Thursday, March 29, 2012

Headers

Although I highly doubt any of you would notice, I still feel the need to explain myself. I changed my March header into an April one already and April is a whole 2 days away. The shame! I won't be able to update my header on April 1st, so I went ahead and did it today. Can we still be friends?

Also, in case you'd like to go back and look at all of the headers from the entire history of Life of Lacey, I made a little tab up there for you to do so! Call me vain, but I love to go back and look at them all. My favorites are November 2011, and August and September 2010. Are you more of a fan of the single-pictured ones, or the multi-pictured ones?





And because I know this question will get asked as it does pretty often (not that I mind in the least bit!), here is an awesome tutorial that I use to create my headers.

Aardvark, did you notice that every paragraph in this blog post started with the letter A? CrAzY right? It was totally an accident too. Except for maybe this one.

Antelope.

Axle.

Appropriate.

Adios.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Peely

This is about another weird thing I do. I figure, every other time I've shared a weirdism with blogland, a bunch of you have come forward claiming you do the same thing and I've felt less weird. So I'm hoping for the same results and for you all not to vote me off blog island. Here goes.

I like to peel stuff. I mean, it's not so weird that I should be on the show My Strange Addiction, but, it was just recently that I put all of these instances together and realized the common denominator was peeling stuff.

For example:

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About once a month Kohl's sends me a sale ad that has a percentage off coupon on the front. Only, you have to peel off the little sticker to reveal if you got 15, 20 or 30% off underneath. Peeling off that little sticker gives me way too much enjoyment.

Or, when you get a new phone, tv, car (the radio or navigation) or anything electronic with a screen, they come with the peely protective sheet on them that you then get to peel off since you are now the owner of the new item. I get so mad if John doesn't save that peely step for me. [Side note: my brother-in-law likes to leave the protective film on his devices to, well, protect them. It gives me so much peely anxiety if I'm around his stuff and that peely film is just staring at me waiting to be peelt. No, peelt is not a word, but I think it fits, no?]

And then there was the summer that we went to a beach house where they were about to replace the old deck, and it had been painted white about a million times it seemed. Since they were about to replace the entire deck, they had no issues with us peeling the old paint off of the banisters. I think I spent that entire vacation peeling paint off of the deck. Weird, right?

And, lets go one step further, and one step weirder. You may have been with me so far, but may kick me off the island after this admission.... My dad tends to "forget" to wear sunscreen and gets sunburned. Something about his skin makes for the BEST peeling ever. He must have the right amount of oil for perfect peeling, or something. Like, giant, huge pieces of skin peeling off in one swift peel. Gross? Sorry. But I love doing it, and although I haven't done it in a long time I remember standing behind his chair as a kid just peeling his shoulders.

Which brings me to this.

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My sister recently passed some books on to me that were originally ours as kids. My two older sisters were the original owners of the books, and then my brother and I had a turn with them, then they've been through my nephews and my nieces and now it's Charley's turn. When I looked at the books, it brought back many memories and I love having them. Only, some of them aren't in the best condition.

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You see, I had the peely obsession even as a child. I remember my brother and I sitting in the floor of our bedroom peeling off the spine of several of our books. I'm not exactly sure why, besides the fact that the spines were already a little worn and had a piece sticking out at the top, making for the perfect tab to just pull on and therefore peel off the spine altogether.

[And if that wasn't enough, I also crossed out my sister's names and added mine instead. I mean, they were mine now, after all. I'll encourage Charley to then cross out my name and add hers. ;)]

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Anyone else need to go to peely therapy with me? Or, what are some other great things to peel? Oranges and bananas aren't really fun. Potatoes either. I'm a fan of skin, nail polish, paint or the spines of books. What else you got for me?
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Stuff We Like: 3-6 Month Edition

Much like I did for the 0-3 month age range, here is the stuff we really liked for the 3-6 month age. I feel like there is so much more for this age, and this may get long. Here goes.

[Just as an update from the 0-3 month post: We still like the Sleep Sheep and use it every night. The elephant is still a favorite. Still LOVE the stroller, and just use the stroller regularly now without the carseat attachment. Yes to cloth diapers as burp cloths, and yes to the diaper pail, although it's about to be put to the test with SOLID FOOD POOP. Ew. And finally, those socks I mentioned are still the only ones I've ever found that stay on, and Charley is still wearing the 0-6 month size even though they are slightly small for her now.]

The Big Stuff:

Rainforest Jumperoo

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Charley absolutely loves this. Her toes now touch the floor and she jumps in it like a crazy woman. Keeps her entertained for good chunks of time, which is a plus for me!



Beco Gemini Carrier

I started out with the Moby as my baby carrier. I do think the Moby is very comfortable, BUT, it is really inconvenient to go anywhere with it because while wrapping yourself up in it (it's just a really long piece of fabric if you didn't know), the ends drag the ground and that wouldn't be so great in a grocery store parking lot. Sure, you can put it on at home without the baby before you go, but, I just never felt that the Moby was convenient for me. We do use it at home sometimes though, for example.

The Beco, though, ohhhh the Beco. I originally wanted an Ergo which looks pretty much identical to this. But, when I found out that you can put the baby in facing forward in the Ergo I knew it wouldn't work for Charley. She NEEDS to face outwards to see what's going on. Then I learned about the Beco, which is designed to be great ergonomically for babies hips and it's very comfortable and distributes the weight on me really well too. This was the one, only, it's $130. Yikes.

So, much like I did with the glider in Charley's nursery, I started stalking Craigslist. Finally I found someone selling one for $70 and thought that price was pretty decent. But, what would be even better is $50! So, I offered $50, they accepted, and it was sold. Charley loves to be in it so much and I wish I would have just gone with this one from the time she could hold her head up.


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The Little Stuff:

Taggies Blanket

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Charley loves this little blanket. This picture is blurry, but it shows her favorite thing to do with it: put it over her face, kick her legs as fast as they will go and flail her arms about, only to remove the blanket when someone asks, "where's Charley?". This is her peek-a-boo blanket. It is also a carseat toy that stays in her lap and entertains her in the car.

Sophie

Sophie is proving she is worth the $20 for a glorified dog toy. It has a squeaker in it just like dog toys do, but the creators of them knew what teething babies were looking for when they designed it because Charley loves this little giraffe! (An interesting video about it, if you're interested.)

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Bright Starts Pretty in Pink Play Gym

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This thing got a LOT of use from a little under 3 months until 5ish months. So it wasn't used for a long time, but it more than made up for that from the amount of minutes she spent playing on it. She would probably still enjoy playing on it, but now that she rolls over her legs tend to get caught on the toys and she ends up collapsing the mat onto herself. Not the best toy for her to play with when you are sucked into Jersey Shore and neglecting the baby and she's kicking her legs and waving her arms for me to come rescue her from underneath the attack butterflies. For example.

Not so fun stuff that we still loved:

Halo Sleep Sacks
The First Years Bottle Warmer
Honeywell Fan - Because the Sleep Sheep only lasts for so long.
Crane Penguin Humidifier
Mirrors
Outside
Tuna (the cat, not the stinky stuff in the can)

And finally, stuff I'm not a fan of:
BebePod
Fisher Price Mirror for the car - Love having a mirror. Wish this one didn't fall down (behind the seat, not onto Charley) every time I do a u-turn or go over a speedbump.
Fenugreek...didn't work for me.
Mother's Milk Tea...nasty (I do like the Yogi one though)

I know many of my bloggy friends have babies the same age-ish as Charley, but if you have an older child what were your favorite things for 6-9 months? I could really use more baby junk in my house!
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Charley Bear: 6 Months

[1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months]
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It's now been 6 months with my doll baby, and every month is getting better, even when I think it can't possibly get any better than it is right now. This past month was a really fun one though.

She had her 6 month pediatrician appointment and got her vaccinations and all. She did so good with them, too. She's now 14 pounds 6 ounces and 25 inches long, both in the 25th percentile. She's stayed at the 25th percentile all along, so she's growing at the rate she's supposed to be. I like that she's a little thing!

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As far as new tricks, month six brought us this: rolling is a breeze. Back to belly, belly to back. I always try to pay attention and remember which ways she is rolling (to her left or right) so I know if she can easily go both ways or not, and I still have yet to figure that one out. I assume she can though, she's a genius baby! She also does this cute little scoot thing while on her back, and can arch her back and extend her legs to scoot herself clear across the room. She's much better at sitting up, but we still need to be close by because she hasn't figured it out quite yet.

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Her attachment to Mama continues, and I just suck it up. I can't get enough cuddles from her. Especially since she doesn't really like to cuddle. Her head is always up and looking around. But, occasionally she'll give Daddy some attention too.

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I haven't talked about sleep in a while either, and that's because nothing has changed. Since she was 6 weeks old, she has continued to sleep through the night. Since then, there have been two nights total that she has woken up in the middle of the night, and both times I fed her and she went back to sleep. One of them was just last week and I actually maybe even complained about having to wake up at 4 and feed her, only later to realize how silly it was that I complained since I've have hit the sleep gold mine with her. The girl likes her sleep!

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This was not photoshopped in any way. Her eyes are just that beautiful.

Charley is also training to become the world champion Peek-a-boo-er. During this month, we noticed that while playing with her Taggies blanket, she would cover up her face with it, only to remove it whenever someone says, "Where's Charley?". I thought it was so cute, and instantly thought that since I didn't teach her this trick that her second Mama, my sister Christy, must have. When we finally remembered to ask each other about it, she admitted that she thought we'd taught her to Peek-a-Boo, when we thought it was her that taught her. So basically, my kid is a Peek-a-Boo genius.



Charley also really loves her toys now, which it's funny how quickly she's taken notice of them and started playing with them. I remember at Christmastime when people asked what to get her, I told them clothes because she didn't really have any interest in toys yet. It all changes so quickly.

And as far as food goes, I am so proud of myself! I successfully breastfed Charley for an entire 6 months with only 3 bottles of formula in the whole 6 months. Not that formula is bad, but, I definitely was out to prove something to myself, and I feel I accomplished that. Feeding her is one of the highlights of my day, and I'm sad that it's already halfway over. Who knew I would feel this way back in the beginning when I was screaming in pain. It was so worth it. This month Charley also had oatmeal cereal here and there, which she loved. I was given the green light at her 6 month pediatrician appointment to go ahead and start introducing other foods, so I'm predicting a messy month 7. Yay for pureed foods in a jar!

Finally, I absolutely can't wait to see what the coming months will bring. I just hope the time goes by slowly. I have a feeling that time isn't going to slow down any time soon though. Regardless, happy 6 months, baby! You are so loved!
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

OLF > RLF

Okay my Real Life Friends, you are going to have to step your game up because Online Friends are making big strides to be my favorites. This means war, Real Life Friends. You will have to bust out your very best gift giving ideas (for me, of course) and I will willingly and unbiasedly judge the gifts to determine an ultimate winner. It's the least I could do.

Yesterday, I came home to a small package on my doorstep from Amazon. Knowing that I order something from there pretty often, coupled with the current state of my brain/memory [read: it's very poor], I just figured it was a surprise to myself, from myself. Who knows what I've ordered this time. But, when I picked up the package and started to look for clues as to its contents, I noticed something really suspicious:

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I thought to myself, "What in the world did I sign up for and use this crazy name...Lacey Ihatemovies Lastname? That's a crazy typo, because my middle name doesn't even start with an I!" And then, slowly the pieces of the puzzle started to come together.

Ahhh, Ihate movies = I hate movies.

Ohhhh! eBFF and I were just talking about movies, and how I had not seen any of her favorite movies (Princess Bride, Nightwatch, Winter Passing, Away We Go, Shopgirl, Garden State, Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Mean Girls). She was shocked (SHOCKED!) that I had not seen some of these, especially Mean Girls and Princess Bride.

Finally, I rip open the box and die laughing.

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Isn't she the best?! She felt so bad for me and my lacking movie repertoire that she decided to help remedy it, at least a little bit.

Now, if I could just stay up past 9:00 so I could watch them.

Thank you so much Laura!! Now, pack up your kids, cats, husband and home and move your happy butts to Charlotte, stat!

And Real Life Friends, I'll be waiting on my gifts.
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Friday, March 2, 2012

Eleven + Eleven = Twenty-Two

I was tagged by Laura and Trisha to do this blog meme called eleven. Something about sharing some random facts, answering some questions and then asking some questions. But since I was tagged twice I now have double the questions to answer. And also, I've shared plenty of random facts with you, so I'm skipping that part. (100 here, 7 here, 10 here, and 7 here) Also, I'm not tagging anyone because I don't believe anyone would do it since the last time I asked you to do something barely anyone actually did. [I may still be a little bitter.] But, if you'd like to do this yourself without me asking you to, feel free! I'd love to read them! And if not, feel free to answer some or all of the questions in the comments. Here are the rules:



Post a picture of yourself, tell us 11 things we might not know about you, answer the 11 questions asked of you, then write 11 new questions and tag some friends to play along (let them know you tagged them!)
Easy enough! First up, a picture of me.

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Sure, it may be from Christmas 2010, but I rarely like my hair pulled back and I actually do here so I'm using it instead of a picture of today's rat-nesty ponytail. Trust me, you should be thanking me for sparing you from seeing the mess.

First up, Laura's questions. These are gonna be tough.


1) What are your top five all-time favorite bands?

Bush, Trapt, Matchbox 20, Everclear & Three Doors Down


2) What are your top five all-time favorite books?

I tend to forget about books after I've finished them, so these are the best 5 I can remember: Water For Elephants, The Help, Sarah's Key, My Sister's Keeper, & Hunger Games


3) What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

I'm excluding all craziness while under the influence of alcohol. Which leaves about nothing. I'm not very crazy otherwise, I don't think. Maybe jumping off a bridge into a lake? But my bet is that there was some drinking involved that day, but I definitely wasn't drunk before doing that.
4) What is your favorite treat?

Anything warm, chocolaty and gooey. Brownies are probably my favorite.


5) What are you the proudest of?

Being self-sufficient and happy. I am happy that John and I are able to do things for ourselves and it feels good not to have to constantly ask for help.

6) What are you the most ashamed of?

Geez Laura, these are deep!

Umm, I'm ashamed that I dropped out of a semester of college and wasted my parent's money for that whole semester of college. I had a mid-college crisis and couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with myself, so I dropped out of one semester (after it was too late to get a refund) and took the next semester off before I got myself back together and figured out what I wanted to do.

 7) What is your guilty pleasure?

The Jersey Shore. Can't get enough, and now I've got John into it too.

8) What are you really, really good at?

I used to be really, really good at playing pool and I'm probably still pretty good but it's been a couple of years since I've played.

I'm really, really good at numbers. Math. Memorizing credit card, social security, driver's license numbers, phone numbers, etc.

9) What does your handwriting look like? (post a pic!!!)

Don't judge me by the content of this list. Instead of writing something for this purpose, I decided to flip through a notebook at my desk until I found some of my handwriting to share. This was a list I made of artists I wanted to download...I obviously was on a nineties kick. Also, this is my jotty-down handwriting, not my take my time and make it neat handwriting.

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10) Which chores do you refuse to do (or do your best to get out of)?

Clean the shower. My arms are too weak for all of that scrubbing!


11) Do you have any tattoos, body piercings, etc.?

No. No. No. I really don't like tattoos or piercings. Doesn't mean I don't like the person with them (obviously since John has tattoos on both arms), but I do NOT like the tattoos or the piercings themselves. I think they are ugly. There, I said it!



And now Trisha's.

1. If you wrote an autobiography what would the title be?
Life of Lacey, perhaps? Ha!

2. Who was your first kiss and how was it?
Shaun. Icky & slobbery.

3. What's your favorite date spot?
Salsa's Mexican restaurant. We don't really do many dates, just out to eat sometimes, and this place wins about 75% of the time.

4. If you were an animal what kind would you be?
Bird. I dream of flying all of the time. But not one of the ones that carry diseases and are gross.

5. If you had a choice, what reality show would you be on and why?
Unrealistically (because I'm too pale, southern and sober), The Jersey Shore because I want to hang out with Vinnie and Pauly D.

Realistically, Amazing Race because I would get to see the world, but also, I would be great entertainment because I would freak out under pressure like that!

6. What would your mid-life crisis purchase be?
A pool? I dunno. I don't see myself having a mid-life crisis. I'm not that dramatic.

7. What is your biggest fear?
Losing loved ones.

8. If you could live anywhere in Europe where would it be?
Paris or London. I absolutely loved them both. I love the big cities, the rivers, the people. If only those French people spoke English it would be a no brainer!

9. What has been your most embarrassing moment?
Walking into a sliding glass door with a plate of food in my hands (which ended up on my chest) and my family on the other side of the door.

10. What would your explanation be if your child/future children asked about the birds and the bees?
Birds are those flighty things in the sky. Bees won't bother you if you leave them alone.
Not the answer you were looking for?? ;)

11. What is your most priceless possession?
I would say my pictures, but they are all digital now so I'm going to have to say my computer which houses the pictures. I would be devastated to lose them.
Let me know if you do this too so I can come read your answers!
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Happy Friday!

Just a quick little blog today to 1) bump the disaster of a blog post further down. I am slightly embarrassed that the lady I graciously stole the idea from used to get 600+ comments when she posted it, and I got 10. One of which, I'll admit, was my own. And no, I won't tell you which one. I actually had a few more I wanted to put in there, but needed some others to post to disguise which were mine and you guys failed me! No worries, I just will wallow in my sorrows that I'm not cool. It's fine. It's happened all my life. (How's that for a guilt trip!?)

and 2) to share this loveliness with you that I saw on Pinterest. I would give you the link to it, but my work blocked the page so you'll have to search for it yourself.

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Try searching: "how not to get syrup in your hair when you eat waffles at the age of 29, Lacey!"

 Because it happens every time and I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
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