Monday, September 26, 2011


My mother watched my 3 nieces and 2 nephews for my sisters while I was growing up.  What I remember most from growing up with them was my dad yelling "IN or OUT" because they were forever going outside, changing their minds and then going back in.   Back and forth, back and forth, and I can still see my dad cringe every time the door slammed... every 2 minutes.  What I also remember most is my two nephews and how much trouble those boys could get into.  They were constantly falling down stairs, throwing things at each others eyes, sword fighting with any sticks they could get their hands on, scraping knees, knocking out teeth and wrestling with each other.  They are both all grown up now, one in college playing baseball and the other one in the army.  It's pretty amazing to see the men they've become.  And at the same time it makes me want to cry because it feels like just yesterday they were these little babies with bruises asking their Aunt Mandi to sword fight with them.


So, anyway, Miles has a lot to live up to when it comes to bruises and injuries.  But it seems he's up to the challenge.  On Friday my mother called me at work and all I heard in the background was screaming.  "Mandi, the baby's been hurt.  His eye is bleeding."  Now, I know my family.  If my sister Rosie had called with this message I would have said, 'Oh really?  His eye?  I'll be there when I get there.'  But my mother has watched so many kids grow up, she knows the difference between a little bruise and something worse.  If she's worried about an injury, I need to take it seriously.

I've never driven so fast in my life.

On the way, I called Tony because he was closer and I told him to get home as fast as he could.  Miles was hurt and I didn't know any details because I couldn't get my mom back on the phone.  Needless to say, she had her hands full.  We both drove home praying that his eye wasn't seriously hurt.  Tony got there a few minutes before me and when I walked in the door Miles had stopped crying.  But his eye was still so bloody that I panicked.  It honestly looked like he was crying blood. 

Daddy and this toothbrush make things better!

Thankfully he calmed down enough for us to see that the cut was just near the eye and not on it.  It was such a close call.  He had followed my mom into the bathroom and tripped and smashed his face into the metal trash can.  I was just so grateful that his actual eye wasn't injured... just right next to the eye. 

Sleeping picture, the only way to see it well.
Now my beautiful baby boy looks like a drag queen.

Who does your makeup?  It looks fabulous.
My poor mother though... talk about a horrible feeling.  My heart broke when I saw his swollen, bruised eye.  I cannot imagine being there when he fell and seeing blood come out of his eye.  I would have freaked out.  My mother was so shaken and scared.  She really handled it like a pro, better than I ever would have. 

Thank goodness for Grandma's!

Cuddle bugs
No pictures please!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Nana and Papa are visiting again and Miles is in LOVE!  At first he was a little timid around them.  But it didn't take long for the smooches to begin! 

Pictures of Nana smooches coming soon... 

And don't forget about all the fun games Papa knows.

Papa had to go back home this morning and it broke my heart.  Miles really loves his Papa.  He loves his Nana too, but she's a little more heavy with the hugs and kisses... and you know how that goes over with boys! 

It just always hits the hardest that we live so far away from my family when we have to say goodbye.  And I hate for Miles to get so attached and then have them leave. 

Joe's Crab Shack for a goodbye dinner

Ready for CRABS!
So, Papa said goodbye this morning and we are already planning to visit in November.  I just want Miles to know his NM family, so thank goodness for airplanes!

And thankfully Nana stayed behind to hug and kiss Miles!!  No matter what he has to say about it!

He looks like a pretty happy baby to me though...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cuddle Bug

Nap time

Oh gosh, I'm so nervous to write this post.  I've started so many times and given up.  I've written several versions in my head, but I just can't get it quite right.  See, as a mother you try and try to do the best job you can (hopefully) and yet you always feel like someone is judging you.  And it's probably all just in my head anyway... so, here goes...

We co-sleep with Miles.  GASP!  THE HORROR!!  CALL THE POLICE, THAT MOMMA MUST HATE HER BABY!!  Or her marriage.  Or she obviously doesn't care that she's gonna kill her baby!

Or, what ever else the statistics and experts have to say.  

But, in spite of all that -- I LOVE every cuddly minute of co-sleeping.  There are so many positives, some negatives, and in the end Miles didn't really give us much choice in the matter anyway. 

To clarify, I think our co-sleeping arraignment has a lot to do with living in a loft.  Since we do not have much room for anyone visiting we have to be creative.  And honestly we've never been strict with Miles staying in his crib.  Then in July we had an (awesome) house guest and Nick and Izzy (who are also awesome:)).  Miles was sick a couple of nights and instead of letting him keep everyone awake we just let him sleep with us.  Then when he had croup he slept with me so I could listen to his breathing.  And when Tony was gone he slept with me to keep me company. :)

Well, we created a monster!  We've tried several different times to make him sleep in his crib but he's just not having it.  He does go to sleep in his crib around 9 (GASP, CALL THE POLICE AGAIN!! WHO LETS THEIR BABY STAY UP SO LATE?!  Well, get this I lied, sometimes it's 10.  And last night it was 11) but no matter what we do he wakes up screaming anywhere from 11 - 2 am and refuses to go back in his crib.  I mean, refuses no matter what we try. Well, I just lied again we haven't tried cry it out.  And before I offend anyone I am not against CIO and we kinda tried to do it several times.  We just suck at it.  Either one or both of us gives up before it can even be effective.  And to be totally honest - maybe we are just lazy.  At 2 AM it is so much easier to pick him up and put him in bed with us.  He goes right to sleep.  Curls up in a warm cuddly ball right next to me and cuddles all night long.  Sometimes he even turns his face to me and hugs me.  And then I melt into a million pieces.  
And, while I'm being totally honest, I feel pretty guilty for being gone all day (9-7 work schedule just eats up your whole day) that co-sleeping makes me feel better about missing Miles for so long.  

So, all that being said - co-sleeping works so well for us that I can't stop it now.  In fact, we are at the point of getting rid of Miles' crib all together.  We might be jumping the gun, but he hardly sleeps in it anyway...  

Miles trying to wake up



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Catch Up

Holy crap, when was the last time I even blogged?  And who is that tiny baby in those pictures down there?  Oh, I want to cry just looking at him.  My tiny sweet baby is growing up so fast.  So, I guess you've noticed that working full time has left 0 time for blogging.  In fact, I'm writing as fast as I can while at work in between calls right now and will have to finish at home when I can add pictures.

My hours at work are crazy.  9-7 Mondays and Wednesdays.  8-6 Tuesdays and Thursdays and half day Fridays.  Add to that 45 minutes of commute time each way and my day is gone in a blink of the eye.  When I get home from work with Miles it's dinner, bath, bedtime, and laundry if we're desperate. But, I'm really liking my job and Miles is still liking daycare. (in spite of the nibble he received yesterday from his little friend...she had been doing so good too.  :(. But today he ran to Ms.Carmen when she got to class, so cute!)

So - for a quick recap of summer to get you up to speed -- Here's what you missed.

Harry Potter 7 pt 2 premier

Miles turned One!  Well, that's a huge post I'll have to do another time, but here are a few of the pics just off my phone!

Helping me make his bday cake.  Such a sweetie.

I went blond.  (But I'm already back to brown, it was very short lived.)

In-N-Out Burger came to Dallas... and someone enjoyed it!

I became obsessed with Instagram and filtering my pics.

Passed most of my state licensing and am now a MP in several states.  Need to refi?  :)

My friend had a baby boy - Dylan.

Steak and Lobster dinner! 

H & M FINALLY came to Dallas!!

We bought a new car that looks exactly like this!

Tony got a new job that he loves!!  He was traveling every other week to GA last month, but thankfully that stopped. 

Inconveniently he was traveling the week that Miles had croup.  That was tough.

Steroids did the trick.

Thankfully my sister came to visit and was there to help while Miles was sick.  Thank GOD for family!

Some old and very great friends moved back to Dallas and I could not be more thrilled!!  In fact, Brandon stayed with us in our loft for 2 weeks in July while his wife put their house up for sale and he started his new job up here.  While we had Nick and Izzy staying with us.  Come to think of it, that's around the time I stopped blogging.  6 people living in one room proved to be a tad overwhelming.  Thankfully we all survived, had a great time, and are still friends.  And even better, Lyndsay and Brandon's house sold in a flash and they moved up last weekend.  We've already been to their pool and gotten to hang out with them and their kids several times.  I'm SO happy they are back!!

Let's see -- OH, here's a big one - Miles started walking! The walking is super new though.  And even more cute and exciting than I could ever imagine!!  :)

Miles has had a stomach bug off and on for a few weeks now.  He does so much better off milk, so I'm wondering if it's a allergy.  Again, that's a-whole-nother post though because I've got some research to do.

And -- we've got big things coming up for the rest of this year!  My parents are coming to visit in a couple of days.  Oktoberfest is this weekend - and our hotel is booked and the drinking countdown has begun.  Maroon 5 and Train concert. Kids birthday parties. Halloween. My birthday. Slapsgiving. Festivus.

Time flies working full time, with a baby, family, jobs, house to keep clean.  Miles is doing brilliantly through it all though.  And I'm trying to enjoy every second possible because every time I blink he grows up a little more!