I just have to say... I love you, ladies!!
I'm back from our long trip, and it took me forever to catch up on all the posts, but I have to say it is so consoling to read this thread and know that I and my baby are normal, and that we are all going through the same things!
I'm so glad we're talking about Flylady. I just discovered her right before we left, and am doing my nighttime routine so far. It really helps!
Jen - CAKE. Aren't they that band that sings, "He's going the distance - he's going for SPEED.." I saw them for the first time on Conan O'Brien (I think) in 1998 and they were dressed like cowboys and stayed really still and deadpan while they performed their song, and it just totally cracked me up!
Our trip was partly good, and mostly awful! The good news is, we made it through 4 airport security checkpoints without being molested by the TSA. Boy, was I happy to hear that news story a few days after we arrived that said the TSA will no longer be feeling womens' breasts after more than 400 complaints.
We went to Las Vegas for one night before Phoenix. Alex was a total angel on the flight, not a peep outta him. Ate, slept, played, rode in the sling as I walked the aisle and smiled at all the passengers. People kept saying, "What a good baby!" The weather in Vegas was so nice (it was -4 in Peoria when we left that morning). We stayed at the Mandalay and took a walk outside at their beautiful pool area. Then dh watched Alex for 1 1/2 hours while I went to the spa - heaven! Sat in the giant jacuzzi for ever, then lounged on a chair with snacks & a Vogue magazine - my first alone time in 3 1/2 months! Then we had a fabulous dinner at an expensive restaurant, and Alex was an angel again. Boy, was I getting lucky! He slept that night for 4 & 5 hour stretches! He retained his reputation as Champion Baby Traveller the next morning on the flight to PHX, and then everything went to hell....
When we got to my Mom's house - it was a mess, total squalor!
She must be very depressed, she's had a tough year, and my grandpa died in May. The problem was that we had dh's family coming over in a few days from CA! So, me and dh busted our asses doing "Extreme Makeover" on the house before they arrived. It was exhausting and stressful! Then I got suddenly and violently ill. I was vomiting every 15-20 minutes and had diarrhea at the same time. It got so bad my Mom and dh called the paramedics. I thought I had food poisoning. The medics said my symptoms seemed viral, and that I was better off riding it out at home than going to the hospital. It was torture - I've never been so sick in my life! Then 24 hours later dh got it, then 24 hours after that, my Mom got it. So, it must have been viral. Luckily, Alex never got it, or we really WOULD have been at the hospital. Anyway, dh's family arrived and everything went well for 4 days. Then dh and I got sick again! This time head colds with fevers. I am actually still sick, but on the mend. The flights home were delayed due to bad weather. Alex was good to Vegas, but then finally had a meltdown on the flight to Peoria. Now, he is sick with the head cold. Poor little guy! I was up all night last night with him crying, coughing, sneezing, & snuffling.
I am so glad you guys posted about your babies talking! I thought I was crazy, because Alex has said "yeah," "hi," and "Muh-muh," and I kept it to myself until dh told me today that he has heard him say "hi" and "muh-muh" several times. He also did a 180 roll the other day, and has rolled over a few times, and last night he put his teething ring to his mouth all by himself for the first time. Alex is really big, also. Most of my family at Xmas said he looks like a six month old. He's around 17 lbs.
All right, gotta get a shower while he swings!