Archive for January, 2010

The Sun is Shining and There is Poop in the Potty!!!

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by by

This is the face of a boy who finally pooped in the potty! After an epic two hours spent on the potty, we are making good on all the bribes we conjured up (more…)


Smartipants Exclusive New Color- Cocoa Bean- only at Kelly’s Closet

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by by

Kelly’s Closet and Smartipants have teamed up to bring you an exclusive and adorable new color.  The new Cocoa Bean Smartipants can only be purchased from Kelly’s Closet.


I personally rank Smartipants as one of my favorite (more…)

The good & the bad…

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by by

The good news, my mom’s tumor is BENIGN!

The bad news, my grandmother went back to Argentina.

You know, not having grown up w/ her close to me has really made me appreciate just how great of a woman she is. Strong & most definitely the matriarch of our family. She has TWENTY great-grandchildren & 22 grandchildren, 1 has passed away leaving us at 21. There is 1 more on the way so she will actually have as many great-grandchildren as actual grandkids. Can you believe that?

While she was here, we all put in custom orders for (more…)

FORWARD….but at breakneck speed

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by by

When I chose “FORWARD” as my 2010 word, I didn’t realize that the word “fast” would somehow sneak in front of it.  For real…I wouldn’t have time to look backwards if I wanted to  — and even if I did, there would be nothing but a cloud of dust.

I have so much to post, but so little time.  It’s the ultimate MENSA puzzle trying to figure out how to divide my time up amongst all of my kids and my husband and my home and still find time for the things I like/want to do.  I am still plowing through my Master’s program….and did I mention I went back to work?   I took on a 3 month maternity leave cover for a 2nd grade bilingual classroom.  Today was my first day and I can already tell it’s gonna be a loooooong 12 weeks.  It’s like some crazy episode of “Wife Swap” but in this case I’ve traded places with a single mom who has 22 kids and no rules.  In a case like this, you’d think that I could draw from my years of experience in kid wrangling to make this gig easier, but surprisingly, this school’s curriculum offers no Nickelodeon, no Wii and no access to stimulant beverages of any kind.  I’m screwed.

I wish I’d had this over-acheiving, Marcia Brady drive back (more…)


3 days to go!

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by by

How exciting, only 3 days now until we find out the sex of this little babe!!!!  I really have no idea what the result will be, I keep thinking girl, partly because this pregnancy is so similar to my pregnancy with Gaby – and because I’ve only ever imagined myself having girls!  If it is a boy, no way will I be upset about it – if anything I might be more excited than if it’s a girl – because having a boy would be 100% new to me!!!  I’ve not really had a lot to do with boy babies – most of the kids in our family are girls, especially the ones that I spent a lot of time with when they were babies!  It would be really lovely, to have a boy – to pass on the Oakden name.  All of the Oakden grandchildren are girls, so it’s really down to me – being single, & using the Oakden surname, to create a little man, to carry on the Oakden name!!!  I know my Dad would love it if the babe was a boy…  But I know that he loves his little Gaby girl too…

I’ve been so concentrated on the fact this u/s is the one where I find out (more…)

It’s All About the Bowl

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by by

When you are only seven months old, all you need to entertain yourself is a bowl and a spoon. Naomi has been working hard at feeding herself. She can get her little (more…)

My heart’s breaking for my boy.

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by by

So, Zach came home from school totally heartbroken today. Apparently, during recess Zach’s good friend since school last year told him that he’s not only not Zach’s friend anymore, nobody else is, and nobody likes him, and that he couldn’t play with them. I’ve been trying to convince him that this isn’t true, but Zach just doesn’t believe me. Obviously, to him, since this mean little boy told him this, it must be true. I never knew kindergarteners could be so hateful to each other. Especially since he’s been friends with this boy for almost two years now. Zach was so happy when this boy got transfered to his class because nobody else from his class last year was in his class this year. Now his heart is broken and he truly believes nobody likes him.


Really proud of myself

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 by by

I’m happy to say that I’ve kept up with my 365 Project.  I’ve just posted day 24 (I started on the 2nd instead of the 1st, so I’m a day behind) on my 365 blog.  Check it out and follow along.

I had thought that my project would go the way of most of my New Year’s Resolutions, of which I don’t make any, because I never keep any, but happily I have kept up and have not missed a single day.  Of course, I’m willing to admit that I’ve picked up my camera at 11:00 p.m. after realizing that I hadn’t taken a single shot that day.  But whatever, it still counts.  It’s random and it’s our life and that’s all that matters.

Are you doing a 365 Project too?  Post your link in the comments so that I can follow you.  Also, if you’re up to it, visit us on JustMommies’ Photography board.  Each week the 365ers are posting our favorite photo from (more…)

Making Progress

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 by by

Late last week, one of Danny’s teachers at daycare wrote his daily note and included a little line: “It’s been so fun watching Danny progress and change just in the last month!” It got me thinking, and it is so true… A lot of times the focus now seems to be so much on his language, the speed it is progressing (which is, not super speedy), and I miss all the other little triumphs of a CMV kiddo.

The truth is, for a symptomatic CMV newborn, there are (more…)

Almost 4 years ago..

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 by by

Looking at the calendar today, I realised that in two days time, it will be 4 years since Gaby was conceived!!!  It seems like a whole other lifetime ago, and I guess in some ways it is… I can’t believe my precious little girl has been with me for close to 4 years!  I often wonder what my life would be like if I didn’t have Gaby… I might be in a better place financially – but I struggle to imagine how my life would have any meaning!  Of course I wouldn’t know any better, and my life would probably seem great to me… but knowing what I do.. from my 4 years of having Gaby in my life… I wouldn’t change any of it!

I’ve been reminiscing about my pregnancy with her, a lot!  I started experiencing symptoms at what would have been (more…)