How YOU Doing?!

how-you-doingAwhile back I did this thing where I asked everyone to leave a comment and tell me as much or as little as you’d like.

I LOVED reading everything you had to say so now I’m doing it again.

Let me know who you are and how long you’ve been reading my blog, even it’s the first time.

If you’re not sure what you want to write then just let me know what really made you smile or laugh this week!

I’ll start…

I’m Elle, it’s nice to meet you! I live in Northern California (and we’re moving to coastal Maine in July), and something that really made me smile this week was when the hummingbird busted out singing Rumor Has It at the grocery store.

Also, I laugh at really inappropriate moments so when my husband tripped and almost fell on his ass a few days ago, I couldn’t stop laughing.

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22 Responses to How YOU Doing?!

  1. Johanna April 4, 2013 at 23:45 #

    Hi Elle, I really enjoy your blog. I follow The Bloggess and she had you blog featured on the front page, so I started following you from there. Not sure, maybe about 6-7 weeks ago? (Really not sure, time seems a bit relative in our household…) Anyway, I was really struck by the first post I read because that week it was about your daughter in hospital and then about your panic attacks (so sorry, I can’t remember the exact medical term for it?). I’d gone through some (not nearly anywhere as serious as your) stuff the previous weeks with my son and then my own head had gone a bit doo-lally and it was nice to just read about someone’s experience, without an annoying “How to” article attached or some patronising advice – it was just you and your life, as it was. Thanks for sharing, it made a huge impact. I’m sure that’s true for other readers too. Oh, and I find your swearing really funny. I would never dare to swear on my own blog, I’m too prudish, but I SO enjoy it when other people do! That’s about it. I’m incapable of writing short comments, which is why I hardly ever comment. Hope you waded through this and thanks again for a great blog.

    • Elle April 7, 2013 at 10:30 #

      Hi Johanna,

      Thank you so much for that because I almost didn’t publish those posts (postpartum PTSD).

      They almost got trashed since I didn’t want to sound too “whoa is me” so I’m glad they helped. ๐Ÿ™‚

      When I first started my blog, I didn’t really curse but then I figured if people don’t like it, oh well. LOL!

  2. Erin Ahrens April 5, 2013 at 04:44 #

    I have probably been getting your blog in my in box for about six months. I only subscribe to two, and yours is one of them! I check in with a few others, but not good enough to commit to sending it to my inbox. (Deleting junk mail each day is one of my pet peeves, so I generally try to limit what goes there.) I have two blogs, and have mentioned your blog in both of them at different times since I really love it that much. (Not when your daughter is sick- sick kids make me sad, and it’s even harder for the parents. I know, first hand.)

    My seen year old has autism. He is a quirky little dude. (He doesn’t like the word dude. I don’t blame him. My mom used to use the word “doodie” for poop, and to this day, I still think the word “dude” is to closely linked to a slang form of shit.) Anywho…. As he came in to have me do his hair this morning, I was just finishing drying off and started to put my bra on. (Yes, we are an incredibly comfortable with nudity type of family.) He says, “I can help.” To which I quickly nixed that idea, and then he says, “What are those?” He was referring to my breast. I told him. Then he said, “Why don’t I have them?” I explained that too. *Backing up a tad, I must say, this is the child that prefers his sister’s dress up to his own boy stuff. He loves her dolls, he does not do any sport with a ball, and prefers to play the part of the princess to the prince. So, while I have had my concerns about his sexual identity, this next part made me smile. After explaining that only girls have breast, he excitedly jumped to the conclusion that his only friend at school, a little girl named Abigail, would have them when they got married.
    This is MY mommyhood.

    I would love to have you do some sort of a writing prompt blog. Where the readers send in suggestions and you pick one to blog on. I have been stumped lately, and was wondering if that sort of thing works well. So, having a more experienced blogger do it first sounds more appealing to me ;o)

    As for your in-laws…. I have it, but better. I stopped talking to them three years ago. It has been wonderful for me. They live less than 15 minutes away from us, and my F.I.L. is a high ranking government official in our city. My M.I.L. is a spoiled, controlling, miserable woman. I can say with all honesty, I don’t let people treat me badly. I have given up family members, just to gain happiness. And if my husband wasn’t so supportive, the marriage wouldn’t have lasted this long. He respects me and my needs, and I allow him to take the migits there for visits, whenever they want to. Just sayin’….. Don’t let her get away with it. I wouldn’t say I am confrontational, however, I address issues immediately, if not sooner.


    • Elle April 7, 2013 at 10:38 #

      Hi Erin!

      It’s nice to “meet” you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ve done a post where I’ve had people send it writing prompts for me when I’ve been stuck writing.

      I can do that for you if you like. ๐Ÿ™‚ And whoever else wants to join in, me included.

      My MIL comes to visit in 5 days. Thankfully my xanax prescription is being filled a few days before that. Unfortunately though, even my xanax can’t deal with my mother-in-law. That’s saying A LOT! lol!

      I think now is the time to finally stand up to here after all these years.

      My hubby things I’m going to tell her to eff off or something but all I really plan on doing is if she starts acting witchy, I’m telling her she’s in my home and if she doesn’t like it, she can leave.

      Oh Yeah! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Courtney April 5, 2013 at 06:24 #

    Uh, I’m Courtney.
    I have no idea how long I’ve been reading your blog. (sorry!)
    I don’t have any kids, but I think you’re funny as hell.
    Also, I love your taste in music.

    • Elle April 7, 2013 at 10:38 #

      Hi Courtney!

      Thank you so much!! xx

  4. thedavidcmurphy April 5, 2013 at 09:39 #

    Been reading your blog about two or three months (around the same time I started my own blog). Your writing about house-sharing with a toddler and the many, many challenges that accompany such a situation.
    Love your blog because of its honesty. You aren’t afraid to call it like it is. And it’s hilarious, both because your writing is hilarious, but also because kids are hilarious.

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    • Elle April 7, 2013 at 10:41 #

      Thanks, David!

      You happen to be one of my new fave bloggers. Definitely my favorite “dad blogger”. Hopefully that term doesn’t make you cringe because I mean that as a compliment.

      You’re funny as hell! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • thedavidcmurphy April 7, 2013 at 22:17 #

        Aw thank you! That’s awesome.

        Yeah, I started blogging as a way to write, but I literally have ZERO time away from diapers and wailing, so anything I write always boils down to my family.
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  5. Angie April 5, 2013 at 11:15 #

    I’m Angie. I don’t remember when I started reading your blog…it has been quite a few months though.

    The thing that has made me laugh this week is my daughter’s back seat driving. She is only 2, but she thinks she knows the rules of the road. She tells me which direction to go, when we come to a stop sign, and when we are at a stoplight. It amuses me because she seems so grown up when she does it and I flash forward 13 years to when I am teaching her how to drive.
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    • Stephanie April 6, 2013 at 08:38 #

      When my son was right around 2 he learned about red lights and green lights, and would yell “Stop!” at the top of his lungs, no matter how far down the road the red light was. We got used to it, but forgot to warn my mom until, thinking there was some emergency, she nearly slammed on her brakes in the middle of the road.

    • Elle April 7, 2013 at 10:44 #

      Hi Angie!

      My little hummingbird is still a backstreet driver. LOL! It’s so funny how they seem so sure of where your going. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Stephanie April 6, 2013 at 08:35 #

    Not sure how long I’ve been reading your blog. For some perspective, I just gave a bunch of dried beans to my daughter’s preschool director for her to use with crafts because, as I told her, “I don’t know what presidential administration I bought them under”.

    This week I decided I didn’t have enough to do with two young kids, two part time jobs, and an older dog, so we got a puppy from the local animal shelter. But now I get a lot more exercise outside and my house is getting progressively cleaner as I pick up every tiny plastic toy the puppy finds on the floor.

    Oh, and I turned 40 on Wednesday, which I think is awesome. My 4-year old daughter told EVERYONE at the grocery that it was my birthday, so I got a lot of birthday wishes from total strangers.

    • Elle April 7, 2013 at 10:46 #

      Hi Stepanie!

      Haha! Happy Birthday!!

      Ooooh, a puppy! The hummingbird and I are trying to work on my husband and use guilt so he caves and lets us get a puppy. Bahahaha!


  7. LeeAnne Curtis April 6, 2013 at 10:55 #

    I’m LeeAnne and I have been reading your blog since you were in DC. I totally understand the panic attacks – been there, doing that! I LOVE how funny you are about the everyday things that all parents go through but are afraid to say out loud. Yes, there were times I wanted to drop kick my son to the other side of the moon, but was afraid to say that least someone come and take him away. I I loved the blog about your child’s poop and the first image in my mind was Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon in “4 Christmas”. You cut right to the chase in such a humorous way, then bring it back around, with a little schick in the middle.

    As to what made me laugh this week – remembering my son will be 45 tomorrow and I am only 36!!!

    Keep up the GREAT posts on your blog. For those of us that read it – you can take an upside down day and completely turn it around so we are laughing!!
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    • Elle April 7, 2013 at 10:47 #

      Thanks, LeeAnne! xx

  8. Paige Hudson Garcia April 6, 2013 at 11:53 #

    I found you through “The Bloggess”; and now your blog as well as “Filing Jointly…Finally” are three that I have bookmarked and read faithfully (I am also into “Stories About My Underpants”, “Dropping the F Bomb” and “Rage Against the Minivan” on occasion.)

    I am a mom myself, and although none of my babies are exactly ‘littles’ anymore (even though I still and probably always will think of them that way in my head), I TOTALLY remember having some of the same challenges! Parenting can be hard, but nothing else makes you love as hard or laugh as loud, either <3 Your little hummingbird is an absolute doll and I am sure that she keeps you on your toes every.single.minute.

    You CRACK ME THE H-E-DOUBLE-L up, and I hope that you always find inspiration enough to blog about! (BIG HUG)

  9. Emily April 6, 2013 at 20:27 #

    I too found you on the Bloggesses web site…can’t remember when…6 months ago? A year? No idea.

    I live in N. CA with 12 year old son (who is beginning all the pre-teen attitude, but with enough of the boy left that he usually apologizes without being asked) and a husband who is fighting Multiple Myeloma (a currently-incurable blood cancer). Something that made me smile this week- my son and my husband watching The Great Race today. They don’t get to do as much together as they used to, so I love when they find something they both enjoy.

    I enjoy the humor and the honesty in your stories- thanks for sharing!

  10. Elle April 7, 2013 at 10:51 #

    Hi Emily,

    I always look forward to your comments! I’m so sorry to hear about your husband. Please let me know if you never need an ear to listen. xx

    I feel like the hummingbird, who will be 4 in less than 2 weeks, is already going through some teen phases. Hehe!

  11. Nicole April 8, 2013 at 19:51 #

    I stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago via The Bloggess and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m not usually one for the “mommy blog” scene, but I swear that in every post of yours I have found something I can relate to — probably because our kids are the same age, your parenting style isn’t nuts, and you have an awesome sense of humour.

    As for me, I’m Nicole from Alice Springs, Australia. This morning my almost-four year old son woke my up by using his Transformer’s fight action to hit me in the face (Not hard, otherwise I would so not be laughing about it!). He thought it was the most incredible thing ever and I couldn’t help but smile.
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  12. Esjay April 9, 2013 at 17:56 #

    I just restarted my blogging today…like 5 mins!! I have been reading your blog for about 2 years! I used to blog infrequently 2 years ago but adding 2 children since then I sort of fell into the instablog! I live in Northern Ontario Canada!!! I am begging for warm weather! LOL I love your blog you are hilarious and I also laugh at my husband if he falls…and my children if its in a completely crazy flip like how the hell did you do that….after I make sure they are ok….well as I’m making sure they are okay!!
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  13. Katherine April 10, 2013 at 07:49 #

    I found your blog through The Blogess and I’m glad I did! You’re so funny and straight forward in your writing. I’m a follower now. I wish I could find time to blog myself…I miss writing. I have a 13 month old and work full time, and it seems that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do anything for myself. I know others are able to find time with even MORE on their plate than me. Maybe someday. I do enjoy reading others blogs.

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