This blog is about the young life of Ian as told by his mother.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Chillin on the Couch

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Big Boy

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I want my sippy cup in my mouth, NOW. Posted by Picasa

Mmmmm. Peaches.

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A Heartwarming Story (Rated PG-13)

Here's a truly heartwarming story about the bond formed between a little five-year old girl and some construction workers that makes you believe we CAN make a difference when we give a child the gift of our time...

A young family moved into a house, next door to a vacant lot. One day a construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot. The young family's 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and spent much of each day observing the workers. Eventually the construction crew, all of them gems-in-the-rough, more or less adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had coffee and lunch breaks, and gave her ittle jobs to do here and there to make her feel important. At the end of the first week they even presented her with a pay envelope containing a couple of dollars. The little girl took this home to her mother who said all the appropriate words of admiration and suggested that they take the two dollar "pay" she had received to the bank the next day to start a savings account.

When they got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own pay check at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied, "I worked last week with the crew building the house next door to us." My goodness gracious," said the teller, "and will you be working on the house again this week, too?" The little girl replied, "I will if those assholes at Home Depot ever deliver the fucking sheet rock..."

Kind of brings a tear to the eye, doesn't it? Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 28, 2006


Today was a crappy bad day. The only good part was the Belco party complete with tons of food. If only there were alcohol. :)

To add to an already crappy day, there was wind. I hate wind. The wind was so strong it blew all four of my trash cans (including a really heavy one) across the street, spewing trash all over our neighborhood. I was NOT amused.

Tonight I am going to see Clerks II. I am hoping that will cheer me up. Posted by Picasa

Perhaps I Need to Rethink This

So, maybe I should have thought this whole chewing on the washrag thing through. Now, my lovely angelic child has decided he must chew on the washrag in the bath. If his washrag is taken from him, screams of death will ensue. I think I'm gonna need more washrags... Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Take Me To Your Leader

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Random Baby Thoughts

You should never drop raw meat on your baby. (Don't ask how I know that)


My husband sings Ian the ABC's when he puts him to bed at night. Makes my heart go pitter patter


Ian and I went to the park today. We saw groundhogs, ducks, and kids. The most interesting thing for Ian was his feet. He did enjoy the baby swing though. I forgot (was to lazy to go downstairs) the camera, so no pictures, but we'll get some next time.


Today I ran a workshop, and it went pretty well. It's the first professional thing that I have done since I had Ian. It was bittersweet. I so enjoyed the conversation and the great ideas, but I missed Ian. I know that this is the beginning of my transition back to work. I'm not ready for these days to be over. I was also not ready for the judgement that people would feel free to give me about returning to work. Although it's possible it's not judgement, but I just perceive it that way because of my own guilt.


Longerber is the biggest rip-off on the face of the Earth.

I just realized that has nothing to do with babies, but it had to be said.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006


I'm going to have to turn on the comment moderation feature of blogger because I am getting spammed by someone. Don't click on any of the links in the comments section. I am working on removing these comments, but it will probably take a few days to get rid of them. You can still leave comments without registering (and please do! I love to read them!), but I will have to accept your comment before it will appear on the site. Thanks for reading!

- Kelli Posted by Picasa

Hot New Baby Toy

It's the new hot baby toy. The Wet Washrag 2000! The Wet Washrag will amuse your baby and entertain him/her for at least 5 minutes! It has amazing technology that will allow babies to develop their tongue and jaw. This will help your baby talk faster and be smarter*. You must have this incredible toy. Also helps relieve teething pain. Guaranteed to make the front of your baby's shirt soaking wet. Only $29.95. Order yours today.

*This claim has not been tested on evaluated. Posted by Picasa

Is This What I'm Supposed to Do?

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Doctor's Update

We had a long, harrowing experience at the doctor, complete with lots of screaming before he even got his three shots. Here's the update:

Weight: 16 pounds 12 oz (75th percentile)
Height: 25.5 inches (75th percentile)
Head: 17.75 inches (100+ percentile)

He's hitting almost all of his milestones, with the exception of those that involve tummy time. The dr. suggested 10-15 minutes of tummy time three times a day. I just laughed. Posted by Picasa


I'm often struck by the fact that Ian has no fear. No fear of thunder, no fear of spiders, and even no fear of his father pretending to poke him in the eye. Where do we learn fear?

I was talking with my mother tonight about one of my biggest fears, wind. She told me not to put my fears on Ian, and she's right, but where does the fear come from? Why am I afraid of the wind? It bothers me to think that Ian will learn fear from the things we do, the decisions we make, the movies we let him watch on TV and the words we say. It's very scary to have that kind of influence over someone's life. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Happy Four Month Birthday!

Dear Ian,
Yesterday you were four months old. I can hardly believe how much time has passed since you were born. You continue to amaze me everyday. Over the last month you have really changed. You still cry a lot, but not as much as you used too. When you're not crying, you are so much fun to be with! You smile a lot, and you even laugh out loud. It's so funny. You like to make funny faces. You are constantly staring at your hands and feet. You like to grab at things, and as soon as you get them, you plop them right in your mouth. Your favorite toy is a stuffed Nemo that Aunt Melissa won for you at the boardwalk. Aunt Melissa is one of your favorite people. You love to stare and laugh at her. During this month you took your first trips to the beach, the pool, and the boardwalk.

You started eating cereal a few days ago. You didn't like it at first, but once I put some pears in it you liked it a lot more. You seem to like cereal more at night than in the morning. When I feed you, it's like a race to see how many spoonfuls of cereal I can get into you before you stick your hands in your mouth! You also drink water out of a sippy cup! I couldn't believe that you could do it, but you did. You also drink eight ounce bottles. You weigh 16.5 pounds and you are about 26 inches long. You just started wearing 6-9 month clothes!

You are trying to sit up. You can balance yourself for about 3 seconds before toppling over. It's really funny when you do that. :) You don't have any interest in rolling over and you still don't like to be on your tummy. You still love your star, bouncy chair, and swing. You still don't like napping, but you sleep through the night. You go to bed around 7:15pm and you get up around 7:00am (give or take an hour). Thank you for that!

I am amazed at how much I love you. I am already dreading going back to work. I know I will miss you so much! You're my favorite booger in the world.

Mama :)Posted by Picasa

Laughing at Aunt Melissa

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Ian's Trip to the Pool

Ian went to the pool today. He seemed preplexed by the water. He didn't hate it, but he didn't seem to love it either. We had a great afternoon though. He was laughing up a storm at his Daddy and Uncle John. He also enjoyed playing peek-a-boo with his Aunt Melissa. Here he is taking a brief nap in between the fun. I don't have many bloggable pictures this event, because everyone is in their bathing suits, and well I don't think they'd appreciate that so much. :) Posted by Picasa

Ian on a Raft

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Don't Jump!

Life's not that bad. :) Posted by Picasa

Ian's First Hickey

Ian gave himself a hickey by sucking on his arm. At least I think that's how he got it. Maybe he's been sneaking off with some girl baby.... Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 14, 2006

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Starring Ian!

I made a video today of Ian trying to grab at a toy. He's either drunk, or he needs to work on his hand eye coordination some more. I like how when he misses the elephant he tries to play it off by shoving his hands in his mouth, like that's what he was going for all along. Click here for the movie. Posted by Picasa

It's Not Nice....

to call names. I mean he only weighs 16.5 pounds. Posted by Picasa

Tummy Time

We're making some progress with tummy time. He picked his head up for about 1 minute before collapsing and crying hysterically. :) Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 12, 2006