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Tales From the Crib: Week 31

I broke Mommy! I broke Mommy! Poor, poor, poor Mommy.  But I got my trusty wrench out and I’m going to help fix her.

Apparently I’m a heavy boy.  And apparently I’m high needs and I need to be held a lot.  Enter Mommy.  She loves me and holds me and rockies me.  And then her back got brokey.  Carrying me around the ship (two nights in heels!), holding me on the airplane, and wearing me on excursions did her in.  I’m pretty sure 9 months of pregnancy and 7 months of general Baby Matty care contributed too.  On Tuesday, Mommy was taking me for a walk in my stroller, when all the sudden she had a shooting pain in her back, and we almost didn’t make it home.  She didn’t sleep at all that night and was in so much pain.  Daddy still went to work Wednesday morning, evne though Mommy couldn’t move, let alone pick me up or care for me. Bad, bad Daddy.  Mommy almost called an ambulance after we both laid on the floor crying for an hour.  Needless to say, Daddy had to take off work Wednesday afternoon to take Mommy to the chiropractor.  4 misaligned vertebrae. A misaligned pelvis making her left leg an inch and a half longer than the right (pain!@#*%), at least one herniated disk, and so much swelling the doctor wasn’t sure those were the only problems…They put Mommy on a special table and cracked and popped her all over–ouch!  Then they did electric-massage therapy.  She has to go back 3x/week until…she’s better, I guess.

Thank goodness Daddy called in reinforcements. Grandma! Grandma came to stay at my house  to take care of me.  She brought the puppies with her, too!

Not being able to play with me and take care of me is killing Mommy (and me, too!).  Grandma even had to carry me into the bedroom and lay me down so Mommy could side-nurse me, which still hurt. Poor Mommy.  But we made it through.  Friday afternoon, Mommy was feeling well enough to ride in the car back to Grandma’s house so Grandma and Grandpa could both help take care of me.  Daddy stayed home and did this:

You can’t really tell from Daddy’s crappy poorly-taken picture, but he reglazed the shower.  He used Rustoleum Tub and Tile paint, and it looks good. It needs another coat, but it’s so smelly that we have to vacate the house for a few days afterwards, so we’ll have to wait on that.

I have some BIG NEWS!  Are you ready for it?  Are you?


And not just army crawl, or drag along. I mean, serious get from one room to another.  BUT, I don’t like to.  I’ve been dogging my abilities for awhile. Since Mommy is sicky though, I had to make myself known.  I have a siren–I want everyone to know I’m on the move, so I wail like a mad-man whenever I crawl.

(Here I am checking out the dining room.)

(But then I couldn’t get out…)

(Don’t take a picture of my strife, guys. Help me! And zip up my jammies!)

I think Daddy took some video of me crawling and wailing, but I’m not going to make Mommy go dig that out right now.  I know, I’m thoughtful.

I have more BIG NEWS!  Are you ready?


(OHHH, don’t mind the mess…it’s been a rough week.  And don’t worry, those are just my leftover vacation diapers–nothing permanent.)

Yep, on Tuesday, Daddy was watching TV and not paying attention to me, so I grabbed the ottoman and popped right up so that I blocked the TV.

I’m already a pro, so Mommy pulled my old wedge out so I can pull up on the back, and since it’s smooth on the bottom, I can push it around the house!

Oh, gotta go.  We have to go get Mommy another ice pack for her back! Toodles!

Oh, and pray for me and Mommy–I need my Mommy snuggles back!

Tales From the Crib: Week 30

In our post-vacation haze, we forgot to take my picture.  But that’s okay, I drew you one! Do you like it? Huh, do you?  I think it looks just like me!

Anywho, do you want to hear about my vacation? I got to ride on an airplane, and a cruise ship, and a big bus!  It was so much fun.  And I was such a good boy.

I learned vacation can be classified into 5 categories:


Here I am resting at the New Orleans Riverwalk while watching the ship load:

And I decided to rest again JUST as we were getting ready to board:

And the booth at the Windjammer seemed like a good place to rest while Mommy and Daddy chowed down:

Oh, and again at dinner (this was a frequent occurence):

The bed was pretty comfy for resting:

Cuddled up with Mommy was good:

Sleeping on deck was nice:

(Umm…yeah, that’s me under the towel.  I needed a little snack, too.)

But resting on the  beach was the best:


I felt like I was a regular on Cheers–everybody knew my name.  Everywhere I went it was, “Matthew, Matthew”, “Oh, Hi, Matthew”, “Matthew, over here!”  So, needless to say I made lots of friends.

This is me and Baby Elle.  She was my first vacation tryst.  Alas, it wasn’t meant to be–I couldn’t keep up with her. Literally.  She was older than me and crawling all over.  She was also heading back to Sweden, and her Daddy was an officer on the ship, so I knew better than to break her heart.

Even though she was older, I was bigger, and her Mommy called me a “real man”.

This is my waitress friend.  She would run around the Windjammer yelling my name whenever I came in.

We also got her on video.  The quality isn’t great, but if you listen, you can hear her promise to kidnap me to the Philipines and push other women away who wanted to come play with me, too.

(Notice how Mommy stealthily took away my balloon animal?! She won’t let me have any fun! This friend also gave me a giant chocolate bunny on Easter, and Mommy “stealthily” took that away, too!)

I also made friends with the entire table that sat behind us (and everyone at our table, of course).  One of the ship’s photographer’s also became a good buddy.

She was blond, need I say more?  I guess I have a thing for blonds, just like Daddy (Shhh…don’t tell Mommy). Oh, and don’t mind the horrible picture quality–this is Daddy’s idea of  “helping and scanning”, aka taking a wonky picture of a picture…Oh, Daddy.


Although I wish all of my family could have gone on vacation with me, having some special Mommy/Daddy time was nice, too.  Especially the Daddy time.  He’s my favorite guy.


I’m so glad I got some teethies before the trip!  The food was SO good, and I got to eat anything I wanted!  Even rum cake! Though, I kind of stole that when Mommy wasn’t paying attention to me…

Aside from that, I had watermelon soup, pork medallions, shrimp, crab, peaches, strawberries, asparagus, peas, carrots, broccoli, mashed potatoes, an ice cream cone (no ice cream–boo, Mommy!), roasted peach soup, roast beef, turkey and dressing, and SO. MUCH. MORE.  And GUESS WHAT?! I didn’t spit up at all…EXCEPT, the one day Mommy gave me plain Cheerios as a snack…my tummy is so weird sometimes.


Oh, man. I had so much fun.

Of course, I played in the sand and swam in the ocean.  Here I am in Jamaica.

I loved the sand…I loved to EAT it! Hahaha.  I learned pretty quickly that I didn’t have to stay in my tent–I can crawl.  Saaaaannnd!

Look at the face of excitement! And Daddy’s look of nonchalance at my escape.

I also went to the Turtle Farm in Grand Cayman.  There were big turtles and little turtles and I got to pet and swim with them!

In Cozumel, we went to some Mayan Ruins.  They were the fertility ruins and Mommy yelled at me and Daddy not to touch anything!

I had lots of fun on the ship, too!  They have a Royal Babies program with lots to do!

I went to Baby Music and Baby Gymnastics.  There was also free-play time with lots of toys, so we spent some time there, too.

I had lots of fun playing on deck, too.  Mommy was super-prepared and packed a bathtub that doubled as a baby pool.  Since I don’t potty in the toilet ALL the time, I’m not allowed in the pools on the ship.

(Sorry for the blurry picture–I move quick like a ninja.)

Our stateroom attendant made me fun towel animals.  He even included Roo!

We discovered on the second-to-last night that I really like listening to live music–specifically the violin player.

The violinist was so nice and he stopped playing for a minute to wave to me and make silly faces.  Then the whole band got messed up. Whoops. Damn Darn me for being so cute.

Whelp, it was a busy week and exhausting week.  It literally broke Mommy’s back (more on that next week!), but it was worth it.

Tales From the Crib: Week 29

Do you like my picture?! I was on vacation!  More on that another day. First, we have to catch up on what was going on the week BEFORE vacation…

Since Mommy and Daddy accidentally booked a vacation over Easter, I had to visit the Easter Bunny and ask him to come to my house a week early.

He couldn’t make it himself, but he did send his apprentice.  We caught him in action (I guess that’s why he still the apprentice and not the REAL Easter Bunny yet).


I got a whole Easter basket! It had a baby lamb, a squishy ball, some rubber duckies, a pinwheel, and some yummy snacks.

Daddy got a golf-themed basket, along with some chocolate candies (which I stole when he wasn’t looking and drooled all over!).  And a hat for me!

Mommy got a fashion-themed basket with shoes and a new bathing suit for vacation, along with some Mounds bars, which I think Daddy ate.  Maybe we should just do a communal family Easter basket next year!


Mimi and Pawpaw sent me some dollars for a swing set, so Mommy ordered it.  It was a bit hectic—she had a coupon code for free shipping and $50 off, but it had to be used before we left on vacation.  So we had it shipped to Uncle Brad’s house.  BUT, it shipped a week earlier than anticipated, so literally as we were leaving for vacation, it came.  So we had Daddy’s friend Brian help us pick it up in his truck, then put it in our garage.  Phew.  Lots of hard work and it wasn’t even together yet!

Oh, and I went to the Doctor this week for my 6 month check-up.  Mommy changed to new Dr. in the practice, but she’s on Mommy’s shit-list naughty list now, too.  First, she told Mommy that I was the most perfect, wonderfullest, most developed baby EVER! Seriously, she said I could pass for a 1 year old developmentally and size-wise.  She said I was the most alert 6 month old she’s ever seen, and that I must have brothers and sisters at home stimulating me.  THEN, she told Mommy that she was doing everything wrong…I need to sleep in my crib and cry it out; I need to only be allowed to nurse every 3-4 hours, and NEVER at night; I should stop eating what I’m eating and go back and start with rice cereal.  Oh, sigh.  Looks like me and Mommy are off to new doctor.  Mommy said the next Dr. has to sit around the campfire and sing Kumbaya.  Any recommendations?

Whelp, that’s my Easter update.  Too bad I didn’t get to see everybody and hunt for Easter eggs, but I got to spend the whole week with Mommy and Daddy and that was super-fun, too!  I’ll be back soon with Week 30 update, then Mommy will fill you in on all the vacation details for each port and about our ship.  Off to unpack!

Summer To-Do List

1. Picnic on the Grass

2. Swim in the Ocean

3. Play in the Sand

4. Ride the Train at the Zoo

5. Visit a Park We’ve Never Been To

6. Play Games at the Fair

7. Do a Good Deed…or Two…or Three

8. Make Popsicles

9. Hike in the Woods

10. Paint a Picture

11. Have a Lemonade Stand at a Garage Sale

12. Feed the Ducks

13. Plant a Garden

14. Visit a Farm

15. Blow BIG Bubbles

16. Make Ice Blocks

17. Buy Fresh Food at a Farmer’s Market

18. Attend a Class or Group Activity

19. Go Camping

20. Have a BBQ Party

21. Catch Lightening Bugs

22. Do a Family Photo-Shoot

23. Visit With Aunt Kristin and Uncle Jason

24. Build a Sensory Play Box

25. Make a New “Summer Treat” Recipe


We’re incorporating the Spring season into our timeframe, so we can aim for one activity each week.  Of course, some adventures may be a combination of a few things on the list, but we’re going to try to have a full Summer experience by crossing off each thing individually.  If you see a fun activity that you’d like to join in on, let me know so we can plan!

Tales From the Crib: Week 28

I went in the potty! I went in the potty! I’m a big boy!

I went in the potty 3 times a day for a few days, then I realized Mommy wanted me to do this ALL the time…psh…whatever, Mommy.  So we’re still working on it.

Speaking of Mommy…it was her birthday this week!  Yay!  Me and Daddy had a present delivered.

(yeah…between Daddy’s semi-illiteracy and the florist’s apparent full-illiteracy the card did not have the impact we were going for)

(Mommy wants me to mention that it was laundry day and we don’t normally have piles of clothes and hangers all over…………………………..LIES, LIES! IT’S A LIE. MOMMY WANTS ME TO LIE TO YOU ALL!)

Then we went to Olive Garden for dinner on Tuesday, and we had friends over to celebrate Mommy and Scott’s birthday on Friday night.  Mommy made shrimp alfredo and we played Minute to Win It and Pictionary.  And, and, and…I slept through the night.  (Just once, you know, for Mommy’s birthday.)  Too bad Mommy stayed up late partying and therefore didn’t get any extra sleep!

On Saturday we went to Cincinnati so Mommy and Daddy could get their hair cut.  I stayed with Grandma, but I was sad I didn’t get to get a haircut and go shopping at Target (who wouldn’t be?!), so I was fussy.  And Grandpa looked extra intimidating, so I cried when he tried to hold me.  Grandma made chocolate cake, so everything was okay in the end (Even though I wasn’t allowed to have any! Boo!)

Me and Mommy did a house project this week while Daddy was at work.  We painted the mailbox and spruced up the front stoop.

Here’s the house when we moved in:

Here it is now:

Not a huge change and stiiiiill MORE work to be done, but it’s more curb appealing.

The weather has been a little chilly, so we haven’t been on many walks.  This is making me stir-crazy and fussy.  Mommy is ready to move to Florida.

Oh, and look at my teethies!

Welp, you won’t hear from me for a couple of weeks…

Aruba, Jamaica, Ooo I wanna take you
To Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego baby why don’t we go…