Sunday, February 20, 2011

I Hate Vegas

I forgot how much I hate Las Vegas. For one thing, it looks like 29 Palms, which looks like Mars. For another, it's really smokey and really loud. And really expensive.

Don't get me wrong. I love the photography conference that my awesome boss is sending me to. And I love the fact that I got 3 hours of uninterrupted time on the flight to read a fun book. But I miss my husband and my son.

On top of that, you wouldn't believe how many people drag their kids here. And I mean little ones like babies and toddlers. They drag these kids everywhere in the casinos at all hours of the night. The poor things go around yawning or looking like zombies because they are so stinking tired. On the way back up to my room, I had to do a double take... Some young mother who is still determined to have a "good time" in Vegas had her son strapped on her back while waiting to get a table at a restaurant. The baby was about 7 months old and completely exhausted. His head was hanging over the side like his neck was broken. He had this blank stare. I wanted to yank him away from that idiot girl.

I try to avoid judgmental things on this blog, but I have to say that you shouldn't drag your baby to Vegas and keep them up all night. The smoke alone is terrible for their developing lungs. Plus, babies need to sleep! I know we aren't supposed to judge other moms, but that really borders on child abuse. I promise my next post will be more upbeat, but I just had to get that off my chest.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New Job

 I haven't blogged in forever, but I wanted to catch up. I started a new job a few weeks ago. I am the new Staff Portrait Photographer for Carlino's Photography. I love it! My new boss is amazing, and she is so patient to teach me so much. She is even sending me to Vegas for a photography conference in a couple of weeks. I am so excited to learn as much as I can from Alison. We did a practive shoot with Andy last week, so I wanted to share a couple of the photos.

First Words

I really have no idea what Andy's first words were. He says "Aziza" a lot, which is actually the name of my Tunisian friend. I believe it means "beautiful flower" or something like that. He's going to be a poet!

Andy's first sentence was in response to Andrew walking around the corner down the hallway in our house. Andy said, "Dee dee go?" with his little arms raised up in question. Translation: Where did he go? It was so cute.

Andy talking makes me realize all the things I say a lot and don't realize it. Andy says, "Yeah" so flippantly, but I realize that he says it just like I do. Andy also does EVERYTHING with gusto. He rarely just places his sippy cup down when he's finished. He has to THROW it. He can't just shut a door. He has to SLAM it. The louder noise he makes, the happier he is.

He has started saying "no" to everything. This morning, it was:

Mommy: Andy, do you want more apples?

Andy: No! (As he reaches for another one.)

Mommy: Andy, are you all done?

Andy: No! (As he is pushing his tray away from him.)

Mommy: Andy, do you want ice cream and brownies for lunch?

Andy: No! (Well, ok, then. You can't say I didn't offer.)

We did have our first real conversation today. Andy loves to read books. He probably reads at least 20 books a day. Now, sometimes, it's the same book 15 of those 20 times, but still, it makes me happy. It's also the only time he's not in constant motion during waking hours. So, I was walking down the hallway to his room. He runs up to me and plops down with a farm animal book. He starts flipping through the pages:

Mommy: Andy, what's that?

Andy: Cow!

Mommy: That's right! Good job, Andy! What does a cow say?

Andy: Mmmmmm (His version of moo)

Mommy: That's right! Yeah for Andy! What does the horse say?

Andy: Mmmmmm (Well, at least he got the first two answers right. Maybe Mr. Ed said Mmmm.)

Last bragging of the day, but Andy also said "banana" this morning. Well, at least he said bana, but I knew for sure what he was talking about. I thought the toddler age was going to be really tough, but actually, it's been my favorite so far because he can actually interact with us.