messy houses: I decided a few years ago that as much as I like a very tidy house, we just aren't that kind of people. We do keep it reasonably presentable by getting rid of things, but we are never going to have a showhome, that's for sure. For hosting playdates, I just make sure that things are relatively tidy and the bathroom and kitchen are clean. Someday we may hire a cleaning person (I do like things to be clean, even if there is some clutter) but it just isn't in the budget now, so we do it ourselves as best as we can. I tend to assume that people are coming over to see us, not our house.
2 mo vaxes: We vax fully and on schedule, so he'll get everything, including a combo vax (Pentacel, or DTaP-IPV-Hib.) He was supposed to get them last week, but he had a mild fever, so our HCP suggested we postpone by a couple of weeks. I prefer combined vaxes -- fewer jabs. (Also less total adjuvant, though IMO none of the amounts add up to enough to be of concern, anyway.)
carbs: My pp weight loss has plateaued and I know I will need to cut down in order to really make any more progress. However, I made banana chocolate chip muffins for a potluck this afternoon, and we have guests coming over for a waffle brunch tomorrow, so I am clearly not planning that restriction to start anytime soon.
Rosemary/school: Rosemary, glad you got him into the other school for the same cost! That is one of my least favourite things about school -- when they start bringing home habits and ideas that don't align with our family's values. In his first year of school, DS1 started using, "You're a GIRL!" as an insult. Sigh. I got a friend of mine from undergrad who is a mining engineer to email me pictures of herself driving an enormous haul truck. DS took the pictures to school for show and tell. We just do the best we can. There are pluses, too. DH and I were just talking last night about how great it is that DS1 is exposed to all sorts of families at school. He has a kid in his class with two moms, another with two dads, the school is racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse, and, as far as he knows, this is totally normal and no one has any issues with it. Nothing is perfect, of course, and there are always issues beneath the surface, but I'm glad he gets something of a decent start before he goes out into the world and encounters all the people who have trouble with diversity.
saoirse, I *love* that photo! You look fantastic. I don't know if I have mentioned this before, but I have always wanted hair exactly your colour.
Steph, hugs. I hope the hearing goes well.
livacreature, thinking about you this weekend. I hope everything goes well on Sunday and you enjoy being back despite missing Aurora.
back carries: I back carried DS2 in the Ergo last week, just around the house doing chores. My understanding is that they just need good head control, which he has had since day 1. (Both my kids were like that -- no head support needed.) He was not a huge fan of being on my back, though. Froggy legs are not comfortable on the back, and his legs aren't quite long enough yet to put in the proper Ergo position.
comparisons: So hard to avoid. I write regular (approximately monthly) letters to my kiddos and post them on our family blog. DS2's first letter was half full of comparisons between him and his brother at this age. Yikes. They do look amazingly alike, which makes it extra hard not to compare.
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!