>Looking at …

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on One Step Ahead Baby. I used to chuck this catalogue as soon as it arrived, but now I’m actually looking at every page and noting a few baby items that seem like some must haves.

These placemats are reusable and will stick to tables. Great for going out to eat or even at Grandma’s house who may not like blueberries smushed into her kitchen table.

The snack traps. Good for the car, stroller, or even around the house so cheerios stay out of Zeus and Zoe’s tummies. Love the strap feature.
Really cute Monkey Halloween costumes. I’ve often called them my little monkeys, especially when they are jumping in their cribs after naptime.

Stove Guard. They can’t reach yet, but they sure do like to try and it worries me to no end.

Travel Bed. Not sure if I’m sold on this one … what keeps them in this thing once they are mobile? Nothing like putting your babies to bed at Grandma’s house to find them crawling down the hallway five minutes later. But, a pretty neat idea. Wonder if this might be good at the beach or if it would become a parasail for infants!

Alright, off to look for something a little more interesting … like shoes.

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>Something must be terribly wrong

>I had to drive to Charlotte to set up for a trade show yesterday. On my return trip, I decided to stop at an outlet mall for “lunch.” Oh, who am I kidding? I was going for the Sak’s Off 5th store, but we can call it lunch.

I looked around Off 5th, Ann Taylor Loft, Gymboree, Polo Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, TJ Maxx / Home Goods, and Brooks Brothers. Couldn’t find Gap and Ann Taylor … I’m wondering if they have closed.

Guess who got lucky? Hubby! I picked up 3 of Brooks Brothers dress shirts and two polo shirts for him.

Guess who didn’t get lucky? Maddy, Libby, and me.

I couldn’t find anything for me that I was just dying to have and just didn’t have any luck at Gymboree for the girls even though it seemed to be full of cute clothes.

I have decided that I need to be nominated for What Not To Wear. Seriously. So many of the new blousier dresses and tops look so cute, but I’m not sure if they are cute on me. I think I just need someone to shop for me and make me look good. Sigh. Any takers? You nominate me & I’ll nominate you. I could easily spend $5k on a new wardrobe so as not to look like a middle aged part time stay at home mom.

>Did I tell you …

>That I ran a half marathon? Well, I did. But, not really.

Our training plan this past Saturday was for 13 miles and my running partner and I ended up going 13.09. I might have gone the full 13.1, but someone accidentally turned off Garmin and forgot to hit “start”, so I’m not 100% sure. Yep, that would have been me, so I was trying to do math while running to figure out our time and distance. And for anyone who runs, you probably feel the same way … or at least I hope you do. Math+running just doesn’t happen. No idea why my brain turns to mush when trying to do simple math while running. I just can’t do it.

It was strange to essentially run the entire race, but without all the fanfare, cheering, porta potties, and crowds. No one passing out little cups of water and Gatorade, no pre race Expo, no iced towel afterward. I did get a few cheers from the rest of my running group, some lovely ice cold water, and good stretching when I got home.

But, I know I can do it and will be running it again in less than 2 weeks! We are tapering right now and suddenly 4 miles during the week sounds so short and easy.

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>Wouldn’t you?

>So, we did it. Maddy and Libby will start a Mother’s morning out program two days a week.

I’m excited.

For them to have different opportunities than what I can do at home (music every day, a neat outdoor playground with features that are the perfect size for them, more kids to meet and interact with, etc). For me to have nearly 4 hours twice a week to have uninterrupted time to work, run errands, work out, etc.

So, if you found the absolute cutest pink polka dot backpacks, don’t you think they need them? You know, to hold their change of clothes, lunch, sippy cup, extra sweater, diapers, and lipgloss? Oh wait … so maybe the lipgloss is a few years down the road.

Wouldn’t you really need them especially since you found a PBK gift card literally burning a hole in your wallet? Plus, there’s a free shipping offer going on now. Yes, I know the backpacks are probably bigger then they are, but still. Aren’t they adorable?

>Firsts

>A week of firsts …

  • We are going to look at “school” i.e., Mother’s Morning Out for Maddy and Libby. They would go two days a week, it’s at a church five minutes from our house, plus we personally know one of their teachers, and have heard nothing but wonderful things about their program. How can we not do it?
  • A mammogram for me on Friday. Whoopee! (By the way, it’s routine.)
  • 13 miles on Saturday for my half marathon training. Wowee. For the other halfs that I’ve done, the most I’ve run during training is 10 miles so it’s a little scary and exciting. It’s kind of crazy when you look back at the entire mileage from the training. It’s a lot. Or a lot to me.

>Happy

>It’s amazing how sunflowers can brighten your day. I brought home six on Saturday morning. I realized that six looked puny in the vase, so Hubby went out later that day for six more.

That’s what I call a good Hubby and a neurotic Wife.

>Real Tears

>It’s not often that we have “real tears” from Maddy and Libby. There’s the normal whining and fussing, but when we have “real tears”, it generally means something big. Someone is hurt or scared.

Well, today Libby has been stealing Maddy’s pacifier. All. Day.Long. Libby would have one in her mouth and still pull Maddy’s out of her mouth and it usually ended up on the floor.

I had told Libby no, replaced Maddy’s paci, and she would do it again. I repeated this version a few times, then finally moved them to separate areas of the room with some individual toys.

Sure enough … they found each other and it just kept happening.

And then Maddy had the real tears. Her paci sat on the floor within her reach, but she just sat there and cried.

I know there are probably some twin Moms out there shaking their heads, saying “Just wait. That ain’t nothin’. “, but it just broke my heart for Maddy, made me want to show her how to stand up for herself, and also made me a bit frustrated with Libby for being mean to her sister.

I’m not quite ready to take away the pacis just yet. I may be tempted to make them a bedtime/naptime only treat, so this doesn’t become a constant struggle.

And tonight, my heart broke a little again. I had given the girls a bath and Libby was already in her PJ’s in her crib. I was drying off Maddy’s hair while she sat on the changing table. Libby started to fuss a little and Maddy pulled her paci out of her mouth and extended it in her hand to her sister. After all the “fighting” today, Maddy still wanted to be sweet to her sister.

I guess that’s what being a good sister is all about.

>Child labor laws

>Now we’re talking. This Productive Parenting activity was in my email inbox this morning. Think it would hurt to add a few squirts of Scrubbing Bubbles while we’re at it?

I think I’ll also teach them how to vacuum and mop, fold laundry, clean toilets, and unload the dishwasher.

Too much for one-year-old?

I could just sit back, delegate, and eat bon-bons. Ahhhh.

>Perspective

>Hubby and I met to look at a Mother’s Morning Out program earlier today. Unfortunately, I had confused my dates and the school was closed. Since it’s rare that we have much time that it’s just the two of us, he asked if I wanted to go grab a cup of coffee. Since I can rarely turn down Starbucks, I said yes. Maddy and Libby were already with a sitter so I had some time.

We were just chatting about general stuff, drinking our coffee, and people watching. We had both noticed an older gentleman with a walker, US Navy hat, and his own coffee mug.

He was one of those guys that I thought to myself is some old codger, yelling at kids, shaking his cane, barking orders, etc.

He was sitting in the corner and I didn’t really think twice about him. He walked over to get napkins and said hello when he passed our table. Of course, Hubby who has never met a stranger immediately engaged him in conversation and asked him a question about his hat.

We ended up chatting with this man to find out he had served in the US Navy during WWII, met his bride in NYC at a dance while he was also in training classes, but opted not to get married until he returned from overseas, heard the story how his boat was almost attacked by a kamikaze plane, but narrowly escaped. He was a little hard-of-hearing, but charming and funny. He even showed us photos of he and his wife on their wedding day, some when he was stationed in Hawaii, and it truly was a pleasure to see the excitement that he had to talk about his family and what the Navy had meant to him.

We stayed a little longer than we probably “should” have, but it was so worth it to have met him. Plus, he told us a funny joke and if I can remember it correctly, here goes.

God made Adam and had to get Adam acclimated to his surroundings. God told Adam that he would need to walk down the Valley. Adam didn’t understand what a “valley” was, so God explained. Next, he would need to cross the river. Again, Adam didn’t understand what a “river” was, so God explained. God also explained how he would walk up a hill, find a cave, and meet Eve. He also explained to Adam how once he met Eve, they would need to reproduce.

Adam set off on his journey down the valley, through the river, up the hill, and into the cave. A few minutes went by and Adam walked down the hill, waded through the river, scrambled up the valley and went back to ask God a question.

Adam asked, “God, what’s a headache?”

This gentleman also reminded us that husbands are to obey their wives, that if Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy, and to complete one act of senseless kindness every day.

Not what I was expecting out of my trip to Starbucks, but encouraging and rewarding nonetheless.