Random Thoughts

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When you’re breastfeeding around the clock (okay, 8-10 times a day, whatever, that’s pretty much around the clock), you tend to have a lot of time to let your mind wander (or fall asleep).

And when you have two children who aren’t really verbal (crying, screaming and speaking toddler language does not count), you tend to talk to yourself a lot.

Also, you might find yourself making to-do lists in your head.

Wait, just me?

These are some random thoughts that have popped into my head the past week or so:

“Damn, why are these baby onesies so fiddly??”

“Oooh, Oreos.”

“I wonder what everyone else is doing at 4.00am. “

“Spit up smells nasty.”

“Mmmm, nice baby smell.”

“I hope Monkey knows I love him.”

Toddler reading

Yes, that’s my book

“Oooh, chocolate.”

“Hot tea. Aahhhh.”

“Showers are soul lifters.”

“Gosh I love my boys.”

“I’d kill for a red velvet cupcake.”

“Ouch, boobs.”

“Aha, blog idea!”

“When was the last time I went to the bathroom?”

“Can I be bothered to clean up that mess?”

“Thus begins the endless loads of laundry.”

“I’m so lucky my mother-in-law is a good cook.”

“Where’s my camera?!”

“I really suck at this sling/ babywearing thing. I have 4 and they’re nowhere to be seen on me.”

“Gosh, it’s hot.”

“I really should sleep. Ooh, interesting blog post….”

“Are people bored of baby pictures yet? Ah, who cares.”

9 day old baby

9 days old

“I really hope my boys know I love them.”

“Oooh, Oreos.” (yes, again)

“Thank god it’s 9pm and they’re both sleeping.”

Tell me one random thought that crossed your mind today.

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • May 18, 2012 Jessica

    I love this! Scrumplet is such a cutie! One random thought that went through my head today: Man, I need a vacation!
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    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, that crosses my mind too! Immediately followed by, “Dream on!”

  • May 18, 2012 Natalie

    So cute! I can’t even remember my random thoughts. I know they happen. But they flit in and then out, gone forever. I have the worst mom brain, and it drives me crazy.
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    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      I forget things too. Fortunately, I have SO MANY random thoughts, I managed to remember a few hehe.

  • May 18, 2012 restless

    “Has my face always looked like that?”
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    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      Hahahaha!! Good one.

  • May 18, 2012 angela

    Now? I want a red velvet cupcake.

    Before that? I wonder if it counts as breaking my coffee ban to drink a 5 hour energy drink. Or eat coffee ice cream.
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    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      I STILL want a red velvet cupcake. Le sigh.

      Coffee ice cream is totally not caffeine. You can quote me on that.

  • May 18, 2012 Alma

    Oh these random thoughts are so true. Makes me wish I had a blog when I was preggers with mine. I kept a journal so that they may read it someday. Great post!
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    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      It’s great that you have a journal!

  • May 18, 2012 Laura

    I mostly spend my time breastfeeding with my ebook reader. So my thoughts are decidedly less interesting and varied! 🙂
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    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      You know, that’s a good idea, great way to catch up with my reading!

  • May 18, 2012 Justine

    Congrats on your new little boy! Hope you’re getting lots of rest mama.

    And enjoy the extra snuggles too. I do miss the newborn scent. How quickly they disappear. My own infant is turning 1 in two weeks. Waaaa…. 🙁
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    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Justine! I’m totally enjoying the snuggles, the newborn smells, the toddler time. They do grow up so quick!

  • May 18, 2012 Christine

    “I really should sleep. Ooh, interesting blog post….” <– all the time. Your little boys are so damn cute!!
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    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      Haha, right?? And thanks!

  • May 18, 2012 -dweej

    My girls ooohed over little scrumplet just now. They say he looks very mature for his age 🙂
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    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Thank your girls for me please!

  • May 18, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    I always wonder when’s the last time I peed too, lol! He is so alert for 9 days old. And adorable.
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    • May 18, 2012 Alison

      Hah! With no baby pressing on my bladder, I kinda have to remind myself to go to the bathroom. Not even joking.

  • May 18, 2012 Katie

    before I tell you my random thought? The answer is NO, no one is ever bored with baby pictures. Ever.

    Ok, so I could probably make a whole list like this because, well, I am in your spot only 8 weeks ahead of you. The bad news? I am still doing this random thought thing. The good news? It’s less often because he eats more, but fewer times a day. WOO HOO!

    So, you will get there.

    And? mmmm! Oreos!
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Let. Me. Get. There. Soon.

      You should list your random thoughts – I like to see what’s in people’s heads!

      Oh yes, OREOS (in Cookie Monster voice).

  • May 18, 2012 Robin

    That sounds about right. 🙂
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      When I was pregnant, half my random thoughts were about when is this baby going to be born, hurry up hurry up. 🙂

  • May 18, 2012 Julie

    He’s really so beautiful! Which leads me to my random thought: my ovaries are doing cartwheels.

    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Hee!!! You can share in the baby goodness over here. Until you get another. 😉

  • May 18, 2012 My Inner Chick

    OOOmyGOsh, Mama A.

    He is
    G O R G E O U S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love the book Monkey is reading. HeeHeee
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kim! Scrumplet sends you sloppy kisses!

      And the book? He tore a page out of it. Wonder what that says?

  • May 18, 2012 tracy

    Oh that picture. Now I want one. (does that count as my random thought…) xo
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      You can borrow him anytime. xo

  • May 18, 2012 Jessica

    I love your inner dialogue! And that is one precious little Scrumplet. I could stare at pictures of babies for hours. Ive got baby fever like a mothah!
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Woohoo time for another!

  • May 18, 2012 AnnMarie

    Nope, not just you and not tired of baby pictures. Your boys are so adorable! Random thoughts for today (I have hundreds but I’ll share two): Why can’t chocolate cake be zero calories? Why am I the only one that ever picks up around here?
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Hah! I have the same thoughts occasionally!

  • May 18, 2012 Sarah Reinhart

    Random thought of the day…Have I had so much caffeine, I’m actually poisoning myself? Oy.

    p.s.such a sweet Scrumplet. Do you still call him Scrumplet?
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      If you’re asking, then no, you’ve not had too much caffeine 🙂

      And yes, we still call him Scrumplet! Amongst other names. We haven’t actually used his actual name much!

  • May 18, 2012 Stasha

    I like your random thoughts. Kids, love and cookies pretty much occupy my brain too. I was just cleaning up after dinner and wondering who on earth first looked at a pineapple and thought they should taste it?
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Hahaha!! Now, I need to Google that pineapple thing.

  • May 18, 2012 Kimberly

    I will never get tired of those baby pictures!

    So did you eat the Oreos or did you just think about them?
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Duh, I ate them of course 🙂

  • May 18, 2012 Mirjam

    You can keep those baby pictures coming, I swoon every time. The book cracks me up!
    I have a notebook full of random thoughts and ideas I wrote down while breastfeeding..
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      You can actually write while breastfeeding?? 🙂

  • May 18, 2012 Catheryn

    Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby boy! He is adorable and those eyes… hmm.. mesmerising!

    Take care!
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Catheryn!

  • May 18, 2012 Mark

    Keep the photos coming! I only get bored looking at ugly kids.
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Hahaha!! Yessir.

  • May 18, 2012 Katie E

    We’ll never tire of looking at baby pictures! Random, sleep-deprived thoughts are the best.

    I’ve been so busy planning to travel with the whole family for a wedding this weekend that I don’t think my mind has even had space for a random thought!
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Oh, big weekend! Good luck!

  • May 18, 2012 Kimberly

    Never tire of baby pictures.
    I vote more and cookies!
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  • May 18, 2012 Blond Duck

    So this is why my MIL talks to herself all the time! 🙂
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  • May 18, 2012 KalleyC

    Who could be bored with baby pictures? No one! Keep them coming 🙂 I love the random thoughts. That’s how I came up with the name for my blog. I’ve had so many random thoughts when I was nursing my daughter, that I just decided to write them down. Hence–Blogging While Nursing.
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      That’s a clever blog name!!

  • May 18, 2012 Natalie

    Ha ha love this! My preggo brain is already doing this…what a cutie…he’s already changed in just a few shorts from birth!
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      When I was pregnant, half my thoughts were consumed with “hurry up, hurry up, get here already baby” 🙂

  • May 18, 2012 Jessica

    I need some sleep…oooo, interesting blog post! – that one made me laugh, Alison! I remember feeling that way as well. Your boys both are so beautiful and I am *certain* they know you love them, although I expect they won’t understand how much until they have children of their own. My random thought for today: The dog needs a bath.
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Did you? Give the dog a bath? And thank you, I sure hope they do know I love them. 🙂

  • May 18, 2012 Shell

    Oh, how I remember those days(my oldest two were just shy of 17mo apart).

    I’m never tired of baby pics!
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      I don’t know how you managed two small ones, Shell!!

  • May 18, 2012 Ado

    I loved this. I loved the photo! It says so much and you can use it against Monkey if he ever goes into therapy – you can show him this one and say, “Proof that I tried!” (-;
    Your baby is adorable!!! Oh my god is he cute!!
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Haha, that is true!!!

      And thank you, Scrumps is pretty cute.

  • May 18, 2012 Liz

    Wonderful post! My kids are all grown up and my mind still wanders when I sit still long enough.
    LOVE the book and your baby is gorgeous!
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Liz!!

  • May 19, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Haha!! Love that book title. I’m going to have to check that out.
    Your random thoughts crack me up…mmmm Oreos 😉
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      You’re doing fine Jen, you don’t need to read that book!

  • May 19, 2012 Jadzia

    Congratulations! I figured I had missed this during a short Internet break. I hope you have lots of help and are getting at least a little bit of sleep!
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Yes, my in laws are helping with the toddler and no, I’m not getting much sleep!!

      And, thank you.

  • May 19, 2012 Alexandra

    NEVER enough baby pictures.

    I say KEEP EM COMIN!!
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Your wish is my command, Empress.

  • May 19, 2012 Heather

    Where is my 11yo daughter’s nude color bra? She only has two that fit!

    Mmmm! Coffee!

    What a cute baby! (just thought as I saw your post!)
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    • May 19, 2012 Alison

      Did you find it? The bra? 🙂

  • May 19, 2012 jamie

    Well, after reading this, my random thought is, “Mmmm, Oreos DO sound good…even at 8:30 in the morning!” (They always sound good to me!) Visiting from SITS. Have a great weekend!
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    • May 20, 2012 Alison

      Oreos are a complete meal and yes, I have eaten them for breakfast before! Thanks for dropping by Jamie!

  • May 19, 2012 misssrobin

    I talk to myself a lot — it’s not just you.

    Cute baby picture. Who could not want to see that?

    Random thought: It’s Saturday morning and everyone is asleep. It’s peaceful. Do I wake them so they stay on a regular sleep schedule or enjoy the peace and quiet? I’m going with door number two!
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    • May 20, 2012 Alison

      Smart choice!!!

  • May 19, 2012 Sharon Greenthal

    Having babies can be a pretty mind-numbing time, if I remember correctly! At least you’re HAVING thoughts. Some days I felt like a complete zombie.
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    • May 20, 2012 Alison

      That is true, at least I can still think. Somewhat. 🙂

  • May 20, 2012 Nikky44

    BIG Smiles!!!
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    • May 20, 2012 Alison

      And to you, Nikky. Happy weekend!

  • May 20, 2012 Lady Jennie

    I am not bored of your baby pictures – love them!

    I can safely say that oreos almost never enter my stream of consciousness.
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    • May 20, 2012 Alison

      Lucky you! They’re fat-inducing, sigh.

  • May 20, 2012 Missy

    I remember having that same thought – I wonder if anyone else is up at 4am like me?
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    • May 20, 2012 Alison

      I think many moms are, hah!

  • May 20, 2012 Asianmommy

    Aww…so, so cute!!
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    • May 20, 2012 Alison

      Thank you!!

  • May 20, 2012 designhermomma

    purple! oh wait, tim mc graw! oh wait, diet coke. oh wait….take a shower…..

    yes, this. everyday.
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    • May 20, 2012 Alison

      Haha!! That IS totally random.

  • May 20, 2012 thedoseofreality

    I love random thoughts. I live for them, in fact. Today’s random thought was mostly about the fact that school is about to end, and the thought of summer terrifies me and how can I turn that into a humorous but honest blog post.
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    • May 20, 2012 Alison

      I love how random thoughts turn into a blog post. Much like mine here. 🙂

  • May 20, 2012 Julia

    I adore this. The picture of Monkey with that book is priceless. Is that a real book? I need to read it. You can never have too many baby pictures. Your new addition is GORGEOUS. And I think of cupcakes daily.
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    • May 20, 2012 Alison

      Yes, it’s a real book by Oliver James! It talks about different parenting styles, and to know which one suits you. And thank you!

  • May 21, 2012 grace

    my one random thought: is my being stressed causing me to be late??? lol.
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    • May 21, 2012 Alison

      Good question!

  • May 21, 2012 Leigh Ann

    Alison, I hate to tell you, but it’s never going to end. This is the way of the mother of more than one kid.:)

    I loved nursing times because that was when I could catch up on my reader and twitter. My blog reading went WAY down once I weaned Zoe.
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    • May 21, 2012 Alison

      Oh I know, Leigh Ann! 🙂 I can’t focus on reading blogs because I know I can’t comment while nursing, so I just sit there, thinking. And nodding off!

  • May 22, 2012 jlweinberg/jen

    Random thought: If husband finishes the wasabi peas again he’s a dead man.


    I <3 Scrumplet
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    • May 22, 2012 Alison

      Hahahahaha!! Funny lady.

      Scrumplet says hi!

  • May 22, 2012 Leighann

    This is beautiful Alison. I can’t imagine the balance and the rhythm you have to find once another one enters your family. But how sweet it must be to have your boys together.
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    • May 22, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, it’s oh-so-sweet 🙂

  • May 22, 2012 Tonya

    Oh yes, I remember those random thought nights very well. The places our minds will go, huh?

    And no, no one will ever be tired of looking at that angel’s face.
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    • May 22, 2012 Alison

      And more pictures of the little one will come!!

  • May 22, 2012 Galit Breen

    Oh love this, you! So very many random thoughts in the middle of the night, yes?

    (Also? NEVER tired of baby pictures! :))

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    • May 22, 2012 Alison

      Hee, so very many, my friend!!

  • May 22, 2012 Barbara

    Ha ha. Yup. That pretty much sums it up.
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    • May 22, 2012 Alison

      And those are the thoughts that I CAN share 😉

  • May 23, 2012 Erin

    Oh this post cracks me up! I totally feel ya on the random thoughts . . . I had them all of the time when I was home on maternity leave.

    No, people are not tired of seeing pictures of those sweet little boys 🙂

    My random thoughts . . . “Only 2 more days until summer vacation” and “Yes, Tomorrow I can wear jeans!”
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