Other People’s Kids

If you judge this post by the title, you might think I’m going to start complaining about how other people raise their kids.  Really, I don’t care about that at all.  This is about posting pictures of other people’s kids on social media.

We’ve all seen “friends” on facebook that are posting pictures of their nieces or nephews or those posting pics of their friend’s children.  I’m here to tell you, this drives me up the wall.  I cringe when I see people posting daily pictures of their week old nephew, most likely without asking the parent’s permission.

Here’s why it annoys me: Nobody should publicly post a child’s picture for literally the whole world to see without asking for the parent’s permission, if ever at all.  In my opinion, a parent is the only person who can protect their child’s “internet identity,” and the more random people posting pictures of your child, the harder this will be.

I understand we live in a very strange world, where we feel like we must share every moment with every person we know.  So seeing your best friend’s baby is exciting, and you want everyone to know how lucky you are to know such an awesome tiny human.  We parents are so glad you feel this way about our baby, but at the same time, our children deserve to build their own online identity when they are old enough.  It shouldn’t be done for them when they can’t even lift their heads yet.

I do post a picture of Hazel once or twice per month on my facebook page, to share with family and the small amount of friends I have on there.  I also have an instagram in which I post a picture or two per week, but you have to request to see them, or have the link to this blog to view them on here.  And, of course, I share them on here from time to time because WordPress doesn’t own my pictures like facebook does when I post them.  I am in charge of what pictures are posted, and I wouldn’t appreciate someone posting her pictures without my expressed permission.

So before you post a picture of someone else’s children on your facebook, think twice.  Ask them for permission, or send them the photo to decide if they’d like to post it themselves.  And thank you to everyone who does ask first.  It’s greatly appreciated.

It’s Allergy Season in TX

At least for me!  I usually don’t have issues until October, but really it just happens whenever the tree, weed, and mold pollen decides to be moderate or high.  In central Texas, we have pollen basically all year long.  Other than the over the top women/minority hating repubs, this is the thing I hate the most about living here.  Allergies just make you feel like garbage all day.  Or, usually, I feel okay mid morning and by the afternoon, my head is likely to explode.  I am so thankful for Zyrtec D, because I could not survive without it.  This time has been pretty manageable, but I’m sure that later in the fall it will be brutal.  Joy!

I can’t believe it’s almost fall.  I know it’s really cliche to say that, but honestly, my baby is almost six months old and soon it’s going to be Halloween.  And we all know what happens after that: a holiday every few weeks until the new year.  It will be a whirlwind season for us.  I have a halloween costume for Haze, and I also got her a “My First Turkey Day” bib.  I’m excited for all of her firsts, and I honestly can’t wait.  She’s getting so big.

She can’t wait for her grandpa to arrive on Thursday!  We’ve already cleaned the house for his arrival.  Mostly, David did this.  I asked him to vacuum downstairs, and when I came down with Hazel he’d done everything.  He’s such an awesome husband!

Still loves bathtime!  We will probably retire the laundry basket soon.

Still loves bathtime! We will probably retire the laundry basket soon.

Personal Blurb

It’s been a little while since I wrote a personal update, so here it goes.  Hazel is as adorable as ever, and is rolling all over the place.  Why crawl when you can roll across the floor in just a few seconds?  It’s time to baby proof.

We’ve had a little trouble with naps lately, but thankfully not today.  She’s basically been a perfect angel this afternoon, which is what I’m used to so I’m glad she’s back.  Hazel is also officially weaned from the pacifier.  I had a goal of having this done by six months, so we’re actually a little early.  I totally get why parents let their babies keep them for a long time: it’s such a comfort and sometimes the only thing that will calm your little one.  But I hate seeing them.  Nothing like a pacifier to ruin a beautiful picture.  Plus, when they drop on the floor in the grocery store, it’s super annoying to either go wash it in the restroom or have another one on hand that isn’t also dirty.  Anyway, Hazel is convinced she is a big kid so she don’t need no stinkin’ paci!

My dad is coming to visit on September 18.  We are all excited to see him, and I’m sure he is excited to see how much Haze has changed since June.  David and I are going to Austin on the 20th to see Conor Oberst play at Stubb’s.  I think we are going to stay the night, though we’ve completely neglected to reserve a room anywhere.  So I guess I need to do that this week.  My dad is staying until the 22nd and the next day we have Hazel’s six month well baby appointment, so I’ll update her stats after that.

The 27th we are going to Six Flags on USAA’s dime.  They pay for a particular part of the company to go every September, and being in IT, David falls into that sect.  We’re going to bring Hazel and only stay for a few hours and probably just play their over priced games for the ugliest stuffed animal you’ve ever seen.

I took a few pictures of Hazel today.  Here is my favorite one:

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The Visit Is Over

We all had a great Labor Day Weekend!  Friday night we decided to go out to eat at Perico’s with the fam.  We ate outside even though it was still 90 degrees, but at least our food didn’t get cold!  Our Dos Equis did get warm a little fast for my liking.  Hazel got pretty fussy toward the end because she was really hot even though we stripped her down and she was very tired because her naps that day were just completely messed up.

Saturday morning Pam and I got ready and took Hazel shopping.  At first she really was enjoying herself because we stopped at Carter’s for fifty percent off of everything.  Then we went to La Cantera which is an outdoor mall, and that was seriously brutal.  I was sweating like I am 600 lbs even though I was wearing a dress, and Hazel was starting to get pretty annoyed.  We had to cut things kind of shorter than we’d wanted so we could get her home for a bottle and nap.  Pam and Geo were nice enough to watch Hazel for us so we could go to dinner and then go downtown to the river with Elliott.  We had so much fun and Elliott and I sang karaoke, and I did a song with some random girl I’d never met and her fabulous friend who was our “back up dancer.”  He was awesome!  

The bad part about drinking and staying up late is that you still have to get up with the baby in the morning.  Thankfully David has Hazel duty on the weekends so I got to sleep a little bit more than him.  He and Geo stayed with Hazel so Pam and I could go out to finish our shopping expeditions.  She got $120 worth of Murad products for two cents at Ulta.  For real!  Neither one of us could believe it, honestly.  So thanks to that manager for making our day!  

Sadly, we decided not to go to the zoo, because by 8 am it’s about 85 degrees already, and with how fussy Hazel was all weekend from missing naps, we felt like she wouldn’t even enjoy it and she would want a nap by 11 AM if we got there at 9.  So hopefully we can go when they come in November when the temperatures will be much more tolerable.  

I just got back from taking them to the airport and getting some dog food and some more clothes from Carter’s with our $40 in rewards.

Here are a few pictures I took this weekend.

Our family

Our family

D & P & G

D & P & G

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Loving all her new toys

Loving all her new toys

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Relaxing

Relaxing

 

 

© Carli Garrison and cllgarrison, 2014

How About Haze?

We are well into solids!  So far she’s tried sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, apples, mangoes, cauliflower, and banana.  She wasn’t too fond of cauliflower or mango, but it’s possible the flavor was too strong.  She loves rice cereal over oatmeal.  The most fun part of starting solids – and I’m being sarcastic here – is the poop surprise!  You never know what you’re going to get.  The carrot poo stained her skin orange and left carrot flakes on the changing table.  Lovely, I tell you, just lovely.  Also, smelly.  Babies are great, y’all!  

But really, other than her stinky stanky poo, she’s been an angel.  She has started yelling and experimenting with sounds, which is usually when I call someone.  She is so into the world now, it’s funny how one morning they just wake up with a switch flipped and want to grab and see and touch everything.  Especially the things you don’t want them to grab and stick in their mouths, such as TV remotes or cell phones.

She is starting to show affection, too.  She’ll hug you close, and last night while she was sitting in my lap, I gave her a kiss and she put her face in my chest and put her arms around me.  She cuddled in for a minute and then pulled herself back up.  She also gave me a “kiss” on my mouth yesterday when I asked for one.  Granted, I had to ask like five times, but still.  She gave her Grandma Karen a kiss during Facetime when I asked her to, which meant making out with my phone screen.  No germs there, I’m sure.  You can see the joy on her face when you lie down next to her with your face really close, and she turns into you and will giggle.  She is becoming very sweet and even more lovable if that’s possible.

She’s stopped taking an evening nap, so we are down to just two naps per day.  More time to practice crawling and sitting up.  I ordered some new toys for her THANK YOU PRIME and those get here tomorrow.  I’m really excited to see how she plays with them.  

SO in my life, I ruined my iPhone 5.  I spilled water on it from my Gallo Dance Studio water bottle which leaks apparently?  Sad faces all around.  It works, the screen is just weird colors.  Thankfully my contract is up October 22nd, so I can get a new one then.  

I’ve walked with Alex in the morning the last two days.  Today we went at 6:30 before the sun was up at all.  I got a slightly murder-y vibe from the woods, but Alex was on high alert.  He heard every sound and was very ready to rip throats out with his dingo jaws if necessary.  Thankfully, it wasn’t.  He calmed considerably when we could see.  We passed another dog, and it wasn’t bad.  He kind of got in the dogs face though which was kind of rude on his part, but the other dog was really well behaved and I corrected his behavior and we kept on walkin’.  

P&G will be arriving tomorrow at noon, so I probably won’t write until they leave.  I know David is really excited, he likes to show off his super cool/cute/amazing baby.  I’m sure he also wants to show off his app he’s making with Elliott.  He can only show me so many times.  

I’ll leave you with a few pictures.

Pouting and drooling in her sleep.

Pouting and drooling in her sleep.

Chubby baby hand complete with knuckle dimples.

Chubby baby hand complete with knuckle dimples.

She loved carrots.

She loved carrots.

Play time.

Play time.

 

© Carli Garrison and cllgarrison, 2014