Sunday, January 24, 2010

Lazy Sunday

We got up at 6 AM this morning so we could take the kids to Breakfast with the Penguins at the Baltimore Zoo. What it really should have been called was "Shitty breakfast with two dirty penguins while a woman with really bad teeth holds them and talks." I don't know what I expected, but that wasn't it.

We bought tickets to the Breakfast with Santa back in December but when we got two feet of snow, it was canceled. We got these tickets in the mail for a new event, as opposed to them asking us if we wanted our money back, which I think was tacky, but to be honest, when I got the tickets, I was just finally getting better from being sick for at least 3 weeks and I just didn't feel like dealing with it, so I let it go. I don't usually "let things go" and now I know why. This was the shittiest food ever. I'm pretty sure that the "home fries" were still frozen twenty minutes before I tried to eat them. The eggs looked like they'd been sitting in the sun and the fruit was terrible. How do you ruin fruit, seriously?

So, needless to say, we got out of there as soon as possible. I mean Owen didn't even want to sit with us. Our friend Sherry and her family were there also and he spent more time at their table than he dd our own. River knocked the plate of food I had sitting in front of me over and down my shirt and as it was her first time having eggs, she broke out in a rash around her mouth. Ahhhh, good times. Anyway, we high tailed it as soon was we could break for the van.

We decided to go to Home Depot on the way home because Owen has learned to get out of his room and we needed some way to prevent that. Getting up at 5 AM because Owen hears Chris's alarm go off is not kosher. So we’re at Home Depot, lock shopping and I’ve just turned up a new isle when I see a guy bent over. He’s wearing his pants under his ass cause that’s the thing right now and his sweatshirt is pulled up above his waste. Now this would normally just be gross but he wasn’t wearing any underwear! He’s bent over looking at something and I swear I saw his religion! The ensemble that he chose was bad enough but did I really need to know he was free balling? There are many things I planned to share with my two year old today and that wasn’t one of them.

After that we went to watch the Jets play some team I don’t even know because I hate football. After the weekly, “Will you wear a Jets jersey for me?” conversation that I seem to have way too often with my husband, we were off. We drove to just left of nowhere Carroll County and hung out with some of Chris’s work friends. There were other kids for Owen to play with and even another baby for River. All of the other kids were girls so Owen was sort of the outcast but he didn’t seem to mind. He’ll be friends with anyone, whether they like it or not. He sets the tone. It’s what he got from me.

After the Jets lost, we got home just in time to read books and night night time.
I posted pictures above from the penquin thing. I wasn't able to get any pictures of the bare ass from Home Depot, but don't think it didn't cross my mind. Also. check out the rash River got on her mouth from eating eggs for the first time. Weird.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

River's Party

Today we had a Birthday party for our baby girl! She turned one last week and I was excited to get some of their friends together to celebrate with us. Not everyone could come. We have a good friend who is a nurse and she works on the weekend so we knew she wouldn't be able to come but we still missed her. I guess saving lives trumps a Birthday Party!

Anyhoo, I made River her cake, which didn't come out like my vision, but I still liked it. It was red velvet and I didn't really eat any. I tasted it and it was OK, but I'm not really a cake fan. I made lots of food which seemed to go over well, but I didn't eat a lot of it so it could have been total shit and as much time as I spent making it, I would have no clue.

River got lots of great gifts including a piggy bank with her name on it and a pink sock monkey outfit. I am a huge fan of the sick monkey so you can't really go wrong with that.

When it was time to get the cake out, I was a little worried. Owen has a terrible track record with Birthday cake so I was waiting for him to lose his shit like he always does but I was surprised that that didn't happen. If I had to guess it's because his father probably shoveled some into his mouth when I wasn't looking, but I didn't ask.

Owen's friend Alexa showed fashionably up late and I have to tell you, she is the closest thing to a girlfriend that Owen has and when she walked in, it was like the room stopped. Max walked up and hugged her and I thought Owen was going to take him out. I could feel River's eyes on the hugging and while I couldn't read her mind, I know what she was thinking. "Get this bald Asian chick out of my party! The hugs are for me, it's my Birthday!" Alas, she said nothing so we continued with the cake festivities. We sang Happy Birthday and River dove into her cake.

Now when Owen turned one, I put his cake in front of him, got a little icing on his fingers and cried til I cleaned it off, but not River. She went for it, dug right in and then smeared it all over her face. Chris had to give her a bath in the middle of her party. I don't remember much about college, but I think that means you had a really good time. Also, what red velvet cake does to a diaper was shocking! Red poop is never welcome here. It knocked her out though. She slept like she was getting paid for it. I took the last picture when we had to wake her up. She was not pleased.

Happy Birthday River!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Impossibly Beautiful!

Today my beautiful blue eyed baby girl turned one! Has it really been a whole year since my very last baby was cut from me while I cried? Has it really been a year since I sat in a hospital near downtown Baltimore on Inauguration Day while my sweet baby came into the world?
She's more angel than I could have ever asked for. She puts up with the cazillion pictures I take of her, the Team Edward shirt I force her to wear, kisses all day long, a brother who "moves" his toys away from her, so he won't hurt herself on the sharp edges of his very favorite doll and disappearing Goldfish crackers every time she looks away for only a second.
She never complains and only cries when she's starving or getting a shot. She drinks whole milk, eats table food, sleeps her ass off and always wakes up smiling. There is no better feeling in the world than to walk into your babies room every morning to see kicking feet and a smile from ear to ear.
A year ago, I didn't think I'd buy a tu tu in every shade.
A year ago, I thought my son had the best hair in the house.
A year ago, I only hoped my daughter would have beautiful , blue eyes.
A year ago, I wondered why little girls need so many dresses.
A year ago, I didn't have anyone to watch the same movie with, every day.
A year ago, I thought I took a lot of pictures of my son.
A year ago, I worried that my son would be too rough with his sister, now the roughest thing he does is a run by kissing.
A year ago, I didn't know what it was like to have an amazing daughter.
A year ago, I didn't know what it was like to have a 1 year old in the 25% for weight.
A year ago, I didn't know what it was like to have two kids, now I can't imagine what it's like to not have them.
I'm a lucky Momma!
Happy Birthday River!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Low Muscle Tone

Owen has been in the Infant and Toddler Program since before River was born. I think he started it the month before she came and it's been very good for him. He makes strides daily. For a kid who wasn't talking when he was two, at almost three, he never seems to shut up now. Just today at Walmart, we were looking around for things for River's party and a woman said "I like your hat," to Owen. He looked over his shoulder, while still walking away and shouted, "holla!"

Now while I know I taught him that word, I taught it totally out of context and while pushing my hands up into the air. Every time I do that now, he shouts out "holla!" Funniest thing ever. I just didn't know he would use it in a situation like this. I have to admit that I laughed so hard I couldn't speak to the woman who just looked confused. No worries. I've left many a folk with that same lost look on their face. Why shouldn't he? He's half me. He got the devious half.

We had River's 1 year appointment today and while we waited for the nurse, I told Owen that River had to get some shots. He thought about it for a second, looked up at me and whispered, "lock the door." That's huge. Hilarious and huge for a kid with a speech delay. He's so smart and is always thinking. He just has a tough time putting his thoughts together to express himself sometimes.

So, as not to waste time like I thought I did with Owen. I had River evaluated through I & T as well. She seemed to be behind in gross motor skills. She wasn't moving how I thought an almost one year old should be moving. Turns out I was right. She has "low muscle tone," whatever that means. I think her legs just need to be strengthened up a bit. I'm hoping they will show me some things to do with her to help her exercises and build up her leg muscles. She really wants to move. She does the army crawl faster than I've ever seen!
These pictures are from today at River's 1 year checkup. Owen would only allow a picture if I let him eat her Goldfish. Will it ever return to a simpler time? I used to be able to take hundreds of pictures of Owen a day and now he won't sit still unless I give him food.
Also, River finally doubled her birth weight! She weighs just under 20 pounds. Owen weighed 23 pounds when he turned 6 months old so having a tiny person in our family is new to us.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

River's Birthday Cake!

When Owen turned one, I made him a HUGE Wizard of Oz cake and it turned out really cool. I was able to use some figurines that I'd had for years since I'd collected Wizard of Oz things as long as I can remember and I made a yellow brick road out of icing and food colouring. There was an Emerald City and everything, very cool. It went great with the tornado I made on our kitchen ceiling fan. I'm still proud of that one!

With River's first Birthday rapidly approaching, I have decided to do the same for her. I have been scouring local stores, online stores and Ebay to gather the things I need to make her a very special cake. Today I finally found the last things I needed to complete my vision. Now, I've never made this kind of cake before so my vision and what I end up with may be two different things, but I'm gonna try my damnedest to make sure this cake kicks some serious ass!

I went to hardware stores trying to find these things but ended up finding them at Michael's. I knew I should have just looked there in the first place. A lady I met at Owen's school this morning told me about a baking store that she knew about. I went to Kake Kraft Korner in Ferndale to see if they had what I was looking for. When I told the guy what I needed, he looked at me like I had two heads. What I said was, "OK, I'll try some place else." What I was thinking was, "You name your store KKK, and you want to give me attitude?" Seriously, did they not notice the initials? I mean, before my kid were born, I checked their initials online to make sure they didn't share their names with a serial killer. Also, I checked to make sure their initials didn't spell anything bad. It's not rocket science people!

I'll post a picture of the cake after the party.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Our friend Lisa has a son named Brady. He and Owen have been in a playgroup together since well before they were one. They'll both be turning three soon so that's most of their lives. Lisa also has a son named Bennett who just turned one. So, our kids are pretty much the same age, which is nice.

I love this playgroup because I think the kids play well together and I really like the moms. They're all a bit younger than me, but what mom isn't. I take that back, I think Laura is my age.

Anyhoo, we were invited to Bennett's first birthday party at Lisa's house in Ellicott City. I always try yo go to the kid's Birthday parties because I have had to miss some or whatever reasons and I hate to do that. They all try to come to the Birthday parties we have so I make a point to go to theirs. The kids have such a great time, why would I want to miss it?

Chris and I took the kids together. We didn't know most of the people because I'm sure they were her and her husband's family, but they were all really nice and welcoming. The food was really good. They had chicken nuggets for the kids. You just can't go wrong with chicken nuggets. Lisa's mother brought exploding potato salad from a restaurant in Frederick. It was ridiculously good. I think River ate her weight in that stuff and I could have as well. It was the best potato salad I've ever had. It was hot and yummy!

Everything was going great. Owen was playing well with the other kids and River was crawling around waving to everyone and saying "hello!" So cute.

When it was time to sing happy Birthday, Chris picked Owen up so he could see the Birthday boy. It was then that it happened. Owen's eyes and the cake met. Once that happened, he immediately jumped down and jockied for a seat next to the Birthday boy and got right up front. Owen didn't take his eyes off the cake the whole time they were cutting it and he turned on the charm. Owen's charm consists of saying "cake, cake, cake" until someone gives up a piece, which worked. I hear someone say, "Oh, she wants a piece of cake." I let the crack on my son's hair go so I could get to him before he ate the gigantic piece he was given. It was then that I realized he was sitting right where they were putting out the cake for the guests to take. That meant he was front and center with about 5 or 6 pieces of cake.

By the time I got over to him, he had two forks, one in each hand and was hovering them both over two pieces of cake that weren't his. I yelled, "Owen, those aren't yours!" I was able to grab his hands and stop him form putting either fork (both covered with icing) into his mouth. I took his original piece of cake into my hands and looked at him, as he looked at me and turned to walk away. I held the cake into the air and said. "I've got your cake," like he was the fat kid at the playground. I felt bad doing it but it worked so I let go of the torture.

It was about this time that Owen lost his shit and I mean, LOST HIS SHIT. Owen ran behind me whining and I knew it was time to go, pronto. He threw himself on the ground, kicking and screaming. I actually thought to myself, "can I kick him without anyone seeing?" We only had the time it took for me to give him a few bites to get our shit together and throw the kids out the door. The clock was ticking. Chris gave him a few bites while I gathered up our stuff and when we were almost ready, Owen lost his shit and I mean, lost his shit.

Chris carried him to the car, kicking and screaming. It was almost embarrassing. He managed to strap him in, which I'm certain was no easy task. I got River in her seat and we got the hell out of there before another party goer called CPS.

Owen was kicking Chris's seat and screaming something awful. It was so bad that I wanted to plow the van into a fucking tree. We got about a mile down Route 40 when we couldn't take it any longer. I thought better of this and we decided to pull over and let Owen eat the rest of the piece of cake he'd been given. So there we sat, in the Merchant bank parking lot while Owen smiled like the cat that swallowed the canary and ate his cake. After he was finished, it was time to get back into his seat. He was not a fan of that and started screaming again and asking for more cake. When I say asking I mean screaming while spit flies out of his mouth and kicking Chris's seat as hard as he can.

He screamed all the way down Route 40, and Route 29 and Route 100. I thought he was tire of it and maybe even fall asleep, but no such luck. I mean, I love my boy, but I seriously wanted to drop kick him.

Anyway, we really did have a great time and we just can't wait til River's party, which is in a couple of weeks so he can pull this shit in our very own home! Yay Owen!

Look at me, I made it through a whole post without mentioning Edward Cullen once! Oh shit, almost made it!

Friday, January 8, 2010

How Did That Thing Even Fit?

Today I went into my Urologists office to finally have my stint removed after the surgery on New Year's Eve. I had the x-rays in hand that I'd had taken but I just don't look at things like that if I don't have to. Some things should remain unseen. Like I don't want to know how my car runs, I just want to know that it does. That kinda thing.

Anyhoo, after an insurance snafoo and a morning of my little angel running around the office building yelling and screaming, I was finally able to get in there and have it removed. They don't put you to sleep for this procedure, but really they should. It's barbaric. It must have been a man that decided local numbing only cause no woman who ever had it done would have agreed to that bullshit!

I really hope I never have to have this done again but since this is my 8th kidney stone, I'm not holding my breath. Everything about it from start to finish was a nightmare. I have felt like crap since I woke up in pain on Christmas Eve. I wouldn't wish this on anyone and it's true what they say about it being a lot like childbirth. Granted, I had c-sections but I went through some contractions and this is worse than anything I dealt with on the days my children were born.
Once I was finished with the procedure which thankfully only took 15 minutes or so, I looked at my x-rays on the way to the car. I was shocked at the length of the stint. Here I thought it was just a small piece of plastic that was maybe 3 inches long and it turned out to go from my hoo-haa, all the way to my kidney. No wonder it hurt when I sat down. How they thought that things was going to give me any relief is beyond me.
Anyway, it's done.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Twilight Intervention

My husband told me today that I need an intervention. I don't see what's so wrong with loving books and a movie that are really good. I mean they're very entertaining and isn't that what they're for? It's not like the author is trying to get people to be more excepting of vampires. It's just a friggen movie!

Except it's really not. It was just a movie before I saw it and when I was still making fun of people for reading the books that were written for children. Now that I've seen the movie and read the books, I get it. It's all consuming and the story is one that I wish would never end. I'm hanging on to this last book like it's all I've got. I will be so sad when I'm finished reading all four books that I'm stretching it out as much as I can.

I know my husband is really talking about my new obsession with Robert Pattinson. What am I supposed to do? He's friggen hot and if you've seen the movies and don't think so, I don't want to know you because our thinking is way off. I wish I could say this would end soon, when I'm finished with the books, but it won't. There is at least one more Twilight movie, hopefully two and Remember Me comes out in March so I'm in Team Edward for the long haul.

I obviously used this blog post as another reason to post a picture of him. I mean I just never get tired of looking at him. Although I DO have to say that the fact they're trying to turn him into James Dean, isn't going unnoticed by me. They should stop that. It's been done.

Anyway, relax. I married you didn't I?

*EDIT* My husband reminded me today that when he said I needed an intervention, I was laying in bed reading Breaking Dawn, while listening to the Twilight soundtrack on my iPod, while the movie played in the background. So, yeah, maybe an intervention isn't too far off.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A BIG Day For River!

Today my sweet little baby hit a milestone. It's one her brother bit around the same age, but maybe a bit younger. I know Momma has hit it on at least two occasions, one just this August. It's a milestone that I'm sure Chris has reached, even though he doesn't talk about it. My baby girl fell down the stairs for the very first time!

It was bound to happen. I turn for a second while she tumbles down the stairs like a bag of Idaho potatoes. Owen has done it so many times that I stopped counting. I only left the room for a second to grab some clothes from the bedroom and I knew when I did it that I should close the gate but Owen was bitching about the gate being open and to be honest, I just didn't want to hear his mouth anymore, so I left it open. I thought that she couldn't possibly make it across the room before I could get back. I was wrong.

I heard a sound and I wasn't sure what it was, so I ran into the kitchen and while I'm coming down the hallway I hear Owen yelling, "River, stairs!" Then I realized the nose I heard was her crying lightly at the bottom of the basement stairs. Thankfully they're mostly carpeted, but the top two steps are curved and covered in hardwood and the basement stairs end right into a wall.

When I got to her, she was sitting up, facing the wall. I think she stopped just short of the wall and landed right on her butt. She was whimpering, but not screaming. She only does that for food. I picked her up and immediately checked for broken bones and she seemed to be fine. No blood, no screaming, not even any red spots. I'm not sure how she managed that, but I'm not complaining.
I watched her all day and nothing. She got by totally unscathed. I also had to run to her room this morning when I saw her standing and trying to fling herself out of the crib. BIG day for River.
I obviously don't have a picture of her falling down the stairs, but here she is creating a new way to play with her Excersaucer. Owen's always good for that.

Monday, January 4, 2010


I finished reading Eclipse and I thought it was really good. I think I liked it better if only because it was less depressing than New Moon. I mean I really liked New Moon but just because you like something doesn't mean that is isn't wholly depressing.

Twilight was about finding love and New Moon was about losing it. In Eclipse, they're reunited but they have to fight a vampire that wants Bella dead and everything else that comes with dating a vampire. I'm amazed these books are holding my interest as much as they are cause I can't remember a book ever doing that.

The script to Eclipse has been leaked but I am refusing to read it because I don't want to know what they've done to it until I see it. It's tough to stay away from though as it seems to be everywhere and I can't wait to see it. I added the countdown on my main page to make it that much harder. As I start to read Breaking Dawn, I find myself reading very slowly because I don't know what I'll do when I'm finished reading them. I might start all over again but I can't imagine finding books that I like to read as much as I've enjoyed these. I wonder if I'll feel a release to know what happened to everyone or sad because I want to know what else will happen to them. I hate that "unfinished" feeling at the end of a book or movie. Hopefully that won't happen, but I'm assuming it will as I've been me for long enough to know how I'll react.

Anyhoo, my life since I've been reading these books has been one track. I should probably finish them so I can get back into the swing of things and stop ignoring my children.

I used two pictures for this post because to be honest, he's so hot that one just wasn't enough. Sigh.....Edward.......

"I Want Your Ugly, I Want Your Disease"

Since I've been sick and mostly stuck in the house for the last couple of weeks, I've had a lot of time to listen to music. I of course have been listening to the Twilight soundtracks, which are awesome but I've also somehow found an affinity for Lady Ga Ga. I was able to upload some new music and then add it all onto my iPod that Chris bought me a few Christmas's ago.

Yes, I know she's weird, but I dig weird. I don't dig weird just for the sake of being weird cause that's so been done but I'm diggin Lady Ga Ga. When she ended her awards show performance of "Paparazzi"covered in blood, I knew I was in love.

Owen absolutely loves "Poker Face" and sings it often. He'll break out that song in the middle of Border's and it's always hilarious! I've been listening to "Bad Romance" and "Paparazzi" over and over cause I think they're just really good songs. Even though "Paparazzi" has a sound in it that sounds just like my cell phone ringing. No matter how many times I listen to it, I still always look around for my phone. It's kind of embarrassing.

I am just this side of an addictive personality and I openly admit that. I either couldn't give two shits about something or it's all I think of. It's a sickness and I know it but it's ingrained at this point so I don't have a problem saying that one of these songs I've listened to 54 times, by the iTunes count. Sometumes I'll put a song on replay and listen to it 20 times in a row.
A sickness, like I said.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Flightless Bird

I bought the Twilight soundtrack(s) and am shocked how much I love them! I usually am not a fan of new music but some of this stuff is really good and perfect for the film.

I think my favorite song on the CD is Never Think, which was obviously written specifically for this movie. The words fit so well that that would be way too much of a coincidence. I knew Robert Pattinson could sing, but I didn't know he could sing like that. Also, Bella's Lullaby is an amazing piece of music. It's absolutely beautiful and I would be shocked if it WERE written for this movie. Someone wrote that for someone they loved in the real world. While music from movies can be beautiful and moving, this is too much of both.

The one thing I'm surprised isn't on the CD is Debussy's Claire De Lune. I thought that was an intricate part of the movie when Edward was embarrassed of what he was listening to and afraid she would think it was stupid. I really wanted it on the soundtrack. I've been listening to it for weeks and really think they should have included it. So much so that I uploaded the soundtrack on iTunes and then added it in the middle cause it just made sense. This is the kind of music that you could lose yourself in, good or bad.
Also, my new favorite band, MUSE. How have I missed them for so long? They're my new Killers.

Happy New Years!