Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sunday, April 27, 2008

A Public Service Announcement

Dads, it's two weeks and counting. Here's a guide to what every Mom wants: Gentlemen... Start Your Brains

(And if you've got the coin to throw in this you'd really make Mom happy!)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Quick Prayer Request

For the past few days Bittyman has been complaining that his 'super silver tooth' (crown) has been hurting. So Daddy took him to the dentist this morning.

Daddy just called. The tooth needs to be pulled. Decay got underneath the crown so there's nothing left of the tooth to save. It will be done at 11am PST.

Bittyman already drank some 'happy juice' and is slowing down. 'Mr. Nose' will provide a dose of laughing gas before he receives the novocaine.

Daddy relayed that Bittyman is THRILLED that he gets to keep the 'super silver tooth' and was happily playing with the dentist's video games.

Perfect. Diva Mom went to the dentist yesterday and learned she needs 3, count 'em, 3 crowns.

Thank you, President Bush. With our tax rebate we will be doing our part to stimulate the DNP - Dental National Product.

Bitty is on his way home, holding his 'super silver tooth'. The dentist said Bitty was the best patient he's had all month. The kid is such a trooper. As I talked to Dan I could hear Bitty in the background, numb mouth and all, negotiating for how many Transformers TV shows he gets to watch today and what kind of ice cream he wants to pick up at Walgreens (along with the Motrin he's gonna need for the pain once the novocaine and laughing gas wears off).

So we'll be chillin' at home today, enjoying blue jello, chocolate pudding, mint chocolate-chip ice cream and Transformers... and Cars... and Star Wars...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008

Birthday Party Post

I have a great video of Itty eating his cake but YouTube is dragging tonight, just like Diva Mom who needs to go to bed. Look for the video and pictures around nap-time.

Edited to add:
Darn YouTube isn't letting me upload the other video. No idea why. Silly thing just keeps spinning it's wheels. So here are some pictures in the meantime:

Let's get this party started!

Saturday, April 19, 2008


At one year, Itty:

  • Cruises the furniture like lightening and occasionally stands on his own (without realizing it)
  • Walks while pushing his new Elmo Ride-On
  • Says 'Dada', 'Mama', 'Lite', 'Bye' and 'Hel-Low'
  • Does baby signs for 'Up', 'Milk', 'Drink' and 'Please'
  • Shakes his head 'No' and 'Yes'
  • Holds his hand or his Elmo phone to his ear and says, 'HEL-LOW!'
  • Knows it's his 'job' to push the button that closes the garage door after we exit the minivan
  • Follows simple directions like, 'close the door' and 'back up'
  • Turns on the tears as soon as he sees Dan putting on his tie - He knows it means Daddy is leaving for work soon
  • Plays with his favorite toys - this, this and this
  • Throws down is favorite foods in spite of still only having one tooth - brats, grapes, olives and french fries
  • Still nurses

(More as I think of them!)

We're still celebrating Itty's First Birthday. Dan had night gigs Thursday, Friday and again tonight, and is gone today taking the Fourth Degree with the Knights of Columbus, so we're going to have Itty's official Elmo-themed party tomorrow afternoon. But Itty's been opening presents since Thursday, since he's received so many from his generous family and friends!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Happy First Birthday, Ittyboy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Foto Flashback

Scroll down a few posts to see Ittyboy in his carrier on the day he came home from the hospital. Then check out this year's growth!

One Month:

Two Months:

Four Months:

Five Months:

Six Months:

11 Months, 26 Days:

Monday, April 14, 2008

I Stand Corrected

Thanks, Grandmai, for this foto flashback! I didn't see Pope John Paul II in a popemobile when he visited Washington, DC in 1979 after all. (So much for remembering vividly!):

This picture was taken without the aid of a zoom lens. I'm sure it's the closest I'll ever get to a declared Servant of God (and possibly Saint)!

Monday Musings

I remember vividly seeing Pope John Paul II riding in his popemobile when he visited Washington DC in 1979. If the Heroes had been a bit older or we had any chance of getting tickets to Thursday's Mass at Nationals Park celebrated by Pope Benedict, we would have headed back to Grandma and Grandpa I's (who still live in my hometown of Falls Church, VA) for a visit. Instead we'll watch the coverage on EWTN and I'll be following all the Catholic bloggers online. Aggie Catholics has a great list of links on Pope Benedict's USA trip.

Dan has been off work since last Wednesday as his jazz band was preempted for other entertainment during his hotel's annual Rockabilly convention. We took the opportunity to get out of town for a few days. The highlights of the trip: For Bittyman, the arcade. For Diva Mom, the restaurants and maid service. For Dan, turning off his cell phone. For Ittyboy, the constant attention from his three favorite people... and the McDonald's french fries.

It's with a heavy sigh that on today's agenda is switching Ittyboy's carrier car seat for the toddler seat. He's still under the carrier weight limit of 20 pounds but he's been over the height limit for more time than I care to admit in print lest CPS reads my blog. I've been clinging to the convenience of the carrier and the ability to move a sleeping Itty. But at least now I can put the heavy travel system stroller in storage and use our Graco MetroLite .

Look for more foto flashbacks this week as I countdown to Itty's first birthday on Thursday! (But shhh, don't tell Itty, because Daddy has gigs Thursday-Saturday night we'll be celebrating Itty's birthday next Sunday!)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

I've Got the Urge to... Meme

Saw this over on Tracy's blog and I thought I'd tag myself... 'cause it seemed more fun than mopping my floor, which is what I should be doing.

I've got the urge to...

  • put aloe vera lotion on my sunburned legs. That's what I get for spending 2 hours poolside today. (Hey, don't hate me 'cause you chose to live in a part of the country where it's still winter.)
  • curl up on the couch with my Trader Joe's dark chocolate covered pretzels and watch the new episode of Desperate Housewives. (T-minus 15 minutes and counting!)
  • give Dan a big kiss for cleaning out our garage storage closet.
  • tackle our office closet which has become the dumping ground for stuff without a home.
  • run a 5K before the end of the year.
  • go on the women's silent retreat sponsored by my diocese next month.
  • blow our tax refund on new tile floors.
I tag anyone who also needs a reason to procrastinate from housework!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Foto Flashback - Homecoming, 2007

Friday, April 11, 2008

Foto Friday Flashback - April 17, 2007

Less than a week until Ittyboy's first birthday. So humor Diva Mom as she takes a trip down memory lane until then!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Also Totally Awesome

Here you can send your prayer intentions for remembrance during the Holy Father's visit to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. If you submit your intentions by Friday, April 11, the Shrine will have them remembered when Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Evening Prayer with the U.S. Bishops on April 16, 2008.

(Thanks, Tracy!)

Totally Awesome!

The Medal of Awesomeness

Awarded by
Kate to Diva Mom Vicki

Monday, April 07, 2008

Good to Know


Hat-tip to Esther. Bittyman turns 5 next month.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

My Personality Type

You Are An ISFJ

The Nurturer

You have a strong need to belong, and you very loyal.
A good listener, you excel at helping others in practical ways.
In your spare time, you enjoy engaging your senses through art, cooking, and music.
You find it easy to be devoted to one person, who you do special things for.

In love, you express your emotions through actions.
Taking care of someone is how you love them. And you do it well!
At work, you do well in a structured environment. You complete tasks well and on time.
You would make a good interior designer, chef, or child psychologist.

How you see yourself: Competent, dependable, and detail oriented
When other people don't get you, they see you as: Boring, dominant, and stuck in a rut

I once took an in-depth version of this Myer-Briggs personality test and it scored me as 'INFJ' - but the iNtuitive v. Sensing score was only slightly higher on the intuitive aspect. I'm pretty impressed with how accurate this quick Blogthings quiz is.

(At least accurate as to how I view myself - other than the boring part. I've never considered Diva Mom to be boring!)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Wordless Wednesday