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

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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

3 Months

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.

Published by admin on 22 May 2014

Just wait ’til I show him Jurassic Park!

A few weeks ago, when Moses was getting up at the (now reasonable, then) awful hour of 6:30AM, I was sick of the Sunnyside Up Show on Sprout, so I surfed around and found this show called Dino Dan. Moses was instantly hooked and I was like super tired and didn’t care as long as he was entertained.

“Dinosaur! There it is!”

Now every morning he gets up (ever earlier) and he asks for dinosaurs.  He is obsessed.  On the way to daycare we “look” for dinosaurs.  “There it is! Right there!” And his little imagination is so cute.  He sees dinosaurs, every morning.  I just love it.

So, I had an idea.  I wanted to place dinosaurs around outside our house so he could find them.

I bought a pack of dinosaurs.  (Plus a few spendier solo dinosaurs, because maybe I’m a little obsessed too?) They came today and I put three out.  Two outside on the wall outside our kitchen window and one in the terrarium he planted wildflowers in that my friend Allie gave to me when he was born.

Today when he got home from daycare he discovered them. (I can’t get video to embed here, so click this link.)

I knew being a mom would be fun, but this has exceeded my expectations.

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Published by admin on 30 Apr 2014

April 28th - Day in the Life

I love reading everyone’s day in the life posts and feel self conscious about posting mine right now because, well, there is a lot of tv watching happening in new baby land, but I think I’ll like to look back and see what my day was like when Manny was a month old and Moses was 21 months.

1:30 am- Manny starts croaking, I look for my phone and check my tracking app and see that he’s slept almost 4 hours. I change him, feed him and get him re-swaddled without too much to do. I’m back in bed by

1:50am tell snoring Seth to roll on his side and fall back to sleep by the time I’ve counted down to 89.

4:55am more croaking from manny. Change and feed him and hope Moses won’t wake up when Seth gets up to shower and get ready.

5:05am Seth is up, I’m back in bed with Manny this time, don’t feel like swaddling again.

6:00am Seth leaves

6:20am I hear the neighbors bang something upstairs and so does Moses. He cries for daddy. ‘Daddy, where are you?’ I go in, he is not amused and keeps crying for daddy. I feed Lula and I tell him I’ll be right next door feeding manny. Still crying, I bring Manny in to eat in his room. He tells me bye, so I go back to my room and finish feeding Manny.

6:30am ‘Up!’ Is the call from Moses’ room. I put Manny in his bassinet and get Moses out of his crib and change his diaper, relieved his rash doesn’t seem to be worse, and even hopeful that it looks better. We get him a bottle of milk and fart around for a bit talking about toddler stuff - diggers, cars, milk, giraffes, ABCs, the usual.

7:10am I heat up some chicken sausage and put Moe in his high chair with a little tv. Feel guilty, but I need to get dressed and Moe seems mostly a normal kid that likes to sing and dance and whatever. TV. I get dressed. Manny remains sleeping.

7:30am- Moses has been done eating for a while, I get him dressed and he asks to go to the park. I tell him daddy will take him to the park after ’school’ and we pick out a truck to take to the park. Guck guck (garbage truck) is chosen.

7:45am I change Manny’s diaper and Moses makes his bath letters cozy in a nest of blankets on the floor. He also tries to sit on Lula, who is ever patient and does not even flinch when he also accidentally (?) stands on her tail.

8:00am I put Manny in his car seat in the house, put Moe’s jacket on and fold up the snap n go to bring for errands today.  I bring Moses and stroller out to garage, Moses screws around in the gravel ‘yard’ while I manage to get the stroller in the hatch without letting the hatch hit the garage doir, feel victorious. Pick up Moses to put him in the car and realize he’s pooped.

8:05am back in the house, change the diaper, back out to the garage,

(Somehow the rest of the day was deleted, here is what I found in my notes. Blerg.)

8:10am get manny into the car.

8:15am head to daycare.

8:25 drop off moe. No tears!

8:30a realize it’s too early to do my errand and that I have no gas so I go to the gas station and fill up. $72?! Sigh. We have (?) to use premium octane in our dumb car so, ugh.

8:45am filling gas didn’t kill enough time. I park in front of mail boxes place and type notes for this while listening to All Things Considered. Nina Totenberg, god I love her.

9:09 I get the snap and go out of the hatch and realize I don’t know how to unfold it. Google it and watch a video. Uh, wow, that was… so easy I’m embarrassed for myself. Put Manny’s car seat in the snap n go and hit Starbucks while mail boxes place opens up. I’m sad that my one of favorite baristas is taking orders not making my soy green tea latte. It’s never as good when this girl makes it.

9:15 get the box I’m returning out of the car and mail it. $24?! This is why I hate when I have to return something not through amazon. Highway robbery.

9:40am home! Pick up some of the Moses leavings, blocks, cars, the usual. Consult my bullet journal, add a few more to dos and cross off a couple of things.

10am- change and feed manny. Try to rewatch the parts of game of thrones I missed through Manny’s crying last night. Text with a friend who is starting at a company I hate, she feels the same, miss a lot of game of thrones, but don’t care

12:30am I’m in the middle of a Getting On marathon with a baby sleeping on me, but I have to eat and go to the bathroom. So, I do those things. Not at the same time. Then change manny and feed him annnnndddd he’s back to sleep.

1:26pm I’m done with Getting On. Feel adrift. Nap time!

1:40 manny isn’t having it so I successfully nurse him to sleep in bed.

3:00 Seth is home and having a sneezing fit. We’re all awake!

3:08 changed and fed manny, time to get some vitamin d… And exercise

4:00 procrastinate until now, finally head out with the dog and Seth and do a walk. It’s hot.

4:45 home again, feed Lula dinner, change manny.

4:50 Seth leaves to pick up moe, I put manny on his tummy and hope there is no puke.

5:00 I shovel some food in my fave

5:05 manny has protested long enough on his tummy so I pick him up and feed him while watching the good wife s4

5:23 it appears we’re in a cluster feed situation.

5:25 nope! Just a sleepy baby situation

6:30 glance at the clock and realize Seth isn’t home, meaning dinner and bath will be a shit show.

6:35 they’re home!

6:40 I try to get moe to eat.

7:07 Moses bath starts he’s a mess. Crying hysterically in the tub

7:20 Moses is out we discover why he’s crying when we see his rash is back and really awful. He watches an episode of zerby derby while he has his bottle

7:45 we say goodnight and Seth puts him to bed., I begin dealing with lord fussington. He’s not that bad tonight.

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