Tuesday, January 29, 2013

You Know That Awkward Moment When...

You know how when you come home from a long trip, you have a mountain load of laundry to do? And you put off washing them for a couple days because the task just seems too daunting? (You may have worn dirty clothes just to avoid the inevitable.) C'mon, you know we've all been there.

Well, rewind a couple weeks and that was exactly the situation I found myself in. There comes a point when you find yourself debating whether to wear dirty underwear or not, and you know it's time to draw the line. (I mean, not all of us have disposable underwear *cough Jackson cough*.) It took a couple days to wash what seemed like every article of clothing we owned. Not to mention the several hours in front of the tv it took to fold them. Finally after a long Sunday evening, I had washed, folded, and put away all of the laundry. *Phew* What a weight off my shoulders.

Fast forward a couple days. Spots. Random spots all over my arms. They didn't itch, they were just red. And big. I admired them for a couple minutes and then didn't think much of it. 2 days later, the red spots spread over my entire body accompanied by smaller spots. Concerned, Ryan mentioned the words "bed bugs", "common in apartments", "eating me alive"--no wait, I may have said that one.

Needless to say, it didn't take long for me to decide to throw all of the sheets, blankets, and pillow cases into the wash on the hottest, bug-killing setting. JUST IN CASE!

Well, folks. Jokes on me. I called my mom because not only was I red and spotted and blotchy, I was extremely itchy. She asked me if I had eaten anything or used anything new.

"Well," I responded. "Daddy gave me a new laundry detergent last week."

"Oh!" my mom exclaimed. "We gave that to you because Daddy is allergic to it. It gave him red spots."

Ooooh. Light bulb.

So you know that awkward moment when you are covered head-to-toe in hives and you realize you washed every article of clothing you owned, every bedding, every towel, and I might even add every pair of underwear in a laundry detergent you are probably allergic to?


Well, let me tell you, you're not missing much. Except for maybe an itchy, polka-dotted body and a huge pile of laundry needing to be (re)washed. De-ja-vu.

On the plus side--I hear polka dots are in style these days.

Jackson at the Disney store. He refused to wear that hat longer than 5 seconds.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Rite of Passage

A couple weeks after Jackson was born, I read a status on facebook--"You are officially a parent when your child poos in the tub."

I am proud to say that after 14 1/2 months, Ryan and I have officially been initiated into parenthood. Thanks Jacks!

(I better not include a photo to this post... :P)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jackson's 1st Birthday

For Jackson's first birthday party, we decided on a Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar theme. I thought it turned out pretty cute.

Month banner
This was fun to put together...some of Jackson's first milestones
Hungry caterpillar mobile
Some of the food....
Caterpillar cupcakes
Jackson didn't really notice the decorations. He did like the fruit though--he ate a lot of it! When it was time to do cupcakes, he wasn't hungry anymore and didn't want to try it....
First time seeing fire.

We finally had to stick some frosting in his mouth. It only took a second for him to realize that this stuff was good! He then started shoveling it in his mouth.
Why didn't you tell me it was so good?
Sugar overload.
He didn't eat the whole thing. Probably a good thing.
And just so you can feel like you were actually there...

Here's a picture on his actual birthday:

Yumm, ribbon!