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This week’s quotes of the week (QOTW) are, um, slim pickings.
“Are you going to take her a bath?”
Anna-Laura asks Scott this question EVERY night and his reply is always the same. “You mean GIVE her a bath?” Someday we’ll figure out the difference between those two words!
Luke, he passes this metal chicken every day on the way to preschool and never misses screaming that out. Kids. I love ’em.
“Oh, her name must be ‘Oops.'”
Mr. Super Inappropriate at Starbucks. And, yeah, you’re gonna want to read the rest of that story.
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Let’s just call her the Maybelline baby, shall we? Those lashes, y’all.
Sweet baby Gianna turned five months last week and the milestone must be marked with me sharing her latest shenanigans. Sorry, a momma has to write these things down. The brain, not so great at recollection these days. Let’s see, she can roll, but she’d much rather lay on her side, in the buff, and eat her toes. It’s ridiculously adorable. She’s pushing 15 pounds. At this rate, she’ll weigh more than Luke when she turns one. #notevenkidding John Paul can crack her up faster than any sibling. She still naps in the swing (I know, I know, working on it) and loves to be swaddled. I think I’ll cry more when she gives that up than anything else. Nursing is still going beautifully and we’re marching toward the end of exclusive breastfeeding. I can’t even tell you how sad that makes me. I hate making cereal. But, we’ll power forward. I’m conservative in the feeding department so it’s usually cereal at 6 months, baby food at 8 months and big people food around a year. She takes three naps a day (morning, afternoon and late afternoon) and sleeps horribly at night. But not always. Then, she goes at smiles and me at 5am and what’s a mom to do? Drink Dr Pepper and hope for more sleep the next night. I’m not sweating it. Luke didn’t sleep through the night until age 3.5 (and still wakes up) so if she can beat that, she wins. She loves chewing on her hands, my shirt, the burp rag and whatever else is near her mouth.
Her laughs are the best. Bottom line? I think we’ll keep her.
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I’m really starting to panic. Family photos are next week and I haven’t purchased one single, solitary piece of clothing for any of the eight people in said photo. Yes, the date has been on my calendar since August. Hey, at least I know the location! All I know is there will be no white or denim shirts.
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Speaking of photo love, I’ve found the boots I must have. Did you hear that, Lucchese? Of course I choose the $500 boots to fall in love with. OF COURSE. But, y’all. These boots. I mean, just look.
These boots are beautiful. The embroidery is expertly done. The leather is flawless. I love that the tabs you hold to pull on your boot are on the inside. These boots have everything I like — hard toe, just the right width/height heel, good shaft height – but I can’t afford them. I was drunk when I bought them. After trying them on and adoring them in the mirror, I am planning to send them back so I can afford my next month’s condo fees.
Eleanor, I feel your pain. People in my house need to eat, so I guess I’ll just keep dreaming. But, man, Lucchese if you’re reading, these boots would make some spectacular “we survived prematurity” celebratory footwear. Just sayin.
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I’m not sure who thought enrolling four kids in seven sports was a good idea. Oh wait, I know this one. Let’s just say “crazy” doesn’t begin to explain our life the last few months. I had a mini-meltdown last week after Scott came off a weeklong business trip and it was not pretty. The ship’s cruise director is officially tapped out. Whatever happened to the hell yeah mom? You know the one who looks at everything she does and either says ‘no’ or ‘hell yeah’? Because she needs to make an appearance at our house.
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It’s during my 3am nursing sessions that I offer up many of my most sincere prayers. Lately, those prayers have been landing on this family. If you don’t know Mary or Courtney, then you are missing out on one of the most beautiful love stories. Courtney’s story is one of profound and transformative love. Mary and I have been cyber-friends for a while, but it wasn’t until Gianna was born that I dove into her daughter, Courtney’s, story. You will forever be changed by it. Trust me on that. And, if ever you’ve wondered if every life has worth, Mary can answer that question for you. They’re always in need of prayers, and if you feel inclined to give financially toward Courtney’s medical or funeral expenses, I encourage you to prayerfully consider it.
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My best read this week? Hands down, this one. If you’re a breastfeeding momma, grab a tissue. And for those of you that aren’t, I hope you read it and don’t feel shamed. I share it because after nursing six babies it resonated with me in such a beautiful way that I had to tell you about it.
And that’s our week. Hop over to Jen’s for more.