Friday, September 30, 2005

Beware of The Creature!

Suzanne and Phillip hosted 'Baby Night' this week. It was fun and relaxing- good eats too. As you can see, Audrey was in fine form tonight. She was trying to eat Suzanne and got a little upset because her head didn't quite fit in her mouth.
The highlight of the evening, for me, was getting to see a 2 month old again. A couple from our birthing class, Alethea and Jason, joined the fun and brought their teeny tiny baby Siena. She is so precious! It's amazing how quickly they turn into Creatures, like Audrey. (We call her The Creature now b/c she reaches out like Frankenstein and moans while trying to eat whatever it is in front of her.)
The Creature has been documented in this photo. Suzanne barely escaped unscathed. Beware!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Baby Swap

The Baby Swap occurs every day from Monday thru Thursday. I will take Audrey up to work and wait in the parking lot for Tim to drudge through rush-hour traffic and meet us. During the Baby Swap, which lasts about 5-10 minutes, Tim and I catch up. I ask him how work was and he asks me about Blobbers. Then, he gives me his keys and I give him mine. We kiss and say, "See you tomorrow!"
I don't mind so much that I only get to see my husband for 15 minutes a day. No really, it's killing me, but it's a small price to pay to keep The Little out of daycare. I don't know how long we'll be able to keep it up, but for now it's working.
On some days, like this one, I dress her up in ridiculous outfits so that I can watch Tim smile as he pulls into his parking space. She's always happy to see her Daddy. So happy, in fact, that she drools. Who am I kidding? She never stops drooling.
I look forward to the day that I can take a picture of her and she doesn't leak. Turn the faucet off Audrey! Turn it off!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Dirt Mutt

Lincoln, our dirt mutt
constantly chasing varments
I want to kill you

Friday, September 23, 2005

Busy Friday

Covering up the blemishes
This morning Maxine and I had a date at Crescent Moon for lunch. I was a little late, due to a much needed pedicure, but I think her and Katarina forgave me. We ate lunch and then strolled over to JC Penney's to pick up Katarina's photos (which were awesome by the way). Then Maxine, that crazy lady, got the idea to get make-overs!
The first attempt failed. The lady said, "We're not giving make-overs today because we are running a promotion." Whatever! Maxine asked her to at least suggest a concealer and the lady relented and gave her just a chin-makeover. She didn't quite get the right skin color. I laughed and told Maxine that from here on out I was going to refer to her as good ol' white chin. After the chin make-over the woman went into a rant about how popping zits was the absolute most insane thing a person could do. And by rant I mean about 20 minutes of "you'll scar!", "your fingernails are so dirty!", "exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!" The Clinique Lady gets a thumbs down.
Maxine wasn't going to give up. We made our way to Parisian and tried the Lancome counter. This lady was way cooler and even though she didn't have enough time to welcome moi into her chair, she did a bang-up job on Maxine. See for yourself!
Check out the slideshow Note: if you want to read the captions that go along with the pictures just click on the Flickr link down at the bottom of this page and click on 'Lunch with Kat and Max' on the left-hand side. The slideshow won't show the captions.

After all that excitement, Audrey and I went home to wait on Tim. We freshened up and headed out to the Brickstore for our weekly baby gathering.
Yet another slideshow
Mommy and Daddy had a few beers and a fair share of baby conversation and headed home.
The perfect ending to a fun-filled day was that a GORGEOUS shooting star, the biggest I've ever seen, flashed before the windshield just as I turned onto our street. Amazing.

Oh, one other thing of interest is that the teacher that took my job is resigning. He only lasted 5 weeks. I got a call today asking if I wanted my position back. Uh, lemme think about that one, NO.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Naked Baby!

One of Tim's most favorite things to do is to undress Audrey and then rush her into whatever room I happen to be occupying and scream, "Naked Baby!"
Tonight, I took some pictures of them both. Right after this shot, Tim stood her up on the bed and she peed. I have a great picture of baby pee running down her leg and and her standing in the pee-puddle, but Tim didn't want me to post that one.
What's even more funny was that after her 'accident', Tim shrugged his shoulders and said, "It's just baby pee, it'll dry." (No need to change the sheets.) What's more funny is I said, "Yeah, she already peed on the sheets, yesterday, and I let it dry and you slept on it last night."
I one-upped him on the baby pee. Damn, we're so lazy. But, it is only BABY pee.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

first food

first food
Originally uploaded by My Daily Struggle.
Banananahnahners. That was Audrey's very first food.
Some say that you're supposed to wait 6 months before feeding babies solid foods, but Audrey showed all the signs that she was ready.
She ate like a pro. It was like she was born with a spoon in her mouth. She didn't even make a mess. (I'm sure that will change with enough time.)
Her poo was purple today, but she's sleeping through the night again. Hooray!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Another poke

The guys at Google have a very good sense of humor. Go to the Google search engine and type in 'Failure'. Have a good chuckle for the day. It is Friday for God don don.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

We're not Scared

Well, I ventured out into the ghetto again today. (Sorry Brian, I know you hate that word). I attempted to take my loyal fear-inducing dog with me but the second we got out the door she finagled her way out of the leash. I chased her around the front yard for forever. Finally, I got so mad that she knew I meant business if she didn't get her butt inside. I must have looked like a complete idiot out there chasing my dog, with the baby in her stroller, smack in the center of our overgrown front lawn.
So, minus the no-good-anyway protection from the killer Byrd, we were off with our guard up and a ready pen to write down the pervert's tag. We didn't see him. I did, however, see a Dekalb Co. Po-Po car drive by, so maybe that was in answer to my concern.
Our walks have become somewhat of a study. I think it's interesting that there was another strange occurrence during our outing. Some guy honked his horn and waved at me. Maybe I looked like someone he knew. I didn't wave back- with my guard up and all it just wouldn't have been right.
Audrey fell asleep on the tail-end of our stroll. I was pushing her over chunky gravel and big bumps of asphalt, but she did not startle or stutter. When she's out she's out. And so am I.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

It's a different world

(You'll have to click on the picture if you want to read the captions.)
This morning I watched Kitely for about 2 hours. Audrey and I enjoyed the company. Isn't it funny to see them side-by-side? I think it would be cool to get parents to volunteer their babies to re-create a human growth photo. You know, kind of like the chart of the evolution of man?

After Phillip came to pick Bug up, Audrey and I ran a few errands and then went for a walk. This weather is just perfect and it's killing me that I can't spend an entire day outside with the flower beds. Anyway, we'd been walking for about 20 minutes and I turned around to head on home. I got to the corner of our street and the phone rang. So, I stopped in the shade there on the corner to chat. (Interesting call by the way- I was offered a job at the Brickstore- can you believe I turned it down?) Getting on with it, I ended the phone call and remembered that I needed to call Tim to pick up some eggs on the way home from work. I had only been talking to him for a couple of minutes when this car slowly pulled onto our street. This guy looks at me and motions for me to come over. I just shook my head. As if that wasn't weird enough, he pulls into someone's driveway and turns around, drives back up and rolls down his passenger window. He again, motions for me to come to his car. I said, "Watchu want man?" and he says, "I want you baby," in this really creepy voice. Fucker, I will kill you if I see you again with your bare chest and your nappy hair. My guess is that he was naked and was trying for some shock value. I was so disgusted and perturbed that I forgot to look at his tag. Fucker.
I got off the phone with Tim, after hearing his several commands to GET HOME!, and called the Po-Po when I arrived. Of course, they can't really do anything without a tag number.

That whole incident just made me realize that I won't be able to bring Audrey up like I was brought up. She won't be allowed to stay outside all day and ride her bike all over the neighborhood without a chaperone. I might as well go purchase that damn child-leash that I'm always making fun of.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

She's Four Mumps Old

I'll just come right out and tell you-
The difference between 3 and 4 months is ginormous. Audrey has done and learned so much in the span of 4 weeks. She can roll over (from back to front), pick up her sippy cup and shove it cock-eyed into her mouth, she can pinch and blow bubbles, she can even sit up a little. One of her favorite things to do now is watch the dogs. She is much more aware of her surroundings. As a matter of fact, she is so busy looking at everything around her that she doesn't even look at me when I talk to her anymore. Pretty soon she'll be throwing up The Hand to let me know that she doesn't care to hear what I have to say at all.

This morning, I woke up at the crack of dawn to take her to her new pediatrician. We really enjoyed the office, the new doctors and nurses (minus the 4 shots she had to get from one). I've never heard such a blood-curdling scream. The nurse made her exit after the injections, leaving me to deal with this child transformed to wailing siren. It took me a good 5 minutes to calm her down. I thought for sure the nurse was going to come back in at some point and say, "What in tarnation are you doing to that child?" I've never popped a valium, but after that visit, if I'd had one, I would have. Audrey was a trooper. I gave her some Tylenol that knocked her out when we got home. Thank God for drugs.

My favorite thing about you is:
the way you slap my booby while nursing, as if to say, "Work! Ya damn boob!" I guess the flow ain't fast enough for my little piggy.
The most frustrating thing about parenting is: attempting to take you out in public. It's always a risk. One second you're fine and laughing, the next you let out a scream that leads on-lookers to believe I abuse you.
What I'm most looking forward to is: you being able to sit up on your own and crawl. I know it's right around the corner.
The biggest relief would be: if I could get you on a nap schedule.

My baby flares her nostrils,just like her momma. She's better than chocolate.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Doublemint Twins

Doublemint Twins
Originally uploaded by My Daily Struggle.
~~Sunday Night~
Once again, we met the Shermans at the Brickstore Pub. Audrey and Kitely donned the same outfit. (Did I mention that we were trying to out white-trash the other?) Kitely was pronounced the winner due to her daisy dukes. Although, Audrey was showing off her tummy quite a bit that night, I think that counts for something. She has such a cute tummy. And a cute booty. And a cute little nose. And you get the idea.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Post a Secret

People send in a postcard with their secret. Some of the artwork is really worth checking out.

Why didn't I think of this?

I was just surfing the web and found this great site: Click here for a good laugh.

This is what that 'steaming pile' had to say about Hurricane Katrina:

The folks on the Gulf Coast are going to need the help of this country for a long time. This is going to be a difficult road. The challenges that we face on the ground are unprecedented. But there's no doubt in my mind we're going to succeed.

Right now, the days seem awfully dark for those affected. I understand that. But I'm confident that, with time, you'll get your life back in order. New communities will flourish. The great city of New Orleans will be back on its feet. And America will be a stronger place for it.

Wow, I'm feeling stronger already. What the hell kind of speech is that?

Thursday, September 01, 2005


Originally uploaded by My Daily Struggle.
Dear Mr. Octopus,

Mommy, that bitch, put you just out of my reach. If only I could grab you. I want to eat you. My mouth is salivating. I can't help it, you look so good. Come a little closer Mr. Octopus and I'll wash that cute little acrylic smile off your face with my drool. I'm hungry.


Notice: Audrey is wearing her first pair of jeans. Thatta girl.