Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hey 2013, Let's Start Over

We haven't really had the best start to 2013 and as evidenced by the pictures from my Instagram, I've chosen to band-aid those issues with shopping. Here's what's been going on...

1) My last party of the year went awesomely. It was a vintage travel theme for a one year old who flew in from Germany for the celebration. My clients were dreams to work with but that didn't stop Mother Nature as well as Karma from trying to screw with me. Our first snowstorm came down that day which caused half the guests to be stuck at home as well as a major component of our dessert table to take a wayward trip to North Carolina, courtesy of the USPS. I also had to raise my voice at a bakery to get them to fix a mistake they made. It wasn't my finest moment but it had to be done. Stress to the FULL.

2) We made plans with our neighbors to hit up the bowling alley on NYE. Unfortch, toddlers with no naps don't mix well with loud music and games they don't understand. Gabe fussed, we got frustrated with each other and left long before the souvenir noisemakers made any noise. We went home and sulked on the couch. NYE sucked. 

In fact, a lot of nights have been sucking because of Gabe's bedtime shenanigans. We had it good for so long but shortly before the crib/bed switch, he decided that stories weren't good enough. He wanted to do laps in his room, jump up and down on things and basically *not* calm the eff down. So while the big boy bed switch has gone well (meaning he doesn't get up in the middle of the night or anything), we're struggling to find a new routine where he's chill before bed. Any ideas?

3) I scored this blue necklace at Targ's 70% clearance after Christmas. 7 bucks y'all. Woot!

4) I took Gabe to one of those indoor playground places by myself for the first time. For some reason, it didn't occur to me that when he'd crawl all the way up in there, through the tubes, up the rope ladders and through the foam obstacles, he'd decide he needed his mama. Every other time we've done these things, he was fine. Or John went with him. So I went a crawlin'. When I would finally reach Gabe at the top this 3 story obstacle course, he'd laugh and head down a slide. It was a nightmare. There were times I didn't think I'd get out. Seriously. Not really but sort of. It was pretty scary.

5) To make myself feel better, I went to Marshalls and  I got a new everyday bag. The studs make me feel tough and edgy. Tough enough to scale a children's obstacle course. 

6) With the aforementioned snow came the chance to whip out last year's snowsuit (used once) and pray it fit. And it did! The neighbors knocked up to see if Gabe could go sledding down their hill so John took Gabe down for a few hours. Those two. I can't take how cute they are together.

And to finish up the first week of the year, I've been mollywopped by the flu, which is why I'm phoning it in with an Instagram post (sorry!).  A sore throat led to full on moaning on the couch in pain about everything down to my knuckles hurting. I've been a waste of life for a few days now and for the millionth time in the past 2.5 years, I'd like to lodge a complaint that this job doesn't come with any sick days. Who do I see about that??


Kate said...

Blurgh....I feel ya sister. So sorry you aren't feeling well. I would like to know when my maternity leave benefits start around this house. Because chasing a 2.5 year old who has decided he'd rather go naked than wear (fur) anything at all is awful. Also? He got the pink eye and last night broke out in hives. Wonderful. I fully understand my dad's favorite saying as we were growing up: "How do I get a transfer out of this place?" PS- *Still hasn't moved into the big boy bed. I'm pretty sure we'll be packing his crib for college.

Jillian Keefe said...

You poor thing...Honestly, when that much stuff goes wrong mixed with a toddler and the flu its depressing. :( I will be prayen for you over here.
That said, when we switched Lilly to her toddler bed it really did add like hours to bed time. With the bed came a little too much freedom and parent manipulation. I am talking wanting a million books read, to its too dark in here (even though she has more night lights than ever and to this point slept in the pitch dark...whatever), then I have to go potty, I have to go potty again, I have to tell you something Mom...and the manipulation goes on. What we have done is (thanks to an idea from a girlfriend)...We have a jar on the counter. It has a pic of a toy she really wants on it and every time she does something good (like go to bed without "shenanigans" ;) she gets a cotton ball or two in there. Once its full she gets her toy. May be worth a try?!
Okay, that was a long comment!! Hang in there mama! Hope you feel better soon!!!

handmade_mama said...

Ugh. Sorry 2013 has gotten off to a rough start/has totally sucked for you so far. I had to laugh on the inside to myself when I read about your heroic rescuing of Gabe at the "bouncy place" (what else should I call it?), because I, too, had to make one of those daring rescues shortly before Christmas. I wasn't wishing my doll baby any harm or stress, but I was sure jonesing to get my big adult butt up that blow-up ladder and slide down that ENORMOUS inflatable slide. So, yeah, I did that...

Hope it gets better. There's always Target. Always.

Joi said...

Your recap kills me! So funny. Glad you made it out of the playhouse alive and treated yourself to a fab bag!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Ugh. I'm sorry you are dealing with all of this. I sorta wanna start over too. Without this deadly sickness and raging PMS. I'm sure Ryan would agree.

I eat my emotions. So my no fast food goal went out the window this month. Maybe it's better to go buy a pretty necklace.


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