Ah, heather, thanks for thinking of me at work.
I am working today, but I was off yesterday enjoying time at the Maidu Interpretive Center in lovely Roseville, CA. Alison had a funeral to go to so my mom and I took the girls to check out the cool Native American center there. Eleanor came home from school singing "Ten Little Indians" last week so it seemed appropriate to show her some reality --- totally over her head, by the way. The highlight for her was the bear poop that they had on display and the lowlight was that she was not allowed to keep the rock she picked up on the trail because it is protected space. Not sure what I expected her to get out of it, but questions about animal poo was not it.
Things my kids are into -
-pushing her hippo toy around the room
-trying to walk
-biting when nursing
-matchbox cars which she names after loved ones and acts out stories
-dolls, but especially doll accessories like strollers, carseats, highchairs, etc.
-singing (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is in serious rotation).
-ROLEPLAYING endlessly. As in, "you be the daddy and I will be the baby and you come home from work" or "I am Mama and you are Ellie and this [stuffed sheep] is Annie." Cute, but she can sustain it for hours and therefore rarely spends awake time as herself
About women sans children and quality of life differences pre/post baby: Y'know I still regularly struggle with being a mom. I dislike having people dependent on me (there, I said it). I am rebellious about it and I too romanticize the time of my life when I could up and leave on a plane to anywhere. I love my children more than I thought possible, but there is this part of me that is set up for a huge mid-life crisis.
Jac - hmmmm, turkey in the oven sounds so good.
Juice - When is school done? I am already feeling stalky but I am hoping that you get some rest after school before
the babe arrives.
Els - Oh, your tapestry has inspired me. I have a sadza batik print that I bought in Zimbabwe and I have never known what to do with it. Now I am thinking hem the edge and sew curtain hooks on it and voila!
Mwah to the may mamas
I am going to see if I can get all my work done and leave early to go to the Stanford Women's Basketball game, by myself