I thought these things didn’t happen until the teen years..

I thought these things didn’t happen until the teen years..

Once again, Jamie is surprising us with her wit. Her new thing to do now is to put her hand up to her ear and say, “H-lo?” whenever she hears a ring or a bell.

In fact, we were in Walmart yesterday when the intercom went on. It started out with a “Doo doo,” so Jamie put her hand up and said, “H-lo.” I about died laughing. I can’t believe she’s already figured out how to answer a phone. I wonder who she’s been calling because she accidentally called Matt the other day while he was at work and then proceeded to 3-way call him again while he was on the line.

Ok, I don’t even know how to 3-way call on my phone!

And then there’s the other small matter of her trying to run away.

Exhibit A

I thought I had at least until middle school before she tried to break free. What gives?


The stuff no ones tells you about Motherhood

The stuff no ones tells you about Motherhood

Listen, everyone knows that you are never fully prepared for parenthood. I mean, you can have all the money in the world, a nanny, the biggest house, or nothing at all and it won’t make a difference. It is unlike anything you will ever experience in your life. BUT, there are some things I think you could be warned about. So, I’m making it my job to blog about such crazy and unexpected things you may come across while being a mother.

Let’s take baby nails for instance.

First, I would like to say that baby talons nails are very sharp. Ca-razy sharp. And, if that wasn’t freaky enough, these talons nails grow at  an exceptional pace. I’m pretty sure that there was one time I trimmed Jamie’s nails before bath one evening, and by the time she went to bed they were back to their claw-like quality tearing and scratching at my face. No joke.

And then there was Tuesday. On Tuesday I noticed that Jamie’s adorable little baby toe claws were reaching maximum scratch capacity. Jamie was in a good mood for the first time in a while (thank you double ear infections) so I took advantage of this moment in the day to start clipping away while she was playing on her changing table.

Have you ever clipped a baby nail? Gees. As if super sharp freaky fast growing nails isn’t enough, they are also paper-thin and nearly impossible to cut. How is it these things scratch so easily when they fold under a clipper? I’ll file that under e=mc squared and why I don’t have spanx with a pee hole, I guess.

Anywho, nails were flying everywhere and at one point I thought one may have shot me in the eye, but after further evaluation it seemed like my eyeball was spared until I was washing up for bed. I started washing my face and thought I got some soap in my eye. Instead, I find a little baby toe nail in my eye.

People, I had a baby toe nail in my eye for approximately 6 hours!

A toenail.

In my eyeball!

On the bright side, I am happy to report that my eye wasn’t swollen shut the next morning.

I guess there could be worse things in my eye…(right?) *shrug*



Jamie’s 10 months old!!

Jamie’s 10 months old!!

At 22 pounds and 11 ounces, Jamie is a very big 10 month old! In fact, the Dr. told me the other day that if he didn’t know her real age he would think she was more like 15 months old. Is this a precursor for when she turns 21? I’d really hate for her to be 18 at the bars and no one card her cause they think she’s older. Hmpf!

This last month Jamie has developed like crazy! She is such a talker and at this point I’ve heard her say, “Dada,” “Mama,” “Whoa,” “Oh,” and “Uh Oh.” My parents swore they heard her say “Boo,” (our cat) but I’m not sure about that one cause I haven’t heard it, yet.

Jamie can now also wave “bye, bye” and clap her hands to patty cake! It’s so adorable and I was startled when she first started doing this because I’ve been teaching her these for months. Of course,she all of the sudden starts doing it out of the blue one day like she’s known them all along. Silly, girl!

At this point, Jamie now has 8 teeth! She had 7 for so long, but the 8th one finally came in this last month. Although she is still a gluten-free, vegetarian baby, I’ve been introducing lots of finger foods. Her favorites are green beans, peas, carrots, brown rice, peaches, mandarin oranges (literally sucks these up) and bananas. I’ve also started giving her yo baby 3-in1 yogurts with fruit and veggie purees in them, Annie’s gluten-free mac &  cheese and Gerber apple wagon wheels. This month I’m going to introduce some chicken and maybe turkey, we’ll see…

Jamie still loves reading books and playing with her toys, but one of her guilty pleasures in Bubble Guppies. She literally stops what she’s doing to see the tv if she hears the theme song. I never planned on letting her watch tv this young, but the show is about 15 minutes long and I never use it as a babysitter since I put it on in the background while she plays no more than twice a day.

Jamie is still wearing 12 month size clothes and size 4 diapers. I’m thinking that she’ll be in the 18 months sizes before her first birthday. Just a hunch!

Jamie’s also been doing a lot of travelling this last month. Besides out trip to the Key’s, Jamie went to Illinois to visit her Grandma & Grandpa Tow, her two aunts, and her cousins!

 Swinging at Aunt Jenny’s

Princess for a day at Grandma’s house

Princess Jamie with her cousin Brooke

Driving cousin Cody’s car

Getting some snacks from cousin Cody


Back from vacation and I feel 29 again!

Back from vacation and I feel 29 again!

The last two weeks we’ve been living it up in Illinois with family. It was refreshing, relaxing, and HOT! Ironically, there was a heat wave while we were there. Of course.

*Note to self and other females:

Spanx + cocktails at an outside bar + breaking the seal + heat wave = NOT COOL (literally and figuratively)

Why didn’t I get the spanx with the pee hole? The eternal question…

Anyway, many of you know that I had a birthday yesterday. It was nice and quiet and for the first time in a few years I thought for a fleeting moment I may actually be my normal age instead of age 29 as I pledged 4 years ago. 33 years old didn’t seem so bad now that I’m a mom. I mean, that’s a nice young mom age, right? And then, I saw this picture of me on my 29th birthday:

You know, 29 has never sounded so good. I think I’ll stay 29 for a bit longer.

PS- Guess who started a diet today?

PPS- Jamie’s 10 month pics tomorrow!


Flying by yourself with a 9 month old deserves LOTS of mom points!

Flying by yourself with a 9 month old deserves LOTS of mom points!

I’m just sayin.

What if I told you that you had to fly on a plane for 2 hours by yourself with a very active 9 month old. Sounds like torture, doesn’t it?

Now, let’s throw in a double ear infection.

I think it goes without saying that I was super stressed about the idea alone, so in typical “Suzanne fashion” I came up with a 3 pronged plan.

Plan A

Keep baby up very late the night before. Wake up baby intermittently to interrupt her sleep. Wake baby up extra early in the morning. Hold food until plane taxis. Baby sleeps entire flight. Succesful landing. Mission Accomplished!

Plan B

Keep baby up very late the night before. Wake up baby intermittently to interrupt her sleep. Wake baby up extra early in the morning. Hold food until plane taxis. Baby sleeps most of flight. Keep baby content with food, books and various toys until landing. Succesful landing. Mission Accomplished!

Plan C

Keep baby up very late the night before. Wake up baby intermittently to interrupt her sleep. Wake baby up extra early in the morning. Hold food until plane taxis. Baby refuses sleep and screams due to air pressure and ear infections. Baby refuses to stay in lap and screams to be put down. Abort mission, give up, and hope you land without too many nasty comments and eye daggers.

Fortunately for me and nifty strategizing I was able to maintain plan B with no issues. When we landed I wanted to go into the middle of the aisle and scream.




“I did it!”


“Who’s your mommmaaa!”


“Go Suzie, it’s your birthday!”


Regrettably, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anywhere to put the baby and it would have been awkward with my carry-on. Know what I mean?. But, I did a silent cheer in my head for sure.

And here’s a question for you??? How the hell do you change a baby’s diaper on a plane? Let’s just say that I did it, but it wasn’t easy and I’ve now blocked that ordeal from my mind.


Jamie’s 9 months old!

Jamie’s 9 months old!

Length: 29.5 in (97%)
Weight: 22 lbs 4 oz (95%)
Head: 17.5 in (72%)

As you can see, Jamie is still growing big! At 9 months old Jamie has turned into a sassy one. She is babbling like crazy and can say “Dada” and “Mama.” She also screams in her baby talk when she’s upset. We like to call it “baby cursing.”

Jamie started a full crawl at 8 1/2 months and she hasn’t stopped moving since. She is EVERYWHERE. She doesn’t want to be held much anymore, either. 😦 This is a problem for two reasons…1) I’m not done baby proofing 2) Jamie is a bit clumsy and getting hurt alot. She’s a bruiser and I’m close to a heart attack at least 5 times a day.

Jamie’s also expanding her diet. She’s been eating more and more finger foods and she’s quite the eater. She loves her baby mum mum’s, puffs, yogurt melts, yogurt, green beans, mandarin oranges, bananas, brown rice. She’ll eat a whole banana if you let her!

My favorite thing about Jamie these days are her giggles. She is such a smiley and happy baby that it makes my heart melt. I love to make her laugh until she screams. Lately I’ve been chasing her around the house as she giggles and crawls faster to play a little game of catch. She’s so adorable I can’t even believe she’s mine.

Jamie is now in 12 month sizes for clothes and size 4 diapers. At this rate she may be in 18 month old clothes by the time she’s one. ONE! I can’t believe my little munchkin is turning one in less than 3 months!!! Yikes!


And the answer is….

And the answer is….


That’s right people. I was sick, I was in the Key’s up until Tuesday, my netbook charger is broken and not charging well, and I totally accidentally stole a bunch of organic bananas at Super Target last week before our trip.

Would it be weird to go to customer service and tell them I accidentally left without paying them and then try to give them some money for it? I really didn’t mean to do it, but by the time I realized it, I had a fussy baby and it was raining and I just didn’t feel like going back in. I know. I’d hate to go to the purgatory for bananas, but it may happen.

Anywho, let’s talk about our little mini vacay to the Keys. The other West’s invited us to stay with them for the 4th of July weekend and it was a blast! We went to the Southernmost point, drank fresh mojito’s, had some fun at the beach, went kayaking, and had a few mini “fireworks” (as in snaps and sparklers) of our own. I couldn’t ask for a better fourth of July!

The view

Our friendly neighbor

Acting silly

Unfortunately, this lady probably looks better in her bathing suit than I do in mine….

Jamie chillaxin at the beach in her baby hut

The backyard

So Matt can’t say I don’t make anything anymore…red, white, and blue strawberries

Star spangled cake