My Kid + Duplos = Like Paxil, Only More Addictive

So writing this post is like one of those moments where I seriously wish I'd made this blog anonymous. There are so many things I'd love to get off my chest right now (while screaming and crying and punching walls) and unfortunately I'm just not comfortable sharing everything on here because too many people I know (in real life) read this blog and I don't want to deal with it. Sorry to be so vague and emo, but there it is. Suffice to say I've been dealing with some disheartening stuff the past week which is why I haven't posted in a while.

You know what, though --> there's something absolutely surreal about being sad/depressed and being a mom at the same time. Because if I'm with Otto, just chilling or doing crafts or whatever normal mom stuff I have to be doing (because you can't stop being a good mom just because you find yourself in a bad mood) those moments with him elevate me out of my funk. Otto = the trump card.

And then we hit the Duplo Motherload...

Many of you know about my Nothing New resolution for 2011. So far I've been 100% on track and haven't spent any money on anything new for our household all year (yay, 3 weeks in and going strong). Well, we found out that this very cool Montessori family in town was moving to an island in the South Pacific (seriously, how amazing is that?) and selling almost all of their, well, everything. I went to this sale expecting to find a 2nd hand wooden abacus (I did!) and that kind of thing, but I didn't expect to hit the Duplo Motherload (but I did!)... So I'd love to share the "Otto/Lego therapy" that has been such a joy to Ot (kid's a Legomaniac) and therefore helped put a smile on my gloomy mug this week...

In this scene a convict has taken Grandpa hostage in the teepee on the hill, but the wolf and dalmation puppy tracked them down and cornered them until the Chief, his son Bear Rider, and Buzz Lightyear arrived to help.
 Something cool: Otto insists that all of his Duplo people have bathtubs and toilets, no matter what. Usually I'm kinda lazy about building the plumbing but the other day I put together this pretty amazing toilet (yes, I'm proud of this)...

How much do I love this kid? There are no words. You know what I mean? If you're a parent I totally know you do.

xoxo guys,


Anonymous said...

Don't know what is going on babe, but hope you're okay and that the Duplo/Paxil/Otto mix is getting you through.

Priscilla aka pawsnhooves said...

You two are... ADORABLE! Love reading your blog. Hope things starting looking up for you :)

Anonymous said...

I was wondering where you've been. Sorry to hear the time away has been spent dealing with stuff. (I feel you on the lack of anonymity.)

But I am glad you were able to find some happiness in Duplo city with Otto.


OT and ET said...

Thank you guy so much. It's been a pretty bad week but we are hanging in there and thanks to Otto and Rob I get to love, laugh, and smile while dealing with anything so I feel pretty fortunate <3

Momo said...

Ahhh legos...my kids can play with those things for hours. The best toys ever made. I hope everything gets better momma. XOXOXO

Jen said...

This is very sweet. Otto has such a great attention span. Milo is not yet able to make Lego worlds of wonder. Or are there two Legomaniacs in the family? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Hey.. Hang in there dude :)

We love you!

Paul, Sharon and Leif

P.S. Those Duplos look awesome.

Alana said...

I am glad you are back. I missed you something fierce!
I am also proud of you and your my dear are an amazing mama! I mean come on! You can build a toilet outta legos! Who can do that?

Hang in there and know I am just an email away!

PoetessWug said...

I'm not a mom...Never even been pregnany...but I come from a very large family and was the oldest of my mom's kids, so...I totally know what you mean! :-) I'm glad he's providing you a 'bright spot'. Sounds like you need one right about now. Been there/Done that. "YAY Otto!!!" :-)

amy said...

so sorry to hear things are tough right now, but SO happy to hear that you found some sunshine..and that Ot is having the time of his life. =)

TheSweetOne said...

I hear you on the desire to dump - because the blog is supposed to be cathartic right? but needing to keep those all important things to ourselves. My MIL and FIL read my blog religiously - more than anyone else - so the last thing I can do is vent about how they're not available when we NEED them, etc. I know too how you feel about Otto brightening your day. If we lived next door, I'd be right over with more toys and a big mug 'o' "fortifications"...

Overthinking Mama said...

i understand the vagueness... it sucks sometimes having too many people you know actually read your blog...
if there is ever a time you need to vent, you are more than welcome to hop on over to my blog and do a post annonomysly. :-) if you are interested just let me know!
overthinkingmama at gmail dot com

Aleksandra said...

Lily's such a duplos fan, too. And of course we have random farm animals present in our sets, too.

Lily's my trump-card, too. Your ending line just made me tear up and I'm sitting in my office at work. Damned PMS or something.

Smile mama - we love you!

OT and ET said...

You all are so amazing - how I wish I lived next door to each of you!

@Jennifer, there may be 2 or 3 Legomaniacs in the house :)

@Lauren I would soooo take you up on the "fortifications"!

Ms. Street said...

Lucky me, I do live next door. Too bad i have been so unavailable!

luv2beanana said...

I love you Linz and have been thinking about you daily. I'm glad to see you blogging again. I've missed your wonderful Otto stories and pictures. Can't wait to get my arms around him this weekend.
Guess I we will have to make a trip to Target on Friday and get some Duplos.

Unknown said...

I love this. I'd be proud of the toilet too! I couldn't ever build anything but a pyramid or a wall.

OT and ET said...

@Kate I couldn't ever tell you how much having you as my friend and neighbor means, but you seriously need to bring beer over more often... and cake batter.

@Nita Otto's already excited for this weekend and I am looking forward to the break in a major way. I think getting a little physical distance will be important. xo

@Kim oh you could totally build a rockin toilet - I have faith in you! I'm a wall-builder too, especially with the normal sized legos... I make huge solid "Borgs" it's so therapeutic.

Sweet Harper said...

I'm here if you need, and we have duplo's too so we could skype and play together!

Tooth Fairy said...

I love ♥ LEGO, who doesn't?
If you fly by my site there is a link to see a sweet LEGO collectible toothbrush and fun lego theme surprise left beneath one child's pillow! ☺
tweeting @toothfaircyber that's ME

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