Archive | October, 2013

Difficult Day

4 Oct

So our day started off nice enough. As you can see, we are going through a “clothing optional” phase here at Chateau Shellock, and my sweet naked babies had a nice little morning snuggle.


Ruby’s mood quickly devolved and she spent the rest of the day making messes and testing me over and over and over again until she finally passed out just after 4.

Right now (it is 10:20) she is still freaking out about going to bed. I don’t know what to do with my little girl.

Any advice on how to deal with a particularly strong-willed two-year-old would be most appreciated.


3 Oct

Joey rolled over from his back to his tummy today–twice! The first time I missed it but a bunch of the ladies in my small group saw him. Then I put him on his back again and he did it for me. Last night he was really close and I recorded several failed attempts, but I didn’t think to get my phone out today. One day I will catch him on tape–I promise.

Instead of awesome rolling footage here is a pic of Joe in the BOB:


Naked Ruby decided that she wanted to sit in “my own red seat on the counter” this afternoon:


To Market to Market

2 Oct

The kids and I had a little adventure today. I needed pork cheeks and slab bacon for a chili so we headed down to Eastern Market. As we were entering the Pentagon City metro stop a news crew tried to interview me about the shutdown. Ruby was itching to get on the train so I refused and kept walking.

Once we got to Capitol Hill I decided to take Ruby to a park so that she could burn off some energy and I could nurse Joe. The play areas in Lincoln Park were padlocked due to the shutdown (there were signs) but the side gates had been left open so we were able to play. CNN had a camera crew there but they did not try to talk to me.




After the park we went to the market, where pork cheeks were nowhere to be found (I got pork shoulder instead). At the bakery I ran into Dennis Kucinich and had a lovely chat, during which he asked me if the kids are twins. Ruby fell asleep in the stroller, which was a nice change of pace. She stayed asleep through the metro ride home.

When we got home I started cooking and my friend Shawna came over. Later our friends Charlie and Margaret came to dinner. Sweet Joe kept me company while I cooked.




1 Oct

Poor Joe has the sniffles, which means that neither he not I slept very well last night. He is so very sweet and I hate to see him sick.

I bought three stroller “leashes” for $10 off of amazon the other day. Originally I just planned on using one for extra security for myself when going down steep hills, but Ruby loves to hold onto one when she wants to walk rather than ride in the stroller, which I love as it keeps her close to me. Today she held on while we walked to meet some friends at the park.