Shmooples turns 4!

I can’t believe our Shmooples is turning 4. It’s just crazy. She is a real kid now. She’s beautiful, goofy, full of energy, sensitive, creative, curious, strong-willed, funny and so sweet. We are so thankful for our little monkeys. Happy birthday, beautiful Nora!

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Watch Out For Me, The Planet Hanging From Mars

Here’s our November update! Thanks for reading!

Quotes from Nora:

Listening to Eva Cassidy’s version of ‘Wade in the Water.’ Nora: “Wait, is this song about me?” Me: “Why do you think so?” Nora: “Because she said children!”

“Maybe we could buy a new shirt that has a turkey on it or one that has people saying thank you for the food that they need.”

She told Kevin: “I love you daddy and I’m thankful for you. And I love Mommy and I’m thankful for her. And I love Rosie too and I’m thankful for her.”

“I remember when you were my age that day. And it was a loooong time ago!”

“This is my favorite playground! And it has a purple dinosaur!”

Walking over to a ballerina doll in a store. “Oh, wow, look at that. I always wanted one of those!” (I just like the idea of her always wanting something, in her three years of existence.)

Nora: “What does B.I.D.O spell?” Kevin: “B.I.D.O? I don’t think that’s a real word.” Nora: “Well, you could go to the store to buy dough!”

One night, Nora called us upstairs to say she couldn’t sleep because she wanted to know 1. If the birds are asleep and 2. What is under her hair. (The answer is skin, we think.)

I was explaining why Rosie would not like to crawl across the floor only to have a toy taken from her. Nora replied, “And she’ll be awful mad! But we’re not mad! We’re happy all the time.”

Nora laid out a bunch of random items including a party horn, a Halloween fingernail, a cape, a leaf and a toy loaf of bread. “We’re playing choose what you want!”

She sometimes talks in a high pitched Rosie voice. Nora: “Rosie, what do you want?” Nora talking for Rosie: “I want the fingernail.”

Nora also comforts Rosie: “It’s okay, Rosie. I’m right here. Your big sister.” And she likes to wrestle with Rosie and huuuug her.

She has a very big imagination. Buba is still her imaginary friend, although, sometimes Buba is Nora. Nora can push Buba on the swing, or she can be Buba. Sometimes Buba takes the form of a small stuffed bear. It’s all very meta.

“This is Bubbas mask! But he doesn’t wear it anymore. It’s too small for him. It’s in his closet. He wore it when he was a baby.”

She likes to give things titles. Holding up a picture she drew: “This is called ‘Watch Out For Me, The Planet Hanging From Mars.'”

“Dora is going to turn boots into a baby again and then back into a monkey for Halloween.”

“That was the everest Daddy I ever seen with the perfect mouth and the perfect nose!”

“I really like the menorah I made. And, I even love it because it’s so beautiful!”

Rosie Update:

Rosie is 9 months old! She is still so happy. All you have to do is look at her and smile, and you will get a big smile from her. She has one rogue tooth on the bottom left side of her mouth, which makes her look a little like a Jack O’ Lantern. She crawls! (sort of). She plants her forearms in front of her and drags the bottom half of her body like a little soldier. She was saying “Thhh” and “Ffff,” for a while. Now she’s saying “Dadada” and occasionally “Mamama.” She likes to have a good groan in the car or when she’s falling asleep. She moves her bottom lip in and out like a fish. She likes lots of foods, like avocado, yogurt, bananas, sweet potatoes, etc. She is a face grabber, and I can’t keep those nails short enough, so she’s a very pointy face grabber. She likes to pull lips, cheeks, hair, earrings, necklaces, glasses, etc. Everything goes in the mouth. I have pulled stickers, tape, lint, a leaf, etc. out of her mouth. When I see her making a chewing motion with her mouth, I dig around in there to see what I’ll find. This is probably a sign that we need to 1. do a better job of baby-proofing and 2. vacuum more often. She has an amazing belly laugh. She is so sweet.



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More fall pics


by | November 3, 2015 · 4:43 pm

Fall pics

There were too many cute pics to choose from, so I included them all. There’s more to come.

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I Had Kids

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to share an essay I wrote that was published on Bustle. Thanks for reading!



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There once was a crocodile named Cari

At 6 months old, Rosie is in the 99th percentile for weight, 78th for height and 98th for head size. She has tried solid foods, yay! So far she’s had oatmeal, banana and apples. The bananas are a hit; the other two are amusing to her. She does this little hehehehe goat laugh when I put it in her mouth. She has started to make the wild cat yelping noises I remember Nora making as a baby. For a while, I thought maybe Rosie was a much quieter baby than Nora was, but she has found her voice, and she is expressing it at 6am when Nora is still sleeping and I want her to stay asleep a little while longer. She also loves to tell me, Thhhh. She tells me this over and over again while feeding. She’ll stop nursing to look up at me and say, Thhhh and then go back to eating eagerly. She does most things eagerly with a little pep in her step, arms and legs pumping. She can roll all the way across the room. She likes to roll over to the magazine stack under the coffee table and chew on some tabloids. I have not yet re-baby-proofed the house but better get on it. She is still sleeping in a bassinet next to our bed, but she is ginormous. She is like a fish that has outgrown its tank—the walls of her bed surround her from head to toe. I know I need to get her out of our room and into her crib, but I also think this is probably our last child, and I start to get all nostalgic and weepy about moving her. This will be the last time there will be a baby sleeping in this bassinet next to our bed! What’s next—college?

Nora has just turned into this kid. She’s no longer a toddler. She has a sense of humor and does things intentionally. Her favorite joke: Knock knock. Whose there? Boo. Boo hoo? Don’t cry! Recently, she’s started doing things a big kid does. She can write her name now! She is good at drawing faces with eyes, noses, mouths and hair. She did an excellent family portrait of us—Mommy, Daddy, Nora, Rosie and of course, our pet giraffe, Marty. She also likes to draw monsters and robots. She is very into wearing her princess dresses. She loves reading Ladybug Girl, Curious George and Pinkalicious. She likes to make pillow forts and pretend to go to sleep. She also loves to hide. Anytime she hears someone walking downstairs, or anytime the doorbell rings, she goes, “Ah! Hide!” and covers herself with a blanket. She is becoming quite the big sister. She can be pretty rigid about what she wants to do and gets frustrated when someone messes with her vision—“I want you to be the monster and come in here and tickle me and then I’ll hide.” “No, I don’t want you to put the purple Lego there! Not right there!”

At night, she wants Daddy and Mommy to tell her a story, after reading several books. The bedtime routine takes forever.

Last night, I said, “There once was a porcupine named Ned.”

“No, no, no!” she said. “Not a porcupine! A crocodile!”

“Okay,” I said. “There once was a crocodile named Ned.”

“No, no!” she said. “Not Ned! Cari!”

She wanted me to tell her the same exact story that Daddy had told her, but I wasn’t in the room at the time so I didn’t know the story, and that was very frustrating to her. I explained that we have to do a little of what we want to do and a little of what others want to do. Just like on the playground today. “The little girl you were playing with wanted the windows of the playhouse open and you wanted them closed. It was important to do what the little girl wanted too, because that’s a nice way to play. A give and take. Do you understand?”

She nodded. “Yeah,” she said. “I do.”

“Okay,” I said. “So, there once was a porcupine named Ned who had a crocodile friend named Cari. A give and take. Both of our guys are in the story.”

“No, no!” she said, after all that. “Not a porcupine named Ned! Just a Crocodile!”

You win some, you lose some I guess. ;)

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Happy 6 month birthday, Rosie!

Rosie, we love you so much! You bring such joy to our lives, little cutie. Happy 6 month birthday!


And happy first day of school, little Nora. We love you too and we’re so proud of you for being such a big girl.

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