Mark and Mama Monday #5

One of the benefits of having a membership to our Zoo (at least for this year) is that almost every month there’s another museum or garden or fun thing that lets you in for free! This week, Mark and I checked out the World Forestry Center.


Before we got inside, though, we had to take a look at the awesome wheels on the train. Mark seriously loves this train and loves, loves spinning the wheels and walking up and down on the ramp up where the engineer would stand.




The Forestry Center itself was pretty fun. Mark got strapped into a life jacket and we pretended we were going down a huge river with rapids.


Then, we looked at all kind of rocks and bugs, and he got to practice digging (do kids need to practice digging?) holes for seedlings. [Note: no picture here because the table was too tall for Mark and I had to hold him up. Seriously, why no stools?]

There was also a HUGE back-ho, tree cutter thing (which Mark called a “tractor”) with HUGE wheels (!) and you could PRESS BUTTONS. It was Mark’s personal Heaven — “tractor! buttons! wheels!”, over and over and over again. 🙂

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The back part of the Center had a cool fountain and “rocks!” (everything is said with an exclamation point at the end these days).


The upstairs was pretty fun too, but it had a lot of information and videos that were a lot above Mark’s level. But, there were some fun instruments made of wood that were fun to play with!


After, we went outside to sit in the sunshine and eat our lunch. It was pretty chilly, but we kind of didn’t care (don’t hate me, East Coast People… I think it was 45 degrees or something).


Forestry Center for the win! 🙂


Mark and Mama Monday #3 and 4

Last week was uber-hectic, so I completely forgot to post our Mark and Mama Monday. So, you get a two-fer today. Lucky you! 🙂

Mark and Mama Monday #3: Cafe Yikes

Okay, so that’s not the real name of the place we went. There’s a coffeshop in town that caters to parents and their kids. There’s a pretty big play area and they bring in people to do music and stuff. They also serve kid-sized portions of some things, so it works out all around.

I feel like these places might be sprouting up all over the place? Maybe? Anyway, it was the perfect place to go — it was raining and there was supposed to be someone leading some singing for the kids at 10am.

Perfect, I thought. We’ll get there around 9:30 and have a snack before the music starts.

This was Strike 1. Music Guy did not show up until 10:45. At that point, Mark was done (see strikes two and three below) and we needed to go home.

[Notice the lack of picture of music guy. Not there. And didn’t really interact much with the kids from what I could see while we were putting on our jackets.

Then, Strike 2. There were a TON of kids there. This is not a strike in and of itself, but some of the kids were walking around WITHOUT SHOES and snotty noses that they rubbed all over the toys. Oh, and who stood on my foot. Not stepped, that’s reasonable, but were closer to me than their mothers and were trying to stand on my foot (which, notably, was inside my shoe). Really, this leads us to Strike Three…

Parents Not Watching Their Kids. I’m one of those rare moms who doesn’t spend the whole time glued to the phone or only talking to my friends when we’re out in public. Not so with some of these moms. Not only were their kids spreading all kinds of lovely gunk everywhere, but there were several times where kids took toys away from Mark and when Mark tried to take them back, the mom only saw that part and stopped her conversation about who posted what on Instagram long enough to give ME the stink eye.


So, I hoarded a train car or two and made sure to give those to Mark when his other toys were taken away.

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Mark was mostly ignorant of a lot of the insanity and SUPER enjoyed his apple juice (a big treat in our house), so all was not lost. And I got to see him whack a naked Barbie doll on a doll house chandelier and squeal with happiness. Win.



Mark and Mama Monday #4

This week, Mark and I didn’t hang out on Monday since it was Presidents’ Day and Ryan had the day off. So, our date this week was today…


That’s right, we went to Mass together this morning. I was pretty excited because it’s only the second time Mark and I have gone to Mass by ourselves and I really need to live up the one-kid-at-Mass-thing while I still can.

Mark was pretty well-behaved, which was awesome. 🙂

Although, when Mass was over, Mark called out “All done!” and then turned to me and said, “Donut!”



Clearly, I’m raising him right. 🙂

7 Quick Takes: Pregnancy Differences

It’s not the most original post title, I know, but it’s the most obvious. And my brain is… so… dang slippery these days. I’ll try and get through these Quick Takes while I still remember why I’m typing.

Without further ado, How Your Second Pregnancy Is Different From Your First

1) You’ve now been there are done that.

Then: I vividly recall being 8 weeks pregnant with Mark and calling the nurse help line because I had a stretching feeling on the left side of my abdomen. I was on the phone with them for probably close to half an hour (bless that nurse) who finally said, “You know, I think it might just be your ligaments stretching.”

Now: Any stretching or aches are more annoying than anything else. Which is kind of nice.

2) You are exhausted… all the time.

Then: You worked a full day and walked around all over the place. When you got home, you’d take a nice hour long nap so you could function for the rest of the evening.

Now: You spend your day playing with and chasing after a tiny person who runs your life (and it’s not the one in your womb) and there is no, no time for napping. Oh, and also? The tiny person gets up freakishly early. Even on the weekends. <facepalm>

3) Remember that whole “Feeling like a sacred vessel thing?” Yeah… about that.

Then: You basked in the glow of pregnancy and how people were so nice talking to you about being pregnant and asking you questions about your growing belly.

Now: You still like talking to people about being pregnant, but instead of glowing your face is kind of… reddish and splotchy in spots. Not to mention, you’ve got some nice bags under your eyes (see #2 above). So, squishy, tired, sagging vessel? A *little* more likely.

4) You already have the clothes...

Then: Buying maternity clothes, which are either comfortable or cute, but never both and WHYYYY?

Now: Did I wear these sweatpants yesterday? I don’t remember.

5) … but that doesn’t stop you from saying “Hmm… leggings.”

Then: Maternity jeans are about as casual and comfy as you can get!

Now: Wait, leggings are like sweatpants that you can wear out in public and still be super comfy? You say they don’t fit my body type? Whatever, I can wear them out of the house!

6) Sometimes, you kind of forget you’re pregnant.

Then: Has the baby moved in the last five minutes? Oh, there he is! Ok, whew. Can I eat that cheese? It looks soft? But maybe it’s just in small pieces? Hmmm.

Now: [While doing the dishes.] Why is my abdomen wet? Oh, yeah.

7) You get to share the joy of a baby with your kid

Then: You get to share the joy of welcome a new baby into your family with your husband.

Now: You get to share the joy of welcome a new baby into your family with your husband and your first baby.

It’s definitely not the same, but the results are just as exciting. 🙂

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Mark and Mama Monday #2

There’s a bunch of new things that happened this week, but before I get to those, I have to share our Mark and Mama Monday for this week.

This week, we went to my favorite donut shop. It smells SO GOOD and has the best donuts. Mark love-love-loves donuts (and asks about them after Mass… not trained, don’t worry).


Perfect mid-morning snack? Um, yes. (Also, point of clarification: my donut is the one with the sprinkles. The kiddo doesn’t need THAT much sugar.)



After totally stuffing out faces, we went to the same story time as last week (what? he had fun!).This week, he was brave enough to go up and listen to the story about the monkey. They started reading the story and I turned to Mark on my lap who was staring uncontrollably at the monkey and asked him if he wanted to go up so he could see it. “Please!” he whispered. And up he went.


Such a big kid!

Other new things in the last week:

– Yesterday, he was literally running circles around me. I was sitting on the floor in the living room and he came up to me and yelled “CIRCLE!” and then started running in circles around me. For about three minutes. And yelling “circle!” over and over.
– Mark has started mimicking the word “okay” which is just the most super cute ever when he says it.
– On Sunday he used the word “mine” for the firs time. Over and over again. Oh, please, no, not the years of “mine”! Sigh. So far, he hasn’t repeated it too much, so I’ll live that up as long as I can.

I realized I haven’t talked about her too much on the blog yet, but Little Girl has been moving around A LOT. She especially likes to wiggle around when I’m trying to sleep. She’s growing as she should and I’m starting to feel gigantic (third trimester this week!), which is just so less fun the second time around. 🙂