7 Quick Takes Friday, plus The Inappropriate Comment of the Day!

Ahhhhh. Friday. Fridays are so much sweeter now that the Ogre’s teaching again. I’m not really sure why because he only teaches on Mondays and Wednesdays and he studies from home most of the time but…somehow they are. It’s a mental thing, I guess. Anyway. Quick Takes!

is six months old today! It’s crazy how time flies. I can’t believe how old he is. 
I’m not sure if it’s the fact that Liam is the most cheerful, adorable, sweet-tempered, cuddly and delightful baby I’ve ever seen or if I’ve finally grown to love mothering newborns instead of feeling fettered by them, but he’s the first of my children who I truly want to stay as he is. Forever. At every age and every stage I think, “Oh I wish he could stay like this!” It’s odd, but comforting. I’m glad to know that there’s not something fundamentally wrong with my soul, since I usually feel awkward when friends gush about their newborns. I’ve always sort of gritted my teeth and gotten through the baby months. Nine months on are the golden times for me. I really don’t think there is an age after nine months that I haven’t loved. Even the terrible twos, which really are terrible.
But it’s been different this time around. I hope that’s a sign that I’m growing up, and that if we have more children I’ll be able to enjoy their infant days as well. 
(The shirt actually does cover her belly, she just kept pulling it up)
 can’t say “Liam.” At first she called him “Milim” which has now morphed into “Lemon.” 
I love it. It’s hysterical. I hope she never learns how to say “Liam”. 
While I’ve been typing, I let Sienna and Charlotte use Sienna’s new plastic scissors to cut up a newspaper. It’s kept them happily occupied. Success, thought I.
Then I looked behind me and realized what a colossal mistake I had made. 
(Please excuse the giant mess in the background. We have more books than we do bookshelves, and I’m trying to save diaper boxes to pack away some baby clothes)
Valentine’s Day
(A picture from my favorite Valentine’s Day ever)
is coming up! Do you guys have plans? 
I always hated Valentine’s Day until two years ago. I had plenty of boyfriends before I got married, but somehow managed to either 1) break up with them just before V-day, 2) get broken up with just before V-day or 3) date total buzz-kills who didn’t do things like buy chocolates and flowers or remember silly events like Valentine’s Day. 
Then I got married and discovered that the Ogre is also a total buzzkill. Valentine’s Day was basically a non-event for us until the year before Charlotte was born, when I broke down into hysterical wine-soaked sobs at about 2 am on Valentine’s Day. Mystified, the Ogre asked why I was crying, and I sobbed, “B-b-because you never do anything for me for Valentine’s Day, ever! It’s because I’m fat, isn’t it?” To which he replied, without laughing or getting exasperated, God bless him, “I’ve always ignored Valentine’s Day because when we were dating you mentioned how much you hated it!”
My sobs slowed to a sniffle. Then I said, “I only hate it because no one has ever wanted to celebrate it with me.”
The next year he came home from work on Valentine’s Day with season 1 of Pushing Daisies, then took three-year-old Sienna and newborn Charlotte for an hour and a half so that I could shower, drink some wine, paint my toenails and watch Pushing Daisies. He came back with roses, Italian take-out and a delicious bottle of red wine. 
He’s the best man alive, I swear. 
This Year
We’re gonna keep it low-key. I’m making the Pioneer Woman’s Filet au Poivre, the girls and I are going to make chocolate covered strawberries, we’ll have dinner, put the kids to bed and watch a movie. 
And then go to bed because, well, sometimes NFP rears it’s hideous head at all the wrong times. 
You guys? Any big plans?
At Walgreens Today
right next to the display of Valentine’s Day candy, they had a display of Easter candy.
Seriously? It’s bad enough that the Valentine’s candy goes out the day after Christmas, but can’t we at least just stick to one holiday at a time? The seasonal candy aisle needs a strong dose of Ritalin. 
Speaking of Easter Candy, Though
these are my favorite candies of all time, ever. They are so yum, drool, love. They render me incoherent and grammatically incorrect.
And I have to admit that while I was being derisive of the candy display I was also eagerly scanning the shelves to see if they had these little beauties out yet. No such luck. 
That’s why marketing departments do what they do. Because of suckers like me. 
Oh, and hey, guess what! It’s been a while since we’ve done the Inappropriate Comment of the Day, so here’s a gem for you courtesy of the hairdresser in Trader Joe’s today with tinsel in her hair. And actually, I have to write down the whole conversation because it was all just so massively inappropriate.
(The following is an actual conversation)
Tinsel Lady: Oh, your daughter is so cute! Who cuts her hair? The ends are a little ragged.
Me: I do.
Tinsel Lady: Oh, there’s no reason for you to do that! I cut children’s hair. Here’s my business card. Bring her to me! Children love me. I never had kids because I never wanted any and I’m a party animal, but my nieces and nephews love me! They love coming to my house because I have so many animals. I rescue animals, see. 
Me: Oh. That’s nice of you.
Tinsel Lady: Yes it really is. The thing is, people need to have their animals neutered. And some people need to be neutered too.
Me: (Awkward, incredulous silence)
Tinsel Lady: Your daughter is so well-behaved. It’s so nice to see a mother with just one child.
Me: Actually I have three.
Tinsel Lady: Oh! Oh! Oh! Well, my goodness, how old? 
Me: She’s five, and my two little ones are two and six months.
Tinsel Lady: Boys, girls?
Me: The two-year-old is a girl and the youngest is a boy. 
Tinsel Lady: (visibly relieved) Oh, so you got your boy. So you’re all done now, right? 
Me: No. We love children.
Tinsel Lady: (Awkward, incredulous silence)
And that concludes today’s massively inappropriate comment(s). 
Have a great weekend, everyone! Remember to get your husbands neutered! 

  • KT

    One time I was asked if my daughter was a preemie (she wasn't) by a bagger at the grocery store (no, she was not mentally ill). People are amazing.High-five to the mini eggs. Totally my fave.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05117120475033380036 Emily G.

    Great QT's!I feel the same way about Henry. It's so refreshing. He's the most wonderful baby ever. I kiss him daily and tell him I want 10 more just like him.Charlotte is adorable. I hope she never learns to say Liam, tooLoved the way you worded your NFP comment. And it's so true. *sigh*I've seen that picture of the chocolate bunnies before, but it made me laugh just the same. Few things irritate me more than ridiculously out of season candy. (Or music, or decor…)That conversation is unbelieveable.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09942928659520676271 JoAnna

    Thoughts as I read your post:1. CHUBBY BABY! ZOMG! We have that exact same tub.2. I save diaper boxes to use to pack away baby clothes, too.3. "The seasonal candy aisle needs Ritalin." ROFL! So true!4. Cadberry mini-eggs. Mmmmm. My favorite are the Reese's peanut butter eggs. SO DAMN GOOD.5. I also have two girls and a boy, and I get comments like that all. the. time. from strangers. When I was pregnant with Violet, people would see me with my girl and boy and look at my preggo belly in puzzlement. I could almost see the thought bubbles above their heads. "You had a girl and a boy, and you're having MORE?!" Ugh.6. The NFP comment is very true.

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

    Janet-hahaha! I'm sorry, it was a running-errands type of day. Oh I cannot believe that you found that info on Angelicum in like two and a half seconds! I'm an idiot. I'll actually post this comment on your blog too, where you're more likely to read it. Uh, sorry, I haven't had caffeine yet. Groggy. PF Chang's sounds yummy. Good call. And maybe it is boys…"Love her, of course" OMG so true. I do that all the time. I usually start with it though, as in, "I really love Charlotte but OMG I'm gonna kill her!" Hahahaha. Kat-hahahahah! I keep reading your comment and cracking up. It is so true! It's like Whole Foods lite, but with ruder people. Yet I love it with all my heart. Why is that? Moe-yeah the NFP thing. Remind me to strangle the lady who once said, "Those times can be so sweet. You can cuddle and learn to love each other through words." Um, lady? You're insane. Andrea-thanks for the baby love comment! It is strange to be a baby gusher but I kind of love it. Sorry Charlie hates V-day…the Ogre does too, really, but he puts up with it because I'm a total sap. I personally love that Easter candy is out during Lent because I always get to have it on Sundays and it makes Sundays that much more special. Of course, I probably shouldn't eat half a bag like I usually do but…oh well. Thanks for the support on the comment. I was afraid I came off as sort of weak or afraid to stand up to the freaky lady. Alison-they so are. Thanks for reading!MrsDarwin-that is really insulting. Who says things like that? Jeez. I hate when people act like children can't hear and understand them. Melanie-yes, I love the baby fat too! It's so great. I was actually noticing how much more like Bella Sophie is beginning to look. Especially in your pictures from the heart decorating, she is definitely coming out of the toddler years. It's sad, isn't it? I'm not sure about the pictures. No one else has noticed it? I have no idea. They're not very exciting anyway. Pictures of the girls surrounded my newspapers and then one of the Ogre with both girls in his lap. And yes, I totally agree on the selfishness front. It's less shocking when the baby commences to cry five seconds after I've spent an hour rocking him to sleep, and I get up with less of an "I can't believe I have to do this" attitude. Which is probably a major contributing factor. Mary and becksterslaboratory-thanks for reading! And Beckster, high five on the Pioneer Woman and on your so massively awesome blog name. From one Dexter's Laboratory lover to another. KT-Seriously? Unbelievable. We need to compile all these things into a manual called "What not to say, ever, to mothers with children" and then make it mandatory reading for…for everyone. Yes on the mini eggs. Emily G-thanks! I totally agree on Charlotte. Oh and Henry! He is too cute. All that hair! I love the picture of him playing in the sunbeam. What a cutie. JoAnna-hahaha I know isn't he huge? I'm also glad that someone else has boxes of baby and toddler clothes packed in diaper boxes. They're so handy! Oh the Reese's eggs. Yes. Yum. Delicious. And what is that with people? Children have become so maligned that they seriously cannot imagine why someone would want more children. It's absurd.

  • http://blueberriesforjackie.wordpress.com Jackie

    Your baby boy must be just younger than my cousin whose getting baptized today! She's 7 1/2 months. Cute!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17448209025229146658 Mignon

    hysterical! love tinsel lady!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06164970035946546827 Mary Poppins NOT

    Oh, I have gotten some amazingly rude comments. Once, when I was at a party with my seventh child, who was 6 weeks old, a lady asked how many kids I had. She looked at my sweet, tiny infant, and said, "That disgusts me." I was speechless. I just was shocked, and shortly left the party. I find it deplorable when people say things like, "Well we're DONE! My two kids are more than I can handle so there will be no more children for us!!", and they say this right in front of THEIR children. The poor little kids always get a shamed expression on their faces. My heart breaks for them. Valentine's Day at our house is fun. Everyone makes a card for each member of the family. We put them all in a big basket and pass them out after dinner. Then we eat chocolate. Yum. Blessings,Renee

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

    OK, I was all set to gush over how adorable Liam is and say how sweet and thoughtful Christopher is (I feel in some ways like I'm getting to know him for the first time through you blog), but then I get to the Tinsel Lady. Are you kidding? What is the problem with people "Oh it's so nice to see a mother with just one child." Are you kidding me?!?!?!?!? I don't even have words…..Well, happy Valentine's Day anyway, cognata.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05289500519823895502 Daphne

    Okay,so I don't know where to start…I'm a little behind on my reading ,so, here goes.1)I love meat loaf:) And have a really good recipe. Uncle Bill loves it too!2)Liam and Charlotte continue to be sooo cute. Of course, Sienna is always darling. I love Liam's look on his happy little face while he is buck naked getting his bath. Charlotte looks adorable in her little dress and tights. 3)I too, love the Pioneer Woman since you turned me onto her. I have been living vicarioulsy through her weekly. I always thought it would be so cool to live like she does with the Marlboro Man. I have had a crush on the Marlboro Man since I was 13. I love that recipe with the filets. That picture brought back some good memories of when you cooked it for me and Uncle Bill. 4)Not a candy lover, so I don't get that whole thing. (it must be an Adkins thing)And what the hell with the people commenting to complete strangers on kids. I am blown away every time you write about some idiot and their rude and inconsiderate comments. What a trip! and lastly…5)LOVE THE JEWELERY. I have a friend who has a custom card business and does a ton of business on etsy. Her pictures of her work are usually done on a black background. Her website is http://www.mywjcdesigns.com. I would so buy some pieces and I am confident you will be able to sell it. With all the boutiques in Vegas, Im pretty sure you could get some local stuff going as well. Keep writing. It's always enjoying.Call me when you have some time. Love U

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05289500519823895502 Daphne

    Oh, and I promise this is it…the Ogre singing to the girls and then turning and singing to you…that's what makes the bad days worth it.