Thursday, November 19, 2015


THINKING ABOUT: On Tuesday morning, I went to greet Max in his room and was surprised to find a big red welt/rash on his left cheek. I couldn't help but wonder if it was just rosy after laying on it overnight; however, thirty minutes later the redness remained inflamed. After a brief consultation with Lady Google and a quick call to the hospital, we ended up at the base clinic for two hours and returned home with a bag of antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection. We're still not entirely sure WHEN or HOW it even happened, but it appears to be improving. Phew! In an attempt to monitor the size of the rash/welt, the doc whipped out a purple skin marker and drew a circle (kind of?) around the infected area. Yep, it's about as adorable as you can imagine! And in the event the purple marker fades before Friday's follow-up appointment, I'm supposed to whip out a Sharpie!?! WTF?? As a result of this wacky skin irritation, we've made it a point to lay low in Swell Rio until Max is seen again tomorrow. The purple smear paired with the rosy swelling and people are bound to ask what happened. While it's not contagious, I highly doubt people at the grocery store want to hear me talking about my kid's bacterial infection. Until it heals, I say stay home wig and order takeout instead!

THANKFUL FOR: I try to keep this corner of the Internet fairly light-hearted, but with all of the newsworthy events that have occurred these past few weeks, I can't help but have a heavy heart. Max's world currently consists of Nibbly Fingers and wooden blocks and for that I'm so very grateful! Amid the horrendous headlines, I get the chance to see life through his eyes—where things are simple and pure. I warmly welcome this break from reality, but that doesn't mean I don't think about how I'll explain complex matters like these as he gets older. And just when I become overwhelmed at the idea of such an important task, I see a clip on the evening news of a French father explaining terrorism to his son and reassuring him in the sweetest way possible. "They might have guns, but we have flowers." Gulp. I don't think I'll EVER forget that poignant moment. His explanation not only helped his son make sense of the vicious attacks on Paris, but I believe it had the same effect on millions of viewers like myself. Humanity prevails.

FEELING: Around three months Max began sleeping through the night and he's continued to be a good little sleeper ever since (knock on wood). Aside from the occasional teething episode, we rarely have to get up in the middle of the night to console him. Hallelujah! Unfortunately, we were reminded of the tired feeling that comes with the newborn stage this last week since we have to administer his antibiotics at 1:00 AM. Thankfully, this will only last for ten days, but I'm over it already.

EATING: I tried Pirate's Booty on a whim this week (treat yo self!), and I'm still trying to decide how I feel about it. You can't really go wrong with a crunchy white-cheddar treat, but the texture and consistency threw me for a loop. It's somewhere between a rice cake, popcorn, and those Styrofoam packing peanuts. Something tells me I should probably buy another bag to form an official opinion.

LISTENING TO: Max started walking last weekend. Squeeeeee! We thought it would NEVER happen, but after weeks of boycotting he finally took off. When it comes to moving around quickly, crawling is still his preferred mode of transportation, but with each day his walking becomes a little more coordinated and a little less drunk looking. Because this way of getting around is still such a novelty to him, he makes the most giddy and high-pitched sounds with each step he takes. You can tell it's such a rush for him. I love it!

WATCHING: I saw this video (Company is Coming) circulating on social media and I'm so glad I took the time to watch it. You guys, I don't think I've laughed so hard in ages!!! I watched it three times in a row with tears streaming down my face, only taking a break in between viewings to text a link to my mom and sister. My sides still hurt from all the giggling. It's SO good! I can't help but contemplate whether or not I should share the hilarious spoof with Flyboy because I think he might find it more traumatic than funny. Gayle might act this way when visitors are en route, but this is Type-Ashley 24/7/365.

READING: On the last page of Danny the Champion of the World, Roald Dahl includes "A message to children who've read the book—When you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important: a stodgy parent is no fun at all. What a child wants and deserves is a parent who is SPARKY." Parenthood certainly brings out both a stodgy and sparky side to any personality. On days when I feel like I say the word "no" on repeat, constantly redirect my dear babe AWAY from any mischief, and I feel like the meanest mom in the world, I cross my fingers Max can recall my sparky (and sparkly) side.

LOVING: Who doesn't adore Naomi (of Love Taza fame) and her sweet little family?!? They're precious beyond words. I mean, have you ever seen a family so ridiculously good looking?? It's incredible and slightly unfair! Anyone out there agree?? If you're like me and you've followed her blog for years, you know Naomi is effortlessly beautiful. When I'm not drooling over her dreamy ensembles, I'm probably staring at her choice of lipstick. While reading a recent post, I was excited to learn about the everyday lip color she uses from Maybelline called Pink Me Up. I was expecting the shade to be some YSL tube that would set me back about forty bucks, so this came as total surprise! On Wednesday I found the lipstick at the grocery store and I'm obsessed. It's natural looking with just the perfect pop of pink. I wish it had the staying power of my trusty NARS lipstick, but for five dollars I'm more than happy to reapply.

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!!

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