My “W’s” of Child Raising

Daily phrases in my household…

WHO taught you that?
WHAT are you eating?
WHEN did that happen?
WHERE did you put it?
WHY are you doing that?

Oh, and I can’t forget:
HOW is that even humanly possible!?


Those are some of mine, what are some of yours?

Sofia 365: Day 320

Day 320: 1.24.13

More catching up… yes yes…

Last Thursday, Sofie had one last appointment with the chiropractor to make sure she was all good to go, so I went down to the ferry that morning to drop her off with my mom. I would have gone with, but my acting workshop had gotten switched from Wednesda to Thursday nights, so I had to stay behind to go that evening.

I had been so tired lately, that soon after I got home from dropping off Sofie, I took a nap (a rare occasion!) hoping that I would feel a little more awake by the time I had to leave for class. Although later I felt that it kind of backfired on me…

Workshop was good though, and I left a little early to meet with the owner of the agency to discuss a little “business”, so hopefully there will be a little more work for me in the future…

I got home feeling wide awake thanks to my nap and coffee, though I was pretty hungry. I ended up staying up kind of late, so that sort of screwed up any kind of a sleep pattern I was hoping to establish… oh well, baby steps.


Little Sofie before leaving to meet with my mom that morning. I need to teach her how to properly smile for photos!


Sofia 365: Day 319

Day 319: 1.23.13

Last Wednesday was a little more of a quiet day with Sofie. The weather hadn’t been all that great the past few days so I didn’t really feel like going out anywhere; however, we needed groceries, so I headed out in the morning with Sofie to run some quick errands down the street.

When we got to the grocery store it just so happened that Sofie had a little accident in the back seat… I think that was a first. So, I had to inconspicuously try and change her diaper, take off her wet under shirt, and since I had only one pair of pants for Sofie, try and deal with the stain on it all in the back seat of my car in the QFC parking garage, and then try and finish shopping as quickly as I could. Fun times.

Once we got back home and changed Sofie’s pants the day seemed like a breeze compared to what I had finagled that morning.

Can you guess by the photo what we had for dinner that night? Well, it’s all over her face, has noodles and a red sauce on it. And no, she did not wet her pants again, the dishwasher happened to leak that night. Jeez, what was it with that day and leakage?

No, she did not wet her pants!
Spaghetti Face

Sofia 365: Day 318

Day 318: 1.22.13

Last Tuesday, I had a fun little out and about day with Sofie running errands.

I had a quick little artists meeting in the early afternoon for a runway project with local salon Obadiah and some architecture firms, called Product Runway. I’m pretty excited to be a part of it! My makeup artist friend, Alexandra, came along with me again to meet the team and then had a nice little afternoon hanging out at the near by mall.

After we had some lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, I headed over to let Sofie play at the indoor play park while Alexandra went out shopping. Sofie had a lot of fun running around and going down the teenie slide like 50 times, not too social yet with the other kids, but she’s getting there!

Headed back home in the early evening and got back for a late dinner. Sofie was pretty pooped from all the playing, so I was able to get her to sleep pretty quick.  With all the sleep issues I’ve been having with her lately, it was nice to catch a few Z’s early!


Sofia 365: Day 317

Day 317: 1.21.13

Shoot, how did I get a week behind again?

Well, I guess it’s time to catch up.

I feel like I had just gotten all caught up, too.

Last Monday I had a hair styling gig in the evening so after some nice day time hang out with Sofie I headed out with my friend Alexandra, a makeup artist, to go to work in Bellevue. Jason stayed home with Sofie, and got a little help from his mom and Aunt later in the evening.

Boyy, what a crazy long night that was. I don’t think I’d ever dealt with a gypsies in real life, but it was quite an experience to say the least… It was a lot of work, for a lot of haggling, but hey, I needed the money… with that said, I probably won’t be booking jobs with gypsies any time soon, or any hagglers at that matter. I can’t under value myself!

I was glad to just get home with Sofie and go to bed, I was soo extremely exhausted.

Little Tongue
Little Tongue

Sofia 365: Day 316

Day 316: 1.20.13

Ahh, I’m all caught up and all is right with the world… mostly.

Today was definitely an improvement from the day before, though I didn’t get to spend too much time with Sofie. Jason’s mom had scheduled some Sofie time earlier this week, so I took her over to hang out with her grandma for the day. It did give Jason and I another good day to get the house more organized, I think we FINALLY have it the way we want it to be. We were able to rearrange the house and move in a bed into the bedroom so we have more sleeping options than the pull-out bed we’ve been using in the living room. I’m hoping this might also aid in the sleep issues we’ve been having with Sofie as well.

A sofa bed isn’t really the most comfortable, either, so I’m really excited about having the pillow top back!
It was all in all a pretty productive day, I was even able to make some money selling a few more clothes and items from the house that we didn’t need/want.  Earlier in the evening I went out to meet up with a friend of mine who is also a makeup artist, we have some work to do tomorrow evening so got together for a little pow wow. We ended up talking for quite a while catching up, and before I knew it, it was time to go pick up Sofie.

It looked like Sofie had a great time with her grandparents today, and she definitely seemed very tired by the time I picked her up. She fell asleep on the drive home and has been snoozing since!
She’s so adorable when she sleeps, probably more so because she’s being quiet!

Ahh, kids…

Well, I’m going to sign off for the evening. I’m going to try and get up early and get a good start to Monday. (I fee like I say that all the time, but hopefully this week, I’ll really do it!)


Little Sofie before we dropper her off at her grandma’s house. Eating her breakfast on-the-go, a bit messy, I’ll admit… but still cute!

Food Face.
Food Face.

Sofia 365: Day 315

Day 315: 1.19.13

Yesterday, Sofie came back home from my mom’s and I went down to the ferry to meet and pick her up.
Jason and I made it our goal to get the vacant apartment unit in our building rented, so we held an “Open House” at our building, not a super huge turn out, but I think we found a renter. Crossing our fingers, any way.

Later that day, Jason went out to run some errands while Sofie and I stayed home. She was a bit of a cranky girl most of the evening so it was a bit of a difficult night for me. She hadn’t napped all day and was clearly very tired, and as patient as I wanted to be, I was frankly tired too. It’s been a bit difficult for us to settle into a good sleep pattern since we moved here (I talk more about it in my weekly video update here), and it’s been starting to catch up to me. I find myself to be way more irritable and short-tempered, and I feel bad when I feel like I can’t handle Sofie sometimes because of it.

So, it was a bit of a rough evening, but Sofie and I eventually worked things out and were in a good place by bed time. I understand that sometimes things are going to be tough raising a toddler, but I except the challenge and hope I can better myself by working through the hard days like yesterday.


Poor cranky, tired Sofie, she was ready for bed.


Weekly Vlog – Sleep Issues!

This video is going up a little late, but I had a busy weekend!

I’m talking about sleep issues today, and how it’s been hard getting settled into a regular pattern. If any of you parents out there have suggestions on how we can all get more sleep, please leave a comment! Let me know what works for you, I ‘d love to hear suggestions.

Thanks for watching!

Sofia 365: Day 314

Day 314: 1.18.13

Friday, I took Sofie over to my parents house to spend the night. It was my friend Amber’s last night in Seattle before she headed back to California, so we had plans to get together that evening to send her off.

I went over on the ferry with Sofie that morning and met up with my mom on Bainbridge Island, we got some lunch and spent some time chatting, then I headed back to the ferry to go back to Seattle for the evening.

I was excited to spend some time with Amber before she left however, plans changed and she had to bump up her flight, so we didn’t really get to see each other before she left. A bit of a bummer, but things happen…

Although, that extra time in the evening did give Jason and I a chance to have some good hang out time; we got some pizza and played music for most of the night.
Music is something that I really enjoy; I played piano for over 10 years, and I’ve tinkered with guitar for just as long. It has always been a pipe dream of mine to have a band someday, and getting to play some music Friday night kind of made me hopeful it might still happen. I think Sofie would love to hear me play more music, I do need to get my keyboard fixed though… hopefully sooner rather than later.

Sofie before we left that morning – she always knows when I’m going to drop her off somewhere, always with the look!

Baggy Pants.
Baggy Pants.

Sofia 365: Day 313

Day 313: 1.17.13

Thursday Thursday, it was a slow morning, but picked up by afternoon.

I had to head out to meet a bride for a trial session so Sofie stayed home with her dad. It all went really well and I was happy with the work I did. I say this a lot, but I often doubt myself in whether I want to keep doing makeup and hair for the rest of my life, but whenever I work with people and see how happy I can make them, it’s really reassuring and it makes me feel like I’m doing what I’m meant to do. I guess that sounds kind of cheesy, but it’s how I feel.

I got home later that evening and Jason’s dad had popped by to visit for a bit, looked like they were all having fun. Jason even had dinner ready and waiting for me, it was very sweet.

Aaand, Sofie was being a goofball.

As per usual.