Archive for January, 2013

10 Reasons You’re Glad I Didn’t Blog In My 20s

Thursday, January 31st, 2013 by by

20-Year-Old Lisa by Stuart Vance, 1984
You might have tired of reports of my hostessing gig at the Red Onion and the
injustice of my having been fired especially after I wore that rented Easter Bunny
costume and hopped down Cannon Drive in Beverly Hills passing out
brunch coupons. (Like, those jerks at corporate down in Carson make it all so political.)I preferred solo Sting to Sting of The Police and we may have parted ways over that.
I’m so sure.

Fun Fashion Updates! Liquid eyeliner, half shaved head, Boy George braids, ear cuff. (more…)



Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 by by

“Mom, am I ever going to get rid of this cold?”

“You will. I promise.”

“But how do you know?”

“I know things.”

“You don’t know everything.”

“No, but I know this.”

“You don’t know about those new Lego Chima sets very much.”

“Pretty sure those two things aren’t related.”

“That’s good. I mean, really.”

10 Months

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 by by

Andrew is getting so big, so fast! At 10 months, he pretty much has perfected cruising. Every now and then we’ll catch him letting go of what he’s holding onto, briefly, but for the most part he has no interest in independent standing. When I try to play with him with it, he refuses to put his feet down and stand! I’m in no rush, though, so he can be a crawler all he wants. For all he is not walking, though, he is climbing – he will push things around so that he can climb onto them and, from there, further up. He’s managed to get onto his brothers’ desk in their room, onto the couch, onto the kitchen table… You name it. He has, at least, had the decency to master going down though, so he is no longer stranded or prone to falling all over the place; he very neatly turns around and goes feet first off everything.

With tooth #5 being cut this month, he took a bit of a…break from eating solids. He would still munch down purees, but until the end of the month, he wanted little to do with finger food. He’d eat a little, and expand his horizons some, but it was always in small quantities. Along with the food “regression” or sorts came a sleep regression, and hooooooly cow, the kid slept terribly! Waking 3-4 times a night has been the norm around here. He uses the awake time, it seems, to figure out babbling, because he’s been a pretty vocal kid with his /d/ and /b/ sound busting out again.

The most exciting part of 10 months, though, is the communication. Now, I’m not talking speech – there’s been no first word yet – but he’s getting the back and forth of communication down. We will blow raspberries at each other with great turn taking, and he’ll pause and wait for me to blow one (or his brothers, even Danny gets in on this action) before he goes on. Danny and I play an “ah-choo” game, and Andrew has picked up on it… If I sneeze (legitimately or not), often he will gives a squeal (very high pitched “ahhhhh!!”) and then blow a raspberry, which is how Danny play-sneezes a lot of the time. It kind of cracks me up, and I hope to catch it on video soon! He’s also been experimenting with signing “milk” when he nurses, and “all done” at times as well. He’s figuring out waving and will sometimes wave when someone waves to him…though more often than not, it’s after they disappear out of sight. He’s putting his arms up/out when he wants up, as well. Receptively, he’s understanding more and more, which is exciting and says to me that a word or two will probably be coming soon!

Andrew’s favorite games this month have been the drop game (yep, we’ve hit that stage) and crawling around the house making as big a mess as possible. He is starting to experiment with putting things back in though too, and will diligently empty and then refill stuff…at least part way, before getting distracted. You can just watch him and see him trying to figure out how things go together; I love watching the gears turn in his little head!

We are onward and upward to big things around here :)

DIY Quiet Book

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 by by

I made this little quiet book for my baby girl for Christmas. I’ll be honest, going through her hands (she likes to chew on books- guess she’s hungry for knowledge?) I’m no sure how long it will last, but I loved how it turned out and wanted to share it in case you are making a quiet book, too, but are short on ideas.

*blank board book
*permanent markers
*colored construction paper
*various printed scrapbook paper
*embroidery floss*washi tape
*reflective paper
*wood glue
*clear tape
*various 3-D objects (for the cover)
*card stock stickers

I’ll give you a few how-to’s for each page, but I mostly just want you to (more…)


Same Same

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by by

“Mom, what are you watching?”

“The SAG Awards pre-show.”

“What show is the SAG Awards Pre?”

“The pre-show is where we get to see the dresses that all the ladies are wearing to the awards show.”

“That’s still on? You’ve been watching that show for weeks.”

“This is a different awards show.”

“So it’s the same ladies doing the same things but in different dresses?”


“It’s okay if I don’t watch that dresses show with you right, Mom?”

Party Favor: Play Dough in a Cupcake Jar

Monday, January 28th, 2013 by by

party favor cupcake in a jar

I love how this Edible Play Dough in a Jar Cupcake turned out! Yes just in case you didn’t know there is edible play dough.  This is such a unique party favor so I can’t wait for you to try it out at your next gathering or for a Valentine’s Day class treat.

Guess what kind of cupcake this is? Chocolate! the edible play dough is chocolate flavored. You can find the Chocolate Play Dough Recipe I used here. You can make it (more…)

Easy Tip for Calm Diaper Change

Monday, January 28th, 2013 by by

My aunt taught me this tip for Baby Bear.

She got us the Baby Buzzr when Baby Bear was born. I just pulled out this toy when I heard it buzzing around in our baby toy bin and tried it with Mini.

Tip to Calm a Baby During a Diaper Change

Play a classical music toy near them. {we have the Baby Buzzr} You can see Mini listening intently on the sound.

She was fussing when I put her on the changing table, but when I put the music on, she stopped and listened.
Baby Bear liked to hold this toy during a diaper change when she got older and it is also fun to up in their mouth.



Monday, January 28th, 2013 by by

Happy birthday to my beautiful baby girl!!!!  Can’t believe you are 9 years old today.  In your short 9 years you’ve managed to overcome cancer and survive some of the scariest surgeries and have taken control of ROHHAD Syndrome.  You amaze me and your father and we couldn’t be more proud of you!!!!

And It’s Another Word for Happy

Friday, January 25th, 2013 by by

“Mom, you said before that gay was a bad word, right?”

“No. It’s a fine word. I said you just don’t use it as if it’s a bad word, like to take the place of some bad word. Gay is good.”

“What does it mean again, exactly?”

“It means when men love other men or women love other women in a couple kind of way. People love who they love and that’s a very good thing.”

“Like Miss Mary and Miss Belva (more…)

Things only a Grandparent can do {via modern technology}

Friday, January 25th, 2013 by by

Baby Bear just assumes that when she talks to someone that there is the possibility to FaceTime or Skype and see them.  She is growing up in a world where this is the default and your friends and family can join you at anytime on real time video.

Tonight Baby Bear really did not want to go to bed in her own bed and was having a hysterical breakdown.  Mr. BBH was not home.  I tried to calm her down and put her back in bed, but nothing worked.  I called my Dad {Baby Bear’s “Babba”} since I knew her would help and not judge my parenting {my mom totally would tell me what to do!}.

I got Baby Bear to go in her own bed with a promise that Babba would FaceTime.  My Dad called (more…)