E&M: 8 Months

Dear Elliott & Mason,

Last week you turned eight months. And you did it in St. Louis, the town your father grew up in and where your nana, four of your aunts, and four of your cousins live. To say this momma was nervous about flying with two babies is an absolute understatement. I had visions of you two not being able to adjust your ear drums, screaming the whole way, having blow out diapers, and just being incredibly unhappy about being confined for so many hours. But I have to say, you two blew both Ben and I away with how amazing you were, all FOUR flights (and the other passengers were just as complimentary). And how amazing you were all week with all the attention and commotion. I couldn’t have asked for better babies, and although we don’t plan on making frequent fliers out of you right now, I will not have as much anxiety next time.

All week, and just in general, you two have been such happy babies. You interact with each other so much more, and smile and laugh all the time. You love your baths, being outside, being with each other, eating just about anything we give you, and your faces light up whenever you see people you know, but really when you see just about anyone. Neither of you have the stranger scare factor yet, which makes me happy. I love that you love everyone, and in return, they typically fall head over heels for you.

Elliott–Every month I comment how big you are getting, but you really are a big boy…tall and stocky…with the most rolly, polly thighs. You giggle every time I pretend to eat them. You haven’t mastered the crawl quite yet, but you have the army crawl down, and can move from Point A to Point B in about 2 seconds flat. We have not baby-proofed the house yet, but every time we set you on the floor, we are quickly reminded that this needs to happen pronto…it also shows how dirty our floors are and that momma should pull out the mop every now and again. Within the last week you have learned to pull yourself up on your knees, and if we hold your hands, you can go all the way up to a standing position. It’s amazing how fast you and your brother develop. Yesterday you woke up with your first tooth, and by the time I got home from work, a second one had joined the first. You still have a little shyness, and will smile and turn your head down when seeing people, but in general you are happy to say hi to all now. You babble all the time and I can never get enough of that soft voice. You are hilarious in the tub and we have dubbed you the “splash-monster,” although you only splash with your left hand. Dad is still convinced you are our lefty.


Very concerned about the sombrero the waiter put on you at the mexican restaurant in STL.

Mason–What a month we have had big guy. Overall, you made it through the month with flying colors. The surgery went great, and minus the bladder infection, you have held-up really well. I know it’s been a hard month, but I think you have handled it much better than your dad and me. These incidents have stressed us out beyond anything we could have thought, but they have also shown us just how much you (and your brother) mean to us. We never, ever, want to see you sick or hurt, and it just broke our hearts to see you go through it all; but again, you were a trooper, and we are so thankful for how strong you are–for all of our sakes. Your fourth tooth is about to pop through, and even though you aren’t quite into crawling yet, you got the spin and swim move down. I think you just like to watch your brother practice, and then one day will just start doing it for real on your own. You continue to make your little chipmunk cheeks and when eating certain foods or playing in the bath, you look around from side to side and go “mmmmmm”….”mmmmmm” like you are just so happy. You love story time at night, and are a pro at turning the pages. You bring us, and everyone else, so much joy.


Being funny at wedding

With every stage, your dad and I get so excited, and can’t wait to tell each other what you two did during the day. In the next couple of months leading up to your first birthday, we have a bunch of more firsts that will be such a joy to watch you experience: your first fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and everything in between. As always, we can’t wait, but are enjoying each and every day.


The family

Love, Momma

The Randoms, April 2013

The dreaded Comcast

So we were without internet for about four days. Not that big of a deal…I thought. However, without Internet, Ben and I both went over our data plans on our phones…and that is more costly than I intended. The reason we didn’t have Internet?: Comcast. Now part of this is my fault and I take full responsibility. It was $15 to self install or $35 to have someone come out. Silly me thought she would save $20 and do it myself…I mean I’m smart…resourceful…yeah yeah. Well they sent the wrong modem, and then when we had a new one resent it took us (with many calls to Comcast) to set it up. Now again, part of this is my fault…but I also blame Comcast for a number of reasons: 1) in my online chatting conversation I told them we needed a wireless router (which they did not send the first time); and 2) Comcast sucks (ask just about anyone…yes the Internet is fast, but it’s expensive, AND such a hassle to get going). After receiving a letter in the mail telling us about a special offer, they then told me it wasn’t available in my area (gee thanks for sending the letter); they changed the price of things twice citing that it was more expensive in my area (of course); then after online chatting with someone who told me everything I needed to know and getting to the final stage (where he then “God Blessed” me…slightly inappropriate for the setting–I have a transcript as proof), I then had to finalize my order by online chatting with another representative where we had to start all over again. I also had to repeatedly tell them I ONLY wanted internet. Whatever. We have Internet again…and it is fast.

Lamo wrist

Actually the technical term is “DeQuervain’s Tendonitis.” Here is an article on how common it is for new moms…so common that they have nicknamed it “new mom’s syndrome.” New moms beware! So this is the awesome thing I get to wear for 4-6 weeks.

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Flashback…or Throwback (either or)

As I said before, time goes by fast, but you forget how fast technology evolves. When I was in undergraduate (circa 1999-2003) there were no Ipods, etc. If you worked out, you had one of these:

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Right? Who remembers? And you programmed five radio stations to listen to. Basically you were at the mercy of a good song to get you amped up to workout/run, and also on the reception of the station. Now I only bring this up because as I was driving home from work last week “Your Body is a Wonderland” by John Mayer came on the radio. Every time I hear this song I associate it with one memory in college: While trying to find a song at the old un-remolded UW IMA, I landed on a radio station that was playing that song. As I was about to change it because if you’ve ever heard it…you know it’s not “typically” get your blood pumping workout music, I looked up to see a big muscular frat boy killing it on the treadmill mouthing?…you guessed it…”Your Body is a Wonderland.” In retrospect it doesn’t seem that funny, but I think I laughed out loud at the time…because basically…I caught him. But overall, it got me thinking about days of past, and how although I LOVED my arm walkman…it’s nice we’ve evolved a little bit (they were pretty bouncy on runs).

And of course….

Guess who just woke up and is helping me finish my post?

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The Mase-mister…or as we typically call him: Mase-man!

But seriously…how cute are these two?


So happy!


5 seconds later


Cutest Avengers…in jeans!