel and company and preschool and excuses excuses.

Here’s his 5 month photo on a sad old iPhone.

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Then 6 months kind of got away from me too.  But here he is. Let’s not think to hard about how a half year just flew by and how crazy time is, ok?

6 Months

So, Manny has been thriving, he’s rolling, he’s squawking, he’s generally either ridiculously happy, or seriously pissed off.  He has no in between unless he’s seriously trying to dismantle his world around him one strap or tag at a time.

He’s not sleeping on his own.  We thought Moe would be transitioned from his crib by now, but after having to retrain him with CIO, he seems super happy in there so we bought a new crib for Manny.  We put it in our room.  And he hates it.  So, he is still sleeping with us.  Rather, he is sleeping, and we are not so much.  I can’t wait to look back on this time in my life fondly, but right now I’m in the thick of it and it’s hard.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be going back to work soon-ish.  I have been getting pretty stir crazy these last couple of weeks, and yeah, that’s going to be hard on all of us.  We’ll survive, and one day look back fondly.

Published by admin on 07 Aug 2014

Airline seating situation

I am really excited about our upcoming trip to Boston and Maine.  But I have started fretting about airline seating.  We have four seats.  Our plane is three on each side.  So… what do we do?

STRANGER STRANGER SETH  aisle ME MOSES BUCKET

or

STRANGER STRANGER SETH aisle ME BUCKET MOSES

Our car seat lady offered to let us use one of her travel seats for Moses, so I don’t know, do I put him next to the window?  Then have the bucket next to me?  It seems like any way we do it, it’s going to be hard to get to either the baby, or Moses, both of whom are pretty needy and will definitely be really needy on a 5+ hour flight.

Have any of you travelled with two car seats and two adults on a 3 aisle 3 plane? What do I dooooooo?  I’m asking now because our last flight was such a shit show on a 2 aisle 2 plane that didn’t fit our big car seat forward or rear facing and I was in a complete sweat and terrible mood by the end.  OH! And that plane only had an extra oxygen mask on the right side for a lap infant so I had to sit with Moses and the baby and it was really hard because Moses was really confused and not in his car seat and they won’t let us board early and yeah, I’m over it, but not really.

Published by admin on 03 Aug 2014

Dark Mountain

Those of you who follow me on twitter and are friends on Facebook are probably a leeetle bit sick of hearing about my movie, but I’m really excited that we have an On Demand release and a digital release!

If you want to see it, it’s on iTunes and if that’s not your thing, it’s also on most cable On Demand.  (No Directv, unfortunately.)

If you like scary movies, check it out!

iTunes link

Published by admin on 02 Aug 2014

A couple things

1. As I mentioned, Seth’s daughter moved in with us, which is awesome. It is also requiring some de cluttering and room rearranging and I need help. What do I do with all of these pictures? Framed pictures, printed pictures, all the pictures! I do a yearly shutterfly photo album and I’m trying to do Moses and Manny’s baby books with real albums and printed pictures but it’s proving to be a real time suck that I’m not enjoying and ugh. So, how do you store your photos? Do you ever look at them? What about the hard drives full of photos? I didn’t feel burdened by my mom’s albums, but loose unlabeled photos are a real thorn in my side.

2. Small thing: when I was getting half assed decorations for Moses’ birthday party I went to this non-chain party supply store and bought these weird vinyl truck cutout things and they made my whole house smell like mildew even after they were gone. So much so that I had to wash the wall I hung them on. With bleach.

3. I’ve been selling some stuff on eBay and I might be kind of addicted. I get quite a little satisfied shiver when someone bids on an item and it’s even more thrilling when they use the buy it now feature. It’s like reverse hoarding. I’m looking around my house like, I could sell that, and that and do we really need that salt shaker?

4. I got a new computer. It’s too nice. I’m still using my old one because the track pad action bugs me.

That’s it.

Published by admin on 01 Aug 2014

4 months

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Every month I get a little later posting these updates, but I guess that’s the way it is with the second baby.Manny’s big achievements this month were rolling, traveling and being a little goof ball.

Working up to rolling.

He’s mastered rolling back to front, and has done tummy to back several times but he doesn’t seem to want to do it once he’s there.

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He got to meet my mom’s side of the family and my dad in Colorado Springs, and I didn’t take many pictures, so I’m hoping my cousins will send some good ones along.

Meeting grandpa.

There’s nothing like being with family to make me wish we lived closer to someone, anyone, who was related to us and could just come over and hold the baby for a while.

Boop!

Well, wouldn’t you know!  Seth’s daughter moved in with us.  And it has been a week, but it’s been so so great.  I’m so glad we could help her out with a place to live and she is totally helping us out with being a great extra set of hands for baby holding and toddler entertaining. (I’m not posting pictures of her because she’s super social media private, but she’s fantastic and my babies love their sister.)

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That’s about all I can muster for now.  Back to snuggling the goofball.

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Published by admin on 19 Jul 2014

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Published by admin on 14 Jul 2014

Two!

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He has gone through some big changes in the last 6 months, starting and ending daycare, getting a new brother, and today starting preschool.  And at the end of the month, his sister (and all time favorite person) is moving in with us, so he’ll be moving into the office (which we’re relocating to the dining room) for the time being.  It’s a lot for a little guy, but he is handling it all very well.

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He loves diggers and dinosaurs, all animals and small and large children.  He loves the park with all of his being and every morning asks to “go ou’side.” He is desperate for a gang of children to be a part of and inserts himself into any group of boys or girls he can find.  Just walks right up and joins in the yelling, because kids at the park are always yelling.

I never expected I would make field trips to construction sites, but that's what I do now.e>

This birthday party had bunnies

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He stopped calling all of his letters his “Eees” and calls them his letters now.  Which makes me a little sad.  He doesn’t say “Upp” when he wants us to get up, now he says, “Mama get up.”  Already, tiny little things are going away.

Missing this kid! Checking out soon.

I don’t want to forget:

  • his little voice when he’s asking for something after we’ve told him “no” almost a whisper, a little mousey squeak.
  • his ridiculous laugh when he’s being particularly naughty.
  • the way he screams when you manage to sneak up on him and say “boo.”
  • him saying “Mama, what doing, mama?” over and over while we’re driving in the car.
  • “Sweet dreams” when ever he says good bye.
  • In fact all goodbyes are “good nights” right now.
  • The way he leans in for a kiss.
  • And squeezes so hard for a hug.
  • How he still says, “I carry you,” when he wants to be picked up and carried.
  • “Manny’s here!  Mama’s here!  Daddy’s here! Mosie’s here!” his little role call. (”Lizzie’s at work.”)

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I know it’s cliche and I cannot help myself, while I’m busy mourning the little things he’s already left behind, I’m so excited for the new things to come.

It's not pinteresty and he refused to eat it, but he's 2, my sweet boy is 2!

After I dropped him off at preschool (and he cried) I started to drive home and a “Forever Young” cover came on the radio.

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.
May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.
May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 

May you stay forever young.

I couldn’t have said it better myself, Mr. Dylan.

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I love you, sweet Mosie Dozy.

Published by admin on 02 Jul 2014

3 Months

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Things are smoothing out here.  This month Manny slept his first 8 hour stretch and 9 hour stretch!  He doesn’t do it every night, so I think it has a lot to do with how much he nurses and sleeps during the day, but I think it’s a good sign of things to come.

My bald little monkey alien. #latergram

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He is really grabbing onto things now and loves his toys.  He has so few toys, but this Lamaze snake thing is a fave, as is his soft dog rattle, these rings and this hedgehog.  He sucks on his hand and still isn’t super crazy about his pacifier, but I’m ok with being his paci these days.

He likes it.

He smiles like crazy at his brother, these two, man, they are going to be so much trouble.

Manny grabbed his hand.

I have a lot of events coming up for my movie so I’m going to have a few evenings away from him, I’m hoping he’s not as tough for his babysitters as he is for me in the evening.  He goes to sleep at 8pm, but from about 6:30 to 8 he’s kind of a mess.  I’ve tried getting him to sleep earlier, but he’ll nap for 30 minutes and wake up furious and fuss until 8.  The kid wants what he wants!

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He’s a tummy time all star and even though he hasn’t rolled yet, I can see the wheels turning.

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He still comes to bed with me at about 4am every morning to get a little co-sleeping in before Moses insists the entire house wakes up when he rises - anytime between 6:45am and 7:45am.  “Manny up, Mama up, Lula up!”

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He’s a peach, this one.

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Published by admin on 01 Jun 2014

2 months and change


Well, this month was not easier than the first month in a lot of ways, but in a few ways it was.

I was worried about Manny’s eye contact and his ability to lock onto and track objects and what seemed like him not being able to follow the sound of our voices to locate us.  Like, really worried.  But he seems fine now, I’m definitely testing him a lot and he definitely looks at me and gives me insanely gooey smiles, so for now I’m just hoping he wasn’t quite there yet.  (Also will bring it up to the pediatrician at our next appointment if he still seems to be having trouble with it, but right now I’m not worried anymore.)

He’s been giving me some good stretches of sleep now at night and if I can get him down early enough we avoid the hour long cry fest, that he does if he’s overtired.  He definitely lets me know if he’s tired.  I’ll be all, WHY ARE YOU CRYING? Then give him the pacifier and boop he’s out.  During the day however, unless I’m holding him, he doesn’t nap very long.  Which is nice for me, but also, I am at the point where I want to get things done and little snuggle monster is not having it.

Moses has really warmed up to him and now insists on “Manny yap” every day.   Yap=lap.  Then when Manny is on his lap Moses stares ahead very seriously.  It’s all too much for my cold heart to take. (We did have one incident where Moses put his foot on Manny’s head. I so heartily scolded Moses that he welled up with tears, and oof, that sucked, but seriously, kid, don’t put your foot on your brother’s head.)

I’ve been trying to get out with him more, but I still have issues breastfeeding in public.  We went to MOCA last weekend and I ended up lucking out with a weird ass exhibit that had couches in a semi-dark room with a bizarre movie playing on a screen.  I don’t get art sometimes, but this time, I was like,  “I don’t care, a comfortable dark place to nurse a baby in public, I LOVE ART.”

This whole two kid parenting thing is hard, but I’m getting the hang of it.  I think they are too.

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