Friday, June 21, 2013

7 QTs

- 1 -
Stealth Mama

Sometimes I try to sneak into our bedroom when the baby is sleeping. Usually it's so that I can grab dirty laundry for the wash but every now and then it's so that I can be sure Leo is still breathing. Yes, I am a First Time Mom. I have never been very good at being quiet. This is not entirely my fault. The never-ending blabbing? Yeah, sure, that's on me. But I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about the symphony of creaks, crackles, and popping that accompanies my every move. I really ought to be a Foley artist in Hollywood with the range of noises I can create just by bending down to pick up a toy. Wasted talent, I guess. Anyways, you can imagine how detrimental this gift of mine is when I'm trying to go all Ninja Mommy in the company of a sleeping baby. I really ought to stop trying. That or become a Ninjutsuka... 
- 2 -
The Laptop Back Up

My laptop is the worst. The USB ports stopped working ages ago and then the built-in web camera died and now it sounds like an obese cat trying to climb a mountain every time I give it a simple task (e.g. open Mozilla Firefox). I refuse to give up on it, however. Not because I'm a good steward of my resources or a frugal sort of person. No, mostly because I'm just super stubborn. So instead I've decided to uninstall and reinstall Windows. It turns out that to do so you need to have a back up of your computer. Why? Because otherwise you'd lose everything. I'm glad I thought to Google this before I went for it! Anyways, I never did actually back up the silly thing before (oops) so now this afternoon is being spent inserting blank DVDs in the hopes that I'm doing this correctly and the re-installation of Windows works. If it doesn't work I plan to do this....

- 3 -
The Moving Process
Mmmmm Claustrophobia
This picture is just a glimpse of what our apartment currently looks like. I cannot wait until we can get those boxes loaded up and finally make our way down to Front Royal! The best part is that my amazing in-laws are coming down with us and helping us unpack! Thank God!

- 4 -
Leo's Hunger Strike
"Sure I'll be happy! Unless you get near me with food...."
Leo is going through a delightful new phase in which he hates to eat. It could be teething, the desire to play, a decrease in appetite, or a host of other things but all I know is that the only times I can get him to eat well is in the middle of the night when he's too groggy and tired to fight me. During the day it's, well, it's special. He will be sucking on my shoulder, eating his blanket (seriously), shoving my fingers into his mouth, crying and fussing, etc. but the moment I try to nurse him or give him the bottle he gets angry! Now, unless his hunger cues have all changed in the past few weeks I am not misreading him and he is actually hungry. So why won't he eat? My doctor isn't sure and neither am I. All I know is that when this phase is over I will be one happy mama! 
- 5 -
Leo Hates Bathtime
"How. Could. You?!"
"I am never letting go of this towel."

Leo hates bathtime. HATES it! I have tried everything I can think of to make it more pleasant, searched out videos on YouTube, read articles, etc. but I cannot help this poor baby enjoy tolerate his baths. The end result is that we give him as few baths as possible and try to make them go as quickly as possible! 

- 6 -
Leo Enjoys the Pool

Sadly all of the pictures of Leo in the pool are on my parents' phones and not available to me otherwise I would have some up here. In the pictures you would see a happy Leo swinging his chubby legs and arms in the water, fascinated by the way the sunlight looks as it reflects in the pool. Given how Leo reacts to baths I was not very optimistic about how he would take to the pool. I figured his toes would hit the water and his rage would take over. Interestingly enough he really enjoyed being in the water and was quite content in my arms and with his Nana. Due to the oily residue of the baby sunscreen I had to give him a bath afterwards but I carried him inside with the hope that his pleasant experience with the pool might transfer to the tub. IT DID NOT!
- 7 -
Poor Duncan

I never really had the inclination to watch Seinfeld. To me it was just that show with the weird bass that aired on FOX during dinnertime. Then my brother and sister-in-law watched all of the seasons and seemed to really enjoy it. Still, it wasn't until Ben and I seemed to hit an entertainment wall that we thought to pull up an episode. After watching several episodes I can safely say that I really enjoy it. Not every episode is a total win but it makes me laugh and when you're living in a cramped, box-ridden apartment and hanging out with an angry baby who won't eat, a laugh can be exactly what the doctor ordered!

~ Happy Friday ~


  1. Both of my kids went through a phase of refusing to eat during the day, too. They would only cooperate during naps and night time. Both grew out of it within a month or so, I think. My theory is that they more able to process what's going on around them and just too excited to lay still and eat. Good luck with your move! I miss VA. The diocese of Arlington is wonderful.

    1. Honestly it is a great relief to know that other babies do this and I am not just failing at being a mom. Thanks for the encouragement!!!

  2. A wet wipe bath gets me through for several days! Hopefully he'll love his bath eventually!

  3. Hunger strikes are no fun! Hang in there and enjoy your move (as much as that is possible). Best of luck to all three of you (and I love that picture of you and Ben on the header!)

    1. Thanks so much! Glad to hear that A is doing so well! Insurance agencies are the worst.

  4. Baths are so overrated - as long as they don't smell bad and aren't visibly dirty, you can hold off for a while :P Once they start sitting up, they usually like them better.

    And hunger strikes are totally normal - mine have all gone through "I'll only nurse in a dark room while lying down and sleeping" phases. It's annoying, but it passes :)

  5. I'm a first timer too, you're not alone with the "Are you still breathing?!" checks. My guy didn't like baths until he figured out how to splash, after sitting up. But at nearly 9 months, he still only gets one or two a week. I haven't quite figured out how to fit it into the day!

    Good luck with your move, we just moved and are finishing unpacking still. It's a big task, especially with a little one!