— I am so tired. The thing about sleep deprivation is that it’s cumulative. Baby Elias, aka Mr Wonderful, lives up to his name with the small exception of still waking up three times a night. I am more tired now than when he was a newborn because we’re now entering 6 months of interrupted sleep. Anthony helps when he can, and I try not to tap out unless I’m desperate. Permanent exhaustion is the new normal.
— My family is full of musicians and music lovers so we’ve amassed a small collection of instruments for the kids to play with. Most notably, we have five little pianos. Well, three pianos and two electronic keyboard, all thrifted except for the piano we bought using giftcards for Isobel’s first Christmas. Elias has been enjoying all of them because we can slide them right in front of him and he can use his inborn talent for slapping things to make a song. I have recently displayed very poor judgement by giving Isobel my old recorder so she can play her flute (as she calls it) with me while I play mine.
— Jacob tried our pickles, and we’re both proud to say he hasn’t died from botulism. This is excellent news! I love pickles, and conversely, really hate dying.
— We have no idea what Isobel’s going to be for Halloween. She changes her mind moment by moment. Right now she wants to be Wasp, who is a lesser-known member of the Avengers who can fly and shrink down to a tiny size. She’s a perfect fit for Isobel who sees her as some sort of superhero-fairy combo. But she probably will find something else she wants to be tomorrow. I’m not sure if we’ll have enough time to go the handmade route for her, but I am currently working on creating Elias’ costume, who will bow to my personal costume whims for now.
— Right now Isobel is settling for playing superheroes all day long. She calls Anthony Hawkeye, me Black Widow, and insists we both call her Wasp. Elias is now the mild-mannered Baby Banner, and our mission as a family is to prevent him from turning into Baby Hulk.
— Someone found Little Big by searching “Will an infant’s pacifier work for my kitten.” I have arrived! (Actually, I sort of can answer this question.)
— Mythbusters was taken off Netflix just as Isobel and I became obsessed with the show. I’d like to personally invite Netflix to my murder party.
— Last week was notably tough because Isobel had to get a few immunizations we had accidentally missed. (That probably has something to do with our switching insurance nightmare, not find a doctor who will accept us, and, oh yeah, having a baby, all during the time she was due for them.) This last round of immunizations was the worst. Isobel was old enough to know what was going on and to be terrified. She had four shots and an iron check and instead of doing them all at once they were spread out during our visit. I was dumb and took her by myself and didn’t find a sitter for Elias. We all went and endured an hour and a half of screaming. I felt so awful for her. Afterwards, though, we got milkshakes and cheeseburgers and went to the pumpkin patch, which helped make it better. When Anthony got home she showed him her band aids and lifted one up carefully so he could see her battle scar. “Look under my band-aid,” she said seriously. “It’s red. That’s where she shot me. That was kind of rude of her.”
— Elias spends a third of his days making dinosaur noises. It’s the best thing ever.
— While we were at the doctor’s taking care of Isobel’s immunizations I chatted with her doctor a bit. I must have displayed a greater than usual amount of medical knowledge because he asked me if I was a health care professional. Nope, just a professionally broken person who tries to make the most of her health and ability. Isobel is five years old and that’s the age I was when I had my first surgery. At this point I’d already endured many awful medical tests and procedures. Seeing Isobel go through something as simple as immunizations gave me such sympathy for my parents. There is nothing quite so heartbreaking as a sick child.
— One of the best parts of last week was when we were at Target and Isobel was looking through onesies that had footballs on them. “Ah!” she said. “Baseball!”
Follow Friday: Pumpkin Time. My love letter to the internet.
Holiday Special: Little Big’s Halloweenish Playlist. Very necessary.
Snapshot 10.01.14. I feel crappy! I mean, crabby. Whatever.
Little Big Collection: Vintage Mod Flower Pins. A few of my favorite things.
Follow Friday: Flowers by the Sea. VIT: Very Important Tweets.
Teen wanted cat in yearbook photo. Principal wanted chihuahua. It all works out brilliantly.
It’s like they know us. Relax on your pristine couch and enjoy these realistic descriptions of motherhood. Thank you for this gem, Ellen.
49 of San Francisco’s Most Awesome Murals, Mapped. A treasure map!
NBA 2K15’s facial recognition software is comically bad. Can’t talk. Can’t breathe.
If Ron Swanson’s Quotes Were Motivational Posters. Intensity: Give 100%. 110% is impossible. Only idiots recommend that.
In honor of Bob’s Burgers tonight, here’s a look at the show’s literary references. Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhgggggggggnnnn. (I love you, Tina.)
Scientists named a newly discovered species of velvet worm the Eoperipatus totoro. It’s named after Totoro!!
Costume: Sexy Gregor Samsa. I’ve seen it all, then.
Someday you will get old and laugh with your partner about the joys of checking your blood pressure. And you will maybe also be ghosts.Via Stefanie.
Seeing Jesus in a matcha roll. A very specific Jesus.
‘Will climb on top of you in the night & settle like a tiny rain cloud.’ Best dating profile ever.
Picture book adaptations that need to happen. Yes, please.
Snapshot 10.31.12. Guess what? Our boy kitten isn’t.
Recipe: Autumnal Pomegranate Salad. Everything I want in my mouth in a salad.
DIY Halloween Costumes. Man, my friends are awesome.
Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home.
Follow Friday: Backyard Play. BRB. She has to take an important call from Kingston.
Recipe: Fall Mushroom Tart. So many tarts on this blog you guys.
Thrifty Crafting: Thrift Store Gore Bingo. I made up a thrifting game and played it for my birthday!
Pumpkin Patch 2012. One of my favorite trips ever.
Home Video: Birthday Music. Isobel sings Beck with me and it is the best present ever.
Too legit or not enough legit? I sincerely hope this was found at a thrift store.