Monday, July 7, 2008

How To:

How to potty train your child in 2 weeks: Get pregnant, get lazy, have an awesome mom come to help you and let her potty train the kid.
How to never let your laundry pile up: Get pregnant, get lazy, let your mom do it for you.
How to stick to a diet: Get pregnant, start nursing, quickly learn that half of your favorite foods make baby WAY TOO FUSSY. (I can still have ice cream but it can't have even a smidgen of chocolate in it. *sniff, sniff*)

How to get your husband to worship your mother: Have baby, enjoy mother's slave labor, tell hubby that as soon as mom leaves he is going to have to help out a LOT more, watch husband beg his mother-in-law to move in.

How to survive mom leaving us: Cry... a lot. Stop at the dollar store, buy water toys that will break, throw kids out in the kiddie pool and cry some more while eating last bit of non chocolate ice cream straight from the carton.

Cheeks and I are doing fantastic. We are both really healthy and slowly starting to adapt to this new life. The other kids are being very understanding and patient, and going a little stir crazy. Tomorrow I'm hoping I can post the whole delivery story. I'm slowly working my way up to being able to sit in my computer chair for more than 10 minutes at a time. Oh, and the kids (and I) are all thoroughly impressed that Cheeks' birth announcement is the most famous post to date with a WHOPPING 54 comments. I didn't know that many people even knew about my blog. Thank you for all the well wishes and for making me feel important. =)
Here is some gratuitous cuteness:

video

28 comments:

just jamie said...

Okay, those how-to's could be the making of a clever new mom's book. I think you're on to something.

And hello cute little Aaron. Love the video.

Misty said...

He is absolutely darling, in every way.

Magirk said...

Hee hee! :-) Nice How-To list.

Glad to hear you're both doing well. But sorry about the boredom.

Best wishes to all!

Laura said...

He's so cute in a Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Steve Martin kind of way. J/K! He's absolutely perfect! And I'm loving the nickname! Bye bye gma! Can I borrow her when I have mine?

Cocoa said...

Okay, that photo of Sweet Terror (I think that's who it is) is so funny and adorable! And Cheeks is so cute and kissable!

Becky said...

He is so cute. I can't belive you have kids that I don't know, it makes me sad.

Awesome Mom said...

That potty training tip is really useful. I think I will have to try it.

Richelle said...

I like the how to list. I think I will have to steal some of those.
He is adorable. His nickname really fits. :)

Amber M. said...

SO GLAD that you've got the new motherhood thing figured out. Wish I had known you before I had my caboose.:-)

Give that delicious baby a smooch on his cheek for me.

Childlife said...

Oh, I remember the week mom went home... hope you're hanging in there OK :)

I love that picture of your little girl in her snorkel gear -- too funny! And the little guy keeps getting cuter by the minute!

Charlotte said...

Hilarious post! I am so glad that you and cheeks are doing well and your mom was such a great help. Sorry to hear about the chocolate tho:(

Tirzah said...

That is just awesome!

Your video just makes me want to hold mine. She keeps teasing that she'd like to come out and then, nothin'!!

MizFit said...

ahhhh potty training.

I could use some help in that realm up in herre.

Miz.

Jen said...

Soooo cute!

Lisa said...

I sent this link to my mom in the hopes that she would potty train T when she comes in September. I hope she can take a hint! Maybe I'll be on bedrest for a really long time......

Annie said...

What a darling!

Kim said...

What an awesome mom you have. Love the list. And my gosh... Cheeks is such a cutie!

Kim @ TheBitterBall

Michal said...

he is adorable. and the how to list is brilliant (not that i'm surprised.) you crack me up.
my first two wouldn't let me eat any chocolate for six months. that's why i love number three & four so much more. ;)
when my mom left after bronwen was 10 days old, i cried as she drove down the driveway and for the next two or three hours. i should say "sobbed uncontrollably." there are so many hard things to go with the joys of new babies. here's hoping that you still get lots of help from mr. hotness, neighbors, and friends. wish i lived close enough to help.

Jeanette said...

So I need to get pregnant again to get my son potty trained?

I've heard about women who can't eat chocolate while they are nursing. That's interesting because I craved and ate the stuff constantly while I was nursing my son. (I'm sorry, I swear I am not trying to rub it in, just share my story.) As soon as he was weaned I had no interest in chocolate. No such cravings with this baby but she does get much fussier if I eat something she does not like, like broccoli.

Amy Y said...

Glad to hear that other than the stir craziness, things are going well! :)

SassyMom said...

What a cute little chub!! Love the nickname! Love the Cheeks! Kisses from Idaho :0

Tama said...

AHHHHHH such a cute baby! Love the list!

Blessed said...

Cheeks is just adorable.

I wish my mom had been able to come over and help when Lil Sugar was born - unfortunately the 2500 mile distance kinda hindered that...

Sonja said...

Awwww....He's SO absolutely adorable! And so is Sweet Terror in the back ground. I cry a lot too when my mom leaves after helping me with a new born.

Hang in there! You're incredible! :)

elena jane said...

oh isn't he precious...hurray for mom staying and getting so much done :)
and fwiw, i couldn't eat choco w/o suffering when pg/nursing this last time with dd, and she LOVES and ADORES chocolate now (and is fine with it)...

jeri said...

So funny! You are lucky to have such a good mom. Congrats and good luck (it gets easier!)

Rachel said...

He's adorable!!!

I don't know what I'd do without Grandma... she is my little guy's favorite person. Aren't they great to have around?!?!

CC said...

Aw! Look at that cuteness! And love the water girl too!