My Week(209) in iPhone Photos

November 3rd, 2014

I’m going to go against popular opinion here and say I LOVE the extra hour we get with fall back. I was exhausted at 10 pm last night so I went to sleep, and then woke up on my own 15 minutes before the alarm. It felt positively leisurely. I have no idea if my children got an extra hour of sleep, because they know better than to come wake me up unless the house is on fire.

Sunday:

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Being awesome at the aquarium

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His favorite part of the aquarium is the Titanic, which is creepier when he’s dressed like a shark

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She shouted “I’m the queen mermaid of the world!!”

Monday:

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Our favorite rainbow at our favorite store

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Do I have something on my face?

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My assistants for an evening shoot

Tuesday:

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Beautiful spot for a morning photo shoot

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“Nursing” her puppy is very zen

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Beautiful spot for an evening photo shoot

Wednesday:

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What are we going to do today Mom? Oh right, more photoshoots.

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Slightly less scenic in this photo, but the pictures are AWESOME.

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They cannot stop themselves from kicking leaves

Thursday:

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My attempt at fancy hair was a flop

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We are not fans of having to sit through swim clss

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I’m not sure he actually even LIKES Panera, but he loves the buzzer

Friday:

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Halloween legs

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Halloween shirt

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Halloween night! I’m a fisherman, he’s a goldfish.

Saturday:

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I took Saturday off. Caroline watched Linc for me.

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I’m only sort of kidding.

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Although I still care of his favorite thing. Look at that baby smile.

The weekend was not at ALL relaxing due to a broken computer and a broken forehead, so I’m playing as much catch up as I can today. (Both are much better today, fingers crossed they stay that way.) I have zero photo shoots scheduled this week as of right now, but FIVE blog posts to write. Considering I can’t even get this one posted in a timely manner, it’s amazing anyone still reads. Maybe no one does. Maybe you’re all spambots. Or my mother. Hi Mom!

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October 30th, 2014

The aquarium always does fun stuff for Halloween and we’ve been going since Evan was a baby. This year the costume dress up weekend was “Pirate and Princess” themed. Unfortunately, I spend a bazillion dollars on costumes that are not pirates or princesses but were TOTALLY aquarium appropriate…so the kids dressed up anyway.

Although they weren’t eligible for the pirate/princess costume contests, I can promise you Evan won Unofficial Best Costume, just based on the fact that EVERY person we saw commented on it. Because it’s AMAZING.

p.s. The weird spacing thing on photos with captions makes me crazy but I cannot fix it so try not to let it drive you crazy too.

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She traded her mermaid crown for one she made in the craft room

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LOOK AT THAT COSTUME

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They loved all the throwing games to win “pirate gold”

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I wonder if the seals are getting nervous about the shark staring at them.

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There’s an art installation set up about ocean pollution. This one was adorable/sad.

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He’s goldfish. FYI.

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Evan saw the pirate and yelled “JACK SPARROW!” and the pirate said “CAPTAIN. It’s CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow!” This was like the 5th time we ran into him just walking around, obviously they’re BFF’s now.

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This is the best I can do for family photos right now.

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Sorry Linc.

Then we went home and painted/carved pumpkins, something we never managed to get around to last year. Painting is genius, since carving is such a PITA.

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My Week(208) in iPhone Photos

October 26th, 2014

I am tiiiiiiired. I don’t even have a good excuse beyond doing lots of stuff this week – my darling darling baby slept 10 hours last night. But this weekend was busy and this next week is going to be super busy. I feel like a broken record, because all I post anymore is complaints about how BUSY I am and I know it’s boring. But really, once you have three kids you’re pretty much always busy. Even the baby thinks I should try to sit on the couch more – he’s really tired of being nursed in uncomfortable chairs.

Sunday:

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Sleepy stars and stripes

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Obviously when you see a pile of leaves you throw them

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What does the Caroline say?

Monday:

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A very patriotic wrap for a patriotic day

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Grocery shopping with 3 kids is not my favorite

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A beautiful night to go visit a submarine

Tuesday:

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Snuggly errands

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Why do my eyebrows only look this good for the 10 minutes after I have them waxed?

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I’m in love with this picture

Wednesday:

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Baby Dr. Evil

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I’ve re-purposed the stuff I knit for Evan, since no one knits for baby #3

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Ignore my face and loooook at that pretty orange!

Thursday:

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SMILEY

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See, I swear, I buy the wraps FOR HIM. HE LIKES THEM.

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I wouldn’t let a kid that close to my computer with a marker, but Daddy is nicer than me.

Friday:

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We bought this car when I was pregnant with Caroline. It had 16000 miles on it.

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THE MOST unflattering photo of myself I’ve ever voluntarily posted, but his face is too good to pass up. WTF IS ON YOUR HEAD, MOM?

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New hairs are nice.

Saturday:

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Stealth photo of my husband in uniform during the comissioning ceremony.

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WHY AM I STILL AWAKE AT A PARTY AT 9 PM?

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Yeah, I ate that.

I am once again shocked at how many photos of my own face are in this post. I’m not a selfie person. Or at least, I didn’t think I was a selfie person. But that might have had something to do with being hugely pregnant for what felt like the last decade. It was also SO NICE to get my hair cut (even if I had to bring the baby) that I’m going back in 5 weeks to refresh my color. I have nice hair when I take care of it, and since right now I feel old and fat, I need to work on what makes me feel good. Maybe in a couple weeks I’ll do something REALLY crazy, like schedule a facial or a massage.

Oh who am I kidding, if I had money for a massage I’d just spend it on another wrap. I cannot stop drinking the babywearing Koolaid.

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October 24th, 2014

I was SO PROUD of myself for having this done and scheduled to post on Linc’s actual 3rd monthday…and then I went to post it and realized I was posting it on the 24th and I missed his 3rd monthday. I missed an entire day and didn’t notice until 7 pm.

Right now as I write this Linc is fussing, so I guess I can’t technically say he NEVER fusses. If he NEVER fussed, I would think there was something wrong with him. He fusses just enough that I’m pretty sure he’s a human child. I should probably go cuddle him.

It is now an hour later than when I wrote that first paragraph and Linc is asleep. He’ll probably stay that way until around 6:30 am, which means my 3 month old sleeps through the night. I have literally no idea HOW or WHY (if I did, I would write a book and be a millionaire) but he sleeps. Which means I sleep. Which is the only reason I’m managing to be a real human being. Sleep is the best. I actually hate when people ask me “So, are you getting any sleep?” because they totally expect me to say “Oh, yes, well, you know, newborn babies…” It feels douchey to say “Yep, 9 or 10 hours straight!” No one wants to hear about my freak baby.

Linc has sort of given up on the schedule he had for the last couple of months. He’s awake a lot more these days, so I can’t count on him sleeping through my dentist appointment or haircut or errands, but SOMETIMES he does. And he still likes being held by anyone, so if the nice dental hygienist isn’t busy she can watch him for me. Which she did. I actually had no idea where my baby was when my appointment was over, since she took him up to the waiting room to show him off. They threatened to keep him, but I didn’t need THAT much dental work so I made them give him back.

He still sleeps in my room, despite the adorable nursery being all done and totally ready for him. I even have a super fancy video monitor to keep an eye on him while he sleeps through the night. But I don’t WANT him to be so far away! He’s so cute and tiny! I swear I am not just being weird, I actually feel a biological need to have him in the room with me. We’ve got that super in-sync nursing thing (my boobs wake me up like 2 minutes before he wakes up in the morning) and I think the room-sharing is a big part of that. There is plenty of time for him to use his cute nursery when he can actually appreciate it.

ALSO, I swear his bottom right front tooth is coming through. Swear. I felt it. How do I not remember if this is freakishly early for teeth?

Likes include sleeping, eating, smiling, tickles, his brother, his sister, the crazy otteroo neck floaty, being carried around, looking at stuff, ceiling fans, his feet, Daddy, Mommy, flirting, water, the swing, the baby gym, blankies, and getting his diaper changed.

Dislikes include gas bubbles, not getting fed quickly enough, loud noises, and when you accidentally whack his head on the door frame of a submarine.

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That thing he’s lying on is one of my woven wraps – it’s a KoKaDi Captain. I wasn’t sure I loved it but it matches his nursery and clearly Linc loves it, so I’m keeping it in the nursery as his blankie.

3 Month Milestones (originally from BabyCenter, borrowed from Caroline’s 3 month post)

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
Recognizes your face and scent – Definitely. He totally likes me best.
Holds head steady – Mostly. I think he’s getting a really strong neck from me wearing him all the time – he has to hold his giant noggin up to look around.
Visually tracks moving objects – Especially my iPhone because I am a really good mother

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
Squeals, gurgles, coos – He loves to have chats and flirt with people.
Blows bubbles – Sooooometimes? He laughs when I blow bubbles.
Recognizes your voice – Yep. Like I said, he likes me best.
Does mini-pushup – Nope. Hates tummy time and I don’t want him to be mobile anyways. Third baby problems.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
Rolls over, from tummy to back – Nope. He can fling himself from side to side when he’s on his back but he’s not even close to rolling.
Turns toward loud sounds – Yes. He actually gets mad now if you startle him.
Can bring hands together, bats at toys – Yes! He grabs the toys on his baby gym and can get them into his mouth. I’m impressed. He also found his feet, which is my favorite baby milestone. Feeeeeeeeet!

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Fall In

October 23rd, 2014

Three kids is a lot of kids. I mean, it’s not A LOT of kids. 15 is a lot of kids. But three kids is more kids than I have hands or eyes, so the logistics of taking them out in public can be difficult.  It’s actually not so bad, since I can keep one kid literally tied to my body at all times, especially when we’re out doing things and it’s not really safe to just leave him on the floor. If it were up to me, that’s where he would hang out most of the time, since he’s pretty entertained by ceiling fans and smiling and I can smile at him from the couch.

But the two bigger ones still expect me to be Fun Mom who Does All The Things, so last weekend we went and Did All The Things. Since they have the attention span of gnats I managed to fit all the fun into just one warm, beautiful Saturday so we could stay home and do nothing on the colder, less beautiful Sunday. I like to pretend I am Supermom but I can only keep it up for like, 4 hours. Then I turn into regular old fed-up, impatient, tired mom.

Luckily it really was a gorgeous day and I did not collapse after climbing the giant hill to the apple trees and I even managed to bring my camera, which is the thing that I have been letting go in the name of sanity. But it was really fun to do fall things AND take pictures.

Please enjoy some pictures.

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That’s Mohegan Sun, the casino. We take people there when they visit.

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This thing fires water bottles at big targets. Evan would have spent every dollar I own doing it all day.

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I hate corn mazes, but Evan took charge and actually lead the way through. There was another mom with a 4 year old who walked with us and even she was impressed.

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There is still corn all over my house from this corn pit

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