It could be worse, at least I’m not resistant to learning about bears or kung-fu, or something equally as important and/or relevant to my life.


January 29, 2010

My husband’s mad at me because I don’t want to learn how to use our kids’ car seats.

All I need to know is how to stick the nuggets in the seat and buckle them in, and BOOM that’s the end of my knowledge.

Everything else is my husband’s business.

But he insists I learn how to reajust the straps and be able to take the cover off when it needs to be washed, and blah, blah. My eyes start to glaze over and I tell him, I’m just a housewife that can’t be bothered with complicated information. I need to focus on my pot roast recipie and laundry.

He’s good at buckles and stuff anyways. Why would I want to deprive him of feeling good about himself? I can imagine the overwhelming pride and sense of accomplishment he must feel when he accurately adjusts the straps, and the mastery of making sure his babies are all buckled in safely. I would never want to take that away from him.

Besides, that kind of stuff makes me go all wonky.

I have no patience for it.

I was at the mall today and had to call my husband because I couldn’t attach the car seat to my stroller.

Yesterday I had to call him because I couldn’t figure out how to take the car seat out of the car.

I’m not an idiot, I’m just a good wife.

Good, because I make my husband feel needed when I call him.

Yes. Okay so maybe he’s on the other line with an important business-type person and he has to hang up with Mr. Business because I’ve called 6 times in a row and he thinks that maybe one of our babies was stolen, or I’m stranded on the highway, but imagine his happiness when I explain that everyone is okay and I just need him to tell me how to work our baby gear.


Now, that’s what I call a loving wife.


OK this is cracking me up because I could have written this post myself and our son is *thisclose* to being 3 now. I only managed to put the car seat on the airplane myself because I didn’t have to do anything with the latch suff. Other than that, he puts them in and out of the cars. Though I only recently was showed (for the billionth time) and could maybe manage if I had to.

by Michelle on January 29, 2010

My husband didn’t put the stroller together when I wanted him to, so I did it. He was offended, being an engineer. I let him do the car seat thing. He can never remember the rulses about what age/weight works with each one though. I have washed a car set cover. I kinda mop up the spills.

by GrandeMocha on January 29, 2010

Beckey, Beckey, Beckey:

Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.

And he probably never wants to see another fish again. Just sayin’

by dgm on January 31, 2010

My husband and I do not make a great team when it comes to baby products.

by gorillabuns on January 31, 2010

I find this completely reasonable for the same reason as I find my refusing to learn how to use the new voice mail system reasonable. Not my department. My brain is full of important stuff like what time Grey’s is on and whether it’s new this week.

by jenn on February 1, 2010

I have been doing this type of stuff my entire married life. Aren’t we supposed to make our husbands feel good and needed? Pounding their chests like cavemen, saving us from the perils of car seat installations and trash can transportation from garage to street? I mean, come on, we can’t do it all….there would be absolutely no time left for all of those bon-bons we ingest on a daily basis and certainly no time for…blogging?!?!

Love your blog…it is hysterical and I will certainly be back for more!

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Wanted: a Sassy, Snarky, Silly Side Kick


January 26, 2010

I just realized that I don’t have a cheeky side kick.

I need one of those.

He’d have to be a petite gay man who wears a ity bittly Gucci backpack. His backpack would be filled with fruit flavored gum, a Swarovski encrusted cell phone with matching hand mirror, and Lactaid, because he loves frozen yogurt, but it gives him wreched  gas…just like me. OMG! We were meant for each other.

He needs to be able to say out loud what I am thinking silently in my brain.

Like being in line at the bank for instance, because I’m always in line at the bank. Actually I was just thinking, “Gosh, when am I NOT in line at the bank, sheesh and frick almighty. I have so much cash that always needs to be banked!”


So, when I’m in like at the bank making a deposit and the teller has an eye patch, and I’m thinking, clearly she’s a pirate. My cheeky side kick will say something like, ” Now, are you going to bury that treasure or just put it in the vault?”

And then the teller will give us a dirty look with her one good eye, and try to throw pens at us as we leave, but her peripheral vision is compromised, so she’ll miss and end up throwing pens at a paraplegic nun and a bunch of babies. Then we’ll giggle like a couple school girls, give each other a hi-five, and then go get some fro-yo with sprinkles, on our way to HELL.

That would be so much fun.

I need someone like that in my life.

His name could be something random like Tulie, and he’d always borrow my scarfs and skinny jeans, and of course, he’d look better in them than me. And the only rule would be that he’s  super not allowed to have a tiny dog. Because I already have Zoey, and she’s the queen bitch around here. Plus I don’t get the whole dogs as accessories that wear sweaters and ride around in strollers thing, and neither does Tulie. Instead we’d make fun of those people and then, just to see what all the fuss was about, we’d walk Zoey in my stroller.

And we’d realize that it’s kind of fun.

Yeah, I totally need someone like that in my life.

Is there some sort of website-type service for finding me my snarky side kick?

If not there needs to be.

YES!. That’s my million dollar idea.

Hands off, it’s my idea. Go get your own.


You’ve described my bro-in-law

by Mike Krause on January 26, 2010

Well, you can’t have my cheeky gay sidekick! His name’s Darin, and he does not pass gas- ever!

by Maurine Fischel on January 26, 2010

Dang. Now I want a cheeky gay sidekick. (The itty-bitty Gucci backpack was genius). I think I’d like mine to be named Chauncy, though. But he’d say it in an ironic way.

by jenn on January 28, 2010

OH OH pick me! I’m not a gay male, but sometimes I look like one, depending on if I’ve had my coffee yet.

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Nobody talk to me, I’m an idiot.


January 22, 2010

I tried to have a conversation the other day.

You know, like with words and stuff.

It didn’t go so well.

Its like I’m forgetting how to communicate.

“So, Beckey now that you’re a mom of two, how do you feel?”

“You’re right. I do have two kids. It’s like I have a pair of kids! How cute is that? Speaking of pairs, did I ever tell you about my purple socks I got for Christmas?”


“I think my Grandma got them for me. She usually just gives me a rolled up five dollar bill in a secret hand shake. And I’m pretty sure that before it goes into my hand, it was in her bra because it’s always warm and dewy, and smells like Gold Bond. So anyways, she got me these royal purple fuzzy socks, and every time I wear them I feel like royalty. But not all of me feels royal. Just my feet. And ankles. Maybe because the color itself implies royalty, or maybe it’s because they are so plush and wonderful that every time I take a step it feels like I’m crushing commoners. I think everyone deserves to feel like royalty, sometimes. Don’t you agree?”

“Ummm, sure. But I don’t think you answered my question.”

“Wait, but didn’t you ask me about what makes me feel special? I thought about bedazzling my cooter to feel special, like Jennifer Love Hewitt, but that would require me to visit the waxer, and I’m never going back there. I told you what they did to me, right?”

“Um…Beckey. I asked you about being a mother.”

“That’s weird, because I have no recollection of that. Cheeto?”

“No thanks.”

See? I have a problem with human interaction.

I blame the baby.

He’s waking me up at night, and good gravy, he’s a month old now, can’t he sleep through the night already?

It’s like he doesn’t even care that when asked a serious question I start to talk about socks, or transforming my vajango into a fancy display of jewels.

He’s so inconsiderate.


Great visual by the way. I hope your feet don’t look all mountainy like that. HA. I imagine I’d lose a little bit of my mind when i have a kid too.

by Kristin on January 22, 2010

Ahhahahhahahahahhaha…. this is so true, for me too! So sad… but so true. At least you joke around about it, I just sit and cry.

by sarah on January 22, 2010

It’s been 11 years since my first child came, and I still haven’t recovered, physically or mentally. Le Sigh.

by Becka_911 on January 22, 2010

hilarious! i used to be a nanny for a lady with an infant. she would do the same thing! don’t ask me how you can start a sentence with “i think the baby has a diaper rash….” and string way to many thoughts together, not stopping for air, then end it with “…macaroni and cheese.”

by brooke on January 23, 2010

That is one of the cutest inconsiderate babies I have ever seen!

by Julie on January 23, 2010

Holy crap this was funny. I don’t know which I like better: the warm, dewy, and smelling of Gold Bond, or just the simple, Cheeto?

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by elle on January 28, 2010

Babies are so selfish. It’s all “Wah wah wah, feed me! Wah wah wah, change me!”

And you’re funny.

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Leave a Message and I’ll Call You Back


January 19, 2010

When you call my phone, a small-boned, 12 year-old, pre-pubescent, and sexually confused boy leaves the outgoing message. He’s all, “Hi! You’ve reached Beckey’s cell. I’m not here right now, but leave a message and I’ll call you right back!”

But Beckey, you don’t know any 12 year-old, pre-pubescent, and sexually confused boys.

Damn. You’re right.

Alright fine, it’s not a 12 year-old boy. It’s me.

I should really change it. But the thing is, I never ever ever hear it.

But I know it’s there, lurking on my phone and embarrassing me behind my back.

And I always send people to voicemail. Because I’m a bitch like that.

It’s like I’m inviting them to make fun of me.

It’s like I’m saying, “Hey, wanna hear something strange and a little disturbing, and it might make you look at me weird from now on? Then don’t hang up because here it comes, BAM!”

And then they hear my voice, and they think, Wait, who did I call? Is Beckey doing some strange impersonation? If so, I don’t get it. Why am I friends with her again? This chick’s lame. I’m gonna call someone way more awesomer. And then you hang up. and never ever talk to me again.


I’m loosing friends.

But, I’m waiting for the right time to change it.

I’m waiting for laryngitis. I want to get all raspy first. But the thing about laryngitis is I’ll be too busy laying around hacking up mucus balls and watching daytime court-TV that I’ll forget to change my outgoing message.

Honestly I’m just waiting for a robot to do it.

“Hel-lo. This. Is. Bec-key.”

Who leaves voicemails anyways?

Apart from your mom?

Just text me, and we can avoid this whole embarrassing situation.


I now have a robot on my outgoing message. His name is Fred and he says beep bop boop. You’re free to call me now.

You can thank me when you leave a message.



by Mike Krause on January 19, 2010

Hello, I’m not sure how I found your blog, but I am a huge fan.

On that note, I was just talking to a friend of mine today about how, if there’s a voicemail on my phone, it’s definitely my mom calling. Everyone else sends a text if you’re not picking up. Everyone else knows that’s WAY easier.

by Lisa on January 19, 2010

My husband was eating a pretzel when he set his name on his voice mail. He starting choking at the beep. Now, forever more, his outgoing voice mail message features him saying his name with his voice cracking, sounding life he’s dying.

It’s awesome.

by Libby on January 20, 2010

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Biscuits on the Brain


January 14, 2010

I’m trying to concentrate on writing an inspiring and fascinating blog post, but how am I supposed to think straight when there are biscuits in the fridge? You know the biscuits I’m talking about, the ones that come in a tube that scare the shit out of you when you unwrap them, and you scream like an 8 year-old girl and drop your biscuits on the floor. And you think, BALLS! My biscuits are on the floor. But you’re crazy for those biscuits, like a rabid biscuit junkie, and you want the buttery processed goodness to go in your mouth immediately. So you dust off the dog hair, coffee grounds, and dried onion skins, but the dough is all sticky so dusting them off really just means rubbing it all in, and then you pop those suckers in the oven. Yeah, those are the biscuits I’m talking about. And I can’t get anything done with biscuits on the brain.

The bummer about them is that I only want like 2 or 3 as a snacky snack, but once that tube is open I have to bake them all, and then I end up eating all of them.

What? Don’t look at me like that.

So right now, part of me wants to bake them all, eat a few, and save the rest of them for when I get snacky later, but the other part knows that they won’t save well, and then I’ll get stuck eating stale and inflated biscuits, but I’ll still eat them because I have very low standards when it comes to food, which may explain why I’m eating biscuits that come from a tube in the first place.

Okay, I have the solution. I’m going to bake my biscuits, and a few of you guys can come over and I’ll share them with you. And if you don’t come over, I’ll take it as a sign that I should just eat them all myself.




Sarah & Wendy just did a biscuit baking morning comparing 2 different tube biscuits from Trader Joe’s. We all stood there in Sarah’s kitchen stuffing our faces and all I kept thinking to myself was…Man, I could eat 10 more of these without a sweat.

by Julie Snell on January 14, 2010

Yes, it was beautiful. We will invite you next time.

If you want just one or two, buy the bag of frozen biscuits from Costco. Pillsbury I think. Then you just take out what you want. I think they sell them like that at Target and grocery stores too, if you don’t want i MILLION.

by sarah on January 14, 2010

Pillsbury also sells little mini tubes with like 4 biscuits in them! Genius! Just buy a bunch of those and then they won’t get cold and stale!

by allie on January 14, 2010

After Cailey was born I had an addiction to Bisquik biscuits. I had one with every meal. I think it helps your milk supply. At least that is what I told myself anyway.

by Jenielle on January 14, 2010

great, thanks a lot! now i want to bake my biscuits and/or crescent rolls!

by gorillabuns on January 14, 2010

Hey, I stopped by for biscuits but just as I pulled up I saw someone turn out the lights and draw the blinds. I guess no one was home.

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Breastfeeding Ain’t for Sissies


January 8, 2010

My life has been reduced to a tiny man attached to my boob. All the time.

No, really.

And I read somewhere, probably in one of Dr. Sears’ books, which I can’t stop buying, by the way, because Dr. Sears is to babies what Caesar Milan is to pit bulls, and he writes all these books about babies that make you nod and agree, and think, yes, yes! That makes sense! And somehow in my mind that makes him a supreme authority. Like if my kid all of a sudden caught on fire, I’d stop, pick up the massive “Baby Book” by Dr. Sears, turn to Chapter 46, and find out what I’m supposed to do. I’m sure he has a lot to say on spontaneous baby combustion, because he’s cool like that, plus he has like 12 kids. His wife and him are like the Duggars, except really really, smart, because all his kids are doctors– And I’m sure at lease one of his 14 kids caught on fire at some point, and at the time he was probably all “Stand back family, I have this under control!” And his wife started taking copious notes because she had the foresight to know that it would end up in Chapter 46 of her husband’s book, entitled “What to do in When Your Kid Spontaniously Catches on Fire.”

Wait, fires, babies, Dr. Sears…

Oh that’s right, I was going to tell you that I breastfeed all the time and I’m sick and tired of it. But Dr. Sears says that it releases prolactin, which apparently is the hormone that makes you a good mom, and not sick and tired of sticking your boob in your baby’s face all the time.

So maybe my prolactin isn’t working.

Instead of being all, Oh look how sweet and precious my baby is nursing all the time. I think, I’m over this, Mama needs a nap.


How much boob does one tiny baby need?

Every hour just seems ridiculous.


And do you see what it’s making me do? Did you just read that paragraph up there about babies catching fire? It doesn’t even make sense!! And now I’m loosing my mind. And Dr. Sears doesn’t have a chapter on that, I know. I’ve checked.

But I know what Dr. Sears would say, he’d say if your child wants to eat every hour, feed him every hour.

But every hour at night?

Dr. Sears would call that “night parenting.” But I’m not down with the night parenting. I’m down with the sleeping.


Dr. Sears, do you have any idea what this is doing to my brain?

No, no you don’t. So I’ll tell you, because I care, and because I want you to update your book, and possibly reference me, and perhaps make me an honorary doctor, and then adopt me…?

Here is how my brain functions normally:

Upper right, under the useless pop culture facts is how to french braid hair and accessorize with the right necklaces and shoes.

Lower right is me daydreaming about fried chicken and cupcakes.

Upper left is the lyrics to every Mariah Carey song made before 2003.

And lower left is knowing how to launder every garment and piece of fabric in my entire house.

See how nice that looks? Everything is neatly compartmentalized, and at any given moment I’m probably humming the tune of Dream Lover and thinking about eating some fried chicken.

But when my baby boy demands my lady jugs every hour throughout the night, my brain turns into a scary a t-rex with fire and lighting bolts, nothing makes sense anymore, and I don’t how to french braid my hair!

Please advise, Dr. Sears.

I can’t keep this up for much longer.


It’s not any consolation while you’re going through it, but it does get infinately better. I promise. Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye. Hang in there because all of a sudden you’re going to wake up and say, oh it’s fine now. And if you can, either pump or give him some formula and have your husband give him a bottle so you can sleep for a few hours uninterrupted.

by Michelle on January 8, 2010

LOL times 10 from a mama who breastfed til the cows came home! You are very funny to read. Your new baby is a BICUIT! Keep the faith!

by Kelly von Hemert on January 8, 2010

manatee looks like a penis.

by krystal on January 8, 2010

i am obsessed with dr sears:) loved this entry. and i’m just now weaning my 14 month old off my boob. you’ll grow to love it. i am having a harder time giving it up then she is. boo. you’re doing great tho!

by Katelyn on January 8, 2010

Hey, you’re right. That manatee does look like a penis.

by Hippo Brigade on January 9, 2010

Ha ha ha! I remember this feeling, especially before I figured out how to make my kiddo suck from my nipple and not the bottles. I was in this rut of trying to nurse, bottle feed, pump and by the time I was done with all of that, she was awake and wanting more.

Then I figured out how to get her to stay put (or she figured out that taking directly from the tap was much better than the bottle) and the ritual became better. Then I learned how to sleep with her, which now that she is 18 months is a bit of a challenge to get her to sleep in her own bed even though she hasn’t nursed in almost 4 months. But I discovered, way back when, I could just pop my boob out, fall into a light sleep and she would take what she needed and my boob was empty in the morning (I was fully aware of her next to me, before anyone gets upset). Sure, sometimes it seemed like she had her mouth on me all night, but we both slept beautifully and I had a nice healthy babe.

But now I have a nice healthy babe who won’t sleep in her own bed all night and we have another babe on the way. Not sure if I will use the same system, not saying it was the best. But we did sleep.

Good luck!

by Cambria Copeland on January 9, 2010

I TOTALLY know what you mean about the “every hour” thing! What the heck!? The 2nd night of Laken’s life he was on my boob for 8 hours straight! I thought i would go mental. I guess it’s called “cluster feeding.” Oh my goodness, I called the nurses and they were like, “oh, it’s totally normal.” I thought, “really? How do mom’s handle this? Oh right, most of them formula feed.” My first son never did that (cluster feed). He didn’t do the cluster feeding that much after the 2nd night, he just increased the time inbetween to 2 hours instead of one! I just recently weaned him when he turned 6 mos. and it went ok. As much as bfeeding was hard, I am glad I at least got him to 6mos. I think he was reacting alot more negatively to my milk anyway. His eczema on his face cleared up a ton when he was exclusively on formula. I really loved your drawings. Especially the Trex and the fire…I feel that way a lot less now that Laken is almost 7 mos. thanks for sharing:)

by Jessica Randall on January 9, 2010

Dr. Sears knows his stuff I really like his books and what not. Did you know they adopted a kid and his wife pumped and then breast fed the baby!! I think that’s great. I remember the every hour thing and it was hard. I could only imagine doing that and then having a toddler wanting to play with you all day long after a night of no sleep. Good for you for sticking with it and remember that your first month of breast feeding sets your milk supply (that’s what my friend who’s bff with the sears family) told me. Hope your nipplets aren’t cracking a bleeding!

by mariah on January 9, 2010

OMG… you kill me! ps… I am addicted to Dr. Sears too. I once when talking to my husband about thrush, actually said, that “Bob” says to do this. He was like WHO said what about your breast and why does Bob know about them! hahahah!

by Tenille B on January 10, 2010

Hi Becky. I stumbled on blog through Pat’s normalcy design site. AND OH MY GOSH. I think you’re the saving grace to what’s REAL in mommy land / being a woman in it. I’m a stranger to you … but I have seriously spilt my coffee laughing at these columns and secretly wish you would write a book. My boy is 3 months and after the bleeding, the cracking, the out of control leaking , my tears in synch with his … I finally introduced the bottle. Society tells me I should’ve kept at it longer, but HELL, we both are now happy!

I would love to introduce you to a publisher. I’m in Seattle and know some good hot spots.

by Candace V on January 10, 2010

I don’t know anything about breast feeding yet, but you are super good at drawing on your computer. A+

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I’m not ready to be alone.


January 5, 2010

He left.

He shut the door behind him and left me.


With two kids.

No, he didn’t actually leave me.

That would really suck. And If he did actually leave me, I’d find him and cut his man balls off with a rusty pair of lawn sheers, because I’m crazy like that. CRAZY, I say.

He just left me for the afternoon, to work, or some lame excuse like that.

All I know is, he’d better come back with a crap load of chocolate, because I’m scared. And with enough chocolate in my mouth, I can forgive anyone.

So, what’s there to be scared of, Beckey? Your children are perfect angles and you’re such a poised and always in control mother.

While that’s only 92% true, there’s still some crazy shit going down right now: Berlyn is parading around the house exclaiming “BEER BONG!” which is super weird considering that I’m not in a fraternity, and I don’t really like when beer comes racing out of a funnel-tube towards my face. But maybe she does? Humm…perhaps she’s been spending too much time watching The Real World with my mom.

And she keeps pretending to shave her face.

And she’s torturing the dog. Which I don’t really mind, because sometimes someone needs to torture my dog. She’s an asshole.

Then there’s Hudson, who keeps sharting.

And he keeps spitting up, in his ear. UGH, so his ears smell like baby stomach acid.

I thought newborns were supposed to smell like Cabbage Patch Dolls.

Mine smells like a shart and barf.

I’m hoping my husband comes home soon. And I extra hope he’s carrying one of those chocolate fondue fountains they sell at COSTCO.


Despite the numerous times you say “shart” in this post, I have to say that my favorite part is how you put COSTCO in all caps. As if to shame all of those other stores who do not carry chocolate fondue fountains, gosh.

by amanda on January 5, 2010

Becky…that was awesome!

by Julie Snell on January 5, 2010

there is nothing cute about the way any baby smells, first of all.

second of all, there is nothing worse than hearing that door click for the first time

by Lora on January 6, 2010

How many seconds did you wait before you threw Hudson at your husband when he walked in the door?

Also, isn’t Berlyn old enough to get a job now? Some kind of BEER BONG job? That could take the pressure off.

by dgm on January 6, 2010

hhhaaa… I thought they were supposed to smell like cabbage patch dolls too! More like Garbage Pail kids sometimes! 🙂

by Tenille B on January 6, 2010

I feel your pain. My hubby is overseas at the moment and I’m left home alone with two little ones. Today is my wedding anniversary and I would really love some ME time.

My daugther is constantly pretending to do things her dad does shaving {she’s been caught about three times} and cutting her hair..OH my!! That was a scary hair cut.


by Danielle on January 6, 2010

i feel this way with a 5yr and 6yr old.

by gorillabuns on January 7, 2010

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