Friday, March 28, 2008

Its the Little Things

Here's the situation: The husband is out of town, the Mother-in-Law did a "drop-in" last night and I suspect that Otto might be teething. Hence, I am TIRED, people. Then, today at work, I had a Mail Merge in Word 2007 class (riveting, I assure you) and then tons of work on my desk. And I forgot my water bottle.*

So, I fished $1.25 out of my wallet (highway ROBBERY) and walked down the hall to the vending machine to purchase some "100% Natural Artesian Drinking Water.**" In an act of supreme kindness, the universe smiled on me and not only deposited TWO bottles of water for my one payment, but also returned all 5 of my quarters in the quarter return slot.

For a minute there, I felt like I'd won at slots in Vegas.***


*Alas, I am woefully dependent on water. If I don't have my water bottle with me at. all. times., I feel positively naked. So you can see the difficulty.

**To the environmentally conscious among you, please rest assured that whenever I actually purchase a bottle of water (rarely), I reuse the bottle several times before ultimately recycling it. Just so's you knows.

***Not that I've ever been to Vegas. Its called imagination, folks.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Is it Monday already???

My mom's visit was a big success- even though I was sick and lost my voice. Well, I only "lost" it for a day...the others I was sporting a sexy 1-900 number voice that was, I'm sure, totally irresistable.

Anyhoo..."Nana" had a fabulous time and Otto was really quite fond of her by the end. We went shopping, swimming, dyed Easter eggs, and watched movies. And did lots of playing with the baby, of course.

And now its another week and I was busy all weekend and of course didn't make it to the grocery store so we have nothing but pasta in the house.

Yay carbs!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Do me a solid, would you?

So we are contemplating starting Otto on solids soon.

Signs that he *might* be ready...
Officially, he will be 6 months old in about a week. He can sit supported in a high chair, bring things to his mouth (and when I say things, I mean whatever he can get his grubby little hands on), and can refuse things (he tells me he's done nursing by twisting his head the other way and refusing to make eye contact).

He does not, however, have any teeth yet, nor is he acting "hungry" after nursing. So I dunno.

I don't want to over think the solids thing but at the same time, I want him to get the right start. So I'm thinking of just giving him a little banana in a week or so and seeing what he does with it. If its not a hit for whatever reason, I'll wait a couple weeks and try again. But it would be fun for the first solids event to coinside with my mom's visit to us next week. Wouldn't it?

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Speaking of my mom visiting, holy SHIT do I need to clean my house. I mean, really. It is a pig sty within a sty. And I'm not even kidding. We are lucky if we get the dishes done every day and the bathrooms cleaned once a week. Anything beyond that (well, and laundry, I guess) is gravy. And we haven't had much gravy lately, lemme tell ya.

So that's how I will be spending this weekend- scrubbing, vacuuming, dusting, and all that crap- probably alot of it with a baby strapped to my back. I know, I know, people do it (and more!) all the time. That doesn't make it fun, though, does it?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Yes WE Can!!

Are you ready to be impressed?? Otto and I not only made it to see Barack Obama speak, we also made it to the caucus the next morning. And Obama took our county by 74%!!

The rally on Friday night was amazing and actually worth standing in line for. It was a little chilly outside but I had Otto snuggled up to me in the sling with blankets etc. and he was a little trooper. Inside, he entertained us until Obama came out and then promptly fell asleep. Really could not have asked for a better behaved little boy. Especially since there were 9,000 people cheering their heads off all around us.

The next morning, I popped him into the sling again and we were off on foot to the civic center (only 7-8 blocks away) for the democratic caucus. This was my first time participating in one of these and it was FUN! About 1300 people were there (compared to the usual 100 or so that show up) and the energy was phenomenal.

I know that Otto won't remember any of this, but I felt like we were witnessing history this weekend. Whatever happens, this is change for our country. As Obama said on Friday night, no matter what happens, the name George W. Bu$h will NOT BE ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER. And when Otto learns about this amazing time in school, I can tell him, "you were there."

Thursday, March 6, 2008

We Matter!

OMG- for the first time in DECADES, Wyoming actually MATTERS in this election. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are speaking here today and tomorrow, respectively. The last presidential candidate to visit our fair state was Ralph Nader (who, let's face it, doesn't really count. Not really. Sorry, Ralph) and John F. Kennedy in 1963. Our caucus is Saturday, so there's just a whole lot of hoopla goin' on.

And I am PISSED because I will (probably) not be able to participate much. I really want to see Obama speak, but the rally is tomorrow night and I will have Otto (the Husband has a rock show in Colorado. That dillhole.) Plus the parking will suck, lines will be long, and it is FREEZING outside. So I can't really see standing in line in 0 degree weather with a 5 month old. You know?

And as far as caucusing on Saturday, same story. Long day, cold weather, baby.

But I will be doing all of it in SPIRIT and it is exciting nonetheless to have some of the action happening so close to home. As in 10 blocks away.

*wistful sigh*

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

5 Months

Dear Otto,
You are now 5 months old. And then some, because I am kind of late posting this. You'll have to forgive me for that...we've been real busy. I know I always say that but between working full time, having you, and having a life (sort of) its just hard to keep up!

(Megan- that picture is for you- see how much we love The Office?!)

This month, you astonished me with your rapid growing and changing. You've started babbling ("babababababmamamamasalkdjfaoisehnfasnef" seems to mean "FEED ME") and you are increasingly alert and attentive- you look around as if you are trying to memorize all your surroundings. Hopefully this is not so you can go to court and divorce us for being bad parents who somehow let you get pink eye. (Yep. We are home with pink eye right now. Oh the joys.) At the doctor's office today (again, thank you, pink eye!) I weighed you- with your clothes on you were a little over 18lbs. Tubby.

The big news , however, is that you rolled over!! Yay! We were beginning to wonder when that would happen. You did it once before, actually, when you were really really little (like 8 weeks or so) but hadn't done it since. Finally, a week ago you very purposefully propelled yourself from your tummy to your back. And then looked at us like we were crazy for applauding like dorks. Whatevs- we were excited!

This month has been one of traveling and visits- you've seen your grandparents, uncles, an aunt, cousins, and friends and you are definitely a little schmoozer. But I love you for it.

I'd like to write more, but I just heard you poop your pants. And you just gave me that "Mama! I pooped my pants!" grin, so I guess I'd better go.

I love you, Poopie.