Molar Hell

A couple months ago, Monster had a terrible week where he wasn’t sleeping well, wasn’t eating much, and just wanted to be cuddled. I thought it was teething, but P was worried that he might be sick, so off to the pediatrician we went. Diagnosis: Monster was probably teething.

A couple weeks later, lo and behold, Monster had a two year molar! But only one was present. I really hate when that happens.

Guess what? I think Monster is getting another molar, because he’s been sleeping horribly again and wants lots of cuddles. Guess we’ll find out in a week or two.

For now though, this is what I’ve been doing a lot of this week.


Holding the little man while he sleeps. Aren’t sleeping toddlers the cutest!?!? Whenever Monster is being all snugly and sleeping, I often find myself thinking that we should have another little one. But then he wakes up and starts wreaking havoc and I think, “eh – never mind”. Hehe. Kids, man. They’re something else.


Do It Anyway

I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out which qualities I should emphasize the most while raising Monster (and any future children).

I most recently read this quote by Mother Teresa in Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly, but it’s currently making the rounds on Facebook, so I “rediscovered” it again. I think it perfectly and succinctly captures the qualities I hope Monster develops as he grows up – and it’s a good reminder to me as well to always try to do the best I can.


When I first read this quote late last year, I thought it would make a great print for our extra bedroom/study. You know – when I finally get around to organizing and decorating that room. 😉 While I’m not a big quote person, I do think it would be useful to have a visual reminder of it. So this time I printed out this quote and stuck it in my house design/DIY folders. Ideally, I’d like to transfer this quote to a canvas, but we’ll see if I ever get that far!

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

Monster is 2!

Thought I’d share a few pictures from Monster’s birthday…back in March.  Better late than never, right?

Monster turned two on St. Patrick’s Day, and to celebrate we had a little party for him. Since Monster loves anything to do with farms (and especially the tractors that are often found on them), I tried to make his party “farm themed” – which basically meant I made a carrot cake and decorated it accordingly, and we dressed Monster in a plaid shirt (because that’s what farmers wear, of course).

We kept it low-key, so we just had grandparents, aunts and uncles, and Monster’s future BFF. Monster had a blast – he can’t wait to do it again next year. 😉

Spoiled rotten

Spoiled rotten

Farmer's Cake

Farmer’s Cake

Best Buddies!

Best Buddies!

Opening gifts

Opening gifts

Good thing Daddy's good at assembling things!

Good thing Daddy’s good at assembling things!