Friday, January 29, 2010

Sweaty Feet

I leave you this Friday with a post about feet. I'm not really into feet. I mean, I like having them and all, and I love what goes on your feet, but I don't have any sort of real affinity for them. I can't tell you the last time I got a pedicure. Oh wait, I can. August 2009. Eww. I have the picture to prove it. Here's my foot, alongside of my lovely friends' feet. They're the only reason I ever get a pedicure.

As I said, I don't really care for feet. But I love these feet.
They are so round. And so cute. And so fat. And they are sweaty. Sweaty, sweaty, sweaty. Just like her daddy's feet.

My favorite thing to do in the morning is to kiss those sweaty feet. I pull them out of her footed pajamas and kiss away. And she laughs and laughs and laughs. Gross, I know. Too much information, I know. But I don't care.

You see, I'm documenting this because there will be a day when I won't do this anymore. And on that day, just like her daddy, when she takes off her shoes I will have her run to the bathroom and wash them because they stink to high heaven. And just like her daddy, I will forbid her from ever touching me with those feet. And just like her daddy, I'm sure she'll do it anyway. Just to make me mad.

So here's to feet on this Friday. And to motherhood. And to enjoying every seemingly mundane moment. And to kissing babies who grow up just way too fast.

Have a happy Friday and a blessed weekend! --Morg.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Realization

I've been looking through pictures I've recently taken and pictures I've posted on my blog, and realized that they have mainly been of Chloe in various states of nakedness. Either she's shirtless, shirtless and pantless, or just completely naked.
In case you were wondering, she does have clothes. Don't let the lack of recent non-clothed posts drive you to buy her some new clothes out of pity. Don't believe the rumors that state I'm a negligent mother. Don't think that I take her out in public without a stitch of clothing on. She at least always has a coat on and a bow in her hair.

The nakedness can be explained in one picture:
Mealtime has been a battle for the past couple of weeks. 90% of the time she ends up looking like this. She is constantly knocking the spoon out of my hand and rubbing the dropped food onto her tray and all over herself. Clothing is not optional during a meal. It is merely impossible. I've even given up on putting a bib on her. I just rinse her off and send her on her naked way. I'm hoping this is just a phase. I don't think my baby food stained clothes and carpet can take much more.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How to Prepare a Baby for a Baby

How to prepare a baby for a baby. I've pondered this thought ever since I found out I was pregnant. At first I thought there would be no way to prepare such a little one, but now that we're on the precipice, I'm giving it a try. We've been doing a lot of role playing with a baby doll Chloe got for Christmas. I will hold the baby, rock the baby, and say "sweet baby" in a highly annoying voice. Then I give the doll to Chloe and say "sweet baby" even more annoyingly while Chloe manhandles the poor thing. I'm basically trying to teach her to be sweet and gentle. And in light of recent events at the YMCA in which she's being a little bossy with the other babies, I'm finding this role play more and more important. Here's how she's doing.

Here's Chloe cleaning out the baby's ears.

Picking the baby's nose.

Pushing the baby in her car, while patting her on the head. This takes a lot of coordination, people!

Vigorously pushing the baby swing. This will really help us save in the way of batteries.

Giving slobbery, slobbery kisses.

More slobbery kissing.

And finally, body slamming the baby when something more interesting comes up.

I know that there will be an adjustment period with Chloe, but I really think that she's going to do great. Jason and I are the ones who need the preparation. In church on Sunday, we sat next to a couple with a baby. When we heard the sheep-like cries that only a newborn can make, we watched as the dad pulled the teeny, tiny baby out of the car seat and onto his lap. Jason squeezed my hand, turned pale and then I started crying. I'm sure if anyone saw our reaction they thought, "Oh that's so sweet. They must really be excited about their upcoming baby." Little did they know that our reaction was purely perpetuated by fear. No matter how close the due date gets, it doesn't seem real. What in the world are we going to do with two of them?

It's a good thing Chloe's been in training.

She may have to take over the childcare duties while Jason and I adjust to life with two baby girls.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Water

Here is my submission for Mandy's Photography Friday. The theme is Water.

This picture was taken in a cemetery that overlooks Lake Erie in Rocky River, Ohio. I thought the statue atop the gravestone was so beautiful. Directly behind the gravestone is the lake. It is so beautiful during the winter because the water closest to the shoreline is frozen and looks like snow. So the part that looks like snow, is actually the water. I think it's pretty neat.

Enter the contest and check out the other submissions, here.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Intimidation

You wanna piece of this?

I didn't think so.
I hope all of you have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

When You're Good, You're Good.

I have awesome friends. They are great women, period.

I have to feature one of them, and her particular awesomeness, on my blog today. My friend Mandy. Her photo was featured on The Pioneer Woman website today. This is a very big deal!!

Here's the photo. Stunning, isn't it?
The way it works...PW posts a photo assignment and people send in their submissions. She chooses her favorites and posts them on her website. So how many people submitted photos this assignment? 10...20...500...1,000? No sir. Over 16,000!

Mandy's picture stood out among the crowd. I'm so proud of her! She is an awesome photographer and this is quite a recognition.

Go to PW's website and check out the photo, here. I'll be looking at it about 50 times today. And I'll probably pee my pants each time.

Way to go, Mandy!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

10-month old + Doctor visit = Fun*


I remember the days when doctor appointments were easy, dare I say somewhat relaxing. It was just you, maybe your spouse accompanied, and it was easy. It didn't matter if your appointment was an hour late, if you had to wait in the exam room for 30 minutes...it was just you. You can handle you.

You can't handle a 10-month old.

Chloe is scared of doctors. Any doctor. Her doctor. Your doctor. Your dog's doctor. But especially my doctor. She spots a white coat and her face turns red, her bottom lip puckers out, her eyes well up with tears, fear overtakes her, and the meltdown commences. I don't know how to break it to her that her dad has one of those white coats. Maybe one of these days she'll be able to handle the news.

My OB/Gyn, we'll refer to her as Dr. C, is wonderful. She's a petite little woman and is as sweet and bubbly as she can possibly be. Chloe is okay with Dr. C and holds it together until I lie down on the exam table. The second I hit the table the mentioned meltdown takes place from her stroller. Since I'm now going every week, Dr. C suggested I hold her during my appointments. This has proven to be more fun* than I could possibly imagine. She straddles my waist while Dr. C listens to the baby's heartbeat. Chloe just stares at my belly and tries to figure out where that rhythmic sound is coming from. Then she helps Dr. C hold the tape measure while she measures my belly.

But the real fun* happens when I am checked to see if any progress is being made. MEN, STOP READING NOW. Nothing spells fun* like being checked. Ouch! But it's really fun* when your daughter is lying down on your stomach, you are staring at each other face to face, and she starts blowing raspberries on your face because she thinks it's play time, and you're trying not to giggle because it makes it makes the exam all the more painful.

What's even more fun*? When your doctor tells you you're barely dilated and you have a ways to go.

The only redeeming factor? I lost a couple of pounds this week. Don't worry, I had a cheeseburger after my appointment to put those two pounds back on. We wouldn't want to be losing any weight, now would we?

*to be read with ultra-sarcastic sarcasm

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2010 Golden Globes: Fashion Review

Nothing spells happiness to me like award season. I love the awards and all, but I really, really love the fashion. Watching the red carpet arrivals is one of my favorite things to do. This year I thought that I would go ahead and post my picks for the fashion winners and losers. Don't get too excited.

The Winners:

Emily Blunt
She's stunning. I love how this dress really shows her curves in a very feminine and elegant way.

Sandra Bullock
It was her night and she looked the part. Her down to earth attitude is juxtaposed so nicely with her beauty and style.

Cameron Diaz
She has the model figure and can pull off any look. I think this dress is so chic and red is a great color for her.

Kate Hudson
I love the structure of this dress. It was a risk and I think it paid off. She looks like a glamorous movie star.

Chloe Sevigny
This look will no doubt show up on the worst dress list, but I love it. I think she is so fashion forward with her style and this dress is just so different. I love different. Chloe's always one of my favorites. Plus, we just might have gotten the idea for our daughter's name from her. That's how fabulous I think she is.

Jennifer Garner
My second favorite look of the night. She's perfect. I don't think I can say much more.

Diane Kruger
My favorite look of the night. I think she's pulled together perfectly from head to toe. I'm in love with this dress and she wears the look so elegantly. What a classic beauty she is.

The Losers:

Lea Michele
Don't hate me. I love her in Glee. I think she is beautiful. I think the dress is beautiful. I just think she looks 45. Maybe it's the styling. I would've liked for her to look a little younger. Again, don't hate me.

Julianne Moore
I usually adore her, but I'm very disappointed with this look. The dress just droops and it is not flattering to her gorgeous figure. Plus, I don't care for the shoes.

Jennifer Aniston
Another one of my usual favorites. This dress was just a little too much. She looked like she was trying too hard, the slit was entirely too high, the train was too long, and I missed her California girl vibe. She's beautiful, but this look is just too much.

Mariah Carey
Her Golden Globes were in full force. It was a little much.

Tina Fey
My pick for worst dressed of the evening. I like the dress. Just not on her. The proportion is all wrong and she just looked uncomfortable. I like it when she sticks with a more classic look.

Well, that wraps it up for the Golden Globes. Thanks for letting me share my favorite and least favorite looks of the evening. Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, January 18, 2010

36 Weeks: Back from Hawaii


I'm tanned, bronzed, refreshed and relaxed from my Hawaiian vacation last week. Hours spent on the beach, soaking up the sun, drinking refreshing fruit drinks...

So maybe I wasn't really in Hawaii, but that's what I'm pretending I did last week.

Pregnancy wise, last week was the opposite of any sort of vacation I could conjure up in my mind. It was a little rough. I'm not sure if I was sick or just congested because of pregnancy, but I could not breathe. Sleeping was impossible and I walked around like a zombie. My head felt cloudy, I couldn't keep everything straight, and I'm sure that it wasn't the most productive I've ever been in my life.

But for the past couple of days I've felt a lot better. I put a humidifier in my room and have been putting saline in my nose like it's going out of style. I've actually been able to sleep really well, and I think I'll be fine from here on out.

I'm really enjoying these last few weeks with Chloe before her little world gets turned upside down with a screaming sister. She'll probably be in the market for a new mom after the baby gets here. In fact, I found a file folder in her room labeled "America's Next Top Mom." I'll ask her where she wants the applications sent.

I'm so ready to meet this new girl. I'm sure she can't wait to get here and join us in all of the (confusion, chaos, craziness, hilarity) fun!

Let the countdown begin.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Seeing Red

The theme for Mandy's photography contest this week is "Seeing Red".

Here's my entry.

You can enter too! Check it out here.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Big Stuff

(Photo from my sister)

Happy 10 months to the girl who thinks she is much bigger than she actually is.

We love you, Chloe Starr.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Travels.

After 400 hours in the car, we made it back to Cleveland. We had an incredible trip and we were able to spend a lot of time with our friends and loved ones. I'm so thankful that we were able to go home over the holidays, and am excited that the next time we go to Oklahoma, it will be with a moving truck. 

We're getting back into the swing of things around here. You know how it goes...laundry, unpacking, etc. My sister came back with us and is helping me get things ready for the baby. I can't believe she'll be here so soon. 

After tearing apart every bag we brought with us, I came to the realization that I left (or lost) the USB cable to my camera while we were home. All of the pictures I was going to upload, all of the stories I was going to share, all of the blogging I had planned, will have to be put on hold until I convince myself to go buy a new one. But with the snow we're getting, it might be awhile. 

But once I get those pictures uploaded, I have some great things to share. My first post will be featuring....

a...

MULLET.

Not particularly this mullet, or this guy, but a mullet. Maybe even mullets. Emphasis on the plural.

I know you're excited.