Holdin’ Holden

It’s hard to believe my little boy is already over a year old. I don’t know where the time went.. and most days I feel as if I should have cherished each one a little bit more.
It’s hard to think about all of those things as the days pays, and are filled with crying, laughing, screaming, spit-up, poop and pee.. cleaning and worrying and most of all: loving.

Holden is 1 year and 3 weeks old. Every day he gets smarter, more handsome and of course more stubborn.

Posted on October 7, 2008 by Holdin' Holden 0 Comment

Shoe Shopping

I’d love for this post to be about shoe shopping for me.. but let’s face it- once you have a kid, you go out with intentions of buying something for yourself and end up buying 5 things for your kid instead.

We’ve had so many issues finding a pair of shoes to fit Holden’s feet. Unfortunately he takes after me- wide and flat. Add in some fat for his.. and you’ve found a lethal combination.
We’ve tried soft soled shoes from The Children’s Place. While they looked like they would fit.. he screamed as we tried shoving his foot into them. That was a no go.

We’ve tried hard soled velcro shoes from Circo. Again, they look huge, but they’re very narrow in the middle and he’s miserable wearing them. Crappy because they look so cute on him.

Last stop was going into Baby Gap (where we almost NEVER find anything that doesn’t cost a small fortune and therefore negates the cuteness). Much to my surprise there was a very cute pair of slide-ons (like Vans) on clearance. Tried his normal size (4), no go. 5? Nope, too narrow.
Size 6.. on a 1 year old. They are a little long, but it’s worth it if he isn’t screaming when i’m trying to shove his fat little heel into them, and doesn’t tear them off as soon as I put them on.
AND, for the price of $10, who’da-thunk you could find a moderately priced, super cute pair of baby slide-ons at Baby Gap? Not me.

I’ve never understood people who spend $30 on a pair of shoes that is only going to fit their kid’s foot for a month or two with hardly any use (since most aren’t walking full time at this age). What a waste!
My kid still stays barefoot most of the time, as do I.. and that’s how we like it.

Posted on October 1, 2008 by Holdin' Holden 0 Comment

Oohhhh Ugly Babies

Don’t lie- you know you’ve been shopping somewhere before and seen a pretty lady with a baby carrier on her shopping cart and strained to take a peek only to see the horror that is an UGLY BABY.
Bulging eyes.. boogery face.. funky hair.. weird shaped head.. you name it- i’ve seen them all.

I’m not one of those moms who thinks my kid is God’s Gift (although, he is pretty handsome haha), but I know he isn’t what I would call an “unfortunate” child, or anywhere close.

I always feel bad seeing an ugly baby. The mom makes eye contact with you and you smile when really you’re thinking “OMG!!!!”
and then I wonder if people see my kid and think the same thing? Who knows.

The funny thing is, a lot of ugly babies turn out to be gorgeous children/adults.. while some gorgeous babies turn into hideous monstrosities.
So if you have the misfortune of giving birth to an ‘ugly baby’, have no fear- babies morph so many times as they’re getting older that you have no idea what they’ll really look like when they get older.

Posted on September 25, 2008 by Holdin' Holden 0 Comment

Happy Crotch-Blowing-Out Anniversary!

Err… or, Happy 1st Birthday Holden!

my kid is a year old… that makes ME feel old. Soon will be the days where he’s back-talking (more than he already does), running…
i’m most excited for the singing. My kid better be able to sing, it would be blasphemous for him not to have vocal talent.

I wish I had more poigniant things to write, but those all went Holden’s baby book. All I have left are the memories of blowing my crotch out

Posted on September 17, 2008 by Holdin' Holden 0 Comment

Arrrggghh it’s a parrrrrrrty

Holden’s 1st Birthday party was today. A Pirate party to boot.

I have to say, it was the best baby party EVER. Well, the decorations at least.
Everything else was pure hell, the wind, the heat.. me running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

but it was all worth it for this:
You try and tell me that isn’t the cutest pirate you’ve ever seen in your entire life? And NO, Johnny Depp does not count.

Posted on September 14, 2008 by Holdin' Holden 0 Comment