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Nuby No Spill Sport Sipper

I may have a new favorite kid cup! Ok - Ill admit it... Im totally THAT MOM. If my kids want something to drink and its not at my table - its going in a sippy cup. I still cringe every time my husbands since down with a soda on the couch. I want to get him a bib and a bottle nipple, lol I mean... its an offwhite couch and I have three kids and a husband. I have to be careful. LOL

I also send them to bed with a sippy cup of water... Maybe its too many scary movies, but Im always freaked about a random house spider or something crawling in or *shivers* ok, you get it... moving on. They also like to be able to put it in bed with them for easy access - but not have to worry about spilling it...

Here is my dilemma - like most big boys would, they complain all the sippy cups are for babies... and my complaint? Most of the big boy ones come with far too many parts to keep track of and properly cleaned... except for these. Im sold.

The Nuby No Spill Sport sipper is my hero. Just the one silicone spout pops out for SUPER easy cleaning... and my favorite - dishwasher safe... there are grippers on the sides so they're easy to hold on to... and they come in bright bold colors so I grabbed a blue and a green for the boys' favorite colors. They love them and specifically ask for them every day and before bed. Im thinking about tossing all the others (or donating them) and buying a couple more of these so Im not washing them 100 times a day, lol.

I highly recommend you running out to grab some! I grabbed mine at walmart for just a $2.97 each.

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Wordless Wednesday: MIssing my boys.

Boys left on Sunday... 3 days down... about 18 to go... *cries*

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Giveaway #9 - CutiePaTuTus!

There are alot of things that a little girl needs... but one of these things... and possible the most important (obviously) is a perfect tutu... That one tutu that can make you feel like a princess, a ballerina, and a rock star all in one... and if your looking for that perfect tutu... i know just where you can find it. CutiePaTuTus has you covered on everything you will need for your punky princess or your superhero son...
She makes some of the cutest tutu's i have ever seen...
and of course coordinating wands & accessories to go with... and i absolutely just LOVE the super hero capes... all boys (and girls) need one of these to get the creativity and imagination flowing... As you can see, there really is something for everyone here... even us rocker moms... Aymee was gifted the CUTEST tiny little tutu for Ms. Maddie... called "The Colby" Its a black skirt (can also come in black/hot pink) and is filled with hot pink, and silver pompoms and topped with a pink & black grosgrain guitar bow.and for you... (of course for you! You didnt think I had forgotten did you!?) We have the adorable ZOE tutu. The ultimate in punk rock princess attire... "For the rock star in every little girl, here's the Zoe Pa Tutu. Double-layered Pa Tutu in hot pink and black tulle is still filled with pompoms (in bright sparkly pink and black), but just has a second layer to give it extra poof! Topped with a double layer bow of hot pink and black skulls & crossbones." 
Isn't is adorable!? If baby #3 is a girl... this is a must.. I can already see the adorable photoshoots that would come along with this... and a little pair of bling chucks... and some punky leg warmers... and a little cloth diaper booty.... and... and... and... *breathe* sorry... baby fever.(Prize given is in a size 3t-5 years) This is a $37.99 value!

How to win:
#1: Make ANY purchase from CutiePaTutus and get 5 extra entries. (items start at $6.50 +)
(Twitter Friends get 10% off w/ this code! cutiefriends
#2: Follow CutiePatutus on Twitter!
#3: Follow RockerByeBaby on Twitter!
#4: Tweet This: (up to once daily)
"Rockin' Zoe Tutu giveaway ($38 value) during the #babybloggingbash from @cutiepatutus at the @rockerbyebaby blog http://bit.ly/c5W3KN"
#5: Follow the CutiePaTutu's Blog!
#6: Follow the RockerByeBaby blog! (sidebar)
#7: "Like" Cutie PaTutus on facebook
#8: "Like" RockerByeBaby on Facebook.
#9: Put the Cutie Pa Tutus "button" on your blog or website. (3 extra entries)
#10: Put the Rockerbyebaby button on your blog or website. (3 extra entries) *sidebar*
put the link in the comment so I can see where it is.
BONUS: up to 5 extra entries
Go to the CutiePaTuTus website and tell me UP TO 5 items that you would just LOVE to have... leave them all in separate comments.

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Mentoring Mondays: Boys...

Post 3 from the amazing Adam Thurston... LOVING this new segment :) And I know the followers are too!! Thanks, Adam, for sharing with my readers and I... even though we're so far away... it will be like we've been there all along... :) p.s. you can find his blog here... follow him :)
Mentoring Mondays: Teaching you to be a Lady while you teach me to be a Dad.
Hey Madeline.  Last time I “saw” you, you were giving your mother heartburn.  Just a heads up; that’s not the best way to score points with your mom before you’re even born but I guess that’s not really your fault. 
I was originally going to only post Boys: See your mother!  But after thinking on it, I want to weigh in on a few points.  When you get older (tween, teen, etc) boys will become a pretty big focus on your life.  While this is fun and all, you’re mainly fulfilling human instinct to find a life-mate.  And if your experiences are anything like mine, you will kiss some frogs (or in my case, frog-ettes) in this search.  I’m here to lay some groundwork to hopefully make this smoother for you.  And really, as your dad, that’s my job; to help you learn from your mistakes.  I’ll let you fall…but I’ll always catch you.
The first guy you’re going to know will be me and you‘ll likely measure all guys you meet to me.  That’s a lot to live up to and I naturally want to be the best.  How I live and behave in my daily life will be a reflection to you of most, if not all men.  Now I’m a pretty easy going guy but I would be remiss in my duties as a father if I didn’t tell you what you have EVERY RIGHT TO EXPECT out of a guy as well as CRAZY CRAP ALL GUYS PULL.  This is a partial list of potential encounters.
1.  Abuse:  Abuse of any type should never be allowed.  This includes, but is not limited to, shoving, hitting, slapping, weapon-use, etc.  It’s also important to mention emotional and psychological abuse.  A potential mate should make you feel good about yourself!  There’s enough stress in daily life to deal with.  You don’t need some asshat with mommy issues to make it harder.  I won’t stand for it and neither should you.  Hopefully, by the time you get to the dating stage of your life, your mother and I will have instilled enough self esteem and confidence in you so that you know that kind of crap isn’t tolerated.  A daddy can always hope…
2.  Weirdness:  Guys are just weird.  We don’t go to bathrooms in pairs.  We don’t spend hours getting ready.  We don’t walk around asking “Do these jeans make me look fat?”  But we’re weird all the same.  I wish I had some great sage advice on the secret to men but I and three billion other guys are still working on figuring out the secret to women.  All I can tell you is that you should be you.  Never compromise.  Don’t take any bullshit.  If you’re lucky you’ll find some weird guy and you’ll be able to tolerate his quirks long after the quirks quit being cute and he’ll be able to do the same for you.  This is rare, tough, and completely worth it.  This is your mother and I, BTW.  Our kung fu is strong and I hope you’ll find someone special with which to make your own.
3.  The Rockthrower:  You will meet this boy in the schoolyard during recess.  He will throw a rock at you.  It will hit you.  It will hurt.  You’ll ask him why he’s being an asshole (although I’d prefer if you don’t speak like your dad).  He’ll say something uber-intelligent like “You smell!”  And then he’ll run away.  This means he has a crush on you.  Although it seems like an odd way to show it, as stated above, boys are weird.  Don’t throw rocks back at him.  Corner him later and say something coy and witty like “You know, there are better ways to ask me out for ice cream.  I think this bruise on my arm is worth a double scoop, don’t you?”  And if his parents are at all worth their salt, he’ll say sorry and buy you ice cream.  Invite him over and I’ll grill us all some burgers.  And then I’ll show him my shotgun.  Naw, just kidding!  Real men don’t need guns to show that they’re men. Speaking of…
4  Real Men:  There are so many images that come to mind when one thinks of a “real man.”  Most of them are just macho posturing.  The Marlboro Man.  Frat boys.  Jocks.  Pauly Shore.  Well, maybe not that last one but the rest apply.  Guys come in all types, shapes, and sizes.  Some may look or seem appealing but I hope you’ll look for the qualities found in real men:  simple, honest, and brave.  A real man will always protect the ones he loves by any means necessary.  A real man makes that known to his loved ones without having to say it.  A real man will put your needs in front of his.  A real man knows his limitations.  A real man says he’s sorry.  And he means it. 
I hope to be that archetype for you, Maddie.  Four months until we meet.  I’m counting the days until I can hold my daughter.  Man, a daughter!  I never tire of saying it.  I can only hope you never tire of saying “daddy!”
I love you, Madeline Belle Thurston.
-Your Dad.
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