Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kicked Out...

Let me start by saying that I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

This is a true story.

We moved to a new area just over two years ago.  We didn't know anyone in the area other then my Great-Aunt whom I didn't see all that often {i.e. every couple of years at a family reunion or funeral..sad}. People we were meeting were friendly but I was really having a hard time finding people that I connected with.  Almost at the end of our first year here, I decided to take a leap of faith and join a local Mom's Club.  What better way to connect with people then with a group of Mom's, right?

Things started off rocky.  They all had been friends for a while and I was the new girl in town.  Some were more outgoing then others.  Some made a bigger effort to get to know me and to include H.B.Nanna and I in things. And some were just cold and standoffish.  I gave them the benefit of the doubt and continued to join activities and volunteer for community events. 

There were a couple of instances where Stephen joined us for family events.  He always left shaking his head wondering how I was apart of such a group.  I kept saying that I am doing it to meet people and that some of them were nice.

This time last year a new "Soon-to-be Mom" {we'll call her B} joined the club.  She was very friendly from the beginning.  She had suggestions.  Ideas on community events.  Ideas how to grow our "Club."  Sometimes her ideas were met with excitement.  Other times they were met with eye rolls.

As time went on B and I became good friends.  In fact, our husbands became good friends.  The kind of people you have over for dinner.  Or the kind of person you go on a shopping trip with.  We were having fun.  Sometime in September we decided that since tourist season was over that we'd like to start walking with our babies in strollers a couple of mornings a week.  We walked one morning then were off to our monthly "Club" meeting. 

Things were different at this meeting.  The tone was different.  It was almost like it was B and I versus the rest of the club.  I didn't know that a Mom's group could be so intense.  There was a new Mom joining us that day{we'll call her G} and she was very friendly.  B and I instantly clicked with G. At this meeting, I explained about our walk that morning and how it would be fun to make it a weekly thing and whomever wanted to join was more then welcome.  My idea was met with great enthusiasm.  One of the other Mom's asked if we had thought about a baby play date since there was a growing number of babies in the 14 month and under age range.  B and I hadn't thought about it but were open to the idea of a 2 years and under play group.  B even volunteered to host.

We had an awesome play group a week later.  5 Mom's and 6 children under the age of two.  That's when it all went down the tune of how could you have a play group that didn't include children of all ages.  Ahem...excuse me?!  It wasn't our idea last I checked.

And dare you go walking with your babies in strollers and not invite others. 

And dare you plan a Mom's Night Out when not all Mom's can attend.

Really?!  This was happening..

B got the phone call.  From the Club President....this is official stuff people!

They thought it best that she not participate anymore.  She had ideas that not everyone agreed with.  She was doing things exclusively and not inviting others.  It was suggested that she start her own group. 

They kicked her out of the Mom's Club.

For real. 

Then I got a phone call...not from the President but from B explaining what just happened.  I was flabbergasted.  How do you get kicked out of a Mom's Club?!  I didn't know that was even possible.

So as a good friend I immediately withdrew from the Club.  I didn't give them the chance to call me.  I honestly think they thought if they called B that I would quit and they wouldn't have to call me.  I suppose they got what they wanted.

What I don't think they thought of was that the other Moms would start dropping like flies.  One after One.  Some of them were "members" but had never really participated in anything until this happened.

We have start our own little group...No Presidents. No monthly meetings.  No rules.  Just a whatever group that does whatever we want.  And it works. And we have all become good friends because of it. 

I am over it.  They showed me that they can't act like grown women. Which is funny because the "President" and her officers are older then me. I've bumped into them in public and am greeted with a cold shoulder.  It is amazing to see people act this way. Women from a Mom's Club....very good example they are setting for their children, yeah?!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

4 Months Old....

Ok...well now he is almost 5 months old.  I guess it has been that kind of month!!

Current clothes sizes -

jammies 9  months

6 -9 month onesies and bottoms

Feeding -

5 to 6 oz every 2 to 4 hours

4 tbsp of cereal at dinner and 3 tbsp of cereal at breakfast
Fruits and veggies - apples, bananas, peaches, pears, carrots, green beans
Not a fan of sweet potatoes but I can't blame him for that!

Sleeping -

It seems like the mid-morning, early afternoon nap is the good nap.
Then there is usually a little cat nap later in the afternoon.

Still sleeping through the night most nights. 
We've had a few rough nights lately but we can blame a growth spurt and teeth for that!

Personality -

Very easy going.
  Really only cries when he is hungry or when he is tired of the exersaucer.
Smiles all the time.
Lover of his big sister! 

Development -

A bit of a delay in interest of tummy time.  It's getting better though.  
Realizing that sitting up is fun! 

6 teeth are working their way through
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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Halloween 2012

This year we decided to host a Pumpkin Carving Party at our house. 
Halloween is probably my least favorite holiday but when you have children, all that changes.
We didn't know when we planned it that we would also be preparing for a hurricane.  We decided to go on with the party because if the storm was going to be as bad as they said, there may not have been trick or treating on Wednesday. 
We started off the day Saturday by taking the children trick or treating up at the beach.  They could go to any store with a pumpkin on the window. Hanna B. Nanna really enjoyed this.
Later in the afternoon our friends came over to carve pumpkins.
The original plan was to do this outdoors but the wind had picked up and we didn't feel like listening to 3 and 4 year old girls whine that they were cold ;)
We set up in the basement and it actually worked out really well.

After the pumpkins were carved, we moved upstairs to destroy the play room and eat dinner.
I think everyone had a really great time! 
On Wednesday Hanna B. Nanna had her Halloween Parade at school. 
It was the first day the school was open that week and the ground was still soggy
but that didn't stop them.
It was also Baby Boy's First Halloween. And he is in teething he@#.
We came home after the parade to have some dinner before we took to the streets for candy.
In that short time...the dog had a seizure and our oven broke. Talk about an exciting week!

Whatever day you are celebrating Halloween this year, we hope you have a great time!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Anyone who watches the news or surfs the Internet knows that the East coast was hit with a storm earlier in the week.  We live in Southern Delaware and though we definitely dealt with the storm, we didn't suffer the consequences nearly as bad as our neighbors to the North in New Jersey and New York.  It is so sad to see the places I visited as a child {Jersey girl - born and raised!!} just completely destroyed.  My heart goes out to all of those that are dealing with the aftermath.
Stephen built this fancy thing to keep our basement door from flooding.
Good news is it worked.

We taped one window. 
This one above the front door would suck if it broke.

For a few hours the property value went up as we were waterfront property!

Baby Boy was even having cabin fever!
The dog out on her leash so she didn't blow away! 
The dunes did a good job :)
I have some friends in North Jersey that are without power and it seems like it will be at least a week before they get it back. And gas for their cars - it is taking anywhere from 5 to 7 hours to wait in line at the gas station. This is crazy!!
Please keep the residents of NJ and NY in your thoughts.  They have a long road ahead of them but they will get through it and come back strong!  Hopefully this potential storm they are forecasting for next week goes easy on us.