He’s All Grown Up


This very well could be one of those situations in which only I (The Mother) find a photo to be beyond precious, but WILL YOU LOOK AT MY BABY BOY’S FIRST SCHOOL PHOTO? What’s next? Drivers licenses and bershon? Pass the tissues, please.

(He inherited the flip-under-on-one-side/flip-out-on-the-other hair gene from his mother.)

Speaking of tissues, this pregnancy is sponsored by The House of Hormones. We popped into Disneyland Monday night for a quick dinner and fireworks display (god bless the annual pass), and my heart about bloody well burst from all the holiday sentiment. Shall we count the times I got teary-eyed?

1. Waiting in the Small World line. Check out my TwitPic. Isn’t it beautiful?

2. Watching Wito’s face during the Small World ride.

3. When Wito put his arms around D and I and declared, “we’re a family!” (Oh, COME ON. Your heart is made of stone if that one doesn’t tug a bit.)

4. During the fireworks and slightly cheesy Believe in Holiday Magic song. Okay, I might have experienced tears AND a lip quiver or two. WHAT? HORMONES. See for yourself.

5. When the snow started to fall after the fireworks. (Seriously. Real snow! Well, from snow-making machines, but whatever.)

6. While eating a Mickey Mouse-shaped cookie. (I’m not sure I fully grasp that one either.)

  • Kakaty

    December 2, 2009 at 8:05 am

    I hear you on the hormones (I’m 21 weeks along). I find myself crying everytime I hear my favoriate xmas song – the Boston Pops playing Sleigh Ride. There are NO VOCALS!! It’s a peppy number! And yet I’m a mess by the time they get to the syncopated/jazzy section of the song.

  • Tina

    December 2, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I have to respond because my tot is in a Pre-K too (but he is only 2 and 1/2). Anyway, they had school pics and I as all…GAH! LOOK AT HIM! He just looked so grown up. (well, to be fair, he’s the size of most 4 year olds…but still!) It really is a shocker to see those pics.
    I was pregnant during the holidays with totbuckets and I was a hormonal mess! Do you like the movie “Love Actually”? Oh my….I was balling with my big old pregnant self while I watched it!
    I love to read your blog…I still have not figured out if it is weird for people who don’t know you to comment on your blog. Like does that make me some kind of blog stalker or something? LOL!
    Congrats on the pregnancy…I am tired of people asking me when we will have another!
    .-= Tina´s last blog ..Road trip has a totally different meaning now =-.

  • Kristabella

    December 2, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Holy cow! I can’t believe how grown up Wito is! What a HANDSOME picture!
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner =-.

  • C @ Kid Things

    December 2, 2009 at 8:31 am

    My hair does the flip-under/flip-out too, but it looks much cuter on him.
    .-= C @ Kid Things´s last blog ..From the Planet of the North Pole =-.

  • Kyla Roma

    December 2, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Oh what a sweetie!

    My sister in law is in the Disneyworld choir that does shows over the holidays, I’ve never been to either of the Disney’s at Christmas but it looks amazing- I’m glad you had fun, even if it was tearful =)

  • Heather B.

    December 2, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Having heard your child say “we’re a family!” before, yes, it will melt even the iciest of hearts (mine). That photo is so precious.
    .-= Heather B.´s last blog ..Ten Thousand Waves and Zen =-.

  • Angella

    December 2, 2009 at 9:00 am


    I love that kid. (And you, of course.)
    .-= Angella´s last blog ..Nicknames =-.

  • sizzle

    December 2, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I have that same flip thing on one side when I actually have hair. He’s growing up so fast! He just gets more adorable.
    .-= sizzle´s last blog ..Dance In My Step =-.

  • Kayla

    December 2, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I’m almost 20 weeks and went to see the lights they put up at the zoo this week. When a bunch of trees starting flashing in time to Trans Siberian Orchestra’s Wizards in Winter I totally burst into tears.

    Also, a few weeks ago while listening to Taylor Swift’s Love Story.

    It’s really fun explaining to people why you’re crying in the middle of the grocery store at 10 in the morning.
    .-= Kayla´s last blog ..NaNoWriMo Fail/Win =-.

  • Steph

    December 2, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Lat January we took my then almost 5-year-old to Disneyland for her first time as a surprise and I started crying when we pulled into the parking lot! I guess I was pregnant too, but I think I would have teared up even if I wasn’t!

    She didn’t even really like it, by the way. (What kid doesn’t like Disneyland??!!)

  • Lisa

    December 2, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I am not even pregnant (as you know), but this still made me want to cry! Maybe it’s because I love you guys so much ;-)

  • Nothing But Bonfires

    December 2, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Oh man, I teared up just reading the reasons YOU teared up, and I’m not even pregnant. Uh, I hope. Knock on some wood.

  • Amy --- Just A Titch

    December 2, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Awww, he’s so grown up and adorable! And the “We’re a family!” is the cutest thing ever.

  • Kali

    December 2, 2009 at 10:56 am

    He is so cute! I love the things he says. “We’re a family.” He’s like your own Tiny Tim.
    .-= Kali´s last blog ..Going a little deeper. =-.

  • Cheryl

    December 2, 2009 at 11:12 am

    ‘We’re a family” made my bottom lip poke out and a little, “aww,” escape. And I’ve never met this kid.

    That is too sweet and adorable for words.

  • Miguelina

    December 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I’m seven weeks postpartum and your post pretty much had me bawling. I also cried reading CNN and trying to send an email out. We must be sisters in Hormones.

  • Trenches of Mommyhood

    December 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Those eyes are going to slay the girls someday!
    Congrats on your pregnancy!
    .-= Trenches of Mommyhood´s last blog ..The Trenches 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – DAY 2! =-.

  • Vanessa

    December 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    1. He’s precious – and the “we’re a family comment – awwww.

    2. Congrats on #2 baby on the way!

    3. I must admit I’m a tad bit jealous you get to go to Disney whenever – too fun!

    4. Hormones – my hubby tells me about his day at work and I tear up! He, of course, just looks at me like I’m crazy.
    .-= Vanessa´s last blog ..If you think it … =-.

  • Manda

    December 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    We had annual passes when I was pregnant with my daughter and we would stroll around Disneyland getting weepy all the time! I love Disneyland! And the “we’re a family” exclamation?! SO DEAR!!
    .-= Manda´s last blog ..For which I am truly grateful =-.

  • BeachMama

    December 2, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    when we made it Disneyland in September, I got very choked up and it was only decorated for Halloween. For me it was the fact that I grew up with Disney and had never been and here I was almost 39 taking my 6 and 2 year old. What an emotional day for me.
    .-= BeachMama´s last blog ..Day 1: 25 Days of Christmas =-.

  • BeachMama

    December 2, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Oh and congrats on your pregnancy, great news!
    .-= BeachMama´s last blog ..Day 1: 25 Days of Christmas =-.

  • Lynn

    December 2, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    So cute! I’m pretty sappy even without pregnancy hormones.

    I also have the same flip in/out thing going.

  • HollyLynne

    December 2, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Right there with you. This morning I was sobbing on my way to work and had to wipe my eyes with a PANTILINER (new, unused, of course) because I had no tissues in my purse. Pregnancy can be a little undignified.
    .-= HollyLynne´s last blog ..Like I won the freaking lottery =-.

  • Mama Bub

    December 2, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    First, Congratulations!

    Second, YES to the Small World tears. Add that to the wonderment of discovering the lights had turned on while we were on the ride and I very nearly came undone myself.

    All hail the annual pass.
    .-= Mama Bub´s last blog ..Droopy =-.

  • Kim Yamaguchi

    December 2, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    He’s truly gorgeous!! (love the shirt too)
    .-= Kim Yamaguchi´s last blog ..good idea! =-.

  • Meemo

    December 2, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    What a beautiful boy you have. One of my son’s school pictures included facial hair and zits. Talk about tissue time. Where has the time gone?

    Parades always make me teary eyed. Pregnant or not. It’s so embarassing when you don’t have the excuse of pregnancy hormones.

  • Rage Against the Minivan

    December 3, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Seriously – what is it about those school photos? I have two in preschool this year and their pictures just about put me over the edge, and I’m not even pregnant. Although, I’m postpartum, so . . . yeah. Hormones.

    Oh, and Disney, too! We went a few weeks ago and I welled up during that lame HSM show at California Adventure, just because it made my kids so excited.

  • Moriah

    December 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Adorable picture–and congratulations on the forthcoming little one!

    But wait — I’ve been told that the hair one-side-out-one-side under is because of the way it’s cut, the direction/angle of the scissors. The same thing (right side out, left side under) happens to me with right-handed stylists. Coincidence? I think Hair Thursday may need to investigate.

  • joslyn

    December 7, 2009 at 11:20 am

    seems you and sweet wito have my same hair issue…curse that left side flip ;-)

    i was a total BABY during both pregnancies ;-)
    .-= joslyn´s last blog ..Scenes from The Week-End — Birthday Edition =-.

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey

    December 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    You ain’t kidding!!! He’s like ready for a beer bong!

    And I have the flip under flip out thing too.