Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nablopomo = FAIL

It started Friday night. We went out (!) for a friend's birthday! And we had a great time. (Nanna Maggie was kind enough to babysit.)

We got home at 11pm and by the time we got organized to go to bed, it was midnight (!).

I woke up the next morning and thought to myself, oh, shoot, I didn't blog last night. Maybe I could post something quick this morning and back date it to yesterday...

But then an adorable little man who is working on sitting hopped on my bed and took precedence over my schemes.

Almost there........................................................................and he's got it!!

And I think that was the right answer. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Apropos of yesterday's post

You win this time, Gap Give and Get. You win this time...

Uncles Chris and Patrick should be proud.

Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!

(Extra points to anyone who can name the early 90s phenom who first uttered those words before looking at this!)
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I have a problem

Hi, my name is Kathleen and I'm a shop-a-holic.

[Hi Kathleen.]

I'm pretty sure if our mailroom guy at work* has to deliver one more box to my desk this week, he will call me and tell me to deliver it myself. And he would be justified in doing so.

I like shopping for things. I always have. Not crazy, spending beyond my means shopping, but I always got a warm fuzzy feeling when I found a good deal, discovered the perfect gift or assembled a cute outfit.

Then this adorable little man entered into the equation.

And I LOVE shopping for him. Oh boy I do. I can't control myself. It's the perfect combination of finding a good deal (tiny clothes cost less and are often on sale), giving a gift (sort of) and assembling a cute outfit (a well-dressed baby is the best accessory, right?).

Let me describe a scene: I sit at my desk, absorbing the barrage of information from my Bloomberg, responding to emails, perhaps reading a research report or memo on my screen. Bee-boop! - My Google notifier pops up to let me know I have gmail - oh, nice, a sale at Ann Taylor! I should check that out soon. Bee-boop! 30% off at Banana Republic, hmm, do I need anything there? I'll look later. Bee-boop! Bloomingdales Friends and Family - I should do some shoe shopping. I probably need something!

I'm totally in control of my shopping addiction. Until... Bee-boop!

O. M. G. Janie and Jack is having a friends and family sale!!!!!!! These shoes are the cutest shoes ever.

I need them. Oh, and look a line of dinosaur-themed clothing!

I NEED that! Um, er, Will NEEDS that!!!

Bee-boop! Gap Give and Get!! Holy crap! I love Baby Gap and Old Navy has great jeans and I saw an
ADORABLE Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shirt there the other day that I NEED, I mean, Will NEEDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, I seem to misplace my self-control whenever I get an email about cute clothes. It's almost like the baby clothing stores know that. It must be why they keep emailing me - I have a problem.

* I send packages to work because I don't feel good about leaving them at my front door at home during the day. Our poor mailroom guy suffers the consequences. Click here to read more!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A couple more pictures from Sunday

Because it's late and I'm attempting to be crafty tonight (didn't turn out that well, so it's nothing worth blogging about), here's a couple pictures from Sunday that I haven't shared yet!

Will can almost do the tripod thing, but the tipping over follows pretty quickly after the cuteness:

So then I let him lay down, because that's cute too. Or at least I think so. :)

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Who knew the world was so tasty?

William has taught us a lot in his 4.5 months.

Our wise little man

Particularly that you should give everything a try at least once before you reject it. And by "a try" I mean "a taste."

That goes for hands, toys, mom's arm, dad's knuckles, your toes and, of course, monkeys.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

A+ Parenting

We had a great day with Will today - he sat with us at our (recently reclaimed!) kitchen table while we ate homemade waffles, we went on a nice long walk together and visited his newest little friend (only 1 week old!), we sang lots of songs (The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a favorite, but we also sang a little bit of the Unicorn Song), and he practiced grasping skills with his rattles and toys.

But then we were sitting on the Family Room floor and Will simply could not turn away from the Bears game that was on the TV.

Me accepting the defeat of my baby-entertaining skills at the hands of the TV

So I let him watch it a little bit. Yep, my four-month-old baby watches TV, people. And he LOVES it!

So who wants to nominate me for mother of the year?? ;)
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

What are you afraid of, Alex?

Quick post today. Alex is at a work event tonight, so I'm holding down the fort here. :)

He was kind enough to take Will upstairs with him while he was getting ready so I could finish some things downstairs. Of course, then there was the predicament of how to transport an infant while wearing a tuxedo. Here's what Alex came up with:

The bib and cloth diaper - the belt and suspenders of spitup-free baby transport.

Clever, but silly. :)
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Sleepy face

Perhaps one of the best things about being a mom is watching a little person's personality develop from scratch.

Little Will started out as an adorable screaming blob who, like any newborn, ate, slept, and pooped on a continuous loop - day in, day out - and that was about it. At first, our job as parents was to learn how to take care of a baby.

But over time, our jobs shifted from learning how to take care of a baby to knowing how to take care of our baby. In the beginning, everyone knew how to take care of our baby better than us. Now, no one knows how to take care of our baby better than us. And I love that. Little Will is turning into a little person with little quirks of his own, and I get a front row seat to their development.

Which brings me to his latest and my current favorite: sleepy face.

Ahhhhh, sleepy face. It happens when I least expect it. I turn to see what my quiet little man is up to and bam! this is what I see:

big blue eyes, focused intently, staring me down. What is happening to me mommy? Why do I feel like the world is slowing down? Why does my body feel so heavy??

It's ok little man. Take a nap. I'll be here when you wake up so you can show me your next new trick. :)
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Missing October

The walk home today was miserable. Freezing cold, blowing wind, pouring rain. Yucky yuck yuck. On days like today, I couldn't care less that my 3/4 mile walk home from the train is "good for me." Instead I wish I lived in my office so I could turn to my colleagues at the end of the day and say "if you lived here, like me, you would be home right now!" And they would be jealous because they had to go outside into the cold, windy, rainy yuckiness, and I didn't.

So as I bend my inside-out umbrella back into shape and wait for my pant legs to dry, the pictures from last Saturday seem extremely appealing.

Beautiful, right?

Last Saturday, Alex and I joined my brother Chris for lunch at our local pizza place. On the way home, we were struck by how gorgeous it was outside. We couldn't help but stop at the playground by our house to see if Will would enjoy a little time in the bucket swing. He was unimpressed (but also a little tired).

Ah, how I pine for October!
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Will had his four month check-up last week. He's getting to be a very big boy - 15 pounds, 3 ounces and 26 inches tall! So his pediatrician gave us the go-ahead to try solids with the (not so) little man.

We started on Saturday.

So far he is a great eater. His first foray into solids was oatmeal, which he thought was just fine (of course, this kid thinks his bib is quite tasty also, so maybe he doesn't have the most discerning palate).

After oatmeal came sweet potatoes.

And much like Oprah, he thinks sweet potatoes are pretty awesome. (Thanks to the Soup for making me aware of this gem!)

Tomorrow we find out if he has a similar love for peas. :) Click here to read more!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Starter Halloween

Halloween usually isn't a big holiday in our house. We always buy candy (and end up eating a lot of it because our street isn't big for trick-or-treating); I wear my Halloween t-shirt; but that's about it.

We weren't quite ready for covering our fence in fake spider webs, pumpkin carving, hanging ghosts from the trees or dressing up ourselves, but I don't think Will noticed yet. :) This year was a great starter Halloween for us. Next year, we'll be ready for the big time.

This year, we started with an adorable child,

put him in a pumpkin patch,

He's not angry, he's bracing for the wind. It was WINDY that day!

and dressed him in a costume.

I think we did pretty well. I can't wait for next year!
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Monday, November 1, 2010

It's November 1st!

I should at least try to blog once during NaBloPoMo, right? :)

Adorable as the little guy looks in my post below (No Clothes for YOU!!), I fear I may be leaving the internet with the impression that I haven't dressed my child since that fateful day of many outfits.

Since then, the little guy has grown a lot, going from this:

To this:

And lots of stops in between.

Clearly, I've been too busy taking pictures to blog about them!

OK, that's enough for tonight. I'm saving up some more to talk about tomorrow. Maybe I can make it longer than November last year (no large feat). :)

So Patrick - are you satisfied???
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