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Continue Reading Add comment July 14th, 2013

moming it up

After a looooooong stint of intense work and travel plus more houseguests than you can imagine at Tiny Apartment I’ve found myself kind of free. I flew in from Orlando on Friday morning and by Saturday night I was done with work until after the baby.

This amazing news is somewhat clouded by the fact that all the things I have pushed off until I was done working have to happen…now.

Dentist appointments, haircuts, extra coop shifts and so much house stuff. We have a half painted wall in the living room and piles of outgrown toys in every corner. We have 2 recovered chairs out of 4. There are bins of office supplies sitting in my bedroom that I need to sort and donate and I don’t really want to get started on the baby stuff situation. Asher’s 8×10 room will have to house 2 but that’s a problem for another day.

Matthew worked 8am-10pm (ish) since I got home so I have been on major Asher duty. He was home sick when I got in on Friday  – my dad was here – and finally felt better on Monday but I’ve been picking him up at 2:30 all week so he can rest. Its pretty amazing how fast my life shifted from crazy 70hr a week working mom to at home mom. I went to costco on Tuesday. ALONE. I am going to relish these weeks before the baby. These weeks of productive working, food shopping, muffin making, lunch date having, errand running, tv watching, baby clothes sorting, walk taking, flower smelling time.

Asher is so happy to have me home from my trip and picking him up while its still sunny. Sometimes we even stop for a cookie because we can.

Add comment January 31st, 2013

22 weeks…again

It is high time to talk about this pregnancy! I’m not trying to keep anything secret but the viagra made in india truth is that it isn’t nearly as exiting/thrilling/etc as last time and I’m not finding much to write home about. My mother even commented on my utter lack of complaints. I mean she doesn’t live with me or anything so I don’t know if Matthew would say the same thing but it’s just not such a big deal in the scheme of things these days. Not to say we aren’t EXCITED/THRILLED/ETC about having a baby but the pregnancy is just not something I think about much. I have to actually make an effort to remind myself that I am pregnant most of the time. I often think about the fact that I’m having a baby and how it will relate to our life but until about a week ago I had days where I forgot I was pregnant until I saw my pre-natal pills on my nightstand, even this close to my 3rd trimester. Its funny how the memories of my thoughts and feelings during my last pregnancy are so vivid almost 4 years later. In an odd way it sort of highlights the differences between someone that doesn’t have little kids (ME! c2008) and someone that does because omg my brain is so cluttered with daily life stuffs that I FORGET I’M PREGNANT. Believe me, that doesn’t happen to people the 1st time. Check my archives of Jan-July 2009.

Things are going well and the pregnancy has been fairly uneventful but the effects of being pregnant with a 3yo around are kind of huge. I spent most of my first trimester working and traveling for work but since labor day I’ve picked Asher up every day at 230 so we have spent tons of time alone together running around town causing trouble. We usually go on playdates every damn day and as much as I love that he gets to hang out with friends it is basically 1000x more exhausting than work was. I can’t really lift him anymore and after spending so many years hefting his solid body mass around I’m so much achier this time. I don’t remember being achey until the end when I was pregnant with Asher but even at the beginning of this pregnancy my hips would hurt at the end of a long day. The last time I lifted Asher my back hurt for 2 straight days. Even though I didn’t get a single cold the 1st time I’m already on my 3rd or maybe 4th, who’s counting, its just been a long string of coughing and blowing my nose since September sometime. That’s not really much of a surprise being around multiple 3 year olds so much over the past 3 months but boy is it debilitating when you can’t take any kind of medication or pain relief. (I stand with previous statements that tylenol is a placebo unless you have a fever) I had zero of these little bumps the last time – its all so fresh and new!

One nice change is that I wasn’t as nauseous this time, way fewer days than with Asher but the days I was sick I was sicker. It was still better. At my last appt a few weeks ago I still hadn’t gained any weight which is awesome because I still have all the weight I got for Asher so why would I need much more for this baby? That’s basically my philosophy this time around – use what you got. I’m definitely trying not to get too much new stuff, excess weight included. Baby clothes EXCLUDED. I am accepting any and all girl clothes, toys, and really anything kind of girly to offset the tremendous amount of blue this little lady will be wearing. Speaking of clothes, this week I think I officially transitioned to maternity clothes which is a blessing and a curse. Its nice not to have my button hitting me right on the baby’s head every time I sit down but oh my, its hard to find a pair of pants that stay up. Ive been wearing regular (non-maternity) yoga pants around the house and I now understand why pregnant people just phone it in with the yoga pants. Seriously the pants issue is the biggest deal of my pregnancy right now. I can’t walk in maternity pants and I can’t sit in regular pants. I have to plan my pants according to my activities.

So its nice, not thinking about being pregnant every minute of every day. It just is. I can definitely enjoy that fact since last time I was super crazy reading books and blogs and all kinds of things. Now I’m just mostly concerned with organizing the kids crap so we can cram into Tiny Apartment since we have no plans to move. Once that’s done I’ll be able to concentrate a bit more on the fun stuff. In the meantime, every time poor Asher turns around something is gone. Matthew better watch out cause I’m coming for him next!

1 comment November 19th, 2012

missing daddy

Matthew flew out to LA today and Asher asked to call him 3 times. We kept really busy at a 1st birthday party in NJ most of the day but cheap viagra generic got to do a little facetime when we got home. Happy guy, Happy daddy too.

2 comments November 18th, 2012

the be mine project

Asher is really into Valentine’s Day this year. I blame school and also this blues clues Valentine’s Day book we received in a huge box of secondhand books when he was born.

In the book (which is awful by the way) Blue makes cookies for her friends to show them how much she loves them so guess what Asher wanted to do for his friends?

I wasn’t gonna get into all that but Matthew was up for it. With Asher’s love of cooking we thought it would be fun to bake cookies for his class- since Valentine’s Day happens to fall on a Tuesday/school day. Not knowing if we’d really feel like doing it in the end, last week I made one of his art projects Valentines because I am a genius always in need of a back up plan.

We had these blank cards so I cut them in half and then cut random heart shapes out of index cards while he was playing with his trains. I stuck tape to the back then Asher stuck all the hearts onto the cards himself.

I laid out red, white and pink paints and he went to town with his little valentine making factory.

He painted every inch of every card and I did that thing where you peel away the heart and it leaves a blank heart underneath. I love how every one came out differently because of all his random paint mixing.

They were really cute! I popped each cookie into a bag and tied the card onto it.

The best part was the fun we had making them and no, I’m not even kidding. I got to do the part I like and Matthew did the part he likes. Asher got to do it all AND give them out. It was a pretty fun way to introduce a fun little holiday. Happy Valentine’s Day!

3 comments February 14th, 2012

first menorah

So many things to blog about so little time. Really. Working all week and packing for a trip plus I came down with some random bug to top it off. Had a great few weeks with visits from my mom AND dad and Matthew finally had his first day off since Thanksgiving a few days ago. Now we are trying to make Channukah happen.

We had our little latke party on Saturday but I only took 1 pic. Its Asher and Tim doing Channukah sticker crafts.

Not sure who had more fun (Timmy)

Besides the latkes and insane amounts of food, including Matthews first ever brisket Asher received a few gifts. Without meaning to there was a bit of a musical theme as Danny and Jen got him a real drum and then Ramona showed up with a kazoo.

oh the kazoo. Its currently missing. as in –

“Mommy, can’t find my kazoo. IS MISSING!”

I think it might appear sometime after the new year, maybe when I’m away for work.

Tonight being the first night of Channukah we lit the menorah and he was pretty excited and wanted to light ALL the candles.

He got to open the first of his 8 gifts, which in reality should have been the last because it was BY FAR the nicest of the things we got him but we’re heading out of town and its also the heaviest.

Its this year’s Hess Truck and man, if you are still looking for a gift for a 2.5 year old truck lover go get one. He played with it until bedtime.


4 comments December 20th, 2011

thankgiving 2011

Laziest Thanksgiving Everrrrrrr

and it was awesome.

2 comments November 24th, 2011

pizza party picnic

Raining and cold. Daddy home late. Ordered a pizza and had a picnic on the living room floor.

Listened to Little Liza Jane on repeat throughout the entire meal. That album is perfect for a Tuesday afternoon.

Add comment November 22nd, 2011

our american idol

I only watched 1 season of American Idol. After watching Kelly kill it week after week the 2nd season people just didn’t do it for me and I never went back.

Earlier this month Matthew got to light Kelly Clarkson unplugged for VH1 and I have to say, it was just about the first time I ever really wanted to go to work with him.

Its already up online and it airs tonight at 11.

He did Young the Giant Unplugged the week before, he’s been a really busy bee lately: 


Other recent work (will air in the spring but click links for more pics)

live from the artist’s den: Iron and Wine

live from the artist’s den: The Fray

I’m back at work too this week and all I can say is that it’s not nearly as exciting. I was thinking about doing a post on formatting spreadsheets but I went with what Matthew’s doing instead. You’re welcome!

1 comment November 18th, 2011


Thanksgiving us just a week away and I am so relieved I did all my planning a month ago.

After years of hosting we decided to keep it simple.

We have a reservation for 3 at The Farm on Adderley.

3 comments November 17th, 2011

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