Monthly Archives: May 2010

20 months old!

Brooke is 20 months old today.  Time is flying while we’re having fun!!


She started a little slow but she has been consistently adding new words to her vocabulary.  We’re not sure whether to attribute that to her new daycare (which we love!) or if something just clicked for her and she was finally ready.  Some favorite words: hi, bye bye, puppy, Sheed, up, sit, baby, nose, ball, shoes, Daddy, Mama…I’m sure I’m forgetting some.

In addition to speaking new words, she’s learning new signs at daycare as well.  She pretty consistently signs "Thank you" without prompting and is getting better with "please".  She’s so polite!!  “More”, “milk”, & “eat” get lots of usage around our house too.

Brooke ReadingShe’s recently become obsessed with books and reading.  She is always coming up to one of us with a book or two in her hand and telling us to “sit”.  It’s hard to say no to that!  On a typical night she takes 3-4 books to bed with her and will read them until she gets tired and finally lays down to go to sleep.

The little things she picks up on just blow our mind.  She noticed that I slap my thigh when I call Sheed so now she does it too.  Combined with how she says “Sheed”, its pretty adorable.

Birds have become a favorite “animal”.  She points them out just about anywhere we are.  One day on the way home from school she spotted a bird in a tree while we were stopped at a traffic light.  Man was she mad at me when the light turned green and I started to drive away.  I even changed her My Pal Violet settings to say her favorite animal is a “bird” and she gets excited to hear Violet say it.

Its been so fun to watch our little sponge soak up everything around her.  I can’t believe she’s only 4 months from being a 2 year old!!!


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Working Mommy Wednesday: The Mom You Thought You’d Be

Yesterday was Tuesday, tomorrow’s Thursday so that must mean today is Working Mommy Wednesday!!

This week Julia and Lisa want to know:

Are you the Mom you thought you would be?

Oooh…we’re getting deep today!!  I’d like to think that where it really matters, I’m the mom I thought I would be.  I’m not the helicopter mom that won’t let her little one get dirty, get scraped up, or make mistakes here or there.  On the other hand, at the tender age of 19 (almost 20 *gasp*) months, I’m very proud of how obedient and well-behaved Brooke is.   She has boundaries and expectations and I’m hopeful that we will be able to maintain this into her teenage years!!

One area where I stray from the vision my 6-year old self may have had would be the fact that I’m not a stay-at-home mom.  My mother stayed home with us and that’s what I’ve wanted and will always want for my children.  Unfortunately, that’s not a reality for us but we make the most of it.  What I lack in quantity of time we are together, I try to make up for in the quality of our time together.  The housework suffers (you do NOT want to drop by unannounced) but I’m hopeful that when Brooke is older and starts to remember her childhood she knows there is very little I wouldn’t drop in an instant when she brings me a book to read, game to play, problem at school, etc.

 I think its very easy to have grand ideas of motherhood before it is thrust upon you.  I was 100% convinced that I was going to make baby food for Brooke.  A couple days after she started solids, I was stocking up on stage 1 food at the store when the reality sunk in that it was not going to fit into our schedule.  I was going to excluisvely breastfeed but Brooke went to the NICU at birth and they gave her formula and that snowballed into a whole host of problems.  Things change, my parenting style has evolved but one thing remains….the love I have for that little girl is more than I could have ever imagined!!!


If you’re a blogger, write a post about how close you are to the mom you wanted to be and link it up at Julia’s blog.  And if you’re not, I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments.


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Not Me Monday

Mckmama- Not Me Monday 
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.


Well first, I did not let my poor child walk around for who-knows-how-long in shoes that are too small. Nope!! I’m just glad the associate at the shoe store offered to size Brooke’s feet or she’d probably still be in shoes too small. First time mom fail!!

And I certainly did not justify buying a 7-layer bar at lunch by saying I was already feeling fat. Never!!! Note to self: Call the wellness coach and join Weight Watchers!

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Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner

I had no idea when Bzz Agent sent me a Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner how great the timing would be. With a stitched up hand, scrubbing the shower isn’t high on my priority list. Luckily, with the Automatic Shower Cleaner all I need is one finger and it does all the work!!

Keith hung it up in our shower a couple weekends ago. We had to rearrange some things because the shower caddy where we stored our shampoo and soap hung from the shower head and we couldn’t have both. That’s a big of a negative for us but we made it work.

It’s definitely convenient though. When we’re finished showering in the morning, we press the button and 15 seconds later, the cleaning solution is spraying the walls & corners of the shower for us.  We don’t even have to be in the bathroom and our shower is being cleaned!

For coupons and/or more info, check out the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner website.

**As a Bzz agent, I was given a sample of the Automatic Shower Cleaner to review.  All opinions expressed above are my own.**

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A look back

I’ve had lots of stuff I’ve wanted to post about but typing is still a bit tough on my hand. I am SO counting down the days until these stitches come out!! (5, ugh!)

How about a look back at what B looked like a year ago? I love reminiscing!!

and today-ish

What’s in Brooke’s hand in that picture you ask? (Too bad if you didn’t) It’s sunscreen and since May is Melanoma Prevention and Early Detection Month she probably wants to make sure you wear YOUR sunscreen of at least SPF 30 when you are going to be out in the sun.

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