What a difference a year makes

2 Mar

It’s old, cliche and true – what a difference a year makes. This time last year I was a sleep-deprived new mother wondering just how many outfits a newborn could go through in 1 day. I mean, seriously, have you seen how often an infant blows out a diaper – it’s beyond ridiculous. I was really wondering if I was ever going to get the hang of being a Mom. Changing a diaper is easy – its everything else that’s a problem.

Well, I’m happy to say that those long sleepless nights and wide eyed, deer-in-the-headlights look are gone. At least for the moment. This year has been a whirlwind of baby, baby and more baby. The milestones my little family has marked every month astonish me, and I couldn’t be happier to call the hubby and Baby R my own. Not everday is a fun day, but even the worst of days leave us smiling. There’s usually nothing a smile from Baby R or a squeeze from the hubby won’t fix.

My little girl is a toddler now – hard to imagine that just 13 months ago she was a little lump who cried, pooped and nursed a million times a day. Now she is a stubborn, independent, smiling little blondie with a knack for wrapping Daddy her around her finger and saying uh oh whenever she drops something over her highchair – on purpose.

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Sippy Cups and Transitioning

10 Feb

Like most parents out there, hubby and I have struggled with when and how to wean Baby R to a cup. Not necessarily the time period, but rather what cup to use. While that sounds weird, its true! I knew I’d breastfeed until she was a year old, but at about 7 months I started giving her a cup so she would drop the bottle at a year old. Genius right? The literature/doctors tell me it will take some time to get her to a cup, and that she should not have a bottle once she hits a year old. So here I am thinking “what a good, ahead of the curve Mom I am, she’s a pro at drinking from a sippy cup” Not exactly.

My darling little daughter wants absolutely nothing to do with drinking milk out of a sippy cup. She’s a pro at the actual physical ability, but when she finds out its milk and not water or juice coming out she opens her mouth and lets it run all over. Awesome.

Now, in fairness, we did try on multiple occasions before the last few weeks to give her milk out of a sippy cup, but she refused so I though she just needed time. Cue “bonehead” sign above my head.

A friend of mine told me it was hell on earth getting her son from the bottle to the cup, so I’m cringing thinking about Baby R still being bottle obsessed in six months. Weaning her from nursing hasn’t been a problem, in fact, just yesterday she finally took a bottle from me. The first time ever. If I was around she wanted the boob, not the bottle. So it seems my stubborn little babe is very particular.

I’m on the 4th type of sippy cup this week, and my nanny wants me to get the kind of cup  the other little girl has because sometimes Baby R will drink from that one. Great. Another $5 bucks to shell out for a STUPID CUP.

I’m sure there will be lots of tears (on my part?!) in this process, and so much for my “smart” thinking on getting this process started early.

Does she really want to draw attention to herself? Really?

8 Feb

Ok, so I need a little help with this because, well, I don’t get it. I have a friend who is so modest she wears a tank top over her bra and under her shirts so her boobs won’t be exposed. Now, let me preface this by saying she does not have big boobs – at all. So there is no trying to hide a copious amount of cleavage under all that fabric. She’s just modest. Like the most modest person I have ever known. Grant it, I can be a bit of an exhibitionist, I really don’t care what other people think of me, so I have no problem strutting around naked in my own home, or seeing other people naked. I am not, however, fond of inappropriate nakedness or weird behavior just so you know.

But, getting back to my original thoughts. This modest girl, this beautiful, smart fabulous chick who won’t let anyone see her naked – WANTS A BOOB JOB! Yes, a boob job. I don’t get it, why does someone who covers up all the time, want a boob job? Isn’t a breast enhancement going to draw attention to her chest? I’m flat as a pancake, and if I was suddenly carrying around some C sized melons, people would definitely notice.  So I’m a little curious as to why she so desperately wants bigger boobs. And, I’m not lying or being nice by saying she’s beautiful, smart and fabulous – she really is  – and very accomplished. So, forgive me saying it but WTF?

If someone is extremely modest – to the point where I think she’s actually uncomfortable in her own skin – why would she draw attention to herself with new knockers? Please explain. And, for the record, seeing my boobs after nursing, I might just sign up to get a new pair too.

Another towing story

7 Feb

So the hubby comes home from a night out, and says wait till you hear this – J got towed tonight – from A1 Towing (the same company who towed us from Harris Teeter a few weeks back). So as I laugh at this, hubby continues the story saying he told J not to park there because they’ll tow the car as it’s not a designated spot for the restaurant. J says I’ll take my chances. Famous last words. I couldn’t help but laugh because J was with us the night our car got towed because we were at his place, and knows that A1 Towing are predatory towers, and there are signs EVERYWHERE at this place not to parking in that particular parking lot. Needless to say he was not too happy when he came out and his car was gone.

So hubby and J go to pick up his car, and he ends up talking them down in price and release his car for a lot less than it would have been without the sweet talking. He also gets into a conversation about towing at Harris Teeter and the tow truck driver – who was the SAME guy who towed me – says that towing at Harris Teeter is on hold right now because some lady made a stink about it. Now, at this point in the story, I cannot help but laugh (along with my husband) because both he and J just looked at the guy and said, really? Too bad. The guy had NO idea that J and my hubby were part of that issue.

So, apparently, my complaint is actually changing things. And that is very nice to hear.

Pool Accessibility and Success!!! Great Success!

7 Feb

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a few months now, and as you can probably tell, I haven’t written a whole lot of anything for a while now. So here it goes!

After my summer pool fiasco, and not being able to get Baby R + her stroller into the neighborhood pool, I had taken a break from thinking about all things related to warm weather, sun, and water. It is, after all, the middle of winter, and thinking about warm weather will only torture my ghostly pale physique. So imagine  my surprise when I get an email from the city, complete with picture (!) of the brand new doorbell and handicap access sign at the entrance to the pool! YAY!! SO awesome!

Although my battle was kind of a pain (I admit, I really don’t like confrontation, though it might seem otherwise on here) it was SO worth it. Hopefully this summer, and subsequent ones, no one will have to struggle to get into the pool because they are either in a wheelchair, or pushing a stroller. Big thanks to Ralph at the City of Alexandria for helping me out, and really listening as to why it was important that everyone, no matter their capability, have access to the pool. I’m super excited to go push that doorbell in June. BTW – as you can see from the picture – this post is LONG overdue!

Doorbell

Thanks Harris Teeter

10 Jan

Yeehaw! I’m in receipt of my $115, and would like to say Thank you to Harris Teeter! While the situation was SO not fun, I am extremely grateful that Harris Teeter took time to acknowledge the incident, and in the end return my money. Each of us had some accountability and I would have prefered for it never to have happened, but lesson learned, I will NEVER park at Harris Teeter again, I will use “retail” lot, and I can still shop at Harris Teeter! I was rather afraid I would have to resort to a boycott on principle (let’s be honest, me not shopping there again would not have affected their bottom line) and I love Harris Teeter. Besides, its the only store in a 10 miles radius that sells Citrus Cooler Gatorade – my fav!

Persistence is Key

6 Jan

Sweet! Harris Teeter emailed me yesterday and said that the entire situation never should have happened, and that I will get my money back! Yippee! I’m now waiting to connect via phone with David George, the VP of Asset Protection to discuss the situation further, but I’m extremely glad – and rather impressed – that they are addressing the situation.

And while I may have used the term assholes to describe those involved in the situation, which as my Mother so nicely pointed out to me, was not how I was raised and cast a cloud over my otherwise well written post; at least I did not assault anyone over it. Though my hubby did do an epic job of assaulting our car mirror.

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