The Real World: Wilmington

This is the true story … of four family members … who chose to move to the south … live together and have their lives blogged … to find out what happens … when people stop being polite … and start having babies … The Real World: Wilmington.

Otis Has His Day August 31, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 3:33 am

After just over a year our guilty consciences caught up with us and we finally did something nice for our dog, formerly known as our son, Otis. The day Elly came home was a sad, sad day for Otis. He was catapulted from human status to dog status in the blink of an eye.

A nearby pool allowed dogs to come for a swim. Otis was in his labrador element. Anyone who has visited our home knows that Otis has manic tendencies so as you might imagine the combination of water and tennis balls was almost enough to make his head explode.

Hopefully the memory of this swim will get him through the long days of toddler Elly chasing her best bud Otis around the house.

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Elly’s Going to College One Day August 26, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 10:24 pm

I read this blog post from the NY Times about taking your kid to college and I got tears in my eyes. Reminder, my daughter is 1. College is eons away.  Yet I still cry at the thought of it. Uh oh. I smell a future breakdown coming on.

Jamie will probably be slipping Xanax into my drinks for days leading up to the drop off, and who knows how long after. So, in 17 years, if I’m acting a little loopy and uncannily happy, you’ll know why.

Aside from the part where you will no longer be living with your baby, what gets me in the post is how your child will have no idea how you’re feeling until he/she goes through it with their own children. I remember thinking about that when I gave birth too. You have no clue how much your Mom loves you, until you become a Mom yourself. Goodness, I better stop before the waterworks come on again! I’m off to take a Xanax.

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Pacifiers Vs. Parents August 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 3:58 am

I knew my daughter loved her pacifiers but I didn’t know she loved them more than me until recently.

I happily went in to get my sweet baby girl out of her crib after nap, looking forward to the way she stands up and puts her arms up and around me as I lift her out. This time, she did not put her arms up or even crawl towards me. When I asked again if she wanted to come with Mommy she crawled away, well, as much as you can in a crib. I figured out this must be because typically once I have her in my arms I take passie out of her mouth and put it back in the crib and we say bye bye to it, Baby, and Luna. The same thing happened again the next day, so I called Jamie in to try, but she had the same reaction. She’s actually still in the crib now, it’s been 2 days.  Kidding of course!

I think we are in for it whenever we decide it’s time for the Passie Fairy to come. Everyone always says something like ‘have you ever seen a kid in college that still uses pacifiers, of course not!’.  Will Harvard still accept her if she insists on using her pacifier? If not, I guess there’s always Yale to fall back on.

Elly’s thoughts: Maybe if I avoid eye contact she’ll leave me in peace with my beloved passies.

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Teeth Are the New Gums August 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 1:15 am

Elly has finally sprouted teeth (2 bottom ones, partly up) so I can push those visions of my daughter as a beautiful bride, saying her I do’s, minus pearly whites, out of my head (hopefully the ones of her crawling down the aisle will be gone soon too). I’ve been told that the later babies get teeth the less likely their chance of getting cavities. I hope it’s true, but have a feeling was just being told that so I wouldn’t feel bad about my toothless baby, gosh Southern people are nice!  

We’ve thought the girl was teething at various times starting at the age of 4 months. Oh, Elly was up crying at 2am inconsolably, must be teething. Oh, she’s only content while being bounced around, must be teething. Oh, Elly will stop crying if you carry her around all day singing ‘If You’re Happy’ in the key of C repeatedly, while giving her an IV drip of crushed puffs mixed with applesauce, must be teething for sure. Now I REALLY can blame any sort of fussiness, sleep issues and general un-cooperativeness on this teething thing. Time to pull out all the teethers, maybe now she will actually get some use out of them, especially the $20 giraffe we have named Sophie (no not actually a real giraffe despite the price).

I know you can’t see the teeth in this picture, but they’re there, I promise!

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First Birthday Part 5: Dinner and Cake August 18, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 1:53 am

This is the final installment in our first birthday series. I know my readers are crushed, but I always like to leave them wanting more.

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 We took Elly to Red Robin, her favorite place to go eat (even though she hasn’t actually ever had anything off the menu). As you know from studying previous posts it was the first restaurant we ever took her to and we love it because it’s loud and kids can have meltdowns without anybody batting an eye.

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They sang happy birthday in a special Red Robin way which involved no singing but had lots of clapping and shouting.  They also gave a sundae to the birthday girl that Jamie and I ate since Elly has a dairy issue. I tried to ignore the daggers shooting from Elly’s eyes.

We gave the whole singing happy birthday and eating cake thing another try once we got home. It went better than at her party, but still didn’t seem to be the most enjoyable experience for Ells.

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We had fun helping Elly celebrate her 1st birthday and are still coming to grips with the fact that we now have a 1 year old. This has been an incredible year that no one could have possibly prepared us for. I am really happy that I became a Mom and feel so blessed that Elly is my daughter.

When we’re out and about people are always stopping us to say hi to Elly and they often comment about how quickly children grow up. In my head I’m all, yeah, yeah, but she’s just a baby, I just had her. But after seeing how fast the 1st year went, I can begin to understand what they’re talking about.  I am going to try to continue to savor each moment. Even the ones where she’s up at 3am crying for a cuddle, because one day Mommy’s cuddles (and everything else about Mommy) will be SO embarassingly mortifying, so I better get them all in now!


First Birthday Part 4: The Aquarium August 16, 2009

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We took Elly to the aquarium on her birthday to help her celebrate. We saw lots of sea/freshwater life including fish, turtles, sharks, and even a rare albino alligator named Luna. Jamie faced his mortal enemy, the moray eel and he’s been having nightmares ever since. Oh wait, no he’s just been up in the night because Elly insists on waking at 3am crying inconsolably until her sucker parents pick her up for a good cuddle. I’m blaming it on teething for now.

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We got Elly a souvenier at the aquarium gift shop, her own stuffed albino alligator. Luckily they didn’t make it realistic looking because the real Luna is NOT at all cute. Are red eyes ever cute? I think not. She hugged it tight as soon as we handed it to her. Aaaaaaawwww (said in high pitch)!

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First Birthday Part 3: The 10-Minute Slide Show August 15, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Christine @ 1:29 am

Here’s the slide show that we played at Elly’s 1st birthday garden party. It’s set to some sweet tunes so make sure your volume is up.  Click on the ‘Best Year Ever’ link to watch the show.

Best Year Ever from christine mottram on Vimeo.