Monthly Archives: March 2019

My Lazy Mom Confessions

Here are My Lazy and Imperfect Self-Confessions:

(I think it’s safe to say that this is “Volume 1″…)

  • I still wear maternity pants…and maternity shirts.  My child is 21-months-old.
  • I still blame most of my shortcomings on being overwhelmed, tired, and exhausted from the demands of my newborn.  My “newborn” is now a toddler and is almost 2-years-old. (See You Know You Have a Newborn If… for more on my shortcomings due to my newborn).
  • I still wear “pregnancy shoes” (aka, the shoes that my co-worked/classmate pointed at when was 6-months pregnant and said, “Ha. Nice pregnancy shoes.”)  I wear them every day.  My child is a toddler now.  
  • I don’t remember the last time I wore jeans.  See my Love Letter to My Yoga Pants for more on that).
  • I am on and off of the “laundry” bandwagon.  I am quite possibly the most irresponsibly person, in the world, when it comes to laundry.  I hate this about myself.  But I hate laundry more.  I’ve been battling using our Pack N Play as my gigantic laundry hamper ever since we received it at our baby shower.  (See post “These Are My Pack N Play Confessions.”)
  • I bought a one-year gym membership. It just expired.  I didn’t go…not even once.
  • I often find weird stuff growing in my fridge.
  • “No one wants to clean the refrigerator  I find, because that’s when they find out how filthy that they really are…” – Ellen DeGeneres.

Share your “imperfect” self by confessing your imperfections in the comment box below.
(Throw me a bone here.) - I sure do feel a whole lot more attractive at Walmart than I do at the gym. - I would rather buy new tupperware, than bother to open this one to clean out whatever this used to be.


Sophie, the Giraffe Teether, Is Taking Over the World!

Sophie, the Giraffe Teether, is taking over the world.

It seems that everywhere I look these days, I see Sophie, the Squeaky Toy Giraffe.  If you look, you will too – this little giraffe is all over the baby-photos posted by your Facebook friends…and in the arms of passing babies and toddlers as you walk through Target and the grocery store.

There is such a likability factor to this squeaky giraffe toy.  Why?

Vulli Sophie,
 the Giraffe Teether

If I were to do this whole squeaky giraffe business on my own, but instead, make a squeaky cat, would it have the same effect?  Wait…not everyone likes cats.  What about if I made a squeaky elephant?

It seems like kids used to (“back in the day”) walk around with crusty blankets, but now, they walk around with ‘Raffy (aka, Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether).

What Mr.Sophie-the-Giraffe-Millionaire Man Must Be Thinking:

Doesn’t it kind of feel like some guy – the guy who invented this squeaky giraffe baby toy that resembles my dog’s chew toy (i.e., “
Mr.Sophie-the-Giraffe-Millionaire”) – is just sitting there, on his high-horse, thinking: 

——- “How the f*** did I pull this one off?  Did I have magic fairy dust sprinkled on me at some point?  Do people not get that this is just a squeaky giraffe?  They have baby dolls that literally wet themselves, you know?  I think they even make dolls that have hair that grows…there’s dolls that can do all sorts of tricks.  But all these moms and their babies choose my squeaky giraffe?”  ——–

My Deep Thoughts on Mr. Sophie-the-Giraffe-Millionaire Man:

  • Is the rich giraffe guy super smart, or is he just really lucky?
  • Does his license plate say, “Giraffe”?  If not, it really should.
  • Does he flaunt his success? Or not share it with anyone and just tell everyone that he invented glue?

Nevertheless, my toddler loves the Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether.  But why?  I still don’t understand.

Share Your Photos!
Share your picture of a baby in your life who loves Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether, or any other giraffe-related product, on the Mommy Mia Monologues Facebook Page, and your photo might be featured on the future, “Babies Love Raffy (Giraffes)” post. 



Cloud b Sound Machine Soother, Gentle Giraffe 
Cloud b Sound Machine Soother, Gentle Giraffe 

Bright Starts Start Your Senses Sensory Giraffe 
Bright Starts Start Your Senses Sensory Giraffe 

 WubbaNub Giraffe
 WubbaNub Giraffe

 Angel Dear Giraffe Blankie 
 Angel Dear Giraffe Blankie 

 Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil’ Rollin’ Giraffe 
 Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil’ Rollin’ Giraffe 

Skip Hop Zoo Giraffe Bib 
Skip Hop Zoo Giraffe Bib 

Baby Aspen Little Expeditions Plush Rattle Lovie with Crinkle Leaf – Jakka The Giraffe 
Baby Aspen Little Expeditions Plush Rattle Lovie with Crinkle Leaf – Jakka The Giraffe 

 Bestever Giraffe Baby Mat 
 Bestever Giraffe Baby Mat 

Aden by aden + anais – Giraffe – Muslin Security Blankets – Safari Friends 
Aden by aden + anais – Giraffe – Muslin Security Blankets – Safari Friends 

 Lamaze Play & Grow Stretch the Giraffe Take Along Toy
Lamaze Play & Grow Stretch the Giraffe Take Along Toy

 Vulli So` Pure Teether 
 Vulli So` Pure Teether 

Angel Dear Pair and a Spare 3 Piece Blanket Set, Giraffe 
Angel Dear Pair and a Spare 3 Piece Blanket Set, Giraffe 

Skip Hop Giraffe Zoo Packs Little Kid Backpacks 
Skip Hop Giraffe Zoo Packs Little Kid Backpacks 

 Fisher-Price Peek-a-Blocks Tumblin’ Sounds Giraffe
 Fisher-Price Peek-a-Blocks Tumblin’ Sounds Giraffe

6 Types of People Who Do Not Deserve to Hear Your Shame Story – Web Favorite

Are you opening up and sharing your “shame stories” with with the wrong types of people, or friends, in your life?

Think before you speak, and make sure that the next person you share your “shame story” with truly has your best interest at heart.  In the YouTube video below, Oprah Winfery interviews Dr. Brené Brown and discusses how there are six types of people with whom you shouldn’t share your “shame” story with (from “one-upper” friend to the women at the mall that you try to prove yourself to and more).  She talks about the dangers of sharing your most vulnerable self with the wrong people.  This is very interesting , and is great advice to keep in mind.  I’ll definitely be including this in the “part 2” of my post, Top 35 Life Lessons, Wisdom, and Advice for Daughters and for Yourself.  

I think this is good advice, and I highly recommend watching the video.

Here is the YouTube clip of Dr. Brené Brown and Oprah discussing the six types of people that you shouldn’t share your shame story with:

YouTube Link:  6 Types of People Who Do Not Deserve to Hear Your Shame Story

Dr. Brené Brown is the author of the following books:

  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead 
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”


Share your thoughts on sharing “shame stories” by commenting below.  
(I would love to hear your insight!)

How My Toddler Butchered the Word “Sock” – Embarrassing Mispronunciations

How My Toddler Butchered the Word “Sock”

A Whole New Meaning to “Dirty Socks”

Let me fill you in:  My daughter recently learned how to say the word “shoe.”  What seemed to logically follow this was to teach my daughter to say the word “sock”.  What we discovered is that my daughter cannot yet pronounce the “s” sound (“suh’), and my little toddler will pronounce all words that begin with the “s” or “suh” sound as if the words begins with the letter “C” or the letter “K” (a “c-uh” or “k-uh” sound).  Do you see where I’m going with this?

So where does that leave us with the word “sock”?   I’m not going to spell it out for you (I don’t want someone to skim over this post and get the wrong idea), but here is a clue:  Replace the S with a C.

Yes, my innocent baby girl is running around the house, daycare, and the grocery store gleaming with pride over her new vocabulary addition, saying the new dirty version of the word “sock” in her sweet little voice.

Pride, excitement and joy, and the warm-and-fuzziness flooded my mommy brain the moment my child said her first real word to me.  I opened up the car door to take my baby daughter out of her car seat and I’ll never forget the sound of her sweet little voice as she said, “Hi!” to me.  It was music to my ears.

Mispronounced Toddler Words

My toddler truly has no idea what she is actually saying – we do NOT encourage this.  Despite our urge to burst out laughing each time she says this word, we have the self-control to run into the other room before a smile even strikes our face.  (Have I started to question whether my sense of humor is somewhat weird and twisted if I think hearing a baby say this word is hilarious? Yes. I’ve accepted it.)  

What words has your toddler mispronounced and butchered?
How did you deal with it?

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Do It Yourself Nursery Decorating Art Idea

Mommy Mia’s DIY Nursery Art Decor Project 

Our Nursery Theme Pottery Barn Penelope 

DIY Baby Nursery Art 
Pottery Barn Penelope Theme
We wanted to decorate our nursery for our daughter, but we were on a budget.  Our theme was Penelope by Pottery Barn Kids.  I decided to take a stroll to Hobby Lobby and let my creative juices guide me as to how to make my own nursery decor for my daughter.  I wanted it to be cute, and also add a sentimental touch that would be meaningful to my daughter (hopefully) when she is older – assuming she will appreciate that I made it myself.  This is what I came up with. 

(Total Cost of DIY Art Nursery Project: about $20)

Nursery Art 1:


Nursery Art 2:


DIY Steps to Baby Nursery Art Decor:

Step 1:  Bought 2 of these frames from Hobby Lobby.  The frames had flowers pre-printed on it.

Bare frames from Hobby Lobby.

Step 2:  Found cute little cardboard animals/frogs cut-outs from Hobby Lobby that would match her nursery (her nursery theme is Penelope from Pottery Barn).

Little cardboard animals/frogs
from Hobby Lobby.

Step 3:  Put together random pieces of scrap paper on a piece of cardboard using a glue stick and added the cardboard cut-outs using a hot glue gun.

Cardboard frog and butterfly cut outs glued to scrap paper.
Cardboard dog and fence cutouts glued to scrap paper.

Step 4:  Added my signature so my daughter can one day see how much her mama loved her even before she was born.

Added Mommy’s signature
on picture number 1.
Added mommy’s signature
on picture number 2.


Final Result for DIY Penelope Picture
Frames for Baby Nursery

We hung the pictures right next to her changing table.

Share your ideas for DIY Nursery Projects here by commenting below! I’d love to see/hear your ideas!


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The (Real) Reason My Toddler Always Says “No”

In a previous post, My Toddler Says No To Everything, I talk about our toddler’s response to 99.9% of questions asked of her: “No.”  We’re not actually sure whether she has ever even said, “Yes,” to any question, ever.  

I couldn’t figure out how this silly trend started with my toddler.

Then, I stumbled upon a video of my toddler on my computer, from back when she was 7-months-old.  In the video, my daughter is shaking her head, “No,” to veggies.  Not only did I have no idea that this interesting “No” trend started all the way back when she was a 7-month-old baby, but the worst part is that if you watch the video, you can hear me in the background, and I AM LAUGHING AT HER!  I did this to myself!  It just hit me as to how many other times that I must have encouraged this behavior – several! 


6-Month-Old Tessa Saying, “No” – (Video)
This is where the saying “No” started….


18-Month-Old Tessa Saying, “No” – (Video)
Below are the two videos featured in the previous post; Tessa is 18-months-old here, and these videos show how much my toddler loves the answer, “No.”  I can only  blame myself.

(Part 2)