7 Quick Takes Friday!

Happy Friday before Halloween! I’m inordinately excited about this Halloween because we’ve banned sugar from the house…but of course that rule won’t apply to Halloween candy collected by earnest, hard-working little costumed beggars. From whom I will steal. Yay, candy! I’m actually having visions of mellowcreme pumpkins lure me to sleep at night. Yum. Sunday can’t get here fast enough. And now for quick takes.

#7
My Toe
These are not my toes, but I wish they were.
hurts. I think it’s broken. I’m not sure how I broke it, but I can’t bend it and it’s really annoying me.
#6
Shopping with Sienna
A much younger Sienna, gettin’ friendly with a mannequin
These little mommy milestones continue to surprise and delight me. Today, for the first time ever, Sienna and I are going shopping, just the two of us, just for her. I’m surprised at how excited I am to have some time with my eldest, and how much I’m looking forward to picking out clothes with her, as opposed to picking out clothes for her. I’m also fervently praying that this delightful little trip isn’t ruined by a cranky Sienna meltdown or a cranky Mommy getting irritated.    
#5
Charlotte

is not having a good life right now. Not only is she approaching the terrible twos (not an exaggeration, in my experience), she’s also not adjusting well to being the middle child, or to not being allowed to eat sugar, mac and cheese, and pizza, plus she’s teething. She spends her time crying, begging to be held, pointing frantically at the fridge and then throwing whatever she’s given on the floor, and crying some more. It’s making our days very exhausting. On the plus side, she has begun to say a few words. Yesterday she mastered “cold” and “shoe”. I was really proud and relieved…I’ve been worrying about both her tiny stature and her lack of speech progression.

#4
Liam Xavier Bede

I like to use his full name because it’s a pretty awesome name
is a giant among babies. At two and a half months old, he weighs fifteen and a half pounds. His cousin Evangeline weighed seventeen pounds on her first birthday. He wears the same size diapers as Charlotte. He also spends all the time he’s not sleeping or in Mommy or Daddy’s arms propped up in the Boppy pillow on the couch, laughing at the fan. Every time his sisters walk by they smother him with kisses. He’s got a rough life. 
See? He’s a giant!
#3
Confirmed
The Ogre looks like Russell Crowe. What my mom and I have been telling the Ogre for years has been reiterated by one of his students. On the one hand, I like being right. On the other hand, it was a female student, which  means I will now be planting little spy cams in the Ogre’s classroom and cubicle and hiring a private detective to follow said female student around and possibly harass her into leaving UNLV…or at least leaving the Ogre’s class. 
#2
I’m not
crazy. I’m just pro-actively protecting my family.
#1
Speaking of Crazy
I ate a boatload of cheese last night. There’s something about shredded cheese that makes it particularly irresistible. I wouldn’t normally eat a half a block of cheese, but when it’s just sitting there, in a neatly grated pile, it feels wrong not to snag a handful or three every time I pass by the plate…which is a lot oftener than I would if there wasn’t a big pile of cheese on it. Strangely, I felt neither sick nor remorseful afterward. I frakking love cheese. 
Go see Jen now, and Happy Halloween and All Saint’s Day!
I love Dr. Who. You should too.

  • Anonymous

    Hahaha Thomas and I always say that Christopher looks like Russell Crowe…not Russell Crowe as Russell Crowe but Russell Crowe as Maximus or Robin Hood…if that makes sense:) I don't know if we've ever told him though. Good quick takes, Calah! Maybe next week you could write a post devoted to just candy!? Glorious Halloween candy!!And, I don't think you have anything to worry about…unless his student is Lucy Liu!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08455425847355266585 Maria D. @ DownrightDomesticity

    I love your photo selections! Don't we all secretly wish our toes were like the ones in your picture?

  • http://secretvaticanspy.wordpress.com Kassie

    I definitely just had a spazz attack over the Doctor Who mention. I'm working on a post series on Doctor Who right now. I am also naming my first son Tenant Christopher Smith Lastnamehere.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12557248434888642114 Melanie B

    Wow Charlotte sounds like she's in the exact same place as Ben right now: crying, begging to be held, throwing food on the floor because somehow it's never right. And he doesn't even have the excuse of being denied sugar etc. I've learned that for Ben Orajel is my friend. When he starts to refuse food but is obviously hungry I hold him down and forcibly smear some on his gums. Five minute later he'll accept a glass of milk. Ten minutes later he'll be nibbling the previously rejected food. I love the name Liam Xavier Bede. We're having such a hard time picking a name for our second boy. Maybe I'll add Liam to the list of names we're considering. I'm not sure how Liam Bettinelli will sound though. So funny about Liam and Charlotte wearing the same diapers. Sounds just like Ben and Sophie. She's always been in about the 10th or 20th percentile in terms of weight and height and he's in the 80th or 90th. So very early on he caught up to her in diaper size. It does make things a bit easier but is rather disconcerting.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07632005486245515873 Calah

    Kassie, oh please do a series on Dr. Who! I can't wait to read it. The day I discovered that show was one of the happiest of my life. And i love your name, except…I just can't get into Matt Smith as Dr. Who. He drives me nuts. He's too young! He's too young! River Song is like old enough to be his mother! It's creepy!Melanie, they do sound a lot alike. I read your "Eye of the Storm" post and thought, hmm….sounds familiar. I can't get Charlotte to open her mouth enough for Orajel and the fight is just not worth it. She drinks lots of milk so that's her sustenance right now…not great, but at least she won't get kwashiorker. We had a terrible time picking Liam's name. I personally think that as Americans we can plunder whatever cultures we want for names, since there are no uniquely American names (unless you count terrible names like Destiny and T'Shawnna, which I don't), so Liam Bettinelli is just, in fact, very patriotic. You're embracing two cultures! Way to go!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12557248434888642114 Melanie B

    Oh yeah. Ben often has days when it seems like the only thing he's consumed is milk. Lots and lots of milk. But on the days when he does decided to eat I try to shove a wide range of fruits and vegetables and grains at him so I think it all balances in the long run. Our pediatrician told my mom that with toddlers and small children one should evaluate their nutrition by their intake over the course of a week rather than one day at a time. That's been my rule of thumb. It's reassuring because there's usually one day when he has a pretty good appetite and makes up for the rest of the week.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09991613715581130019 emily alexander

    Liam has such a great smile…and although he does look HUGE in that pic with Charlotte, it's really hard to get a good image in my head because she's so small. Oh, and sorry Christopher, you do look like Russell Crowe. Jonathan and I always say that when watching a Russell Crowe movie.


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