Here are some things I've learned in the past week:
1. Home Owner's Association has way too much power. Jesse received an e-mail saying we had two weeks to have the exterior power washed to remove mold and algae build up. If it is not cleaned within two weeks, we will incur fines of $25 per day. We have no choice since we signed a legal contract with HOA.
2. Those awesome Glad OvenWare dishes can resist heat of 450 degrees. However, they will completely melt under the broiler. We almost had a plastic pot pie for dinner.
3. Moving fragile ornaments to the top of the tree does not keep them out of reach from a persistent toddler. Jackson pushes chairs around to climb up and play with the ornaments. We've got quite the pile of broken Hallmark ornaments accumulating.
5. Just because a formula is hypoallergenic does not mean it will taste good. Maddie refuses to drink the Similac Alimentum, even if it is mixed with breastmilk. Thankfully, she doesn't mind 4 oz of breastmilk fortified with one scoop of Enfamil Gentlease.
6. Don't let your demented husband be in charge of hiding the family Elf or this might happen:
7. Cats are loyal and they will stick around FOREVER. Even after evicting the cats, removing their litter boxes, and refusing to feed them, they still wait by our doorstep all day. We can't get rid of them.
8. When you let your toddler sleep in the bed with you once, it can quickly become a habit. Gone are the days of reading stories and tucking Jackson in his bed. He regularly falls asleep in "our bed".
9. Instant grits and quick cook grits are not the same thing. After three failed attempts, I gave up on the cheaper canister of quick cook grits.
10. It's hard to enjoy a girl's night out when you're staring at the clock making sure you're home before the next feed. Nothing ruins a cute outfit more than leaking boobs.