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Diary of a Stay-at-home Mom, motherhood and beyond

Cute Onsie October 31, 2007

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I found the cutest onsie on this site, Weddingish.com.

They also have another one.

I thought they were perfect. Check it out!


A big day

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My son had his first Halloween parade at school yesterday. It was very cute. Kids from preschool to Kindergarten sang Halloween songs. Of course the kids his age or those that were experiencing their first Halloween parade stood their in shock of all the people watching them, cried, or tried to seek out their parents to run to and hide. My usually very outgoing son, who talks a lot and loves attention, looked terrified and stood there in shock with is hands in his mouth. My son is very tall, 2 1/2 years old and about 42″ tall now, so people really perceive him to be at least 3 1/2 almost 4 and they expect him to do more things. He was standing with a group of the older kids and they were singing and my son was standing with his hands in his mouth. I have never seen him do that until yesterday. But I was very proud of him. He didn’t cry, which at times looked like he might. It must be hard growing up, especially at that age. Being thrust into a new environment, learning a world of new things. I am proud of him for going to school and enjoying it. Everyday I pick him up he has a big smile on is face, dirty, but with a big smile. What more can a mother ask for!


Great quote

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I think this parenting quote really puts everything in perspective.

“A baby will make love stronger, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.”….Taste of home.

Doesn’t that quote embody the compete truth of being a parent! I love it! Anyway, I have more to share. But I’ll check back later today during naptime!!!


Horrible day October 29, 2007

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The worst thing happened since I have been a mom. I am sure more are to come and possibly worse than this. But here it goes. When I was pregnant with Sophia we decided to buy a Graco Duoglider Stroller, a double stroller. We purchased it off the Baby Universe website. So, I use the stroller at least 2 times a week. We use it for walks because, my son likes to walk and ride, off and on through out the walk. I have gone for walks with the 2 of them and only used the single stroller but you know what happens when they don’t want to walk anymore and you don’t have a stroller or room in the stroller, it is not a pretty site. So we use the double stroller. You can hook your car seat to the back seat, which we were doing until about 1 1/2 months ago, and I felt okay with her sitting in the back seat. So anyway, I took the stroller out this morning, like I do every morning, opened it up, snapped in place and proceeded to safely put my daughter in the back seat (my son sits in the front). After she was secure, my son decided he was to run off because he thought I was ready. Well, I took no more than 3 quick steps with the stroller to grab him, like I have done plenty of times before and the stroller buckled and folded with Sophia in the seat. I just about had a heart attack and I am still shaken up about it. I quickly unfolded the stroller and took her out. She was shaken but seems fine, i did the full mommy check up, she has no bumps, bruises, she can move her head both in every direction, she is not crawling, she is pulling to a stand, cruising and all the other stuff she did before. She isn’t crying , she ate well. I thought the worst had happened and I can’t believe this did happen. Nothing like this should ever happen. I emailed the company and I will call them. I will never use that stroller again. I was horrible. Just wanted to share and vent. So if you have that stroller please use it with great caution.


Potty Training Fun October 28, 2007

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I don’t know why I said fun, maybe to get your attention because I need the help! I am about to begin this potty training “adventure” with my son, now 31 months. He was going pee-pee in he potty a couple times a day until he started preschool and then everything backfired and he refused to go on the potty, so I didn’t push it. But lately I feel that he might be ready again. He holds his pee if he is in public and doesn’t want to sit in a wet diaper. He wakes up at night and wants to go to the bathroom and I am recognizing that he is starting to pay attention to the “urges” when he needs to go to the bathroom. I have no idea where to begin or what to do. There are some many different opinions out there it is making my head spin. In the meantime, I think I’ll start by taking him to the store and letting him pick out “big boy” underwear and the toilet he wants to use. I am desperate, would love to hear what has worked for others. Please share. Until then, I desperately need to do some research.


Halloween Fun October 27, 2007

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To my surprise and enjoyment, the Annual Boo at the Zoo event at the Philadelphia Zoo, wasn’t a complete wash out. Actually, it was probably the most fun we’ve had at the event since we have been going. They were prepared for the rain and had trick-or-treating at all the indoor spots. They had the “Treehouse” (indoor play place) set up with pumpkin painting, mask making and lots of burn- off- your- sugar- high fun for the kids. Anyway, we had a blast. My husband even had a great time (though he won’t admit it).



Rainy day post October 26, 2007

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Tomorrow we were supposed to be going to the Boo at the Zoo, but I fear the rain may interfere. We have been going to the Philadelphia Zoo for this even every year since George was born. Here is a picture from our fist outing:


It’s nice because, especially for the younger kids, it creates a safe environment for them to enjoy Halloween. I don’t really want to take him door to door yet, and this is a place he can wear his costume, see other kids in their costumes and experience a little bit of Halloween. But we may have to change our plans.

Anyway,so it is raining and it got me thinking. Here are ten things I never thought I would say as a mother and ten things that make my heart smile. Here is goes.

10 Things I never thought I would say:

10. Back away from the Cat Liter! Yes, for some reason, George sees cat liter and thinks of it as a big sand pile for his monster trucks to go off roading. I know…EW,GROSS.

9. Look, it’s a big dirt pile, Go Have Fun!! At my husband’s home softball games there is a big pile of dirt and well, it keeps him focused and in one area. Dirt is washable.

8. Mommy is going pee-pee, please close the door! All you parents know when the kids came, the privacy went out the door.

7. Don’t sit on your sister! Yes, during one fearful moment he attempted to ride her like a pony.

6. How many times do I have to tell you, don’t chase the cat. Some people are worried about the way their pets will be with the kids. I was worried about that at first, but now I am worried about how my kids will be with the cat. I honestly think he is traumatized. He stays in his closet until the kids are napping or go to bed and then he comes out. UGH!

5. If you are good in the store, I’ll buy you a toy. All right, there, I said it! I’m not past a good bribe, especially in desperate measures.

4. “You better not do that or I’ll tell daddy!” Hey, I was desperate. It made me feel better, but of course it didn’t work.

3. “Look green French fries” My son is on a vegetable boycott. I cut zucchini like French fries, lied, and he ate them.

2. “Don’t eat poop.” If you read my previous post, or if you have a boy you’ll understand

1. “I sound like my mother ” Don’t get me wrong. That is not a bad thing. I have a wonderful mother. But we all swear it won’t happen and it does sooner or later. It’s fate!

1o Things that make my heart smile:

10. Sophia’s babbling.

9.George recounting randomly a new song he learned at school, when I was wondering if he was even paying attention.

8. Sophia’s 2 tooth grin.

7. Sophia copying her brother, screaming.

6.George comes over to me on the floor, puts both his hands either side of my face and says “awww”, like I have down to him more times then I can remember.

5. George sharing his toys with Sophia or giving her “baby stuff” to play with.

4. George making Sophia laugh, and Sophia loving every minute of it.

3. Watching my husband lay on the floor while Sophia and George climb on him like he is the latest jungle gym (daddy’s are the best kind), and he loves every second of it.

2.George yelling back after I put him down to sleep, “Love you mommy”

1. My husband coming home after a long day of work for him…and for me.

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