September 23, 2011

Confessions Of A Mama Who Is Now One Year Into This Whole Thing

We're inching toward Cruz's first birthday, and I am realizing that I am no longer a rookie mama. 
I am pretty good at bouncing babies
changing diapers
I have figured out what to feed him
I have gotten him through two colds

But I still have some things to confess.

The choices seem to be:
a) Let Cruz play in the trashcan
b) Let Cruz play in the toilet
c) Let Cruz bang a wooden block on the glass shower door

Somehow the pile of toys I keep in the bathroom just for times like these has not been noticed by my son.

2. Is anyone else completely confused about solid food feeding?
It has been my most puzzling part of parenthood so far.
No dairy? No wheat? When can he eat honey?
Puree or not to puree?
Fruit or no fruit?
Sometimes I am so careful about what he eats 
("he only eats organic kale lovingly grown by organic nuns")
and other times he eats Greek yogurt off my spoon. 
It is not organic.

3. I was so tired today that I forgot to tell Tovi that Cruz said his first word until I started typing this post. 
(He dropped a book and said clear as day, "uh-oh!")
(Also, I made sure to tell Tovi before I hit 'publish')

4. When Cruz was a newborn, people would congratulate me on taking a shower each day. 
Friends, the newborn stage is the easy shower stage.
You could literally lay that baby on the bathroom mat and he would not move for hours.
You should know that I have not taken a shower in two days.

5. A small child may have asked me what I had in my tummy. 
Pasta, dude. About to be joined by some cookies.

6. I told my Homegroup that I needed to "fix [my] thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." {Philippains 4:8}
I told them that, accordingly, I needed to watch less reality tv.
The next day, Tovi caught me comfortably settled in for a Dance Moms marathon. Oops!

7. I love having a boy. LOVE IT. And I love having a Cruz. Check out this awesomeness. 
Doesn't he look so at home with these big trucks?

photos courtesy of Ashley Olsen

9. I love working at ParentClick and for ParentClick. And I love the other gals I work with!
We, and our husbands, went to a benefit the other night and had a hoot!

Wine, food, local who's-who. 
The event staff literally had to kick us out at the end.
Tovi and I got in the car feeling very proud of ourselves for staying out so late.
It was 8:30.

10. Cruz eats a lot of Cheerios, and probably drops an equal number of them on the ground. I clean up 500 Cheerios a day. Abby, for the love, why are you the only dog in existence that won't eat Cheerios?!?

Uh, yup. That's it. 


  1. #6. want to start lent early? ill give up facebook if you give up reality tv...

  2. Thanks for making me laugh! There was a stay-at-home dad of sextuplets who would just pour a box of cheerios out down the middle of the room at snack time when they were one. After they had eaten their fill, he vacuumed. Sometimes we just do what we have to do to get through the day and they manage to grow up into healthy, civilized people, wonderful people. Hang in there mama - you're doing a great job!

  3. Aunt Carol, that story totally cracks me up!! Love it, love keeping the sense of humor in the midst of the madness. :)

  4. haha i can't agree with you more on the newborn stage= easy stage. they are a sleepy newborn! Try the 1 yr old stage... that's destruction mode.

    cute blog. i love reading about the mommy life.



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