Thursday, March 29, 2012

Baby Fever

Yesterday was the first day since Jackson was born where I thought, “I kind of think I am ready to have another baby”. And then the world ended.

Okay, so I’m a bit dramatic, but I really haven’t felt like I could handle another baby so soon. We have plans to think about another baby beginning sometime next year and we are nowhere close to that considering it’s still March.

Last week I was all, whoa - slow down beast child. And now I’m all, whoa – wouldn’t you love a little sister/brother to play with?

I attribute this change to the world around me. More and more people that I know are either trying to get pregnant or are currently pregnant and they give me the idea that I too can conquer the second baby.

So last night I dreamt about baby bumps and midnight feedings and all things newborn.

And I woke up this morning – exhausted. So when Jackson took a nap I did too. From 8:30-10am. And that will NOT be happening with a second baby.

So I’m good for now. At least another week. Until I hear about someone else being pregnant, or I see a newborn and my heart and ovaries melt.

I mean, look at this ball of precious? Who wouldn’t want a few more of those???



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Jackson–13 Months Old

Wow. I was looking at the calendar today and I realized that Jack is 13 months old! How crazy?! I’ve been calling him 12 and a half months for like three weeks or something and I think I decided in my mind that he was never going to get bigger.

But I was wrong. Of course. Here are his 13-month-old stats:

Weight: 22 lbs

Height: 31 inches

Clothing Size: 12-18 months

Eating: A lot! He loves bananas and yogurt for breakfast, and then pretty much whatever I'm eating he wants to eat as well. No more bottles at all – just sippy cups! Such a big boy :)

Favorite activities: Swinging at the park, Gymboree classes, playing with the dogs, and going on walks in his stroller.

Behavior: Jackson is a wild child! He loves to go. go. GO! A mess is made within seconds and he really enjoys getting into things he knows are off limits. He gives this sweet smile when he is into something that I have to pull him away from. Talk about trouble!

He is also still throwing the crazy tantrums and almost anything will set him off. He goes from happy to furious to happy in a matter of seconds.


And now, for some pictures!


Monday, March 19, 2012

My Child the Monster

I know that boys aren’t called divas, but mine should be. He is getting into this crazy phase where he wants what he wants at the moment he wants it. And when that doesn’t happen (because let’s face it, I’m not a magician) he loses his sh*t faster than Snooki at a party that’s just run out of alcohol.

I’m talking screaming at the top of his lungs, throwing himself around, thrashing his whole body tantrums. It’s incredible and not fun at all. At first I thought it was great that he knew what he wanted, and now I am wishing he was my precious newborn again. I thought the terrible twos didn’t show up until babies were, umm, two?!?!

I love this little beast more than anything, but he is driving me bonkers. He’s also become extra needy lately, and usually just with me. He lets Dad do a few other things when they are together, but when I am around he demands ALL 100% of my attention. I don’t know if that’s common with other babies??

I want him to learn what “no” means, but when we try to teach him and tell him no he just smiles this Cheshire cat smile and continues to be mischievous and just downright defiant. We refuse to spank him, and so we will pull him away from whatever he is doing and that’s simply not working either.

To top it off, I can’t get over how cute my little man is. He is a master manipulator and knows how to play us. Thanks to his father for that.

I mean, look at this baby face!


So, today is one of those days where my ovaries have boarded up shop and are hibernating until this child is a little more under control. And Momma is in desperate need of some delicious wine and perhaps a brownie.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Flashback Friday

Today I was browsing iTunes for choreography and I came across some of my favorite high school bands. It really took me back and I’ve now spent the entire afternoon listening to the once “Emo” bands of the early 2000s. I say once because being “emo” now is nothing like it was back then. Then it was just wearing skinny black jeans and toting around a LOT of feelings. Today it’s all about cutting yourself and being severely depressed and practically suicidal.
So what a perfect Flashback Friday post – my favorite “emo” songs back when I was in high school. I have to give credit to my love for music-type boys back then and they were pretty into this stuff.
Here are the top ten:
10. Out of Reach – The Get Up Kids
9. Into the Dark – The Juliana Theory
8. Get It Faster – Jimmy Eat World
7. This Time is the Last Time - Mae
6. El Scorcho – Weezer. Okay, maybe the whole Pinkerton album
5. Cute Without the E - Taking Back Sunday
4. Hurricane - Something Corporate
3.Saints and Sailors - Dashboard Confessional.
2. Title and Registration – Death Cab for Cutie
1. Konstantine by Something Corporate. Nine and a half minutes of perfect. Andrew McMahon made me want to do a lot of bad things. Mostly to him.

I’m no music critic, or genius or anything of the sort. Just my opinion and what I listened to. I used to be so full of teenage angst when I listened to this music, but now I just get to enjoy it and remember the fun concerts I went to and late-night drives and just living life thinking there was no one outside of my bubble.
And now, I get to hang out with this boy all day every day – bliss :)

What were your favorite songs/groups when you were in high school?

Happy weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Clubbing in Vegas

At home, we never go out to dance clubs, save for the rare girls’ night out, so this was a big treat for me. I love to dance and I love to go out with the husband, especially on vacation.

We decided on Pure in Caesar’s and the 8 of us headed over. After checking out the line, we decided to get a table. It is not a cheap outing, but since we never do it we decided to give it a go.

I’ll be honest when I say that things may have gotten a little crazy. I mean, here we were, in Vegas, with no baby. So I did what anyone would do – danced my booty off!

I think we got back to the room around 4:30am. Needless to say, I was in bed until at least 1pm the following day.

But it was ALL worth it :)



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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vegas, Adult-Style

I’ve been to Las Vegas several times over the past five years. Most times have been the usual skimp on food and splurge on drinks. This time was pretty different. First, we went with three other couples. This was my first couples’ trip and it was a lot of fun! Second, we did more adult things like going to a show and a nice dinner or two. It was fabulous! Third, we all needed like a full day of recovery every time we decided to stay up late. That’s not like any other time I’ve been to Vegas!

We landed on Thursday evening super late and although I wanted to stay out and gamble or get some drinks, I was way too tired after we ate. So we did what any normal 80-year-old would do – go to sleep! It was actually nice because we woke up Friday refreshed and ready for some pool time. We met up with another couple for lunch at Mandalay Bay and enjoyed some sushi – yum :).

Friday night we went to KA – a Cirque du Soleil show at MGM. It was pretty cool. The performers are incredible. They are just so strong and amazing that it makes any show fun to watch. I will say, that the complete darkness of the theater may have made the two of us doze off for a moment. It’s kind of a rite of passage in my eyes, and shows that we really need more sleep!

Here we are going to the show:


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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My Apologies

I feel like a non-committed guy that you are all sort of dating. Here for a while, posting every day and then taking off with no warning for weeks at a time. I’m so sorry! I’ve been so caught up in my other life that I don’t seem to have the time to post in my virtual life.
I just returned from Orlando, where I was coaching my girls at their national competition. It was a lot of sun and fun and stress and I am so happy to be home. For two days. Tomorrow we head to Las Vegas for the weekend to celebrate the husband’s birthday with three other couples (yes, I am now old enough to take couples’ trips).
So… I will probably not post again until I get back. Until then, I leave you with some random photos to hold you over!