Category Archives: Baby

Camping with my baby

Camping with my baby

Gym face. Since the arrival of Mr. Baby I only get to go to the gym on the weekend, but I'm glad to do it. If only Planet Fitness had child care! 😝
Hey everybody! It’s my gym face. I only go to the gym once or twice a week now, but I ENJOY it, dammit.

Tiny white flowers in the front yard.
Wonder what these tiny white flowers are in the front yard? They smell similar to lilacs, but not as sweet.

The Endless Summer hydrangea and Maggie dog. πŸ’™
For reasons having nothing to do with me, I am temporarily jobless. BOOOO. However, it’s July, my favorite summer month, I have a freezer full of Mexican popsicles, and all I gotta do is keep my baby alive every day. Life’s not too shabby.

Black currants in the front yard that we've been meaning to pick for a couple weeks now. What would we do with them?
Ah shucks this photo reminds me that we still haven’t picked those black currants in the front yard.

Poor Bear Cub is getting drugged today! She hates fireworks.
I drugged both of the dogs up for the 4th of July, and they did great. Even Mr. Baby did great. I, on the other hand, was extremely grumpy! I couldn’t believe how noisy the fireworks were this year!

Happy 4th! I've got ✨spirit✨✨✨
I glittered myself up for the occasion. I also wore a red/white/blue dress I bought from H&M last year, but I’m not going to post any photos of that because my arms are just too damn fat. I have 5 months to lose 20 pounds. Do you think I can do it???

Ronia and her baby cousin.
Awww look at Goo, secure in the arms of Ronia. She was really the only cousin who paid attention to him. Well, Elliot did come over at one point and affectionately call him, “The spawnliest spawn”, which I took as a compliment.

Aunt Brenna made M. the cutest little outfit.
Brenna made him this super-cute outfit.

Water Cub! πŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
Guess what we did last Thursday?

Baby's first camping trip! Not even 6 months old.
We took our special Goo camping for the first time!

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He did so good. He even slept in the tent, in his little baby cradle, from 10-6, and didn’t wake up when Bear Cub went BARK BARK BARK at something/someone in the middle of the night.

Bliss
I was so proud of him! Now I don’t have to be nervous for the next time that we go camping. I’d like to go again, ASAP.

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Look, there’s me.

Mr. Baby and daddy in matching flannels--how PNW is this? 😍
Fleeta found this tiny flannel for Mr. Baby, and it just happens to match Josh’s perfectly.

Bear Cub at the river's edge. πŸ’¦
We went to one of our favorite spots, and camped with the car nearby, instead of hiking…first time we’d done that since 2010.

My water dogs.
The dogs had a great time, as always. The next camp over had a crazy old skinny man named Dave who smoked weed, gave us oatmeal cookies, and played the damn recorder at 2 o’clock in the morning. Oh Dave!

This one's for you, @dubtrance 😘
I took this photo for Christopher, who has an irrational hatred of my Chacos.

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Mr. Baby loves nature.

River Lizzy. πŸ’¦
Welp, I’m just gonna have to be fat this summer. That’s life! That’s what happens when you have a baby!

Let's go back!
Josh in his Hendrix trunks…always a good look.

River sunset.
So pretty.

We went to a matinee of "Alien: Covenant"--the scariest thing was, we were all alone in the theater!
“I wonder when the movie theater will become obsolete?” I asked Josh on the way in to see “Alien: Covenant” Saturday afternoon…and lo and behold, we were the only patrons! Until the film started, and about 3 people trickled in. It was good, but will never top the first two in the series.

Time is going by too quickly! Tonight we start FOOD. πŸ˜‹
Today my big boy is six months old! Time is going by too fast. I’m going to cook him a yam tonight for his first food…can’t wait to see his face!

Beach, babies and Broads

Beach, babies and Broads

My neighbors roses are electric πŸ”₯
Hey blog! Hard to believe it’s July already. Time is moving too quickly.

Beach baby 🌈
My fat baby is going to be 6 months old in 9 days! And it seems like only yesterday that I was pushing him out.

You betcha we went to the beach again. What else are you gonna do when it's 90 degrees?
When the weather gets hot, you go to the beach! Even if it is only for 20 minutes (before your baby starts fussing).

Your parents at the beach. πŸŒˆπŸ’¦
Look, it’s your parents at the beach. I wore my rainbow hat to the dog park yesterday, and Mr. Baby was grabbing at it, attempting to put it in his mouth.

“Careful, son,” I warned him. “You don’t know where this hat has been! And it’s never been washed.”

“He might get a contact high from it,” snorted the Broad.

Crab, anyone?
Lots of dead crabs washed up on the shore that day. Mmmmm, craaaaaab.

Beach Bear πŸ’¦
Bear Cub loves the beach.

My mom bought me a furry present
Lookie lookie what my mom bought me! I love furry presents. Too bad the foot doctor I recently visited told me that I have to wear hard, enclosed shoes ALL DAY LONG NOW. Ugghhhhh.

Butterfly in action!
I just want my tootsies to be free! Like this butterfly.

Our daisies are really blossoming this year!
The daisies in our front yard are really blossoming this year!

Little Lizzy. ✨✨✨
Here for no particular reason is little Lizzy as Tinker Bell. OMG I can’t wait to play dress-up with my son! I will be so proud when he dons a wig for the first time. It will be like playing dress-up with my little brother all over again, only BETTER.

Tbt: color-coordinating with @dubtrance, October 2015. πŸ’šπŸŒˆβœ¨
Another flashback, to October 2015. Christopher re-posted this picture to his IG account and then told me over the phone that he’d had to erase some comments about how “anorexic” I looked.

“Tell me more,” I said, eagerly.

“Oh, like ‘eat a sandwich’…” he offered.

“Are you kidding?” I squawked. “I’ve been dieting half my life…that’s a COMPLIMENT.”

Summer splendor!
Heigh ho. Look at how pretty pretty the flowers in my neighbor’s yard are!

Lunch
The weight is slowwwwwly coming off, thanks to eating lunches like this one: a humble salad.

Nice day for it 😎
And of course, walking Mr. Baby and the rogs every day. But I’ve done that all along.

We love being outside! πŸŒΏπŸŒžπŸ’•
We love to be outside! Especially when the weather is in the 70’s. Perfect.

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He was so good at the dog park yesterday. Smiling and cooing and charming everyone. Especially several wet dogs, who just wanted to kiss him.

My broad showing off her stunningly white legs at Magnuson Park today.
Look, it’s my Broad! With her glowing white legs. I tried to “saturate” some color into them, but it just made them blue.

“Hey look, I got a little color,” she said as we were leaving the park yesterday, showing me her arm.

“If by ‘color’, you mean pinker and with more freckles, then yes, you got some color,” I told her.

Maggie and Bear Cub swam it up today. πŸ’¦
Josh was off work early yesterday so we picked up the Broad and went to Magnuson Park, near her house. It was H-O-T!

My Father's Day gift to Joshy. For camping!
Here’s the camping Dad mug I bought Joshy for Father’s Day. We may just go camping this week…wish us luck!

Summertime, when the living is sleazy

Summertime, when the living is sleazy

Fun with cloud shapes: what do you see? I see the Flavor Burst I'm gonna snarf in Portland tomorrow! 🍦
Hey blog! Mr. Baby is in his baby bouncer next to me on the floor while I type this. We’ll see how long it lasts…(do I say that every time? I think so).

#throwback: a street performer in Times Square, 2015.
For no particular reason at all, here is a street performer from our trip to NYC back in October 2015.

The graduate! 🌺
On Saturday after I got off work, we drove to Portland to celebrate my beautiful cousin Erika’s graduation from nursing school. She is 25 weeks pregnant, and looks radiant.

With my beautiful cousin Erika, who just graduated from nursing school.
She had a luau in her front yard. It was mostly family–her mother and one of her brothers, her mom’s boyfriend and his sons, her husband’s mother and sister.

Mr. Baby cuddles with Aunt Kissy @dubtrance πŸ’•βœ¨βœ¨
But of course we couldn’t make a trip to Portland without picking up Christopher!

No trip to Portland would be complete without a stop at Voodoo Donuts! 🍩
We spent the night at a Red Lion, and on the way out of town we HAD to stop at “Voodoo Doughnuts”, of course. Mmmm.

Inside Voodoo Doughnuts yesterday. I got "gay bar" and "triple chocolate penetration" (who only gets one donut?).
I got a “Gay Bar”–a bar doughnut filled with cream with vanilla frosting and a line of Froot Loops on top, and a “Triple Chocolate Penetration”–chocolate cake donut with chocolate frosting and chocolate cereal on top. YUM.

Love these shiny neon flowers in my neighbor's yard. πŸ’–
The dogs stayed with our favorite boarder, who we just learned is moving houses and won’t be able to board them anymore. Dammit.

The "Endless Summer" hydrangea is beginning to bloom.
In the meantime suddenly it’s HOT here. It’s supposed to get up to nearly 90 today…gross. I have the baby dressed in a sleeveless onesie with crabs on it and after this typing, I’m going to take him for a nice cool air-conditioned drive to get him to nap.

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And even though it’s 10 in the morning, I may just have a popsicle.

Maggie dog says, "Happy frickin' summer solstice." β˜”οΈπŸ’¦πŸ’¦πŸ’¦
Of course on the day of the summer solstice, it still looked like this! Look at poor old Maggie dog.

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I pulled up a ton of these big funky green plants earlier this year and the ones I missed blossomed…foxglove! Whoops! Maybe I’ll remember next year.

Floral present from Joshy 🌻🌻🌻
Joshy bought me flowers. Just cause.

At the beach with my mens yesterday. 🐳
Baby’s second trip to the beach…no falling in quicksand this time! Score!

My water dogs. πŸ’¦
We may go again today. What else do you do when it’s grossly hot? Get wet!

Seaside flowers.
We live so close to the water. It’s nice.

Bear Cub's favorite activity is standing on the shore and attacking Maggie when she comes out of the water.
Happy Cub!

Summer weather finally here! 🌈🌞🌿
I even broke out Ye Olde Rainbow Hat. I’ve had that damn thing since I was about 21.

This is my kind of weather. 🌞🌞🌞
Too hot for black dogs to walk in the afternoon–Josh took them for a 9 am walk today.

Friday night with these fellers. Crab cakes, fresh corn, and "Scratch". 🎧
Friday night fun with baby. Yesterday an ice cube in a snack bag kept him entertained for at least 30 minutes.

Happy Pride weekend, Seattle! πŸŒˆπŸ’–βœ¨βœ¨
It’s Pride Weekend! I’m always a little nostalgic for the parade. Maybe next year.

Kind of obsessed with these strawberry Mexican Popsicles πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“
Current obsession: strawberry Mexican popsicles. SO GOOD.

The thigh's the limit πŸ’₯
This is my thigh. I don’t know why. My oh my?

This morning at 4 am while I lay awake, sweating, I thought a psychedelic alphabet adult coloring book was a great idea. What do you think?

Well there ain’t nothin’ wrong with the way she moves

Well there ain’t nothin’ wrong with the way she moves

Mood for today 🌟✨✨✨
Halloo bloog! Are you feeling BOLD today?

New addition to the backyard number one...Josh added the glitter.
Check out one of the latest additions to our backyard. Josh added all of the different glitters. Oooooh.

New addition to the backyard number 2.
Here’s the second addition to the backyard…zombie gnome!

Good morning. 🌞
Unfortunately, Mr. Baby and I finally caught the nasty cold Josh had last week. He has a wet cough and a crusty nose, and I have a fiery sore throat and constantly dripping nose. Boooo. RIP longest stretch of non-illness: October 2015-June 2017.

Bear Cub is catching some rays.
Sun Cub!

The lookout.
I felt so lousy this morning I texted my boss to see if I could trim down my patient minutes, and she offered to give me the entire day off. YES PLEASE.

Giant poppies!
I’m also skipping out on the party at Grandma’s house later this afternoon for Josh’s cousin, who is graduating from undergrad school. Double boooooo.

What is with all the ads on IG all of a sudden? Is it just me? I keep marking them as inappropriate but they just keep coming, every three pictures or so. It's relentless. Help.
Josh is bringing Mr. Baby to the party, though, so maybe I’ll get in a “nap”. Remember naps? Oh boy, I had some excellent pregnancy naps.

Bought some scarlet begonias today.
The lipstick salvia in the backyard planter wasn’t going to come back, so I went out and purchased this scarlet begonia using the 10$ gift card I won at work for correctly guessing the amount of jelly beans in a jar.

Yesterday he did some "earthing". πŸ˜‚
Ohhhhh the chub, I’m crazy about the chub. Mr. Baby is 5 months old today! Hard to believe.

M. and I visited @idahoagogo and her sweet little baby today.
We went and visited Christy and her cute little baby this week.

We scored this sexy china cabinet and matching dining room set from our wedding photographer. They really class up the joint!
We scored this beautiful china cabinet, as well as matching dining room set, from our wedding photographer and his wife. They class up our place nicely.

One single rose in the front yard.
So far, just a single rose in the front yard. The backyard trellis is getting flush with roses.

Ugh, bleck, I feel gross. Here’s hoping Mr. Baby and I feel better REAL soon, summer colds suck.

Don’t dream it, be it

Don’t dream it, be it

Mini Geisha painting in progress.
Hola blog! This is the little geisha painting I have been working on for aaaaages, because…I’m not really into it. I should start another little painting, maybe? Or just force myself to finish this one.

The lone tulip that bloomed this year--dark purple!
Hey look it’s the ONE tulip that bloomed this year in the front yard, out of the entire row that Joshy planted. Heigh ho. At least it’s pretty!

Josh brought me home a Seattle Pop. The baby and Maggie were verrry interested.
Josh brought home some “Seattle Pops”–gourmet Popsicles–for me to sample. Mexican Chocolate–gross, coffee–meh, but this strawberry one was okay. No match for the generic Big Sticks though.

Orange lilies in the backyard.
These beautiful orange lilies appeared in the backyard recently.

Forget-me-nots galore in the backyard.
As well as lots of forget-me-nots. They are a much brighter blue in real life.

When G. met M.. πŸ’•
Mr. Baby, meeting another baby 12 days older than him. Mr. Baby slept in his OWN ROOM for the first time last night! He’s still in the rock and play…I don’t plan on moving him out of that until he outgrows it.

Back at our old stomping grounds, the big dog park. I used to walk here every day while pregnant, now I bring my son! 🌲
Last week I took the dogs and baby to our old stomping grounds, the big dog park, where I walked a mile nearly every day when I was pregnant (except towards the GIANT end).

Can you spot the dog butts?
Lots of tree roots made for a bumpy ride, but Mr. Baby slept through it all just fine.

Hearts in nature. πŸ’š
Always finding hearts in nature.

Maggie trampled down this fern in the backyard 2 years ago...I'm always pleased when it grows back.
Here’s the beautiful fern in our backyard. Maggie trampled it down the first year we lived here, but it grows back each spring.

Gorgeous giant poppy in my neighbor's yard.
My neighbor’s gorgeous giant red poppies. I wonder if my pink ones will grow this year?

Gorgeous day out there!
The weather has finally been warm Β lately. We just went for a family walk, mostly to get the baby to fall asleep.

Tank top weather today.
Hooray for sunshine! It’s been in the upper 70’s the last couple of days, perrrrfect.

Re-posted from my other account--me at 4 months vs M. at 4 months. πŸ˜‚
Me at 4 months vs. Mr. Baby at 4 months. He’s such a little chunk!

Working on my fitness. πŸ’ͺ
I’m doing this stuff, but the flab hasn’t budged. I know what I have to do…give up all carbs and sugars. DAMMIT.

Sexy Josh.
My stinkin’ husband left me and the baby alone for 14 BLOODY HOURS to go skiing last weekend…but at least he took a sexy selfie.

Into it (thanks @marthamakeupartist) πŸ’šβœ¨βœ¨
IG has no shortage of inspiring eyeshadow looks.

My baby meets my baby brother. πŸ’™
Look who came for a visit on Wednesday! My brother and his wife.

Marymoor Park! πŸ’šπŸ’™
Thursday we went to Marymoor Park. Friday Stew woke up with a brutal migraine and had to lay in bed for several hours…he didn’t feel well until late afternoon. Poor little guy.

Primroses 🌸🌸🌸
Primroses galore at Marymoor Park.

My little bruddah and me.
Me and my “little” six foot six inch brother.

Maggie and Bear Cub poised to go for a swim. πŸ’¦
Maggie and Schnubs got their swim in.

Black dogs keeping cool on a hot day. πŸ’¦
We didn’t lose any dogs, either!

Uncle and nephew.
Stephanie took this shot.

Spotted outside work today. πŸ’–
I spotted this beautiful rose outside my work on Friday.

Stew 'n' me in Mukilteo today. β›±
Friday afternoon after my brother was feeling better we drove to the Mukilteo lighthouse. We strolled around, gawked at a massive man sunbathing (and burning), and munched on ice cream cones.

My brother's wife is a great houseguest: πŸͺπŸͺπŸͺπŸͺπŸͺ.
Stephanie made dinner for us Friday night and topped it off with homemade chocolate chip cookies. I forced them to take the rest of the cookies with them when they left Saturday morning…I cannot be trusted with so many cookies. I ate 5 on Friday night alone. Total weight gain for my brother’s visit: 2 pounds. πŸ™

Beautiful. (thanks @richardquartley)
Beautiful Impressionistic painting spotted on IG.

Some kind soul uploaded episode 10 of #rpdr9 to the YouTubes so I finally got to watch a FULL episode this morning! πŸ™Œ
This morning I randomly discovered that some kind soul had uploaded the latest full episode of Drag Race on Youtube! FINALLY! Now I need to go back and see if they have uploaded others. Yay! Catch yer later, bloggeroonies.

My mom, yer mom, everybody’s mom

My mom, yer mom, everybody’s mom

Friday OOTD πŸ’™
Hi blog! I put the baby down 40 minutes ago, for a “surprise” early morning nap…in his bassinet. So MAYBE he no longer requires the car seat to nap? Maybe? Babies are so changeable.

Sometimes I have a hard time telling what's a weed in the backyard.
On Monday he rolled from his back to his belly…just once! Too bad I didn’t capture it on video.

Succulents and blooms.
This morning he was squirming around like crazy on his belly, kind of inching up the blanket. Early crawling?

Into it ✨ (thanks @punchingpictures)
Spotted on IG. I miss glitter eye make-up. I keep meaning to pile a bunch of crap on my eyes and take pictures one of these days…

Big Stick season is here!
It’s VERY HARD to give up nightly dessert, but I’m making do with these low-calorie generic Big Sticks for now. And fresh strawberries, mmmmm.

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The weather forecast predicts sunshine for the next ten days but ahhh…I’ll believe it when I see it.

I mean, I probably should eat less sugar.
Sugar addict. Could be worse! I’m also drinking coffee again…just one cup a day. Something like 1% gets transmitted to my breast milk, but it doesn’t seem to affect him.

First non-baby dinner out in months. And first sushi for me in over a year!
Fleeta and Bob stayed with us Saturday and Sunday night, and we requested Saturday night that they babysit so we could finally go on a (brace yourself) DATE NIGHT. Okay, mainly I just wanted to scarf down a pile of sushi without having to breastfeed at the same time. YUM.

Happy Mother's Day to all you hard-working Moms out there!
It was delicious. And then we had 31 Flavors for dessert. Balance!

My first Mother's Day. πŸ’
On Sunday I celebrated my very first Mother’s Day! Josh bought me a card, flowers, and jewelry. He did good. He always does.

I like this lamp at Brenna's house.
We went over to Brenna’s for Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday. It was lovely.

M. and Grandpy Bob.
Unfortunately, I had to reset some passwords so these are all the photos I have uploaded to Flickr for now…I’m short about three days worth. I’m sure it’s just baby, flowers and dogs! Ta ta for now.

Want you to know, I’m a rainbow too

Want you to know, I’m a rainbow too

Love this time of year. 🌸🌸🌸
Hallo blog! I don’t have a lot of confidence that I will be able to get through this entry without WAHHHHHH, but let’s give it a whirl!

Gorgeous tulip.
I had to manipulate my son into a nap this morning with a walk AND a drive, but I feel like any second now he’s gonna wake up.

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Maybe he’ll surprise me. I miss the days of the three hour naps. I was so SPOILED then!

Oh yeah πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“
The strawberries at the local fruit stand are the best I’ve had in ages. I could smell them from several feet away.

Happy weekend! 🌿
Ahhh sprrrrriiiiiiiing.

Send help!
BLEGH! He bleached his hair to dye it a lighter shade of brown and it was this terrifying orange mop for several hours. SCARY!

Love this purple house πŸ’œπŸ’—πŸ’œ
Spotted this adorable purple house on a baby nap-inducing drive last weekend. Love the pink accents. More houses should look this cute!

Jumbo candy buttons! (verdict: not as tasty as original)
I had high hopes for these jumbo candy buttons but they were gross. Bear Cub even rejected them!

Marymoor Park...we didn't lose Maggie this time!
We went to Marymoor Park again last weekend and this time, didn’t lose Maggie dog! Alriiiiight.

Beautiful day.
Talk about a beautiful day.

Field of Dogs 🌿
Not nearly as crowded as the last time we were there, either. That was ridic.

My boys. πŸ’™πŸ’™
We wanted him to be more awake for the park experience so Josh carried him around in the Ergo. He’s about 18 pounds these days, there’s no way my back can take it. Grrrrr.

Poor old Maggie is hobbling today, but she had a great time yesterday! πŸ’¦
Maggie and Bear Cub got their swim on.

Went back to work last week, part-time. As much as I enjoy my son (and Netflix), I missed dressing up every day. Interacting with adults. Helping people. And πŸ’΅.
Post-work self-portrait. Feels nice to be doing hair and make-up and talking to adults again.

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Loving all the color in our front yard.

Dogwood blossoms. 🌸
The dogwood’s in bloom!

Dreamy floral walls (thanks @theladyofthegoldrings).
Spotted on IG. Bathroom inspiration!

The smell of lilacs is one of my favorite spring/summer scents.
The lilac is blooming, and our backyard smells so good.

Bear Cub guarding.
Bear Cub guards the baby. Sometimes in the afternoon we sit on the back porch and listen to reggae.

This is not the look: sunglasses over glasses edition.
Yesterday after work. I AM A DORK.

One of my patients does this cool paper art called "quilling".
One of my patients does this cool paper art called “quilling”. Maybe I should look into it!

That’s it? I did it! YES!