adventures in babysitting,  Bug,  movies,  party party

Rolly Rolly Merbaby

Pop some popcorn, it’s time for another Baby Bug home movie (4.75 mb quicktime)! Groan, hiss… I know, I know…. Home movies suck. Especially ones with me starring as the high pitched annoying mouse voice. This one is long too. I just couldn’t figure out where to edit it and then I just got lazy and figured I’d put a big disclaimer on the front end saying you don’t have to click on it. It’s your choice and really I mostly made this movie for the grandparents who appreciate these things. Or at least they lead me to believe they do. My mom recently had her phone disconnected. Maybe she got tired of me calling every day with the latest update on baby drool.

I was going to save this for Baby Bug’s three month movie (that’s my plan, make a movie every month) but I couldn’t wait. It’s just too big of news to wait. She’s rolling over! Sort of. With a little help from mom. Just a little push, it’s hardly cheating.

She’s so amazing these days. Between the buh-bbb-buh-buh blowing spit bubbles and the pterodactyl shrieks that clearly say “Mom! Rescue me from Dad who doesn’t have a clue!!” I am just overwhelmed with how brilliant she is. My little genius! And cute to boot! What am I going to do with myself? I’m completely and one hundred percent smitten with this little girl.

She was really good at the birthday party yesterday. Everyone LOVED her mermaid costume. I think I’m going to find someone to manufacture them for me and go into the mer-tail business… or something. I have so many ideas.

I wish I could be a professional idea popper. It would say that on my business card. Brenda Ponnay, professional idea popper. Then all I would have to do is sit around and think up ideas and maybe sketch them on paper so people could get them better. No worrying about capital or business plans or hiring and firing folks… just pure day dreaming up new stuff every day. That would be my dream job. Next to being a mom of course. Maybe I could do both.

Enough about me. Baby Bug was a perfect mer-angel-baby yesterday. Except the part where she starting screaming while I was videotaping the birthday girl and now I’m going to have to do some extreme editing or find a really good sound track to mask out the merbaby shrieks. Thankfully I was there as a guest first and a video-girl second so there isn’t as much pressure to create the perfect birthday dvd this time. In fact they said they’d be okay if I took four months to produce it since I have next to no free time to work any more.

It was really strange but good to be at the birthday party as a mom instead of my usual job as babysitter/photographer/videographer/girl-friday. I don’t think I mentioned it but this party was for Thing One, the little girl I used to babysit all the time. All these years I’ve been wishing I had a little girl like Thing One and now I do. Watching Thing One run around with all her little friends made me so excited for Baby Bug when she gets big enough to run around and play too. They are all going to be pals! There is only five years difference in their ages. That’s not too much. Maybe Thing One will babysit Baby Bug someday…it could happen.

Thing One loves Baby Bug. She’s so good with her. Even though she was surrounded by friends and relatives, and plenty of fun things to do (like a woman who was hired to make mermaids out of balloons), Thing One spent a lot of time at my side holding Baby Bug’s hand as it hung down limply from Baby Bug’s sleeping perch in the sling. Later I decided to let Thing One hold Baby Bug and it was the cutest thing. Thing One is so gentle. Even with her cast. (She recently fell off her bed and broke her elbow.) She kept asking me if we should get Baby Bug a pillow and if we could put Baby Bug to sleep in her bed. I don’t remember being that interested in babies when I was her age. I guess Baby Bug is like holding a living, breathing doll.

Kinda like how she is for me.


  • Annika

    I know just what you mean about going into the idea business. I hardly ever have time to follow through on my brilliant brainstorms, and with a baby coming next month thinking is all I’m going to have time for from now on. But I am very good at it! If only there was a market for thinkers like us.

  • katie

    Oh! I just came across your blog and I love your layout! I like her little arm up in the air at the end of the video clip, it’s like she wants to say, “Victory!”.

  • Leah

    What an expressive baby! Frustrated when she flops back onto her back, full of smiles when she makes it to her tummy. And those kicky legs! Adorable!

  • Abbey

    Oh My Goodness! Thing One is just a little Arial in the making, isn’t she?? She is a doll when she’s holding Baby Bug.

    Great video. I just wanted to pull her little arm out of the way for her so she could completely roll over. : )

    Fantastic Post!

  • samantha

    You are so funny with BabyBug. I love your commentary! Yay, little BabyBug, way to roll!

    And she is so precious in her mermaid costume. That’s something to keep forever!

  • ginger incognito

    what an adorable party! I almost want to change the Doodle’s theme now. Of course, she’s going to be 3, so I’d probably have to do too much explaining on what a mermaid is. . . .

  • BeachMama

    What an awesome party! It is so strange (for me) to see the kids sitting around in their bathing suits. We are getting warmer here, but not quite suit weather.

    If only it was so easy to put together an idea business, I have a book full of stuff I would like to do one day… one day.

  • Valerie

    I love reading about Bug and what you two do. Watching other moms and babes makes me feel like I’m not so alone in this motherhood thing.

  • erika

    she did it! i hope you know she has the biggest cheering section ever. she pumped her fist like, “yes mama, i did do it!” she is the biggest blessing. hugs from colorado :)

  • Ninotchka

    OK that was the most adorable video, EVAH. Elle and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. And that party looks like an awful lot of fun! We’re big into mermaids here as you might imagine.

  • newlywifed

    I haven’t pulled so much for someone to succeed since the Rocky movies! She was adorable, just trying her heart out…don’t you just want to reach out and help her roll over…but best that you let her do it herself. What a cutie pie!

    Loved it. Made me smile today!

  • Joy

    I loved your video–it made my day! I kept leaning to one side in my chair at work just trying to encourage her with body language.

    You’re right to be so proud!

  • penelope

    Great pics! And it’s your weblog, so gush all you want! I am totally amazed, however, that you’d pay $800 for a stroller. Yikes. You must be rollin’ in it.