Category Archives: Parenthood

Items of Interest

I don’t have the time or energy to organize my thoughts so here we are. 

Marcus took this really good snap of me when we were at the cabin over Memorial Day weekend.


Goddess, I know. 

Last weekend I went to prenatal yoga for the first time in MONTHS. It nearly broke me, friends. I felt like every time we did an inversion all of the blood in my body was in my head, and while all of the stretching and  breathing felt good it did something terrible to my already hinky left glute (THANKS GLITTER). I could barely walk by the end of class. ANYWAY, I am going to give it another shot next week and then I think we’ll have a better idea of whether prenatal yoga is right for me. 

Unrelated: we have finally reached the TUMS Time part of pregnancy. #blessed

Greatest revelation of the weekend: ALDI now sells cold brew.  I have been keeping an eye out for this in the store for probably…six months?  At last, we are victorious!  It is $7.49 for a 32 oz jug and there is no price difference between french roast and regular (ahem Trader Joe’s).  I bought one of each so that I can try them and then decide which I prefer.  


As much as I really do love Trader Joe’s, if I could eliminate my trips for essentials there (cold brew, creamy salted peanut butter, 12 grain bread) so that we were only headed over for the odd case of two buck chuck and house liquor, I would not be mad.  It’s a 15 minute drive one way, so I just have other ways that I would rather spend my time.

Thanks to a hot tip from my mama group, I also scooped up a Step 2 brand water table (again, at ALDI) for $30.  Critter is delighted with it and we haven’t even put the water in.

Meanwhile we are continuing Critter’s transition to one nap (sob) and he continues to delight us as his proficiency in a variety of animal sounds (snake, owl, lion, butterfly, elephant) expands. He now barks when he sees dogs on walks and it is so cute that it hurts.  He says “blub” when he eats Goldfish. We are so excited to meet Glitter but also it is bittersweet that these 13 weeks are the last that it will ever just be Mama and Critter.  My tiny sidekick is getting an even tinier sidekick!

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16 months!


Apparently I haven’t dedicated a post just to Critter for a while.  But he is 16 months old now.  And continues to be the most loveable human in existence. 

  • He “whistles.”  About a week ago, I was whistling to Critter and he wanted to whistle back so he pursed his lips just like mine and started hooting and it was really the cutest thing.
  • He runs everywhere now.
  • He is becoming deeply proficient at animal sounds and it is adorable.
  • I think he is on the cusp of dropping down to one nap. This week will be the decision-maker. 
  • We finished ECFE two weeks ago.  It was such a good year and so fun to watch Critter grow from the start of the school year until the end.  He is still a shy guy, but watching him come out of his shell around his little friends and his teachers was great.  I’m looking forward to class next year!
  • Last week, I pulled out a baby doll while I was reading to Critter and he was completely disgusted by it.  At first he was appalled that I was calling something other than him “baby” and then each time I picked it up and he was nearby, he touchdown spiked it to the ground.  So, I think having a baby sister is going to go over well!
  • When he wants to go somewhere he brings me MY shoes.  When we’re getting ready to go somewhere, he brings me MY shoes.  He will not even consider bringing Marcus his shoes until I have both of my shoes in-hand.  If I am already wearing shoes, if he feels that I should be wearing a different pair, he brings me those.
  • Starting this fall, he will go to daycare (they call themselves a “school” but he’s a toddler so let’s be real about this) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and a half-day on Friday.  Honestly, I feel totally fine about this.
  • Over mother’s day weekend, we bought an Osprey hiking backpack.  Critter was getting too heavy for Marcus to carry him in the Becco and he really does like being carried when we walk.  Even though we do absolutely no outdoors things (and had to repeatedly swear this to the REI staff when we were testing the backpack out in the store), it is great for our evening walks around the neighborhood, and I am sure will also be a hit at the zoo/state fair/other really busy public gatherings.  So far, when it isn’t being used for its true purpose, he really loves to read books in it which is hysterical.
  • Now that he is getting bigger (and ECFE is over for the year), I have been trying to plan some new outings for us. Last week we visited the Eastman Nature Center and this week we went to the very cool play area at the Brooklyn Park Library.  If you are in the NW metro area and have tots 11/10 recommend. 
  • I forgot to mention this/haven’t written a post about Critter in months, but we stopped cloth diapering around 14.5 months?  Basically he was peeing through all of them. Even with doublers. Even with two doublers at night. Also he was outgrowing the size two diapers because as we all know he is tall and heavy and so there wasn’t another size to do because at that point usually you are supposed to arrive at the promised land of potty traininf except HE IS 16 MONTHS OLD. Anyway, he wears the ALDI brand diapers during the day, the Huggies night diapers at night and it’s fine. 

Mother’s Day is Happening


It has come to my attention in the past few years that apparently Mother’s Day is not the rosy holiday of my youth.

Newly minted moms are either underwhelmed by their gifts/celebration or exhausted because they are driving their tiny, non-napping children all over town to celebrate with others.

Some are mourning the loss of their mothers.

Others are mourning the loss of children, both those they held and those they never got to hold.

This is all super-valid stuff, but Sunday is still coming for us and it’s a Hallmark holiday so there is no escape.

I will say the following.

(1) My first mother’s day was actually not that awesome and something I nearly forgot about until I was trying to remember what we did last year.  For those wondering, we drove to brunch 30 minutes across town where I got to breastfeed in public for the first time (was not really super psyched about that) and because the drive and brunch were so long, it killed my non-sleeping baby’s nap schedule.  This is to say nothing of a very tired me.  My husband left halfway through brunch to go to a friend’s grandmother’s funeral.

IT WAS NOT OUR BEST SHOWING AND IT WAS NOT SPECIAL FOR ME.

So this year is a do-over.

(2) I have been encouraging all of my girlfriends to launch a pre-emptive strike on mother’s day and either (a) make plans they want and just do them (b) plan an alternative mother’s day for themselves where they can actually enjoy stuff.

Like, for example, Lis and I are going out for brunch on the 13th.  In peace.  Where?  We don’t know.  But it’s gonna be great.

If you are reading this and thinking hey, that is me (mom or not!) please save yourself and make a plan.

(3) Coffee and Crumbs has a great podcast episode on Mother’s Day.  It is here.

(4) I hosted a baby shower last weekend and after writing this in the new mama’s card, I had to commemorate it for myself because it is just the truth:

I don’t really know what to tell you about motherhood – it’s an adventure, none of us know what we’re doing, there is a lot of crying, the smart mamas drink a lot of coffee and wear a lot of concealer, the days are long but the years are short, somehow all of our moms survived this, you are the best and right mama for your daughter.  Knowing what I know now, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

This is the life. 

14 Month Update


I guess it has been a while since we talked about my #1 best bud. He has finally adjusted to living at Nana and Esteemed Grandfather’s house and is no longer terrified that every time I go to the bathroom he is being abandoned so, that is great!

  • About three weeks ago Critter decided he could walk for real so now he just tots around everywhere except for when crawling is faster. 
  • He got his first pair of big boy shoes!  At $42 a pop this is highway robbery.  Also he is a size 6!  
  • He started saying “boo!”  He also says, ish, mama, da, and very very sparingly nana.  The whole ish-thing is hysterical. 
  • Yesterday he tried to feed Nana and me puffs. Sharing is caring. 
  • The molars are finally (FINALLY!) coming all the way in.  I’d day that we’re…70% complete?  It only took two months to get to this point. 
  • The little guy is finally fully into the 3T clothes – jams, shirts, tops, socks, all of it. 

So Big!


How is this week going?

Well, we are moving ourselves out of our house this weekend and I am still just not really thinking about it so that is where we are at I think.

But the sickness has passed! So that’s not nothing!  And none of the molars have fully broken through yet so we are surviving!

We accidentally put Critter’s little leather shoes through the wash. With the diapers. On hot.  I wish I could explain how this happened but the story would be winding and boring. We’re still waiting to see if there is a comeback there or if it’s RIP shoes. 

I bought Critter ladypants. Hear me out. He is a super big guy (it is known) and apparently when you get to boys 3T pants you can only buy structured carpenter jeans and whatnot. My baby is 13 months old and is a crawler. So I jetter over to the little girls section and grabbed a couple of pairs of leggings and PRESTO!  A baby wearing clothes that looks like a baby. 

Critter finally learned how to stack one block on top of another. 

Baube taught Critter how to do “so big.”  It is super cute but also super hilarious. He now does the hand gesture for any “How _____ is Critter?” question. He is very proud of this. 

At Nana’s house he used a toy to climb up on a piece of furniture. 😳

So, that’s where we’re at for today. 

It’s getting a little ridiculous.

On the 10th day of Critter’s first round of antibiotics ever, his fever returned.  And, after another trip to the doctor’s office (on advice of the nurse line) it was revealed the ear infection was going strong in addition to a possible vaccine reaction and also (OMG WILL IT EVER END) very apparent teething.

As the good doctor said, he’s got a lot going on.

We are now going to observe the end of the traditional completely healthy first year by going on a 20 day antibiotics bender.

When I told my family that this was the ear infection without end, my darling brother was quick to respond with the following instruction: Make sure to post on facebook at least twice today, here, just copy and paste this: “UGHHH, another fever on the last day of antibiotics, really?  Any other moms out there with advice for how to bring the fever down??” 

This is only hysterical because if you know me, 100% the time my fever battle plan is to give Tylenol/Ibuprofen and call the nurse line if it seems hinky.  100% of the time this is what I tell other people to do when they leave similar status updates on Facebook.  None of this should be surprising.

Someday we’ll all be healthy again.

Big Boy Alert!

I am pretty sure that Critter just made it through another one of those growth spurt/leap-things because the Crankypotomus has gone away and we have a very charming toddler in our house.  He gives hugs (or his version of them, anyway) and is starting to cuddle a bit and it is really quite lovely to be around.

  • Critter took three steps today!
  • Critter and I tried out tots yoga at Blooma for the first time two weeks ago.  I would say even though it is for 9 mos – 4 yrs, we probably won’t be back again until he can walk somewhat competently, just because there wasn’t much he could do as a crawler/sitter.  It was more of a song and playtime than actual yoga but still…in a few months, it will be better.
  • I keep forgetting to write this down, but it needs to be captured for eternity: the kid loves spinning wheels.  If it has wheels, my tiny engineer is getting on their level and spinning them to see if they are good wheels or bad wheels and constantly re-arranging the object to determine if there is a better way to get them spinning.  This can go on for 15 minutes if there are a variety of wheels to choose from.
  • He had his first public/real temper tantrum at our Tuesday playdate a few weeks ago.  It occurred because I would NOT let him touch the glass on the gas fireplace that was running and it involved back arching, foot kicking, diving at the ground and many, many tears.  What a time to be a one year old, right?
  • We survived cloth diapering for a year!  At this point, any additional diapering we do saves us money and if we just stop entirely, we break even.
  • Critter’s 12 month appointment was last Thursday.  He is 26 lbs 4.5 oz (97%!), 2’8″ (98%!).  So, still our adult baby!  Less interesting but his head is 19.29″ (98%!).  His 12 month molars are also coming in on top.  It’s a hoot.
  • In the last week we introduced him to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and let me tell you He Is A Big Fan.  He’s also getting much better at eating three meals a day, and I am oddly proud of this.  Probably because I felt like it took him a little bit to “get” food and now he is a tot-expert!