10 Months!

10 Months!

I think I say this every month, but this is all going by a little fast, isn’t it?

In the last month, this boy has hit quite the developmental growth spurt.  Sitting up!  Standing (with some help)!  Crawling out of the bathtub!  It’s amazing to think of all the little things he does every day with ease that he couldn’t do just a few weeks ago.  It’s also a little scary to think of all that we need to do around here to make our home a little safer for this soon to be mobile, busy little man.

The best part of watching him grow, though, is seeing his personality develop.  He’s funny, and silly and can charm the pants off of almost anyone.  He even knows all the tricks to woo the checkout ladies in the grocery store.  I’m pretty sure this kid is gonna break some hearts.  Lock up your daughters, folks!

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Friday Five: Slow News Day Edition

And we’re back!  Friday Five is back after taking a brief hiatus so my husband and I could enjoy some baby free fun in the Big Apple (more on that to come).  Despite the near two weeks of silence, things have been a little slow around our place.   Here is all the news that’s fit to print.

1.   For the last 5 days, Ebin and I have been suffering through following a “detox” diet plan to cleanse, renew and break the horrible food habits we’ve fallen into since having the baby.  In other words, we’ve spent the week miserable and hungry and really, REALLY wanting a cookie.  You see, most people lose weight after having a child but I, after an initial small loss courtesy of breastfeeding, have been packing the pounds back on like it was my job.  So, we cut out dairy, red meat, refined and artificial sweeteners, and almost all processed foods and focused on a limited menu of nutrient packed whole foods.  The results have been encouraging and I am proud to say we are both giving more thought to what goes into our mouths.  Hopefully, we can build on the momentum as this week was just a small part of a larger goal to lose weight before November.  I’ll keep you posted on our progress.


2.  Last night, I accidentally let a bug the size of a small plane into our bedroom.  I’m not even kidding, you guys, it was like I let Mothra into the house.  The thing came in the door, made it past my trademark arms flailing/eyes closed bug deflection system and started buzzing around the room.  After freaking out (it touched me!), I fled the room to summon Ebin to take care of the matter.  When we finally made it back to our room, we could hear the monster but could not see it.  Thus began the most unpleasant game of hide and seek I have ever played.  We finally found the stupid thing under a sombrero we had on our dresser (What? Isn’t that where you keep your sombrero?), donned our protective gear and trapped it under a cup.  Then we let it go in the yard.  The End.


3.  Three years ago this month, we brought home two of the most adorable puppies you have ever laid eyes on.  I can’t believe they were ever so little.  These days, they tend to lean more towards obnoxious and ill behaved, but, man, do I love those dogs.  They were my first babies, they are still my fur babies.  They have been so amazing with Baby E, so gentle and so careful, and I can’t wait to see their relationship bloom as E gets older.  (You can read the saga of their homecoming here.)


4.  I wanted to take a moment to correct a statement I made last weekend on Twitter about my husband.

Apparently, I misheard Ebin when we were discussing Ms. Spears and her body of work.  He did not say that he thought Crossroads was good.  He said that he thought Britney was kinda good in the movie.  (Because that makes everything better?)  I apologize for the error.


Baby E with Nana and Papa D

5. Tomorrow is my parents’ 35th anniversary.   Wowsers!  That is amazing and such an admirable accomplishment.  They are the best parents a girl could have and I have been truly blessed.  Congratulations, you guys.  We love you!

Happy weekending everyone!  Stay away from hurricanes!

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9 Months!

9 Months!

Does this picture blow anyone else’s mind?  I mean, 9 months?!  How is that even possible?  Didn’t we just get home from the hospital, like, 10 minutes ago?

But boy oh boy, this boy!  He is so amazing.  With him, every day is an adventure, every day is joy.  And even though he woke me up this morning by puking in my hair, I love every second I get to spend with him.  Baby, I’m the lucky one.

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Friday Five: Q & A Edition

Today’s Friday Five is brought to you by my lovely mother (that’s her up there with my baby last December – he was so tiny!).  I called her up and asked her for five questions she was just dying for me to answer and this is what she wanted to know:

  1. What is a talent you have that not many people know you have?
    Actually, I am a woman of many hidden talents – awesome dance skills, the ability to demolish large amounts of junk food in a single sitting (even faster if it involves chocolate), the ability to spend hundreds of dollars in a matter of minutes (especially if it’s someone else’s money), and (most frustrating to my mom through the years) the gift of writing papers/homework assignments at the very last second and still scoring an A – but the one skill most people don’t know about is my affinity for public speaking.  I have always loved playing to the crowd and when I found competitive public speaking in high school, it was like a light clicked on.  It’s, like, the one thing I knowI’m good at and have the plaques and awards to prove it.
  2. If you were a food, what would you be and why?
    Well, if you are what you eat, I would probably be a huge bowl of rich chocolate ice cream.  But, if I could choose to be any food, I think I would want to be the Lobster Corn Chowder at Tarpon Bay restaurant in Bonita Springs because that is, literally, the tastiest, most delicious thing I have ever, EVER, eaten.  It’s a little sweet, a little salty and so amazingly rich – it’s like perfection in a bowl.
  3. Besides Jimmy Fallon, what is one thing you want to do on your NYC trip?
    EAT!  This will surely amuse my mother given the mocking I laid upon my father for the rather lengthy culinary guide to NYC he emailed to me the other day, but honestly, I have quite a list of  things I am looking forward to noshing on in the big apple.  Topping the list at the moment – Ruebens from a real Jewish deli, Gray’s Papaya hot dogs and a massive slice of real NY style pizza.
  4. What is a talent you wish for Baby E to have when he grows up? 
    I think it would be cool if E were really good at something creative, like writing or music or art.  I also really hope that school and excelling in education is something that comes naturally to him, though I don’t know if that’s really a talent.  Whatever talent he ends up having, Ebin and I both want him to have a passion for it.  Passion is something we both lack and always wish we had so I really, really want that for Baby E.
  5. Already knowing how cute he is, what is something else that drew you to Ebin?
    My husband is one of the kindest, most loyal friends you will ever meet.  He would do almost anything for a friend and when he speaks to you, he has this way of making you feel like you are the most important person in the room.  The guitar thing didn’t hurt the hotness, either.

There you go, Mom.  Thanks for your help.  Happy weekending, everyone!

Do you have 5 things you are just dying to know about me?  Probably not, but if you do, email them to heymandy at gmail dot com.

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Today’s Fun Things


Baby's first froyoFrozen yogurt!

E and I braved the heat today to head to the park and try out the swings for the first time.  We didn’t get to stay for long thanks to the extreme temperatures so we used the rest of our afternoon to hit up the frozen yogurt place for a cool down.  I don’t know which of the two he loved more.  Both were a major hit, though I think I may have spoiled his dinner a bit with the frozen yogurt.


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Operation Movie Date Night is in full effect, y’all!

Now to just stay awake through the whole thing.


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Friday Five: My Last Five Pins Edition

Like almost everyone else on the internet, I’ve fallen head over heels for Pinterest.  I spend entirely too much time scouring the depths of the web for lovely things and pouring over the pins of others, looking for inspiration in every aspect of my life.  These are the latest bits of interesting rocking my world:

1.  I’ve started pulling together some ideas for Baby E’s big birthday party (I know, it’s four months from now but believe me, I need all the time I can get) and this shirt from happy family is the perfect look for my big boy.  I think it would be great to get one of these for every year and photograph his growth as time goes by.


2.  I’m totally in love with this print from dkim.  We have two of her prints flanking our bed right now and I think this would be a lovely addition to our collection.  Don’t you go breaking my heart and steal this out from underneath me.


(image c/0 the Merriment Blog)

3.  I have been trying for ages to come up with the perfect color palette for our living room and I think this one hit the nail right on the head.  These colors seem made for each other and I’m hoping this will be the perfect jumping off point.


(image c/o Polyvore.com)

4.  For the last several years, my sense of personal style has languished under the pressure of marriage and life and, now, motherhood.  I used to feel confident in my ability to pull together an outfit but now, with my wardrobe filled with cheap t-shirts and ill fitting shorts/jeans/yoga pants, I have no idea how to dress myself.  I’m using Pinterest as a way to catalog looks to take with me shopping as I try to build a wardrobe of easy, casual and comfortable staples that will stand the test of time while still looking current and trendy.  This is just one of many great outfits I’ve come across and it’s something I think I could pull off with my new post baby bod.

5.  I love this idea from Dani at Life’s a Journal.  I’ve wanted to throw a dinner party for a long, long time and I think this is a great idea for simple, easy placecards.  If I ever get to invite people over, I’ll be sure to use this idea.

Do you pin?  I’d love to see what inspires you.

Happy weekending, everybody!  Hope you have a great one.

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