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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)

TITLE: Stepping Out With My Baby
By Yvonne Blake
08/26/09


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6:24 a.m. – “Good morning, my little Puppycake. Did you have a good sleep?”

6:48 a.m. – “Say ‘bye-bye’ to Daddy. ‘Bye-bye-bye-bye.’ ”

7:38 a.m. – “It’s a beautiful day. Would you like to go see Grammy today?”

8:03 a.m. – “Yum, yum, yum - applesauce! Open your mouth. No, don’t put your hands in the bowl. Oh, now it’s all through your hair!”

8:37 a.m. – “Splash! Splash! My, you’re having fun! Now Mommy will need to change her clothes.”

9:16 a.m. – “Let’s put these new pink ruffley overalls on today. Where’s the baby? Peek-a-boo! Oh, you’re so cute!”

9:28 a.m. –“You play here, while I get everything ready. I ought to bring the stroller, in case we want to take a walk while we’re there. Let me make sure the diaper bag is packed.”

Diapers (check)
Bottle (check)
Extra clothes (check)
Blanket (check)
Bunny (check)
Pacifier (check)
Powder, cream, lotion (check, check, check)


9:48 – “Where did you crawl off to, Silly Girl? Oh, no…not the cat food dish!”

10:06 – “Splash, splash. No, we don’t have time to play with the squishy fish. There, you smell better. I hope cat food didn’t stain your pants. Here’s a cute kitty outfit.”

10:29 – “Sit right here in your playpen while I change my shirt again.”

10:56 – “Okay, Punkin, let’s go for a ride! Snip, snap, in your car seat. No, don’t cry! I’ll be right back. Here’s your pacifier.”

11:03 – “Where can those keys be?”

Cup holder? Nope
Purse? Nope
Bedroom? Nope
Kitchen table? Nope
Pants’ pocket? Nope


“Maybe they’re in the diaper bag…argh! I might as well dump it out! Here they are!
How do all these things fit in here?”

Rattle
Book
Clippers
Brush
Bib
Diapers
Bottle
Extra clothes
Blanket
Bunny
Powder
Cream
Lotion


“I’ve got my keys, got my purse, got my cell phone… I think I’m ready!”


11:23 – “Mommy’s back! I’m here; don’t cry. Where’s your pacifier now? Phew! Oh, no…you stink! We need to change you.”

11:31 – “Stinky! Stinky! Phew, phew, phew! Even your onesies are messy! We’ll have to change everything. I’ll need to do laundry tonight. You’ll have to wear this old striped shirt and polka-dotted pants.”

11:46 – “Look at the time! No wonder you’re fussy. You’re probably getting hungry and ready for a nap.”

12:23 – “Sh-sh-sh….sleep, baby, sleep.”

12:38 – “Hello, Mom? Would you and Dad like to come over for dinner tonight? …Oh, no, it’s not a bother for me…It’s easier.”


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Pamela Calhoun08/27/09
Very cute, and oh so true. You had me in stiches! Well done and I love the title. Good job!
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/27/09
Fun...all the way through. I was with your mc every step of her difficult day. Excellent writing.
Laury Hubrich 08/28/09
Oh, I remember those days. So glad they are long gone BUT I do miss them. Kind of. Very true-to-life entry;)
Sarah Elisabeth 08/31/09
I enjoyed reading your piece. Very cute! I was wondering though why you had the "a.m." on the times in the beginning then stopped using them? Just my "details" eye ;-)
Joni Andrews 09/01/09
Oh, this is priceless! Terrific title. Content? Been there, done THAT!
Colin Nielsen 09/02/09
Loved the ending. Come around for dinner. It's easier. Priceless.
Loved the format also. Very cutsie, just like a baby. You nailed this one to the wall.
Jan Ackerson 09/02/09
Very clever--unique structure, and I enjoyed this very much! Exhausting!
Sheri Gordon09/02/09
Oh, this cracked me up, and I haven't had a baby in 18 yrs. The format was great, and the voice was right on. Nice job.
Bryan Ridenour09/02/09
So true to life. Great title. Well written. Nicely done.
Mona Purvis09/02/09
This is a time when the cliche' title adds to the story.
This is just so real and so much fun.
mona
Karlene Jacobsen 09/02/09
Vonnie, I loved this. It is sooo typical of what my days used to look like when my babies were small. Not only that, I began to feel like i was moving every time I went everywhere, esp. family (walker, playpen, diaper bag, extra clothes, etc.) YIKES it is just easier to have them over. LOL
Pamela Kliewer09/02/09
Delightful! Great take on the topic!
Kimberly Russell09/03/09
Now I remember why I never wanted kids...LOL

Way too funny!
Ruth Brown 09/11/09
I loved this Vonnie,I also appreciate all your good posts in the boards. My family is going through this stage now!