Thursday, November 17, 2011


As I was rocking my baby girl to sleep this morning, I was watching the Disney channel with Taylor. We were watching a clip that had a bunch of old Mickey Mouse characters, and I noticed some things that got me thinking...some of the characters were motherless. Take Goofy, for example. He has his son, Max, but there's never any mention of Max's mother...does he have one? I know Goofy has seemed to have an ongoing crush on Clarabelle the Cow, but I don't think she's Max's mom. And what about Hewey, Dewey, and Louie? They live with their Uncle Scrooge in DuckTales, but in the old clips, Donald is taking care of them. Are the orphans? Is Donald their dad? Then, THAT got me thinking to the Disney movies...there seems to be a large majority of them that have broken families or awkward family situations. In Snow White, it only talks about her stepmother, who's the evil queen. But what about her regular mother? And, to have a Stepmother, her father must've remarried...and that would've made him the King. Where was he when the Queen was trying to kill Snow White? Cinderella's parents die. Bambi's mom dies. Sleeping Beauty was estranged from her parents for 16 years (awkward). Wart from Sword in the Stone was an orphan. Mowgli from Jungle Book was an orphan. Ariel makes no mention of a mother. Belle doesn't have a mother. Simba's father died. Aladdin doesn't have parents. Do I really need to go on? Strange.
Also, have you noticed that a LARGE majority of Disney's villians are really skinny and angular? And that almost all of the antagonists die by falling far distances?

Sorry...this is all really random...but I guess you could blame it on watching kiddie shows all day combined with sleep deprivation :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Who'da Thunk?

When Taylor was born, she was 6lbs 8 oz...which is pretty small, right? Well, she's always been steadily small. Never really had a growth spurt. Always in the lower percentiles for growth. I mean, take a look at this picture of her at about 2 weeks:

Look at how BAGGY that Newborn sized onesie is on her! And, she didn't outgrow the newborn sized clothing for at LEAST 3 or 4 months. No joke. So, after that, who'd a thought that I'd have a 5 week old who EASILY fits into 3 month outfits?:

She's not really a chunker, but I can't believe how fast she's growing! I figured between me being smallish as a kid (although I was a FAT baby) and Jared's Puerto Rican and Jewish heritage (both stereotypically small), we'd always just have small kids....but maybe not?

In other news, here is a hilarious video of Taylor watching Handy Manny (please disregard the fact that she's busy chewing her toenails):

Ok. This was like the 6th time she'd seen that clip! Everytime the skeleton moved and/or fell over, she'd crack up and ask us to rewind it so she could watch it again. Hear how cute her laugh is? At that point, it was a little fake, but isn't it such a cute sound?

In other news, about a year and a half ago, I agreed to read this before reading ANY other book by the request of Jared:
Jared LOVES this trilogy and has read it an unbelievably obscene amount of times. I knew it was something that was important to him, and I love to read, so I said I'd do it....I FINALLY finished it after a YEAR AND A HALF! Don't get me wrong; the were REALLY good! WAY better than the movies, and I LOVE the movies. But, it was really difficult for me to get past all the description (brilliant, but frequent), and I couldn't get into it enough to keep from reading it more than sporadically. But, IT'S FINISHED!! Now I can read other books...I have such a long "to read" list. I'm excited. However, I do have to say that I definitely don't regret reading LOTR...I just regret how long it took me to finish it (which is totally my fault.). Anyway, if anyone has any "Must read" recommendations, throw them my way please! I've already complete the Hunger Games trilogy (it took me a year and a half to read LOTR, but only 3 days to finish this trilogy...yipes!), currently reading The Help, and am trying to get my hands on a copy of The Book Thief...but feel free to suggest anything beyond that!