The year I had a baby…and lost a baby tooth.

I’m pretty awful at math, but fairly certain I’m about to be in the money soon.

You see, I have a loose baby tooth. Imagine my surprise when my dentist told me I had an adult tooth trying to come through, causing the other tooth to become loose.

Where does money come into this?

The tooth fairy, of course!

I figure I have held onto this tooth for an extra 25 years or so, and I am owed a ton of interest!

Especially if I have to walk around with a huge hole in my smile for a few months.

I may have done that.

I may have totally just made myself stay awake way later than I should have just because I wanted to stay up until midnight.

It’s my birthday, bitches!

Nothing planned except a run and maybe some trashy tv. I’ve got a head cold, a breastfeeding baby and no desire to drink, so that’s the big plans.

Don’t be too jelly!

(Yeah, I’m not about to stop typing like
a teenage girl just because I’m officially thirty one!)

Circle of Life.

Just got the call from my Dad that my Pop Pop passed away this morning.
He had asbestosis and was suffering at the end.

We were super close growing up, we lived in the same house and I spent much of my time with my Nanny and him.

It was kind of like having John Wayne for a grandfather as a kid, he was a race car driver. How bad ass is that?!!

He married my grandmother when he was 18 and she was 16. They met at school and he used to dip her pig tails in the inkwells. How adorable is that?!!

They went on to have 6 children, 4 surviving. The family that I know and love, they created.

He worked hard, building a successful business and a name we could all be proud to share.

He loved us, wanted nothing but the best for us all. He was incredibly special to me.

Pete and I married on his birthday. He told my Nanny I was pregnant before I even knew. He predicted Aubrey would be born on January 17, even though her due date was in February and I was sure I’d go late. He was off by 9 minutes! Aubrey gave him her first wave and her first word, Pop Pop. They have the same eyes, and they’d light up whenever they’d see each other.

When I left last week I knew when he looked in my eyes and said goodbye that it really was.

I’m sad for my Nanny and family, but comforted knowing that he’s finally comfortable and that he’ll be Aubrey’s guardian angel.

I know he’ll be looking over us, taking care of us as he always has.

We love you, Pop Pop. May you rest peacefully.

(Hypothetical) Party Planning

Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve got Aubrey’s birthday parties planned for the next three years.

Year One

Winter ONEderland. Yes, every January baby does it. That’s because it is cute!

Year Two

Two-tu Party. I already have her tutu and the bows for the female guests. Zebra and hot pink, thankyouverymuch
All the ladies in attendance must wear a tutu. Old, young, doesn’t matter.

Year Three

Aubrey Alice in Wonderland, a tea party.

It’s a sickness!

Good deeds.

Growing up, my mom would always ask my sister and me about our “good deed of the day.” She instilled in us that it was important to do at least one good deed every single day. Most of the time they were small; “I played with the lonely kid at recess” or “I helped the old lady load her groceries” or even “I waited and held the door for all the people.” It was more about taking the time to think of others than the actual act itself.

That’s absolutely something I want to bring to Bree’s life. I think it’s important.

Recently another mom said I was generous. I immediately thought my Mom would be proud.

Tomorrow Aubrey will be doing her first volunteering stint. She’ll be in the carrier while we collect and sort donations for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We’ll get to hang out with some of the
Holistic Moms Network
ladies, help our neighbors and do our good deed of the day.

We packed up our donations tonight. We’ve got sneakers, blankets, hair ties and bows, diapers, new teethers and rattles, and a ton of clothes. We’re gonna look a little crazy getting there though!