Nuclear Christmas: You've inspired me, Starling - time for me to grow a spine......better to deal with ruffled feathers than to regret missing out on our own Christmas in these precious, little years.
playsilks:Thank you for the btdt info, pi! Friends and I are going to order some silks and give it a go! I think I might try some silk paint also
In-law rant #1,000,002
DH was on the phone with them. "Yeah, Aura's starting to coo back when we talk to her." Long pause. "No, of course she isn't talking, she's not even three months old....no,I don't think something might be wrong with her hearing. She's too young to talk...even a little bit...yes, I'm sure." They drop it after a few more minutes. "No, she isn't sitting up yet. She holds her head up and looks around. She was rolling before they put her in the harness." Pause. "No. Three month olds aren't usually sitting up or crawling. No, she can't pull herself up. She's three months old." Another pause. "No. She is no where close to delayed right now."
"Yeah, she was 8lb, 3 oz at the pediatrician." Pause. "No, they don't think she is overweight."
Rosemary - Happy Anniversary! Sounds like you had a very random day, which, of course, had to include poopies. I believe 10th anniversary is gold and 11th is poopies.
oh I hear you! Days like that makes me realize why some animals eat their young.
made me laugh out loud. Seriously. Thank you all, I needed that!
Tummy time: DD1 hated it so I didn't bother with it much...and she also never really crawled but cruised and walked at 9mo. I'm not worrying much about it with Claire, she doesn't like it much either and is VERY strong already. She was born holding her head up and she can stand and hold her own weight entirely, which is nothing to sneeze at when you weigh 13lb 9 oz!
theboysmama: I am so thrilled to hear you and DD have bonded - isn't it amazing how your heart can open up like that and love someone so completely?!
shrinking laundry: I would totally lose it on DH if he shrank my favourite thing....oh wait, that would never happen because he doesn't even know how to work the washer/dryer without asking for help.
Resolutions: Some pretty standard stuff has been on my mind....buy/waste less, DIY more, eat better, get out more...but right now I'm thinking of these things as getting back on track with the things I already was doing before being thrown off by pregnancy/newborn land. I'd like this to be the year I finally get around to making something of our master bedroom, it's the last room in the house that's basically undecorated. I'd also like to knit myself a sweater this year - I knit for everyone else, never for myself.
The biggest thing on my mind is to really examine the gap between the parent I want to be and where I'm at. I need to play more (I really don't like to play...is that terrible? I love doing "real" things with her - cooking, crafting etc, but pretend play is hard for me) , read together more, be more present, find more patience.
I've also been giving a lot of thought to the fact that DD1 is 2.5 and really not very far from school age (they start here around 5) and we are probably either going to homeschool or go private....so I have to think about our options. I want to make this year an experiment of sorts and see if I honestly can make a go of homeschooling - I'm afraid I won't be able to get out enough, be social enough, etc for her as she gets older. I do think a home-based life is super important for little people but DD1 is very social and and I don't want out home/unschooling to be about us sitting around home all the time. The best part of not being in "school" is the freedom to go and do things!
QOTD-Resolutions re:newborn: not shaft her too much as the second child, haha? fill out her baby book?
January DDC Losses: Makes me so sick and sad :(
Heavy wetters: Looooving the fuzzibunz I got the other day, they're adorable and so soft! I was reading on their site and this little tidbit made me laaaaaaaaaaugh:
Q. How often do I need to change my baby?
A. Every parent knows their baby best. If you have a heavy wetter, we suggest changing more often—every 2-3 hours. If you have a light wetter—you can change your baby every 3-4 hours. A second insert can be used to extend time between changes for nighttime.
Oh my. Every 2-3 hours?!?!?! I WISH. Last night, Claire peed every 15-20 minutes. For hours. And everytime, she screamed until I changed her. Tonight, she peed twice in 5 minutes.
Someone mentioned to me that frequent urination can be a sign of a food sensitivity - anyone have any experience with this?
babywearing: We'll often go out walking for an hour or so in the morning and I wear Claire. An hour or two while out doing groceries etc. Mostly at home I don't wear her. If we're back from a walk and she's asleep I'll leave her in. Or if she's super fussy and I need to get something done. But she, and dd1 before her, really prefers to be out and looking around at the world and what I'm doing. And she's such an easy baby it isn't often that she's fussy or clingy. I always wear her when we're out though - never a stroller. I haven't had any back troubles yet - I did find I had some pain when DD1 was older and I wore her for long stretches because she was on one hip and it throws your balance off
It's funny, I felt like theboysmama does when I had DD1 - I felt like I should be wearing or holding her all the time, it's what I imagined myself doing and thought I was somehow failing at AP for not, but that I decided that my baby was curious and happier to be sitting or playing independently when we were at home (even from 2-3 weeks old) and that I was honouring her wishes by letting her do it! It certainly never hurt our bonding etc and she was thrilled to be in the sling while we were out in the world
I feel like I'm losing some coherence here....it's been a long day....
livacreature: hi-five on the 2.5 oz!!
disposable stink: right?!
New Year's Resolution...To get back into painting daily or as regularly as possible? My friend Rick showed me his new paintings last night; he's self-taught and a real inspiration as far as nose to the grindstone is concerned. Guy has a not-yet 3 year old and twin not-yet 1 year olds, and finds time to paint.
Does Guy have a wife? Explains it ;)
Hey! Remember when I posted about my friend who was in the coma, with an 8% chance of survival? Actually, one doctor of the 8 that saw him gave him those odds, and everyone else said he would not survive after being brain dead for 30 minutes. Saw his ex-wife last night at the party and he is out of the coma and seems quite normal albeit "goofier and more innocent" but most definitely going to live and not be in any sort of vegetative state!!!!!! He started coming out of it by saying, "I would like some orange juice, please." :)
And this is soooooo amazing to hear!! Imagine!!!
AFM: Had such a nice supper tonight - grilled steak with mushrooms, roasted chickpeas and asparagus...felt so good to cook and normal meal again, nothing so rich as all the holiday food we've been eating.
Hard day with DD1. She put my resolution to be more patient to the test from the moment I opened my eyes. She really needs me right now, needs more attention and play than she ever has before....but how do I balance that with my own needs and not let her suck me dry?! I'm used to her being a very independant little person who preferred to play by herself. I'm pretty tired of being needed, right now.