Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Big Pimpin' In The Minivan

No offense to anyone that actually drives a minivan - but I've just got to say, the cool factor goes way down.... Sorry! It just does. We are off to watch our Tigers take on the South Carolina Gamecocks, and we'll be tailgating in a minivan. We decided to rent a car since we are meeting some friends with a baby and thought it would be nice if we didn't have to take 2 cars everywhere we went. After going round and round with the rental car companies ( I must have called 10) getting a full size SUV (you know, the kind of vehicle that cool soccer moms drive :o)) was just proving to be difficult - availability, price, Customer Service people that weren't stupid, yada-yada... Anyway, we picked up our gem today from the airport and I will say this, you can pack a lot of stuff into one of these boogers. Who knows maybe after driving/riding in one all weekend I'll change my mind.... Yeah right!

Off we go - flags flying (again, not so cool in a minivan) magnets are on and we are ready!! War Eagle!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Bye-Bye Bottle

I'm not sure if it's the not being able to breathe through her nose right now or that at the ripe old age of "almost one" she has become" Little Miss Independant". As of this week, Munchkin has been refusing her bottle and going only for the sippy. Which is something that Dr. told me to start doing at her last check-up. We have been taking them away one at a time and down to only her night time bottle. Honestly I think it meant more to me than it did her. It's sad really, a sappy first time Mom trying to keep her baby a baby for just a little while longer. That night time bottle was one of my favorite times of day. She would just cuddle up in my arms, hold my hand, pat my cheek and start drifting off into neverland, It was also one of the only times in the day that she actually wanted to be held and not on the loose, crawling around allover, socking you in the face anytime that freedom was threatened.

Maybe some type of support group is in order here, I know I'm not the only one, I have friends that also delayed taking this bottle away.

So, as I am forced to come up with a new bedtime routine, I am thankful that she still wants to sit in my lap, look at the pictures as I read and listen to me sing to her, only, with both hands firmly on the sippy as if to say "Mom, I'm not a baby anymore"

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Booger Sucker Sucks

Well, the booger sucker actually does work. But, I don't have the heart to continue using it. This poor child gets so distraught at the site of the thing now that she actually has what I would consider to be a slight panic attack.. Maybe it was the pokes in the eye that finally did her in. How can I in good conscience subject this sweet, innocent, little baby to this awful, green, little monster anymore? So, I sit here thinking, what else I can do to rectify this slimey situation... Is there a trick that I as a new Mom am not aware of? Must find feather.

On a side note. We went to a Birthday Party today for a friend who's little girl is two weeks older than Munchkin. Didn't open gifts at the party, I'm thinking this might not be a bad idea. It just drags the party out, she's too little to understand what's going on anyway. Will friends and family get their feelings hurt if their gift is not opened? Will give this more thought.....

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Our Little Snot Monster

Poor little Munchkin is a little under the weather these days. Something that she no doubt picked up from the germ infested playroom at the Y. (yes, I have actually been working out!) For the past three days she has been quite the snot monster, thick green mucus is everywhere. How do you make a child this age "blow" her nose? It's kind of a waiting game, eventually so much snot builds up that she starts blowing bubbles and then it's a little easier to get. I've spent alot of time recently trying to figure out how to get this snot out of her nose, a booger sucker? tickle her nose with a feather until she sneezes? There must be a way....wiping her nose has become another chore that I don't like and wish I didn't have to do. Holding her down and trying to wipe is not fun for either of us. Only, if I don't she's going to look like one of those redneck baby's you see in Walmart with the crusty nose and grocery store feet.

I just keep wondering how much snot could possibly be left in that little head? I think she is in for a rude awakening, after this afternoon nap, I'm seeking out the booger sucker in hopes that it will be my saving grace.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Uh-Oh or No-No

How do you explain to an 11 month old the difference in an Uh-Oh or a No-No? I've tried explaining to her that a "premeditated" Uh-Oh is most likely a No-No, she of course looked at me like I was crazy for thinking she actually knew what "premeditated" meant... I would have to say this is the most commonly used word in her vocabulary right now. For the most part it's really cute, when she actually uses it correctly, accidentally dropping her cheerios on the floor or when she knocks something over, or when it's a "Mama Uh-Oh" like when I dropped the bag of groceries on my foot and almost taught her a bad word! The problem with this new found word is that sometimes I think that she just likes to say it, so she makes up reasons... like flinging her sippy cup at passers by while on a stroll through the neighborhood, surely they will think it's cute if followed by that cute little word, right? She also likes to taunt me by hanging a pancake over the edge of the highchair and calling out Uh-Oh!, just seconds before letting go, maybe I'm a bad Mom but I usually just pick it up, hand it back, and try to explain No-No, she laughs.

What a little sponge she is right now - soaking up everything we say and do.

Note to self: Must stop using bad words

Monday, September 18, 2006

Ranting, Not Rambling

So this is going to come off more like a rant than just my usual ramblings, but please tell me I'm not alone in thinking that this is absolutely absurd... We are preparing to take Munchkin to her first real Auburn football game, on the road against South Carolina. We are meeting some friends from Virginia that have a little boy, 3 months older than Munchkin. While we are searching the web for tickets, we come across some stadium information saying that EVERYONE must have a ticket to enter the game -regardless of age!!!!! Are you kidding me? She can't even sit in the seat... She's 11 months old people! how can this be? She can get into the zoo for free, she can even fly free until she's two... What the heck? So thinking that this is some stupid SC rule, I call the ticket office for Jordan Hare, knowing that their policy is going to be more "family friendly" and the lady tells me the same thing. I quickly bite my tongue, gather my words and ask politely why this is? Evidently it has something to do with the Fire Marshall and everyone having a ticket is the only way to monitor how many "bodies" they have in the stadium. While I'm still not happy about this news, atleast I can respect the fact that it's a safety issue rather than the University trying to squeeze us out of extra money....Decisions, Decisions, do you have any idea how much this little change of plans is going to cost? And the more we win the worse it gets ( not that I don't want us to win) but good grief, $125.00 for a seat that won't be used is a little hard to grasp.

Gas to and from South Carolina - $150.00
Tickets to the game - $375.00
Seeing Munchkin at her first AU game - PRICELESS!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

My Life List

I've been hearing a lot lately about making a "Life List". Apparently there was a young girl killed in the attacks of 9/11 whose life list was just found by her parents and has been circulating in papers, talkshows and over the internet for the past couple of weeks. It got me thinking, what would I like to accomplish in my life - Here's my list, so far....

1. Always be respectful of others, be kind, and honest
2. Raise our children to be respectful, kind, and honest
3. Never rush Munchkin (or any siblings) on to the next "milestone" - Enjoy every second of every stage she is going through
4. Learn photography
5. Rent an RV and travel cross-country, see peculiar things along the way (like in the movie Elizabethtown)
6. Find and buy the perfect pair of jeans, even if they cost $200.00
7. Travel to Germany
8. Travel to Italy
9. Travel to Australia
10. Learn to speak atleast 1 more language
11. Watch Auburn play in every SEC stadium
12. Be the best Wife, Mother, Friend and Person that I can possibly be
13. Have a house on the beach
14. Learn how to eat healthy and actually do it
15. Exercise because it's good for me, not just to lose weight

I hope that as I cross things off of this list I will think of new goals and challenges to add.

What's on your list?

Monday, September 11, 2006

Eyes Wide Shut

I believe I have mastered the art of sleeping with my eyes open. The last week has been quite a tiring and patience-trying week. We had a sort of "paintapalooza" happening around here. Finally getting Munchkin a room that is "girly" instead of the blue, painted over boarder style she has been living in for the last 3 months. The painters were here all week arriving at 7:30 and not leaving until 6:00 or 6:30.... Because this "palooza" was happening in the upstairs, Munchkin and I were forced to spend lots of "quality time" in the downstairs, meaning she was napping and spending the nights in her pack-n-play in our room, leaving me to be sleep deprived and very behind on the laundry. I can't get in my room to get the laundry for fear of waking up a "don't make a sound, it took me an hour to get her to sleep" baby. Not wanting to look like a lazy, bon-bon eating, soap watching, stay at home mom, I felt the need to "look" busy to the painters.... why do I really care? No offense, but they don't speak english and were probably talking about me behind my back anyway. So, after the first couple of days where I cleaned the windows, dusted the blinds (every slat), dusted the furniture, cleaned the baseboards, vacuumed, and cleaned the kitchen 3 times, I finally decided to sit, and then it happened, a little while later I woke up to find that about 15 minutes had passed and I felt like I had a power nap, only I never closed my eyes. I was still aware of the painters going up and down the stairs, I was still telling Munchkin, "don't put that in your mouth", "don't climb on that", "No, No"... and to anyone looking in, I probably looked like I was staring off in a daze. Now don't get me wrong, nothing beats lying down and giving into the fight of not being able to hold your eyes open anymore kind of nap, but I highly recommend you give this a try. It just might get you through another day!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Holy Poop Batbaby!

Well, it finally happened.... Munchkin pooped on Hubby. While he has had some near misses, this is what I would consider a full-fledged attack.

Another Monday for us, nothing out of the ordinary. Munchkin and I are hanging out playing with the "gang" Aubie, Elmo, Cat, Julep and various other stuffed animals that have been collected over her lifetime. Hubby went out to get chicken biscuits in a kind of celebration for being off work on a Monday and having hopes that we could sit down and eat breakfast as a family unit. Munchkin and I are practicing walking (not me, her) when Hubby returns and opens his arms for a big ol' daddy kind of hug. He picks her up, swings her around, turns her upside down and oops! some poop comes loose! Evidently in our strides around the living room Munchkin had done some business. While I consider myself lucky to not have had this experience happen many times, I've heard the stories of the explosive diapers, the ones that shoot across rooms, maybe even blinding innocent bystanders that happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Our worst "run" in came when Munchkin was only a few days old and I tried Huggies for the first time. She was in her swing, I was doing something productive I'm sure, probably sleeping. When I go to get her out she is sitting in poop, I swear up to her armpits... As a new mom, I had no idea where to even start in the efforts to clean this used to be perfectly clean, baby- smelling, baby. Can I just return this one and start over? This is not what I signed up for..... Anyway, I managed and somehow we've been lucky enough to get through 11 months without another incident, that was until yesterday....

So, I'm standing in the kitchen, making Munchkin her pancake when Hubby starts shouting that he was covered in poop - yes he was. Now what makes this even funnier is that Hubby is also known lovingly by friends and family as a "Germ-a-phobe" and for some reason @*IT just seems to follow him, he can't get away from it. (I'll let him tell you the stories sometime.) Up the stairs we go to start what looks like a tag team situation. Now, as a Mom I won't say that you ever get used to poop but, you sure can handle it with precision. Outside of the few fingernails I've had to sacrifice for being dumb enough to stick a finger in one leg of the diaper to "check" for poop and being surprised by YEP! poop, I've gotten pretty good at being able to do this without getting it all over her, me, the curtains or the changing table. I send Hubby away, assuring him that it's better this way. After all, one mess is enough. If left unattended Munchkin and Hubby would have had to battle it out, who would cover whom with the most poop. This was definatly a job for Momma! After a shower and wardrode change, Hubby meets us back in the kitchen to have our much anticipated "Family Breakfast." And he thought staying home all day was full of fun and laughter....

Friday, September 01, 2006

Weegle, Weegle...

War Damn Eagle!! That's right folks, it's that time of year again! The feeling is in the air, it's a feeling that you can't explain, but for the true of heart you know what I'm talking about..... Auburn Football!!! It's something that we wait for all year, the anticipation kills us, and to pacify ourselves we are forced to watched re-runs on ESPN classics just to get by. We are about 31 hours until kickoff. Our Auburn gear is washed and ready for wear, the menu is planned and the errands are run, because when the pregame show starts tomorrow night, I don't want anything standing in my way of watching every second and soaking in everything the announcers have to say about the talent of this Auburn Team!!!

Munchkin will even be sporting her own cheerleading outfit and has been trained in the off season. So, come game time she can throw her hands above her head when we yell "Touchdown Auburn"!!!!! Nothing will make us more proud!

So, suck it up Bama fans and fear the thumb, we will make it 5 in a row! - This year there is no unnecessary "hype" surrounding the team that used to be...

It's all Auburn!!!

It's about time!