Friday, September 30, 2005

Yup, I definately absolutely positively am a MOM!

There have been a few instances over the past 21 months that have confirmed, I mean really confirmed that I AM REALLY A MOM!

10. I have licked my hand and smoothed my sons crazy hair.

9. I have gotten poop on my hand (many times) and didn't bat an eye.

8. I have knowingly drank from a water bottle shared with my son that had visible backwash "floaters".

7. I have used the sleeve of my favorite shirt to wipe a dirty face.

6. I pick someones nose other than my own.

5. I have taken sympathy bites of an unknown pre-moistened food to encourage sharing ( and acted like I loved it!)

4. I can always find a raisin or cheerio or goldfish on the bottom of my purse.

3. I have licked off a "who knows how old" fruit snack stuck on my sons hand before going into a store.

2. My almost 2 year-old son is dressed better than me.

1. I'd do all of it again, because I love him that much!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

It hurts so good!

Ok, I am full of mixed emotions! I love 'em and I hate 'em all at the same time. They have turned my house upside down. My son screams and says "mo" all in a second flat. Then he taps his fingers together like he is having a seizure. You may ask what could be causing such a rukus? It is the crack cocaine of the strait and narrow. . .Krispy Kreme.
One of my neighbors happens to work there and gets to bring them home nightly. Who got the gift of evil from last night. . .thats right WE did! Two dozen to be exact, for a family of three. Mmmm, the original glazed does a girl so right and makes me feel so naughty. They are not hot off the line, but all it takes is the zap of a microwave. . .7 seconds to heaven! This is all you'll hear from me for the next few hours. I am busy stuffing my face with glazed demons, Mmmmmmmmm. . .

Monday, September 26, 2005

Orchard Love!

Orchard Love!
Originally uploaded by glamgranola.
We picked apples this weekend at a beautiful orchard! We also realized that since Mason has come into the world, we have not taken a single picture of just us. So this is the forst post Mason picture. All together, aaaaawwwww.

Friday, September 23, 2005

My Soapbox!

"there is now evidence that the longer a child breastfeeds, the higher that child's IQ score and school grades will be in later years, with a dose effect evident even beyond two years of nursing."

For those of you who know me well, I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding. I think it has done wonders in "catching up" my little preemie. But don't get me wrong, it is not for everyone. Some women don't feel comfortable with the whole boob thing, or they can't get past the uncomfortable first few weeks, or whatever other reason they are entitled to have. Then there are always the few men that are weird about sharing. . .whatever. They have they're own issues to work through. Whole other post.
Fortunatly, I have a very supportive husband who has seen first hand the power of breastfeeding. I also have a Mom that is very supportive who breastfed me until I was nearly three. My problem is the other side! I have definately felt more negativity than positivity surrounding my choice to breastfeed my toddler. I am almost sickend by the fact that I have to keep it a secret from other members of my family so they don't think I am "weird". Oh, I am weird alright, you have no idea! But, I absolutely don't think that nursing my toddler is the defining factor.
My question is who decided the appropriate cut-off time for a nursing child to be at exactly 12 months. That is insane to me! Becasue you are now 1 year old, you can no longer go to your mom for nurturing and nourishment. . . because it is coming from her breast? I have switched pediatritions 3 times since Mason has been born because of the furrowed brow looks I got from DR's after telling them I was still breastfeeding. They obviosly haven't been keeping up on their AAP(american academy of Peds) guidelines:

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that "Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child... Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother... There is no upper limit to the duration of breastfeeding and no evidence of psychologic or developmental harm from breastfeeding into the third year of life or longer." (AAP 2005)

Thus making me question their competency as doctors. So now I have decided to try a doctor who has practiced natural medicine but now is a MD. I have done the research and found nothing but positive reasons for extended breastfeeding, so why the stigma? We are one of the only cultures to be so rigid on the topic, and we have more problems then the majority of the world. What the hell, maybe it is time for me to move to . . .ummm. . . hmmm. I am not sure but I'll give you my address when I go. If I like you that is.

I am done ranting and raving and would love to hear what you think about this whole thing.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The One and Only MAY-ME!

Originally uploaded by glamgranola.
Mason is turning into such a big boy! His vocabulary is going through the roof. He now calls himself by name...MAY-ME. So it isn't exact, but he has definately made progress. Huge steps form POO-SEE,(god only knows what that meant!)He has been talking for a while, but he would never say his name. Now everyone I introduce to you. . .MAY-ME.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Kissing?. . . I like kissing.

You have a dominant kiss- you take charge and make
sure your partner can feel it! Done artfully,
it can be very satisfactory if he/she is into
you playing the dominant role MEORW!

What kind of kiss are you?
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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Ms. Stewart, but you can call me Martha!

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Originally uploaded by glamgranola.
So maybe I am a little obsessed with her! But seriously I picked all of this from MY garden for dinner tonight! Before I started chopping away I thought I should take a picture of my oh-so-perfect produce! No pesticides either Thank You very much!

Friday, September 16, 2005

The Men in My Life!

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Originally uploaded by glamgranola.
We spent our Labor Day at my aunt's pool. These are my handsome boys!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

busy, busy, busy!

We have been super busy here lately. Mike and I are in the process of buying another house! It is the house directly next door to us, and has been vacant for 5 years now. It needs some TLC, but overall it is a cute little house. Anyone care to be my neighbor? We had the ispection on Tuesday and there were no surprises so that was reassuring. The inpector also thought we got an amazing deal on the house so that was sweet. Who doesn't want a deal!

Also, we have been working away on our own house. Our third bedroom had this nasty paneling that we tried to make "work" by painting a neutral beige color. . .well we just never got used to it. We tore it down last week and have been working on texturing the virgin walls. That is the messiest job ever. . .don't do it. Pay someone else to do it. I started rolling it on with this special roller and could never manage to get more on the walls than I did on the floor so I came up with my own "technique". I covered my hand with a bag and took handfulls of this thick goo and smeared it on in circles like I was waxing a car. It has gone way quicker. The test is to see how it looks once we put the paint on.

And finally, yours truely is getting a job outside the home. I'll be teaching an after-school grant funded program in the area schools. I am feeling ready to be out for small amounts of time. I'll be teaching twice a week from 3 to 5. A total of four whopping hours . Don't Laugh! I said it small amounts! I can't disappoint my little man, he still needs me (my boobs!). What can I say, baby steps!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

A Little Ditty. . .

Otto a.k.a Ah-doe
Originally uploaded by glamgranola.
Our very loyal family dog doesn't get close to enough credit, so this entry is for him.
Mason is very into kissing lately. So, when he is not trying to pull off one of Otto's many rolls, detaching his tail, banging his toy hammer on Otto's head, or poking at Otto's butthole, he is following him around saying "mmmmmmmmm. . . " meaning he wants to kiss him. A few days ago Otto gratefully accepted and kissed Mason back, right on/in his mouth. Mason gagged for a few seconds then ran over to the human napkin and wiped his mouth on my shirt. Either my son has acquired my germ phobia or the dog needs a breathmint.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Rockstar in the Making!

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Originally uploaded by glamgranola.
Have I mentioned that my son is really into my makeup lately! He does whatever it takes and sneaks every opportunity to get ahold of it. The other day, I took a shower and was putting on some makeup in the bathroom. The phone rang, I went to answer it, came back to the bathroom no more than 30 second later and voila! We have my son with the most creative display of black eyeliner! Fortunately I had the camera close by to capture the moment. The day with the lipstick experiment, I wasn't so lucky!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

The boy!

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Originally uploaded by glamgranola.
Let's hear it for me! Woohoo I figured it out! So it just takes me a little longer than the average college graduate. I am getting the hang of it, now I just have to learn how to link my favorite sites/blogs. Stay tuned, Seriously!