Tuesday, September 27, 2011


I definitely have work I should be doing but I didn't sleep well last night so I'm moving a little slowly. Hubby is sick. I think he's getting me sick. So instead of working, I got distracted by this:

Can you believe she now looks like this?


Saturday, September 24, 2011

month eight

Oh, Chicken. Another month. The biggest news this month may be that you're, um, big. I weighed you on the Wii a few days ago and you were about 20.5 lbs. Seriously?! Where did my petite little baby go? That's around the 87th percentile according to an app I got for the new iPad. Your length? About 30.25"--this is off the charts percentile-wise. I guess you're relatively height-weight proportionate. That's pretty important to society once you're older. Now you're just a chunky monkey. In your brief life you've gone from being too small for the clothes that you're allegedly supposed to fit into to being too big.

You're still sleeping well at night and are pretty easy to put to bed on most nights. Sometimes you are angry and not quite ready for bed. You generally still take 2 naps each day. You only napped once a few days this week and I don't think it was good for you. You were ready for bed super early and were a little grumpy/overtired. Overall, though, you are still amazingly happy. You smile a lot and giggle a little more now. You occasionally get mad if I put you down or if you're sitting and would rather be standing.

You're eating well. Obviously. You normally have 5 bottles a day and you're eating solids for breakfast and dinner. I'm still making your food. New this month? Cantaloupe, broccoli, cauliflower, cottage cheese, brussel sprouts, barley cereal, and blueberries. You've liked everything ok so far except for cottage cheese. I don't blame you. You eat more solids at each sitting and we're trying to give you a little more texture. You gum those bananas like nobody's business.

I don't get to hear "mamamama" anymore. Ever. You have taken to saying "dadadada" and sometimes "nanana." Granddad is trying to get a "gran" in front of that "dadada" but no luck so far. You babble a lot. Sometimes it is a pretty noise, sometimes not so pretty, and sometimes high-pitched. I've been trying to get you to wave, clap, and kiss this month. No progress on waving. You do enjoy clapping but you don't do it on your own. And I think you've kissed a few times. You are pretty good at squeezing when I tell you to "hug Mama." I'm going to force physical affection while I still can.

You're getting a little better at standing but always while you're holding onto something. Still no cruising. You are *this close* to crawling, though. I thought you may do it before I wrote this but I guess we'll have to save it for next month. You get yourself on your tummy from a sitting position and vice versa. You can maneuver yourself backwards pretty easily and forwards using a series of slightly awkward movements. You also get yourself into crawling position and rock back and forth, sometimes lunging. Once you get those knees working I don't think there will be any stopping you. Earlier this week I realized how close you were to crawling and it freaked me out a little. I was proud of you but at the same time was a little sad at how fast you're growing up. I'm just trying to enjoy it all.

One thing you've done for months that I don't think I've ever mentioned is twirling your wrists and ankles. You just spin your hands and feet in circles, sometimes when you're sitting on the floor and often when you're in the stroller. I like it in the stroller the best because you stick your little legs and arms straight out and spin, spin, spin. We'll have to get video of it since I know one day you'll stop. I'll miss it.

Speaking of strollers, we got a secondhand jogging stroller this month. I've jogged with you a whopping one time. Mama is freakishly busy and seriously needs to figure out better time management. Anyway, you seemed to like it and then you fell asleep. We took it out again this morning just for a walk. It's a much smoother ride but we tend to have a harder time not running over Maggie.

You had your first eye doctor appointment earlier this month. We wanted to make sure everything was ok since Daddy had some issues as a little boy. You seem to be fine. You handled everything really well. Even eye dilation--and Mama hates that.

We're finally done with Daddy going out-of-town for work. Praise tiny baby Jesus. He was in New York a week, home a week, rinse, repeat for August and half of September. Maggie, you, and I managed on our own fairly well. The first week was the hardest but we kind of fell into a pattern. On Daddy's last trip, I joined him for a few days. That meant we left you (both of us at the same time) for the first time. You stayed with your grandparents from that Thursday till Sunday. Everyone managed ok. It wasn't as hard to leave you as I thought it would be but it was still nice to be back home.

This month was the 10th anniversary of 9-11. One day you'll know what that means. One day we'll take you (and possibly a little brother or sister) to the memorial and tell you all about it. It's a weird day every year now but I think this year was more emotional for a lot of people than it had been previously. For me, it was the first year it came around since becoming a mother. I think I was particularly emotional because of that. Then when Daddy and I were at the memorial only days later, I cried when I saw women's names listed followed by "and her unborn child." So sad.

What kind of knowledge would I like to impart this month? I've thought about a lot of things but didn't make notes at all during the month this time. Maybe my first tidbit is to keep lists. Seriously, things have been so busy. I'm not sure how I'm managing everything and the answer is probably that I'm not. Chicken, life is busy. You will have many obligations and opportunities. There will be chores that you just have to do and fun things that you'll be grateful for. Sometimes you'll have to say no. But sometimes you will over commit yourself. Sometimes you will feel overwhelmed and overworked and overloaded and under appreciated. Try to figure out a way to manage it all. Delegate. Figure out your priorities. Take deep breaths. Do something fun. Change what you can and ignore what you can't. And ask me for advice. By the time you get there maybe I'll have figured it out for the both of us.

(Blurry as you went from looking out the window to nosediving into the basket of toys in about half a second. Mama had to grab your leg.)

I don't often think about us and where we'll be way down the road but I sure hope we're nice to one another. I hope you still give me hugs and that I still get so happy just seeing you, whether it's after being away for 4 days or just while we were sleeping. I hope no matter how crazy things get we'll always make time for one another.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

something fun everyday: days 29 and 30

And, thus, the conclusion. You'd think I'd have some fantastic Day 30 but work is so crazy now...

Monday/Day 29: I ordered delivery pasta from Pizza Hut. If you have a household with two >40-hour jobs, a baby, and a dog, you know how fun this really is.

Tuesday/Day 30: I unexpectedly shared the conference room with another person from my company. Sometimes it's nice to just visit with someone. Commiserate. Hadn't met her before but it was nice to share the ridiculous day with someone.

Off to what will surely end up being another ridiculous day...

Monday, September 19, 2011

something fun everyday: days 25-28 (or "i heart ny")

Every other week since August, Hubby has been in New York for work. He's left around lunchtime on Sundays and returned around midnight (or later) on Fridays. Huge, huge props to you single moms because it is HARD. The first week was the worst but we kind of fell into a rhythm after that. And, in a way, I think it was good for our marriage since we got to miss each other again and got to appreciate all the other does (since I often had to travel on the weeks Hubby was home).

On Thursday, I left the baby with the grandparents and met him in NY. Yeehaw! My plane ended up having a mechanical issue that caused the flight to be delayed by 4 hours. Good thing I jumped ship and got the next-to-last seat on another flight. Unfortunately, it was to a different airport and during rush hour so I was still fairly late in my arrival. But I made it! Hubby met me in the hotel lobby and I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. I changed clothes, admired the view from our room, and we grabbed some Italian food. We hung out in the room eating cupcakes and called it a night.

I had the day to myself on Friday as Hubby had training. I grabbed some coffee and made my way to MoMA. I stayed there until it was time to meet Hubby and his co-workers for lunch (at Tri Tip) but I had to head back afterwards. When I left I was in a room devoted to fonts. Seriously. I dorkily love fonts... After finishing up there, I needed a nap. Hubby finished training early to we both made it back to the hotel around the same time. After resting, we got gussied up and went to dinner (French this time at Pigalle). Then we had tickets to "Book of Mormon." I know that show is a little contraversial and Mormons aren't big fans of it. I had super close Mormon friends growing up and have probably seen more Temples than any non-Mormon. I totally respect the religion. But I LOVED the show. It was the most fun I've ever had at a theatre by far. And I love the theatre. We had great seats and one of the stars was this guy, who we had just seen in "Love and Other Drugs." If you are not offended by South Park, I cannot recommend this show enough. I hear it's going to tour and they're also making it into a movie. That should be interesting. Friday was a great day.

On Saturday, we woke up fairly early and grabbed some To Go breakfast while headed to the 9-11 Memorial. They did a fantastic job on it. The waterfalls are huge and impressive. The park area is nice. You can picture people really using this space once it's all completed. It was an emotional place. We'll go back one day with the kid(s) and visit the museum. It's not opening for another year but the little snippets they had in the visitors center were enough to make you realize it's going to be an impactful space as well. After our visit there, we made the walk many of the survivors made that day and headed to Battery Park. We took a few pictures of the Statue of Liberty and walked around the gardens a little bit. Then we headed back up to Central Park and stumbled upon a parade. Lunch at Lexington Grill, a good little diner. After ducking in to Central Park, we had a short trip to the Met where I got to see some of my favorite French painters and sculptures. Then back to the hotel for a little rest before yet another good dinner (L'Ybane) and show. This time we saw "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" starring this guy who we had recently seen in, oh, "Harry Potter." It was very entertaining, too. He had an American accent and can really sing and dance. Oh, yeah, and it also starred John Laroquette (who was fantastic).

Sunday was mostly spent just making it back home. To the dog and baby. Very excited to see them. Watched "Something Borrowed" on the plane and read most of "The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" during the trip. So yea for many, many fun things over the course of a few days. Good first trip without/post baby. So glad this concludes Hubby's travels.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

something fun everyday: days 23 & 24

Yesterday...I enjoyed the baby. And marked a lot of stuff off the list. And turned blueberries into baby food. I get really excited seeing little frozen blocks of bold colors in the freezer.

Today...I FINALLY gave myself a pedicure. During a conference call but still. I can't even tell you the last time I did that. It was way too long. And I bought a pair of orange Converse for $13. Yeehaw.

Monday, September 12, 2011

something fun everyday: days 19-22

Friday--Pizza delivery! We have instituted Dine-Out Fridays around here as Mama is too tired to cook sometimes. Last Friday, there was too much going on to even go out but delivery is always an option. I also got to spend a little extra time with the baby and that's always fun.

Saturday--The iPad came! Had the extended family over for dinner and tried out several new recipes. Fun. Cranky baby at bedtime? Not so much.

Sunday--Starbucks while picking out paint colors for best friend's house. There is no part of that sentence that isn't fun. Seriously.

Monday--Going to a site for work for the first time and finding out that they're actually GOOD. And local. That rarely happens. Also, last day on-site for about a week. And the odd satisfaction I get from maneuvering about the Med Center.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

something fun everyday: days 15-18

On Monday, I had the day off. That would be fun except that I had to travel for work instead of spending the entire day with the family. So sad. To top it all off, I had to leave the baby who felt suspiciously warm to me. Turns out she was getting some sort of virus. She's better today. So what was fun about Monday? Nachos. For real.

Tuesday--chatting with a 7th grader while we were in line to board the flight from Orlando to Houston. I had caught an earlier flight (woohoo!) and ended up close to the end of the line. The kid in front of me started chatting it up. I don't often talk to people his age so that was fun. And? He told me I looked good for having a baby 7 months ago. Sweet kid. :)

Wednesday--Eating lunch outside! And not sweating! I don't know about other folks here in Texas (and Louisiana where I was eating lunch), but the break in heat has been really surprising. It had been so hot for so long it just felt like it was never going to end. Like it would be over 100 degrees for the rest of our lives. Temps in the 90s never felt so good (thank you, low humidity).

Thursday--Something fun? Keeping my feet firmly on the ground all day. No flying! And having a healthy baby again. And complimenting the Luby's drive-thru employee. It was crazy busy and she really moved the line. That's hard to do at a Luby's drive-thru. She deserved props, I gave 'em, and it felt good.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

something fun everyday: days 12, 13 & 14

Friday--Hubby catching an early flight home (after being gone all week). Getting to spend some time with him before midnight. Woohoo! Also, hanging out with the niece (and, you know, her parents).

Saturday--Running errands as a family. I know. This shouldn't be counted as fun but when you've had the whole family together as infrequently as we have lately, it counts. We bought some things to use up my technology bonus at work (finally!) and a jogging stroller we found on Craiglist. And rain! We enjoyed the rain.

Sunday--Ordered an iPad (using up that bonus money). Ran for the first time in, oh, 9 years. Finished the new Bay Fest sign--the neighborhood fundraiser. Old sign and new sign.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

something fun everyday: days 10 & 11

I guess the real point of this is to actually do more fun things. It's not so much about blogging about it--which is good since I can't seem to write here on a daily basis.

Yesterday while I was in the airport I chatted with another mom. She had a not-quite-1-year-old daughter who obviously had had a challenging year medically. The mom loved her kid so much and told me how she'd do it all again. It was really inspiring but at the same time I was extremely grateful that my Chicken has only had very minor issues. But, you know? It all boiled down to the fact that we're both new moms. We immediately had something in common and just felt like friends chatting.

I also had dinner with the in-laws last night. A home-cooked meal that I didn't cook? Fun. And it was nice to visit with them since they had been on vacation for so long.

Today? I talked to my husband on the phone for 38 minutes. THIRTY. EIGHT. He's not much of a phone talker so that was crazy. And I went clothes shopping! For me! For my upcoming leisure travel! And I felt good! In clothes! Too many exclamation points? I don't think so. Dressing yourself post-baby is challenging even if you lose all the weight. Or at least it has been for me. I don't think everything goes back the way it was. And things are, um, softer. Sigh... Ok, don't lose sight of the fun. Clothes! That fit! And flattered! Ok. I think that may have pushed me past the exclamation point limit.