Friday Flotsam


Piles of corn - Friday Flotsam

Welllllll, you guys. It’s finally happened.

Aaron and I have been bracing for this dreaded, impending era for the last six or so months. We could see the signs that it was headed our way. We just didn’t know exactly when it would strike. But as of yesterday at 3:42pm, it is officially upon us.

The gremlins can get out of their cribs. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

This might not sound like that big of a deal. But you guys, it is OVER for us around here.

It used to be a cinch to put them to bed! Read a story, sing a song, plop ’em down, and, “Goodbye, George. See you next Thursday.” (<–name that movie) Bedtimes are a complete joke now. Nap times – a scoffing matter. I want to cry.

The main problem is Will. He’s such a thrill seeker, an acrobat, raging gymnast in his wee baby soul – he’s out of one crib and into Nat’s space in less than 20 seconds. Back and forth and back and forth and back forth. Nat can get out of the crib, but can’t get back in. (I think it has something to do with the gap in her teeth.) So every few minutes it’s like, “Will, get back in your own bed! Stop stepping on Natalie’s face! Natalie, stay in your bed! Don’t look at me with those huge eyes because you know I’ll give you my car and all of my chocolate!”

It was a dark, dark day. (<–you thought I was going to say dark chocolate, didn’t you?)

Is it time to separate them? I have no idea. Do we just let them just play after we put them to bed and hope they eventually get back in their own space? No clue. Do we loom like creepsters from the door crack and startle them into staying in place once we leave the room? You got me.

I need a taco.

Sweeping flower petals - Friday Flotsam

In more uplifting news: I have a new show!

Yes, it’s a detective show (don’t punch me), and yes it’s based in London (no paper cutting either) and yes it’s the BBC (can’t help myself!), but I T I S S O G O O D.

It’s called Luther. Have you seen it? Heard about it? It’s ridiculously intriguing. I won’t give anything away, but it’s the story about this tormented, crazy brilliant detective who’d been sick for some time, then got accepted back into the force and is working his face off maintaining security in his job. And the opening credit song is Massive Attack, so obviously it wins.

Oooooo also, also! Have you watched The Path yet? Hi, it’s the same people who did Parenthood and Friday Night Lights. I can barely hold myself together. I’m DYING to watch it, but I have to wait until Aaron’s either working, or in a coma. Is it good?! Or a total letdown?


Bread in London

I’m really getting into bucket hats lately. Probably because I like saying the words bucket and hat back to back. Do you know about bucket hats yet? Bucket hats are all the rage this spring and summer. But I didn’t know it until two weeks ago because I’m old and lame. I actually ordered a bucket hat for the summer, but it’s not here yet. It’s still “IN TRANSIT”.

Nothing is worse than something being “in transit”. Why can’t it just say “out for delivery” already. WHY. WHYYYYYY.

Anyway, it’s super cute, but I’m nervous to show you because I know how you people are. You’ll think it’s gross. But it’s woven hemp! Perfect for beach weather. Or standing-in-your-back-yard-weather. I’ll show you at some point. Once the kids are back in their cribs. So basically, never.

Stone wall - Friday Flotsam

I think you can tell a lot of about a person based on their LEAST favorite color. Not their favorite color, but the color they’d prefer to drop down a water well.

I’ll start: purple.

But only certain shades! I don’t mind purple in nature, like tiny delicate purple flowers. I can dig that. But just bright purple in general. No, no, no. If it’s a pale, faded purple, paired with other neutral tones, I can handle that a little bit. I’m also okay with a little bit of purple in FOOD. Like cabbage or onion. It works there. Obviously I’m very picky about purple, and think about this at an irrational level.

Okay you go! This will be fun!

. . . hello?

Gorgeous Flat in London

Weekend plans? Other than desperately wish this was your front door?

We’re having our besties over tonight for some patio dranks. Gonna try and catch up on some much-needed blog work. Aaaaaand will most definitely snap Will climbing out of his bed for THE ZILLIONTH TIME WHILE I SOB INTO A BUCKET.

But not a bucket hat. It’s still “in transit” you know.

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27 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Maureen April 15, 2016 at 7:42 am #
    I have no idea how I got so lucky, but when we moved my son to a big-boy-bed when he was 2, I think he still thought it was a crib and didn't escape for nearly a year!! When ever he wanted to get out, he still called for us (maybe that's why he still has issues at age 22....kidding)! And thank you for turning me on to yet another great band! I am loving Massive Attack, and fell in love with Lucius because of you! Keep the music recs coming!!! Have a great weekend! Cheers, Maureen
  2. Simone April 15, 2016 at 7:51 am #
    Purple is my favorite color!!! Not like punch you in the face purple - I prefer an eggplant (deep/rich) or lavender. I had no idea bucket hats are back in...I'm completely out of the loop!!!
  3. ginger m. April 15, 2016 at 7:59 am #
    When my now 19-year old was 1-ish, she was an escape artist and regularly climbed out of her crib. One night we found her in the tub, sleeping on the bath mat, covered in gloppy bar soap (total scare, hello, what if she'd turned on the water and I thought it was my husband in the shower!!!!!!). So after said total scare, my brilliant husband, in a display of excellent parenting, decided to 'modify' said crib by putting a wooden bar above the railing of the crib so that she couldn't climb out. Yeah right, she still climbed out, only this time she had a nasty scratch on her little leg from one of the bolts holding the bar in place which scratched her as she shimmied down. So, obviously, because we're idiots, we can't give you any advice.
  4. sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog April 15, 2016 at 8:27 am #
    how is it possible your little monsters are big enough to climb out of their crib ... what the heck, didn't you just have them?!
  5. Mary April 15, 2016 at 10:43 am #
    Ohhh good luck with the crib situation! Ours were about 2 1/2 when they figured it all out. When we transitioned them they refused to stay in their beds. They became raging maniacs (more so then they were before) and would take everything, EVERYTHING, off their book shelves and closet. I took to twin groups for advice, and came to the realization that I needed to remove everything EVERYTHING, from their room. Well, everything except their beds. And I put up a metal baby gate in their room so they couldn't escape. It was our only hope. And it worked! Good luck with yours. Do what you gotta to do!!
  6. Sophia April 15, 2016 at 10:48 am #
    I just love you and your blog. You make me LOL so much! BTW, I love (Idris Elba) aka Luther. Such a cutie.
  7. Sara April 15, 2016 at 10:56 am #
    IKEA extendable beds. Boom. My twins did the same, moved them to these at 2. Hasn't been too awful, honestly. Well, except for the first week or so. It sucked for a bit but got better. they are still in the same room ... Holding on to that as long as I can!
  8. Jennifer April 15, 2016 at 11:05 am #
    I don't know about separating them (I only had one kid at a time) but a baby gate at their bedroom door may work. My son started climbing out of his crib at 2 and after some trial and error the baby gate was the answer. Getting him to sleep in his big boy bed took a little more effort but a sleeping bag on the floor was our start. Good luck!
  9. McKenzi April 15, 2016 at 11:13 am #
    Drop the mattress to the crib floor. Seriously!!! Google it. Take the spring-y thing-y out and drop the mattress right to the floor. We just did that to our escape-y this week. Saves us a bit more time!
    • Anne April 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm #
      Be careful doing this - we had a friend try this and their kid tried to escape through the bottom of the crib and got stuck between the crib and the mattress. He was fine but they were scared to death! Might depend on the type of crib you have. Good luck! I think this day is right around the corner for my 2 year old.
  10. Nic G April 15, 2016 at 11:22 am #
    Ugh this is my nightmare. My twins are 2 and they are moving in this direction... horrified for the day it happens. Oh and my least favorite color is pink. Did I mention I have girl/girl twins?
  11. Pat Ladell April 15, 2016 at 11:23 am #
    We had one of those double cribs for our twin sons, then when they grew too big for it, we moved them straight to a bed. We had one of those bed rails that clip under the mattress so they couldn't roll off. They could get off the bed at will though and I was once rudely awakened at 2am with lights going on and tiny voices chirping: "Let's play cars!" Luckily we didn't have stairs and thank heavens they are now all grown up and driving cars!
  12. Jennifer C. April 15, 2016 at 11:28 am #
    Luther rules!
  13. Adie April 15, 2016 at 11:33 am #
    It is a terrifying thing when the little ones climb out if the crib. We dealt with this about a month ago, and we did the creeper at the door thing. It took about a week but our 2 year old is sleeping peacefully in her toddler bed. It was tiring, but worth it. We watched her on the monitor and if she got out of bed we would quietly walk in and put her back in bed. She screamed and cried but we wore her out and she would go to sleep. I think she finally got it that she was supposed to stay in bed and sleep. Even now when she wakes up she stays in bed and calls for us to come get her! I can't say this would work for everyone, but it worked for us and worth a try. Good luck and keep some alcohol and chocolate close by ;)
  14. Lizzy April 15, 2016 at 11:42 am #
    My twins are 18 months, and I'm DREADING this day. You will have to keep us posted on what you do!
  15. Sarah Werner April 15, 2016 at 11:55 am #
    Father Of The Bride 2! Those are my favorite movies of all time, I actually read that line in this post in the voice of Franck. So good! ;) I also am not the biggest fan of many shades of purple, I feel you on that. Kids escaping from their cribs, definitely a game changer, little stinkers. Just be persistent with putting them back in their beds and maybe have plenty of wine on hand for your own sanity? ;) There's always those mesh crib tents that you attach to the top of the crib, it's like a dome shape and has a zipper on the side that you use to put them in bed/get them out of bed. Never had one, but I saw it on a reality tv show where the couple had 5 babies(!!!) and they were all escaping from their cribs all night, so they tried those. Anyways, have a great weekend and thanks for another fun Flotsam post. :)
  16. Amber | Loves Food, Loves to Eat April 15, 2016 at 12:18 pm #
  17. Elizabeth P April 15, 2016 at 12:26 pm #
    Totally thought you were going to say dark chocolate there. Also, my least favorite color is probably orange. I can handle it when it's my neon gym shows but for the most part I find it really offensive. Purple is a close second for me as well. Deep purple colors are great and those occurring in nature but it's hit or miss for me. Who knew I had such an opinion on colors?
  18. Beth Keehne April 15, 2016 at 12:39 pm #
    Luther is SO GOOD - yes, I'm screaming! It just gets better with each episode & season, I was devastated when I watched the last of it on Netflix....dying to hear/know when they are going to be adding more
  19. Brianna April 15, 2016 at 1:07 pm #
    I'm going through the same thing with my you gest who we switched to a toddler bed last week. My kid hasn't napped in a week, bedtime is a complete joke, and his new wake up time is 530. Whhhyyy?
  20. JC April 15, 2016 at 2:58 pm #
    Amazon has a lot of bucket hats. I wear one walking the dog-protects from sun and won't blow off like a ball cap. Glad they are in :). Purple is my favorite color. My two sons (14 mos. apart) figured out how to rock their cribs so they could meet each other in the middle of the room. One would peel the stripable wallpaper off the wall. Every morning. Good times.
  21. Kelly April 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm #
    So I have a twin brother and once upon a time, we regularly escaped from our cribs and it really was just to be together! I don't think it's a bad thing. You have a built-in best friend so doing things alone just seems way less fun. I promise one day they will prefer to be in their own spaces ;-) Also YASSS Luther! So great. My boyfriend and I killed the whole series in a couple of weeks.
  22. Heather Buzby April 15, 2016 at 8:21 pm #
    I bet Aaron could built up the crib walls to keep those monkeys in! PS. My least favorite color of orange, especially florencent contruction sign orange. PPS. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back on!
  23. shannon karas April 15, 2016 at 9:52 pm #
    Bev, I feel your pain! my boy twin started climbing out the crib about a month ago (at 19m!) and it has wreaked havoc on our routine since. We took the sides off both cribs as my girl twin would freak out wildly when her bro escaped the crib. he has done ok with the transition, she not so much (endless scream crying at the gate we put up in their doorway) Finally put her crib side back up and shes been a bit better. Nap times have been almost non existant while they scream, cry, laugh and destroy their room like rockstars. Bedtime has finally gotten back to normal'ish after almost a month. All that said, i think our crib climb out coincided with a sleep regression and a mean bout of seperation anxiety for baby girl, and teething for both babies. It has been a real party;). I hope your transition goes better than ours. I'll be rooting for you.
  24. Lindsay April 16, 2016 at 4:34 am #
    I can't help you with your crib sich cause I ain't got no babiezzz yet (and beeteedubs, the gremlins make my ovaries punch themselves in the face on the reg because they are so adorbs) but I definitely recommend The Path! My boo and I started it last week and we are hooked. Aaron Paul is intense and fantastic and just the shizz as always (please say you watched Breaking Bad??), Hugh Dancy is dreamy and creepy (dreepy?) and Michelle Monaghan kinda looks like Liv Tyler, and I love Liv Tyler. It's got some shades of Scientology and I'm super fascinated by that cult, ahem, religion. Ch-ch-check it out yo!
  25. Amanda Mohr April 18, 2016 at 10:30 am #
    All I can say to your Father of the Bride 2 quote is...."Do I know you?!"
  26. Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb April 18, 2016 at 12:32 pm #
    i think you are the only person that will pull off a bucket hat and actually look adorable. stripe shirts will also help.

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