Stacey-- don't know about all the poop, just want to send out my sympathies from a mom from another skinny baby. Lulu finally gained a little weight and is at the 3% line. But that was after a month of stuffing her. And now, she's barely eating anything, my milk supply feels weak ... and I'm back to worrying. Just wanted to let you know I know how every little thing can make you worry when you've got someone with NO FAT RESERVES!
Jen- Don and I have the same anniversary as you guys! We ended up cancelling our babysitter and just having take-out at home. I was whipped from a long day. For our anniv. my husband sang me a love song (The way you look tonight) and accompnied himself on the piano. My husband has a hard time being vulnerable/emotional, so it was very, very moving to me.
We vowed to make this coming year the best year of our marriage. This past year had its ups and downs!
Lulu's asleep and I'm about to read two amazing books. One "What's going on in there" by Lise Eliot-- is a look at how the brain develops in the first five years of life. Very detailed (I love stuff like this!).
The second is "Our Babies, ourselves" by Meridith Small -- "how biology and culture shape the way we parent." Apparently it takes a very (academically sound) look at parenting across cultures.
When I hit a cross-roads in parenting, I always think about how women must be parenting in, say the Cote d'Ivoire. Or imagine how our ancestors handled something before we were "civilized." It has been so helpful. It helps me get out of my head and all the parenting controversies, and return to the basics.
Hope all are well...