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Got home from our road trip (last leg was a nightmare) and found that a package had arrived while we were gone.

The package had stuff in it for Leo’s birthday party.

You know I ripped into that crap immediately and started to put together the items. I want to practice everything so that day of/day before I won’t be freaking out.

The first attempt was a success and I’m quite impressed with myself. 😉

Here is a sneak peek.


Looks like big boob eyes! Haha!

Also, found these awesome styrofoam rings for a buck each at Target! #ihearttarget


Love when a plan comes together!


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10 months

Mr. Leo is ten months today and this week also marks a year in the Bay area.

Can you believe that we have already been here a year?! Feels like we just left.

My Leo has changed so much, he is becoming a little person.

He has FINALLY started sleeping through the night which is freaking amazing and shocking to us. Joey woke me up in the middle of the night asking if Leo had woken up. Seriously?! DUDE GO TO SLEEP! I wanted to read him this book my girlfriend bought me for Leo called “Go the fuck to sleep!”Haha!

We’ve tried to create routine for Leo and stick to as much as possible and now he falls asleep almost instantly when the routine is over. Next baby we will start much earlier.

Leo’s FAVES:

T.V. Show: The Good Night Show with Nina on Sprouts (Leo has a baby crush on her)

Commercial: Dream Lites – definitely click that link; you’ll want to jam a pencil in your ear.

Foods: Chicken and Chocolate Pudding (Joey’s fault)

Colors: Yellow and purple

Toys: Balls with holes in them from Gymboree and awesome Melissa & Doug Alligator Walker 

Not sure why flash was on; ball is actually a bright orange.

Not a toy thing he loves: The Vacuum, Tin Candle Lid, and purple hairspray bottle. He will chase the vacuum around the living room when one of us is vacuuming and the other two items, I don’t know. Neither is exciting in any way and he just loves both. Still loving the dishwasher and throws a mean tantrum when we pull him away from it.

Weird kid.

Activities: Swimming and Peek-a-boo

Disclaimer: Not a child floatation device. This is for your ice chest full of beer and those corner holes are individual beer holders. The damn thing was on sale at Wal-Shart (I fucking hate that place) for $7.

Animals: Cats and Dogs. Loves when Sharky (side note: she is a hussy and gets around town; friend of ours sent us a picture of Sharky visiting her (the friend not Sharky’s) grandpa’s house) comes to visit; he will sit by the sliding door and chatter at her. When we visit family that have dogs, he laughs and laughs when he gets doggy kisses.

Has yet to learn gentle; actually attacked a friends baby in the same way. Eek!


Cuddling (super frowny face for mommy), being strapped into his highchair, car seat, and stroller, getting a diaper change, shirts being pulled over his head and touching grass.

Last night though he cuddled me for ten minutes. He laid his messy mop of hair on my shoulder and nuzzled into my neck and let me hold him and cuddle him. I think he allowed me ten minutes and that was it because when time was up he was back to his wiggle worm, throw himself out of my arms self. After I put him in his crib, I went down and told Joey and sobbed like a baby. Almost an ugly cry over it. I will remember that ten minutes until the day I die.

He loves watching older kids play and laughs and smiles when they laugh and smile.

He says ma-ma, da-da and ba-ba, but we don’t consider those his first words. We are waiting until we can tell that he means exactly what he is saying.

His babushka taught him how to clap and now he does so when excited.

Here is his ten month photo:

I think it was a tie for first place with this one….

BUT Joey made an executive decision and said the first one was the winner.

Here are the out takes:

I have gone a little overboard with photos; I will share two more from this month and then I am done. PROMISE.

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9 Months

Leo turned nine months on Tuesday last week and wow is my baby getting big. We went to his nine month appointment and he is finally starting to catch up with other kidlets his age. He is now in the 75th percentile for height which I had noticed, I swear he shot up in the last week.

We were worried about a bump on his head that started out as a little red dot that became raised between 2-6 months. Then the bump doubled in size overnight and had us really concerned.

I spoke with the doctor about it and he said that it is a capillary hemangioma; he told me not to google it because I would upset myself. What was the first thing I did when I got home?! We are actually very lucky that Leo’s hemangioma is minor and in his hair so nobody actually notices it unless they touch his head.

Leo is speed crawling, pulling himself up and surfing between furniture. I’m betting he starts walking at ten months!

He LOVES the Goodnight Show on Sprouts; I think he has his first crush on Nina. He can be in full melt down mode and if he hears her voice he instantly calms and crawls over to the t.v. to give her his complete attention.

His personality is starting to come through and this kid is definitely my son. He is STUBBORN. Sometimes it is hilarious and other times it is frustrating.

Anything non toy related is way cooler than his actual toys. The vacuum! He is obsessed with the vacuum; he wants to touch it and chase it which is hilarious. Yesterday, I put the hose attachment on and was letting it suck his skin all over which I thought would be scary as hell. Nope, he freaking loved it and was giggling the whole time. He wants to be INSIDE the dishwasher, when the door is down he crawls on top of it and tries to get inside. He likes all of the buttons on the DVR box and is constantly changing channels and putting the t.v. on settings I don’t know how to get back from.

When he is tired he blows raspberries on my skin while he sings his good night song to himself. Makes my heart melt.

If he wants Joey’s attention and feels like he isn’t getting it quick enough or Joey is across the aisle at the store he will make a grunting noise. Joey will grunt back and we have a full on grunt session going. He doesn’t do it for me. I love how him and his Daddy have their own special, albeit strange thing going on.

He loves being around other kids. At Gymboree he crawls up to other kidlets and wants to touch them; sometimes not so nicely but I think it’s all out of curiosity.

I could probably go on for days about how awesome he is, so I will stop myself here and give you his 9 month picture.

This one was chosen because it is indicative of his “ignore mommy and daddy” behavior. He knows you are calling him and he doesn’t give a “f”. This is where the frustrating part of him being stubborn comes in.

Here are my favorites from the rest of the shoot.

Usually he doesn’t have a prop but he LOVES the color yellow and wouldn’t give this bubble stick up and when I took it away from him this is what I got.

Then things got worse.

I win bad mom of the year award for this one. I’m still upset about this and the evidence of it happening lingers on his poor face.

I was more than an arms length away from him and he flipped himself over the arm of that chair.

I didn’t catch him in time.

He landed so awkwardly…oh god. Killing me to recall it.

He screamed his head off and I thought for sure he had broken his neck or was completely damaged in some other way.

I feel like this reads a tad dramatic and maybe it is but it was our first bad fall and was so incredibly scary.

After giving him the boob he calmed down and became our normal little boy again after awhile. We watched him for dilated eyes and anything out of the normal.

Besides the huge strawberry goose-egg  on his face and a bit of a weird red bruise on his nose he was fine.

Now that you have read that awesome saga and judged me, you can click here to see the rest of his monthly pics.

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Snapped these photos this morning while making a bottle for the road.

Most days I’m fine, today not so much.

Today, my heart hurts leaving him. 😦

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Book Explosion

Leo has tons and tons of books courtesy of his Babushka, who saved many from Joey and his brother’s childhoods.

His book shelf (cheapo bought for the Santa Monica apartment for $20) often looks like this.


You can imagine how crazy it makes me.

The other day cruising on Pinterest, I find this picture.


Angels were singing in my head when I saw it.

This will fix two of my issues; one being the above book explosion and the other being the naked wall I have mentioned here and here.

I decided to build my own shelves and started over my weekend.

I mentioned my glee over using power tools after my long baby sabbatical.

The first shelf is done.

Two to go and I will update you when complete.

It looks awesome. Woot woot!

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If you were wondering what the h-e double hockey sticks I was talking about when I mentioned treason and execution, here is what happened…

On Joey’s birthday we went and had a picnic in Golden Gate Park and made our way to Valencia Street in the Mission.

We strolled into this high end toy store (that I can’t for the life of me remember what the name is) that displays art of local artists that is also for sale along with the toys.

I saw an item that inspired me to round up a bunch of animals, frame them for crimes that they did not commit, try them for treason, and execute them Anne Boleyn style.

Before you call the police and PETA to turn me in for animal cruetly let me just say that they were all STUFFED.

Here is the end result that I couldn’t be happier with and Leo’s nursery is finally coming along. I know he is 8.5 months old, so I’m slow.

The first photo has a WOOT WOOT moment for me. It screams “I’m looking good, baby!”

I have gotten some mixed reviews on the mounts with questions like “what did you do with the butts?”

Obviously a crib skirt and some more wall decor is needed and maybe a rug in front of the crib but I am dang happy with how it is coming along.

Now if you were to walk into the room and look to the right I would get a big WHAMMY!

The huge blue and naked wall is still there, winking at me every day.

What do you think about the mounts?

P.S. No animals were harmed in the making of this wall/art display.

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Haha! I did a Girlfriend needs to be mobile post and cracked myself up using it for this post.

At least I am easy to entertain. 🙂


We have been talking about getting Leo a high chair for at least a month now and said I had decided on this one (here).

I couldn’t bite the bullet. $179 was a lot of money and I didn’t want to settle on one that I felt was inferior.

Joey being the awesome dude that he is found one similar to the one I picked on Craigslist for $50.

On Sunday afternoon we drove down to Berkley to pick it up and Joey offered the guy $40 since it was dirty and the guy agreed.

That’s a deal, Sylvia!

Now let me tell you something if Joey thinks it is dirty I think it is downright disgusting, filthy.

We brought the filthy, green beast home and I spent the better part of an hour with TOOTHPICKS and lysol wipes cleaning it up.

Threw the vinyl pieces that say “DON’T WASH” into the washing machine on gentle and after some air drying, put it all back together again.

Leo was thrilled to be at grown up height and we were thrilled to be feeding him like a normal little boy as opposed to a hamster.


We reorganized the living room/dining room/kitchen area today and had our first meal at the dining table since Leo was brand new laying across my lap.

It felt really good to start the “eating at the table as a family” tradition that is so important to me. We put on some music and left the phones out of arms reach. It was magical.

Update: Leo loves being wheeled around in his high chair. We plop him into his seat when we cook so he can be in the kitchen and watch. Happy all the way around.


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