Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Long Time, No Post!

I can't believe it has been nearly a year since I have posted on this blog!  So much has happened in that time, and I'm sad that I haven't recorded any of it.

Our (not so) Little One is turning 3 next month.  3!  I can hardly believe how fast time has gone by.  She has such a wonderful personality.  She loves to paint and draw and cut up her coloring books into tiny pieces.  She sings and dances whenever she hears a familiar song.  She loves going to church and the playground, especially because she loves being around other children.  She loves to give hugs and kisses and thinks pillow fights are lots of fun.  Her new favorite cartoon is Doc McStuffins, and she insists on having a McStuffins-themed birthday party.  She can play several games on Daddy's laptop.  She loves to go outside and jump in puddles.  If given the choice, she would run around naked all day.  She has a smile that brightens my day and melts my heart.  She likes to remind me that we both have blue eyes and the same nose.  She tells me I'm her best friend. 

Our lives will be changing very shortly.  In 10 days, BiBi will become a big sister.  She is excited, although I don't know if she completely understands what that means.  I know she will be great, but it will be an adjustment for us all.  Another baby equals more joy, and I can't wait to have our second Little One join the Martin Family.

I will try to update this blog a little more frequently, although I never seem to make good on that promise, do I?  Oh well!  In the meantime, enjoy this picture of our Little Beauty.

  

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Psychic Abilities?

Today, my Mom watched Bianca while I was at work and Harry was at basketball practice. I received a text message from her around 12:30 PM that read, "Bianca only slept 20 minutes. Every time she hears a noise, she says that it's Daddy bringing pizza."

I forwarded the text to Harry, who called me not a minute later. "Damian and I just left Domino's two minutes ago!"

Perhaps our Little One is psychic! (...or Daddy eats too much pizza!)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Operation Christmas Child

Looking for something fun and different to do this weekend? Why not fit in a shopping trip and fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child? National Collection Week runs from November 14-21, so now is the perfect time to get involved.





I have had the honor of meeting a recipient of one of these shoeboxes. She is a precious girl named Victoria who lives in Blantyre, Malawi, South Africa who happened to make the voyage to the U.S. in 2008, which is when our paths crossed. She had received the box a few years prior, but the experience lived with her far longer. In fact, I spoke to her mother yesterday and she again retold the story of her daughter receiving that box. To them, it was a great gesture.

To us, it may just be a box filled with small toys, gum, and hygiene items - things we often take for granted. But to the recipient of that same box, it is a gift of love and of hope. As you can see from Victoria's story, your gift may last far longer than you can even imagine.

Bianca and I will be filling a box for a very special child this weekend. Won't you join us?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Building Recognition

Bianca and I were driving eastbound on Route 40 yesterday. As we were passing some buildings, BiBi asked from the back seat, "What's that, Mommy?" The rest of our conversation went something like this:

Me: That's a restaurant, sweetie.
Bi: No, Mommy. That's church.

(Keep in mind that we attend a seed church that is currently located inside of a business park, so I didn't think anything of that response.)

Bi: What's that, Mommy?
Me: That's a motel.
Bi: No, Mommy. That's church. (pause) What's that, Mommy?
Me: That's a store where they sell tractors.
Bi: No, Mommy. That's church.

At this point I begin thinking, "Ok...every building is church to her."

So when we come to the red light next to the Toys R Us, and she asks me "What's that?" naturally I respond with, "That's church, sweetie," thinking she would be quite pleased that I finally caught on.

Her response? "No, Mommy. That's toys!"

Oy vey!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Adversion to the Number 4

For an unexplainable reason, Bianca does not seem to like the number 4. When she counts, she says, "One, two, three, five, six...." She also likes to march and say "Hup, two, three, five!"

OK - in those cases, maybe she got a little confused....However, yesterday, my Aunt Dot called me at work to say that Bianca was counting in Spanish (thank you very much, Dora!) and said, "uno, dos, tres, cinco."

I can't explain why, but one thing's for sure: The number of the day in the Martin household certainly WON'T be 4!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Proof that My Brain is No Longer Functioning Properly

I just threw away a brand-new purple crayon and put a half-eaten pretzel rod away in the crayon box.
And to think I'm supposed to performing above par tomorrow at work.... Oy vey!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bianca's First Concert


Bianca was all smiles before the Laurie Berkner Band concert at the Pier Six Pavillion on Saturday.


We had great seats!
Bianca's ears perked up when she recognized the first song.


But then she quickly became a bit bored and grumpy. It was evident that Mommy was having more fun than the Little One was. Lesson learned: guess it was a bit too early to take her to her first show.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Too Much Dora?



I'm beginning to think that Bianca is watching too much t.v. - Dora the Explorer in particular. The other day, she took a dollar bill out of my purse and started to run. I chased quickly behind her. Just as I was about to reach her and my hijacked dollar, she turned around to face me, stretched her palm towards me and exclaimed loudly, "Mommy, no swiping!"

My response? Say "oh man!" and let her have the dollar, of course!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

You Could Win a Blog Makeover!



Traci, who blogs at Ordinary Inspirations and Graphic Designs by Traci, is giving away a FREE blog makeover!! If you could use one (I am right there with you!!), click here to read more about the contest. The winner will be announced on her due date - August 31st. Good luck!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

She's Decided


Bianca wants to have a Dora birthday party this year.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Short and Sweet!

Bianca has been doing a great job with saying grace before dinner. Though most of the words aren't clear, her toddler-speak is usually right in rhythm with our "God is great" phrases. She also says "Amen" very clearly and loudly.

She must have recently realized that the final affirmation signaled the time to eat food. As soon as I put a plate of fish sticks and peas in front of her last night, she shouted, "Amen!" and dug right in! Guess we haven't fully communicated the importance of giving thanks yet!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rough Morning

I’ve tried my best to stay positive on this blog. Even though I have a terrible case of working-mom guilt, I’ve tried to keep my daily struggle to myself. After all, there’s only so much negativity one’s readers can take. But this morning I need to vent.

I was hoping to sneak out of the house before she awoke, but the minute I tiptoed into her room, Bianca stirred and open her eyes. I stood there next to her crib – motionless – hoping she would drift back to sleep. But as soon as her eyes caught mine, they opened wide. She answered my “good morning” with, “Good morning, Mommy” and a smile.

Though I had to leave for work within minutes, I took the time to change her, give her some milk, and hold her in my lap for a few precious moments. I told her that I loved her very much, but I had to go to work. And that’s when the tears started to fall. She cried, I cried, and I suspect that Harry was crying on the inside, perhaps questioning the ability to fully provide for his family.

I was a wreck as I walked out the door, and that all-too familiar pain in my chest and gut was stronger than usual. I had difficulty breathing, and driving to work was a real challenge. All I wanted to do was turn around and go home and cuddle with my daughter.

People have reassured me that being a working mom and leaving your little ones does get easier. My only question is WHEN? When will it get easier? Because my Little One is almost two years old, and I still have these days when I just can’t handle it.
All I can do is pray that one day our financial situation will change and I can be a stay-at-home mom, or at least work a part-time job that will allow me to spend more time with our children.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Oh My!!

I just received a text message from my husband that said, "Your daughter just wiped poop all over her face and then said 'stinky!'"

My first reaction - LOL!!!

My second reaction - That stinky girl needs a bath!!

My third reaction - How was she able to do such a thing anyway? Where were you when this momentous event was happening, Daddy? Hmmm??

Gotta love toddlers!! (And their Daddies!!)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ouch!

If you look closely, you will see a small bruise on the right side of my head, slightly above my temple.

The culprit? My beautiful daughter.

Her weapon of choice? This little guy....



Getting smacked in the head with a Smurf, no matter how small he is, is not pleasant!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Chomp, Chomp!



Beneath this adorable, innocent little face is a problem that I haven't quite figured out how to correct. Bianca loves to bite. In particular, she enjoys chomping down on her Mommy. I've read that this nasty behavior could stem from the child's frustration, but her biting antics seem to come out of nowhere. One minute we are cuddled up, reading a story; the next minute, she is chewing on my flesh. She does it in the middle of play. She also does it when she is tired and doesn't like my requests. She does it whenever the mood hits her - which has been quite a lot lately.

I've taken the advice I've found online. Stated, "This is biting. We do not bite people." I've tried simply talking to her. For instance, "If you want Mommy to put away my book, please ask me. There is no need to bite." I've given her time-outs. I've smacked her hand. I've even given her a small bite back - all to no evail. I really don't know what else I can try.

Is anyone else dealing with or have dealt with a biter? Is there any corrective action you can suggest? As far as I know, she isn't biting anyone else. She doesn't bite her dad, and she doesn't seem to bite any other children when she is around them. I seem to be the main target.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Not Quite Ready for Chuck E. Cheese

Over the past few weeks, every time Bianca saw a Chuck E. Cheese commercial come on television, she would excitedly exclaim, "Cheese too!" (which in toddler language translates to "I would like to go to Chuck E. Cheese, please.") We were finally able to grant her request this past Sunday, as her friend Logan held her birthday party there.

Our Little One was very excited to run around the building and climb on the jungle gym in the Toddler Zone, but that's where the fun ended. She was scared to go down the slide. She was too little to play most of the games. She started screaming when I put her on the Bob the Builder kiddie ride. She backed away from Chuck E. Cheese when he came out to interact with the children. She didn't like the pizza.

Lesson learned: We're not quite ready for the kiddie heaven ruled by a giant mouse.

Friday, July 1, 2011

This is What Happens When I Turn My Back...


Note to self: Don't leave Bianca unattended with paint while you clean the kitchen!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bubbles, Bubbles!

It appears that Bianca's latest obsession is bubbles. She simply cannot get enough of them. The minute I walk in the door from work, our Little One comes running up to me with a huge smile and says, "Outside! Bubbles!" (The days of being greeted with "Mommy!" are long gone!)

We take turns blowing bubbles outside for at least an hour most nights. Then when it's time to go upstairs and take a bath, bubbles must be blown there, as well. Her favorite book to read right before bed is "Bubbles Bubbles," and I think the real reason she asks to watch Spongebob (aka: "BobBob") so much is the fact that so many bubbles are created in his underwater world. She took her bubbles with her to Ryan's graduation party on Sunday, and she insisted on taking them to Aunt Dot's house on Monday.

Truthfully, I think it's adorable. And I suspect it's an indication of what her personality is going to be like as she grows older. When she decides to call something to be her favorite (fill in the blank), she will go crazy for it until the day she finds a new obession. The bubbles of today will be tomorrow's shoes!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Oh My Goodness, It's A Shaky Egg!

I love Laurie Berkner to death (honestly, probably more than Bianca does at this point!) - but the song "I Know A Chicken" has been stuck in my head ALL MORNING! Oh, the gifts of motherhood! : )