December 29, 2011
December 22, 2011
Recently many family members asked me what Jonah wants for Chanukah. I would often respond with a "he doesn't need anything" (an answer that grandmothers cannot accept) and follow up with "okay, um....okay... he's in to robots and science stuff..." But at a recent westside "be a better parent" group, I learned from the jedi parenting master that 4 year olds are in such a "gimme gimme" stage, that now would be the time to talk to them about giving back. That instead of them telling us all the things they want and need, we should encourage them to think about what we can do or give to others.
So I tried that. I sat Jonah down... Told him how lucky we are to have so many family and friends and how nice it would be to give everyone something special. We went through and made a list of all our loved ones. For whatever reason, he thinks my my mom needs a new blanket, my boyfriend needs a mirror and my nana needs a new pan for making cookies. (All of this stuff may be true).
Of course, the conversation of gift giving didn't last long as his concern over how many gifts he would get this year prevailed. Just as he was getting in the bath, he asked me to go get a piece of paper and pen. "Why?" I asked. "Because I need you to write down all the things I want for Chanukah." "Ohhhhhhhh. Okay."
So, dutifully I obeyed.
Pen & Paper in hand.
Me: So. What first?
J: A volcanU thing. That were going to give Joe-Joe for his birthday. But I want it. A volcanU science explosion thing. I want that.
J: A big shooter gun that would shoot people with a pretend bullet coming out of it.
J: ... and a ball to play with... Inside.
J: ... a big boat to sail... on the floor. (Pause). What else do IIIIIIIII want?
Me: Hmm... How about a computer game for you to play on Mommy's computer?
J: No. You don't have an app store.
Me: Oh. (Pause). How about books?
J: Yes, books. And dress up stuff.
Me: What kind of dress up stuff?
J: Scary dress up stuff. With masks. Like Count Dracula. Or Spiderman, or Batman.
Me: How about an instrument, for music?
J: Yes, I'd really like a guitar. And a tuba. And a keyboard. And a violin. And a trumpet.
Taking notes feverishly.
J: I need new play dough. Different colors. Like purple. Or blue. Or yellow. Or green.
Me: This is a great list. I think that's ----
J: Whaaaaat else do IIIIIIIIIII neeeeeeed?
Me: Jeez, that's a lot of stuff. I'm not sure...
J: I need more stuff.
J: Yes. New puzzles. A puzzzle of a volcanU to see all the lava.
Me: Okay, well this is a big list. So I'll let everyone know.
J: But, mommy, I need 100, ninety, 30, thousand presents.
Me: Gotcha. Alright, well last final thing... ?
J: Oh, I want a (cash) register. That's like the one at the Zimmer Museum.
Me: I'll see what I can do.
J: Is that a good list, mommy?
Me: Very good. BUT remember, the holidays are not just about getting. It's about giving too.
J: But mommy, we don't celebrate Christmas.
Me: That's true.
J: Because we're jewish.
Me: That's true.
J: So Santa doesn't bring me gifts on Christmas...
Me: That's right.
J: So you only need to get me all this stuff for Chanukah. Ok, mom? Just for Chanukah.
Me: Got it. Just for Chanukah.
Good thing there are eight nights.
December 21, 2011
December 13, 2011
Excited to let the mommy within do her thing, I had our afternoon of sandwich making all planned. I set up a little assembly line... I buttered, J put on the cheese, the bread, and picked his shape. Chanukah, oh chanukah, come make some cheese sandwiches....
Little by little, the crafty, clever and culinary master I knew existed within emerged and I was mentally kicking the asses of all the other cardigan and flats wearing moms out there. Of course, I wasn't exactly prepared for what to do with the remnants of the 2 loaves of bread I used to make these miniature dreidel, menorah and star of David prizes....
December 7, 2011
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November 14, 2011
The other day I noticed a picture on my phone that Jonah must have taken one morning during a round of "Mommy, what does this button do." I have to be honest, at first glance, I saw nothing but blur and went to delete it. But then I took a second look, "Do my thighs look as great as I think they do here?"
November 10, 2011
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September 20, 2011
If you asked me 4 1/2 years ago what I thought my favorite thing would be about having a child, I don't think my answer would have been what it is now. I was pregnant. On the verge. Unaware of what it would really mean to fall deeply in love (on a daily basis) on less than 6 hours of sleep a night. I had no idea, NO clue, that my favorite thing about having a child would be anything other than plain love... After all, the mere ability to love a child... YOUR child... Isn't THAT the best thing? Isn't THAT the gift?
Yes. That's definitely part of it. But over the past 1460 days (okay, maybe 1457 days... as the first three were a complete blur), I've discovered that there might be other gifts. Other delicious and precious nuggets of love, if you will, that melt my heart and fill me with crazy joy....
Though I'm only four years into this gig, I realize I will never be able to pin point the single thing that I enjoy the most about life with Jonah. I can only assume it will have to be our conversations, his kisses and his questions though that I'll cherish always and will define all that it means to adore this child.
This morning, his birthday morning, is a perfect example....
6:39am... Footsteps into my bedroom.
J: Moooommy. (Tap on my shoulder)
Me: Good morning.
J: Moooommy. Am I four today?
Me: Yes! You're four! Happy Birthday!
He climbs into bed and I squeeze him tight.
J: Moooommy? Now that I am four, I am a big boy.
Me: A very big boy.
J: And I can't have a fit...
Me: A fit? (Containing laugh). Nope, no fits.
J: And I can't hit...
Me: Nope, no more hitting.
J: And I can't pinch....
Me: Definitely no pinching.
J: But what can I do?
Me: Oh! Now that you're four, you can do so many wonderful things!
J: I can hug....
Me: Yes, hug...
J: I can kiss... Like this... (He kisses my forehead).
Me: I love kisses.
J: I can share with my friends...
J: What else?
Me: You can say please and thank you, and be a kind person.
J: And not say "poop" or "pee" a lot...
Me: Yeah, four year olds don't talk like that.
J: Or say fart....
Me: (Nodding) Or say fart.
J: Or touch my "pee-nuz" a lot...
Me: Right. Or that.
J: Are you so happy I'm four?
Me: So happy, my love.
J: Now that I'm four do I get to sit in the front seat?
Me: No. Sorry, baby. You have to sit in the back still. For a few more years.
J: (Thinking). Mommy, tell me about how I got into your tummy and then how I came out of your tummy when I was a baby...
Me: Time to get up!!!!
Happy 4th Birthday, my angel. I love you just as you are right now and always.
Your Very Proud Mommy.
September 19, 2011
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August 30, 2011
SONG: Me not working hard? ...Yea right picture that with a kodak
And better yet, go to times square... Take a picture of me with a kodak...
Jonah: What's Times Square?
Me: An area in New York with lots of buildings and television screens. It's really cool.
Jonah: How cool?
Me: Like one of the coolest places in the world.
Jonah: Do they have casinos?
Me: Nope. No casinos.
SONG: Excuse me... But I might drink a little bit more than I should tonight...And I might take you home with me if I could tonight...
Jonah: Why is he going to drink more tonight?
Me: He's super thirsty. From dancing at the club.
Jonah: What club?
Me: This club.
Jonah: WHAT club????
Me: THIS club. This club that he's singing about. People go there to dance.
Jonah: Can we go there to dance?
Me: It's for adults.
Jonah: How old?
Me: You have to be 21.
Jonah: How about 22?
Me: Even better.
Jonah: Mommy, why is he going to take "a baby" home from the club tonight?
Me: Oh, the baby's mommy couldn't drive. So he's helping.
See... there are some questions I have the answers to. The other stuff... It's a little, well... smokey.
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August 24, 2011
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For those of you that don't live in the world of all things (mom) blog, two weekends ago, I headed down to San Diego to attend BlogHer. There were about two dozen incredible and fun things that happened that weekend thanks to the Kate to my Alli, Diane Mizota, and my future bridesmaid (though she doesn't know it) Jenny Feldon. But one of the best parts of the weekend, was that I got to spend the day shopping for Sears Style with the beautiful Erika Lehmann and Ellen of Thrifty and Chic Mom. The mission of Sears Style is to make women look and feel good in affordable and stylish clothing. Well, I gotta tell you. I was delightfully surprised by the outcome of this mission....