Happy Friday

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It’s been a week and if you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen my frustration with daycare. Although they are not necessarily on my favorite people list, they did garner some goodwill when I opened Lucas’ folder and found this adorable picture. I have no idea who the other babies are but there’s no mistaking my liberal left-wing meatball sporting Democrat blue. Clearly, these folks know who they’re dealing with. I am obviously biased but I think Lucas is the cutest of the bunch, also the palest…

I’ve been ghostly myself this week, between these exciting Olympic games and Lucas deciding that multiple evening wake-ups are fun… I read that the Olympic ratings are down but I don’t know why. Phelps, Walsh-Jennings, Ledecky and the gymnasts are all fun to root for. I think Laurie looks and acts like a mini-Mila Kunis. Simone Biles’ personal story is unbelievable. She is a great example of what you can accomplish with dedication and determination, no matter what the challenges. I’ve always liked Michael Phelps because of his Michigan connection and it’s exciting to witness such an amazing athlete (Mr. B is also convinced that Lucas and Boomer could be twins – it’s hilarious). I haven’t seen beach volleyball in a couple days and I’m hoping I haven’t missed anything! We’ll definitely enjoy the rest of the games this weekend.

We’re also wrapping up the final house improvements. Sadly, my kitchen will have to wait but everything else is looking great and I plan to get up some pictures next week.

P.S. The only gambling I have an interest in

Lucas Month 5

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Two toes up for two teeth! It appears our boy is double jointed in his toes because he can hold them up like thumbs and it cracks people up. He also has two little (although strong) front bottom teeth.

We don’t know if it’s the teething, daycare or mystery reason but he had his first real illness. A temp that went up to 101.3 but he was a trooper and not fussy about it at all.

Lucas really is the happiest boy. He is so happy his entire body shakes with excitement and he can’t open his mouth wide enough to smile, Danny and I could not feel more love and neither could anyone else.

My Mom and Mr. B adore him. My Mom is a sucker for all kids so it wasn’t a surprise. I was very nervous about Grandpa Mondays and worried that if Lucas was fussy, Mr. B would feel overwhelmed and stop watching him. This was a completely unwarranted concern. Lucas can have rough days but Grandpa only worries about him (I’m not even sure how it’s possible that Lucas is the only thing that doesn’t stress him out!). They are absolute buddies and Mr. B misses him the rest of the week – which is good because sometimes we need Friday sitters too!

Due to all the lovin this little man is shamelessly spoiled. He’s always being held and loved on and hates to be alone. A positive of daycare is that someone else can try to teach him he’s not the center of the universe because he totally owns this family!

Consequently, he does not attempt to move himself (i.e. rollover) and he’s still not a fan of tummytime but will often scoot backwards.

Hates cellphones! He’ll tolerate a picture but has no patience for social media browsing. he pushes the phone away and insists on holding my hand when he’s nursing so I can’t multitask. It’s good for me and I’m using the phone less.

Prior to our move, we started spending our evening lounging in bed reading and cuddling and I can’t wait to do that again!

Lucas also hates baby food. Grown-up food he’s all about. He prefers broth from Minestrone soup over cereal and water from a glass with a straw over his bottle lol.

He LOVES the piano!!! My mom bought him a baby grand piano and he takes it VERY seriously! There is no mindless hitting of the keys, he’s thoughtful about it.

Everyone comments that he’s such a big boy but he’s still a baby to me (officially he’s in the 85% for weight and 15% for height – yes a little meatball!). There are moments when he looks just like an infant. Perhaps it’ll always be that way – 50 year old Lucas will still be my baby.

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Happy Friday

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I started my day by hugging a Detroit police officer.

It’s too easy to forget the good. The great thing about my job is that I get to see the good more often than most. Today a multinational corporation brought volunteers to board-up abandoned houses in southwest Detroit. As one of the company’s group was working on a house a van pulls up with teens in work vests who jump out and immediately get to work. I didn’t know who they were and it turned out they were with Youth Build, an Americorps program that prepares them for apprenticeship in skilled trade.

A beat up truck passes by and stops. There were two white guys with shaved heads and tattoos all over their body up their neck and then some and, I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous. But I had a job to do so I chatted with them and it took a minute for my apprehensions to dissipate. They wanted to know about demo plans in the neighborhood and how they could buy a house. I was able to refer them to a program at our organization that works with people to buy homes.

At another stop there was another group of Americorps VISTAs (pictured above). I had time to speak with them and learn they are high school graduates who are going into trades and to college. They care about their city and want to stay in Detroit to make it better.

This is the kind of world I want to live in. Where we all do our best and work not only for ourselves but our communities. Where we have an open mind and don’t let appearances stop us from doing the right thing. Where everyone works together no matter what their skin color, native language/country, gender, economic status or education background. After all, we are all human.

P.S. Be the good

Currently

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Dreaming of our new house! We have big plans for every room but the one I’m looking forward to most is the kitchen. The house comes with black appliances, it’s not what I would pick but there is no reason to replace them. Consequently, I was thrilled to see this kitchen because the colors – especially the black hardware – seem to be the perfect way to blend the black with our lighter color theme. I’m hoping it will all turns out and perhaps be featured on my favorite blog.

Wanting all the things! Especially, new bakeware. Most of ours is rusted and our mixing bowls are plastic, bright and make me cringe. So yeah… this, this and many of these will be purchased.

Wearing shirts from Abercrombie. Yes, the 90s are back. I don’t know that they realize this but their tops are PERFECT for nursing/pumping AND the working world. I could not be happier with these finds. They’re on clearance so if you need tops order now – I’m 10lbs over my normal weight, normally wear a medium and am wearing an XS so shop with that in mind. Previously unshared tops can be found here and here.

Reading A LOT! Every night Lucas and I hang out in bed. We play/read until he falls asleep, then I read grown up books. I recently finished Liars and Saints and The Truth According to Us. They were both great and it took me only a few days to read them. I plan to write more thorough reviews but if I don’t get to it – I recommend them – especially the latter.

Listening to NPR and cringing at the state of the world. The hate is too much. We need to judge people on their heart and individual actions – not their associations.

Running with Danny – sometimes. I miss running. I miss being able to run effortlessly. I realize I need to run to make that happen but it’s not really inspiring. I’m hoping I can keep plugging away at it and if not start spin classes to lose this baby weight.

Watching Danny play Pokemon. I don’t play but I’m not a hater. I think it’s a harmless game that reminds people of better times. It also gets people on their feet and talking. Sounds good to me! My only beef with the game is that I begged Danny to walk with me for ages and now he’s ALL about it!

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We are over the 100 book mark and on the wall! Book selections of late have been real winners too. On one quick run into the library, I grabbed a dozen at random including a cute looking book titled Little Oink and its companion book Little Hoot. We read Oink first and then Hoot. As we were going through Hoot, I stopped halfway through in disbelief. I suddenly recognized the owl family from a poster I’ve had tucked away for nearly a decade! When I worked at the library, Julie put up this poster and I counted the days until it would be taken down because I wanted to keep it for my future children’s play area. It never occurred to me that there was a book associated with it. It felt like a real full circle moment and we will definitely be purchasing the collection.

  1. Little Hoot by Amy Krause Rosenthal: Noted above
  2. Little Oink by Amy Krause Rosenthal: Noted above
  3. H.O.R.S.E by Christopher Myers
  4. Leo A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett
  5. Sisters of Scituate Light by Stephen Krensky
  6. Please, Puppy Please by Spike Lee
  7. How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler: This one is on the buy list. Adorable drawings that pull at my heart and a sweet little elephant who reminds me of Lucas.
  8. It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon by Jarrett Krosoczka
  9. Playtime? by Jeff Mack
  10. Thunderboy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
  11. Oustanding in the Rain by Frank Viva: This creative book has fun cutouts and pictures. There are so many objects in the book I want to label them in Spanish for future reads.
  12. The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
  13. Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers
  14. Violet & Victor Write the Best Ever Bookworm Book by Alice Kupers
  15. Same Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw: I love books that promote diversity and shows that we are all unique but human. This book tells the story of two boys. One in India and the other in America.
  16. The Tweedles Go Electric by Monica Kulling
  17. Orangutanka by Margarita Engle
  18. Nuts in Space by Elys Dolan
  19. Harry and Horsie by Katie Van Camp: I love a good little boy story and this book has a cute story and cute art. The art reminded Danny of FallOut.
  20. Green As A Bean by Karla Kuskin
  21. The Winter Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  22. The Ok Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  23. Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom by Bill Martin: I read this book 100x when I was in kindergarten. It’s fun reading my old favorites to Lucas now.
  24. Bobo the Sailor by Eileen Rosenthal
  25. How to Bake a Book by Ella Burfoot
  26. Chowder by Peter Brown: My nickname was Chowder as a baby so this book gets a mention for that reason alone. Cute drawings and story are a bonus.
  27. Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
  28. The Tree House That Jack Built by Bonnie Verbug: A twist on the classic nursery rhym ‘This Is the House That Jack Built’.
  29. Hugs & Kisses by Christopher Lapy
  30. But Not the Hipotamus by Sandra Boynton
  31. Waking Up Down Under by Carol Votaw: An educational book that teaches you about Australian wildlife.
  32. Puppies! Elmo’s World
  33. What Does Violet See? Raindtops & Puddles by Julie Aigner-Clark
  34. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  35. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  36. Hopper & Wilson by Maria Van Lieshat: Beautiful artwork and a heartfelt story that could be a Disney movie.
  37. Lizette’s Green Sock by Catharina Valck
  38. Papa and the Pioneer Quilt by Jean Van Leewen
  39. The Museum by Susan Verde: I’m a sucker for any book that promotes museum visits!
  40. Little Red Henry by Linda Urban
  41. Young Frank Architect by Frank Viva: See above. This book is published by the MOMA, it incorporates art by famous Franks and a grandfather and grandson learning from each other.
  42. Max the Brave by Ed Vere
  43. The Best Time of Day by Eileen Spinelli
  44. Duck & Goose Colors by Tad Hills
  45. Peekaboo Baby by Tiger Tales
  46. Max and the Won’t Go to Bed Show by Mark Sperring
  47. The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring: Another book with lots of art that can be labeled to help both of us learn Spanish
  48. When I Feel Scared by Cornelia Maude Spelman
  49. Lucy & Lenny by Philip Stead.
  50. The Sunflower Sword by Mark Sperring: In today’s world books that promote peace over violence will always win points with me.

Detroit 75 Kitchen

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When you Google Detroit 75 Kitchen, the street view is a Sunoco. I’ll admit it left me a little skeptical but my boss was adamant in his recommendation and his lunch smelled delicious. I think we waited all of a day before checking it out on a lunch date. Let me tell you it is a definite winner.

We ordered a sub each (Detroit Philly and BBQ chicken) and fries. It was so good neither of us wanted to share and were both disappointed when the fries were gone. The sub was such a good size, I saved half for another meal that Danny co-opted as his own later.

The food truck is located off 75 freeway, close to the Ambassador Bridge in southwest Detroit. Convenient for Danny to travel from Midtown and I work in the general area. We will definitely be back for another lunch date – sooner rather than later I am sure. They were also playing the latest radio sensation 105.1 The Bounce Hip Hop hits from the early 2000s aka the new ‘oldies station’ – turns out I have really missed Ja Rule!

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Happy Friday!

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I’m going to say week one of daycare was a success. The first day was very hard for Lucas. I think he thought he was being permanently abandoned. He cried a lot. My mom went to visit him and was so heartbroken she came over in the evening to spend some time with him. I was nervous he would hold his day against me but he was SO happy when I came to pick him up. I certainly felt the love. Danny did day 2 drop-off and it was harder for me to not see him there. Lucas did better and got visits from Grandma AND Grandpa. The latter was a sweet surprise for both of us. Day 3 was smooth sailing. I dropped him off and he didn’t cry. They have bouncers and other toys we don’t and won’t have at home so I hope that helps keep him happy.

Overall it was actually easier than I expected. I really do like the center and everyone is really nice, including other parents who are very sympathetic and encouraging when they hear it’s your first baby. The fact that I’ve been at work for nearly two months, means I had a chance to adjust to that routine without worrying about Lucas (well at least not more than I normally do). Since I’m used to being away, the fact that he’s in daycare isn’t quite as stressful.

Most important to me is that he knows it’s only for hours and not forever. I saw one baby there who was so tiny and crying, I felt horrible for him and his mother- who probably doesn’t want to be away from him either. The poor little guy is new to the world and likely scared and confused. Lucas is little(ish) but he knows who we are, that he is loved and that we’re coming back. I couldn’t stand the thought of him feeling otherwise and if he had to go to daycare at 12 weeks he would have. On a long list of counted blessings, I’m grateful we were able to wait until he was 4 months (with 2 rounds of vaccines) before he started.

To celebrate, we are having a long weekend together. A little work and a couple doctor appointments but, otherwise, it’s a Mommy-Lucas day. I will be cuddling my boy, reading books and soaking in all the love before Kat comes over for Sex and the City and steals him from me. It’s been quite the hiatus but we’re still watching and will seriously make my favorite episode this time. Saturday, we’re meeting Raechel and Carlos’ baby girl Estella and preparing for our big move next week. Sunday, Gina will come over for the first time in forever.

P.S. Lucas comics are my favorite