Sunday, September 30, 2007

Cravings!



I don't have much to say except Pregnancy + Fall = Caramel Apples.. Even better are the green apple slices with caramel dip. I even pretend that they are slightly healthy because there is apple under all that sugary funness.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Last Hint of the Summer.. Fall is here.





Just wanted to share. I took my camera on a walk with us last week and decided to grab some last mementos of the Summer. Now that Fall is approaching things are slowly dying off. Don't get me wrong, I love the Fall. But I do miss the beautiful colors of Spring and Summer.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Cat Never Learns!

video

One of Logan's favorite things to do is to beat on the poor cat. She for the most part takes it like a champ. Once in a while she will act as if she may retaliate but never does.. She never quiet realizes that if she ran away before he got to her she would avoid a whole lot of torture either. She is a good cat for taking it all :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I might lose it! RANT


So, lately I have been getting super annoyed by comments. Particularly by my grandmothers. She wants to offer her opinion about everything. From what shoes Logan should be wearing, to what he should eat, to what I should be naming the next baby.. I have said few times that I would rather not talk about certain subjects with her and she ignores me.

She hated the name Logan and that was no secret! She still comments on it ALL THE TIME! Now she is being very bossy about the next name. She thinks it needs to be a catholic saints name. It would be fine and good if she would offer her ideas and that is it.. But no, instead it becomes this:

Gram: What about (insert Catholic names here)?
Me: No, I don't like that name.
Gram: Why? it is a nice name.
Me: I don't like it enough.
Gram:What about (insert Catholic names here)?
Me: Let's talk about something else.
Gram: You already have a name?
Me: No, but when I do I am not telling anyone.
Gram: So then you have a small list of names to pick from?
Me: No, we have not agreed on any yet.
Gram: Well then, you need my list.
Me: No I don't.
Gram: Well, if you don't have a list then you need my list. It has nice names on it starting with Jason.
Me: I don't need your list, but thank you.
Gram: We'll I think you do.
Me: This is why I don't want to talk about it.. We have to argue.
Gram: We don't have to argue, you just don't listen.
Me: You like Catholic names, and I like names that are a little different.
Gram: I don't want to see you burn in the fires for eternity.
Me: I am not going to hell because I name my child something other then a spiritual name.
Gram: Yes, you will.

I will stop there. You get the picture. But I have seen her 2 times in the last 2 weeks and 3 times she has told me I am going to hell. I want to say. Maybe I am going to hell , but it sure is not going to be because I named my baby Logan.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

If I go blind this is why!


I just got soft scrub with bleach in my eye. It burned like a SOB. I have been rinsing for 15 min and I can see but it still stings when I rinse and it feels scratchy when I blink :( The stupid scrubby brush bristles flung it back in my face. I am not too sure if I should keep my contacts out for the day. As if I didn't hate cleaning the tub as it is!!!!!!!
That is a great addition to my day.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Girl's Brunch

So, last weekend I went to a brunch for the girls from high school.. Thanks Katey for hosting! We had a good time. We try to get together every few months but normally too many people bail out and it gets canceled. For those of us who made it this time (Katey, Lindsey --I always forget if it is sey or say, Jackie, Julie, Candie, and Me) we got to catch up and it was a good time.

Although some memories are best left in the past, others are a riot to pull back out and examine. That is exactly what we did. We pulled out the dirt on each of us, one at a time and had a good laugh or head shake (what ever was most appropriate for the story) .. Julie....sorry you had to leave earlier you missed some of the good gossip :(. Some had more dirty laundry then others (I might be one of those).
I wish I had some old pics on this computer to post a group of us..

What morons we all where so many times. It was almost sad to leave because we see each other so seldom but one recurring thought I was having was... OH... DEAR!! PLEASE LET MY KIDS NEVER BE LIKE ME GROWING UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Good News and Bad News

Well, I suppose I will start with the bad news since that is what I received first.

O.A.K, the shop on Newbury Street that wanted to offer my booties, hit a set back. The owner of the shop site, canceled the lease. Apparently, it was not finalized and he decided to do something different with the location. She is completely bummed and is looking for a new location but now expects the opening to be delayed until spring.

On the happy side, earlier in the week I found this on-line shop called Wadee. It is an amazing little site with some fabulous gift buckets all filled with hand-made goodies. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. I read the about Wadee page and the big news page. I came to find she and I had a ton in common. We share a name, home town, and profession. Both started on-line businesses selling hand-made baby and toddler items. I emailed Kristina the of Wadee asking her if she might be interested in offering a few of my booties on her site. I wasn't all that surprised when I hadn't heard form her for a few days and decided I may not hear from her at all.

Well, to my surprise she called me this morning. Long story short, I am meeting her next week and she is buying 10 pair of booties to start and putting them in her gift buckets :)
I am also thrilled to get to talk to her and hear her ideas and advice on this business.

So even though today was a bit disappointing it also had a positive spin. These buckets are fantastic. I am so thrilled to have my booties offered in them :)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Guilt

Since getting pregnant again and coming to the realization that I will soon have two little ones under toe I have had this really crazy urge to smoother Logan with love and attention. I want to give him all new and fun things and spoil him silly. I feel like he is my favorite and I will not feel the same for this next child. I am doing all in my power to ensure he will not feel slighted or that things are taken from him when the baby arrives. It is like a secret thought I am having that Logan deserves the best of the best and the next one.......well, he can have what is left over. I know that probably all moms feel this way and that once the baby comes I will be surprised how easy it is too love them both equally. But for now I have to continue feeling this awkward guilt and protectiveness to Logan.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Another Milestone!

Logan was hanging on to the couch today when he grabbed his sippy cup from me for a drink of water. He forgot to hang on to the couch and was standing on his own for at least 6 seconds while drinking. He did not grab the couch again until he had put the cup, or rather thrown the cup down.

A while later my mother came to watch Logan for an hour or so while I went to a doctors appointment. When she was walking in the door he was so interested in seeing who was coming in that he didn't realize I had let go of him and he stood there again for more then a few seconds.

Of course for the rest of the day while I chased him around with the camera he was more worried about trying to grab and chase me with the camera then he was about anything I was trying to catch on film. I'll try to get a picture again tomorrow.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

He is so cute and innocent until...

















He attacks full force. The dog is smart enough to run. The cat is not so lucky.. She hangs around to see what is going on and he is quick like a ninja on her ass. I know it hurts too because he has gotten me with the death grip before but she doesn't retaliate or seem to learn from experience.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Update to the Booties


So I asked this women all sorts of questions and hesitated on getting involved wondering whether or not her shop would do well or not. Well She since started a blog and You can see her soon to be new location and what is is being designed to look like from the outside. Her parents are backing her and have been into retail forever. They own a shop in NH which I checked out. Check out her Blog and see the spot. It is on Newbury Street in Boston. OH, and she met the funniest man in the world!!! Dane Cooke.!!!!!!! I love him!!!!!

Oh and I got the boxes to package my booties in (they are perfect !!!!!!), now just waiting for the box stickers I ordered. They are gonna be adorable all packaged up.

I am a tad excited.... can you tell. Even if this doesn't pan out. I still feel cool that someone found me after seeing my booties and decided they liked enough to track me down and offer them in their shop.

Night One Down! New Crib Continued.......


After a half hour of crying Logan went to sleep only to wake 10 minutes later find himself in a small wooden jail in the dark. With all the new furniture in his room, there is no where to put the small wall night light. We are going to have to get him one with a cord that will sit on his dresser. He had another crying fit, until I found a flashlight to use as a night light for him. I left the room and after another 15 - 20 minutes of crying he fell asleep. He slept fitfully and made lots of noises all night. I heard him and 1 and 2 Am and at 4. At 5 Am he woke crying. At that point I took him to bed with us and he fell right asleep only to have bad dreams :( He tossed and cried in his sleep till 6. I am fairly sure I slept from 6-7 Am so I couldn't tell you what he did in that hour. But at 7:00 on the dot his big head popped up and he started talking. Lucky he is so cute. Oh and obviously that picture was taken this am and not near a nap or sleep time. That is why he is jumping happily.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Night One In His New Crib!

We will talk about this one tomorrow. As of this moment in time he has cried for 20 minutes and screamed like a mad man.. He is not impressed with the switch like I was. He enjoyed jumping in it earlier today but Is not enjoying the prison bars I am asking him to sleep behind.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

My Booties Got Picked Up!!!!



I have been around soliciting my booties at local shops and decided to back off and wait till I got more professional packaging that they could be displayed directly in. Well, that same week I got an email from a women who wants to have my booties in her shop.. She is opening a store in Boston. I am going to send a sample but will be holding off on shipping a bulk order until I see the shop myself, but I am excited. I hope to get them into a few shops and I will also be going to local hospital maternity ward shops. Wish me luck :)

Why My Dog Might Be Insane


OK, I love my dog and all, but damn why does he have to be such a pain in the ass some times?

Yesterday we are walking around the block and another dog Dixi (a black lab mix) comes running over to sniff Ben's ass, as dogs do. Well, Ben proceeds to run in front of and around the stroller and wrap around my legs trying to hide his ass from the afore mentioned dog - Dixi. He has his ears down and tail as far between his crotch as he can ram it. I am thinking the whole time (some out loud) "What a wuss!!, This is not normal dog behavior!" "Be social damn it!". Of course Ben doesn't listen and this carnival happening around me continues down the road about 4 houses. At that point Dixi, the lab, accidentally stepped on Ben's foot while trying to literally plant her face inside of his rear end and Ben rolled his ankles all over the pavement while being trampled by the over excited Dixi, who by the way finally got a sniff of his ass :) Ben whimpers and cries out in pain, so that I feel bad for him. I pick him up and carry him in one arm, push the carriage with the other hand and protect my boys from Dixi, who then was unamused and went back home. I did find scrapes and road rash on Ben's back feet last night and felt bad for him as he licked them all night hiding under the bed.

SO today I bring the baby and Ben to Pet co for a field trip (as I am writing this I am slowly realizing why my dog might be crazy and it starts with me being crazy I guess. I mean who packs up to go on a field trip with their dog just for entertainment value??) Well, Ben does his normal ram his tail in his crotch and walk as low and close to the ground as possible, in case some dog tries to sniff his ass, thing that he does. I partially drag him around for the first 20 minutes till he calms down and starts to enjoy himself slightly. Then we turn a corner, and while I am completely oblivious to him, reading the ingredients in the dog and cat foods, another shopper notices my dog taking a shit right there on the floor. Directly next to me. SO now I have to pull out the doggie bags (that I do carry) and clean that up.. Luckily Pet Co has a clean up station with a trash, cleaning spray, paper towels, bags, and hand sanitizer.

We are back home and he is cute as ever but I know he is still crazy. Only today I finally have a better understanding of his oddness and he gets some of it from me :)

Saturday, September 8, 2007

I really do!



My dog has the most terrible breath ever. He has the worst teeth. We had them professionally filed, and cleaned for almost $400 at the vet maybe about 6 months ago and within a few months it started again. So, the other day I broke down and bough a doggie toothbrush and paste. I have to say Ben was not nearly as bed as I expected him to be through the whole ordeal. I brushed him while Rob tried to brush Logan's. My goal is a few times a week if I can remember. I had Rob try to brush his teeth a few nights later so I could get a pic. Ben was not happy about the photo opt. Good thing I love my dog.

Almost 27 weeks!


In case anyone was interested, I am now almost 27 weeks!! 13 more weeks to go. Or with any luck closer to 10. I have heartburn like crazy and it is getting super difficult to drag my fat ass up and off the floor for play times, diaper changes, grabbing my fresh child while running away, and all those other fun times. I am just guessing here but I would say I get up and down at least 55 times per day. Never mind all the picking up and bending down. Oh, and I now officially have to carry Logan above my belly. He sort of tends to use it as a seat, which by the way is not all that comfortable. We finally got Logan sleeping the night in his own "big boy" room. and now I wake up 2-3 times per night to pee, switch positions and take Tums. If I walk for any length I get major cramping low under my belly. I continue to pee myself on a fairly regular basis and sneezing is the most painful experience ever. Well, that is besides those stupid Charlie horses if I dare stretch out my legs. For what a beautiful thing having a baby is , pregnancy and birth certainly suck the life right out of you.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Mommy's a Little Slow

Logan loves to watch the cat and dog chase one another. Often he joins in crusading down the hall after the pair of them, giggling all the while. I have tried numerous times to get a video of the parade but the interested of the three of them turns to the camera as soon as I manage to get it out of hiding.

well lately I notice he has been charging past them or me and then he stops and looks over with a big grin. First I thought nothing of it. Then I decided it was him trying to chase the animals..

Well, yesterday it finally dawned on me. He scooted past me and stopped and looked back. I suddenly realized he wanted me to chase him.. He was acting out the game of the cat and dog.. Too cute. WE ran around; back and forth and in circles for about 30 minutes till I thought I was going to die. I am ready to have my body back again. :) He was so stinking cute waiting for me to catch him. Then just as the animals do he would flip flop and start to chase me back the other way :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Logan's Best Friend




Rob and I went food shopping this weekend. When we first got there Logan noticed the balloons in the flower shop and began pointing while saying "Ahh!" "Ahh!". Rob must have heard that differently. I am guessing he heard something more like "Daddy, please get me an Elmo balloon to drag around the grocery store."

Rob walked over and chose an this balloon for Logan and tied it to the cart. First off let me say having a balloon flying in your face while grocery shopping makes that whole shopping experience less appealing then it already is.

Fast forward 2 days later. Elmo has not yet left Logan's side. Logan crawls around with Elmo in one hand floating beside him while he goes about his day. Elmo has become his best friend and he tried to bring him all over with him.

Fast forward another day. We went to the hardware store and then to Walmart today. Let me say it must be national balloon week because since when does the hardware store have balloons floating around inside? Well, today of all days they did and I happened to bring my balloon crazed child inside. Logan saw them and started pointing and "Ahh!" "Ahh!" . He was none too happy I walked by and we left without one. He had a mini melt down as I put him back in the car but we survived. Next stop: Walmart. And guess what? Yes, you got it!!! More stinking balloons inside. In the children's section, in the school supplies section, in the craft section. I could not get away from them. Logan spotted each one and pointed them out with urgency each time.

Moral of the story is daddy created a monster and now of course I have to see the darn things everywhere I take him.

Plastic Plastic Everywhere!



Ok, so, I won't be running through my house throwing out all that is plastic. BUT I have read a ton of information today regarding the safe use of plastics and which are best and how they can effect fetus's, babies, and children with very low exposure. I also found that my dream bottles are made with the "bad" plastic. So even though I am very sad about it, I will be throwing out the Dr. Browns for the next baby. The bottles I will be trying next are considered safe and made without Bisphenol-A. They are called Born Free and I have them bookmarked to order. Of course I realize that My children will come in contact with the "bad" plastic anyway but with how often they drink bottles and sippies I am trying to find a safe alternative for those times. I am going to have to check out Playtex sippy cups because Logan has done really well with theirs after I take out the valve. He needs a super fast flow.

Click Here for a guide for the safe and unsafe plastics if you are interested.


I have embedded all of the links into the words or phrases so click them if you would like to read/see the information available.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Logan is in his new room!!!

So, as of yesterday we have completed the first transition to Logan's new room. He napped in there all day. One of us had to lay on the floor next to him till he was almost asleep and then creep out. Mind you, he only slept 30-40 min at a time, but still. He went to bed there last night too! He woke a ton but stayed in his room and did not cry. This marks day 2. I am so proud of my little man. We ordered his new bedroom set and is will be coming in 2 weeks. That will be the next transition. Right now he is in his Pack n Play (which he loves very much) but he will be moving to his more permanent convertible crib/bed next. Wish us luck :)