Category Archives: Nature

So fresh and so clean clean

So fresh and so clean clean

Begging for string cheese.
Hey, blog! This is what happens when I open a string cheese ’round here. Instant dog attention.

White rhododendron.
I just put M. down for his first nap of the day for the THIRD time…let’s hope it sticks. He’s been giving me a real runaround this week, fussing when we put him down at night, waking up at 4 am again, and worst of all: refusing to breastfeed from my right breast. Yesterday it stressed me out so badly I had to pump to make up for his lack of attention–and I had to give him 3 bottles! What? Ugh.

Happy birthday to this eccentric creative weirdo (who is the only dude I wanna be married to) @djmagicelf πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š
Last Friday was Joshy’s birthday. He requested a coconut cake, and he cooked us steaks and asparagus for dinner that night. I bought him everything he wanted, sans a waffle maker (we already have one!): new flannel pajamas, bamboo bed sheets, a meat thermometer and a new set of measuring cups and spoons. Basically the birthday list of a 70-year-old.

Josh and I have always prided ourselves on our ugly cakes. Here's the coconut cake I made him today on the bottom...and what it was "supposed" to look like on top.
The cake, despite its lopsided appearance, turned out pretty darn tasty. What the cake was “supposed” to look like is on top, my version is on the bottom.

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My neighbors have pretty flowers, too.

What a glorious day! 🌞
It was a beautiful sunny day for Josh’s birthday.

Happy red tulips in the front yard.
I love our yard.

πŸ’–πŸŒžβœ¨βœ¨
*baby break* I had to go take everyone for a walk out of desperation, because my son was STILL AWAKE. At 11. And he had been up since 6. Come on, baby! We got snapped at by a poodle and a poodle owner, it hailed on us…but…BUT! Now he’s asleep in his car seat. Thank youuuu.

Pansy patch. πŸ’œπŸ’›
I feel like there was a stand-up comedian who once said something like, “I don’t understand, if parents love their kids so much, why are they so excited when they sleep?” Spoken like a true non-parent. I adore my son, but MOMMY NEEDS BREAKS TOO.

Happy #nationallemonadeday! I prefer pink lemonade, myself.
Sometime last week it was National Lemonade Day, and I had just impulse bought some delicious pink lemonade. Mmmmmm.

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The blackberry bushes are blossoming (how’s that for alliteration?).

Spring scene. 🌱
This is the third time I have sat down to type this blog entry. Will three times be a charm? I’m bracing myself for the WAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH.

No sunshine was forecasted for today. 🌞🌞🌞
Bear Cub grazing in the sunshine.

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These little guys are all around.

Graffiti in nature.
Some graffiti in nature, from our ill-fated beach day trip a few weeks ago.

Love these checkered lilies.
These checkered lilies in our front yard are sooooo cuuuuute.

Sorry/not sorry. 🌹🌹🌹
It’s the return of the Meitu app! Because some times a gal just wants to feel pretty in her nursing bra with no make-up on, and sometimes Japanese photoshop is the only way to do it.

This face. πŸ’™
It’s my Gooooo! It’s now Saturday night. I started writing this blog entry on Thursday. Go figure.

Look up! 🌸🌸🌸
Never get tired of looking at all the pink blossoms.

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Josh traded in his little red car for a big ol’ green 2012 Toyota Sienna yesterday. Yes, we have finally entered Minivan Land. Feel free to mock us ruthlessly (I would).

The magnolia tree inches closer to full bloom.
I just took it for a test drive. Utter geekiness aside, it will be nice to have all that extra room for camping trips.

Florals galore (thanks @the_joy_of_pain)
We finally bought a scale. I hadn’t weighed myself since last October. Never mind how much I weigh (A LOT), my son weighs 17 pounds!

Bright red blooms in the front yard. ❀️
I’m going to trim down the desserts for a while and see how that works out.

Today. πŸ’š
In the meantime, my Aunt Lisa very sweetly sent me 4 pairs of her old fat jeans that she’s gotten too skinny for. They fit me perfectly!

Serving size 27 rings? Alriiiiiiiiight.
Serving size: 27 delicious rings. Mmmmmm.

Our backyard. πŸ’š
Baby and I explored the backyard last night. Pretty pretty!

Spiky little tulips in the front yard.
YES I FINISHED THIS BLOG ENTRY AND IT ONLY TOOK 3 DAYS AND 4 SITTINGS. I can hear my baby crying, ta ta for now!

Easter, baby

Easter, baby

Ah spring. 🌱
Hiya blerg. It’s spring! The “Maude” braids have become my go-to Mom hairstyle.

Fun with cloud formations. What do you see?
Fun with cloud shapes: I see a snail.

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I just did 15 whole minutes on the Elliptical trainer in Merrell clogs, hammer pants, and a nursing bra. HOT. (so not hot)

Easter nails.
My nails for Easter. Corinne gave me an amazing topcoat–Sally Hansen’s “3d shine” gel topcoat–and it makes my home manicures last for at least 4 days, which is pretty good, considering I wash my hands 423234532 times a day (and consequently have wrinkled old lady hands).

Love this time of year. 🌸
The view outside.

Happy weekend! 🌈🌷
It’s my Goo! I just put him down for his first nap a little early, 9 o’clock instead of 10. Last night he slept from 9 to 5:50…we are verrrry grateful.

Traveling snacks. 🌈
We took Goo on his very first cross-state car trip last weekend! All the way to Spokane. On the way there he slept for nearly 4 hours before I woke him up to breastfeed. I amused myself with gummi bears and a fun IG account called “Every Outfit on Sex and the City” and the time relatively flew by.

Scenes from the backseat of my car. ☁️☁️☁️
He was a little fussier on the way home–we had to pull over for one breastfeeding session and I also had to give him his last two “emergency” sample bottles of formula–but all in all, I would say it was a success.

Happy Easter! Here's M.'s Easter presents--including a handmade card from Ronia, swim trunks from Grandma Fleeta and formula from us. πŸ˜‚
Baby’s first Easter baskets. He received a handmade card and plastic chick from Ronia, a basket jammed full of goodies like swim trunks and books from Grandma Fleeta, and packets of formula from us. Ha ha!

Easter 2017.
My men in their blue polo shirts on Easter Sunday. It started out slightly traumatic–he bled a little from his mouth (we never did figure out why), screamed and cried and woke up after only napping for one hour. I was prepared to resign myself to a fussy baby (and therefore cranky Mommy) all day long when he miraculously went down for a second nap from noon to nearly 3 o’clock. Hallelujah!

Josh takes the pack for a walk.
The weather was really beautiful on Easter Sunday, and we all needed the sunshine. Check out Mr. Bennett with our dog pack.

Love Shack babyyyyy...
Spotted while on a walk (to desperately get our baby to fall back asleep) (didn’t work).

Brenna's hair is pretty pretty.
Brenna’s hair was pretty pretty. Signs of new mom-dom: normally I would take 20 self-portraits on a holiday when I am dressed up, but I took NONE. Okay, maybe one–but only to send to my mother.

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“Scenes from the backseat of a Subaru While Breastfeeding”.

Love these tiny purple flowers in the front yard.
Back at home again, these tiny purple flowers are in our front yard. This is my last week at home before I go back to work–yes, WORK! Only three days during the week, and on Saturdays, to start. Part of me is excited and part of me is bummed. The bummed part is mostly because I am still too fat to fit into 90% of my clothes, so I don’t know what in the hell I’m going to wear to work. Sigh.

Maggie dog romps in a field. 🌿
I suppose I could just buy a couple pairs of “roomy” scrubs and be boring at work. Until I lose weight, which at this rate, will be in 6 years.

Little pink wildflowers.
Josh’s birthday is tomorrow and he’s requested a coconut cake. Mmmmmm.

πŸ’–
C’est moi! What color should I paint my nails next? Coral sounds nice.

Little tulips. 🌷🌷🌷
Little tulips in my neighbor’s yard. Is that all there is? Apparently that’s all there is. Stay tuned for next week, and I’ll tell you how my first week of work post-partum went!

Spring fling

Spring fling

I πŸ’—the flowering almond tree.
Happy spring, blerg! I love the flowering almond tree in our backyard this time of year, it’s so dreeeeamy.

These guys. πŸ’•
Speaking of dreamy. I just put the little dude down again for his first nap of the day…I’m hoping it takes this time. He went down for less than an hour and then was fussing with a wet diaper. I NEED his first nap of the day to be at least two hours…often it’s his only nap! I mean, what? Does this kid not like to sleep, or something? How different from his mom.

Aunt Kissy (@dubtrance) crocheting a blanket for Baby M. while we watched Roseanne and Ab Fab last night. πŸ’–
Look who came in for a visit…Aunt Kissy! I didn’t want him visiting while the baby was so young, but he INSISTED and sort of ignored my protests and Corinne bought him a train ticket. He spent half the week with her–half of which must have sucked because she started her period! She actually spent one whole day in bed. Lame.

Breakfast of champions: @dubtrance made the Monte Cristo breakfast casserole.
Despite my concerns, his visit with us ended up going great. Only one nap was disturbed! We binge-watched “Ab Fab”, he made the Monte Cristo casserole above (mmmm), delicious curry and put together the crockpot roast that I started to make but was interrupted by a crying baby (such is my life these days).

Lily made herself right at home!
Bear Cub appeared jealous of Lily (she sure is a grumpy Cub) but Lily was a snuggle dog as usual.

Josh + Lily. πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™
Here she is cuddling with Joshy.

Baby's first space boots. 🌟✨✨
I had bought these cool space boots for Ronia years ago, but she had already outgrown them by the time I gave them to Brenna. I kept them for my “future child” (always optimistic!) and POW! Here they are!

“He’s allowed to wear fabulous things now, at this age,” remarked my neighbor when she saw the boots.

“He can wear fabulous things ANY time,” I sniffed. I mean silver is timeless!

Spring fling. 🌸
I don’t believe in age limits for glitter nail polish, either.

Aunt Kissy @dubtrance has a cuddle with M.. πŸ’™
My mother calls him “Smootie”, Josh calls him “Bean”, I call him “Goo” and Aunt Kissy calls him “Pork Chop”.

Joshy is a punk.
With help from Christopher, Josh formed his long ass hair into a fun Mohawk before cutting and dying it.

Joshy' self-portrait with baby and turntables. πŸ’•
HOT.

18 years of friendship! 🌈🌟✨
18 years (minus three when we weren’t speaking to each other) of friendship! I cropped my hammer pants out of the picture. This was a re-creation of a shot of Christopher and I at Trancelot a million years ago, but I can’t seem to locate the original. Dammit!

Just a typical Sunday afternoon!
Turban Sunday! What could be better?

Maggie and Bear Cub grazing. 🌿
We never miss our daily dog walk.

M. and Aunty Corinne. πŸ’•
On Monday before I had to drive Christopher to the train station, Aunty Corinne came by for a visit.

Corinne is surrounded by a pack of dogs.
And was immediately surrounded by dogs! The baby fussed much of the time she was over but I’m still glad she came by for a visit. It happens so rarely.

Sunny this morning but still coo-oooold!
Brrrrrr. Still quite cold in the morning.

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Think Pink!

Love these colorful blooms.
I never know what these colorful shrubs are, but they catch my eye every year.

In the front yard. πŸ’œ
Not sure what these are either, but they pop up in the front yard every year.

Maybe I should paint a geisha for my next mini painting! (thanks @theladyofthegoldrings)
This geisha photo spotted on IG inspired me for my next mini painting.

I like this wig. How sad is that that I can only watch "Untucked" and recaps because I don't get VH1??! Bring back "Drag Race" to Logo, @rupaulsdragrace!
Meanwhile, I’m having to get my “Drag Race” fix by watching “Untucked” and recaps on Youtube. BOO, LOGO.

Today's walkies.
Yesterday afternoon my neighbor graciously came over and watched Goo while I walked the dogs. Her daughter is about to have her second child and I suspect I won’t be seeing her much after that, so I’m using her as much as possible!

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Spotted this tulip in my neighbor’s front yard.

More grape hyacinth in the backyard. πŸ’™
The grape hyacinth is everywhere. In our backyard planter, in our front and back yards, all over my neighbor’s lawns…pretty pretty.

Hyacinth everywhere!
And more hyacinth!

My mother is currently in San Francisco, awaiting surgery in 11 days to have the benign spinal tumor she’s had for 10 years removed. I pray for her every day! I would be there if I could, but I have a little tiny baby right now. Sigh.Β Currently I just finished 10 minutes on the Elliptical trainer (my plantar fasciities did not enjoy it), painted a little on the new geisha painting and the old Joan painting, and am now going to lift some weights while watching “30 Rock”. Good times? Are we having fun yet?

New painting and spring flowers

New painting and spring flowers

Spring-colored cauliflower. πŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’š
Happy spring! (cauliflower). I’m blogging today before Christopher descends upon us sometime this evening. I already took the dogs and baby out for our daily walk, now the baby is down for what I hope will be a loooooong nap because the last couple of days he’s only taking one nap a day. Oof.

The magnolia tree is beginning to blossom.
Here comes the magnolia tree! I’m hoping to get a few pictures of it in full blossom before the coastal winds whip all the petals off. It’s a beautiful tree.

Today's color: Aqua (thanks @richardquartley)
Feeeeling everything about this gorgeous aqua photo, spotted on IG.

Lucite grapes and Kate Moss (both still for sale). πŸ‡
Meanwhile, the Lucite grapes painting sits next to Kate Moss in the parlor. I’m thinking a mini painting of Lucite grapes might be fun.

Family walkies.
Out for family walkies. Look at that big fat baby! Not even three months old yet.

Spying on the neighbors.
These two always find something to bark at when I put him down for a nap. Kind of similar to how they would always bark every time I would take a daytime shower (a thing of the past!).

Switched to my springtime sunglasses. 🌸🌸🌸
My mother asked if I had abandoned my bangs already after she saw this photo. Nah, I just don’t see any point in “doing” them if my only activities are walking the dogs at the park and then breastfeeding allll dayyyy looooong. You understand. Sometimes I put eyeliner on, though. And I wear earrings every day. Trying! Trying!

White blossoms on our walk today.
Not sure what this beautiful white-blossomed tree is in my neighbor’s front yard, but I think it’s pretty pretty!

Beautiful sunset tonight.
Beautiful sunset out of the nursery window.

Flying baby alert!
Oh these two cuties. My mother bought him those leggings with the dino feet and I’m LOVING THEM. He has so many cute clothes (that he is rapidly outgrowing).

Think pink πŸ’–
‘member this heart Mandala? Still for sale. I knocked the price all the way down to 80$ sometime last year and then just kept it there.

New mini painting in my Etsy shop! "Love is a Glitter VW". πŸ’–πŸŒŸβœ¨βœ¨
New mini painting! This little baby is called “Love is a Glitter VW” and it’s available HERE! I love this one. Give it long enough around the house and I probably won’t sell it at all.

Gorgeous day out there! 🌞
Ahhhh Monday the weather was so glorious. I made it a point to get outside as much as possible.

Chomping on a strawberry popsicle and enjoying the sun with Bear Cub on Monday.
In the afternoon I ate a strawberry popsicle and romped with Bear Schnubs outside in the backyard a bit.

Bear Cub!
She’s always a happy Cub outside!

M.'s first trip to the beach was nearly foiled when Josh and I both got stuck in quicksand! Luckily we didn't lose shoes (or a baby). Siiiiiigh.
When Josh got home from work, we packed up the whole fam and drove over to a beach park that we hadn’t been to in a long time. It was M.’s first beach experience, and it almost went VERY BADLY because as Josh and I were strolling to the water’s edge, we both got stuck in quicksand! As you can see from the picture, Josh went in all the way up to his thighs. I went up to my knees, and after I made it out stood there with my heart stopped, watching Josh struggle to get free…all the while with the baby strapped to his chest. Luckily he didn’t fall, and we didn’t lose a shoe, but it was an overall SUCKY (ha ha) experience and now I don’t trust that beach anymore. Dammit.

Love rocks.
I did see a heart-shaped rock, though. That was nice.

Water dogs! πŸ’¦
Other than the quicksand, it was a pleasant experience. Maybe we learned a lesson here…don’t trust the shoreline. Especially when you have a baby attached to your body.

Graffiti in nature
I’ve always liked that particular graffiti: “Not all who wander are lost“.

Maude braids.
First attempt at Maude braids in a long time, yesterday. Today’s version went a little smoother.

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And that brings us to today’s monster butt! I’ll be back next week with pictures of our antics with Aunt Kissy. Always a good time!

Sexy shows and spring flowers

Sexy shows and spring flowers

I'm binge-watching "Sex and the City" during my breast-feeding marathon sessions. Most of Carrie's style I find hideous, but I did like this rainbow dress. 🌈
Happy Friday, blerg! Can you believe tomorrow is April already??! During my breastfeeding couch marathons, I’m working my way through “Sex and the City” (again). I started at Season 4 and watched it through to the end; now I’m back at Season 1. I hate 96% of Carrie’s outfits but this little rainbow dress was cuuuute. I also cried approximately 5 times while watching this show. Motherhood changes you. I am a total sap now.

I'd totally wear these grape earrings that Samantha has on in Season 6. πŸ‡
I also like these grape earrings Samantha is wearing near the end of Season 6.

Josh re-finished this table into a sexy shiny teal and aqua. πŸ’¦
Check out the sexy paint job that Josh did on this unfinished wooden table his parents dumped under our back patio. Maybe someday he’ll paint the unfinished chairs to match! Ooooh, ahhhh.

These just popped up in the front yard--periwinkles?
Dear Spring, I love you and all of your flowers and crisp sunny days. Hey, is that trash? Funny that I didn’t notice it while I was taking the picture.

Christina came by for a visit. πŸ’™
A week ago we had a visit from one of Josh’s co-workers. She brought M. a fun children’s book about dogs and a stuffed elephant, gave him lots of snuggles and then went on a house tour with us where she paid attention to ALL of the art (something that very few houseguests do–what a treat!).

Florals for homes? Into it! (thanks @jasoncampbellstudio) 🌸
Spotted on IG–spring florals for your home exterior? I’d do it.

I've started a new line of miniature dollhouse paintings! Each one comes with a tiny easel that I handpaint/hand-glitter. First up is Louise Brooks! Check out my Etsy shop for details, http://ift.tt/1vbQsot 🌟✨✨
It’s the first in my new line of miniature/dollhouse paintings! This was really fun to do. It’s for sale in my Etsy shop, HERE.

Currently reading for the first time. I know, it's a children's book...but it's about all my baby brain can handle at the moment. Geez the "Great Brain" sure is a hustler.
Found this in the bookcase and I’m giving it a spin. It’s a children’s book, but as it turns out my baby brain can’t handle anything too…er, complex. The “Great Brain” is a major hustler! I keep getting irritated at him on the main character’s behalf. Too bad I got rid of my Ramona Quimby books, I bet I’d enjoy those right about now.

Finally caved and bought myself some "walking" shoes...between the plantar fasciitis and giant baby boobs, I'm not gonna be running for a while. 😭
I finally bit the bullet and bought myself some decent “walking” shoes, since all I’m doing is walking these days and all of the Brooks barefoot running shoes I have aggravate the hell out of my plantar fasciitis, which hurts every day all day long. Thank goodness just in my left foot, but still, UGH KNOCK IT OFF, BODY.

Minty fresh. 🌿
I’ve started painting my nails again. I enjoy a pastel nail for springtime.

Spring hits the bowling ball garden.
A lone daffodil popped up in the bowling ball garden.

Hoopers! Art marker/Sharpie, 2011.
Corinne got me thinking about hooping again. I could always dust off the hoop and have some fun in the backyard…after I picked up all the dog poop, of course. Gross.

Maggie dog, begging for ________.
Who’s that shaggy dog?

Help Mumma sweetie darlingggg how can I watch Season 9 of RPDR without cable??! I'm not seeing full episodes available on Logo. 😭
DEPRESSED because RuPaul’s Drag Race, my favorite reality TV show of all time, switched from Logo to VH1 and for some horrible reason the full episodes of the new season aren’t available to watch on Logo. WHY RU WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME? There has GOT to be a way I can watch it without cable. Who in the hell has cable these days, anyway? Seriously.

Wig Wednesday: fun dress-up night number 36546765 with the Broad and Josh, circa 2011.
2011, a year that I was apparently skinny. Look at those arms! Sob! I never appreciated it. Youth is wasted on the young.

Painted over the first Joan Crawford painting and chose another pose. Let's try this again! πŸ˜…
The current Joan Crawford painting was giving me fits so I painted over the whole damn thing, chose a different pose from the same session, and started over. I rarely paint over paintings but it was that bad.

Color inspiration! (thanks @taxcollection) 🌈
More spring color inspiration, thanks to Instagram.

Spotted a low rainbow today. Can you see it? 🌈
Yesterday I spotted a very low-hanging rainbow in the sky. Can you see it?

Had a long overdue haircut tonight by the fabulous @erikaniklason3. She always makes me feel pretty pretty! πŸ’™
Finally (it happened to me) I got a haircut! I was so overdue. I tried cutting my bangs myself a few weeks ago and it was hopeless, they had grown out too much. Speaking of haircuts, Christopher aka Kissyfur aka Smitty is coming into town next week, and promises to do something with Josh’s current mop. Hooray!

In the front yard. πŸ’•πŸŒΈ
Spotted this morning in the front yard.

Beautiful morning for a baby/dog walk.
We went for an earlier-than-usual baby/dogwalk today, but that’s what happens when you’re up at 5:30 in the morning. However, I can’t complain…Baby M. has slept through the night for the last 4 nights in a row! Squeal! Squeak! I knew he could do it! Catch you later, blog-logs.

All I wanna do is have some fun

All I wanna do is have some fun

Our first outing with the baby at Marymoor Park was foiled by losing Maggie! Luckily a nice lady from Portland found her and called me on my cellphone before we started to REALLY panic. Friggin' dogs!
Howdy blog! This was last Sunday, a beautiful sunny day and what SHOULD have been a lovely relaxing family outing to Marymoor Park…foiled because we LOST MAGGIE. It happened pretty quickly after we got to the park. Both dogs pooped at the same time, I was bending over to pick up Bear Cub’s poop and Josh and I noticed that Maggie was gone. No big deal, she usually runs ahead of us to the water, so we went to the water…and still no Maggie. We ended up splitting up and walking all over the park searching for her. The baby was fussing on and off and my plantar fasciitis was rearin’ up and I was just starting to verge on panic (or at least, anxiety) when my cell phone rang and it was a nice lady from Portland who had found Maggie wandering around in the parking lot! I gave her a huge hug and thanked her repeatedly and then WE LEFT BECAUSE THE PARK TRIP WAS RUINED, THANKS A LOT MAGGIE.

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It was the first time in 11 years I had lost her, not a bad track record. Still, never expected to lose Maggie. Bear Cub, sure, she’s an independent Cub. Thank God for nice ladies from Portland.

I have this thing for Jemaine Clement. ❀
Crushing on Jemaine Clement as a vampire in “What We Do in the Shadows”. A cute little mockumentary about vampires.

My Erte notebook is pretty pretty. 🌟
Isn’t the Erte design on this notebook gorgeous? Josh bought this for me. It contains many sketches by me of his butt. You understand.

Anyone have suggestions on how I can polish this metal tree without screwing it up? ✨
This metal tree needs polishing, but I’m scared to ruin it. What should I use?

Sweet little spring daffodils. πŸ’›
Here come the daffodils! I love this time of year.

The elusive rainbow unicorn! 🌈🌈🌈
I was VERY excited to put the rainbow unicorn onesie on him! Too bad all of his 3 month clothes baaaarely fit, my little chunk! Sigh.

Don't know who Zendaya is, but I'm really into this outfit. 🌟
I am inexplicably drawn to this outfit. I think it’s the combination of seersucker + big pants…I love both of those things. Once a raver, always a raver.

Love these grape hyacinth. πŸ’œ
Here’s what my baby week has entailed: lots of breastfeeding. Still pumping one bottle a day for Josh to give him at night (more like 4 in the morning). He is sleeping from 10-3 or 4, and then until 6, and then usually has a nap at 10/11 and another one at 3/4 in the afternoon. He smiles a lot, coos and says “Ah-Goo”. My nickname for him right now is Goo. He is sooooo cute, it hurts. He’s starting to look at the dogs, which I love.

Current workstation (not pictured: a fine coating of glitter on everything ✨).
Here’s what my non-baby week has entailed: finished my first little dollhouse painting, now I’m just decorating the easel and it’s going up for sale in my Etsy shop. Became super annoyed with the Joan Crawford painting and painted over it, OOPS! Try try again. Watching a lot of “Sex and the City” in the afternoons. Walking the dogs and sometimes the baby every day. Occasionally lifting weights (okay once this week). Went clothes shopping for the first time, post-partum, and was very humbled by the experience. Texted my cousin Erika to tell her about this experience, and she told me that she’s pregnant again! With another boy! We are meant to be boy moms.

Anyone lose a big white exercise ball? πŸ˜‚
Look it’s a white stability ball in the middle of a marsh! How bizarre.

I like neons in the springtime (ok I like neons ALL of the time πŸ’–).
C’est moi, yesterday, in one of my new larger shirts to accommodate my new giant boobs. Hooray for neon!

It was all yellow.
Expect a lot of flower pictures over the next few months.

Hope your Friday is out of this world! πŸ‘½
That brings us around to today, in his cute little alien outfit! I was SO looking forward to this outfit, and now he barely fits into it! Good grief, we’re gonna be in 6 month outfits sooner than I thought. Happy Spring, blog-logs!

Oh yes it’s Ladies Night, and the feeling’s right!

Oh yes it’s Ladies Night, and the feeling’s right!

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Hola blog! Mumsie is cuddling with Baby M. while I type out my weekly blog entry…while simultaneously holding a hot compress on my left nipple. Motherhood has made me a master class multitasker.

I thought I was over shows about zombies, but along came "Santa Clarita Diet". It's adorable!
This week’s nighttime viewing (while cluster feeding) show: “The Santa Clarita Diet”. Cutest show about zombies you’ll ever see. I was resistant to watching it at first, but hooked by the end.

First signs of spring hit our backyard! 🌱
Spring is starting to hit our backyard.

Sunny family walkies. πŸ’š
I love our family walkies.

Tummy Time to Deee-Lite radio on Pandora (note the dogs in the background).
This particular Tummy Time session was to Deee-Lite radio.

First family outing to a dog park: complete! 🌲
Last weekend (Saturday? Sunday? Who can say) we had our first outing to a big dog park. The BOB stroller handled the roots wonderfully! And although there was an initial screamfest in the car that required a breastfeeding session (in the garage, before take-off), the baby was quiet during the entire trip to the park, and both car rides. Phewwwwww. I know they have to cry occasionally. But I don’t have to like it!

Put in contacts today for the first time in ??? It's easy to let self-care slide while taking care of a newborn. Maybe in two weeks I'll be able to paint my toenails!
Feeling like myself again, including wearing contacts for the first time in ???. I even painted my toe-nails this week!

Wow. What an incredibly gorgeous mama.
We didn’t watch the Grammy Awards, but I caught a pregnant-with-twins Beyonce on Youtube the next morning and was blown away by her look, performance and whole vibe. Gorgeous. Almost makes me want to be pregnant again (JUST KIDDING).

What a beautiful day! 🌞
I enlisted the help of my friendly neighbor to watch Baby M. while I take the dogs for a quick daily walk, and it’s been wonderfully therapeutic. Especially when the sun is shining.

Afternoon disco dance party to Donna Summer radio..."Ladies Night" by Kool and the Gang really made him bop around.
Afternoon dance parties in the sunny nursery to “Ladies Night” are also fantastic! Look at this little man.

I had been waiting to put these booties on him, and now they're almost too small! He has big feet like his mom. So proud! πŸ‘£
I waited to put this adorable booties on him, and now at nearly 6 weeks old guess what? They’re too small! He sure has his mother’s big feet.

Josh and I don't normally celebrate Valentine's Day, but what the hay, motherhood has made me sentimental. Happy Valentine's Day! @djmagicelf πŸ’šπŸ’™β€(homemade card circa 2008, the year we got married)
Mothering a newborn made it impossible to go out and get Joshy anything for Valentine’s Day (or even the day before Valentine’s Day, which is what we usually celebrate). He brought me home a card, some little presents, and a heart-shaped chocolate cake though. He’s so gooooood.

Adorable homemade card from my MIL to Baby M.. πŸ’–
Love the monster card Fleeta made for Baby M.. She’s always so thoughtful.

Josh bought me this fun decorative ball last night, which immediately began shedding gold glitter all over our son. Eh, he's five weeks old, time to start experiencing what this household is all about! ✨🌟✨
Josh bought me this fun decorative ball, which immediately began shedding all over the house and our son’s head. Sparkle, baby!

Nature Cub! 🌲
These dogs follow me around the house allll day long. I suppose they always did, but I thought maybe Bear Cub would distance herself from the baby. Wrong! She’s a protective Cub.

The bright-eyed and calm moments are wonderful. And the smiles! I've requested more smiles! πŸ’™
This week he’s been smiling more and just recently started cooing at me, which I love so much there is no way I’m going to break focus and take a picture! So he looks serious in all of his pictures.

Monday. πŸ’™
So much love.

I have been so lucky this week to have someone watch the baby long enough for me to take the dogs for a walk...and 3 out of 4 of those days were sunny! Take THAT, crappy forecast! 🌞
My photos haven’t changed all that much, there’s just a lot more…baby.

Special thanks to @algae13 today, who allowed me to walk the dogs and eat a meal (without breast-feeding at the same time), and who cuddled Baby M. into a nap and lent us some groovy baby carriers! Mwah! 😘
Thursday Josh’s old boss came over in the morning and let me walk the dogs, eat lunch (without breastfeeding at the same time), snuggled the baby AND lent me some fancy schmnancy baby carriers to wear! This purple one is one of them. It’s similar to the Moby. He fussed at first but I hypnotized him by bouncing on the stability ball and then he chilled out.

Come on, spring!
More spring in the backyard.

Just ducky. πŸ’™
Spotted on our dog walk yesterday.

My mother visiting meant TWO dog walks today! Woo hoo! And look who decided to go for a swim on the way home. Labs.
Maggie dog had to jump in the nearest body of water right as we were leaving the park, of course!

Grandma and Baby M.. πŸ’•
Mumsie flew into town Thursday night, and it’s been wonderful having her here. Yesterday I was able to take two dog walks, and we brought home Hawaiian food to eat for dinner last night, mmmmm.

Somebody's been a little fussbucket the last two nights...but he's still awfully cute.
He’s had two super fussy nights in a row, but who’s counting? I’m pretty happy if I can piece together 5 hours of sleep per night.

Drizzly walk today. πŸ’¦
Today’s walk…oh, I hear my baby crying! I can’t believe I made it through this entire blog entry. Catch you later!