Sunday, February 23, 2014

#BegginPetParade

WHOA NELLY.  What a weekend!  Seriously...it was one for the record books.  I know a lot of my posts (shoot, all of them!) since I've gotten back to this blog have been about Patrick...well, this post is all about my other baby, my furbaby, Scooter.

If you remember my first post back bloggin' about a month ago, I blogged about how Scooter got a job and is now a Beggin' partner.  Super awesome, right?!!  Well, it has been way awesomer and way cooler than we could have ever thought!  Not only is Scooter begin swaddled with tons of Beggin' swag, he also got to be a big part of the annual Beggin' Pet Parade in Soulard.

If you follow Scooter on Facebook or Instagram (or shoot, twitter too! He's a social media-fiend!), you've probably seen a few posts recently about him promoting the Beggin' Pet Parade--he was super excited about the upcoming festivities.  And Scooter is a big hashtag user (which, side note, I spent about 30 minutes Saturday evening explaining to Mike what a hashtag is for, and showing him how Instagram works...we'll see if he catches on), so he likes to hashtag most things he posts.  Lately, he's been all about the #BegginPetParade hashtag.



And I need to give a shout-out to Scooter's seamstress, Ann Pepin (my mom/Scootie's grandma).  How rockin' is his costume?!!  I mean, seriously.  BACON FABRIC.  Ah-mazing.  I found some online, ordered it, and my mom whipped up this number.  Super duper impressive.  I can't wait to see what she comes up with for Patrick's Halloween costume this year!


Well, the big Beggin' weekend has come and gone, and it was definitely a hit (for both Scoots and us!).  Mike was off Friday night for the Les Boondoggle event, and then took off on Sunday so he could accompany myself and VIP Scooter for the big parade.

Friday night was SO. MUCH. FUN.  Seriously.  We had an absolute blast partying with the Beggin' and Purina peeps at the Old Rock House downtown.  We got to meet Mandy, who's been our go-to gal with Kicking Cow Promotions, as well as a ton of other Beggin' peeps that we come across via social media.  Scooter loved being oogled-over by a lot of his social media friends and followers, and he really loved meeting a ton of new people as well!  One of his favorite (and shoot, mine too!) was meeting a fellow Beggin' partner, Norm.  Norm's dad Jeremy is one of the best photographers I have ever come across--he calls himself a "Normtographer" and has quite a following on Instagram--over 178,000 followers! DANGGGG!  It was awesome meeting Norm and Jeremy and getting to judge the costume contest with them.  We were actually the panel of celebrity judges!  Scooter, Norm, and Julie Tristan from KSDK (Scooter's favorite news station, who's given Scooter so much love the past couple years!!) were all the judges and they all did a fabulous job.



Dog in a bar. No big deal.


Scooter really loved being able to hang with his human friends at a bar, was so good (despite the loud band and drums) with all of the surroundings and other pups, and was a trooper staying up wayyyyy past his bedtime.  Friday night at the Boondoggle was just awesome.



Scooter's new buddy Norm.

Julie wanted a selfie with Scoots so she could send it to Scootie's KSDK BFF, Kay Quinn.


worn out pup.

Fast forward to Sunday--thankfully the Pet Parade was not right after the Boondoggle--I think Scoots would have been struggling if it was on Saturday instead of Sunday!  Sunday was the big event: the Beggin' Pet Parade.  To say we were excited was an understatement--I don't know if Mike or I was more excited for the day's festivities!

This is Scooter the morning of the parade.  He doesn't look like it, but he was super excited to have his costume on and head to Soulard for the parade! ;)





I should mention that Patrick got to spend a lot of quality time with his grandparents (on both sides!) this weekend--although we would have loved to bring him, a bar on Friday night and 25 degree windchills on Sunday were probably not appropriate places for an almost 10 month old baby to be.  So Scooter got to go back to being our only (fur)child for the weekend and have some quality time with his parents.

Before we went to the parade, we stopped by a friend of ours' house in Soulard to say hey and have Scooter run around and mingle with some of his dog friends.  Of course I used that as an opportunity to snap some pics of him looking dashing in his Beggin' costume.

We then headed down to the parade to meet up with all of the other dogs and Beggin' peeps.  Scooter got really excited to meet Norm again!  We actually got to spend most of the day walking with Norm and Jeremy in the parade and hanging out in the VIP tent!



 This is probably one of my favorite pics from the parade.

Scootie mid shake.  Kinda looks like he's gonna just flap those ears and take off! 

Scoots and Norm meet again!  #BegginPartners 


This was probably one of the coolest parts of the day: Scooter got to meet St. Louis' police chief Sam Dotson!  How cool is that?!!

All in all it was a great day.  Scooter got to meet so many new friends and followers, and had a blast "live-Instagramming" everything that he was doing throughout the parade.  This was definitely a jam-packed weekend for us and Scooter, but it was so worth it!  We loved meeting all of the Beggin' peeps and really hope we get to have many more weekends like this in the future!  Thanks Purina and Beggin' for everything...we love your food and treats (well, Scooter does!) and we love sharing that love with others!







Scooter in front of the #BegginPetParade social media board...notice a few pics of him?!!




Saturday, February 22, 2014

First Doctor's Visit

Friday, February 21st, 2014,  295 days after he was born, marks Patrick's first official visit to the doctor's office.  I am SHOCKED it took this long; besides our well-visit required baby check-ups, we have NEVER been to the doctor's office.  Yep.  Actually, until Friday too, we had never even called the doctor about anything!  Again, I am shocking myself writing this, cause I definitely thought we'd be calling her every other day.

Anyways, so you're wondering why we went to the doc.  Well, not too terribly exciting of a reason, other than Patrick had a nastttttyyyyy diaper rash.  Which, if you remember from my cloth diaper post from a few weeks ago, I said Patrick had never had a diaper rash.  Doofus Alex: I totally jinxed us!  Well, for the first 290 days of his life, Patrick NEVER had a diaper rash.  Then, on day 291, he got his first one, and oooooohhhh boy, it was a doosey.  Without going into too much detail, his little booty was raw--like looked like the skin had been burned off his tushy.  Poor fella.  We noticed this when he woke up on Monday.  So, naturally, we started packing on the A&D ointment or the max strength Butt Paste.  Well, by Thursday, his tush wasn't any worse, but it certainly wasn't any better.  Now, he totally was his normal self: eating the same, sleeping the same, not acting any different, except for diaper change time.  Then he squirmed and wiggled and whined and did not want his booty touched (don't blame him).  I told Mike Thursday, "Okay, if this isn't better after this weekend, let's call the doctor on Monday since it'll have been a week."  Well, Friday he went to my mom's and she sent me a picture at lunch and it definitely didn't look any better--potentially even worse.  She told me she would be happy to take him to the doctor for me, and said he really should get it looked at TODAY and not wait another 3 days.  Okay, okay, I caved.  So I called our doc, and the nurse told me we should bring him in because they wanted to rule out a butt skin infection or (eeeekkk!) rectal strep.  Uh, YIKES!


Luckily I was able to get off work a smidgen early and I was able to take him to his appointment.  Thankfully it turns out it was just a nasty diaper rash, that our doctor speculates was from acidic fruit (like the pineapple he LOOOOVES to eat in his Hawaiian delight baby food) that he ate, pooped, and then probably sat in all night Sunday into Monday.  Since it didn't spread at all and was only on his booty, she didn't think it was an allergy, and she ruled out rectal strep (thank GOD) and a skin infection right away.  Whew.  I felt way better.  She also told us her personal secret for getting rid of diaper rash: normal strength Desitin (blue and white tube).  Of course we didn't have that, nor had we ever used it, so I went to Walgreens on my way home and picked up a giant container of it.  She said to literally coat his butt with it (like "frosting" thickness!) after every diaper change, and she promised us it would clear up in a few days.  Well, just over 24 hours later, it has healed incredibly fast!  There is still a little diaper rash there, but nothing like it was just yesterday.  GENIUS our doctor is!  For all my mama friends out there: go get this stuff.  It will be our go-to for butt issues in the future!  It works super quick and is cloth diaper friendly too.



Okay, so now that you know why we had to take Patrick to the doc for the first time, here's some fun stuff about our visit: in 11 days Patrick has gained 1lb. 3oz. HOLY MOLY.  That's a huge growth spurt in less than 2 weeks!  Go buddy go!  He's now 24lbs. 2oz. DANGGGG.  This is the #1 reason why I am holding off buying any summer clothes/shoes: I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SIZE HE WILL BE!  My guess is 2T...however, it wouldn't surprise me if he was in 3T stuff.  I'll report more on that when summer comes to see if I was right.

A few of my old softball buddies and I have been having, what we so creatively coined, an #instacatchingchallenge on Instagram.  Basically, it's a video of us tossing a ball at our kids and having them (most of the time feebly) attempt to catch it.  Every single video of my friend's kiddos makes me laugh so hard!  Babies trying to catch things are hilarious.  So if you're on Instagram and want a giggle, check out our hashtag challenge.  Below is Patrick's challenge entry from Friday while we waited for the doctor to come in.  So darn cute.


And finally, I'll leave you with some cute pictures of Patrick, who is anxiously awaiting the Cardinals' opening day for the 2014 season!





And this pic is proof that my non-snuggly boy will indeed snuggle when he's too tired to keep his little eyes open.  LOVE.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Baby Buddies

Disclaimer: this is a wittle bit of a longer post.  Sorry.  Since I was MIA for so long, I missed some things I wished I'd have blog about...so I'm kinda lopping them all into this post.  There are pictures...many pictures.  So if nothing else, look at those.

I have come to realize one thing: baby friends are THE BEST.  They are so awesome in so many ways: first, since we only have Patrick, he has limited interactions with other little humans.  He has no cousins (yet...baby girl cousin Mooney is set to arrive at the end of March! **squeal!** I'm really excited about that), so the instant-family connection isn't there...yet (although very VERY soon it will be!).  And we do have quite a few friends with little ones, but we don't get to see them as often as we'd like, thanks to the craziness of work and general life busyness.  So, when we DO get to have some playtime or go somewhere where the babies are welcome, mama here gets way excited to give the little man some baby interaction time AND mama gets some adult time to talk with others about babies and all of the amazing chaos that brings.

We have been so fortunate to be able to meet up with a lot of our little human buddies from out of town since Patrick was born.  I am sooooo thankful for that.  Many of these girlfriends I have reconnected with since having Patrick--and it's been awesome.  I really think some dormant friendships have been rekindled and this makes me sooooo happy.  I don't see these friendships fading anytime soon, since we have so much to talk about with our kiddos being so close in age!  And it's great to be able to text any one of them with a story, question, TMI info (which once you have a kid nothing is TMI anymore), or just to chat.  'Tis awesome.  Tiff, Chels, Lauren: if you're reading this, I love you.  Don't go away pleasssssseeeeee!

We have also had some play dates with our in-town friends with kids too, which has been awesome, because since Patrick isn't in daycare with other little ones he doesn't get that daily socialization with babies that other kids in daycare do.  So, despite the craziness of life and busy schedules, we try and do as many baby playdates as we can.

This past weekend my friend Chelsea came in town for her mid-winter break to visit friends and family, and introduce them to her adorable little lady Lily.  Chelsea and I go way back: we actually played softball together when we were 9, went to high school together, and have since re-connected over babies and pumping and all that stuff that goes with that!  I'm so happy that we have--Chelsea is an awesome gal and I really wish she lived closer.  Until she decides to move back (I can hope, right?!), we will continue to chat via text, instagram, and Facebook--cause social media seems to be both of our passions :)  Anyways, so Chelsea came in town and we headed over to her parents' house to meet Lily and catch up!  It was great.  It was so nice to just be able to chit chat over mommy stuff for a while and watch Lily and Patrick (who are about 5 months apart) interact.  I LOVE watching Patrick interact with other kids--again, not enough little human time for him, so when he does get it, I'm like a seagull waiting for a fish with my mouth gapped open and eyes fixed on him.





Since I just started blogging back here again, I want to post some other baby buddy pics from the past 9 months.  Like I said before, we have been super fortunate to meet up with our out of town friends when they've come to STL and get Patrick some little human interaction time.  Our first meet-up was way back in June--my old college softball buddy Lauren and her hubby came in town for a wedding and brought their little ham, Camden!  Patrick and Camden got to meet for this first time and it was great--they both totally wore their Cardinals gear too.  So awesome.


We actually got to visit with Lauren and Cam AGAIN (cue heart happiness!) in December when they were in town for Christmas.  It was sooooo crazy to see how much the boys had grown in a few months.  Cam and Patrick really loved hanging with each other again, and so did their mamas.




Back in November, another college softball buddy Tiff came in town for a wedding with her fam, and (squeal!!!) Patrick and Huck got to meet for the first time.  Tiff and I are both cloth diaper users (although Tiff takes the gold for this: she washes them HERSELF (mom of the year goes to her, by the way)--while we use a service), so we are always talking about that and drooling over the newest and cutest diaper covers.  Anyways, Huck and Patrick got to go to lunch together and have some boy time on the couch.  It was amazing.  I really really hope we can head up to Michigan to visit them this summer!  Our boys would both be a year and I can just imagine how fun it would be with two little boys in gorgeous Michigan (and their newly renovated farm house!!).  I am really REALLY going to try and make this happen.


One of my dearest and oldest friends Regan has two kids, one who is just about 7 weeks older than Patrick!  Wesley and Patrick will actually be in the same grade and go to the same schools from elementary to high school.  This makes this mama soooo happy--cause Regan and I went to the same schools since we were 5!  Regan lives super close now that we moved, and we have really tried to get our kiddos together for some playdates.  Again, we haven't probably done as many of these as we could--but life again gets in the way.  Hoping this summer we can be walking buddies and playground buddies and our kids will be great buddies too.


Another good, long-time friend Courtney, who just had her second kid James (check out his newborn pics here from my photography blog), has a little girl who is 2 years older than Patrick.  Even though Patrick is kinda splat in the middle of Courtney's two kids, I hope and pray they grow up to be good friends just as Courtney, her siblings, and I are!  We all are different ages, but it didn't stop us from playing together since we were 6 years old.  Patrick has already decided that he's gonna show James the ropes of how to be a cool baby :)


Another softball buddy Jess had her little guy Wyatt about 8 weeks before we had Patrick.  Both of us didn't find out what we were having until they were born, and both of us have been blessed with giant little boys!  We both have bruisers for sons--they both like to wear clothes meant for kids twice (or three times!) their age...and it's great to have another person to vent about not being able to find cute baby clothes (or "My First _____" outfits) in 24 month sizes.


Another dear friend Robyn (who is the owner over at TinySuperheroes--which, if you haven't checked out, DO THIS NOW.  It will amaze you.) who lives wayyyyy too far away in Seattle is another mama friend that I couldn't live without.  Although we don't talk nearly as much as we'd both like, when we do it's like it hasn't been any time at all.  Robyn has a little guy Rory, who's about a year and a half older than Patrick (she also has baby boy #2 on the way coming in April!  Squeallll!  More babies!!! Yay!!!)  Rory actually got to meet Patrick when Patrick was just a teeny 10lb newborn!  I hope we can meet up again soooooooon and have our boys play with each other.  She's another one I wished lived closer...until then, we stay connected via social media and iMessage.
I have another friend Mary Pat--who actually use to babysit me! haha!--who has a little guy about a year and a half older than Patrick, named Mikey.  We have been trying to get our boys together now that Patrick is older and can actually "play."  She's got another little one coming in early July (which, side note, I can't wait to take newborn pics of!!!) so that'll be fun having another little guy or gal to add to our playdates.



Over Christmas break we got to meet up with some other high school buddies that I've reconnected with since we are mamas now.  Unfortunately (gasp! can you believe this??!!) I didn't snap any pics of our meet ups, but still wanted to give a shout out to Jess and little Wyatt and Ellen and little Will for meeting up with us and having some baby buddy time.  When you guys are in town next (or Ellen, when you MOVE back hopefully!!) we MUST get together again, okay?

Sorry for the super long post...I just love baby buddies.  As much as I wish that each and every one of my friends lived within a mile of me, I know that's not a reality.  So until that wish happens, I'll continue to savor each and every one of our baby buddy moments and playdates.
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