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Yo Gabba Gabba’s Biggest Fan

15 Feb

Yo Gabba Gabba’s biggest fan might actually be me, sadly.  I added all of the available music to my phone so Ava could listen it to on the way to and from daycare. Initially she was very excited.  But a few songs into yesterday’s commute I noticed a weird thing.  She was silent.  I turned around and she was contentedly sucking her thumb and looking out the window.  Meanwhile I had been singing along the entire time. I’m not sure how many songs we had gone through at that point, but it was at least four.  Naturally, I just assumed that she was tired, so I tried again this morning after our car routine.  The car routine, if you are curious, generally involves her telling me where we are going and who is going to be there, followed by her telling me everything she sees outside…trees, cars, buildings and sometimes and airplane.  And if we’re lucky, we’ll see a helicopter (a strange and also unexpected bonus of living near the District.) Beyond that the car ride varies depending on her mood. So this morning I put Yo Gabba Gabba back on, and started to sing along absent-mindedly as I drove and again discovered that I was singing along by myself.  She just didn’t care.  Until recently this was her favorite song (and mine too apparently:)

I asked her if she was ok and she was fine of course. I went down the list of things she likes to do in the car (sing songs, play the alphabet game, etc.) When she said no to everything I asked her if she’d like to listen to something different and she said “mommy put on Goyte please.”  So, at two years old my daughter is already cooler than me.  I have already started to cross the line when the parent becomes decidedly un-cool.  It’s only a matter of time until I become embarrassing. No more street cred over here folks.



10 Reasons Your Kid Might Be Ridiculous

3 Feb

Your mother is 31 years and old does the following:

10.  Makes you listen to the Phantom of the Opera at the ripe age of 1.  Now you know all the words and love it too.  I’m sure the other kids will relate.  Kids LOVE Phantom of the Opera.

9.  Convinces you to love healthy food.  Such as garbanzo beans which you eat almost daily.  Ok, that’s not ridiculous.  Teaching you to yell “BAAAAAANNANZZZZOOOOS!!!”  before she will give them to you might be.

8.  Made up a variety of bedtime stories and almost all of them involve dragons.  And then she makes your father come in and flap his wings during the dragon parts of the story.

7. Prank calls people:

6.  Posts inappropriate and/or hilarious pictures on her co-worker’s desks.

5.  Spent an entire night “speaking” in song to your father so he would be annoyed enough to leave her alone and let her watch a movie in peace. Said movie was ‘Twilight.’

4. Created a fake twitter based on someone she knows who says amazing things on a regular basis.  By amazing, I mean unintentionally hilarious.  I won’t tell you who it is, but: @steveisbobo

3.  Recently requested tickets to the Maury Show.  And will totally go if she gets them.

2.  Did not create, but may or may not have a small hand in this:  SMELLHAIR.COM

1.  Is working diligently on a side project entitled  “Where Are They Now?: Korn Fans.”

The good news here is that Ava has a pretty good chance of being funny.  But no one tell her about the prank calls please.

If this were a Top 11 List I suppose I could add:

Your mother is so used to talking about dragons that she said” makes your father come in and flap his wings during the dragon parts of the story”  and didn’t think to change it to arms until after editing.

*If you were a Korn fan at one point, or knew someone that was, please let me know and I will pass along the questionnaire.  I was dead serious about that.


Florida Freak-out

9 Jan

In two weeks I head to Florida for a conference for work.  Alone.  No husband.  No child. I am a little excited, but I’m also starting to freak out. I made the mistake of trying to tell Ava about it thinking it would be better for her to know than be confused when I’m gone.  But she understood immediately and was pissed and told me I could not go.  “No, you stay with me.” I’ll be gone for four nights and my poor husband is really in for it (chuckle.) He does really well with her, but she is still a momma’s girl.  She wants to be with me every possible second. If it weren’t for having my dog follow me into the bathroom for the past ten years or so, I would probably be disappointed at having company every time I go in.  I can’t really remember the last time I was in a restroom alone outside of work now that I think of it.  But women travel in pairs anyway, right?  I know she’s really going to miss me and the guilt is really setting in already. Fortunately my schedule is fairly packed, so I’ll be busy enough to be distracted most of the time. Although I did manage to leave a few hours free one afternoon to hit the beach is the weather agrees.  Why not take advantage of the location? I have a friend that recently moved down there that I hope to have dinner with, but otherwise I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself in the evenings. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’m paired up with some fun people and have someone to explore with.

How do women travel for work like this all the time without freaking out? Am I abnormally attached to my child?  Any tips to keep my freak-out at bay would be much appreciated.

Sunday Pins

8 Jan

My child used the potty three times yesterday and she’s already used it once today.  I am so thrilled I could, uh, I don’t know what I could do.  But I feel like I should celebrate. One step closer to ditching these diapers.  I am so proud I feel like she’s just won an Oscar or something.  So, in honor of my precious girl, today’s pins are all child-related.

Ava received an absurd amount of fairy and princess dresses along with ALL of the accessories for Christmas.  I don’t necessarily mind the princess thing all that much, but my husband and I were trying to avoid getting too into it.  I suppose we just aren’t princessy people.  And I am 100% sure I have mentioned this to all of our family members, but it appears as though that my words don’t carry as much weight as I’d like.  Plus my sister keeps giving her all of her old purses.  Anyway.  Now that we have all of this stuff, something like this would be perfect:

I wonder if we could motivate ourselves to make one.  We’ll have to see.  Instructions are here:

This next idea is brilliant:Turn a closet into a kid’s reading nook.  Now if only we had an extra closet.  Maybe if I didn’t like stuff so much we would. Maybe in our next home.

Speaking of princesses:


I am so in love with this room.  I kind of want it for myself as well.  Can’t you just see the fairies living in there?

Ava is learning about dinosaurs in daycare this month.  I wish they had started a few months ago and we would’ve made these for Christmas:

Now that I’m thinking about dinosaurs, I’m feeling inspired.  It’s going to be 60 degrees here today(best winter ever.)  We should head downtown to the Smithsonian today and let Ava see all the dinosaurs.  Now excuse me while I go drag my husband out of bed.

Can you tell me how to get, How to get to Sesame Street?

2 Aug

Who knew technology is booming in Sesame Street?

I work for a techie company and even if it isn’t exactly my thing, I must say I’m pretty on top of when new things are out or are on the horizon. I like having the latest cell phones and I like being able to use everything even if I don’t own them. But something funny happened the other day. It was a Saturday morning I just couldn’t get myself going. So after getting my little one up and changed, I plopped her in her activity center with her snack and turned on Sesame Street. I try not to expose her to too much television, but I just needed a few minutes to wash my face and get my caffeine. A caffeinated mom is much better than one trudging through the morning, trust me.  And its Sesame Street for God’s sake.  So I pull myself together and go and sit next to her and look up to see Oscar the Grouch digging for something. A moment later he pops up with his Blackberry. Yes, his blackberry. Is this what the world has come to? As much as I love technology, I just cannot make myself like this.  I am not buying my child a blackberry.  And she’s not playing on a computer all day.  I just read that 31% of kids under the age of 3 are using computers.  I want to play barbies, leggos and catch.  I guess I need to train myself too.  I don’t leave the room without my phone these days.  What if I miss an important Jersey  Shore cast update?  I’m horrible.  I guess its time to practice what I preach.  But its going to be a long road.

Shame on you Oscar the Grouch!

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