Remember when we all thought Harlow was the biggest thing to happen to me this year? We were so shortsighted! Yesterday, I crossed the 10,000 fans threshold on the Mommy Shorts Facebook Fanpage, a goal of mine from way before I started thinking about having a second kid.
Harlow dear, I'm sorry, but you have just been bumped by my newly massive ego.
Can I do my Anne Hathaway impression?
Blerg. Thank you for that word, Tina Fey. Oh my gosh. This is happening. To the Facebook Foreign Press, thank you so much for having me on this internet full of extraordinary bloggers that have changed my life with their work. Thank you for this impressive number of "likes" that I will forever use as a weapon against self-doubt. And thank you for putting me, my work, in this category with great and gutsy bloggers. Kate and Lydia from Rants from Mommyland, Tara from You Know it Happens at Your House Too, Jen from People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Susan from Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva, and Amy from Pregnant Chicken. Something about typecasting and the Princess of Genovia and now I'm interupting another speech and making myself look like a total asshole because I forgot to thank some lady from CA and my lawyer. Somebody stop me with music!
Seriously, Anne Hathaway has never done a worse acting job than trying to sound off-the-cuff and humble at the Golden Globes.
If you have been a fan of mine since I started this blog two years ago, I hope you are as excited as I am to see the site grow, and you won't abandon me because I'm no longer cool and under the radar like I did with the Spin Doctors in 1992.
If you are one of the bloggers I mentioned in my acceptance speech above, then you know. 10,000 is nothing. I should hide in a hole until I have over 50,000 fans like all of you.
Help a lady out, will you? Join my facebook page here.
And just to prove I am not only thinking of myself, I somehow got Britax to agree to give away a $500 stroller to commemorate my milestone. So if you'd like a brand new set of baby wheels, check back here on Monday.
Searching for January's Instamom
I've been truly blown away by all your fantastic submissions to the Elizabeth Street Instamom Contest. Above are four of my favorites. Clockwise from top left is @saidkristin, @thechirpingmoms, @mommasgonecity and @cmall2012. If you are on Instagram, do yourself a favor and follow them all.
To enter, post a photo on Instagram that represents your new year with the hashtag #esnewyear and tag @elizabethstmom before January 31st. All submissions are eligible to win a family pack from Bobble.
And make sure to follow @mommyshorts to see if you are featured.
Braving Winter with Vaseline Intensive Rescue
On Monday, I asked you to name your favorite winter activity in order to win a prize package from Vaseline.
The five winners are LISA who likes neverending games of Monopoly, AMY who enjoys "a nice fire in the fireplace" (as opposed to setting her whole living room ablaze), JINA who likes going to the Museum of Natural History, KATY who likes drinking hot chocolate while huddling on the couch under a warm blanket (and obviously doesn't have any toddlers who would spill that piping hot liquid on her lap), and ANNA who likes counting the days until spring.
Congratulations! Please email me at email@example.com to claim your prize.
Bringing My Play to Life
On Tuesday, I wrote a short three act play entitled "Post Maternity Clothes Shopping". Someone named Gretchen, who apparently has a baby that naps all day and thus, all the time in the world (way to rub it in, GRETCHEN!), made my play into one of those Xtranormal robotic animated videos.
Check out the final act:
An actual fan tribute! I really have made it! You can see the first two acts here.
I hope everyone has a good weekend full of facebook fans, moisturized hands and babies that nap like Gretchen's.
As for me, I'll be making our fourth attempt at potty training. If this time fails, I'm gonna forget about Mazzy and pin my hopes and dreams on Harlow. Clearly, she's the only one who cares about going to college without a dump in her pants.
— Mommy Shorts
I knew you when!
Huge congrats, lady.
Way to go, girl!
How do I become you when I grow up? in points, please.
I was your fan back when you were the Princess of Spitup 😉 Congrats!
Good luck with PT… we did it during Hurricane Sandy because we didn’t lose power, but most of the area did, so we were kind of quarantined anyways. We stuck her in underwear, pumped her full of juice, and plopped her in front of the tv, alternating between “Dumbo”, “Lady and the Tramp”, “The Little Mermaid”, and a cheesy video called “Potty Power”, which Rebecca still sings the songs from. It took us about 3 days, but eventually she realized that the toilet was preferable to having to stop what she was doing to clean up, dry off, change clothes, etc…
Congrats! I’m not surprised 10,000+ people know your blog is awesome 🙂
Good luck with the PT!
Congrats… I’ve been reading since the early days and loving it!! My apologies for not helping with your Facebook Fanpage, but I’m not a Facebook user….
I started reading about a year ago. Maybe a little more than that. Love your blog so much! Big time congrats, lady!
Congrats Ilana! Nothing like having 10,000 people think that you are cool. I am happily one of them. Keep up the good work.
You are a FB Rockstar, that’s for sure! Congrats, my friend!!!
p.s. fingers crossed on the potty training thing! 😉
Congrats on meeting and exceeding your goals. And even more so on figuring out your way around all of Facebook’s bullshit. Now THAT is impressive.
And thanks again for featuring me on InstaMoms. That’s one of my all-time favorite photos (and looking at it makes me miss summer so, so much).
Onward and upward! Congratulations my friend, you amaze me.
Congratulations! I have only recently started reading, but I enjoy your posts tremendously. I am equally impressed at reaching 10,000 likes since I have barely reached 100 with my blog. Either I am not as funny as I think I am or my lack of consistency drives my few readers insane. So congratulations and I hope I can be as successful as you are sometime before my kids go to college. 🙂
Congratulations! Been a fan since the beginning. I think I might have even been your very first Guest Blogger back in 2010, no?
Congrats! 10k is HUGE. I’m super cool at just under 130. That makes me Indie.
I am so glad I’m not the only one who was repulsed by Anne Hathaway’s speech. I actually saw “Les Mis” last night and while she was incredible, her performance was sort of ruined by my memories of the Golden Globes.
I’m also glad that my three-year-old isn’t the only one in the world who hasn’t mastered the potty yet. I’m trying to be patient, but I’m so sick of buying (and changing) her diapers. If you succeed with Mazzy you better share your secret!
A much-deserved magical milestone!! hooray!!
Congrats, totally deserved, it’s hard to get FB likes, so good job!!! Great job!!!! And yay for anemotronics and good luck potty training! We’ve had no luck.
Yay thanks for the lotion! My hands are dry all day long for cleaning up after a toddler…ha, you didn’t think I had one 🙂 I just wait until she is asleep to sip my hot chocolate!!!
I am a long-time reader (not quite the beginning but close) and just wanted to say this is well deserved. Congrats girl 🙂
I’m sure you know about it, but just in case you don’t have you tried Oh Crap! Potty Training? That worked for us REALLY well. I was amazed….(this was the 2nd one and I didn’t want to go through what we went through with the first child.)
Best $16 I’ve spent, in my opinion. The advice is great, the methods work, and you don’t have to develop/implement/keep up with a sticker chart. Loved it. Good luck with the potty training- it’s not exactly fun, but you’ll get there!
You know I would have been jealous, but your potty training. I would GIVE 10,000 followers (easy since I don’t actually have them) to NOT POTTY TRAIN!
I sent my second home with my mother. She potty trained him. The tree was happy.
(sorry no coffee yet)
The trick is to be a worse mother than your own mother. Then she might try to step in to prevent your ruining her precious grandchildren. Maybe that’s just my mother though.
your = you’re. I KNOW HOW TO USE MY WORDS I JUST HAVEN’T HAD MY COFFEE YET!
did I mention…no coffee?
That’s what we were talking about right? Me?
OMG if I win a golden globe (sorry, I literally can’t stop laughing at the thought. My eyes are full of tears)
As I was saying, if I win a golden globe, I’d totally be pulling an Anne! But it would be about coffee!
Did I thank coffee yet? What about my electric frother?
I remember when my kid were small and they used to remove the diaper and fingerpaint with it god it was awful i had 13 children so i am a veteran you could say haha
Congrats! I thought I was doing good because I was almost to 300… lol Looks like I need to step my game up!
Love ya. You are family.
I’m happy for this 🙂
My evil children and I send love.
Now that I’ve finally gotten my shit together and read this, I see the heavy Hathaway references, you hit it spot on in your assessment. Her speech isn’t winning any Oscars.
We’ve never met but i totally feel like our girls grew up together:) Kudos on the potty training success- you are my idol!
No worries- I know you are a long-time reader! Always happy to see your name pop up in the comments.
I love that photo! But all your photos are great. I love the one with you and Lil Bit on the couch too.
That you were, friend. I still get traffic from that post. Someone is always googling “how do I make my baby’s old clothes into a blanket”:)
It was really was horrible. I think what she puts out there of herself is very calculated. And she can’t see how disingenuous she seems. Ruining that other guy’s speech was just crazytown.
Someone else mentioned that to me. Is it a site? An ebook? I’ll have to check it out.
Stop trying to take over my comment section, Anne!!!! You are not the only person with something to say!!!! 😉
I’m responding 5 days later. I hope you’ve gotten coffee into your system by now.
13 children??? WOW. And you have time to respond to blog posts. I am IMPRESSED.