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brother differences

Lately I’ve been thinking about how different my boys are from each other. I thought it would be fun to do a post of those differences as I may want to look back on them as they get older (sob).


Monkey slept in a co-sleeper for the most part from the time he came home from the hospital until around 3 months old. At that point, he would start the night in the co-sleeper and at some point end up in bed with us 🙂 When we brought the MM home, I tried over and over and over for the first 2 nights to get him into the co-sleeper. He would last maybe 5 minutes and then wail. My mom, DW and I took turns over that two night period being up with him. I was so exhausted, that on night 3, I clipped the old Snu.za breathing monitor onto his diaper, ensured that pillows and blankets were safely away, and climbed into bed with him. He slept soundly for 4 hours, nursed, and slept another 4 hours. And from then on, he’s been in the bed with Mama.

Monkey loved being swaddled. We swore by the Swaddle.Me as the velcro kept him snug and secure and he had a hard time getting himself unswaddled (as when that occurred, he was up). The MM HATED being swaddled with a passion. I’d heard that some babies resist but that they really do want it, so I tried repeatedly with various wraps and blankets and was always met with resistance and struggle. He slept just fine without being swaddled. He would turn onto his side facing me, nurse, and go right to sleep. That side-sleeping was scary to me at first, but it was what he wanted (and we had the trusty Snu.za) so I was just extra watchful.

When Monkey was too big for the swaddle, we switched to sleep sacks. He was nice and cozy in his sleep sacks and seemed to sleep well in them. The MM? Hates them. Doesn’t want anything constricting his movement at all. When he gets the sheet put over his legs in bed, he immediately kicks it off. All those adorable, cozy sleep sacks sit unused, waiting to be given/sold to a baby who wants them.

Monkey’s sleep issues are well-documented on this blog. He loved getting up in the middle of the night for an hour (or three) and has always been up EARLY. He is almost 5 and the early rising trend continues. The MM has never in his 18 months awakened for any length of time in the middle of the night. He has consistently slept until 6-7AM. Mama and Mommy are so thankful as I’m not sure what we’d do if both of them were sleep maniacs.


Both boys were exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of their lives. Monkey’s first food was rice cereal with breastmilk and he loved it. He took to eating like a pro and loved pretty much everything we put in front of him. The MM’s first food was also rice cereal with breastmilk and he HATED it. In fact, he had very little interest in solids until close to a year. He would try things, but never really had a meal or anything until around 1. Monkey loves breakfast and has oatmeal and applesauce pretty much every day. The MM is not really interested in much food at breakfast time. He eats lunch and dinner much more readily.

It took Monkey quite a while to figure out sippy cups, but the MM had it down quickly. He can drink out of a regular cup, too (though he spills a bit).


Monkey has never been much of an independent player. He wants someone to play with him, help him build, etc. The MM can keep himself occupied for long periods of time. He loves his toys and will go in search of specific items to play with.


Monkey has never really cared about what he wears. We pull out clothes and he wears them. The end. The MM is only 18 months old but he has Opinions on what he wears already. His favorite shirts are Paul.Frank shirts featuring Julius the monkey (we have several from when Monkey was little) and an Elmo shirt. He will open his drawer and rifle through until he finds one of these shirts, pull it out, and push it towards us. He cries if you try to put another shirt on him. Often it’s not an issue, but some days it simply MUST BE A MONKEY SHIRT! Hahahaha.


We “discovered” a new show that we got hooked on with each boy. With Monkey, it was Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I know, I know – what can I say? At 2AM, it was all I could find that was halfway watchable, E! ran them back to back overnight, and I found those girls entertaining in their warped ways. We stopped watching a couple of years back, but we were on-board for a while there.  With the MM, the only thing that was on in the middle of the night was 48 Hours. My mom, DW and I all watched it overnight (OWN ran them back to back all night long) and would even update each other on the outcomes in the morning (LOL). We still DVR 48 Hours and even added Dateline to the mix. There is some seriously crazy sh*t going on out there, people.



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what we’re up to

We are exactly 1 week away from the Marshmallow’s first birthday. I can’t believe it – it has gone SO quickly. That wasn’t really the case with Monkey, so it’s a surprise this time around. We were going to have a party for the MM’s birthday at Grandma’s house next weekend, but most of the people we invited couldn’t make it. It was a family-only party and half the family has a time-share that weekend that we were unaware of. Sigh. We are still going to set up a little party for him at Grandma’s Sunday but it’ll just be us, Grandma, and DW’s aunt and cousin. Maybe we’ll see if some friends want to come to our place on his actual birthday to sing and have cake and ice cream. I feel bad as we did a big shindig for Monkey’s first, but things are just different now. We are busier with two kids, a lot of our friend couples have broken up and things are awkward now, and the MM doesn’t have little friends his age like Monkey did. DW is going to start getting out there and making new mommy friends with babies – poor second child syndrome. I reminded her that Monkey was in Gym.boree classes and being taken to events daily when he was like 6 months old. (Yes, we plan on getting the MM into Gym.boree soon.)

See? We really did have a party planned 😦


The MM is doing a lot of finger walking and standing on his own lately, so I imagine he’ll be walking pretty soon. He has 2 teeth coming in, and they are causing obvious discomfort. I think I may invest in an amber teething necklace to see if it helps. Poor boo is so cranky and miserable and that is not my sweet, mellow man’s general mood. Baby is in 12-18 month shirts/onesies and 6-12 month bottoms – his brother was the same. Big and broad up top, small below. The MM loves all toys and loves to play. Lately he’s really into balls. He will throw them, lay across them on his belly, roll them, etc. His sleep is still pretty good, though nursing at night is still a challenge. I’m trying to muster the strength to night-wean as I said I would at 12 months, but my resolve is not very strong. He is my last baby and even though I’m tired, I so enjoy those precious nighttime cuddles. He is still not doing much eating, either. He’ll do pureed baby food, but actual solids? Not so much. He chokes and spits it out. We keep trying so here’s hoping he catches on soon!

I need to figure out this nursing thing because I’ve been doing a lot of work travel lately. A couple of weeks ago, we went to San Diego for a conference. Last week we were in Northern California as I had a presentation to do at an internal summit. Luckily it was also Monkey’s Spring Break, so he didn’t miss any school and we would have had to find stuff to do anyway. I’m going solo for a nearby trip in mid-May (fly in and out the same day). On our trip home, we flew in, picked up our bags, dragged everything/one to the car, strapped the kids into their carseats, turned the key in the ignition and… DEAD CAR! UGH! I called AAA and they were running behind and said they’d be there in an hour and a half (!!!). I was like, “Seriously??? I have 2 small kids here!” Fortunately, they put a rush on our ticket and someone was there within 15 minutes. They gave us a jump and we went home. We had tickets to see Neko Case that night (purchased prior to knowing about this work trip) and we had to miss it as the car wouldn’t start. Bummer and a relief as I was really wanting to just chill out in my jammies. We got a new battery put in on Friday and all is right in car land again.

View from our hotel room in San Diego (pretty sweet, eh?):


We had a nice and busy Easter weekend. Saturday we went to a friend’s birthday party at a local park (a fireman theme and they had an actual firetruck show up!) and then went to another friend’s place for an afternoon play date where we had an egg hunt. On Sunday we did the whole Easter basket thing, dyed eggs (whoops – was pretty late this year), and then went to Grandma’s and had an egg hunt and more little baskets.

Fire truck at birthday party:


Easter baskets!


I’ll be doing an Easter picture post, so let me know if you need the password.



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I finally indulged in a major pregnancy craving last night: chili cheese fries! DELICIOUS! Want to know when I last had them? You guessed it, during my pregnancy with Monkey 🙂 I was feeling so nauseous and gross all day yesterday and was just ravenous at dinner time so I went for it. No regrets!

Other cravings this pregnancy (that I have yet to indulge) include:

  • In-n-Out burger, fries, and shake: I don’t eat red meat (or pork)! However, I broke that during my last pregnancy. I figure if my body craves it that much, I must need it.

  • Chick-fil-a sandwich and waffle fries: Can’t eat that for obvious reasons, but now that they are in California it is torturous not to get to eat it! Damn bigots keeping me from my delicious chicken!
  • Lobster roll from the Lobsta Truck: They haven’t been in my area of late and I NEED two of ’em, with butter!
  • Boiled peanuts: Can’t get them in SoCal. Maybe I’ll make my parents send me a shipment once I announce the pregnancy…


I have continued my trend of eating a lot of green apples as I did during my last pregnancy. The sour taste really helps curb the morning sickness.

I’ve had some strange aversions this time around. I simply can’t eat grilled cheese sandwiches or quesadillas. These are staples in our house, so it’s created a bit of a dilemma. Weird since last time around in the first trimester, I ate so much plain cheese pizza because it was all that I could manage.

And now I’m hungry!



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status at almost 2

Here is an update on what Monkey is up to lately, one week before his second birthday. Thanks to strawberry at 1 in Vermillion for the great categories!


  • Describe what and how your child eats: He runs hot and cold with food. Some meals are great, others he barely touches. It can be the same food, too. One day, grilled cheese is awesome. The next, he has to spit it out quickly. Some of his favorite foods include yogurt, asparagus, pizza, any fruit, dill pickles, bread (garlic bread in particular), and scrambled eggs.


  • Does your child have any sleep problems? Oh boy. He is still up fairly frequently in the night (3-5 times), but he has been sleeping until 5:30ish pretty regularly lately. Yes that’s early, but it beats 4-4:30, which we used to regularly get. He goes to sleep at night without trouble. We are hoping to begin night weaning SOON, which we hope will lead to fewer night-wakings and better sleep all around.

Activity and Motor Development

  • Describe your child’s gross and fine motor skills (how he moves around, grabs things, etc.). He is really great at throwing. He can throw a ball fairly far and with decent accuracy. He has good balance and enjoys climbing, jumping, and running. No issues at all in this department.

Social Skills and Environment

  • What can your child do for himself? Funny you should ask as I’ve been thinking he needs to start doing more for himself. He has started to play around with spoons and forks at mealtime, but not regularly and he’s not all that accurate with it. Still, he tries and claps when he is successful. I want him to start helping pick up his toys, work on getting dressed (at least partially), and potty training.
  • How does your child react to family outings and visitors? Family outings are hit or miss. Sometimes he loves it and has a great time. Other times, he is cranky and throws a tantrum (or 20). He loves visitors. Anytime someone comes to the door he runs to see who it is and greets him/her with a wave and a big, “HI!”


  • Describe how your child copes with discomfort, frustration, or other distress: Loud crying, sometimes bites, sometimes bangs head on the floor. Says no a lot (even when he means yes!).

Language and Communication

  • Describe your child’s language abilities: He knows a ton of words, but many only Mama and Mommy can decipher. He is actively describing his environment (points and names objects, people, animals and looks for validation). He only has a few 2 word phrases, but seems to be moving forward a bit quicker lately. We are holding off on speech evaluation for a bit longer.

Toys and Play

  • List your child’s favorite toys and describe how he plays with them: Monkey is all about Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars. He can’t get enough of them. He likes to find little hidey hole spots to put them in and he also just pushes them around on various surfaces. He also likes to throw balls and is into anything Cars-, Yo Gabba Gabba-, or Elmo-related. You can also find him quietly looking at books on his own. Fairly recent discoveries include coloring and playing with Play-Dough.
  • Does your child have a lovey? No lovey, but we’ve been trying to work a small Elmo doll into bedtime in the hopes that it might help with weaning at some point. Who needs a lovey when you co-sleep and nurse whenever you want. Hell, I’m his lovey.
  • Does your child play with other children? He is just lately starting to do this. DW has several playdates per week so he is around other kids his age a lot, but only recently has he been playing with them rather than alongside him. This seems to be the norm as the other toddlers do the same 🙂

Feelings and Moods

  • Describe your child’s range of feelings (comfort, discomfort, pleasure, joy, anger, affection, fear, hostility, depression / sadness) and how he expresses them: We always refer to Monkey as intense, and he is. When he is happy or feeling cuddly, his whole body shows it. He gives big, hearty hugs and kisses and wants to be held and cuddled frequently. When he’s mad, it’s wild. He screams and cries like the world is ending, will go limp and lay on the floor, sometimes banging his head on the floor. He often seems to be at one end of the spectrum or the other. There are many times, though, when he’ll play happily and just smile or wave at us.
  • What is likely to upset your child? Reaching the end of a really fun time. Taking away an item that he shouldn’t have/is dangerous. Trying to wean : /
  • What makes him feel better? Nursing. Oy.


  • How many teeth? You know, I’m not sure but I know he is getting his 2 year molars as I’ve seen them and he has times when his hand is in his mouth constantly and he’s cranky (poor guy).
  • In what ways, if any, does your child behave aggressively toward you, his siblings, his playmates, or others?  I’ve never seen him be aggressive toward anyone but DW or me when he is angry or really excited (sometimes hits or bites when he’s really having some fun).
  • Does your child have a strong preference for one parent? Right now, it’s me (Mama). He is going through a super-clingy, nursing-all-the-time phase. Sigh.


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21 months

I have some time to kill before my next meeting so… here’s an actual post! Monkey is 21 months old. He is wearing 2T shirts and 18-24 month pants (he’s big on top and small on the bottom). His shoe size is 6-6.5, depending on the shoe. He is about 34″ tall and weighs around 27 lbs. And now I’m moving to bullets 🙂

  • Speech: Monkey is still a bit behind in this department, but he continues to surprise us with what he knows and understands. For example, we got him a new lift-the-flap Halloween book that has a page with a door that you open with trick or treaters behind it. He closed the door and knocked on it. No idea where he picked up knocking, but it sure was adorable. DW called yesterday to get Monkey on the schedule for speech evaluation. Neither of us is worked up over it at all and think he’s just fine.  But I don’t want to wait in case there is an issue – better safe than sorry. Will keep you updated on how that goes. We had to fill out a lengthy online questionaire – who knows when they’ll actually see us. I love LA!
  • Food: Monkey eats pretty well these days. The challenge is getting him in (and keeping him in) his chair. He doesn’t  want to be confined. So we generally feed him what we can until he just has to get down, and then offer him bites as he roams (he eats quite a lot this way). Bad habit? Maybe, but I like knowing he has a full belly. In terms of what he likes, he loves any type of fruit, fave veggies are asparagus and broccoli, and his favorite meal is Mommy’s mushroom chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. Yum!
  • Sleep: Alas, sleeping problems are still a big part of our existence. We had pretty much adjusted to co-sleeping and being up for the day by 5:30 at the latest, with around 3 nighttime nursing sessions. The last week, though, has been horrible. Up for several hours in the night and up early for the day, long naps, difficulty going to sleep, daytime tantrums due to extreme sleepiness. No, it has not been a fun week in the L-M household. We think he was running a slight fever and might be teething (hands in his mouth a lot), but Motrin/Tylenol aren’t really helping. Let’s hope things get better soon. I am also considering night-weaning, but am terrified that then we’ll get no sleep as that is the only way to get him down sometimes. Argh.
  • Behavior: Monkey continues to be an intense little guy. He hugs often and tightly with a big smile and closed eyes. When he’s upset, he bites. Intensely. He’s like a pit bull with the locking jaw. Poor DW’s arm is covered in bruises (I have been bitten as well, but she gets it more often as the SAHM). When he bites, we hold his face firmly and tell him, “No biting. That hurts Mommy/Mama. Ouch!” If he’s being held, he gets put down immediately. Other than that, I’m really not sure what we can do until he’s able to communicate better. Sigh.
  • Toys: Monkey has encountered Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars due to his older cousin and our friend’s 2.5 year old and he LOVES them. I mean seriously. So, we’ve bought a few and it is ridiculous how much enjoyment he gets out of them. I’ve also gotten a few ideas for activities off of Pinterest (my latest Internet obsession). One that he really likes is glow sticks in the bathtub with the lights turned off. This is BIG fun, let me tell you. (And it’s cheap, too!). Any of you on Pinterest? Always looking for more people to follow 🙂
  • Halloween: We have two costumes yet again this year (DW can’t resist). He will be Yoda and a bat (looks like they are sold out of the costume, but there is a pic of it you can see under the bat treat bag). Cute, right?

And that’s what’s happening in the world of Monkey.


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june non-challenge: favorite meals

Day 7 – What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? If you have children, what are their favorites?

Breakfast: Vanilla latte, egg scramble (with turkey bacon, cheddar, tomatoes, onion), hashbrowns, and a little bit of a waffle. Mmmmmm…

Lunch: Amy’s Grapefruit Salad. A local restaurant favorite. It has lettuce, sliced avocado, cashews, shredded chicken, grapefruit, and a sesame seed dressing. So delicious!

Dinner: My sweetie makes a delicious dish of cabbage, turkey meatballs, potato, carrot, onion, and lima beans in a tomato sauce. My fave meal!

Breakfast: Strawberries, banana, and oatmeal or Rice Krispies

Lunch: Grilled cheese, fresh fruit (berries especially), Soycatash (from Trader Joe’s – has edamame, corn, and red peppers)

Dinner: Pasta with (turkey) meat sauce, broccoli or asparagus (he loves both), garlic bread (this child LOVES bread), yogurt

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