Tag Archives: Cosleeping

Snapshot: Making Personal Threats & Isobel’s Pencil Room

16 Jan

– Since it’s been awhile since my last snapshot, and since so much has happened, I’m posting it early this week.

– The biggest news (besides me having the most annoying and stubborn cold on the planet) is that we moved Isobel’s big girl bed from our bedroom into the Pencil Room. The Pencil Room is officially Isobel’s big girl bedroom, and now we refer to it as “your pencil room.” The first day was rough. At first she was so excited when I told he we were going to move her bed that she tried to move it herself and then excitedly asked me to help her. Once we got the bed in the room and all set up for her nap, she pretty much cried from nap time to bedtime. She was m-a-d. After she got that out of her system it wasn’t a problem and she’s been sleeping in there fuss-free since the 7th. Anthony and I are so glad to have our room back (bow chicka wow wow) but it did make me a little sad at first. I was so ready for her to be out I didn’t expect to be sad. Having her in a different room after two and a half years of cosleeping was an adjustment for Mama as well as baby.

– I’m almost done decorating Isobel’s big girl room. I posted a sneak peek earlier on twitter. I still need to finish some organizational things and Anthony needs to hang the finishing touches, but once that’s done I’m going to share it here. Hopefully sometime next week!

Bethylicious nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award! According to the meme I’m supposed to nominate fifteen people and list 7 random facts about myself. I always have trouble coming up with these, so how about we do something else: I will answer seven random questions put to me by readers, either here in the comments, or via email, or on twitter. If I get seven questions I’ll answer them in a post and then nominate my picks for the award. I’m betting there won’t be seven questions.Go ahead and take that personally. It’s a threat. Or something. Yeah.

– The lovely and talented Erica made this gorgeous shawl for me and I am over the moon about it. The deep green-blue color, the delightful scrunchiness of the wool, the fact that it was nothing but a mere string a few short days ago has me swooning for it. Thank you so much, Erica. I hope the basket of vintage goodies I’m about to send you is satisfactory.

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Follow Friday – Cosleeping Edition

17 Jun

I should have just called this post “mostly embarrassing photos of us napping,” because essentially, that’s what it is. I’ll have to apologize for the terrible quality of most of these photos, they were all taken with a first generation iPhone in mostly light.

Very soon now Isobel will be making the transition to sleeping in her very own big girl bed in her very own room. We coslept with her for over a year and a half before we made the transition to her sleeping in a toddler bed at the foot of ours. She barely ever slept in her nursery.

These photos should all be clickable flickr links if you want to follow them back to vintage photos of our sweet Isobel.

What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here. Learn more about it in my FAQ.

ScrewyDecimal I just confiscated a vuvuzela from a kid in the library. It’s gonna be THAT kind of night.

TheRedQueen I have been on hold for over 20 mins with my bank. I think they are waiting for me to hang up.

sbellelauren honeydew melons continued existence on this earth make me doubt evolution more than anything

ApocalypseHow Coincidentally, “Game of Thrones” is what I have long called my ongoing struggle with constipation.

anjeanettec Hugh Hefner & Crystal Harris called off their wedding! It really makes you wonder if gold-diggers & old rich men will ever find true love 😦

johnmoe Some people like to take a staycation but they go somewhere. It’s called an “awaycation”.

apelad Eyes on devices, people. Furtive glances only.

SteveHuff I had an ok childhood, did fine socially in high school and get along well with my wife. No wonder the Internet makes me feel so alone.

LIFECOACHERS Simplify! Burn your shit! Also burn your belongings!

KelleysBreakRm Someone in China is strutting around with an English word tattooed on his arm. He is a man of mystery & envied by all.

jen_talley I have been offline since Saturday morning, so of course I feel as if I have been on a deserted island for several years.

DamienFahey Based on how I close my Prius’ hatchback, I can’t imagine I’d be any good at spinning the Price Is Right wheel.

RailbirdJ Good God. You named your kid Cliché? People hate clichés

hvymtllibrarian Metadeth #librarymetalbands

hvymtllibrarian Blackwell Sabbath #librarymetalbands

hvymtllibrarian Call Numburzum #librarymetalbands

hvymtllibrarian Panterabytes #librarymetalbands

hvymtllibrarian Type OPAC Negative #librarymetalbands

hvymtllibrarian Overdööm #librarymetalbands

bobanda Shüsh #librarymetalbands

Runningboard7 MARC of Cain #librarymetalbands

Runningboard7 Dewey Decibel System #librarymetalbands

FakeAPStylebook Do you know what an Internet search history is? No? Well, neither does your congressperson. #ProTip

johnmoe Says he can’t do dishes cause he’s got the whole world in his hands. Nice. Thanks a lot. #GodIsMyRoommate

johnmoe Hangs out playing Xbox all day. Says He’s tired from creating the universe. Dude, that was how long ago? #GodIsMyRoommate

TwoAdults Monday the 13th seems potentially a heck of a lot more disastrous than a Friday the 13th.

stevetweeters I like to think of myself as a fair and just god of bugs but sometimes I kill the harmless ones to add a little mysterious into the mix.

davidmmegee Angela Lansbury will drop you like third period French. #MurderSheWrote

kkilimnik I wanted to show my husband how mad I was at him, so I unfriended him on Facebook. That’ll show him.

sethdmichaels If you live in Helena, Montana & own a store that sells baskets & it’s not called “Helena Handbasket” I don’t even know what to say to you.

theRratedBull I’m really careful about saying I’d give my left nut to do anything because its the only one I got.

jen_talley Book review on Audible: “A great listen, even if you don’t believe in werewolves!” Um. “Even if” ???

BridgetCallahan Mostly, I just want to be covered in ice right now.

Brain_Wash Margaret Thatcher has refused to see Sarah Palin when she tours the country this summer. I guess someone did warn the British, after all.

anjeanettec Dear people who keep “inviting” me into their Mafia families: I know how to waste time all by myself.

TurboGrandma Don’t front, Zappos. I know you have “Fuck Me” galoshes. You’re not fooling anyone with your “Zero results for this search” horse hockey.

OhHereWeGo My neighbor needs to reset his router! Is there a Hallmark card for this?

joe_hill HOLY SHIT. I was drifting off to sleep & had a profound realization that I had to share. Shaggy & Velma are A COUPLE. So are Fred & Daphne!

markleggett “Schadenfreude” is a German term for when you sneeze way too hard and then have to hide your underpants in the work toilets. Been there!

smonkyou Is everything a musical? I can’t wait for Cheers the Musical.

planetx Never trust an amphibian. Land or water! PICK A SIDE!!!

LateFines Valhalla or bust.


mocoddle If you walked a mile in my shoes, I’d totally have to get my shoes back. Jerk.

WhyIsDaddyCryin I miss the rapture tweets… Is it October yet?

LouisPeitzman If you follow, unfollow, and refollow to get my attention, I will follow you back. Then immediately unfollow, just to fuck with your head.

slackmistress Sad that Bobby Fischer didn’t live long enough to be sponsored by AXE.

wordlust If I ever get religion, I’m going with Thor or Ganesha. The only thing I respect more than a big fucking hammer is a big fucking elephant.

TheBloggess Dear geeks: There’s nothing after the credits of the new X-Men movie. There. I just saved you four minutes.

pistolval In case you wondered what the worst smell on earth is? It would be the can of soup that exploded in my pantry.

PMuffintop I can’t believe my baby boy turned 3 today. If he wasn’t trying to assassinate me all of the time, I’d want a third.

sarahbellumd BREAKING: my balls. (if i had any)

RobinMcCauley “I could get a lot done if there were more than two hours in a day.” – cats

michaeljnelson Though it would seem implausible I am now convinced that everyone knows at least one person who looks like Animal from the Muppets.

alwysabridesmd This yogurt’s been room temp since 8 am. But I’m eating it. I made it and also it’s been far too long since I’ve been in an emergency room.

elloyd74 Little kid did such a beautiful, wacky happy dance when I opened the library doors this morning, you’d think this was the Apple store.

jillgengler Trying to add some spice to my Friday by adding “OR SO YOU SAY” to internal comments on work tickets. Let’s see what happens.

sirruh “Twitter won’t hug me or take care of me when I’m sick. But it also won’t suggest I run more or demand bjs and dinner.”

telephase The recycling truck Guy is bumping Poison by Bell Biv Devoe like it’s a parade. #notcomplaining

TheSuniverse Fuck this – I’m making a new To Do list that only includes fun stuff.

modinkpeeb Just invented “kneebagging.” Sorry, world.

theleanover A lot of alien planets look like the foothills near the Paramount lot. #startrekTNG

johnroderick Facebook suggests that I “friend” Courtney Love, which is not even in the top 100 non-verbs I want to do to Courtney Love.

telephase Chrome is trying to translate the Japanese on Hootsuite’s ‘We’re Down’ page. That makes me feel a little bit better.

johnmoe Wait one second! If they’re the “Mavericks” but play as a cohesive team, is that even allowed?

miss_sarah_s Go, <insert name of city> <insert name of animal / weather phenomenon / cultural stereotype>!! They’re my favorite <insert sport> team!!

babybabylemon When Spencer wanted juice and I gave him water he was pissed until I told him it was cloud juice. #scoreoneformama

TheNextMartha Hearing sarcastic remarks makes you more creative. You’re welcome.

smonkyou we need to pass some trickle up economics.

MrWordsWorth Dogs have pretty much ceded the internet to the cats.

TheBloggess I lost 2 followers after explicitly telling people not to send me nude photos of themselves. I’m sorry to have disappointed both of you.

KeepingYouAwake Me? I’m at Costco buying dog food. Yeah. I’m kind of a pimp.

willgoldstein The grass has sprouted! Just call me “The Germinator”

kellyoxford The best part about getting older is that you aren’t dead yet.

louisvirtel MTV canceled Skins. There was probably too much music in it.

michaeljnelson Certainly “Roxanne” has been the cause of the most caterwauling followed by involuntary punching.

Athenabee I swear one of Zofia’s toys sounds like Alec Baldwin.

ejbenjamin What a F̶A̶R̶T̶Y̶ SAD story! Leonard B Stern, creator of P̶L̶A̶Y̶B̶O̶Y̶ MAD LIBS, has died of B̶O̶N̶E̶R̶S̶ HEART FAILURE

sassypiehole my (twice divorced) father just informed my sister that he has a problem communicating with women. alert the media, this is huge.

FakeAPStylebook Thorough research is the key to quality reporting. Read the ENTIRE Wikipedia article before writing your story.

theleanover First line of my Shakespeare paper: “Much Ado About nothing concerns itself with the excesses of honky culture.”

LouisPeitzman I hate when people give me shit for working at home. My office is just like your office. Except better, because mine has hell of blankets.

RootsAndZest Teenager just referred to me as “that mom over there” to his friend. #AlmostAsBadAsMaam

MrWordsWorth Willie Nelson pleaded ‘Willie Nelson’ to a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

FakeeEtiquette It is rude to post images you stole from other sites without a watermark of your blog’s logo Photoshopped in.

DanMacEachern I’d be much less worried about all this talk about storing data in the cloud if I didn’t think Lando Calrissian will betray us all.

brianbeutler If there is global warming, which I doubt, it’s almost certainly caused by abortion.

alonelyargonaut so is nintendo going for the poetic justice announcement with the Wii U being their dreamcastian downfall?

sassypiehole great. just sprayed myself in the face with miracle grow. now I’ll have TWO bushes!

ProfessorSnack As far as tool names go, “ball peen hammer” has always made me a little uncomfortable.

LIFECOACHERS Burn all your pants because fuck pants.

TweetsofOld Advice to young men: “Never ask a young lady why her back hair does not match that in front.” IA1878

shinyinfo If you think about it, if these people are ALWAYS seeing dead bodies & it doesn’t effect them, they’re probably sociopaths. #JessicaFletcher

NickFlora ‘The Kardashians’ have now been on the air twice as long as ‘Arrested Development.’ THIS IS WHY YOU CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS, AMERICA.

TurtleParade Heaven. My daughter is brushing my hair. (Mostly in the right direction)

jszyd Later today, only because of popular request, I am going to fuck myself.

sween When I say “please bear with me” I want you to pretend to be a bear with me.

What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here. Learn more about it in my FAQ.


17 Apr

Someone got up. Fussed. Decided it wasn’t worth it. Fell back asleep.

Batten Down the Hatches

20 Jan

Anthony is officially gone on business and I have spent almost the whole week at home alone with a toddler. And yet here it is, Thursday already, and I have survived without significant maiming and am even in good enough health to post. A motherfucking miracle.

I admit I’ve spent most of last weekend in poor spirits, missing my husband, feeling sorry for myself, and  engaging in the sysiphusian task of getting things done around the house. I can’t get it all done, and thick-headedly, I am in denial about this. I want to be able to do it all, plus go to bed at a reasonable hour, cook dinner, and spend Quality Time with the little one. Although I’ve taken care of Isobel by myself, even for extended periods of time, I’ve never taken care of her alone for this long. I wouldn’t exactly say things have been easy, but I settled into a rhythm of sorts and I’m beginning to enjoy it.

The first night I thought it’d be fun to have Isobel sleep in bed with me. We coslept the hell out of Isobel’s first 19 or so months of life. She’s in her toddler bed now and sleeps happily at the foot of our bed. On Sunday night, she eagerly leapt into bed next to me.  At this point I realized why we transferred her into the toddler bed to begin with. Surprisingly, the charm of your toddler sleeping next to you in bed wears off after about the second hour of her kicking you in the face and refusing to sleep. I think she had become accustomed to sleeping in her own little bed, because around the sleepless second hour mark, I moved her to her bed and she quickly fell asleep. Since then I’ve waffled back-and-forth: in bed with me sometimes, in her toddler bed sometimes. Really, it doesn’t seem to matter a whole lot to her, it’s a matter of a few feet anyway since her toddler bed is at the foot of ours. It comes down to that specific night: how tolerant am I to being kicked in the face? Turns out, about 60% of the time.

I’m lucky enough that I get to talk to Anthony a couple times a day and then Skype at night. Which is way more than most army wives (including my sister) get.

I did come down with another cold, but so far it’s been limited to copious amounts of mucus and coughing. I sound pretty terrible, I admit. And the sneezing is gross. But I’m doing well enough to be at work, sick and sleep-deprived and all. I feel like a Real Adult™, taking care of business and getting shit done.

I wonder if I’d be handling this as well if it weren’t for Isobel.

Probably not.

Definitely not.

Life Goes On

28 Nov

I enjoyed writing the Etsy Picks post so much that I have a few more in the works. A friend on twitter requested I post some things that would be appropriate for boys around 3 years of age, and this is turning into a post with some of the best toy finds on etsy. Then I’m doing a round up of stocking stuffer ideas because it seems like those can be the hardest. Finding inexpensive gifts isn’t necessarily hard, but finding inexpensive gifts that will be used and enjoyed and appreciated (and not tossed in a junk drawer later) is a whole different game.

Finally, I’ve been working on a collection of picks for some of the hardest people to find etsy gifts for: men. Men can be hard enough to shop for anyway, but finding stuff on etsy for them can be a challenge. Especially once you start looking for stocking stuffer gifts. Maybe it’s just me, but my husband is not the easiest person to please, and if you have a friend or a boyfriend to shop for, then you’re also skating that line of finding something they’d like that’s not too serious or intense, yet at the same time, is something they’d love and love you for.

It’s entirely possible I’m reading too far into gift-giving at this point, but I figure if you’re coming here to read this then either a. you enjoy my neurosis, or b. you share it. Either way, welcome to the nut house.

Yesterday, while I was groaning from the weight of a migraine that took all day and three Imitrex pills to conquer, Anthony and I set up Isobel’s Big Girl Bed. No, we’re not using this bed yet. It’s too tall to be safe and we don’t have a mattress for it yet. We’re using an actual toddler bed my in-laws bought as an early Christmas present. It was delivered a few days ago but yesterday was the first day Anthony felt well enough to set it up. We were both nervous about making the transition.

Isobel cosleeps with us. There are a lot of opinions out there about cosleeping, and let me tell you, I heartily care about none of them. Someday I will probably write a post about our experience with it and what it has meant to me, but not now. Maybe you cosleep. Maybe you’d never dream of it. It’s one of those Hot Button Parenting Topics that everyone has their own opinion about. Honestly, the only reason I’d ever want to write about cosleeping is to help someone who feels the same way as I do examine their feelings about it. I would never want to persuade someone one way or the other because parenting is not a “one size fits all” method, and the last thing I’m here to do is to tell someone they’re doing it wrong.

So. Our challenge was to get Isobel out of our bed and into her own. And we were nervous about this because Sweet Holy Picard Baby Jesus, I loves my sleep. Our first day & night (we had her nap there) of Big Girl Bed Sleeping went well, and I’m happy to report there’s nothing to report.

I’ll post some better photos of the bed soon, these were just the ones I took with my phone to send to the Grandparents.

Oh, and in the tradition of Sunday Home Movies, here’s a Thanksgiving video we took of Isobel and my in-laws rocking out to Life Goes On by the Beatles.