Tuesday, March 30, 2010
And I answered in a loud and happy voice so everyone could hear:
Saturday, March 27, 2010
But, boy did Mommy and I have a fun day! We had ladies over for crafting and brunch. I especially enjoyed the Mexican Crustless Quiche and fruit - I didn't even mind sharing my fruit once I was sure Mommy saved some just for me.
I got into the crafting, too - after my nap, Mom-Mom came over and brought me a bunch of Easter presents, including this coloring book. Mommy said that she got "grandmothered" because Mom-Mom brought over lots of Easter grass and markers. Markers are fun and unlike crayons, I can color my face and arms with markers. That makes them better.
What a fun day - I'm so thankful to everyone who came to visit us today!!
Friday, March 26, 2010
And tomorrow, we're having people over to have brunch and make crafts and then I'm going to hang out with Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop. Mommy straightened up and bought pretty flowers to make our house cheery and fun.
Personally, I'm hoping for another popsicle!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
But, I feel like I'm hitting my stride. It's been a good week at work - my boss really liked a plan I developed for some new ideas, my hard work in maintaining and marketing our blog (no, not this one) has yielded really impressive results (the past 30 days had 572% more visitors than the same time frame in 2009) and everything is under control and moving forward. It's been a good week at home, too. Chloe and I have had a lot of "Mommy and Me" time. She's so happy and full of love. The Hubs and I are taking such delight in her... and in trying for a sibling for her (keep fingers crossed). I'm busy and I'm tired and I sometimes want to just run to a coffee shop and never come back, but for the most part, I look around and I feel at peace and happy and inspired to keep trying to do things that are just out of reach.
Anyway, what's with the funky title to this post? Speaking of hitting my stride at work, I have to say that I have become completely obsessed with patient safety issues... so I have yet to start the newest Stephen King (shocker) to finish The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (so awesome, everyone go read)... and I was thinking about something I read on a patient safety list serv the other day where someone asked about Gawande's and Peter Pronovost's work with checklists and asked "Is it really just a checklist?" In his book, Gawande explains that it's not just checking off boxes - it's asking questions, it's assessing if your workspace (whether it be operating room or cockpit or whatever) is set up the way you need for maximum efficiency and success, it's making sure your bases are covered... and it's changing the checklist if it doesn't fit in your institution and coming up with what DOES.
And then it hit me: we could assume that moms who do it differently than us have just adapted the "Mom" checklist to work best in their family and home. Because, I have to tell you, it's so disheartening to have a kick ass week at work and then get on the internet and read people judging others who do it differently. The interwebs are rife with people talking disparagingly about women with careers and about how they made the important choice to stay home because their kid is the most important thing in their life and so they stay home. With their kid. Because that's what good moms do.
So, here's the thing - that IS what some good moms do. And other good moms work full time outside the home. And other good moms work part time outside the home. And still others can't decide which is best for them and so they try different things.
So, here's my professional opinion: stick the judgment in a drawer and go consult your own damn checklists. Heh.
It was the best part of my week, hands down.
Monday, March 22, 2010
This is another picture of me being happy. Mommy says I look a little dorky in this shot, but that I should include it because it shows my awesome teeth. Whoot.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
For example, last weekend, Mommy learned a little parenting lesson. She learned that if you think that you will just share a little of your cheesy eggs with Chloe, you will walk away hungry. I'm pleased to say that Mommy learned her lesson well and this weekend, provided me my own plate. She says I have my own lessons to learn since I haven't successfully managed to use the spoon correctly thru an entire meal, but I'm only 14 months old and she's 35, so you tell me who should know more about this stuff.
Anyway, I'm glad I got plenty of protein - we had a busy day! Mommy and Miss Stella took me to see the Easter Bunny (a very confusing individual), we bought shoes, went to Starbucks and then went to Michael's. While Mommy shopped for crafting supplies, Miss Stella and I had fun playing with these hats. Miss Stella got this one for me and it is so fun! I like to wear it and try it on my animals and see Mommy wear it.
Whew - after such a busy day, I enjoyed winding down for the night with a nightcap. I am a big girl, so I use a sippy cup... except for my nightly bottle. It's nice to end the night with an old friend.
So, there you have it - a quick run down on how to stay happy and healthy while on the run!
It was definitely NOT ME who said to her darling husband last night, "you know I really love this kid, but sometimes she can be a real (insert bad word)."
It was not me who watched Chloe empty a bowl of chicken, noodles and carrots into her lap and then laugh at me. It was not me who asked her to not drip milk out of her sippy cup onto the floor and then watched her laugh at me. It was not me who told her she was really gross when she licked spilled water off the floor and then laughed at me. It was not me who had a battle with her on whether or not I wanted her to touch the dirty dishes in the dishwasher (NO) or go sit in time out on the mat (YES)... a battle which she somehow turned into a game of tag which included, guess what - LAUGHING AT ME.
Not ME. Must have been Chloe's other mother.
Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Anyway, here are a couple of pictures... including hugs with my BFF.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Sometimes, I like to take Mommy's things from a box that is clearly not a Chloe box and sometimes, Mommy actually lets me walk around with the things I collect. She thought it was pretty cool that I selected a red necklace and red watch... since they match my red Spiderman slippers. Girls can like Spiderman, too. And dress up. I'm multi-faceted.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
She told Daddy that she wasn't going to get anything that makes noise because "we already have that covered" and that she was only looking for things that I could use with my imagination.
First up: I love playing with the magnetic drawing pads at school and Mommy said she was really sad that she couldn't find one at the sale... but then she foraged and saw it underneath other stuff. She said it's possible that another Mommy was also reaching for it, but my Mommy is fast!
Used MagnaDoodle, missing small choking hazard magnets, but fully functional with magnetic pen. Cost to Mommy: $2 and perhaps karma points if the other Mommy really WAS making a grab.
Next up, I believe that Mommy has reported to you all about how I am taking such good care of Teresa. Well, now Teresa has her own bed! Sometimes, she still sleeps with me, but this way we can play. Mommy found this small receiving blanket so Teresa will stay warm. I also like to climb onto Teresa's bed with her, but Mommy says that won't work long term.
Very gently used plastic Dora bed. Cost to Mommy: $4
But, here it is - the very most fabulous. Mommy said she debated this because she thought Daddy would think that she was nuts. She even walked away, but then kept on coming back because she knew how much I would love it. Oh, look. Look at how FABULOUS. I am a movie star.
Plastic vanity table with star-shaped mirror and matching chair. Cost to Mommy: the manicure and pedicure she planned to get after the sale - $25. Mommy does get points for creativity - getting this thing in the car was a trick.
Calculations by Mommy:
Total spent at Cozy Tots for the above + a bunch of clothes = $55
Seeing Chloe scream with excitement as I came up the steps with all her stuff and also watching her climb up to her makeup table every chance she gets = Priceless
Friday, March 5, 2010
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Thursday, March 4, 2010
And one of the best parts? They run her so ragged that she sleeps GREAT at night. LOL
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
See, Mommy gets these ideas in her head. She thinks that she can dress me however she wants, accessorize me however she wants, and then expect me to be ok with all of it as long as she says, "Who's a pretty baby? Who is? CHLOE IS."
There is no way in hell this headband will still be on my head when she picks me up this afternoon. It's not happening, Mommy.
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