My Real Life

March 11, 2011

Five Question Friday

Filed under: Five Question Friday — Amy @ 10:37 am

It’s been a busy week, and so I’ve been slack on the updates around here.

I’ll be better next week.

I promise.

So, here’s today’s installment of Five Question Friday!

1. Do you know what your REAL hair color is?
It’s blonde.
Albeit, a darker blonde than when I was a kid and it was actually white, but it’s still blonde.
I admit to highlights to make it a little blond-er, but blonde it is.
What a weird word.
Now that I’ve written it all these times, it’s just strange.

2. Do you plan ahead for summer, or fly by the seat of your pants?

We have to plan ahead so Real Man can get vacation time off.
However, our daily routine is pretty much by the seat of our pants, excluding getting Monkey Girl to Summer Music Camp.

3. What is your favorite meal to cook?

4. Do you get offended by not receiving thank yous?
Not at all.
Look, we all have lives.
If someone says thank you when they receive whatever it is, that’s thanks enough for me.
My neighbor, across the street, gave us a delicious chocolate chip banana bread when I had Tiny Monkey.
She brought it to the bus stop one morning and said, “I don’t do thank you’s, so please don’t write me one.”
I said, “Okay, here’s your thank you – thanks!”

5. How did you meet your best friend?
I believe we’ve been over this story.
It does not paint me in a flattering light.
There was me cutting gym and going to lunch with Kim and then going to gym with Kim and pretending like I hadn’t cut and weaseling my way out of about 100 gym cuts and still getting a B+/A- in gym for the year.
Anyway, long story short, we met at the lunch table.
Not to be 16 again, but, OMG, he was so cute!
Still is.
Love that Real Man of mine.

March 8, 2011

Due Date

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 11:35 am

So, today is the day that Tiny Monkey (I’m trying this out as his blog name for now) was due.

I’m so glad he came early.

Not because I was tired of being pregnant, which I wasn’t.

But, because I can’t imagine the past few weeks without him in our lives.

This morning, I was dropping Monkey Girl and Baby Monkey at school (Monkey in the Middle had a fever yesterday and needs to be 24-hours fever-free before returning to school) and I started to cry.

Not postpartum, hormonal tears.

Tears of wonder and tears of joy.

I looked in the rear-view mirror and listened to the excited chatter and realized that the four kids behind me were all mine.


Mother of four.

Could I seriously be lucky enough to have these four babies?

Did Real Man and I really make these sweet little beings?

As a family of 5, we were awesome and happy.

Who knew that being a family of 6 would be even better?

Tiny Monkey has completely completed this crew, and, I love that, like his Mommy, he wanted to be early (I hate being late) and we got to spend a few extra weeks with him.

May not seem like much over the course of his entire lifetime, but believe me, every second is precious.

March 5, 2011

Product Review – Nap Nanny

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 12:05 pm

My friend, Erin, recently sent us a Nap Nanny for the newest monkey.

Having never had a swing or bouncy seat or any of those accoutrements for any of the other monkeys, I was unsure about the Nap Nanny.

Would he like it?

Would he be comfortable?

Would it confuse him when it was time to sleep in his crib?

And then, I popped him in, one night, while I was making dinner.

Clearly, at hit.

He doesn’t always sleep in it.

Sometimes, it’s just a comfy place for me to put him while I’m trying to get something else done, like cook dinner, help with homework, etc.

During those times, he happily reclines and looks around.

Completely comfortable.

Completely content.

The cover of the Nap Nanny zips off and can be washed, or you can order different colors to match your decor and then swap out a dirty one for a clean one, while you wash it.

It is so plush and soft, and completely safe.

Comes with safety clips that are enmeshed in more softness so that your little one doesn’t even realize they are safely strapped in place.

You should only use a Nap Nanny on the floor…not on a table or in a crib.

However, the floor is really perfect.

Our little monkey hangs out in his Nap Nanny while we eat dinner, and he’s on the floor next to the table where we can all see him and interact with him while we eat.

If we’re on the floor, playing a game, he’s right there with us…snug and happy in his Nap Nanny.

And, it’s a great place for him to take a nap, as well.

Seriously, who wouldn’t be lulled to sleep in all that plush comfort???

So, anyone who has a baby or is thinking of having a baby or knows someone who is having a baby…buy the Nap Nanny.

It’s fantastic!!!

March 4, 2011

Five Question Friday

Filed under: Five Question Friday — Amy @ 9:11 am
1. Have you ever forgotten your child in a store or at school?
In fact, it’s a huge fear of mine to lose track of a child, and so I’m like a freaking hawk when we go out.
I have nightmares about my children getting lost, and they fuel my anxiety when we’re out.
So, again, no.
2. Where did you go on your very first date? (Like…first first, not first with your spouse or current significant other!)
Um…I’m not really sure.
I guess if you truly mean first first, it would have been to meet some boy at the baseball field and sit together during a Little League game.  The field was right down the street from me, and my friend, Gail, and I would go down and sit in the stands and watch the games.  A few times we met a boy or two and sat with them in 6th or 7th grade.
If you mean with an actual boyfriend, again, I’m not sure, but I guess I’d have to say at that same park, I met up with a boy I was dating in 7th grade at the swings.  It was all quite innocent, but I’ve always remembered it as my “first date.”
3. What’s your “silly” fear? (We’re not talking water and heights.)
First of all, let’s be clear…
I don’t think it’s silly AT ALL.
However, many do.
I’m terrified of clowns and porcelain dolls.
And, I don’t want to talk about it.
4. Confrontation: do you cause it, deal with is as it comes, or run far far away?
I cause it.
I don’t like to let anything simmer.
Why be angry when you can work through it?
So, if there are upset feelings, I deal with them head on.
Makes those close to me uncomfortable, at times, but I’m all about confrontation.
Get it out in the open, deal with it, and move on.

5. Wood floors or carpet?
Wood floors.
Carpet is pretty, but achoo!

March 2, 2011


Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 1:26 pm

I’ve got this monkey, you see.

This particular monkey is very into super heroes.

In fact, you might say, he’s obsessed.

But, more than the super heroes themselves, he has a complete infatuation with his Superman jammies.

If you were to stop by my house at any time of the day that he isn’t in school, this is who you’d find.


As soon as he walks in the door, he goes to his room and puts on his Superman jammies.

Which means, of course, that I’m washing them every other day.

Some days, we wind up having a bath at 4 pm because it’s the longest I can hold him off in putting on those jammies.

Other days, the jammies are on before I’ve even taken off my coat.

So, if you happen to run into this guy, feel free to actually call him Superman.

Because, I have a sneaking suspicion that once he is old enough to legally change his name…

Superman it is.

March 1, 2011

Note to Self:

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 2:50 pm

Dear Amy,

Not that it will ever be an issue again, however, you are no longer allowed to order Girl Scout cookies while you are pregnant.  It’s possible you may have lost perspective regarding exactly how many cookies one family needs.



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