living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

I promise I’m not a bad parent.

We hit a major milestone this weekend in the adventure that is raising a child: the milestone where the baby becomes a superhuman and hoists himself up and over the crib. I knew it was coming. The crib mattress has been fully lowered for months, and my determined child has been trying to lift his leg up over the edge of the crib for some time. He fought naptime this weekend, again– I don’t know how they...

Happy valentine.

It’s hard to believe that one year ago today, I was trying to take pictures of a baby boy who wouldn’t stay propped up very well on the couch. Today, I was trying to take pictures of a toddler who wouldn’t stay still. The real valentine surprise was yesterday. I sent Big Jay to daycare! It took the toddlers a little while to warm up to the bird, and Cooper was way more interested in the candy...

Birthday book of cards.

My obsession with Pinterest is finally paying off. Thanks to pinners ’round the world, I’ve found some ways to start organizing things that I can never bring myself to throw away, yet I could never figure out what to do with them besides toss them in a manila envelope and shove them on a shelf, never to be looked at again. Yes, I’m talking about cards. I’ve been a compulsive card-and-letter...

Longest. Day. Ever.

So I should have never written about my “awful” morning the other day, because that’s just taunting fate. This weekend, in the midst of the basketball game (we were watching on TV, not at the game, thankfully!), my husband informed me that he needed to go to the emergency room. Hello again, kidney stones. After two emergency room visits, one overnight hospital stay and five trips to and from the...

Wearing my ring again.

Today was a big day: I put my wedding ring back on for the first time in eighteen months. Back when I was pregnant, one of my only pregnancy “symptoms,” aside from the obvious belly and an aversion to Mexican food, was the swelling. It started early and lasted most of the pregnancy. My feet were huge (more than one person was taken aback when they glanced at my ankles) and the swelling in my hands...

Boy’s best friend.

I was a little worried about how our rambunctious yellow lab would react to a new baby in the house. After all, she’d been the “baby” of the family, spoiled rotten for all three years of her life. The experts all say that labs are great with kids, but since Lucy was especially attached to me, I wondered how she’d feel when a new little person took away a lot of my attention. What I should...

Nine months and change.

I’m baaaaack. Three months and a few days later, and I finally found a few minutes to write something. The last three months have been busy. BUSY. Baby is growing and changing at a super-charged speed (and his crawling-around-the-floor speed is pretty fast, too), work is busier than ever and life just keeps moving forward. What have we been doing? Cooper and I went to Aquababy classes, a mommy-and-baby...

Six months later.

Six months ago, I had the craziest day of my life. It was a Tuesday, right after the strangest Christmas we’ll ever have. We woke up early, drove to Overland Park and calmly checked in to the hospital. “I’m here for a c-section.” It felt pretty weird to be walking in the hospital to have a baby as if it were any other random doctor’s appointment. No water breaking in the middle of a...

Have you seen my mind? I lost it today.

I’m convinced that before too many more days go by, I’ll be that crazy person who puts her phone in the microwave or can’t find her keys because they’re in the freezer, while the ice cream is melting in her purse. Mornings are a little bit more hectic with a baby. (All the seasoned parents are laughing at me now.) Mornings have never been my favorite time of the day, but trying to wrangle an...

Water Baby.

I think we have a little fish on our hands. Cooper got his first taste of the pool last night with daddy, in preparation for today’s Aquababy class. Decked out in a swim diaper and one of the gazillion pairs of swim trunks he has (all of which will come in handy this summer, for sure), he tried out his new inflatable turtle. He LOVED it. Of course, I think all he really wanted to do was eat the turtle....

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