Tall Mom tiny baby: September 2013

Thumb Sucking, The Good, The Bad, and the Cute

Monday, September 30, 2013

Itty Bitty has a new best friend:

His left thumb.

He has been sucking his thumb for over two months now, and I've heard several reactions.

Thumb sucking, oddly enough, has turned out to be quite the divisive subject among parents. 

Some think it's cute and useful for self soothing. Whereas others have told me that he is starting a terrible, gross, and unsanitary bad habit.  One of the many suggestions people offer is to give him a pacifier.

The truth is - babies (as well as other primates) have a sucking reflex.  It's inherently part of their composition.  But, most importantly, for whatever inexplicable reason, my tiny baby prefers his thumb over any pacifier. We tried almost every variety at our local Baby's R Us, and it was all an Epic Fail.  He just gnawed on it like a bad piece of flank steak.

So is it cute and useful?  Or is it a bad, gross habit?  I have no idea.  My kid likes it and I'm cool with it.  It could be worse, he could love sucking his toes...oh wait...he does that too...oops.  Whatever.

Ultimately, I'm not worried.  I've read that statistically, thumb sucking stops by the time they are five years old - which is fantastic - because thumb sucking AFTER a child's permanent teeth come in (around that age) can cause some serious dental problems.

In my eyes, I think the thumb-sucking is just plain old cute. For now, that is.

Itty Bitty has colic, cries for over 4 hours a day, and has found something that somewhat soothes him. That's a positive in any book.

So, in the end, this momma gives two big Siskel and Ebert style thumbs-up to Itty Bitty and his new best friend - the left thumb. 

Did you suck your thumb or fingers as a baby/kid? How long did you do it for?

Day 272: Tall Dad's keychain

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pics of the Week

#tmtbphotoaday Pics of the Week

Top Left: @j__cab  (9oclock)
Top Right: @girasol729 (proud)
Bottom Left: @corey3711 (leaves)
Bottom Right: @lizhanes (proud)
Center: @jeme0425 (lookdown)

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Mary and Molly Show: Wifi Access on Planes, Dumb And Dumber To

Friday, September 27, 2013

Mary and Molly Show

What would you give up for wifi on a plane?
Are you excited for Dumb and Dumber To?

Sneak A Peek Inside My September Citrus Lane Box + Coupon Code

Thursday, September 26, 2013

We were away from home for a few days, and came home to the most wonderful surprise - our first Citrus Lane Box!

So what exactly is Citrus Lane?  

When it comes to baby gear, it's sometimes hard to know what items are the best - and right for our tiny babies' developmental age as well as his stage. Enter stage left: Citrus Lane to save the day.  

Started by a group of moms (AKA: a bunch of people who are a lot smarter than I), Citrus Lane's purpose is to create a fantastic once a month package of 4-5 hand-selected products tailored to your child's age!  They specialize in boxes for children who's ages range from newborn to five years old. 

These special boxes can have toys, books, snacks, household and body care products, as well as the occasional treat for parents.  Each box is worth at least $25 in retail value, and shipping is always free.  

(I don't know about you, but I easily spend at least $25 on new baby stuff each month.) 

I love the idea of getting a box of "presents" each month - perfectly tailored to Itty Bitty's age!  

Well, without further ado, here's what came inside our September Citrus Lane Box - for my 5 month old baby boy!

1.  Clean Well Hand Sanitizer Canister – Orange Vanilla Scent ($5.99) These are going straight into my car!  There have been so many times where I'm on the road and Itty Bitty is inconsolable.  Oftentimes the only thing that can save the day is letting him suck on my knuckle.  Having these wipes readily available is going to be a lifesaver! The scent is pretty nice too - not overpowering like most hand sanitizer products.

2.  Fab Kids Voucher - This is pretty cool - you get a free outfit worth about $39, and all you have to pay is shipping.  The only problem is - fabkids doesn't have clothing for babies.  I'm still going to try to redeem the offer and see if I can get one of my nieces a fun birthday gift!

3.  Rich Frog Little Stacker - Lion ($12.95) Stacking toys are a quintessential baby toy, but believe it or not, we do not have any of them in our apartment.  This soft cuddly lion will be the first

and unstacked

4.  Ah Goo Baby Bottle Strap  ($10.49) Itty Bitty takes a bottle every other day, and has just started to try to hold the bottle by himself.  It's been fun to see him experiment, and this bottle strap is going to make it even easier - especially as he gets older.  So many of my friends who have one year olds complain that their babies throw their water bottles on the ground.  I'll have to hold onto this strap!

5.  Samples of Weleda Baby Calendula Diaper Care Itty Bitty occasionally gets a small diaper rash, and I've occasionally thought about purchasing a small tube of diaper cream for our travel bag.  These three sample pieces will be perfect - and I'll be able to try out a new brand!

6. Cleo's Alphabet Book from Barefoot Books ($15.99) - I can't seem to get enough thick cardboard books for my baby's library.  We read a couple each day, and he is always captivated by the colors and pictures.  

We even read this book today, and he loved it! I'd never heard about the Cleo series, but now I'll keep my eye out for more of these cute kitty books!

I'm excited to see what the October 6 month old boy box has to offer :)

Until then - if you'd like to sign up for Citrus Lane - you're in luck!  Citrus Lane's standard price is $25 per month, which includes free shipping. Discounted rates are currently available for multi-month subscriptions. But since you're super awesome and read my blog - you can click this link and get ½ off your first month. To redeem this offer you must enter code TAKEHALF at checkout.
Connect with Citrus Lane on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest!

What types of toys or fun new things would you like to have delivered to your doorstep each month?

Wardrobe Wednesday: Something Blue For A September Wedding

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

We recently attended a gorgeous wedding held at the historic Smith's Castle in North Kingstown, RI.  It was a completely picturesque Rhode Island wedding - overlooking the beautiful bay.
My favorite moment of the ceremony was when the ring bearer stood in the middle of the isle, probably thinking this whole event was for him. Suffice it to say, he did kind of steal the show.  
The reception then took place at Quidnessett Country Club, which also has a stunning view of Narragansett Bay.

(While Tall Dad and I chose to be married in the middle of the summer, I truly love being a guest at the cooler month weddings. Here's why: the dress selection for cooler months!  Another reason is that the humidity has generally left our tiny state, and, because of that, I can wear my hair down without having a wretched sweaty neck.)

Knowing that this wedding would be taking place along the water, I knew I wanted to find a blue dress.

Here was my inspiration:
Hair: Soft, romantic curls
Makeup: Focus on eyes, smokey blues
Jewelry: My wedding earrings (I wear them to every wedding for good luck)
Bag: I needed to bring a large neutral bag, so I could discreetly carry my breast-pump. Glam yet functional!
Shoes: Nude, small heel, perfect for dancing

And the finished product:
This dress was perfect for a new mom - the fabric didn't cling to my belly, and the lace kept the attention away from my trouble spots.  I loved the 3/4 length sleeves, and the dress hand ample room for my new momma chest.  Plus - it was easy to get in and out of for my trips to the bathroom to pump.  Once again, glamourous, and functional ;) 

What is your favorite season for a wedding?

Day 267: Look down

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Apple Picking and Tasting {vlog}

Monday, September 23, 2013

We had an autumnal adventure this weekend - apple picking for the first time as a family!

Tall Dad and I sampled all of the different apple available. Some tasted fantastic raw, whereas others didn't pass the taste-test.  We found out afterwards that some apples are better baked than raw...oops! Well now we know!

What's your favorite type of apple?

Day 265: through the looking glass

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Pics of the Week

Top Left: @girasol729 (friends)
Top Right: @jennyq711 (brown)
Bottom Left: @semmett82 (glass)
Bottom Right: @jeme0425 (old)

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Day 261: Brown rust on the gate to my favorite park

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fitness Ideas For New Moms {guest post}

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fitness ideas for new moms

The following is a guest post by Emily Stone, a SAHM, proud wife, runner, fitness freak, health food addict, and animal lover! If you'd like to reach out to Emily, you can find her on Twitter @FitMommaEm, or you can email her!

And now, without further ado --- take it away, Emily!
I remember it well, the first year after having a child. Coffee? Yes! Convenience foods? Double yes! Exercise regimen? Wait! What did you say? The fact is that getting back into shape may be the last thing on a new mom’s mind. I knew I wanted to get my body back after pregnancy, but I didn’t know how. Luckily, there are many easy ways to get into shape.

Home Workouts

My little ones slept a ton in the early months. On me, on the floor, in the swing, in the bouncy seat, in the car, they took a snooze anywhere. While they napped, I took opportunities to squeeze in a workout. I found some great quick yoga workouts on YouTube and began doing them. Because I was really out-of-shape after the pregnancy, I wanted to start out slowly and gently, yoga was great for that. I hoped that it would help slowly stretch my body back into something resembling a human adult. It worked fantastically, and in no time I was ready for more strenuous exercises. I decided a home workout DVD would be the most convenient way for me to continue with my fitness success, so I purchased the Les Mills Pump workout from Beachbody. This program was amazing! My gym used to offer Les Mills Body Pump classes and I loved them! The DVDs are fantastic as well and of course you have the convenience of getting in a solid workout in the privacy of your own home! This was actually how I lost majority of my baby weight.

Get Out With Baby

Babies are curious characters and love to go out for walks. The movement and change of scenery will often entertain them and keep them calm for longer periods. It might even lull them to sleep. I used a stroller to go for walks around parks, malls and museums. There are even specific fitness programs such as Stroller Strides where moms can get some good exercise and socializing at the same time. At other times, I’d put my babies in a baby carrier and go on hikes or on more rugged terrain where strollers weren’t as easy. My baby and I got some great views and quality time as we walked.

Squeeze It In

I know for years, I thought that getting enough exercise meant trudging along on the treadmill at the gym for at least an hour a day. But that’s really not the case. Interval training is all the rage these days. With interval training, I do a combination of exercises that are designed to work specific muscle groups for short periods of time. For example, I might do a minute of squats, a minute of pushups, a minute of stomach crunches, and a minute of running in place. Repeated three times, this is an intense workout that will burn lots of calories in only 12 minutes. If my baby only napped for half an hour, I could still get a workout and a shower. The best part is that interval training can be adjusted to fit all kinds of fitness levels. I built up intensity as my strength and endurance increased.


One of the first thing new moms have to learn is how to multi-task. This is an excellent skill to utilize to get exercise. When I planned my exercise regime around my life, I found it much easier to fit it in. This means that I do exercise wherever I am, whatever I’m doing. If I’m waiting for the water to heat up in the shower, I do squats. When I’m standing at the microwave, I do heel kicks or bicep curls with my dumbbells. A little goes a long way, so I work it in whenever I have spare time.
Many new moms want to get back into shape so they feel good about themselves have energy for their new, busier lives as parents. With time and practice, I was able to start and maintain a fitness plan that has lasted as my babies have grown into school-age kids.

Outfit of the day: Superbaby

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I married my best friend

Monday, September 16, 2013

Like Father Like Son {video}

Who knew my uterus 

yeap, thats a diagram of a uterus.

was a flux capacitor....

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they do kinda look the same shape though...right?

Turns out, my pregnant belly was more like a time machine - back to 1983!   


Because, aside from the few freckles on his cheeks,
And the squinty eyes when he smiles,

Itty Bitty is turning out to be JUST LIKE Tall Dad.
Top picture is Tall Dad @ 6 months, bottom picture is Itty Bitty @ 4 months
First off, he is turning out to be a gentle giant (not so tiny anymore...)

But he is also loud, and sometimes abbrasive, like his father.

They both wear Red Sox hats, and love fun festivals.

And last, but certainly not least, they both have my heart :) 

You don't need money, don't take fame 
Don't need no credit card to ride this train 
It's strong and it's sudden and it's cruel sometimes 
But it might just save your life 
That's the power of love 

My baby at night

Friday, September 13, 2013

I'm As Sullen As Edward Cullen

Sorry that I haven't written in a while. I've been dealing with a severe lack of sleep. Seriously, you should see the amount of concealer that I need to wear under my eyes to make myself halfway presentable. It's disgusting. I feel like Joan Rivers on a bad surgery day.Ugh. It's been getting bad lately. I barely go out during the daylight, and if I do, I'm incognito thanks to my sunglasses.But you know what I've noticed? I feel like I've become a vampire. I've been brooding more than Robert Pattinson in every scene of Twilight, I'm as white as a ghost, and I hiss at the sun as it creeps into my bedroom each morning. (But, no, I don't sparkle like a thousand diamonds shimmering in the glistening sun. Damn you Stephanie Meyer, damn you!) Despite my early protests of not doing it, I've stopped responding to friends requesting me to go out and get together. What's more is that it took every ounce of my determination to get ready for my recent appearance on The Rhode Show.


Because my family no longer sleeps. Nope. Sleep, to us, is like a mythical creature. It's like the Lochness Monster or Bigfoot. There seems to be record of it's existence, but it's validity is shoddy at best, and no one's seen it since. "Did I just see what I thought I saw?.......nahhhh. couldn't be." God, is it tiring. Honestly though, It's as if our cute little apartment has turned into an all day/all night rave. But, this party has only one guy. You know that guy - that guy who's just way to into it. He's waving the glowsticks and breaking down moves that would put even Usher to shame. Yup, that guy. And that guy is none other than my Itty Bitty.

See, he didn't quite get the memo that glowsticks and all-nighters were really only suitable for Jersey Shore juice-monkeys and newborn babies. Most chaps his age (5 months) are welcoming the sandman with open arms.

But my kid? Ha. He just laughs and gives the sandman the double bird.

My colicky, yet, oh so loving and sweet babe thinks sleep is for the weak. Our typical night looks like this:

6:30 - Bathtime

7:00 - Last feeding

7:30 - Hubby bounces him to sleep on a yoga ball

8:30 - Itty bitty wakes up with the birds on full display (Yes, that's right, until 8:30)

8:30 - 10pm - It's party time in Club Larsen (until he's all partied out and decides it's cool to finally sleep with the big kids...aka his parents.)

2:30am. Every clubby needs the late night snack at the sausage stand, right? So, he's back up again to feed. (This, I can handle.)The rest of the night, however, becomes a blur:

3:30am - wakeup, fuss, wants to hang out for about an hour or so, whimpers and cries until he is held by me

5:30 am - wakeup, doesn't want anything to do with me, and insists on being held by Tall Dad

6:30 am - wakeup, unless its cloudy outside, fusses and fusses and fusses until he is held

7:30 am - wakeup, gets his diaper changed, and sometimes wants to eat and go back to sleep

8:30 am - wakeup, this time it's for real, and his milk wench (aka me) gets him ready for his day

Looks like fun, right?

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You said it Kimberly "Sweet Brown" Wilkins!

So Tall Dad & I are going to be trying a couple of new tactics. Wish us luck. You'll know that they are working if you see me outdoors before 6pm, not wearing sunglasses.

Did your baby have difficulty sleeping? What tricks and tips helped you? (Seriously...we need help)

Fun fall frog hat

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fun with fondue

Sunday, September 8, 2013



Pics of the Week


Top Left: @girasol729 (green)
Top Right: @jennyq711 (up)
Bottom Left: @tlovesv (enjoy)
Bottom Right: @j__cab (green)

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Sitting in a high chair for the very first time

Saturday, September 7, 2013



Fall #Weather = the Greek Festival

Friday, September 6, 2013


Baby pull-ups...not the diaper kind

Thursday, September 5, 2013