Friday, October 22, 2010


Poor Niamh.  Seems she has inherited my musical abilities....or lack thereof!  The girls have been mad into the movie Annie for the past 3 months, and this totally warms my heart - it was my favorite when I was their age.  Anyway, they watch it in the car all the time with their headphones on, and I always know what parts they are at because they love to sing along.  Eilis has a decent voice - she can carry a tune and seems to have some musicality.  And then there is Niamh.  This poor child - this is all that I can say.  If she wasn't my child, I would ask her to stop singing - seriously, it's that bad!  Not only can she not carry a note, she has more confidence than anyone I've ever met, so she is tone deaf and LOUD!!!  As we were driving to our weekly pizza Friday with my family, she started belting out "tomorrow" - I thought the hubby was going to pee his pants.  I am treated to her "unique" rendition every morning while driving to school - talk about a wake up call at 6am!!!  So tonight as she's pretty much yelling "tomorrow" totally off tune, we both lost it.  Is it wrong to laugh at your child if they don't know you are laughing at them?!?!?!?  Now, I know I shouldn't tell her to stop singing, but seriously, this kid is going to start shattering the car windows if she keeps this up!!  Maybe it's time to invest in some piano lessons....anything has to be better than this :-)  So yeah, maybe I'm a bad mom because I laugh at my daughter and her nonexistent ability to sing, but I also admire her, and secretly wish that I still had the confidence to sing badly and sing loudly!

Saturday, October 9, 2010


So.  Whoever thought that farts were a "boy thing" was terribly wrong.  Lately, my girls seem to think that farts are the. most. hysterical. thing.... ever.  Ever since Eilis transitioned from a diaper to underwear (hallelujah!!!!!!) she is much more aware of the happenings down under.  I'm not sure if this is because of her heightened awareness, or if the sound isn't being quite so muffled as it was by her diaper, but this child is a gassy machine.  I swear, she can do this on cue.  If we are being serious and reading bedtime stories to the girls, she farts.  Laughter erupts.  Process of calming down starts again.  Whenever we are checking out at a register at the store, she vibrates and the girls giggle uncontrollably - notably we used the self-checkout line at BJs today.  But the worst one has got to be, without fail, Church.  Yep, just when she had finally conquered how to be somewhat quiet during Mass, she has realized that she has control of this bodily function and boy is she using this control.  She let two rip tonight during Mass.  Let me tell you just how mortifying this is.  First, she's sitting on MY LAP, so I am wondering, almost to the point of neurosis, that people think it was just me who couldn't control my colon.  Then, I try to focus on calming the girls down, who are starting to cause a scene - tonight this was during the Homily, of course.  Then there is the process of trying to calm down my hubby, who is quite possibly, worse than the girls.  And by this point, I've managed to get the giggles too.  How in the world can I not when I am watching the reactions of the people around me????  I have tried and tried and tried to explain to her that she should NOT do this in public, but she seems to be disagreeing with me.  Ah, the joys of girls.  I honestly thought this was NOT a path I would have to travel with my two girls, but it seems that yes, the fart is funny no matter what your sex is.  And I have to admit, at 31, I do still find her farting on command funny - after I get over the initial mortification!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Well, my baby girl "Ishy" turned three today and it is such a bittersweet moment!  Since her emergency C-section, due date birth, this child has given us a major run for our money!  She is so sweet and kind, so hyper and stubborn, really she is my Jekyl and Hyde girl!  She makes life interesting and fun - she has the most contagious laugh you will ever hear, and she is a girl who knows what she wants, how to get what she wants, and what to do to get what she wants immediately!  While this may be tough to deal with as her mother, I am confident that these personality traits will serve her well in the future.  I know that I am raising a girl who is going to make a difference in this world - she doesn't accept no for an answer - and while that's tough dealing with trying not to give her cookies at dinner time, who knows where this will take her in the future.....  Three seems to have hit me hard today - I marvel at the things she has done - albeit in her own time - such as sitting, rolling, walking, talking, potty training, making friends, etc - she has mastered all of these skills (some of which I really didn't think would ever happen - didn't walk until 21 months and just potty trained 2 weeks ago!!)  My baby turning three has the hubby and I playing with the word in do we want to do the 3 kids thing??  We actually sat after dinner and talked about this - we tend to talk around it a lot, but I was somewhat surprised that we are both getting "baby fever" as we watch our baby grow in leaps and bounds.  However, timing isn't great, money isn't great, yada yada yada.  Will we ever add a "three" to our clan?  I hope so...but I honestly don't have the answer to that question.... and while we're talking about Ishy has told me and everyone else all day that she is four - wonder what that means!??!?!?!?!