Monday, August 29, 2011

Ode to Moving

A year ago when we moved in to this apartment I had 3 issues with it:
  1. The bathroom fan- which Cam fixed for me in the first week.
  2. The yellow window- which, while it may have been a bit much in August, was actually nice on gloomy winter days. If I left the other windows covered, it felt like a sunny day. Also, Wesley is absolutely mesmerized by it- it's distracted him from crying more than once.
  3. The neighbor who can see through my sliding glass door- We solved this one by putting our couch in front of the sliding door to limit the view (we covered it in plastic all winter anyway, so it was already useless). 
The unfortunate side effect of blocking the window was that we never really talked to him. We would just see him all day every day in his recliner in by the window typing on his computer. The only time we saw him leave his apartment was once a week to walk to the convenience store a block away to buy more cigarettes and a Big Gulp.

For months we would hypothesize about what he did all day. I think our final guesses were down to:
A. Running a very large online business
B. Highly illegal web activity
C. Facebook

It was June before we had a conversation with him, at which point he learned we were having a boy, and we learned that he is a poet/actor who occasionally preforms monologues that he writes. I never would have guessed that. So, in honor of the poet-neighbor we are leaving behind, I have written a poem of my own:

Ode To Moving

Goodbye to my bathroom fan
you were loud and obnoxious
but Cam turned you off

Goodbye to my yellow window
you made my days yellower
Wesley will miss you

Goodbye to our porch neighbor
Alas, we never knew thee
but we will appreciate having our privacy

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sleep Deprived

I think am losing my mind.

I'm not sure if it's from the lack of sleep, or from how much time he spends in my arms, but now and again when Wes wakes up crying in the middle of the night I wake up thinking that I'm already holding him. Like my pre-waking brain senses actual weight in my arms.

Before, I wasn't so far off, since he was in the cradle right next to me. It would take me a sec, and then I would just reach over and pick him up. However, two days ago we moved him down the hall.

Last night I reached a new level of nutty. When Wes woke up crying, my brain realized he was down the hall and that he was hungry... but it was still convinced I was holding a baby. So I woke Cam up and I said, "Can you hold this one while I go get Wesley?"

Then I tried to hand him an imaginary baby, but the hand-off wasn't working because I couldn't get a good grip (duh, no baby there). At that point I finally realized what was going on and just went to get our real and only child.

Luckily, Cam has been slow to wake up too, because he promptly fell back asleep and didn't question me.

Sunday, August 21, 2011


We are finally moving out of our 1 bedroom apartment! We've been on the waiting list to move into a 2 bedroom in our complex since March. Since that never happened and our small person REALLY needs to move out of our room, we're moving to a different complex that's even cheaper! (read: more ghetto)

One of the things that I am most excited about with the new apartment is that it's townhouse-style, meaning the kitchen and living room are on the main floor, and the bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs. I've never lived in a house with stairs before, and I'm pretty excited about it. 

I mean, I get up in the morning, and before breakfast I've done exercise. Feeling lazy after breakfast and want to take a nap in my bed? BAM, there's another workout. Even if I don't get around to leaving the house in a day I still pretty much have to accomplish something.

Unless I start keeping a box of Teddy Grahams on my bedside table (again).

Thursday, August 18, 2011


So for months I had this really cool plan for a baby mobile (stuffed whales!) until I realized something lame: babies see mobiles from underneath, and stuffed whales look like blobs from underneath.

So last minute I ended up ditching my theme for something that would be interesting if your vision got blurry after about 15 inches and you were underneath it.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to re-find the Etsy store that inspired it to give credit. Hers was much cuter albeit more expensive... this one cost me 0$. Paper circles, wire with embroidery floss knotted around it and string. The hoop is the rim cut off of a sour cream container with floss wrapped around and around and around it. Not a problem if you have the time for that sort of thing...which I do.

But once his vision gets better and he starts moving around that crib there will be whales... and lots of them.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Fun Stinks

So driving down the freeway a few weeks ago, we saw a large sign in the shape of an elephant advertising the North Plains Elephant Garlic festival with the tagline "Fun Stinks" and we knew there was no way we could miss it... especially after seeing this commercial:

So without further delay, my photo essay of the Elephant Garlic Festival:

Friday, August 12, 2011


Multitasking (Noun):
The performance by an individual of appearing to handle more than one task at the same time.

As in hold a baby whose pacifier keeps falling out while eating cake.

I guess when there's a will there's a way...right? 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Paisley Pants

Today at church was Wesley's blessing. Despite my concerns he was very well behaved (asleep) and looked pretty darn cute if I may say so myself.
We had a ridiculously hard time trying to put together his outfit though. I really wanted a white button up shirt, but I couldn't find one in newborn size. I ended up finding this polo in 3-6 months, so it was a little big for him. I decided it needed a little something to finish it, so I made the bow-tie to dress it up a bit.
 I also made the pants, which I was nervous about because I had just enough white fabric and I've never done pants before, so I made a practice pair out of some scrap fabric. They were a little too skinny for his diaper at first so I had to add some width, but I'm pretty sure these turned out so awesome they're going to become a regular part of his wardrobe.