From the Mind of a Stay-at-Home Mom

This is the place to empty the random thoughts that occur in my head while the girls are sleeping

I have to vent December 22, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — amore475 @ 8:20 am

It’s been bugging me for a LONG time – well about 8 months now.

Suri Cruise is still using a bottle at age 20 months!! It drives me crazy seeing that beautiful baby in designer clothes with a playtex nurser in hand.

Don’t they know it isn’t good after 12 months. Of course knowing the MR. traditional rules don’t apply, just like I don’t have PPD, it’s all in my head.


SHHH Don’t tell my husband… December 20, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — amore475 @ 12:14 pm

I was a SUCKER!!!

It’s ok, he won’t be surprised.

If you didn’t already know, Hokey Poky Elmo is a top ten toy this season. Toys R Us is sold out. want $75 for it (it’s a $25 toy). Catie LOVES Elmo and she bops along when ever there’s music on so I had to have it for her. I got it on eBay. I confess.

What’s interesting is that unlike the Cabbage Patch Kid craze of the 80’s when mom’s (dad’s too I’m sure) stood online from the wee hours of the morning to pay crazy amounts for THE doll to have, I popped open my laptop, went online and searched for the best prices and all I paid extra was shipping. No gas or coffee money needed; no clothing, shower or hairspray needed! So it pretty much balances out. And come on – you guys didn’t leave the house without a spritz of Aqua Net!!

For all those parents who did stand in line all those years ago, I salute you. Thanks MOM!!! It was one of my most memorable toys. My SECOND one was just as special, a pretty redhead I got early for my birthday since my party that year was before the actual day. (The same year my dad put up the swing set, in time for my party, so thanks DAD too!)

And while I swore never to be one of the crazy, gotta have it parents, I too have succumbed to the idea of my little girl’s smile getting the perfect toy from Santa.


How kids get into EVERYTHING December 18, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — amore475 @ 9:27 am

Yeah, you know that. But this story is different, I promise!

It all began when Charlotte was 2 months old. After nights of fussiness and fighting sleep we were flipping channels and Shark Tale, starring Will Smith, came on HBO. In an instant our screaming child was silent. And from then on, thanks to Cablevision’s DVR boxes, whenever she was inconsolable we put it on. After watching the movie at least once a day, we pretty much had it memorized. She’s now almost 2 1/2 and it’s still one of her favorite movies.

Well, this weekend each grandma took a child and Carl and I used the opportunity to go to the movies. Living in a commercial free Noggin bubble I don’t have any idea what movies are out, except Alvin and the Chipmunks (I love My Name is Earl’s Jason Lee). So the first thing Carl said when I told him to check movie times was that he wasn’t going to see the chipmunks! My reply was that the new Will Smith movie was out and check that. I seriously had no idea what it was about, but it was Will Smith – how could we go wrong?

I am Legend was AMAZING. Will Smith is SMOKIN‘ HOT!! But how does that lead into the kids? Well, during the movie he starts singing Sean Paul and Ziggy Marley’s Three Little Birds, which is from Shark Tale. (That’s not the way you sing it, man!) I whisper to Carl that we’re probably the only ones in the theatre to get the irony of that! Then later he’s reciting Shrek (another favorite movie around here) word for word like we did with Shark Tale. I was biting my cheek to keep from laughing at that too.

So that’s how kids get into everything – even a date with your husband.

Now I’m going to put the song on my iPod to make the girls happy!

Note to hubby – like my links? And it looks like Shark Tale 2 will be out in 2008!


My diet food is making me fat December 3, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — amore475 @ 12:23 pm

I am sitting in front of my lunch torn between eating it and tossing it. Silly me thought the word LEAN in Lean Cuisine actually meant lean.

I have been a good girl eating their paninis for lunch, not splurging on anything, trying to get rid of this baby weight. What I didn’t think to do, while chasing through the store with a 2 year old and 8 month old, was look at the back of the box to see how many calories and grams of fat there were in each serving. Well, it turns out I could have been eating a whole can of spaghettios or a slice of pizza with LESS grams of FAT and fewer calories than these paninis!

I have in front of me a grilled chicken, spinach, mushroom and roasted pepper panini with cheese about the size of half a sandwich. My 2 year old has a bowl full of spaghettios. She’s getting .5 grams of fat to my 8 grams and 200 calories to my 280. And the sodium difference is about 200mg.

I am seriously having trouble with the idea grilled chicken and veggies on a sandwich is worse for you than spaghettios. Because in reality it’s not. It’s the cheese they put on top that has all the fat in it. But now I know and will avoid them like the plague. And trust me the sodium content in spaghettios isn’t worth the splurge! I think making my own food instead of a 3 minute quicky will have to be the way to go. Purdue shortcuts here I come!!


Night before Christmas for Moms November 29, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — amore475 @ 7:14 pm

Twas the night before Christmas, when all thru the abode
only one creature was stirring, and she was cleaning the commode.
The children were finally sleeping, all snug in their beds,
while visions of Playstation and Barbie, flipped through their heads.
The dad was snoring in front of the TV,
with a half-constructed bicycle up on his knee.
So only the mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter,
which made her sigh, “Now what’s the matter?”
With toilet bowl brush still clutched in her hand,
she descended the stairs, and saw the old man.
He was covered with ashes and soot, which fell with a shrug.
“Oh great,” muttered the mom, “Now I have to clean the rug.”
“Ho-ho-ho!” cried Santa, “I’m glad you’re awake.”
“Your gift was especially difficult to make.”
“Thanks, Santa, but all I want is some time alone.”
“Exactly!” he chuckled, “I’ve made you a clone.”
“A clone?” she asked, “What good is that?
Run along, Santa, I’ve no time for chit-chat.”
The mother’s twin. Same hair, same eyes,same double chin.
“She’ll cook, she’ll dust,”she’ll mop every mess.
You’ll relax, take it easy, watch The Young & the Restless.”
“Fantastic!” the mom cheered.”My dream come true! “
I’ll shop. I’ll read.,I’ll sleep a whole night through!
“From the room above, the youngest began to fret.
“Mommy?! I scared… and I ‘m wet.
“The clone replied, “I’m coming, sweetheart.”
“Hey,” the mom smiled, “She knows her part.”
The clone changed the small one, and hummed a tune,
as she bundled the child, in a blanket cocoon.
“You the best mommy ever. ” I really love you.”
The clone smiled and sighed, “I love you, too.”
The mom frowned and said, “Sorry, Santa, no deal.
“That’s my child’s love, she’s trying to steal.”
Smiling wisely Santa said, “To me it is clear,”
Only one loving mother, is needed here.
“The mom kissed her child, and tucked her into bed.
“Thank you, Santa, ” for clearing my head.
I sometimes forget, it won’t be very long,
when they’ll be too old, for my cradle-song.
“The clock on the mantle began to chime.
Santa whispered to the clone, “It works every time.
“With the clone by his side Santa said, “Goodnight.
Merry Christmas, Mom,
You’ll be all right.”

Author unkown


I couldn’t do it. November 11, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — amore475 @ 9:39 am

Election Day 2007. I’m at the polls, voting for my favorite local democrats with Catie in my arms. It was her first time voting, I had to teach her right! I flick the tabs, all but one. I check out the proposals – this is the first time I’ve said no to one of those. Then I come back to the tab I didn’t flick yet.

It was for Brookhaven’s County Legislator. I saw the debate, I read their bios, I liked the republican. BUT the republicans have horrible history in Brookhaven – aka Crookhaven. Plus country-wide I don’t agree with the republicans. So standing in front of the poll, knowing who would make a better Legislator, I still voted against her for the Democratic candidate. My final thinking was that it’s taken the past two years to clean up the mess left by the republicans, not much room left for other progress. So I decided to give her another chance and flicked the tab for a straight democrat row.

I wasn’t the only one, she was re-elected by a slim majority – 54%. I wish it felt like a win.


What no one told you about having babies September 24, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — amore475 @ 3:13 pm
  1. When one sleeps the other not only doesn’t, but won’t let you do anything but hold her.
  2. Sleeping is a luxury, not for the first few months, but for the next 18 years.
  3. You stop wondering why people bring sticky children to the store – it happened with the bribe in the car on the way to the store!
  4. Headaches and heartaches are the least of your worries – backaches from lifting, lugging and carrying them and their stuff keeps chiropractors in business!
  5. A night relaxing means laying on the floor being used as a punching bag.
  6. Toddlers can eat as much as an adult when they’re hungry.
  7. Unwanted advice people warn you about comes from the people who warned you in the first place.
  8. Your mother starts sounding like your grandmother. And your grandmother starts sounding sane.
  9. You wonder why sex sounded fun in the first place.
  10. You need a high capacity washer and dryer even though the clothes are tiny – it’s your clothes that you need it for!!
  11. Nothing is ever clean again. Cause even when you clean it, it gets dirty within minutes.
  12. You get no sympathy for your pain, just laughter.
  13. Your relationship with your mother-in-law becomes a finite love or hate.
  14. Strangers have opinions about your children, even with just a glance.
  15. Other people’s children do not become more easy to deal with, you just can’t pay as much attention because yours has become one of them!
  16. Bath time is fraught with danger – not the drowning kind, the poopy kind.
  17. Rubbing Bengay on each other is foreplay.
  18. You learn why your mom can clean everything and anything. And how to get her to do it for you.
  19. A child free shower can be the highlight of your day.
  20. Drinking heavily is on your list of to-do’s since a glass of wine has less calories that the gallon of ice cream you need to sooth your nerves.