Archive for September, 2007

We need to teach Elliot to talk!

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Lauren and I had a long talk today about how Elliot doesn’t know how to talk yet and that he will learn someday, but that she has words and can use them to tell me when she’s mad/frustrated/happy/etc.

I also told her that we could teach Elliot to do some signs to help him learn to talk to us, just like I can “listen” to her signs when she needs something.

She promptly looked at Elliot and said in a sing-song voice, “You want to go to the shopping store Buster? You want to sit in the cart? Get food?” and while she talked, she signed “want go store, cart, eat” to him.

I am impressed. Of course now she’s busy dumping all the clean clothing out of the laundry basket. Back to being a two year old again.

People in glass bras shouldn’t throw stones

Friday, September 14th, 2007

I’m thankful for not having boobs thrown in my face all the time by offensive and indecent breastfeeding mothers like the ones below:


Wait…Well, this is a bad example. Let’s try again.

Hmm…Just a minute. I’m sure I can find better ones than these…

Eh, still not offensive enough. I’ll check one more time.

That is better. LOOK AT THAT! I see about a half inch of boob. DISGUSTING.

UGH. Look at that indecency! She must be from some third world country to be exposed like that!

Now that’s just…There are no words to describe how inappropriate that is. Something needs to be done!

But why stop at breastfeeding women? There are boobs everywhere. Beware! If you thought the above photos were offensive, you WILL DEFINITELY be offended by the photos below.

Not this one, though. This one was in plain view on news stands and in mail boxes in 19 countries world wide!

Not this one, either. This one actually won an award!

Oh, and I guess this one is fine too. Everyone knows you can’t sell jeans without someone being topless.

Or beer, for that matter.

Or sunglasses.

Or movie tickets.

Or CDs…

You know what? Maybe I’m crazy, but I think that someone mixed up some photos here. The first batch are offensive, but the second batch are just fine and dandy???

People who live in glass bras:

Shouldn’t throw stones:

If you think women have the right to breastfeed their children no matter where they are, please repost this. Breastfed babies have lower instances of obesity, asthma, allergies, certain childhood diseases, learning disabilities, and other health problems. Support breastfed babies and their right to eat in public!

It’s Sunday

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

I talked to Lauren on the phone this morning, she was eating cinnamon rolls in the tent with Daddy at the time, and was making quite the sticky mess. I asked her what she did yesterday, and her answer was, “I went in the car with daddy and we went something” – something is the magic word she uses when she doesn’t know the name of what she wants to tell me. She calls her vitamins “somethings” and the cinnamon rolls were “somethings” for a few days until she learned the word. Well this time, the “somethings” were tractors.

Ryan took her to the John Deere Museum to play. And she told me they were all GREEN tractors. And that she played on them and touched them and drove them. Lucky girl.

Elliot is here with me, and we’ve been on-the-go all weekend. My allergies are awful this week too, so I’m pretty miserable. Elliot is a trooper though, hanging out with me late at night at BOLD Chicago and smiling like a star at all the strangers. He has two teeth now too! One of them cut last weekend, and the other was less than a week behind.

Lauren got her teeth in sets of 6. Her bottom 2, then top 2, then the second set on the bottom all came in very quickly, then she took a break, then the other top 2, and all 4 first molars flew in. Another break, then the canines. She’s just now getting her 2nd molars. We’ll see if he follows that pattern. I’m pretty sure she had those first 6 in about a 4-5 week span.

Sweet…

He’s going to eat me!

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

So this week has been BUSY. Really busy. Ryan was gone last weekend from Friday night until Sunday night, and Lauren and I decided it would be fun to pick him up on Sunday on the train instead of in the car. She and I rode the El for 3 hours (Elliot tagged along too!) from the park to downtown to the airport and back again. Lots of different trains, great fun. And all for the low low cost of $2.

Monday was the holiday, and we really just vegged out. On Tuesday we went to the Cityslingers playgroup at the park, which is one of my favorite places to play since Lauren can’t get away and can’t get hurt, which means I can hang out on the bench with the other moms and chat.

Wednesday morning we went to the LLL meeting, which was CRAZY busy and loud, then lunch, and then we met up with Diana and Mari at the green market (organic foods in the park), and the Nature Museum. A little car nap here and there, and a quick trip across town to pick up our CSA share, we hit the park by Ryan’s office (our usual Weds. playtime with Liz and Zane) but it was raining HARD so we ended up going home instead. L O N G day.

Thursday we went down to IKEA – it’s not difficult to get me to go to IKEA, but on Thursday there was also a babywearing meeting in the conference room. So we went, hung out at the meeting, practiced putting Elliot on my back in the purple wrap, had lunch with all the moms and kids, and did some shopping. I think I’ve got all the Christmas presents we will need for the kids now.

On Friday I rested. A little. Friday night BOLD Chicago presented Birth, the play, and Elliot and I have been volunteering with ICAN and have been involved in the play all summer. It was a fabulous performance. If there is a show near you, I can’t promise that it will be as stunning and awesome as ours was, but it is really worth going to see.

Today is Saturday, and Ryan and Lauren are going to leave at lunchtime to go “camping” – they are going to go to the John Deere Museum for a few hours and then sleep in the tent at a KOA, and come back tomorrow afternoon. Elliot and I have more Birth performances tonight and tomorrow afternoon, and we’re considering going to the kids resale today.

Lauren picked her clothes out the other day, and this is what she decided to wear. The dress is a 24m, so she needed the shorts (I had to convince her of that) and she also added green sunglasses, a mauve shoe and a ruby slipper. Stunning.

Elliot is also quite the ham, as seen below :)