Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ATTITUDE

So, I am a little confused...just a month or so ago my son was a sweet, smiling, pooping baby. He cried when hungry, fussed when sleepy and was generally a pretty predictable and innocent baby. Now, just 14 months old, my child has the attitude of a hormone raging 15 year old. God forbid I try to force him to eat something other than cheese puffs. He slams his head against the back of the wooden high chair so hard and fast, I worry about him getting a concussion. He twists, turns and screams when he is not getting something that he wants, whether a pair of scissors or simply a plastic ball that has rolled under the cabinet. Call me crazy, but I thought this wasn't supposed to happen for at least another year.

Despite his occasional (and I do mean occasional because we are suckers) attitude, he has the most compensating factors. He loves to push things around. We bought him a toy lawnmower recently because we were tired of him rearranging the living room furniture. He pushes that thing all over the house. I only wish I could teach him to work the vacuum cleaner. He also sleeps on a big boy cot at school. This, to me, is a true miracle. His daycare actually gets 8 toddlers to lie down on cots, without wooden bars surrounding the perimeter, and sleep for 2 hours everyday...AT THE SAME TIME. They all sleep. And it is the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed. I had the daycare provider email me a picture of said miracle, because I didn't believe her when she told me.

Seriously...

He has the ability to make me smile, when I feel like crying. I love him so very much it aches. I truly believe the saying, "to have a child, is to wear your heart on your sleeve".

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sham Wow Testimonial

Prologue:
One night my dear husband and I were sitting on the couch watching TV. Admittedly, we had consumed a few or five adult beverages. Anyway, I am sure you all know or have at least heard of the famous "Sham Wow". Well, as we were enjoying some late night TV, the ad for the amazing Sham Wow came across our screen. We both sat through the entire 15 hour commercial in awe. Immediately following the very long commercial, we were both convinced. We HAD to have one of those. So, quickly I dial the 800 number and am connected to an automated sales machine. After pressing 5 a little over 4,000 times and turning down numerous sales tactics to "add on the fancy floor steamer", we finally had our order placed.

Fast forward 3 weeks later: We received our set of Sham Wow's and were initially...unimpressed. Sure, they were okay. But, were they worth the hour long phone call that I contemplated hanging up on numerous times? Maybe not.

However, I am here to tell you that those things really are magical. Last night as I was preparing Levi's bed time bottle, the true test came. I had the bottle ready, 6oz of formula and 4oz of milk. I was searching for the right nipple when all of sudden---in slow motion---I saw Levi pick up the lidless bottle and throw it across the room. Usually, I would have panicked. But, I knew exactly what to do. I tossed the baby in the playpen and went for the Sham Wow! I have never seen something so small absorb so much mess. Literally, one swipe and it was all gone. Dry. That guy with the cheesy sales pitch is not lying. Those Sham Wow's will clean up any mess.

PS. They didn't pay me to say this.