Eating Her Words.

Spine of Board Book must be a delicacy in certain Toddler Circles. Babystar loves to eat her books.

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Though to be fair, she may have just been following instructions. It CLEARLY says ‘eat’. Emphatically, even. Notice the exclamation point. (Stop yelling, Book.)

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Silly baby. The sweet Husband noticed and he also noticed that she liked books with real babies in them and he probably also needed to up his total for Amazon Prime now that they have that new ‘only available as an add-on b.s. now what even is that’ so he bought her some new board books. I’m told the total was about $16. I have seen these books with my own eyes but cannot find them all now. I would bet money that at least one is in the van. Here’s an action shot of one of them though.

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At least she is turning the pages too fast to chew on them these days.

RAISING BABYSTAR: $12,037.13

 

Summer is Coming.

The warm weather has FINALLY arrived.

Commence the yard sales.

We found a WHOLE BLOCK of yard sales on Saturday. I love when neighbors organize for my convenience. We bought some super cool books from one house for $5.

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And we bought a SWIMMING POOL from another house for $5.

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The baby loved it. The Teenager is the best sister ever btw.

On Sunday, we found a super cute festival hiding in the woods behind our house. It was not quite as Wes Anderson as it sounds. Or maybe it was. There was a bit of a language barrier, but we learned that Children’s Day is celebrated on June 1st, somewhere. Someone told us it was Korea, but Google disagrees, so maybe we misunderstood. The festival was a fundraiser to be ‘children helping children’ and last year they raised enough to purchase six wheelchairs for a hospital overseas. (I know, I know, I sound like such a White Lady. The signs were not in english so I’m just not sure about the details.)

We had a blast. We bought $10 in tickets and Babystar played in the ball pit a few times, bounced in the castle with her sister, and chose three used board books from the ‘bookstore’. Mostly she loved cruising around in her pink cadillac and watching the other kids. We even got a turn on the baby swings. During one round of ball pit fun, there was another baby girl playing beside her. They kept mimicking each other. The baby girl ate a ball, so Babystar would eat a ball. Babystar threw a ball out onto the ground, so the baby girl threw a ball onto the ground. The baby girl stood up on the edge, so Babystar stood up on the edge. It was sososo cute. The baby girl’s parents and I laughed together and could communicate just enough to know that both babies were eleven months old. The babies were able to communicate just fine, though, via their Baby Telepathy. Little geniuses.

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RAISING BABYSTAR: $7,473.85

Joke of the Day.

Three tomatoes are walking down the street: a papa tomato, a mama tomato, and a little baby tomato. The little baby tomato starts lagging behind. The papa tomato gets mad, goes back to the baby tomato and smooshes him and says, “Catch up.”

Five cool points to anyone that immediately knows the movie reference. Are you old like me? Did you see Pulp Fiction in the theater? Or do you just like Vintage Independent Film?

This is my ketchup post. My catch up post. Between battling colds of both the mommy and baby variety and a week in the Florida sun, I’ve neglected to note a few purchases. The numbers are off. This is frankly unacceptable to my perfectionist Virgo soul. Remedy below.

Sandra Boynton books from Costco: $12.99

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(ProTip: Fifteen Animals has a satisfying Shyamalan-esque twist.)

Melissa & Doug wooden puzzle: $9.99

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H&M sweater and Ramones shirt with guitar leggings: $5 (clearance) and $17.99

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RAISING BABYSTAR: $6,192.63

Red Dog, Green Cat.

Babystar was bored by the Rothkos at the MoMA and slept in her Beco baby carrier while the Teenager and I wandered the museum. We bought her a $6.99 present in the gift shop so she can be super cultured and hip. Though the Teen is concerned that Andy Warhol is going to lead her astray with his green cats and red dogs.

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RAISING BABYSTAR:  $5,718.37

They Forgot Teal.

We just got back from visiting the in-laws and they live near the cutest store called The Kangaroo Pouch in Myrtle Beach. We went in to check it out while out for a Boxing Day walk and Husband could not resist these adorable, overpriced board books for Babystar ($23.23 for both).

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HEY BOOK, YOU FORGOT TEAL. Go Jags.

RAISING BABYSTAR: $5,575.94

When Santa Sticks you With the Bill…

Happy Christmas to all!

Look what Santa brought! Lil Tykes Activity Garden, made for ages 6-36 months. Hopefully she will get lots of play time out of this one.

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$59.99 from Costco.

I had full intentions of leaving it at that. She won’t remember. She doesn’t care. But with a 16-year-old Helper Elf in the house this Christmas, Babystar ended up with a few more gifts under the tree. She had twice the amount of presents to open as the teenagers. And it took her fifty times as long to open them. Well, drool on them and excitedly bang on them and play with the bows while the tall people in the room all ‘helped’ her open them.

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For Accounting Purposes:

Eight board books, wrapped individually. Why did we do that??  (Costco): $15.98

Press Here, a cute interactive book (Costco): $9.99

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Two wooden teething rings (Marshall’s): $5.94

Plastic teething ring (Marshall’s): $1.97

Vibrating teething grapes (Marshall’s): $2.97

Crinkly ‘book’ (Carter’s Outlet): $4

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Sassy Crib & Floor Mirror (Buy Buy Baby): $9.99

Stuffed monster with mirror belly (Carter’s Outlet): $8

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Plastic links because you can never have enough (Buy Buy Baby): $4.99

Alphabet links: $5.99

Holly Jolly Total: $129.81

(I obviously did not include gifts purchased by siblings or grandparents, etc. I was pleasantly surprised that the new grandparents did not go overboard.)

RAISING BABYSTAR: $5,552.71

Bought some diapers, eh.

We just got back from a week in Vancouver! Look at the cute baby! And the moose! We did not purchase that moose!

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We did purchase a pack of disposable diapers (no I did not bring cloth diapers to a hotel in another country) for $18.99, a pack of wipes for $4.99, and three hats at $11, $2, and $2.  The first warm hat was out of necessity and the second and third were at a secondhand shop and purchased for cuteness. Oh, and a set of baby mittens for a dollar, from that same secondhand shop.

And a book. We bought the baby a board book for $11.99.

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And a print. We bought a cute narwhal print for the nursery for $25.

These were Canadian dollars. The total in US dollars is $57.92.

RAISING THIS BABY:  $4,024.91

Reading is Fundamental.

I know the baby can’t read yet.  Not until next month at least.

All the books say read to your baby and I’m tired of reading the same books over and over so we added to the collection. I love a good brick and mortar book store and I know that they are disappearing because people keep ordering books from the internet.  Yet I still ordered these from the internet.  Thanks, Amazon. (Also they were much less than the cover price.  Thanks again, Amazon!)

Total $53.65

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RAISING THIS BABY:  $3,131.32